News Archive for July 2014

Cadac’s (hot) dog day afternoon

31/07/2014 - Production News

USA – A hotdog eating contest might not sound like much of a sound production challenge, but when one of the 4th of July’s more unusual celebration events attracts over 30,000 people to a three hour show, featuring an MC, rock band, loads of playback and the actual contest, on a Coney Island street corner, providing professional sound reinforcement across the impromptu “venue” is no walk in the park. Add the seasonal steamy humidity and an edge of a hurricane downpour, and things get pretty sticky.

Clay Paky Sharpys Beam Perfect Angles at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

31/07/2014 - Production News

Spain – Lighting designer Edu Valverde and Madrid-based AV group Geometrica Studio have created an urban-inspired lighting design using the exact beams of the Clay Paky Sharpy for a show celebrating Spanish jewellery brand ARISTOCRAZY at this year’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week (MBFW) Madrid.

Rosco launches new family of fog machines with broad range of features and performance specs

31/07/2014 - Equipment News

Rosco has launched a line of four new fog machines designed to meet the demands of a wide variety of applications, from theatrical productions and film sets to photo shoots and training exercises. The Mini-V is easy to use as well as being the most affordable and compact machine in the series. The Vapour is the workhorse of the new line with features and performance suited to the most demanding professional environments. Designed specifically to fill large venues and outdoor spaces with dense fog and smoke, the Vapour Plus produces a massive amount of fog in a short time. The V-Hazer is a rock solid, quiet and reliable haze generator.

The Lena Live Radio Hour is On-Air with DPA Microphones

31/07/2014 - Production News

Listeners the world-over tune in to BBS Internet Radio every Thursday to hear The Lena Live Radio Hour, hosted by Professor Lena Miremonde. The multi-faceted programme covers topics from physics and politics, to music and art. In order to ensure the audio is perfectly clear over the airwaves, the station relies on DPA Microphones’ d:dicate recording microphones with MMP-A preamp. With the capability to switch between the d:dicate 2011 cardioid and 2006 omnidirectional capsules, the programme’s producer, Julian Lampert, is afforded a modular functionality that can cover a large variety of audio needs while offering the benefits of fantastic sound quality and a drastically simple setup.

Italy’s Leading Technologies Takes on Audient Distribution

31/07/2014 - Business News

Italy – Based just outside of Milan, the latest addition to Audient’s global distribution network is Leading Technologies. Responsible for Audient’s compact product range, including the USB interface, iD22 and the 8-channel mic pre and ADC, ASP880, the company takes on the mantle of distribution throughout Italy, this month.

Elation LED Lighting for KVLA Television in Los Angeles

31/07/2014 - Production News

USA - KVLA Television in Huntington Beach, California, a unique TV station that broadcasts to the large Vietnamese speaking community in Southern California, has recently added two new studios and is using LED strip lighting from Elation Professional to color the sets.

Entertainment Quality Audio System for New Debrecen Stadium

31/07/2014 - Project News

Hungary - Interton Ltd has designed and installed a Community loudspeaker sound system for the new Nagyerdei Stadion in Debrecen, Hungary. An all-seated football stadium, Nagyerdei has a 20,340 capacity, making it the third largest capacity Hungarian football stadium and the second largest Hungarian League stadium.

UEP Supplies Nike Phenomenal House

31/07/2014 - Production News

UK – Universal Event Production (UEP) supplied full technical production – sound, lighting and video – to the Nike Phenomenal House, a one week only pop-up experience to celebrate football, street culture and style, music and fashion staged at the Old Sorting Office just off London's New Oxford Street.

Roland launch ‘Live Event Hire Programme’ to support rental companies

31/07/2014 - Standards News

UK – The ‘Live Event Hire Programme’ is a new initiative from Roland that has been established to promote the growing network of UK rental companies supplying Roland professional audio and video products for hire. The Roland Systems Group website ( provides the hub of the programme, creating an online resource for customers wishing to source Roland products for hire and get in touch with suppliers directly.

QU-24 Installed in Cambridge Union Society

31/07/2014 - Project News

UK – Allen & Heath’s new Qu-24 compact digital mixer has been installed in the prestigious Cambridge Union Society.

W-DMX Stars on Channel 13 Television in Chile

31/07/2014 - Production News

W-DMX by Wireless Solution Sweden is heating up the airwaves in Chile on Channel 13, one of the most prestigious television stations in the country. W-DMX distributor Iluminacion Profesional VALOOK SA based in Santiago, Chile is currently using W-DMX for the station’s productions to great success and is looking to expand the use and knowledge of the product through educational seminars.

XL Helps Put on the Style for Robbie Williams

31/07/2014 - Production News

Europe – XL Video renewed its long and productive working relationship with Robbie Williams, supplying a custom video solution and crew to his current and massively popular ‘Swings Both Ways’ tour.

Robe in Fast Lane with Top Gear Live European Tour

31/07/2014 - Production News

Top Gear Live (TGL), the show that presents all the adrenaline, excitement, humour, serious motoring stunts and moments of the top TV show in a breath-taking arena extravaganza, has just completed a whistle-stop European tour playing Prague, Budapest, Zagreb and Turin.

Thirteenth Bonnaroo in the Books with Bandit Lites

31/07/2014 - Production News

USA – Another weekend on ‘The Farm’ has come to a close, and while others may be envisioning a scene from Green Acres, for 90 thousand Bonnaroo attendees The Farm is home to one of the most epic musical events of the summer. Bandit Lites once again teamed up with Hadden Hippsley of Lambda Productions to provide the lighting for the weekend.

Cache Creek Casino Resort’s Club 88 Upgrades Lighting System With Support from PRG

31/07/2014 - Project News

USA – Cache Creek Casino Resort, (CCCR), located in Brooks, CA, recently completed upgrading the lighting system in its popular entertainment hub, Club 88. Along with extensive audio and video production upgrades, the 700-seat multipurpose venue is now a premiere state-of-the-art performance space equally able to showcase entertainment acts as well as sporting events booked at the Northern California casino.

Ed Jarman joins Creative Technology Middle East as Senior Project Manager

30/07/2014 - People News

Dubai - Creative Technology’s Middle East operation has recently recruited Ed Jarman (pictured) in the position of senior project manager at their Dubai Investment Park offices. Ed will be heading up day-to-day project management and project development. Working alongside Mark Woodhouse, general manager of CT’s Dubai operation, Ed will also be supporting existing and building new relationships with clients throughout the Middle East.

The Clay Paky Sharpy range is hitting all the right angles on Katy Perry World Tour

30/07/2014 - Production News

When it came to lighting superstar Katy Perry’s current ‘Prismatic’ world tour, lighting and show designer to the stars Baz Halpin selected the Clay Paky Sharpy and Sharpy Wash 330 to create a series of poptastic surprise special effects.

Quad goes mod: Vena streams into view

30/07/2014 - Equipment News

UK - Quad, the distinguished British audio brand, celebrates 78 years of audio innovation with the launch of Vena: a compact integrated amplifier sporting a wide range of digital and analogue inputs, plus superior-quality wireless streaming over Bluetooth with aptX support.

AV Stumpfl gives Norwegian rock ‘Wings’ for Pink Floyd tribute concerts

30/07/2014 - Production News

Norway - Everyone is familiar with the idea of a rock concert, but few events take the word ‘rock’ as literally as the recent series of outdoor gigs staged in Norway by the Pink Floyd tribute band Puls. Against the dramatic backdrop of the Kilden-Fjæreheia quarry in Grimstad, the band played six sold-out nights to audiences who were wowed not just by the music but by the spectacular projection-mapped backdrop that was created courtesy of AV Stumpfl’s Wings AV multi-image control technology.

NEXT HFA Series now in Production

30/07/2014 - Equipment News

Portugal - After an extensive engineering work carefully tuning the system performance to the highest excellence, the new NEXT HFA Series is now coming out of production. The most expected system on the series - HFA206P + HFA112s is officially ready to deliver this month.

Sennheiser Swings Both Ways with Robbie Williams

30/07/2014 - Production News

UK - Robbie Williams spent much of April, May and June on tour throughout Europe promoting his latest album, Swings Both Ways, culminating in four nights at London’s O2 Arena. Taking care of musical genres from jazz to rock was a comprehensive package of Sennheiser microphones and in-ear monitors.

Chauvet Professional EPIX 2.0 Works Pixel Mapping Magic at Grosvenor House

30/07/2014 - Production News

UK - Glamour is commonplace at Grosvenor House. The Beatles have stayed at this majestic hotel, so too have US presidents, Saudi princes, movie stars and moguls. The hotel’s Great Room, one of the largest ballrooms in Europe, has hosted so many high-profile events that it’s become a familiar sight on BBC news reports. Standing out in such a glitzy venue is no easy task, but that’s exactly what a recent awards ceremony did thanks to some inspired pixel mapping by Storm Events using the EPIX 2.0 strip and EPIX 2.0 bar from Chauvet Professional.

CT brings the World Cup to Qatar

30/07/2014 - Production News

Qatar - With just eight years to go until they host the FIFA World Cup in 2022, Qatar was keen to get as involved as possible in this year’s biggest international football tournament!

Elation Europe Offers PRO Training Days in August

30/07/2014 - Standards News

The Netherlands - Following Elation Europe’s popular PRO Service Days in May, Elation Professional is offering PRO Training Days to be held August 20 and August 21 at Elation’s European Customer Care Center in Kerkrade, The Netherlands.

Equipson and Yamaha focus WORKproCA Product Distribution on Scandinavia

30/07/2014 - Business News

Scandinavia – Since 2010, Equipson and Yamaha Europe have been cooperating on a range of products under the WORKproCA brand, manufactured by Equipson and exclusively distributed by Yamaha across Europe.

Robert Juliat Lancelot gallops into Lanxess Arena, Cologne

29/07/2014 - Project News

Germany – Robert Juliat’s mighty Lancelot followspots have been chosen to illuminate yet another prestigious international venue. The Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany has acquired four of these titans of the Robert Juliat followspot portfolio.

ETCP launches second set of web-based Rigging Practice Exams

29/07/2014 - Standards News

The Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) will launch a new version of the practice exams for the Rigger – Arena and Rigger – Theatre Certifications this summer. Both new practice exams will be accessible beginning July 31, 2014.

Fineline Lights Warwick Castle 1100th Anniversary Extravaganza

29/07/2014 - Production News

UK - Bristol based lighting and visuals rental specialist Fineline supplied lighting, LED side screens complete with new bespoke supporting structures and an IMAG camera package for Warwick Castle’s 1100th Anniversary Summer Proms Spectacular - a music, fireworks and pyro extravaganza to celebrate the founding of the Castle. The Medieval castle standing today was developed from an original built by William the Conqueror in 1068.

