Love Music Your Way debuts with eclipse
UAE: The inaugural edition of the Love Music Your Way festival (LMYW) called in eclipse Staging Services to supply its full technical package. The company supplied audio, video, power and lighting gear while sister company Laser Grafix was responsible for the lasers at the Dubai Media City event.
eclipse called on its d&b audiotechnik inventory to cover the festival. The main PA comprised 16 d&b J-Series per side along with 16 J-Subs plus six arrayed J-Infra subs. A further eight Y-Series were called on for the front-fill and finally four V-Subs with eight V-Series per side provided the out-fill. Power was courtesy of 24 D80 amplifiers while a pair of DS10s were used for system feeds with primary and redundant backdrop. For control, eclipse provided a d&b R1 running on a Mac Mini and Lake LM44 system control running on a Surface Pro tablet and Smaart Live running on a MacBook Pro with an Earthworks M30 analysis mic. The digital audio signals were fed to the LM44 system via AES, the signal was then sent to the DS10s on stage via Dante, then to the D80s via AES again. eclipse also provided all the FOH and monitor consoles, monitors and RF requirements except for Rudimental’s drive rack and RF which the touring production brought along with it.
‘Having a d&b rig made me very happy as I am a big fan, which made my mix very easy to do,’ said Rickey Ricketts, FOH audio for LMYW headliner, Rudimental. ‘The PA was set up in a way which meant I didn't have to do much on my graphic. I'm looking forward to coming back in the near future and to work with the eclipse guys again.’
eclipse was also responsible for the communications infrastructure for the festival. To meet these needs the rental house supplied 20 Clear-Com Helixnet headsets plus 30 Motorola GP340s. ‘We know that when touring productions come in, the more relaxed and on top of their requirements we are, the easier their day will be and in turn the focus becomes on the important factors of tweaking everything to perfection,’ said eclipse head of audio, John Parkhouse. ‘The LMYW festival was a great show to work on, where once again the audio department was given the opportunity to prove that we do attain a world class delivery and level of service, something which we concentrate on heavily.’
In terms of video, eclipse supplied a 9mm LED upstage screen measuring 14m x 5m along with two 9mm LED IMAG screens measuring 6m x 3.6m, and a 9mm LED DJ booth surround. All of which was driven by two Green Hippo Taiga media servers.
The lighting side saw eclipse supply over 140 fixtures including a number of Clay Paky Mythos, Clay Paky B-Eye and Martin Mac Viper Profiles. These were controlled with a GrandMA2 Full Size and GrandMA2 Light. During the planning stages, the lighting crew used its new Wysiwyg suite to pre-visualise the event. ‘Having arrived on site at 2am straight off an international flight from the UK, it was fantastic to arrive to a fully functional, well-crewed system,’ said Jonny Gaskell, Rudimental’s lighting designer. ‘The crew really helped an incoming LD get the end result you are after with the minimal amount of effort as they were able to pre-empt what it is you are trying to achieve before you ask for it, thanks to you all, it was a really enjoyable couple of days.’
The power requirements for the festival saw eclipse supply three 350kVA generators for the performance area as well as one 350kVA and two 200kVA generators for the rest of the site. Over 12km of cable was distributed around the venue, ranging from 16A single phase through to 240mm powerlock.
‘This event marked another successful delivery by the whole eclipse team,’ concluded eclipse Staging Services GM, Martin Lubach. ‘The scorching hot conditions were made bearable by the positive attitude shown by the entire crew and each of the production teams whom we had the pleasure to work with over the weekend, and hope to see back in the UAE soon.’