USA - Irma Suarez-Ruiz had one request for Dustin L. Derry when she asked him to light her dance composition Pasión Oculta, which premiered at Chicago’s North Shore Centre For The Performing Arts this summer. She told him to ‘think big’. The artistic director of Ensemble Español, Suarez-Ruiz wasn’t thinking in terms of a giant rig replete with special effects when she proffered this advice. Her words had more to do with the visual impact and emotional force of his design than its size.
Derry, who has been working with Ensemble Español since 2015, did not let his friend and colleague down. His lighting for the sensual six-minute Flamenco-style dance piece glows with raw passion and the aching yearning that boils at the heart of this dance narrative as it swirls around hidden desires. Yet, at the same time, his design also flows gracefully with the dance’s five couples as they move on stage.
Helping Derry achieve this balance is his ChamSys MagicQ MQ500 Stadium console. “For me as a dance designer, it is all about timing,” he says. “Timing is a massive part of what I do. Following dancers that all move at slightly different speeds, but land at the same time, would have been next to impossible for me if ChamSys didn’t make precise timing so easy.”
Designing for Pasión Oculta involved a two-step process before tech week for Derry. “I started with Vector Works for designing the plot, projection, rigging, etc.,” he says. “Then I exported the lighting data to my ChamSys via CSV, and also to Capture 2019. After that, S
Egypt - The Al Masah Hotel and Spa in Cairo has installed 16 Claypaky Supersharpy moving heads provided by AV equipment retailer, Audio Technology. The fixtures were part of a new build phase at the luxury hotel, a favourite for hosting prestigious weddings and events in the capital.
The Supersharpys were installed in the lighting grid of the hotel’s Andalusite Hall, one of the largest ballrooms in Cairo. It seats up to 1,200 guests and features 15 balconies for private celebrity and VIP invitees.
“We know the outstanding performance of the Supersharpy with its powerful beam light and recommended it to the client,” says Emad Adly, Audio Technology’s president.
“The fixtures are used in many different set ups as required by the events staged in the ballroom,” adds Adly. “The Supersharpys offer diversity and flexibility for these events and have been performing just great. The client is very happy with them.”
USA - Multi-platinum entertainer Chris Young kicked off his headlining, 45+ dates Raised On Country world tour on 16 May in Georgia before it was due to wrap in November. Ayrton Ghibli LED spot luminaires, with framing shutters, fill out the rig for the slate of arena and amphitheatre shows coast to coast.
The design of the show is based on a W-shaped videowall with four individually moving panels. Chevron-shaped lighting trusses increase in size moving upstage to downstage; six individually moving light pods are located between the downstage and midstage truss.
Lighting designer, Chris Lisle, has positioned 36 Ghibli fixtures throughout the three midstage and upstage trusses. He selected them after staging a fixture shootout before the tour. “We were super-happy with the output and parameters of the Ghiblis,” he reports. “They are the punchiest and brightest LED fixtures I have ever seen.”
Bandit Lites is supplying the Ghibli LED spots for the run of the tour. “The Bandit prep was top notch and their crew is amazing,” Lisle says. “We are extremely happy with the Ghiblis - their intensity, colour range, feature set and more. They are definitely the workhorse of this tour.”
The Ghibli units were sourced from ACT, Ayrton’s exclusive distributor in North America. “Chris Lisle has always trusted ACT products and has used many of our new fixtures on new tours,” comments Doug Mekanik, ACT’s southeast regional sales. “We couldn’t be happier that he has trusted us yet again with a new product in the ACT portfolio. Ay
USA - Bandit Lites, has named long time team member Chris Barbee as vice-president of sales and integration. Barbee started at Bandit nearly 20 years ago and quickly ascended to the leadership team as the national director of sales and installations. Since then, Barbee has led the team for many years.
“Chris is simply one of the most knowledgeable, hardest working people in the industry, period,” says Bandit chair Michael T. Strickland. “There is no way to measure what Chris brings to the table every day, and his leadership is world class. Chris is above all a great person and a lot of fun to work with. The entire sales division is loaded with high quality individuals and Chris has led the development of that team. My hat is off to Chris for his many accomplishments.
