News Archive for April 2014

Clay Paky Supports Mountbatten Festival of Music 2014

30/04/2014 - Production News

UK: Established lighting designer Richard Rhys Thomas of the Royal Albert Hall turned to the high-quality colour and reliability of Clay Paky fixtures to implement his richly layered lighting design for the Mountbatten Military Festival of Music at London’s Royal Albert Hall (RAH).

Clay Paky B-EYEs and Sharpys for the Excision Tour

30/04/2014 - Production News

New York – DJ and dubstep producer Excision, the champion of bass music and sensory overload, has begun his 2014 tour of the US and Canada with powerful Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20- LED-based moving lights and a cadre of Sharpys.

Elation Party Atmosphere at Outbreak Spring Festival 2014

30/04/2014 - Production News

UK - 1st and 2nd March saw thousands of eager party goers shake off the winter doldrums and dance the weekend away at Outbreak Spring Festival at Ricoh Arena in Coventry. The all night dance party went on until the wee hours of the morning beneath an Elation lighting system supplied by live event equipment hire company MusicMann of Walsall.

Le Mark 'Let it Shine' with the Production Office

30/04/2014 - Production News

UK - Le Mark has produced its professional tour labels for the Production Office Ltd for the Gary Barlow Since I Saw You Last arena tour 2014.

New Avolites Products Make UK Debut at PLASA Focus, Leeds

30/04/2014 - Event News

UK - The Avolites and Avolites Media teams are at PLASA Focus, Leeds, 29th-30th April demonstrating products being shown in the UK for the first time.

Philips Strand Lighting's NEO Control Console, Showline's NITRO 510C, and Others Debut in the UK at PLASA Focus

30/04/2014 - Event News

UK - The latest products from Philips Entertainment's premier brands - Selecon, Showline, Strand Lighting, and Vari-Lite - make their UK debut at PLASA Focus, Leeds, stand NA-12, 29th-30th April.

Triple E on Stand R-B14 at PLASA Focus Today with an Armoury of Industry-Leading Products and Enhanced Website

30/04/2014 - Event News

UK - Entertainment equipment engineering company Triple E is on stand R-B14 at PLASA Focus, Leeds 29th-30th April armed with its array of industry-leading track systems, its brand new heavy duty TDrive motor, and a rebooted website with enhanced quote tools.

CLD Introduces New Range of Hytronik Motion Light Sensors

30/04/2014 - Equipment News

UK - Lamp and LED lighting specialist CLD Distribution has announced a comprehensive new range of Hytronik motion and lux sensor switches to its range of innovative lighting control options.

CPL Offers the Perfect Equation

29/04/2014 - Production News

UK - Technical production and rental specialists Central Presentations Ltd. (CPL) supplied the design and full technical production – video, lighting, audio, set – including a bespoke projection screen and staging for the 2014 TaxAssist Accountants’ AGM. The event was staged in the Caernarfon Suite at the Celtic Resort & Conference Centre in Newport Wales, UK.

An Audient With a Czech Violinist

29/04/2014 - Project News

Prague, Czech Republic – A compact analogue mixing console was just what Czech violinist, composer and singer Karel Holas was after for his Prague studio. “From the wide variety of quality studio consoles available, I found only one complying with all my requests and wishes: Audient ASP4816,” he explains, having done his research.

Robe Keeps Time with Metronomy Tour

29/04/2014 - Production News

UK - Ed Warren is well known for his innovative and different lighting and visual designs and is lucky enough to work with a list of equally interesting and inventive artists, one of which is UK electronic act, Metronomy.

DiGiCo Delivers the Ultimate Desks for Ultra Music Festival

29/04/2014 - Production News

Miami, USA – EDM shows require a specific kind of flexibility and complete reliability as evidenced by Miami’s Beachsound, which relies exclusively on DiGiCo consoles for one of the EDM world’s biggest annual events, Ultra Music Festival.

Ray van Straten Named Vice President of QSC Professional

29/04/2014 - People News

Costa Mesa, CA – QSC Audio Products, LLC has announced that Ray van Straten has been promoted to Vice President of QSC Professional, the newly formed Business Unit which will serve customers in the retail, rental, production and distribution (box sales) segments. In his new role, van Straten will be responsible for guiding the direction of the business unit, utilising his vast experience in sales, marketing, product management, channel management and strategy to grow and unify the QSC brand in the business segments served.

Elation Strengthens European Team with Three New Hires

29/04/2014 - People News

Elation Europe has strengthened its European team with three new hires – Fans Schilte, Patrick Strunk and Ute Kerkow – all of whom started at Elation’s European headquarter building in Kerkrade, Holland, on 1st April.

Elation Open Day at Light and Sound Design a Success

29/04/2014 - Event News

Elation Professional’s Serbian partner, Light and Sound Design, recently held a special Elation Open Day at the prestigious National Theatre in Belgrade where the latest in Elation lighting technology was demoed for lighting professionals from Serbia’s television and theatre industries.

Panasonic Launches Full-HD Tough Outdoor LED Display

29/04/2014 - Equipment News

Panasonic has launched a rain, dust and sunlight resistant Full-HD LED display for the outdoor digital signage market.

Oslo Theatre Upgrades to ETC Lighting

29/04/2014 - Project News

Until recently, the lighting system at Oslo’s Det Norske Teatret consisted of some 100 conventional and moving lights. But the theatre produces both musicals and plays, and the noise level from the lighting rig often became an issue: they were forced to turn off movers and keep scroller use to a minimum. So when a lighting renewal was suggested, the managers decided to see what new technology was available. They already had Eos-family control desks in each space, along with Sensor dimming and ETC Net3 networking, so they wanted to get the most out of the equipment they had invested in.

S+H Gets the Cuban Fury

28/04/2014 - Production News

UK - The sizzling live dance action at the heart of the newly released British movie "Cuban Fury" directed by James Griffiths and starring Nick Frost was given additional visual dynamics by S+H Technical Support’s Video Floor product.

AC-ET Showcases Leading Technologies at PLASA Focus

28/04/2014 - Event News

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies will showcase a selection of the very latest lighting, audio, rigging and video solutions available from their vast portfolio of premium brands - on stand N-E02 at PLASA Focus 2014, Leeds.

DPA’s Microphones are Flawless during the Shooting of Shameless

28/04/2014 - Production News

USA - DPA Microphones was ready for its close up during the shooting of Season 4 of Showtime’s hit comedy-drama series, Shameless. Whether the d:screet 4071 Miniature Omnidirectional Microphones were being used on the actors during studio shoots or on location in the windy city, they remained stars to the sound crew.

Christie D4K25 projector wins PIPA Award

28/04/2014 - Event News

UK - Christie has announced that it recently received the first ever PIPA Award for the Christie D4K2560 DLP 4K projector with TruLife electronics at Prolight + Sound 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany.

Han(R) Hood Link Speeds Cable-to-cable Connection

28/04/2014 - Equipment News

Harting has expanded its Han(R) B industrial connector product portfolio with the addition of Han(R) Hood Link: a new locking system that speeds cable-to-cable connection by allowing the connection of two standard Harting 16B hoods while simultaneously achieving an IP 65 degree of protection.

JHS gears up for PLASA Focus 2014

28/04/2014 - Event News

UK - John Hornby Skewes & Co Ltd, the UK and Eire trade distributors for top award winning pro-audio brands such as HK Audio, Lab Gruppen, Lake, LA Audio, Cymatic, Lewitt and Ear Bombz will once again displaying a range of these fantastic products at the PLASA Focus Show at The Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds on Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 April.

XL Video Celebrates the ‘Big Ruby’ with The Stranglers

28/04/2014 - Production News

UK - XL Video is assisting maverick rockers The Stranglers celebrate a remarkable 40 years in the music industry which kicked off with some serious attitude in 1974 at the height of punk nihilism… and developed into an enduringly successful career balancing the tightrope of acclaim and commercial success.

Robe LED is an efficient solution for TUT’s Breytenbach Theatre

28/04/2014 - Project News

South Africa - Energy efficiency and practicality were top of the list for the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) when Robe ROBIN LEDWash 600 moving lights were chosen as a solution for the renowned Breytenbach Theatre in Pretoria.

Opening Address at Community Theatres delivered by The PLACE Report co-author, Peter Stark

25/04/2014 - Event News

UK - Hear Peter Stark OBE, co-author The PLACE Report deliver the Opening Address at The Theatres Trust’s Conference 14: Community Theatres.

Black Light Achieves Certification Hat Trick

25/04/2014 - Business News

UK - Black Light has announced that it has achieved certification for the ISO9001, ISO14001 and OHSAS 18001 quality, environmental and health and safety management standards. The company reached these milestones in March after a comprehensive process of auditing and assessment.

HSL Provides The Link

25/04/2014 - Production News

Blackburn, UK based lighting  and visuals rental company HSL supplied 30 Clay Paky Sharpys and 30 Jarag lighting fixtures to lighting designer Tom Kinane for the new BBC quiz show series of The Link.

Harlequin Announce Stage Floor Construction Guide

25/04/2014 - Business News

UK - Harlequin Floors has been providing custom-built stage floors around the world for nearly four decades. Whether it is designing and installing a stage in a new theatre or refurbishing old stages, Harlequin has the expertise to deliver an effective solution, with stages for theatres, opera houses, performing arts centres, cruise ships and education establishments. Stage floors have been designed to accommodate stage engineering requirements from revolves to traps, to comply with acoustic criteria, be aesthetically sympathetic to architectural needs and through the use of printed vinyl, integral to the set design.

Chaos, Alison Moyet and a pair of shorts

25/04/2014 - Production News

UK - In an industry that can sometimes be a slave to technology and budgets, it is always reassuring to be reminded that the entertainment business is primarily still driven by the people and the relationships that are forged over years of mutual experience and respect.

Entertaining Sustainability welcomes MeasureMyEnergy to PLASA Focus Leeds

25/04/2014 - Event News

UK - Live entertainment sustainability consultancy :entertaining sustainability will be joined by energy monitoring partner MeasureMyEnergy at PLASA Focus Leeds, kicking off at Leeds Royal Armouries next Tuesday April 29.

Audient Forge New Partnership for France

25/04/2014 - Business News

UK – Audio-Technica France is named as the authorised distributor of Audient’s interface and microphone preamp products. With immediate effect, dealers in this key European territory can purchase these, which include newest arrivals: the USB interface, iD22 and the 8-channel mic pre and ADC, ASP880, directly from the Paris-based distributor.

Lab.gruppen releases IntelliDrive Controller app for iPad

25/04/2014 - Equipment News

Lab.gruppen has announced the release of a dedicated iPad app for IntelliDrive Controller, the innovative software platform behind the IPD Series amplifier range.

Chroma-Q Showcases Leading Entertainment Lighting Solutions at PLASA Focus 2014

25/04/2014 - Event News

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

PLASA Focus: Leeds 2014 - Show Opens Next Week

25/04/2014 - Event News

UK - PLASA Focus: Leeds 2014 will throw open the doors of Leeds’ Royal Armouries Museum next week, welcoming more than 150 exhibitors and a raft of expectant visitors. On Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 April, the picturesque, canal-side setting of Clarence Docks will be transformed into an entertainment technology showcase. The industry will be out in force, making the show a must-attend event for lighting, audio, video and rigging professionals, both in the north of England and beyond.

