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AEG Live inks two-year BST Hyde Park extension with Capital Sound

Capital Sound and rental partner Martin Audio have put pen to paper on a two –year extension deal with AEG Live for the annual British Summer Time Hyde Park Festival.

This year sees AEG Live celebrate its fifth year at the site, with the BST concert programme for 2017 set to close on Sunday (July 9) with a headline performance from US rock icon Tom Petty. Other headliners this year included The Killers, Kings Of Leon, Justin Bieber and Phil Collins.

The Martin Audio system that has been deployed for the festival over the past five years has undergone a couple of changes this time around, with 24 of the firm’s new XE500 floor monitors put to work, having made debut at last month’s Glastonbury Festival (with RG Jones). These feature Coaxial Differential Dispersion technology with a patent pending third static waveguide. This is designed to deliver optimised monitor sound at very high SPL output with a defined coverage pattern designed to allow the artist freedom of movement, while reducing overlap with adjacent monitors.

Meanwhile, Capital has replaced conventional W8LM Mini Line Array front fills with 12 MLA Compact, meaning that all MLA components can now run on the same network.

Furthermore, Martin Audio W2 technology in the VIP Pavilion has been replaced with 14 x Martin Audio XD12s in landscape mode, in a move to make the coverage pattern more uniform (without the need to rotate the 80° x 50° horn).

Capital’s operations and development director, Paul Timmins, commented: “Jim [King, AEG Live event director] expects to see constant improvements in the service technology and that every component deployed is state of the art. AEG realise that MLA will remain the best tool for the job largely because the software updates are so fast moving — meaning that year on year we can continue to move the festival forward.”