eclipse gets the Party started
UAE: Featuring performances from The Charlatans, Travis and Kaiser Chiefs, the multi-stage Party in the Park festival returned to Dubai’s Media City Amphitheatre to celebrate the best in food and music. The DGT Events and Motivate Publishing organised festival saw eclipse Staging Services called in to meet the technical needs.
The audio side of the project saw the rental house supply all three stages. The Acoustic Stage received an L-Acoustics 12XT solution while the French manufacturer’s dV-Dosc was used to cover the Hype Arena. The Main Stage provided the opportunity for a much larger system, with eclipse deploying a fully ArrayProcessed d&b audiotechnik solution.
The main PA saw 16 J-Series cabinets flown per side with low end catered for by 16 J-Sub plus six J-Infra subs. A further 12 V-Series cabinets were used for out-fill, supported by four V-Subs. V-Series cabinets and subs were again called in to action for the side-fill while eight Y-Series completed the system as front-fill. The solution was powered and ArrayProcessed via six D80 touring racks with three D80 amplifiers per rack. Three DS10 network bridges were also called into action alongside a pair of Lake LM44s for Dante and AES distribution. The stage itself saw a variety of d&b monitors deployed with eclipse using 16 of the manufacturer’s M4 wedges alongside six M2s.
‘Our approach to the Media City main system is pretty standardised, now the only consideration being on whether the system is ArrayProcessed or not,’ reflected eclipse head of audio John Parkhouse. ‘Our preference is of course to use ArrayProcessing. However, this is not always possible due to work load on other events and subsequent amplifier requirements. That said we have used ArrayProcessing on two out of the three times we have put a large system in to Media City and feel our formula and approach is well catered for the space with or without ArrayProcessing. It was impressive to have both a fully ArrayProcessed main system as well as provide a significant amount of active wedges for the stage.’
Front of house employed the services of a DiGiCo SD8 Stealth Core 2 as well as an Avid Venue Profile. A Waves extreme server MacMini and Focusrite soundcard for system control and Smaart live completed the setup. It was a similar scenario for monitors with an Avid Venue Profile joined by a DiGiCo SD9 Stealth Core 2. The solution here also featured a pair of 48-way split systems as well as Sennheiser IEMs and a Professional Wireless GX8 antenna combiner and helical antennas.
It was also at monitor world where eclipse had the largest challenge. ‘The Charlatans didn’t travel with a monitor engineer, which was not apparent until show day,’ explained Mr Parkhouse. ‘Tariq Al Hassan as monitor engineer/support was very pleased to mix monitors for them and he achieved this with no drama. That was an especially nice achievement and demonstration of the skillset we have when you consider there was no show file and the band didn't sound check.’
Reflecting on the overall performance of his team, which also included Nick Pain, Dana Beaudin, Karam Saad and Zia Ulla for the Main Stage as well as Nick Fenton and Jay Violeta for the Hype Arena and Acoustic Stage respectively, Mr Parkhouse is clearly satisfied. ‘I am very happy with the results. Catering for international tours always presents the situation whereby how prepared you are for the exact requirements is judged on how relaxed things are when the incoming tour personnel arrive. I’m ecstatic to say that we pride ourselves on attention to detail in this specific regard and so we presented an adequately crewed and nicely relaxed approach to dealing with getting sound checks completed and changeovers done well within the allotted time.
‘I have heard only good things about our audio offering,’ he continued. ‘It certainly felt as though we delivered on every front and maintained our commitment that when eclipse audio rolls in we do everything we can to ensure that the event sounds the best it can and that our attention to detail is unquestionable.’
‘We were thrilled to be able to come back to Party in the Park and deliver another spectacular event,’ concluded eclipse Staging Services general manager, Martin Lubach. ‘The team’s planning and preparation really shone through for this gig, resulting in a relaxed atmosphere where our technicians and touring engineers could crack on with the task at hand.’