By Clive Young
New York (July 12, 2005)–Every Live 8 show had its strong points, but arguably the most closely watched of the 10 was London’s Hyde Park, highlighted by Pink Floyd reuniting for the first time in 23 years, and a performance of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” by Paul McCartney and U2, all heard through a PA system provided by London-based Britannia Row Productions.
Over in London, Britannia Row had 18 sound techs on site, and hoisted over 200 Electro-Voice X-Line speaker cabinets above the stage, while delays spaced down the length of the massive site consisted of L-Acoustic V-Dosc boxes; powering the sizable rig were EV P3000RH and Lab.gruppen amplifiers, respectively. Between the FOH and monitor positions, there were a total of 25 sound engineers on hand, mixing on a half-dozen DiGiCo D5 live mixing consoles, with three desks at each position.
On the stage, there were 48 loudspeakers–Turbosound 450 wedges, Flashlight sidefills and 440/425 drumfills, all powered by two-dozen 1500-watt C Audio Pulse amplifiers. While many of the London acts supplied their own mics, Madonna, Snoop Dogg, Bob Geldof and Pink Floyd were among Sennheiser’s charges, the latter using e901 and e904s for backline, as well as Neumann KMS105s on lead vocals and TLM193s, TLM103s and KM184s for backline.