Unicef Gala in the Hague with Electro-Voice
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Unicef Gala in the Hague with Electro-Voice

June 2nd, 2006

It was the top social event of the year in The Hague: the UNICEF gala on the 25th March. Celebrities from the cultural, sporting and political worlds thronged the atrium of the town hall to have a good time and donate money to a worthy cause. It must have been a tremendous party, as, when the receipts were counted, UNICEF was delighted to find it had made a net profit of 143,500 euros - money that will be used for charitable purposes.

To heighten the mood of generosity among the guests, the UNICEF team had organized a high-caliber live programme that included not only local and national acts such as Jim, Told U So and Frank In Person (F.I.P.) but also the legendary disco group of the Eighties Sister Sledge, who made sure the dance floor was packed and stayed that way. Their much-appreciated set included powerful and dynamic renderings of all their classic hits such as “We Are Family“, “He’s the Greatest Dancer“ and “Lost in Music“.

The Dutch sound company AVEQ Rental & Sales was responsible for the production. The team led by sound engineers Rutger Klein Kranenbarg (FOH) and Dimitri Van Dijck (Monitor) used a lavish Electro-Voice sound system - for both the gala and the after-show party.

AVEQ boss Robert van Aalst commented: “The atrium has an appalling reputation among sound engineers, with glass and stone everywhere you look - a FOH man’s nightmare! - and the fact that the programme included both classical music and disco made things all the more difficult. That, and a guest list packed with VIPs and politicians…“

A delicate task that called for a considerable degree of technical sophistication! Fortunately van Aalst and his team had the equipment with which to respond: a wealth of know-how and the latest compact line array system from Electro-Voice! “We put our faith in the EV XLD - and that faith was utterly vindicated,“ is how van Aalst sums it up. “After the show, the compliments were literally flying and - best of all - we were awarded the commission for next year’s gala on the spot!“

About AVEQ

Founded in 1989, with headquarters in The Hague’s dockland, AVEQ is a technical production company that offers a full service of the very highest quality : lighting, sound production, video and rigging. The team led by MD Robert van Aalst numbers around 18 permanent members reinforced as and when necessary by up to 35 freelancers. For years, AVEQ has relied on equipment from Electro-Voice, its vast inventory currently including four different kinds of EV loudspeaker systems: Xi, X-Line, XLC and XLD. “With them, we handle classical music, dance, theatrical events and concerts - indoors and out, and often in very critical environments,“ says van Aalst. “But EV has never disappointed us.“

Gala: stage equipment

12 x EV XLD (6 per side)

4 x EV X-SUB

4 x EV Xi 1122 (in-fills, mounted on the X-SUBs, 2 per side)

2 x EV 1081 (front-fills, stage center)

10 x EV T221M (monitoring)

KT 9848, EV power amps.

Midas Verona 480 Tour Pack

After-show party: stage equipment

4 x EV X-Array XCN

4 x EV X-Array XCB

4 x EV-X-Array XB

2 x EV Dx38

6 x EV P3000


Electro-Voice (EV), is a professional audio brand of Telex Communications, Inc., a leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of sophisticated audio, wireless, multimedia, aircraft, broadcast and communications equipment for commercial, professional and industrial customers. Telex Communications markets its products in more than 80 countries under the brands EV, Telex, RTS, Dynacord, Midas, Klark Teknik and others.

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