LIGHTING DESIGNER Hayden Borgars says he was aiming for atmospheric lighting with a modern edge when US rock band Glassjaw played a showcase at London’s O2 Academy Brixton (cap. 4,900).
Instead of using a backdrop, Borgars created a curtain of light by deploying Philips Vari-Lite VL800 BeamLines by manufacturer Signify, formerly Philips Lighting.
“I knew I wanted the main fixture to be linear, but one that could produce deep reds and blues, the two main colors in my design,” says Borgars. “As soon as I was introduced to the VL800 BeamLine this year, I knew it was the perfect fixture for what I wanted to achieve.
“They worked really well in creating a wall of light to add depth to the design.I also used them as a strong backlight, which worked really well when I wanted the band silhouetted.”
In addition, he deployed an Elation lighting rig of 12 Platinum Beam Extreme beam lights and 12 Platinum Wash ZFX Pro LED moving head washes.
Borgars says the Platinum Wash ZFX’s in the overhead rig allowed him to produce zone-based effects and more saturated colours for the tracks from new LP Material Control as well as vibrant, brighter colours for the older tracks.