Welsh Rockers the Manic Street Preachers released their fourth studio album Everything Must Go 20 years ago on 20th May 1996. The album, which remains the bands most successful to date, was the first work from the band following the still unexplained disappearance of founder member and rhythm guitarist Ritchey Edwards.
Liberty Stadium, Swansea
FOH Engineer Davey Cooper
James Dean Bradfield and Sean Moore
Everything Must Go Set List
SSE System Tech Miles Barton
For the anniversary tour, the band once again called upon the services of SSE Hire with Project Manager Pete Russell in charge of the L-Acoustics system design.
For the Arena dates Pete Russell specified main L-R hangs of 12 x L-Acoustics K1 per side with 4 x KARA underhangs. Outhangs comprised 8 x L-Acoustics K-2 per side and the subs were arranged in a L-C-R configuration of 8 x SB28 ground stacked left and right and a further 4 x SB28 placed end-on stage centre. Additional infill was achieved with L-Acoustics KARA and all amplification was L-Acoustics LA8.
Davey Cooper has been FOH engineer for the Manics consistently over the last ten years, having also worked with the band in the early nineties. In recent times Davey has chosen to mix the band on a Midas PRO6 but for this tour he opted to revert back to analogue with a Midas XL4.
Davey commented, “When I saw the size of venues we were playing I realised we had room for the much bigger footprint of the XL4. I’ve always been a big fan of the Midas analogue sound, so this seemed like the ideal opportunity. How much longer these desks will be around for is debatable so it was good to get to use one again.”
With an analogue desk it’s back to a couple of racks of outboard gear at FOH including the usual gates, compressors, reverbs multi-fx, etc along with a Teletronix LA2A Levelling Amplifier. “Pete Russell said I should try the Teletronix unit,” Davey explained. “I’ve been really pleased with the sound it gives.”
SSE System tech for the tour was Miles Barton, overseeing the configuration and setup of the L-Acoustics K-System for each of the seven tour dates. “We did the six arena dates, where the system configuration remained pretty much the same,” he explained. “Then after Glasgow, it was back to SSE in Redditch to pick up the extra gear and re-prep before loading in at the Liberty Stadium for rehearsals and the show.”
Davey Cooper is impressed with the performance of the L-Acoustics K1. “I was one of the first to use an L-Acoustics V-Dosc system. I was mixing the support band when it was deployed on the M-People tour in 1994. I was impressed with the technology and over the years I’ve learnt you can really trust the sound from an L-Acoustics line array. With the K-system I find that, when compared to other systems, you need the least intervention to get the most honest results."
Monitor engineer for the tour was Chris Trimby who chose a Midas PRO9 to mix the band, who are a five piece when performing live. None of the band opt to wear In-Ear Monitors so there was a total of 16 d&b M2 wedge monitors on stage with side fills of 2 x L-Acoustics ARCS and 2 x SB28 subs per side.
For the Liberty Stadium show the band added a string section with each member provided a mix through in ear monitors.
21,000 people attended the gig in Swansea which brought the Everything Must Go tour to a close. The show received widespread acclaim including, “a master class in passion and performance” and “a future as bright as ever.”
Everything Must Go, but they’ll definitely be back.
Miles Barton - System Tech
Paul Keeble - Monitor Tech
Glen Little - PA Tech
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