JPS Australia

History

Big Day Out 2014

Orange & Blue Stages

Australia’s foremost music festival, The Big Day Out, debuted on the 1992 Australia Day public holiday in Sydney and expanded to Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth by the following year. The Gold Coast and Auckland were added to the schedule in 1994. As of 2003, it has featured seven or eight stages (depending on the venue) accommodating popular contemporary rock music, electronic music, mainstream international acts and local acts.

JPJ Audio (previously trading as Jands Production Services and Johnston Audio) has provided the sound systems for every Big Day Out show since 1992 and 2014 was no exception. The festival usually takes place in late January and this year was held in four Australian cities: Gold Coast (Jan 19), Melbourne (Jan 24), Sydney (Jan 26), Adelaide (Jan 31) and Perth (Feb 2).

Orange / Blue Stages – FOH Speaker System
  • 68 L-Acoustics V-DOSC Enclosures
  • 48 L-Acoustics SB218 Sublow Enclosures
  • 18 Amplifier Rack, L-Acoustics (4x5002VZ)
  • 4 Amplifier Rack, L-Acoustics (2x5002VZ)
  • FOH Speaker System Delays
  • 18 L-Acoustics Kudo Enclosures
  • 2 Amplifier Rack L-Acoustics LA-RAK (3xLA8)
  • FOH Drive
  • 1 Midas PRO1 Digital Mixing Console
  • 1 L-Acoustics V-DOSC Drive Rack (4xDolby)
  • Blue Stage FOH Control
  • 1 Digidesign Profile Control Surface
  • 1 Digidesign Venue FOH Local Rack
  • 5 Digidesign DSP Mix Engine
  • 1 Midas PRO2C Digital Mixing Console
  • Monitor Speaker System
  • 18 d&b M2 Monitor Enclosure
  • 2 d&b Q-SUB Sublow Enclosure
  • 6 L-Acoustics ARCS Enclosure
  • 4 L-Acoustics dV-SUB Sublow Enclosure
  • 3 Amplifier Rack, 4mix d&b D-12
  • 12 d&b D-12 2ch Amplifier
  • 2 Amplifier Rack, ARCS (2xLA48+366)
  • Monitor Control
  • 1 Yamaha PM5D-RH Digital Console
  • Orange Stage Control
  • FOH Control
  • 1 Digidesign Venue Digital Console System
  • 1 Digidesign Profile Control Surface
  • 1 Digidesign Venue FOH Local Rack
  • 1 Digidesign Venue Stage Rack
  • Monitor Speaker System
  • 16 Clair Bros 12AM Monitor Speaker Enclosure
  • 3 Amplifier Rack, 4mix 12AM (Crown 3600)
  • 2 Clair Bros ML18 Sublow Enclosure
  • 2 Amplifier Rack, ML18 (Crown MA9000i)
  • 6 L-Acoustics ARCS Enclosure
  • 4 L-Acoustics dV-SUB Sublow Enclosure
  • 2 Amplifier Rack, ARCS (2xLA48+366)
  • Monitor Control
  • 1 Yamaha PM5D-RH Digital Console
  • 1 Yamaha PM5D Power Supply Rack
  • Red Stage
  • FOH Speaker System
  • 18 JBL VERTEC 4889
  • 16 JBL VERTEC 4880
  • FOH Control
  • 1 Digidesign Venue Digital Console System
  • 1 Digidesign Profile Control Surface
  • 1 Digidesign Venue FOH Local Rack
  • 1 Digidesign Venue Stage Rack (48in, 32out)
  • Monitor Control
  • 1 Digidesign Venue Digital Console System
  • 1 Digidesign Profile Control Surface
  • 1 Digidesign Venue FOH Local Rack
  • 1 Digidesign Venue Stage Rack (48in, 32out)
  • Monitor Speaker System
  • 14 Clair Bros 12AM Monitor Speaker Enclosure
  • 1 L-Acoustics dV-SUB Sublow Enclosure
  • 1 Amplifier Sleeve, dV-SUB (1xLA8)
  • 2 Amplifier Rack, 4mix 12AM (Crest)
  • Sidefill
  • 6 L-Acoustics dV-DOSC Enclosure
  • 2 L-Acoustics dV-SUB Sublow Enclosure
  • 1 Amplifier Rack, L-Acoustics 115XT HI-Q (4 mix LA8)
  • Boiler Room FOH Speaker System
  • 18 L-Acoustics V-DOSC Enclosure
  • 6 L-Acoustics dV-DOSC Enclosure
  • 8 L-Acoustics ARCS Enclosure
  • 16 L-Acoustics SB218 Sublow Enclosure
  • 6 Amplifier Rack, L-Acoustics (4x5002VZ)
  • 4 Amplifier Rack, L-Acoustics (2x5002VZ)
  • 1 L-Acoustics V-DOSC Drive Rack (4xDolby)
  • FOH Control
  • 1 Digidesign Venue Digital Console System
  • 1 Digidesign Profile Control Surface
  • 1 Yamaha O1V96 Digital Console (16 Mono + 4 Stereo)
  • Monitor Speaker System
  • 14 Clair Bros 12AM Monitor Speaker Enclosure
  • 2 Amplifier Rack, 4mix 12AM (Crown 3600)
  • 4 Clair Bros R4 Mk III Speaker Enclosure
  • 1 Amplifier Rack, R4 (Crown MA9000i)
  • 6 Clair Bros ML18 Sublow Enclosure
  • 2 Amplifier Rack, ML18 (Crown MA9000i)
  • Monitor Control
  • 1 Yamaha PM5D-RH Digital Console
  • 1 Yamaha O1V96 Digital Console (16 Mono + 4 Stereo)
  • DJ Monitors
  • 9 L-Acoustics dV-DOSC Enclosure
  • 6 L-Acoustics dV-SUB Sublow Enclosure
  • 2 Amplifier Rack, L-Acoustics 115XT HI-Q (4 mix LA8)
  • 2 Amplifier Sleeve, dV-SUB (1xLA8)
JPJ Crew
  • FOH System Engineers
  • John Kerns
  • Tim Millikan
  • Brendan Keane
  • Tim Seconi
  • Monitor System Engineers
  • Paul Kennedy
  • Tristan Johnson
  • Tristan Farrow
  • Josh Andre
  • Stage Technicians
  • Duncan Kaye
  • Dean Marquis
  • Matthew Morrison
  • Alex McCormack
  • Aaron Casley
  • Wayne Mulder
  • Jorgia Galbraith
  • Tim Jones


