Author: James Price

EE & Stormzy Launch 5G in London

EE & Stormzy Launch 5G in London

Storm were delighted to work with Smyle Creative to provide lighting for EE’s launch of their 5G network with Stormzy. EE lit up London’s iconic River Thames tonight in celebration of the launch of the UK’s first 5G network. The UK’s number one mobile network marked the occasion by hosting a 5G-powered gig with platinum-selling UK artist, Stormzy, set against the stunning backdrop of Tower Bridge.

Fans in attendance and those tuning in online saw history in the making as the Glastonbury 2019 headliner’s performance became the first event of its kind to be live streamed over EE’s new 5G network, which was hosted by Radio DJ, Clara Amfo.

Using 5G and remote production technology, EE broadcast the event on Facebook / Twitter / YouTube to thousands of fans. The Highlights of the 5G-powered audio-visual extravaganza can be seen below.

To accompany the show, a 5G-powered performance was created in collaboration with Stormzy. Celebrating the six cities that EE has connected with 5G. Over 200 state-of-the-art LED fixtures were affixed to the stage. With over 100 beams of light projected 1,000ft in front of the Tower Bridge. The 5G-powered display, which was connected via EE’s 5G network, supported the powerful lyrics and music of Stomzy’s bespoke set.

Fans in each of the other five launch cities were treated to the best seat in the house via a 360-degree VR experience. The experience was available in Stores in Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester. Guests attending the in-store events were invited to use VR headsets to watch the performance in 360 degrees from the front row, just metres away from where Stormzy was performing on the floating stage in London.

Stormzy comments, following his one-off gig; Big up EE, thank you for letting me launch your 5G network in the UK. Tonight was sick, I’m honoured to be part of history.”

Read more about the launch at EE’s news room here

Storm goes for Breakfast at The Cereal Cafe

Storm goes for Breakfast at The Cereal Cafe

We were pleased to be given the opportunity to provide lighting on the new musical, The Cereal Cafe. Working closely with Lighting Designer Michael Fox we supplied a complete lighting package utilising some of the latest Robe and ChromaQ equipment from our expansive inventory. Including the Robe MegaPointe and Robe 150 LED Beam along with ChromaQ ColorForce MKII.

When asked about his choice of fixtures for the show LD Michael Fox says, “The MegaPointe’s were a must have for this show. Their ‘Mega’ output and ability to create sharp parallel beams was a great advantage, particularly for the riot scene. They pack a huge amount of features which makes this fixture invaluable for rigs of any size. There is, in short no other unit available that offers everything the MegaPointe does in one fixture. The 150 Beam’s were another fixture I was keen to use for the production. Their compact size, super bright output and wide zoom range were all reasons why this fixture was perfect for the show.

Part of the set was a concrete block style wall which was full of features that I really wanted to be able to show off. So I specified ChromaQ’s ColorForce MK2’s for the ground row. I knew they would be up to the job and I wasn’t disappointed.”

The show is based on an extraordinary café opening on the vibrant streets of East London. Centred on the childhood dreams of two young brothers, where its presence will result in unimaginable consequences. In a threatened neighbourhood, fighting to survive, something so simple as cereal will divide the community. Inspired by the Cereal Killer Café and the Shoreditch riots of 2015, this musical is based on a remarkable true story.

Michael goes on to say, “I knew when I was approached to design this show that Storm were the rental company to go to. The quality of their equipment, prep and support is second to none. I had complete confidence in their equipment. Combined with Robe and ChromaQ’s excellent record for reliability, it certainly was the perfect match!”

Storm’s Rental Coordinator, James comments: “It certainly was a pleasure to work on this new exciting musical with Michael. His creative lighting design and full use of every fixture in the rig made for some really powerful & special moments. With our continued investment into new equipment, for instance, most recently ChromaQ ColorForce MKII’s and expansion of our Robe stock. It therefore allows us to consistently provide the latest fixtures to meet the needs of Lighting Designers.”

Extract from The Cereal Cafe Musical

Book and Lyrics by: JACOB DORRELL & TOM LING
Music By: ADAM DICKINSON

Storm Invests in Indu Electric

Storm Mains Distro Type 19

Storm are pleased to announce our continued commitment to Indu Electric with our latest investment. The Indu 72 Way Mains Distribution racks. Featuring 12x Socapex outputs, 63A 3 Phase, 32A 3 Phase, 6x 16A outputs. Also with additional Auxilliary outputs including USB charging.

Built in a flight case these distros are ready to roll into any event. Able to cope with the toughest of touring environments and can provide the power you need for your event. All available in one complete package.

This latest investment in Indu Electric also follows on from the recent addition of more of our compact mains distribution racks. Including our Type 20, Type 13 and also our smaller rubber box Type RBDIST 8.

Our continued investment in Indu Electric comes from the consistent high build quality, reliability and also the support we have come to know from the team at Indu over previous years.

Find the full details about these new distros here

Storm has the Time of Their Lives with Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing UK Tour

It’s the summer of 1963, and 17 year-old Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman is about to learn some major lessons in life as well as a thing or two about dancing. On holiday in New York’s Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents, she shows little interest in the resort activities. Instead discovers her own entertainment when she stumbles across an all-night dance party at the staff quarters. Mesmerised by the raunchy dance moves and the pounding rhythms, Baby can’t wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle the resort dance instructor. Baby’s life is about to change forever as she is thrown in at the deep end, not only as Johnny’s leading lady both on-stage and off. Two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives.

Storm are very pleased to be providing full Lighting, Sound & Rigging packages for the 2018-19 tour. The 2018-19 touring lighting rig contains a mixture of ROBE, SGM & ETC LED fixtures. The touring sound rig is powered by D&B with Shure and Yamaha completing the package. Storm provided equipment for the previous UK tour in 2016-17.

Dirty Dancing opened in Brighton in September and is currently playing at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh and will continue it’s tour until late 2019. Visit www.dirtydancingontour.com to book tickets and see more about the show!

Storm Goes MEGA

Robe Mega Pointe 2

Storm are very pleased to announce our recent investment into the Robe MegaPointe as part of our rapidly expanding inventory. These fixtures are in stock and available for rental immediately for the Autumn. View in our rental catalog here.

The all-new MegaPointe elevates the original all-in-one fixture to a whole new level. Unleash your creativity using the bright sharp parallel beams, excellent gobo projection, precise movement, smooth CMY colour mixing and dimming plus a multitude of beam splitting, wash and shaping effects.

The Robe R&D team worked with Osram to provide a 470W lamp that aligns perfectly with the cutting edge optical system. This design provides a brilliant, crystal clear, razor-edged beam, adjustable from a punchy 1.8 out to a wide 42 degree zoom.

Both static and rotating (glass) gobos produce precision in-air effects or projected images with a sharp, high-contrast, flat field.

The newly designed effects engine can produce 12 varying beam and ‘flower’ effects. The beam can also be shaped using innovative shutter emulation, further creating a whole new blend of content & creativity.