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Hazel Iris

The release of Hazel Iris’ first full-length album, Nine Sisters, was no minor online ad campaign or poorly-attended record company press office playback. Instead, the eccentric London-based storytelling singer-songwriter set up in London’s historic St Bartholomew-the-Great at Smithfield for an event that was as much more an arts festival as launch gig, with innovative artists from various genres on the bill.

The event was soundly supported by Shure UK, with KSM8, Beta52, SM137, SM81, KSM141, Beta98, SM57s and SM58 microphones and PSM300 in ear monitoring systems all playing a part in the proceedings.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Giving Bohemian Rhapsody bio-pic its world premiere to 7,000 fans in the SSE Arena Wembley contained in inherent dilemma – Queen fans are well acquainted with the venue and the boom of its acoustics, and that was exactly the sound the producers needed for the live concert scenes.

As re-recording mixer for the soundtrack, Paul Massey went to considerable lengths using reverb and hints of slap-back to reproduce the authentic 1980s Queen concert experience. ‘But of course, when staging such a premiere in a room like Wembley using a huge 7:1 audio system from Britannia Row Productions, the last thing you want is added reverb and slap-back,’ says audio consultant, Colin Pink.

The Explorer

Drawing some 1.3m people to city centre, the third Liverpool Giant Spectacular told a tale of epic proportions – and the fate of its much-loved marionettes.

Produced by street/outdoor theatre company Royal de Luxe, the visual spectacle was accompanied by Adlib sound systems for each giant, and a Music Truck carrying a live band and several reinforcement PA systems that visited gathering points along a 20-mile route. Having served previous events in 2012 and 2014 successfully, Adlib was commissioned by production manager Stu Stalker of Event Design Co (EDC) and Royal De Luxe’s production manager Jeff Havart to provide audio for the city’s final Giant Spectacular.

CS:GO Major

Billed as the UK’s biggest esports tournament to date, CS:GO Major offers competitive gaming opportunities for players of all levels through a premium live event experience for top-level teams. Behind the occasion is FaceIt, the creator of the leading competitive online gaming platform and the Esports Championship Series (ECS).

‘They are doing something really unique,’ says Capital Sound Project Manager, Robin Conway. ‘It has a tremendous outreach and there are millions of people around the world tuning in.’ The final game of the event saw just over a million people tuning in, with over 61m hours viewed over the whole tournament. 

The Mile-Long Opera

New York’s The Mile-Long Opera performance placed more than 1,000 vocalists along Manahattan’s High Line linear park for six nights in early October – a repurposed stretch of elevated railway that guided pedestrians through the 25 ‘acts’ of the street opera.

While most of the singers – singly and in groups – performed without amplification, the final quarter-mile stretch through a district with high ambient noise called on 64 discreet Meyer Sound loudspeakers driven and controlled by a networked D-Mitri digital audio platform. The system was provided and deployed by Yonkers-based Sound Associates.

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