News Archive for October 2013

Robe Launches Full Website in Spanish

31/10/2013 - Business News

Robe lighting has just launched the highly anticipated Spanish version of its complete website.

J. R. Clancy Announces New Domestic Sales Manager

31/10/2013 - People News

J. R. Clancy, Inc., has announced that Matthew M. Mullen (pictured) will join the company’s staff on November 4 in the position of domestic sales manager.

PR Lighting Penetrates East Africa

31/10/2013 - Business News

Following a large purchase of PR Lighting’s premium discharge and LED automated lights, Nairobi-based rental company Homeboyz Entertainment Services has considerably broadened awareness of the Chinese company in east Africa.

Black Sabbath returns to stages worldwide with grandMA2

31/10/2013 - Production News

Heavy metal icon Black Sabbath continues its Reunion Tour in Latin America, Europe and the UK with a grandMA2 light console. The tour celebrates the band’s reunion last year and supports their album “13”, the first with Ozzy Osbourne since 1978. Baz Halpin is the tour’s lighting designer and Michael Keller, lighting programmer.
Keller selected the grandMA2 for the tour since he’s most comfortable programming that platform. “We’re carrying the grandMA2 light with us now, but you can find grandMA2 in most places. grandMA2 does everything I need.”

TSL Lighting's first use of M-Box Media Server on Debut Performance of Love Beyond

31/10/2013 - Production News

Love Beyond is a new musical, telling the bible story from start to finish. Written by Richard Haley, it premiered this month in Brighton.

Robe Adds Colour and Style to 2013 ALMA Awards

30/10/2013 - Production News

Emmy Award winning lighting designer Oscar Dominguez from Darkfire Lighting used Robe MMX WashBeams for the first time on the 2013 NCLR American Latino Media & Arts (ALMA) Awards.

Jack Johnson goes ‘Here To Now’ with Bandit Lites

30/10/2013 - Production News

Singer-songwriter Jack Johnson has taken his laid back acoustic sound on the road under the illumination of Bandit Lites. The month-long North American tour in support of his new album Here To Now To You concluded in October with every performance a sold out spectacular.

TSL Lighting become major stockist of Patt 2013

30/10/2013 - Production News

South East based TSL Lighting have added the iconic retro Patt 2013 to their rental stock and the fixtures have already been used on a wide range of the company's projects.

GLD and ME Installed in Korean Church

30/10/2013 - Project News

Allen & Heath’s Korean distributor, Sama ProSound Co., Ltd, recently installed a GLD-80 digital mixing system and ME-1 personal monitor mixer in Gunpo Sungjang Church in Gunpo-si near Seoul.

PSCo and NEC contribute to charity ‘Newsroom’s Got Talent’

30/10/2013 - Production News

PSCo and NEC recently supported a charity battle of the bands at the Newsroom’s Got Talent 2013 show, by providing an on-stage videowall as well as smaller viewing screens for the audience to capture every moment of the evening.

Hoevenaars Debuts New Adamson Energia E15 System At 90's Concert

30/10/2013 - Production News

Hoevenaars LGV BV, a top live event production company located in the Netherlands, recently added Adamson Systems Energia E15 enclosures to their production inventory.

TC Electronic Adds Automatic Saving of Logfiles to Its Hardware Loudness Radar Meters

30/10/2013 - Equipment News

TC Electronic has announced that brand new features have been added to its hardware units that support the LM6 and LM2 Loudness Radar Meters and the TC Icon control software (DB6, DB4 MKII, DB8 MKII, System 6000 MKII and LM2).

Robe at Songlei Theatre, Beijing

30/10/2013 - Production News

Over 80 Robe moving lights have been installed at the Oriental Songlei Theatre in Beijing, a new 1200 capacity cultural and arts centre, part of a major joint venture by the Beijing Oriental Songlei Musical Development Company and the Dongcheng District Government of Beijing.

Clay Paky among the legends of "The 27 Club"

30/10/2013 - Production News

Besides extraordinary talent and the fact they have all made the history of music, another thing legends such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Brian Jones, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse all have in common is that they belong to the "27 Club". The members of this fictitious club all died prematurely at the age of 27 in tragic (and obscure) circumstances.

New Volkslicht Spot brings GLP Spot One’s Award-winning Technology to Wider Market

30/10/2013 - Equipment News

Based on the ground-breaking and award-winning impression Spot One, GLP has produced a smaller, lighter and less expensive version, known as the Volkslicht Spot — aimed at a wider fixed installation and rental customer base.

5 Star PLASA 2013 Speed Challenge Winner

30/10/2013 - Event News

5 Star Cases used the 2013 PLASA exhibition at ExCeL London to re-launch its popular ‘Speed Challenge’ motor racing simulation game … crowning Carl Sheehan, deputy manager of event technology specialist PSAV as the 2013 5 Star Speed Challenge Champion.

Opera Germany Invests in PR Lighting Framing Spots

29/10/2013 - Production News

PR Lighting’s PR 5000 Framing fixtures have been adopted for the Autumn season opera productions of the famous Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Germany, which combines both the Opera Düsseldorf and Theater Duisburg.

PRG AddsS SGM P-5 Wash Light to Hire Stock

29/10/2013 - Production News

PRG (Production Resource Group UK) has become the latest high profile lighting hire company to invest heavily in SGM’s new generation LED fixtures.

Rock Centrum Installs Martin Audio W8LM Line Array as Košice Celebrates European Capital of Culture status

29/10/2013 - Project News

Back in 2008 several Slovak cities competed to become the European Capital of Culture for 2013, and took part in a competition. Eventually the city of Košice (from the east of Slovakia) was awarded this prestigious title.

PRG Brings Bbespoke Technical Magic to the First Wicked UK and Ireland Tour

29/10/2013 - Production News

A global musical phenomenon, Wicked, has taken to the road for its first UK and Ireland tour and the Production Resource Group (PRG) is providing a custom-built automation solution and the full lighting system.

Clay Paky and the "Adoro" Music Project

29/10/2013 - Production News

Music producer Andy Lutschounig created his "Adoro" classical-pop crossover project in 2007, when he chose five young opera singers from among 200 applicants. Adoro's music combines elements of opera with German pop songs and a large symphony orchestra, as could be appreciated at their recent performance at the Lausitzhalle in Hoyerswerda.

SGM X-5 Strobes as Hard as Nails

29/10/2013 - Production News

When LeRoy Bennett started specifying SGM’s X-5 LED strobes early this summer, he not only had Beyoncé’s The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour in mind but also the hard industrial sounds of Rammstein and Nine Inch Nails.

Yamaha MTX5-D Aids Clear Communication at Stockholm Royal Opera

29/10/2013 - Project News

Following the highly successful installation of an AFC3 acoustic enhancement system at the Stockholm Royal Opera rehearsal complex, further Yamaha digital audio technology has recently been specified for the venue itself. An MTX5-D digital matrix now helps to ensure that communication between lighting and video technicians is fast and crystal clear.

Backstage Lyttelton Tour Brings ALD Members Closer to New ETC Cyc Lighting

29/10/2013 - Event News

Just days after HM The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were taken on a guided tour of the National Theatre, members of the ALD also went to see behind the scenes of Liolà at the Lyttelton.

Projected Imagery Links Modern-Day Life with Historic Architecture

29/10/2013 - Production News

Lighting design firm Radiance35, in collaboration with the ZimmerFrei artists’ collective, created “Through the Walls”, an award-winning, artistic lighting installation in the Saint-Jacques district of Brussels (near the Grand-Place). The key idea from the artist was to project imaginary openings onto the façades of the buildings in order to engage the curiosity and imagination of those walking by and help them envision present-day spaces, interiors and places of life and work inside the district’s beautiful medieval structures.

Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre Performs with Community

29/10/2013 - Project News

Founded in 1966, Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre (ASGT) is an outdoor community theatre in Historic Downtown Annapolis, Maryland, USA. With its all-volunteer staff and actors, ASGT hosts three major productions each season in an outdoor garden setting. While most ASGT productions are musicals, the venue also hosts Shakespeare, improvisation and educational programmes.

Philips Selecon Creates an Interactive Experience for //hapo Museum South Africa

29/10/2013 - Project News

Johannesburg based Digital Fabric has specified Philips Selecon luminaires to help bring the newly completed //hapo museum to atmospheric and theatrical life.

Clay Paky Lights Gianna Nannini's European Tour

29/10/2013 - Production News

"Latin Lover", "Fotoromanza", "Bello e impossibile" and "I maschi" are just a few of her greatest hits. We are of course talking about the Italian rock singer-songwriter Gianna Nannini, who is currently touring Europe on her "INNO" tour 2013. Lighting designer Patrick Woodroffe and lighting director Roland Greil chose Clay Paky lights and MA Lighting control systems for the tour.

Colour Sound Storms The Bastille

29/10/2013 - Production News

West London based lighting and visuals rental specialist Colour Sound Experiment is supplying lighting for the first full production tour by chart-topping indie rockers Bastille, who are rapidly ascending stars with their first album ‘Bad Blood’ and lighting designed by the very talented Will Dart.

Gearhouse SA Invests in More Robe Moving Lights

29/10/2013 - Production News

Johannesburg based Gearhouse South Africa (GHSA) has invested in 150 of Robe’s latest moving lights including 54 Pointes, 36 LEDWash 600s, 24 DLXs, 24 DLFs and 12 DLSs.

New Premium Videoconferencing Solution from Eclipse Services

28/10/2013 - Equipment News

London based Eclipse Services is offering a new high quality advanced videoconferencing solution providing secure, reliable, cost-effective, fully supported HD resolution communications and taking advantage of exclusive non–public high bandwidth internet services, available only through Eclipse.

We all Came out to Montreux … GDS ArcSystem for Stravinsky

28/10/2013 - Project News

The Stravinsky Auditorium is part of the Montreux Convention Centre which sits on the shoreline of Lake Geneva in Switzerland. It hosts, amongst a wide range of events, the legendary Montreux Jazz Festival which itself will forever be associated with the destruction by fire of the original Montreux Casino during a performance by Frank Zappa and which was commemorated by Deep Purple in ‘Smoke on the Water’. The key to the appeal of the auditorium is its modularity, enabling it to be adapted for the widest possible range of uses. With a partially modular floor the venue can be configured in classroom, concert and theatre configurations. The Stravinsky is quite simply a giant of a venue with a peerless reputation. Given the scope and nature of the Montreux Jazz Festival it is accurate to suggest that just about every popular music star worth the name has set foot on its 250m2 stage.

Remember, Remember the 5th of November … is AED UK Open Day!

28/10/2013 - Event News

The AED UK Businesses including AED Rent, AED Distribution, AED Store and AED Second-Hand are opening their doors on Tuesday 5th November for a Guy Fawkes themed Open Day. From 10.30 am to 6 pm, all visitors are welcome to meet the AED UK Team and have a look around their impressive facility.

TricolorIndia Designs and Specifies Giant Projection Spectacle in Delhi

28/10/2013 - Production News

London based projection artist Ross Ashton designed and specified the large format projection elements of a new permanent immersive multi-media spectacle in Delhi, at the Guru Tegh Bahaur Memorial on the NH1 highway at Singhu Border.

