New York, NY (July 15, 2016)—FBT may be an Italian company but its loudspeakers are used around the world—as shown by its growing presence in the UK festival market, where its speakers have been a part of the most recent editions of the Lechlade Music Festival and Victorious Festival.
Salisbury-based Midas Pro Sound used an FBT Muse system at the Lechlade Music Festival in late May in Lechlade, Gloucestershire. With a capacity of just under 10,000, this year's festival featured more than 60 bands and performers and was headlined by The Proclaimers and Doctor and the Medics.
Midas Pro Sound's Paul Nicholson first found out about the FBT Muse system through one of their UK Distributor’s marketing emails, and soon met onsite at Lechlade and with Mike Vayle from Element Audio Hire, who owns a Muse system. “I was easily convinced to specify it for this year’s festival,” said Nicholson. The two-day event put the system through a sonic test covering Rock, Prog, Folk, Blues, Ska, Folk, Dance and 50-piece choirs.
There wasn’t quite as much variety when Portsmouth's Nevada Music chose an FBT line array system for the acoustic stage at the most recent Victorious festival. Matt Morey, Nevada's PA and Live Sound specialist, said, “Our headliner on the Nevada Acoustic Saturday was Grant Nicholas from Feeder, and Ben Ottewell, who was the lead singer from Gomez, on the Sunday night. We've been working with FBT UK for the past few years and they were natural choice to supply the ground stacked line array for this event.”
The FOH system comprised four a side of FBT's Muse 210LA, groundstacked, with four FBT Mitus 218SA along the front of the stage. Stage monitoring for vocals was handled by four FBT ProMaxx 14As and the sum monitoring comprised one FBT Verve 115MA and one FBT Subline 18SA.
“It was great,” said Morey. “The throw was better than a comparable point source system, as you would expect, and it worked really well. The artists were all very happy with the sound, including a couple of acts who brought their own engineers with them. Even when we were running full bands through it, the system didn't run out of steam. For an active rig, it performed well with no need for an external processor; for a ‘throw up and play’ system it certainly held its own.”