Brit Floyd back on the road with Elation
Thursday, 26 August 2021
brit-floydphoto-by-patrick-kealeypic-4The tour continues through the eastern and Midwest US until mid-September (photo: Patrick Kealey)
USA - Forced from the road in early 2020 due to the pandemic, tribute band Brit Floyd is back after kicking off a world tour 29 July at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado beneath an all-Elation lighting rig.
The tour is produced and promoted by UK-based CMP Entertainment, who own and supply all of the Elation gear. Elation has enjoyed an excellent relationship with CMP over the years and many of Brit Floyd’s past tours have featured Elation gear.
Chas Cole of CMP Entertainment comments: "Eric Loader was supportive of Brit Floyd in its early days with great product at a great price and even though we’ve worked the equipment really hard it’s held together really well and allowed us to produce a great light show year after year."
Many have had a hand in shaping the Brit Floyd look over the years, a design that echoes Marc Brickman’s original and classic Pink Floyd designs of yesteryear. Mark Jacobson has been designing lighting for Brit Floyd since their 2019 tour and says there is no single designer for the show but has been the work of several designers over many years.
“That would include Dave Hill and Jake Whittingham, along with Mark Jones Roberts, who is out with the current tour, and myself,” Jacobson says. “The show numbers are well-known Pink Floyd classics that have been around now for quite some time and the lighting frame structures of those songs were created before I got involved.”
Jacobson says that band musical director/guitarist/singer Damian Darlington, along with Chas Cole of CMP Entertainment, serve as “the gatekeepers”, making sure everything is authentic, including the lighting. “Ultimately the lighting is paying tribute to Pink Floyd in the same way the band is paying tribute – it has to look like a Pink Floyd show. That is the overall directive and that’s what people come to see. As great as a new look might be, fans don’t want to see something that looks like some other band. It has to look like something Pink Floyd would have done but we do it using this new technology.”
In December 2019, the decision was made to drop the emblematic arch truss design yet keep the iconic circle truss. The arch and circle stems from the early 90’s Division Bell tour and was part of Pink Floyd designs for years. The circle truss can trace its origins back to Pink Floyd shows of the 1970s. “The directive was to change it more to what David Gilmour has gone with visually in recent years, which is one large circle truss with more fixtures on it without the arch,” says Jacobson. “That led to the decision to fill the circle truss with 32 Elation DARTZ 360 and we added Smarty Hybrids and Protron 3K Color LED strobes to the rig as well. The starkness of the circle without the arch allows for more dark space and more room for contrast.”
Previous designs had a smaller amount of fixtures on the circle truss, namely 16 Platinum Beam 5Rs. The added number opened up new possibilities. “Doubling the amount of fixtures on the circle truss allowed us to do some Pink Floyd effects that we had seen pictures and video of but that we really couldn’t achieve with only 16 lights.”
The lighting design for the mostly time-coded show is consistent with that of the shortened 2020 outing with a few adjustments made before the tour launched. Besides the circle truss of DARTZ, Smarty Hybrid spot/beam/wash units populate back and side trusses with more at a floor position. Platinum 5R Beams work from straight trusses up in the air while Platinum 5R Beam Extremes provide big aerial effects from floor positions.
Platinum FLX on front truss provide profile looks while ACL Bar 360s work from ground towers. ZW19 beam/wash effects and Chorus Line 16 pixel bar washes add colour and effect. Protron strobes, both white light and colour versions, and Cuepix Blinder WW2s, provide pupil-constricting flares of light.
Handling U.S. tour support in the form of a 24-count motor package with distro and cabling, along with professional tour labour support, is Performance Lighting of Chicago.
The tour continues through the eastern and Midwest US until mid-September with a European leg scheduled to kick off in the fall

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