A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) has supplied a state-of-the-art new stage lighting rig for the indigo at The O2, a live entertainment sister-venue to The O2 Arena which regularly hosts exclusive after-show performances by artists such Ed Sheeran, Coldplay and Prince.

The 2,800-capacity venue has established itself as one of the Capital’s most popular settings for big events on a smaller scale, hosting live music gigs; after-show parties; sports and club nights; stand-up shows including Jimmy Carr; and TV events such as the British Comedy Awards and the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards.

indigo at The O2’s technical manager, Rob Burrows, needed a system which was nothing less than cutting-edge to satisfy clients’ discerning requirements. He commented: “In the years since the original lighting rig was installed, LED-based fixtures have well and truly caught up in terms of their overall performance. Combined with the increasing cost of maintaining the old fixtures, it was the right time to make the jump to a new full LED rig.”

After using AC-ET for several years, Rob approached the company again to provide the complete supply of all components for the new stage lighting rig. Bob Allen in AC-ET’s UK lighting sales team handled the project, which included assisting with the specification of over 40 products and supplying over 550 separate pieces of equipment.

The powerful new 200-fixture lighting rig features some of the very latest moving head, PAR, batten, blinder, strobe and Followspot LED innovations from brands including Robe, PROLIGHTS and GLP.

The control system includes two grandMA2 network processing units connected to Luminex Ethernet-to-DMX converters. The system is powered by LSC APS 12-channel advanced power distribution racks triggered by a Pharos touch panel.

Since the lighting upgrade completed, it has helped the venue stage stunning shows for a diverse range of events, including Ed Sheeran, various BluesFest and Country 2 Country music festival artists’ performances, and the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards.