News Archive for May 2013

Clarity Version 2 Software Released

31/05/2013 - Equipment News

LSC Lighting Systems and OpenClear have announced the release of Clarity software version 2. This much anticipated version includes a huge array of enhancements, bug fixes as well as updates for full compatibility with the latest versions of the Mac and Windows operating systems.

Yamaha CL5 Delivers a (Red) Devil of a Sound at Manchester Celebrations

31/05/2013 - Production News

May 13 saw 12,000 people pack into Manchester’s Albert Square and thousands more line the streets as Premier League winners Manchester United travelled from the football club’s Old Trafford stadium to an enthusiastic city centre reception. A Yamaha CL5 helped to deliver a blistering free show by local band The Courteneers, as well as speeches by United team members and staff.

Hong Kong’s Yau Ma Tei Theatre adds layers of light to Cantonese opera

31/05/2013 - Project News

The newly reopened Yau Ma Tei Theatre has put a modern twist on traditional Cantonese opera. The historic 300 seat venue in Kowloon, Hong Kong, features the latest ETC technology, with layers of the highest quality conventional and LED light.

Backstage Academy to launch BA Visual Production degree at ABTT

31/05/2013 - Standards News

The upcoming ABTT exhibition will mark the London launch for entertainment industry training centre Backstage Academy’s new ground-breaking two-year BA Visual Production degree.

Clay Paky Sharpys add Wow Factor for The Script

31/05/2013 - Production News

Award-winning lighting designer James Thompson is using pure beam Clay Paky Sharpys to throw laser like beams across the audience in his show design for The Script’s current sell-out world tour.

DPA Microphones Appoints Niels Jørgen Øhrgaard

31/05/2013 - People News

In a move that will significantly strengthen its market position, DPA Microphones has appointed Niels Jørgen Øhrgaard (pictured) as its new Executive VP for Sales.

Australia’s Star chooses DiGiCo for event centre

31/05/2013 - Project News

Nearing the end of a billion dollar transformation, The Star in Sydney's Pyrmont has morphed from a large-scale casino into a full-blown leisure and entertainment complex. With its panoramic views of Sydney's harbour and skyline, the venue has been designed to entice and host international headliners and A-list celebrities from around the globe. Situated within The Star is The Event Centre, a world-class entertainment space suited to intimate concert settings as well as domestic and international conferences, exhibitions and awards functions, which boasts a combination of DiGiCo SD10s and SD11s at the heart of its audio system.

Robe Gives It Large at One Big Weekend

31/05/2013 - Production News

A substantial lighting rig featuring over 150 Robe fixtures was used by ‘house’ lighting designer and TV lighting director Tim Routledge to create a production design for the 1xtra / In New Music We Trust Arena at BBC Radio One’s 2013 ‘Big Weekend’ event. The high-profile three day musical extravaganza staged in Ebrington Square, Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland, kicked off the UK festival season in style.

PLASA Focus returns to Austin this September

30/05/2013 - Event News

After a hugely successful debut show in February 2012, the trail-blazing PLASA Focus regional event series is returning to Austin, where it all began! This year's show is bigger and better and is taking place at a new venue, the Palmer Events Center in downtown Austin, just 20 minutes from Austin Airport, on September 10-11, 2013.

MAC Viper Wash, MAC Viper Wash DX with Internal Framing Now Shipping

30/05/2013 - Equipment News

Two new Fresnel luminaires in Martin Professional’s award-winning MAC Viper Family of moving heads are now shipping.

New Allen & Heath Sales Engineer Appointed for Asia

30/05/2013 - People News

Allen & Heath’s regional sales agency for Asia, Global Market Management, has appointed Alex Schloesser to the position of Sales Engineer. Alex will be working with distributors in training, pre-sales system design support as well as after sales support with an emphasis on helping distribution partners increase market share.

thriving theatres: Still time to book for Conference 13

30/05/2013 - Event News

The Theatres Trust has announced that Ruth Mackenzie CBE will deliver the Opening address and Baroness Hanham CBE will make a Keynote speech at thriving theatres!

Amber Bolsters Range with Adjustable Kinetik In-ceiling Speaker

30/05/2013 - Equipment News

EMEA master distributor, Amber International has announced the launch of the new Kinetik Labs KISP-E200-IC speaker. Designed for in-ceiling installations, or other suitable surfaces such as plasterboard walls, the powerful two-way speaker features a pivoting tweeter that provides the user with a more engaging listening experience.

Tait Creates a first of its kind, Folding Video Fascia Hydraulic Lift for Paul McCartney

30/05/2013 - Production News

Having worked with the ever-talented Paul McCartney team for over twenty years, TAIT was privileged to provide yet another staging solution for the legendary artist’s current North American tour. To maximize the visual impact of the stage, set designer LeRoy Bennett utilized TAIT’s 30mm LED MagDecks downstage. Working alongside production manager, Mark Spring, the entire staging concept, which also included a band riser package, was configured to work within both stadium and arena environments.

Clay Paky Unveils New Luminaires at Indonesia Demo

30/05/2013 - Event News

Clay Paky has unveiled its latest luminaires to major Asian rental companies and TV stations at a demo Jakarta in Indonesia.

Robe Showcases Newest Technology at AES Brazil Expo

30/05/2013 - Event News

Robe participated with local distributor Newart at the 17th Brazilian exhibition and conference organised by the AES (Audio Engineering Society) in Sao Paulo, taking the opportunity to highlight its latest innovative new products, including the ROBIN Pointe, the MiniMe and the MMX WashBeam.

XL Video Continues with Cutting Edge Video Package for Muse World Tour

30/05/2013 - Production News

Continuing a long-running working relationship, XL Video is supplying LED screens, cameras and control for Muse’s current ‘The 2nd Law’ world tour featuring another innovative collaboration between stage and visual designer, Oli Metcalf and video director Tom Kirk.

Avolites Titan Mobile and Ai Media Server Powers Skunk Anansie's European Summer Festivals Tour

30/05/2013 - Production News

Avolites' powerful yet compact Titan Mobile console will be working alongside the uber-creative, incredibly versatile Ai Media Server for the first time on the latest Skunk Anansie European festival tour this summer.

Tait Creates Massive, Inflatable Classic Buick for Bon Jovi

29/05/2013 - Production News

The second leg of Bon Jovi’s current tour opened in Bulgaria earlier this month, revealing an exquisite Americana-themed set, designed by PEDG’s Spike Brant. Serving as production / lighting designer / show director for the tour, Brant turned to TAIT to create the 30 metre inflatable 1959 Buick Electra, which spans the length of the main stage.

DPA’s d:facto II Vocal Microphone Wins New Fans in Belgium

29/05/2013 - Production News

Belgian sound engineer Joris Verniest, from, has been introducing DPA Microphones’ new d:facto II Vocal Microphone to some of the country’s top bands after being blown away by the natural sound quality it delivers on the live stage.

Eastlink chooses DiGiCo SD10B for new HD mobile

29/05/2013 - Production News

When Canadian television company Eastlink TV contacted DiGiCo distributor Gerr Audio to talk about an intercom system for the company’s new HD mobile unit, it ended up with more than it bargained for. This new, state-of-the-art facility not only features the originally requested intercom, but a DiGiCo SD10B broadcast specific digital mixing console, which has already more than proved its worth.

White Light to Exhibit at ABTT Theatre Show

29/05/2013 - Event News

White Light will return to the ABTT Theatre Show this June, exhibiting on stand 133 in the show's Orange Hall. The entertainment lighting specialist will showcase the latest lighting, and effect products for the stage and staff will be on hand to discuss White Light’s range of services which include hire, sales, installation, technical service, and events.

CADAC sponsors Broadway Sound Master Classes

29/05/2013 - Event News

Having participated in last year’s event, CADAC is an official sponsor of this year’s Broadway Sound Master Classes, in association with its US distributor Lift Distribution and RF Production's Tom Benson, its US theatre sound consultant.

‘Robe’ is the Word for New Grease Production

28/05/2013 - Production News

Renowned for producing some of the best theatre in Europe, Vanemuine Teater in Tartu, Estonia, launches its new production of "Grease" directed by Georg Malvius, featuring a vibrant lighting design by Palle Palmé who is utilising over 100 Robe moving lights.

:entertaining sustainability to exhibit at ABTT Theatre Show

28/05/2013 - Event News

Entertainment industry sustainability consultancy :entertaining sustainability will make its first ever trade show appearance at the ABTT Theatre Show, held at the Old Truman Brewery, London from June 12 - 13.

ADJ Enters China Market

28/05/2013 - Business News

ADJ has taken a major step toward becoming a truly global lighting supplier by opening a sales and distribution facility in the world’s most populous nation. Located in the city of Pan Yu, the new Guangzhou ADJ China will sell ADJ products exclusively to the Chinese market.

CPL Appointed as Preferred Supplier for Stoneleigh Events

28/05/2013 - Production News

West Midlands based technical solutions specialist Central Presentations Ltd (CPL) has been appointed as the preferred technical supplier for Stoneleigh Events.