“Chris has been operating as the vice president of sales for ages; it is simply time we recognised him for his performance and dedication.”
As the second half of 2019 unfolds, the Bandit Sales team will continue to grow. The Knoxville facility has been revamped to focus solely on sales, and many new hires are in process. A new facility in Charlotte is in process and new hires were made there last month. Chris Barbee will lead the team on the expansion as Bandit moves forward.
USA - Gary Simon is City Theatrical’s new sales specialist focusing on the tristate area. He has 25 years of experience working as a theatre electrician, stagehand, and supervisor with demonstrated success in leading crews and meeting production schedules.
Simon will play a pivotal role in supplying lighting professionals with the electrical and electronic, beam control, hardware, and software solutions that best meet and exceed their needs. He has installed, operated, and maintained lighting, video and audio systems for Jazz at Lincoln Centre and Lincoln Centre Theatre as well as many Broadway productions, concerts, and corporate events.
Australia - LSC Lighting Systems continues to develop its range of LED control technologies with the release of the new LED-CV4 DINrail mount driver.
The LED-CV4 is a 4-channel LED driver with a 5A per channel output and a 100% duty cycle, significant when compared to the competition. It also has built-in, short-circuit protection per channel with auto-reset, thereby eliminating the need to change fuses if the LED tape or cabling gets damaged.
Controlled via DMX and configured by RDM, the LED-CV4 has true 16-bit dimming for seamless professional dimming. If used in 8-bit mode, there is a smoothing algorithm that allows for stepless dimming across the 0-255 DMX input range.
Current monitoring per channel and variable frequency output come as standard and can be monitored and configured by LSC’s new Houston-X software tool. Power input can be either a 12V or 24V DC supply and is fully rated to 20A.
Portugal - Lisbon’s Colombo Centre, one of the largest shopping centres in the Iberian Peninsula is playing host the ninth edition of the Art Comes to Colombo project, an immersive installation designed to honour the works of famed Portuguese artist Maria Helena Vieira da Silva.
The summer-long installation which runs through until the end of August has been organised by event planners Europalco as an immersive digital museum designed to showcase works from the artist. The concept was to create an immersive digital and multimedia experience that uses perspective and colour to celebrate 35 of Vieira da Silva’s works. The use of digital and multimedia allowed Europalco to add life to them digitally and offers visitors a chance to immerse themselves in the art.
Five hundred and sixty Prolights Omega X26B panels have been temporarily installed as canvas for the paintings throughout the exhibit.
Using modern technology to bring a traditional art form to life, Europalco chose the Prolights Omega X26B due to their sharp 2.6mm pixel pitch, superior video image quality, creative flexibility but above the all, reliability of the screen.
Rodrigo Leão, composer of the music element of the installation, comments: “Created from scratch, this exhibition reconciles art, in the most classic and conventional sense of the work, with boldness and digital disruption. A show that unites architecture, multimedia, music and painting in a unique experience around the work of Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, one of the most renowned Portuguese painters.”
Germany - TSL Production, a full-service event agency has purchased Elation Professional’s new Smarty MAX high-output hybrid moving head, the first to do so worldwide. The company, from Pulheim near Cologne, has ample experience with Elation products with the new Smarty MAX joining TSL Elation inventory of Artiste DaVinci, SixPar 100 IP and DARTZ 360 fixtures.
Frank Schmitz, owner of TSL Production, spoke of the decision to add the Smarty MAX to their inventory. “We sought an all-round moving light for multiple purposes and after numerous tests and shootouts the decision fell on the Smarty MAX. The compact design and application as a spot, beam or wash impressed us. We were convinced of the unit’s CMY colour mixing as well as the fact that you can superimpose different prisms and still have enough output.
“With its numerous features and enormous light output, real unique effects can be generated that are unparalleled in this class of fixture. The lifetime of the lamp and the manufacturer's warranty was the icing on the cake.”
