XL Video Back On The Road with Ben Howard

XL Video are supplying a creative video package, including segmented LED screens and multi-channel camera system, for Ben Howard as he steps up to UK and European arenas on his ‘I Forget Where We Were’ tour.

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The show, designed by Owen Tozer alongside Andy Rowe features a unique, cinematic video look thanks to content commissioned and created by Alan “Willy” Williams.

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For this tour, which includes three nights at London’s iconic Alexandra Palace, the screen design includes a central LED screen 10.8m wide x 6m high, flanked by three columns of LED either side, each measuring 1.2m wide x 6.6 m high.

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To create this arrangement, XL Video have supplied their ROE Visual MC-18T LED, packaged in a combination of their custom touring frames in both full 4-tile and half 2-tile versions. The new half-touring frames allow show designers even greater flexibility when creating their screen set-ups.

The specially created content for the screens is a combination of playback content, and treated IMAG from XL’s camera system.

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XL Video have supplied two Sony HXC-100s, handheld at front of house, and 4 onstage Bradley CamBall 2 robocams that combine to provide a variety of different shots which are then mixed by Ben Miles using one of XL’s Panasonic AV-HS450 PPUs.

The resulting IMAG is then fed into a Resolume media server where effects are applied and the final content is all controlled via Designer, Andy Rowe’s lighting desk.

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XL Video’s Project Manager for the tour is Paul “Macca” McCauley, who comments: “Owen, Andy and Willy have created a really unique visual look for this leg of the tour. The combination of the treated IMAG, movie-style playback content, and the creative use of the 18mm LED in a segmented arrangement results in a tour which has a very unusual look, but is visually stunning.

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“Working with the tour team of Toby Iddison, Tour Manager, Phil Murphy, Production Manager, plus Owen, Willy and Andy has been a real pleasure.”

Following the UK and European dates, the tour heads to Australia before returning for European festival appearances across the summer.

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