Clay Paky Alpha Profiles in "1789" - Slap-bang in the middle of the French revolution

28/05/2013 - Production News

The most majestic French musical ever is currently on tour after four months at the Palais des Sports in Paris. Its lighting equipment is based on Clay Paky Alpha Profile 1500s.

Eurovision Song Contest: MA Lighting wins top points in Malmö

28/05/2013 - Production News

A total of 11 grandMA2 light consoles were used for running lighting and video at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, staged at the Malmö Arena, Sweden. Four grandMA2 light consoles, plus four as backup, were controlling around 1,400 fixtures. The three video grandMA2 light, one as backup, were playing back content stored on 22 media servers via MA-Net2 feeding 28 Barco HDQ-2K40 projectors. They had 94 million video pixels in the show and were running up to 16 video layers on the media servers. Four MA onPC command wing were used as well for technical support purposes.

Eos Titanium tests its mettle on Zorro

28/05/2013 - Production News

Zorro: A New Musical has claimed a lot of firsts for ETC’s Eos family of lighting control products. It was the first West End musical controlled by an Eos desk. It was the first large scale show in Paris run on an Eos. And now it’s adding another accomplishment to the list: Zorro is the first theatrical production in America to feature ETC’s newest lighting control desk, Eos Titanium (“Ti”).

BlackTrax makes big show debut at Eurovision 2013

28/05/2013 - Production News

CAST Group's revolutionary 6D live tracking solution, BlackTrax, made its big show debut at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, Sweden month. BlackTrax performed "flawlessly" in the first high-profile demonstration of its enormous creative and practical potential for the realtime automation of lighting and video content.

HSL Supplies Il Divo Tour

28/05/2013 - Production News

Blackburn based lighting and visuals specialist HSL supplied lighting, LED screen, a Kinesys automation system and crew to the UK and European arena legs of international vocal group Il Divo’s ‘Greatest hits’ tour, following on from their highly successful collaboration last year.

PGA European Tour Agree Three Year Contract with Arena Group

28/05/2013 - Business News

The PGA European Tour has awarded a new three year contract to the Arena Group to supply a comprehensive range of temporary event infrastructure at their prestigious golf tournaments across Europe.

Movievision Presents Le Mark Group Products at Mediatech Africa

28/05/2013 - Event News

Movievision, exclusive distributors of some of the world’s foremost manufacturers, is exhibiting at Mediatech Africa this year and looks forward to presenting the latest products from the Le Mark Group. Formed in 1982 Le Mark has evolved over its 30 years in business into four specific yet interlinked business units.

Le Mark Self Adhesives Ltd, innovation and development of self-adhesive products which meet the specific requirements of the Arts & Entertainment industry, including unique brands: Blacktak multi award winning heat resisting matt black light masking aluminum foil, Slip-Way and Gel-Tak. Le Mark Magtape has also proved a global sales line, developed from a BBC TV specification. Magtape is used by industry professionals around the world.

Leader Light at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013

28/05/2013 - Production News

Although Slovakia didn´t have a competitor in the Grand Final of Eurovision, one of the offical lighting suppliers of the Eurovision Song Contest was Slovak company Leader Light. No less than 160 pieces of LL stage beam were located directly on the stage.

Robert Juliat Lighting for Refurbished Theater Vasile Alecsandri, Romania

28/05/2013 - Project News

A huge selection of Robert Juliat spotlights, profiles and followspots have been chosen for the new lighting installation, following a major refurbishment, of the historic National Theater Vasile Alecsandri in Iaşi, Romania.

Essential easiHIre at ABTT 2013

28/05/2013 - Event News

Orbital Sound’s expert easiHire rental service team will be on hand to explain the essential details on Stand No 129a at ABTT 2013. easiHire’s intuitive online portal provides 24/7 access to everything needed to create a rental package, and is designed for professional and non-professional users alike.

ArKaos Pro Brings State-of-the-Art 3D Mapping Installation for Customized Visual Experiences at theWit Chicago

28/05/2013 - Project News

ArKaos’ North American distributor, A.C. Lighting Inc, has supplied an ArKaos Stage Media Server with MediaMaster software and Video Mapper feature, to theWit, a AAA Four Diamond Hotel in Chicago. The new system has been installed to facilitate customized visual experiences for the hotel’s newly-opened, state-of-the-art 3D mapping installation, theWall.

Hawthorns Launch New Web Portal for Hires

28/05/2013 - Business News

Hawthorns has announced a new look hire website where you can browse their vast inventory of equipment, get an idea of list prices for products and generate a formal quote request for those items.

Robe Cyclone Hits Town with LD Scott Warner

24/05/2013 - Equipment News

Robe takes their policy of listening to what lighting and visual designers are requesting to new levels of commitment with the new Robe ROBIN Cyclone product, which made its US début at the PLASA Focus exhibition in Orlando, Florida last week, following a worldwide launch at Prolight+Sound 2013 in Frankfurt.

J. R. Clancy Introduces its First Performer Flying Hoist

24/05/2013 - Equipment News

J. R. Clancy, Inc. has introduced a performer-flying hoist that brings together the company’s 127 years of rigging expertise with safety features engineered for the 21st century.

CADAC Returns to InfoComm

24/05/2013 - Event News

Following its debut appearance last year, CADAC is once again exhibiting at InfoComm.

The Knight of Illumination Awards Announces Ceremony Event

24/05/2013 - Event News

The Knight of Illumination Awards has revealed details of this year's much anticipated glittering ceremony in London.

Clay Paky A.ledas Light the Helene Fischer Show

24/05/2013 - Production News

More than five million viewers followed the second Helene Fischer Show on television during the Christmas season. Andrea Bocelli, David Garrett, Ricky Kam, Loreen, Unheilig, Andreas Gabalier and others performed during the show, produced by Werner Kimmig GmbH TV Produktion. It goes without saying that such a line-up of artists requires a professional set, which LD Jerry Appelt created with a lighting design he put together in part using equipment from the Lightpower stock.

Orbital Tours with Dreamgirls in the US and Japan

24/05/2013 - Production News

Orbital Sound reports that it is currently out on the road with the Big League Productions’ US national tour of the hit musical Dreamgirls, with the 21-week show schedule ending up on another continent this August – in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan. Sound design on the show is by Matt Geasey and Mike Tracey, with Orbital contracted to supply and support the show’s state-of-the-art sound system.

Bring a Bottle

24/05/2013 - Event News

Exhibitions can be thirsty work for both exhibitors and visitors so it helps to have easy access to free drinking water, which you will find at this year’s Showman’s Show.

Tait Provides Custom Outdoor Staging for Muse’s Worldwide 2013 Stadium Tour

24/05/2013 - Production News

Working alongside creative director Oli Metcalfe, as well as production manager Chris Vaughan, Tait provided both custom and rental elements for Muse’s stunning stadium tour which opened in the United Kingdom recently.

Alcons Extends its Digital Cinema Compliance

24/05/2013 - Equipment News

With the Digital Cinema standard of 24-bit, up-to-16-channels of PCM non-compressed audio, now becoming reality, new challenges have arrived for existing equipment.

Harlequin to Exhibit at Biggest Ever ABTT Theatre Show

24/05/2013 - Event News

Floors for dance and the performing arts will once again be showcased at London’s Old Truman Brewery for two days this summer, with Harlequin Floors taking an exhibition stand at the ABTT 2013 Theatre Show on 12th and 13th June.

White Light's Production Solutions for David Bowie Is at the V & A

24/05/2013 - Project News

White Light’s range of entertainment services made the company a perfect choice to supply production solutions for David Bowie is, the latest exhibition at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. The expansive retrospective, which opened in March, is the fastest selling exhibition in the museum’s history, bringing in crowds as diverse as the experience itself.

Community Welcomes Peter E. Schmitt as Manufacturers’ Representative

24/05/2013 - Business News

Community Professional Loudspeakers has announced the appointment of Peter E. Schmitt Company as its sales representative for the Metropolitan New York City and North New Jersey territories.

Dirty Rigger Expands with K-Teg in Belgium

24/05/2013 - Business News

A key player in the European flightcase market, K-Teg, has recently agreed a new distribution deal with Dirty Rigger to stock an extended selection of the rigger gloves and accessories range.

Niethammer is Back: Worldwide Distribution by Premiere Lighting Products International

23/05/2013 - Business News

Niethammer as well as Rainbow Colour Changers and Major are now distributed worldwide by Premier Lighting Product International. Michael Althaus, managing director of PLP International commented: “We are very excited to have with Niethammer, a well respected manufacturer in our portfolio, delivering high quality products that are strengthening and complementing our international distribution approach with a clear focus on theatres.”

XL Video Supplies LED for ‘RENT In Concert’ Tour

23/05/2013 - Production News

The Award-winning Broadway musical, RENT, was first workshopped in New York in 1993. To celebrate this 20 year landmark, a new concert production under the direction of Daniel Wood recently toured around the UK. With packed houses and standing ovations nightly, it’s no surprise that additional dates are already set to take place in the autumn.

