Barco designs LED curtain for U2 Vertigo Tour
Audiences at concerts on U2's latest tour are enjoying a spectacular LED backdrop created by Belgian display manufacturer Barco.
The most striking visual element of the show was created by a tiny, plastic-encased LED spherical module called “MiSPHERE”. Designed and developed by Barco at its R&D headquarters in Belgium especially for the Vertigo tour, the MiSPHERE takes the use of LED technology in the concert & staging market to a new level.
With 360-degree viewing angles, opaque, light-diffusing casing and ability to play both full video & data, the MiSPHERE bridges the gap between existing video and lighting products.
The MiSPHERE strings are hung high above the center stage, each with a total length of 9 meters and containing 64 spheres. A total of 189 strings (containing over 12,000 spheres) together form seven 3-D curtains, allowing fans on all sides of the stage to have a perfect view of the images and content displayed on the curtain above the band. The digital curtain is retracted and lowered throughout the show as needed.
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"Designing, producing and delivering a revolutionary product such as the MiSPHERE in less than 6 months confirms Barco’s commitment to driving technological advances within the rental & staging industries," says Stephan Paridaen, President of Barco’s Media & Entertainment division. "Together with our rental partner XL Video and creative partner Innovative Designs, we helped realize the creative aspects of a show that will wow millions of fans at concerts across the world over the coming year."