Funktion-One and RSH handle two high-profile London events

RSH Audio recently supplied audio kit for two high-profile gatherings in London, UK.

Last month’s ‘XL Recordings & Young Turks present’ event and the Arsenal FC Foundation’s ‘Night to Inspire’ both demanded high quality sound, which RSH Audio set out to deliver using Funktion-One loudspeakers.

Company director Joe Haycocks is launching an offshoot, Event Technics, to cover the projects for which he is production manager, as well as supplier. This was the case for ‘XL Recordings & Young Turks present’, which saw it provide all of the entertainment technology. This included full-HD projection mapping, Robe and GLP lighting fixtures and the sound equipment – supplied by RSH Audio via Event Technics.

XL Recordings & Young Turks hosted two stages at The Sorting Office in Central London, which welcomed performances from Låpsley, Ibeyi and Shamir, along with new video playbacks from a number of other artists.

“This is the second year running that I’ve provided equipment for the XL show and it was the fifth show under my new technical production brand, Event Technics. The show was an hour-long, completely seamless multimedia presentation with the video playback and three live performances seamlessly integrated,” explained Haycocks.

RSH Audio handled the set-up for two opposing stages. Each one had a pair of Funktion-One Resolution 4s and two F218 Mk2 bass enclosures for the FOH PA. Control came from a networked Yamaha system, consisting of a QL1 on each stage for monitors, a Rio3224-D and a central CL3 at a central FOH position. Funktion-One F101s were deployed as fills for the peripheral areas of the show.

Discussing the event, XL Recordings’ Emily Kendrick said: “It’s always such a pleasure working with RSH Audio on our events. The guys help enormously to realise our vision for events, and at the same time are professional, efficient and fun.”

Three days later the venue was the Emirates Stadium, where the Arsenal Foundation held a star-studded fundraising event. Current first teamers Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott were in attendance to enjoy the show, which included a live performance by Passenger, through the Funktion-One system.

Working to a brief set by Aztec Events (the in-house AV supplier at the Emirates), RSH Audio supplied four Funktion-One Resolution 4 loudspeakers over F218 Mk2 bass enclosures for the main system, together with four Funktion-One F81s for apron fills.

Reflecting on a successful week, Haycocks stated: “It’s always fun to work on events with plenty of energy, and these two, while very different from each other, were definitely up there. It makes it easier from a production point of view – provided you’ve got the right equipment to channel that energy and vision, and step it up a notch or two. Thankfully we do.

“People don’t always realise the positive effect good audio can have on an event and its audience. The Funktion-One speakers, especially their precise dispersion, efficiency and clarity, simply couldn’t have been matched in these scenarios.”