Lighting designer Jeff Maker was looking for a special lighting effect to complement a series of diamond-shaped video screens for American pop punk band All Time Low’s Back to the Future Hearts UK tour in February and found it in Elation Professional’s ACL 360 Bar moving head batten.
“Their role was to frame four diamond-shaped video walls rigged upstage as well as to help trick the eye into transforming the diamonds into circles or squares,” explained Maker, who has worked with the band for the past seven years. “Since all four of the diamonds moved into different static positions during songs, the ACL 360 Bar was perfect for creating new looks for each new position.”
All Time Low scored a UK Number 1 album with release of Future Hearts in 2015 and the string of February arena dates was highly anticipated by its growing fan base in the UK.
Wanting to add a special dynamic element to the design, Maker chose the variety of looks that the 360-degree rotation, narrow-beam LED effect light makes possible. “The ACL 360 Bars have infinite design possibilities,” he said. “They’re incredibly fast and have fantastic colour mixing capabilities. Other LDs I know had high praise for the fixture, which turned me onto them. Once I saw what they were capable of, I was sold.”
Zig Zag Lighting based in Leeds, UK, supplied the ACL 360 Bar fixtures for the tour. “The ACL 360 Bar proved a cost effective solution to fill Jeff’s requirements and I’m sure we will see them used on many future products,” Neil Hunt of Zig Zag concluded.