News Archive for June 2013

dbn in Monster Production for Derry Spectacular

28/06/2013 - Production News

Manchester based dbn Lighting helped to bring an ancient legend to life for a landmark event in the UK’s first ever City of Culture, Derry-Londonderry.

Chauvet Professional Nexus 4x4 Excites in Australia

28/06/2013 - Production News

Chauvet Professional Nexus 4x4 impressed again with its unique capabilities and reliability, this time at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney, spicing up Timomatic’s first live performance of his new smash single Parachute. Nigerian-born Australian singer-songwriter and dancer Timomatic gained fame as a contestant on So You Think You Can Dance Australia. His debut single Set it Off was certified triple platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association.

WiFi Hotspots at The Showman’s Show

28/06/2013 - Event News

Visitors attending The Showman’s Show this year will find staying in touch with the office simple, as the organisers will be providing free WiFi internet that will give everyone access to the internet and the ability to keep abreast of daily progress back at base.

Audient ASP8024: Breathes Life into the Recording'

28/06/2013 - Project News

Quite possibly the youngest owner of an Audient ASP8024 mixing console, 23-year-old producer/engineer Oliver Melchers of M.T.One Studio, is mighty pleased with the new addition to his studio, of which he says: “Has changed my mix process, improved the sound quality and opened up new possibilities.

Harlequin Floors Provides Finishing Touches at New Amanda Restell Academy of Dance

28/06/2013 - Project News

Harlequin Activity sprung dance floor has helped to transform an antique shop in Leigh-on Sea, Essex, into cutting edge dance studios as part of the relocation of the Amanda Restell Academy of Dance – one of Essex's premier dancing schools.

Robe In The House for Berlin Summer Rave Event

28/06/2013 - Production News

Over 200 Robe moving lights helped rock the house and showcase the very best of Berlin’s sizzling, emerging DJs and techno, house, electro and minimal talent who made some serious summer noise in four aircraft hangars at the Templehof Airport site for A&P’s 2013 ‘Berlin Summer Rave’.

S+H Supplies Animation Cloth for Priscilla Queen of The Desert tour

27/06/2013 - Production News

A special customised version of SHOWLED Animation supplied by UK Distributor S+H Technical Support Ltd is being used on the current David Ian Productions and Ambassador Theatre Group UK and Ireland touring version of the hit Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical.

Bandit Lights Bonnaroo for Twelfth Year

27/06/2013 - Production News

Bandit Lites was more than ready when more than 80,000 music fans poured into the 700 acre site known affectionately as 'The Farm' for the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, an event Rolling Stone magazine has referred to as one of the “50 Events that Changed Rock and Roll.” The four day music festival boasts more than 150 acts, including music legends, up-and-comers, comedians and DJs performing on one of the many stages.

Moving On: John Wiggins Retires from Community

27/06/2013 - People News

Community Professional Loudspeakers has announced that John T. Wiggins, Community's vice president, will retire after a distinguished career spanning 41 years with the company.

Backstage Academy’s New Student Ambassador Tours UK and Europe

27/06/2013 - Standards News

Backstage Academy has employed a new Student Ambassador to educate students across the UK and Europe about the career opportunities in live events production.

Pacha London’s Martin Audio System Helps Leading Dance Brand Scoop Top Award

27/06/2013 - Project News

When Pacha London recently won the Best Dance Club category at the prestigious London Club & Bar Awards 2013 it became the latest leading night club with a Martin Audio sound system to win an award.

Philips Vari-Lite VL3500s Blast Epic Colour for World War Z Premiere

27/06/2013 - Production News

Renowned lighting designer Tim Routledge used Philips Vari-Lite VL3500 Wash and Spot Luminaires to deliver a powerful and dramatic backdrop for the World War Z action film première after-show concert by Muse, held at London's Horse Guards Parade.

Pixels Controls the Screams

27/06/2013 - Project News

Delivers HD AV based special effects package for one of the UK’s scariest rides

PR Lighting Luxuriates in the Maldives

27/06/2013 - Production News

When the exclusive World Travel Awards – Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony took place recently at the luxurious Paradise Island Resort & Spa in the Maldives, local event company, Azidon Pvt Ltd used the occasion to introduce its new lighting inventory from the Chinese lighting manufacturer PR Lighting.

An Established Couple: grandMA2 Consoles Accompany Tim McGraw’s Two Lanes of Freedom Tour

27/06/2013 - Production News

grandMA2 full-size consoles are heading out on the road with Tim McGraw as the country superstar kicks off his Two Lanes of Freedom 2013 tour in support of his new namesake album. McGraw’s tour will play 30 cities across the USA. It follows his successful joint Brothers of the Sun tour with Kenny Chesney, last year’s highest-ranking country tour in Billboard’s list of the top treks of 2012.

Holger Schwark Patches Pet Shop Boys with Optocore Network

27/06/2013 - Production News

Mixing the Pet Shop Boys’ current Electric world tour, the band’s long term sound engineers, Holger Schwark (front-of-house), and Seamus Fenton (monitors) have been relying on an Optocore multicore system to transfer signals, and keep the sound within the digital domain.

Outline Point-Source Systems Rock the Netherlands

27/06/2013 - Production News

Leiden NL based Audio van Hooidonk, one of the country’s most respected and historical rental firms, took delivery of yet another Outline Doppia II 9075 + DBS 18-2 set.

Freeman Coliseum Finds Its Sonic Focus With L-Acoustics

27/06/2013 - Project News

Originally built in 1949, San Antonio’s Freeman Coliseum has hosted everything from rodeos, boxing and hockey to expositions, circuses and concerts over the years. Now, Bexar County and the facility’s management team are in the middle of a multi-year initiative to update the venue, the most recent phase of which included the addition of a new ARCS Focus arena loudspeaker system installed by L-Acoustics Certified Provider LD Systems.

White Light Deploys Harman’s Martin MAC Viper Profile For The Spice Girls’ Viva Forever

26/06/2013 - Production News

When it comes to the Spice Girls, no performance is too bright. When searching for the perfect spot luminaire system to enhance Viva Forever, the West End musical based on the songs of the Spice Girls, lighting designer Howard Harrison held a light shoot-out. The Harman Martin award-winning MAC Viper Profile was chosen to light the stage.

GLP Spot Ones Turn Seattle Shopping Mall into Permanent Theatrical Experience

26/06/2013 - Project News

Enhancing the overall shopping mall experience for visitors – by creating a unique atmosphere with low maintenance colour-changing fixtures, which can be activated for selective events – is a challenge facing all management companies.

White Light Adds SGM P-5 LED Wash to Hire Inventory

26/06/2013 - Production News

Long-standing London-based lighting specialists, White Light, have become the first UK company to invest in SGM’s new IP65-rated P-5 LED wash light to boost its hire fleet.

SGM’s P-5 Technology Brings 364-Year-Old Castle to Life

26/06/2013 - Project News

Ulfsunda Slott, situated near Stockholm’s city centre in Sweden, is a castle with much history and numerous anecdotes. Built during the Thirty Years’ War, and having been used by royalty, the history of this castle is indeed a rich one.

No Growing Pains for De Levende Steen with Yamaha

26/06/2013 - Project News

When De Levende Steen (The Living Stone) Pentecostal ministry outgrew its existing building in the Dutch town of Hoogvliet, the church built a brand new facility in nearby Spijkenisse. Opened in the spring, the €10m state-of-the-art house of worship features Yamaha a digital audio system.

Hibino makes substantial DiGiCo investment

26/06/2013 - Production News

Adding to its already substantial rental inventory, Japan’s Hibino Corporation has recently purchased a number of DiGiCo digital mixing consoles, which include four of the UK manufacturer’s flagship SD7 consoles and two SD10s.

PRG Plays Starring Role in World War Z Premiere

26/06/2013 - Production News

PRG (Production Resource Group) successfully delivered the lighting and rigging for Tim Routledge's lighting design for Muse at Horse Guards Parade in June.

Robe for Shattered Glass

26/06/2013 - Production News

Johannesburg, South African based rental company Shattered Glass have invested in 20 new Robe moving lights – twelve ROBIN 100 LEDBeams and eight ROBIN 300 LEDWashes.

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

26/06/2013 - Production News

White Light recently supplied lighting and production support to DHA Design for the Victoria & Albert Museum’s latest multi-media exhibition: David Bowie Is. The expansive retrospective, which runs through August, is the fastest selling exhibition in the museum’s history, bringing in crowds as diverse as the experience itself.

Christie allows visitors to jump into the future at InfoComm

26/06/2013 - Event News

Christie set out to anticipate the requirements of the future at the recent InfoComm 2013 in Orlando, Florida — making a bold statement which resulted in the company enjoying one of its most successful trade shows ever.

Ambersphere Solutions on tour!

26/06/2013 - Event News

Ambersphere Solutions has announced the dates and venues of their upcoming open days.

Plugfest Returns, RDMnet Draft Expected to Debut

25/06/2013 - Standards News

The PLASA Control Protocols Plugfest, the event where manufacturers and developers can test their products for interoperability with other manufacturer’s products, is scheduled to take place 2nd – 5th August at the DFW Marriott Solana in Westlake, Texas. A few implementations are expected of the draft standard for RDMnet, BSR E1.33, as the task group continues its work on the latest protocol being developed by the Controls Protocol Working Group of the PLASA Technical Standards Programme. Everyone is welcome to attend. 

Colour Sound Makes Massive New Investment in Robe Moving lights

25/06/2013 - Production News

West London based lighting and visuals rental company Colour Sound Experiment has invested £350,000 in the latest Robe moving lights to up its stock and service its busy on-going work schedule.

ETC Goboing Mad at Showtech Berlin

25/06/2013 - Event News

ETC’s stand at Showtech in Berlin was busy throughout the three days of the show, with visitors often spilling into the aisles. And regular presentations at the Layers of Light Theatre in both German and English drew large crowds who found out more about how LED fixtures work and how they can work as part of a mixed traditional and LED rig.

Clay Paky Rocks for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in LA

25/06/2013 - Production News

Clay Paky lighting fixtures were out in force at the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which honoured inductees such as Aerosmith, The Doors, James Taylor, Albert King, Donna Summer, Rush and Quincy Jones at a gala event at LA’s Nokia Theatre.

