Past Press

Bonnaroo Parties with bandit lites

June 12, 2018 | Category: Print

MANCHESTER, TENNESSEE – Bandit Lites returned to The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival for another epic weekend of stellar music, comradery and community with activities including a silent disco, yoga, comedy acts, mouthwatering food, a marketplace and a sustainability focus. Working with Lambda Productions, Bandit Lites supplied the lighting package for multiple stages and provided additional lighting support for several performers.

More than 150 artists took to the 700 acre field where the festival site can grow be the states fifth largest town. Headliners Muse, Eminem, The Killers, Sheryl Crow, Alt J, Bon Iver, Future, Bassnectar, Paramore, Khalid and Sturgill Simpson kicked the party into top gear as thousands took to the field.

Bandit’s package for the main stage system consisted of nearly 230 fixtures, including Robe BMFLs, Clay Paky Mythos, GLP X4 Bar 20, VL 3500 Washes, VL 3000 Spots, Solaris Flare Strobes, Lycian M2 spots, and two Grand MA 2 Full consoles for control.

“Working with the mainstage headliner LD’s Oli Metcalfe (Muse), Daniel Boland (Eminem) and Steven Douglas (The Killers) was such a pleasure,” commented Bandit Production Director Dizzy Gosnell. “They’ve all done dozens of festivals each, understand how to approach them and are superbly capable of getting the best out of a rig that maybe isn’t one hundred percent their own. It certainly requires a different mindset, and with the advance information I got from them all well ahead of time made it all flow quite well.”

Both stages had significant amounts of extras packages and Bandit Lites supplied various fixtures such as VL 3500 Washes, VL 3000 Spots, Elation CuePix WW2 Blinders, Chauvet Illuminarc Panel 80 LED washes, Rogue Hybrids, Clay Paky Sharpys and Showline Nitro 510C  Grand MA 2 Full consoles,. Ayrton MagicDot-R, Clay Paky Mythos, Elation Paladins, Showline Nitro 510C and Elation CuePix WW2 Blinders. Chabuki Kabuki solenoids, VL 6000 Mac Auras, GLP X4 Bar 20 fixtures, Robe BMFLs and Clay Paky Mythos.

Hadden Hippsely’s Lambda crew of Marc Immerman (Mainstage) and Joe Gordon (Which stage) worked log and hard on the runup to this show and were superb on daily communications with needs and schedules for both stages,” Gosnell said.

Bandit’s crew for Bonnaroo was comprised of crew chiefs Craig Richter and Terese Fensler along with Andy French, Chas Albea, Joey DiLeo, Jason Giaffo, Mark Scherer, Vanessa Tuttoilmondo, Chase Strickland and Adam McIntosh.                                            

“As per usual the crew worked long and hard to keep things rolling and did a fantastic job of dodging the weather and keeping things moving, backed up by Gene Brian the Project Manager in the shop who oversaw the prep and build for weeks ahead of the show,” Gosnell finished.

Bandit Lites is a global leader in the entertainment lighting marketplace.  From touring productions to fixed installations, Bandit Lites has a full staff of highly trained professionals to deal with all types of lighting needs. Bandit’s global presence will insure seamless transitions no matter where your next show takes you.  More information available at



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