LS-Live developed and delivered a stage set for mainstream hip hop’s man of the moment, Tinie Tempah.
Known for his energetic fusion of pop and hip hop, the rapper embarked upon his first UK arena tour in 2011 with a stage design that was both edgy and futuristic, blending elements of live performance with the intensity of a club show.
As stage and set supplier, LS-Live worked closely with tour manager JP Firmin, show producer Antony Randall, designer Willow Perron and LD Andy Hurst.
LS-Live had previously designed and built the artist’s touring stage set for his summer festival run in 2011 and small gigs. At the time former production manager Tobi Oyerinde started discussions with the company about requirements for the arena show and they began to pass several designs between them.
LS-Live built a multi-level set from industry standard LiteDeck, incorporating staircases, handrails, drapes and a LiteConsole with a custom branded front panel. But Tinie Tempah wanted to step things up for the arena tour and the team tasked LS-Live with designing a more sophisticated stage set for the show. Different designs passed between LS-Live and the show’s Anthony Randall, over the course of several months.
Gareth Mallon transformed the design sketch into a viable touring system providing detailed CAD drawings and 3D renders, before the design was brought to life in the studio.
Again the set utilised a lot of standard hire kit from LS-Live’s stock. It comprised a raised three-tier LiteDeck stage system with a rectangle base platform, three middle-tier platforms to support custom Versatube frames and two mirrored top-tier platforms downstage of the rear video screens. The set was supported by staircases, handrails and drapes between each level.
LS-Live designed three bespoke cages, each using between 20 and 30 colour-changing Barco Versatube LED battens in 1m or 2m sections, which were designed to magnify and work with the effects on the video screens at the rear.
The cages acted as performance spaces for the drummer, keyboard player and DJ and they sat on 8ft x 8ft scissor lifts so they raised up during the show. LS-Live also built a 60ft x 8ft thrust at centre stage, which included a manlift for Tinie Tempah’s reveal, and a support for the video wall from standard truss.
The set was completed in time for the artist and crew’s arrival at the rehearsal studios. The production team checked in to the ‘LS-Live Hotel’ on the top floor of the studio’s recently expanded adjoining facilities, using all 14 en-suite bedrooms. They also booked the green room, all five dressing rooms, two production offices and catering area for the three days of rehearsals.
To see a brief timelapse video of the intial set build in the LS-Live studio, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFFtSMjxmtg