Adlib Rides Shotgun with George Ezra

George Ezra live at Wembley Arena, Steve Sroka

Making sure the quality every bit reflected the success and buzz that is surrounding UK singer, songwriter George Ezra, Adlib supplied L-Acoustics ‘racks-and-stacks’ for the artist’s most recent UK and European tour.

Adlib worked alongside Stylus Productions, which supplied a DiGiCo SD12 at FOH and a DiGiCo SD10 for monitors, two SD Racks, a Shure IEM system, d&b M4 wedges driven by D12 amplifiers for the support acts, plus a variety of mics.

Adlib had supplied a tour earlier in 2018 and Ezra’s Production Team – run by PM Jake Vernum – returned to the Liverpool based company after receiving great service. Trevor Plunkett was the Tour Manager. Adlib’s PA Systems Engineer was James Coghlan, and he fine-tuned the system to perfection each day for Ezra’s FOH Engineer Mike Timm, who worked closely with him and Monitor Engineer Ollie Weeks – also the owner of Stylus Productions.

“It was the first time I’d met either of them and together with everyone else on the George Ezra crew, it was a brilliant on-the-road experience,” enthused Coghlan, who also worked alongside Stylus Technician Chris McGuinness.

The L-Acoustics K2 was Timm’s choice of PA. “It was the ideal speaker to deliver the sound, attitude and clarity that he wanted in the various different venues,” commented Coghlan. The itinerary featured an interesting mix from small clubs to large arenas.

All the L-Acoustics elements were driven by LA12X amplifiers, and they toured Adlib’s signature processing racks which contained two Lake LM44s and two LM26s. Timm mixed the show using the DiGiCo SD12 which was part of the control package supplied via Stylus which also supplied the monitor system. For the final show at Wembley Arena, Adlib augmented the system with L-Acoustics K1 arrays – 12 a side with four KARA downs – which came in for the main hangs, whilst the touring K2 was used for the sides.

Adlib’s Billy Bryson joined Coghlan and the rest of the crew at Wembley as an additional PA Technician for the day. “L-Acoustics proved an excellent choice for the range and dynamics of Ezra’s vocals and the diversity of the performance,” said Coghlan, explaining how his “rich and warm” sound embraced everything from acoustic style to much heavier sonics. The addition of a brass section made the band different from a standard pop-rock lineup, and Ezra played the guitar prominently throughout the set while singing.

Adlib was very excited to be involved with another young, vibrant and talented rising star with a great future ahead. Client Manager Phil Kielty commented: “I have been a big fan of George for the last few years so for us get to work with him and his crew was a real thrill. He was one of the biggest selling artists of 2018 with around 4.7 million albums sold worldwide. His live shows were simply stunning, he is a great songsmith and a real showman.”