Robe Forte RoboSpot in the pink for Lukas
Wednesday, 27 September 2023
robe-lukas-graham-tour-va01778-photo-allan-nissLukas Graham on tour (photo: Allan Niss)
Danish lighting designer Johnny Thinggaard was asked to create a production design for popular Danish pop / soul artist Lukas Graham’s The Pink Tour, for which Johnny presented a clean, modern, and stylish environmental concept, with three striking perspective related scenic walls covered in fabric and with integral LED pixels along the tops, enhancing the depth and dimensions of the performance space.
Johnny’s original idea was based on his love of side angled photography and images that reveal details and spatial elements of the background. He also wanted something that was architecturally bold, but essentially simple in expression.
For the first part of the tour, he used Robe T1 Profiles as front follow spots, running on a RoboSpot system, which worked brilliantly.
When it came to the festival section of the ongoing tour, Johhny wanted to add some more powerful upstage light sources to enhance the aesthetic, and he chose Robe Fortes for the job.
Five fixtures are used in total, four standard Fortes primarily for the band, with a Forte FollowSpot in the centre comprising the main back lighting on Lukas Graham himself, all controlled via a RoboSpot BaseStation located backstage.
He notes the intensity, precision and colours of the Forte which are all “fantastic” and appreciates the optics and the resulting intensity and smoothness of the light beam, all of which “fitted perfectly into the visual style developed for this specific show design”. He also mentions how quick and easy they are to programme and focus during the short festival changeovers.
The fully timecoded show is run from a grandMA3 console (running in 2 mode) with all the Forte parameters for the four band spots controlled via the console, together with the colours and intensity for Lukas’s central spot.
Assisting Johnny with the programming is August Thede and the touring lighting operator is Victoria Enoch. The lighting crew are Tobias Vohnsen, Rasmus Wiberg, Martin Jepsen, Niels Marcussen, and Mikkel Christensen.
Overseeing all things technical on the road is production manager Bent Lauridsen, the tour manager is Anders Nørgaard Nielsen, and the pre-production and advance is being co-ordinated by Jens Qvistgaard.

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