The newly created MusikFestiWels took place over two days in mid-July in the Austrian city of Wels. Organised by the local Municipality, some 20 acts performed on three open-air stages, set in the streets and squares.
Around 10,000 local residents took advantage of this inaugural free event to throng the streets, ensuring that the event got off to the best possible start.
Martin Audio’s territory distributor, k24 Technik & Vertrieb supported its customer, the service provider Sound & Light Systems, who fielded a premium MLA Compact PA on main stage, while lighting was provided by Powerland.
While Sound & Light Systems provided its full inventory, this was augmented by further MLA Compact enclosures from German company Schallmeister, enabling the main stage system to be designed around 20 MLA Compact (10 elements per side) and nine MLX subwoofers in a cardioid Left/Centre/Right array. In addition, four XD12 provided front fill, BlacklineX12s and WS18X subs were on sidefill duties, four W8LM Mini Line Array served as delays and LE1500 as stage monitors.
Providing technical back-up were Johannes Stummer from k24, assisted by Martin Audio’s Product Support Engineer, Nigel Meddemmen.
As the event took place in the city’s streets there were strict noise curfews but production was able to meet all offsite requirements via the optimisation presets in the proprietary DISPLAY software. System set-up was overseen by Meddemmen.
The goal of attracting people of all demographics to the event — from young to old — was fully achieved, as the programme blended all genres, from Pop & Rock, Austropop, Boogie Woogie, Blues, Rock, n ‘Roll & Swing.
In addition to the musical acts, 20 YouTube stars from Austria and Germany who have helped to inspire the younger generation, also appeared on the main Kaiser-Josef-Platz stage on the opening night.