Denmark (July 18, 2019)—Marking the second year of a five-year partnership between Berkeley, CA-based Meyer Sound and Northern Europe’s largest and longest-running music event, this year’s Roskilde Festival took place in early July, garnering crowds of 130,000 daily that flocked to see 180 acts on eight stages, including Cardi B, Bob Dylan, Travis Scott, Janelle Monáe, Robert Plant, and Wu-Tang Clan.
The partnership focuses on education initiatives, R&D, and large-scale festival management, with the event itself serving as both a technology showcase and a laboratory for research on sound propagation and management techniques.
Nearly 1,000 Meyer Sound loudspeakers, supplied by European AVL integrator Bright Group, were deployed across all festival stages and performance spaces, from the 1,000-capacity Gloria stage to the 60,000-capacity Orange main stage.
The Roskilde stages were powered by the entire Leo Family, including Lina, Leopard, Leo and Lyon arrays and 750-LFC, 900-LFC, and 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements, with VLFC very low-frequency control elements. Numerous point source loudspeakers including UPA-1P and the brand-new Ultra-X40 — which was also used as main field monitors at FOH — provided delay and frontfill support, while MJF-210s served as stage monitors. Network processing was handled by Galileo Galaxy processors.
New technical approaches this year ranged from enhanced AVB control to new PA configurations, such as a new subwoofer array at the Orange stage. “We were able to apply our learnings from last year to make meaningful strides going into year two. Last year, we had the normal end-fire subwoofer array flown,” says Dennis Tholema, Meyer Sound senior technical European support. “This year, it’s a gradient end-fired subwoofer array, which is upward-staggered and down-steered to be able to get the maximum cancellation on the stage and backstage—we achieved a reduction of around 17 dB, so it was very quiet onstage. “
With the festival over, all involved are already looking ahead to 2020, which will be a milestone. “This year is Meyer Sound’s 40th anniversary and next year is Roskilde’s 50th anniversary,” says Meyer’s executive vice president, Helen Meyer. “So we’re very, very excited about building on everything this year, making it even better next year, and helping Roskilde celebrate their 50th in great style.”
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