The Rotunda Stage was an elegant new bespoke outdoor structure designed especially for Parklife by NoNonsense, comprising three enormous trussing arches bringing a real sculptural feel to the space. Each arch was around 48 metres in length from the stage to the furthest point and 18 metres tall at the highest points.
A 5 metre high DJ riser was built in the middle beneath the central arch, partially covered for some weather protection, but apart from this, everything was open, showing off the stylish lines of the metalwork. dbnAudile rigged their lighting directly off the structural trusses.
Pete and the team produced a video design for the front of the DJ riser which was clad in LED panels, and the lower sections of the arches were also clad with the same 9mm video product panels from Transition Video to dbnAudile’s design.
Either side of the central arch – above and behind the DJ – four production lighting trusses, were rigged and populated with 16 x Clay Paky QWO 800 wash moving lights, 12 x a.leda K10s with B-EYE lenses, 12 Atomics, 12 x Chauvet Nexus 4×4 panels, 24 x Sunstrips and 32 x Spectral Zoom LED PARs.
Another three trusses were hung high right in the centre of the arches, loaded with 18 x IP rated SGM G-Spot moving lights which proved ideal for the erratic weather that permeated the weekend!
Pete explained that the lighting rig was selected and designed carefully to be visually appealing in daylight, dusk and darkness.
Stage 3 had previously been in a big top before, so putting in the open and surrounding it with a strongly architectural feature was a completely different aesthetic approach.
The structure – a massive hit with everyone – was tethered to three 20ft containers per side and on top of these dbnAudille provided another 12 x CP Mythos hybrid moving lights in weather domes.
For smoke management – a serious challenge in this type of environment – four ZR44s and three DF50s and a lot of fluid delivered great atmospherics.
Chris Phillips designed the lightshow which was operated by Steve Barnett using an Avo Pearl Expert.