PYTCH Create a rave vibe at Alfresco Disco with Chauvet Professional
UK – New artistic and cultural movements seem to flourish most rapidly (and colorfully) outside of the grip of commercial interests. Such was the case in 1988, when the so-called ‘Second Summer of Love’ erupted virally in Bristol and other UK cities, as young people flocked to underground rave clubs opening in warehouses. abandoned and forgotten.
Now, some three decades later, the spirit of those heady times is revived and honored by Alfresco Disco, a group that organizes traveling rave music and art events reminiscent of that summer of yore. for a long time.
In a recent stop, the vibe of the original rave nights was recreated in a deeply evocative way, not within the worn walls of an unused factory, but inside a 3,000 square meter state-of-the-art warehouse. The property owner’s design team, event specialist PYTCH, worked on this magical transformation.
The PYTCH team used 50 Chauvet Professional luminaires to illuminate Alfresco Disco, which, true to the underground origins of early rave clubs, only announced it would take place on the site on the day of the event. Nevertheless, more than 2,500 ravers showed up.
When they did, they were instantly immersed in an underground 80s subway vibe. The folks at PYTCH transformed the empty warehouse into a full-scale party venue in just two days. The creative use of eight Rogue Outcast 1 BeamWash fixtures, which were suspended from lattice structures, was key to infusing the creative energy of those early incendiary raves into the space. Using seven 45W RGBW LEDs in each fixture coupled with the 12-pixel mappable RGB LED ring, the team was able to create unique and evocative visual effects that transported ravers to an earlier era.
With lead lighting designer Dan Giddings and lighting technician Luke Boast performing by artists such as Move D, DJ Gregory and Matisa, the designers relied on the playful juxtaposition of the central light source and the outer ring of the Outcast to create spontaneous and energetic visuals.
This interplay of gazes succeeded in engaging the waiting crowd with the music and the space fusing space, music and creativity. “The new Rogue Outcast 1 BeamWash fixtures were the talking point of the evening for anyone interested in lighting,” said Giddings. “Even for people who weren’t necessarily familiar with the lighting, the ring effect around the beams was definitely noted and commented on for its incredible retro feel.”
While the retro look was high on the client’s priority list, using outdated and highly inefficient retro halogen fixtures was certainly never an option for PYTCH, which has built a reputation for exploiting the latest technologies to create captivating visuals.
Ten Strike P38 devices rewarded the event with the best of both analog and digital worlds, giving the proceedings an extra retro visual kick. Using the Strike P38’s punchy 90W LED source, the team was able to recreate the halogen par synonymous with 90s rave culture, incorporating the tungsten emulation effect into the various sets.
Providing a visual support base with a mix of motion, strobes, beams and washes, the team specified 12 Rogue R2 Washes, ten Maverick Hybrid MK1s and eight more Rogue R2 Washes and two RH1 Hybrids for the second stage.
With the placement of the wash and hybrid fixtures, the team was able to drench large swaths of the huge warehouse in saturated color, immersing revelers in a thrilling atmosphere. Since the lighting designers animated the entire show, they were also able to rely on the zooming of the fixtures to create captivating movements within the crowd, intersecting with diagonal beams from different directions to infuse energy into DJ sets.
“Everyone absolutely loved the evening,” Giddings said. “It was a fun event to light up. For those who were there at the time, it also brought back memories.
While these memories may not have had the spontaneity of the original rave era, they certainly captured its liberating feeling and for those who enjoyed Alfresco Disco at PYTCH that night, that was more than enough.