The largest open-air festival in the world, Glastonbury, will be using Martin Audio’s MLA system on the legendary Pyramid Stage this year, courtesy of RG Jones Sound Engineering.
Glastonbury is held on Worthy Farm in Somerset and attracts around 150,000 punters. In 2013, headliners included The Rolling Stones and Arctic Monkeys, with Metallica, Kasabian and Dolly Parton taking up the headline slots this year.
RG Jones relationship with Glastonbury began in 2008 and the company has been using the Martin Audio Longbow system at the festival since then. RG Jones was the first UK company to invest in the MLA system in 2012 and it has now decided to put the system to the test on one of the most famous stages in the world.
John Carroll, MD of RG Jones, says: “We were not content to follow the crowd when it came to choosing our flagship system. The MLA is the next generation and there’s nothing out there to match it. The timing seemed right this year and our continued support from Martin Audio is second to none.”
Simon Honywill, senior project consultant for RG Jones and a major advocate of MLA, helped convince the Glastonbury production team that the PA had earned its rightful place on the Pyramid stage. He told PSNEurope: “The most iconic stage in the world is getting what it deserves – the most revolutionary PA system in the world. Two British icons come together!” The experienced engineer – whose recent work has included mixing soprano Katherine Jenkins at a corporate one-off in Istanbul – who will be on hand to support and advise on the Martin Audio system.
Jason Baird, R&D director for Martin Audio, says: “It was my career highlight back in 2008 working on our very first Glastonbury, but I think with MLA this year, it may well be topped. It’s a great endorsement of our system not just for its coverage and control, but because it has a reputation for being such a neutral, uncoloured canvas for engineers to mix upon. With such an eclectic line up once again this year, MLA will more than do justice to everything from Dolly Parton to Kasabian, which is good news for the artists, visiting engineers and of course the audience.”