Biffy Clyro stage set (photo by David Morrell)

The ‘Opposites’ tour featured a set with an intricate tree-like structure at first glance which at second squint could morph into of a pair of lungs, complete with the arterial / branch complexity of both structures. This set piece also featured integral video elements.

It was combined with a lighting design by Oli Metcalfe and live camera direction by Richard Shipman to form a visual aesthetic and backdrop to the band’s performances.

The large upstage LED screen measured 18.5 metres wide by 7.8 metres high and displayed both playback footage and the IMAG mix.

In addition to this, ensconced in the set was a central column of 10 x F12 tiles in the spine of the tree which also featured two sweeping staircases for entrances / exits to the platform.

A riser surround and staircase forming the base of the tree was also fitted with internal F12 tiles.

XL supplied four Sony HXC-100 HD camera channels which were fed into the PPU built around a Panasonic HS450 mixer / switcher. Two cameras were stationed at FOH long throw lenses, and the other two were in the pit with HJ22 wide angle lenses.

Shipman also used a Thundering Jacks’ Video Dust system for additional effects.

In addition to these, four Bradley CamBall2 robo-cams were dotted around the stage, (operated by Paul Maddock-Jones) plus four Bradley HD10 mini-cams, all of which were fed into Shipman’s mix.

For the playback footage – produced by Lydia Baker at Screen Light Design – XL supplied two Catalyst media servers which were triggered by Lighting Director Richard Larkum’s Road Hog Full Boar lighting console.

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