With the Smarty MAX, Elation has introduced a new member of the Smarty family that combines high light output, long lamp life and a comprehensive package of features in one compact and lightweight hybrid unit. The combination of a Platinum Flex 400 lamp (particularly cost-efficient with a long life of 4,000 hours), a perfectly matched optical system and a 160mm front lens results in a bright 20,000 lumens of light output. Fully equipped with a complete design package, the powerful hybrid luminaire has flexible use a
UK - Technical production specialist equip event services co-ordinated all the technical elements - lighting, audio and staging - for The House & Garage Orchestra’s (THGO) recent sold-out gig at Shepherd’s Bush Empire.
The ensemble, founded in 2015, has ignited an appetite for their energetic reimagining of some of the UK’s biggest house and garage hits.
When production manager Kevin Jianoran joined in November 2018, they were an eight-piece with guest vocalists and just him on the crew as the touring sound engineer. Since then it’s quickly upscaled to become a 20-piece orchestra, complete with brass and string sections, 14 guest vocalists and a technical crew of eight.
equip, based in Brixton, London, were approached by Kevin, who is also the band’s monitor engineer, to work on their tour last November, which was a big success. He then returned to James Cooper and the equip team and asked if they could work on the high-profile Shepherd’s Bush gig, plus their upcoming tour.
“Everyone at equip has always been very accommodating and friendly. Nothing is ever a problem, they come up with smart and imaginative solutions and work sensibly within designated budgets and other parameters” he commented.
He also specifically wanted a single production supplier able to deal efficiently with all the technical elements and co-ordination, and being local to the London venue was considered a bonus.
Dan Barley, equip MD, states: “We were all super-excited to be working with Kevin and THGO band again. Shepherd’s Bush was a
Europe - Last autumn, production designer Owen Pritchard-Smith (of Spirit Design) joined up with fast-emerging Irish singer-songwriter Dermot Kennedy for a European tour, having previously worked with the artist’s management on other projects.
Though he was largely playing through house rigs on that initial tour, a UK stint quickly followed, enabling him to carry a basic floor package comprising four GLP X4 Bar 20 battens and four JDC1 hybrid strobes. “I had never used either before, but was interested in trying them, and the flexibility of the JDC1 - essentially two fixtures in one - was perfect for a small package,” he says.
So far this year Kennedy has undertaken tours of the US and Canada as well as further dates in Europe and the UK - and the floor package has expanded accordingly, although it is still based around Owen’s favoured X4 Bar 20 and JDC1. “I’m loving working with them,” says the lighting designer.
Christie Lites has supplied all inventory to date, on both sides of the Atlantic. “I had worked with Andy [Strachan] and so it was natural for me to go to him. He introduced me to the JDC1, whereas I've always been a big X4 (and X4 S) wash user anyway and generally leant towards GLP fixtures, as I am a big fan.
“If I needed an LED wash I’d gravitate to an X4, and when I wanted a tilting, pixel mappable LED batten I immediately went for an X4 Bar 20 - it was a no brainer especially as Christie had them in stock.” It was when he was looking for a combined wash/strobe that Andy Strachan proposed the JDC1. “Christ
USA - City Theatrical’s Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM technology is currently being used to provide DMX data at eight-time Tony Award winning Broadway show Hadestown.
Selected for its ability to communicate DMX data wirelessly in the 900MHz band at a distance of up to 300ft indoors, Multiverse Transmitters, in combination with Multiverse Nodes operating on a SHoW DMX Neo SHoW ID, broadcast DMX data to QolorFLEX Dimmers that provide dimming control for battery powered headlamps used for the show’s daily performances, as well as in the company’s 2019 Tony Awards performance at Radio City Music Hall.
“Getting set up with Multiverse wireless DMX was unbelievably good,” says Justin Freeman, production electrician for Hadestown. “Communication with City Theatrical never stopped. If things changed, Multiverse changed with us. It has been very successful for our show.”
Recently recognised as the winner of the Live Design Award for Best Debuting Product in the Lighting Accessories and Integration category at LDI 2018, the Multiverse Transmitter 900MHz/2.4GHz (P/N 5910) model can broadcast as many as nine universes of DMX data (licensed for use in North America) from a single transmitter, while producing less radio energy than present-day single universe systems.
