Clay Paky Sharpys Get in the Arena for Chase and Status Tour

Lighting and stage designer Andy Hurst is utilizing the razor-bright beam of the Clay Paky Sharpy for electronic dance music duo Chase and Status’s first ever arena tour.

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Inspired by the dance clubs of the nineties Hurst has put together a theatrical stage design of curvaceous trusses and Clay Paky fixtures, provided by Blackburn based hire company HSL, along with a set backed by five large video screens.

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“I chose the Sharpys because I needed a small, lightweight fixture that was easy to rig but can still produce a bright enough beam to punch through all the video,” explains Hurst. “The front truss is around 13 meters high so I needed whatever light I rigged up there to have a powerful enough throw to cut through the LED screen. That’s what the Sharpys are great for, you don’t loose their intensity in demanding situations.”

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The show’s design ripples outward from a circular LED screen to two LED screens per side. The four screens played a mix of live and pre-programmed visuals whilst the centre circle plays hard-hitting moody graphics.

“Due to the shape of the truss I was unable to pre-load any of the lights,” explains Hurst. “However due to the Sharpys small size and weight meant rigging the lights pre-show each time has not been too much of a problem.”

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The award winning Clay Paky Sharpy has become a firm favourite on the electronic dance music scene. The bright, laser-like beam, 14 colour wheel option and 17 fixed gobos make it a versatile, powerful effects light.

Hurst agrees: “The Sharpy is a popular choice for arena shows and large dance acts because it gives you brightness, speed and that distinct sharp beam shape. A lot of shows use video and with the Sharpy the beam still reads, even on arena shows where often you have very high trim heights.”

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Chase and Status are currently taking a Christmas break and will start on the Australian leg of their tour in March 2014.

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