L-Acoustics rig for Noel Gallagher tour

An L-Acoustics audio system was provided by Britannia Row Productions for the world tour of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, which the band embarked on after releasing its debut album in 2011.

The size of the venues has increased, with the latest tour including six UK arena dates, concluding with a final show at the Brixton O2 Academy this month.

Front of House engineer, Dan Lewis, has enjoyed a long working relationship with Gallagher, having worked with him since 2002.

“My relationship with Noel started as system tech for Oasis, after which I became their Front of House engineer,” said Lewis. “Since then I’ve been FoH engineer for both Noel’s High Flying Birds and Beady Eye. I started using L-Acoustics with Beady Eye in 2011 and have used it ever since.”

For the High Flying Birds arena shows Lewis specified an L-Acoustics rig, comprising 14 K1 per side for the main system and four K2 as underhangs. Nine K1 and four K2 were flown outside the main system as side hangs.

“K1 is great for the top end, it’s ideal for good HF projection to the back of arenas,” he explained. “I also specified it for the sides because we still needed cabinets that would really project the sound off-axis at 45 degrees into those hard to get top seats.”

The system also featured three ground stacks of three SB28 subs per side, with two Kara on top. “Noel’s not a great fan of sub-bass on stage, so we ran them in cardioid mode,” said Lewis. “We were surprised how much rear rejection we got up close to the back of the stacks. Cardioid subs can sometimes have the unwanted side effect of giving the monitor department a hard time, as they are in the firing line of the rear facing divers, but this arrangement worked really well and the expected grumbling didn’t happen.”

“The whole L-Acoustics range relates up and down the boxes,” added Lewis. “The Panflex system with the variable dispersion really helps to minimise the famous Brixton echo, keeping the mid and high energy off the walls upstairs. I would go as far to say it’s the best sounding thing I have heard in there yet! Working with Brit Row and their L-Acoustics system is always a pleasure.”