Gdansk, Poland (September 28, 2006)–David Gilmour’s On An Island tour came to a close recently as the Pink Floyd frontman, his band and a 38-piece orchestra played in front of a 50,000 strong crowd in Gdansk, Poland. Supporting the gig, as it had the entire tour, was Britannia Row, which fielded a Turbosound Aspect system.
David Gilmour recently completed his On An Island world tour, which sported Turbosound Aspect loudspeakers supplied by Britannia Row. Photo by Polly Samson. Although they had played a brace of shows to audiences of 4,500 strong crowd in the historic setting of Venice’s Piazzo San Marco (St Mark’s Square) immediately beforehand, the Gdansk show was on a vastly bigger scale for Gilmour’s touring band.
It was staged in the shipyard which gave birth to the Solidarity trade union 26 years ago. The formation of Solidarity set in motion a train of events which ultimately led to the fall of the communist Soviet Union.
With such a large outdoor crowd to cover, the Aspect system was to be complemented with delays, however the schedule and logistics did not allow it. The main FOH system needed to cover the entire arena. To compensate for the lack of delays, Britannia Row increased the size of the system to 24 TA-890H highs (flown 4 wide x 6 deep), 24 TA-890L lows and eight TSW218 subs per side using four TQ-440SP for fill.
“It was a big area to cover, the site was getting on for 350 metres wide by 200 metres deep,” said Britannia Row’s Mike Lowe. “There were also around 7,500-8,000 of the audience on VIP grandstands, so it was a very challenging show to do without delays.”
“In many ways, we were glad to be put in that situation, because it was the ultimate test,” he noted. “It showed me what the system could do under extreme circumstances and it performed extremely well. Inevitably, volume decreased towards the extremities of the arena, but the sound quality didn’t. It did a fantastic job.”