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Fineline Lighting at Glastonbury 2015
Bristol based lighting and visuals specialist Fineline Lighting renewed their long term working relationship with the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts (24 years to date) and supplied lighting for the Acoustic Stage, Astrolabe Theatre, Cabaret and Circus venues and also the Wow stage in the Silver Hays dance area.
Fineline has built up the décor element of the Acoustic Stage over the years and especially more recently to include lush red drapes, and masking around the stage and in the ceiling, which enhances the theatricality of the space.
This year, the Fineline team designed and custom fabricated a special chandelier with 40 spiral filament lamps to complete these deco elements. Stage lighting was designed by MD Rob Sangwell and Fineline site crew chief Stu England based on three trusses spanning the 40 x 22 ft. ground support system also installed, trimmed at 9.5 meters.
This was rigged with 10 bars of PAR 64s and some ACLs, together with Martin MAC Quantum Spots on drop bars on the back and mid trusses. Quantum Wash moving lights on the mid truss were used to create the general stage washes, while MAC 101s on the back truss served as tab ‘warmers’, highlighting the red drapage.
On the mid truss MAC Aura XBs and XB Plus’s provided the beam work and rear key lighting, supported by Robe LED Beam 100s for effects. Avolites dimming and a Sapphire Touch control completed the lighting package, and joining England and Sangwell on the crew were Callum Ostell and Sam Kenyon. They also accommodated guest LDs.
Lighting in the Astrolabe theatre tent was co-ordinated by Hal Himsworth, resident LD for several years, with a line-up of artists (from dance to physical theatre). A substantial amount of trussing was rigged in the roof to create a usable theatre grid and most of the base washes were created by static LED wash lights.
The rig incorporated all the performer specs, together with specials and extras as needed and featured about 80 fresnels, profiles, floods and PARs which were re-worked and often refocussed and re-gelled between acts. An Avo Pearl Expert with a Wing ran the lights, with Avolites dimming throughout.
As for the circus, the idea was to make the venue almost in the round, so lighting had to fill 12 metres of headroom and a 3D space about 8 metres square. The upstage truss was horizontally hinged at approx. 45 degrees along the sides to form an arc around the stage, supported from this truss, at the mid stage ends, and were vertical trusses for side lighting positions.
Additional lights were on the floor and rigged to the tent king poles and flown trusses suspended from the king poles and cupola. A mix of Robe 600E Spots and Chauvet Rogue R2 wash lights on the deck were combined with LED battens serving as knee kickers. These were joined by a selection of generics: PARs, profiles and fresnels.
All the shows ware rehearsed, pre-programmed and cue-stacked on the console, with an Avo Sapphire Touch console and Avolites dimming. Lighting designer James Loudon (Judge) was joined by techs Charlie Denny and Johnny Westall.
Just across the field in the single king pole square shaped Cabaret tent, Fineline’s Wingnut designed lighting and was joined by Alex Shenton, Ben Desousa and Croat. Fixtures were rigged on a 4 x 2 mere box truss built around the king pole to give FOH and audience positions, and on two trusses over the stage, with two vertical trusses on the downstage edge for booms.
Fixtures compromised about 60 PARs, 20 Source Four profiles for gobo projections plus fresnels. The moving lights were 10x Chauvet Rogue R2 Beams and eight Rogue R2 washes. Wingnut also created some custom paper globe lanterns internally lit with special LED rods. He also produced a bespoke mirror ball installation at the rear of the stage.
The Wow Stage lighting was designed by James “Chimpy” Harrington. He used a variety of kit including 10x Chauvet R2 beams, six Robe LED Beam 100s, eight 2-lites, Atomic strobes and Chauvet Nexus 7x7 panels, PARs and ACLs and also lit the exterior of HMS Wow with PARs and MBIs and ensured the funnel billowed with smoke courtesy of Gem Roadie smoker below.
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