Pioneer Pro Audio powers Dutch festivals
Thursday, 12 September 2019
pioneerDance Valley, Dutch Valley and Latin Village Festivals feature multiple stages and attract huge crowds
The Netherlands - Three festivals in a row on two weekends in August - that’s the order of the day(s) for creative event production specialists The Good Guyz of Amsterdam at the Velsen Valley.
Dance Valley, Dutch Valley and Latin Village Festivals share the same site which features multiple stages and attracts huge crowds. The three electronic music events move between genres and offer up the cream of Dutch and international artists.
The Good Guyz’ Arjen Ott, technical production manager for the three events, has been a fan of Pioneer Pro Audio systems since first hearing XY-3B at the invitation of Wouter Rouijter of Amsterdam Pro Audio rental company AVL. This year he took the decision to introduce an XY-3B system for the Club Onderste Boven stage hosted by SLAM FM, which would be used during the three consecutive Velsen Valley events.
Arjen Ott explains: “I had a relationship with AVL before Wouter took over, but they had a different brand of speakers then and we didn’t rent them. When he took over and brought in Pioneer Pro Audio, he invited me to listen to a system and I thought it sounded great - really warm and punchy and I started renting it for some of the parties I take care of. I think it was around three years ago that I first tested it at my own small festival for around two thousand people. I loved it from that first time and use it regularly for my own events, so it was an obvious step to introduce it here on one of the stages for these larger festivals.”
At Velsen Valley, for front of house, AVL installed six XY-3B and six XY-218HS subs (three per side) with two XY-152 as front-fills. Two XY-2 and two XY118S subs were deployed in the DJ booth.
“Over the two weekends we had three distinct genres of music - house, reggae and Mokum, so it was a great opportunity to see just how well the XY-3B held up across those very different styles. It was nice to introduce the system on a stage here at these high-profile events and show people that this a really good system with a really good sound.”
For The Good Guyz, who take care of many major Dutch festivals, the use of Pioneer Pro Audio’s XY-3B was a great success and Arjen Ott is in no doubt that he will use it on a regular basis. As far as he is concerned, the system passed every test in the Valley with flying colours. This summer has seen XY-3B in use across a great variety of events in Europe, demonstrating not only the warm punchy delivery referred to by Ott but also the flexibility and adaptability to meet the requirements of all genres.
(Jim Evans)

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