All hands on deck for Brilliant Stages as Robbie Williams Swings Both Ways

29/07/2014 - Production News

UK - Brilliant Stages continues its long-standing relationship with top showman Robbie Williams and the ever-inventive Ray Winkler and Ric Lipson of Stufish by its collaboration on the design and fabrication of the stage set for Williams’ Swing Both Ways tour. The dazzling arena tour has seen Williams promote his new album across Europe from April to July, culminating in four dates at London’s O2 arena, before it travels to Australia in September.

Techrig and Electrosonic SA collaborate on Video Mapping at National Arts Festival

29/07/2014 - Production News

South Africa - The National Arts Festival (NAF) is Africa’s biggest annual celebration of the arts. It’s hosted in Grahamstown, a small university city in the Eastern Cape, and takes place over eleven days every winter.

Chester’s Cathedral at Height

29/07/2014 - Project News

UK - A popular tourist attraction, Chester Cathedral recently completed a £1.3 million innovative project called ‘Cathedral at Height’. This development consisted of opening up the bell tower to create a modern exhibition space.

Clay Paky hits the high notes in TV’s Keep Your Light Shining

29/07/2014 - Production News

Germany - An impressive array of Clay Paky fixtures recently took center stage, or rather nine stages, on the unique new interactive talent show, "Keep Your Light Shining", which claims, "You should never hide your talent in the dark". The show debuted on German Pro7 television with lighting designer Jerry Appelt using lighting as one of the main components of this clever show.

impression X4 Boosts German National Team's Triumphant Celebration in Berlin

29/07/2014 - Production News

Germany - After winning a thrilling Cup Final in Rio de Janeiro and the subsequent flight home in the ‘Siegerflieger’ (the victors’ plane), nearly one million fans of the German national team gave them a memorable reception at the ‘Fan Mile’ in Berlin.

Elation Lighting Upgrade for Busy South Point Casino Showroom

29/07/2014 - Project News

USA - One of the most successful off-the-Strip venues in Las Vegas, South Point Hotel and Casino, is captivating guests at its ultra-busy Showroom and is doing it with an economical dynamic lighting package from Elation Professional that includes LED pixel mapping effects. Who says you need to invest in expensive high-end video products to create an amazing atmosphere?

White Light Brings Imperial War Museum to Life for Re-Opening Event

29/07/2014 - Production News

UK - IWM London, part of the Imperial War Museums, held a preview launch event this month unveiling its newly refurbished interior galleries to a select crowd including military dignitaries, donors, and members of the press. White Light provided technical production for the large-scale event, working alongside event design company Private Drama. The event welcomed more than 400 guests for a drinks reception hosted in the venue’s main atrium and surrounding galleries. The evening also included a special theatrical performance which incorporated stories from the IWM’s collection of more than 400 artefacts and artworks.

grandMA2 Rocks on Tony Award-winning "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"

29/07/2014 - Production News

USA - "Hedwig and the Angry Inch", the unconventional rock musical that recently captured four Tony Awards, may not be your grandma’s Broadway show, but its use of grandMA2 lighting consoles keeps the edgy production on track at the Belasco Theatre.

Avid celebrations as DiGiGrid grows

29/07/2014 - Equipment News

UK - Users of Avid’s ProTools TDM and HDX systems can now again have all the benefits of full integration with Waves SoundGrid plug-ins, thanks to DiGiGrid’s DLS and DLI interfaces.

Robe for Beiteddine Art Festival

28/07/2014 - Production News

Lebanon - An all Robe moving light rig was specified for the 2014 Beiteddine Art Festival in Lebanon – a vibrant, high profile annual summer music and cultural event with an all-star line-up of local and international artists that is staged against the magnificent backdrop of the 2000 year old Beiteddine Palace.

iLive selected by Chinese Arts Centre

28/07/2014 - Project News

China - Chongqing Guotai Arts Centre in China has installed Allen & Heath’s flagship iLive digital mixing system, the iLive-176 Surface and iDR10 MixRack as its new FOH console.

Clay Paky lights the skies during the Tour de France opening

28/07/2014 - Production News

UK - Lighting designer James Bawn specified the strong beam of the Clay Paky Sharpy to crown his colourful lighting design for Kirklees’ Arqiva Tower, known locally as the Emley Mast, during the opening of the Tour de France celebrations in Yorkshire.

Bernard Lavilliers performs lit by Clay Paky Sharpys

28/07/2014 - Production News

France - Laurent Chapot, French rocker Bernard Lavilliers' long-standing, faithful and talented lighting designer, has come up with a creative, ingenious lighting design at the legendary Olympia in Paris. It is almost completely based on low consumption lights, provided by the French audiovisual equipment supplier Dushow.

XL Video on the road with DesignScene and Volvo

28/07/2014 - Production News

UK - Working with marketing agency Arnold KLP and creative production agency DesignScene, XL Video have supplied an LED video wall for the Volvo V40 promotional roadshow currently being shown in some of the UK’s largest shopping malls.

SGM delivers light modernisation for Palace of Arts

28/07/2014 - Project News

Hungary - The Palace of Arts - Budapest in Hungary (locally named M?vészetek Palotája, abbreviated Müpa) is one of the most prestigious concert halls in Central and Eastern Europe, designed by leading architect Mr. Gábor Zoboki in 2005.

Energy-Efficient Elation LED Lighting for Parkview Baptist Church

28/07/2014 - Project News

USA - Parkview Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is an active and growing church that reaches out to its local community through a number of activities and ministries. Throughout their mission, they maintain an eye on the future while also keeping a focus on savings in their daily operations. The church recently sought to update their main sanctuary’s lighting system to energy-efficient LED lights, both house lights and stage lighting, and chose an Elation package of low power consumption LED fixtures.

Robe is a ParFect Solution for Španski Borci

28/07/2014 - Project News

Slovenia - The first 12 Robe ParFect 100 fixtures in Slovenia have been purchased by the Španski Borci Culture Centre in Ljubljana, a high profile venue run by EN-KNAP Productions which is the largest privately managed facility for cultural activities in the country.

Seattle University Upgrades Student Center AV

28/07/2014 - Project News

USA - Founded in 1891, Seattle University is a Jesuit Catholic university and law school in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. More than 7,400 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs within eight schools and colleges.

W-DMX and Visions Lighting once again take Coachella Fest by storm

25/07/2014 - Production News

USA - Wireless Solution Sweden AB’s award-winning W-DMX was recently part of the famed Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival with Visions Lighting once again supplying a superior lighting scheme for the show. The festival featured many past and current legends of music including Muse, Motorhead, Pharrell Williams, The Cult, Pixies, Beck, and Fatboy Slim, just to name a few. The two-weekend festival hosted more than 500,000 attendees.

S.C. Alliance Inc new Japanese Distributor for TiMax SoundHub and Tracker

25/07/2014 - Business News

Japan - SCA hosted a TiMax Workshop in Tokyo where Out Board director Robin Whittaker presented and demonstrated the principles of TiMax delay-based Source-Oriented Reinforcement (SOR). Delegates learnt how variable audio localisation could be applied to wireless vocal mics using the TiMax2 SoundHub dynamic delay matrix, and how this could be automated via continuous control by Out Board’s market-leading TiMax Tracker performer tracking system.

pave realises Siemens booth with coolux Pandoras Box technology

25/07/2014 - Project News

The German event and corporate presentation specialists pave Gmbh realised the Siemens booth at the HMI 2014 trade fair using coolux Pandoras Box technology.

GS-R24 Installed In Chairworks Studio

24/07/2014 - Project News

UK - FOH engineer, Ben Hammond, has opened a new studio, the Vegas Rooms, in the renowned Chairworks Studios with Allen & Heath’s GS-R24 studio console as the centrepiece.

USITT Goes Mobile with New App

24/07/2014 - Equipment News

USITT has had great success with the mobile app for its major event, the Annual Conference & Stage Expo. Now it is expanding its reach well beyond any one event with an app that shares information year-round.

Dancefloor Complements the Design of Café Placzek with Audica Professional Sound

24/07/2014 - Project News

Czech Republic - Dancefloor, s.r.o. has completed the installation of an Audica Professional MICROseries system in Café Placzek in Brno. Situated in the southeastern part of the Czech Republic, Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic  and is the historic capital city of the Margraviate of Moravia.

St. Madeleine Sophie Church Upgrades its Audio System

24/07/2014 - Project News

USA - St. Madeleine Sophie is a Roman Catholic Church in Schenectady, New York. The church has a modern architectural design with a fan-shaped sanctuary and an attractive, wood-beamed ceiling.

Adlib gets into Summertime at Wembley

23/07/2014 - Production News

UK – For the fourth year running, Liverpool technical solutions provider and leading equipment rental company Adlib supplied audio crew and equipment for Capital FM’s Summertime Ball phenomenon staged at Wembley Stadium, London.

Airstar Puts on a Full Light Show at Musilac

23/07/2014 - Production News

France – Created in 2002 by music industry experts Rémi Perrier (RPO) and Roland Zennaro (Tremplin Production), Musilac became the biggest pop-rock festival in the Rhône-Alpes region. Organised in Aix-les-Bains, this event counted many major French and international artists in its line up, such as Phoenix, Lenny Kravitz, Franz Ferdinand, Muse, The Hives, Santana, Jamiroquai and Peter Gabriel to name a few.

Robe Pointes ‘On Fire’ with the Rolling Stones

23/07/2014 - Production News

UK – The Rolling Stones have just finished the European section of their “14 On Fire” tour with another spectacular lighting design by Patrick Woodroffe of Woodroffe Basset Design (WBD) … which included 54 Robe ROBIN Pointes amongst 200 plus other moving lights.

Pixel Ambience with Chauvet Professional at Vanity Osaka

23/07/2014 - Project News

Japan – With its concrete canyons and bustling crowded streets, Osaka resembles many other big international cities. In terms of culinary excellence though, Japan’s third largest city is in a league of its own. Sometimes called "the food capital of the world", the city, which boasts 108 Michelin restaurant stars, lives by an ethos the Japanese call kuidaore, a joyful gastronomical indulgence. Now with the opening of Vanity Osaka, the city has a nightclub that equals its dining excellence, thanks in no small part to a sweepingly bold lighting design by Michael Meacham that draws upon the brightness, color and pixel mapping capabilities of over 400 fixtures from Chauvet Professional.

Bandit Brings Magic to Little Big Town with Ayrton Magicpanel602

23/07/2014 - Production News

USA - Little Big Town is hitting the road with a bigger production than ever before with new technology provided by Bandit Lites. Bandit added the Ayrton MagicPanel602 to its ever expanding inventory, providing its clients with the latest technological advances to give audience members a brilliant show.

Third Eye Blind Rocks with Clay Paky on Festival Tour

23/07/2014 - Production News

USA – American alternative rock band Third Eye Blind (3eb) is taking its Festival Tour to venues across America, and Clay Paky’s A.leda B-EYE K20 LED-based moving lights are hitting the road with them.

