Handpicked Festival – Fine Wines and Good Times in the Vines with Novatech

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on February 02, 2015

Langhorne Creek, just a lazy 50 minutes’ drive south-east of Adelaide, is one of the lesser-known wine making regions in a state full of world-leading vintners. That’s all about to change though, as the inaugural Handpicked Festival has just put it on the map of wine and music lovers everywhere. Conceived by the Follet family, grape growers in the region for 120 years and owners of the Lake Breeze Winery, the Festival has already succeeded in showcasing the incredible natural beauty and excellent produce of the Fleurieu Peninsula. 

On the 29th of November, the cream of Australia’s live acts, including Jessica Mauboy, Sheppard and Thirsty Merc, ably supported by local heroes Joshy Willo, Ash Gale and Alex Hosking, converged on the Lake Breeze Winery for a day and night of great music, food courtesy of Fork on the Road food trucks, and the best of local wines. Producers InFront Events chose Novatech Creative Event Technology to provide audio and lighting for the new festival, who, as befits such a gourmet occasion, bought their finest equipment to ensure the event looked and sounded as good as it tasted.

Front of House mixing duties were handled for the bulk of the show by an AVID Profile, with Jessica Mauboy’s engineer preferring a DiGiCo SD8. Monitors were mixed on an AVID SC48. Every note was reproduced with crystal clarity by an L-Acoustics K2 line array running eight elements per side, supported by six L-Acoustic SB28 subwoofers, with six L-Acoustics KARA arrayed as in-fill. The performers were in fine hands with on-stage monitoring via a complete L-Acoustics system.

As the sun went down in the idyllic setting, the lights fired up. 21 Martin Mac Vipers joined 26 GLP Impression X4s, seven Clay Paky Sharpies and 22 Showtec Sunstrips to provide the lighting director with a powerful, flexible rig capable of huge variety of textures and effects. Novatech also ran over 138 metres of festoon lighting over the stage area, adding to the comfortable and intimate atmosphere as the headliners took to the stage.

Organisers and punters were delighted with the first Handpicked Festival, describing it as ‘most amazing experience the region has ever seen’. With such a great recipe for success, Handpicked is sure to be back bigger and better next year, and Novatech will be proud to help support such a great South Australian initiative.

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Brief Encounter

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on January 22, 2014

Late 2013 saw Kneehigh Theatre’s production of Noel Cowards ‘Brief Encounter’ grace stages throughout the country. Fresh from Broadway and the West End the theatrical tour began its 3 month journey around Australia in Adelaide’s Dunstan Playhouse before heading through Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney, Wollongong and Perth.

Production for the tour was provided by the Adelaide Based Novatech Creative Event Technology. The team at Novatech worked closely with Arts Projects Australia and Kneehigh in developing a turnkey touring audio and lighting solution to cater for the shows in depth technical requirements.

“We were very pleased with the level of technical support Novatech provided to the Australian tour of Brief Encounter. Novatech were professional, knowledgeable and efficient with friendly staff who were always willing and on hand to help. We found the Novatech equipment to be of a very good quality and the tour was prepped by the Novatech team with a high level of care. The excellent on road support allowed the touring show staff to focus on the specifics of each venue. We would not hesitate in recommending Novatech following our experience with them on Brief Encounter.”
– Steph Curtis, Company Stage Manager, Kneehigh UK.

After lengthy discussions, Novatech began building a series of custom equipment racks and looms designed to cater for the shows needs. After the extensive equipment prep was completed Novatech assisted with the first show build at the Dunston Playhouse before the touring crew took the system to other venues around the country. Continual on-road support was offered when required including flying some Novatech crew to Melbourne when it came to setting up the Athanaeum show with a tight bump in time.

Along with a series of specifically designed patch systems and cabling, the audio component of the tour consisted of a vast selection of Meyer Sound “UltraSeries” speaker systems for both FOH and on stage sound - all being driven via Yamaha control equipment including a Yamaha M7CL and DME64N. 16 channels of Shure UHF-R wireless microphone belt packs connected to DPA 4061 microphones were used on the cast members. The tour utilised both Shure Wireless Work Bench and Winradio and software/hardware for RF Spectrum scanning and management to ensure no RF issues were encountered. As well as the wireless microphones a selection of unique wired microphones from leading brands DPA, Earthworks and Audix were used for various applications throughout the production. All signal distribution was via custom made input/output patch panels and multi pin stage looms.

On the lighting side, in-house fly lines were utilized to rig the 60+ flown fixtures, being a mix of ETC Source 4 Revolutions with custom strings and gobos, ETC Source 4s and the ever faithful PAR 64s also complete with custom gel strings and scrollers. The remainder of the rig consisted of 10 x custom built pre-rig booms, home to over 30 ETC Source 4s of varying sizes once again complete with custom strings and Wybron scrollers. Continuing with the ETC theme, control was via an ETC EOS Ti console complete with ETC gateways and an ETC RFR to ease the focusing process. Custom looms for the rig made patching into each venue a breeze.

‘The ‘Brief Encounter Tour’ utilised Audio, Lighting and Staffing resources from Novatech Creative Event Technology to achieve its touring requirements. Working with Novatech provided a great deal of flexibility and support to accommodate the very specific audio and lighting challenges associated with presenting an internationally touring show. As the Australian Production Manager, I found having Novatech as the provider of all technical production equipment sourced in Australia, provided a cost-effective and very efficient solution for the production’s technical logistics - additional to this, Leko and his staff provided a very professional, yet personal service to the Australian Tour making even the difficult moments just that little bit easier.”
– Nicholas Filsell, Production Manager, Arts Projects Australia.

