KUURNE, Belgium — Barco has announced the world’s first transformable LED screen for U2’s latest world tour. With its 360Â° shape, the LED screen surrounds the band while performing and can change shape in all directions during the concert. For the third time this millennium, the Barco/U2 cooperation resulted in a revolutionary approach to video, this time totaling more than 500,000 pixels of video, making it the biggest LED screen ever used in concert touring. U2’s worldwide tour kicked off June 30 in a sold-out Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain.
“Video is the most powerful tool you can have on stage,” said Willie Williams, U2 show designer. “But now that video is so ubiquitous in rock stage setting, we needed a very extreme change of canvas to be heard. The transformable LED gave us the chance to create a transparent 360Â° moving video element, unprecedented in this industry. It is the icing on the cake on this design.”
“We wanted to create something that was bigger than a conventional stage. This tour was big enough to make a purpose built structure,” says Mark Fisher, U2 stage designer. I wanted to create a transparent stage and really needed a video screen that would fit in that environment, a round screen that would not block the view for the audience. Barco’s FLX gave us the chance to create this. We were happy to be working with Barco again; they have helped very well in the past and delivered an extraordinary product for this show.”
In addition to the giant LED screen, Barco integrated a total of 1,200 FLX-60 pixel modules surrounding the edges of both the A and B stages and the bridges. The stage LEDs provide an extra dimension to the graphic show projected on the screen. Almost one thousand customized lights, specifically designed for this tour and manufactured in the Barco premises, light up the stage canvas for an even more memorable show.
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