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Ampco in sync at Lowlands festival

Ampco provided the PA equipment for all stages at this year’s Lowlands festival which sold out in a record-breaking nine days, writes Paul Watson

Top Dutch rental company Ampco deployed its Synco PA systems to all 12 stages at last weekend’s sell-out Lowlands festival, located just outside Amsterdam. A star-studded line-up over three days including Snow Patrol, Blink 182, Massive Attack, Mumford & Sons and popular Dutch act Anouk (pictured) ensured that Camping Flight to Lowlands Paradise (its official title) sold all 55,000 tickets in just nine days. Ampco’s sound team were on site two days prior to proceedings with an enormous 10 trucks of equipment; and the day after the festival, its 50-strong crew took just seven hours to clear it all away again! Marcel Albers, Ampco’s director of marketing and communications and Synco’s commercial director, says it’s all about teamwork and running a tight ship. “At Lowlands, we were able to call upon some of our [Synco Europe Network] partners from across Europe to bring in some of the gear,” explains Albers. “It’s nice for our Dutch company, Ampco-Flashlight, to have an exchange of personnel – not only in a social sense, but more importantly so that we can all work together.” The four biggest stages – Alpha, Bravo, Grolsch and India – used Synco by Martin Audio W8L Longbow line arrays with Synco WSX318 triple-18” subwoofers; and the smaller stages were equipped with Synco Touring Systems which were ground stacked. The Juliette Theatre was equipped with Synco by Martin Audio W8M mini line arrays with 20 cabinets per side. For monitoring on the various stages Ampco provided a total of 100 15” Synco dual concentric wedges, and 40 12” Synco dual concentric wedges. A total of 16 Midas FOH and monitor analogue desks were in use, and digital desks were provided for specific artists if requested – a total of 12 Yamaha, DiGiCo and Soundcraft digital consoles. Barney Pronk, who tours an Ampco rig in his role as FOH engineer for Anouk, says that you have to trust the people as well as the gear. “It’s important that the people involved are not only very good engineers, but real musical people,” says Pronk. “That’s 50% of it for me right there – and that’s what they’re like at Ampco; and of course the PA equipment is fantastic.”