In October 2014, legendary rockers Status Quo performed acoustically for the first time ever at a unique performance presented by BBC Radio 2. Lighting this unique style of performance was no mean feat; lighting designer Ewan Cameron called upon Hawthorn’s Mick Freer to help tie down the additional lighting requirements needed over and above the existing rig at the Roundhouse.


The biggest challenge was to make the show look good both onstage and on camera, whilst reflecting the simplicity of acoustic music and balancing musical pace with a design suitable for a varied performance. We provided 12 Clay Paky B-Eye K20s to create soft colour washes, Clay Paky Alpha QWO 800s were used to create aerial effects across the stage, and ETC Source 4 profiles were used to key light performers for camera close-ups. The 60ft grey crushed velvet drapes (also provided by us), were lit by PixelLine 1044 Linear LED Battens, adding contrast and colour to the backdrop.

We also provided Cast’s WYSIWYG software for Ewan to explore the designs in a virtual environment and pre-programme his cues.


“As always, it’s been a great pleasure to work with the team at Hawthorn. I always know the kit will be in top condition and the crew will be fantastic. The end result on this show was made possible by the wide range of equipment and drapes that Hawthorn have available, along with the dedication and attention to detail from everyone involved with the project. Mick Freer and his team never fail to deliver exactly what a show needs.”
Ewan Cameron, Lighting Designer for Status Quo

Photos: Netty Walker