Since 1977, The Port Fairy Folk Festival (PFFF) has been the cornerstone event for the humble ex-fishing village of Port Fairy in Victoria Australia. This year, DiGiCo consoles were seen at both Front of House and monitor positions.
With its origins based firmly around Irish folk music and culture, the four-day event has grown considerably in popularity over the past four decades and has evolved into an eclectic festival that encompasses the broader realms of blues, roots and world music.
In the middle of Victoria’s longest ever-hot streak, the 2013 PFFF was feeding the appetites of some 50,000 lawn chair wielding music lovers. The heat was certainly no deterrent with capacity crowds as far as the eye could see and a really healthy mix of great music from Australia and abroad, as well as expert production management from Monitor City; the PFFF was executed in fine form.
Monitor City was managing production for stages 1, 2, the Guinness Stage (also known as the Shabeen Bar) and Stage 5. Each stage saw a varied selection of acts throughout the day, including artists such as Kate Miller-Heidke (AUS), Ruthie Foster (USA), The Popes (IRE), The Cactus Channel (AUS), Tuba Skinny (USA), Chris Smither (USA), Grace Barbe Afro Kreol Band (SC\AUS) and Alanna & Alicia (AUS) to name but a few.
Stage 1 had a DiGiCo SD8 handling the monitoring side of the stage, with the combination of an SD Series console and Nexo wedges proving an expected success.
A DiGiCo SD8 was also at FOH, and the gambit of engineers who took to the hot seat were all happy to be using what is now considered, by most, as an industry standard console for high profile events.
On Stage 2, a DiGiCo SD9 was used for monitors and a DiGiCo SD8 was at FOH. The system sounded fantastic and every engineer was delighted with the configuration provided, whilst in the Guinness Tent, a trusty DiGiCo D1 was at the helm for monitoring.
“There were some really mind blowing performances over the four days,” says Anthony Touma, marketing director for DiGiCo’s Australian distributor, Group Technologies. “The Saturday night was really spectacular, with The Cactus Channel playing some really funky stuff and Ruthie Foster was phenomenal with her gospel pipes luring listeners in from every direction.
“It was a really wonderful mix of very talented musicians and a festival that every music lover needs to check out supported with a fantastic combination of equipment, with DiGiCo consoles and a combination of Nexo’s new STM and RCF loudspeakers.”