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  •   A.C. Supplies Truss System to Neg Earth Lights for The Darkness 2004 UK Tour

A.C. Supplies Truss System to Neg Earth Lights for The Darkness 2004 UK Tour

10th January 2005

A.C. Lighting supplied Neg Earth Lights with the Thomas Broadway Truss back wall lighting and much of the other lighting rig equipment used on the recent 14 date UK arena tour for rock band The Darkness.

The spectacular show took four days of pre-production and a further two days of rehearsals to create, and visited Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, Sheffield, Cardiff and Birmingham, finishing off with three nights at Wembley.

For the ambitious stage lighting rig, LD Rod Clay required a dramatic backdrop to complement the band's very theatrical performance style and provide effects for the more 'epic' songs in the band's set list. Rod specified a Thomas Broadway Truss system originally racked with seven rows of 10 High End Studio Beam PCs to create a dramatic wall of light. Neg Earth Lights used custom clamps to join the Truss structure, which was flown on 3 x 2T CM Lodestar Chain Hoists. The extensive rigging was assembled by Tour Rigger Tony Maxwell and his team.

Commenting on the Truss, Rod said: "I've used the Broadway Truss before so was happy to specify it on this tour. For the Wembley gig we wanted to create a wider look on the stage and the Thomas system is very flexible, enabling us to reconfigure the original design of 7m high x 8m wide to a 3m high x 16m wide span (consisting of three rows of 20 Studio Beam PCs). The Truss is not used for the first four numbers, then is used to full effect with a pyro waterfall and Elevation pods on 'Growing on me'. The effect is stunning and the crowd love it."

Due to the high profile of the tour and the scale of lighting rig being used in the arena-size venues, Rod required a very powerful console to run the show from. After considering various desks, he decided to make the tour his first outing with an MA Lighting grandMA console after being impressed by its powerful features, proven reliability and speed of programming during a demonstration by A.C. console specialist Neil Vann. Rod had full peace of mind using the desk for the first time, knowing that Neg Earth Lights and A.C. would be providing full 24hr technical support for the desk in the event of any queries.

Neg Earth Lights supplied two grandMAs for the show, which were synchronised via Ethernet link to provide 8 DMX universes for the main stage lighting rig. Two Hog II consoles were also used by second operator Gavin Norris for controlling the separate audience rig, which extended approximately 20 metres either side of the stage. A Kinesys Elevation 1+ control system consisting of 4 moving Pods controlled using 20 double braked Liftket chain hoists and Vector software, was also provided by Neg Earth Lights, and operated on the tour by Barry Branford.

Other lighting rig equipment provided by Neg Earth Lights, much of it originally purchased from A.C., included various lengths of Thomas Supertruss, 180 Thomas Par 64s, 4 Robert Juliat Athos 18 degree to 38 degree 1.2kw Profiles, 22 Thomas 8 Lite with DWE lamps, 48 Thomas Par 64 Floors, 24 ML16s, 66 Martin Mac 2000 Profiles, 32 Martin Mac 2000 Washes, 16 Martin Atomic 3000 Strobes, 4 Reel EFX DF50 Diffusion Foggers, 11 colour scrollers, 4 Robert Juliat Ivanhoe 2.5kW followspots and 5 Strong Gladiator 3kW followspots.