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Bandit Helps Create ‘SPECTACLE’ For Winter Jam

Bandit Helps Create ‘SPECTACLE’ For Winter Jam

USA – The Winter Jam Tour Spectacular is back on the road for their 2015 leg of jaw-dropping performances and worship. Pollstar reported Winter Jam as number 1 in 2014’s First Quarter Year To Date Worldwide Ticket Sales chart, and this year looks to be even bigger with performances by Skillet, Jeremy Camp, Francesca Battistelli, Building 429, Family Force, Newsong, For King & Country, Blanca, About a Mile, Veridia and speaker Tony Nolan. Bandit Lites is proud to once again work with production manager Jerry Holcomb to provide the lighting for this incredibly ministry.

Equipment included Clay Paky B Eye K 20 wash lights, Martin Vipers, Vari-Lite VL 3500 washes, Clay Paky Sharpys, Martin Atomic 3000 Strobes, 4 lite inline moles, Color Force 72 wash lights, 60 foot black A type circle truss divided into three sections all lined with 12mm LED product.

“I really like the arch that we've created on stage,” Holcomb said. “We take a half circle, line it with an LED product and mount fixtures on the top. We then raise it up around eight feet off the stage creating an arch that sits upstage of all the backline.”

One aspect that was a challenge for Holcomb was ensuring both video and lighting worked together during the load in and load out. The lighting trusses are lined front and back with LED products, with three LED walls rigged from circle truss that also has lighting.

Another challenge arose from the simple fact that Winter Jam is comprised performances from ten bands each wanting to bring their own floor package to supplement the existing production to give varying looks.

“Coordinating all the different elements gets tricky,” Holcomb said. “The tour’s main lighting design is by Daniel Smallbone. We worked together to put enough fixtures and different elements in the rig to allow for different programming.”

To create unique looks, the upstage truss in inverted part way through the night to create a different overall look for the bands. Altogether, Winter Jam had five different programmers for the ten artists on the tour, creating diversity in looks and style. Holcomb inverted the upstage truss during the night to create a different overall look for the bands.

“Newsong, for example, plays their entire set on a lighted plexi circle stage in the middle of the arena,” explained Holcomb. “The stage is surrounded by B-EYE fixtures and Sharpys.”

Bandit’s crew Winter Jam is comprised of Nick Dotson and Jason Blasing with additional support coming from Bandit project manager Matt King.

“Bandit always does a great job,” said Holcomb. “From the beginning of design, to tour prep, to truck pack: they are the best. Also, once you are on tour they have great customer service.”

10th February 2015

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