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 ChamSys Consoles A Common Sight At Glastonbury

by Victoria Wasylak • in
  • MMR Global
  • Supplier Scene
• Created: July 3, 2019

At the 36th edition of the Glastonbury Festival, ChamSys consoles were being used just about everywhere. This year, ChamSys desks were included in the production designs on eight Glastonbury stages, in addition to others being brought to the festival by a host of LDs working for a wide range of artists like Simon Horn for Maribou State, Isabel Del Moral for Rosalia, and Gary Wilson for Lewis Capaldi.

At the popular Park Stage, a MagicQ MQ500 Stadium with a Stadium Playback Wing served as the main desk, where it was used by a variety of LDs, including Tom White for Michael Kiwanuka. South West Group Events, which provided stage production, supplied the MQ500 Stadium, as well as the MagicQ MQ80 backup console. The lighting manager for the stage was Callam Thom, and the Console Operator was Steven “Mac” McCracken.

Southampton-based GLS Lighting supplied a MagicQ MQ100 plus Playback Wing for the Avalon Stage, which was overseen by Console Operator Will Thomas. The impressive artist list on that stage included James Morrison, with the desk operated by long-time ChamSys user Martin Dudley of Martin’s Lights, and The Cat Empire with LD Paula Trounce.

Other places where ChamSys could be found during the festival included the BBC Introducing Stage, which had an MQ80 plus an Extra Wing Compact operated Zac Leighton and Alex Merrett over the festival; the Silver Hayes WOW Stage, which featured an MQ100 Pro 2010 kit supplied by Fineline Lighting and operated over the weekend by James “Chimpy” Harrington; Left Field, with an MQ80 and Extra Wing Compact supplied by and operated by South West Group Events; Greenpeace Field, which featured a MagicQ MQ500 programmed by David Howard; the Unfairground, which featured a MagicQ MQ80; and the Rabbit Hole Inn Bar, which had a MagicQ MQ80 supplied and programmed by David Howard.

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