Tutchener operates the show using a grandMA2 full size console with a grandMA2 light for backup, and runs it very much in theatre style mode.
He took the control consoles and a WYSIWYG system into Music Bank studios for 9 days of band rehearsals, and was able to crack on with pre-programming. After that it was into LH2 for a week of full technical rehearsals with the rig, then to Bucharest for the first show.
He’s delighted with the new Clay Paky’s – the strength, intensity and quality of the light output and the smooth colour mixing amongst numerous other features.
He comments, “I’m extremely happy working with Entec again, the service is outstanding as always – friendly and nothing is missed in the attention to detail. I am really honoured that they were prepared to invest in the new fixtures without hesitation, and apart from that, it’s always a massive pleasure working with Noreen and her team!”
Noreen O’Riordan, Entec’s Project Manager for the tour comments, “Manager Paul Crockford, Tour Manager Tim Hook and Kevin Hopgood lead from the front and have employed a community of people that pull together to match the on stage perfection driven by Mark Knopfler.
“His tours are full-on so it is essential that both work ethic and personalities gel. Visiting the Royal Albert Hall show was fabulous with so many life-long friends on the team there with many stories to be shared and much laughter and banter.
“Simon’s light show really lived up to all our expectations and made the months of preparation and financial investment worthwhile, no pressure Simon!”
She adds that Entec is “Immensely honoured” to be invited to join a tour with such kudos.
“I would like to thank Simon and Kevin for their trust, Steve, Ewan and Tom for being fantastic ambassadors and for taking such good care of the equipment on the road, some places have been tricky! Special thanks to Adam, James, Sudip, Pepper and Will …the Entec team that make it all happen”.
With a relatively expedient amount of lights for the profile of the show, Tutchener has produced a tasty, dynamic mix that keeps plenty in reserve to ensure that there is never a repeated look throughout the two and a half hour set.