LOS ANGELES – KIIS-FM’s Jingle Ball concert, now in its 13th year, has become a December tradition. Jingle Ball LD Todd Roberts of Visions Lighting chose Elation Professional Platinum Beam 5R fixtures to accompany the needs of the many LDs who lit their own band's performances. Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Ne-Yo and more were among the talent for the two-day event at the Nokia Theatre.
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LOS ANGELES – Along with mistletoe and eggnog, KIIS-FM’s pop star-studded Jingle Ball concert, now in its 13th year, has become a December tradition. This year’s Jingle Ball -- the first two-day version of the event -- featured sets from Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Ne-Yo, One Republic, Jonas Brothers, Ellie Goulding, Flo Rida, Ke$ha and will.i.am, to name a few.
Rocking the stage at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre were Elation Professional’s Platinum Beam 5R fixtures. An extreme ACL moving head beam effect, the Platinum Beam 5R was chosen by Todd Roberts of Visions Lighting as a defining light for illuminating Jingle Ball, which by its nature is a challenging event to rig.
“Each of the performers brought their own lighting designer with them,” said Roberts, who has handled Jingle Ball’s lighting for the past several years. “The designers got their own time to program the lighting specifically how they wanted it to be. We were running four consoles at Front of House, because everybody wanted their own type of board. It was pretty crazy, as you can imagine.”
The lighting, therefore, had to accompany the needs of the various acts – and the Platinum Beam 5R did this. With its distinctive aircraft landing-style beam, the Platinum Beam 5R can cut through powerful wash lights in large spaces to produce dramatic searchlight-type shafts of light.
“The Platinum Beam has just become the go-to light now,” commented Roberts. “Everybody wants (the sharp, concentrated beam look), and Elation’s Platinum Beam is a more economical version of it.”
With a large array of professional features built into it, the Platinum Beam 5R also has the versatility to produce a variety of design looks. The fixture includes 12 dichroic colors, 8 rotating gobos, an 8-facet prism, and a Frost Filter that can transform its tight 2.5-degree beam into a wash-like effect.
Roberts used 24 Platinum Beam 5R units on the 70 ft by 40 ft Jingle Ball stage. Twelve units were mounted on the stage’s turntable wall, which had a band set up on each side. “On top of the wall was a truss arch with LED drapes on it, and on top of that were the 12 Platinum Beams,” detailed Roberts. “So they rotated along with the turntable wall.” Of the remaining 12 units, 6 were positioned on each side of the stage on side-trussing.
Roberts was also impressed with the Platinum Beam 5R’s compact size. “It’s light and easy to handle,” said Roberts. “This makes it really nice for the guys. Everybody was really happy with it.”
For more information, please also contact Visions Lighting at 714-674-0148 or www.visionslighting.com.