RML for Blue Peter with B-EYE

23/07/2014 - Production News

UK - Blue Peter is one of the longest running shows in television history, and so, it is a national treasure. Richard Martin Lighting (RML) has been involved with the show for a long time now and continue to support lighting designer Lee Allen, who is hugely influential in the studios and TV world. He is so interested in products, technical trends and the latest innovation, that when he is super keen to try a new fixture on one of his shows, RML know they are onto a winner!

Elation ELAR Q1 Color Changing Par Debuts at Xbox Media Event

23/07/2014 - Production News

USA - When Microsoft video gaming brand Xbox briefs the press, let’s just say they know how to get their attention. On June 9, the Galen Center in Los Angeles became the center of the gaming universe as Xbox held a global briefing for media and Xbox fans at the annual video game show, E3. Broadcast live on Spike TV and on the Internet, some 140 Elation ELAR Q1 color changing Par lights supplied by Illumination Dynamics made their debut in the elaborate stage set.

Tannoy QFlex and VLS Column Line Array Loudspeakers update University Christian Church

23/07/2014 - Project News

USA - University Christian Church (UCC), located on the campus of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, recently upgraded its sound reinforcement system with Tannoy column line array loudspeakers.

Eurolite Dazzle for EDM in Las Vegas

23/07/2014 - Production News

USA - The Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas is the biggest Electric Dance Music (EDM) Festival in the world. In 2014, more than 400 000 visitors from 40 countries attended the festival site over three nights. They were dazzled amongst others things by hundreds of Eurolite spotlights from Steinigke Showtechnic of Germany.

Pope Francis and Outline - delivering the Word to 250,000 worshippers

23/07/2014 - Production News

Italy – Outline Butterfly and Mantas loudspeaker systems amplified the voice of Pope Francis on the occasion of the Holy Mass celebrated on the Plain of Sibari before a crowd of 250,000 worshippers (according to Police, Carabinieri and Civil Defence estimates).

ETC Sensor control in central London reaches higher than the Burj Khalifa

22/07/2014 - Project News

UK - ETC’s UK dealers have now installed over 28,000 Sensor power control channels across central London, making ETC the most popular choice in the capital. If all the modules were stacked on top of one another, they would reach 980m, making them significantly taller than the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa – practically Lilliputian at just 820m – whose nightly strobe light shows are controlled by an ETC Congo control system.

ACN-Related Standard Posted for Public Review

22/07/2014 - Standards News

BSR E1.30-11, EPI 33 -- ACN Root Layer Protocol Operation on TCP, has been posted for public review at The draft standard may be downloaded at no cost. The review runs through September 15, and is over when September 16 starts.

GLD manages FOH for Nina Persson solo tour

22/07/2014 - Production News

UK - Cardigans’ frontwoman, Nina Persson, recently completed a solo tour of Europe and the USA travelling with an Allen & Heath GLD-80 digital mixer to manage FOH and monitor sound.

Le Mark Girls Triumph at Race For Life

22/07/2014 - Event News

UK - Smashing their initial target by over 1000% and then beating their increased target by over 20%, the girls at Le Mark did an amazing job at Race For Life on Sunday July 20 in Cambridge. The first of the girls come across the line in an impressive 28 minutes!

Hippotizer dazzles at the 68th Tony Awards

22/07/2014 - Production News

USA - New York’s beloved Radio City Music Hall saw the commencement of the 68th annual Tony Awards on Sunday June 8, with a flamboyant Hugh Jackman hosting the show and a live broadcast televised on US network CBS.

Chauvet Professional Supplies Therapy? at Sonisphere

22/07/2014 - Production News

UK - Sonisphere Festival made a triumphant return to the UK in July, celebrating 40 years of rock music at Knebworth Park. Co-headlining the Bohemia stage, alternative metal band Therapy? played their 1995 classic album Infernal Love, accompanied by a stunning light show featuring a selection of fixtures from Chauvet Professional and trussing structures from TRUSST, backed by Chauvet.

Clay Paky B-EYE is star pupil on London Grammar Tour

22/07/2014 - Production News

UK - Lighting designer Steven Bewley is using a primarily Clay Paky rig to light renowned trip-hop trio London Grammar during the band’s current UK tour.

MilTec Audio products open day

22/07/2014 - Event News

UK - Miltec (UK) Ltd and Ninetwentyfive Productions are holding an open day on Wednesday 20th August at The Burrell Theatre, Trennick Lane, Truro, Cornwall TR1 1TH.
MilTec will be exhibiting the successful Blakite range of speakers along with the new GBA series of ClassD, amplifiers with on-board signal processing. All production and installation companies along with club and bar owners are invited. Doors open at 10 am and the day will run until 4pm. For more information regarding the event contact Peter Maddison on 07961 838469 or Swenson Kearey at Ninetwentyfive Productions on 07886 131346.

Cadac Audio Ltd. sets up New Jersey sales and distribution HQ and appoints Technical Support Manager

22/07/2014 - Business News

USA - Cadac Holdings Ltd. of Luton, UK and Cadac Audio Ltd. US and Canada has secured premises for its sales, distribution and service operations in Hoboken NJ. The new premises, looking out across the Manhattan skyline, will house CADAC’s new North American division’s sales, distribution and service operations, headed up by general manager Paul Morini. Currently under refurbishment, the new HQ will come "online" by the end of August.

George Benson UK Tour Supported by White Light

22/07/2014 - Production News

UK - White Light has recently supplied production solutions for the George Benson 2014 UK Tour. The ten-time Grammy Award winning artist performed some of his greatest hits including Give Me the Night and Turn Your Love Around during the tour which visited venues across the UK during June of 2014. The tour made stops in Glasgow, Manchester, London and Bournemouth.

LEDBeam 100s for Vasco Rossi Shows

22/07/2014 - Production News

Italy - Iconic Italian superstar singer / songwriter Vasco Rossi staged seven phenomenal stadium shows in Rome and Milan this summer playing to over 400,000 fans, complete with a lightshow to match the occasion designed by his long term LD, Giovanni Pinna.

St. John Church Gains Intelligibility with New Sound System

22/07/2014 - Project News

USA - Completed in 1837, St. John the Evangelist is a historic Catholic Church in Frederick, Maryland, USA, with a Grecian ionic design and a cruciform floor plan. The church has carpeted floors but its spacious marble and plaster interior and hardwood pews create major challenges for voice intelligibility.

PRG Nocturne Kicks Off UK Venture with Dynamic New Team

22/07/2014 - Business News

UK - PRG Nocturne has a global reputation for unmatched LED video and projection support to the concert touring, festival, and corporate event markets. Understanding and anticipating the needs of their clients is at the core of PRG Nocturne's success and the decision to greatly expand its operations in the United Kingdom.

New impression X4 XL Adds Sting to Scorpions Lighting Set

21/07/2014 - Production News

Germany - Rainer Becker, long-serving LD for legendary German rock band, the Scorpions, has frequently turned to GLP’s evolving impression family of LED heads when designing his touring sets; but he has now gone a step further by becoming the first adopter of the company’s new X4XL moving head for the latest MTV Unplugged series.

SAE Mexico installs Qu-24 for New Audio Course

21/07/2014 - Production News

Mexico - SAE recently opened a new live audio engineering degree course, installing Allen & Heath’s new Qu-24 compact digital mixer as the teaching console.

World Cup Concert in Rio Scores Big with DPA Microphones

21/07/2014 - Production News

Brasil - When Spanish tenor and conductor Plácido Domingo took to the stage for the Concert in Rio, honouring the close of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, television audiences received a crystal clear sound thanks to DPA Microphones’ d:dicate™ Recording Microphones. Performing at the HSBC Arena Stage in Rio de Janeiro on Friday, July 11, Domingo was accompanied by Puerto Rican soprano Ana María Martínez, Chinese pianist Lang Lang and the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra.

Sennheiser UK announces Sub Distribution change

21/07/2014 - Business News

UK - As a direct result of an increase in business and market share within the Sub Distribution network, Sennheiser UK has announced a significant change to its Sub Distribution model in the UK.

Elation Helps Create Aquatic Atmosphere at Mexico City’s Inbursa Aquarium

21/07/2014 - Project News

Mexico - Elation Professional’s Mexican partner, ADIMSA, has supplied Elation LED lighting fixtures to Inbursa Aquarium (Acuario Inbursa) in Mexico City, fulfilling product specification, on-site supervision, and lighting fixture programming duties for the world-class aquarium in collaboration with lighting designer Cynthia Ortiz.

LSP 500 PRO from Sennheiser Welcomes Home World Cup Champions

21/07/2014 - Production News

Germany - On 15 July 2014, the football world champions landed at Berlin’s Tegel airport. They were given a rapturous welcome by the waiting fans and journalists. World champion sound as the players left the plane and on the visitors’ terrace was provided by eight LSP 500 PRO from Sennheiser.

Capital Sound enjoys new festival vibe at UK Live

21/07/2014 - Production News

UK - UK Live is a new series of one-day festivals held during June at three locations around the country. Leading audio rental company Capital Sound was tasked with providing audio systems for both the NE Live and SW Live sites.

HSL Helps Control t’force at Emley Moor Mast Installation

21/07/2014 - Project News

UK - HSL supplied equipment for a bold, vibrant interactive lighting installation work - ‘Control t’force’ – created by lighting designer James Bawn, that illuminated the 330 metre high Emley Moor Mast in west Yorkshire UK, which is the tallest freestanding structure in the UK, an iconic local landmark and the main UHF transmitter for most of the county.

Clay Paky at exceptional Radio Italia live event in Piazza Duomo

21/07/2014 - Production News

Italy - The first "Radio Italia Live" concert was held in 2012 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Radio Italia. On that occasion, the well-known radio station organized the show in Piazza Duomo in Milan for the first time. An amazing 150,000 plus people turned out for the event, which was broadcast live on Radio Italia and Video Italia and repeated on Italia 1. Since then, the organization has decided to turn the Radio Italia Live concert into a fixed appointment at the beginning of Milan's summer calendar, and today it is one of the few public showcases for Italian music with top-ranking performers. In 2014, Biagio Antonacci, Laura Pausini, Elisa, Negramaro, Edoardo Bennato, Emma, Claudio Baglioni and Alex Britti were on stage.

Robe Tops the Class at The Academy

21/07/2014 - Project News

Australia - Top nightclub The Academy in Canberra, Australia is benefiting from a new Robe moving light installation which was supplied by locally based Elite Sound & Light and is designed to ensure that their popular EDM club nights and visiting live artists can enjoy the very best lighting and visual experiences.

Behind the Scenes to Assist UK Entertainment Technology Professionals

18/07/2014 - Business News

UK - The PLASA Foundation has announced the formation of Behind the Scenes UK to provide financial assistance to entertainment technology professionals, or their immediate family, who are seriously ill or injured. Grants may be used for basic living costs, some medical related expenses, transportation, retraining, or funerals. Since issuing its first grant in the spring of 2006, Behind the Scenes in North America has provided almost half a million dollars to our colleagues in need. These grants have brought help and hope to these individuals during some of their darkest hours.

