Adamson excels at Edinburgh Hogmanay party
Monday, 13 January 2020
citgAcross the whole event 170 Adamson loudspeakers were used
UK - Over 170 Adamson loudspeakers were deployed for three days of spectacular events for Edinburgh's Hogmanay.
Marking the 27th edition of the famed New Year party, the three-day festival combined Scottish traditions with contemporary artists and acts from across the world in Edinburgh, the home of Hogmanay.
Working directly with Dave Watson and Scottie McKean from producers Underbelly, The Warehouse designed an Adamson system for Hogmanay in the Gardens headlined by Mark Ronson, the Waverley Stage headlined by Marc Almond and McEwan Hall’s three-day celebrations with Symphonic Ibiza, Eddi Reader and Ronnie Scott’s Big Band.
In addition, Adamson partner Live Systems Ltd provided the system for Ceilidh under the Castle.
Across the whole event, 170 Adamson loudspeakers were used, including the E15, S10, S7 line array loudspeakers, E119, S119 and S118 sub bass cabinets, all powered by Lab Gruppen PLM 20K44 and 12K44 amplifiers running Lake Processing. Adamson’s new CS7P point source loudspeakers were also used for front-fills.
This year’s Hogmanay theme, Be Together, was celebrated by bringing together tens of thousands of friends old and new to share in a warm and welcoming night of friendship creating a suitable atmosphere across the Street Party hosted by Johnnie Walker.
At Hogmanay in the Gardens Mark Ronson dazzled the partygoers with some of the best tracks of the decade in a full throttle countdown to the midnight fireworks. Daniel Merriweather joined him for Stop Me and Shallow. Meanwhile, Rudimental DJ played a set of their biggest, old skool hits and Mungo’s Hi Fi kicked off the night.
After teaser fireworks on the hour, this year’s midnight moment saw almost 16,000 shots and hundreds of thousands of stars in every known firework colour flood into the clear night sky. Titanium Fireworks had worked with Mark Ronson to create the display set to a medley of some of his greatest hits.
Headlining the Waverley Stage, Marc Almond played his greatest hits. Opening the Waverley Stage was Keir Gibson, The Ninth Wave brought the glam and after the bells Porkpie played.
Ceilidh under the Castle returned under the shadow of Edinburgh Castle with leading ceilidh bands - Sleekit Beasties, Skyte! and Cool Ceol Ceilidh Band.
The 19th century McEwan Hall played a starring role throughout Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations and The Warehouse worked directly with Underbelly to provide an advanced audio set-up for the events.
Symphonic Ibiza returned to open proceedings on the 30 December as DJ Andy Joyce led the 20-piece Scottish Pops Orchestra through a stirring rendition of club anthems from the famous party island.
Continuing the celebration in proper big band style on Hogmanay was Ronnie Scott’s Big Band in Concert featuring Liane Carroll. McEwan Hall also played host to Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Official Afterparty, with a late-night set from international music producer and DJ Judge Jules.
And on 1 January in association Celtic Connections, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay presented a special New Year’s Day concert with Eddi Reader who marks 40 years in music with a wide repertoire of pop, folk and jazz.
Derek Blair, director of the Warehouse, commentes: “It’s always such an honour to be involved in the largest New Year celebration in the UK. This year, we were presented with a whole new set of exciting challenges. From creating an Adamson system for the Mark Ronson’s explosive Hogmanay in the Gardens, culminating with synchronized fireworks, to developing a system to enhance the subtle nuances of Ronnie Scott’s Big Band with Liane Carroll in McEwan Hall’s 1000-capacity venue. Adamson performed impeccably across all stages, providing consistent and even coverage with exceptional sound quality.”
(Jim Evans)

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