Folk singer Passenger left school at the age of 16 to pursue a music career by busking in the streets of England and Australia. Known off–stage as Michael David Rosenberg, Passenger was initially the name of his band, but when it dissolved in 2009, he kept the name for his solo work.
In 2012, his career took off with worldwide hit single Let Her Go and with seven albums under his belt, Passenger released an eighth this fall, titled Young as the Morning, Old as the Sea.
Now on tour in support of his new album, Passenger is relying on support from a Meyer Sound LEO Family reinforcement system provided by UK audio hire company Major Tom Ltd. The majority of shows are in large auditoriums and smaller arenas, where the system employs main hangs of 34 Leopard line array loudspeakers with bass support from eight 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements.
For the largest venue of the tour, Amsterdam’s 17,000-capacity Ziggo Dome, the main hangs comprised 12 LEO and six LYON line array loudspeakers, with the Leopard loudspeakers re-configured as side hangs. Completing the Meyer Sound roster are four M’elodie line array loudspeakers, four JM-1P arrayable loudspeakers, four UPA-1P loudspeakers, and two Galileo processors.
FOH engineer and production manager Simon Kemp, who has worked with Passenger for the past two years, chose Leopard in part because of its attention to detail. “My show is all about hearing every phrase Passenger sings. His fans are there to hear his storytelling and anything short of perfect clarity won’t be accepted,” he explains. “With Leopard I can achieve amazing audio coverage and maintain a 100db average in 5,000 capacity rooms and my PA system fits in 17 feet of truck space.”