The VL3015LT Spot Exceeds All Expectations at the Colosseum

23/05/2013 - Production News

Inside the Caesars Windsor Hotel and Casino in Ontario, Canada, is the state-of-the art venue The Colosseum. As 5,000-seat, multi-functional performance house with the largest retractable seating configuration in North America and approximately 500 fixtures in the air, The Colosseum is the largest of all Caesars venues in both Canada and the United States. Behind the scenes, Production Supervisor Dan Leroux has at his disposal an arsenal of creative tools to bring to life the myriad of performances. So when he was looking to bring in a new lighting instrument that would take his rig to the next level, he could have his choice of any automated luminaire he wanted. What he chose was the high-powered and full featured Philips Vari-Lite VL3015LT Spot luminaire supplied by PRG.

GLD Spots eEvis at the London Palladium

23/05/2013 - Production News

Allen & Heath’s GLD digital system was employed to manage FOH and monitors for ‘Elvis - the Ultimate Performance’ staged recently at the London Palladium. The show ran off AR2412 and AR84 input expander units, with 28 inputs on stage and three inputs into the GLD-80 mixer for playback and talkback.

DiGiCo’s SD7T Offers Powerful Theatrical Features and Functionality

23/05/2013 - Production News

With songs by rocker girl Cyndi Lauper and story by celebrated actor/playwright, Harvey Fierstein, Kinky Boots has Broadway on its proverbial feet. Based on the 2005 British flick about a struggling shoe factory that reinvigorates business by making fetish footwear for drag queens, the show opened to rave reviews, and a TONY award nomination on the horizon. In keeping with many award-winning shows on the ‘Great White Way,’ sound designer John Shivers opted for a DiGiCo SD7T to handle the production, after becoming familiar with the system on his previous productions for Bonnie & Clyde, Sister Act and The Lion King overseas. The SD7’s powerful system and diminutive size made it a perfect fit for the new show.

4000 Dirty Rigger Gloves for ShelterBox Aid Workers

23/05/2013 - Business News

2013 has seen a constant stream of heart wrenching news stories being broadcast, many involving building collapses caused by natural disasters such as earth quakes. More often, it is by specific man made destruction from rocket or high explosive shells as in Syria.

LIPA to Open a Primary Free School

23/05/2013 - Standards News

THE Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) will open a primary free school in September 2014 after education chiefs today gave the scheme the green light.

Backstage Academy Announces New FdA Course Leader

23/05/2013 - People News

Backstage Academy has recruited Johnny Goodwin for the position of Course Leader on the Foundation Degree in Live Events Production.

Do You Need Help this Summer?

23/05/2013 - Standards News

Backstage Academy is currently finalising summer work placements for its 52 students on the Foundation Degree in Live Events Production.

Pirates Set Sail for Newcastle!

23/05/2013 - Production News

D’Oyly Carte Opera Company will make a triumphant return to the stage after a ten year absence with a historic collaboration with Scottish Opera on Gilbert and Sullivan’s best loved operetta The Pirates of Penzance, which will visit Newcastle Theatre Royal, 25 – 29 June.

BIG-O Multimedia Show in South Korea Breaks New Ground

22/05/2013 - Production News

Creative Production Agency ECA2 of France has broken new ground in show technology with BIG-O, a breathtaking multimedia installation at the EXPO 2012 grounds in Yeosu, South Korea.

Latest in Theatre Lighting Innovation from Martin at ABTT 2013

22/05/2013 - Event News

Martin Professional heads to the ABTT show with a full stable of new lighting, video, control and smoke products; a show that promises to be bigger and better than ever with 40% more exhibitors and 50% more exhibition space.

RML Provides Equipment for Vicious

22/05/2013 - Production News

Mondays can be a struggle, but what better way to start the week than with some fantastic British comedy? ITV has come to the rescue with the new sitcom, Vicious.

Clay Paky Stars in Eros Ramazzotti's European Tour

22/05/2013 - Production News

Eros Ramazzotti is always on the crest of the wave and is taking his NOI Tour 2013 throughout the continent. After 14 dates in Italy, the tour has come alive in the rest of Europe, where the shows are recording an excellent turnout even in this difficult economic period. This confirms continued interest in this musician, who has trod the boards of music venues for 30 years.

Audinate and Bose Corporation Announce Licensing Agreement

22/05/2013 - Business News

Audinate announced that Bose Corporation has licensed Audinate's Dante patented media networking solution. The agreement will enable Bose Professional to integrate Dante into its professional audio products.

P!NK Shares The Truth About Love Live with L-Acoustics

21/05/2013 - Production News

P!NK is currently out on a massive ten-month global arena tour in support of her sixth and most recent record, The Truth About Love. Currently trekking across Europe – following an initial US leg that began in February – P!NK and her entourage will eventually head down to Australia for the summer months before making their way back to North America for a second sweep that will carry the pop superstar through the end of the year and possibly beyond.

Clay Paky is Major Player on X Factor Kazakhstan

21/05/2013 - Production News

An impressive range of Clay Paky fixtures including the Alpha Spot QWO 800s, Sharpys, A.Leda Wash K10 and K20s and Alpha Profile 800 STs are lighting up the world famous TV show phenomenon - X Factor - as it débuts in Kazakhstan.

Theatre Projects Celebrates the Opening of The Lennox Suite at Edinburgh International Conference Centre

21/05/2013 - Project News

The Lennox Suite, an extension to the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), celebrated a star-studded grand opening on 2nd May 2013, unveiling incredibly flexible staging solutions designed and specified by Theatre Projects in collaboration with The Right Solution and architects BDP.

Tait Supplies Staging, Scenic, LED Automation and Rigging Elements for 2013 Eurovision Song Contest

21/05/2013 - Production News

Working closely with technical director Ola Melzig, as well as production designers Frida Arvidsson and Viktor Brattstrom, Tait’s European division supplied elements for the iconic Eurovision Song Contest, which was televised to a worldwide audience with stunning performances from 26 finalists last week in Malmo, Sweden. Won by Emmelie de Forest of Denmark, the design concept was to bring the audience and artists physically closer together and bring an intimate live experience to the next level. A three dimensional environment was created on stage, with impressive depth and multiple layers creating interesting landscapes for the live audience and televised broadcast.

Robe Shines on 2013 Metro Radio Music Awards in SA

21/05/2013 - Production News

Lighting designer François van der Merwe of Wizardry Group chose Robe moving lights to be the central fixtures of his classy lighting scheme for the 2013 Metro FM Music Awards event, staged at the Durban International Conference Centre Arena in South Africa.

DiGiCo’s Tatabánya Trio

21/05/2013 - Project News

For the past two years, the Hungarian government has been funding a special project to bring regional theatres up to date and into greater community use. The town of Tatabánya has been one beneficiary, where three DiGiCo SD9 consoles have ensured that further capital investment will not be needed for many years.

ETC Source Four HID for Lisbon’s Museum of Electricity

21/05/2013 - Project News

ETC has proved that Source Four fixtures aren’t just for theatres – by supplying Source Four HID luminaires to the Museu da Eletricidade (Museum of Electricity) in Lisbon.

Robe LEDWash 600 for the Skövde Stadsteater

21/05/2013 - Project News

Robe ROBIN LEDWash series fixtures continue to prove a popular choice for theatre installations in Sweden.

DPA Microphones Goes on Tour With Priscilla

21/05/2013 - Production News

An Italian touring production of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – The Musical has arrived at the Politeama Rossetti theatre in Trieste, where audiences are enjoying great sound thanks to the extensive use of DPA Microphone’s 4066 Omnidirectional Headset Microphones and 4060 Omnidirectional Miniature Microphones.

LSC Clarity on TV

21/05/2013 - Production News

The new Clarity LX series consoles have proved invaluable for Sydney broadcast lighting director Grant "Doc" Watson and his operation Strauss Productions.

Yamaha Shows Off Its Quality At ABTT 2013

20/05/2013 - Event News

Yamaha professional audio equipment is suitable for theatrical venues and productions of all sizes, a fact amply proved by its presence at this year’s ABTT Theatre Show.

Nairobi Baptist Church Go iLive with Allen & Heath

20/05/2013 - Project News

Nairobi Baptist Church recently upgraded their existing analogue mixer to an Allen & Heath iLive digital mixing system, supplied by Kenyan company, Sound Creations.

The Videowall Experts Turn Heads at NEC Solutions Showcase

20/05/2013 - Event News

For the fourth consecutive year, PSCo Technical Distribution, a trade-only technical distributor of innovative display technology, supported NEC’s annual Showcase event, which took place on Thursday 16th May, at Tobacco Dock, London. PSCo was the first to showcase NEC’s line of outstanding videowall products at the last three events and continued to lead the way this year by integrating the latest, best-in-class NEC videowall displays in a striking Innovation Videowall package that attracted crowds of enthusiastic visitors throughout the day.

