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Robe supports ‘Let It Roll’ festival

Robe supports ‘Let It Roll’ festival
Robe supports ‘Let It Roll’ festival

‘Let It Roll 2019’, a three-day drum‘n’bass festival in the environment of Milovice Airfield, a former Soviet-era airbase north of Prague in the Czech Republic, featured seven stages and a large number of Robe moving lights. 


Directing all the ‘Mothership’ (Main Stage) technical production was Pepa Ženíšek from Smart Production, who hand-picked a team of creatives and a set of suppliers. The Main Stage production lighting design was imagined by Ondrej Bylok, who has worked on the event for the last ten years or so, initially as a lighting technician, and as main stage LD since it moved to this site in 2015.


For the last two years, everyone has used the ‘house’ rig and lighting for all the sets have been operated by Bylok and his colleagues. In addition to that, a focal point of the festival is the timecoded Opening Ceremony show which takes place on the Friday night. All the other stages stop for the duration of the opening show, and the whole festival population packs into the main arena.


This year Bylok specified nearly 100 Robe fixtures for the Mothership to cover all the lighting needs - a mix of 38 x Pointes, 12 x MegaPointes, 18 x Spiiders, 12 x Tarrantulas, 12 x CitySkape Xtremes and six BMFL Blades, all supplied by rental company Jesa, together with the audio. Bylok collaborated closely on evolving the Mothership look with show director and video designer Tomas Nezval and set designer Martin Kana.


The Pointes and Spiiders were rigged in six vertical columns spread across the 50 metres of stage width. At the centre of the Mothership was a 5 metre diameter inflatable head (which inverted for a completely new appearance on the second day of the show).


The Tarrantulas were positioned in the Mothership’s engine turbine recesses, and the MegaPointes were in a line on the deck. The CitySkape Xtremes were deployed on the floor where they illuminated the set architecture and decor, which was also lit from the six BMFL Blades positioned on the FOH structure.


Bylok programmed and ran the lighting - which also includes some other fixtures - on a GrandMA2 light console. The Opening Show music track was created by Abis, Hybrid Minds & Insideinfo, Neonlight, Icicle and Outside Agency and fully timecoded. Bylok was able to pre-vis and programme for three weeks, followed up by two full-on nights of programming and tweaking onsite.


Smart’s other regular production suppliers included lasers from Kvant and pyro from Flash Barrandov. Air Works from the Netherlands made the inflatable Mothership head and the rest of the set was built by Czech-based Set Art.


(Photos: Louise Stickland)




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