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Guy Sebastian – ‘Get Along’ Tour

Guy Sebastian is on his biggest tour to date, traveling Australia with nearly 50 shows of his ‘Get Along’ tour, the latest stage in his impressive career, which has been nothing less than supersonic since winning the first Australian Idol back in 2003.

The tour’s lighting and visuals design has been created by Bruce Ramus, who has worked with Sebastian for about two years. He was given an open brief to come up with a flexible and dynamic scheme to help make the show rock. Ramus had used VuePix screens on the last two of Sebastian’s tours and decided to specify these again.

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Simon ‘Junior’ Johnson has been again appointed as a Lighting Director / Operator on the road. The lighting and video equipment is being provided by Melbourne based POWA Productions.

Central to the visuals are the eighty-four VuePix M10 mesh LED screens, running content via an ArKaos media server. All images are custom made by Bruce including hand drawn animation, photo montages made into videos, folded paper montages and animations using particle generation as well as more traditional video.

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“It’s a wide range of imagery from figurative to narrative and it’s as diverse as Guy’s music,” remarked Bruce. “There are nine video pieces in the show whilst the rest is lighting and some set pieces we designed for the acoustic section.”

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Junior has been working with VuePix on previous Guy Sebastian tours. He comments on the visual flexibility when using VuePix Screens. “…VuePix Mesh screens give you endless possibilities for creating lighting designs.”

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The main challenge has been dealing with the different sizes and eclectic nature of the venues, which have varied greatly. They are playing all the capital cities and numerous regional centers over the tour¹s 14 week duration, for which the design has proved itself to be flexible and adaptable, able to scale up or down to suit the space.

Guy Sebastian will be touring Australia again

Guy Sebastian is getting ready for his new Australian “Get Along Tour 2013′, which is planned to be even bigger and better then his ‘Armageddon Tour’, which he toured Nationally mid last year. Kicking off late March in Perth, Guy and his team will be on the road again for more then 3 months with 45 planned stops. The First 10 legs of the new tour have already sold out, which forecasts another very successful project of this first Australian Idol series winner.

Melbourne bases event company, Powa Productions were behind the great success of the Armageddon Tour in 2012. They provided 2 identical touring rigs to ensure smooth logistics & a touring buss for Powa Production crew: Simon “Junior “Johnson (Lighting Director & Operator), Jed Von Hesse, Brendon Malone, Craig Housman and Casey Loraine.

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One of Australia’s Leading Lighting Designers- Bruce Ramus worked closely with Powa team to get his great conceptual stage designs into a reality. As the tour venues included both arenas and smaller local clubs, the production component of the tour needed to be really flexible to be able to adapt to all type of stage sizes and venues.

The lighting an video rig consisted of 28x VuePix M10 Mesh panels, floor mounted on the stage into several ’pillars’, providing great visual backgrounds for the band. The content for the screens was managed via 2 Arkaos Media servers. The Lighting rig included 19x Robe 600 LEDWashes mounted in a unique way in a horizontal fashion beside the LED screens. This was possible due to their light weight design and compact size.

The LEDWashes were used both for stage wash as well as visual eye-candy effects. 8x Robin MMX Spots and 7x Robe ColorSpot 700Es were included in the overhead  lighting rig as well as on the stage floor, these were used for stage lighting and as backlight. 2x Robe 400 Hazers were used to create haze effects during the show.

Guy Sebastian, who was the first winner of Australian Idol, has released seven top ten albums since his rocket to fame in 2003. His latest single “Get Along”, which was released late last year, will be the opening song for his new Australian Tour.