Viva DiGiCo! SD Consoles Spice Up London’s West End

20/05/2013 - Production News

Girl Power is back and, since mid-December, has taken over London’s Piccadilly Theatre, as the musical Viva Forever! brings the Spice Girls hits to the West End. A pair of DiGiCo mixing consoles makes sure the audience gets the sound it really, really wants!

EM Acoustics Takes Top Billing at The Atkinson

20/05/2013 - Project News

Recently re-opened after a three-year, £17M redevelopment programme, The Atkinson is Sefton Council’s flagship arts and cultural venue. Housed in a grade II listed building in the heart of Southport, The Atkinson integrates four arts and cultural venues – the Southport Arts Centre, the Atkinson Art Gallery, the Botanic Gardens Museum and the Southport Library – into one single, regional cultural centre.

Sound Technology Ltd Bolsters Sales and Support for Installed Audio Projects

20/05/2013 - People News

Sound Technology Ltd, the Harman distributor in the UK and ROI, is providing additional sales and support services for installed audio clients thanks to the creation of business development manager to work alongside technical project team.

Celebrating the Crown with d&b

20/05/2013 - Production News

For 33 years, Queen Beatrix has lead the Netherlands with grace and beauty. Known for her warmhearted smile and 'modernising' the royal house, she has been beloved by the Dutch people since receiving the crown from her mother in 1980. However, this year, at age 75, Beatrix is ready to give the next generation a chance to continue her work. King Willem-Alexander, the first king in over a century and Beatrix's eldest son, was sworn in on 30th April, 2013.

Not Just an Iluzjon for Eclipse in Warsaw

20/05/2013 - Project News

The Iluzjon cinema in Warsaw, Poland, has been home to the Polish National Film Archive since the mid-50s, and is also Warsaw’s main art-house cinema. The venue, which had remained in its original state until just two years ago, has recently undergone a massive renovation. At the heart of the audio system, which was designed by audio consultant and system designer, Wojciech Zielinski from pro audio specialists, Dysten, is an Innovason Eclipse GT running a fully networked Fohhn Audio PA system.

Let’s Dance for Comic Relief Gets Smart with PixelRange

17/05/2013 - Production News

Lighting Let’s Dance for Comic Relief for the fifth year running, lighting designer Steve Nolan of Chromatic Productions called upon PixelRange once again to provide sparkling effects lighting for this charity extravaganza.

200 More: Christie Lites Increases Investment in MA onPC Command Wing

17/05/2013 - Production News

Christie Lites has purchased an additional 200-plus MA onPC command wing from A.C.T Lighting, the exclusive distributor of the MA Ligthing in North America. The company’s new investment brings its inventory of MA onPC command wing to over 250.

DPA Microphones Helps UEFA Deliver the Roar of the Crowd

17/05/2013 - Project News

As every football fan knows, the roar of the crowd at a major game is just as important as the action on the pitch when it comes to truly experiencing the excitement of the event. With this in mind, outside broadcast specialist United chose DPA Microphones’ 5100 Mobile Surround Microphone to capture the ambience of the Amsterdam Arena when SL Benfica played Chelsea in the 2013 UEFA Europa League Final.

AC-ET Supply SGM LT-100s to Static Light Company for Magnificent 3D LED Chandelier Display

17/05/2013 - Project News

A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. recently supplied 162 SGM LT-100 3D graphic LED tubes and a Green Hippo HippoCritter media server to lighting solution business, Static Light Company (SLC) for a magnificent interactive chandelier installation at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) event held in Barcelona, Spain.

Bandit Lights Knoxville’s Best at Pinnacle Awards

17/05/2013 - Event News

More than 600 business and community leaders gathered on May 3, 2013 to celebrate the finest businesses and individuals in East Tennessee, where Bandit Lites lit the ninth annual Pinnacle Business Awards Gala. The black tie event has quickly become one of the premier social events, complete with reception, silent auction, and a martini bar carved out of a block of ice.

Chromlech Elidy Tours with Pink’s The Truth About Love

17/05/2013 - Production News

Following the launch of its new Elidy LED matrix fixture at PLASA 2012, Brittany-based lighting manufacturers, Chromlech, can now report Elidy is touring the world on Pink’s spectacular The Truth About Love tour.

Robe Specified for Moses – The Ten Commandments World Premiere at Theatre St. Gallen

17/05/2013 - Production News

Moving lights from Robe’s latest ROBIN MMX and DL Series ranges were utilised by lighting designer Michael Grundner for the world première of Moses – The Ten Commandments, a new musical extravaganza by Michael Kunze and Dieter Falk being staged at the Theatre St. Gallen in Switzerland.

Romeo and Juliet at the Satirikon Theatre, Moscow

17/05/2013 - Production News

Moscow's Satirikon Theatre opened its 2012–2013 season with a production of Romeo and Juliet directed by Konstantin Raikin. Raikin, the theatre’s artistic director, has not staged Shakespeare's timeless love story at the Satirikon since the mid-1990s, and the new production has been hailed by critics and theatregoers alike for its innovative, high-tech, and ultramodern approach. The impressive visual effects created by ETC Russia using Christie projection equipment meld seamlessly and naturally with the on-stage action.

Randy Green appointed Lighthouse Chief Technology Officer

16/05/2013 - People News

Lighthouse Technologies has announced the promotion of Randy Green to the position of chief technology officer.

Jason Aldean and Bandit are First to Rock Georgia Stadium

16/05/2013 - Production News

Bandit Lites had the unique privilege of being the first to light a concert at the University of Georgia’s Sanford Stadium, where ACM award winner Jason Aldean played to more than 60,000 people. The 90-minute set, which was filmed for a DVD release, included a surprise visit from rapper Ludacris and a virtual appearance from Kelly Clarkson.

ArcSystem Lifts Light Levels in Historic Hall

16/05/2013 - Project News

GDS ArcSystem was speedily and sensitively installed in the elegant, Victorian, St George’s Hall, Bradford.

An Old Lighthouse on Lake Garda is Restored Thanks to Clay Paky

16/05/2013 - Project News

The Spiaggia degli Olivi lighthouse, a historic monument on Lake Garda and the symbol of the town of Riva, was turned off about 40 years ago.

Robe Sponsors Student Bursary for Vivid Sydney Festival Project

16/05/2013 - Production News

Robe is sponsoring a student bursary run by London-based lighting designer Simon Brockwell of design practice SBLD, that will enable him to take a lighting design assistant to work alongside him for the upcoming 2013 VIVID Sydney Festival of Light Music & Ideas in Australia.

Unusual Rigging for David Bowie is… at the V&A

16/05/2013 - Project News

Unusual Rigging has provided a comprehensive and imaginative rigging solution for the lighting, sound, AV and scenic elements of the spectacular David Bowie is… exhibition at London’s V&A museum.

A.C. Special Projects at the ARC Show 2013

16/05/2013 - Event News

A.C. Special Projects Ltd. (ACSP) will be showing off a range of projects from its impressive architectural installation portfolio, as well as architectural lighting products at this year’s ARC Show (stand P42).

Chaos Provided a Tasty Morsel at Tobacco Dock

16/05/2013 - Production News

Chaos Visual Productions was the video supplier of choice for the inaugural Taste Festival at London’s newest venue space, Tobacco Dock at Wapping Lane, East London. This historic Victorian warehouse has been converted into a modern multi-functional facility comprising over 16,000m2. The Lab at Tobacco Dock was hosted by Gizzi Erskine, the TV chef and food writer and was organised in partnership with AEG, the home appliance manufacturer.

Back on the Road: grandMA2 Joins Fleetwood Mac

16/05/2013 - Production News

Fleetwood Mac is back on the road and a grandMA2 console has joined the iconic band on the Fleetwood Mac Live 2013 World Tour. The new tour, which began in Columbus will wrap in Australia in December, marks the first for the band since 2009’s sold-out Unleashed tour. This year is also the 35th anniversary of their Rumours album, one of the most successful in recording history. It remained on top of the pop charts for more than 31 weeks and produced four Top Ten singles.

Avolites Ai Media Server Maps all the Right Moves on Sky's Got to Dance

15/05/2013 - Production News

Avolites Media's industry-beating server "Ai" has been powering the fast-paced visuals for Sky TV's popular spring series of Got to Dance. A total of four Ai Server systems, running on Mac Towers, two main and two backup, were supplied to the production by video rental house Creative Technology.

PR Lighting XLED 1037s Back Norah Jones’ Indian Début

15/05/2013 - Production News

When Norah Jones – daughter of Ravi Shankar – made her first ever appearance in India at A Summer's Day Festival in Mumbai, around 8,000 fans turned up at the Mahalaxmi race course to cheer her on.

Beyoncé Dazzles with 446 SGM X-5 Strobes

15/05/2013 - Production News

Two giants of the lighting world have come together to help provide a dazzling show for one of the world’s greatest artistes.

