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Colour Sound Goes On Human League Tour

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Colour Sound has supplied lighting and LED screens for the Human League tour.

The west London based rental company worked closely with Lighting Designer Rob Sinclair and the band's Manager, Simon Watson, both of whom were involved in creating the eye-catching set and look for the stage.

The band tour the UK and Europe every two years in the lead up to Christmas to the delight of their enthusiastic and loyal fanbase which includes original fans from their early days in 1980s plus a whole new generation. Each tour presents a different look for the stage and Rob, who has now been lighting The Human League for 10 years, reckons that the biggest challenge is to top what they have done previously.
On recent tours, video has been central to the show and this was again the case, complete with their white carpeted stage and set, which has become a Human League trademark.

The band were playing several larger shows this time, so the idea was to ensure that the set could fill these spaces nicely, and make the statement that it was designed for big venues.

The stage architecture was defined by three video arches in shrinking perspective made up from Colour Sound’s proprietary BT12 LED screen product, complete with an upstage surface of BT6 at the back … 85 square metres in total.

This was concealed behind a mid-stage kabuki which dropped in to reveal all the LED screens about a third of the way through the set.

The video content was commissioned – and much of it originated - by Rob and produced by Jack James at Reality Creative. On the road, video was operated by James Adkins using a Resolume server, chosen to bring a more organic live VJ feel to the visuals.

The lighting fitted inside the video arches and was relatively straightforward. Arranged over four straight trusses were 35 x Robe MMX Spots and 8 Robe x LEDWash 300 moving lights, plus 12 x SGM XC5 LED strobes.
Colour Sound also supplied three Robert Juliat followspots, plus all necessary trussing, rigging and motors.

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