Viña Rock 2016
D.A.S. Audio is back at the 2016 Viña Rock festival
D.A.S. Audio professional sound systems were back for yet another year of rocking music at the 2016 Viña Rock Native Art Festival, held annually in Villarrobledo, Albacete. This year, a record-breaking 200,000 fans descended upon the festivals 10 stages over the three-day event to see a spectacular line-up of over 140 artists perform live.
Full-service company Fluge was once again called in to handle the sound for the festival and worked hand-in-hand with D.A.S. Audio to deploy systems from D.A.S. Audio’s Aero Series 2 on the festival’s main stages. Repeating the same stage configuration as previous years, the Negrita and Giró stages were set up side-by-side and used alternatively; here the sound technicians opted to rely on the large-format Aero 50 line arrays in a central formation that was “shared” by both stages.
An army of 36 large-format D.A.S. Aero 50 systems were distributed in three linear configurations of 12 systems each with the unique “shared” formation. These systems were augmented by 18 D.A.S. high performance self-powered D.A.S. UX-221A subwoofers, groundstacked under each line array in three six-unit blocks for the crucial low frequency punch.
Twelve multifunctional D.A.S. Convert 15A systems handled front fill at this year’s Viña Rock, while a series of Aero 20A stacked on LX-218CA subwoofers took care of side fill duties. The non-stop parade of artists that crossed the stage during the event also had a battery of self-powered D.A.S. Road 12A and 15A stage monitors at their service.
With the control station set up 50 m from the stages, the Fluge sound team decided to install two relay towers equipped with six Aero 40A ALAS™ (Advanced Line Array System) each. Another two relay towers were set up 100 meters out from the stage and rigged with 12 Aero 40A systems to provide full coverage for the massive audience area, including for those fans farthest from the stage.
Aero 50s were also brought in to handle the sound for the Viña Grow reggae stage. Twenty-four of these systems were flown in linear hangs on either side and were matched with 18 LX-218CA subwoofers set up in an electronic arc in front of the stage for low-frequency support, rounding out the full range of D.A.S. Audio gear that once again ensured superb sound at this year’s Viña Rock.