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Unique Events Launch

We helped kick start Edinburgh’s high-profile Hogmanay celebrations by supplying lighting equipment for Unique Event’s 2013/14 launch party. On the night, we delivered a great lighting show on budget and also introduced an innovative new product: the Source 4 LED CYC Lens. This was the first time these fixtures had been used in a live event in Scotland.

Service Type: Event
Sector: Entertainments
Completion: November 2013
Location: The Roxy, Edinburgh
Client: Unique Events
Kit list:

•    12 x Robe 100 LED Beam
•    4 x Robe Robin Pointe
•    16 x Showtec Active Sunstrips
•    6 x Robe 600 LED Wash
•    18 x Core Point 20 Wireless Uplighters
•    4 x Source 4 LED with CYC Lenses
•    All controlled from a Chamsys MagicQ 100 Console
The Event

The glitzy launch party was held in the Roxy venue in Edinburgh (a beautifully converted former chapel). It saw the announcement that the Pet Shop Boys would headline the city’s celebrations. Among the people attending the event were the Scottish culture secretary, Fiona Hyslop, and some of the acts that were scheduled to take part in the New Year festivities, including the award-winning folk group Lau.

The Brief

Black Light was contracted by Unique Events to supply lighting for the launch. Unique Events is Scotland’s leading events and festivals creation company. The company has worked with Black Light on numerous occasions in the past and its team came to us because they knew we could deliver the creativity and effects they needed.

The brief was to be big and bold, in keeping with the exciting programme that had been lined up for the New Year celebrations and to compete with similar launch events that were taking place elsewhere.

Technical Highlights

Our team used their technical skill and creative expertise to create a stunning backdrop and lighting scheme for the event’s speeches and musical performances. They also used an innovative new product -  the Source Four LED CYC™ lens - to create beautiful colour washes over the walls and arches of the Roxy’s interior.

Key Challenges

Preparation was key to the success of this project as our team had a limited time to load in and install their equipment. This was due to the fact that there was a band rehearsal on the stage during the run-up to the event, so they had to make sure that everything was in and working, well before the launch party started.


Unique Events was very pleased with the end result and couldn’t believe what we had achieved on budget.

The event also showed that ETC’s CYC lenses are capable of exceptional performance. It demonstrated that they are flexible, can create the boldest hues and add drama to any cyclorama.

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