First Night Boston

Products Involved


Robe iPointes helped welcome 2020 in Boston as part of the city’s spectacular annual “First Night Boston” event, for which locally-based Port Lighting lit several buildings and installations in the heart of one of Boston’s busiest public walkways, Copley Square.

Lighting Director Graham Edmondson aimed to bring the area alive with energy, excitement, dynamic movement and color-changing effects. He worked closely with programmer Kyle Stetson to create a consistent design using a variety of fixtures across Copley Square during the midnight countdown and subsequent fireworks show launched from the Fairmont Copley Hotel roof.

Port Lighting – which has lit the event for several years – traditionally deploys beam fixtures on the Fairmont roof to light the area below, and transform the location into a beacon of light, drawing people in.

In the past, these have been Robe MegaPointes in weather domes, but this year they decided to try iPointes for the application.

This proved a perfect solution for a number of reasons. The roof load-in involves two different passenger elevators and a long push through the hotel. Not having to use domes or other weather-proofing kit saved substantial time – around five hours – on the load-in and another five on the load-out as they just needed the six iPointe flightcases plus some distro and control.

The iPointes “were very bright” and worked “fantastically” as a means of drawing attention to the location, according to Graham.

They utilized three generations of moving lights on the site for the event, and the iPointes were easily the most impressive.

During programming, they could shoot from the roof of the Fairmont and hit the façade of the Boston Public Library with gobos that were brighter than other fixtures 150ft closer and specifically dedicated to lighting the building.

The biggest challenge of this show is working in the elements in a short timeframe. The whole setup – including a stage for live artists – has to be in and programmed in three days. While this year’s weather was better than in the past, they still had days of rain and high winds to contend with.

Port Lighting has a large stock of Robe products in its rental inventory including iPointes, MegaPointes, BMFL Spots, LEDBeam 1000s and RoboSpot systems.

7 / 2 / 2021
Robe helps DesignSpace Capture A Moment in Imagination

The entertainment technical and production industry has risen to the pandemic challenge with so many prescient and imaginative responses of how to present art, entertainment and stimulate emotional engagement during a time of separation and isolation. None was more innovative than DesignSpace, the brainchild of John Featherstone of US-based design collective Lightswitch.

6 / 25 / 2021
Robe MegaPointes for American Idol

Lighting designer Tom Sutherland of DX7 Design specified 326 x Robe MegaPointes as part of the lighting rig for the 2021 season of American Idol, for which the live shows and final were produced by Freemantle Media and recorded on Stage 36 of CBS Television City in Los Angeles, California, USA.

6 / 22 / 2021
Neg Earth & Robe Help Energise Rose Bruford College’s Live Event Project

It has been a tough year for the entire industry and none more so than those studying the performing arts, with colleges having to radically re-think not just the teaching process and online learning, but also the realisation of practical coursework modules.

6 / 18 / 2021
Robe Helps Shape the Future of Europe Conference

The inaugural Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) event – a European Union initiative to reform its policies and institutions – took place in May at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, at the very heart of EU politics and legislation! The elegant hemicycle debating chamber sits inside the striking Louise Weiss Building designed by Parisian-based Architecture-Studio and opened in 1999. It includes a 60-metre-high tower which is left looking deliberately unfinished and was inspired by Roman amphitheatres and the mythical Tower of Babel.

Read More

Follow @robelighting on Instagram and never miss a story again!

Instagram Photo
Instagram Photo
Instagram Photo
Instagram Photo
Instagram Photo
Instagram Photo

ROBE Lighting uses cookies. We use cookies to personalise content and ads and to analyse our traffic. Please see “More about cookies” to learn more about how they are used on our website. Click “I agree” to activate them or “Close and just use cookies not requiring consent” if you do not want them. You can change your settings on "Cookies" in the footer at any time.