Major Yamaha Nuage and Steinberg Nuendo Updates Released On 22nd July

18/07/2014 - Equipment News

Originally announced in April, the significantly updated Version 1.5 software for Yamaha’s Nuage post-production system will be released on 22nd July, alongside Version 6.5 of Steinberg’s Nuendo DAW

Yamaha and Steinberg Help Bring Anne Frank’s Story to the Stage

18/07/2014 - Production News

The Netherlands - Commissioned by the Basel-based Anne Frank Foundation, Anne is the first production at the brand new, purpose-built Theater Amsterdam. Only the second time that one of the most famous and poignant accounts to emerge from the Second World War has been adapted for stage, Yamaha and Steinberg technology is ensuring the impact of the sound matches that of the large scale visuals.

POLARaudio Promotes Liam Richards

18/07/2014 - People News

UK - POLARaudio, as part of its ongoing internal restructuring, has promoted technical support engineer Liam Richards (pictured) to the role of technical support manager. Appointed to his original position in 2010 from a background in stage management and live sound, Richards has played a key role in delivering a very high level of customer support across POLARaudio's extensive range of brands.

Adamson Systems Launches New & Improved Website

18/07/2014 - Business News

Canada - Adamson has announced a new, revamped website with an updated look and feel as well as easy-to-navigate product information, technical support and company news.

DiGiCo Beats a Spectacular Retreat

18/07/2014 - Production News

UK - The annual British Army Household Division's Beating Retreat ceremony is a spectacular pageant of music, military precision, horses, cannon and fireworks. Dating back to the 1690s, nowadays the most modern production technology is used on the event including, this year, a DiGiCo SD8.

CT Supports Pearl Jam ‘Lightning Bolt’ Tour

18/07/2014 - Production News

To support their tenth album, American rock band Pearl Jam has taken to the road for their international tour ‘Lightning Bolt’.

North Boulevard Church Manages Live and Broadcast with Allen & Heath Mixers

17/07/2014 - Production News

USA - North Boulevard Church of Christ in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, provides high-quality live audio in its main auditorium, broadcasts its worship services over a local television station, records them for use in a satellite church and provides simultaneous translation into Spanish and Chinese, all managed using a new sound and video system equipped with a pair of Allen & Heath GLD-80 digital mixers.

Elation Goes Underwater at Fredericia Sportscenter Swimming Pool

17/07/2014 - Project News

Denmark - Light and water have always made for an excellent mix; dynamic light and water even more so. At Fredericia Sportscenter in central Denmark, Elation’s high-powered ELAR EXTQW Flood HP LED Par fixture is being used to color wash the facility’s 50-metre-long swimming pool in a variety of colour looks from every-day white light to colorful dynamic mood lighting. Twenty-four of the IP65-rated fixtures, supplied by, work from beneath the water line behind small windows on the sides of the pool.

Not a bad seat in the house at Eurovision

17/07/2014 - Production News

Denmark - The AV Center and Panasonic provided a superb visual experience for the crowd at The Eurovision Song Contest.

HHB to debut world product launches at IBC 2014

17/07/2014 - Event News

UK - HHB Communications Ltd. is readying announcements of major new advancements in broadcast audio technology for IBC 2014.

German fans hooked on World Cup content managed by Calibre UK LED scalers

17/07/2014 - Production News

UK - Germany-based rental and staging specialists Cassiopeia Veranstaltungstechnik GmbH supplied Calibre UK PremierViewProHD-LED image scalers in front of thousands attending packed public broadcasts in the cities of Offenburg and Achern in Baden-Württemberg, South-Western Germany.

Clay Paky hosts workshop/ lighting contest for young lighting designers as part of "Tones on the Stones" Festival

17/07/2014 - Event News

Italy - A workshop and selections for a lighting contest for budding lighting designers were held on July 7 and 8 at Clay Paky’s headquarters. Those chosen will perform their shows during Tones on the Stones, the well-known theatre and music festival that takes place in the marble and granite quarries of Val d'Ossola from July 17 to 20.

RML with Swashbuckle

17/07/2014 - Production News

UK - Kids have the wildest imaginations and so what better concept for a children’s game show (whether filmed in a studio or not!) than one that involves pirates and treasure?

Robe Adds Magic for Summer Night Concert in Vienna

16/07/2014 - Production News

Austria - Robe moving lights – 174 in total - were specified by lighting designer Helmut Krammer for the 2014 Summer Night Concert, performed for its eleventh year by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna which provided a sumptuous and beautiful Baroque backdrop to the event.

Nexus Harmonizes with Sara Bareilles on Today Show

16/07/2014 - Production News

USA – In her young spectacular career, multi-Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles has already worked with an impressive array of superstars, collaborating with the likes of Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and Pharrell Williams, and opening for Maroon 5 and Counting Crows. This summer Bareilles harmonized on stage before a national TV audience with another new star that’s been garnering a great deal of attention lately, the Nexus 4x4 COB LED panel from Chauvet Professional.

Meyer Sound Launches User Training Videos for LYON Line Array System

16/07/2014 - Standards News

USA - Meyer Sound has released four online video tutorials to support users of the LYON linear sound reinforcement system, the newest addition to its LEO Family of line array products. Covering topics that range from system design and rigging to optimization, the video modules are available for viewing on the company's video page.

New Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Chooses Robert Juliat followspots

16/07/2014 - Project News

USA - When San Antonio’s Tobin Center for the Performing Arts opens in September its H-E-B Performance Hall and Alvarez Family Studio Theater will boast Robert Juliat Cyrano and Buxie followspots, respectively.

Coda Audio maintains a high tempo at new Chinese theatres

16/07/2014 - Project News

China - The global reach of Coda Audio continues to extend, with installers keen to embrace the company’s signature audio quality and seamless coverage. Two of the latest installations are in new Chinese theatres.

JHS appoints head-office Pro Audio Specialist

16/07/2014 - People News

UK - The continuing growth of the JHS Pro Audio division has led to the appointment of Chris Walton (pictured) to handle in-house demos and provide detailed technical advice on the firm’s Pro Audio portfolio consisting of HK Audio, Lab.gruppen, LA Audio, Lewitt, Cymatic and more.

The Devialet Ensemble

16/07/2014 - Equipment News

France – Devialet has unveiled an extraordinary, ready-made audio solution delivering style and performance like no other: the Devialet Ensemble.

Shortlist Announced for Event Technology Awards 2014

16/07/2014 - Event News

UK - A.M.P. Events, organiser of the Event Technology Awards (ETAs), has announced the 2014 shortlist.

Tannoy QFlex and VLS provide clarity and coverage for LA Natural History Museum

16/07/2014 - Project News

USA - The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) houses one of the most extensive collections of natural and culturally historic artifacts on Earth - over 35 million objects in all, some dating as far back as 4.5 billion years. Since opening in 1913, the NHM’s mandate has been to preserve, protect and research those artifacts, and to curate ever more immersive exhibitions in an effort to inspire "wonder, discovery and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds" in visitors.

Creating the Light Image

16/07/2014 - Production News

The Netherlands - Light Image are a lively, energetic and imaginative lighting design, programming and operating practice based in Utrecht, The Netherlands, comprising three core people - Bas van der Peol (LD), Renzo Hagel (LD / operator) and Jeroen Van Der Velden (media servers / technical drawing specialist).

Sennheiser UK appoints new Commercial Sales Manager for Pro Systems division

16/07/2014 - People News

UK - Sennheiser UK is delighted to announce that Simon Holley (pictured) has been appointed to the position of commercial sales manager for its Pro Systems division.

iLive Tours with Paolo Nutini

16/07/2014 - Production News

UK - Fresh off the Franz Ferdinand tour, monitor engineer, Tom Howat, took the same iLive modular set up of an iLive-112 Surface and iDR10 MixRack with additional PL10 remote controller on a short UK tour with Paolo Nutini.

Theatre Royal Backstage gets Major Makeover

16/07/2014 - Project News

UK - For the first time in 26 years, the backstage areas of Newcastle’s historic Theatre Royal, including the Green Room and dressing rooms, are set to undergo a major refurbishment which started July 15.

IBTM India announces The Venetian Macao as Premier Partner

16/07/2014 - Event News

India - The Venetian Macao, a five-star luxury integrated resort, in Macau, has chosen IBTM India as a major partnership this year as part of the brand’s attendance at the event, set to take place at the ITC Grand Chola Hotel, Chennai from 3-5 September.

Symetrix Announces Standard Audio as New Swedish Distributor

16/07/2014 - Business News

Sweden - Digital signal processing specialist Symetrix has announced a substantial upgrade to its distribution arrangement for the fast-growing Swedish market. Effective immediately, Arlandastad-based Standard Audio will now serve as the company’s exclusive distribution partner in Sweden and will spearhead sales for products including Jupiter, the line of fixed-architecture standalone DSPs, and SymNet, the range of open-architecture Dante scalable DSPs.

XL Creates a Sky Full of Video for Coldplay

16/07/2014 - Production News

In support of Coldplay’s latest album ‘Ghost Stories’, XL Video has supplied a state-of-the-art video solution for the televised album launch and worldwide promotional shows, culminating in two sold out shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Gearhouse Group announces the launch of West African operation

16/07/2014 - Production News

Ghana - The Gearhouse Group of Companies already leads the South African market in equipment rental for live events. Now the Group has announced that it is advancing the service onto the African continent with the establishment of Gearhouse Ghana, a fully stocked operation located in Accra.

L-Acoustics K1/K2 Covers Record Crowd at George Strait’s Final Show

16/07/2014 - Production News

USA - George Strait holds the record for the most number one country music hits – 44 top charters since 1981 – of all time. So it only makes sense that the final show of this music icon’s national touring career would also set a record for attendance. Nearly 105,000 fans attended Strait’s June 7 concert at AT&T Stadium, eclipsing the Rolling Stones’ previous attendance record of 87,500 for the venue in 1981, coincidentally the same year everyone’s favorite singing cowboy launched his professional career.

Messe Frankfurt expands presence in India with acquisition of LED Expo and Media Expo Shows

16/07/2014 - Business News

India - Messe Frankfurt has confirmed its commitment to expanding its presence in the Indian market by announcing the acquisition of two of the country’s leading trade fair brands. Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India Pvt Ltd, the Indian operation and subsidiary of Messe Frankfurt, will acquire the rights to organise and manage the LED Expo and Media Expo fairs from Media Exposition & Events being promoted by MEX Exhibitions Pvt Ltd. This takes the number of events organised by Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India to 14, and broadens its participation into the LED lighting and components market as well as the signage, retail and advertising solutions industry.

