Robe has big presence at Lollapalooza Berlin
The 2023 Lollapalooza Berlin event at Olympia park in the heart of the city was notable for a sizzling artist lineup as well as being a major Robe moving light installation, with almost 500 Robe fixtures – over 75 on the Alternative Stage, over 125 on Main Stage North and over 250 on Main Stage South, plus some on Perry’s stage.
Lighting production was delivered to the Main Stage North by rental specialists TSE, Main Stage South by Media Resource Group (MRG), Alternative Stage by Sound Projekt (SPS) and Parry’s stage by Colour Sound Experiment.
Robe’s ‘On the Road’ show truck was also on site, located backstage left at Main Stage North, as for the first time at this event, TSE located their WYSIWYG pre‐viz studio in the truck – oﬀering all lighting designers access to the service. With all‐day personal support by Thomas Heydthausen from Berlin‐based pre‐viz specialist prefocus, most LDs gladly accepted the oﬀer and enjoyed the access to the hardware, hospitality and the cool vibe and yet quiet space. Apart from its role in the creative production process, the Robe truck top deck functioned as a cool networking area welcoming all crew and anyone from the technical production community on site, who could enjoy their ‘down’ time with a perfect view across almost the whole festival ground and extraordinarily good weather, which saw the mercury top 30 degrees. Six of Robe’s new FOOTSIE2 footlight fixtures with wide diﬀusers and integral cable tray were made available on the thrust of Main Stage North – the first time the product has been used at a European festival!
The FOOTSIE2s were embraced by Imagine Dragons and their lighting designer Mitchell “Mitch” Schellenger, and tour lighting programmer Dennis Brasser, who could swiftly integrate them into their show. Their show lighting production design typically had footlights along the thrust on podiums lower down from the stage – which was not possible at Lolla Berlin – so the FOOTSIE2s were welcomed, and Mitch loved everything about this innovative new product!
Thomas Stütz was TSE’s project manager for Main Stage North which utilised 12 x iFORTES and 8 x iSpiiders on the front truss – picked for their power, intensity and of course IP rating as this position was exposed. They were accompanied by thirty‐ four Spiider LED wash beams positioned on the main overhead trusses, together with 30 x FORTEs. Alongside them were 36 x MegaPointes, also integral to the design, positioned on the side ladder trusses in a Matrix of 5x3 each side, and some on the deck. Robe’s MegaPointe ranks as one of the ‘must have’ all time festival favourite fixtures ever! Robe products were also chosen because of their wide acceptance by international productions, their rider friendliness and the great creative design possibilities that using them oﬀers to any performance environment. Main Stage North production lighting design was created by Klaus Gräwert and Janine Lutz who commented that it was “ideal” to be able for the front IP rated fixtures to be twinned with identical standard FORTE and Spiider products on the rest of the rig, all with the same control parameters and characteristics.
Alternating in flip‐flop style, the South Stage lighting technical production was supplied by another major German rental company, the Media Resource Group (MRG), and project managed by Kilian Körber. Robe MegaPointes were a major part of the lighting scheme for this stage, with 120 on the rig, together with 30 x BMFL Blades, 70 x Spiider wash beams, 27 x Tetra2s and eight PATT 2013s.
Alternative Stage lighting was supplied by Sound Projekt Veranstaltungstechnik from Stralsund (SPS). It included 72 x Robe moving lights, a combination of iPointe 65s, MegaPointes, Spiiders and iSpiiders among which were rigged (with other fixtures) on the overhead rig and deployed on the floor, again all chosen as universally rider‐acceptable. Lighting for Perry’s Stage – named after Perry Farrell from Jane’s Addiction, the event’s creator – was supplied by Colour Sound Experiment from the UK, who have also been a long‐term supplier of the Berlin edition. Their rig this year included Robe Spiiders and two RoboSpot remote follow spot systems in combination with BMFL Spots.