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A little something about the tour’s production

Mid-way through the tour, Fireplay and Justin’s Production team realized that the chosen tracking-based follow-spot system was not up to the demands of the tour. The crew were facing challenges with long set up and calibration times of the system. With numerous successful tours on the road using the Follow-Me system Fireplay decided to bring that Technology to the tour. On their stop in Huston, Texas, they switched to Follow-Me’s Remote Follow-Spot System.

Montreal-based Solotech, who are the Lighting and Video vendor for the tour, provided the Follow-Me Remote Follow-Spot system for Justin Timberlake’s Man of the Woods tour. They have a Follow-Me Product Specialist who oversees all their tours that are using Follow-Me ensuring that everything is operating smoothly and efficiently.

“What we like about the Follow-Me Remote Follow-Spot System is its laser precision, and accurate position of the cameras and instruments in the air, that provide a quick calibration and system set up saving us 2-3 hours on each set up.” Commented Antoine Malette, Technical Advisor for Solotech’s Lighting Department.

Follow-Me’s Remote Follow-Spot System has provided a new freedom for Solotech and the follow-spot operators. Once they get to know the system, they find that it is really easy to use. All the operators have to do is keep Justin in the cross-hairs and follow him around the stage.

The system is software based using a camera and moving lights in the truss. The operator sits at a computer controlling the entire system via a mouse, monitoring the stage from the camera feed on their MAC computer. “We have the freedom to move the lights via the mouse to highlight any performer on the stage, using our choice of lights.” remarks Antoine Malette.

Solotech has duplicated the set up to create a 100% redundancy. “It’s a lot of gear, however, we also have a vast array of effects. We wanted to ensure we could create the effects desired by lighting designer Nick Whitehouse while tracking Justin at all times.” commented Antoine Malette.

Nick Whitehouse commented “The Follow-Me system is fantastic, and the support has been world class. It’s the best follow-spot tool I know of that’s fast, accurate and flexible. It’s easy to control any light in the rig at any time and makes lighting JT in this complicated show and large environment easy. I know its saved JT’s Lighting Director Brian Vaughn hours of time daily which is essential on a show of this size.”

About A.C. Lighting Inc.

A.C. Lighting, Inc. is a value-added distributor of world-class lighting, associated rigging and video technologies for the theater, film, television, worship, exhibition and commercial markets.  A.C. Lighting Inc. is the exclusive North American distributor for premiere brands including Chroma-Q®LED lighting, Visa by Chroma-Q lighting and media control surfaces, ProLights high value and high-performance range of lighting, video and effects products, Luminex Networking Intelligence manufacturer of data distribution equipment, Follow-Me Remote Follow Spot Control Systems, LumenRadio wireless lighting controls, Jands StageCL and Prolyte staging and trussing.

For more information visit www.aclighting.com  or call 416.255.9494

About Follow-Me Remote Follow Spot Control

Follow-Me is a cost-effective Art-Net based software package that allows you to utilize standard moving lights as follow-spots. Where traditional methods of using FOH or truss mounted follow spots impose cost and rigging implications, Follow-Me offers a cost saving, quick to implement alternative. The Follow-Me product line benefits lighting designers, technical producers and event planners where performers require illumination. Using moving head lights, Follow-Me can be used to follow one or more performers, while individual fixture selection offers additional functionality of pre-set positioning for solo’s and surprise performances. Follow-Me offers a range of advantages over traditional follow spot usage including, lower labor costs, freedom in lamp positioning, improved follow-spot angles, eliminating kill seats, accurate timing for color bump cues, and following performers with gobo effects or color chases, plus, the operator no longer has to climb truss to operate the light.

About Fireplay

Fireplay is collaborative design studio. Their integrated team creates innovative spaces for the music industry around the world. Starting from breakthrough concepts leading up to perfect technical and production delivery for tours, events and unique experiences. Working closer with the artist is the best thing we know how to do.

About Solotech

Solotech is a world leader in audiovisual and entertainment technology with 13 locations across Canada, the United States and Europe. Thanks to an inventory encompassing over 300 renowned manufacturers, and strategically located warehouses, Solotech is the one-stop shop for audio, video, lighting, rigging, soft goods, control and collaboration solutions & services.

With over 40 years of experience, Solotech is internationally recognized for its expertise in Live Productions and Systems Integration. Its Live Productions Division offers an inventory of cutting-edge rental equipment for tours as well as special and corporate events. Its Sales and Systems Integration Division designs, sources, delivers and installs AV systems and solutions, notably for cultural and sports venues, schools, businesses and retail.

Solotech employs 1,200 professionals in its offices located in Montreal, Quebec City, Saguenay, Ottawa, Toronto, Las Vegas, Nashville, DeKalb, Los Angeles, Heywood, London and Redditch.

A little something about the tour’s production

Childish Gambino, Justin Timberlake, And Kanye West Will Reportedly Headline Coachella In 2019

Donald Glover may be hanging up the Childish Gambino personality soon, but if the recent report from HITS Daily Double turns out to be true, Gambino will be going out with a bang as next year’s Coachella headliner alongside Justin Timberlake and Kanye West. The music industry trade publication is usually unable to reveal its sources, but has generally turned out to be very reliable as a source of impending or unconfirmed music news.

According to the report, Glover will close the show on Friday, with Timberlake on Saturday, and Kanye on Sunday. While none of them are strictly considered to be as big as Beyonce or Eminem, this year’s headliners, all three of the proposed artists have had huge cultural moments during 2018, from Gambino’s “This Is America” video debuting during his well-received appearance on Saturday Night Live, to Justin Timberlake’s meme-generating Super Bowl Halftime performance and dance-pop return Man Of The Woods. Kanye West, of course, had his own SNL performance go viral, albeit for different reasons, and has promised a follow-up album to the much-hyped Ye and its accompanying releases from the rest of his GOOD Music label artists.

And while some may view these headliners as a step back after 2018’s lineup pretty prominently featured women as headliners — most notably, Beyonce, who stole the show with her “Beychella” stage — there is still plenty of time to build out the lineup around two of three huge legacy acts with more younger acts and women as well.

Source – uproxx

Childish Gambino, Justin Timberlake, And Kanye West Will Reportedly Headline Coachella In 2019

How to Watch iHeartRadio Music Festival 2018 Day 2 With Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson, Logic & More

Between iHeartRadio Music Festival day 2 performers Justin Timberlake, Carrie Underwood and Imagine Dragons and Daytime Stage sets from Logic, Dua Lipa and 5 Seconds of Summer, there’s a lot to keep up with on Saturday (Sept. 22) in Las Vegas. Thankfully, whether you’ll be in the desert or not, you can still watch all the action live.

It all starts at 2 p.m. ET with the Daytime Stage. In addition to Logic, Dua and 5SOS, you can also catch Lil Uzi Vert, Bad Bunny, Leon Bridges, Bazzi, Dustin Lynch and more braving the Vegas sun for the outdoor afternoon concert (see the full lineup below). Tune in to HondaStage.com at 2 p.m. ET for the full daytime live stream.

Then at 10 p.m. ET, the T-Mobile Arena stage lights up for day 2, where fans can catch JT, Underwood, Imagine Dragons, Luke Bryan, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kelly Clarkson, Shawn Mendes and another set from Logic. You can tune in to the day 2 live stream starting at 10 p.m. ET via CWTV.com or The CW app.

How to Watch iHeartRadio Music Festival 2018 Day 2 With Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson, Logic & More