HSL is Making it BIG for Prodigy
Sonic and visual mayhem on a BIG scale to match the BIG beat anarchy and sounds of the Prodigy – that was the goal of lighting designer Tim Fawkes for the band’s current “No Tourists” tour. HSL is again the lighting supplier. In the middle of the stage are two AEC Routemaster front-engined doubledecker buses which are 6 metres high, 2.5 wide and 3 metres deep. These are no ordinary London buses – Tim calculated how many lights he could squeeze into the space and filled them with Martin MAC Quantum Washes, Atomic LED strobes, ColorBlock II LED
battens, and Cob FC LEDs for the headlights. ‘Brickwork’ panels link the stage to the wings each side, so the space is connected and conjoined rather than having a gap, and these scenics, lit with CHAUVET Professional SIXPAR 200IPs, also conveniently work as a shield for monitor world and other technical areas. The zig zagged trussing over the stage and wings is based on the apex roof architecture of typical London Bus Depots. The overhead rig is designed to be as much of a retinal onslaught as possible to match the SPLs and intense sub-base characteristic of FOH engineer Jon Burton’s mix. The four main 20 metre LX trusses above the stage are all lined with 136 x Martin Sceptron LED battens. The main ‘general’ lighting fixtures are 58 x Robe Pointes, 62 x Atomic LEDs and 32 x GLP JDC1 strobes making a total of 98 strobes, 42 x 2-lites, 16 x 4-lites plus 16 x Robe MegaPointes which are on the moving pods. These are joined by 50 x MAC Quantum washes and 12 x GLP X4s which are on the band’s left and right-side booms, shooting across the stage.
There are 33 x Robe LEDBeam 100s, 14 x Vari*Lite 4000 Spots, and 6 x PixelLine 1044 LED strips in the footlight position along the front lip of the stage. There are six vertical truss towers upstage which fill the gap between the top trusses really neatly, and for a true Prodigy-tastic back wall look, there’s four drop rows off the upstage truss all loaded with Quantum Washes. Over the stage there are four x 4-metre sections of truss each suspended on two 500Kg Liftket motors running with Kinesys Elevation 1+ vari-speed units which add some more upstage madness, positioned between LX trusses 3 and 4, operated by Steve Major using a Vector system stationed on stage right … with a spotter positioned on stage left. The pod trusses are also lined with Sceptrons and each loaded with four Robe MegaPointes, five JDC1 strobes, five old skool PAR CP60s and four active Sunstrips.
To add another raw touch to the environment, six PATT 2013 ‘big dish’ reflector lights on drop arms loom over the stage like giant industrial pendants. There is some serious atmospherics delivered by five of HSL’s HazeBase Touring smoke machines Tim programmed and is running the show on a Whole Hog Full Boar console with another running as hot backup. His team are crew chief Matt Brown who is joined by Joe Dowling, Stu Wright, Ryan Soave and Steve Major. The tour is being account managed for HSL by Jordan Hanson assisted by Emma Turner.