A.C. Special Projects Showcases Performance & Architectural Installations at PLASA Focus 2014

25/04/2014 - Event News

UK - A.C. Special Projects (ACSP) Ltd. will be on hand at PLASA Focus, Leeds 2014 (stand N-E01) to discuss how they can provide bespoke integrated solutions of lighting, audio and AV equipment

Entec Adds More Magic to the Mix

25/04/2014 - People News

UK - Entec Sound & Light has announced the appointment of Mark ‘Magic’ Ellis-Cope who joins the team in West London as head of sound.

Knoxville Charity Rocks with Montgomery Gentry and Bandit Lites

24/04/2014 - Production News

USA - It was an evening of line dancing, lip-smacking southern food, silent auctions and live music during Knoxville Area Project Access’s (KAPA) 4th Annual Boot Scootin’ Ball. Allison Burchett, Bandit Lites’s director of philanthropy, helped produce the evening and coordinated the donation of the evening’s lighting as long time Bandit client and ACM Award winners Montgomery Gentry performed.

Joshua Schultz Lives the Cud Life with Sapphire Touch

24/04/2014 - Production News

USA -  Chicago-based freelance lighting designer Joshua Schultz, best known for his work with R&B and hip-hop artists like Kid Cudi and R. Kelly, recently stepped up to using Avolites’ Sapphire Touch lighting console.

Philips Vari-Lite Takes VL4000 “No Compromises” Slogan to the Extreme

24/04/2014 - Equipment News

Dallas, Texas – Philips Vari-Lite is proud to announce a significant change to the recently debuted VL4000 Spot Luminaire with the high output capability of the original VL4000GT Spot having now been engineered into the VL4000 Spot to provide customers with one powerful and dynamic model.  By working with Philips lamp technology, the new VL4000 Spot will retain the all same design features but will now output at a greater level than originally announced with the ability to achieve more than 33,000 lumens from the 1200W lamp.  Additionally, a new selectable Studio mode now allows designers and technicians to reduce the noise level of the luminaire and operate with an output of 25,000 lumens when desired.

Clay Paky at LIVE 2014: Italy has woken!

24/04/2014 - Event News

Italy – After years without shows and fairs devoted to the business, the Italian world of show technology can finally count on an event that brings together some of the most important international companies in the industry. Several of the top Italian companies in the fields of lighting, sound, video and rigging were at Live 2014, which took place at the Pala de André in Ravenna on 13 and 14 April. Among these, Clay Paky is definitely one of the most representative Italian brands in the world. It is the Italian company that has been setting the benchmark for show lighting technology for nearly 40 years.

Podd Sound Expands Rental PA Success In UK with WideLine

24/04/2014 - Production News

UK - Over the past 12 months, London-based audio and lighting equipment supply and rental business Podd Sound has increasingly turned to a QSC WideLine-8 line array for sound reinforcement at the PAs, live webcasts, launch parties and live performances that form a major part in his business. Since the start of the year, Podd Sound founder Mat Podd has worked for some of the hottest names in London's music business, including Daft Punk, Little Mix and Olly Murs, providing sound reinforcement on smaller, intimate stages or in meeting rooms on record company premises rather than at traditional concert venues. Some of the bigger names to benefit from the WideLine-8 system recently have been Pharrell Williams — Podd Sound's WideLine-8 was used at the UK media playback of the internationally successful album G I R L in late February — and Michael Jackson, whose posthumous album Xscape was given its European public debut via the WideLine-8 system in a media playback session at a luxury London hotel ballroom on March 31st.

Eaton’s Cooper Controls Business at PLASA Focus 2014

24/04/2014 - Event News

UK - Power management specialist Eaton announce that their lighting controls business  will exhibit at PLASA Focus, Leeds 2014 for the first time as part of the Eaton group of companies.

Triple Sound Innovation on I Can’t Sing

24/04/2014 - Production News

UK - The irreverent new musical based on the X-Factor, I Can’t Sing, recently opened at The London Palladium, featuring an innovative sound design by Gareth Owen, who specified the d&b audiotechnik J-Series for the first time in a West End production, as well as building a one-of-a-kind 256-channel mixer and a unique proprietary surround sound system. 

Community Announces Millar Electronics as Southeast USA Rep

24/04/2014 - Business News

USA - Community Professional Loudspeakers has announced the appointment of Millar Electronics as the company’s new sales representative for the Southeast United States. Founded in 1924, Millar Electronics has a focus on building quality relationships through exceptional customer service.  Millar will cover the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama for Community from their headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina and their branch office in Nashville, Tennessee.

Adamson Systems Promotes David Dohrmann to Technical Director, Asia Pacific

24/04/2014 - People News

Canada - Adamson Systems has announced the promotion of David Dohrmann (pictured) to technical director, Asia Pacific. Previously Dohrmann had been a senior applications engineer based out of Adamson’s European headquarters.

Robe Hits New Highs at SXSW

23/04/2014 - Production News

UK - Robe ROBIN Pointe moving lights hit new highs in a series of rooftop concerts at the 2014 South by Southwest (SXSW) music conference in Austin, Texas.

Red TX Boosts Its Team with a Key Promotion

23/04/2014 - People News

UK - With booking already filling its diary for summer 2014, broadcast audio specialist Red TX has strengthened its team by promoting Ollie Nesham to the position of chief engineer.

Bastille storms Europe and the US with Sennheiser

23/04/2014 - Production News

UK/USA - Despite only having been together for four years, indie rockers Bastille stormed this year’s BRITs, winning the award for British Breakthrough Act, as well as being nominated for British Group, British Single of the Year and British Album of the Year. Their current European and US tour is proving equally successful, with Sennheiser microphones and in-ear monitors playing an integral part in their sonic achievements.

Philips Entertainment's Game Changing Luminaires and Control at PLASA Focus

23/04/2014 - Event News

UK - The latest products from Philips Entertainment's premier brands - Selecon, Showline, Strand Lighting, and Vari-Lite - will make their UK debut at PLASA Focus, Leeds, stand NA-12 from  April 29-30.  

Sennheiser UK talks conferencing and camouflage at PLASA Focus

23/04/2014 - Event News

UK - Wireless conferencing and camouflaged loudspeakers will be the emphasis for Sennheiser UK at this year’s PLASA Focus, with Sennheiser’s ADN-W and Speech Line systems, and K-array’s new Khameleon loudspeaker wraps all making their first UK appearance.

The LTM Motor School returns for 2014

23/04/2014 - Standards News

UK - Following popular demand, the LTM Motor School is back.  Starting with two course dates in June 2014, the LTM team will be teaching a two-day course on hoist maintenance and general theory.  The course offers participants the opportunity to strip down and rebuild a LoadGuard hoist, under expert instruction from the LTM training staff.

Triple E on Track for PLASA Focus with an Armoury of Industry-Leading Products and Enhanced Website

23/04/2014 - Event News

UK - Entertainment equipment engineering experts Triple E will be on stand R-B14 at PLASA Focus, Leeds, armed with its array of industry-leading track systems, its brand new heavy duty TDrive motor, and a rebooted website with enhanced quote tools.

White Light Gears Up for PLASA Focus Leeds

23/04/2014 - Event News

UK - White Light returns to the Royal Armouries in Leeds this month for the annual PLASA Focus exhibition April 29-30. On stand N-C24 in New Dock Hall, visitors will find the latest lighting and effects solutions including White Light exclusive products from manufacturers Altman Lighting, ArKaos Pro, Chromlech, CORE Lighting, Interactive Technologies, Look Solutions, LSC Lighting and Wireless Solution. White Light’s display of products will focus on TV lighting, LED lighting, show control systems, and special effects equipment.

Clay Pak Lighting Does the Awards Honors in Las Vegas

23/04/2014 - Production News

Los Angeles – Awards season is in full swing and every genre of entertainment has a gala awards ceremony.  Clay Paky Alpha Spot lighting fixtures and were on hand for both the Interactive Achievement Awards at the D.I.C.E. Summit, which celebrated the best in interactive entertainment, as well as the AVN Awards for the adult entertainment industry.

Clay Paky Shines ‘R&B Superstar’ Bright at London’s Wembley Arena

23/04/2014 - Production News

UK – Some of R&B’s most successful ‘90s artists were reunited at London’s Wembley Arena in February for a mega-concert, lit by Tom Grant using Clay Paky Sharpys and Alpha Wash 700s.

Colour Sound Gears Up with Robe for Summer Season

23/04/2014 - Production News

UK - West London UK based lighting and visuals rental specialist Colour Sound Experiment has invested in nearly 100 new Robe lighting fixtures for its upcoming summer season including 60 multi-purpose Robe ROBIN Pointe luminaires … in readiness for a mega busy summer season ahead.

ETC has big plans for PLASA Focus: Leeds

22/04/2014 - Event News

UK - The ETC’s Source Four LED Series 2 luminaire, ETC Source Four Mini LED fixtures and ETC Nomad lighting control, along with SmartPack ThruPower products, are set to be the stars of the show at this year’s PLASA Focus Leeds trade show.

Painting With Light at the MIA Awards

22/04/2014 - Production News

Belgium - The glitz, glamour and red carpet action was out in style at the 2013 Music Industry (MIA) Awards show in Brussels, lit for the first time by Luc Peumans of leading Belgian creative practice, Painting With Light!

Clay Paky Lighting Helps “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” Shine

22/04/2014 - Production News

Los Angeles – “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” debuted to rave reviews and top ratings, and Clay Paky fixtures are part of the mix giving a new look to late-night television. 

L-Acoustics' KARA Works the Las Vegas Strip with MGM Resorts

22/04/2014 - Project News

Las Vegas - MGM Resorts International techs see it all. Sound system requests can be for a single lavaliere microphone setup for a business meeting in the morning, a DJ-fueled and bikini-filled pool party at lunch, a prize fight weigh-in with a mariachi band in a ballroom in the afternoon, and then a headline act in an arena in the evening. When the biggest chain of mega resorts in the Entertainment Capital of the World needed a new system that was both versatile and stellar sounding, it turned to L-Acoustics and a system based on the compact KARA line of loudspeakers.

Bandit Lights Biggest Winter Jam Ever

22/04/2014 - Production News

USA -  When Pollstar announced the ticket sales for the first quarter of 2014, the number one most attended concert wasn’t a pop star or a rock god, but instead a tour that makes ministry its main focus. The Winter Jam Tour Spectacular, or Winter Jam as it is popularly known, just capped off its most successful year ever, with more attendees than ever before and included performances by NewSong, Newsboys, Lecrae, Tenth Avenue North, Thousand Foot Krutch and Plumb. Bandit Lites proudly worked with production manager and lighting designer Jerry Holcomb to illuminate the event.

Pete’s Big TVs Rocks 2014 R&R Hall of Fame

22/04/2014 - Production News

USA - Video equipment rental company Pete’s Big TVs supplied the high resolution LED video panels and a video tech crew for the 29th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

ITEAC 2014 Conference Programme Topics Confirmed

22/04/2014 - Event News

UK - After a successful call for papers and many suggestions and proposals, the Editorial Board of the International Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference has this week confirmed over 30 topics for ITEAC 2014: The Future of Performance Spaces, 8-10 June, London.

Elation Lighting Innovation at PLASA Focus Leeds 2014

22/04/2014 - Event News

UK - Elation Professional invites lighting professionals to PLASA Focus Leeds and Stand N-D32 for the opportunity to talk in depth with qualified Elation personnel and get an up-close look at Elation’s line of versatile lighting solutions. Join the Elation team April 29-30 at the Royal Armouries at Clarence Dock in Leeds where the Elation staff will be happy to demo the latest products.

