A&O Creative shines for BigCityBeats

Newly-conceived light show stuns ravers at the World Club Dome 2015
Photo (c) Manfred Voss
Photo (c) Manfred Voss
Photo (c) Ralph Larmann
Photo (c) Ralph Larmann
Photo (c) Manfred Voss
Photo (c) Manfred Voss
Photo (c) Ralph Larmann
Photo (c) Ralph Larmann


Taking over Frankfurt, Germany for three days, the World Club Dome, developed and organised by BigCityBeats, sees ravers come together under one spectacular roof to enjoy the latest and greatest in Electronic Dance Music (EDM).

BigCityBeats has long been synonymous with major opening and closing shows designed by its initiator and organiser Bernd Breiter. This year, both ceremonies featured a new light show – designed by A&O Creative under the direction of lighting designer Manfred “Ollie” Olma.

For the World Club Dome live shows, the company assembled the largest constellation of luminaires ever deployed for an event of its kind. the enabled A&O Creative, the creative department of Bremen-based lighting specialists A&O Technology, under Olma's direction, delivered its newly conceived light show “Big City Lights”.

The resulting show flooded the arena with impressive images of light. The video content was created by Saskia Olma, whilst Marco Niedermeier, CEO of A&O Technology, was active in the role of executive producer.

Olma reveals: “We provided the illumination from inside, yet to spectators it appeared as though it were happening outside the arena. It is not just an architectonic 3D light but extends into 4D and 5D. Spectators are given the impression that they are travelling in time. Based on the interaction of lighting, video, laser and pyrotechnics, the guiding leitmotif for the lighting design stemmed from the doctrine of the Four Elements. It was supported by powerful sound."

In all, A&O Creative installed almost a hundred FALCON searchlights from event partner A&O Technology in the main stage area of the Commerzbank Arena, which for three days became the world’s biggest club. Among them were a LED band made up of Video FALCONs at the front of the main stage. FALCON BEAM and FLOWER units completed the multi-level constellation.

According to the organisers, some 100,000 visitors (up to 40,000 per day) attended at least one of the shows over the course of the weekend, occupying the 500,000sqm party arena to hear some of the most famous EDM DJs and live acts in the world, including stars such as Avicii, David Guetta, Faithless and Hardwell.

Bernd Breiter, CEO of BigCityBeats, commented: “For the BigCityBeats World Club Dome, we developed an opening and closing show with maximum emotional impact. And thanks to A&O, a magnificent team and incredible equipment (including a multitude of high-powered lamps), we managed to create together a new type of spectacle. The BigCityBeats World Club Dome has drawn a massive response worldwide. I’d like to thank most warmly A&O, Marco Niedermeier, Ollie Olma and the entire team that contributed to the realisation of my dream."

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