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Adlib supports Liverpool ONE’s ‘Switch On’
Liverpool ONE’s ‘Switch On’ event pulled a crowd of 45,000 people. Adlib provided lighting and sound for the 12 minute specially composed soundtrack show produced by Liverpool Empire Theatre that preceded the illumination of a 30 metre tall Christmas tree, made up of 280 illuminated LED hearts, located at the end of Paradise Street.
Lighting was designed by Liverpool Empire, with fixtures placed on the ground and on top of a selection of key buildings including H&M and the Bridge Street apartment’s roof. Four 4K A&O Falcon searchlights were positioned behind the tree, shooting beams up into the night sky, while twelve Martin MAC Quantum Washes were installed on three scaffolding towers spread out along the street, and used to wash over the audience.
Six MAC Viper Profiles were rigged on the rooftops and projected gobos and texturing onto the adjacent grey wall. Some of these images were also related to parts of the spoken narrative running in the soundtrack.
Six out of a total of 16 x Clay Paky Mythos were on the ground in front of the tree, with the other ten above the audience washing colour and effects over the gathered crowds. All these were programmed and run by Kevin Byatt from a GrandMA2 full size console at the FOH control position - slightly away from the action, above street level on the roof of Starbucks. The console received timecode from the audio track so everything ran in sync.
The sound system was Coda ViRay specified by Adlib’s Phil Stoker, arranged in seven ground stacked towers each comprising six speakers, running all the way down Paradise Street which was the main gathering area and strategically positioned to give the most even coverage. A small sound system was provided for local Radio City DJs who presented a pre-show warm-up session and hosted live bands who had won the chance - on air - to play in front of a live audience.
The producers decided on a wired rather than wireless control solution. The cabling required a substantial network of catenary wires and other infrastructure.
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