News Archive for March 2015

Ayrton and Andrew Cass move mountains for The String Cheese Incident

31/03/2015 - Production News

USA – Lighting designer, Andrew Cass chose Ayrton MagicPanel602 and MagicBlade-R LED fixtures for his dynamic lighting of The String Cheese Incident which toured the US from late summer 2014 to early 2015.

A good start to the Year of the Goat for Robert Juliat and Pacific Lighting (HK) Ltd

31/03/2015 - Production News

China – The “Year of the Goat” has already proved that it brings prosperity for Pacific Lighting (HK) Ltd with Robert Juliat sales.

Harman’s dbx Begins Shipping 676 Tube Mic Pre Channel Strip

31/03/2015 - Equipment News

USA – Harman’s dbx has announced the 676 Tube Mic Pre Channel Strip is now shipping. The dbx 676 is a vacuum tube-based microphone preamplifier that offers a host of flexible sound-tailoring options to deliver extraordinary audio quality in recording and live sound applications.

Eaton’s New Zero 88 FLX Lighting Console – faster, more intuitive and powerful creativity

31/03/2015 - Event News

UK Power management company Eaton has announced the new FLX lighting console as part of its performance lighting controls product line Zero 88.

Chauvet Europe Lights It Up Blue for World Autism Awareness Day

31/03/2015 - Production News

UK Chauvet Europe is going blue to help fight a disorder that affects an estimated 52 million people throughout the world and the company, along with PLSN editor and noted LD Nook Schoenfeld, is hoping that other lighting industry members join in this effort. On March 30, the company lit its facilities in the United Kingdom and Belgium, as well as its US headquarters a bright royal blue to kick off the week leading up to World Autism Awareness Day on 2nd April.

Martin Audio hits Germany’s largest outdoor theatre with all guns blazing

31/03/2015 - Project News

Germany – A Martin Audio MLA Mini, featuring the company’s award-winning Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array technology, is playing a central role in the technical upgrade of the Elspe Festival in Germany. One of the largest and most visited show and festival parks in Europe, the 120,000 square metre site is located in the Sauerland Elspe, in Olpe, South Westphalia.

Kanazawa Castle Projection Mapping Event

31/03/2015 - Production News

Japan – During two nights, October 11th and 12th 2014, one of the largest projection mapping events in the history of Japan was realised, using the famous Kanazawa castle in Ishikawa Prefecture as the projection’s background.

Elation Sniper Makes the Grade on RTL’s 'Back to School'

31/03/2015 - Production News

One of Germany’s pre-eminent hosts, Thomas Gottschalk, takes celebrities back to their school days in the second season of 'Back to School,' RTL Network’s popular quiz game show, and Elation Professional’s award-winning Sniper is along for the nostalgia, providing flexible and unique special effect lighting looks.

Avolites will launch the live control-focused 'Arena' console at Prolight + Sound 2015

31/03/2015 - Event News

Germany Avolites is all set to launch the live control-focused 'Arena' console with 'more live control than ever before', on stand D40, Level 0, Hall 11 at Prolight + Sound 2015 in Frankfurt.

The Battle for Number 10

31/03/2015 - Production News

So the battle is on! Last week Sky News held a live debate between Prime Minister David Cameron and Ed Miliband as part of the Battle for Number 10. The show was hosted by straight-talking Jeremy Paxman.

AED continues investment in Prolyte products

31/03/2015 - Business News

With its headquarters based in Belgium, AED AV Equipment Banker is steadily rolling out its pan-European expansion plans. The basis for this international growth plan is not only the establishment of a network of dry hire locations, but further to gain disposal of meaningful supplies of dry hire equipment – the starting point of AED’s successful expansion.

DPA Microphones Takes On a Downpour at the 2015 BRIT Awards

31/03/2015 - Production News

UK – Paloma Faith's appearance at the 2015 BRIT Awards may not have generated the same number of column inches as Madonna's, but from a technical point of view it was a major achievement – especially for DPA Microphones.

ETC products bring light to German tour of Shadowland

30/03/2015 - Production News

Impressive acrobatic performances and the play of light and shadows are the ingredients for the tour of Shadowland – a performance piece from the Connecticut-based dance company Piobolus. With their bodies, the performers create shadow silhouettes including those of elephants, faces, buildings and cars. Assisting with this shadow play are several ETC Source Four incandescent fixtures, as well as Gio and Ion lighting control systems.

Entec Collaborates with The Gig Company for Suggs and Friends Event

30/03/2015 - Production News

UK – The entertainment industry is well known for its enthusiastic support for fund and awareness raising for a wide variety of good causes, and north London-based The Gig Company is a boutique specialist event organisation working in this very specific area. The company optimises its excellent reputation and many connections with high profile musicians and entertainers to deliver simply amazing experiences.

Robe Cyclones Cyclones Cyclones for Kaiser Chiefs tour

30/03/2015 - Production News

UK – Four of Robe’s unique Cyclone LED wash lights, with a built-in DMX controlled fan, were in action on the most recent gigs by hugely popular UK indie rockers, The Kaiser Chiefs for the final dates of a UK arena tour that saw the band ride high on the success of their fifth studio album ‘Education, Education, Education & War’.

Behind the Scenes adds prestigious new names to its board of trustees

30/03/2015 - Business News

Three new trustees have been appointed to industry charity Behind the Scenes UK, joining the board of trustees led by chairman John Simpson. Their combined expertise and reputation are set to help promote awareness of the charity within the industry as well as enabling greater representation across its different sectors.

W-DMX at GET Show in China

30/03/2015 - Event News

Wireless Solution Sweden AB is exhibiting its latest products at the GET Show (Guangzhou Entertainment Technology), April 1-4 at the Poly World Trade Expo Center in Guangzhou, China in Booth 5C-038. Visitors to GET 2015 are kindly invited to see these innovative products that will make Wireless DMX projects easier than ever before.

DPA Microphones Spices it up for Grammy-Nominated Brazilian Sound Engineer Gabriel Pinheiro

30/03/2015 - Production News

Brazil For Grammy-nominated Latin American sound engineer Gabriel Pinheiro, capturing the best audio possible is critical to the success of his work. In order to find that extraordinary sound and dependability he is looking for, Pinheiro relies on DPA Microphones’ d:screet 4061 miniature omnidirectional microphones.

Pixel Mapped Nexus LED Panels Display Text and Graphics at Florida Festival

30/03/2015 - Production News

USA – Everything about the Aura Music and Arts Festival is fun, free spirited and ready to engage the senses in a myriad of ways. Held at the aptly named “Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park,” which covers 800 acres lined with fragrant Spanish moss draped trees, the weekend-long gathering is a feast for the eyes with its art exhibits and stunning natural setting, as well as for the spirit with more than 20 yoga  and healing classes.

Allen & Heath is Centre Stage at SXSW

30/03/2015 - Production News

USA – Allen & Heath digital systems were used at numerous venues hosting the SXSW Music Festival, one of the world's largest music conferences with 100+ music venues, held recently in Austin, Texas. Most notably, GLD managed the entire sound reinforcement and sound streaming duties for the British Music Embassy held at Latitude 30, and the flagship iLive system managed live streaming at the Fader Fort.

DPA Microphones Expands Its d:facto Vocal Microphone Range

30/03/2015 - Event News

Germany DPA Microphones is using the Prolight + Sound 2015 platform (8.B70) to shine a spotlight on its award-winning d:facto vocal microphone range.

W-DMX on Bangkok’s Rama VIII Bridge

30/03/2015 - Production News

W-DMX by Wireless Solution recently played a starring role for one of Thailand’s most visual celebrations – the King’s Birthday. To celebrate, Bangkok created a month-long display of decorative lighting along the banks of the Chao Phraya River and along the Rama VIII Bridge. Time Code Light Sound of Bangkok worked with Wireless Solution to achieve the lighting on one of the most prominent displays.

Clay Paky Opens a Technical Service Centre in Dubai

30/03/2015 - Business News

Clay Paky has recently opened a technical service centre in Dubai in order to provide all Clay Paky customers in Gulf countries with support and assistance. The office is manned by specialised professional technicians, under the guidance of Gordon Carr, who has recently obtained a certificate from Clay Paky for attending an intensive specialisation course in Clay Paky product support.

Adamson Names Anew Communications Technology as Southwestern Sales Representative

30/03/2015 - Business News

USA – Adamson Systems Engineering has announced the appointment of Anew Communications Technology (Anew C.T.) as its technical representatives for the south west region of the United States. The announcement was made by Mick Whelan, Adamson’s director of US operations.

New Product from Fulcrum

30/03/2015 - Equipment News

Fulcrum Projects is launching its unique cable management flooring system to the Live Events and Exhibition sectors. The unique low-profile system brings a new approach to cable management for expo environments and temporary events of all kinds, offering complete flexibility and access when it comes to underfloor cabling for power and data. Fulcrum’s Infofloor complements its existing extensive range of power distribution equipment and adds another element to the company's long standing status as a leading provider of technical services for live events.

Robe for Sono Centrum Brno

27/03/2015 - Project News

Czech Republic – Sono Centrum in Brno, the Czech Republic’s bustling second city, is the brainchild of local entrepreneur Jiŕĭ Ŝtopl and is a vibrant live music club, a cool hotel and a cutting-edge restaurant all on the same site, bringing a brand new concept in entertainment and style to the city, the Czech Republic and indeed, central Europe.

Allen & Heath Releases V1.7 Arclight Firmware for Qu

27/03/2015 - Equipment News

Allen & Heath has released a major firmware upgrade for its Qu series of compact digital mixers, paired with key enhancements to the Qu-Pad and Qu-You apps.

S+H Glux LED Screen on 10cc Tour

27/03/2015 - Production News

UK – Drapes, starcloth, LED and visual effects specialist S+H Technical Services recently supplied its 12mm medium definition Glux LED screen to maverick rock band 10cc’s recent UK tour, as specified by video and visuals designer Ian Holmes of Essex based  XIVIX.

Expansion at Headquarters in Wedemark: Sennheiser Showcases its Innovation Campus

27/03/2015 - Business News

Germany – Audio specialist Sennheiser recently presented a further milestone in the development of its company facilities and invited guests from politics, business and entertainment to its Innovation Campus. With floor space of around 7,000 square metres, the Innovation Campus provides plenty of room for cross-functional teams to carry out projects in the development and marketing of groundbreaking audio solutions. The ground floor of the state-of-the-art building even accommodates a theatre and Germany’s first Sennheiser Flagship Store, which enables customers to gain hands-on experience of the brand and its products.

Alcons Audio transforms the Theater am Potsdamer Platz

27/03/2015 - Production News

Germany – The International Film Festival (Berlinale) is one of the most important events for the international film industry and is at the same time the largest public cinematic festival in the world. The 65th Berlinale enthused this year hundreds of thousands of spectators with some 400 films in 52 venues. Dutch loudspeaker manufacturer Alcons Audio convinced the operators with its pro-ribbon sound system and powers the heart of the film festival – the Berlinale Palast (“Berlinale Palace”).

Chauvet Professional Expands ÉPIX 2.0 Pixel-Mapping LED Display Series

27/03/2015 - Equipment News

Chauvet Professional has expanded its easy-to-use ÉPIX 2.0 pixel-mapping LED display series with the introduction of the ÉPIX Tile 2.0.  Designed to work seamlessly with the other members of the popular ÉPIX 2.0 series, the new ÉPIX Tile 2.0 is a square-shaped 300 x 300mm panel that contains 160 Tri-Colour (red, green, blue) SMD LEDs. 

GDS Waltzes into Sadler's Wells with Largest ArcSystem yet

27/03/2015 - Project News

UK – Sadler's Wells Theatre is synonymous with dance in the UK and its name is famous the world over. The present day Grade 2 Listed theatre is the sixth on the site at Rosebery Avenue, Clerkenwell in the London Borough of Islington and is part of a history that stretches back to 1683. The current incarnation opened in 1998, one of the first projects to receive funding from the National Lottery. Home to award-winning and ground-breaking productions, Sadler's Wells stages a richly diverse range of national and international collaborations. In 2013 Sadler's Wells embarked on a comprehensive upgrading of its infrastructure and technology, to improve both front of house and backstage environments in its 1568-seater main auditorium. Renowned theatre consultant Roger Spence was placed in charge of the project and engaged a team comprising designer Graham Large of Chapman BDSP, integrators Stage Electrics and award-winning lighting manufacturers GDS. Roger and Graham had collaborated on the 1998 rebuilding of Sadler's Wells some ten years earlier, so this was very much a case of placing new technology into trusted hands.

