Singapore - League of Legends: Wild Rift is a multiplayer online battle arena mobile game developed and published by Riot Games. The free-to-play game is a modified version of the PC game League of Legends and can be played on both Android and iOS devices.
Riot Games held the esports tournament Wild Rift Icons 2022, which ran from the 14 June to 9 July to crown the first world champions for the mobile MOBA title. Twenty-four teams from around the world qualified for the event, which had a total prize pool of $2m.
TSL Lighting provided the lighting and control package for the championships which were held at the Suntec Arena, Singapore. Originally planned to be in Madrid, a late change of venue meant the TSL team had to quickly adapt to an ever-evolving lighting plan and proved yet again that no challenge is too big!
On behalf of production company Concom and technical director Ben Vignola, equipment and crew were flown across the globe. The TSL team installed rigs for the main arena, a huge Pixel LED tape installation covering the main stage for the live stream, the players’ tunnel and backstage areas, as well as other areas within the player zones such as the press interview pens and caster-analyst desks. In order to complement LD Mat Stovall’s ever evolving design, as the competition progressed the rig also increased in complexity and scale.
Trusted favourites of designer Stovall, the core elements saw Martin Mac Aura XB and Ayrton Perseo Profiles provide the bulk of the keylight. New additions to TSL’s rental stock, a huge semi-circle
UK - Claypaky welcomed a large number of industry professionals and practitioners from all over the world to its booth and in the spacious rooms set up in the Henley Suite at PLASA Show 2022.
Alberico D’Amato, Claypaky sales director, said: “PLASA was, as ever, a 'must-attend' event for the British market, which has always been one of the most dynamic and proactive in our industry. However, we were positively surprised by the number of customers from other European countries, and even from Asia, Australia, America and the Middle East. It is a show with an international dimension.”
Claypaky presented all the products it has recently launched on the market, which stand out for their variety, versatility and features. The growing award-winning Xtylos family of laser-source moving heads now includes the Xtylos Aqua, featuring marine-grade C5-M protection, and the Mini Xtylos HPE, which is more energy-efficient than any other beam units made up to now. Claypaky is the only company today able to offer an entire family of laser-engine-based fixtures.
The Volero Batten Aqua is a high-performance IP66 LED moving batten. The Tambora Linear is an advanced line of static LED pixel mapping bars designed for versatile lighting effects and artistic set decoration. The Tambora Flash is the only IP66 hybrid fixture on the market that can act simultaneously as a strobe, wash light and blinder, specifically designed with a modular approach for use in a linear array.
The Sinfonya Profile 600 is a low-noise LED-based unit, conceived and developed exclusively
USA - Out on a summer stadium tour across the U.S., the Tijuana banda and norteño group Grupo Firme are performing beneath a rig of Elation Professional Smarty Hybrid and Rayzor 760 moving heads supplied by 3G Productions.
Grupo Firme rose to fame in 2020 with a string of hit singles and has won a number of accolades in recent years, including a Latin Grammy for Best Banda Album. As a testament to their rising popularity, in 2021 the band sold out seven straight shows at Crypcto.com Arena (formerly Staples Centre) in Los Angeles. In 2022, they became the first banda ensemble to ever play at Coachella.
The band’s star is clearly rising and full-service production company 3G Productions has been there providing support along the way. This year, with its popularity soaring, the band expanded its Enfiestados y Amanecidos Tour to stadiums in the U.S., a tour-de-force that kicked off at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on 28 May.
3G serves as the full production company for the tour, providing audio, lighting, video and rigging equipment. Ideally located to service the show from its facilities in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, the company also provides production support for all shows with a full staff of project managers, designers, and engineers.
