Gearhouse rocked Jeffreys bay with an exciting design and some of the most up-to-date technology for what is set to become the biggest music festival in South Africa. The technical supplier provided all technical production elements such as Staging, Lighting, Audio and LED at the 5FM Music Festival which ran alongside the Billabong Pro Jbay 2012. Teaming up with Billabong, Nissan Juke and 5FM, Gearhouse SA provided a technical production to rival international standards from 13-15 July 2012.

The design was put together by Gearhouse SA's Philip Chames and Ryan Shepherd especially for the event and included a 38 metre wide Main Stage with 6m wide by 14m high PA wings, affording plenty of space for both local and international acts to "strut their stuff" in world class style. The festival line up included favourite South African bands such as Prime Circle, Ard Matthews, Taxi Violence, PH Phat, Jack Parrow, Flash Republic, 3rd World Spectator, Crash Car Burn and many more as well as UK based Hard Fi.

Flanking the Main Stage, 5mx 4 m LED screens, provided by sister company LEDVision, relayed a mix of live camera feed from four cameras around the area as well as custom made content. Gearhouse AV and Media teams were hard at work putting together the Audio Visual content for side screens and to span the array of LED "fingers" onstage which formed part of the overall look.

A strong geometric motif ran throughout the design. The Main Stage sported a colour changing checkerboard across the backdrop and extending over the PA towers, created using 2m white squares which were lit from within.

A separate DJ Electro Stage created the illusion of a freestanding cube, balanced on its apex, generating loads of eye candy with 2 x 10k projectors transforming the 5 x 5m front surface into a colourful moving landscape of projection and crazy up-lighting to "float" the stage whilst the DJ operated from within the centre.

A 32 Flashlight Audio rig on the main stage boosted by 12 flood subs and a separate dv Dosc System with 4 Turbo subs either side of the Electro Stage delivered more than the requisite oomph and clarity for this type of music festival.

The Gearhouse Lighting team used a combined Mac and Robe rig of moving lights together with plenty of generics to take the festival after dark and keep it pumping 'til midnight on the 13th and 14th July.

Jeffreys Bay residents saw 2 pan-tech and 5 Superlinks roll into town early on the 9th July to begin the four day technical load-in. Gearhouse had 40 technical crew and 30 stagehands onsite for the load-in and over an 11 day period overall.

"We were really excited to be mounting something like this in Jeffreys Bay" says Project Manager Ryan Shepherd. "We don't often get the opportunity to deliver something really extraordinary for the festival goers in this part of the world and we made the most of it!"

Story Robyn D'Alessandro, Render courtesy Gearhouse Design

Aug 13, 2012

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