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Chauvet Professional Supplies Therapy? at Sonisphere

Chauvet Professional Supplies Therapy? at Sonisphere
Chauvet Professional Supplies Therapy? at Sonisphere

UK - Sonisphere Festival made a triumphant return to the UK in July, celebrating 40 years of rock music at Knebworth Park. Co-headlining the Bohemia stage, alternative metal band Therapy? played their 1995 classic album Infernal Love, accompanied by a stunning light show featuring a selection of fixtures from Chauvet Professional and trussing structures from TRUSST, backed by Chauvet.

Lighting designer Pete Davies prepared an impactful yet compact, tour-friendly package, primed for easy transportation across Europe for a series of festivals. Low-energy LED fixtures were the natural choice for both Davies and the band, keen to minimise their carbon footprint, without compromising the quality of the audience experience.

The creative solution incorporated eight TrussT truss uprights, in a combination of 1m and 2m lengths, each with a Chauvet DJ SlimPAR QUAD 6 IRC at its base as an uplighter, thus transforming it into a feature in itself. Atop each TrussT length sat a Rogue R1 Spot fixture, set to generate a variety of effects throughout the show. Inside the TrussT, a series of 12 tour-ready STRIKE 882 units were added for extra clout.

"It was important for the crowd to interact with the band, to engage with them, and to really feel involved in the performance," said Davies. "This was the focus for me when putting the design together. The Strikes performed brilliantly as audience blinders, which was obviously key to achieving this aim. Not only that, they were great as strobes too, adding an extra dimension to the show.

"I was also really impressed by the capabilities of the R1 Spot, the motorised iris meant beam shaping was easy, and with the 3-facet prism we were able to create some amazing visual effects."

The set list comprised a variety of song styles, calling for extreme variations in the lighting required. Subtle and mysterious effects accompanied the moodier songs, while the eight feature-packed Rogue R1 Spot lights were used for maximum impact during the louder, bolder numbers.

Davies added: "We were cautious after the issues we had four years ago [losing power during the first song], so this time we wanted to go in with plenty of headroom. Most off-the-shelf strobes just weren’t suitable, but the Strikes fitted the bill perfectly – bright, with plenty of punch, without being power hungry.

"The band absolutely loved the scheme we created using the Chauvet fixtures and, judging by the audience’s reaction in the packed-to-capacity tent, we succeeded in making them feel a part of the show, just as we planned."

He concluded: "Chauvet Professional is really becoming the brand to watch. They’re listening to the needs of LDs and are bringing to market some very impressive innovations. They’ve clearly got their finger on the pulse when it comes to LED technology."

22nd July 2014

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