Bringing In The New Year At The Drumsheds

By January 11, 2022 Uncategorized

Continuing the ongoing relationship with the Drumsheds Venue, Solotech supplied two stages for the ‘Hosptality In The Drumsheds’ New Years Eve Celebrations.

When the staff at SSE Audio and Capital Sound finished for the festive period on Christmas Eve, ‘Hospitality in the Drumsheds’ had been all but cancelled, a victim of the uncertainty surrounding the Omicron variant of Covid and the rumoured government restrictions for live events that many feared would follow. However, as it became apparent that there would be no further lockdown, the team at Drumsheds decided to have a last-minute change of heart and the gig was back on.

Capital Sound Hire Manager David Preston explained: “I received an email from Drumsheds Project Manager Dave Weeks on 27th December asking if it would be possible to reinstate the gig from an equipment perspective. The biggest issue we had was finding the ten strong crew that would be required for the event as well as warehouse staff to aid with prepping the equipment as everyone was on annual leave. After a few phone calls I’d managed to get a team together and the event was on.”

“Fortunately, much of the preparation for the amp racks, control and line systems was already pretty much still in place from previous events at the Drumsheds. It was a case of pulling all the elements back together, line check the system and get it all loaded on to the trucks. We managed to turn the whole package around in just four hours once we were in Redditch.”

The New Year’s Eve event took place in two of the warehouses at Drumsheds, with separate audio systems and line-ups in each. For the larger 8500 capacity Warehouse 5, David Preston specified a d&b audiotechnik KSL system comprising L-R hangs of 12 KSL per side, with 15 SL Subs, and further hangs of 8 KSL per side as flown delays halfway down the warehouse. There was a rear L-R ground stack of 3 SL Subs with 4 V8s, DJ L/R Monitors of VSub with 3x V8s per side with the whole system powered by D80 amplifiers over a Dante network.

In the smaller 2500 capacity Warehouse 9, Capital Sound opted to deploy a ground stacked L-Acoustics KARA II system, with additional Kara II as ground stacked delays. L-Acoustics KIVA II were used for 180-degree coverage and front fills and Sub bass was provided by 16 L-Acoustics KS28 subs. At FOH for both venues was a DiGiCo SDTen, with a DiGiCo SD12 looking after monitors in the larger Warehouse 5.

David Preston was delighted with how the event had gone: “It’s always great to work with Dave Weeks and the Broadwick Live team at Drumsheds on these shows and glad we all pulled off a successful sold-out gig in tricky times. Great work by our freelancers who all pulled together to run a great show. Special thanks go to Russell Holt and Ian Morris in Redditch who came back off leave to help get the show out the door as well.”

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