Lake Controller Version 6.1 now available

25/06/2013 - Equipment News

Lake has announced the release of the new Lake Controller Version 6.1, the most significant update to its iconic digital audio processing platform in the brand’s history. The new release features substantially improved implementation of Dante – the leading digital audio networking technology from Audinate, new integration support for industry favourite real-time audio analysis software, SysTune, and a number of other key developments aimed at both live sound and large-scale fixed install applications.

ABTT 2013 Theatre Show Review

25/06/2013 - Event News

The weather in London wasn’t exceptionally sunny for the ABTT 2013 Theatre Show, but the atmosphere inside The Old Truman Brewery on 12th and 13th June was enough to put a smile on everyone’s face.

All Star Family Fortunes

25/06/2013 - Production News

Cheeky chappy Vernon Kay is back to present a new series of ITV’s All Star Family Fortunes. Dave Davey designs the lighting rig which is provided by Richard Martin Lighting (RML).

Twisted

25/06/2013 - Production News

12 Yard Productions is busy filming Twisted, a new daytime game show which is about to hit TV screens. The show, which is filmed for ITV at the London Studios, gives players the opportunity to out-wit their opponents for a chance to win thousands of pounds in prize money.

seam-less Success at ABTT and Showtech for Promptside

25/06/2013 - Event News

Their fifth successive year at ABTT and debut at Showtech, gave Promptside Image Fabrication the opportunity to showcase their innovative theatrical drapery solutions and superior quality wide-format digital textile prints.

d&bridging the gap at the University of Southampton Students' Union

25/06/2013 - Project News

The University of Southampton Students' Union building, more familiarly known as SUSU, is a busy place offering a broad and varied range of facilities to the 22,000 students enrolled at the University of Southampton. The Bridge venue offers a relaxed bistro dining experience during the day and in the evenings is host to a varied line up of events and performances. Consequently when Ed Blackwell, Assistant Technical co-ordinator at SUSU, needed to install a new loudspeaker system into The Bridge venue, his shopping list needed to tick a lot of boxes simultaneously.

CUK Audio Appoints Carl Tomkins Sales Manager

24/06/2013 - People News

CUK Audio has announced the appointment of Carl Tomkins (pictured) to the position of sales manager, with special responsibility for AV Integrator sales and support.

Tom Kenny Gets to The Pointe with Robe at MTV Upfronts

24/06/2013 - Production News

International lighting designer Tom Kenny specified Robe’s latest Pointe moving lights for the 2013 MTV Upfront presentation, staged at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. This was the first ‘live’ use of the newly launched Pointe in the US.

Behringer Releases Eurolive B207MP3 Monitor

24/06/2013 - Equipment News

The Behringer B207MP3 loudspeaker is now arriving in stores around the world, combining convenient MP3 playback with a powerful, compact 4-channel mixer/PA. Driven by 150 Watts of efficient, lightweight Class-D amplification, this system punches well above its weight class, and the B207MP3's small 6.5" loudspeaker will amaze discerning listeners with its clarity and wide, balanced range.

Milos Group Acquires Mobil Tech International

24/06/2013 - Business News

Last year the Milos Group became the world’s largest manufacturer of modular aluminium truss and staging systems with the simultaneous acquisitions of TomCat in the USA and Litec in Italy.

Complete QSC Audio System for South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa Las Vegas

24/06/2013 - Project News

South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa, the first mega-resort to be built south of McCarran Airport on the Las Vegas Strip, has installed a QSC Audio Q-Sys Core 500i network processor, CX Series amplification and AcousticDesign ceiling speakers to handle paging and P.A. in its recently expanded Arena and Equestrian Center. The resort, which purchased the QSC Audio components through Solotech Las Vegas, intends to extend the Q-Sys network into a $30 million bowling arena planned for completion at the beginning of 2016.

UEP Makes A Pointe with New Investments for Chilfest Event

24/06/2013 - Production News

Tring, UK based rental and technical solution specialist Universal Event Productions (UEP) has invested in 12 of Robe’s new Pointe moving lights together with another 10 square metres of Glux-12 LED screen.

Professional Development Program for PLASA Focus: Austin 2013 Unveiled

24/06/2013 - Event News

Free registration is now open for the PLASA Focus: Austin 2013 Professional Development Program, a two-day program of free educational seminars and workshops, running alongside PLASA Focus: Austin, at the Palmer Events Center, Texas on September 10-11, 2013.

Harlequin Reversible turns back time for Colne Bank School of Dancing

24/06/2013 - Project News

Harlequin reversible has brought long-lasting quality to the dance floor for Colne Bank School of Dancing. Despite being used for tap dancing, the style of dance that usually causes the most damage to flooring, Jenny Overton who runs the school is delighted to see that the vinyl flooring has not been damaged in the slightest.

Ambersphere and Presentation Rentals: Success in the Corporate Sector

24/06/2013 - Production News

"The client was really surprised about how we totally transformed the room using just six Alpha Spot QWO 800s and four A.leda Wash K10s," comments Presentation Rentals’ director, Justin Hammond. "At our very first outing with the new Clay Paky stock we knew that the decision to purchase from Ambersphere Solutions was the right one. The event was The Evening Standard Film Awards and the venue was The London Film Museum so this was a high profile show with a knowing audience in terms of theatricality. The Clay Pakys definitely didn’t disappoint."

DPA Microphones Have the Magic Touch on the Set of Now You See Me

24/06/2013 - Production News

DPA Microphones proved to be not only appealing to the ears, but also to the eyes, on the set of the new Box Office sci-fi hit, Now You See Me. Equipping the all star lead actors with DPA d:fine headset microphones for the pivotal presentation scenes provided both the artistic director and sound mixer with the vision and audio aspects they needed.

Electra Partners Announces Acquisition of Allen & Heath

21/06/2013 - Business News

Electra Partners has announced the acquisition of mixing console manufacturer, Allen & Heath, from D&M Holdings. £43 million of equity and debt has been provided by Electra Private Equity PLC and Allen & Heath’s management.

PRG RH+A Group Focuses on Compact Versatility with the Launch of the UV Bullet

21/06/2013 - Equipment News

Retail, Hospitality & Architectural (RH+A) group, a division of Production Resource Group, L.L.C. (PRG), has introduced the UV Bullet, an ultraviolet luminaire for blacklight effects. The UV Bullet addresses the needs of lighting designers and specifiers who want small, focusable UV spotlights for blacklight highlighting.

Chauvet Professional Launches New Fixtures at Infocomm

21/06/2013 - Equipment News

Chauvet housed an extensive selection of already available and new luminaires at its two booths at InfoComm 2013. The new launches included additions to the Ovation series of theatrical lights with the Ovation C-640FC cyc fixture, two new pixel-mapping luminaires Nexus 2x2 and Nexus 4x1, the redesigned and upgraded ÉPIX Bar 2.0 and ÉPIX Strip 2.0, compact and precise COLORado 1 Tri-7 Tour, WELL Quad-M small battery-powered wash uplighter, COLORado Batten Quad-9 IP bright linear wash, COLORdash Par Tri-18 VW durable PAR-style wash light and COLORdash Batten Quad-12 linear fixture. The booths were built with TRUSST, backed by Chauvet. ILUMINARC, Chauvet’s brand of architectural lighting, also featured a variety of interior and exterior lighting solutions.

Robe Helps Czech Flood Relief

21/06/2013 - Business News

Robe lighting’s CEO Josef Valchar and staff at the company’s HQ in Valasske Mezirici, Czech Republic, have mobilised to help contribute to humanitarian aid relief in the wake of the worst floods to hit the country in a decade.

Governor’s Ball Festival lit up by Bandit Lites

21/06/2013 - Production News

Rainy weather couldn’t keep avid audiences away from New York City’s annual music festival where Kings of Leon, Pretty Lights, Feist, and The Avett Brothers took the stage under Bandits’ lights for those faithful fans that braved the rain and subsequent mud in their quest to rock.

XL Video Can’t Get Enough of Depeche Mode

21/06/2013 - Production News

XL Video renews its long standing working relationship with Depeche Mode supplying cameras, control, LED screens and crew to the band who have just kicked off the first UK and European leg of their ‘Delta Machine’ world tour, reaffirming their place as the most popular and successful electronic band in the history of pop music.

CL5 Delivers Sound Fit for a (Future) King

21/06/2013 - Production News

Princes William and Harry recently conducted a rare Royal engagement together as they opened the latest Help for Heroes recovery centre at Tedworth House in Wiltshire. CPS Group chose a Yamaha CL5 system to provide audio feeds for the guests and a large media presence.

Clay Paky Lighting Joins the Dave Matthews Band for Summer Tour

21/06/2013 - Production News

The Dave Matthews Band hits the road for an extensive national tour with Clay Paky lighting along for the ride.

Harman’s Martin VC-Dot LED Lighting on tour with Benjamin Biolay

21/06/2013 - Production News

Traveling through France for a two-month tour, singer, songwriter, musician and producer Benjamin Biolay entertains thousands of fans every night, lit up with the help of nearly 2,000 Harman Martin VC-Dot LED’s for a stunning backdrop.

Tremblay-en-France upgrades to Eclipse

21/06/2013 - Project News

The Odeon Theatre in Tremblay-en-France situated north-east of Paris, has recently replaced its aging digital desk in favour of an Eclipse GT digital console from Innovason. It is also one of the first sales/installations to have been handled by Sennheiser France since they took over distribution of the Innovason brand at the end of 2012.

New ColourPoint LED Uplighters from CORE Lighting now Shipping

21/06/2013 - Equipment News

White Light is now shipping the new ColourPoint uplighter, the latest product from UK manufacturer CORE Lighting. The ColourPoint is a lightweight, wirelessly controlled, and battery operated LED uplighter, suitable for use in entertainment, event, or architectural lighting.

George Strait: The Cowboy Rides Away with L-Acoustics K1

21/06/2013 - Production News

After 40 studio albums and an unprecedented 60 number one country music singles, George Strait, the "King of Country", has now wrapped up the first half of his farewell tour dubbed The Cowboy Rides Away. With the second leg of dates set to take place in early 2014, the final in-the-round performance of his 2013 trek took place on June 1 at San Antonio’s Alamodome in front of a record-breaking sold-out crowd of more than 73,000 fans.

ABTT Technician of the Year 2013

21/06/2013 - People News

Announced at last week’s ABTT Theatre Show, Ben Sandford has been confirmed as the organisation’s 2013 Technician of the Year.

