News Archive for May 2012

Adamson and Real Music Acoustic Announce Exclusive Distributorship for Greater China

31/05/2012 - Business News

Before the PALM Exhibition taking place in Beijing, China, Adamson’s newly appointed exclusive distributor Real Music Acoustic & Lighting Technology Co. Ltd. expertly organised Adamson’s biggest Chinese seminar to date. The afternoon saw the ballroom of the Kempinski Hotel Beijing crowded with over 200 attendees eager to be reacquainted with the brand, as described by Real Music managing director, Ritchie Wang. Formed in only 2009, Real Music has already become a major player having established offices in Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Xian City.

Parasol Wins Live Design Product of the Year Award

31/05/2012 - Event News

On Tuesday evening, May 22, Parasol Advanced Systems of Vancouver, BC, Canada, proudly accepted the Live Design 2011-2012 Product of the Year Award in the rigging category for the Parasol ACS system. The winning products are chosen by panels of prestigious designers and programmers in the disciplines of lighting, sound, and projection. The awards were presented during a special ceremony at the Jerome Robbins Theatre in the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York as part of the Live Design Broadway Master Classes.

Clay Paky Appoints DWR Distribution in Response to Growth in South African Market

31/05/2012 - Business News

Clay Paky has appointed Johannesburg based DWR Distribution, well known for its high standard of project work and large network of industry clients, as its exclusive distributor for South Africa.

Clay Paky Illuminates the America's Cup World Series in Naples

31/05/2012 - Production News

Clay Paky illuminated the opening ceremony of the America's Cup World Series in Piazza del Plebiscito in Naples. The Cup consists of a series of match race regattas that bring the competition to some of the most famous places in the world, including Naples, Venice and San Francisco.

Example of a Showcase for Clay Paky

31/05/2012 - Production News

Rapper and Singer/Songwriter ‘Example’ has kicked off his first ever arena tour with a stunning lighting system designed by imaginative LD Graham ‘Grum’ Leesmith.

Clay Paky Welcomes George Masek to North American Distributor A.C.T. Lighting

31/05/2012 - People News

Clay Paky has welcomed the announcement that automated lighting industry veteran George Masek has been appointed by its North American distributor, A.C.T. Lighting.

QFlex Chosen for Wollongong’s Flagship Lecture Theatre

31/05/2012 - Project News

The University of Wollongong traces its origins to 1951 when a division of the then New South Wales University of Technology was established in Wollongong.

Philips Selecon and Strand Lighting Set to Deliver a Dazzling Showcase at ABTT 2012

31/05/2012 - Event News

Hot on the heels of its success at PLASA Focus Leeds and ProLight+Sound, Frankfurt, the team at Philips Entertainment Lighting is gearing up for yet another high-energy trade event in the form of the annual ABTT Theatre Show in June.

Martin Gets Mötley at Hard Rock in Vegas

31/05/2012 - Production News

Sooner Routhier and Robert Long have been co-production designers for Mötley Crue since 2010 and earlier this year had a run of 12 shows at The Joint at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas.

MAC Aura Shows its Versatility on Nierka

31/05/2012 - Production News

Nierka, a unique multidisciplinary performance piece by visual designer Tupac Martir, débuted at the Peacock Theatre in London earlier in the year using Martin Professional’s compact MAC Aura and MAC 101 LED wash lights all supplied by lighting rental company HSL of Blackburn.

“In the Footsteps of Giants” More Than Just a Tall Tale

31/05/2012 - Production News

Martin Professional Exterior 400 Image Projectors and Exterior 1200 Image Projectors are helping bring a legendary Swedish epic tale to life on the slopes of Åre Ski Area in central Sweden. Beginning with last year’s 2011/2012 ski season, skiers at Åre can experience "In the Footsteps of Giants," a night-time guided ski tour for children - or kids of all ages - that retells the local legend of the Giants, the legendary creators of the Norse gods.

Engineering Experts Triple E to Launch New Acoustic Banner at ABTT

31/05/2012 - Event News

Entertainment equipment engineering company Triple E will unveil its newly designed and enhanced acoustic banner at this year’s ABTT trade show.

Philips Vari-Lite Demo Latest Super Bright Range of Spot Luminaires at ABTT 2012

31/05/2012 - Event News

The ABTT Theatre Show is quickly approaching and it’s expected to be the most successful yet. The annual entertainment industry event, now in its 34th year, will open 13th and 14th June, for the first time in its new home – The Old Truman Brewery, London. The team from Philips Vari-Lite, the original manufacturers of automated lighting fixtures, will be on hand to show off recently launched, super bright range of Spot and LED luminaires and to catch up with end users and dealers.

Scouting for Cases 5 Star Style

30/05/2012 - Production News

Leading European flightcase manufacturer 5 Star Cases has donated some of its Arena 600 cases to The Rig Scout Active Support Unit which is based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, UK, for their day-to-day use.

Axon Media Servers Help Provide 360 Degree Projection

30/05/2012 - Production News

Zagreb is the capital and the largest city of the Republic of Croatia. This March the city played host to an exhibit entitled “Bruketa&Žinić om: Exhibit” held in the central Barrel Gallery of the hall of the Croatian Associations of Artists. European advertising agency Bruketa&Žinić OM created the installation where High End Systems Axon Media Servers were used to deploy content on the 360 degree projection space.

Clay Paky Shotlight Wash Captures Live Design Product of the Year Honours

30/05/2012 - Event News

Live Design magazine has named the Clay Paky Shotlight Wash one of its 2011-2012 Products of the Year. The award winners are chosen annually by a panel of prestigious designers and programmers in the lighting, sound and projection fields. Clay Paky’s Shotlight Wash was cited in the Luminaire category.

Lou Mannarino “Overwhelmingly Satisfied” with Kiva

30/05/2012 - Production News

Lou Mannarino, live audio engineer for the New York Philharmonic and CEO of L&M Sound & Light, recently expanded his company’s inventory with the addition of an L-Acoustics Kiva system, which has already been deployed on a number of high-profile events throughout the Big Apple.

Primary Colours for The Horrors

30/05/2012 - Production News

Recently skinny-jeaned songsters The Horrors took to the stage of the 02 Brixton Academy for their first headline gig there, débuting new album Skying. The hugely anticipated gig completely lived up to fans' expectations, those Mercury nominated South end boys were back on top!

Unusual Rigging at ABTT Theatre Show

30/05/2012 - Event News

As a single-source provider of solutions to the challenges of suspending, elevating or moving equipment, scenery or people, Unusual Rigging will be at ABTT to discuss how they’ve solved problems in the past – and how they can help solve yours in the future.

Sing 4 England!

29/05/2012 - Production News

Recently permanent show hosts Helen Chamberlain and Max Rushden kicked off the annual Soccer AM sporting event which included a host of special guests and performers, including Professor Green, to ensure the lucky football fans in attendance had a fun filled day.

ABTT: A Focus on the Future of Industry Training

29/05/2012 - Standards News

The Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) will use the opportunity of its forthcoming Theatre Show (13-14 June), to present a seminar discussion on the future of industry training, at London’s Old Truman Brewery, on Wednesday 13th June, 12:45pm-2pm, in the venue’s Seminar Room. Speakers include: Robin Auld, operations director, National Skills Academy Creative & Cultural; Chris Parry-Jones, head of Gallowglass Training and Bryan Raven, managing director, White Light.

The Voice UK at Elstree Studios

29/05/2012 - Production News

“When one of the UK’s biggest TV shows sets up in your back yard and say they need to equip the largest lighting rig that’s ever been seen on prime time TV, it would be rude not to help them out,” says ELP project manager Barry Denison with a wry smile on his face!

Philips Selecon Celebrates Positive Reaction to Newly Launched PLCYC1 LED

29/05/2012 - Equipment News

The Philips Selecon team is celebrating this month following an influx of positive feedback from dealers and end users in response to the newly launched PLCyc1 LED luminaire.

ETC Source Four LED in the Spotlight at ABTT 2012

29/05/2012 - Event News

After its huge success at both ProLight+Sound and PLASA Focus shows, ETC is getting ready to show the new Source Four LED at this year’s ABTT Show.

Investing in Futures: Orbital Partnership with the National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural

29/05/2012 - Standards News

Orbital Sound has embarked on an exciting apprenticeship scheme, reflecting its passion for training and encouraging new talent into the industry. Orbital has taken on two apprentices, working with the National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural, which comprises a membership network of over 230 theatre and live music employers, as well as 20 colleges across England. Becky Felton is the first to start, joining Orbital in May, with Jay Dodds already scheduled to start work when he finishes his exams in June.

W-DMX on Liverpool Flagship Store in Mexico

28/05/2012 - Project News

Wireless Solution Sweden AB Mexican OEM partner Hermes Music, S.A. de C.V. recently brightened the skyline in Villahermosa, Mexico at the Liverpool Flagship store using PR Lighting with W-DMX. Hermes supplied 22 W-DMX transmitters and 64 of PR Lighting’s PR-8800 architectural fixtures to light the façade.

Stage Sound Services Boosts EM Acoustics Inventory

28/05/2012 - Production News

Stage Sound Services in Cardiff, South Wales, is now one of the UK’s busiest and most successful rental and production services hire companies to the theatre market. With an enormous number of prestigious projects already to their name, both in the UK and abroad, including the likes of Journey’s End (two tours and two West End runs), sound and lighting for the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium, plus video for both Warhorse and the Wizard of Oz to name but a very few, SSS is constantly having to increase inventory levels in order to be able to satisfy demand. The latest round of investment comprised another thirty EMS-61 small format, full range passive loudspeakers from UK loudspeaker manufacturer EM Acoustics.

From Million Dead to 12,500 Live, Frank Turner woos Wembley with Sennheiser

28/05/2012 - Production News

In the seven years since the split of post-hardcore band Million Dead, the band’s lead vocalist Frank Turner has built a large following for his unique brand of folk/punk. April saw him reach a career high with a sold-out show at London’s Wembley Arena, where Sennheiser equipment was much in evidence.

Audient Studio Fully Booked at the Old Library

28/05/2012 - Production News

An Audient ASP8024 has been the mixing console of choice in the recording studio at Nottinghamshire County Council The Old Library Arts' Centre for over six years, which last year alone saw over 2000 young people pass through its doors.

Frank Turner Tours with DiGiCo

28/05/2012 - Production News

Building a strong following without a high media profile is one of the biggest challenges for any artist, but it’s something that former Million Dead frontman Frank Turner has achieved. The icing on the cake (so far) was a sold-out show by Turner and his band The Sleeping Souls at Wembley Arena in April, where three DiGiCo consoles were on duty.

Keira Knightley is New Patron of The Theatrical Guild / First Night Riders Charity Event

28/05/2012 - Event News

British actress Keira Knightley is supporting this year’s First Night Riders charity motorcycle ride following the recent announcement that she is the new patron of The Theatrical Guild alongside fellow patron award-winning actor Simon Russell Beale CBE.

