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MAC Rig with Debuting MAC Viper Profile™ on Coldplay

MAC Rig with Debuting MAC Viper Profile™ on Coldplay

coldplay-2012-low-web.jpgMartin Professional's new 1000 W MAC Viper Profileâ„¢ successfully debuted on the first European stadium leg of Coldplay's “Mylo Xyloto” world tour with lighting / production designer Paul Normandale exclaiming, “I've found my 1200 W replacement and what's more...I can lift it!”

Brighter and lighter than 1200 W fixtures

The new MAC Viper Profile is the first fixture in Martin's 1000 W MAC Viper family of automated luminaires. Its 26,000 lumens of power make it brighter than 1200 W fixtures on the market with a smaller form and lower weight.

Field test passed

In May, Paul field tested the fixture on a string of European Coldplay shows alongside a host of other MAC fixtures: MAC 2000 Beam XBsâ„¢, MAC 700 Profilesâ„¢, MAC 250 Beamsâ„¢ and MAC 101sâ„¢.

“The Vipers were used to light the LED screen facias for which they needed to be bright and have a considerable zoom, which they did very well,” Paul stated, adding that he plans to put more Viper Profiles on the rider when the tour returns to Europe in late August. Lighting vendor for the European legs is Lite Alternative while Upstaging is handling the North American leg.

Positive first impression

Lighting Director for the tour is Graham Feast who also had a positive first impression of the fixture, commenting, “I'd spec them for sure. They were good optically with a nice gobo selection, the zoom function was nice and the light punchy. They held up really well in very wet conditions and held their own next to the MAC 700 Profiles, MAC 2000 Beam XBs and VL 3500 Washes that were around them.”

As with any successful tour, a good lighting crew is essential, especially when a relatively unknown lighting fixture is thrown into the mix. Graham gives special kudos to the tour's moving light tech Ricky (Avo) Butler, “a great tech and a good person to talk to re the nuts and bolts of the lights.”

Shipping and beyond

The MAC Viper Profile has set pre-sale records for Martin Professional and the fixture is now on its way to rental houses around the globe. Upcoming variants in the Viper family include the MAC Viper AirFXâ„¢, MAC Viper Washâ„¢ and MAC Viper Performanceâ„¢.

Martin Equipment (first European leg):

MAC Viper Profileâ„¢

MAC 2000 Beam XBâ„¢

MAC 700 Profileâ„¢

MAC 250 Beamâ„¢

MAC 101â„¢

Atomic 3000â„¢ strobes

Atomic Colorsâ„¢

Lighting and Production Designer: Paul Normandale

Lighting Director: Graham Feast

Lighting Crew Chief: Mick Stowe

Moving Light Tech: Ricky (Avo) Butler

Photo: Andy Rhymes

Martin Professional

Founded in 1987 and headquartered in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin Professional is a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. The company operates the industry's most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. For more information please visit

For more information contact your local Martin distributor or PR Coordinator Larry Beck at Martin Professional at:

Telephone: +45 40 80 57 03

Fax: +45 87 40 00 10

E-mail: [email protected]


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