Highlite International Successful Return to ABTT Show

20/06/2013 - Event News

After a seven year absence, Highlite International once again returned to exhibit at the ABTT Show in the East End of London in the Old Truman Brewery.

Meyer Sound LEO Supercharges Bassnectar Tour (with Video)

20/06/2013 - Production News

Video Equipment Rental (VER) Tour Sound has provided a Meyer Sound LEO linear large-scale sound reinforcement system for Bassnectar’s 2013 spring tour. This switch to LEO has given the electronic dance music (EDM) phenomenon’s shows a noticeable step up in power, clarity, and visceral impact.

GLD installed in Major Brazilian Stadium

20/06/2013 - Project News

An Allen & Heath GLD mixer has been installed in Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium in Brazil. One of the most renowned stadiums in South America, the venue has been closed for a three-year major renovation, and now includes a GLD-80 mixer at the heart of an EV sound system distributed via a Dante network.

Clay Paky Lights Up Coachella for Red Hot Chili Peppers

20/06/2013 - Production News

When the annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival got underway, with its 24/7 schedule and desert location, Clay Paky lighting took center stage for the Main Stage performances of California rockers Red Hot Chili Peppers.

PRG supplies stellar support for Chime for Change superstar line up

20/06/2013 - Production News

PRG teamed up with Harvey Goldsmith promotions at Twickenham in June to supply the rigging and lighting for the massive Chime for Change concert headlined by Beyonce and Madonna.

Christie delivers world’s first and only 4K resolution 3-chip DLP projector running at true 120Hz

20/06/2013 - Equipment News

Christie has introduced the Christie Mirage 4K25 and Christie Mirage 4K35  projectors for 3D applications for advanced visualisation in automotive, location-based entertainment, government, military, oil and gas and more. These new 3-chip DLP projectors, anchored by the new Christie TruLife electronics platform with proprietary 1.2 Gigapixel per second, floating point architecture, offer full 4096 by 2160 resolution at 120Hz for 3D.  The world premiere of these new solutions takes place at the 21st 3D & Virtual Reality Expo (IVR), at Tokyo Big Sight, Japan’s largest exhibition for 3D technology and high definition image technology, taking place from June 19-21.

GLP add to their latest range with the impression X4S

20/06/2013 - Equipment News

GLP German Light Products have announced the launch of the Impression X4S – the latest product in this award winning series. The Impression X4S brings a whole new level of functionality to compact LED wash lights, complete with RGBW homogenous colour mixing, a 7 to 50 degree zoom range and a high output level.

Woodlite Stockholm Purchases Robe LEDWash & DLX Spots

20/06/2013 - Production News

Woodlite is a leading Swedish lighting, trussing and rigging dry-hire rental operation founded in 1995 by Magnus Jansson. Headquartered in Karlstad, the company now has around 150 Robe fixtures in its rental fleet and over 1100 moving lights in total.

Pro Audio Stash Comus Cables – Now Available in the US

19/06/2013 - Equipment News

Pro Audio Stash’s range of European manufactured tour grade Comus musical instrument cables is now available through the US office in Austin, Texas.

TiMax SoundHub Video Tutorials at TiMax Media YouTube Channel

19/06/2013 - Equipment News

Out Board have posted five TiMax SoundHub Tutorial videos at their new YouTube TiMax Media channel.

DPA Helps LazyTown Make Entertainment That Inspires

19/06/2013 - Production News

LazyTown Entertainment in Iceland is using DPA miniature microphones to capture the audio for the multi-award winning LazyTown pre-school television show, which is now shooting its fourth series in Iceland.

Philips Vari-Lite VLXs Are Key Luminaire at Samsung Launch in SA

19/06/2013 - Production News

Philips Vari-Lite's bright and powerful LED VLX Wash luminaires have been used to deliver 'breathtaking' lighting to celebrate the launch of Samsung's Galaxy S4 smartphone in Johannesburg.

Moscow Theatre Invests in Philips Selecon PLCyc1 Luminaires

19/06/2013 - Project News

Moscow's Teresa Durova Teatrium na Serpukhovke performance venue has invested in Philips Selecon's powerful, smooth colour changing PLCyc1 luminaires in a major upgrade to its lighting equipment, replacing twelve 1250W asymmetric tungsten cyc floods.

First Night Riders Kicks Off This Weekend - Get Involved!

19/06/2013 - Event News

The First Night Riders charity motorbike and classic car adventure embarks from London's Roundhouse this Friday (June 21, 10am) to raise money for The Theatrical Guild's vital work - and there's still time to get involved.

Clay Paky Sharpy Wash makes debut at Olivier Awards

19/06/2013 - Production News

The 2013 Olivier Awards saw the new Clay Paky Sharpy Wash 330s take charge of their first event since they became a recent addition to White Light’s ever growing arsenal of entertainment technology.

d&b ArrayCalc Version 7 is a Reality

19/06/2013 - Event News

Software development led the way at the d&b audiotechnik stand at ABTT this year. The d&b team were on hand to offer advice, explanation and support to customers wanting to use Version 7 of ArrayCalc. This free software update is the ultimate acoustic simulation tool from d&b: the solution to achieving a room full of sound.

PLASA London Appoints Bubble & Squeak

19/06/2013 - Event News

Bubble & Squeak, the specialist PR, marketing and events agency for the broadcast and media technology sector, has been retained to provide marketing and PR services for PLASA London. The 13 year old agency was appointed due to its industry knowledge and extensive experience with media industry events; its clients include Broadcast Video Expo (BVE), the largest UK trade exhibition for the broadcast and film industry, as well as UK Screen’s Conch Awards which recognise excellence in audio post-production, and it organised the Music Producers’ Guild awards from 2010-2012.

Yamaha CL5 Gets Top Marks in Education

19/06/2013 - Production News

As well as live music, theatre, sport and broadcast, Yamaha’s CL series digital consoles are increasingly being specified by colleges teaching state-of-the-art sound mixing and networking. One example is Belgium’s Institut des Arts de Diffusion (IAD), where a CL5 is a vital part of its live production courses.

Independent Studio Services report ABTT Success

19/06/2013 - Event News

Independent Studio Services reports a "fantastic, busy and vibrant" ABTT Theatre Show 2013. "The visitor reaction to the products on our stand was fantastic," says CEO Simon Caldwell. "The Zoom Stage 1200 went down (and up!) very well, powered only by a standard power drill. The idea was acknowledged to be brilliant and highly practical.

dbn Supplies Lighting and LED Screen to Parklife 2013

19/06/2013 - Production News

Manchester based dbn Lighting supplied lighting equipment, LED screens and a top crew to seven performance areas at the vibrant 2013 Parklife Weekender Festival in Manchester, which moved for the first time to a new venue in Heaton Park, complete with an expanded capacity and up to 50,000 guests a day.

Robe is Out There with Paul McCartney in Brazil

19/06/2013 - Production News

Paul McCartney’s ‘Out There’ world tour kicked off in Brazil with three shows and a mind-blowing lighting design created by Roy Bennett.

ADLIB Sounds Out the Capital FM Summertime Ball

18/06/2013 - Production News

For the third consecutive year Adlib Solutions supplied an L-Acoustics K1 PA system for the popular Capital FM Summertime ball event, staged at Wembley Stadium, London, which this year seriously upped the ante with a truly stellar line up hosted by Justin Timberlake, and featuring Robbie Williams, Taylor Swift, Lawson, Jessie J, Disclosure, Rudimental, Ellie Goulding and more.

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

18/06/2013 - Equipment News

Just in time for the shipping of Harman Martin’s new flagship lighting console, the M6, Martin has released a new software version for M-Series consoles with hundreds of improvements and a stunning new user-interface, built from the ground up to make programming performances easier and more efficient.

Pete’s Big TVs Tours World with Backstreet Boys

18/06/2013 - Production News

Video equipment rental company Pete’s Big TVs is supplying the complete video equipment package - LED screens, cameras and crew - for the Backstreet Boys reunion tour, which celebrates 20 years of the group with all five original members. The Backstreet Boys kicked off their "In A World Like This" tour May 25 in China.

Robe Summer Magic at Schönbrunn Palace

18/06/2013 - Production News

Around 150 Robe moving lights were again specified by lighting designer Helmut Krammer to illuminate the 2013 Summer Night Concert, performed for its tenth year by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in the amazingly magical Baroque setting of Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna.

Electro-Voice brings state-of-the-art sound to historic Minneapolis Theaters

18/06/2013 - Project News

Built in the heyday of ornate design and lavish detail, vaudeville theaters and movie palaces are often among the few remaining landmarks that bear witness to the history of their surrounding communities. As redevelopment threatens these icons of a bygone era, non-profit groups may step in to stave off the wrecking ball. But to win more than a temporary reprieve, these organizations must sustain community interest by presenting engaging events in spaces that offer a top-notch experience at all levels, including the quality of the sound.

Saville Voted Best AV Conference Supplier

18/06/2013 - Event News

Saville Audio Visual has been named Best Conference Production & AV Supplier at this year’s Conference Awards, beating stiff competition from some of the industry’s biggest names.

New RAMCAT 6-Cable RC6-LB1S from Klotz Cables

18/06/2013 - Equipment News

The new Klotz RAMCAT6 Cable offers high data rates plus high mechanical resilience, and is therefore ideal for the most challenging mobile applications.

Chaos Muses over Europe

18/06/2013 - Production News

"Basically what we’ve got here is a massive TV screen," says Andy Tonks, video crew chief from Chaos Visual Productions on the current Muse production doing the rounds of European stadiums this summer. He is definitely not wrong: made up of WinVision 12mm, there are a total of 1092 active tiles, each one measuring 56cm x 56cm. That makes a total screen surface of 450 sq metres. A very big TV screen indeed.

Community ENTASYS Provides the Acoustic and Aesthetic Solutions for Sint-Leonardus Church

18/06/2013 - Project News

Hifi-Center Melis and Jan Geerts have completed the installation of a new Community ENTASYS sound system for Sint-Leonardus Church, located in Aartselaar on the southern outskirts of Antwerp, Belgium.

Philips Selecon PL1s Provide Versatile Solution for Questacon

18/06/2013 - Project News

Canberra's National Science and Technology Centre Questacon has become the first Australian institution to invest in Philips Selecon's fully tunable high output LED PL1 luminaires.

