FOR A solo singer whose every move is scrutinised by the audience, the right follow spot is a key tool, according to Mark Cunniffe, lighting and production designer with Ed Sheeran.
The artiste plays venues including Cardiff’s Principality Stadium (74,500), Belfast’s Boucher Road Playing Field (40,000), and Manchester’s Etihad Stadium (55,100) next year and the need for a long throw meant the designer selected two Lancelot follow spots by French manufacturer Robert Juliat. The 4000W HTI luminaire is designed for exactly these applications, Cunniffe says, with a two to five degree zoom and a flat beam.
“I love the optics of Robert Juliat products which guarantee a flat field and good output,” he says. “The Lancelot is always a rock solid follow spot to take on tour. It is great to be able to travel with the lamp in situ in the spot and, with 187 dates, we needed something we could trust to be truly durable.
“Our spot operators love the ergonomics of the unit and the superb weight balance, while the ability to attach sights to the side is a crucial aspect: sights are invaluable when covering the throw distances of an arena or stadium-sized venue – and when there is only one singer and his guitar to focus on, it’s extremely important for the pick ups to be accurate.”
The Lancelots are supplied by rental company Lights Control Rigging, via distributor Ambersphere.