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Metronomy Dazzles with Bandit Lites
USA – English indie-electronic band Metronomy is wrapping up its current North American tour with a lighting system supplied by Bandit Lites. Known for their distinctive sound and flair for visuals, Metronomy is comprised of Joseph Mount, Oscar Cash, Anna Prior, Olugbenga Adelekan and Michael Lovett and recently released their sixth studio album Metronomy Forever.
“Tour manager Victoria Simpson was our initial contact and responsible for bringing Metronomy and Bandit Lites together for the US Tour,” said Bandit Lites client representative Shawn Lear. “Vix’s organisation, advance work with contracts, routing and all the minute details coming from overseas is first-rate. It is truly a pleasure to work with her, and I only hope we cross paths again.”
Following discussion with the band and drawing on the album artwork, lighting designer Jaz Hewitt crafted a system that melded the fluidity and blending of lights and colour, as well keeping focus on the band and immersing fans in a multi-sensory experience.
GLP X4 Bars were placed along the floor in a curve, creating a cone of light around the band. Additional X4 Bars create backdrops of colour fades and double as side lighting, saving crucial space in the trailer pack while avoiding compromising the design’s integrity.
“Because we have less space than the design we had in Europe, it was important to work with Bandit and Victoria Simpson, our lovely tour manager, to learn about trailer space, case sizes and how we could make the design more compact.”
JDC1 add the punch to the design while two Ayrton Ghiblis are used to throw gobos and patter on the band as well as create silhouettes on the backdrop.
“The Ghiblis have been surprisingly great,” said Hewitt. “It is my first time using them, and the fact they are LED is great for venues with less power, but also their gobo options are great. Most importantly to the design, they have a very wide zoom, which even in smaller venues, allows me to capture the whole band in the light beam.”
“Jaz worked closely with Project Manager Jimmy Hatten in preparing the lighting system ready to tour,” said Lear. “She always is very articulate in explaining her vision, the logistics of touring and offered great advice when packing the kit.”
“Bandit has been great,” said Jaz adding, “very communicative throughout the whole process, understanding and helping calculate our space restrictions, paperwork and design logistics. Plus the pre-prep they did made the first day of the tour go smoothly.”
27th February 2020
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