News Archive for June 2015

Another Glorious Glasto for Robe

30/06/2015 - Production News

Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, the UK’s highest profile and best known festival event once again proves a massive hit for Robe moving lights – over 600 of which were deployed on a multiplicity of stages site-wide, including in major creative areas like Arcadia’s giant spider spectacular show and legendary underground dance destination, Block 9.

CORE Lighting Expands Range with Strip Point

30/06/2015 - Equipment News

UK LED manufacturer CORE Lighting expands its range of innovative wireless LED technology with the StripPoint battery powered LED batten which joins the current range of robust products.

GLP X4 Bars Land at the Allianz Arena

30/06/2015 - Project News

Germany – After around two months of preparation, Munich Allianz Arena hosted one of the largest corporate events that the impressive stadium, situated in the north of the Bavarian capital, is likely to have seen in its ten-year history.

Harman Announces Immediate Availability of the Martin M-Touch

30/06/2015 - Equipment News

Harman's Martin M-Touch lighting control system is now shipping. With touch technology, the Martin M-Touch introduces a new form of interaction to the lighting industry, only previously seen between a musician and electronic instruments.

OneBigStar Calls on Chauvet Professional to Update Lighting at Nottingham Ice Rink Arena

30/06/2015 - Project News

UK When Nottinghamshire-based events supplier OneBigStar was tasked recently with revitalising lighting rig at Nottingham’s National Ice Centre, several challenges were instantly thrown to the fore. Durability as well as excellent performance would be required from any replacements to the existing filament lights. Following a demonstration of a variety of fixtures at the venue, the company specified ten Chauvet Rogue R2 LED Spot fixtures and 20 COLORdash Par-Hex 12 LED wash fixtures for permanent install at the popular ice skating venue.

Kansas Star Upgrades Arena Audio

30/06/2015 - Project News

USA – As part of the Kansas Star Casino, and located just south of Wichita, the Kansas Star Arena is a multi-purpose auditorium that hosts conventions, concerts, rodeos, MMA fights and other events.

Stockholm Stadsteater Purchases BMFL Blades

30/06/2015 - Project News

Stockholm’s Stadsteater, one of the most prestigious venues in the Swedish capital, has confirmed an order for 12 BMFL Blades which will be added to a growing inventory of Robe moving lights in the house.

Stagemaker SR25 from Verlinde

30/06/2015 - Equipment News

With its single fall lifting capacity of 2.5 tonnes, Stagemaker SR25 is especially useful for lifting grids, large stage towers and heavy duty scenery equipment (video walls, electronic notice boards, etc.). Stagemaker SR25 hoists are the only to be fitted as standard with a double brake system and they also incorporate ChainFlux special chain guide, Perfect Push patented hoist load wheel and protective rubber pads on the hook blocks.

ETC ColorSource PAR wins ABTT Theatre Award

30/06/2015 - Event News

ETC’s budget LED washlight, ColorSource PAR, has earned the Lighting Product of the Year award at the ABTT Theatre Show 2015. Making its debut at the trade show, the ColorSource PAR was designed for venues that want the brightness and energy efficiency of an LED at an affordable price.

MLA magic down in the woods

30/06/2015 - Production News

UK – Gottwood electronic and music festival – an intimate boutique event, set in an idyllic Welsh forest on the isle of Anglesey – has been running since 2010. It prides itself on presenting a DJ line up of “rising stars and established veterans.”

PR Lighting supports one of the largest stadium tours in Germany

30/06/2015 - Production News

German electro-pop band, Glasperlenspiel, recently completed one of the biggest stadium tours in Germany.

Colour Sound Experiments at Glastonbury 2015

30/06/2015 - Production News

West London based lighting and video rental specialist Colour Sound Experiment supplied lighting and visuals equipment to some of the coolest, most creative elements of another hugely dynamic 2015 Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Perfuming Arts, including Arcadia, Block 9, The Common and The Glade.

ISE welcomes two new board members

29/06/2015 - People News

Integrated Systems Events, the organisers of the Integrated Systems Europe trade exhibition, announced the appointment of two new members to its board. Ollie French, from Future Automation and Tobias Lang from LANG AG will join the nine-person ISE board of directors as of 1st July.

DPA Microphones Help Capture the Sound on Mad Max: Fury Road

29/06/2015 - Production News

After a wait of 30 years, Mad Max fans are revelling in the release of Mad Max: Fury Road, the fourth in this exceptionally successful action adventure film series starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult, and directed, produced and co-written by George Miller.

Adlib Enjoys 5 Seconds of Summer

29/06/2015 - Production News

Adlib was chosen as the sound supplier for the European and UK leg of the recent 5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS) “Rock Out with your Socks Out” tour as the career trajectory of this massively successful Australian punk/power rock band continues to soar to intergalactic levels!

Solaris LED Mozarts Sparkle on The Voice

29/06/2015 - Production News

For eight seasons of NBC’s The Voice, Emmy Award winning lighting designer Oscar Dominguez of Darkfire Lighting Design has created scintillating lighting and sets worthy of tomorrow’s superstars. The production designs are a major part of the show’s success, and each year Dominguez raises the bar looking for ways to top himself.

White Light Meets the Future at Central Hall Westminster

29/06/2015 - Event News

One of the most important dates in the world of events technology, ‘Meet the Future – Event Technology Challenged’ took place on 9th June at Central Hall Westminster. Now in its second year, this award-winning event offered those in attendance the chance to experience new event technology as well as engage with some of the most influential people in the events industry. It encouraged organisers to think about the growth of modern-day technology and how this will ultimately shape the future of events. White Light not only acted as one of the sponsors for this year but also provided all of the production elements for the conference.

ABTT Theatre Show 2015

29/06/2015 - Event News

The 37th ABTT Theatre Show was held at The West Hall in Alexandra Palace on June 24th and 25th. In many ways, this was the most successful show ever and the organisers have announced that Alexandra Palace will now be the permanent home for the event. Next year, the show dates are confirmed as 22/23 June.

­Philips Entertainment Announces Educational Outreach Sponsorship with the University of Nevada Las Vegas

29/06/2015 - Business News

USA – Philips Entertainment has announced that it has chosen the University of Nevada Las Vegas as a partner in its Educational Outreach and Sponsorship Programme. As part of the sponsorship, Philips Entertainment has donated Philips Vari-Lite VL3015 Spot, VLX Wash and VL770 Spot luminaires, along with Showline SL NITRO 510 LED strobe luminaires and a Philips Strand Lighting NEO lighting control console to UNLV for use in its educational programs and theatrical productions.

Prolyte BlackBook edition 2015 launched

29/06/2015 - Equipment News

Prolyte Group has announced the launch of the BlackBook edition 2015.

A Wizard Of Oz: L-Acoustics Tames Brisbane City Hall

29/06/2015 - Project News

Australia – Upon its opening in 1930, Brisbane City Hall immediately became, and has remained, the backdrop to many of the city’s cultural and social activities. Its iconic circular Main Auditorium, which seats 1,600 and boasts a famous 120-year old Father Henry Willis organ as the centrepiece, is one of the city’s best-loved performance and meeting spaces. The building was comprehensively restored between 2009 and 2013 at a cost of $215 million.

Clay Paky Mythos has a ball at Copa América opening ceremony

29/06/2015 - Production News

Chile – South America’s biggest sporting event, the Copa América international football tournament, has kicked off with a spectacular opening ceremony in host country Chile. The event saw stunning firework displays and musical performances, with an array of Clay Paky Mythos delivering spectacular wash and aerial effects to the proceedings.

d&b audiotechnik expands installation systems at InfoComm Orlando

29/06/2015 - Event News

USA – At InfoComm 2015 d&b audiotechnik introduced two further additions to the company’s new generation amplifier family. The eagerly anticipated 10D and 30D amplifiers are specifically designed to drive permanent solutions. Offering a new price to performance the amplifiers are set to become keystones in the future of fixed pro audio installations.

ABTT 2015 Annual Theatre Awards

26/06/2015 - Event News

The Association of British Theatre Technicians 2015 Theatre Awards took place on Wednesday evening (24 June) alongside the Stage Management Association’s National Awards, after the first day of the ABTT Theatre Show in its new London home, Alexandra Palace.

Alex Cowan joins LTM as Sales Manager

26/06/2015 - People News

Alex Cowan (left in picture at the recent ABTT Theatre Show)  has worked in the industry for 15 plus years. He previously worked for City Theatrical as European sales manager and James Thomas among others. He brings his considerable knowledge in this specialist area to LTM as well as a new outlook and plenty of enthusiasm.

Harman Martin Professional’s VC-Strips and MAC Viper Profiles act as Key Set Elements In Swan Lake at the Royal Danish Opera

26/06/2015 - Production News

Denmark – This spring, the Royal Danish Opera staged Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet, Swan Lake, in a new production under the direction of Nikolaj Hübbe, chief of the Danish Opera, and Silja Schandorff, director. Staged for the first time almost 150 years ago, countless versions of the tragic love story of Swan Lake have since been shown in theatres across the globe. To bring new life to the classic piece for the Royal Danish Opera (RDO), Hübbe and Schandorff called upon Finnish designer, Mikki Kunttu to develop an original lighting, video and set design. Kunttu’s minimalistic set design meant that every element played a significant role in bringing the the production to life, including Harman Martin Professional’s VC-Strips and MAC Viper Profile lighting fixtures.

CIE-Group Backs New Online AV Training channel

26/06/2015 - Standards News

HowToAV.tv is a brand new free online resource aimed at extending education and knowledge in AV technology and integration to the widest possible audience. A completely free to use channel, HowToAV.tv features short, informative and unbiased videos which offer users instant access to solutions to common technical issues, installation advice, and technology tutorials – all in a user-friendly, vibrant style that is completely free from sales-based product demonstrations and brand promotion.

End of an Era for White Light at Royal Courts of Justice

26/06/2015 - Production News

For over a decade, the Royal Courts of Justice have built a reputation as a Central London venue which provides unique and historic spaces for corporate hire and external events. Although this is a service they have provided since 2000, the Courts announced last year that they would no longer be offering their spaces for such occasions. As a result, on 6th June, when White Light supplied the lighting and sound equipment on a corporate dinner organised by the TFI Group, it would be doing so for the last ever corporate event held at the venue. 

Revolabs Appoints POLARaudio as UK Distributor

26/06/2015 - Business News

POLARaudio has been appointed as a UK distributor for US based Revolabs, a premier provider of audio solutions in the field of professional pro-audio applications and unified communications.

Robe Takes a Ride at Liseberg

26/06/2015 - Production News

Legendary Liseberg – with its giant wooden tracked ‘Balder’ roller-coaster that dominates Gothenburg’s skyline – is one of the most visited amusement parks in Scandinavia, attracting around three million visitors a year. Opened in 1923, it’s also reckoned to be one of the best attractions in the world, with a lively mix of activities offering something for people of all ages and personalities.

ACL Series: New energy-efficient line of high-output narrow-beam LED effect lights from Elation Professional

26/06/2015 - Equipment News

With the new ACL Series, Elation Professional is giving the industry a whole new meaning to ACL. Elation has taken the intensity of a tight ACL beam and repackaged it in a versatile line of Advanced Collimator Lens effects, perfect for adding those eye-catching ACL beam looks to any stage, show or venue. Five models are available – ACL PAR 200, ACL BAR, ACL CURTAIN, ACL 360 BAR and ACL 360 MATRIX.

BlackTrax to soon celebrate 1,500-event milestone

26/06/2015 - Business News

CAST announced that its multi-award winning BlackTrax real-time motion tracking solution has been deployed in 1,485 plus shows since late 2013.

Charcoalblue designs technical systems for transformed Lyric Hammersmith

25/06/2015 - Project News

UK Hammersmith's Lyric Theatre now showcases state-of-the-art rehearsal, film, cinema, dance and recording studios with technical systems designed by theatre consultancy Charcoalblue. 

XL Video Meets The Vamps

25/06/2015 - Production News

XL Video, working for Production North, supplied all video production: LED Screens, IMAG cameras/PPU and crew for the most recent UK tour by hi-energy pop-rockers, The Vamps.

Harman’s Martin Professional Launches JEM ZR Series of Fog Machines at ABTT

25/06/2015 - Event News

UK – Underscoring its commitment to the theatre and stage market, Harman’s Martin Professional has introduced its new JEM ZR fog machines at the 2015 ABTT Theatre Show.

Alaska’s Rabbit Creek Church Chooses Chauvet

25/06/2015 - Project News

USA – New opportunities often come when you are expecting something else. Such was the case with Rabbit Creek Community Church. A rapidly growing house of worship in the southern section of Anchorage, Rabbit Creek was looking to upgrade its audio system as part of an effort to enhance its increasingly popular video streamed services. With this in mind, its leaders called Stark Raving Solutions, a Kansas City firm well known for serving the audio, video, lighting and staging needs of churches.

Chris Young and Bandit Lites Tour Country

25/06/2015 - Production News

USA – Grammy nominated country singer Chris Young is on the road bringing his show winning sounds to fans around the country with lighting provided by Bandit Lites.

Aurora stock up at Ambersphere

25/06/2015 - Production News

In common with all quality suppliers of equipment to the broadcast entertainment and television industry, Aurora Lighting Hire is constantly reviewing and updating its available hire products. Most recently, the company turned to Ambersphere Solutions to replenish their followspot stock and to invest in the latest moving light fixtures to conquer the market.

Funny Old Week

25/06/2015 - Production News

After the success of the New Year's Eve specials, Jason Manford’s latest venture, ‘It’s A Funny Old Week’, has been commissioned for a series with ITV.

Voting Now Open

25/06/2015 - Event News

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for the TTAs team with a visit to Berlin for “Stage | Set | Scenery”, nominations closing and preparations for voting. However this year's 18 awards have now been shortlisted and voting for the 60 nominees started 24th June 2015. You can view the full list of nominees and make your vote through our website at www.technicaltheatreawards.com/vote If you registered to nominate then you can simply login and vote. If not, registration is simple and can now be done with your Email, Facebook or Twitter accounts.

Business efficiency brings record turnover

25/06/2015 - Business News

AV systems integrator Saville Audio Visual has announced a set of record breaking results for 2014, with turnover increasing 12% to top £40 million for the first time in the company’s long history.

TechnoPro llc Implements SGM Fixtures to Illuminate Doha Skyline

25/06/2015 - Production News

The 2015 World Men's Handball Championship was the 24th edition of the World Men's Handball Championship, organised by the International Handball Federation (IHF). The final tournament was held for the first time in Qatar, from 15th of January until the 3rd of February 2015.

