The 2022 World Gymnastics Championships were held at Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena over nine days in October and November, with 500 gymnasts from 75 countries competing at the 7,500-capacity venue.
The lighting supplier for the tournament was Adlib, who specified Martin’s latest MAC Ultra, amongst other fixtures. In total, 146 x MAC Ultra Performance and 24 Wash fixtures were deployed.
Elliot Tutt, Adlib’s Account Manager, said, “The client originally proposed the event to feature MAC Viper fixtures, so a large part of our proposal was the switch to the efficiency of LED and the performance of the MAC Ultra.”
Lighting Designer for the event, Dominic Main, commented, “The MAC Ultra range is simply incredible. The light output is beyond anything I have used before in this size of moving head. The MAC Ultras allowed me to deliver a field-of-play lux level that was insanely bright and flat for both athlete and the camera. Using the MAC Ultra in the Sports Presentation sections, the Performances and Washes created looks that became the visual of the event worldwide”.
The MAC Ultra is Martin’s flagship high-output moving head fixture. Powered by the same 1150W LED engine, the Performance (46,500 lumens) and Wash (63,500 lumens) feature high-definition optics and astoundingly low noise levels.
Naturally, reliability was critical in an event that was broadcast worldwide, an area in which the Martin MAC range has a well-deserved reputation. Dominic Main concludes, “The MAC Ultras had 100% uptime for the 18 days they were on”.
Adlib was an early adopter of the MAC Ultra in 2021. Since then, the fixtures have been specified for various concerts, festivals, and events such as Sam Fender’s UK/EU Tour, including the big Finsbury Park show, Creamfields North & South 2022 and the most recent UK tour by comedian Joe Lycett.