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IMS at Outside Lands Festival
USA – It’s summer in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Two-hundred-thousand people are enjoying three days of live rock & roll, and more. No, it’s not the Summer of Love, 1967, it’s the tenth annual Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, where the crowds are cleaner, and flower power is now a sustainable, green business. And flying high over the stage is a festoon lighting system featuring IMS DMX controlled RGBWW lamps.
Conceived by renowned stage and lighting designer Andi Watson (known for his tenure with the band Radiohead), with production, fabrication, and installation by Iron Bloom of New York, the Land’s End main stage structure featured 420 IMS Mk2 festoon lamps hovering overhead, conjuring abstracts of the Bay Area’s many suspension bridges. The stage was home to over 50 acts throughout the weekend, including Metallica, Gorillaz, and The Who.
“Andi was looking for something high-impact and low profile, and he chose the IMS system because of its brightness, rich colours, and versatility,” says Iron Bloom co-founder, William Irons. “The installation has to be struck each year and the IMS lamps are suitably durable, not to mention the system’s ease of integration into a live concert.” Watson and Irons pixel-mapped the IMS lamps, using nearly 600 feet of festoon cable with 16-inch lamp spacing, and seven IMS PortableMount Universe Drives. Says Irons, “The system worked like a charm and I’m happy to report that the effects were exactly what Andi was after.”
In addition to his extensive work internationally with acts such as Radiohead, Zazie, and Oasis, and now with his own shingle, Andi Watson Design LTD, Mr. Watson has taken the post of creative director for Superfly, the founding production company behind Outside Lands.
29th September 2017
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