Southend-on-Sea’s Maple Pro Audio provided sound and staging equipment for a march to mark the first anniversary of the People’s Assembly Against Austerity being established on 21 June. The march ended in the shadow of the Houses of Parliament and featured speeches by comedians Russell Brand and Mark Steel, MP Caroline Lucas and journalist Owen Jones as well as live music performances.
The rally courted controversy almost immediately: even though it began outside the BBC’s Portland Place HQ, the broadcaster gave it very little coverage, prompting accusations that it was subject to a news blackout.
The initial brief suggested that the event would attract up to 5,000 people. As the crowds grew – some reports suggest 50,000 were in attendance – Maple Pro Audio’s ground stacked ES System (only one mid/hi cabinet per side, plus subs) continued to cover the protesters with the “required level and definition”, claims KV2.
Commenting on his experience, FOH engineer Glyn Morgan said: “We chose the ES System for both its great vocal intelligibility and its speed of set-up. The event was a political rally and getting the message across from the speakers was paramount.
“We only had a few hours to set up the full production leaving very little time for system EQ’ing and sound tests. The nice thing about the ES Systems is that they sound great with the EQ running flat.
“I was a little concerned when the numbers kept growing but the system handled it fine with only small drop offs behind a few of the large protest banners – which would affect any system.”