The lead singer of Wolf Alice, Ellie Rowsell, collaborated closely with lighting designer Davy Sherwin to devise a pared back look to the band’s Visions of a Life tour.
Although the lighting was sparse, says Sherwin, it needed enough variety to make each song different and match the peaks and troughs of the music.
“The band was keen to develop a fresh new look,” he says. “They wanted clean lines with no onstage ‘contraptions’ and were interested in the detail of the look for each song. I had to create a scope of looks, which were easy to tour with limited crew.”
He selected a range of fixtures from Lancashire-based specialist concert touring provider Lights Control Rigging (LCR) for shows including Dublin’s Olympia (cap. 1,250) in Ireland and Birmingham’s O2 Academy (3,000) in the UK, with forthcoming shows including, Sacramento’s Ace of Spades (1,000) and Los Angeles’s Mayan Theater (1,700) in the US.
Sherwin deployed GLP X4 Bars for side, back and up-lighting, with additional side lighting provided by Martin MAC Auras and MAC Viper Spots for the FOH face lighting.
“Keeping the focus on the band while being able to see Ellie Rowsell’s face was a priority,” Sherwin says. “I was looking for something dramatic and easy-to-rig, so the GLP X4 battens with their variable focus, moody colour palette and video-mappable pixels did the trick.”