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Clay Paky rocks out on Greenfield festival
Lighting Designer
Nico Müller
Go Audio
Photo Credits
The Fifth Estate Ltd
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Switzerland – Over a hundred Clay Paky fixtures featured in Greenfield rock festival’s main and smaller stage rigs with lighting designer Nico Müller of technical supplier Go Audio choosing the fixtures for their “ideal balance of power consumption, output and weight”.

Set in the picturesque Swiss mountains, Greenfield 2016 saw an impressive line up of more than 40 international rock, punk and metalcore bands including Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Prodigy, Dropkick Murphys and Bullet For My Valentine (BFMV). More than 100,000 people from across Europe attended the four -day event.

Müller’s carefully-crafted rig plan for the main stage offered the visiting lighting designers 39 x Alpha Wash 1200, 36 x Mythos and 18 Stormy CC strobes to add maximum impact.

“I have been using Clay Paky fixtures for festivals and touring for the past seven years,” says Müller. “They’re popular, familiar fixtures which lighting designers are always pleased to find in the rig as it’s easy for them to prep their show files. Clay Paky fixtures are also very durable and easy to set up, which makes them especially ideal for the outdoor setting.”

Tom Campbell, lighting designer for Bullet For My Valentine who performed on the Thursday of the festival, agrees: “Clay fixtures are extremely robust and well built and can survived being pre rigged in position.”

Campbell’s festival tour lighting design for BFMV is full of big classic rock looks, with the designer’s floor package including 10 Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20s and eight Clay Paky Stormy CCs. Campbell is applying the B-EYE’s effects mode to create varying dynamic looks and add a different feel to the set.

“I use the vortex with the individual pixel control for a few songs as it adds great contrast,” he explains. “The B-EYE is great for the festival setting as its powerful output allows the subtle effects to shine through even in daylight!”

Müller’s rig design for Greenfield’s smaller stages comprised 18 x A.leda B-EYE K10, 18 x Mythos, 16 x Alpha Spot 800 QWO and 8 x Stormy CCs.

“The Mythos hybrid fixture is great as it allows designers to use it as both a beam light or a hard edge fixture,” says Müller. “In fact, all the Clay Paky fixtures are very versatile, you can use the Stomy CC as an RGB strobe or RGB blinder and the Alpha Spot QWO has very nice gobos for a range of effects, plus a sharp beam with brilliant focus. The bright, fast B-EYE K10 was a very good option for smaller stages where we had to pay attention to weight.”

Greenfield festival ran from 8th June until the 11th June 2016 in Interlaken.