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Renegade Kasabian World Tour


Kasabian Rock with Renegade


In order to create a show-stopping lighting display for their tour, Kasabian called on Renegade to produce something that would amaze audiences.


In 2011, English rock band Kasabian took their album ‘Velociraptor!’ on a world tour, which came to the UK’s largest arenas towards the end of the year. The tour had an impressive rock aesthetic, with energy, brightness, power and attitude that was provided with a little help from Nick Gray of Renegade, who created an amazing lighting and set design for the tour. Gray is thought by many to be one of the most innovative ‘new generation’ UK visual designers. His work is intelligent and original, and he created a truly inspiring lighting design for this particular tour. Gray collaborated closely on the stage look with the band’s creative director Aitor Throup, who also designs the stage clothes through to the merchandise on sale, ensuring a creative and flexible coherence.


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The stage design is highly architectural. Upstage is a massive ellipsoidal shaped LED dome, which is made up of nearly 100 square metres of BT-12 - a 12 mm LED screen product that has been custom manufactured for suppliers Colour Sound Experiment. In front of this is an impressive 20 metre wide by 10m structural high arch, which is raked forward, fabricated by Lite Structures, and rigged with 134 x 1.5 metre lengths of Barco MiStrip LED, supplied by XL Video.


The lighting elements are physically integrated with the video structures throughout the whole stage set, and this was one of Gray’s specific aims – to have no visible trussing supporting the lighting. Combined like this, these two mediums form a complete and encompassing dynamic visual environment for the band to perform.


Gray explains, "The clean, clear, strongly defined lines of the arch and the video dome set a distinctive look and feel for the show. The band can get onstage and perform, backed by big, bold, expressive visual ‘blocks’ that match the energy of the music.”


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fixtures available were chosen as they would fit the space, be unobtrusive and provide the base layers of the multi-level design. These included Martin Professional MAC Auras, Clay Paky Sharpies and a selection of single cell Moles. “Ultimately, the lighting design is there to support the band’s performance and get the audience on its feet, adrenalized and moving in harmony with the vibes coming offstage,” ends Gray.


Contact


Renegade T: +44 (0)7795 095427 W: www.renegadedesign.co.uk


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