ALTHOUGH KASABIAN is considered to have a big rock sound, the music has a high level of detail which could get lost in an arena, says front-of-house (FOH) engineer Ben Findlay.
For the band’s tour of venues including Arena Birmingham (cap.15,800), Leeds First Direct Arena (13,500) and Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena (10,000), plus a forthcoming show at London’s Royal Albert Hall (5,300), Findlay deployed an L-Acoustics K1 system, with an SSL desk, provided by rental company Britannia Row.
“Presenting detail is not easy in amorphous sounding arenas,” says Findlay. “That said, the K1 system has proved excellent. Arenas vary from night to night, and each room can be so different that it is frustrating at times. With K1 you can tailor the system EQ and Brit Row’s system tech Nico Royan is very good at that. There’s no substitute for a good system, well implemented, which is what Brit Row delivers.”
Visuals, conceived by video director Paul Eggerton, comprise six-metre tall 7mm LED screens either side of stage and a four camera PPU supplied by Video Design.
“With that screen format, there is no standard ‘mid-shot’,” says Eggerton. “So, you are constantly having to keep [the camera angle] wider with the odd close up thrown in. It is a totally different cut to standard IMAG. But it really suits the show.”