X-Factor Opt for Robe

For the 2nd year running, Robe moving lights, including the new MegaPointe multi-purpose moving light featured prominently on the UK’s 2017 X-Factor.

Six weeks of nail-biting live show excitement with lighting designed by Tim Routledge. The show, staged for the first time at LH2 Studios in Park Royal, north-west London, features 43 Robe MegaPointe’s. A further 270 Robe fixtures, 112 Robe Spikies, 52 Robe Spiider LED wash beams, 37 Robe BMFL Blades, 34 new Robe LEDBeam 150s, 35 Robe onePATT single cells and a Robe BMFL RoboSpot; a grand total of 314 Robe lights.

Florien Wieder of Wieder Design stunning design included multiple LED screens and a strong video presence defining the space, building on the look that was such a big hit with everyone in 2016.

A creative team from The Squared Division came on-board for 2017 alongside series director Julia Knowles. The executive producers wanted an immersive feel to the show, so the 3mm high definition LED screens gave a wide and apparently continuous look, with some discreet breaks in between that were filled with concealed lighting.

The base lighting package made up of the 300 plus Robe units – was used for each weekly live show, supplemented with different specials that were added for each song; 48 Robe Halos for Week 5, while Robe MegaPointes and Spikies were the main feature lights for 2017.

A further 20 Robe MegaPointes sat above the stage, rigged around its perimeter, with 23 dotted around the main lighting rig. Robe Spikies were installed in the gaps in between the screens, enabling a myriad of looks. Robe onePATTs were rigged in the mezzanine and balcony areas of the set and around the audience.

Routledge worked closely on site with gaffer Keith Duncan, while lighting equipment was supplied by multi-award winning rental company Neg Earth, where Damien Jackson handled the account.