d&b supports Firehouse and Wigwam with Coldplay’s green initiative on 2022 tour dates.
The first leg of the tour was in Latin America. Due to weight issues and the environmental footprint of shipping tons of sound equipment, Firehouse helped arrange local suppliers and as much local equipment as possible using predominately J-Series with SL-SUB. “We had a great result and picked up where we left off in 2017 but we were looking forward to getting our hands on GSL; we have not been disappointed. It has been a lot of fun and it’s sounding great. The sound of the box as well as the extra low end has been amazing. Being able to take the pressure off the ground subs to do all the work has helped the band and the ability to shape the sound in troublesome venues with the various tools has been exceptional. The CPL (coupling) function has been great as well for shaping what we need. The low end in the upper seating tiers has also been greatly improved.”
“Many venues are already adopting sustainability strategies and artists have an increasingly strong desire to tour in an environmentally friendly way,” states Marc Lopez, Vice President of Marketing, d&b audiotechnik Americas. “d&b received a Green Guardian Award in recognition of the work being done to reduce the carbon footprint of the live entertainment business. We are privileged to aid Coldplay in their sustainability initiative.”
The Coldplay d&b system configuration consists of 16 x GSL8 per side for main hangs, 16 x GSL8 per side for side hangs, 6 x SL-SUBs flown per side, 18 x KSL8 per side for 270 Hangs, four delay towers with 16 x KSL8 per hang, 18 x SL-SUBs for ground subs, 6 x Y7Ps, and 8 x Y10Ps for front fills.
There are 116 x D80 amplifiers total: 40 per side of stage. 9 per delay tower. A Luminex Network backbone is used for amplifier control with an Optocore backbone for AES distribution of signal with an analog backup. 8 x d&b M4 stage monitors handle the various acts popping in and out of the tour.
As of press time, Smith said he received word the tour will be using the new D40 amplifiers on ring delays for Europe shows. “We have also added three hangs per side down each side, two at the rear hung off the roof of the venue in Berlin, Paris, and Warsaw. Each hang comprises of 8 x V8s, with V12s for the rear pair (provided by Wigwam). It helps in larger venues to get even coverage but also to control the coverage better, reducing sound spill for offsite SPL readings. It definitely gives the audience a better sound experience. I’ll be happy to see how they perform. Plus, less power!”
Firehouse is also providing a support control package including 2 x DiGiCo SD10s; Wigwam is providing the Coldplay control system package. Coldplay control is based around DiGiCo SD7Q, SD10RE, SD Racks, Nano’s, Mini’s all with 32Bit Cards, utilizing 2 x loops. Optocore festival boxes, M12 with DD2’s to transport backline MADI lines onto the loop. DirectOut Prodigy’s both MC and MP are used for analogue I/O to MADI and system EQ & control. Other systems provided by Wigwam include Wysicom IEM’s, 2x M2 stage monitors, 1x J-SUB for bass player Guy Berryman.
XSL tops will be used in Europe paired with KSL-SUBs for side fill. “Now we have no sound on stage,” says Smith. “We felt the need to fill the void a little or at least have that ability to give some clean audio rather than the mush given off other PA systems. Again, the SL-Series, even in the smaller format gives a great punch at half the size and power consumption.”
CEO of d&b audiotechnik Amnon Harman affirms the company’s long-term commitment to far-reaching principles of sustainability. Since 2013, the company has held an environmental certificate. Since 2018, d&b has committed itself voluntarily to meeting the requirements of effective sustainability by participating in several initiatives promoted by the state, the federal government, and following the international principles of the United Nations. “The declared aim is to integrate these principles firmly within the company in collaboration with its co-workers, in the present and in the future.”
For more information on Coldplay and their green initiatives, visit sustainability.coldplay.com.
For more information on Firehouse Productions, visit www.firehouseproductions.com.