Video have an ongoing association with the Autism Rocks series of charity shows. The company were approached by Entec to supply creative video displays and worked with frequent associates Carl Stage and Vortex Events for one of the highlights of the series, a rare appearance in the UK by multi-million selling Latino-pop artist Ricky Martin.

Supplying 4 Chevrons of LED to the unusual stage configuration was only part of Transition’s remit. The show needed considerable amounts of camera coverage so 4 hothead cameras were supplied to give comprehensive coverage whilst remaining discrete in what was a compact venue for the demands of the show.

Playback and mixing s

olutions were also dealt with by Transition Video. Due to the combination of live camera feeds, custom footage and the unusual layout of the LED screens, a Hippotizer Karst media server with HDSDI input modules was used as the key mixing and playback device. This allowed all media and cameras to be cut inside one device reducing rig times and minimising crew levels.

“This was a challenging gig for sure” says Rhodri Shaw, CEO of Transition Video. “Essentially the brief was ‘just put an arena gig into the Hammersmith Apollo and make it feel huge. That’s a big ask in a venue which, in today’s terms, isn’t that big and has the challenges that a compact venue close to London’s city centre always throws up. We sat down with the team and designed this one down to the last detail to keep it lean and efficient. We were very proud of the results and to be part of this great series of charity events.”

Demand for the event was so high that a second night was added to the dates and the entire gig was streamed live on social media via Facebook on 22nd August 2016.

Transition Video were approached by Dick Tee of Enteetainment to supply a creative LED screen solution to touring artists Imagine Dragons for their back to back appearances at the UK’s Reading and Leeds festivals in August.

Tee had a very specific but straightforward brief for these gigs. The LED setup needed to support creativity and flexibility for their touring LED to quickly program and configure the system on this mid-tour pair of dates. The system needed to be bright enough to be seen in daylight leading into dusk as the band were the penultimate act of the day. And finally the turnaround times between Imagine Dragons and the headline act was unusually short and hence the setup needed to rig and de-rig in record time.

“We fell back onto Stealth LED for this gig” says Rhodri Shaw of Transition Video. “Stealth still has one of the most innovative systems of storage with easy rigging out there and fortunately we have access to rather a lot of it!”

The stealth and associated rigging elements were pre-positioned along the rear of the stage ready to be hoisted straight of the cases seconds after the previous act vacated the stage. Pre-loomed rigging elements were tested in-house at Transition then real-world tested at 3am at each of the two shows.

“We really didn’t have any room for error on this show. We’d run through the rigging exercise like a military operation several times prior to hitting site. All cabling was designed to be truly plug and play and it all payed off. There was an element of satisfaction watching the LED fold back into its flight-case at Reading on Saturday evening and be on the truck heading to Leeds before headliners The Red Hot Chilli Peppers had even got into their stride.”

Coldplay - Sentebale at Kensington Palace

When Coldplay announced their involvement with Prince Harry’s Sentable charity in the form of a one off gig at Kensington Palace, ticket demand was unprecedented. In turn, the staging requirements were similarly demanding.

Production specialists Coloursound elected to involve Transition Video to handle all the live camera duties for the event, aimed at raising awareness and funds for work with adolescents affected by HIV in Lesotho and Botswana.

Transition supplied a 4 camera broadcast PPU setup, 6 HD cameras and provided video playback for the event which was eagerly attended by fans and celebrities alike. Hosted by Tom Bradbury with performances from several supporting acts including Josh Stone, attendees mixed with royalty and celebrities whilst enjoying the show which included a special performance by The Basotho Children’s choir.

“It was good to be working with our old compatriots at Coloursound and our long-time friend and Coldplay video operator Ben Miles too.” Said Rhodri Shaw, CEO of Transition Video.

“Our biggest challenge here was the understandably high levels of security. It takes time for them to keep such a high profile event safe. Over the years we’ve encountered just about all the challenges any AV supply team might have thrown at them. However, this was unprecedented. That said, once you and all your team are screened and admitted to site, it’s just a fantastic place to stage a live show. We literally arrived with Glastonbury mud on our boots for this show. It was the perfect antidote and the results on stage were fantastic.”

The event was a huge success, raising much needed funds for Sentable. Prince Harry joined Coldplay on stage for the event’s finale, one of the summer highlights for live events.