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Brooks enters virgin territory

January 2, 2019

WORLD      Lighting for country singer Garth Brooks, at Notre Dame Stadium (cap. 80,800) in Indiana, required a design that would look good on television, says lighting designer Bob Peterson. He needed 100 fixtures for the CBS Television coverage in addition to the 300 deployed by the production, which…

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Shania in motion with MagicPanel

January 2, 2019

WORLD      Constant motion and changing looks were the brief for creative director and lighting designer Rob Sinclair for Shania Twain’s Shania Now tour. He based the show on five automated LED video cubes which each served as a platform for dancers and band members. “With the band, the…

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Newton gravity for Clockenflap

January 2, 2019

HONG KONG The 60,000-capacity Clockenflap festival in Hong Kong needed audio processors on its main (Harbourflap) and second stage, capable of handling a complex series of inputs and outputs for multiple artistes, according to audio designer  Davide Linzi. Featuring artistes including Erykah Badu, David Byrne, Roni Size and Interpol, the…

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Going immersive in the Bowl

December 4, 2018

UNITED STATES      A performance by Bon Iver at California’s 4,500-capacity Santa Barbara Bowl aimed to treat the audience to an “immersive” audio experience beyond that delivered by a traditional left/right hung PA, according to front-of-house engineer Xandy Whitesel. He wanted to present the band, whose sound combines genres including folk,…

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Cheek glows under Sharpys

December 4, 2018

FINLAND Staging two shows to announce his retirement, Finnish rapper Cheek deployed 1,000 square metres of video wall at the 60,000-capacity Lahti Ski Jump Stadium, in a show broadcast on national television to an estimated one million viewers. A temporary amphitheatre was constructed under the ski jumps while the 60m…

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Keeping the crowd in sight

December 4, 2018

WORLD      Keeping the energy high throughout performances of up to three hours was the priority for lighting designer Dan Hadley on the Foo Fighters’ Concrete and Gold Tour, which visited venues such as Canada’s Scotiabank Saddledome (19,300) in Calgary, the US’s Sprint Center (19,000) in Kansas City and…

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Chemical highs ‘reach out and touch’ audiences

December 4, 2018

WORLD      Large-scale dancing robots, a long-standing feature of the Chemical Brothers’ live show, were supplemented by an “effervescent” visual experience combining new ideas and vintage visual gags, according to co-designer Marcus Lyall. Working with colleague Adam Smith, Lyall created a film-influenced show, introducing characters in the video with…

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Elation at Imagine Dragons’ shows

December 4, 2018

WORLD Acentral, vertical beam of light which forms the focus of Imagine Dragons’ Evolve LP artwork also provided the basis of the band’s stage set, with lighting and production designer Mitchell Schellenger deploying a series of angled video screens to evoke imagery from the album. Five high-resolution screens were positioned…

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Achieving spectacular safety

October 31, 2018

WORLD     With a stage dominated by 13m high video screens running on an oval trackway, which parted to reveal the performers behind, Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s production team placed safety at the top of their priorities alongside spectacle. The On The Road II (OTR II) tour designed by entertainment…

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Dead & Co on cue throughout

October 31, 2018

UNITED STATES      The show and visuals director for Dead & Company, Christopher Ragan, says he designed the lighting for the group’s tour of “iconic” venues after careful listening to its songs in the studio. Formed by members of 1960s group The Grateful Dead with singer-songwriter John Mayer, the band…

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Aiming straight and low with Elation

October 31, 2018

FRANCE      Lighting and art director Alexandre LeBrun chose to forgo extensive overhead lights for rapper Nekfeu’s tour, opting instead for horizontal lighting at stage level, creating a wall of light, which he says could be set up quickly and reliably. Seeking a strong fixture versatile enough for an…

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Bass is king at Gold Rush

October 31, 2018

UNITED STATES All-night electronic dance music (EDM) festival Gold Rush required a sound system able to deliver prolonged bass energy for artistes such as Deadmau5 and Steve Aoki, according to Chris White, of audio provider Sound Image Phoenix (SIP). The four-stage, 10,000-capacity event, held at the Rawhide Western Town Events…

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Full stadium sound-around for alt-J

October 1, 2018

DENMARK      Concert-goers attending alt-J’s Relaxer show at New York’s Forest Hills Stadium (cap. 12,000) experienced sound coming from all directions and, at times, the sensation of the vocals being whispered in their ears. The effects were created by the new L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound system by L-Acoustics, which…

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Guns N’Roses combine classic and contemporary

October 1, 2018

USA     Guns N’Roses drew on a range of classic rock imagery when they designed their Not In This Lifetime tour, including their own Use Your Illusion outing from 1991 to 1993. However, they deployed a range of contemporary fixtures to achieve the effects, according to lighting director Ron…

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Logic dictates full immersion

October 1, 2018

World      Rapper Logic used multiple LED screens to create multi-layered immersive content according to Aron Altmark, creative director of Visual Endeavors, who designed production and programming for the artiste’s Bobby Tarantino vs Everybody tour. Built around a five metre-square riser centre stage, with lighting and lasers overhead, plus…

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Sound challenge for Man in the Woods

October 1, 2018

USA/ EUROPE With winding walkways radiating from the main stage to two B stages on Justin Timberlake’s The Man of the Woods in-the-round tour, front-of-house (FOH) engineer Andy Meyer says he required a complex audio distribution network capable of converting analogue signal to digital. He confirmed his preference for an…

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Beatbox gets noisey

August 28, 2018

Denmark                Promoter Beatbox Entertainment is aiming to extend the festival season into the winter with the inaugural Noisey (cap. 3,500) at Copenhagen’s Tap 1. The indoor event, held on 2-3 November, will feature 20 acts performing across the venues two halls. “We’ll have…

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Patronaat opts for SSL spread

NETHERLANDS
July 10, 2018

The three-roomed venue Poppodium Patronaat in Harlem has upgraded its audio system in its two larger rooms, installing SSL L200 consoles at front-of-house and monitor positions, all supplied by SSL Live Distributor Audio Electronics Mattijsen (AEM). Between them, the 950-, 350-  and 120-capacity rooms host about 500 artistes a year, including Franz…

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VUE praised in Nevada Desert

UNITED STATES
July 9, 2018

Requiring headroom and ease of set-up from their audio system, REO Speedwagon have decided to use an al-Class line array system by manufacturer VUE following their use of the system at 6,500-capacity Star of the Desert Arena in Nevada. Supplied by Las Vegas-based HAS Productions, the system used VUE’s Continuous…

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Robe first choice for Enrique Live

EUROPE
July 8, 2018

Although the set for Enrique Live needed to look epic, it also had to be reproduced at every destination it visited, with dates on every continent, according to creative director Travis Shirley. The tour has evolved from a double-headed show with rapper Pitbull in 2017, but features only Enrique Iglesias…

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