As New Order, one of the most critically acclaimed and transformational new wave bands from the 1980s took to the “The Other Stage” at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, we were on hand to support them, providing lighting and video equipment for their performance.

Having been awarded the contract to supply New Order’s summer festival tour, we were tasked to provide lighting equipment to supplement that already provided by the festival. Festivals on the tour included:

  • Sonar, Spain
  • Werchter, Belgium
  • Roskilde, Denmark
  • Bilbao BBK Live, Spain
  • Castlefield Bowl, England
  • Latitude, England
  • Oya Festival, Norway
  • August Flow Festival, Finland
  • Electric Picnic, Ireland
  • Lollapalooza, Germany


Drawing upon their wide range of hire stock, our Concert Touring department supplied the lighting specification included Martin MAC Viper Profile, Clay Paky Sharpy and ETC Source 4 Profile fixtures, all controlled using an Avolites Arena Lighting Desk, a console well suited to the larger production demands posed by a music festival.

The band’s rousing performance was further enhanced by our stock of Glux 10mm LED panels, which provided the canvas for stunning visuals of geometric shapes and wormholes.


“The Hawthorn team bend over backwards, either at their base or on site. I’m always happy with the professional, friendly and flexible approach they have. There is never a “no” approach, it is always ‘let’s see how we can make it work' which, in the insane world of touring, is a breath of fresh air. The overall performance on the night was great on all aspects. We all have budgets to work to, but we do get more out of Hawthorn than what we ask for. They always go the extra mile and anyone seeing the show on the Saturday night on The Other Stage would put testament to this.”

Richard “Wez” Wearing, Tour Manager for New Order