Adlib helped Grammy nominated US rock band Panic! at The Disco for their recent UK and European tours, providing sound, video and lighting production, plus crew.
The band released their fifth studio album, Death of a Bachelor in January.
Adlib supplied a complete control and monitor package for the European leg of the tour, tech’d by Julien Helme in Europe, adding a full L-Acoustics K1 / K2 racks-and-stacks system for the four UK dates and joined by Tony Szabo and Gavin Murray.
Adlib’s systems engineer also worked closely with Panic’s FOH engineer Spencer Jones and their monitor guru Jeremy Groshong.
Alexandra Palace was the largest iteration of the system, for which they installed 10 x K1 speakers a side, each K1 array had four KARA downfills. This was supplemented by two delay hangs of 8 x K2’s positioned just behind FOH. These same K2 hangs had been the side hangs in Cardiff Arena.
Sixteen KS28 subs were positioned under and next to the stage in a stack of two and then three and then another three stacked with four ARCS front fills on top. L-Acoustics KARA speakers were utilised along the front lip of stage.
The subs and K2 were powered by the new L-Acoustics LA12X amplifiers with the rest of the system driven by LA8’s as Adlib have been growing their stock of the new amps. Adlib’s Lake Control rack dealt with the system EQ and signal distribution and runs over fibre and Dante.
A DiGiCo SD10 was specified by Spencer for FOH complete with SD rack and Madi interface, with an SD9 in the loop for the opening acts. The band supplied their own full set of Shure IEMs, which were run with a set of Shure UHF-R wireless radio mics and control from Adlib.
The challenge each night was getting the sound above the rambunctious loudness and piercing screams of Panic’s hugely enthusiastic fans, who effortlessly hit the 112dBA mark as they become fully immersed in the set with the band.
“It’s a tricky task, but Spencer has been doing it for some time and has fine-tuned his techniques to ensure everyone gets a fantastic sound,” concludes Szabo.
Phil Kielty client manager adds: “We’ve been incredibly fortunate to work with Panic! on and off for 10 years and seeing their live side evolve has been quite incredible. They came over in January and played an awesome and emotional show in Brixton, just after David Bowie had passed. Since then we’ve been with them from Moscow to Madrid and the energy put into the live shows is something else.”