HSL for Chase & Status Brixton
UK DnB band Chase & Status played a high-profile sold-out show at London’s Brixton Academy for which show designer / director Andy Hurst created a high-energy collage of lighting, lasers, set and video. Lighting equipment and crew was supplied by Blackburn based HSL. The aesthetics started with an 11 metre wide by 6 metre high 10 mm upstage video screen which was supplied by CT. Andy has also designed a new custom set and risers built by Light Initiative and comprises a series of Perspex panels with LED video strips outlining the edges, plus a curved LED ring around the drum kit. The LED strips were mapped to the playback video running on the band’s AI server, creating plenty of funky kinetic effects. Robe BMFL Blade moving lights were positioned upstage of the set, so Andy (Hurst) could project gobos onto the Perspex set panels. A dozen Robe LEDWash 1200s were positioned downstage left and right and used for powerful cross stage washes. The major architectural look of the show was 137 x SGM Q-7 LED strobe / floods which produced some spectacular BIG looks, The CO2 and flame effects were used judiciously and were therefore highly effective. Andy operated lighting and lasers from his own two Road Hog Full Boar consoles, with all the playback video run from onstage, and the flame and CO2 burn-out moments and chases together with an almost infinite variety of bumps and accents. The Q-7s were arranged on drop bars, 8 rows deep behind the screen and four rows deep to the sides. At Lovebox, this ‘wrap’ of lights had also been extended out to the PA wings. In the overhead rig, Robe LEDBeam 100s and Claypaky Sharpies dotted over the trusses were used for panning out into the crowds and sweeping the audience back up into the action. The lighting was completed with three Robe DLX LED Spots on the front truss used for key lighting the three band members, and a selection of floor washes downstage which were lighting the MC and guest singers as they worked the forestage area. Andy is known for using lasers innovatively in his shows, and on this one he utilized 20 x Kinects from ER Productions which were deployed on the side trusses and the floor. jet cues triggered by the SFX crew from BPM. Andy praised his “fantastic HSL crew” who worked tirelessly to get everything up and running in time. They were crew chiefed by Matt Brown and included Keith Parrot, Joe Downling and Bobby Swerdlow. The project was managed for HSL in the office /warehouse by Jordon Hanson.