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Fast turnaround for ‘70s legends

Production News
20 May 2019

SHORT CHANGEOVERS were critical to the success of the Legends Live tour featuring four chart acts from the 1970s, including Suzi Quatro, David Essex and Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers, according to David Preston of Capital Sound. 

The London-based audio company deployed an MLA system by Martin Audio at venues such as the O2 Apollo Manchester (3,500), The SSE Arena, Wembley (12,500) in London, and Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena (7,500). 

The fourth act, Showaddywaddy, was replaced by Smokie half way through the itinerary.

“A key benefit of the MLA is that coverage can be fine-tuned electronically to cope with any last-minute changes in venue usage and ticket sales, without the need to re-rig,” says Preston.

In most venues Capital fielded 11 MLA elements and an MLD downfill enclosure stage left and right, with reduced outfill hangs of five MLA Compact boxes. With less bass required than today’s artistes usually need, 

Capital placed just eight MLX subwoofers, three per side (in cardioid formation) and a pair in the pit. Six W8LM Mini Line Array were used as front fills while Sixteen LE1500 provided stage monitoring.

Capital Sound is part of the SSE Audio Group which was purchased by Canadian sound specialist Solotech last year.

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