Fineline Lighting News

Free Martin P3 / Face 5 Training Day


Due to high demand on our training day back in May, we promised that we would have another training session towards the end of the year.

Fineline Lighting are offering another FREE TRAINING day at our warehouse near Bristol on Tuesday 28th November 2017. Training will be provided by Fineline Lighting and Martin Professional and will cover all aspects of assembly and operation of the Martin Pro VDO Face 5 screen and also the award winning Martin Pro P3 series system controllers.

As many of you may know, Fineline Lighting have bought a substantial stock of new LED video screen. Our product of choice is the Martin VDO Face5 HB which is a high brightness outdoor-rated video panel with a pixel pitch of 5.2mm. Fineline are the first in the UK to stock this great new product from Martin by Harman.

Fineline Lighting are actively seeking freelance crew to work with the screen on upcoming projects.

So if you’re a Lampie or similar and you fancy learning about LED video screen then sign up for our FREE TRAINING by dropping an email to with VIDEO TRAINING in the subject header with your contact details. Please feel free to pass this email on to who you think might be interested. All welcome!

Further product details can be found at

We are looking forward to seeing many of you on the training day.

All the best wishes

The Fineline Lighting Team

Job Vacancy- Part Time Bookkeeping&Administrative Assistant


Job Vacancy

Book Keeper/Admin Assistant (Part Time- Flexible hours)

Fineline Lighting are looking to recruit an experienced Book Keeper/ Admin Assistant on a part time basis 2 days a week to work for our company based in Clevedon/Bristol. The hours can be flexible and could work around other commitments.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Support on the supplier ledger (invoice posting, invoice filing, invoice payments , bank reconciliation etc)
  • Manage the expenses process (including petty cash)
  • Support the accounts administrator where appropriate
  • Support with day to day office administrative tasks

Essential Skills:

  • Knowledge of Sage 50 Accounts software
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office package and especially Excel
  • Strong office administrative skills
  • Accuracy with attention to detail
  • Good communication and organizational skills
  • Reliable, punctual and professional attitude
  • You will receive pro rata paid holidays and public holidays. Hours of work 09.00 hrs until 18.00hrs. Days and hours can be flexible and negotiable to fit around other commitments.

    The hourly pay rate is £8.50 per hour.

    If you are interested, please apply by emailing your CV to

    Thank you for your interest!

    Fineline Team

    Fineline Lighting Marks the First UK Purchase of a Martin by Harman FA


    Bristol-based lighting and visual specialists Fineline Lighting announces that it has made a significant investment in the new FACE 5 LED system from Martin Professional, becoming the first UK rental company to do so. Fineline Lighting's purchase is made in anticipation for the beginning of Europe's outdoor event season.

    Although Fineline Lighting has been providing video screens to their clients for several years, they never previously carried LED screens. It was extremely important for Fineline Lighting to invest wisely so the team researched extensively before making their purchase.

    "We were looking for a creative LED screen system that could fulfil many video applications, from IMAG to large complex backdrops," said Rob Sangwell, managing director, Fineline Lighting. "It needed to be of sufficiently high resolution and IP65 weather-proof for outdoor events such as festivals and sporting events. Based on the results of our exhaustive research, Martin came out on top."

    One of the most attractive features of the Martin FACE 5 is that they are not batch dependent, which will allow Fineline Lighting to cross-rent the panels. The updated P3 processors are another element that appealed to the Fineline Lighting team because of its power, reliability, and simplicity. Martin Professional's support and backup was also key to the final decision in addition to having an existing relationship with the brand.

    "It makes perfect business sense to invest in a brand which is trusted and recognized throughout the world," said Stuart England, head of operations, Fineline Lighting. "The FACE 5 system is one of the best LED screens we've seen and we're really looking forward to supporting our customers' events."

    Fineline Lighting has already provided a small quantity of their 50sqm of FACE 5 for the Snowboxx Festival in the French Alps. With the coming UK summer season, however, the FACE 5 system will be in full use with its first major summer deployment in late May at Love Saves The Day in Bristol, on both the main and second stage.

    "Fineline Lighting's investment in a FACE 5 system is a tremendous addition to their business as it will bring a completely new and enhanced experience for their customers' audiences across Europe," said David Stewart, key account manager, Harman Professional Solutions, EMEA. "We are pleased to welcome Fineline Lighting to the Martin network, and look forward to working together."

    Fineline Lighting can be contacted at + 44 (0) 1275 871800

    Fineline Lights Shambala Festival


    Fineline Lighting headed for some beautiful countryside and chilled vibes renewing its long term acquaintance with and commitment to the eco-conscious Shambala festival – a three-day family-friendly event staged at a secret location in Northamptonshire UK, featuring a diverse and eclectic mix of music, art, cuisine and culture.

