Puurs, Belgium (September 3, 2020)—Large-scale musical spectaculars are the stock in trade for the Studio 100 Pop-Up Theatre in Puurs, Belgium. Billing itself as the world’s largest temporary show venue, the 7,000-square-meter site is a flexible space with mobile seating for around 2,000—in non-COVID times.
Before the pandemic, the venue was hosting alternating productions of the wartime-focused 40-45 and a tale about a pioneer for social justice, Daens, The Musical. However, with lockdown cancelling the ability to host the audiences needed to support such sizable productions, Studio 100 looked for other ways to use the space, ultimately settling on music performances.
Working with artist management and booking company House of Entertainment to cfrate a concert series that would observe strict social distancing measures, Studio 100 hosted ‘The Living Room Concerts’ featuring a range of artists who performed 30 concerts in total during July. Although only 200 customers were permitted per show, it was essential that the audio system was still large enough to cover the whole space to cater for the socially distanced audience tables.
Studio Haifax used a Coda Audio system comprising 22 x ViRAY, 4 x APS, 4 x G308 and 24 x SCV-F in a cardioid arc. Thirty concerts took place during the season including appearances by Natalie & Jef Neve, Snelle, The Starlings, Glannis Grace, Christoff, Belle Perez, Samson & Marie, Willy Sommers, Hooverphonic, Nick & Simon, De Romeo’s, Dana Winner and Clouseau.
Coda Audio’s Director of Global Marketing, David Webster comments, “Whilst the timescale for a return to normal in the live performance sector remains uncertain, events such as the ‘Living Room Concerts’ continue to demonstrate the creativity and determination of the industry to overcome, in whatever ways possible, the constraints of the pandemic. We’re pleased to hear that our versatile systems are front and centre in these efforts to reconnect artists and audiences.”
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