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Soulfest Employs CHAUVET Professional Fixtures for Annual Gathering

by Victoria Wasylak • in
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• Created: September 11, 2018

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Music festival Soulfest featured a main stage rig that used over 75 CHAUVET Professional fixtures this past August.

“We designed this rig to be complete so it could provide big looks for the opening acts, while also complementing the floor packages brought in by the headliners,” said Tim Messina of Events United, which also supplied a “world class sound system” for the event. “As Soulfest has continued to grow over the years, Events United’s role has grown with it — from first providing production for a few smaller stages, to this year providing full production (audio, video, lighting, and backline) for the large stages of the festival.”

It was Events United’s goal to create striking, yet simple symmetry and basic fixture profile modes for the downstage, midstage and upstage trusses of the Revival Stage (A stage) rig. The Events United team provided this straightforward and impactful setup to allow easy cloning for touring LDs, all of whom carried their own floor packages to complement EU’s flown system.

The A Stage rig featured an impressive ensemble of: 12 Maverick MK2 Washes, 12 Maverick MK1 Hybrids, 4 Maverick MK2 Spots, 32 COLORado 2 Solos, 4 Ovation E-260WW IP ellipsoidals, 8 Xeno 2500 strobes, 6 STRIKE 1 units and 6 STRIKE 4 fixtures. Each side of the stage had video walls consisting of 120 PVP X6IP video tiles. These displays were used for IMAG during the acts and video advertising between sets. Events United provided 5 cameras for IMAG and recording.

Messina explains how it all came together: “We hung the fixtures on three 50’ pieces of truss positioned upstage, midstage and downstage.  The downstage truss held 32 COLORado 2 Solos, 4 Ovation E-260WW IPs, and 6 STRIKE 1s. On the midstage truss, we placed 8 MK2 Washes, 4 MK1 Hybrids, and 4 STRIKE 4s, while the upstage truss had 4 MK2 Washes, 8 MK1 Hybrids, and 2 STRIKE 4s.”

“Regardless of the type of music being performed on stage, we were able to reflect it in our lighting,” said Messina. “Sometimes, we washed the stage in soft pastels. At other times, we hit it with intense beams and did a lot of audience lighting. All in all, we gave the opening acts a level of lighting that went way beyond expectations.”

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