UEP’s first ever Chilfest

The festival attracted around 5000 people the first day at Pendley Meadow in Tring, Hertfordshire, and reached its 7000 capacity on the second night.

UEP’s Steve Butcher – who came up with the ambitious idea to celebrate the Tring based industry technical production company’s 15th birthday.

UEP supplied all lighting equipment and visuals – LED screen and cameras – and asked HPSS from Hull on board to look after the PA system.

Ben Cash and Dave Amos of Flare Lighting – a London based visual design duo – were commissioned by Butcher to create an overall production design based on being flexible and dynamic to cover the range of acts playing, and also being able to accommodate any last minute requests.

They sub hung two trusses from the Orbit which were shaped to the roof to maximise all the available height and ensure it looked super-neat, with a further upstage truss used to fly five columns of UEP’s Glux 12 LED screen.

Cash ran lighting using a moving light rig primarily comprising Robe products including 12 brand new Robe ROBIN Pointe fixtures just bought by UEP.

Robe ROBIN LEDBeam 100s were arranged in columns at the back between the strips of LED screen, looking highly effective, together with Robe LEDWash 600s and 300s dotted all over the stage together with a few ColorSpot 1200E ATs.

In addition to these, six Clay Paky Shot Lights were used on the floor as fillers down both sides of the stage; 24 x Showtech Sunstrips framed the LED columns and outlined the front truss; two Novalight High Grounds were placed at the downstage edges for big bold effects, and a couple of six lamp PAR bars were used for basic stage washes on the front truss.

Four Robert Juliat Korrigan follow spots were stationed at FOH.

Flare lighting provided the control package. A grandMA full size ran the lighting and a grandMA light triggered their Catalyst media server storing all the video content, which was compiled for the show by Dave Amos and appeared on the onstage screens creating a vibrant backdrop for all the acts, most of which took the stage in daylight.

Two Glux 12 side screens were supplied by UEP together with six cameras – five Sony’s and a GoPro remote behind the drum position for reverse shots. These were directed by another regular UEP face, Mike Kane, who worked with Jay Martinez on the IMAG side of the video.

An L-ACOUSTICs system was used for sound. The main hangs were 12 boxes of dv-DOSC a side compete with seven SB28 and four dv subs a side with four ARCS for in-fills.

Among the performers over the two days were Heather Small (pic), Little Mix, Tony Hadley and Rick Astley.

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