Solihull Summer Fest dressed with Elation
Thursday, 12 October 2017
solihull-summer-fest-5Stage Production Co. handled all staging, lighting, rigging and power
UK - The two stages of Solihull Summer Fest 2017 were lit by full service production company Stage Production Co. using Elation Professional lighting.
The event, which took place at Tudor Grange Park near Birmingham during the August bank holiday weekend, is in its second year and has just expanded to two stages.
Stage Production Co., who supplied the 2016 event and have stocked Elation lighting for several years, handled all staging, lighting, rigging and power and are scheduled to supply the event again in 2018.
Stage Production’s Jordan Lake, who handled production design on the event, says: “We choose Elation because of the reliability – they work! They are also sensibly priced and once clients see them in action they tend to request them.”
The festival’s Main Stage, an effective four-line overhead horizontal truss configuration with vertical side and upstage grids, held 16 Rayzor Q12 LED moving heads, 18 Platinum Beam 5R Extreme beam lights, 16 Protron 3K LED strobes and 8 Cuepix Blinders, as well as other lighting. The second stage featured 12 ACL 360 Matrix LED moving panels, eight Platinum Beam 5R Extremes and four Protron 3K LED strobes. Lighting was flown on a Duratruss system. Lighting programming was by Ben Butler.
“We placed the Rayzor Q12s on quick grid frames on the Main Stage, where they really packed a punch,” Jordan said of the compact RGBW colour-changing moving heads. “The Protron strobes are actually my favourite Elation product though. They are bright and clean and look great with a great sparkle effect.” The Cuepix Blinders, used on the Main Stage as eye-candy blinders, are easy to use and can be put anywhere, he says.
The ACL 360 Matrix fixtures, a highlight visual element of the second stage, are “brilliant and great for pixel map effects,” Jordan states. Using 25 individual 15W RGBW LEDs and with a tight 4-degree beam from each lens, the fixture’s continuous 360-degree movement and individual pixel control make a variety of dynamic effects possible. Elation’s industry staple Platinum Beam 5R Extremes provided the eye-catching barrage of narrow beams when high-impact looks were needed on both stages.
All profits from the 2017 event went to the Help Harry Help Others cancer support charity (www.hhho.org.uk).
(Jim Evans)

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