Newton Faulkner 2014
In early 2014, Martin’s Lights continued its working relationship with Newton Faulkner which goes back almost eight years to Newton’s debut album “Handbuilt By Robots”. This time, Newton and his management requested a “classy” look for the UK and Irish tour to promote his fourth album “Studio Zoo” which was released in 2013, and for the first time in six years, Newton’s show featured additional musicians- Beth Porter on cello, zither, glockenspiel and backing vocals, Sam Brookes (also the support act for the tour) on second guitar, bass and backing vocals, Toby Faulkner on backing vocals and Sam Brookes’ drummer Rob Pemberton on percussion. As is often the way, the design of the stage and lighting evolved from the initial meeting, but the final result of the tour, on which many of the venues were sold out, was described by Newton himself as “Martin’s finest work yet”…
The design started with a specific request from Newton to use again the LED starcloth that featured on the previous 2012 tour. The lighting system featured five Robe Colorspot 700E AT moving lights flown on in-house upstage trusses, positioned so that the middle unit could spotlight Newton directly from behind. Two Colorspot 575AT moving lights on flightcases on the downstage outer corners were used to sidelight Newton and to throw gobo patterns onto the starcloth. Eight Robe ROBIN LEDWash 600 moving lights were rigged on flightcases and upright scaff pipes in a gentle arc around the back of Newton and the other performers, with the outer units set at approximately one metre height, rising to three metres
for the central units, and extensive use of their three separately controllable rings of LEDs was made for both subtle and bold effects. On four of these scaff pipes, two-cell DWE blinders were rigged for lighting several of the “big” moments of the show.
Hanging directly above Newton at different heights were three clear 1000W GES pendant lamps. Four Par 64 36x 1W LED floor lamps were positioned behind Newton’s stage riser and two each behind the other musicians’ risers either side to give blasts of saturated colour from below. A half metre mirrorball was rigged low behind Beth Porter’s riser to accent a short but beautiful cello solo during “Don’t Make Me Go There”. A Cirro hazer provided atmosphere and control of the whole system was from a ChamSys MagicQ PC and Maxi Wing setup. At the London show in the Camden Roundhouse, the touring lighting system was added to the venue’s lighting rig and 46 additional moving lights, plus dimmers, were patched into the desk and morphed seamlessly into the touring show.
Martin Dudley was the lighting designer and technician for the tour, which, after three days’ rehearsal, visited 23 venues in the UK mainland, Northern Ireland and Eire. Gareth Dean was the lighting technician. Martin was also involved in other aspects of the show design including stage clothes, and Newton’s “living room” stage set which featured a set of bookshelves and a working radiogram featuring internal lighting (both built and modified by Joe Nallon from CSCo). Martin’s Lights also supplied to the tour a custom-built wardrobe flightcase for the stage clothes, featuring RGB LED lighting!
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