Italian conference/festival hosted Clock DVA, Adrian Sherwood, others.
Aussie metal/funk/Latin/reggae band freaked out the festivals of Europe this summer.
Cleveland-based SR provider fields Adamson for main stage at NYC festival.
A massive PA system was brought to bear for the Pink Floyd leader's concert at London's BST Festival.
Focusrite RedNet gear was used to connect 15 delay towers and more at the main stage.
EDM mainstay Martin Garrix played two shows at RAI Amsterdam through an Adamson Systems Engineering E-Series loudspeaker system.
The annual 538 Koningsdag festival brought together Dutch EDM fans to celebrate Koningdag (Kingsday) by dancing to the likes of Armin Van Buuren, Jay Sean, Gavin DeGraw, Maan and others. Ampco Flashlight provided audio and lighting for the event, fielding an Adamson Systems Engineering E-Series system.
By Strother Bullins. Since 2001, Atlanta has been the host city for ProgPower USA, an annual indoor music festival where progressive rock and power metal bands from around the world perform for American fans who rarely get to see them live on tour. These carefully curated acts are packing the increasingly sold-out multiday festival at CenterStage, a concert complex in Midtown Atlanta. Participants have included Finland’s Nightwish, Sonata Arctica and Stratovarius; Sweden’s Sabaton and Therion; Holland’s Epica and Delain; and the UK’s DragonForce, among many, many others. And though a minority, American acts are regularly included in the mix, too—for example, Kamelot, Fates Warning, and Between The Buried And Me.
By Clive Young. The last few years have seen the concert industry ride a growing wave of success, and so far, 2017 looks to be following that trend to the letter. Tours have generally done well this year, and despite some high-profile blowouts, festivals, too, have had a strong showing. Good grosses are likewise good for live sound companies, keeping audio providers busy at all levels, from the national tour providers, to regional and local sound reinforcement businesses.
This year’s 7,000-capacity Shambala Festival featured 200 acts across a dozen stages of music programming, but Stage Audio Services’ main concern was the main stage, where it fielded a sizable Martin Audio MLA Compact rig for the event.
To paraphrase Shakespeare, something is rockin’ in Denmark—and it’s usually the Roskilde festival. To ensure that, however, the annual event has partnered with Meyer Sound, and starting with the 2018 edition, all stages at the Roskilde Festival will use Meyer Sound reinforcement systems exclusively. Additionally, Meyer Sound will train the festival’s technical staff and also create a new Roskilde Festival Academy that will offer advanced audio training year round.
Owner and chief engineer Michael Comstock upgraded the console in his Indre Mobile truck to a DiGiCo SD9 just in time to mix and stream 40 bands from this year’s Meadows Music and Arts Festival.
For years, certainly since the transition to DTV in 2010, when wireless audio equipment operators had to vacate the 700 MHz band, RF coordinators have been warning that the sky is falling. Well, that day is here.
By Strother Bullins. With the popularity of multi-act musical events at an all-time high, mixing console needs at FOH and monitor positions are broader and more complex than ever. After all, many festivals host dozens of acts, and thus dozens of different engineers, each of which will have unique preferences and mixer requirements. So, what exactly are among the most popular choices in festival mixing today, based on the observations of audio system providers?
By Ian MacDonald. Despite its relative infancy, AEG/Goldenvoice’s Panorama Festival has made a splash. Not only did this year’s edition, held July 28-30 on Randall’s Island nestled between Manhattan and Queens, feature headliners like Frank Ocean, A Tribe Called Quest and Nine Inch Nails, but it also saw an innovative deployment of technology in the form of a massive immersive experience called The Lab.
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.
While it had a famously rocky start five years ago, the BottleRock Napa Valley festival has matured like a fine wine, turning into one of the top festivals in the country. This year’s edition, which presented the likes of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Foo Fighters, Maroon 5, and Modest Mouse and others across Memorial Day Weekend, saw Los Angeles/San Francisco-based Delicate Productions return once again to provide audio for multiple sites, including the Miner Family Winery stage, where it fielded a VUE Audiotechnik house and monitor system.
By Phil Ward. On May 22, a suicide bomber detonated a device in the foyer of Manchester Arena in northern England, killing 22 and injuring 59 as they were leaving a concert by pop sensation Ariana Grande. Just thirteen days after the attack, a hastily convened benefit concert for victims and their families took place at Manchester’s Old Trafford Cricket Ground. Christened ‘One Love,’ the event brought together the community within the largest city in Northern England, and likewise revealed the intrinsically cooperative spirit of the pro-audio industry alongside a powerful vindication of recent rental company business consolidation between the UK and the US.
The annual iHeartCountry Festival recently took over Austin’s Frank Erwin Center to bring fans a dozen top names in country music, including Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley, Rascal Flatts and Kelsea Ballerini. Providing audio for the occasion was Firehouse Productions (Las Vegas, NV/Red Hook, NY).
With 125,000 in attendance at this year’s Coachella Festival, ensuring that every syllable recited by headliner Kendrick Lamar could be heard loud and clear was crucial. The task fell to the artist’s audio team, which employed Sennheiser’s Digital 9000 and new Digital 6000 wireless systems.
This year’s Coachella found Professional Wireless Systems (PWS) on-hand to provide frequency coordination for all wireless microphones, in-ear monitors and communications on the eight music stages, The Antarctic Dome, a sponsor stage, content ENG crews, artist interviews crews and a film crew, working closely with festival audio provider, Rat Sound.
The concert business may be heavily focused on festivals these days, but they’re old news to the team behind MerleFest. The venerable event marked its 30th anniversary in April, held once again on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. More than 100 artists, including James Taylor, The Zac Brown Band, The Avett Brothers, Bela Fleck and Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives performed. SE Systems of Greensboro, North Carolina handled production for 11 of the 13 stages throughout the four-day event.