Gallery – All photos ©Daniel Boud

Gorillaz Tour 2010

The world’s most famous virtual band, Gorillaz, made their live debut in Australia in December 2010.

After headlining the UK’s Coachella and Glastonbury festivals earlier in the year, Gorillaz headed to the Southern Hemisphere to tour Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and then Auckland.

The band – the brainchild of Blur singer Damon Albarn and Tank Girl cartoonist Jamie Hewlitt – consists of an eccentric animated quartet: singer and keyboardist 2-D, bassist Murdoc, guitarist Noodle and drummer Russel Hobbs.

As part of their first world tour the band included over 20 musicians on stage at any one time. JAS provided a D&B J system – and lots of it.

Date

December 11, 16, 19, 21

System

60 x d&b J series
16 x d&b J-sub
18 x d&b B2
Powered by d&b D12 amplifiers

FOH

DiGiCo SD7

Monitors

DiGiCo SD7
24 x L-Acoustics 115xt HiQ wedges

JAS audio crew

Craig Gordon
Conor Dunne
Guto Magic – Otavio Santos
Matthew ‘Boz’ Boaro

The Who 2009

Having recently purchased the D & B J system JAS was contacted by the Who to supply the system for their Australian tour. Paul Ramsay their FOH operator was keen to use the system if it was available as they had been using it worldwide. The tour consisted of arenas and some outdoor shows.

The system also required 3 x Digico digital consoles and was the first, in Australia, to use the SD7.

The SD7 was doing the FOH duties and the 2 x D5 consoles were on monitors. All the consoles were running with dual racks (112chls) and we also supplied a recording system.

The schedule also meant JAS needed to supply a 2nd L-Acoustics VDosc system due to an overnight run back to the Melbourne Grand Prix. At the Grand Prix the Who played to a crowd estimated at 40,000.

The tour also featured the Counting Crows as support.

