Adlib supplied L-Acoustics ‘racks-and-stacks’ for George Ezra’s most recent UK and European tour.
Adlib teamed up with Stylus Productions, which provided a DiGiCo SD12 at FOH and an SD10 for monitors, two SD Racks, a Shure IEM system, d&b M4 wedges driven by D12 amplifiers for the support acts, and a variety of microphones.
Ezra’s production team returned to Adlib after they had supplied a tour earlier in the year.
According to James Coghlan, Adlib’s PA systems engineer, “it was a brilliant on-the-road experience”.
Ezra’s FOH engineer, Mike Timm, selected the L-Acoustics K2 to be the show’s PA. “It was the ideal speaker to deliver the sound, attitude, and clarity that he wanted in the various different venues,” commented Coghlan.
For the standard PA configuration, the main hangs were K2 supported with KARA side arrays, however, for some venues in Europe, they utilised the highly versatile KARAs as the main hangs.
The largest and most common configuration was 12 x K2 a side with 9-way KARA side hangs. In cases where the venue didn’t require the sides, it was a 12 x K2 with 3 x KARA down for the main arrays. KARA lip-fills were positioned along the front of the stage, with four ARCS a side for additional in-fills in the largest venues.
The subs were six stacks of KS28s, arrayed along the front of the stage in broadside format for maximum and even coverage across the venue. All of the L-Acoustics elements were driven by LA12X amplifiers, and they used Adlib’s processing racks containing two Lake LM44s and two LM26s.
Timm mixed the show using the DiGiCo SD12, which was part of the control package provided by Stylus.
For the final show at Wembley Arena, Adlib adapted the system with L-Acoustics K1 arrays – 12 a side with four KARA downs – which came in for the main hangs, whilst the K2 was used for the sides.
According to Coghlan, L-Acoustics was fitting for the range and dynamics of Ezra’s vocals and the diversity of the performance. The addition of a brass section differentiated the band from a standard pop-rock lineup, and Ezra sang and played guitar throughout the set.
Client manager Phil Kielty added: “I have been a big fan of George for the last few years so for us get to work with him and his crew was a real thrill. He was one of the biggest selling artists of 2018 with around 4.7 million albums sold worldwide. His live shows were simply stunning, he is a great songsmith and a real showman. Massive thanks go out to Jake Vernum, Ollie Weeks, Chris McGuinness, Mike Timm and Trevor Plunkett who made everything run so smoothly.”