Lighting designer/op on the tour is Arturo Sanchez with production design by 3G vice president of production Andy Ruiz. Ruiz comments, “Grupo Firme shows are big on video and to make the video really pop we needed a complementary lighting system. With the Elation gear we acquired in the spring, we were ide
USA - Claypaky Mini-B fixtures, the smallest LED moving light ever made by Claypaky for the professional market, are in constant demand at Burbank-based Volt Lites, Inc. where American Song Contest was among its latest users. Volt Lites was the first company in the US to acquire Mini-B and now boasts more than 200 of the fixtures – the largest inventory of Mini-Bs owned by a single vendor in the US.
Weighing a little over 15 pounds, Mini-B features a wide zoom, ranging from 4° to 55° for extremely versatile performance. At the narrow angle, the beam is very solid and concentrated, superb for aerial effects. At full aperture, the Mini-B becomes an excellent wash light replacing much heavier and bulkier equipment. The Mini-B's central LED may be controlled separately from the external ring of LEDs, making it ideal for graphic lighting effects, too.
“Mini-B has proved to be a workhorse fixture for broadcast and streaming content even through COVID,” reports Harrison Lippman, Co-founder of Volt Lites. “Customers like Mini-B for its brightness, compact size, reliability and cost efficiency. When people use them once, they want to use them again and again.”
Lippman explains that when lighting designer Noah Mitz of Full Flood was designing NBC’s American Song Contest, the eight-episode series hosted by Kelly Clarkson and Snoop Dogg, which debuted last March, Mitz decided that the Mini-Bs would be the right fixture for the show. But he needed them in a large quantity – more than Volt Lites had on hand at the time.
Germany - Production company OTD Global called on the imagination and flair of new Israeli-based creative visual design practice, LEAD, headed by Omer Israeli and Dor Aichner, to engineer lighting and atmospherics for a Hack the Galaxy special event that was staged in Berlin’s Kraftwerk venue for Israeli FinTech enterprise Rapyd.
Omer and Dor put Robe moving lights – MegaPointes, BMFL Blades & Spots, Spiiders and LEDBeam 100s – at the centre of the lighting design in the main performance space, once the towering turbine hall and core of the former power station. Another DJ line-up headlined by Tiesto entertained over 2000 guests for the evening.
This was the first of three Hack the Galaxy parties in Europe delivered by Rapyd’s experience brand The Moment and part of a recruiting drive creating a buzz to attract developers and programmers to the company.
Hack the Galaxy comprises a series of challenges, puzzles, hackathons and events with the chance to win tickets for a real space ride in a private Space Perspective capsule launching in 2026. Participants must join the Raypd developer Community and then solve a current Hack the Galaxy puzzle. The answer to each puzzle is a password that unlocks one or more entries into the next draw for tickets to space and other out of this world prizes!
The Berlin party followed two similar events in Israel earlier in the year, Moment 1 and Moment 2, also with international DJ line-ups including Armin van Buuren, Afrojack, Alleso, Tiesto, Martin Garrix and the Swedis
UK - Sauca Live Light enjoyed a successful debut at the recent PLASA Show, officially launching as a company and taking home a prestigious PLASA Award for Innovation during the show.
The company’s first product, Live Light, comprises a licensable software management package and a Hardware Data Uploader (HDU) unit which connects to any lighting console or media server. The HDU takes an ArtNet input and transfers lighting data to the Cloud, allowing lighting and visual designers to directly control the screen colours of audience smart phones, watches and wearables.
“All that the audience need to do is point their phone cameras at the QR Code on the IMAG screens on stage and they immediately create huge mappable visual canvases with less than 100 millisecond latency between flash button and phone colour change,” the company says. “The optional and additional phone app will enable access to the phone camera flashes to create ‘Mexican Waves’ and others effects using that high brightness source. All of this is achieved with an affordable price point and with excellent sustainability benefits. We leave no waste.”
Although Sauca Live Light is a new tech start-up, its board of directors has a wealth of long-term experience from within the lighting and visual industry. Chief operations officer Andy Porter is well-known for his technical support of Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage visuals and other such world-class events; chief marketing officer Steve Warren of Avolites and Ai video, has 40 years’ experience of lighting and video distribution; ch
Scandinavia - Elation Professional has announced that LiteNordic will take over distribution of Elation Professional and Obsidian Control Systems products in Sweden, Norway and Denmark effective 15 September 2022.
