Robe for Parklife

Posted on Friday, October 30th, 2009


One of the biggest moments on the annual dance music calendar finally ‘landed’ in October, with Parklife 09 officially signaling the start of the summer dance festival season. Tens of thousands of people got into the party spirit around the nation, with a massive line up with more music to choose from than ever before. Main acts included Empire of the Sun, Tiga, MSTRKRAFT, La Roux and Autokratz, along with local supporting DJs such as Art vs. Science.

Clifton Productions under took site wide lighting in Melbourne with stage designs by Fuzzy Events with Parklife’s National Lighting Designer, Davyd Williams. This massive production was managed by local Production Manger, Adam Gibson in conjunction with National Producer, Josh Chapman. Over 90 Robe fixtures were used throughout the event appearing across 4 stages. Parklife had its usual ‘nurtured’ stages of Fire, Air, Earth and Wind and definitely blew everyone away with sold out attendance at all concerts nationwide with over 20,000 + attendees.

The Water Stage housed many big names such as Empire of the Sun, La Roux, Kaskade and Chardy. 12 x Robe ColorWash 700EATs, 20 x Robe ColorSpot 700EAT and 2 x Robe 1500 Smoke Machines were rigged on Truss verticals, Front and Mid stage trusses. All fixtures were driven by a GRANDMA. 78 x VuePix P18 panels were rigged as a proscenium arch, mid stage arch and rear screen upstage of 35 panels with a set up as 3 independent screens, however for “Empire of the Sun” they were configured in to one massive screen. Lighting designs for “Empire of the Sun” were by LD Hugh Toranto. The rest of the festival lighting operating was by Matt Hansen from MPH.

The Air Stage was housed with DJ’s to the likes of MSTRKRFT, Crystal Castles, Tiga and Autokratz. Lighting was operated by LD Justin Ogge (aka netball skirt) for the whole of the festival and LD Jack Davies for “Crystal Castles” designed the stage layout. The Robe rig had wave shaped trusses with verticals consisting of 14 x Robe ColorSpot 700EAT, 4 x Robe ColorWash 2500EAT, Robe Fog 1500 and 16 x iLED ColorBank 54’s. 18 x VuePix P25’s were configured as a wall up the centre of the stage 3m wide by 6 meter high. All lights were controlled by a GrandMA.

System tech Matt Downs from Clifton Productions says “Parklife was a sold out crowd as we knew it would be as it is year after year. The Robe’s performance throughout the tour was ‘faultless’ and everyone was happy how reliable these fixtures are, even with how much they are being used!”.