HALL AND Oates based the look of their UK stage show on a proscenium arch built of LED, supported by a block of video on the upstage screen
The band used a total 150 square metres of UPADIII H05 panels by manufacturer Trinity LED, for performances at venues such as Glasgow’s SSE Hydro (cap. 13,000), Arena Birmingham (15,800) and The SSE Arena, Wembley (12,500) in London.
The screen was part of a complete audio and visuals production package provided by Liverpool and Glasgow-based Adlib, which also supplied fixtures including Martin MAC Aura LED washes, Claypaky Mythos and MAC Viper Profiles on the lighting front and an L-Acoustics 12 K1 system, including four K2 downfills for the main arrays and 12 K2s for the side hangs on the sound side.
According to Adlib’s Dave Eldridge, “The biggest lighting challenge, was recreating the exact shape of the US design and building it around the two sets of video screens. Lighting, rigging and video teams worked together to ensure that all the elements and trusses matched up perfectly.”
For the audio system, front-of-house engineer Chris Salamone worked with Adlib tech Billy Bryson, among others, to deploy L-Acoustic’s new Autosolver tools, which optimised the system.
“Autosolver gives a great head-start,” says Bryson. “The accuracy in which a design can be tuned ensures complete tonal consistency when touring through venues of different sizes.”