The Multiverse Transmitter 2.4GHz (P/N 5911) model can be used to broadcast up to 10 universes of DMX data from a single transmitter anywhere in the world.
USA - ADJ has introduced three single LED wash fixtures to its Encore Burst series.
All new models feature IP-rated casing and flexible multi-purpose bracket, but come with LED engines of different intensities.
The Encore Burst 100 IP has a 125W warm white CREE C.O.B LED and a 50° beam angle, making it ideal for use as an audience blinder or general wash fixture. The unit has a colour temperature of 2700K and also offers a dim-to-warm feature that authentically replicates the dimming profile of a traditional halogen lamp light source by introducing a 1200K (amber) low intensity LED element at lower dimmer settings. In addition, the model offers variable speed strobe and pulse effects which add to the flexibility of this professional lighting fixture.
Also designed for use as a wash or audience blinder / strobe effect light, the Encore Burst RGBW IP offers RGBW colour mixing. Harnessing the power of a 150W CREE C.O.B 4-in-1 RGBW LED light source and also offering a wide 50° beam angle, this fixture can be used to bath a stage or crowd in an almost limitless choice of colours as well as for creating powerful multi-coloured strobe effects.
The final new model to be added to the series is the Encore Burst UV IP. This fixture features a high intensity 50W C.O.B. ultraviolet LED, with a wavelength of 365nm, and is designed to fill large areas with UV light. Ideal for concert stages, nightclubs and festivals, as well as theme parks and state fairs, this powerful black light will make white and fluorescent materials glow vibrantly from a considerabl
UK - A Zero 88 lighting control solution - including FLX S48 lighting console and Bypass dimmer / switchpacks - has been supplied to St Andrew’s School in Woking, Surrey, UK, by rental, sales and installations specialist Henley Theatre Services (HTS).
The school, founded in 1937, is a respected co-educational prep school for around 300 children aged 3 to 13. As part of a commitment to deliver a stimulating and vibrant educational and developmental environment for its pupils, last year St Andrew’s invested in a new, 230-capacity purpose-built theatre - the Little Field Theatre - and rehearsal space in its 11-acre grounds.
The venue’s technical specification - including the Zero 88 elements - was delivered by consultants Theatre tech who designed the production lighting, sound and comms systems. A tender issued for the equipment supply was won by HTS who liaised closely with both the consultants and the client. HTS completed the installation and commissioning of the equipment on site.
HTS’s Reg Berry explained that the FLX S48 provided an ideal lighting control option due to its “clever but simple” approach to controlling a combination of different lightsources including LED and tungsten units.
In this case, the client also had several tungsten ‘legacy’ fixtures from their previous drama studio (Jnr School Hall) that needed to be integrated into the new theatre system, together with some new LED PARs, Selecon Acclaim fresnels and profiles.
The two Zero 88 Bypass dimmer / switchpacks provide dimmed and hot power for the l
USA - Vari-Lite and Strand, part of Signify, are meeting the demand for state-of-the-art technology at the new $88m Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) in Houston, Texas. The flagship education and arts facility benefits from over 600 lighting fixtures as well as control and networking technology from the two lighting equipment brands.
Designed by Gensler Architects, the HSPVA features an 800-seat main theatre, plus a Black Box theatre, a mini theatre, recital hall, dance studios and recording studio. In addition to its educational programme, it will also play a lead role in the cultural life of Houston’s thriving downtown arts district.
“This is not your typical high school space,” says Chris Purpura, who led the project on behalf of theatre consultancy WJHW Inc. “This is a state-of-the-art performing arts facility with many different rooms and spaces. From the get-go, they wanted systems that were in the forefront of technology.”
He adds: “The client wanted to treat the spaces as a blank canvas. Maybe, in the main theatre they use the whole space, or half the space, or maybe a performance takes place across two or more spaces simultaneously. We designed the network so that the spaces can be connected, or divided, as required.”
Working in close collaboration with the architects, building contractor McCarthy Construction and entertainment systems integration specialists from Wenger Corporation, WJHW specified an integrated stage lighting and control solution from Vari-Lite and Strand.
