Showtech sets the trends in Dubai
UAE: Two recent projects in the UAE have seen Showtech called in to help showcase the latest in fashion and beauty. The seventh edition of Indian Princess, reportedly one of India’s most glamorous beauty pageants, was held at the Grand Ballroom of Le Meridien Hotel in Dubai recently, while the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Palm Jumeirah saw fashion-brand Iconic host its first-ever youth fashion show promoting the Autumn/Winter 2016 collection. Showtech opted to serve both events with loudspeaker systems from JBL.
For Indian Princess, Showtech deployed a JBL Vertec system comprising of VT 4888 and 4880 tops and powered by Crown HD 1200 amplifiers. A further four VRX 915 cabinets provided additional fills, while a Soundcraft Vi1 console provided FOH mixing duties and Pioneer’s CDJ-2000 turntables and DJM-900 mixer were deployed for the DJ. An Analog Way Ascender 32 switcher, Watchout media servers and LED displays spanning 90 sq-m were also utilised for visuals. For the lighting setup, a variety of Fresnel and wash fixtures from Philips, Robe, ETC, Claypaky, GBR and Lycian were controlled by an Avolites Pearl 2008 lighting console and grandMA dimmer.
Audio for Iconic’s youth fashion show saw JBL’s flagship VTX system called upon, with six VTX V20 and four VTX V25 cabinets with Crown HD 12000 amplifiers deployed. Ten JBL Eon G2 were used for delays while a Yamaha CL3 catered to FOH mixing. The DJ was again handed Pioneer CDJ-2000s and a DJM-900 mixer. The visual side of the fashion show saw Showtech utlise six Panasonic PT DZ 21k Full-HD projectors, a PC running Dataton’s Watchout multi-screen software and 10 Watchout dongles, as well as an Analog Way Acsender 32.
For lighting, the entire venue was illuminated using 12 Robe 575 spots, 48 Robe par 64s, 56 Philips 2k Selecon Fresnels, 24 1.2k Fresnels, 12 Claypaky Sharpys, 24 Claypaky mythos, 60 GBR LED par 5W and eight Antari Hazer HZ 400s controlled via an Avolites Pearl lighting desk and grandMA dimmer. An additional 24 LED par 5w were used for the lobby.