GLP X4 Series Pulsates at Mayday 2015

25/06/2015 - Production News

Germany – gerdon MEDIADESIGN’s Thomas Gerdon created another lighting extravaganza at Dortmund’s giant dome inside the Westfalenhalle 1 for what has become an essential fixture in the calendar of Germany’s electronic dance music (EDM) fans.

No Loose Talking

25/06/2015 - Production News

UK & RoI – “It’s a voice that's so distinctive and familiar. You don’t even need to see him. The minute Al Pacino steps on stage and utters his first word you are instantly transported to any number of characters he has played. For me it was Michael Corleone in the Godfather: softly spoken, and with that stillness the camera loves, he conveyed enormous power.” No wonder Front of House (FoH) engineer Chris ‘Privet’ Hedge was excited. “I have to say I was as nervous doing this as any of the big rock and pop shows I regularly do, certainly more nervous than I have been in a long while.”

Casper castival tour complete with MLA

25/06/2015 - Production News

Martin Audio technology partners, Complete Audio recently fielded their premier MLA PA system when the Casper ‘Castival’ tour – a series of six open air festival type shows in Germany – arrived at the Kindl Bühne Wuhlheide in Berlin (where Complete Audio are based).

Absen LED Panels Dazzle the Iberian Peninsula with Crambo’s 360 Experience

25/06/2015 - Event News

Iberian Peninsula – Currently underway throughout Spain and Portugal until October, the Crambo 360° Experience is intended to educate and create awareness of Absen LED technology for end users, integrators and rental companies in the Iberian AV industry.

Enter Shikari hits festival circuit hard with bespoke Light Initiative set

25/06/2015 - Production News

UK After their busy 'Mindsweep' UK tour, high-octane alternative rockers Enter Shikari have hit the festival circuit hard, with lighting designer Steven Bewley taking his bespoke Light Initiative set to outdoor locations around the country.

RAI's Made in Sud Broadcasts Live With DPA Microphones

25/06/2015 - Production News

Italy – With more than 40 artists playing several characters during a three hour live television show – not to mention at least 120 costume changes – RAI sound engineer Giacomo Ramaglia knew he would need a very durable microphone to cope with such a punishing regime.

ETC at the ABTT Theatre Show 2015

24/06/2015 - Event News

For the first time, ETC is taking two stands at the ABTT Theatre Show in London. The first will introduce the company’s new rigging products to the UK, while the second will be showing the latest additions and updates to the company’s product lines.

Koltech Takes the Robe Road

24/06/2015 - Production News

Koltech is a forward thinking lighting and audio rental company based in Beersheva, Israel’s seventh largest city and the biggest in the arid Negev desert region to the south of the country.

Harman’s Martin Professional VDO Sceptron 10 LED Video Fixture Now Shipping

24/06/2015 - Equipment News

Harman’s Martin Professional today announced the shipping of its VDO Sceptron LED Video fixture with 10mm pixel pitch. Martin’s VDO Sceptron family is a line of outdoor-rated LED video fixtures for the touring and rental market.

Richmond Film Services Now Stocks DPA's d:dicate 4041-SP Microphone

24/06/2015 - Production News

UK hire company Richmond Film Services has invested in a DPA d:dicate 4041-SP condenser microphone, making it one of only two companies in the UK to own this exceptional product.

US Stop On Volvo Ocean Race Circuit Uses Chauvet

24/06/2015 - Production News

USA – With its towering portico, opulent marble hallways and sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, Newport’s Marble House mansion has served as a majestic backdrop for everything from movies like The Great Gatsby to television series and high profile photo shoots. Victoria’s Secret has even used this Beaux-arts palace as a site for its holiday commercials. Recently, an inspired lighting design by Derek Iorfida and LD Freddy Thompson of JDI Productions gave this classic structure’s grounds a dynamic and colourful new look with help from a collection of  Chauvet Professional fixtures and LED video panels.

FIX8Group appoints Helen Marenghi as Project Coordinator

24/06/2015 - People News

UK Event technical delivery expert FIX8Group has appointed Helen Marenghi as project coordinator.

LiNK 2015: Theatre Grad School Recruiting in Atlanta

24/06/2015 - Event News

USA - The second annual opportunity to LiNK theatre grad schools and potential students is scheduled for Nov. 13-15 at the Atlanta Airport Hilton. USITT and SETC are organising the event and Focal Press is returning as Platinum Sponsor.

New website reflects exciting PLASA Show 2015 redesign

24/06/2015 - Event News

The PLASA Events Team has launched a brand new website for the PLASA Show 2015, which takes place at London’s ExCeL from 4th- 6th October.

Clay Paky Mythos named product of the year at the Live Design Awards

24/06/2015 - Event News

USA – The Live Design Products of the Year Awards 2014-2015 were held on Thursday 4th June at the Jerry H Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts, during the New York Master Classes (NYMC), and the Mythos climbed onto the highest step of the podium once again in the "Luminaire" category.

Clay Paky Lighting Fixtures Help Kenny Chesney Deliver Fire Power on his Big Revival Tour

24/06/2015 - Production News

USA – After taking a year off from the road to concentrate on recording, Kenny Chesney has launched The Big Revival Tour across North America in support of his album released last year. A large complement of Clay Paky Mythos, Sharpy Washes and Stormy Strobes help Chesney amp up the excitement at his arena and stadium dates.

Aurora joins together with Prized Apart

24/06/2015 - Production News

Aurora Lighting Hire is supporting lighting director Gurdip Mahal and gaffer James Tinsley on the new BBC One adventure quiz Prized Apart.

Alcons equips Disney Screening Room

24/06/2015 - Project News

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Germany GmbH in Munich chose an Alcons pro-ribbon cinema sound system for its in-house screening room.

TiMax reaches for the stars in Yokkaichi planetarium

24/06/2015 - Project News

Japan’s Yokkaichi Municipal Museum has recently reopened following refurbishment. The refurbishment was designed and installed by GOTO INC. around their state-of-the-art 8K triple head hybrid planetarium projection system. This, the most advanced opto-mechanical projector ever, offers a viewing potential that is second-to-none. The ability to display the Milky Way to magnitude 18 is just one of its capabilities.

Las Vegas Academy of the Arts Tells a Popular Love Story with DPA Microphones

24/06/2015 - Production News

DPA Microphones’ d:screet 4071 omnidirectional miniature microphone recently played a big role during the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts (LVA) production of Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, providing both leads with a comfortable audio solution. During the three-week run of the musical, students learned how to use the company’s high-end miniature microphone, exposing the theatre department to a behind-the-scenes, first-hand lesson in the simplicity of DPA’s products.

New Office Officially Opened by the Mayor of Genk

24/06/2015 - Business News

Belgium – Lighting and visual design practice Painting with Light’s fabulous new office in the Paardenstallen (stables) at the C-MINE development in Genk was officially declared open by Genk Mayor, Wim Dries, at the weekend.

Innovative Venue Design Company Studio Three Sixty launches at ABTT

24/06/2015 - Event News

UK Award-winning designer Lucy Osborne, internationally acclaimed lighting designer Emma Chapman and lighting specialist and designer Howard Eaton are officially launching their innovative new venue design company Studio Three Sixty at the ABTT Theatre Show.

The First Night Riders charity ride embarks in July

24/06/2015 - Event News

UK This year's First Night Riders charity motorbike and classic car tour of British theatres, which raises money for The Theatrical Guild's (TTG) vital work, takes to the roads on Friday 3rd July.

AC-ET Adds Philips Signage Solutions to its Portfolio of Complementary Video Technologies

23/06/2015 - Production News

Europe – A.C. Video, a division of A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd., has been appointed as an authorised dealer for the Philips Signage Solutions product range – bolstering the company's line-up of leading-brand complementary video system technologies.

Elation Introduces EMOTION Moving Head Digital Light – Creativity in Motion

23/06/2015 - Equipment News

Elation Professional has announced launch of the EMOTION, a unique digital moving light that marks the company’s entry into the digital lighting market. A joint project between Elation Professional and High End Systems, the EMOTION is a compact yet powerful moving head digital luminaire that brings to the market the latest in next generation digital lighting technology, pioneered and proven by High End Systems.

Harman’s Martin Professional Atmospheric Effects Bring the Set Alive in UC Irvine Production

23/06/2015 - Production News

USA – University of California, Irvine’s (UCI) Claire Trevor School of the Arts presented The Electra Project, famed Romanian director Mihai Maniutiu’s reimagining of the classic Electra story. This stunning and avant-garde piece followed Maniutiu’s minimalist style, using very little scenery to create a provocative production. Under Maniutiu’s direction, lighting designer Martha Carter and scenic designer Morgan Price brought this story to life. Carter used Harman’s Martin Professional’s atmospheric effects to play on the audience’s emotions as the titular character battles through her story. They used UCI’s existing JEM Glaciator X-Stream and paired it with a JEM Ready 365 hazer which Martin loaned to the students to help fill out their production.

Light Initiative creates the next generation of wearable LED for Eurovision UK entry

23/06/2015 - Production News

Austria This year's Eurovision Song Contest was once again a veritable feast for the eyes with UK entry Electro Velvet's LED costumes one of the hot topics on news sites and social media across Europe. A bespoke and pioneering design by LED specialists Light Initiative, the beautiful yet robust LED took wearable tech to the next level.

White Light Immersed in New Theatre Projects

23/06/2015 - Production News

UK – As the number of immersive theatre projects continues to grow, White Light remains at the forefront of creating events which allow audiences to embark on a unique theatrical experience. Having already worked with a wide variety of different organisations and venues this year, White Light has provided its services on yet another immersive piece of theatre – the world premiere of Heartbreak Hotel at The Jetty, Greenwich.  Produced by Managing Mayhem and Zebedee Productions, Heartbreak Hotel opened at The Jetty on 11th June with White Light acting as a production partner. The show sees The Jetty, which formerly served as a coal-unloading point for Blackwall Point power station, transformed into a purpose built structure which allows audience members to check into what is a unique experience.

No End to the Affair with L-Acoustics on Ben Howard tour

23/06/2015 - Production News

UK – Singer/songwriter Ben Howard’s UK tour is keeping rental company Nitelites on its toes – with a band full of studio engineers, there really is no room for error. “It’s good for us, because it keeps us sharp,” says Nitelites’ director Andy Magee, who has chosen a substantial L-Acoustics system to deliver the quality of audio his artists demand.”

ETC products at home on Tony Award-nominated Fun Home

23/06/2015 - Production News

USA – With strong reviews, word-of-mouth recommendations and 12 Tony Award nominations, the musical Fun Home appears to be right at home on Broadway. Based on an autobiographical graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, it is an unusual show – incredibly delicate, rather than big and flashy musical – according to lighting designer Ben Stanton, who found himself with a low-tech show in need of high-tech lighting.

V4 Karst finds a new home at Vortex Events

23/06/2015 - Production News

With a four-year history in the industry, Vortex Events is becoming one of the best-known names for equipment hire and full production support. Matt Gourd and Iain Rendle have a combined knowledge of over 20 years in the events industry and are passionate about offering great service and support. Vortex Events provides both dry rental of all their equipment as well as full production support for everything from musical productions, TV shows and dance events to touring productions, festivals and corporate events.

SGM LED light for 60s' style Broadway magic

23/06/2015 - Production News

Brazilian singer-songwriter Luan Santana recently released his fourth live album and DVD Acústico, which – according to its title – was recorded acoustically. The recordings took place in Quanta Studios in São Paulo, with a retro setting and dress code leading you back to the Broadway 60s. Shortly after the release, several of the singles reached the top of the Brazil Hot 100 Airplay chart.

LumenRadio announces CRMX TiMo FX

23/06/2015 - Equipment News

LumenRadio has announced the launch of the CRMX TiMo FX – the latest product launch for the entertainment industry designed to simplify the implementation of wireless DMX and RDM into a multitude of applications. Built upon the TiMo platform which launched late last year, the FX module enables TiMo to act as both an RDM enabled receiver and a DMX transmitter, selectable by the user.

Chroma-Q Color Force 72s Perform Brightly for The Tragically Hip Tour

22/06/2015 - Production News

North America – Chroma-Q Color Force 72 super bright LED battens are being rigged in an inspired fashion to spell out the word ‘HIP’ for Canadian rock band, The Tragically Hip’s current 2015 tour.

Robe and the Almost Upside Down Lighting Plot

22/06/2015 - Project News

USA – Each year Caravan Stage take their unique venue – the 30 metre (nearly 100 feet) tall ship Amara Zee – on tour to a selection of coastal cities with a stunning and provocative production, and the 2015 season kicked off with a continuation of their hugely successful experimental musical “Hacked: The Treasure of the Empire” in Brooklyn, New York, where the Amara Zee wintered.

Enthusiastic Crowds Make InfoComm 2015 a “Show To Remember” for Chauvet Professional

22/06/2015 - Event News

USA – Although the Chauvet Professional team arrived at InfoComm with great enthusiasm about the products they would be exhibiting, even the most optimistic among them didn’t anticipate the size of the crowds that would stream into their booth – nor the overwhelming praise that attendees would lavish on the company’s latest innovations in lighting and video.

Aurora lands on Love Island

22/06/2015 - Production News

Working closely with gaffer James Tinsley and his team, Aurora has sent out a full location package to the latest series of Love Island.

Driving force: industry comes together for Behind the Scenes UK charity’s annual karting day

22/06/2015 - Event News

When 25 companies in the event industry came together at Sandown Park, on 17th June to raise money for industry charity, Behind the Scenes UK, at their annual karting day, leading crewing company Showforce was only too happy to submit a team and lend their support. Other companies competing included White Light, Stage Electrics, Wonder Works, Brilliant Stages, Digico and Crewsaders.

“NEXT-proaudio, has appointed new exclusive distributor for India

22/06/2015 - Business News

Hyderabad based Namdhari impex has been awarded full brand representation by the Portuguese manufacturer, NEXT-proaudio for India.

Großes Haus, Big Sound - Theater Münster Invests In New L-Acoustics System

19/06/2015 - Project News

Although its current building was only completed in 1971, Theater Münster has a history going back over 300 years to the town’s first theatre, known as the Comedy House which was located in the Roggenmarkt. Acting as a focal point for the city’s artistic talent, today the venue comprises several buildings, all with their own auditoriums. Recently the biggest of these, the Großes Haus, had a new L-Acoustics Kiva sound system installed.

