DiGiCo consoles are being specified on the majority of band riders for 2013/14. This is reflected across the global festival scene, not least at this year’s Glastonbury Festival for headliners Arctic Monkeys and Mumford and Sons, plus Smashing Pumpkins.
With the weather looking a little more like summer for Glastonbury weekend, the festival is once again a sell out. As in previous years, many of the acts will be using the house system, but Arctic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and Smashing Pumpkins have elected to take in their own mixing consoles, which they are using throughout their touring seasons. “I only use DiGiCo consoles, so I will be using my SD7, while our monitor engineer John Shearman will be taking his SD10 on stage,” confirms Pumpkins Front of House engineer Jon Lemon. “There’s nothing else that works for me at this point and they’re still the best sounding live console there is.”
“Despite the popularity of our consoles, it’s still relatively unusual for bands to take their own equipment into a festival, due to the restrictions imposed by the quick turnarounds between sets,” says DiGiCo Managing Director James Gordon. “The fact that three top class bands are insisting on taking their DiGiCos into a festival as vast as Glastonbury shows just how much they have come to rely on the ease of use and great sound quality of our products.”