Robe joins the party at Medusa Festival
Monday, 27 November 2023
robe-medusa-festival-2023-69e9ed1b-dd90-4735-ad46-28820972a0a9Main stage production and lighting design was by Eduardo Valverde and Experiencias Visuales (photo: Raul Barcia)
Spain - The Medusa festival offers a DJ line up from all around the world embracing a lively mix of dance genres in a seaside location at Cullera beach in Valencia by the mouth of the Jucar River. The 2023 event was enjoyed by over 250,000 people across six days of sun, smiles and superlative music.
This year’s main stage production and lighting design by Eduardo Valverde and a team from his design studio Experiencias Visuales (EV) included 72 MegaPointes and 12 BMFL WashBeams. These lights were at the heart of a spectacular visual environment created for this key area of the festival, which featured five stages of entertainment action.
It was EV’s first time designing the Main Stage for the event organisers, Andreu Piqueras and Javier Crecente, and the setting was evolved working closely with Brok Décor who co-ordinated the construction and setup of the impressive scenic elements including LED screens. This year's theme was Age of Times, so the stage represented a gigantic time machine, and was completed by a steam punk aesthetic, which has been a creative trend for many European festivals throughout the year.
The BMFLs were rigged on the FOH structure and utilised for front lighting of the decor from that angle, working in conjunction with the onstage lights dotted around the structures, all positioned to bring additional depth and drama to the performance space.
The MegaPointes were the main effects lights on stage, and they were scattered everywhere, mainly rigged to various structural elements across the 50m-wide span. They were used extensively front for creating all the major beam and aerial looks.
Talking about the Medusa Main Stage design process, Eduardo explains the advantages of having the video, set design and lighting team in-house at EV: “We collaborate from the inception of the process and ensure that each aspect is designed and studied carefully in tandem with the others.” Each element is created in 3D and inserted into a simulator to see how it will function, and which colours and textures match the best with the proposed lighting.
Around 400 lights in total were used on the 2023 Medusa Festival Main Stage, all programmed and operated for the event by EV’s principal systems engineer, Juan Manuel Lazaro, and his colleague David Carrasquilla. The video content creative was produced by David Inlines and the VJ / operator was Jonay Sanchez.
David Guetta brought in his full touring production and operating team for his headline slot, but most other artists had their lighting taken care of by the EV team using the house system.
Main Stage lighting equipment was supplied to the event by Proyect Arte, whose Robe fixtures were purchased from Spanish distributor, Earpro&EES.

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