New CTC-50SC Swivel Coupler From TRUSST Features Easy-Install T-Handles And Brawny 1,650-Lb. Load Rating

19/06/2015 - Equipment News

When it comes to rigging stage lighting and trussing, the installer’s load just got lighter. TRUSST has introduced a new swivel coupler clamp, model CTC-50SC, that is rated to handle heavy-duty loads up to 1,650 pounds (750kg), while providing the ultimate in flexibility, safety and easy installation.

Hawthorn adds a touch of “brilliance” to St. John’s College Ball for 13th year

19/06/2015 - Production News

UK – The May Balls are a long-standing tradition in Cambridge, with each one of the infamous colleges celebrating the end of the academic year in their own way. With over 2,500 in attendance, St. John’s is the largest of the Cambridge Balls and they really know how to honour the occasion in style! This much-anticipated event has in previous years been graced with headline performances from the very best in the entertainment business, including Katy B, Rudimental and Aluna George, so needless to say the technical production and delivery needs to be faultless. This is why the 12-strong St. John’s Ball Committee, this year hosted by Ilia Cherezov, has turned to the technical expertise of the Hawthorn team for the last 13 years. This year the team provided all lighting, sound, video projection, power, staging and rigging to the 5.5 hectare site.

Clay Paky delivers ‘unbelievable brightness’ to Formula One weekend

19/06/2015 - Production News

Bahrain – Lighting designer Sonu A.B has used a wide array of Clay Paky fixtures to deliver vibrant festival-size looks for the huge Formula One Gulf Air Grand Prix weekend in Bahrain.

White Light Makes History at Magna Carta Anniversary

19/06/2015 - Production News

Monday 15th June marked a historic day as royalty, members of parliament and other dignitaries all gathered to celebrate 800 years of the Magna Carta. Taking place at Runnymede, now a National Trust Park, the event consisted of the unveiling of a new sculpture by artist Hew Locke, a re-enactment of the charter’s history by local schoolchildren, a performance by the London Philharmonic Orchestra before culminating in several flypasts the Red Arrows. The arena for the celebrations was built by Apollo Event Consultants Ltd and, due to the magnitude and historic relevance of the occasion, they wanted to create a setting which was unforgettable. As a result, they approached White Light to provide the lighting, having previously worked with the complete production solution specialist on other events.

Robe Pointes for Kingsland Celebrations in Den Bosch

19/06/2015 - Production News

The Netherlands – Thirty-seven Robe Pointes multi-purpose moving lights took centre stage at a new 15,000 capacity live event staged in the Pettelaarce Schons parkland area to the south of Den Bosch in the Netherlands to celebrate King’s Day 2015.

Outline North America Appoints Joseph Fustolo as Senior Sales Engineer/Product Support Specialist

19/06/2015 - People News

Outline North America, the US subsidiary of the premier Italian manufacturer of premium professional sound reinforcement products, is pleased to announce the appointment of Joseph 'Joe' Fustolo as the newest member of the Outline North America Team.

Unusual Rigging set for big announcement at this year's ABTT

19/06/2015 - Event News

Unusual Rigging is set to make a big announcement on its stand at this year's ABTT show. The news will remain under wraps until the 24th June when visitors and members of the press are invited to attend the stand at 2.30pm for an official photo-call.

Unusual Rigging announces expansion of Northampton HQ

19/06/2015 - Business News

Unusual Rigging, the UK’s leading provider of rigging and technical solutions to the entertainment, architectural and event industries, has opened a new warehouse at its headquarters in Northampton as the business continues to grow.

Stage Electrics Supports Shaun in the City

19/06/2015 - Production News

The national equipment and event technology specialist Stage Electrics has announced a close partnership with local charity Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital charity, as part of the Shaun in the City sculpture trail.

Doughty gets top marks from Queen’s University Belfast

19/06/2015 - Project News

The School of Creative Arts at Queen’s University in Belfast boasts some of the most desirable undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the country. With demand for spaces on the practical film making course drastically outstripping supply, the University recently built a new centre for students on the film studies pathway, complete with a purpose built ‘black box’ to give students the opportunity to film in a multi-purpose, professionally equipped studio.

Ambersphere Provides the Solutions for Take That

19/06/2015 - Production News

The lighting rig for the Take That Live Tour 2015 is not small. This is a no holds barred, full-on system where no expense has been spared. Working alongside creative director, Kim Gavin and production designer, Misty Buckley is lighting designer Tim Routledge. Out of Routledge’s huge design, well over half of the fixtures are from the Ambersphere Solutions family of brands. Ayrton’s exciting new MagicPanel-R and MagicBlade-R fixtures augment a whole host of Clay Paky moving lights while Robert Juliat followspots are the order of the day. And as for control: MA Lighting’s grandMA2 consoles are very much in command.

Ian Colville Joins Flare Audio

18/06/2015 - People News

Professional audio designer Ian Colville joins manufacturer Flare Audio as its head of pro technical this month, expanding the company’s presence in the pro-audio market and introducing its ground-breaking technology to the concert-going public.

VL4000 Spot and VL3500 Wash FX Luminaires Take the Stage at Ultra Miami

18/06/2015 - Production News

USA – With festivals on five continents, the Ultra Music Fest is the world’s most recognised electronic music festival today, and this year Ultra Miami offered a one-of-a-kind experience at the outdoor festival that featured over 150 DJs on seven stages at Bayfront Park. Working with creative director Richard Millstein and production manager Ray Steinman, it was lighting designer Stephen Lieberman who needed to create a lighting design that could stand up to the intensity of the three-day festival and he did so using Philips Vari-Lite VL4000 Spot and VL3500 Wash FX luminaires provided by Solotech.

Counterpoint Music Festival goes big with Bandit Lites

18/06/2015 - Production News

USA – Bandit Lites is continuing its summer of music festivals by providing the lighting for the CounterPoint Music Festival, where more than 60 artists including Widespread Panic, Zedd, Umphrey’s McGee, Knife Party and The Roots performed on one of the events five stages across Georgia’s Kingston’s Down 5,000 acres.

Danley introduces the extremely affordable, smaller and flexible Go-2 speaker line

18/06/2015 - Equipment News

After an unusually long time in research and development, Danley Sound Labs has announced the new Go-2 Series of extremely affordable loudspeakers and subwoofers. While Danley is known for building unconventional loudspeakers and subs that use innovative technologies – including the massive Jericho Horn employed in many of the world’s largest arenas and stadiums, the Go-2 Series fills a gap at the opposite end of the spectrum, where smaller, low-cost loudspeakers are needed. Importantly – and this is why the research and development took so long – the Go-2 Series uses Danley’s patented Synergy Horn technology in clever ways to give the Go-2 Series sound quality worthy of the Danley name.

Harman’s Martin Professional Showcases RUSH by Martin Line for Installation Market at InfoComm 2015

18/06/2015 - Event News

USA — Underscoring its commitment to providing high-quality dynamic lighting for the installation market, Harman’s Martin Professional is showcasing its extensive RUSH by Martin line of dynamic lighting solutions at InfoComm 2015 (Booth #2218). The RUSH line combines the latest innovations in effects lighting with proprietary LED technology to offer powerful light output and unparalleled reliability for permanent installations.

Pixel Mapped Nexus Panels Brighten “Homecoming Concert” For Luis Fonsi

18/06/2015 - Production News

Puerto Rico – The Luis Fonsi Somos Uno Tour has criss- crossed the globe with stops in France, Spain and the US, but for the Puerto Rican-born Grammy-winning artist, it was home-sweet-home when he performed for two sell out nights at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico in San Juan. To provide extra visual oomph for the homecoming, Musique Xpress Lights, which furnished gear for the Puerto Rican concerts only, called on 34 Chauvet Nexus 4x4 LED panels and 40 Q-Wash 260-LED moving fixtures from Chauvet Professional. 

Clay Paky, a regular guest at the Souq Okaze Cultural Festival

18/06/2015 - Production News

Saudi Arabia – The producer and director Futais Mohammed Bugnah directed a new show in the Ta'if Tent Theatre for the Souq Okaze Cultural Festival, in the presence of his Highness Prince Mishaal bin Majid Al Saud, Governor of Jeddah.

The Long Reach Long Riders complete their 12th annual Charity Ride

18/06/2015 - Event News

USA – The Long Reach Long Riders have announced the overwhelming success of their 12th annual charity motorcycle ride.  The ride, which was dubbed Cruzin’ the Ozarks, The Dozenth Year, by ride marshals Mark and Ali Heiser, raised over $53,000.00 for Broadway Cares, Equity Fights AIDS and the PLASA Foundation’s Behind the Scenes programme, bringing the total raised since the rides began in 2004 to $503,500.00.

Yamaha Launches ProVisionaire Touch Wireless Control App at InfoComm 2015

18/06/2015 - Event News

InfoComm 2015 sees Yamaha launching its ProVisionaire Touch app for iPad. Developed in response to user requests, the versatile app allows wireless remote control of MTX and MRX series signal processors via easily designed custom control panels.

Yamaha Launches MRX7-D Open Architecture Signal Processor at InfoComm 2015

18/06/2015 - Event News

Yamaha’s expanding Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS) series sees another significant product added to the line-up, with the launch of the MRX7-D open architecture signal processor at InfoComm 2015.

Total Structures Launches New Quarter Ton Pointman Electric Chain Hoist at InfoComm 2015

18/06/2015 - Event News

Total Structures has announced the launch of the Pointman "S" Model quarter-ton (250kg) capacity electric chain hoist at this years InfoComm exhibition being held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

ETC offering free live streaming videos from CUE conference

18/06/2015 - Event News

USA – Registration for ETC’s CUE (Create. Understand. Experience.) professional development conference – to be held on 26-28 June in Madison, Wisconsin – is now closed, but there is still the chance to see a handful of CUE sessions via live streaming video. The videos will be available live on ETC’s website – with media partner LSA (Lighting & Sound America) – and then will be archived on the site for on demand viewing in the future.

GLD Chrome multi-tasks at Slam Dunk and Download festivals

18/06/2015 - Project News

Reel Recording Studio in Leeds recently employed its new Allen & Heath GLD Chrome digital mixer to record the main stage at the Slam Dunk festival in Leeds, and manage FOH for Download festival’s “secret band”, Young Guns, at Donington.

AC-ET Showcases Leading Technologies at ABTT Theatre Show 2015

18/06/2015 - Event News

A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd will showcase a selection of the very latest solutions available from its vast portfolio of over 200 premium brands on stand A40 at the ABTT Theatre Show 2015, 24th - 25th June, Alexandra Palace, London, UK.

Martin Audio DD6’s meet acoustic challenges in Liverpool Uni’s £5m Brett Building refurbishment

18/06/2015 - Project News

Following a £5m refurbishment of Liverpool University’s Senate Drum building, a new teaching facility, complete with advanced AV infrastructure, has been opened under the new name of the Brett Building.

South East Asia Games with Optocore Network deployed by The Show Company

18/06/2015 - Project News

With an enviable pedigree of providing site-wide fibre networks for major sporting opening and closing ceremonies, Optocore has now further boosted its impressive portfolio after a major system was deployed at the South East Asia Games in Singapore.

InfoComm marks the launch of the eagerly anticipated installation specific d&b amplifiers

18/06/2015 - Event News

USA – At InfoComm 2015 d&b audiotechnik introduces its newest four channel, 2U amplifiers. The 10D and 30D are the first d&b amplifiers tailored for permanent integration. They offer the predictable results and rider friendliness of d&b products, with features and costs tailored for installation applications.

HSL Catches the Prodigy Big Beat

18/06/2015 - Production News

Legendary electro rockers The Prodigy continue to enthral fans with their incredibly visceral and hugely energetic live shows, igniting some more serious noise on the road with their new “The Day is My Enemy” album, the worldwide campaign for which kicked off with UK and European dates plus an innovative lighting and visual design by Andy Hurst.

White Light Brings Style to Fashion Show

17/06/2015 - Production News

UK - Sunday 14th June marked an important date in the fashion calendar with contemporary designer label KTZ launching its Men’s Spring and Summer 2016 Collection. Located at Pulse, one of the largest nightclubs in London, the launch saw designer Marjan Pejoski showcase his latest catalogue, having created several new designs from what he describes as “unusual industrial materials” such as aluminium, electrical tape and rubber.  Due to Pulse being located under a series of railway arches, along with the style of Pejoski’s designs, the show opted for an industrial theme, something which needed to be reflected in the lighting. Having previously provided its services on several other fashion shows, White Light was asked to supply both the lighting and power on this occasion.

Theatre Industry Gathers for Bruford on the South Bank at Bargehouse

17/06/2015 - Production News

UK – A host of industry experts, including Tower of London Poppies theatre designer Tom Piper and Episodes actress Tamsin Greig, attended the 2015 Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance ‘Graduate Exhibition’ and ‘New Writing Season’ at the prestigious Bargehouse on London’s South Bank from the 10-14 June.

Danley introduces the Exodus system line array-horn loaded

17/06/2015 - Equipment News

Danley Sound Labs unveils a new series that places its patented point-source Synergy Horn technology inside a line array form factor. Dubbed the Exodus System, the range currently includes the XD-96 (90 x 60-degree) far-throw loudspeaker, the XD-62 (60 x 20-degree) near-field extension, and the XD-118 subwoofer. New models with other popular coverage patterns will be announced soon. The Danley Exodus System permits quick line array-style rigging and acquiesces to clients who demand a line array aesthetic, while delivering far better performance than conventional line arrays.

Chauvet Rogues Add Flair to Florida Performing Arts Center

17/06/2015 - Project News

USA – After completing a $60 million renovation project that earned universally positive reviews, the management team at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts might have been forgiven for resting on their laurels. However, accepting anything less than perfection has never quite been the way things are done at this multi-venue theatre and entertainment complex, which sits on 5.5 acres of palm tree-lined river front property in downtown Fort Lauderdale. 

Sound and Light Professional, India invests in DiGiCo SD10

17/06/2015 - Production News

India – Formed in 1999, Sound & Light Professionals (SNL Pro) Mumbai has become one of the largest growing and most respected sound reinforcement companies in India. It provides state-of-the-art equipment for sound, lighting, video and staging, and technical services to the broadest range of entertainment disciplines across India and the rest of the world. The company has recently invested in a DiGiCo SD10 and two D2-Racks, via DiGiCo’s Indian distributor, Hi-Tech Audio Systems Pvt. Ltd.

