Superb sound at Glastonbury 2013 with D.A.S. Aero Series 2 systems
|Not only is the Glastonbury Festival Europe’s first music festival, it is also the largest greenfield festival in the world. Held every summer in England since 1970, this year’s festival—headlined by The Rolling Stones for the first time in the band’s extensive career—brought together over 135,000 people for a celebration of music and performing arts. Three main stages were set up around the massive open-air venue, and this year D.A.S. Audio was called in to provide sound reinforcement to the brand-new acts that crossed the John Peel Stage over the four-day festival.
The John Peel Stage, the most intimate of the festival’s main stages, presented a mix of bands that have carved their niche in the music scene, including Hurts, Phoenix, Everything Everything and Miles Kane. Local Wellington, Somerset-based sound professionals APR Audio, with Andy Reed and Matt Gunter at the helm, were called in to provide audio for the stage, located under a tent large enough to cover the stage and listening area. D.A.S. Audio Events Engineer Joel Damiano flew in for the event to lend a hand with the system install and set-up.
The APR Audio team decided to deploy systems from the D.A.S. Aero Series 2 catalogue of products to bring the sound to Glastonbury’s John Peel Stage, and after careful study of the venue’s shape and size opted for the powerful large-format D.A.S. Aero 50 line arrays as the main PA. A total of 18 Aero 50 systems were flown nine systems each on either side of the stage in a classic left-right configuration. For the sound system’s low-end punch the Aero 50s were matched with 24 high-performance LX-218CA powered subwoofers, ground stacked in front of the stage in 12 blocks of two.
The sound team decided to stack four D.A.S. Convert 12A systems on the subwoofers to handle front fill. Drum fill was managed by two powerful groups of two Convert 12A systems stacked on two Convert 18A subwoofers each, while up on stage performers were treated to 15 powered D.A.S. Road 15A monitors that handled the different needs of the mix of acts that performed at the John Peel Stage over the course of the festival.
As mentioned, the Glastonbury Festival was celebrated for the first time in 1970, coincidentally right after the death of legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix. Since then the festival has consistently grown in size, not only in terms of the leading rock and pop artists that have headlined the event but also for the range of cultural entertainment—including theater, dance and the circus—provided over the course of the event and the reason behind the festival’s full name: the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts.