Festival Sunrise celebrated its 10th anniversary in style with more stages, artists, and production values at its waterside site of De Lilse Bergen near Lille, Belgium. On lighting was a brief that lighting designers Kristof Blancquaert and Mattijs van Looy Kristof of design studio KB Lighting followed, lighting all six stages with the help of some Robe moving lights.
Kristof has been involved with lighting Sunrise for some time. He designed a high-impact rig for this year’s Main stage which included 14 Robe MegaPointes, 18 Spiider LED wash beams, six T1 Profiles, 20 T2 Profiles, 10 Tetra2 moving LED battens together with blinders, strobes, and deco lights.
Eye-catching décor was designed by Roxxi, and the main stage video elements were also integrated with the scenography.
“We needed versatile lights that were really fast, tough – as they routinely get used extremely hard – and that could give us lots of creative potential and different looks,” explained Kristof. “As always, the challenge with electronic music shows is to keep the energy pumping and ensure you’re not repeating yourself!”
The MegaPointes were used as beams and effects. The T1 and T2 Profiles were used for key light. Kristof appreciated the power of the colour mixing systems in both T-series luminaires and especially of the T2 Profiles, which were rigged along the stage wing trusses flanking the central stage section. They helped accentuate the width and scale of the stage area.
The Spiiders were rigged along the top of the band stage – centre section – and the Tetra2s were there as well, upstage on the deck. Kristof has been using Robe products for many years and specifies the brand frequently for all his dance music projects. “They are bright, dynamic and don’t break, and are among my favourite brands for this type of work,” he commented.
Main Stage lighting was operated by Kevin Cornelis using a grandMA3 console. The Hardstyle stage also featured Robe movers with 24 Pointes plus strobes, blinders, and deco lights, with the 24 Pointes distributed over five towers. Structures were designed by Robin Pelckmans and the stage was inspired by steam punk. Lighting was operated by Niels Baten using a ChamSys console.
The Dome stage was a tented venue with a similar technical set up to Hardstyle, again featuring 24 Pointes for the moving lights, operated by Yannick Steves using a grandMA3.
The three smaller stages all had Robe LEDBeam 150s on their lighting rigs. “A great zoom, good punch, excellent colour mixing, plus you can use them anywhere!” concluded Kristof.
All lighting kit for the festival stages was supplied by leading Belgian lighting company, Lust for Live.