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SoundKraft kits out Coca-Cola Arena for two concerts

SoundKraft kits out Coca-Cola Arena for two concerts

SoundKraft kits out Coca-Cola Arena for two concerts

UAE:

Rental company SoundKraft recently supplied the equipment for two consecutive nights in September at the Coca-Cola Arena – ASHA Bhosle @90 Live, and Divine, featuring Jay Sean, Juggy D, Raghav and Manj Music.

The client, PME Entertainment, is said to be one of the Asia's biggest concert organisers. Using a brief and design, SoundKraft’s lighting designers and team sat down to understand the entire flow, with the initial idea having to be reworked slightly to avoid technical challenges.

Having held concerts at the Coca-Cola Arena previously, SoundKraft said the client usually opted for its in-house JBL system as the PA. However, the artists, band and the client itself wanted to use L-Acoustics. The setup included 48 K2 line array tops, 32 KS28 subwoofers, 30 Kara II and eight SB18s. Using its recent purchases, SoundKraft also utilised the Avid S6L-32D with the E6L-192 engine for FOH, and Allen & Heath’s D-Live S7000 with the DM64 on the monitors. For stage monitoring, 12 L-Acoustics 115xt HiQ were utilised, with two Pioneer CDJ3000s and a DJM A9 mixer were deployed for the DJ’s opening set.

For lighting, SoundKraft used over 72 Clay Paky Mythos 2, along with 32 Claypaky A-LEDa K20 and 32 Claypaky A-LEDs K10 washes alongside. For the FOH truss, it selected 16 Martin Mac Vipers along with 12 LED Molefays. The FOH was controlled by a GrandMA-3 full size with a backup GrandMA-3 Full size, all networked via the Luminex Gigaocore-10 networking processors.

For video, SoundKraft deployed over 322m2 of Absen P4.8 LED Screens to achieve the designs shared by PME Entertainment. There was also an LED screen tunnel with a split screen mechanism, supplied by the rental company’s in-house automation department. “From render to achieving the actual outcome was a happy moment for the entire team,” said Bharti AB, director of business development at SoundKraft.

Despite SoundKraft only having 10–12 hours each day to set up the entire rig, which the team found to be challenging, every department worked closely together to meet the set time frame and avoid any delays. Both concerts were said to be a “complete hit”, with SoundKraft claiming to have received positive feedback from both the client and the audiences.



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