06/03/17

Red Hot Chili Peppers – O2 Arena, London, December 2016

I went along to the first of the RHCP December London shows to lend a helping hand flying the delays at the O2 Arena.

It was my first time working in the roof of the O2 so I had to go through the induction process before I was allowed on the cat walk. After that it was my job, along with some very patient and hardworking local crew, to get the amps set up and haul up the cables to plug in from the PA being flown on the ground. The main system was all K1 and K2 so the production company had hired in 12 K2 from BRP for delays, 6 per side.

I stayed for the show and it was awesome! I’ve been an RHCP fan since school so it was a rare treat to be able to watch a band that I’ve followed for a long time. It was an interesting experience not only for this reason but also because I was able to see how other PA companies work in terms of setting up the system. Everyone has their own way of doing things and their own routines when it comes to getting the PA up and running so it was good to experience a different take on this first hand.

 

If you look closely you can just about make out one of the K2 delay hangs in the centre of the picture!

 

As a sound engineer I’m not normally interested in the light show unless its got a lot of lasers, however the kenesis grid for these shows was totally awesome! It’s much better viewed from the floor but the results are amazing to watch!

I was super lucky and went back for the second London show as my brother had tickets. The band do a different set list each night so there was no repetition.