Chauvet Lights Both Stages at FOLD Festival
The legendary Nile Rodgers was a sand-out act at FOLD Festival, outside New York City, on a star-studded stage illuminated by a collection of fixtures from Chauvet Professional.
Rodgers not only performed on stage with Chic, he hosted the two-day festival, bringing together an eclectic mix of friends and collaborators.
Jason Ayala of ProSho (New York), which provided the lighting rig, said: “We wanted lighting that could make a bold statement at the big moments on stage with a lot of intensity and saturated colour. Since the festival started at 5pm when it’s still light out, we needed brightness too.”
Ayala and Kevin Jameson (also of ProSho) served as the festival LDs. The pair’s goal was to create a rig that was flexible enough to accommodate the diverse mix of artists on stage. “We needed the impact and eye candy for some acts, but we also wanted softer washes for others,” said Ayala.
“The rig was very accommodating. Two of the bands, Duran Duran and Beck, brought in their own LDs. These LDs knew what we were bringing in and were happy with it, but they got even more excited when they got here and saw what the rig could do.”
The ProSho designers positioned fixtures on upstage and downstage truss as well as on the floor to “envelop the entire stage in light, while also reaching out to engage the crowd,” as Ayala put it.
The rig included 14 Q-Wash 419Z-LED moving wash fixtures with 19 15-watt RGBW LEDs on the downstage truss and eight Rogue R1 Spot high output moving LED fixtures, as well as seven Legend 330SR Spot fixtures on the upstage truss. The floor package included eight Rogue R1 Beams and seven Legend 330SR Spot fixtures.
The FOLD Festival also featured a second DJ Stage illuminated with Chauvet fixtures. This rig included 12 Rogue R1 Spots and 36 COLORado Batten 72 Tours outlining the perimeter of the stage. A customised DJ booth was accented with three MotionOrb décor lights, each made up of 55 individual colour-changing and strobing LED orbs on strings.
“We built a lot of scenic looks on the DJ stage, giving it a club-like feel,” said Ayala. “The Rogues gave us great audience lights and aerial effects, while the other fixtures were good eye candy. We created two distinct environments on the two stages, but they worked well together during the two days.”
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