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Bandit Brings Lights to Bonnaroo
USA – It was a weekend of pulsating beats of electronica, blaring bluegrass, hard core rockers and uncontained laughter as over 125 bands and 20 comedians took to the stages at The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The diverse line-up of over 200 acts included Billy Joel, Mumford & Sons, Deadmau5, Tears for Fears, Slayer, Kendrick Lamar, Florence and the Machine, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, and My Morning Jacket. Bandit Lites was again tasked by Hadden Hippsley of Lambda Productions to provide the lighting for the multiple stages.
Bandit has supplied the lighting for the three day weekend that takes place in a 700 acre field affectionately known as “The Farm” since its inception in 2002. With the event now hailed as “Disneyland for music lovers,” Bonnaroo boasts 90,000 camping ticket holders in attendance.
Billy Joel closed the weekend under the beams of Bandit lighting, the view from the stage was a sea of people. Pulling from over three decades of pop classics, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer ended the event with Uptown Girl, It’s Still Rock ‘n’ Roll to Me, Big Shot, and Only the Good Die Young.
For the main stage, Bandit supplied Lycian M2 Long throw spots, VL 3500 spots, VL 3500 washes, VL 3000 spots, Sharpy Spots, Sharpy Washes, Mac Auras, and multiple grandMA 2 full size consoles.
Bonnaroo’s secondary stages featured VL 2500 spots, Bandit 5x5s, GRN moving washes, GRN 8 Lites, Martin Atomic 3000 strobes, and Clay Paky Sharpys.
Client rep and occasional designer for stages at Bonnaroo Dizzy Gosnell said: “This festival is one of the highlights of the outdoor season for many audience members and bands alike. When you have the likes of Billy Joel, Elton John, Kanye West, Tom Petty and that newcomer chap Paul McCartney dropping by to play on your main stage in recent years, you know your festival is doing lots of things right. Hadden, Roger Piccone and Kit Blanchard headed up the stages we worked with this year and really worked hard to give the best bang for the buck, and as always with Lambda folk, were consummate professionals”.
Bandit chair Michael T. Strickland stated: “Bandit Lites is very proud to be part of the phenomenal production team that Lambda Productions assembles every year. The entire event is first class and run like a well-oiled machine. We look forward to being part of this world class event for years to come.”
1st July 2015
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