Utopium created the perfect setting for thousands of music-lovers attending both Bristol Sounds (21-24 June) and Grillstock (1-2 July), in the city’s iconic Harbourside. Supplying a range of lighting, rigging, staging and screens they helped to generate an electric atmosphere in Bristol’s Lloyds Amphitheatre.
The two events played host to an impressive array of artists, from Bonobo, Craig David and The Manic Street Preachers at Bristol Sounds to Pharcyde, The Darkness and Hot 8 Brass Band at Grillstock. With various stages in different positions and an eclectic variety of genres on offer Utopium deployed different kit based on the requirements of each event.
For Bristol Sounds, Utopium utilised a range of new equipment which included Martin Sceptron VDO 10 LED 1m video battens, an Avolites Pearl Tiger Touch 2 and a Hippotizer Amba. The team also provided rigging for the main stage including lighting truss, a 9 metre truss for drapes and a 10 metre video wall truss.
The team also provided a floor package for Bonobo which consisted of six lighting towers which incorporated Chauvet Rogue RH1 Hybrids, Chauvet Q-Wash 419z LED washes, Chauvet Rogue FX-Bs, 4 Lite Molefays and 2 Lite Molefays. In addition, the team designed and delivered architectural lighting to illuminate the Lloyds Amphitheatre building with colour changing uplighters.
To create the perfect atmosphere at Grillstock, Utopium kitted out not just the main stage, but also the King of the Grill stage, Weber’s demo stand and the main bar, as well as providing festoon lighting across the site. For the main stage, the team provided a flown lighting system and floor package, along with an LED Starcloth to dress the back of the stage.
In addition, they engaged with Production AV to supply event screens and cameras, including a 6.4m x 3.4m video wall for the main stage, cameras for the relay of images to the screen, studio channels for use at the front of house and on stage, full HD Camcorders for use as locked off shots on stage, a full HD PPU with all the control hardware and a Vision mixer operator to control the mix and direct the cameras. For the Weber stall, the team supplied two plasma screens with a camera and operator.
Utopium’s Jon Newman comments: “Being a Bristol based company it’s great to be involved in two brilliant events on our home soil, which are both two great dates in the summer festival calendar. These shows were the perfect opportunity to put our new products to great use, enabling us to offer increased creativity to the incoming lighting designers, and impressive light-shows to the thousands of music-lovers who attended.”