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Tourspot Moving Lights Shine Through in Pleasure Beach Hot Ice Show

27th August 2004

Tourspot moving lights are currently proving their reliability under extreme conditions in Hot Ice, the ice skating extravaganza, at Pleasure Beach, Blackpool.

Billed as the world's most spectacular ice show, Hot Ice runs from 9th April to 7th November at The Arena performance venue - located inside Britain's leading resort theme park and tourist attraction. Visitors are promised an amazing insight into the world of Olympic and world-class ice skating performers, with demanding choreography including the first ever Triple Axel to be performed and spins at over 50mph.

The shows are backed by an impressive music soundtrack and lighting effects which enhance the tense atmosphere of performances.

When show producers Stageworks Worldwide Productions required intelligent lighting to provide air shots from ground level, they approached entertainment lighting and audio distributor A.C. Lighting to specify a suitable fixture. Owing to exposure to extreme atmospheric conditions, the fixture needed to be both extremely reliable and cost-effective to use under these potentially wearing conditions.

A.C. specified and supplied Tourspot 575W moving heads, due to their rigorous on-the-road testing to ensure that reliability is second to none and manufacture using the latest features and technology in high volume moving light design, but at a cost less than other models of equivalent specification.

The Tourspots are placed on a thin piece of white Perspex located on top of the ice itself and are subjected to water mist spray at several points during the performance - the mist being so thick that the units aren't visible at all through it. The lights are also just a few feet away from an LPG flame effect, exposing them to intense heat as well.

Despite being operated in these extreme conditions the show is now over half way through its run of 30 weeks / 270 shows, which commenced in April, and the units have not encountered any failures.

Show Technical Supervisor Dan Tiley commented: "We were looking for a moving light primarily for air shots, but the proposed location was a potential nightmare being both on ice and exposed to water mist and flame effects. For these reasons it had to be a cost-effective product as we weren't sure how long a moving light would last in these conditions. After being impressed whilst on demo we opted for the Tourspot due to it's build quality and light output for the price. We have since been pleasantly surprised by the exceptional reliability of the Tourspot in these conditions."