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Capital returns to We Are FSTVL with Martin Audio

Coverage was provided without the use of delay towers on the outdoor main stage

Capital Sound recently returned to the award-winning We Are FSTVL site at Damyns Hall Aerodrome, UK, fielding a Martin Audio MLA system on the three main stages.

The company last worked on the two-day event back in 2014. Fatboy Slim and Steve Angello headlined at the festival, with international DJs, including Sven Vath, Richie Hawtin, Craig David and Armand van Helden and the upgraded stage enabled them to support a greater speaker payload.

Capital Sound account manager Martin Connolly said: “The improved 21 metre dome stage with custom PA wings enabled us to fulfill all objectives. With a 1,200kg weight-loading we were able to install more boxes.”

The PA team, with Charlie Ellery as crew chief, provided coverage for the 20,000 strong audience, without the use of delay towers on the outdoor main stage, dubbed Ancient Realm, as well as Arena 1 and Arena 2.

Working alongside acoustic consultants, Vanguardia, the additional Martin Audio muscle enabled the sound production company to reach an SPL of 100dB(A) for Fatboy Slim and a minimum of 102dB(A) for Steve Angello on the main stage, despite the swirling winds. Elsewhere, in one of the tents, this hit 104dB(A) — for MK — while at the same time meeting the offsite limit capped at 65dB(A). One of MLA’s unique features is the ability to use ‘electronic steering’ to reduce audio reflections and perimeter escape.

As to PA configuration, the main stage featured 10 x MLA elements on each flank, at the bottom of which was a single MLD Downfill. This was supplemented by 13 x MLX subs, some rear facing, in a broadside cardioid array. To ensure coverage consistency they added four Martin Audio W8LC’s either side of the PA wings as out and infills and four W8LM Mini Line Arrays in the centre.

Of the two main tents, Arena 1 was equipped with eight MLA and an MLD Downfill on each side, with 12 x MLX subs, four W8LM’s covering the front areas and a pair of W8LC providing outfills. As for the smaller Arena 2 Capital Sound provided seven MLA for each wing, with eight x WS218X subs ground stacked and eight W8LM Mini Line Array elements.

Barrington said: “When it comes to sound design, good levels and clean sound are paramount in delivering the experience that people expect … Being able to achieve 104dB throughout for MK [in the MK Area 10 tent] with minimal bleed was superb.”