U2 Brings 8K TV Wall Made of 1040 LED Screens To Buffalo for a Night

Whether you are a fan of Bono, Edge, and the rest of U2, or you just wanted to go check out what it’s like at Ralph Wilson Stadium for a live show, you were in for a treat. People of all ages collected and made their way through thick traffic tributaries into Orchard Park for the blockbuster U2 concert. Feelings beforehand lingered with anticipation like a primetime Bills’ game, as many spent time tailgating and pre gaming for the show in the parking lot beforehand. Beck was set to open around 7:30, and the headliner to go on around 9:10. One thing was very noticeable while Beck was jamming in front of what looked to be a huge screen. A huge-er backdrop that stretched further than the width of the Ralph Wilson turf, and looked about 5 stories tall. What followed after U2’s opening 4/5 songs was the unveiling of display screen made up of 1040 LED screens, displaying crystal clear 8K video that brought the performance to the next level. 

What does 4K HDTV Mean?

Who Built It?

TAIT Towers, one of the worldwide leaders in stage technologies and engineering for live entertainment is to thank for one of the biggest screens we’ve ever seen here in Buffalo NY. They provide some of the biggest acts in music and entertainment with staging, theater automation, and LED integration. In addition to U2, TIAT has provided incredible staging for acts like Lady Gaga, Metallica, and Faith Hill & Tim Mcgraw. The stage is moved from city to city, currently on the third leg of the Joshua Tree tour. SPACEFRAME is the carbon fiber touring frame design created by Production Resource Group, who has been a part of U2 tours since 1992.  Check out this timelapse video of the display being set up by the crew.


It Was How Big?

192 feet wide, completely custom, made of 1040 LED screens. That’s 64 yards long. The immense structure also featured the Joshua Tree shape, and a 75 foot long runway leading to a tree-shaped b-stage. The crazy thing about the display screen, is that it is 7.6K which is basically unheard of. Tour Director Chris Evans said that it is similar in size to the screen used on the 1997 tour, but over 400 times the resolution. According to The Guardian, it is the largest and highest resolution screen used on a concert tour.

If you made it out to Orchard Park for the U2 Joshua Tree tour, you were witness to one of the greatest accomplishments in Audio Visual technology history. Park Place Installations specializes in tv wall installation, which we have installed at the Niagara Power Authority, as well as at Buffalo RiverWorks, which you can check out right here..

If you know of a company looking to install legendary LED screen displays that are made up of over 20 tvs, you’ll be hard pressed to find a team with as much experience as our team at Park Place Installations.


Upgrading Your TV? Here’s What You Need to Know About 4K TV


We like to take time to help our customers understand what they need to know when looking for new additions to their home theater or entertainment room. You remember a few years ago when we thought a huge clunky projection big screen was the coolest way to watch TV? How about having to move that 300lb tube television? Hope you had at least 3 guys with you to get a task like that done. Things are moving pretty quickly and it’s already been a few years since the changeover from standard definition to high definition. We also saw the 3D television come out, and here we have a new way to see in high def. 4K Ultra HD. It’s not easy keeping up on this stuff, so what is 4K?

What Does 4K TV Mean?

You’ve probably heard or seen the term 1080p (1920×1080) if you’ve watched any HDTV. 4K is a display that has at least 8 million active pixels. For televisions, the resolution has multiplied by 4, to a standard resolution of 3840×2160, and for 4K movie theaters, or digital cinema, the number is even greater at 4096×2160. In comparison of 1080p, for every space holding 1 pixel, a 4K space of the same size can hold 4 pixels. This creates a much sharper image.

Should I go 1080p or 4K?

If you truly want the best looking display available, 4K is the way to go. That being said, a few other factors come into play. Some people can’t tell the difference between 720p and 1080p, but the larger the television, the easier it is to see the difference. The size of the television, should reflect on the size of the room. You want enough room where you can be at a distance that is far enough away to be able to get the full effect. If you are thinking about going with a television that is 50” or more, you should probably just go ahead and go with the 4K, because it’s going to maximize your investment. As tech improves, 4K will become the standard for viewing content.

What Can I watch In 4K?

Though your options aren’t endless, more and more 4K content is coming everyday. Amazon and Netflix provide a good amount of of 4K content to stream, as long as you have solid internet connection. YouTube also supports 4K video. You can also find Ultra HD Blu-ray discs, but Ultra HD Blu-ray players are still rare and hard to find. It’s safe to say that streaming is the way it’s going to be from here on, so don’t waste your money on the Ultra HD Blu-rays. As VHS, CD’s, and DVD’s became obsolete, it’s safe to say stick to streaming.

This should get you started on the search for that new big screen. If you have any questions about what brands are best, what the first steps should be, what mount to use, just give us a call. We’d be happy to help you out, and you don’t want to go hanging up a brand new 54” 4K television without doing it right. We can mount a tv pretty much wherever you want it. We’ve seen people have them in their kitchen, garage, patio, etc. If you’re looking for information on mancaves and home theaters, Park Place has the answers!