Illenium’s “Trilogy” concert opens Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas supported by grandMA3 consoles
When musician, DJ and record producer Illenium played the first concert staged at the new Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Lighting Designer and Programmer Chuck Williams selected two grandMA3 consoles for lighting control of the innovative three‐set, four‐hour “Trilogy” show. Illenium’s pre‐ COVID 19 bus tour utilized a pair of grandMA3 desks as well. ACT Entertainment is the exclusive distributor of MA lighting products in North America.
“We had a huge lighting rig on this show with almost 43 universes,” says Williams, who owns Denver‐ based Nexus Productions. “We wanted the same console we really enjoyed using on Illenium’s 2019 bus tour, so we chose two full‐size grandMA3s, an active unit and a backup unit.” Brown Note Productions, Inc. provided audio, lighting and video production for the show. “The console is so powerful and wonderful to work on,” Williams continues. “It was a vital part of the show. I couldn’t have performed at the level I did without it.”
Brown Note President Ryan Knutson believes that the grandMA3 “will become everything you would expect from the next generation of lighting consoles. Our consoles have been reliable and our clients love them!”
The three‐set structure of “Trilogy” began with “Ashes,” which Williams likens to “an EDM version of MTV’s ‘Unplugged’” for its intimacy and connection with the audience. The set found Illenium performing FOH on a 20‐foot turntable lift with a circle truss framing the lift and lasers on the platform. Williams used the spare grandMA3 located at FOH for this portion of the show.
The active grandMA3 was deployed for sets two and three. “Ashes” got the party started on stage on the second tier of a multi‐level platform featuring lighting, video, lasers and pyro. True to its name, the final set, “Ascend,” played on the third tier of the platform with the same equipment complement.