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Colour Sound supplies lighting for European Lollapalooza
Colour Sound Experiment was asked to supply lighting, LED screen and crew for the Perry’s Stage at the first Lollapalooza event in Europe, staged at Templehof Airfield in Berlin. Perry’s stage, named after Perry Farrell, Jane’s Addiction lead singer who started the Lolla phenomena in 1991, is now synonymous with the best of dance beats and sounds and this year headliners included Fatboy Slim.
Colour Sound’s crew of seven was led by Kester McClure. On site, they all worked closely with Festival Republic production managers Spike Beecham and Kevin Sutherland. It was their third gig this summer working with this same production team.
The stage was located inside the main Hangar at Templehof, with the audience on the outside of the building. So flying was possible, and a German rigging team installed a mother grid from which Colour Sound then sub hung their main rig, the overhead elements of which were based on Fatboy Slim’s design by Steven Abbiss. This comprised 11 trusses, nine running upstage/downstage as ‘fingers’, with two side trusses. A large expanse (10 metres wide by five high) with 100 panels of Colour Sound’s BT 7 mm pitch LED screen was hung on another upstage truss and the same screen was also used to clad the front of the DJ booth.
There were two diagonally hung side stage screens hanging below the side trusses, made up from the medium resolution BT-12 product, both in 4 metre wide by 1 metre high strips, each consuming 60 panels, so 120 in total. Out in the arena, each of eight PA delay towers was also rigged with 16 panels of BT-20 screen plus two Clay Paky Sharpys. Back to the stage, and 20 x Sharpys per side and 40 active Sunstrips in total were all rigged above and below the side screens.
The overhead rig included 20 x CP Alpha Spot 1500s, 20 x 4-lite Moles and 20 Atomic 3K strobes, all spread out across the nine fingers. There were 26 x Robe Pointes up in the rig and on the floor and 42 Robe LEDWash 600s in both positions, floor and overhead. On the floor to the sides were four La Novalight Nova Flowers, new 2.5 K units for multi-beam effects. Also, eight strategically placed Jem ZR44s and a Jem Roadie heavy fogger were utilized.
Colour Sound provided three options of lighting console - a GrandMA full size, a ChamSys MQ60 with a Wing, and an Avolites Tiger Touch requested by Abbiss to run Fatboy Slim’s show. Colour Sound set up a WYSIWYG visualisation suite side-stage to allow guest LDs as much programming time and opportunities as possible.
Video control was via a Hippotizer media server and also a laptop running Resolume that could be accessed via any of the consoles which were all running on a network. The video playback was looked after by Justin Beardsell from Meno TV. Also joining Kester on the Colour Sound crew were Joe Beardmore who co-ordinated the WYSIWYG facilities and networking, Jon Curtis who looked after FOH and the guest LDs, lighting tech Aamir Riaz and dimmer and motor tech Ed Blackwell. Colour Sound’s Stu Barr and Simon Robertson tech’d both lighting and video.
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