Tracker

1994

The True Star of the Show

As Pink Floyd prepared to stage their extraordinary world tour in the spring of 1994, FLASHLIGHT was picking up awards, beating EAW’s KF850 and Martin Audio’s F2 systems to be named Best Concert PA System in the Live! Awards.

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But aside from the performance benefits it was the economic arguments that sealed the Pink Floyd contract for Britannia Row. Chris Hey’s ‘small is beautiful’ strategy was clearly illustrated by the lower transport costs – three trucks as opposed to typically five for other rigs – lower crew costs, less steel, and faster flying.

The band’s legendary Division Bell tour went on to mark a pinnacle in live stage productions that lives in the memory to this day. American newspaper reports from the time applauded the sound system used by Pink Floyd for raising the bar for audio fidelity to previously unheard of heights. According to said reports, “the sound may have been the true star of the show”.

TURBOSOUND’s association with the Glastonbury Festival is of course legendary, with more or less continual involvement with the Pyramid Stage PA until 2002, which was the last year in which there were no noise complaints from the surrounding areas. The reason was simple: when the wind direction changes, or as an evening temperature inversion occurs as it does, it was an easy matter to trim the top row of the FLASHLIGHT PA to alter the cluster’s directivity, a trick that couldn’t easily be achieved with a line array.