Autodesk Named One of the Best Places to Work in the UK

28/05/2012 - Business News

Autodesk, a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, has been named as the 17th best workplace in the UK in the category for medium-sized companies. The award, given by the Great Place to Work Institute UK, was announced at a ceremony at the Royal Naval College Greenwich, London last night.

GLP Spot One and G-LEC Solaris give le Poisson Rouge a Scenic Boost

28/05/2012 - Project News

Le Poisson Rouge (LPR), the multimedia art cabaret founded in 2008 by Justin Kantor and David Handler, recently carried out its latest upgrade — boosting the technical infrastructure with GLP’s impression Spot One LED and G-LEC Solaris video curtain.

ALE Illuminates The World of Mobile Communications

25/05/2012 - Project News

In the far south-west of Cornwall, within a deep valley, lies a large white building and a small concrete hut – an incongruous setting for a site of historical national importance. Now forming the Porthcurno Telegraph Museum, this is the point from which Cable & Wireless Communications ran its undersea cables across the world, linking Britain with countries as far flung as Australia, China, Africa and South America.

Charcoalblue’s Work on Newcastle’s Theatre Royal Wins Prestigious RICS Award

25/05/2012 - Event News

One of theatre design consultancy Charcoalblue’s biggest projects of 2011 has won a prestigious Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Award.

Karl Bates Joins JHS as Pro Audio Area Sales Manager South

25/05/2012 - People News

Worldwide independent trade distributor John Hornby Skewes & Co. Ltd. has announced that Karl Bates has joined its senior sales team as Pro Audio Area Sales Manager South, looking after customers in the lower half of England and Wales, as well as the whole of Ireland.

New Product Manager Role for Lab.gruppen’s Martin Andersson

25/05/2012 - People News

Lab.gruppen and Lake have announced the appointment of Martin Andersson to the position of product manager – touring, working across the touring portfolio of these two market-leading brands.

Digital TV Station QVC Tunes into Triple E’s Expertise

25/05/2012 - Project News

The digital TV shopping channel QVC has been treating itself to some retail therapy with Innovative engineering company Triple E.

Knight of Illumination Awards Announce Gold Sponsors for 2012

25/05/2012 - Event News

Ten of entertainment lighting technology’s major companies have confirmed their status as official Gold sponsors for this year’s Knight of Illumination Awards (KOI).

Eclipse Shines with Natasha St Pier

25/05/2012 - Production News

Renowned Canadian singer, Natasha St Pier, much beloved of Francophone audiences for the strength and purity of her voice, is currently touring Europe with her new album, “La Bonne Nouvelle”. The young singer, acclaimed as one of the most beautiful voices of the “Chanson Francaise” genre has sold over 2M albums in France alone. She has performed duets with some of the biggest heavyweights of the French music scene including Johnny Hallyday and Florent Pagny (who recently starred as one of the coaches for the French version of the international reality TV hit, The Voice), and débuted her international singing career as Fleur de Lys in the London version of the hit musical, Notre Dame de Paris. She has decided to make her current tour an intimate affair – just her and the talented pianist, Michel Amsellem in venues of a maximum of 800 people. St Pier recently performed at the concert hall in Arques in north-eastern France using an Eclipse GT digital mixing console from Innovason.

Showsec Starts the Summer with BBC Radio 1

25/05/2012 - Production News

Showsec celebrated the start of its 2012 summer festival season by delivering security and crowd management for BBC Radio 1 Starts the Summer live in Torbay, Devon, 19th May 2012.

L-Acoustics V-DOSC Installed into Ukraine’s Leading Concert Hall

25/05/2012 - Project News

L-Acoustics’ exclusive distributor in Ukraine, ART-R, has won the tender to supply the country’s main concert hall, the Ukraina National Palace of Arts in Kiev, with high-performance audio equipment.

Top Of The Heap - Sennheiser UK Helps Imogen Go Green

24/05/2012 - Production News

It has become a fashion in recent years for some festivals to advertise their green credentials, although many of these claims may be questionable. In contrast, 22nd April saw Grammy winner Imogen Heap stage a live show that was as close to completely green as possible, including electricity generated entirely from renewable sources on site and with zero noise pollution. Sennheiser UK supported the event with the provision of equipment and technical advice.

Harken PowerSeat wins Innovation Award at Seawork 2012

24/05/2012 - Event News

Harken UK has announced that its PowerSeat won a prestigious Innovation Award in the Renewable Energy category at the Seawork 2012 International Exhibition in Southampton.

PRG at the Royal Windsor Horse Show

24/05/2012 - Production News

PRG has announced its involvement in supplying a comprehensive lighting and rigging package for this year’s Royal Windsor Horse show, which included a glittering Diamond Jubilee pageant in the presence of Her Majesty to celebrate 60 years of her reign. The show included over 550 horses and more than 1000 dancers, musicians and performers representing countries from around the world.

Derby University Extends Investment in Chroma-Q Lighting Technologies

24/05/2012 - Project News

The University of Derby has recently purchased a quantity of Chroma-Q Color Force 12 LED fixtures and Chroma-Q Universal colour changers, for use on their acclaimed BSc (Hons) degree course in Sound, Light and Live Event Technology. The course was specifically designed so that graduates leave with the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue careers in the live production, technology and event industries.

New UAE Distribution Partnership for Outline

24/05/2012 - Business News

In the year of the birth of the United Arab Emirates in 1971 was also born a rising star – The Al Shirawi Group of Companies, a group that comprises 45 companies with diverse interest, which carry expertise in the fields of electronics, engineering, printing, trading, construction, air-conditioning and many more. Oasis Enterprises, the electronics wing of the group, was established in 1982 for the distribution and retail of consumer electronic products, a category that a nascent nation offered ample opportunities of growth and fulfilment of a better lifestyle.

Sennheiser 965 ss The Best Choice for Imelda May

24/05/2012 - Production News

Irish singer-songwriter Imelda May is just coming to the end of a run of British and European shows, before taking a well-earned break to have her first child. As if that and selling out the Royal Albert Hall wasn’t enough, she has finally found her perfect vocal microphone – a Sennheiser e 965.

J.R. Clancy Wins Live Design Excellence Award for Work at Kauffman Center in Kansas City

24/05/2012 - Event News

J. R. Clancy received the 2012 Excellence Award from Live Design Magazine for the company’s extensive work at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo.

Prolyte Introduces New i-line Partner at PALM show

24/05/2012 - Event News

PALM show is an international platform for industry players to network, exchange ideas and increase their market share. At this show, Prolyte Group will present a range of its products, including the new LiteConsole and the H40R truss.

DiGiCo’s Dan Page Joins SAS

24/05/2012 - People News

After four successful years in DiGiCo’s R&D department, Dan Page has now become an SAS. Dan has not, however, decided to pursue a military career, but to stay with the British console manufacturer and become a sales application specialist.

PSCo Rental Launches eyevis omniSHAPES to the UK

24/05/2012 - Production News

Trade AV rental specialist PSCo Rental has launched the revolutionary omniSHAPES from manufacturer eyevis to the UK. This spectacular product is breaking the boundaries for creative videowall installations at events with its array of screen shapes, ease of installation and pin sharp Full HD images.

Happy Days and Happy Mondays for Robe LEDBeam 100s

24/05/2012 - Production News

Robe’s new, small and funky LEDBeam 100 fixtures made their UK touring début on the Happy Mondays' recent three week outing, with lighting designed by Dave Farmer of THC Design.

GLP Spot One and Wash One at Mayday 2012

24/05/2012 - Production News

Once a year, the German and European Rave community undertakes a pilgrimage to Dortmund in the Ruhr area – where, since 1997, Mayday is celebrated. Around 25,000 ravers attended this year’s event to make the night into day and to celebrate trance, electro and hard beats.

New Malaysian Rental Network Agent D8 Transforms F1 Circuit into Rave with L-Acoustics

24/05/2012 - Production News

Malaysian rental company Digital Aid, more popularly known as D8, has become an L-Acoustics rental network agent, with the purchase of a Kudo WST line source system with SB28 subwoofers from local distributor, Sennheiser Electronic Asia.

Colour Sound Goes Leftfield Again for War Child Gig

24/05/2012 - Production News

West London based lighting and visuals rental company Colour Sound Experiment (CSE) renewed its long standing and highly successful working relationship with one of the UK’s best loved dance artists, Leftfield, who headlined a recent War Child benefit gig at London’s Brixton Academy.

Coachella 2012 Lights the California Desert with LumenRadio CRMX Nova

24/05/2012 - Production News

At this year’s Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Southern California, over 150,000 people enjoyed an eclectic lineup of performers, including Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Radiohead, The Black Keys, and a special holographic appearance by the Lazarus of Rap, 2Pac.

New Exhibitors and New Seminars - PLASA Focus: Nashville 2012 Gains Momentum!

23/05/2012 - Event News

Three new sessions have been added to an already stellar line up of speakers due to take the stage at PLASA Focus: Nashville, a new style of regional event taking place, for the first time, at The Nashville Municipal Auditorium, on July 11-12, 2012.

Dirty Rigger Lands in New York City

23/05/2012 - Business News

Expendables and production equipment outfitters Wits End are the latest to join the Dirty Rigger retail and distribution team.

90 SGM LED Strobes Pulse Life into Mayday Techno Marathon

23/05/2012 - Production News

More than 25,000 clubbers attending the 15-hour Mayday techno party at Dortmund’s Westfalenhalle were immersed in a lightning fast colour-change environment, created by no fewer than 90 of SGM’s trailblazing new X-5 and XC-5 LED strobes. The 50 white lights and 40 RGB strobes, specified by LD Thomas Gerdon and supplied by production company, schoko pro, were in constant action throughout the marathon.

Electrosonic Achieves Diamond-level Recognition in InfoComm’s Certified Audiovisual Solutions Provider Programme

23/05/2012 - Event News

Electrosonic has announced that it has qualified at the Diamond level in InfoComm’s Certified Audiovisual Solutions Provider Programme (CAVSP), the only organisational-level recognition of its kind. Diamond is the highest level designation; it recognises that 50 percent of the company’s sales, customer service and technical staff worldwide have achieved and maintain individual InfoComm Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) certification and completed relevant coursework from the InfoComm Academy.

University of Leicester Builds Advanced Conference Hall with JBL / BSS

23/05/2012 - Project News

The University of Leicester has completely redeveloped one of its primary conference facilities in the Oadby Student Village, transforming Gilbert Murray Hall into a state-of-the-art conference venue. This comprises a large central space, four seminar and break out rooms and a hospitality area.

Prolyte Group’s Litestructures Brand Launches New Website

23/05/2012 - Business News

Prolyte Group has created a new website for its Litestructures brand as part of a new marketing initiative to increase awareness of the creative project work undertaken by the company.

