API festival review: Part two

API continues its 2011 festival review, as we take a look at the major events that took place throughout the summer.

This year’s Reading and Leeds festivals saw Muse provide a special headline performance on the main stage as they performed their album Origin of Symmetry in its entirety as a treat for hard-core followers of the band.

FOH on the main stage this year was mixed with two Avid Profile consoles, while monitor mixing duties were taken care of by two PM5Ds from Yamaha.

Both Reading and Leeds also saw a number of models from Audio-Technica’s Artist and Artist Elite series used across a variety of stages. UK band Bombay Bicycle Club opted for the AE6100 hypercardioid dynamic mic, as did The Blackout’s twin vocalists Gavin Butler and Sean Smith. The Blackout, as well as Mona and We Are the Ocean, also utilised the company’s dual element AE2500 dynamic/condenser mic.

However, long-term endorsees The Pigeon Detectives carried the largest selection of Audio-Technica mics over the weekend, with everything from frontman Matt Bowman’s vocal (AE4100 cardioid dynamic) to guitars and drums (AE3000 large-diaphragm cardioid condenser and AT4047 dual-diaphragm condenser).

Part three of API’s festival review follows tomorrow.