A PRODUCTION by Wolf Alice needed a lighting fixture capable of creating contrasting atmospheres through its ability to switch colours, according to Mike Oates of Lights Control Rigging (LCR).
Oates says he invested in the Chroma-Q Color Force II for the band’s tour, which visited London’s Alexandra Palace (cap. 10,400), Manchester’s O2 Apollo (3,500), and Bristol O2 Academy (1,600).
“The tour’s LD, Davy Sherwin, was able to use the fixtures’ great colour range and throw to change the mood and ambience of each song without detracting from the performers themselves,” says Oates.
Supplied by A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC/ET), the fixture was also deployed at The O2 Brixton Academy (4,900), London, for emerging band Sundara Karma, where the same designer used it to light a bright backdrop which bleached out the stage, creating the effect of a rising sun, as well as other looks.
“At the moment we seem to be sending out equipment for a different tour every week,” says Oates. “The key is being able to work with the artistes, their lighting designers and make sure we have the right, high quality equipment available.”