News Archive for January 2016

Irish LD Conor Biddle Turns to Elation Gear for Shows across the UK and Europe

29/01/2016 - Production News

UK and Ireland – Irish lighting designer, Conor Biddle, has been turning to Elation lighting for several years now, from acts as diverse as renowned house DJ MK to Irish country singer Nathan Carter’s recent UK tour.

PR Lighting Helps Ploiesti See in The New Year

29/01/2016 - Production News

Romania – Every year the Romanian city of Ploiesti, situated 60 miles from Bucharest, celebrates the arrival of the new year in style with a massive concert and firework display in the main town square.

PR 5000s Bring Power and Accuracy To German Rock & Pop Award

29/01/2016 - Production News

Germany – For the past three decades, the German Rock & Pop Music Association has been hosting the German Rock & Pop Award competition, supporting Germany’s young musicians. It is hugely influential and has been the launch pad for a number of careers, such as Pur, Yvonne Catterfeld and Mundstuhl.

Holiday on Ice Believes in WIcreations

29/01/2016 - Production News

Europe – Entertainment industry engineering and automation specialist WIcreations has delivered a custom automation solution for the brand new Holiday on Ice show 'Believe', as well as fabricating the elaborate set as an efficient and tourable package.

Painting with Light creates Show Design for Holiday on Ice ‘Believe’

29/01/2016 - Production News

Europe - The new Holiday on Ice 'Believe' show takes the whole concept of ice musicals to a new level of production and presentation, directed and choreographed by Olympic and world Ice skating champion Christopher Dean to great acclaim.

Meyer Sound Constellation Serves Performances and Technical Education at Singapore American School

29/01/2016 - Project News

Singapore – The Singapore American School (SAS) has installed a Meyer Sound Constellation acoustic system in its upgraded school auditorium, fixing a sound issue that prevented performers from hearing each other clearly. The system now gives students the opportunity to learn about active acoustics technology first hand, while also providing a customisable sound experience for community productions.

KAABOO Launches with Clay Paky Fixtures

29/01/2016 - Production News

USA – The inaugural KAABOO Festival launched in Del Mar, California this September with Clay Paky Sharpys and A.leda B-EYE K20s.

Chauvet DJ Wins Two Best Product Awards at NAMM

29/01/2016 - Event News

USA – Chauvet DJ was doubly honoured at this year’s NAMM Show, winning best product awards from two of the music and entertainment product industry’s leading publications. The company’s Swarm 4 FX multi-effect fixture was named Best Lighting Product of the Year by Music & Sound Retailer magazine. A short time after receiving this honour, another Chauvet DJ product, the D-Fi USB wireless control transceiver won the Product Excellence Award from Music Inc.

Alcons Audio’s annual home turf playground, ISE 2016

29/01/2016 - Event News

The Netherlands – ISE 2016 sees leading audio innovator Alcons Audio enjoying a comprehensive presence with a number of treats for visitors ears, showcasing the company’s ongoing pursuit of audio perfection.

Allen & Heath Qu-Pac Gives Emanuel Lutheran Flexibility with Simplicity

29/01/2016 - Project News

USA – Founded in 1915, Emanuel Lutheran Church built its current campus on Santa Barbara’s Modoc Road in 1969. A member congregation of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, the church holds worship services, bible studies and prayer groups and hosts several local ministries.

Adlib Gets Focused with PLASA in Glasgow

29/01/2016 - Event News

UK – Adlib used the recent PLASA Focus Glasgow exhibition to underline its commitment to premium manufacturers, including L-Acoustics and Soundcraft, by ensuring that stocks of these popular products are available in Scotland for all types of shows and events.

Philips Showline strobes cut through video heavy show on Bring Me The Horizon

29/01/2016 - Production News

USA and Europe Electronic metalcore five-piece Bring Me The Horizon recently completed a tour of the USA and Europe in support of their latest album 'That's The Spirit' with a high-impact and punchy lighting design by Ben Inskip using Philips Showline SL NITRO 510C LED strobes.

Bandit and Pulse Light New Years Eve Show with Old Crow Medicine Show

28/01/2016 - Production News

USA – Old Crow Medicine Show continued its seven year tradition of helping Nashville ring in the New Year with a two night performance at The Ryman Auditorium. Bandit Lites partnered once again with PULSE Lighting to provide a lighting package for the Americana band, who shared they have no intention of spending New Year’s anywhere else.

Scotland’s Largest Pro-Audio Provider, The Warehouse, Enjoys Success at PLASA Focus Glasgow

28/01/2016 - Event News

UK – Leading pro-audio provider The Warehouse Sound Services Ltd has reported a huge increase in footfall and interest during this year’s PLASA Focus show in Glasgow. The company showcased a range of products from d&b audiotechnik, Avid, EM Acoustics, RCF, Shure, Allen + Heath, Yamaha and Sennheiser. The event provided the Scotland headquartered organisation an opportunity to exhibit in its home town with feedback and enquiries surpassing all expectations.

CCI Solutions Adds Flexibility to Sandals Church Lighting with Chauvet Professional Rogues

28/01/2016 - Project News

USA – Like many churches, Sandals, a three-campus church in California’s Inland Empire, features a variety of activities, missions and wonderful sermons on its website. However, this dynamic church’s site also has a collection of web pages that isn’t so commonly found. Called “Giving Statement,” these pages tell first person inspirational stories of actual congregation members, from a six-year-old boy who raised money so other children could have Christmas gifts, to a young single mother who overcame drug addiction, to a middle-aged couple dealing with the loss of their son.

Lighting Designer Saxton Waller Digs Deep with Clay Paky B-EYE K10s and K20s on STS9 Fall 2015 Tour

28/01/2016 - Production News

USA – When instrumental band STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9) began its US fall tour lighting designer Saxton Waller decided to add Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20s to the B-EYE K10 rig he deployed for the band’s 2014 tour and sold-out concerts at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre

German Cultural Centre Installs GLD for Multi-Room Management

28/01/2016 - Project News

Modeon Cultural Centre in Bavaria, Germany, recently purchased an Allen & Heath GLD digital mixing system to manage all its audio requirements across several rooms and involving a varied programme of events.

Quality Quartet – D Naald Invests in Yamaha Again

28/01/2016 - Project News

The Netherlands – Attracting over 100,000 visitors every year, for three decades De Naald (The Needle) theatre in Naaldwijk has been a cultural hub for the region south-west of The Hague – since 2004 officially the Dutch municipality of Westland. The watchword for every aspect of the theatre’s work is ‘quality’, which is why a QL1 has recently become its fourth Yamaha digital mixing console.

