Meyer Sound elevates the festival experience at Roskilde 2019

This June, Meyer Sound returned to Denmark as the exclusive sound provider for the Roskilde Festival, Northern Europe’s largest and longest-running music festival.

This year’s Roskilde Festival, now in its 49th year, took place over eight days from June 29 through July 6 and showcased nearly 180 acts on eight stages – from big-name headliners Cardi B, Bob Dylan, Travis Scott, Janelle Monáe, Robert Plant, and Wu-Tang Clan to Scandinavian superstars Robyn and MØ, to emerging regional artists, performing to daily crowds topping 130,000.

Nearly 1,000 Meyer Sound loudspeakers, supplied by European AVL integrator Bright Group, were deployed across all festival stages and performance spaces, from the 1,000-capacity Gloria stage to the iconic Orange main stage, with its 60,000 capacity.

“The LEO Family was developed to create an idea that linear theory applied to systems like these would mean that you could do a variety of stages with different kinds and sizes of equipment and keep the same sound,” said Meyer Sound president and CEO John Meyer. “This allows people to understand you don’t have to run it so loud all the time. What we’re trying to show here is that the sound system should be transparent.”

The Roskilde stages were powered by the entire LEO Family, including LINA, LEOPARD, LEO and LYON arrays and 750-LFC, 900-LFC, and 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements, with VLFC very low-frequency control elements adding low-end impact. Numerous point source loudspeakers including UPA-1P and the new ULTRA-X40 – which was also used as main field monitors at FOH – provided delay and front fill support, while MJF-210s served as stage monitors. Network processing was handled by Galileo GALAXY processors.

Technical teams from Meyer Sound, Bright, and the Roskilde Festival collaborated on sound system design and deployment, drawing from previous successes to improve overall performance. This year, advancements ranged from enhanced AVB control to inventive new PA configurations.

“Festivals are always tough in that you’re faced with so little time; you’re faced with a fast changeover,” said Penelope Isles’ FOH engineer Max Jacomb. “But the thing that overrides that for me is the fact that with a Meyer Sound system, there’s just more room to maneuver.” Jacomb says he appreciates the support team’s collaborative spirit: “I have a system tech who’s asking me questions about what I want instead of telling me what is going to happen, and that is huge.”

“This year is Meyer Sound’s 40th anniversary and next year is Roskilde’s 50th anniversary,” added Helen Meyer. “So we’re very, very excited about building on everything this year, making it even better next year, and helping Roskilde celebrate their 50th in great style.”