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eclipse returns to Party In The Park

eclipse returns to Party In The Park

eclipse returns to Party In The Park


Party In The Park, a constant fixture of the Dubai festival circuit, was supported again this year by eclipse for the fifth time running. Returning to the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre with headline performances from Fatboy Slim, Richard Ashcroft and Lighthouse Family, the two-day event called upon eclipse to supply a complete selection of lighting, audio, video and rigging. eclipse was working on behalf of the organiser, DGT Events.

One of the biggest challenges, according to eclipse Staging Services’ project manager Ghanim Williams, was the tight timeframe the group had to negotiate. ‘With a relatively short amount of time available before load-in, we had a number of updates to the equipment lists that we had originally spec’d,’ he explained. ‘One band pulled out days before the event; therefore, while making provisions early on for all artists, we stepped into soundcheck the day of the event which went very smoothly.’

eclipse’s audio team called upon a full d&b audiotechnik system, with main hangs comprising 16 flown J-Series elements and six J-SUBs a side. Low end output was dealt with by six ground stacked J-INFRAs, while four J-SUBs and eight V-SUBs handled out fill and a further four V7Ps covered front fill. Three DiGiCo consoles were deployed – an SD9 at FOH and an SD8 and SD12 for the in-ear monitoring systems, and everything was run off d&b’s D80 amplifiers. For monitors, eclipse supplied 10 channels of Shure UR4D and eight channels of PSM 1000 IEMs. An Avid S6L console was used in conjunction with an Avid Profile console as the mixer of choice at FOH. The audio department also utilised an Avid Profile for monitors.

For video, the eclipse crew rigged a 6m x 3.6m IMAG screen consisting of 9mm ROE LED panels on each side of the stage. This was fed by a Green Hippo V4 Taiga media server and for video processing, eclipse opted for an Analog Way Ascender 48. These were augmented by a large, central 15m x 8.5m 4.8mm LED screen which had a big impact on fully immersing the audience in the experience. ‘This was particularly evident with Fatboy Slim’s custom content and perfectly timed playback,’ commented Williams. ‘One of his tracks played had instructions for the crowd to follow and with such a large screen behind him, he kept the crowd closely involved throughout.’

To save time, all the rigging for the What’s On Awards, due to take place two days after Party In The Park, was installed in conjunction with the festival installation. ‘The lighting design and programming for the awards needed to take into consideration that the complete truss with the fixtures attached would be flipped 90°,’ noted Williams. ‘The lighting equipment consisted of 18 Claypaky Sharpy Wash 330s, 18 Sharpys, 16 Stormy CCs, 16 Martin MAC Viper Profiles, 34 Martin MAC Aura LED Washes, 24 Vari-Lite VL3500 Washes, two PAR 64 Long Nose Black fixtures, 24 650W Thomas 4 Lite Molefay blinders and two Robert Juliat Followspots. An MA Lighting grandMA3 full size was used at FOH for lighting control with a grandMA3 light as backup. Effects included two MDG Max 5000 APS Smoke Machines and three Smoke Factory Tour Hazer 2s.

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