The Nashville Municipal Auditorium hosted the Youth Evangelism Conference in March. Bandit Lites provided the lighting package for the event for Orchestrate Experience with lighting designer Trey Meares and Orchestrate Production director Alex Fleming. Featured guests included Dave Edwards, The Skit Guys, Luke MacDonald and the YEC Worship Band.
Due to the audience size and the nature of the conference, Meares created an ‘in the round’ setup to an end stage in the arena, giving attendees the maximum amount of impact, while still being mindful of the calling of the conference. “Lighting always has the ability to drive the ‘mood’ of the room, and I make an effort to not let the technology overpower the message that is being delivered by the organisation,” Meares shared.
“On the other hand, lighting can make the room exciting for the attendees and can also be used to draw attendees into a more serious moment. It is essential to let the message speak for itself, but the lighting can complement what is being said.”
To drive that impact, Meares used a carefully crafted design that could emphasise both the collective worship moments for the audience and the noted speakers. VL 3000 Spots provided front light, delivering both widespread coverage and flipping over for beam looks in the crowd. Philips Nitro 510 C fixtures washed the crowd in light, and due to the power of the fixtures, also facilitated epic effect lighting for the entire arena.
“On stage, we had VL3000 Spots and GLP X4S Impressions; the combination of these fixtures provided an ability to colour wash the stage and have beam effects come from the floor up,” Meares said. “This gave us the ability to have brilliant backlights and beam effects through the performers.”
Fixated above the stage was a 30ftx30ft diamond outfitted with four ladders and outlining fixtures. The ladders each featured Bandit’s exclusive GRNLite Moving Washes and Claypaky Sharpys. The combination of the two provided both a vivid colour wash and brilliant beams that made the stage look massive. Additional fixtures along the diamond included VL 3000 Spots and Chauvet 7×7 AW fixtures.
Bandit’s crew for the event included Sarah Euker, Ty Veneziano and Chas Albea with project manager Don Lockridge providing additional support.