Technology and Applications
Meadows Fest Streams with Indre, DiGiCo
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.
Wrangling RF at Festivals Just Got Harder
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.
Console Choices Multiply for Festivals
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...
NYC Festival Fields 23.1 Immersive System
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...
Miking Kendrick Lamar at Coachella
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...
PWS Cruises Through Coachella
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...
Audix Set For Jazz Fest
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival may colloquially be known as Jazz Fest, but that’s just about the only thing small about it. The legendary festival is held 7 nights across 10 days, hosting dozens of acts across 15...
MoogFest 2017 Sets Workshops, More
Festivals are all about having a good time, but each one has its own approach to achieving that. For Moogfest in Durham, NC, that means not merely moving your feet to the more than 300 musical performances offered, but...
dLive Tackles Dual Festivals in China
Festival culture is a worldwide phenomenon, and in China, demand is so strong that two major fests were recently held simultaneously in Shijiazhuang City: LeXiang Music Festival and Shijiazhuang Music Festival. Both events used Allen & Heath dLive S...
Montreux Jazz Festival Digitizes Archives
Forever ahead of the technological curve, the legendary Montreux Jazz Festival has recently been digitizing its entire archive in conjunction with the Claude Nobs Foundation, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and data specialist HGST.
Martin Audio Rolls into Riot Fest
This year’s Riot Fest may go down in music history as the day hell froze over when the Misfits reunited with original singer Glenn Danzig for a horror-filled set, but it was also notable for sporting four stages of...
Bassnectar Brings d&b to Bass Center 2016
EDM hero Bassnectar has been holding his trademark annual Bass Center events since 2010, each one bigger than the last, but this year’s edition saw the show turn into a two-day festival in late July that found the producer/DJ...
Martin Audio Covers Chicago Fests
Based in nearby Calumet City, Technotrix Inc. knows Chicago like the back of its hand—and the city’s festivals even more so, as it recently used a number of Martin Audio systems to reinforce both the Chicago Blues Festival and...
Networks, AoIP Flourish in Festival Audio
The proliferation of digitally-networked audio rigs and an increased acceptance of the latest AoIP (audio over internet protocol) pro audio technologies in live sound have made the modern music festival setting more comprehensively digital than ever before.
VUE Rocks China’s Ningbo Fête
World Music Day was recently celebrated in more than 450 cities in 120 countries around the world, including at the “Croisements Festival” at the 3rd Ningbo Fête de la Musiqué at the Ningbo Cultural Plaza in China. VUE Audiotechnik...
CMA Music Festival Gets RAD for RF
The annual CMA Music Festival, held June 9-12 in Nashville, offered up more than 500 artists playing more than 250 hours of concerts across 11 stages, including the crucial Nissan Stadium stage, where Rascal Flatts, Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood,...
EAW Plays Coachella
Camarillo, California-based Rat Sound has provided sound systems for numerous stages at the annual Coachella Festival for years. The perennial must-see festival, held across the sprawling Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA garners the better part of 200,000 people...
Meyer Sound Answers Boston Calling
The recent outdoor Boston Calling festival in Boston’s City Hall Plaza brought the likes of Sia, Disclosure, Robyn, Sufjan Stevens, Janelle Monae, and Haim to town, to perform through two Meyer Sound LEO family systems, provided by Atkinson, N.H.-based...
Morris Brings d&b to CMA Music Festival
This year’s CMA Music Festival—held June 9-12 in Nashville—sold out months in advance, attracting a record 88,500 fans each day to catch the latest and greatest in the world of Country Music. Over the course of the festival, more...
Punching Through with Microphones
Choosing a vocal microphone and wireless system for touring and festival work is largely dependent on musical style, audio system technical logistics and the individual needs and comfort of the artist at hand. Here, eight touring professionals detail their...
Allen & Heath Storms Embassy at SXSW
Playing SXSW is a big deal for any band, but if you’ve traveled thousands of miles from another continent, the pressure is only heightened. To give the artists playing the British Music Embassy Showcase at SXSW one less thing...
Martin Audio Takes On Wango Tango
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,...
JBL Pro Keeps The Beat at Coachella
The indie and rock acts may get all the mainstream press at the annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Southern California, but it’s also a great place to catch top EGM acts every year. At the 2016...
BassBoss Brings It in Austin
All performers want to look good in front of their hometown crowd, and for loudspeaker manufacturers, it’s the same story. Case in point: BassBoss, based in Austin, TX, has a sizable presence in various venues around town, but when...
Savannah Music Fest Makes Most of Meyer
The more than 100 performances comprising the just-completed Savannah Music Festival were all heard via Meyer Sound PAs, as the company’s systems were used at all five venues, including a new Leopard linear sound reinforcement system at the Lucas...
EAW Anya Augments Fave Fests
Rat Sound has become a go-to sound provider for numerous festivals, and last year, three of them—Taste of Chaos, Knotfest, It’s Not Dead, and FYF—had something else in common, in that Rat provided each with an EAW Anya sound...
Riot Fest Rocks Three Cities
Held in Chicago, Toronto and Denver, Riot Fest served up ample helpings of Billy Idol, Iggy Pop, Motorhead, CIV, the Damned, Ice Cube, and even Merle Haggard this year. Covering sound in all those cities was Audio Visions, an...
dLive Tasked With Festival Promessas
Festival Promessas, an annual gospel music event held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, attracts 30,000 people every year, and even more watch the event live over TV Globo, one of the country’s largest TV networks. Tackling FOH, monitors and broadcast...
New Wave Fest Rewinds Through Time
England was the birthplace of '80s New Wave, and that glossy, synth-drenched vibe lives on with the Rewind Festival—an event so popular that it is now held in three locations around the UK each year. This summer’s two-day edition...
Sensaphonics Educates At Ultra Music Fest
Sensaphonics partnered with audiologists from University of Miami UHealth at last weekend’s Ultra Music Festival in an effort to promote healthy listening to the estimated 100,000-plus electronic music fans that converged on downtown Miami’s Bayfront Park.
A&H Gets Folksy In NZ
Held annually at the Kumeu Showground, northwest of Auckland, January’s edition marked the 43rd year of the Auckland Folk Festival. Audio provider Sound Light And Stage tackled audio for the event, providing Allen & Heath’s Qu-32 compact digital mixers.
Event Safety Alliance Sets Weather Summit
The Event Safety Alliance will hold its 2016 Severe Weather Summit March 8-9, 2016 at the National Weather Center in Norman, Oklahoma. Exploring the unexpected challenges that severe weather can pose to live event organizers and their on-site staffs,...