Winter Party 2016 – 3Arena

Winter Party

This year saw the return of Winter Party to 3Arena. I was asked to design and operate a custom rig for the major dance event. Working with Session Hire we aimed to create a high impact and memorable show.


My main inspiration for the design was vegas super clubs that usually have a large feature as the focal point. I also wanted the large arena to feel more intimate so we kept the trusses at a very low trim height to bring the lighting right into the crowd.


I was operating for every act with no guest LD’s so I had to have a very adaptable and complete show ready before arriving on site. My desk of choice was an Avolites Saphire Touch. It’s a great desk for on the fly operation with loads of faders and screen space. Avolites were kind enough to put out a feature about the event. you can read it here –

I used Capture Argo for all my plot work and pre visualisation and their updates just keep better and better. here is the front plot for the show.


Have a look at some fantastic pictures of the show in the gallery and head to Sean Smyth Media to see more of the photographer’s work.

Here’s a short clip from the crowd’s point of view:

All pictures in the gallery taken by Sean Smyth There are loads more amazing photos on his site.

Gig facts

  • Revival of major Irish dance festival with a line up of Matador, Skream, Hot Since 82, Jon Hopkins & Sven Vath
  • Kit used – Clay Paky Mythos, Sharpy, B -Eye K10 & K20, Martin Atomics, GLP X4S generic blinders
  • Lx plots & pre vis created with Capture Atlas creative software
  • Show programmed and operated on Avolites Saphire Touch with Tiger touch back up, both running Titan version 10winterparty-at-3arena-dublin-30-10-2016-by-sean-smyth-37-of-53