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ADLIB contracted for ‘giant’ event

Unique street theatre performance by France’s Royal De Luxe featured 15-metre puppets making their way through the streets of Liverpool, and L-Acoustics speakers hung from cranes.

Last week more than 500,000 people gathered in Liverpool for the “Sea Odyssey Giant Spectacular” event, a ‘massive’ production featuring 15-metre tall marionettes created by French street theatre company Royal De Luxe. Local audio solutions provider ADLIB was contracted to provide several PA systems for the performance, coordinating with Royal De Luxe on their requirements, which included French audio brands L-Acoustics and Nexo. Five K-Standard L-Acoustics PA hangs were deployed over three venues including Stanley Park, the Kings Dock and Canning Dock respectively. Two arrays of 16 x L-Acoustics V-DOSC were used in Stanley Park, where the speakers were suspended on two cranes supplied by Such Crane Hire. For control, ADLIB supplied Lake processing, plus two Soundcraft Vi1 mixing consoles. At the Kings Dock, 40 L-Acoustics K1 speakers were deployed, again split into two hangs and hung on cranes. There was also another two Soundcraft Vi1 consoles with system control from the new LA Network Manager 2.0 complemented by ADLIB’s recently upgraded Lake LM processing racks. The system on the Band Music Boat – stationed at the Kings Dock – consisted of 24 L-Acoustics KARA speakers in four stacks of six, two in the bow of the boat and two towards the stern, giving a full 360 degree coverage. Eight L-Acoustics SB18 subs and a DiGiCo SD8 mixing console completed the system. There was also a full monitor system of eight Nexo PS10 wedges, and a rack of L-Acoustics LA 8 amplifiers. The grand finale at Canning Dock featured a large hang of 16 x V-DOSC elements suspended by cranes. ADLIB’s Phil Stoker commented: “The Sea Odyssey was a fabulous event and a great piece of public art to be involved in. It was incredible to see so many people getting involved and inspired by the drama and performance. The entire event created a very special and unique atmosphere in the city of Liverpool that will be remembered for a long time”.