News Archive for May 2014

Robe Brings The Idol Vibe to New CRC Auditorium

30/05/2014 - Project News

South Africa - The new and recently opened 6,000 seater auditorium at the Christian Revival Church (CRC) in Silver Lakes, Pretoria, South Africa is benefiting from an all-Robe moving light rig, which was specified and installed by DWR Distribution.

Scrub Supplies ENVY with first Avid S6 in Central London

30/05/2014 - Project News

Scrub, a division of HHB Communications Ltd specialising in serving the post production industry, has supplied ENVY Post Production with the first Avid S6 control surface in central London.

Audio-Technica Consolidates UK Distribution with BBG

30/05/2014 - Business News

Audio-Technica has expanded its relationship with BBG in a move designed to consolidate distribution of its consumer products across the high street and online sales channels.

Chauvet Professional to Showcase Ovation at ABTT

30/05/2014 - Event News

Chauvet Professional will be showcasing the Ovation series of fixtures on stand 42 at this year’s ABTT Theatre Show (The Old Truman Brewery, London – June 11th-12th). The company’s Ovation line has been created especially for stage and theatre and includes Ovation E-190WW ellipsoidal-style luminaire, Ovation C-640FC cyc light, Ovation F-165WW and Ovation F-95WW Fresnel fixtures.

It’s Specialz at the London Palladium

30/05/2014 - Production News

UK - Specialz is a company that has built an enviable reputation on providing individual bespoke structures for productions, commonly with an integral lighting component built into it. Whatever the project, however untried and untested the initial idea might be, Specialz can transform that first sketch on the back of a soggy beermat to a working, viable and effective reality on a stage.

Product Debuts for Elation Professional at InfoComm 2014

30/05/2014 - Event News

USA - Elation Professional invites visitors to Booth C5446 at InfoComm in Las Vegas for the debut of several new products including the world premiere of the new EMAG 4 Pro, a 4.8mm pixel pitch LED video panel optimised for the high-pace setup / tear down frequency of on-the-road productions. Also featuring in Elation’s growing line of LED video displays will be the EPT9IP, an ultra-bright 9mm pixel pitch LED panel that ticks all the boxes for a professional LED display.

Mojo Barriers Entrusted by McBusted

30/05/2014 - Production News

Mojo Barriers is keeping McBusted’s screaming fans safe as the British supergroup heads across the UK on its first ever arena tour.

Colour Sound for We Are FSTVL

29/05/2014 - Production News

Lighting and visuals rental specialist Colour Sound Experiment kickstarted another crazy busy festival season this year by supplying lighting equipment and design, LED screen, rigging and crew to We Are FSTVL which made some serious noise at Damyn's Hall Aerodrome, Upminster, east London.

Bandit Brings Light to Largest Global Finals Competition

29/05/2014 - Production News

Knoxville, Tennessee – What event could bring an Academy Award winning director, an American Idol finalist and more than 1,400 teams of students from 15 different countries together for three days at the University of Tennessee? The answer is Destination Imagination (DI), a non-profit organisation that works to inspire students to be innovators and leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Bandit Lites provided the lighting for the Global Finals, where teams from around the world gathered to compete in challenges created to stretch their creativity and logical skills.

GLD Installed in Chinese Corporate Function Hall

29/05/2014 - Project News

Allen & Heath’s Chinese distributor, Sanecore Group, was appointed to install a new sound system in a 400m² multifunction hall of China Petrochemical Corporation, Sinopec. Sanecore selected a GLD mixing system, comprising a GLD-80 digital mixer, with accompanying AR2412 and AR84 remote I/O expander audio racks.

LD Andy Cass Pumps Up String Cheese Incident Tour with High End Systems DL.3s

29/05/2014 - Production News

Lighting designer Andy Cass is using a quartet of High End Systems DL.3s to illuminate String Cheese Incident on their latest tour, with the lighting package provided by Brown Note Productions. Andy's illustrious jam band pedigree made him a natural for the gig. "I've been through all the jam bands over the years," he laughs. "They were looking for an LD, and since I knew most of the band and some management, I contacted them directly. I think got the gig mostly based of dialogue on what I knew about the music and what my thoughts were on how to do it right. Once I got the design, I looked at what they had done before and got feedback from the band, fan base and management. But I very much wanted to do a video element that wasn't LED-based, and that led me to the DL.3s. The final design was a fairly simple lighting package and four DL.3s. We played a few places where there was a lot of lighting, but we didn't carry much."

ArKaos PRO Releases MediaMaster 4.0 – the next level of fast and easy video control

29/05/2014 - Equipment News

Brussels – ArKaos PRO has announced the release of the 4th generation of its MediaMaster software.

Barco and ‘Golden age of Russian Avant-garde’ exhibition at Moscow Manege Museum

29/05/2014 - Project News

Russia – Visualization expert Barco was a proud visualization partner of the successful ‘The Golden Age of Russian Avant-garde’ exhibition project, which closed its doors this Monday. Created by film director Peter Greenaway (UK) and Saskia Boddeke (the Netherlands), the exhibit in the big exhibition hall of the Moscow Manege Museum was one of the centerpieces of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014. As a visualization partner to the event, Barco provided, through its local distributor CTC Capital, 12 ultra-bright HDX-20 projectors to fully immerse visitors into the highlights of Russian Avant-garde art.

wysiwyg makes light of Macao’s ‘Rhythm of Life’ celebration

29/05/2014 - Production News

Canada – The ability of CAST Software’s wysiwyg pre-visualization solution to enable unique creative event ideas – while saving time and money – has been perfectly showcased by The Rhythm Of Life, a majestically colourful multimedia show held in Macao’s ancient city centre.

Quality and Economy with Elation TVL Series of White Light LED at Bavarian Academy of Music

29/05/2014 - Project News

Germany - The Richard Wengenmeier Hall at the Bavarian Academy of Music in Marktoberdorf, Germany, recently replaced its outdated tungsten lighting system with a new lighting rig of Elation Professional TVL Series white light LED luminaires and the benefits have been exceptional as well as economic.

Dark Arches Holdings acquires Brilliant Stages and Litestructures Projects

29/05/2014 - Business News

UK - Dark Arches Holdings, owner of LS-Live, Perry Scenic Creative and founding investor in Backstage Academy, has acquired Brilliant Stages and Litestructures Projects from Prolyte Group.

PRG at ABTT Theatre Show 2014

29/05/2014 - Event News

Visit stand 49 at the forthcoming ABTT Theatre Show at the Old Truman Brewery in London on June 11-12 to see PRG’s lighting control console V676, recently used in the production of La Bohème at the Royal Albert Hall - and part of the same console family, the V276 on Mac.

Panasonic Extends its Portable LCD Projector Lineup

29/05/2014 - Equipment News

Panasonic has expanded its business projector line-up, with the launch of the PT-LB360 series – a new range of portable projectors with up to 3,600 lumens of brightness.

Robe Lights Ceremony to Honour Paraplegic Czech Athletes

28/05/2014 - Production News

Czech Republic - Five times world champion deaf skier Tereza Kmochová was awarded the title of the Handicapovaný Sportovec Roku 2013 (Czech Paraplegic Athlete of the Year) during a high profile event staged at the Top Hotel in Prague, Czech Republic in April.

PLASA to Host Pre-LDI Party to Benefit Behind the Scenes

28/05/2014 - Event News

USA - PLASA has announced that they will host the Behind the Scenes Happy Hour, a pre-LDI party with music, food and drinks from 6pm-8pm on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at The Las Vegas Hotel.

New range of Stagemaker radio frequency load cells

28/05/2014 - Equipment News

France - Verlinde is marketings a comprehensive range of wireless load cells for Stagemaker hoists. They are extremely reliable, and cable-free, they offer several working frequencies to ensure the greatest possible transmission dependability. Individual load cells transmit measurements in such a way as the failure of any one device cannot interfere with the weighing unit as a whole. Furthermore, they are fitted with long life batteries (5,000 to 10,000 hr) offering more than one year's uninterrupted service even though, for safety reasons, there is no standby mode. The load cells' information receiver is fitted with an

Web Streaming Demystified with Roland at Leisuretec

28/05/2014 - Event News

UK - Roland Systems Group, in association with Leisuretec Distribution, will be ‘Demystifying Web Streaming’ with an informative, interactive day to be held at Leisuretec’s Leighton Buzzard premises on Tuesday June 17.

Optoma EH7700 is centre stage at Battersea Arts Centre

28/05/2014 - Production News

Housed in a Grade II* listed old town hall built in 1893, Battersea Arts Centre is a place where artists, audience participants and staff can play a role in inventing the future of theatre. For a six-week London run, Battersea Arts Centre re-staged Orpheus in the building’s Grand Hall. Orpheus forms part of Battersea Arts Centre’s Gods, Myths and Legends season featuring mythical characters catapulted into modern day settings. The epic co-production by Little Bulb Theatre ran from April 8 until May 17 this year and told the thrilling tale of Orpheus’ ill-fated descent into the underworld, set to a live score of hot club jazz, opera and French chanson.

DPA Microphones Appoints Direct Imports as its New Zealand Distributor

28/05/2014 - Business News

New Zealand - DPA Microphones has announces the appointment of Direct Imports as its distributor in New Zealand.

Twenty years of Partnership between Clay Paky and Doka

28/05/2014 - Business News

Russia - Clay Paky and Doka will celebrate twenty years of partnership in Moscow on 4, 5 and 6 June.

Avolites Ai S6 Server and Tiger Touch II Console Power 'LED Forest' at Sochi Olympics

28/05/2014 - Production News

Russia - The ambitious Closing Ceremony of Sochi's Winter Olympics was a "bright and emotive" event featuring 7,000 performers under an 'LED Forest of Light'. This was made up of 204 LED tubes, each one 12-metre high with a 360-degree viewing angle, and powered by an Avolites Ai S6 Server and Tiger Touch II console.

More realistic than ever before: CAST releases beta version of wysiwyg R33

28/05/2014 - Equipment News

Canada – Ahead of its general product release, expected before the end of June, CAST Software has announced the distribution of the beta version of wysiwyg R33 design and previsualization software suite – the second instalment in the graphics upgrade -- with three of its new and significant features, many of which were evaluated and requested by CAST Software’s partner base.