Robe for Pre Production Services

28/10/2013 - Production News

Birmingham-based Pre Production Services, which specialises in lighting console hire, is headed by Colin Wood who has been a professional lighting designer since 2005 and has worked internationally on a plethora of different theatre based shows including musicals, dramas and cruise ship based productions.

DPA Microphones Restructures its Management Team

28/10/2013 - People News

DPA Microphones has restructured its management team in order to maximise resources and consolidate international sales activity around future new product launches.

Two High Profile Scottish Lords Choose FocusTrack

28/10/2013 - Production News

FocusTrack, the leading lighting documentation software, has been put to use by two high-profile productions of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, both of them starting life in the UK and using FocusTrack to provide a detailed record of the production lighting as they transfer to New York.

XL Video Get Their Game On for NBA Pre-Season Meet in Manchester

25/10/2013 - Production News

Each year, before the start of the official NBA season, a selection of friendly pre-season games are played. This year, ahead of the season opener on 29th October, eight international games have been held in Europe, Asia and South America.

At Theatre for a New Audience’s new home, a creative space inspires artistic expression

25/10/2013 - Project News

More than 30 years after its founding, the Theatre for a New Audience finally has a new and permanent home at Polonsky Shakespeare Center, an intimate and flexible courtyard theatre designed by Theatre Projects Consultants.

Philips Selecon Helps C-Venues LED the Way in Creative Sustainability at Edinburgh Festival

25/10/2013 - Production News

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013 saw Philips Entertainment brands - Selecon and Vari-Lite - work alongside leading venue producer C venues to increase the creative opportunities for over 170 of its international productions.

Robe Installation at Tecnópolis Exhibition, Argentina

25/10/2013 - Project News

A Robe environmental lighting solution was chosen by the Argentinian government to permanently illuminate the venue hosting Tecnópolis, a science, technology, industry and art exhibition at the Parque del Bicentenario (Bicentenary Park), in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Judges' Tough Challenge in Harlequin-Sponsored IADMS Student Poster Award

25/10/2013 - Event News

Bob Dagger, founder and president of Harlequin Floors, complimented the judges on the difficult task of selecting Sarah Beck’s winning poster from such a high quality number of entries.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Theatre Royal Drury Lane

25/10/2013 - Production News

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a production based on the 1964 book by Roald Dahl, has been delighting audiences of all ages at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London following its premiere in May 2013. Seventy-thousand people saw the musical in its first month with its premier attended by top celebrities from the acting world. Its run has now been extended until May 2014. The musical is directed by Sam Mendes and Willy Wonka is played by Douglas Hodge.

Alcons Equipment Premiere at Amsterdam’s Pathé Tuschinski

25/10/2013 - Project News

With its imposing Art Deco exterior, the Pathé Tuschinski in Amsterdam is The Netherlands’ most prestigious cinema. Inside it has been restored to its original 1920s glory, while at the same time being extended and modernised to satisfy the expectations of 21st century filmgoers. The latest phase has included the installation of a bespoke Alcons Audio system, featuring the unique CRA72cst and the first installation of the company’s new Sentinel 4-channel digital amplified loudspeaker controllers.

Clay Paky Sharpys Create ‘Light Architecture’ for London Art Show

25/10/2013 - Production News

UK – Interactive light technology group Marshmallow Laser Feast (MLF) is utilising the pure-beam power of Clay Paky Sharpys to create an inspired ‘light architecture’ installation at a huge disused church in central London.

Clay Paky Provides IESNA and Eulumdat Photometric Data

25/10/2013 - Business News

Clay Paky has recently published photometric data relating to its lights on its website in IESNA and Eulumdat format (.IES and .LDT files), as laid down in standard EN 13.032 – LM 79 – .

An Unusual Display of Lost Treasures at the Museum of London

25/10/2013 - Project News

When plans got underway at the Museum of London for The Cheapside Hoard: London’s Lost Jewels, a major new exhibition in the Linbury Gallery, Unusual Rigging was called in to help display the exhibits to their full potential.

CT’s Glux Carbon Ten LED System Redefines how LED Screens Can be Used in Event Environments

25/10/2013 - Production News

CT’s recently introduced lightweight LED system has been used on three spectacular projects since its introduction in September, each demonstrating how this product can and will re-define the way LED screens can be used in touring and event environments.

No Sacrifice in Sound as DiGiCo Delivers Saxon’s Heavy Metal Thunder

25/10/2013 - Production News

Led by the legendary ‘Barnsley Big Teaser’, Biff Byford, hard rockers Saxon’s wheels of steel have been rolling around the world on the band’s Sacrifice tour since last March. Playing indoor shows and festivals in Europe, as well as for the growing trend in multi-band cruises, the tour lasts until December. A pair of DiGiCo mixing consoles is helping to rock many nations.

EMTO Appointed UK Distributor for Foreground Display LED products

25/10/2013 - Business News

Aylesbury-based entertainment technology design, installation and sales specialist EMTO, headed by Wes Matthews, has been appointed as a UK and European distributor for Foreground LED screen displays, a high quality manufacturer based in Shenzhen, China. The deal was cemented at the recent PLASA lighting & sound exhibition in London.

America’s Got Talent Tours with Bandit Lites

24/10/2013 - Production News

America’s Got Talent, NBC’s hit reality television show, has taken its brilliant collection of acrobats, magicians, singers and the like on the road. Lighting designer Seth Jackson worked with Bandit Lites to illuminate the variety show, taking into account that show would be transitioning from television to a touring act.

Clay Paky Sharpys Work Packed Houses at the 2013 ESSENCE Festival

24/10/2013 - Production News

Crowds turned out in record numbers for the 19th annual ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans. A-list artists including Beyoncé, LL Cool J, Jill Scott, Tamia, Janelle Monáe, and others packed venues throughout The Big Easy. The festival was staged by ESSENCE Communications and produced by Solomon Group, a New Orleans-based entertainment production company, which supplied various equipment including Clay Paky Sharpy lighting fixtures to eight stages across town.

New Super Car The Bolt Launches at LS-Live

24/10/2013 - Production News

The LS-Live Studios in Wakefield hosted and produced a launch ceremony for the prototype of Keating Supercars’ new super car ‘The Bolt’ last month, which is anticipated to beat the world speed record for a production car at over 300mph.

Yamaha CL3 Courts Regional Theatres

24/10/2013 - Production News

After 15 years of intense use, the audio system at the Courtyard was due for a refresh. With funding available, the venue’s production manager Carl Hulme took the time to choose equipment that would take the venue far into the future, without the need for further significant investment.

MilTec's British Screens Shine at PLASA

24/10/2013 - Event News

MilTec (UK) Ltd report that they had their busiest PLASA show for some years, due in part to their new Mini-Map miniature LED screens.

Artistic Licence in New London Premises

24/10/2013 - Business News

After 25 years in the business, in the year Artistic Licence celebrates its Silver Jubilee, the company is relocating to an exciting new studio space in London's vibrant Kentish Town.

Robe’s 2013 PLASA Student Experience A Big Success

24/10/2013 - Event News

For the second year Robe lighting was joined on its busy stand at the PLASA 2013 exhibition at ExCeL London by students from the BSc Honours courses in Lighting Design and Technology and Live Event Technology at the University of South Wales in Glamorgan.

QSC Q-Sys Core 250i Takes Control in Brasschaat, Belgium

24/10/2013 - Project News

The local council in the suburb of Brasschaat, north of Antwerp in Belgium, near the border with the Netherlands, has purchased a QSC Core 250i-based Q-Sys system with a TSC-3 touchscreen controller and QSC KLA line array loudspeakers as part of the audio system in the multi-purpose hall at the heart of its local cultural centre. The hall and its raised stage is used for everything from public meetings to children's parties and concerts by local musicians. The staff that run the sound system in the hall are direct employees of the council and recommended the purchase of the Q-Sys system along with the KLA active line array system following a demo by the local QSC distributor, AED.

Jands Vista Controls Lighting for Little Big Town US Tour

24/10/2013 - Production News

A Jands Vista T2 console was chosen by US based lighting designer, Chris Shrom, to control lighting for the Grammy Award-winning vocal harmony group Little Big Town, currently touring North America until mid-December.

PR Effects Light Up Maldives Political TV Debate

24/10/2013 - Production News

Premium fixtures from PR Lighting have been used on a key Maldivian political programme televised by local broadcaster, TVM (Television Maldives).

Cortmi Gives Expo Exposure to PR Lighting Portfolio

24/10/2013 - Event News

Although the Ukrainian Music Fair (Ukrayinskyi Muzychnyi Yarmarok 2013) in Kyiv is essentially a music fair, there was scope for Cortmi Ltd, one of the co-founders of this trade show and the territorial distributors for PR Lighting, to show off some of the Chinese manufacturer’s key fixtures.

MGC Lights Up Festival Season

24/10/2013 - Production News

MGC Lighting has lit up this summer’s music scene, providing expert solutions to Glastonbury, Latitude, Edinburgh and Isle of Wight festivals.

Jack Johnson Tours From Here To Now To You With L-Acoustics

24/10/2013 - Production News

Folk rock singer-songwriter Jack Johnson just wrapped up a month-long North American tour leg on October 20 supporting his latest album, From Here To Now To You. Camarillo, California-based Rat Sound Systems, Inc, which has been Johnson’s live production provider in the States for the past 13 years, deployed a full L-Acoustics Kara rig for the latest trek, which stopped at what the artist considered the “most beautiful and intimate” theaters across the continent.

Electrosonic Captures Second Consecutive AV Award for Consumer Installation of the Year

24/10/2013 - Event News

At a gala dinner on 11th October at the London Hilton, Electrosonic took home the AV Award for Consumer Installation of the Year for the second year in a row. This time the award was for Electrosonic’s work on The Siemens Crystal, a sustainable cities initiative by the global electronics and electrical engineering powerhouse.

Entec Drops All for Fat Freddy

24/10/2013 - Production News

West London technical production specialists, Entec supplied lighting and sound equipment and crew for two major gigs at Brixton and Bristol on the recent Fat Freddy’s Drop UK tour.

Nick Bellis Adds Customer Support at Turbosound

24/10/2013 - People News

The Music Group has announced the appointment of Nick Bellis to the position of customer support, Music Group Professional Division, effective 6th October, 2013.

The Boxer Rebellion Tours with HES SolaSpot

23/10/2013 - Production News

In support of their fourth studio album, Promises, international indie band The Boxer Rebellion embarked on a five week summer tour of North America. The group has also been playing select promo dates in the US, including a recent Austin, TX performance at The Parish. Lighting designer Paul Turner started working with the band during their 2010 SXSW breakout shows under the recommendation of veteran lighting designer Mike Baldassari, and is employing High End Systems SolaSpot fixtures as his primary effects lighting tool for the band's shows.

Application Deadline One Week Away! ETCP Exam at LDI 2013 – Las Vegas

23/10/2013 - Standards News

Don’t get left behind, submit your application today! Many major venues and employers across North America are now requiring ETCP Certified Technicians for lead positions. Increase your credibility with your employers by becoming ETCP Certified!

Mozart’s Masterpiece: Sennheiser at the Salzburg Serail

23/10/2013 - Production News

On August 26, the Salzburg Festival presented an extraordinary new production of "Die Entführung aus dem Serail" (The Abduction from the Seraglio) in cooperation with Austrian private TV channel ServusTV. Mozart’s masterpiece was transferred from the 18th century to the present day and was performed in the spectacular setting of Hangar-7 and Hangar-8 at Salzburg Airport. A Digital 9000 wireless microphone system from audio specialist Sennheiser was used to transmit the voices of stars such as Desirée Rancatore and Tobias Moretti.

It’s a DiGiCo double for Prolink TV

23/10/2013 - Production News

Outside Broadcast provider and studio operator Prolink Television Facilities has taken delivery of a second DiGiCo SD10B console.

J. R. Clancy establishes office in Singapore

23/10/2013 - Business News

With significant business growth throughout the Asia Pacific region, J. R. Clancy has opened a Southeast Asia office in Singapore. Robert J. Degenkolb (pictured) will step into the role as managing director of J.R. Clancy (Singapore) Pte Ltd, where he will be focused on business development for the region.

White Light Sponsors UK Theatre Awards 2013

23/10/2013 - Event News

Last weekend, White Light proudly sponsored the UK Theatre Awards, presented Sunday at the historic Guildhall in Central London. The annual awards ceremony, organised by the Theatrical Management Association, celebrates the impressive individual and collective achievements of the nation’s thriving theatre sector. It is the only ceremony of its kind to recognise work from throughout England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

coolux to present revolutionary ID Tags for tracking applications at LDI 2013

23/10/2013 - Equipment News

coolux GmbH , the creators of the award winning Pandoras Box product family, will present a revolutionary new product for real-time tracking and projection-mapping applications at this year’s LDI.

Dynacord Expands Vertical Array Systems

23/10/2013 - Equipment News

Dynacord is expanding its vertical array systems to include the TS 100 and TS 200 cabinets, which embrace the production quality typical of goods "Made in Germany".

The new ROBIN MiniMe from Robe

23/10/2013 - Equipment News

Ideal for bar, club, restaurant and retail lighting, the MiniMe is an effects lighting luminaire with the addition of full video output. This small, neat, fast moving fixture is LED driven with a 20,000hour lifetime lightsource.

AVC Live strengthen relationship with Christie

23/10/2013 - Production News

Christie has announced that AVC Live, a leading technical production company based in the UK, have invested in a number of the latest Christie Mirage WU20K-J 3-chip DLP projectors and a Christie Spyder X20 video processor.

Clay Paky Sharpys in the Spotlight on Beyonce’s ‘Brightest Ever Show’

23/10/2013 - Production News

Internationally acclaimed lighting designer LeRoy Bennett is exploiting the unprecedented brightness of Clay Paky Sharpys on Beyonce’s ‘Mrs Carter’ 106-date world tour.

Avolites Media Ai Servers create 'Multi-View' Secret Garden Party Experience

23/10/2013 - Production News

Avolites Media's industry-leading Ai Servers and Sapphire Media consoles have exhibited their flexibility and processing power handling multiple live input streams alongside playback of custom designed media content for this year's Secret Garden Party - main and second stages.

Orbital Augments Specialist Installation Team

22/10/2013 - People News

Orbital Sound is expanding its installation division with the appointment of Tom Oakes (pictured) to the post of technical sales and support engineer. The move reflects the continuing demand for Orbital’s expert installation services, which include design and consultancy, as well as ongoing technical support and education.

Making a Point at Beachvolley Deluxe

22/10/2013 - Production News

Belgian lighting designer Frederik Heerinckx of BlackBox Design was hugely anticipating his first chance to use Robe’s new Pointe fixtures on a show .. and the occasion presented itself for the 2013 Beachvolley Deluxe Championships in Baal.

Siyan is Well Edited

22/10/2013 - Production News

Rental specialist Siyan is supplying lighting to the current UK and European tour by chart-topping alt rockers The Editors, which is designed by Colin Ross. In Europe, the lighting design continues the concept of a large ‘specials’ package which started during the band’s summer festival tour.

CADAC and Outline co-host international distributor event

22/10/2013 - Event News

CADAC and Outline co-hosted a four-day international distributor event at the end of September. The event held in the Pala Banco di Brecia, in Lombardia, Italy, saw the legendary live sound companies present a rolling schedule of product demonstrations, and ‘breakout’ hands-on demos and workshops.

Adamson Systems Promotes James Oliver and Expands European Business Team

22/10/2013 - People News

Adamson Systems Engineering continues to evolve during their 30th anniversary year. Brock Adamson recently announced the promotion of James Oliver to the position of director of marketing and sales.

Worthy of a Nobel Prize: Sennheiser LSP 500 PRO

22/10/2013 - Production News

During the summer, top international researchers and young scientists gathered in Lindau. Every year since 1951, this historic city on the shores of Lake Constance has been host to a meeting of Nobel Laureates, and this year the focus was on chemistry. The "63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting" brought together 34 Nobel Prize winners and more than 600 undergraduate and postgraduate students from 78 countries, all of whom had travelled to Lindau to share their knowledge in lectures, discussions and master classes with the highly experienced researchers.

Great British Bake Off lights up with Stage Electrics

22/10/2013 - Production News

Who would have thought that a programme about amateur bakers could become a runaway success? But, in the four years since it began, The Great British Bake Off has become one of BBC2’s most popular series. Lighting such a show may seem as easy as, well, baking a cake. But the simplicity of the show’s concept belies the challenge that comes with rigging a set in the middle of a field, a challenge leading lighting supplier Stage Electrics stepped up to and conquered.

Clay Paky fixtures accompany Bruno Mars around the World

22/10/2013 - Production News

Singer-songwriter Bruno Mars has been getting rave reviews for his Moonshine Jungle Tour, which will continue to play dates around the world through March 2014. The tour is accompanied by Clay Paky Sharpy and Sharpy Wash fixtures.

White Light Online Equipment Auction Ends Soon

22/10/2013 - Business News

Entertainment lighting specialist White Light is holding an online auction of surplus new and ex-hire lighting and AV equipment in order to make room for new incoming products. The auction, organised by Sweeney Kincaid auctioneers, includes more than 600 lots of new and used products from manufacturers ArKaos Pro, City Theatrical, Clay Paky, ETC, Martin Professional, Selecon, and many more. With everything from lighting fixtures and accessories to control desks and dimmers, the online sale is offering deep discounts for those quick enough to snap up a bargain.

Yamaha DME is the Answer for New PwC HQ

22/10/2013 - Project News

The Czech Republic operation of global professional services company PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has recently moved to a brand new, ecologically advanced headquarters in Prague. Its comprehensive meeting and conference facilities required a matrixed audio system that could reliably accommodate any requirement, meaning a Yamaha digital solution was the ideal choice.

Avolites Ai Media Servers Power Video Mapping for Billboard Latin Music Awards

22/10/2013 - Production News

Two Avolites Media Ai Infinity 8 Servers and one Ai T8 server have powered the video mapping, projection, and LED screens for the Billboard Latin Music Awards in Miami - watched by more than 30 million people.

Pearce Hire has a Field Day

22/10/2013 - Production News

Pearce Hire has barely stopped for breath over the busy summer festival season, supplying an impressive array of events for long-standing as well as new customers.

Clay Paky illuminates "Magic on Ice" in South Korea

22/10/2013 - Production News

Magic on Ice, the phantasmagorical art, magic and conjuring show created by Steve Wheeler, sold out for ten days at the Blue Square Theatre in Seoul, South Korea, with 20 shows and over 20,000 spectators.

Success for ETC Source Four LED CYC at PLASA

22/10/2013 - Event News

ETC’s PLASA stand visitors queued up for demonstrations of the new ETC Source Four LED CYC last week. With the help of a desert scene cyclorama lent by the Design Realisation students on the Technical Theatre Arts programme at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, ETC’s fixtures product manager Jim Uphoff and colleagues showed how one scene can be dramatically changed to match different times of day.

DPA Microphones Hits the Corporate Limelight

22/10/2013 - Production News

The exceptional comfort offered by DPA's d:fine Headset Microphones has inspired London’s Blitz Communications to place an initial order for 20 units.

AC-ET Receives Great Reception to Exclusive Technologies at PLASA London

22/10/2013 - Event News

A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd received a great reception to cutting-edge new technologies showcased on their stand at PLASA London 2013 from the many brands the company distributes exclusively in the UK and certain international territories. This year's show was the biggest and best yet for AC-ET. Key lighting, video, rigging and audio product innovations were represented from AC-ET's portfolio of over 200 premium brands and four specialist sales divisions.

QSC Wins PLASA Innovation Award 2013

22/10/2013 - Event News

The QSC CXD Amplifier platform introduced earlier this year at Infocomm in Florida was one of eight new products to be recognised with a PLASA Award for Innovation at the recent PLASA London show (October 6-9). Featuring user configurable, built-in DSP, this revolutionary amplifier platform includes Flexible Amplifier Summing Technology (FAST), which allows the amp's total power allocation to be distributed across one, two three or all four of its outputs, enabling amp channels to be combined for maximum current or voltage output, depending on the requirements.

Allen & Heath Launches Digital Audio Community Network

21/10/2013 - Business News

Allen & Heath has launched a new community website, a social network dedicated to users of digital audio mixing systems. The new website consolidates the company’s existing iLive and GLD Blog and Forums, and includes additional resources such as a Rental Network database, system configuration tools, and user libraries.

Adlib Supplies Coda Sound System for Ellie Goulding Halcyon Days Tour

21/10/2013 - Production News

Liverpool based Adlib renewed its long standing working relationship with No1 selling UK singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ellie Goulding on the latest UK leg of her Halcyon Days tour, to which they supplied a Coda Audio sound system.

DPA Microphones Takes its Final Leap into the d:ep End

21/10/2013 - Equipment News

DPA Microphones is delighted to announce at the 135th International AES Convention (Booth 2551) that its 4060, 4080 and 4090 Miniature and 5100, 5006A, 5006-11A and 5015A Surround Microphones will be joining the ‘d:’ family of names. Building off the success of the company’s new "d:" branding, the current 4060, 4080 and 4090 Miniature Mics now fall into the d:screet™ Miniature Microphones group and the Five-channel surround solutions are henceforth known as the d:mension Surround Microphones.

Colour Sound Drifts for Big Day Out

21/10/2013 - Production News

A day of oversteering, clutch-kicks, engine revving, screeching tryes, shredding tarmac and adrenaline got the staff and regular freelancers of west London based lighting rental company Colour Sound Experiment pumped in a maelstrom of burning rubber and spinning donuts … Ken Block and Keiichi Tsuchiya look out!

