News Archive for July 2015

Midas PRO X Demand Exceeds all Expectations

31/07/2015 - Equipment News

Midas has announced the shipping of the first 100 of the company’s flagship PRO X consoles, with another 400 pre-ordered units to follow immediately. One of the most powerful Midas digital consoles of all time, the PRO X was launched last year at Prolight & Sound in Frankfurt, and has received major accolades throughout the pro-audio industry.

Revolutionary new i-Pix Db1 Fixture makes Dance Event Debut at 10x10

31/07/2015 - Production News

i-Pix’s unique new db1 video/beam light source made its UK dance event debut at the 2015 Manchester International Festival (MIF)’s ‘10x10 Day & Night’, a special two night collaboration between MIF and The Warehouse Project (WHP) to celebrate ten years of both events in the city of Manchester.

High Kirk Presbyterian Church Installs GLD

31/07/2015 - Project News

RoI – High Kirk Presbyterian Church in Ballymena, Co. Antrim, Ireland, recently installed Allen & Heath GLD digital mixers as part of a major refurbishment project.

Onyx Discover Ayrton Gems at Ambersphere

31/07/2015 - Production News

UK - Onyx Presentations deliver a premier bespoke package of AV, sound and lighting to a wide range of events, be they corporate clients, elite private functions, trade shows, gala dinners or sporting events. The company has recently become a customer of Ambersphere Solutions and have invested significantly in a variety of the newest lighting fixtures from one of the Ambersphere family of brands: Ayrton.

DiGiCo SD7s Ease The Pain Of Maroon 5’s Summer

31/07/2015 - Production News

Maroon 5 is currently on a world tour to promote their current album V. A pair of DiGiCo SD7s helped to ease their pain.

Yamaha CL5 System Courts Royalty

31/07/2015 - Project News

UK – Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre has been an Art Deco pillar of the community since 1938, with entertainment taking place on the site as far back as 1826. The theatre has enjoyed a long relationship with Yamaha, with its much-loved DM2000 digital mixing console recently being replaced by a brand new CL5.

White Light Donates its Services to Almeida Theatre Fundraiser

31/07/2015 - Production News

UK - Since it first opened in 1980, the Almeida Theatre has gone on to become one of the most renowned theatres in all of London. Its productions have won various awards and often receive West End and Broadway transfers, such as Mike Bartlett’s recent smash-hit King Charles III. As the theatre is a charity, it actively seeks ways in which it can fundraise the £1.5m required (one third of its total income) to deliver its programming each year. Amongst various other initiatives, the Almeida Theatre holds a regular fundraising gala which has played a key role in its fundraising strategy for more than ten years. This year was no exception and White Light was asked to provide the lighting equipment as a show of its support for such an important occasion.

Concert Debut for GLP X4 Bar 20 with Lady Antebellum

30/07/2015 - Production News

USA – One of the great country music crossover acts in recent years has been Nashville-based Lady Antebellum, whose rising popularity means they can now comfortably fill 20,000-seat amphitheatres.

Grateful Dead Landmark event features Robe BMFLs

30/07/2015 - Production News

USA – A milestone in music history took place at Soldier Field in Chicago as legendary US ‘jam’ band The Grateful Dead celebrated their 50th anniversary with the three final ‘Fare Thee Well’ shows, produced by Paul Shapiro over the fourth of July holiday weekend, playing to record crowds of 70,000 each night. This followed two gigs the previous weekend, each pulling capacity audiences of 65,000, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

PR Lighting set to take full advantage of PALM Expo 2015

30/07/2015 - Event News

China – PR Lighting will again present a dynamic display at the 24th annual PALM Expo in Beijing (19-22 August).

Clay Paky illuminates the Tones on the Stones Festival

30/07/2015 - Production News

Italy – Tones on the Stones has renewed its partnership with Clay Paky for the third year running. The Festival was held in the Cava Bianco Montorfano (White Montorfano Quarry), near Verbania. The main attraction this year was Cavalleria Rusticana, directed by Alberto Paloscia. Sergio Licursi was theatrical director and lighting designer. The leading actors were Maddalena Calderoni, who was also the Festival's artistic director, and Hamadi Lagha as Turiddu.

Blackout’s Bespoke Drape for Take That 2015 Tour

30/07/2015 - Production News

Blackout’s sewing department manufactured a bespoke drape for Take That’s 2015 tour, used as the projection surface for a magical shadow puppetry scene, April 2015 – October 2015.

LIPA Graduate Saam Jafarzadeh Receives The 2015 MPG Prize

30/07/2015 - Standards News

UK – A host of benefits and opportunities await LIPA graduate Saam Jafarzadeh over the course of the next year after he was named the recipient of the 2015 Music Producers Guild Prize.

Yamaha Training Brings Fringe Benefits to Edinburgh’s Assembly Festival

30/07/2015 - Production News

In the run up to this year’s International Festival and Festival Fringe, currently the city of Edinburgh is a hive of activity. With hundreds of venues housing literally thousands of performances, the Fringe is traditionally seen as an important step on the career ladder of any aspiring production technician. Yamaha Commercial Audio delivered three days of training for one of the Fringe’s best-known venue operators.

Chroma-Q Color Force LED Battens Provide Premium Performance for Full Circle Lighting Atlanta's Clients

30/07/2015 - Production News

USA – Chroma-Q Color Force premium performance LED battens have been added to the inventory of Atlanta-based Full Circle Lighting & Productions, to meet high demand from the company's many discerning lighting designer, rental and other corporate clients.

Elation Europe to Hold PRO Theme Day August 26th at Dutch Headquarters

29/07/2015 - Event News

Elation Europe invites lighting professionals to a new PRO Theme Day to be held on 26th August at its European headquarters in Kerkrade, The Netherlands. PRO Theme Day will be filled with insightful seminars and discussion with participants learning about some of the industry’s latest technology developments. It is an excellent chance to gain hands-on knowledge of Elation products and lighting professionals are encouraged to register while there is still space.

Blackpool Illuminations taken to new heights with ‘LightPool’ Project

29/07/2015 - Project News

London-based creative projection specialist, The Projection Studio, led by Ross Ashton and collaborating with Edinburgh-based War Productions has won a competitive bid to create a spectacular mapped video projection to be projected onto the facade of Blackpool’s famous tower as part of the city’s 2015 Illuminations

Mumford & Sons Believe in Robe

29/07/2015 - Production News

Mumford & Sons are on the road in support of their acclaimed ‘Wilder Mind’ third studio album, currently in Europe playing a mix of own-show headliners and festivals in picturesque locations.

Bandit Illuminates Forecastle Festival

29/07/2015 - Production News

USA – Bandit Lites continued its summer of festivals with The Forecastle Music Festival, an event produced by Hadden Hipsley of Lambda Productions that drew 60,000 music and arts fans to Louisville’s stunning waterfront July 17-19. Musical artists included Sam Smith, My Morning Jacket, Widespread Panic, Modest Mouse, Cage the Elephant and The War on Drugs.

Pete’s Big TVs Makes Magic for Penn & Teller's "Fool Us"

29/07/2015 - Production News

USA – Aspiring magicians are invited on stage to show their tricks and fool the magician-comedian duo Penn & Teller in a new series on the CW Network, Penn & Teller: Fool Us. Video equipment rental company Pete’s Big TVs played a part in the magic, providing LED video panels, projectors and crew.

Latest LED display technology on show in Birmingham

29/07/2015 - Event News

A new landmark event aimed at conference organisers and event managers is to be staged in Birmingham on 3rd September by conference specialist Saville Audio Visual.

Light Initiative creates the beautiful and the bizarre at Glastonbury 2015

29/07/2015 - Production News

UK Trailblazing controllable LED design and manufacture house Light Initiative (LI) has lit up this year's Glastonbury Festival with bespoke creations on Years and Years, Enter Shikari and the mighty Arcadia Spectacular stage.

Clay Paky Mythos illuminate the Leiva tour at the Barclaycard Center

29/07/2015 - Production News

Spain – On 4th of July, Barclaycard Center witnessed the last concert of the Leiva’s tour: Polvora On Tour before the very eyes of his fans.

Heart Ibiza: art, design, food and … Clay Paky lights!

29/07/2015 - Project News

Spain – The Project, started by the renowned chefs Ferrán and Albert Adriá, with Guy Laliberté, creator of Cirque du Soleil, opened its doors on 30th of June, offering a trip around the art, amazing performances and an incredible gastronomy under the powerful light provided by multiple devices from Clay Paky, distributed by Stonex.

Chauvet Professional and Iluminarc Colourise Stage Sculptures at Glastonbury

29/07/2015 - Production News

UK –There’s a reason why Spotify has ranked The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts (or simply, Glastonbury, as it is commonly known) as the world’s most influential music festival. Over its 45-year history, the outdoor gathering has played host to a diverse pantheon of stars, from The Rolling Stones to Dolly Parton – not to mention Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, U2, Metallica and more. This year was no exception with the likes of Florence + The Machine, Pharrell Williams and The Who bringing it to the Pyramid Main Stage.  Naturally all eyes were on these stars as they performed, but attention was also focused on an inspiring structure that towered over the iconic stage and glittered in the light from a collection of Chauvet professional and Iluminarc LED fixtures.

Clay Paky Lighting Fixtures Shine at Gala Party and Theme Park Projects from DeWilde Design Group LLC

29/07/2015 - Project News

USA – The versatility of the Clay Paky lighting range was demonstrated when lighting designer Stefan DeWilde, of DeWilde Design Group LLC in Burbank, selected an array of Clay Paky fixtures for two projects that couldn’t have been more different: the glittering 40th birthday party for Michelle Damon, wife of two-time World Series champ Johnny Damon and a philanthropist and businesswoman in her own right, and the exterior effects lighting for a popular theme park attraction.

Audiologic Gets Universal Acoustics Treatment

29/07/2015 - Business News

Audiologic has been appointed as a sub distributor of UK acoustic treatment specialists Universal Acoustics. Supplying a range of off-the-shelf and bespoke acoustic room-treatment products for the audio industry, Universal Acoustics brings another valuable area of expertise into the Audiologic  fold. Audio integrity and intelligibility is crucial to a host of locations including recording and broadcast studios, rehearsal rooms, language labs, gymnasiums and offices and Universal Acoustics supplies the means towards achieving efficient sound absorption through the use of system kits, absorption tiles, diffuser tiles and bass traps.

RIVAGE PM10 and Nuage V1.7 Headline Yamaha’s Innovations At IBC 2015

29/07/2015 - Event News

Yamaha’s new flagship mixing console, RIVAGE PM10, will be the centrepiece of the company’s stand at IBC 2015, alongside the latest version of the Nuage post-production system. In addition, there will also be many other important products for the broadcast market on show.

English National Opera Invests In Yamaha TF1

29/07/2015 - Project News

Yamaha’s TF digital mixing console range has already gained many admirers for its unique combination of fast, intuitive control surface, comprehensive facilities and high quality sound, all delivered at an exceptional price point. Proof that the highest profile organisations recognise its many advantages has recently been seen in English National Opera’s investment in a TF1.

Avolites Ai servers pump up the party for Arcadia at Glastonbury

28/07/2015 - Production News

UK – The incredible Arcadia Spectacular stage pumped out some serious visuals at Glastonbury this year created and controlled by blinkinLAB's Tom Wall using an Avolites Sapphire media and Ai server.

Big Screen Show buy 4 x V4 Boreal’s for their rental stock

28/07/2015 - Production News

Big Screen Show – is a Russian group of companies providing AV services for concerts, exhibitions, presentations, sports and other large-scale events and shows.  They aim to provide highly qualified specialists and the right equipment to meet the most demanding and discerning customers. 

La Bohème Brought to Life in Hannover Maschpark Through the Genius of Georg Hentschel and Martin Audio MLA

28/07/2015 - Production News

Germany – A special televised concert of La Bohèmea new production in the NDR Classic Open Air series – took place recently in Hannover’s Maschpark.

London, Hong Kong, Sydney – Theatreplan continues to expand operations

28/07/2015 - Business News

Following the establishment of offices in Hong Kong and, more recently, Sydney, world-class theatre consultancy practice, Theatreplan continues to expand and develop operations with the addition of new team members and the launch of a new website.

Ministry of Sound introduces the Audio S Plus Bluetooth speaker

28/07/2015 - Equipment News

UK – Ministry of Sound today launches the Audio S Plus wireless Bluetooth speaker. The Audio S Plus is the first in an extensive range of new products designed to bring the audio expertise behind Ministry of Sound’s world-famous sound system into devices created for the consumer’s home. The Audio S Plus is a compact, travel-friendly wireless speaker boasting an attractive, splash-proof design (IPx4), with a wireless range of up to ten metres and wireless playback up to 15 hours – making it the perfect speaker to take with you on holiday. The Audio S Plus isn’t just for travel. Also ideal for home and family use with its stylish and compact design, it features effortless NFC pairing (for compatible devices) and a speakerphone function, while it also remembers the last seven devices it was paired with.

Stagelight AG Switzerland is the first to experience the magic of Merlin from Robert Juliat

28/07/2015 - Production News

Stagelight AG of Switzerland has been celebrating the receipt of the very first Robert Juliat Merlin followspots to roll off the production line. Merlin is Robert Juliat’s new 2500W HMI sturdy followspot designed specifically for the touring market.

