ADLIB Sounds Out the Capital FM Summertime Ball
For the third consecutive year, leading UK technical production specialist Adlib Solutions supplied an L-ACOUSTICS K1 PA system for the popular Capital FM Summertime ball event, staged at Wembley Stadium, London, which this year seriously upped the ante with a truly stellar line up hosted by Justin Timberlake, and featuring Robbie Williams, Taylor Swift, Lawson, Jessie J, Disclosure, Rudimental, Ellie Goulding and more.
The K1 was tuned to perfection by KSE & Systems Engineer Tony Szabo, who was joined by an Adlib crew of 16 including Crew Chief Marc Peers, and Dave Kay who worked as RF Co-ordinator. Ian Nelson operated the presenter console, Michael Bernard Flaherty supervised the patch while Adlib’s Project Manager Phil Stoker collaborated closely with the event’s technical producers Production North, specifically their Sound Supervisor Andrew 'Baggy' Robinson and Production Manager Sarah Hollis, on the logistics.
Time was super-tight. The schedule followed the format of a large scale live TV show, kicking off at 4 p.m. and running until 10.30 p.m. with an average between-band changeover time of two minutes, and the shortest being a blink-and-you-missed-it 30 seconds! The front hangs comprised 16 x L-ACOUSTICS K1 speakers run in conjunction with side hangs of 15 x V-DOSC and an upstage hang of 6 x KUDO. There were two delay hangs of 10 deep K1s, with KARAs used for stage front fills.
16 x L-ACOUSTICS SB28 subs per side were stacked four high, arranged in cardioid mode and end-fire configuration.
KARA fills were also positioned at the rear of the FOH tower to cover the area behind the stage above FOH position which was new for this year, together with two small stages behind FOH and closer to the edge of the field-of-play.
Phil Kielty, Adlib’s Client Manager commented, “It is mind blowing to see all the logistics, planning and stunningly quick changeovers for a show of this size . With Adlib and Production North’s team in sync, it all came together seamlessly. We received some amazing comments on how good our K1 rig sounded, which was nice to hear."