ASCL Installs Q-Sys for ICC Light & Music Show in Hong Kong

21/10/2013 - Project News

Earlier this year, as part of the province's inaugural ICC Light & Music show, two of Hong Kong's two tallest buildings, the harbourside International Finance Centre (IFC) and the International Commerce Centre (ICC) in West Kowloon, were linked permanently via a new audio network controlled by the QSC Q-Sys networked audio platform. Whenever a show is underway at the ICC, the new network passes music and control data from the ICC Control Room to synchronised LED fascia lighting displays and to a new sound system that includes QSC loudspeakers and amplifiers in and outside the IFC mall.

XL Video Supplies Unity Stephen Lawrence Memorial Concert

18/10/2013 - Production News

Some serious talent rocked up to support Unity the Stephen Lawrence Memorial concert at the O2 Arena in London including Rita Ora, Jessie J, Emile Sande, Beverley Knight, Ellie Goulding and Ed Sheeran, Plan B, Tinie Tempah, Labrinth, and Jamie Cullum. The stars performed to help mark the twentieth anniversary of the teenager’s death in south east London. 

Eclipse Presentations has the Right Attitude

18/10/2013 - Production News

Kent, UK based Eclipse Presentations created a stunning production design and supplied the full technical package to realize it for the 2013 Attitude Awards staged on Tuesday at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. 

Robert Juliat converted by first try at PLASA London ExCel

18/10/2013 - Event News

As the newly-located PLASA show opened its doors last week at London’s ExCel Centre, Robert Juliat was happy to report superlative results. “The show provided an excellent forum to meet our many international partners from Robert Juliat’s Family of distributors,” says Robert Juliat sales director, Claus Spreyer. “We were very impressed with the range of visitors to our stand who came from almost every part of the globe including Eastern, Northern and Southern European countries, South Africa, Asia, South America, USA, Canada and the Middle East.”

Philips Entertainment announces new dealerships in Austria

18/10/2013 - Business News

Philips Entertainment brands Selecon, Strand Lighting and Showline have signed distribution agreements with Austrian businesses dblux GmbH and Lighting Innovation at the PLASA Show 2013, ExCel. The two companies will collaborate to service the Austrian territory enabling them to expand product availability and the speed to market of the latest entertainment lighting technology solutions across Austria.

Artistic Licence in winning form at PLASA London 2013

18/10/2013 - Event News

Artistic Licence is celebrating a stunning performance at PLASA London 2013, having received massive interest in its newly-previewed and launched products, two of which were recognised in the Awards for Innovation.

Christie Presents Key Products at GITEX 2013

18/10/2013 - Event News

Christie will be exhibiting at GITEX 2013 at the Dubai World Trade Centre (October 20-24, Hall 3, Stand C3-3), with the first presentation in the Middle East of a number of new products.

Sennheiser wins AV Award for David Bowie is

18/10/2013 - Event News

Audio specialist Sennheiser has won the coveted Audio Installation of the year at this year’s AV Awards for its contribution to the audio system for the David Bowie is exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

GLP’s Impression series wins two in a row at WFX

18/10/2013 - Event News

After picking up the WFX 2012 New Technology Award for Best Moving Light with the then recently launched Spot One, GLP has done it again 12 months on.

GLP Hires Oliver Schwendke as Key Account Manager

18/10/2013 - People News

GLP German Light Products has announced that it has hired Oliver Schwendke (pictured)  as its new key account manager from its headquarters in Karlsbad, Germany.

Robe is Made in Sud

18/10/2013 - Production News

Robe LEDWash 1200s and LEDBeam 100s were specified by Italian TV lighting designer Sandro Carotenuto for the live shows in the latest ‘Made in Sud’ comedy series. These were recorded in the 600 capacity Auditorium venue at the RAI TV channel’s headquarters in Naples.

Ikon LED High Output Gobo Projector from ADJ

17/10/2013 - Equipment News

Enhancing the "image" of your next gig, event or promotion will be a snap with the new Ikon LED from ADJ. This high-output gobo projector is powered by a bright 60-watt 7,500°K white LED and features exceptional optical quality, allowing it to produce impressively bright, crisp images and patterns on walls, floors, ceilings and other room surfaces.

New Chairman for Showlight Committee

17/10/2013 - People News

With two successful Showlight events and eight years of managing the event’s volunteer organising committee, Ian Dow has passed his cairman’s baton to John Allen (pictured) of Northern Light.

Jands Stage CL LED Lighting Console Wins Two WFX New Technology Awards

17/10/2013 - Event News

Jands’ ‘made for LEDs’ Stage CL lighting control console has been awarded two Worship Facilities Expo (WFX) 2013 New Technology Awards for innovation in Dallas, Texas.

Pearce Hire at the Showman’s Show

17/10/2013 - Event News

Pearce Hire is looking forward to exhibiting at the Showman’s Show on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 October.

Stage One Announces Top-level Additions to its Team

17/10/2013 - People News

Stage One, the company who realized Thomas Hetherwick’s spectacular cauldron for the London 2012 Olympics, has announced three new appointments to its senior management team.

Harman’s Martin Dynamic Digital Media Façade Renews Confederation of Danish Industry in Heart of Copenhagen

17/10/2013 - Project News

HARMAN’s Martin Professional, Kollision and Transform Architects have completely refurbished the exterior of the Confederation of Danish Industry building in Copenhagen, which now boasts a beautiful façade, highlighted by an ever-changing LED media surface for a more engaging and emotional presence.

K1 Delivers Texas-sized Sound for Austin City Limits Music Festival

17/10/2013 - Production News

Following in the footsteps of Coachella, the 12th annual Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival doubled its attendance at Zilker Park this year by expanding its usual three-day concert to two identical line-ups on consecutive weekends in early October. For sound reinforcement duties on one of the festival's largest stages--known as AMD on the first weekend and Lady Bird on the second--Houston-based LD Systems chose to deploy a full L-Acoustics K1 loudspeaker system.

RML Help Put the Cool back into School

17/10/2013 - Production News

For as long as there has been homework, there have been excuses as to why it hasn’t been done – none more classic than ‘The Dog Ate My Homework’! So if there was going to be a show based on schools that throw out the rules and text books, then what better name for it?

PLASA 2013: Clay Paky Award-winning Luminaires and Events

16/10/2013 - Event News

Clay Paky's stand at PLASA London featured a "bee-eye" design concept and was located in the "Ambersphere village". Ambersphere Solutions, the sole distributor of Clay Paky and MA Lighting equipment in the United Kingdom and Ireland, supervised the arrangement of the stand, in coordination with Clay Paky, to give the exhibition space a strong impressive corporate image.

Purple Haze Make a Pointe

16/10/2013 - Production News

Purple Haze is a technical solutions and equipment provider based in Woerden, The Netherlands, and the company is run by the charismatic Andre van der Heyden and was founded by him 35 years ago. It was named after the legendary song written and recorded by one of his heroes, Jimi Hendrix.

UK’s first ETC EOS Ti Console Perfect for Birmingham Royal Ballet

16/10/2013 - Production News

Stage Electrics have supplied the very first ETC EOS Ti lighting console in the UK to Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB).

Apex Intelli-X2 controls Hard Rock and Shiro in Mumbai

16/10/2013 - Project News

Apex Audio Indian distributor White Eagle Entertainment has designed, installed and commissioned an advanced sound system in JSM owned Hard Rock Cafe Mumbai and Shiro. An Apex IntelliX2 48 plays an integral part.

PAI Group appoint new BDM

16/10/2013 - People News

Vaughan Sound Installations Ltd (t/a The PAI Group of Companies) has appointed Jeremy Eustace (pictured) to the role of business development manager.

DiGiCo SD7 Mixes for an Audience of 3.5 Million on ‘Copacabana’ Beach

16/10/2013 - Production News

As the first Latin American pontiff, it was unsurprising that Pope Francis chose Brazil as the destination for his first overseas trip since becoming head of the Catholic Church. Generating huge national interest, the visit climaxed with a Mass for World Youth Day on Rio’s famous Copacabana beach, dubbed ‘Popacabana’ for the occasion. DiGiCo SD7 and SD11 consoles played a vital role in relaying the event to 3.5 million pilgrims and a global media audience.

Harman Professional Completes Integration of Martin Lighting in United States

16/10/2013 - Business News

Harman Professional Division has announced the integration of Martin Professional U.S. operations into its organization effective immediately. The move provides Martin customers with access to Harman Professional’s deep resources, including the industry-leading product portfolio, unmatched R&D capabilities and depth, a world-class sales and support infrastructure, including a state-of-the art showroom in Northridge, California, and the financial strength to see additional lighting and video technologies added to the portfolio.

CUK Audio Appoints Rich Soper as Brand Manager, Live Sound

16/10/2013 - People News

CUK Audio has announced the appointment of Rich Soper (pictured) to the position of brand manager, live sound, with responsibility for sales and support of Cadac, Clair Bros., Cordial, dbTechnologies, Outline, Pivitec and Powersoft.

Successful PLASA show for Prolyte Group and Brilliant Stages

16/10/2013 - Event News

Prolyte Group and subsidiary Brilliant Stages enjoyed a busy PLASA Show at its new home, ExCeL London, earlier this month. Both companies reported positive feedback following their decision to do something different for PLASA London 2013.

White Light Expands Sales Product Support Team

16/10/2013 - People News

White Light is pleased to welcome David Ferraz (pictured) to the White Light Sales team as sales product support, further expanding the after sales support available to customers and dealers of White Light Distribution products. Ferraz began working with White Light in July 2013 and is focused on providing support for White Light exclusive product lines. He will respond to technical enquiries, as well as delivering product training sessions and on-site demonstrations.

Partner Conference Allows Distributors to Get Under DPA’s Skin

16/10/2013 - Event News

More than 120 pro audio distributors, dealers and opinion leaders travelled to Denmark for DPA Microphones’ Partner Conference.

Outline GTO Powers Greenbrier Classic Concert Series

16/10/2013 - Production News

SES (Special Event Services) of Winston-Salem, NC and Nashville, TN recently provided a Large Format Outline GTO system for the Greenbrier Classic Concert Series. Produced by Gary Bowman of Nashville Live!, in conjunction with the Greenbrier and the PGA, the GCCS offers two days of first class entertainment on the State Fair Grounds in Fairlea, WV.

Compulite Vibe unveiled at PLASA 2013

16/10/2013 - Equipment News

The PLASA show 2013 saw the launch of the new Compulite Vibe lighting console.

‘Here Come the Mummies’ with Bandit Lites

16/10/2013 - Production News

Mysterious funk group Here Come the Mummies recently wrapped a filmed concert at the historic War Memorial Auditorium on October 4 with lighting provided by Bandit Lites. Comprised of ultra-talented but super secretive members, HCTM has grown into a cult sensation over the last five years.

Barco/High End Systems Announce Partnership with Stage Audio Works

16/10/2013 - Business News

Barco Lighting Systems and Stage Audio Works have announced a new partnership that will enable Stage Audio Works to serve as exclusive distributor of High End Systems’ products throughout South Africa and the surrounding countries. Effective immediately, this Agreement enables Stage Audio Works to make HES’ products available to their extensive network of local distributors and resellers. They will also have direct access to product knowledge, support as well as local stock.