D for Victory – DiGiCo Consoles get that Espresso Rush in Denmark

23/05/2012 - Production News

Kim Johansen of Danish audio company Soundware is a proactive professional but, when he visited one of the country’s leading tour suppliers one chilly winter morning, even he didn’t expect to emerge with an order for no less than six DiGiCo consoles, plus accessories.

Clay Paky Lights Dancing on Ice Tour 2012

23/05/2012 - Production News

Clay Paky’s world-class lighting fixtures are ‘Dancing on Ice’ at Britain’s biggest arenas this spring as the hit ITV show goes on tour. With skating legends Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean headlining, the sixth live UK tour of Dancing On Ice is a sell out.

Victorian Opera Uses grandMA2 for Cinderella

23/05/2012 - Production News

Recently the Victorian Opera presented a new production of Cinderella, a traditional pantomime for the whole family. Based on the fable, Cinderella’s adventures were given a special treatment by Victorian Opera music director Richard Gill, who has written both the story and songs. This production saw pantomime return to the surrounds of Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne. Cinderella featured a stellar line-up of artists from Victorian Opera and the world of music theatre.

Tannoy, Audica, Lab.gruppen and Lake prepare for InfoComm 2012

22/05/2012 - Event News

Tannoy, Audica, Lab.gruppen and Lake will be exhibiting together again at InfoComm 2012, taking place between June 13 and 15 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Nevada.

Unusual Rigging adds over £1m worth of Stock to Rental Inventory

22/05/2012 - Production News

Northamptonshire based Unusual Rigging has added in excess of one million pounds worth of stock to its rental inventory, including chain hoists, truss and control.

Ad Cover from MilTec - It’s a Wrap!

22/05/2012 - Equipment News

MilTec (UK) Ltd has come up with an ingenious way to colour or brand your LED uplighters. Conferences, weddings and theatre productions can all be enhanced by co-ordinating the colour with the surrounding décor or scenery or by adding your customers own logo or message.

Yamaha CL Series Roadshow Tours UK and Ireland

22/05/2012 - Event News

Audio engineers across the UK and Ireland have their long-awaited chance to get properly ‘hands on’ with Yamaha’s new CL series consoles over the next few weeks.

Sennheiser at Eurovision Song Contest for 25th time

22/05/2012 - Production News

With its motto "Light Your Fire!", the biggest live music event in the world will be broadcast from Azerbaijan: the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest is bound to captivate well over 100 million viewers on May 26. The 57th edition of the contest will also be an anniversary for Sennheiser: it will be the 25th Song Contest to use the audio specialist’s wireless microphones and monitoring systems. Sennheiser technicians are on hand in Baku to assist the production team with their preparations.

Hoist UK to Open New Facilities

22/05/2012 - Business News

In an unprecedented and in what some might feel a daring move, Hoist UK has decided not to exhibit at any of the national or international trade shows this year. Instead they have decided to open a demonstration room and teaching facility at their new premises on the Wirral.

New French President Welcomed into Office with Eclipse

22/05/2012 - Production News

The investiture of the new French President, Francois Hollande, on May 15, was a long and solemn affair according to tradition and protocol. The official handover of power from former President Nicholas Sarkozy took place at the presidential palace of the Elysée, where President-elect Hollande was formally sworn in as head of state. Then, as French republican tradition demands, M. Hollande made his way to the Hôtel de Ville city hall, the seat of the Mairie of Paris for his first official state visit, where he was received with all the honour and ceremony accorded to any visiting head of state. At the heart of all the audio management and distribution was the Eclipse digital mixing console from Innovason, purchased by the Mairie of Paris last year for just such an occasion.

Midas PRO2C Performs at the Royal Albert Hall

22/05/2012 - Production News

Exeter-based sound, lighting, video and event production company Puxley Ltd has been engineering for the recent Show of Hands UK and German tours using a Midas PRO2C, purchased from LMC Audio. The band recently played the Royal Albert Hall, where Chris Puxley, MD of Puxley Ltd mixed FOH on a PRO2C and monitor engineer Rob Waite used a PRO2 for monitors.

Clay Paky Sharpy Fixtures Shine on Pitbull’s PlanetPit World Tour

22/05/2012 - Production News

Rapper and pop singer-songwriter Pitbull, a Billboard Latin Music Award winner, has been playing to packed houses on his PlanetPit World Tour 2012 where Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures are in tune with the artist’s unique vibe.

Martin Audio sounding out Strategic Options

22/05/2012 - Business News

LOUD Technologies Inc. has appointed Lincoln International to conduct a strategic review of its UK-based division, Martin Audio, with a view to finding private equity backing to support Martin Audio into the next phase of its development plan. In sourcing the right investment partner, and forging a more independent path, it will further assist in the realisation of the growth strategy and objectives of the business.

Black Light’s Summer Training Schedule Has Some Exciting New Additions

22/05/2012 - Standards News

Black Light has announced its schedule of Summer Training courses, which has two exciting new additions. The programme will deliver Black Light’s usual mix of ‘hands-on training’ and expert tuition and covers a wide range of equipment and techniques.

Serbian TV success for ETC

22/05/2012 - Production News

Serbian TV’s Got Talent – and now it sparkles even more, thanks to lighting director Viktor Trifu’s decision to light the local version of the show I’ve Got Talent! (Ja imam talenat!) with an ETC Ion control desk. The show is similar to other Got Talent programs across the globe, with its trademark huge stage and impressive lighting rig.

Compulite Vector Controls ‘The Voice’ UK

21/05/2012 - Production News

The Voice, which is a multinational singing competition reality show started in the Netherlands as The Voice of Holland in 2010. Since then many countries have adapted the format and began airing their own national versions adding some major competition to shows like Idols and The X-Factor.

W-DMX Shows New Gear at PALM Expo Beijing

21/05/2012 - Event News

Wireless Solution Sweden AB will be exhibiting at PALM Expo in Beijing with new products and new improvements to their award-winning W-DMX product line. W-DMX makes it possible to deliver the most reliable wireless DMX signal available in some of the most challenging applications conceived.

Stage Electrics heads to ABTT

21/05/2012 - Event News

Stage Electrics will be exhibiting at this year’s ABTT Theatre Show, taking place at the Old Truman Brewery in London on June 13 and 14.

Brenda Caplen Joins Gearhouse ICS

21/05/2012 - Project News

Brenda Caplen (pictured), formerly of Evaluate Interactive Event Systems and Conference Communications, has joined newly-formed ICT solutions provider Gearhouse ICS. ICS offers a complete conference and event solution, from registration to audience response systems and continues to present new services as they become available.

Clay Paky Announces RMB Lights and Sounds as Philippines Distributor

21/05/2012 - Business News

Clay Paky has appointed RMB Lights and Sounds as its distributor in the Philippines. Serving the theatrical and television industry for twelve years, RMB is a wholesale provider of specialty lamps throughout the Philippines.

Stage Electrics Appointed as a Philips Vari-Lite Authorised Dealer

21/05/2012 - Business News

Stage Electrics has announced their appointment as an authorised dealer for Philips Vari-Lite. With a number of orders already placed for supply to theatres in the UK, the appointment has taken off with a flying start.

Midas Digital Reaches Iran with first PRO6 Sale

21/05/2012 - Production News

Company co-founder Hasan Ardestani is one of Iran’s top FOH engineers, and the company provides sound systems for a variety of events, including concert tours by the country’s leading singers such as Mohammad Esfahani , Reza Sadeghi and Mohsen Yeganeh.

Roll Up for easiHire on Ice

21/05/2012 - Event News

Orbital Sound will be cooling ABTT visitors down on its easiHire stall at ABTT 2012 on 13-14 June. The easiHire online service is all about providing the tools needed to put together a rental quotation, giving professional and non-professional users 24/7 access to information about a wide range of equipment options, backed up by comprehensive product information and detailed budget guides.

UK First as Orbital Shows Clear-Com HelixNet

21/05/2012 - Event News

Orbital Sound is planning a compelling product line-up of international brands on Stand No: 33 at ABTT 2012 (Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London, 13-14 June) – including the first UK showing of the recently launched Clear-Com HelixNet all-digital intercom platform. Among the latest additions to Orbital’s comprehensive portfolio will be the new Yamaha CL Series mixers, the d&b audiotechnik V-Series loudspeakers, and the Shure Axient radio microphone system.

AP Security is No Fool at Ascot’s Countryside Race Day

18/05/2012 - Production News

Sunday April 1 saw the world famous Ascot Racecourse stage its annual Countryside Race Day, a family-friendly event which combines horse racing with a wide range of other activities. AP Security sponsored four of the day’s races, reinforcing the relationship that the company enjoys with the course’s management.

LarMac Live produces ‘Our Greatest Team Rises’ show at RAH

18/05/2012 - Production News

LarMac LIVE (LML) - creative and technical production specialists – produced the star-studded show at the heart of last weekend’s "Our Greatest Team Rises" Team GB and ParalympicsGB gala fundraising event at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Jands Vista Takes Centre Stage at Friedrichsbau Varieté

18/05/2012 - Project News

A Jands Vista T2 is at the heart of the lighting control system at Friedrichsbau Varieté in Stuttgart, one of the most popular and influential variety show stages in Germany.

Clay Paky Sharpys Deliver New Look to Bruce Springsteen

18/05/2012 - Production News

Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures, from Las Vegas-based Morpheus Lights, are giving Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball World Tour a look that The Boss’s previous concert performances have never had before.

High End Systems Offers Bulk Purchase Specials

18/05/2012 - Equipment News

High End Systems has announced the first of a multitude of incredible promotions aimed at offering customers the best value on lighting products. These current promotions are offered through to the end of June 2012 and are available through any High End Systems dealer or representative.

V could be for Vegas at this year's US InfoComm

18/05/2012 - Event News

For the d&b audiotechnik user there are a vast number of reasons to visit Vegas. "Making its US debut, the V-Series line array is the heavily anticipated new addition to the Black range of touring loudspeaker systems," said the d&b US Marketing Manager Roger Keim. "But don't let that be the only reason you come to Las Vegas from 13-15th June: on booth C11528 we will also have many other interesting offerings from both the Black and White ranges, and as this is the first time that the White range has been shown in the west of the nation, we will also make four daily presentations of the range in our dedicated demonstration lounge." The lounge sessions are approximately thirty minutes, are free to attend and will take place each day at 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm in room N103.

Showsec Keeps Manchester City Fans Safe at Victory Parade

18/05/2012 - Production News

Showsec’s Manchester office implemented a detailed crowd management and security operation for Manchester City FC’s victory parade on May 14. Over 100,000 fans flocked to the city to celebrate as the team were crowned Premier League Champions for the first time since 1968.

Midas PRO6s are best bet at Casino du Liban

18/05/2012 - Project News

Two Midas PRO6 live audio systems supplied by Midas distributor of the year, Dubai-based NMK Electronics, have been installed in one of the Middle East’s premier casinos, Jounieh’s Casino du Liban, bringing the venue’s total PRO6 count to three.

