STUFISH continue to enjoy their 20 plus year long relationship with Simply Red with the design of their ‘25 Years of Stars Live’ Tour. The concert is a show of two halves, in the first half the stage design had to frame and evoke the jazz inspired lounge mood of a medley of Simply Red’s more laid back tracks, but for the second half the softer mood had to give way to a progressively more energetic performance of Simply Red’s 1991 seminal ‘Stars’ album.
A full width drape enclosing the entire stage opened to reveal the band in full swing. Bespoke projections took the audience on a soft emotive journey from one song to the next. Then, as the band returns for the second half, the main curtain gently fell away to reveal a sharp, high tech arrangement of video screens and lights. The video screens were individually controllable to raise and lower, enabling them to align to create a strong horizontal strip, or re- arrange into stepped of scattered shapes, breaking the video content into separate frames. Where an acoustic number demanded it, an intimate dynamic was achieved by dropping back to using just a single screen. As the band reached the final song, the screens were lifted way above the band to display a simple message ‘Wonderland’, bookending the night’s live album performance.