LD Paul Normandale Updates Martin Gear for Coldplay Stadium Shows

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• Created: September 11, 2009

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MANCHESTER, U.K. —Lighting Designer Paul Normandale has added to the number of lighting fixtures used for a series of European stadium shows for Coldplay’s ongoing Viva La Vida tour, including a conversion of eight MAC 250 Washes into new MAC 250 Beams. Martin Professional’s MAC 250 Beam upgrade kit converts any standard Martin MAC 250 Wash into a beam fixture that projects variably sized pencil beams.

Normandale, who serves as production designer handling lights, set and video on the tour, chose to use the MAC 250 Beam because of the outdoor set’s 180-foot-wide span, which lets the 250 Beams to do aerial work as well as cross light.

Located on the stage floor on side wings, the 250 Beams can also provide mid air effects. The upgrade kit includes a micro Fresnel lens and set of six beam effect gobos/apertures and can be installed in five minutes.

Normandale credited “the real power” of the 250 Beam. “We even run one song with 7k Syncrolites and the 250 Beams together,” he noted. “Regarding the upgrade process, there were no issues and it was quick. They’ve been great so far.”

The stadium show rig includes 52 MAC 2000 Wash XBs, 44 MAC 700 Profiles, nine MAC 700 Washes, 32 Atomic 3000 strobes, 14 MAC 250 Washes and eight MAC 250 Beams.

The lighting vendor is Lite Alternative. The board operator is Fraser Elisha, and the crew chief is Dave Favorita. Photo credit: Allan Toft.

For more information, please visit www.martin.com.

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