Wigwam Acoustics Takes Lake Contour on the Road With Radiohead, Westlife

Apr 19, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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Wigwam Acoustics, located close to Manchester in the north of England, has taken delivery of a pair of Lake Contour digital loudspeaker processors for use initially on major tours by Radiohead and Westlife. Wigwam is a sister company of Eighth Day Sound (Highland Heights, Ohio).

"They work really well and we're really happy with the product," said Chris Hill, hire director at Wigwam Acoustics. Hill reported that the company is currently working the units into its rental inventory and familiarizing the company's technicians with their operation.

The two units were purchased primarily for their equalization and filtering capabilities. "We only have one system that needs speaker management, which is the L-Acoustic V-DOSC system, so we're using them as equalizers with the remote tablet,” Hill said.

"One Lake Contour unit is going out on the Radiohead tour, which goes out around Australia and Japan," Hill continued. That unit will be upgraded to incorporate Lake's stereo AES/EBU digital input and output in time for the tour, which featured a digital front-of-house console. The second Lake Contour unit, which will also shortly be upgraded to the digital version, is going out with Westlife, who are scheduled for 12 weeks of sold-out arena shows in the UK and Europe from late March to mid-June.

Hill expects the company to eventually take more Lake Contours into inventory. "Obviously, we're looking to expand our number of units," he said. "With our sister company in America buying quite a number of units, as their clients come over here, we'll need to service them."

Recent tour contracts for Wigwam have included Prince, Eminem, Björk, Blue, Moby, Ronan Keating and Barry Manilow, in addition to providing gear for London's West End theater district and touring theater markets, and technical services to long-term productions such as The Lord of the Dance.

For more information on Wigwam Acoustics, visit www.wigwam.co.uk/. For more information on Lake Contour, visit www.contour.lake.com. For more touring news, visit mixonline.com/live_sound_tour_profiles/index.htm.

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