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QSC KLA Series makes a Hell of a Scandinavian debut

Scandinavia’s first QSC KLA Series active line array system was deployed for Norway's recent Hell music festival, writes Paul Watson.

QSC’s KLA Series recently made its Scandinavian debut as more than 20 bands and artists sung the blues at Norway’s 19th annual Hell music festival, located in the small village of, believe it or not, Hell! Other QSC kit deployed included K Series active loudspeakers, WiedLine-8 Series line arrays, and a number of PowerLight 3 Series amplifiers. 

Norwegian lighting and PA rental company, Sceneservice, has supplied all of the stage equipment for the event, which is humorously nicknamed ‘Blues in Hell’, for the past four years. This year’s international performers included Louisiana legend, Henry Gray; Texan, Johnny Winter; the British Blues Band; and Hell festival founder, Jon Uthus. 
 Sceneservice deployed QSC kit for the festival’s two major live venues: the circular Magic Mirror tent, which is erected in the middle of Hell; and the village’s 900-year old Vaernes church, the oldest preserved stone building in Norway. 
 At Værnes church, Sceneservice deployed a KLA line array system, which was supplied by local distributors, EM Nordic. Three QSC KLA12 line array cabinets hung each side, and a KW181 sub was positioned either side of the building to help serve the 400-strong capacity audience. 
 “Some of the best artists in the blues world perform in Hell every year, and they demand top-quality gear,” explains Jonas Nielsen of Sceneservice, who was also FOH engineer at the Værnes church. “You could hear even the lowest whisper from local singer Siri Bones at the far back of the church with our brand new KLA system. We’re looking forward to using it on a lot of different jobs in the future; and so far, it’s definitely on top of our ‘value for money’ list!”
 At the Magic Mirror tent, three WideLine-8 Series speaker arrays were hung on each side to provide wide-area coverage to the major part of the 1,500-strong audience, together with a pair of WL212 subwoofers, all powered by PowerLight Series amps. K Series K10 active loudspeakers acted as fill-ins for listeners behind the stage, and PowerLight 340 amps powered the wedges at both venues. The entire setup was managed by a QSC SC28 system controller. 
 “The QSC WideLines deliver crystal-clear sound, and an amazing low end from those small subs; we can’t think of any PA system on the market that would do the job better,” Nielsen concludes.

This news follows hot on the heels of another QSC first the debut of its KLA series in a US HoW.