Henley-on-Thames, UK (August 26, 2016)—Sound production company RG Jones Audio Engineering once again provided audio for the annual five-day Henley Festival in the town of Henley-on-Thames, including on the Floating Stage (positioned over the River Thames) where Elton John and Dame Shirley Bassey headlined via a Martin Audio MLA Compact rig.
While Martin Audio gear was also used on other stages and in the Comedy Tent, the Floating Stage was decked out with four hangs of eight MLA Compact, with a further four elements on each side as infills, underpinned by six MLX subs on each side.
RG Jones production manager Jim Lambert, stated, “This was the first year in the Festival’s history where the local council had imposed noise restrictions, written into the license document. Although not particularly different to any other festival noise limits, the closest residential dwelling was a matter of a few hundred meters from the main stage, so careful design and control were necessary. It was vital that the sound stayed where it was wanted and we were more than able to meet the council’s limitations and yet still provide all the sound engineers with sufficient headroom.”
Another Henley veteran, Simon Honywill, added, “Floating Stage is a hard location to cover because it's only 130 feet deep but about 650 feet wide. Speaker positions are not ideal, so MLA Compact is sufficiently flexible to provide excellent coverage and achieve a great sound.”
Helping to maximize the sound was system engineer, Mark Edwards. He reports that he produced a slightly stronger hard avoid optimization than normal. “This was because the PA hangs a few feet or so upstage, but that was more for the stage. It enables us to get a higher gain-before-feedback threshold. We also used cardioid subs to keep the sound on-site rather than spill across the river.”