Robe specified for Mumford & Sons
9 October 2012
UK / USA - London and New York based lighting designer, Ed Warren of Next Level Lights is using Robe moving lights for Mumford & Sons' Babel tour.
The band which has become hugely popular in the last two years, has just finished another very successful US tour playing venues with a capacity of between 5,000 and 20,000, and will release their second studio album shortly.
The lighting - effectively also the stage set for the current design - is described by Warren as "Vintage barn dance with an epic edge" and the idea is that it looks interesting even before the rig is fired up.
Warren was first introduced to Robe products, and the creative potential they offer, by Ian Turner of Southampton, UK, based rental company GLS. Turner, a busy lighting designer in his own right, is also a big fan of the Robe brand. GLS owns a large stock of Robe fixtures and supplied the most recent Mumford & Sons UK and European tours.
Turner thought that the Robe ColorSpot and ColorWash 700E AT and the Robin 600 LEDWash fixtures would be ideal sized moving lights for the venues Mumford & Sons played on their UK and European festival tour which preceded the US dates.
Warren agreed, and so the UK rig featured 28 x ColorSpot 700E ATs, 18 x ColorWash 700E ATs and 16 x Robin 600 LEDWashes.
The fixtures were spread over three trusses - back, middle and front - with a row of LEDWash 600s on cases and rolling risers along the back of the stage and in the stage left and right wings.
Each of the 16 LEDWashes corresponded to a Sky Pan fixture - typically rigged directly below - and together with these distinctive looking film lights, formed an important element of the stage architecture.
Warren comments, "My basic needs for moving heads are that they are bright, compact, reliable and with some decent gobos... and the Robes certainly delivered." Warren ran the show using a Chamsys MagicQ 100 console with a Wing
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