Chart-topping Country singer Morgan Wallen set off on a career-defining tour of arenas, stadiums, and amphitheaters across North America in mid-2023 with an army of Vari-Lite VL3600 Profile IP fixtures taking center stage. Rigged strategically across vertical torms, automated trusses, and floor positions, 130 the VL3600s enhanced both the stage aesthetics and overall atmosphere. At times, they were used individually to highlight performers or staging. At other times, the entire rig of VL3600s unite to create impactful, cohesive looks that envelop the entire stage. The VL3600s were supplied by PGP.
“The VL3600 emerged as our literal beacon of light, surpassing our expectations with its remarkable versatility,” says Cort Lawrence from Creative Production House, Raw Cereal. “As we curated a production infused with cutting-edge technology, our vision seamlessly married a clean and contemporary aesthetic with the iconic imagery and style of country music, highlighted by the captivating CTO color mixing. The VL3600's sleek aesthetics came alive, boasting solid gobos and vibrant saturated colors that seamlessly melded with the immersive video content interwoven throughout the show.”
Lawrence worked with Show Director Anders Rahm and Production Designer Zac Coren to realize the show. The intensity and sharp optics of the VL3600 fixtures left Coren astounded: “Their remarkable brightness and precise optical performance enabled us to achieve even lighting across the stage, creating picturesque moments that were visually captivating. With their exceptional output, these fixtures illuminated every corner of the stage, ensuring that every artist and scene were showcased in the best possible light. The VL3600's ability to deliver consistent and uniform lighting created stunning visuals that brought the artistic vision to life.”
“The VL3600 fixtures truly embody the spirit of this show, serving as the reliable workhorses behind its mesmerizing visuals,” adds Lawrence. “As the show dynamically evolves through automation, the VL3600 fixtures play a crucial role in transforming its essence. During intimate moments, they craft an enchanting ambiance with deep, rich colors and delicate gobos, setting the stage for a heartfelt experience. Yet, when the excitement reaches its peak, these fixtures take flight, casting impressive aerial beams and unleashing their full intensity, dazzling the crowds in the back seats and igniting the atmosphere with electrifying energy. The VL3600 fixtures effortlessly adapt to the ever-changing moods of the show, ensuring that each moment is precisely accentuated, captivating the audience and leaving a lasting impression.
“With its dynamic range, we painted vivid landscapes of ethereal hues, unleashed pulsating beams of energy, and crafted intimate ambiances. This remarkable fixture became our guiding light, pushing creative boundaries and leaving a lasting impact on audiences' sensory experience.”
With many of the tour dates playing in open-air venues, the IP-rating of the VL3600s was key. “The VL3600 fixtures have emerged as one of the standout performers in terms of weather resistance,” says Lawrence. “With their impressive IP rating, these fixtures have demonstrated their reliability and durability on numerous occasions throughout the tour so far.”
Will Flavin and AJ DiCarlo served as Lighting Programmers for the tour, with Aron Altmark as Video Programmer.