Now the days are getting shorter and the weather is certainly colder, here at VDC we’ve found ourselves reminiscing about the summer.
In August this year, VDC were again able to provide the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo with a range of Van Damme Cable. Since its first performance in 1950, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has grown exponentially. The first performance drew around 6000 spectators (total) compared to the 2018 show which gathered crowds of 8800 a night. With the stand capacity now able to accommodate a nightly audience of almost 9000 guests, near 220,000 people were able to watch the ‘Sky’s the Limit’ themed performances on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle this summer.
The theme this year was chosen in celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the Royal Air Force and coincides with Scotland’s ‘Year of Young People’. The 2018 show was as spectacular as ever, showcasing a host of international Performers from across the globe.
Over the years, Van Damme cable have become a staple at the Tattoo and 2018’s show was no exception. Sound equipment for the show was supplied by Wigwam Acoustics, who have been supporting the event for many years. To fulfil the Tattoo’s 2018 audio system specifications, Wigwam turned to VDC. VDC supplied around 3000m of their Van Damme 4X4mm Tourgrade speaker cables to Wigwam for the event.
A spokesperson at Wigwam explains: “The Tourgrade speaker cables were used to make purpose-built looms. The bespoke looms were necessary to be able to feed into the loudspeakers, down the esplanade and along new seating areas.” As with any live event, but perhaps more so with a show this size, the cables needed to be tidy and efficient, allowing the team to position the cables out of the way of performers and guests. “The looms then terminated in three modest portacabins where all the amplifiers were housed.”
Sound designer Sebastian Frost, who has worked on this event for over 20 years, spoke to VDC about his experience on the show.
“Stringing together the Royal Edinburgh Tattoo is a complex task. It’s over 1200 performers, spread across multiple locations, performing in one of the world’s largest live music shows. We rely on a high-performance cable infrastructure that the team from Wigwam install on the site.”
When speaking about how Van Damme cable held up in the often-temperamental Scottish weather, Frost continued: “In the relatively extreme (typical Scottish summer) outdoor environment, it’s imperative that the data, comms and loudspeaker networks work without fail; the choice of cable from VDC lets us achieve just that.”
The Royal Military Edinburgh Tattoo will be returning again in August 2019, coinciding with the Ed inburgh fringe festival (as it does every year). No doubt next year’s show will be even more spectacular than the last!