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Adlib supplies L-Acoustics for Capital FM Summertime Ball

A combination of K1, V-DOSC, Kudo and KARA loudspeakers were deployed for the star-studded event, supplied by Adlib Solutions for the third consecutive year.

For the third consecutive year, UK-based technical production specialist Adlib Solutions supplied an L-Acoustics K1 PA system for the popular Capital FM Summertime Ball event, staged at Wembley Stadium in London. This year’s line-up included host Justin Timberlake, Robbie Williams, Taylor Swift, Lawson, Jessie J, Disclosure, Rudimental, Ellie Goulding and more. The K1 was tuned by KSE & systems engineer Tony Szabo, who was joined by an Adlib crew of 16 including crew chief Marc Peers, and Dave Kay who worked as RF co-ordinator. The front hangs comprised 16 x L-Acoustics K1 speakers run in conjunction with side hangs of 15 x V-DOSC and an upstage hang of 6x Kudo. There were two delay hangs of 10 deep K1s, with KARAs used for stage front fills. 16 x L-Acoustics SB28 subs per side were stacked four high, arranged in cardioid mode and end-fire configuration. KARA fills were also positioned at the rear of the FOH tower to cover the area behind the stage above FOH position which was new for this year, together with two small stages behind FOH and closer to the edge of the field-of-play. For FOH ‘house’ consoles Adlib supplied two Avid Profiles run as an A/B line system, plus a third one for the presenter desk. Robbie Williams’ FOH engineer Nick Allen brought in their own customised Avid Profile and Taylor Swift’s engineer brought in a DiGiCo SD7 to mix her performance. Phil Kielty, Adlib’s client manager commented, “It is mind blowing to see all the logistics, planning and stunningly quick changeovers for a show of this size . With Adlib and Production North’s team in sync, it all came together seamlessly. We received some amazing comments on how good our K1 rig sounded, which was nice to hear. Adlib also recently deployed an L-Acoustics K1 sound system for Lana Del Rey’s highly successful European tour.