Søren Storm to Head-Up Asia and Pacific Sales for GLP

28/07/2015 - People News

GLP has announced the appointment of lighting industry veteran, Søren Storm as the company’s new sales director for Asia Pacific, based in Singapore.

Martin Audio’s exclusive coverage of ‘biggest hip hop festival’

28/07/2015 - Production News

Switzerland – Martin Audio’s premier PA systems were all across the main stages at Europe’s biggest hip-hop festival recently.

L-Acoustics Hits The Mark On Knopfler’s Current World Tour

28/07/2015 - Production News

Four-time Grammy winning guitarist and vocalist Mark Knopfler has enjoyed a 40-year career, including 20 years with Dire Straits and another 20 as a solo artist. His eighth solo LP, Tracker, has been well-received by critics and his loyal fan base and Knopfler is currently on tour from April through November to support the album, hitting 50 European arena and outdoor venues, before heading to the USA and Canada for 38 more theatre performances.

DTS at Two Counties Music Festival

28/07/2015 - Production News

UK – DTS Raptor and Wonder supplied by Qeytek wow the crowd at Two Counties Music Festival. Steve Hubbard, lighting designer and owner of BigFish SRL explains why he likes and uses the lights from DTS: “Firstly we are so pleased to be the main supplier of stage, roofing, rigging, lighting and sound to Two Counties Music Festival, Bewl Water in Kent. With such a great turn out it certainly was a resounding success.

5 Star Family Reunion

28/07/2015 - Production News

5 Star Family Reunion is a new game show that sees UK families and their long-lost overseas relatives working together, both from the studio and over satellite link, to win a once-in-a-lifetime reunion in a five star location.

AV Stumpfl grows into next generation

27/07/2015 - People News

Austria - Today's media is filled with news from the finance sector and world politics. Global enterprises restructure and sell themselves again and again and abstract figures of the world economic performance and exchange rates frighten the public.

Avolites Titan and Ai are 'Out of This World' for The Charlatans

27/07/2015 - Production News

UK Avolites Tiger Touch II consoles and Ai media servers were the perfect partners for The Charlatans, as they performed at Manchester's Castlefield Bowl for Summer in the City.

Shania Twain Sets Out to “Rock This Country” on Farewell Tour Featuring Clay Paky Fixtures

27/07/2015 - Production News

USA – Her farewell tour is called Rock This Country, and country icon Shania Twain is doing just that as she bids good-bye to her fans from coast to coast. More than 300 Clay Paky lighting fixtures are along for the ride, selected by lighting designer Mark Butts who also serves as the tour’s co-production designer with Raj Kapoor.

Clay Paky Mythos is ‘best of both worlds’ for Brandon Flowers

27/07/2015 - Production News

Europe – Clay Paky’s award-winning hybrid fixture, the Mythos, has joined Brandon Flowers on his European tour, with lighting designer Steven Douglas making full use of its multi-functionality for the majority of the show’s stunning looks.

Christie Lites Reports Strong Chicago Office

27/07/2015 - Business News

USA – At the mid-year mark, Christie Lites reports a busy and successful 2015 for its new Chicago rental office, which officially opened in January. The full-service, 50,000 square foot warehouse in the suburb of Woodridge, Illinois, is the thirteenth for this North American stage lighting and rigging rental company.

Royal Caribbean International Installs Daktronics Displays on Robots

27/07/2015 - Project News

USA – Royal Caribbean International partnered with Daktronics of Brookings, South Dakota, in conjunction with Robotic Arts and ABB, to implement a never-been-done-before visual experience for their new Quantum Class cruise ships. Anthem of the Seas made its first voyage on April 22, 2015 with the visual spectacular first showcased on the maiden voyage of Quantum of the Seas in November 2014.

XL Video Supports Nordoff Robbins for 40th O2 Silver Clef Awards Anniversary

24/07/2015 - Production News

UK - XL Video continues its relationship with the Nordoff Robbins music therapy charity, sponsoring the Artist Films for the O2 Silver Clef Awards for the third consecutive year, and by supplying the live video production and technology for the 2015 awards event.

Elite Multimedia Invests in Robe

24/07/2015 - Production News

Nashville based rental and production specialist Elite Multimedia has made its first Robe purchase. Twenty CycFX 8 fixtures are going out on country star Luke Bryan’s new tour as specified by lighting designer Justin Kitcheman from FadeUp Design.

The Cardigans Tour with GLD Chrome

24/07/2015 - Production News

Renowned Nordic rock band, The Cardigans, are currently touring with Allen & Heath’s GLD Chrome digital mixing system, supplied and managed by Swedish PA company, Parashoot.

Bandit and Brian Wilson Hit the Road for Summer Tour

24/07/2015 - Production News

Bandit Lites is providing the lighting for music legend Brian Wilson’s summer tour, where he and his band, featuring Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin, continue to play the greatest Beach Boys and Brian Wilson songs.

Barco brings its industry-leading laser projection technology beyond cinema to rental and staging

24/07/2015 - Event News

USA – Visualisation technology leader Barco will be represented at the NewBay Media Rental Staging Roadshow by Bill Beck 'The Laser Guy,' who will discuss the role of laser-illuminated projection for large entertainment venues as part of a panel discussion on next-generation video projection. The show takes place on July 29, 2015 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City.

Clay Paky Dazzles at the First European Games in Baku

24/07/2015 - Production News

Azerbaijan – Over 670 Clay Paky fixtures amazed two sold-out audiences of 68,000 at the first European Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies, held June 12 and 28 at the Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan. The fixtures were the backbone of the incredible lighting design by Bob Dickinson and Ted Wells, assisted by lighting director Travis Hagenbuch. Assistant lighting director was Charles Dabezias and executive producer was Scott Givens of Five Currents.

Sennheiser adds two new staff to UK Systems Integration sales team

24/07/2015 - People News

Sennheiser has announced the appointment of two new members to its UK sales force, Mark Haigh and Kevin Gwyther-Brown, who both join the Systems Integration (SI) team as channel sales managers.

Promatrix 6000 public address and voice evacuation system offers best-in-class audio performance and flexibility

24/07/2015 - Equipment News

Dynacord has presented Promatrix 6000, a combined public address and voice evacuation system that offers outstanding audio quality. EN54-certified, quickly and easily specified and configured with optimised system costs, and extremely efficient in its power consumption, Promatrix 6000 sets a new standard in the field of combined public address and voice evacuation systems.

Corsinotti Debuts MLA Compact at Major Turin Festival

24/07/2015 - Production News

Every year on June 24th, Turin is crowded with thousands of people – not only from Turin but from other cities such as Florence and Genoa, where it is an annual public holiday. Its purpose is to honour the Feast of St. John (La Festa di San Giovanni).

A.C. Special Projects Provides Lighting and Visual Effects Solution for the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort

24/07/2015 - Project News

UK – A.C. Special Projects Ltd. (ACSP) has specified, supplied and commissioned a complete LED lighting and visual effects solution for ‘LEGO Friends to the Rescue, an all-new live show spectacular which recently opened at the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort.

Stageco builds foundation for EDC UK

24/07/2015 - Production News

Over 35,000 revellers flocked to Milton Keynes National Bowl on Saturday 11th July to be a part of the Electric Daisy Carnival, the British edition of the phenomenally successful dance music event brand that has been taking America by storm since the late '90s. Hosted in the UK for the third time, this year’s bill featured sets from dance legends Tiësto, Paul van Dyk, Hardwell, Ferry Corsten and Steve Aoki.

Solaris LED Mozarts Sparkle on America’s Hit Show, The Voice

23/07/2015 - 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.

Powersoft Appoints Shidco as New Iranian Distributor

23/07/2015 - Business News

Tehran-based Shidco has been appointed by Italian control and amplification specialists Powersoft to handle its distribution in Iran.

Robe Joins The Nobility

23/07/2015 - Project News

The Netherlands – Gebr. de Nobel (Nobel Brothers) is a brand new live performance venue located on the busy, animated thoroughfare of Marktsteeg in Leiden. Complete with a brand new Robe moving light rig specified and supplied by Benelux distributor Controllux, the technical crew led by head of production and technical affairs, Bart van der Smissen are delighted with the equipment.

W-DMX Delivers Rock Solid Success to the Costanera Center in Chile

23/07/2015 - Production News

W-DMX by Wireless Solution Sweden AB distributor Iluminación Profesional VALOOK S.A. in Santiago, Chile has been hard at work with a beautiful variety of projects and installations in South America. Niclas Arvidsson, CEO of Wireless Solution recently caught up with Francisco Yañez Valdivia, Product Manager for VALOOK to hear about two hugely successful temporary installations using W-DMX on the Costanera Center Tower in Santiago, one of the highest towers in South America.

V4 Rocks Glastonbury 2015

23/07/2015 - Production News

Glastonbury Festival is a five-day music festival that takes place near Pilton, Somerset. In addition to contemporary music, the festival hosts dance, comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret, and other arts. Leading pop and rock artists have headlined, alongside thousands of others appearing on smaller stages and performance areas. 

Philips Vari-Lite VL4000 Spot Luminaires Transform the New York City Center for Zorba!

23/07/2015 - Production News

USA – The New York City Center has given life to numerous Broadway productions and its Tony-honoured Encores! musical theatre series has received the highest accolades possible. Dedicated to making the best in theatre accessible to all audiences, the City Center recently completed its production of Zorba! telling the story of a shy American intellectual who befriends an irrepressible jack-of-all-trades. As lighting designer Ken Billington was challenged to transform the historic stage into an island off the coast of Greece, he found his ideal fixture to make this happen in the VL4000 Spot luminaire from Philips Vari-Lite.

Saville presents BFI Community Cinema award

23/07/2015 - Project News

UK – Looking to bring the ‘magic of the movies’ back into village life, an enterprising community group in Cloughmills, Northern Ireland has won a UK-wide competition for cinema projection equipment, supported by BFI Neighbourhood Cinema and Saville Audio Visual. The winning cinema package included an NEC 4000 lumen projector with Blu-ray player and Saville Proflex amplifier housed in a secure mobile cabinet, along with a Draper screen and speaker system.

Allen & Heath Appoints Infogroup as New Distributor in Turkey

23/07/2015 - Business News

Allen & Heath has appointed Info Muzik Elektronik (Infogroup) as its exclusive distributor in Turkey. With more than 20 years’ experience, Infogroup is one of the leading sound and lighting companies in the country, representing other well-known names within the audio industry that will complement the Allen & Heath brand.

DPA Microphones Tame The Amsterdam Arena

23/07/2015 - Production News

Dutch group De Toppers used DPA's d:facto vocal microphones for a series of five live shows at the Amsterdam Arena, each of which attracted audiences of around 69,000 people.

Experience more at PLASA London

23/07/2015 - Event News

PLASA London has announced a number of exclusive and exciting additions to its 2015 seminar sessions, including two new audio panel sessions chaired by industry journalist Phil Ward, three sessions from audio production power house Britannia Row, a further session from the Institute of Professional Sound (IPS), three demo sessions from Adobe and a keynote presentation from Pixar Animation Studios.

DiGiCo consoles chosen for high profile Israeli concert

23/07/2015 - Production News

Two giants of Israeli folk rock, Yehuda Poliker and Shlomi Shabat, came together at the historic Roman Amphitheatre of Caesarea this July to perform a series of shows. DiGiCo were chosen for both front of house and monitor duties, with a DiGIGrid MGB utilised for the show recordings.

Touring Racks for 16, 24 and 32 hoists - for 400V (direct) or low voltage (remote) control

23/07/2015 - Equipment News

 Movecat D8 and D8 Plus all-in-one touring racks set new standards in terms of operating ergonomics and safety. They correspond in every respect to the current EN 60204-32, EN 13849-1 and VDE 0113 guidelines.

Audiosure and Chauvet Professional Dazzle Visitors At Mediatech Africa 2015

22/07/2015 - Event News

South Africa – By any measure, the Mediatech Africa 2015 Advanced Technology Trade Show was an outstanding success for Audiosure. The South African company drew large appreciative crowds to see its extensive collection of audio and AV products as well as lighting from Chauvet Professional and Chauvet DJ.

The Philips Strand Lighting NEO is the Perfect Choice for Pompton Lakes

22/07/2015 - Project News

USA – In a lakeside New Jersey community, Pompton Lakes High School prides itself in providing opportunities to meet the needs of a diverse student population. With an award-winning fine arts programme, the high school recently underwent a renovation to upgrade its performing arts space. To guide them during the project, Nelson Enterprises was brought on board as the systems integrator and to control the new lighting system they chose the NEO lighting control console from Philips Strand Lighting.

iD22 Debuts on Stage In London Theatre

22/07/2015 - Production News

Audient’s iD22 made its debut theatre performance, with two-time National Student Drama Festival Emerging Artist Award winning theatre company at the New Diorama Theatre in London, last month. Sharing the limelight with three performers, including actress and producer Rianna Dearden, the audio interface was used to control the sound on stage for their brand new play, Goodstock.

Made for media perfection: AV Stumpfl FHD Media Player now shipping

22/07/2015 - Equipment News

Austria – Instant playback of all current video and audio formats has never been easier thanks to the AV Stumpfl solid-state FHD Player. Now shipping, the compact and rugged FHD Player can be synchronised via Ethernet, externally controlled from any location and can even trigger media based on GPS input coordinates. 

