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Minimalist approach pays-off for Metallica

April 28, 2018

Known for their preference for in-the-round performances, Metallica decided to use 52 one metre video cubes suspended above the stage for their c. Designer Dan Braun insisted there should be no traditional trussing on the show, so 36 of the cubes are suspended on steel cables and motion-controlled by a…

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Young takes the best from the rest

April 23, 2018

Country artiste Chris Young has nearly doubled the number of fixtures on his Losing Sleep tour, which is based on a number of features from the singer’s previous shows. Lighting designer Chris Lisle and production manager Mike Stanley worked with Knoxville-based Bandit Lites, to take the two overhead trusses and…

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Time of the essence for Wang Feng

April 22, 2018

Audio engineer Shaogang Jin says he needed a tough touring system with extensive coverage for The Times tour by Wang Feng. Performing in 30 cities at venues including Beijing’s National Stadium (cap. 80,000) and Shenzhen Bay Sports Center (20,000), the home grown rock artiste preferred that no delays should impede…

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Mad Man tour sets the trend

April 21, 2018

Robotic onstage cameras and a high definition video wall offer fans of US rapper A$AP Ferg the intimacy of the fashion runway, according to Michael Smalley, director of lighting, video and programming for the artiste’s Mad Man tour. Working to a design by Heather Shaw of Vita Motus, the cameras…

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Snoop finds audio balance

April 20, 2018

Although rapper Snoop Dogg uses an in-ear audio system, he also likes the feel of a traditional on-stage wedge, according to his monitor engineer Freddie Johns III. This requires a desk which can strike a delicately balanced audio mix, resulting in Johns’ decision to switch consoles from an older digital…

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Audience immersion key for Kabat

March 20, 2018

Show designer Radek Havliček aimed to fully immerse the audience in the live experience for a tour by homegrown band Kabat, creating an in-the-round setting where the closest audience members stood in four pits or “pools”, surrounded by performers on a specially-shaped stage. The design positioned four central, concentric circular…

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Power and intimacy delivered for Lana

March 20, 2018

Audio engineer Kevin Madigan aimed for acoustic intimacy in often challenging venues when Lana Del Rey embarked on her Lust for Life tour. Although he designed a system emphasising the singer’s vocal performance, he deployed an L-Acoustics K1 system with a large number of bass subs to compensate for audio…

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Mode set for efficiency

March 20, 2018

The industrial chic of Depeche Mode’s Global Spirit tour, conceived by designer Anton Corbijn, relies on the “pioneering” use of video and a sparse set, according to production manager Tony Gittings. Built by Sooner Routhier and Robert Long of US-based SRea Productions, the asymmetric lighting rig features complex moving elements,…

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Buyers brave extreme weather for EPS

March 20, 2018

In spite of country-wide snow and official warnings for the public to stay at home, international events and live music trade fair The Event Production Show (EPS) attracted 3,700 visitors. Held at London’s Olympia the event showcased products and services of live music businesses including Star Events, GL Events and…

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The Script notches up visual impact

March 20, 2018

A structure of interlocking LED screens dominates the set by The Script on their Freedom Child Tour, reflecting the neon, urban landscape on their LP cover, says set designer Jamie Thompson. On a tour which visits venues including Portugal’s MEO Arena (cap. 20,000), Lisbon, Australia’s Brisbane Entertainment Centre (13,500) and…

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