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Korn: Return of the Dreads & Nocturnal Underground Tour 2016

Grammy-award-winning, nu metal band, Korn, embarks on a tour of mainland Europe in March, starting in Zurich and culminating in Slovakia in April, with a set that features Ayrton Magic Panel-R fixtures as the focal point of the lighting design. The 17-date tour follows on from North American and UK legs which were supplied by Morpheus Lights in the US and Neg Earth in the UK respectively, with Black Box of Germany assisting for the forthcoming Europe leg. Korn’s lighting designer, Thomas ‘Church’ Christmann, supplemented the North American tours with 20 Ayrton Nando Beam-S9 and 6 Ayrton Magic Blade-R fixtures for Korn’s sets in the "Return of the Dreads & Nocturnal Underground" tours.

Church designed his lighting to work in combination with a large, rectangular back video wall, by deploying 56 MagicPanel-R fixtures, complete with mirror kits, in five 4x3 arrays across five step risers which back the band and frame the drum kit: “Everything in the design is straight and the Magic Panel-R fixtures fit into it,” he says. “The straight beam of the panels and their position within the design make a perfect overall picture.”

To meet the quick turnarounds that touring with a variety of other bands demands, Church was able to incorporate the Magic Panel-R units into a versatile floor package that was simple to set up, manoeuvre on stage and transport. ‘It is the fastest way to deploy them and the safest way to transport them on dollies,” he says. “I needed a flat beam fixture to complement the straight lines of the design. I made the design for the first tour and the band really liked the result of the show and the design, so we held on to it. I’ve used them on all Korn tours in 2016 now. As for the set up, it was pretty simple to set up the MagicPanels, and the programming on pixel mapping works solidly. I like the idea with the mirror kit in the back and they’ve piqued a lot of interest with the other guys on tour.”

Church controls the panels from a Chamsys Magic Q 100 Pro 2014 lighting desk, run in extended mode via Art-Net. Using a combination of the desk’s internal pixel mapping options and the MagicPanels’ own macro patterns, Church explains, “I’m using all the options I can imagine - from a big white light wall to tiny dots moving around. I can create frames or movement effects, and the endless pan/tilt motion is a great effect.”

Fotos: Sebastien Paquet


Right Now
Here To Stay
Somebody Someone
Narcissistic Cannibal
Falling Away From Me
Coming Undone
Shoots And Ladders
Alone I Break
- Drum Solo -
Did My Time
Y'All Want A Single
Another Brick In The Wall (Pink Floyd)

4 U
Got The Life
Freak On A Leash

Tourdates (Europe)

27.05.2016 Rock In Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
29.05.2016 Rock In Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
31.05.2016 Rockhal, Esch Sur Alzette, Luxembourg
02.06.2016 Parco Di Monza, Monza, Italy
02.06.2016 Rock am Ring, Mendig, Germany
07.06.2016 Power Festival, Atlas Arena, Lodz, Poland
10.06.2016 Donington Park, Derby, UK
11.06.2016 Longchamp Racecourse, Paris, France
12.06.2016 Hippodrome, Paris, France
13.06.2016 Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht, Netherlands
16.06.2016 Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
12.12.2016 Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK*
14.12.2016 The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, UK*
15.12.2016 Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, UK*
16.16.2016 SSE Arena, Wembley, London, UK*
18.12.2016 Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, UK*
19.12.2016 Motorpoint Arena Nottingham, Nottingham, UK*

* Co-Headliner: Limp Bizkit


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