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Yamaha digital consoles dominate at Glastonbury 2009


Despite early rain, much of the 2009 Glastonbury Festival was spent basking in uncharacteristic sunshine. And contributing significantly to the quality of a weekend already being touted as the best Glasto ever, this year the familiar presence of Yamaha digital mixing consoles had grown to an unprecedented high number.

“I’ve been coming to Glastonbury for years in a support capacity and I have never seen so many Yamaha desks on so many stages,” reported a pleased Nick Pemberton from Yamaha Commercial Audio.

As usual, the festival saw fans embrace a remarkably diverse array of talent, from living legends like Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Crosby, Still and Nash and Status Quo, to high profile reunions, established contemporary acts and those still eagerly seeking a breakthrough into the big time. A large proportion were using Yamaha consoles, at one point there being no less than five PM5D-RH and an M7CL-48 on the Pyramid stage alone.

The John Peel stage ran PM5D-RHs at both front of house and monitors, combining them with three of Yamaha’s new SB-168ES stage boxes to provide the Ethersound network.

Other stages to use the M7CL-48 included the BBC Introducing Stage, Dance East, Dance West, Dance Lounge, Pussy Parlure, the Dirty Boots stage, The Avalon Stage (which also hosted a PM5D-RH for Will Young) and the BBC’s own Tree House which acted as a hub for their extensive TV coverage.

“Yamaha digital consoles were by far the dominant presence at the festival this year,” says Yamaha Commercial Audio marketing manager Karl Christmas. “I was really happy to see so many companies being confident that they could rely on the Yamaha brand during what is typically such a varied and gruelling week.”

The compact Yamaha LS9-32 was also put to good use on a number of the smaller stages, as well as making some guest appearances on the more prestigious ones.

VV Brown was making the most of the weekend, performing on the Pyramid, Dance East, John Peel stages throughout the event, with her front of house engineer Jimmy Sarikas using his own LS9-32 for the performances on the first two.

“I always get some mickey taking from the crews when I turn up for shows and put my LS9 down next to whatever huge desk they have up there,” smiled Jimmy, as he made his way to the Pyramid Stage for Brown’s Saturday performance. “I just say ‘We’ll see who laughs last at the end of my show, shall we?’”

Although Glastonbury is a very hectic and high pressure environment for all the technical crews on site, those using the many Yamaha digital consoles certainly had every reason to smile.


Products PM5D-RH , M7CL-48 , LS9-32

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