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On 7-10th of March 2023, the world’s most well-known dog show, Crufts, kicked off in the NEC Birmingham for a 4-day spectacular, with over 18,000 contestants and hundreds of thousands of visitors. Organised and hosted by The Kennel Club, Crufts features a wide array of prestigious awards to celebrate the world of dogs. 

Neg Earth Lights were thrilled to be the supplier once again of the lighting for the 2023 show, and proudly supported Crufts for their monumental 150th anniversary! Moreover, it was a pleasure to have worked on such a unique project, giving the Neg team further experience working in a range of different events. 

28 Ayrton Perseo-S fixtures were provided for the show. These luminaires highlighted the dogs taking centre stage with their moving-head and precise beams. 

52 Chroma-Q Color One 100 X IP65 were supplied by Neg Earth for the event. These powerful LED beams have an extensive range of features including theatrical grade dimming, making this the perfect feature for drawing attention to the dogs taking to the floor. 

24 Martin Mac Aura PXL were also provided for the show. These multi-lens wash lights, which feature high intensity yet tight beams, helped to produce a dramatic showbiz effect for the stage. 

These high-performance fixtures contributed to an entertaining and theatrical visual display spotlighting the performing pups. Neg Earth Lights are proud to have supplied the lighting equipment for a 4-day showcase at Crufts 2023, helping to perfectly execute a striking visual display, providing world-class lighting for a world-class event. 


Lighting Designer/Operator: Paul Cook  

Project Team: Martin Garnish and Rachel Condon 



Heavy metal band Bullet for My Valentine, travelled across Europe and the UK for their 2023 tour, after releasing a deluxe edition of their self-titled debut album in August 2022. Neg Earth supplied high performance lighting for the 2023 tour, helping to develop a powerful rock spectacular for the Welsh band. 

The shows featured Ukrainian band Jinjer and Californian band Atreyu as special guests at all the concerts, treating devoted fans to an unforgettable night of metal-core music. 

The first show kicked off in Cologne, with further performances across Europe’s major cities including Paris and Brussels. The band then travelled to the UK, performing in the nation’s biggest cities including an incredible final show at the Roundhouse in London to draw the tour to a close. 

Neg Earth supplied lighting fixtures and equipment for the tour, which helped bring Lighting Designer, Richard Larkum’s creative vision to life. The Ayrton Diablo created radiant beams and produced an extensive range of bold and bright colours, making it the perfect fixture to compliment the hardcore punk performance. 

The rig also featured the Chorus Line 16, which was positioned around a raised section of the stage. This 16-pixel bar wash luminaire dynamically projected intense beams of colour throughout each venue, matching the emotions of each song performed by the Welsh band.  

It was a pleasure to once again work with Richard Larkum on another incredible tour and help turn his vision into a metal-rock reality for Bullet for My Valentine. 



Lighting Designer: Richard Larkum 

Project Manager: Martin Garnish



Photo Credits:   

Scott Findlay/ © S.W.F Productions 

© Pacific Curd Photography for Metal Hammer 


To celebrate the galaxy far, far away, the world’s biggest Star Wars event, Star Wars Celebration Europe 2023, took place over a 4-day weekender full of storm troopers, dark droids and luminous lightsabres from the 7th to the 10th April. 

For the LucasFilm Studio showcase, Neg Earth Lights are thrilled to have provided lighting fixtures and equipment which created a striking and out-of-this-world visual display.  The Neg Earth team worked closely with Lighting Designer Matt Bialek, to develop his creative vision for the celebration into a futuristic space spectacle. 

‘Warsies’ and ‘Star Warriors’ headed to the ExCeL in London in a community of Cosplay costumes for a celebration of the fifth highest grossing movie franchise of all time. The event included immersive exhibits, exclusive merchandise and celebrity guests. The sell-out event celebrated all things Star Wars, even releasing a major announcement for the return of old Star Wars legends onscreen.  

One of the fixtures supplied by Neg Earth for the showcase was the Martin Mac Aura PXL. This multi-lens wash light features high intensity beams, providing the exhibition with bold and vibrant beams of colours which projected through the rooms. Additionally, the Ayrton Domino Profile helped to produce a space-age atmosphere from its dynamic lines of saturated light. The high-performance fixture was a great contribution to the lighting display, creating a broad colour spectrum for the Sci-Fi Celebration. 

Neg Earth are proud to be the lighting supplier for the Star Wars Celebration 2023. We hope to work with the Star Wars Celebration team on future initiatives to develop more striking shows.  