Cloud communicator shares future insight

17/06/2015 - Event News

The first in a series of Technology Open Days staged by Saville Audio Visual was held in the historic venue of One Great George Street, in central London on the 19th May.

White Light Roped in by Macmillan Cancer Support

17/06/2015 - Event News

White Light recently provided the production support for Macmillan Cancer Support’s 29th annual Tug of War. Held on 2nd June, the event saw the House of Commons take on the House of Lords as a means of raising funds for people affected by cancer. The battle between the Houses was witnessed by hundreds of spectators at Westminster College Gardens, with the House of Commons coming out on top for the sixth year running. A regular feature in the White Light calendar, the complete production solution specialist was proud to once again assist on such a unique event which supports a worthy cause.

Son Doong: exploring the “infinite cave” with Sennheiser microphones

17/06/2015 - Production News

Vietnam – Photo journalist Martin Edström and National Geographic have shared a truly extraordinary expedition for everyone to experience: they have explored one of the world’s biggest caves, the majestic and recently discovered Son Doong in Vietnam’s Phong Nha-Ke Bang national park. Martin and his team of six – assistant photographers, logistics, communications and lighting specialists – took breathtaking 360° photos of the almost untouched cave and recorded its sounds with Sennheiser stereo and shotgun microphones for a fully immersive online experience.

Outline Introduces new products at Infocomm 2015

17/06/2015 - Event News

USA – Outline has announced the new STADIA100 LA family of lightweight loudspeakers – specifically designed for large-scale permanent installation applications – at Infocomm 2015 in Orlando (booth 511). The STADIA100 LA combines key principles of line-source theory with proprietary Outline technologies to deliver a highly versatile and powerful product for stadiums, arenas, large churches and sport facilities.

LumenRadio expands and strengthens sales department

17/06/2015 - People News

The award-winning wireless lighting control manufacturer, LumenRadio, is expanding to keep up with its strong growth and increasing installation/project requests.

Barco adds two new members to its modular Event Master screen management series

17/06/2015 - Equipment News

Barco has announced two new products in its Event Master series of screen management systems: the S3-4K, a compact processor, and the EC-50, a lightweight, Event Master Toolset-compatible controller.

Chroma-Q Inspire House Lights Transform Stavanger Concert Hall's Kuppelhallen Performance Space with Colour

17/06/2015 - Project News

Norway – Chroma-Q Inspire LED house lights have been installed at Stavanger Concert Hall’s ‘Kuppelhallen’ performance space, to replace an old tungsten rig and allow the lighting team to immerse the entire room in vibrant colours.

Adamson Names MediaToolbox GmbH Distributor in Switzerland

16/06/2015 - Business News

Adamson Systems Engineering has announced the appointment of MediaToolbox GmbH as distributor for Adamson products in Switzerland and the Principality of Lichtenstein. The announcement was made by Jochen Sommer, director of European operations for Adamson. 

Bandit and Billy Currington Celebrate ‘Summer Forever’

16/06/2015 - Production News

USA – Country music artist Billy Currington is out on tour with Tim McGraw for the Shotgun Rider Tour with a lighting package provided by Bandit Lites. Currington is promoting his fifth studio album Summer Forever, and just celebrated his tenth number one single, “Don’t.”

Elation to Unveil Emotion Digital Moving Light at Special VIP Product Launch Event at InfoComm

16/06/2015 - Event News

Elation Professional will be launching Emotion, a ground-breaking new digital moving head luminaire, at a special VIP event Thursday June 18th during InfoComm and invite interested lighting professionals to be the first in the world to preview the exciting new product.

American Band They Might be Giants Grows with Chauvet

16/06/2015 - Production News

USA – Lighting designer Victor Zeiser went 'outside the box' – almost quite literally – to come up with some unique and captivating looks for the current tour by the double Grammy-winning band They Might Be Giants. The New York-based LD built his multi-faceted show around ever-changing combinations of spot and wash lighting from side-mounted Rogue R1 Spot moving fixtures and COLORdash Batten-Quad 6 linear washes from Chauvet Professional. Adding extra depth to the entire show was a varied series of textured gobos and some unique video images.

White Light Acquires Shock Solutions and Expands Video Services

16/06/2015 - Business News

UK - Entertainment production supplier White Light has reached a deal with video and lighting technology firm Shock Solutions that will expand the company’s offering of video, media and projection services for clients in the broadcast, event production and commercial markets.

Capital, MLA … and wild life help establish new festival site

16/06/2015 - Production News

Although the weekend of June 6-7 won’t have been the first time Capital Sound has deployed almost 200 Martin Audio MLA elements simultaneously on major festival duty, it will have been unique in that one of those two events took place on a virgin festival site at a major inaugural event.

Yamaha Rivage PM10 Makes UK Debut at ABTT Theatre Show

16/06/2015 - Event News

Having received an enthusiastic reception from the European market at ProLight+Sound in April, Yamaha’s new flagship Rivage PM10 digital mixing console will be enjoying more of the limelight as it makes its UK trade show debut at the ABTT Theatre Show 2015.

Clay Paky at Notti di Maggio 2015

16/06/2015 - Production News

Italy – Notti di Maggio (May nights) is a popular, continuously evolving, big event, conceived and produced by the Associazione Notti di Maggio Sagraioli and coordinated and organised by Andrea Widmann. It consists of three days of music, concerts and DJ sessions with a busy programme of live events, all illuminated by Clay Paky lights.

Elation Lighting Replay on Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas

16/06/2015 - Project News

Following the successful launch of Quantum of the Seas in November of last year with Elation lighting and video systems on board, the second luxury cruise liner in Royal Caribbean’s Quantum class of smartships, Anthem of the Seas, set sail in April, also brimming with a full complement of energy-efficient Elation Professional products. The third in the class, Ovation of the Seas, is planned for 2016.

ESL French Distributor for Visual Productions

16/06/2015 - Business News

During Prolight+Sound, Visual Productions and ESL France confirmed the new French distribution agreement. ESL will distribute the full range of Visual Productions lighting control products to all areas of the entertainment and architectural markets.

New warehouse facility for Miltec

16/06/2015 - Business News

UK - After a successful Q1 in 2015, growing on a great Q4 in 2014, Miltec has decided it is time to move operations to a much bigger modern warehouse facility. Based in Essex, the new warehouse is three times the size of their old depot.

Clay Paky Featured at Melodifestivalen 2015

16/06/2015 - Production News

Sweden – The magic stage of Melodifestivalen, the local song contest to decide Sweden’s representative song at Eurovision, was once again alive with Clay Paky fixtures. The powerful Mythos played a crucial role in the six-week tour of Melodifestivalen 2015 visiting six cities across Sweden with the Finals held at the massive Friends Arena in Stockholm. Viewed by approximately four million in the television audience, it is Sweden’s most popular television programme.

Triple E launches 'EEE-Build' brand at ABTT with truly game changing construction solution for UK market

16/06/2015 - Event News

UK Forward-thinking track expert Triple E is launching at the ABTT Theatre Show an industry-changing construction arm to its business under the name 'EEE-Build'.

ETC set for at ABTT Theatre Show 2015

15/06/2015 - Event News

Fresh from the Stage Set Scenery show in Berlin, ETC will be at the ABTT Theatre Show 2015 on stands B11 and B20, with the UK’s first look at ETC Rigging products, together with their latest control desks and fixtures.

SGM pixel tubes for Fast Forward fundraising gala

15/06/2015 - Production News

UK - Recently, the National Theatre organised a unique fund-raising gala evening, Fast Forward, with the goal of raising money for the NT Future foundation, which been established to ensure the theatre’s future by providing new facilities for audiences, artists and young people.

Robe Supports Sørgekåpe Album Launch

15/06/2015 - Production News

Lars Bakke and the sales team from Robe’s Norwegian distributor Norsk Sceneteknikk based in Spydeberg, seized the opportunity to actively support local prog-rock band Sørgekåpe with additional lighting when lead singer Kim Lunde started working with them about a year ago.

Video takes that wind of change and goes out into the Parks

15/06/2015 - Production News

As a wave of consolidation passes through the video sector of the concert industry a new contender has emerged and already laid down a serious challenge to the establishment. Currently engaged on the Take That tour, Video Design founded by industry veteran Alex Leinster is already contracted for the Heaton Park ‘Parklife’ festival in Manchester and the series of concerts that fills the summer months in Hyde Park, London. A ringing endorsement if ever one was needed, why has Video Design made such an emphatic beginning?

Community Delivers True Effects for Afrykarium

15/06/2015 - Project News

Located adjacent to the Centennial Hall in Wroclaw, Poland, Afrykarium is a unique attraction that shows the different ecosystems associated with some of Africa’s aquatic environments. Nineteen aquariums and pools, with a capacity of nearly 15 million litres of water, are incorporated into the large complex which combines a three storey 9000 square metre building with 7500 square metres of external grounds. Each zone is designed to represent an African region and combine the environment and wildlife of that area. Regions included are the beaches and coral reefs of the Red Sea, the river Nile, the land of the Great Rift Valley, the Mozambique Channel, the beaches of the Namibia’s Skeleton Coast and the jungle of the Congo Basin.

Chauvet Is Chic At New York Fashion Event

15/06/2015 - Production News

Sleek … dazzling … brilliantly coloured – all aptly describe the exquisite designs on display at the 67th annual Parsons Benefit fund-raiser fashion show that took place at the River Pavilion at Manhattan’s Jacob Javits Convention Center. These terms applied equally well to the multi-faceted light show that energised the runway during this prestigious event, thanks in no small measure to a collection of Chauvet Professional Next NXT-1 panels provided by WorldStage.

“The One and Only” – Sennheiser announces D1 contest winner leeSA

15/06/2015 - Production News

“Are You D1 and Only?” This was the challenge that audio specialist Sennheiser set for bands and musicians by inviting them to take part in the D1 and Only contest to find the most creative cover version of the 90s pop classic The One and Only by Chesney Hawkes. The songs that were submitted revealed genuine vocal talents and a huge 'bandwidth' of musical variety. Just about every music genre was represented – from power ballads and classic adaptations to funky hip-hop versions. One-hundred-and-sixty-eight bands and musicians from all over the world took part in the Cover Song Contest. And Sennheiser has now found The One and Only after votes were cast by more than 50,000 fans and an expert jury.

The Oak Room

15/06/2015 - Project News

As a company, Richard Martin Lighting (RML) is constantly looking at ways in which it can develop and support the industry more. With so many changes that have happened over the past few years, the pace of the entertainment world has meant that if a company doesn’t, it will be left behind.

coolux to demonstrate new Pandoras Box feature at infoComm

15/06/2015 - Event News

coolux, the creators of the award winning Pandoras Box product family, will present multiple hardware and software products at this year’s infoComm exhibition in Orlando, Florida.

W-DMX Appoints ProCom New Distributor for Middle East

15/06/2015 - Business News

Wireless Solution Sweden AB has announced its newest distributor of W-DMX products, ProCom ME Audio & Lighting System Trading LLC with distribution in Middle East including Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Yemen, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq and UAE. The partnership was finalised during the PALME Middle East show in May.

Clay Paky lights the Intel Extreme Masters

15/06/2015 - Production News

Poland – ARAM Poland was in charge of the design and technical production of the largest gaming event in the world, the ninth World Final of the Intel Extreme Masters, and Clay Paky Mythos played a significant role in lighting this game show for the first time ever.

Lynx Pro Audio release new column speakers – the Ionic series

15/06/2015 - Equipment News

The Ionic series is Lynx Pro Audio's answer to light, portable or permanent installation column speakers. The Ionic series comprises two full-range modular columns (IONIC 100 and IONIC 50) and two subwoofers (IONIC 18S and IONIC 12S).

Prolyte Rigging Course back in Dubai

15/06/2015 - Standards News

Dubai-based DWTC, a customer of Prolyte Group will co-host a rigging course with Prolyte distributor Provision AVL.

Philips partners with Optoma

15/06/2015 - Event News

Technology leader, Philips, and award-winning projector manufacturer, Optoma, will be showcasing Philips new ColorSpark High Lumen Density (HLD) LED projection technology on the Optoma booth 3612 at InfoComm 2015.

XL Video Puts Monsters on the Big Screen for Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular

15/06/2015 - Production News

Working with producers Vision Nine Arts & Entertainment, XL Video supplied a multi-channel camera system and video projection for the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular UK live concert tour.

Stage|Set|Scenery 2015: debut event a big success with exhibitors and trade visitors

15/06/2015 - Event News

Germany – The opening night usually decides how successful a play will be. In the case of Stage|Set|Scenery 2015 the debut can be summarised as follows: satisfied exhibitors, enthusiastic trade visitors, high-ranking political figures and a substantial international appeal.

Accessibility, personalized: Sennheiser MobileConnect and CinemaConnect apps make custom sound adaptation possible for individual audio

15/06/2015 - Equipment News

The new versions of Sennheiser’s MobileConnect and CinemaConnect apps for accessible streaming allow users to not only adjust volume but also to adapt speech intelligibility and sound quality to their particular requirements for the first time. These features were developed by audio specialist Sennheiser in close collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology.

Multiple Pointes for Herbert Grönemeyer

15/06/2015 - Production News

Show designer Gunter Hecker brought a flourish of industrial style to the lighting, video and stage environment that he created for the latest tour by German superstar Herbert Grönemeyer, prolific singer, composer, musician and actor and one of Germany’s most successful ever recording artists.

Bandit Lights Rascal Flatts ‘Riot’

12/06/2015 - Production News

USA – Country super group Rascal Flatts is back on the road for their latest headlining tour with lighting provided by Bandit Lites. As one of the hottest-selling acts on tour in any genre, the trio recently kicked off their RIOT TOUR 2015 with special guests Scotty McCreery and RaeLynn.

Chauvet Next NXT-1 Touches Crowd At New England Religious Rally

12/06/2015 - Production News

USA – Awakening young people to the power of worship and engaging their zeal and passion to fuel an active and exciting church are the goals of the Awakening Conference, a three-day event held on two successive weekends at the New Life Worship Center. Indeed, everything about this New England conference proclaims “Youth!” – from the tender age of its founder Jordan Boyce (who was 16 when he started Awakening in 2007), to appearances by  nationally-known celebrity pastors such as Rich Wilkerson Jr. (who served as clergy at Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s wedding), to the event’s free-spirited, electrifying rock festival-like energy.

