Clay Paky Lights Up the Ultra Music Festival in Miami

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Clay Paky lighting got rave reviews at the 15th annual Ultra Music Festival (UMF) in Miami’s Bayfront Park where they added to the pulsating excitement generated by fans, DJs and electronic musicians under the tent-like Carl Cox Mega Structure.

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This year’s UMF was the first two-weekend, six-day event in festival history and the most successful to date drawing over 330,000 electronic dance music fans.  Over 200 DJs and electronic musicians and emerging artists performed each weekend.

UMF also scored another first with the public debut of the Clay Paky Sharpy Wash 330 in the U.S.  50 Sharpy Wash fixtures were featured in the innovative Cox Mega Structure, which was purpose-built for the high-energy festival to showcase DJs and artists on stage and shelter legions of dancing fans.  Stephen Lieberman of SJ Lighting designed the Mega Structure with lighting and build by AG Light and Sound.

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Clay Paky’s Sharpy Wash 330 is a compact, lightweight 330W washlight, with the luminous efficiency, graphic and optical performance of a 1000W fixture. It is extremely silent and quick and is fitted with a complete CMY color system, special colors, 6.5°-48° zoom, high precision dimmer, beam shaping filter and motorized top-hat.  It is an eco-friendly light, allowing considerable running and consumption cost savings.

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The Sharpy Wash fixtures joined a complement of Clay Paky Sharpys, Alpha Spot HPE 1500s and Alpha Beam 1500s mounted in the Mega Structure’s lighting system.  The truss pods were controlled by 54 CyberHoist motors; lighting was controlled on a grandMA2 full-size console.

Stephen creates a truly immersive environment not found anyplace else in a live music festival. Clay Paky's drive to create high output fixtures in a compact form lends itself to such an environment. The truss pods containing the Sharpy Wash moved to within 10' of the audience creating a highly dynamic effect. It was a perfect match for the Sharpy Wash,” comments A.C.T Lighting’s VP of Sales, Brian Dowd.

A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive North American distributor for Clay Paky.

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, adds, “What a great premiere of our new wash fixtures!  The festival was very impressive and the lighting team did an outstanding job in designing this ambitious show.”

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