The first ever Cotton Clouds Festival took place at Saddleworth Cricket Club in Oldham on August 12, featuring performances by a mix of local bands such as PINS, The Sundowners and The Blinders to name a few, as well as veterans acts such as Nick Heywood, The Coral and headline act The Sugarhill Gang.
The choice of loudspeaker for the successful inaugural event was Martin Audio's MLA Compact, which flown left and right of the stage with a further four mounted on the MLX subwoofers, providing frontfill. A total of 11 MLX subwoofers were deployed in an asymmetrical broadside array — nine wide with two reversed to provide cancellation on stage.
The system was supplied by VME, which provided full production for the event and Oliver Fallon, technical manager of Cotton Clouds and VME sound engineer said that "there was no better system to do the job".
“Being from the local area I knew that there would be issues with noise propagation, he added. “During my time at VME I have worked with the Martin Audio MLA many times. It has got us out of some sticky situations in the past.”
Chris Pearce, FOH engineer for Cotton Clouds, as well as Blossoms and Inspiral Carpets, added: “When planning for this event to take place, I was worried about the residual noise being a problem off site, due to the area being very residential. The fact that the off-site level were set at 65dB as a result added to my concerns. I was hugely impressed with the MLA boxes and am looking forward to using them again and again.”
Rick Lees, director of Cotton Clouds Festival added: “We were delighted with the Martin Audio equipment supplied to Cotton Clouds Festival this year. We had so many compliments on the sound from both attendees and artists. Off-site levels were recorded below 65dB which is incredible considering the volume and clarity on site. We’ll certainly be using Martin Audio in the coming years, as we were absolutely blown away.”