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Vantablack Monolith

A spectacular stage effect at Coachella music festival for the techno DJ and Producer Gesaffelstein

Livenation France - 2018

For Levitation 29 and in collaboration with Surrey NanoSystems and Production Resources Group

Gesaffelstein’s ascetic and apocalyptic sounds paired perfectly with the Vantablack VBx2 monolith at Coachella and as he played the first date of his 2019 Requiem tour.


In a performance that resonated in the space between the audio and visual, breaking new ground for live music, audiences were totally immersed in the experience.


Gesaffelstein appeared to float against the Vantablack monolith, a mesmerising two-dimensional black void, as he played out to the heaving crowd.


During the performance, the monolith separated into two vertical halves exposing a high-resolution LED display. The contrast of light and super dark was so intense that spectators struggled to photograph it.


Stage Design - Technical Direction - Project Management - Press and PR

Benjamin worked with the senior team at Livenation France and Production Resources Group (PRG) in the US to develop a design for a touring stage set. The 10m high monolith could be broken down and transported on specially designed dollies. It was designed so that it could be handled without needing to touch the Vantablack coated surface and therefore prevent damage.


Benjamin worked closely with the Scientists at Surrey NanoSystem to develop a coating strategy which resulted in a team being sent over to PRG's New Windsor facility where they coated the curved panels in PRG's large spray booth.

Benjamin contributed to the press release and featured in a behind the scenes film about the project.

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