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XL Video Goes On Tour With Bombay Bicycle Club

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The very last music show to be staged at London's famous Earls Court concert and exhibition venue, which is being demolished, saw indie rockers Bombay Bicycle Club deliver an enthusiastic and enigmatic set, complete with some very special guests including the legendary Dave Gilmour - in the final show of their 'So Long See You Tomorrow' album campaign and world tour.

The set, lighting and video elements were designed by Squib, and XL Video supplied video production and crew for both Earls Court and the preceding tour which had originally started in April 2014.

The tour featured video content created by Adam Young and Anna Ginsburg - mostly charismatic hand drawn animations, which were programmed onto one of XL’s Catalyst media servers and projected on to seven stretched fabric circles or discs of varying sizes between 4 and 8 feet, fed by a pair of Barco projectors.

For the autumn / winter leg of the tour leading up to Earls Court, the show’s video elements were boosted with six composite mini-cams, chosen for their interesting grainy CCTV style footage which fitted perfectly with the band and the quirky visual aesthetic developed by Squib for the stage presentation.

The mini-cams were used to create a contrasting look to the animations, and only used for the first album songs to reflect the change in musical style. They were dotted around the stage one for each band member and two on the drums, and their dirty, quivering black & white IMAG output used – highly effectively – in the three songs.

New playback video content was added for two more songs for this final UK winter tour, activated by timecode as with the other video cues.
The projectors for the final leg of the tour were also swapped to two of XL’s fleet of new Barco 26Ks which are very bright and crisp.

For Earls Court, they upped the ante on the whole projection scenario completely. A large arched projection screen – made by Hangman from a similar PVC mesh to that of the circles – was added behind the seven discs, together with another 50 ft square screen upstage of that, also made from the same material, and framing the whole stage area.

Four more Barco 26K projectors were added to feed these two extra surfaces, - so one of the three doubled-up pairs of projectors covered the seven discs, the second pair did the arched screen and the third pair dealt with projecting onto the back cloth.

A four HD IMAG PPU was also added for Earls Court, with the mix directed by Charlie Wood using a Panasonic HS450 switcher. The Sony HXC-100 cameras were positioned at FOH, two in the pit on track-and-dolly and a hand-held onstage, with feeds beamed onto the arched screen and the discs as well as two 16 x 9 ft side screens. These side screens were fed by two more Barco 26K machines complete with hot backups.


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