Martin Audio and Capital Sound added a new event to their UK summer festival programme, with All Points East (APE) moving into Hackney’s Victoria Park.

All Points EastPromoted by AEG, rental company Capital Sound was brought in by production company LarMac Live, having worked at the challenging venue on many previous occasions, to provide sound reinforcement for the ten-day event. Two weekends of top entertainment (including Björk and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds) bookended four days of Open House community activity in the park, including open air cinema.

Capital Sound provided site coverage, and their account manager, Martin Connolly, underlined the benefit of having a single point of contact for all the various stages.

Connolly’s crew equipped the main stage with Martin Audio’s MLA, hanging 13 enclosures and an MLD Downfill each side, with 14 MLX subwoofers in a spaced array to accommodate the various stage thrusts. Providing front fill was provided by a number of Martin Audio DD12s, mounted over the subs – Capital’s regular go-to solution. Three delay positions saw further Martin Audio deployment, with two masts of MLA Compact enclosures (respectively six and 12) and a third delay of 12 W8LM Mini Line Array elements.

The second stage saw ten MLA and an MLD Downfill on each flank, with 11 MLX in a broadside sub array. Six W8LM provided front fill and a further six formed the delay mast.

Set in a residential area, noise pollution from Victoria Park is a perpetual issue with the nearby residents, placing pressure on Capital’s main stage systems tech Dan Fathers. But while the extraordinary control properties of MLA ensured that the production company were always within their offside threshold of 75dB(A), they were able to achieve extraordinary results for Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, reaching levels of 101dBA Leq (to 15 minutes) at the mix position with peaks of 108dB. This was something that did not escape the band’s sound engineer Matt Crosbie or LarMac Live’s production manager Ian Greenway.

‘The PA was fantastic, with all the headroom required for a Nick Cave show,’ Crosbie reports. ‘I was extremely happy.’ He also praised the sound crew as being ‘extremely helpful and pleasant to work with’, adding: ‘I would highly recommend your PA system and crew, as overall this was one of the easiest and most pleasant festivals I have been to for some time. 10/10.’

Granted a long-term contract from the local authority, this now looks to be part of the festival season for the foreseeable future.

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