Wincent Weiss goes on tour with GLP
Friday, 31 January 2020
somehow-differentThe tour will continue this summer (photo: Ralph Larmann)
What started out in very small cellar clubs in 2016 now sees large arenas filled with ease. From mid-November to early December, German singer-songwriter Wincent Weiss toured through largely sold-out arenas with his album Irgendwie Anders (Somehow Different) which was released in March 2019.
The lighting technicians at FOH have varied between Tom ‘Standtom’ Gross and Tino Weinhardt, who alternate from time to time and often produce joint productions. Weinhardt is currently responsible for Wincent Weiss’s lighting production. But because with the artist everything is ‘somehow different’ (not only on the album cover), Tom Gross is now sitting at the lighting console, while Tino Weinhardt is responsible for the video image, sitting right next door.
"The current production is so large that it made sense to separate lighting and video," reports Tino Weinhardt. "I took over the video and of course knew right away who I wanted for the lighting. Tom and I are really happy to finally be able to sit next to each other!”
The current tour setup is, at least as far as the lighting on the floor is concerned, largely based on the tried and tested set design of the festival tour. However, the lighting rig has been extensively revised and equipped with many GLP spots that shape the new, rather angular look of the rig. The set has a modular design so that it can be adapted to varying hall sizes.
Forty two JDC1 and 40 X4 Bar 10 characterise the lighting rig.
On the back truss and in the two mid-trusses, 36 JDC1 hybrid strobes perform a variety of functions, while another six devices are used on the floor. “With the JDC1 you get an extremely bright stroboscope, but you can also use the lamp wonderfully as an LED floodlight or simply as an atmospheric light. And then there is the pixel mapping! It is simply a brilliant lamp,” says Standtom.
The 28 X4 Bar 20 in total have been installed in two rows on the front edge of the stage and on the edge of the rear part of the stage, which is accessible to the artist via a centrally positioned ramp. "The X4 Bars are always the right choice," says Standtom. “On the one hand, something neat always comes out of it, on the other hand, the lamp has a zoom and the infinite possibilities in single-pixel control. The X4 Bar is so versatile that you can save yourself one or two fixtures in the set."
The two designers specified both KNV Cube and Dot from GLP's KNV range. Eleven KNV Cubes are installed in the aforementioned light dollies, which are placed in the rear stage area. The Cubes are used for backlighting situations. The KNV Dots, on the other hand, are used to illuminate the ramp and as an effect light.
The catwalk, which extends relatively far into the audience area, is highlighted by 24 of the ultra-compact FR1.
From June to September 2020 the Somehow Different tour will continue into the open air season.
(Jim Evans)

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