When Stockholm’s Tele2 Arena held its opening concert on August 24th, it turned into a major celebration with true festival atmosphere. With a programme of daytime activities, family fun, concerts and after-party, Swedish band Kent was the headline act for a sold out concert, much appreciated by the 40,000 guests.
Kent’s lighting designer, Uffe Jansson, brought 36 SGM XC-5 colour LED strobes on set to fulfil his vision of a combined strobe effect with a powerful blinder and wash light. “This combination turned out really well,” he says, reporting a positive experience working with the fixtures, which he found both elegant and robust in their design and simple to use via the menu.
With only 20 minutes to change the set in-between the acts, the floor based additional lighting for Kent had to be extremely well-prepared and thus Jansson designed eight portable towers of moving heads and strobes. Kent’s lighting crew, Tobias Winerdal and Mathias Hansen, made the set change in just 11 minutes!
Jansson had previously worked with the old SGM product line (Palco, Ribalta, etc.), however, this was his first opportunity to deploy any of the new LED based fixtures and it certainly aroused his interest. “I now look forward to checking out the P-5 [LED wash light] and the G-Spot [IP65 moving head],” he said.
The excellent light show captured the attention of the crowd and the entertainment industry partners, while also receiving special mention in the three largest newspapers
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