Formula 1 in Abu Dhabi: grandMA welcomed Beyoncé, Jamiroquai, Kings of Leon and Aerosmith
Two operators running two consoles
Concert and festival Lighting Designer Steve Shipman used 2 x grandMA full-size consoles, 5 x MA NSPs (Network Signal Processors) and 3 x MA video stations with the MA VPU (Video Processing Unit) software. Shipman stated: “We chose the MA system primarily because of the networking capabilities - we had a large system. Having two operators running two consoles networked in Multi-User-Mode was a convenient way of controlling everything including the LEDs of which we had plenty! We ran the video sections via the MA VPU software. For Beyoncé's show, we added 4 x grandMA2 full-size, two for lighting – one active, one backup and two for video – again one active, one backup.”
Move away from the ‘traditional festival’ look
“My brief was to move away from the ‘traditional festival’ look of a square box at the end of a field”, Shipman continued, “The design had no roof and no front truss. There was a lot of back light and side light. The look was very open and very wide. There were three main elements: First the back wall, which carried most of the stage back lighting and a high resolution screen. Second, 45 metre wide wings either side of the stage with low resolution LED and effects lighting plus the PA towers. The third element was 15 metre towers flanking either side of the stage, rigged with lighting fixtures to front and side light the stage. This replaced the missing front truss.”
Flash Entertainment produced the show
Luke Bonner programmed and operated the grandMAs and the MA video stations with the MA VPU software. Paul Dexter was the Lighting Designer for Aerosmith (grandMA “series 1”), Pat Brannon for Beyoncé (grandMA2), Patrick Murray for Jamiroquai (grandMA “series 1”). Lee Charteris was the Event Director. Production Technology LLC delivered most of the lighting, rigging and staging. TechnoPro supplied the – wing LED panels and LED battens as well as 48 additional moving lights. Flash Entertainment produced the show.