Axwell^Ingrosso Dream Bigger with HSL in the Steel Yard
By far the most galvanising aspect of this gig was the complete overnight changeover required as they played the day after another Swedish superstar DJ - Eric Prydz – who brought the house down with an EPIC - Eric Prydz in Concert performance - on the Friday night.
Both artists have dramatically different lighting and visual designs and rigs, so it wasn’t possible to share any major common components … the only solution was a complete de-rig and re-rig.
“We could use some of the lighting fixtures that were in the venue for the previous night,” explained Andy (these were supplied by the event’s general lighting contractors, PRG), “but absolutely everything had to be in a different place. Prydz has a highly stylised show and so did we”.
Axwell^Ingrosso’s set entailed a complete new roof lighting system installed and this was a build from the ground up, with all the pressures involved!
Fifty-four Claypaky Sharpies, 68 x SGM Q-7 LED strobes, 24 x Martin MAC Viper Profiles, 8 x MAC Viper Washes and 32 x 2-cell Moles …. Were trucked down from HSL’s Blackburn HQ and combined with various other lighting fixtures.
All the A^I video content is very filmic and relevant to the narrative of the performance, so it was essential to the look and feel of the show to have clear site lines to an epic 28 metre wide LED screen upstage.
Eighteen sections of HSL’s pre-rigged truss were used to construct six chevron trusses that were flown over the stage and the design ensured that as many fixtures as possible could be travelled in these sections for speed and efficiency. When they arrived, they were simply rolled-in-and-rigged, a concept that saved serious time.
The two audience trusses for the previous night’s show were taken down from their points running parallel to the sides of the Steel Yard and reconfigured as a giant V, presenting an inverted version of the Axwell^Ingrosso logo with the apex stage centre.
Onstage, an A frame truss behind the DJ booth was populated with 112 x 3.5 Watt Kinekt lasers - 54 per side – mimicking the A^I logo, with a 30 Watt standard laser rigged in the apex of the audience trusses that could fill the space in between with a laser ceiling above the crowds.
Lasers are a technology that Andy has pioneered in recent shows as a compliment to lighting effects, and recent stage designs for other artists like Sigma, Prodigy and Chase & Status have all experimented with this concept.
HSL’s two crew on site were Neil Smith and Andy Summerfield, and the gig was project managed by Jordan Hanson in the company’s Blackburn HQ. “They were a fantastic team and a pleasure to work with,” stated Andy.
“The challenge was the changeover time, and although we are renowned for achieving incredible engineering feats in crazy schedules in this industry … this was a really ambitious one!” reiterated Andy.
They had to be ready for 12 noon doors on the Sunday, which was a gruelling stint for the riggers who had to reposition a lot of points to get everything in the right place.
It was also the second high profile one-off for Andy over the weekend. The previous night he designed and ran a stunning show for Sigma who became the first d‘n’b act to play London’s Royal Albert Hall.