K-array’s flagship Firenze touring system returned to the O2 Arena for ’80s band Bros’ sold-out reunion in August.
The Italian manufacturer’s system was deployed at the south east London venue for two nights, with a FOH system comprising 12 KH8 panels on each side of the stage.
Staged by Leeds-based Production North, the dates marked the second time that K-array Firenze had been used to cover the O2, having previously been deployed in May for Diversity’s UK tour.
“K-array makes a range of unique and extremely clever products that are totally out there and on their own in the industry, so being able to bring Firenze back into this genuinely iconic venue in London – one of the most loved venues on the planet for live music – is a real honour,” said Sam Nankivell of UK distributor 2B Heard, who provided technical support for Production North across both nights.
“This is an unmissable opportunity to fly the system in the O2, to show people how it works and to be part of a large production that has the whole country talking.”
The K-array system’s previous appearance at the O2 saw it cover all but the blanked-off top tier of the Arena with a core system of just nine KH8 panels per side.
For Bros, Production North required only minimal additions to the system in order to cater to the venue. In addition to the 12 KH8 panels on each side, six IP65-rated KS8 subwoofers per side provided low-end extension. In addition, two side hangs comprised three Mugello KH3 concert series panels plus four Mugello KH2 down fills per side.
“The way it rigs, the speed with which it rigs and the lack of space it needs in a truck – it’s all impressive,” said Production North Director Steve Levitt, who personally manned the front of house position for both of the O2 shows.
For distributor 2B Heard, returning to the O2 Arena marked the latest step in Firenze’s growing acceptance within the UK’s competitive live touring sector.
“After asking ‘When will I be famous?’, Firenze has now proven itself multiple times here in the O2 Arena, and out at festivals such as the Isle of Wight,” concluded Nankivell. “Engineers and production companies are realising that they can have it all – a high-end touring system which is incredibly affordable in terms of trucking, extremely fast to fly, and which provides a truly world class performance.”
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