Yamaha CIS Gets Sporty With Leclerc

28/01/2016 - Project News

France – Hypermarket chain E.Leclerc is one of France’s biggest retailers, with nearly 600 outlets and a total of 138 in other countries. The company has a number of specialist outlet chains including Leclerc Sport, which recently installed a Yamaha CIS background music system at its new Langon store.

AC-ET Showcases Dedicated New Film & TV Division’s Portfolio at BSC Expo 2016

28/01/2016 - Event News

UK – A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd.’s dedicated new film and TV sales division will be showcasing the latest lighting, control, grip and associated technologies from leading brands in the company’s extensive portfolio – including Chroma-Q, Jands, Fiilex, Mole-Richardson, Manfrotto, Avenger, Spotlight and LumenRadio – at the British Society of Cinematographers (BSC) Expo 2016 trade show, Battersea Evolution, London, on the 29th - 30th January (stand 213).

Clay Paky lights the Secrets of the Sea in Qatar

28/01/2016 - Production News

UAE – The annual Qatar Marine Festival, Doha is built around the history of Qatar, which has grown at an extraordinary rate since the discovery of the country’s oil and natural gas.

Fullerton College Invests in Audient

28/01/2016 - Project News

USA – Markus Burger, co-ordinator of music technology at Fullerton College is in no doubt that the recent installation of an Audient ASP8024 analogue mixing console in the studio is an important addition to audio recording programme. “The era of consoles is coming back,” he declares with confidence.

White Light is Going Underground with VAULT Festival

27/01/2016 - Production News

UK – Taking place in the tunnels beneath London’s Waterloo Station, the annual VAULT Festival opens and will run for the next six weeks. Renowned for showcasing emerging talent across all art forms, the festival features theatre, dance, cabaret, live art, installations, puppetry and much more. White Light is once again providing the lighting equipment, along with the power, rigging and even the support of its apprentices.

Powersoft Takes the High Ground at ISE 2016

27/01/2016 - Event News

The Netherlands – Powersoft arrives at ISE 2016 (Booth #7K-182) on the back of an incredible year spent raising market share in global markets.

Penn Elcom Online Goes Live!

27/01/2016 - Business News

Global flightcase hardware and 19-inch rack manufacturer Penn Elcom has launched Penn Elcom Online, a brand new all-encompassing online portal offering a comprehensive and convenient sales outlet for over 4000 product lines.

Robe Launches BMFL WashBeam

27/01/2016 - Equipment News

Robe has officially launched its newest and brightest BMFL series luminaire to date, – the BMFL WashBeam.

Register Now for Behind the Scenes UK Golf Day

27/01/2016 - Event News

UK – Behind the Scenes UK Golf Day will take place on 13th April at The Drift Golf Course in West Horsley, Surrey. This extremely popular event to raise funds for the charity is almost sold out so register your team now and don’t miss out. Teams already signed up include Autograph, Crewsaders, Creative Technology, Delta Sound, Media Lease, Meyer Sound, Shure, Stage Technologies/Tait, White Light, and Wonder Works.

Yamaha Releases Updated Version 2.0 Firmware And StageMix App for TF Series Digital Mixers

27/01/2016 - Equipment News

Yamaha has released a major firmware update – Version 2.0 – for its TF series of digital mixers, with a number of improvements to allow faster and easier set-up for use in a broader range of applications, including connection to up to three Tio1608-D i/o units. Reflecting the improvements, the TF StageMix app has also been updated to Version 2.0

Christie scores another technical knockout with three new Boxer models

27/01/2016 - Equipment News

Christie scored another technical knockout with the introduction of three new Boxer models featuring 2K resolution, 20,000, 25,000 and 30,000 centre lumens.

No Challenge Too Large – Stage Electrics Delivers The Sun to London’s Royal Opera

27/01/2016 - Production News

UK - In November, The Royal Opera in London’s Covent Garden staged Morgen und Abend (Morning and Evening), a new commission from Georg Friedrich Haas. Lighting director Giuseppe Di Iorio wanted a large, high output Fresnel fixture to represent the Sun, so he turned to Stage Electrics for help.

Family Church Downtown Finds Clarity With L-Acoustics

27/01/2016 - Project News

USA – West Palm Beach, Florida’s Family Church Downtown, formerly known as First Baptist Church, has replaced its ageing centre cluster PA with an L-Acoustics line array system. The new rig comprises a total of 20 Kara(i) enclosures, flown left and right, complemented by three flown SB18 single-18-inch subwoofers per side, with four SB28 dual-18-inch subs positioned below the stage.

Optoma unveils 6,000 lumen lamp-less laser-phosphor projector

27/01/2016 - Equipment News

Optoma has unveiled its first projector to use laser phosphor illumination technology, with the launch of the ZU650. Designed for the professional installation market, this new high brightness ProScene model with 2,000,000:1 dynamic contrast provides an astonishing 20,000 hours of impressive, virtually maintenance-free operation without the need for lamp and filter replacements.

Philips Vari-Lite takes centre stage at brand new Jordanki Culture and Congress Centre

27/01/2016 - Project News

Poland – Nearly 150 Philips Vari-Lite professional luminaires, including one of the latest additions to the product line the VL4000 Spot, have been installed into Toruń's brand new multi-functional hub the Jordanki Culture and Congress Centre (or CKK Jordanki).

Triple E ModTruss provides strong and versatile solution at the Royal Opera House

27/01/2016 - Production News

UK Track expert Triple E's 'universal building system', ModTruss, has provided an incredibly strong and versatile solution to fly a powerfully bright 18kW Arrimax HMI head in an arc over the stage for the world premiere performances of 'Morgen und Abend' at London's Royal Opera House.

AV Stumpfl redefines innovation with Wings Engine Raw 8K

27/01/2016 - Event News

The Netherlands – Austrian engineering company, AV Stumpfl will return to ISE 2016 to launch an 8K version of Wings Engine Raw.

Elation’s New ACL 360i a Compact yet Powerful RGBW Beam Fixture with Continuous 360-degree Movement

27/01/2016 - Equipment News

Elation Professional announces the launch of the new ACL 360i, a powerful single-beam moving effect luminaire with the intensity of a tight ACL beam that is perfect for quick-moving beam looks, pin-spotting, or stunning large motion effects when used in larger configurations. It is the latest and the smallest high-output luminaire in Elation’s ACL Series of narrow-beam LED effect lights.