PLASA London 2013 Enjoys Success at Excel

16/10/2013 - Event News

PLASA London 2013 proved a great success with exhibitors and visitors alike at its new home at ExCeL London. Over 11,000 visitors (subject to ABC audit) attended the show, of whom over 3,000 attended on multiple days. International interest was high, with more than 2,200 visitors from 84 countries. Stand rebookings for next year’s show are also up on last year, and several major companies that did not make the move to ExCeL – including Philips Entertainment - have either already signed up for 2014 or are in serious talks to return.

Optocore Voted Best Network Protocol at PLASA Shoot-out

16/10/2013 - Event News

Two intense days of evaluation at an event ambitiously billed the “Ultimate Network Shootout” resulted in success for Optocore over five other leading protocols.

Harman’s Martin Lights Up the Night at Pacha Ibiza

15/10/2013 - Project News

First started in Sitges, a beautiful city to the south of Barcelona, the Pacha Group has grown into a world-recognized brand with nightclub locations spanning the globe. One of the world’s most dominant names in the industry, the Ibiza venue is Pacha Group’s crown jewel and driving force behind the brand. Due to the continuous eight-hour days and aggressive club environments, Pacha Ibiza was in need of reliable, high-quality lighting. Pacha turned to Harman’s Martin Professional lighting for its flagship venue in Ibiza as well as its future franchise locations.

DPA Microphones Are Chosen For New Jazz Venue The Standard

15/10/2013 - Project News

Danish Jazz legend, producer and internationally acclaimed pianist Niels Lan Doky has teamed up with Claus Meyer, co-owner of the Michelin-starred noma restaurant, to launch The Standard, a new Jazz club in Copenhagen that includes two bars and three world-class restaurants.

Rosco’s Contributions from R313 surpass $31,000 to Light Relief

15/10/2013 - Event News

Rosco CEO Mark Engel presented Light Relief with its annual benefit cheque from the proceeds of Rosco’s 313 Light Relief Yellow colour filter. The cheque was presented to Light Relief co-found Rick Fisher on Rosco’s booth at PLASA London.

ETC gets set for InfoComm MEA Dubai

15/10/2013 - Event News

ETC is getting ready to exhibit for the first time at the InfoComm MEA tradeshow, which will be held at Dubai’s World Trade Centre, October 20-24. Working closely with representatives from UAE distributor Oasis Enterprises, ETC staff will be on hand on stand TA-G31to talk about projects and demonstrate a range of products.

Community Calls the Winners at Crandon Off-Road Raceway

15/10/2013 - Project News

Located just west of Crandon, Wisconsin, USA, the Crandon International Off-Road Raceway is a short-course, off-road motor race track. Crandon is home to the "World Championship Off-Road Races" and hosts a variety of motor races, R/C races, concerts and other entertainment throughout the summer season.

"No Noise" wins Road Hog 4 Lighting Console at AED Distribution’s Beer & Boar Night

15/10/2013 - Event News

During the recent PLASA exhibition, held at ExCel London from October 6-9, AED group

Chromlech Elidy Strip Recognised at Awards for Innovation

15/10/2013 - Equipment News

Chromlech, manufacturer of the Elidy range of panels and strip fixtures, recently received an Honourable Mention from the judging panel at the PLASA Awards for Innovation ceremony for their latest product - the Elidy Strip with Tap Technology. The technology allows users to automatically set the DMX address of each fixture simply by touching it.

GDS ArcSystem Revolution at Bastille Opera House

14/10/2013 - Project News

Opéra Bastille in Paris is one of the two main venues of the Opera National du Paris, France’s principal opera company (the other venue is the prestigious Opéra Garnier). Designed by Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott and located at the place de la Bastille, the building houses a 2700-seat theatre as well as a smaller concert hall and studio. Part of president Francois Mitterrand’s ‘Grands Projets’, Opéra Bastille was one of eight iconic building projects begun in the 1980s to revitalise Paris and create modern ‘monuments’ to symbolise France’s role in art, economics and politics at the end of the twentieth century. The scale of Mitterrand’s project was compared at the time to the major building schemes of Louis XIV and as such, The Bastille Opera house constitutes part of one of the most important post-war examples of urban planning in Europe.

Robe for Korean Open Concert

14/10/2013 - Production News

Since 1993 ‘Open Concert’ has been one of the most enduringly popular music programmes on Korean TV. Aired every Sunday night for an hour on KBS (Korean Broadcasting System), it’s staged in the KBS Hall at the broadcaster’s HQ in Yeouido, Seoul in front of a live audience of nearly 1700.

dbn Creates Circus Big Top for Co-Op Event

14/10/2013 - Production News

Manchester lighting specialist dbn supplied rigging, lighting equipment and design plus bespoke draping for the Co-Operative Retail Trading Group (CRTG) annual Supporters Awards and gala dinner event, which was staged at Manchester Central.

Clay Paky Win PLASA Award with A.leda B-EYE

14/10/2013 - Equipment News

Greatest Clay Paky novelty of this year is A.LEDA B-EYE, a truly innovative concept and for its amazing features. The keywords describing A.LEDA B-EYE are: versatile and spectacular. A.LEDA B-EYE is versatile because it can be used in many diverse ways, even within the same project. In fact this fixture is, simultaneously, a state-of-the-art LED wash-light, an amazing "beam-light" and a projector for totally unseen, stunning graphic effects.

The White Chair

14/10/2013 - Standards News

Developing Standards is a fairly dry occupation at the best of times and yet many in the industry give of their time (often voluntarily) to help ensure that all of our working - and indeed our personal - lives benefit in all manner of ways, whether by ensuring a safe workplace or that our equipment operates as we expect it to. Having held the helm of the British Standards for Imaging Committee CPW/04 for the last six or so years, Dave Roberts has decided that the leisure activity opportunities offered by retirement are more attractive than running a BSI committee. Those who’ve been involved in standards development work will appreciate that such a choice is an easy decision to make.

EM Acoustics HALO Compact system installed in Royal Albert Hall

14/10/2013 - Project News

London’s Royal Albert Hall is without a doubt one of the world’s most iconic arts venues, right up there with New York’s Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House in terms of sheer recognisability. In continuous use since its opening in 1871, the Royal Albert Hall is a truly multipurpose venue, hosting everything from live music and performing arts of all types to exhibitions, conferences, public meetings and film events and premieres. The venue continues to entertain and delight over 1.5 million people every year with over 370 shows per year in the main auditorium in 2012 and close to 200 events in its secondary event spaces

Architect and Design Team appointed for York Theatre Royal Development

14/10/2013 - Project News

York Theatre Royal has announced the appointment of architect and design team, De Matos Ryan, who will work on the Capital re-development project that will see the theatre’s public spaces transformed during 2015.

Joan Baez in Australia and New Zealand with DPA Microphones

14/10/2013 - Production News

American folk singer/songwriter Joan Baez went on the road in Australia and New Zealand this summer with DPA Microphones’ d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones. The musician and prominent activist’s audio engineer Jason Raboin uses the mics to achieve the ultimate sound of the grand piano, mandolin and violin that are prominently featured in her music. A long-time DPA fan, Raboin doesn’t leave home without the d:votes. He even brought them with him to Baez’s special performance in late July with Jackson Browne and Emmylou Harris to benefit Downtown Streets Team, an organization aiming to end homelessness.

Bedlam Theatre wins Venue Sustainability Prize at Inaugural Technical Theatre Awards

14/10/2013 - Event News

Bedlam Theatre has taken the entertaining sustainability Award for Venue Sustainability at the inaugural Technical Theatre Awards, presented at a ceremony held during the annual PLASA London live entertainment technology show at the ExCeL

New MA VPU solutions are centre of attention at PLASA

11/10/2013 - Equipment News

It was indisputable that the MA VPU (Video Processing Unit) received the most attention for MA Lighting this year at the PLASA exhibition in London on the booth of its UK distributor, Ambersphere Solutions.

XL Video on The Fringe 2013

11/10/2013 - Production News

XL Video was again highly active at the ever-vibrant Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year, reflecting the increase in productions and imaginative ways to integrate video into the plethora of inventive new performances. This year video and projection systems were again supplied to The Pleasance, and for the first time to C venues.

Sennheiser Delivers Flawless Wireless Performance on Bruno Mars ‘Moonshine Jungle Tour’

11/10/2013 - Production News

Superstar Bruno Mars finished the North American leg of his Moonshine Jungle Tour in September ­ a run that consisted of over 40 U.S. and Canadian dates, a spectacular appearance on the MTV Video Music Awards, and an announcement that he will perform at the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show on February 2, 2014. This month, the Moonshine Jungle Tour continues on to Europe before setting out to Australia and New Zealand in early 2014. Bruno and his band rely on Sennheiser microphones and wireless systems.

Global Truss America’s New Quick Rig Clamps

11/10/2013 - Equipment News

Global Truss America’s new Quick Rig Clamps save precious setup time while offering a low profile design for high-end looks. Best of all - they’re designed for simple attachment by a single installer.

Production companies support Manchester music festival to raise £3k for industry charities

11/10/2013 - Production News

Organisers of Manchester’s unsigned music festival Raw Fest presented cheques worth over £3,000 to two industry charities at a star-studded ceremony on 26th September at Band on the Wall.

It's a Green Light for The First Night Riders' 2014 Dates!

11/10/2013 - Event News

The First Night Riders charity motorbike and classic car adventure, which raises money to help The Theatrical Guild support backstage and front of house staff, has announced new dates for 2014.

TommorowWorld First for Mojo Barriers

11/10/2013 - Production News

Mojo Barriers’ US office kept the crowds safe at the inaugural TommorowWorld, as the event set new standards in electronic dance music (EDM) festivals, September 26-29.

German Light Products and Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance in new partnership

11/10/2013 - Standards News

The BA (Hons) Lighting Design programme at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance in Outer London and German Light Products (GLP) are collaborating on enhancing training for the next generation of lighting designers and technicians.

Martin Audio W3 for new Belfast MAC Auditorium

11/10/2013 - Project News

Belfast MAC, Ireland’s latest arts venue, has had its newly designed production infrastructure equipped and installed by Rea Sound, Martin Audio’s Irish distributors.

SGM G-Spot Scoops top PLASA Award

11/10/2013 - Event News

All the endeavours that have gone into making SGM’s G-Spot the most revolutionary intelligent LED moving head on the market paid dividends when the IP65 rated fixture was to pick up a top award at the prestigious PLASA Awards for Innovation.

Robe Enjoys Super Busy Award Winning PLASA 2013

11/10/2013 - Event News

Robe lighting enjoyed a super busy 2013 PLASA exhibition at its new location of ExCeL London, where they showcased nine exciting new products and won their third PLASA Innovation Award.

Westlake Pro Speaks Out About its New 1608

10/10/2013 - Project News

API has announced the placement of another 1608 console in Southern California, this time into the newly complete and fully-furnished demo room at Westlake Pro.