    The Bristol based lighting and visuals rental company’s association with the festival dates back 12 years, and it was the 9th year for project manager Stu England who led a large crew. Fineline also seized the occasion and the fantastic atmosphere of Shambala to celebrate a super-busy 2016 summer festival season.

    Fineline supplied lighting for the main stage – a Wango’s tensile structure featuring a large central pole and a free-standing arch at the front; the 4-pole big top Kamikaze stage utilised for fun sports in the daytime and as the pumping dance tent at night; and The Playhouse, a theatre cabaret venue with a lively variety programme, which was crewed by students from Truro College on a work experience initiative.

    Main Stage

    A bit of ingenuity on the rigging front was required here, involving an 8 metre span of truss bridled off the saddle-span’s central pole, which supported two 16.5 metre runs of Supertruss also picked up off an 8 metre spreader truss at the front that doubled for front lighting positions. This effectively created a large ‘V’ shape and also a ‘rag’ truss at the back. A mid truss was added by resting an additional on top of the two V spans.

    The basic trussing concept was originated by Fineline’s Wingnut and has been used for the last few years to optimise the non-linear space whilst respecting the elegant aesthetics of the saddle-span design.

    In this configuration, it is also important to load the trusses evenly to keep the weight balanced, all adding to the challenges.

    Lighting wise, the installation comprised 8 x SGM Giotto 400s, 6 x Robe 600E Spots and 12 x Robe LEDWash 1200s for the moving elements supported by eight bars-of-6 PARs, 8 x 4-lite linear Moles, four 8-lite Miles, six Source Fours and four Atomic strobes.

    These were all run off an Avolites Tiger Touch II console with a fader wing.

    Fineline also provided two 12 metre high V-Towers to fly the main stage PA.


    Stu designed the rigging in this venue, based on a large ‘X’ truss – with the two spans of truss measuring 12.5 metres end-to-end - flown between the four tent king poles.

    Over the stage, the Fineline crew rigged a 38 ft. wide by 12 ft. high goal post at the back to support a projection screen and provide lighting positions.

    “We worked very closely with Anne Chapmanand her company Totem-FX who designed the extensive eye-catching décor which worked hand-in-hand with the lighting towards the visual enrichment of the environment,” explained Stu.

    This year they created five giant scenic ‘funnels’ which were hung from Fineline’s trussing.

    The central one was hung apex up from centre X via a 1 metre diameter circle truss above and a 4.4 metre circular truss below, and each of the four tent poles had an apex-down funnel attached to a 3 metre diameter truss rigged about half way up the truss.

    Sixteen Miltec LED PARS were used to internally light the funnels, rigged on the trussing circles and highly effective in boosting the visual ambience.

    The stage and dancefloor lighting was designed to give a plethora of big old-skool ravey looks … utilizing eight Atomic strobes attached to the lower truss ring of the centre funnel, the main moving lights were all Chauvet - a mix of SR Beams, RH1 Hybrids and R2 washes - and these were augmented with eight 4-lamp PAR bars, eight 2-lite blinders, plus some Strand 500W codas for the daytime activities and 1K fresnels for key lighting on the stage and DJ booth.

    The console was another Tiger Touch II with a wing, and two lasers supplied and operated by Martin King from X-Treme Lasers were also rigged onto the stage goal post truss.

    The Playhouse

    Stevie J Brown, lighting designer and lecturer from the BTEC Production Arts Extended National Diploma in Production Arts course at Truro arranged for four of his students to work as Fineline crew in the Playhouse venue, giving them a taste of what it’s like to work in a real situation, dealing with a range of production challenges and finding solutions.

    They worked hard throughout the festival weekend engaging in multiple jobs from rigging lighting to programming and operating shows for an assortment of artists.

    The rig consisted of three 9 metre long trusses flown between the tent king poles covering the front and two sides of the stage area, and a ground supported 10 x 4 metre goal post built at the back of the stage with a projection screen hung in the middle and lighting all around.

    The entertainment line-up ranged from aerial artists to magicians and comedians so they had to take a multi-purpose approach and devise a lighting scheme that would work for everything …. with a limited amount of kit and time.

    “It was definitely a learning curve and they had to think on their feet” comments Stu, adding, “which will be a constant requirement if they decide to follow a production industry career, so it was a great opportunity”.

    The lighting supplied included 20 x conventional PARs, 12 x LED PARs, 12 x ETC Source Four profiles, 24 x Harmony fresnels, ten 500W fresnels, with four High End Studio Spot 250s, six Chauvet R2 washes and six GLP Impressions for moving lights, together with a third Tiger Touch console and 48 ways of dimming for control.