The Knight of Illumination Awards 2016 is off to a flying start

26/01/2016 - Event News

UKThe Knight of Illumination Awards (KOI) 2016 has launched and submissions are already coming in for its Television and Concert Touring and Events categories.

Robe Catches the Style in Durban

26/01/2016 - Production News

South African rental and production specialist Sound Stylists opened their Durban branch in 2010 to service the growing events, music and entertainment markets in the busy, buzzing cosmopolitan KwaZulu Natal port city, and it's expanded from a satellite operation for the Johannesburg HQ with two staff to a major branch with 11 full-time employees, working across all industry sectors.

CPL Provides Lighitng and Video for TEDx Bristol Event

26/01/2016 - Production News

UK – CPL provided lighting and video equipment for the TEDxBristol event, one of the on-going series of locally organised TEDx (Technology, Entertainment Design) global conferences underpinned by the not-for-profit Sapling Foundation. The "ideas worth spreading" programme has an emphasis on technology, design and various other scientific, cultural and academic topics, and is designed to inspire and encourage action and initiative.

HSL Starts the Year Announcing Another £2 Million Investment in Kit

26/01/2016 - Production News

UK – Blackburn-based lighting and visual rental specialist HSL continues on the proactive investment path it followed throughout 2015, with another £2 million spent the last two months of the year, spread between a number of premium lighting brands including Martin by Harman, Philips, Robe and SGM.

Meyer Sound Leopard Wins NAMM TEC Award

26/01/2016 - Event News

USA – Industry professionals have voted Meyer Sound’s Leopard linear sound reinforcement system as the winner of the NAMM TEC Award for Sound Reinforcement Loudspeakers. Presented in Anaheim, Calif. in conjunction with the 2016 NAMM Show, this is the sixth industry accolade for Leopard since its debut in 2015, and the 11th TEC Award win for Meyer Sound.

Allen & Heath Launches Next Generation Digital Mixing Series

26/01/2016 - Equipment News

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

Allen & Heath Launches QU Chrome

26/01/2016 - Equipment News

Allen & Heath has launched new Chrome Editions of its Qu series compact digital mixers to mark the launch of Qu v1.8 Chrome firmware in mid-October, which adds major new features including automatic mic mixing, a spectrogram and additional monitor mixes.

Allen & Heath Launches New ZED Mini Mixers

26/01/2016 - Equipment News

Allen & Heath has launched five new mini mixers from its acclaimed ZED analogue console range, including the first ZEDi hybrid mixers/interfaces. The ZED-6, ZED-6FX, ZEDi-8, ZEDi-10 and ZEDi-10FX are designed with all the features and quality required by musicians, recording artists and for AV work, in a compact, portable format.

OBA Equips Lee Valley Ice Centre with CDD

26/01/2016 - Project News

UK – Lee Valley Leisure Trust came into operation in April 2015 to run 14 of the major sports venues and other sites owned by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority.

Chauvet DJ Wins MMR Dealers Choice Award

26/01/2016 - Event News

USA – It was déjà vu all over again for Chauvet DJ at NAMM. Just as it did at last January’s show as well as in January 2014, the company received one of the music and entertainment product industry’s most prestigious honours, winning the MMR Dealers Choice Lighting Line of the Year Award.

Philips Vari-Lite VL4000 BeamWash Luminaires take it outside at Jimmy Kimmel Live

26/01/2016 - Production News

USA – Behind the scenes at the Emmy-nominated Jimmy Kimmel Live, lighting designer Christian Hibbard is busy bringing the shows musical performances to life. With two outdoor stages that host the hottest musical acts from around the world, Hibbard is asked to create the ideal lighting environment that best personifies the varying musicality of each artist. Understanding these challenges, Hibbard needs lighting instruments with a number of quality capabilities, which he has found in the VL4000 BeamWash luminaire from Philips Vari-Lite.

Bandit Grows Inventory with Ayrton Fixtures

26/01/2016 - Production News

USA – Bandit Lites always strives to provide the highest quality and most innovative gear to its clients, an effort which has led to a sizeable purchase of Ayrton’s newest fixtures, including Ayrton CosmoPix-R, IntelliPix-R, MagicBlade-R, MagicDot-R and MagicRing-R9.

Elation to Show Award-Winning Platinum X-Series and More at ISE 2016

26/01/2016 - Event News

The Netherlands – Elation Professional will be showing the latest in its line of versatile, energy-efficient LED and Platinum Series lighting solutions 9th - 12th February at the ISE show in Amsterdam, Europe’s leading exhibition for professional AV.

Pro Tools Dock makes its UK show debut at BVE

26/01/2016 - Event News

UK – Visitors to HHB Communications on stand L45 at BVE 2016 will have the opportunity to witness the UK show debut of the compact Avid Pro Tools Dock, a new EUCON control surface that works with iPad and Avid’s free iOS app, Pro Tools Control. At the show, HHB will pair Pro Tools Dock with the 16-fader Pro Tools S3 control surface to demonstrate more powerful mixing workflows.

Witness the laser revolution and the way forward in open system for content management

25/01/2016 - Event News

Panasonic is going bigger and better at ISE 2016 with its biggest ever booth and more visual applications on show than ever before.

Floydian Homage

25/01/2016 - Production News

UK – It’s 2pm on a cold and wet Saturday at Millennium Studios, and the unmistakable sound of ‘Comfortably Numb’ is gently wafting into the car park from an open door. Inside the cavernous ‘A’ Stage, the band in residence is The Australian Pink Floyd Show, the outfit that since the late 1980s has been steadily progressing and refining its sonic and visual recreation of the rock icons’ music to such a degree that even a die-hard fan of the originals could not fail to appreciate.

Brian Gale: Narrating with light from ETC

25/01/2016 - Production News

USA – The Los Angeles Theatre on Broadway and Sixth Street in downtown Los Angeles is especially hot, sweaty and crowded. Today this sumptuous art Deco palace built by Charlie Chaplin in 1931 is the location for an episode of TV show Scandal and rehearsals for the camp musical Carrie – The Killer Musical Experience. Chaplin, whose photograph with Albert Einstein adorns the gilded lobby, would be proud that, despite the lack of air conditioning and the crumbling plaster walls, his dream is still alive.

