Academy Music Group (AMG) has enlisted Liverpool based Adlib to deliver a new audio system for the 2,300-capacity O2 Forum Kentish Town.
The brief was to future-proof the venue’s technical infrastructure, bring it up-to-date and give incoming productions the flexibility and facilities.
Adlib’s experience in live touring and installing venues resulted in the specification of an L-Acoustics K2 loudspeaker system, DiGiCo consoles and Adlib’s latest proprietary MP5 wedges and side fills for the monitor system.
Adlib’s MD Andy Dockerty and John Hughes led the initial requirement discussions with AMG’s divisional managers Helen McGee and Steve Hoyland with newly appointed general manager Eral Hassan and technical manager John Pinner. Hassan and Pinner joined the O2 Forum Kentish Town in 2017 from The Garage and O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire respectively.
O2 Forum Kentish Town is a stunning art-deco theatre and a much-loved, major touring venue that attracts high profile, international artists, so we needed to invest in a completely new PA system that really is the best-in-class,
"We’ve enjoyed a great synergy and track record with Adlib over the last decade, with well-respected audio systems at our venues in Bournemouth, Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield and Leicester, so it made perfect sense for us to work together again on this bespoke solution in one of our major London venues."
The Adlib project team was headed by project chief Roger Kirby, Rob Crossland and senior systems technician Tony Szabo.
"We supply kit to numerous tours playing this size of venue, so from the rental side of the business, this system is extensively proven to deliver the results required by the most demanding artistes," said Kirby. "Further to that, L-Acoustics is now on most European touring riders by default."
PHOTO (L-R): John Pinner, Eral Hassan and Helen McGee
By Sophie Nevrkla