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HARMAN’s Martin LEDs Blossom at Sweden’s Summerburst Festival

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — As some of the world’s most pronounced DJs took the stage at the Sweden Summerburst Festival, a team of lighting professionals designed and managed a complete HARMAN Martin lighting display, highlighting artists such as David Guetta, Sebastian Ingroso, Axwell, Steve Angello, Alesso, Steve Aoki and Hardwell, among others. Deployed by Westridge Audio AB, the Martin system was required to have enough power to shine brightly and effectively during both day and night performances.

Music & Lights AB supplied 72 Martin MAC Aura’s, 12 MAC 301 Washes and 62 Atomic 3000 strobes for the festival’s two, 2-day events in Göteborg and Stockholm.

“The MAC Aura did an amazing job at the Summerburst Festival,” stated Production Manager Daniel Rüdén. “The brightness of the fixtures and lenses are very usable during daylight and when the sun set, the zoom beam was almost as strong as the beam fixtures next to it!”

Rüdén described his struggle with weight limitations on tours and during festivals, but with Aura’s lightweight construction, the lighting team was able to provide more lighting options and fixtures, while keeping functionality at a maximum. “We were able to hang trusses with fixtures between the LED panels on each side of the stage. The Martin Aura was small and effective, allowing us to move the trusses closer together and create great visuals for each performance.”

Tobias Borén, Lighting Director for the festival since its inception in 2011, was given free reign to put his final touch on the festival’s lights, choosing the best fixtures to suit the EDM music during the festival. The final combined design between Rüdén and Borén’s visions were underscored by the Martin solution.

“It was an easy choice for us – the MAC Aura is by far the best LED wash fixture on the market, due to its brightness and light weight,” Rüdén continued. “Tobias also designed some great custom rain covers for the Auras, which allowed us to concentrate more on the show than the weather conditions.”

Photos: Per Ruben

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of audio, lighting and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson®, and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with Harman audio and infotainment systems. Harman has a workforce of about 14,300 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

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