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CPL Adds Glam Rock Production for Tropic Event

Technical production specialist CPL provided a production design plus sound, lighting and video equipment to Pandora Events for Tropic’s massive spring 2019 ‘glambassadors’ event, staged at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, UK. An 18m wide by 8m deep festival style stage and canopy was built by CPL with a 28m long by 4m wide runway going out into the audience. Pyro and CO2 effects were also used in the production, with 10 Impact FX CO2 jets positioned on the main stage and 8 Sparkulars positioned around the triangular stage. The climax of the final number featured a showstopper with 36 x confetti canons fired from the overhead trussing. To ensure everyone had a great view of the stage, four IMAG screens were installed, all made up from CPL’s ROE CB5 5mm surface. Playback video was fed to all 10 LED surfaces via a disguise one 4×4 media server via a Barco E2 Event Master/processor, disguise providing the background layer and E2 managing PIP’d screen outputs. Disguise was selected to map video content across all screens. The moving lights were a combination of Claypaky B-EYE K10s and Axcor 300 Spots, Robe Pointes and Spiider LED wash beams, SGM P-5 LED strobe/washes, ETC Source Four ColorSource Spots COB PARs, and other conventional washes together with 2-cell Moles and active Sunstrips dotted about, adding to the general festival vibes. Several DF50 hazers were strategically positioned to ramp up the atmosphere. All the lighting was controlled from a grandMA2 light console run by Andy Jones. Sound designers Jamie Kendall and Dan Lewis chose to use an L-Acoustics KARA system with around 70 speakers in total over five main arrays for the FoH PA.

L-Acoustics SD18 subs were on the floor and flown X8s served for the infills, all powered by LA8 and LA12 amplifiers run over a Dante network, including 3 Yamaha Rio3224-D stage boxes which were configured so the consoles could be patched anywhere in the system. Two Yamaha CL5 consoles were operated by Steve Bull (FOH) and Sam Cook (monitors) with the FOH moved from the centre of the auditorium to side stage between the daytime session and the evening party. CPL also supplied the DJ kit and back line for the bands. A full package of mics was included in the audio detail for bands and speakers – Sennheiser IEM setup together with Shure Axient wireless packs for the bands, and Shure UHF-Rs wireless headsets. Comms were an integral part of delivering the event, for which Mike specified CPL’s Riedel Bolero wireless system.

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