GLP Becomes Sustaining Member of USITT

15/05/2013 - Business News

GLP German Light Products Inc. has announced that it has become a Sustaining Member of USITT, the United States Institute for Theatre Technology.

DiGiCo is the (USB) Key for Live Band Audio

15/05/2013 - Production News

Added value for both performers and fans is one of the many advantages that digital audio has brought to live music. Taking this side of digital audio to the next stage is Live Band Audio, whose recently-purchased DiGiCo SD8 is key to delivering live recordings to audiences much more quickly.

GLP Impression Spot One and Wash One Now Available From PRG

15/05/2013 - Production News

The GLP Impression Spot One and Wash One are now available from PRG's rental stock. The Spot One was the first fixture of its kind to be released to the global market, closely followed by the Wash One and both incorporate ground breaking LED technology. By harnessing the raw power of numerous LED sources and running it through an advanced optical system GLP has created an even beam for RGB color mixing, and has produced two very versatile fixtures.

MAC Viper Party at Carnaval Mazatlan

15/05/2013 - Production News

Luminica Gdl of Guadalajara, Mexico, was one of the first rental companies in Mexico and Latin America to invest in Martin’s MAC Viper Profile and had the fixtures out on one of the Carnival season’s more festive events in February, Carnaval Mazatlan.

Martin Professional Gold Sponsor of Showlight 2013

15/05/2013 - Event News

Martin Professional is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of the prestigious Showlight conference May 18-21 in the Czech Republic and looks forward to four stimulating days in Český Krumlov among the world’s most talented lighting professionals.

Philips Exhibits Creative Stage Luminaires at ABTT

15/05/2013 - Event News

Philips Entertainment's four premier brands, Showline, Vari-Lite, Selecon and Strand Lighting, are powering up to exhibit their latest LED luminaires and lighting control products ideal for theatre application at this year's ABTT (Orange Hall, Old Truman Brewery, Stand 123).

LOUD and POLAR Audio Announce Ampeg and Mackie Distribution Agreement

15/05/2013 - Business News

LOUD Technologies Inc. (“LOUD”) and POLAR Audio Limited today announced a distribution agreement whereby POLAR Audio will serve as the distributor for the Ampeg and Mackie brands in the UK and Ireland, commencing 1st June 2013.

Living Word gets Renkus-Heinz

15/05/2013 - Project News

An hour south-east of Vancouver and mere minutes from Canada's southern border, the town of Aldergrove is home to Living Word Fellowship. The church purchased a "fixer-upper" and began major upgrades to prepare the building for services.

W-DMX Shows Its Newest Developments at PALM Expo

14/05/2013 - Event News

Wireless Solution Sweden AB will be showing its growing line of G4S products during PALM Expo, June 7-10 2013 at the New China International Exhibition Centre in Beijing. Wireless Solution will be showing in Hall E2, stand H21.

Matthias Schwab now general manager at Steinigke Showtechnic

14/05/2013 - People News

Steinigke Showtechnic of Germany, one of Europe's leading companies in the field of show technology, has a new general manager. Matthias Schwab will manage the company together with owner Bernd Steinigke in the future.

Le Mark Launch Sonata Compression Dance Floor

14/05/2013 - Equipment News

Following on from the success of the Dynamic Compression dance floor range, Le Mark has introduced Sonata, a matt-black-topped addition to their already world-renowned Compression flooring collection.

Blockbuster Martin Products Await Visitors to InfoComm 2013

14/05/2013 - Event News

The newest members of Martin Professional’s award-winning MAC Viper Family and the first fixtures in Martin’s RUSH range of affordable effect lighting await visitors to InfoComm, North America’s premier show for professional AV.

Clay Paky’s Compact Luminaires are a Bright Match for Singapore’s Star Gallery

14/05/2013 - Project News

Singapore’s technologically advanced new Star Performing Arts Centre has invested in Clay Paky’s Alpha Spot HPE 700 and Alpha Wash 700 fixtures to provide a bright solution for its 770-seater Star Gallery multi-purpose hall.

White Light Supplies The Jacksons: Unity Tour

14/05/2013 - Production News

White Light was recently chosen to supply lighting for the highly anticipated The Jackson's: Unity Tour, which packed venues across the UK in March. As Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon took to the stage each night for a non-stop, pop-fueled frenzy, their high energy performances and glitzy costumes were matched with a range of powerful lighting visuals designed by lighting director Theryn Knight.

Beta Test Recruitment - Green Hippo Needs You!

14/05/2013 - Business News

Green Hippo are recruiting for members to our new Beta Testing team and this is your chance to join one of the most exciting companies in the media server world.

Apex Intelli-X2 Is The Smaart Choice For Rational Acoustics

14/05/2013 - Equipment News

Acoustic measurement is becoming increasingly important as the range and complexity of audio systems becomes ever greater. Learning how to use measurement systems properly is vital to achieve optimum results, which is why German distributor AudioTec delivers high quality seminars on Smaart, one of the most widely used systems. Apex Intelli-X2 48 system controllers play an important role in showing attendees exactly what is happening.

ETC brings stunning LED lighting to French TV studios

14/05/2013 - Project News

LED lighting solutions are taking over TV studios. And the increase in popularity of ETC LED products across France can be attributed to the meeting of two men: director of photography Jacques Audrain, and Jean Louis Pernette, commercial director at ETC distributor Avab.

‘Read all About It’ – HSL Lights Emeli Sandé Tour

13/05/2013 - Production News

Blackburn UK based lighting and visuals company HSL supplied lighting designer Neil Carson with full lighting production for chart topping, Brit Award winning singer songwriter Emeli Sandé’s most recent UK tour, together with a ‘specials’ package for the European section.

Lighting Hospital Expands and Moves to Larger Premises

13/05/2013 - Business News

The Lighting Hospital - the UK and Europe’s only independent dedicated Electronic Service Department for the professional lighting industry - has recently moved to new expanded premises in Bristol. This has enabled further streamlining of its processes to offer an even faster and slicker service for damaged lighting kit needing urgent treatment.

Le Mark support Primetime at LLB Stockholm

13/05/2013 - Event News

Le Mark's newly appointed export team leader, Hannah Attfield, was on hand to support Swedish distributor Primetime at the 2013 LLB exhibition in Stockholm. Running for three days, the show drew in some of the biggest names in theatre, TV and stage production.

Blackout Paris Create Special Effects for As They Burn

13/05/2013 - Production News

Blackout Paris created stunning special effects for Dream Collapse, the latest song by French deathcore band As They Burn.

Clay Paky Join National Arena Tour co-headlined by Three Days Grace and Shinedown

13/05/2013 - Production News

American rock bands Three Days Grace and Shinedown are on the road with Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures helping to light up their tour.

Lumonic Ltd appoint Pacific Lighting as Distributor for Hong Kong and Singapore

13/05/2013 - Business News

Mike Edwards, director Lumonic Ltd. Says: "We are delighted that Hugh Chinnick and his team have decided to become distributors for the ilumo brand in Hong Kong and Singapore. Our brand fits perfectly with the ethos that drives Pacific Lighting. They strive to bring innovative lighting units to their market place, supported by technical knowledge and expertise and backed up with many years’ experience in theatre, opera and leading festival lighting. They operate at the professional end of the market place offering excellent service to their discerning clients."

Klotz Cables new Sputnik Line Array Adapter Series

13/05/2013 - Equipment News

Klotz Cables presents the Sputnik range of four-channel line array adapters for cables with 4 mm2 conductor cross-section. Sputnik line array adapters meet the highest standards of reliability and durability. Sputnik supplies the rental and tour sector with a product that delivers outstanding performance.

Electrosonic to Host Technology Stream at Museum and Heritage Show

10/05/2013 - Event News

Electrosonic’s Service Solutions and Entertainment teams will be exhibiting and presenting at this year’s Museums and Heritage Show held at London Olympia, May 15-16. The Service and Maintenance team will be exhibiting audio-visual service solutions on stand K1, whilst the Entertainment’s Technical Design team will be offering one-to-one advice in the Design Tent. Additionally, throughout Thursday May 16, Electrosonic will be hosting a series of technology and design seminars in the ‘New Technology’ stream.

CPL Supplies Projection and Lighting for new ARC Festival in Bristol

10/05/2013 - Production News

Central Presentations Ltd (CPL) supplied projection and lighting equipment plus design and programming services for the brand new ARC Festival, an innovative one day event celebrating electronic music and digital arts, staged in three domed and two tented structures in Eastville Park, Bristol.

Draft Standards for Chain Hoist Control and Fall Arrest in Public Review

10/05/2013 - Standards News

Two draft standards have been added those available for public review on PLASAs' website at The draft standards are BSR E1.6-4, Portable Control of Fixed-Speed Electric Chain Hoists in the Entertainment Industry, and BSR E1.39, Entertainment Technology – Selection and Use of Personal Fall Arrest Systems on Portable Structures Used in the Entertainment Industry. The draft standards are available for review through July 7; the reviews will be over and the links will disappear on the July 8 "Review End Date."

