Martin Audio is to exhibit a Lego model of its Glastonbury Festival sound set-up at this year's Prolight + Sound show in Frankfurt. Glastonbury has used a Martin Audio MLA PA system, supplied by RG Jones Sound Engineering, on the Pyramid Stage since 2007.
The 4' x 4' (1.2m x 1.2m) model, built by Bright Bricks, contains 12,500 individual LEGO bricks and took 120 hours to build. It features replica MLA hangs and MLX subwoofers, a flag-waving crowd and even a true-to-life queue for the toilets.
“We wanted to celebrate our involvement in arguably the most prestigious festival in the world and the record-breaking success of MLA last year," says Martin Audio director of marketing James King, who commissioned the Lego model. "We thought as a bit of theatre for this year’s Prolight + Sound it would garner lots of attention.” (In 2014, the MLA system broke records with the loudest ever recorded sound levels at FOH while still maintaining strict off-site noise pollution levels.) “It’s one of the projects that you get a real kick out of – Lego, loudspeakers, Glastonbury… what more is there to life?!
“We’ve had many people asking whether we will mass produce these, but this will definitely be a one off. We have, however, produced 500 limited-edition Lego Certified Professional MLA Mini models that are sure to be seen on many of our partners’ desks in the coming weeks.” Standing at nearly 12cm tall, the MLA Mini model is gift-boxed with instructions on how to build it, and comes with decorating stickers. King concludes: “It doesn’t make any sound, but it’s sure to create quite a stir!"
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