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Tears for Fears opt for simplicity

Production News
20 May 2019

LIGHTING DESIGNER Alex Reardon says he needed a fixture which could provide soft atmospherics and hard-edged beams for Tears for Fears’ tour, in which he aimed to strike the optimum balance between illumination and special effects. 

He aimed to create designs which mixed every combination of the two features appropriately. 

“I kept the look very straightforward with simple, clean, straight, directional lines and no visual fuss, and let the cueing, contrasts and timing do all the ‘heavy lifting’,” Reardon points out. 

He chose 66 MegaPointe moving lights by Czech Republic manufacturer Robe, used at venues including The O2 (cap. 21,000) in London, Birmingham‘s Resorts World Arena (15,700) and The Brighton Centre (4,500).

“MegaPointes have the functionality to give me the style and looks I needed,” he says. “They are available in sufficient numbers to check the ‘logistics’ box and are nicely priced as a rental item to please even the most stringent tour accountants.”

In addition, Reardon specified two BMFL Spot fixtures, used with a Robe RoboSpot remote follow spot system. 

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