British clothing retailer NEXT celebrated its annual charity ball last weekend, with a MA Lighting grandMA full-size and the media server grandMA video supplied by Hawthorn Theatrical. For the event, which featured the musical acts Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra as well as Tony Christie, lighting designer Tim Routledge took advantage of the grandMA console and grandMA video to create a special atmosphere.

The main element of the lighting system was Main Light Industries’ Soft-LED drape as a backdrop controlled by a grandMA full-size multimedia console and grandMA video. Abstract content, the NEXT name, several other related texts, and a gigantic eye was projected on the LED curtain. The images were beautifully animated, some rotated on all axes.

“I have been using the Soft-LED video starcloth with many other media servers in the past and have found that, since discovering MA Lighting´s new server grandMA video, programming has become incredibly simple,” explains Routledge. “With the bi-directional communication between the desk and the server, I was able to add new images live to the server browsing from the desk while still running the show simultaneously.”

The show also used 30 VARI*LITE moving lights and several Clay Paky Apha Spot HPE moving lights as well as LED-type fixtures and generic lighting, all controlled by grandMA.