UK lighting and visuals rental company HSL supplied an extensive lighting specials package – including 140 new Philips Nitro LED strobes – for the Prodigy’s headline performance on Friday night at Sonisphere 2014 in Knebworth Park.
Show Designer Andy Hurst developed the latest look for the band’s upcoming series of shows throughout Europe across the summer. The fundamental Prodigy tour design is based on the ‘aircraft hangar’ look that Hurst created for their New Years’ Eve show at London’s O2.
As this was originally designed as a one off, Hurst produced a tourable and adaptable version of the basic infrastructure – six upstage / downstage finger trusses, complete with 60 Robe LEDBeam 100s and a large upstage arch rigged with 32 beam lights – part of 68 on the spec’d rig – which is sourced and provided locally, and then augmented with their touring lighting rig.
The touring package features the band’s striking Harrier jump jet backdrop upstage, plus eight floor-based upstage trussing towers which are wheeled on – each rigged with two Robe LEDBeam 100s, two Nitro Color RGB strobes, four ColorBlock db4 MkIIs and a Patten 2013 on the top. Then there is a ‘small’ arch that frames Liam’s keyboard hub and eight Robe Pointes rigged on top.
Sonisphere presented a great chance for HSL’s new Nitro strobes to have a good workout, as it was the first time that they had been used for a full-on rock concert.
The Nitro strobes were arranged in three flown arrays either side of stage. The units were built into drops of 10 and attached to steel wire rope ladders – configured as 4, 2 and 1 x 10 respectively – the longest on the outside, to mimic the shape of the arch.
Hurst used a total of 56 Nitro RGB versions, while the rest were white. With 28 Atomics also dotted around the place, the whole field was lit up in dramatic giant flashes and vivid explosions of colour as the band brought the house down with a string of anthems.