The design for Perry’s Stage (the dance stage) at Lollapalooza Berlin, held at the city’s 74,500-capacity Olympiastadion, needed to incorporate the production of headliners Underworld and Martin Garrix, as well as cater for a range of other artistes including Don Biablo, Scooter and TV Noise.
UK-based Colour Sound Experiment was invited to design the lighting and LED screen, providing all elements including rigging, while coordination between production and design was helped by the coincidence that MD Haydn Cruikshank is also Underworld’s regular lighting director, according to the company.
“It’s extremely easy for a stage to get lost in a large area like the Olympiastadion and a major objective with this design was to ensure that didn’t happen,” says Cruikshank.
The upstage video screen measured 17 metres wide by 9m high, made up from Colour Sound’s Unilumin Robe CB5 screen. This was supported by two portrait-format side screens, each 5m wide and 7m tall, built from BT7 LED screen.
Nearly 250 moving lights graced the rig, comprising Robe MegaPointes, Pointes and Spiiders, together with ProLights Diamond7 LED washes plus 69 IP rated AquaBeams.
The Pointes and MegaPointes were located around the trussing with some on the floor, front and back. The AquaBeams were positioned in an arc behind the stage, on the seating stand area, spreading round to the front, level with the side wings, in a design intended to amplify the width of the stage.
An additional 94 Molefey blinder units were dotted around the trusses and the stage along with 52 GLP JDC1 LED strobes.