DXBeach returns with eclipse
UAE: DXBeach made its first appearance of the season at Zero Gravity with performances by Benny Benassi, Marc Kinchen and Fatboy Slim. The Dubai beach club once again turned to eclipse Staging Services for the audio, lighting, and video equipment, along with laser expertise from Laser FX and special effects from Stage FX.
The beachside location and sandy dance floor provided the main complication. ‘Just getting the equipment to where it needs to be can be a constant challenge,’ said head of video Lee Worthington. ‘However, the site management from our side made the install as smooth as could be expected.’
The video crew supplied a 12m x 6m 9mm ROE LED screen as well as a 2.4m x 1.2m DJ booth screen. A Green Hippo Taiga media server supplied content and an Analog Way switching system allowed access to the screens at both front of house and backstage. The change over from support to main act was pretty much a whole system switch. ‘This was a very smooth transition and was made very easy because of the pre-production work done between the eclipse and FBS technical teams in the lead up to the event,’ said Mr Worthington. ‘Communication was key to this and because of the attention to detail in pre-production the live change over went without a hitch.’
The lighting arsenal consisted of a kit from Martin Professional and Clay Paky with a grandMA2 Full-Size, Chamsys MQ100, Avolites Pearl Expert, Luminex GigaCore RFO16, and Luminex Eth8-II for control. ‘Using the Luminex Eth8-II we were able to seamlessly switch between the multi-console set-up at front of house as each visiting lighting designer had requested a specific and different desk,’ explained eclipse head of lighting, Craig Ralph. ‘The lighting network was being managed and monitored from FOH using a MacBook Pro, which allowed us to give immediate control at the click of a button to any of the consoles at the FOH control area. The tour rider was adhered to exactly as was presented to us and Jonny Godsmark, Fatboy Slim’s lighting operator, was very handy to have onsite during the set-up as it allowed us to fire any questions that we had about fixture placement off to him and have them answered immediately.’
The audio side of the setup ‘has become more refined for us each time,’ reflected head of audio John Parkhouse. ‘There are always concerns with offsite noise propagation for nearby residences on pretty much all outdoor events these days and so I opted for us to provide an ArrayProcessed d&b V-Series system with a number of instantly recallable snapshots to handle a number of scenarios, some of which I created beforehand and some of which I was able to create and engage on the fly. I was able to factor in temperature and humidity changes throughout as well as focus the attention of the system dependent on audience coverage requirements. I obviously saved the maximum headroom for Fatboy Slim and I have to say I thought his set was fantastic. Once more I feel our d&b system was critical to immersing the entire audience in a delivery of such sonic clarity and power. Every spot in the venue sounded exactly the same for every audience member - pulsating and vibrant, exactly as it should be for such an event.
‘From all parties I would say this event felt like a very well-honed and executed exercise while also an extremely well received endeavor from an audience who undoubtedly had a great day. We are looking forward to the next one in November, where we will of course look to pull a few more tricks out of our d&b tool kit,’ concluded Mr Parkhouse.