Dirty Rigger upgrade to Armourtex for Armordillo range

10/05/2013 - Equipment News

Following a period of extensive testing and strong customer feedback the all new Armordillo will showcase at the Safety & Health show.

A Lesson in Restraint with Mark Knopfler

10/05/2013 - Production News

"I’m having the time of my life with these," said an ebullient Simon Tutchener, lighting designer for Mark Knopfler. "I’m still getting to know the lights but everything I’ve seen so far is just what I was expecting."

thriving theatres: Last chance for Earlybird discounts today, Friday 10th May!

10/05/2013 - Event News

This year’s Theatres Trust conference provides a unique opportunity to look at how theatres can create a more resilient future by using their buildings to achieve financial self-sufficiency.

ABTT Pays Tribute to Ivor Dykes

10/05/2013 - People News

The ABTT took the opportunity at last week’s PLASA Focus Show to pay tribute to Ivor Dykes, in recognition of his longstanding contribution to ABTT NorthNet, upon his retirement as the committee’s Honorary Secretary.

Morag MacPherson Joins Orbital Sound Inc as Vice President

10/05/2013 - People News

Orbital Sound reports that it has appointed acclaimed entertainment industry professional Morag MacPherson (pictured) as vice president of its US company with immediate effect. Morag joins Orbital at an important stage in its evolution, and will be working closely with international managing director Chris Headlam to position the company's successful brand in the US market. Her outstanding track record and extensive theatrical experience will help drive Orbital forwards, with the goal of becoming one of North America's leading theatrical touring and resident theatre sound system suppliers.

XL Video Supplies Video Package for the 2013 Olivier Awards

10/05/2013 - Production News

The Olivier Awards are a glittering celebration of the very best of British Theatre, recognising actors and productions alike for stunning performances across a range of genres.

RML at Mountbatten Festival of Music

10/05/2013 - Production News

The Royal Albert Hall played host to the Mountbatten Festival of Music last week and what a success it was! The three nights featured Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines and captured wonderfully the versatility of some of the world’s finest military musicians.

LEE Filters Appoint new Business Development Manager

10/05/2013 - People News

LEE Filters has announced the appointment of Richard McKitty (pictured) as their new business development manager for Camera and Lighting Filters. Richard comes to LEE with over 6 years of experience in the lighting industry and four years in the photographic industry working with dealers and professionals in each market. He will be covering all areas outside the US and South America with a focus on Europe and beyond.

Scene changes glide with Triple E's Unitrack on The Great Gatsby Tour

10/05/2013 - Production News

Triple E’s Unitrack system has facilitated smooth scene changes during Leeds-based Northern Ballet's UK tour of The Great Gatsby.

Jason Aldean takes Clay Paky Sharpys along on his Night Train Tour

10/05/2013 - Production News

Clay Paky Sharpys are lighting up country singer Jason Aldean on the Night Train Tour, a musical powerhouse of a show also featuring Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett with location specific appearances by Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, and Kelly Clarkson.

It’s A Beautiful Thing for Robe

09/05/2013 - Production News

A substantial Robe moving light rig was used for the final of the 2013 Miss Universe Slovak Republic event, a high profile co-production between the In Agency and the Miss Universe Organisation, staged at the Aegon Arena National Tennis Centre in Bratislava and broadcast live on national TV channel RTVS 1.

28 ME Mixers used for Leading Dutch Singer

09/05/2013 - Production News

Dutch PA company, SoundWorks, supplied 28 ME-1 personal monitor mixers for iconic singer, Lee Towers, who recently hosted concerts over several nights at the New Luxor Theatre in Rotterdam.

DPA Microphones Spends A Night At The Opera

09/05/2013 - Production News

The sound team at the Parco Della Musica Auditorium in Rome recently turned to DPA Microphones’ Reference Standard 4017 Shotgun Microphones to record the audio for a specially commissioned double DVD of two operas that were being performed as part of the Santa Cecilia Opera Studio, a master programme devoted to Bel Canto.

60 Barco Projectors take centre stage at 2013 Eurovision in Malmö

09/05/2013 - Production News

Barco is excited to reveal the details of its impressive technical contribution to the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest (ESC), from May 14 to 18. As an official technical event partner, Barco will have no fewer than 60 projectors and three Encore systems at the Malmö Arena, provided by a key rental partner. A main role will be reserved for the award-winning HDQ-2K40 projector.

Oval Space invests in Allen & Heath GLD Console

09/05/2013 - Project News

Oval Space, a multi-use arts and events venue in Bethnal Green, has recently invested in an Allen & Heath GLD-80 digital console, supplied by LMC Audio London.

Harlequin Ballet Barres

09/05/2013 - Equipment News

As the industry leader in advanced technology flooring for dance, the performing arts and display, Harlequin also offers a range of accessories including portable, freestanding or wall-mounted ballet barres to suit every client’s budget and demands.

Industry Pro Matt Hallard Joins Martin Professional

09/05/2013 - People News

Martin Professional has announced that industry expert and long-time industry professional Matt Hallard (pictured) has joined the Martin EMEA sales organisation as business area manager, rental.

SGM X-5 LED Strobes have real talent

09/05/2013 - Production News

After last year´s highly successful shows in Germany, Canadian rock quartet, Billy Talent, returned to play another two sold out indoor concerts in late April, to warm up for the huge summer festivals that will come up soon.

OPTI Announces New Ownership

09/05/2013 - Business News

In partnership since 1970, one of the longest in the industry, Phil Brunker and Neil Rice, founding directors and shareholders of Optikinetics Ltd, have recently passed ownership of this world renowned UK manufacturer to Rob Stitcher.

Stage Technologies Supplies Automation Course for USITT Elite Training Weekend

08/05/2013 - Standards News

Stage Technologies is once again supplying a hands-on Automation course for the 2013 USITT Elite Training Weekend in Las Vegas from May 9 to 11. The Automation course will cover an introduction to Automation, introduction to operating and programming the eChameleon software, and will also include a hands?on look at Stage Technologies winches and control systems.

ArKaos A30 Media Server Illustrates TEDx Talks at York University, Toronto

08/05/2013 - Project News

ArKaos, a leading provider of real-time visual processing technologies for live visual performances, is proud to see one of its ArKaos A30 media servers in action with TEDxYorkU for a recent think tank event at York University, Toronto. The A30 server was supplied by A.C. Lighting Inc., ArKaos’ exclusive distributor in North America.

Stage Electrics Completes Management Buy Out

08/05/2013 - Business News

Stage Electrics has announced a management buy out of the business from the estate of David Whitehead. This was fully supported and agreed by David Whitehead prior to his stepping down from the role of managing director in May 2012 as a way to position Stage Electrics for future growth and security.

ABTT Theatre Show’s Seminar Programme Announced

08/05/2013 - Event News

Following the success of the theatre-related seminars at the ABTT Theatre Show last year, a key element in the expansion of the Association of British Theatre Technicians' event this year will be extra seminar space to accommodate over a hundred people at a time and more than three times as many seminars as last year. ABTT Seminars 2013 include a range of subjects ranging from advice on theatre training and practice to informative updates on recent regulations, and will run in two separate rooms within the exhibition over the two days of the Show in June.

Bandit Lites Appoints new Director of Technical Services

08/05/2013 - People News

Bandit Lites has announced the promotion of Jake Tickle (pictured) to director of technical services. He will oversee all technical aspects of Bandit including support for road staff, research and development, training and repairs.

Clay Paky with the Britain’s Cheeky Pop Star Olly Murs

08/05/2013 - Production News

One of the UK’s biggest pop sensations is dancing his way around Britain’s biggest arenas in the sharp focus of 24 shape-shifting Clay Paky Sharpys.

Audica Professional Launches MULTIzone

08/05/2013 - Equipment News

Audica Professional has announced it is expanding its MICROseries audio system capabilities with the launch of the MULTIzone. Applications include retail outlets, bars and restaurants, hotels, education facilities, museums, visitor centres and other public spaces requiring independent zone input and output control.

Alcons Announces LR24 Launch Partner Program

08/05/2013 - Business News

Dutch loudspeaker manufacturer Alcons Audio has announced the start of its Launch Partner Program for the long-awaited LR24 pro-ribbon line-array system.

First Night Riders: It's Ignition Time for Sponsorship!

08/05/2013 - Event News

With only two months to go before the intrepid First Night Riders set off from London's iconic Roundhouse for a four-day motorbike and classic car tour of some of the UK's most fabulous theatres, organisers are inviting sponsors to get involved.

5 Star Sponsors Jack Goff Racing

08/05/2013 - Business News

Leading European flightcase manufacturer 5 Star Cases launches its first season of motorsport sponsorship in sponsoring British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) racing driver Jack Goff.

Martin Product Debuts at PLASA Focus Orlando

08/05/2013 - Event News

Visitors to PLASA Focus Orlando will be the first in the U.S. to get an up-close look at the newest members of Martin Professional’s award-winning MAC Viper Family, as well as the first fixtures in Martin’s all-new range of affordable effect lights – RUSH.