L3 Productions Turns to Elation Lighting and Video for Large Corporate Event

27/03/2015 - Production News

USA – Live production company L3 Productions was hired by a corporate client to build a themed night club environment for a large holiday party for 1,400 people and turned to Elation Professional lighting and video products to fulfill the brief, including Elation’s new EMAG4 LED panel for graphics, playback and live video.

Cool Corporate Culture in Barcelona

27/03/2015 - Production News

As Barcelona hosted the biggest mobile industry show in the world in March, Orbital Sound’s conference and events team moved into action with a high profile corporate event organised by global creative agency Imagination. Staged at the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, the project involved a VIP evening’s entertainment hosted by the MWC’s headline sponsor, a major Chinese telecoms manufacturer. The project involved over 100 performers, taking part in an extravaganza that included flamenco dancers, hip hop, a 50-piece orchestra, and a full choir across three central stages, as well as in the balcony space – performed in front of an invited audience of some 1200.

Unusual Rigging puts Ant and Dec in a Spin

27/03/2015 - Production News

UK – Ant and Dec’s award winning Saturday Night Takeaway has returned to TV screens for its 12th series and what better way to kick off the first episode than with a never before seen stunt for the Ant v Dec challenge.

Kenny Mixx Steps Up His Game with Harman’s JBL M2 Master Reference Monitors

27/03/2015 - Project News

USA – Atlanta-based mastering engineer Kenny “Mixx” Daniels of Patchwerk Studios in Atlanta has a list of credits that reads like a “who’s who” of the hip-hop industry: Prince, Ludacris, Nelly, T.I and Rick Ross, to name a few. In his control room at Patchwerk Studios, Kenny Mixx recently installed a pair of JBL M2 Master Reference Monitors in his mastering room.

Against Captain’s Orders: A Journey into the Uncharted

27/03/2015 - Production News

UK – Le Maitre is supporting Punchdrunk Enrichment in Against Captain’s Orders: A Journey into the Uncharted – an adventure on the high seas of maritime history at the National Maritime Museum.

Yehuda Poliker Shines in Tel Aviv with Robe BMFL Spots

27/03/2015 - Production News

Popular Israeli singer, songwriter and musician Yehuda Poliker played a high profile concert at the 2500 capacity Charles Bronfman Auditorium in Tel Aviv, a show that came alive with Robe BMFL Spots and a 90 per cent Robe lighting rig supplied by Argaman Systems.

Britannia Row Productions Support Young Voices

27/03/2015 - Production News

UK – There is little than can compare to the sheer joy of listening to the assembled voices of several thousand youngsters singing their hearts out. In motivational terms alone, what Young Voices does for the Primary School age children of the UK is sensational; to be planted front stage centre in one of the UK arenas and perform in front of an equally large audience is a memory most of them will carry for the rest of their lives. How do we know this?

TDC announces partnership with NIDA – Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art

26/03/2015 - Standards News

TDC – Technical Direction Company – has announced a pioneering partnership with the
National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), which will see TDC provide invaluable expertise, guidance and support to the next generation of Australia’s artists, technical theatre designers and practitioners.

No Sound Without Adlib for The Script

26/03/2015 - Production News

Europe – In a busy year where some seriously talented and influential artists are hitting the road, Adlib is the audio supplier for The Script’s new ‘No Sound Without Silence’ world tour which has kicked off in the UK and Europe in great style.

W-DMX Announces Music & Lights Exclusive Distributor in Italy

26/03/2015 - Business News

Wireless Solution Sweden AB has announced the exclusive distribution of W-DMX with Music & Lights for the Italian market.

Electrifying Elation Lighting and Video Package for Livewire in Arizona

26/03/2015 - Project News

An exciting new contemporary live entertainment venue, Livewire, opened recently in Scottsdale, Arizona, fitted out with a large, professional lighting and video system from Elation Professional supplied by Elation dealer Fyxx Entertainment. Located in the heart of Scottsdale’s Entertainment District, Livewire is Arizona's newest premier concert and performance space, playing host to a spectrum of national touring acts (Jeff Bridges, The English Beat, Boyz II Men) and up-and-coming local bands all supported by state-of-the-art sound, lighting and production.

Q-99 Invests in BMFL Spots

26/03/2015 - Production News

Slovakia’s leading lighting rental company, Bratislava based Q-99, has expanded its already extensive stock of Robe moving lights with the purchase of 24 of the new BMFL Spot multi-functional moving lights.

Studiomaster launches digiLiVE hybrid touch-screen/tablet mixer simultaneously at prolight+sound and musikmesse

26/03/2015 - Event News

Studiomaster is launching digiLiVE, an all-new ultra-compact digital audio mixer – a hybrid concept fully marrying the advantages of hardware / touch-screen control surface and remote tablet operation – worldwide, simultaneously at musikmesse and prolight+sound.

HSL Has the X-Factor Live 2015

25/03/2015 - Production News

UK – This year’s X-Factor Live tour featured an outstanding collection of new artists including the amazing Fleur East and 2014 X Factor Winner, Ben Haenow, who showcased their copious talents in a fast paced performance together with a vibrant and fluid visual environment produced and choreographed by Beth Honan and lit by Peter Barnes.

Successful USITT 2015 Shatters Attendance Records

25/03/2015 - Event News

USA – USITT 2015 broke all previous attendance records, attracting nearly 5,500 people to Cincinnati’s Duke Energy Center recently for the backstage industry’s biggest annual event.

The Strictly FX Laser Vortex

25/03/2015 - Equipment News

USA – Scientists claim that light can bend, although typically we can’t see it. And if we do, it’s an illusion. At Strictly FX of Chicago, illusions have become a reality.

RES delivers invaluable technical solutions for All Time Low at Wembley

25/03/2015 - Production News

UK – London-based technical solutions company Realtime Environment Systems (RES) has supplied Ai media servers and tech know-how to All Time Low's major Wembley show.

London Stock Exchange names Hawthorn as Company that Inspires UK PLC

25/03/2015 - Business News

Each year the London Stock Exchange produces the ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain 2015’ report. The report is a celebration of the fastest growing and most dynamic small and medium enterprises that are the driving force behind the UK economy. The publication reports on inspiring companies in all sectors of UK PLC. This year, Hawthorn was named as one of the most inspiring companies in the Creative Industries sector.

Chauvet Professional Debuts Next NXT-1 Moving Head Pixel-Mapping RGBW Display Panel For Concert Touring

25/03/2015 - Equipment News

USA – True to its name, the Next NXT-1 moving head LED display from Chauvet Professional will take any production to the next level of visual ecstasy. A pixel-mapping panel with 25 Quad-Colour RGBW LEDs, the Next NXT-1 combines fast pan/tilt movement with a tight 6° beam angle to create brilliant in-motion 'eye candy' displays that will mesmerise audiences at concerts, festivals and live productions of all types.

Royal and McPherson invest in DiGiCo

25/03/2015 - Project News

Canada – When the Royal Theatre and McPherson Playhouse in Victoria, British Columbia needed to upgrade their digital consoles, they turned to DiGiCo and are delighted with their investment.

Elation Cuepix Panels, Sniper Effects Light Family Force 5 on Winter Jam Tour

25/03/2015 - Production News

USA – Staging and production design company 44 Designs of Nashville, Tennessee, has provided Elation Cuepix Panels and Sniper 2R multi-effect lights for Christian rock band Family Force 5’s set on Winter Jam, the US’s largest annual Christian music tour.

Sennheiser plays supporting role at 2015 BRITS

25/03/2015 - Production News

UK – The BRIT Awards returned to London’s O2 Arena this February, where the best of British and international music talent were brought together for another spectacular night. Sennheiser assisted audio supplier Britannia Row Productions with both equipment and technical support, making sure that the sound quality for this RF-intensive show was crisp and clear throughout.

AC-ET Appointed Exclusive UK Distributor for Fiilex LED Lighting

25/03/2015 - Equipment News

A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. has been appointed exclusive UK distributor for the Fiilex range of premium performance hard source location LED lighting, which is aimed at professionals in broadcast, studio and film requiring high quality colour tuneable lighting.

SGM Visual Effects for Rail Tunnel Infrastructural Opening

24/03/2015 - Production News

Lighting designer Jean-Jacques Marotte was the go-to guy for event agency DDMC, when they were tasked with the production and creation of the inauguration of the new railway tunnel in the north of Antwerp.

Backstage Academy Benefits from SGM

24/03/2015 - Standards News

UK – SGM is continuing to support Backstage Academy, the industry-led education centre in the north of England, in its bid to offer BA (Hons) degree courses within the events industry.

Lighting Up the Six Nations

24/03/2015 - Production News

UK - One of the most exciting developments in the entertainment industry of the past few years is the demand for musical/theatrical entertainment as a prequel to high profile sporting events. There’s little doubt that the Opening and Closing ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympics had a significant influence in popularising these occasions. BAFTA Award winning lighting designer, Tim Routledge has embraced this new genre with some gusto.

Clay Paky Sets Up a Technical Service Centre in Russia for the CIS

24/03/2015 - Business News

Russia – Clay Paky opened a Clay Paky Service Centre in Moscow in March 2015, with the task of providing technical support to all CIS and former CIS nations. The office is run by Andrey Miroshnichenko and can count on three highly specialised technicians, who have recently attended an intensive specialisation course in product support at Clay Paky. The same technicians will attend regular training courses to make sure our customers receive up-to-the-minute expertise and all the necessary information regarding the latest products.

Bhangra Showdown for Robe

24/03/2015 - Production News

UK – Robe lights were right there at the hub of the action for the UK's largest student show and the world’s biggest Bhangra competition, ‘Bhangra Showdown’, which this year seriously upped the ante, moving to the SSE Arena, Wembley, London for the first time, reflecting the success and popularity of the event now in its eighth glorious year.

XL Video Supplies TV Studio Setup for GSMA’s Mobile World Live TV

24/03/2015 - Production News

Spain – Every year tens of thousands of visitors visit the GSMA Mobile World Congress, widely considered the 'must-attend' event in the mobile industry calendar. To ensure all of the news from across the show is shared daily, the GSMA created Mobile World Live TV (MWL TV).

Theatre Projects and Thomas Phifer and Partners collaborate on expanded Corning Museum of Glass

24/03/2015 - Project News

USATheatre Projects collaborated on the design of the new Amphitheater Hot Shop at the Corning Museum of Glass, which celebrated the grand opening of the 100,000-square-foot Contemporary Art + Design Wing this past weekend.

End of an era is a new dawn for Saville

24/03/2015 - Business News

This month sees the publication of Communicate 2015 from Saville Audio Visual – a detailed, comprehensive compendium of the latest AV and unified comms technology including many case study examples of Saville projects completed over the past year.

d&b audiotechnik launches new products at Prolight + Sound 2015

24/03/2015 - Event News

Germany – d&b audiotechnik will launch two new products and a significant software update at Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt from 15th – 18th April 2015. The announcements will keep d&b at the forefront of the touring and installation markets.

Bandit Brings Light to Shaping Sound Tour

24/03/2015 - Production News

USA – Shaping Sound, the contemporary dance company founded by Emmy-nominated choreographers Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance, and dance visionary Kyle Robinson took their art to stages around the country to tell the story of a girl whose dreams take her on a journey through love, loss and life. The incredible performances featured numbers by some of the most respected dancers, whose collective work has appeared on American Idol, Glee, The Tony Awards, The Grammy’s, The Oscars, and The X-Factor and wrapped their 36 date tour in late February.

