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Inciting a Riot in Colorado. Denver Riot Fest 2016.

By September 11, 2016News

#TeamNomad pictured above: Matt Trevino, Systems Engineer; Stefan Bouts, Monitor Engineer; Brian Conway, Business Development; Jamie Welwarth, Lead Touring Engineer.

BUENA PARK, Calif. (September 9, 2016)—Established in 2005, Riot Fest is a multi-day music festival specializing in punk, rock, alternative, metal, and hip-hop. Founded in 2005 in Chicago, it has now expanded to include stops in Denver and Toronto. For Labor Day 2016, the production team for the Denver, Colorado shows called in the talents of Nomad Sound (Austin, TX) to provide audio for the Nichole Hoffman Stage, located inside the National Western Complex. (pictured :



Bands on the Nicole Hoffman Stage featured Descendents, NOFX, Lagwagon, Julian Marley, Vince Staples, Danny Brown, People Under the Stairs, Sleigh Bells, Lewis Del Mar, Bleached, and The Aquabats, just to name of few, playing for an audience of approximately 10,000.

The mains configuration for the Hoffman Stage rig included a Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Console at front of house with a Rio1608 input/output box and a Rio3224-D box on stage. Nine NEXO STM46 line array boxes and nine B112 bass modules were flown together per side with eight STM S118 subs for ground mains. Six RS18 Ray Sub cabinets, two STM M28 Omni and two GEO S1230 cabinets used as front fills, and four NUAR along with two NX4x4 amps for a total of 160K Watts, rounded out the main system.


“Riot Fest requires a system that can deliver high SPL evenly while maintaining clarity and definition across the entire venue, states Rion King, Partner and CMO of Nomad Sound. Using NEXO NS-1 software to create a detailed prediction of the system’s coverage inside the National Western Complex allowed our team to deliver a powerful experience from front to back. We also wanted to ensure that our guest engineers were able enjoy the benefits of a fully integrated digital connection from consoles to amps. Our Yamaha and NEXO system offers turn- key integration, keeping the reinforced audio perfectly true to the source.”

img_4308The Hoffman stage monitor system included fourteen NEXO 45°N-12 line monitors, six STM S118 cabinets (four for side fills, two for drum fills), two PS15s for side fills, and three NEXO NX4x4 amplifiers.

“The on-stage power at my disposal with the 45°N-12s and STM system was incredible, states Stefan Bouts, monitor engineer. The gain before feedback on the 45°N-12s that I could achieve was phenomenal, leaving me able to focus on delivering exactly what the artists needed and never giving a second thought to whether my wedges could handle it. The two STM S118 subs under a PS15 made a killer side fill, keeping the on-stage energy live and dynamic.


Kirk Knight