JAY-Z TOUR (JAN 03)

Red Stage Mine

Red Stage Mine

Jay-Z requested a range of Prostage II pyrotechnic effects for the 3 tour dates at the end of January/beginnning of February.

The tour started in Amsterdam at the Heineken Music Hall on Thursday 30th Jan, moved to Wembley Arena for Friday 31st Jan and then up to Manchester’s Evening News Arena the next day.

The effects on the show included 15 x 15 Stage Gerbs, Waterfalls, Concussions and 24 Red Stage Mines. The spectacular gas flame Dragon effects (which can produce a powerful flame up to 50 ft high) were also featured at the Wembley gig.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW YEAR'S EVE WITH MINISTRY OF SOUND AT THE DOME (JAN 03)

New Years Eve Ministry Of Sound

New Years Eve Ministry Of Sound

A huge New Year’s Eve party filled the Millennium Dome to see in 2003, courtesy of the Ministry of Sound. Le Maitre provided spectacular pyrotechnics and special effects for each of the 3 stages on the countdown to midnight. The displays took 4 pyrotechnicians and 3 days to rig, but just minutes to fire.

The main stage saw the biggest event with a 30 second Waterfall effect ignited at midnight at the back of the stage whilst hits of Flames, 1×25 Stage Gerbs, Comets and 50ft Stage Mines. 2 Venturi Cannons covered the audience in White Chinese Confetti.

On the smaller Smooth and World Dance stages 20ft Stage Mines in Red and Green were used with 10×12 Gerbs and Red and Green Flames.

JAMES BOND PREMIERE GOES WITH A BANG! (NOV 02)

James Bond Premiere

James Bond Premiere

Special effects and pyrotechnics experts Le Maitre was at the star studded Royal Premiere of the new James Bond movie “Die Another Day” which took place at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday 18th November.

A dramatic chase of 1 x 35 Stage Gerbs down the 150 metre red carpet outside the Royal Albert Hall signalled the arrival of the film’s star Pierce Brosnan to the awaiting crowds.

 

 

 

HARRODS CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SPECTACULAR (NOV 02)

Harrods Christmas Fireworks

Harrods Christmas Fireworks

Le Maitre staged a spectacular pyrotechnics display from the roof of Harrods to mark the switching on of the store’s Christmas Lights on 3 November.

The event coincided with a proposed 48-hour nationwide fire strike planned to start on November 2. To address the issue, Le Maitre’s events director Karen Haddon employed private fire crews to cover the event and arranged for Harrods’ own fire officers to be stationed on the roof itself. In the event, the strike was called off at the last minute, but these arrangements were kept in place for added security.

The display, designed by Le Maitre’s Mark Thomas, ran for just under 15 minutes and was choreographed to the James Bond theme tune. The show was fired by the Pyrodigital controller (the same system that fired the Eiffel Tower and Sydney Harbour Bridge Millennium displays).

Beginning with chase sequences of stage pyro across the front of the roof, using flames, gerbs and candles, it then progressed to large-scale fireworks including mines, comets and a dramatic finale of multi-shot cakes and 3″ shells.

Mark Thomas explained that the main difficulty of designing a show like this is the location of the building. Harrods is a very famous London landmark, and as the department store is in Knightsbridge it is surrounded on all sides by public roads. This meant that the effects could not drop any debris because of the crowds below. Le Maitre’s safety officer recommended that only low calibre material was used in the design and that it had to be sited well back from the front of the building.

Planning and preparations for the display took many weeks, including an entire week for a team of tehcnicians to fuse and waterproof every single effect. Safety regulations meant that the fireworks could only be brought onto the roof of the building on the day of the display, which meant a battle against the clock for Mark and his team of pyrotechnicians.

After all the extensive preparations and after all the difficulties had been overcome, the show was a huge success. It drew crowds from all over London to marvel at the fantastic effects lighting up the sky for many miles around, and which for many marks the start of the festive season.

If you want to know more about the show please contact us.

JA RULE AND ASHANTI (SEPT 02)

Red Stage Mine

Red Stage Mine

Ja Rule played Wembley on 26th September, Manchester on the 27th, and Birmingham NEC on the 28th, before heading off for dates in Zurich, Koln, Brussels and Amsterdam through October.

Le Maitre have provided a wealth of spectacular pyrotechnic and special effects including Giant Fireballs, Red Stage Mines and Flash Reports from the Prostage II range. The show also features Venturi Cannon Blowers to shower the audience with confetti, and massive drops of black and red balloons over the audience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LE MAITRE IS 25 !! (SEPT 02)

Pyrotechnics and special effects specialist Le Maitre is 25 years old. A quarter of a century leading the manufacture and development of smoke machine and pyrotechnic technology is quite an achievement.

To celebrate, many of the industry magazines such as Mondo and Lighting and Sound International will feature in depth interviews and company profiles. Le Maitre will be holding celebrations at PLASA on Monday 9th September.

 

 

 

HEARTTHROBS LIVE AT LONDON ARENA (JUNE 02)

Hearthrobs

Hearthrobs

The 3 date sold out Heartthrobs show was at Manchester, London and Birmingham on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd June.

Le Maitre designed an impressive pyrotechnic set for the show which encompassed a huge range of effects.

 

 

 

 

 

GREEN DAY AND FOO FIGHTERS (AUG 02)

Red Mine

Red Mine

Le Maitre, pyrotechnics and special effects specialists, worked with Pyrotek on Green Day’s mini tour of the UK in July. Some stunning effects were revealed at dates including the Witness Festival in Ireland and T In The Park. Products on the show included Fireballs, Flame Projectors and Concussions.

The Foo Fighters also played at T In The Park and the Witness Festival as well as Reading and Leeds. The show used Stage Mines and Comets and featured a 2 minute aerial display at the end of each show.