Three of Hungary’s major festivals featured audio from Capital Sound, as the company continued its annual support of the Sziget Organisation.
Capital Sound serviced Volt Festival in Sopron, before heading two and a half hours south east from the Austrian border to Balaton Sound, which takes place on the beach of Zamárdi. Then followed by a trip to the Sziget Organisation’s flagship event, Sziget Festival, where the Martin Audio MLA system made an appearance for the second year running.
Polish MLA partner Muśnicki Sound Systems provided their MLA System for the event.
“Given the logistics, and the different deployments required for each site, we always need to be very clever with truck space,” said Capital Sound General Manager Paul Timmins. “This is a two-truck operation but for budget reasons we can only bring one from the UK, containing all the control and a lot of the speakers. It’s therefore great to be able to source the shortfall of equipment from within Eastern Europe with another Martin Audio partner and Maciej [Muśnicki] and his team were fantastic.”
This year almost half a million people attended the ‘Island of Freedom’ festival, which saw performances from the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Rihanna, David Guetta and Muse.
The main hangs consisted of 17 MLA and an MLD Downfills on each side, with nine MLA and an MLD Downfill providing side hangs. Subwoofers consisted of 40 MLXs in a spaced array comprising six stacks of three on each side of two stacks of two MLA – all evenly spaced across the front. Front fills consisted of 20 W8LM Mini Line Arrays.
In addition, there were four separate delay points using a total of 32 MLAs and four MLD Downfills, with LF extension on the delays provided by 16 WS218Xs across all four towers in a cardioid design. Two further shadow delays were set behind the mix tower, either side of the video screen, with four MLA Compacts in each.
Capital Sound’s Project Manager and Crew Chief on all three Hungarian festivals was Charlie Ellery, while Marty Beath was system technician for Volt Festival and Balaton Sound and Toby Donovan fulfilled the role at Sziget. Also on hand as the Hungarian MLA tech was Marci Mezi.