Ayrton’s RADICAL Lighting Fixtures Illuminate Hungary’s Rising Stars

24/03/2015 - Production News

Ayrton’s dynamic MagicPanel-R and MagicBlade-R LED lighting fixtures formed key elements in Light Design Kft’s lighting of the interactive singing contest Rising Star Hungary, the Grand Finale of which broke all ratings records in February 2015. The competition took place over three months and was broadcast on television networks across Hungary and the neighbouring countries.

Second Baptist Church Gets Second Round Of DiGiCo Consoles

24/03/2015 - Project News

USA – Christmas services this past December never sounded better at Second Baptist Church’s 400,000-square-foot West Campus in Houston thanks to a recent audio system upgrade to two DiGiCo SD5 consoles. Installed by local HOW systems integrator Covenant Communications, the new consoles replace a pair of legacy DiGiCo D5 Live FOH and monitor desks for the church’s 5,000-seat in-the-round worship center, which also televises its lively services.

ETC offers Europeans a chance at sponsorships to its CUE end user conference

24/03/2015 - Event News

ETC’s CUE (Create. Understand. Experience.) professional development conference is set to go ahead again on 26-28 June 2015, and ETC is offering two full sponsorships – which will pay for travel, accommodations and conference fees – to applicants from Europe.

Elation Professional to Feature All-Star Lineup at Prolight + Sound 2015

23/03/2015 - Event News

Elation Professional has never headed to a trade show with such a complete lineup of professional lighting and video products as it has for this year’s Prolight + Sound show. The number of exciting new technologies optimized for professional stage applications to be shown at Stand D50 in Hall 11 is a testament to the company’s R&D prowess and position as a major player in the professional lighting market.

US Lighting Companies Declare Avolites’ New Quartz a Real Gem

23/03/2015 - Business News

USA – Group One Ltd., the US distributor for Avolites,has announced that the manufacturer’s ultra-compact new Quartz lighting console is fast being adopted by numerous lighting services companies.

XL Video Supply Grammy-Winning Sam Smith on US Tour

20/03/2015 - Production News

Working with lighting and set designer, Will Potts, XL Video supplied a package of scenic LED, LED IMAG screens and accompanying camera system for multi-Grammy award winner Sam Smith’s US Arena tour.

Adlib Designs and Supplies First Coda ViRAY UK Installation at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

20/03/2015 - Project News

Adlib has designed and installed the first Coda Audio ViRAY sound system in the UK into one of Liverpool’s landmark venues – the Grade II*-listed Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, home of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and one of the UK’s premier arts and entertainment venues.

Milos Expands UK Sales Operations

20/03/2015 - Business News

Milos UK has appointed Impact Products (Europe) Ltd as exclusive UK Master Stockists of the Milos Structural Systems range of truss and accessories.

Harman Martin Professional MAC Quantum Wash Light and M6 Controller Give British Band Lifesigns

20/03/2015 - Production News

UK – It’s the band that provides the entertainment during a live concert, but a show’s aesthetics are often as important as the sounds. So when members of the British progressive rock band Lifesigns decided to make a live show DVD, they called on lighting designer Chris Curran to make them look as good as they sound, a feat he accomplished with the help of Harman’s Martin Professional MAC Quantum Wash light and M6 controller.

Meyer Sound Expands Asian Team with John Zhang and Tim Boot

20/03/2015 - People News

To accelerate the expansion of its Asia-Pacific presence, Meyer Sound has announced two new hires: John Zhang as sales manager, China and Korea, and Tim Boot as business development manager, Asia-Pacific.

Hawthorn Provides Projection and Lighting for Charlatans Tour 2015

20/03/2015 - Production News

UK and Asia – After the death of Charlatans drummer Jon Brooks in 2013, The Charlatans have finally come together again to celebrate his life and passion for music with a new album, Modern Nature. On drums, they recruited three temporary drummers: Stephen Morris of New Order, Gabe Gurnsey of Factory Floor and Pete Salisbury of The Verve. The album release in January preceded the tour of the UK and Asia (Tokyo, Taipei and Osaka). The 15 gig tour over three weeks kicked off at the O2 Academy in Bristol on 3rd March and ends in Osaka, Japan on 25th March. The Charlatans’ lighting designer Andy Liddle appointed Hawthorn to provide the band’s lighting and projection requirements for the entire tour.

Vivien 2015 helps one of Holland’s leading events designers pull off an All American Christmas Dinner in style

20/03/2015 - Production News

The NetherlandsThe latest version of Vivien Virtual Event Designer from CAST Software has recently enabled one of Holland’s leading events producers to design bigger, better and higher-impact events. This is all thanks to Vivien’s 3D pre-visualisation, planning, design and powerful sales tools.

Elation SixBar LED Battens – a Creative Colour Boost for the Designer Toolbox

20/03/2015 - Equipment News

Elation Professional’s new SixBar Series of versatile colour-changing LED battens features a revolutionary six-colour LED multi-chip that provides a creative colour boost to the lighting designers' toolbox. Useful for production applications or installations as a wash light, uplight, wall/cyc wash, accent lighting, direct view pixel strip and more, the SixBar’s high-power single lens RGBWA+UV LEDs offer an expanded palette of colours, including stunning ambers, true whites and even an ultraviolet effect.

Prolight + Sound conference programme for 2015 published

20/03/2015 - Event News

Germany – Prolight + Sound has published full details of the conference programme for 2015 on its website. With over 50 lectures within the framework of the Prolight + Sound Conference and Eventplaza Conference, renowned speakers will communicate valuable practical knowledge and discuss the latest technological developments, new areas of application and legal parameters. The lectures will be held on the first three days of the fair (15 to 17 April 2015) and are free of charge for Prolight + Sound visitors.

Adamson to Launch New S-Series Line Array Family

20/03/2015 - Event News

Adamson Systems Engineering will introduce the S-Series at Prolight + Sound from April 15-18 in Frankfurt, Germany. The new sub-compact line array system consists of the S10 line array enclosure, S119 subwoofer, Blueprint AV and the E-rack; Adamson’s new unified rack solution. 

2015 ETC LDI Student Sponsorship application now available

19/03/2015 - Event News

USA – ETC is now officially accepting applications for its 2015 LDI Student Sponsorship. Sponsorship recipients will be awarded an all expenses paid trip to the LDI trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada, from 23-25 October. Graduate students and undergraduate seniors who are studying light design, theatre technology or other related majors are all encouraged to apply by Friday 17 April.

CPL Supports New Talent at 2015 SEMTA Skills Awards

19/03/2015 - Production News

UK – West Midlands based Central Presentation Ltd (CPL) supplied full technical production including lighting, video, audio and rigging for the 2015 SEMTA Skills Awards, an annual event that celebrates the achievements of people, businesses and training partners in the engineering, science and manufacturing technologies sectors, enabling UK industry to compete on the global stage.

iLive and GL Installed in Korean Stadium

19/03/2015 - Project News

Allen & Heath’s iLive digital system and GL2800 analogue mixer were installed in Korea’s new Incheon Asiad stadium, built to host the 17th Asian Games.

DPA Microphones Launches Trade Up To d:fine Campaign

19/03/2015 - Business News

Denmark – Artists and live sound engineers who aspire to the sound quality and reliability of a DPA d:fine headset microphone now have the perfect excuse to make the switch thanks to a new campaign running throughout the whole world.

New Master Anamorphic Flare Sets Announced

19/03/2015 - Equipment News

Germany The new ARRI Master Anamorphic Flare Sets are highly versatile and economical accessories for the ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphic lens series. Each of the seven Master Anamorphic focal lengths has its own specific flare set, comprising easily replaceable front and rear glass elements that can be used individually or in combination to provide the lens with three additional looks for enriched on-set creativity.

Karamu House’s Terrence Spivey Calls for More Diversity in Technical Theatre in USITT Speech

19/03/2015 - Event News

USA – Terrence Spivey, artistic director of Cleveland’s Karamu House, urged all technical theatre practitioners to recruit and mentor more students of colour in his keynote address at USITT 2015 in Cincinnati recently.

Avolites to reveal the awesome full feature set of Titan V9 at Prolight + Sound

19/03/2015 - Event News

Germany Avolites is powering up its latest consoles, dimmers and media servers for possibly the company's biggest ever presence at Prolight + Sound Frankfurt, on stand D40, Level 0, Hall 11.

Robe Installed at Slovensko Ljudsko Theatre in Celje

19/03/2015 - Project News

Slovenia – The Slovensko Ljudsko Gledališče (The Slovenian People’s Theatre) in Celje, Slovenia’s attractive third largest town is an active and well respected producing and receiving house that has recently invested in five of Robe’s LEDWash 600 moving lights for its main 380 seater auditorium.

DPA Microphones Reveals its Competition Winners

19/03/2015 - Event News

American singer Eric Sanderson and British teacher Alex Scott are the lucky recipients of €1,000 of DPA microphones each after winning the company's competition to discover different uses for a d:fine necklace microphone.

Aurora gets nosey with Comic Relief

19/03/2015 - Production News

UK – Aurora Lighting Hire supported this year's Red Nose Day with lighting packages for both the live broadcast and a host of celebrity fund raising shows in the run up to this years event.

HK Audio ups the routing game with the new Patchbay 6

18/03/2015 - Equipment News

HK Audio has debuted the Patchbay 6, the new and improved successor to the classic Patchbay 2 and Patchbay 5.

Expressing power: grandMA2 dances with Morphed

18/03/2015 - Production News

Europe – Morphed is a work by Tero Saarinen circulating around eight dancers showing the expressive power of the human body and liberating movements in their performances. While Esa-Pekka Salonen created the music, Mikki Kunttu, who has been working with Saarinen for many years, was responsible for the set and lighting design. Morphed is currently touring through different venues in Europe accompanied by a grandMA2 light console that is owned by the Tero Saarinen Company.

XL Supplies Cisco Live! 2015

18/03/2015 - Event News

Italy – XL Video returned to the gleaming modernity of the MiCo Milano Congressi conference centre in down-town Milan to provide various video solutions including projection and control, cameras, multiple PPU and crew, together with general AV support for the Cisco Live! 2015 event, working for global experience marketing agency, George P. Johnson.

Two Danley SM-100F Loudspeakers Provide Vibrant Stereo Coverage for Victory Preparatory Academy’s New Gymnasium/Auditorium

18/03/2015 - Project News

USA – Victory Preparatory Academy in the Denver suburb of Commerce City, Colorado is a new charter school for middle school and high school students. Successful applicants to VPA score in the top ten percent on state tests, making it an elite place of learning for nearly 500 students ranging from sixth grade to tenth grade. To ensure the growth of its recently-kindled school spirit, school district officials hired Audio Visual Colorado to design and install a high-impact sound reinforcement system in its combination gymnasium/auditorium. AV Colorado obliged, giving VPA a pair of high-fidelity Danley Sound Labs SM-100F full-range loudspeakers, whose excellent pattern control keep energy on the students in the bleachers and not on the untreated walls.

Chroma-Q Color One 100 Delivers Premium Performance for Boston University

18/03/2015 - Production News

USA – The Chroma-Q Color One 100 LED Par and Color Force 72 LED battens were recently used to provide outstanding colour and punch for Boston University’s production of The Human Comedy at the city’s Virginia Wimberly Theatre.

wysiwyg modernises West End theatre lighting design in Miss Saigon

18/03/2015 - Production News

UK – Award-winning lighting designer Bruno Poet used CAST’s ground-breaking wysiwyg software to previsualise his technically innovative, trailblazing and epic stage lighting for the latest production of Cameron Mackintosh’s Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward Theatre in London’s West End.

Chauvet Professional at Prolight + Sound 2015

18/03/2015 - Event News

Germany – The latest in LED dimming solutions and new additions to the ground-breaking Rogue series of moving heads are among the highlights to be expected from Chauvet Professional at Prolight + Sound 2015, Frankfurt in Hall 11.0, Stand D30.

Harman’s Martin Professional Announces RUSH PAR 2 CT Zoom Lighting Fixture is Now Shipping

18/03/2015 - Equipment News

Denmark – Harman’s Martin Professional has announced the new RUSH PAR 2 CT Zoom lighting fixture is now shipping. Introduced at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2015 in Amsterdam, the RUSH PAR 2 CT Zoom is a single lens LED parcan with fully pre-mixed white colour temperatures for a range of applications in the installation and entertainment markets.

