Greenpeace and sponsors B&Q were looking to put on a fantastic Glastonbury event, dedicated to recycling and increasing people’s awareness of waste problems. They had a mammoth task to achieve, integrating live music with skaters and BMX riders. They needed something spectacular to wow and grab people’s attention. Blacka Acoustics provided the main stage P.A. and two other live smaller systems.
For the main area Blacka Acoustics provided a 7kw Sound System comprising of 4 Blacka BS15 subwoofer, 4 Blacka Festival 12 that ran off, 1 Crown VZ5002, 1 Crown iTech 8000 and 3 Crown XTi2000. The processor used was a DBX Driverack 480 with an assortment of outboard including the BSS 31 band Opal Graphic EQ’s, DBX 266XL compressors and Yamaha SPX990’s reverb/effects. The gig was over two days with six bands playing in total. The Greenpeace team created a unique cafe area out of old pure orange juice cartons in the true Greenpeace style! They also constructed a BMX/Skateboard ramp that doubled up as a stage during the night time for the artists that performed on this construction so the entertainment was never ending.
The bands particularly loved the great monitor system. Blacka Acoustics used their own Blacka FRW-12-01 (12” low/1” compression driver) stage monitors and all the musicians commented on the fact they could clearly hear themselves in great detail for a change! The bands were also impressed with the array of Shure Beta and AKG microphones that were used and the sheer power of Blacka BS15 when used in conjunction with the AKG D112 on the kick drum, the sub and bass power was ‘immense’ as one onlooker described.
B&Q sponsored the event and their representative looked more than impressed. Blacka Acoustics pride themselves on quality equipment and as main dealers for Allen and Heath we used the Allen and Heath Mix Wizard 16:4 which is industry standard and ‘world class’ as many (if not all) professionals would agree. The main power was run off a 1 phase, 63amp Distribution rack that split onto the stage for backline and amplification and also to the Front of House mix position where the effects rack lived. The main focus of the event was based around Greenpeace and recycling and they did a brilliant job of getting the message across, from the recycled orange cartons to the stage/skate ramp, they had all angles covered....