When award-winning New Zealand electronic act The Naked And Famous (T/N/A/F) came to London in October at the end of a successful festival season, Entec was delighted to supply the lighting equipment for their special one-off show at the 1,700-capacity Electric Brixton.
Liam Griffiths of Stage Techniques has been the band’s lighting designer since they emerged from Auckland with their first major single ‘Young Blood’ in 2010. “I went out on a European tour with them that year and we all hit it off from the start,” says Liam. “I’ve been doing it ever since. They’re a fantastic band to light.”
Earlier this year, T/N/A/F – singer Alisa Xayalith, Thom Powers, Aaron Short, David Beadle and Jesse Wood – toured North America with Griffiths, prior to the LD ‘jumping off the bus’ to work with chart favourites Clean Bandit during the summer.
Featuring their hits ‘Higher’, ‘Punching In A Dream’, ‘Hearts Like Ours’ and ‘I Kill Giants’, T/N/A/F’s show at the home of former rave palace The Fridge saw Liam base his design around visual references to their most recent album, 2016’s Simple Forms. Piloting an Entec-supplied grandMA2 light console with an onPC command wing, the LD specified 24 Ayrton MagicBlade-FX and 15 TMB Solaris Flare Q+ 36° units, which are among some of the west London rental company’s latest inventory acquisitions.
Liam comments: “I had been using the new Flares on Clean Bandit throughout this year and I was immediately impressed with the evenness of the field of light they provide and how incredibly bright they are [the Q+ is capable of an astounding 52,000 Lumens]. Consequently, I never run them at anywhere near 100%. They were particularly good in the case of T/N/A/F for silhouetting upstage and also as side washes as an alternative to relying on front trusses.