With this year’s Belgian Hype-O-Dream headliners including Lil John and Roger Sanchez, Creative Rental Solutions were tasked with providing bigger and better visuals then ever for the festival’s five stages.
To achieve this, Creative Rental Solutions incorporated a number of Chauvet Professional Maverick MK1 Hybrid, Maverick MK2 Spot, Rogue R2 Wash and Chauvet DJ Geyser RGB fixtures into the visual concepts of the Mirage Mainstage and the Flashback Stage.
To complement the Mirage Mainstage’s impressive 20-metre high Venetian carnival themed main stage, which incorporated three large video screens of eyes masked by traditional Venetian costume, Creative Rental Solutions positioned 10 Maverick MK1 Hybrid, 24 Rogue R2 Wash and 12 Maverick Spot fixtures to provide equally larger than life visuals.
“The Maverick Hybrid fixtures were our main choice of fixtures for their exceptional ability to produce fantastic spot and beam combinations – perfect for a one day festival such as Hype-O-Dream to give us a variety of looks to play with,” said Thomas Vandekerkhove of Creative Rental Solutions.
Because one of the main stage’s key production features was a holographic laser show, Creative Rental Solutions had the difficult job of specifying lighting which could compete with the impressive laser beams crisscrossing the main stage. Thanks to the 440W engine of the Maverick fixtures, brightness wasn’t an issue.
“The Maverick Hybrid – and Maverick Spot fixtures for that matter – were more than capable of contending with the all encompassing laser show,” continued Vandekerkhove. “Coupled with the various gobo and split beam effects and animation wheel, they provided central visual input for the 20,000 crowd.”
Whereas the Mavericks provided the visual clout necessary to contend with the laser show, the Rogue R2 Wash fixtures gave the Creative Rental Solutions team the tools to create a blanket of saturated wash lighting to illuminate both the elaborate set design and the crowd.
“The Rogue R2 Wash is one of our favourite fixtures because of its fast output and bright saturated colours,” he continued. “The R2 Wash enabled us to set the scene on the main stage with long wash throws illuminating the super structure.”
Rogue and Maverick fixtures were also used on the neighbouring Flashback stage. Vandekerkhove placed 12 Rogue R2 Wash and Maverick MK1 Hybrid fixtures at the edges of a large flat cylindrical white canvas over the crowd, washing festival-goers in wisps of decorative colour and light.
“Although the vibe of the Flashback stage was totally different to the main stage, the Maverick and Rogue combination worked flawlessly together to achieve another energetic and visually inspiring result,” commented Vandekerkhove. “The fantastic results demonstrate the many possibilities presented by the fixtures.”
To round off the fixture selection at the Flashback stage, Creative Rental Solutions specified a further 12 Chauvet DJ Geyser fixtures which were hung from the trussing. The Geysers provided sumptuous clouds of saturated coloured smoke to provide additional atmosphere to the stage, where dance classics could be danced to until the early hours of the morning.
“The Chauvet fixtures were perfect for Hype-O-Dream,” concluded Vandekerkhove. “They performed flawlessly on both stages and helped to elevate the festival once again to new heights. We’ll be specifying even more Chauvet Professional fixtures at the festival next year!”