Celebrating two decades since their formation and gearing up for the release of their first album in five years, January saw British rock giants Bring Me the Horizon (BMTH) embarked on a sold-out arena tour across the UK and Ireland. The NX_GN WRLD TOUR featured a visually stunning display including a 500-panel LED setup, courtesy of Video Design and powered by Brompton Technology LED processing.

Video Design’s Alex Leinster comments, “Not only is this tour promoting the band’s new album, it’s also an anniversary year for them, so we were asked to create their most awe-inspiring display yet, something to suit the scale of an arena and festival stage.”

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Video Design was responsible for supplying and managing the screens, processing, and camera package. “On a fast paced, highly technical, large-scale production like this, it was crucial for us to use the top brands to ensure the best quality and reliability. That’s why we specified ROE LED screens coupled with Brompton Tessera processing,” adds Leinster.

Renowned for their electrifying performances in over 50 countries and recent headline slots at legendary rock festivals Reading & Leeds and Download, Bring Me the Horizon’s new tour supports their highly anticipated album, POST HUMAN: NEX GEN, set for release later this year.

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Its visual centrepiece comprised a large V-shaped ROE CB5 Visual Carbon LED screen flanked by smaller IMAG screens, all powered by four Brompton Technology 4K Tessera SX40 LED processors, along with six Tessera XD 10G data distribution units, with two feeds running on a closed loop to provide full redundancy.

“In my opinion, this screen and processor combination is now industry standard, as it offers excellent quality, power, and guaranteed reliability due to Brompton’s redundancy capabilities,” notes Leinster. “This is now our standard system configuration for a live show. Of course, additional units require increased investment, but also mean peace of mind for us and our clients. In our view, it’s about doing the job properly, not necessarily simply.”

Looking ahead, Video Design plans to implement Brompton’s Hydra advanced measurement system for dynamic calibration and HDR capability for the next leg of the tour. This upgrade promises not only greater image depth but ensures maintained image uniformity and greater levels of brightness and colour saturation. Additionally, the company is expanding its investment in CB5 panels, which will also be HDR-ready. “We’re really excited about the screen upgrades and are keen to see the results that HDR and dynamic calibration promise. Brompton continually raises the bar,” Leinster continues.

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BMTH has ambitious plans, including seven headline arena shows across Australia in April, followed by a performance at Las Vegas’ Sick New World metalcore festival later that month. They will then embark on the European festival circuit, headlining at Austria’s Nova Rock Festival, Czech Republic’s Rock The People, Belgium’s Graspop Metal Meeting, and Madrid’s Mad Cool Festival.

Leinster praises Brompton’s performance, concluding: “With such a large-scale, technical show and a demanding schedule, Brompton’s built-in redundancy and other safety factors, alongside its incredible image delivery, make it the natural choice. The software interface is really simple to use, and the support that comes with the products is second to none. Brompton is leading the way in processing; it’s a great system and always our go-to for live productions.”

Images credit: Video Design

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