Before the Gold Rush...
On the cusp of its 50th anniversary, Glastonbury Festival has morphed from ‘folk and pop’ event for some 1,500 people to core cultural ingredient in the calendar for 140 times that number. The production effort has taken similar strides, accelerated since the turn of the century.
Providing LED screens and Video equipment to Glastonbury for the last eight years, Transition Video was on the Other Stage for the first time in 2019 with 8.4m x 8.4m ROE CB5 iMAGs stage right and stage left and a 15m CB5 upstage LED screen, each with a 14m horizontal truss brace to counter the wind load. Transition also supplied Barco E2 image processors for artists using the screens and to allow different images on each through a performance.
Tame Impala, The Chemical Brothers and Christine and The Queens headlined the Other Stage with Two Door Cinema Club, Johnny Marr, Billie Eilish and Loyle Carner among the other acts.
The new IICON stage at Block 9 was another first for Transition. Inspired by French composer Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, the structure, a massive head on its side wearing a VR headset, required a 9m x 6m LED screen tilted forward on a 45° angle.
“It wasn’t the usual, ‘build it from the ground up and fly it off a truss’, we had to fix touring frames to this structure then hoist each panel up individually,” Transition Video Director, Rhodri Shaw, says.
In the south east corner of the site, at the Temple on The Common, which Transition has been providing for since 2016, the company mapped five Panasonic PTDZ 21k projectors on a Mayan temple-style structure.
“We have been working for the festival since Transition started, growing gradually across the map as new opportunities come up but this was the best Glastonbury for us,” Shaw says.
Glastonbury 2020 takes place from June 24 to 28. The 210,00 tickets went in 61 minutes.