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Getting Peckham right: Hyperdub and RSH in the place!

RSH Audio Limited supplied Funktion-One and d&b audiotechnik PA plus Yamaha consoles for a cutting-edge urban dance festival

The Peckham Rye Music Festival, held over two weekends in May, is a new addition to London’s summer music festival season. Designed for some 1,000 revelers it aims to present a variety of dub, reggae, electronic and folk act across four main stages: the Outdoor Stage, Indoor Stage, Roof D and The Nines. Featured artists for 2017 included nine-piece Essex reggae act New Town Kings, folk artist Jess Farley, dubstep pioneer Kode9 and Balearic party outfit Secretsundaze.

RSH Audio Limited provided audio kit across the site, including the DJ equipment. The Bromley-based company is fast becoming a leading supplier of engineering skills and sound consultancy for the south-east and beyond. Established in 2009 by Joe Haycocks, a man with a wealth of industry experience behind him, RSH owns an extensive stock of Funktion-One kit: Resolution 4 loudspeakers, F218MKII and F221 bass enclosures and more. RSH’s d&b audiotechnik range includes V, E and M Series cabs; Haycocks can supply Martin Audio boxes too. The console inventory includes Yamaha CL and QL and, for mics, Shure ULX-D. “Our work is a healthy balance between the music world and corporate sector,” says Haycocks.

At festival, on the Outdoor Stage, RSH Audio supplied a d&b audiotechnik PA ground four d&b V8 and three V Subs per side, ground-stacked, plus a J-Sub deployed under the stage. All subs were used in cardioid mode, helping to reduce noise spill at the back of the stage, which was close to a business and residential area. Mixing all the bands on that stage at FOH was Haycocks himself on a Yamaha CL3, picking up inputs off the Yamaha Rio rack via Dante networking tech. Stage monitors were d&b audiotechnik M4s fed off the CL3, with an iPad on stage used by the monitor engineer to control the M4s. The largest channel count for the acts was in the region of some 30 inputs.

The Indoor Stage provided the focus for the dance acts, including a Hyperdub record label night (top pic). Since 2006 the label has released cutting edge dubstep and experimental electronica, including three albums by Steve Goodman’s Kode9 who topped the bill at Peckham. Other Hypderdub acts on the bill included Cooly G, Okzharp and Skratcha DVA. The stage itself featured a simple DJ set-up: Pioneer CDJ-2000 NXS2 players and Pioneer DJM-900 Nexus 2 mixers supplied by RSH from their extensive DJ stock. A Yamaha QL1 took the L-R DJ feed with RSH’s regular freelance engineer Ciaron Harty at the helm. The PA was based around F-1 Res 4s over a F-218 bass enclosure in a four-corner stereo set-up, driven by MC2 E100 amps with NST Audio processing. Haycocks explains the Funktion-One set up. “It is a full-on warehouse vibe. Resolution 4 really do suit the sound of electronic music and we will always keep them for that. There is so much energy and power in the low-mids. It’s their efficiency in that area that keeps them winning in my mind. I do think that dance music aficionados really do understand that Funktion-One defines an amazing visceral audio experience.

“Level-wise, having a quad point system means that the audience is always near a speaker so we can be mindful of sound levels,” he continues. “It also gives a really great vibe and immersive feel.”

The Roof D stage, was situated on top of the site complex, some five floors up from the main festival site on a roof area overlooking a residential area. It’s an outdoor dance floor, with bar area able to accommodate some 200 partygoers – and the site Haycocks was most concerned about for potential noise-spill. Funktion-One F101s, each with BR118 subs, featured in a four-point quad stereo set-up again. The Nines stage was a small bar affair, based on Martin Audio Blackline loudspeakers and Martin Audio WSX Subs.

RSH’s full time staff working on the Peckham Music Festival were Ben Harrison Baker, Jack Greenfield, and Dan Coia. The crew shares a hard working ethos to Haycocks, and “a passion for dance music desire to deliver high-quality sound”.

RSH Audio is clearly a force to be reckoned with an impressive client list firmly established already. The company does a lot of subcontracting of PA and consoles to Eclipse Presentations, Aztec, Zero Degree Events and Bassline productions, working with brands such as Coca-Cola, GQ magazine and Arsenal FC. RSH will supply kit to the Social Festival in Kent, a boutique cutting edge event held at Kent County Showground, Maidstone later in the year (Nic Fanciulli and Sven Vath are on the line-up).

Haycocks (right) concludes: “I’m personally very pleased that we’re working with the Peckham Rye Music Festival and providing what I see as one of south-east London’s best-programmed events.

“It’s fantastic to be working on a local project. Having invested heavily in growing our business since we started in 2009, these kind of smaller, more ‘underground’ shows are the reason why I got into this industry.”