Liam Gallagher - Why Me Why Not - Arena Tour
In early 2019, Transition were approached by Liam Gallaghers production manager, Ben Pomphrett to come on board as video supplier for the upcoming festival and arena tours.
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 discuss what was required and what was feasible. The main criteria was that the upstage wall had transparency, yet still bright enough and high enough resolution to display the content in detail.
Transition were the first company in Europe to take delivery of the ROE Vanish 8, 60% transparent LED, the ideal product for the job. Leading the LED charge was Transition Video Technician and Camera Operator, Carl Stage, who was brought on board to oversee the maintenance of three centre-hung ROE Visual CB5, 5.9mm pixel pitch, IMAG screens, spanning 4.8m by 3.6m.
“We are 100% a ROE Visual LED house,” he confirmed. A video wall, spanning 17m by 9m, comprised of ROE Visual Vanish 8mm LED panels were housed on the upstage wall, along with the IMAGs in ROE Visual’s T4 frame touring system.
The bespoke PPU was built and put together at Transition Video’s HQ in May. “It’s our second PPU, featuring our latest purchase of Sony HXC-FB80 HD camera system, which is nice and lightweight. Initially, I didn’t realise how much of a benefit that was until I came out and quickly learned that I was going to be doing handheld camerawork all the way through,” he laughed. “I typically handle cameras on sticks, but an hour and 45 minutes every night on my shoulder with a lightweight camera makes all the difference.” 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 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 centre-hung video screens, instead 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, this year we’ve found a good rental house that has provided us with an Ereca Stage Racer 12-way system.” Stage explained that with 12 lines of fibre, 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.”