Chicago, IL (August 16, 2012)—Professional Wireless Systems, a Masque Sound Company that provides wireless systems for live and broadcast events, handled frequency coordination for all performance stages at the annual Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago’s Grant Park.
PSW’s crew of five was responsible for managing 400 frequencies per day for the three-day event, with eight stages and on-site media at the festival. To help coordinate all these activities, PWS worked closely with production company C3, media organizers and stage managers.
"Chicago is the third-largest broadcast market in the United States, making this one of the most-challenging environments from an RF point of view besides New York City and Los Angeles," says Brooks Schroeder, project manager with PWS. "With the location of the festival between Willis (Sears) and Hancock Towers, there is not a lot of bandwidth. Add 300 bands into the mix, along with all of the media present for Lollapalooza, and we really have our work cut out for us. Pre-planning an event of this size is critical to its success, especially in the case of this year’s unexpected delays and cancellations due to the weather and necessary evacuation.”
To ensure proper frequency coordination, PWS sent out coordination forms to the Lollapalooza stage managers and media reps one month prior to the festival.
"We try to get as much information about the RF needs of the performers and media ahead of time. This minimizes the potential for problems. It's a challenging event, but our team of experts has extensive experience in coordinating large events and does a fantastic job,” Schroeder said.
In addition, PA companies Eighth Day Sound and Crossroads Audio utilized the company’s Helical Antennas. PWS’ Dome Antennas were also utilized by many of the bands to reduce the risk of drop-outs and guarantee the strongest possible signal for microphones and in-ear monitors.
Lollapalooza is an annual music festival featuring popular alternative rock, heavy metal, punk rock and hip-hop bands, dance and comedy performances and craft booths. It hosts more than 100,000 people per day of the three-day event.