PSCo’s Enhanced Portfolio Unveiled at Reading Assessment Centre

18/06/2013 - Business News

Trade-only AV specialist PSCo has announced the re-launch of its highly regarded Assessment Centre including new products from leading manufacturers and the PSCo Exclusive range. No ordinary showroom, the PSCo Assessment Centre in Reading sees over 30 visits per month and offers the opportunity to view the latest and most innovative technologies side by side. It is valued by PSCo partners as a professional and practical technical resource to which they can bring their end users for direct, personal observation and hands-on testing of the widest variety of technology from a range of leading manufacturers.

White Light Appoints Rebecca Fellows as Venue Relationship Manager

18/06/2013 - People News

White Light has announced the appointment of Rebecca Fellows (pictured) as venue relationship manager, providing a key contact for events venues in London and across the UK. Rebecca, previously events administrator at White Light, joined the company in 2011. She sees her new role as an opportunity to further develop White Light's ties with established venues while also seeking to connect with new and emerging events spaces.

ETC Source Four LED lights Hiroshima’s Flash Bang

18/06/2013 - Production News

The nuclear blast at Hiroshima in 1945 is often described in Japanese as a flash (pika) followed by a bang (don). Last year, a performance lit with ETC Source Four LED Lustr+ fixtures aimed to represent the unexpected terror of the pika don through the medium of dance. Un Coup de Don, by dance company Ariadone and led by Carlotta Ikeda and Ko Morobushi (Japan), was part of the Festival Automne in Normandy, France.

Clay Paky Management Visits AED Group HQ

18/06/2013 - Business News

AED group was honoured with a visit from Pio Nahum (CCO), Valter Rossi (COO) and Emilio Cornelli (sales manager) of Clay Paky to celebrate the excellent collaboration between the two leading industry companies.

DPA Microphones Bring Exceptional Clarity To Suede’s Guitars

18/06/2013 - Production News

Indie-rock stalwarts Suede, who released their sixth album Bloodsports in March 2013, recently recorded a live acoustic session for Absolute Radio at the world-famous Abbey Road studios in London.

Amber International takes Total Control with a host of new URC Products

18/06/2013 - Equipment News

Amber International, the EMEA master distributor to the CI industry has announced it will be commencing immediate shipment of several new URC products for the Total Control range including the TKP-7000 touch screen, CAM-DC1 surveillance camera and the THS-WD1 external temperature sensor.

Christie HD18K in Europe’s first Permanent Outdoor Mapping Display

18/06/2013 - Project News

Christie projection is at the centre of what is believed to be the first permanent outdoor pixel mapping project ever staged in Europe.

Doughty Engineering reaches new heights at ABTT 2013

17/06/2013 - Event News

Doughty Engineering unveiled the latest addition to its catalogue of products – a motorised lectern –at this year’s ABTT show, as well as its new and stronger range of truss adaptors.

Unusual Rigging and DTS2 announce new collaboration at ABTT

17/06/2013 - Business News

Unusual Rigging, the UK’s leading provider of rigging and technical solutions to the entertainment, architectural and event industries, has forged a working relationship with Dutch company DTS2 (Dutch Theatre Systems) to introduce a new line of automation systems to the UK market.

Speedy are quick to light up a greener Glastonbury

17/06/2013 - Production News

Speedy, a leading UK provider of equipment rental and support services, has delivered a fleet of environmentally beneficial lighting towers to the Glastonbury festival.

ADLIB Supplies Lana Del Rey Tour

17/06/2013 - Production News

Liverpool UK based Adlib supplied innovative singer / songwriter Lana Del Rey with an L-Acoustics K1 sound system for her on-going and highly successful UK and European tour.

Tait Provides Custom Scenic Periaktos and Automated Helical Trussing for Rod Stewart

17/06/2013 - Production News

Continuing a long-standing relationship with the legendary Rod Stewart team, that spans nearly three decades, Tait was eager to produce customized staging elements for the artist’s widely- anticipated Live the Life tour. Working alongside set designer Paul Staples, production manager Lars Brogaard and lighting designer Mark Payne, the team integrated Tait’s fully-optimized stock assets into the set design.

Entec Falls To Grace with Paloma Faith at the O2 Arena

17/06/2013 - Production News

Entec Sound & Light supplied lighting, rigging and crew for Paloma Faith’s recent high profile one-off show at London’s O2 Arena, preceded by warm ups at Liverpool Empire and Bournemouth BIC, once again working with lighting designer Tony Austin and the production team led by tour manager Neil Brighouse.

CAST offers sneak peak at wysiwyg R31

17/06/2013 - Equipment News

CAST Group has released the first few details of forthcoming new release of wysiwyg R31, which is due to launch within the next few weeks.

5 Star Keeps in the Fast Lane

17/06/2013 - Production News

Championship water skier Jeremy (Jez) Harford commissioned 5 Star cases to design and build a custom lightweight flightcase for his slalom skis, to ensure that they can safely be transported overseas for training and competitions – without costing a small fortune in excess baggage.

Specifying Dance Floors - a Guide for Architects

17/06/2013 - Business News

Harlequin Floors have released a new guide to architects highlighting the best practice for dance floor selection. The guide aims to help architects ask the right questions to ensure the needs, safety and health of dancers are considered when choosing flooring.

Derry Experiences Exceptionally Long Delays - Aided by Yamaha

17/06/2013 - Production News

Celebrating its status as the first quadrennial UK City of Culture, the Northern Ireland city of Derry-Londonderry is staging an array of events throughout the year. By far the most spectacular was the finale Showdown on the Foyle of The Return of Colmcille on June 8, where a mile of the River Foyle was the stage for a dramatic battle of good against evil. Despite immense technical challenges, Yamaha audio equipment ensured that thousands of the city’s citizens had the night of their lives.

Alice In Chains Locks Up Clay Paky Sharpy Washes for National Tour

17/06/2013 - Production News

Grunge rockers Alice In Chains are in the midst of a five-week national tour, and Clay Paky Sharpy Washes are shedding light on 22 dates coast-to-coast as the band plays festivals, theaters and small clubs.

Renegade Designs Eddie Izzard Tour

17/06/2013 - Production News

Nick Gray of London based creative visual design practice Renegade worked his lighting magic on the latest Eddie Izzard "Force Majeure" arena tour which has just finished an intensive three month tour around the UK and Europe.

White Light Production Solutions for Journey & Whitesnake Arena Tour

17/06/2013 - Production News

White Light was recently chosen to supply lighting equipment and solutions for the Journey and Whitesnake 2013 UK Arena Tour. The widely popular bill featured the two superstar bands, along with musical guest Thunder, together in concert for the first time ever in the UK. For the tour, which opened in Belfast and finished in London, White Light worked closely with production manager Rob Kern and lighting designer Kevin "Deuce" Christopher, supplying a full production service including lighting fixtures, cabling, rigging, and power distribution.

QSC Active Line Arrays & Loudspeakers Installed In Moscow's Red Square

17/06/2013 - Production News

QSC KLA loudspeaker system, supplied by QSC Russian distributor MixArt, provided sound reinforcement on Moscow's Red Square, in front of two of the world's most instantly recognisable buildings, the Kremlin's Spasskaya Tower and St Basil's Cathedral, during festivities to herald the run-up to the Moscow Open, the Russian capital's annual open-air basketball festival. This year, 16 teams are participating from all over Europe and the USA, and the temporary streetball area on Red Square allowed any member of the public to try their baller skills and get involved too.

Robert Juliat appoints DWR Distribution as new partner for South Africa

17/06/2013 - Business News

Robert Juliat has announced that DWR Distribution cc has joined the Robert Juliat distributor family. From 1st June, DWR has assumed responsibility for sales activity across South Africa, promoting and supporting the full range of Robert Juliat lighting equipment.

Nitin Speakers & Electrical Invests in Robe

17/06/2013 - Production News

Leading south Indian rental company Nitin Speakers & Electrical has invested in Robe moving lights to upgrade their lighting inventory. Run by the charismatic Sachin Naik – who has connected with many politicians, dignitaries, VIPs and celebrities in the course of his work – the Pune based operation supplies technical production to events of all types from vast political rallies for half a million people or so to concerts and musical extravaganzas to corporate presentations.

ABTT 2013 Annual Awards

14/06/2013 - Event News

The Association of British Theatre Technicians 2013 Annual Awards, sponsored by two of the organisation’s Silver Industry Supporters Group members, Stage Electrics and Triple E, took place on the evening of Wednesday 12th June, following the first day of the ABTT Theatre Show. With the Awards' jury judging throughout the day and final deliberations taking place late in the afternoon, winners were presented with their individually engraved hook-clamp trophies at London’s Truman Brewery, in front of exhibitors, guests and ABTT members.

A Unique Sharpness with Big Beam Action

14/06/2013 - Production News

With its own unique take on life, the Logo Channel’s NewNowNext (NNN) Awards celebrate the most fantastic aspects of pop culture in music, television, film, web, fashion and just about everything in between. Produced in Hollywood, CA, inside the historic Henry Fonda Theater, the annual awards ceremony is lively, fun and energetic. When LD Tom Kenny was asked to oversee the lighting design he leapt at the opportunity to create the perfect complementary lighting rig full of VARI-LITE luminaires, including the new VL3015LT Spot from Philips Vari-Lite.

Lab.gruppen Introduces New LUCIA Decentralised Installation Amplifier

14/06/2013 - Equipment News

Putting power and audio processing exactly where it is required, Lab.gruppen has once again redefined expectations and moved into new territory with the launch of its new install dedicated amplifier range, LUCIA.

Crestron Appoints Mark Ridgwell to Commercial Business Development Manager

14/06/2013 - People News

Crestron has announced the appointment of Mark Ridgwell (pictured) to the position of business development manager within its commercial team. Mark has worked with Crestron as an advanced technical support manager for the last four years and brings a huge amount of insider knowledge and experience of Crestron solutions to his new role.

Avolites Announces Exclusive US Distribution Deal

14/06/2013 - Business News

Leading British lighting console manufacturer Avolites has signed an exclusive distribution deal with New York-based Group One Professional Audio and Lighting.

New Optocore System for Düsseldorf Schauspielhaus

14/06/2013 - Project News

With more than 100 years of tradition behind it, the Düsseldorf Schauspielhaus is among the largest and most important theatres operating in the German speaking countries.

PRG Supports Britian’s Got Talent for its Seventh Year

14/06/2013 - Production News

The seventh series of Britain’s Got Talent culminated on Saturday 8th June with a stunning live show from Fountain Studios, presented by Ant and Dec for ITV.

