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MA Lighting in control of the rock stars' show at the Download Festival

Once more MA Lighting it was instrumental in controlling the main stage lighting at the UK 'Download the Pilot' event, which featured a full flexible and easy-to-use grandMA3 rig.

Download Festival, the special 10.000-capacity three-day festival in Donington Park, has been packed with action and with a fantastic lineup of front-row performers taking the weekend by storm.

This time they had a complete team from MA Lighting to control the stage, which included a lighting control table. grandMA3 Full Size and a grandMA3 Light, where without a doubt its protagonist has been its flexibility and power in creating new ways to program the show.

Ben Inskip has been in charge of designing and lighting the festival, which has not hesitated to count on the reliability and safety of MA Lighting's control systems. Ben points out that these months of hiatus “It was a good time to learn and delve into the complexities of the powerful GrandMA3 system".

One of the many benefits of being one of the first to learn programming with the new GrandMA3 software is that "your skills and experiences can grow with them"said Ben, explaining that he has started to use the many functions of grandMA3 for a number of different applications.

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The GrandMA3 offers the Dowload Festival a flexible and easy-to-use control solution

In the case of the Download Festival, the main requirement was to have an extremely flexible and easy-to-use lighting control setup, which would make it easier for the illuminators to work with the same equipment, but with their own design of the show already programmed. For lighting designer Ben, this is one of the characteristics of grandMA3 Finding "Very powerful", since it allows to work extremely quickly and offers a new concept of “multi-user” when programming all the shows.

In addition, the new MA Lighting software offers a greater number of graphical elements that allow you to play and assign to grouping objects, presets, view buttons or windows and that result in files "They are much neater and, frankly, they look fresher."

The ability to color-code presets is now an easy process and logos or other icons can easily be added. This aids in general navigation of the console during programming and playback. "It takes a bit of work early in the process, but this really pays off later and speeds up the work substantially.", and especially in a festival situation with constant time pressure, "This is a great advantage".

Vectorworks and Depence2, also become an indispensable complement to grandMA3 in your new software. Allows design, preview and MVR (My Virtual Rig) to import files directly into grandMA3, where the grandMA3 system allows export. Additionally, designers can work with their own file using their own viewing platform. With so much work being done offline, this is essential for a festival where the goal is for the process to be "as easy and seamless as possible for everyone."

The festival's main control team consisted of approximately 130 devices, a mix of moving lights, LED luminaires, some festival classics like blinding lights, plus fog and smoke machines.

The main grandMA3 was used by several guest lighting designers during the day, and Ben illuminated all those artists who did not have their own lighting designer, saving time with the console, which turned out to be a great success.

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Now that the industry is exploring the nuts and bolts of getting back on stage “It is time to take a new approach and I am pleased to say that, for me, it is grandMA3«Ben declared.

During the event, attendees and rock lovers enjoyed performances by the legendary Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Enter Shikari and Bullet for My Valentine, among others.

In addition, attendees were able to once again enjoy a live show and turn the event into a pioneering and organized event with the aim of collecting data that will help the safe reopening of live music in the British country.

In Spain, Stonex is the official distributor of MA Lighting, among other well-known brands. As a national benchmark in professional lighting and stage engineering, Stonex has more than 41 years of experience offering comprehensive solutions for the entertainment, architecture, and emergency lighting sectors; ranging from the design, supply, installation and maintenance of stage equipment and premium lighting.

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