WOMADelaide celebrates 25 years of World Music and Dance

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on April 04, 2017

WOMADelaide, the four-day festival of world culture and beloved fixture of the Australian festival calendar, turned 25 this year, as 90,000 people packed Adelaide’s Botanic Gardens from March 10 to 13 to celebrate. Along with 400 artists from 30 countries, local production powerhouse Novatech Creative Event Technology came to the festival with full audio, lighting, and video production for every stage and event space.

Audiences taking in performances on the main Foundation Stage treated their ears with an L-Acoustics K2 line array with 12 elements a side, backed by 16 L-Acoustics SB28 subwoofers and nine elements of L-Acoustics Kara as infill. Prestigious English audio manufacturer SSL shipped over one of their flagship SSL Live 500 digital mixing desks for the main stage, along with an engineer to help run it (it helps that WOMAD founder Peter Gabriel is part owner of the company!) For those mixing at FOH who felt like something more traditional, an analogue Midas Heritage 3000 desk was on hand. An Avid Profile digital mixer handled monitor duties, with L-Acoustics X15 HiQ speakers as foldback. A Whirlwind splitter and stage system was used in conjunction with OptoCore fibre optic transport.

On the lighting side, the Foundation Stage featured a package of Martin MAC Viper profiles and Martin MAC Quantum washes, and used them to wash the enormous canopy and pattern it with gobos. Novatech’s new ProLights ARENACOB4FC LED blinders sat out the front on the truss to provide eye-candy, safe with their IP65 weatherproof rating. Lighting operators worked on an industry-standard GrandMA Full size. Novatech also provided a 4.5mx3m Di Color M480 LED screen to sit behind the FOH mix position, fed by two Panasonic Integrated HD cameras, four Marshall HD cameras and a manned broadcast camera, running via Panasonic AV-HS410 video switcher, with video signal distribution by Riedel’s MediorNet.

Stage Two ran an L-Acoustics K2 line array with nine elements a side, an Avid S6L digital mixer at FOH along with a Yamaha PM5D-RH provided especially for the Philip Glass Ensemble, and a DiGiCo SD-8 on monitors. Lighting was covered with a range of Vari-Lite 3500 washes and VL3500Q Spots, along with GLP X4 Bar 20s as side lights, GLP Impression 90s at the back, and a range of generics requested for one theatrical-style act. Control was via a High End Systems Hog 4. Video content was projected by a Barco FLM-HD20 20,000 ANSI projector onto a 24-foot screen via a Barco PDS-902 switcher.

Stage Three’s audio was rigged with an L-Acoustics Kudo line array and mixed by a Midas XL3 analogue mixer at FOH and Yamaha M7CL digital mixer on monitors. Lighting included Martin MAC 700 profile and Martin MAC 2000 wash fixtures, along with GLP Impression 90s providing washes from the side, with control via a GrandMA2 light. Stages Four and Five were fitted out identically; L-Acoustics Kiva line array, and Midas M32 digital mixers on FOH and foldback. A generic LED par rig handled most of the acts, augmented by ProLights STUDIOCOBFC LEDs mounted on the front legs as a wash, with LSC Mantra control.

Stage Six was a conference stage that turned into a club at night, powered by L-Acoustics 112Ps speakers and SB15P subwoofers. Audio was mixed by Midas M32R digital mixer, with RCF HD 10-A powered speakers as foldback. Twelve GLP Impression 90s and four Mac 250 Entours were joined by a ProLights Z7 Spot front wash, all controlled via a High-End Systems HedgeHog.

Stage Seven, proudly branded The Novatech Stage, ran an L-Acoustics Kara line array with SB18 subwoofers, Avid SC48 digital mixers at front and back, and a lighting package of Martin MAC 700 profiles and Martin MAC 700 washes controlled by a High-End Systems Full Boar.

The Attractor Stage, built for dance, featured 30 ProLights DIAMOND7 LED fixtures on a circular truss, two ETC Lustr 26 Degrees, and two Barco FLM-HD20 projectors blended to a 44-foot screen via a Barco Encore switcher system.

“WOMADelaide is always fantastic,” said Novatech’s head of audio for the festival, Denis Ardalic. “It’s the one festival of the year everyone wants to work on. It’s a big challenge; every act is different, communication can be difficult as lots of acts don’t speak English, and most of them don’t tour with their own technicians. You need to get the job done quickly and quietly, all with a language barrier, but everyone’s super friendly, which makes it great to work on.”

Novatech helped train the next generation of production technicians during WOMADelaide, with six TAFE students assigned to assist the audio crew and three to lighting across the six main stages. In a tradition that has now run for years, the Novatech team were joined by two visitors all the way from Tenant Creek in the Northern Territory, who assisted with preparation and builds before the festival, and worked as backline techs during the show.

About Novatech Creative Event Technology
Novatech Creative Event Technology is one of Australia’s leading and most respected audio visual production companies. Driven by a passion and commitment to staging exceptional events, we have the expertise, technology and resources to produce and stage truly unique conferences, gala dinners, product launches, road shows and concerts that surpass our client’s expectations. Our world-class team, cutting edge technology and in-depth experience across a wide range of venues provides you with the confidence and peace of mind when staging your next event.



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