ELC Lighting and Green-GO Communications are Heading to LDI Las Vegas

10/10/2013 - Event News

Networking specialists ELC Lighting and Green-GO Communications will be presenting developments to their product ranges at LDI, in conjunction with StageLight, on booth 321 from the 22nd to 24th November at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Igniting Education for a Networked World

10/10/2013 - Standards News

InfoComm International, the trade association representing the commercial audiovisual technology industry, has announced its very first three-day in-depth course on Networked AV Systems for UK audiovisual professionals at the conveniently located Hilton Green Park Hotel, London, UK from 29 to 31 October 2013. The Networked AV Systems course will be presented by InfoComm International senior staff instructors, Rod Brown, CTS-D, CTS-I and Paul Streffon, MBA, CTS-D, CTS-I, Network+.

Allen & Heath Conducts Digital Certification Tour in Asia

10/10/2013 - Standards News

Allen & Heath has launched a training and certification programme for digital consoles in Asia. Asian distribution agent, Global Market Management, has put in place an ongoing training certification tour for the GLD and iLive digital systems across the region.

McFly Makes a Robe Pointe of Celebrating Ten Years at the Royal Albert Hall

10/10/2013 - Production News

Chart topping, award winning and enduringly popular UK pop rockers McFly celebrated ten years at the forefront of the music industry with great panache – and some help from Robe’s latest technology – in four sold-out shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Artistic Licence Celebrates Double Product Win at PLASA

10/10/2013 - Event News

Artistic Licence is celebrating a double win in the 2013 PLASA Awards for Innovation. eSense, the company's newly previewed Remote Device Management (RDM) controller (pictured), received a Product Award, while Art-Osc, a protocol that allows remote interfacing of lighting control data via smartphones or tablets, gained an honourable mention.

Amber International Serves Extra Vegetables

10/10/2013 - Equipment News

Master EMEA distributor, Amber International has announced it will now be providing Extra Vegetables’ new 2-way Sonos integration module for URC Total Control.

The Technical Theatre Awards Reveals Winners at PLASA Ceremony

09/10/2013 - Event News

The first ever Technical Theatre Awards (TTA) - celebrating the best of 'behind the scenes' skill and talent - were presented at a well-attended ceremony at the PLASA Show at London's ExCel. Fifteen awards were announced on the Theatres Trust stand in the midst of the PLASA hubbub.

The Albany Theatre Buys Orb XF

09/10/2013 - Project News

The newly re-opened Albany Theatre in Coventry is the latest Central Theatre Supplies customer to purchase a Zero88 Orb XF lighting console.

Red TX Captures Stephen Lawrence’s Tribute Concert

09/10/2013 - Production News

Broadcast audio specialists Red TX was at London’s O2 Arena on 29th September 2013, to capture the broadcast audio for Unity – A Concert For Stephen Lawrence.

Harman’s Martin Professional Releases v3.0 Software for M-Series Range of Lighting Consoles

09/10/2013 - Equipment News

Harman’s Martin Professional has released its latest update for the M-Series consoles, v3.0, with hundreds of improvements and a stunning new user-interface. Martin’s v3.0 Software is faster than ever, features new touch and gesture optimisation while the upgrade allows consoles to become a real PC-based controller.

Fuji Rock Gets GTO Outline

09/10/2013 - Production News

Fuji Rock Festival was held an hour’s train ride from Tokyo, from 26th to 28th July 2013. Japan’s most eagerly awaited summer event, the largest in the whole country and one of the most important at world level.

Harman’s Martin MAC III Quadray’s Multi-Beam Luminaire Provides One-of-a-Kind Lighting

09/10/2013 - Equipment News

Harman’s Martin Professional MAC III Quadray is an all-new, multi-beam effect offering a whole new dimension to the lighting designer toolbox. The MAC III Quadray is tour-tested, having been deployed on Paul McCartney’s latest tour ‘Out There!’ with lighting design by Roy Bennett, among others. The MAC III Quadray allows designers to create a wide variety of looks that would otherwise be difficult to program solely via a lighting console.

Harman Professional Names Martin Professional Lighting Veteran, Brian Friborg, to Lead US Sales

09/10/2013 - People News

Capitalising on the wealth of experience and talent at recently acquired Martin Professional, Harman Professional has announced the appointment of Brian Friborg to lead US sales, group-wide as USA vice president of sales, Harman Professional. Friborg, who previously held the position of president, Americas for Martin Professional, immediately assumes responsibility for sales and support of Harman Professional audio and lighting technologies in the United States. He will report directly to Scott Robbins, Harman Professional executive vice president, worldwide sales.

Adamson E15s Support China's Inter City Music Festival In Qingdao

09/10/2013 - Production News

Pilot Record's Inter City Music Festival recently took place at the Golden Sands Beach in the Huangdao district of Qingdao, China.

“The Only Lighting Desk That Can do It”: grandMA2 Consoles Headline at 2013 MTV Video Music Awards

09/10/2013 - Production News

While the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) attracted lots of press for its outrageous performances, the show made headlines among professionals for its creative staging, too. The show was controlled by grandMA2 full-size consoles at Barclays Center, Brooklyn where artist and designer KAWS reimagined the VMA’s iconic moonman statuette.

DPA Microphones Help Tindersticks’ String Section Combat Spill

09/10/2013 - Production News

UK indie rock band Tindersticks is marking its 21st anniversary with a 12-date European tour that starts in France later this month. Among the key items of equipment at each show will be two DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones, which are being used on the band’s cello and double bass.

2013 PLASA Awards for Innovation Announced

08/10/2013 - Event News

Following a second hectic day at PLASA London 2013, a packed audience gathered on the evening of Monday 7th October in the AudioLab Arena to congratulate the winners of the PLASA Awards for Innovation, sponsored by Lighting & Sound International magazine. The winner of the prestigious Gottelier Award was also announced at the ceremony.

Launch of the Theatres Trust’s Conference 13 report: Thriving Theatres

08/10/2013 - Event News

The Theatres Trust’s thriving theatres conference report has launched publicly at the international entertainment technology event, PLASA London. Written by playwright Fin Kennedy, the report provides valuable case studies and insight into some of the innovative capital solutions and local engagement strategies being adopted by theatres which are helping them to thrive in these challenging times.

HSL Lights Massive Attack v Adam Curtis

08/10/2013 - Production News

HSL supplied lighting for the UK and German performances of ‘Massive Attack v Adam Curtis’ a mind-blowing mixed-media installation created by incendiary film maker Adam Curtis and activist band Massive Attack taking the semantics of image-music-text into a new dimension.

Harman’s Martin MAC Viper Quadray – Four Times the Excitement

08/10/2013 - Equipment News

As Harman’s Martin continues to provide the brightest and most reliable professional lighting equipment to the industry, it’s new MAC Viper Quadray has been officially launched, adding to Martin’s award-winning MAC Viper Family of moving heads. This unique, multi-beam luminaire has been deployed on international tours, including the Sarah Brightman tour with lighting design by Andi Watson, and Pitbull with lighting design by Justin Geiger.

Black Light Adds New Moving Head Lights to its Range of Robe Equipment

08/10/2013 - Production News

As part of its drive to provide the best range of hire products to its customers, Black Light has recently invested in the latest Robe moving head light fittings. The Robe Robin Pointe and the Robin MMX Blade complement the company’s existing Robe stock and makes Black Light the obvious choice for anyone interested in this well-respected range.

Michael Northen Bursary 2013

08/10/2013 - Event News

Alex Fernandes, a student at the University of Edinburgh, has won this year’s Michael Northen Bursary (MNB), picking up a £500 cash award at a special presentation at PLASA London.

Sixth Knight of Illumination Awards Winners Announced

07/10/2013 - Event News

The sixth Knight of Illumination Awards (KOI), held on 6th October at London ExCel’s Platinum Suite, saw lighting and video professionals enjoy a glittering night of celebration and recognition for the exceptional creative talent within their industry.

XL Video Supplies Projection For Massive Attack v Adam Curtis

07/10/2013 - Production News

XL Video supplied an immersive projection system, d3 media servers/control and Barco ILite 12 LED screen for Massive Attack v Adam Curtis, a compelling and highly acclaimed installation performance which world premièred at the Mayfield Depot in Manchester as part of the 2013 Manchester International Festival (MIF).

Ever-Innovative ETC Launches Next Generation Cobalt Control Desk

07/10/2013 - Event News

Way back in 1975, brothers Fred and Bill Foster along with two friends set to work on building a prototype lighting control desk in a basement apartment in Madison, Wisconsin, using an exciting new technology called microprocessing. The investment in the future has not stopped to this day.


07/10/2013 - Event News

On display and available for demonstration on this year’s PLASA London stand are:

Hall Stage to display acoustaCorp acouStac Banners at PLASA

07/10/2013 - Event News

Hall Stage is the UK, European and Middle East distributor for acoustaCorp acoustic Banners and rolls. Come and see the full product range at PLASA London – 6th–9th October – Stand D31.

See the Innovative PRG Family of Products at PLASA 2013

07/10/2013 - Event News

Production Resource Group, L.L.C. (PRG) will be demonstrating its innovative proprietary products as well as debuting new products at the PLASA 2013 show, October 6 – 9 in London. PRG will be on Stand R20 at the ExCel London Exhibition Centre, where attendees can get in-depth demonstrations of new, ultra-portable lighting and media control products, two new compact UV blacklight luminaires, PRG’s award-winning automated luminaire line and control console range, as well as PRG Nocturne’s LED video module products.

Bandit Helps Light the ‘Fuse’ for Keith Urban and Yahoo

07/10/2013 - Production News

In today’s digital age, music fans are able to hear entire albums before their official release date, and Keith Urban made sure he delivered to the entire world as he streamed a live performance of his seventh album, Fuse. The event was part of Yahoo! Music’s Ram Country and took place on 6th September in the heart of downtown Nashville.

Anna Valley Invests in Avolites Ai Infinity Media Servers and Sapphire Media Controller

07/10/2013 - Event News

The visionary projection and LED screens rental house Anna Valley has made a major investment in Avolites Media's industry-leading Ai Infinity servers and the Sapphire media controller – and will be exhibiting them at PLASA 2013 on booth E82.

Søren Storm Joins Robe as International Business Development Manager

07/10/2013 - People News

Søren Storm (pictured) has joined Robe lighting’s energetic and lively executive management team as international business development manager.

First Direct Arena Opens with Showsec Event Security

07/10/2013 - Production News

The First Direct Arena in Leeds has opened to great acclaim, with shows by Elton John, Leonard Cohen and local hero’s The Kaiser Chiefs wowing audiences in this state of the art venue – the first UK arena to open in 13 years.

L-Acoustics and Robbie Williams Take the Crown

07/10/2013 - Production News

Robbie Williams’ Take the Crown European stadium tour, his first solo tour for seven years, kicked off on 14th June of this year, taking in 11 countries across June, July and August. Sherif el Barbari, audio system designer and system engineer for Robbie Williams designed and specified the entire PA system around the requirements of the tour. Britannia Row, who had already serviced Robbie Williams’ tours for almost two decades, supplied the entire audio equipment for the tour.

PLASA London 2013: First UK Showing of New Mackie Products

07/10/2013 - Event News

Mackie has recently updated and expanded three of its most popular and enduring product ranges and PLASA London will offer the first opportunity to see these refined new models.

