Anthemic indie four-piece Savages have been steadily rising as a critically acclaimed live attraction since forming in London nearly six years ago. With two Mercury Prize nominated albums under their belt – Silence Yourself and Adore Life – this summer has seen them touring the European festival circuit with a small but versatile dry hire lighting package from Entec and support from Simon Barrett at German Light Products (GLP).
When lighting designer Liam Tully came onboard with Savages earlier this summer, it coincided with the band’s wish to make some adjustments to their show design. “They were very clear that they wanted to completely base their show around white light,” said Tully, who operates his own grandMA2 light control desk and has also recently worked with James Bay, Jack Savoretti and Vance Joy.
“The band had some pre-existing set and Mitch Gee, the tour manager, asked if I would be able to make it work. Conveniently, the set had mounting brackets built into it to accommodate GLP X4 Atoms, which have really impressed me.”
A small LED unit, the Atom features a 9:1 zoom that can progress from a very tight beam to a wide 34° wash to a very tight beam. Tully has been running 12 of the units from a single power supply, using standard four-pin cable.