CPL delivers ‘Carnival of Colour’ event for Tropic
CPL supplied full technical design and production for show producers Pandora Events who delivered Tropic Skincare’s “Glambassador” motivational event – themed ‘Carnival of Colour’ – staged at the NEC, Birmingham, UK. CPL’s production and project manager Lee Gruszeckyj worked closely with Pandora’s Vanessa Carter and a crew of 27 technicians. The four screens flown above the central stage each measured 16 meters wide by 4.5 high, and each was fed by a pair of doubled-up Barco UDXW32 32K lumen projectors. On the two lower trussing circles, 70 x 1.2 metre by 100mm wide Roe pixel strips were rigged running via Brompton T1 processors and fed with video content which produced colour and movement effects above the stage. Four Sony HXC-100 HD cameras were utilized for the IMAG mixed via a GV Kayak PPU.
Around 200 lighting fixtures – a mix of generics, LEDs and moving lights – populated the three circular trusses. The 150 x moving lights were made up from a mix of Robe Pointes, Spikies and LEDBeam 150s and the generics were a combination of profiles, fresnels and spots, all operated by Ian Wood and Peter Thompson using a grandMA console. A substantial L-Acoustics sound system comprised KARA, HiQ and ARCS Wide speakers. The crucial audio aspect was to get the speaker drops in exactly the correct places for optimal coverage right across the voluminous hall. This resulted in 10 arrays of KARA, each one containing between 6 and 9 speakers per drop. For stage lip fills L-Acoustics X8 speakers were chosen. The system was powered by L-Acoustics LA8 and LA12 amps, and all the amp racks were flown for neatness. Dante was distributed via a fibre network. The band had both FOH and monitors mixed via two Yamaha CL5 consoles. Thirty-six channels of Shure Axient Digital wireless mics, and a Sennheiser G3 IEM system completed the package. DPA 4099 mics were deployed for the drum kit with an array of mics including DPA 2011s for the rest of the band’s instruments. A full Riedel Bolero comms system was installed throughout the show-space connecting all involved in the event.