Carson, CA (May 24, 2016)—The annual Wango Tango radio festival show in Los Angeles is always a big deal; this year’s edition, held May 14 at the StubHub Center Stadium in Carson, CA, saw KISS-FM field the likes of Gwen Stefani, Ariana Grande, Meghan Trainor, Zayn, Iggy Azalea, The Chainsmokers and Fifth Harmony, with Ryan Seacrest hosting. Audio for the annual shindig was provided by 3G Productions of Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
For the event, 3G covered the venue with a Martin Audio MLA rig, which faced a number of demands in terms of how the configured system had to cover the area—and not cover the area, too. 3G system tech Manny Perez explained that there was “a residential neighborhood beyond the stands in the direction the PA was pointing, which has been a source of noise complaints in the past. That and the audience stage left was sitting in the stands, while the audience stage right was both in the stands and box seats inside a flat building with windows that created reflections off the glass we had to control.
“So the PA had to cover a lot of different surfaces in what was an asymmetrical space,” said Perez, “and MLA’s control helped us make the adjustments for all of those various points quickly and easily. Plus a large shade canopy covered most of the stadium’s top tiers, which was a concern in terms of reflections and the fact they might funnel the sound towards the residential neighborhood.”
3G crew for the event in addition to Manny included Clark Thomas (FOH Tech), Ken Quinlan (Monitors A), Dustin Delcker (Monitors B), Willie Gonzalez (RF Tech), Jon Daly (RF Coordinator), Andrew Grom Warren (Stage Tech), Alex Kanakis (Stage Tech) and Kevin Wear (Stage Tech).
“MLA was a major help for us in keeping the coverage uniform and consistent throughout the stadium while preventing noise spillage beyond the venue,” said Perez. “I never got an alert about noise complaints from the neighborhood and the StubHub staff responsible for dB control were fine with the show’s off site sound levels.
“In terms of audio quality, it was a really great show,” said Perez. “Probably the best stadium event sonically speaking that I’ve heard in a long time. Guest FOH engineers and management for the headliners were ecstatic about MLA. It sounded really massive.”