Top Tours of 2017: Depeche Mode

by FOH Staff
in Showtime
Depeche Mode tour photo by Steve Jennings
Depeche Mode tour photo by Steve Jennings

“Global Spirit” Tour

Sound Co:
Britannia Row


  • FOH Engineer: Antony King
  • FOH Systems Engineer: Richard Trowe
  • Monitor Engineer: Sarne Thorogood
  • Monitor Tech: Alex Hore
  • FOH Tech/Audio Crew Chief: Terence Hulkes
  • Systems Engineer: Alessandro Cestaro
  • Tour Manager: Tim Lougee
  • Production Manager: Tony Gittins
  • Britannia Row Account Rep: Dave Compton
  • Stage Manager: Toby Plant
  • Backline Techs: Iain Robertson (drums), Jez Webb (guitar), Dan Roe (keyboards)
  • Programmer/MD: Kerry Hopwood



  • Consoles: 2 SSL L500 Plus; SSL ML 32.32 Stageboxes (134 inputs)
  • Speakers: Mains: L-Acoustics K1 & K2 (14 K1, 4 K2 per side); Side Hangs: 14 K1, 6 K2 per side; Subs: KS28 (46 total; 24 flown); Delays: K1 (four hangs of 12), Front Fills: 6 ARCS II’s, 8 KARA
  • Amps: L-Acoustics LA12X amps (65)
  • Processing: L-Acoustics LA Network Manager, FIR Filters, Soundvision, Lake LM44, Universal Audio UAD plug-ins (RMX16, Galaxy Tape Echo, Ampex ATR 102)
  • Outboard: Warm Audio WA76, WA2A; TC Electronic M6000, D2; EQP-WA; SPL Transient Designers; Chandler TG1; Smart C2; Lake for system EQ.
  • Recording: Magix Sequoia w/ RME HDSPe MADI card
  • Power Distros: Britannia Row proprietary


  • Console: Midas Pro X console w/ 4 Midas DL431 preamp modules
  • Speakers: d&b audiotechnik M2 wedges
  • Processing: Outboard: 2 TC Electronic M3000, 2 Warm Audio WA76; Onboard: Drum and vocal reverbs; stereo DDL’s
  • IEMs: Sennheiser SR 2050 (10 transmitters, 2 8-way combiners, 2 helical antennas)
  • IEM Earpieces: Ultimate Ears UE18+ Pro
  • Vocal Mics: Beyerdynamic TG 1000 handhelds w/TG V70w capsules (six TC1000 wireless channels); TG V70 (wired)
  • Drum Mics: TG D71, TG D70 (kick drum), TG D50 (snares), TG D58/50 (toms/roto toms), M160 (overheads), MC 930 condenser (hi-hat).
  • Bass Guitars: Radial Firefly tube DI.
  • Keyboards: RME Fireface UC

Tour Notes:

Depeche Mode’s “Global Spirit” tour, in support of the band’s 14th album, Spirit, drew big crowds on both sides of the Atlantic, starting with 1.5 million concert-goers in 32 cities in Europe (from May 5-July 23) before the band continued its marathon trek across North America (from Aug. 23-Oct. 27). The band then returned to Europe and the U.K. for yet another run of shows that started Nov. 15 and continues to late February before voyaging on to Mexico and South America in March. More dates in Europe have been set for the summer of 2018.

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