Adlib Installs Coda to Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room

25/01/2016 - Project News

UK – Adlib has supplied a Coda TiRAY sound system to Liverpool Philharmonic’s new venue, Music Room, a completely flexible space accommodating between 160 to 250 people depending on a cabaret, theatre or standing configuration. The venue, which opened in October 2015, has been built as part of the £14.5 million refurbishment of the 1939 Grade II* listed Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

Robe for The Voice Angola

25/01/2016 - Production News

South Africa – Three new African countries embraced the massively popular singing competition The Voice – South Africa, Angola and Nigeria – with all three series recorded at and broadcast from Stage One, Sasani Studios, Johannesburg – and all featuring over 100 Robe moving lights prominently on their respective lighting rigs.

LD Stephen Moss to Receive 2016 Rising Star Award

25/01/2016 - Event News

USA – Lighting designer and technician Stephen Moss (pictured) of Nashville, Tenn., is the winner of USITT’s 2016 Rising Star Award sponsored by LDI/Live Design.

Central Announces the Richard Pilbrow Scholarship

25/01/2016 - Event News

UK -  On 21st January 2016, as it welcomed members of the industry to its Embassy Theatre for the annual Association of Lighting Designer’s (ALD) New Technology Showcase, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama announced the establishment of the Richard Pilbrow Scholarship.

Clay Paky Sharpy is ‘driving force’ behind Lexus x stunt

25/01/2016 - Production News

Spain – Clay Paky Sharpys have once again played an integral role in an epic stunt by trailblazing light artists Marshmallow Laser Feast (MLF) and lighting designer Matthew Button, who have combined their creative genius to pull off a sensory spectacular for Lexus Europe and international megastar

GLD Installed in the Moscow State Concert and Cinema Hall

25/01/2016 - Project News

Russia – Allen & Heath’s GLD digital mixing system has been installed in the concert and cinema hall of the System Operator of the Unified Energy System’s head office in Moscow, Russia.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The Imagination Awards Open for Entries

25/01/2016 - Event News

UK - Renowned educationalist Sir Ken Robinson will be the Patron of The Imagination Awards, a competition launched by the award-winning West End production of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, to champion creativity and inspire the next generation of theatre makers. The awards are now open for entries, and close on Monday 6th June, details at:

Unusual Rigging: Practically Perfect in every way

22/01/2016 - Production News

UK – Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s musical Mary Poppins originally opened in 2004 and ran in the West End for three years. Since then over 11 million people worldwide have seen the show which has just returned to the UK, opening in October at Curve in Leicester. The musical will tour the country until the start of 2017.

Third winner of nanoScope competition announced

22/01/2016 - Event News

The lucky winner for the third month of the Artistic Licence Win a nanoScope Competition is Jomon James.

Avolites Titan One controls giant Star Wars 'Lightsaber' installation

22/01/2016 - Production News

Ireland Dublin's 398ft high 'Monument of Light' Spire was transformed into a giant 'Lightsaber' in December to celebrate the premiere of the new Star Wars film, 'The Force Awakens', using powerful fixtures controlled by Avolites' Titan One DMX USB Dongle.

Brompton Technology Launches new Processors at ISE 2016

22/01/2016 - Event News

The Netherlands – Brompton Technology will be launching its new Tessera S and T-Series LED video processors at ISE 2016 – Amsterdam, RAI from 9th -12th Feb 2016.

Brompton Drives 43 million pixel screen for Ford and CT

22/01/2016 - Production News

USA – Creative Technology has made a significant investment in Brompton processing to power their growing fleet of ROE Visual LED panels. After a successful upgrade of its MC7HB panels to Tessera R2 cards the company has chosen the Tessera M2 processor to drive them and the new inventory of ROE Black Onyx 3.47mm panels. The BO3.47 are currently being put to use on the Ford stand at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Kramer Goes for Gold at ISE 2016

22/01/2016 - Event News

The Netherlands – Kramer, a leading manufacturer and global distributor of Pro AV products and solutions, has announced that the company will participate at Integrated Systems Europe 2016 as an official gold sponsor. The event will be held at the Amsterdam RAI on 9-12 February. Kramer will showcase this year in booth F20, Hall 1.

RH Consulting releases new guide to Voice Alarm systems

22/01/2016 - Equipment News

RH Consulting has launched a major new edition to their guide to voice alarm systems. Originally released six years ago, the e-publication has been comprehensively updated to become the definitive guide to all types of emergency audio system for consultants, manufacturers, installers and venue owners.

Yamaha Iberica Runs Digital Mixing Seminars

22/01/2016 - Standards News

Europe – In January and February, audio engineers in Spain, Portugal and the Canary Islands can take advantage of advanced tuition on Yamaha’s CL and QL series digital mixing consoles and Dante networking, as the company runs a series of free, day-long seminars.

Frost Productions Creates Visual Experience at Metropolitan Museum of Art with Chauvet

22/01/2016 - Production News

USA – It is one of the most popular exhibits in New York’s most visited museum. Built in 15 BC, the ancient Egyptian Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art draws visitors from across the globe. It is the place where dignitaries seem to linger longest when they tour the museum and where a visitor is liable to get lost in thought. No wonder! As one critic noted, it is easy to imagine being transported back in time when admiring the massive sandstone structure. Frost Productions, along with lighting designers Walter Chavez and Jason (“Blends”) Ayala, celebrated the transformative power of this exhibit recently with help from the colour mixing power of Chauvet Professional fixtures.

Stage Electrics Ensures There’s No Gamble as Guys And Dolls Tours

22/01/2016 - Production News

UK – Over 65 years after its first production, the popularity of musical Guys and Dolls is as great as ever. The success of the 2014/15 Chichester Festival Theatre production has seen it transfer to the West End, with a tour to follow. Stage Electrics has worked closely with lighting designer Tim Mitchell to help make the transition.

M-Lite 612 & 615 from Miltec

22/01/2016 - Equipment News

The new M-Lite from Miltec Distribution is a battery powered LED lighting unit, with up to 16 hours use from a single charge, and features either four-in-one or five-in-one LEDs.

NEXT-proaudio launches the installation line KUBIX

22/01/2016 - Equipment News

Emerging from the R&D department and following an extensive engineering work, NEXT-proaudio’s new single point source line – KUBIX – is intended to provide high performance and fidelity as well as a coverage consistency to the venues.

Electro-Voice launches new ND Series microphones at NAMM 2016

22/01/2016 - Event News

USA – Electro-Voice has announced the global launch of the new ND Series of wired vocal and instrument microphones at NAMM 2016. The successor to the renowned N/Dym Series, the new ND Series expands the previous product offering with four vocal and four instrument models for live performance and studio applications.

