CPL and Bright Create Micro Festival
Central Presentations Ltd (CPL) has provided sound and lighting for production company Bright, who recently produced a successful micro festival event for a specialist energy company.
Staged on the Mojo Active site at Cribb’s Causeway in Bristol, UK, the CPL team of six led by Mike Radford supplied equipment to the one day event, bringing their experience and talents of working on high profile festival events like Glastonbury and BoomTown to the field.
“It was great fun to be working with Bright again, especially on such an enjoyable event. It was relatively straightforward from a technical angle, but as the time was tight – as always – everything had to be well prepped and flow smoothly once on site,” said Radford.
With 90% of the bands playing on the main stage in daylight, lighting was designed to enhance and heighten skin tones and ensure that everyone could be clearly seen and not get lost in back of the structure, accomplished using Selecon 1200W fresnels.
Miltec LED Battens were installed to wash the internal structure and bathe it in vibrant colours as the sun eventually set during the main act. All lighting on the main stage was controlled from a Jands Stage CL desk.
Lighting was also installed in the bar area located in a series of large interconnected tepees – more Selecon 1200W fresnels and Miltec PAR LED uplighters with a few Martin MAC 350 moving lights for “movement and fun”. Radford added that CPL went for a “soft, relaxed and chilled ambience” in the bar area.
A full DJ set up was part of the bar area package, including Pioneer CDJ 2000 decks and a DJM 800 mixer, together with a d&b Q7/Q-SUB sound system that provided a solid sound, complete with E12 monitors, all controlled via a Yamaha LS9 console.
They also used as many LED lightsources as were practical to enhance the carbon footprint of the occasion.
The PA for the seven metre by three metre main stage with canopy supplied by BES Systems was d&b Q Series, comprising Q1s for the main stacks paired with Q-SUBS and e12 wedges for monitors, all mixed via a Yamaha CL 5 console positioned at side stage.
CPL’s sound crew set up a wireless network as part of the control infrastructure and also took advantage of Yamaha’s StageMix app running on an iPad to control and tweak the FOH and monitor systems while bands were playing.
This avoided the need to have a mix position at FOH, leaving the sight-lines clear and uninterrupted across the field and providing a tidy, neat, practical and reliable solution that worked for everyone in this scenario.
The app gives wireless access to all the elements of the mix for groups and individual channel setups.
The line-up featured a selection of staff bands, culminating in a headline slot by Bristol-based Mad Apple Circus, a unique blend of horn-fuelled styles, better known as ‘Bristone’.
Welcoming everyone to the event was a specially-commissioned five metre long by one metre high wooden client logo, positioned in the middle of the field as a visual centrepiece for all the action, and lit with CORE Point30 battery powered wireless LED flood uplighters.
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