Concert/Events

I began my touring career aged 17 as concert lighting designer for Jethro Tull. Most recently I have worked with The 1975, Shania Twain, Jamie xx, The xx, Kid Cudi, Björk and David Blaine.

I have toured over 30 countries worldwide working in a variety of different venues. These range from small theatres and clubs, to larger theatres and concert halls, arenas, sheds, outdoor gigs, stadiums, festivals and live TV shows.

I have expanded my experience by working with a range of bands and artists, performing in a variety of styles and musical genres. This has given me the opportunity to work in many different ways and develop, whilst staying true to each genre.

Using CAD drawing and pre-visualisation software, I am able to develop designs and program shows in advance of any rehearsals.

Coming from a theatre background has meant I can adapt techniques and styles to work in a concert and events environment, often enhancing a production by treating it theatrically.

I am able to act as a lighting designer, director, programmer and operator using the latest technology and lighting, video, special fx and automation equipment.

 

Awards

Knight of Illumination award winner 2011 and 2017 for stage.

Lighting Design/Direction

The 1975 (lighting director), Shania Twain (lighting director), Björk, The xx, Jamie xx, James Arthur, Skepta, Tinie Tempah, FKA twigs, Todd Terje, The Avalanches, Crystal Fighters, Skindred, Glasvegas, Alexis Jordan, The Blackout, Kids in Glass Houses, Morning Parade, Hadouken!, The Answer, Jethro Tull, Ian Anderson.

Cover, one off’s and support acts

Kid Cudi, Pale Waves, Beabadoobee, Robyn, Katy B, John Newman, 5sos, Charlie XCX, Austra, Limp Bizkit, Florence and the Machine, Amy Winehouse, Asian Dub Foundation, Kelis, Boys like Girls, Hyro da Hero, We are the Ocean, Peter Frampton, Saori Jo, Mostly Autumn, Seth Lakeman, Anna Phoebe, The Young Dubliners, Steve Lukather, Anoushka Shankar.

Events

Terminal V Edinburgh, David Blaine live, The xx MIF, The xx The Armory, The xx Guggenheim, Reebok classic launch Manchester, Oakley bike store London, Adidas originals launch Soho London, Oakley Ferrari sunglasses launch Barcelona.

MICHAEL STRAUN LIGHTING DESIGN & DIRECTION