GLP’s KNV joins Eisbrecher celebrations
Wednesday, 10 October 2018
glpThe Volle Kraft Voraus Festival is organised by the German band Eisbrecher (photo: Holger ‘Fichte’ Fichtner)
Germany - On 8 September the second edition of the Volle Kraft Voraus Festival, organised by the German band Eisbrecher, took place in Ratiopharm Arena in Neu-Ulm. The band, based around singer Alexander ‘Alexx’ Wesselsky and guitarist Jochen ‘Noel Pix’ Seibert, were also celebrating their 15th anniversary.
Production company Rain Age GmbH from Landsberg am Lech has been in charge of the festival from the very beginning - and were once more on hand for the band’s anniversary event.
Martin Heining of Rain Age, who is also lighting designer for Eisbrecher, built creatively on the band's existing tour design, which was expanded for the arena. This also serviced the guest bands – and this year besides the headliner it included Oomph !, The Krupps, Stahlmann and Zeromancer – who were also bathed in the additional light equipment.
Among other GLP effects, the impression X4 and impression X4 L were also available. "My basic idea was to work with many levels of light to create a great industrial look," explains Martin. "Because light always needs space, I used the full height of the hall. The highest lamps hung twelve meters above the stage. Thanks to this design layout, I was able to create very wide and large looks in a versatile setup with a manageable number of lamps. "
As a special effect, he used 36 of GLP’s KNV Cube for the first time. The new, modular KNV LED system combines strobe, blinder and pixel effect. The individual modules can be combined easily and in a variety of ways to build creative shapes. Each KNV module has 25 power pixels, each consisting of a bright white light LED and a surrounding ring of 16 RGB multicolour LEDs, which together create 50,000 lumens of light output.
Martin placed the KNV Cubes on the one hand as single lamps within the set, and on the other in two separate blocks in pods above the stage. The designer played with all the possibilities of this creative LED system available to him: The ultra-bright white-light LEDs served as a blinder and strobe, while with the surrounding RGB LEDs he realised pixel effects and a coloured uplight effect.
"The KNV’s are extremely versatile and interesting new devices. Due to their really brute force white light output and the cool white colour temperature, they are of course perfect for a band like Eisbrecher,” says Martin. "I really appreciate the extreme pressure and the sheer infinite effect possibilities. It was my first KNV assignment and I'm really impressed with the devices.”
Martin reinforced the deliberate industrial look with six GLP Force 120 fixtures, which were placed in two blocks of three to the left and right of the stage.
(Jim Evans)

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