Humidity wreaking 'havoc' at outdoor events

Dubai International Jazz Festival production crew have identified humidity as the biggest challenge facing the production of outdoor live events in the Gulf.
The Skywards stage pictured at the recent Dubai International Jazz Festival.
The Skywards stage pictured at the recent Dubai International Jazz Festival.

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Dubai International Jazz Festival production crew have identified humidity as the biggest challenge facing the production of outdoor live events in the Gulf.

Artes Middle East provided pro audio, lighting, trussing and backline equipment across the event’s three stages, in conjunction with AAA Dubai.
 
A spokesperson for Artes revealed that the majority of technical challenges were faced on the event’s Skywards Stage, where the humidity was of greatest intensity.
 
“The weather makes a big difference,” said Avril Rodrigues, head of audio at Artes Middle East.
 
“With the humidity at approximately 80 percent in the evening and 40 percent during daylight hours, [technical] problems occur with desks often refusing to start up,” he revealed.  
 
“Having faced problems in previous years, we decided to use the Meyer Sound Galileo speaker management system to help us curb humidity in the audio set-up.”

 

The Skywards Stage featured predominantly Meyer Sound audio technology, supported by a Yamaha PM5D RH digital mixing console.
 
The stage was kitted out with 16 M3D line arrays, six Milo curvilinear arrays, two Milo 120 extended curvilinear arrays, eight M3d subwoofers, eight 700HP ultra high powered subwoofers and six CQ2 full range speakers, all from Meyer Sound.
 
The Dubai International Jazz Festival was held over a period of ten days, on three stages and saw performances from 33 musical acts.
 
An Artes spokesperson said 2009 was the fourth successive year the company had provided equipment for the festival.
 
The event was organised by Dubai-based Chillout Productions, a company which has demonstrated a penchant for jazz, also producing the Abu Dhabi Jazz Festival in late 2008.

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