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Blood Red Rose for Colonel Tom

Production News
25 September 2019

A CURVED architrave with an LED surface dominates the stage of Rod Stewart’s Blood Red Rose tour, while portrait-oriented screens frame the production.

The system, designed by lighting and production designer Mark Cunniffe and supplied by video company Colonel Tom Touring, needed rapid data processing and tidy cable runs to carry content for the 4K screens, according to the company’s Phil Mead.

Created to be adaptable for the tour’s variety of venues, which include The O2 (cap. 21,000), London, Bristol’s Ashton Gate Stadium (27,000) and the AECC (8,500) in Aberdeen, the video package includes 300 ROE Carbon CB5 LED panels for the architrave. These are powered by Tessera SX40 LED processors by manufacturer Brompton Technology, which also supplied XD data distribution units.

A curved ‘eyebrow’ header comprises 156 ROE CB5 panels in Air Frames, also processed by an SX40 with XD data distribution. The legs are each built from 72 ROE CB5 panels with two XD units per side for distribution.

“One of the main advantages of the SX40 is the 4K workflow, which allows us to get more tiles onto one server output,” explains Colonel Tom’s Phil Mead. “The fibre and XD units make for more effective distribution and cleaner cable runs.”

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