Avolites Sapphire Touch is Bright on the Night for Blur at Coachella

14/06/2013 - Production News

Leading UK lighting designer Dave Byars (pictured) has put his brand new Avolites Sapphire Touch to work on Brit-pop band Blur's heavily atmospheric 2013 tour, which has smouldered under the stars in venues and at festivals, including Coachella, California.

ETC at ABTT 2013: Showing Off What’s New and What’s Updated

14/06/2013 - Event News

ETC showed a wide range of new and updated products at this year’s ABTT show in London, including the Eos Titanium control desk (known as Ti) takes the place of ETC’s flagship Eos at the head of the product line; Eos software v2.0, which introduces a new magic sheet function, and revises device management; Source Four Mini, a palm-sized 50W powerhouse; Source Four LED Studio HD, optimised for on camera white light; and ES1 Dimmer and Source Four Dimmer, providing efficiencies and RDM support for any brand of theatrical luminaire; Sensor 3 Power Control, including ThruPower technology and enhanced configuration and reporting.

QSC Introduces Revolutionary Power Amplification Technology Platform

14/06/2013 - Equipment News

QSC Audio Products, LLC has announced its revolutionary power amplification technology platform with the introduction of two new amplifier families, the CXD Series for installed sound applications and the PLD Series for portable/live sound reinforcement applications. Featuring advanced signal processing combined with a unique power distribution configuration, PLD and CXD Multi-Channel Processing power amplifiers completely redefine the rack-mount power amplifier category.

Robe in Paradise for Jaguar and Land Rover Event

14/06/2013 - Production News

Mauritius is well known for its natural beauty, cosmopolitan culture and as a fabulous place for calmness and reflection, just some of the reasons that the Indian Ocean island state was chosen for Jaguar and Land Rover’s 2013 annual Dealer of the Year Awards for Africa and the Sub Sahara region.

Largest Robe Theatre Installation at Vanemuine Teater Tartu

14/06/2013 - Project News

Robe’s Estonian distributor E&T Ltd has completed the largest supply to date of Robe moving lights for a theatre installation.

XL Video Supplies Ibiza’s Largest Ever Projection

14/06/2013 - Production News

When the Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel planned its opening party for the 2013 season, it brought in French production company High Scream, to make the 12-hour party as memorable as possible.

Knight of Illumination Awards Announces Sponsors for 2013

13/06/2013 - Event News

The Knight of Illumination Awards 2013, organised by Clay Paky, ALD, STLD and Ambersphere Solutions, has announced this year's sponsors as Chroma-Q, Hawthorn, MA Lighting, Robert Juliat, OSRAM, and XL Video.

Outline Introduces GTO C-12 Line Source Array at InfoCOMM 2013

13/06/2013 - Event News

Outline S.r.l. introduces the new GTO C-12 Line Source Array Speaker System to the North American market at InfoComm 2013 (Booth 109). The GTO C-12 is completely derived from Outline’s larger-format, dual-15-inch GTO cabinet introduced in 2011, generating output power surpassed only by its larger sibling from an enclosure that is physically smaller and 30 percent lighter. From arenas to 500-seat theaters, the GTO C-12 is equally at home delivering maximum thunder for a rock concert or providing crystal-clear sound for a spoken-word performance.

Philips Selecon LED Luminaires Create Green Creativity at Strathallan School

13/06/2013 - Project News

Scotland's prestigious Strathallan School has invested in Philips Selecon's latest LED luminaires in a major upgrade to its theatre lighting facilities.

AD Systems TouringLineCompact

13/06/2013 - Event News

A number of new products have been unveiled on the POLARaudio stand at this year's ABTT show. POLARaudio is the exclusive distributor of a number of major brands optimised for use in theatre settings and the latest additions to its range will be exhibited along with a selection of established products.

Clay Paky at the Nestle Conference and Gala Awards

13/06/2013 - Production News

Keystone Productions were awarded the role of production company and MGG Productions as technical supplier, for the Nestle Conference and Gala Awards held in two different venues at Champagne Sports Resort which is surrounded by majestic mountains in central Drakensberg. With over 30 presentations, each with a unique theme, lighting could not take a back seat and included Clay Paky at a function where video predominantly featured.

Declare Your Interest! ABTT Launches Support for Creative Apprenticeships

13/06/2013 - Standards News

The Association of British Theatre Technicians has announced its new ABTT Training Package for Creative Apprenticeships with the call, "Declare your interest!" The Association is asking anyone - would-be apprentices, as well as employers interested in hosting apprenticeships - to declare their interest in being part of the new scheme.

PLASA London Announces Unmissable Audio Content for 2013

13/06/2013 - Event News

PLASA Events has revealed the first details of AudioLab 2013, the hotly anticipated new attraction that will see the creation of a new pro audio arena, theatre and interactive lab.

dbn at the Palais des Congrès de Paris

13/06/2013 - Production News

Manchester-based lighting, visual and rigging specialists dbn Lighting delivered the lighting design and equipment for clients Medex-Media at EuroPCR, a medical exhibition and symposium held at the Palais des Congrès in Paris.

Lumonic Ltd Appoints StageLight as its Distributor for US

12/06/2013 - Business News

Manchester based Lumonic Ltd, the designers and manufacturers of the ilumo range of LED lights. has announced StageLight as distributors in the US. StageLight, which is based in the mid-south of the USA, became distributors following a successful launch of ilumo LED fixtures at the USITT conference in March.

Ayrton LED Products Continue to Dazzle

12/06/2013 - Event News

Ayrton, renowned for its innovation in LED product design, continues to fascinate the lighting industry with its new creations. The latest products to hit the market are the new MagicPanel 602, NandoBeam 302 and MADesign luminaires.

High Five for AP Security at the Boishakhi Mela

12/06/2013 - Production News

2013 saw the annual Boishakhi Mela move from London’s Brick Lane and Weaver’s Fields to a new venue at nearby Victoria Park. For the fifth year AP Security was tasked with stewarding the event and, as usual, the company’s staff went above and beyond the call of duty.

Ambersphere and The Anvil Arts Centre

12/06/2013 - Project News

The Anvil Concert Hall in Basingstoke, Hampshire is something of a regional gem that serves a wide swathe of the leafy southern Home Counties. With performances that range from stand-up comics like Jack Dee, through to the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Sir Andrew Davies and Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells ‘For Two’, the in-house lighting system needs to flexible to say the least. The venue has been designed to transform into various configurations: as an orchestral concert hall it has 1400 seats and when it becomes a theatre with a proscenium arch, an open stage or a flat floor extended stage it can accommodate up to 1150.

The Third Generation Takes on Overall Responsibility

12/06/2013 - People News

For several years now, two of the co-shareholders of the Sennheiser family business, Daniel and Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, have proved themselves within the executive management board by taking on a certain responsibilities for the successful running of the entire group. As a consequence, the shareholders of the Sennheiser Group have unanimously decided to promote Daniel and Andreas Sennheiser to the positions of CEO's responsible for Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co KG, as of July 1st 2013.

It’s all Colours P!nk as CT Deploys digiLED MC7s in Europe and Australia

12/06/2013 - Production News

Global AV supplier Creative Technology (CT) has selected digiLED MC7 for all video screens on the 2013 world tour by pop’s punk princess P!nk, with dates in the UK, Europe and Australia.

It’s Mayday for SGM

12/06/2013 - Production News

Some 23,000 dance fans partied all night long to the sounds of more than 54 internationally renowned DJs at this year’s Mayday extravaganza in Dortmund, including top names such as Paul van Dyk, Armin van Buuren, Carl Cox and Sven Väth.

New beyerdynamic TG1000 at ABTT 2013

12/06/2013 - Event News

Leading UK distributor POLARaudio is exhibiting a notable range of new products at this years ABTT show at The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London on the 12th and 13th of June. POLARaudio exclusively distributes a number of major brands designed specifically for theatre applications and these latest additions to its range will be on show along with a selection of established products.

Christie Launches its First Mobile App: Christie InControl

12/06/2013 - Event News

Christie unveils the Christie InControl projector mobile app for applicable iOS devices at InfoComm 2013 this week. Christie InControl is aimed at rental and staging customers using Christie 3-chip DLP M Series and J Series projectors in various applications including trade shows, live events and projection mapping. Fixed installation applications such as classrooms and boardrooms, houses of worship, government facilities and museums will also enjoy the convenience of controlling the projector wirelessly.

Medical Application: grandMA2 at Zimmer booth

12/06/2013 - Production News

Corporate event production company Riverview Systems Group Inc. of Milpitas, California chose four grandMA2 light to handle lighting and display control for their client Zimmer at the AAOS (American Assoc. of Orthopedic Surgeons) conference in Chicago.

New AVIOM A360 Personal Mixer at ABTT

12/06/2013 - Event News

Leading UK distributor POLARaudio is showcasing a significant number of new products at this years ABTT show at The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London, on the 12th and 13th of June. POLARaudio exclusively distributes a number of major brands designed specifically for theatre applications and these latest additions will be on show along with a selection of established products.

Phaser Brings Laser Projection to New Performance Levels

12/06/2013 - Equipment News

Osram has for the first time achieved maximum image quality for pure laser-based projection with a combination of laser and phosphor material. The modules with phaser technology do not need to be replaced during the complete service life of the projector. They will be used for the first time in projectors from the end of this year.

Independent Studio Services at ABTT

12/06/2013 - Event News

Independent Studio Services will be exhibiting for the third year running at the ABTT show where it will be showcasing its range of services and products (Stand 108 Orange Hall).

SGM X-5/P-5 Blast Off in Switzerland

12/06/2013 - Business News

Within five months of taking on the distribution of SGM in Switzerland, the long-serving ASL Electronic has already introduced another stalwart company, Winkler Multi Media Events, to the new LED culture of the Danish lighting giants.

GLP Spot One / Wash One Enhance Worship at Lifegate Church

12/06/2013 - Project News

The progressive Lifegate Church in Omaha, which was founded back in 1975 as Trinity Church Interdenominational, is a growing organisation, with an average congregation of 1900 people attending its weekly services.

XL On Tour With Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical

12/06/2013 - Production News

XL Video is supplying LED screens, LED animation cloth and Catalyst media server control to the current David Ian Productions and Ambassador Theatre Group UK and Ireland touring version of the hit Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical.

