This year’s Hackney carnival was the biggest to date, with its attendance expected to be confirmed as well above the 60,000 who attended in 2018.
The borough was awash with colour as the streets played host to dancers, entertainers, food stalls, children’s areas and sound stations. One of the seven sound stages around the Hackney Central area was supported by online radio station NTS and leading record label, Island Records. The stage was located in a large supermarket car park on Morning Lane and featured artists such as Wiley, Donaeo, Ms Banks, Lil C, Felix, Kemal, Rockers LDN And Dubplate Pearl.
NTS approached Pioneer Pro Audio with a view to providing a top quality sound system for what was effectively a day-festival brief, covering a broad range of live music styles. Pioneer Pro Audio in turn consulted with The Audio Group who set up and managed the sound throughout the event. The nature of the line-up demanded a system that was punchy, clear and could deliver plenty of rich bass and Pioneer Pro Audio’s XY Series comfortably took care of business.
The front of house system comprised 6 x XY-3B 3WAY Bi-amp speakers, complemented by 10 x XY-218HS dual 18-inch horn loaded subs, whilst the DJ booth was equipped with 2 x XPRS 12 full range active speakers and 2 x XPRS 115 reflex loaded active subs. A further XPRS 12 was used in wedge mode for MC monitoring.
“The Pioneer Pro Audio system worked perfectly in the wide, outdoor setting, giving a weighty audio experience for a huge crowd of over 5,000 attendees,” said Rory Bowens, Head of Radio Production at NTS Radio. “The DJs using the system played a diverse range of genres, new and old: soul, reggaeton, dancehall, dub and hip-hop. On top of this, the NTS stage hosted live performances by Donaeo and Ms Banks, as well as a surprise appearance from Wiley. The system did justice to all the sets and performances we put it through, both planned and unplanned. The Audio Group worked tirelessly on the setup, supporting the NTS production team throughout the event as required.”