Het Zomertheater (Dutch for The Summer Theatre) was a temporary outdoor concert venue at Pettelaarse Schans in ‘s-Hertogenbosch that presented performances by some of the Netherlands’ biggest artists and comedians throughout the summer. As one of the initiative’s founders and organizers, production technologies provider Stagelight had a major stake in its success and outfitted the main stage with a substantial audio system from Adamson Systems Engineering.
“When the world went into lockdown, we joined a small group of event suppliers on a path of entrepreneurship and vision. The idea was to set up a one-of-a-kind concert experience that would bring back the excitement of live performances but in a very safe, socially distanced environment. Obviously, it was well-received, and every single show sold out,” explains Robert De Lorijn, Manager of Technical Operations for Stagelight. “We made no compromises with the production, so Adamson was the clear choice for the audio system, and we had unanimous, overwhelmingly positive feedback from engineers, audiences, event partners, and local government.”
The venue itself was inspired by Milan’s famous Teatro alla Scala opera house, resulting in a three-story temporary arena with two seating levels per floor for a total of six. Drawing from its substantial inventory of more than 400 Adamson enclosures, Stagelight deployed a staggering 100 cabinets to cover the 750 socially distanced patrons.
The Zomertheater stage was loaded with main arrays of 12 Adamson E12 three-way line source cabinets per side and outfill arrays with 12 sub-compact S10 two-way line source cabinets per side. Pushing out the low end were 36 E119 subwoofers arranged in 12 FBF cardioid stacks. Rounding out the system were 16 more S10s as In- and Outfills.
As per Stagelight’s standard procedures, the system was driven by a suite of Lab.gruppen PLM 20000Q and 20K44 amplifiers on a redundant Dante network with an analog fallback. Local and visiting acts’ consoles were connected via either Dante or AES to Lake LM44 processors, keeping the signal path clean and present and the workflows hassle-free.
Over the course of the summer, heralded acts like Latin Billboard hitmaker Rolf Sanchez; YouTube star Davina Michelle; Eurovision Song Contest finalist and The Voice winner OG3NE; The Voice winner Maan; comedian Jandino Asporaat; chart riders Chef’Special; and many more took the Zomertheater stage to much acclaim, entertaining full capacity crowds for every single performance.
“We had a large area to cover, with a lot of square meters per patron, but wanted to deliver the sound and feel of a typical concert. That said, we also felt a big responsibility to the urban area surrounding the venue for 23 shows and almost 50 performances”, notes De Lorijn. “We’re happy to say we succeeded with zero complaints – only compliments on the great sound and low environmental impact.”
De Lorijn explains that the partners behind the concert series are working on multiple winter editions of the concept for the coming months, and that so far, Stagelight has been able to keep all of its esteemed staff employed through the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to this kind of outside-the-box thinking.
“We’re lucky to have such an enterprising team, and Het Zomertheater is a great example of what people can do when they collaborate and come up with creative solutions,” he adds. “We’re very proud of our work with this series and know that pristine sound from Adamson was critical to delivering such a great experience.”
“We love having Adamson Network partners like Stagelight, who’ve done something really special at Het Zomertheater to keep live event professionals and artists working through these challenging times, all while delivering great entertainment to the public at a time that it’s needed most,” says Jochen Sommer, Adamson’s Director of Operations for the EMEA Region. “We look forward to adapting Stagelight’s ideas as they continue this proven concept for the foreseeable future and helping more of our partners get back to work safely with creative applications.”