New York (September 19, 2006)–Canada’s British Columbia is always the site of Mountainfest–officially known as the Merritt Mountain Music Festival–a country music festival that attracts 135,000 people every year. This year’s headliners included Big & Rich, Martina McBride, Travis Tritt and Randy Travis. Helping make everyone sound their best was a sizable Martin Audio rig supplied by The Briere Production Group of Burnaby, BC.
Company operations manager Chris Briere pointed out primary challenges faced by his crew. “First, it’s an outdoor festival with a permanent stage in a setting that runs parallel to the river with hills on both sides,” said Briere, “so it can be tough because of the wind which goes whistling through there pretty bad. Because of the wind and the crowds, I thought we’d have issues about how much throw we’d get out of the boxes, but the Martin Audio W8LCs proved us wrong! We were throwing 350 feet without any problems. Crowd size for the headline acts was averaging between 25 to 30,000 people behind us, plus there was a beer garden about 400 ft. back where we were sending a separate feed through another rig and there was another 20,000 people down there.
“In the past, they used another speaker rig in there,” Briere continued, “and we came in with the mid-sized W8LCs and flew 14 a side with 20 WSX subs and just smoked ’em! I had had some big heavy cats out of Nashville who normally tour with big touring companies, and they were really happy with the rigs.”
In addition to the 28 W8LCs, 20 WSX subs and four W8Cs for front fill and Martin Audio amplification throughout, the FOH system included a Midas Heritage 3000 console; five Lake Contour Pro26s for drive with wireless tablet PC interface for the rigs and a processing setup that included BSS DPR404s; DPR-901s; an Aphex 622; TC Electronic M3000, M-One and D-Two; Yamaha SPX990; and an Eventide H3000 Harmonizer.
The monitor system included a Yamaha PM5D-RH console; BSS processing; EV Dx38 processors; and QSC Powerlight powering. The crew for the festival was made up of Scott “Scooter” Findlay (FOH Engineer), Chris Briere (Systems Engineer), Carl Schmidt (Monitor Engineer) and Andy Bishop (Patchmaster).