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Europe - Eros Ramazzotti embarked on his Vita ce n'è world tour 2019 in February this year. Included in the lighting design were 63 of GLP’s JDC1 hybrid strobes and 54 impression X4 Bar 20s, supplied by rental company Agorà.
The lighting concept was realised by Jamie Thompson of UK company, Mirrad. He explains: “The JDC1 helped us create a back wall that would be an extension of the video screen. It is incredibly bright and was perfect for this purpose.”
The X4 Bars were also essential to outline the shape of the stage. “They created a perfect effect picture,” says Thompson. “The X4 Bars are very versatile,a great product."
Jamie Thompson has been using GLP products for many years now, and they have always given him great satisfaction. "I will continue to use them for sure,” he declares. "The X4 Bar 20 has become a standard, a must-have product for a lot of people. And as for the new wash, The Highlander, that’s also very exciting.”
Slovakia - Designed, directed and choreographed by Ján Ďurovčík and the Slovak Dance Theatre, the 2019 edition of the World Ice Hockey championships was held at the Košice Steel Arena in Slovakia. The event not only saw the Finns rise to victory, but also featured the Prolights Stark doing what it does best.
Lighting suppliers and installers for the project, SRS light design, had recently purchased 24 Prolights Stark1000CC fixtures, using 16 to cover all corners of the ice for the opening ceremony.
The lighting for the show was designed and programmed by Lukáš Hirčák, who comments: "I was surprised by the light output and the extensive zoom in the Prolights Stark. The equipment worked flawlessly throughout the championship and covered the ice with very balanced brightness and excellent colour mixing."
When asked about their purchase Robo Sloboda from SRS light design explained, "We have tested several models of heads from several manufacturers, but the price / performance ratio, excellent processing and very good colour mixing have convinced us that Prolights Stark1000 is the best choice for us.”
USA - Following the success of Robbie Williams’ first US residency in March, the singer returned to Las Vegas for another sold-out run this summer. In all performances, High End Systems’ Hog lighting consoles were networked for the lighting, lasers and media servers’ video content.
To make a splash in the American market, Williams put together his Live in Las Vegas set list at the Wynn’s Encore Theatre to include more well-known Rat Pack standards, with fewer of his own UK hits.
LD Sean Burke not only designed the production and the lighting, but also programmed and served as lighting director. Barry Lather worked with him as the show director and set co-designer.
“The design came from Barry,” Burke notes. “He had this vision of a ‘swing’ show with dancers, props and so on. The band is pretty big for this small stage, so trying to fit it all in was a challenge. Different levels were needed to give visual perspective in this small space.”
To deal with the narrow width and low proscenium, Burke added six vertical ladders which flank the video screens and the downstage areas. “This gives a lot of really good looks toward the audience; it’s right there in front of them and being low produces a big impact visually,” he explains.
Having been a Hog console user for many years, Burke dedicated specific desks for different segments of the production.
“We used a Full Boar 4 and a Playback Wing 4 for the lighting and video content control. The video content on a media server is triggered via ArtNet. We al
World - MA Lighting has continued to follow its strategy against product piracy at recent tradeshows around the globe.
The German lighting console manufacturer carried out similar action in 2018, when it joined forces with Avolites to block infringing companies from exhibiting counterfeit products.
“Copying our products is a crime and will be punished with all legal consequences,” MA has warned in a statement.
The manufacturer recently took action at Prolight+Sound Guangzhou, GET Show, Sound Check Exhibition and Palm Expo India, where counterfeit consoles were removed from the showfloors, while offending stands were shut by officials.
At Prolight+Sound Guangzhou, MA Lighting was supported by show organisers who cooperated with the removal of counterfeit desks and catalogues from the showfloor. At the GET Show, the manufacturer had been assured that [counterfeit] copies would no longer be tolerated at the tradeshow.
MA also highlighted that the situation at Sound Check Exhibition in Mexico and Palm Mumbai in India had “much improved” compared to last year, “with minimal counterfeit activity to report”.
The lighting console manufacturer had also taken down numerous counterfeit console announcements posted on various social media platforms.
