Krone 4 – The biggest sing-along in Africa

Krone 4 was brought to South African audiences by Sony/Select Musiek, and Gearhouse Group was once again on board to provide the technical requirements for this massively popular event in 2017 which featured popular local singers like Snotkop, Juanita, Refentse, Andriette, Ricus Nel, Brendan Peyper, Kurt Darren, Manie Jackson, Adam Tas, Nicholis Louw, Ray Dylan, Elizma Theron, Liezel Pieters and Ons Lieflinge.

Known as a “Moewiese saamsing JOL” and the “biggest live Singalong in Africa” Krone 4 was again heavily booked necessitating a 3rd performance day in 2017. Fans enjoyed three foot-stomping fun events on the 28, 29 and 30 July at the Carnival City Arena and various members of the Gearhouse Group of Companies came together to stage this ‘in-the-round’ event; Sets, Drapes Screens installing a 4,5m revolve to add a magical touch to the performance and to ensure that no one missed any of the on-stage action.

The annual event aims to ‘crown’ the best hits of our time. The repertoire includes both golden oldies and some of the latest hits, arranged in medleys and performed by a live band. The audience got the opportunity to sing along with their favourite artists to the hits they grew up with – in both Afrikaans and English. For those whose memories had grown a little blurry, the lyrics were projected using 21k projectors on to 4,5m x 2,5m projection screens positioned all around the stage, so there was absolutely no excuse not to have a “Moewiese saamsing JOL”! 

80 Panels of MC7 LED screen (provided by LEDVision) made up an additional 8 smaller screens around the centrepiece of the design which also displayed lyrics for the audience to sing along to. This year the LED component was supplemented by 150 Panels of LEDVision’s new RS1200 LED product which added colour and visual movement to the ‘looks’ plotted for every song. All AV content was driven via Watchout 6 and Grand MA2. 

The Gearhouse Audio team used 8 hangs of six L’Acoustics Kudo in the round, totalling 48 Kudo elements for the main PA with L’Acoustics Kara for front-fill and a combination of L’Acoustics SB28 and SB18 subwoofers used as low-frequency extension and with foldback provided by L’Acoustics HiQ115 monitors all around the edge of the stage. The system was powered by thirty L’Acoustics LA8 Amplifiers on LA Network Manager with two Lake LM 44’s as drive-and-distribution system.

According to Gearhouse’ Audio Crew Chief and Systems Technician, Friedrich Wilsenach, the challenge on the design and installation of a system for a 360 degree application like this one, is to achieve even coverage and accurate phase correlation between the multiple sources. “Our aim is to give every seat in the house the same audio experience. This can only be achieved by predicting the response of the system through a Soundvision simulation and then executing the installation with precision by a dedicated team. It’s worth mentioning that it also requires dilligent riggers and the Gearhouse rigging team delivered an excellent service” he explains. 

In its first ever job for Gearhouse, an Avid S6L mixer was trusted as the headamp controller and Monitor Console, streaming multiple Madi feeds to FOH and the Sadi Multitrack Recording interface through a D.O. Tech M1K2 Madi distributer.

The Wireless system consisted of 36 Shure UR4D UHF receivers and twenty PSM 1000 in ear monitoring systems for the artists.

Six Allen and Heath ME systems are installed as the live band’s personal monitoring system.

Technical Show Design and Lighting Operation was by Gearhouse’s Willie Bothma who used a lighting rig comprised of 56x Martin Rush’s, 32x Martin Vipers, 10x ROBE Pointe’s and 24x ROBE RED 3-192 Wash’s to wash the stage with colour and create a festive atmosphere throughout. 

“Gearhouse always comes up with very inventive and fresh ideas regarding the stage design, and it helps that the team is as passionate as Select music about the event” added Select Music’ s Niel Schoombie.

Story Robyn D’Alessandro, Photo Gabriel Le Roux

Aug 29, 2017

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