The Worshipful Company of Lightmongers and ALD Award for New Talent in Entertainment Lighting

28/05/2014 - Event News

UK - As part of their support for education and training in the field of entertainment lighting, the Worshipful Company of Lightmongers in conjunction with the Association of Lighting Designers is offering an annual award for those who are at the start of their career.

Harlequin bring back popular technical advice spot at ABTT Theatre Show

28/05/2014 - Event News

UK - Harlequin Floors has announced the return of their popular ‘Technical Tips’ feature at next month’s ABTT Theatre Show 2014. Harlequin will also feature floors for theatre, dance and events on stand 58 at the show which takes place 11th and 12th of June at The Old Truman Brewery in London.

Elation Launches Pixel Bar 40 - a Modular Linear RGB Pixel Control LED Strip

27/05/2014 - Equipment News

Elation Professional adds to its growing range of innovative LED luminaries with launch of the Pixel Bar 40, a one-metre-long pixel-controllable LED strip light that uses 3-in-1 SMD RGB LEDs to mix a nearly limitless variety of colours.

Clouseau Are Painted With Light

27/05/2014 - Production News

Belgium - Maverick award-winning, chart-topping Belgian superstar rockers Clouseau are engaged in a 45 date tour of Belgium and the Netherlands until September reaching out to their enormous and eclectic fanbase.

5 Seconds of Summer Tours with rackmount iLive

27/05/2014 - Production News

Rising Australian punk pop band, 5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS), has completed a tour of the UK, USA and Australia, and are about to embark on European dates supporting One Direction, travelling with a compact Allen & Heath iLive system to manage monitors.

Ligabue Gets Lucky with Robe

27/05/2014 - Production News

Italy - Multi-talented Italian superstar Luciano Ligabue – a prolific singer-songwriter, film director and award winning author - played a series of intimate concerts at the start of his 2014 "Mondovisione" tour which builds up to stadium shows in the summer, with lighting designer Jo Campana including 20 Robe ROBIN Pointe moving lights on his rig.

Clay Paky on tour with the "27 Club" and the History of Music

27/05/2014 - Production News

Germany - After the huge success of the "27 Club" at the St. Pauli theatre in Hamburg, the show has embarked on a tour that will stop off in Vienna and Berlin before returning to Hamburg once again. With Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix, (I can't get no) Satisfaction - the Stones' classic, Piece of My Heart by Janis Joplin and Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana's grunge anthem, there is no doubt the 27 Club embodies the milestones of the history of music. Patrick Woodroffe and Roland Greil have been appointed as lighting designers, as they were at the St. Pauli theatre.

Clay Paky B-EYE is ‘crown-jewel’ at 2nd South African Premier Business Awards

27/05/2014 - Production News

South Africa - The spectacular Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20 proved yet again why it holds a triple-award winning status as it performed fantastic light effects at the 2nd Annual South African Premier Business Awards in Johannesburg.

Pushing the boundaries: Eurovision Song Contest 2014 votes for MA

27/05/2014 - Production News

Denmark - 46,320 parameters, 138 universes 1,380 moving lights, 1,500 spot (conventional, LED, effect), 10kms of data cable, 12kms of power multicore cable, 6kms of power cable – numbers like these hint that it was Eurovision Song Contest time again!

ETC at ABTT 2014: Cobalt and LEDs light up the room

27/05/2014 - Event News

UK - The stars of ETC’s stand (number 53) at this year’s ABTT show, 11-12 June in London, will be ETC’s newest lighting system, Cobalt®, along with the Source Four® LED Series 2 luminaire. Stand visitors will also be able to take the opportunity to see a range of other new and improved products that have been designed with theatre users in mind.

GLP X4's Dazzle Eurovision's Audience

27/05/2014 - Production News

Denmark - Several hundred GLP impression X4 LED moving lights were specified by LD Kasper Lange on behalf of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation for use at the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC2014) in Copenhagen.

TC Group Appoints New Managing Director at TC Group China

27/05/2014 - People News

China - Originally from Denmark, Peter Glinvad (pictured) has been working and living in China for 12 years. His in-depth knowledge of the Chinese culture and fluency in the language are a golden opportunity for TC Group China to have the best of both worlds. Drawing from experience in general management and as the Chairman of the Danish Wind Energy Group - China, Ginvad brings a wealth of knowledge to the position.

Bandit Lites Adds Clay Paky B-EYE K20 to Inventory

27/05/2014 - Production News

USA - Bandit Lites has purchased a large number of Clay Paky’s new A.leda B-Eye K20, the high performance fixture that has already claimed numerous acclamations as LDI’s Best Debuting Lighting Fixture and PLASA’s Award for Innovation. With the capability of functioning as both a wash and a beam light, the B-EYE is an exciting addition to the Bandit inventory.

SGM Sixpacks Score Maximum Points at Eurovision

27/05/2014 - Production News

Denmark - When Austrian drag act Conchita Wurst was crowned the winner of the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest in the Danish capital of Copenhagen, it brought to the end a spectacular show, in which SGM’s pioneering LED lighting reigned supreme.

Outstanding Performance for Sennheiser at Eurovision Song Contest 2014

27/05/2014 - Production News

Denmark - On May 10, the final of the 59th Eurovision Song Contest was broadcast live to an audience of approximately 125 million in the Eurovision countries and Australia. The world’s biggest live music contest was a fantastic spectacle, with imaginative introductions for each country that competed and many musical highlights among the 26 songs of the final.

DiGiCo release V685 software

27/05/2014 - Equipment News

UK digital solutions manufacturer has release V685, the latest software upgrade for its range of digital mixing consoles. It is the power of DiGiCo’s proprietary Stealth Digital Processing that allows the company to unlock the incredible amount of new features with each new software version for live, broadcast and theatre applications.

Sennheiser Digital 9000 Named Live Design's Wireless Sound Product of the Year

27/05/2014 - Equipment News

The Digital 9000 system was developed for broadcast, theatres, and live performance applications, resulting in a suite of products one judge calls "the best sounding RF I’ve ever heard."

Free Registration for PLASA London 2014 Now Open

27/05/2014 - Event News

Visitor registration for PLASA London 2014 is now open and for a limited time attendees can register for free.

RML with Clay Paky A.Leda B-Eye K20

27/05/2014 - Production News

UK - Trade shows are a fantastic way to see the latest products available from manufacturers and they can prove invaluable when making your purchasing decisions. However it is becoming increasingly difficult to see something that really catches your ‘Eye’ and is different. So it was very refreshing and quite exciting when RML got a glimpse of the A.leda B-EYE range from Clay Paky. As a result, it became the latest addition to the already extensive moving light range at Richard Martin Lighting (RML).

Stageman for Bingley Little Theatre and Bingley Arts Centre

23/05/2014 - People News

UK - New lighting and technical manager at Bingley Little Theatre/Bingley Arts Centre is the appropriately named Richard Stageman.

EM Acoustics polishes its HALO-C for Bath City Church renovation project

23/05/2014 - Project News

UK - Bath City Church, which has recently benefitted from a major audio systems upgrade by Autograph Sales & Installations, has the distinction of being located in a truly unusual venue. The Forum first opened its doors in 1934 as a cinema which operated until 1969, after which it housed a bingo hall and a dance school until Bath City Church took it over in 1989. A gem of art deco architecture and furnishings, the building had fallen into a sad state of disrepair until it was lovingly restored by the church. With a capacity of 1600, today The Forum is not just a church, but also Bath’s biggest venue and the third largest seated auditorium in the south west of England.

Anolis Lighting Appoints Darin Fowler as National Business Development Manager in the US

23/05/2014 - People News

USA - Czech Republic-based LED lighting manufacturer Anolis, the architectural division of Robe Lighting, has appointed Darin Fowler (pictured) as national business development manager in the US. Fowler, most recently with Kreon Inc., will be based in New York.

Avolites - The Next Chapter!

23/05/2014 - Business News

UK - On May 19 Avolites announced a restructuring of the board of directors, with managing director Richard Salzedo stepping back into the role of director, and Steve Warren ascending to the role of Avolites Group MD.

A New Draft PLASA Standard Posted for Public Review

23/05/2014 - Standards News

BSR E1.46, Recommended Practice for the Prevention of Falls from Theatrical Stages and Raised Performance Platforms, has been added to PLASA's public review website at http://tsp.plasa.org/tsp/documents/public_review_docs.php. Its public review period runs through July 14, 2014; the review is over and the links to the review materials disappear when July 15 starts.

Adamson to Debut E219 Subwoofer at Infocomm In Las Vegas

23/05/2014 - Event News

Canada - Adamson will debut the new E219 subwoofer at InfoComm, booth #C11101 in Las Vegas this year. The new addition to the Energia family – which consists of the E15, E12 and E218 – will bolster low-end and complete the Energia line.

AC-ET Appoints Ian Muir as TV & Film Development Manager

23/05/2014 - People News

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. has announced that well-known industry figure, Ian Muir (pictured) has been appointed as TV & film development manager for the company's UK and international sales territories.

TDC provides core video expertise for largest-ever light festival Vivid Sydney

23/05/2014 - Project News

Australia – TDC, the Technical Direction Company is deploying the full range of its professional and technical expertise in providing core technology and services to Destination NSW for the sixth annual Vivid Sydney festival.

Clay Paky Sharpy Wash 330 is ‘mind-blowing’ on Melodifestivalen Tour 2014

23/05/2014 - Production News

Sweden - Over 150 Clay Paky fixtures were used on this year’s popular Melodifestivalen tour with the Sharpy Wash 330 being singled out as a ‘mind-blowing’ fixture by lighting designer Fredrik Jönsson.

Clay Paky B-EYEs go to the Rodeo for Concert Series

23/05/2014 - Production News

USA – When LD Systems’ lighting designer John Dickson lit the entertainers at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo at Reliant Park this year he took 28 Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20 LED-based moving lights along for the wild ride.

Clay Paky announces a partnership with ASIMETRIK in Turkey

23/05/2014 - Business News

Turkey - Clay Paky has announced a partnership with AS?METR?K SES, I?IK ve GÖRÜNTÜ S?STEMLER? A.? (Asimetrik Sound, Light and Display Systems). The Turkish company, which specializes in the marketing and installation of technology and systems for show, corporate and architectural environments, said it was delighted to forge a partnership that involves marketing and providing technical assistance for all Clay Paky products.

