Published Thursday, August 1, 2013
by Philips Vari-Lite

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Powerful VL3500 Wash and Spot luminaires are providing the backbone of Glastonbury's famous Pyramid Stage's versatile house-lighting rig. Designed by Andy 'Fraggle' Porter and supplied by Neg Earth, the rig had to accommodate a plethora of very different artists along with three headline acts, each of which played a single night of the festival, and each to record audiences.

"I knew I needed something powerful and reliable," comments Porter. "I also wanted a fixture that I knew was familiar to all the incoming LD's and that would provide the feature set for each of the very different lighting designs they wanted to deliver. Obviously many of the supporting acts are playing in daylight, so we needed something that would cut through on a sunny day! Vari-Lite VL3500 Wash and VL3500 Spots are ideal for this as they are super bright, extremely reliable and robust in all kinds of atmospheric conditions."

Porter continued, "With only a few hours of darkness for each designer of the headline acts to plot their show the night before, the lighting kit has to be super reliable. LD's only get one hit at the stage in the hours of darkness before they play to 135,000 people in the audience plus the show is broadcast on TV, nationally and internationally, so it is crucially important that they are working with fixtures that are familiar and that they know will deliver."

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Headline acts on the Pyramid Stage this year included The Rolling Stones lit by Patrick Woodroffe, Arctic Monkeys lit by Andy Watson, and Mumford and Sons lit by Ed Warren. All acts made good use of the fixtures extensive features to convey dynamically different lighting designs on each of the three nights of the festival.

"It's fantastic to see that the backbone of Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage still comprises the ubiquitous VL3500 Wash and VL3500 Spot luminaires," says Martin Palmer, Philips Entertainment EMEA. "With high output, excellent beam and color control, and the VARI*BRITE mode of the VL3500 Wash that delivers tight columns of remarkably intense light, it's no surprise that these two luminaires are the workhorse fixture of choice for many top LD's around the world."

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