As Bristol geared up to host the BBC Radio 6 Music Festival, Utopium was selected as lighting and rigging supplier for Colston Hall’s weekend of live music, 12- 14th February 2016.
The third BBC Radio 6 Music Festival headed to Bristol and saw over 50 acts deliver live music, comedy, film and food events across the city.
Utopium supplied all lighting and crew to Colston Hall as it hosted performances from a range of emerging and established artists, representing the very best in alternative music. Tasked with supplying all the interior and exterior festival lighting, Utopium provided 25 Mac Quantum Profiles, 14 Mac 2000 Washes, 30 Chauvet Q Wash 419s, 12 Chauvet Legend 230SR Beams, 12 SGM S5 Strobes, 20 Chauvet COLORado 1-Quad IP’s, 30 Thomas 2 Cell Molefays, four Thomas 4 Cell Molefays, 10 Howie Battens and 12 Source 4’s, all controlled from GrandMA Lighting control desks and Avolites Art 2000 dimming.
Inside Colston Hall, Utopium also sub-hung three lighting trusses and provided the truss for Underworlds video screen, utilised by the band throughout their performance. On the main stage, six lighting towers were also provided, which lit up the performances throughout the weekend.
On the front of Colston Hall, Utopium supplied Mac 2000’s for Gobo Projection which showcased the BBC Radio 6 Music branding throughout the event. Within the Lantern, the house rig was supplemented with Chauvet 412’s and four Chauvet 640’s to ensure optimum event lighting.
The installation was overseen by Utopium’s Ian Evans, he comments: “Being a Bristol based company it was a great honour to be involved with the BBC Radio 6 Music Festival as it headed to our city. Having been heavily involved with the Bristol music scene for many years, we know that it’s a city with a brilliant musical history with a wealth of local talent, so it is a great choice to host this festival.
“We work alongside Colston Hall regularly and it’s always a pleasure to be selected for such an iconic local venue. 6 Music champions great alternative talent, which is something that Bristol’s music scene encapsulates, and we’re proud to have helped create this event.”
BBC 6 Music Festival lighting designer, Tim Routledge commented: “When it was announced that the 2016 6 Music Festival would be held in Bristol my first port of call for lighting was Utopium. I have worked with Ian Evans and Utopium for many years and knew that they would deliver the service I wanted. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Utopium again and look forward to next time.”
Colston Hall housed performances from Underworld, Laura Marling, Ezra Furman and Guy Garvey throughout the three day event.