Honduras - Reggaeton singer and Latin Grammy Award-winner, Nicky Jam, took his Intimo tour to the city of San Pedro Sula in Honduras for a show at Morazán Stadium that featured an Elation Professional lighting rig designed by Juan David Guerrero.
Setting the party atmosphere with colour and high-energy visual excitement was a dynamic lighting rig made up of 36 Platinum FLX moving heads, 48 ACL 360 Bar LED battens, 16 Protron 3K strobes, eight DTW Blinder 700 IP and eight DTW Blinder 350 IP blinders with atmospheric haze from a pair of Antari F-7 Smaze machines.
Production and operation of the event was by PRO504, a leading Honduras-based production company that gave the more than 20,000 people who attended the show an unforgettable audio-visual experience.
“In Honduras, I used Elation thanks to the excellent service that John Lopez gave me,” stated Juan David Guerrero, who serves as Nicky Jam’s lighting manager, lighting designer and programmer, and also created the stage design. Guerrero, who has worked with Elation before in his career, specified the Elation fixtures. “I’m more than satisfied with their performance,” he reported after the show.
Detailing the lighting design, he commented, “My idea was to make pixels with a wall of panels and bars. I also used 6 ‘fingers’ where the beams are arranged to visually enlarge the stage and the scenes in each cue. It's not big but I think it's visually pleasing and was fun to program.”
The Elation gear worked complementary with a variety of content displayed across a bac
The Netherlands - The Kunstlinie Almere Flevoland (KAF) in Almere has installed 16 Claypaky Axcor Spot 400 fixtures in its theatre. Claypaky distributor AED Nederland provided the LED moving spotlights.
KAF is a theatre and exhibition centre which opened in 2007 and was renovated and took its current name in 2016. The complex features three performance spaces in the theatre and an exhibition hall.
“We were looking for lights that would work with a wide range of theatrical performances, concerts and event rentals,” say Maarten Bolt and Menno van Houten, Light technicians at KAF. “We did a long shootout of fixtures, and the Axcors stood out from the competition for their design, performance and attractive price. Plus, we had used the Axcor Spot 300s once and liked them, so we opted for the new Axcor Spot 400 models.”
While lighting usage at KAF varies from show to show the new fixtures are typically positioned with 12 in the hood and four on the floor, according to Bolt. “Although the Axcors are brand new, we are very satisfied with their performance so far,” he reports.
South Africa - The Suncoast Casino in Durban KwaZulu-Natal has a new Anolis lighting scheme which was designed and specified by Joao Viegas and Paul Pamboukian of PPALD.
While Paul and Joao presented and drove the project, it was a collaborative effort involving the entire PPALD design team working in conjunction with DWR Distribution, who supplied the Anolis fixtures, and commissioned the system.
The project was overseen for DWR by Johnny Scholtz. They were subcontracted to Edison Power, working for South African hotel group, Tsogo Sun, the end client.
The brief was to replace the building’s tired old coloured metal halide [sodium] lighting installation which was outlined with coloured neon with something vibrant, colourful and contemporary to match the cosmopolitan vibes and energy of Durban.
PPALD proposed the colour changing lighting scheme, complete with new white neon outliners, to cover the casino’s four main facades.
Having used Anolis on previous successful installations, PPALD was keen to specify the brand again.
The Anolis installation enables the whole building to be dramatically transformed with colour – anything from a range of rich primaries to the softest, subtlest and most tasteful of pastels.
The most used lighting unit is a special 60-degree version of the Anolis Divine 160. DWR had originally installed a small quantity of these in a shopping mall which worked brilliantly, and this time around asked the factory if they could produce larger quantities, with a total of 64 Divine 160s.
USA - Premier Production Services (PPS) of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania has taken delivery of Ayrton Mistral-TC (True Colour) spot luminaires for its inventory where they have been in active use since their arrival from ACT Lighting, Ayrton’s exclusive distributor in North America.
PPS offers lighting and audio packages and production assistance for corporate meetings, school dramatic arts and other live events in central Pennsylvania.
“We had replaced our older static fixtures with LED and wanted to replace our moving intelligent lights with LED as well,” says PPS vice president Rocco DiBacco. “ACT Lighting brought us some Mistral-TCs for a demo and a shootout with another fixture brand, and we really liked a lot of things about the Mistrals.”
