News Archive for August 2012

ArKaos at PLASA 2012

31/08/2012 - Event News

ArKaos' latest innovations at the PLASA Show will be on booth 2-R32 in the White Light zone. They’ll be launching a new media server, the ArKaos Stage Server, and the much awaited MediaMaster Pro 3.0 with amazing Video Mapper extension. It's your chance to see these great new products in action and get them demonstrated by ArKaos staff!

Ambersphere Solutions Supports Stone Roses Resurrection

31/08/2012 - Production News

In one of the biggest comebacks of recent times, the Stone Roses chose to work with lighting designer Paul Normandale to design what can only be described as a awe-inspiring light and video show to complement their highly anticipated reunion tour this summer.

Robert Juliat with TIBO and ZEP at PLASA 2012

31/08/2012 - Event News

Robert Juliat will be exhibiting at PLASA 2012 on Stand 2-R18 in the White Light Zone. PLASA marks the official launch of TIBO and ZEP, Robert Juliat’s latest LED profiles which enjoyed a successful preview at Frankfurt’s Prolight+Sound show earlier this year.

XL Events Helps Stream BOB TV Worldwide

31/08/2012 - Production News

XL Events supplied daily live TV technology for the Best of Belron 2012, a global event to find the best technician for Belron, worldwide leader in vehicle glass repair and replacement, renowned for its Autoglass and Carglass brands.

Spanish Jazz Festival hits the right note with Lab.gruppen and Lake

31/08/2012 - Production News

With any festival, reliable systems are of paramount importance, but when it’s the San Sebastian International Jazz Festival (Jazzaldia), then clarity and power are also big concerns.

For the children: grandMA2 joins ‘Criança Esperança’

31/08/2012 - Production News

With the yearly TV show "Criança Esperança" (Child Hope) Brazil’s biggest TV channel TV Globo collects funds to support social projects assisting children’s development across the whole country. This project started in 1986 and has to date collected over 200 million Reals (100 million USD).

Heartbreakers Heard Around the World on L-Acoustics K1

31/08/2012 - Production News

Although Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers have certainly seen their share of North American roads over the past three-and-a-half decades together, the group hit the road again in 2012 for a tour which included its first run of European shows in 20 years. Despite the change of scenery, one thing that remained constant throughout the trek was the use of an L-Acoustics K1 loudspeaker system specified by Petty and The Heartbreakers' longtime FOH engineer, Robert Scovill.

API Appoints Source Distribution New UK Distributor

31/08/2012 - Business News

API, manufacturer of professional analog recording consoles and outboard processors, has appointed London-based powerhouse Source Distribution as exclusive distributor for its full range of products throughout the United Kingdom. Source, a division of HHB Communications, brings over 35 years of industry experience to the partnership, as well as a client list that includes the BBC, Sky, CNN, and Abbey Road, among others. The company is well known for serving its clients not only with great products and equipment, but also with comprehensive educational and technical support. The addition of API signal processing modules and consoles significantly extends the breadth and depth of high-end analog processing available to Source and HHB clientele.

LDR's Alba 200W LED Profile at PLASA and in Estonia

30/08/2012 - Project News

Italian theatre lighting company LDR has announced that their largest single order for ALBA 200W LED zoom profile spotlights to date is for the Vanemuine Theatre in Tartu, Estonia. Local distributor E&T Ltd is currently upgrading 'The Grand Building', the largest of the theatre’s three venues, with a total of 52 of LDR's new high-power LED spotlights. This follows the installation of LDR's conventional TH spotlights in the theatre's mid-sized venue in 2010.

displayLED to Launch The Pixel Depot

30/08/2012 - Business News

Screen experts displayLED have announced they will open their inaugural showroom this September, featuring the latest in innovative LED displays from leading manufacturers.

Lombardi SLR Joins Adamson's Energia in Italy

30/08/2012 - Production News

Lombardi SLR is the first full service hire company in Italy to purchase E15s and join the growing global team of Energia rental companies. Based in Termoli, located on the Adriatic Sea, Lombardi carries a sizable existing Adamson inventory of Y18, Y10, T21 Sub, SpekTrix, Metrix, M15 & M215 monitors.

Allen & Heath at BPM Show

30/08/2012 - Event News

Mixer manufacturer Allen & Heath will be exhibiting at the BPM show on October 6-8 at the NEC in Birmingham.

Avolites Ltd Appoints New Directors

30/08/2012 - People News

Avolites Ltd has appointed Koy Neminathan to the position of sales director and JB Toby as technical director, effective immediately.

TTA tracks down Berlioz at St Galler Festspiele

30/08/2012 - Production News

The St Galler Festspiele, now in its seventh year, is hailed as one of the most important cultural events in the Swiss calendar. A three-week open-air festival dedicated to classical music and dance performances, the highlight of the event is an open-air opera performance against the stunning backdrop of the St Gallen cathedral, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. This year’s opera was "La Damnation de Faust" from flamboyant French composer, Hector Berlioz.

Architainment Lighting to Exhibit Largest Product Range to date at PLASA 2012

30/08/2012 - Event News

This year’s PLASA Show will see lighting solutions provider, Architainment Lighting Ltd, present its largest and broadest range of LED lighting technology to date.

Ten Out of SDTen for New Danish OB Truck

30/08/2012 - Production News

Having recently been awarded a contract to relay 300 Superliga football matches over the next three years, Danish event and television production specialist dbLux has taken delivery of a new outside broadcast truck, complete with a DiGiCo SD10B digital console.

dbn Follows Cycle Song to the Moon

30/08/2012 - Production News

Manchester based lighting and visuals rental company dbn continued its work with ground-breaking theatre and arts companies, with the supply of lighting equipment and design for the acclaimed recent production of "Cycle Song" in the grounds of Brumby Hall, Scunthorpe.

Capital Sound Delivers Five Star Service, from ABC to OMD

30/08/2012 - Production News

Since its inception four years ago, the Rewind festival has seen the 1980s reborn for two days every year in Henley-on-Thames, while its sister event - at Scone Palace in Scotland - made its debut in 2011. Both enjoy the benefits of great audio courtesy of Capital Sound.

EC Series LED Panel Ease for One Direction UK Tour

30/08/2012 - Production News

After release of their debut album in 2011 – last year’s fastest-selling debut album in the UK - British-Irish boy band One Direction hit the road on a theatre tour beneath an HSL-supplied Martin rig of MAC 101 and MAC 2000 Wash XB moving heads with dynamic graphics across Martin EC-10 and EC-20 LED video panels.

K-array embraces Caffè Culture with Jamie Abbott

30/08/2012 - Production News

As part of its music and arts promotional campaign, coffee shop chain Caffè Nero is hosting an ongoing series of free live gigs by up-and-coming artists at its UK outlets. July has seen guitarist/singer-songwriter Jamie Abbott nominated as the retailer’s Artist of the Month, accompanied by a compact K-array KB-1 audio system as he travelled across the UK.

Dirty Rigger Beat the Sweaty Hand Effect

30/08/2012 - Equipment News

New for 2012, the Dirty Rigger Venta-Cool was a design concept put forward by the Dirty Rigger Community, looking for a durable rigger glove designed to minimise the 'sweaty hand effect' when working indoors or in hot outdoor conditions. This was previously untapped ground for the Dirty Rigger development team who then set out to find some of the hottest hands in the industry and design a glove which was unrivalled in breathability across the entire Dirty Rigger range.

Philips Vari-Lite Celebrates 30 years of Moving Lights at PLASA 2012

30/08/2012 - Event News

It’s been thirty years since the famous ‘eureka’ moment that saw the first ever Vari*Lite luminaires roll of the production line and onto the world’s stages. This moment opened the creative lighting designer’s door to a world of automated moving light and colour-change technology. This year, PLASA 2012, (Earls Court, London, September 9-12), Hall 1, stand BV 1 F-50, will see Philips Entertainment premier brand, Vari-Lite mark three dynamic, innovation packed, decades of moving light development.

Classic Church Gets Modern Update with Community

30/08/2012 - Project News

Like most of New Jersey's seaside communities, life on this resort island near Atlantic City is affected by the seasons. In the summer months, the sun seekers and beach lovers help to swell the congregation at St. Thomas the Apostle from 1,000 to more than 3,000 - well beyond what their existing sanctuary can handle. As Bobby Harper, VP of Sales at Egg Harbor-based ACIR Professional explains, the church came up with a creative solution.

Yamaha CL5s Solve Swiss Timing Challenge

30/08/2012 - Production News

Six weeks of July and August 2012 have seen a pair of Yamaha CL5s undertake their most challenging task yet. Backed by stunning lakeland scenery and with the CL5s solving complex delay panning issues, Tell - Das Musical recounts the story of Switzerland’s most famous folk hero.

A.C. Special Projects Supplies LED Lighting for King’s Cross Roof Structure

29/08/2012 - Project News

A.C. Special Projects (ACSP) Ltd. has supplied a quantity of customised Anolis ArcPad Xtreme LED fixtures and Pharos architectural control, to illuminate the roof structure of the magnificent new Western Concourse at London’s King’s Cross railway station.

