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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