New Perth Arena home to six Robert Juliat Lancelot Followspots

Posted on Friday, November 23rd, 2012

November saw the official opening of Western Australia’s proud new home of entertainment, music, and sports – Perth Arena. Jointly designed by architectural firms Ashton Raggatt McDougall and Cameron Chisholm Nicol, its design is based on the Eternity puzzle. The venue holds up to 15,500 for concerts and has a retractable roof, 36 luxury appointed corporate suites, a 680-bay underground car park, five dedicated function spaces, and touring trucks can drive directly onto the arena floor.

Frontier Lighting provided the Perth Arena with six Robert Juliat Lancelot followspots whose innovative optical train improves on the power and very long throw capabilities of its smaller counterparts.

Lancelot is now the benchmark fixture for big events and concerts where its innovative technology, outstanding light output and extremely flat beam set new standards for both followspots and automated lighting products.

“The Lancelot can quite easily do a 120 metre throw and still be strong at the other end,” remarked Jared Hawke, Lighting Designer at Frontier. “They’re a great followspot and really well made plus they’re very user-friendly. At Frontier, we’ve always liked the Robert Juliat range for its quality and good engineering and, although big and bright, the Lancelot followspot can be easily maneuvered to react quickly under live conditions.

As well as possessing an outstanding light output, Lancelot followspots have an extremely flat beam, very narrow zoom, fully closing iris and dimming quality.

Operator Justin Twible had the honour of using one of the new Lancelot’s on the Arena’s first concert starring Sir Elton John and he was delighted with its performance.

“The Lancelots were great – well balanced and powerful,” he commented. “They cut through the arena’s lights perfectly. The iris on them is nice and smooth as is the dimming. They’re easy to move around in an operating sense and generally they’re just a really good unit.”

The Lancelot followspot is renowned for being smooth to control, and can be completely tailored to individual needs using a set of onboard plug-and-play accessories, including the choice of manual or DMX control. The ergonomics have been designed with the operator in mind, and include an easy to balance counterweight system for steady long distance movement, a large wrap around handle and compact size and weight.