Lighting Designer: Matt Bialek  

Project Manager: Martin Garnish 

Photography credit:  @geek.pride 

Video credit: Star Wars Celebration via Instagram


For the first time since 1998, the United Kingdom hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 on 13th May, held on behalf of Ukraine.  All 37 participants from across the globe performed live from Liverpool Arena, televised for millions of viewers to watch worldwide. Neg Earth Lights are incredibly proud to be the supplier of the lighting, rigging and power for the internationally renowned contest, working closely with talented Lighting Designer, Tim Routledge, to develop his creative vision for the show into an unforgettable lighting spectacular.  

 The slogan for the 67th Eurovision Contest was ‘United by Music’ highlighting the unique partnership between United Kingdom and Ukraine, but also expressing how music unites everyone and how the power of music can bring communities closer together. With Ukraine unable to host the show due to the war, this meaningful partnership reflects the origins of the contest, uniting countries in solidarity through a shared television experience. The BBC worked closely with European Broadcasting Union (EBU) to organise the contest, in discussion with UA: PBC, Ukraine’s public broadcaster, as well as Kalush Orchestra, last year’s winner of the contest.  

In a message to Ukraine, Liverpool’s Mayor, Joanne Anderson expressed prior to the big final, “Ukraine- you have my promise we will do you proud”.  

The team at Neg Earth had been preparing for many months leading up to the 3 shows. New equipment had been supplied especially for the occasion, including Robe’s latest innovations such as the Robe Tetra X. 


Preparation at Neg Earth: 

The Controls Team at Neg Earth Lights 

Tim Routledge explained in an interview with IBC the lighting specification for the show, “To create depth we’ve added 190 Robe Tetra X on the rear of the video doors to deliver a spinning, kinetic pixel-driven lighting wall. Behind that we have a wall of Robe Painte and Q8 strobes to add even more depth as the doors revolve.”  

He continued, “Around the oval stage, which is effectively in the round, I wanted a way to make new architectures of floor lighting so I designed 22 lifting columns into the lighting shelf that can rise and fall the Robe Spiiders on the edge. We have new fixtures in the form of the Clay Paky Sharpy on the four large set arms that frame the whole show.” 


Preparation for the big final at M&S Arena in Liverpool, UK 


Eurovision lighting rehearsals prior to the show 

The great result of the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 was down to the hard work of our lighting team, our warehouse team and the entire Neg Earth crew. The lighting design was exceptionally executed by the lighting team, and in addition the extensive range of fixtures which Neg Earth Lights supplied truly wowed the millions of viewers from across the World. 


Take a look at some of the key statistics from the show! 



“That was the happiest, most joyous show I have ever worked on – it was fun from day 1 to the end and I cannot thank you enough for all the support Negs gave us. From the bottom of my heart – thankyou. This was as a special one, and Negs went for it. From an amazing new network to Joao’s tea break emergency kit and everything in between. Negs is one truly special company and everything we have done in the past has culminated in last week – thanks, it was truly world class.” 

Tim Routledge, Lighting Designer for Eurovision 


Click here to watch more behind the scenes at The Eurovision Song Contest 2023!




Lighting Designer: Tim Routledge  

Project Manager: Damien Jackson 

Technical Solutions: Ambersphere & MA Lighting 


To celebrate their monumental 60-year anniversary, The Rolling Stones announced their tour titled ‘Stones Sixty 2022’. Rock icons, Mick, Keith and Ronnie, played several concerts throughout June and July 2022 across Europe. Neg Earth have provided lighting, rigging and control for various Rolling Stones shows for numerous years, and we were proud to continue supporting the band for this incredible tour.  

Woodroffe Basset Design collaborated with lead designers Patrick Woodroffe and Terry Cook, providing a new stage design to mark this anniversary tour. Forming a major part of the design was the striking and memorable fascia. Working closely with WBD and TAIT the talented team at Neg Earth strategically identified the most effective way fixture could be mounted on top of the fascia. The Chauvet Strike Array 2  was chosen due to its innovative, compact and high-performing properties. The fixture was a rich and bright tungsten colour, whilst also being lightweight in nature. It was important for the fixture to be IP65 rated, due to its exposure and position in the plot. This made the Chauvet Strike Array 2 a great addition to the lighting display. 

Behind the newly designed fascia, sat the overhead lighting rig. This was made up of 9 fingers of its truss populated with Martin MAC Viper Air FX, and Ayrton Perseos. These fingers were used to light the performance area and create stunning mid-air effects. However, the shape of the fascia, that contrasted with the straight lighting trusses created a design problem that needed solving. 

