French all round with Bastille’s tour with L-Acoustics22 February 2017
For a band named after Bastille Day – so called because lead vocalist Dan Smith’s birthday falls on the 14 July – it seems somewhat appropriate that their Front of House engineer, Paul Cooper, has chosen to use a French loudspeaker brand for their Wild World tour.
The K1 and K2 system Cooper is currently using is supplied by SSE Audio, who have been working with Bastille since 2013.
“As Coop(er) is a local lad to SSE one of the guys that works in our fabrications department knew him from the club scene in Birmingham. They said he was working with a band that just might have something about them,” explains SSE’s Dan Bennett. “At SSE we have a policy of supporting emerging talent, so I got in touch with Coop(er) to see how we could help and it all started from there.”
Bastille certainly now have two number one albums and on this latest tour have sold out arenas around the UK and Northern Europe, including London’s 20,000-seater The O2 Arena.
Cooper says: “My use of L-Acoustics stems from installs at venues and at festivals all over the world. “My first production tour was completed on V-DOSC and dV-DOSC. The K1 system was a wonderful step forward and, with the addition of K2s, we have a fully scalable rig for any occasion.”
SSE has supplied L-Acoustics K1s for the main hangs, with K2 under hangs. Side hangs are again K1. K1-SB subs are flown behind the K1s, with KS28 subs positioned on floor, all powered by LAX12 amplifiers.
With the aid of my systems tech, Pertu Korteniemi, and Soundvision software we can ensure everyone in the venue is getting the air moved correctly for the mix they should be hearing, says Cooper. “For the low end, we’ve been carrying KS28s and K1SB. There’s also been some Kara and ARCs with us for the odd infill and side area,” he adds. “The brackets and mountings of the system means it’s simple to have a group of K2 dealing with the down hangs at larger venues. Their blend with the K1 is just right, plus K2’s variable directivity gives us extra coverage capacity up to 110 degrees, which allows for wider horizontal coverage in the near field when flown under K1.”