Robe in a World of Its Own with Westlife
The first leg of Westlife’s “The 20 Tour” culminated at Dublin’s Croke Park stadium. Lighting designer Tom Sutherland of DX7 Design specified 148 Robe MegaPointes to be the principal hard-edged and effects fixtures. “MegaPointes are my favourite fixtures right now,” he commented. They were also running four Robe RoboSpot Base Stations remotely controlling 16 BMFL WashBeams which were operated by some of the truck drivers. The total lighting fixture count for the tour was over 700 – including three different types of LED batten – all supplied by Southampton UK based touring lighting rental company, Liteup.
Over stage were nine angled trussing ‘fingers’ all on Kinesys automation, each one loaded with 12 MegaPointes plus strobes and outlined in LED battens. Another row of MegaPointes upstage at the back punched through when the screen split, with the other 24 underneath the stage lift for beaming across the stage and audience when it rose during the acoustic section. The RoboSpot system was tech’d by Mike Rothwell, who is also an experienced lighting programmer. Four BMFL WashBeams were rigged on the back truss as back spots – one per band member – with three each per band member, 12 in total … on the front truss. All 16 units were working with separate motion cameras. Lighting control was all grandMA2, programmed by Tom and Martin Higgins.