Robe Intrudes on Gary Numan dates
Tuesday, 19 July 2022
robe-gary-numanThe UK leg of the tour featured a performance at Wembley Arena (photo: Lindsay Cave)
UK - Electronic music pioneer and innovator Gary Numan is on the road again showcasing his topical climate crisis highlighting studio album Intruder – his 19th – which dropped in 2021, combined with back catalogue material.
The UK leg of the tour featured a performance at Wembley Arena in London for which lighting designer Dustin Snyder used large quantities of Robe MegaPointes and LEDBeam 150s together with other lights supplied by rental specialist, Siyan.
Dustin has been working with the artist since 2014. The Intruder tour started in the US with Dustin taking the three fractured lines of face paint from the album artwork as a creative starting point, which translated into columns of asymmetric and fragmented video panels onstage.
The UK tour was designed around Wembley being the largest gig, which was also a DVD record, and to be scalable to fit into other venues, so Dustin specified 88 x Robe LEDBeam 150s and 30 x MegaPointes. These were used to great effect for that flagship performance and then scaled to 60 and 20 fixtures respectively for the rest of the tour.
Gary Numan takes an active interest in the look of all his stage shows whilst also giving Dustin the space to develop his own ideas and directions. “He’s great to work with,” comments the LD, explaining that for this tour. “He specifically wanted lots of beams,” partly to complement the playback video content, much of which was created by Paul Green, and also because he likes the definition of beams and the ephemerality of break up effects.
The MegaPointes were key to the show aesthetic. These were positioned on the deck and upstage on the floor on top of a row of flightcases. For Wembley, MegaPointes were also added to the overhead trusses giving plenty of powerful multi-layered MegaPointe looks that helped define and frame the stage.
These were complemented with the LEDBeam 150s, some rigged on vertical ladders in between the columns of video panels, in the gaps between a series of vertically mounted LED battens. The battens were all run in ‘pixel’ mode for additional dynamics, running via Resolume.
Another two banks of LEDBeam 150s were under the band risers onstage with more topping six side booms, each of which also had a vertical LED batten below. Their deployment also mimicked a layered grid system similar to the MegaPointes, and juxtaposed with the video design, produced a vast selection of anarchic looks.
While he knew exactly what the MegaPointes would produce which is why they were on the spec, it was the first time Dustin had used the tiny LEDBeam 150s, which he describes as “pretty awesome”.
The UK lighting crew included touring lighting techs Jason Tomes, Tom Hewitt and Sam ‘rash panda’ James. Chris Cunningham looked after all the extras at Wembley and Jon Barlow was the Wembley lighting crew chief. The tour’s FOH sound was mixed by Dave Dupuis who is also the tour manager.
Tom Grant, Siyan’s account handler and Wembley production manager, commented, “It was great to be working with Dave again after crossing paths on previous tours and also meet Dustin who came onboard to design lighting this time around. Both are a pleasure to work alongside and presented us with a clear picture of what they wanted to achieve, so we had all the info needed to help develop the creative into physical reality.
“It also was a huge honour to be asked by Dave to production manage the Wembley gig, given the historic significance of this show for Gary. Being part of making this happen will be a career highlight for sure!”
Mike Williams was the video project manager and the IMAG & live camera director at Wembley was Oliver Bowring. Paul Green was the DoP for the DVD shoot.
For the tour, lighting and rigging were supplied by Siyan with video by Universal Pixels. Audio for Wembley was supplied by Stage Audio Services.

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