Osram adds an LED Information Base to its customer service

23/05/2014 - Equipment News

Osram has put an end to checking and copying down values from LED data sheets. In future, customers can download technical characteristics directly. The LED Information Base (LIB) online portal includes the complete portfolio of LEDs in the visible wavelength range.

Gary Barlow with Chaos – it’s all about relationships

22/05/2014 - Production News

UK - If love is the central theme of most pop songs then relationships come a close second, and it’s relationships that have had a big influence on Gary Barlow’s latest tour. Barlow is a master of his genre, as he has amply demonstrated by selling out all 17 venues around the UK. His first solo outing onto the arena circuit, show director Kim Gavin along with designer Tim Routledge and production director Chris Vaughan, elected for a minimalist approach to staging, but with an emphatic widescreen approach to video.

Robe to Light up Sky Flower at VIVID Sydney

22/05/2014 - Project News

UK - Robe is supporting UK based light artist and creative director of Dark Art London, Simon Brockwell at the 2014 Vivid Festival of Music, Light & Ideas in Sydney, Australia, in the realisation of his bold and innovative light sculpture, ‘Sky Flower’.

Adlib Panics Again

22/05/2014 - Production News

UK - Adlib’s busy audio division renewed their working relationship with Las Vegas alt rockers Panic! At The Disco for their recent UK and European live shows. This dates back to 2006 when Adlib hooked up with them for the first time in Manchester. The Liverpool based technical production company have worked with the band on their various UK shows ever since.

POLARaudio – Growing, Restructuring and Recruiting

22/05/2014 - Business News

UK - POLARaudio has responded in typically decisive fashion to the fresh demands placed upon the company by the recent acquisition of new exclusive brands. In particular, LOUD Technologies' brands Mackie and Ampeg have significantly increased volumes in the MI side of the business. In anticipation of this increased traffic, POLARaudio moved swiftly towards an internal restructuring that could more efficiently accommodate the fast-growing nature of the company.

CADAC US participates in Broadway Sound Master Classes

22/05/2014 - Event News

UK - CADAC is once again participating in the Broadway Sound Master Classes but for the first time in the guise of its new US & Canada division, headed up by general manager Paul Morini (pictured). CADAC’s presence is in association with its US theatre sound consultant Tom Benson of RF Productions.

Gary Barlow – an exercise in Total restraint

22/05/2014 - Production News

UK - Much to the relief of many a discerning punter, there are some artists who simply do not need the bling that blights so many stage show these days. Gary Barlow is certainly one; his recent outing an exercise in restraint, saw him sell out 17 arenas around the United Kingdom with a presentation that was all about class and refinement.

LITEC obtains CE Marking

22/05/2014 - Business News

Italy - LITEC has obtained the certificate of conformity of the factory production control for its aluminium structures in compliance with EN 1090-1.

A Square Mixing from Allen & Heath’s GLD

22/05/2014 - Project News

India - New Indian jamming studio, A Square, has installed an Allen & Heath GLD digital mixing system. Situated in the capital of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow, the studio is the first digital audio studio to be opened by company, Jam Pad, designed to provide teaching facilities for aspiring musicians and also acts as a hub for bands and musicians to meet and network.

All Set: Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference (ITEAC)

22/05/2014 - Event News

With the fourth International Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference upon us, the ITEAC 2014 team is working with ETNow once again. Together we hope to showcase this three-day event to our readership. ITEAC 2014 builds on the success of the three previous events, which have all been well attended by delegates from around the world.

NEXT-proaudio LA212x chosen for “Word of Life’s” centre in Moscow

22/05/2014 - Project News

Russia - Sound and Light Contractor, Next-proaudio´s Russian distributor, recently installed a NEXT-proaudio’s line-array system in a big church – “word of life”, located in Moscow. The main aims of the installation were to achieve high sound pressure levels and high sound fidelity throughout the venue.

Stage|Set|Scenery at the Stage Technology Conference

22/05/2014 - Event News

Germany - From 4 to 6 June 2014 Stage|Set|Scenery will be represented at the Stage Technology Conference (BTT), organised by Deutsche Theatertechnische Gesellschaft (DTHG) and which takes place in Karlsruhe. The BTT is the most important advanced training event organised by the theatre and event technology industry. A total of 80 companies will be represented there, including established family-run firms and innovative enterprises and ranging from small startups to market leaders. The extensive programme of supporting events comprises 71 lectures, seminars, roundtable discussions, workshops and excursions. The Stage Technology Conference can look back on a history that spans more than 100 years and in 2014 will be taking place for the fifty-seventh time. Stand L37 is where Stage|Set|Scenery will be presenting its concept.

Avolites supports the next generation of LDs at Rose Bruford College

22/05/2014 - Standards News

UK - Students at London's Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance have used an Avolites Sapphire Touch and Tiger Touch II to stage a concert as part of a specialist module on lighting design for live music.

DAP CX amplifiers from DAP Audio

22/05/2014 - Equipment News

The Netherlands – With the new DAP CX amplifiers it's clear that DAP knows what its customers want: the Palladium series was an unprecedented success. Over 50,000 Palladiums have found their way to various stages. DAP have now introduced an entry-level amplifier series one step below the Palladium series: the new CX amplifier series. These affordable, compact amplifiers offer a wide range of features.

Osram opens new LED assembly plant in China

22/05/2014 - Business News

Germany - In a further move to strengthen its leading position in the market for light-emitting diodes (LED), Osram has officially opened its LED assembly plant in Wuxi, China. The factory has a floor area of about 100,000 square metres and will employ as many as 2,100 people by 2017. Osram is investing a low three-digit-million euro amount to set up the plant. "With this step, we’re not only expanding our fully loaded backend LED capacities but also boosting our presence in the world’s largest single lighting market," said Wolfgang Dehen, chief executive officer of Osram Licht AG. "Asia, and particularly China, are key growth drivers for the global lighting and therefore the LED industry."

XL Video Reflekts Arcade Fire on Tour

21/05/2014 - Production News

UK - XL Video is again providing full video production – including projection, LED screens, media server control and full camera / PPU package – to the critically acclaimed Arcade Fire "Reflektor" world tour, for which set and visuals have been carefully sculpted by show designer Richard Stembridge.

Robe for SA Samsung S5 Launch

21/05/2014 - Production News

South Africa - LD Renaldo van den Berg and production manager Victor Vermaak from Johannesburg based design and technical production specialist AV Unlimited created a spectacular lighting scheme utilising Robe moving lights for the South African leg of the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone launch.

Grammy Block Party throws down with Bandit

21/05/2014 - Production News

USA - Music City held its annual Grammy Block Party with lighting provided by Bandit Lites. The private event for members of The Recording Academy was held at Owen Bradley Park May 13 and included performances by Chris Young, Kacey Musgraves and Martina McBride. Two-time Grammy award winner Jim Lauderdale hosted while cast members of ABC’s Nashville mingled with the crowd and even performed on stage.

ABTT Theatre Show 2014

21/05/2014 - Event News

The ABTT Theatre Show now has a full complement of exhibitors covering a wide range of technical theatre suppliers, associations and training establishments.

Only the best will do for new CRC Mega Church

21/05/2014 - Project News

South Africa - Pretoria has recently seen the construction of one of South Africa’s largest churches. The recently constructed 6500-seater addition to the international CRC Christian Churches has set a new standard in Worship Houses and boasts a number of DiGiCo consoles.

Valencia Basket crowned European Champions with Lynx Pro Audio

21/05/2014 - Production News

Spain - A Lynx Pro Audio LX -V8 line array system was used for the final of basketballs Eurocup. The final was between teams Unics Kazan (from Russia) and Valencia Basket (from Spain) with the final played over two legs and Valencia Basket winning both legs to become European Champions.

DiGiCo consoles play major role in Olympics audio

21/05/2014 - Production News

Russia - Scott Willsallen, director of Auditoria Pty Ltd (Australia), was Audio Director and Designer for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic and Paralympic games at Sochi’s 40,000-seat Fisht Olympic Stadium, at which DiGiCo consoles played a major part.

An expo and education for Ansata, d&b audiotechnik Distributor for India

21/05/2014 - Business News

India - Since Ansata CS Pvt Ltd were appointed sole distributorship for the whole Indian subcontinent at ProLight + Sound in Frankfurt in March, the company has engaged with the d&b audiotechnik product range with considerable vigour. "We had already fully briefed all our staff and trained three engineers in Application and Service support at the d&b facility at

Tannoy, Lab.gruppen and Lake perform at SXSW 2014

21/05/2014 - Production News

UK - Featuring British artists such as The Wytches, Slaves, and Dinosaur Pile-Up, and an audio system comprised of UK-made audio gear including Tannoy loudspeakers and Lab.gruppen amplifiers, the 2014 British Music Embassy venue had a major impact at SXSW 2014.

Panasonic launches LFB70 fully interactive LED display

21/05/2014 - Equipment News

Panasonic has released the LFB70 series of multi-touch interactive LED displays aimed squarely at the corporate and education sectors. Previewed at ISE 2014 in February, the displays come in 80”, 65”, and 50” models and offer superb image quality, up to six touch points and wireless connectivity.

Brighter, Better Coachella 2014 with Elation Professional

21/05/2014 - Production News

USA - Elation products were again put to work across several stages at the 2014 Coachella music and arts festival but this year also fulfilled a new role as powerful site lighting. Elation gear has become a staple of the Coachella Festival as it has grown to become one of the largest and most successful music festivals in the U.S. This year, Coachella hosted more than 500,000 people over the festival’s two weekends with headliners Muse and Arcade Fire, along with a list of surprise guests and more than 180 other acts, delivering another memorable event.

Philips Entertainment Exhibits its Flagship Creative Stage Luminaires at ABTT 2014

21/05/2014 - Event News

UK - The latest creative stage luminaires from Philips Entertainment's four premier brands - Selecon, Showline, Strand Lighting, and Vari-Lite - will be on stand 55 at this year's ABTT, 11th and 12th June, at London's The Old Truman Brewery.

Eurolite makes the Desert Glow for Coachella

21/05/2014 - Production News

USA - the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in the california desert is one of the most popular open air festivals in the USA. Besides numerous stars, many Eurolite devices were the centre of action.

