With up to 1.2 million people crowding into the historic German city of Essen for the Love Parade in late August, the audio requirements for the event were huge. The centrepiece of Love Parade is a procession of floats, all with extremely loud PA systems pumping out the latest dance music. But, in addition, many associated parties also take place during the festivities, meaning that quality loudspeakers are at a premium throughout Europe while Love Parade takes place.
Krefeld based BLL Veranstaltungstechnik and CE Veranstaltungstechnik joined forces to become one of the main audio contractors for the event. Their combined inventory of AspectÂ®, QLight™, NuQ and other speakers was to be found on many of the subsidiary events.
One of the biggest was the Lost in Love party at the 10,000 capacity Grugahalle, with a huge crowd enjoying performances by Moby, Chris Liebing, Anthony Rother (Datapunk), Felix Kröcher (FK-Rec, Dancefield) and others.
A large Turbosound system was provided, which ensured the revellers were happily partying until well into the night.
The main rig comprised 24 Aspect TA-890H mid-highs (flown two wide by six deep each side, to minimise reflections from the venue‘s glass walls and balconies), 24 TA-890L mid-lows and eight TSW-218 subs. These were complemented by four TA-880H and eight TA-880L as infills, with a further six TA-880H and 16 TA-880L for outfills. The balcony was covered by six flown TA-880H and 12 flown TQ-445.
On stage, DJ monitors comprised four TA-880L and three nuQ-12, with four more TA-880L and four TQ-445 as sidefills. System management was by ten Turbosound LMS D26 processors, while the rig was powered by 18 MC2 E25 and 27 MC2 E45 amplifiers.
“One of the features of the party was that outside the main dance floor area was a gallery area, which featured catering stands and bars,” says CE-Veranstaltungstechnik‘s Carsten Eichstädt.
“We designed the system so that, in the gallery area, the sound would be acoustically identical to that on the main dance floor, but at a lower level so the guests could talk in comfort and didn‘t have to shout at each other. It worked very well – it was a very clean, warm sound which was very loud on the dance floor, but an acceptably lower level in the gallery.
“Indeed, the party‘s organiser René Benz (of event magazine Optixx) said how impressed he was at the high SPL on the dance floor, but without any distortion or significant reflections from the balcony or walls.”
As well as the Lost In Love party, BLL and CE -Veranstaltungstechnik also provided audio systems for regular client Tribehouse – both on their float, where four TA-880H, 12 TA-890H and 16 TSW-718s were deployed – and the Kiesgrube-Neuss Tribehouse after show party, which featured six nuQ-12DP, two nuQ-15DP, one nuQ B-15DP and four nuQ B-18DP.
A special event hosted by the Revolution-Club, Düsseldorf, also featured six TA-880H, six TSW-718, two nuQ-15DP and a nuQ B-15DP, while six TA-880H, 12 TA-880L, six nuQ-15DP, ten TQ-445DP and four TQ-425DP were used to supplement systems at various other Love Parade parties.
“The only difficulty we had with the entire event was that, although we have a large stockholding of Aspect, our customers like it so much that they all wanted to use it!” smiles Carsten.
“Servicing a number of different floats and parties meant that we had to actually find enough Aspect to keep them all satisfied. But we solved it by sub-hiring a number of cabinets in from König Geluidstechniek in the Netherlands and DPA SoundCo, Denmark.”
Carsten continues, “We found it very easy and comfortable to hire via the Aspect rental network. Every user of the Turbosound Aspect series is listed. That is another really good facet of the Aspect system.”
Allyson Dias, Turbosound
Tel: +44 1403 711447
Sarah James, Gasoline Media
Tel: +44 1372 471472
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