Winner of Philips Strand Lighting Competition is Revealed

18/03/2015 - Event News

The winner of the Philips Strand Lighting upcycling competition has been announced. Paul Nulty Lighting Design (PNLD) scooped the prize for team effort 'Anamorphosis', which saw the colleagues turn a vintage Patt 23 theatre lantern into a deconstructed art piece.

Entertainment Workshops’ Highly Commended at 2015 Training Provider & Apprentice Employer Awards

18/03/2015 - Event News

UK – Entertainment Workshops (EW), the Rye-based education facility providing essential alternative education in creative media and production arts for students of school-age, has been highly commended in the Micro Business Award category of the Apprenticeships 4 England 2015 Training Provider & Apprentice Employer Awards.

Panasonic unveils low-noise 1-chip projector loaded with flagship features

18/03/2015 - Equipment News

Panasonic has launched a new high brightness, 1-chip DLP projector series which is the quietest in its class.

Movecat sets The Voice of Germany in motion

17/03/2015 - Production News

The end of 2014 saw also the end of the fourth season of the casting show The Voice of Germany. Equipment from Movecat supported by stage equipment specialist Stage Kinetik played a key role by providing for movement in the show.

Britrow at the Brits

17/03/2015 - Production News

UK – Instantly memorable and clearly identifiable as emphatically live for reasons best forgotten, this year’s Brit Awards proved the best yet for audio providers Britannia Row Productions Ltd (Britrow). “Every year we reflect on the show and make adjustments to improve the following year,” said Britrow’s Josh Lloyd who mixed FoH for all but Royal Blood. “You can always make improvements, that’s part of the legacy that Derrick Zieba left for us. This year some new equipment added some genuine enhancement.”

Altman, CORE Lighting & Interactive Technologies Team Up for Prolight & Sound

17/03/2015 - Event News

Three international entertainment technology brands – Altman Lighting, CORE Lighting, and Interactive Technologies will team up to showcase the latest in lighting and wireless control solutions at the Prolight & Sound exhibition in Frankfurt from April 15-18. Visitors will find products from all three manufacturers located on Hall 9.0 Stand A65.

Third Outing and New Categories Announced for the Event Technology Awards

17/03/2015 - Event News

UK – The Event Technology Awards will return for their third year this November, organiser AMP Events Limited has confirmed. Boasting a 50% increase in entries, a 25 per cent increase in the number of attendees in 2014 and a raft of praise from event professionals across the board, the organisers are promising they’ll be even bigger and better in 2015.

Artistic Licence drops price on Cata-Lynx range

17/03/2015 - Equipment News

Artistic Licence is offering its customers the chance to acquire Cata-Lynx, a rack-mount DMX/ethernet converter, at the great value price of £595. Owing to high volume manufacturing and the resulting economy of scale, the company is able to pass on this substantial discount on Cata-Lynx sales going forward.

The word on the vine is that Zero 88 is launching a cool new lighting console at Frankfurt … FLX

17/03/2015 - Event News

FLX creates more time to be imaginative, inventive and efficient. It’s clean, straightforward, intuitive User Interface offers tools like Patch Wizard and Auto Palettes to take care of all the prep work, so LDs and operators can be free to work faster and more harmoniously.

Chauvet Legends Light Rock Legends

17/03/2015 - Production News

USA – The creative force that drives The Isley Brothers never rests. It’s why these Rock & Roll Hall of Famers can still shake the house after six decades of touring. It’s also why they’ve never flinched at abandoning comfortable familiarity in favour of new forms of musical expression, the way they did in the mid-1960s when they took on a young and then unknown sideman named Jimi Hendrix and blended his heavy guitar riffs with their own extended R&B inspired vamps to kick off an original funk sound that would influence the direction of rock music.

High End Systems Announces Two Year Warranty on New LED Products

17/03/2015 - Business News

To further highlight product confidence and improve customer support, automated lighting manufacturer High End Systems has announced that all new LED products shipping from the company will include a two-year factory warranty. High End Systems products that qualify for the extended warranty period are the revolutionary SHAPESHIFTER series; SolaSpot Pro CMY, Solawash 19 and Solawash 37, as well as the new SolaSpot Pro 1500. This new move guarantees that High End Systems products are the most trusted and robust lighting instruments available in the industry, and that customers can purchase these products with the confidence that their investment in the latest technology is secure.

Harlequin around the world – Lagos Ballroom opts for Harlequin dance floors

17/03/2015 - Project News

Located in Lagos, Nigeria is Val’s - The Dance Studio, splendidly furnished with Harlequin dance floors and recently opened as a legacy to the eponymous Val, 20 years after his death.

SGM launches new intelligent rail lights

17/03/2015 - Equipment News

With the introduction of the innovative R-2 LED rail light series, SGM has revolutionised rail lights, as they are known today.

Hi Tech Audio presents d&b audiotechnik at sound:check Xpo 2015 in Mexico City

17/03/2015 - Event News

Hi Tech Audio is exhibiting at sound:check Xpo and representing d&b audiotechnik in room ‘Salon Tarasco’ when the show returns to Mexico City from 26th -28th April.

PR Lighting on tour with Roger Cicero

17/03/2015 - Production News

German jazz and pop star, Roger Cicero and his band have been on tour throughout Germany and Austria promoting his latest CD, Was Immer Auch Kommt.

PR Lighting in Maldives action for Azidon

17/03/2015 - Production News

PR Lighting fixtures have again been luxuriating in the sun-soaked holiday islands of the Maldives.

CueCores light up Hungarian Restaurants

17/03/2015 - Project News

The Visual Productions' Hungarian distributor Colossal has recently been involved in two beautiful lighting installations using the CueCore.

Optocore Takes The Grammys for the Fifth Straight Year

17/03/2015 - Production News

USA – The Grammy Awards, held annually at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA, recognises the recording industry’s best artists.

Clay Paky delivers ultimate lighting package on Stromboli

17/03/2015 - Production News

Czech Republic – Often hailed as the ‘Czech Pink Floyd’, progressive rock legends Stromboli have played a special one-off sold out show at Prague’s O2 Arena to celebrate their 30th anniversary, with lighting and set designer Radek Havlíček choosing to use an array of Clay Paky fixtures to complement his impressive volcano-themed set.

The Shape of Things to Come

17/03/2015 - Event News

Martin Audio has released a teaser print image and an accompanying video ( ) for a new product launch under the banner of 'The shape of things to come'.

New Stadium Audio for 2015 UEFA European Under-17 Championship

17/03/2015 - Project News

Bulgaria – Arena Sozòpol is one of the four venues that will host the 2015 UEFA European Under-17 Championship. Completed in plenty of time for the championship, the 4,000 seat stadium has undergone full reconstruction with new grandstands and amenities.

The essence of lighting control: dot2 range introduced

17/03/2015 - Equipment News

MA Lighting is well known for its approach towards professional lighting control and enjoys a distinguished reputation for quality and reliability. Now MA presents a new range of compact lighting control solutions – the dot2.

New Hippotizer V4 on 87th Academy Awards

17/03/2015 - Production News

USA – For the seventh year running, Hippotizer by Green Hippo was again the media server of choice at this year’s Academy Awards, broadcast from Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre on February 22. This year however, marked a major step forward: The brand new Hippotizer V4 Hardware and Software system was put to work. One V4 Taiga, the flagship model of the new V4 range, performing a task that would have previously required at least three “Hippotizer HDs”, drove six video outputs, feeding all projection and LED screen content on the main stage – executing the show’s artistic vision with perfectly executed looks, from a vintage theatre façade, to Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Prolight + Sound 2015: Kling & Freitag breaks new ground

17/03/2015 - Event News

From April 15 to 18, Kling & Freitag will be showing three new product lines at Prolight + Sound 2015 in Frankfurt (Main) – VIDA, system power amps and PASSIO SUB.

ETC powers up at Aalborg’s Musikkens Hus

16/03/2015 - Project News

Denmark – When the specifiers of the aesthetically stunning new build Musikkens Hus (House of Music) in the northern Danish city of Aalborg were planning the venue in 2009, they filled it with some 250 traditional tungsten Source Four fixtures. Although by the time the venue opened, the rig seemed outdated, with the help of ETC’s Danish distributor Bico, the venue nevertheless ended up with the most up-to-date lighting products on the market, including ETC Gio control, Sensor3 power control and over 50 ETC LED fixtures.

Chauvet Professional PVP LED Screen Technology Displays Warner Music Group’s Artist Music Videos

16/03/2015 - Project News

London – Warner Music UK has chosen the reliability and quality of the Chauvet Professional PVP S7 LED video panels for showcasing the latest music videos at their West End offices in London’s Kensington Borough.

CORE Lighting Focuses on the US

16/03/2015 - Event News

Wireless LED lighting manufacturer CORE Lighting enjoyed a busy PLASA Focus in Orlando last month and has already committed to the Kansas City exhibition in May.

DJ Shadow Uses XL Video Projection for Renegades of Rhythm Tour

16/03/2015 - Production News

Europe – Continuing their long-term working relationship, XL Video has supplied a compact and versatile projection package for DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist’s ‘Renegades of Rhythm’ European tour.

Record-breaking USITT 2015 Show Adds New Attractions

16/03/2015 - Event News

USITT’s 55th Annual Conference & Stage Expo in Cincinnati next week is already its biggest ever, and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology is still announcing added attractions to USITT 2015.

New Meeting Hubs take Classrooms into the Future

16/03/2015 - Equipment News

UK – Rapid developments in communications technology are changing the look and the layout of classrooms and teaching rooms, particularly in higher education.

Expansion for Showforce’s Business Development Division

16/03/2015 - Business News

UK & Middle East – Two experienced events professionals have been appointed to strengthen and consolidate the business development team at Showforce, the global provider of event crew and technicians.

Super Nova

16/03/2015 - Equipment News

UK – Making waves in the moving light world has always been what Richard Martin Lighting (RML) has tried to do. In 2006 RML was the first rental house in the UK to own Nova Flowers. Since then the company has gone on to make similar pioneering investments, including Sharpys and VL4000 Spots.

DPA Microphones is in Sync with Natalie Merchant

16/03/2015 - Production News

USA Whether folk-rocker Natalie Merchant is on tour or in the studio, the musician’s long-time audio engineer George Cowan relies on DPA Microphones’ d:facto vocal microphone to provide the singer with the purest sound possible. Additionally, a combination of the company’s d:vote 4099 instrument microphones highlight the supporting live-string quartet, while d:dicate 4011A cardioid and 4006A omnidirectional microphones have been used for the musician’s recent recording projects.

Stepping down at the top – with record results

16/03/2015 - People News

One of the key characters in the UK audio visual industry is to retire after 45 years – as the company announces record trading results for 2014.

Clay Paky Mythos delivers vibrant versatility for You Me At Six

16/03/2015 - Production News

UK – Brit rockers You Me At Six have stormed through the UK this month on their first ever arena tour. Lighting designer Louis Oliver of Okulus chose an array of Clay Paky’s newest product, the award-winning Mythos, for his vibrant show design.

CT’s nineth year at the Mobile World Congress sees the London and Spanish offices working more closely together

16/03/2015 - Event News

With 85,000 people attending over the course of the four days, the Mobile World Congress (MWC) is the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile phone industry. Held annually in Barcelona within the purpose-built arena Fira Gran Via, the MWC is renowned as the industry’s forum for launching major technological breakthroughs.

DPA Microphones Add To 'The Experience' In Lagos

13/03/2015 - Project News

One of the largest music events on the planet, and certainly the biggest in Africa, The Experience is an interdenominational gospel concert held in Lagos that attracts phenomenal crowds in the region of 700,000+. And this year DPA microphones were at its heart, showcasing both their percussion and house of worship credentials with a full set of d:vote 4099 instrument microphones deployed to ensure that the main drum kit could be heard over and above the tumultuous celebrations.

