Hawthorn Provides the Lighting and Video for Steven Wilson UK and Europe Tour 2015
20 April 2015
Steven Wilson four-time Grammy nominee, recently celebrated the launch of his new album ‘Hand. Cannot. Erase.’ with a UK and European tour in March and April 2015.
The tour and album follow his runaway success of his third solo album ‘The Raven That Refused To Sing’ and his sell out shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall in 2013. The UK gigs kicked off at Cambridge Corn Exchange on 12th March and continue on throughout his ten country European tour until the 23 April, before heading off to the USA and Canada.
Wilson wanted to create: “a show that I hope will raise the bar both musically and visually from my previous tours, with a set list based around the new album, as well as casting the net further back into my song writing past for a few surprises.”
Steven Wilson’s Lighting Designer, Matthew Jensen, came to Mick Freer of Hawthorn with an idea of creating a strong visual impact for the shows. Jensen visited Hawthorn’s head office in Leicestershire where Freer demonstrated the super light semi - transparent Glux 1m x 0.5m LED panels. Jensen formulated them into a video wall of 81 panels, which he uses to show the bespoke video footage commissioned for the tour.
The video wall has been combined with the other stage elements including the lighting and media package supplied by Hawthorn. This consists of Clay Paky Alpha 700 spots, Aleda B Eye K10’s, Thomas Pixel Par 90’s, Sharpy Washes & SGM P5 LED floods and Avolites Ai servers all controlled and run from a High End Hog 4 Full Boar. Jensen uses a complementary palette of colours to create a stunning backdrop to the music, with lighting and video technician Dan Oswald providing technical support.
Mick Freer of Hawthorn, said: “It’s been great working with Matt Jensen and everyone else involved in this production and I look forward to supporting Matt with his staging design throughout Europe.”
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