Protec supports KSA’s largest music festival
Protec supports KSA’s largest music festival
Protec was tasked with providing the audio, lighting and rigging package for Jeddah World Fest, Saudi Arabia’s largest music festival to date, which attracted nearly 40,000 fans to the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah recently. Protec delivered the package to its client The Manual on behalf of Roqu Media. The Dubai-based company was called upon thanks to its large local inventory and previous experience gained in the country working on large scale events.
‘The show looked and sounded incredible,’ commented Protec project manager, Luke Doyle. ‘The stage structure was the largest ever seen in the Middle East. This type of event had never been done to this scale in KSA and it was a great show to be a part of.’
Protec was tasked with fulfilling the technical rider for each artist, despite an unconfirmed lineup right up until the last minute. ‘We had catered well, technically, for the event using stock from our Riyadh and Dubai warehouses; however, we had to move quickly to discuss the requirements with the relevant artists' teams and production and get the extra kit rushed into the country once the last lineup was finalised,’ noted Doyle. ‘The event was also a few days behind on build schedule so we were tightly pushed on time to deliver from our side, with only two nights for build and rehearsals.’
An L-Acoustic K2 line array was selected as the primary PA, comprised of a main left and right hangs of 23 K2 each and two large outer hangs of four K1-SBs, 13 K2s and six Karas per side, as the venue was very wide. Two small hangs of Kara were used behind the followspot towers to fill out the dead spots in that area, while 32 SB28 subs were used in a sub arc configuration together with Kara front-fills.
‘The power-to-weight and size ratio of the K2 made this perfect as we were able to hang very large hangs as the main left and right to get the throw needed without main delay towers, which the client didn’t want,’ explained Protec technical director, Ed Ross. ‘We also provided 20 channels of Sennheiser 2000 series IEMs and 16 L-Acoustics 115xtHIQ wedges for use by all the artists, as well as large side-fills of L-Acoustics Arcs II and SB28 onstage.’ Additionally, for recording, Protec used a mixture of Shure Axient and Sennheiser wireless microphones along with a package of top-end wired microphones from Shure, Sennheiser, Neumann, DPA and AKG. DiGiCo consoles were supplied for control with an SD7, SD10 and SD11 used at FOH and an SD5 and SD10 at monitors.
Protec also provided the lighting fixtures, which included 74 SGM Q7s on outer SL and SR towers, 80 SGM P5s on inner SL and SR towers, 66 Claypaky Scenius Unicos and 20 Scenius Profiles, 72 K.10 B-Eyes and 25 K.20 B-Eyes used on the rear wall and sides of the stage, and 40 Robe Pointes used to line the catwalk and the aprons of the SL/SR towers.
‘The extreme climate was a constant challenge,’ added Doyle. ‘Working long hours, it was imperative to keep the crew hydrated. We worked throughout the night to avoid the intense heat and humidity during the day. Hydration salts in Camelbaks and frequent water breaks kept the crew well hydrated. Furthermore, constant communication with our client and the production team, good teamwork with other companies on site, long hours and a great deal of hard work from all the team led to us overcoming the weather and all the other challenges a show of this magnitude possesses, delivering an incredible event that we are very proud to have been a part of.’
Richard King, director of The Manual, summed up the event nicely with these final words: ‘When our client Roqu Media came to us with the brief for Jeddah World Fest, we knew it was going to be an important moment in history throwing Jeddah into the international media spotlight. Jeddah World Fest was the first of its kind in many ways, the first festival in Saudi Arabia, the first large scale outdoor show, among many other “firsts”. We created a historic moment where the audience came together to produce an experience never before seen in the market. When creating the show, it was essential we used excellent suppliers, like Protec, who are known for their reliability and huge inventory available locally. But it’s not suppliers you need when producing shows like this, it’s partners, and that’s what Protec became. With 20 years’ experience in the region, they confidently coped with tight deadlines and changes to riders and pulled out all the stops to ensure Jeddah World Fest put Saudi on the map as an entertainment destination.’