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Production News
9 July 2018
Arcadia at Olympic Park - Luke Taylor

THE FOUNDERS of Arcadia, which celebrated its 10th anniversary at a 20,000-capacity festival in London’s Queen Elizabeth Park, believe the project has developed new ways of handling complex live production challenges.

Lighting, video and pyrotechnics at the event were operated using Titan and Ai control systems from Avolites – a key Acadia partner for the last six years, as artistes including Leftfield and Rudimental performed on the giant spiderlike structure.

The systems also controlled visuals and effects at Arcadia’s other two stages, The Bug, a mobile dance stage featuring London Sound and Stanton Warriors, and The Reactor, an “immersive” arena featuring lasers.

“As Arcadia grew we realised that we are not just building a stage, but attracting people of different disciplines,” says Arcadia co-founder Pip Rush, who invited Avolites in 2012, when the spider got its 50 tonne legs.

“Since then a team of their specialists have continuously developed a lighting and visuals control system that has revolutionised the Arcadia workflow.

“The Avolites team realised there were easier ways of doing things and ultimately they became a technical mentor to us.”

Among the visual effects were six new Barco UDX-4K, 31,000 lumen projectors supplied by projector specialist CPL (see Production News, issue 221).

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