The New Vision LED Family Provides Value Without Compromise…

04/10/2013 - Event News

Featuring exceptional build quality, performance and reliability, the new Vision LED range will be receiving its worldwide launch at PLASA London. Showing on the stand of exclusive UK distributor, A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (stand P40), the new Vision LED family delivers real value for money.

L-Acoustics and Robbie Williams ‘Take the Crown’

04/10/2013 - Production News

Robbie Williams’ ‘Take the Crown’ European stadium tour, his first solo tour for seven years, kicked off on June 14 of this year, taking in 11 countries across June, July and August. Sherif el Barbari, Audio System Designer and System Engineer for Robbie Williams, designed and spec’d the entire PA system around the requirements of the tour. Britannia Row, who had already serviced Robbie Williams’ tours for almost two decades, supplied the entire audio equipment for the tour.

PLASA London 2013: First U.K. showing of new Mackie products

04/10/2013 - Event News

Mackie has recently updated and expanded three of its most popular and enduring product ranges and PLASA London will offer the first opportunity to see these refined new models.

Robert Juliat appoints AED Distribution as official distributor for Benelux countries

04/10/2013 - Business News

Robert Juliat has announced the appointment of AED Distribution as its official distributor for the Benelux countries, with effect from 1 January 2014.

Harman’s Martin LEDs Enhance Customer Experience at Iconic BMW World

04/10/2013 - Project News

As one of Munich’s most popular attractions, BMW World is a unique and extremely important showcase for the premium automaker. Whether visiting BMW World as a tourist or there to pick up a brand new car, BMW World offers an extra-ordinary brand experience to customers. Today, BMW World features an eye-catching Harman Martin colour illumination on the outside of the building – a dynamic lighting scheme that has now been extended indoors as a daylight solution.

SGM Moves Production to Denmark

04/10/2013 - Business News

A year-and-a-half ago, Peter Johansen took ownership of the Italian lighting company SGM and started up in humble facilities in Aabyhoj, Denmark. Now the entire production, warehouse and administration are combining in a new 6,500 sq. metre facility in Aarhus.

Salzburg State Theatre reinforced by Alcons in Four Divisions

04/10/2013 - Project News

Since the start of the 2013 season, the State Theatre in Salzburg, Austria, has operated with a sound system from Dutch manufacturer Alcons Audio. The new acquisition was made because the existing sound system was not able meet the increased demands on the in-house sound system.

ABTT at PLASA London

04/10/2013 - Event News

Following its sell-out at the ABTT Theatre Show, additional copies of the new edition of Technical Standards for Places of Entertainment 2013, also known as the Yellow Book, are available for purchase during PLASA London at a special ‘trade show’ price.

Latest LG display solutions now available from PSCo

04/10/2013 - Equipment News

PSCo, in partnership with LG Electronics, has announced the launch of LG’s brand new 84" UHD LCD large format display and 55" LCD videowall display in the UK. Now available through its rental and technical distribution businesses, the products further strengthen PSCo’s business offering to channel partners by giving them access to the latest, most innovative display technology, including a 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) display and player. Additional value will be delivered through bespoke rental and sales packages.

Hoist UK Achieves UKAS Accredited ISO 9001 Certification

04/10/2013 - Business News

Hoist UK have been assessed and registered against the provisions of BS EN ISO 9001: 2008 in relation to the highest quality manufacturing systems and procedures for the design, manufacture, supply, installation, servicing and testing of industrial, entertainment and educational lifting equipment.

Powersoft / Pioneer Promote Partnership at PLASA

04/10/2013 - Event News

Powersoft join forces with Pioneer Professional Audio at this year’s PLASA Show in London, to showcase the potent new club system which has taken Ibiza by storm this summer.

Just Another Brick In The Wall for XL Video

04/10/2013 - Production News

XL Video was one of the principal worldwide technical production suppliers to Roger Waters’ seminal ‘The Wall Live’ world tour, which finally wrapped in Paris on September 21 with a sold out Stade de France show, exactly three years and one week after its opening show in Toronto in 2010.

QU-16 and the O2 Stephen Lawrence Unity Concert

04/10/2013 - Production News

Renowned engineer, Ben Booker, employed an Allen & Heath Qu-16 compact digital mixer to sub mix 8 channels of keys with scenes at the Stephen Lawrence Unity concert, held at the O2 Arena in London last weekend.

AP Security Enjoys Zoo Screen Test

04/10/2013 - Production News

As the UK’s summer festival season drew to a close, there was still time for one of Ibiza’s partying strongholds to bring three days of premier dance music to the UK. AP Security was on hand with a unique mobile security checkpoint to help ensure that the Zoo Project Festival’s party animals enjoyed themselves safely.

Syncrolite LLC Ramps up Management Team

04/10/2013 - People News

Dallas-based theatrical and architectural lighting equipment manufacturer Syncrolite LLC is ramping up its management team to accommodate industry growth.

CT Introduces World’s Lightest Full Resolution LED System

03/10/2013 - Equipment News

Creative Technology has once more pushed the boundaries of LED display technology with the introduction of their G10 Carbon Fibre LED system.

Stage Technologies to Launch TipTow Point Hoist at PLASA London

03/10/2013 - Event News

Stage Technologies will be launching the TipTow point hoist at this year's PLASA show. The TipTow is a virtually silent, gearbox-less point hoist designed for use in theatre, TV and film. Its radical new design provides a feature rich, compact and portable solution for scenery or performer flying. For minimum noise, the motor and drum are directly coupled thus eliminating high speed transmission components.

Saville Group Purchase DMT P12.5 Pixel Mesh from Highlite UK

03/10/2013 - Business News

Key Staff from The Saville Group recently took time out from their busy schedule to visit Highlite International HQ in The Netherlands for a full-scale video screen demonstration. Although in the middle of a substantial expansion process at Highlite’s head office, Highlite Staff took the opportunity to show the Saville team around the vast operation.

A.C. Special Projects Showcases Performance & Architectural Installations at PLASA London 2013

03/10/2013 - Event News

A.C. Special Projects (ACSP) Ltd. will be on hand at the PLASA Show (stand Q41) to discuss how they can provide bespoke integrated solutions of lighting, audio and AV equipment - including the very latest technologies showcased nearby on the stand of their sister company (stand P40/P41) - to the performance, architectural, educational, corporate and retail sectors.

Jands Unveils Latest Lighting, Media & LED Control Solutions at PLASA London 2013

03/10/2013 - Event News

Jands’ award-winning Vista lighting and media control system has been embraced by leading designers, companies and venues around the world. The platform allows all levels of user to get the most from whatever mix of technology they have available, whether dimmers, moving lights, LED, or media. Utilising the same Vista v2 software, there's a choice of all-in-one Linux consoles and control surfaces running natively on a Mac or a PC.

Chroma-Q Unveils Latest Premium Lighting Solutions at PLASA 2013

03/10/2013 - Event News

Chroma-Q’s award-winning lighting products deliver premium performance for - and have been adopted by leading users in - some of today’s most demanding and prestigious lighting applications, including opera, theatre, film and TV, venues, touring, events, retail, houses of worship, and others.

Harman’s Martin Lights Famous Le Cornouaille Music Festival

03/10/2013 - Production News

Renowned French music festival, Le Cornouaille, hosted several world-known artists including Steve Hackett (Genesis Revisited), Dan Ar Braz, Murray Head, Salif Keita, and Goran Bregovik among others. The festival, held in the French region of Brittany, featured three main stages each supported by several of Harman’s Martin lighting consoles and luminaires. French rental company SIWA provided the gear.

Avolites and Avolites Media Fly High at PLASA 2013

03/10/2013 - Event News

Avolites and Avolites Media have a reputation for launching forward-thinking, industry-beating products at PLASA, and this year is no exception.

White Light Zone Home to Latest Lighting and AV at PLASA London

03/10/2013 - Event News

White Light returns to the annual PLASA London exhibition in 2013, held for the first time at London’s ExCel Centre. As in previous years, the White Light Zone will serve as home base for the latest lighting, effects, and media control technology from exclusive manufacturers. The company will also showcase enhanced White Light services for 2013, including its in-house custom colour service, expanded training programme, and improved product support. The White Light Bar, a PLASA London tradition, will form the centre of the White Light Zone on Stand F50.

MA VPU light (Video Processing Unit) introduced and MA VPU plus and basic ‘MK2’ Relaunched

03/10/2013 - Equipment News

With the MA VPU light (Video Processing Unit), MA Lighting has developed a smart and compact video control offering nearly the same performance as the successful MA VPU plus and MA VPU basic. Only 2HU height, the MA VPU light features sophisticated hardware and proven MA software. Furthermore the in-built screen displays all essential information about the status of the MA VPU light.

Projection and Screens Specialist Anna Valley Invests in Avolites Media Servers

03/10/2013 - Production News

The visionary projection and LED screens rental house Anna Valley has made a major investment in Avolites Media's industry-leading Ai Infinity servers and the Sapphire media controller - and will be exhibiting them at PLASA 2013 on booth E82.

Robe at PLASA 2013

03/10/2013 - Event News

Robe lighting is showcasing nine innovative new products on stand L80 in Hall 5 at PLASA London at ExCeL London, October 6 – 9.

New Product Manager at Klotz Cables

03/10/2013 - People News

Klotz Cables has announced a new face for a key product development position: René Greil (pictured) joined the globally famous cable and cable systems manufacturer on 1st October 2013 as product manager for the Pro Consumer sector.

iLives used for DVD Recording of Top Brazilian Singer

03/10/2013 - Production News

Allen & Heath digital iLive systems were used for the recording of a new DVD by one of Brazil’s most popular singers, Claudia Leitte. Recorded at a major gig in Pernambuco Arena in Recife, an iLive-112 Control Surface with iDR-64 MixRack was used by monitor engineer, Roque Fausto, and an iLive-144 surface with iDR-64 rack using Dante, was employed by famed engineer, Beto Neves, in the mobile recording truck.

Martin Audio’s Magical Summer

03/10/2013 - Production News

Martin Audio’s MLA (Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array) system changed the sonic landscape around the globe this summer — providing an acoustic experience and uniting the audience at premier festivals, concerts and other outdoor events as never before.

PLASA London 2013 gets ready to Open its Doors

03/10/2013 - Event News

PLASA London 2013 is ready and raring to go, with new attractions, free seminar sessions with high calibre speakers and excellent networking opportunities all lined up for the visitors from all sectors of pro audio, lighting and stage technologies. Those that have not yet registered can still save 50% off the door price by signing up at Over 15,000 industry professionals have already registered for this year’s PLASA London event, which takes place at the ExCeL Centre, London from 6–9 October 2013.

Cooper Controls at PLASA 2013

02/10/2013 - Event News

Cooper Controls exhibits at the PLASA lighting and sound show at ExCeL London for the first time as part of the Eaton Corporation, complete with a fresh new look and a special press event on the Monday afternoon … to celebrate moving forward.

AC-ET Showcases Exclusive & Leading Brand Technologies at PLASA 2013

02/10/2013 - Event News

A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd will showcase a selection of the very latest lighting, audio, rigging and video solutions available from its vast portfolio of premium brands at PLASA 2013 (stand P40/P41).

