James Blunt 2014

Since his first album in 2004, Back to Bedlam, James Blunt has relied on Skan to supply audio systems for his live shows. Now in support of his fourth album, Moon Landing, James is once again touring the world.

FOH engineer Mike Hornby has again specified a Midas Heritage 3000 with a modest selection of outboard. Although he is now in a small minority of analogue console users, the results speak for themselves. The combination of an analogue front-end with XTA DP448s driving 96KHz AES3 into a d&b J-system is hard to beat.

Monitor duties are handled by Gerry Wilkes, an engineer with a thirty-year association with Skan. Like Mike, Gerry is bucking the current trend and using a Yamaha PM5D-RH. Continuing the retro feel, the band are primarily monitoring with d&b M4s.

Tour & production manager Robert Hayden has been working with Skan since the late-90s with acts such as Ash & The Flaming Lips. It’s a pleasure to continue working with Robert who leads an efficient tour with a relaxed atmosphere…

So relaxed, in fact, that Mike Hornby and his long-time FOH minder, Scott Essen have been making full use of their down-time to indulge their passion for climbing and road cycling. In between all the leisure, there was time to fit in a successful run of arena shows in Europe with some more intimate UK shows including a stunning show at the Royal Albert Hall.

As well as sounding great, the show looked amazing with lighting & visuals by Glen Johnson & Lite Alternative.

Our thanks to you all.