News Archive for September 2015

LSC chants the Mantra

30/09/2015 - Equipment News

LSC Lighting Systems has announced the release of its latest lighting controller, the Mantra Lite.

Corporate Sponsorships Boost USITT 2016

30/09/2015 - Event News

USA – Some top names in entertainment technology are contributing to USITT 2016 by sponsoring key elements of the Annual Conference & Stage Expo to be held March 16-19 in Salt Lake City.

Harman Martin Professional’s VDO Sceptrons Frame the Stage for Mumford & Sons’ World Tour

30/09/2015 - Production News

Since forming in 2007, British band Mumford & Sons has toured the world almost non-stop. Now setting out again to showcase their third album, the band’s lighting and production designer Ed Warren selected Harman Martin Professional VDO Sceptron 10s and MAC QuantumTM Washes to make their live show even more immersive and experiential.

dbn Lights 2015 Ramsbottom Festival

30/09/2015 - Production News

UK – dbn Lighting from Manchester returned to the annual Ramsbottom Festival in the picturesque town of Ramsbottom in the Metropolitan Borough of Bury, Greater Manchester, which is a deep valley steeped in history nestling amidst the stunning scenery of the west Pennine moors.

Chroma-Q Announces Appointment of John Fuller as Global Brand Manager

30/09/2015 - People News

USA – Chroma-Q, a world-renowned brand of premium performance LED lighting solutions manufactured in North America, has announced the appointment of three-year industry veteran John Fuller as the company's Chroma-Q Global Brand Manager – effective immediately. This position is a result of Chroma-Q's continued strong ongoing growth in the global entertainment and commercial lighting markets.

Stage Electrics installs ‘invisible’ K-array system at Royal Opera House

30/09/2015 - Project News

UK - This is opera, not cabaret, but if the KP102s, mounted eight per side on the proscenium arch of London’s Royal Opera House could speak for themselves, they would surely be saying “can you see me at the back…?”, since the K-array loudspeaker system installed by Stage Electrics is so discreet it is almost invisible. 

USW students win UK lighting design competition

30/09/2015 - Event News

Europe – University of South Wales (USW) students will be heading to Belgium to represent the UK in a European lighting design competition later this year after winning the UK leg.

PLASA Awards for Innovation announce nominees

30/09/2015 - Event News

PLASA Show 2015 has announced the first nominees for the 2015 Awards for Innovation, which recognise and reward new product ideas. Judged by a panel of independent experts, the final assessment will be made at PLASA Show 2015.

Electro-Voice EVA system for historic Cottbus Conservatory, Germany

30/09/2015 - Project News

Autobahn Audio Pro Light & Sound recently installed a new Electro-Voice sound reinforcement system in the Cottbus Conservatory, a historic venue in its home town of Cottbus, Brandenburg, Germany. The centrepiece of the system upgrade is the EVA expandable vertical array system serving the main 300-seat concert hall, with ultra-compact EVU models performing delay and monitoring duties as well as serving the gallery. Given that the conservatory is a historic listed building, all the speakers needed to be aesthetically unobtrusive. Autobahn Audio Pro Light & Sound also opted for EV when selecting system processing and power, all meeting the customer’s requirement to provide a solution that satisfied the highest demands in terms of sound quality without stretching the budget.

Triple E's ModTruss stages land at PLASA London

29/09/2015 - Event News

UK Triple E's ModTruss is being deployed as the 'universal building system' for the Theatres Trust stage, the Technical Theatre Awards/USITT stand and the Technical Theatre Awards stage at PLASA this year.

Summer’s End, Swiss Style

29/09/2015 - Production News

Stageco supplied staging and other temporary structures at the spectacular annual event that has become regarded as the grand finale for the summer music festival season in Switzerland.

Alfa Audio expands EM Acoustics distribution into Finland

29/09/2015 - Business News

EM Acoustics has announced that its Danish distribution partner, Alfa Audio, has expanded distribution into Finland. Juha Tamminen has been appointed to represent the brand exclusively throughout both territories.

Lock & Lite – Penn Elcom News for PLASA 2015

29/09/2015 - Event News

Flightcase, loudspeaker component and 19 inch rack manufacturer Penn Elcom highlights two exciting new products at the 2015 PLASA London expo; a brand new, super cool LED rack light and the robust and innovative MOL3 latch with patented automatic cantilevered action.

Bandit makes strategic investment in new inventory

29/09/2015 - Production News

USA – Industry leader Bandit Lites has again made a large strategic investment into a wide variety of additional, high demand lighting equipment. This investment was created by a high demand on a repeating basis for all of the products involved. Bandit Chair Michael T. Strickland stated: “It seemed that no matter how many of these items we purchased monthly, there was always a demand the next month for even more. To meet the demand we have simply ordered a large quantity of each fixture with the knowledge the demand will be there.”

ETC reveals 2015 LDI Student Sponsorship recipients

29/09/2015 - Event News

Every year ETC invites students with an interest in lighting design and stage technology from around the world to apply for the company’s annual LDI Sponsorship as a part of its commitment to nurturing young people looking to launch professional careers in the industry.

MSL fits new restaurant brand with Martin Audio CDD

29/09/2015 - Project News

UK – Long time advocate of Martin Audio’s signature sound, venue installation specialist Middlesex Sound & Light (MSL) has wasted no time in introducing the manufacturer’s new CDD range to the leisure hospitality industry.

Market Responds Overwhelmingly as GLP Launches Unique X4 L

29/09/2015 - Equipment News

The large pre-order numbers for GLP’s impression X4 L have established it as an instant success – almost before it arrived in production inventories.

The Lights Burn Bright at PLASA 2015

29/09/2015 - Event News

PLASA 2015 opens its doors to the public in less than two weeks, but already the lights are on and burning brightly as the industry’s leading brands turn their attention towards this year’s event. Robe will once again carry the headline sponsor torch, taking their place alongside more than 70 lighting brands and lighting distributors at London’s ExCeL exhibition centre between the 4th and the 6th October.

Elation Cuepix Panels from Arena to Club on David Nail “I’m a Fire” Tour

29/09/2015 - Production News

USA – Acclaimed country singer David Nail turned to Nashville-based Cour Design for help in creating the lighting for his “I'm a Fire” tour, a unique fully MIDI-triggered lighting rig that uses Elation Professional Cuepix Panel LED matrix blinders as the main lighting element.

Hawthorn continues digital venture into Europe

29/09/2015 - Event News

Hawthorn, one of London Stock Exchange’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain 2015’, has continued its reach into Europe with two significant events for September 2015.

PR sets the bar high with new XR 330 BWS all-in-one moving head

29/09/2015 - Equipment News

PR Lighting’s XR 330 BWS is a newly-launched, high-output moving head, which integrates three features (beam, wash and spot) in a single unit. This fixture has adopted PR patented technology, and combines advanced 330W lamp technology (Sirius HRI 330W discharge lamp) with a superb optical system.

A.C. Entertainment Technologies Zone at PLASA 2015

28/09/2015 - Event News

A.C. Entertainment Technologies (F30)

Adlib Enjoys a Summer Full of Festivals

28/09/2015 - Production News

UK – Liverpool-based Adlib is full of festival spirit following a highly successful summer of shows and events covering a rich and diverse cross section of concerts and music performances – from Latitude to Leeds/Reading – with lighting, sound, their infectious enthusiasm and characteristic humour. Here’s a round-up of a few of the highlights capturing the energy, spirit and vibes:

CS Audio Invests in BMFLs and DL4S fixtures

28/09/2015 - Production News

South Africa – Cape Town-based CS Audio, a busy full technical (sound, lighting, video and structures) solutions and rental operation started in 1995 by Donald Clark, became the third company in South Africa to invest in Robe BMFLs, with the purchase of 12 BMFL Blades together with 24 of the new DL4S LED Profiles.

Enter the Behind the Scenes UK Raffle at PLASA London and Help Your Colleagues in Need

28/09/2015 - Event News

What can just £5 do? It can win you an Amazon Gift Card for £100, £250 or even £500 – but more importantly it can help a colleague in need who has fallen on hard times because they, or an immediate family member, is seriously ill or injured.

Safety Advisors Group in Entertainment

28/09/2015 - Event News

SAGE (Safety Advisors Group in Entertainment) has raised concerns of the competence of some event safety advisors and have launched a campaign with the support of IIRSM (International Institute of Risk and Safety Management) to help event organisers and promoters to ensure they know what the really should be looking for in a prospective safety advisor for the organisation or events. The role is safety critical and therefore a high level of competence is required. SAGE is recommending the prospective candidate should meet the following criteria:

Dates and venue for Showlight 2017 Announced

28/09/2015 - Event News

Italy – With curiosity duly piqued among the lighting fraternity, news of the next Showlight Quadrennial is spreading with the announcement that Showlight 2017 will take place on 20-23 May 2017 in the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence.

Robe Presents a Full Spectrum at PLASA 2015

28/09/2015 - Event News

Building on the great success of the ‘Robe Arena’ at PLASA 2014 to mark the company’s 20th anniversary, this year Robe takes another large space at PLASA London in the ExCeL Centre, and will make a big impact with its newest products and technology, focusing on innovations specifically aimed at theatre and television lighting applications.

110 Raptors for Miss Italia 2015

28/09/2015 - Production News

One-hundred and ten Raptor moving heads have highlighted the finals of Miss Italia 2015, hosted by Simona Ventura and broadcast live on La7 television on 20th September.

Warehouse Sound Services create Sensational Sound at BBC Proms in the Park with d&b’s Array Processing

25/09/2015 - Production News

Leading pro-audio provider, The Warehouse Sound Services, helped the recent BBC Proms in the Park at Glasgow achieve a sensational sound experience after designing, installing and engineering the sound for event and the diverse range of acts involved.

Yamaha Teams Up with Nexo and Line 6 for PLASA Show 2015

25/09/2015 - Event News

After 2014’s successful return to the PLASA Show, this year Yamaha will be exhibiting on a bigger stand and, for the first time at the event, sharing it with Nexo and Line 6.

Video Design Wears the Rose

25/09/2015 - Production News

UK – With the Rugby World Cup now well in train it’s opportune to reflect on a unique event at the O2 Arena, when, as a curtain raiser to the England campaign, sponsors O2 presented ‘Wear the Rose’. For 20,000 dedicated England supporters this was an evening to engage with the team, but with a twist. A slickly presented hundred-minute question and answer (Q&A) session between team members and compere Vernon Kay was interspersed with video clip highlights from the various players. This was then followed with a resounding 75 minute finale from Take That.

Ambersphere brands have the right chemistry for Normandale

25/09/2015 - Production News

The Chemical Brothers are a band who like to do things differently. Their most recent world tour has so far delivered shows at festivals across Europe and the UK, most recently at Creamfields. Taking up a significant amount of space on that stage are George and Mildred, two 15ft high robots, alongside Paul Normandale’s lighting rig which is entirely floor based and features fixtures from two of Ambersphere Solutions group of brands: Clay Paky and Ayrton.

Little Big Town Rig Evolves with Chris Shrom and Bandit

25/09/2015 - Production News

USA – Country music super group Little Big Town has been killing it on the road on their Pain Killer Tour with lighting provided by Bandit Lites. With the tour having kicked off August 2014 and still going strong, lighting designer Chris Shrom created a visual look that progressed from a smaller festival look to an arena tour.

Martin Audio PA systems dominate Italian festival season

25/09/2015 - Production News

Audiosales in Italy has reached the end of a busy summer, supporting customers through a succession of festivals and high profile events involving premier Martin Audio PA systems; these have ranged from the flagship MLA system to conventional line arrays.

