Lighting Designer, Butch Allen created a stunning visual design for American rock band Paramore’s Tour Two American tour using a bevy of Elation Professional’s compact ACL 360i beam effect lights.
Supplied by LMG Touring for the fall leg of the band’s U.S. tour, which wrapped up on October 17 2017, 72 single-beam moving effects formed the aerial lighting focal point throughout the show. “I needed a very small fixture with big output,” Allen said. “The lights were in the projection field for video and minimising shadows without sacrificing the lighting look was a challenge. The ACL 360i fit the bill perfectly.”
The LD utilised the fixture for the first time, praising its intensity, affordability, small size (33cm / 13-inches tall) and weight (5.2 kg / 11.5 lbs) as important factors in its choice. The ACL 360i effects lined 3 concentric truss circles over the band, with 12 on the inner, 24 on the middle and 36 on the outer, framed by rows of strip lights. “I love this fixture. It’s fast and gives 360° of endless chaos,” Allen exclaimed. “It’s a fantastic fixture and was the saviour of our budget. True bang for the buck!”
Each single-beam ACL 360i light houses a 60W RGBW LED and projects a narrow 4° beam, featuring the ability to rotate continuously in both pan and tilt, the large number of beam fixtures created a gorgeous swirling effect onto a backdrop cyc with ever-changing rays of light projected onto the stage or out to the audience.
LMG Touring, a full service touring provider that operates offices across the U.S., stocks a wide range of Elation products, including over 200 ACL 360i fixtures, and supplied both the lighting and video package for Paramore. In order to speed load in and load out on the tour, LMG had the ACL fixtures mounted on custom pipe brackets, in groups, to easily go on and off of the circle trusses. “The Elation ACL 360i has a good price to performance ratio which gives the possibility to do a large matrix like this without blowing up the budget,” commented Craig Mitchell, Director of Touring at LMG Touring. “They’ve been very reliable for us, just a great fixture and clients like them.”