The first-ever Stairway to Heaven Festival, held in the Krasnodar Region of Russia, made its debut this summer, with production company Live Master (Krasnodar City) providing sound reinforcement headed by Adamson Systems Energia line arrays.
The festival line-up included a variety of performances, including Joe Lynn Turner, Ian Paice, Ken Hensley, Pink Floyd Show UK and Russian heavy metal band Aria. The large 115-foot-wide main stage was flanked by left-right Energia arrays in a sound design by Live Master, supported by Jochen Sommer of Adamson Systems.
“In comparison to similar events, this was an extremely large undertaking,” notes Oleg Ivanov of Adamson Russia. “The Adamson system performed extremely well delivering exactly what the artists and those that ran the festival required.”
Specifically the main arrays were each comprised of 12 Energia E15 enclosures, with an additional flown in fill system of four Energia E12 modules per side deployed due to the width of the stage. Four more E12s lined the stage for lip fill purposes. Low end was delivered by six blocks of three Adamson T21 subwoofers arranged in an end-fired configuration, left and right of the stage at ground level.
Loudspeakers were driven with 22 Lab.gruppen PLM20000Q amplifiers with Lake processing. A Midas PRO 6 digital console was the primary component at front of house, joined by a Lake LM44 for main system control. Stage monitoring was handled with up to 16 Adamson M15 wedges joined by two A218 subwoofers for the drummers.
“All of the performers were impressed with the sound quality,” Ivanov adds. “Aria’s lead guitarist, Vladimir Holstinin, said that the technical implementation of the concert could easily beat any other festival in Russia.”