Croke Park Stadium gets the Doughty treatment

22/01/2016 - Project News

Ireland – Croke Park in Dublin has been at the heart of Irish sporting life for over 100 years. Boasting a capacity for more than 82,000 people, the stadium is home of Gaelic Games and the headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association. The venue is also a prime location for meetings and events, so when its flagship Hogan Suite recently underwent refurbishment, Doughty Engineering was called upon by Cine Electric to supply all the new facility panels.

Elation’s New Generation Emulation Touch Lighting Controller Now Shipping

22/01/2016 - Equipment News

Elation Professional’s new generation lighting controller Emulation Touch is now shipping. Available worldwide through Elation’s extensive distributor network, Emulation Touch turns a tablet into a powerful lighting console. Imagine the ease of having full DMX control of moving heads, LED lights, conventional lighting and special effects all in the palm of a hand.

I can do lighting. Clay Paky meets LD Ken Billington

22/01/2016 - Event News

Italy – The internationally famous lighting designer Ken Billington held a workshop on show lighting, called Lights-Up, on 4th December 2015 in the brand new Clay Paky corporate showroom. This unique event for Italy, also in terms of importance, was attended by lighting designers, lighting directors, and industry professionals and workers.

White Light Continues Audio Investment with DPA

22/01/2016 - Business News

UK - Following last year’s hugely successful launch of White Light’s audio department, the company will continue building its audio expertise and equipment catalogue all throughout 2016. With a commitment to offering the very latest technology within the audio industry, this has seen a host of prolific clients use the company solely for its audio services. The company’s reputation as a leading audio supplier has now been further enhanced by its latest investment in the highly-acclaimed DPA d:screet 4080 and DPA d:vote 4099 microphones.

Elation EMOTION Digital Light Wins Innovation Award at CUE Show

22/01/2016 - Event News

The Netherlands – Elation Professional’s cutting-edge EMOTION moving head digital light won an award for innovation in the video category at an awards ceremony held Tuesday 19th January at the CUE show in Rotterdam. Held biennially, the CUE Show is the premier event for entertainment technology in The Netherlands.

Ministry of Sound Adds Martin Audio CDD15s for Dolby Atmos Installation

21/01/2016 - Project News

UK – The world famous Ministry of Sound (MoS) nightclub, which runs Martin Audio sound systems exclusively throughout its London venue, has extended its long partnership with the British manufacturer by installing 16 of the company’s new CDD15 (Coaxial Differential Dispersion) installation speakers in the ceiling of ‘The Box’, its premier dance room.

HK Audio introduces the Soundmakers: a complete brand overhaul

21/01/2016 - Event News

German sound reinforcement firm HK Audio is undertaking a complete global overhaul of its visual and brand identity with the introduction of its new marketing campaign: the Soundmakers.

HK Audio goes iPad with the new LUCAS NANO 608i compact PA system

21/01/2016 - Equipment News

HK Audio’s award-winning LUCAS NANO family of portable crossover PAs is expanding with another ground-breaking creation: LUCAS NANO 608i, the first high-end, all-in-one system with an iPad-enabled wireless mixer and Bluetooth technology built in.

Motörhead Magic for Robe

21/01/2016 - Production News

Germany – Motörhead, one of the most truly iconic bands in the history of heavy, hard and speed metal, with an illustrious and thunderous career that blasted off in the 1970s and rocked gloriously loudly for the next 40 years until their last live gig in Berlin on 11th December 2015.

DiGiCo announces future release of Stealth Core2 for complete SD range and a new SD5cs system

21/01/2016 - Equipment News

DiGiCo has announced its intention to release Stealth Core2, an upgrade to its existing Stealth Digital Processing. Stealth Core2 will release additional processing from the audio core of every DiGiCo SD console, taking the complete range to a new level in terms of both processing channels and functionality, and can be fitted to all existing console surfaces.
This upgrade, which will be available as an upgrade option to all existing users, includes a re-look at the application code, further future proofing existing and future investments in DiGiCo products, and keeping you one step ahead of the rest.

USITT Launches eSET Skill Tests for Entertainment Technicians

21/01/2016 - Standards News

USITT has announced the launch of eSET – Essential Skills for Entertainment Technicians.

Only Boys Aloud @ 5 with Support from PRG XL Video

21/01/2016 - Production News

UK – To celebrate five years since the formation of The Aloud Charity – – which comprises Only Men Aloud, Only Boys Aloud, and Only Kids Aloud, a one-off concert – Aloud @ 5 – was staged at the Wales Millennium Centre in late 2015.

Jennifer Nettles Tours with Bandit Lites

21/01/2016 - Production News

USA – Bandit Lites recently wrapped a successful bout on the road with country super star Jennifer Nettles on her “Playing with Fire” tour. The tour included songs from her That Girl album and featured performances from Brandy Clark and Ryan Kinder.

Clay Paky is immortalised in tiny model form at Miniatur Wunderland’s newest attraction

21/01/2016 - Production News

Germany – An array of Clay Paky Mythos and Sharpy Wash 330 fixtures have been recreated in minute model form at Miniatur Wunderland’s latest attraction – an exact functioning replica of German pop superstar Helene Fischer’s sold-out concert at the Berlin Olympiastadion in July 2015.

Chauvet Professional’s IP65 COLORdash S-Par 1 RGBA Wash Breaks the LED Colour Separation Barrier with Single Homogenised Light Source

21/01/2016 - Equipment News

USA – Chauvet Professional has unveiled the first of the next generation of products in its popular COLORdash LED series, the COLORdash S-Par 1. An IP65-rated RGBA wash fixture, the COLORdash S-Par 1 marks a major advance in LED colour blending, because its 27 red, green, blue and amber LEDs appear, not as individual pixels, but as one large homogenised light source. This breakthrough eliminates the colour separation that typically occurs during LED mixing, producing a superior, beautifully blended palette of colours, each appearing as a single emulsified hue directly from the lens.

Robe Adds Volume for Skindred Tour

21/01/2016 - Production News

UK rock band Skindred are known for their lively and energetic live performances as well as their music which is an eclectic fusion of heavy metal, punk rock, hip-hop, electronica and reggae, so the pressure is always on lighting designer Jordon Cooper to come up with a few surprises and touches of the unexpected.

