Performers included Descendents, NOFX, Lagwagon, Julian Marley, Vince Staples, Danny Brown, People Under the Stairs, Bleached, and The Aquabats, just to name a few, playing for an audience of approximately 10,000.
For main PA, 9x NEXO STM46 line array boxes and 9x B112 bass modules were flown together per side with 8x STM S118 subs for ground mains. 6x RS18 Ray Sub cabinets, 2x STM M28 Omni and 2x GEO S1230 cabinets used as front fills, and 4x NUARs along with 2x NXAMP4x4s for a total of 160K Watts, rounded out the main system. The rig included a Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Console at front of house with a Rio1608 input/output box and a Rio3224-D box on stage.
“Riot Fest requires a system that can deliver high SPL evenly while maintaining clarity and definition across the entire venue,” states Rion King, Partner and CMO of Nomad Sound. “Using NEXO NS-1 software to create a detailed prediction of the system’s coverage inside the National Western Complex allowed our team to deliver a powerful experience from front to back. We also wanted to ensure that our guest engineers were able to enjoy the benefits of a fully integrated digital connection from consoles to amps. Our Yamaha and NEXO system offers turnkey integration, keeping the reinforced audio perfectly true to the source.”
The Hoffman Stage monitor system included 14x NEXO 45°N-12 line monitors, 6x STM S118 cabinets (four for side fills, two for drum fills), 2x PS15s for side fills, and 3x NXAMP4x4s.
“The on-stage power at my disposal with the 45°N-12s and STMs was incredible,” states Stefan Bouts, monitor engineer. “The gain before feedback on the 45°N-12s that I could achieve was phenomenal, leaving me able to focus on delivering exactly what the artists needed and never giving a second thought to whether my wedges could handle it. The two STM S118 subs under a PS15 made a killer side fill, keeping the on-stage energy live and dynamic.”
“For me, the best part of each set was pulling up the Yamaha CL5 Master EQ after each guest engineer’s mix, and seeing that it remained flat throughout the entire set,” adds Matt Trevino, Nomad front of house engineer. “It was the best unspoken compliment I could ever ask for.”