Red Bull Culture Clash at Earl's Court

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Red Bull Culture Clash at Earl's Court

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Supporting Void Acoustics with equipment and expertise at a 20,000 capacity sold-out 'soundclash' show with various competing artists and production systems.

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Working in collaboration with Void Acoustics, we provided a full complement of our Powersoft KDSP+AESOP amplifier racks plus additional Stasys X v2 subwoofers, as well as subwoofer array mapping and design consultancy with a sprinkling of Midas PRO series desk support for the once-in-a-lifetime, world’s largest ‘soundclash’ event ever held by Red Bull at London’s iconic Earl’s Court arena in October 2014.

This was also the first, top-secret outing for the yet to be released Arc Array large-format line-array product from Void, which is derived from our flagship Incubus Air Array fibreglass sculpted horn unit. Comprising of no less than 16x drive units per cabinet, and with a frankly astonishing output and clarity, we were able to cover the 20,000 strong audience with ease using only 9x boxes hung per side.

A whopping 50x Stasys X v2 subwoofers lined the front of the stage for some serious bass impact, as demanded by the grime and dubstep beats that were being played on our stage.
Far from your average concert, this event consists of no less than four complete arena sized sound systems from manufacturers including L’Acoustics, D&B Audiotechnik, Noise Control Audio and of course Void Acoustics. These were deployed across four stages, each dedicated to and controlled by collectives of musicians and surprise guests playing classics and modern dubplates spanning genres as diverse as dancehall, reggae, grime, hip hop, drum and bass and dance music of all varieties, with artists including Stone Love, Boy Better Know, Chase & Status, Sir David Rodigan,  Shy FX and New York’s A$AP MOB.

The event was hosted by Radio 1’s Annie Mac, and featured four rounds where each sound played in rotation and direct competition for the attendees’ adoration, measured by a decibel meter reading of the amount of noise that was made at the end of each round. Sadly, despite winning at the previous clash in Wembley Arena, this time Boy Better Know came a very close second to the frankly astonishing number of one-off special versions that Shy FX and Chase & Status had commissioned just for the event.

Keep an eye out for more Arc Array featured events in the future, this is a very exciting product that allows us to scale the Incubus’ well regarded sonic achievements to even larger audiences, and it is due to be officially launched in the latter half of 2015.