Alabama Shakes takes the SSL Live console on tour

25/09/2015 - Production News

USA – With appearances at the summer’s biggest music festivals and sold out concerts around North America, Southern rock group Alabama Shakes is currently on tour promoting its latest album, Sound & Color. To best feature the group’s unique sound – courtesy of lead singer and guitarist Brittany Howard – FOH and production engineer Shane Haase searched for the most “natural-sounding” equipment, including a Solid State Logic Live L500 Console. Formed in Athens, Alabama in 2009, the group has had a quick rise to fame, with three Grammy nominations for its self-produced introductory album Boys and Girls in 2010 and now Sound & Color’s number one debut on the Billboard charts. In addition to its female lead, Alabama Shakes also features Heath Fogg on guitar, Zac Cockrell on bass, Ben Tanner on keys and Steve Johnson on drums.

Chauvet Professional’s STRIKE 4 Warm White LED Blinder and Synapse 4 Intelligent Relay Pack are Must-Sees At LDI 2015

25/09/2015 - Event News

USA – A pair of 4s might not get you very far at the poker table, but there are two “4s” you can bet on to be big winners in Vegas this fall: Chauvet Professional’s STRIKE 4 and Synapse 4, which will be showcased at LDI 2015, held at the Las Vegas Convention Center October 23-25.  Along with sharing in common the number 4 in their names, both products are outstanding examples of Chauvet Professional’s commitment to providing innovative solutions to lighting professionals’ design and technical needs, and they will be on display at the company’s LDI Booth #539.

DPA Microphones Bring Added Confidence To The Cast of The Christians

25/09/2015 - Production News

UK DPA's d:facto vocal microphones are playing a crucial part in adding authenticity as well as vocal clarity to The Christians, a new play that is currently enjoying a successful run in London.

White Light Takes a Shine to Rambert

25/09/2015 - Project News

Rambert is Britain’s national dance company and has built a reputation of commissioning leading dance-makers, composers and designers from across the globe. It presents new and historic dance works to audiences in all parts of the country, performed by world-class dancers and accompanied by live music. The company recently decided to install a new lighting set-up in its London base, with this being used more and more frequently as a performance space. For both the purchase and installation of its new equipment, Rambert turned to White Light to draw on the company’s extensive stock range and expertise.

Elation LED Color for Tripolee Stage at Michigan’s Electric Forest Festival

25/09/2015 - Production News

Elation Professional Cuepix Panel LED matrices and Elation Colour Chorus LED batten wash lights were used by lighting designer Bobby Grey to light the Tripolee Stage at the multi-genre Electric Forest Festival June 25-28 in Rothbury, Michigan. Stage design for this year’s Tripolee Stage was by Heather Shaw and her team at multi-disciplinary design firm Vita Motus Design Studio, who has created innumerable ground-breaking touring stages in the past and did it again at this year’s Electric Forest.

The Unusual business of going green

25/09/2015 - Business News

UK – Unusual Rigging is proud to announce that it is now meeting over 50% of its annual on-site power consumption with renewable energy via a solar PV system.

PLASA launch for BroadWeigh's new wireless Load Monitoring System

25/09/2015 - Event News

A more powerful load cell monitoring system with improved coverage, increased security and a range of up to 800m will be showcased by leading load cell brand BroadWeigh at PLASA 2015.

Ampetronic appointed Listen Technologies distributor for the UK

25/09/2015 - Business News

Ampetronic, the world’s leading hearing loop systems manufacturer and supplier has announced that effective from 1st October it will also support and distribute Listen Technologies’ assistive listening products in the United Kingdom through a new company, Ampetronic Assistive Listening.

XLNT CyberMotion provides 'flawless' automation on KCON

25/09/2015 - Production News

USA – CyberMotion North America (CMNA) has supported Brea, California-based customer Visions Lighting while using XLNT's fast and precise chain motion control system CyberHoist on the USA's annual Korean pop (K-pop) convention, KCON.

Bend it like Beckham, Rig it like Unusual

25/09/2015 - Production News

UK – Bend it like Beckham the Musical, which opened to rave reviews this summer, is a striking tale of female footballer Jess, based on the 2002 film of the same name. The musical takes the audience on her journey as she struggles with a big decision – live up to her family expectations of university and marriage or chase her dreams and follow in the footsteps of her hero David Beckham.

Powersoft Strengthens Sales Force to Increase Momentum

24/09/2015 - People News

Italy – Following a year of outstanding success, Powersoft has emerged from the summer recess by announcing a new-look sales force, boosted by two key appointments.

“Small and extremely powerful”: Gearhouse South Africa purchases four dot2 XL-F

24/09/2015 - Production News

Gearhouse South Africa has purchased four dot2 XL-F consoles which will be split equally between their Johannesburg and Durban branches.

Paloma Faith Can Rely on Entec

24/09/2015 - Production News

Entec continues its lively working relationship as a lighting supplier to one of the UK’s most innovative, interesting and successful contemporary artists, Paloma Faith; working closely with LD Tony Austin and lighting director/programmer Phil White.

Laserworld takes up business in South Korea

24/09/2015 - Business News

The economy in South Korea is growing and so is the demand for entertainment technologies. The Laserworld Group opened its Korea office recently. Based in Daejeon in the centre of South Korea, Laserworld Korea handles sales in the area as well as providing local show laser light services.

Danley travels with gospel legend Guy Penrod’s mobile rig

24/09/2015 - Production News

USA – Guy Penrod is among the world’s greatest living gospel singers. For 14 years, he fronted the legendary Gaither Vocal Band before striking out on a solo career in 2009. His work has earned him Grammy and CMA Dove Awards and over four million unit sales. His transcendent live performances have earned him a comfortably-booked schedule that takes him, his band, and his crew away from their Tennessee homes for both domestic and international dates about half of any given month. Indeed, Penrod has performed at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Sydney Opera House, Atlanta's Georgia Dome, Billy Graham Crusades, and the White House. Shortly after launching his solo career, Penrod and his FOH engineer at the time, Tim Thomas, designed an incredibly compact and yet tremendously powerful Danley Sound Labs loudspeaker and subwoofer system that Penrod’s current staff now transports in the luggage area of the tour bus.

DPA Microphones d:fines Presentation Standards With Webb Audio Visual

24/09/2015 - Production News

USA Webb Audio Visual (Webb A/V) plans and executes large-scale corporate events in exhibit halls and arenas for Fortune 500 companies. With 60 years of experience, the company has developed a strong reputation for professionalism. To ensure every event presentation is flawless, Trevor Young, head of audio at Webb A/V, relies on DPA Microphones’ d:fine dual-ear directional headset microphone, which offers a comfortable and dependable audio solution.

SSL Appoints Paul Mac as Content Creator

24/09/2015 - People News

UK – Solid State Logic has announced the appointment of Paul Mac to the position of content creator. Based at SSL’s UK headquarters, Mac will be responsible for a range of SSL's published content, including user stories, press releases, video content, and sales materials. He will also be the worldwide first point of contact for editorial enquiries across all of SSL’s market sectors.

Ad-Libbing With Adlib – Coda System Tours UK Arenas With Mrs Brown’s Boys

24/09/2015 - Production News

Hit BBC show Mrs Brown's Boys has spent much of 2015 on a major UK and Ireland arena tour, with residencies in 12 cities. Although the roots of Brendan O'Carroll's sitcom lay in a theatre production as far back as 1999, the size of venues on the current tour has meant that production company Adlib has had to deploy a major Coda Audio system.

PLASA announces first nominees for Awards for Innovation

24/09/2015 - Event News

PLASA has announced the first of its nominees for the 2015 Awards for Innovation, which recognise and reward new product ideas. Nominated products should meet at least one of the Awards’ criteria for ‘Innovation’ – to offer a new style of thinking, an improvement in existing technical practice, a new or improved aid to safety, a new commercial advantage, use new patents or unique intellectual property, or introduce new technology, materials or manufacturing techniques.

Colour Sound Lights Arcadia ‘Metamorphosis’ in Bristol

24/09/2015 - Production News

UK – Arcadia’s awesome new immersive spectacular Metamorphosis came alive in a city centre setting for the first time last weekend in Queen Square Bristol, where, together with the Lords of Lightning and an array of breath-taking aerial stunts, the ground-breaking 30-minute mixed-media show united the energies and experimental spirit of rave and physical theatre with some impressive technical wizardry.

Adventure Combat Ops Accomplishes Mission With Chauvet Professional

24/09/2015 - Project News

USA – They say you can find anything you want in Las Vegas. Adventure Combat Ops, one of the city’s newest attractions, falls into that category.  Located in a 77,000 square foot former warehouse just off the famed Strip, this unique venue serves up a two-hour adrenaline rush of non-stop action by enlisting customers to battle an invading army of zombies in a realistic urban warfare setting. The experience is, as its promotional literature proclaims, a “full sensory immersion.”  A big part of that immersive sensation is created by an army of LED fixtures from Chauvet Professional, deftly deployed by Steve Hansel of XS Entertainment LLC.

Syncrolite Promotions

24/09/2015 - People News

USA – Syncrolite LLC has announced that Jerry Trojan, current executive vice president will assume the role of chief executive officer and that Steve Washington, current vice president of operations, will assume the role of chief product officer.

Achieving perfection in listening and music with d&b ArrayProcessing

24/09/2015 - Production News

One look at the photo tells you all you need to know about audio and the main stage at Sónar Día. A three day festival divided into distinct Day and Night programmes, Sónar features much electronic and experimental music, alongside more contemporary offerings from the likes of Duran Duran and the Chemical Brothers, or the current vogue for EDM artists such as Skrillex and DJ Fresh.

PRO 2015 Flourishes with Dynamic Feature-Rich Format

24/09/2015 - Event News

Once again satisfying the needs of the industry, PRO 2015 was a successful show that saw big-name exhibitors, new feature areas and an expansive educational programme draw in a broad range of visitors from the performance and venue technology industry. Following this hugely positive second outing, organiser Marked Events will take exhibitor and visitor feedback into careful consideration as planning begins for PRO’s third show in 2016.

MLA Passes its Toughest Test Yet at Proms in the Park

24/09/2015 - Production News

UK - Capital Sound’s big weekend at Hyde Park, which traditionally brings the curtain down on the festival season, saw Proms In the Park link up live with the Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, while similar events took place in Belfast, Swansea and Glasgow.

Allen & Heath iLive Installed Throughout New Polish Philharmonic Hall

24/09/2015 - Project News

Allen & Heath iLive digital systems have been installed throughout the new Philharmonic Hall in the Polish city of Szczecin. The iconic, award-winning building was constructed to replace a smaller concert hall, providing a larger and more modern facility covering 12,000 square metres across four storeys, which include a symphonic hall, a chamber hall, and several rehearsal suites.

Elation Adds World Premieres to Upcoming PLASA Product Launches

24/09/2015 - Event News

Elation Professional has added new innovative products to its list of world premiere product launches scheduled for the upcoming PLASA show 4th-6th October in London on Stand A40.

Reproduced Sound 2015 – Playing with Fire: sound for art, entertainment and emergency purposes

24/09/2015 - Event News

Sound for art, entertainment and emergency purposes will be the focus of this year’s Reproduced Sound conference. Entitled Playing with Fire: sound for art, entertainment and emergency purposes, it will be held at the Fire Service College, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire from 10-12 November.

