New Zealand artist Lorde has just completed a world tour in support of her second album Melodrama. Kicking off in September in Manchester, she played a series of UK dates running into October, before moving on to Europe, ending in New Zealand and Australia in November.
UK-rental company Adlib Audio supplied an L‑Acoustics K2 system for the duration of the UK and European dates, its scalability and light weight making it suitable for the varying venue sizes, as well as their weight loading restrictions.
“We chose K2 because it has similar sonic qualities to L‑Acoustics K1, but in a smaller, lighter enclosure,” says Adlib system engineer Sam Proctor. “A lot of smaller venues have a strict weight allowance and K2 proved invaluable.”
Sam notes that although there are similar sized systems that are the same approximate weight, they do not reproduce the low frequencies that K2 does.
“K2 extends far past where other systems drop off,” he says. “And coupled with the KS28 subs, the system produces the low-end response we wanted. Being able to quickly adjust the horizontal dispersion also helped us to avoid walls close to the system and helped minimise reflections.”
The tour’s biggest setup consisted of main hangs of 14 K2 per side, with six K2 per side for delays, along with 20 KS28 subs. This was supplemented where necessary with Kara side-hangs. Kara were also used as lip-fills on the centre subs, and ARCSII provided infill. The system was driven by LA12X amplifiers over AES.
Adlib also provided a full stage package, consisting of mics, line system, two ARCSII for side-fills, and a single SB15p for the drum sub.