New Products at New Regional Event for Orlando

08/05/2013 - Event News

With less than two weeks until the doors open at PLASA Focus: Orlando 2013, taking place at the Wyndham Orlando Resort, on May 15-16, exhibitors have been busy releasing details about the products they will have on display at their booths.

DPA Microphones Opens a New Office in Hong Kong

08/05/2013 - Business News

Following a record year for sales in the Asia and Pacific regions, DPA Microphones is consolidating its success by opening a new regional office in Hong Kong.

Rotmain Center in Bayreuth with Vertical Array System from Dynacord

08/05/2013 - Project News

The Rotmain Center in Bayreuth (Germany) is the commercial centre of the city in Franconia famous for its annual Wagner festival: around 80 businesses, shops and cafes make up the sprawling modern shopping mall. In addition to being a great place to shop, the Rotmain Center is also used for a variety of other events, including concerts, fashion shows and performances of all kinds. Since recent events had demonstrated that the existing sound reinforcement system was no longer adequate to the increasing demands being placed on it, those responsible decided to invest in a new audio system. For the design, planning and implementation of the new system, they brought in the Bayreuth firm of Schwankl Sound & Service.

Electrosonic Supplies Cutting-Edge AV Technology for New Eaton Campus

08/05/2013 - Project News

Eaton’s new campus in Cleveland, Ohio, includes cutting-edge AV technology in the building’s atrium that’s guaranteed to attract attention. Electrosonic was charged with designing the AV systems, media control and power management for the Eaton Experience Center, which combines art and information in a distinctive, memorable way.

Midas / Klark Teknik Appoint New Distributor for India

07/05/2013 - Business News

Midas and Klark Teknik have appointed Dhanashree Electronics Ltd. as their distributor for India. As the subcontinent’s preeminent pro-audio wholesaler, Dhanashree’s vast dealer network will enable MKT to capture a substantial share of India’s growing analogue/digital market. All Midas / Klark Teknik products distributed by Dhanashree Electronics Ltd. are covered by Music Group’s three-year Limited Warranty Program.

Cirkus Cirkör at Peace with Robe

07/05/2013 - Production News

Scandinavia’s leading contemporary circus company Cirkus Cirkör from Stockholm, Sweden have purchased Robe MMX Spots and LEDWash moving lights for their current touring schedule, which presents their latest breath-taking work, "Knitting Peace".

ETC debuts Selador Desire D40XTI LED luminaire

07/05/2013 - Equipment News

ETC's Selador family of luminaires reinvented LED lighting by setting a new standard for colour mixing, light quality, dimming and ease of use. Now ETC is redefining permanent interior and exterior architectural lighting with the introduction of the new Selador Desire D40XTI luminaire.

Sardou: no traditional lighting, no floods, just 93 MAC Vipers

07/05/2013 - Production News

In late 2012, Michel Sardou began a four-month "Les Grands Moments" tour across France, revisiting his biggest hits in a truly energetic show. Lighting designer Jacques Rouveyrollis used just one type of spotlight on stage throughout the tour - the MAC Viper Profile – a somewhat bold choice given it was the lighting fixture’s French début, but one that delivered on all its promises.

Highlite at ABTT Theatre Show 2013

07/05/2013 - Event News

2013 will see Highlite International BV (Stand 48 Blue Hall) returning to exhibit at the ABTT Theatre Show in London, after a seven year absence. They will be showing a wide range of new products, carrying on from a very successful Pro Light+Sound Show in Frankfurt and PLASA Focus in Leeds.

City Theatrical to Host Professional Lighting Software Day

07/05/2013 - Event News

City Theatrical will host a free lighting software demonstration day for all lighting users featuring Lightwright 5, Moving Light Assistant, and Vectorworks Spotlight on Thursday, May 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the New York City Center - 130 West 56th Street (Stage Door Entrance) - New York, NY 10019.

Midas Klark Teknik Expands Technical Support Benefits for EMEA region

07/05/2013 - People News

Midas Klark Teknik has announced the appointment of Rob Hughes (pictured) as technical support manager for the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region.

Technical Stage Services sole supplier of Edge-Safe for UK and ROI

07/05/2013 - Business News

Technical Stage Services have been appointed the sole UK and the Republic of Ireland distributer for Edge-Safe, an invention that greatly reduces the risk of working on stage. Dan Dawson, managing director of Technical Stage Services commented: "Edge-Safe is a fantastic product which simply sits on the front of a stage providing a physical and visual barrier for performers and crew whilst working on stage. Edge-Safe will stop items rolling off the front of the stage as well as giving people on stage reassurance of where the edge is."

DPA Microphones Launches the Ultimate in Podium Microphones

07/05/2013 - Equipment News

Internationally acclaimed for creating high quality live sound and recording microphones, DPA Microphones has now turned its attention to the installation market with the launch of two new microphones that give AV installers and conference organisers the clear, transparent and precise sound they demand.

Northern Light Sparkles at EICC Launch with Jon Culshaw and Laura Mvula

07/05/2013 - Project News

Opened with a glittering black-tie reception on Thursday May 2, the new extension to the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) showcases a range of the services that Northern Light supplies to venues across the UK.

d&b aids sound system design at Plasa Focus Leeds

07/05/2013 - Event News

Plasa Focus Leeds saw the first UK outing of ArrayCalc V7 from d&b audiotechnik, arguably the most useful addition to audio mapping yet. Enabling the acoustic simulation of d&b line arrays with point source loudspeakers and an export function to the d&b R1 Remote control software, ArrayCalc V7 now simplifies the process for those planning sound system design, creating remote control workspaces and configuring d&b amplifiers.

Allen & Heath Release iLive Firmware Update with Engineer Presets

07/05/2013 - Equipment News

Allen & Heath has released an interim firmware update for its iLive range of digital mixing systems, v1.91, containing a series of presets created by renowned sound engineer and regular iLive user, Ben Booker.

Keyteq and Christie join forces for major BBC Website promotion

07/05/2013 - Event News

When the BBC wanted to celebrate the completion of its ambitious Your Paintings project — an online catalogue of 212,000 oil paintings in public ownership — Mark Rackstraw, Assistant Producer of BBC Learning (under whose Department it fell), had the idea of simultaneously projecting some of the artworks onto 30 landmark buildings and heritage sites around the UK on the day of the celebration.

Capital Sound is the classic choice for Il Divo

07/05/2013 - Production News

Capital Sound has been working with operatic pop group Il Divo for 10 years, but for their new front of house engineer, Davide Lombardi, getting to know the audio rental company on the current Il Divo and Katherine Jenkins tour has been a revalation.

Band of Clay Paky Sharpys Hit the Right Notes on X Factor Live Tour

07/05/2013 - Production News

The UK’s ‘guru of pop lighting’ Peter Barnes has designed a fresh and diverse pure-beam show for the current X Factor Live Tour using 54 powerful Clay Paky Sharpys.

Harlequin Sponsored Dance and Wellbeing Conference is a Hit

07/05/2013 - Event News

The three-day ‘Dance and Lifelong Wellbeing’ conference, exclusively sponsored by Harlequin Floors, proved a huge success for all of the panel members, performers and high-profile visitors – which included president of The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), Darcey Bussell.

White Light Supplies Altman Spectra Cyc to Cambridge University

07/05/2013 - Production News

Cambridge University’s ADC Theatre recently sought a versatile solution for cyc lighting as part of the CUADC's production of Elton John and Tim Rice’s musical, Aida. The theatre, the oldest University playhouse in the country, turned to entertainment lighting specialist White Light for advice. White Light’s Jonathan Haynes worked with Lighting Designer Mitchell Clarke to decide on the right solution: the Spectra Cyc 100 – a 100 watt LED cyc fixture from American manufacturer, Altman Lighting.

South African State Theatre Invests in more Robe LED Fixtures

07/05/2013 - Project News

The South African State Theatre in Pretoria has added more Robe LED fixtures to its lighting inventory - specified by head of lighting Simon King. The latest purchase includes 12 MMX Spots, four DLX Spots and four ROBIN 300 LEDWashes and follows quickly on the heels of 40 Robe LEDForce 18 PARs and eight new ColorSpot 250E ATs.

South African State Theatre Invests in More Robe LED Fixtures

03/05/2013 - Project News

The South African State Theatre in Pretoria has added more Robe LED fixtures to its lighting inventory, specified by head of lighting Simon King.

ArKaos MediaMaster Pro Performs for Master DJ Tiësto at Stereosonic Festival

03/05/2013 - Business News

ArKaos, has announced that it has signed an agreement with Dirigent Corporation Japan for the exclusive distribution of the ArKaos GrandVJ product range.

W-DMX Adds Magic to Beyoncé Mrs. Carter Show World Tour

03/05/2013 - Production News

Wireless Solution Sweden AB’s award-winning W-DMX is currently on tour with Beyoncé for The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. Pyro, confetti, fire, CO2 and laser effects company Strictly FX is charged with all special effects for the tour and uses the W-DMX BlackBox F-1 along with 2 Booster B-1000 2.45GHz antenna boosters for a particular confetti sequence in the show.