Avolites and Avolites Media's industry-leading consoles and servers on show at ABTT

21/05/2014 - Event News

UK - Avolites and Avolites Media's industry-leading range of control consoles and media servers will be available for hands-on demos on Stand 69 at this year's ABTT Theatre Show in London, 11/12 June 2014.

Le Maitre Appoint new Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer

21/05/2014 - People News

UK - Le Maitre Ltd, a leader for over 35 years in the manufacture, design and development of pyrotechnics, smoke and haze machines and other special effects, has announced that it has hired Bruce Baum (pictured) as chief operating officer and chief financial officer.

Triple E Celebrates 30th Birthday at ABTT with New Products and Competition

21/05/2014 - Event News

UK - Entertainment equipment engineering expert Triple E is celebrating its 30th birthday at ABTT by exhibiting a raft of new products, sponsoring the ABTT Awards, and hosting a competition to rig a motorised Unitrack system in the fastest possible time.

Phantom 20 LED Beam from Showtec

21/05/2014 - Equipment News

The Netherlands - Phantom 20 LED Beam Razor-sharp beam effects have become the standard on all leading stages. Showtec from Highlite offers a wide range of beam moving heads, which was recently expanded with the highly affordable Phantom 20 LED beam. In this case, a start-up model means a lot of capacity for relatively little money.

Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular votes for grandMA2

21/05/2014 - Production News

New Zealand - The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular is a BBC Worldwide production based on the ever popular Doctor Who television series. Celebrating over 50 years, Doctor Who is one of the most widely broadcast drama series on the planet. The live show is based on the music of the modern series, composed by Murray Gold and conducted by Ben Foster, a symphony orchestra plays live to video packages displayed on a large projection screen. This is combined with a cast of live characters from the series and enhanced by dynamic lighting interaction.

dbn Lights Up ‘new’ Everyman Theatre

20/05/2014 - Production News

UK - When Liverpool’s famous Everyman Theatre re-opened recently, Lights Up opening celebration producers Walk the Plank asked Manchester based dbn Lighting’s Stephen Page to design a spectacular lighting scheme fitting for the occasion.

Abu Dhabi production house Fonoon brings 'best in the world' Showline on board

20/05/2014 - Production News

Abu Dhabi - For 14 years, leading event production and management house Fonoon has been delivering exceptional services to the Middle East's top companies and clients. Keen to continue with the tradition the company added Showline's high performance SL BAR 660 and SL WASH 180 luminaires to its arsenal.

Avolites Ltd appoints Fairlight BV as their Exclusive distributor in the Netherlands

20/05/2014 - Business News

The Netherlands - Avolites Ltd. and Avolites Media Ltd. have appointed Fairlight as their sole distributor for the Netherlands as of May 1, 2014 in their exciting new agreement.

Smaller Installations Benefit from New Yamaha CIS Mixer and Power Amplifiers

20/05/2014 - Equipment News

UK - Yamaha’s Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS) series is receiving two major product additions in the form of the MA2030 Digital Mixer Amplifier and PA2030 Power Amplifier. Designed to operate in tandem, the cost-effective units are the ideal combination for small-to-mid sized applications.

Unusual Rigging launches sales brochure at PLASA Focus Leeds

20/05/2014 - Business News

UK - With new personal protection equipment (PPE) and chain bags added to its range, Unusual Rigging launched its first ever sales brochure at PLASA Focus Leeds.

Hippotizer GrassHoppers find new home at Phlippo in Belgium

20/05/2014 - Production News

Belgium - With a 50-year history in the industry, Phlippo have become one of the biggest competitors in the Benelux area for equipment hire and full production support. Phlippo provides both dry rental of all their equipment as well as full production support to everything from musical productions, TV shows and dance events to touring productions, festivals and corporate events.

DPA Miniature Microphones Chosen For The Bodyguard

20/05/2014 - Production News

UK - The hit stage musical of The Bodyguard, currently playing at the Adelphi Theatre in London, is relying on DPA's d:screet 4060 omnidirectional miniature microphones to provide amplification for all members of the cast who have spoken lines.

Savoy Theatre: First LED House Lights in West End

20/05/2014 - Project News

UK - When it opened its doors to the public in 1889, the Savoy Theatre was the first in the world to be lit by electric lights. Today, the Savoy continues that trendsetting legacy with a new energy-efficient house lighting system for the iconic performance space. Recently installed by entertainment lighting specialists White Light, the new system – the first of its kind in London’s West End – is based entirely on LED technology, which draws less power and produces less heat than the previous lighting system, creating huge energy savings for the space. The installation is also the first in the world to utilise the new ArcLamp fixture from GDS. Developed specifically for the Savoy Theatre project, it is designed to fit pre-existing fittings on installations where clients wish to keep existing lamp housings due to economic or design imperatives.

ETC scores a big hit for Danish Eurovision Musical

20/05/2014 - Production News

UK - The real Eurovision song contest may be all finished for this year, but in Denmark, it just keeps on going, with Vi Maler Byen Rød: The Musical, which takes in 27 of the country’s most famous and popular contest songs and turns them into a story.

Oh What a Lovely CADAC: Mike Walker goes digital with the CDC eight

20/05/2014 - Production News

UK - Renowned theatre sound designer Mike Walker deployed the CADAC CDC eight digital production console at the heart of his sound design for the recent 50th anniversary revival of Oh What a Lovely War, in London’s Theatre Royal Stratford East; the most high profile use of CADAC’s new digital desk to date and its musical theatre premier on a major production. Perhaps even more significantly, it marked the first ever use by Mike Walker of a digital console on such a large theatre production.

Elation SixPar Series – Expanding Colour Options for PAR Colour Changers

20/05/2014 - Equipment News

Elation Professional’s new SixPar Series of indoor and outdoor PAR colour changers features a revolutionary six-colour LED multi-chip that provides an expanded palette of colours, including stunning ambers, true whites and even ultraviolet. Useful for production applications or installations as a wash light, uplight, wall wash, truss warmer and more, the SixPar’s high-power single lens RGBWA+UV LEDs provide a creative colour boost to the lighting designer toolbox.

Get prepared for the Festival season with free HOG4 Training from AED Distribution

20/05/2014 - Standards News

UK - AED Distribution UK Ltd. has announced details of their Summer Training Calendar with the addition of two new training courses. The first training will be held on Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 June and is followed by a second summer course on Tuesday 8 and Wednesday 9 of July. Both sessions are held in the headquarters of AED Distribution UK in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.

Robe is Bright and Beautiful for Miss Slovakia 2014

19/05/2014 - Production News

Lighting designer Martin Kubanka knows how to make many things look beautiful with his stunning lighting and visual designs, and this coupled with the Miss Slovakia beauty pageant as the subject matter and 150 Robe moving lights on the rig made this 2014 edition of the event extra special.

Eurovision 2013 with CAST BlackTrax Wins Excellence in Live Design Award

19/05/2014 - Business News

Canada - BlackTrax, has announced that the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 has won an Excellence in Live Design Award in the category of Live for Broadcast, based on CAST’s nomination. Eurovision used the BlackTrax Solution to achieve stunning special effects during the live-to-air broadcasts. This is the seventh edition of the annual award, recognizing outstanding achievement in design for projects completed between January and December 2013. Categories include Architainment, Concerts, Corporate Events, Live For Broadcast, Theatre Production, Venues (Club or Lounge), and Venues (Theatre or Performance).

Chroma-Q Sponsors British Drivers in BTCC & LoTRDC UK Motor Racing Championships

19/05/2014 - Event News

UK - Premium performance lighting solutions provider, Chroma-Q, has announced their sponsorship of several British racing drivers in the high-profile BTCC and Lotus motor racing Championships. Chroma-Q are a Premium Sponsor of promising UK racing driver, Jack Goff, in the 2014 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) season.

MerleFest 2014: The Tradition Continues with DiGiCo

19/05/2014 - Production News

USA - Country music superstars Alan Jackson and Merle Haggard, as well as bluegrass icons Dr. Ralph Stanley and Ricky Skaggs, were among the 130 acts over four days in late April whose tunes wafted pristinely from MerleFest 2014. As has been the case for the past 26 years, DiGiCo consoles processed much of the music emanating from the Wilkesboro, NC festival’s 13 stages, helping to cement MerleFest’s reputation as a highly celebrated perennial American music event.

Cartey & Co and the French Connection at ABTT

19/05/2014 - Event News

UK – RVE, the renowned French lantern dimmer manufacturer with over 42 years of designing and manufacturing dimmers in France, has added to that with an extremely high quality range of professional theatre and film/TV LED lanterns which will be exhibited at this year’s ABTT Theatre Show in London on the stand of Cartey & Co.Ltd.

Hawthorn Wins Technical Production Contract for Hay Festival 2014

19/05/2014 - Production News

Hawthorn has been appointed by the organisers of the Hay Festival to deliver the technical production for its 27th arts, literary and science festival. The festival is being held at its traditional home, off Langdon Road, Hay-on-Wye, in Wales.

MGG do it again with Clay Paky

19/05/2014 - Production News

South Africa - Quite literally MGG Productions have done it again! Thanks to the success of a sci-fi concept they came up for a corporate conference held last year, MGG were asked by their client Eventworx to recreate the entire look for the same event hosted in January 2014.

Christie Lites to Open Chicago Office in Fall 2014

16/05/2014 - Business News

USA - Christie Lites is opening a Chicago office in Fall 2014. Hard on the heels of a very successful first season for Christie Lites New York, the CL management team has committed to this new full-service warehouse location in the Chicago suburb of Woodridge, Illinois. Details will be announced as they develop in late summer.

Counterpoint Music Festival Goes Big with Bandit Lites

16/05/2014 - Production News

USA - Bandit Lites has kicked off its incredibly busy 2014 festival season with the CounterPoint Music Festival, where more than 60 artists including Outkast, Foster the People, Pretty Lights, Matt & Kim, and St. Lucia performed on one of the events five stages across Georgia’s Kingston’s Down 5,000 acres.

