Adlib renewed its excellent and long term working relationship with Grammy nominated US rock band Panic! at The Disco, providing sound, video and lighting production, plus crew for their recent UK and European tours. Once again Tony Marino was at the helm as the highly-respected tour manager.
The band released their fifth studio album, ‘Death of a Bachelor’ in January 2016 and have had a mega busy year.
For audio, Adlib supplied a complete control and monitor package for the European leg of the tour, tech’d by Julien Helme in Europe, adding a full L-Acoustics K1 / K2 racks-and-stacks system for the four UK dates and joined by Tony Szabo and Gavin Murray
Adlib’s systems engineer Tony Szabo, worked closely with Panic’s FOH engineer Spencer Jones (also the Production Manager) and their monitor guru Spud (Jeremy Groshong).
Alexandra Palace was the largest iteration of the system, for which they installed 10 x K1 speakers a side, each K1 array had four Kara downfills. This was supplemented by the usual Adlib formula of two delay hangs of 8 x K2’s positioned just behind FOH. These same K2 hangs had been the side hangs in Cardiff Arena which is a wider lower room.
Now being able to fly off the main arch, which is part of the Alexandra Palace building superstructure, it is possible to attain the optimum 10 metre positions stage left and right for the main arrays, so everyone in the centre could enjoy a full sonic experience.
Sixteen KS28 subs were positioned under and next to the stage in a stack of two and then three and then another three stacked with four ARCS front fills on top. L-Acoustics Kara speakers were utilised along the front lip of stage to cover those fans who managed to get the prime viewing position dead centre of the barricade.
The Control rack utilises two Mac Mini’s in a Sonnet rackmount. These computers are configured for redundancy and run everything to do with the system – L-Acoustics Network Manager, Smaart v8, Dante Controller, iTunes for wav playback, Focusrite RedNet. The Lake system is controlled using a Motion Computing tablet on 5G wifi. Finished off with a Lectrosonics HM/R400A RF system and Earthworks measurement mic.
Spud’s console of choice for the monitor mix was an Avid Profile supplied with Venue DSP local and stage racks
A DiGiCo SD10 was specified by Spencer for FOH complete with SD rack and Madi interface, with an SD9 in the loop for the opening acts. The band supplied their own full set of Shure IEMs which were run with a set of Shure UHF-R wireless radio mics and control from Adlib who also provided a standard mics-and-stands package.
The challenge each night was getting the sound above the rambunctious loudness and piercing screams of Panic’s hugely enthusiastic fans who effortlessly hit the 112dBA mark as they become fully immersed in the set with the band.
‘It’s a tricky task, but Spencer has been doing it for some time and has fine-tuned his techniques to ensure everyone gets a fantastic sound” concluded Tony.
There was also a small stage package consisting of six Adlib bi-amp monitors plus the usual compliment of microphones, stands & cables for the opening act.
Phil Kielty Client Manager commented, “We’ve been incredibly fortunate to work with Panic! on and off for 10 years and seeing their live side evolve has been quite incredible. They came over in January and played an awesome and emotional show in Brixton, just after David Bowie had passed. Since then we’ve been with them from Moscow to Madrid and the energy put into the live shows is something else. Tony Marino and Spencer Jones have created a great family atmosphere amongst the crew, and it’s a huge pleasure to be involved.”