BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend 2014 – Glasgow

As part of Radio 1 Big Weekend, Skan provided reinforcement for the Opening night in Glasgow City Centre.  The night played host to some of Radio 1’s Top DJs, including Annie Mac, Pete Tong, Zane Lowe, Danny Howard, Martin Garrix and, new to the Radio 1 team, Tiesto.

With DJs like this, it was essential that Skan provided an intense club experience for 15,000 people, while also being mindful of the noise sensitive environment of a city cente.

Matt Vickers designed a system using d&b ArrayCalc that would maximize the spl within the audience arena, whilst still keeping within the perimeter noise limit of 75db.  Utilizing a cardioid sub array of 18 x J-sub and 12 x J-infra, Matt was able to provide very accurate pattern control for the low frequencies. Also by carefully focusing the flown arrays of 16 J-series (main) and 8 V-series (sides), there was a clear transition at the edges of the listening plane.  All of these factors combined allowed the system to run at 98dB LAeq,15min at Front of house.

Lindsay McIntyre (KSG Acoustics) was the local noise liaison working on behalf of Vanguardia Consulting, to help all parties stay within the noise licensing agreements. Lindsay made the following observations:

“Staging a live event of this scale was always going to be extremely challenging in a location like George Square in Glasgow. Adjacent to the fashionable Merchant City, Radio 1’s dance party was only a street away from the closest residential dwellings. Glasgow City Council had set a License Condition of 75dB LAeq,15min to protect the amenity of local residents so Skan’s PA design was going to have to work wonders to meet this requirement while delivering optimal levels in the live area for 15,000 revellers. They did not disappoint – no breaches of the License Condition were measured at the locations agreed with Glasgow City Council for monitoring, even during Tiesto’s headline set when sound levels rose to a crescendo. Based on our experience of other live events in residential areas, PA design can make or break the ability to meet licensed levels off-site and for Skan to have achieved this was no mean feat.”

Production manager, Dick Tee commented:

“I was delighted with the PA in George Square.  The system sounded great – it was well balanced and the output was very well contained within the Square itself.  I am not aware of any significant noise issues – so very well done to all involved.  Tom did a great job and I am personally very happy that we finally got you involved again with a major Radio One event and that the result was excellent.  I sincerely hope that we will be able to repeat this experience at future events.

“On behalf of everyone involved with the Big Weekend and especially the show in George Square –  many thanks – it was, as always, a pleasure to work with Skan PA.”

On site representing Skan were crew chief Tom Tunney with Onno Ooms looking after FOH and Richie Gough looking after monitors.