For the 15th consecutive year, PRG XL Video supplied a comprehensive lighting and rigging package for Download Festival; as well as video screens for a selection of the touring bands stopping off to play at the UK’s premier heavy rock and metal festival.
Two of the three main stage headliners are using touring rigs supplied by PRG XL, including System of a Down on Friday and Aerosmith on Sunday.
System of a Down used 9 PRG GroundControl followspots, with the controls stations located under the stage. Other headline lighting products specified by Lighting Designer Rob Sinclair include Martin Mac AIRFX and PRG Best Boy spot moving lights, as well as Solaris Flare LED effects and strobe lights. System of a Down used a PRG XL Video LED video screen, hung in a diamond orientation and made up of ROE 18mm Hybrid LED tiles, powered by a Hippotizer media server.
Aerosmith’s Lighting Designer Cosmo Wilson selected a plethora of lighting fixtures for Sunday night’s show, including 272 GLP Impression X4 LED lights, as well as Robe Pointe and BMFL moving lights, and Martin Atomic strobes. All of Aerosmith’s lighting is controlled by a GrandMA2 lighting control console. Aerosmith have a ROE MC-7 upstage video wall, driven by a Catalyst media server package.
Elsewhere around the site, PRG XL also supplied the lighting and rigging services for stages two and three, as well as the touring rig for Rob Zombie, who occupies the Stage two headline slot on Saturday evening. There is a core lighting rig on the main stage, which is designed to be flexible enough to accommodate the additional kit brought by the headline acts, as well as versatile enough to be used for the band playing throughout the day and early evening.
PRG XL Account Manager Gordon Torrington is overseeing the supply of equipment and crew for Download 2017: “I’ve been involved as the Crew Chief for Download Festival for more than seven years, this year I’ve approached the project from a different angle, as an Account Manager, which brings its own unique challenges, but is just as rewarding and a lot less muddy. I’m really pleased to still be involved with Download, and am excited to get on site and see some of the shows!”
Photography by PRG XL Video/Matt Rakowski