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Martin's Lights Ltd and Martin ERA 300s light Bellowhead's Broadside reunion tour
UK – Multi-award winning Bellowhead reformed for a one-off tour in November 2022 to celebrate the tenth Anniversary of their Broadside album. Providing lighting for the 18-night UK tour which included London’s Royal Albert Hall, was Martin Dudley’s Martin’s Lights Ltd, using an inventory of Martin ERA 300 fixtures in a lightweight, bright, easily deployable stage package.
The ERA 300 is part of the Martin ERA Performance & Profile LED family consisting of the ERA 300, 400, 600 and 800. The ERA Series feature bright, sharp image projection with a flat field and include CMY colour mixing and extensive zoom systems.
The ERA 300 is a very compact workhorse fixture, seen as an upgraded version of the MAC 250 Entour. It features a 9,500 lumen output from only a 260W LED source, CMY colour mixing, 16 rotating and fixed gobos, 13-28 degree 1:2 zoom and rotating three-facet prism. Its versatility, size and feature-set makes it stand out in its class.
“Six ERAs were used in a floor package designed to be versatile enough to light the wide variety of songs and moods in the show.” describes Martin Dudley. “They were placed as part of the band’s stage set at various heights on risers and boxes. A further six ERAs were hung on an upstage truss or bar when needed to bolster venue lighting rigs.”
“The ERA 300s were a vital part of the show, acquitting themselves well against bigger fixtures we encountered in some of the house rigs and carrying the show themselves when house rigs were more basic.” says Martin. “It was also great to have colours and gobos that matched those in the other Martin fixtures at the Royal Albert Hall.”
Martin worked with tour manager Adam Maughan and lighting technician Chris Davey of Touring Electrics Ltd on the tour, and will next be working on UB40’s ongoing 45th anniversary celebration touring.
photo: Holloway Photography
26th January 2023
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