Manchester-based lighting specialist dbn was once again involved in the ambitious production at the heart of the Co-Operative Retail Trading Group (CRTG)'s annual Supporters Awards and gala dinner event, staged at the city's Manchester Central venue.
Project managed by Pete Robinson, dbn supplied rigging, lighting equipment and design. The company has been involved in the event for the last seven years and collaborates closely with both overall technical production management providers A To V and the client to interpret their brief and bring the venue alive as an exciting and invigorating entertainment space for the evening.
This year's theme took some popular elements of last year's 'circus' in terms of the physical layout and developed a special 'carnival' vibe for this year. The venue was divided into two areas - with a fully operational fairground in one half and the dinner for 1000 people in the other.
As part of the scenery, dbn included 24 SGM P-5 LED floods, which they spread out and used for the audience/room washes. Robinson said of the P-5s: "This was my first use of SGM's powerful LED wash light and I was impressed by the vibrant colors and evenness of the wash. By using them I was able to drop 96 source 4 pars and associated dimming, as well as reducing the power spec by 100 amps per phase, not to mention the saving in cable, labour and focusing time."
Photo credits: David Lake Photography