Ashly now offers 42 amplifier configurations featuring Dante connectivity

12/06/2015 - Equipment News

USA – Ashly Audio is now shipping Dante digital media networking solution with all their nXe, nXp, Pema and NE Series networkable amplifiers and signal processors. With as many as 42 amplifier configurations, from 125 to 3000 Watts per channel, Ashly products cover a wide range of power options and feature settings to appeal to all integrators who want seamless audio integration from within a broader network system.

‘The Fearless Vampire Killers’ take on Roland M-48 Personal Mixers in Paris

12/06/2015 - Production News

A total of 13 Roland M-48 Personal Mixers have been specified by renowned sound designer Thomas Strebel for use in the acclaimed production of ‘The Fearless Vampire Killers’ at the Mogador Theatre in Paris. This new production of the musical comedy by Oscar Winning director Roman Polanski is an adaptation of his 1967 movie of the same name. The musical has been produced in a number of European cities since it debuted in 1997, but this version marks the first time it has been staged in Paris, where the 81-year-old Polanski resides.

Behind the Scenes revs up for karting day

12/06/2015 - Event News

UK - 17th June will see the entertainment technology industry take to the track at Surrey’s Sandown Park Racecourse for the Behind the Scenes Go-Karting Day.

Panasonic and Historic Royal Palaces announce corporate partnership

12/06/2015 - Project News

UK – Panasonic has announced a long-term corporate partnership with Historic Royal Palaces (HRP), the independent charity which manages six former Royal residences in the UK.

Powersoft Captures Star Product Award for its M-Force Loudspeaker Technology at InstallAwards 2015

12/06/2015 - Event News

UK Powersoft, manufacturer of professional power amplifiers and loudspeaker technology, was recognised with the Star Product Award at the InstallAwards 2015 last week for its M-Force technology, which played a key role in a massive subwoofer installation at the Avalon Hollywood nightclub earlier this year. The award was accepted by Luca Giorgi marketing and sales director, and Francesco Fanicchi, head of brand and communications, both of Powersoft, during a ceremony held at the Bloomsbury Ballroom in Central London.

Clay Paky delivers dynamic looks for Sam Smith

12/06/2015 - Production News

UK – Lighting and production designer Will Potts has chosen to use an array of Clay Paky fixtures for quadruple Grammy-award winning artist Sam Smith’s ‘In The Lonely Hour’ UK tour.

Top Arabic Artists Perform Using Elation Rig at Hala Febrayer Celebration

12/06/2015 - Production News

Leading Middle East lighting and sound company iLight of Dubai was called on to provide lighting, sound and stage design for this year’s Hala Febrayer Festival and turned to Elation Professional lighting and LED video equipment to light performances by top Arabic artists.

At the heart of nature: grandMA2 at AMWAY’s 20th Celebration

12/06/2015 - Production News

South Africa – For AMWAY’s 20th celebration dinner the Pilanesburg National Park was recreated at the BOMA (Botsalanong Boma is one of South Africa’s best known conferencing venues) in Sun City. AMWAY (short for American Way) is an American company using a multi-level marketing model to sell a variety of products, primarily in the health, beauty and home care markets. As guests sat around a roaring fire the rustic mood was given a modern twist with a significant collection of lighting equipment supplied by Kilowatt AV.

DPA Microphones Takes Center Stage at the 2015 Tony Awards

12/06/2015 - Production News

USA As the old saying goes, “the show must go on;” and it must also be heard, which is why Firehouse Productions once again relied on DPA Microphones for the recent 2015 Tony Awards, held at Radio City Music Hall and broadcast live on CBS. The audio team used a variety of DPA d:screet 4061 omnidirectional and d:fine 4088 directional headset microphones to capture the vocals of the production’s performers, including co-hosts Kristen Chenoweth and Alan Cumming. A number of the 4061s were also used in the orchestra pit. In addition, singer Josh Groban’s audio team selected DPA’s d:dicate 4011ES cardioid microphones for his performance, which was accompanied by a piano.

d3 Technologies choose grandMA

12/06/2015 - Business News

Lighting and video now go hand-in-hand when conceiving a concept for a show. Consoles need to communicate easily and fluently with video servers as MA Lighting has long recognised. London-based d3 Technologies has been in business for over 12 years and is the creator of the trusted d3 platform, the integrated video production suite.

AC-ET Announces Charity Cycle Ride in Memory of the Late Kevin Fitz-Simons

12/06/2015 - Event News

A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. is hosting a two-day charity cycle ride between its High Wycombe and Leeds sales offices on 18th - 19th July 2015, to raise money in remembrance of beloved colleague, the late Kevin Fitz-Simons.

Stage|Set|Scenery 2015 rolls out the red carpet

12/06/2015 - Event News

Germany – On 9 June at Stage|Set|Scenery 2015 an award presentation took place to honour the winners of the competition presented by the Theatre Architecture Commission (TAC) of the International Organisation of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians (OISTAT) and the winner of the Weltenbauer Award presented by Deutsche Theatertechnische Gesellschaft (DTHG).

VER Showcases latest in 4K Technology for the UK

12/06/2015 - Event News

VER UK has hosted a series of open days to present the latest in available 4K technology, spanning indoor and outdoor high resolution screens as well as the hottest products in 4K projection and broadcast technology.

White Light Adds Glamour to Awards Ceremony

12/06/2015 - Production News

On Tuesday 2nd June, the biggest names in fashion, film, music and television gathered at Berkeley Square Gardens in London for this year’s Glamour Awards. Hosted by Claudia Winkleman, the awards ceremony honours the most extraordinary and inspirational women working across a variety of fields. Now in its 12th year, the annual star-studded event continues to grow in prominence and White Light was once again approached by Timebased Events to provide lighting for the occasion.

Adlib Raised Up by John Barrowman

12/06/2015 - Production News

Adlib supplied full technical production – lighting, projection and audio – for the recent John Barrowman ‘Raise Me Up’ UK tour which saw the multi-talented entertainer take his musicality combined with personal stories, into a mix of theatres, concert halls and arenas around the country. Steve Rayment once again headed up the tour as production manager.

HD Pro Audio at ABTT 2015 with SSL Live

12/06/2015 - Event News

The SSL Live L300 console is making its ABTT Theatre Show debut with SSL Live UK dealer HD Pro Audio on stand E12. HD Pro Audio will also be showing the new V3 software which gives the Live consoles an unrivalled balance of power, features and price. Also on show will be the established L500, running the all-new V3 software and linked to the L300 with remote control.

Adamson and Sound Image Gear Up For Imagine Dragons Tour

11/06/2015 - Production News

USA – Adamson Systems recently provided a two-day training session for Sound Image employees, some of whom were heading out with the company’s extensive E-Series PA for this summer’s Imagine Dragons tour.

Chauvet Professional Takes High-Res LED Video to Higher Levels with 3.9mm Pixel-Pitch PVP X3 Video Panel

11/06/2015 - Equipment News

As LED video wall technology has improved in quality, it’s becoming the new standard for displaying video images – in applications ranging from concerts and productions, to nightclubs and sports arenas – thanks to the superior efficiency, reliability and flexibility it offers compared to traditional projection video.  Now Chauvet Professional is meeting the rising demand for sharper, more detailed LED video displays with the PVP X3, a modular indoor LED video panel with a high-resolution pixel pitch of 3.9mm.

Pacha Dubai installs d&b and the spirit of Ibiza

11/06/2015 - Project News

Four years in the making, there was nothing inevitable about the installation of a d&b audiotechnik system into Pacha Ibiza Dubai, the latest and largest in the global franchise that is Pacha. “When you work in a place where you know the content will all be Electronic Dance Music (EDM), with no acoustic content, everything pure electronic, then you don’t want any contribution from the room acoustic,” was how Janko Ramuscak of d&b, who lead the German design team described the principal demand imperative. “The ideal would be totally dry and direct.”

Claire Gilligan joins Rigging Team

11/06/2015 - People News

Since its launch in 2010, Rigging Team has gone from strength to strength. To continue to build on this the company has recently appointed Claire Gilligan in the role of operations manager.

Elation Europe to Hold New PRO Service Days in July

11/06/2015 - Standards News

Elation Europe will be holding another round of its popular PRO Service Days at its European Headquarter office in Kerkrade, The Netherlands. This is an excellent chance to gain hands-on knowledge of Elation products and lighting professionals are encouraged to register while there is still space.

Lana Del Rey Enjoys Endless Summer On K1

11/06/2015 - Production News

USA – Critics have lavishly praised Lana Del Rey’s three-plus-octave vocal range and uniquely emotive delivery, but within the context of a band on a big stage, the task of ensuring that every sultry whisper is heard can present its share of challenges. Thankfully, Escondido, California-based touring sound provider Sound Image tapped the right tool for the trek: L-Acoustics’ K1.

Saville backs conference growth with investment

11/06/2015 - Business News

Conference and events specialist Saville Audio Visual is responding to increasing demands for its AV facilities and staging services in the UK and overseas. At their conference facilities hub in Leeds, the company has invested in extra workspace, new jobs and major additions to its stock of audio, lighting and display technology – already one of the largest in the UK.

Leading Spanish Composer/Producer Chooses Yamaha Nuage

11/06/2015 - Project News

Lorenzo Cortés is one of Spain’s highest profile composers and producers, with a career of over 20 years of music production for television, radio and the internet. For his newly-upgraded studio, he wanted a production system that would allow him to focus exclusively on the creative process. Yamaha Nuage was the answer.

Pianist Ramin Bahrami Records Two New CDs With DPA Microphones

11/06/2015 - Production News

Internationally acclaimed pianist Ramin Bahrami has recently completed two new CDs, both of which were recorded in DXD/DSD formats using a full complement of DPA microphones.

Knight of Illumination Awards 2015 recruits two new judges for Concert Touring and Events

11/06/2015 - Event News

UK The Knight of Illumination Awards (KOI) has recruited two exciting new judges for its Concert Touring and Events category, who between them have over 40 years journalistic experience in the live event industry.

PRG in the air and on the ground for VE day 70

11/06/2015 - Production News

UK – Production Resource Group (PRG) provided lighting and rigging equipment to the celebrations in London that marked the 70th anniversary of VE Day – the victory of Allied Forces in Europe and the end of the Second World War.

Next generation media serving: AV Stumpfl launches Wings Engine developments

11/06/2015 - Equipment News

Austrian multimedia and presentation innovators AV Stumpfl has announced the latest developments of its next generation of its Wings Engine.

Allen & Heath launches next generation digital mixing series

11/06/2015 - Equipment News

Allen & Heath has launched dLive, a next generation digital mixing system, providing ultra-flexible architecture, a powerful FPGA processing core, a comprehensive array of expansion, control and networking options, plus the intuitive Harmony user interface with gesture control, meaning dLive is geared to applications from rigorous touring and festivals to installation in prestigious live venues.

Robe Hypes it up at SXSW

11/06/2015 - Production News

USA – Robe moving lights took centre stage along with an eclectic mix of new and emerging musical talent at Hype Machine’s Hype Hotel venue during the 2015 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas.

Electrosonic Upgrades AV Technology at National World War I Museum and Memorial

11/06/2015 - Project News

USA – As the world continues to mark the centennial of World War I, the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri, experienced an audio-visual technology upgrade with support from Electrosonic. Nine years ago, Electrosonic designed and installed the facility’s original AV system; the company recently returned to replace all the museum’s displays and head-end drive equipment.

Production Resource Group Completes Acquisition of XL Video

11/06/2015 - Business News

Production Resource Group, L.L.C. (PRG) has confirmed that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of XL Video Group.

Kutless on stage with SGM: No cutbacks in brightness

10/06/2015 - Production News

When the American Christian rock band Kutless from Portland, Oregon, visited Odessa in Ukraine on May 23rd, more than 3,500 people showed up to enjoy a high-energy rock show. The concert took place in Molodaya Gvardiya amphitheater, where the modern worship band performed songs from their latest 2014 album “Glory”.

VL4000 BeamWash Luminaires Provide Infinite Possibilities at the M3 Rock Festival

10/06/2015 - Production News

USA – Music festivals around the world are an exciting opportunity for fans to see many of their favourite bands all in one location. Behind the scenes, the lighting designer is often placed in a difficult situation as they must mix and match the perfect rig full of lighting instruments that can provide the artists with the various looks needed for their individual performances. This was the task at hand at the M3 Rock Festival for lighting designer Mike Lurz, but this year his job was made a little easier with the use of VL4000 BeamWash and VL4000 Spot luminaires from Philips Vari-Lite.

Painting With Light has The Passion

10/06/2015 - Production News

Belgian creative visual design practice Painting With Light headed by Luc Peumans has crafted the eye-catching design for the current Holiday On Ice touring production, ‘Passion’, which highlights some of the dreams, trials, tribulations and dedication required by those pursuing ice skating careers.

New York Ad Sales Event Calls On Chauvet

10/06/2015 - Production News

Upfront Week in Manhattan may well witness the most intense series of sales presentations anywhere. For a few frenetic days, broadcast and cable television networks pull out all the stops in an effort to convince advertisers to sponsor their programmes. The stakes are high: up to 75 percent of advertising time is sold during these negotiations, so is the glitz and glamour as TV stars appear on stage and at after parties to pitch their shows to potential sponsors.

Independence with d&b: it’s part of the mix

10/06/2015 - Project News

To be independent means different things to different people, but for the eponymous live music venue in the San Francisco Bay Area the name is unambiguous. Ten years presenting a cross section of local, national and international acts underlines The Independent’s commitment to the broad church of contemporary music. “Fundamentally music is about intimacy with the artist,” said the venue’s head of audio and production, Terry Yerves. “And for that to happen it’s got to sound good.”

USITT Approves New Round of Rigging Safety Schools

10/06/2015 - Standards News

USA – USITT has approved funding for free stage rigging inspections and safety training at 12 more schools via its Rigging Safety Initiative.

Bel Digital Launches BM-A2-4SHD MKII for OB and Flyaway systems

10/06/2015 - Equipment News

Bel Digital’s BM-A1-4SHD four channel audio monitor/de-embedder is already a firm favourite with broadcasters, thanks to its high quality and advanced facilities. All of its features are now available in a larger 2U chassis, providing increased definition in metering and an increase in SPL.

Clay Paky Mythos illuminate the Metro FM Music Awards

10/06/2015 - Production News

South Africa – South African lighting designer, Francois van der Merwe, incorporated 16 Clay Paky Mythos fixtures to his spectacular design at the 14th Metro FM Music Awards, hosted at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Conference Centre (ICC) in Durban on the 28th February 2015.

