Bangor, Wales, UK (July 2, 2010)–BBC Radio Outside Broadcast’s new fleet, equipped with Stagetec consoles or routers, has hit the road for the British music festival season.
The fleet recently traveled to Bangor, Gwynedd in Wales for Radio 1’s Big Weekend. The live action, interviews and activities were covered on Radio 1, Radio 1Xtra, BBC Three and via the television Red Button.
The action took place on four stages. The Main stage lineup included Florence and The Machine, Rihanna, Pendulum and Cheryl Cole, who flew in from the Cannes film festival to perform in front of Prince William and his girlfriend, Kate Middleton. Faithless, Ellie Goulding and Crystal Castles were just a few of the acts on the In New Music We Trust stage. Both stages used Stagetec Nexus as the stage delivery system.
The main mix from the Dance stage, where DJs Chris Moyles and Tim Westwood went head to head and featured Tiesto, and the Live Lounge stage, where Radio 1 DJ Jo Whiley presented acoustic bands and covers for her show, was handled by two Stagetec Aurus consoles installed in two new General Purpose trucks. That mix was fed to the main Hub truck near the Main stage where all the stages were brought together for transmission on Radio 1. A Sub truck was linked to the Hub truck shipping different material to Radio 1Xtra.
To reduce the workload of the Hub truck, a Central Control Room was set up next to it with a stagebox from each truck to act as I/O for the whole site. The third truck tasked with looking after compliance used a mixture of editing systems for removing the more colourful language from the material before transmission. This was then played back to the Hub truck via the Aurus and Nexus system.