Getting crowds closer to the action of 'Le Tour de France'

15/07/2014 - Production News

UK – While more than five-million fans lined the roads of Yorkshire for the opening weekend of the 2014 Tour de France, relatively few got close to the action itself. For those who could not, help was at hand in the form of large LED screens powered by LEDView image-scaling technology from Calibre UK.

The Clay Paky B-EYE Creates Spectacular Looks for Norwegian band Postgirobygget

15/07/2014 - Production News

Norway – The triple award-winning Clay Paky B-EYE has been dubbed a ‘fixture without limitation’ due to its ‘100% perfect’ performance whilst on tour with popular Norwegian pop-band Postgirobygget.

Neumann Digital Microphones Deliver The Latest Word On Mozart’s Requiem

15/07/2014 - Production News

UK - Famously unfinished at his death, Mozart’s Requiem Mass in D Minor was completed the following year by the composer’s student Franz Xaver Süssmayr, prompting over 200 years of debate as to what Mozart really intended the finished piece to sound like. A brand new interpretation of the piece has recently been recorded using Neumann digital microphones, prompting universal praise.

DPA Shows its New d:screet Necklace Microphones at IBC 2014

15/07/2014 - Event News

Denmark – DPA Microphones has always been renowned for its ability to deliver superb audio, even in the most challenging conditions. Now, thanks to a new range of body-worn microphones, the company has overcome the biggest challenge of all – how to give control of mic placement to non-technical actors or reality show contenstants without compromising sound quality.

DiGiCo SD9 hits the road with Hard Rock’s rising talent

15/07/2014 - Production News

Italy – The climax of Hard Rock Rising On The Road, the European mobile music tour organised by Hard Rock Cafe will happen in Rome on 12th July, with a major live show, Hard Rock Live Roma taking place across two stages in the city’s Piazza del Popolo in the lead up to it, a DiGiCo SD9 has been mixing the 15 date European tour, featuring some of Europe’s hottest musical up and coming talent.

Elation Lights Germany’s World Cup Match Celebrations at Kick and Groove Park

15/07/2014 - Production News

Germany had a lot to celebrate at this year’s Football World Cup – including a final’s victory over Argentina on July 13th – with event technology supplier sld mediatec of Nuremberg turning to an Elation Professional lighting package to highlight the viewing party of German national team matches at Kennametal Kick and Groove Festival Park at Nuremberg Airport.

ETC Source Four LED fixtures jazz up Singapore arts academy show

15/07/2014 - Production News

To light a show within budget and with a limited fixture inventory has always been one of the lighting designer’s most common challenges. But when lighting designer Jonathan Sin knew he could use eight Source Four LED Lustr+ luminaires for his five dance pieces in Singapore’s Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts’ (NAFA) 2014 graduation show, Crossings, he felt relieved as “things became promising when I knew I had the privilege of using ETC’s new LED fixtures.”

GLP Launches New Generation impression X4 XL

15/07/2014 - Equipment News

Germany – GLP’s next generation impression X4 XL LED moving head has been creating waves among global LDs since its public debut at Frankfurt’s Prolight+Sound Show earlier this year, with many eager to get their hands on this ‘supersized’ version of the equally popular impression X4 (on which it is based).

Tamia has Beautiful Surprise in Johannesburg

15/07/2014 - Production News

Canadian singer/songwriter Tamia played three dates on her recent South African tour and for the two Johannesburg shows staged at the Carnival City Big Top Arena. Lighting was designed by Magz Schoeman who used Robe moving lights at the core of her rig, including the venue’s new ROBIN Pointes.

Pro Audio Stash Launches ZK1 Tablet Stand

14/07/2014 - Equipment News

UK – 19-inch rack specialist designer, manufacturer and supplier Pro Audio Stash (PAS) has launched its new ZK1 tablet stand: a robust, lightweight high quality made in the UK solution for everyone using a tablet as a work surface.

Capital goes back to the 60s with Carnaby Street – The concert

14/07/2014 - Production News

Carnaby Street – The Concert took the sounds of the 60s up and down the UK, from the south coast of England, into Wales and up to the north of Scotland. Capital Sound was there every step of the way, providing an audio system fit for the best of the rock & roll era.

Chauvet Professional Legend Series Sparkles for Lady Antebellum At CVS Dinner Gala

14/07/2014 - Production News

Rhode IslandThe CVS Caremark Charity Classic is known throughout Rhode Island for bringing big name golfers to the state (20 PGA pros were at this year’s event) and raising much-needed funds for local causes. This year’s edition of the event, which has raised well over a $1 million annually since it began in 1999, also brought something else to the area: big name entertainment in the form of Lady Antebellum. The multi-Grammy winning, platinum recording artists performed before over 1000 invited guests at the Rhode Island Convention Center, illuminated by a zesty light show created by Derek Iorfida, using a variety of Legend moving head fixtures from Chauvet Professional.

Harlequin Renews Dance Proms Sponsorship

14/07/2014 - Event News

UK - Harlequin Floors will once again be a supporter of Dance Proms, which takes place 2nd November 2014 at the Royal Albert Hall.

Yamaha Commercial Audio Announces New UK Team

14/07/2014 - People News

Following a period of reorganisation at Yamaha Commercial Audio’s UK operation, the company has announced its new sales and technical support team.

Yamaha Hits New Heights at InterContinental Hotel, Davos

14/07/2014 - Project News

Set high in the spectacular Graubünden Alps, 1600m above sea level, the new InterContinental Davos luxury hotel offers the very best of Swiss hospitality and business facilities. A major Yamaha audio system has been installed to deliver the optimum in sound quality and flexibility.

Cadac counts successes at ABTT and InfoComm making strategic advances in UK and US

14/07/2014 - Event News

Cadac is set to capitalise on its successes at the ABTT Theatre show with LMC Audio Systems Ltd., and at InfoComm with its Cadac Audio North American sales and distribution arm.

HSL Boosts Show-Stopping Prodigy Performance at Sonisphere

14/07/2014 - Production News

Leading UK lighting and visuals rental company HSL supplied an extensive lighting specials package which included 140 new Philips Nitro LED strobes for the Prodigy’s show-stopping headline performance on Friday night at Sonisphere 2014 in Knebworth Park.

Chaos and Kasabian are all White at Victoria Park

11/07/2014 - Production News

UK - Chaos Visual Productions provided the essential backdrop to Kasabian’s homecoming gig at Leicester’s Victoria Park last month.  In a specially constructed festival arena that accommodated approximately a 50,000 strong audience, Kasabian opted for a massive white 9mm WinVision screen of 235 sqm from Chaos as the central vehicle for their show. 

Chauvet Professional PVP LED technology shines through Summer with IPS

11/07/2014 - Production News

UK - Milton Keynes-based hire company, Impact Production Services (IPS) has invested in Chauvet Professional PVP S5 LED video panels, taking 196 for its hire inventory.  IPS had already investigated the LED screen options available in the market and a summer series of confirmed jobs was the push needed to make the investment.

Bielefeld Celebrates 800 Years with Yamaha

11/07/2014 - Production News

Germany - The city of Bielefeld has been marking its 800th anniversary throughout 2014, with a highlight of the celebrations a unique ‘time travelling’ production which featured 800 performers. A Yamaha CL5 digital mixing system helped ensure that the complex show was a fitting tribute to the city’s history.

Avolites Sapphire Touch provides sparkling end to Arcade Fire EU tour

11/07/2014 - Production News

UK - The European leg of Arcade Fire's Reflektor tour came to an emotional end at this year's British Summertime Festival, held in London's Hyde Park. Audiences danced to the band's rhythmic indie-rock, superbly magnified by lighting designer Chris Bushell's impressive light show programmed and controlled using an Avolites Sapphire Touch.

InfoComm issues Call for Presenters for ISE 2015

11/07/2014 - Event News

USA - InfoComm International, the leading trade association representing the audiovisual and information communications industries worldwide and co-owner of the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE 2015) tradeshow, has issued its annual Call for Presenters with a view to making its 2015 Professional Development offering the most comprehensive at an ISE show yet.

Painting With Light Illuminates the 14-18 Spektakel

11/07/2014 - Production News

Belgium - The amazing 14-18 Spektakel Musical in Mechelen’s Nekkerhal unites a world class production team including Luc Peumans and Painting With Light to commemorate the death and destruction of the First World War which started a century ago in 1914.

Panasonic displays allow new networking capabilities

11/07/2014 - Equipment News

Panasonic has launched a new range of network LED displays aimed at the corporate and education markets.

TC Group appoints Fairlight as Tannoy, Lake and Lab.gruppen distributor for The Netherlands

11/07/2014 - Business News

The Netherlands - TC Group has announced the appointment of Fairlight as the exclusive distributor of Tannoy, Lab.gruppen and Lake for the Netherlands.

AC-ET Supplies High End Systems Hog 4 to Royal Opera House.

11/07/2014 - Project News

UK - The historic Royal Opera House (ROH) in London’s Covent Garden has worked closely with the Lighting division of A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd - the official UK sub-distributor for the High End Systems product range - to seamlessly upgrade their Wholehog III house video control desk to the flagship new Hog 4 console.

Allen & Heath Launches Qu Upgrade with V1.5 Firmware Release

11/07/2014 - Equipment News

UK - Allen & Heath has released a new firmware update for its Qu Series of compact digital mixers with a wealth of core new features to enhance functionality of the pioneering range. As well as support for the newly launched Qu-32 mixer and AB168 Audio Rack, v1.5 introduces DCA Groups, custom channel naming, flexible dSNAKE output patching, improved routing for studio recording applications, and additional MIDI control soft keys.

Bandit and Solomon Group win for Civic Theatre

10/07/2014 - Project News

USA - It’s an all too familiar story: a beloved historic theatre slowly falls into disrepair, and where music and dancing used to reverberate off its rafters, cobwebs now hang in silence. And while it may be the end for some theatres across the nation, The Civic Theatre in New Orleans was given a second chance and revitalization, thanks to the Solomon Group and Bandit Lites, in an effort that was recognized with the Seventh Annual Excellence in Live Design Awards for Venue - Theatre.

GLP impression X4 Rises Up For Tim McGraw

10/07/2014 - Production News

USA - Country music icon Tim McGraw embarked on his Sundown Heaven Town 2014 tour in May, with Silent House production designer, Baz Halpin orchestrating a typically inventive set that evolves as the show unwinds.

Eclipse Supplies Full Production for 2014 Catey Awards

10/07/2014 - Production News

UK - Eclipse Presentations supplied full technical production, design and equipment – including lighting, sound, video and staging - for the 2014 Catey Awards, the high profile flagship event of The Caterer magazine which was staged in the Great Room of the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

d&b audiotechnik appoints Amnon Harman as CEO

10/07/2014 - People News

Germany - Prominent loudspeaker system manufacturer d&b audiotechnik has appointed Amnon Harman (pictured) as CEO. In this newly created position, Harman will drive the continued success of the German premium provider, taking responsibility for the further development and implementation of the company strategy.