Elation Launches Multi-Colour and Warm White Ellipsoidal Spots with Superior Light Quality

13/03/2015 - Equipment News

Elation Professional is offering two new ellipsoidal spot fixtures with the superior quality of light required for broadcast and theatre environments, the multi-colour Colour 5 Profile and the warm-white WW Profile.

Lighthouse Continues Robe Investment

13/03/2015 - Production News

UAE – Multi-Award winning company Lighthouse is one of the most successful and prolific lighting and production design practices in Dubai. Headed by the charismatic Terry Miranda and his brother Steve, Lighthouse is busy continuously through the thriving events season in the UAE, and also works in other parts of the Middle East.

Bandit Lites and Barry Manilow Tour ‘One Last Time’

13/03/2015 - Production News

USA – Superstar Barry Manilow has taken to the stage for his ‘One Last Time Tour’ with Bandit Lites providing the lighting. In what is being hailed as his grand finale (or at least a goodbye to a full production touring show) Manilow brings his epic catalogue of hits from his 40+ year career to the adoring masses.

AC-ET Appoints Brith de Blanck as Regional Sales Representative

13/03/2015 - People News

Denmark – A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. has announced the appointment of Brith de Blanck in the new role of regional sales representative for Denmark – with immediate effect.

Harman’s Martin Professional Appoints Barclay Dakers as Key Account Manager in United Kingdom

13/03/2015 - People News

Harman’s Martin Professional has announced Barclay Dakers as key account manager in the United Kingdom for the Scotland, Ireland, and northern England regions. Dakers will be based at Martin UK headquarters in Potters Bar and will report to Michael Walker, director of sales for the United Kingdom.

The new Boulevard can be heard through Alcons

13/03/2015 - Project News

Germany – After the operator of the Dresden theater Wechselbad der Gefühle (“rollercoaster of emotions”) ceased operations in May 2014, TW.O GmbH, the agency specialised in theatre, culture and live marketing from the German Saxon capital, took over the business of the since then known as “Boulevard Theater Dresden”. After a four-month renovation, operations in the listed building started again in September 2014.

"Lights! Sound! Curtains up!" at Stage|Set|Scenery 2015

13/03/2015 - Event News

Germany On 9th June 2015 Stage|Set|Scenery will be opening its doors. The international trade fair and the international conference for event technology gathers exhibitors and trade visitors who are important for a successful production. They represent theatre planning, architecture, film, event services, stage, lighting, sound, video and media technology, make-up, costume and stage-set design, acoustics, studio, exhibition and museum technology. A total of 250 exhibitors and 7,500 trade visitors are expected to attend the Berlin Exhibition Grounds.

Eilon RSM Load Monitoring Removes Guesswork at Unproven Hungarian Venue

13/03/2015 - Production News

In December 2014, a unique theatre production took place in Budapest, Hungary, that proved special for several reasons. First, the production 'Game Maker', a modern-day action tale for children and adults about fairytale characters fed up with the popularity of video games, was wildly popular with more than 42,000 spectators attending 12 shows over the course of only a few days. A cast that included famous Hungarian celebrities, as well as a professional top-class production, ensured its success.

S+H Gets its Act Together

13/03/2015 - Production News

UK – Drapes, soft goods and LED special effects specialist S+H Technical Services supplied large quantities of silver lame draping for the series and final of ITV’s new ‘Get Your Act Together‘ talent show, where assorted celebrities had the chance to let their hidden talents shine by learning and polishing new skills and performing live on stage.

Stage Electrics increases manufacturing capacity

13/03/2015 - Business News

UK – In response to a recent increase in demand, Stage Electrics has decided to invest in a fifth manufacturing workshop. The already busy manufacturing function assembles a range of products including internally wired lighting bars, facility panels, equipment racks, mains and low voltage cables as well as standard and bespoke stage management desks. This change in demand has prompted the decision to move the process nearer to the components stock, which will allow the team to cut their current production time by 15% and support the manufacturing department’s effort of hitting their operational targets with greater ease.

Chroma-Q Color One 100 Shines for ACK Productions

13/03/2015 - Production News

UK – The new Chroma-Q Color One 100 premium performance LED Par is being utilised on some of Northern Ireland’s most prestigious opera and television projects after Belfast-based ACK Productions added the fixture to its rental inventory.

Ruhrtriennale relies on kinetic solutions from Movecat

13/03/2015 - Project News

Germany – In the course of this year’s Ruhrtriennale festival, Kultur Ruhr GmbH staged a musical/theatrical production of Le Sacre du Printemps in the Gebläsehalle Duisburg, once the blasting hall of the Thyssen iron and steel works. The leitmotif of the lavish production was the 'artistic' use of machines, which involved at one point dumping bone ash onto a surface 10 x 23 metres in extent. To make this installation possible, six mobile truss grids were used for the mounting of a total of 37 machines along with additional trusses for the luminaires, curtain rails, projection foils and protective canopies.

Ambersphere Welcomes New Team Members

13/03/2015 - Business News

UK – Ambersphere Solutions was formed back in 2011 with just four staff to look after the UK sales, service and support for Clay Paky and MA Lighting. Since then the company has gone from strength to strength, growing steadily whilst maintaining the company’s strong support ethic.

Klotz AIS Opens New Sales Office in Poland

13/03/2015 - Business News

The new Klotz AIS sales office opened in Poland on 2nd March. The office will provide direct local customer care for the Polish MI market. Regional sales representative (MI), Wojciech Krys (43), will be responsible for Klotz cable sales in Poland. Krys has extensive and long-standing knowledge of the MI market in the country.

XL Video Announces German Perl Appointment in the US

13/03/2015 - People News

XL Video US has announced the addition of German Perl as technical director media application and projection. After ten years of developing leading edge technologies with XL Video in Dusseldorf, Perl joins the US operation to position the subsidiary for expansion into complete turnkey video and presentation solutions for its clients.

Electrosonic Provides AV Design and Installation Support for New Canadian Museum for Human Rights

12/03/2015 - Project News

Winnipeg’s striking new Canadian Museum for Human Rights explores the universal concept of human rights with a special emphasis on Canada. Electrosonic was contracted to do the audio-visual design of the museum’s eleven galleries, and subsequently the company directed the AV equipment installation working with local partner Advance Pro. The museum features theatres, interactive touchscreen stations, projections on a digital canvas and hundreds of video clips.

MLA Mini: High Octane Sound at High Kirk, Ballymena

12/03/2015 - Project News

UK – High Kirk Presbyterian Church in Ballymena has upgraded its PA system with a Martin Audio MLA Mini Multi-cellular loudspeaker array, supplied and supported by Ireland distributors, Rea Sound.

CSR Lighting: an SGM Head for All Occasions

12/03/2015 - Production News

UK – When Gary Willn reviewed the varied roster of work being serviced by his long running company, CSR Lighting, he sensed that the versatility of SGM’s LED portfolio would not only provide unique solutions for him, but also his many dry hire customers.

Enlightened Makes Immediate Impact With New SGM P-5s

12/03/2015 - Production News

Long-established UK lighting production company, Enlightened Lighting, has joined the fast-expanding army of companies investing in SGM’s ground-breaking P-5 LED washlight.

Harman’s Martin Professional Lighting Fixtures Reinforce Mirror Lounge & Club’s Prestige and High-Profile Status

12/03/2015 - Project News

Indonesia – With the opening late last year of The Mirror Lounge & Club, Seminyak, the international vacation hotspot on the west coast of Bali, has become an even more popular tourist destination. With a capacity of 1,000, the club is the latest, and one of the largest, high-profile additions to the Seminyak scene. To accentuate the club’s distinct layout and features, local integration firm Monalisa Tunggal Jaya (MJT) selected a wide array of Harman Martin Professional lighting fixtures, which they’ve been installing across Indonesia since 1996.

Hawthorn Work With BBC Worldwide to Transform Liverpool Cathedral to Launch Wolf Hall

12/03/2015 - Production News

UK – As part of the BBC Worldwide Showcase TV sales event, guests were invited to dine at the Liverpool Cathedral, where they were immersed in 16th century English history as part of the themed event for the recently aired drama series Wolf Hall.

Lighting Effects and Ice: Clay Paky and MA Lighting at the Wiener Eistraum

12/03/2015 - Production News

Austria – Vienna has hosted the Wiener Eistraum (Vienna Ice Dream) every year since 1996. This huge mobile ice rink measures over 75,300 square feet. It is assembled in Rathausplatz, the square in front of the town hall, and is one of the largest public attractions in the city. Nearly 250 miles of pipes are laid and connected to three chillers to chill the rink. Along side the always long awaited skating and curling rinks, the "Traumpfad" (path of dreams) made its debut in 2005. This 2460-foot-long path leads visitors through the southern part of the city park.

CT supplies Irish boxer Carl Frampton’s eagerly-anticipated world title fight

12/03/2015 - Production News

UK – On 28th February the Odyssey Arena in Belfast played host to the first boxing match relayed on live TV in the UK since 2008. In an eagerly-awaited fight, IBF super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton defended his title against American Chris Avalos. Boxing in his home city, Frampton, also known as ‘The Jackal’, defeated Avalos inside five rounds and continued his winning streak.

Martin Audio produces Coffee Table Book

12/03/2015 - Event News

Martin Audio has just released details of a new book, “The Martin Audio Experience”, which is destined to grace the discerning coffee tables of the industry. A glossy hardback book featuring nearly 150 photographs charts the history of Martin Audio, from its humble yet highly transformative Dave Martin origins right through to the modern day era of MLA.

d&b audiotechnik confirms Electroacoustics seminar in London

12/03/2015 - Event News

On the 26th March Oran Burns of d&b Education and Application Support will present the timeless d&b Electroacoustics seminar at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London.

Outline’s Northern Lights – Providing Integrated Audio Solutions for Multi-Purpose Venue

12/03/2015 - Project News

Norway – Located 200 kilometres north west of Oslo, the Quality Spa & Resort in Norefjell is a uniquely Norwegian take on a facility designed exclusively for relaxation and recuperation.

CUK Audio Announces Powersoft X Series Amplifier Platform Seminar Tour

11/03/2015 - Event News

UK – CUK Audio has announced a series of training seminars across the UK and Ireland, to coincide with the release of the revolutionary new X Series amplifier platform from Powersoft.

DPA Microphones Gets A Boost In The Republic of Ireland

11/03/2015 - Business News

Musicians, recording professionals, broadcasters and AV specialists in the Irish Republic can now access the full range of DPA microphones through the company’s UK distributor, Sound Network, which has expanded its remit across the Irish Sea.

Bandit World Headquarters Grow with New Hire and Promotion

11/03/2015 - People News

USA – Bandit Lites’ family continues to grow with the recent hire of Brad Hylton as warehouse manager and the promotion of longtime Bandit employee Giff Swart to general manager.

Squeek Lights “Goes Rogue” With Chauvet Professional on Silverstein Tour

11/03/2015 - Production News

USA – With over a million albums sold, Canadian post-hardcore group Silverstein has defied expectations as well as easy categorisations. Moving seamlessly from reflective emo tunes to pop punk power chords, these young artists are bent on keeping their creative options open. This independent streak is enthusiastically shared by the band’s LD Victor Zeiser.

Saville wins university contract bid approval

11/03/2015 - Project News

UK – Saville Audio Visual has been successful in all lots of the AV 6002 HW Framework Agreement for Audio Visual Products and Services across all regions.

Barco introduces cost-effective indoor modular LED displays for retail and advertising

11/03/2015 - Equipment News

Belgium – Barco has added two new indoor LED displays to its display portfolio for retail and advertising. Designed for fixed indoor installation in fashion retail, automotive retail, banking or transit advertising applications, the V4i and V6i feature 4mm and 6mm pixel pitch, respectively, and combine the renowned Barco image quality with excellent contrast.

