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OneBigStar shines brightly at Glastonbudget

Roland Systems Group and Shuttlesound collaborate with event production and rental company OneBigStar to equip this year’s 7,000 sell-out Glastonbudget festival, writes Paul Watson

Roland Systems Group and Shuttlesound collaborate with event production and rental company OneBigStar to equip this years 7,000 sell-out Glastonbudget festival. Glastonbudget takes place every year at Turnpost Farm in Wymeswold, Leicestershire. It was begun in 2005 and in Year One saw less than 700 people come through its doors; five years on, the three-day event is now Europe’s largest festival for tribute bands and new acts. This year’s performers included Oasish, Blurb, The Fillers and The Four Fighters! Neal Allen mixed all main stage acts from a Yamaha M7CL console. Roland Systems Group provided a ‘silent stage’ in the VIP marquee (located close to the main stage) which comprised of M-48 personal monitor mixers, RSS digital consoles, V-Drums and guitars and keyboards. They also supplied M400 and M380 digital mixers with digital snakes for the stages. “On the silent stage, every musician can have their own digital mix at one of the M-48 stations,” says Martin Thomas of RSG. “The sound you hear can never interfere with the main event, so if you want to rehearse, you have a place where the crowd can’t hear you; also, we’ve found that musicians like to come in, have a drink and jam together to try out the equipment, so it’s a great showcase for that.” OneBigStar, who has provided full production for the festival for several years now, worked closely with Shuttlesound to cater for the event’s PA requirements. Electro-Voice sound systems were installed; the main stage was kitted out with an XLC line array system; two hangs of 12 boxes per side and 16 Xsubs, all powered by Tour Grade amplifiers. Stage two featured a Tour X range system and QRx subs. Shuttlesound promoted the event as its Big Day Outside – a super-sized version of one of its Big Day Out customer days. “Working with OneBigStar and Glastonbudget gives us the chance to go a stage further and show our bigger line array systems in action,” says Sean Maxwell, managing director of Shuttlesound, “And it’s great for us to have the Roland guys onboard as it’s nice to have a front end; it completes the whole signal chain quite comfortably.”