Martin Professional on Coldplay duty
18 October 2012
The stakes are always high when a band of Coldplay's stature hits the road and creating something visually new and exciting is a constant challenge, but it is one that production designer Paul Normandale is more than equal to. With the band's 2012 tour taking in both arenas and stadiums, Normandale has once again chosen an array of Martin Professional fixtures, including the new 1000 W MAC Viper Profile, to add to his lighting arsenal, which enables him to create a fresh, dynamic look and feel that is a real crowd pleaser.
Normandalehas been working with Coldplay for the past five years, first on the Viva La Vida tour and now on that promoting Mylo Xyloto. Lighting vendor for the European leg is Lite Alternative, while Upstaging handles the North American leg. On the arena tour, the Martin inventory included 46 MAC 101, 32 MAC 700 Profile and 13 MAC 2000 XB Wash. For the stadium dates this has been increased to 58 MAC 101, 24 MAC 700 Profile, 16 MAC 2000 XB Wash, 20 MAC 250 with micro lens and six of the company's latest fixtures, the Viper.
"Martin originally asked me to incorporate the Vipers as field test units. But I saw them on demonstration at their Aarhus headquarters and knew that they would fit the bill of a bright but small profile source," says Normandale.
"We've supported Paul for many years and are great admirers of his work," says Martin Professional sales director UK, Mike Walker. "We were delighted when he decided to incorporate the new Viper into the Coldplay lighting design. It's always great to know that we've got things right and we feel that Paul's faith in our products, and ours in him as someone who will give us valuable feedback, has once again been justified."
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