Blackout Supports London Symphony Orchestra

18/05/2012 - Production News

Blackout provided rigging and ground support services for the BMW London Symphony Orchestra Open Air Classics performance in Trafalgar Square on Saturday May 12.

Always a Right Time for Professor Green and ADLIB

17/05/2012 - Production News

ADLIB’s audio division continued its touring success in the dance/dub step sector, supplying sound equipment and crew for the recent sold-out Professor Green spring UK tour – the popular UK rapper’s first carrying a full production.

AC-ET To Host Yamaha CL Series Open Days

17/05/2012 - Standards News

A.C Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd’s audio division will be hosting two dedicated open day events in conjunction with Yamaha to showcase the manufacturer’s highly anticipated new Yamaha CL series of digital mixing consoles, which were recently unveiled for the first time at the ProLight+Sound exhibition in Frankfurt.

lan Keen Joins Robert Juliat

17/05/2012 - People News

Robert Juliat (RJ) has announced that Alan Keen has joined its American team. Alan joins RJ with more than 20 years experience in design, sales, and management within the theatrical lighting industry, and will be responsible for strengthening relationships with current dealers, specifiers and end-users, while actively identifying and establishing new opportunities and relationships.

The Bridewell Theatre London is the New Home of the London Ballet Company

17/05/2012 - Production News

Opened in 1894, The St Bride Foundation apportioned part of its vast building in Bride Lane, off Fleet Street, to create The Bridewell Theatre a century later in 1994.

Crestron Design Centre is Taking Shape for Grand Opening Next Month

17/05/2012 - Business News

Activity at Crestron HQ is stepping up ahead of its grand opening of the design and experience centre in Cobham on 13th June. The interactive showroom will launch with an open day for architects, integrators, house builders, consultants and end-users looking to gain both information and training in the latest industry leading solutions that the automation giant offers.

Stage Electrics Appoints New Managing Director

17/05/2012 - People News

Stage Electrics has announced the expansion of its senior management team with the appointment of a new managing director. This move further strengthens the senior leadership team with Dan Aldridge taking up the post of managing director. Dan has been involved in the company for over six years, both as operations director and most recently as a non-executive director. Founder and majority shareholder of Stage Electrics, David Whitehead, will continue in the role of chairman.

Anolis and the Droplet

17/05/2012 - Project News

Anolis ArcPad 48 LED fixtures are internally-lighting artist Stuart Green’s gleaming and breathtakingly beautiful ‘Droplet’ sculpture, a six metre tall, three metre wide stainless steel work which has been installed on the corner of Furzer and Worgon Streets in the Phillip Woden district of Canberra, Australia.

Stageco Launches Arena Lift

17/05/2012 - Production News

Stageco has developed Arena Lift, a new hydraulic lifting system that raises larger ground supports with grids into venues to increase rigging capacities.

Black Light Offers First Sapphire Touch for Hire in the UK

17/05/2012 - Production News

Black Light has announced that it is now offering the first Avolites Sapphire Touch lighting desk for hire in the UK. This just-launched product is not the only new addition to the company’s extensive hire list, which, thanks to recent extensive investment, boasts a wide range of cutting edge technology such as the energy efficient range of LED lighting from Robe.

The Multi-Talented Enrico Brignano on Tour with Electro-Voice

17/05/2012 - Production News

Enrico Brignano is one of the biggest stars in Italy. And also one of the most versatile. Born in Rome in 1966, he has established an equally fine reputation as a TV and film actor, a presenter, a cabaret artist, and a director. As a live entertainer, too, the multi-talented Brignano is capable of holding audiences spellbound. With his tour "Tutto suo padre” ("Like his father”) he has been packing theatres all over Italy. The three-hour show blends elements of cabaret, comedy and also music into a fully rounded evening of entertainment. The music is provided by a high-calibre 18-piece orchestra.

Entec Supplies Large Production for L'Arc~en~Ciel

16/05/2012 - Production News

Leading UK lighting and sound rental company Entec continued its supply of full production to a string of high profile shows for major international superstars with Japanese rockers L'Arc~en~Ciel.

Outline GTO Line Array Speakers Help Deliver the Word for Joel Osteen America’s Night of Hope Event

16/05/2012 - Production News

Outline Grand Touring Outline (GTO) Line Array Speakers were used exclusively by Special Event Services (SES) to supply front-of-house sound for the recent Joel Osteen Ministries America’s Night of Hope 2012 event. The programme, featuring musical presentations and inspirational speeches, took place at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., home to the Washington Nationals baseball team, and featured 12 stacks of six GTO speakers each, mounted on specially designed mobile speaker carts for easy “wheel-in” set up. Sound for the event was completely run from the ground level, with the sonic accuracy, clarity and punch delivered by the GTO cabinets. This allowed attendees to enjoy crystal-clear, loud, full-range sound from any vantage point in the stadium.

Richard Pilbrow to Give Keynote Address at NATEAC 2012

16/05/2012 - Event News

Richard Pilbrow, founder of Theatre Project Consultants (TPC) and one of the world’s leading theatre design consultants, will give the keynote address at the North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference (NATEAC) in New York City on July 22.

Arena Group Appoints Group Finance Director

16/05/2012 - People News

The Arena Group has appointed Piers Wilson as the company’s new finance director. Piers will be based at the Group’s London head office in Haymarket, with overall responsibility for the finance function and corporate development for the expanding group.

Sapsis Rigging Provides Fall Arrest Training to War Horse National Tour

16/05/2012 - Production News

The national touring company of the Broadway play War Horse selected Bill Sapsis, president of Sapsis Rigging, Inc., to provide fall arrest equipment and training to the company’s crew.

Alcons Comes to Incredible India!

16/05/2012 - Business News

Alcons Audio has opened a direct office presence in India offering customers full factory support. The Dutch masters of sound will be operating out of Mumbai and Bangalore initially, with expansion planned to other cities in the near future.

Prolyte at Prolight+Sound Moscow

16/05/2012 - Event News

Leading trussing and staging manufacturer Prolyte Group is exhibiting at the first P+S Moscow, held 16th-19th May. Toghether with the support from distributing partner MF Group, Prolyte Group kicks off her presence at this exhibition offering a mix of products, support and seminars.

Christie MicroTiles at Screenmedia Expo 2012

16/05/2012 - Event News

Christie MicroTiles will be showcased at this year’s ScreenMedia Expo (16th – 17th May, Earls Court, London) on the stands of several Christie partners.

Cadac Debuts CDC Eight Production Platform to Theatre Sound Professionals in US

16/05/2012 - Event News

Cadac is exhibiting and demonstrating its new CDC eight digital production console to the US Theatre Sound industry as a sponsor of the Live Design Broadway Sound Master Classes. It will also be the first showing of the new 32 fader frame variant in the US.

GDS ArcSystem Illuminates the Bacon Theatre

16/05/2012 - Project News

GDS and Gloucestershire based Chinnick Theatre Services (CTS) recently commissioned a complete re-fit of the Bacon Theatre’s house light system.

CP Sound Selects JBL Control 25 for New Ricker Restaurant

16/05/2012 - Project News

After providing a JBL solution over two floors at Will Ricker’s burgeoning Shoreditch haunt, The Great Eastern Dining Room, Colin Pattenden’s CP Sound has now equipped Ricker Restaurants’ latest enterprise, La Bodega Negra Mexican restaurant in London’s Soho district.

Solotech Provides L-Acoustics Systems for Bruce Springsteen

16/05/2012 - Production News

On 17th March 2012, Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball tour kicked off at Atlanta’s Phillips Arena, with an L-Acoustics K1/Kudo WST line source system provided by Solotech US Corp of Las Vegas.

Evita Returns To Broadway - With FocusTrack and SpotTrack

15/05/2012 - Production News

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Time Rice's Evita has returned to Broadway for the first time in 30 years, in a sizzling, scintillating new production directed by Michael Grandage, choreographed by Rob Ashford, designed by Christopher Oram with lighting by Tony- and Olivier-award winning lighting designer Neil Austin who received both Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for the show's lighting.

GS-R24 Installed in Campus of Performing Arts in South Africa

15/05/2012 - Project News

Allen & Heath’s GS-R24 Firewire recording mixer has been installed in the main recording studio at the Campus of Performing arts (COPA) in Johannesburg, South Africa, as a teaching console and to manage music students’ projects.

The Beautiful Sound of the Belle Époque in Romania

15/05/2012 - Project News

Beautiful, elaborate, ornate, the Timisoara National Theatre in Romania is one of those European jewels of which we have been denied for so long. As a venue it stands within the Palace of Culture, an arts centre conceived in the Viennese style by architects Hellmer and Felmer, and was opened in 1875 at the height of the Belle Époque. The horseshoe auditorium conforms to the traditional three balcony format, and the stage these days welcomes classical theatre, musical drama, childrens’ theatre, and some challenging contemporary works. It has most recently welcomed a small German intrusion, not that this was challenging, but was apparently one that has been on its wish list for some time.

Unusual Rigging & Engineering rings the changes for MCI

15/05/2012 - Project News

During the recent Watch and Jewellery Exhibition in Doha, a gala dinner was held at the Sheraton Hotel, where the evening’s entertainment included dramatic performances by aerial artists, dancers and musicians.

Black: just a teenyweeny bit darker than White

15/05/2012 - Event News

With the d&b audiotechnik reputation for loudspeaker design firmly rooted in the careful blending of physical science and a certain magic, one could say that brewing is in the blood at d&b. So the new venue for the ABTT Theatre Show at the Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London will suit them down to the ground. This however brews up a teenyweeny problem; physics and magic is a recipe for alchemy, which d&b has never claimed to be capable of. However, they will be presenting some of the more miniscule loudspeakers from the d&b range, which for their size can produce what, could be deemed a magical performance.

Wholehog Consoles Control a Variant Spectrum

15/05/2012 - Production News

During the darkest days of winter, Helsinki brightens the nights in an event called Lux Helsinki. This year’s event featured a series of architectural lighting installations and fine art performances around town designed to enchant the eye and illuminate the soul.

Massive Energy Savings for US Theatre with ETC Selador

15/05/2012 - Project News

Oregon’s Portland Center for the Performing Arts (PCPA) has upgraded the lighting system in its Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall with 36 ETC Selador Classic Vivid-R LED luminaires. And by installing the fixtures, the venue expanded its colour capabilities, reduced its energy usage and earned cash incentives from Energy Trust of Oregon to put toward the fixtures’ purchase.

CueCore Syncs Video, Audio and Lighting for Renewable Energy Experience

15/05/2012 - Project News

In association with the Dutch manufacturer CLS-LED, Dutch project management company, 4Stage.net, recently completed the Energy Experience Center for Leusden's DE Partner company. DE Partner is in cooperation with Bloemendal Bouw, which specialises in renewable energy promotion. With CLS-LED, 4Stage.net installed and programmed light, audio and video equipment in a portable storage container. The equipment used needed to reflect the importance of energy efficiency with the project including a 10 minute video presentation that takes the visitor through all the issues that come with durable and energy efficient construction, renovation and housing. Visual Productions' CueCore proved to be the ideal choice for solid-state lighting control and this unit benefits from having minimal power consumption.