Lift Turn Move (LTM) and Northern Light at Watford Colosseum

29/08/2012 - Project News

The Grade II listed Watford Colosseum (previously Watford Assembly Halls) recently underwent a £5.5m extension and refurbishment program focused on upgrading the building and upgrading the technology within the venue. As part of the refit, Northern Light were responsible for project management and delivery of the full technical installation, including a state of the art chain motor, trussing and control system in the concert hall venue.

ELC Set to Expand Award-winning Green-GO at PLASA 2012

29/08/2012 - Equipment News

Following its successful launch of Green-GO Ethernet-based intercom and cuelight system at PLASA and LDI last year – where the system won new product awards at both shows – ELC Lighting will be showing an expanded range of Green-GO products at this year’s PLASA.

Sign up for MIDAS Training at PLASA for free entry

29/08/2012 - Event News

Midas is offering free one-hour, on-stand, training sessions covering its PRO Series of consoles at PLASA 2012, 9th – 12th September, Earls Court.

Tannoy’s QFlex Delivers Clear Message at Glasgow Central

29/08/2012 - Project News

Opened in 1879, Glasgow Central is Scotland’s busiest railway station, with around 34 million people passing through the station every year.

CUK Audio Appointed UK Distributor for Pan Beam

29/08/2012 - Business News

Glasgow-based CUK Audio has been appointed the UK distributor for Pan Beam, the advanced steerable audio specialist from Wolfenbüttel in Germany.

Robe Adds New Dynamics to ‘Spirit of the Horse’ Show at Outback Spectacular

29/08/2012 - Production News

Robe moving lights have been installed for a new version of the ‘Spirit of The Horse’ show staged at the Australian Outback Spectacular, a hugely popular Warner Village theme park on the country’s Gold Coast.

Philips Selecon launches new LED Profile and Fresnel at PLASA 2012

29/08/2012 - Equipment News

Philips Entertainment Group brand Selecon is launching a new range of professional LED luminaires at PLASA 2012, Earls Court (September 9-12). Selecon will join Philips Entertainment brands Vari-Lite, Strand Lighting and new range – Showline – in Hall 1, stand BV 1-F50 to show off the latest developments in lighting and control technology.

Martin’s New MAC Viper Profile Cuts a Sharp Image on Red Bull Badminton Super Final

29/08/2012 - Production News

One of the first LDs in the world to get his hands on Martin Professional’s new MAC Viper Profile moving head is UK lighting designer Matt Mawdsley who recently used the powerful 1000 W fixture on the Red Bull Badminton Super Final at Central Hall Westminster in London on August 6.

MAC III Profile Impresses on Alan Tam and Teresa "Time After Time" Concerts

29/08/2012 - Production News

"I’ve never seen such a wonderful lighting design at a Hong Kong concert," exclaimed a spectator after seeing the Lu Guozhi-designed Alan Tam and Teresa "Time After Time" concert at the Hong Kong Coliseum in late July. That sentiment was repeated often during a string of Hong Kong shows from July 20-28.

PLASA Rigging Conference Announces Over 30 International Speakers and Panellists

29/08/2012 - Event News

The 3rd annual PLASA Rigging Conference will welcome over 200 international attendees at the Earls Court Conference Centre in London on Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 September 2012

Mackie Unveils the New Shape of Sound with Ultra-Compact, 2000W DLM Loudspeakers

29/08/2012 - Equipment News

Mackie has announced a new line of ultra-compact, powered loudspeakers offering a level of innovation never before seen in the world of portable sound reinforcement — DLM Series Powered Loudspeakers. Packed with cutting-edge technology, DLM speakers each feature a staggering 2000 watts of power, proprietary Mackie TruSource technology and a full-featured integrated digital mixer/processor. This potent technological combination not only allows for the incredibly small form factor of DLM, but also delivers a level of performance and fidelity that is simply not otherwise available. The extremely powerful DLM system includes two full-range models (DLM8, DLM12) along with a high-output compact subwoofer (DLM12S).

Yamaha CL Series Takes Centre Stage at PLASA 2012

29/08/2012 - Event News

Yamaha’s CL series digital mixing consoles will take centre stage on the company’s stand at PLASA 2012, as the CL1, CL3 and CL5 make their show debut.

Pharos Showcases Custom Mobile Web Apps at PLASA 2012

28/08/2012 - Event News

Pharos will be showcasing a range of bespoke mobile web apps that have been produced to meet the specific needs of clients. Custom web interfaces have always been part of the standard Pharos feature set - all Pharos controllers can host them - but creating rich web applications for touch screen mobile devices presents additional challenges. In response to projects requiring control from mobile devices, Pharos now offers a web app authoring service. Each app can be tailored to suit the corporate and technical requirements of clients, from the icon on the Home screen to the layout of the pages. Visit stand 1-G43 to try them out.

Doughty to Show Wide Range of New Products at PLASA

28/08/2012 - Event News

Although a regular exhibitor, this year Doughty has its own stand for the first time at PLASA and will be showing a host of new products. The Baby Quick Trigger clamp is designed specifically for smaller truss sizes, being adjustable to diameters of 25mm-38mm and, with TUV approval pending, comes in polished aluminium or satin black. Recently appointed the UK distributor for Reutlinger, Doughty will be showing their range of Cable Holders, in two sizes to suspend loads of up to 130kg and 330kg on wire rope. Reutlinger cable holders have been specifically designed for applications which demand compliance with BGV C1 accident prevention rules.

ETC Highlights New and Updated Products at PLASA 2012

28/08/2012 - Event News

ETC’s stand at PLASA 2012 is set to be better than ever before, with a range of new and updated products on demonstration

Illuminate Design helps light up the darkness of Ted Hughes’ Crow

28/08/2012 - Production News

The Olympic Games in London may have come to an end, but the London 2012 Festival – also known as the Cultural Olympiad – continues to draw in crowds from across the UK. As part of that, the puppeteers responsible for War Horse created a stunning show at the Borough Halls in the south London Olympic borough of Greenwich – with production management by Illuminate Design.

Robe Rocks Out on Wacken Bullhead Circus Stage

28/08/2012 - Production News

Robe moving lights helped create great dynamics for the two stages in the Bullhead Circus tented arena at the 2012 Wacken Open Air (W:O:A) Festival in Germany.

Edinburgh Festival Debuts Cutting Edge Sound Systems

28/08/2012 - Production News

The Edinburgh International Festival this year debuts some of the most cutting edge sound systems on the market, enhancing some of the Festival’s most spectacular shows.

Pete’s Big TVs for Elvis 35th Anniversary

28/08/2012 - Production News

"Bring Elvis to life". That was the main video projection mission for Pete’s Big TVs for the Elvis 35th anniversary concert on August 16 at the FedEx Forum in Memphis. The event was a fan favorite at the end of Elvis Week, a week-long celebration of The King and on the 35th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death in 1977.

XL Video Supplies ‘Paradise’ at DC10 in Ibiza

28/08/2012 - Production News

Continuing their work with The Shop Ibiza, XL Video is supplying LED screens for "Paradise" at DC10 every Thursday throughout the 2012 season.

Electrosonic Installs Interactive Exhibits at Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitors Center

28/08/2012 - Project News

With the opening of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s (BBG) new Visitor Center and gateway, visitors can now orient themselves to the garden, learn about its current blooms and plantings, and browse the event schedule via a series of interactives supported by Electrosonic for exhibit fabricator Hadley Exhibits.

Martin 25th Anniversary Celebration Coming to PLASA 2012

28/08/2012 - Event News

If you’re wondering where the party will be at this year’s PLASA, look no further. Show sponsor Martin Professional is celebrating its 25th Anniversary and will be holding a number of celebratory and VIP events at stand 1-F44 including prize draws for the chance to win Martin products.

Allen & Heath to be installed in Viking Line’s new Cruise Ship

28/08/2012 - Project News

Allen & Heath’s Finnish distributor, Noretron Audio Ltd., has finalised a deal with Viking Line Abp to install iLive digital mixing systems and MixWizard analogue rackmount mixers in the company’s new M/S Viking Grace cruise ship.

Vari-Lite Drives all night with Springsteen and the E Street Band

28/08/2012 - Production News

Bruce Springsteen is a rock star that loves to play live. For his lighting designer Jeff Ravitz, keeping the visual excitement real can be quite a challenge. Although Springsteen has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide, he is notorious for his unofficially extended concerts and its Ravitz’s job to stay one step ahead of his, sometimes unpredictable, program.

Soundcraft Announce Si Performer Training Seminars at PLASA 2012

28/08/2012 - Event News

Following announcement of the Si Performer console, the world's first digital live sound mixer with DMX integration, Soundcraft and UK distributor Sound Technology Ltd have announces a series of free Si Performer training seminars at PLASA 2012.

AED Rent Expands QSC Line Array Rental Inventory

28/08/2012 - Production News

AED Rent, Europe’s largest dry-hire company, has placed an order with QSC Audio for 48 KLA Active Line Array elements and 20 KLA181 subwoofers. The increase in the KLA inventory followed an earlier order by AED Rent for 48 KLA speakers in September 2011.

