Sonic Bloom Delivers EDM Experience with Elation Lighting
Denver-based Nexus Productions has been working the Sonic Bloom, Colorado’s premier EDM festival for the past four years, and this year served as the main stage lighting vendor (Bloom Stage) for the first time, supplying all trussing, lighting, motors, distros and more.
“Sonic Bloom’s lighting is focused around creating an intimate environment that compliments the many diverse acts throughout the weekend,” said Nexus Productions owner Chuck Williams, who served as lead lighting designer for the Bloom Stage.
“I’ve had this stage concept brewing in my head for a while now and I’m glad we were able to execute it. I really enjoy watching it go from our cads to a full blown festival stage.”
The Bloom Stage used Elation’s continuously rotating ACL 360 Bar™ LED moving bar effects together with Platinum Beam 5R™ beam lights to create a uniquely visual atmosphere. “We just purchased the ACL 360 Bars this past May, but we’ve been using them on our festivals/tours for about a year.” Williams says that the ACL 360
Bars were the lead component to the main stage design. “With our circle truss hanging as a ‘halo’ we wanted to make it so the ACLs covered the whole ring. We found the magic number for our 20′ circle was 24 units evenly spread.”
The ACL 360 Bar is a diverse fixture with a tight beam that looks great as a blade effect across haze and is often used for eye candy looks or pixel mapping effects.
“As the LD, I love the pixel mapping capability with the ACL 360 Bars,” Williams said. “I spent a lot of time
writing effects to utilize the pixels all weekend and the pixel mapping made for some incredible looks. They pack a really nice punch yet are incredibly lightweight and power efficient, which really helps on the big rigs. The speed
on the fixtures is really great also – quick and snappy.”
Williams says the Platinum 5R Beams were his “main guns” in the rig with 24 fixtures all in the air. Twelve fixtures were mounted in-between each of the ACL Bars on the halo truss with the remaining 12 on a stage right/left raked
truss. “The brightness and reliability of these fixtures are key,” the LD stated, who says he was able to lower the halo truss, leaving it almost vertical as a backdrop for a few sets. “This created a whole new look for the stage and really made for some magical moments with the beams and ACLs working together.”