For the 2015 Sweden Rock Festival, production manager Pelle Åberg selected a Meyer Sound LEO® linear large-scale sound reinforcement system for the main stage to support headliners such as Judas Priest, Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Slash, and Toto. With its exceptional headroom, the system provided the crew with excellent coverage control, while eliminating the need for delay towers.
“I talked to many sound engineers that I trust about our options, and I decided to go all the way on our biggest stage with LEO,” says Åberg. “We have very strict limits on sound outside the festival grounds, with fines for any breaches, so we needed a system that could effectively cover large areas at high levels, but with precise control. The LEO system achieved this goal—I could hear clear, powerful music all the way to the back of the huge crowd.”
Main hangs for the Festival Stage were 15 LEO-M and two LYON-W wide-coverage line array loudspeakers per side. Out-fill hangs were five LEO-M and two LYON-W loudspeakers per side, two JM-1P arrayable loudspeakers provided front fill, and 36 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements were deployed in two end-fire arrays. A Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with four Galileo Callisto 616 and two Galileo Callisto 616 AES array processors provided system drive and alignment. System provider was Starlight, part of the Bright Group.
Starlight/Bright’s Fredrik Arwidson was system engineer for the Festival Stage, with Anders Häggblom serving as FOH system tech.
“The sound from the LEO system was excellent,” reports Bright Group’s Håkan Alfredsson. “Several FOH engineers expressed great satisfaction with the results. Martin Walker with Judas Priest told me he was very happy with what he heard, and I saw Ken Freeman, Toto’s FOH engineer, shaking Fredrik’s hand and smiling ear to ear.”