Cloud Appoints New Distributor for Italy

24/08/2012 - Business News

Cloud Electronics, UK-based manufacturer of high-quality pro audio products, has announced Prase Engineering S.p.A. as the new distribution channel for Italy for the full range of Cloud audio zone-mixers, multi-channel amplifiers, paging microphones and audio distribution systems, effective 1st October 2012.

Clay Paky Shine Bright at the Annual Summer Series at Somerset House

24/08/2012 - Production News

The Summer Series at Somerset House has established itself as one of London’s must-see music festivals. With an eclectic programme to support, in-house lighting designer Petter Skramstad decided that Clay Paky Alpha 700 HPEs would make the ideal backbone for his super-flexible rig.

Le Mark's Studio Floor for Channel 4's The Angelos Epithemiou Show

24/08/2012 - Production News

Le Mark’s Gloss Black StudioTak Studio Floor can once again be seen on one of Channel 4’s primetime shows. The floor was used on the main set for a brand new series of The Angelos Epithemiou Show, which has already been a huge hit, and lands straight into a Friday night slot, with some of the UK’s biggest names appearing in recent episodes.

Steinigke Showtechnic Connects with Inner Circle Distribution in the USA

24/08/2012 - Business News

Steinigke Showtechnic is now connected to the American market with Inner Circle Distribution (ICB), and they have now won a strong and established sales partner. ICB has been in show business for more than 25 years, and with its experience and knowledge of the whole American market, it is a perfect partner for Steinigke Showtechnic. Located in Sunrise, Florida, ICB enjoys working with German brands and is the exclusive distributor in the USA for brands like MADRIX and hazebase.

Martin Adds Dedicated 24-hour Controller Support Hotline

24/08/2012 - Business News

Martin Professional has recently added Kris Van Hullebusch (pictured) in the position of test and support engineer at its lighting controller development centre in Belgium, providing global support, training and service.

Rolling again: grandMA2 hits the road with The Dave Matthews Band

24/08/2012 - Production News

The Dave Matthews Band is back on the road this summer with a North American tour preceding the release of their album, “Away From The World”, due out in September. Accompanying the band are two grandMA2 full-size, a grandMA2 light, two MA NSPs (Network Signal Processor) and two MA NPUs (Network Processing Unit).

Pixled at PLASA 2102

24/08/2012 - Event News

Leading European designed LED brand Pixled will show its new F-10 i/o tile product at the PLASA 2012 exhibition in Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London.

PLASA Show Moves to Excel in 2013

24/08/2012 - Event News

PLASA has announced a new home and dateline for the PLASA Show in 2013. The UK's major international event for entertainment and installation technology will take place at ExCeL London for the first time, from 6-9 October 2013.

Beam On: Elation’s Platinum Beam 15R Pro Takes Popular ACL Effect

24/08/2012 - Equipment News

When Elation Professional introduced its groundbreaking Platinum Beam 5R last year, the ultra-bright, compact, extreme ACL beam effect quickly became a favourite of lighting designers, appearing everywhere from high-profile events like Super Bowl XLVI Village and the 2012 Southern Baptist Convention, to major concert productions like Drake’s Club Paradise Tour, to world-class nightclubs such as New City Gas in Montreal.

Bandit Lites LDs back GLP’S New Spot One

23/08/2012 - Production News

Having maintained a long relationship with GLP Inc. since the original impression 90 (first used on the WWE circuit), Bandit Lites has embraced every subsequent generation of the German company’s LED platform.

PR Lighting Dynamics Boost Russian Star’s 60-date Tour

23/08/2012 - Production News

Soviet and Russian pop singer, songwriter and producer, Philip Kirkorov, is using fixtures from PR Lighting to support his latest 60-date Eastern European DruGoy tour, designed to promote his new album.

Martin Audio to Launch High-output XD Series at PLASA 2012

23/08/2012 - Event News

Martin Audio has provided a major boost to its touring and theatre portfolio, with the introduction of the new high-output XD Series. This sets out to define the ultimate in performance and versatility for professional, fixed-dispersion, two-way loudspeaker systems.

Jands Vista v2 is a Festival Favourite

23/08/2012 - Production News

The Jands Vista range once again proved its flexibility and power when lighting designer and programmer Steve Heywood chose to put Vista consoles, running the next generation Vista v2 software, in control at two recent UK music festivals.

DiGiCo’s SD11i is quite SUMthing

23/08/2012 - Production News

The Linbury Studio theatre, housed within Covent Garden’s spectacular Royal Opera House, recently accommodated a 14-night run of SUM, a new opera based on David Eagleman’s best-selling book Forty Tales from the Afterlives. With a reduced capacity (from 400 to 150), the audience surrounded the orchestra pit, and was treated to a particularly intimate 90-minute piece, which encompassed 16 of Eagleman’s 40 takes on what the afterlife might have to offer, from the thought-provoking to the witty.

Martin Audio MLA Rocks Japan

23/08/2012 - Production News

Martin Audio’s award-winning MLA system is continuing to wow audiences in the Far East, having completed a successful tour of duty at Japan’s largest festival, Rock in Japan.

JBL to Introduce New Installation Speakers at PLASA 2012

23/08/2012 - Equipment News

Harman’s JBL Professional will introduce a number of new loudspeakers at the PLASA Show 2012. Rick Kamlet, JBL’s senior manager for commercial sound & CBT Series will present the new JBL products at the show and demonstrate the new AWC compact all-weather speakers. The presentations take place on Sunday 9th 14.00 - 15.00 and Monday 10th 10.00 - 11.00 in Marlborough Room 1.

Bahrain’s Summer Festival 2012: grandMA2 visits ‘City of Joy’

23/08/2012 - Production News

The fourth annual Bahrain Summer Festival was recently staged at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre (BIECC). Organised by Bahrain’s Ministry of Culture under the slogan ‘Manama, City of Joy’ the festival offered a wide variety of artistic and cultural shows by international artists.

AED Rent Increases Clay Paky Stock to more than 2,500 Fixtures

23/08/2012 - Business News

Pan European AV solutions provider AED Rent has announced it now has a stock of more than 2,500 Clay Paky fixtures.

Philips Selecon Walks the Walk with C venues at Edinburgh Festival

23/08/2012 - Production News

Edinburgh Festival has seen Philips Selecon join forces with power monitoring company, Energeno, and one of the biggest venue producers on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe - C venues - to examine the positive impact LED lighting can have on power consumption in a fringe venue running 24/7.

New Martin M-Series Lighting Controller Software

23/08/2012 - Equipment News

Martin Professional announces the release of a new operating system for its M-Series lighting controllers, which encompass the M1, M2GO, M-PC and Maxxyz consoles. The new software, version 2.90.400, includes over 70 new features and upgrades and can be downloaded from the Martin website.

MilTec at PLASA 2012

23/08/2012 - Event News

MilTec (UK) Ltd. will once again be in their prime position in the front row at the PLASA show where they will be joined by UK and Ireland distributor MT Pro Ltd. There will be several new products on show in both the lighting and audio sections, featuring LED lighting, lightweight amplification and professional speakers. This will be in addition to existing products such as LED pars, mixers and signal processing.

Post-PLASA Soundcraft, JBL, BSS and SysTune Training Seminars at Sound Technology

22/08/2012 - Standards News

In the week following the PLASA Show 2012, Harman distributor Sound Technology Ltd has lined up a comprehensive series of training seminars. The courses, covering a number of brands and product categories, are entitled Soundcraft Mixing With Professionals Live, Certified JBL VTX Line Array training, and Certified BSS Soundweb London Level 2 training. The company will also host AFMG's UK SysTune seminar.

ADLIB Supplies Lady Antebellum Tour

22/08/2012 - Production News

Liverpool based rental solutions provider ADLIB continued its work with high profile US stars, supplying FOH audio control and monitor system for the recent UK and European tour by the multi award winning American country pop trio, Lady Antebellum.

XL Events Adds a Futuristic Look for Total Recall UK Première

22/08/2012 - Production News

XL Events, working with Premier PR, supplied LED for the London première of ‘Total Recall’ starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel.

Theatreplan are Technical Consultants to the First Newly-Built Theatre in London for 30 Years

22/08/2012 - Project News

The St. James Theatre, built on the site of Westminster Theatre in London’s Victoria, is scheduled to open in September with a varied programme of classic revivals, musicals and comedies. The first production will be ‘Bully Boy’, a play written by Sandy Toksvig, which runs from 18 September. The previous building was in the process of demolition when a fire completely destroyed the structure on 27th June 2002.

Formula One at Silverstone with Electro-Voice

22/08/2012 - Project News

Silverstone is as integral a part of the history of Formula One as the tyres are of the racing cars themselves. It was, after all, at this 6km course in 1950 that the first ever Formula One race was staged, and the Northamptonshire track has remained ever since one of the preferred venues for major events. This year’s British Grand Prix at the beginning of July saw Red Bull’s Mark Webber triumph in front of a crowd of 125,000, with an estimated six million in Germany alone following the race on TV.

