Since its inauguration in 1977, Sydney Festival has grown to be Australia's most attended cultural event with total audiences of approximately 1 million people. Held over a three week period, the Festival hosts around 80 events with 1000 artists from Australia and abroad. The Festival involves many of Sydney's theatres and venues and presents performances and installations covering dance, music, theatre, visual arts, installations and talks.
Three of the largest events, now Sydney traditions, are also free to the public; the two Domain concerts attract up to 80,000 people each and Festival First Night, the Festival's opening event since 2008, held through the city streets and at 7 locations, is attended by 250,000 people each year.
Coda Audio Services has been the primary audio design and system provider for Sydney Festival since 1996. Coda works closely with the Festival organisers headed by John Bayley, Head of Production, and Katie Pack, Production Manager, throughout the year to bring the best possible sound to Sydney audiences and attend to the very specific needs of the large number of artists. The Festival organisers are committed to quality, and Coda has responded to the ever more complex and diverse requirements with an evolving solution for every venue for which we provide audio.
Our first Domain concerts were covered by the then state-of-the-art Meyer Sound MSL3's. The sound quality was a major advance of previous Festivals and set the stage for further improvements as the technology became available. The MSL-3 system was soon replaced by MSL-4's and MSL-6, then Australia's only M3D/M3D sub system; now the front of house system uses MILO and MILO 120 exclusively with MSL-4 pairs on the 8 delay towers. All the Coda systems have used multiple delay towers to give higher fidelity and localized reinforcement while remaining within the strict guidelines for sound spill from the area.
The on-going success of the Festival demonstrates the efficiency and ethos of Coda's approach to be worthy of such an internationally acclaimed event, and one which gives Sydney-siders and those lucky enough to attend from elsewhere in Australia and worldwide a taste of Sydney's diverse festival spirit.
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