Clay Paky B-EYEs ‘Shine’ on Gary Barlow arena tour

10/07/2014 - Production News

UK - Multi award-winning lighting designer Tim Routledge is using the Clay Paky B-EYE K20 to add extreme definition to his show-stopping stage design for Gary Barlow’s latest arena tour ‘Since I Saw You Last’.

Ai Media servers Power Ethereal Visuals for Coldplay's 'stand-out' Royal Albert Hall show

10/07/2014 - Production News

UK - Four Ai Media S8 Infinity servers provided the cutting edge video mapping technology and incredible 16 HD DVI outputs that powered the ethereal visuals behind global super-group Coldplay's much anticipated Royal Albert Hall (RAH) gig in London.

Clay Paky accompanies In Extremo on a journey through time

10/07/2014 - Production News

Germany - In Extremo was founded in 1995 in Berlin and has become one of the most successful bands in Germany thanks to their mix of medieval and rock music. The over one million records sold and numerous national and international tours are a measure of the popularity of these versatile musicians. In addition to an electric guitar, a bass and drums, the band relies on instruments like the hurdy gurdy, bagpipes, the shawm, the nyckelharpa, the harp, the cittern, the tromba marina, the hammered dulcimer, the tabla, the davul and the klangbaum, which make their sound unique and original.

coolux releases the new Pandoras Box Version 5.7 Software

10/07/2014 - Equipment News

Germany - coolux, the creators of the award winning Pandoras Box product family, released the new Pandoras Box Version 5.7 software at the beginning of July.

GDS ArcLamp wins the ABTT Lighting Product of the Year 2014

10/07/2014 - Equipment News

UK - As GDS enjoys its 10 year celebrations it shows no sign of reducing its ambitious approach to innovation. The launch of  ArcLamp, awarded the ABTT 2014 Theatre Award for Lighting Product of the Year, is yet more evidence of the GDS forward march.

Sennheiser presents David Bowie in 3D sound

10/07/2014 - Production News

Germany - Creating quite a stir at the moment is an exhibition at Berlin's Martin-Gropius-Bau: The life and work of David Bowie can be explored in this multimedia exhibition taking place at the historic building near the former border strip until 10 August 2014. "David Bowie is a pioneer in many artistic fields, making him the ideal subject for an exhibition," says Victoria Broackes who, as co-curator along with her colleague Geoffrey Marsh, has had a key role in realising the exhibition and tirelessly brought together exhibits from different provenances. "The sound is presented as never before at an exhibition," explains the Bowie expert, highlighting Sennheiser's involvement – the technology of the audio specialist is an integral part of the multimedia experience and allows visitors to immerse themselves in soundscapes by this exceptional artist.

Robe for Glasgow 2014

10/07/2014 - Production News

UK - Robe has announced that it will be supplying in excess of 500 lighting fixtures for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

DPA Microphones Gets a Dose of Reality on Rising Star

10/07/2014 - Production News

USA - When Daniel S. McCoy, CAS, scored the sound supervisor role for ABC’s new live results singing show, Rising Star, he knew he would need an innovative miking solution to support the performances. In addition to his tried-and-trusted d:dicate 4017 Shotgun Mic from DPA Microphones, McCoy also relies on his new DPA d:screet 4061 Omnidirectional Miniature Mics with Wisycom wideband transmitters and receivers.

Le Mark Girls in Training for Race for Life

10/07/2014 - Event News

UK – Le Mark often show videos and images about the things we're doing, but this one is a little different. “There are no product info or sales incentives, just a great video to help promote a charity which aims to rid our lives of a disease that has affected so many people, either through our own personal experiences or when supporting friends and family,” say the company. “The girls at Le Mark, determined as ever, teamed up and do their bit to help the fight against cancer and we're supporting them all the way.”

Phoenix Rises at Audiologic

10/07/2014 - Business News

UK - Pro-audio equipment provider Audiologic has added Phoenix Audio Technologies to its portfolio of distributed brands. Phoenix Audio Technologies is an innovator of audio communication solutions for voice-over IP (VoIP), web conferencing, distance learning, and video conferencing applications. Formed in the first instance by a group of scientists who, 30 years ago had worked on the development of SONAR systems, Phoenix came into being 10 years ago. Its key personnel having been at the forefront of academic research and having co-authored hundreds of professional essays and books on the technology, Phoenix very quickly established a strong portfolio of audio solutions for the emerging video and audio conferencing markets.

PRG Provides Lighting, Rigging and Crew Solution for Arcade Fire at Earls Court

10/07/2014 - Production News

UK - PRG UK worked closely with Arcade Fire's design team and touring and production management to supply the lighting, rigging and crew package for the indie rockers' headline European Tour, including the fantastic shows at Earls Court in June.

Portuguese Rental Company Invests in Qu-24

10/07/2014 - Production News

Portugal - Portuguese PA company, ST Sonorizações Tuna, Lda, recently purchased Allen & Heath’s new Qu-24 compact digital mixer to add to its hire stock.

South Korea’s Blue Noise Family adds Adamson Energia for Large Scale Events

09/07/2014 - Production News

South Korea - Blue Noise Family, a prominent live event production company in South Korea, has added an Adamson Energia system to their inventory.

Allen & Heath Conducts Digital Training in Japan

09/07/2014 - Standards News

Japan - Allen & Heath together with Japanese distributor, Comodo Mattina, recently held a training seminar for its growing digital mixing range in Tokyo. The event was attended by more than 90 industry engineers and technicians, and included operation overviews for Allen & Heath’s iLive, GLD and Qu series digital systems.

CPL Projects for Arcadia at Glastonbury 2014

09/07/2014 - Production News

UK - Arcadia took their magic mix of metal, mechanical engineering and madness to the 2014 Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts (‘Glasto’ to those who know and love it!) with the return of the giant spider – around 12 metres tall and 40 metres wide - and an even bigger and better show than previous years.

Lasertainment exclusive laser show supplier for main stage "Kinetic Field" at EDC Las Vegas 2014

09/07/2014 - Production News

USA - Over 30 high power laser systems were used to provide an extraordinary illumination effect for Kinetic Field. Lasertainment, as laser show partner from Laserworld, used all high end gear from German production. Insomniac Events, the organizers of EDC, named Lasertainment to be the sole supplier of laser show equipment on the main stage "Kinetic Field".

MilTec Supply Audio and Video Equipment for Amp Nightclub

09/07/2014 - Project News

UK - MilTec supplied the audio and video equipment for Amp Tonbridge, Kent, recently re-launched with brand new audio and video screen systems.  Frontier Technical Services of St Leonards, Sussex were asked to specify a system which was "bullet proof" yet versatile enough to perform with a range of music styles from drum and bass to live bands.

Sonoma State University Gives Green Light to L-Acoustics

09/07/2014 - Project News

USA - The Donald and Maureen Green Music Center is a world-class performing arts complex in the heart of Northern California’s renowned wine country. Located on the campus of Sonoma State University, the Green Music Center consists of multiple performance venues, a music education wing, sprawling outdoor spaces, an on-site restaurant, and more.

LoadGuard Mini Chain Hoist proves popular at ABTT Theatre show 2014

09/07/2014 - Equipment News

UK - LTM exhibited at ABTT Theatre show last month at the Old Truman Brewery in London where they launched their new chain hoist product “The LoadGuard Mini”.

Tour Excitement for ETP Staff

08/07/2014 - Event News

 UK - Intrepid Entertainment Technology Press apprentice cameraman Ken Sewell climbed a wall outside our offices to picture the passing of the Tour de France riders through Great Shelford, Cambridge yesterday – en route to London. Needless to say, work stopped as Cambridge Media Group staff scrambled to the front of the crowds to soak up some of the pre-event excitement and fought to pick up some of the freebies thrown in their direction.

XL Video for Shangri La at Glastonbury

08/07/2014 - Production News

UK - XL Video supplied creative video projection and control to the Shangri La area at the 2014 Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts at Pilton in Somerset, helping to give this popular immersive, interactive fictional world a real edge.

W-DMX Sings with the Leidse Koorboeken Choir

08/07/2014 - Production News

The Netherlands - W-DMX by Wireless Solution Sweden brought beautiful light to the latest performance of the Leidse Koorboeken (The Leiden Choir Book) concerts in The Netherlands. The concerts are from the six choir books that are kept in the Dutch Leiden Archives, made in the sixteenth century and written for church. They make up Europe's largest collection of its kind. The concerts run for four days across The Netherlands and are always a popular attraction.

The Knight of Illumination Awards announces new venue for 2014

08/07/2014 - Event News

UK - The Knight of Illumination (KOI) awards has announced that East London's art deco Troxy will host the ceremony for the first time, on Monday 5 October.

MIRC does the business for Studiomaster and Carlsbro

08/07/2014 - Event News

UK - MIRC Expo 2014 was a resounding success for the Studiomaster and Carlsbro brands. The one day event saw both companies sign up new UK dealers, Studiomaster attract considerable interest in its new Starlight and Venture speakers series – being exhibited in the UK for the first time – and Carlsbro completely sell out the first shipment of the new CD – Carlsbro Digital – CSD525 compact e-drum kit.

Philips Strand Lighting and Philips Selecon provide 'reliability and power' for major TV stations in Lebanon

08/07/2014 - Project News

Lebanon - Lebanon's first public television network Télé Liban and pan-Arabist satellite television channel Al Mayadeen have tuned in to the power of Philips Selecon LED and professional studio lighting solutions from Philips Strand Lighting in a major upgrade to existing kit.

Bill Sapsis joins PLASA Rigging Conference's new One-day Format

08/07/2014 - Event News

UK - The fifth annual PLASA Rigging Conference will be held on Monday 6 October 2014 in the North Hall Gallery Rooms, alongside the PLASA London Show at ExCeL London. For the first time, the conference will be delivered as a one-day package - a move that will improve accessibility and reduce cost to the delegate. 

“Utopia” becomes a reality with Sennheiser wireless

08/07/2014 - Production News

The Netherlands– A new reality format is breaking all the records in the Netherlands: “Utopia” is a hit with both TV and Internet audiences. Devised by John de Mol and produced by Talpa, “Utopia” has invited 15 inhabitants to leave their usual lives behind for a full year to create an ideal mini-society of their own in Blaricum, near Hilversum. Multimedia company Dutchview was faced with the big challenge of covering a 12,500 square metre area with both video and audio recording equipment to follow the Utopia inhabitants. In order to provide coverage to this vast area with an RF wireless solution, they turned to Sennheiser Benelux for assistance.

Hippotizer graces the red carpet at another London Premiere

08/07/2014 - Production News

UK - Digital Insanity have recently taken their Hippotizers to the European movie premiere of the new ‘Godzilla’. Directed by Gareth Edwards, as his second feature film after ‘Monsters’, and this version of the iconic Japanese classic has been much anticipated by movie lovers worldwide.

