Martin MAC 250 Beam™ Upgrade for Coldplay Stadium Shows

September 06, 2009

Lighting Designer Paul Normandale has upped the lighting fixture quantities for a series of European stadium shows for rock band Coldplay’s ongoing “Viva La Vida” tour, including a conversion of eight MAC 250 Washes into new MAC 250 Beams.

Martin Professional’s new MAC 250 Beam upgrade kit converts any standard Martin MAC 250 Wash into a punchy beam fixture that projects powerful variably sized pencil beams.

Normandale, who serves as production designer handling lights, set and video on the tour, chose to use the MAC 250 Beam because of the outdoor set’s 180 ft wide span, which allows the 250 Beams to do aerial work as well as cross light.

Located on the stage floor on side wings, the 250 Beams provide an intense light output and tight beam for a powerful mid air effect. The upgrade kit includes a micro Fresnel lens and set of six beam effect gobos/apertures and only takes five minutes to install.

Normandale states that he likes “the real power” of the 250 Beam. “We even run one song with 7k Synchrolites and the 250 Beams together!” he says. “Regarding the upgrade process, there were no issues and it was quick. They’ve been great so far.”

The stadium show rig includes 52 MAC 2000 Wash XBs™, 44 MAC 700 Profiles™, 9 MAC 700 Washes™, 32 Atomic 3000™ strobes, 14 MAC 250 Washes™ and 8 MAC 250 Beams.™ Lighting vendor is Lite Alternative.

Board Operator: Fraser Elisha
Crew Chief: Dave Favorita

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