Harman’s Martin Professional is Best in Show at PL+S 2015 With Both Classic and New Lighting Products

11/03/2015 - Event News

Germany – Harman’s Martin Professional will be exhibiting in Hall 9, stand A93 at Prolight+Sound 2015, taking place April 15-18 at Messe, Frankfurt. On display and available for in-person demonstrations will be a comprehensive offering of classic Martin lighting fixtures like the MAC Quantum Profile as well as new ones like the Martin M-Touch controller and VDO Fenix creative lighting solutions. Several new additions to the RUSH line and the winner of Martin’s annual Young Lighting Designer contest and will also be announced on the stand.

Electrosonic Hires Jon Maynard as New Business Development Manager for its Corporate Solutions Business

11/03/2015 - People News

EMEA – Electrosonic, an international audio-visual systems integration and service solutions company, has appointed Jon Maynard to join its Corporate Solutions business development team for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Jon’s focus will be to foster new and existing relationships in the corporate market.

Anything Goes on Florida Georgia Line Tour as Clay Paky Lighting Fixtures Hit the Road

11/03/2015 - Production News

USA – Florida Georgia Line has begun their Anything Goes 2015 world tour, in support of their latest album, with a large complement of Clay Paky lighting fixtures.

Award winning designers of Paines Plough's pop up venue to talk at UK Theatre's Touring Symposium 2015

11/03/2015 - Event News

UK Award winning theatre designer Lucy Osborne and internationally acclaimed lighting designer Emma Chapman of Studio Three Sixty will join James Grieve, joint artistic director of Paines Plough, and Gavin Green of Charcoalblue theatre consultancy at the UK Theatre's Touring Symposium 2015 to discuss Paines Plough's award winning, pop-up Roundabout Theatre.

Massive SGM LED Package for Renovation Celebration

10/03/2015 - Production News

Belgium – In the city of Antwerp lies the luxurious shopping street Meir, connecting the town hall with the central station. Bringing in the highest rents of any street in Belgium and known to be the most expensive shopping street in the Benelux, Meir embraces the monumental department store, the Inno building consisting of two units dating back to 1901 and 1903.

P-5 Elected for European Parliament

10/03/2015 - Project News

When Martin Schulz was re-elected President of the European Parliament and Jean-Claude Junker for the EP commission, DB Video was tasked with illuminating the seat of the European Parliament in Brussels (Belgium), indoor for the Hemicycle, Passerelle, Agora set and Forum set as well as outdoor for the main entrance and Protocol entrance at rue Wiertz.

Le Maitre to launch new products at Prolight & Sound 2015, Frankfurt

10/03/2015 - Event News

Le Maitre’s range of VS - “virtually smokeless” pyrotechnics is continuing to expand and receive excellent feedback from the market, followed up with increasing orders. At Prolight & Sound Frankfurt, Le Maitre will be launching several new stunning effects to the range: VS Mines (15/25/35ft), VS Starbursts (Small/Medium/Large), VS Ice Waterfalls (8/15/20ft), VS Volcano Mines (Small/Large), VS Ice Gerbs (10/15/20ft) and VS Flashes.

OmniLine solution for Temple Beth Israel

10/03/2015 - Project News

Australia – Since being founded in 1930, Temple Beth Israel (TBI) has been shaping Jewish life in Melbourne, and from a technological perspective has become the first synagogue in Australia to stream Shabbat services online.

Optocore / Broaman Announce Warranty Extensions

10/03/2015 - Business News

German fibre network solution specialist, Optocore, has provided additional value to the outstanding performance of its unique portfolio by increasing the warranty cover on all devices — including those of sister company BroaMan — from three to five years.

AC-ET Appoints Detlef Eobaldt as Regional Sales Representative

10/03/2015 - Business News

Germany – A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. has announced the appointment of Detlef Eobaldt in the new role of regional sales representative for Germany – with immediate effect.

Grammy Award Nominated X Producer Adds Audient

10/03/2015 - Project News

UK – Multi-platinum selling music producer and songwriter Jake Gosling has added an Audient ASP880 to his already gear-packed Sticky Studios in Surrey, where he devotes much of his energy to developing fresh, new musical talent. Well-known for his work with a young Ed Sheeran back in 2007, Gosling confirms that: “This is something I’ve always been passionate about, and will continue to do.”

Clay Paky drives amazing looks on BMW X6 launch

10/03/2015 - Production News

Serbia – Clay Paky Sharpys have lit the Serbian launch of BMW’s latest model in the X-series, the X6. Taking place at the prestigious Crowne Plaza Hotel in the capital’s business district, the exciting event was technically produced by award-winning rental operation Studio Berar, who supplied 16 of the super powerful fixtures for the light show.

Optoma launches new projectors for education and public sector

10/03/2015 - Equipment News

Optoma has just launched two new projectors specifically for public sector and education that can be managed and monitored easily over a network.

Optoma launches new business projectors

10/03/2015 - Equipment News

Optoma has just launched two new business projectors that can be managed and monitored easily over a network.

NL Productions completes management buyout

10/03/2015 - Business News

UK – Northern Light Stage & Technical Services has announced the successful management buyout of its hire department with the formation of NL Productions Ltd.

Electrosonic Hosts Open Week to Introduce its New Audio-Visual Service Office in Aberdeen

10/03/2015 - Event News

UK – Electrosonic, an international audio-visual systems integrator, is to host an ‘Open Week’ in March 2015 at its new office in Cults, just outside Aberdeen City Centre. This will be an opportunity to meet the new installation and service team, view the office and rack building facilities, and pick up a redeemable voucher for either an Audio-visual Systems Health Check or a Communications Technology Risk Assessment.

Colour Chorus a New Series of High-Quality LED Battens from Elation Professional

10/03/2015 - Equipment News

Colour Chorus from Elation Professional is a new series of LED batten wash lights useful for floodlighting surfaces and stages in even dynamic washes of colored light. Available in 1’ (0.3m), 2’ (0.6m), 4’ (1.2m), and 6’ (1.8m) lengths, Colour Chorus fixtures use long-life individual 3W RGBA (red, green, blue, amber) LEDs for a broader and finer range of colours, the amber LED extending the colour range and providing an effective means of colour temperature control and higher colour rendering.

GLP X4 S Adds Versatility to Top NBC Television Talk Shows

10/03/2015 - Production News

USA – TV lighting director Kathleen Dobbins has been involved with the popular NBC talk show Late Night with Seth Meyers since its launch in February 2014, working alongside lighting designer, Rick McGuinness and show producer Mike Shoemaker.

ETC showcases pixel mapping with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

09/03/2015 - Production News

USA – Originally an internationally best-selling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time made its stage debut in London at the National Theatre and has since made its way to the streets of Broadway. The production, called one of the most fully immersive works to ever hit Broadway, relies heavily on pixel mapping technology and uses an ETC Eos Titanium (Eos Ti) lighting system.

XL Video Supplies ‘Man and Superman’ at the National Theatre

09/03/2015 - Production News

UK – Continuing its work on a number of recent high profile productions at the National Theatre, London XL Video has supplied digital LED scenery for ‘Man and Superman’ at the National’s Lyttelton Theatre.

High End Systems Announces Hog Factor Competition

09/03/2015 - Event News

USA – High End Systems has introduced Hog Factor, a new National Collegiate Lighting Show Programming Competition for students at recognised colleges and universities throughout the United States. Since its launch two years ago, High End Systems' Hog 4 lighting console range has become the most widely specified lighting control system for production professionals; Hog Factor is designed to give new generations of designer’s greater access to this industry standard platform.

Montreal’s Super Cool Igloofest 2015 is Hot for Clay Paky Fixtures

09/03/2015 - Production News

Canada – It’s been called Montreal’s Ultimate Outdoor Winter Rave. Igloofest recently returned to town for the ninth edition of the popular electronic music festival, a cool way to hear the hottest tracks on four three-day weekends from January 16th to February 8th. Clay Paky Sharpy and Sharpy Washes and A.leda B-EYE K-20 fixtures helped light up the night for tens of thousands of fans.

Clay Paky with the artists of “Afrikaans in Groot”

09/03/2015 - Production News

South Africa – Within just six hours of ticket sales opening, the Pretoria leg of ‘Afrikaans is Groot’ was sold out. Just goes to show how Groot Afrikaans is’! The Cape Town leg followed suite with its three performances selling out by the end of that day.

Canford announces the introduction of Lusem OxLinx optical fibre HDMI range extending cables

09/03/2015 - Equipment News

OxLinx cables offer a considerably more elegant and cost-effective solution for long HDMI cable runs than Cat5E cable with converter box systems.

Chauvet Professional Rogue R1 Beam Celebrates Sound Factory

09/03/2015 - Production News

USA – From its unique fixed colour wheel with 14 slots plus white to its variable speed scrolling, the Rogue R1 Beam has a variety of special features. Lighting designer Dougie Lazer needed every last one of these capabilities recently when he worked the boards for “Out of the Ashes: Phoenix Rising,” a party at Manhattan’s Stage 48 that commemorated the rebirth of the city’s iconic Sound Factory.

Harman Martin Professional Annual Young Lighting Designer Contest 2015: Win a Trip to Prolight+Sound 2015, Gear And More

09/03/2015 - Event News

Denmark – Harman Martin Professional has announced the kick-off of its annual Young Lighting Designer Contest that offers aspiring LDs from around the world a chance to have their work internationally recognised. The winner will be awarded an all-inclusive trip to the Prolight+Sound 2015 show in Frankfurt, Germany, the Martin M-Touch controller and an M-PC kit. The runner up also receives an M-Touch controller and third place wins an M-PC kit.

Lighting networks that perform

09/03/2015 - Business News

Another leading industry brand has joined the exclusive portfolio at Qeytek.

New variable curvature angles available for HK Audio’s ConTour Array CTA 208

09/03/2015 - Equipment News

HK Audio has extended the variable curvature options available on its ConTour Array CTA 208s.

L-Acoustics Arcs Wide and Focus in control at Molapo Crossing

09/03/2015 - Project News

Botswana – Officially opened at the end of November 2014, the outdoor live music venue at Molapo Crossing in Gaborone, Botswana features an L-Acoustics Arcs Wide and Focus system, installed to supply the coverage and sound quality demanded by the venue’s owner, whilst ably addressing the restrictions of local noise regulations.

XL Video Invests in New d3 Pro Range

06/03/2015 - Production News

UK – XL Video has announced a large investment in d3’s Pro range of media servers, adding 12 new units to its inventory. The addition of the new units to its existing fleet now makes XL Video the largest rental stockist of d3 media servers worldwide!

Geoffrey Joyce Honoured for ABTT Technical Theatre Training

06/03/2015 - People News

UK – ABTT Training co-ordinator Geoffrey Joyce, who through his creation of the ABTT Bronze Award has been instrumental in forging the career paths of so many of today’s working theatre technicians, was honoured this week at the Creative & Cultural Skills Awards 2015.

KM Productions Calls on Chauvet Professional to Deliver Punch and Power Smarts at Land Rover Event

06/03/2015 - Event News

USA – Modernism Week is an annual Palm Springs event celebrating the architecture and lifestyle that characterised this SoCal enclave of the rich and famous back in the 1950s and ’60s. Associating the term “modern” with a week dedicated to events of 60 years ago might seem oxymoronic, but the sustainable mid-century architecture of Palm Springs remains as cool today as it was back when Frank Sinatra raised a Jack Daniels flag over his home in the city to announce that parties would be taking place around his piano-shaped pool.

Clay Paky B-EYE K20 Seen on Multiple Bandit Tours

06/03/2015 - Production News

USA – Bandit Lites' inventory is increasing again with the addition of the Clay Paky A.LEDA B-EYE K20. Capable of functioning both as a high performance wash light and a spectacular beam light, the versatility of the B-EYE makes it a valuable asset to Bandit’s clients and is a notable fixture on multiple Bandit tours, including Barry Manilow, OneRepublic and the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular.

USITT 2015 Elite Training May 28-30 in Las Vegas

06/03/2015 - Event News

USITT is accepting applications for its popular Elite Training weekend May 28-30 at the Cirque du Soleil Training Center in Las Vegas.

'LEGOtastic' Martin Audio – Everything is Awesome

06/03/2015 - Event News

Martin Audio has released images of its Glastonbury Festival LEGO model featuring MLA that will be on show at Prolight+Sound 2015 in Frankfurt on their stand F60 in Hall 8.0.

