Luc Peumans and the team from Painting with Light redefined the iconic boombox, presenting this historic music making device in a fresh, new, digital dimension as the set centrepiece for Belgium’s 2018 Schlagerfestival, staged in the 14,000 capacity Ethias Arena in Hasselt.
With Paco Mispelters as the lighting designer, Luc and the crew created the event’s spectacular stage, set and production design and produced all the bespoke video content appearing on the boombox. It’s the 13th year that Luc has been involved in Schlagerfestival for producers PSE BELGIUM, in which time he’s seen a steady commitment to increasing production values, which has also enabled innovating the design each year.
The event has a festival-style programme with multiple artists and lots of quick changeovers, all backed by an extremely tight ‘house’ band of top session musicians.
At the essence of the design was the desire to make the 8mm pitch digital scenery truly three-dimensional and have it appear genuinely scenic rather than electronic.
Once the boombox idea started to evolve - he also wanted an object instantly associated with music that could carry its own visual narrative - Luc added side panels at 90 degrees to the 20 metre wide by 9 metre high front fascia, so the audience sitting along the sides of the venue would have a better viewing experience.
He then added two piles of retro-style scenic cassette tapes each side of the stage, which were fronted with Barco MiTrix video surfaces and which also formed part of the band risers. Their positioning and random appearance brought a whole new layer and perspective to the performance space. “The objective was to create a digital set that looked like authentic, hand-built scenery,” Luc explains.