Creamfields concept scene a big hit for Solotech and Martin Audio WPL

Creamfields concept scene a big hit for Solotech and Martin Audio WPL

Creamfields concept scene a big hit for Solotech and Martin Audio WPL

UK – cinch presents Creamfields North celebrated its 25th anniversary in style in the village of Daresbury, its home since 2006. The Cheshire site once again welcomed the world’s premier dance brand, and with it a line-up of global DJ superstars during the weekend of August. .

The largest EDM event in the UK, hosting 250 artists over the four days, it featured up to 12 stages, two of which were serviced by Capital Sound (a Solotech company) who have a long history of supporting the event , both in the north and south.

Headliners this year included Calvin Harris, David Guetta and Hardwell, among others, all alongside Becky Hill, Bicep Live, Eric Prydz, Patrick Topping, Pete Tong, Martin Garrix, Jax Jones, Scooter and Armin van Buuren.

All performances were performed by DJs and, as usual, each of the stages changed names daily. Working alongside LarMac Live’s Production Manager Ian Greenway, Solotech was responsible for ‘Stage 3’ – a large TFS structure – and outdoor stage 8 ‘Runway Stage’, which saw the introduction of a new ‘Stage conceptual”.

Stage 3 began as a silent disco, like all stages opening on Thursdays, changing to ‘Catch And Release’, ‘Stmpd Records’ and ‘MK Presents’ on successive days. Key nights were Saturday when Martin Garrix headlined and Sunday when MK revived audiences by hosting their own Arena lineup.

Solotech lined up 11 MLA elements with an MLD Downfill at the base on both sides of the stage; further front fill was provided by four Martin Audio DD12s, while a set of 13 cardioid MLX subwoofers ran through the front. Set back at the rear of the enclosure were two ten-enclosure MLA Compact delay poles, on the floor stacked on risers. Olly Fallon, systems technician and team leader, oversaw this for Solotech.

Stage 8 came to life as Paradise on Friday, turning into Trick on Saturday and Solid Grooves on Sunday. This stage was designed as a single eight-foot freestanding truss structure, from which a WPL PA was flown. The upstairs goal posts (left and right) supported the WPL, and the delays consisted of two suspensions of eight WPS, were stolen from the last goal posts of the truss structure.

Rayne Ramsden, team leader and system technician on this stage, reported that the first time WPL was used in this context, it was a fantastic success. He said he received a number of compliments from the crews and the crowd. “Coverage was outstanding, front to back,” he said, adding that dance fans burst in to extend the area about 40 yards beyond the FOH position. “Even with this added capability, WPL supported extended throw distance without any issues,” he confirmed.

The complement of speakers that made this possible consisted of 13 WPLs with three more WPL fillers on either side of the stage at the top of the main stage. These were supported by four additional DD12s, providing additional front fills, and a wide range of 13 MLX subwoofers, providing the most significant LF extension.

Solotech’s Senior Project Manager, Martin Connolly, described the event as an outstanding success and the experience with the eight-legged freestanding structure as an eye-opener.

Ian Greenway added: “We know Solotech well, and their willingness to adapt and excel at Creamfields is more important than ever as we begin to migrate to newer and more unique structures. With two Creamfields festivals a year now, we look forward to developing the relationship further.

In fact, Creamfields marked its 25th year by launching a second edition: Creamfields South, which took place in early June at Hylands Park in Chelmsford and attracted 50,000 dance music fans.

photos: Andrew Benge

Creamfields concept scene a big hit for Solotech and Martin Audio WPLCreamfields concept scene a big hit for Solotech and Martin Audio WPL

September 27, 2022

Jan G. Gilbert