Summer concert season kicked off with a powerful punch as more than 25,000 metal fans converged on Indianola’s National Balloon Classic Field for this year’s Lazerfest.
The annual festival, created by local radio station KAZR in nearby Des Moines, has grown rapidly since its resurgence in 2007, and this year marked the first time the show has expanded to two stages to accommodate an expanded roster of hardcore metal musicians.
Grand Island, NE-based Sure Sound and Lighting provided a massive system of integrated Renkus-Heinz line arrays to deliver powerful non-stop metal punch to the show’s side-by-side stages.
As Sure Sound’s Jeremy Wann explained, the system was configured to provide full coverage across the entire audience.
“We set up two hangs of 12 VerSys VLX3 line arrays on the outer side of each stage, and two hangs of 12 STLA9 line arrays on the inner sides,” he said.
“We set the system up for total flexibility – we were able to easily reconfigure it to run as dual left-right, left-right systems, or as a single left-center-right system, depending on what each performance called for.” Four PN102 cabinets in front of each stage provided front fill.”
“A total of 40 MT4 subwoofers – each sub sporting four 18-inch speakers, or 160 woofers in all – delivered bone-crushing low end punch to the enthusiastic crowd.
“Lazerfest fans are some of the most dedicated metal fans out there, and they demand a powerful, gut-punching sound,” said Wann.
“The Renkus-Heinz arrays really delivered, and exceeded everyone’s expectations.”
Two Yamaha PM5D consoles handled Front of House duties. QSC amplification powered the system, with BSS Omnidrive compacts providing system DSP. Renkus-Heinz’s David Rahn aligned the system using SysTune technology.
The Scion of Des Moines Stage featured sets by Godsmack, Rob Zombie, Hellyeah, Five Finger Death Punch, Drowning Pool, Halestorm, New Medicine and Mindrite.Over on the Avoidthestork.com Stage, performers included Three Days Grace, Alice Cooper, Seether, Papa Roach, Skillet, Red, Violent Soho and Dead Horse Trauma.
The sold-out crowd was reportedly larger than the combined attendance of the last two years’ Lazerfest shows, making for one of the area’s largest outdoor concerts since Lollapalooza in the 1990s.