GSL system and NoizCalc ringfences high SPL sound for ZoukOut Festival Singapore.
Singapore’s mammoth ZoukOut Festival returned to the city’s Siloso Beach in December, treating more than 30,000 revellers to DJ sets from some of the world’s superstar DJs. Nestled between the water, a nature reserve and high-end hotel resorts, the festival’s sound needed to be full frequency, high-quality, and directed only to the ears of attendees. To achieve this, a d&b audiotechnik GSL system was used, in conjunction with d&b ArrayCalc and NoizCalc software.
Standout moments of this year’s ZoukOut - which is the outdoor festival incarnation of Singapore’s internationally famous Zouk nightclub, which has been running since 1991 in the Clarke Quay district – included sets by Tiësto, Zedd, Armin Van Burren, Slander, and Gryffin. Preparations for their appearances started more than six months prior to the festival’s two-nighter on 2 and 3 December, when AEG Presents, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, and co-organisers the Zouk Group approached d&b Singapore for a sound solution for the 2022 event.
This year, for the first time, ZoukOut altered the main stage orientation so that it was side-on to the ocean, with loudspeaker rigging points directing sound along the beach across the crowds but towards the luxury Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa hotel and its grounds, which is just 400 metres away. Adjacent to the festival site is the Imbiah Nature Trail wooded area where rare birds and wildlife find sanctuary. Therefore, the team conducted an impact study, and needed to direct sound to just the beach festival site, minimizing bleed into the surrounds as the music ran from 6pm on both days to 5am on the Friday and 7am on the Saturday.
Mosley conducted multiple meetings with stakeholders, including the hotel’s management team, government officials and local residents. In previous years, there had been reports of rattling windows and sound spill into forested areas, so a solution needed to be presented and realized, to allay concern.
Singapore-based The Show Company (ShowCo) supplied the d&b GSL system to ZoukOut, comprising GSL8 and GSL12 loudspeakers to form left-right line arrays either side of the main stage, with SL-SUB subwoofers on low-end duty.
Overseeing Front of House mixing during the festival was CT from ShowCo, while some of the big-name DJs also brought their own sound engineers. “We had two very successful nights with all the acts loving the d&b system – artistes Zedd and Armin Van Burin were all very complimentary about the sounds at the FOH position, with peaks at 102dBA -120dBC,” says CT. “The GSL system performed extremely well.”
Dan Mosley continues: “It was fantastic to see the crowds in front of the d&b GSL system, dancing and enjoying the party. And it was great to see the visiting Front of House guys feeling comfortable and loving the sound, giving the thumbs up. I’d like to thank the d&b team in Singapore for their support.”
ZoukOut 2022 was supported by the Singapore Tourism Board and ran with the tagline ‘The Futuristic City of Dreams’.