A team combining international expertise with local suppliers ensured that state-of-the art audio could be delivered to two Hungarian festivals this summer, says Robin Conway of the UK’s Capital Sound Hire.
Volt Festival (cap. 100,000) in Sopron, featuring artistes including Slipknot, Black Eyed Peas, Slash, Papa Roach, Martin Solveig and Cypress Hill, required the installation of new delay speakers. Capital was able to use an MLA system by manufacturer Martin Audio by working with local MLA partner BG Event Kit, sending just a single truck of equipment to Hungary, while BG provided the remainder.
For the main stage at Volt, the PA comprised 17 MLA elements and an MLD Downfill enclosure flown on each PA wing, with nine further MLA each side as outfills and 18 MLA Compact as front-fills. Thirty-six MLX subs were designed in 12 by three high cardioid (heart-shaped) stacks. In the auditorium, two hangs of six MLA Compact covered the rear of the front-of-house structures.
A week later, Capital installed a system at Balaton (25,000) for artistes such as Tiësto, Marshmello, The Chainsmokers, Armin van Buuren. Hear, the main PA hang comprised 17 MLA and an MLD Downfill on each flank with nine MLA on each side providing side fills, with the same subwoofer complement as Volt.
“Everything went extremely well at both events and the promoters were happy,” says Conway.