Salina’s Bicentennial Center Salutes L-Acoustics

16/05/2014 - Project News

USA - For the past 35 years, the 7,500-seat multipurpose Bicentennial Center Arena in Salina, Kansas has hosted everything from concerts, theatre, circuses and civic events to rodeos, basketball, roller derby and home games for the local Salina Bombers, champions of the Professional Indoor Football League. But while the venue has undergone a number of changes over the years, the original sound system remained in place until Parkway Communications recently installed a new L-Acoustics ARCS WIDE and ARCS FOCUS loudspeaker rig – aka “WIFO” – for the city-owned venue, which is managed by Philadelphia-based Global Spectrum.

Indu-Electric report a successful PLASA Focus

16/05/2014 - Event News

UK - The UK branch of Indu-Electric has reported a successful exhibition at PLASA Focus: Leeds 2014 (The Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds – 29-30 April 2014) where the company showcased its customised power distribution systems designed for the event, touring and film Industry and most notably, the newly released 72+ power distribution touring rack.

Japanese Distributor: All Access for Audient

16/05/2014 - Business News

Japan - Audio company All Access Inc has been appointed as distributor for the full range of Audient products in Japan, including the USB interface, iD22 and the 8-channel mic pre and ADC, ASP880.

Showstars forms partnership with Liveculture Group

16/05/2014 - Business News

UK - East London-based event crew company Showstars has announced that it has hired Liveculture Group to exclusively fulfil its creative marketing and media requirements for the following 12 months.

d&b audiotechnik Electroacoustics seminar hosted by Orbital Sound

16/05/2014 - Event News

UK - On June 25, Oran Burns of d&b GB Education and Application Support will present an Electroacoustics seminar at UK Sales Partner, Orbital Sound’s premises, located at 57 Acre Lane, Brixton, London, SW2 5TN.

Stage Electrics applies its knowledge to the Library of Birmingham

16/05/2014 - Project News

UK - The breath-taking architecture and spectacular facilities of the new Library of Birmingham drew the attention of the press when it opened in September 2013. Sited in Birmingham’s Centenary Square, the library is a major part of Birmingham City Council’s ‘Big City Plan’ to regenerate the city centre and draw people to Birmingham from the wider world.

Yamaha Commercial Audio UK Appoints Approved Service Centres

16/05/2014 - Business News

UK - With an ever-increasing number of end users, Yamaha Commercial Audio UK has taken steps to improve its product servicing, training and customer support by appointing two Yamaha Approved Service Centres.

Backstage Students seek Summer Work Placements

16/05/2014 - People News

UK - Backstage Academy students are currently confirming work placements for the summer season and invite employers to get in touch if they need extra skilled people to support existing crew teams.

Harlequin reflects on Community Theatres conference

16/05/2014 - Event News

UK - Delegates from Harlequin Floors participated in the Theatres Trust Conference recently staged at the City Variety Music Hall, Leeds. With this year’s conference topic being ‘Community Theatres’, Harlequin was once again a Slips Sponsor of the event.

ELC Lighting Celebrates the Secret of its Success at new HQ

16/05/2014 - Business News

The Netherlands - Leading lighting company ELC Lighting has used the official opening of its state-of-the-art premises as an opportunity to thank its distributors from around the world for their contribution to the company’s success.

Robe for Clash of the Choirs 2014

15/05/2014 - Production News

South Africa - For the second year running Pretoria South Africa based Blond Productions are supplying full technical production – lighting, video and sound – including Robe moving lights – and design for the popular South African TV talent competition, Clash of The Choirs.

Solaris LED Flares Tour with Justin Timberlake

15/05/2014 - Production News

USA - Adding to the “experience” in Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience World Tour are 75 super-bright Solaris LED Flares. Selected for their amazing performance and versatility, these award-winning, RGBW wash/strobe/blinders – in a single unit! – provide over 33,000 lumens each in a variety of applications.

Vari-lite Helps Commemorate the Night that Changed America

15/05/2014 - Production News

USA - To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the groundbreaking appearance of The Beatles on “The Ed Sullivan Show”, The Recording Academy, AEG Ehrlich Ventures and CBS presented The Beatles: The Night That Changed America - A GRAMMY Salute. Featuring many of today’s top artists performing songs made famous by the seven-time Grammy Award-winning group, the production also included footage from that landmark Sunday evening along with various presenters discussing the worldwide impact of The Beatles. Behind the scenes, it was designer Matt Firestone who was charged with bringing the events lighting to life while working on an extremely tight production schedule; which he did relying on VL3500 Wash, VL3000 Spot and VL3500 Spot luminaires from Philips Vari-Lite.

Ron StageMaster Load Cells Provide Safety Confidence at Hong Kong Cultural Centre

15/05/2014 - Project News

Hong Kong - Since opening in 1989, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre has served as Hong Kong’s premier cultural venue and in order to cater to a variety of performing arts, the Centre, located on the waterfront of Victoria Harbor in Tsim Sha Tsui, houses a number of top-class facilities including three major performance halls.

PLASA Focus proves a success in Baltimore

15/05/2014 - Event News

USA - The latest addition to the PLASA Focus regional event series is hailed a success, providing over 600 attendees with access to the latest entertainment technology and an impressive line-up of seminars delivered by industry experts.

Doughty Engineering operates within the NHS

15/05/2014 - Project News

UK - Lighting designer Philip Lyons is always on the lookout for new products that are well designed and premium engineered. So when he was appointed to update the Medical Illustration Departments, which provide images for use in treating patients, teaching and for publication, of two major hospitals in Bristol and London, he had no hesitation in specifying a full range of studio equipment from Doughty Engineering to help him fulfil his brief.

GLD Installed in Portuguese Auditorium

15/05/2014 - Project News

Portugal - An Allen & Heath GLD digital system, comprising a GLD-80 mixer and accompanying AR2412 and AR84 remote I/O racks, has been installed in Casa da Cultura Mestre José Rodrigues auditorium in Portugal’s Douro Valley.

Philips Vari-Lite VL3000 range provides '20/20' lighting for Justin Timberlake

15/05/2014 - Production News

Live music lighting designer Nick Whitehouse is currently out on the road for a year-long tour with pop superstar Justin Timberlake and he has chosen to specify Philips Vari-Lite's VL3000 range of luminaires as the backbone of his stylish and dynamic design.

How Fast Can You Rig a Triple E Motorised Unitrack System?

15/05/2014 - Event News

UK - As part of Triple E's 30th year celebrations they are holding a competition to see who can rig a motorised Unitrack system the fastest.

William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain at the V&A

15/05/2014 - Production News

UK - David Atkinson Lighting Design (DALD) recently completed the lighting design for the ‘William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain’ exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Orbital Sound Showcases Audio Innovation at ABTT 2014

15/05/2014 - Event News

UK – Orbital Sound is planning a unique line-up of innovative international pro audio brands on Stand No: 74 at the ABTT Theatre Show 2014 (Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London, 11-12 June), featuring products from Flare Audio, d&b audiotechnik, HME, Clear-Com, CSC, and TheatrePro, as well as the launch of the Orbital’s new distribution product range, the Nemesis brand of theatre-specific audio playback and control solutions. In addition, Orbital is presenting a special version of its acclaimed "Mixing Musicals" training course as part of ABTT’s seminar series, focusing on the practical skills and theory behind best-practice FOH mixing for modern musicals.

Avolites Tiger Touch controls dazzling pyrotechnics at Ultra Festival SA

15/05/2014 - Production News

South Africa - Ultra Worldwide, one of the world's premier electronic music festivals, has hit South Africa with a colossal line up of dance music superstars and jaw dropping pyrotechnics controlled by LD Travis Yeatman using an Avolites Tiger Touch console.

CADAC Show Operational Enhancements at PLASA Focus with V2.1 software

14/05/2014 - Event News

UK - At the recent PLASA Focus event at The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, CADAC showed the latest V2.1 software update for its flagship CDC eight digital live production console.

Pro Audio Stash Launches New Rack Shelf and Base Plate Range with Magnets

14/05/2014 - Equipment News

UK - Leading UK based 19 inch rack specialist designer, manufacturer and supplier Pro Audio Stash (PAS) has launched a new range of custom rack faceplates and shelves with magnets.

Robe USA Strengthens Technical Support Team

14/05/2014 - People News

USA - Czech Republic-based lighting manufacturer Robe Lighting has strengthened its technical service department in the United States with the addition of industry professional Ambrose Gumbs (pictured), who has joined the company as technical service department manager.

Medical Imaging upgrade for Wexham Park Hospital

14/05/2014 - Project News

UK - With more than 100,000 A&E attendances every year, Wexham Park Hospital at Slough provides acute services that include cardiology, maternity, stroke and emergency medicine.

1000 Stagemaker SR motors for AED Group

14/05/2014 - Business News

Belgium - The Prolight + Sound 2014 trade fair at a Frankfurt venue in early April gave VERLINDE the opportunity to officially announce a contract for 1000 Stagemaker SR motors placed by AED Rent, a world leader for stage equipment rentals. A gilded hoist with identification number 1001/1000 was symbolically handed over as a gift to Glenn Roggeman, CEO of AED group.

Triple E Celebrates 30th Birthday with hands on Track Rigging Competition at ABTT

14/05/2014 - Event News

UK – Entertainment equipment engineering expert Triple E is inviting ABTT visitors to help celebrate its 30th birthday by getting hands on with its robust and reliable track systems and motors on the Test Bench area at London’s Old Truman Brewery.

Robe Helps Provide Classic Rock Show for ELO in Johannesburg

14/05/2014 - Production News

South Africa - The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), featuring Phil Bates, brought four decades of their unique blend of orchestral rock to South Africa recently, playing concerts in Johannesburg and Cape Town – with Robe moving lights featuring on both shows.

DiGiCo gets The Feeling

14/05/2014 - Production News

UK - The Feeling is a band that has produced much of its own work and is interested in, and knowledgeable about, the technology it uses. To have a great sounding mixing console at both front of house and monitors then becomes a must for their engineers. Jonathan Lewis and Sean Busby-Little, who respectively man these positions, knew that sonically DiGiCo was the right choice; they also knew the SD9’s compact footprint would fit the bill for the venues the band’s current tour is playing.

Theatreurope Announce International Wood and Canvas Conference

14/05/2014 - Event News

Belgium – The OISTAT Architecture and Technology Commissions have announced a conference called ‘Wood and Canvas (and rabbit glue) in the Modern World’ to take place in Antwerp, Belgium from June 12-15, 2014.

