Equipment debuts for Ed Sheeran
UAE: Eclipse Staging Services and Delta Sound were contracted by Think Events to provide the technical equipment for the recent Ed Sheeran concert at Dubai’s Media City Amphitheatre. Delta was responsible for the audio side of the gig which saw it use a new configuration for the first time, while Eclipse covered the lighting and video, putting to use some of its recent equipment purchases.
The lighting for the show saw Eclipse use its new Clay Paky Mythos lights as well as new Lycian ELT 4k follow spots for the first time. The extensive stage lighting setup saw additional Sharpy, Alpha and B-Eye lights from Clay Paky, as well as Selecon fresnels and Vari*Lite moving heads. The stage lighting was controlled by GrandMA 2 Full and Lite consoles with Avolites and ProPlex splitters.
Away from the stage, Eclipse also supplied the site lighting for the event. This called on fixtures from Clay Paky, Chauvet, Pulsar, Festoon and Thomas, all controlled by an Avolites Pearl Tiger console.
The video side of the concert required a variety of equipment to supply content to the 9mm pixel pitch ROE LED screens. Eclipse supplied equipment from the likes of Barco, Ross Video, Sony, Kramer, AJA, ARX and Canon. The comms packages for both the lighting and camera crews were from Clear-Com.
On the audio side, Delta used a new configuration for the main PA. It decided to use its L-Acoustics K1 system with K2 underhangs. ‘It was the first time we used K2 as underhangs and I was very pleased with the coverage as well as low end extension in comparison to the more common Kara down fills,’ said senior engineer, Rob Eatock. ‘It’s a configuration we will certainly be using again in the very near future.’
The main PA called on 12 K1 per side with three K2 underhangs. Outfills came from 10 V-Dosc per side, while 16 dV-Dosc in eight stacks of two provided frontfill. Six K1 Subs were flown behind the main hangs with an additional 24 SB28 in an L-R configuration completing the sub package.
While the touring production provided its own control and monitoring equipment, Delta was called on for this aspect of the show’s local and touring support. This saw a DiGiCo SD9, mics from Shure and Sennheiser and L-Acoustics 115 HQ wedges all put to use.