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Festival Business

Eighth Day Sound Rolls at Governors Ball Music Festival

Cleveland-based SR provider fields Adamson for main stage at NYC festival.

New York, NY (July 19, 2018)—Governors Ball is always one of the most anticipated music events of the year in New York City and this year’s edition was no exception. Held once again on Randall’s Island in the East River, the three-day festival served up more than 60 acts across four stages, all headlined by Jack White, Eminem, Travis Scott, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Chvrches, Halsey and others on the main stage. Enjoying the fruits of that lineup was combined crowd of approximately 150,000 revelers.

Tackling the main stage was Eighth Day Sound (Highland Heights, OH), which fielded an Adamson E-Series loudspeaker system for the occasion. The system holding down the Gov Ball NYC Stage included main arrays of 17 Adamson E15 enclosures atop three E12 full range boxes per side. The outfill arrays had eight E15s and three E12s per side. The company’s E119 subwoofers handled the low end, with flown left-right arrays of nine cabinets per side and an additional 36 ground stacked at the front of the stage.

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Completing the aural picture, eight Adamson compact S10 enclosures lined the lip of the stage as front fills, while an additional dozen were deployed for the single delay tower behind the FOH mix position.

“We’ve had our Adamson systems out for some of the biggest tours and festivals of the past year, and seeing some of the names that would be performing the 2018 edition of Governors Ball, we figured we’d stick with a good thing,” said Chris Berry, Eighth Day’s lead system tech for the event. “With a massive E-Series system on the stage and a single S-Series delay cluster, we were covering 600 feet as clear as day and left some heavyweight FOH engineers with smiles on their faces.”

To wit, there was Jack White FOH engineer Brett Orrison (look here and in Pro Sound News for our upcoming profile of Orrison and his work with White this year). “Every time I get a chance to mix on Adamson E15s, it’s a pleasure,” he reported. “No other system translates my mix so easily; I am always happy to see this PA.”

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Meanwhile, Harley Zinker, FOH engineer for Yeah Yeah Yeahs, averred, “The E-Series has fantastic clarity, particularly in the midrange – like mixing on a set of nearfield monitors in a control room. Subtle EQ changes on the console were immediately heard on the system. The transient response was fantastic and the low end was tight, focused, and consistent throughout the entire field—areal musical pleasure to mix on.”

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