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Bonnaroo Celebrates 15 Years with Bandit Lites
USA – The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival wrapped its 15th weekend of great music and good vibes as one of the country’s top musical events of the year. Taking place 9th – 12th June, a 700-acre field swelled to a population of 85,000 in a feat that literally made it the state’s seventh largest city for a weekend. Bandit Lites once again worked with Lambda Productions to provide a lighting package for the weekend that featured a line-up including Pearl Jam, Dead & Company, LCD Soundsystem, J. Cole, CHVRCHES, Jason Isbell, M83, Halsey and Chris Stapleton.
Bandit’s production manager Dizzy Gosnell designed the mainstage festival system to accommodate the three daily closing headliners systems, as each brought along a large portion of their own touring system which occupied a 40ft wide by 30ft deep footprint above the performing area.
Working in conjunction with their lighting designers (Ali Pike for LCD Soundsystem, Kille Knobel with Pearl Jam and Chris Ragan with Dead & Company, respectively) Bandit created a perimeter system that included Martin MAC Viper AirFX, VL 3500 Washes, Clay Paky Sharpy Washes, GLP X4 fixtures, Martin Atomic 3000 Strobes and scrollers, 4- and 8-lite moles and two drandMA 2 full consoles.
With more than 125 artists performing across numerous stages, Bonnaroo’s second stage featured performances by St. Lucia, Tame Impala, Haim, Ellie Goulding, Ween and numerous others.
“The Which Stage had to cater for a wide variety of artists,” explained Gosnell. “A lot of visiting bands bring additional lights, pyro, scenic and video nowadays that need to be catered for, the system also needs to look big but cannot monopolise the roof, while still being able to read during the day as well as at night.”
To achieve that goal, Bandit outfitted the stage with VL 2500 Spots, Bandit 5x5s, Clay Paky Sharpys, Bandit’s exclusive GRNLite 8 Lites, GRNLite Moving Washes, Martin Atomic 3000 Strobes with two grandMA 2 Full consoles for control.
Bandit also provided the lighting for the Tower at Bonnaroo, a permanent structure on site acting as a focal point and beacon across The Farm, with lighting designed by Andi Watson and co-ordinated by Will Irons for Bonnaroo. As night fell, 32 Sharpys threw beams at the giant mirror ball, while additional illumination for the tower itself came from rope lights on the cross members and Coemar LED pars.
Bandit is proud to have been associated with Bonnaroo since its inception, and Gosnell credits the continued success of the festival to Lambda’s attention to detail during planning and execution.
“The logistics for a smooth show are immense,” he said adding: “Incredible congrats has to be handed out to Hadden Hippsley and his Lambda staff including John Passaro on the Mainstage and Joel Carmichael on the Which stage. Also, our Nashville project manager Matt King and the shop staff who again shifted heaven and earth to make it happen and our on-site crew who just did everything that was asked of them, and then after lunch did even more – all with a smile!”
21st June 2016
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