Martin scores at the Fifa Fan Fest

Posted on Thursday, July 1st, 2010


Bytecraft Entertainment provided lighting and LED Screens for the FIFA International Fan Fest held at Darling Harbour and Tumbalong Park for the duration of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Offering soccer fans a central site to meet and enjoy pre and post game entertainment, as well as the opportunity to watch all the action live on four Superscreens, Darling Harbour was full of football fever as Aussie fans cheered on their favorite teams.

Lighting Designer Mark Hammer was charged with the responsibility of lighting the floating stage, two side barges, floating football pitch, various sponsor areas, as well as site-wide effect lighting. The idea was to not just light the performance area but also the surrounding spaces to create a general atmosphere so that if Australia were playing, for example, the site would be bathed in gold and green

Mark’s design criteria was not only performance based but he also had to consider the reliability of fixtures that would continue to work when installed outdoors for six weeks during winter.

The majority of intelligent lighting was Martin MACs chosen for their reliability and hardiness.

“I was particularly impressed by the MAC2000 Wash XB fixtures,” commented Mark. “They’re good and punchy allowing me a few beam looks as well as just general wash.”

Exposed MACs were either dressed in the Martin rainMACs or had their little custom-made tin hats on them which, according to Mark, are fabulous at keeping the rain off the fixtures.

Bytecraft had a rotating crew of sixteen technicians to cover the lighting and screens, headed up by Project Manager Michael Webber.

Equipment used included
Main Stage: 12 x Mac 2000 Profile, 16 x Studio Color 575, 8 x Active Sunstrips, 32 x Par 64, 4 x 3k Gladiator Followspot, 2 x DF-50
Side Barges: 12 x Mac 2000 Wash XB, 3 x Syncrolite SX- B5/2
Floating Football Field: 32 x 500w QI, 20m Green LED Ropelight, 20m Gold Ropelight
Site Lighting: 16 x Mac 2000 Profile, 16 x Mac 2000 Wash XB, 112 x Par 64, 14 x Source 4 19, 8 x Source 4 10, 2 x DF50
Tumbalong Park: 56 x Par 64, 12 x Par 56, 16 x 500w QI
Screens: Main Stage 48 Panels Lighthouse R12, Side Screens each 24 Panels Lighthouse R12, Tumbalong Park 48 Panels Lighthouse R16
Control: Wholehog 2 w/ Wing, 4 x Balanced Technology Datagate, Fibre by Riedel