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MediaPro equips the Formula E International Stage

MediaPro equips the Formula E International Stage

MediaPro equips the Formula E International Stage

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In addition to the Swedish House Mafia concert, Live Nation Middle East also appointed MediaPro International to deliver the technical production for Saudi Arabia's Formula E International Stage as part of the Diriyah Season festival. The concerts took place over four weekends after the Formula E races and included performances from the likes of Imagine Dragons, Pitbull, Shaggy, Lil Wayne, Usher, Calvin Harris and Major Lazer.

Photos courtesy of Ob Panakal
Photos courtesy of Ob Panakal

MediaPro deployed an L-Acoustics K Series system for the main PA setup with 40 K1 and 16 K2 loudspeakers accompanied by 12 K1SB and 40 KS28 subwoofers. Additionally, 32 L-Acoustics V-Dosc speakers were used as delays, while 24 L-Acoustics Karas served as front-fill. A wide range of mixing consoles was provided due to the differing needs of the artists and their riders. These included pairs of DiGiCo SD7 Quantum, SD5 and SD10 desks, as well as two Avid S6Ls and two Yamaha CL5s.

Meanwhile, 400m2 of 4.81mm and 450m2 of 8.33mm LED screens were employed to create the large video canvas onto which triple 4K@60Hz content was outputted via two disguise 4x4pro media servers with two Barco E2-Tri combos and one EC-210 event controller.

The mammoth lighting rig consisted of 176 Robe MegaPointes, 40 BMFL Blades, 20 Claypaky Scenius Profiles, 202 R3 LED Beams, 124 SGMQ-7s, 178 ORB300 LED blinders and 150 Color Imagination PIX ARC LED battens. In addition, four Robe BMFL LTs were used for followspots with four ground controllers. Lighting was controlled via two grandMA2 Full Size consoles (one of which was employed with wysiwyg for the previz suite) and a grandMA2 Light for the stage.

MediaPro ran the technical solutions over a Luminex network with a GigaCore 16-RFO, two 14R switches and three LumiNode 12 converters. For rigging, 123 EXE D8+ and 50 CM Lodestar hoists were used along with eight CM D8+ hoists for the main PA hangs. Approximately 600m of Litec QD30 truss was used for sub-hangs.

‘We had to work hand in hand with the scaffolding and scenic companies to achieve this tricky build,’ said Shaam Pudaruth, COO at MediaPro. ‘We were extremely pleased with the overall outcome of the massive structure. The results spoke for themselves when seeing the stage come alive with all the technical elements we incorporated and, of course, the top-class performers. It's always a real pleasure working with production designer Gabriel Fraboni and show producer Jim Digby, and the entire Live Nation team. There's a great understanding and the overall process is always so smooth.’

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