Gearhouse helps Iron Maiden run to the hills
SOUTH AFRICA: Gearhouse South Africa was contracted by Big Concerts to supply technical support for Iron Maiden’s Book of Souls world tour as it stopped off in Johannesburg and Cape Town. The rental house supplied a touring package to cover the concerts as well as calling in the support of its local offices for logistics, staging and A/V components.
‘This was a great example of a good and experienced rock and roll show,’ said Jakobus de Wit, audio operations manager for Gearhouse’s Johannesburg office. ‘The lighting rig with lots of moving lights was used cleverly to look old school and not like a modern-day music awards show. The monitor rig included Bi-Radials, TMS3s and d&b M2 monitors for lots of level on stage. They used painted backdrops, giant inflatables and different props between songs. This was not just a music show but a theatrical production.’
The Cape Town leg of the tour called on the Grandwest Arena’s in-house JBL Vertec system, while Gearhouse supplied its L-Acoustics K1 for the outdoor Carnival City Festival Lawns show in Johannesburg. ‘It was important for us to get it right and I believe we did,’ said Mr de Wit. ‘With the help of Grandwest we reconfigured their PA to be a bit bigger and added flown subs. For the outdoor show at Carnival City we went all the way; big K1 main hangs, V-Dosc side hangs and V-Dosc delays with additional Kudo and Arcs II cabinets covered the 120m x 100m audience listening area. There was no escape from the metal!’
The lighting side of the setup saw Gearhouse supply Robe Pointe and the Czech manufacturer’s 600 LED Wash as well Martin Professional Mac 2000 Wash and Viper Profile lights along with hazers, follow spots, control and Prolyte trussing. The visual components included Philips LDK8000 cameras with Canon lenses, Axon Framstores to lock five external signals and a Grass Valley Kayak mixer.
‘The main challenge was the size of the rig and amount of rigging and weight that we had to load into the Grandwest Arena and onto the StageCo roof at Carnival City,’ recalled Mr de Wit. ‘Careful planning and a clever rigging plot to distribute the weight around the roof loading points solved this challenge. It was pretty much a team effort from the Grandwest and Gearhouse teams’ experience. Suggestions from StageCo also helped to get the rig in safely.’
Following the two performances, Mr de Wit is satisfied with the end result. ‘Judging from social media comments, the paying audience were very happy. It follows that our client Big Concerts are satisfied with our delivery.’