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Out and About HSL Group Radioactive Tour UK


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HSL supplied lighting equipment to Rita Ora’s first full production tour, which blasted its way around the country, with a fabulous lighting design by Andy Iliffe.


For the last four months UK lighting and visuals rental company HSL have supplied the lighting equipment for the critically acclaimed chart topping singer-songwriter Rita Ora’s first full production ‘Radioactive’ tour, brought together by Andy Iliffe. The first shows were promos, for which HSL supplied some ‘specials’ packages. Having worked with the Blackburn based company for around eight years, it was a ‘no-brainer’ for Andy when it came to recommending a lighting company to service the tour. “When given the choice, it will always be HSL,” he declared. All the lighting was controlled by Andy using his grandMA2 lite console which is his desk of choice, and clearly had a lot of fun producing such an exciting, adrenalised show to match Ms Ora’s flamboyant performance.


Andy said “HSL did a brilliant job as always on the tour. I really enjoy an excellent relationship with them- nothing is ever a problem and Mike Oates is incredible!! There is really no other rental company in the UK to compare with the service or friendliness.” Along the front of the stage were four i-Pix BB4 LED wash lights lighting the band in the footlights position, with another four side stage providing low level cross lighting onto and behind Ms Ora. In front of the band were four JTE PixelLine LED battens,


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rigged vertically on individual floor bases and pixel-mapped in a Catalyst media server.


Along the back of stage were four vertical trussing towers, and in each of these were two Robe ColorSpot 2500E ATs and two GLP Impression 120 RZ Zoom LED wash fixtures. These were carefully positioned to produce fantastic looks from upstage, essentially amplifying the visual impression of the rig. Andy chose Robe’s powerful ColorSpot 2500E ATs because there was also a Pixled FX-11 LED screen upstage supplied by XL Video, so any lighting instruments needed to be bright enough to compete and hold their own.


The key starting point for the design was that it had to be scalable so it could fit into any of the venues on the itinerary and look good whatever the size.


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