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Creative Productions shines a light on Australia’s Fire Fight

Creative Productions shines a light on Australia’s Fire Fight
Photos courtesy of Louise Stickland

Creative Productions shines a light on Australia’s Fire Fight


Sydney’s ANZ Stadium recently hosted the Fire Fight Australia concert, featuring performances from an eclectic mix of stars, including Queen + Adam Lambert, Olivia Newton-John, Alice Cooper and Ronan Keating, and raised more than AUS$10 million for bushfire relief following the wildfires that spread throughout the country during the summer months. The lighting rig was donated by Queensland and New South Wales-based rental company Creative Productions and featured almost 130 Robe moving lights, such as BMFL Spots, Blades and WashBeams and Spiider LED wash beams.

Creative Productions provided the rig, as well as its services, for free, having been approached by Colin Skals from TEG Dainty, the promoter that organised the event for Fire Fight Australia. This marked the third bushfire fundraising event that the rental company has delivered technical solutions for so far in 2020.

The stadium was filled with more than 75,000 spectators, while a global television audience tuned in to the concert, which was hosted by comedian Celeste Barber. For Dave Jackson, Jeff Pavey and the crew from Creative Productions, the biggest challenge was planning and implementing a lighting setup within a short period of time. The team had to prepare a rig to work for the lineup of 20 diverse artists, as well as television cameras, once the decision was made to broadcast the event with just 10 days to go.

In addition, Queen + Adam Lambert had played their own concert at the ANZ Stadium the night before, but with their own technical production. This meant that the Creative Productions team, comprising Scott Black, Jeremy Dehn, Daniel Callaghan, Tony Hall, Luke Hall, Dane Boulton, Matt Doherty, Dylan Hines, Nathan McLure and Maddy Murphy, couldn’t begin their set up until 4am, once the Queen + Adam Lambert rig had been dismantled.

The setup was formed of 32 BMFL Blades on the floor upstage to deliver a contrast to the overhead rig, 36 BMFL Spots and 36 BMFL WashBeams on the overhead trusses, making up the core of the stage and effects lighting, and 30 Spiiders, which were hung 15 per side on trios of ladders once the concert was confirmed for broadcast. Jackson also used an array of LED battens, strobes, and four- and eight-lite blinders with additional waterproof beam lights for Queen + Adam Lambert’s B-stage.

An MA Lighting grandMA3 full size served as the main lighting console at FOH, while a grandMA2 full-size was on-hand as a backup. A High End Systems Hog 4 console was also supplied for some of the lighting designers to use if they wished, as well as a grandMA3 light for those wanting to do some previsualisation before the event.

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