Prolyte Group at PLASA Focus: Leeds 2014

22/04/2014 - Event News

UK - Prolyte Group is once again exhibiting at PLASA Focus: Leeds - the essential event for entertainment technology in the north of England. The show takes place on April 29-30 at The Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds, West Yorkshire.

DAP Audio from Highlite at Plasa Focus 2014

22/04/2014 - Event News

UK - At this year’s PLASA Focus, Highlite UK will unveil an era of new products from there DAP Audio range of products.

Showtec Lighting from Highlite at PLASA Focus Leeds

22/04/2014 - Event News

UK – The PLASA Focus show will see the UK and IE Launch of the brand new and exclusive range of “Infinity” Moving heads from Showtec. There are seven products in the range: five are LED units and two are lamped units.

RATstands’ new website embraces 21st century web technology

22/04/2014 - Business News

UK - Professional and amateur musicians around the globe will be delighted to hear that leading UK music stand suppliers RATstands have re-launched their website with a new user-friendly facility in order to make choosing musical accessories even easier than before.

Yamaha Is the Key to Forum Niederberg’s New Flexibility

22/04/2014 - Project News

Germany - When a venue with multiple spaces needs to update its audio system, nowadays a networked solution considerably enhances the usefulness and flexibility of the entire building. This is exactly what has happened in the German city of Velbert, where a Dante-based Yamaha/Nexo system has recently been installed.

Elation Expands Rayzor Series with Powerful New Rayzor Beam 2R

22/04/2014 - Equipment News

Combining technology from Elation Professional’s successful Platinum and Rayzor series of professional moving heads comes the Rayzor Beam 2R, a small and speedy beam luminaire with an intense and extremely narrow long-throw beam for spectacular mid-air looks and effects.

Philips Showline SL NITRO 510s are a hit on Goldfrapp's latest European tour

22/04/2014 - Production News

Europe - 'Striking, stylish and slightly strange' are the words that established lighting designer Rob Sinclair uses to describe his eerie lighting design for musical duo Goldfrapp's latest tour. Similar words could also describe the effects that he gets from the Philips Showline SL NITRO 510 strobe luminaires, which Sinclair has specified to deliver cinematic, crisp, cross stage washes alongside stark, ice white strobe effects.

Exhibitors gear up for PLASA Focus: Leeds 2014

22/04/2014 - Event News

UK - As PLASA Focus: Leeds 2014 fast approaches, exhibitors are preparing to fill the show floor with the latest entertainment technology. Having grown its reputation over the last five years, the north of England edition of PLASA Focus has cemented its importance in the industry as a platform for building relationships and showcasing new products.

SGM P-5s mingle with the stars at Swiss planetarium

22/04/2014 - Project News

Switzerland - Since opening in 1969, the Swiss Museum of Transport Planetarium has been a source of fascination for young and old alike. Beneath the 18m dome, (with a projection area of 508 m2) visitors experience a breath-taking, starry sky and discover the principles and latest research discoveries from the world of astronomy. This, the only large-scale planetarium in Switzerland, belongs to an exclusive circle that is able to depict dome-filling moving pictures within its 508 m2 area.

State of the art sound system installed in HDI Arena

22/04/2014 - Project News

Germany - Over the past months, Hannover 96 has upgraded the old sound system in the HDI Arena to be one of the most powerful and most modern in the entire Bundesliga. For the match against Hamburger SV on Saturday, 12th April 2014, almost all new loudspeakers and amplifiers were in use for the first time.

Yamaha Has Leisuretec TecZone Surrounded

22/04/2014 - Business News

UK - As one of the UK’s major trade distributors of professional audio, lighting, video and special effects, Leighton Buzzard-based Leisuretec invests considerable time in training, seminars, product demonstrations and meetings with both clients and suppliers. The company has recently opened the TecZone, a new in-house space to facilitate all these and more, with Yamaha’s CIS series chosen for its 7.1 surround system.

New Avolites Products to Make UK Debut at PLASA Focus, Leeds

22/04/2014 - Event News

UK - Avolites and Avolites Media have announced that teams from both brands will be demoing products being shown in the UK for the first time at PLASA Focus, Leeds, April 29-30.

NIN9 goes clubbing with SGM’s LT-100 LED tubes

22/04/2014 - Project News

Georgia - A new prestigious club and lounge recently opened in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, which fully embraces its guests with a VIP zone, dance floor and lighting innovations. Club NIN9 is based around the concept of having just nine tables, but the dance venue has already established a great atmosphere, drawing in full houses.

Elisa soars somewhere between dreams and reality with Clay Paky

22/04/2014 - Production News

Italy - Elisa's "L’anima vola" (my soul flies) tour is a three-hour-plus marathon, during which the Italian singer-songwriter entertains her audience with the naturalness she has got us used to. It is a sort of long journey that covers all stages of her career, from her début in English and her victory at the Sanremo Music Festival, right up to her total conversion to the Italian language, which features throughout her latest CD.

Panasonic Expands High Brightness LCD Projector Line-up

22/04/2014 - Equipment News

Panasonic has announced the PT-EZ580 Series of 5,000 to 6,200 lumens, exchangeable lens LCD projectors.

Panasonic Launches Super Narrow Bezel Display Video Wall

22/04/2014 - Equipment News

The TH-47LFV5 direct-LED backlight display features a super narrow bezel of just 4.9 mm (bezel to bezel) for seamless video walls and complements the existing Panasonic video wall product line, the 55-inch TH-55LFV50 (high brightness version for retail) and TH-55LFV5 (matt version for broadcast and rental).

Ant and Dec “most audacious and ambitious” stunt in series finale

22/04/2014 - Production News

UK - As Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway reached its series finale on Saturday April 5, Unusual Rigging was once again brought on board to ensure that the last Ant v Dec challenge of the season was the most spectacular yet. Having already worked on the seemingly death defying Men on a Ledge challenge earlier in the series, Unusual’s Robin Elias and the ITV production team knew they were going to have to pull out all the stops to ensure the last challenge – The Decider – would be the best yet.

Time Flies in Reverze with Wicreations!

22/04/2014 - Production News

Belgium - Belgian based automation and engineering specialists Wicreations supplied specialist flying and movement system for the recent Reverze event staged simultaneously at Antwerp’s famous Sportpalais venue and the adjacent Lotto Arena, accommodating upwards of 20,000  hard dance music fans.

Last chance to book for Community Theatres Conference

17/04/2014 - Event News

UK - How can theatres harness their community rights? Join us in Leeds to debate the future of community theatres! There are just 10 days to go until The Theatres Trust’s 8th annual conference, Community Theatres

CLD Provides LED Lighting Solution for Rudyard Kipling’s House

17/04/2014 - Project News

UK - Commissioned by the National Trust, designer Mike Blacker of East Grinstead, Sussex, UK based Blacker Design was asked to mastermind a refurbishment plan for lighting in the museum area of Bateman’s - for over 30 years from 1902, the home of author Rudyard Kipling - near Burwash in the beautiful Sussex Weald.

Wet Wet Wet on the Road with White Light

17/04/2014 - Production News

UK - White Light, the entertainment lighting company with a long-established reputation in theatre, corporate productions and special events, is increasingly being discovered by lighting designers working in the live music and concert touring fields - all attracted by the company’s quality service, diverse range of lighting equipment, and friendly, helpful approach to getting the show on.

XL Video Introduces New US CEO at New York Event

17/04/2014 - People News

USA - XL Video, global provider of innovative video solutions for the live events industry, has introduced the new CEO for their US operation, headquartered in Atlanta, GA.

By Design Day 2014 – join our champions in raising funds

17/04/2014 - Event News

UK & USA - Raising money for industry charities both sides of the Atlantic, By Design Day returns this year supported by a galaxy of well-known champions.

Audica Professional Announces New Median Ceiling Loudspeakers

17/04/2014 - Equipment News

Audica Professional has announced the launch of its Median IC 125 and IC 165, 2-way, full-range premium ceiling loudspeakers. The new loudspeakers are designed for applications where high fidelity audio quality is a primary requirement.

RC Versions of Movecat Controllers Now Available

17/04/2014 - Equipment News

Practice-proven functionality and the highest safety standards are united in the new RC versions (low-voltage control) presented for the first time at the Prolight+Sound of Movecat's successful L- and E-Series chain hoist controllers. Their basic function sets are identical to those of the already established DC versions, so the devices also offer selective motor protection circuit breakers for each chain hoist including continuous function monitoring as well as Movecat's renowned user-friendliness and such safety features as E-Stop emergency shutdown. A 24-pole Harting multi-pin output is provided for every four low-voltage-control RC hoists. With them, commonly available low-voltage control chain hoists - even from other manufacturers - can be controlled safely.

Robe MiniMes Emphasise Branding at Dinghy Show

16/04/2014 - Production News

UK - Rob Praine from Southampton UK based event production company, Emphasis Event Production Ltd (EEP), put the company’s new Robe ROBIN LEDBeam 100s and award winning ROBIN MiniMe effects fixtures to the test for the 2014 RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show at London’s Alexandra Palace.

The Knight of Illumination Awards Announces Launch of 'KOI South Africa'

16/04/2014 - Event News

EU - The Europe-based Knight of Illumination Awards, which celebrates outstanding achievements in lighting design, is expanding internationally with the launch of 'KOI South Africa' in 2015.

Innovative New Home for ELC Lighting

16/04/2014 - Business News

The Netherlands - ELC Lighting has announced its move into new headquarters in the Netherlands. The new, improved offices, based in Gemert near Eindhoven, have been designed and planned by the company’s own R&D engineers and promise to be a space created with the comfort of the worker in mind.

Yamaha QL Series is in Focus at The Armouries

16/04/2014 - Event News

UK - Having been launched in Frankfurt just over a month ago, Yamaha’s new QL series digital mixing consoles make their UK trade show debut at PLASA Focus, being held on April 29-30 at the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds.

KLOTZ Installation Connection Box (ICB)

16/04/2014 - Equipment News

KLOTZ Cables has collaborated with one of Germany's largest media technology installation companies to develop a series of all-new wall installation boxes. These Installation Connection Boxes (ICB) feature unique versatility, simplicity, safety and rugged design. Available in five different frame sizes, they meet all possible requirements and specifications for areas including theatres, concert halls and conference centres. They are supplied as standard without front panels and can thus be adapted to any situation.

TRIAS bolsters its relationship with Christie

16/04/2014 - Business News

UK - Christie has announced an agreement with TRIAS Group, Christie’s primary rental and event-staging partner in Poland. TRIAS has purchased eight Christie Roadster HD14K-M 3-chip DLP projectors in a deal worth more than $330,000 (1 million PLN).

MOJO announces Malaysian Distributor

16/04/2014 - Business News

Following a surge in music events and tours heading to the region, Mojo Barriers has announced Kuala Lumpur based EHQ Projects as its official Malaysian distributor, April 2014.

TC Group appoints Nick Williams as Business Development Manager Asia/Pacific

16/04/2014 - People News

TC Group is delighted to announce the appointment of Nick Williams (pictured) as its Business Development Manager Asia/Pacific for Install and Tour, with responsibility for the Tannoy, Lab.gruppen and Lake brands.

Electro-Voice EVA line-array loudspeakers for new sanctuary at Trinity UMC

16/04/2014 - Project News

USA - For decades, the Trinity United Methodist Church of Arlington, Texas was based in a facility featuring an 800-seat sanctuary and adjoining classrooms. But by 2010 growing attendance at worship services made clear that in the long run a new campus would better serve its 3000-strong congregation. The church raised funds, bought land and started building. By 2013 it was settled into a brand new $10.65 million home, just over a mile from the old. The centerpiece of the new Trinity UMC is a large, elegantly simple wood-ceilinged sanctuary designed to serve both present and future generations of congregants. The sanctuary includes a main PA system featuring Electro-Voice Expandable Vertical Array (EVA) line arrays.

