As one of the largest live and TV events, the Eurovision Song Contest is also becoming increasingly intricate and complex. Light designer Jerry Appelt relied on technology from PRG at this year’s ESC in Kiev.
Premiere: GroundControl Long Throw is Put to Use for the First Time
For the first time at an event in Europe, the brand-new product GroundControl Long Throw from PRG was utilized. The tracking spot is a variant of the GroundControl Followspot System for long distances, which can be handily controlled from the ground. In total, the ESC put 18 GroundControl systems to use – fourteen PRG Bad Boy and four GroundControl Long Throw.
The GLP JDC1 LED hybrid stroboscope used by PRG were also utilized in a production of this scale for the first time.
Show of Superlatives
The ESC is a show of superlatives in many respects. The music events not only reach 200 million viewers annually across Europe, it also sets new standards in regards to technology. This year, approximately 200 trucks deposited equipment in the arena. All in all the set up took four and a half weeks – while tearing it down only took seven days.
PRG at Prolight + Sound 2017
Production Resource Group AG (PRG)
As one of the most important full-service provider for the event industry, PRG was once again an exhibitor at Prolight + Sound 2017. Besides the presentation of the 11th PRG Live Entertainment Awards (PRG LEA), visitors could see the PRG LEA stage in a backstage tour at the PRG XL Video fair stand. A performance of the song “DooM” by the band “Foxos” provided an impressive demo and product show. Even the light show at the PRG LEA stage was used by ESC light designer Jerry Applet in conjunction with bright! The ball ballet by Stage Kinetik was a spectacular highlight with its BlackTrax live tracking system, which facilitates an interaction of the artist with stage kinetics and media content.