Buoyed by the massive success of their launch event in 2014, the team from VDubs In The Valley - Shropshire's latest gathering for fans of the iconic brand - returned to Revolution Audio to provide full production for 2015's "Second Coming". Once again, their trust was well placed with our team providing three days of top-quality equipment and engineering to the fast growing event.
Organiser Garry Aulton originally approached Revolution Audio based on our previous standards of work in and around Shropshire, and has been loyal since then, safe in the knowledge all of his festival's audio needs are in safe hands with our team, freeing him up to oversee the overall running of his event. This year was no exception, with Revolution Audio providing equipment and crew for all three days of the event.
Friday's opening day saw a compact system of QSC K10s and HK Audio Projector subwoofers deployed into a marquee venue for both playback and vocal music, With limited get-in times and a small space to work with, we deployed an Allen and Heath Qu-16 Digital Console for control, remotely mixed from the flexible Qu-Pad iPad application. Efficient planning and confident crew ensured the system was ready to go in record time, and the quality of the sound was praised by organisers and visitors alike.
As with the 2014 event, Saturday saw a packed line-up of live music from 12:00pm, right through until midnight. Sunday also saw live music performances, as well as the "Show and Shine" vehicle competition. Once again, planning and preparation ensured that we could meet the challenges of a small stage area and tight changeover times. HK Audio Projector was deployed as the main FOH system, and this year was supplemented by an additional pair of auxillary subs, as well as QSC K10s on frontfill duty. Coverage and consistency was truly impressive across the audience area, achieving an even fuller sound than last year, whilst also providing greater control and predictability across the frequency spectrum.
FOH Mixing was performed using a Soundcraft Si Compact 32, connected to the stage via a pair of dug-in CAT5 lines, with full redundancy in the link to allow uninterrupted operation should one cable have become damaged. Six ways of wedges were mixed from the Stage using the Qu-16 console redeployed from Friday's setup, with the fast interface and ample processing (including full Graphic EQ on all outputs) ensuring changeover times were kept to a minimum. Indeed, members of various and complimented Revolution Audio Monitor Engineer James Doney on both the quality of on-stage sound, as well as his rapport and helpful, positive attitude. Capturing the performances were a large collection of microphones from our ever-expanding locker, with models from Audix, Shure and Sennheiser across drum, instrument and vocal duties. We also provided full power planning and distribution for both stage areas across the three days of the festival.
Production Management and FOH Engineering for the event was performed by Joel Nichols, with our newest recruit Noah Peet joining for his first festival with us, assisting with Patch, Stage Management, assisting James Doney on Monitors, and operating kettles!
Once again, attendance at the event followed 2014 by exceeding expectations, and plans are in place for a further-expanded event in 2016. The quality of both service and sound provided by Revolution Audio has already secured our involvement for another year, and we are excited to work with the VDubs team well into the future, working with them to grow their event and ensure its success for years to come.
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