Tom Kenny Uses Elation ACL 360 Matrix in MTV EMA Set

Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool of Green Day perform on stage at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2016 on November 6, 2016 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dave Hogan/MTV 2016/Getty Images for MTV)

The MTV Europe Music Awards delivered another spectacular production on 6 November at the Ahoy Rotterdam Arena in The Netherlands, where Europe’s favourite artists were honoured and a star-studded line up of today’s hottest acts performed on a massive stage lit by top lighting designer Tom Kenny.

This year Kenny had an immense and extremely artful set to light designed by Julio Himende. Included in the correspondingly large visual package was Elation Professional ACL 360 Matrix LED moving head panels, which Kenny employed throughout the show.

The MTV EMA’s has set a uniquely high standard of production, performance and excitement, both for the large crowd in attendance and those watching from home. It is a show that Kenny has been a part of for the past four years and one that he clearly relishes. “I enjoy the creative team and acts that perform on the show each year,” he said. “The audiences are always electric so that adds a fourth layer to the whole shebang.”

“We had 24 ACL 360 Matrix lamps and we spread them around and behind some structures within the set,” he said, for example as scenic behind the elevator for Afrojack’s performance. “I used the highest tech lighting fixtures on the show and the ACL 360 Matrix fit this request with flying and spinning colours. I needed a very powerful fixture as a major backlight gag. The spinning / rotation with shapeshifting LED chases gave us a very futuristic look.”

The ACL 360 Matrix has seen steady work on music festivals, tours and special events since debuting as part of Elation’s ACL Series in 2015. Using 25 individual 15W RGBW LEDs and with a tight 4° beam from each lens, the fixture’s continuous 360° movement and individual pixel control make a variety of dynamic effects possible.

“I always try and use the latest products in varied ways on all my shows and Elation has been ahead of the game with these fixtures and the rest of their product line,” Kenny said, adding that for this year’s MTV EMAs some amazing effects were pixel mapped into the fixtures by programmers Alex Passmore and Jonathan Rouse.

The ACL 360 Matrix panels were supplied for the show by PRG. “The fabulous PRG crew visiting creatives also enjoyed the look and brightness of the fixtures,” Kenny concluded.