APG Reinforces Uniline Solution in France with Audio Technique

15/05/2012 - Production News

Audio Technique is the leading full service production and rental company in the Rhone-Alpes region of south-eastern France. Headquartered in St Etienne with a further, vast 4000m2 warehousing and logistics centre in Villeurbanne near Lyon, Audio Technique has the largest inventory of integrated sound, lighting, video and staging equipment in the region, and one of the largest in the country. The company prides itself on remaining at the forefront of technology to ensure continued high quality service, and to that end has invested in a significant Uniline line array system from APG and become a member of the Uniline Solution network of service providers. The Uniline Solution now numbers some 25 companies across Europe, without counting those who are members (trained professional users) but not yet system owners.

Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea Uses Christie Visual Solutions for the Signature Big-O Show

15/05/2012 - Event News

Christie, the official contents sponsor for Expo 2012 Yeosu Expo, has announced the Organizing Committee for Expo 2012 has selected Christie Roadie HD+35K projectors for its signature multimedia night show. Set against the natural backdrop of the Yeosu Sea, the 47-metre high Big-O is the world’s largest water curtain and the landmark installation at the expo.

Le Mark’s PAL Labels for Telegenic

15/05/2012 - Equipment News

One of the UK’s leading suppliers of 3D and HD technical facilities to the outside broadcast market has once again put their trust in Le Mark’s PAL road case labels.

Tannoy, Lab.gruppen and Lake Bolster International Sales Team

15/05/2012 - People News

Tannoy, Lab.Gruppen and Lake have announced the appointment of both Patrick Lau and Stephan Grawe to their international sales team covering installed sound and touring products.

Amber International Unveils Corporate Website

15/05/2012 - Business News

Amber International, the recently launched residential CI distribution business, has gone live with its corporate website, www.amber-international.com, which allows users access to company news, distributor details, product information and technical support, via clear, user-friendly navigation.

SXS Flies Martin Audio W8LM for Cutty Sark’s Royal Unveiling

15/05/2012 - Production News

Bristol-based event production company SXS was recently commissioned by the Royal Borough of Greenwich to provide sound and full technical production for the royal unveiling of the Cutty Sark in Greenwich. This followed a £50m restoration project as a result of fire damage to the 143-year-old clipper back in 2007.

Broaman/Optocore Makes Successful NAB 2012 Debut

15/05/2012 - Event News

Optocore GmbH’s ambitious concept of networking its BroaMan/Optocore booth with Clear-Com, to provide bidirectional audio, video and data transmission, paid handsome dividends at this year’s NAB Show in Las Vegas.

SGM and TechnoPro Sign Major Distribution Agreement

15/05/2012 - Business News

SGM Lighting and Middle East-based giants, TechnoPro, have agreed a new distribution deal that takes the relationship which the two companies have enjoyed for many years to a new level.

Masque Sound’s Audio Package Delivers Musical Celebration for Broadway’s Newest Smash Hit Musical

14/05/2012 - Production News

Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company specializing in live concert, television broadcast, corporate, industrial, theatrical, house of worship and sports events, has returned to the Great White Way, providing a custom audio equipment package for Once, the critically acclaimed new Broadway musical based on the 2007 Academy Award winning film.

Dry Live Upgrades with Martin Audio H3H+

14/05/2012 - Project News

Manchester’s iconic Dry Bar, a landmark of the city’s trendy Northern Quarter since 1989 has carried out an interior upgrade in both the bar and its newly refurbished basement music venue ‘Dry Live’. Situated below the bar, the venue was completely refurbished in 2010 with black and grey interior giving it an underground venue feel and now a brand new Martin Audio sound system has been installed.

HSL Supplies Wicked Lighting for Il Divo

14/05/2012 - Production News

HSL’s mega busy spring and early summer season continues, supplying lighting, Kinesys automation system and crew to another high profile artist - International operatic / pop vocal superstars Il Divo.

dbn gets Lucky on Norwegian Lotto

14/05/2012 - Project News

Manchester based lighting and visuals specialist dbn has specified and installed a custom LED lighting and control solution for the new set of the Norwegian National Lottery which is operated by Norsk Tipping AS.

PALME Middle East Market Refocus Reaps Global Rewards

14/05/2012 - Event News

Two important strategic decisions by Informa Exhibitions, organisers of this month’s PALME Middle East in Dubai, ensured that the economic recovery now underway in the UAE was fully represented on the trading floor at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre. At the same time it enabled the three-day trade show to celebrate its tenth anniversary with style and swagger.

Kenkaato Makes Big Impact for Katara Hospitality Re-branding Event

14/05/2012 - Production News

Doha based event design and production company Kenkaato produced a spectacular of epic proportions for the formerly named Qatar National Hotels (QNH) Company, now Katara Hospitality, which involved fully co-ordinated large format projections onto four of the group’s stunning buildings in central Doha.

coolux to release Pandoras Box Version 5.1 at Infocomm 2012

14/05/2012 - Equipment News

coolux will officially release its highly anticipated Pandoras Box Version 5.1 at this year’s infocomm show in Las Vegas. Following the great success of the Pandoras Box Version 5.0, the new version will consist of a great range of powerful new features, including AES 256-bit Media Encryption.

Dirty Rigger to Exhibit at Safety & Health Expo

14/05/2012 - Event News

The Le Mark Group’s range of Dirty Rigger Gloves & Accessories, recognised for its cutting edge design, functionality and durability will be exhibited with more new products at the Safety & Health Expo 2012 www.safety-health-expo.co.uk at the NEC Birmingham from the 15th to 17th May (Stand E92).

Old Meets New As Yamaha Mixes It Up In Innsbruck

14/05/2012 - Project News

A multi-million Euro renovation and upgrade of the Congress und Messe Innsbruck (CMI) - one of Austria’s premier exhibition and event venues - has seen partial demolition and rebuilding of the venue combined with state-of-the-art refurbishment. A flexible Yamaha digital audio system is on hand to satisfy the audio requirements of any event.

Yamaha Delivers Classical Excellence At Hungarian University

14/05/2012 - Project News

With roots going back to 1367, the University of Pécs is Hungary’s oldest and most prestigious university. But it combines that history with the very latest learning facilities, including a Yamaha digital audio system for the benefit of the university’s music students.

Sound Technology Opens Pro Audio Demonstration Facility

14/05/2012 - Project News

Sound Technology Ltd, UK and Eire distributor for the Harman Professional brands including JBL, Soundcraft, Crown, AKG, BSS and dbx, has announced the opening of its Pro Audio demonstration facility. Expanding the company’s offices in Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire, the 4000 square feet premises provides an environment for installers, consultants, resellers and hire companies to listen to a comprehensive selection of the Harman Pro product portfolio.

Mitsubishi 7000 Series LCD Projectors Now Available

14/05/2012 - Equipment News

Launched at ISE this year, the 7000 Series LCD projectors are designed for applications such as large meeting rooms and lecture theatres, as well as other professional uses such as rental and digital signage. Available in three resolutions, the XL7100U / XL7000U (1024 x 768 pixel XGA), WL7200U / WL7050U (1280 x 800 pixel WXGA) and UL7400U (1920x1200 pixel WUXGA), the 7000 Series projectors offer high-performance and low cost of ownership, together with a number of eco-friendly features.

Metric Halo on the road with Rising Hip-Hop Stars Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

14/05/2012 - Production News

The team of rapper Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis is making some of the most forward-thinking hip-hop music on the planet. Lewis' irresistible beats and music form a sophisticated backdrop for Macklemore's tight rhymes and deceptively easy delivery.

A.C. Special Projects Supplies Innovative UK Academy Venue

14/05/2012 - Project News

A.C. Special Projects (ACSP) Ltd. have recently completed the design, supply and installation of a sound, AV and lighting system at the new Moyes Centre @ DYCA (the David Young Community Academy) in Leeds.

Clay Paky Sharpy in Search of Superstars

11/05/2012 - Production News

"Deutschland sucht den Superstar" (DSDS), the German equivalent of "The X Factor", the international talent show franchise, has now reached its ninth year and is attracting great interest as always. Over 35,000 aspiring singers performed in the casting calls that took place in 35 cities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The lighting designer Manuel da Costa has accepted the challenge of staging the nine live evenings, which will be broadcast from the MMC Studios in Cologne-Ossendorf, after the preliminary casting calls and recalls.

DiGiCo SD11 Aids Australian Education

11/05/2012 - Project News

In these financially difficult times, maximising the potential of facilities has become a key issue for the education sector. At the same time as delivering high quality education in line with modern expectations, schools need to ensure that their facilities generate their own revenue. These are the reasons why one Australian primary school has invested in DiGiCo, opening up a new market for the console manufacturer.

First Night Riders Offered Exclusive tour of London’s Royal Albert Hall

11/05/2012 - Event News

Participants in this year’s First Night Riders charity motorcycle ride are being offered a unique tour of London’s magical Royal Albert Hall.

ABTT Sees UK Launch of New Products from Doughty Engineering

11/05/2012 - Equipment News

Doughty Engineering is launching two new products at ABTT, as well as previewing others before their official launch later in the year.

First MIDAS PRO2 sold into Slovakia

11/05/2012 - Production News

MIDAS has announced the first sale of the PRO2 live audio system into the Slovakian market. Facilitated by MIDAS’ Slovakian distributor SBL Acoustics, the sale was made Patrik Kvacka, who runs his own rental company in Slovakia’s political and cultural capital of Bratislava. The new console has already been used for concerts by eclectic Berlin collective Jazzanova and British jazz and electronic band The Cinematic Orchestra.

Robe Implements LumenRadio CRMX

11/05/2012 - Equipment News

Robe lighting has implemented LumenRadio’s award-winning wireless CRMX (Cognitive Radio Multiplexer) wireless technology on all its current ROBIN series products, and this will now become a standard feature of all future Robe products.

Bill Woods Joins Funktion One

11/05/2012 - People News

Bill Woods (pictured) has joined Funktion One in the role of director of business development. "Bill’s vast experience of working with distributors and dealers worldwide makes him the ideal addition to our company," commented Funktion One’s Ann Andrews. She added: "As our business expands we have found ourselves spread just a little too thin. We decided we needed to add another sales person. Bill has been a friend of Funktion One for years so it made sense to talk to him."

Sam Parker and Mark Pantlin in Dubstep Action at O2

11/05/2012 - Production News

Friday, April 27th was a significant night at London’s O2 Arena for exponents of Soundcraft’s Vi6 digital platform.

Showsec Awarded Leeds City Council Security Contract

11/05/2012 - Business News

Showsec has been awarded a two-year rolling contract to deliver stewarding and security services across all Leeds City Council venues and events.

