High End Systems Controls 2013 Brit Awards

Theo Cox and Ross Williams use Hog 4
March 5, 2013

High End Systems were chosen once again this year to control the lighting for the 2013 Brits, the 33rd edition of the UK’s annual pop music awards. Held at London’s O2 Arena, the spectacular show was broadcast live to a television audience of over seven million viewers. Performers at this year's awards show included Muse, Robbie Williams, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Mumford & Sons, and Emeli Sande.

Lighting Designer Al Gurdon returned once again this year, direct from his Beyonce Superbowl Half Time show extravaganza. Theo Cox and Ross Williams were enlisted to join him FOH, choosing a Roadhog Full Boar and Hog 4 respectively, to control almost 1,000 fixtures between them. Richard Gorrod, Head of Event Services for PRG, was once again responsible for the faultless installation.

Ross comments, “The fit-up on this show never ends. The lighting crew were amazing. Quite how they manage to stay on top of everything is beyond me! The success of the lighting for this production really does rest not only with the equipment in use, but with the whole team working behind the scenes, who for my part I can’t thank enough. This is my third large-scale live event on the Hog 4. Needless to say I am delighted with the end user experience.”

Williams adds that the Hog 4's tactile response is 'superb' and the screen resolution is 'incredible'. "The information layout at your fingertips is vastly improved," he says. "Ergonomically, everything feels like its in the right place; you don't have to stretch too far to reach anything. The layout is fairly identical to previous generations of this console, so you already know where everything is, which is lovely because you're not wasting time looking for things. You can program with your head looking at the rig, or at the monitor, not staring down on the desk where the keys are. A lot of thought and design has gone into not only the arrangement of the buttons but also the gaps between the buttons, and that really pays off when you sit behind the console. With the wider screens, you're able to have more things available in the first page of the various toolbars; having everything at quick access is one of the major benefits you get with the larger console."