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How Glastonbury Festival uses feature lighting to create Atmosphere

Glastonbury Festival is here again with all the magic that it brings. But how do they create that atmosphere and magic? The answer is feature lights.

Feature lighting at Glastonbury is far more than a mere illumination tool. It’s a creative force that shapes and defines the festival’s atmosphere, elevating performances, transforming landscapes, and immersing attendees in captivating environments. From the awe-inspiring visuals to the transformative power of light and sound, feature lighting adds a layer of enchantment and spectacle to the festival experience that nothing else can achieve.

So how exactly does it work?

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By Giving Zones Character

Glastonbury Festival is famous for its different areas and their different vibes. Feature lighting creates these vibes, giving each zone its own look, feel and character. Carnival, Disco, Futuristic, Industrial, Retro, Boho, Magical . . . these atmospheres are made using neon lights, fairground lights, lightboxes and animated lighting. They bring light and life to each area and create a backdrop that defines each space.

By Highlighting Architectural Features

Glastonbury Festival boasts a diverse range of architectural structures that serve as iconic backdrops for performances and installations. Feature lighting accentuates these, bringing them to life in a way that captivates festival-goers. From the Pyramid Stage, the festival’s centerpiece, to the awe-inspiring Shangri-La installations, feature lighting highlights their unique design elements to give them personality and atmosphere. By employing vibrant colours, a range of light styles, dynamic lighting techniques, and creative projections, these structures are transformed into breathtaking visual spectacles, immersing attendees in a world of wonder and awe.

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Immersive Environments:

Feature lighting plays a pivotal role in creating immersive environments at Glastonbury Festival. Light tunnels, canopies, and pathways adorned with captivating light displays serve as portals to otherworldly realms. Festival-goers meander through these luminous corridors, surrounded by a symphony of colours and patterns, their senses enveloped in a magical atmosphere. Feature lights raise areas, that would otherwise be flat and lack lustre, to a whole other level bringing a vibrancy and extra dimension which nothing else can achieve. These immersive environments then provide a temporary escape from reality, transporting attendees to a realm where imagination takes flight and where the festival experience becomes truly enchanting.

Mood Setting:

The Glastonbury Festival encompasses numerous diverse stages and areas, each with its own unique character and musical genre. Feature lighting is fundamental to setting the mood in these different spaces. Soft, warm lighting creates a relaxed and intimate atmosphere in chill-out zones and acoustic stages, offering a serene respite from the festival’s energy. On the other hand, vibrant and dynamic lighting energizes dance floors and main stages, amplifying the excitement and intensity of performances. Retro styles, contemporary designs, industrial feature lights and countless other forms are all key to creating the feel in particular zone. The interplay of these lights, colours and rhythms establishes a symbiotic relationship between the music and the lighting, elevating the overall atmosphere and immersing attendees in a multi-sensory experience.

Interactive Experiences:

Feature lighting at Glastonbury Festival goes beyond mere observation; it invites active participation from festival-goers. Interactive installations equipped with motion sensors or touch-sensitive lights enable attendees to engage with the environment on a personal level. As people interact with these installations, the lighting responds in real-time, creating dynamic and engaging experiences. Whether it’s illuminating pathways with every step or transforming colours with a touch, these interactive lights create a sense of connection and involvement among festival-goers, breaking down the barrier between audience and art.

Night-time Enchantment:

As the sun sets each evening over Glastonbury Festival, feature lighting comes alive, casting its spell and bringing the festival itself to life. That symphony of lights, including colourful spotlights, mesmerising lasers, stunning projections, and vibrant LED displays takes the vibe to a whole new level. The illuminated festival grounds become a visual spectacle, with the night transformed into a magical realm and shadows dancing to the rhythm of the music. The combination of light and sound engulfs everyone in a sensory experience that heightens the excitement and intensifies the connection between artists and their audience.

Without feature lights, Glastonbury Festival, wouldn’t be what it is. Artistic illuminations and their strategic placement are what transform the festival grounds into such a captivating wonderland, creating an atmosphere that is as memorable as the performances themselves. By continuously pushing the boundaries of creativity and innovation, Glastonbury Festival sets the stage for an unforgettable journey through a world where light reigns supreme.

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Ben is Co-Founder of Carousel Lights and multi award-winning businessman. He graduated from the University of Birmingham with a degree in Engineering and then subsequently worked in senior roles for British Airways and the BBC.

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