L-Acoustics Flying High With Noel Gallagher

Photo: Simon Schofield

An L-Acoustics audio system provided by Britannia Row Productions has joined Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds on their 2016 world tour.

The tour includes six UK arena dates and concludes with a final show at the Brixton O2 Academy in September. FOH Engineer Dan Lewis has enjoyed a long working relationship with Gallagher, having worked with him since 2002.

“My relationship with Noel started as system tech for Oasis, after which I became their FOH Engineer,” said Lewis. “Since then I’ve been FOH Engineer for both Noel’s High Flying Birds and Beady Eye. I started using L-Acoustics with Beady Eye in 2011 and have used it ever since.”

For the High Flying Birds arena shows Lewis specified an L-Acoustics rig, comprising 14 K1’s per side for the main system and four K2’s as underhangs. Nine K1’s and four K2’s were flown outside the main system as side hangs.

The system also featured three ground stacks of three SB28 subs per side, with two Karas on top.

“Noel’s not a great fan of sub-bass on stage, so we ran them in cardioid mode,” said Lewis. “We were surprised how much rear rejection we got up close to the back of the stacks. Cardioid subs can sometimes have the unwanted side effect of giving the monitor department a hard time, as they are in the firing line of the rear facing divers, but this arrangement worked really well and the expected grumbling didn’t happen.”