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Martin Professional Rihanna ‘Loud’ Tour


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When Martin met Rihanna Rihanna’s world tour is being brought to life with the help of products from Martin Professional.


“They have been great,” Bennett says. The compact fixture has also been an excellent lighting fixture on Paul McCartney’s latest tour, which Bennett also designed. “I love the 101s because of the size, weight and speed, as well as the light output.”


If there’s one woman who has everyone talking at the moment, it’s R&B singer Rihanna. Whether she’s causing trouble in skimpy outfits or shooting up to number one in the singles charts, there’s never a dull moment with the Barbadian beauty. One of the hottest selling artists of all time, Rihanna embarked on her “Loud” world tour in June to promote her latest album of the same name. The tour kicked off in North America with lighting supplied by Upstaging before the tour moved to South America and on to Europe. Production and lighting designer Roy Bennett is using 112 Martin MAC 101™ wash lights for the world tour, and believes that the ultra-small fixture’s combination of small size and brightness have been important elements in realising his lighting design.


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A key scenic element in Bennett’s design is four custom-made, half-sphere pods on independent motion control that adjust up and down during the show. The four pods were fabricated for the tour by Upstaging. “With its small size and weight, the MAC 101 is the perfect fixture for building into scenery, but still has a powerful output,” commented John Huddleston, General Manager of Lighting Services at Upstaging. The face of each pod is made up of an LED screen with 28 MAC 101s mounted behind in four rows. The 101s are used to shoot beams and color through the screen, sometimes on their own or in combination with the video, and at only 3.7 kg (8.1 lb) is an ideal fit for the pod design. The European leg of the Rihanna tour began on September 29th, and extends until the end of the year. Supporting Rihanna in the European leg of her tour is singer/DJ Calvin Harris, who is utilising a Martin EC-20™ LED screen for high quality graphics in his performance on the stage.


The EC-20 panels are supplied by video services company Picture Works Ltd. of London.


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