Chris Young hits the road with Ayrton Ghibli
Monday, 22 July 2019
chrisyoung-camden-2019toddkaplan-smlAyrton Ghibli populate the rig above Chris Young on his Raised on Country tour (© Todd Kaplan)
USA - Multi-platinum entertainer Chris Young kicked off his headlining, 45+ dates Raised On Country world tour on 16 May in Georgia before it was due to wrap in November. Ayrton Ghibli LED spot luminaires, with framing shutters, fill out the rig for the slate of arena and amphitheatre shows coast to coast.
The design of the show is based on a W-shaped videowall with four individually moving panels. Chevron-shaped lighting trusses increase in size moving upstage to downstage; six individually moving light pods are located between the downstage and midstage truss.
Lighting designer, Chris Lisle, has positioned 36 Ghibli fixtures throughout the three midstage and upstage trusses. He selected them after staging a fixture shootout before the tour. “We were super-happy with the output and parameters of the Ghiblis,” he reports. “They are the punchiest and brightest LED fixtures I have ever seen.”
Bandit Lites is supplying the Ghibli LED spots for the run of the tour. “The Bandit prep was top notch and their crew is amazing,” Lisle says. “We are extremely happy with the Ghiblis - their intensity, colour range, feature set and more. They are definitely the workhorse of this tour.”
The Ghibli units were sourced from ACT, Ayrton’s exclusive distributor in North America. “Chris Lisle has always trusted ACT products and has used many of our new fixtures on new tours,” comments Doug Mekanik, ACT’s southeast regional sales. “We couldn’t be happier that he has trusted us yet again with a new product in the ACT portfolio. Ayrton Ghibli is a true workhorse in the Ayrton product portfolio. With the added inventory in Bandit’s rental stock, the flexibility for future tours is wide open.”
Mike Stanley is the production manager/lighting director for the tour; Brian Jenkins programmed the show.
(Jim Evans)

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