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New BoxPark Croydon blasts off with MLA

The event space was challenging as it was surrounded by metal containers and glass

The new BoxPark Croydon retail venue in London was launched with VME and sister company Creation Live joining forces with We Are The Fair to provide full production for the opening.

The new retail space, filled with eateries and drinking establishments, provided a space allowing 2,000 people to come and be entertained over the weekend, with both events broadcast through VME’s Martin Audio MLA Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array.

VME rigged two hangs of MLA left and right of the stage trimmed at 5m, then arranged eight Martin Audio MLX subwoofers in a broadside array across the front of the stage.

Mark Cleator, VME head of sound says: “Considering this event space is surrounded by metal containers and glass, the ability to control the audio within the audience area was key. With the arrays already flown we were able to really fine tune this area, while controlling off axis rejection. With the new Display software release in our arsenal we were able to keep reflections away from a large section of glass at the rear of the venue without sacrificing level for the crowd.”

Eskimo Dance provided the entertainment for the Saturday and thelatest and upcoming DJ’s and Grime MC’s were on show, while Mistajam kick-started the whirlwind of sets that followed.

The Sunday event was more laid back with Jay Prince headlining an eclectic mix of new and upcomers such as Barney Artist, Alfa Mist and the wild Nova Twins.

Tom Whittle, events director, adds: “Even with the varied music that was on offer over the weekend, the Martin Audio system never faltered and was capable of handling anything that was thrown at it.”