WITH ARTISTES including Barbra Streisand, Lionel Richie and Celine Dion, the audio system at this year’s 65,000-capacity Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time in London’s Hyde Park, needed unparalleled clarity, according to production manager Mark Ward.
Audio provider Capital Sound installed an MLA multi-cellular loudspeaker array by Martin Audio on the site’s main Great Oak stage, adding extra power to one of the delay positions to improve the audio experience at the back of the field.
The stage was equipped with two hangs of 16 MLA and a single MLD down-fill per side, with 13 MLA and an MLD down-fill for the side-hangs. The sub array consisted of 32 MLX in a cardioid (heart-shaped) design, 21 front facing, 11 rear facing.
Out in the field, the main 10 delay towers comprised seven MLA and a single MLD down-fill, supported by 12 MLX subs. At one position, Capital added two further MLA elements to reach the furthermost audience members.
“All sound level thresholds, both on and off site, were once again comfortably met at this notoriously difficult Hyde Park location,” says Ward.
“Consequently, the paying public, [site owner] the Royal Parks team, incoming engineers and the local authority were pleased with how the show’s audio team delivered.”