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Pearce power drives club classics

8 October 2018

EXPANDING THE series of 7,500-capacity Classical Ibiza concerts this year, Revival Productions and partner Ministry of Sound needed an audio system which provided a smooth sound in sensitive settings, according to Revival’s Lisa Ward.

They also needed a provider capable of logistical back up on unusual sites including Yorkshire’s Harewood House, Bowood House in Wiltshire and Hatfield House, Hertfordshire.

“Classical Ibiza is an alternative to the traditional classical prom, appealling to a younger audience,” says Ward. “Our English stately homes are perfect for a posh rave.”

Having launched Classical Ibiza two years ago, Revival commissioned Cambridgeshire-based Pearce Hire for their six events this year, headlined by Urban Soul Orchestra and DJ Goldierocks.

The company invested in DPA 4099 instrument mics to cover strings, brass and woodwind sections of the orchestra, plus Shure ULX-D digital wireless systems and fibre optic multicores for audio and lighting.

The PA system consisted of L-Acoustics K2, X8, Arcs Wide and SB28 subwoofers for the main system and KARA and SB18 subwoofers for the delay hangs. Desks were a Yamaha CL5 on monitors and Allen & Heath dLive S7000 at front-of-house.

Pearce Hire created the Ibiza club-style lighting and lasers with SGM LT-100 LED pixel tubes, Robe Pointes and LEDWash 1200s plus Clay Paky Stormys – powered by two 100 kVA synchronised generators, also used for site-wide power to audience services, concessions, and backstage production requirements.

“The use  of LED and power-efficent PA meant only a low [amount of] power was required from the generators,” says Pearce Hire project manager, Steve Hicks.

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