Boyband Tour kicks oﬀ with Robe
The Boyband Tour is a vibrant, joyous, hi‐energy, two‐hour steamroller of a set inspired by some of the greatest international ‘boyband’ hits from the nineties and noughties – Westlife, Backstreet Boys, SpiceBoys (celebrating the wonderful androgyny of music) and many more infections and beats that defined much of the pop of the era! It is delivered by five talented Danish musical stars – Silas Holst, Kim Ace Scherlund, Teit Samsø, Jeﬀ Ace Scherlund and Joakim Traneberg – who are also the show’s producers.
Lighting, visuals, staging, and technical production is right at the heart of this project, which is the brainchild of Silas Holst, so Sune Verdier was delighted to be asked onboard to co‐ordinate these aspects and also to production manager the first leg of The Boyband Tour which kicked oﬀ in Aarhus in December 2022 and continues around Denmark through February 2023.
Sune specified some of his favourite Robe moving lights for the eye‐popping show with ESPRITES, LEDBeam 150s, MegaPointes and Pointes plus other lighting and LED fixtures all supplied by Copenhagen based rental company, European Touring Productions (ETP) along with the audio and LED screen.
When it came to choosing lighting fixtures, Sune already knew he needed bright multipurpose luminaires and that the lighting would really have to pop to maintain the flow and speed of the show. It also had to fit the budget and into two trucks including the PA and video elements and furthermore, the design / rig had to be managed by a crew of three.
To capture the pop aesthetic, there is a lot of back, side, top and bottom lighting and around the screen. The three side booms a side are all on wheels and movable for easy re‐scaling in diﬀerent sized venues
Kicking in from the upstage corners are two – left and right – matrixes each comprising 12 Robe LEDBeam 150s, chosen for their small size and high impact. At the top of the side booms and above the screen is a row of 11 x MegaPointes, which are are used for all the big WOW moments and massive beam looks, as well as for silhouetti ng and framing the five artists from behind and above. Below the screen, peeping through across the top of the raised catwalk are 10 x Robe Pointes.
For front lighting, the keys and specials on the front truss are 7 x ESPRITES, chosen for their great output, high CRI and excellent quality of light.
In addition to these, there are some other moving head spot lights on the rig plus substantial LED lighting inside the set including 11 well‐worked strobes. These and serious amounts of haze have all been programmed by Sune onto a grandMA3.
Sune often specs Robe products for his lighting designs and rates the brand highly for all the key factors, “Quality, creative options, reliability and great ranges for diﬀerent applications,” he stated. He also appreciates the continuity between all the diﬀerent Robe ranges in colours and other parameters.
Photo © Louise Stickland