Amy Shark tours Australia with Chameleon
Monday, 5 July 2021
amy-shark1Amy Shark’s Cry Forever national tour is one of the first national arena tours since regulations were eased
Australia - Multi ARIA award-winning singer-songwriter Amy Shark’s Cry Forever national tour kicked off in Newcastle this month and is one of the first arena tours nationally since the COVID-19 pandemic.
The tour is the Gold Coast local’s most ambitious live undertaking yet in some of the largest venues Australia has to offer and it was down to the lighting designer Tim Beeston to create a show that looked big on a budget.
“All of the design tricks had to be deployed and our suppliers delivered a high amount of value for a carefully balanced expenditure,” he says. “What we did use, I feel we used pretty well. The show had no content-driven video element which always makes an arena-size show more demanding to design.”
Chameleon Touring Systems supplied the eclectic rig of Robe, Martin, GLP, Chauvet and Portman fixtures with Tim commenting that the design was essentially created around the Robe BMFL WashBeam of which he had 15.
“They’re the first truly multi-functional, bi-functional light that I have used,” he adds. “The animator, air effect gobos and wide or narrow beam dispersion make them a great tool. With the budget in mind, instead of 20 spots and 20 washes, I engaged with 15 BMFL WashBeams. Plus the 40,000 lumens they deliver means you can carry through into deeply saturated colours and not lose out in brightness.
“I also had 30 Robe MegaPointes that have beautiful prism effects. Again, as a hybrid, you can blow it out into a spot add two gobos and a prism and the intensity is all still there. Slightly saturate the colour and it all punches through, pull it back into a beam and you get a crisp, sharp beam with a wide-body coming off the larger front lens.”
Upstage are five Kinesys pods each holding four Chauvet Aw Nexus 7x7 that have been used on previous designs and were an important element to carry through to this tour. During the show, they move to six different positions with four songs featuring automation in the chorus builds. Also on each of the pods were five Robe MegaPoints, three GLP JDC-1 fixtures and topped with four Sunstrips.
Mid-stage is the Amy Shark sign that was central to the show and was constructed by Thomas Creative. It comprised of a 24-volt RGBW LED neon on black ACM with a mill-finished aluminium surround on which there are diffusers to diffuse the light. The size had to suit all venues and it also had to be festival-friendly for in the future.
Downstage is two flown chevron-shaped trusses with the one closest to the stage housing Sunstrip Actives and ten Robe MegaPointes for some dappling onstage and top fill. The other is also lined with Sunstrips and houses eight Robe BMFL Blades for all of the pickups done with framing to avoid stage pollution.
Eight Martin MAC Viper Profiles were used as edge-wrap for Amy on stage left and right from where they could give her a back-edge for all the Instagram photos every show produces.
On the floor, upstage is eight Robe BMFL Spots for a big, punchy upstage push whilst 22 Robe Spikies are located around the front fascias of the three risers filling the gap between Amy and her band.
“It’s the first time I’ve deployed Spikies in an arena and I was concerned that they might not be bright enough,” explains Tim. “However they turned out to be the perfect fixture for when you do an audience hit zooming right out to a nice soft source, they are a great little light.”
Successfully filling the void created by having no video element were the moving pods and also a line of 24 Martin Sceptron towers, of varying heights, stretching across the stage behind the band with each tower topped by a Portman P3 and half of them also housing a GLP JDC-1.
“In a very abstract way, it’s meant to be shark fins,” continues Tim. “Normally I’d top each tower with a duet or molefay but with the Portman P3s, you can run them to full brightness pointing at the audience without hurting their eyeballs! It’s bright but soft at the same time.”
This was the first Amy Shark tour where control moved to MA Lighting grandMA2, a full-size console and three NPUs.
“I have been using an MA2 for the past six months whilst working on the movie Thor, so switching from the Chamsys wasn’t a problem,” says Tim. Four Robe BMFL Spots with two RoboSpot control systems were used for followspots.
Effects were a couple of JEM ZR44 foggers and two MDG theOne.
Tim commented that the Chameleon crew comprising of Lewis Gersbach, Levi Boes, Graham Walker, David Goldstein and Andrew ‘SOS’ Ritchie did an outstanding job with a tricky build from a demanding designer.

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