PRG Live Entertainment Award celebrates its 10th anniversary
The PRG LEA gives all the creative players and organisers who contribute great ideas and extraordinary energy to the work behind the scenes the opportunity to have their special achievements in the show and entertainment industry acknowledged. Only music journalists and professionals from the live entertainment sector form the expert jury who decide on nominations.
Star-studded national and international live acts such as Spandau Ballet, Marit Larsen, Johannes Oerding, Wanda and Jan-Josef Liefers’ Radio Doria delighted the many guests with their thrilling acts on the stage. TV journalist Ingo Nommsen gave a masterful performance as moderator through this entertaining show. Amongst the many prominent and illustrious guests were Till Brönner, Campino, Klaus Eberhartinger, Elaiza, Greenbird, Motsi Mabuse, George McCrae, Patrick Owomoyela, Marco Russ and Marius Müller Westernhagen.
Despite all the glitz and glamour of this brilliant live show, the audience was moved by one special prize awarded spontaneously on the night by the organisers. The manager of Die Toten Hosen Joachen Hülder, who passed away in January 2015, was recognised posthumously for his life's work as artist manager. Singer and front man Campino himself accepted the award for Hülder in this emotional moment.
LEA success story
Since its premiere 2006 in the theatre tent of the Fliegende Bauten ensemble in Hamburg, the LEA has become one of the major awards in the entertainment industry in the category of ECHO and Deutscher Filmpreis in just only ten years and has established itself as one of the most important German cultural awards. The stylised concert ticket – solid bronze cast weighing 3.5 kilograms – has now become a much coveted trophy in the show and event sector. The LEA nominees and award winners reflect the entire spectrum of the live show and entertainment scenes, with all their creativity, innovative ideas and success stories.
Spectacular stage design
The PRG Live Entertainment Award 2015 hosted an impressive live show with an awe-inspiring and varying stage design and extraordinary technical equipment. The stage set, built out of white, polygonal elements, could be moved during the entire show by means of many motors at different positions. With eight high-power video projectors, changing motifs and diverse backgrounds were projected onto the white surfaces – synchronised to the performances and moderation on the stage.
With over 700 lighting fixtures, Germany's top light designer Jerry Appelt (also responsible for the design of the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf) lit the stage with different lighting effects and moved the show through different moods. Reducing power consumption was also taken into account here with the use of high-efficiency LED lamps.
As the exclusive microphone partner of PRG LEA 2015, beyerdynamic miked up the show and the stage with its TG 1000 digital wireless system and diverse corded microphones. The technical setup was divided into two areas: microphones for the show moderation and laudatory speeches, and microphones for the live performances.
The challenge: wireless microphones
beyerdynamic’s TG 1000 is a remarkably reliable digital 24-bit wireless system. With an impressive bandwidth coverage of 319 MHz in the UHF range (470-789 MHz), the TG 1000 can be used for a wide range of applications worldwide. A total of 28 channels were used with the TG 1000: 16 channels serving the live performances and 12 for the moderation and speeches.
As an event venue, Frankfurt am Main generally poses a major challenge for such a production with many wireless channels because there are eight DVB-T channels there that block a large part of the available frequency spectrum. The music fair taking place at the same time in the neighbouring exhibition halls complicated the problem by occupying additional frequencies. The use of many LED lamps and walls during the spectacular shows on the stage and the HF interference they pose was also an added problem to using wireless microphones.
On top of the 28 TG 1000 channels, another 10 in-ear monitoring paths and 18 additional wireless microphones from Spandau Ballet had to be operated reliably. They were the only live act to use their own microphones independently.
Frequency coordination in such surroundings is therefore the most important part of the preparation and production of such an event and allows you to react quickly to unexpected situations. And such a situation did arise: during the event (and in spite of prohibiting them in advance), ENG teams were using wireless microphones on the same transmission frequencies as the event microphones in the hall and therefore caused massive transmission problems. Fortunately, these “disruptions” could be kept to a minimum, but only thanks to good teamwork and switching to alternative frequencies quickly.
Despite all these difficulties, the TG 1000 digital wireless system from beyerdynamic was again able to demonstrate its formidable performance to the full. Especially its impressive frequency range, which offers a high level of flexibility, made it a lot easier to find alternative available frequencies.
Flexible microphone technology for the moderation
Moderator Ingo Nommsen was kitted up with a TG H55c and a TG 1000 beltpack transmitter as the main microphone and had a handheld transmitter with TG V96w interchangeable microphone capsule in his jacket pocket for his interview partners. Apart from the moderator, there were two more speakers with their own TG H55c headset microphones for their laudatory speeches.
A special highlight was the Classis GM 302 gooseneck microphone that was available for the laudatory speeches as a speaker microphone. The mobile podium was another spectacular feature equipped with two wireless Classis GM 304 microphones and a TG 1000 beltpack transmitter.
