Philips Showline Strobes Assist Bring Me The Horizon

Photo by Tom Grant.

Electronic metalcore five-piece Bring Me The Horizon’s tour, That’s The Spirit included a high-impact lighting design by Ben Inskip using Philips Showline SL NITRO 510C LED strobes.

Inskip – who has served as lighting designer for the Sheffield-born band for the past five years – employed the strobes to cut through the brightness of the show’s significant video element.

“In terms of output the SL NITRO 510C is great,” said Inskip. “It is bright enough to still have impact during the video heavy parts of the set. In addition, the strobes’ great colour mixing meant that they worked well with the content on the video wall to create an overall look instead of fighting to be seen.”

Inskip positioned 12 units upstage tucked in between video strips that made up the back wall. For two bigger UK dates at London’s Alexandra Palace and Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena, the 12 SL NITRO 510Cs were positioned vertically on the main risers to work alongside the 56-foot by 20-foot video screen. For these bigger shows, Inskip also specified a further 18 units from the tour’s lighting supplier Siyan, evenly spacing them in his flown rig to create a six by three grid.

“Fixture choice and placement were really important to create impact while trying to be as versatile as possible,” explained Inskip. “The SL NITRO 510C provided me with decent strobe looks and strong back washes in any colour.

“Even in the lower channel modes you have plenty of variation and by using different macros I could give each song in the set a different strobe or silhouette effect. Their small size also meant I could hide the units away whilst creating lots of really interesting and different looks on stage.”

The SL NITRO 510C features Color Gel Filter Presets for fast colour matching and a tightly packed array of 264 high power fixed white LEDs and 264 RGB LEDs ensuring maximum output.

“For me the block arrangement of the LED without a parabolic means that the SL NITRO 510C is really bright when looking directly at it, in both strobing and in colour wash modes,” concluded Inskip. “I also really like the fixture’s six unique zones of control. This adds another element and gives you the ability to create both subtle and dramatic effects.”