More than 15,000 fans attended June’s Hollywood Bowl concertGreenfield, IN (September 3, 2013)— Hillsong United, a worship band that rose out of the youth ministry of Sydney, Australia’s Hillsong Church, recently wrapped up a U.S. summer arena tour in support of its 12th and latest full-length album, “Zion.” Greenfield, Indiana-based Mid-America Sound provided an L-Acoustics K1 system for the tour.
The group’s summer jaunt, which stopped at a dozen cities in June, sold out shows in Phoenix (Grand Canyon University Arena), Dallas (Verizon Theatre), Denver (Red Rocks Amphitheatre) and Chicago (Sears Centre Arena), averaging almost 7,000 people each night. Hillsong United’s performance in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Bowl welcomed more than 15,000 fans alone, and the overall ticket tally for the tour exceeded 80,000.
This tour marks the third year that Mid-America Sound, along with supplementary gear support from Cincinnati-based partner Loud & Clear, has been providing concert sound for Hillsong United, which switched from L-Acoustics V-Dosc to K1 two years ago.
Hillsong United’s current touring system sports left and right arrays each comprised of 14 K1 with six Kara enclosures below for down-fill, while a dozen Kudo per side provide out-fill coverage. Low frequency reinforcement is supplied by two hangs of eight K1-SB, flown adjacent to the K1/Kara, supplemented by nine SB28 subs per side ground-stacked below in a cardioid arrangement. On stage, six additional Kara enclosures are spread out as needed across the lip for front-fill, while eight coaxial 115XT HiQ wedges serve monitors, with a single dV-SUB on hand for drum monitoring. A dozen LA-Rak, each containing three LA8 amplified controllers, provide power, filters and networking.
“Over the years, Hillsong United has developed a hugely diverse song list that encompasses a large dynamic range and various musical styles,” says Hillsong United FOH Engineer James Rudder. “When mixing front of house, I need the confidence that I can throw anything at the PA and it will handle the information in a detailed fashion. Our input list has also grown over the years and I really need to utilize all aspects of the depth and width that a PA can provide. Whether it be an intimate musical moment with few inputs or a wide open musical surge, I feel like I can rely on K1, Kara and Kudo to accurately reproduce what I am doing on the console.”