APG Appoints Manufacturers’ Representative in Spain

11/05/2012 - Business News

French loudspeaker company APG has announced the appointment of well-known Spanish industry figure, Juan Antonio Cuevas, to represent APG throughout Spain. A renowned sound engineer in his own right and former systems engineer for Meyer Sound, Cuevas knows the pro audio industry in Spain like the back of his hand, and is therefore ideally placed to represent APG. Furthermore, Cuevas is a real fan of the products.

W-DMX on Laservision’s Wonder Full in Singapore

11/05/2012 - Production News

Wireless Solution Sweden AB Singapore distributor Laservision recently delivered the award-winning creation of ‘Wonder Full’ – the largest light and water spectacular in South East Asia. This breathtaking multimedia spectacular is currently on display at the doorstep of the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

AC-ET Provides Lighting & Media Control Masterclass for Backstage Academy with Jands Vista

10/05/2012 - Standards News

A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. provided two one-day Jands Vista v2 ‘Masterclass’ seminars to students taking the Lighting Module of Backstage Academy’s Foundation Degree in Live Events Production.

Stage Electrics installs at Canada Water Library

10/05/2012 - Project News

The new Canada Water Library in London’s southeast Docklands is an impressive and striking building, with artistic ambitions that take it way beyond the standard repository of books, CDs and IT services.

Neumann, Sennheiser and DiGiCo host ‘Digi Days’

10/05/2012 - Event News

March 2012 saw Sennheiser UK hosting a series of Digital Mic Days at Koolworld Studios in Luton, Bedfordshire. The ‘Digi Days’, held in conjunction with UK digital console manufacturer, DiGiCo, were designed to demonstrate to engineers from different sectors of the pro audio industry just how simply digital microphones can now be integrated into today’s audio systems.

RML for Chicane

10/05/2012 - Production News

British electro dance group Chicane were back on form recently when they played to a massively ‘up for it’ crowd at Koko. The hugely anticipated show was to launch their new album ‘Thousand Mile Stare’ which was released last month.

The Theatres Trust Conference Earlybird Discounts end 11 May 2012

10/05/2012 - Event News

‘The Challenge of Achieving the Triple Bottom Line’ The Theatres Trust Conference 12 looks at the sustainable design, development and operation of theatre buildings in relation to environmental, economic and social disciplines, and the challenges of delivering sustainable theatres for future generations.

Rebrand Establishes MGC Lighting as International Distributor

10/05/2012 - Business News

Established international lighting distributor, MGC Lamps has announced a new name and a new identity. As from Tuesday May 8, the business which operates in over 90 countries Worldwide became MGC Lighting Group.

Audica Professional’s MICROseries Helps Cure ‘Gate Anxiety’ at JFK

10/05/2012 - Project News

Regardless of where they’re headed, the most common affliction suffered by air travellers is ‘gate anxiety’ – the fear of straying too far from their departure area and missing an important announcement, or their flight entirely. Until recently it was a condition generally considered incurable, but with the opening of innovative, high quality restaurants such as Bar Brace and Croque Madame in JFK’s Terminal 3 it can be significantly reduced.

William Dudley to Headline Seminar Programme at ABTT 2012 Theatre Show

10/05/2012 - Event News

One of the popular features of recent ABTT Theatre Shows has been the free seminar programme, and visitors to the Theatre Show in London’s Old Truman Brewery on June 13 this year will be treated to a rare chance to hear William Dudley, the country’s preeminent stage designer.

BrightSign Media Players in the Driving Seat with Infiniti

10/05/2012 - Production News

When Nissan’s luxury car marque Infiniti set about expanding its presence in Europe, it wanted to engage with potential buyers in a new and unusual way. The result was a digital art competition, the finalists of which have their work featured at the opening of the new European showrooms. Essential to presenting the artwork are BrightSign digital media players, providing each event with a dramatic visual focus.

Centric Provides £1.3 million Funding Facility to Martin Audio

10/05/2012 - Business News

The future of the British manufacturing industry remains an important focus for the UK economy and Centric Commercial Finance continues to show its support. Experts in SME funding, Centric has provided Martin Audio with a £1.3 million invoice discounting facility.

PLASA Events Announces Third Annual Rigging Conference

10/05/2012 - Event News

The 3rd Annual PLASA Rigging Conference will take place on Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 September 2012 at the Earls Court Conference Centre in London.

Olivier Awards 2012: Behind the Scenes

10/05/2012 - Production News

For the second year running White Light supplied the lighting rig to the Olivier Awards Ceremony, which rewards the best of London theatre created during the previous twelve months. The awards ceremony was held this year at London’s Royal Opera House, with the lighting designed once again by Ben Cracknell.

See the latest Visual Innovations for 2012

10/05/2012 - Event News

The latest technology from the world’s leading AV display manufacturers will be showcased at the Visual Innovations 2012 Showcase in Birmingham and Manchester on Tuesday 22 and Thursday 24 May.

Canford Acquire 19 Inch Rack Brand Enclosure Systems

09/05/2012 - Business News

Canford has announced that it has acquired the brand Enclosure Systems, based in Borough Green, Kent and will take over manufacture and distribution of the range from this point forward. Enclosure Systems (ES) has a range of high quality racks and accessories and is a leading player in the audio-visual, IT and data networking sector. Having been one of Canford’s principal suppliers of 19 inch racks for the last 10 years, the brand has established a very strong position within sections of the broadcast systems integration and audio and video installations markets.

Hawthorn takes Christie J Series to Enhance Customer Satisfaction

09/05/2012 - Production News

Hawthorn has swelled its projection hire inventory to include six Christie Roadster HD20K-J 3-Chip DLP projectors, from of the newly launched Christie J Series. "This investment is very important, assuring we complete our offering and provide our customers with a greater range of equipment," states Hawthorn’s head of video, Oliver Moores.

Clay Paky shines a light on Bahrain’s Path of Pearls

09/05/2012 - Production News

Festivities are underway as Manama, capital city of Bahrain, celebrates its appointment as Capital of Arab Culture 2012.

Mobile Technik pops up with MT Byte

09/05/2012 - Equipment News

Trailer and brand environment specialist Mobile Technik has launched ‘MT Byte’, a brand new mini-trailer available for events and experiential agencies looking to create guerilla sampling experiences, or compact catering.

OPTI Solar LED from Optikinetics

09/05/2012 - Equipment News

Optikinetics Limited has announced the launch of its first LED Projector. With light output of over 650 lumens from a 40W LED module and a high colour temperature, for truer colour projection and image clarity, the OPTI Solar LED is ideal for all gobo and effect projection applications.

Hippotizer Seminars in Switzerland

09/05/2012 - Event News

Green Hippo’s Swiss distributor, IQunlimited attracted yet more people with another set of popular training sessions.

The Ruddock Performing Arts Centre Opens at King Edwards School Birmingham

09/05/2012 - Project News

The Ruddock Performing Arts Centre at King Edwards School, Birmingham opened on Friday 27th April 2012 with a stunning performance of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana and Rimsky Korsakov's Sheherezade.

d&b in VIP Jazz Club Zagreb

09/05/2012 - Production News

If jazz music is epitomised by freedom of expression then the VIP Jazz Club in Zagreb is better placed than most to understand that concept. Its location on Bana Jelacica square is practically at the heart of Croatian contemporary history; situated in downtown Zagreb, the square is significant for being the cradle of Croatian independence. The club itself is comparable in size to the venerable Ronnie Scott's in London and indeed hosts a similar range of recognised international jazz artists. Like Scott's it also boasts a d&b audiotechnik sound system.

St. Stephen’s and Chromotopia in Vienna with Rosco

09/05/2012 - Project News

Vienna’s landmark St Stephen’s Cathedral will be filled with colour and light for the second consecutive year in May and June 2012 with the light art installation Chromotopia St. Stephen’s. Created by Viennese light artist Victoria Coeln, her Chromotopia light installation attracts thousands of people to the Cathedral to admire this vibrant colour experience inside such a time-honoured and ancient edifice. "Light, even sunlight, is just as precious as time. To look at light is to receive the gift of time," states Victoria Coeln.

Dirty Rigger Get a Grip with Crewsaders

09/05/2012 - Equipment News

Joining forces to research and develop what is expected to be a 2012 best seller, Dirty Rigger turned to nationally recognised crew service suppliers Crewsaders. Setting out to design, test and build a rigger glove that could potentially out-perform all other gloves in its class was no easy task. Required to withstand vigorous manual labour in all weather conditions, be comfortable, look good, comply with relevant EN specifications and most importantly of all, be affordable enough to be used in high volume.

Osram Illuminates 2012 European Football Championship

09/05/2012 - Project News

Osram will be installing the latest light technology in four stadiums for the European Football Championship, which is to be held in Poland and the Ukraine from June 8 to July 1, 2012.

ADLIB Controls the Chaos on Jeff Dunham tour

09/05/2012 - Production News

Liverpool based ADLIB rounded off a busy April 2012 tour supplying sound, lighting and rigging equipment plus crew to globally successful comedian Jeff Dunham on his "Controlled Chaos" Tour. In doing so, the company was renewing its penchant for working with some of the funniest people on the planet!

Allen & Heath Flys the UK Flag at SXSW Festival

09/05/2012 - Production News

Allen & Heath’s iLive digital mixing system was selected by promoters, Cato Music, to manage FOH and monitors on the British Music Embassy stage at this year’s iconic SXSW festival in Austin TX, USA. Showcasing the UK’s brightest new bands and artists, the British Music Embassy was exclusively based at downtown Austin’s Latitude 30 club, where an iDR-48 MixRack and iLive-T112 Control Surface was installed at FOH, digitally split using a Dante networking card to a duplicate iDR-48/T112 for monitors.

Drake’s Club Paradise Tour Makes All The Right Moves with Elation Moving Head Video Panels

09/05/2012 - Production News

Like the Canadian rapper himself, the stage production for Drake’s Club Paradise Tour is bold, strong and masculine with a commanding presence. The focal point of the set is an industrial-looking backdrop, made up of 40 6’x6’2’ alloy frames, each harboring a number of integrated lighting and video elements, which serves as a fitting marquee for the actor-turned-singer, who burst out as Billboard’s "Top New Hip Hop/R&B Artist" in 2009.

Ukraine Rocks out with High End Systems Products and Consoles

08/05/2012 - Production News

The Ukraine is rocking out with a proliferation of products from High End Systems high profile events. Rental company Feyeria, one of the largest owners of HES equipment in the country, is using Showgun 2.5 automated luminaires and the Road Hog Full Boar on all areas of entertainment: concerts, conferences, TV shows, exhibitions, sports, corporate and political events.

WORK Superdot Makes an "Ice Cube" LED screen at Bling Bling Barcelona

08/05/2012 - Project News

Bling Bling is a new club in the east coast of the upper part of Barcelona city, created to become a centre point in one of the most visited cities in Europe.

ETC Helps Students Light Up Locomotives

08/05/2012 - Event News

Lighting students from across the UK got their first taste of working under pressure - as part of a competition to light a railway carriage in less than two hours.

