eclipse spotlights Bieber
UAE: eclipse Staging Services was called in to provide support in the form of lighting and rigging as Justin Bieber performed at the Autism Rocks Arena in Dubai. The rental company provided the entire lighting setup, barring the touring consoles and system racks, drawing heavily upon its roster of Clay Paky Sharpys.
The lighting rig was designed by freelancer Cory FitzGerald and comprised more than 450 fixtures in total, including 140 Sharpys. ‘The lighting designer created some stunning looks with the Sharpys, especially on the B and C stages,’ noted Craig Ralph, eclipse’s head of lighting. ‘Well executed and thought out programming from a top lighting designer. Everything went well, and the product looked brilliant. It was an excellent experience to be part of such an exciting show.’
The concert was highly anticipated by ‘Beliebers’ from around the region, and rigging load-in began three days before the doors opened, allowing for two days of stage and lighting load-in and final system patching. ‘Any time before 5pm proved oppressively hot, so we worked from 5pm to midnight most days, meaning we got more done in less time,’ revealed eclipse project manager Tom Warneke.
Once the system was in place and the touring systems had been patched in, the show’s lighting director, Nick van Nostrum, was able to plug-and-play. Due to the hot climate, some of the equipment reportedly experienced issues from overheating, however this was fixed with a quick reset.
‘Yet again, this was a show that highlighted eclipse as one of the regional leaders in delivering high level, large-scale international concert tours; performing efficiently and effectively to deliver large amounts of production to a high standard,’ concluded Mr Warneke. ‘It was truly a great week thanks to our expert lighting and rigging teams.’