New Order of MegaPointes –

Legendary post-punk electronic rock band New order played two extremely memorable one-off shows ahead of a London O2 Arena show scheduled for November which also celebrated the reopening of live shows and performances at full capacity in the UK … in what we all hope will be the start of a new ‘post-pandemic era of music, creativity and fun.

Lighting designer Andy liddle – who celebrates his own 40-year landmark as the group’s LD this year – specified 66 x MegaPointes dress as the only moving light effects on the platform for these two shattering outdoor shows, the first staged at Piece Hall in Halifax, followed two days later by Heaton Park in Manchester.

The atmosphere of both shows was electric!

Needing to make a visual impact, lighting was combined with lasers and video, and Andy wanted a device that would perform as well as a spot, wash and beam… and MegaPointe was an easy choice. ! The lighting kit was provided by the rental company Siyan.

The MegaPointes were mounted on three beams suspended above, below and to the sides of the screen, effectively framing it, with another row at the top of the stage on a low beam, crossing the group from behind.

In a show characterized by heavy and dramatic backlighting, “I relied on them for absolutely everything in terms of effect, expression and power,” said Andy, who was delighted to be back for design and host live shows after 18 months of industry activity. closed because of the Covid.

Andy specifically only wanted one mobile light fixture for this design, triggered by memories of shows in the 1980s when – if you were lucky enough to have the budget – you only had a choice of one. only kind of moving light!

“Having just one device also made programming a lot easier and faster in the short amount of time we had, as I could do all of the pallet work simultaneously,” he explained.

Andy frequently uses Robe products in his work, commenting,“They are reliable, well built and offer a lot of imaginative possibilities. “ By working with artists like New Order, there is never a limit to its degree of innovation or inventiveness!

He had initially started specifying the MegaPointe for the device’s striking beam properties, but after a short while he began to realize that they are as good as stains and even washes using frost. The ultimate in “multifunction”!

The original look of these two New Order shows is derived from a 2015 design with five arrays of video walls at the top of the stage, now condensed into a single 4: 1 widescreen display, showing a range of cool video content that perfectly matched the lighting and laser moments.

Also on the platform were moving lights for key and side illumination, as well as LED strobes and blinkers for rear shots and audience lighting, as Andy put it succinctly,“straight out of the KISS – ‘Keep It Simple Stupid’ – notebook!” He added that he was “Bite the ass” enough times in the past trying to be too ambitious in designing lights for one-off scenarios!

He programmed and conducted the show using two Arena of the Avolites running consoles Titan 15 software, assisted in programming the lighting by Nathan Wan, with Paul Bird as an LD associate, programming some of the latest hardware and taking care of the backup console.

The lasers were provided by BPM / SFX and programmed by Toby Macknight and Cosmin Barbuceanu, who was also part of the team for both shows.

Video signals were triggered by the drummer Stephen morristampons using a Catalyst media server, and content from various digital artists was amassed and prepared for the show by Warren Jackson and directed by Pete Cross.

The biggest challenge, Andy said, was remembering how to schedule a live show after a forced 18 month hiatus and not having a live lighting console working!

He enjoyed the incredible vibes in both places.

The 18e Century Piece Hall piazza was a very special and charismatic site-specific space, and for the Manchester show the band received a hero-worthy homecoming welcome … by a crowd as ecstatic as everyone on the side of the production…!

“It was fucking amazing to be back in this environment – great gear, a great Siyan and BPM / SFX team and two really fun shows!”Said Andy always on the alert, and now looking forward to coming back in November!


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