12.08.09

VME relies on K&F for Welsh festival

AUTHOR: Inavate

For the past ten summers a picturesque corner of Wales is taken over for three days by bands, DJs and wakeboarders, not to mention a whole host of speakers and screens, as the Wakestock festival sets up in Abersoch.

This year was no exception as VME took charge of all technical requirements, for the ninth time, delivering generators, speakers, lighting, LED screens and trussing for the event that attracted 30,000 people over the weekend.
The whole site used Kling & Freitag speakers, with the main open-air stage using a Kling & Freitag Access System. Sixteen Access cabinets were flown either side of the stage, underpinned by 22 Access B10 subs. VME decided to rely on a conventional point source system, claiming tests had proved that line arrays would not cut it on the exposed windy site.
"We believe it is the best and only way to deliver a sound pressure level suitable for the bands that play at the festival," explained Ben Hyman, sales manager for VME. He added: "For a site that looks directly over the Irish Sea, and has to contend with high wind and (sadly) rain, the Access system performs flawlessly".
The XFM Misadventures stage, the second largest stage within a covered arena, is driven by the Kling & Freitag Sequenza 10 line array system. On the smallest stage, in the VIP area, the Line 212 system was used with additional SW215E for bass.
All the fold back monitors are Kling & Freitag CA 1515-6 and run in pairs on every stage. Amplification was handled entirely by Lab.gruppen.