Childish Gambino’s recent This Is America tour saw Britannia Row provide the L-Acoustics L-ISA system, which delivered ‘an immersive show’.
Maryland University’s Diamondback newspaper described Gambino’s tour as “an immersive show,” adding: “Despite the large venue, the performance still felt intimate.”
Gambino’s tour director, Christian Coffey, who also serves for hip-hop duo Run The Jewels, first heard L-ISA when the band went out on Lorde’s North American Melodrama tour earlier this year.
“Lorde’s tour sounded incredible—really full and panoramic,” Coffey commented. “Childish’s management was at her Staples’ Centre show and felt the same way, so that’s when our discussions began. Everyone wanted an immersive experience with a non-traditional arena show, and we felt that the L-ISA system could be a great fit.”
For the 20,000-seat, sold-out arenas on Gambino’s tour, the L-ISA Scene system comprised three centre arrays of 15 K2 flanked by a pair of 21-enclosure Kara arrays. For increased horizontal spread, four arrays of 15 Kara were flown, two per side, outside of the Scene system as an additional L-ISA Extension system, while two arrays of 13 K2 were deployed to provide coverage to the seats on the extreme sides of the stage.
Palpable low frequency coverage was delivered by two adjacent centre hangs of eight KS28 each, flown in a cardioid configuration, while an additional eight ground-stacked KS28 provided LF reinforcement to the near-field audience. Six Kara spread across the stage lip provided front fill, and the entire system was driven by LA12X amplified controllers housed in LA-RAK II touring racks.
Boston’s WRBBradio.com added: “In that moment, nearly 20,000 people became a part of something greater, something closer, something visceral. With our hands in the air, and the bass vibrating our bodies… we could feel community.”
Coffey concluded: “The L-ISA system has the capability to improve the overall breadth and dynamic possibilities for a live concert experience, it can really widen and improve the aural experience in a multitude of settings and shows. Everyone at L-Acoustics has been excellent to deal with. They went above and beyond to provide assistance and help wherever they could to make sure that we had everything possible for a successful show.”