Funktion-One system brings non-stop sound to high-altitude festival

Bulgaria’s Meadows in the Mountains (MITM) festival took place in the Rhodope Mountains this June, offering a party atmosphere with a view.  

Powered by a Funktion-One sound system, which was supplied and installed by UK-based Audio Feed, the festival comprised six areas, each featuring a Funktion-One system, supported by XTA and MC2 to achieve the best quality audio in the low-pressure mountain air.

The truck carrying all the necessary kit from the UK was only able to travel half way up the mountainside – with the remainder of the trip made on a combination of smaller flatbed truck and horse-drawn cart.

Audio Feed’s Oz Jefferies said: “MITM is our favourite festival. Nestled up in the Bulgarian mountains above the clouds with no noise restrictions, the festival organisers give us free rein to create the best possible audio experience. Funktion-One on every stage allows us to do this – it’s not about volume, it’s about clarity. Together with XTA and MC2 with have all the best tools to do this."

On the Main Stage, four Evolution 6Es were combined with eight F121s and two F101s. Two XTA APA-4E8D and two MC2 Delta 80s provided amplification.

Over on the Sunrise stage a similar set up of four Evolution 6Es, eight F121s and two F101s was used – along with two BR132 bass reflex speakers and an F81 for fill. Amplification was provided by two XTA APA-4E8D, an XTA DP-448 and an MC2 E60.

Despite daily thunderstorms, the Lower Pines Stage ran 24 hours a day for the full duration of the festival without any breaks. Two Funktion-One Resolution 4TS, six F118 Mk2s and two Resolution 1s were used with an XTA DP-448, MC2 E60 and MC2 E-90. 

“It’s amazing that we can install a system midday Thursday and it didn’t stop being used until 9.30am on Monday morning,” said Jefferies. “Those amps really delivered.”

FOH engineer Russell Kearney commented: "I always look forward to mixing on Funktion-One at Meadows in the Mountains, it has an incredible realism and transparency that is superb for any kind of music, which is essential for this festival with its wide range of genres. Funktion-One is the closest I can get in live sound to mixing in a high-end recording studio."