Mistral-TC has been created for applications that require perfect colour reproduction. It is equipped with an entirely new LED module using a monochromatic light source with a native colour rendering index greater than 90, extremely high TM30 readings and a colour temperature of 5700 K. Mistral-TC also delivers a 8:1 zoom ratio with a zoom range of 6.7° to 53°. The optics, equipped with a 119mm frontal lens, can achieve an extremely uniform flat beam that can render images perfectly in all conditions and at any beam angle.
“We like the versatility of Mistral which means we can use them for theatre and arena venues, and for corporate and TV work,” DiBacco notes. “We like the animation wheel, its massive zoom range which is almost as wide as a wash fixture, the super-high CRI, and the CTO
UK - To provide Scottish customers with a hands-on experience with their products, Ambersphere Solutions is heading to Glasgow. The open day workshop is on Wednesday 26 June and is held in partnership with the Royal Conservatoire Scotland.
The latest entertainment control and lighting products from Astera, Ayrton, MA Lighting, Robert Juliat and zactrack will be on hand. Visitors will be able to try out the consoles and fixtures in a real-world environment with assistance and guidance from Ian Green and the Ambersphere technical team.
Products will include the grandMA3 range, the Ayrton LED moving light range, 100% wireless range from Astera, 3D tracking solutions from zactrack and the Dalis Cyc and Footlight range as well as the latest LED Followspots from Robert Juliat.
Philip Norfolk, sales director of Ambersphere comments, “Here at Ambersphere it’s very important that we let the customer get hands-on with the products. Tradeshows and demos in bright warehouses are not always ideal, so having an opportunity to present in the New Athenaeum Theatre is fantastic.”
The event runs from 10am till 6pm and is free to attend. Register here at http://info.ambersphere.co.uk/scotland
Singapore - Concept Systems Technologies recently upgraded The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia, Singapore grand ballroom with a Martin by Harman lighting system for conventions, weddings, celebrations and more.
Concept Systems Technologies recommended the Martin MAC Quantum Profile, MAC Quantum Wash, Rush MH 1 Profile Plus, MAC Aura and the JEM Hazer Pro.
“The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia, Singapore wanted to upgrade their old discharge lamps with dynamic, intelligent LED fixtures to make their events more immersive,” said a spokesperson for Concept Systems. “Thanks to the wide array of diverse fixtures from Martin, we were able to design a custom lighting solution capable of creating a visually impactful experience for any event.”
Concept Systems outfitted the ballroom with four MAC Quantum Profile fixtures and four RUSH MH1 Profile Plus fixtures to create crisp, clear beams using minimal power. Four new MAC Quantum Wash fixtures and four MAC Aura fixtures were selected to provide colour backdrops. Two JEM Compact Hazer Pro units create thick atmospheric smoke effects for added ambience.
UAE - Prolights feature in the installation of the newly opened restaurant Wavehouse in the iconic Atlantis The Palm, Dubai.
Since opening in early 2019 the Wavehouse entertainment venue has been acknowledged as one of Dubai’s premiere entertainment destinations and a jewel in the crown for the landmark Atlantis The Palm Hotel.
Wavehouse delivers entertainment over three floors including a multi-level soft-play area, two floors of arcade gaming with a dedicated Fortnite suite, multifunction room and VR experiences, a four-lane bowling alley, indoor restaurant & bar and a large terrace area with live stage, bars, casual seating and a view out over the Aquaventure Waterpark.
Prolights dominates the lighting installation with over 800 fixtures throughout the venue. The range of IP-rated and track-mount fixtures varied depending on requirements from their location but also the design and aesthetic of the location.
Wavehouse is lighting and visual designer Ben M Rogers fifth major project for lead consultants Solutions Leisure. He comments “We have had a great track record with the Prolights range in our venues. The product has delivered high output, stable and sustainable solutions and the team in Italy have also been able to conjure up some custom variations for us including track mounted UV cobs with wireless DMX and custom finishes to tie the products in to the interior design requirements.”
Europe - Lighting designer Jacopo Ricci made a fundamental contribution to staging Fedez's recent tour by selecting a high-impact lighting system, consisting of 52 Mythos 2 units and 20 Claypaky B-EYE K20s, all supplied by Mister X service based in Grumello Cremonese.
