Electric Picnic is often referred to as Ireland’s answer to Glastonbury. The annual music and arts festival is held annually since 2004 at Stradbally Hall in County Laois Ireland and this year’s star studded line up included the likes of Hozier, Billie Eilish, Years and Years, The 1975 and Florence and the Machine.
Long-time Van Damme collaborators Justlite and sister company Magic Kite used various bits of Van Damme cables to provide amazing sound, power and light to the Mainstage and 2nd Stage at the award winning festival. Magic Kite used Van Damme to build 2 custom multis, one for each stage to cover any eventuality. Each had 2 x HMA Van Damme Multimode fibre, 2 x OpticalCon Van Damme Multimode fibre, 1 x 6-way Van Damme BNC Multi, 3 x Van Damme Tourcat Cat5e, 1 x Van Damme Black series 12 Pair analogue audio and 1 x 32a single phase power line, as well as a large quantity of signal cable. All cables were hand terminated at Van Damme HQ in Kings Cross London and turned around to ship to Ireland within a week. All in all, Magic Kite used 2.5 km of cable over the festival to ensure a powerhouse performance.
Says Steven Montgomery of Magic Kite, “On the end of our Van Damme multis we had just about every flavour of consoles. MIDAS Pro series, AVID S6Ls and Profiles, SSL Live L500, Allen & Heath dLive, Digicos, Waves LV1”
Magic Kite and Justlite’s CEO Paul Smith couldn’t be happier. “It all worked great, Van Damme is a great choice. We’re very happy with the quality, speed and service we got as always. From making a phone call to having the completed cables in that time frame, you can’t go wrong.”
Electric Picnic began as a one-day event in 2004, before growing to a weekend-long festival within a year. It was voted Best Medium-Sized European Festival at the 2010 European Festival Awards, and has been voted Best Big Festival at each of the last four Irish Festival Awards since they began in 2007. It returns in 2020, no doubt with a fantastic lineup and more of Magic Kite and Van Damme.