What speakers are you referring to? The four towers are the PA, the sidefill and buttfill are the monitor system. Was that overkill? Sort of. The sidefills on their own would have been driven to limit all night, and one artist's rider required buttfill. The coax wedges upfront were for a couple MC's. I wouldn't have wanted anything less on the monitor end. The smallest stage (just beside the dance tent) had KF850 over sb850 as texas headphones. They too requested more, so additional sb850's were brought in with some SM500's as buttfill. Too much is just right!
Yep. I was just speaking of all the speakers on the immediate stage surrounding the DJ table and in the rear of their table. I've never spun in such environments so I guess it's over my head. I'd be one of those DJ's requesting you turn the monitors down as I tend to like the thought of long-term good hearing :-)
The monitor systems were actually quite modest and reasonable compared to most EDM events IMO.
This entire event is obscenely loud. I had Westone foam IEMs in to be able to hear the radio and still felt that I could have used more reduction. The tent pictured is the second smallest of four stages (others were SL100, SL250, SL320) in a surprisingly small area. A little speaker on a stick would get destroyed trying to keep up, especially over the course of a 16 hour event.
I shared the tent photos because it's a fairly unusual setup compared the the usual L/R hangs off a stageline that we've all seen before. The design was not mine (though I had some input), but the idea was to create a nightclub atmosphere in a giant tent. We were successful in that regard. The line array towers almost became set pieces, and the aesthetic of the sound system is almost as important as the function for EDM.