Gordon Craig Theatre Invests in Nemesis Audio and d&b audiotechnik

23/09/2015 - Project News

Orbital Sound reports that it has supplied Stevenage’s 500-seat Gordon Craig Theatre with a new d&b audiotechnik auditorium system, comprising principally T-Series loudspeakers, with B4 Subs and E6 front fills. The new system also features Yamaha CL5 and QL5 consoles, with Rio stage racks, together with an essential element of show control hardware in the form of a Nemesis Audio UMT-2D USB MIDI Trigger. The Gordon Craig’s new system is configured with a hang of six d&b audiotechnik T-10s per side, a further four T-10s in a centre cluster, six E-6 speakers as front fills, plus four B4 Subs, with the system powered by d&b audiotechnik’s new 10D and 30D install amps.

White Light in the Frame for Photograph 51

23/09/2015 - Production News

Recently, Photograph 51 opened at the Noël Coward Theatre in the West End to rave reviews. Marking Nicole Kidman’s first appearance on the London stage for more than 17 years, Photograph 51 tells the extraordinary story of Rosalind Franklin, the woman who cracked DNA and the sacrifices she made in the pursuit of her place within scientific history. The play is being produced by the Michael Grandage Company and this current run marks its UK premiere. As the leading lighting supplier to the West End, White Light was called upon to provide the lighting equipment for this greatly-anticipated production.

World of Speed Museum Celebrates Motorsports with Great AV

23/09/2015 - Project News

USA – Dedicated to the celebration and preservation of American motorsports, World of Speed is an educational museum featuring 53,000 square feet of historic race cars, racing boats and motorcycles that tell the story of America’s motorsports culture.

Boom Clap – Robe Cyclones for Charli XCX

23/09/2015 - Production News

UK singer/songwriter Charli XCX has publicly stated that she experiences sound-to-colour synaesthesia and ‘sees’ music in colours, so it was not a complete surprise to show designer Rob Sinclair and lighting designer Greg Hill when she requested coloured smoke for her current tour. Prominent smoke is also in tune with the ‘horror prom’ theme of the current live show.

Loufest Lit with Bandit Lights

23/09/2015 - Production News

USA – The summer of festivals continues for Bandit Lites with LouFest, St. Louis’s two-day music festival. With record breaking attendance of 25,000 both days, and a line-up that included Hozier, The Avett Brothers, Ludacris, Young the Giant, Umphrey’s McGee and Billy Idol, LouFest continued its rise as one of the can’t miss weekends in live music.

Laserworld Group amazes audience at BPM / PRO show in Birmingham

23/09/2015 - Event News

UK – The PRO show in Birmingham mainly targets professional entertainment technology customers and the BPM show running alongside is a special exhibition for DJs and entertainers. 

Total Structures Announces Two Upcoming Events

23/09/2015 - Event News

USA – The Pointman Summer Road Trip finally comes home to Ventura, CA on Wednesday, 30th September after over two months on the road and after being seen by hundreds of users all across the country this summer.  The full line of Pointman electric chain hoists, as well as the range of Total Structures truss products will be on hand along with tours of the fabrication facility. Lunch will be provided to all attendees courtesy of Total Structures and Pointman Lifting Products. The event will run from 11:30am to 1:30pm at the company's headquarters and manufacturing facility in Ventura, CA.

Community Appoints CM Tech Group as its Sales Representative for Canada

23/09/2015 - Business News

USA – Community has announced the appointment of CM Tech Group as its sales representative for Canada beginning 1st October.

Chauvet Professional Serves Up Refreshing Visuals at The London Club and Bar Awards

23/09/2015 - Production News

UK London’s world-renowned nightlife has kept the city’s pulse ticking well into the small hours for decades. From the 1930s, when renowned bartender Harry Craddock published the Savoy Cocktail Book (a drinks manual still in print today), onto the vibrant Soho of the swinging sixties, to Britpop era Camden, and up to Shoreditch cool, the UK capital has been home to many of the world’s most talked about clubs and bars. It’s quite natural, then, that the London Club and Bar Awards, an event celebrating the city’s nightlife industry, be full of glitz, glamour and a dazzling lighting design, created this year with an array of fixtures from Chauvet Professional.

Renaissance, Resurrection and Outline

23/09/2015 - Production News

Italy – Since its debut edition in 1997, Brescia Summer Festival has hosted artists of the calibre of David Bowie, Joe Cocker, Elton John, Bob Dylan and Neil Young. This year’s headliners at the event, staged in Piazza della Loggia, the Italian city’s picturesque Renaissance square, were Billy Idol, Van Morrison and Anastacia, in Italy on a leg of her Resurrection World Tour.

Fineline Perfects the Somersault Techniques

23/09/2015 - Production News

UK – Bristol-based technical solutions company Fineline provided lighting for four main music performance areas at the 2015 Somersault festival, a five day extravaganza of music, fun, food, discussion, debate and outdoor adventure located amidst the heart of south west England, in the picturesque environs of Castle Hill country estate near the north Devon coastline.

Robe Gets Wired

23/09/2015 - Production News

South Africa – Wired Media is a Durban-based AV rental and production company focused on bringing the very best production values to a range of corporate events and presentations.

Robert Juliat at PLASA 2015

23/09/2015 - Event News

Robert Juliat will be in full attendance at PLASA 2015 in its brand new hospitality area within the Ambersphere stand (B10) where the team will be on hand to introduce visitors to the latest and greatest of the Robert Juliat product range.

Buy Gobos With Ease Online at Projected Image

23/09/2015 - Business News

Gobo and projection specialists Projected Image has launched a new ecommerce website devoted to delivering gobo and projection solutions. Providing its current customers with a fully online ordering service and attracting new business from around the world.

Aurora join with LD Chris Rigby for new series of Chatty Man

22/09/2015 - Production News

UK - Aurora Lighting Hire has returned to the studio with award winning lighting director Chris Rigby for the new series of Alan Carr Chatty Man.

Audient Appoints New Benelux Disributor

22/09/2015 - Business News

The Netherlands – Pro Media Connect has been appointed by British pro audio manufacturer, Audient as exclusive distribution partner for the Benelux markets. The company will manage all sales, service and marketing for Audient’s full product range of mixing consoles, audio interfaces and preamps with immediate effect. 

Allen & Heath Diversifies Distribution in Italy

22/09/2015 - Business News

Allen & Heath has devised a new distribution strategy in Italy, recruiting Exhibo S.p.A. to manage the brand’s installation, touring, rental and broadcast sales portfolio, and enabling existing partner, EKO Music Group, to focus on growth in the MI and retail sector.

“dot2 ticked all the boxes”: Lincoln Community School buys dot2

22/09/2015 - Project News

Lincoln Community School in the Ghanaian capital of Accra is has taken delivery of a new dot2 core console, which will be used to control LED lighting in their multi-purpose hall, which is utilised for various sporting activities as well as to stage productions and general events.

Elation Professional’s Unique Platinum FLX Hybrid Moving Head Now Shipping

22/09/2015 - Equipment News

Elation Professional’s new Platinum FLX multi-functional moving head luminaire is now shipping. Unlike any other hybrid lighting fixture on the market, the Platinum FLX houses a patent-pending dual optical system that gives it clear advantages over traditional 'hybrid' systems.

wysiwygfrom CAST Software wins a Technology and Engineering Emmy Award

22/09/2015 - Event News

CAST Software’s wysiwyg was selected as a winner in the pre-production visualisation system category of the 2015 Technical /Engineering Achievement Awards for the 67th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards. This is the second Emmy that wysiwyg has received to date.

Magical SGM G-Spot effects for The O2 Arena in London

22/09/2015 - Production News

The multi-purpose entertainment arena in London, the characteristic O2 Arena, previously used for the 2012 Summer Olympics is now the venue of the Rugby World Cup for a duration of seven weeks. For this event, The O2 has transformed into a canvas for the world’s largest projection in terms of light output.

ZL Production Helps Pilsen Celebrate European Capital of Culture Designation with Adamson

22/09/2015 - Production News

Czech Republic – ZL Production, located in Pilsen, Czech Republic, provided Adamson Systems Engineering sound reinforcement for the city’s kick-off celebration as the European Capital of Culture for 2015. 

WI Offers Cup of Hospitality to Kazakhstan

22/09/2015 - Production News

Belgium-based WIcreations working for Italian production company Balich WS was asked to engineer and fabricate the large, elegant and stylish ‘Cup of Hospitality’ for Kazakhstan’s recent 550th anniversary celebration show in the capital Astana.

Video Mapping Contest at PLASA London - Win an ArKaos PRO MediaMaster PRO licence

22/09/2015 - Event News

An exciting, fast-paced video mapping competition with three prizes of ArKaos MediaMaster PRO licences at stake will be thrilling visitors on the ArKaos PRO stand (C30) at PLASA London 2015.

ArKaos PRO at PLASA London 2015

22/09/2015 - Event News

ArKaos PRO, pioneers in interactive video technologies, will exhibit at PLASA London 2015 on the stand of its exclusive UK distributor, White Light (C30).

Penn Elcom Invests Nearly £2 million in its Global Manufacturing Facilities

22/09/2015 - Business News

Flightcase and speaker component manufacturer Penn Elcom has invested close to two million pounds in new manufacturing plant and technology across the group’s international operations in China, Mexico and the UK.

Dave Grohl’s Iron Throne Powered by Ayrton MagicDot-R

22/09/2015 - Production News

Foo Fighters front man, Dave Grohl, has famously reclaimed the stage for the band’s Sonic Highways tour, mounted on his own ‘Iron Throne’ after breaking his leg in a fall from the stage in Gothenburg in June. and CutColourPlus at PLASA London 2015

22/09/2015 - Event News, the one-stop online shop dedicated to the supply of custom and stock metal gobos, glass and digital gobos and projection images, will launch 350 new gobos designs and a newly upgraded website at PLASA London 2015.

Audio embraces PLASA 2015

22/09/2015 - Event News

The pro audio sector continues to support PLASA ahead of the annual 2015 show, at The ExCeL exhibition centre in London’s Docklands on the 4th - 6th October, where the show has gathered support from many well-known audio manufacturers and distributors.

Ayrton at PLASA London 2015

22/09/2015 - Event News

French LED lighting manufacturer, Ayrton, is supporting the Knight of Illumination Awards for the second year running. The glittering celebration of light will take place during PLASA London 2015 at the Troxy on Sunday 4th October. “The evening is an opportunity for Ayrton to show its support for the skill and talent of lighting designers and digital content designers who will be acknowledged and celebrated in true style,” says Ayrton’s Valère Huart-Gyors.

Martin Audio Provides Go Wild with Turnkey Distribution Portfolio

22/09/2015 - Business News

Switzerland-based pro audio specialist, Go Wild AG has added Martin Audio to its large portfolio of distributed brands covering the MI, studio and installation/rental sectors.

Martin Audio Moves to Elektrik Solutions in the Nordics

22/09/2015 - Business News

Martin Audio has changed its distribution arrangements in the Nordic countries, appointing Norwegian based Elektrik Solutions as their exclusive representative, with effect from 1st September.

ETC prepares for PLASA 2015

21/09/2015 - Event News

ETC is getting ready to show at this year’s PLASA London, which takes place from Sunday 4 to Tuesday 6 October, at ExCeL. For the first time at PLASA, the company will be using a second stand hosting its rigging products, which are new to Europe, in combination with their now famous upside down stand, where two fencers battle on the ceiling.

DPA Microphones Bring Vocal Clarity To Bénabar's Live Sound

21/09/2015 - Production News

France – DPA Microphones has been hailed as the 'go-to brand for live music' by the sound team behind the French singer-songwriter Bénabar, who has recently completed a live tour using the company's award-winning d:facto vocal microphone.

