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Over the Rainbow


Rainbow Warrior 3, London


Entec provides the perfect lighting scheme for an environmentally friendly lighting display on Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior III.


UK sound and lighting rental specialists, Entec, supplied a low powered, high impact LED lighting system for a special performance by Damon Albarn’s supergroup, The Good The Bad and the Queen (GBQ), aboard the newly inaugurated Rainbow Warrior III, the brand new, state-of-the-art flagship vessel belonging to environmental activists' Greenpeace.


The vessel is a purpose-built motor- assisted sailing yacht, which recently made its maiden voyage to the English Channel and up the River Thames in London for a special Greenpeace 40th anniversary celebration. Michael Eavis, founder of Glastonbury Festival and enthusiastic supporter of the high profile campaigning organisation took the helm for the final leg of the Thames voyage.


Andy Keightley has worked as Lighting Designer with GBQ from the start, and has also worked with Entec on various projects over the years, commenting "As always, they were fantastic - great service, equipment and people". Entec's Sudip Shrestha was technician on the project. Keightley's lighting brief included some detailed and specific requests from bassist Paul Simonon in particular, regarding the overall scene-setting atmospherics, which needed to resemble the oscillations of gas lighting and flickering candles, moody shadows, silhouettes and hazy claustrophobia of historic London. Apart from the genuine wish to be as


green as possible, in keeping with the Rainbow Warrior III ethos, LED lightsources also made sense for power saving, as there was just one single 16 amp supply


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available to power all the lighting. The bare-end tails from the Entec power distro were wired directly into one of the ship's buss-bars. To create a huge, epic searchlight feel with lots of light and energy emanating from the yacht, Keightley used six i-Pix BB4s running along the back of the stage. Part of the rationale behind this was to make the ship as visible as possible from afar, to attract public attention.


For footlights and up-lighters on the floor at the front of stage, Keightly utilised six i-Pix BB7s. Eight JTE PixelLine battens were attached to tank-and scaff devices, as were six GLP Impression LED wash moving lights, positioned around the stage action. Eight i-Pix Satellite 'brick' lights were attached to the tent posts, highlighting the architecture and shape of the roof structure. Says Entec's Noreen O'Riordan, "We were all extremely proud to be involved in this project. Apart from our history of working with Damon Albarn and Craig Duffy, it was an interesting challenge to work in such an unusual venue...and great to help support Greenpeace".


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