New H&M Flagship Opens at Manhattan’s Herald Center Where Clay Paky Show Battens Help Christien Methot Light Up the Night Sky

10/06/2015 - Project News

USA – H&M, one of the world’s largest retailers, opens its latest New York flagship at Herald Center where the illuminated storefront gets a dynamic look from lighting designer Christien Methot who used Clay Paky’s new Show Batten fixtures and a grandMA2 onPC system to wrap the structure in a dance of color and light. A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky and MA Lighting brands in North America.

Loadguard Mini chain hoist proves very popular at Palme exhibition

10/06/2015 - Equipment News

LTM recently exhibited at Palme Middle East show in Dubai on 11th – 13th May 2015, where the company launcheded its new chain hoist product “The LoadGuard Mini” to middle East Clients.

Nitelites chooses DiGiCo for Ben Howard tour

10/06/2015 - Production News

British singer-songwriter Ben Howard is enjoying success on both sides of the Atlantic, having completed a sold out UK tour in December, a successful run in the US, returning to the UK in April, where he filled arenas round the country, including three nights at London’s Alexandra Palace, Glasgow’s SSE Hydro, Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena and Birmingham’s NIA. His soul-searching brand of folk-pop has earned him a dedicated following. His fans are no doubt delighted with the quality of audio that rental company Nitelites is delivering, which in no small part due to their choice of DiGiCo SD7s for both front of house and monitor positions.

Prolyte and ROE Visual team up for LED support

10/06/2015 - Business News

Chinese based LED manufacturer ROE Visual has grown quickly to become one of the most recognised LED system manufacturers in the entertainment market.

Sennheiser Has Never Been Better With Olly Murs

10/06/2015 - Production News

The stock of Olly Murs has never been higher, with the newly appointed X Factor co-presenter’s latest album Never Been Better debuting at No.1 and certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry. April and May saw the British singer-songwriter play a 26-date UK and Ireland arena tour, where a full Sennheiser package had microphone and monitor requirements Wrapped Up.

Avolites Titan solutions provide glow for Electric Run London

10/06/2015 - Production News

UK Wembley Stadium was awash with neon light as thousands ran, danced, shone and partied through the night, basked in the Avolites controlled glow of the Electric Run UK. VME took on the event production, also supplying the lighting kit for the event. Their appointed lighting designer and programmer Pete Watts chose a selection of Avolites control solutions including Titan One dongles, an Expert Pro and a Titan Mobile.

Coda Audio Highlights New Products At InfoComm 2015

10/06/2015 - Event News

InfoComm 2015 sees a number of significant new Coda Audio products being introduced to the US market for the first time. Held from 17th - 19th June at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Coda will be highlighting new products recently launched at ProLight+Sound in Europe.

Stage|Set|Scenery celebrates its debut in Berlin

10/06/2015 - Event News

Germany – "Lights! Sound! Curtains up!" – From 9 to 11 June 2015 Stage|Set|Scenery celebrates its debut. Around 7,500 trade visitors from 24 countries will be present and finding out information from 270 exhibitors. Everyone who is important for a successful production will be gathered in Halls 1.2 to 4.2 on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds. They represent 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.

Please sponsor the First Night Ride

09/06/2015 - Event News

This year sees the 6th First Night Riders event raising money for The Theatrical Guild, the only charity exclusively for people who work Backstage and Front of House since 1891.

HSL Appoints new FD and Strategist

09/06/2015 - People News

UK – Blackburn-based lighting and visuals rental specialist HSL has appointed Mick Seddon as group financial director and strategist.

ETC brings rigging to Europe and the Middle East

09/06/2015 - Business News

ETC has been experts in entertainment lighting for some 40 years and now they bring their renowned expertise and service levels to the world of rigging in Europe and the Middle East. The company is introducing their range of overhead stage equipment – from regular rigging hoists, to display banner hoists – which are perfectly suited for anything from theatres and studios to shopping centres, arenas and stadiums.

Status Quo Choose DPA Microphones For A Unique Tour

09/06/2015 - Production News

DPA microphones played a key role in ensuring the success of a highly unusual Status Quo tour, which took place recently in the UK.

Backstage Academy recruits Shannon Harvey to run Visual Production course

09/06/2015 - People News

Shannon Harvey has joined Backstage Academy as Course Leader on the BA (Hons) Visual Production degree.

Bandit Illuminates Global Finals

09/06/2015 - Production News

USA – It was a celebration of curiosity, ingenuity and knowledge as 17,000 attendees, including 8,000 students from 17 countries flooded the city of Knoxville for Destination Imagination (DI). The non-profit organisation works to inspire students to be innovators and leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Bandit Lites provided the lighting for the Global Finals, where teams from around the world gathered to compete in challenges created to stretch logical skills and creativity.

Brighter and broader – AV Stumpfl to light up InfoComm show floor in Orlando

09/06/2015 - Event News

Austria’s AV Stumpfl returns to InfoComm 2015 with the biggest, brightest and broadest ever line-up of multimedia products the company has ever offered.

Chauvet Professional To Showcase “Smart” Relay Pack, Hi-Res Outdoor LED Display, Hybrid Spot-Beam Fixture at InfoComm 2015

09/06/2015 - Event News

USA – AV professionals who visit Chauvet Professional’s display at InfoComm 2015 on June 13-19, will likely find novel solutions to some of the biggest lighting/video installation challenges they face today. Whether you’re looking for an outdoor-rated LED video screen that can display sharp hi-res images in bright daylight, a “smart” relay pack that can control power sent to LED fixtures individually or a compact moving luminaire that’s powerful and versatile enough to be used in venues of all different sizes and illumination needs – Chauvet Professional is taking a lead in offering inventive products that meet these needs.

Chroma-Q Color One 100 Pars Cater for Diverse Events at The Ballroom, Hyndburn, Lancashire

09/06/2015 - Project News

UK – Chroma-Q Color One 100 premium performance LED Pars are providing a rich palette of coloured stage wash lighting to meet the diverse, multi-purpose needs of events hosted by The Ballroom, Hyndburn – including theatre-style live shows, dances, conferences, fashion shows and wedding receptions, amongst others.

Canford appointed as sole Distribution Partner for Green-GO intercom products in UK and Ireland

09/06/2015 - Business News

Canford has been appointed sole distribution partner in the UK and Ireland for the multi-award winning Green-GO range of digital intercom over Ethernet products.

Montreal’s Rialto Theatre Revives Iconic Façade With Harman’s Martin Professional Architectural Lighting

09/06/2015 - Project News

Canada – Since 2010, Montreal’s Rialto Theatre has undergone extensive renovations to bring the historic venue back to its former glory. Originally built in 1923 and designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1993, the venue has undergone several changes throughout its lifetime from its original use as a cinema to a high-end steakhouse in 2000 to the live entertainment space it now offers. After its 2010 purchase by current owners/operators Ezio Carosielli and Luisa Sassano, the venue has revitalised both the interior space and the iconic architectural elements of its façade, including a new exterior lighting system outfitted with Harman’s Martin Professional architectural lighting solutions.

“Rock or Bust”: grandMA2 rides with the hard rock gods AC/DC

09/06/2015 - Production News

Giant riffs and lyrics about sex, drinking and damnation are the formula that made AC/DC one of the biggest hard-rock bands in music history. Starting in the 70s the Australians have conquered the globe since that time. Having sold more than 200 million records worldwide, including 71.5 million albums in the United States alone, they are the tenth-best-selling band in the United States and one of the world's best-selling bands of all time.

AC-ET Reports High Demand for Green Hippo’s Hippotizer V4 Next Generation Media Servers

09/06/2015 - Production News

A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd.’s video division is reporting substantial sales for Green Hippo’s all-new line of Hippotizer media servers, which have been completely redesigned to handle the manufacturer's powerful V4 next generation media control software.

“Fluffy” Gabriel Iglesias Gets Big Laughs On Tour With Tiny DiGiCo SD9

09/06/2015 - Production News

USA – “Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.” That aphorism has been attributed to numerous comedic actors, but it also applies in spades to mixing front-of-house for stand-up comedy.

Yamaha Assists Artisans At Metamorfosi

09/06/2015 - Project News

“Our purpose is to spread a new culture, where art becomes life and life becomes art,” is the promotional tagline for Metamorfosi, a stylish new bar in the Italian city of Fondi, where a Yamaha CIS installation is helping to inspire and entertain the city’s new generation of artisans.

A State Of Trance electronic music event with lasers manufactured by Ray Technologies

09/06/2015 - Production News

“A State Of Trance” (often abbreviated ASOT) is a famous electronic music event series that is hosted by Armin van Buuren, who has been the number 1 DJ in the world for several years. Started as a radio show in 2001: “A State Of Trance” has grown up to a stage show event, filling huge halls and even stadiums.

Yamaha’s ‘Mini’ CL1 Delivers Maxi Sound For Dutch Variety Duo

09/06/2015 - Production News

More than a decade after much-loved Dutch duo Karel de Rooij and Peter de Jong stopped performing their comedy act Mini en Maxi, public demand for their unique brand of humour was so great that they agreed to perform as Mini en Maxi again at Koningklijke Schouwburg (Royal Theatre) in Den Haag for a run of shows from April through to June. A Yamaha CL1 digital mixing system has helped to bring the act right up to date.

Harlequin gets ready for ABTT Theatre Show 2015

09/06/2015 - Event News

Harlequin Floors will be exhibiting at the ABTT Theatre Show 2015 on the 24th and 25th June, at Alexandra Palace. The Harlequin brand has earned a deserved reputation in theatres world wide for the quality and breadth of flooring products and the company will be presenting a wide range of flooring systems for the performing arts and display. Technical experts from the company will be on hand to provide advice.

Nearly 500 Robe BMFLs Help 2015 SEA Games Opening Ceremony Rock

09/06/2015 - Production News

Nearly 500 Robe BMFL moving lights were right at the core of an amazing lighting scheme designed by LD Mac Chan for the vibrant Opening Ceremony of the 2015 South East Asia Games in Singapore recently.

TechnoPro llc Implements SGM Fixtures to Illuminate Doha Skyline

08/06/2015 - Project News

The 2015 World Men's Handball Championship was the 24th edition of the World Men's Handball Championship, organized by the International Handball Federation (IHF). The final tournament was held for the first time in Qatar, from 15th of January till the 3rd of February 2015.

Elation Lighting Rejuvenates Renowned Dance Venue in Monterrey, Mexico

08/06/2015 - Project News

Privatt Club near Monterrey, Mexico, stood as one of the area’s most exclusive night time party destinations for 30 years. When club owners decided on a renovation and name change, including a complete lighting remake in order to maintain its leading position, they dubbed the club Maddox and called on Elation Professional’s Mexican partner, ADIMSA, to devise the new lighting impression.

Miles Brooke strengthens RCF sales as UK operation expands

08/06/2015 - People News

RCF has announced a significant expansion of its UK operation, which will add new efficiencies and impetus to the company’s sales drive, as it continues to penetrate new market segments.

Made For Stage supplies Joe Betts

08/06/2015 - Production News

Irish rigging hire company Made For Stage supplied a dynamic rigging package for lighting designer Joe Betts on the recent Walking on Cars tour, as well as providing the lighting package, through an affiliate company.

Syncrolite Lights Up the Boardwalk

08/06/2015 - Project News

USA – Atlantic City, New Jersey is known for its casinos, boardwalk and beach. To this list is added one other attraction: the new multimedia show at the Tropicana Casino and Resort.

Chauvet LED Fixtures Revitalise Theatre in America’s Heartland

08/06/2015 - Project News

Like a proverbial cat, the stately building on 412.5 Douglas in Kansas’ largest city has gone through many lives. Starting out as a movie theatre, it later morphed into a penny arcade, pool hall, recording studio and cocktail lounge, before becoming a cabaret that featured theatrical performances for 22 years until closing its doors.  Now as Roxy’s Downtown, the building is back for an encore as a theatrical venue, this time with a plan to attract a broader audience thanks in part to an all- LED lighting rig featuring fixtures from Chauvet Professional.

Elation World Premiere Products Set for InfoComm Launch

08/06/2015 - Event News

Join Elation June 17-19 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando for InfoComm and prepare to change the way of thinking about lighting! Elation will be launching a revolutionary new product at a special event held Thursday, June 18th and invites lighting professionals to stop by Elation Booth #6259 for a VIP invitation. Be the first in the world to preview this exciting new product!

Adlib Lighting Invests £1 million in Martin Professional

08/06/2015 - Business News

UK rental and production company Adlib has recently invested over £1 million in Martin Professional products, increasing its MAC inventory to over 200 units including the award-winning MAC Viper family, MAC Quantum Wash, and MAC Aura.

Orbital Sound’s Complete Theatre Picture at ABTT 2015

08/06/2015 - Event News

Orbital Sound’s Complete Theatre Picture at ABTT 2015

Elation Lighting System Helps The District Stand Out in Scottsdale’s Busy Entertainment District

08/06/2015 - Business News

USA – Downtown Scottsdale is arguably one of the hottest spots for nightlife at the moment with several high profile venue openings of late, the most recent being The District, a lively entertainment venue in the city’s blossoming Entertainment District. The District combines an industrial-Americana atmosphere with high-end party culture, both aspects supported by a state-of-the-art Elation lighting and video system.

Movecat UPplus electric chain hoist facilitates rapid setting up and dismantling

08/06/2015 - Equipment News

Movecat designed the UPplus D8 Plus electric chain hoist, which is based on the Compact series, especially for rigging applications involving the setting up and dismantling of stage and studio sets on tour. The fact that it facilitates rapid setting up and dismantling without the otherwise obligatory 'second safety component' during D8 applications is one of the greatest advantages of the UPplus.

SSE Sends iLive on Summer Tours

08/06/2015 - Production News

Leading UK hire company, SSE, is providing iLive modular digital systems by Allen & Heath for two key tours taking place this summer by artists Paolo Nutini and Morrissey.

Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall, Singapore

05/06/2015 - Project News

Singapore’s Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall, two mid-sized venues joined by a central atrium and clock tower, have been a part of the region’s cultural community since 1862. In 2010 the venues closed for renovation and underwent a four year restoration process that sought to keep intact the original glamour and beauty of the building while supplying state-of-the-art features in its facilities.

DPA Microphones Shocks the Crowd with its Latest Audio Solutions at InfoComm 2015

05/06/2015 - Event News

USA DPA Microphones is showcasing its new TSM4001 tabletop shock mount for its d:screet and d:dicate podium microphones at InfoComm 2015 (Booth 326). In addition to the mounts, the company will also present its d:dicate Series MMP-F modular active boom podium mic solution, along with the d:fine 66 and d:fine 88 miniature headset microphones.

