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K-array system overcomes challenging noise conditions at Isle of Wight festival

Tara Lepore 10 July 2017
K-array at IoW 2017

K-array touring system Firenze overcame challenging on-site noise conditions on two stages at the Isle of Wight Festival in June.

Teams working on the Hard Rock and Jack Rocks stages also confirmed that the K-array system was quick to set up despite a tight festival schedule.

Starsailor frontman James Walsh appeared on the outdoor Hard Rock stage where FOI engineer Christian Lewis was mixing the sound.

Lewis said: “The location of the stage near to a busy thoroughfare as well as typical festival noise regulations meant that we faced challenges that had to be accommodated throughout the event.

“But I am glad to say that we were able to achieve dynamic, impactful audio for all of the artists that appeared.”

Based on a flat panel design, Firenze’s panels are anchored in pre-cabled groups of three for rapid rigging and deployment, while entire systems are flown in a straight line with the option to tilt individual panels as required.

“Part of the appeal of the Firenze system is how quick it is to use, from unloading to rigging and then tuning,” added Lewis.

“It really took no time at all from setting the system up to getting great results, and knowing that we would be able to deliver excellent sound for the many acts playing the stage over the course of the festival’s three days.”

Located in a medium-sized tent, the unsigned acts-oriented Jack Rocks stage represented more of a controlled environment. The Firenze configuration – overseen by FOH engineer Shaun Trotter – was based around two KH7 line array elements and one KS8 subwoofer per side.

“I do a lot of gigs where the PA has to be like the opposite of a well-mannered Victorian child: heard but not seen,” said Trotter. “The JD Rocks stage was housed in a small marquee with close sides and a low roof, which meant that the bands’ backline and stage spill was extremely loud, and I was impressed that a box as visually discreet as the KH7 could keep up.”

More than 60,000 fans made the trip to Newport for Isle of Wight festival this year, where K-array UK distrubutor 2B Heard’s Dave Wooster hopes to see the system again.

“The performance of the Firenze at the Isle of Wight Festival underlines the fact that it is more than capable of coping with the time-poor, expectation-heavy requirements of a busy festival site,” said Wooster.

“I think it’s safe to say that we can look forward to both the KH8 and KH7 systems popping up on more festival specs during the months ahead.”

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