XL video UK supplied a PixLED screen, cameras, PPU and crew to the 2009 Cliff Richard & The Shadows UK and European tour which has just finished. Video and lighting was designed by LD Derek Jones. The idea of the screen emerged when Jones decided that it would be more dynamic and expedient on truck space to replace potentially chunky scenery pieces with a multi-functional scenic/IMAG backdrop in the form of a screen.
This enabled them to run abstract and ambient effects as well as show IMAG, adopting a completely new style of presentation for a Cliff & The Shadows tour. The Shadows are the UK's most successful instrumental and vocal group, and Cliff Richard holds the record (with Elvis Presley) as the only act to make the UK singles charts over six decades - from the 1950s to the noughties.
Jones was particularly keen to have IMAG concentrated centre stage rather than on the traditional two side screen set up as - given Cliff and the Shadows' generally older demographic and their requirement for a clear view of the onstage action - side screens were also felt to distract attention away from the central focus of the stage.
They were specifically looking for a lightweight solution when production manager Roger Searle approached XL Video project manager Chris Saunders who arranged a demo for Jones to see XL's PixLED F11 screen. This fulfilled all his criteria - high resolution and lightweight, so he spec'd a 13.5 metre wide by 4.5 metre high surface. It is the first time that Jones has worked with XL Video on tour, but he was "Very impressed with the quality of the kit and the level of service."