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Coldplay World Tour 2002

cp2002-12.jpg (47803 bytes)Lighting designer Bryan Leitch and his company Siyan has invested in more new Avolites equipment to service the Coldplay world tour that’s just kicked off in Europe. The kit supplied is a Sapphire and a Pearl console, plus two Avolites ART2000 dimming systems.

The tour follows the massive success of Coldplay’s debut album Parachutes, and is expected to continue into 2003.
The Sapphire is used to operate a 4-way Radlite PC-based video system, designed and operated by Nick Whitehouse, while the Pearl, operated by Leith himself, is running all Coldplay’s lighting.

   

cp2002-19.jpg (28499 bytes) Leitch comments, “Avolites was the only way to go” when it came to choosing his control system. With the Coldplay tour scheduled to run for many months, and with Siyan being busy with so much other work, he decided to purchase new control equipment. This boosts Siyan’s current stock of Avo consoles to 7 Pearls, 2 Sapphires and 3 Azures. Lighting fixtures controlled by the Pearl include fourteen SGM Giotto 400 spots, twelve Futurelight MH640s, four Movietech 575 wash lights and eight Martin MAC 600s, plus conventionals - four Moles with colour changers, ground rows and eight ETC Source Fours, used as band keylighting for the video cameras. There’s also 150 metres of blue Non-Neon outlining the stage so the band can see their way around.

   

cp2002-20.jpg (38290 bytes) The ART dimmers consist of four modules of power racks and four of dimming – which can all be patched as desired in this highly flexible system, plus three rack-mounting Avo DMX splitters. They taking full advantage of Avo’s DMX Merge facility to enable the Source Fours to run on both desks, allowing them to be used for the cameras as and when needed, independently of Leitch using them in the lightshow. This is achieved via an Ethernet multicore in addition to the DMX lines.
Dimmer-master Brian Mandeville states that the less connections and the more reliable the dimmer are, the easier it is to break the rig down into B and C options for smaller gigs, allowing them to compress the show without losing any of the aesthetic essence. “We couldn’t do this so easily using any other type of dimmer“ he states. “The ART has revolutionised this specific element of touring with a large moving light rig”.

   

Leitch comments, “The ART dimmer is an excellent piece of kit. It’s very helpful being able to mix-and-match between power and dimming channels, and utilising the DMX Merge so the Radlite desk can take over the key-lighting has been invaluable. It makes life very easy!”.

The Sapphire was chosen to run the Radlight system because offered plenty of preset focuses, which are used do the camera switching.

Photos by Louise Stickland

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Lighting designer Bryan Leitch with his Pearl 2000.

 


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Radlite operator & designer Nick Whitehouse with his Sapphire 2000.

 

Venue:

Heineken Concert Hall in Amsterdam
Date: 6th July 2002
Tour: World Tour 2002
Kit used: Pearl 2000
Sapphire 2000
2 x ART2000 dimming systems
Fixtures: Fourteen SGM Giotto 400 spots
Twelve Futurelight MH640s
Four Movietech 575 wash lights
Eight Martin MAC 600s
Four Moles with colour changers
Eight ETC Source Fours
Photos by: Louise Stickland 
LD: Bryan Leitch

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