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Lighting and visual rental company HSL provide lighting to a lively tour from boyband One Direction.


UK band One Direction have recently completed a sold out six week tour of the UK, with lighting supplied by Blackburn based lighting and visuals rental company HSL. Working for Production North alongside lighting designer Dave Lee and show producer Louise Doyle, HSL helped deliver an entertaining





performance for One Direction’s hugely enthusiastic audience. HSL’s project


In 2011, HSL made its first major investment in LED screen, purchasing large quantities of Martin EC10 and EC20 surface, some of which was utilised for this tour.


manager Mike Oates comments; “We were very happy to be working with production director Steve Levitt, production manager Mike Clegg and the team from Production North again, who always produce a great live show with real entertainment value.” In 2011, HSL made its first major investment in LED screen, purchasing large


quantities of Martin EC10 and EC20 surface, some of which was utilised for this tour. Dave Lee’s lighting design was based around complimenting the bespoke video footage commissioned by Doyle that unfolded the show’s narrative. Upstage centre was a 15m wide by 4m tall EC10 screen, and two EC20 screens masked the two-band risers stage left and right of this, each measuring 2.4m wide by 1.4m tall. The LED screens made it


very bright onstage, so Lee chose lighting fixtures that would hold their own in terms of output.


Lighting was hung from a total of four straight 50ft long trusses flown above the stage, all staggered in height to add depth and an additional visual dimension. In the back truss were seven Martin Professional


MAC 2K XB Washes, eight VARI*LITE V*L3000 Spots, eight Atomic strobes and six Martin 101 LED washes. The EC10 screen was also flown from this truss. The upstage-mid truss was rigged with seven V*L 3000 Spots, six Robe ROBIN 300 Beams and 15 MAC 101s. The 101s were all hung on varying length steel drop-wires. The downstage-mid truss featured seven Robe ROBIN 300 Beams and four custom chandeliers. On the front truss were ten MAC 2K XB


Washes. All four trusses had eight 2-lite blinders rigged along their front rails, making an illuminated ‘pros arch’ effect, also used for lighting the audience and drawing them into the action.


Lee worked alongside his “Fantastic” HSL


crew of Johnny Harper and Dom Crookes, and comments, “As always HSL were faultless as a supplier. Mike is an amazing project manager, the kit was in excellent condition and so well prepped that they didn’t hear from us for six weeks once we left the warehouse!”


Contact


HSL T: +44 (0)1254 698808 www.hslgroup.com


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