Ayrton Domino hits the sweet spot for Sugababes One Touch Tour
One of Britain’s most successful girl groups, the Sugababes, embarked on their first tour in 20 years with their original line up performing a 17‐date tour of UK and Ireland. Award‐winning show designer Ed Warren chose 24 Ayrton Domino Profile fixtures as his main source of key light and mood lighting for the tour.
“This is not my first time using Ayrton ‐ I’ve loved what they’ve been doing for many years now,” says Warren. “For the Sugababes tour I wanted an LED fixture that was powerful, with a clear, crisp beam, solid colours and reliability. The Domino has all of that!”
Warren sited the Domino Profile fixtures in sets of eight, on the upstage deck and on each of the upstage and downstage trusses. “The downstage eight were primarily used as our main source of key light, the rest for setting various moods, backlighting the performers, hitting the mirrorball etc.,” he says. “I created some nice gobo eﬀects for a few songs, and there were some simple looks where the Dominos were backspotting the three performers from above which was really powerful as a stripped back moment. The design was based around banks of line fixtures which were very bright and powerful. I needed a spotlight that could hold its own against them…which Domino did!”
The Domino Profile fixtures proved their worth on tour in terms of versatility and reliability too, as lighting crew chief, Neil Smith explains: “With the mixture of UK venues we played ranging from 2000‐ capacity academies to arenas, we were able to fit the Dominos in all venues. Our main eight on the floor were always consistent throughout all venues and, with the way Ed programmed them, they were the first fixture to make the first impact of the show at the first hit of the drums, so these were always a priority presence on all the shows. "At Colour Sound we have invested heavily in Ayrton over the years from the Ayrton Versapix RS to Huracán LT, and we currently hold around 500 Ayrton fixtures in our UK rental stock,” says Colour Sound Experiment’s Alex Ryan. “In Ayrton we have found a company whose service and reliability are exceptionally good, and a product range that lighting designers are really happy with from the output to all the features, so it’s a ‘no‐brainer’ for us to keep stocking and supporting the brand.”
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