Philip L Edwards: 18 July 1944 - 26 May 2013

11/06/2013 - People News

The Association of Lighting Designers has reported that one of its long standing members, Philip L Edwards died last weekend.

Colour Sound Kicks off Summer In Style

11/06/2013 - Production News

Lighting and visuals rental specialist Colour Sound Experiment kicked off what’s set to be a spectacularly busy 2013 summer season with a weekend supplying lighting to no less than two major festivals and two high profile EDM events plus a plethora of specials packages for specific artists performing around Europe as well as a major corporate event.

ABTT Moves Forward on all Fronts

11/06/2013 - Event News

The Association of British Theatre Technicians is to use the opportunity of this week’s annual ABTT Theatre Show as a springboard to engage even further with its membership, its partner organisations and the wider industry supporting the technical arts.

Digital Projection Boost for British Library

11/06/2013 - Project News

Audiences at conferences and film screenings in the British Library will now enjoy powerful digital images, delivered by a new Panasonic projector installed in the Library’s 255-seat Conference Centre auditorium.

The Muppet Show

11/06/2013 - Production News

Much-mourned 70’s TV favourite, the Muppet Show, is about to return to the screens with a modern day version, That Puppet Game show. Although there won’t be any sign of Kermit or Miss Piggy, there promises to be lots of great new characters to enjoy some simple light hearted laughs with.

Announcing “WET X” – the Next Generation of Community’s WET Series

11/06/2013 - Equipment News

Community announces “WET X”, 13 new models of its acclaimed WET Series featuring innovative next generation techniques that redefine outdoor loudspeaker construction and improve sonic performance. WET X’s exclusive hand-laid fibreglass enclosures are internally lined with marine-grade plywood and use innovative drivers to provide premium sound quality for both outdoor and indoor venues. The versatile 12-inch and 15-inch, two-way, full-range WET X loudspeakers offer six rotatable horn patterns, high output, and unmatched LF extension. WET X loudspeakers contain a large diaphragm 1.4-inch exit high frequency compression driver and can produce the same output levels as the largest WET II loudspeakers but in enclosures only half the size. The low frequency cone and internal circuitry have Community’s proprietary Envirotech coating for improved weather-resistance. The WX218SDF, a downfire dual 18-inch model, adds an ultra-high-performance subwoofer to the line.

Sennheiser 9000 Series – The ‘Rolls Royce’ of Digital Wireless!

11/06/2013 - Production News

Launched last autumn, Sennheiser’s Digital 9000 series digital wireless system is impressing many sound designers with the remarkable quality of its uncompressed, artefact-free audio and dynamic range. Already used on two London theatre shows and a high profile launch for Rolls Royce, the system has gained universal praise.

Arena Group Acquires Asia Tent International

11/06/2013 - Business News

The Arena Group has announced that it has acquired Asia Tent International Sdn. Bhd. for RM17 million (£3.5m).

A.C. Entertainment Technologies Showcases Exclusive Theatrical Innovations at ABTT 2013

11/06/2013 - Event News

A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. will be showcasing products at the ABTT 2013 Theatre Show from the many leading brands it distributes exclusively in the UK, including Chroma-Q, Jands, Spotlight, PixelRange, LedGo, Green Hippo, Christie Nitro and Columbus McKinnon – on stand 113.

Picture Perfect with Harlequin Hi-Shine

11/06/2013 - Production News

When photographer John Aldred needed a reflective floor that could withstand wear and tear from the animals he was photographing, he discovered that Harlequin Hi-Shine vinyl display floor let his subjects shine.

Yamaha Hosts Demonstration Evening at First European AFC3 Installation

11/06/2013 - Event News

Following the installation of the first Yamaha AFC3 Active Field Control system in a European venue, the company co-hosted an open evening for acousticians and technicians to demonstrate how its advanced technology can transform the acoustics of a space.

A Creative Investment in Robe LEDWash 600s

11/06/2013 - Business News

Doha-based The Creative Communications Group (CCG) has invested in its first Robe moving lights: 48 LEDWash 600s.

Jack Morton Creates Nivea’s “Dare to Dip” Extravaganza

11/06/2013 - Production News

Global brand experience agency Jack Morton Worldwide recently executed what has been classed as “a spectacular open air experience” in London’s Covent Garden. The campaign for NIVEA, one of the most recognised and trusted global skin and beauty care brands was created in partnership with Jack Morton, Draftfcb and Agency Republic. The ‘Dare to Dip’ campaign tour which began in Copenhagen has been travelling through cities in Europe including locations in the UK. It invites women to take part in public swims with friends in a branded repurposed skip which doubles as a pool. The event challenged women to join in a series of amazing bikini clad-events designed to take their confidence to the next level by sharing their first of many dips this summer at an iconic location, with captured content shared from the first dip at every location being used across TV, radio, online and print media.

ETC Gears Up for Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013

11/06/2013 - Production News

The annual Edinburgh Festival Fringe is always a busy time for lighting manufacturer ETC, and the company is already gearing up for this year’s event, with more lighting and control desks in use than ever before.

City Theatrical at ABTT

10/06/2013 - Event News

City Theatrical will be demonstrating their new technology at ABTT (Stand 58 in the Blue Hall) on 12th and 13th June 2013, including new SHoW DMX wireless DMX products, the new Cognito lighting controller from Pathway Connectivity and Moving Light Assistant.

New ASL product at ABTT

10/06/2013 - Event News

Leading UK distributor POLARaudio will have a strong presence at this years ABTT show, to be held at The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London on the 12th and 13th of June. POLARaudio exclusively distributes a wide range of major brands designed specifically for theatre applications and will showcase a selection of new and established products.

Triple E Presents 'Specifying for Success' Seminar at ABTT

10/06/2013 - Event News

Entertainment engineering expert Triple E is inviting ABTT attendees to a brand new live discussion entitled 'The Right Kit and the Real Kit: Fighting Forgery and Specifying for Success' on Thursday 13th June, 2:15 - 3pm, Seminar Room A.

Newest in Martin Show Lighting at Showtech 2013 - Hall 1, Stand D65

10/06/2013 - Event News

Visit Martin Professional at the Showtech exhibition at Messe Berlin from June 18-20 (Hall 1, Stand D65) for an up-close look at a broad portfolio of award-winning Martin lighting, video, control and smoke solutions, including the newest members of the award-winning MAC Viper Family of moving heads.

Artistic Licence Celebrates New Technology at Showlight 2013

10/06/2013 - Event News

Artistic Licence, industry experts in architectural lighting control and data distribution, gave delegates a technology packed experience at Showlight 2013. The conference, held in the ancient town of Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic, involved an exciting programme of seminars, exhibits and social events. Artistic Licence enjoyed a particularly strong presence at the show, in the form of exhibitor, sponsor and (through company CEO, Wayne Howell) contributor to the talks programme.

Entec Invests in Latest Clay Paky Technology for Mark Knopfler Tour

10/06/2013 - Production News

West London based rental company Entec is supplying lighting and rigging equipment and crew to the UK and European legs of legendary singer-songwriter guitarist and music producer Mark Knopfler’s 2013 Privateering tour, with lighting designed by Simon Tutchener.

Romanian Music at its Best: grandMA2 at the On Air Music Awards

10/06/2013 - Production News

With the On Air Music Awards, the Romanian music industry started a new show intended to recognise and reward the best of Romanian music. The award ceremony, taking place in the Great Hall at the Bucharest National Theater, featured a lighting design by Sergiu Ardelean who used the cost-free grandMA2 onPC software for pre-programming, and ran the show on a grandMA2 full-size. Alin Popa was the head of lighting.

Gearsource Europe Launches Powerful Mobile Listing App for iOS and Android Devices

10/06/2013 - Equipment News

GearSource Europe has spent months duplicating their listing process from a desktop based application to a Mobile App for iOS and Android based devices. At the same time, the company has simplified the overall listing process and made it easier for both their first time sellers and power-users alike to list products quickly and without the wires.

Smart-e Limited Standardises on Stardraw Design 7

10/06/2013 - Business News

Surrey-based AV designer and manufacturer, Smart-e Limited, has standardised on Stardraw.com’s award-winning design and documentation software, Stardraw Design 7, in order to provide a free design service to all their customers.

FBT Audio to Exhibit at ABTT Theatre Show 2013

10/06/2013 - Event News

FBT Audio UK Ltd, the UK distributor for FBT professional audio products, has announced they will be exhibiting (on booth 103) their wide range of theatre and installation products at ABTT (Association of British Theatre Technicians) Theatre Show being held at the Old Trumen Brewery, Brick Lane in London on June 12 and 13.

Elation’s New Professional-Grade Pars Offer Extreme Power and Performance

10/06/2013 - Equipment News

Elation Professional has designed from the ground up a new "best-in-class" LED par for the professional stage and production market. This professional grade, compact "flat-style" LED par series features two models, the Level Q7 and Level Q7 IP.

igus exhibits new e-spool energy chain system at ABTT show 2013

10/06/2013 - Event News

Leading polymer specialist, igus UK, will be exhibiting its new e-spool energy-chain for the theatre industry for the first time at the ABTT Show in London (June 12/13). Visitors to igus’ stand will also see live demonstrations of its high performance energy chains and cable management solutions and meet industry experts.

New Mackie Products at ABTT

07/06/2013 - Event News

A number of new products will make their way onto the POLARaudio stand at this year's ABTT show, to be held at The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London, on the 12th and 13th of June. POLARaudio is the exclusive distributor of a number of major brands optimised for use in theatre settings and the latest additions to its range will be exhibited along with a selection of established products.

Chauvet Lights East Village Arts Club in Liverpool

07/06/2013 - Project News

A premier arts and culture club featuring live music, arts events and casual dining, East Village Arts Club in the student district of Liverpool, captivates big crowds with a variety of Chauvet gear, including fixtures from Chauvet DJ, Chauvet Professional and Trusst.

ABTT Launches New Technical Standards

07/06/2013 - Event News

The Association of British Theatre Technicians will take the opportunity of its annual Theatre Show next week, to launch the first edition for five years of the seminal publication, Technical Standards for Places of Entertainment, known throughout the industry as the ‘Yellow Book’.

A Dialogue with the ABTT

07/06/2013 - Event News

For the benefit of its members and potential members, the ABTT has scheduled a special How Can We Help You? session, as part of the revitalised Seminar Programme at this year’s ABTT Theatre Show, being held at London’s The Old Truman Brewery next week, Wednesday 12 – Thursday 13 June.

