Calvin Harris brought down the house with the help of the L-Acoustics K1 system at the Free Press Summer Festival’s Mars Stage in Houston, TX.
Houston, TX (September 19, 2013)—The Free Press Summer Festival (FPSF), staged this past summer for the fifth time at Eleanor Tinsley Park in Houston, sold out in advance, as it presented 90 acts on six stages over two days.
FPSF’ Mars stage featured closing performances from EDM stars Bassnectar and Calvin Harris, preceded by artists like Of Monsters and Men, TV on the Radio, Mavis Staples, Alabama Shakes, Passion Pit and Cat Power. Saturn stage hosted an equally eclectic variety of performances ranging from The Postal Service, Gogol Bordello and Matt & Kim to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Geto Boys and The Mavericks.
According to LD Systems director of Production Services Robert Ausmus, both the Mars and Saturn stages utilized identical main hangs comprised of 10 L-Acoustics K1 per side, each featuring three Kara for downfill. For low-frequency reinforcement, Mars flew six K1-SB per side just outside of the K1 hangs, supplemented by 18 SB28 groundstacked subs spread out across the face of the stage, while Saturn relied solely on two dozen groundstacked SB28.
A total of 22 Kudo on each stage served as flown outfills and offstage fills. A pair of Arcs atop two SB28 per side delivered sidefill for the stages, and several Kara were additionally called upon for stage apron fill. Various quantities of 115XT HiQ, Kara and SB18 were also deployed as needed for stage monitoring, and all FOH and monitor systems were LA8-powered and processed.
“Having been a part of the Free Press Summer Festival from the very start, it’s exciting for us to see it grow from less than 10,000 people to 100,000 in just five years,” says Ausmus. “Omar Afra at Free Press Houston and Jagi Katial at Pegstar Concerts have a real genius for assembling an increasingly diverse roster of hip talent that has really helped drive their success since 2009.
“Every artist walked away from this year’s festival completely satisfied and the producers were ecstatic with how everything sounded, especially on the monster Bassnectar and Calvin Harris shows at the end of each night.”
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