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SKY Arts Sessions

SKY Arts Sessions
SKY Arts Sessions

Since the days of Top of the Pops, music shows have always been very popular. Not only for the viewer but also the artiste who will quite often be quoted as saying they knew they had made it when they were on the show. SKY TV is the latest to embrace the idea of a music show, but the creative team has come up with a new concept to make it fresh and that little bit of something different.

SKY Arts Sessions is a unique new music series which invites a host of artists to perform some of their favourite songs in an intimate setting. With no presenter or audience, the focus is solely on the music as the guests play songs fully live and reflect on their influences and inspirations.

Richard Martin Lighting (RML) has a long standing relationship with SKY and its lighting team. LD Richard Bowles returned to light the show after the success of the first series and RML was also asked to return. The main lighting rig is cool and contemporary, made up of Sharpy, Sharpy Wash, 2 Lites, Jarag-L and Patten 2013. It also includes one of the company's most recent purchases, the Clay Paky Mythos.

Mythos is a highly advanced form of hybrid light: first of all, it is an excellent 470 Watt spotlight, which produces an outstanding large light beam, featuring a zoom that ranges from 4° to 50° (1:12 ratio).

Richard recently said that his immediate choice was to keep the key elements of the first series – including a core of Clay Paky Sharpy Wash in the air combined with Jarag-L to powerfully underlight the horseshoe-shaped set, and this year there was no question which Profile light to use; the Clay Paky Mythos, as it does everything from pencil beam to fat aerial gobos, and is powerful enough to cut through anything!

This series is set to be bigger and better than ever, featuring the likes of The Vaccines, Django Django, Gaz Coombes, and many more.

As with any live performance, when the artist is not on stage they will be hanging out in the backstage Green Room, only with this show, the TV audience will be there too and it will be a chance to really get to know them in a relaxed and intimate environment surrounded by RML Chroma Cubes.

Photos: Gerry Alexis

9th July 2015

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