Welcoming the xC-Series Column loudspeakers to InfoComm China 2014

16/04/2014 - Event News

China - Somehow among over 260 exhibitors most visitors managed to find time to stop by stand number EC9-01 and talk audio with d&b audiotechnik China. Highlighted was the all new xC-Series, with elements of the xS-Series also on show. Both are part of the d&b White range of installation loudspeakers.

Artistic Licence at PLASA Focus: Leeds

16/04/2014 - Event News

UK - Artistic Licence, the lighting control specialist, invites visitors to learn of some exciting developments in Ethernet-based lighting control on stand N-B23 at this year’s PLASA Focus Leeds. In addition to the product based news and demonstrations available at the stand, Artistic Licence CEO and company founder, Wayne Howell, will be giving an intriguing presentation on DALI for the Seminar Programme at 11.30am on Tuesday 29.

Out Board TiMax and Data Strategy PLASA Focus 2014

16/04/2014 - Event News

UK - Out Board will be exhibiting at PLASA Focus (April 29 – 30 at The Royal Armouries, Leeds) on Stand R-C06 and demonstrating the market-leading TiMax Tracker performer tracking automation alongside TiMax SoundHub audio matrix, playback server and show controller system. The last year has seen the company make significant inroads into new markets and territories with these ubiquitous products.

Chauvet Professional is PLASA Focus Platinum Sponsor

16/04/2014 - Event News

UK - Chauvet Professional is supporting PLASA Focus, Leeds (April 29 – 30 April, The Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds), for the third year with platinum sponsorship. The brand is exhibiting on stand N-B12 and will be showcasing the UK debut of the Chauvet Professional Rogue series, as well the latest additions to the Chauvet Professional Nexus series of LED video panels.

The 7th Knight of Illumination Awards has lift off

16/04/2014 - Event News

UK - It's that time of the year again - the 7th Knight of Illumination (KOI) Awards has launched and already the entries are flying in for Television and Concert Touring and Events. 2014 will see yet another celebration of talented international lighting and digital content designers that have worked in the UK in the sectors of TV, Theatre and Concert Touring and Events.

Outline fills the floor in Indonesia

16/04/2014 - Project News

Indonesia - Outline’s Indonesian distributor Melodia Sound & Lighting Systems recently supplied a Mini-COM.P.A.S.S. line array to Surabaya’s Ciputra World mall for its new fourth-floor ballroom. The PA system, which is self-powered and driven by Outline’s iMode technology, comprises twelve Mini-COM.P.A.S.S. iMode elements and four DBS 18-2 iMode SP subwoofers, and covers an area of 700 square metres that has rather problematic acoustics.

Doing it the Danor Way with Robe

16/04/2014 - Production News

Israel - Robe’s Israeli distributor Danor is based in Hod Hasheron just outside the bustling and vibrant hub of Tel Aviv and has built its reputation on being switched on to the market, offering the most innovative technologies and excellent service.

Midas XL48 Praised by Wigwam Acoustics Ltd

15/04/2014 - Production News

The Midas XL48 has quickly become the go-to, add-on microphone preamp for Wigwam Acoustics Ltd. In fact, the company is proud to be the first UK rental facility to offer the 8-channel microphone preamp within its rental stock.

Entec Lights Bootleg Beatles Tour

15/04/2014 - Production News

UK - West London based rental company Entec’s lighting division once again renewed its great working relationship with the Bootleg Beatles, arguably one of the most successful and ‘authentic’ tribute bands in the world with over 4,000 shows worldwide under their belts since their formation in 1980 – significantly more than the real Beatles!

wysiwyg Perfects Lighting on Multi-size Stages at Swedish Melodifestivalen

15/04/2014 - Production News

Sweden – The award-winning wysiwyg previsualization suite from CAST Software of Toronto, Canada played a crucial role in the recent six-week tour of Melodifestivalen 2014, the annual Swedish song contest that yields Sweden's song that will compete in the Eurovision Song Contest. This year marks the country’s 54th time to enter. Melodifestivalen visited six cities across Sweden with the Finals held at the massive new Friends Arena in Stockholm. Viewed by approximately four million, it is Sweden’s most popular television program.

Epic Production Services look forward to busy festival season with Martin Audio W8LM

15/04/2014 - Production News

UK - Event production and hire company, Epic Production Services, have recently invested in Martin Audio W8LM and WS218X, supplied by LMC Audio London.

2014 Olivier Award Winners Announced

15/04/2014 - Event News

UK - The 2014 Olivier Awards, marking the best of theatre to open in London’s West End over the last twelve months, were presented on Sunday, April 13, in a star-studded ceremony at the Royal Opera House.

A Trilogy of sound from the land of Ice & Fire

15/04/2014 - Production News

Iceland – As a culmination of two years of touring the world, Icelandic band Sigur Rós completed the last leg with Skan PA using the latest addition to their equipment roster. Always a company that likes to take the empirical approach to new technology, Skan has been running the slide rule over their new D80 amplifiers from d&b audiotechnik. Skan’s system designer for the tour Tom Tunney explains their findings: “We took a d&b system out for Sigur Rós late last year. A short run, maybe three weeks, the system was based on J-Series with some Q-Series for fill. We drove the whole PA with D80s.” Tunney is one of Skan’s most experienced system technicians, his post tour observations are not to be ignored.

X Factor Live launches at LS-Live

15/04/2014 - Production News

UK - Following the 10th series of the hit ITV show The X Factor, the final eight contestants got ready for the X Factor Live Tour, which started in UK arenas in February 2014.

CUK Audio Announce New dB Technologies Dealer Partnership Scheme

15/04/2014 - Business News

UK - CUK Audio, the recently appointed exclusive UK distributor for dB Technologies, has announced an exciting new dealer partnership scheme designed to help retailers provide their customers with the best possible services and support.

HD Pro Audio in Plymouth, PLASA Focus and Beyond with SSL Live Console

15/04/2014 - Event News

UK - SSL Live UK agent, HD Pro Audio, has two upcoming events where engineers can get to see and understand the new SSL Live console, with experienced advice on hand. The first is a demo session at the dBs Live venue in Plymouth on April 23. Places are limited, so anyone interested in attending should contact HD Pro Audio's Andy Huffer or TomTurner on 01784 433687 or e-mail

Yamaha QL5 has firm hold of the Sound of Hairspray

15/04/2014 - Production News

The Netherlands - Despite only being launched at ProLight+Sound last month, the rapid shipping time of Yamaha’s new QL series digital mixing consoles means that they are already at work on productions. One of the first was in the Netherlands, where a high school production of Hairspray was lucky enough to enjoy all the benefits of QL technology.

Panasonic to launch Full-HD 16,000 Lumen Projector

15/04/2014 - Equipment News

Panasonic is set to launch a Full-HD, 3-chip DLPTM projector to complement the award winning PT-DZ21K series. The PT-DZ16K has been specifically designed to reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for customers seeking a reliable, high brightness and low-maintenance product.

Oldest Siberian theatre gets modern makeover with ETC products

15/04/2014 - Project News

Russia - The Tobolsk Drama Theater named for P.P. Yershov is thought to be the oldest theatre in Siberia, with performances dating back to the 16th Century. Today, the theatre is one of Russia’s most technologically advanced venues, having just undergone a massive reconstruction project that doubled the building’s size, added a second stage and upgraded its stage equipment. As part of the theatre’s renovation, ETC dealer Imlight installed a lighting system with ETC fixtures, entertainment controls and architectural controls.

Elation Expands Platinum Series with Versatile Platinum Wash 16R Pro

15/04/2014 - Equipment News

Elation Professional has expanded its Platinum Series of high-powered, energy-efficient moving heads with the launch of the Platinum Wash 16R Pro, a low wattage yet high-output moving head luminaire that can be flexibly used as either a beam or wash luminaire.

XL Video is The One for HTC Events

14/04/2014 - Production News

UK - XL Video has recently supplied LED and plasma screens and control for two separate events for Taiwanese global technology brand HTC – the first was for their exhibition stand at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, followed shortly after by the high profile London launch of the One M8 flagship smartphone at Olympia.

Robe Pointes Shine at MIA Awards

14/04/2014 - Production News

Belgium - The 2013 Music Industry Awards (MIAs) show was staged in Brussels by Flemish national TV channel VRT (Vlaamse Radio en Televisieomroeporganisatie) in February to honour the best of the lively Belgian music scene.

Audiologic Secures Nexo Distribution Deal

14/04/2014 - Business News

UK - Professional audio solutions provider Audiologic has been appointed to distribute Nexo installation loudspeakers in the UK. With more than 30 years of innovative development in sound reinforcement, Nexo is without doubt a world-leading manufacturer and Audiologic is delighted to have added such a prestigious brand to its portfolio. Adding these high-end products to its range enables Audiologic to offer the broadest possible spectrum of choice to its customers.

GDS ArcSystem installed at the home of the Nobel Prize

14/04/2014 - Project News

Sweden - One of the last examples of neo-classical architecture in Sweden, The Stockholm Concert Hall was designed by Ivar Tengbom and completed in 1926. Sited near Hotorget Square, the building's monumental facade cuts an impressive figure with its ten huge Corinthian columns. Its interior is similarly impressive, decorated in part by the work of renowned artists Isaac Grunewald and Edwald Dahlskog. The Konserthuset comprises three separate halls, the largest of which seats 1770 people. In 1971 the venue was renovated by Tengbom's son Anders with a focus on improving its acoustics. Home to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Concert Hall is the principal venue for orchestral music in Sweden as well as being perhaps most famous for hosting the annual Nobel Prize Ceremony.

Robe ‘Rides the Rig’ at Houston Rodeo

14/04/2014 - Production News

USA - Sixty Robe ROBIN Pointes and five Robe ROBIN DLS Profile fixtures ‘rode the rig’ at the 2014 Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas throughout the month of March.

Gary Burrows Joins PTB

14/04/2014 - People News

UK - Push The Button Ltd (PTB), the specialist electrical contractor for the entertainment industry, has announced the appointment of Gary Burrows (pictured) as project manager.

Hawthorn Lights it Up Blue for World Autism Awareness Day

14/04/2014 - Project News

UK - Light It Up Blue is a global campaign that sees thousands of iconic landmarks, cities and towns around the globe turn blue once a year. The campaign draws attention to creating a greater public awareness of autism and educates communities on issues around autism. On April 2, Hawthorn was commissioned to turn City University London's College Building and Social Science Building blue to show support for World Autism Awareness Day.

Ambersphere and Robert Juliat find the X-Factor

11/04/2014 - Production News

The production values on the X-Factor Live Tour certainly maintain the look and feel of the TV show. Video plays a large part in this with two IMAG screens stage left and right reminding the audience of the journey the performers have completed prior to each acts’ performance. On the stage itself, part of the video wall is used as a sliding reveal for the artists’ entrances while the TV dynamic is continued in the design of the stairs, the independent stage thrust and the hi-gloss flooring. Add to that a lighting rig that begins with fifty nine Clay Paky Sharpys just for starters and it is clear that a for a followspot to cut through and make its mark, it would have to be something powerful, very bright and with a clarity of focus to work with the camera work effectively.