Clay Paky B-EYEs are ‘invaluable’ on ‘Clouseau Central’

06/03/2015 - Production News

Belgium – ‘Painting with Light’ lighting and multimedia designer Luc Peumans created a multi-layered, colour-rich show for Belgian superstars Clouseau’s Christmas dates at the Antwerp Sportpalais, utilising an array of powerfully versatile Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20 fixtures.

Harman Martin Professional’s “Top-Notch Customer Support” and Lighting Products Make Harvest America Event an Incredible Success

06/03/2015 - Project News

USA – Among the many forms of technology Harvest’s Pastor Greg Laurie uses to bring his Harvest America events to millions of people across the US is high-quality lighting provided by Harman’s Martin Professional. In fact, during last year’s event, the ability to quickly synchronise across hundreds of Martin lighting fixtures was key to the staff’s ability to work within an unusually aggressive load-in schedule.

Charcoalblue's inspired new seating is just the ticket as The Hard Problem opens at the Dorfman

06/03/2015 - Project News

UK The National Theatre's newly transformed Dorfman Theatre opened for the first time in its seated format last month with Tom Stoppard's The Hard Problem. More seats than ever before are available for the show, following the regeneration of the theatre by architects Haworth Tompkins and theatre consultants Charcoalblue.

CORE ColourPoint Mk 2s Party after the Brits

06/03/2015 - Production News

UK – South London based event production company PR Live used nearly 200 CORE Lighting ColourPoint Mk 2 battery powered wireless LED uplighters to illuminate corridors, hallways, and various other key and linking areas at the Warner Music after-party following the 2015 Brit Awards.

Alcons Expands Its USITT Presence On Multiple Stages

06/03/2015 - Event News

USA – With Alcons Audio establishing itself as a leading player in the US theatre market, this year the company is expanding its presence at the USITT Annual Stage Expo and Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. As well as presenting its latest products, Alcons will be providing audio systems for a number of the show’s events.

Le Bikini Accommodates Both Artists and Patrons with Upgrade to Harman’s Martin Professional MAC Quantum Profile Lighting Fixtures

06/03/2015 - Production News

France – Over the past 31 years with acts that range from obscure to household names like Coldplay and Indochine, Le Bikini has earned its reputation as one of France’s best live music venues one show at a time. Driven by its goal to help the more than 150 bands that perform at the club each year deliver the best concert possible, Le Bikini recently upgraded its lighting with the acquisition of new Harman Martin Professional MAC Quantum Profile LED fixtures.

The sky is the limit for Clay Paky on ‘airport’ themed party

06/03/2015 - Production News

UK Leading technical producer Central Presentations Limited (CPL) has collaborated with event producer Bright to throw a spectacular airport-themed fancy dress party for the 1200 guests of a leading technology brand. CPL lighting designer Lee Gruszeckyj chose an array of Clay Paky fixtures to deliver stunning effects, colour and key lighting throughout the glittering event, including Alpha Spot HPE 1200, Sharpy and Sharpy Wash 330s.

New additions to Doughty’s modular rigging system make the range more versatile than ever

06/03/2015 - Equipment News

Doughty’s modular rigging system is set to provide its users with more options than ever, thanks to the introduction of two new pieces to the already popular range – the half connector with eye and half connector with cable holder. The award-winning range of drop arms and H-frames, which launched in autumn 2014, has already received rave reviews and, based on feedback from its customers, Doughty is developing the range even further.

ELC Lighting helps Theater de Flint upgrade its technical infrastructure

06/03/2015 - Project News

The Netherlands – The Theater de Flint, in Amersfoort in the Netherlands is a renowned performing arts theatre, hosting a variety of musicals, dance, cabaret and classical ensembles throughout the year. As a venue with more than sufficient space to host conferences, exhibitions, trade shows and other public events, the theatre recently shut its doors for a complete overhaul of the foyers, restaurants and other public areas in order to bring more flexibility to the space.

Faith Fellowship Worships with Community

06/03/2015 - Project News

USA – Faith Fellowship Church has celebrated worship services in its unique 'stressed membrane structure' since 1999 but the facility’s dated audio system had always suffered from poor audio quality and uneven coverage.

The Mythos Arrives at Richard Martin Lighting

05/03/2015 - Production News

UK - Since its arrival on the market, the Clay Paky Mythos has continued to make its presence felt across all sectors of the industry. Descriptives such as ‘awesome’, ‘just immense’ and ‘everything I’ve ever wanted in a moving light’ are to be found across social media. Richard Martin Lighting is the latest rental house to invest in the Mythos, adding a substantial number of units to a warehouse that already boasts a comprehensive range of Clay Paky fixtures.

Elation LED Lighting Package Adds Dynamic Flair to HopCat Brewpub in Detroit

05/03/2015 - Production News

USA – One of the Midwest’s most popular brewpubs, HopCat, opened its sixth establishment in December, this one in the mid-town section of Detroit. Fantasee Lighting of Belleville, Michigan, was called on to add a sense of ambiance and flair to the new location and chose a dynamic LED lighting package from Elation Professional for the job.

Sonalyst BMFLs Dance on Strictly Live Tour

05/03/2015 - Production News

UK – Sonalyst became the latest UK technical production and rental specialist to invest in Robe’s new BMFL Spots which were specified by lighting designer Richard G Jones for the latest “Strictly Live” arena tour produced by Phil McIntyre Entertainment.

PRG and Grass Valley Continues Collaboration on the Latest Tour-Ready Video Systems from PRG Nocturne

05/03/2015 - Production News

North America Production Resource Group LLC, (PRG) and Grass Valley, a Belden Brand,have announced that they have extended their long-term collaboration with the integration of Grass Valley’s newly introduced Karrera K-Frame S-series switcher and LDX Première advanced imaging cameras into PRG Nocturne’s latest live event video production systems.

Clay Paky is ‘the one’ for Robbie Williams

05/03/2015 - Production News

Worldwide – Pop legend Robbie Williams has recently completed his ‘Swings Both Ways’ tour, which saw lighting designer Mark Cunniffe create a fun and extravagant Vegas-style show, employing an array of Clay Paky Sharpy Wash 330s to deliver vibrant and varied colour.

Leisuretec Announce Distribution Partnership with AED Distribution and QSC Pro Audio

05/03/2015 - Business News

UK – Leisuretec Distribution Ltd has announced that AED Distribution of Belgium, exclusive distributor of QSC Pro Audio in Germany and the UK since 1st November 2014, has officially appointed Leisuretec Distribution as their sole UK trade distribution partner specialising in QSC’s product portfolio of speakers, amplifiers and digital mixers, effective 1st March 2015.

dbn Rigs Cornelia Parker Art Exhibition

05/03/2015 - Project News

UK – Everyone loves invention in this industry, and Manchester-based lighting and rigging specialist dbn had great opportunity to show some real rigging finesse at Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery – just re-opened in a blaze of glory after a £15 million revamp that includes a brand new wing and some completely unique new gallery spaces reimagined from previously enclosed areas of the building.

Showstars at The BRITS

05/03/2015 - Production News

UK – A burst of white confetti rained down on the sold-out live audience as ‘International Female Solo Artist of the Year’ Taylor Swift kicked off the BRIT Awards 2015 with the first of nine sensational performances that featured fellow award winners Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Royal Blood and Paloma Faith, along with Take That, George Ezra, Kanye West and Madonna.

The Belgians and The BRITS

05/03/2015 - Production News

UK - ‘International Female Solo Artist of the Year’ Taylor Swift may have kicked off the evening with her No.1 hit ‘Blank Space’ but with artist Tracey Emin’s elegant neon signage filling the auditorium, London’s O2 Arena was far from a blank space when TV personalities Ant & Dec hosted the MasterCard-sponsored BRIT Awards 2015 on Wednesday 25th February.

White Light Adds a Bang to Jessie J’s Sweet Talker Tour

05/03/2015 - Production News

UK – In 2015, after topping the UK charts once again with her hit single “Bang Bang”, pop vocalist Jessie J toured the country performing music from her latest album, Sweet Talker. Entertainment production supplier White Light provided lighting, rigging and production support for the seven-date concert tour, working closely with lighting designer Vince Foster and production manager John Pryer.

Electrosonic’s Sarah Joyce Encourages AV Companies to Embrace Diversity at ISE 2015

05/03/2015 - Event News

Sarah Joyce, Electrosonic’s vice president, EMEA and member of the InfoComm Board of Directors, hosted the first Women of InfoComm Network Breakfast (WIN) at this year’s ISE 2015. Over 50 women and men attended the event to discuss gender diversity within the AV industry.

XL Video Supplies TechEd Europe and Convergence Europe 2014

04/03/2015 - Production News

Spain – XL Video supplied a substantial projection system and control together with HD cameras/PPU, HD LED screen, several hundred monitors, networking and fibre infrastructure plus audio systems for two high profile Microsoft events staged back-to-back at the Fira de Barcelona Gran Via convention centre in Barcelona.

Robe Announces New Expansion Plans for 2015

04/03/2015 - Business News

Czech Republic – Robe Lighting announces 2014 as the best year in the company’s history, together with comprehensive expansion plans for its HQ and production operation in the Czech Republic, which is ramping up again in response to demand for Robe’s products worldwide.

Russ Grubiak – Profile of an expert Hippotizer user

04/03/2015 - Production News

UK – To catch up with a long-standing client and friend, Green Hippo’s Mercedes Stevao-Boase and Stefanie Mueller made their way to Elstree Studios at the end of January 2015 to meet up with Russ Grubiak.

Clay Paky illuminates Milan's Piccolo Teatro

04/03/2015 - Project News

Italy – the Piccolo Teatro in Milan was Italy's first permanent theatre and was declared a theatre of major European importance by Ministerial Decree in 1991. It was founded in the immediate post-war period by Paolo Grassi, Giorgio Strehler, Mario Apollonio, Virgilio Tosi and Nina Vinchi.

Tannoy CMS Series for every floor of JW Marriot in Pune, India

04/03/2015 - Project News

With an enviable reputation across the globe, Tannoy and Lab.gruppen’s superior quality sound was recently sought after for one of the country’s most luxurious, and indeed renowned, hotels – the five-star JW Marriot in Pune, India.

ETC announces new dealer structure in the Netherlands

04/03/2015 - Business News

ETC is always striving to give the best service to its customers. As a way to better serve the Dutch market, ETC has changed their sales structure in the Netherlands from a distributor based model to a dealer based model. That means that beginning on 1 March 2014, a sales structure has been set up where ETC will handle promotions and sell through a dealer network.

Robe BMFLs for Massive Pavilion 2 Expo Hall Launch in Tel Aviv

03/03/2015 - Production News

Israel – You would expect an impressive and memorable show to accompany the launch of the newest and largest expo hall in the Middle East, and that was exactly the brief received by lighting designer Eran Klein of Tel Aviv based creative design practice Cochavi & Klein from show producers The Gallery.

Bandit Awarded Lighting Company of the Year

03/03/2015 - Event News

USA – Industry leaders from around the world descended into Music City February 21 for the 26th Annual Pollstar Awards, where Bandit Lites received its 22nd Lighting Company of the Year Award.

DPA Microphones Focuses on Knowledge at Prolight + Sound 2015

03/03/2015 - Event News

Germany Musicians and sound engineers searching for the ultimate in sound quality are sure to find their perfect microphone on the DPA Microphones booth (8:B70) at Frankfurt Prolight + Sound 2015.

PR Live Rocks ‘Best of Brits’ After-Party for Warner Music

03/03/2015 - Production News

UK – London-based events production company PR Live ensured the Warner Music 2015 Brits After-party really rocked for 1,100 guests at the Freemason’s Hall in Covent Garden, supplying all elements of the design and technical production – sound, lighting, video, rigging, set and staging, assorted custom built props – complete with lighting and sound design and bespoke video content.

Harman’s Martin Professional Announces Availability of RUSH Gobo Projector 1

03/03/2015 - Equipment News

Harman’s Martin Professional announces the availability of the RUSH Gobo Projector 1. The new member of the install-oriented RUSH family is now shipping.