Point Source Productions Appoints New General Manager

08/05/2012 - People News

Lighting, sound and AV hire company Point Source Productions has appointed Amy Parks as general manager. Previously PA to managing director Stephen Capel, Parks will take over all day to day running of the company. Parks comments: "As the company has grown over the past few years, I have been shadowing Stephen, so it made sense for an official restructuring in order to formalise my role and to allow Stephen to focus on other aspects of the business. "My strengths lie in client liaison and people management, where Stephen's lie in his extensive lighting industry experience and business development, so it makes good business sense to capitalise on these abilities." Point Source was established to provide high quality equipment and service to the entertainment, event and corporate service industries. But as the business grew, the growing amount of administration took Capel away from the parts of the job he enjoyed doing most: business development, and talking to lighting designers and directors. Capel adds: "Point Source has seen different stages of growth from start up in 1997 to the present; now we're about to start a new phase of expansion. I'm looking forward to promoting the Event Services side of the company."

Sennheiser UK Announces 2012 Integrated Systems Seminar Dates

08/05/2012 - Event News

Following the huge success of last year’s events, Sennheiser UK is pleased to announce the dates of its 2012 integrated systems seminars. This year sees the number of events increased to three, with the stunning Hopetoun House, near Edinburgh, once again chosen as the initial venue on 23rd May, followed by two new venues, Ragley Hall in Warwickshire on May 29 and Surrey’s Pennyhill Park on May 31.

Course News: Backstage Academy Events Safety Passport

08/05/2012 - Standards News

The Event Safety Passport is a scheme designed for people in the events industries in order to demonstrate that they have a fundamental understanding of health and safety before they step onto site. More and more events are becoming passport controlled, with Glastonbury being one of the first large events to adopt the scheme; increasingly other companies and events will follow.

Projections of the imagination in Wagner’s ‘Flying Dutchman’

08/05/2012 - Production News

A powerful new production of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman by English National Opera (ENO) has opened in London with projection design by Nina Dunn of creative agency Knifedge. Running at The Coliseum until 23 May 2012, ENO’s new production of Wagner’s early opera is directed by Jonathan Kent and designed by Paul Brown.

CinemaxX Mannheim chooses Alcons

08/05/2012 - Project News

After finalizing the extensive refurbishments regarding the conversion to full-digital, the focus of CinemaxX Mannheim is now on bringing the sound quality in line with the perfect silver screen picture quality.

T Servis Reinforces Rental Stock with Extra K1 Cabinets

08/05/2012 - Production News

Czech rental company T Servis has purchased additional L-Acoustics K1 WST line source enclosures from local distributor Pro Music. This brings the total of K1 enclosures in T-Servis’ rental inventory to 64.

Coemar Strengthens Presence in Korea with C&C Lightway

08/05/2012 - Business News

Coemar and C&C Lightway have now strengthened their business relationship. C&C will distribute Coemar products in Korea as an exclusive supplier and dealer.

TSL YOKE from tarm Showlaser

08/05/2012 - Equipment News

tarm Showlaser of Germany´s TSL YOKE is an integrated, single-arm, moving yoke and laser-projector system that allows projecting bright, high-quality, laser effects onto virtually any surface, such as mirrors, etc.

Sound Technology Ltd Expands on-the-road Sales Team

08/05/2012 - People News

Sound Technology Ltd has expanded its on-the-road sales team with the appointment of Gary Jackson and Jonny Blower to the newly-created positions of area sales representatives for the south and north of the UK respectively.

Pro Audio Stash launches new iPhone and iPad App

08/05/2012 - Business News

Professional audio and AV suppliers and 19 inch racking specialists Pro Audio Stash (PAS) has launched a new iPhone and iPad App for its trade customers in the UK and USA.

Siyan Ltd gets into the Clay Paky way

08/05/2012 - Production News

Siyan, long term customer of Clay Paky, has recently increased their investment in Clay Paky products, alongside the purchase of an MA Lighting grandMA2 light, all from Ambersphere Solutions.

PALME Middle East Refocus Pays International Dividends

04/05/2012 - Event News

Informa Exhibitions, organisers of this year’s PALME Middle East Show in Dubai, had promised a complete refocus of its visitor profile for this year’s event — and as the tenth edition of the show came to an end, it was evident that this strategy had paid handsome dividends.

Sonoruss becomes L-Acoustics Certified Provider for Russia

04/05/2012 - Business News

L-Acoustics has announced that Sonoruss has become a new Certified Provider Distributor in Russia. The newly-formed company, headed up by local industry expert Igor Verkolat, has a network of 200 dealers in place to support and promote the L-Acoustics brand in the region.

National Theatre of Scotland Embraces LED with Chroma-Q Color Force

04/05/2012 - Production News

The National Theatre of Scotland (NTS) has recently invested in seven Chroma-Q Color Force 48" / 1.2m LED battens to provide wash lighting effects for their various stage productions, including ‘Knives in Hens’ and ‘An Appointment with the Wicker Man’.

Life and Dynacord VariLine enrich Beirut’s Nightlife

04/05/2012 - Project News

Known for its sleepless nightlife, Beirut’s club scene is richer now by one attraction: LIFE. The venue is one of the largest in the Lebanese capital, hosting 1,500 people in its indoor area with a large motorized, retractable roof, and double that number in its open-air area. The main area is the largest in size, with smaller seating spaces located to the left and right. For this showcase project, the owners of the club wanted a sound system that would be able to deliver high sound levels as well as exceptional sound quality, while avoiding the distortion usually associated with systems delivering high SPLs.

Stage Technologies Founding Managing Director Relocates to Las Vegas

04/05/2012 - People News

Stage Technologies Limited Group CEO Mark Ager (pictured) has relocated to the company’s Las Vegas office. Having established a group of operating companies worldwide, Mark’s move to the US will ensure the company’s continued focus on sales and rentals opportunities for live events and in theatres, opera houses and universities in the region. These are all sectors in which the company has completed many impressive projects over the last 15 years, including multiple Cirque du Soleil resident shows in Las Vegas, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the recently opened Signature Center in New York, on which the company worked with theatre consultants Auerbach Pollock and Friedlander and main contractor iWeiss Theatrical Solutions.

Mackie's DL1608 in the Field with Dierks Bentley and Brad

04/05/2012 - Production News

When Mackie launched the DL1608 Digital Live Mixer with iPad Control at NAMM earlier this year it turned more than a few heads in the industry. This full featured, 16-channel mixer introduced an entirely new take on live sound with its ground-breaking new paradigm – complete iPad control. As Mackie gears up for the launch of the DL1608’s Master Fader control app in June and the arrival of the DL1608 in stores worldwide later this summer, they’re field testing the app by putting it in the hands of front of house engineers in a wide range of real world scenarios.

Robe Rocks The House in Slovenia with DJ Chuckie

04/05/2012 - Production News

When the Playboy White Invasion dance event hit Ljubljana’s Gospodarsko Razstavisce, 6000 dance enthusiasts raised the roof and appreciated Dutch mixmaster DJ Chuckie and others including Arty, Thomas Gold and R.I.O – all illuminated by a Robe moving light rig! This was supplied by locally based rental company Intralite and designed by their Primoz Kosir.

XL Video Engages in Wicked Game with Il Divo

03/05/2012 - Production News

XL Video is supplying curved LED screens and special customised touring frames, video playback control, cameras/PPU, an IMAG projection system and crew for Brit Award winning Il Divo’s current, highly successful "Wicked Game" world tour which is on its first UK /European leg.

European Parliament Visitor Centre Uses Adder Technology for its Exhibitions

03/05/2012 - Project News

The European Parliament is using a range of extenders from Adder Technology, the experts in connectivity, to power exhibitions at its new visitor centre, Parlamentarium, in Brussels, Belgium.

Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Acquires Robert Juliat LED Profile Spots for Teaching Auditorium/Conference Centre

03/05/2012 - Project News

San Antonio-based Spectrum Lighting Inc. recently sold 16 Robert Juliat 634 LED profile spots for use in the teaching auditorium/conference center at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg, Texas.

Chauvet Tours with Coldplay

03/05/2012 - Production News

Employed during Coldplay’s recent European tour, 25 Chauvet DJ LED Shadow blacklight wash panels flashed and strobed as the band played songs from their recent release, ‘Mylo Xyloto’. Supplied by TMB and specified by Lite Alternative, the fixtures will resume their tour when Coldplay returns to Europe in the fall of 2012.

DiGiCo SD9 adds perfect control to Trinity Theatre sound

03/05/2012 - Project News

Stage Electrics has chosen a DiGiCo SD9 console to control an all-new audio system, designed for both live performance and digital cinema, at the Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

Codex strikes a first for Luxembourg with 48 Clay Paky Sharpys

03/05/2012 - Production News

Entertainment technology rental company Codex is the first rental company in Luxembourg to own its own inventory of Clay Paky Sharpys. The largest operations of its kind in the region, Codex conceive and implement technical solutions for public and private events and exhibitions Europe-wide.

HELi - Showequipment invests in Clay Paky Alpha Profile 1500s

03/05/2012 - Production News

HELi - Showequipment GmbH, based in Mainz-Layenhof, recently purchased 32 Clay Paky Alpha Profile 1500s for their stock. The dry hire company has returned to the Italian manufacturer's moving heads after a long absence.

Clay Paky Alpha Spotlight 800 QWO for Rockservice

03/05/2012 - Production News

RS Rock-Service GmbH has just extended its range of lighting products with 24 Clay Paky Alpha Spotlight 800 QWOs. The Italian company's 800W moving head was recently presented at ProLight+Sound in Frankfurt, where it met with great success.

PALME Middle East reaches out to New Market

03/05/2012 - Event News

PALME Middle East carried on where it left off when Day 2 of the Dubai show got underway. The exhibitor networking party the previous evening may have taken its toll on some but it did little to dampen the enthusiasm of exhibitors and visitors.

Don’t be in the Minority!

03/05/2012 - Event News

Find out what’s new in the touchy feely world of interactivity at Creative Technology’s Open Days, to be held the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 May in association with Cat and Mouse and La Scop with Modulo Pi.

Backstage Training in Focus at PLASA

03/05/2012 - Standards News

Backstage Academy, one of the UK’s leading destinations for skills training in live events, enjoyed one of the busiest stands at the PLASA Focus exhibition in Leeds, where it led a well-attended debate on the future of training with a panel of industry experts and education professionals, and took over 100 enquiries for courses.

DPA Mics provide versatility for Penang World Music Festival

03/05/2012 - Production News

Malaysian DPA dealer AV United has supplied a number of mics to two companies staging the Penang World Music Festival 2012, Kinakoworx Productions and Echo Sound.

EM Acoustics Equips Midas’s Training Room in Kidderminster

03/05/2012 - Project News

EM Acoustics has recently supplied three pairs of EMS-51 compact full range speakers, a pair of EMS-61 small format full range speakers and an i-8 compact subwoofer to another well-known British company, console manufacturer, Midas, for their training room at their factory in Kidderminster. Midas had taken the decision last year to upgrade the systems in their training room, but hadn’t found any loudspeakers that met their stringent requirements, until they took a closer look at the EM Acoustics range.

