Glastonbury is regarded as the mother of all festivals with arguably the most iconic of stages—the Pyramid Stage—which annually hosts some of the world’s top musical artists while needing to meet the strict criteria “set in stone” by the license.
The year, house sound reinforcement at the Pyramid Stage will be delivered for the first time by a system headed by Martin Audio MLA, courtesy of RG Jones Sound Engineering,
Martin Audio teaming once again with RG Jones builds on a Glastonbury relationship that started back in 2008. Glastonbury has become the largest green space open-air festival in the world, attracting more than 150,000 attendees.
Successive years of using Martin Audio Longbow arrays proved a match, delivering powerful full-frequency sound with the proprietary software system Display helping to maintain off-site noise limits.
Key to the longevity and pedigree of Glastonbury, however, is that founders and organizers, the Eavis family, have always demanded the festival remain true to its roots and absolutely up-to-date at the same time. As a result, Martin Audio MLA will debut on the Pyramid Stage this year, bringing its proven ability to direct sound evenly and consistently across the audience and to control leakage beyond the audience perimeter.
RG Jones was the first UK Company to invest in the system in 2012. Managing editor John Carroll states, “We were not content to follow the crowd when it came to choosing our flagship system. MLA is the next generation and there’s nothing out there to match it. The timing seemed right this year and our continued support from Martin Audio is second to none.”
With Simon Honywill, senior project consultant for RG Jones, having such extensive experience of the system also helped convince the Glastonbury production team that MLA had earned its place at the Pyramid Stage.
Jason Baird, R&D director for Martin Audio, concludes, “It was my career highlight back in 2008 working on our very first Glastonbury, but I think with MLA this year, it may well be topped. It’s a great endorsement of our system not just for its coverage and control, but because it has a reputation for being such a neutral, uncolored canvas for engineers to mix upon.
“With such an eclectic line up once again this year, MLA will more than do justice to everything from Dolly Parton to Kasabian, which is good news for the artists, visiting engineers and of course the audience.”