When approached by Liam Gallagher’s production manager, Ben Pomphrett to come on board as video supplier for the 2019 Liam Gallagher - Why Me Why Not Arena Tour, Transition Video saw a chance to set its newly acquired Vanish V8 LED panels to work.
Show designers Cassius Creative had a clear vision of what they wanted to achieve from the outset. Having worked with Cassius on numerous occasions, Transition were able to discuss what was required and what was feasible. The main criteria were that the upstage wall had transparency, yet still bright enough and high enough resolution to display the content in detail.
Being the first company in Europe to take delivery of the ROE Vanish V8, 60% transparent LED panels, Transition Video considers this the ideal product for the job. The Vanish V8 combines a lightweight design with excellent viewing angles and high brightness LEDs, great features for a touring production.
Leading the LED charge Carl Stage, Technician and Camera Operator for Transition Video, comments “We are 100% a ROE Visual LED house, so the choice was an easy one for us. For this particular tour, we used an upstage video wall, spanning 17m by 9m, comprised of ROE Visual Vanish 8mm LED panels and three center-hung ROE Visual CB5, 5.9mm pixel pitch, IMAG screens, in T4 touring frames, spanning 4.8m by 3.6m each”.
A senior member in the Transition Video setup, Stage was pleased to roll up his sleeves and get back into the ground floor of live touring. “You get a level after a decade in this industry, where your technical knowledge is really vast, so the past few years has been fewer gigs and more excel spreadsheets,” he continued. “I got into this industry because I like playing with toys and, to me,” he gestured to the video screen, “that’s my big telly!” Stage’s only challenge was fitting the screen into all of the venues. “We had to trim the video down during the first show in Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, cutting the three center-hung video screens, instead of hanging two traditional left and right IMAGs instead. Aside from that, the only other challenge is flying pints of beer and keeping everything dry,” he chuckled.
A video director station was custom built specifically for this tour, in which the VD operated from at FOH. “We’re used to getting multiple HD signals to and from FOH, however, on this tour we made use of the Ereca Stage Racer 12-way system.” Stage explained that with 12 lines of fiber, he was able to set it up as a transmitter and receiver at each end. “The benefit in the smaller venues is having all your racks and processing backstage.”