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Iconic British entertainer Fatboy Slim appeared in the world’s biggest holographic performance at London’s Alexandra Palace where 12 Claypaky Skylos searchlights scanned the sky and drawing lots of attention.

As part of EE’s rebranding, Fatboy Slim’s performance in October was projected outside Alexandra Palace onto a 50-meter high holographic screen – as tall as the Leaning Tower of Pisa – as fans danced to the DJ’s hit track, “Praise You.”  The event, produced by Saatchi and Really Creative Media, was livestreamed on EE’s Instagram.

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After the new EE was announced to the nation, the evening’s surprise performer was revealed as Fatboy Slim appeared on the mammoth holographic screen.  “Praise You” featured virtual backing dancers from across the country sourced from a social media competition.  One lucky winner joined the DJ on stage, dancing in unison to the hit track.  Fatboy Slim ended his larger-than-life appearance with a performance of “The Rockafeller Skank.”

For the headline-making event, “We needed to draw focus from far and wide across London to the event.  This required a fixture with not only punch, but finesse” says Benjamin Cash, Lighting Designer with Flare Lighting.  “The brightness, ease of control along with the low power and manageable size meant the Skylos fixtures were perfect for the job.”

Skylos offers overall low power consumption, 600W and an outstanding beam over 250 Mcd thanks to its 300w white laser engine technology.  Lighting rental company LCR provided the fixtures, which were positioned on the balcony arches outside the Palace.  An additional unit was used inside to backlight the Iconic Rose window.

The holographic stage was created with live footage of Fatboy Slim projected onto a 50-meter tall and 30-meter wide holo-gauze, suspended from the ground by two heavy-duty cranes.  The porous nature of the holo-gauze meant that it caught elements of the projection while allowing some of the light beams to pass through it, create a stunning holographic effect that stood tall across the backdrop of the London skyline. “Support from Claypaky and CP Wave on the project was extremely good and responsive,” notes Cash.