Stage Electrics Heads to the ABTT Theatre Show

07/06/2013 - Event News

Stage Electrics is exhibiting at this year’s ABTT Theatre Show on the 12th & 13th June and will be displaying a selection of audio, lighting, staging and video products reflecting the wide range of specialist equipment the company offers. New for 2013 there will be a display of gas based special effects from MAGIC FX, an ideal solution aimed at venues with a restricted use of traditional pyrotechnics.

Smart-e Limited standardizes on Stardraw Design 7

07/06/2013 - Equipment News

Surrey-based AV designer and manufacturer, Smart-e Limited, has standardized on Stardraw.com’s award-winning design and documentation software, Stardraw Design 7, in order to provide a free design service to all their customers.

Adamson to showcase new Point Concentric and Energia family of products at Infocomm

07/06/2013 - Event News

Adamson Systems Engineering will be placing the spotlight on both the Point Concentric and Energia product lines at this year’s InfoComm in Orlando, Florida. Guests of the trade show will have the opportunity to hear the Point Concentric line for the first time ever in demo room W202c. In addition to the Point Concentric line Adamson’s Metrix line source and M series Monitors will be demoed for visiting guests.

Magic Moments from Movecat at Eurovision

07/06/2013 - Production News

The fi nal of the Eurovision Song Contest has been regarded by the European TV industry as "the" show event of the year. In many respects, though, the 2013 edition of the competition, the 58th, actually took the contest to new heights. The victory in the final of the Danish singer Emmelie de Forest with the song "Only Teardrops" was witnessed by an audience of 11,000 in the soldout Malmö Arena, with multi-million-strong army of TV viewers following the event throughout the continent from the comfort of their living rooms.

Movecat at ShowTech Berlin

07/06/2013 - Event News

After a successful Prolight+Sound, Movecat is also presenting its new product line at ShowTech in Berlin. Movecat offers competence and safety for productions with a complete integrated system for kinetic applications – with "made in germany" quality.

Avolites Tiger Touch is Top Act at the Circus

07/06/2013 - Production News

Effervescent contemporary circus troupe, No Fit State, recently welcomed the latest super agile, high performing member to its troupe: The Avolites Tiger Touch. The innovative console combines hands on control with sophisticated cueing. So whether LDs are lighting on the fly or building sophisticated, precisely programmed shows, or even a combination of the two, it’s now easier than ever.

PLASA Focus ticks all the boxes for Pearce Hire

07/06/2013 - Event News

Peterborough based Pearce Hire has reported an excellent response to their first time participation at PLASA Focus last month. This year was the first time Pearce Hire had taken part in the highly successful regional event in Leeds, presented on an annual basis by PLASA.

S+H LED Screen Specified for Steve Hackett Tour

07/06/2013 - Production News

S+H Technical’s new 12 mm lightweight LED screen was specified by video and visuals designer Ian Holmes for the recent UK and European leg of legendary guitarist and musician Steve Hackett’s 2013 "Genesis Revisited II" world tour.

Are You Being Served?

06/06/2013 - Standards News

To get the top six media server companies in one room, showing their expertise and demonstrating their kit to its full potential in front of their counterparts could have been a logistical impossibility. However Creative Technology (CT) managed to create reality from improbability and on May 23rd and 24th 2013 opened the doors to their 2013 Open Days where visitors could find the crème de la crème of media server companies.

Triple E Demos Smooth Track Solutions at ABTT

06/06/2013 - Event News

Theatre track systems experts at Triple E are inviting visitors to ABTT onto their stand to get hands-on with the company's array of motorised solutions for curtains (Stand 138, Orange Hall).

Port Fairy Folk Festival Laps up the Sunshine with DiGiCo

06/06/2013 - Production News

Since 1977, The Port Fairy Folk Festival (PFFF) has been the cornerstone event for the humble ex-fishing village of Port Fairy in Victoria Australia. This year, DiGiCo consoles were seen at both Front of House and monitor positions.

Yamaha CL5 Gets Royal Approval at Namur

06/06/2013 - Project News

Located at the confluence of two major rivers, the Belgian city of Namur has been an important centre of trade and industry for centuries. Such locations also tend to become cultural centres and Namur is no exception. Recently the city’s main theatre - Théâtre Royal de Namur - installed a brand new Yamaha CL5 to replace its long-serving O2R96 mixing console.

ABTT 2013 Bursting All Targets and Still a Week to Go!

06/06/2013 - Event News

With only a week to go before the ABTT 2013 Theatre Show opens its doors on 12th June, all aspects of this year’s show are off the scale compared to previous years. The number of visitor registrations is greater than previous years, exhibitors have been on waiting lists to get the chance of occupying the last few remaining stands, the seminar programme has almost tripled in scale and required two separate spaces accommodating almost 150 people with sessions every hour from start to close on both days of the Show. And the organisers have been overwhelmed by the exhibitors’ news of product launches and the introduction of new products and services across the board.

Robe Gets Organized in Turkey with Large Investment

06/06/2013 - Business News

Organizer - a versatile, high profile event management, planning, production and technical solutions company based in Ankara, Turkey - has just made a substantial investment in new Robe moving lights … involving 150 fixtures!

Chromlech Appoints Clay Paky as New Distributor for Italy

06/06/2013 - Business News

Chromlech, French manufacturers of the award-winning Gleamer low-voltage dimmer, the Jarag range and the new Elidy LED matrix projector, have announced the appointment of Clay Paky as its new exclusive distributor for Italy.

James Thomas Engineering’s New Retro PATT 2013 storms Radio 1’s Big Weekend

06/06/2013 - Production News

James Thomas Engineering’s newly-released retro-designed PATT 2013 softlight made its first appearance at the Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Londonderry (24 – 26 May 2013) to spectacular and instantaneous response.

Videotastic: DVD Shoot for Wanessa Goes for MA VPU

06/06/2013 - Production News

Wanessa Godói Camargo Buaiz, also known simply as Wanessa, is a Brazilian pop singer-songwriter. In 2009 she released her first single Fly, featuring American rapper Ja Rule, from the album Meu Momento. The song became the most played in the country, and was nominated for Hit of the Year at the MTV Video Music Brazil Awards. DNA is her seventh studio album, and the DVD shoot for this album in HSBC Hall São Paulo – SP was equipped with an MA control system consisting of a grandMA2 light console, an MA onPC command wing, one MA NPU (Network Processing Unit) and two MA VPU plus (Video Processing Unit).

Tait Creates Imaginative Staging Set for the Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary Tour

06/06/2013 - Production News

Tait provided a variety of staging, rigging and scenic elements for the Rolling Stones’ 50th Anniversary worldwide tour, continuing a long-standing relationship spanning nearly three decades since the artists’ 1994 Voodoo Lounge tour. Mark Fisher was at the helm of the set design; a visually striking stage concept with a pert sense of authenticity for the artists’ famed emblem.

Big Tackle!

06/06/2013 - Production News

Regular hosts, Helen Chamberlain and Max Rushden recently kicked off the annual Soccer AM sporting event which as ever included a host of special guests and performers.

Christie Lites Contributes Lighting and Rigging for Oklahoma Tornado Benefit Concert

05/06/2013 - Production News

Just six days. That’s how long it took Blake Shelton’s benefit concert for Oklahoma tornado victims to go from idea to live televised event.

Audience Systems and Forum Seating Announce New Partnership

05/06/2013 - Business News

UK seating specialist Audience Systems Ltd has announced a new partnership with Forum Seating of Poland. The partnership has been created in order to introduce each company’s seating products into new markets.

coolux - New Pandoras Box Version 5.5 and Widget Designer Version 4.5

05/06/2013 - Event News

coolux, the creators of the award winning Pandoras Box product family will present the new Pandoras Box Version 5.5 at this year's InfoComm exhibition in Orlando, Florida and at the upcoming Showtech in Berlin.

Outline Celebrates 40th Anniversary at InfoComm 2013

05/06/2013 - Event News

Outline, S.r.l. continues its year-long 40th anniversary celebration at InfoComm 2013 (Booth 109). Formed in 1973 by Guido Noselli, a musician/engineer frustrated by the inability of sound systems at the time to deliver his performances accurately to audiences, Outline has grown to become a leading technical innovator in speaker and control system design. Capable of delivering studio-environment audio quality to live events, Outline is celebrating with the introduction of the advanced GTO C-12 Line Array Speaker System and its re-engineered DVS Powered Speaker Series at this year’s show.

Fougaro Arts Complex Benefits from Audio by of t&mSystems, Powersoft and Adamson

05/06/2013 - Project News

DNA Systems has recently completed the installation of multi-space audio systems in the Fougaro arts complex in Nafplion, a beautiful small port city in the eastern Peloponnese region of Greece. The systems comprise a combination of t&mSystems, Powersoft and Adamson.

TC Electronic Adds 3G Capability to the TouchMonitor TM7

05/06/2013 - Equipment News

TouchMonitor TM7 is a very popular loudness meter for mobile trucks and small installations where space is always an issue. Broadcasters have wished for the same 3G SDI capability of the larger TouchMonitor TM9, and now a TM7 model with that exact I/O configuration is available.

Clay Paky Conquers the 2013 Eurovision Stage

05/06/2013 - Production News

 Lighting designer Fredrik Jönsson specified over 700 Clay Paky fixtures to provide stunning lighting effects forming the centrepiece of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, the world’s largest non-sporting television production. This large supply of equipment was coordinated by Clay Paky’s Swedish distributor, Interlite AB, that managed contacts with technical supplier Starlight as well as with SVT (Swedish Television), producers of the ESC 2013.

A Terra-fic Light and Sound Solution for the Great Outdoors

05/06/2013 - Equipment News

Amber International, the EMEA master distributor to the CI industry, is now shipping the advanced Terra LuminSound LS.32, a combined speaker and lamp which is housed in a stylish column design that blends seamlessly into any environment. At 32.5-inches high and 7-inches in diameter at its largest, the slim LS.32 has been designed to provide fully adjustable accent, path or landscape lighting alongside precision high-fidelity sound.

PR Lighting Fixtures Dance to David Guetta

04/06/2013 - Production News

More than 50 high value fixtures from PR Lighting were deployed to support a massive concert in Costa Rica recently, given by French DJ/production superstar David Guetta.

