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PAUL NORMANDALE CHOOSES VARI-LITE ON COLDPLAY WORLD TOUR
 
Published Monday, August 27, 2012
by Philips Vari-Lite

Acclaimed lighting designer Paul Normandale is set to wow arena audiences worldwide on Coldplay’s “Xylo Myloto” tour with a dazzling lighting design full of Philips Vari-Lite VL3500 Wash FX luminaires.

Normandale, whose enviable design credits include Bjork, Depeche Mode, Shakira, and the Stone Roses, is using the power of the VL3500 Wash FX to create a unique lighting experience that perfectly complements the band’s ultraviolet spectacular.

Coldplay’s current world tour promotes the band’s “Mylo Xyloto” album release, which has charted at number one in 30 countries, including the UK and the US.

The “Mylo Xyloto” Tour is the fifth concert tour by Coldplay. Following an extensive tour that kicked off in Europe before entering a full-production show in the UK and the United Arab Emirates, the tour continues until the end of 2012 with shows in North America, Europe and Australia.

“We started the tour in festivals,” explains Normandale, a long time Coldplay collaborator. “The idea was an evolving design that can scale all the way into stadiums from a core aesthetic. The band wanted a vivid ultraviolet feel, with a sphere of energy that could transform from small to massive.”

To create the right look, Normandale is using the VL3500 Wash FX units which feature an output that exceeds 50,000 lumens, as well as varied new options for color and beam control.

“The 3500 allows me to use just one light where I would normally have to use two,” comments Normandale.

The VL3500 Wash luminaire features internal zoomable beam optics with Fresnel options, an interchangeable front lens system and an aperture wheel. The fixture provides CMY color mixing, variable CTO color temperature correction, dual five-position color wheels, a separate dimmer, and an independent dual blade strobe mechanism.

The VL3500 Wash FX is the back bone if the stadium shows with 34 fixtures being placed on the upper concourses. As Normandale says, “Few lights have the power to cut through from so far away.”

David March, Director, European Sales for Philips Vari-Lite says, “We are thrilled to see VARI-LITE luminaires play such an important role on this phenomenal Coldplay tour. Thanks to Paul Normandale who continues his 20-plus year association with Vari-Lite. Paul has created a visual feast that is both subtle and powerful while perfectly complementing Coldplay who deliver a dynamic live show for their fans.”


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