Sundown Festival returned to Norfolk Showground for the seventh year this September. Attracting a 40,000 strong crowd, the three-day festival was the biggest ever, featured some of the best names in music, including Craig David, Pendulum, Rag’n’Bone Man and You Me At Six. We once again supplied the Main Stage flown lighting system, including rigging, drapes, FOH control systems and followspots. On top of this, we also provided a custom designed lighting package for Saturday’s headline act Craig David and another for Pendulum, who brought the festival to a spectacular close on the Sunday night. 


Mick Freer, our Head of Concert Touring, led the project and consulted with the lighting designers for this year’s headline and supporting acts to produce a design that brought together all their precise requirements. Freer picked out key fixtures from each rider such as Martin Mac Viper Profile, Clay Paky Sharpy and Atomic Strobes and incorporated them into the flown rig, ensuring that any floor lighting packages brought in by the acts merged seamlessly together.

To support a mighty performance by drum and bass duo Pendulum, we supplied a custom designed lighting set-up, including an extensive floor package. This included thirty-two Clay Paky Sharpy, thirty Mac Viper Profiles, thirty-four Atomic Strobes, nineteen Mac Aura XB and ten SGM P-5s.


We also provided a supplied a custom lighting package for pop-garage star Craig David, consisting of a front truss of Sharpy Washes and Mac Viper Profiles and a back truss with more Viper Profiles and Atomic Strobes. 


"I always know that the production for the festival will be flawless and this year was no different. I have an excellent relationship with Hawthorn and have worked with Mick [Freer] in the industry for many years now. Not only does he really know his stuff, he always brings along a highly-skilled crew and the product is always spot-on. With two festivals at the Norfolk Showground this year, it was more important than ever to get trusted and reliable suppliers on board and once again Hawthorn really delivered.”


Roy Trickett, Sundown Festival Promotor