Harman’s Martin Professional Lights Up the Stage for the Arnold Sports Festival

11/04/2014 - Production News

USA - Having worked with the Arnold Sports Festival as its exclusive provider of lighting and staging systems for over 20 years, Live! Technologies, LLC. recently took the show to a new level with an array of lighting elements from Harman’s Martin Professional.

High End Systems Announces Network Capable HedgeHog

11/04/2014 - Equipment News

Following the extremely successful HedgeHog 4 launch, at LDI 2013, High End Systems, has further broadened its Hog 4 family with the addition of the HedgeHog 4N. This version adds the ability for the popular compact platform to network with other all other Hog 4 consoles and peripherals and will make it a perfect backup or dimmer city console.

OneRepublic Wraps Its "Native" World Tour with Clay Paky B-EYEs, and Sharpys

11/04/2014 - Production News

UK – OneRepublic’s headlining "Native Tour" wrapped in the UK March 24 after spending last year circling the globe and breaking new ground as the first tour to utilize Clay Paky’s A.leda B-EYE K20 innovative, LED-based moving lights. A complement of Clay Paky Sharpys was also on hand.

Sennheiser UK supports first Brighton Music Conference

11/04/2014 - Event News

UK - The first ever Brighton Music Conference hosts some of the world’s most exciting electronic artists as well as over 150 luminary industry speakers, and is slated as being the ‘UK’s answer to the Miami Winter Music Conference’. Sennheiser UK is both a sponsor and exhibitor and will be showcasing its new range of DJ headphones and legendary HD 25 headphones as well as a variety of its wireless microphones, plus Neumann monitor loudspeakers, Rane’s acclaimed DJ interfaces and mixers, plus the new LimitEarHDM Pro - a Sennheiser Solutions product which integrates HDM Pro technology into HD 25 headphones, delivering the most audible, safe hearing experience possible.

Pearce Hire returns to PLASA Focus: Leeds

11/04/2014 - Event News

UK - Pearce Hire have announced that they will be exhibiting again at PLASA Focus: Leeds 2014, securing their place alongside the other exhibitor regulars at this sell-out regional event. Taking place on Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 April at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, PLASA Focus is the premier entertainment technology trade show for the North of England

Stage floor specialists Harlequin to exhibit at PLASA Focus

11/04/2014 - Event News

UK - Harlequin Floors will once again be exhibiting at the PLASA Focus event to be held at the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds, on April 29 - 30, 2014, where Harlequin’s stand, RA-C12, will feature floors for theatre, dance and events.

Stage Electrics Delivers Bespoke Solutions to Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s Milton Court

11/04/2014 - Project News

UK - Stage Electrics delivered the lighting, audio and video systems to Milton Court, Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s multi-million pound, state-of-the-art facility near its premises in Silk Street.

ArKaos PRO Masters Prolight+Sound 2014

11/04/2014 - Event News

Belgium – ArKaos PRO reports that it is extremely happy with the exposure it received at Prolight+Sound, Frankfurt: "The number and quality of the visitors to the stand was excellent and we couldn’t have asked for a better reception of our new products," says ArKaos PRO’s Toon Servaes.

XL Video Sees Tomorrow with Bombay Bicycle Club

11/04/2014 - Production News

UK - XL Video supplied projection and Catalyst control for the recent UK tour by quirky and interesting indie rock band Bombay Bicycle Club, which kicked off their "So Long See You Tomorrow" album campaign and world tour.

Relentless Kerrang! Awards Return to Rock Troxy

11/04/2014 - Event News

In the words of Arctic Monkeys’ singer Alex Turner, ‘rock’n’roll music will never die’ and it definitely hasn’t at East London’s Troxy, as the Relentless Kerrang! Awards returns for the consecutive year on Thursday, 12th June. This year’s awards will be co-hosted by Andrew WK and Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian.

Elation LED Tape Accentuates Jon Secada Set at Wynn’s Encore Theater

11/04/2014 - Production News

USA - LED tape may not get the attention that high beam moving heads or flashy LED backdrops enjoy, but it certainly has its place on live sets as a visually important – and highly cost effective – decorative element. Take Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Jon Secada’s show at the Wynn Resort’s Encore Theater in Las Vegas as an example where the Cuban-born singer performed with full backup on a stage composed of seven different levels and custom staircases.

OISTAT in favour of thorough restoration of historic theatre machinery in Bourla theatre

11/04/2014 - Project News

Belgium - In 1993 Europa Nostra awarded the Bourla theatre in Antwerp as winning project in Belgium: “For the scrupulous restoration of the theatre, the harmonious renovation of the entrance hall and the preservation of the original theatre machinery still intact and functioning.” Twenty years later, Europa Nostra nominated the same original theatre machinery as most endangered cultural site in Europe, being subject of a feasibility study to dismantle this unique site for the sake of extensive modernization.

Elation Europe Invites Service Professionals to PRO Service Days in May

10/04/2014 - Event News

The Netherlands - Following Elation Europe’s popular PRO Theme Day seminars in October of last year, Elation Professional is inviting technicians and all interested service professionals to PRO Service Days to be held May 6 (beginner) and 7 (advanced) at Elation’s European headquarters in Kerkrade, Holland.

HSL Lights Holy Fire With The Foals

10/04/2014 - Production News

UK - HSL continued its productive and creative working relationships with award- winning lighting designer Davy Sherwin on tour with alt rockers The Foals, who have just finished the latest UK leg of their ongoing 'Holy Fire' album campaign.

Robe Highlights All Time Low

10/04/2014 - Production News

UK - Popular American punk pop band All Time Low recently took the UK by storm on their latest "A Love Like" tour, and part of the WOW factor for their energy-fuelled performances was the lighting design created by Boston based LD Jeff Maker.

The Deutsches Theater counts on Clay Paky and MA

10/04/2014 - Project News

Germany - The Deutsches Theater, also known as the "Feenpalast", was built in Munich in 1896 in Baroque Revival style by Alexander Blum, Joseph Rank and Karl Stöhr. In 2008, restoration of the architectural complex, which includes the theatre itself and a smaller room for events, got under way in grand style. However the theatre only resumed its regular activity in January this year. An MA Lighting system was chosen to run the completely renewed lighting rig.

Clay Paky at Circus Roncalli

10/04/2014 - Production News

Germany - When Bernhard Paul and André Heller founded Circus Roncalli in 1975, they certainly did not expect to reach such great success. Their first tour began with a world premiere in Bonn on May 18, 1976. Over the years, Circus Roncalli has always been committed to maintaining the classical circus tradition, and its numerous successful tours in Germany and abroad are proof of the exceptional quality of its shows.

Iconic Melbourne Athenaeum embraces Coda Audio

10/04/2014 - Project News

Australia - As one of Victoria's oldest public institutions, Australia's Melbourne Athenaeum was first founded in 1839. The heritage building was originally called the Melbourne Mechanics' Institute, an educational facility which taught various technical disciplines.

d&b audiotechnik at USITT 2014

10/04/2014 - Event News

USA - The idea that one and one equal three predominated the d&b audiotechnik stand at USITT this year. There were two products; the new D80 amplifier, a twenty-first century response to the technological expectations of the digital era and the xC-Series, comprising the very latest loudspeakers from the fertile minds of the d&b R&D department. The third was more cerebral, a workflow that took students who attended the Sound Lab sessions in the Fort Worth Convention Center Arena from system design, through setup via remote control, to a fully functioning system.

5 Star Group at PLASA Focus 2014

10/04/2014 - Event News

UK - The 5 Star Group will be exhibiting at PLASA Focus in Leeds again this year showing a selection of its current products including flight cases and other solutions for the safe and convenient transportation of all types of equipment.

Elation DW Fresnel and DW Profile Dynamic White Light LED

10/04/2014 - Equipment News

The new DW Fresnel and DW Profile from Elation Professional are excellent choices when variable white light is required in broadcast or theatre environments. Their soft, flicker-free output is easily adjustable from warm white tungsten to cool white daylight, and beam control via zoom and beam framing/shaping make them highly effective directional white light luminaires. Powered by a 250W, 100,000 hour white LED engine, these pro-level products feature low-noise cooling for operation in noise sensitive environments and are optimized to give the finest in variable white light.

Elation On-the-road Reliability for Brit Floyd “Discovery” World Tour

10/04/2014 - Production News

USA - Currently touring North America with a rig of Elation Professional lighting that includes Platinum Beam 5R and Design Spot 1200C moving heads, Brit Floyd’s “Discovery” is a stunning three-hour musical journey that recreates the legendary band’s music and gives audiences a retrospective look at a classic lighting setup.

A.C. Special Projects Delivers Exterior LED Lighting Scheme for Madame Tussauds London

10/04/2014 - Project News

UK - A.C. Special Projects (ACSP) Ltd. have provided an energy-efficient, bespoke colour-changing LED lighting solution for the exterior façade of Madame Tussauds London - one of the capital’s most iconic visitor attractions.

Yamaha CL1 Makes Vöhringen Haus Proud

10/04/2014 - Production News

Germany - Yamaha’s CL1 digital console has proved itself a winner in regional and municipal venues, where space is at a premium, but the flexibility and facilities of the CL system means venues can exceed audience expectations. A prime example of such an installation is in the German town of Vöhringen.

Britannia Row Productions and the Tinie Tempah Tour

10/04/2014 - Production News

UK - Twelve gigs in nineteen days is hectic by any measure; arena productions and their schedules don’t just fall together. Yet front of house engineer Mark Kennedy was his usual self, completely at ease, following the opening shows of Tinie Tempah’s latest tour. "We just played two nights at Wolverhampton Civic and it was great. Most of the venues we play are ten thousand plus capacity, but these first two, Wolverhampton and Manchester Apollo are smaller so we are playing two nights in each," he explained.

The Wanted UK Arena Tour 2014 with All Access

10/04/2014 - Production News

UK - All Access Staging and Productions Ltd provided staging incorporating a lift and their exciting Versa Snifter to The Wanted on their recent UK arena tour.

The First Night Riders Charity Motorbike and Classic Car Event Revs up for 2014

10/04/2014 - Event News

UK - The First Night Riders charity motorbike and classic car tour of British theatres, which raises money for The Theatrical Guild's (TTG) vital work, has launched its 2014 event with a call for participants and sponsors.

Becoming a star: MA Lighting installed at Movie World

10/04/2014 - Project News

Australia - Warner Bros. Movie World on the Gold Coast is Australia’s premier theme park where movies come to life. Recently Movie World upgraded the park’s main Main Street show and park general architectural lighting and a new lighting control system was required. Rather than an off the shelf, stock standard media server and lighting console, products were required that could be customized to suit the unique operating environment of a theme park.

Allen & Heath Appoints New Sales and Marketing Director

10/04/2014 - People News

UK - Allen & Heath has announced the appointment of Mr. Christian Luecke (pictured) as its new sales and marketing director. Christian has 15 years’ experience in the consumer electronics market where he managed European B2C business for distinguished organisations, Sony and Samsung.

Clay Paky Technology Supports Lighting Design

10/04/2014 - Production News

Italy - Now that Clay Paky has successfully lit the first Codega Award Ceremony* (held in Venice last October), the Italian company's lighting systems are setting the scene for LedLab, a solid state lighting laboratory promoted by Assodel. In cooperation with the Italian Lighting Designers Network, Clay Paky makes the Ventura Lambrate district shine during Milan Design Week (from 8 to 13 April at Milan Lambrate) with a series of temporary lighting installations. The NaturaLED lighting itinerary aims to guide visitors through a true lighting experience (LED experience) involving variations in light intensity and colour.

