ALTHOUGH VIDEO has always been an important element of The Human League’s stage show, manager Simon Watson did not want the set for the band’s latest tour to be filled with LED screens, according to lighting designer Rob Sinclair.
While part of the solution, was projection mapping of video onto a series of giant cubes by Really Creative Media, the installation needed a lighting system which complemented and enhanced these features.
Sinclair used Claypaky Sharpies as the main beams, for their bright column-like look and minimal spill onto the projection areas, while GLP JDC1 strobes punctuated the video content with accents and percussive stabs at venues including London’s Eventim Apollo (cap. 5,050), Brighton Centre (4,500) and the FlyDSA Arena (13,500) in the band’s hometown Sheffield.
He invited London’s Colour Sound Experiment to supply the lighting package, which was installed on three straight trusses over the stage. Thirty-one Sharpies were distributed across the mid and back trusses, while GLP X4 Bar 20 LED battens were placed on the back truss.
Forty-six Chauvet Rogue R2 Washes provided looks on the cyclorama upstage, while 16 Claypaky Scenius Unicos lit the three singers. The JDC1s were positioned inside the cubes.
“It’s a fun, arty, colourful pop show,” says Sinclair. “The set would look equally at home in a trendy art gallery as it did as part of a stage show.”