The Big Chill festival was once a series of ambient parties at the Union Chapel in Islington. In recent years it has grown to be one of the major UK summer festivals hosting a variety of dance and alternative acts and over 30,000 punters.
Held on the grounds of Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire, UK, this year’s event utilised a variety of Allen & Heath's mixers through the weekend.
The Big Chill Radio Stage, which featured performances by DJ's like Mr. Scruff, employed a Xone:464, modified to enable fader starts for radio broadcast.
FOH engineer Steve Pattison used his unique Allen & Heath iLive digital mixing system for Dan Black’s Big Chill set. Pattison has selected a compact touring system comprising an iDR-32 MixRack and a laptop loaded with iLive Editor software, which he uses as a virtual control surface. The system not only mixes FOH audio but also wedge and IEM monitor requirements.
“I’m running the iDR rack and that's it, no desk, no surface, just the stagebox, which is mounted into our onstage loopstation,” Pattison explained.