A recent concert celebrating Iceland’s National Day in Reykjavik featured a JBL VerTec line array system. New York (August 14, 2007)–Icelandic National Day–also known as jóðhátíðardagurinn–is a big annual holiday in Iceland, and with good reason, as it commemorates the country’s independence from Denmark in 1944. In the capitol city of Reykjavik, the day–June 17–drew thousands of music fans for a big concert featuring acts such as Mezzoforte, Lay Low, Ampop, Steed Lord, Benni Heem Heem, and Shogun, among others. Local SR company Hljodx provided a sizable JBL VerTec rig for the event.
The concert was held at Arnarholl, an outdoor performance venue in downtown Reykjavik, where all sound, lights and staging including the rental audio system, was deployed by Hljodx. The sound system included 16 VerTec VT4888 mid-size line array elements with an array of eight on each side of the stage, powered by Crown I-Tech 8000 and 6000 amplifiers; also on hand was a dbx 4800 DriveRack loudspeaker management system. Remote control and monitoring of the system was handled by Harman’s HiQnet System Architect software via a wireless laptop. Hljodx supplied Soundcraft mixing consoles for the multi-act show.
“The JBL VerTec system seems to have endless horsepower with Crown I-Tech amplification,” said Jon Skuggi, front of house engineer. “It has this natural dynamic sound character and the clarity on all frequencies is such that there is hardly any need for much system equalization anymore. I was amazed by how even and punchy the sub bass was throughout the whole area.”