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Adlib supplies Radio One Big Weekend

Ian McMurray 29 May 2011
Adlib supplies Radio One Big Weekend

Liverpool based Adlib has supplied sound systems to three stages and lighting for Radio One’s Big Weekend at Carlisle Airport in Cumbria. It was the fifth consecutive year that Adlib has supplied equipment and crew to the event.

Adlib’s new CODA Audio system made its Big Weekend debut, configured as two flown left and right main hangs each comprising ten CODA LA12 speakers, together with 16 LA8s for front fills and 16 ground stacked SC-8 sensor controlled subs for a precise bottom end.

The consoles were a Soundcraft Vi6 at FOH and a Yamaha PM5D onstage. Monitors were 16 d&b M2s with d&b Q-SUBS for the drums, plus four L-Acoustics ARCS and four SB28s per side for the side fills.

Saturday night headliners The Strokes required their own consoles, for which Adlib supplied another PM5D for monitors and an Avid Profile for FOH, complete with a Pro Tools record system.

In another arena, Adlib supplied both sound and lights. The audio system was a ground stacked Nexo Alpha rig sonically designed and engineered similar to the one that proved so successful last year.

To save space and for added convenience, both FOH and monitors were mixed from one console, an Avid SC48, positioned at FOH. Its 48 channels offered plenty of scope to accommodate an exciting and eclectic line up that included Friends Electric, Aaron Delahunty, Rizzle Kicks, MyElectrik, MOPP and many others.

Eight Adlib MP3 low profile wedges and an Adlib drum fill made up the monitors, and for both this stage and INMWT, Adlib also supplied a DJ set up for between-band sounds, consisting of two Pioneer CDJs and a mixer.

A lighting rig was designed by Adlib and fitted to the shape and size of the stage, with four upright sections of pre-rigged truss along the back of the stage, each loaded with two bars of six PARs, and additional bars of six vertically mounted on downstage boom bases for front lighting.

On the sides of each of the pre-rigged sections were two Martin Professional MAC 350 moving lights, with another eight distributed on the floor, together with four bars of ACLs upstage. All of this was programmed and operated on an Avolites Pearl Expert.

The final area in which Adlib was involved was the Opinions Stage, which featured a compact audio system of two Adlib AA122 speakers on stands, four MP3 wedges and a Yamaha LS9 console, plus Shure Beta 58 hand held mics.

Adlib’s AV department supplied three 50 inch plasma screens for this area, which relayed action from the main stage and other camera mixes from around site.

"It was a great pleasure to be involved in the Big Weekend again,” said Says Adlib Director Dave Jones. “Having worked on the event for the last several years, we know which technology will work best for the different spaces, their individual needs, and have a well practised operation which again ran like clockwork".

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