Jands Vista in control at Port Fairy festival

Posted on Thursday, July 14th, 2011

The Port Fairy Folk Festival is held in early March each year over the Labour Day long weekend on the south-west coast of Victoria in the historic sea-side village of Port Fairy. Australia’s ‘world famous’ independent music festival presents major international and national folk, trad and roots music artists during a four day festival of folk, country, Celtic, blues, jazz, bluegrass, traditions, contemporary, singers, songwriters, acoustic rock and world roots music.

Geelong-based Total Events provided lighting, staging, transport, rigging and AV requirements for the festival across six venues. 2011 was the 35th year of Port Fairy Folk Festival and Total Events managing director Scott Parker has provided various levels of production to the event for over 15 years.

Lighting – consisting of approximately 100 LED fixtures, 50 moving head fixtures and 100 dimmer channels plus operators – was supplied for four of the venues which were all controlled by Jands Vista with combinations of I3, S3, S1 and M1 consoles.

“Having the same control platform across all venues meant easy transitions for relief operators who had to fill in on all four venues,” commented Parker. “It also meant easy file management for creating and distributing show files and backups. Use of Vista meant controlling the different types and brands of fixtures was simple.

“We’ve been a long time user of Vista and when it came to a choice of console to put into every venue, there was no discussion to be held. Operators that were new to Vista had no issues becoming comfortable within a few hours of programming, resulting in lightshows that were always fitting to the diverse range of music presented at the festival.”

All dimming was Jands, using HP and the new HPC ‘Air Gap’ dimmers running in combinations of dimmer and 240v distribution mode for the moving lights.