Dates

March 24, 26, 28, 29, 31
April 4

JAS Crew

Craig Gordon – D&B J system tech
Paul Kennedy – system rigger
Connor Dune – monitor rigger

Main touring System

56 x D & B J speakers
16 x D & B J-Sub
12 x D & B B2 Sub
8 x L-Acoustics ARCs

Winery show duplicate system

24 x L-Acoustics VDosc
24 x Wayloud 218 subs
8 x L-Acoustics ARCs

FOH Consoles

1 x Digico SD7 112ch system
1 x Recording 112ch system
1 x Nexo PS8 playback systems

Monitor System

2 x Digico D5 112ch systems
1 x Nexo PS8 shout system

Wedges

16 x D&B M2 Wedges

Sidefills

8 x L-Acoustics ARCs
2 x L-Acoustics DVsub

Drumfill

1 x D&B C4 sub

Counting Crows JAS console package Perth

2 x Digidesign Profile systems
1 x Full stage patching system

Bob Dylan 2007

Bob Dylan continued his Never Ending Tour which began in the late 1980s with dates in Australia and New Zealand in August 2007.

The tour, his first trip down under in more than four years, included five Australian and three New Zealand shows and followed the release of Dylan’s 32nd album, Modern Times.

The Australian run of dates included the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on August 13, Sydney Entertainment Centre on August 15, Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on August 17, Adelaide Entertainment Centre on August 21 and the Burswood Dome in Perth on August 23.

Dylan’s tour follows a string of North American dates in June and July and performances earlier this year in Europe, where the legendary folk and rock songwriter has drawn on his rich back catalogue and new material.

Dates August 13 – 23, 2007
Audio Crew Colin Burrell, Scott Barry, Peter O’Leary
Speaker System L-Acoustics
24 x V-Dosc Element
6 x DV-Dosc Element
16 x Kudo Cabinets
8 x ARCS
8 x Wayloud Sub Low Cabinets
32 x Lab Gruppen 4000 Amplifiers
12 x Crown V2500 Amplifiers
FOH Control System
1 x Digico DS 112
6 x Dolby Lake Contour
1 x IBM PC Tablet wireless system
2 x Focusrite 422 pre-amp
1 x Waves Max
1 x TC 4000
Monitor Control System
1 x Midas H3000 44+4 console
TC EQ Station 16ch system
Wayloud and Nexo wedges
Crown Amplifiers
1 x Clair ML 18 Sub Bass
L-Acoustics ARCS and DV Sub Sidefill

Oasis 2006

The Oasis Australian tour saw Bruce Johnston finally make it home after almost a year of touring. The Oasis juggernaut is an amazing phenomenon, with the band pulling enormous crowds throughout Europe and the Americas, with a huge resurgence in their popularity.

The Oasis shows sounded amazing, with 32 Nexo Geo-T elements and 16 Nexo CD18 subs powered by Camco Vortex 6 amps.

Bruce operated on his DiGiCo D5 console, while former Aussie Ian Newton operated the monitor rig from a Yamaha PM1D console.

The Oasis Australian tour was sadly the last tour for Johnston Audio by Drew Menard, who has moved on to look after the DiGiCo brand for Group Technology. Other Johnston Audio crew on the Oasis tour were Ivan Ordenes, who rigged the FOH and Mark Crawley who rigged the monitors.

Dates

December 14-16 2006

Simple Minds w/ DiGiCo 2006

JAS supplied DiGiCo D1 FOH and Monitor package for Simple Minds Asian and Australian tour.

Simple Minds’ Production Manager John Armstrong called to say that they were finding it hard to get the consoles for the Asian leg of their tour and fortunately JAS was able to supply a package including 2 x DiGiCo D1 consoles, 2 x Local racks, 1 x Stage Rack, 1 x return system and 1 x FOH FX system was dispatched to Hong Kong.

JAS also provided a V-Dosc PA system for the Simple Minds’ Palais Theatre show in Melbourne. The system included 18 V-Dosc elements and 16 Wayloud dual 18’ subs powered by Camco Vortex 6 amplifiers controlled by 3 Lake Contour processors.

Jock Bain was the CVE, Doug Pringle looked after FOH and Adrian Barnard rigged the Nexo PS15 monitor system.

Dates

May 3, 7, 9, 12 2006