Medieval Times Brings Retrofit Magic with HES Gear

02/10/2013 - Production News

An exciting, family-friendly dinner attraction inspired by an 11th century feast and tournament, the Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament has been thrilling audiences across America since the first U.S. location opened in Kissimmee, Florida in 1983. Chivalry is not dead as visitors are treated to epic battle recreations by numerous colorful knights, a live jousting tournament and world class displays of horsemanship and falconry. A four course meal completes the dinner theatre experience.

PLASA Elections Underway

02/10/2013 - Business News

PLASA Members worldwide have begun voting in the Association’s yearly elections, which commences this week. The month-long ballot will decide places on PLASA’s European and North American Regional Boards, together with a single seat on its over-arching Governing Body.

MilTec Mini-Maps for Club Mission

02/10/2013 - Project News

MilTec (UK) Ltd recently supplied 387 of their Mini-Map miniature LED screens for installation in one of Leeds' premier nightclubs, Club Mission.

High Resolution - Yamaha Nuage Wins Prestige Award

02/10/2013 - Business News

Less than a year after it was launched, Yamaha’s Nuage post-production system has been presented with its first industry award. Winning the 2013 Resolution Award for best desk controller has been particularly satisfying for the company, thanks to it being voted for by industry end users.

MF Audio Chooses Adamson E15

02/10/2013 - Production News

MF Audio, founded in 1998 and based in the North of Paris, is a full service live event production company providing sound, lighting, and staging solutions.

PLASA Rigging Conference 2013 Ready and Raring to go

02/10/2013 - Event News

The stage is now set for the 4th annual PLASA Rigging Conference & Riggers' Forum, unmissable events for anyone involved in entertainment rigging. Taking place alongside PLASA London on 6, 7 & 8 October 2013 at ExCeL London, this year's forum and conference are all set to open their doors from Sunday.

Poland’s new top club with sound from Dynacord

02/10/2013 - Project News

With the opening recently of the BoraBora, the Polish town of Zawadzkie gained a club of exceptional class: extending over some 1,500 square metres, it offers two dance floors, two VIP rooms and six bars. The operators are particularly proud not only of the club’s modern LED and laser light shows but also of its newly installed sound reinforcement systems, having opted, in the light of their positive experience of the brand in the Club Azteka in Stare Budkowice, once again for Dynacord sound. The company responsible for the concept and system set-up was Dynacord’s Polish partner Tommex.

Outline Welcomes Family Gathering In Brescia

02/10/2013 - Event News

Around one hundred international guests recently attended a series of open days, product demonstrations and technical workshops hosted jointly by Outline s.r.l. and Cadac in Brescia, near lake Garda in northern Italy.

TC Group Appoints New Managing Director for Its Chinese Division

02/10/2013 - People News

TC Group has appointed Owen Xing (pictured) as managing director of its Chinese division, TC Group China. Owen Xing, 34, has held managing positions in the music and audio industries for more than a decade, which makes him a perfect match for TC Group China that operates out of Beijing in the MI, install, touring, broadcast and production markets. Further, Owen Xing has a background as a guitar player and composer, which also ties in well with the core values of TC Group that is rooted in the passion for sound in all forms.

DiGiCo Consoles are in Good Voice for Chinese Television

02/10/2013 - Project News

Since its original incarnation in the Netherlands in 2010, The Voice television singing contest has become a global phenomenon with 39 different countries currently broadcasting their own versions of the franchise. Now in its second season, The Voice of China features two DiGiCo mixing consoles.

Tannoy VX provides clarity for Wyndham Cultural Centre

02/10/2013 - Project News

With a major upgrade now complete, the community of users at Wyndham Cultural Centre are already feeling the benefits of a brand new Tannoy sound system for the Centre’s auditorium performance space, based around the popular VX Series. For any town in the outskirts of a major city, the cultural centre can provide a hub for the local people to gather round and utilise, and as such holds an important place in the hearts of the community at large.

Lee House joins Ambersphere Solutions

02/10/2013 - People News

As part of Ambersphere Solutions continued growth, they have announced that industry veteran Lee House (pictured) has joined the company, expanding their sales team. Lee brings a wealth of industry experience as he begins his new role as technical sales for Ambersphere. Lee joins after previously being product manager of the Hippotizer Range and before that, the head of AC Video with AC-ET.

CLD Distribution at PLASA London 2013

02/10/2013 - Event News

Cable and lamp specialist CLD Distribution highlights two new ranges on stand J10 at the 2013 PLASA lighting and sound exhibition at ExCeL London: a comprehensive and innovative new range of architectural, commercial and industrial LED light sources and the new CLD Gig Series of audio cables – which is launched at the show.

Charcoalblue to host PLASA Seminar on Acoustic Design for Contemporary Theatres

02/10/2013 - Event News

Forward-thinking theatre design consultancy Charcoalblue's acoustic and audio design experts Byron Harrison and Ian Stickland will be addressing the challenges of designing acoustics for contemporary spaces at this year's PLASA Show, London.

Philips Entertainment Launches Game-Changing Initiative

02/10/2013 - Equipment News

Philips Selecon has launched a new pricing initiative that will put its industry-leading PL1 range of LED luminaires within the reach of all lighting professionals keen to use them.

Field Museum of Natural History Goes Modern with L-Acoustics

02/10/2013 - Project News

With its majestic Doric-style columns, intricately carved molding and beautifully detailed 20-foot recessed ceiling, the 700-seat James Simpson Theater at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History is popular among Fortune 500 companies and other organizations as a prime venue for corporate events. Recently, production design firm Frost Chicago enhanced the nearly 100-year-old space with a very modern addition--a full L-Acoustics surround sound system to complement a new 3D/HD digital cinema projector installed by D3D Cinema.

Harman Professional Promotes Thomas Marcher to Lead Greater Asia Sales Operations

01/10/2013 - People News

Harman Professional has announced the promotion of Thomas Marcher (pictured) to lead all sales and support operations for its professional audio and lighting technologies in the Greater Asia region. Marcher, who was deeply involved in the establishment and continued development of Harman Professional’s Asia Regional Sales Office (RSO), will now take on the additional operational responsibility for Harman Professional’s Singapore-based Martin Professional team. In doing so, he will report directly to Scott Robbins, Harman Professional executive vice president of sales, who made the announcement.

Robert Juliat Fixtures Light Concert Portions of Metallica’s New IMAX 3D Movie

01/10/2013 - Production News

Metallica lights up the big screen with its IMAX 3D feature, "Metallica Through The Never", which premiered September 27, and Robert Juliat fixtures helped light up the concert portion of the movie courtesy of Spotrental North America in Manheim, Pennsylvania.

Chromlech Elidy Tours with Mumford & Sons

01/10/2013 - Production News

Chromlech Elidy LED panels have toured the world with Mumford & Sons in the largest installation of these unique LED matrix fixtures to date. Lighting designer, Ed Warren, employed 12 Elidy-Big, 12 Elidy-S and 64 Elidy-Wall panels in spectacular style to create unique lighting effects in his latest tour with the blockbuster band.

MDG Supplies Lighting and Atmospheric Effects for Mumford & Sons Tour

01/10/2013 - Production News

MDG, exclusive distributors of Robe and Chromlech in Canada and manufacturers of industry standard MDG atmospheric generators, provided lighting, fog and haze effects for Mumford & Sons’ mammoth 145-date international 2013 tour.

City Theatrical Launchers New Products at PLASA 2013

01/10/2013 - Event News

City Theatrical is launching a load of new products at many PLASA 2013 on stand J70, including an exciting new line of LED tape and LED dimmers, a new AutoYoke with a Source Four LED, SHoW Baby 5, and many new accessories. Dave Higgins and Robert Bell of Pathway Connectivity will be on hand demonstrating the Cognito Lighting Console, and Andy Voller, author of Moving Light Assistant software, will also be on the stand demonstrating and training users in his product.

New products at PLASA from Doughty Engineering

01/10/2013 - Event News

Being seen for the first time at PLASA on Stand J50 is Doughty Engineering’s innovative motorised lectern, as well as its new and stronger range of truss adaptors.

The PSCo LED Experience Launches at PLASA London

01/10/2013 - Event News

PSCo has announced its entry into the LED display market by unveiling a range of ultra-high resolution, exceptional performance LED models on Stand S40 at PLASA 2013, ExCeL London, October 6-9, on stand S40. Handpicked for the PSCo portfolio following extensive research and testing, these innovative new additions mark the launch of "The PSCo LED Experience" – bringing LED to channel partners in the UK with trusted support services and expert assistance.

Gearsource Europe Not Gambling with Gear PLASA 2013

01/10/2013 - Event News

GearSource Europe will be exhibiting for the very first time at the PLASA show being held from Sunday October 6 to Wednesday October 9 at the London ExCel Exhibition and Convention Centre. Each day visitors will have the chance to win a used, full size "Skill Stop" gaming machine. Visitors will be invited to test their skill against the machine. On each of the four days of the show, the first Jackpot winner will win their very own used replica.

DPA Convinces Metallica’s Big Mick That Its Mics Can Rock

01/10/2013 - Production News

Big Mick, front of house sound engineer for the US heavy metal band Metallica, is using DPA’s d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones to capture the sound of drummer Lars Ulrich’s cymbals and toms.

Clearsound Productions purchase DMT P12 5 Pixel Mesh Panel from Highlite

01/10/2013 - Production News

Highlite International customer, pro audio and lighting production company Clearsound Productions had been looking for a new video wall to replace an old screen they had in their hire stock. Their search led them to the DMT P12, 5 Pixel Mesh. After a visit and demo of eight panels from Highlite UK’s Dave Drane they made the purchase of 40 panels along with the additional rigging accessories to allow then to configure the panels in to a number of different permutations.

Clay Paky Sharpys’ Colossal Power Dazzles King Kong in Australia

01/10/2013 - Production News

Lighting designer Peter Mumford is using Clay Paky’s powerful Sharpy luminaires to deliver ingenious lighting effects on Global Creatures’ ambitious multi-million dollar production of King Kong in Melbourne.

Community Covers Back-to-Back Playing Fields at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School

01/10/2013 - Project News

Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School is a comprehensive regional public high school serving the Township of Scotch Plains and the Borough of Fanwood in north central New Jersey, USA. Scotch Plains-Fanwood has an active athletic program. Its Raiders football and soccer teams enjoy back-to-back playing fields with large bleachers, new turf, a common press box and a new audio system covering both fields with Community R-Series loudspeakers.

ETC Source Four LED CYC for Liolà at National Theatre

01/10/2013 - Production News

When lighting designer Neil Austin was looking to light Liolà at the Lyttelton Theatre, he wanted to try something new – something which would provide the same smooth dimming he is used to with traditional tungsten, but providing vibrant, full colour.

XL Events Captures the Action at Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series

01/10/2013 - Production News

When the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series visited Wales for the UK leg of their global cliff diving championship, XL Events was on hand to ensure all the action was captured for the crowds of excited spectators.