Audiowall were pleased to supply a complete production service to craft beer importers James Clay for Hoxtoberfest at Hoxton Docks.
The three day event was a promotion by craft beer importers James Clay for German beverage brands Erdinger, Berliner and Fritz Kola. German oktoberfest party band Albfetza were the headline act, performing german folk songs and covers of well known classics that everyone can sing along too. Each night featured a different support act selected from the local Hackney scene.
Hoxton Docks is a canal-side venue for hire in London. An ex coal storage facility on Laburnum road in Shoreditch. Our clients tasked project manager Clive Bessant and production manager David Jackson at Audiowall Systems to transform the multi-room blank canvas into an exciting event space.
There are five spaces in total to be supplied with sound and lighting. The public entered from the street into a small yard where there were street food outlets around the perimeter. We installed festoon lighting and IP66 rated 400W green flood lights to transform the entrance space.
There was three main spaces inside the venue. Each featuring a different branded bar. The Berliner bar featured a live stage with our Martin Audio Wavefront W8 system. Neighbouring this was a large room with the Erdinger Hut and a third room with a Fritz Kola bar. The two neighbouring spaces received a distributed system of Martin Audio Wavefront W3 with an audio feed from the main live room.
We setup a wifi network to remote control the mixing desk and processing on our Linea Research amps. This event was one example of where this kind of remote control is vital. With a distributed system covering three ancillary zoned areas, our sound engineer Loz jackson was able to remotely control the EQ and individually adjust the mix of the live band for each area.
In the main live room, the FOH system is reinforcing the acoustic sources, drums and guitar amps. There was a need for a completely different audio mix for the sound to be balanced in the neighbouring bar areas.
The live room received a 32ft x 24ft LiteDeck stage with a 2ft deck height. We installed rigging for our lighting which consisted of Chauvet Spot LED 350 and Beam LED 350 moving heads, Showtec LED light battens and Lanta Fireball Quad LED parcans. All programmed and operated with an Avolites Pearl Expert Titan by lighting designer Tom Holmes.
For the live stage, we deployed our Martin Audio Wavefront W8 system. Each side of the PA system featured a stack of Wavefront W8C compact mid-high with W8CS compact bass.
Although Wavefront W8 is a complete full range system, we like to have extra headroom for our systems. For additional sub-bass reinforcement we installed a WS218X double 18″ reflex sub underneath each W8C/W8CS stack.
We also supplied a pair of wavefront W3 for centre-fill in front of the stage. The main W8 PA system has a reasonably narrow dispersion and with only one stack a side coverage right in front of the stage can be less than ideal without the addition of the W3.
All processing and amp power for the main system, W3’s for centre fill and the zoned areas were powered with Linea research 44M20 four channel DSP amplifiers.
On stage we supplied six Martin Audio LE700 large format stage monitors and a drum fill stack assembled from a pair of Martin Audio Blackline S15 bass cabs and a Blackline F12. A pair of Linea Research 48M10 8ch. DSP amplifiers powered the monitor system. These give us the processing and amp power for eight bi-amp mixes.
Our sound engineer Loz Jackson was mixing the front-of-house sound, eight monitor mixes and two outputs to feed the ancillary zoned areas. This was on our Soundcraft Si-Expression 64ch. digital mixing console.
The network control was also useful in the main live room. This was long and thin, so the FOH control was at the back of the room with around 30m to the stage. Loz was able to utilise the iPad and mix the sound from any position in the room. Another major benefit is the ability to walk around on the stage and adjust the monitor mixes whilst standing next to the musician who your mixing for.