Eric Prydz record breaking HOLO show at Creamfields

19/09/2018
Overview

In August, 20,000 dance music fans packed themselves in to Creamfields’ Steel Yard, an impressive super structure, to watch Eric Prydz, the Swedish DJ, perform a headlining set complete with “astronauts”, lasers and holographic heads.

Prydz debuted his mind-blowing “HOLO” live show at Glasgow’s Braehead Arena in June before heading to Creamfields for a UK festival exclusive, promising fans mesmerising production and impressive visuals.

Steel Yard. Photo Credit: Anthony Mooney

Steel Yard. Photo Credit: Anthony Mooney

 

PRG, the technical production specialist, played a vital role in Prydz’s extensive set that delivered larger than life event production, state-of-the-art technology and a record number of Kinesys points.

Steel Yard. Photo Credit: Anthony Mooney

 

Record breakers

Creamfields is widely known for pushing the boundaries in terms of technical production but this year’s edition of the dance music festival went one step further and deployed a record-breaking number of hoists for Prydz; the DJ closed the festival on Sunday night (August 26) and headlined Creamfields’ renowned Steel Yard structure with a show that featured 144 variable speed chain hoists, a world record according to Dave Weatherhead, director and co-founder of Kinesys.

 

PRG provided lighting, rigging and video services to the 21st edition of Creamfields, delivering 30 trucks worth of lighting, rigging and screens. The company worked extensively with Ian Greenway, director of LarMac Live, who managed the festival’s production – Steel Yard was one of nine arenas that PRG provided a staggering amount of kit to.

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Steel Yard. Photo Credit: Anthony Mooney


Pushing the boundaries

Richard Gorrod, head of event services at PRG project managed the lighting, rigging, automation and video elements within Steel Yard, and worked with LarMac Live for six months to ensure that Prydz boundary-pushing set assaulted the crowd’s senses.

Q Willis, head of rigging services at PRG, oversaw all rigging elements and Nathan Avery, PRG crew chief, headed up video. The pair were joined on site by PRG’s Luke Jackson, who was site manager, and Pete MacDonald, Dave Evans, Mark England and Jarag Zajag, all experts in Kinesys.

Steel Yard’s rig – designed by Mark Calvert and Ross Chapple, Prydz’s lighting designer – was installed by head rigger, Nick Brown, who was assisted by Willis.

Gorrod explained: “When myself and Q received the lighting plot, we knew that Kinesys was the best motion control system for the job and would fulfil all of our requirements.”

Gorrod headed up an elite crew of 16, which ensured everything ran smoothly. The team had just three days to load in.

“Steel Yard also had the added challenge of being located on a hill with front of house six metres higher than the stage,” Gorrod continued. “Although this made the site the perfect natural stage, it was a considerable challenge for the team loading in nine trucks of equipment.

 

Unforgettable show

In all, PRG supplied 30 trucks of kit to Creamfields 2018, which was the festival’s 21st edition. Within Steel Yard alone, there were 300 rigging points and 1,000 lighting fixtures cross the arena’s vast rig; a mixture of Robe, GLP, Martin and Chauvet products.

The rig’s design – which comprised more than 1.5 kilometres of truss – featured 36 trussing pods. Twelve were placed above the stage and 24 above the audience. Each pod, which measured two square metres, was flown on four half-tonne Kinesys motors running with Elevation 1+ drives. The pods were required to tilt and pitch in all directions – the flexibility offered by the Elevation 1+ drives met Chapple’s desire to create an unforgettable show; one that the festival audience would not forget in a hurry.

 

Gorrod commented: “PRG worked on nine stages at Creamfields, supplying rigging, lighting and video equipment and services. The show’s just keep getting bigger and better each year and the festival’s 21st outing certainly pushed the envelope. The sheer quantity of everything, from the amount of automation and the number of lighting fixtures, demonstrates Cream’s commitment to creating the best electronic dance music event for fans and naturally, PRG is hugely proud to be a part of that story. We are looking forward to pushing the boundaries even further next year.”

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