Defected Records

The Brief

We were engaged to design and deliver three stages, bespoke screen animations and photo ops for the 4th year of the Defected annual festival in The Garden Resort Tisno, Croatia. To celebrate Defected Records 20th anniversary in the music business, they tasked us with rewarding their 5,000 loyal and returning guests with a special and unexpected production for the 2019 show.

The Idea

Bringing to life the core values of Defected while working with the natural beauty of this Adriatic festival site. We wanted to utilise a number of materials and effects that captured the magic between day and night including a mirror ball fascia on the beach stage that glistened in the sunshine and shimmered under moonlight , and laser cut leaf design and natural wood twinned with intense neon green LED and dichroic panels for the inland stage. The Main Stage celebrated Defected's dedicated support of the LGBTQ community taking inspiration from Defected's colourful promo posters, blending the Pride flag colours with a Mondrian influence. The finishing touch to these performances was the backdrop of bespoke animations including neon glitch art, monochrome shadow imagery and slo-mo coloured smoke plumes displayed across more than 50 LED screens. And to tie the Defected story together, photo ops were designed and placed throughout the site.

The Result

Six high-tempo and truly magical days in the Croatian sun, where more than 40 artists played almost 100 hours of music. The 5,000 guests and our clients at Defected agreed it was the best and most special show to date; fitting for the 20th anniversary celebration of the UK's most successful House record label.