360° Stage

August 20, 2009

Last night I went to see this…


This photo was taken during part 2 of the event – the tear down. We only got to watch about 10 minutes of this before getting moved on, but it was fascinating.

Prior to this there were four blokes playing some music under, in and around the stage, and they were good, but the real winner of the night is the stage and the screen in the middle that does things that screens just don’t do!

Last year I went to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers in this same venue (Hampden Stadium) and swore to myself that I wouldn’t go to another stadium gig.  The visuals for that were average, but there was no way of seeing the band, the sound was OK but there were simply too many people trying to fit into the space between the stage and FOH mix – there was no stewarding to stop people moving anywhere in the stadium.

The U2 360° Stage meant that there was a good view for every available seat, the sound was good (I thought the vocals could have been clearer in the mix but apparently that was just me).  Generally speaking the screen was worth watching the entire time so it didn’t really matter where the band were or what they were doing.