White Light Launches Shop WL

21/01/2016 - Business News

UK – Following a year which saw White Light expand both its expertise and resources, the company is now launching a new platform from which its extensive range of lighting, audio, rigging and video equipment will all be available to purchase: ShopWL.

iDR Installled in Vienna Concert Hall

21/01/2016 - Project News

Austria – One of Vienna’s finest concert houses, the Konzerthaus, recently upgraded the public address system serving its Great Hall and Mozart Hall, selecting Meyer speakers and Allen & Heath’s iDR installation matrix mixers.

Allen & Heath Expands Product Management Team

20/01/2016 - People News

UK – Allen & Heath has recently expanded the product management team based in its UK HQ with the appointment of Scott Mason as pro digital sector specialist, and Ian Thomas as install sector specialist.

CPL Helps Make it Rock for Dyson

20/01/2016 - Production News

UK – Central Presentations Ltd (CPL) delivered full production including lighting, sound (featuring brand new d&b Y8s and V-SUBS), video and rigging to an impressive end of year party for technology designer/manufacturer Dyson, which was staged in the grounds of Bowood House in Wiltshire, where a large elegant Trispan marquee was giving a 45 metre deep and wide party space.

VER Acquires the Business of DPS, Inc. and Retains Key Employees

20/01/2016 - Business News

USA – VER has announced that it has acquired the business of DPS Inc., a production services company. In a sale ordered by the bankruptcy court, VER acquired more than half of the company's lighting and film equipment, nearly all of its audio, video, and rigging equipment, its 70,000-square-foot facility near Burbank, CA and retained nearly half of the company's employees.

Musikteater Vejle Invests in Kinesys

20/01/2016 - Project News

Denmark – The Musikteater in Vejle, is a busy, primarily receiving theatre with a 1200 capacity flexible main auditorium that can be fully seated in a traditional set up or have a standing configuration. The venue also hosts corporate and private events, and the technical team co-ordinate production for a month long outdoor summer entertainment season in the park. They additionally provide technical production for the nearby Spectrum Conference & Sports Centre, which is also run by the city.

Martin Audio CDD Blooms for the Botanist

20/01/2016 - Project News

UK – The fast expanding Botanist chain of music-led bar/restaurants, the brainchild of operators The New World Trading Company, recently opened its latest outlet in Marlow, Buckinghamshire.

Clay Paky delivers beat-perfect rave lighting on Mayday festival

20/01/2016 - Production News

Poland – Lighting designer Michal Dobek has created a mind-bending light show featuring over 100 Clay Paky fixtures on the 16th edition of one of Poland’s biggest techno music events Mayday festival.

Alt-rockers X Ambassadors Tour with MIDI-triggered Elation Lighting Rig by Cour Design

20/01/2016 - Production News

USA – American alternative rock band X Ambassadors is touring North America through March on their VHS tour using a unique fully MIDI-triggered lighting rig designed by Cour Design that includes Elation Professional SixPar 200 LED PAR colour changers and Platinum Beam 5R beam lights.

White Light Reaches Tipping Point with Acrobatic Theatre Spectacle

20/01/2016 - Production News

UK – Taking place as part of the London International Mime Festival, Tipping Point is the latest production from renowned theatre company Ockham’s Razor and features five acrobatic performers using simple metal poles to create an unforgettable theatrical experience. It is currently running at the Platform Theatre, London, and has already achieved critical acclaim. With its strong reputation as the leading theatrical lighting supplier, WL is providing the equipment for this ground-breaking show.

High Demand for ARRI Skypanel Range

20/01/2016 - Production News

UK – Flashlight Ltd has announced it has been experiencing high demand and great feedback from customers on the ARRI Skypanel range since it started shipping in September. Both the Manchester and London offices are reporting extensive sales to broadcasters, rental companies and studios. With over 200 units sold so far the team is adding to its unprecedented numbers of ARRI LED L-Series sold.

Robe Exhibits Model Behaviour in Wunderland

19/01/2016 - Production News

Germany – Robe’s philosophy of smaller-brighter-lighter reaches new levels at Miniatur Wunderland where BMFL Spots, Pointes and LEDWash 600s are prominent on the lighting rig for German music superstar Helene Fischer’s show-stopping performance at the Berlin Olympiastadion.

Winter Jam Tour Spectacular Returns with Bandit Lites

19/01/2016 - Production News

USA – Winter Jam Tour Spectacular, Christian music’s largest annual tour, has returned to the road with lighting provided by Bandit Lites. Artists this year include For King and Country, Matthew West, Crowder, Lauren Daigle, Red and Newsong.

Showline SL PAR 155 ZOOM Luminaires Bring Clarity to the Alley Theatre

19/01/2016 - Project News

USA – Located in Houston, Texas, the Alley Theatre is a nationally recognised performing arts company that creates a wide range of innovative productions. Recently undergoing a $46.5 million renovation which included improvements to the Hubbard Theatre, associate director for Design Kevin Rigdon was asked to also serve as the principal designer for the project. So working with theatrical consultants Bill Connor & Associates as well as Philips Strand Lighting authorised dealer StageLight, Rigdon was tasked with creating a more intimate relationship between the audience and the actors on stage, and he did so using 68 Showline SL PAR 155 ZOOM LED luminaires.

The Open Space TV studio set, lit by Clay Paky

19/01/2016 - Production News

Italy – Lighting designer Francesco De Cave's enthusiasm was huge when he turned on the Mediaset TV studio lighting after equipping it with the Clay Paky Alpha Profile 800 STs he had requested. These small, powerful, high-performance beam shapers are ideal for the most demanding show lighting uses.

Martin Audio Plans Demo at PLASA Focus and ISE

19/01/2016 - Event News

UK and The Netherlands – Martin Audio is planning two sets of demos at PLASA Focus in Glasgow and the upcoming Integrated Systems Europe in Amsterdam.

AC-ET Showcases Exclusive and Leading Technologies at PLASA Focus Glasgow 2016 Show

19/01/2016 - Event News

UK – A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. Will be showcasing the latest product highlights from its extensive brand portfolio at the PLASA Focus Glasgow 2016 Show – S CC, Glasgow, stand B1, 20th - 21st January.

Clay Paky ‘saves rock and roll’ on Fall Out Boy

19/01/2016 - Production News

Worldwide – American punk rockers Fall Out Boy are on a world tour in support of their ‘American Beauty/American Psycho’ album with a perspective-bending lighting design by Robb Jibson using Clay Paky Mythos and A.leda B-EYE K20 fixtures.

