The first live arena concert in the world … since coronavirus silently spread global mayhem, was headlined by rising‐stars L.A.B. at Auckland’s Spark Arena, New Zealand, a momentous occasion offering the artists, their management, crew and fans a joyous and heartfelt night where they could once again all embrace the emotions, experience and adrenaline rush of live performance! Robe moving lights were on the rig in a production design created by lighting designer Jack Hooper, together with the artists, their management team Loop, visual director Olivier Jean and live video specialist Big Picture. Oceania was the lighting rental supplier. Jack worked with them for four years before launching his freelance career at the end of 2019. Being familiar with the brand and all the creative options that brings, he specified 22 x Robe BMFL Spots, 8 x BMFL Blades as the core fixtures of the design, which he extrapolated at short notice from a version being developed for arena shows being planned for later in the year. Also shaping the lighting design were the video aspects, starting with the set architecture and stage design which comprised three 4‐metrewide by 7‐metre‐tall columns of 7.8 mm LED upstage, with the three main riser fronts also clad in the same product. Jack positioned his BMFLs on three overhead trusses – Blades on the front for key lighting – Spots on the back for effects, with another 6 x BMFL Spots on the floor behind the band for powerful aerials and blast through looks. All lighting was programmed and operated by Jack using a grandMA2 full size console. For the show visuals, a disguise d3 media server sat at the heart of the system which also allowed everything to be previewed and sequenced in advance in the studio. Additional visual effects elements came from content programmed on a Resolume Arena media server. An L‐Acoustics sound system was supplied by College Hill Productions, and L.A.B’s audio was engineered by Richie Allen at FOH and Charlie Rodgers on monitors.
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