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ASG Entertainments Raises Spirits at Gin Festival with CHAUVET Professional

Victoria Wasylak • MMR GlobalSupplier Scene • October 13, 2020

Some of England’s craft gin distilleries took center stage on Saturday, July 25 at the Manic Gin & Fizz Festival. Featuring a robust menu of entertainment, along with single serving disposable servings of food and (of course) gin, the two-day event took place at Whittington Castle.

The historic castle provided an idyllic 12-acre site for the festival, which followed strict social distancing guideless. Accentuating the timeless beauty of the setting, while also supporting safety protocols, was a delicately balanced, but colorful, lighting design from ASG Entertainments that featured CHAUVET Professional WELL Fit fixtures.

“Manic Events, which put on the festival, went above and beyond to ensure safety,” said Scott Cooper of ASG. “We handled audio and lighting for the event and we thoroughly sanitized all stage gear between every act. There were also one-way pathways — and plenty of wash stations.

“Groups that attended were assigned ‘bubbles,’” continued Cooper. “Throughout the festival guests were kept a good way apart. They were not able to leave their bubble areas during the shows. We even had the entertainers perform in a dedicated tent on a mound distant from the crowd.”

The WELL Fit fixtures were also called upon to create a safer environment. Cooper designated extra units of the high output LED units to light the festival’s walkways, particularly at critical areas, so people could maintain social distancing as they moved about.

Being compact battery-powered fixtures, the WELL Fits supported safety standards by allowing the ASG crew to load in and load out in less time. “Following COVID-19 protocol, we worked with smaller crews to minimize contact,” said Cooper. “The WELL Fits are compact, yet very powerful, and there’s no wiring, since they’re battery-powered, so we’re able to get things done faster with fewer people.”

Drawing on the color rendering capabilities of the 20 RGBA LED fixtures in his rig, Cooper endowed the castle and the grounds with an added evocative quality, often covering surfaces with subtle variations of the same hue. At other times, he mixed palettes creating vivid contrasts between different colors to sharped the lines of a turret’s battlement against the night sky.

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