London (July 23, 2004)–Bob Dylan recently played for 30,000 fans at the Finsbury Park Fleadh. This one-day festival was the only London appearance for the founding father of folk-rock, the headline act on a bill that included The Charlatans and Counting Crowes. A Nexo Geo T tangent-array system was provided by SSE Hire for the event, with Midas front-of-house control for all the engineers except Pablo Wheeler, who brought in a DiGiCo digital board to mix Dylan.
The SSE team set up left and right arrays of 20 Geo T4805 with a pair of T2815, and two-dozen Nexo CD18 sub-bass units, all powered by Camco Vortex 6 amplifiers. For the first time, the system used Nexo’s new NX242 TDcontrollers, digital management systems which carry the latest processing software for GEO, currently being beta-tested by SSE.
“The new software offers significant performance improvements,” said SSE director Chris Beale. “Since the launch of Geo, we’ve learnt a lot about the intricacies of processing line arrays with cardioid attributes. I am extremely pleased with the performance of the system with these new parametrics: the resolution of the system, particularly in the high frequencies is massively improved, and the low midrange is much better resolved. We now have more headroom and better performance especially with the longer array lengths.”
A week following the London Fleadh, SSE took the Geo T system down to the Glastonbury Festival for use on the primary Pyramid Stage. Here, the set-up used arrays of 26 T-cabinets, with auxiliary out-fill hangs of 12 cabinets each,, and delays at 160 metres. “It worked perfectly,” according to Beale.