Coldplay fires up with an arsenal of Martin fixtures

Posted on Friday, November 30th, 2012

Coldplay has departed our shores leaving behind thousands of elated and satisfied punters who attended their Mylo Xyloto tour.

And what a show it was with an absolutely stunning stage and lighting set up courtesy of production designer Paul Normandale who chose an array of Martin fixtures, including the new 1000 W MAC Viper Profile™, to add to his lighting arsenal, which enabled him to create fresh, dynamic looks and feels that were a real crowd pleaser.

Lighting vendor for the Australian leg was Chameleon Touring Systems who supplied 24 x Martin MAC700, 6 x MAC Vipers, 16 x MAC2000 Wash XBS, 58 x MAC101, 26 x Atomic Strobes, and 20 x MAC250 fixtures.

“Martin originally asked me to incorporate the Vipers as field test units. But I saw them on demonstration at their Aarhus headquarters and knew that they would fit the bill of a bright but small profile source,” says Paul.

The new MAC Viper Profile produces 26,000 lumens of power, making it brighter than 1200 W fixtures on the market with a smaller form and lower weight. Its excellent light quality and very flat and uniform field, plus its fast zoom with auto-linked focus makes it ideal for Paul’s purpose.

“For me, the benefit of Martin is that they produce the right fixtures for the job,” he proclaims. “They are reliable and readily available worldwide, which is important when you’re taking a large production on a global tour.”

The convergence of lighting and screens is something that has become a familiar concept in recent years and is one that Paul has embraced on this tour. With five large circular screens providing plenty of eye candy, Paul’s lighting design seamlessly draws the two mediums together.

“I was keen to blur the boundaries of lighting and video on the stadium shows,” he says. “My ideal is totally colour affected IMAG, working in union with the lighting.

“This means that the lights I use need to be bright and their zoom needs to be significant. The Martin Professional fixtures help me to achieve that and I am always very happy with the way the equipment performs and their support.”

Photos: Troy Constable