Avolites and Avolites Media’s industry-leading consoles and servers at ABTT

14/05/2014 - Event News

UK – Avolites and Avolites Media’s industry-leading range of control consoles and media servers will be available for hands-on demos on Stand 69 at this year’s ABTT Theatre Show in London, 11/12 June 2014.

Philips Entertainment Exhibits Flagship Creative Stage Luminaires at ABTT 2014

14/05/2014 - Event News

UK – The latest creative stage luminaires from Philips Entertainment’s four premier brands – Selecon, Showline, Strand Lighting, and Vari-Lite – will be on stand 55 at this year’s ABTT, 11th and 12th June, at London’s The Old Truman Brewery.

The Laureus Awards get the Unusual touch in Kuala Lumpur

13/05/2014 - Production News

Malaysia - The most prestigious awards in the international sporting calendar, the 2014 Laureus World Sports Awards, were held in Kuala Lumpur on March 26. Attended by the greatest names in sport, past and present, the event was staged at the Istana Budaya, the National Theatre of Malaysia and home to the National Theatre Company and National Symphony Orchestra.

A Date with You Me At Six

13/05/2014 - Production News

UK - HSL supplied lighting and LED screen to the UK leg of the new You Me At Six "Cavalier Youth" tour, featuring an inventive lighting design by Louis Oliver who has worked with the indie rockers for the last five years, in which time they have steadily gained a solid live fan base and a cult following.

Turbosound at the Forefront of Audio Quality at Vanguard

13/05/2014 - Project News

South Korea - Korea’s newest mega-club Vanguard opened its doors to an eager young clientele on St Valentine’s Day featuring one of the largest Turbosound sound reinforcement systems ever to be installed in the entire Asia Pacific region.

Flashlight Appoint Alistair Smyth as Sales Coordinator

13/05/2014 - People News

UK - Flashlight Ltd has announced the appointment of Alistair Smyth to the role of sales coordinator, joining their Manchester based team.

ShowTex Opens New Office and Production Centre and Launches ShowTex Spain

13/05/2014 - Business News

Belgium - After months of preparation and hard work, ShowTex recently opened the doors of its new office and production centre in Burcht, which means saying a fond farewell to its old, but charming building in the heart of Antwerp.

NEXT-proaudio introduces active line-array system LA122A

13/05/2014 - Equipment News

Portugal - The new LA122A joins the LA family and is the powered version of the popular LA122. It incorporates advanced neodymium speakers, custom made by B&C and a high performance DPA amplifier module, capable of generating 1650Wrms of high-definition power for a very high acoustic pressure for medium to large scale applications. This system is ideal for use in permanent installations as well as in mobile systems. The new system comprises three models, two line arrays elements, with different coverage angles (8ºx90º and 15ºx120º) and a companion subwoofer system allowing a wide configuration versatility.

All Eyes are on Clay Paky B-EYE Fixtures For Lotus Tour

13/05/2014 - Production News

USA – The instrumental electronic jam band Lotus is continuing its cross-country tour this spring and summer as they debut a complement of Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20 innovative, LED-based moving lights for key effects in the show.

Lighting Designer Ira Levy Selects Clay Paky Fixtures for H&M Flagship Store in Times Square

13/05/2014 - Project News

USA – When Swedish retail giant H&M opened its newest US flagship store in Times Square, lighting designer Ira Levy selected Clay Paky Sharpy and A.leda Wash K10 LED-based lights to enhance the store’s futuristic, high-tech look.

Megadeth Conquers the World with DiGiCo

13/05/2014 - Production News

USA - Sound engineer Bradley Johnson of Newport, WA-based KRF Audio, spent a lot of time listening to Megadeth in his early years mixing, so he was well prepared to man the controls for the legendary metal band's live show, currently on a world tour hitting more than 25 countries in four continents and wrapping up this August in England.

L-Acoustics Reinforces Asia Operations with new Application Engineer

13/05/2014 - People News

France - L-Acoustics has announced the appointment of long-serving industry professional Alvin Koh (pictured) as applications engineer for Asia, reinforcing L-Acoustics’ growth and commitment to its customer base throughout the Asian region. Alvin will be based in Kuala Lumpur and will provide technical support to L-Acoustic’s customers through the company’s existing regional distribution network.

Kinetic Facade Receives Elegant New LED Lighting Design

13/05/2014 - Project News

Belgium - The new ‘t Walletje business complex now stands out with an innovative and dynamic lighting design by Magic Monkey. Featuring a unique kinetic panel façade which follows the sun’s daytime movements, the scheme utilises 132 specially customised Pulsar ChromaStrip X3 linear LED fixtures to illuminate each panel and meet the stringent technical requirements of the project tender.

Elation Lighting Keeps High-tech H&M Flagship Store in Party Mode

13/05/2014 - Project News

USA - Lighting designer and head of New York City-based Levy Lighting, Ira Levy, has a reputation for experimental, cutting-edge designs and has amassed an impressive list of prominent clients over the last 20 years. Elation fixtures have also found their place on his designs, most recently at the prestigious H&M flagship store in New York’s Times Square.

HD Pro Audio to Hold SSL Live Workshop Session at Brit Row

13/05/2014 - Event News

UK - SSL Live UK agent, HD Pro Audio is holding a workshop session for the SSL Live console at Brit Row’s dedicated training centre in Wandsworth on May 20.

DPA helps Joel Compass Perfect His Mic Technique

13/05/2014 - Production News

UK - Emerging UK artist Joel Compass has become the latest in a long line of singers to join the DPA Microphones' fan club.

ETC helps California theatre go all LED

13/05/2014 - Project News

USA - Not every theatre can go all LED, but Sunnyvale Theater in California has made the bold choice to do so. Thanks to a lot of careful research, the right conditions and the advanced features of ETC’s LED luminaires, the theatre’s new LED-only lighting system has been a major success.

Adlib Celebrates 30 Years!

13/05/2014 - Business News

UK - Liverpool based Adlib is celebrating a landmark 30 years at the sharp end of the audio production and rental market.

Robe Gets Smart for ?o Ja Viem?!

13/05/2014 - Production News

Czech Republic - The new RTVS (Radio & Television Slovakia) quiz show series ?o Ja Viem?! (What do I know?!) was recorded at Mlynska Dolina film studios in Bratislava and featured a lighting design by Martin Kubanka, with Robe moving lights right at the centre of the visuals.

Syncrolite Celebrates 30 Years with ‘Fantastic’ First Quarter 2014

13/05/2014 - Business News

USA - Syncrolite marks its 30th anniversary as an entertainment/architectural lighting manufacturer with postings of a jam-packed first quarter and more expansion news for 2014.

Projection Studio Brings Colchester Castle History to Light

12/05/2014 - Production News

UK - Projection artist and digital art specialist Ross Ashton of London-based The Projection Studio has created three new eye-catching son et lumière shows for Colchester Castle, comprising a giant projection onto one of the Castle’s internal wall, accompanied by dynamic soundtracks created by sound artist Karen Monid.

Robe Appoints VGL as New Chilean Distributor

12/05/2014 - Business News

Robe lighting has announced VGL Integración de Sistemas based in Santiago, as its new distributor for Chile. VGL was founded 21 years ago and already represents several premium brands including Grass Valley, Telestream, Rohde & Schwarz, L-Acoustics, and now Robe.

Improved Sound Picture for National Portrait Gallery

12/05/2014 - Project News

UK - When it opened its doors in 1856 the National Portrait Gallery in London was the first portrait gallery in the world. Housing a collection of portraits of the people who have shaped British history and culture, the Gallery attracted over two million visits in 2013 and offers a first-class visitor experience. In keeping with its reputation for offering high standards to visitors, the Gallery recently took steps to install a new voice announcement and paging system to enable clear communications throughout the building. POLARaudio in conjunction with Saville AV supplied Biamp's ground-breaking Vocia System to meet the needs of this prestigious institution.

DPA Microphones Fly The Flag For Denmark At Eurovision

12/05/2014 - Production News

Denmark - DPA provided the podium microphones in the official press room at this year's Eurovision Song Contest.

Salina’s Bicentennial Center Salutes L-Acoustics

12/05/2014 - Project News

USA – For the past 35 years, the 7,500-seat multipurpose Bicentennial Center Arena in Salina, Kansas has hosted everything from concerts, theatre, circuses and civic events to rodeos, basketball, roller derby and home games for the local Salina Bombers, champions of the Professional Indoor Football League. But while the venue has undergone a number of changes over the years, the original sound system remained in place until Parkway Communications recently installed a new L-Acoustics Arcs Wide and Arcs Focus loudspeaker rig – aka “Wifo” – for the city-owned venue, which is managed by Philadelphia-based Global Spectrum.

Clay Paky with Ligabue on his 2014 tour

12/05/2014 - Production News

Italy - After the release of his latest album entitled Mondovisione, Luciano Ligabue left on a tour of Italy consisting of a series of live concerts. They are hosted in several different types of structure ranging from low capacity provincial indoor stadiums to huge spacious big city stadiums, with a possible future extension abroad. The events are structured in two completely different ways for obvious reasons, which are technically adapted to the needs of these two almost diametrically opposite types of venue.

The West Ocean String Quartet Choose DPA Microphones

12/05/2014 - Production News

Ireland - The West Ocean String Quartet, winner of The Irish Times/The Ticket’s Trad CD of the Year 2013 for their album An Indigo Sky, are now using DPA d:vote 4099 instrument microphones to capture their unique sound.

Chauvet Professional launches Rogue with a hands-on at Leisuretec Distribution

12/05/2014 - Event News

UK - Hot on the heels of its UK debut at PLASA Focus Leeds, Chauvet Professional has announced a day of hands-on introduction to launch the ground-breaking Chauvet Professional Rogue range of fixtures, to be held at the Leighton Buzzard premises of Leisuretec Distribution, on Tuesday 13th May, 2014.

AV Matrix Invests in Highlite

12/05/2014 - Production News

UK - AV Matrix of Wetherby, North Yorkshire has invested heavily in the DMT P12.5 Pixel Mesh from Highlite UK.

CPL Enjoys Spring Shopping Spree

09/05/2014 - Production News

UK – West Midlands-based technical solutions and video specialist Central Presentations Ltd (CPL) kicked off 2014 with a busy schedule and a proactive programme of shopping which sees major investments in new projectors, screens, cameras, media servers, sound and lighting equipment to help facilitate an expected busy year ahead. The purchases include premium brands like Avolites, Barco, Clay Paky, Clearcom, d&b, ETC, Panasonic and Yamaha!