Chroma-Q Color Force Specified for “Are You Normal America ?” TV Show

22/08/2012 - Production News

Lighting designer Michael Veerkamp recently specified Chroma-QColor Force Compact fixtures and Color Force 48 LED battens to light the first series of “Are You Normal America?” (AYNA), a lively new TV games show currently being aired in the US on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Saturn Audio Visual Installs Audica Professional Style and Quality for The Pigs

22/08/2012 - Project News

Saturn Audio Visual has recently completed the installation of Audica Professional MICROseries sound systems for the new guest rooms at The Pigs in Edgefield near Holt in Norfolk. The award winning 17th century The Pigs establishment incorporates bar, restaurant and accommodation facilities.

Prolyte Group at PLASA 2012

22/08/2012 - Event News

Prolyte Group will be exhibiting on stand 1-G38 at PLASA 2012, which takes place at London’s Earls Court on 9th-12th September.

HOW-TO Sound Workshops and Lab.gruppen Cook up Great Church Sound on Low Heat

22/08/2012 - Standards News

When HOW-TO Sound Workshop’s chief instructor, Mike Sokol, started out in church sound, the average house of worship audio system often consisted of a few microphones and a basic console – all typically locked away behind a sign reading ‘DO NOT TOUCH’. While house of worship audio systems have become far more complex, the training available for those running them hasn’t kept pace, he says. The HOW-TO Church Sound Workshops aims to change that, one church at a time.

Easy Just Got Easier

22/08/2012 - Event News

Green Hippo Ltd will demonstrate that the industry's easiest media server has just got easier.

Robert Juliat Lancelots Light Southbank Centre’s Rain of Poems

21/08/2012 - Production News

Two Robert Juliat Lancelot 4000W HTI followspots, supplied by exclusive UK distributor White Light, illuminated a spell-binding rainfall that fell on London’s Jubilee Gardens in June.

Charcoalblue to Open New York office

21/08/2012 - Business News

Problem-solving theatre design consultancy Charcoalblue is crossing the pond to open a studio in the heart of New York’s fashionable Chelsea district.

First ETC Gio in Europe was supplied by Stage Electrics

21/08/2012 - Project News

Theatrical entertainment specialists, Stage Electrics, supplied the first ETC Gio lighting control console in Europe to the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA).

Robe LEDWashes for Placebo Tour

21/08/2012 - Production News

Acclaimed UK band Placebo is using 90 Robe ROBIN 300 LEDWash fixtures in custom touring frames for their current European festival tour, specified by lighting designer Jvan Morandi.

Midas Digital Consoles Make T in the Park

21/08/2012 - Production News

Midas digital consoles delivered a rock solid sound foundation at this year’s rather wet and muddy T in the Park festival, Scotland.

Charcoalblue Paves the Way for the Return of Live Performance to the London Hippodrome

21/08/2012 - Project News

Exactly 30 years after Jo Longthorne appeared in the final Talk of the Town production at the Hippodrome, the historic London venue has reopened. This follows a major £40million refurbishment, which drew on the innovative theatre design expertise of theatre consultants Charcoalblue LLP.

Coda and DiGiCo Rock Denmark

21/08/2012 - Production News

Thy Rock festival held in Thisted, north-west Denmark celebrated the best of Danish music, and this year’s festival saw a Coda Audio PA system and multiple DiGiCo consoles feature.

Stage Electrics Appointed as Distributor for Lumonic

21/08/2012 - Business News

Stage Electrics has been appointed as a distributor for new British LED fixture manufacturer Lumonic. The first product launched in a planned new stable is the ilumo Zoom Led spot/wash. This is a highly efficient unit with 12 high brightness LEDs housed in a well-designed stylish casing.

Announcing the PLASA 2012 AudioLab

21/08/2012 - Event News

A full-volume demo area dedicated to the demonstration of loudspeakers will give visitors the chance to listen to products in a real-world environment.

White Light at the York Mystery Plays

21/08/2012 - Production News

While the eyes of many were firmly focused on east London, theatrical life did nonetheless continue across the rest of Britain - notably in York, for which the highlight of August is the performance of the York Mystery Plays.

ETC Selador LED Fixtures Light Up Highest Train Station in Europe

21/08/2012 - Project News

The train journey to the Jungfraujoch station in the Swiss Alps is one of the world’s most spectacular. Stunning views from the platform, restaurants and a geological station greet visitors when they finally reach the top. And now, with the help of ETC Selador Desire LED lighting fixtures, a large section of tunnel has been turned into even more compelling tourist experience.

Entech Connect Success

21/08/2012 - Event News

On July 18-19, Melbourne hosted Entech Connect, the first Industry show of this type held in the state for 15 years, which delivered some fantastic results for all those involved.

Reed Rigging Hooks Starz’ Boss

20/08/2012 - Production News

Chicago-based Reed Rigging provided production rigging support and hardware for the series shooting and promotional campaign for Season 2 of the award-winning Starz drama series Boss starring Kelsey Grammer.

TMB ProPlex Network helps make Olympic Magic

20/08/2012 - Production News

Billions of people worldwide watched the 2012 London Olympic Games opening and closing ceremonies, where producer Danny Boyle masterfully deployed mystical elements of the gods – light, colour, and fire – in a celebration of British culture and history, depicted using a huge rig featuring all the latest in entertainment technology from around the world.

Europe’s Largest Tribute Festival Banks on Electro-Voice

20/08/2012 - Production News

Staged annually at Turnpost Farm, the Glastonbudget Festival is Europe’s largest and best-known festival for tribute acts. Every year, around 9,000 fans make the pilgrimage to the farm in the East Midlands between Leicester and Nottingham for the three-day event. There they are regaled by talented and often astoundingly authentic-sounding clones of Bryan Adams, Queen, David Bowie, Michael Jackson and other top acts. Since its inception in 2005, the festival has also established itself as an attractive platform for up-and-coming acts in other genres.

Adamson E15’s at the ‘Green’ Gurten Festival in Switzerland

20/08/2012 - Production News

Gurten festival takes place annually on a clearing atop the Gurten foothills on the Swiss Alps by the capital city of Bern. The four-day festival originated in 1977, and today, managing the logistics of the festival are in one word a masterpiece. Access to the festival site up on the mountain is via one street, which can only be travelled in one direction at a time. The entire festival set-up takes about a month, and another two weeks for the teardown. Artists travel in special shuttles with priority on the road, there’s also a heli-pad set up for medical emergencies. The general population also arrives by ‘Gurtenbahn’ a local equivalent of a cable car. Some people choose to hike the 45 minute trek to the site. Practically all choose to stay and camp for the duration of the show. Due to the site’s constraints and access, a limit of 18,000 people per day is set for the festival.

Robe Works With Winners at PLASA 2012

20/08/2012 - Event News

Robe celebrates its tenth birthday and ten years of ‘Working With Winners’ at PLASA 2012, referring to its amazing international distribution team, most of whom have been with the company since its first PLASA in 2002.

Vari-Lite with Jennifer Lopez: inaugural Live Tour Set in Six Scenes

20/08/2012 - Production News

As a dancer, actress, music artist, producer, and fashion designer, Jennifer Lopez has sold over 55 million records worldwide. With a celebrated career spanning over 17 years, she has taken on many challenges in many different industries, except for one. With the launch of her 2012 World Tour, Lopez is embarking on her first headlining live tour and behind the scenes lighting designer and programmer Sean Burke has created an energetic and dramatic lighting design using Vari*Lite VL3500 Wash FX and VL3000 Spot luminaires provided by Upstaging.

Star Events gives CyberMotion its UK début for BT London Live Hyde Park Shows

20/08/2012 - Production News

Star Events Group, the first UK purchaser of the new CyberMotion stage automation system from XLNT's UK sales partner Lift Turn Move, has given the system a stunning début on three weeks of 'BT London Live' shows in Hyde Park which ended Sunday, August 13.

Stage Technologies’ PLASA Presence

20/08/2012 - Event News

Automation specialists Stage Technologies are planning a more extensive presence at PLASA 2012 than in recent years. The company will be presenting a seminar at the PLASA Professional Development Programme, taking part in two panels at the concurrent PLASA Rigging Conference, and returning to the show’s Hall 1 after several years in Hall 2, to exhibit its products and meet up with customers.

Orbital Turns up the Sales Volume with New Recruit Richard Knott

20/08/2012 - People News

Orbital Sound Richard Knott to its growing sales team with immediate effect. Joining Orbital from TMC in Bradford, Richard is responsible for general pro-audio sales at Orbital, working alongside the company’s other sales staff, under sales director Tom Byrne. Richard brings extensive pro-audio product knowledge, together with installation experience and live performance expertise.

Mackie DL1608 Digital Live Sound Mixer Now Shipping Worldwide

20/08/2012 - Equipment News

Announced earlier this year and easily one of the most anticipated compact live consoles with complete iPad control ever, the Mackie DL1608 16-Channel Digital Live Sound Mixer is now shipping. To meet unprecedented demand, Mackie has increased production capabilities and shipments are now leaving their North American manufacturing facility to eager customers worldwide.

dbn Faces Forward at Whitworth Art Gallery

20/08/2012 - Project News

Manchester based lighting and rigging specialists dbn have installed a subtle trussing infrastructure and produced a unique, creative rigging solution at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester to showcase the work of Pascale Martine Tayou.

