Germany – BAP, one of the most distinctive German bands, was founded in 1976. The group formed around the songwriter Wolfgang Niedecken and, in their early days, they met in various venues to enjoy a beer together. A 35 year long career has grown from those beginnings. Over the decades, BAP has released sixteen studio albums and the musicians have performed in various different countries throughout the world. At the moment, the band is on the road with their acoustic “BAP zieht den Stecker” (BAP pulls the plug) tour. For one of the dates, they performed in an open-air concert at Salzkotten, near Paderborn.
For the open-air concert, the lighting designer Peter Seifert (Cue Design), who is accompanying the elderly musicians on tour, used four B-EYE K20s, four B-EYE K10s, eleven Alpha Spot HPE 700s and eighteen Alpha Wash 700s, all made by Clay Paky, as well as six 4-Lite blinders by Major, and a full-size grandMA2 and a Network Processing Unit (NPU) by MA Lighting. The forte of Seifert’s design was six low-voltage AKA Rosa Luxemburg 1000W lights installed on stage. These lights were made forty years ago by Berlin-based AKA Rosa Luxemburg.
On the subject of choosing equipment, the lighting designer said: “The fact I have known most of the lights for many years and that they have always had high quality standards was crucial for me. I have been using MA desks on tours for a long time and I appreciate them for their working principles, reliability and structure, which is suitable for all tours. You are always safe with Clay Paky lights too. Their host of effects, reliability, quality projections and brightness guarantee unparalleled quality.”
“Yet, the Clay Paky A.Ledas were still able to surprise me. Their potential is simply amazing,” Seifert said. “In particular, the multifunctionality of the B-EYEs won me over. They can be used as wash lights, but also as effects lights with almost unlimited beam customization possibilities.”
The lighting engineer was Thomas Dossman, from Salzkotten. Welzel Anlagen GmbH and Flottmeier & Rehrmann GmbH & Co. KG provided all the lights.