HK Audio Extends the Popular Pulsar Series

09/04/2014 - Equipment News

Germany - The Pulsar speaker series, remarkably popular since its late 2013 release, has been extended with a compact variant called PL 110 FA. It is loaded with a 10" woofer. Like its larger siblings, the PL 112 FA and PL 115 FA, this enclosure also houses a 1,000-watt, bi-amped power system that delivers 650 watts to the woofer and 350 watts to the tweeter. An intelligent multi-band limiter tames spiking bass signals to ensure the audio image remains stable even at high volumes. This unit also features four combinable filter settings that voice the speaker array's frequency response to suit the given application.

Robe Announces Technical Partnership with RADA

09/04/2014 - Business News

UK - Robe Lighting is working with London’s world-famous Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), supplying technical equipment and resources.

Bandit Clients Win Big at ACM Awards

09/04/2014 - Event News

Las Vegas - The Academy of Country Music Awards is hailed as the biggest night in country music, and it pulled out all the stops to deliver, with Bandit Lites’ clients taking home most of the evening’s top awards. Millions of fans watched from around the world as hosts Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton brought out the southern charm and delightful stunts to the live audience at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Orbital’s World-Class Focus for Leeds

09/04/2014 - Event News

UK - Orbital Sound will be showcasing its world-class portfolio of sound and communication systems on Stand No: RD14-15 at PLASA Focus, taking place at The Royal Armouries in Leeds, from 29th to 30th April. Among the "firsts" on show for 2014 will be Flare Audio’s exciting new SM15 Stage Monitor and X5 Vertical Point Source Array system, part of the company’s innovative range of loudspeaker designs based on Waveform Integrity.

POLARaudio hosts new Audio Technology Training Event at John Henry's

09/04/2014 - Event News

UK - The POLARaudio team alongside manufacturers XTA and MC2 recently staged a very successful and well-received event at John Henry's in London, where the latest gear from Mackie, beyerdynamic, Ampeg, Gallien-Krueger, Aviom, ASL Intercom and MC2 / XTA took centre stage. A combination of live demonstrations and product training sessions presented those in attendance with the perfect opportunity to experience the full potential of new audio technology from across the range of POLARaudio's industry-leading brands. Using the facilities of a rehearsal studio environment, the sessions focussed on a hands-on, detailed exploration of the products, for the benefit of POLARaudio's MI and hire and rental customers.

Projection Studio Collects Second Guinness World Record

09/04/2014 - Project News

UK - Projection and video artist Ross Ashton collected his second Guinness World Record, this one for the ‘Largest Card Illusion Reveal’ which took place at the 2014 e-Luminate Festival in Cambridge, UK and was a collaboration with Italian illusionist Alexis Arts.

MSI leads the way with the first purchase of d&b audiotechnik's new amplifier

09/04/2014 - Production News

Japan - New Year time is always busy in Japan, since adopting the Julian calendar every city sees bustling streets and busy shoppers; it makes for quite some noise. Yet this year Japan just got a little bit louder. "Here at MSI we have had a strong investment in d&b audiotechnik loudspeaker systems for some time," said Shuzo Fujii, CEO of MSI Japan. "We had been eagerly awaiting the new D80 amplifier having attended initial trials at the d&b headquarters in Germany. So we ordered the first 20 amplifiers to arrive in Japan and set them immediately to work."

Girls get in line with RML

09/04/2014 - Production News

UK - ITV Studios and GroupM Entertainment new show ‘Stand by Your Man’ is due to air on Channel 5 in June. The show will be hosted by Irish singer Brian McFadden and be co-hosted by rising star Laura Jackson.

Highlite with Northern Light at the Seaside

09/04/2014 - Project News

UK - Highlite International has just supplied Northern Light of Edinburgh with three of its ever popular DMT P12.5 Pixel Mesh Screens. They have been chosen by Butlins for their flagship Holiday and Leisure Parks at Minehead, Bognor Regis and Skegness.

Osram unveils the first flush-mountable infrared LED

09/04/2014 - Equipment News

Germany - Osram Opto Semiconductors now enables remote control functionality to be incorporated in a lower profile than ever before thanks to the first flush-mountable infrared LED. The compact sidelooking T-shaped Midled offers impressively high radiant intensity and protrudes only fractions of millimetres from the board. An infrared transmitter can therefore now be integrated in extra-thin smartphones or tablet computers.

Emulation Pro: Elation Lighting Control Software Updated with New Features

09/04/2014 - Equipment News

Elation Professional’s powerful Emulation DMX lighting control software has been updated with new features and software updates that make programming easier, more effective and more intuitive. Among the new features included in the new Emulation Pro are a Pixel Mapper engine, Timeline Editor, and user-friendly Command Line interface.

Green-Go makes right connections at Montreux Music and Convention Centre

09/04/2014 - Project News

Switzerland - The town of Montreux in the Swiss Riviera has been welcoming visitors from around the world for over a century and its reputation for staging international cultural events is unsurpassed. The famous Montreux Jazz Festival and the Septembre Musical, staged at the equally well known Montreux Music and Convention Centre (M2C2) draw music lovers in their thousands each year.

Robe Lighting Appoints John McDowell as Central Region U.S. Sales Manager

08/04/2014 - People News

USA - Czech Republic-based lighting manufacturer Robe Lighting has appointed John McDowell (pictured) as regional sales manager of the Central United States. McDowell, based in Austin, Texas, was most recently with Creative Stage Lighting as Western regional sales manager.

ASTC - USITT Venue Renovation Challenge

08/04/2014 - Event News

USA - On March 29, 2014 awards for the first annual ASTC/USITT Venue Renovation Challenge were presented in Fort Worth, Texas at the 54th annual USITT Conference and Expo. Three teams of student USITT members participated in a challenge designed to engage students in real world theatre renovation problems under the guidance of practicing professional theatre consultants. Each team selected an existing venue and developed a scope of work for practical improvements to a building as a performance venue. Students presented their design concepts to a live audience at a USITT Panel.

Britannia Row Chooses Flashline for a Thousand Young Voices

08/04/2014 - Production News

UK - Britannia Row Productions once again chose Turbosound’s Flashline line array speaker system in January this year as the main sound reinforcement for the annual tour of Young Voices, a series of concerts featuring a full band and a choir of several thousand primary school pupils performing at major arenas throughout the UK.

W-DMX OEM Installed in RC4 W-DIM4 and W-DIMm3

08/04/2014 - Equipment News

Sweden – W-DMX by Wireless Solution Sweden AB is now coming OEM installed in the new W-DIM4 and W-DIMm3 by RC4 Wireless.

Danley Sound Labs Hosts Training Sessions for International Distributors

08/04/2014 - Event News

USA - Danley Sound Labs, manufacturer of innovative loudspeaker and subwoofer solutions for high SPL applications, hosted an ongoing series of training sessions for its growing team of international distributors. Key members of Finnish distributor LF Imports came to Danley’s Gainesville, Georgia headquarters in February, followed in March by members of Singapore distributor The Soundsmith and German distributor Carsten Eichstaedt-BLL-Veranstaltungstechnik. Participants engaged in critical listening exercises across a wide range of Danley products, from the flagship SH-50 loudspeaker and BC-415 subwoofer, to the company’s latest offerings, the lobe-free columnar SBH-10 Skinny Big Horn loudspeaker and the fully-weatherized OS-80 loudspeaker. Participants also learned the finer points of Danley’s free, easy-to-use DDT 2D & 3D system modelling software.

Adlib Announced as Coda Audio ViRAY Distributors for the UK

08/04/2014 - Business News

UK - Liverpool based Adlib’s sales division has been appointed a UK distributor for Coda Audio’s ViRAY and TiRAY product ranges. The audio rental specialist and technical solutions provider has backed and invested heavily in the German owned Coda brand since its launch, and was an early adopter of Coda’s large and medium format line arrays for its rental stock.

DPA Microphones Unveils Latest d:screet Miniature Necklace and d:fine Headset Microphones at NAB Show

08/04/2014 - Event News

Las Vegas – DPA Microphones introduces its very latest in headset and miniature microphone technology at the 2014 NAB Show (Booth C3333). Included in the introductions are the new d:screet Omnidirectional Miniature Necklace Microphone, the heavy-duty d:screet 4060 and 4061 Omnidirectional Miniature Microphones, and the classic d:screet Omnidirectional Miniature Mics with reinforced cable relief. Also on display will be DPA’s new d:fine 66 and 88 Headset Microphones, which are ideal for broadcast productions with vocal performers who need to move freely without obstructions from a handheld mic or one on a stand.

Harman’s Martin Professional Exterior 400 Image Projectors Create Unique Fireworks Simulation at Russia’s Belgorod Airport

08/04/2014 - Project News

Russia - As part of a Russian program devoted to the modernization of transportation infrastructure, the newly built Belgorod Airport was constructed to be one of the most attractive and convenient hubs in Russia’s Central Black Earth Region. In addition to the airport’s focus on innovative architecture, high-quality finish materials and optimized infrastructure, Moscow-based STK Heliocity was brought in to develop a unique combination of architectural and artistic lighting for multiple scenarios: everyday usage, night time usage, and holidays/special occasions. In order to implement lighting designs for holidays and other celebrations at the airport, Heliocity installed 16 of Harman’s Martin Professional Exterior 400 Image Projectors.

d&b is Live at Leeds

08/04/2014 - Event News

UK - The next generation of System reality from d&b audiotechnik has arrived from Stuttgart; there's simply no substitute for getting close up and familiar with these new arrivals at PLASA Focus, Leeds April 29-30 held once again at The Royal Armouries.

Autograph power Wiltshire Music Centre with Lab.gruppen’s IPD Series

08/04/2014 - Project News

UK - Located in the picturesque Wiltshire town of Bradford on Avon, the Wiltshire Music Centre was founded in 1998 by a local group who recognised the area’s need for a professional performance and rehearsal space. One of the very first new builds funded by a National Lottery award via the Arts Council, the centre now enjoys a reputation as professional concert hall of exceptional quality rooted in community participation and involvement.

Sennheiser supports Dante

08/04/2014 - Business News

Las Vegas – At NAB 2014, audio specialist Sennheiser has announced its support for the Dante multi-channel audio networking standard. “By joining this standard, we will be able to optimally cater to our customers in the broadcasting and live sound worlds,” explained Claus Menke, head of portfolio management pro for Sennheiser’s Professional Division. The first product to make use of the network technology will be the company’s Digital 9000 wireless microphone system. A Dante-enabled expansion card for the receiver will be launched in summer 2014.

Hoist UK Welcome New Business Development Engineer

08/04/2014 - People News

UK - Hoist UK has announced the employment of Mark Revans (pictured) as their new business development engineer. "Mark has a lifetime of experience in the lifting trade beginning his career straight from school on a full apprenticeship with Merseyside Lifting Gear Services where he trained as a chain smith / fabricator, which is quite impressive in itself nowadays," says Hoist UK Director Tony Dickson. "He has spent all his working life in the lifting equipment industry, with both hands-on and managerial experience he is well known and respected in our industry."

E & E Systems Chooses Community for Puma Club in Bangalore

08/04/2014 - Project News

India - E & E Systems (India) Pvt Ltd has designed and installed a Community loudspeaker system for the Puma Social Club in Indiranagar, Bangalore, operated by the world leading sports brand of the same name. India's third most populous city, Bangalore is the capital city of the Indian state of Karnataka, located on the Deccan Plateau in the southeastern part of Karnataka.

