Robe On Tour With Future Music Festival

Posted on Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

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Bringing a bigger and even better line up this year, Future Music Festival toured the nation recently with over 200 Robe moving lights on board with crowds of over 40,000 and 9 themed stages of music and more attractions than ever featured before.

This year featured an impressive line up of local DJs supporting International headlining acts including N*E*R*D, Basement Jaxx, CSS, Paul Oakenfold and Grandmaster Flash. Site wide lighting and rigging for this festival was provided by Clifton Productions with their vast range of Robe inventory, with all stages heavily loaded with Robe moving lights managed by System Techs Matt Downs and Michael Parsons from Clifton Productions.

Melbourne and Sydney events had the largest quantities of different stages and performances, although the major stages and rigs were emulated in all the states the festival ran. Sydney housed some of the largest stages which were set both at the Randwick Racecourse and Hordon Pavilion. The Enmore Theatre was also used for some performances.

The stage at the Hordon Pavilion was designed and operated by Matt Mombario who controlled all lighting fixtures with a Hog 3 and 2 Mini Wings. The stage at the Enmore Theatre was designed and operated by Leggie and the Future Music Stage on site was designed and operated by Andy Mutton and Matt Downs from Clifton Productions.

Lighting rigged consisted of 8 x Robe ColorSpot 700AT and 8 x Robe ColorWash 700AT on the front truss, 4 x Robe ColorWash 1200AT on dollys as side lights down stage, 6 x Robe ColorSpot 1200AT were on dollys upstage across the back of the stage. The rest of the 22 x Robe ColorWash 1200AT, 14 x ColorSpot 1200AT and 48 x 575w Multipars were placed on the front and back truss to provide a 4 colour stage wash. Headline acts performing included N*E*R*D, Basement Jaxx and Paul Oakenfold.

‘Likes of You’ Stage – 6 pole circus tent – All Robe fixtures were rigged as verticals on stage or floor dolly’s all with wheels, to allow for the EDC scaffold CUBE to be moved into place during change over’s. 6 x Robe ColorWash 2500EAT, 6 Robe ColorSpot 1200AT and 14 x Robe ColorSpot 700AT were used. 8 of the Robe 700 Spots were rigged from a 4mt 300mm box circle flown above the DJ console. 30 x Vuepix P25 screens were used on a tab track system to allow for the EDC cube to be rolled through the middle of the screen during changeover, and 8 x Vuepix P25 screens were used on a rolling DJ riser. Morph from Morph visuals was brought in to operate the Vuepix screens, and Andy Mutton to design the lighting to suite DJs Riche Hawtin & EDC’s rig. All fixtures were driven by a GrandMA.

Other stages on the Future Music tour that featured Robe’s included the Sublime Stage with 8 x Robe ColorSpot 2500EAT, 8 x Robe ColorWash 700EAT and an impressive array of 48 x P25 Vuepix screens which were suspended with-in truss shaped like pyramids (P25 x 25 panels each outside V’s plus 6 x Robe 2500EAT on the inside V’s) These were operated by Rob Easton from E Productions. The Grandstand Stage had 12 x Robe ColorSpot 575AT rigged on the front, mid and back truss which was all driven from and Avolites Pearl Tiger. Major lines ups included GrandMaster Flash and CSS.

Matt Downs says, “This years festival was the largest one yet in all. We had all of our Robe inventory out this weekend with festivals in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide over 3 days with identical rigs. Plus other events on at the same time were the Melbourne International Motor Show and Toybox in Sydney. All Robe fixtures work as usual with minimal faults or issues. LD ‘Leggie’ loved using ROBE and didn’t expect to find them here in Australia, as he has been working with them heaps of times overseas. He said he will definitely be using them again next time he is down under.’’