Snow Patrol - Eyes open Tour

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FALCON BEAM von A&O Technology bei Snow Patrol  

Über 30.000 Fans kamen kürzlich zur „Eyes Open Worldtour“-Homecoming Show der erfolgreichen Musikband Snow Patrol in den Ward Park im nordirischen Bangor, die den Abschluß des UK-Parts bildete.  Für diese letzte Show im Rahmen der Welttournee am 1. September lieferte HSL, der Lichttechnikausstatter der Band, die komplette Lichttechnik. Darunter befanden sich unter anderem 32 FALCON BEAM 3 kW von A&O Lighting Technology, die mit speziellen Farben und Scrollern ausgestattet waren.

Für das Konzert hat das gestalterische Team um Lichtdesigner Davy Sherwin und Visual Designer Robin Haddow ein ganz eigenes Showkonzept geschaffen, das sich von den übrigen Auftritten unterschied. Dennoch war ein klarer Bezug zu der Bühnenästhetik der gesamten Tour zu erkennen. Sherwin und Haddow gelang es wie zuvor auch, das Licht- und Video-Design zu einem unvergesslichen Gesamteindruck zu verbinden.

Als Teil der fulminanten Show waren acht FALCON BEAM an einer Truss im hinteren Bereich der Bühne fixiert und sorgten für kräftige Washlight- und Searchlight-Effekte. Zudem kamen im PA-Bereich jeweils vier FALCON™ BEAM pro Seite sowie weitere sechs entlang am Bühnenboden zum Einsatz. Diese strahlten weit in den Publikumsbereich und tauchten die Zuschauer in ein Lichtermeer mit verschiedenen Farben.

August 2014, Wacken, Schleswig-Holstein – For the 25th anniversary of its inception, the bright beams of FALCON searchlights pointed the way to the world’s biggest heavy metal festival. Commissioned by PRG AG, A&O Technology supplied the FALCON BEAM 7,000W searchlights. These were integrated to spectacular effect by lighting designer Jerry P. Appelt into the overall picture.

The Bull’s Skull was in flames. Above it, beams of light fanned outward and upwards into the night sky. 75,000 fans cheered their bands. Motörhead, Slayer, Metallica, Megadeath and Saxon were just 4 of the 132 acts performing live this year in which the Wacken Open Air celebrated its 25th birthday.

For the heavy metal cult festival, which lasts several days, lighting designer Jerry P. Appelt had more that two dozen FALCON BEAM 7,000W searchlights installed on the main stage. From there, the tracer lights, arranged into three groups of six, supplied coloured highlights, fanned outward and upwards into the skies and discharged again and again their electronic strobes in a dry staccato – ever faithful to the motto “Faster – Harder – Louder”.

The FALCONs were installed on the True Metal Stage and the Black Stage that alternated in the role of main stage. Between them was the Bull’s Skull, the emblem of the WOA. The searchlights, positioned on the wings and at the centre, emphasized the main stage, which extended over more than 40 square metres.

Parts of the concert were broadcast live on television. The Wacken Open Air is regarded as one of the Germany’s most important music festivals. A third of the fans – known as ‘metalheads’ – who attended the 40th Wacken Open Air Festival came from outside Germany. The 75,000 tickets for the Wacken Open Air 2015 sold out in 12 hours. A new record.

LOCATION:

Bangor, Nord-Irland

DATE:

September 2007

A&O EQUIPMENT:

32 FALCON BEAM colour 3kW

LD:

Davy Sherwin, Robin Haddow

SUPPORT:

A&O Lighting Technology Germany

PHOTOS:

Copyright Louise Stickland

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