Robe Loves The Colour Purple

08/07/2014 - Production News

The Netherlands - The Purple Group in Schijndel is one of the most respected entertainment technology rental companies in the Netherlands and celebrates its 25th anniversary this year -  having built its reputation on offering fantastic service by fabulous people with the right attitude and a passion for their work … together with continual investment in the best brands… which in recent years has included Robe.

White Mark Designs a New Foley Studio at Moscow's CineLab

08/07/2014 - Project News

Russia - Studio design consultancy White Mark Ltd played an important role in creating a new Foley studio for Russia's state of the art film sound facility CineLab Ltd. Unashamedly designed to be the best in the world, CineLab's Foley studio is already attracting projects from both local and international clients.

Split the Difference! Artistic Licence upgrades and expands DMX Rail Splitter range

08/07/2014 - Equipment News

UK - Lighting control expert, Artistic Licence, has introduced a major upgrade to one of its best-selling DMX splitter products, Rail-Split RDM, with no increase to the list price. Concurrently, a budget-beating sister product, Rail-Split DMX, is now offered for those in need of a reliable, no-frills DMX splitter without RDM functionality.

White Light Hits All the Right Notes for Elton John at Stoke Park

08/07/2014 - Production News

UK - Music legend Sir Elton John recently partnered with UK charity SportsAid to deliver a one-of-a-kind solo concert at Stoke Park Country Club in Buckinghamshire. London based lighting specialist White Light was chosen to supply lighting solutions for the special event, which raised more than £300,000 to help young athletes in their pursuit of Paralympic or Olympic success.

A.C.T Lighting becomes exclusive distributor for Robert Juliat in US

08/07/2014 - Business News

USA - Robert Juliat and A.C.T Lighting have entered into a strategic agreement for A.C.T Lighting to become the exclusive distributor for all Robert Juliat products in the US.

Osram LED lamp awarded the Red Dot Award

08/07/2014 - Equipment News

Germany - The Superstar Classic A40 LED lamp from Osram has been distinguished with the renowned Red Dot Award for product design. The lamp brings together the popular design of traditional light bulbs with modern LED light. "We expect that more and more end consumers will be taking advantage of LED lamps in the coming years," stated Geert van der Meer, head of Osram's LED lamps and systems business unit. "Our award winning LED lamp is characterized by the fact that it is manufactured in Europe. Furthermore their most important components are developed by us in-house – this ensures a consistent design, premium quality and short delivery times."

Outline GTO Makes Presidential Debut In Poland

08/07/2014 - Production News

Poland - Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Freedom Day, marking the end of communist rule in Poland in 1989, this remarkable global gathering saw US President Barack Obama plus 50 European heads of state, the Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski and various royalty attend a special concert in the capital’s Castle Square.

Guildhall School and Stage Technologies launch new 5-day CPD course: Automation for the Entertainment Industry

07/07/2014 - Standards News

UK - The Guildhall School and Stage Technologies have joined together to deliver a five-day Automation CPD Training course: Automation for the Entertainment Industry in one of the newest, fully-automated theatres in the UK - the Guildhall School’s new building Milton Court.

The Long Reach Long Riders draw a crowd

07/07/2014 - Event News

USA - The Long Reach Long Riders are thrilled to announce they have assembled the largest group of riders, passengers and chase car drivers in the history of their annual charity ride. Forty people are making this year's ride including 28 riders, eight bike passengers and two chase cars, with two drivers each. The group hails from all over the USA and one rider from South Africa. The bikes represented on the ride include Harley Davidson (10), Honda (5), Yamaha (5), Suzuki (5), BMW (2) and Victory (1).

Charity Chop for Suzanne

07/07/2014 - People News

Suzanne Wynne, popular UK sales manager for ShowTex, is having her hair cropped in time for PLASA London – in order to raise awareness for Macmillan Cancer Support. Suzanne’s ‘mop’ is currently 45cm and it will be shorn down to just 6mm.

AC-ET Appointed Exclusive UK Distributor for LumenRadio

07/07/2014 - Business News

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd has been appointed the exclusive UK distributor for the LumenRadio range of high performance wireless DMX lighting control solutions. With immediate effect, LumenRadio will be available from and supported by AC-ET to their large customer base of entertainment technology dealers and end users.

Robe On-board for Mein Schiff 3

04/07/2014 - Project News

Finland - Robe moving lights have been installed in the main theatre and club venues aboard Mein Schiff 3 (My Ship), the latest state-of-the-art cruise ship to be delivered from the STX Finland shipyard in Turku to German based operator, TUI Cruises.

Dave Matthews Band Tours with High End Systems Shapeshifter

04/07/2014 - Production News

USA - Billed as ‘A Very Special Evening With The Dave Matthews Band’, the group’s latest US shows are giving fans two distinct sets from DMB with no opening act, a first for the group. The tour is also debuting High End Systems’ revolutionary new Shapeshifter automated luminaire to enthusiastic fans across the US. With production support by TMS, LD Fenton Williams and programmer / co-production designer Aaron Stinebrink are putting Shapeshifter through its paces as the fixture serves as their eye candy ‘workhorse’ during the second set.

Another Glorious Glasto for Fineline

04/07/2014 - Production News

UK - Bristol based lighting and visuals rental company, Fineline Lighting supplied lighting and rigging including ground support systems to five popular, action-packed stages at the 2014 Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts. This included the Acoustic, Cabaret, Circus, Astrolabe Stages and HMS WOW at the world’s largest and highest profile greenfield music and entertainment festival … which took place last weekend in Somerset.

Clay Paky Keeps it Clean on Miley Cyrus World Tour

04/07/2014 - Production News

Worldwide - Controversial popstress Miley Cyrus is performing her hit world tour ‘Bangerz’ under the super sharp, vibrantly coloured beams of the Clay Paky Sharpy and Sharpy Wash 330.

Nexus Gets Dynamic at EDC

04/07/2014 - Production News

USA - How do you top something that’s already become one of the most iconic and widely followed lightshows ever? It isn’t easy, but somehow this is exactly what seems to happen every year at Electric Daisy Carnival, Insomniac Events’ internationally acclaimed three-day EDM festival.

Sennheiser UK helps Capital Radio kick off at Wembley

04/07/2014 - Production News

UK - While the second half of June saw the eyes of the world focusing on stadiums across Brazil, the UK’s most iconic football stadium saw Sennheiser UK helping to deliver a Ball of a very different kind.

DiGiCo and win at the European Elections

04/07/2014 - Production News

Belgium - The elections to the European Parliament in mid-May inevitably attracted a huge amount of news coverage from across the continent. Much of the attention was focused on the European Parliament building in Brussels, where a pair of DiGiCo SD10 consoles kept the world’s media up to date.

Yamaha AFC3 Delivers Dramatic Improvement at Lørenskog Hus

04/07/2014 - Project News

Norway - Even the most modern venues can suffer from acoustic issues, but with Yamaha’s AFC3 acoustic enhancement system, virtually all can be overcome. A Norwegian venue has employed it to transform its main auditorium into an acoustically enhanced space.

Unusual Rigging and Miss Saigon make spectacular return to the West End

04/07/2014 - Production News

UK - Unusual Rigging has become renowned in the West End for taking charge of marking out, setting out and preparing the grids for some of the most famous musicals of all time. So it was not too much of a surprise when, 25 years after an Unusual team worked on the original production of Miss Saigon, the company was brought on board for the latest run of the show at the Prince Edward Theatre.

Portable Panasonic projector a ‘world’s first’

04/07/2014 - Equipment News

Panasonic is set to launch the world’s first portable, high-brightness WUXGA LCD projector.

Gorilla Design warms the Jameson vibe with Chauvet

04/07/2014 - Project News

Ireland - Dublin’s Old Jameson Distillery offers a warm welcome to the hundreds of visitors per day who pour through the doors for its tour of the Irish whisky making process. The attraction recently upgraded its reception area using fixtures from the Chauvet Professional and Iluminarc ranges. Designed and installed by Gorilla Design, supplied by QLX Lighting, the area now presents a more unified look which for guests is the first point of contact with the brand.

Lancelots Flow in the right Direction

04/07/2014 - Production News

UK - One Direction is the boy band of the moment and is presently in the midst of a global tour that began in South America and has now landed in the UK and Europe. This is a full on stadium tour with all the production values that accompany it. Manchester’s Etihad Stadium, Wembley; they don’t come much bigger than that. The hardware for Paul Normandale’s lighting design comes courtesy of Lite Alternative and the followspots chosen as the first option for both FOH and on truss are Robert Juliat fixtures that come with the assurance of premier customer service from exclusive UK distributors, Ambersphere Solutions.

Canna Gray Joins Rosco

04/07/2014 - People News

UK – Rosco has welcomed a new member to their EMEA sales team. Canna Gray (pictured) has been appointed senior account manager focusing on the UK photographic market as well as key accounts in the Balkans, Cyprus, Malta and Moldova.

Osram light engine enables highly compact LED luminaires

04/07/2014 - Equipment News

Osram, in collaboration with the Munich luminaire manufacturer Markgraf Licht, has developed an LED track spotlight that requires no external control unit. The product was developed in a record time of merely six weeks.

Oceans Ten Club Has Great Sound on Miami Beach

04/07/2014 - Project News

USA - Oceans Ten is a popular night club and tourist destination in Miami Beach, Florida, with indoor and outdoor dining areas, live music and DJs and a great location on the beach front.

Kinesys Helps Robbie Williams Swing Both Ways

03/07/2014 - Production News

UK - Two different elements of Kinesys automation are in action on Robbie Williams’ highly acclaimed Swings Both Ways tour, one for lighting and the other for the set / drapes department, both being controlled by a single Kinesys Vector system operated by Gareth Williams (no relation!).

The Brothers Four tour Japan with Adamson Metrix

03/07/2014 - Production News

Japan - The Brothers Four, an American folk singing group known for their hit songs Greenfields, Seven Daffodils and Green Leaves of Summer are touring in Japan with an Adamson Metrix loudspeaker system.

Bandit Lights Growing Governor’s Ball

03/07/2014 - Production News

USA - While last year’s festival may have been soaked in rain, this year’s Governor’s Ball basked in both sunlight and Bandit’s lights. The three day music festival took place once again on Randall’s Island, where 150,000 fans gathered over three days for what The New York Times called ‘A Festival With a New York Heart’.

USITT Accepting Applications for 2015 Architecture Awards

03/07/2014 - Event News

USA - Nominations for exceptional theater projects for USITT’s 2015 Architecture Awards are open now through Sept. 1. The annual awards represent the top honors given for outstanding theatre architecture.

d&b workshops hosted by Wigwam at SSE Audio Group in Redditch

03/07/2014 - Standards News

UK - d&b GB sales partner Wigwam Acoustics Ltd will hold a d&b Remote network and ArrayCalc workshop on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 August 2014. Both events will be hosted by SSE Audio Group, at their head office in Redditch.

