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SJ Grevett and DMX Productions create the looks for Mobo Awards with Chauvet

The 26th annual Mobo Awards, held at the 11,000-capacity Utilita Arena in Newcastle, once again was the UK’s biggest celebration of Black music and culture. Supporting the music on stage was a lighting design by SJ Grevett, operated by Liam Griffiths and Kris Goodman, that featured 98 Chauvet Professional fixtures.


The kit included 24 Maverick Storm 4 Profiles, thirty Maverick Storm 3 BeamWashes, 32 Strike 1 units and twelve Colorado PXL16 motorized tilting battens. “We went for the big and bold look with brightest fixtures, so we could really punch through against so much LED screen space on camera”, says SJ Grevett.


At times, Liam Griffiths would endow the stage with a bold multi-layered background, then have it disappear to be replaced by a more subtle, dreamy panorama. Throughout the show, he changed color combinations to coordinate them with video content. Kris Goodman expanded and contracted the amount of dark space and key light to ensure that the looks were varied and interesting for both the live audience and television viewers.


The looks that were conjured up were reflective of the aspirations of the performers on stage. “We didn’t see content until a few days before the show, so everything was a bit of a stab in the dark, then tweaked on site. It was a real team effort to bring the creative ideas of the artists to life”, says Grevett who set these looks within a clearly defined framework on his 12-meter trim stage.


“Essentially, when it comes to award shows, in my opinion are two options - either frame a stage as we did in this case, or just go huge on the back with massive open stage”, he explains. “Budget dictated that we framed it for this show.”


(Photos: Chauvet Professional/DMX Productions/Mobo Awards)




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