Claypaky Skylos searchlights for Fatboy Slim

Fatboy Slim appeared in the world’s biggest holographic performance at London’s Alexandra Palace where 12 Claypaky Skylos searchlights scanned the sky. 

Fatboy Slim’s performance in October was projected outside Alexandra Palace onto a 50-metre-high holographic screen as fans danced to the DJ’s track, “Praise You.” The event, produced by Saatchi and Really Creative Media, was livestreamed on EE’s Instagram as part of its branding.

After the new EE was announced to the nation, the evening’s surprise performer was revealed as Fatboy Slim appeared on the mammoth holographic screen. “Praise You” featured virtual backing dancers from across the country sourced from a social media competition.

“We needed to draw focus from far and wide across London to the event. This required a fixture with not only punch, but finesse” commented Benjamin Cash, Lighting Designer with FlareLighting. “The brightness, ease of control along with the low power and manageable size meant the Skylos fixtures were perfect for the job.”

Lighting rental company LCR provided the fixtures, which were positioned on the balcony arches outside the Palace. An additional unit was used inside to backlight the Iconic Rose window.

The holographic stage was created with live footage of Fatboy Slim projected onto a 50-metre tall and 30-metre wide holo-gauze, suspended from the ground by two heavy-duty cranes. The porous nature of the holo-gauze meant that it caught elements of the projection while allowing some of the light beams to pass through it, create a holographic effect that stood tall across the backdrop of the London skyline.

“Support from Claypaky and CP Wave on the project was extremely good and responsive,” noted Cash.