The team at Wonder Works, led by Jeremy Lloyd are a company dedicated to delivering high-end solutions to just these types of problems. They designed a custom outrigger system to allow the Ayrton Perseos to follow the shape of the fascia. 

During conversations in pre-production, it was agreed Neg Earth would take on the task of fabricating the outriggers. Working from drawings produced by Wonder Works, our fabrication team were proud to provide a solution for an integral part of the design. The flexibility of the final product allowed them to be used in different orientations and positions across the rig, as well as being compact enough to travel within the lighting trusses. This was a key consideration as it increased the flow during load in and saved our team on the road time. 

Jeremy Lloyd, co-director, Wonder Works says, “Since their formation in 1962, The Rolling Stones have become known for their super sharp, integrated staging and the challenge with this tour was to maintain this high level look without using a custom roof. It was an honour to work with such a brilliant and trusted team again to deliver another stand-out tour for the Stones.” 

Tour Credits:  

Patrick Woodroffe – Creative Director / Lighting Designer (WBD) 

Ethan Weber – Lighting Director 

Keith Johnson – Crew Chief (Neg Earth) 

Grant Hickey – Follow-me / FOH tech 

Terry Cook – Associate Lighting Designer 

Roland Greil – Video Director 

Production Designers- Stufish 


At London Fashion week 2023, the Italian luxury house Moncler closed out the event with a ground-breaking, experience-driven spectacular, with their collaborative capsule collection ‘Moncler Genius’. Neg Earth Lights are delighted to be the supplier of lighting fixtures, automation systems and a custom-built arch for the Moncler Genius show. 

The London Fashion Week 2023 show had been carefully planned and executed by the premier special- events company Villa Eugénie. The brand’s creativity and expertise combined with the major influence that the fashion industry has on culture, has driven the innovative event-company Villa Eugénie to produce over 1000 unique fashion shows and events worldwide.  

Moncler Genius, which first launched in 2018, is a unique collection which continues to evolve. First founded by the brand’s CEO Remo Ruffini, the collection has previously featured collaborative concepts with the gifted Simone Rocha and Valentino’s iconic Pierpaolo Piccioli. With Moncler rebelling against traditional luxury fashion and redefining the meaning of ‘collaboration’, the show successfully captured their evolution of creativity. 

100,000 guests took to London’s Kensington Olympia Stadium to spectate the creative masterpiece which incorporated big brands, creatives, and artists, including Pharrell Williams, Mercedez-Benz, Rick Owens, Palm Angles, Adidas Originals and many more. The show culminated in a performance from Grammy-award winning, R&B sensation Alicia Keys. 

Neg Earth Lights are thrilled to have been the supplier of lighting fixtures in the Moncler Genius show as well as a Kinesys motor system which supported various luminaires at the exhibition including high performance Robe  and Ayrton fixtures. Additionally, there were unique pods which hung throughout the room from our automated motor systems. The lighting powerfully projected outwards in narrow beams into the room giving a futuristic, space-age atmosphere. Moreover, this out of this world spectacular helped to truly express the innovative nature of the Moncler Genius collective through an incredible immersive display. 

In addition, Neg Earth created a custom fabricated three-quarter circle to give the desired arch-look for Alicia Keys’ performance in the Moncler show.  The custom-made arch, built by the talented team at Neg Earth, was 26m in diameter, 18m in height, with 73 robe mega pointe adorning the curvature for an impressive runway-style stage which powerfully mirrored the venues architecture. 

 With an impressive kick-start to the year, this display brought Ruffini’s inventive vision to life from encompassing technology, entertainment, and design. Neg Earth Lights are delighted to have been the supplier of the lighting elements and key motor systems used in the show, contributing to a striking immersive display. 



Project Manager: Martin Garnish 

Lighting Designer: Arf & Yes 

Production: Villa Eugénie 

Saudi Arabia welcomed back WWE Crown Jewel for a fourth year in November 2022. Held in Riyadh’s Mrsool Park Stadium, a growing and diverse audience watched the wrestling spectacle. Neg Earth Lights provided lighting, rigging and automation for WWE Crown Jewel, continuing a close relationship with event planners and lighting design team Jason Robinson and Jason Shaw.


We have provided services for WWE shows since 2018. Our project manager, Gavin Maze, took pleasure running the project for WWE for the 8th time, explaining “Each one comes with their unique challenges – weight loading, heat and the occasional sandstorm are a few examples! However, we have got these WWE Saudi shows down to a fine art now, being able to draw on what we’ve learnt from the previous shows and the experiences of our crew working in various venues across Jeddah and Riyadh. These experiences added with the relationships we have built over the years with the teams mean we are able to smoothly deliver a high spec and complex build each time.”


