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Hurts European Tour uses Custom-built Grand Piano lit by InStyle LEDs

Colour-mixing LEDs mounted inside a full-size Grand Piano created the centrepiece for Hurts’ headline tour of Europe and the UK.

Production manager for the Manchester synth-pop duo’s 2016 Surrender tour was Craig Sherwood, who had already worked with InStyle LED to build the backdrop for the previous year’s NERO shows. This time, his task was to construct an eye-catching keyboard for Adam Anderson to use on the tour.

The final design used InStyle’s bright 20-watt RGBW LED tape (15 metres in total), set in a sequence of tight parallel rows to shine upwards from within the piano’s body.

The LED strips were configured in three zones, each controlled independently by its own DMX decoder.

The entire rig was powered by just one compact 320W LED power supply (IP65 rated).

Design for piano's three independently-controlled DMX zones

We’ve got some great pics from Craig, showing the construction of the piano and the brilliant end result on the tour.

The piano's LED power-supply and 3x DMX decoders

Hurts Grand Piano LEDs - warm-white mix

Hurts Grand Piano LEDs - blue-light mix

Hurts Grand Piano LEDs - construction and testing

Hurts Grand Piano LEDs - red-light mix

Hurts Grand Piano LEDs - pure-white mix

Hurts Grand Piano LEDs - rainbow mix

Hurts Grand Piano LEDs - green-light mix

Hurts Grand Piano LEDs - three independent DMX zones

Hurts Grand Piano LEDs - high-angle view

Constructing the piano - first steps before the LEDs are installed

Fitting the LED strips in rows within the custom-built piano case

Setting up the piano on tour

Hurts heat up on tour

Hurts gig - wide shot

Singer Theo Hutchcraft and multi-instrumentalist Adam Anderson are Hurts, a Manchester synth-pop duo first formed in 2009. All four of their albums have all reached the top 10 in several countries across Europe and the globe.

By |2018-09-04T12:35:40+00:00September 4th, 2018|Categories: Case Studies - LED projects & installations|Comments Off on Hurts European Tour uses Custom-built Grand Piano lit by InStyle LEDs