Christie Lites Moves to Expanded Las Vegas Location

09/05/2014 - Business News

Las Vegas - Christie Lites is moving on 12th May to a larger location in Las Vegas to accommodate increased demand for its entertainment lighting and rigging services. This expanded location further strengthens Christie Lites’ multi-office network supplying full service stage lighting equipment rentals across North America.

USITT to Explore New Entertainment Technology at Spark! Symposium Sept. 7-9 in N.C.

09/05/2014 - Event News

USITT’s first Spark! symposium on using new technologies to enhance live performance is slated for Sept. 7-9 at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Avolites Titan Mobile Wing Makes US Debut at PLASA Focus: Baltimore 2014

09/05/2014 - Event News

USA – Avolites is exhibiting its flagship Sapphire Touch lighting console as well as the new Titan Mobile Wing on PLASA Focus: Baltimore 2014 stand 412 (Group One Ltd.).

The Technical Theatre Awards Launches 'Bigger, Better Event' for 2014

09/05/2014 - Event News

UK - The Technical Theatre Awards, which celebrates the outstanding achievements of people working behind the scenes, has launched its 2014 'bigger, better, brighter' event with a call for sponsors and nominations.

University of Oxford / Sennheiser Electronic Music Prize Launched

09/05/2014 - Event News

UK - The Music Faculty at the University of Oxford and leading audio specialist Sennheiser UK have announced the first Oxford/Sennheiser Electronic Music Prize [OSEMP]. OSEMP has been developed as an annual event to help promote innovative and communicative electronic music composition in the UK.

High End Systems is now shipping HedgeHog 4 Network and RackHog 4

09/05/2014 - Equipment News

With the addition of these two consoles, the Hog 4 range is the most expansive line available and now has options to suit all applications and budgets. All consoles utilise the same software and all run on Linux. Show files are compatible across the whole range, and users are easily able to move between one console and another due to Hog's unique layout, which is similar across all consoles.

Bill Fontana art installation amazes visitors with coolux technology

09/05/2014 - Production News

The internationally acclaimed artist and composer Bill Fontana recently revealed site specific sound sculptures as part of the Abu Dhabi Music Festival.

PRG and PRG Nocturne on Tour with Steel Panther

09/05/2014 - Production News

Michael Starr, Satchel, Lexxi Foxx and Stix Zadinia, collectively known as Steel Panther, launched their new album with a bang as they kicked it off with a sold out European tour, March 2014. The success of the spandex-clad 80's rockers continues to soar, they are now currently touring in the US. PRG supported them along the way.

MGG Productions Invests in South Africa’s First DiGiCo SD Ten Available for Rental

09/05/2014 - Production News

South Africa’s MGG Productions has an envious history of supplying both state-of-the-art equipment for sound, lighting, video and staging, and technical services to the broadest range of entertainment disciplines. Earlier this year, it took delivery of South Africa’s first DiGiCo SD Ten console from DiGiCo’s South African distributor Tadco, adding to its existing SD11.

Tannoy and Lab.gruppen provide perfect pitch for Barcelona jazz club

09/05/2014 - Project News

Having worked with many European venues and festivals such as SONAR, Intermusic and Sonimag , freelance sound engineer Julian Zafra has decades worth of experience in the business of sound.

Yamaha CL Series Teaches Theatre Sound

09/05/2014 - Project News

With Yamaha’s CL series digital mixing consoles well-established in the professional audio and broadcast industries, an increasing number of educational establishments are specifying them to give students the most up-to-date hands-on experience. Amsterdam School of the Arts is the latest example.

d&b audiotechnik says cheese at Alkmaar

09/05/2014 - Project News

Who doesn’t have a soft spot for cheese? In the Noord Holland city of Alkmaar it’s more than just a favourite food, it’s the driving force behind the local economy. That’s not to say that the whole of the Netherlands isn’t keen on the creamy yellow rounds but as one of the oldest cheese markets in the country, Alkmaar is especially proud of its heritage. Thousands of visitors descend on the Waagplein (Weighing Square) to take in the delights of the four hundred year old market, held every Friday morning during the summer months. Exactly the right spot for a venue offering all day food and night time club entertainment to establish itself. A decision as sharp, in fact, as a really ripe wedge of aged Gouda.

Robe for the 2014 Ghoema Afrikaans Music Awards

08/05/2014 - Production News

South Africa – Robe continues to be a popular choice of moving light for leading South African LDs and events, and the latest in a long string of high profile Awards shows to feature Robe in the rig was the 2014 Ghoema Afrikaans Music Awards.

Sara Evans Performs for Red Cross Under Bandit Lights

08/05/2014 - Production News

USA – Bandit Lites continued its charitable giving with Red, White & Rock: an Evening of Music benefiting the American Red Cross. The event, which featured a performance by country music super star Sara Evans, was held on 24th April at Scripps Networks Interactive headquarters. Bandit’s director of philanthropy, Allison Burchett was the event chair this year following being on the Red White & Rock committee last year.

The Laundry Adds New Flare

08/05/2014 - Project News

London Fields’ exciting new establishment, The Laundry, has just completed the installation of a Flare Audio X3/Q18 sound system for its sizeable basement event space and café/bar, to handle an eclectic mix of live music, club nights, cinema and screenings. The brainchild of Radiohead band member Ed O’Brien and businessman Raj Nayak, The Laundry brings together a host of creative and musical talent, comprising 26 separate creative areas including the basement and café/bar areas.

Clay Paky provides geometric lighting for band of the moment Bastille

08/05/2014 - Production News

Multi-award winning lighting and show designers Jamie Thompson and Bryan Leitch are utilising the unbeatable brightness of the Clay Paky Sharpy to illuminate Brit rockers Bastille on their worldwide tour.

Event Safety Passport Course at Backstage Academy

08/05/2014 - Standards News

UK - Backstage Academy in Wakefield has a few places remaining on its Event Safety Passport (SPA) course this coming Monday May 12.

Alcons introduces "What You Mix Is What You Get!"

08/05/2014 - Equipment News

The Netherlands - The LR24 is a 3-way, "larger-format" line-source sound system, to be used as vertical array, either in stacked or flown configuration, for even the largest sound reinforcement applications.

Deltona High School Updates Theatre with Allen & Heath GLD Mixer

08/05/2014 - Project News

USA - Deltona High School in Deltona, Florida, has installed an Allen & Heath GLD digital mixing system in its live theatre. The public high school has four specialist academies designed to help prepare students for vocational careers or college education, offering a variety of fine arts activities and electives ranging from band, chorus and computer arts, to drama, video production and theatre technology.

Electrosonic Returns to Aberdeen to Showcase Latest Audio-Visual Solutions at its "Technology Day"

08/05/2014 - Event News

Electrosonic will provide corporate and oil and gas industries an in-depth look at the latest audio-visual and collaboration solutions at its "Technology Day" on June 4 at the AECC in Aberdeen. Over 30 leading technology companies are participating at this free event.

QSC Sets the Scene at Auckland's Urban Turban

08/05/2014 - Project News

New Zealand - AcousticDesign loudspeakers from QSC, driven by GX3 and RMX850 amplifiers, have been installed at a stylish new bar/restaurant in the Wynyard Quarter, a recently redeveloped harbourside area in New Zealand's second city, Auckland. The splendidly named Urban Turban wears its Mumbai influence on its sleeve, offering fine Indian cuisine and beers and a high-quality sound system in a top people-watching spot on the waterfront.

Luc Peumans Creates Slick Production Design for Grease arena Show

07/05/2014 - Production News

Belgium - Luc Peumans of Belgian creative design practice Painting With Light produced the full visual design – set, lighting and video – for Music Hall Events’ striking new production of Grease which recently played shows in Brussels and Antwerp.

Exhibitors Announce New Products for PLASA Focus: Baltimore 2014

07/05/2014 - Event News

USA - With just days until the doors open at PLASA Focus: Baltimore - taking place at the Reitz Arena, Loyola University, on May 8 - 9 - exhibitors have been busy releasing details about the products they will have on display at their booths.

DPA Microphones Creates Behind-the-Scenes Audio Magic at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge

07/05/2014 - Production News

USA - The Jim Henson Creature Shop, founded by leading puppeteer Jim Henson and British illustrator Brian Froud, has been a successful leader in special/visual effects for more than 30 years. Now, the company’s famed effects designers are entering a new venture by bringing us Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, an eight-week reality competition on the SyFy network. The series focuses on 10 creature designers from across the country, who compete in weekly challenges and screen tests with hopes of winning the grand prize, a job at The Jim Henson Creature Shop.

Quality Reigns Supreme at PLASA Focus: Leeds 2014

07/05/2014 - Event News

UK - The anticipation that preluded the sixth PLASA Focus: Leeds delivered everything it promised, with two-days of packed show floors and seminar rooms. A total of 2107 visitors flooded into the Leeds’ Royal Armouries, drawn by a showcase of professional sound, lighting, video, trussing and staging companies, plus an education programme that spanned the industry’s expertise.

All eyes on Barco projection solutions at Eurovision Song Contest

07/05/2014 - Production News

Denmark – After a very successful contribution to last year’s Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) in Malmo, Sweden, visualization expert Barco is proud to be the official technical event partner of the 2014 edition. During this week’s semi-finals and finals in Copenhagen, Denmark, 32 Barco projectors and three Encore presentation switchers, provided by rental partner Mediatec Solutions, will project sharp images and video, in crisp detail, onto the cube-shaped central stage.

Artistic Licence Creates Buzz at PLASA Focus Leeds

07/05/2014 - Event News

UK - Lighting control expert, Artistic Licence, used the recent PLASA Focus show in Leeds to spread the word about DALI - a control protocol that is becoming increasingly prevalent in the architainment sector. Showing no favouritism, DMX also featured high on the list of talking points, with many visitors lingering to check out the prototype for nanoScope, Artistic's new pocket DMX tester.

XL Video Is Over the Moon with James Blunt

06/05/2014 - Production News

UK - XL Video is supplying a large customised curved LED screen for James Blunt’s current "Moon Landing" world tour, together with cameras and PPU, projection and crew.

