Entec supplies “retro” lighting package for Kentucky rockers Cage The Elephant’s one-off London appearance.

Founded just over 10 years ago, American rock band Cage The Elephant wrapped up a short tour of the British Isles last month with a sell-out show at the O2 Academy Brixton that relied on Entec to provide full lighting support.

With lead vocalist Matt Shultz fronting the four-piece line-up, Cage The Elephant (CTE) maintain close ties with the Black Keys, whose singer Dan Auerbach produced Tell Me I’m Pretty, the inventive rock band’s latest and most diverse album to date. Auerbach’s combo also introduced lighting designer Michael Grant to CTE, as the LD explained:

“I discovered them as the opening band for the Black Keys, for whom I’ve been working over nearly nine years,” said Grant. During this most recent tour, CTE asked my Black Keys design partner Eric Cathcart and I to come up with some ideas, and we tag-teamed to create something that they really liked.

“There were some scheduling conflicts when I became busy with The Arcs, Dan Auerbach’s other band, so Eric covered for me on tour, but I was back with CTE as soon as I became free.”

While there was an absence of production at the band’s other shows in Dublin, Glasgow and Manchester, the Brixton performance was treated very differently. “We were looking to make it a little more special and a company we work with in the States, Premier Global Productions, recommended that we talk to Entec, who were very helpful,” Grant commented.

“It was a fairly simple rig to assemble although there were a few fixtures that we were very keen on using, such as the very retro-looking Robe Patt 2013 Skypans and Chromlech Jarag5 PAR 30s. We were delighted to find that Entec had everything on our wish list that allowed us to replicate the conventional, old school rig we were aiming for.”

A musician in his spare time, Grant added: “The band is the focal point of everything and the lighting design was very much about creating a series of moods rather than being a major feature. For a complete one-off, the Brixton show turned out incredibly well and the Entec crew were fantastic in terms of putting it all together and rolling it all in. It was a pleasure to work with them.”

Cage The Elephant feature on the bill of the Lollapalooza tour in South America during March and April, and return to Europe at the end of June for a brief festival run.