You’ve all heard of Hungary’s mighty Sziget Festival, but did you know the same elder brother had two (slightly) smaller brothers. One of the biggest music festivals, attracting over 100,000 music-lovers over its five days, VOLT Festival has been taking place annually in Sopron (near the Austrian border) since 1993.
It is one of three festivals, including Balaton Sound, falling under the banner of the mighty Sziget Festival, promoted by Sziget Cultural Management. All have for many years been serviced successfully by Capital Sound, with their Martin Audio MLA loudspeaker array.
VOLT: electrifying audiences
VOLT presents a multi-genre line-up featuring artists for electronic, rock, pop, jazz, and urban genres as well as theatre performances, visual art exhibitions, film screenings, sporting events and more.
Capital Sound again received local support from Hungarian MLA partner, BG Event Kft in the form of Balázs Szentiványi, and were further assisted by the expertise of the ever-present Marci Mezei. This enabled them to service both VOLT and Balaton Sound with a single truck of equipment, sourcing the remaining kit locally from BG Event.
On the Telekom Main Stage this year were globally renowned acts such as Slipknot, Black Eyed Peas, Slash, Papa Roach, Martin Solveig and Cypress Hill.
According to Capital Sound account manager, Robin Conway, although production now has the sound design down to a fine art they closely review the Sopron event each year, and in 2019 changes to the site layout necessitated them installing field delays.
The main PA comprised 17 MLA elements and an MLD Downfill enclosure flown on each PA wing, with nine further MLA each side as outfills and 18 MLA Compact as front-fills.
Some 36 MLX subs were designed in 12 x 3 high cardioid stacks with 70cm spacing between, while out in the field two hangs of six MLA Compact provided the FOH shadow coverage on the back of the FOH structures. 12 MLA Compact were deployed as the two field delays each side.
Technical support from the UK was provided by the experienced Joseph Pearce at FOH and Kevan Snuggs (monitor tech).
Balaton Sound: EDM on the beach
A week later and Capital were on site at the idyllic Lake Balaton, and the roots of the festival named after it are steeped in EDM culture. Now in its second decade, it has put Hungary on the map in terms of being a key destination for the premium beach festival experience.
With impressive lineups featuring the world’s best in EDM, house, and hip-hop artists over nine stages, this year was no exception, with Tiësto, Marshmello, The Chainsmokers, Armin van Buuren, DJ Snake, J Balvin, FUTURE and Timmy Trumpet among the headliners.
The main PA hang comprised 17 MLA and an MLD Downfill on each flank with nine MLA on each side providing side fills, with the same subwoofer complement as Volt and 18 MLA Compact providing near fills. There was also a single 6-box hang of MLA Compact elements on each of the split FOH towers.
“Everything went extremely well at both events and the promoters were happy,” confirmed Conway. “Once again we are indebted to BG, who helped us out a lot with the extras.”
Capital will be back in Hungary for the week-long Sziget Festival between August 7-13, when more than 250,000 people are expected to attend.
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Text: Martin Audio. Photos: Rockstar Photographers.