The May bank holiday over jubilee weekend in Manchester stands out as one of our busiest. Two full production multi stage festivals in two days, throw in a city centre street party for good measure makes a recipe for a fairly hectic production schedule! Beached festival took place within the old castle walls of Castlefield Arena on the Saturday. The amphitheatre setting for the main arena surrounded by residential properties made for a challenging acoustic environment. A mono block of six Psyco subs was deployed in a delta array to control low end dispersion, a technique that worked incredibly well, pleasing both environmental health officials and festival goers alike. Three Stasys Primes per side completed the system that saw highlights such as the powerful blues of The Jessie Rose Trip, the ever energetic Kid British climbing to the top of a stack (see image!) and the day finished in style by The Futureheads.
The dance tent saw performances by such heavyweights as Instra:mental and Zed Bias. Our Arcline system was put through its paces on the fast response dance genres of drum & bass and techno. Two Arcline 6 and two Arcline X were used per side to great effect, its small format never ceasing to impress in terms of high output and faultless clarity.
There was no time to sleep as the same night we moved our entire production across town to the Eurocultured street festival site. Eurocultured is somewhat of a Manchester institution and one we are immensely proud of being a part of for the second year running. Three full production live stages were handled by Neuron Audio staff, once again with Psyco / Prime and Arcline systems being implemented in a variety of challenging spaces.
The Student Castle stage featured a full Arcline system playing host to the likes of Kill Van Kulls and local heroes Vieka and From the Kites of San Quentin. The small format nature of the Arcline proved invaluable once again in a very tight space where the organisers had been concerned in the run up about the PA taking up too much room and as a result losing audience capacity. Due to its small size the Arcline was able to be neatly tucked away and not obstruct the line of sight to the stage.
The WeSC stage by comparison was almost completely the opposite. A car park by day the stage was situated inside a railway arch. The narrow dispersion of the Prime was the key to overcoming this challenging acoustic space, keeping reflections off the wall was imperative for achieving accurate sound in this long concrete tunnel. Three Psyco subs per side effortlessly took care of low end reproduction in this 500 capacity space which across the weekend saw Synkro and Indigo presents on the Sunday and the ever rowdy Estate Recordings showcase on the Monday featuring performances from Broke n £nglish, The Eyes and Skittles.
"I just wanted to say a massive thank you for everybody's hard work at the Eurocultured festival. We are happy with how things worked out and it wouldn't have possible without the hard work you guys put in!"
Peter Turvey - UK Territory Marketing Manager / WeSC
You can watch a video of the day produced for WeSC below:
A short way across the city our Stasys X and Stasys 3 system was also on Jubilee duty for the Northern Quarter for the Thomas Street party hosted by Bluu Bar. Several bars took part in the outdoor party which saw 600 people dance the evening away to the sounds of some of Manchester's best loved DJs. Effortless bass was the talking point for DJs and organisers alike who were more than impressed with a four box system providing ample coverage for an audience of the size.