L-Acoustics KARA Installed in Tokyo Concert Hall

20/08/2012 - Project News

L-Acoustics’ Japanese distributor Bestec Audio has supplied a KARA/KUDO WST line source system to the Orchard Hall, Shibuya, Tokyo. This large-scale cultural facility was the first of its kind in Japan, and consists of a concert hall, theatre, museum, a cinema, cafes and art shops.

Highlite PLASA News

17/08/2012 - Event News

DMT’s Pixelmesh P12.5 SMD from Highlite BV (PLASA stand 1-F10) is an expansion of the successful DMT Pixelmesh P14,4 series. It combines high transparency with a very flexible rigging system which allows you to build the panel in curved shapes. Equipped with almost the same angling system as the P14,4, it is possible to adjust every panel horizontally or vertically in five different angle positions (15°,7.5°,0°,-7.5°,-15°).

Martin M1 for Lenny Kravitz at TW Classic Festival

17/08/2012 - Production News

Lighting director and lighting op Jesse Blevins directed this summer’s Lenny Kravitz light show at the TW Classic festival in Belgium from a Martin M1 lighting console with high res custom video content played back on a Martin Maxedia Broadcast.

coolux Announces Second International coolux connect Conference

17/08/2012 - Event News

coolux GmbH, makers of the award winning Pandoras Box product family, has  announced that the international coolux connect conference will be repeated in January 2013, due to the great success of the first conference in 2011.

Global Gathering for HSL

17/08/2012 - Production News

HSL continued its busy summer supplying lighting equipment, LED screens, trussing and rigging for the Main Stage and five tented arenas at the 2012 Global Gathering event, staged at Long Marston Airfield near Stratford - attracting up to 50,000 dance music fans over two days.

MILOS Group Acquires Litec and Tomcat

17/08/2012 - Business News

Czech Republic based trussing and staging manufacturer MILOS Group has announced the recent acquisition of two leading trussing and staging brands – Litec and Tomcat.

Architainment Lighting tackle charity night hike through illuminated London

16/08/2012 - Event News

For the fourth year in a row lighting solutions provider Architainment Lighting is aiming to raise money for cancer support charity, Maggie’s by completing a 20 mile hike across London through the night.

Allen & Heath to Launch Two New Products at PLASA

16/08/2012 - Event News

Allen & Heath will be launching two new products at this year’s PLASA, as well as showcasing the recently released ZED60-10FX and ZED60-14FX, the GLD digital mixing system, and other recent additions to the ZED and Xone ranges.

Network Seven Gets Randy for DiGiCo

16/08/2012 - Production News

Audio Systems Australia (ASA) has been specialising in live music broadcasting since its formal inception in 1992, with head of sound Randy Fransz managing a varied, high profile range of clientele. The company’s primary client is Australia's Seven Network, for which it handles broadcast audio for both its Sunrise and The Morning Show programs, utilising a DiGiCo SD9 and SD11, which ASA has recently added to its inventory in order to meet the growing demands of its premier clients.

Dirty Rigger Invest in Dealer Support

16/08/2012 - Business News

The new dealer support program from Dirty Rigger was trialled with great success at USA's Witsend Group.

The Long Reach Long Riders Complete their 9th Annual Charity Motorcycle Ride

16/08/2012 - Event News

The Long Reach Long Riders (LRLR) have announces the successful completion of their 9th annual charity motorcycle ride.  The ride, which benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and The ESTA Foundation's Behind the Scenes program, started in Seattle, Washington on

Our Own English High School Moves to Digital with Allen & Heath

16/08/2012 - Production News

Our Own English High School in Sharjah, UAE, has upgraded the sound system in its auditorium from Allen & Heath analogue to iLive digital control.

ETCP Promotion for New Theatre Test Form Pushed to October

15/08/2012 - Standards News

Due to increased interest in the Theatre examination, the ETCP Council has decided to push the launch of the new Theatre Rigging test form to October 1, 2012 instead of the original launch at the beginning of September. To gather the statistical data necessary to properly score the exam, it is essential that as many Theatre Riggers as possible are tested during the month of October. To further this initiative, the test administration fee of $675 for groups of seven or more will be waived for the month of October only. Candidate application fees will still apply and score reports will be delayed during this time.

Robe MMX Spots have Blond Moment on Musiek Trivia TV Show

15/08/2012 - Production News

Leading South African technical production company Blond Productions supplied Robe ROBIN MMX Spots and 600E Beam moving lights to a new games show, "Musiek Trivia", recorded at ZSE Studios in Johannesburg.

Club House Noise Problems Solved by Black Cat Acoustics

15/08/2012 - Project News

In 2011 Crowborough Rugby Club said farewell to the old club house that had served them since 1960 and quickly realised that there was a noise problem in their new building. Time to call in Black Cat Acoustics.

The 2012 Showman’s Show Closes a Remarkable Outdoor Event Season

15/08/2012 - Event News

Even with the unprecedented weather conditions during the summer months, the outdoor event season this year has had many remarkable successes and extravaganzas including the many Jubilee celebrations around the country and the London 2012 Olympics. It has been a truly memorable year and one which culminates at The Showman’s Show in Newbury on October 17 and 18.

Harlequin floors for dance, theatre and events at PLASA

15/08/2012 - Event News

British Harlequin, world leaders in floors for the performing arts, will be presenting a comprehensive range of floors for dance, theatre, display and events on stand 1 L31 at London’s PLASA Show, September 9-12.

No Secrets for Colour Sound

15/08/2012 - Production News

Colour Sound Experiment (CSE) supplied lighting for five main ‘operated’ stages and about 30 other performance areas dotted around the Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, UK site at the 2012 Secret Garden Party event, as the unique boutique festival celebrated its tenth year.

White Light Amateur and Schools Lighting Open Day

15/08/2012 - Event News

Entertainment lighting specialist White Light will hold its first Amateur and Schools Lighting Open Day on Sunday September 30th at its base in Wimbledon, south-west London.

RATstands Introduce SOLO LEDlight

15/08/2012 - Equipment News

RATstands has announces its Sololight, a professional single LED music stand light that offers exceptional quality light output and durability at a competitive price. Available in two versions: The Solo LEDlight can be fitted onto RATstands’ stand and The Solo LEDclip Light which is a universal clip-on version for use with most other music stands.

Speakers Group Ecuador’s buys MIDAS PRO 2 System

15/08/2012 - Production News

Midas distributor for Ecuador, Electronic Amusement S.A. has sold the country’s first Midas PRO2 Live Audio System to the country’s leading rental company, Speakers Group.

PR Lighting Arrives on Maldives’ Celebrity TV

15/08/2012 - Production News

The holiday resort destination of the Maldive Islands, in the Indian Ocean, has provided the exotic location for PR Lighting’s latest foray.

Robe at the 2012 PSL Awards

15/08/2012 - Production News

The 2012 PSL Awards were staged at the Lyric theatre in Gold Reef City, Johannesburg, and honoured South African football players, coaches and officials.

LCI Provides Old Billingsgate with Martin Audio W8LM

15/08/2012 - Project News

Offering spectacular views over the River Thames, the Grade II-listed Old Billingsgate is one of London’s largest ‘blank canvas’ venues, with the capacity to stage major events, from film premiere parties, private dinners, concerts and fashion shows to conferences and exhibitions.

Green Hippo’s Hippotizers create amazing Multimedia performance for Andy C

14/08/2012 - Production News

Andy C, one of Drum and Bass’s connoisseurs brings you the ultimate in Drum and Bass experiences with one of the most impressive DJ sets imaginable.

Orbital Sound Announces iPad App for CSC Show Control

14/08/2012 - Equipment News

Orbital Sound has announced the introduction of the CSC tRemote iPad app, which brings remote trigger-list viewing and control capability for the CSC Show Control & Audio Playback System. Developed by CTR Electronics, and distributed exclusively by Orbital Sound, the CSC system provides sound effects and show-control management on theatrical, musical and live-event productions worldwide. Now available as a free download for iOS devices from Apple’s App Store, the CSC tRemote iPad app is also making its debut on the current UK tour of the hit musical Starlight Express, where it is an integral part of one of the most elaborate CSC deployments to date.

Lucky Sexy Winners with RML

14/08/2012 - Production News

For years, Shooting Stars had been a firm favourite for many, with a cult following and catchy slogans and characters that everyone would know. So it came as a huge shock to everyone when it was cut from the BBC last year. Thankfully, dynamic duo Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer were not to be away from our screens for too long.

