SNOW PATROL frontman Gary Lightbody’s idea for a video box with images on the four visible interior sides formed the look of the band’s latest tour supporting their album Wilderness.
Lighting and show designer Davy Sherwin invited Tring-based Universal Pixels (Unipix) to realise the idea, creating a projection box brought to life by four Panasonic, RZ31K projectors, two flown over the stage and two at front-of-house (FOH).
“My aim was to make everyone feel they were in the show together,” says Sherwin. “We wanted to create an immersive experience for both the band and the audience.”
Video content by creative agency Atticus Finch was cut with live feeds from the image magnification (IMAG) system, which included four manned Sony HDC-1500R cameras and four Agile ARC360 Lites, overseen by video director Jon Shrimpton.
Snow Patrol’s production manager Robin Scott says, “Universal Pixels impressed across the board – good customer service, good crew, good knowledge, good attitudes and well prepped equipment.”
Meanwhile, Liverpool-based Adlib provided audio for a tour which visited venues including Manchester Arena (cap. 17,000), London’s The SSE Arena, Wembley (12,500) and Belfast’s SSE Arena (10,800).
FOH engineer Nigel Pepper specified an L-Acoustics K1 system for a “robust and solid” sound using 14 K1 speakers per side with four Kara downfills, plus eight K1 subs behind the main hangs to direct the low frequencies towards the rear of the arenas. These were supplemented by two side hangs of 12 K2 speakers and, on the floor, 21 KS28 subs in a spaced array.