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The Script tours with K1

Irish band The Script have just completed the UK leg of their world tour using an all-L-Acoustics system with K1 at the helm, writes Paul Watson

After touring with V-DOSC last autumn during their theatre tour, Irish sensation The Script upped the ante and took an L-Acoustics K1 system on the road during their recent UK arena tour, part of the band’s highly acclaimed Science & Faith world tour. The PA and sound crew was provided by Liverpool headquartered rental company Adlib, which also provided the gear for The Script’s 2010 theatre shows. The main system comprised two hangs of 16 K1 elements and three KARA downfills per side; two side hangs of 14 V-DOSC per side, each with six dV-DOSC downfills; and a hang of eight K1 subs flown beside each of the main hangs. For the larger arenas (including London’s O2 Arena) there were also side hangs of eight KUDOS; and L/R delays of eight K1 elements. For infills and outfills, a host of ARCS and dV-DOSC were deployed, driven by L-Acoustics LA8 amplifiers. Engineer Richy Nicholson ran 48 channels from an Avid Profile console at FOH position. Nicholson insists that migrating from the V-DOSC to the K1 was a natural progression, and that the accuracy of its horizontal throw and energy really helped when calculating precise coverage areas and positioning delays and side hangs. “Flying the K1 subs also helped enormously in getting the low end efficiently to the rear and upper levels of the arenas without having to push the main hangs too hard,” Nicholson explains. At monitor position, Paul ‘Mini’ Moore worked from a Soundcraft Vi6 console, which he rates for its ease of use and straightforward set-up; and although no wedges were deployed on stage, four SB28 subs were integrated into the backline along with two ARCS cabinets, all fed with the kick and bass channels to provide air movement from upstage, acting as atmospherics. Moore says Adlib attended to absolutely every detail during the tour. “Adlib’s crew are amazing, and the kit is in great condition,” says Moore. “Apart from all the technical stuff, I get two cups of tea during the set, together with a nice selection of chocolate goodies!”