Jacopo Ricci said: “I chose Mythos 2 units for the versatility they allowed me. With these units, I could go from beam light to spotlight depending on the needs during the individual parts of the show, and I could program the fixtures differently during the show while exploiting the same installation points. I don't normally use beam lights very much, but in this case, the ability to switch to beam mode was really important. I can safely say that I made the most of the hybrid features of these units.”
The three front and two side trusses were all fitted with Mythos units, which Jacopo said he "used 90% as pure effects" including to drill through the semi-transparent cube of LED walls which opened up for the purpose. “I normally use a lot of gobo and animation wheel effects. I also used CMY variations and colour changes a lot. There are quick changes during each song, which I used as true effects. The Mythos units, however, also performed excellently as spotlights during the more theatrical and less complex moments of the show.”
The lighting designer also stressed the high reliability of the Mythos 2 units: “I didn't have to change a single fixture after eight days of 24 hour programming or at any time throughout the whole tour, and they all worked very smoothly, including as
The Netherlands - Dutch singer and TV presenter Jan Smit has been at the forefront of show business for over 20 years. After being discovered by Dutch boy-band Volendam MWN back in 1996, Smit has since gone on to work as a solo artist, in addition to his work as a TV presenter.
For his current theatre tour of the Benelux, Smit's long-term creative collaborator Martijn Steman was once again tasked with providing refreshing and versatile tour visuals. After much pre-tour deliberation, Triple Showtechniek supplied Steman and his team with 30 Chauvet Professional Rogue R1 FX-B fixtures, which were incorporated within Steman's lighting concept to award Smit’s energetic rock ’n roll songs with an explosive visual energy.
Positioned in three horizontal rows running the width of the entire stage, the R1 FX-Bs play a pivotal role in creating energetic bursts of colour and energy in between the video content played from large LED screens.
"The idea was to create a rough-and-ready look for Smit's tour," commented Steman. "The R1 FX-B allows me to punctuate the video wall with some very cool effects, which has the effect of making the back wall look larger while making full use of the space on stage."
In reflection of Smit's energetic back catalogue - both as a solo performer and with The Toppers and KLUbbb3 - Steman utilised the individually controllable 15W beams of R1 FX-Bs to create a number of interesting visual juxtapositions between various songs, further accentuated by the fixture's ability to rotate 360°.
"I'm able to exploit the
Europe - The 2019 arena tour of Saveus, a Danish electronic pop/soul act, featured an impressive setup that featured CLF Orion fixtures.
LD Theis Wermuth from Create This was asked to create a spectacular look for the 2019 arena shows in Copenhagen and Aarhus. With the idea of creating big pods of light, needed for an electronic/digital look, he included ladders with 24 CLF Orion hybrid moving heads and 32 CLF Ares LEDwashes as main light.
Theis Wermuth explained, “I wanted a powerful hybrid fixture that could make beams and nice breakup looks. The CLF Orion was more the answer. They were used for creating nice, subtle looks, but also for powerful highlights. For strobe effects I searched for a powerful LED fixture. I was hugely impressed by the output of the CLF Ares when using them before, so I decided to use them as LED strobe.” Both fixtures will be deployed for the Saveus festival tour.
All equipment for the shows was supplied by rental company Sound & Light, based in the northern part of Denmark and founded in the 80s. Says Frederik Lisborg, “We do our very best to make sure that all equipment looks and works like new. We have been using the CLF Ares for one year now and it hasn’t let us down. Based on the service level of distributor Atendi and CLF Lighting, the CLF Orion was the go-to fixture when looking for a hybrid replacement.”
“The CLF Orion fulfils our need for a powerful hybrid fixture, with CMY colour mixing. It ticks all the boxes; fantastic output, large zoom ratio without the need to change modes, nice gob
Europe - Released through Prolight Concepts Group, the LEDJ Spectra QX40 Pixel “gives the wow factor to any indoor or outdoor space”. This IP-rated exterior fixture will withstand the elements, illuminating event spaces, stages or facades in all weathers, says the company.
