Friday, 20 July 2001
Acapulco recently became the centre of attraction for music lovers, with the annual Acapulco Music Festival (a.k.a. Aca Fest) taking place on the beach in front of the port. This year’s challenge was to create bigger events to involve more people and to give Acapulco an international visibility. The music event combines with sport events such as the inaugural ‘Corrida’, wrestling matches, golf tournaments and soccer matches, but the Festival’s musical highlights included performances from Men At Work, Earth Wind and Fire, the B52s, Michael Bolton, Journey, Aterciopelados, Christian Castro, Paulina Rubio, Vicente Fernàndez and Rocío Dúrcal. The event utilized over 900 tons of equipments and 3,000 personnel. The major lighting project was designed by Pat Henry Illuminaciòn of Mexico City, which chose SGM intelligent units (28 Giotto Spot 1200, 14 Giotto Wash 1200 and 20 Galileo IV 1200) to illuminate the main stage. Popular lighting designer Pat Henry arranged the Giottos overhead and the scanners for backlighting, and his achievements were praised by all involved. Aca Fest featured a daily attendance of 20,000 spectators and was televised by Mexico's TV station Televisa, reaching 500 million viewers in 17 Spanish-speaking nations.