The people of Monheim in Germany can finally visit a concert again! This is thanks to DRIVE.IN Concerts Monheim, a pioneering series of events where the crowd park their car in front of the stage just like at a drive-in movie. Running throughout May and into June, with a variety of live acts and DJs performing, the concert series features an impressive stage setup that heavily utilises ADJ lighting fixtures.
DRIVE.IN Concerts Monheim kicked off with a live performance by Cologne-based rock band Kasalla as part of their ‘Et Jitt Car-Salla’ tour of drive-in concerts. Since then most weekends have seen two or three concerts taking place at the outdoor site, featuring artists including DJ Quicksilver, Da Hool, Moguai, TOPIC and The Disco Boys. Currently dates are planned running up to June 7th, with future performers set to include electronic acts Fiasko and YouNotUs as well as local folk band Klüngelköpp.
The spectacular festival-style light show, supplied by local audio/visual production company LaserFrame, consists primarily of ADJ fixtures, alongside others from sister-brand Elation Professional. The spot luminaire chosen for the rig is ADJ’s immensely popular Focus Spot 4Z. 16 of these fixtures are hung from the roof of the stage to generate GOBO projections and mid-air effects. Powered by a brilliant 200W cool white LED engine, each Focus Spot 4Z is equipped with both motorized focus and zoom (11 ~ 22-degree). The fixture also features a GOBO wheel with 6 rotating/replaceable patterns, a color wheel with 8 vibrant options plus white, and 2 rotating prisms (5-facet linear and 6-facet circular).
In addition, 12 of the ADJ’s incredibly compact yet impressively powerful Vizi Beam RXONE fixtures are mounted in threes to angled floor-standing trusses that can be moved around the stage to adapt to live music or DJ-based performances. Harnessing the power of an Osram® Sirius HRI 100W discharge long life lamp (6,000 hrs.), this potent fixture produces a super sharp 3-degree beam of light that travels up to 100 meters. Ideal for creating aerial effects, this 16-bit nimble mover features 15 GOBOs + open, 14 colors + white, a 16-facet prism and a frost filter that switches the beam to a 21-degree wash.
Out at the very front of the stage, hanging below the side screens, are six of ADJ’s award-winning Hydro Wash X7 moving heads. Perfect for locations such as this, where they are exposed to the elements, these powerful moving head wash fixtures feature a robust IP65-rated casing design allowing for their safe use in all weather conditions. Each fixture incorporates seven 40W RGBW (4-in-1) LEDs, which can be controlled individually to create pixel-mapped ‘eye candy’ effects. Motorized focus (6 ~ 40-degrees) also allows for the creation of both tight beam effects and wide washes.
Illumination of the performers on stage is provided by 6 ADJ Encore FR150s. Equipped with an 8-inch Fresnel lens, this popular fixture is powered by an impressive 130W LED engine. It produces a powerful soft-edged wash with a color temperature of 3000K that is ideal for stage and theatre use. It comes with barn doors to adjust the beam dispersion and is fitted with a manual zoom mechanism that allows the beam angle to be altered between 8 and 50 degrees.
The beams on stage are enhanced by an even coverage of dispersed fog that is generated by 3 of ADJ’s Entour Faze Jr machines. This compact 200W unit make use of ADJ’s patent-pending rapid heater technology that allows it to be ready to produce haze in 70 seconds from the time it’s turned on. The Entour Faze Jr is portable and light in weight, but is also rugged for use in demanding applications.
The on-stage wash moving head chosen for the rig is Elation Professional’s Rayzor 360Z, which features an 8 ~ 77-degree beam angle and 360-degree continuous pan and tilt movement. Meanwhile, the front of the stage is lined with a combination of Elation Professional Chorus Line 16 motorized pixel bars and Proteus Rayzor 760 IP65-rated wash fixtures that feature Elation’s unique SparkLED twinkling white LEDs positioned inside the front lens. Finally, blinder duties are taken care of by Elation Professional CUEPIX Blinder WW2, which complete the extensive lighting setup.
DRIVE.IN Concerts Monheim
Audio & Lighting Production Company
16 x ADJ Focus Spot 4Z
12 x ADJ Vizi Beam RXONE
6 x ADJ Hydro Wash X7
6 x ADJ Encore FR150Z
3 x ADJ Entour Faze Jr
16 x Elation Professional Rayzor 360Z
8 x Elation Professional CUEPIX Blinder WW2
6 x Elation Professional Proteus Rayzor 760
4 x Elation Professional Chorus Line 16