Mine is Bigger Than Yours

Posted on Monday, September 27th, 2010

Written by Nook Schoenfeld

Every year, I design a few festival-type tours. Normally I design the lighting rig, then the lighting director for each band programs cues on the console of their choice. It’s normally about camaraderie between each band, and all of the lighting directors get to know each other and have a swell time.

I just finished the third annual Mayhem festival, a heavy-metal package featuring 14 bands playing on three stages. The main stage is the only one that is lit, because the bands playing on the “B” stages perform outside during the day. Metal bands seem to demand large sets, lots of pyrotechnic devices and large lighting systems. I design the main rig, but inevitably, all the bands bring in a few extra toys of their own.

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