Production manager Dizzy Gosnell designed lighting systems for the two main stages at Forecastle Festival (cap. 75,000) in Kentucky that aimed to dazzle in the daylight yet work with artistes’ touring systems and allow for quick set up.
With performers including Arcade Fire, Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell and War on Drugs, some bringing their own lighting effects, space on the main Mast Stage was more limited than in previous years, says Gosnell, who works for lighting provider Bandit Lites.
The stage featured Cuepix WW4, Nexus 7×7, Robe Pointes, VL3000 spot and GRN moving wash units, Solaris Flares and Chauvet Illuminarc Panel 80 LED Washes, all controlled by grandMA 2 full size consoles.
“Lighting for the Mast Stage had to have a smaller footprint this year to allow for headliners to bring their own elements daily,” says Gosnell. “We appreciated the amount of information we received ahead of time from the likes of Arcade Fire and Chris Stapleton’s productions so we could plan the loading in and out of the gear.”
The second Boom Stage was fitted with Robe Pointes, GRNLite Moving Washes and Chauvet Nexus AW 7×7, also controlled by a GrandMA2 full size desk.