Gavin recognises though that this delivery is a reflection on the team at home and away; “Like everything we do at Neg, it’s a real collaborative effort across the company ensuring that the team we send out are well supported,” he continues, “The Neg team are heavily involved in co-ordinating the shipping, crewing and build schedules. From the crew team arranging flights and visas for crew all over the world, to our warehouse teams meticulously preparing equipment – pulling all the threads together can be both challenging and rewarding”


The WWE team really know how to fill a stadium, with over 600 moving heads and strobes, they excel at creating dynamic effects throughout the show. We also supplied approximately 10km of cable and an extensive MA3 and Luminex control system. Onsite efficiently installing this mammoth system, were 18 highly talented crew members, as well as 16 crew from Show stars crewing company and 14 riggers from TECS.


Gavin concludes, “It is a highlight of my year sending out such a large team and system, here’s to the next one!” The team at Neg look forward to providing further equipment to WWE in the years to come.


Lighting Design team: Jason Robinson and Jason Shaw.

Photo Credit: WWE


Neg Earth Lights has recently partnered with eco-friendly community project Remade in Park Royal with the aim to reduce industrial waste going to landfill. Neg Earth Lights’ Senior Fabricator, Phil Webb, established his relationship with the project’s founders, Tom Fraser-Ivans and Grace Williams, 3 years ago.  

The community project, Remade in Park Royal, is dedicated to creating a circular economy. Their team has established a material exchange hub for the local community, which prevents unwanted industrial items ending up in landfill. Instead, local artists and schools are free to utilise them in their creative endeavours. 

Phil first met Tom 3 years ago in the local community, when Tom was seeking art pieces created from upcycled and recycled materials for an exhibition he was planning. They exchanged contact details and have since fostered a working relationship using unwanted industrial items.  

Phil has since started his own creations, making sculptures out of unwanted metal previously used in the live events industry. He explains, “I like the idea of repurposing scrap items and equipment for an art piece rather than increasing the carbon footprint of the item through the recycling process.” He has been known to create coat racks and large 5ft flowers out of old shackles. But his most renowned creation is his Spannersaurus, which featured in the Work-Leisure art exhibition organised by artist and lecturer Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad. 

With the realisation that their community of eco-friendly artists was growing, Remade in Park Royal was set up. Phil Webb then donated 500m of 8mm high-quality rigging rope to the project. Forest school, outdoor learning and environmental education provider in West London, Bewilder Education, has since taken the rope to help children learn more about spiders in an interactive and fun way by creating a giant spider web. 

Phil spread the word to Neg Earth Lights owners Pip & Dave Ridgway, who both expressed their passion for eco-friendly projects and subsequently pledged to support Remade in Park Royal with a donation of £3,000 towards the campaign. This crowdfunding campaign has raised over £30,000 so far, allowing founders Tom and Grace to make the project fully operational. 

Neg’s HSE Advisor, Sonia Dhariwal, who is focusing on the company’s environmental efforts explains the positive aspects of this partnership, “It is important to collaborate with the local community to establish partnerships with like-minded individuals and seek bespoke solutions and opportunities to help reduce our environmental impact.”  

We look forward to supporting the cause and sharing images of the artists’ creations.  


For an immersive display like no other, Neg Earth are proud to be the providers of the lighting, rigging and control for YUNGBLUD’s 2023 World tour. 

With a sell-out first show on 16 February in Cardiff, Wales, rock sensation YUNGBLUD began his world arena tour 2023 in style, with fans rocking up from all over the UK for an unforgettable pop-punk performance. From Glasgow OVO Hydro to OVO Arena Wembley, headliner YUNGBLUD has spoiled his fans with a 20-song setlist as well as introducing award-winning Neck Deep in the support slot. Being one of the UK’s leading pop-punk bands, Neck Deep are well placed to compliment this truly spectacular world tour. 


The powerful and electrifying Chauvet Color Strike M has been interspersed throughout the rig, but it is the Ayrton Magic Panel R that commands centre stage. These high-performance Ayrton fixtures feature a collection of LEDs which enable a striking rotation of visual effects used to great effect by the show’s designers. Dominating the upstage were 3 stacked trusses with a powerful combination of the Chauvet Color Strike M,  Ayrton Domino, and a 20k Tungsten Power Beam perched in between, projecting its immense beam onto the drummer, Michael Rennie, evoking a 70’s rock nostalgia for devoted fans. In addition, the unique Film Gear Tungsten Power Beam 24k 20kW, created a dramatic display with a striking contrast of spot-to-flood lighting, giving a motion-picture effect whilst complementing the industrial atmosphere of the show.  