European RDM and sACN Developers Conference and Plugfest 2015

03/03/2015 - Event News

UK – PLASA Technical reminds readers that the European RDM and sACN Developers Conference and Plugfest for 2015 will take place Wednesday 22nd through Friday 24th April, in the UK, at Gatwick Manor, London Road at Lowfield Heath, just south of Gatwick Airport.

Artistic Licence launches DALI-over-ethernet protocol

03/03/2015 - Equipment News

Artistic Licence has launched Art-Osc, an open domain, free-of-charge protocol that enables the transport of DALI lighting control data over an ethernet network.

Pete’s Big TVs Provides LED Video Tiles for Nickelodeon Upfront

03/03/2015 - Production News

USA – Video equipment rental company Pete’s Big TVs recently provided the entire video production package including high resolution LED video tiles, playback, cameras and recording for Nickelodeon’s Upfront, an event produced for advertisers to preview the network’s upcoming season of shows and games for potential ad support. The Feb. 25 Upfront took place at Moynihan Station, formerly the historic James A. Farley Post office, in New York City.

V-Series tours with Sara Bareilles

03/03/2015 - Production News

USA – Such is the abundant talent of Sara Bareilles that 2015 will see her score a new theatre musical, record her next album, and no doubt add one or two performances for the Nations’ First Family for whom she has performed numerous times. All this from an artist who only recently completed her first full production headline tour, travelling right across the USA, rounded off with visits to Australia, New Zealand, and several Asian cities. A highly regarded, self-taught singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who only bust upon an unsuspecting public in 2004. With such a reputation to maintain Trey Smith, who has worked for her since 2008, was particularly careful in his choice of audio system for the Bareilles tour.

UK Quality Mark for Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance

03/03/2015 - Business News

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has confirmed the quality and standards of provision at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance following its review in November 2014.

Showline SL NITRO 510C is 'LED strobe of choice' for You Me At Six

03/03/2015 - Production News

UK - Lighting designer Louis Oliver of Okulus has used an array of Showline SL NITRO 510C fixtures as part of his colour-rich and punchy lighting design for You Me At Six's UK arena tour.

Chauvet Professional LED EPIX Series Helps Turn Massive German Tent to Vegas Style Club for Afrojack

03/03/2015 - Production News

USA – Scottsdale is some 260 miles from Las Vegas, but for four nights in early February, visitors to this Phoenix suburb could have thought they were on the Vegas Strip, at least if they were among the 8,000 fans who turned out for The Coors Light Birds Nest. A four-day festival held in conjunction with the Waste Management Open, Birds Nest is one of the most eagerly anticipated 19th hole events on the PGA tour. This year’s edition didn’t disappoint, bringing in acts like Kid Rock, Capital Cities, Darius Rucker and Afrojack who performed in a 50,000 square foot tent shipped in from Germany that resembled a hot new Vegas club thanks in part to a dynamic lighting design from Creative Backstage using gear provided by Valley Production Services.

USITT Accepting Applications for Board Mentorships

03/03/2015 - Standards News

USA – Young professionals and students interested in non-profit arts administration can gain valuable experience through USITT’s Board Mentorship programme.

The National Bank of Greece Invests in New Audio for its Landmark Building

03/03/2015 - Project News

The National Bank of Greece in Stadiou Street is located in the former building of the first Athens Stock Market. The beautiful neoclassical structure, has an impressive interior and many renaissance features.

Multi-Platinum Producer Chooses Audient iD22

03/03/2015 - Project News

UK “Transparency and ease of use,” are just two of the things that record producer and songwriter and Paul O’Duffy loves about his iD22, the USB AD/DA interface and monitoring system from Audient. “I don’t want to hear it colouring the sound too much,” he says, explaining how he’s been using it to record lead vocals and also as an interface to mix through. “I want the flexibility to colour the sound elsewhere post or pre. The iD22 is very clean to record through, as is the monitoring output options which has gotten rid of my external monitor selector, giving me a direct, truer signal path to my preferred KRK VXT8 monitors and my old NS10s.”

Taking green to a higher level with SGM

03/03/2015 - Production News

Sweden – The opening of ÅF’s new office building in Gothenburg was marked by a spectacular light show, putting the 66 metre high building on the map. For one evening the façades of ÅF’s new domicile were staged with a combination of colours, graphical patterns and images expressing ÅF’s values in a festive manner.

Alpine Ski Championships profit from SGM versatility

03/03/2015 - Production News

USA – Vail Beaver Creek in Colorado recently hosted this year’s FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2015, with athletes representing 68 nations participating in this grand event, which was viewed by an estimated television audience of one billion. This is the third time the Rocky Mountain region of Colorado has welcomed the Championships, which are spread over 13 days and two weekends of events and races.

PR Lighting Adds XRLED 700 Spot to Growing LED Portfolio

03/03/2015 - Equipment News

PR Lighting is set to make an impressive new addition to its expanding XRLED series, with the announcement of the XRLED 700 Spot. This is due for shipment in March 2015.

XL Video Loves Paolo Nutini on Tour

03/03/2015 - Production News

UK – XL Video supplied projection, LED screens and a camera / PPU package to the Paolo Nutini UK arena tour which completed a busy year of touring and live performances from the artist following the release of his album Caustic Love.

Pro Audio Systems joins the EM Acoustics family

03/03/2015 - Business News

UK – EM Acoustics has announced the appointment of Pro Audio Systems as a main dealer. The Bradford-based company is well-known for its work both in the UK and overseas in sales, installations and hire, handling a diverse portfolio of projects for local authorities, high-profile retail clients, theatres, houses of worship and education. Their independence and focus on delivering best-case solutions was a key factor in the appointment.

Calibre LEDView400 scaler/switcher hits the road

03/03/2015 - Production News

UK – To create outstanding live musical performances incorporating visuals, text, social media feeds, video and exciting audio, Munich-based live music band, Nachtstark needed to look no further than the LEDView400 scaler-switcher for its giant on stage LED video backdrop.

Alicia Earls Joins White Light as Business Development Manager for Events

03/03/2015 - People News

UK – Events production supplier White Light has announced the appointment of Alicia Earls as business development manager for events. Alicia joins White Light after more than seven years as communications manager for the Science Museum Group, where she helped develop the hugely successful #StrictlySW7 event showcase involving the Science Museum and neighbouring venues the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert museum. Originally intended to be a one-off event to celebrate the transformation of Exhibition Road in the run-up to the Olympics, the event has now become an eagerly-anticipated date in the industry calendar. 

Electrosonic Helps Tell a Tale of Beauty for the Award Winning AmorePacific’s Story Garden Tour Experience

02/03/2015 - Project News

Korea - Story Garden will receive a Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement at a black-tie gala on March 21, 2015, at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California. The prestigious Thea Awards honours creative excellence in theme parks, museums and other attractions.

W-DMX and Griven give the Sheraton Doha Hotel a new look

02/03/2015 - Project News

W-DMX by Wireless Solution and lighting fixtures by Griven are now on display on one of Qatar’s premier 5-star hotels – the Sheraton Doha Hotel & Resort. This hotel structure has been a landmark in Doha for more than 30 years, so when it was time for renovation, every detail was considered to bring the building up to the highest technological standards while still maintaining its original look and charm.

A travel into mythology: Kullervo staged a the Finnish National Opera with grandMA2

02/03/2015 - Production News

Kullervo, Op. 7, is a suite of symphonic movements by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. Although often referred to as a "choral symphony," the work avoids traditional symphonic structure, and its five movements constitute a set of related but independent tone poems.

A collection of talents: Afrikaans is Groot calls grandMA2 on stage

02/03/2015 - Production News

South Africa – Within just six hours of ticket sales opening, the Pretoria leg of the show “Afrikaans is Groot” was sold out. The Cape Town leg followed suite with its three performances selling out by the end of that day. With artists like Juanita Du Plessis, Theuns Jordaan, Steve Hofmeyr, Bobby van Jaarsveld, Bok van Blerk, Robbie Wessels, Lianie May, Karlien van Jaarsveld, Jay, Riana Nel, Jannie Moolman, Arno Jordaan, Jak de Priester, Corlea Botha, EDEN, Dewald Wasserfall and more, the show promised to be a hit.

DPA Microphones Help Two Guitar Legends Impress Audiences In Asia

02/03/2015 - Production News

Larry Carlton and Steve Lukather, two of the world's most inspirational guitarists, recently completed an Asian tour that saw them together on stage for the first time in 15 years. And behind the scenes, front of house engineer Rick Wheeler was also having a small reunion – with a DPA d:facto vocal microphone that he first used in 2014.

Blackburn College Revamps Auditorium with Danley Sound Labs Loudspeakers and Subwoofers

02/03/2015 - Project News

USA – Located in the rural Illinois town of Carlinville, Blackburn College serves 600 undergraduates. Its unique work programme keeps costs low and campus community involvement high by employing students in a range of non-traditional student jobs under the direction of professionals, for nine of the campus's 16 buildings. A recent $3 million upgrade to the 430-seat Bothwell Auditorium continued that tradition, with the student construction crew providing much of the labour. Amid a range of new infrastructure is a new sound reinforcement system centred on Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers, which provide exceptional fidelity and pattern control.

API A2Ds Making Headlines At NBC Network News

02/03/2015 - Project News

USA – NBC Network News relies on six of API’s A2Ds when filming popular news programs such as Morning Joe, The Today Show, and Nightly News with Lester Holt in their Los Angeles studio. The six A2D mic pre-amps are put to work all day long, and are used in both the “Newsroom Set” and “Studio W” or Studio West. Audio engineer Stan Ouse explains: “The backdrop of the Newsroom Set is a functioning news room. In Studio W we support all of the NBC networks and we do shows and live shots all throughout the day. For example, last week we did Hardball with the host plus the guests. That studio can do a single live shot or a whole show, whatever we need.”

Summer show with Le Maître at Rainbow MagicLand in Rome

02/03/2015 - Production News

The attraction of last summer in Valmontone is called “Illusion” and combines music, fantasy and projection. With hundreds of lights installed on the fountains and special effects enhancing the show, Illusion had nine dancers interacting with the fountains and the projections.

Welcome to the wonderful world of Sentosa

02/03/2015 - Project News

Singapore – Visited by some twenty million people a year, Sentosa is a popular island resort located south of Singapore. The many attractions of Sentosa are really amazing: a 2km long sheltered beach – Fort Siloso – built during World War II as a protection against the Japanese invasions, two magnificent golf courses, 14 top-class hotels, the resort's World Sentosa including the renowned Universal Studios Singapore, two casinos, the Underwater World aquarium and the Tiger Sky Tower, a very tall needle featuring a rotating terrace with a 360° view of the island: all of this and much more make Sentosa one of the most visited amusement and entertainment resorts the world over. 

Avolites Supplies Perfect Prescription For The Old Crow Medicine Show

02/03/2015 - Production News

USA – It’s been just over a year since Pulse Lighting of Raleigh, North Carolina invested in a Sapphire Touch, Avolite’s flagship lighting control console, at the request of Mikey Cummings, a 20-year veteran of the lighting industry. Upon taking delivery of the desk, Cummings immediately took it out on The Old Crow Medicine Show’s 2014-2015 world tour in support of the group’s Grammy Award-winning album, Remedy.

Doughty works with Cinelease to design bespoke transporter trolleys

02/03/2015 - Equipment News

UK - When working as a lighting gaffer, David Oldroyd always struggled with the movement of kit in and out of location trucks especially on TV dramas with a small crew. The problem still bothered him when he took up his position as a rental agent with leading motion picture rental company Cinelease, so he began looking at ways of making the moving of kit easier. David knew that with the varied kit used on each job, any solution would have to be adaptable and so sat down with Doughty’s Dan Phillips to come up with a modular trolley system that could be easily adapted.

HK Audio partners with Algam China to target the Chinese MI market

02/03/2015 - Business News

HK Audio has further strengthened its position in the Chinese pro audio market by signing a distribution contract with Algam China.