SWITCHING BETWEEN their acoustic or “Aquostic” concerts to the electric Plugged In – Live and Rockin’ tour, Status Quo required lighting capable of both dynamism and subtlety in a single touring set up.
Lighting designer Ewan Cameron says he chose a range of fixtures, supplied by event production specialist Hawthorn Lighting, for their flexibility, for shows including London’s Eventim Apollo (cap. 5,000), Newcastle-upon-Tyne’s City Hall (2,100) and Cardiff’s St David’s Hall (2,000).
“I needed a range of units that could provide the punch required for a classic high energy rock and roll show but could then be re-tasked to fit in with the subtlety and gentler pace of the acoustic show,” says Cameron.
Among the lights were Martin MAC Viper Profiles, Aleda BEYE K10 and K20s, Mac Aura XBs and Ayrton MagicBlade FXs.
“The Ayrton Blades are a great example,” Cameron says. “For the acoustic show, I needed a fixture that would provide an even wash across the grey velvet backdrop to give bold stripes of vibrant colours. They can be rigged differently for the electric shows to become a punchy audience blinder and effects unit providing a wide range of different effects.”