NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – Bicentennial Park was aglow with the lights from Bandit Lites as the city bid farewell to 2017 and kicked off 2018. Voted the best destination to ring in the new year by USA Today, Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve celebration boasted an estimated 100,000 in attendance. Following the famed Music City Note dropping at midnight, country music super star Keith Urban took the stage, while earlier performances included Maren Morris, Cheap Trick, Carly Pearce, Jonny P, Larkin Poe, and the Fisk Jubilee Singers.
In a collaborative effort between Lighting Designer Erik Parker, Production Managers Chris Lisle and Mark Anderson and the Nashville Convention and Visitor Corp event producers, the massive event featured spaces built on the previous year’s show with different areas needing various lights, including a selfie station, street arches, roundabouts, bridges and site lighting.
“As this was the second year on this site, we had a lot of knowledge on ways to improve based on last year’s show and ways to continue to brand this event,” said Parker. “One of the top priorities with everyone (after safety) is to create a vibe across the entire site for people to enjoy their evening and celebrate bringing in the new year, whatever that means to them.”
Bandit Lites supplied over 300 fixtures for the main stage alone, including Martin MAC Viper Profiles, Martin MAC Auras, VL 6000 Beams, Showline Nitro 510C, Ayrton MagicRing-R9, Robe Robin 1200, Lycian M2 Spots and nearly 100 Elation ACL 360 Bars with two grand MA 2 full consoles providing control.
“As far as the stage design, the goal was to make it look big for those people in the front row and at the back of the field alike,” Parker said. “With that in mind, I worked through a design that I felt was clean and classy, but would give big looks and be camera friendly for either video or photos.”
Taking into account the element of unforeseeable weather conditions, the team utilized IP rated fixtures that could function in potentially wet circumstances, and while the day of the event was dry, the massive amount of bright and vibrant Elation Paladins held up in the extreme cold.
The iconic Music City note dropped twice, once at 6 P.M. to denote the New Year in London and to recognize the new direct flight between the two cities, and again at midnight in Nashville. Elation SixPar 100 and Elation SixPar 1000 illuminated the tower, along with Chauvet Iluminarc panels.
“As the clock approached midnight I needed the tower with the Music City Music Note to look sexy as hell,” Parker said. “As the note lowered turning the page to 2018, everything needed to pop! I also wanted the crowd to feel like they were a part of the moment; bright and energetic was our vision!”
“I admire the vision from Butch Spyridon and David Spencer to take this event to the next level,” said Bandit’s Vice President Mike Golden. “It took an incredible group to pull this event off and I must applaud the city’s efforts as well as the production team of Lisle, Parker and Anderson for their focus and dedication.”
Bandit Lites crew, comprised of Alex Gagnon, John Lucksinger, Elizabeth Weller, Ty Veneziano, Steve Strickland, Craig Richter, Patrick Cowden, Scott Wesson, Mark Scherer, Sarah Eucker, Terese Fensler, Savannah Harden, Brenna Rae and Elliot Martin delivered the first-class service needed to ensure a smooth event, even in weather that hovered close to below zero.
“The planning that went into the project with Bandit Project Manager Matt King and Michael Golden was instrumental and the execution was phenomenal,” Parker shared. “Even with the last-minute changes and additions I would make onsite once things were going in, the crew all jumped in to make it right. They were all there for the same reason: to help the people of Nashville bring in the New Year.”
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