Lighting designer Andy Hurst created a completely new lighting, set and visual design for the latest Chase & Status UK Arena tour which started off their campaign promoting their new album ‘Brand New Machine’
It’s Hurst’s – well known for this creative flare, imagination and fusion of lighting and visuals mediums into his designs – first work with Chase & Status, among the UK’s most innovative electronic mixmasters.
Hurst’s starting point for the stage aesthetics was that the ‘Brand New Machine’ album featured a slightly more clubby and commercial sound than their previous works of more hardcore drum ‘n’ bass … so he created a contemporary look to the stage but laced it with throw-backs to the most specular classic retro elements of the 1990’s dance scene.
“Everything was very circular and spherical orientated back then,” he explains, “So that’s the base geometry I introduced to the stage.
As it was their first arena size tour with full production, my aim was for a BIG look with high impact moments, but something that could also easily be broken down during quieter interludes – basically something with massive power and many potential contrasts!”
To either side of this on two levels were two curved 7 metre wide hangs of Martin LC40 LED product. All the lighting trusses – seven in total over the stage – were also spherical in shape.
Down on the stage, the band’s two familiar internally lit ‘C’ and “S’ set props were also augmented with custom made silver hoops to align them with the new ‘vibe’ of the stage, and Hurst also had them edged in LED tape, a simple visual trick which worked extremely well.
For getting absolutely max dynamics, Hurst spread lighting fixtures out over all the large selection of trusses.
The three band members were also back-lit with Vari*Lite 3015LTs and GLP Impression 120 RZ zooms provided more general stage washes and key lighting reinforcement.
Around the central circle were 12 x Martin MAC Vipers fitted with air-fx Quadrays, which produced some highly visible psychedelic retro style break up effects but with their own unique look… and plenty of WOW factors to go with this!
HSL supplied one of their top crews to support Hurst for the tour which had an intense schedule and only one day of rehearsal – Crew Chief by Simon ‘Piggy’ Lynch was, joined by Jason Dixon, Mark Callaghan, Jake Jeavons and Jack Gambino who, Hurst comments, “Were all amazing”.
Date of issue : 26th November 2013.
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