Nashville-based singer-songwriter Walker Hayes recently embarked on his first headline arena tour, with the help of The Darkroom Creative (Seth Jackson and Nathan Alves), who were responsible for the stage lighting.
Helping them build their set was a bunch of classic ‘impression’ LED fixtures from GLP – notably around 60 of the compact X4 S LED wash lights and X4 Bar 20 battens, agile workhorses which helped make the production budget stretch. The inventory was provided, as is so often the case on Darkroom’s projects, by Bandit Lites.
The Glad You’re Here tour, as it is known, is the creative team’s first outing with the artist – who straddles multiple genres, but is fundamentally a country/pop-crossover singer-songwriter. They were contacted initially by Walker’s manager, Robert Carlton, and then systematically built up the touring and technical bandwagon with production manager, Chris Newman, in readiness for the six-week stint.
Long-term design collaborators, both Jackson and Alves acknowledge that with Walker Hayes’ reputation growing fast, the team is on “a meteoric trajectory… expanding from a few trailers behind their bus to now being in a few trucks.”