Global News: Bastille Day Celebrations Draw 500,000 to Eiffel Tower

by FOH Staff
in Features
The festivities included fireworks and concerts.
The festivities included fireworks and concerts.

France once again celebrated its national holiday, Bastille Day, with festivities in the vicinity of the iconic Eiffel Tower. The concerts and other events drew close to 500,000 to the area. For the third consecutive year, Lawo provided IP-networked audio consoles to support the live and televised events.

Two Lawo mc²36 were used at FOH, with a third at monitors.

The “Concert de Paris” is one of the largest classical music events in the world, followed by the traditional fireworks. The music featuring the National Symphony Orchestra and the Choir of Radio France with internationally renowned soloists was relayed to TV viewers and radio listeners in France and beyond.

Two Lawo mc²36 were used for FOH mixing, one handling the orchestra, and the other the choirs and opera singers, and another mc²36 was taking care of the monitor mix. An mc² 66 in the OB truck was used for the live broadcast of the event on France 2 and France Inter, the main public TV and radio stations in France.

A Nova37 router connected mixing consoles and I/O systems through a Ravenna/AES67 network, providing up to 1,536 by 1,536 crosspoints. Its plug-and-play operation means that an audio network is operational in moments — and running quietly, thanks to low-noise cooling fans.

Network user rights are managed directly from the console’s touchscreen using Lawo’s one-touch rights management system. Standard network presets are immediately available, but the router configuration can be tailored to a specific installation’s requirements.

“A 24-fader mc²36 was set up for mixing the choirs and opera singers and there was a 40-fader desk for the orchestra. Another 40-fader mc²36 was used for monitoring,” noted Hervé de Caro, Lawo’s live sound specialist. “All Lawo consoles and Dallis I/O, and the audio recorders were connected to our plug-and-play Nova37 router.”

The Ravenna-based “all-in-one” mc²36 mixing console also proved its flexibility at the Bastille Day celebration, meeting all of the demands of broadcast and live duties, alongside its reliability, high audio quality, and high channel capacity.

After the traditional military parade on the nearby Champs-Elysees, the day closed with the firework display and accompanying music — watched and heard across the nation, thanks to Lawo and the Radio France team.

“The show was flawless and it’s been a new occasion to demonstrate the relevance of our solutions for such large-scale events” said Joffrey Heyraud, Lawo’s sales director for France.