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grandMA Meets Prince At Coachella Festival

CoachellaThe grandMA hobnobbed with royalty at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival where it was the console of choice for programmer Demfis Fyssicopulos and lighting designer Garry “Sport� Waldie who helped headliner Prince light up the stage. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of the grandMA in North America.

The three-day annual Coachella Festival was held April 25-27 in Indio, California. It was founded as the first major independent festival of all-rock, electronica and hip hop and has since grown into a top showcase for indie bands. This year Prince headlined day two of the event.

“Sport brought some elements from the lighting rig we used last year for ‘Prince: 21 Nights in London’ I cloned the information from the London (for which we had several weeks of rehearsals) show into what we had at Coachella,â€? he continues. “Once on site, we used an ESP Pre-Visualization system to massage the show and adapt it to the festival. Attempting to do that without the grandMA’s cloning capabilities would have been close to impossible.â€?

In addition, during the performance the two grandMA consoles supplied by PRG were networked in a multi-user environment which allowed Fyssicopulos to assist Sport in running the

The grandMAs controlled an extensive lighting complement which included 30 VARI*LITE VL3000 Profiles, 22 Mac 2000 Profiles, 32 Mac 2000 Washes, six 10K Synchrolite Series 3 and five 3K Synchrolite Series 3, 12 VARI*LITE VL5 Arcs, 12 Martin Atomic Strobes and 10 Mole Richardson Molefays.

“With the grandMA we could change over fixtures from our last rig with Prince — which was in the round in London — to this rig very easily,â€? Sport declares. “We were able to do a ton of work before we arrived at the show; it was great to have the ability to retool the London production to accommodate Coachella. Now I can’t wait to use the grandMA with video!â€?

“Sport and Demfis made good use of the grandMA’s flexibility, which was critical in a festival setting like Coachella,� adds Bob Gordon, President and CEO of A.C.T Lighting. “They were able pull the elements in from another show and change fixtures as needed without extensive re-programming. Given Demfis’ programming skills and Sport’s understanding of how Prince works, they pulled it off in grand style and gave the audience what they should expect at a Prince concert.�

About A.C.T Lighting

A leading importer and distributor of lighting products, A.C.T Lighting, Inc. strives to identify future trends and cutting-edge products, and stock, sell and support their inventory. The company provides superior customer service and value for money to all of its clients. For more information call 818-707-0884 of visit www.actlighting.com.

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