Portugal (August 14, 2006)–Rock In Rio, held at Bela Vista Park in Lisbon, Portugal, is one of the most famous festivals in the world. This year, Gabisom Audio Equipment of Sao Paolo, Brasil provided concert audio services for the 100,000-person audience attending the festival’s opening night bill of Shakira and Jamiroquai.
One hang of the massive JBL VerTec rig fielded at Rock In Rio.Equally large crowds turned out for Sting, Roger Waters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Carlos Santana and Anastacia in the following (four) evenings. Gabisom deployed a massive JBL VerTec line array system for the five show days of the festival at Rock In Rio’s World Stage, which was attended by more than 500,000 persons in total.
Arguably the largest concert audio company in the southern hemisphere, Gabisom stocks a broad range of loudspeaker inventory from various leading suppliers. For this year’s Rock In Rio, which marked only the second time the event has been held outside Brasil, the company relied upon their stadium-sized JBL VerTec system.
Gabisom’s chief engineer for Rock In Rio Lisboa 2006, Peter Racy, coordinated an 11-man audio team. “Our JBL VerTec VT4889/VT4880 system performed exceedingly well at this year’s Rock In Rio event,” he observed. “We received nothing but praise from band engineers, artists, promoters, audience members and the regional press.”
A total of 98 VT4889 line array elements were suspended at the World Stage, with main left and right arrays comprising 18 enclosures each. These were supplemented with 40 VT4880 arrayable subwoofers, powered by Crown MA5002VZ amplifiers. The system was supported by 40 additional ground-stacked subwoofer enclosures. The Gabisom crew relied upon an additional set of six delay towers, each supporting six VT4889 line array elements, to increase stage-sound throw all the to the back of the audience area, a distance of 366 meters (1,200 feet).