Sweet Touch From Stage Electrics
19 July 2001
Cadbury Trebor Bassett hosted its 2001 Management Conference at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham in June, using the whole of Hall 4. The hall was transformed into five Themed Zones, a Central Piazza Area, an Auditorium Theatre and a Reception Area. Stage Electrics' NEC branch was contracted to supply and manage the events' lighting, staging, mains distribution and truss screen structures. Delta Sound provided all audio systems, with PSL/PCP completing the technical aspect with a complicated interactive projection system. Rigging was provided by the NEC's in-house department.
Lighting designer, Ben Holdsworth, utilized 150 Martin Mac Moving lights headed by 42 Mac 2000s. The room wash was provided by 620 conventional lanterns with 12 City Color Wash Lights, while four flown ZR22 smoke machines provided heavy fog for the central area. The space also required eight DF50 haze machines to allow Ben to create a stunning 20-minute light show for the 1700 delegates.
Each of the break-out zones was individually themed - one of which required over 400m of Duralight non-neon rope light and 50m of Pulsar Flexi Flash strobe tubing to create a massive interactive brain effect! The show was controlled by an Avolites Sapphire Desk, five Avolites Pearls and a Zero 88 Fat Frog desk - all controlling 312 channels of Avolites dimming. Seven lighting operators were needed to run the event, which lasted just six hours. The Conference had a major AV theme running through it for which Stage Electrics NEC provided 5 Trilite Truss screen surrounds. These structures when erected were 21m wide by 8m tall, all requiring custom angled corners in order to fulfil the exact projection positions required in the brief.