Every year around the beginning of February, music lovers and Italian performers alike descend upon the small coastal town of Sanremo, situated in the Liguria region of Italy, for the famous Sanremo Music Festival. The festival is an immensely popular, week-long singing competition that takes place at the Teatro Ariston in the heart of the city and is broadcast throughout the nation.
While the TV show is the main attraction, the entire town is overtaken by the festival with concerts and live shows scattered throughout Sanremo. This year, radio broadcasters and TV stations alike entrusted K-array for several intimate setups littered throughout the city that were broadcasted live during the festival.
To combat the arched ceilings and narrow audience area at the old stoned Fort Santa Tecla located along the shore, K-array’s Italian distributor, Exhibo, employed a Pinnacle KR402 portable system as the main PA and a Pinnacle KR102 used as side fill with the tops of the systems featuring closely-spaced, full-range transducers with narrow vertical coverage. A KF12MT and a KF12P, both wedges, were used as stage monitors for performances hosted by broadcast company, Rai, for international acts like Michele Nuo, Ermal Meta, LP, Marianne Mirage and Lele, accompanied by Social Band, the resident group of Fort Santa Tecla.
In addition to musical performances, Rai also hosted VIP guests of the festival in an exclusive lounge at the Fort where they could watch the competition live from the comfort of plush seating which were lined with meters of Anakondas on both sides supporting the main PA, a Pinnacle KR202 system.
"The live shows and DJ sets boasted high-quality audio, expertly coordinated by Exhibo. The performers really rocked, the guests had a great time so we are really pleased with the outcome.""
The Rai staff at Fort Santa Tecla
At another location, Radio Italia hosted "Fuori Sanremo by Lancôme" at the Grand Hotel De Londres, in collaboration with Real Time and Vanity Fair, which was attended by all the central figures of the 2017 festival. Radio Italia djs Mario Volanti, Paola Gallo, Fiorella Felisatti, Daniele Bossari, with the special participation of Enzo Miccio, interviewed artists in the competition and guests of the festival using the sound reinforcement of K-array’s Pinnacle KR202 portable system and an array of Anakonda.