Event production specialist, Maestra Group, recently provided a complete technical solution – utilising resources from both its Middle East and London operations - for the recent WWE Dune Bash staged at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium in Dubai.
Maestra was asked by sports producers ProActiv to provide all the rigging, sound, video, lighting, staging and draping needed for the two-day event, project managed for Maestra Group by managing partner the company's Dubai operation, Tom Clements.
The brief included co-ordinating the extensive soft-goods required around the site and setting up a workable backstage space using creative draping to give dressing and green rooms and technical areas. Maestra also supplied the local crew and specialised event security.
Clements explains: “Delivering a project of this size was a great challenge and one enabling us to illustrate the potential, synergy and talent of our Middle East and European teams working together to produce a high profile event for a world class brand."
With this event and another large show for Disney being serviced simultaneously in Dubai, key crew from Maestra London headed to the emirate to assist the WWE technical crew, together with elements of kit like the sound and lighting consoles, radio mics and more.
Rigging & Video
Two ground supports were installed for the 5000 capacity event; a 12m x 12m self-climbing trussing system above the wrestling ring at the centre of the action, and another measuring 12m wide x 3m deep immediately behind this, which was used to support the LED screens.
The main screen was a 7.5m x 4m 6mm pitch product used for IMAG relay of the ring action. Below this and slightly further back were two more 3m x 3m 6mm pitch side screens with a small gap in between to allow contestants to enter/exit on their way to the ring.
Playback video content for these entrance way screens was run via a Dataton Watchout control system from Maestra.
The company has also recently invested in more Atomic strobes, which were used for the first time on this event as special effects.
Martin MAC Auras and Clay Paky Sharpy moving lights were rigged all around the main ground support to highlight the wrestling action and provide key lighting for the IMAG cameras, with individual PARs dotted all over the place for the base washes and illumination.
Lighting was controlled via two ChamSys MQ100 consoles and Maestra also supplied one of their new 400A power distribution boxes and new Avolites ART dimmers.
A Nexo Geo 12 line array sound system was installed, picked for its aesthetics – with sightlines in mind - and power to deliver great sound all around the arena. Arrays were hung on each side of the main ground support – four in total - and focused for clear, even coverage.
Sound was mixed using a Yamaha LS9 console complete with new Rio Rack for processing and a mix of wired and wireless radio mics completed the sound detail.