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Rex Orange County on tour with Robe moving lights
Lighting director Will Kinnaird took 24 of of Robe’s LEDBeam 150 moving lights on Rex Orange County’s bus-and-trailer tour where the fixtures fitted into three small flightcases. For the low-profile aesthetic that he crafted for the tour, Kinnaird worked closely with the artist’s show designer, Jed Skrzypczak.
The LEDBeam 150s and some other lighting were used at every show in conjunction with the ‘top’ rigs at each venue. When it came to the London gig at the Hammersmith Apollo, the LEDBeam 150 count was boosted to 51 and six MegaPointes were added to the rig, all supplied by High Wycombe UK based rental company Siyan.
For the main tour, the 24 x LEDBeam 150s were deployed in three horizontal lines across the stage - upstage, mid-stage and downstage. For Hammersmith, Will Kinnaird enlarged the touring design and added 25 x LEDBeam 150s in the air on five LX trusses overhead, which were combined with 26 on the floor.
According to Kinnaird, they were the workhorse fixtures, creating the main architectural looks as well as washing across the whole stage where they were used for covering the space and the band members, or for rapid movements, quick flicks and accents on the faster and bouncier numbers.
Kinnaird programmed and ran the lightshow using an Avolites Sapphire Touch console. At Hammersmith, Karl Lawton was lighting crew chief, working alongside technicians Jon Barlow and Ted Parker, all from Siyan.
(Photos: Lindsay Cave)
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