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VL3500 LUMINAIRES DANCE ON JAMIROQUAI'S WORLD TOUR
 
Published Thursday, January 23, 2014
by Philips Vari-Lite

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Three years after it first took to the road, Jamiroquai's epic world tour is drawing to an end. The tour, which culminated at the Sundance Festival in Dubai, is a sharply entertaining show lit by LD Mark Wynn-Edwards, whose creative tools of choice are Vari-Lite VL3500 Spot and Wash Luminaires.

UK-based Wynn-Edwards, who has worked with artists such as Grace Jones, Rod Stewart, and Paloma Faith, created a dynamic design that complements and contrasts with the full stage width video backdrop. He uses the VL3500 Wash luminaires not only to fill the stage with color and bring a dynamic perspective to the stage but also as backline lighting, firing intense beams across the stage.

"The VL3500 Spots are on key light duty, rigged on the front truss, but also double stacked on the rear truss to provide the workhorse fixtures of the design," explains Wynn-Edwards."I decided to use VL3500 luminaires as I knew they had excellent, super-sharp optics and I wanted to create a lot of looks using gobos. I also know that the VL3500 range offer great reliability, a feature I was in serious need of as the lights are worked really hard on each show."

The VL3500 Wash features internal zoomable beam optics with either Fresnel or Buxom options, an interchangeable front lens system, and an aperture wheel. The VL3500 Spot features industry-leading standards for imagery, beam control, colour and brightness.

"I also specified them as I had to have a fixture that can be found pretty much everywhere in the world, and knew if they were in my rider as preference it would keep the standard of lighting company high when we had to use local production."

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Due to their global availability via a far-reaching network of rental houses that stock the kit, supported by a global network of tech savvy dealers, Wynn-Edwards has been able to use his first choice VL3500 luminaires on 90% of shows where local production was required. In fact on the three-year tour, they have been used on shows including the Sydney New Year's Celebrations, and shows in Korea, South America, Japan, South Africa and Europe.

A total of 37 VL3500 Spot and 24 VL3500 Wash luminaires were used on each gig and equipment was supplied by a number of rental houses in each region including Europe - Production Resource Group (PRG), Berar and Arpege and in South America - Illum, VLPS-D&B and Buenos Aires Live Show (BALS).

Although the huge Jamiroquai tour culminated in mid-November festival date in Dubai, Wynn-Edwards says he will be taking the VL3500 Spot and Wash luminaires back out on future tours very soon.


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