Whenever clients ask for a fantastic example of a “digitally printed backdrop,” I love showing them the beautiful and vibrant drape that we custom-built for the eclectic, talented Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy a couple of years ago. In preparation for his upcoming world tour, his team (lead by Production Manager Mani Hammond) wanted a new stage curtain that could be used in a myriad of venue sizes—from large arenas to more intimate theaters. They knew that they wanted a 25’h x 45’w custom-built, digitally printed backdrop, but had some concerns about fabric choice. The designers didn’t want anything too heavy or bulky, but they also didn’t want anything that might be too sheer as they were planning on adding some dramatic theatrical lighting for different sections of the performance. And most importantly, they also needed it to travel well and not become too wrinkled while in transit.

The material that we recommended to them was FR Heavy Knit, which had the right combination of durability and print quality to meet their specific needs. Because this type of backdrop is topically treated after the digital printing is complete, its flame retardancy tests very well at venues while out on the road. This digital substrate is lightweight without being translucent, it has a wonderful matte finish to it, and the wrinkles tend to just “fall right out.” These are all qualities that make it a very popular and tour-friendly choice in digitally printed backdrops, and it worked out impeccably for this tour, too. Check out the video below to see it being made in our shop and then used in concert:

The artwork provided to us by our client was utterly gorgeous, composed of a “watercolor” design in shades of pinks, oranges, yellows, and greens. As you can see (with the eye-catching images from the tour that we collected in our Flickr gallery), this backdrop looked absolutely amazing hanging behind the artist and his band. When we saw pictures and videos from his shows, we were struck by how terrific the backdrop looked in natural lighting. But were even more blown away with how many incredible variations it took on under colorful theatrical lighting from their immensely skillful lighting design team. We loved that our client’s design vision turned into the exact soft goods that they were looking for! Do not hesitate to contact our sales representatives so that we can help your design vision also become a memorable, tangible reality on stage, too. And please check out Vance Joy on his current world tour if you can—it’s a brilliant show that should not be missed.