Elation Professional “Visualizes” the Future with Capture Design Software

21/09/2015 - Equipment News

In April 2013, when Elation Professional entered into an agreement with Capture Visualisation AB of Sweden to distribute the company’s well-established Capture lighting design software, it marked the end of Elation’s search for a professional design package to complement the company’s growing product line and the beginning of a rewarding cooperation.

Rugby World Cup Kicks Off with White Light

21/09/2015 - Production News

UK - Friday 18th September saw the start of one of the greatest sporting spectacles on earth: the Rugby World Cup 2015. Being held in Great Britain for the first time, this year’s contest promises to be one of the biggest ever. Taking place until 31st October, 20 nations will play at 13 stadiums across the UK, with the final being held at the national rugby stadium, Twickenham. In a tournament that is being watched by millions worldwide, this year for the first time, White Light is providing the production support on the event, which will see the complete production solution specialist draw on all of its expertise to help create a piece of sporting history.

SGM P-5s breathe life into Art Zone installation for Roskilde Festival

21/09/2015 - Production News

Denmark – Jakob Kvist, who is behind the lighting design on Art Zone, was on the lookout for a weatherproof wash light with deep saturated colours and high output for this installation. The SGM P-5 LED wash light met all of his demands.

Lasergraph DSP laser show control systems new at Laserworld

21/09/2015 - Equipment News

Lasergraph DSP, the professional, de-central laser show control solution, is now available at Laserworld. Many high-profile show designing companies have relied on Laseranimation’s Lasergraph DSP for many years. The Lasergraph DSP controllers provide extreme output performance, as they are small computers on their own which handle the whole output processing in a decentralised way. This means that there is only a small program necessary to remotely access the de-central units over LAN – the actual programming as well as the output calculation is done in the Lasergraph DSP controllers. It is possible to connect a multitude of DSP units via LAN and run them in one huge network which is how huge shows can be controlled. Synchronisation with other media can easily be done over SMPTE timecode and the whole setup can be remote controlled over DMX or MIDI. DMX remote control is heavily used for high professional live performances with Lasergraph DSPs: The whole laser setup can be controlled through lighting consoles such as grandMA or Avolites which allows for awesome effects and transitions as faders and effects generators can be used.

Robe Rocks at the Rockhal

21/09/2015 - Project News

Luxembourg – Robe BMFLs are the latest major addition to the house lighting rig at the famous Rockhal in Esch-sur-Alzette.

Deadline for ETCP Testing Opportunities at LDI 2015 Approaching

21/09/2015 - Event News

USA - All three ETCP examinations will be offered at LDI in Las Vegas, NV on the morning of Saturday, 24th October, 2015. Interested applicants must submit their application, along with supporting materials and fee, to the ETCP office no later than 30th September, 2015. The ETCP office is located at 630 9th Ave, Suite 609, New York, New York, 10036.

Illuminate Design Celebrates Living Wage Commitment

21/09/2015 - Business News

The Living Wage Foundation has announced that Illuminate Design has been accredited as a Living Wage employer.

Charcoalblue announces a trio of changes to its senior management team

21/09/2015 - Business News

Australia – Charcoalblue has announced the opening of its Melbourne, Victoria studio.

DPA Microphones Ensure High Quality Broadcast Audio For France's Bastille Day Parade

21/09/2015 - Production News

DPA microphones played a central role in broadcasting this year's Bastille Day celebration in France, an event that ranks as the oldest and largest regular military parade in Europe.

Knight of Illumination Awards 2015 TV shortlist announced

18/09/2015 - Event News

UK The Knight of Illumination Awards (KOI) TV judging panel has announced its eagerly anticipated shortlist for this year's ceremony, which will take place at London's glamorous Troxy club on Sunday 4th October.

BMFL Blades for Korean Music TV Shows

18/09/2015 - Production News

Two high profile Korean music TV shows have recently featured Robe’s new BMFL Blade moving lights.

Fast-mapping with ArKaos PRO at WL’s Studio15

18/09/2015 - Event News

UK - recently ArKaos PRO presented a dynamic, interactive demonstration day at White Light’s new state-of-the-art training centre, Studio15, where it showcased its MediaMaster PRO software and range of media servers.

PixelFLEX FLEXCurtain HD Receives Parnelli Award Nomination

18/09/2015 - Event News

USA – PixelFLEX has announced that the FLEXCurtain HD has received a 2015 Parnelli Award Nomination for Indispensable Video Technology. As the premier awards show for the live event production industry, winners of the Parnelli Awards will be announced on October 24, 2015, at the awards ceremony taking place as part of the LDI Tradeshow and Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Adamson Supports Pope Francis’ Mass In Ecuador

18/09/2015 - Production News

Ecuador – Sound production company C. Vilar, headquartered in Bogota, Colombia, provided an Adamson sound reinforcement system, as well as video support, for mass performed recently by the Pope in Samanes Park, located in the port town of Guayaquil, Ecuador. 

Architecture and Theatre Student Teams Sought for USITT 2016 ‘Ideal Theatre’ Design Contest

18/09/2015 - Event News

USA – Theatre students are the clients and architecture students are the designers in USITT’s Architecture and Theatre Student Design Competition sponsored by American Seating.

Derby graduate Simon amplifies success with national audio award

18/09/2015 - People News

UK - University of Derby graduate Simon Durbridge has been awarded for ‘Best Undergraduate Research Project’ at the 26th UK Audio Engineering Society (AES) Conference.

Optoma launches world’s first projector with DARBEE image enhancement

18/09/2015 - Equipment News

Optoma has announced its partnership with DARBEE Visual Presence and launch the first projector with DARBEE Visual Presence image enhancement technology, the HD28DSE. This home entertainment projector boasts 3,000 lumens and brilliant colours showing the powerful enhancement in full high definition.

An Untapped Opportunity

18/09/2015 - Project News

"Thirty-one theatres are at risk in the UK today,” says The Theatres Trust, launching its Theatre Buildings at Risk Register 2015.

Family Day for 25th VW Anniversary with K&F Sequenza 10

18/09/2015 - Production News

On Sunday 6th September, Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH marked its 25th anniversary with a large family day. Around 60,000 guests got to enjoy a blast of information and technology, games and music. At the end of the event, Laith Al-Deen played as the main act before the fireworks display started. The main stage was set up by Jugl Veranstaltungstechnik with systems from Kling & Freitag.

Thompson Square “Trans Am” Video and Tour Lit with Elation

18/09/2015 - Production News

USA – Early in 2015, creative production design company 44 Designs of Nashville, Tennessee, took on set and lighting design duties for country music duo Thompson Square’s new music video “Trans Am” and used Elation Cuepix Panels, Sniper 2R multi-effects and Platinum Beams in the visual design. The award-winning and multi-platinum group liked the look so much they decided to take it out on tour.

Unusual Rigging ensures seamless opening and closing ceremonies at the European Games in Baku

18/09/2015 - Production News

The European Games opened in Baku, Azerbaijan on June 12th to a sell out crowd at the National Stadium and closed to equally great aplomb 17 days later. The ceremonies, brought together by world -leading artistic production and technical teams proved themselves to be historic event, not just for Azerbaijan but the entire European sporting community. With over 2,000 volunteer performers involved in the ceremony and more than 300 production staff behind the scenes, the ceremonies were streamed, worldwide on

John Allen’s Retirement Leaves Northern Light and Stage Electrics Leading from the Front

18/09/2015 - People News

UK - Thirty-five years after co-founding Northern Light, John Allen has left the company to enjoy a well-earned retirement. On 7th September, a gathering of some of his many industry friends and colleagues heard how John’s passion and expertise had always led the company from the front, leaving it and sister company Stage Electrics – who joined forces last year – in a great position to serve their customers better than ever.

EM Acoustics HALO-C selected for Thorpe Park

17/09/2015 - Project News

UK – Thorpe Park Resort theme park in Surrey has recently been supplied with a complete EM Acoustics audio system based on the HALO-Compact line array system supplemented with MSE-218 subs, AD and AQ amplifiers and a number of just-launched M-C12 monitor speakers. The complete system as well as lighting equipment was supplied and installed by production solution specialists, White Light. The system was purchased largely to cater for Thorpe Park’s busy outdoor events season which includes the monthly Ministry of Sound club nights and the Island Beats concerts over the summer.

d&b audiotechnik debuts new V-Series point source at PLASA, London 2015

17/09/2015 - Event News

PLASA, London 2015 marks the UK debut of the d&b audiotechnik V-Series point source loudspeakers. Launched earlier this month V7P, V10P and V-GSUB will be on the d&b stand J50 alongside other mobile and installation products, and on d&b sales partners’ SSE/Wigwam stand L10.

Sennheiser brings Ireland into Global Organisation

17/09/2015 - Business News

Sennheiser has announced the acquisition of several business units of Professional Audio Ltd. (PAL) in Ireland. This new and exciting step in the development of Sennheiser’s Irish operation follows a mutual agreement between Sennheiser GmbH & Co. KG and PAL, which among others sold Sennheiser products in Ireland.

VER Completes Acquisition of Aurora Lighting Hire Ltd

17/09/2015 - Business News

VER, a leading global provider of production equipment and engineering support, has announced that it has completed its acquisition of Aurora Lighting Hire Ltd ('Aurora'), the UK’s foremost lighting rental specialists for the television, broadcast and entertainment media production industries. The acquisition represents the latest step in VER’s strategic plan to expand its industry-leading lighting capabilities and equipment inventory throughout the UK and Europe.

Clay Paky brings High Voltage looks to AC/DC’s Rock or Bust Tour

17/09/2015 - Production News

Europe and USA – Masters of Rock AC/DC’s Rock or Bust Tour thundered through Europe and the USA bringing night-after-night of head-banging delight to hundreds of thousands of fans. The grungy, buffalo-horned, ‘Mad Max’ style arena spectacular is the inspired work of Ray Winkler of Stufish Design and Patrick Woodroffe of Woodroffe Bassett Design Ltd and sees lighting and set seamlessly welded together in an imposing corrugated steel clad domed stage.

GLD Tours with Opera Star

17/09/2015 - Production News

Global opera star, Erwin Schrott, is touring with a dual GLD mixing system to manage FOH and monitors.

HK Audio ConTour install at Rochdale Town Hall

17/09/2015 - Project News

Completed in 1871, Rochdale’s Grade 1 listed Gothic Victorian Town Hall is widely regarded as one of the finest municipal buildings in Britain, renowned for its unique and detailed architecture. The Town Hall functions as the ceremonial headquarters of Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council and houses local government departments, including the borough's civil registration office.

White Light on Display at PLASA Show 2015

17/09/2015 - Event News

This year has seen complete production solution specialist White Light further develop its wide range of services. Over the last nine months, the company has not only forged its own dedicated audio department but also acquired Shock Solutions, a forerunner in the fields of LED lighting and audio-visual equipment solutions. Similarly, the company has invested heavily in the very latest technology and provided the production support on a whole range of events from concert touring, to corporate events, to theatre shows, to venue launches. This vast array of newly acquired skills and state-of-the-art equipment will be on display at one of the biggest entertainment technology events of the year: the PLASA Show 2015.

Avolites Sapphire Touch tours the US and UK with Hozier

17/09/2015 - Production News

UK Lighting designer Matthew Kilmurry is controlling Irish musician Hozier's US and UK tour lighting this autumn using an Avolites Sapphire Touch.

