Ed Warren and CHAUVET Professional light The Lottery Winners

Ed Warren lit The Lottery Winners’ recent homecoming show. Warren had two rows of daisy set pieces arranged across the stage with each having at its centre a CHAUVET Professional STRIKE 1, single source 230-watt warm white LED blinder. 

“The concept of the flowers came about from a creative meeting with the band,” said Warren. “They mentioned their logo/branding is daisies, so I had the idea of having some daisy set pieces built. The plan was that we would mount lights in the centre disc of the flowers. The Strike 1s seemed like the perfect solution since they provided natural-looking light and a killer strobe. The daisy set pieces were custom-made to suit a Strike 1 fixture. The lights were mounted on upright pipes and braces.”

Like the rest of the lighting rig, the 24 STRIKE 1 fixtures used in the show were supplied by Dragonfly Lighting. “Big shout out to Tom and Jack from Dragonfly,” said Warren, who, in addition to positioning the STRIKE 1 fixtures within the flowers, had other units flown over downstage.

“The audience is a huge part of this band’s show,” he said. “There is an incredible connection between The Lottery Winners and their fans, and I didn’t want that feeling to be lost in such a huge room as the Apollo.”

Warren, who also designed the band’s London show, which was run by Jack Bennett, added, “This show was originally scheduled for November and was postponed,” he said. “I think the energy of the band and the room was raised as a result of the delayed show. Everyone was up for it.”

As for Warren was taken by the interplay of light and the setting at the Apollo, particularly how the output of the STRIKE 1 fixtures played off against the mirror ball over the crowd. “Flowers and mirror balls together,” he exclaimed. “What can I say, it was a match made in heaven.”