Latin America. Bad Bunny's two-hour show on the recent "World's Hottest Tour" delivered all the energetic passion fans expect from this singer from Puerto Rico. It included stops in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and the Dominican Republic.
At each of their shows, Bad Bunny featured a fast-moving light show that included 96 Color STRIKE M and 40 STRIKE Array 2 from Chauvet Professional, supplied by different vendors. in several countries.
World Hottest Tour lighting designer Travis Shirley reflected the transformative mood created by Puerto Rico's beaches. Tour director Roly Garbalosa and LD/programmer Krizia Vélez helped bring this imaginative landscape to life at each location.
"The looks were inspired through music and even many of the songs have sounds of the sea where you can see the waves, the birds and even the dolphins," said Krizia, who started her own collaboration with Bad Bunny in 2017.
Speaking about the composition of the tour's platform, Krizia noted, "One of the reasons we chose Chauvet Color STRIKE M is that it's the only strobe effect with all the elements we're looking for, including an IP65 rating. This was one of the main reasons why we didn't hesitate to add them to our pilot. All our shows were outdoors. For its part, STRIKE Array 2 gives us an emulated 'amber change' that heats the color temperature of the light as it dims to give a classic tungsten appearance."
The idea of adding Color STRIKE M to Bad Bunny's stadium tour was endorsed by all of the artist's programmers, including Evan Rodecap and Richard Vicens, as well as Krizia. They were looking for innovative luminaires, easy to use and, above all, prepared to face climatic adversities.
A group of 16 Color STRIKE M luminaires were placed in the delay towers and used to provide illumination to the public, while the other 80 units were in layered vertical structures and used to create depth and special effects.
The design concept consisted of different textures and temperatures to, along with the visual ones, evoke images of wonderful beaches, according to Vélez, who explained that "color temperature was one of our main roles when making some changes in the luminaires. Since, as we well know, not any luminaire could perform this type of function. In the same way it is like textures, they played a predominant role in much of our scenery."
All of Bad Bunny's shows in Latin America were emotional. Each country had a different vibe and way of living the experience. But for the lighting design team, there was one place that was special. "The most impressive one for me, and that I think was for everyone, is the one we did at the Azteca stadium in Mexico City," Krizia said. "It is one of the most important stadiums in Latin America. It is a stadium where not all artists usually get to perform, and less in such a short time. I feel fortunate to be a part of this impressive achievement for everyone."
More than 200 people participated in the project of the tour "The World Hottest Tour", all of whom played an important role. "Roly Garbalosa was part of the project from minute zero. Roly has a magic to make the impossible possible and his years of experience touring with the most important artists in Latin America made this tour a success," said Krizia. "Travis Shirley, designer of so many great artists, generously shared his knowledge. Evan Rodecap was also very important for this tour as he was in charge of amending changes in the plots, and also that the Network was working at all times of the show."
In the end, the collaborative effort of everyone involved created a theatrical production that provided an ideal complement to Bad Bunny's music and, in the process, contributed to a memorable personal experience for each fan.
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