Horizon 2020 Friday Night Party rocked with Robe
Australian technical production and event specialist and rental company Elite Event Technology ensured that Horizon 2020 – the Friday Night Party event – had spectacular 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, Elite also provided a d&b PA system for the event. The lighting rig was created by LD Jake Ploss. Elite’s owner and house FOH sound engineer Darren Russell took this as a starting point and – in consultation with Jake – 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, below which Elite flew four production trusses. Elite’s Blake Watkin operated lighting and the challenge was in lighting each artist differently to match their performance and musical style. Over 60 per cent played in daylight which was another consideration and a factor in the choice of BMFLs … for their intensity and multiple features. “They are the only light that can cut through and register in any colours during daylight,” states Blake, “you simply can’t beat BMFLs for this!” Robe’s BMFL WashBeam has been his all-time favourite moving light fixture for some time. Blake has found that a combination of the demand for ‘big’ spot and wash looks plus the framing system and effects features make BMFL WashBeam ideal for virtually all their work – and the fixtures are out working constantly. For the Friday Night Party, the six BMFL WashBeams were on the most downstage truss and used for some excellent subtle key lighting and specials. They worked perfectly, the framing allowing precise and neat highlighting with minimal spill. 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. All the lights were controlled through the grandMA2 light house console.