USA - It has been an action-packed summer for Bandit Lites with tours and festivals rolling out at a breakneck speed. To keep up with the demand, Bandit has added further GLP fixtures to its touring inventory including JDC1 Strobes, KNV Cubes and X4 Bar 20s.
The X4 Bar 20 is out a large number of Bandit tours in including Garth Brooks with Dave Butzler, Widespread Panic with Paul Hoffman, Jason Aldean with Nick Whitehouse and most recently on Robb Jibson’s design for Chevelle.
The award-winning JDC1 Strobes can be seen on several Bandit systems, including Nick Whitehouse’s rig for Carrie Underwood’s Cry Pretty 360 Tour along, John Lucksinger’s design for ZZ Top’s 50th anniversary tour and Chris Lisle’s Chris Young design.
“When I saw the preview of the JDC1 a few years ago at LDI I knew it would be a hit,” says Jake Tickle, Bandit Lites director of technical services. “GLP did a great job at ticking all of the boxes for what designers wanted in a hybrid strobe. The JDC1 will be an industry standard for years to come.”
The new KNV system from GLP can be used as a blinder, strobe, pixel mapped surface, washlight and more, providing designers an entire new realm of looks to explore. Lighting designer Dave ‘Gig’ Butzler is currently using over 100 of the new KNV Cube on Garth Brooks Stadium World Tour, giving audiences dazzling looks no matter where in the stadium they’re seated.
“GLP has a way of setting trends, which is not easy in this industry,” Tickle adds. “I feel they have done that again with the
The Netherlands - One hundred and forty Robe T1 Profile LED moving lights were specified by the Dutch National Opera and Ballet’s lighting department for three performances of Aus Licht directed by Pierre Audi and staged in the Gashouder venue in Amsterdam as part of the 2019 Holland Festival.
The epic performances each took place over three consecutive days delighting Karlheinz Stockhausen aficionados and opera buffs with a total of 15 hours of music per show, featuring selections from the iconic composer’s seven opera Licht cycle which takes place over seven days of the week.
Aus Licht was a collaboration between the Dutch National Opera, Holland Festival, Royal Conservatoire of The Hague and the Stockhausen Foundation, created in cooperation with the wardens of Stockhausen’s legacy. The music from LICHT was presented in a mis-en-space by Pierre Audi in his role as creative director for the DNO and the festival.
Production lighting and set designer Urs Schönebaum created a design and sent his plot to the Dutch National Opera’s lighting department where it was interpreted and realised by their head of stage, video and lighting, Pieter Huijgen, and lighting manager / chief LX Cor van den Brink.
The primary need was for a quiet light source - less than 33 dBs - stipulated by Urs Schönebaum and Pierre Audi who are both leading international practitioners in the world of opera production. This was to provide the main general stage lighting required in the venue.
Pieter and Cor looked at what was available and
UK - Rental and support company Illuminate Lighting has become one of the first in the UK to take delivery of the new LumiNode from Luminex, supplied by exclusive UK distributor A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET).
Jonathan Pask, Illuminate Lighting’s managing director, comments: “I chose to invest in the new LumiNodes because they are the latest generation from Luminex which build on the features and reliability of the previous generation. I have every faith that the new features in the LumiNodes will become invaluable on our future projects.”
Within days of the LumiNodes arriving at Illuminate Lighting, they were sent straight out as part of a control system for a high-profile event. Jonathan’s experience with Luminex gave him confidence that the brand new LumiNodes would perform without a worry.
Jonathan continues: “We use Luminex products as the backbone of our control systems in all aspects of our work including concert touring, corporate, TV, film and festivals.”
The LumiNodes join Illuminate Lighting’s extensive Luminex portfolio, including a networking infrastructure based around Luminex Gigacore, and Luminex LumiSplit DMX/RDM splitters.
He concludes: “Luminex continues to provide us with feature rich and reliable products that allow us to create efficient solutions for our clients. With more and more of our clients recognising the value that Luminex products provide, demand is continuing to increase and we will keep on investing in products that meet those demands.”
