White Light sees in the New Year with Craig David at Central Hall Westminster


For the past seven

years, an impressive selection of high-profile bands and artists has taken to

the Great Hall stage at Central Hall Westminster for BBC One’s Live New Year’s

Eve Concert. This year, multi-award winning singer Craig David entertained the

nation as we counted down to and entered the New Year. As the in-house

technical production partner at Central Hall, White Light (WL) provided all

lighting and rigging for this very special live show, produced by BBC Studios for

BBC One.






Performing with his legendary band, the ‘Craig David Rocks Big Ben Live’ celebrations kicked-off with a string of Craig’s biggest hits, before the clock struck midnight. Then following the Mayor of London’s stunning New Year’s Eve Fireworks, BBC One coverage returned to Central Hall for one of Craig’s world-renowned TS5 DJ sets to close the party.












WL’s Venue

Technical Manager at Central Hall, James Thurlow comments: “With the different sets taking

place before and after the fireworks, we worked closely with Lighting Designer Steve

Abbis to achieve a slightly different look and feel, to mark the significance

of entering a new year and decade. Our sophisticated lighting rig for

the show was specifically designed to complement the architectural features of

the Great Hall.”






The lighting specification

included 45 Ayrton MAGICBLADE-FX fixtures, vertically rigged behind the

performance area to enhance the aesthetic for the camera shots. Ayrton GHIBLI

Luminaires were also utilised for aerial gobo effects.






Paul Southern,

Managing Director of Central Hall Westminster added: “We were delighted to

welcome Craig David and his band to our wonderful venue for this momentous

occasion and they certainly gave us a night to remember. As always, we knew

that we could rely on our in-house partner and their expertise to transform the

venue. The lighting elements really helped to bring the show to life, not just

for the guests in the building but also for the thousands of viewers watching

at home.”










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