Robe deployed more than 600 lights on various Glastonbury stages, including Arcadia’s giant spider spectacular show and underground dance destination Block 9.
Lighting equipment for both these areas were delivered by Colour Sound Experiment, who joined several different rental companies involved in supplying Robe products, including the South West Group, which lit the trendy Park Stage and BBC Introducing showcasing rising talent, and DPL who took care of lighting at the West Holts stage.
Locally-based Enlightened Lighting from Bath, took care of lighting a number of areas, all using a backbone of Robe kit, including the moving and grooving Sonic Stage in the Silver Hayes dance area; the multi-dimensional Mavericks venue with poetry and the spoken word during the day and cabaret through the night; the vibey Glasto Latino hub and the eclectic Summer House.
Arcadia’s incredible new “Metamorphoses” Spectacular featured a primarily Robe moving light rig, including six BMFLs on the perimeter towers and Pointes rigged on the legs and belly of the spider. The 30 minute show’s lighting has been evolved by the Arcadia creative crew and the supply is co-ordinated by Arcadia’s technical production manager, Tim Smith.
Lighting design for Block 9 is created and co-ordinated by Alan King and the imposing 50ft high post-industrial power facility of Genosys this year was lit with 17 Robe Pointes and 16 LEDWash 600s among other lighting.
The animated club dancefloor in NYC Downlow was illuminated by some club classics including Robe 575 Scans – chosen for their speed and reliability, while two BMFLs highlighted a container that looked like it had been dropped from a great height and embedded in the ground, signalling the start of the Block 9 adventure.
Colour Sound also supplied lighting to The Glade stage – an area co-ordinated and designed for them by Jasper Johns of Fruit Salad Lights – complete with 24 Pointes, central to the lighting rig.
The Park stage lighting was co-ordinated and run by Ben Perrin and Mark Bott of the South West Group, and also featured BMFL Spots and Robe’s new LEDBeam 1000s plus Pointes and LEDWash 600s.
West Holts LD Adam Power’s production design included 24 Pointes, 24 LEDBeam 100s and 12 LEDWash 1200s. The crew chief was Darren Parker.
The Sonic stage buzzed with the energy and sounds of some superlative acts including Leftfield, Roni Size’s Reprazent and the iconic Grandmaster Flash who played a set on Sunday.
The lighting rig included 24 LEDBeam 100s, 24 Pointes and LEDWash 600 looked after for Enlightened by Paul de Villiers.
On Mavericks: Anthony van Sertima ran lights utilising 600E Spots, LEDWash 600s and LEDBeam 100s, Sam Walder lit the Summerhouse with Robe LEDWash 600s and ColorSpot 575E ATs and Mark Aitken looked after the Glasto Latino with ColorSpot 575E ATs. Last, one of the Silent Discos was lit by Jenny Howes using ColorSpot 250E ATs, LEDBeam 100s and 250 CT Club scanners.
Three of Robe’s ‘Plasa Students’ were also working on site, all proving that the student scheme, an initiative of Robe UK, is a potential stepping stone into the industry.