Utilising quad-colour technology from its 40 10W RGBW LEDs the Spectra QX40 Pixel can produce a wide colour spectrum from rich, primary colours through to subtle pastel hues. This, coupled with five segment pixel zone control, allows lighting designers to create stunning effects. This multi-use fixture can also be truss mounted via the included Omega clamps, making it suitable for use as a blinder, strobe or stage wash panel.
The QX40 features a heavy-duty alloy chassis with precise 180° tilt angle adjustment, quick release omega brackets, powerCON TRUE1 connectors and IP rated 5-pin XLR connectors both fitted with protective rubber covers. It also has an easy to navigate four-button menu with OLED display plus both wired DMX and W-DMX Sweden wireless DMX, further widening its application use.
The fixture offers a broad range of optional extras. The LEDJ QX40 has a long-throw 8° beam angle as standard but this can be easily changed with the optional 15° x 60°, 40° and 20° fast fit beam shaping lenses. Barn doors or a snoot to reduce glare and light spill are also available. Keeping the fixture safe is an optional custom designed flight case holding up to four units and accessories.
USA - The Aiken Bluegrass Festival held this May at the Western Carolina State Fairgrounds featured a healthy dose of rock-infused newgrass sounds alongside traditional bluegrass.
Lighting this year’s festival, John Berret reflected the spirit of both branches of bluegrass music. Aiding him in this endeavour was a collection of Chauvet Professional Rogue fixtures, supplied by Quest Sound Productions.
“I really needed to be aware of the relatively limited space I had available while designing the festival rig,” says Berret. “At the same time that it had to be compact, my rig also needed to be versatile enough to create unique looks for 19 different groups representing different generations of bluegrass.”
With limited height and room for his design, Berret optimised the placement of all fixtures to enhance the impact of his lighting. He hung six Rogue R2 Spots and two Rogue R1 Beams on upstage truss, as well as ground stacking four Rogue R1 Beams on totems below the truss and four Rogue R1 FX-B fixtures about 3’ in front of the R1 Beams.
Adding the four Rogue R1 FX-B units gave Berret the impact of 20 moving lights, since each fixture has five independently controlled LED heads. Berret had these heads going in different directions at some points, then had them act in unison at others, to reflect the music being performed.
“The colour mixing, dimming and shape of the light from the Rogue FX-B gave me so much more freedom throughout the festival,” says Berret. “I was able to drive all the tripping concert goers over the
Colombia - Obsidian Control Systems has appointed Audio Concept as its exclusive distributor in Colombia.
The Bogota-based company, which has provided professional and high-end consumer audio, lighting and video products in the region for over 30 years, will offer support for the entire line of Obsidian hardware and software lighting control solutions.
Audio Concept has already held training sessions dedicated to the Onyx system and the latest Obsidian consoles in Bogota, with further workshops coming up in other locations in July.
Jean Paul Gaspard, president of Audio Concept, comments: “We are excited about the opportunity to offer Obsidian controllers to lighting professionals across Colombia. We believe the intuitive nature of the new Obsidian products combined with training of lighting programmers will help position Obsidian as one of the top control brands in the region.”
Gaspard adds that Audio Concept is committed to continuing to support its customer base and all M-Series users as they transition to the Obsidian ONYX platform with the support of Elation’s international sales manager for LATAM, John Lopez, and the Elation team.
“The Obsidian line has transitioned into an amazing control option for all intelligent lighting systems,” Lopez comments. “We are excited to be working with such a reputable company like Audio Concept and look forward to the first training sessions in June and July and to what the future brings.”
France - High End Systems’ new SolaFrame 3000 has been selected by French dealer Texen to join its fleet of lighting products. Twelve units have already been ordered and shipped for use in upcoming projects by the rental company.
Officially launched last year, the SolaFrame 3000 remains in high demand by several venues in search of an automated fixture with such a powerful lumen output. Established venues across France including the Opéra Bastille, Opéra National de Lyon and Théâtre du Châtelet have chosen the SolaFrame 3000 for their respective productions.
Managing director of Texen, François Mondié, comments: “We have carried out several tests and compared different automated fixtures on their movement, effects and noise-level. The SolaFrame 3000 has been the clear winner. It is the only LED machine that is comparable to HMI and ticks all of the boxes.”
