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Sealing a non-eventful year with a Kiss

Sealing a non-eventful year with a Kiss

Sealing a non-eventful year with a Kiss


Over 12 years have passed since Atlantis, the Palm hosted a Kylie Minogue concert to officially open the iconic hotel. Live events abruptly halted in March 2020 and as the effects of the global pandemic continue to cast a shadow on public gatherings, the venue managed to spectacularly close a year – one that most live music lovers would like to forget – with a spectacular bang.

Kiss performing in 2019
Kiss performing in 2019

The iconic US rock band Kiss joined forces with the leading entertainment resort on New Year’s Eve to perform the biggest concert event of the year. Seeing off 2020 in style, guests staying at the resort witnessed the largest Kiss show of their career from the comfort of their own room box suites. Guitarist Paul Stanley donned his trademark eight-inch platform boots for the concert. Performed on a specially built 25m-height stage located on the Royal Beach, the vertical concert format also took on vertigo inducing symptoms. The unique layout provided a safe social distancing environment with individual bathrooms, room service capabilities, contactless check-in and check-out and a room for guests to stay the night in.

Having been planned for the past six months, the live-ticketed concert was also live streamed making it a first of its kind hybrid event. Promoted as the season premiere for the Landmarks Live in Concert series, the concert was filmed with more than 50 cameras and 360° views and produced by City Drive Studios. Heralding a return to work of almost 400 production crew members for the first time in eight months, the production had to incorporate extraordinary on-site Covid-19 protocols including daily testing and biometric crew wristbands.

Leading events company PRG was contracted by Landmarks Live to deliver the full audio, video, lighting and rigging package. Having erected the 25m-tall stage, PRG’s video team led by Riaan Gomes flew the back LED wall with over 330m2 of Roe Visual CB5 and the side screens with 335m2 of Roe Visual MC-7, which were automated to reveal the band. Martin Smit's lighting team installed over 400 fixtures across the venue including BMFL Blades, JDC1, Mythos, ICON Edge, GLP X4, VL Washes and PRG’s GroundControl follow spots.

Matt Oliver oversaw the audio team that was tasked with creating an unconventional distributed system design around the venue to ensure full coverage of the guest area including the hotel balconies. As such, a huge inventory of L-Acoustics K1, K1-SB, K2, KARA and KIVA cabinets was successfully deployed.

PRG’s project manager, Theo Van As led a total of 58 PRG crew onsite. “We would like to thank Landmarks Live for the opportunity to work on this incredible show and to congratulate them on achieving not one, but two Guinness World Records. It’s certainly one way to Kiss 2020 Goodbye!” As the curtain came down after the final encore, a US$1,000,000 firework show lit up the Palm.

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