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Beyonce Concert in Trinidad Lit by PR Pilots, XLs

PLSN Staff • International News • March 26, 2010

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago – A recent Beyonce performance required the crew to turn Queen's Park Savanna into a concert venue for some 40,000 attendees. Beyonce's lighting team, led by Pat Brannon, LD, relied upon over 60 truss-mounted moving heads from PR Lighting for the show. The rig included a total of 30 XL 1200 Spot, 12 Pilot 1200 Wash, 10 Pilot 575 Wash and 10 Pilot 575 Spot fixtures. Brannon controlled the fixtures with a grandMA console, and PR Lighting distributor All Events Lighting Systems supplied the gear.


The crew used four rigs of truss set at various points from front to back of the stage in descending size, the front being the highest. Twelve Pilot 1200 Wash and six XL 1200 Spot fixtures were suspended from the front truss, along with 10 8-light Molefays. Eight XL 1200 Spots were affixed to the second truss.


The third truss supported another 10 Pilot 575 Washes and six XL 1200 Spots. The fourth and smallest truss was used for six XL 1200 Spots and six Pilot 575 Spots. Four XL 1200 Spots were placed on the stage front, two each on either side, with four Pilot 575 Spots placed in similar fashion.


Shival Maharaj, owner of All Events Lighting Systems, noted that "Queen's Park Savannah is not designed for shows, but was transformed for this event into the largest production ever to hit the shores of Trinidad and many Caribbean Islands."


The PR Lighting fixtures played a key role in the event's success. "The colors were rich and bright and the patterns clear and impressive," Maharaj said. "The distance that the XL fixtures were able to cover was unbelievable.  These fixtures needed to be good to complement Beyonce's performance, which was amazing."


This concert was held two days after the annual Carnival celebrations took place throughout the country, boosting attendance not just among local residents but from many foreign visitors as well.


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