Ombra Design curates visuals for Pinguini Tattici Nucleari

The Italian indie-rock outfit call on the creative force of Ombra to design their latest ambitious live production. Show Designer, Lorenzo De Pascalis details his creative process and further explains how this tour pushes the envelope for homegrown Italian tours.

Having collaborated with Pinguini Tattici Nucleari during the band’s first stadium tour last year, Lorenzo De Pascalis and the wider team from Ombra were happy to jump back aboard with the Italian band. Their last stadium tour broke national records for the highest attendance number for a local act with 80,000 people coming along to their show in Reggio Emilia. “After such an achievement, we were excited to continue the band’s artistic journey and evolve the Fake News stadium tour into a full arena production,” stated De Pascalis, excitedly.

With the band having what De Pascalis described as a “playful sound” that is accessible to everyone he wanted to create a show that was incredibly colourful that also explored the term ‘fake news’ with several “tricks” that they wanted to play on the audience. “For example, we had Riccardo, the band’s singer, jump ‘into’ the screen for a song Zen. We also had him disappear from the stage during the song Ricordi only to reappear in the middle of the crowd. We wanted to create a magical feel for the entire show.”

The stage build for the tour was certainly ambitious with a set made up of three different floor heights along with five custom scissor lifts – one for each member of the band. “Each one of the lifts could move autonomously or in a group, creating a wonderful experience for the crowd as well as the band, who could then see every seat in the arena.” On the topic of automation, De Pascalis pointed skyward to the flown rig which featured five lighting pods that were moved by Kinesys Apex Hoists.

Words: Stew Hume

Photos: Ombra