ALONGSIDE GIANT inflatables, puppets and confetti blasts, Elrow Town (cap. 20,000) in London’s Queen Elizabeth Park, deployed large format projection systems for its main and second stages to provide what Mike Radford of projection specialist CPL calls an “eye-popping spectacle”.
The event, which has grown out of rave-style club nights and festivals in Spain and now operates in several European locations, promised a high impact, eccentric experience, headlined by artistes including Fatboy Slim, Paul Kalkbrenner and Idris Elba.
The Town Square main stage featured a multi-layered scenic design “alive with colour and detail”, for which Radford specified two pairs of Barco UDX 30K projectors. These were mapped onto multiple surfaces across the stage including hexagons and other geometric shapes embedded in the set and backdrop, covering a surface 30m wide by 12m high.
The projection platforms were behind the front-of-house mixing position, approximately 70m away from the stage yet, says Radford, “the results were stunning.”
“With 120,000 lumens of output, the animated images burst into action as soon as darkness fell, thrilling the crowds and ramping up
the atmosphere,” he adds.
On the second stage, The Cave, two Panasonic 12K laser projectors beamed imagery onto the head of a scenic gecko measuring four metres wide and two metres high. The two projection sources were blended for even coverage areas like the creature’s eye sockets.