Taking over the British countryside last weekend, the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, once again proved a massive success. The famous music and arts festival was also a hit for Robe moving lights – over 600 of which were deployed on stages across the site, including Arcadia’s spectacular giant spider and the legendary underground dance destination, Block 9.
Lighting equipment for both these areas was delivered by Colour Sound Experiment, who joined several different rental companies involved in supplying Robe products, including the South West Group and DPL. Locally-based Enlightened Lighting took care of lighting a number of areas of the festival, all using a backbone of Robe kit.
Arcadia’s incredible new “Metamorphoses” show pushes all the boundaries of technology and art, and this year featured a primarily Robe moving light rig, including six BMFLs on the perimeter towers and Pointes rigged on the legs and belly of the spider. The 30-minute show’s lighting has been evolved by the Arcadia creative crew and the supply is co-ordinated by Arcadia’s technical production manager, Tim Smith. Each night of the festival, Metamorphoses signalled the start of a spectacular DJ line up to take Arcadia fans through to dawn each day.
Another popular late night section of the festival, block 9 is the place where London Underground, Genosys and NYC Downlow provide three fantastic scenic environments pulsing with great music. Lighting design for Block 9 is created and co-ordinated by Alan King and the imposing 50ft high post-industrial power facility of Genosys this year was lit with 17 Robe Pointes and 16 LEDWash 600s among other lighting. The animated club dancefloor in NYC Downlow was illuminated by some club classics including Robe 575 Scans, while two BMFLs highlighted a container that looked to have been dropped from a great height and embedded in the ground, signalling the start of the Block 9 adventure.
Colour Sound also supplied lighting to The Glade stage – an area co-ordinated and designed for them by Jasper Johns of Fruit Salad Lights – complete with 24 x Pointes central to the lighting rig.
The Park stage lighting was co-ordinated and run by Ben Perrin and Mark Bott of the South West Group, and also featured BMFL Spots and Robe’s new LEDBeam 1000s plus Pointes and LEDWash 600s.
LD Adam Power’s production design included 24 x Pointes, 24 x LEDBeam 100s and 12 x LEDWash 1200s, crew chief was Darren Parker.
The Sonic stage buzzed with the energy and sounds of acts like Leftfield, Roni Size’s Reprazent and the iconic Grandmaster Flash. The lighting rig included 24 x LEDBeam 100s, 24 x Pointes and LEDWash 600 looked after for Enlightened by Paul de Villiers.
Anthony van Sertima ran lights utilising 600E Spots, LEDWash 600s and LEDBeam 100s, Sam Walder lit the Summerhouse with Robe LEDWash 600s and ColorSpot 575E ATs and Mark Aitken ensured that everything salsa’d and sizzled in Glasto Latino with ColorSpot 575E ATs. Last but not least, one of the Silent Discos was lit by Jenny Howes using ColorSpot 250E ATs, LEDBeam 100s and 250 CT Club scanners.
Three of Robe’s ‘PLASA Students’ were also working on site: Kirsty Stibburt worked for Bryte Design as student lighting and video technician over on the John Peel Stage; Beth Mae MacDonald was tech’ing lighting and audio on Summer House while Greg Westwood worked alongside Darren Parker and the DPL team on West Holts.
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