Solaris LED Mozarts Accent Brandon Flowers Tour

05/06/2015 - Production News

How do you turn common but necessary stage gear into an integral part of the set design? Lighting designer Steven Douglas solved the dilemma by creatively mounting Solaris LED Mozarts, the versatile pixel-mapping RGBW fixtures, on key equipment for The Killers lead singer Brandon Flowers’ Desired Effects tour.

Radio 1: ‘One Big Weekend’ dazzles Norwich 23rd and 24th May

05/06/2015 - Production News

BBC Radio 1 and its ‘One Big Weekend’ (OBW) spectaculars have a long and fruitful association with Britannia Row Productions, but this year’s event in Earlham Park, Norwich was a little different. The BBC has, in the last decade, grown the stature of OBW to the extent that top line international stars readily abandon days off in their busy touring schedules to make an appearance on the Main Stage at OBW. That’s where Britannia Row Productions' (Britrow) expertise comes to the fore, having a particular and proven track record for managing high turnover performances of prestige acts: “It’s a pressure situation,” confirmed Britrow’s project manager Lez Dwight, “with simultaneous live broadcast and relatively short changeover periods between what tend to be full production level performances. There is a driving imperative for speed and precision; you simply cannot afford even the slightest error.” It is perhaps with that mind, that this year Britrow was also contracted to provide audio for the ‘In New Music We Trust’ (INMWT) stage, a ten thousand capacity tented second stage at One Big Weekend.

First Phase of Hog Factor Competition Ending Soon!

05/06/2015 - Event News

USA – High End Systems, along with partners CSI Leasing and Light Converse, have announced that more than 50 universities from across the United States have entered teams for the HOG FACTOR. The top three teams will be selected to go head-to-head and perform their lighting pieces live on the High End Systems booth at LDI 2015 in Las Vegas in the competition final. The teams have a chance to win their school a $20,000 scholarship and a HOG 4 console. They can also with themselves a Hedge Hog 4X each. There is still some time, although it is FAST running out, to sign up and submit your entry for the chance to take part in this, the first National lighting programming competition! Submissions close on June 30th.

Chauvet in Fast Lane at American NASCAR Race

05/06/2015 - Production News

The folks at insurance giant GEICO know a thing or two about marketing; after all they made a lovable gecko the world’s most famous lizard!  So as a major sponsor of one of America’s most popular sports, NASCAR auto racing, it was only natural that they would come up with ways to maximise their on-site exposure. This is exactly what they did during the GEICO 500 at the fabled Talladega Superspeedway, using a wall of Chauvet Professional PVP X6IP outdoor-rated video panels from Dynamic Productions USA.

XL Video On Screen with BBC Wales General Election Coverage

05/06/2015 - Production News

Working with BBC Election project and engineering manager, Tony Cahalane and production designer, David Marson, XL Video supplied high resolution LED screens plus scenic curved LED and Barco screen management systems for BBC Cymru Wales and S4C’s coverage of the 2015 General Election.

CPL Invests For Summer

05/06/2015 - Production News

UK – Central Presentations Limited (CPL) invested over a quarter of a million pounds in May, primarily in new lighting and rigging equipment, in preparation for an extremely action-packed summer.

Alcons Shines In Steve Martin/Edie Brickell “Bright Star” Musical

05/06/2015 - Production News

USA – While Hollywood star Steve Martin and singer/songwriter Edie Brickell might seem an unlikely pairing to write a musical, their shared love of bluegrass music resulted in Bright Star, a story of love and loss in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Delicate reproduction of the bluegrass score was vital to the show’s success, which is why sound designer Nevin Steinberg chose an Alcons pro-ribbon sound system.

National Theatre of Scotland Appoints The Warehouse Sound for ‘ Yer Granny’ Theatre Tour

05/06/2015 - Production News

Pro-audio provider The Warehouse Sound Services has been appointed by The National Theatre of Scotland to deliver sound for the acclaimed theatrical tour of ‘Yer Granny’ starring Rab C. Nesbitt’s Gregor Fisher. The show is currently touring across Scotland and Northern Ireland.

dot2 Sales Hit the Spot for Ambersphere Solutions

05/06/2015 - Production News

Since its unveiling at ProLight & Sound in April this year, the new dot2 range of consoles from MA Lighting has been establishing itself as yet another of the MA family of consoles that ticks all the right boxes for all the right reasons, as Matt Cowles of Ambersphere Solutions’ technical sales explains: “We always knew that there was a gap in the MA range that needed filling and so far it looks as though dot2 fits the bill perfectly. Its size, just 420mm x 550mm, its weight of only 7kg and its simplicity of operation are just some of the reasons that customers have been placing orders with us since its arrival in the Spring.”

Martin Audio MLA Ensures Sound Control at EDC NY

05/06/2015 - Production News

USA – Martin Audio MLA systems were deployed by 3G Productions on the Main Stage (Kinetic Field) and Stage Two (Circuit Grounds) at the Electric Daisy Carnival NY (EDC) festival to provide consistent coverage front to back and exceptional audio quality to a sea of energetic fans.

d&b audiotechnik set to steal the show at ABTT

05/06/2015 - Event News

d&b audiotechnik announces its return to the ABTT’s annual Theatre Show, taking place in the West Hall at Alexandra Palace from 24th – 25th June. Visitors can expect to see exciting new products from d&b, including two new amplifiers developed specifically for installation markets.

Paul Day Joins Marquee AV as Business Development Manager

05/06/2015 - People News

Marquee AV has announced the appointment of Paul Day as business development manager. Day joined the industry with PRS, progressing his career as regional sales consultant with Bose where he has enjoyed the last seven years. The position of business development manager is an expansion for Marquee AV and Day will work alongside the existing sales team.

DWP Live invests in BlackTrax

05/06/2015 - Production News

Canada – Further strengthening CAST BlackTrax’s growing global network, DWP Live adds BlackTrax real-time motion tracking solution to its unrivalled range projection mapping technology offering to corporate clients, agencies and designers.

Bandit and C3 Transform Chi-Town to Draft Town

04/06/2015 - Production News

USA – Five trucks of lighting and rigging rolled into Chicago’s Grant Park, and soon after, a 300’ by 160’ arch structure covered two lanes of E Congress Avenue. With an expanse that could fit seven football fields, Bandit Lites and C3 Presents worked together to light NFL Draft Town. The event was attended by more than 200,000 sports fans, with millions more watching on television with bated breath as a fresh round of team members donned new jerseys.

Philharmonie in Luxembourg Chooses Robe

04/06/2015 - Project News

The Philharmonie – home to the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra – is located on the Kirchberg plateau in the City of Luxembourg and is one of the highest profile cultural venues in Europe as well as a masterpiece of modern design by architect Christian de Portzamparc, its 823 white steel column façade creating a natural filter for those entering a world of music.

AC-ET Supplies LumenRadio Solution to Black Light for Edinburgh Science Festival's ‘Light Fantastic’

04/06/2015 - Production News

UK – A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd.'s lighting division has supplied a range of LumenRadio products to lighting, sound, staging and AV specialists Black Light, based in Edinburgh, to create a wireless DMX connection for lighting up the city’s Melville Monument as part of the recent International Science Festival.

Movecat introduces the I-Motion Basic-C compact show controller

04/06/2015 - Equipment News

Movecat has presented in public for the first time the 'little brother' of the Expert-T II console: the I-Motion Basic-C. The I-Motion Basic-C is a compact, portable system controller for the systemic control of kinetic drives. The flexible device in desktop format is equipped with an integrated dynamic control lever with a dead-man function, an ergonomic hand rest, a 12" 4C touch screen and an input keyboard. It is also equipped with a speed ratio control: a high-resolution rotary encoder with a push-button function.

Avolites exhibits theatre-ready new products at ABTT

04/06/2015 - Event News

UK Avolites will debut its new Arena console and Optical Titan Net Switch to UK theatre professionals at the ABTT Theatre Show this month.

Chauvet Professional Helps Blue Valley Baptist Church

04/06/2015 - Project News

USA – In 2013 Blue Valley Baptist Church concluded that the best way to fulfil its mission of reaching more followers would be, not to expand its existing 650-seat facility, but to become a multi-site church comprised of a family of smaller congregations. A big step toward this goal was taken last year when BVBC acquired a second church in nearby Olathe, Kansas. Two-hundred-and-fifty parishioners from the original Antioch campus agreed to switch locations, giving the new site, known as the Ridgeview campus, a ready-made congregation from day one.

Community Enables a Unique Audio Solution at Commonwealth Stadium

04/06/2015 - Project News

Canada – Built for the Commonwealth Games in 1978, Commonwealth Stadium is Canada’s second largest outdoor sports venue. Seating 60,000 fans, the stadium hosts soccer, Edmonton Eskimos football and other sporting and entertainment events. 

Sennheiser and Linkin Park Empower Music for Relief – Linkin Park’s Wireless Microphones Find a Home with Lucky Fans at Charity Auction

04/06/2015 - Event News

When the Indian Ocean tsunami devastated South East Asia in 2004, rap-rockers Linkin Park endeavoured to leverage their international fan base to assist. Shortly thereafter, they founded Music for Relief: a charity that helps artists and fans connect to provide relief for natural disasters around the world. The organisation’s vital mission is to mitigate and prevent the damaging effects of these disasters through environmental initiatives including forest preservation and tree planting. Linkin Park has remained instrumental in raising funds for Music for Relief, and recently worked with Sennheiser to provide several SKM 2000 wireless handheld transmitters with MME 865-1 capsules for an auction fundraiser – including some autographed by the band.

Philips Selecon delivers ultimate versatility on world premiere of Peter Gill play

04/06/2015 - Production News

UK International lighting designer Hartley T A Kemp has turned to the versatile colour changing of Philips Selecon's LED range of luminaires for the world premiere of Peter Gill's new play As Good a Time As Any.

Harlequin obtains rare interview with Madam Zhao Ruheng

04/06/2015 - Project News

Doyen of ballet in China and former artistic director of the National Ballet of China, Madam Zhao recently talked to Harlequin about Morning Star Ballet where she is artistic consultant and of the events that have brought her to this stage in her career.

DPA Microphones Brings Spectacular Sound To Final Season of Don Francisco’s Sábado Gigante

04/06/2015 - Production News

USA - Sábado Gigante, a Spanish-language television programme broadcast by Univision, is currently filming its final season after 53 years on the air, making it the longest-running variety series in history. Hosted by Chilean TV star, Don Francisco, the show became a success by entertaining live and in-studio audiences with three hours of programming every Saturday. To perfectly capture every audio nuance of the skits, interviews, competitions and live performances of this beloved broadcast programme’s conclusive season, the sound team has selected DPA microphones’ d:screet 4061 omnidirectional miniature, d:fine 4066 omnidirectional headset and d:facto vocal microphones.

PR Lighting fulfils Chang’an Dream with more than 300 units

03/06/2015 - Production News

Chang’an Dream was the name of a performance held recently in Xi’an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province, to welcome Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Elgar Rooms

03/06/2015 - Project News

The Royal Albert Hall (RAH), built in 1871 is unquestionably one of the most iconic buildings in the UK. Not only does it win ‘best venue’ awards year after year, artists who play in venues all around the world will always have very special complimentary words to say about how they feel to be playing there.

MartinKames.com Adds Elation Snipers and Cuepix Blinders to Inventory

03/06/2015 - Production News

Austrian-based rental and production company MartinKames.com has added Elation’s award-winning Sniper multi-effect light as well as Elation Cuepix WW blinders to its rental inventory. “We chose to stock the Sniper because we are always looking for new effects as our aim is to offer our clients something unique that has never been seen or done before,” stated Martin Kames, owner of the company that he founded in 2009. “In general, we are very sceptical when buying new gear. Elation however offers several innovative ideas which we can relate to while maintaining reasonable pricing.”

Powersoft and Pioneer Pro Audio take Café d'Anvers' club sound to another level

03/06/2015 - Project News

Belgium After years of searching, Antwerp’s Café d’Anvers, has found a sound system worthy of the club’s reputation as an iconic house music venue. For 26 years, owner Pim de Rhoodes struggled to find a system that could deliver a deep bass on the dance floor yet enable customers to talk comfortably at the bar – and, importantly, not upset the venue’s neighbours. Now, thanks to Powersoft and Pioneer Pro Audio, his dream has come true.

Chauvet Professional Sharpens Edge for American Metalcore Band Motionless in White

03/06/2015 - Production News

USA – A Motionless in White concert is not for anyone expecting a predictable metalcore experience. Sometimes described as “horror metal,” the iconic group never fails to surprise and unsettle audiences by pulling unexpected tricks out of its musical bag, whether it’s a shattering blast beat that bursts out of nowhere in the middle of a verse or a haunting keyboard effect that leaves audiences looking over their shoulders.  The band’s headline performance at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival was no exception, arousing the crowd with its unexpected twists and turns.

Barix Adds Emergency Notification to Simple Paging Solution

03/06/2015 - Event News

USA – Barix will introduce the next-generation of its Simple Paging solution for fixed and mobile paging over the IP network at InfoComm 2015, retaining its core simplicity and functionality while enhancing interoperability across greater public address systems.

J&C Joel Unveils New Products at ABTT

03/06/2015 - Event News

This year’s Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) theatre Show will see J&C Joel unveil a number of exciting new fabrics and drapes.

White Light’s Expansion into Audio Making Noise

03/06/2015 - Production News

Four months on from the creation of its dedicated audio department, complete production solution specialist White Light continues to receive enormous interest in the new range of audio products and services it now offers alongside its renowned expertise in entertainment lighting. This interest coincides with the completion of a number of high-profile audio projects across the event and installation sectors of the market.

Jennifer Lopez Feels the Light with Airstar

03/06/2015 - Production News

France Jennifer Lopez recently performed a stunning rendition of her latest single, 'Feel the Light', during an episode of this year’s American Idol, taken from the soundtrack for the latest DreamWorks feature length animated film, Home.

Aurora takes to the stage with the John Bishop Show

03/06/2015 - Production News

Aurora Lighting Hire is live from the Hackney Empire with LD Oli Richards for new BBC prime time entertainment.

