RÜFÜS DU SOL’s Solace Tour, Colorado

The Opportunity

Formerly known as RÜFÜS, RÜFÜS DU SOL is an Australian electronic dance group formed in 2010. After releasing their fourth studio album Solace in 2018, the band embarked on an international tour spanning four continents. To achieve a vibrant, memorable stage design for the tour, RÜFÜS DU SOL worked closely with Colourblind to create a dynamic lighting design centered around a striking LED grid backdrop.

The Solution

Tasked with realizing the design in a tour-friendly format for the North American legs, tour lighting provider Brown Note Productions put together a lighting package featuring Martin by HARMAN VDO Sceptron 10 linear LED video strips and MAC Aura LED wash lighting fixtures.

The LED grid behind the band is comprised of 120 VDO Sceptron 10 linear LED fixtures arranged in ten rows. The structure spans the entire stage, with a gentle curve that wraps around on each side. Behind the grid is a massive video screen displaying custom-made visuals. Throughout the show, the Sceptron fixtures alternate between displaying synchronized video content and contrasting lighting effects. The Sceptrons’ integrated power and data connectors make setup and teardown easy, maximizing efficiency for Brown Note’s crew.

Brown Note also provided 14 Martin MAC Aura fixtures for wash lighting. The Auras are mounted on trusses upstage, downstage, stage right, stage left and overhead to provide even coverage from all angles. With a broad color palette and 3850-lumen output, the Aura fixtures provide ample power and versatility for the energetic show. The Auras’ compact, lightweight design and low power consumption makes them the ideal choice for the demanding, nonstop schedule of the Solace tour.

The North American leg of RÜFÜS DU SOL’s Solace tour ran from October 24th to November 25th, before the band continued on to Europe and the UK. After a holiday break, they resumed touring across Australia and South America, adding additional North American dates from April to October 2019, due to popular demand.

The Impact

“Colourblind developed a design concept and worked with us to evolve it from the first drawing to what became the final rig,” said James Watt, Production Manager at Brown Note Productions. “The Sceptron structure behind the band was a fundamental project to figure out, especially to make it tour-friendly while getting them the look they wanted. They knew what they wanted, and we had to figure out how to pull it off pull it off realistically to make it easy to build every day.”

“The thing I really like about the Sceptrons and the way we’re using them on this tour is that they can be used as a lighting fixture and a video fixture as well,” said Matthew Smith, Senior Lighting Designer at Colourblind. “There are a few points in the show where we’re using the whole structure as one big light source, but we’re also running custom video content as well. You can get these really striking strobe looks out of it, and also have some really elegant textures and patterns going on as well.”

“The MAC Aura has been one of the most robust lights that we have ever purchased,” said Ryan Knutson, President of Brown Note Productions. “A lot of different events and designers still use it because it gives such a great light and it’s lasted through a lot of different designs and new technologies like LED. It’s a long-lasting product that still continues to do amazing work for us. We can barely keep them in stock.”