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City Cancún Uses 130 ADJ Vizi Beam 5RX Moving Heads

by Victoria Wasylak • in
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• Created: October 8, 2018

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The venue City Cancún in Cancún, Mexico boasts a truly awe-inspiring lightshow, which is anchored by an installation of 130 ADJ Vizi Beam 5RX moving heads.

Alejandro Vázquez is the production director for Grupo AntroMex and has the overall responsibility for the audio, video and lighting production across all of the company’s venues.

Having evaluated a variety of options, ADJ’s Vizi Beam 5RX was selected by Grupo AntroMex for the club. Ninety of the fixtures are installed in the roof, predominantly on the ‘spider’ rig, with an additional Forty units positioned on static truss structures that run along the sides of the venue and around the stage. Powered by the revolutionary Philips® Platinum 5R 189W lamp, which offers output comparable to a standard 575W discharge lamp, the fixture generates an intense beam with a 5-degree angle which is ideal for generating incredible mid-air effects when deployed in such large quantities.

Due to Mexico’s tropical climate, the club has previously experienced problems with fixtures failing quickly due to the high humidity and so the reliability of the Vizi Beam 5RX was equally important to Alejandro as its impressive output.

“It has a very powerful beam and has also worked very well despite the humidity,” he explains. “Here in Cancún, we have severe humidity and that can be a big problem, but the ADJ gear is very good. Its quality control is high and the fixtures are doing well enduring the most adverse operating conditions on the market. We’ve made comparison tests with several other brands and ADJ has proven to be the best option for this type of climate, aside of the great effects and the product quality. To maintain this monstrosity of a lighting rig is a logistical challenge in the area of service, but we receive excellent support from ADJ Mexico and have experienced absolutely no problems with the inventory.”

Eight Vizi Beam 5RXs are rigged to the central circular truss, with an additional 16 units spaced out around the outer circle. This creates a focal point in the center of the huge space, directly above the main dancefloor, and allows for impressive circular sweeping movements. In addition, five more fixtures are hung from each of the eight “leg” trusses, and even more units are rigged to separate triangular truss structures in each corner of the ceiling. This results in a roof full of beams projecting from every angle which, when combined with the additional fixtures down the side of the room and around the stage, makes for a truly mesmerizing lightshow.

Eight Vizi Beam 5RXs are rigged to the central circular truss, with an additional 16 units spaced out around the outer circle. This creates a focal point in the center of the huge space, directly above the main dancefloor, and allows for impressive circular sweeping movements. In addition, five more fixtures are hung from each of the eight “leg” trusses, and even more units are rigged to separate triangular truss structures in each corner of the ceiling. This results in a roof full of beams projecting from every angle which, when combined with the additional fixtures down the side of the room and around the stage, makes for a truly mesmerizing lightshow.
This is something that Alejandro feels is immensely important for the success of the whole venue. “The light show is the most important thing in the club,” he states. “I think, while it pains me to say, it is more important than the music! The atmosphere you create with lighting, you can’t create with any other effect. People come to witness the spectacle that is this place and the spectacle that is the lighting, which is programmed by one of Mexico’s best lighting programmers, Gerardo ‘Jerry’ Rodríguez, who works for us in-house.”
As a resident lighting programmer, it is Gerardo’s job to use the club’s immense lighting & video rig to create a world-class lightshow; the reason so many tourists pack out the venue each time it opens. Having worked at The City Cancún since it opened, Gerardo has seen the evolution of the club’s music policy.

“I’ve been here through many stages…Tiesto and Paul van Dyk at the height of their popularity, but also Akon, Snoop Dogg, Black Eyed Peas, Natalie Cole… the list is endless. MTV and TeleHit also used to host music festivals every year, it’s an incredible place to work!”

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