Wings Engine Raw takes home IBC 2015 Best of Show Award

17/09/2015 - Event News

The world’s first three-stream uncompressed 4K60 media server, Wings Engine Raw from AV Stumpfl won a Best of Show Award from Installation, published by NewBay Media, at IBC 2015.

HK Audio introduces the Linear 5 LTS A and Linear SUB 4000 A

16/09/2015 - Equipment News

HK Audio has announced the two latest additions to its pioneering sound reinforcement product portfolio, the Linear 5 LTS A mid/high unit and the Linear SUB 4000 A subwoofer.

Ayrton MagicBlade-R cuts above the rest on Maroon 5 V world tour

16/09/2015 - Production News

Two-hundred-and-ten Ayrton MagicBlade-R fixtures form the dramatic backbone of Roy Bennett’s lighting design for Maroon 5’s year-long World Tour 2015 in support of V, the band’s fifth studio album.

Community Loud and Clear for Petawawa Civic Center

16/09/2015 - Project News

Canada – When Mike Montaigne of Montaigne Audio was commissioned to design and install a public address system for the outdoor areas of Petawawa Civic Center, the three critical elements were coverage, clarity and reliability.

ArcSystem, Camera, Action!

16/09/2015 - Project News

Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS) is a Swiss public broadcasting organisation which handles production and broadcasting of radio and television programming in French for Switzerland. Two RTS channels cater for Switzerland's 1.6 million French speakers. RTS Un is a mainstream channel showcasing its major in-house productions and is complemented by RTS Deux which leans towards sports, the arts and youth interest programmes. Recently, the channel

Bandit and clients nominated for Parnelli Awards

16/09/2015 - Event News

USA – Bandit Lites is rounding out its incredible year with another nomination for Lighting Company of the Year from PLSN and FOH Magazines’ annual Parnelli Awards.

d&b audiotechnik are in the game at Baku

16/09/2015 - Production News

Earlier this year Azerbaijan’s largest city and capital, Baku, hosted the inaugural European Games. Between 12th and 28th June almost six thousand athletes competed in twenty different sports ranging from traditional athletic competitions to less high profile events such as beach soccer and BMX cycling. Competitions took place across a number of different venues, some permanent, some temporary, some large, some small. Specialist audio supplier, Dimension, and Sports Technology director, Damian Rowe had the challenging task of supplying audio systems for the competition venues throughout the games, and for the many corporate and press facilities that required a pro audio presence.

Chauvet Professional in the Limelight at PRO 2015

16/09/2015 - Event News

UK – Held at Birmingham’s NEC from 12-14 September, the PRO show – sister to the long established BPM show – is the latest trade show to cater to the Professional AV industry in the UK. Exhibiting for the second time, Chauvet Professional took the opportunity to unveil several new products at its stand. What’s more, Chauvet’s incredible roster of fixtures could be seen at the centrally located Chauvet Arena, a club-like area which stimulated great interest among the thousands of visitors.

Black Coffee gets a Robe Flavour

16/09/2015 - Production News

Black Coffee is a bustling technical production company based in Durban, South Africa, founded in 2000 by Brandon Bunyan (pictured) and his wife Jenny. They started in a garage supplying creative staging and lighting to theatre shows, and now have 25 full-time employees and occupy four warehouse and office units in Berea, close to central Durban.

Top Swedish pop/dance band backs PR Lighting

16/09/2015 - Production News

One of Sweden’s best loved TV dance bands, Elisa’s, has added dynamism to its shows by purchasing a touring lighting package from PR Lighting.

Cymatic Audio introduces the uTrack-X32 Live Recorder and Player

15/09/2015 - Equipment News

Engineered in Switzerland and manufactured in Germany, the uTrack-X32 is an all-new expansion card from Cymatic Audio that opens up a host of additional features for the X32 and M32 series of world-class digital mixing consoles.

CORE at PLASA 2015

15/09/2015 - Event News

UK wireless LED lighting manufacturer CORE Lighting is at the 2015 PLASA London expo at the ExCeL Centre on Stand C24, which is also part of UK distributor White Light’s ‘village’ and where they will be displaying a range of their latest innovations.

Artistic Licence launches moody at 100% Design 2015

15/09/2015 - Event News

UK - Lighting controls expert, Artistic Licence, will be launching moody, its new programmable LED controller, at 100% Design in London. The show, which runs for four days, is the UK’s largest design trade event, attracting architects, specifiers and designers from across the globe.

Clay Paky Fixtures Head Out on Sublime with Rome’s Summer Tour

15/09/2015 - Production News

USA – Sublime with Rome has hit the road for a North American summer tour featuring 37 concerts coast-to-coast. Lighting designer Scott Warner of Karate Pinky Visual Design, LLC, Pittsburgh, has selected Clay Paky Sharpys, Sharpy Washes and A.leda B-EYE K20s for the tour.

Clay Paky Mythos Fixtures Shine on Lighting Designer Matt Ford’s Reality Television Projects

15/09/2015 - Production News

USA – Clay Paky Mythos has become the ‘go-to’ fixture for lighting designer Matt Ford, who recently deployed Mythos on truTV’s “Fake Off,” The CW’s “Penn & Teller: Fool Us,” and NBC’s “Food Fighters.” Ford is president of Magic Lantern Creations, an entertainment lighting company in Woodland Hills, California. A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky fixtures in North America.

HK Audio’s Cohedra the perfect solution for major German reggae festival

15/09/2015 - Production News

HK Audio’s Cohedra proved to be the ideal sound reinforcement system for the 2015 edition of the renowned Reggae Summer Night festival in Hamm, Germany.

The Chemical Brothers Choose Soundcraft On-Stage

15/09/2015 - Production News

With an unrelenting 2015 touring schedule, The Chemical Brothers have upgraded their on stage rig with a pair of Soundcraft GB8 32 mixing consoles, supplied by HD Pro Audio.

ETC supports South Africa’s National Arts Festival

15/09/2015 - Project News

When ETC dealer Prosound was asked to provide support for the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, they knew this was an opportunity.

Outline’s GTO C-12 Makes British Festival Debut at Beat-Herder 2015

14/09/2015 - Production News

UK – Celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2015, the Beat-Herder Festival showcases an extraordinarily eclectic mix of music and performance art spread across 17 separate venues within a working farm near Clitheroe in Lancashire. Staged on the weekend of 17th-19th July, this year’s event was completely sold out and featured literally hundreds of acts – as if to prove the diversity, headliners included Basement Jaxx, Erol Alkan, Leftfield, The Levellers and Martha Reeves And The Vandellas.

AED Distribution expands international staff to focus on development of QSC Pro Audio & QSC Systems

14/09/2015 - People News

Two new staff members join AED Distribution, the exclusive distributor in BeNeLux, Germany and UK for the QSC PRO portfolio, including popular product lines like K, KW and KLA loudspekers, TouchMix digital mixers, GXD and PLD amplifiers, WideLine line arrays and other products primarily intended for the portable, production and rental markets.

Royal Albert Hall Gets Spaced Out with Robe

14/09/2015 - Production News

UK – London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall (RAH) purchased 17 Robe BMFL Spot moving lights in February which have been used on a myriad of shows and events in the last few months, including Space Spectacular, a co-promotion between the RAH and Raymond Gubbay Ltd., featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) conducted by Anthony Inglis playing a series of space-orientated works.

Entec Supplies Blur and the Magic Whip

14/09/2015 - Production News

UK – Blur’s high profile performance at the Barclaycard British Summer Time event in London’s Hyde Park was preceded by an eclectic series of warm-up shows including Glasgow’s Barrowlands, Le Zenith in Paris, an intimate show at Newhampton Arts Centre in Wolverhampton and headlining Saturday night at the Isle of Wight Festival with west London-based rental specialist Entec supplying crew plus lighting and sound equipment for selected shows.

AC-ET Showcases Latest Performance Lighting, Video and Audio Brands at PRO 2015

14/09/2015 - Event News

UK – A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd., a leading 'one-stop' international provider of cutting-edge professional equipment, has announced its inaugural appearance at the PRO Show – NEC, Birmingham – stand G047, 12th-14th September.

HHB Hosts World first Unveiling of Six Exciting New RØDE Products at IBC 2015

14/09/2015 - Event News

HHB Communications Ltd. is hosting the World launch of six exciting new products from RØDE Microphones at IBC 2015 in Hall 8 on Stand 8.D56.

Visual Artist Tupac Martir to Open USITT 2016

14/09/2015 - Event News

USA – USITT 2016 Keynote Speaker Tupac Martir has been called a “light magician,” a “creative visionary,” and an artistic genius.

L-Acoustics raises the bar at Eventim Apollo Hammersmith

14/09/2015 - Project News

UK – One of London’s most iconic live entertainment venues, the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, embarked on a major restoration project last year, completely renovating the building and, in the process, revealing a beautiful art deco interior. This was a significant undertaking both in time and financial investment and owners Eventim and AEG Live wanted the venue to not only look good, but to sound good. To this end, at the beginning of 2015 a substantial L-Acoustics system was installed, significantly raising its audio bar.

Rocky Horror Show Still with White Light After 42 Years

14/09/2015 - Production News

UK - Recently, The Rocky Horror Show opened at the Playhouse Theatre in London’s West End. Following a two week run in the capital, the show will then tour the UK from December this year until August 2016. Having supplied the lighting equipment for the first ever production of this worldwide phenomenon back in 1973, White Light is once again on hand to support what will no doubt be a spectacular show.

A world first: Sennheiser’s new EK 6042 two-channel camera receiver works with both analogue and digital transmitters

14/09/2015 - Event News

At IBC, Sennheiser unveils a new slot-in camera receiver that redefines compatibility: the EK 6042 is a true-diversity, two-channel receiver that can work with both analogue and digital Sennheiser transmitters across a bandwidth of 184MHz. It is an ideal partner for Sennheiser’s top-of-the-range Digital 9000 series and can operate with all analogue transmitters that feature Sennheiser’s HiDyn plus or HDX companders. The receiver will become available in spring 2016.

TC Electronic Announces aNorm Loudness Processing for Loudness Pilot at IBC 2015

11/09/2015 - Event News

Since last year, broadcasters throughout the world have been adopting aNorm loudness processing on TC Electronic’s flagship platform, DB6. Now, aNorm is announced in a stereo version for Loudness Pilot; the stereo incarnation of DB6.

TC Electronic Announces Major Changes to Clarity X at IBC 2015

11/09/2015 - Event News

Clarity X has been received extremely well by the pro audio communities since its launch earlier in 2015, not least by film and broadcast production facilities. One of the biggest requests from the market has been MADI connectivity, which TC Electronic is now announcing at the annual IBC show in Amsterdam.

i-Pix Announces US Distributor for Db1

11/09/2015 - Business News

UK-based specialist lighting manufacturer i-Pix has announced Florida-based Inner Circle Distribution (ICD) as exclusive distributor in the US and Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and South America for its new and unique db1 video/beam effect light source.

Wherever you Go … Cyclones on Sublime with Rome Tour

11/09/2015 - Production News

Scott Warner of Karate Pinky Visual Design specified four Robe Cyclones onto the current Sublime With Rome US tour for which he designed lighting, being co-ordinated on the road by programmer/operator Aaron Craig of AC Lighting Design.

PSCo Set to Place Cutting-Edge Display Technology in the Spotlight at PLASA London 2015

11/09/2015 - Event News

PSCo, the trade only AV distributor and rental specialist, is showcasing the latest innovations from its leading manufacturer partners at PLASA London 2015. Visitors will be able to view PSCo’s unique must-see 3-2-1mm LED line-up of Absen products on its 70m² stand, alongside innovative LCD displays including the new Samsung High Bright and video wall displays, and the stunning new Samsung 105” display – the largest professional display available in the world.

