RG Jones Sound Engineering supplied a Synco by Martin Audio PA system to Glastonbury’s Festival Pyramid Stage in its fourth year of involvement with the iconic stage.
In a project that symbolises the collaborative nature of the Synco Network, fellow group member Ampco Flashlight of Holland worked in cooperation with RG Jones to provide additional crew and matching equipment.
The PA was a Martin Audio W8L Longbow rig, with a total of 64 cabinets flown in 16-deep dual inner and outer main PA hangs per side, and a further 64 W8LCs flown in four delay positions, all timed using SMAART. Loudspeaker control was via XTA DP448 digital controllers, with Klark Teknik DN360 for engineers’ ‘grab’ EQ.
A cardioid broadside sub-bass array of Synco triple-18” woofers, custom-made for the Synco Network by Martin Audio, was also specified. The array has been refined over the past three years, in conjunction with noise monitoring specialists RPS Planning & Development, the aim being to satisfy both audience enjoyment and noise requirements.
FOH was handled by project manager Steve Carr of RG Jones and Hugo Scholten, with Mark Edwards as system engineer, supported by PA rigger Remco Verhoek and Martin Audio R&D director Jason Baird supporting the system design effort.
At the FOH mix position, a pair of 48-channel Midas XL4 consoles handled the core mix duties along with a Digidesign Profile, all supplied by RG Jones. In a development that served to simplify changovers, fewer visiting engineers than ever before brought their own consoles; a Midas PRO6 and DiGiCo SD7 were use for several bands. All consoles were matrixed via two Midas XL88 mixers.
The stage was headed by Mark Isbister with Alistair Viles, Matt Sussex and Tim Wann, and monitor engineers Steve Watson and Ben Milton. A pair of Yamaha PM5D and an LS9 presided over operations in this area.
While U2 brought an entirely self-contained stage system for their much-anticipated headline performance, blues legend BB King operated at the very opposite end of the spectrum.
“He didn’t bring an engineer or any equipment, just a basic list of instruments and let us go on with it,” said Isbister. “Steve Carr mixed him at FOH and our monitor engineers did his stage mix – it was fantastic to have a band just turn up and let us get on with it.”
Meanwhile, Peavey provided PA equipment to the intimate Strummerville stage, established in memory of the late Clash frontman Joe Strummer. Mumford & Sons and Emmy the Great were among the artists to play Strummerville this year, which featured a small venue PA system comprising Peavey PR15Ds, Pro SubPs and, for monitoring, PR 12Ds. A Peavey 24FX audio mixer for chosen for the FOH position, its built-in effects eliminating the need for outboard.
“It’s great to work with a charity organisation that supports up-and-coming musicians who may not otherwise get the opportunity to get their music heard,” said Peavey’s managing director, Clive Roberts. “Peavey strongly believes in Strummerville, and we’re delighted to be associated with it on such a great stage, and help support such a good cause.”