Adlib supplies The Wombats UK tour
Wednesday, 3 April 2019
adlib-the-wombatsThe Adlib crew: Jon Priest, James Betts-Gray, Laurie Binns, Stu Gray, Rob Bickerstaff, Sam Pearson, Iain Christie and Jethro Hall (photo: Steve Sroka)
UK - Adlib supplied sound, lighting and video to the recent tour by Liverpool indie rockers The Wombats. Tour manager Simon Fuller used to work for Adlib and knows many of the staff and crew. “Their way of working is excellent, and I always like to try and rent kit from Adlib when possible, fully confident that we will be well looked after.”
Adlib was the sole production supplier for the previous Wombats UK tour back in March 2018, and the set-up was similar this time around, so it made sense to keep the continuity.
Adlib’s Rob Bickerstaff looked after video and lighting for The Wombats lighting and video designer Dave Jackson from Creative Productions and was also out on the road with them this time and during the 2018 tour.
Adlib supplied a lighting floor specials package and a 5m by 3m upstage video wall comprising Adlib’s new Unilumin UpadIII H5 5mm indoor / outdoor LED screen for the academy type venues.
At the heart of the visual design were eight ALX JW-1 lighting fixtures, a proprietary retro styled LED dish luminaire, which looked great and offered a lot of inbuilt LED effects in addition to the general illumination. These were dotted all around the stage on a series of different height floor bases, together with eight GLP JDC1 LED strobes. There were also eight Robe Spikies which were positioned down each side of the stage and used for cross washes and funky gobo effects.
Dave ran all lighting and video (via an ArKaos media server) from a grandMA3 console.
For the two Arena shows - The SSE Arena, Wembley and Leeds - Adlib supplemented the touring rig with a lot of extra lighting including three trusses.
These were loaded with 24 Martin MAC Aura XBs, equally divided between the front mid and rear trusses, together with a total of fourteen MAC Viper profiles, six on the mid and eight on the back truss.
Joining Rob as additional Adlib lighting crew for Wembley were James Betts-Grey and Stu Gray.
On the audio front, Adlib provided The Wombats with a compact control package for the full UK/EU tour, working closely with their engineers Pete Bartlett (FOH) and Andrew Egerton on monitors. This consisted of an Avid Profile at FOH with a DiGiCo SD12 at monitors with a line system / stage cabling package to suit. Adlib then supplied Coda audio racks and stacks and additional crew for the two arena shows, with the rest of the shows having already installed house systems.
Jethro Hall was the system tech for The SSE Arena, Wembley and Jay Petch had the honours in Leeds. They were joined by Billy Bryson, Sam Pearson and Laurie Binns over the 2 shows to look after the speaker system and the additional support act equipment that was also supplied by Adlib.
The system was a combination of Coda AiRAY and ViRAY, within the largest format in Leeds due to the width of the room, with main hangs of 14 x AiRAY with two SC2-F low frequency extenders at the top and four ViRAY at the bottom of the hangs for down-fills.
(Jim Evans)

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