Triple E Chaintrack smooths new National Theatre production

19/01/2016 - Production News

UK A new production of Harvey Granville Barker's play Waste is currently showing at The National's Lyttelton Theatre with smooth 'swipe' curtain movements utilising Triple E's Chaintrack, Unitrack and Unibeam systems.

Houses of Worship Choose the Yamaha MTX3

19/01/2016 - Project News

Germany – Yamaha’s MTX3 matrix mixer/signal processor is proving a popular solution for smaller, fixed audio installations where untrained staff are in day-to-day control of the system. Houses of worship are an ideal example, with three German churches recently commissioning MTX3-based systems.

Ane Brun Completes Tour with dLive

19/01/2016 - Production News

Swedish PA company, Parashoot, has completed a European tour with Norwegian singer songwriter, Ane Brun, using Allen & Heath’s new dLive system to manage FoH and monitors.

Over one million visitors estimated at London’s largest-ever light festival

19/01/2016 - Production News

UK – London’s first Lumiere light festival closed on Sunday 17th January, at 10:30pm, having transformed the city’s streets and buildings with 30 spectacular artworks. First estimates put the numbers of visitors at over one million attending the festival over four evenings.

Young Upstart stages Golden Oldies

19/01/2016 - Production News

UK – Entrepreneurial AV production company iMAG Displays, based in Poole, Dorset, has produced the annual Big Gig in the Park on the Channel island of Jersey for another consecutive year. Newcomer and self-confessed ‘market challenger’, iMAG’s event production and project management services put recent acts including Sir Tom Jones and Spandau Ballet in the spotlight despite the always challenging venue.

Prolyte Group Awards distribution network

19/01/2016 - Event News

The Netherlands – During its yearly PIE event (Prolyte immersion event), which was held in Amsterdam from 10th -12th January, Prolyte honoured its distributing network by handing out awards for highest turnover levels, non-turnover related achievements and awards for special contribution.

Double Audient at Northbrook College

19/01/2016 - Project News

UK – One of each Audient consoles is installed in the brand new 24 studio audio complex at Northbrook College which was launched at the beginning of this academic year. The ASP4816 and its big brother, Audient’s flagship ASP8024 have proved their worth with students and teaching staff alike, according to curriculum leader in music for creative industries at the college, Mick Feltham. “Students really love the uncluttered, logical format – identifying signal paths and mixer sections is much easier on these desks. It’s great to have both the ASP4816 and ASP8024 because it allows them to progress to larger format consoles without getting overwhelmed.”

Anne Minors Performance Consultants Teams Up with Sound Space Design

18/01/2016 - Business News

UK - Award-winning acoustics and theatre consultants, Sound Space Design and Anne Minors Performance Consultants have combined to form Sound Space Vision. The move formalises their long-standing working relationship and will continue to build on their success in performance, education and assembly spaces, as well as broadening their reach within the built environment.

The Beijing Opera House presents AIDA, illuminated by Clay Paky

18/01/2016 - Production News

China – The National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing has staged Aida with the lighting designer Vinicio Cheli and a whole group of Italian professionals known worldwide: stage designer Ezio Frigerio, director Francesco Micheli, costume designer Francia Squarciapino, and Sergio Metalli, who dealt with the video projections. Cheli was asked to design the lighting for Verdi's opera.

Avolites to debut Ai R Series and 'supercharged' consoles at ISE

18/01/2016 - Event News

The Netherlands – Avolites will be at on stand 8-K330 at ISE to launch its powered up new range of Ai R Series media servers and preview the feature-rich new Titan V10 software.

ETC helps Hangzhou Grand Theatre prepares for the G20 Summit

18/01/2016 - Project News

China – Hangzhou, the capital city of China’s Zhejiang Province – a growing e-commerce hub on the country’s eastern coast – is set to host the 2016 G20 Summit, and is preparing with a series of infrastructure projects. The Hangzhou Grand Theatre (HZGT) was awarded approximately 7.5 million Yuan (about £790,000) to upgrade its stage lighting system, 11 years after the theatre opened with an ETC lighting system. ETC’s Chinese dealer, Hangzhou YiDaShi Lighting Equipment Co. Ltd. (YiDaShi), supplied the theatre with ETC’s latest innovations, including Source Four LED Series 2 Lustr luminaires, Eos Ti and Gio lighting control consoles, and a Sensor power control system.

AV Center Chooses Robe DL4S Profiles

18/01/2016 - Production News

Denmark – AV Center is a busy Danish full technical production design and rental company with five bases across the country – in Odense, Aarhus, Copenhagen, Aalborg and Kolding – which means they can quickly and practically service any project anywhere.

Prolyte Group opens new purpose-built factory

18/01/2016 - Business News

Romania – Prolyte Group, renowned manufacturer of trussing and staging systems, has announced that it has just inaugurated its new, purpose-built factory in Piatra Olt, Romania. By opening this ultra-modern manufacturing location, Prolyte reaffirms its vanguard position.

DPA Microphones Expands d:vote Instrument Microphones with New Line of Mounts

18/01/2016 - Event News

DPA Microphones continues to expand its line of d:vote instrument microphones with the addition of three never-before-available mount options, a clamp mount with an especially strong grip that allows it to anchor to every instrument possible, a microphone stand mount and an accordion clip. The d:vote line allows one microphone to be utilised across various classifications of instruments, with a simple switch of the mount. The complete d:vote product line will be on display at the 2016 NAMM Show (Hall A, Booth 6013).

Wavelength Stageco Ltd. Invests in Elation Lighting as Part of Expansion Strategy

18/01/2016 - Production News

UK – Wavelength Stageco Ltd (WSL) in Redditch is a full service rental company near Birmingham with an expansion programme that continues to see the company moving into the dry hire realm of the entertainment technology industry in 2016. As an important piece in that strategy, WSL has invested in Elation Professional lighting products over the past few months, a list that includes Elation SixPar 200 LED PAR lights, Colour Chorus 48 LED battens and Opti Quad Par LED colour changers, as well as Platinum Beam 5R, Platinum Spot 15R Pro and Platinum Wash ZFX moving heads.

White Light Returns to PLASA Focus Glasgow 2016

18/01/2016 - Event News

UK - This year’s PLASA Focus Glasgow takes place on 20th - 21st January at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre. The technology showcase will allow attendees to discover the latest lighting products, speak to industry experts and experience hands-on demonstrations. As the complete production solution specialist, White Light is once again showcasing its unparalleled range of products and expertise at the event.