Electrosonic SA appointed sole distributor for Luminex

03/06/2015 - Business News

The future is signal distribution via Cat and Fibre in the entertainment industry. Electrosonic SA is well positioned to provide solutions for these disciplines along with support and expert team. In extending its range of offerings and capabilities, the company has concluded an exciting deal to become the sole distributor for Belgian lighting business Luminex Lighting Control Equipment. 

PRG EML Invests in Robe

03/06/2015 - Production News

PRG-EML Productions, based in Utrecht, has recently invested in Robe’s new BMFL Spot moving lights. Robe’s reporting team caught up with this leading production company during a recent road trip to The Netherlands and interviewed general manager Wouter Muurlink.

Entertaining Sustainability to showcase live energy monitoring and new education modules at ABTT Theatre Show 2015

03/06/2015 - Event News

Production industry consultancy :entertaining sustainability returns to the ABTT Theatre Show in 2015, as the show moves to London's historic Alexandra Palace on the 24th and 25th June.

Elation Beam Fixtures Brighten Stages at 2015 StageCoach Festival

02/06/2015 - Production News

Country music shed its restrained image years ago with today’s country artists requiring the same big impact rigs as full on rock acts. A testament to that more upbeat evolution was this year’s StageCoach Festival, where production company Visions Lighting dressed the two largest stages in brazen big beam looks from Elation Platinum BX and Platinum Beam 5R Extreme fixtures.

John Slevin Joins HSL

02/06/2015 - People News

UK lighting and visual production and rental company HSL has announced that John Slevin has joined its lively and proactive management team based in the Blackburn HQ as technical support manager (projects).

XL Video Supplies Curved LED Wall for Everyman at the National Theatre

02/06/2015 - Production News

UK – Working with the National Theatre’s video supervisor Matthew Morgans, XL Video is supplying a large semi-transparent LED wall for the current production of ‘Everyman’ at the Olivier Theatre.

J. R. Clancy sponsors USITT’s Jay O. Glerum Rigging Master Classes

02/06/2015 - Event News

J. R. Clancy, Inc. is a lead sponsor of the Jay O. Glerum Rigging Master Classes, planned for a summer 2016 launch by USITT.

Halestorm heads ‘Into the Wild Life’ with bandit lites

02/06/2015 - Production News

Halestorm is no stranger to touring, but for their tour promoting their newest album Into the Wild Life, the Grammy-award winning rock band took with them a lighting package from Bandit Lites. The tour kicked off April 22 at the historic Ryman Auditorium and continues through September.

Sapphire Touch Delivers a Technical Knockout for Big Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight

02/06/2015 - Production News

USA – Lighting a major prizefight requires a skill set and technology that can go well beyond the typical rock and roll show. So, needless to say, a fight like the recent Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao match – billed as “the fight of the century” and bringing in a staggering $410 million in pay-per-view TV revenue alone – might send many seasoned LDs running for the corner. But when the eyes of the entire sporting world were on Las Vegas’ MGM Grand on May 2, lighting director Jason Eible was ready for the challenge and brought the contest to life on a new Avolites Sapphire Touch console purchased specifically with this huge event in mind.

Entec Sounds Excellent at Albert Hall for Teenage Cancer Trust Shows

02/06/2015 - Production News

This year, the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) celebrated 15 years of its show stopping live performance week at London’s Royal Albert Hall with another high profile line up and some ultra-cool collaborations. Artists included The Stereophonics, The Who, Paul Weller, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and many more, plus a night of comic hilarity hosted by Kevin Bridges.

Nexus Aw 7x7 Panels Cook Up Excitement at 2015 Neff Master Partner Awards

02/06/2015 - Production News

UK – The Who’s Who of kitchen appliance designers congregated at Camden’s Roundhouse for the seventh annual rendition of the prestigious Neff Master Partner Awards. Hosted this year by the much-revered Great British Bake Off TV chef Paul Hollywood, the event serves as a showcase that highlights the best Neff showrooms and designers across the whole of the UK.

Arkaos Media Master Pro Training at InfoComm

02/06/2015 - Event News

ArKaos PRO will be hosting two hands-on courses as part of InfoComm’s education programme. ArKaos sales manager and project coordinator, Benjamin Bauwens, will lead the comprehensive training sessions which will provide participants with everything required to setup, program and run a show using MediaMaster PRO. Topics will include video mapping, edge blending, 3D mapping and advanced geometrical correction. Each half-day session provides focused, hands-on training with the new MediaMaster Pro V4.2 software and media servers range.

ArKaos PRO Exhibits at InfoComm with AC Lighting Inc

02/06/2015 - Event News

ArKaos PRO will be exhibiting at InfoComm 2015 on the stand of its US distributor AC Lighting Inc (Booth 6171).

Prism Sound Helps Preserve Unique Tanzanian Music Recordings

02/06/2015 - Production News

The Tanzanian Heritage Project (THP) is using Prism Sound's Lyra Audio Interface in a unique bid to rescue and digitise the country's tape-based music archive, thus preserving a precious musical heritage for future generations.

Artistic Licence previews Matisse and lightJuice product ranges

02/06/2015 - Equipment News

Lighting controls expert, Artistic Licence, received an enthusiastic response to the preview of its new product ranges, Matisse and lightJuice, at recent trade shows in Leeds and Berlin.

LUX equips Stamford Corn Exchange with RCF HDL10-A active line array

02/06/2015 - Project News

UK – When the Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre in Lincolnshire took the decision to invest in a permanently installed active line array system for its 399-seat auditorium, it opted for an RCF HDL10-A from locally based LUX Technical.

Stormen transforms with ease, with help from d&b

02/06/2015 - Project News

Just inside the Arctic Circle, in northern Norway, is the town of Bodø, where the brand new, multi-purpose Stormen Konserthuset is an important addition to the area’s cultural facilities. “From the initial planning stages, the acoustic quality of the various venues was a major element to consider,” explains Stormen’s technical director Håvard Christensen. “We contracted Drammen Lyd AS to install d&b audiotechnik V-Series systems in three of the venues: the Main Hall, the Small Hall and the SINUS. We’ve also acquired two portable E-Series systems that we can deploy anywhere in the one of the centre’s open spaces.”

Sennheiser SL Headmic 1: new head-worn microphone features impressive sound quality and design

02/06/2015 - Event News

USA – At InfoComm 2015, audio specialist Sennheiser is unveiling its new SL Headmic 1 presenter’s microphone – at just seven grammes an absolute lightweight that offers powerful sound and is sturdy enough even for the toughest corporate applications. The high-quality condenser microphone for talks and presentations uses the proven capsule of the omnidirectional MKE 1 broadcasting microphone, while its sleek, elegant design ensures that it is completely unobtrusive when worn. The SL Headmic 1 is easy to use and is connected to a bodypack transmitter via the 3.5mm jack cable included.

Special Event Services Sends New L-Acoustics K1 System Out With Darius Rucker

02/06/2015 - Production News

USA – Originally rising to fame as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for Hootie & the Blowfish, which he founded in 1986, Darius Rucker is better known these days for topping the country music charts, as he recently did again with his fourth studio album, Southern Style. And when the silky-voiced songwriter tours, be it with Hootie or now, it’s always been with L-Acoustics’ sound.

JBL SRX800 series portable powered loudspeakers now available

02/06/2015 - Equipment News

Harman’s JBL Professional and UK distributor Sound Technology Ltd has announced the immediate availability of the JBL SRX800 Series portable powered loudspeakers, which incorporate premium JBL transducers and built-in Crown DriveCore amplifiers to deliver exceptional sound quality with user-configurable DSP speaker-tuning capability.

Sound Technology Ltd to host Soundcraft Vi7000 and Vi5000 open day on the 11th June

02/06/2015 - Event News

Sound Technology Ltd – distributor of Harman Professional in the UK and Eire – is holding a Soundcraft Vi7000 and Vi5000 open day on the 11th June at its demonstration facility in Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire.

A.C. Special Projects Provides State of the Art Lighting Solution for The Ballroom, Hyndburn, Lancashire

02/06/2015 - Project News

A.C. Special Projects (ACSP) Ltd. has provided a state of the art, energy-efficient LED lighting and control system to meet the diverse, multi-purpose needs of events hosted by The Ballroom, Hyndburn – including theatre-style live shows, dances, conferences, fashion shows and wedding receptions, amongst others.

Adlib Lighting invests £1 million in Martin by Harman

02/06/2015 - Business News

UK – Adlib Lighting has recently invested over £1million with Martin Professional increasing its MAC inventory to over 200+ units including the award winning MAC Viper family, MAC Quantum Wash, and MAC Aura.

Global TV Refits its New Studios with 250 PR Lighting Fixtures

02/06/2015 - Project News

Indonesia – Global TV Studio in Jakarta recently moved out of its old rented studios and constructed a completely new broadcast facility consisting of four independent studios. These have been equipped with PR Lighting fixtures, supplied by local distribution company, Acoustic & Lighting.

HK Audio install at Tyneside Arts & Exhibition Centre

01/06/2015 - Project News

UK – Housed in a landmark industrial building, a former flour mill on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead, BALTIC is a major international centre for contemporary art and the biggest gallery of its kind in the world. BALTIC has no permanent collection, providing instead an ever-changing calendar of exhibitions and events that give a unique and compelling insight into contemporary artistic practice. BALTIC’s dynamic, diverse and international programme ranges from blockbuster exhibitions to innovative new work and projects created by artists working within the local community.

White Light at the ABTT Theatre Show 24-25 June

01/06/2015 - Event News

White Light is once again returning to the annual ABTT Theatre Show, having being part of the event since the very beginning. Now in its 36th year, the show will be held on 24-25th June and will be re-locating to Alexandra Palace in the West Hall. The ABTT Theatre Show welcomes visitors and exhibitors from various sectors of the entertainment industry and provides the opportunity for discussion, discovery and development.

ETC upgrades Israel’s Channel 1 news studio

01/06/2015 - Project News

The state owned Israel Broadcasting Authority has upgraded its main news studio in Jerusalem, with help from ETC and dealer Danor Theatre and Studio Systems Ltd.

Siv. Ing. Benum AS Named Distributor For Adamson In Norway

01/06/2015 - Business News

Siv. Ing. Benum AS (Benum), located in Oslo, Norway, has joined the Adamson Systems Engineering network. Jochen Sommer, director of European operations for Adamson, has announced that Benum is the new distributor for Adamson products in Norway.  

Robe Specified for Omnia Superclub

01/06/2015 - Project News

USA – Omnia in Las Vegas is the latest superclub phenomenon launched by Hakkasan Worldwide, a brand with a profile and reputation that is constantly raising expectations of international clubbing adventure worldwide.

Lighting Information Gift to V&A Museum, Association of Lighting Designers and the Association of British Theatre Technicians

01/06/2015 - Business News

Over two thousand items of lighting information, from industry magazines, product catalogues and technical manuals, have been gifted by Chris Watts to three organisations. This major collection of lighting information from the UK and USA has been carefully collected by Chris Watts for over 30 years.

Remembering Max Lindsay-Johnson

01/06/2015 - People News

UK – It is with great sadness that Community Professional Loudspeakers has announced the sudden and unexpected passing of Max Lindsay-Johnson on Thursday 21st May.

Pete’s Big TVs Rock 2015 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

01/06/2015 - Production News

USA – Video equipment rental company Pete’s Big TVs supplied the high resolution LED video panels, projectors and a technical crew for the 30th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony April 18 in Cleveland, OH. The show aired May 30 exclusively on HBO.

Philips Vari-Lite VL4000 BeamWash is focal point on Super Furry Animals

01/06/2015 - Production News

UK Lighting designer Matthew Button of Button Light has used the powerful new Philips Vari-Lite VL4000 BeamWash to create a dramatic focal point of the drum kit on Super Furry Animals' string of UK reunion dates.

ProLyft Aetos Hoists for Yes Rental

01/06/2015 - Production News

YES Rental, a young and dynamic rental company, based in the Tournai area, Belgium, specialises as rental company for high-end audio-visual equipment. Their explosive growth is proving their dry-hire formula is a successful answer to the needs of service providers throughout Europe. All rental materials are well maintained and of high quality, living up to customers expectations.

Prolyte Truss Exchange Programme

01/06/2015 - Business News

Investing in a brand new stock of Prolyte truss was never easier. Prolyte now offers good value for old truss inventory when investing in Prolyte truss and join the worldwide network of Prolyte rental partners. All logistic handling is taken care of, Prolyte delivers your new truss and the old truss will be taken away free of charge.

Clay Paky Mythos makes its Eurovision Debut in Vienna

01/06/2015 - Production News

Austria – Award-winning lighting designer Al Gurdon made spectacular use of a predominantly Clay Paky rig for one of the world’s largest TV entertainment events, The Eurovision Song Contest 2015.

DPA Microphones Keeps Pace with Dancing With the Stars

01/06/2015 - Production News

USA – Capturing pre-recorded materials for a fast-paced reality production, like the 20th anniversary season of Dancing With the Stars (DWTS), is never short of challenging. When production sound mixer/supervisor Daniel McCoy, CAS, owner of California-based audio production company ToneMesa, Inc., was given the task, he turned to DPA Microphones. Calling on 28 Heavy Duty d:screet 4060 omnidirectional miniature microphones, one of the first applications in the US, and his tried and trusted d:dicate 4017B shotgun microphones, McCoy utilised the mics to record the audio seamlessly amidst the contestants’ frenetic pace during rehearsals, a critical component of the show’s broadcast, which ended its season on May 20.

Coventry’s Criterion Theatre updates to Chilli

01/06/2015 - Project News

Central Theatre Supplies is supplying three Zero88 Chilli 1210i dimmers to the Criterion Theatre Coventry as the latest stage of the theatres rolling project to update and replace its stage systems.

CLD Provides LED Lighting solution for Paris Architecture Exhibition

01/06/2015 - Project News

London based Jamie Fobert Architects asked the team at CLD Distribution to assist in providing an LED lighting solution for an exhibition of their work at the Gallerie de l’Architecture in Paris. The work coincided with the publication of “Working in Architecture”, a book about the practice’s dynamic range of projects and work philosophies.

New Elation Gear Shines Bright on Wango Tango 2015

01/06/2015 - Production News

USA Pop music stars were shining bright May 9th at the sold-out ‎KIIS FM Wango Tango‬ concert at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, where Todd Roberts and Brandon Dunning of Visions Lighting were at the lighting helm with some of Visions’ newest Elation Professional lighting fixtures including powerful Platinum BX beam moving heads, hybrid Platinum SBX moving heads and Protron 3K LED strobes. Also in the rig was some of their workhorse Platinum Beam 5R Extremes.