PLASA Show 2015 set to be most successful since move to ExCeL

11/09/2015 - Event News

With just over a month to go until PLASA Show 2015, pre-registrations are up 10% compared to 2013 and 2014, making this year’s show already the most successful since the move to ExCeL in London’s Docklands.

AC-ET Showcases Premium Performance Broadcast Lighting Technologies at IBC 2015

11/09/2015 - Event News

A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd will showcase a selection of the very latest premium performance broadcast lighting solutions available from their vast portfolio of over 200 leading brands on stand A70 in hall 11 at the IBC 2015 show, 11th - 15th September, RAI, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Jands Vista Impresses for Bring Me The Horizon at Reading and Leeds Festivals

11/09/2015 - Production News

UK – British metalcore band, Bring Me the Horizon, recently rocked their high-profile main stage slots at the iconic Reading and Leeds Festivals with a brand new lighting design by Ben Inskip – controlled by Jands’ flagship Vista L5 console.

Howden Park Increases FLXibility

11/09/2015 - Project News

Eaton’s New Zero 88 FLX lighting console is proving a great solution for Howden Park Centre in Livingston, Scotland, a busy multi-functional venue featuring a 300 seater theatre, three fully configurable studio spaces, two galleries and meeting rooms presenting a vibrant and varied programme of music, arts and performance.

Maplin chooses Sennheiser TeamConnect as ideal conferencing solution

11/09/2015 - Project News

When Maplin Electronics, the UK’s biggest specialist retailer of consumer electronics needed to connect its multiple UK offices to mitigate travel costs, it chose Sennheiser’s TeamConnect audio conferencing system as the ideal solution.

Confidence: grandMA2 for Wesley Safadão DVD shoot

10/09/2015 - Production News

Brazil – Wesley Safadão is a Brazilian singer, songwriter, producer, and businessman and among the most popular performers of the Forró genre. He began singing aged 15, beginning his professional career by joining the family band which released its first album soon after. At 16 he became the lead singer. Since then, he has released eight albums and two DVDs.

Avolites consoles and servers add colour to Secret Garden Party 2015

10/09/2015 - Production News

UK Avolites' consoles and servers controlled diverse rigs on 12 major stages and further smaller performance areas at this year's eclectic Secret Garden Party festival.

Jason Isbell tours with new GLP gear from Bandit Lites

10/09/2015 - Production News

USA – Bandit Lites has announced the addition of GLP impression X4 Bar 10 fixtures to its touring inventory. The high performance battens can be seen on the road with award-winning recording artist Jason Isbell who recently announced four sold out shows at the Ryman, a feat never before achieved in history.

MLA Delivers High Octane for the Common People

10/09/2015 - Production News

UK – The South West Four Festival (SW4) on Clapham Common’s south side is the latest in a long line of events that has called on the expertise of Capital Sound and the advanced controllability of its flagship Martin Audio MLA loudspeaker array. This time it was needed to contain the high octane energy delivered by a host of world famous DJs and dance music specialists, on a site closely surrounded by residential buildings.

Don’t Panic!

10/09/2015 - Production News

UK – The London Studios on the South Bank are well known for hosting light entertainment and comedy shows. However, LD Martin Kempton was faced with a rather different challenge in studio 1 recently, a lecture on world poverty by Swedish statistician Professor Hans Rosling.

Elation Bringing World and European Premiere Products to PLASA 2015

10/09/2015 - Event News

Elation Professional’s new EMOTION moving head digital luminaire will have its European debut October 4-6 at the PLASA show in London where a number of other top innovations will also be on display at Elation Stand A40, including the world premiere of the newest Satura Series luminaire, the Satura Profile.

Avenue Services Selects Allen & Heath for O2 Festival

10/09/2015 - Production News

Kent-based production company, Avenue Services, was appointed by The Salvation Army as one of the two production companies to provide technical production for its 150th International Anniversary celebrations in London’s O2 Arena, selecting Allen & Heath mixers for all the venues that they covered.

Avolites Ai servers drive 400m LED screen at Singapore National Day Parade

10/09/2015 - Production News

Singapore A squadron of six Avolites Ai Infinity EX8 servers were out in force for the Singapore National Day Parade celebrations in August driving specially created content onto a massive 400m-long LED screen. 

Harlequin Floors to roll out new Roll Storage Cart at PLASA 2015

10/09/2015 - Event News

Entertainment flooring specialists, Harlequin Floors will be exhibiting at PLASA 2015 from 4th to 6th October on stand G12 at ExCel, London.

CPL Helps Arcadia Morph into Bristol

10/09/2015 - Production News

UK – Arcadia’s giant fire-breathing spider landed in the Queen’s Square in Bristol and unleashed the incredible new “Metamorphosis” show compete with three mini-spiders, Lords of Lightning, an eye-popping mixed-media and visual extravaganza with high energy performer and DJ line up for two nights. The show was enjoyed by over 20,000 people.

Production Resource Group Extends Brand in Germany and United Kingdom to include XL Video

09/09/2015 - Business News

Production Resource Group, L.L.C. (PRG) has announced it will extend its branding in Germany and the United Kingdom to integrate the brand of the recently acquired XL Video Group. The integrated companies will be known as PRG XL Video for a transition period while the operations are being merged.

50 years of prosperity: grandMA2 at Singapore’s National Day Parade

09/09/2015 - Production News

The 2015 Singapore National Day Parade (NDP) was extra special this year as the city island state celebrated its 50th anniversary of independence, so the event marked this landmark achievement and the country’s short and highly successful history which has seen it grow from humble beginnings to the thriving modern commercial hub and community success that it is today.

Living and Lighting the Dismal Dream

09/09/2015 - Project News

UK – Colour Sound Experiment has provided lighting kit to LD Alan King for his illumination of the castle at the antithetical theme park wonderland of Dismaland, a temporary-pop up art intervention that turns the safety of simulacrum on its head. Located at the site of Tropicana, a derelict seafront lido in Weston Super Mare. the experience is curated by graffiti artist and provocateur, Banksy.

Clay Paky illuminate the NAS Sports Tournament Opening Ceremony

09/09/2015 - Production News

UAE – Protec supplied HQ Creative with lighting, video, and rigging for the opening ceremony of the 2015 Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament, held at NAS Sports Complex on June 21st.

Clay Paky Fixtures Help Ballet Creole Celebrate a Milestone

09/09/2015 - Production News

Canada – Toronto-based contemporary dance company, Ballet Creole, marked its 25th anniversary with many events and performances, including their annual spring season at Harbourfront Centre’s Fleck Dance Theatre. A.C.T Lighting, Inc., the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky fixtures in North America, helped lighting designer Brad Trenaman obtain a complement of Alpha Spot QWO 800s, which were not yet available from local rental houses. Trenaman also deployed Clay Paky A.leda Wash K10 and K20 fixtures during the season.

GLP Sets Up New Nordic Base in Sweden

09/09/2015 - People News

In order to work more closely with customers in one of their key markets, and to understand their needs better, GLP (German Light Products) has announced a new GLP Nordic office, based in Sweden.

Elation Lighting Upgrade for Focus on the Family’s “Chapelteria”

09/09/2015 - Project News

USA – Focus on the Family, one of the largest Christian ministries in the US, put out a request for bid to upgrade the lighting system in its Chapelteria, a 750-seat large multi-functional conference and event space at its headquarter campus in Colorado Springs. Focus on the Family’s AV team had a set of lighting products in mind and worked with Ben Gleason of LVW Electronics, the local systems solutions provider that won the contract, to ensure their needs were met.

London Theatres Ensure Show Goes On Through Specialist Contingency Plans

09/09/2015 - Production News

Really Useful Theatres has agreed a contingency plan with temporary power generation specialist Aggreko to ensure that the show goes on, even if the electricity network fails.

MLA Debuts at Sziget Island Festival, “One ff Europe’s Finest”

08/09/2015 - Production News

Hungary – Since its birth in 1993 Sziget Festival has become one of the most popular multicultural events in Europe, attracting fans from over 70 countries. The festival is hosted on an island in the heart of the Hungarian capital that has become known as the Island of Freedom and the whole festival is marked by joyous celebration. This year Martin Audio joined the party with MLA making an auspicious debut, its fifth new festival of the season, courtesy of Capital Sound.

White Light Presents Mrs Henderson in World Premiere

08/09/2015 - Production News

UK – Last month, the brand-new musical Mrs Henderson Presents received its world premiere at the Theatre Royal Bath and has just completed what was an incredibly successful run. Based on the hit 2005 film which starred Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins, it tells the story of eccentric widow Laura Henderson who, unsure how to spend her inherited fortune, buys the decaying Windmill Theatre. After introducing nude female dance acts, it suddenly becomes the most popular venue in all of London. Yet when the Blitz hits the capital, it also acts as a refuge to escape the horrors of the outside world. The musical starred Olivier Award winner Tracie Bennett and was praised by critics as “charming and uplifting” (The Stage), “improves on the original movie” (The Guardian) and “the best British Musical since Matilda” (British Theatre). Not only did White Light provide the lighting support on the show but it also invested in the ETC Source Four LED CYC Adapter specifically for this production.

PR Lighting Helps Flood Relief Victims in Texas

08/09/2015 - Production News

When frequent and heavy storms hit Texas recently, causing flooding and widespread damage across the Lone Star state, Omar Dawoud, promoter at live music venue The Marc in San Marcos, felt he needed to do his part to help the community. So he organised Band Together Texas, booking headliner Blue October, with all proceeds going to the United Way of Hays County Flood Disaster Recovery Fund.

SGM’s Q-7 W ticks all the boxes

08/09/2015 - Production News

When lighting designer Owen Pritchard-Smith from Spirit Design was tasked with the light setting for Nobel Biocare’s stand at EuroPerio 2015 in ExCeL London, he met a challenge that led him to test many different fixtures on the market.

TUI Cruises equip new cruise liners throughout with Martin Audio

08/09/2015 - Project News

Martin Audio loudspeakers have been specified throughout two recently commissioned cruise liners, operated by German-based TUI Cruises – a joint venture cruise line between the German leisure/tourist firm, TUI AG, and American operator, Royal Caribbean Cruises.

Attendee engagement encouraged as registration opens for Event Tech Live 2015

08/09/2015 - Event News

UK – As registration opens for Event Tech Live 2015, organiser AMP Events has announced a series of interesting initiatives that will encourage attendees to engage with the event from the outset. From selecting the topics and speakers that will form the event’s educational content to utilising the latest registration and social media technology, visitors pre-registering will be asked to participate in advance in order to maximise their experience on the day.

Flashlight Ltd opening London office

08/09/2015 - Business News

Flashlight Ltd has announced the opening of a London sales office and warehouse, headed up by sales executive Gordon Smith. The new location will also provide showroom and demonstration facilities. Due to the rapid expansion of its southern client base and operations, the company feels the new location will better serve the demands of local rental and sales clients.

From Digital Dreams To Spring Awakening, L-Acoustics Never Rests

08/09/2015 - Production News

North America – Although electronic dance music festivals were few and far between only a decade ago, their numbers today easily rival those of their more traditional guitar-based counterparts. To best accommodate the ultra-wide sonic range and high-energy reinforcement that DJs and fans of the genre demand, a significant number of EDM promoters are turning to L-Acoustics loudspeaker systems.