The 12 units of SolaFrame 3000 are the Ultra-Bright versions boasting over 37,000 lumen output from its 1000 Watt LED engine. The price was also a key factor in the decision to go ahead with the fixture. Mondié remarks: “As a long-lasting LED fixture, the price difference is insignificant when compared with HMI and even less so with traditional tungsten lamps.”
“High End Systems’ SolaFrame 3000 has been greatly received by our users and is ever growing in popularity. There are still a lot of venues to install the fixture in, including the Théâtre de la Criée in Marseille which has just chosen it,” comments Mondié.
Europe - Over the past 15 years, country & western band, The BossHoss, have built their reputation effortlessly, year after year. This Spring, they returned with their eighth studio album Black Is Beautiful. And from mid-March to early April the band toured Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
mdc licht.gestalten. GmbH & Co. KG from Mettmann was responsible for the lighting, video and set design of the tour as well as the programming of the show. The lighting design was created by the company’s Jonas König, who also accompanied the tour as an operator.
The design brief was typical BossHoss: a classic rock ‘n’ roll stage with plenty of unconventional elements, in which a variety of different looks could be created. "The stage didn’t want to be too 'clean', but at the same time had to be able to carry the rock 'n' roll feeling," recalls Jonas. "Accordingly, the show needed to look 'big' and create a ‘wow’ experience in every venue."
He approached this concept via a stage that was initially shrouded in black curtains; these parted to reveal the arsenal of installed lighting technology gradually during the show, with surprises guaranteed. The fairly classical front / middle / back truss arrangement was broken up by large distances in between. All lighting and video technology was housed within the trusses. In order to be able to reveal the effects gradually, the trusses were covered by three metre-high and 18m-wide banners, which could be opened with the help of motorised curtain rails. Behind the curtains, a matrix of PAR64 six
UK - Illumination specialists, LED Creative is supporting production designer Alex Craig on the new series The Ranganation, produced for the BBC by Zeppotron.
Recorded in two stints at Elstree Studio D and Television Centre, the show is hosted by comedian Romesh Ranganathan who is joined by a studio panel, comedians and expert guests to take a humorous look at the week's biggest talking points.
Working alongside award winning lighting designer Gurdip Mahal and art director Ben Telford, LED Creative provided a selection of products to help create Designer Alex’s vibrant, neon-esque look that accompanies the show.
A key feature within the design is the artistic use of LC Alpha Neon LED. Blending the convenience and versatility of traditional neon with LED technology, the product proved the solution for shaping the oversize graphic icons mounted against giant LED framed panels surrounding the main stage area.
Commenting on the project, Alex says, “I wanted to add a neon look to the set, and LED Creative’s Alpha Neon seemed like the perfect product to create a series of large-scale graphic icons, each of which has quite a bit of detail and intricacy in its design. The consistency in the colour and brightness of the product enabled us to create 4 individual designs, including a portrait of Romesh, our host, which have worked out really well and look great on camera.”
The use of light by the team constructed a juxtaposition of old and new between the clean linear look of the framed LED artworks and the simulated warm tungsten gl
Belgium - RTL-TVI, a Belgian television station owned by the RTL Group, is the most popular television channel within French-speaking Belgium. Amongst its highlights is its coverage of Champions League football which it delivers from a versatile virtual studio in Brussels, filmed against a green screen background created by Zero Density.
For the successful creation of this virtual studio, director of photography at RTL Belgium, Filipe dos Santos, searched for a high quality, low energy lighting solution which would allow him to create a green screen environment suitable for the high standards of broadcast and the exacting demands of a highly technical augmented reality system.
After extensive research, Dos Santos chose a combination of Robert Juliat Dalis 860 Cyclights, Dalis 861 Washlights and Dalis 862 Footlights due to their exceptional control and light quality, quietness and low running costs. The Dalis units were supplied by AED Distribution, Robert Juliat’s exclusive distributor for the Benelux countries.
Seventeen Dalis 860 Cyclights are rigged in the grid and used to light the backdrop green screen and the presenters who are situated 1m-1.50m in front. The Dalis 860 fixtures successfully deliver a seamless wall of light with no unsightly overspill. Four Dalis 861 Washlights are used at the angles to cover this critical area with even light and maintain uniformity. Finally, seven Dalis 862 Footlights are sited at the front of the studio space at floor level to light the presenter at the front section of the green screen area who moves arou
Italy - The Galli Theatre in Rimini, a historic venue on the Romagna Riviera, has now reopened 75 years after it was hit during bombing in December 1943.
