Roskilde returns with Meyer as sound partner
Monday, 18 July 2022
roskilde2022The Orange main stage has a capacity of more than 60,000
Denmark - The 50th presentation of Northern Europe’s largest and longest-running music festival, Roskilde Festival ran over eight days from 25 June through 2 July and featured more than 290 artists. Performers took to eight stages spaced throughout the sprawling festival grounds with headliners including Post Malone, Dua Lipa, Tyler, the Creator, The Strokes, Megan Thee Stallion, St. Vincent, and Haim, plus more than 130 diverse supporting acts including Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, H.E.R., Black Pumas, Kacey Musgraves, and CHVRCHES.
Meyer Sound was the official sound partner for the event. “The sound at Roskilde Festival is essential for us to be able to create the communities and the perfect audience experience that we strive for at every festival,” explains Lars Liliengren, Roskilde Festival’s senior production manager.
Nearly 1,000 Meyer Sound loudspeakers, supplied by European AVL integrator Creative Technology Norway AS, were deployed across all festival stages and performance spaces, from the 1,000-capacity Gloria stage to the Orange main stage, with a capacity of more than 60,000.
The Roskilde Festival stages are powered by the entire Leo Family, including Leo, Lyon, Leopard, and Lina linear line array loudspeakers and 750‑LFC, 900‑LFC, and 1100‑LFC low-frequency control elements, extended with VLFC very low-frequency control elements. The ULTRA‑X40 point source loudspeakers were used as near-field monitors at FOH as well as for delay and front fill support, while the MJF‑210 served as stage monitors. Network processing is handled by Galileo GalaxyNetwork Platforms.
Each year, technical teams from Meyer Sound, Creative Technology Norway AS, and Roskilde Festival collaborate on sound system design and deployment, drawing from previous successes to optimize system performance. The systems in use in 2022 were similar in scope to those in 2019, but one strategy developed in 2019 was implemented again this year: the use of gradient end-fired subwoofer arrays at the main Orange stage, which dramatically minimized spill onstage.
“The 2019 session was so successful at steering the subwoofers and cleaning things up onstage that we actually needed front-fill subs to ‘finish’ the experience below this monstrous set of 27 subwoofers,” says Bob McCarthy, Meyer Sound director of system optimisation. “Believe it or not, it was too quiet.”
2022 saw the introduction of a new stage, along with reconfigurations of some existing stages. Meyer Sound elevated subwoofers in several venues to help optimize even front-to-back coverage, and coverage was extended at stages that have become increasingly popular destinations. “[At the Rising stage] we aimed for coverage to 55 meters. And we ended up covering nearly 80 meters,” says McCarthy. “With the Mantra stage, we have one more stage in the park this year. But you wouldn’t know it, even though they’re all full up, all the time.”
Ultimately, sound system management at Roskilde is all about curtailing leakage between stages while providing an engaging experience for every audience member. “I’ve never been prouder of the coverage at the Orange stage,” says McCarthy. “There are people singing, dancing, completely engaged up there 150m away from that stage. It’s a wonderful feeling to see that level of engagement for everybody.”
This year, Meyer Sound fully implemented its MAPP 3D design application into system planning and execution. “We were able to re-look at all of the designs to see what we could improve on and to see how well our conversion from a 2D to 3D world went,” says McCarthy. “It was reassuring that so much of what we had worked out in 2D, even though it’s a painstaking process, worked out to be what we wanted anyway.”
The Roskilde Festival and Meyer Sound teams were thrilled to return to the festival after a two-year hiatus. “The spirit here is very, very special and it’s infectious. We all feel it,” says Meyer Sound executive vice president Helen Meyer. “It’s building on all of the quality that everyone puts into this festival.”
“Most of us feel that the more transparent our work is, the better,” says Roskilde Festival’s longtime project manager Morten Büchert, adding that for that reason, it’s important to celebrate the festival’s breadth of collaboration with Meyer Sound: “I am in awe of the combination of deep knowledge of technology and physics, embedded with an open mindset on how to improve what we do as a group of diverse professionals.”

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