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‘Mindblowing’ Funktion-One sound system used for Radio 1’s Ibiza weekend

Cheshire Event Production supplied a Funktion-One Evo sound system for BBC Radio 1’s Ibiza 2017 event on August 5-6.

The annual gig at San Antonio’s famous Cafe Mambo Sunset Stage featured sets from David Guetta, Fatboy Slim and Danny Howard.

The live shows, attended by around 14,000 across the weekend, were broadcast on TV, radio and online during the first weekend of August.

The dramatic setting on the rocky coastline came with some interesting challenges. Cheshire’s Olly Wayman explained: “The whole event is a huge challenge, working on the rocks would be the first one.”

“The council sets very tight sound restrictions but the directivity of the Evo 7s makes it super easy to ensure we get good SPL where it’s needed and not where it shouldn’t be. We’ve had the Evo 7s for three years now and we got our APA amplifiers at the same time. The entire system is just in a different class – we’re getting mind-blowing results every time.”

The Funktion-One rental partner deployed a main system comprising six Evo 7E (three per side) and 12 F121 single-21in bass enclosures (six per side), supplemented by two Evo 7 SH skeletal speakers for side-fill and two Resolution 1 speakers for front-fill. Two Evo 7SH and two BR218 bass reflex speakers were used for delays. Power and control for the system came from seven XTA APA Dante-enabled amps and an MC2 Delta80 Dante-enabled processor.

Speaking to PSNEurope, Funktion-One founder, Tony Andrews, said: “Evo systems deliver high-output, efficiency and great control. All three are important attributes but the latter was particularly relevant for the Radio 1 stage at Café Mambo, like it is for so many outdoor events these days. Evo’s large waveguides confer very good directivity, meaning the sound goes exactly where you want it to go. The result is more enjoyment for the audience and fewer problems for the sound crew.”

Production manager Tom Brown commented: “The sound was clean and tight all weekend. Every artist was very happy and impressed. Olly and his team did a superb job under some very challenging circumstances and demanding audio specifications from both myself and from the BBC.”