22nd October 2007
Specialist in production lighting LXCO was contracted to illuminate the stage at Arundel festival, which took place at the historic Arundel Castle, in West Sussex, from 24 to 27 August 2007.
The four-day festival hosted an eclectic mix of performances from a 40-piece orchestra to Girls Aloud. LXCO designed and supplied the production lighting for the festival, transforming the lighting set between each of the shows. The rig was developed over the four varying gigs, to suit the music and the mood of each event.
“We wanted to try and give it a different look each night for people coming back to the festival; suiting the style and genre of music,” said Mark Wheatley, LXCO’s lighting designer. “We knew there would be activity and rehearsals on the stage during the day, so our team worked at night after each performance was over.”
LXCO tailored the lighting rig for a variety of shows, ranging from subtle colour washes for a night of opera with Natasha Marsh, Alfie Boe and a 40 piece orchestra, to a more flashy affair for the grand finale which included one dazzling 24", one 12" and two 18" mirror balls, used in conjunction with white silk drapes, as well as stylish smoke effects for performances by Jamelia, Shayne Ward and Girls Aloud.
Logistical efficiency played a key role in the construction and transformation of the festival stage, and LXCO liaised with other suppliers to ensure an integrated approach to the production design and build. The company also worked alongside Level 42’s own lighting designer, Steve Finch, to meet the band’s own individual requirements.