2017 Winner of the Avolites Award for


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Michael Straun

The xx: I See You Tour 2017

SHORTLISTED: Paul Normandale (Lite Alt Design) for The Chemical Brothers at The Eventim Apollo, and Steven Bewley for Stormzy’s Gang Signs and Prayer tour at Brixton O2 Academy

KOI Judges’ comments


“Really innovative design approach, unconventional method of lighting, works really well, dynamic and unexpected.”

Jonny Milmer


“Taking the band’s latest album title – I See You – to the extreme, Michael Straun’s design for The XX tour made a bold artistic statement, with automated mirrors and beautiful washes of colour creating mesmerising visual effects in lieu of video content. A perfect conversation between music and lighting.”

Clare Beeson


“The use of mirrors, as a light reflecting surface, transformed venues in a disorientating yet effortlessly ethereal way.”

Kelly Murray