Bose Introduce the new Bose Wave Music System III and Wave Radio III

03/05/2012 - Equipment News

Bose has updated the iconic Bose Wave radio and Wave music system, combining acclaimed audio performance and small size with increased functionality and even more versatility.

Dry Hire Lighting Builds Significant Clay Paky Stock for Busy UK Summer

03/05/2012 - Production News

It’s an exciting expansion time for new company Dry Hire Lighting, as they announce a significant purchase of Clay Paky products from exclusive Clay Paky UK distributor Ambersphere Solutions.

Loren Robinson Joins Community

03/05/2012 - People News

Community Professional Loudspeakers has announced the appointment of Loren Robinson (pictured) to the position of regional manager for Western US and Canada.

Sheikh Majid Opens Tenth PALME Middle East Show

02/05/2012 - Event News

His Highness Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum performed the official unveiling of this year’s PALME Middle East Show at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre in Dubai on May 1t, cutting the ceremonial ribbon to declare the tenth anniversary event open.

Free Professional Development Program Announced for PLASA Focus: Nashville

02/05/2012 - Event News

Free registration is now open for the PLASA Focus: Nashville 2012 Professional Development Program, a two-day program of free educational seminars and workshops, running alongside PLASA Focus: Nashville, on July 11-12, 2012.

Swedish Education Embraces WORKproCA Loudspeakers

02/05/2012 - Project News

In 2011, Yamaha Commercial Audio announced an exclusive distribution agreement for Spanish manufacturer Equipson’s WORKproCA contractor series. Since then, the series has been used in a wide range of installations across Europe. One sector that has seen extensive use of the products is Swedish education, where systems need to be both efficient and highly cost-effective.

Kevin Taylor Joins Tait Towers and Fisher Technical Services

02/05/2012 - People News

Tait Towers has announced that Kevin Taylor (pictured) has joined the Tait Towers and Fisher Technical Services management team as president of automation, alongside Scott Fisher, CEO and president, Fisher Technical Services. This appointment will consolidate the integration between the two companies combining the expertise of Tait in international touring with that of Fisher Technical Services’ in permanent installation and high performance rigging, as well as opening new opportunities for both Kevin and Scott to further enhance the company’s quality, innovation, research and development program.

More Decks from Steeldeck

02/05/2012 - Production News

Steeldeck has added another 400 decks to their stock to cope with the increased Olympic demand, so they can cope with the biggest order and not even break a sweat. "Much like those Olympian athletes," says a press release.

DBN lights Megastar Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

02/05/2012 - Production News

dbn supplied lighting equipment and crew for two major UK shows - at London's Wembley Arena and Manchester MEN Arena - for Pakistani singer and megastar Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

Christie Moves Middle East Base to Dubai Silicon Oasis

02/05/2012 - Business News

Exactly five years after setting up a base in Dubai, Christie has relocated its Middle East offices and showroom to the prestigious Dubai Silicon Oasis integrated technology park.

Registrations Rocket in Important Year for PLASA 2012

02/05/2012 - Event News

There has been a massive increase in visitor registration for PLASA 2012 at Earls Court Exhibition Centre on 9-12 September 2012. Over 11,000 people have already signed up, representing a whopping 40% increase in registrations so far. Visitors that pre-register now can gain entry to the entire four-day event for only £10 - a saving of 50% on the full price of £20.

GDS ArcSystem Makes its Norwegian Debut at the Olavshallen Auditorium

02/05/2012 - Project News

Olavshallen is a multi-purpose venue situated in the north of the city of Trondheim, Norway, close to the river Nidelva. With a total capacity of 1204 seats on two levels, the venue welcomes a multitude of disciplines including touring theatre, live music, dance and comedy.

National Stage Management Awards Nomination Deadline Extended

02/05/2012 - Event News

The Stage Management Association (SMA)1 has extended its call for nominations for the 2012 National Stage Management Awards. The deadline to get nominations in is now May 11, 2012.

Pharos Appoints LightLife as German Distributor

02/05/2012 - Business News

UK lighting control specialists Pharos Architectural Controls has announced a product and service agreement with LightLife as their new distributor for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. This covers the complete Pharos range of controllers including the award winning Lighting Playback Controllers and recently released Touch Panel Controller.

Training Tops the Bill with Orbital’s 11th ‘Sound Fundamentals for Theatre’ Week

02/05/2012 - Standards News

Orbital Sound’s annual Easter ‘Sound Fundamentals for Theatre’ training course was fully subscribed, with over 20 students taking part in the four-day programme. Now in its 11th year, Orbital reports that to date it has helped prepare more than 250 theatre sound and technical theatre students for careers in live entertainment, with the latest contingent principally drawn from the UK’s leading drama schools, as well as freelancers and the corporate sector.

SXS use iLive System for Royal Launch of Cutty Sark

02/05/2012 - Production News

Bristol-based event production company SXS have just finished production for another high profile project; the Royal Launch of the Cutty Sark, attended by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. The launch took place at the Cutty Sark Gardens in Greenwich and SXS provided sound reinforcement and technical production for the event using their Allen & Heath iLive system, supplied by LMC Audio Systems Ltd.

Blackout Doubles Up with UK Premises Expansion

02/05/2012 - Business News

Drapes and rigging company Blackout has doubled its UK warehouse and operations facilities ahead of a busy summer season.

Electrosonic Helps the Journey through the European Parliament Visitors’ Centre

02/05/2012 - Project News

The Parlamentarium, the new visitors’ centre at the European Parliament in Brussels, uses a variety of interactive multimedia exhibits to take visitors on a unique and personal journey into the heart of European Politics. Electrosonic engineered and installed the main exhibition audio-visual hardware for Stuttgart-based designer Atelier Brückner. The Parlamentarium is the first visitors’ centre fully accessible in 23 languages, and to-date has attracted over 120,000 visitors from across the globe.

PRG TruColor HS a Winner at NAB 2012

01/05/2012 - Event News

Production Resource Group, L.L.C. (PRG) debuted its new digital light fixture, the TruColor HS at the recent National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas. The innovative product created quite a buzz and received accolades from three major industry trade publications.

Ashly Audio Hires Gary Jones

01/05/2012 - People News

Ashly Audio has announced the hire of Gary Jones to the newly-created position of central regional sales manager. Jones brings nearly thirty years of industry experience to his new role with Ashly, where he will manage Ashly's independent rep firms throughout Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, and western Pennsylvania.

Two Lighting Design Rising Stars Praise Knight of Illumination Awards

01/05/2012 - Event News

Two young lighting designers whose talent was recognised at the 2011 Knight of Illumination Awards have spoken of the importance of the event.

High End Systems Pumps Up the Action at Istanbul Sinan Erdem Arena

01/05/2012 - Production News

Istanbul Sinan Erdem Arena has installed products from High End Systems, a Barco company, to add fanfare to its basketball games. Prior to showtime, four Showgun 2.5s and 4 DL.3 Digital Lights pump up the crowds in the opening ceremonies. A Road Hog Full Boar is in control.

MIDAS Consoles Resounding Success at Echo Awards

01/05/2012 - Event News

A MIDAS PRO2 live audio system at FOH and PRO6 on monitors, provided by rental and production company SoundHead Company, commissioned by production companies EBS-Lights and Showplan and sourced from German MIDAS distributor Mega Audio, took centre stage at this year’s Echo Awards, Germany’s premier music awards show. The Berlin event’s star-studded line-up included performances by Katy Perry, Lana Del Rey, Sean Paul, Taio Cruz, Rammstein and Marilyn Manson.

First exhibitors sign up for Showlight 2013

01/05/2012 - Event News

The next Showlight may still be a year away, but companies are already signing up to participate at the 2013 event, taking place 18-21 May 2013 in ?eský Krumlov. The latest exhibitors to sign up include ADB, Anolis, ARRI Lighting Solutions, ETC, Lee Filters, MA Lighting, Rainbow Colour Changers, Robert Juliat, White Light Ltd and of course the event’s main sponsor, Robe. With such well-respected companies getting involved, Showlight 2013 promises to be one of the best yet.

SeaChanger Expands Sales Team

01/05/2012 - People News

Lighting industry veteran Stephen Ellison (pictured) has joined SeaChanger as a product specialist for its SeaChanger architectural and theatrical lighting fixtures.

A.C. Special Projects Appoints New Operations Manager

01/05/2012 - People News

A.C. Special Projects (ACSP) Ltd. has announced that William (Billy) Yeo (pictured) has joined the company, taking on the new role of operations manager.

Gearhouse Group Adds Tenth Company

01/05/2012 - Business News

The ideal and complete conference and event solution, from registration to audience response systems, has taken shape in the newly formed company, Gearhouse ICS.

Event Specialist White Light Help Launch Titanic Belfast

01/05/2012 - Production News

On the evening of Saturday 7th April, entertainment lighting specialist White Light helped launch the iconic Titanic Belfast building, the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience which has been built on the site of the docks where the famous ship itself was constructed and launched one hundred years ago.

Source Four LED in the Spotlight at ABTT 2012

01/05/2012 - Event News

After its huge success at both ProLight + Sound and PLASA Focus shows, ETC is getting ready to show the new Source Four LED at this year’s ABTT Show.

HPSS Take Midas PRO2 Up North with ‘The South’

01/05/2012 - Production News

HPSS Ltd, the Hull-based sound, lighting and staging equipment hire company, has recently completed a nationwide tour with The South; formed of members of The Beautiful South. LMC Audio visited the HPSS team at the O2 Academy in Birmingham during the tour to find out how they were getting on with their Midas PRO2, recently purchased from LMC Birmingham. Hugh Jones, managing director at HPSS, describes the PRO2 as a “powerful tool.”

Imogen Heap Performs her First Ever Gig Completely Off the Grid

01/05/2012 - Production News

Fruit Pie Music has produced its first ever open air live music event and broadcast to be almost entirely self-powered (without using the national grid for the duration of the event) for Imogen Heap, which was broadcast live online on ‘Earth Day’ 22nd April 2012.

White Light Adds ETC LED Fixtures to Hire Stocks

01/05/2012 - Production News

White Light has added Selador Desire and Source Four LED to its hire stocks, complementing its extensive range of ETC Source Four incandescent luminaires.

HSL Enters Shikari with a Flash Flood of Colour

01/05/2012 - Production News

Leading UK lighting and visuals rental company HSL supplied equipment and crew to the latest Enter Shikari UK tour, working with lighting designer Steve Bewley.

ProAudio Live Demo Event Showcases QSC House Of K and new Denon DN-SC3900

01/05/2012 - Event News

Two of the biggest names in professional audio, QSC and Denon, have got together with UK distributor Batmink Ltd to showcase some of the most exciting products available today.