Last weekend we were back at Donington Park for a very wet Download Festival. Yet despite persistent downpours neither spirits or sfx were dampened and our team pulled off a flaming show for Black Sabbath’s headlining set on Saturday night.
It was the last time the heavy metal legends will play at the festival as they conclude their five year reunion with their ‘The End Tour’ early next year. As such, and to the crowd’s delight, their set showcased all the classics and we made sure there were fitting sfx to accompany.
As the band commenced with their namesake track ‘Black Sabbath’ we lined the upstage area with flame bars creating a fiery backdrop to start the show. Ten tracks later we turned the flames back on for song ‘Iron Man’ this time adding some on stage pyro to the mix with blue and purple mines – check out the full effect below!
For the last song of the set, ‘Children of the Grave,’ we took the flame fx to the next level. With 8 wireless spitfire flames stationed on high trusses and 16 G Flames spread across the front and back of the stage, we matched the guitar rifts with short sharp releases that continued throughout the entire performance. Catch a full glimpse below.
Returning for their encore with track ‘Paranoid,’ the band gave the crowd one last showdown. Using 6 blowers stationed at the down stage edge we kicked off the song with 36kg of purple and black confetti which valiantly defied heavy rains and reached over the audience with trailing plumes of atmospheric smoke. For the song’s close provided red tracer comets that arched across the stage framing the band as they finished up their performance.
Yet this was by no means the last of the entertainment. As the band members bowed to the crowd we began a 45 second display of ariel pyrotechnics, mixing in mines, comets, and crossets. The rain and humidity caused a large amount of smoke which filled the sky and, although unplanned, added an inferno style visual that only seemed fitting for the creators of heavy metal as they ended a truly once in life a time festival set.
Thanks for having us back Black Sabbath!