Clay Paky Lights Up German Reggae Festival

Photo: Michael Schwettmann

Italian company Clay Paky featured heavily at this year’s Ruhr Reggae Summer in northwestern Germany.

Simon Sonnenschmidt, who was in charge of the show lighting design and programming in the Dancehall Soundsystem Arena, for U-Concert Veranstaltungsproduktionen, used 13 Clay Paky Sharpys, four Spheriscans and four Supersharpys, together with one dot2 core plus and a dot2 F-wing.

Sonnenschmidt explained: “The Supersharpy is the perfect light for illuminating the glass dome on the roof of the ice rink/Dancehall Soundsystem Arena. I created massive columns of light with the four moving lights in order to include both the dome and the surrounding forest in the set.”

“Working with a dot2 was a totally new experience for me,” said Sonnenschmidt. “I’ve never seen such a small product offer so much power. Just a short time was enough, and I was ready to go with the show. Everything is very intuitive, quick, and within arm’s reach.”

“Each Ruhr Reggae Summer Festival is unique,” Sonnenschmidt added. “There are new challenges every year. The cooperation between professionals and the crew of helpers is, however, always great, and fun too. The crew has been the same for years, and work takes place in a friendly atmosphere, but with our eyes firmly on the ultimate shared goal.”

Sonic Art Veranstaltungstechnik provided the lighting and sound equipment.