London, UK (July 14, 2017)—London’s Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park Festival (BST) just marked its fifth consecutive year at the site and once again, Capital Sound provided audio at numerous stages throughout the event. With a new two-year extension to their contract with BST in their pocket, Capital implemented upgraded Martin Audio gear on the main Great Oak Stage.
The rental company introduced 24 new Martin Audio XE500 floor monitors, which saw their debut at last month’s Glastonbury Festival (with RG Jones). Driven by Martin Audio’s new iKON iK42 advanced 4-channel power amplifier, the XE monitors were used by bands performing at the event, including Blondie and Starsailor, as well as some supporting mixes for The Killers. “We saw these monitors at the development stage—they are slightly smaller and lighter than their predecessors, and the indications are very positive,” said Capital operations & development director, Paul Timmins. Capital also replaced the previous front fills with 12 MLA Compact bxoes, so that all MLA components can now run on the same network.
Elsewhere, they replaced Martin Audio W2 technology in the VIP Pavilion with 14 XD12s in landscape mode to make the coverage pattern more uniform. For the rest of the main Great Oak Stage set up the PA was consistent with last year and comprised two hangs of 16 MLA and an MLD Downfill per side, with 13 MLA and an MLD Downfill for the sidehangs. The sub array consisted of 21 MLX in a broadside cardioid array, with a further 11 enclosures back facing. The ten main delay towers included seven MLA and a single MLD Downfill, supported by 12 MLX subs while delay positions 10 and 11 deployed eight MLA Compacts. Site wide signal transmission was once again via an Optocore redundant loop fiber ring system.
Capital’s crew included Martin Connolly, account manager, Great Oak Stage, with Paul Timmins taking responsibility for the other stages. Al Woods was crew chief main stage; FOH babysitter was Chris Whybrow, while crew chief on Stage 2 was Robert Eatock, and David Preston was on FOH babysitting duties.