Adlib joins Liverpool pop party

Monday, 30 July 2012
Adlib joins Liverpool pop partyThe Adlib crew - Andy Rowe, Mike Summerfield, Neil Holloway, Sam Proctor, Richy Nicholson, Chris Smethurst, Carlos Herreros, Ian Tomlinson
UK - Liverpool based technical solutions provider Adlib supplied sound, lighting, scenic video and crew for Radio City Live, a regular Summer pop event at Liverpool's Echo Arena, hosted by Liverpool's biggest radio station.

Adlib's relationship with Liverpool's hit station Radio City goes back more than 20 years, when it worked on their roadshows - and both companies have become Liverpool music institutions in their own right.

Some of the biggest names in UK pop were lined-up for the 2012 Radio City Live event including One Direction , Professor Green, Will Young, Labrinth, and Stooshie & Rizzle Kicks among others who performed to a capacity 10,000 crowd at on a sunny Saturday Liverpool evening .

Steve Hill and David Andrews (of EMO LTD) oversaw the event planning and management, with Andy Grey and Neil McDonald in place as production managers and Steve Pottinger stage managing.

The lighting was designed by TPi Award winning LD Ian Tomlinson with Andy Rowe as lighting crew chief , working together with Neil Holloway, Stu Wright and Jeff Bond on stage.

Adlib's Richie Nicholson was the audio crew chief, accompanied by Sam Proctor, Chris Smethurst, Dan Ungaretti and Carlos Herreros.

A production lighting design was created by Adlib's Ian Tomlinson, based around making the stage into a large and dynamic performance backdrop for the various acts. Each also needed an individual look for their three song slot.

Upstage, Tomlinson decided on a video wall, created from seven columns of Pixled F-30 screen hung from a rear truss. This was complemented with 4 x 10 ft upright trussing sections also clad with Pixled F-30 tiles, which were moved around the stage to suit the different acts backline / staging set ups.

For lighting, five trusses were installed. Onto these they rigged a mixture of Martin Professional MAC 700 Profiles, MAC 301 LED washes and Clay Paky Sharpy moving lights - around 50 in total. There was also a selection of 4-lite blinders and PARs.

On the audio front, Adlib's Richie Nicholson and Sam Proctor took care of FOH System and desk duties.

An L-Acoustics K1 system was specified - with 14 K1 speakers a-side for the main hangs and 10 K1 for the side hangs. The FOH console was a Soundcraft Vi6, this was used for all the bands, with Nicholson using an additional Vi1 desk for the presenters, video stings and play-ins.

Covering monitors were Chris Smethurst and Dan Ungaretti running a Yamaha PM5D console, while Carlos Herreros co-ordinated everyone's playback requirements.

Eight sets of Sennheiser 2000 Series IEMs were used together with Adlib MP3 wedges powered by Labgruppen PLM amps.

(Jim Evans)

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