The famous theatre, which was inaugurated by Giuseppe Verdi in 1857, came back to life on 28 October 2018. The reopening took place to the sound of the voice of mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli. She performed Cinderella in a semi-staged version, accompanied by the Musiciens du Prince.
The reconstruction and modernization of the mechanical stage equipment and other systems was entrusted to Decima 1948, a leading firm in the field of design, development and implementation of technological solutions for the theatre and show and exhibition venues. Decima 1948 has carried out work on prestigious stages such as the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the Verona Arena, the Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania, and the Teatro Regio in Parma.
“Decima is currently involved in work around the world, from Hong Kong to the Middle East," said Enzo Trovato, CEO of the company, "but the Galli project was very important for us. Our decision to propose a lighting system consisting of 100% traditional halogen lights was the result of a careful reflection on the budget and the characteristics of the Galli Theatre itself. ADB was virtually the only possible choice in order to ensure high quality and the required features: they are traditional, but they are also the best!”
The project involved more than 150 ADB lights including Europe C101 and C201 units (the classic 1 and 2kW PCs that made ADB famous), Europe F201 fixture
UK - Almost 30 years after the release of the original animated musical film Aladdin, the remake of the Walt Disney classic recently had its London premiere at the Odeon Luxe in Leicester Square.
Director Guy Ritchie walked down the ‘magic’ carpet at the glamorous event, as did stars Will Smith, Naomi Scott and Mena Massoud. Lining their route was an enthusiastic crowd of fans, as well as 72 Chauvet Professional F4IP LED video panels from IPS.
Arranged in seven separate portrait-shaped sections, each measuring in at 1.5m wide by 2.5m high, the IPS-supplied panels were used to display promotional materials related to the film, as well as to spell out the name Aladdin letter by letter in gold font against a deep blue background.
The exacting client requirements from the Limited Edition Event Design team required that a fully customised, 27m long Layher rigging solution was devised and installed along the length of one side of Leicester Square. According to IPS’s MD James Warden, the 4.8mm pixel pitch and high-contrast 5,500 nits output of the LED panels were essential to creating attractive visuals at the premiere event.
“Due to the proximity of the audience to the panels on Leicester Square, resolution was an absolute priority,” said Warden. “The images were crisp, regardless of where you were positioned next to the panels, and their brightness was fine even during daylight. It was also useful that they were IP rated since we had some rain. What’s more, the installation didn’t just look good onsite, it also came off beaut
Denmark - Ayrton has appointed Matrix as its new exclusive distributor for Denmark with immediate effect.
Matrix has quickly established itself as one of the leading sales and distribution companies for the entertainment industry in Denmark and enjoys strong relationships with customers and suppliers.
“Ayrton was the obvious choice for us, as we needed a high profile moving light brand to complete our lighting program,” says Jakob Hansen, sales manager for lighting and staging at Matrix. “The arrival of Ayrton’s new line of profiles, spots and wash fixtures was the deciding factor for us - they fit perfectly into our range of professional sound, light, stage equipment and audio-visual products.”
Matrix will focus on bringing the full Ayrton range of LED lighting products to the Danish market and the sales team are already out on the road with the new range of fixtures. “The Ayrton product range is strong and we are obviously excited about our role as Ayrton distributor,” continues Hansen. “Our expectations for the brand development are high - and very interesting when we look at everything that is currently on the international moving light market.”
“We are very proud to be represented by Matrix in Denmark,” says Linnea Ljungmark, international sales for Ayrton. “The company is known for its ability to find high quality brands and present them to the market with skill and dedication. We are extremely excited to be working with them.”
UK - London-based technical event specialists Light Fantastic Production Services has announced six appointments at its Borehamwood base.
Five of the new additions have taken up technical roles in the company’s warehouse and fabrication workshop, whilst the sixth new team member has joined the project management team.
Jed Burns and Taylor Bunn have joined to expand the capabilities of the LFPS in-house fabrication workshop. Lauren Tanner, Joe Bentwood and Pius Yiga have become warehouse technicians, whilst Ned Lay has taken up the role of a project manager.