“This is another big step forward for Elation and we are extremely excited that LiteNordic will be representing Elation and Obsidian in this important growth region,” stated Frederik Afif, international sales manager at Elation and company representative for Scandinavia.
“LiteNordic has the qualified personnel to cover Elation’s wide product range and the capacity and ability to handle the growth in demand for our products on both the lighting and control side. This is about expanding the possibilities for the customer and fulfilling their needs and LiteNordic’s customer reach and service is second to none. We are thrilled to be teaming up with them.”
LiteNordic has served as a distributor of lighting products since 2018 with a team of industry veterans that goes back many years. On the lighting control side, LiteNordic personnel’s years of experience with the former Martin M-Series, now Obsidian Control Systems, opens up opportunities with the platform.
Espen Bechmann, LiteNordic sales director, stated, “We are excited to have Elation onboard and are confident that the Elation and Obsidian brands will be a great complement to our portfolio. Elation’s extensive product line allows us to broaden our portfolio and offer our customers a one-stop shop when it comes to dynamic lighting and control. The complementary st
UK - Elliot Banes lit the Outlook Festival main stage at Cholmondeley Castle last month. Tasked with lighting dozens of different acts across the jungle, drum & bass, dubstep, and grime genres (none of whom brought visiting LDs), Baines devoted considerable time and energy into developing an advanced strategy. When the Manchester-based designer arrived at the festival site, however, he was in for a surprise.
“We were supposed to be working on a domed semi-circular stage, but when we got to the site, we encountered a square one,” said Baines, the owner of Spiral Stage Lighting. “This complicated things, especially since we had to change all of our rigging points in the original design by Wingnut. But the amazing team, as well as the people from Fineline Lighting, Wingnut Production Lighting and AF Live helped pull everything together.”
Faced with this unexpected challenge, Baines kept his eyes firmly on the two primary objectives for the festival, which was being held in the UK rather than on the Adriatic for the first time. First, he wanted to ensure that his design was versatile enough to create continuously fresh looks over the four-day event; and second he wanted to reflect the intensely evocative music of acts like Ghetts, Skream, Ben UFO, Goldie and Children of Zeus. Reconfiguring hang points was secondary, he reasoned, as long as his fixtures were able to help achieve these goals.
“We drew on everything in our rig, while never using everything at once,” said Baines. “This allowed fresh, new dynamic looks to be created for eve
USA - Blue Planet AVL and Lightscape Lighting & Equipment have announced a strategic partnership which ‘bridges the gap between the live entertainment and motion picture markets. This collaboration creates an operation in which both companies will now simultaneously offer their specialised services to all clients.
Blue Planet and Lightscape have also started ‘an aggressive expansion’ across the US, beginning with their joint operation in Atlanta, Georgia, opening early October 2022.
In this partnership, Blue Planet will now begin offering a variety of rental gear in all locations, beginning with lighting consoles and DMX control gear, all backed by Lightscape’s equipment management services model. Additionally, Lightscape is now able to offer sales and service directly to their film and television client base, all powered by Blue Planet.
Commenting on the company's new partnership and expansion plans, Mike Gormley, co-founder and CFO of Blue Planet said, "We are all very delighted with the launch of this partnership with Lightscape which will expand our company’s footprint into Georgia, a critical first component in our company's strategic growth plan.”
Gormley added, “Our continued growth has brought with it a higher demand for our sales and service model in multiple markets around the country. Our partnership with Lightscape will ensure that all our clients receive the absolute best customer service experience possible.”
