Spiiders shine on Every Nation
SOUTH AFRICA: Taking place at Grand West’s 5,000 capacity Grand Arena in Cape Town, the triannual Every Nation Conference organised by Every Nation Church is a four-day conference offering speakers, worship sessions, live bands and activities. The event called on a large lighting rig with over 100 fixtures from Robe. This included the first deployment in the country of the manufacturer’s Spiider LED washbeams. The 12 Spiiders, along with the rest of the lights were provided by technical suppliers C&S Audio which was working for event technical producers, Bad Weather Productions.
Lighting designer Alan Muller of FX Unlimited worked closely with technical production manager Andrew Bosman from Bad Weather who produced the original stage designs and the video content with his team and Pierre Smith, production director of Every Nation Church Somerset West.
The creative brief for the stage design was to make the space intimate even though it is a large venue. Hanging a series of trusses at 45-degrees accentuated the grandeur of the overall design and focused attention on the main presentation area. Four over-stage trusses provided the main top-lighting positions with a symmetrical backlight design. The design included a large oval central LED screen upstage flanked by three levels of LED strips rigged as truss borders, finished with a pair of side screens. At the front of the stage was a thrust mimicking the screen shape which was a cut-out of the Every Nation logo.
The 12 Spiiders were initially intended to be used as side wash fill, but ‘their awesome tight beam’ swayed Mr Muller to use them as effects. ‘They are so bright,’ he declares. ‘Even using them as LED rings – the pixels are mappable – they delivered so many lumens, and I loved the fact you can find the zoom sweet-spot where the pixel is perfectly focused. The power and the beam quality are exceptional.’
In addition to these, the conference called on 12 BMFL Blades for top and back light, stage texturing and specials for strategic cues, keyed in over 16 LEDWash 300s. The six BMFL WashBeams were primary key lights, while six LEDWash 600s toned the set elements. A total of 18 ColorSpot 700E ATs were arranged in two squares on either side of the oval LED screen and used for side texturing, with five ColorWash 700E ATs providing low back light behind the band risers. Six totem trusses upstage were loaded with bars of PAR 64s and strobes for tungsten glows, chases and blinding moments, and 20 Pointes were used for multiple beam work and effects all over the stage. Over the audience were another 20 ColorSpot and ColorWash 700E ATs, profiles and LED blinders.