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Infinite wisdom puts Thug in spotlight

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Production News
January 28, 2020

CREATIVE DIRECTOR Meggan McKenzie aimed for an infinity effect when she devised a set for the co-headline tour by Young Thug and Machine Gun Kelly (MGK), which was dominated by a large upstage LED wall and “prominent” riser.

Complete with sloping ramps, a DJ booth and a swing, the set boasted several transparent scenic shard elements lit internally with LED tape to create the desired impression.

McKenzie invited lighting and production designer Stu Dingley to work with her on entirely separate looks for each artiste on a tour, which visited venues including Hollywood Palladium (cap. 3,800) in Los Angeles, Comerica Theatre, (5,000) in Phoenix and Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium (3,900)

Dingley specified Stu’s lighting scheme which comprised 40 MegaPointes, 20 BMFL WashBeams and 24 Robin 600 LEDWash units as his main moving lights, all by Czech Republic-based manufacturer Robe.

“We needed power looks and lights that held their own against the video,” says Dingley. “And the most exciting and brightest moving lights available are MegaPointes and BMFLs.”

He mounted the BMFL WashBeams along the back truss, and in a row on the floor just in front of the video wall. The MegaPointes were positioned on the two finger trusses and around the box truss alongside numerous strobes.

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