NPA were invited to provide audio production for the recent re-union show for iconic Manchester band Black Grape, consisting of members of the Happy Mondays including Shaun Ryder. The show was a charity event organised by ‘We Are The Reality Party’ – the new political party headed by local icon and Happy Mondays member Bez. The band had not performed together under the Black Grape banner for more than 20 years so it was a great honour for us to be brought in as the sole audio provider for this special one off show which took place at the similarly iconic old Granada Studios building, just a few feet away from the Coronation Street set. Void Acoustics supplied NPA with their brand new ‘Arc Array’ line array system for the 800 capacity show. This full-range, high output system was unveiled for the first time in November 2014 at the Red Bull Culture Clash at Earls Court in London with astonishing results, providing ample coverage for 20,000 people with just nine elements flown per side.
A total of six elements deployed as three per side were chosen for this show, paired with NPA’s stock of Stasys X Air sub cabinets; all powered and controlled by a combination of the brand new Powersoft X series and our longstanding touring favourite K series DSP amplifier platforms. The Arc Array's smaller brother, Arcline 6, provided front fill and a raft of Stasys 4, Stasys 2 and Stasys Phil on Powersoft M series DSP amps supplied monitoring for the band on stage.
If you missed the show, you can catch Black Grape on a world tour later this year, showcasing both new and old material!