Innovason out in force at Les Vieilles Charrues Music Festival

14/08/2012 - Production News

Les Vieilles Charrues celebrated its 21st birthday in July this year. Founded in 1992 in Brittany with the aim of making the widest possible range of music genres accessible to everybody, Les Vieilles Charrues, often cited as a French Glastonbury, has rapidly become the biggest music festival in France. The 2011 edition saw over 270,000 revelers during the 4-day duration, and 2012 was set to break all records with headline acts including Bob Dylan, Sting, The Cure, Portishead, LMFAO, Kasabian as well as many huge French artists such as Thomas Dutronc, Zebda, Orelsan, Amadou et Mariam and many others. Console brand Innovason also had a strong presence at the festival in conjunction with Sombrero & Co. who are specialists in live audio and video recording of major artists and events. Sombrero & Co. were in action at Les Vieilles Charrues with no less than three consoles (one for each of the main stages) deployed to handle live audio recording, mix and streaming for both live TV and future documentaries and DVDs.

Midas PRO2 Sets the Right Tone for Beady Eye

14/08/2012 - Production News

Midas’ compact but powerful PRO2 digital console has been praised by FOH sound engineer Dan Lewis for adding great tone to the sound of Beady Eye whilst protecting precious punch at the band’s recent gig at Manchester’s Heaton Park.

Chariots of Fire - Live On Stage for the Olympic Summer

14/08/2012 - Production News

Perfectly timed for London’s Olympic summer is the new stage adaptation of the classic British film Chariots of Fire - telling the story of a much earlier Olympic Games.

Pro Audio Stash Extends 19" Rack Enclosures and Accessories Range

13/08/2012 - Equipment News

Pro Audio Stash (PAS), the leading UK 19" racking designer, manufacturer and supplier, has announced the release of multiple new products boosting its already comprehensive range of 19" rack cabinets, enclosures and accessories. This is to further service the far wider and more diverse range of customers who are now investing in PAS’s well engineered, high quality ranges.

PLASA Photometric Standard in Public Review

13/08/2012 - Standards News

ANSI E1.35 - 2007, Standard for Lens Quality Measurements for Pattern Projecting Luminaires Intended for Entertainment Use, is being revised to increase the accuracy of the measurement procedure while still keeping it simple. The draft of the revised standard is available for free download and comment through October 8 at

Tales from the Millennium Bridge

13/08/2012 - Project News

"The metaphor is the bridge is alive. It was conceived originally as an interactive soundscape in which the people could play the bridge as an instrument. As the project evolved we changed to the idea of a dream; something contemplative to walk through." Contemporary composer Martyn Ware describing one of the more diverting entertainments commissioned by the Lord Mayor's office to delight visitors to London throughout this Olympian summer. "To give it meaning the music needed some narrative element."

Arena Seating Complete Grandstand Installation at Ross County FC

13/08/2012 - Project News

Arena Seating has completed the installation of 3,500 permanent seats into Ross County Football Club, raising the ground’s capacity ahead of a new season in the Scottish Premier League.

Backstage Academy to hold Clearing Open Days in August

13/08/2012 - Event News

Vocational skills and careers centre for the entertainment industry, Backstage Academy, will be hosting two Clearing Open Days this month for those interested in finding out more about its pioneering Foundation Degree in Live Events Production.

Dual SD7s Drive Monitors on Springsteen World Tour

13/08/2012 - Production News

Having the flexibility to grow with the group, the DiGiCo SD7s onboard features from snapshots to multiband compressors and the Waves pro plug-in bundle offered lots of extra functionality to the complex production.

HHB Highlights the best in Broadcast Sound at IBC 2012

13/08/2012 - Event News

HHB Communications will be highlighting a diverse range of state-of-the-art professional audio products for broadcasters and systems integrators with co-exhibitors TC Electronic and Mogami in Hall 8 on Stand D56 during the IBC 2012 tradeshow.

MilTec (UK) Ltd goes High Def.

13/08/2012 - Production News

At the end of June the High Definition Festival was held at Hainault in Essex. In only its second year it has already become one of Europe’s leading dance music festivals with nearly 9,000 people turning up to party. Acts included Ms Dynamite and world famous DJ Fedde le Grand.

Czech Point Robe Gets Gold Medal in London

10/08/2012 - Production News

Czech technical solutions provider AV Media invested in a substantial amount of new Robe moving lights and Anolis LED fixtures which is installed at the ‘Czech House’ Pavilion a base for all sports fans and supporters of the Czech National Team during the London Olympics. The Czech house has taken over the entire Business Design Centre building in Islington.

Stage Technologies Support Second NATEAC Conference

10/08/2012 - Event News

The 2012 North American Theater, Engineering, and Architecture Conference (NATEAC) wrapped up in New York last month, with attendees praising the presentations and organizers already planning the 2016 event. Stage Technologies was once again Platinum Sponsor of the conference, which saw an increase of 20% in attendees over the inaugural event of 2008. Mark Ager, CEO of the Stage Technologies Group commented: "As a company we strongly believe in supporting this extremely important theater market. These conferences provide a wonderful forum for like-minded professionals to get together to debate and discuss a variety of relevant issues and push forward the boundaries of stage engineering."

Martin Lights up the City of Agen, France

10/08/2012 - Project News

The city of Agen in France is undergoing great changes with several projects seeing the light of day in recent years. The facades along Boulevard de la République and Place Wilson have been beautifully illuminated thanks to the use of 350 Martin Tripix 300 linear LED luminaires and six Exterior 410 colour changers.

Rosco Helps Global Broadcasters Capture Their Olympic VIEW

10/08/2012 - Production News

London’s Olympic Stadium has become the jewel of London during this year’s Olympic Games and every broadcaster wants to have the stadium, or other elements of Olympic Park, behind their anchors while they record their coverage of the 30th Olympiad. Studio space around the stadium is limited, so broadcasters began looking for alternative solutions. The BBC for instance leased the roof and 22nd floor of a local office building and Al Jazeera built a studio on top of a 24 story apartment building because “they liked the view”.

Showsec Improve (Hyde) Park Life for Annual Concert Series

10/08/2012 - Production News

Showsec provided event security and crowd management in Hyde Park’s busy summer calendar, ensuring the safety of over 350,000 people attending Wireless Festival, Hard Rock Calling and Madonna’s MDNA concert, across June and July.

The d&b rendezvous with the Canadian Institute of Theatre Technology

10/08/2012 - Event News

Arriving at Booth 410 in Ontario’s London Convention Centre between the 16th and 18th August, visitors will be presented with two distinctly different loudspeakers from the diverse range available from d&b audiotechnik. Developed to fulfil different roles in the sound reinforcement market, they still share the same values that remain the blueprint for all d&b audiotechnik products: consistency of quality, innovative design, straightforward and uncomplicated functionality all backed up by the d&b audiotechnik commitment to excellence for all listeners.

ADI Supply an LED Screen Solution Across the BT River of Music

10/08/2012 - Production News

Event screen specialists,, provided nine screens to the BT River of Music (July 21-22), with staged events at six of London’s most famous landmarks along the Thames, each representing a different continent taking part in the Olympics. The event hosted major international stars, up and coming performers and community groups from around the UK, with ADI supplying a mixture of their flown and mobile LED screens to five of the event stages.

Codex Audio Provides sweet music for Bruce Foxton’s From the Jam with Midas PRO2C

10/08/2012 - Production News

Midlands-based production and rental company, Codex Audio, have recently invested in a pair of Midas PRO2C digital mixing consoles, supplied by LMC Audio.

Black Light’s New Staging Equipment Treads the Light Fantastic

10/08/2012 - Production News

Black Light is now able to offer new-to-stock, lightweight and easy-to-manage staging thanks to its investment in the cutting-edge Lite Deck system from the Prolyte Group.

CPL Takes Delivery of its First Yamaha CL5 Console

10/08/2012 - Production News

West Midlands, UK, based video and AV specialist Central Presentations Ltd. (CPL) continues its investment in premium brand technology and is one of the first UK rental companies to take delivery of the latest and highly acclaimed Yamaha CL5 digital mixing console.

Community Revitalizes Sound in Revamped Pennsylvania Convention Center

10/08/2012 - Project News

The recently completed expansion of the Pennsylvania Convention Center (PCC) in downtown Philadelphia is, to date, the largest public works project in Pennsylvania history. The Convention Center, first opened in 1993, was expanded by four full city blocks as part of a 20-year plan to renew Philadelphia's downtown City Center District, a once-struggling area that has seen tremendous economic growth in the two decades since the revitalization efforts began.

XL Video Supplies First Ibiza 123 Festival

09/08/2012 - Production News

XL Video, working with Live Nation Spain, supplied LED, cameras and PPU for the inaugural Ibiza 123 festival.

Midwich Adds WORKproCA To Its Product Portfolio

09/08/2012 - Production News

Established in 1979, Midwich is one of the UK’s largest specialist trade distributors for the AV industry. Always looking for new opportunities to provide quality solutions to its customers, the company has recently added Yamaha’s WORKproCA installation products to its audio portfolio.

LCI Provides London Events Venue with New Technical Infrastructure

09/08/2012 - Project News

London-based LCI has specified and installed a Soundcraft Vi1 digital console, as part of a flexible new audio visual infrastructure for major events venue, Old Billingsgate, overlooking the River Thames.

Serrat and Sabina ‘Strike Back’ with MAC Aura

09/08/2012 - Production News

Spanish lighting designer Oscar Gallardo has turned to an energy and cost-saving MAC Aura lighting rig supplied by MFO S.L. Productions for Joan Manuel Serrat and Joaquin Sabina’s current tour.