ETC offers students all-expense-paid sponsorship to 2014 LDI in Las Vegas

08/04/2014 - Event News

USA - Final year undergraduates and students on Masters and PhD degree courses from around the world are being invited to apply for ETC’s 2014 LDI Student Sponsorship programme.

Amptec and DPA Host A Microphone Workshop with Balthazar

08/04/2014 - Event News

Denmark - Belgium rock band Balthazar recently threw open the doors to one of their sound checks so that 45 audio engineers and musicians in Brussels could see how DPA microphones are used during the band's live shows.

Q-Sys Manages PA/VA At Serpentine Sackler Gallery

08/04/2014 - Project News

UK - A QSC Q-Sys Core 250i network audio management system was recently supplied to London-based audio integrators RG Jones Sound Engineering for installation in the renowned Serpentine Gallery’s new art space in Central London, the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. A RG Jones team led by Jake Miller installed the QSC Core 250i, along with a QSC TSC-8 touch panel to manage an array of amplifiers driving flat-panel loudspeakers around the outside of the gallery, and several K-Array loudspeakers and subwoofers in the Gallery’s twin central chambers.

XL Video Projects for 2014 Redken European Symposium

08/04/2014 - Production News

UK - XL Video supplied media server mapping and control plus side screens to producers Zibrant LIVE! for the opening show and various other live performance sessions staged throughout the three-day 2014 Redken European Symposium event at London Olympia.

Get your HOG on at LIPA!

08/04/2014 - Event News

UK - AED Distribution UK and LIPA are joining forces to hold a HOG4 Test Drive on Thursday April 10. The HOG4 Test Drive format that proved so successful during 2013 at The Theatres Trust in Covent Garden will be held at LIPA, which was co-founded in 1996 by Sir Paul McCartney. LIPA is an acknowledged part of the UK’s higher education provision for the performing arts, recognised and ranked alongside institutions a lot older. It provides learning for the main skills needed for putting on a show (performers and those who make performance possible), uniquely blending specialist and generic skills.

GiVa Audiovisual Technologies BVBA ensures continuation of Apex products

08/04/2014 - Business News

Belgium - Paul Van Hees, former director and founder of Apex Audio NV, has joined forces with Hendrik-Jan Gielis, an electronics engineer who was formerly in charge hardware at Apex, to create GiVa Audiovisual Technologies BVBA. The new company has purchased all the assets and IP rights of the Apex brand as well as the production facilities and all the stock, and has already started shipping.

Gearhouse ICS provides ICT support at 15th Cape Town International Jazz Festival

08/04/2014 - Production News

South Africa - ICT solutions provider, Gearhouse ICS is known for its conferencing support in areas like registration and touch screen systems, presentation management, RFID tracking and audience response, but what are they doing when they are not providing IT solutions to major conferences around the country? Well, they are innovating in other areas of the event industry, of course.

Pointes Provide Perfect Match at Baya'ar Venue

08/04/2014 - Project News

Israel - Israel’s leading wedding venue Baya’ar (in the Woods) set in lush and beautiful woodland in Hadera about 30 minutes’ drive north of Tel Aviv, has always prided itself in offering the best possible environment and production values for its clients.

LSC Releases new GenVI

08/04/2014 - Equipment News

Australia - Acknowledging the changing demands of the marketplace, LSC has introduced a new intelligent dimming and power distribution unit, the GenVI Advanced Dimming System. GenVI is the sixth generation of dimmers to be manufactured by LSC since they first starting making lighting products over 34 years ago. GenVI though has to be considered "best in class" as it is more than a humble dimmer. GenVI is instead really a one product solution for today's complex lighting and power control.

RGGLED Has Excellent Prolight+Sound Exhibition

08/04/2014 - Event News

Frankfurt - European LED specialist RGGLED from Lithuania enjoyed a busy and productive time at the 2014 Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt where they exhibited their newest products in Hall 11. Highlighted on the booth were RGGLED’s range of standard LED screens, their new LED Soft Screen and their hard-wearing LED Video Floor.

Highlite UK Sponsors Jack Goff, BTCC Driver

07/04/2014 - Business News

UK - Highlite UK (part of the Highlite International BV Group), is one of the new sponsors for British Touring car Driver Jack Goff for the 2014 season .

coolux China Presents New Pandoras Box Hardware Interfaces at the infoCOMM China

07/04/2014 - Event News

coolux China will present multiple new Pandoras Box hardware interface products at this year’s infoCOMM China.

Euroshow Deploys Harman’s Martin Professional to Bring a Fairy Tale to Life at Moscow’s Olympisky Arena

07/04/2014 - Production News

Aarhus, Denmark – In conjunction with the beginning of Russia’s longest school holiday, Moscow’s famous Olympisky Arena hosted a two-week children’s project, Circus of Ded Moroz – 2 (Father Frost’s Circus), at the end of December 2013. In order to showcase a stunning, mystical fairy tale light show, Euroshow and lighting designer Alexey Zhuravlev deployed a world-class lighting system featuring Harman’s Martin fixtures.

Capital Sound and MLA Mini are ‘Priceless’ for Kylie

07/04/2014 - Production News

UK - In early March audio rental company Capital Sound made its way to London’s Bloomsbury Ballroom to provide the sound for an exclusive gig with Kylie Minogue, part of MasterCard’s Priceless London, a series of exclusive offers for MasterCard holders to enjoy unique experiences.

ARRI Unveils L5 LED Fresnel and Caster Series2 Products

07/04/2014 - Event News

NAB 2014, Las Vegas - ARRI has announced the newest member of the L-Series, the compact and lightweight L5. The L-Series started with the L7, an LED Fresnel with the same light qualities as a traditional tungsten Fresnel but with the added features of full CCT tuneability and color selection. The L5 now extends this successful line of products in a smaller, more portable form.

Allen & Heath Releases V1.4 Firmware for QU Series

07/04/2014 - Equipment News

UK - Allen & Heath has released a new firmware update for its Qu Series of compact digital mixers. Downloadable from the website, v1.4 introduces several new features, including multiple access user permissions, Windows drivers for multitrack streaming, per scene recall filters and FX user libraries.

TED2014 Speaks Up with DPA Microphones

07/04/2014 - Event News

Vancouver, Canada - Heard by thousands of people through live audiences, simulcasts, webcasts and recordings, and millions more through online video engines, the annual TED Conference requires gear that matches its prestige. With discussions that address a wide range of topics within the research and practice of science and culture, microphones are vital to all TED audiences. To provide the ultimate in sound quality for presenters and performers at TED2014, technical team from McCune Audio/Video, the symposium’s sound services company, relies on DPA Microphones’ classic 4088 Directional Headset Microphones and d:screet™ 4060 Omnidirectional Microphone.

The Riggers' Forum is Coming to Leeds

07/04/2014 - Event News

UK - Following its success last year, the Riggers’ Forum will once again be held at PLASA Focus: Leeds 2014, on Tuesday 30 April at the Royal Armouries Museum.

Avolites and Avolites Media run the show for Bastille

07/04/2014 - Production News

UK - Lighting designer Jamie Thompson, co-director of global lighting and show design company MIRRAD, has specified an entirely Avolites and Avolites Media system to wow audiences with his stunning stage and lighting design for Brit indie-rockers Bastille's worldwide tour.

UEP Invests in More New Kit for 2014 Chilfest

07/04/2014 - Production News

UK - Universal Event Productions (UEP) has invested in more LED technology – this time from Danish-owned manufacturer SGM – to service their ongoing work and with some elements also specifically earmarked for the 2014 Chilfest event – UEP’s very own highly successful summer music festival.

Moody Blues Rock Out With Bandit Lites

04/04/2014 - Production News

Nashville, Tennessee – The Moody Blues, the world famous English rock band, is continuing its five decades of celestial sound with a tour across the United States. The legendary band consisting of Justin Hayward, Graeme Edge and John Lodge has sold more than 70 million albums worldwide and racked up over a dozen platinum and gold discs.

Melchor Rosell takes Arab TV Lighting Design to the Next Level with wysiwyg

04/04/2014 - Production News

UAE – Named after the geographical coordinates of Abu Dhabi, the twofour54 campus is home to a new generation of media professionals creating world-class content for the Arab-speaking world and beyond. One of the many creatives to call the campus home is lighting designer/operator and CCU vision engineer Melchor Rosell, whose love of CAST Software’s wysiwyg pre-visualisation solution is helping to transform standards of lighting design at the region’s TV studios.

Scrub supplies Dante Networking Solution to Clearcut Sound Studios

04/04/2014 - Project News

Scrub, a division of HHB Communications Ltd specialising in serving the post production industry, has supplied a full Dante networking solution to Clearcut Sound Studios’ audio post production facilities.

Clay Paky Lights Up Egypt’s QNet Anniversary Concert

04/04/2014 - Production News

Egypt – A massive concert featuring two of the Middle East’s biggest music stars took place at Cairo’s 100,000-capacity International Stadium in December featuring Clay Paky Sharpy, Sharpy Wash and Alpha Spot 1200s.

Triple E's ChainTrack is the Perfect Accomplice for 'Dial M for Murder'

04/04/2014 - Production News

UK – A new stage production of the darkly gripping thriller Dial M for Murder is touring the UK this spring/summer with a bespoke curtain tracking system designed and constructed by Triple E.

Cadac Exhibits at AFIAL in Madrid

04/04/2014 - Event News

UK – Cadac exhibited with its Spanish distributor, Soinua Pro, at the sixth AFIAL Convention last week, in the Madrid Arena in the Spanish capital.

Robe is Amazing on 2014 Eesti Laul Show in Tallinn

04/04/2014 - Production News

The final of the 2014 Eesti Laul ‘The Song of Estonia’ competition selected the country’s entry for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest to be held in May, and was lit by René Jõhve of creative design practice Cuu Club working in close collaboration with set designer Marit Kutser.

Martin Audio AQs Excel at Amble Links

04/04/2014 - Project News

UK – Country and leisure park operators, Park Leisure, recently undertook a £2m upgrade to its Amble Links ‘owners-only’ holiday park on the Northumberland coast, part of the Granary Leisure Complex.

The ARRI Rental Group Strengthens its Team with Appointment of Dana Ross

04/04/2014 - People News

USA – The ARRI Rental Group has announced that Dana Ross has been appointed to the role of international marketing executive.

Elation Pro FS 15R an Efficient, High-Output Followspot

04/04/2014 - Equipment News

The Pro FS 15R from Elation Professional is a high-output, medium-throw followspot with efficient Platinum source that projects an exceptionally flat field beam with no hotspot. Useful wherever manual control of an intense lighting beam is required, and ideal for shows and venues of all sizes, it features a sharp 6-10 degree beam that projects effectively up to 150'.

BlackTrax Used at Mercedes Benz Launch of New V-Class

03/04/2014 - Production News

Toronto, Canada – Underlining the ruggedness and consistency of its products as well as their high performance, CAST BlackTrax Ltd has supplied the BlackTrax motion-tracking solution to multimedia production company m box bewegtbild GmbH for the press and dealer launch of the new Mercedes Benz V-Class 8-seater MPV. This world premiere took place on 30 and 31 January, 2014 with the epic proportions of the Olympiapark in Munich, Germany, as its location.

S+H Starcloth is Best in Show at Crufts!

03/04/2014 - Production News

Devon-based drapes, starcloth, LED and visual effects specialist S+H Technical designed and built a custom Crufts LED sign and supplied quantities of its standard RGB LED starcloth for the main show ring of the 2014 edition of the world’s most famous dog show. The event was staged at Birmingham, UK’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC).

