Basic Monkey Limited have been asked to provide LED screens in the style of Girls Aloud’s current tour for successful developer Paul Hogarth’s 50th birthday party.

Paul and Judith have enlisted Lightech Sound and Light to provide lighting and production management for the event, in a marquee at the family home near Holmes Chapel in Cheshire. They wanted something extra special to add to the event, which already has theming from RSVP, catering from With a Twist and photography by Martyn Hicks. Between the clients and Jonathan at Lightech, they decided on 5x columns of LED screen across the stage, spaced in the same fashion as Girls Aloud have used on their arena shows. Jonathan then asked Basic Monkey to provide a technical design and proposal.

James specified Barco iLite 12 from XL Video to produce the effect, supplied in touring frames and with ground stacking hardware. These are driven by Catalyst, supplied by Basic Monkey.

The screens on the main party night were left black and unused until the main DJ started with a grand entrance of dancing girls and pyrotechnics at 11pm to add a surprise to the event. After which a variety content from our huge library along with unique video chases and sound to video were used to make the DJ performance stand out. Since Lightech have asked us to control the lighting aswell, we were able to link the light show and video together to create a real nightclub experience. The videos and chases were matched to the music with constant programming and adjustment throughout the evening. We placed an additional 2x panels under the DJ table to show further videos and sound waveforms generated by Catalyst.

Response from the guests has been incredible, we believe that this is one of the first applications of touring screens on an event of this scale (150 guests).

The screens were used again on Sunday for a BBQ, with more sedate images to begin with, leading once again into flashy vibrant video to bring the party up. We also used live video fed from our Sony Z7 camera to entertain the children.

Catalyst and the lighting were operated using our Jands Vista S3 by James and David.