Spandau Ballet on the road with Martin and MA

Posted on Tuesday, May 4th, 2010


When legendary 80’s band Spandau Ballet decided to reform for an extensive tour Patrick Woodroffe was the obvious choice for show designer as Gary Kemp and Patrick have been mates for a long time and had spent months discussing the project.

The idea was to create a lighting design that was essentially eighties in flavour using the latest in modern lighting technology. For example instead of heaps of par cans, Martin MAC250 Beams create the classic beam-style of lighting. The rig includes twenty-three MAC2000XB Wash, eighteen MAC250 Beam and ten Martin Atomic Strobes.

“The MACs always deliver good light output, classic reliability and great performance especially from the MAC2000s,” commented Danny Nolan, lighting director for the tour. They were chosen for the robust and powerful light that has become quite famous for its reliability. The MAC2000 has a great zoom from wash to tight spot and the best amber from any 2K wash light. The Martin lights have been brilliant with very few problems.

“We actually specified another beam light that wasn’t available in Australia but I have to say I’ve been impressed by the MAC250 Beam. They’re incredibly bright and provide great beam effects that can punch through any stage lighting with ease. They really do deliver very good aerial effects.”

For control Danny has opted for a MA Lighting grandMA, always his console of choice.

“I love the grandMA,” stated Danny. “It does everything it claims with flawless performance. The system and its set up is very flexible. You can do a lot with the grandMA, and I’m impressed by it.”

Chameleon Touring Systems supplied the lighting which also included two Robert Juliat Heloise follow spots.