Clay Paky Hits the Road with The Rolling Stones’ Zip Code Tour

22/07/2015 - Production News

USA – The Rolling Stones embarked on their Zip Code Tour visiting 15 cities in North America from the kick off in San Diego in May to the wrap in Quebec City in July. The band’s lighting rig featured Clay Paky Mythos and Sharpy Washes.

PLASA London announces annual Rigging Conference line up

22/07/2015 - Event News

With an eye firmly set on the issues that concern the entertainment technology industry, PLASA is once again hosting the Rigging Conference alongside its PLASA London event.

“grandMA2 was the only choice”: MA joined the SEA Games OC and CC Events in Singapore

22/07/2015 - Production News

grandMA2 was the control platform of choice for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the recent South East Asia (SEA) Games, staged in Singapore at the New Singapore National Stadium.

Maroon 5 takes L-Acoustics on UK tour

22/07/2015 - Production News

Pop/rockers Maroon 5 embarked on the European leg of their arena tour in late May, where a comprehensive L-Acoustics K1 and K2 PA system helped to ensure audiences moved like Jagger.

Avolites consoles and servers light up Glastonbury

22/07/2015 - Production News

UK Avolites' world-class lighting and video control solutions provided an integral part of this year's Glastonbury Festival, with representation on sites including the Pyramid Stage, Other Stage, John Peel Stage, Silver Hayes and the mighty Arcadia.

G-Spot delivers a message for a brighter future

22/07/2015 - Production News

Denmark – In relation to an on-going safety project for the residential area called Bispehaven in Aarhus, ÅF Lighting has facilitated a lighting workshop involving residents from the area and representatives of the initiative. The safety project, initiated by the housing administration Østjysk Bolig, focuses on the social interactions, use and design of the outdoor areas and aims at increasing the life quality and feeling of safety for the residents of Bispehaven. Lighting can contribute essentially to creating safe, stimulating and inviting urban spaces, which was the reason to involve ÅF Lighting in the project. The lighting workshop was intended to collect valuable inputs from the residents with regards to their needs, demands and wishes for the future lighting installations in the area. Besides a good functional lighting for the public areas, the wish for a distinct visual identity was stated repeatedly.

AC-ET Appointed Dealer for Midas Digital Mixing Consoles

22/07/2015 - Business News

A.C. Audio, a division of A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. has been appointed as an authorised dealer for the Midas Digital range of audio mixing consoles, with immediate effect.

There’s no place like HOME for EM Acoustics

21/07/2015 - Project News

UK – Opened by filmmaker Danny Boyle at the end of May, Manchester’s brand new £25m arts complex, HOME, is the largest of its kind outside London. Billed as the cultural jewel in the crown of the “Northern Powerhouse”, HOME is a merger of Manchester’s much-loved Cornerhouse cinemas and art gallery and the Library theatre. The building houses two performance venues – a 500-seat theatre and a 150-seat flexible studio space – as well as five cinema screens, gallery space for contemporary art exhibitions, a café bar and a restaurant. Leading technical systems integrators, Stage Electrics, were responsible for supplying full stage engineering, stage lighting and audio systems for the main theatre including a complete theatre sound system from British manufacturer, EM Acoustics.

Robe Enjoys Mediatech 2015

21/07/2015 - Event News

South Africa – Robe was right at the centre of the buzz at the 2015 Mediatech Africa expo in Johannesburg last week, taking its own stand space for the first time alongside that of distributor DWR, one of South Africa’s leading lighting sales companies.

Brightman, Hoffman and Bandit Help Grateful Dead Bid Fare Thee Well

21/07/2015 - Production News

USA – It was a celebration of epic proportions as the four original members of The Grateful Dead (Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir) reunited at Soldier’s Field, almost 20 years to the day after they played their last concert with Jerry Garcia. They were joined on stage by frequent musical comrades Trey Anastasio, Bruce Hornsby and Jeff Chimenti. 70,000 'Deadheads' filled the stadium each night on July 3rd, 4th and 5th while millions streamed the show online and watched on pay-per-view to say goodbye to one of the most iconic bands in history. 2015 also marked the Grateful Deads' 50th year in the business. The show was produced by Peter Shapiro and Madison House Presents.

ETC Eos and Cobalt Programming Wings help portable control take flight

21/07/2015 - Equipment News

ETC nomad users value the portability of their lighting systems, but sometimes the fast-paced production world calls for more than virtual keyboards and X-key controls. Luckily, ETC has a solution waiting in the wings. Enter the new Eos and Cobalt Programming Wings: two affordable, portable accessories that bring new programming power to tech tables, backstage remotes and the road.

The National Geographic Channel Uses PixelFLEX to Create Futuristic Environments

21/07/2015 - Production News

USA – Working with production company Variable and design studio Meptik, the lightweight, flexible PixelFLEX FLEXCurtain was selected for an application beyond traditional video use in a commercial for the National Geographic Channel. Featured as a futuristic, movable environment, eight panels of the PixelFLEX 100mm FLEXCurtain LED video screen were used to create a textured environment promoting the hit show “Brain Games.”

Clay Paky strobe is ‘storming’ success on Snowbombing

21/07/2015 - Production News

Austria – One of the latest additions to the Clay Paky product line, the Stormy CC strobe proved a huge hit with the lighting designers as it made its debut on Austria’s high-altitude music festival Snowbombing this April.

d&b ArrayProcessing enhances an in-the-round performance

21/07/2015 - Production News

This was the fifth time PUR, Germany’s biggest band, has performed at 55,000 seat Veltins Arena, each time in-the-round, and each time with a different PA system. “This is a highly reverberant space,” explains system technician Frank Müller, “and we have tried many different PA systems and configurations. This time, with the d&b V-Series, and using the new ArrayProcessing feature in ArrayCalc, we achieved absolutely the best result ever.”

Aurora Lighting – keeping and eye on Big Brother

21/07/2015 - Production News

UK - Aurora Lighting kept a watchful eye over for the latest series of live evictions with LD Gurdip Mahal at the Big Brother House.

Novelty Group invests in SGM LED product series

21/07/2015 - Business News

Novelty is an industry leader in France that brings technical audio-visual solutions for the fashion, luxury, live performance, event, exhibition and TV industries. Thanks to the company’s experience, Novelty works on more than 6,000 projects each year. Because of this, Novelty is always looking for new, reliable and efficient products.

Clay Paky illuminates the FC Barcelona celebrations

21/07/2015 - Production News

Spain – Clay Paky's latest Mythos and A.leda BEYE K20 units, supplied by the rental company Arcoiris, gave colour and light to FC Barcelona's celebrations for their second title this year.

Sennheiser UK hosts twentieth annual charity golf day in support of Caron Keating Foundation

21/07/2015 - Event News

UK – Sennheiser’s 2015 charity golf day, held at the beginning of July each year to raise money for the Caron Keating Foundation, was another resounding success after customers, suppliers and friends took to the green at Bearwood Lakes Golf Club in Berkshire.

V4 on the John Peel stage – Glastonbury 2015

21/07/2015 - Production News

Once again Green Hippo was invited down to Worthy Farm in Somerset by Bryte Design to join the John Peel Stage production team for this year’s Glastonbury Festival. Still the largest green-field festival in the world, the event attracts the cream of headline artists whilst showcasing the next generation of musical icons. The John Peel Stage is renowned for innovative new acts rubbing shoulders with the latest venue fillers.

XL Video Creates a Smart Solution for ‘Pointless’ Scoring Tower

21/07/2015 - Production News

Continuing its work on Pointless, the popular game show created by Remarkable Television, part of the Endemol Shine Group, XL Video has created a new version of the show’s LED scoreboard.

Kasabian in the Wires

21/07/2015 - Production News

UK – IR TV in HD: that’s the basic premise of Kasabian’s headline festival appearances: “The band wanted to present something special for T in the Park and the V festivals,” begins Alex Leinster from Video Design, the preferred suppliers for Kasabian’s eclectic performance style. “This is a big undertaking for a festival performance, the screen positioned upstage centre is a full 18 metres wide by nine tall but it’s what goes on it that stands out.”

60,000 get the message in Naples with Outline

21/07/2015 - Production News

During one of his recent pastoral visits nearer to 'home', globetrotting Pope Francis celebrated mass before a congregation of approximately 60,000 in Naples’ Piazza del Plebiscito. The event was also followed by crowds on nine mega-screens installed in other parts of the city.

LDR Success on Major Project in Guatemala

20/07/2015 - Project News

Guatemala – It’s always spring in beautiful Guatemala, the small state in Central America famous for its nature, beautiful landscapes and home of the largest Christian Church of Central – South America, the Frater.

David Cartwright 1969-2015

20/07/2015 - People News

It is with the greatest of sadness that Le Mark has announced the death of a respected colleague and friend – not only within the company but also the UK entertainment industry. David Cartwright passed away on Sunday 12th July 2015 at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge. Dave suffered a severe stroke on the evening of Thursday 25th June, having spent a ‘usual day’ with friends and colleagues at the ABTT trade show. He had returned home that evening to his partner Kirsty Fisher, in St Ives, Cambridgeshire where he was taken ill.

ProLights Fixtures Illuminate the British Grand Prix Party at Silverstone

20/07/2015 - Production News

UK – A range of ProLights fixtures recently provided lighting for the glamorous British Racing Drivers’ Club's (BRDC) annual British Grand Prix party at Silverstone racing circuit. Staged every year as part of the F1 British Grand Prix weekend, this legendary occasion attracts high-profile members and personalities from the world of motor sport.

Robe Rocks 2015 CMT Awards with Over 250 Fixtures

20/07/2015 - Production News

USA - Tom Kenny is used to designing amazing, eye-catching light shows for high profile TV events and loves a good challenge, so making the 2015 Country Music Television (CMT Music) Awards in Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN, look 'out of this world' really energised his creative spirit!

Herbert Grönemeyer Gets Some WIgenuis

20/07/2015 - Production News

Engineering and automation specialist WIcreations designed and built the six moving video pods which are the major structural element of the current Herbert Grönemeyer tour, which features another innovative and interesting stage design by Gunther Hecker of Cue Design.

White Light Drawn on for National Gallery Venue Hire Launch

20/07/2015 - Production News

Founded in 1824, the National Gallery houses a collection of more than 2000 paintings and is one of the most visited art galleries in the world. Located in Trafalgar Square, London, its unique spaces have previously only been available to hire for those with corporate memberships. However, for the first time the Gallery is now opening its spaces for any company, charity or private individual to hire. To celebrate this significant occasion, it hosted a launch event on July 15th which showcased many of the impressive spaces it has available. To make it an unforgettable occasion, the National Gallery called upon White Light as the sole technical supplier for the evening’s production requirements.

International Stars of Ballet and Dance take to Harlequin Stage at Hatch House

20/07/2015 - Production News

The Harlequin Stage at Hatch House is once again the setting for The Covent Garden Dance Company’s sixth season of International Stars of Ballet and Dance.

World’s Fastest LED Video Wall Scaling From Calibre

20/07/2015 - Equipment News

UK – Calibre launches its latest major innovation utilising award-winning HQUltra, the world’s fastest single-channel 4K presentation switching performance technology.

Elation Professional Rayzor and Sniper Effects Light Kid Rock Summer Tour

17/07/2015 - Production News

Kid Rock knows how to keep his audiences happy. Besides proving he can perform a bit of everything musically – rap/rock/hip hop/blues/country – his shows have been known to offer concert-goers free sandwiches and coffee, not to mention cheap beer and a reasonable ticket price. Out on the road on his “First Kiss: Cheap Date” Tour in support of the acclaimed new album “First Kiss,” Kid Rock is thrilling audiences beneath a rig that includes Elation Rayzor Q7 LED wash/beam and Sniper 2R multi-effect lights.

Avolites Ai Infinity EX8 server maps complex LED backdrop for Years and Years

17/07/2015 - Production News

Europe British electronica trio Years and Years are touring summer festivals and venues with an ingenious bespoke LED strip screen mapped by an Avolites Ai Infinity EX8 server.

A Haven for Robe

17/07/2015 - Project News

USA – Robe MiniMe and LEDBeam 100 fixtures are proving a perfect choice to help bring the atmosphere alive at Haven in South Beach, Miami, a trendy eatery, lounge and nightclub known for its eye-catching video wall, cool music, onyx bar and tasty mix of organic eats and exotic cocktails, all available to the in crowd until the early hours of the morning.

TMB “Pro” products enhance Glastonbury headliner show

17/07/2015 - Production News

Florence + the Machine’s 'infectious enthusiasm' at Glastonbury 2015 was enhanced by an elegant stage set with powerful, tasty lighting by lighting designer Rob Sinclair. To complement Florence’s dramatic and eccentric music (how many rock bands have a harp and vibes?), Sinclair combined new and traditional technology in unique ways to reinforce Florence’s grandiose performance on the festival’s celebrated Pyramid Stage.

Nominate a ‘Rising Star’ for Theatrical Design Award

17/07/2015 - Event News

USA – USITT is seeking nominations for the 2016 Rising Star Award sponsored by LDI/Live Design. The award honors early career professionals in lighting, sound, scenic, or projection design for outstanding work in one or more of these disciplines.

