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Audio & Video for Westlife UK Arena Tour

At the end of 2022, Adlib's Rental division had the opportunity to tour UK arenas with Westlife and Production Manager Toby Johnson.
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The Adlib team supported the Irish pop group with the provision of audio and video rental services, including the L-Acoustics K Series loudspeaker system, DiGiCo mixing consoles and an LED screen solution that amounted to nearly 5.4 million pixels.

The over five-million-pixel count was possible thanks to four 4m x 9m upstage LED screen columns, which were created by combining 144 panels of 8.9mm ROE Vanish8T LED panels. Additionally, the Adlib team have deployed two IMAG screens, comprising a total of 252 panels of 5.9mm Unilumin UPADIIIH05 product, which amounted to 63sq. metres each. Charlie Rushton was the LED Systems Engineer on tour, and he was responsible for the deployed LED solution.

The IMAG screens were fed by four channels of Panasonic UC4000 Broadcast Cameras, two with Canon UJ90 Lenses, and another two with the CJ20 variant. Those were operated by Ash Dawson, Dohan Halil, Jake Lee, and Stu Hurst.

In addition to four broadcast channels, Charles Woods, who was the Video Director on tour, had another two channels of Panasonic PTZ UE150 cameras under his disposal, operated by Mark Taylor using the Panasonic RP150 Controller. For control of the broadcast feed, Ross Carbonite and Ultrix Vision Mixer were used, with Iain Christie assuming the role of a Racks Engineer, making sure the video output looked just right.

The loudspeaker system the Adlib team deployed comprised the L-Acoustics K Series, and it was designed and tuned by System Technician Jethro Hall. The main hangs were 14 x K1 boxes with 4 x K2 down for each side. The side hangs were built up of 10 x K2 per side. For lower-end reinforcement, Jethro used L-Acoustics KS28, ten flown for each side, with another 16 units on the floor. Centre hang consisted of 6 x KARA II, and for fills, Jethro used 6 x A10 Wides and 8 x X8s. To ensure even and thorough coverage of the visited arenas, Adlib used a mix of K1 & K2 boxes. The loudspeaker system was powered by L-Acoustics LA12X amplifiers.

At FOH, Jethro was met by FOH Engineer Chris Pyne, who specified DiGiCo SD7 Quantum for the tour. Besides the stage was Monitor Engineer Becky Pell, who also used a DiGiCo SD7 Quantum Mixing Console, complete with SD-Racks, which was stored in a custom Monitor Wardrobe provided by the audio team, including Stuart Watson and Max Taylor. In addition to DiGiCo’s I/O racks, in the wardrobe, Adlib also supplied a Sennheiser Digital 6000 radio microphone system and a Sennheiser 2000 Series IEM system.

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