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Winter Jam stage switch

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Production News
February 21, 2020

The annual Christian live music tour Winter Jam, whose line-up includes Passion, Crowder, Austin French and Newsong, changed its format from in-the-round to end stage this year.

The decision allowed space for a large LED backdrop, a visual focal point for supplier Bandit Lites to work around, according to production designer Jerry Holcomb.

“We needed a lot of upstage light looks punching through the bands,” he says. “To accomplish this, we placed Martin MAC III Profiles on the upstage end while the trusses are loaded with Elation Colorado Solo Battens.”

The screen comprised eight millimetre “blow through” (partially transparent) panel, allowing him to place Elation Paladin fixtures behind the wall, at venues including PPG Paints Arena (cap. 14,550) in Pittsburgh, Santander Arena (7,100) in Reading, Pennsylvania, and theBOK Center (19,200) in Oklahoma.

“We are using a large number of Solo Battens, and Bandit worked out a way that they can stay on the truss during transport which saves a lot of set-up time,” says Holcomb.

The company supplied more than 130 fixtures for the tour, including Robe BMFL Spots, Chauvet Maverick MK3 Spots, Chauvet COLORado Solo Battens, Elation CuePix WW2 Blinders, Elation Paladins and Martin MAC III Profiles.

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