Lightscape released the following statement, “Lightscape is beyond excited by our continuall
USA - Vari-Lite has announced support for the General Device Type Format (GDTF) in all currently shipping fixtures and consoles, including production luminaires such as the recently launched VL3600 Profile IP, theatrical fixtures like the Acclaim LED Series, and consoles running Neo or ZerOS software.
GDTF, jointly developed by the GDTF Group, is an industry standard for entertainment fixture profiles, intended as a unified definition for the exchange of data for the operation of intelligent luminaires. GDTF profiles are available for all current luminaires. GDTF support is included in the recently announced ZerOS 7.13 and will also be included in the Neo 4.0 software update, bringing support for the standard to existing FLX, FLX S, and Neo controllers, along with future Vari-Lite consoles.
Customers can use the GDTF builder online tool to build profiles for any third-party fixtures, and both Neo and ZerOS consoles will continue to get regular fixture library updates as well.
“Whether it’s a production company, concert venue, touring theatre destination, or a lighting designer with their own console, many Vari-Lite users need a way to ensure they have a profile for every fixture every time despite varying rigs,” explains Jon Hole, global product manager, Vari-Lite Controls and Systems at Signify.
“Designers want to ‘just get it done,’ with less worry and preplanning, and no need to build - or request - a fixture profile. And they want any console they choose to work great with every luminaire in their rig without being locked into
UK - At PLASA Show 2022, Highlite featured numerous products from several of its brands including DAP, Showtec and Infinity.
New additions to DAP’s media players include the MP-220BT – a dual media player capable of broadcasting two separate audio feeds simultaneously, and the MP-100DBT – a media player with a DAB+ and FM radio as well as a USB/MP3 player. DAP also introduced its new IP54-rated WMS wall speakers that have been specially designed to be easy to install and position as required. Options include 4 & 6-inch, 16 ohm and 100 V speakers in black and white. A election of other DAP media players, amplifiers, speakers and PA equipment were also on display.
Showtec’s new products include the Performer Cyc Q6 – a cyclorama background wash light, the Performer Profile 700 Q6 ellipsoidal spotlight, the stunning Solaris 5.5 laser projector, and the QubiQ S1000 smoke machine. Popular products like the Performer 2500 Fresnel, the Media Panel 100 CCT and the Cameleon Flood 115 Q4 Tour and Solar FL-280 floodlights were on display too.
An inspiring selection of Infinity products included the new Raccoon P14/4 Parcan, which boasts very high brightness and light quality. Other highlights were provided by outstanding models like the TS-300 and TS-260C7 Profile Engines and the TF-260C7 and TF-300 Fresnels. The iW-741 RDM moving wash and the iW-1915 Pixel that can function as a wash or a beam made quite an impression too.
Highlite also featured a number of products by Antari, including the new S-600 Yeti snow machine and the CH-1 Cinema
UK - During PLASA Show, Robe celebrated a PLASA Award for Innovation win, entertained audiences with its eye-catching All Environments live performance show, launched its new iForte high-powered IP-rated LED moving light in style, introduced its new TX1 Posi Profile which was presented live for the first time, showcased several other iSeries products and enjoyed the buzz and vitality of a production industry that’s back to full speed.
Robe’s live show, which ran at regular intervals throughout PLASA Show, resonated on multiple levels. Whilst showing off the durability, water resistance and many creative features of these impressive new ‘iSeries’ products – iBeam 250s and iSpiiders joining the iForte as stars of the show – Robe also delivered a strong environmental message, underlining the company’s long-term commitment to sustainability.
All Environments is the first of a trilogy of performances that will premiere at international trade shows throughout 2022 and 2023. It was conceived, storyboarded, designed, and produced by Robe’s in-house creative team led by Nathan Wan and Andy Webb with Jordan Tinniswood and Tomáš Kohout.
The six-minute timecoded show involved approximately 100 iSeries fixtures programmed to show off their features in addition to their toughness and proper weather resistance.