Clay Paky Mythos dazzles on Tree of Life at Milan Expo 2015

17/07/2015 - Event News

Italy – Over 60 Clay Paky Mythos fixtures are currently lighting the famous Tree of Life sculpture for the Milan Expo 2015, in a stunning light show conceived by renowned lighting designer Koert Vermeulen of ACT Lighting Design.

Harlequin dance floors for ImPulsTanz in Vienna

17/07/2015 - Production News

When ImPulsTanz opens on 16th July in Vienna, it will be the culmination of a busy installation and logistics planning exercise between the festival organisers and exclusive dance floor partners Harlequin Floors, to transform the performance venues with new dance floors.

Elation Cuepix Panels “X”ceptional on Fito & Fitipaldis

17/07/2015 - Production News

Spain – Over a 25-year musical career, Fito Cabrales has played to fans across the Spanish-speaking world and now his popular rock band Fito & Fitipaldis is out on the road again in support of their latest album “Huyendo conmigo de mi.” Lighting design is by well-known LD Luis Pastor, who has integrated into the set three eye-catching crosses of light made up of Elation Cuepix Panel RGB matrix luminaires. Following an initial winter leg in arenas and theatres, the band’s current summer tour is playing outdoor venues across Spain. Lighting, sound and visual equipment for the tour, including the Cuepix Panels, is being supplied by PRG of Spain.

Movecat LoCo LCS system wins VR Innovation Prize

17/07/2015 - Event News

Germany – The team from Think Abele was distinguished this year with the VR Innovation Prize Mittelstand 2015 for its Movecat Load Control (LoCo) System and is understandably delighted to have received the coveted award. Described as "the special prize for craftsmanship of the cooperative financial group Volksbanken Raiffeisenbanken", the award was presented to the company on 25 June 2015 in the course of a ceremony in Baden-Baden. "We are absolutely delighted by this distinction," commented Andrew Abele, who founded the company 28 years ago with his brother Thomas. "It is the first time one of our developments has received an award from a neutral quarter. It is far harder to interest those outside the industry in some detail of events technology and to convince them that a load measuring system such as the LoCo really does constitute an innovation than insiders who work with this equipment on a day-to-day basis."

SGM Leaves Worthy Imprint Across Glastonbury 2015

17/07/2015 - Production News

SGM’s groundbreaking IP65-rated LED solutions featured right across this year’s vast Glastonbury Festival site. Starting at the iconic Pyramid Stage, a wide range of powerful washes, LED strobes and dynamic 3D effects cascaded down to a number of smaller stages where they performed long duty cycles flawlessly over the four days.

Oh Yes it Can! - Show Goes On as ArcSystem Takes a Bow at The Brindley

17/07/2015 - Project News

The Brindley is a theatre and arts centre located in Runcorn, Cheshire on the banks of the River Mersey and is the main centre for arts and entertainment for the borough of Halton which covers the twin towns of Runcorn and Widnes. It opened in 2004 and in the same year won a Royal Institute of British Architects Award, the first of nine major awards it has received in its relatively brief existence. This collection of accolades serves to illustrate its wholehearted commitment to offer the highest possible standards of performance, access, sustainability and technical excellence. Named by a public competition after James Brindley (1716-1772) one of the most notable and inventive engineers of the 18th century, the theatre has done much to reflect the qualities of its namesake. Few who have experienced its wide-ranging programme would disagree with its mission statement: ‘The Brindley will provide excellent facilities and opportunities for engaging with and access to performances, exhibitions and events which entertain, educate and inspire.' The Brindley's success can in large measure be attributed to the innovative, forward-thinking ethos of its team. In 2014, in keeping with its dynamic approach, its management team took the decision to address a number of technical issues at the theatre that required attention. At the top of its agenda was the theatre's tired and increasingly unreliable house lighting system. A few years before, to its great satisfaction, the theatre had replaced its backstage blues lights with GDS BluesSystem and following a meeting at the PLASA show, invited GDS to design a house lighting system that would resolve all its issues. Northern Stage Services (now National Stage Technology) tendered for the work and won the contract.

White Light Called up by Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund

17/07/2015 - Production News

For more than 100 years, the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund has supported children whose parents work, or have worked, in the Naval Service. Initially supporting the children of ex-servicemen, the charity has grown considerably over the years, with 80% of its current beneficiaries’ parents still in service. In the last year alone, the RNRMC has supported over 1,500 children with 40,000 servicemen currently in the Naval Service. On Saturday 11th July, to celebrate its amazing work, the charity held a fund-raising day at Leadenhall Market in central London and approached White Light to provide the production support.

Light Initiative's custom LED screen wows audiences on Years and Years

17/07/2015 - Production News

UK – Controllable LED specialist and design/manufacturing house Light Initiative (LI) is the creative force behind the bespoke LED structured screen on band of the moment Years and Years' UK tour and summer festival dates.

Pixel Projects New Bangalore Office

17/07/2015 - Business News

Pixel Projects established local trading entity Pixel AV India PVT LTD in early 2015. The Bangalore office is now fully operational with premises occupied in the Jayamahala Extension.

Okulus Again Backs GLP X4 for New Zac Brown Band Tour

16/07/2015 - Production News

USA – British creative lighting company,Okulus, has been appointed show and production designers for Zac Brown Band’s JEKYLL + HYDE 2015 North American Stadium tour.

Avolites ART2000 Dimmers Control 792 Parcan rig for Kanye West at Glastonbury

16/07/2015 - Production News

UK American rapper Kanye West's headline gig at this year's Glastonbury Festival has gone viral due to the incredible 792-strong par can rig controlled by 16 Avolites ART2000 48 way 16A dimmers and two Avolites Power Cubes.

Clay Paky Fixtures Light Contemporary Worship Services at Bay Community Church in Alabama

16/07/2015 - Project News

USA – The Bay Community Church Malbis campus in Daphne, Alabama illuminates the lives of its congregants in many ways, including through contemporary worship services in a new 1,500-seat worship centre. Eight Clay Paky Mythos fixtures – the first installed in a house of worship – and eight A.leda B-EYE K10 fixtures from ESB Group do their part to light up the weekly services. A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky lighting instruments in North America.

Community Welcomes Meyer Marketing as Florida Sales Representative

16/07/2015 - Business News

USA – Meyer Marketing is an award-winning independent sales representative firm based in Wellington, Florida. Celebrating its 30th year in business in 2015, the firm prides itself on serving both the integrators and consultants in its territory and is dedicated to being the “single most reliable audio systems representative in Florida,” with “no equal in product knowledge, applications, customer service and outstanding integrity.” Meyer Marketing's staff includes founder Larry Meyer, Larry Boscarino, Garrett Meyer, Sherry Halecki and Daniel Orr.

iLive manages FOH for classic Quadrophenia at the Royal Albert Hall

16/07/2015 - Production News

Allen & Heath’s modular iLive digital mixing system was employed to manage FOH for the recent production of Pete Townshend’s Classic Quadrophenia, taking place at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

DPA Microphones Teaches How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

16/07/2015 - Production News

USA Downers Grove North High School (DGN), home to an active theatre-focused student body that hosts various events throughout the academic year, recently kicked off its springtime musical, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. For this and every production, DGN relies on DPA Microphones’ d:fine single-ear directional and single-ear omnidirectional headset microphones to support on-stage talent, favouring the durability and superior audio of the company’s microphones compared to other leading brands.

AC-ET Supplies Spectacular Lighting and Projection for British Grand Prix Party at Silverstone

16/07/2015 - Production News

UK – A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. has provided spectacular effects lighting and video projection for the British Racing Drivers’ Club's (BRDC) dazzling annual British Grand Prix party at Silverstone racing circuit.

Upgrade for Navy training at HMS Collingwood

16/07/2015 - Project News

UK - Located at Fareham in Hampshire, HMS Collingwood is the Royal Navy's largest training establishment. The school provides training over a vast range of disciplines, using two identical Consort ship bridge simulators to deliver mission realism and a seamless transition from daytime to night-time operational scenarios.

BMFLs and Pointes Camp it Up For Summer

15/07/2015 - Production News

USA – Lighting designer Preston Hoffman created a dynamic and flexible production lighting design for the 2015 Summer Camp Festival staged at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, Illinois. His stage, the Moonshine Stage, was based primarily around 16 Robe BMFL Spots and ten Robe Pointe moving lights.

Pioneer Pro Audio bathes The Jane’s guests in sound

15/07/2015 - Project News

Belgium Visionary chefs Sergio Herman and Nick Bril wanted The Jane to be a “total experience” for diners: a fusion of gastronomy, great music and exciting cocktails with an energetic yet relaxed vibe. On finding a huge run-down church, they assembled a team of acclaimed architects and designers to make their dream a reality. With music a key ingredient, they asked Pioneer Pro Audio to create a sound system that could provide a comfortable level of music in the restaurant and an energetic, pre-clubbing vibe in the mezzanine bar.

Elite Multimedia Helps Create a Spectacular Night at the K-LOVE Fan Awards

15/07/2015 - Production News

USA – With winners chosen by the fans, the K-LOVE Fan Awards brings together the biggest names in Christian music, sports, books and movies. Held at the Grand Ole Opry House, the annual awards show is produced by Go Live Productions and each year has grown in both size and popularity. Overseeing the production is production manager and show director Scott Moore who strives to capture the spiritual significance of the evening through a dynamic yet functional lighting and video package which was supplied by Elite Multimedia.

Harman Martin Professional’s Dynamic Lighting Fixtures Streamline the 2015 FIRST Championship Events and Concert

15/07/2015 - Production News

USA – The 2015 FIRST Championship pitted 900 international youth teams against each other in an exciting, weekend-long event at the end of April. Using robots they had designed, built and programmed themselves, each team competed in a series of qualifying rounds focused on this year’s theme Recycle Rush. Staged across five venues, the championship’s main events were held at the Edward Jones Dome, home of the St. Louis Rams. New Orleans-based entertainment design and production firm, Solomon Group, was asked to light not only the ceremonies and competitions, but also the concert that capped off the weekend – which it did successfully with the help of Harman Martin Professional’s versatile lighting fixtures.

GLP impression X4 Stars on Eurovision's Big Stage

15/07/2015 - Production News

Austria – Some 140 GLP impression X4 series fixtures were out in force at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest (ESC 2015) which took place at the 16,000 capacity Wiener Stadthalle in Austria.

Chauvet Professional Lights 27 Heads of State at Seventh Summit of the Americas

15/07/2015 - Production News

Panama – There is no room for error when one is responsible for lighting a conference that involves 27 heads of state and five foreign ministers including dignitaries from the United Nations and Organization of American States and is covered by over 2,000 journalists from around the world. This is especially true when that gathering hosts something as historically significant as the first meeting between the presidents of the United States and Cuba in over 50 years.

Vivid Festival in Sydney with Clay Paky lights

15/07/2015 - Production News

Australia – Vivid Sydney is the largest festival of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere and this year, Pyrmont's harbourside has been transformed into a buzzing multi-sensory, engaging zone where the visitors control the entertainment.

Stars dance with BlackTrax thanks to Prolight

15/07/2015 - Production News

Poland – The very first deployment of BlackTrax real-time motion tracking solution in Poland was achieved with Dancing with the Stars by specialist events supplier Prolight Sp. z o. o. The prime time celebrity ballroom dance contest was broadcast live on Polsat TV.

Martin Audio Appoints Jansen in New Zealand

14/07/2015 - Business News

Martin Audio has appointed Auckland based Jansen Professional Audio & Lighting as its new distributor for New Zealand, with immediate effect.

Elation Lighting Again Used to Decorate Multiple Stages at Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas

14/07/2015 - Production News

Hundreds of Elation lighting fixtures were used again this year on Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, North America’s largest dance music festival, with the latest incarnation of the electronic rave taking place June 19-21 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Lighting supply companies Visions Lighting, AG Production Services, Felix Lighting and Pro Systems all supplied Elation gear to the Vegas version of EDC with many of this year’s awe-inspiring lighting and stage looks again by SJ Lighting.

Knight of Illumination Awards 2015 main sponsors announced

14/07/2015 - Event News

UK The Knight of Illumination Awards (KOI) 2015 has announced the main sponsors of this year's prestigious event.

Community’s Exclusive BalancePoint Flyware for I Series Loudspeakers

14/07/2015 - Equipment News

USA – I Series is an innovative family of high-performance, arrayable loudspeakers with matching-height subwoofers. By combining I Series with Community’s exclusive BalancePoint Flyware, system designers can implement complex solutions for applications ranging from houses of worship to multi-purpose auditoriums, live theaters and other professional and commercial venues.

Prize win for Backstage Academy and The Society of British Theatre Designers

14/07/2015 - Event News

Backstage Academy’s BA Visual Production students have triumphed on production for The Society of British Theatre Designers’ Make/Believe showcase at the Prague Quadrennial, where they created an immersive environmental projection mapping of a room in the Clam-Gallasův Palác and won the Special PQ Jury Award.

Colour Sound Goes Wild

14/07/2015 - Production News

Leading UK lighting rental company Colour Sound Experiment supplied lighting, which included over 300 moving lights, to the four principal stages at brand new UK festival Wild Life, together with its brand new high definition proprietary 7mm LED screen for one stage. The fantastic weekend line-up was presented by two of the country’s leading electronic artists – Disclosure and Rudimental – both also main stage headliners.