LFPS managing director Rob Myer comments: “It’s always a pleasure to welcome new talent to the Light Fantastic family, particularly during what has been an extremely busy period for us. Adding these new faces to our team adds strength throughout key areas of our business - we are really looking forward to working with them all.”
Poland - Blues rock band Dżem celebrated a landmark 40 years of live performances with a massive show at the Spodek Arena in Katowice.
The lighting was designed by Michal Parzych from design collective Green Beam Design who has been involved in all Dżem’s special events for around the last 10 years, and on this one he again worked in collaboration with the band’s regular LD, Market Gubata.
Together, they specified 131 Robe fixtures - 30 MegaPointes, 56 Spikies and 45 LEDBeam 800s, all of which were delivered by rental company, Transcolor.
Green Beam Design (GBD)’s founder Jacek Chojczak explained that the starting point for the lighting was a request from Dżem’s management to have a large upstage LED screen, and apart from that, they left Michal and the GBD team to produce a spectacular solution for presenting the band and their special guests for this seminal event.
GBD also created the show’s video design and co-ordinated the visuals.
Michal Parzych designed the staging and set, with lighting rigged on a series of overhead and side trusses with some on the floor.
Ten MegaPointes were distributed on each of the three main LX trusses one, two and three. The Spikies were on four upstage side towers and the LEDWash 800s were rigged on the large ‘crown’ circular house trusses in the roof of the Spodek Arena and used primarily for audience illumination.
In addition to these, they utilised approximately 100 other lights of various types, all of which were controlled by a grandMA2 console, with another one runnin
Belgium - Europeans went to the polls on 23-26 May to elect a new European Parliament, with citizens in 28 countries casting ballots in the second largest democratic election in the world.
Although the election takes place across the continent, the geographic focal point is the European Parliament building in Brussels, which was decked out in blues for the occasion, courtesy of Elation Paladin LED luminaires.
Elation’s Belgian distributor IDD Concept of Brussels illuminated the outdoor Esplanade, the mall, often used as a backdrop for election television coverage, and the European Parliament buildings, the Espace Léopold, in a wash of European Union blue. IDD Concept provided all of the outdoor technical lighting for both sides of the building, including specification of the Paladin luminaires for the main Esplanade front.
IDD Concept initially considered using 80 LED fixtures with 10W LEDs but found that just 32 of the weatherproof Paladin luminaires with their high-power 40W RGBW LEDs and wide-angle zoom could do the job much better. DB Video of Belgium supplied eight of the Paladins for the project with the rest coming from Niclen in Germany.
The Paladin fixtures, mounted across three sides of two separate scaffolding towers, worked alongside moving heads and were used to project a rich, beautiful saturated blue to match the deep blue of the European Union flag and logo. Rain on the last day posed no problem for the IP65-rated Paladins although much of the other lighting had to be covered.
USA - After venturing into neonGARDEN, it was easy for Electric Daisy Carnival fans to forget they were standing under a desert sky. With its redolent neon signage, metal posts and intense, dark techno beats reverberating off its walls, this patch of land on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway grounds was transformed for three days in May into something evoking the vibe of an underground warehouse club that would be right at home in Brooklyn.
One of the keys to creating this atmosphere was an intense SJ Lighting video and lighting design that served up a crisp, precise, hard-edged visual accompaniment to the no-nonsense techno beats of DJs like Fisher, Idris Elba, Eats Everything, and Green Velvet.
Steve Lieberman and assistant lighting designer Max Robin included 48 Chauvet Professional STRIKE Saber fixtures in their rig. Supplied by Aspect Lighting, the batten-style fixtures were positioned around a “window” created in the middle of a massive 125’ wide by 30’ tall 25mm mesh video screen that covered the entire front of the neonGARDEN stage.
From this position, the STRIKE fixtures did more than add a potent visual punch to the environment; they also made it easier for the design team to create an essential component of any underground club: the VIP area.
“The video screen was the big feature of our design this year,” says Lieberman. “Because of the style of music and the community that enjoys neonGARDEN, there was a VIP section right at the stage. We relied on the video screen to create a setting where the crowd wouldn’t have to s