Belgian live music venue upgrades lighting with Robe MMX11 December 2012
Brussels live music venue the “Ancienne Belgique” (AB) has invested in 20 Robe ROBIN MMX Spot moving lights that have replaced the previous spot fixtures in a major upgrade to their lighting system.
The AB features a 2,000 capacity main room with full over-stage grid system and a 16 metre wide stage, plus a smaller club performance space. It is said to be one of the most prominent live music and performance venues in Europe, featuring many high profile artists, staging over 300 live events a year and featuring around 500 bands which are enjoyed by over 300,000 people.
Around 90% of the artists visiting the AB use the in-house lighting system, and approximately 75% of these will bring their own lighting designers, so it is vital that the venue stays at the forefront of a constantly evolving world, and are able to offer all the latest technologies.
The decision to invest in Robe moving lights was a collective one made by all four members of the AB’s in house lighting technical team led by Kris Noerens, who reported their recommendations to the AB’s technical director Marc Vrebos, who co-ordinated the deal.
The requirement was for a flexible solution which would give lighting designers the scope to light a huge range of different musical and performance genres – from rock to rap, reggae to jazz. Key features of the Robe solution were felt to be the speed and smooth colour mixing capabilities of the MMX Spots which also had to colour-match to the existing 575 series wash moving lights.
Another important feature of the MMX was its dual animation wheel.
The AB lighting crew went to Robe’s factory and training facility in Valasske Mezirici, Czech Republic to receive full product training before they took delivery of their new fixtures. The venue will receive on-going service and support from Robe’s Benelux distributor, Controllux.
The new MMXs can be controlled either by a grandMA2 light with a wing or an Avolites Pearl as part of the house package.