    Fineline’s crew chief was James Harrington, Wingnut designed lighting for the main stage and on the technical team were Rachael Mule, Shoki, Ian “Cookie” Brooks, Jan Osborne, James Box, Kris Landburg, Kevin “Chippie” Blewett and Steve Walsh.

    Sam Werrett, Ophelia Sollis-Price and Katie Meeson from Truro College crewed the Playhouse stage together with lighting designer Steve Brown and dimmer tech Alan Porter, who were joined by Greg Haynes from Avolites’ technical support team.

    “It was a fantastic end-of-summer event” comments Fineline’s MD Rob Sangwell, “and in the opinion of many, the best Shambala yet! Many thanks to our core crew for all their work and commitment this summer and also a big thank you to Shambala for having us back again this year, long may the adventures in utopia continue.”

    Excellent weather made the secret location all the more magical for delivering another amazing Shambala.

    Fineline Lights Snowboxx 2016


    Fineline supplied lighting for two venues – Main Stage and Club XX - at the six day 2016 Snowboxx Festival staged in the spectacular French Alpine ski resort of Avoriaz. The event now in its fourth year, is a week of activities culminating in three days of music in an intimate 4000 capacity boutique festival for lovers of snow sports, dance music and great vibes. 

    It was the first year that Fineline has been involved as a technical supplier. Stu England designed the rigs for both areas, which were based on being flexible to give all the artists as many options as possible for their sets to look individual and interesting, delivering excellent ‘bang-for-buck’.

    The Main Stage was outdoors on the slopes and comprised a 12 meter roof system beneath which Stu and the Fineline crew sub-hung four finger trusses running upstage / downstage.

    With limited space and weight loadings, when it came to the choice of moving lights, the smallest, lightest and brightest fixtures able to produce the maximum amount of looks … were selected and rigged on the fingers.

    This included 12 x Pointes, 12 x LEDWash 600s and 12 LEDBeam 100 moving lights – all Robe – plus six Martin Atomic strobes, 12 x 2-lite Moles and a string (of 8) ACLs in the air and another on the floor for a bit of retro beam technology.

    There were also four 4-way bars of PARs for general stage washes.

    “I went for a mathematical formula – everything was divisible by four … apart from the Atomics, but it’s always good to have a curved ball in the mix!” explained Stu.

    The two sets of ACLs were diligently focused to replicate a light-beam version of the distinctive double-X Snowboxx branding, so this could be incorporated into the lighting.

    Upstage was a truss on two motors that could be flown in and out to accommodate artist backdrops.

    All lights were controlled via an Avolites Arena console, and only one band brought their own LD, so Fineline’s Will Dale operated for most of the rest, assisted by James Harrington on dimmers / general technical.

    The idea in Club XX was to freshen up the resort’s own venue which had a basic house lighting rig, some of which was utilised.

    Four of the five meters of stage width was usable … so they added six Chauvet Rogue R2 Beams, six R2 washes, 16 x Miltec LED battens, two Atomics and four 2-lite Moles, with an Avo Tiger Touch console for control.

    The line-up here was all DJs so the lighting formula was to produce lots of straightforward exciting kinetic and colourful club-style lighting.

    Fineline’s package also involved the design and fabrication of a set for Club XX.

    A 6 meter high by 4 meter wide trussing goal post was the superstructure onto which was hung a set of inverted wooden flats cut in the shape of a mountain range with screen material in the middle. This allowed it to be lit from both front and behind giving a proper 3D impression created with the Miltec battens inserted into the gap between the two sets of flats.

    The end results were highly effective in producing colour changing and other effects to make the space funky and fresh.

    The front of the DJ booth was clad in a scenic XX logo, also cut out of a wooden flat and back-lit with Miltec LED PARs.

    Looking after the club’s lighting from Fineline were Sam Kenyon and Jonnie Westell.

    In addition to these, site wide architectural lighting strategically positioned around the extensive site included 30 x Chauvet SlimPAR 24s which are IP rated and ideal for this application, plus 20 x 400W MBI floods and six source Fours used for gobo art.

    Fineline used their extensive experience of scenic festival site illumination, lighting the slopes behind the main stage with more LED PARs shooting up the piste – a surface that takes light particularly well.

    “It was the architectural elements that were the real challenge both in design terms and the practicality of powering, running data and rigging them,” explained Stu. Carrying fixtures through serious snow is a lot harder work and more time-consuming than running around on a green-field site!

    There was also a small sub-venue – Igloo – which ran just for one night, for which Stu and the team supplied four Robe Pointes, two fitted with custom gobos projecting the XX logo up the side of the mountain, plus four gas powered Flame jet machines ... all run from an Avo Quartz console.

    Stu concludes, “It’s great to be involved with an up-and-coming event like this which is being organized by nice people with a genuine love of music and on a mission to deliver great production values to their fans”.