Ayrton MagicDot-R makes its US debut at Rock in Rio

14/07/2015 - Production News

Ayrton MagicDot-R, one of the latest products from innovative French LED lighting manufacturer, Ayrton, made its US debut with Bruno Mars at Rock In Rio Las Vegas in May. Lighting designer Cory FitzGerald of Seven Design Works used a huge configuration of 184 of the new fixtures on the singer’s closing performance at this year’s festival which was hosted for the first time in the US. FitzGerald’s design also featured an array of 128 Ayrton IntelliPix-R panels deployed as fascias fronting the stage-wide risers that backed Mars and his band.

Life in Color Tour Uses Chauvet To Tell Big Bang Story

14/07/2015 - Production News

USA – Every year since its founding in 2006, Life in Color, the world’s largest paint party, can be counted on for three things: drawing huge crowds (last year over 600,000 turned out around the world for the paint-drenching fun), featuring EDM’s biggest names like Calvin Harris and Steve Aoki, and coming up with some of the most wildly creative show themes on the festival circuit. The 2015 Life in Color Big Bang World Tour is no exception. The crowds have been thick, the artists like Dillon Francis and Bingo Players have been big, and the highly original theme breaks the mould into a million colourful pieces.

USITT Unveils Redesigned Website: usitt.org

14/07/2015 - Business News

Visitors to www.usitt.org will find a new, improved USITT website, redesigned for easier access to USITT’s resources, programs, and growing backstage community.

The Philips Vari-Lite VL4000 Spot Flies High as a SWAT Helicopter Searchlight

14/07/2015 - Production News

USA – On a film shoot, the lighting effects seen are often created out of elements that are not necessarily what the viewer believes them to be. Different tricks can be used to disguise the lighting instruments without any hint of what is actually up the designers’ proverbial sleeve. When lighting designer Matt Ardine was asked to create the effect of a helicopter flying overhead with a searchlight, he needed to find a high-powered luminaire to make his shots believable, so he chose the VL4000 Spot luminaire from Philips Vari-Lite.

Showline delivers powerful LED strobing on Romania's biggest festival

14/07/2015 - Production News

Romania Showline SL NITRO 510C strobes have made their debut on the third edition of Electric Castle, Romania's biggest music festival, becoming the first LED strobes to be used on the event in its short history.

Robert Juliat Lancelot and Aramis Party in the Netherlands

14/07/2015 - Production News

Robert Juliat’s Grand range of followspots are the ones to call on for a party on a big scale. Robert Juliat’s Aramis and Lancelot long-throw models have been out in full force in the Netherlands for two of the countries most exuberant parties.

Experience Alcons pro-ribbon sound systems at Mediatech 2015

14/07/2015 - Event News

South Africa - With Pro-Ribbon partner Matrix Sound, Alcons Audio will be presenting its latest sound system innovations, based around the company's patented Pro-Ribbon transducer technology. "We're very happy that Matrix again participates, promoting Alcons in South-Africa for more than 12 years," says Alcons Audio's managing director Tom Back.

Chroma-Q Color Force Brightens Ambitious Michigan High School Theater Production

14/07/2015 - Production News

USA – Chroma-Q Color Force 12 multi-purpose LED fixtures were recently specified by lighting sales and production company, E2i Design for an ambitious show at Michigan’s Brighton High School.

Daktronics keeps running at the London 2012 Olympic Legacy Venues

14/07/2015 - Event News

The close-knit and dependable team at Daktronics have been determined to direct their power as a collective towards raising money for charity. The hard-wired crew will represent the company by taking part in the Morrisons Great Newham London Run, at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Sunday, 19 July 2015.

HOG FACTOR coming to PRO Show in September

14/07/2015 - Event News

UK - HOG Factor, the lighting design and programming competition for HOG4 consoles, is to enjoy its second UK outing at the PRO Show at the NEC Birmingham on Sunday 13th September.

Albert Deltour is appointed commercial director creative technology Holland

14/07/2015 - People News

The appointment of Albert Deltour was announced in Roosendaal by Dave Crump, CEO of CT Europe and the Middle East.

Brilliant Stages Take That Live Tour 2015

14/07/2015 - Production News

The current Take That Live 2015 tour, promoting the band’s seventh studio album, III, is the sixth major tour for which Brilliant Stages has constructed bespoke staging for the eternal boy band since the company first built a stage set for the band in 1994.

Aurora gets Classical at Leeds Castle

14/07/2015 - Production News

Now in it’s 37th year, the Leeds Castle Concerts are considered the premier event of its kind in the Kent Summer calendar, and this year's show proved no exception with over 12,000 visitors taking to the lawns of the iconic castle.

Panasonic launches hybrid lighting and projection player

14/07/2015 - Equipment News

Panasonic has launched a new hybrid lighting solution, which combines the functions of traditional lighting and video projectors for use in retail, museums and restaurants.

RIVAGE PM10 And TF Series Wow The Crowds At The ABTT Theatre Show

14/07/2015 - Event News

Yamaha’s new RIVAGE PM10 digital console made its UK trade show debut at the ABTT Theatre Show in late June. Although appearing with comparatively little fanfare, the console was in constant demand throughout the show as rental companies, dealers, sound designers and operators were keen to get up close and personal with the company’s new flagship.

RG Jones and MLA Delight FOH Engineers at Glastonbury

14/07/2015 - Production News

UK – RG Jones Sound Engineering deployed for the second year running Martin Audio’s Multi-Cellular Loudspeaker Array (MLA) system on Glastonbury Festival Pyramid Stage, proving a palpable hit with FOH engineers.

Titan works like a Dream for students' Shakespeare theatrical production

14/07/2015 - Production News

UK Technical theatre student Bradley Allen has used an Avolites Titan Mobile armed with the new Titan V9 operating system to light a production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream at Colchester Institute.

ETC LED luminaires help revive Cantonese opera in Hong Kong

13/07/2015 - Project News

For years, the Hong Kong government has emphasised the need to support local arts and cultural heritage. As part of that effort, the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCD) is building a new performing arts complex, the Xiqu Centre, which is expected to be completed in 2017. The complex will house the Tea House Theatre, a 200-seat venue for Chinese opera – with an emphasis on Cantonese opera – that will help increase public interest in the art form. To prepare for the opening of the Xiqu Centre, the WKCD and the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts are working together on a number of experimental shows being staged at the Academy, where they can test the staging, seating and equipment. ETC LED luminaires feature prominently in the programme, which is being used to shed a new light on the classic operas.

XL Video Creates Live Mapped Projection for Shangri-La Heaven at Glastonbury 2015

13/07/2015 - Production News

Following a successful event at last year’s festival, XL Video, working with technical producer, Nick Diacre, has once again produced a significant achievement in 180˚ live mapping for Shangri-La’s Heaven Stage at the Glastonbury festival 2015.

Robe BMFLs for Vasco Rossi Stadium Tour

13/07/2015 - Production News

Italian superstar Vasco Rossi is currently engaged in his summer Live Kom 15 stadium tour which is completely sold out, and will see the legendary singer play to nearly one million fans with another stunning lighting and show design by his long term LD, Giovanni Pinna.

ShowTex Becomes Behind the Scenes UK Pledge-a-Product Partner

13/07/2015 - Event News

ShowTex, a worldwide leader in inventing, manufacturing, selling, and installing the most innovative flame retardant curtain fabrics, tracks, and motion control systems is the newest Behind the Scenes Pledge-a-Product Partner. ShowTex has pledged a percentage of the profits from sales of the GiantMirror to support the charity.

Chauvet Super Charges Electron At Brooklyn Bowl

13/07/2015 - Production News

USA –  There are few really hot nightspots that pull together so many diverse elements as New York’s Brooklyn Bowl. After all, how many structures combine some edgy urban architectural elements with a real-live bowling alley or serve up a gourmet menu of hipster-meets-kosher food from a famed restaurant (New York’s Blue Ribbon)? All this while featuring an eclectic mix of music from urban to jam. The 20,000-square-foot venue was a perfectly appropriate site for an unforgettable concert by Electron, the heavy hitting four-piece band formed by Disco Biscuits bass player Marc Brownstein that is making major waves in the Big Apple and beyond.

Triple E ERAIL slides into play on The Remarkable Case of K at the Young Vic

13/07/2015 - Production News

UK Track systems specialist Triple E has loaned a quantity of ERAIL track and components to Taking Part at London's Young Vic Maria studio theatre for a production called The Remarkable Case of K.

Altman Lighting Becomes Executive Sponsor of Behind the Scenes Happy Hour at LDI 2015

13/07/2015 - Event News

USA – PLASA has announce that Altman Lighting has signed on to become an Executive Sponsor of the second Behind the Scenes Happy Hour, an evening with food, drinks and music from 6pm-8pm on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at the Westgate Las Vegas Hotel.

L-Acoustics Helps Foo Fighters Keep North American Tour Leg Unbroken

13/07/2015 - Production News

The crowd gasped when Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl toppled off stage during a show on June 12 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Grohl, however, quickly showed the single-minded perseverance that has led him to success in music and documentary film making. Shortly after being helped off stage for medical attention, he was back in front of the crowd – seated this time – singing and playing guitar while a doctor held his leg in place.

DPA Microphones Scores Big with FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 Coverage

13/07/2015 - Production News

Canada The FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015, presented by Fox Sports, drew to a close last weekend, with a total of 26.7 million viewers tuning into the month-long tournament, including Telemundo viewers. Kicking off studio coverage in Vancouver, the network selected DPA Microphones’ d:fine headset microphones to provide the ultimate in sound for broadcasts from the field and remote studios. The tournament began on June 6, with the final match taking place on July 5 at Vancouver’s BC Place Stadium where the United States defeated Japan to win the coveted trophy.

iLive Manages Ketoniche Concert in Italy

13/07/2015 - Production News

An Allen & Heath iLive digital system recently managed FOH and monitor sound for the Campana & Sonus Percussioni Ketoniche, an Italian musical project utilising synthesisers with traditional and unusual percussion instruments.

Scrub announces Avid S6 v2.0 software update

13/07/2015 - Equipment News

Scrub, a division of HHB specialising in post production, is now previewing the latest v2.0 software update for the Avid S6 control surface at its demo facilities in Soho, London.

Schlosslichtspiele – Spectacular architectural mapping of Karlsruhe Castle

13/07/2015 - Production News

Germany – The German city of Karlsruhe is 300 in 2015. The city celebrates with a festival summer packed with arts, culture and science events. The daily highlight among those are the Schlosslichtspiele, an architectural mapping of tremendous size and technological complexity performed on the city's famous castle.

Forty years on from the hit album Sheet Music, 10cc celebrates and hits the road with CADAC's flagship CDC eight console

13/07/2015 - Production News

UK - 10cc have been on the road touring Sheet Music throughout the UK, culminating in a show at the Royal Albert Hall. The band's FOH engineer and tour manager for the last three years, Jon Sword (pictured), chose to run the musically complex and sonically demanding show on CADAC's flagship digital sound touring console, the CDC eight-32.

The Production Warehouse New Elation Professional Partner in South Africa

13/07/2015 - Business News

Elation Professional has announced that The Production Warehouse of Johannesburg is a new sales partner for the company in South Africa now stocking a full complement of Elation products.

Todd Rundgren Goes Global with Robe

10/07/2015 - Production News

Prolific multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and record producer Todd Rundgren has just released his hot new Global album, and is one of the highly innovative artists in the current portfolio of lighting and visuals designer and touring lighting director Martin Thomas.

Australian Research Firm Calls on Chauvet at Medical Conference

10/07/2015 - Production News

USA – Over 30,000 of the leading cancer researchers and specialists from around the world journeyed to Chicago’s McCormick Place recently for the 51st annual ASCO conference. The official theme of this year’s meeting, “Illumination and Innovation: Transforming Data into Learning,” reflected the shared commitment of those in attendance to exchange trending research and insights that can help combat the dreaded disease. Among the learning tools used to advance this worthy goal was an impressive 36'x6' LED wall made of 54 Chauvet Professional MVP Ta8 Curve panels.

On the Road to Recovery: Haiti’s new cathedral depends on the reliability of Ashly processing and amplification

10/07/2015 - Project News

Haiti – In the aftermath of Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake, which killed hundreds of thousands of people and destroyed the infrastructure of its major cities, new construction is renewing hope among the Haitian people, albeit slowly. The earthquake destroyed the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption in the capital city of Port-au-Prince, one of the struggling nation’s prized architectural and cultural landmarks. Although plans are underway to rebuild the cathedral, its completion is still a decade away, in the best case. To bridge the time between now and then, the Catholic Church recently completed a steel-frame open-air cathedral that seats 1,600 adjacent to the old church’s ruins. Miami-based Revelation Sound, Inc. designed and installed the sound reinforcement and electronic clarion systems for the steel-frame cathedral, counting on Ashly Audio processing, amplification, and user interfaces to give its operators, who are far from technical, both intuitive and utterly reliable performance.

CT Delivers Inaugural European Games in Baku

10/07/2015 - Production News

The inaugural European Games, an international multi-sport event for athletes devised by the European Olympic Committee took place in Azerbaijan’s ancient city Baku in June and featured 6,000 athletes from 50 countries.

CT Delivers Baku 2015 Ceremonies

10/07/2015 - Production News

A spectacular two hour Opening Ceremony featuring US pop star Lady Gaga, inspired by Azerbaijani culture and starring more than 6,000 athletes from 50 countries in front of 68,000 enthralled spectators, launched the inaugural European Games in Baku.

