The summer season is in full swing and the first big festivals have already closed its doors. PRG not only delivers audiovisual equipment to festivals this summer. We also support some Belgian artists during their summer tours, like Oscar and the Wolf! The band is well known for its impressive live gigs with a lot of bells and whistles on stage. Logically, expectations for this years’ technical concept were high.
At the start of the show, the singer of the band Max Colombie appears on an elevated platform, covered with LED elements. Minutes later, the set piece gets more depth when we discover the band is playing underneath, inside a box, behind a see-trough LED wall. Ludovic Beun (Creative Director), Cate Carter (Light Designer) and Jan De Keyser (Production Manager) designed this remarkable construction. PRG Production Manager & Crew Chief Jo Vaes is responsible for a smooth course on site.
The LED construction is entirely custom made and developed by PRG. It’s based on a structure of custom made frames with a total of 288 integrated MiTRIX panels. These LED features are chosen for their see-through aspect which makes the band members partly or completely visible at particular moments in the show. The LED screens are controlled by DX700 processors. These processors had to be integrated at the top of the structure, for the boxes to be completely hidden for the public. Inside of the LED box, we installed 3 cameras to make close-ups of the band members. These close-ups are projected on the front screen of the box. Simon Harris controls the LED panels with a Green Hippo Karst media server, delivered by Bryte Design. The video content was created by Milc and Cookies. PRG video technicians Bram Verboom and Jan Reyntjens complete the video team.
On the top of the LED box, PRG installed 10 Stormy Strobes and 10 Sharpy Washes. Some Impression X4 Bar 20 LED Strips are installed above and underneath the ceiling of the box as backlight for the singer and his band. Inside the box, we use 6 X4S Led Washes to highlight the musicians, combined with 3 SGM Q7 on the floor behind the band members to create extra backlight.
The set up is completed by side lighting on the stage. On both sides, we use 2 ETC LED S2 Lustr profile spots. The fixtures are installed on poles, covered with an Impression X4 Bar 20 LED Strip. The pole itself is fixed onto a baseplate on wheels to assure a smooth change over. The profile spots are combined with one rolling riser on each side of the stage that carry 6 Sharpy Washes. The whole lighting set up is controlled by a Grand MA2 full size with NPU. Anne-Sophie De Pickere and Ruben Simons are the PRG lighting technicians for this project.
The LED box is 9,2 meters large and is constructed in 3 parts for the load-in and load-out to go as fast as possible. The change over times on festivals are usually very tight. The three parts are brought on stage separately and then connected to each other. This allows PRG to build the whole set in less than one hour.
One of the challenges our team encountered during construction was to reassure the stability of this custom made set piece, for the singer to walk on top of the LED box. We added extra steel cables at the sides of the box to strengthen the structure. The result fits perfectly into the visually appealing show with confetti cannons, pyro machines and smokescreens. Accordingly, the first reactions regarding the new set up of the tour are extremely enthusiastic!
This successful outcome was only possible thanks to the great collaboration between Bryte Design, Tour Manager Stijn Smet, Production Manager Jan De Keyser, Creative Director Ludovic Beun, Pyro & Special Effects partner Dewico and the entire PRG crew!
The LED box was used for the first time at the Holland festival Down The Rabbit Hole. One week later, Oscar and the Wolf played in the Barn at Rock Werchter. Next up are the two weekends of Tomorrowland and finally, they will end the summer at the Lokerse Feesten.