Liverpool-based ADLIB has continued its Summer festival run , supplying PA to the much lauded ‘boutique’ festival – The Latitude Festival, set in the beautiful, leafy, chilled environment of Henham Park, Southwold in Suffolk.
It was ADLIB’s fifth year working on the event – supplying audio equipment and crew for six stages including the Word Arena, Film and Music Arena, Sunrise Arena, The Lake Stage, the Cabaret Arena and a mobile system which was for various events around the site.
A diverse line-up provided something to interest the most varied tastes, from bands such as The National through to a Q & A featuring B.A.F.T.A. Award Winning Comedy actors from E4’s The Inbetweeners.
The 15 ADLIB crew were chiefed by Hassane Es Siahi fresh from T in the Park the previous week. He also co-ordinated FOH at The Word Arena, assisted by Kenny Perrin who also looked after monitors there.
The 'second' stage of the festival and the largest arena on ADLIB's schedule for this year's event featured a lively mix of bands including The National, Wild Beasts, Richard Hawley, The Horrors, Jonsi and The Coral.
To provide solid all round coverage for a variety of sounds and styles, a JBL VerTec system was specified, which was flown from a ground support, consisting of seven VT4889 boxes a side, with another three 4889s a side, ground-stacked for infills plus three L-Acoustics dV-DOSCs a side for centre-fills, along with VT4880 subs.
Despite the large line up, the stage space was tight and to cover all bases at FOH, ADLIB supplied three consoles. The 'house' desk was a Soundcraft Vi6, and this was used by the majority of acts. A Midas Heritage H3000 was specified by Grizzly Bear’s engineer Drew Malamud and DigiDesign Profile was requested by Brandon Reid from The National.
The house monitor console was a Yamaha PM5D and ADLIB also supplied another DigiDesign Profile as a guest monitor desk. Assorted bands also brought in their own consoles, presenting the biggest challenge of the weekend .- in finding the physical space to accommodate all of them!