Genetic and Elation light Morgan Wallen
Tuesday, 26 November 2019
morgan-wallen-2019photos-by-david-lehr1The tour wraps in mid-December at the 20,000-capacity Bridgestone Arena in Nashville (photo: David Lehr)
USA - Event production company Genetic Productions is out with Morgan Wallen as the rising country music star opens as direct support on Luke Combs’ Beer Never Broke My Heart tour, a North American stretch that wraps in mid-December with shows at the 20,000-capacity Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
Genetic has again supplied an Elation rig for the singer after having supplied Wallen’s inaugural headlining tour, Up Down, last year. Genetic serves as the lighting and video vendor for the outing, working closely with designer Zac Coren.
The lighting rig includes 3° beams from Elation DARTZ 360 LED moving heads energizing the atmosphere while immersing the stage and crowd in colour and effect.
Zac Coren, who serves as lead LD, says the DARTZ are the main focal point of his design. “They provide a lot of dynamic looks and have a great feature set to accomplish a variety of looks,” he says. “The DARTZ, being a beam fixture, play the role of creating energy on stage. They're bright enough to throw all the way across an arena and really pull the audience's eye to the stage. I also have been really happy with the looks I've gotten from the prisms, as well as the frost. The frost has the perfect balance of washing out the unit and giving it a completely different look while also keeping enough intensity to make a big impact.”
Genetic Productions president Andrew Sparks says that besides its versatility the rig has another key benefit, namely easy handling. “The rig has also been designed for super quick deployment and breakdown,” he says. “In fact, the entire rig fits in a single trailer pulled behind a bus. The design consists of four separate set carts and each cart serves as both the show and transport location for the lighting and LED video.”
Each set cart holds six Elation DARTZ 360, two Cuepix Blinder WW2 fixtures, two ACL 360 Bar LED battens, and one 2m tall x 1m wide AV4 LED video wall from Elation sister company ADJ. “The carts are designed to allow the top panels, along with the two ACL 360s, to easily fold back, making the carts easy to roll through standard doorways,” Sparks explains. “Two carts are set on either side of the centre-positioned drum riser, allowing for a symmetrical look that allows for a wide backdrop to Morgan's set.”
Genetic president Andrew Sparks concludes: “It has been a blast working with Morgan, his band, and his management team at Big Loud. They are all a group of true professionals and we are grateful for the opportunities they throw our way. We are excited for what the future has in store for Morgan Wallen.”
(Jim Evans)

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