Saville steps into Learning Management

10/07/2015 - Standards News

AV integrator Saville Audio Visual has taken steps to implement a brand new Learning Management System (LMS), open to all internal and external colleagues. The new LMS provides a hub where staff – and contractors – can input, review and access information with particular regard to health and safety, risk assessment and compliance.

MagicBlade is this Summer’s cutting edge unit

10/07/2015 - Production News

“The Ayrton MagicBlade-Rs that we have purchased from Ambersphere Solutions are undoubtedly the lighting fixture of Summer 2015.” This resounding and unequivocal endorsement comes from Rob Merrilees, director of Dry Hire Lighting (DHL). DHL now has a substantial number of MagicBlades in stock although they very rarely actually see them. “The Blades are constantly in demand,” continues Merrilees, “We’re grateful that their quality of build and excellent reliability factor means we can pretty much guarantee they can fly in and fly out of the warehouse in perfect working order. Even so, we are having to turn away requests for Ayrton Blades at the moment.”

Holo-Gauze creates holographic magic for Albarn’s wonder.land

10/07/2015 - Production News

UK – Holo-Gauze, the renowned 3D display solution for hologram effects, is instrumental in realising the video projection effects for Damon Albarn’s modern musical reimagining of Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice in Wonderland. The show’s projections are by 59 Productions, with Lysander Ashton acting as creative director.

Yamaha TF1 Aids Exclusive Performance

10/07/2015 - Production News

Performing all over Europe and the Middle East, Exclusive Strings is an all-female string quartet that plays a mixture of classical and contemporary music. With Yamaha’s new TF series consoles already shipping from dealers, a TF1 recently aided a very Exclusive performance.

Hawthorn celebrate new creative talent with D&AD at New Blood Awards

10/07/2015 - Production News

UK - Nothing says ‘I’ve arrived’ quite like a nod from D&AD and for young creative talent, it doesn’t get better than winning a coveted New Blood Award.

Adlib Invests in Absen A3 Pro LED Panels

10/07/2015 - Production News

Absen Optoelectronic Co., Ltd. has expanded its ever widening European market presence by entering into a relationship with one of the UK’s major rental houses, Adlib.

AC-ET Announces August Hippotizer V4 UK Open House Event in Conjunction with Green Hippo

10/07/2015 - Event News

UK – A.C. Video, a sales division of A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. – and the exclusive UK distributor for the Hippotizer media servers range – will be hosting a Hippotizer V4 UK Open House event on Friday 14th August 2015, in conjunction with the manufacturer at their headquarters in North London. The occasion will showcase the new V4 range alongside other leading video brands available from AC-ET, including AViary Video Tools, Prolights, Luminex, Philips Signage Solutions, and Christie Digital.

Dbn Lights Parklife 2015

10/07/2015 - Production News

UK – dbn Lighting returned to Heaton Park in Manchester to supply lighting to five out of the eight stages and video to two of those for the popular Parklife Weekender music festival with which they have been involved since its inception in 2010.

Staffordshire University gets animated about Doughty Engineering

09/07/2015 - Project News

The Animation degrees at Staffordshire University are regarded as some of the most prestigious courses in the UK – in fact it is the only UK university to offer a degree in Stop Motion Animation and Puppet Making.

Elation Lights DJ Armin van Buuren’s ‘A State of Trance 700’ in Mumbai, India

09/07/2015 - Production News

Dutch trance music DJ and producer Armin van Buuren’s radio show A State of Trance (ASOT) has been going strong since 2001 and its 700th episode on June 6th was celebrated in style with a huge live show in Mumbai, India, lit by Elation Professional’s new Platinum SBX moving head along with the popular Platinum Beam 5R and ELAR 180 PAR fixtures.

Audient Further Augments Technical Support Staff

09/07/2015 - People News

UK Audient further invests in technical support with the addition of Daniel Mills to the team. Since the recent upgrade and simplification of the online technical help desk which included the addition of fact sheets and answers to many frequently asked questions, the British manufacturer has prided itself on a speedy, informative response to technical questions.

Co-founder of Kling & Freitag Passes Away

09/07/2015 - People News

Kling & Freitag mourns Martin Kling. Last weekend, the former partner, namesake and chief developer of Kling & Freitag GmbH passed away unexpectedly at the age of 54.

Chauvet Rogue RH1 Hybrid a Hit at Bandit

09/07/2015 - Production News

USA – When Albert and Berenice Chauvet gave Bandit Chair Michael T. Strickland a personal demo of their newest brainchild, the Rogue RH1 Hybrid early in 2015, little did anyone know it would quickly lead to a large Bandit purchase of these fine units.

Chauvet Lifts Air Supply Show

09/07/2015 - Production News

USA – Countless people who came of age in the 1980s dated, fell in love and got married to the accompaniment of the sweet, angelically vocalised melodies of Air Supply. Australia’s most famous musical duo became synonymous with the era’s soft rock sound, thanks to a string of  Top 10 hits like “Lost in Love” and “Making Love Out of Nothing at All.” But songwriter/guitarist Graham Russell and lead vocalist Russell Hitchcock, who make up the group, have been about much more than romantic ballads, as evidenced by their edgy Native American inspired album Vanishing Race, which sold over four million copies in Asia.

d&b audiotechnik announces Hans-Peter Nüdling as new Chief Sales Officer

09/07/2015 - People News

Germany – d&b audiotechnik is enhancing its senior management team by appointing Hans-Peter Nüdling as chief sales officer. From 20th July 2015, Nüdling will be responsible for global sales and services, bringing over 25 years of sales, business development, electronics and technology experience to the team.

wysiwyg resets the standard for lighting design

09/07/2015 - Equipment News

Canada Available now, wysiwyg R35 lighting design software from CAST Software, is more desirable than ever. Increases to the software’s already distinctive performance includes:

HK Audio an Elementary choice for Korea’s Siksa-dong catholic church

09/07/2015 - Project News

A comprehensive HK Audio Elements system has been chosen to provide sound reinforcement at the recently completed 500-capacity Siksa-dong catholic church in Korea.

SKY Arts Sessions

09/07/2015 - Production News

Since the days of Top of the Pops, music shows have always been very popular. Not only for the viewer but also the artiste who will quite often be quoted as saying they knew they had made it when they were on the show. SKY TV is the latest to embrace the idea of a music show, but the creative team has come up with a new concept to make it fresh and that little bit of something different.

iLive installed in new outdoor theatre in China

09/07/2015 - Project News

Allen & Heath’s iLive digital system has been installed as the FOH mixer in the central theatre at the New Yuanming Palace of Zhuhai.  A reproduction of the Old Summer Palace in Beijing, which was destroyed in 1860, the popular tourist attraction covers an area of 1.39km², and includes an imperial garden, lake, pagodas and a new central outdoor theatre to stage theatrical performances.

Triple E's ModTruss wins Engineering Product of the Year at ABTT

09/07/2015 - Event News

UK Triple E is celebrating winning Engineering Product of the Year at this year's ABTT Awards at Alexandra Palace for its ModTruss 'universal building system'.

AC/DC … We Salute You!

09/07/2015 - Production News

With their iconic exploding cannons and a giant inflatable woman named Rosie, AC/DC are back on their latest stadium tour – Rock Or Bust – to reinforce their enduring success as one of rock’s most instantly recognisable riff machines.

Philips Vari-Lite VL4000 Series takes Spain by storm on EES Roadshow

09/07/2015 - Event News

Spain The latest additions to the Philips Vari-Lite product line, the VL4000 Spot and VL4000 BeamWash, have been demonstrated in four of Spain's major cities as part of exclusive Philips Vari-Lite distributor for Spain Entertainment Equipment Supplies' (EES) annual roadshow.

PR Lighting’s Titan Performance

09/07/2015 - Production News

Romania – When Cultural Centre House of Arts District 3 in Bucharest promoted a two-day summer garden party in the Romanian capital’s Titan Park recently, Temple Media Romania was brought into provide sound, lighting, LED screens and staging. This included a number of premium discharge and LED fixtures from PR Lighting, for whom they handle local distribution.

Panasonic expands 4K display line up with glass free option

09/07/2015 - Equipment News

Panasonic has launched a new series of glass-free 4K displays aimed at the rental and staging market.

Serious Stages a big success with The Other Stage at Glastonbury Festival

09/07/2015 - Production News

Glastonbury Festival artists have been appearing on Serious Stages for four decades at the world’s most famous festival, but their focus is on the future, as Serious Stages managing director Steven Corfield states: “The ever-increasing production expectations of bands combined with Michael and Emily’s desire to give audiences the best experience led to discussions about creating a new Other Stage better suited to Glastonbury. Those conversations went through our CAD designers and engineers, on to keeping our fabrication facility this spring manufacturing the new flat roof system. Then our on-site team under project management of Simon Fursman have done a phenomenal job constructing this new stage for the first time at Glastonbury.”

Wide Range of GLP impressions for New German 'Candid Camera' Series

09/07/2015 - Production News

Germany – Verstehen Sie Spass, the popular, prime time German ‘Candid Camera’ style TV show, is making heavy use of GLP’s impression technology for its new series.

White Light Takes the Stage at Glastonbury Festival

09/07/2015 - Production News

Taking place annually in the last weekend of June, the Glastonbury Festival is one of the biggest music festivals in the world. Over the years it has attracted some of the largest names in music including Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Oasis and U2 to name but a few. It is also known for hosting a series of other types of performance, such as dance, circus, comedy and theatre. This year renowned dance group Michael Clark Company took to the stage and performed over two days at the festival. As this was their first time performing at the Glastonbury Festival, they called upon White Light, a company with which they have a long-standing relationship, to provide the production support at such an iconic event.

Robe Pointes Help Kick Off 2015 Copa America

08/07/2015 - Production News

Fifty Robe Pointes added to the fun and excitement of the Opening Ceremony kicking off the 2015 Copa America international football tournament for South America’s national teams which is being staged in Chile.

New Beginnings DFW Church Converts a Cineplex into a Powerful Sounding Contemporary Worship Centre with Danley

08/07/2015 - Project News

USA – In response to tremendous growth, New Beginnings DFW Church in Bedford, Texas purchased a former ten-screen Cineplex and converted it to a stunning sanctuary for contemporary worship. Its high-energy services, complete with a full band and plenty of vocalists, benefit from the simple, but tremendously powerful Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers, subwoofers, and amplifiers that Jeff McLeod at Church Audio Video designed and installed. 

Rat Sound Fine-Tuned Music Experience at Coachella with Dante

08/07/2015 - Production News

USA – Rat Sound, a leading sound reinforcement specialist for the concert touring industry, integrated a Dante audio network from Audinate at this spring’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and consequent Stagecoach festival. Faced with the challenge of covering enormous areas of roughly 750 x 1200 feet, Rat Sound simplified the installation by installing a Dante network to ensure robust and reliable carriage of high-quality audio across 21 delay positions. In addition to reducing the labour installation costs, the Dante audio over IP solution provided exceptional performance at the renowned music festival. The annual festival featured over 200 artists and attracts several hundred thousand fans to the desert climate of Indio, California over two subsequent weekends every April.

Soundtracks Production Services add E-Series to Adamson Inventory

08/07/2015 - Business News

USA – Soundtracks Production Services, located in Cedarbrook, New Jersey, recently took delivery of 16 Adamson E12 line array enclosures.

Colour Sound Invests in Robe BMFLs

08/07/2015 - Business News

UK - West London based lighting and visuals rental company Colour Sound Experiment now holds the largest stock of Robe BMFL Spot moving lights in the UK with the purchase of 50 new fixtures, which have been delivered by Robe UK.

Lush Cosmetics Celebrates 20 Years in Style with Chauvet Professional

08/07/2015 - Production News

UK – Growing from a small local shop to a hugely successful international enterprise in the space of two decades is not easy. Achieving this success while advancing and upholding deeply held ethical principles makes the accomplishment all the more noteworthy. Management at Lush Cosmetics recognised this, which is why they wanted to make their company’s 20th anniversary celebration stand out. That’s precisely what they did, thanks to some help from Presentation Design Services and a collection of fixtures from Chauvet Professional.

ETC mourns the passing of Fulvio Cotogni

08/07/2015 - People News

One of the industry’s brightest lights dimmed on Thursday, when Fulvio Cotogni, ETC’s regional manager for Southern Europe and the Middle East, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer.

Rigging Team Sponsors the Technical Theatre Awards

08/07/2015 - Event News

Rigging Team is once again supporting the Technical Theatre Awards and for the second year running is sponsoring The “Rigging Team” Award for Outstanding Achievement in Automation.

Rodeo FX Delivers Escape Sequence for Tomorrowland

08/07/2015 - Production News

Canada – Rodeo FX completed 50 visual effects shots for the latest Brad Bird movie, Tomorrowland, including digital matte painting, blue screen compositing, scene enhancements, CG effects and simulation, and a thrilling sequence in which the central characters escape in a rocket-propelled bathtub pod moments before their farmhouse explodes. Partnering once again with ILM, Rodeo FX combined digital effects and miniatures shot in-house to deliver visual effects for a magical and futuristic world. 

