Quantum Special Effects made an impressive splash on Take That’s recent tour entitled Wonderland, with the launch of its latest product – UV Rain! Created using its award-winning digital rain system – the Q: Rain Graphix – Quantum’s new UV effect provides a dramatic visual for the performance of Take That’s hit song ‘The Flood.’
Stationed above the main stage the system delivers four walls of patterned UV rainfall which surrounds the band as they stay dry, singing and dancing, within it.
Take That is the first band to fully utilise the possibilities of the Q: Rain Graphix to deliver a wholly bespoke water effect. It uses more than 900 individually controlled rain heads, allowing Quantum to produce intricate patterns of rainfall that are made visible to the audience through the aid of UV.
For the Wonderland Tour five distinct patterns were programmed including plain rainfall, the TT Logo, the evolutionary figures from the Progress album cover, concentric spirals, and a block stripe. These patterns of water fall on different cues during the performance, creating a striking and ever moving flow of water that is in sync with the changing lyrics of the song.
The Q: Rain Graphix debuted on the Adele Arena Tour in 2016 where it made headlines on the opening night of the tour, surprising the audience with an indoor downpour for ‘Set Fire To The Rain.’ An extremely portable piece of equipment, the system travelled to over 44 different arenas worldwide on the Adele Tour and has now completed a further 26 shows across the UK with Take That.
Michael Morey, Quantum crew chief on the Wonderland Tour, explains just how quick the system is to install: ‘We can go from truck to ready to fly within just one hour. It travels on a pre-built truss system making it the perfect piece of kit for touring shows with tight time pressures.”
Aside from being easy to tour with, the Q: Rain Graphix also delivers a powerful surprise factor. The effect is fully self-contained with all required water stored within stealth black tanks stationed on the truss. This along with wireless technology negates the need for obtrusive large pipes or pumps on set, allowing the system to remain concealed from the audience until activated.
With expert lighting provided by Tim Routledge, the rain has proved to be a big talking point for fans on social media with concertgoers marvelling over the effect and casting their speculations on how the effect is achieved.
Managing director, Shaun Barnett, comments that ‘It is always a pleasure working with Take That. Kim Gavin, Chris Vaughan and the whole creative and production team never fail to think outside the box. They go way beyond delivering your average show experience and as a special effects company this is exactly what we love to be apart of – creating that unforgettable wow moment for the audience.’
Quantum has supplied Take That since 2009 and the Wonderland Tour was no exception in calling for an intricate programme of special effects. As well as the UV Rain, the Quantum team delivered multiple flames, confetti hits and on stage pyrotechnics for eight of the band’s songs.