A T1 Profile running on a RoboSpot remote follow system was used for key lighting, and a large upstage LED video screen assisted with the narrative showing dramatic images and illustrated the close integration of light
USA - New York based lighting designer Myles Mangino used the stylish appearance of Robe’s PATT 2013 luminaires and the CRI and crisp optics of their Esprite moving lights to add a touch of class to a video shoot for music producer Mark Ronson featuring singer Lucky Daye.
The music video was for a special version of Too Much. Shot in Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse, a former industrial space in Brooklyn, Myles wanted a backdrop of large vintage looking light sources that would look great on camera and provide a warm tungsten glow so he decided on 32 x Robe PATT 2013s. These were sourced by the shoot’s production vendor, ATD Audio Visual.
Myles’ initial brief from the producers included a request for some tungsten warmth as background scenic to enhance an authentic retro vibe, and he “thought of PATT 2013s for their effect, and the way they look”. It was the first time he had used these lights on one of his own designs, although he was aware of them.
It was a big empty building, so he used the general warmth and richness of the PATT 2013’s glow to break up the room evoking a feeling of intimacy, whilst still maintaining the perception of it being a vast and potent space.
The stage was built in the centre of the room with everything arranged around it, including the PATTs, rigged on six vertical trussing towers around the stage, pointing both inwards towards the artists and outwards, bathing the walls in a beautiful, delicate luminosity.
The video was a full 360º shoot on a single Steadicam, and with half the PATTs fa
USA - New York and LA based lighting and visual designer Rob Ross of technical production specialist, Studio RRD used his imagination and 160 Astera Titan Tubes to create a stunning light sculpture centrepiece for the SOMA Tent at the 2022 Outside Lands Festival staged in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.
The vibrant, fun-filled event celebrates the spirit and energy of the city and the Bay Area with a diversity of music, dance, art, poetry, debates plus a myriad of other performances, interactions, and dialogues.
Rob has been involved with the festival in several different roles for over 10 years and was initially approached last year to light the new SOMA venue - named after the city’s lively SoMa - South of Market district - a haven for electronic dance music enthusiasts that debuted in 2021, which he did, working with some pre-existing décor elements.
This year, the festival’s artistic director Will Irons from Iron Bloom gave Rob an open brief to create a production design for the entire space and curate the atmospherics exactly as he wanted.
Rob immediately thought of a structure and the Tubes, combined with smart programming to produce positive energy, with kinetic flowing pixels.
A multifaceted speed-rail framework was built around the DJ booth with Titan tubes attached everywhere transforming it from a utilitarian metal framework into a highly dynamic three-dimensional artwork combining a sense of adventure with structural elegance.
The Tubes were mapped and run via a Madrix controller which enabled video content t
Germany - Flexibility is a valuable attribute, not only in a lighting rig, but also in the designer who creates it. Cevin Richter offered convincing proof of that this August at the M’era Luna alternative music festival in Hildesheim.
Tasked with lighting The Disco Hangar, a large space within the two-day festival (it takes place in a former airbase), Richter had to create looks that supported a diverse range of artists and speakers on stage, including DJ performances, jam-packed warm up and after parties, a fashion show, and readings by an eclectic group of authors, including mystery and horror writers, as well as a noted criminologist describing case histories.
“We equipped and supervised the Disco Hangar with rigging, stage, sound, light and video,” said Richter “This not only included the disco with DJs on Friday and Saturday nights, but also the Academy, readings, and fashion shows.”
Adding to the challenge of designing for so many different applications was the relatively short lead-in time the design team had to prepare for this project. They got the order on very short notice and the statics of the hall left little room for manoeuvring. So, efficiency was of paramount importance, according to Richter.
“When I received the order, I quickly started building it roughly in 3D, and began doing the first programming,” said Richter. “The aim was to have a setup that not only fit the difficult situation of the statics in the hall, but could also be run easily by an external operator to create varied looks.”
