LIGHTING DIRECTOR Tim Routledge needed “vast quantities” of fog effects for two songs by Stormzy at London’s Wireless Festival (cap. 45,000).
The artiste aimed to produce a “supersized” set which involved 75 performers, 48 crew and over six trucks’ worth of production.
“We had an enormous thrust stage with inbuilt lifts, 200 strobe lights, a cage with 20 performers clinging to it, and a full orchestra for the final song,” says Routledge.
“At one point a screen was flown in – which is really unusual at a festival – from behind which we wanted to produce fog to reveal the next scene. So we really needed a fog generator that could match the huge proportions of the production.”
He specified two Me8 fog generators by manufacturer MDG, which can pump out 800 cubic metres of fog per minute.
“Despite good weather the breeze always affects the density and direction of fog on an outdoor stage,” says Routledge. “But the Me8 is such a beast that all we had to do was preset it. We had so much fog, we couldn’t ask for more.”