ETC Source Four LED helps LA gaffer to do it all

08/09/2015 - Production News

USA – Lighting gaffer Matt Ardine is shooting a pharmaceutical industry commercial at DC Studios, a few blocks from Los Angeles’ Skid Row. The camera tracks down a drab hospital corridor whose ‘windows’ are lit by eight ETC Source Four LED Series 2 Lustr luminaires behind diffusion scrims.

Robe BMFLs for TransAlta’s Grandstand Show at the Calgary Stampede

07/09/2015 - Production News

Canada – Robe BMFL Spots and Blades were an integral element of the lighting scheme designed by Pierre Marleau of Orange Frog Productions Inc. for the Grandstand concert stage at the 2015 Calgary Exhibition & Stampede, arguably the world’s most famous rodeo, exhibition and festival held annually in Calgary.

Flying, Fire and Flames at the European Games

07/09/2015 - Production News

Audiences were left enthralled and entranced by two dazzling Opening and Closing Ceremonies staged in the National Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan for the first European Games, which saw Belgium-based engineering specialist WIcreations involved in making some key elements of these innovative and beautiful shows come alive.

The Design Oasis and Chauvet Professional Arouse Passions at Hard Rock

07/09/2015 - Project News

USA – Often the owners of a club will select a name for their establishment because it sounds good – or sells more beverages – but in the case of Passion, the multi-level mega club at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino, there is real heat behind the bright moniker. Every inch of this 15,000 square foot club pulsates with passion from 10pm to 6am Fridays and Saturdays, thanks to the energy of its A-list guest, the non-stop simultaneous performances at its three DJ booths and the eye-popping visual treats served up by 184 pixel mapped ÉPIX Strip 2.0 linear fixtures and other products from Chauvet Professional.

Following major expansion, EM Acoustics announces a raft of new products

07/09/2015 - Equipment News

British loudspeaker manufacturer, EM Acoustics, has announced a slew of new product in the wake of the inauguration of their brand new R&D facility. The first products to come out of the new premises are the M-C12 and M-C15 12- and 15-inch coaxial monitor speakers and the EPX-8 self-powered 8-inch compact loudspeaker.

Philips Strand Lighting NEO console makes Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut

07/09/2015 - Production News

UK One of the latest additions to the Philips Strand Lighting line of consoles, the NEO, has made its Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut, taking up residence for the duration of the arts festival in popular venue C south.

Avolites consoles light up Electric Daisy Carnival 2015

07/09/2015 - Production News

UK The spectacular Electric Daisy Carnival landed in England this year with its trademark colourful performers and EDM stars with lighting controlled by a host of Avolites consoles on two main stages.

TranAlta’s Grandstand Show at the Calgary Stampede Shines with Clay Paky Sharpys

07/09/2015 - Production News

Canada – The famed annual Calgary Stampede just concluded another successful season attracting over one million visitors to the ten-day event. A combination rodeo-exhibition-festival, the largest fair in Canada also featured a nightly Grandstand Show, which was illuminated by Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures.

Mexican Rockstars: Maná goes with grandMA2

07/09/2015 - Production News

Mexican rock band Maná has earned four Grammy Awards, seven Latin Grammy Awards, five MTV Video Music Awards Latin America, six Premios Juventud awards, fourteen Billboard Latin Music Awards and fifteen Premios Lo Nuestro awards. The band's sound is inspired by Pop Rock, Latin Pop, Calypso, Reggae and Ska music genres. Recently the band started its new world tour “Cama Incendiada” with a lighting design by Alain Corthout.

Borås Stadsteater Chooses Robe LEDWash 800s

04/09/2015 - Project News

Sweden – The Stadsteater in Borås, which is about 60 kilometres west of Goteborg, is one of a number of high profile city theatre and cultural centres in the country which has invested in Robe moving lights.

CADAC provides networking and control for IBC “Big Screen Experience”

04/09/2015 - Production News

CADAC, as an official IBC sponsor, is again providing the audio networking and control for the “Big Screen Experience” at this year’s convention. Working with Terry Nelson, from IBC Technical Resources, the leading UK mixing console manufacturer is installing a high definition, ultra-low latency MegaCOMMS audio network, throughout the digital cinema auditorium. This year, CADAC audio mixing consoles can be found at both mix positions, with its flagship CDC eight-32 handling the audio for presentations, film extracts and product reels, and the newly shipping CDC six taking care of the on-stage microphones. The IBC event will be the first official deployment of the company’s new CDC-six console.

Doughty Engineering to debut new Studio Frame at IBC

04/09/2015 - Event News

Visitors to Hall 11, Stand number 11.A60 will be able to find out more about the kit, designed to assist small studio spaces eliminate clutter on the ground caused by lighting and trailing cables. The modular system can be easily constructed to suit most spaces and offers a safe working load that is adequate to support most modern day lighting with the addition of pantographs and bars.

AED Display goes LIVE with AV Stumpfl at IBC 2015

04/09/2015 - Event News

On the eve of IBC 2015, Austrian engineering company, AV Stumpfl announces that 15 brand new Wings Engine Raw three-stream uncompressed 4K60 media servers and 80 Varioclip mobile projection screens will be purchased by audiovisual equipment banker AED Display.

TiMax world-first Shakespeare musical in a half-pipe

04/09/2015 - Production News

Switzerland’s Thunerseespiele this year featured a world first for TiMax when its SOR audio localisation was used to track Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet performed in a massive half-pipe with a cast of BMX stunt bikers and skateboarders. Billed locally as Romeo and Julia, the ultra-modernised tale of love and tragedy set amidst the legendary feud between Montagues and Capulets was more Upper West Side than romantic Verona.

Sound Division Takes Martin Audio into Top London Venues

04/09/2015 - Project News

Sound Division Group has carried out three installations in high profile London venues this summer, making widespread use of Martin Audio’s discreet but high performance C6.8T and C8.1T ceiling speakers.

White Light Makes the Right Noise with EM Acoustics

04/09/2015 - Production News

Following the inauguration of their brand new R&D facility, leading loudspeaker manufacturer EM Acoustics recently announced a range of new, state-of-the-art products, which includes the M-C12 and M-C15 monitor loudspeakers. Moving away from the traditional EM Acoustics monitor design which has always consisted of dedicated wedges, these 12 and 15 inch coaxial monitor speakers work just as effectively when used either on a stand or flown, and feature hidden pole mounts and flying points for cradles. These pieces of revolutionary technology will help fulfil the audio requirements of any occasion and their first sale has been made to White Light (WL), with the company continuing to establish itself as a leading audio solutions provider.

Elation Cuepix LED Blinders on Luke Bryan “Kick the Dust Up” Tour

04/09/2015 - Production News

USA – Nashville-based Elite Multimedia Productions added 50 Elation Professional Cuepix LED Blinders to its inventory earlier in the year and sent the high-impact white light fixtures out on country music artist Luke Bryan’s 2015 “Kick the Dust Up” tour with production and lighting design by Justin Kitchenman of FadeUp Design Group.

New appointment drives global growth for Calibre

04/09/2015 - People News

To support the introduction of the world’s fastest HQUltra switching scaling technology and its rapid growth, Calibre has appointed George Koumis as technical business development manager with focus on Calibre’s OEM business and sales channels in the Americas.

Major project in Doha – over 1,000 Electro-Voice loudspeakers provide extensive distributed sound solution

03/09/2015 - Project News

After several years in construction, a new tourist attraction opened recently near Doha: Souq Al Wakrah, with restaurants, shops and cultural installations. Helmet Trading & Contracting installed over 1,000 Electro-Voice ZX1i loudspeakers driven by Contractor Precision Series (CPS) power amplifiers, to provide distributed sound to the quarter, which extends over two kilometres. Twelve N8000 matrices handle the loudspeaker processing, and the entire system can be controlled with ease via touchscreen.

Gilded Balloon adds Flare to its 30th Season

03/09/2015 - Project News

Orbital Sound added a new innovation for this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe at the Gilded Balloon, supplying a Flare Audio X2A Compact Vertical Point Source Array system, complemented by the Q18 sub bass units. Marking its 22nd consecutive year at the Festival, Orbital Sound was once again responsible for supplying and installing the extensive line-up of high-end audio and communications equipment across Gilded Balloon’s nine venues, with David Bartholomeusz at the helm.

“The Brass on Baltimore” Hosts Elegant Events with Modern Audio

03/09/2015 - Project News

USA – Appearing on the National Register of Historic Places, the “Kansas City Club” was established in 1882 as a business and professional men’s social club. Now under new ownership and rechristened “The Brass on Baltimore”, this elegant down-town venue offers a variety of meeting and event spaces including two with newly-installed professional audio systems.

PR Lighting dominant at 24th PALM Show Beijing

03/09/2015 - Event News

When the 24th PALM Beijing Show was reinstated, after originally being cancelled, PR Lighting took every opportunity to capitalise.

Bandit Lites Hires Garrett Baxter

03/09/2015 - People News

USA – Bandit Lites announces the hiring of Garrett “RT” Baxter as the production coordinator for Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort.

Philips Selecon introduces the new PL Series Mark II LED Luminaires

03/09/2015 - Equipment News

USA – Utilising a proprietary Philips technology, Philips Selecon introduces the new PL Series Mark II LED luminaires. With a single LED array, the PL Series Mark II luminaires create superior colour consistency from fixture-to-fixture to breathe new life into lighting designs and are now available in profile, Fresnel and cyc models to make LED lighting challenges a thing of the past.

The Warehouse helps Edinburgh International Festival achieve Diverse Sound over the Summer Season

03/09/2015 - Production News

Leading pro-audio provider, The Warehouse Sound Services, helped this year’s Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) achieve its many and diverse sound requirements across the summer season after designing, installing and engineering the sound for the opening and closing shows. As a lead partner supplier to the EIF, the company also provided the audio solutions for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks) among others, working closely with Tom Zwitserlood head of sound and John Robb head of technical at EIF.

Tascam VL-S3 brings studio monitoring to every desktop

03/09/2015 - Equipment News

TASCAM’s new VL-S3 brings great-sounding compact studio monitoring to the price of a set of headphones. The two-way powered monitors include a 3” woofer, and rear ported design packs a surprising punch. A pair of RCA inputs accept any line-level input, and a stereo 1/4” to RCA cable is included. Also available is a 1/8” stereo mini jack for playing from smartphones or MP3 players.

Tascam premieres Celesonic US-20x20 multi-channel interface/mic pre/mixer

03/09/2015 - Equipment News

Tascam’s new Celesonic US-20x20 packs 20 channels of analogue and digital I/O into a single rackspace with great sounding preamps and USB 3.0/2.0 connectivity. Eight Ultra-HDDA microphone preamps provide 56dB of gain and high headroom to make microphones sound their best. Up to ten channels of digital I/O are included on ADAT and S/PDIF connectors, with word clock also provided for use with external clocks like Tascam’s CG-1000. MIDI I/O allows use with controllers and synthesisers, and sample rates up to 192kHz/24-bit are supported.

Chauvet Professional puts the Heart into Ibiza

03/09/2015 - Project News

Millions of tourists visit Ibiza’s old town every year. With its labyrinth of centuries old streets, alleys and cathedrals, it’s easy to see why countless people become enchanted with the island’s capital. Beautiful though it may be, in the last couple of decades Ibiza Town has become famous for an entirely different reason: clubbing. With Ibiza town and the island of Ibiza now playing host to some of the world’s most exclusive night clubs such as Pacha and Amnesia, a whole different layer of tourism has emerged with hard core clubbers and dance music fans discovering what the island has to offer.