Avenged Sevenfold Lights Up “Shepherd Of Fire” tour with L-Acoustics

06/05/2014 - Production News

USA - Once again stomping across North American arenas in support of last year’s mega-hit record, Hail to the King, Avenged Sevenfold is giving hard rock and metal aficionados all the intensity and volume they crave on its current spring trek, the “Shepherd of Fire” tour.

ETC Ion takes over Billy Elliot London

06/05/2014 - Production News

UK - The original production of the hit musical Billy Elliot, still running at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre almost a decade after making its debut there, has moved the show’s lighting to a new control system based around ETC’s popular Ion control console.

Q-99 Makes a Pointe

06/05/2014 - Production News

Slovakia - Slovakia’s leading rental and technical production company Q-99 has added Robe’s new multi-functional ROBIN Pointes to its hire stock – bringing their full stock of Robe moving lights to nearly 500 fixtures.

Belfast PA Company uses GLD for Arenacross UK Tour

06/05/2014 - Production News

UK - Belfast PA company, Wackiki, employed its Allen & Heath GLD digital mixing system, comprising the GLD-80 mixer and accompanying AR2412 remote I/O rack, for the recent Arenacross UK tour, which visited seven arenas from Belfast to Wembley, showcasing an international line-up of pro racers and Freestyle motocross.

Three PLASA Standards Are Posted for Public Review

06/05/2014 - Standards News

Three draft standard have been added to PLASA's public review website at http://tsp.plasa.org/tsp/documents/public_review_docs.php bringing the total to six. Their reviews run through June 30; their review will be over when July 1 starts. These recently posted draft standards are:

Luther College Adopts Adamson Systems

06/05/2014 - Project News

Australia – Luther College in Croydon, Australia recently undertook a major audio upgrade of their school chapel, appointing South Melbourne-based Factory Sound to install a new sound reinforcement system based on Adamson Systems loudspeakers.

d&b audiotechnik busy at PLASA Focus

06/05/2014 - Event News

UK - Nowhere was busier at PLASA Focus Leeds than the d&b audiotechnik stand in the New Dock Hall where the company’s three latest products were on display.

XL Video Towers Above for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 World Premiere

06/05/2014 - Production News

UK - London’s Leicester Square was chosen as the venue for the world premiere of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – the latest instalment of the Marvel Comics franchise from Columbia Pictures.

Back To the Future – GDS ArcLamp Pioneers Way Forward at Savoy Theatre

06/05/2014 - Project News

In 1881 The Savoy Theatre on the Strand in London's West End opened its doors for the first time. As well as at the time being regarded as the most beautifully fitted theatre in Europe, it staked a claim to fame that would assure its place in history forever. Built by Richard D'Oyly Carte to showcase the operas of Gilbert and Sullivan, The Savoy was the first public building in the world to be entirely illuminated by electric light.

Cathy Lopez joins Rosco

06/05/2014 - People News

UK - Rosco has welcomed a new member to their customer services team in EMEA. Cathy Lopez (pictured) has joined Rosco as customer service representative to further develop their growing gobo business in EMEA.

Philips Vari-Lite provides power rock lighting for Black Sabbath

06/05/2014 - Production News

UK - Heavy metal veterans Black Sabbath have pounded through the UK on the first leg of their much-anticipated reunion arena tour. Dramatically lit by LD Baz Halpin and programmer Michael Keller, Halpin specified the penetrating, precision beams of Philips Vari-Lite VL3500 Wash FX and VL3015LT Spot luminaires, supplied to the tour by Chicago based theatrical lighting and trucking operation Upstaging.

Robe for Spectacular Beira-Rio Stadium Opening in Brazil

02/05/2014 - Production News

Over 500 Robe fixtures were in action for the stunning Opening Ceremony lightshow designed by Patrick Woodroffe to celebrate the official re-opening of the refurbished 56,000 capacity Estádio Beira-Rio (Riverside Stadium) in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Midas PRO1 and Dugan E-2 Auto-Mixer a Perfect Match

02/05/2014 - Production News

Thanks to the Midas PRO1 Digital Mixing Console and the Dugan E-2, LH Productions is pulling out all the stops for their premium and road-worthy corporate A/V sound support systems. The PRO1 and E-2 perform seamlessly to control a multitude of live mics, virtually eliminating background noise and feedback.

Elation to Launch EPT9IP LED Display for Professional Touring at InfoComm

02/05/2014 - Event News

Designed for the professional touring and production market, the new EPT9IP LED video panel from Elation Professional checks all the boxes rental companies require in a professional, touring standard LED display. Elation will be showing the new LED panel at the InfoComm trade show June 18-20 in Las Vegas.

DPA Microphones d:vote 4099 Adds More Bravura to Break of Reality Performances

02/05/2014 - Production News

New York – When a group of cellists decided to blend their classical music skills with their love of rock & roll, the result was a cello-rock band known as Break of Reality. Comprising three cellists and a percussionist, the group has been performing for more than a decade. During that time, the quartet has experimented with a series of audio setups, including both pickups and microphones, but continuously fell short of finding an ideal audio solution. That is, until they discovered DPA Microphones’ d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphone and its clip for the cello.

Aladdin Finds a Whole New World of Audio Solutions with DPA Microphones

02/05/2014 - Production News

New York – Aladdin is the most recent of Disney’s beloved animated films to come to life on Broadway and DPA Microphones is in a leading role for this musical comedy, engaging audiences with dramatic sound and theatrical adventures. To help make the magical experience come alive, Ken Travis, sound designer for the show, calls on the company’s d:screet 4061 omnidirectional microphones to close-mic the entire cast, along with a combination of d:dicate 2011C twin diaphragm cardioid and d:vote 4099 instrument microphones to amplify the natural sound of the orchestra.

Eclipse Presentations Shines at mia (Meeting Industry Association) Lunch

02/05/2014 - Production News

UK – London-based event design and production specialist Eclipse Presentations designed and coordinated all the technical production elements including set, lighting, video and sound for the prestigious annual miaList awards lunch event, staged this year at Church House Conference Centre in Westminster, central London.

Philips Vari-Lite Fixtures Provide Sumptuous Lighting for La Bohème

02/05/2014 - Production News

UK – Award winning lighting designer Andy Bridge has utilised a range of Philips Vari-Lite luminaires, including VL3000Q Spot, VL3500Q Spot, and VL3500 Wash luminaires, to create his sumptuous lighting design for Italian classic La Bohème at London's Royal Albert Hall (RAH).

CT Streamlines European Operational Structure

01/05/2014 - Business News

Creative Technology (CT) has made a number of changes to it’s European and Middle Eastern business structure in recent weeks.

Bandit Brings Light To Hope In The Dark Charity With Little Big Town

01/05/2014 - Production News

Knoxville - Not having access to clean water is not an issue most Americans struggle with, but for millions in Africa, it is a daily battle. Allison Burchett, Bandit Lites’ drector of philanthropy, worked with the Blood: Water Mission to bring about the Hope in the Dark benefit April 23 at the Knoxville Convention Center. Supporters raised over $220,000 while Grammy award winning country music stars, and Bandit Lites’ clients, Little Big Town performed.

Here Lies Love Stands Up and Gets Down with DiGiCo SD10T

01/05/2014 - Production News

NY – Perhaps only through the eclectic, eccentric, artistic prisms of Grammy Award winner David Byrne and ten-time MTV Video Music Awards winner Fatboy Slim could Imelda Marcos and her weird, near-mythical and ultimately tragic life be told in music. In an earlier iteration, Here Lies Love, which officially re-opened on 1st May at Public Theater’s LuEsther Hall on New York City’s Off-Broadway circuit, has already received the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical, an Obie Award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics, and Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Music, Lighting Design and Projection Design.

ElektraLite Spotlights Three New Professional LED Products

01/05/2014 - Event News

USA – ElektraLite has announced the launch of three new professional LED products, the 1018-AI, eyeBall Outdoor and LightStream, all of which are making their worldwide debut at PLASA Focus: Baltimore 2014 on May 8 and 9.

Ground-Breaking AniMotion Show Brings its Magic to Durham Cathedral

01/05/2014 - Production News

UK - Artist Maria Rud and projection specialist Ross Ashton took their innovative AniMotion concept to Durham Cathedral – a unique blend of digital art and live music that enveloped the stunning architecture – with a performance by virtuoso percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, flautist David Heath and music producer and DJ Dolphin Boy.

London Hire Company Fronts Big Club Systems with CDC four and LIVE1

01/05/2014 - Production News

At the end of last year, South East London sales and hire company, RSH Audio, added both Cadac CDC four digital and Cadac LIVE1 analogue consoles to its hire stock. Since then it has been using both consoles FOH with large-scale Funktion-One and Martin Audio rigs, due to the significant improvement in sound that both compact Cadacs provide.

The Toughest Stage of All

01/05/2014 - Equipment News

If there’s one thing venues want from demountable staging, it’s toughness. Constant reconfigurations, knocks and bangs during movement and storage – no t to mention the strain of an entire chorus running frantically on and off stage – all take their toll on the staging.

Robe is a Winner at the 2014 Metro FM Awards

01/05/2014 - Production News

SA – The 2014 Metro FM Awards were staged at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Conference Centre in Durban, South Africa in March celebrating 20 years of democracy as a country through music and the very best of the urban genre, with 19 Awards and a star-studded line up of eight A-list live performers. It was broadcast live on the South African Broadcasting Corporations’ SABC 1 TV channel.

Smooth Elation Lighting for Popular R&B Supergroup TGT

01/05/2014 - Production News

UK – American R&B trio, TGT, played London’s iconic Eventim Apollo (formerly the Hammersmith Apollo) on 27th March on their brilliantly-named Shirts Off tour beneath an Elation lighting rig of Platinum series and other Elation fixtures supplied by English rental company MusicMann.

Outline – Bringing Live Sound to 4K Cinema

01/05/2014 - Project News

Milan, Italy – To ensure the audience a hard-hitting 'live' sound for a preview 4K screening of Muse live at Rome Olympic Stadium, described by the band itself as its best concert of the year, UCI Italia, the country’s cinema market leader, chose a sound system by Outline for its UCI Bicocca venue, one of only 20 theatres selected throughout the world for the high profile event.