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Hybrid provides clean look for Simple Minds

Production News
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 video imagery.

Working with Blackburn-based production company HSL, Pollard customised the GoldPix 77, an LED panel with a halogen look by manufacturer URC, mounted with eight Sceptron VDO10 fixtures by Martin, rigging them on custom stands, creating the ‘Sceptopix’. Five of the hybrid products were used for shows at venues including Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom (2,100), Manchester’s The Albert Hall (2,300) and London’s Roundhouse (3,118).

According to HSL’s Andy Chatburn, who fabricated the Sceptopix, “Stephen usually comes up with something off-beat and wacky, and we love making his ideas tourable.”

He explains the hybrid product provided two very different light sources through which Pollard could play video as well as programme traditional lights, allowing full colour and “cool, crisp” whites.

“HSL come up with practical solutions and help me stretch the budget and the creative options as far as possible,” says Pollard.

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