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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, Chris Ragun, 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…

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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

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

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

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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All eyes on Katy Perry’s lighting design

July 7, 2018

The lighting for Katy Perry’s show at the 12,000-capacity Singapore Indoor Stadium had to hold its own against an LED screen in the shape of an eye, which dominated the backdrop. Production designer Es Devlin and lighting designer Baz Halpin aimed to draw in the audience with video content, large…

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Stufish halo glows over Queen

July 6, 2018

Designers of the Queen and Adam Lambert tour aimed to showcase the band in a modern way, bringing songs from the 1970s and 1980s to a younger audience, according to Ric Lipson of Stufish Entertainment Architects (SEA). The company devised a stage based around an oval, an eight-tonne kinetic lighting…

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Bandit has Hangout covered

June 22, 2018

With artistes including The Killers, The Chainsmokers and Kendrick Lamar headlining the 40,000-capacity Hangout Festival in Alabama, lighting supplier Bandit says it had to select a wide range of fixtures while accommodating any special effects brought by individual artistes. The mainstage featured over 200 fixtures, while Bandit also supplied lighting…

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Manic’s maximise presence

June 22, 2018

Film director Kieran Evans aimed for an epic impression when he produced the video content for the Manic Street Preachers’ Resistance is Futile tour, which used a 14.4 metre wide by 4.2 metre high screen as a backdrop. While control and media servers were supplied by video manager Toby Vogel,…

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TigerTrak promises seamless access

June 22, 2018

Trackway and fencing provider Live Trakway, a division of the UK-based rental company A-Plant, has launched a new track and ground protection product, TigerTrak, which promises to support a 12 tonne load point on a continuous surface. The system can be used as stage support pads and heavy vehicle access…

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Dineson rocks with Robe

June 22, 2018

Singer and guitarist Jacob Dineson briefed his lighting team to provide a big, expressive rock production for two arena shows in his native country. Lighting director Niller Bjerrgaard initially planned to use traditional Par Can style lighting on a series of ladders supporting a backdrop of screens, but opted instead…

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Hasslehoff climbs stairway to freedom

June 22, 2018

A set of stairs formed the focal point of singer and television personality David Hasselhoff’s tour of German-speaking Europe, where he first won live music fans shortly after the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 with an estimated 100,000 capacity concert at the Brandenburg Gate. His tour of venues including Germany’s…

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Solid gold look for Foos

May 21, 2018

Lighting designer Dan Hadley has based the visuals for the Foo Fighters’ Concrete and Gold tour on the square and diagonal artwork of the band’s latest LP of the same name. He says he needed a luminaire capable of emphasising the distinctive angles on stage and chose a Philips VL6000…

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