Ice Cube live in Canberra

Posted on Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

American gangster rapper Ice Cube came to entertain Canberra during the marathon event in late April.  His concert at AIS arena was packed with hip-hop and gangster rap classics. The event lasted three and half hours, with DJ Dazz warming up the crowds spinning everything from Snoop Dog to Mary J Blige.

Elite Sound & Lighting were appointed to do the whole production of the show, supplying lighting gear, video and audio technology and rigging for this great event. A huge VuePix LED screen hung up in the middle of the stage was divided into three segments. Consisting of 40x VuePix L10 panels, the screen created a perfect visual background for both Ice Cube and his supporting acts. The content for the screens was delivered from ArKaos Media Server controlled by ChamSys Maxi Wing with Tablet PC.

The lighting rig specified by Darren Russell from Elite Sound & Lighting featured 24x Robin 600 LEDWashes and 16x Robin 600E Spots, which together with VuePix screens created great lighting shows for the audience. The ChamSys MQ 100 Expert was used for lighting control.

Darren Russell comments: “They gave us pretty free rein with the design for this show which we also supplied all the operators for, Ice Cubes touring production manager was ecstatic with the end result, making comment with regards to the quality of the screens and the light output of the Robe fixtures. In fact he told the local promoter that it was the best production they had experienced in Canberra on this tour.”

Ice Cube started the show with his collaboration with Dr Dre, ‘Natural Born Killaz’ and worked the crowd as he raps along. Songs ‘Hello’ and ‘Check Yo Self’ were crowd favourites, as was ‘Do Your Thang’, ‘Bop Gun (One Nation)’ and the most mainstream of his songs, “You Can Do It”.

Ice Cube delivered an explosive performance, leaving patrons with their ears ringing, old-school beats swirling around their heads and excitement for the next time one of the best MCs of all time comes to town.