Adlib provided design services, lighting, audio, custom drapes and staging elements for the UK leg of The Specials’ Encore tour. For production manager Mike Darling, working with Adlib was a perfect solution – one company to provide a turnkey touring package. Adlib’s Simon Pettitt was back as lighting designer and was joined by audio engineers, Marcos Ferrari at FOH and Marina Martinez Sebastian on monitors. For overhead lighting positions, Simon utilized three standard trusses, a formula he knew could be achieved in every venue. Martin MAC Viper Performances were the main profile moving lights – distributed on front, mid and back trusses, with eight MAC Aura XB LED washes on the back & four Viper washes on the mid and another four on the front truss.
Twelve GLP X4 Bar 20s were distributed between the back and the mid trusses with eight Prolights STUDIOCOB WW LED PARs on the front truss. The floor package comprised 12 x Aura XBs, four Viper Washes, six Chauvet STRIKE4 LED blinders and another nine STUDIOCOB WWs. Co-ordinating the audio side on the road was Adlib’s systems engineer Kenny Perrin and monitor tech Sam Gallagher, looking after Specials’ engineers Marcos Ferrari (FOH) and Marina Martinez Sebastian on monitors. Kenny and Marcos specified the L-Acoustics K2 system together, chosen for its flexibility and light weight. The largest configuration used was 10x K2 & 3 x KARA down elements flown each side, or six K2 per side ground-stacked utilizing the K2 tilt adjustment screw jacks. These ran in conjunction with 12x L-Acoustics KS28 subs which proved excellent for the distinctive ska sounds that the Specials have made their own. Where possible, the subs were arranged in two high clusters stacked at 1- metre intervals across the front of the stage to create a sub arc for the best low-end coverage across the room.