Once again, a fantastic and highly professional event – massive thanks to you and the Saville team. Look forward to working with you again next year.Morgans City Living
This “X-Factor” style competition for lawyers and business tycoons is held in support of the St. Georges Crypt & Lionheart charities and raised over £60,000 on the night. Held in the vast surroundings of the Centenary Pavilion at Leeds United, the competition consisted of 9 artistes performing chart topping hits ranging from Robbie Williams, The Blues Brothers & Kings Of Leon to name but a few. The winner was decided by a panel of four judges and an audience vote.
To create the high energy atmosphere in the room, over 40 moving lights were used in conjunction with LED and generic fixtures. The new stock of ROBE LED moving light fixtures played a central role in the lighting design. A major feature was a large central X shaped truss that carried 20 Robin 100 beam lights along with 6 Robin 600 wash lights. Together they created audience colour and movement during the show. Dramatic sweeping beam effects and subtle moving gobo effects from 12 new Robe Pointe lights added a professional TV talent show feel to the night.
Two Robe DLX spotlights were used to project gobo patterns onto the 60’ x 14’ set, providing a dynamic textured backdrop to the performances.
To ensure every performance was portrayed in the best way possible all the lighting along with smoke, haze, pyrotechnic and CO2 effects were programmed on a Pearl Expert desk, to run in sync with the backing tracks. These were programmed live during the day-long technical rehearsals.
With over 1000 excited and rather vocal members of the audience, the sound design had to be spot on. 12 channels of radio mics including a custom glitter-wrapped MC mic made by the crew, were mixed digitally via a Behringer X32. The digital mixing allowed for a full FOH mix with reverb and delay effects as well as a monitor mix on stage.
To ensure that every table received crystal clear punchy audio, a distributed D&B sound system consisting of ground stacked Q7’s and subs supplemented by a further 12 Q and E series enclosures was used.
With such a large audience live video relay was invaluable in making sure that nobody missed any of the action onstage wherever they were sat. A five camera system was mixed in HD via a Roland V800 mixer and projected via two Christie LHD 7000 projectors onto two large side screens alongside the four in-house projectors and screens. The Leeds team produced all the video content, which included rehearsal footage and interviews, along with a 2 minute show opener portraying a fully animated Crypt Factor logo flying through the air across Leeds City Centre, passing a number of well-known Leeds landmarks! This was complemented on the night with a fully programmed light show synchronised with the video footage.
As with all charity events, budget is a major concern. The initial plan was to incorporate a backdrop of the latest LED Pixel Mesh, which would enable a whole host of video and graphic effects to feature behind the performers. To keep within budget, the decision was taken to project gobos and patterns onto the set backdrop and side sections, which although limited compared to the mesh, was a much more cost effective solution and still looked fantastic on the evening.
The ten strong team from our Leeds centre took 18 hours to rig two 18 tonne trucks full of equipment and staging, followed by a record –breaking 4 hour de-rig to vacate the venue in time for the next occupier.