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Festivals Turn to Bose

International festivals in four different countries opted for Bose PAs this year.

Framingham, MA (December 3, 2018)—Annual festivals have been a key part of the U.S. concert market for most of the 2000s, but they’re just as crucial business drivers elsewhere in the world—so it’s notable that events as far flung as Rock al Parque in Bogotá, Colombia; Siren Festival in Vasto, Italy; the Hermosa Beach Summer Concert series in California; and the Medusa Sunbeach Festival in Cullera, Spain are all turning to the same line array system.

The 24th edition of Rock al Parque took place August 18 – 20 at the Simon Bolivar Metropolitan Park in Bogotá, Colombia. A/V rental and production company Iluminacion Jaime Dussan, responsible for all audiovisual services at Rock al Parque 2018, used its ShowMatch DeltaQ line array loudspeaker system to cover up to 15,000 concert-goers at The Lago Stage. 18 different bands were served across diverse genres like metal, ska, hard rock, acid jazz and reggae

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Juan Camilo Fernandez, support sound engineer for Iluminacion Jaime Dussan, stated, “We’ve worked with ShowMatch in many concerts and festivals in the last few months, and it’s always been up to the task. At Rock al Parque, ShowMatch was pushed to the limit, handling very high levels of sound pressure, but the end result was excellent, always above the noise of the crowd and with good, full dynamic range.”

Rental partner Sonique Live supported all six stages at the Siren Festival 2018, set in and around the town of Vasto, Italy. Four stages, including one on a beach, featured Bose Professional ShowMatch DeltaQ line arrays. F1 Flexible Array loudspeaker systems covered a garden setting, and six L1 portable PAs were on hand for acoustic and vocal presentations in a local church. More than 30 artists performed over two days, including headliner Nic Cester.

All the way over at California’s Hermosa Beach, the 2018 Hermosa Beach Summer Concerts series was bigger than ever, garnering crowds of more than 10,000 attendees. Cerritos, CA-based Total Production Group spec’ed the ShowMatch system from Bose Professional, and TPG partner Steve McAllister remarked, “Because it’s a free show with an undefined venue boundary, we never know how far back the audience will sit, which is a challenge. We anticipated 300 feet, but at some shows the audience stretched back more than 500 feet from the stage. Not only was the Bose rig solid throughout the 300-foot range, it carried past the 500-foot mark with clear, intelligible sound.”

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Last but not least, Cullera, Spain’s Medusa Sunbeach recently presented its fifth annual electronic music festival to a 300,000-strong crowd. Madrid-based rental company Delta Sound Spain was appointed to provide audio for the Little Bird stage, which hosted 33 DJs throughout the festival. Jose De La Torre, CEO of Delta Sound Spain, noted, “As we loaded onto the Little Bird Stage, operators of systems on the other two main stages were astonished that we were setting up such a small system. They seriously questioned whether it would be big enough to cope. During the event, they all came over to witness how loud ShowMatch can go while maintaining such precision and quality.”

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