Guy Sebastian is on his biggest tour to date, traveling Australia with nearly 50 shows of his "Get Along" tour, the latest stage in his impressive career, which has been nothing less than supersonic since winning the first Australian Idol back in 2003.
The tour's lighting and visuals design has been created by Bruce Ramus, who has worked with Sebastian for about two years. He was given an open brief to come up with a flexible and dynamic scheme to help make the show rock. Ramus had used Robe moving lights and VuePix screens on the last two of Sebastian's tours and decided to specify these again.
Simon 'Junior' Johnson has been again appointed as a Lighting Director / Operator on the road. The lighting and video equipment is being provided by Melbourne based POWA Productions.
Central to the visuals are the eighty-four VuePix M10 mesh LED screens, running content via an ArKaos media server. All images are custom made by Bruce including hand drawn animation, photo montages made into videos, folded paper montages and animations using particle generation as well as more traditional video.
"It's a wide range of imagery from figurative to narrative and it's as diverse as Guy's music," remarked Bruce. "There are nine video pieces in the show whilst the rest is lighting and some set pieces we designed for the acoustic section."
Lighting rig consists of 20x Robin 600 LEDWash, 9x Robin MMX Spots and 9x ColorSpot 700E ATs. The LEDWash 600s are the core fixtures of the show providing base wash looks. Six are positioned on the floor either side of stage, used for side washes, with 14 rigged on two different levels across the back wall, poking through the gaps between the video screens.
This positioning of the lights has enabled him to create some funky, integrated, organic looks combining the video content and the LEDWashes. The ColorSpot700E ATs are all on the front truss, used for front and key light on the band, while the MMXs are positioned on the floor and used as rear specials on the band and for low level beam effects.
The different beam shapes available on the LEDWash 600s are 'Really useful' commented Ramus, adding, 'They are bright and have a good range of pastels as well as good saturated options'.
Junior has been working with Robe and VuePix on previous Guy Sebastian tours and also used LEDWashes on Jimmy Barnes tour. He comments on the great reliability of Robin LEDWashes and also about visual flexibility when using VuePix Screen. "Robin LEDWashes are extremely reliable, we haven't had any failures from single fixture during our intensive touring. I use them not only for wash effects, but also for eye-candy effects, which in combination with VuePix Mesh screens gives you endless possibilities for creating lighting designs."
The main challenge has been dealing with the different sizes and eclectic nature of the venues, which have varied greatly. They are playing all the capital cities and numerous regional centers over the tour¹s 14 week duration, for which the design has proved itself to be flexible and adaptable, able to scale up or down to suit the space.