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Horizon 2020 Friday Night Party lit with Robe
Before the Coronavirus pandemic has sent most of the world into lockdown, Canberra, Australia-based technical production and event specialist and rental company Elite Event Technology ensured that Horizon 2020 - a Friday Night Party event that was part of the Australian National University Students’ Association’s annual Orientation Week activities - had lighting and sound for their main stage, including an all-Robe moving light rig.
Staged at the Fellows Oval sports ground on the University of Canberra campus in ACT, around 3000 students enjoyed a line-up of young emerging talent from some of Australia’s best ‘ones-to-watch’ music stars. Elite provided a D&B PA system for the event.
The lighting rig was based around a festival lighting spec created by headliner Club Sport’s LD Jake Ploss. Elite’s owner and house FOH sound engineer for the night, Darren Russell, took this as a starting point and - in consultation with Ploss - modified elements to make it practical for the event and to fit the 14-metre-wide truck stage.
The stage offered 6.5 metres of headroom to its structural gantry, below which Elite flew their four production trusses. Elite’s Blake Watkin operated lighting for all the other bands apart from Club Sport.
For the Friday Night Party, six BMFL WashBeams were on the most downstage truss and used for some subtle key lighting and specials. Sixteen BMFL Spots were distributed around the other trusses together with 16 of the 24 x Pointes, with the balance of Pointes on the floor. These other eight Pointes were part of Club Sport’s floor package and were wheeled onto stage on mobile tank trap bases together with some strobes. All the lights were controlled through the GrandMA2 light house console.
The stage was positioned and set up the day before the event - on the tarmacked end of the playing fields - so there was enough time to rig lighting and sound and for Blake Watkin to do some pre-programming the night before, getting some basic building blocks into the desk.
With no video elements, all the visuality of the performances was down to the lighting. The biggest challenge for Friday Night Party’s lighting was keeping enough smoke and haze in the stage area (which was open on both sides) to enhance beams and effects.
Elite Event Technology also provided all the stage risers and blackline for the concert, plus crowd barriers. Darren Russell and the team commissioned and ordered the generators and designed and supplied site-wide power distro infrastructure covering the stage and production plus the entire Fellows Oval field for the concessions.
(Photos: Louise Stickland)
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