With the world arena tour underway, YUNGBLUD will be travelling to France, Spain, Italy and more, to perform at his sell-out shows. Neg Earth are joining the tour to help stage designer Sam Tozer’s desired vision come to life. 


Photo credits: Tom Pallant / Luke Dyson 

Production Manager: Richard ‘Wez’ Wearing 

Project Manager: Martin Garnish 

Lighting Designer: Sam Tozer 

Lighting Director: Liam Griffiths 

Special Effects: ER Productions 


In collaboration with Women in Live Music (WILM), we were thrilled to have held our first beginner’s workshop to educate and offer advice to women who are striving to enter the world of lighting.  

At Neg Earth Lights we are passionate about taking action to make a positive change, and whilst Neg have made a conscious effort over many years to introduce more women into the workplace and bridge the gap of gender inequality, the sad reality remains that far less women are working within the live events industry than men. 

Roles such as Lighting Technicians, Power Technicians and Riggers are held predominantly by men, and with shocking statistics from Zippia showing that only 13.4% of Light Technicians are women. Here at Neg we want to change this.  

Moreover, Neg Earth Lights is a family-run business and was founded by Dave and Pip Ridgway. With an inspiring female figure as one of the Managing Directors, Pip is passionate about the company helping to make a difference and encourage more women into the live events industry. In the panel discussion, Neg Project Manager Lindsey Markham, told the guests, ‘For me, in this industry I’ve always felt that I couldn’t find the routes in. Now, I think we are getting better at finding these routes in for people and I really think this forum is amazing,’ showing how passionate the Neg team are for offering these opportunities, inspired by their own first-hand experiences. 

In honour of International Women’s Day on the 8th of March 2023, Neg Earth Lights collaborated with the incredible team at Women in Live Music, offering exclusive workshops at our in-house studio, LH3. The event was a packed day of learning, networking, and lots of fun! A special mention to the women at WILM, including Olive Olin and Malle Kaas for assisting with the workshop, and Neg’s Marketing Manager, Tanya Kanani, who had carefully planned and hosted the event. 

The response to the event was incredible with tickets selling out within the first hour of release! Additionally, there were over 30 people signed up to the waiting list for the event, showing its popularity amongst women aspiring to enter the live events industry, highlighting the current demand for career guidance and support within this industry.  

The workshops were split into the specialities of lighting, rigging and power, with the guests alternating between sessions. The lighting workshop was led by Neg’s Technical Solutions Manager Joao Magalhaes and Lighting Designer Subul Lodi. The workshop explored the 4 key stages in the live event lighting process; Design, Preparation, Delivery and Practical. The guests not only gained theory-based knowledge in the sessions, but also gained hands-on experience operating the impressive GrandMA console. The rigging workshop was set up by Neg’s in-house Motors and Rigging Manager Rick Williamson, and the workshop was run by WILM member and rigger Ida Maria Borgstrom. This workshop involved teaching the guests to float a pre-built truss grid, showing them how to build and install baskets onto the grid and land the grid. This interactive approach to the workshop was a fantastic way for the guests to learn through practical application. The third was a Power workshop, set up by Carl Garner, Neg’s Electrical Specialist, and Maintenance Technician Bernice Roust and led by Bernice herself. In the workshop, Bernice educated the guests on Power Theory, as well as incorporating a hands-on practical application to her workshop. 

Following these sessions was the panel Q+A, where the all-female panel discussed barriers within the live events industry and how to overcome them. The panel featured the Production Manager Alice James, Neg Project Manager Lindsey Markham, Lighting Designer Subul Lodi, Rigger Ida Maria and Ambersphere Key Account Manager Briony Berning. The audience had a chance to ask questions at the end, which explored how to confidently enter the industry, choose a specific area in the live events sector, and connect with professionals.  

On this amazing day, jointly sponsored by Neg and Ambersphere, to ensure this opportunity was accessible regardless of individual circumstances, the group had networking drinks, where the guests, female panel, and workshop leaders had the chance to socialise and make new connections.  To put an end to the day the guests left armed with swag from both Ayrton and Neg and a sense that with us, everything is possible. 

An inspiring message taken from Lindsey Markham during the panel discussion was; ‘‘If you think you can do it and no one’s giving it to you, go and get it, go and ask for it… go and execute it well. 

Keep an eye out for our future initiatives where you can learn to be a part of the incredible and diverse lighting community! 



In collaboration with: Women in Live Music 

Networking drinks supplied by: Ambersphere 

Event Planner: Tanya Kanani