Beats und Beams: Clay Paky @Airbeat One EDM-Dance Festival

03/09/2015 - Production News

Germany – The Airbeat-One festival happens yearly since 2002 on the private airfield of Neustadt-Glewe in North Germany and is held by the rental company Music-Eggert. There are several dance floors where EDM fans can listen to several styles of their favourite music.

Staatstheater Stuttgart select Alcons Pro Ribbon Sound System

03/09/2015 - Project News

Germany – After a turbulent renovation phase, the renowned Stuttgarter Schauspielhaus opened again after several phases of rebuilding. Also on board is a new sound system by Alcons Audio. After the last renovation phase, the main room of the Theatre of the Year award-winning Stuttgarter theatre now has a maximum of 670 seats, which all offer a very good listening experience thanks to the new sound system.

Mack Back with a Quack

03/09/2015 - Production News

Aurora returns to the studio with LD Oli Richards for SKY1’s new series of Duck Quacks Don’t Echo.

L-Acoustics rouses festival-goers at Netherlands’ Awakenings Festival

03/09/2015 - Production News

The two-day Awakenings festival, one of Europe’s leading techno events, has been bringing the genre’s headlining DJs together for the past 19 years. The festival takes place in late June each year and features 11 hours of music on eight stages each day. For the last two years L-Acoustics has been the exclusive choice for sound reinforcement and monitoring on all eight stages. Sound design, audio equipment and staff have been supplied by Amsterdam-based Focus Advanced Facilities, part of the pan-European Rent-All group.

Avolites MD Steve Warren to Light Up PRO Show Panel on the Future of Lighting and Video

03/09/2015 - Event News

UK Lighting and video world titan Steve Warren will join other industry maestros to debate The Convergence of Lighting and Video in the Live Production Industry at the PRO show seminar this month.

Robe for 2015 Schengenfest

02/09/2015 - Production News

Slovenia – Leading Slovenian lighting designer Crt Birsa was asked to create a dynamic production lighting scheme for the main stage at the 2015 Schengenfest event, Slovenia’s largest festival, staged at Vinica, Bela Krajina and attracting up to 10,000 music fans each day. They enjoyed a series of rousing performances from a selection of top international artists and local heroes including Rudimental (DJ set), Asian Dub Foundation, Magnifico, Siddharta Stahlzeit and Guano Apes.

A new breed of point source loudspeakers from d&b audiotechnik

02/09/2015 - Equipment News

Germany – The demands for a high performance point source have always been the same: reliable, lightweight and compact, and with a wide range of rigging options for maximum flexibility. The V7P and V10P from d&b audiotechnik are a new breed of loudspeaker offering all this and more, including the d&b hallmark constant directivity control down to low frequencies.

Jackson Browne Tours with LED Bandit Lights

02/09/2015 - Production News

USA – When lighting designer Steve Comer began working with Jackson Browne in 2008, the goal was to create a 100 percent LED system, and with the help of Bandit Lites, that goal is coming closer and closer to fruition.

Rigging Industry in the UK Launch New Trailblazer Apprenticeships

02/09/2015 - Standards News

David Cameron has announced the government approval of 59 group standards for ‘Trailblazer’ apprenticeships, as part of its commitment to supporting three million new apprentices in the UK by 2020.

Presentation Rentals re-brands as PR Live

02/09/2015 - Business News

South London-based technical production and design specialist Presentation Rentals has re-branded as ‘PR Live’ to reflect the dynamic nature of its business and the current scope of the company’s activities.

Back to school: wysiwyg Student Edition Programme

02/09/2015 - Standards News

Canada – CAST Software has announced wysiwyg Student Edition lighting design and previsualisation software for students and educational and training institutions. The new edition will prepare students better for their future careers in live lighting, laser and video event design.

New Dutch Acts Brave The Stage with Yamaha and Nexo

02/09/2015 - Production News

The Netherlands – Globally the popularity of outdoor music is great as ever and, while the higher profile festivals like Glastonbury, Roskilde, SXSW and Coachella inevitably receive much of the coverage, for every big event there are hundreds more smaller ones which cater for every possible age, interest and musical taste. In Amsterdam, the Brave festival champions new bands, with Yamaha and Nexo systems ensuring that they enjoy a thoroughly professional production.

Vivaldianno Project chooses Robe

02/09/2015 - Production News

The Vivaldianno project – a sumptuous and ambitious combination of popular classics played in a unique classical rock style – is a very successful crossover musical concept evolved by Italian violin virtuoso Jaroslav Svěcený and famous Czech rock keyboardist Michal Dvorak.

Artistic Licence offers Micro-Scope manicure!

02/09/2015 - Equipment News

Artistic Licence is offering Micro-Scope Manicure, a full service for its popular Micro-Scope 3a DMX tester. The aim is to take a hard-working Micro-Scope 3a (including units branded by other manufacturers, and whether in working condition or not) and return it to top notch condition. In detail this includes:

No misty dream to the initiated

02/09/2015 - Production News

UK – Long days in the sun and surf, long nights lost in music. That’s the promise of Boardmaster, Europe’s leading celebration of all that is surfing. Grown from small beginnings in 1981, Boardmasters has become the epitome of boutique festival going, an event packed day and night with a feast for all the senses, not least visuals. “We’re doing something quite different at the Unleashed stage in the Big Top this year”, said Rhodri Shaw of Video Design. “That’s as well as provide the big IMAG screens for the main stage.”

LD Giovanni Pinna on Clay Paky fixtures with the Vasco Rossi's Summer 2015 tour

02/09/2015 - Production News

Italy – Giovanni Pinna has worked with Vasco since the dawn of time, 1991. What is the secret of this alliance?

Ayrton MagicBlade-R makes UK/European debut with Enter Shikari

02/09/2015 - Production News

Lighting designer, Steve Bewley, is the first to tour the UK and Europe with Ayrton MagicBlade-R fixtures, using over 100 units for British rock-band, Enter Shikari, in support of their new album, The Mindsweep.

Spencer Newbury joins LCA Lights Camera Action

02/09/2015 - People News

LCA – Lights, Camera, Action has announced the appointment of Spencer Newbury as international business development manager.

Philips Vari-Lite VL4000 Spot Luminaires take on “The End Times” Tour

01/09/2015 - Production News

USA – When “The End Times” tour kicked-off at the Concord Pavilion in California, it was the first official tour for the Smashing Pumpkins following the release of their latest album Monuments To An Elegy. As the longtime tour lighting designer, Lawrence Upton of UV Lighting was once again designing the lighting rig for the alternative rock band, and the co-headlining line-up with Marilyn Manson presented a unique set of challenges. So working with tour lighting provider DPS, Upton created a festival-type lighting rig complete with 24 VL4000 Spot luminaires from Philips Vari-Lite to give himself the creative freedom needed to surpass those challenges.

Nominations Open for USITT Young Designers and Technicians Awards

01/09/2015 - Event News

USA - Student and early career theatrical artists can gain recognition, cash, and a trip to USITT 2016 in Salt Lake City if chosen for one of 11 Young Designers and Technicians in the Performing Arts awards from the United States Institute for Theatre Technology.

American Ninja Warriors Power Up With Chauvet

01/09/2015 - Production News

USA – Intensity is the name of the game at American Ninja Warriors. More of an athletic event than a reality show, the popular NBC programme, which is perennially number one in its time slot, treats its six million viewers to a breathtaking display of physical power, quickness and dexterity. Lighting director Edward Motts brought forth similar qualities in the searing light show he created for the 2015 edition of the program, using Next NXT-1 and Nexus LED fixtures from Chauvet Professional provided by Aspect Lighting.

City Theatrical Appointed Exclusive Distributor for Core Lighting in The Americas

01/09/2015 - Business News

City Theatrical has been named by UK lighting manufacturer Core Lighting as their exclusive distributor in the Americas.

Eos Ti and OSC provide divine show control at London’s National Theatre

01/09/2015 - Production News

What colour is the voice of a deity? This was the synesthetic question faced by the design team at London's National Theatre in their production of Everyman, a new adaptation of the classic 15th century morality play.

Robe has Divine Role in Sister Act

01/09/2015 - Production News

There’s no greater ‘goosebump moment’ for any LD than audible gasps of amazement from a crowd reacting to a lighting or visual effect, and that’s what happened each night in the Joburg Theatre, downtown Johannesburg as a truly spectacular ‘rose window’ made up of 89 Robe LED moving lights was revealed for the first time during the new South African production of “Sister Act”.

Kinesys for Zac Brown Band Tour

01/09/2015 - Production News

USA – Zac Brown Band's 'JEKYLL + HYDE' North American Stadium Tour presented by Bai is the band's largest tour to date and features a production design created by James Scott and Louis Oliver, of UK-based creative specialist Okulus, which involves several moving elements with a Kinesys control system at its core.

Ampco Flashlight Group streamlines sales activities with new merger

01/09/2015 - Business News

The Netherlands Ampco Flashlight Group has merged the recently acquired Audiopro Netherlands with its sales companies TM Audio Holland and Lightco Netherlands in a move to streamline the department. The three companies will now operate under the name Ampco Flashlight Sales.

Summerland Tour Chooses Allen & Heath

01/09/2015 - Production News

USAThe Summerland Tour, previously hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the “Ten Hottest Summer Package Tours”, returned this year with Allen & Heath iLive digital mixing systems managing FOH and monitor positions.

Clay Paky Fixtures Hit the Road with Derek and Julianne Hough’s “Move Live on Tour”

01/09/2015 - Production News

USA – Choreographers, actors and dance champions Derek and Julianne Hough have taken their “Dancing with the Stars” expertise on the road for a second year in a row with their dynamic show, “Move Live on Tour 2015.” Lighting designer Peter Morse of Peter Morse Productions in South Lake Tahoe, California is using Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20 and Sharpy Wash 330 fixtures on the show.

Reshaping Excellence – Sennheiser teases the next milestone in high-end audio at exclusive London event

01/09/2015 - Event News

Sennheiser CEOs Daniel and Dr. Andreas Sennheiser presented the world with its very first glimpse of the audio specialist’s next milestone product at an exclusive event at London’s Central Hall Westminster. Themed “Reshaping Excellence”, the celebration of sound and innovation marked Sennheiser’s 70th anniversary year and featured a unique concert performed to an audience of 1,200 guests by the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie orchestra and Grammy Award-winning artist Imogen Heap.

NEXT-proaudio is colouring the sound

01/09/2015 - Equipment News

Portuguese manufacturer NEXT-proaudio is improving its production line with the introducing of a new paint shop. From September it will be possible to customise the colour of each speaker according the RAL library.

Jazz Music's 'New Messiah' Uses DPA Microphones to Record Live Stage Shows

01/09/2015 - Production News

UK artist and Quincy Jones's protégé Jacob Collier is only 20 years old, yet his undoubted talent as a musician and singer has already earned him the epithets of 'jazz's new prodigy' and 'jazz music's new messiah' from some heavy-weight music reviewers.

Ambersphere joins up the MagicDots down on the Farm

01/09/2015 - Production News

The Barn on the Farm is one of the growing number of independent events that now populate the summer festival calendar. Since 2010, the event has grown year on year and now presents a broad spectrum of up and coming artists on multiple stages with pro-audio systems and professional lighting rigs. Lighting designer, Bryan Leitch was approached to submit design proposals for all three stages.

Speedy Elation Snipers for Heaven Shall Burn Summer Festival Shows

01/09/2015 - Production News

Europe – In June, German metal band Heaven Shall Burn used a barrage of effects from 36 Elation Professional Sniper 2R multi-effect lights to get the crowd going at Switzerland’s biggest rock festival, the Greenfield Festival, then did the same in July at the With Full Force Festival in Germany.