Never Fear Shadow’s Stage Impresses

Belgium’s largest summer beach festival, 2 Meisjes op het Strand, was home to Michiel Milbou and Never Fear Shadows’ stunning stage and lighting design that featured 410 Chauvet Professional ÉPIX Strip IP fixtures.

Never Fear Shadows’ design concept for the festival was built around a 60m x 20m translucent stage structure, built exclusively from the ÉPIX Strip IP fixtures. The structure provided visual support for the music of K3, Niels Destadsbader, Gers Pardoel and more musicians.

Unlike the staple black backdrop or video wall, Never Fear Shadows’ radical opaque ÉPIX Strip IP structure provided an interesting visual alternative for spectators.

“The long and thin batten shapes of the ÉPIX fixtures functioned as ideal building blocks for the structure whilst simultaneously doubling as the lighting sources. As a result, we were able to fulfil all practical criteria whilst offering spectators a visually engaging experience. The intense brightness and pixel mappable effects of the fixtures allowed us to fulfil VTM’s wish to create a visually impressive installation which looked just as good on television as it did live. What’s more, the excellent brightness ensured that we were able to use all of the fixture’s pixel mapping features during daylight hours too.”

The IP outdoor-rated construction of the ÉPIX fixtures also ensured that all-weather operation was guaranteed.

Milbou continued: “In addition to their excellent brightness and pixel mapping capabilities, we chose the ÉPIX fixtures specifically for their ability to perform outdoors. Although the weather over the two days wasn’t as catastrophic as forecasted, it was nevertheless great to have peace of mind and the assurance of knowing that we would be ok if it did rain.”

While Never Fear Shadows’ ÉPIX design was able to fulfil the requirements of broadcaster VTM, the unique nature of the stage design ensured that this year’s festival was not to be forgotten.

“The ÉPIX fixtures enabled us to transcend the typical lighting show by constructing a staging structure drawing heavily on architectural design, we’re very happy with the end result,” concluded Milbou.