The design t
UK - Phoenix Arts Club in London has upgraded its technological offering thanks to Music Venue Trust (MVT)’s Sound + Vision initiative. As collaborative MVT partner and long-standing supporter of Phoenix Arts Club, technical solutions specialist White Light (WL), facilitated and managed the project. The scheme enabled Chauvet Professional to install its highest ever resolution LED video solution in the iconic venue, significantly elevating the production value for its diverse events programme.
Launched in 2017, MVT’s Sound + Vision initiative aims to deliver a 21st Century live entertainment experience to artists and audiences all over the UK. Having supported nearly 50 venues to date, the scheme supports venues that are seeking funding via the ACE, making industry leading technologies accessible to grassroots venues.
Jason Larcombe, WL’s senior project manager, comments: “Thanks to our ongoing work with MVT and long-standing relationships with Phoenix Arts Club and Chauvet, we are thrilled to have been able to provide support for this vital scheme. With our roots and heritage in London’s Westend, it’s been hugely rewarding to see one of its legendary venues transform overnight through innovative technology.”
Using its slim-bodied F2 2.9 mm pixel pitch LED video panel, Chauvet built a 4m x 2.5m screen in the 100-capacity venue. Sam Bowden, Chauvet’s UK sales manager, says: “At Chauvet we were delighted to be involved with this great project at such a prestigious venue. F2 is designed for applications where crystal sharp clarity is
UK - JB Toby, technical director of Avolites was the proud recipient of the 2022 Gottelier Award at this year’s PLASA Show, as voted for by his peers. Named in memory of Tony Gottelier, the renowned industry innovator and commentator, the award recognises individuals or teams of people who have made long-term contributions to the advancement of entertainment, presentation or installation technology.
JB Toby joined Avolites in the late ‘90s and focused on developing the dimming range which put Avolites in a powerful position in the live touring market. In 1999, he spearheaded the team behind the Art 2000 dimming range which is now a well-known product in the live entertainment, film and TV worlds. Not only would it start a revolution in intelligent dimming, the Art 2000 dimming range would also act as a catalyst within the film and TV world, being put to work on the sets of the Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and James Bond movies. The legacy of the Art range continues in the form of Art 2000+ and Art 2020.
On receiving the award, JB Toby commented: “Receiving this award is something very special indeed. For years I have looked up to the other Gottelier Award holders in what they stood for, for seeding innovative ideas into the industry, and seeing them grow into beautiful shows. And today the industry has selected me to join that list. I would like to thank PLASA and the industry as a whole for this tremendous honour, and my family for giving me the extra time for innovation to serve this amazingly crazy and creative industry.
USA - The University of Tennessee Volunteers roared into the football season defeating the Ball State Cardinals 59-10. Bandit Lites lighting director Alex Becker programmed a light show, integrating pattern washes on the field, movement chases and colour washes on the stands and field.
Bandit Lites provided Elation Proteus Maximus, two wireless solution black box for wireless DMX for fixtures across the stadium and a Chamsys Magic Q MQ500.
“I utilised the framing shutters on the Proteus Maximus to create the Power “T” at the top of the show and to highlight the VOLS spell out at the end of the halftime show,” said Becker, who shared the Elation Proteus Maximus fixtures were chosen for their high output and IP65 Rating.
“VOL nation is already the largest, loudest and most energetic stadium in the country and were enhancing it even more by adding a better fan experience with light shows,” finished Becker. “I believe lighting keeps the fans engaged throughout the whole game, and I believe we are doing something that no other school is doing. Yes, almost every stadium has the field lights that chase, but I don’t think anyone is doing programmed light shows prior to kick off or during halftime.”
The lighting continued into the night as the fixtures were also used to light the crowd during the game, the field during timeouts, the moments following PAT’s and other performances/chants during the game.
