Creating the concerts of tomorrow

It’s probably not your first thought when fighting your way through a virtual queue at 9am to get those important tickets for your favourite band, but producing a live performance isn’t as simple as a finding a stage and a microphone. Today’s concerts incorporate thousands of pounds worth of production to put on a memorable show for the audience.

Aside from the booming sound systems, light and laser displays, staging and maybe even a fog machine, projection forms the basis of many iconic live performances. Panasonic laser projectors have been a staple to the production of some internationally renowned artist’s tours, to bring about visuals that complements the music.

For their 2018 European tour, legendary 80’s band, the Human League, used projection mapping and a stage design that featured stacked 3D giant cubes which rotated throughout the show - The band even played inside some of the cubes on set.

Another recent example was when British rock band Bastille used Panasonic RZ31K projectors on their 2018 ‘still avoiding tomorrow tour’ to capture fans attention. Aiming to create the atmosphere of a dystopian party, Bastille used a backdrop with a “torn” look, fabricated with layers of crinkly metallic mesh. The show opened with the question 'still avoiding tomorrow?', projected in red, which then switched to a grey digital clock, reading the time 23:59.

As this shows, projection can help to tell a story that fits with the artists track or tour theme, supported by lighting and sound effects. Panasonic laser projectors were also used this year for the tours of Snow Patrol, Frank Turner and even Drake. For his 2017 tour fans may remember a giant moving sun evolving through different stages - from the birth of the start, through the nebula, until it finally burnt out.

Hologram tours are something else that is very much on the horizon. For many of us our first exposure to holograms may stretch back to the original Star Wars movie where Princess Leia was miraculously projected mid-air above R2-D2. However the technology isn’t science fiction. Using a traditional projector behind a pane of glass, a hologram is created when the image bounces and reflects off the glass, giving the illusion of a three-dimensional figure.

The scale of stadium-sized world tours places greater importance on the production values for live performance. The advance of technology such as holograms and also virtual and augmented reality means fans could be brought even closer to their favourite artist, creating a truly immersive experience! That is some thing to look out for next time you’re belting out all the tunes at your upcoming summer festival.

To learn more about the projects from our visual solutions team, visit here: https://business.panasonic.co.uk/visual-system/case-studies