Lighting designer, Kasper Lange, chose to work with Ayrton MagicBlade-R fixtures for the current Dizzy Mizz Lizzy tour of Denmark which kicked off with six shows in April and May and continues to take in the majority of this summer’s festivals. The vintage alternative rock band started life in 1988 and found huge success in Denmark and Japan.
Lange, amongst whose credits is the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen in 2014, specified 65 MagicBlade-R units which were supplied by Ayrton’s Danish distributor, Bico Professionel A/S, to LiteCom A/S, the contracted supplier of lighting and video for this revival tour.
Kasper Lange explained why he chose to use the MagicBlade fixtures. “I have been following Ayrton for some years, as they are a company that always seem to make innovative and interesting lighting products, with a design factor that really makes them stand out. The MagicBlade-R is a special product because it is powerful, yet slim and flexible to use in many ways. It also has an attractive price level making it possible to get a lot of fixtures for your production.”
When asked how he used the fixtures he explained, “It is a simple design, with the MagicBlade-R fixed to vertical strings making for an enhanced Par Can effect instead of uniform LED style lighting – this is ‘a less is more approach’, which suits the band who started out in the grunge rock days.
“The product is discreet in design and volume, but when you want to unleash some power you have absolutely got it. With this design it is important to have a fixture with a bright impact, plus the surprising pan and tilt movement and 7 dots. It gives me a strong, set-design without having to bring in video/LED screens, which is extremely refreshing. With the limitations of ‘normal’ lighting fixtures this would not have been possible. MagicBlade-R takes the ‘Par Can’ effect to the next level, and I am really happy with the outcome.”
Asked how the MagicBlade-R fixtures performed throughout the tour, Lange said, “It has been working flawlessly and it is a pretty long tour. Going from indoor jobs to the outdoor summer jobs, going up and down in dust, humidity and smoke, they operated perfectly – even with some rough handling.”