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.