Martin M1™ Lighting Desk of Choice on Global Gathering

André Beekmans at the M1 controls

Martin Professional’s M1 lighting controller was used to control a large moving head rig on the main stage at the 2012 Global Gathering festival at England’s Long Marston Airfield in late July.

Electric Fly Productions designed the main stage lighting and were festival lighting/video designers while design firm 250K actualized the main stage set design.

Festival lighting operator André Beekmans of The Art of Light used the Martin console on Friday for top acts such as headliner Afrojack, for which André is also the LD, while Nick Jevons of Electric Fly Productions handled the lighting programming and operation for Saturday’s performances.


The Martin M1 used at Global Gathering was provided by Electric Fly Productions as were two Martin Maxedia media servers that were used on site.

“There was an option to use another desk but I preferred the M1,” André says of the compact yet all-in-one lighting controller. “In March I had the opportunity to use the M1 at the Ministry of Sound in London and I quickly learned how to make adjustments and create effects. That went so well that I got more interested in the desk and eventually contacted Mark Buss of Martin UK.”

André comments about programming on the M1. “The patch goes go fast and easy that even without any knowhow of the M1, any operator can patch the desk and check the fixtures,” he says. “The group tools is a feature that every brand should have in their software and I like the easy way of creating an effect.”

The M1’s growing popularity stems from a design based on simplicity combined with a fast dual-core processor that ensures an extremely responsive user interface. The easy-to-use concept and portable package has struck a chord with lighting programmers and designers across the globe.


A slew of Martin lighting and video gear was used across the festival including creative Martin LED video screens in the form of the EC and LC Series. A Martin Maxedia system ran the video with operation by Dave Stewart.

Lighting and video supply for the festival’s main stage and five tented arenas was by leading UK lighting and visuals rental company HSL. Nick Jevons and Phil Winward of Electric Fly Productions were the complete site LDs, working closely with their lighting crew chief Mark Callaghan.


Martin equipment:
Martin M1™ - MAC 2000 Wash XB™ - EC-10™EC-20™ - LC Series™P3-100™ - Maxedia Broadcast™ - Atomic 3000™

Martin Professional
Founded in 1987 and headquartered in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin Professional is a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. The company operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries.