Bob Dylan. Paul McCartney. The Rolling Stones. Roger Waters. The Who. Neil Young. And 70,000 fans.
When you put six rock and roll legends on stage at the first ever Desert Trip Music Festival, the stage itself – and production – and overall experience, needs to transcend extraordinary – It must be perfect. Concert and festival giant, Goldenvoice, set a very ambitious goal: build a stage as epic as the performers that will use it. The results were breathtaking. An LED Wall, measuring 261-feet wide and 40-feet tall – that’s 992 times the size of a standard 55” television – was erected to impress and wow new and old generations of music lovers.
VER was the only company in the world capable of rigging, installing, and programming LED on such a massive scale. Seven miles of copper cable provided video signal to 1,330 tiles of Win Vision 9mm Air LED, illuminating 10 million pixels of music-synchronized motion graphics and live shots of the artists in performance. The 8K high-def visuals were powered by fourteen media servers, four consoles, programmed and supported by VER’s Creative Screens Control team.
The rigging of the wall took 43×2 ton hoists and 60 people rigging for two days, working in three shifts, to ensure that the screen was perfectly centered, and maintained a consistent 15-degree arc. Overnight, an additional 266 portrait LED wall was erected in eight hours, by 20 rigging staff members, for Paul McCartney’s special performance. The tiles were taken down immediately following his set, returning the stage to its original form for performances by Roger Waters and The Who.
The show was executed flawlessly, providing a once in a lifetime rock and roll experience.
1,596x Win Vision Air 9 LED Tiles
5x Hippo Taiga Media Servers
3x Barco Encore 2 4k Screens Manager System
2x Barco EC – 50 Event Master Controller
2x Grand MA II Consoles
43x 2 Ton Single reave hoists
Creative Screen Control
VER Engineering Rigging + Installation
Luke Pilato – LED Project Manager
Tim Nauss – Media Server Tech
Barry Claxton – Account Manager
Bill Spoon – Rigging Supervisor
Matt Waters – Screens Control Manager
Drew Atienza – Screens Producer
Joe Denham – Systems Engineer