QU-16S at the New Zealand Folk Festival

03/04/2014 - Production News

Four Allen & Heath Qu-16 digital rackmount mixers were used for the recent New Zealand Folk Festival in Auckland. Running for 40 years, the event annually attracts a lineup of international touring artists.

Avolites Titan Mobile and Expert Pro Provide Ultimate Creative Control for Kazakhstan and Serbia X-Factors

03/04/2014 - Production News

Kazakhstan and Serbia – Proving great minds think alike, lighting designers Dmitriy Karabetskiy and Viktor Trifu both specified Avolites consoles for their individual designs for Kazakh and Serbian X-Factors.

Yamaha MTX3 is the Right Fit for Lodi Club

03/04/2014 - Project News

Keeping the 36,000 inhabitants of Italy’s Casalecchio di Reno healthy is the prime objective of the town’s fitness centre, Lodi Club. And with the benefit of a new Yamaha MTX3 matrix processor with custom control, the club’s audio system is as fit as its instructors.

Auditorium Merate is Safe (and) Sound With Yamaha

03/04/2014 - Project News

Thanks to its cost-effectiveness, one of the many advantages of digital audio is how regional venues can nowadays install the same sound technology as the biggest and best concert halls. Inspired by Milan’s iconic Teatro Alla Scala, a new multi-purpose venue in the Italian city of Merate is enjoying all the benefits of a Yamaha audio system.

Dante Advances Audio over IP Networking in Broadcast

03/04/2014 - Event News

Portland, USA – In recent years, Audinate’s Dante audio over IP digital media networking has transformed how companies manage and transport broadcast signals.

Allen & Heath Appoints Electronics & Engineering Pte Ltd as New Distributor for Singapore and Malaysia

02/04/2014 - Business News

Electronics & Engineering Pte Ltd (E&E) has been appointed as the new Singaporean and Malaysian distributor for Allen & Heath, effective 1st April 2014.

Harman’s Martin Professional Names Earpro as Distributor in Spain

02/04/2014 - Business News

Barcelona, Spain – Harman’s Martin Professional has named Barcelona-based Earpro as a distributor of Martin products in Spain. As a valued member of Harman’s distributor network since 1988, Earpo will expand the sales and distribution of Martin Professional lighting solutions in the Spanish market.

The Clay Paky B-Eye Goes for Gold at Sochi Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies

02/04/2014 - Production News

Russia – World-renowned lighting designer Durham Marenghi has used a selection of Clay Paky products, including the new A.leda B-Eye K10 and Sharpy Washes, to deliver a truly spectacular lighting design for the opening and closing ceremonies of Sochi’s 2014 Winter Paralympics.

B-EYE on One Republic - a Deep Bag of Tricks

02/04/2014 - Production News

“There’s only so much you can say about any one light,” began AJ Pen who is running the One Republic lightshow, he then talked non-stop for ten minutes. The focus of his attention is the new B-EYE from Clay Paky. The show’s designer Chris Lisle had been alerted to the new light last year. “I had seen a couple of Youtube links of the B-EYE prior to going to LDI last year,” he said. “I knew right away that it would be a great fixture to use on One Republic. After seeing it in person, that feeling was confirmed. I had started to get the ball rolling with Dave Ridgway of Neg Earth as soon as I had seen the videos. He asked that I speak to Philip Norfolk from Ambersphere who represents Clay Paky in the UK market, Philip would be at LDI.”

Solaris LED Flare Jr Debuts at Prolight+Sound

02/04/2014 - Equipment News

At Prolight+Sound Frankfurt, TMB introduced Flare Jr, a powerful new compact lighting fixture developed with technology from the highly popular, award-winning Flare. The Solaris LED Flare Jr, now available for shipment, features many of the breakthrough advances of the original Flare, in a package one-third the size. Flare Jr with its tremendous RGBW output performs superbly as a combined wash/strobe/blinder and effect light, plus it features full RDM functionality and is also offered with a LumenRadio wireless control option.

Upcoming coolux Insight Events 2014

02/04/2014 - Event News

The German makers of the coolux Pandoras Box product family recently announced two new "coolux insight" events.

Platinum Beam 5R Extreme Keeps Up with UK’s Heaven’s Basement

02/04/2014 - Production News

British hard rock band Heaven’s Basement has a reputation as one of the best live acts around. With a heavy touring schedule that saw them play 172 shows across Europe and the US in 2013, and a debut single that reached #11 on the US rock charts, 2014 has all the makings of a break out year.

Morini joins Cadac to head up US operation

02/04/2014 - People News

Cadac has announced the appointment of US industry veteran Paul Morini, as general manager, Cadac USA.

Chroma-Q Color Force LED Battens Generate Vivid Cycs for Grumpy Old Women Live UK Tour

02/04/2014 - Production News

UK - Lighting designer, Matt Veitch has specified Chroma-Q Color Force 48 premium performance LED battens to provide vivid cyclorama lighting for colourful live comedy show, Grumpy Old Women Live: Fifty Shades of Beige.

ITEAC 2014 First Keynote Speaker and Programme Features Announced

02/04/2014 - Event News

London - Tod Machover (pictured), “America’s most wired composer” (The Los Angeles Times), is announced as the opening Keynote Speaker of the International Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference 2014, kicking-off the three-day event in London on Sunday 8th June.

Sound Division Lights Up Maggie’s 80s Icons with LED Subtlety and Laser Dynamics

02/04/2014 - Project News

The Inception Group’s evergreen homage to the late Margaret Thatcher has undergone a major lighting upgrade at the hands of Sound Division.

Robe Lighting Appoints Thommy Hall as Western Region Sales Manager

02/04/2014 - People News

Czech Republic-based lighting manufacturer Robe Lighting has appointed Thommy Hall (pictured) as regional sales manager of the western United States, effective from 24th March.

Boulevard Pro Adds L-Acoustics Kara System to Rental Inventory

02/04/2014 - Project News

Ridgefield Park, New Jersey – Boulevard Pro, a leading NYC metro area audio systems and backline provider, has been assuring clients of great sound since 1986, when owners Anthony and James Cioffi came off the road as musicians, backing up artists like Gary U.S. Bonds and Mink Deville. It’s where they learned the value of having the right technology products for the markets they were working in, from renting out classic Fender Twin amps that clients of their rehearsal studio business in the 1980s knew to come to them for, to more recently having the in-demand products and systems that their live event and touring customers require. Boulevard Pro’s latest addition to that latter category has been the recent addition of a full L-Acoustics Kara package.

Renegade on a Mission at Tate Modern

01/04/2014 - Project News

UK - Nick Gray of London-based creative lighting and visual design practice Renegade produced a raw and uncompromising lighting installation in the Turbine Hall of the world-famous Tate Modern art gallery in London for brand and live communications agency Mission, who wase celebrating its tenth anniversary with a special event.

Aurora and Sport Relief Come Together for One Spectacular Night!

01/04/2014 - Production News

Aurora Lighting Hire was the main supplier of the lighting equipment and crew to all three of the main arenas for BBC’s Sport Relief Live Show 2014.

Harman’s Martin Professional Deployed at 2014 Paralympic Games For Creative Lighting & Midair Effects

01/04/2014 - Production News

St. Petersburg, Russia – To celebrate the historic 2014 Paralympic Games, rental company Euroshow provided Harman’s Martin lighting systems for a special programme featuring an ice show at Russia’s Yubileny Sport Palace in St. Petersburg. The programme was held before the final stage of the Torch Relay. Lighting designer, Alexey Yevstifeyev, who deployed Martin fixtures based on their functionality and brightness, proposed the lighting concept of the show to feature creative lighting and midair effects, consisting of 20 MAC Viper Profiles, 12 Atomic 3000 DMX, 20 RUSH MH3 Beams, 48 MAC 101s and 20 MAC 2000 Wash XBs.

Gwynedd-Mercy Academy Upgrades Gym Sound

01/04/2014 - Project News

USA - An award-winning* Roman Catholic elementary (K-8) school located in Springhouse, Pennsylvania, Gwynedd-Mercy Academy has a large, well-designed gymnasium to support its physical education classes and sports events, drama and musical performances, worship services and other school activities.

White Light Runners Raise £1000+ for Light Relief Charity

01/04/2014 - Event News

UK - A team from entertainment lighting specialist White Light recently took on a 10k running challenge to raise money for Light Relief, the industry charity that provides support for lighting professionals in extreme hardship. Dubbed ‘Team White Light’ - the group of 22 runners raised more than £1000 for their efforts in completing the Richmond River Run in March of 2014. The challenge was a full team effort with participants of all skill levels from across White Light departments including hire, sales, events, technical service, operations, rigging and marketing.

:entertaining sustainability launches 'Backstage Classifieds'

01/04/2014 - Business News

UK - Live entertainment sustainability consultancy :entertaining sustainability today launches Backstage Classifieds on its social network With 20 categories dedicated to all aspects of live entertainment production, Backstage Classifieds offers businesses and private individuals alike the opportunity to advertise their products, services or items for sale in an environment that speaks the language of the industry.

Green Hippo signs new exclusive Hippotizer Distributor

01/04/2014 - Business News

UK - This March Green Hippo welcomes Luzeiro to their distribution network as exclusive Hippotizer distributors for Portugal.

Stage One’s Simon Wood Retires

01/04/2014 - People News

UK - Stage One raised a glass and bade farewell to sales director Simon Wood who retired last week, paying tribute to his 30 years’ service to the company. Simon, or Woody as he is affectionately known throughout the business, was one of the founding directors alongside Jim Tinsley and Mark Johnson. Together they have delivered some remarkable projects and have grown a strong business on the back of this success.

Theatres Trust Conference Early Bird Delegate Rate Extended to 4 April

01/04/2014 - Event News

UK - Did time run away with you last week? We know from experience how busy working in theatres can be, so we have decided to extend our early bird delegate deadline by a whole week. You have five more days to take advantage of our balance sheet saving early bird delegate rate.

Visual Productions for Dady’O in Mexico

01/04/2014 - Project News

Mexico - Visual Productions' new distributor for Mexico is the company Led4Skys. Director Ricardo Flores is a man familiar to many in the nightclub industry with his designs and installations becoming legendary not only in Mexico but also world-wide.

ETC ready for the small screen at NAB 2014

01/04/2014 - Event News

USA - At the NAB 2014 tradeshow, 7-10 April, in Las Vegas, ETC will display a wide range of products for the big screen, small screen and everything in between. Visitors to ETC’s stand (C12626) will get to see the latest ETC gear that simplifies studio work, including fixtures, rigging systems and lighting control systems.

PRG helps bring La Boheme to life at the Royal Albert Hall

01/04/2014 - Production News

UK - London's Royal Albert Hall, in conjunction with Raymond Gubbay, has staged yet another spectacular production of Puccini's sumptuous classic La Bohème, all made possible through Production Resource Production (PRG)'s raft of crew, lighting equipment, lighting console and rigging.

Q-Sys in Control at Hong Kong's Grand Hyatt Ballroom

01/04/2014 - Project News

Hong Kong, China - A Q-Sys Core 250i Integrated Core was recently chosen as the backbone to manage the audio systems in the Grand Ballroom at the prestigious Grand Hyatt Hotel in Hong Kong. A flagship of the Hyatt International Hotel Group in Asia, the luxurious Grand Hyatt Hong Kong occupies a convenient location near the territory’s waterfront, directly behind the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. As a result, the Grand Ballroom, 680 square metres in size, is often used for convention centre events during trade fairs and exhibitions.