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.

He commented: “There are four different ways to mount the Atoms and that offers a lot of versatility because, due to the size and light weight, they can be positioned pretty much anywhere.”

Tully was introduced to Entec by business development co-ordinator Jo Beirne, who joined the company earlier this year. “Obviously, I’ve known about Entec for years but being friends with Jo I was swayed by her enthusiasm when it came to deciding on lighting support for this tour, and I’ve been extremely happy with the service I’ve received.”

Fronted by singer Jehnny Beth, Savages – whose line-up also features guitarist Gemma Thompson, bass player Ayse Hassan and drummer Fay Milton – started their festival run at Belgium’s legendary Rock Werchter on June 29th, and moved on to play at Open-Air St. Gallen (Switzerland), Main Square and Days Off (France), NOS Alive! (Portugal) and Mad Cool in Madrid.

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