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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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Gallagher engineers consistency

8 May 2018

WORKING TO an “earsplitting” sound on stage thanks to Liam Gallagher’s preference for traditional wedges, monitor engineer Jon Simcox needs to ensure a consistent audio mix in spite of the volume at the singer’s shows. Using a DiGiCo SD10 console, plus a complete touring set of band in-ear monitors (IEMs)…

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Light shed on Heaton’s universes

21 April 2018

DRAWING ON over 70 songs from singer Paul Heaton’s back catalogue, the lighting console on his live show needed to access a wide range of visual looks at short notice, according to lighting designer Patrick Sollitt. Each song needed a unique look, he says, so he designed the show on…

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Pushing the right buttons for Dua Lipa

21 April 2018

AUDIO ENGINEER Will Nicholson is to use a DiGiCo SD5 console for the Dua Lipa tour, saying the desk’s ability to scale up for larger venues is essential to handle increased workload as the artiste’s popularity grows. Nicholson says he has switched models between three of the manufacturer’s consoles depending…

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EPS buyers defeat the ‘beast’

20 April 2018

IN SPITE of country-wide blizzards, widely dubbed the “Beast from the East”, the events and live music trade fair The Event Production Show (EPS) attracted 3,700 visitors. Held at London’s Olympia the event showcased products and services of live music businesses including Star Events, GL Events and ID&C, with seminar…

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Ai allows Paramore to go at full tilt

19 April 2018

A CIRCULAR screen tilted at 45 degrees towards the audience dominated the stage for Paramore’s Tour Three, which visited London’s The O2 (cap. 21,000), Glasgow’s SSE Hydro (13,000) and Manchester Arena (21,000). Production designer Butch Allen devised a truss comprising three concentring rings to support the screen, while imagery had…

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Hybrid provides clean look for Simple Minds

18 April 2018

ALTHOUGH SIMPLE Minds has a reputation for light shows which veer between dark, moody looks to moments of intense brightness, the band wanted a “radical” new approach for its latest tour. Lighting designer Stephen Pollard devised a display which featured daylight colours and traditional, tungsten-type looks, which could also carry…

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