New GLD Manages Russian BMW Launch

09/08/2012 - Production News

Russian PA company, City Sound, recently selected Allen & Heath’s new GLD digital mixing system to manage BMW Group’s national launch of its new generation 6 Series Gran Coupe.

The Martin Evolution Gallery - A Look Back Across 25 Years

09/08/2012 - Event News

Martin Professional has been marking its 25th Anniversary throughout 2012 with a number of activities and one of the more ambitious projects is an historical Evolution Gallery that recently opened at the company’s headquarters in Aarhus, Denmark.

AC-ET Hosts Successful Yamaha CL Series Open Days

09/08/2012 - Event News

A.C Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd’s specialist Audio division recently hosted two dedicated open days in conjunction with Yamaha, to showcase the acclaimed new Yamaha CL series of digital mixing consoles.

JBL Professional Announces Certified VTX Line Array training in the UK

09/08/2012 - Event News

JBL Professional and UK distributor Sound Technology Ltd has announced JBL Certified VTX Line Array Training on September 18 and 19 at their Pro Audio Demo Facility in Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire.

Mojo Barriers Support Metallica Across International Festivals

09/08/2012 - Production News

Mojo Barriers has supplied its extensive in-house barrier inventory to Metallica’s latest tour, working with the band’s production team across the European run of outdoor shows and the series of festivals and concerts across the US, Canada and Mexico.

PLASA Puts Dealers at Heart of New Regional Trade Show Series

09/08/2012 - Event News

PLASA Events have announced an unprecedented new deal for member dealers. Over the coming days, PLASA member dealers are being given the opportunity to book a strictly limited number of discounted booths at PLASA Focus: Stamford 2012. The all-inclusive booths, which are being offered on a first-come-first-served basis, are available for the heavily discounted rate of $2500, which represents a huge 57% reduction on the standard rate.

Safety First with Right Structures for Laura Pausini Stage

08/08/2012 - Production News

Right Structures supplied its curved roof Geo Stage for Laura Pausini’s Inedito World Tour performance in Malta on August 1.

Shortlist for Fifth Knight of Illumination Awards Announced

08/08/2012 - Event News

The eagerly anticipated shortlist of lighting designers nominated for the coveted Knight of Illumination Award has been released.

Midas Launches Groundbreaking PRO1 in Sin City

08/08/2012 - Event News

The Midas PRO1 compact console is a clear success according to the judges of the ProSound Network Award for ‘Best In Show’ at InfoComm 2012, Las Vegas.

Ehrlich Brothers Magic at the TUI Arena in Hannover

08/08/2012 - Production News

Friday the 13th does not seem like the kind of date that anyone would like to look forward to. For the Ehrlich Brothers however, Friday the 13th of July has become the date marking their greatest success as stage magicians so far.

Capital Sound adds touch of Olympic Klass to Heathrow’s Terminal 5

08/08/2012 - Production News

Olympic athletes, officials and guests arriving at London’s Heathrow Airport were treated to a musical welcome on 25th July, as Myleene Klass serenaded Terminal 5 with the theme to Chariots of Fire. London-based Capital Sound provided the audio infrastructure for an event which attracted widespread attention by the national media.

Tannoy QFlex Overcomes Challenging Acoustics at German Court

08/08/2012 - Project News

Providing good, clear audio reproduction in a historical building can present a number of challenges for an installer, often with strict architectural limitations on where you can place the loudspeakers, as well as interiors rarely being open to having acoustic dampening installed to aid intelligibility.

McMeen Joins Christie Lites Rentals Team

08/08/2012 - People News

Christie Lites, one of North America’s premier entertainment stage lighting and rigging suppliers, has announced the appointment of Chris McMeen (pictured) as a new member of its Rental Rep team. McMeen is already on board in his new role, developing new client and market relationships in the New York City/New Jersey area and serving his client base from all 12 Christie warehouse locations across North America.

Robe Helps Celebrates Lang Lang’s Birthday in TV Special

08/08/2012 - Production News

New York based Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang recently celebrated his 30th Birthday with a show at O2 World in Berlin, Germany, at the invitation of Telefónica Germany, complete with a lighting design by Nepomuk Lippl and Ben Miller from extes GmbH of Munich featuring Robe moving lights. The concert was broadcast live and web streamed by TV channel ARTE as well as enjoyed by a live audience of 5,000.

Hard Rock Café Arrives with d&b in Budapest

08/08/2012 - Project News

At the very heart of Budapest city is the Váci 1 shopping and entertainment centre. Originally built between 1911 and 1915 and one time host to the Budapest Stock Exchange, the building is a historic, protected monument and was designated as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1987.

Hot, Hot Summer Season for APG!

08/08/2012 - Production News

French loudspeaker company APG has reported an exceptionally busy summer season so far following the sale of a number of Uniline line array systems to rental companies across France and abroad.

Country Heroes: grandMA2 joins Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw

08/08/2012 - Production News

grandMA2 has gone country playing key roles on the “Brothers of the Sun” Tour, with Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, and at the fan-favorite CMA Music Festival, which held concerts at Nashville’s LP Field.

Tinie Tempah – One Big Weekend All Summer Long

07/08/2012 - Production News

A recent string of high profile appearances has seen Tinie Tempah at some of the most prominent music events of the summer.

Robe MMX Spots Dance with the Stars in Israel

07/08/2012 - Production News

Israel's leading television lighting designer Ofer Jacobi specified ROBIN MMX Spots together with LEDWash 1200 and 600s for the latest series of ‘Dancing With The Stars', Israel’s version of BBC Worldwide’s massively successful "Strictly Come Dancing", now in its seventh series..

White Mark Designs Two Preview Theatres for NBC Universal

07/08/2012 - Project News

Studio design and acoustics consultancy White Mark Ltd has completed a major project for NBC Universal that involved designing two state of the art preview theatres at the company’s new international headquarters in London.

coolux releases Widget Designer 4.0 at PLASA

07/08/2012 - Event News

coolux will release its new Widget Designer software version 4.0 at this year’s PLASA exhibition in London.

A Call to Connect for LDI

07/08/2012 - Standards News

In keeping with tradition, PLASA has announced the Connectivity Pavilion at the LDI 2012 Show, to be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, October 19 - 21. This pavilion at booth 2041 provides a demonstration area for manufacturers’ implementations of PLASA’s ANSI standards used throughout the lighting control industry. By bringing together various pieces of equipment in a neutral area, we are able to show the public how various manufacturers’ products can be integrated, and demonstrate that the protocols worked on by these member manufacturers are viable and available for use in today’s applications and specifications.

Jands Vista L5 Takes Control for Queen and Adam Lambert

07/08/2012 - Production News

A Jands Vista L5 was chosen by lighting and visuals designer, Rob Sinclair, to control lighting and media for British rock legends, ‘Queen’. Their recent string of high profile shows featured American Idol star Adam Lambert as lead singer.

DPA Microphones Brings Exceptional Sound Quality to the Live Sound and Touring Industries During PLASA 2012

07/08/2012 - Event News

At PLASA 2012 DPA Microphones and its UK distributor Sound Network will showcase an outstanding range of high quality microphones that are ideally suited to the rigours and demands of the live sound and touring industries.

Clay Paky Congratulates Russian Partner DOKA on 25th Anniversary in Moscow

07/08/2012 - Business News

Clay Paky has congratulated its long-term Russian distribution partner DOKA on 25 years in the business at its annual seminar in Moscow.

Dynaudio Professional Introduces New Main Monitor Solution – M3VE

07/08/2012 - Equipment News

Earlier this year, Dynaudio Professional celebrated its 20th Anniversary with the launch of the M3XE main monitor system. Now, a single-amplifier version is available worldwide.

ETC’s Massive Milestone: Three million Source Four luminaires Shipped

07/08/2012 - Equipment News

“Is this magic?” asked a magazine reviewer rhetorically in 1993, speaking of a new spotlight that was nearly twice as efficient as any other on the market. The luminaire’s groundbreaking technology in optics and energy savings would set a new industry standard for stage lighting, and launch the brand of lights known as Source Fours.

Midas PRO6 helps The Stone Roses make a Sound Return

07/08/2012 - Production News

The MIDAS PRO6 Digital Console proved a perfect match for The Stone Roses comeback gigs in front of 225,000 fans at Manchester’s Heaton Park.

Entec Lights 2012 Larmer Tree Festival in Style

07/08/2012 - Production News

West London based Entec Sound & Light supplied a substantial stage, architectural and garden lighting package to the 2012 Larmer Tree Festival, staged in the picturesque environs of Larmer Tree Gardens at Tollard Royal in south Wiltshire.

A.C. Special Projects Gets Social with its Customers on Twitter

06/08/2012 - Business News

A.C. Special Projects (ACSP) Ltd. has launched a new social media initiative to enable the company to network with its customer base - including providing immediate updates on breaking installations news, tradeshow-related activities, training sessions and open day events.

Robert Juliat at PLASA 2012

06/08/2012 - Event News

Robert Juliat will be exhibiting at PLASA 2012 on stand 2-r18 in the White Light Zone.

