Clay Paky at the Eurovision Song Contest
7 June 2012
Azerbaijan - The Eurovision Song Contest recently completed its 57th year, held at The Baku Crystal Hall in Azerbaijan, a new multi-purpose indoor arena with a capacity of 23.000 spectators. The Baku Crystal Hall was commissioned by the City of Baku specifically for this event and construction was completed in a mere eight months.
Baku hosted 42 participating countries spanning three live broadcasts - two Semi-finals on 22 and 24 May and the finals on 26 May. The 2012 Finals had a live viewing audience of 23,000 plus an estimated 125m television and internet viewers worldwide, making it one of the largest music television programmes in the world.
Lighting designer Jerry Appelt specified a spectacular arsenal of lighting for the new arena. More than 1,400 moving lights (2.891 fixtures total) allowed the 42 contestants, plus an elaborate interval act and opening performance, to have a special look during the seven-hour broadcasts.
The overall goal of the lighting design was to mimic and compliment the architectural design created by stage designer Florian Wieder. Of the 1,400-plus moving heads, 667 were Clay Paky. They were primarily used around and above the stage, outlining the stage elements and being the main focus in camera shots. "The stage design was much more angular than in the past and I wanted the lights to make these features stand out," said Appelt.
The angled truss positioned behind and above the stage, held 78 Clay Paky Alpha Wash 1500, 157 Alpha Beam 1500, 249 Alpha Spot HPE 1500, 47 Alpha Profile 1500, and 114 Sharpys. "The Sharpys were everywhere," said Appelt. In addition, 22 Shotlight Wash 1500 were in the ceiling "strictly used for effects". Lighting was overseen by Cape Cross technical manager Christian Hanno.
One lighting element new to the Eurovision stage this year was the Parasol KLR (Kinetic Light Ring) system, originally displayed on Clay Paky's stand during LDI 2011. The Parasol system, which hung directly over the stage, allows moving lights to move along a fixed path on a linear or curved truss. The system in Baku consisted of three concentric rings with circular motion, all lit with Alpha Beam 1500s, with their independent and simultaneous motion over the stage for a dynamic effect.
An interesting application of the Clay Paky fixtures came in the form of six Alpha Beam 1500s, which were used as follow spots for the back truss. The fixtures were modified to meet the requirements of follow spot operators, by adding a handle and removing the automated yoke. Appelt explained, "These were great for targeting and colour bumping. Maybe we created something new for Clay Paky."
Total control for all lighting and video came from eight grandMA2 full-size consoles, as well as five grandMA2 fader wings, triggered via timecode. 11 x MA NPU (Network Processing Unit) devices handled all traffic in one session on the MA-Net2. Lightpower, exclusive Clay Paky distributor in Germany, handled technical support for the MA system.
Cape Cross of Cologne, Germany provided all lighting and rigging for the show. Thomas Brügge, managing director of Cape Cross said, "Clay Paky is a very popular brand for us. The fixtures are reliable and consistent."
Clay Paky Eurovision Song Contest Azerbaijan completed year held The Baku Crystal Hall arena Baku live broadcasts plus television Lighting designer lighting moving lights fixtures during design created stage used stand Appelt truss Cape Cross technical Eurovision system motion Alpha Beam 1500s came follow grandMA2 handled Germany MA
Related Stories from LSi Online
10 May 2013
USA - Clay Paky Sharpys are lighting up country singer Jason Aldean on the Night Train Tour, a musical powerhouse of a show also featuring Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett with location specific appearances by Luke ... More >>
9 May 2013
UK - Olly Murs is dancing his way around Britain's biggest arenas in the sharp focus of four shape-shifting Clay Paky Sharpys. Multimillion-selling artist Olly Murs is benefitting from the high output Sharpys in a ... More >>
Sweden - Visualisation expert Barco has revealed the details of its impressive technical contribution to the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest (ESC), from 14 to 18 May next. As an official technical event partner, ... More >>
8 May 2013
7 May 2013
UK - UK - Peter Barnes has designed a fresh and diverse pure-beam show for the current X Factor Live tour, using 54 powerful Clay Paky Sharpys. Barnes - who has designed lighting for some of the world's ... More >>
Page 14: additional evidence from Sandie Shaw singer former Eurovision Song Contest winner and Chair of the Featured
Page 14: with the production team at this years Eurovision Song Contest PLASA is pleased to announce plans for a unique event
Page 70: for the Eurovision Song Contest in Tallinn That opportunity came from Robe and it signalled the start of a special
Page 138: this on live TV in front of 140 million viewers at say the Eurovision Song Contest and it will work Welcome
Page 36: sound system for the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmo Sweden and Samuelson Group would provide
Page 62: from their voting interval performance at the Helsinki Eurovision Song Contest a few years back? “The
Page 33: . Juno Awards, Canada © Robert Sondergaad 6. Eurovision Song Contest, Oslo 2010 7. Welsh National Opera
Page 63: Eurovision Song Contest Oslo 2010 7 Welsh National Operas Die Fledermaus Clive Barda 8 Scampo Restaurant All
Page 81: the Eurovision Song Contest was the biggest show to date An MA Lighting system consisting of 8 x grandMA2
Page 5: that is the Eurovision Song Contest . . . 46 The ETC Culture Lee Baldock visited ETC’s Wisconsin HQ to find out more