TPI MAGAZINE: MASSIVE ATTACK 'MEZZANIE XXI'

Massive Attack's 21st anniversary 'Mezzanine' tour featured arena shows across the UK and Europe. TPi Magazine caught up with the production at one of the band's homecoming shows

12th May, 2019

The homecoming shows took place at the Steel Yard - a 14,000-capacity, purpose-built arena on a runway just outside Bristol.

UP has been Massive Attack's video supplier since 2016 and provided all the video and camera kit for this tour. This included Leyard CLM 10mm upstage screens - with a central section (8m wide x 6m high) and two outer sections (3.5m wide x 6m high). For downstage, two ROE Vanish 18mm screens (4.8m wide x 6m high).

The front of house IMAG screen was also Leyard CLM 10mm (5m wide x 6m high). The camera package comprised Sony HDC-4300s, Agile ARC Lite Robocams, Marshall CV345 Minicams, and a UP 3G block camera. UP also supplied the Disguise GX2 media servers.

Massive Attack's long-term video designer, Icarus Wilson-Wright, said “Ever since Universal Pixels started out in late 2016, I've had a continuous strong relationship with them. They have always provided excellent service and backup, and they're fantastic people.

“The back wall is a high resolution, 10mm Leyard product with high transparency, very lightweight, and punchy. The ROE Vanish 18 down the front is awesome – such a great product. And the tech integration between the two screens is brilliant. UP did a great job on the build - they're two separate products, but it looks like one!"

Read the full article the April issue of TPi Magazine

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