Mumford & Sons have once again been back on the road with the Full English Tour, which marks the band’s second sweep across North America this year.
Montreal, Canada-based Solotech has been providing L-ACOUSTICS concert sound systems and support for the Full English as well as the band's May/June Summer Stampede leg. Systems and support for August/September's Gentlemen of the Road Stopover shows have been provided by fellow Rental Network company LD Systems of Houston, Texas.
According to Jamie Howieson, Mumford & Sons' audio system engineer and sound designer, the production crew has been deploying 28 K1 mains and six KARA down-fills, plus 16 K1-SB flown subs with 16 SB28 below for most shed dates. Out-fill hangs are comprised of 24 KUDO, with 10 dV-DOSC for lip-fill.
Arena shows are typically reinforced via 32 K1 and 12 KARA, paired with 16 K1-SB and 16 SB28. Out-fill hangs consist of 24 K1 with 12 KARA down-fills, and lip-fill is accomplished via a dozen dV-DOSC.
Gentlemen of the Road festival dates, which have each boasted sell-out crowds of 40,000 fans, take advantage of 24 K1 for mains, 20 more K1 for out-fill, and 16 K1-SB and 16 SB28 for low end. Three delay towers featuring a combined total of 24 K1 and six KARA provide extended throw, and LA-RAK touring racks each loaded with LA8 amplified controllers have provided system power and processing for all shows.
"Chris [Pollard, FOH engineer] is very comfortable mixing on K1 and is achieving some fantastic mixes from night to night," noted Howieson. "This system lends itself very nicely to the band's sonic requirements and we've been hearing many compliments from local promoters at the venues on its musicality and coverage, both of which are remarkable. I've also been very pleased with how quickly we can fly everything, which frees up more time for system optimisation and sound check. In short, the equipment and support from L-ACOUSTICS, Solotech and LD Systems have been excellent."