April and May saw British singer-songwriter Olly Murs play a 26-date UK and Ireland arena tour, featuring a full Sennheiser microphone and monitor package.
Murs played multiple nights in Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Dublin, Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield, with additional shows in Leeds and Liverpool and a four-night run at London’s O2 Arena.
“I’ve used Sennheiser vocal microphones on most things I’ve done over the last five years or so and have always had excellent results,” explained monitor engineer Daniel Kent, who has worked with Murs for the past two and a half years. “You also get brilliant support from them, whether something needs fixing or if you just want to try something different. They are always really helpful.”
Equipment included Sennheiser SKM 5200 wireless microphones with MD 5235 capsule for Murs, four backing singers, guest vocalists and support act Ella Eyre, who duets with Murs during the headline set. Wired microphones included e 902s, e 904s and Neumann KM 184s on the drum kit and e 906s for the guitars. Wireless monitoring came courtesy of a dozen 2000 series systems.
“When I started working with Olly we were using a different microphone, but we tried the 5235 capsule and it sounded great straight away. He likes it, it suits his voice, it sounds great with the wireless IEMs and (front-of-house engineer) Matthew Kettle felt no need to change it, so it’s obviously doing the right job,” Kent continued. “We also use wired 935s for vocals when Olly does smaller acoustic performances.
“I’ve used the 2000 series IEMs on everything for quite a long time. I’ve tried other systems and just don’t think they sound as good. Another reason for speccing them is because of their high power. We had a large moving screen and side screens, the backing singers spent quite a lot of time behind the main screen and Olly was going out onto a B stage at FoH, but we had no problems at all with the RF. I let [audio rental company] Wigwam and RF technician George Hogan take care of it all and it was absolutely fine.”
Production manager and sound engineer Ant Carr added: “In some ways the UK shows were a kind of a holiday of a tour, because we did multiple nights in all but two venues. It was helped by Olly being a really nice guy to work for. He keeps you on your toes occasionally, but is a very good boss,” says Daniel. “We’re taking all the gear over to Europe and, while they’re all single shows in each venue, it’ll be really good. I’m very happy knowing Sennheiser are on board.”
After two stops in the Netherlands and Denmark this month, the tour will head to Australia in August.