Capital Sound Helps ROLI Make Waves with The Seaboard

03/07/2014 - Production News

UK - The ROLI Seaboard is creating many big - and very new - noises in piano and synthesiser circles, with its re-imagining of the traditional keyboard as a soft, continuous surface. Late May saw the instrument’s official launch at the legendary Abbey Road studios, where Capital Sound helped to show off its potential.

Community Provides the Sound for Tokyo’s Most Famous Square

03/07/2014 - Project News

Japan - Hachiko Square, sometimes called Hachiko Plaza, is probably the busiest and best-known meeting place in Tokyo. Named in honour of the famous statue of the "Faithful Dog Hachiko", the square is bordered by a department store, two train stations and the well-known Shibuya pedestrian scramble crossing that is reputed to be the busiest in the world.

ISCE Announces Two New Training Courses

03/07/2014 - Standards News

UK - The Institute of Sound and Communications Engineers (ISCE) has announced two new training courses to be presented by Tony Stacey MInstSCE. These will take place at Jurys Inn, Watford on September 9 and 10, commencing at 9,30am.

Clay Paky lights the Turkish-German Cultural Olympics

03/07/2014 - Production News

Germany – The Turkish-German Cultural Olympics arose from the need to put the existing understanding between the two peoples under the spotlight, and at the same time bring the Germans and Turkish even closer together to further promote their inter-cultural exchange. For this reason, these Olympics are not just a national language competition, but also celebrate traditions and are an opportunity for dialogue and reciprocal cultural exchange for young people and children.

Philips Vari-Lite VL3500 Wash luminaires for Grease: The Arena Spectacular

03/07/2014 - Production News

Belgium - Multi-talented theatre-lighting professional Luc Peumans of creative design practice Painting With Light has produced the set, lighting and video for rock'n'roll feast for the eyes Grease: The Arena Spectacular, specifying the exceptional power of 35 Philips Vari-Lite VL3500 Wash luminaires to flood the stage with stunning and vibrant colours.

Outline Celebrate Major European Investment In GTO System

03/07/2014 - Production News

Poland - Poznan-based Gigant Sound Letus, one of Eastern Europe’s leading production companies, have announced a major investment in Outline’s flagship loudspeaker range. Their new inventory includes substantial stocks of GTO, DBS 18-2 subwoofers and the all-new GTO C-12 compact line-source module.

K2 is a Lightweight Heavyweight on Joe Bonamassa’s World Tour

03/07/2014 - Production News

USA - Before American blues-rock titan Joe Bonamassa hit the road this spring for the initial North American leg of his latest world tour, the production team at Special Event Services (SES) knew they needed a highly versatile loudspeaker rig that could handle anything they could throw at it over most of a year and three continents. To ensure that they were well prepared for everything – acoustic sets, electric sets, large theaters, small arenas, the U.S., Europe, and Australia – SES chose to specify L-Acoustics’ brand new K2 system for its first official tour as a main PA.

Three Czech Rock Bands Lit with Robe

03/07/2014 - Production News

Czech Republic - Czech rental company TD Promo supplied Robe moving lights for three popular Czech bands this spring – all of whom toured simultaneously throughout the Czech Republic with some shows also in Slovakia.

Harman BSS Wins, Places and Shows at Royal Randwick Racecourse with Dante

03/07/2014 - Project News

Australia - The Australian Turf Club’s Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney is considered one of the finest horse racing tracks in the world. Randwick spans more than 200 acres, including a six-level grandstand and 15 unique indoor and outdoor spaces used for horse racing and non-race day events, from conferences and exhibitions to premier music and entertainment shows.

The VL4000 Spot Luminaire debuts at the Best Buy Charity Classic

02/07/2014 - Production News

USA  - Together Best Buy and the Best Buy Foundation support nonprofit organizations across the United States. The Best Buy Charity Classic seeks to raise money for the foundation through a golf and fishing tournament with an evening gala and concert featuring a headlining artist. In creating the lighting design for the evening gala and concert, LD Michael Murnane annually faces a formidable challenge in how to bring the entire room together into a cohesive production. At the 2014 Best Buy Charity Classic, Murnane worked with Clearwing Productions to not only solve this challenge, but he also became the first designer worldwide to utilize the new VL4000 Spot luminaire from Philips Vari-Lite.

Tesco and Saville Win Gold

02/07/2014 - Production News

UK - The Tesco agricultural trade stand has just been awarded gold at the Royal Three Counties Show and reserve trade stand champion at the Royal Norfolk Show.

Philips Selecon PLprofile1 LED luminaires provide 'magical light' for immersive installation

02/07/2014 - Project News

Australia - Award-winning Australian lighting designer Flynn Talbot utilised the intense colour of three Philips Selecon PLprofile1 LED luminaires to add another dimension to his latest stunning light installation 'Primary' at the PSAS gallery in Perth.

Clay Paky's sales team gets stronger

02/07/2014 - People News

Italy - Clay Paky has achieved extraordinary sales results throughout the world in recent years, thanks to luminaires like the Sharpy and the B-EYE, which lighting designers and rental companies have appreciated for their innovation and profitability. This however does not mean Clay Paky may now rest on its laurels. Quite the opposite. Pio Nahum, the company's sales and marketing director, has decided to give a new boost to promotion activities on the field and work with greater commitment to support end-users and distributors.

Triple E presents TDRIVE prize to Guildhall School of Music and Drama

02/07/2014 - Event News

UK - Track and motor systems specialist Triple E has presented London's prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama with a powerful TDRIVE motor following the school's victory in Triple E's speed-rigging challenge at the ABTT Theatre Show in June.

QSC Introduces New Loudspeaker Models

02/07/2014 - Equipment News

QSC Audio Products has announced the addition of three new loudspeaker models designed for fixed installation applications. The new AD-S6T and AD-S112sw surface-mount loudspeakers are additions to the popular AcousticDesign Series, while the new AC-C4T (part of the upcoming AcousticCoverage loudspeaker line) offers integrators a cost-effective, in-ceiling loudspeaker solution that is ideal for voice paging and light background music applications.

Franz Ferdinand tours Europe and USA with Allen & Heath’s iLive

02/07/2014 - Production News

UK - Franz Ferdinand’s monitor engineer, Tom Howat (pictured), selected an iLive modular system for the band’s recent tour of European and USA in support of their fourth album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action.

Audient Invests Further in Tech Support

02/07/2014 - People News

UK - British manufacturer Audient has invested in after-sales support with the appointment of a new technical staff member: Harry Lewis. Since his arrival at Audient, Harry has worked to upgrade and simplify the online technical help desk, populating it with factsheets and answers to frequently asked questions.

Small but powerful: New MA 2Port Node series for 1Gbit networks

02/07/2014 - Equipment News

The MA Lighting grandMA2 is renowned for lighting network stability. The existing 1Gbit MA 4Port and 8Port Nodes are ideal for networks where large quantities of frame-syncronous DMX need to be distributed. MA Lighting are now pleased to announce a matching 1Gbit 2Port Node range which fits perfectly into the MA system ensuring maximum performance via the MA-Net2 protocol.

Cyc FX8s are a Model Fixture

02/07/2014 - Production News

Germany - The final of Germany’s 2014 Next Top Model talent show provided a great opportunity for lighting designer Manuel Da Costa to put Robe’s ROBIN CycFX 8 fixtures through their paces. Staged in the Lanxess Arena, Cologne and attended by 15,000 people, it was also broadcast live on German TV Pro7.

ADLIB on Nine Inch Nails 2014 European tour

02/07/2014 - Production News

UK - Liverpool based technical solutions specialist Adlib supplied an L-Acoustics K1 sound system and leading Systems Engineer Tony Szabo for the recent UK and European legs of Nine Inch Nails 2014 European tour.

Brilliant Stages delivers skatepark for One Direction Where We Are Stadium Tour

02/07/2014 - Production News

UK - One Direction recently kicked off their latest stadium tour, Where We Are, to celebrate their third album, Midnight Memories. Working with designers Ray Winkler and Ric Lipson of Stufish, Brilliant Stages delivered a series of staging elements designed around a central theme of a skatepark.

Novy Arbat, 36: A skyward lighting perspective

01/07/2014 - Project News

Russia – As an integral part of the recent renovation project of Moscow’s city centre, Novy Arbat Street, one of the  most popular and fashionable avenues in the Russian capital, has lately acquired a further lease of life at night owing to a new LED-based sustainable lighting project comprised in the urban renewal plans of this street. After the 2012 successful installation at Novy Arbat’s buildings No. 6, 10, 16, 22, and 26, Griven’s LED lighting fixtures have still been chosen to light up the government building located at no. 36 of the same central avenue.

Colour Sound Rocks Block 9, Arcadia and The Glade at Glasto 2014

01/07/2014 - Production News

UK - West London-based lighting and visuals rental specialist Colour Sound Experiment renewed its long term working relationship with the world famous Glastonbury festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, supplying lighting to three of the most ambitious, visually spectacular, innovative and popular area on site – Arcadia, Block 9 and The Glade. They also kitted out nine major bars around the site with practical and effects lighting.

Par4Keet Player wins Best of Show Award

01/07/2014 - Event News

Green Hippo has announced that Par4keet 4K+ Player from the new AViary Video Tools range was awarded ‘Best of Show’ at InfoComm 2014 by NewBay Media.

Celebrating Success at Britannia Row Productions Training

01/07/2014 - Standards News

UK - The skill sets required to work effectively and safely in today’s pro-audio industry have changed almost beyond recognition in the last 30 years. The technical advances in equipment and the justifiable expectations of what can be achieved, from both musician and audience, have necessitated the development of a highly skilled and competent workforce. At the same time, the particular demands of working in a touring environment remain the same and require an enthusiastic and well motivated work ethic, dedication, endless energy, the ability to work within a highly structured team and of course, a finely tuned sense of humour from everyone who seeks to make a career in live sound.

Clay Paky is Up ‘All Night Long’ with Lionel Richie

01/07/2014 - Production News

UAE - Seasoned lighting designer Debbi Fowler made excellent use of an arsenal of of Clay Paky lighting fixtures to illuminate world famous Motown man Lionel Richie during his open-air gig at The Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai.

ALEXA XR/XT Supports New ProRes 4444 XQ

01/07/2014 - Equipment News

ARRI has announced support for the new Apple ProRes 4444 XQ, the highest-quality version of ProRes to date, which is designed to preserve the incredible detail in high-dynamic range imagery through high-end video post-production. ProRes 4444 XQ will be available in the next Software Update Packet for ALEXA cameras.

Robe Touches the Stars at 2014 CMT Awards

01/07/2014 - Production News

USA – “The annual CMT Music Awards telecast is one of the best of its kind, and in some ways the best music awards presentation of all. Last night’s production proved me right once again,” [MediaPost June 5th 2014] enthused media critic Ed Martin about the 2014 event.