L-Acoustics K1 and K2 System Covers the Bird’s Nest

The main system for the Bird’s Nest comprises tereo hangs of 12 K1 cabinets with three Kara modular cabinets, Li Benpao

Zhang Jie or Jason Zhang, is a musical phenomenon in China. His latest Future Live tour has filled stadiums across the nation, including a show at the Beijing National Stadium (Bird’s Nest) for 80,000 fans.

The Future Live show was a theatrical masterpiece and has been termed a comprehensive showcase of new technology, with the incorporation of a large L-Acoustics K Series PA system and huge ice LED screen, advanced mechanical staging and lighting effects.

Zhang Jing was the Monitor Engineer for Future Live and said the evening at the Bird’s Nest Stadium was an ‘undreamed-of success’.

“It was mind-blowing,” Jing said. “With spectacular lighting, and an amazing sound system. Zhang Jie delivered the best performance on stage, while the L-Acoustics system delivered the ultimate sound. The coverage was excellent, which is never easy for such a large-scale production, with audiences in the tens of thousands.”

China’s Beijing National Stadium, nicknamed the Bird’s Nest Stadium due to its unique and highly recognisable architecture, includes a huge concrete inner bowl and a 45,000-tonne steel mesh roof. The sheer size of the venue meant that coverage and control were always prime concerns for the crew.

The solution was a substantial L-Acoustics K Series deployment comprising over 200 loudspeakers. The main PA system consisted of stereo hangs of 12 L-Acoustics K1 cabinets with three L-Acoustics Kara modular cabinets, stereo hangs of 12 L-Acoustics K1-SB subs, LR stacks of eight SB28 subs, and eight stacks of three L-Acoustics Kara cabinets.

“We definitely got the most out of the system,” said Jing. “We achieved the full fidelity the loudspeakers are capable of, which allowed us to maximise the listening experience for the audience. With a well-designed solution and accurate installation, L-Acoustics gives excellent quality sound and creates a perfect atmosphere for the audiences – even in such a large venue.”