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BRUSSELS - The first concert staged in the newly refurbished Het Depot just outside Brussels, Belgium, featured four days of performances by emerging Belgian singer / songwriter Selah Sue. Robe fixtures were an integral part of her show, with the first of Robe’s new MMX WashBeams in Belgium made available. Her LD Joris Vandamme also used 12 ROBIN 600 LEDWashes on floor stands.
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BRUSSELS - The first concert staged in the newly refurbished Het Depot in Leuven, just outside Brussels, Belgium, featured four days of performance by emerging Belgian singer/ songwriter Selah Sue.
Robe fixtures were an integral part of Selah Sue’s show. Her lighting designer Joris Vandamme used 12 ROBIN 600 LEDWashes on floor stands as a ‘specials’ package, an idea also being tried out for upcoming shows.
He also used eight Robe MMX Spots that have just been installed as part of a new lighting rig at Het Depot along with Robe Actor 600 units.
Additionally, the first of Robe’s new MMX WashBeams in Belgium were made available for these Het Depot shows by special arrangement with Robe’s Benelux distributor, Controllux.
Vandamme has designed Selah Sue’s lighting for the last two years, and he’s been using Robe products for about the same period. “They are flexible, robust, well-priced moving lights,” he comments.
The 12 LEDWash 600 ‘specials’ were rigged on four floor stands positioned asymmetrically around the stage. They were used for a whole miscellany of effects as well as for close-up washes on Selah Sue – who prefers minimal front lighting - and her four-piece band.
Due to the quirky angles of the stands and the physically low levels of the lightsources as they swept dramatically across the stage, the whole space was bathed in intimacy.
Vandamme likes the light weight, the high output, the long zoom and “pretty much everything” about the LEDWash 600. The fixtures will be at the core of the lighting technical rider for Selah Sue’s next tour.
He integrated the venue’s eight MMX Spots into his show. Having used them before at the Ancienne Belgique where they have also recently been added to the house rig, he likes all the same features: brightness, good gobos, excellent color mixing and zoom.
With little rehearsal time and using the lights in-situ for the first time at Het Depot, it was only a short window in which to get familiar with the MMX WashBeams, but what he had seen and was able to do with them by that point he thought was “amazing.”
The MMX WashBeam encompasses all the new technologies developed for the MMX Spot, offering a huge range of features and effects in one fixture. Using a Philips Platinum 35 light source coupled with Robe’s MMX optical system, it produces a light output exceeding most ‘traditional’ 1200W products.
Vandamme underlines the good relationship with Bram De Clerck and his team from Controllux’s Belgian office, who are pro-active with service and product support. He had first seen the MMX WashBeams during PLASA and was keen to get them on demo, however he didn’t think the opportunity to actually try them out on a show would materialize quite so quickly.
He used a new Clarity LX 300 console from LSC to run lighting for the Het Depot shows, and the LEDWash 600s were supplied by local rental company, D-Events.