entertainment • presentation • installation

Philips Vari-Lite in pole position at F1 Rocks

The 3-day show was one of the first to feature the new VLX Wash luminaire from Philips Vari-Lite.

5 November 2009

Singapore - On 24 September 2009, F1 Rocks Singapore kicked off a three-day musical festival surrounding Formula One's only night race on the F1 circuit. During the event at Fort Canning Park, 11 international music stars performed outdoors in front of approximately 30,000 concert-goers. Lighting designer Ross Williams and lighting equipment provider, The Show Company, relied heavily upon the new Vari*Lite VLX Wash luminaires.

"The F1 Rocks concert is quite different from my past projects as there were 11 different acts using the same stage for three nights," said Williams. "This is a challenge and the lighting design and solutions have to be flexible enough to cater to the different needs of the performers."

"Being a front runner in the rental and staging business we are always in the lookout for solutions that will wow us," added Jospeh Gan, a director with The Show Company. "We first saw the prototype of the VLX at Frankfurt earlier this year and the Vari-Lite development team has delivered a product that, in my opinion, is presently the best automated solid-state lighting fixture on the market."

The massive five-story stage at F1 Rocks was one of the most elaborate set-ups the Fort Canning venue had ever seen. A total of 18 VLX Wash luminaires were positioned at the front of the stage to complement the LED backdrop and sidewalls. In addition, eight VL1000 ERS, 30 VL3000 Wash and 52 VL3000 Spot luminaires were also used to create and complement the effects on stage, adding to the excitement and wowing the crowd.

Williams continued: "The idea behind the design was to create an exciting lighting rig which would encompass all the requirements of the visiting artists and design teams, whilst maintaining sufficient flexibility to create individual looks and feels for each genre. This was a great challenge given the lineup featured over the three nights, and their respective demands."

Total Solution Marketing provided the VLX Wash luminaires to the Show Company for F1 Rocks and was on site as well to witness the debut of the much-anticipated luminaire. Glenn Wong, managing director of Total Solution Marketing, said: "I first saw the VLX in April at Frankfurt and was immediately impressed with its performance capabilities. I was very excited and strongly believed the VLX has great potential to be widely accepted in our markets. It was with immense satisfaction to witness the live debut of the VLX Wash in such an exacting production on our home soil."

After working with the VLX Wash luminaire for the first time, ZZ Top lighting designer Chris Stuba said: "I first saw the VLX product demonstration in Dallas with George Masek, and I was totally blown away with the possibilities of the light. Who knew that I would be using them so soon in Singapore. Their downstage location was pretty high, maybe 45ft, but the lights read well and the colour was great."

(Jim Evans)


Tag Cloud

F1 Rocks F1 front lighting luminaires stage Williams design saw VLX create great VLX Wash Show Company

Related Stories from LSi Online

15 May 2013

Philips exhibits creative stage luminaires at ABTT

Philips exhibits creative stage luminaires at ABTTUK - Philips Entertainment's four premier brands - Showline, Vari-Lite, Selecon and Strand Lighting - are powering up to exhibit their latest LED luminaires and lighting control products for theatre application at ... More >>

8 May 2013

Matt Hallard joins Martin Professional

Matt Hallard joins Martin ProfessionalUK / EMEA - Martin Professional has announced that industry professional Matt Hallard has joined the Martin EMEA sales organisation as Business Area Manager, Rental. Hallard brings with him a wealth of industry ... More >>

7 May 2013

Keystone on set for SA Business Awards

Keystone on set for SA Business AwardsSouth Africa - Celebrating the best South African companies, their products and services as well as the people behind them, the South African Premier Business Awards was hosted in The Pavilion venue at the Sandton ... More >>

3 May 2013

VL880 packs a punch on Neon Trees

VL880 packs a punch on Neon TreesUSA - When the alternative rock band Neon Trees first burst onto the music scene, the four member band had no idea how quickly their lives would change. In February 2013, the group launched their most expansive North ... More >>

22 April 2013

Philips Vari-Lites Locked and Reloaded

Philips Vari-Lites Locked and ReloadedUSA - As the reigning CMA and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year award-winner Miranda Lambert's Locked and Reloaded Tour set out across North America, it was her fourth headlining tour to date and her largest ever ... More >>

Philips to build on Frankfurt success at PLASA Focus Leeds

Philips Vari-Lite debuts latest luminaires

Philips Entertainment realigns in the Americas

AED Distribution begins UK operation

Philips gears up for Prolight+Sound

New judges for Knight of Illumination Awards

QMUL transformed by Stage Electrics

The new VL3015LT Spot Luminaire hits the open road

Phase 4 France extends Philips Vari-Lite stocks

Philips Selecon shines at SIEL 2013

Vari-Lite luminaires give Elbow a leg-up

Vari-Lite spots light Nobel Prize concert

Philips Selecon PL1 range for Wallington school

Vari-Lites tour the USA with Quadrophenia

Philips Vari-Lites illuminate gospel show

View AllRelated Stories from LSi Magazine

January 2010January 2010

Page 20: Left: George Masek of Philips Vari*Lite (with the VLX Wash), Nick Ware, senior lighting manager

More Results from LSi Magazine >>

Related Videos from LSi's Video Hub

We were unable to find relevant videos, but please visit LSi's Video Hub for our industry video content, such as product demos, training, interviews, backstage, seminars, events and more...

Video Hub >>

View AllNews Archive

2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999




Stage Electrics

Artistic Licence

Lee Filters



Pearce Hire