“Being a Tennessee graduate and an active part of many boards and organisations it is the right thing to do to take this
UK - The sprawling Belgravia Sports Club in Harare was packed with fans this summer when Grammy winner Burna Boy stepped onto the stage a little after 10:30 as part of his Space Drift Tour. It didn’t take long, however, for the mood at the big outdoor facility to take on the intimate air of a cozy live music venue, as the Afrobeats superstar from Nigeria engaged the thousands of Zimbabwean fans in attendance with his magnetic personality and sing-alongs of hits like Last Last.
Contributing to the welcoming atmosphere at the show, which was organised by Hidden Culture, was a production and lighting design by Events Evolution. Blending light and video, the company’s design team, led by Blessing Bero and Tatenda Gaylord Rushwaya, turned the temporary outdoor stage with its high trim, into a glowing light box bathed in warm colours.
Helping them create this inviting panorama were 40 Chauvet Professional fixtures from Events Evolution’s own inventory. Featured in this mix were 11 Maverick MK2 Spot and eight COLORado 2-Quad Zoom fixtures, as well as a collection of Rogues that included seven R1 Beam, four R2 Beam, six R2 Spot and three R2 Wash fixtures.
Positioning the wash fixtures on vertically oriented structures on either side of the stage as well as on upstage overhead truss, the designers ensured that the performance area (including a runway that extended out into the crowd) could be covered in uniform blankets of colours, often monochromatic red, blues and greens. Images shown on the large video wall that ran across the back of the sta
UK - The Stage Bus, a Birmingham-based events production company that provides solar-powered staging solutions, has released the latest version of its newest stage, The Stage Box.
A concept that’s been designed and constructed at the company’s Halesowen HQ, The Stage Box is built into a converted 20ft shipping container. It provides a stage platform which can operate from the back of a truck, or as a detachable unit which can self-dismount using hydraulic legs. The entire stage is solar-powered, and can run for up to eight hours on a full charge.
The latest version of The Stage Box expands its power capacity with a modular solar battery system, allowing its running length to be extended past the eight hour mark. Combined with its nature as a self-contained unit which can be locked up and safely left at any event site overnight, this makes it the ideal choice for small to medium sized events, corporate activations, sports events, weddings and more.
The Stage Box is equipped with a powerful PA system and LED lighting, which help bring any performance or broadcast to life. Its hydraulic legs allow it to self-level on uneven terrain, simplifying the stage’s transportation and deployment. The stage can also be deployed on ground level, allowing people to get up close and personal with it when used in interactive events such as marketing activations. It can also be raised up to six feet off the ground, providing maximum visibility.
The Stage Box was first launched in 2019, shortly before the Covid-19 pandemic struck. In the two and a half year
Belgium - After two decades, six Grammy Awards, 80m record sales, and over 300 live concerts, the Black Eyed Peas haven’t lost a step, either in their exuberant hip-hop infused sound, or their get-up-and-dance stage presence. Both were on full display early this August at the Lokerse Feesten when the band electrified a packed house with a boisterous 16-song set that included hits from their early days, as well as tunes from their newest album, Translation.
Supporting the California-based quartet at the festival was a lively and colourful Alain Corthout-designed lightshow that was powered by a ChamSys MagicQ MQ250M Stadium Console supplied by Phlippo, Belgium.
Like the music of the band it supported, the lightshow flowed with a smooth, seamless rhythm, transitioning from soft moments to intense crescendos, always in sync with the performance on stage. Corthout, who designed the show with Capture software, created this panorama with the help of a two-truck rig that included three large square in-motion video screens, each surrounded by 10 hybrid fixtures.
By changing the height and angle of these overhead screens, the design team created a series of markedly different looks on stage, a perfect way to reflect the dynamism of the music. Rows of high output fixtures on truss that descended as they got closer to the back of the stage, added emotional power to the design, while ever-present audience lighting underscored the connection between the band and crowd.
Mario Lopez ran the Lokerse Feesten rig, just as he did for the 26 other festiv
Germany - The largest open-air concerts ever held in Munich, and the largest in Germany this year, took place at the Munich Exhibition Centre in August with over 300,000 fans total attending shows by Andreas Gabalier, Helene Fischer and Robbie Williams. Roland Greil lit the epic shows and massive 150m wide stage using a rig that included over 450 Elation Professional luminaires.