UK - ETC has appointed multi-disciplinary controls systems and lighting design firm 3LR Lighting as a representative organisation in the UK.
The company will act as an ‘additional resource’ to ETC’s dealer network, with the aim to promote ETC’s architectural products, which include the recently-acquired ArcSystem, BluesSystem and CueSystem ranges from GDS.
The Somerset-based business is helmed by a team that features former GDS MD Matthew Lloyd in the role of director of global business. “He brings over 30 years of experience in the industry with a thorough knowledge of the architectural market place and its future direction. His previous experience of successfully developing the ArcSystem, BluesSystem and CueSystem sales path provides a strong foundation for progressing ETC’s architectural business in the UK,” says ETC in a statement.
Lloyd comments: “We are delighted to represent ETC and be part of developing its architectural market presence in the UK. We look forward to bringing the company’s architectural range to the forefront and identifying new and emerging sectors to grow in.”
Darren Beckley, sales manager for ETC, adds: “ETC has targeted architecture as an area of focused growth throughout Europe and introducing 3LR as a rep agency is a positive step in driving this forward. As ETC continues to expand its product offering across both the architectural and entertainment sectors, 3LR will support our dealers to ensure that only the best solutions are provided for our customers’ needs.”
USA - Bandit Lites provided the lighting for RCA Records Nashville recording artist Chris Young’s Raised On Country World Tour 2019. Named for the fastest-rising single of his career, the tour kicked off its North American leg in May.
Young’s long-time lighting designer Chris Lisle crafted a show comprised of Young’s preferences for lighting and video that would be both visually impactful at the tour’s venues and evolve over the course of the performance.
“This Chris Lisle lighting design with Michael Stanley at the console is one the most visually stunning designs I have ever had the opportunity with which to be involved,” said Bandit Lites business development officer Brent Barrett. “We at Bandit are very proud to be a part of the production team.”
The design plays off a W-shaped video wall with four individually moving panels. Four lighting trusses overhead in chevron shapes increase in size from the upstage to the downstage, while six lighting pods are placed between the downstage and first mid-stage truss.
Bandit Lites supplied nearly 300 fixtures including Ayrton CosmoPix, Ayrton Ghibli, Elation SixBar 1000, Elation Paladins, Elation CuePix WW4, GLP X4, GLP JDC1 strobes, Chauvet EPix Drive 900, Chauvet E-Pix Bars, Chauvet Maverick Pyxis and Robe MegaPointes. Lisle utilised Bandit’s newly purchased Ghibli and Pyxis, with the Ghibli as the main spot and workhorse of the rig and the Pyxis in the pods for eye candy and beam effects.
“We have been very happy with both the Ghibli and the Pyxis,” said Lisl
Hungary - Reflecting the richness of Kowalsky meg a Vega’s music on their current tour in support of their Árnyék és Fény (Shadow and Light) album is an evocative and intricately-layered lightshow designed by Gergő Kovács that utilises a rig made up entirely of Chauvet Professional fixtures, supplied by Mobil Audio and Light Kft.
Drawing inspiration from the title of Kowalsky meg a Vega’s latest album, Kovács mixes light and shadows to connect audiences to the spirt of the band’s performance. Central to the execution of this lighting concept are his rig’s 10 Maverick MK2 Spot, 24 COLORdash Par-Hex 12 and four STRIKE 4 fixtures, all of which are controlled by a ChamSys MagicQ MQ80 console.
Hung on two rows of mid-stage truss, with four units on one row and six on the other, the Maverick MK2 Spot fixtures play a variety of roles in Kovács’ design, being used for downlighting, specials and audience lighting. At key moments during the band’s performance, the 440W spot fixtures deliver bursts of visual energy to accentuate the mood of the music. Drawing on the CMY+CTO feature of the Maverick units, Kovács also relies on vivid colour changes to alter the environment on stage.
"The wide palette of effects offered by the Maverick gave me some impressive options to underline the band’s more lively numbers," comments Kovács. "The sheer brightness of the fixture was perfect to emphasize more energetic moods, while the color mixing and zoom allow me to introduce a number of further dynamic elements into the visuals. Andras