GLP X4s Get Their Rocks Off with Slightly Stoopid

04/06/2013 - Production News

Using 12 of GLP’s versatile impression X4 LED fixtures, Washington DC-based Pulse Lighting recently provided lighting for Slightly Stoopid’s special one-off ‘Hot Box’ show at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre in Denver, Colorado. The show, which also featured Cypress Hill, was scheduled for broadcast live on AXS TV the same evening.

K.M.E. Equipped Discotheque TAO in Wolfsburg with Hybrid system

04/06/2013 - Project News

TAO means 'creation', the unity of YIN and YANG reflecting also in the Asian influences the TAO club is created with.

Robe Steps Up The Action for Let’s Dance Germany

04/06/2013 - Production News

Over 100 Robe moving lights are in action for the sixth series of the popular reality TV show ‘Let’s Dance’ produced by ITV Germany, which is being recorded in Studio 32 of the MMC Film & TV Studios in Cologne

Gearhouse SA (Pty) Ltd - Mediatech Africa’s Official Technical Sponsor

04/06/2013 - Event News

As Africa’s most successful advanced technology trade show, Mediatech has announced Gearhouse SA as the official technical sponsor for this year’s exhibition. Gearhouse SA is a leading, total technical solution group, servicing all aspects of the events industry. Visitors to Mediatech can look forward to experiencing Gearhouse’s state of the art technology, put together by qualified and passionate personnel.

MilTec at the ABTT Theatre Show

04/06/2013 - Event News

MilTec (UK) Ltd will be showing a range of audio and lighting products bearing the proud label 'Made in Britain'.

Clay Paky Sharpy Washes Join Fleetwood Mac on Tour

04/06/2013 - Production News

Fleetwood Mac is back on the road and Clay Paky Sharpy Wash 330 fixtures have joined the iconic band on the Fleetwood Mac Live 2013 World Tour.

Robert Juliat Joins the Ambersphere Team

04/06/2013 - Business News

Robert Juliat and Ambersphere Solutions have announced an exclusive agreement that will enable Ambersphere Solutions to represent French manufacturer Robert Juliat throughout the UK. This agreement enables Ambersphere to extend its unique sales, service, support and training facilities to cover all Robert Juliat products.

White Light Named Authorised UK Distributor for ADB Lighting

04/06/2013 - Business News

ADB Lighting Technologies has announced White Light as its main distributor for the UK, continuing a long relationship between ADB and the UK based lighting specialist. White Light provides sales, hire, and technical services to the entertainment, presentation, and event industries across the UK, Europe, and worldwide. The company recently supplied ADB Eurodim TwinTech dimmers to the English National Opera for installation at the London Coliseum.

Outline GTO Boosts Queen Beatrix’s Party

04/06/2013 - Production News

Queen's Day – or Koninginnedag – is celebrated every year on 30th April and is considered Hollands’s most exciting party. It’s above all the opportunity for the Dutch (and not only them) let themselves go. Music, dancing and rivers of beer fill the streets.

POLARaudio Appoints John Kaukis as Business Development Manager

04/06/2013 - People News

Following the recent announcement that POLARaudio will be the UK distributor for Loud Technologies’ brands Mackie and Ampeg, the company has announced the appointment of John Kaukis (pictured) as its business development manager. Formerly the UK sales manager for Loud Technologies, John brings with him a formidable knowledge of these brands and the pro-audio/MI industries, plus a wealth of sales experience.

ETC Set to Sparkle at ABTT 2013

04/06/2013 - Event News

ETC is looking forward to demonstrating a wide range of new and updated products at this year’s ABTT show in London.

TiMax SoundHub Takes a Bow at the RSC in Stratford

04/06/2013 - Project News

Few names carry more weight in theatre circles than the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford whose renowned stagings of The Bard’s works tend to set the global benchmark for how it should be done. But, without losing site of its historic roots, the RSC has gone through something of a renaissance in recent years, with more than a nod to the contemporary both in its modern re-works such as a Bollywood-style Much Ado About Nothing, and not least with its very own smash hit West End and Broadway musical Matilda.

Unusual Rigging Announces New Service Offering at ABTT

04/06/2013 - Event News

Unusual Rigging is broadening its service offering in the installation and capital projects sector with a new range of automation systems, which will be seen for the first time in the UK at this year’s ABTT show.

Doughty Engineering Presents a New Way to Present at ABTT

04/06/2013 - Event News

Visitors to the Doughty Engineering, stand 130 in the Orange Hall at this year’s ABTT show will be introduced to a product that is set to take the conference and events industries by storm.

Bluman Associates provides Whitesnake’s First Ever Live Backdrop

04/06/2013 - Production News

When British rock band Whitesnake took to the stage this May for an eight date UK arena tour, the gigs featured their first ever live backdrop, brought to life by video services production specialist Bluman Associates. This featured a cohesive mix of logos and album inspired artwork spanning the band’s 35 year legacy alongside live streamed close up shots capturing all the action.

Electrosonic Engineers MicroTiles Video Wall and Provides AV Support for LKAB Visitor Centre

04/06/2013 - Project News

It may not be the Aurora Borealis, but the giant Christie MicroTiles video wall engineered by Electrosonic at the LKAB Visitor Centre in Koskullskulle, Sweden, is lighting up the north.

Travelling with the Night Train: MA VPU Attends Culinary Voyage

04/06/2013 - Production News

Recently the event location “Güterbahnhof“ (goods station) in Bad Homburg, Germany, invited the “Nachtexpress” (night train) show to dinner! Five courses of the menu were joined by show acts that fitted the destinations to which the night train was travelling. The night train was a construction that served as a stage as well as a projection area for the virtual journey.

Siyan Supplies Awesome Lights for Alt-J Tour

04/06/2013 - Production News

High Wycombe based lighting rental specialist Siyan supplied equipment and crew to lighting designer Vince Foster for UK rockers’ Alt-J’s recent nationwide tour.

W-DMX Adds Glowing Effects to Eurovision 2013

04/06/2013 - Production News

Wireless Solution Sweden AB once again appeared on site in stunning fashion at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013, held at Malmö Arena in southern Sweden.

Bandit Installs First Permanent Interactive Light Show at Park Council Bluffs

03/06/2013 - Project News

Every night, one hour after the sunset across the Great Lawn of River’s Edge Park, a light show begins. Entitled Rays, the 12-minute interactive light environment designed by Dan Corson was installed by Bandit Lites in conjunction with Visual Terrain and Beaudry Interactive, is the first permanent interactive light show ever installed.

Rock & Roll's Top Artists and Icons Get Amped with Firehouse and DiGiCo

03/06/2013 - Production News

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony returned to the West Coast for the first time in 20 years this April, to induct a new class of musicians and industry icons in a nearly five-hour evening of music and merriment at Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre. The class of 2013—Public Enemy, Rush, Heart, Randy Newman, Donna Summer, Albert King, Quincy Jones and Lou Adler—were honored by a who's who of music past and present. For the 13th year, Firehouse Productions handled the audio portion of the show, with Mark Dittmar spearheading the onsite crew comprised of production mixer Barry Warrick, music mixer Ron Reaves (on an SD7) and Mike Parker handling monitors (SD7The show has grown exponentially over the years into what Dittmar calls 'fast and stupid.' "And I don't mean that in a derogatory way," he laughs. "It's just that this is the sort of show that keeps growing and giving and growing and giving, and they will never get smaller. There's so much more desire for content, and there's a lot more figuring it out on-site. Ten years ago you would spend a huge amount of prep time. Now you fly in and the producer's like, "Oh, I just added a band.' Last year they added Green Day, literally two days before the show and we'd already loaded in. We don't get to say, 'I'm sorry you didn't tell us that three weeks ago, we can't do it.' You say, 'OK, we have an hour to set them up.' You look at what we do routinely now, and if you had asked us to do it 10 years ago, we would have freaked out. We simply didn't have the tools or the technology to accomplish it. Two years ago we outgrew our Yamaha PM1Ds at FOH and in monitor world because the show kept adding inputs to the point that our only choice in inventory were the DiGiCo SD7s, and it was a logical move for doing these shows. The pace has become very, very fast and we have a great team and great tools in place now that can get the job done easily."

Alcons Audio USA returning to InfoComm 2013

03/06/2013 - Event News

Attending for the second time in her existence, Alcons Audio USA will be showcasing a wealth of audio innovations, based around the company’s patented Pro-Ribbon technology and its ongoing pursuit of audio perfection.

HOG4 Training Session June 11 and 12 – a few places still available

03/06/2013 - Event News

AED Distribution is the UK Master Distributor for High End Systems and is running a HOG4 Training session on June 11 and 12. There are a few places still available for what will be the first HOG4 Training in the UK run by Frank Schotman, AED Distribution lighting specialist. It is a free course and will provide an essential introduction to the new Family of HOG4 consoles for all lighting professionals. It will be held at the AED Distribution UK facility in High Wycombe. Those interested should contact Sarah Van Havere at

DPA Microphones is Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother

03/06/2013 - Production News

The best Broadway musicals transport audience members into the world of the show, making it as real to them as the neon lights and towering buildings of nearby Times Square. That’s why staff members working on the new Broadway production of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella turned to DPA Microphones’ Miniature. Not only do the mics provide a transparent sound for the show’s cast and orchestra; their compact size keeps them hidden from the audience, allowing spectators to enjoy the show without being distracted by the sight of bulky equipment.

It’s Showtime in no time with Harlequin Showfloor

03/06/2013 - Equipment News

For a fast-applied, comfortable and decorative vinyl flooring system for virtually every temporary and short life application – Harlequin Showfloor offers the lightweight, stable and reusable solution.

Showlight 2013 a Massive Success

03/06/2013 - Event News

Showlight 2013 (May 18-21) was staged in the Czech Republic for the first time, at beautiful Ceský Krumlov and with Robe lighting as a very proud main sponsor.

Blackout helps bring Classical Music to the Masses

03/06/2013 - Production News

Blackout’s expert rigging team helped transform Trafalgar Square this bank holiday for a free open air concert by London Symphony Orchestra.

Industry Veteran Grif Palmer to Join Martin Professional, Inc

03/06/2013 - People News

Martin Professional, Inc. has announced that industry expert and long-time industry professional Grif Palmer (pictured) will join the company as Business Area Manager, Rental – US.

White Light Announces Enhanced Sales Distribution Network

03/06/2013 - Business News

Entertainment lighting specialist White Light has announced its streamlined White Light Distribution network, focused on business to business sales and support for exclusive products and brands.