Every year around the beginning of February, music lovers and Italian performers descend upon the small coastal town of Sanremo, situated in the Liguria region of Italy, for the famous Sanremo Music Festival. The festival is a week-long singing competition that takes place at the Teatro Ariston in the heart of the city and is broadcast throughout the nation.
While the TV show is the main attraction, the entire town is overtaken by the festival with concerts and live shows scattered throughout Sanremo. This year, radio broadcasters and TV stations entrusted K-array for several intimate setups that were broadcasted live during the festival.
To combat the arched ceilings and narrow audience area at the old stoned Fort Santa Tecla located along the shore, K-array’s Italian distributor, Exhibo, employed a Pinnacle KR402 portable system for the main PA. A Pinnacle KR102 was used as side fill with the tops of the systems featuring closely-spaced, full-range transducers without horns, waveguides or reflex for wide horizontal coverage and narrow vertical coverage for radio and TV airtime for the broadcast company, Rai.
A KF12MT and a KF12P, both wedges, were used as stage monitors for international acts like Michele Nuo, Ermal Meta, LP, Marianne Mirage and Lele, accompanied by Social Band, the resident group of Fort Santa Tecla.
In addition to musical performances, Rai also hosted VIP guests of the festival in an exclusive lounge at the Fort where they could watch the competition live from the comfort of plush seating which were lined with metres of Anakondas on both sides supporting the main PA, a Pinnacle KR202 system.
At another location, Radio Italia hosted Fuori Sanremo by Lancôme at the Grand Hotel De Londres, in collaboration with Real Time and Vanity Fair. Italia djs Mario Volanti, Paola Gallo, Fiorella Felisatti, Daniele Bossari, with the special participation of Enzo Miccio, interviewed artists in the competition and guests of the festival using the sound reinforcement of K-array’s Pinnacle KR202 portable system and an array of Anakondas.