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DBN and Clay Paky light the Room at the Hilton Metropole Hotel
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Manchester based DBN Lighting helped creative production company, Just Communicate to realise an exciting visual concept for the annual conference and gala dinner of a leading technology company at the Hilton Metropole Hotel, Birmingham NEC. 

The brief from show producer Julian Ward was to transform the hotel’s Monarch Suite into a flexible presentation space and Gala Dinner Venue. This would host a daytime conference for a leading international technology company, and then, with wand-waving magical flourish, morph into an exciting X-Factor style televisual environment for the evening Awards dinner.

Two front projection screens were utilised for the conference section. These were then tracked back to reveal presenter entrances for the awards dinner.  In addition to the 18 metre wide by 4 metre high LC screen, Page lit the show with 8 Clay Paky Alpha Spot HPE 300 moving lights and so was able to project complex gobo looks over the Trevira cloth to create a huge range of dynamic multi-layered looks. In addition 4 Clay Paky Alpha Beam 300s were positioned on the stage to create dynamic beam effects and ballyhoos for award walk-ups. 

The whole system was programmed and operated using Page’s preferred Jands Vista T2 console, which in turn controlled a Hippotizer V3 to drive the LC Panels. 

A complex web of rigging was required to ensure that lighting and screen hanging points could be put in exactly the right places. DBN’s crew of 6 also flew trusses to facilitate a large generic lighting rig, that were hung throughout the ceiling of the room. 

Julian Ward comments, “DBN provided a creative and cost-effective solution to our requirements, with faultless on-site delivery and excellent technical support in pre-production.”