London, UK (November 28, 2011)—Tribute act, The Brit Floyd Experience, is in the middle of a 70-date tour with UK audio supplier ESS providing a Turbosound rig of Aspect and Flex Array loudspeakers.
UK dates so far have included London's Royal Albert Hall and O2 Arena, three shows at the Liverpool Echo Arena, plus the festival shows at Glastonbury and the Isle of Wight. At each stop, the act plays two and a half hours of Pink Floyd through the sound system fielded by ESS for the majority of venues—a 48-box Aspect rig, supplemented on occasions with sub-rented Flex Array. "Normally we're flying 24 Aspect TA-890H three-way mid/highs on three-wide bars with 19 TA-890L double 15" cabinets, and eight TSW-218 double 18" subs on the floor," said ESS's Phil McDaniel. TQ-445s are brought into use as front fills and side hangs where required, depending on the venue.
"We kicked off at the Royal Albert Hall earlier in the year, which was an absolutely stunning show," says McDaniel. For the show, the PA was configured as a mono source with three hangs each of 12 TFA-600H Flex Array mid/highs, and a further hang of 15 Aspect TA-890L double 15" bass in the centre, and eight groundstacked TSW-218 subs in a single block.
ESS is busy with other work, including a series of theatre shows with Steve Earle, and Zappa Plays Zappa, both with a six-a-side Flex Array rig, while the Max Boyce comedy tour used the company's TQ-440 theatre rig.
The company also provided production services in the form of an Aspect TA-890 system for the recent Shooting Star Children's Hospice fundraising ball at London's Dorchester Hotel, where ex-Spandau Ballet frontman and the charity's vice president, Tony Hadley, and a host of celebrities, including a guest appearance from Joan Collins, entertained the guests.