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Touring with the Arctic Monkeys

Lightlab Creative have spent 18 months on tour for the Arctic Monkeys with Sam MacLaren as their Lighting Director, first with Show Designer Andi Watson at the helm, and latterly with Paul Normandale.

Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys at Reading festival 2014 by Victor Frankowski www.victorfrankowski.com
Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys at Reading festival 2014 by Victor Frankowski www.victorfrankowski.com

The tour, named “AM” after their 5th studio album, spanned 2013 and 2014 and was their largest yet. It featured many spectacular highlights including headline slots at Glastonbury Festival (operated by Andi), Leeds/Reading Festival, Madison Square Gardens in New York, Staples Centre in Los Angeles and two sold out nights in London’s Finsbury Park.

Sam had operated many tours prior to this including several years with Placebo, and also Bloc Party, where Andi spotted him.

Lights were supplied by Neg Earth Lights and Lite Alternative in Europe and Upstaging in USA. The lighting console was an MA Lighting MA2 full-size throughout.