XL Video Supports Teenage Cancer Trust 15th Anniversary Shows

XL Video was proud to support Teenage Cancer Trust’s annual run of live shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall for the third consecutive year. For this 15th anniversary XL Video supplied LED screens, live cameras and HD recordings for the seven shows in late March 2015.

The week-long run included a comedy night hosted by Kevin Bridges, plus live music shows headlined by Stereophonics, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Paul Weller, The Who, Van Morrison, and Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls.

All the shows featured a central flown screen, 36.6 square metres in total, formed from XL Video’s Barco NX6 6mm LED. This screen displayed a mixture of the artists’ own playback content and logos, live IMAG footage and pre-recorded films about the Trust’s work. Playback content was served from one of XL’s Catalyst media servers.

In addition a wide LED banner screen formed from XL’s ROE Visual MC-18T 18mm LED stretched the width of the stage. This displayed fundraising information and social media links to encourage the audience to get involved in spreading the word about Teenage Cancer Trust’s work.

XL’s Project Manager on site was Nilkanth Patel and Crew Chief was Simon Barett. LED Technician for the week was Wouter Vandenberghe with build and de-rig assistance from Steve Wood, Fabrizio DiLelio, and Joseph Earnshaw.

XL Video also supplied the camera system for this year’s Royal Albert Hall shows with four Sony HXC-100 cameras, and two Bradley CamBall 2 robocams used to capture the action every night. One of XL’s large Grass Valley Kayak PPUs was used to mix the footage, and was engineered on alternate evenings by Richard Burford and Dhanuka Karunanayake.

Six AJA KiPro recorders were used to create HD records of each show for future use by Teenage Cancer Trust.

Phil Mercer, XL’s Group Head of Concert Touring commented: “We’re very proud to continue our support for Teenage Cancer Trust’s live shows. As XL Video’s UK operations were established in the same year as Teenage Cancer Trust’s Royal Albert Hall shows began, we recognise the importance of the charity’s annual live shows and we’re very proud to be able to give something back to the industry by supporting them.

“As always, working with Production Manager, Steve Allen, Show Producer, Des Murphy, and SJM’s Rob Ballantine and Chris York is a pleasure.”

Photos : Alison & Richard Barclay

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