Marquee Provides the Audio for the Innovative Wahaca Southbank Project

06/08/2012 - Project News

Marquee Installations has recently completed the design and installation of the audio system for the Wahaca Southbank Mexican restaurant at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. Designed by renowned architects Softroom, the innovative Wahaca Southbank Experiment is a new two-storey temporary installation, constructed from eight recycled shipping containers on the outdoor terrace of the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre.

New Kandolite LED range from Smoke Factory UK at PLASA

06/08/2012 - Event News

Smoke Factory UK, the London based distributor, will be launching their new range of LED fixtures at PLASA. Alongside the new Kandolite LED range will be the full range of Smoke Factory haze and fog machines.

Black Cat Music rolls out new online store for Germany

06/08/2012 - Business News

Black Cat Music has announced the introduction of a new e-commerce website to serve its customers in Germany.

Wizard Award Again at Showtech

06/08/2012 - Event News

No theatre production works without their "wizardry", no live event would be as captivating without them: to thrill the audience, stage technicians must do quite a bit of magic. Realising an artistic idea in a particularly creative and innovative manner through stage technology, amazing spectators and still bringing technology and the overall production together to form a harmonious whole – these have always been the greatest challenges they face.

Robe Sees Red at Summer Party in Slovenia

06/08/2012 - Production News

The sensational Red Summer Party was enjoyed by 12,000 dance enthusiasts who had the house rocked for them by the likes of Dutch house guru Tiesto and the super-hot Calvin Harris at the Arena Stožice in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Northern Light "Assembles" in Edinburgh

06/08/2012 - Project News

Northern Light have recently provided a range of services for the newly refurbished Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh’s New Town.

FocusTrack Helps RED Relocate to Los Angeles

03/08/2012 - Production News

Demonstrating that the show lighting documentation system FocusTrack is not just for the biggest, most complex shows, the system is currently helping lighting designer Neil Austin re-create his Tony Award-winning design for the play Red in Los Angeles.

Tait Rocks Metallica’s Tour with Major Scenic Elements

03/08/2012 - Production News

Metallica has kicked off the latest leg of their tour in Mexico City, with the show featuring elaborate staging concepts, created by the world-renowned team at Tait Technologies. With dynamic scenes of mayhem and destruction, the show elements developed by Tait draw the crowd right into the chaos. The band will perform eight shows in Mexico before heading to San Francisco and onward to Canada. The Vancouver shows, on August 24 and 25, will be filmed for the upcoming "Metallica 3D" movie, set for release in 2013.

Robert Juliat Followspots with Springsteen’s "Wrecking Ball" Tour

03/08/2012 - Production News

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s "Wrecking Ball" tour continues onwards with three Manon, eight Topaze, and four Lancelot followspots from Robert Juliat. The Boss is touring in support of his 17th studio album, also called "Wrecking Ball", with an electrifying series of concerts featuring a number of technical innovations.

Black Cat Music is Platinum Sponsor of Music Education Expo

03/08/2012 - Event News

Black Cat Music and partner company have announced that they have signed up as Platinum Sponsors of the Music Education Expo 2013 event at London’s Barbican venue, 20/21 March 2013.

Artistic Licence Engineering Showcases Multichrome Tube for Bow Arts Trust

03/08/2012 - Project News

Bow Arts Trust, the East London arts educational charity, is the recipient of the first major installation of Artistic Licence Engineering’s new modular Multichrome Tube LED fixtures.

Unusual Rigging Upgrades Bristol Hippodrome ready for The Lion King

03/08/2012 - Project News

Previewing from August 31 at the Bristol Hippodrome, The Lion King UK tour will be one of the heaviest touring productions in the UK at the moment, requiring Unusual Rigging to undertake a serious upgrade to the roof truss at the Bristol theatre.

Xone:92 Mixers for Space Opening Party

03/08/2012 - Production News

Space Club in Ibiza recently held its summer season opening night, installing three of Allen & Heath’s industry standard Xone:92 mixers in the main room to fulfil the rider request of a majority of the performing DJs.

Kaskade Brings Down the Staples Center with K1

02/08/2012 - Project News

Named "America’s Best DJ" last year by DJ Times and, Kaskade became the first solo electronic dance music artist in history to not only headline, but also sell out, Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Friday, July 27 with his 2012 Freaks of Nature Tour. Camarillo-based Rat Sound Systems, Inc. served as the sound reinforcement provider for the night keeping things pumping with a full L-Acoustics K1 stadium loudspeaker system.

Robe for the Country Music Television Awards

02/08/2012 - Production News

Leading international lighting designer Tom Kenny specified over 100 Robe moving lights – ROBIN MMX Spots and ROBIN 600 LEDWashes, among others - to light the 2012 Country Music Television (CMT) Awards event in Nashville, Tennessee on June 6.

Christie Partners with Crystal CG as Exclusive Corporate Partner of New Bureau Internationale Des Exposition (Bie) Center in Paris

02/08/2012 - Business News

Christie has entered into an exclusive partnership with Crystal CG, a leading digital media company, to supply innovative visual display solutions for the new Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) multimedia exhibition and information centre in Paris, France.

Wyrestorm Announces POLAR Audio as New Dedicated Distributer

02/08/2012 - Business News

Wyrestorm places great importance on working with the right people – like-minded people that hold the same values they have – particularly when it comes to distributing their products.

Le Mark's New Floor Springs into Action

02/08/2012 - Project News

Offering a wall to wall, high load bearing sprung floor, Le Mark's new Woodland Spring has wowed students and dancing professionals after its recent installation at the highly acclaimed and award winning Edge Hill University.

Marquee Installations Appoints Paul Simpson for Business Development

02/08/2012 - People News

Marquee Installations has announced the appointment of Paul Simpson (pictured) to the new position of business development manager.

Harting Features Rugged Connectivity Solutions for AV Multimedia Applications

01/08/2012 - Event News

At PLASA 2012, Harting is featuring its rugged connectivity solutions for a wide range of AV multimedia installation applications.

Sonisphere Amneville with Adamson E15s

01/08/2012 - Production News

Faith No More, Marilyn Manson, Wolfmother, Machine Head and variety of other Rock and Metal acts hit the stage in France on July 7th and 8th with Adamson's acclaimed Energia e15 system. All audio equipment was provided by Energia Beta partners MPM and Waveform Audio.

PRG at Somerset House

01/08/2012 - Production News

Set in the spectacular courtyard of one of London’s most celebrated historic buildings, Summer Series at Somerset House featured a programme of diverse music acts playing a series of special shows between 7 and 19 July.

Colour Sound Experiment Makin’ Great Steps Forward

01/08/2012 - Production News

Performing arts school Makin' Steps likes to pull out all the stops for its end of year show which is traditionally staged at Harlow Leisure Centre, and ensure its students get to perform accompanied by proper X-Factor technical production values.

Optocore’s Advanced Fibre Network for New Tokyu Theatre Orb

01/08/2012 - Project News

A brand new purpose-built musical theatre has opened in Japan — situated between the 11th and 16th floors of the new 1.27 billion dollar 34-storey Shibuya Hikarie glass tower in Tokyo.

Educating with d&b at Oxley College

01/08/2012 - Project News

Nestled in the leafy outer fringes on the eastern edge of Melbourne lies Oxley Christian College, a school that provides education for about 1000 children, aged between four to 18 years. In order to offer a more intimate space than their large school hall and to support its strong sense of community, the decision was made to build a brand new performing arts centre. This space was not simply to be a stage for performing arts; it would have to fulfil the myriad of functions that fill any school's academic year. One week it might have to host a full scale student drama and music production playing to two hundred and fifty, the next it could be hosting a lecture or parents' evening. The College, bolstered by a significant grant from the Federal Government, set about turning their plans into reality.

Arena Group Shows Off Arcus at the Open Championship 2012

01/08/2012 - Production News

Arena Group provided extensive temporary facilities, including its new Arcus structure to the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes, 19th- 22nd July 2012.

Electrosonic Shortlisted in Four AV Award Categories

01/08/2012 - Event News

Electrosonic has been short listed for four awards at this year’s AV Awards.

Alanis Morissette Tours with Outline GTO and Britannia Row

01/08/2012 - Production News

Canadian-born singer songwriter and actress Alanis Morissette recently embarked on a short summer tour in support of her forthcoming album Havoc and Bright Lights which is due for release in August.

SGM Expands UK Distribution as AC-ET Pairs with LED Projects

01/08/2012 - Business News

SGM Lighting has expanded its distribution arrangements in the UK, appointing A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd (AC-ET) to work in parallel with existing distributor, LED Projects.

Robe Makes a Grand Exit in Serbia

01/08/2012 - Production News

Over 130 Robe moving lights were supplied by Serbian technical solutions provider Studio Berar to the three biggest stages – Main, Dance Arena and Fusion – at the 2012 EXIT Festival.

LSC Releases First LX Console

01/08/2012 - Equipment News

LSC Lighting Systems in conjunction with Open Clear has announced the release of the first model in the much anticipated Clarity LX console range.