Austrian folk rocker Andreas Gabalier opened the concert series on 6 August with German pop queen Helene Fischer drawing over 130,000 for her performance on 20 August and Robbie Williams drawing nearly 100,000 to his show on 27 August.
Produced by Leutgeb Entertainment Group, the concerts were rare hometown gigs for Munich-based LD Roland Greil, a fact that made the shows even more special for the internationally respected lighting and production designer. With a huge 150m wide diamond-shaped stage designed by Florian Wieder - the widest stage for a concert since Rock in Rio in 1994 according to Greil - the shows were extraordinary. “It was an ambitious project from promoter Klaus Leutgeb and the Leutgeb Entertainment Group,” Greil stated. “These were really landmark shows and even though it really pushed some boundaries, the production elements functioned ideally and everything went very well.”
All told, the Bavaria Sounds concert series drew an estimated 320,000 fans yet the project was always about more than just attracting large crowds. “Klaus really wanted to give fans a high production value,” Greil said. “We went in with a good lighting design and Flo
UK - Some 72 nations and territories came together 28 July – 8 August in Alexander Stadium in Birmingham for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Lighting the opening and closing ceremonies of the quadrennial multi-sport event was Al Gurdon of Incandescent Design who used over 300 Elation Professional IP65 Proteus luminaires to light the festivities.
The opening ceremony was a visually spectacular and at times emotional show that featured dance groups, dream sequences, cultural parables, humour and even a 10m tall mechanical bull. A cast of thousands traced Birmingham’s history through themes of unity, diversity and resilience with the evening capped by a medley of hits by local heroes Duran Duran. The closing, just as impactful, focused on the region's musical heritage with performances by UB40, Jorja Smith and Dexys Midnight Runners, among others, including a surprise appearance by veteran rocker Ozzy Osbourne.
There was plenty to light in the form of sets, scenery and artists, both for the live crowd of 30,000 and the estimated global broadcast audience of more than a billion. Gurdon, however, is a veteran of high-profile sporting event ceremonies, having designed lighting for the 2014 Sochi Olympics and served as director of photography on the 2012 London Olympics. He has also lit several Super Bowl Halftime shows and knows what type of lighting is required for a show of this calibre. “It’s an open-air show without a roof, with equipment in place for several weeks, so waterproof fixtures are important, and so is reliability,” he said.
USA - Bandit Lites has invested in some of the latest new offerings from Chauvet Professional. Jake Tickle, Bandit vice president of business and innovation, made a trip to visit the Chauvet facility in Florida and upon return told chair Michael T. Strickland that Bandit must order an initial stock of 100 of the yet unreleased Color Strike M. Bandit did just that.
Upon release, 60+ went out on the new Luz Studios / Keith Hoagland designed Jason Aldean’s Rock N’ Roll Cowboy Tour where they are an essential part of the look. To further create the overall concept, Bandit purchased one hundred Strike 4 Array units which were then all married with 60 Maverick MK Pyxis that Bandit had purchased at the start of the year. Legacy Chauvet Nexus AW 7 x 7 are also incorporated into the design.
Color Strike Units are also scattered across other shows, including country sensation Jimmie Allen while long-time Halestorm designer Craig Richter specified Chauvet Colordash Accent 3 units to dot around the set behind the band.
Bandit further purchase a large quantity of the popular MK 3 Profile and it has been a workhorse across several tours and events.
“My long-term friendship with Albert and the great people at Chauvet are second to none,” affirmed Bandit chair Michael T. Strickland. “When you can get Albert to a University of Tennessee football game and he wears the Tennessee Orange, he is indeed a friend, especially in light of his Miami Hurricane roots. A big thank you to Albert, Bernice, and the great team at Chauvet for all the back up and supp