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Kasabian Velociraptor Stage Set

Kasabian are regular guests at the LS-Live rehearsal studio in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. The band and their crew have carried out many production test runs at the facility prior to going on tour, where they have often made use of the set design and hire department. But for the Velociraptor world tour, former production manager Rick Smith wanted the staging specialists to be more involved in the creation of the set.

LS-Live’s General Manager Ben Brooks and Designer Gareth Mallon liaised closely with Rick Smith, creative director Aitor Throup, LD Nick Grey and Knight Rigging’s Sven Knight, to produce an innovative design for a dome shaped truss structure that could support lighting and video. Explained Ben: “The architectural backdrop for the performance had to perfectly support the lighting fixtures and video screens so as to be invisible to the audience. The structure also had to be able to withstand the rigors of touring and be efficient to assemble.”

LS-Live pre-built the 20m wide by 10m high curved dome structure in the studio, using custom versions of Prolyte H40v truss, with custom manufactured profile aluminium corners. The ‘Dome’ functioned both as a video wall for the Barco MiStrip LED, supplied by XL Video, and also as an arch truss for the array of lighting fixtures provided by Renegade.

Continued Ben: “We faced a last minute challenge with the set build due to a slight change in the concept, which meant we had to re-build the structure. The advantage of having a set construction and rental department on site - as well as the manufacturing plant - really came into its own here, as we’ve had struggled to turn it around in the time given otherwise!

“The final look is absolutely stunning; the whole production team did a fantastic job. Nick and Aitor’s concepts were brilliant.”