Neu-Anspach, Germany – 21 August 2019 – With Time Warp, SonneMondSterne or the Love Family Park, EDM fans in Germany have a wide selection of open air festivals – yet NATURE ONE reigns over all of them. EDM history is still being made here to this day. On its 25th birthday it drew over 65,000 ravers to the former Pydna missile base in Hunsrück, to dance to the customary world-class DJ line-up of Paul van Dyk, Erik Prydz, and Richie Hawtin. Besides the Open Air Floor, with its impressive steel truss structure, the Century Circus tent is an especially popular venue there. In the “Home of Techno” over 10,000 festival goers partied to the hard beats of Richie Hawtin, DJ Rush, Sven Väth and Felix Kröcher – carried by bone-shaking bass and a gigantic light show, which was also contributed to by Cameo’s Spot and Beam Moving Heads AZOR B1 and OPUS SP5.
Spanning approximately 5,000 m2, the Century Circus is the largest covered area at NATURE ONE. Benedikt “Bemo” Moser has already built a reputation in recent years for his operational light design in the impressive ten-pole tent. For the first time at Nature One, the veteran EDM light designer, commissioned by the technical service providers BSS events GmbH and Actionlight GmbH, relied on Cameo’s moving heads and placed 60 OPUS S5 moving head spots as well as 121 AZOR B1 beam moving heads in the Century Circus tent. NicLen GmbH acted as DryHire supplier, having already invested in large numbers of Cameo products since 2018.
“Using the Azor B1, we duplicated the characteristic, complex roller coaster shape of the truss structures and also reinforced the three-dimensional effect of the overall construction”, explains Benedikt Moser. “The 45° tilted spotlights create versatile, crossed X-beam images and far-reaching light fields, highlighting the dimensions of the dance floor. To enhance this effect, OPUS S5 spots were installed in groups of six in an A or V shape, according to the design concept, at the outer edges of the tent.”
Due to the flat angle both from the ground and from the PA towers, the OPUS S5 created a strong contrast to the rest of the structure, which is largely concentrated between the tent masts. “The concept envisaged that the OPUS S5 spots in the numerous pan/tilt positions and movements create an identical visual impression regardless of the viewing angle.” A nice side effect: In this way, photos from the stage towards to the crowd have a greater visual appeal.
Spotlights in Continuous Use
Benedikt Moser has been relying on Cameo products for years and was able to test the new OPUS S5’s and AZOR B1’s suitability for the demanding EDM festival area in the run-up to NATURE ONE. “NATURE ONE means: 14 hours of continuous operation in dusty and high humidity conditions.” Apart from their resilience, the Cameo spotlights also convinced the experienced light operator in all other areas: “The ability to integrate a high number of beams in the tent without exceeding the weight limit of the tent masts was crucial. The spotlights also had to show adequate output as well as a good Gobo installation, in order to create structured projections as well as beautiful, animated beam looks. At the same time, at this kind of event, we naturally also have to keep an eye on the budget.
Bemos’ conclusion was positive throughout: “At NATURE ONE 2019, Cameo once again proved to be a good partner. Thanks to the high degree of flexibility – not least due to the optional, battery-backed addressing and the integrated Omega brackets with variable clamp intervals – all of our requirements were met.”
The Century Circuit event technology team at NATURE ONE 2019:
Christian Brötz (BSS events GmbH) – PL, Design Concept, Planning
Benedikt “Bemo” Moser – TL, Light Concept, Operational Light Design
Markus Schlimm (BSS events GmbH) – Logistics, Equipment Distribution
Lars Brennecke (Actionlight GmbH) – Trade Management Stages & Layher Constructions
Daniel Wendland – Trade Management Light, Technical Planning
Phillip Weil – Technical Drawings
Stefan Hönig – Trade Management Rigging
Tim Ehrenfried – Sound Concept / Sound System Tech
Lucien Wingenbach / Jan Phillip Fröhner – Trade Management Video / 2nd Video Op
Max Peusch – Sound Op
Markos Kern – Video Op
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