London, England – London’s world-renowned nightlife has kept the city’s pulse ticking well into the wee hours for decades. From the 1930s, when renowned bartender Harry Craddock published the Savoy Cocktail Book (a drinks manual still in print today), onto the vibrant Soho of the swinging sixties, to Britpop era Camden, and up to Shoreditch cool, the UK capital has been home to many of the world’s most talked about clubs and bars. It’s quite natural, then, that the London Club and Bar Awards, an event celebrating the city’s nightlife industry, be full of glitz, glamour and a dazzling lighting design, created this year with an array of fixtures from CHAUVET Professional.
Now in its twenty-second year, the awards recognise the biggest achievements by members of the club and nightlife industry within the past twelve months, awarding gongs in 13 categories, including Best Club, Best Bar and Best Party. Having supplied the event for several years previously, London-based Halo was once again tasked with supplying this year’s event, which took place at the swanky Intercontinental Hotel in London’s glistening Park Lane district. Halo called upon their extensive roster of CHAUVET fixtures to create a show worthy of its legacy.
In order to create that classic showbiz look for the event (which has seen in previous years presenters as distinguished as Boy George and guests such as Richard Branson), Halo owner and LD for the awards Yann Guenancia embraced an assortment of CHAUVET Professional fixtures, including 10 Legend 330SR Spots, eight Legend 412 moving washes, nine Rogue R2 Beams, four Rogue R1 Beams, two Ovation F-165WW LED Fresnel fixtures, two Ovation E-190WW LED ellipsoidal fixtures, 40 PVP S5 LED panels and 16 CHAUVET DJ SlimPAR Hex 3 IRC par style units, thus ensuring the lighting choice was as bountiful as the best stocked bar.
During the awards ceremony itself, Guenancia relied heavily upon the CHAUVET Professional Legend fixtures to pepper the custom-built stage with sharp beams of bright light, necessary in order to draw attention to and illuminate the award presenters and winners. The powerful zoom and output of the Legends were also aided by the CHAUVET Professional Ovation fixtures, which added a dramatic theatrical spot look to the stage area akin to that of larger awards ceremonies such as The Brits or the European MTV Awards.
The collection of Rogue beams specified by Guenancia played two central roles to the evening. Firstly, they contributed brushes of colour to the awards ceremony, bathing the stage in warm light at selective moments. Perhaps the most significant contribution of the Rogues, however, was during the post ceremony antics. Swirling around and populating the dance floor with aerial effects, gobos and colours, the LED fixtures brought a suitably intense array of colours and beams to the social spectrum.
Intensifying the atmosphere of the dance floor were CHAUVET’s Amhaze II water-based smoke machines. Guenancia incorporated the hazers within the dance floor so as to emulate the club environment so often inhabited by the guests.
Under the gaze of hundreds of representatives from the crème de la crème of London’s club and bar scene, the CHAUVET fixtures certainly didn’t fail to produce an electric atmosphere. The night was by all accounts a fitting event for the last twelve months’ worth of nightlife achievements, made all the more enjoyable by an accompanying full on cocktail party beforehand. Without the guests, such an atmosphere couldn’t have been created. Having stated that, thanks to Halo’s input of CHAUVET fixtures, the whole package served up straight as one perfect annual cocktail per se.