S Series Speakers Supply Sumptuous Sonics

08/07/2015 - Equipment News

UK Quad, the distinguished British audio brand, marks its 79th year with an all-new loudspeaker range – the S Series. Each model combines advanced Kevlar-coned bass/midrange drivers with a specially designed ribbon tweeter, supplying effortless sonic expression to capture all the nuances and passion of the original performance.

White Light Creates Visual Spectacle for Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular

08/07/2015 - Production News

Following its sell-out debut success in Australia, Vision Nine and BBC Worldwide recently brought the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular to the UK for an arena tour. A musical celebration of the iconic BBC series, the Symphonic Spectacular featured Doctor Who’s most captivating music, video sequences of the most iconic moments from the past 50 years of the show, along with a host of live monsters including the Cybermen and Daleks. White Light was the choice supplier for providing the lighting, rigging and crew to deliver the full tour comprising 13 performances across London, Cardiff, Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle and Glasgow.

PLA art delegation makes friends in Mongolia with help from PR Lighting

08/07/2015 - Production News

The art delegation of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), comprising 106 members, recently held the first of three shows at the Ulaanbaatar Central Palace of Culture during a ten-day visit to Mongolia.

Ridley High School Upgrades Auditorium Audio

07/07/2015 - Project News

USA – Located in Delaware County near Philadelphia, Ridley High School serves 2200 students in its new facility completed in 2001. The school is well-known for its athletic programmes and its wide variety of elective classes including music and drama.

Bandit Lites Promotes Steve Powell and Mark Steinwachs

07/07/2015 - People News

USA – Bandit Lites always strives for unparalleled service, and with the recent promotions of Steve Powell to rentals manager and Mark Steinwachs to general manager, Bandit clients will continue to receive the industry’s best in concert lighting.

The Laycock Street Community Theatre invests in d&b

07/07/2015 - Project News

Australia – Approximately 75km north of Sydney, in the city district of Gosford, is the rather un-prepossessing building that houses the vibrant Laycock Street Community Theatre. The Theatre is unique in the Central Coast area of New South Wales as the only professional proscenium arch venue in the locality, with its tiered seating comfortably accommodating audiences up to three hundred and ninety. The Gosford Musical Society sits at the heart of many of the Theatre’s productions.

The Script rock Croke Park with Avolites providing the full package

07/07/2015 - Production News

Ireland The Script performed in front of a jam packed crowd of over 80,000 people at Croke Park in June, for their biggest show of the year. Mirrad's Jamie Thompson and Dave Cohen made full use of Avolites Titan range, with two Sapphire Touch consoles, two Tiger Touch II consoles, a Quartz, four Titan Net Processors, and ART2000 dimmers.

Robert Juliat follows Take That on the Live 2015 tour

07/07/2015 - Production News

Top international pop artists, Take That, are currently promoting their seventh studio album, III, on their Live 2015 tour with seven Robert Juliat followspots playing major roles in highlighting the artists and the many theatrical antics that surround them.

NEO Lighting Control System Expands with Wings and Playback Controller

07/07/2015 - Equipment News

USA – Philips Strand Lighting has announced that the NEO lighting control system is now expanding with the introduction of the Submaster and Playback Wings along with the rack-mount Playback Controller. Designed for use in theatrical, house of worship, and themed entertainment productions, the expanded NEO lighting control system can help users realise the full potential of lighting designs quickly and intelligently.

American Country Star Gets Big Looks From Chauvet ÉPIX

07/07/2015 - Production News

USA – When lighting designer Mike Marcario got the call to work on up-and-coming country star Eric Paslay’s “Make Every Night A Friday Night Tour,” he was told his rig and programming needed to meet two requirements: it had to be versatile enough to work in a variety of venues, and it had to have the punch to stand out in daylight for some of the tour’s outdoor stops. Bearing this dual dictum in mind and appreciative of the redheaded bearded Texan’s passionate musical style, Marcario knew that he needed to have a rig that was fast, powerful and capable of quick dimming and colour changes.  ÉPIX Strip 2.0 units from Chauvet Professional fit his plan perfectly.

EM Acoustics continues to strengthen dealer network with Audio Alliance

07/07/2015 - Business News

Following the recent announcement of Pro Audio Systems as a main dealer, EM Acoustics has announced the appointment of Manchester-based pro audio specialists, Audio Alliance. This latest move brings the number of EM Acoustics UK main dealers up to ten.

Ayrton MagicPanel-R and MagicBlade-R cut a dash with Take That

07/07/2015 - Production News

UK - Lighting designer Tim Routledge has employed a quantity of Ayrton MagicBlade-R and MagicPanel-R LED fixtures on Take That’s Live 2015 tour, which is currently travelling the UK in promotion of their seventh studio album, III, before crossing to mainland Europe in the autumn.

Elation Colour Pendant – a Versatile Dynamic Stage or House Lighting Solution

07/07/2015 - Equipment News

Elation Professional has launched a new luminaire in its Colour Series of colour-changing LED luminaires, the Colour Pendant, a highly versatile wash light that allows for dynamic control of stage or house lighting levels in an energy-efficient intelligent downlighting fixture.

CPL Launches Smartphone App for Catalogue

07/07/2015 - Equipment News

Live video and production specialist Central Presentations Limited (CPL) has launched a new tablet and smartphone App version of their famous ‘Black Book’ product catalogue.

ROE Launch Black Onyx Panels with Brompton Processing

07/07/2015 - Equipment News

ROE Visual this year has launched its new Black Onyx 3.47mm and 5.21mm high resolution LED panel with showcases at Prolight and Sound in Europe and Infocomm in Orlando. The screen is the latest addition to its impressive range of rental and staging focused products and has already been added to the inventories of a host of major rental houses throughout Europe, the US and Asia.

Martin Audio Announces Availability of CDD Loudspeaker Management System and EASE Data

07/07/2015 - Equipment News

Offered to partner the new CDD range, DX0.5 adds affordable loudspeaker system management to the existing range of DX loudspeaker controllers.

Planet Service chooses Outline for Herbalife’s Italian summit

07/07/2015 - Production News

Rome’s Palalottomatica indoor sports arena hosted this year’s Italian Summit by global nutrition and weight management company Herbalife.

ETC celebrates biggest CUE conference yet

07/07/2015 - Event News

USA – From Friday 26 June to Sunday 28 June, more than 200 people from around the world joined ETC in Madison, Wisconsin, for lighting education, console training and certification, networking and special events. The third professional development conference that ETC has hosted, this CUE event included more classes and events – and was attended by the largest group of lighting professionals and students representing several countries and all segments of the lighting industry – than ever before.

Avolites Tiger Touch II shines at summer festivals for Anna Calvi

07/07/2015 - Production News

Europe Lighting designer Tom Campbell is using an Avolites Tiger Touch II on Anna Calvi's summer festival tour using V9 to create a subtle and evocative production.

White Light on Song for Frankie Valli and Gladys Knight

07/07/2015 - Production News

White Light recently provided its lighting services for a series of concert tours featuring two of the most iconic names in the music industry. Both Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons and Gladys Knight are currently touring the UK, with both playing the Royal Albert Hall before visiting venues in Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Leeds. Each tour has been organised by concert and tour promoters Kennedy Street, who approached White Light to provide the lighting, rigging and crew in order to create an unforgettable experience for audiences across Britain.

Robe BMFLs Help Ramp Up For Performance

06/07/2015 - Production News

Chicago-based Performance Lighting is another leading US company to invest recently in Robe with the purchase of 30 BMFL Spots and 12 Pointes.

W-DMX at the Valdivia Boat Parade in Chile

06/07/2015 - Production News

W-DMX by Wireless Solution Sweden AB recently set sail with W-DMX distributor Iluminacion Profesional VALOOK SA. based in Santiago, Chile. The Valdivia boat parade takes place annually in the south of Chile to celebrate the birth of Valdivia City. Over 150,000 visitors come to see the fireworks and spectacular boat parade over the Calle Calle River.

Brazilian pop superstar films DVD with Clay Paky

06/07/2015 - Production News

Brazil – Brazil’s biggest pop star Luan Santana has filmed his latest DVD ‘Luan Santana – Acoustic’ at a sold out show, with the production and lighting designed by Ludmila Machado and Marcos Olivio of Spectrun Design. Together, the creative duo employed an array of Clay Paky fixtures to deliver crucial looks for the event, with the video becoming the second most watched in YouTube history.

Okulus and SES Equip Zac Brown Band Tour with Clay Paky Fixtures

06/07/2015 - Production News

USA – Zac Brown Band launched their JEKYLL + HYDE North American Stadium Tour presented by BAI earlier this summer and will play nine stadium shows among many additional arenas and amphitheaters nationwide this summer. Production designers Louis Oliver and James Scott from Creative Outfit, ‘Okulus’ worked with Special Event Services (SES) to provide Clay Paky Mythos, B-EYE K20 and Sharpy fixtures for the tour.

Clay Paky Fixtures Shine in Lobby Upgrade at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

06/07/2015 - Project News

USA – Clay Paky Mythos fixtures played a dual role at Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum recently when they formed part of the new lighting truss in the lobby and enhanced the Induction Eve VIP party prior to the ceremony honouring new members. A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky fixtures in North America.

Christie wins Six Industry Awards at InfoComm 2015

06/07/2015 - Event News

Christie added to its extensive trophy collection at InfoComm 2015, with six new awards including the new Boxer, which is making waves with rental stagers. This recognition for Christie by the industry’s most respected professionals, testifies to its ongoing commitment to its customers. By providing the right light for the application, Christie’s customers imagine, create and share their visions.

ADI secure Silverstone screen contract

06/07/2015 - Production News

Event screen specialist ADI has been awarded the contract to deliver Silverstone Circuit’s LED screen requirements until 2018. As part of the new three year agreement Silverstone will gain access to Europe’s largest fleet of mobile screens and receive an up-lift in the amount of LED on-site of over 45%.

Infinity Sunpanels at Guus Meeuwis concert at London's Royal Albert Hall

06/07/2015 - Production News

The Dutch singer-songwriter Guus Meeuwis performed at London's prestigious Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 24 May, on the same stage as stars like Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Adele, and Eric Clapton. The concert drew approximately 5,000 Dutch fans. As if the venue weren't spectacular enough, 28 stunning Sunpanels were set up around the band to project visuals and to create a blinder effect. These custom-made visuals served as the background for the band and enhanced the musical experience by adapting to the changing beat and style. The large panels, which featured quick-action couplings, were extremely quick and easy to assemble.

PLASA Announces First Professional Development Programme Seminars for 2015

06/07/2015 - Event News

The renowned PLASA Professional Development Programme will once again bring global experts together to share their insight and experience at the 2015 PLASA Show, which takes place at London’s ExCel from 4th-6th October. The first tranche of seminar sessions has just been announced, featuring a wide range of fascinating and thought-provoking subjects.

White Light Still Standing at ABTT Theatre Show 2015

03/07/2015 - Event News

This year’s ABTT Theatre Show took place at Alexandra Palace on 24th – 25th June. Now in its 37th year, it was the first time that the show was held at the venue, which is now to become its permanent home. As always, the event allowed various visitors and exhibitors from across the entertainment industry the chance for discussion, discovery and development. It was also a significant year for White Light with the complete production solution specialist taking the title of ‘Last Man Standing’ – in the sense that it is the only company left who exhibited at the first ever ABTT Theatre Show.

Clay Paky Mythos takes pride of place in Classical Spectacular’s new rig

03/07/2015 - Production News

UK – The UK’s most popular classical music show, Classical Spectacular, returned to the Royal Albert Hall (RAH) this year with a brand new rig designed by award-winning lighting designer Durham Marenghi. Featuring an array of Clay Paky fixtures, the Mythos took pride of place with Marenghi using just four of the super powerful fixtures to illuminate the RAH organ.

Bandit Lights Biggest Firefly Festival to Date

03/07/2015 - Production News

USA – More than 90,000 music lovers turned out for another weekend of music in The Woodlands at The Firefly Music Festival. Bandit Lites provided the festival lighting for the stages which featured performances by The Killers, Foster the People, Snoop Dogg, Paul McCartney, Morrissey, and Zedd.

USITT Accepting Submissions for Best Theatre Architecture

03/07/2015 - Event News

USITT is accepting submissions for its 2016 Architecture Awards, for outstanding performance spaces completed in the past ten years.

Florence + The Machine Headlines Glastonbury Festival with Jands Vista

03/07/2015 - Production News

UK – Renowned lighting designer, Rob Sinclair and programmer Louisa Smurthwaite used a Jands Vista L5 lighting console to deliver a memorable performance for Florence + The Machine's triumphant Friday night headlining slot on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival.

University partners Cloudbass to launch Broadcast Engineering degree

03/07/2015 - Standards News

The University of Derby’s College of Engineering has partnered with Cloudbass Limited to launch a new undergraduate degree in Broadcast Engineering and Live Event Technology. The University of Derby is the first UK University to partner with Cloudbass Limited.

dot2 debut at Durham Cathedral

03/07/2015 - Production News

UK - As venues go, The Cathedral Church of Christ, Blessed Mary the Virgin and St Cuthbert of Durham is about as venerable and august as they come. Designated a World Heritage Site, the present cathedral dates from 1083 and plays a central role in the cultural life of the city and its surrounds.

Sennheiser announces new Sound Academy date at White Light

03/07/2015 - Standards News

UK – Sennheiser has announced that Sound Academy is heading to White Light in Wimbledon, South West London on the 15th of July for its latest Wireless Mics and Monitoring Essentials courses.