Clay Paky Lights Up the Ultra Music Festival in Miami

03/05/2013 - Production News

Clay Paky lighting got rave reviews at the 15th annual Ultra Music Festival (UMF) in Miami’s Bayfront Park where they added to the pulsating excitement generated by fans, DJs and electronic musicians under the tent-like Carl Cox Mega Structure.

Backstage Academy Launches a New Visual Production BA

03/05/2013 - Standards News

Entertainment industry training centre Backstage Academy has announced a brand new two-year BA Visual Production course, which will launch at its Wakefield facility in January 2014 (subject to validation).

CAST Sponsors Eighth USITT Design Contest

03/05/2013 - Event News

For the eighth year in a row, CAST Software has sponsored the USITT (United States Institute for Theatre Technology) Southwest Student Design Competition, an annual event which recognises young talent in the categories of lighting, sound, set and costume design, stage management and scenic technology.

Small but Powerful: d&b Helps Blue Rodeo Celebrate Twenty Five Years

03/05/2013 - Production News

After 12 studio albums, numerous international concerts, and developing the well earned reputation as 'one of the première bands in Canadian music history,' Blue Rodeo kicked off 2013 with their celebratory 25 Years Tour. Playing theatres and small arenas around Canada, the production needed a show pack that could adjust to a range of audience sizes, while still remaining manageable for a relatively small crew. With the help of Apex Sound & Light, in Toronto, Blue Rodeo was able to keep the entire show to only one truck. Apex account manager Chris James was especially impressed, commenting: "It's almost unheard of to have an arena show with audio, video, lighting and 15 ft of backline all in one 53 ft trailer. Especially as an easy pack, and not a total nightmare!"

Morris Light and Sound Supply Versatile MAC Viper, Peace of Mind for Eli Young Band Tour

03/05/2013 - Production News

Lighting designer Taylor Price needed a highly versatile yet compact and bright spot fixture for the large variety of venue types that American country music’s Eli Young Band is playing on their current US tour. He found it in the Martin MAC Viper Profile, which he has teamed with another award-winning Martin fixture, the MAC Aura.

Penn Elcom Continues Steady Expansion with Acquisition of Flightware BV

03/05/2013 - Business News

Penn Elcom GmbH has acquired Netherlands based flightcase manufacturer Flightware BV in a very amicable agreement which will strengthen and diversify The Penn Elcom Group’s flight case product design capabilities and ranges yet further.

The VL880 Spot Packs a Punch on Neon Trees

02/05/2013 - Production News

When the alternative rock band Neon Trees first burst onto the music scene, the four member band had no idea how quickly their lives would change. In February 2013, the group launched their most expansive North American tour opening for Maroon 5, with multiple tour dates across the globe set to follow immediately after. So as the production team prepared to bring the group’s latest album Picture Show to life, lighting designer Matt Guminski would be inheriting part of the largest moving light rig they had ever used and they would capitalise on this by using the power and performance of the VL880 Spot luminaire from Philips Vari-Lite.

Marquee Installations Changes its Name to Marquee AV

02/05/2013 - Business News

The specialist AV design, supply and installation company, Marquee Installations, has announced it is changing its name to Marquee AV to reflect better the company’s business activities.

New 16 Channel 3G HD Audio Monitors from Bel Hit the Right Price Point

02/05/2013 - Equipment News

Bel Digital Audio continues to expand and enhance its range of 16 channel audio and HD video in-rack monitors, with the introduction of the new BM-A1-E16SHD. The all new unit is a compact 1U audio monitor capable of extracting and monitoring all 16 audio channels embedded in two 3G/HD, or SD SDI video streams, plus provides the ability to monitor multiple analogue and digital sources.

Dual-GPU Video Wall Player Supports 6K Resolution on Six Displays

02/05/2013 - Equipment News

Nexcom's high-end video wall player, NDiS B862, is designed to drive multiple displays for digital-out-of-home (DOOH) applications. The video wall player provides superior graphic performance to display immersive visuals at 6K x 2K resolution on tiled displays. Equipped with six HDMI display outputs, NDiS B862 can seamlessly stretch the image and video across six displays. NDiS B862 also has the durability, the functionality and the right interfaces to ensure long-term operation.

iLive System Controls Red Bull Chasers Event in Edinburgh

02/05/2013 - Production News

An Allen & Heath digital iLive system was employed by Scottish sound hire company Ward-Steedsy Audio for the recent Red Bull Chasers cycle event in Edinburgh.

d&b Amplifies the A of AV at the 2013 InfoComm in Orlando

02/05/2013 - Event News

"InfoComm never ceases to amaze; easily the largest annual event for the AV presentation industry professional, for d&b audiotechnik it's a great platform to introduce people to the advances we are making in providing a great listening experience," says d&b marketing manager Roger Keim emphasising just why the 'Comm' in InfoComm is important to d&b, "it's about hearing as well as seeing. Audio might not be as glossy as the video displays, but without good sound a picture only tells part of the story. We are demonstrating new products and will be hosting presentations on how to apply them."

Christie High-End Projectors Support QED for Red Nose Day

02/05/2013 - Production News

QED fielded no fewer than 19 Christie high-end projectors to meet one of their most complex projection-mapping challenges ever for BBC’s Red Nose Day.

QSC Adds New Loudspeakers to AcousticDesign Installation Series

02/05/2013 - Equipment News

QSC has announced new additions to the AcousticDesign series of installation loudspeakers. The S8T, S10T and S12 are weather-resistant surface-mount installation speakers suitable for foreground or background sound reinforcement applications. They feature both constant voltage (70V/100V) and low-impedance operating modes.

Acoustic Dimensions and Parkway Electric Bring Kudo to Western Michigan House of Worship

01/05/2013 - Project News

When Holland, Michigan’s Central Wesleyan Church celebrated its 115th anniversary and paid off the mortgage on its current worship centre, the church’s leadership team immediately knew what their first project should be: acoustic treatments and a new sound system for their 2,800-seat, fan-shaped main sanctuary. After a careful search for the right systems consultant, the church hired Dallas-based Acoustic Dimensions, which created an equipment specification for the space built on L-Acoustics’ Kudo platform.

Clay Paky is at the Plasa Focus Backstage Tour in Malmö for an Exclusive Preview of the Technology Lined up for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest

01/05/2013 - Event News

There is less than one month to go before the start of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest (14, 16 and 18 May), the most prestigious annual event for the European music industry and the most watched live TV broadcast in Europe. The organisers have planned a show in Malmö on 7th and 8th May 2013 to present the event to the industry and the international press. This unmissable date will also feature an exclusive backstage tour that illustrates the cutting-edge technology that will be used during the contest, along with some workshops where the various technical partners will present the solutions they have provided for the event.

Coda Audio Enjoys Outstanding Prolight+Sound

01/05/2013 - Event News

Positive, productive and profound, these are the words that encapsulate another outstanding PL+S Frankfurt for German loudspeaker manufacturer, Coda Audio.

Jem AF-1 Mkll – Popular All-Purpose Fan Gets Upgrade

01/05/2013 - Equipment News

Martin Professional’s compact Jem AF-1 fan has been a touring industry staple for well over a decade. Now improvements in digital electronics have made this industry-standard fan more responsive and even more versatile.

Robe DLX Spots Installed at Tanglin Trust School Singapore

01/05/2013 - Project News

Robe DLX LED Spots have been installed in a lighting upgrade at a leading international school in Singapore.

A New Degree of Achievement With Showsec

01/05/2013 - Standards News

Fifteen Showsec managers became the first in the UK to receive the new foundation degree in Applied Professional Studies in Crowd Management awarded by the University of Derby Corporate, U.D.C., at the institution’s inaugural degree presentation ceremony, hosted at Pride Park, Derby, April 26th, 2013.

ETC at PLASA Focus 2013

01/05/2013 - Event News

ETC is showing a range of new and updated products at this year’s PLASA Focus in Leeds:

Beyoncé Dazzles with 470 SGM X-5 Strobes

01/05/2013 - Production News

Two giants of the lighting world have come together to help provide a dazzling show for one of the world’s greatest artistes.

Electrosonic Scores with AV Support for Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

01/05/2013 - Project News

When Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame opened at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, sports fans flocked to the new 40,000 square-foot space that celebrates the country’s impressive and inspiring sports history. With AV support from Electrosonic, the attraction offers 11 exhibit galleries representing 58 sports, plus more than 50 interactive visitor experiences designed to captivate fans of all ages.

Martin Audio’s Gorilla Tactics

01/05/2013 - Project News

Sound system specialist Masons has fitted out many bars and club venues in its native Manchester over the years, using Martin Audio solutions.

SOUND.COM and Optocore Mastermind Opening of IPL

01/05/2013 - Production News

Since 2010, SOUND.COM has been at the forefront of some of the biggest sporting and entertainment events in India.