Bombay Bicycle Club
Bombay Bicycle Club headed out on their largest UK tour to date starting on 30th Sept in Brighton and Finishing at O2 Academy Brixton on November 19th. The rig was based around having a variety of tungsten looks from Pendent light fittings, moles, spacelights, fresnels and Omni Floods, with 18x Martin TW1's in the air to continue the tungsten look.
The stage set and backdrop were manufactured by Hangman and were all up lit with Colourblaze. Backlight on the floor came from 6x Alpha Spot 700s and Martin Atomics. The band were mainly lit by 6x booms SL & SR each with a 650w Fresnel and an iPix BB4.
The show was controlled by an MQ100 and Playback Wing. LD Chris “Squib” Swain comments “It’s now the console I use for all of my acts, I love its simplicity and the fact I don't have to trawl through loads of sub menus to get my rig to do what I want.
The best feature for me has to be the ability to clone and morph fixtures. We are now in Europe with a much smaller floor package so picking up in house rigs and morphing my show file fit the rig really does save me hours. It also means my showfile is in a great position to go into Festivals next year.”
All lighting was supplies by PRG with some additions provided by Ancient Lights & Props
Chris Swain has also been using ChamSys on Two Door Cinema Club and The Streets. www.squib.uk.com
Bryan Adams “Wake up the Neighbors” Tour
The Bryan Adams show was designed and operated by Ewan McRobb, who specified a ChamSys MQ100 Pro 2010 with Playback Wing for the tour.
Ewan said ”I utilised a PC wing and laptop as a back up system. Needless to say, although it was in place for every show, it was never required! This is the second Bryan Adams tour Ewan has operated with a ChamSys console, having toured with one on the previous “Bare bones” tour.
Siyan supplied all lighting equipment for the tour, including the new Robe MMX fixture, BB4s, Mac 2K wash, 4 lites and a 36” mirror ball.
Radio 1 Extra tour 2011
This year Radio 1 extra took the show out on tour over 4 venue. The ChamSys MQ200 and Extra Wing was used for this show, designed by Steve Finch and operated by Cate Carter
The show was designed for each of the venues, differing in size, with the smaller venues using certain elements of the design and utilizing the in house lighting rig.
And utilising Alpha Spot 700 HPE, 2K washes, BB4s and Sunstrips.
Steve Finch comments ”The ChamSys Console came into its own with the cloning ability for these shows, with all four shows filmed for red button and different acts each day at each venue the pixel mapper and ease of programming helped create four different visually stunning shows“.
Siyan supplied all lighting equipment and crew for the tour which visited Manchester Apollo, Birmingham Academy, Bristol Academy and Brixton Academy.
Lighting Designer Ben Ward talks about the Ting Tings Tour and Chamsys.
For The Ting Tings last festival of the year - Fete de l'Huma in Paris, which they headlined, having a capacity of 80,000 - The festival had an interesting rig:
70 Jaregs, 22 Atomics,16 VL3k,16 Clay Paky 700 beams,16 Mac 2k,16 Clay Paky 700 spots
16 Mac 3's,16 CS4's and 28 Sunstrips
Added to this was a floor package of 16 SGM Palco's, 12 Pixel lines (to light up the 3 white back drops) 5 Atomics (3 for backdrops, 2 for hitting the back of the band)
Ben says “I just had to take out a ChamSys MQ100 with 2 playback wings for this, which PRG supplied me with. It's been my desk of choice for a few years now and I've never struggled with it. I find that it just works the way I need to put on a good show. Once you start programming shows vertically (Cue Stacking) instead of horizontally (one thing for fader) but you still want some live control, there's nothing I'd rather have than a ChamSys. “
He goes on to say “I also took out a PC wing over summer to run our floor package at festivals, which was a real breeze, plug, play - FLASH!
For the tour I just finished with the Ting Tings, the band wanted to do a small intimate run before next year. Again I took out the ChamSys MQ100 with Playback Wing and a touchscreen. I find I'm depending on the ChamSys as I can programme my show quickly and effectively whilst being able to edit on the fly giving me the ability to provide a solid, yet live show. “
Strachy Na Lachy
Marcin Konieczek and Sergiy Chernikov designed the lighting for the recorded DVD concert for the famous polish rock band "Strachy Na Lachy". They used a ChamSys MagicQ MQ100 Pro2010 with ExecuteWing to control VL3000 Spot, VL2500 Wash, Blinders 4xDWE, Fresnel 5kW and SunStrip ActiveDMX.