Splendour in the Grass has quickly risen to become one of Australia’s premier music festivals attracting a 30,000+ crowd over the weekend around beautiful Bryon Bay! Leading rental company Creative Productions from the Gold Coast looked after house lighting on all five main stages supplying Robe moving lights for a glittering line-up of local and international music artists. The house rig for the main Amphi theatre Stage featured 11 x Robe BMFL Blades and 36 x Robe BMFL Spots, with other Robe products added for floor packages, many of which were also supplied by Creative Productions. Tame Impala’s extensive specials package was one such example, with 12 x Robe BMFL WashBeams and 12 x MegaPointes providing huge punch for a bunch of moody, dramatic silhouetted looks created by LD Jon Derrington. Vibrant colours, psychedelic video shapes and serious fog were the order of the day for the psych-rockers. A further four Robe BMFL WashBeams were installed – complete with custom gobos – on the delay towers left and right of FOH to provide liquid oil-style projections over the band and crowd. LED Bars, strobes and lasers capped off the design that mirrored the big fuzzy sounds with massive saturated colours and shapes.
Chameleon Touring Systems supplied the Childish Gambino floor package that featured its own unique stage risers and custom LED panels. Further Robe BMFLs, MegaPointes and Spikies were part of their main touring package, most of which stayed for the festival set, with Cory FitzGerald’s design being managed on the road by Sarah Landau. Two Robe RoboSpot remote follow-spot systems were used as part of the Gambino show which featured a modified thrust stage built as part of the main stage setup (reconfigured for the festival from the main tour that used five RoboSpot systems!). This allowed lights to track artist Donald Glover despite being almost concealed amongst the crowd at times. Meanwhile across the other stages, Melbourne-based MPH Australia were busy with classic and hugely popular UK hip-hop act The Streets (Mike Skinner) on the Mix-Up Stage, who used Robe MegaPointes and LEDWash 600s as an energetic floor package of their national tour, with a design by Jon Trincas and Steve Hough of Co1ab. At the GW McLennan Tent, Angus Stone’s other act Dope Lemon hit the stage with their all-new Robe OnePATT floor package backdrop which was custom built by the team at MPH and due to tour beyond their Splendour set.