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Martin MLA takes top four stages at South West Four
Celebrating its 16th year at the Clapham Common site, South West Four is a familiar August Bank Holiday destination for London’s clubbers. This year it again welcomed the House of Commons Festival, curated by Madness, onto two of its stages for Bank Holiday Monday itself.
The event’s long-serving sound production company Capital Sound were again brought in by promoters Lock ‘N’ Load Events, and of the five stages they equipped, Martin Audio PA systems dominated the first four.
Capital upgraded Stage 3 from MLA Compact last year to the full MLA, flying eight elements (plus an MLD Downfill box) on either side of the stage. “Although the speaker complement was roughly the same as before we needed more horse power to deal with reflections at the back of the tent,” says Capital account manager Martin Connolly.
The Capital FM main stage saw 13 MLA and a single MLD Downfill flown on each wing with a single mast of symmetrical outfills (comprising eight MLA Compact elements) on the downstage edge. Providing the low frequencies were 20 MLX subwoofers, designed in a broadside cardioid array while those near the front had the sound enhanced by 12 Martin Audio W8LM near-field speakers.
Stages 2 and the smaller Stage 3 comprised an identical MLA/MLD formula with 12 MLX subwoofers in a spaced cardioid array, and four Martin Audio XD12 for front fills. The 40 m x 45 m Stage 4 tent saw the PA ground-stacked, with six MLA Compact on each side, atop four SX218 subs; these were in 2 x 2 end fire configuration, due to space constraints.
Martin Connolly was supported by a team of Capital technicians, headed by crew chief Tim Patterson. System tech was Joseph Pearce and monitor engineer was Marty Beath, while Richard Wonnacott was head stage patch. Overall production manager was Alex Anderson.
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