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LCR Raises the Alarm with Chroma-Q Color Force II
Europe – Lights Control Rigging (LCR) has provided 20 Chroma-Q Color Force II fixtures for Bloc Party’s ‘Silent Alarm Tour’, to create a spectacular back wall wash.
As the climax to the European leg of the current tour, Bloc Party played a sell-out show at London's Alexandra Palace. The tour revisits Bloc Party’s debut album ‘Silent Alarm’, which is being performed in full, as well as fan favourites including ‘Two More Years’ and ‘Flux’ completing the encore.
When released in 2005, Silent Alarm was voted ‘Album of the Year’ by NME and nominated for a Mercury prize. It features some of Bloc Party’s biggest hits songs, such as ‘Helicopter’, ‘This Modern Love’ and ‘Banquet’.
The set design for the show features five individual cyc panels spaced apart, which together display the iconic ‘Silent Alarm’ album artwork. Ryan Hopkins, LD and director of LCR, knew that the white artwork would be ideal for creative lighting and wanted to wash the backdrop with a rich range of colour. In order to achieve his designs for lighting this blank canvas Ryan opted to use two Chroma-Q Color Force II LED battens at the top and bottom of each panel.
For the majority of the show these powerful cyc lights flooded the back of the stage in vibrant colour, with the units' strobe effects used during some of the faster paced songs. Ryan was also able to create a beautiful sunset effect, with the battens at the top of the panels producing a graduated yellow into deep red wash which was met by an icy blue emitted from the Color Force II fixtures at the bottom.
Ryan commented: “It was great to have our Color Force II’s at my disposal for the tour. They provided incredibly bright colour across the stage. I was very impressed by their seamless blending across the entire artwork and I am really happy with the results.”
Ryan completed his leg of the tour as LD at Ally Pally, with LCR providing the Color Force II fixtures throughout Europe. The Silent Alarm tour now takes his design further afield with a series of highly anticipated shows across New Zealand and Australia.
photos: Lindsay Cave
9th November 2018
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