ESV at Glastonbury Festival


BBC Music returns to Worthy Farm to once again stream all the action live from Glastonbury

As revellers were deciding whether they needed wellies or suncream for this years Glastonbury Festival, engineers from BBC Music were working hard behind the scenes to ensure that both festival goers and armchair viewers could soak up this unique atmosphere and have the most amazing experience possible. To help BBC Music achieve this they approached ESV and asked for our help in providing some essential equipment; two Rednet D64R MADI’s later and we were thrilled to be apart of the BBC’s definitive coverage of the greatest festival in the world.

We asked Steve Richards, Engineering Manager, Radio Outside Broadcasts Operations, BBC Radio & Music to let us know why they needed to rent the Focusrite Rednet D64R‘s and how they were used.

“BBC Radio provides the broadcast sound from five stages at Glastonbury festival.  Not so long ago, this would involve connections to the fixed infrastructure of the stage sound system and this would remain a constant as the many bands would flow through.  In recent years however, it has become much more the trend for bands to bring their own stage infrastructure along with them, meaning that the audio interface split with broadcast sound can change act by act and sometimes with very little notice. 

We’ve therefore been required to arm ourselves with the capability to convert a number of bulk audio formats to remain compatible with our own systems. We may be offered Dante, AES50, MADI (at various rates and formats) or even good old analogue splits.  In terms of Dante, which was offered by several performers at Glastonbury 2019, we used the Focusrite Rednet D64R to convert to the common MADI64 standard required by our stage delivery network.”

As Glastonbury 2019 slowly becomes a distant memory for most, and with Glastonbury 2020 set to be even bigger and better, rest assured there will be hundreds of people behind the scenes already working on putting together next years event so it once again runs as smoothly as possible. We, of course, would love to once again be apart of this iconic festival.

Focusrite RedNet D64R MADI Bridge

64 Channel bridge between MADI and Dante Networks 


MADI is widely used for large-scale digital audio systems such as audio consoles and conversion systems, allowing multiple channels to be carried along a single interface. RedNet D64R provides the link between a Dante Ethernet-based audio system and any MADI / AES10 setup. D64R supports up to 64 channels of both coaxial and optical MADI interfaces and is completely bi-directional, allowing the use of any Dante components including RedNet’s high quality interface products with a MADI system – or MADI components with a Dante system.


  • Connects a MADI system and a Dante network seamlessly together. Connect Dante to digital mixing consoles, interfaces and cards that use MADI; or extend a MADI system with RedNet’s versatile, superb-quality audio interfaces and connectivity – or any other Dante compatible devices.
  • Built-in redundancy with dual locking power and etherCON network connectors.
  • Supports both coax and optical interfaces – connect simply to any MADI equipment
  • Slave either the Dante system or MADI streams to an external clock
  • Supports up to 64 channels of digital audio I/O at standard sample rates (44.1/48kHz) from a MADI system, 32 channels at 96kHz and 16 at 192kHz.
  • Sample rate conversion (SRC) on each input and output, allowing MADI and Dante systems to operate simultaneously at different sample rates.
  • Simple 1U rack-mount module with the classic red aluminium faceplate.
  • RedNet Control and Dante software allow remote routing and control from the audio computer system via a software control panel – no hardware patching required.

We have the entire Focusrite range available on our website. ESV offer next working day delivery* FREE over £249!

If you require further information or assistance you can do so, either through our ‘chat’ function, email: [email protected] or by phone: 0203 137 2901; we’re always here and happy to help.

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