Further beltpack transmitters were used to capture the sound of a ukulele and other guitars that accompanied some of the laudatory speeches. There was also a spare beltpack and handheld transmitter available for Ingo Nommsen, which, however, were not needed.
Tried-and-tested equipment for instruments
A wide range of different corded microphones were used for capturing instruments.
This included small diaphragm true condensor microphones (16 x MC 930) used as overhead microphones. The frequency-independent cardioid polar pattern ensures the necessary directivity on a full stage. The condensor clip-on microphones (8 x TG D57c, 8 x TG D58c) were ready for action quickly thanks to an integrated pre-amplifier. Dynamic microphones deliver a solid sound and were therefore also used for snare drums and kick drums (10 x TG D50d, 5 x TG D70d).
The M 88 TG dynamic microphone was chosen for the guitar amplifiers.
Two MC 930 microphones were used as atmosphere microphones together with a pair of WA-ATDA passive/active rotational wideband antennas. These microphones transmit the atmosphere for the in-ear monitoring systems that the artists use. Without them, the artists would not be able to hear the audience at all.
As vocal microphones in the live performances, handheld transmitters with TG V50w interchangeable microphone capsules were used exclusively by the singers. Guitar and bass amplifiers were captured with both M160 and M88 TG as well as TG I50d microphones. And for the drums, the show made use of the entire range of beyerdynamic drum microphone technology: TG D70d for kick, TG D50d for snare top, M201 as snare bottom microphone, MC 950 for hihat, TG D57d and TG D58d on the toms and MC 930 as overhead microphones. The MKV 87 proved its excellence again as an extremely practical and sturdy microphone clamp.
Each live act was able to leave their backline (instruments, amplifiers, etc.) set up on risers (rolling platforms) backstage which meant that the microphones were also left on the instruments. This saved a great amount of time normally needed for changing the setup between each act, and the microphones could be perfectly positioned beforehand at the soundcheck. Only the vocal microphones needed to be distributed between the different acts and sometimes had to be used twice.
All in all, the TG 1000 digital wireless system and microphone technology from beyerdynamic was a clear winner with its ease of handling and especially its impressive sound at this technically challenging live event.
The award winners 2015
Winner: Peter Rieger (Peter Rieger Konzertdirektion, Cologne)
Laudatory speech: John Giddings
Winner: Karsten Jahnke – “JazzNights” tours and concerts
Laudatory speech: Peter Urban
ARENA/STADIUM TOUR OF THE YEAR
Winner: Justin Timberlake (“The 20/20 Experience”) – Marek Lieberberg Konzertagentur
Laudatory speech: Spandau Ballet
INDOOR CONCERT TOUR OF THE YEAR
Winner: Marteria (“Zum Glück in die Zukunft 2”) – Four Artists Booking
Laudatory speech: Patrick Owomoyela
CLUB TOUR OF THE YEAR (presented by Ströer)
Winner: Marius Müller-Westernhagen (“Alphatier Pre-Listening Tour 2014”) – Deutsche Entertainment AG
Laudatory speech: Elaiza
CONCERT OF THE YEAR
Winner: The Rolling Stones, Waldbühne Berlin, 10 June 2014 – Deutsche Entertainment AG
Laudatory speech: Lars Redlich
SHOW OF THE YEAR
Winner: Cirque du Soleil (“KOOZA”) – Marek Lieberberg Konzertagentur
Laudatory speech: Timo Wopp
FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR (presented by PRG)
Winner: Rock am Ring / Rock im Park – Marek Lieberberg Konzertagentur
Laudatory speech: Jan-Josef Liefers
INDOOR CONCERT VENUE/ARENA OF THE YEAR
Winner: Tempodrom, Berlin (Tempodrom Betriebsgesellschaft)
Laudatory speech: Florian Schroeder
CLUB OF THE YEAR
Winner: Zeche, Bochum – Zeche Bochum GmbH
Laudatory speech: Mrs. Greenbird
EVENT ORGANISER OF THE YEAR
Winner: Wizard Promotions, Frankfurt am Main
Laudatory speech: Gerd Gebhardt
LOCAL ORGANISER OF THE YEAR
Winner: ARGO Konzerte, Würzburg
Laudatory speech: Sonya Kraus
ARTIST MANAGER/AGENT OF THE YEAR (presented by IMUC)
Winner: Sascha Stadler – VOLL:kontakt Artist Management (Management of Revolverheld)
Laudatory speech: Johannes Oerding
HONORARY AWARD FOR LIFE'S WORK IN ARTIST MANAGEMENT
Winner: Jochen Hülder – JKP Jochens Kleine Plattenfirma (Management of Die Toten Hosen)
Words of commemoration: Marek Lieberberg
ARTIST / YOUNG TALENT PROMOTER OF THE YEAR
Winner: New Music Award – organised by Four Artists Booking on behalf of ARD-Jugendwellen (overall responsibility: Fritz / RBB)
Laudatory speech: Tonbandgerät