The Spin Off Festival rocked 20,000 attendees at the Adelaide Showgrounds on Friday July 19. Cheekily named for its partnership with Splendour in the Grass to bring sideshows to SA, the single-day event brought Splendour headliner Childish Gambino to town, along with Catfish And The Bottlemen, Ball Park Music, Ocean Alley, Wolf Alice, Hockey Dad, and more. Novatech Creative Event Technology partnered with promoters Five Four Entertainment and Secret Sounds to supply the massive tech requirements.
The entire single-stage gig was housed in a gigantic modular tent, 60 metres wide and 100 meters long. Its supporting king poles could hold a massive six tonnes each, which was a good thing, because Spin Off had a huge requirement for LED screens, lighting, and PA, all supplied by Novatech.
The main PA consisted of 16 elements of L-Acoustics K2 line array per side, supported by 32 L-Acoustics SB28 subwoofers. Two delay hangs of eight elements of K2 were supported by rigging half-way down the tent, and L-Acoustics’ smaller Kara line source were used as infill and outfill. The audio system was modelled beforehand and checked for even coverage by Novatech using L-Acoustics Soundvision software. L-Acoustics P1 processors, which integrate the new M1 measurement and tuning system, looked after the PA and kept it purring through the show.
Onstage, Novatech deployed L-Acoustics X15 wedges, augmeneted by d&b audiotechnik M2 wedges for Catfish And The Bottlemen. A full complement of industry standard in-ear-monitoring systems and wireless mics were on hand to cater to each artists’ preferences.
Novatech provided Avid Profile mixing desks for the house system at both FOH and monitors. Touring consoles that made guest appearances at FOH included a DiGiCo SD7 for Childish Gambino, a Midas Pro 2 for Catfish And The Bottlemen, and a DiGiCo SD10 for Ocean Alley. Monitor-land hosted Ocean Alley’s DiGiCo SD12, Catfish And The Bottlemen’s DiGiCo SD10 and Childish Gambino’s SSL 500. All signal transport was integrated via Optocore.
The mighty house lighting rig supplied by Novatech comprised eight Vari-Lite VL4000 spots, 25 Martin MAC Viper Profiles, 12 Claypaky Sharpys, 22 Martin MAC Quantams, 10 GLP Impression X4s, 12 SGM XC-5s, 16 Prolights Solars, and 25 blinders, plus two Hazebase base*touring Smokes and three Reel EFX DF50 hazers.
Because too much is never enough, three floor packages were provided for artists at the top of the bill. Ocean Alley got 14 GLP X4 Bar 20s and six additional blinders, while Catfish And The Bottlemen were provided eight DreamColor LED Strips and 24 LED PARs fitted with Robe Halo LED rings. It was Childish Gambino’s LD that really pushed the envelope, adding four Robe Robospot systems controlling four Robe BMFLs, 19 Clay Paky Scenius Unicos, 48 GLP Impression X4s 50 GLP X4 Bar 20s, and 26 GLP JDC1 Strobes, plus two Hazebase base*hazers, four Hazebase classic*smokes, and four BT-Hurricane DMX Fans.
Lighting control provided for the house was courtesy a grandMA3 and grandMA3 light. Childish Gambino rolled in a grandMA2 and a grandMA2 light. Catfish and The Bottlemen’s LD rocked a ChamSys MQ100, while Ball Park Music’s lighting crew opted for a High End Systems Hog 4. Art-Net switching was ingeniously handled by a TMB ProPlex GBS network selector, enabling seamless transition from desk to desk, along with redundant fibre connection for peace-of-mind.
The all-important video component saw huge ROE Visual Carbon 5 LED screens built throughout the venue; two IMAG screens left and right of the stage measuring 6×3.6m each, a 6×3.6m delay screen hung at the FOH ops position, an 8.4×4.8m screen hung upstage, and two 5.4x3m screens outside the tent. All screens were run via Brompton SX40 LED processors, fed by fibre from Brompton Tessera XD 10G data distribution units.
A Ross Carbonite flyaway kit was brought in for video switching, and fed by Novatech’s cameras positioned at FOH ops and on stage. Childish Gambino’s crew utilised Novatech’s video and capture gear, and supplemented it with cameras and operators of their own, patching into the system.
“I had a bit of a moment sitting at FOH ops watching the show,” shared Novatech’s Managing Director Leko Novakovic. “I looked up and realised that all of the lighting, all of the audio, and all of the video was owned provided by Novatech. It was a good moment!”
Photography – David Solm Photography