Star Events gives CyberMotion™ its UK début for BT London Live Hyde Park shows

05 september 2012

Star Events Group, the first UK purchaser of the new CyberMotion™ C-Trolley & C-Track system from XLNT’s UK sales partner Lift Turn Move, Ltd (LTM), has successfully débuted the system on three weeks of BT London Live shows in Hyde Park during the Olympic Games 2012.

The systems were bought by Star Events Group, leading UK supplier of stages, support structures, rigging and design services.

51 meters of CyberMotion™ C-Track, along with four active and two passive C-Trolleys, were used to safely lift and split a giant 16 x 9 meter video screen of 5200 kg, 144m², at Hyde Park from between 28th July and 11th August 2012.

The versatile C-Track and C-Trolley wide beam track systems are part of XLNT’s new CyberMotion™ integrated motion control system, with automated variable speed chain hoist, winch and trolley/track systems. The CyberMotion™ systems meet the international safety standard SIL3 and can achieve speeds up to 240 mtr/min. with loads of 1 tons per trolley. It can also be used on the ground, for example as camera track.

The screen in Hyde Park showed Olympic sporting events and splitted into two halves to reveal the stage for live performances included artists such as Will Young, McFly, Amy Macdonald, Rebecca Ferguson, The Feeling, Alexandra Burke, Kenny Thomas, Blur and many more.

Star Events Group had been asked by Locog 2012 (London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games), in cooperation with concert organizers Live Nation, to supply their services for the BT London Live Hyde Park events.

Neil McDonald who was the production manager for BT London Live shows in Hyde Park stated: “The smooth and stealth like opening and closing of the giant screen never failed to raise a reaction of surprise and delight from the audience and crew alike.”

Dan Holme, director of entertainment at Lift Turn Move Ltd, said: "We were given the brief of creating a pretty adventurous giant split screen system, using XL Video's latest lightweight LED panels, to very precisely track a pair of 8x8m screens along a 51m run across the stage width, so that they merged into a single 16x8m videowall for the shows and created a reveal for bands coming onto stage. "We used two powered and one slave trolley per video wall, each running along the specialised, ultra compact C-Track system. With each trolley having a load capacity of 1000kg, and a maximum running speed of 60m per minute or 1m per second, with precision alignment, we were able to achieve the designers' vision for this spectacular effect." He adds: "As they are also rated to handle 500kg with a running speed of up to 240m/min, they open up opportunities to use them as a unique type of camera track, whether hung from a stage roof or used on the floor."

Star Events Group head of rigging, Rick Waterworth, commented: "CyberMotion is incredibly special - it's designed specifically for use in the entertainment industry with the trolley wheels 100 per cent captive inside an extruded track, which is another unique safety feature. It achieves SIL3 status, and in combination with the dedicated C-Controller control desk, it's like nothing else on the market; it's 100 per cent specifically designed for our industry."