Electro-Voice & Dynacord sound system supports unique socially distanced festival

ShoppingCart Festival 07

  • Extensive X2 line-array and MFX multi-functional loudspeakers deliver powerful sound at
    Offenburg’s “shopping cart festival” bringing back well-known German artists to the stage
  • Dante audio delivered via complete Dynacord electronics/software solution
  • New MXE5 matrix mix engine will “revolutionize the business” according to Badensound event
    company owner Johannes Moeck

Offenburg, Germany, October 2020 – Badensound event company has worked out a new
concert concept that uses existing infrastructure to host performances complying with the local
COVID regulations. This concept led to a partnership with Edeka Südwest supermarkets to
create the “shopping cart festival.” Taking place from August 31 until September 5 in Offenburg,
Germany, the festival featured famous German artists performing in front of 500 people, the
maximum number of people currently allowed for large gatherings, in the parking lot of an
Edeka supermarket. Shopping carts were used as social distancing tools to adhere to the
COVID regulations. On the technical side, Badensound used the festival to give Dynacord’s new
MXE5 matrix mix engine its German debut.

“Now is exactly the right time to organize an attractive festival in the region, to offer artists a
platform and to support the Corona-impacted event industry,” says Rainer Huber of Edeka
Südwest, describing the idea behind the new festival.

Badensound deployed an Electro-Voice X2 line-array system to ensure powerful main PA sound
for the festival, featuring two hangs of 12 X2-212 elements per side, with low-frequency support
from 16 X12-128 subwoofers. 12 Electro-Voice MFX multi-functional loudspeakers were used
as stage fills and stage monitors, complemented by Dynacord V17 subs and Cobra cabinets as
drum fills. Near and out fills consisted of an additional 24 Electro-Voice XLE compact line-array
elements.

State-of-the-art Dynacord amplifiers powered the entire sound system. A dozen TGX20 four-
channel and three IPX 10:8 eight-channel amps delivered a stunning total of 270 kW. The
MXE5 matrix mix engine served as the system head. All electronics have OMNEO IP
architecture on board, allowing the entire sound system to be run flawlessly on Dante audio
without the need of retrofitting. System setup, tuning and monitoring was handled by SONICUE
sound system software.

The line-up of well-known German artists included among others Michael Schulte, Christina
Stürmer, Kelvin Jones & Jeremias, Glasperlenspiel and Laith Al-Deen. All performers were very
keen to return to performing live on stage, and after the budget was released by EDEKA, it took
Badensound’s company owner Johannes Moeck only four weeks to make the whole event
happen.

“We are extremely pleased with the positive response to the idea of the Edeka shopping cart
festival. The success proves to us that we have hit the right tone with this event,” adds Florian
Heinzmann of Edeka Southwest.

“In hindsight, the event turned out to be a blast,” reflects Moeck. “I’m very
thankful to be back to work, even limited by the current restrictions. Everyone
had a wonderful time, the audience, the artists and the Edeka officials. Our sound equipment
from EV and Dynacord proved once again to be the best choice to guarantee a flawless event. I
have already been approached regarding a repeat of this event. Thanks to Dynacord’s support,
I was privileged to work with the MXE5 for the very first time and I can only tell you that it will
revolutionize the business!”