GLP X4 Bars pay dividends for Don Broco
Thursday, 11 April 2019
don-brocoDon Broco – heading Stateside
UK/USA - Rising British rock band Don Broco have finished a UK arena and club tour, and now head to the States. Dominating their stage production have been impression X4 Bar 20 LED battens from GLP, specified and programmed by Ben Inskip.
Ben was asked to join the band’s team in 2017 when they announced a one-off show at Alexandra Palace to kick off their new album campaign, which at the time was the biggest full production show they had done. “Since then we have done shows of all shapes and sizes, but this arena tour was another big step up for them and a fitting end to the Technology album cycle,” says Ben.
In keeping with the Technology name, the LD set out to give the shows a futuristic look throughout the cycle “using a lot of straight lines to create interesting shapes”.
“The design evolved over many revisions to a point where I had plenty of high impact looks and tons of versatility at my disposal,” he reports. “The X4 battens were at the top of my list when choosing fixtures. There really isn’t anything comparable for highlighting the shape of the production as well as having the ability to get those really cool sheets of light and a substantial stage wash at times too.”
With variance in venue size the lighting package was scalable. “However, the routing of the tour actually worked out quite well in this regard, as we started in the smallest venue on the tour and scaled up a bit every day. The design scaled vertically and horizontally while maintaining the main shape, which is where the X4 Bars really helped give continuity to each show no matter the size.”
As a regular user of the X4 Bar 20 he is familiar with the number of looks that can be achieved. “They are perfect for what I’m trying to do with the Broco show so they were always going to feature in the design however it ended up,” he admits. He ran all the X4 Bars in Single Pixel HR mode, and instead of pixel mapping through a media server, used the FX engine and timeline on his Vista L5 desk to get all the looks he wanted.
As for the rig itself, he had four overhead trusses in a 45-degree chevron shape and some returns on the back truss at the same angle, giving three distinct chevrons all traced with X4 Bars.
(Jim Evans)

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