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Rock and Bowl goes for impact

19 September 2018

SHROPSHIRE’S ROCK and Bowl Festival (cap. 6,000) wanted to celebrate its 10th anniversary with a dramatic visual impact on stage, according to lighting designers Ashley Heritage and Nic Farman. Headlined by REWS and Think Floyd, the three-day event chose a “dynamic, fast moving” lighting rig provided by Chester-based CSP AV,…

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Pearce power in the park

19 September 2018

MOVING THE site of MAMA Festivals-organised events Citadel and Lovebox (both cap. 40,000) to West London’s Gunnersbury Park this year, required keen logistical precision according to electrical contractor for the events, Pearce Hire. The two festivals moved from Victoria Park after rival promoter AEG Presents won exclusive rights to stage…

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Ofcom compensation a ‘great improvement’

19 September 2018

FOLLOWING ITS decision to clear the 700MHz band of radio spectrum for mobile phone use by May 2020 (see Festival, issue 32), government regulator Ofcom has announced a compensation scheme for the live music and broadcasting industries. The scheme will cover companies in the sector known as Programme Making and…

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Stormzy brings fog vision

7 August 2018

LIGHTING DIRECTOR Tim Routledge needed “vast quantities” of fog effects for two songs by Stormzy at London’s Wireless Festival (cap. 45,000). The artiste aimed to produce a “supersized” set which involved 75 performers, 48 crew and over six trucks’ worth of production. “We had an enormous thrust stage with inbuilt…

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Pigs fly in Hyde Park

7 August 2018

ROGER WATERS’ performance at British Summer Time (cap. 65,000) in London’s Hyde Park required structure supplier Star Events to adapt its VerTech stage to the performer’s outsized visual effects, including graffiti-strewn flying pigs and a recreation of the smoking chimneys of Battersea Power Station, towering over the stage. According to…

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LaMontagne Adlibs shows

7 August 2018

INTIMACY AND precision were important qualities for the sound on Ray LaMontagne’s Just Passing Through tour, according to front of house engineer Ryan Pickett. Working with Liverpool-based AdLib, who provided all production for UK dates including London’s Eventim Apollo (cap. 5,050), Manchester’s O2 Apollo (3,500) and Sheffield City Hall (2,250),…

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Stones’ delight in personalised pies

9 July 2018

WHILE MANY artistes keep their food and drink riders a closely guarded secret, the Rolling Stones have attracted attention by tweeting images of their No Filter tour shepherd’s pies. The personalised dishes were commissioned by catering supplier GIG for each of the band members and achieved national media attention when…

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Seamless cover for the heavy mob

9 July 2018

A NEW seamless ground protection trackway for stadium and festival use promises a significant leap in the quality of temporary ground cover with its continuous surface and durability, according to developer Live Trakway. Formed in 2016 by the merger of Eve Trakway and Lion Trackhire after both were acquired by…

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Park outing for Arcadian arachnid

9 July 2018

THE FOUNDERS of Arcadia, which celebrated its 10th anniversary at a 20,000-capacity festival in London’s Queen Elizabeth Park, believe the project has developed new ways of handling complex live production challenges. Lighting, video and pyrotechnics at the event were operated using Titan and Ai control systems from Avolites – a…

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Capital sound covers all points

9 July 2018

CONTROLLING OFF-site sound in a residential area was among the key challenges for the audio providers at 40,000-capacity All Points East, which saw Nick Cave, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Bjork and LCD Sound System perform in London’s Victoria Park. Invited by production company LarMac LIVE to design systems for the…

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Killers gamble on Vegas look

9 July 2018

THE KILLERS opted for an American mid-west theme for their Wonderful Wonderful stage show, complete with garish lighting and neon-style arrows reflecting the sights and signage of their home city Las Vegas, according to lighting director Steven Douglas. Designer Josh Zangen created a stage dominated on one side by a…

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Star delivers arch performance

4 June 2018

TWO 38 metre span arches towered over an in-the-round performance area, the X Stage, at All Points East, London’s new 40,000 capacity festival in Victoria Park. This was the key challenge for staging and production specialist Star Events, which was contracted to provide all four stages, plus supporting structures for…

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Friendly Fires’ visuals pass the ink drop test

4 June 2018

WHEN FRIENDLY Fires played their first show in five years at London’s O2 Brixton Academy (cap. 4,900) they wanted the visuals to show real footage of natural effects rather than animation. The show featured a concave arrangement of LED screen strips, spaced to include gaps for lighting, so the content…

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Arcadia gets laser energy blast

4 June 2018

THE GIANT spider Arcadia, which celebrated its 10th anniversary with a 20,000 capacity festival in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park headlined by Leftfield, needed a projection system capable of holding its own against flamethrowers, lighting and pyrotechnics. Visuals company Central Presentations Ltd (CPL), which has worked with Arcadia since 2013,…

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Wolf Alice bask in colour range

4 June 2018

A PRODUCTION by Wolf Alice needed a lighting fixture capable of creating contrasting atmospheres through its ability to switch colours, according to Mike Oates of Lights Control Rigging (LCR). Oates says he invested in the Chroma-Q Color Force II for the band’s tour, which visited London’s Alexandra Palace (cap. 10,400),…

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Adlib covers the bases for Nashville

4 June 2018

WHEN THE live music version of television show Nashville toured the UK, producers Grand Ole Opry (GOO) preferred to simplify logistics by using a single production company for all services, according to Phil Kielty of Liverpool-based Adlib. He says his company was chosen to provide staging, light and sound for…

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Stereophonics ace the bass

8 May 2018

WHEN STEREOPHONICS singer Kelly Jones asked to be as far away from the bass sound of his sub units as possible, as he sang on a second stage away from the main performance area, audio supplier Capital Sound had to take a new approach to configuring the bass, according to…

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Spiritual feel for Rag‘n’Bone Man

8 May 2018

THE SPIRITUAL symbolism of an octagon loomed large in the set design of the Grande Reserve tour by Rag‘n’Bone Man (real name Rory Graham), who used a series of illustrated backdrops painted by Stewart Chromik, a member of the singer’s band, Rum Committee. Lighting designer Will Potts worked around a…

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Screen time spot on at RAH

8 May 2018

THE SCREEN played a significant role at The Teenage Cancer Trust concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall (cap. 5,300) relaying the charity’s fundraising message as well as image magnification (IMAG) for performers including Kasabian, The Courteeners, Def Leppard and Nile Rogers & Chic. Rob Sangwell of Bristol-based lighting and visuals…

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Feeder have a blast

8 May 2018

WITH A wide range of venues to cater for and the preference of Feeder’s lead singer Grant Nicholas for a video backdrop split into three, the band had to use an easily-rigged screen for their tour according to Bryan Leitch, lighting and visuals designer. He chose a BT 6 LED…

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