Stage Electrics supports drp 35th Anniversary

03/07/2015 - Production News

Stage Electrics has been working with creative communications agency drp since 1998, so when the company was asked if it would support drp’s 35th anniversary, it was more than happy to oblige.

Electronic Opus, featuring world-renowned EDM artist BT, stages massive projection mapping for electronic symphonic concert

03/07/2015 - Production News

USA – Barco is continuing to lead the projection mapping landscape, powering numerous shows and events around the globe with its award-winning large venue projection. Its latest foray: Electronic Opus, a creation of TanZ Group and Video Games Live creator Tommy Tallarico, presenting a pioneering, immersive electronic symphonic concert featuring famous works reimagined by world-renowned EDM artist, film composer and technologist Brian Transeau (BT).

HK Audio the new choice for England’s Baltic centre for contemporary art

03/07/2015 - Project News

UK – HK Audio is the new sound system of choice for the cutting edge Baltic centre for contemporary art in Gateshead.

POLARaudio secures Rane Corp Distribution

03/07/2015 - Business News

POLARaudio has announced that it is to be the exclusive distributor for Rane Corp products in the UK. One of the leading brands in the digital DJ mixing market, Rane produces high quality cutting-edge audio products for both the installed sound and professional DJ markets. Rane uses precision components within neat and robust constructions that have earned an enviable reputation amongst countless users.

Adamson Blueprint AV 3D Modelling Software Now Available

03/07/2015 - Equipment News

Canada – Adamson Systems Engineering, after experiencing tremendous growth in the last year, has announced that registration for their popular Blueprint AV software is now free of charge to members of the professional audio industry.

Sentinel keeps an eye out on Alcons systems

03/07/2015 - Equipment News

The remarkable audio quality of Alcons’ pro-ribbon technology is making significant inroads in the professional sound reinforcement market, but in order to get the very best from their systems, every component of the signal chain has to consistently deliver. It is with this in mind that Alcons has developed Sentinel, a range of amplified loudspeaker controllers that precisely match the requirements of its loudspeakers.

Stagelight Buys BMFL Magic

03/07/2015 - Production News

Stagelight is a leading Dutch technical production and rental company headed by the charismatic Jacco van der Heijden, and one of a growing number of Dutch companies investing in Robe’s BMFL moving lights.

White Light Creates Drama at Dorney Court

03/07/2015 - Production News

With more than 17 years experience, renowned events company Private Drama deliver immersive, bespoke performances as part of a unique event experience. They have entertained guests at the Imperial War Museum, Kensington Palace and Guildhall and their clients range from Gordon Ramsay to Deloitte to Private Eye magazine. Last week, they hosted a Family Fun Day for one of their many important clients at the prestigious Dorney Court in Windsor. Following a successful relationship which has seen them work together on numerous events, Private Drama approached White Light to provide all of the production support for the event. As the occasion had a particular focus on audio requirements, this saw White Light draw on both the equipment and expertise found within its newly expanded audio department.

Howling Tour with GLD Chrome

03/07/2015 - Production News

Elemental techno band, Howling, recently purchased Allen & Heath’s new GLD-80 Chrome digital mixer to manage its audio requirements on tour. The brainchild of renowned singer songwriter, Ry X, the band wanted to maintain a seamless mix at every gig, and has just completed a tour across Europe with the mixer.

Showman’s Show 2015 – Have You Seenit?

03/07/2015 - Event News

UK - The Showman’s Show will be working with innovative video app provider Seenit to produce exciting and dynamic footage of the Show when it returns to Newbury Showground this October. As a collaborative platform that effectively turns the event’s key stakeholders into a mobile film crew, organiser Lance Show & Publications Limited will be encouraging visitors, exhibitors, journalists and industry experts to get involved.

Capital Sound extends its Hyde Park Optocore network

03/07/2015 - Production News

Optocore converters have been frequent fixtures at London’s Hyde Park over the past few summers, providing pristine, site wide digital signal transmission over optical fibre.

Capital and MLA Make Best Ever Barclaycard BST at Hyde ParkK

03/07/2015 - Production News

UK - For the third consecutive year, Capital Sound’s MLA PA system from Martin Audio was on duty at the ten-day Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park festival in Hyde Park – to meet both the on- and off-site requirements of promoters AEG Live and sound consultants Vanguardia.

Audinate’s Dante Via Wins Best of Show at InfoComm15

02/07/2015 - Event News

USA – Sound and video contractor, Pro Sound News and Mix magazine’s Best of Show Award for InfoComm15 went to Dante Via, Audinate’s latest networking software application. Dante Via delivers unprecedented routing of computer-based audio, allowing a wide range of applications and devices to be networked and interconnected, easily and inexpensively.

Chauvet LEDs Create Theatre Light Show at Bucknell Recital Hall

02/07/2015 - Production News

USA – The Stephen Sondheim production Company won widespread acclaim when it debuted in 1970, not to mention six Tony Awards, for its trailblazing treatment of adult relationship themes and its departure from the traditional 'linear storyline' that characterised musicals of its era. Lighting designer William Kenyon reflected a similar outside-the-box spirit recently, when he illuminated the Sondheim classic at Bucknell University’s Natalie Davis Rooke Recital Hall.

JTS Professional to reach new heights with FBT Audio UK

02/07/2015 - Business News

UK and Ireland – Leading microphone brand JTS Professional is to be represented in the UK and Ireland by FBT Audio UK, following the signing of an exclusive distribution agreement between the two companies. Effective as of July 1st 2015, the appointment will see the JTS Professional brand pushed to new heights as FBT Audio UK establishes an exclusive dealer network numbering more than 50 retail outlets, alongside the selection of preferred install and rental partners.

XL Video Brings a Glow to Red Rocks for Bassnectar

02/07/2015 - Production News

USA – Continuing their work with some of the world’s highest profile EDM artists, XL Video worked with DJ/Producer Bassnectar to light up Colorado’s legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater with an abundance of LED, as well as supply control systems and crew for two shows in late May.

Philips Vari-Lite VL4000 Spot proves 'perfect' for theatre

02/07/2015 - Project News

Germany – The Gaertnerplatz theatre in Munich has set one of the 18th century's major works of French Literature, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, to music, with lighting designer Michael Heidinger choosing the award-winning Philips Vari-Lite VL4000 Spot for key depth and variety throughout the production.

Aurora gets a boards eye of Glastonbury

02/07/2015 - Production News

Armed with an artic full of gear, Aurora Lighting Hire entered into the festival spirit to support lighting director Oli Richards and Gaffer Sam Madden as chosen BBC Broadcast partners during Glastonbury 2015.

Major Launch of ProLyft Service Points in Latin America

02/07/2015 - Business News

With the conclusion of an intensive week of training, Prolyte has announced no less than four ProLyft Service Points have been added to its already extensive network.

The safe way to move a Tallescope with someone in the cage

01/07/2015 - Standards News

On Wednesday 24th June 2015 Stafford Borough Council was fined £20,000 after an incident on 16th July 2014 where Stafford Gatehouse Theatre employees were using a Tallescope which overturned, causing the worker in the cage to suffer a fractured bone in his back. There were only two workers involved and the Tallescope was being moved with a person in the cage. It is important to note that the Tallescope being used in this incident was a ‘Topdeck 50518’ which is a different model and design to the models 50512, 50518 and 50524 with telescopic extending ladders that are commonly used in theatres and which are dealt with in the ABTT ‘Code of practice for use of Tallescopes for working at height in theatres’.

Fine Time for Fineline at Glastonbury 2015

01/07/2015 - Production News

Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts (Glasto to regulars), arguably the world’s best known and highest profile festival presented another fantastically diverse melting pot of music, performance, entertainment, culture and fun from around the globe descending on the massive Worthy Farm site at Pilton in Somerset.

Chauvet Makes Grade at US College Graduations

01/07/2015 - Production News

USA – Colby College is a long way from Hollywood (3,165.4 miles to be exact), but that didn’t keep film legend Robert Redford from journeying to the historic Maine school to address its 483 graduates and other guests at the 2015 commencement ceremony held outdoors on its picturesque campus. As befits a New England college graduation ceremony, the sun was shining very brightly that day. Still, visitors who couldn’t get a good view of the movie star on stage were able to see him clearly on the two large video walls that flanked the stage, thanks to the brightness of the MVP Ta8 Curve video panel from Chauvet Professional.

CPL Returns to Glasto for Arcadia Spectacular and Hell

01/07/2015 - Production News

West Midlands based Central Presentations Ltd (CPL) returned to Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts as part of the incredible and unique Arcadia Spectacular, for which the west Midlands based company provided Panasonic projection onto the legs of the giant spider.

Bandit Brings Lights to Bonnaroo

01/07/2015 - Production News

USA – It was a weekend of pulsating beats of electronica, blaring bluegrass, hard core rockers and uncontained laughter as over 125 bands and 20 comedians took to the stages at The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The diverse line-up of over 200 acts included Billy Joel, Mumford & Sons, Deadmau5, Tears for Fears, Slayer, Kendrick Lamar, Florence and the Machine, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, and My Morning Jacket. Bandit Lites was again tasked by Hadden Hippsley of Lambda Productions to provide the lighting for the multiple stages.

Harman's Martin Professional Announces Immediate Availability of Martin M-DMX and New Controller Bundles

01/07/2015 - Equipment News

Harman’s Martin Professional has announced that the Martin M-DMX is now shipping. The interface hardware is ideal for connecting lighting software and DMX universes as well as several new controller solution bundles, including the M-PC 2U bundle and the LightJockey 2 and M-PC+ Controller kit.

“Every Night is a Friday Night” with Eric Paslay and Elite Multimedia

01/07/2015 - Production News

USA – Having already created hit songs for Jake Owen, Rascal Flatts, and the Eli Young Band, Eric Paslay has become an artist in his own right, having embarked on his first headlining tour “Make Every Night a Friday Night”. With performances scheduled throughout the United States, tour manager Steve Bryan and lighting designer Mike Marcario wanted to give fans of the soulful Texan a truly unique concert experience. To do so, they would have to rely upon a tour provider who could offer the best lighting gear and support to make it happen, and they found that relationship in Elite Multimedia.

Philips Selecon is integral in re-design of immersive light installation

01/07/2015 - Production News

France Award-winning lighting designer Flynn Talbot has chosen Philips Selecon PLprofile4 luminaires as part of the re-design of his light installation 'Primary' for the Éléphant Paname gallery in Paris.

Bette Midler Doesn’t Need “Divine Intervention” to Sound Great with L-Acoustics

01/07/2015 - Production News

On her first tour since 1994, Bette Midler is still keeping it larger than life. The “Divine Intervention” tour, which began May 8 at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood and finishes up July 19 at the O2 Arena in London, UK, brings 14 musicians onstage, including a dancing five-man horn section, as well as her longtime backing trio, The Staggering Harlettes, and plenty of costume and set changes, one of which involves a lip-shaped couch on casters. This is Midler's first global tour in over a decade and is promoting her October 2014 album, It's the Girls! What it also brings is sound as real as Bette herself.

ASC: The North Star – media technology reaches new heights

01/07/2015 - Project News

The Anthem of the Seas, the second cruise liner belonging to the Royal Caribbean’s Quantum Class, was named in Southampton on April 20, 2015. During its first season it will be used for cruises in the western Mediterranean, and then on October 27 it will move to New York. As the system integrator responsible, ASC has been commissioned by Meyer Werft to equip the public entertainment areas with media, which will provide passengers with ground-breaking leisure and entertainment activities. One of the ship’s visual highlights is clearly the North Star, a viewing gondola in the shape of a jewel, which is suspended 90 m above the water by a crane.

DiGiCo Is Portugal’s Gold Standard

01/07/2015 - Production News

Globos de Ouro – or the Golden Globes – is Portugal’s highest profile arts and entertainments awards ceremony, taking place annually at Lisbon’s Coliseu Dos Recreios. 2015 marked the awards 20th year, with the 24th May ceremony featuring four DiGiCo SD series consoles to mix the audio for both the live and broadcast audiences.

Chroma-Q Inspire Mini LED House Lights Reduce Running Costs for Maranatha Church

01/07/2015 - Project News

USA – Chroma-Q Inspire Mini energy-efficient, full colour-mixing LED houselights have taken the place of old incandescent fixtures at Maranatha Assembly of God Church in Minnesota and are expected to save the organisation up to $6,500 USD per year in lighting running costs.

ArKaos MediaMaster Pro goes to University

01/07/2015 - Project News

USA – ArKaos MediaMaster Pro has been chosen as the most versatile and user-friendly media software for Event Services at Ohio University.

DPA Microphones Captures Sweet Sounds for Legendary FOH Engineer Rick Camp

01/07/2015 - Production News

USA For the past 34 years, FOH/recording engineer Rick Camp has worked with some of the biggest names in the music business. From Beyoncé, Chris Brown, J. Lo and Mary J. Blige to Madonna and Burt Bacharach, Camp’s diverse portfolio includes his recent efforts with the Forbidden Saints, the Mississippi Orchestra and the Newark Philharmonic. Although his gigs vary, Camp’s desire to provide his clients with the best possible equipment remains steadfast, and that’s why he relies on DPA Microphones for his instrumental audio amplification needs.