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Australia Day in the City 2012

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on March 01, 2012

Australia Day 2012 saw 30,000+ revelers celebrating in the heart of Adelaide at the annual Australia Day in the City event presented by Adelaide City Council and the Australia Day Council of SA. This years celebrations were topped off by a free public concert featuring Aussie pop stars Stan Walker and Ricki-Lee.

We constructed our 12x9x8m CLS ground support stage with an out-rigged arch for a 6m VuePix LED screen. Our new L’Acoustics LARAK driven KARA line array and SB18 subwoofers provided for brilliant sound with our Avid VENUE Profile system at front of house. The stage sends were mixed on our Yamaha M7 console.

The lighting rig included a mixture of Martin MAC700s, GLP Impression 90 LED washes, Chromlech Jarags as well as Kupo par cans and Selecon fresnels. Haze was created using 2 Base Hazer Pros. Lighting was controlled using our Road Hog Full Boar lighting console.

Novatech also directed the live video of the event supplying the production crew and equipment. The digital system consisted of Sony broadcast cameras controlled by CCU as well as a Sony BRC300 robotic camera. Switching was via a Sony DFS300. A Sound Devices Pix240 was utilized for capture. Signal was sent to the LED screen across 50m of fiber optic cable.

See more photos from the event on the Australia Day Council of SA’s Facebook page:

Heatwave Festival, Middleton

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on March 01, 2012

Whist it made headlines around the country for many bad reasons the South Australian leg of Heatwave Festival went relatively smoothly. The 3 day camping festival took place in a remote location on the outskirts of Middleton on the South Coast. Novatech were contracted to supply production for the event which included a main stage and 3 small marquee stages.

The main stage saw many international acts over 2 nights including headliner Kid Cudi who captivated the crowd of 2000 with his live band plus performances from Chamillionare, Obie Trice, Tech N9ne as well as Crazy Town who preformed their smash hit Butterfly. The smaller ‘nightclub’ stage in the camping village was home to a successful VIP party on the Thursday night featuring Obie Trice and Tech N9ne.

Production on the main stage included 12 a side L’Acoustics KUDO line array speakers, a lighting rig dominated by LED fixtures, perfect for day and night lighting effects, plus a VuePix LED screen featuring graphic and live video content.

The international artists and their crew’s commended our team of young sound engineers (for a couple it was their first gig unassisted) and mentioned how professional they were and how their audio mixes were perfect. Crazy Town were particularly impressed giving a public mention to our crew during their performance.

Stereosonic 2011

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on March 01, 2012

Stereosonic continues to grow as one of Australia’s biggest music festivals and when the event rolls into Adelaide Novatech are the first choice to provide the large scale technical production required.

Novatech supplied, installed and operated four stages worth of sound, lighting and video.

There were over 200 moving lighting fixtures with a total of 589 lights all up. The main stage alone saw close to 100 Martin MAC2000s and MAC700 fixtures.

Audio consisted of 286 speaker cabinets?made up of L’Acousitcs KUDO, KARA, KIVA and KILO line array boxes along with SB28 and SB218 subwoofers. L’Acousitcs ARCS and XT coaxial boxes provided foldback and sidefill.

We installed 214 LED video panels?utilizing kilometers of fiber optic cable. Video processing included the use of Barco Screen Pro 2 and Encore Presentation Systems.

We installed over 90 rigging points and everything was held up on 357m of trussing.

The crowd of approximately 20,000 people partied to the sounds of Armin Van Buuren, Avicii, LMFAO, Afrojack,?The Bloody Beetroots,?Benny Benassi?and more.

Check out more pics from Stereosonic 2011 on our Facebook page:

V8 Supercars, Darwin

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on August 16, 2011

Novatech’s ever expanding arsenal of Martin MAC luminaires and L’Acoustics concert system was once again put to use for the ‘Race & Rock’ Concert series for the V8 Supercars Championships at Hidden Valley, Darwin.

Legendary Australian rock band INXS, featuring JD Fortune was the headline act for the biggest weekend on the Darwin event calender. Other acts included Short Stack and Bliss N Eso, as well as support from a mix of local and national acts over the three day event.

Novatech supplied the production and crew for the main stage with a lighitng rig that included 39x Mac2000, 4x Atomics, 7x RJ 2k Fresnels, 5x Jarag Par30, Unique Hazers, 4x FOH Spots, 9x 4lite DWE, 24x Par64 ACL, 8x Par64 MFL, 8x Source 4, and some festoon to top it all off.

Long time INXS LD Sean “Motley” Hackett ran the show from a GrandMA Full size, with a MA2 Light running as a backup. Motley also trigged the Catalyst Media Server, running content to 12x Martin LC panels hung in strips from the rear truss.

Novatech were happy to be a part of Motley’s last INXS show before he heads off on tour with super group KISS. “All good very impressed with the gear and the attitude world class”¯ said Motely of Novatech.

Stereosonic 2010

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on May 11, 2011

Kicking off a summer of music festivals was Stereosonic and Novatech once again provided the production. Blending electronic and dance / club culture and the outdoors, Stereosonic is an event of mammoth proportions. Reportedly one of Australia’s fastest growing music festivals, Stereosonic presents a plethora of acts across 5 stages. Novatech supplied, installed and operated both sound and lighting for this event which saw record crowd numbers.

Novatech on the road with Konvict Musik Tour 2009

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on June 04, 2010

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Sneaky Sound System Take Novatech Over the Border

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on June 01, 2010

When ARIA award winners Sneaky Sound System come to Adelaide to crank out their tunes for the local fans they choose to use the Novatech team to supply the production. The recent sell out show at the Thebarton Theatre was no exception with the Novatech team working together with the guys to produce another show that left the audience screaming for more.

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