Avolites Sapphire Touch and Tiger Touch II network beautifully for Frank Turner

18/01/2016 - Production News

UK Nitelites' lighting designer Shaun Moore controlled a 'punk rock & roll' show for English folk singer Frank Turner's headline gig at London's Alexandra Palace recently utilising Avolites' Titan V9 Multi-User feature to network a Sapphire Touch and Tiger Touch II.

Ambersphere Solutions support students at New College Nottingham

15/01/2016 - Project News

UK - Talk to anyone involved in delivering further and higher education for technical theatre or entertainment arts and they will all agree that one of the major challenges for colleges and universities is being able to offer students access to the very latest, state-of-the-art equipment. In today’s rapidly evolving industry, new technology can become almost obsolete within a few years. Administrators at Nottingham New College decided to take a pro-active approach to overcome this.

Mor Kol Supplies Robe for Shimon Buskila Tour

15/01/2016 - Production News

Israel – Busy Israeli lighting and audio rental specialist Mor Kol is supplying Robe moving lights for the current Shimon Buskila tour, one of the country’s best known and most popular singer/songwriters.

Vintage Clay Paky at the Casinò Municipale di San Pellegrino Terme

15/01/2016 - Production News

Italy – The Casinò Municipale di San Pellegrino Terme has a charming, exclusive Art Nouveau atmosphere. With its majestic beauty and the ornamental richness both of its interior and exterior, it is a splendid setting, perhaps even the perfect place to experiment with lighting to enhance its elegance and bring back to mind the splendour of the Belle Époque.

Clay Paky delivers huge party atmosphere on Amsterdam Music Festival

15/01/2016 - Production News

The Netherlands – An incredible rig of over 300 Clay Paky fixtures, including 93 Stormy CC strobes, have created the ultimate immersive rave on Amsterdam Music Festival (AMF).

The next step in the d&b system approach: the DS10 Audio network bridge

15/01/2016 - Equipment News

Introducing the DS10 Audio network bridge from d&b audiotechnik, the next advance in the d&b system approach. The DS10 is designed specifically for d&b amplifiers. It provides 16 AES3 output channels via the Dante audio transport protocol through Ethernet, four AES3 input channels and an integrated five-port network switch.

The classic: reinvented by d&b

15/01/2016 - Equipment News

Introducing the B22: a multipurpose omnidirectional subwoofer from d&b audiotechnik. The B22-SUB houses two 18” neodymium drivers in a very efficient bandpass horn design producing high sound pressure levels and an extended frequency response. The B22 is a new take on an old friend: the d&b audiotechnik B2-SUB. The B2 is well known and loved around the world thanks to the signature sonic performance and after over 20 years of service, it’s time for an update. Intended for ground stacked applications, the omnidirectional B22-SUB promises increased performance, a modern appearance and improved internal cabinet bracing.

New Contractor Speaker models from Cloud Electronics

15/01/2016 - Equipment News

Cloud Electronics has announced new additions to the recently launched CS-C in-ceiling speaker series, unveiling three new speaker models at ISE 2016 for contracting audio installations in retail, hospitality, commercial and leisure.

ABTT Responds to Growth in International Profile

15/01/2016 - Business News

As a membership charity, the Association of British Theatre Technicians continuously seeks to evaluate its activities and where possible expand their scope to meet its charitable aims and benefit its members and supporters.

Airstar Lighting Balloons Solve the Ulm Church Equation

15/01/2016 - Production News

Germany Airstar was recently involved in a lighting project from notorious artist Rafael Lozano Hemmer to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Ulm church tower spire in Germany.

Opeth European Tour

15/01/2016 - Production News

Award winning Swedish progressive metal band Opeth celebrated their 25th anniversary this autumn with a European tour, complete with a stunning lighting design by Mick Thornton, who has worked with them since 2005.

Deer Park Students Study Theater with Allen & Heath

15/01/2016 - Project News

USA – Located about 20 minutes north of Spokane in eastern Washington, Deer Park High School offers a broad curriculum of college prep and career studies for its 675 students. The school has an attractive, 350-seat live theatre which supports Deer Park’s active broadcasting technology educational programmes. The theatre is well equipped with a certified full-fly rigging system, modern digitally-controlled theatrical lighting, a video recording and presentation system and a high-performance audio system with an Allen & Heath Qu-32 digital mixer.

wysiwyg receives Emmy Award

15/01/2016 - Event News

USA – At a glittering, star-studded award ceremony at The Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, NV during the CES 2016 show, the team from CAST Software received its second Technology & Engineering Emmy Award for wysiwyg in the Pre-Production Visualization System category of the 2015 Technology and Engineering Achievement Awards.

TAIT provides unique sensory experience with Kinetic Art Sculpture in Las Vegas

15/01/2016 - Project News

USA – Restaurateur Mr. Chow commissioned TAIT Towers – the company behind the creation and fabrication of the awe-inducing Omnia Chandelier, the Sochi Olympic Ceremonies, Cirque Du Soleil, and staging for world-wide tours including the Rolling Stones, U2, Maroon 5 and Taylor Swift – to create a one-of-a-kind kinetic art piece to hang in the enter of his new restaurant in Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas. TAIT worked closely with Mr. Chow and his team to create a unique focal piece for the restaurant and its customers while remaining authentic to Mr. Chow’s brand. The result surpassed expectations, and at the soft-opening in December, restaurant-goers applauded throughout the night as the kinetic sculpture migrated into different configurations.

Unusual Rigging and Engineering LLC welcomes Denis Bramhall to Dubai

15/01/2016 - People News

UAE – Unusual Rigging and Engineering LLC, the leading supplier of rigging and technical solutions to the entertainment, exhibition, architectural, event, TV and film industries in the Middle East, has appointed Denis Bramhall (pictured) as its new managing partner. Denis, who has been with Unusual Rigging for 15 years, takes over from Alan Thomson who retires after nearly eight years.

Avolites Tiger Touch II controls 'big impact' Mallory Knox tour effects

14/01/2016 - Production News

UK – Lighting designer Jordon Cooper armed himself with an Avolites Tiger Touch II with Fader Wing to control a series of dynamic UK 'Homecoming' gigs for alt-rock band Mallory Knox following its American tour.

Think Abele Becomes Movecat

14/01/2016 - Business News

Since the start of this year, Think Abele is trading under a new name and has become Movecat. The development is not altogether surprising, as the products and solutions of the Movecat brand are nowadays better known than their manufacturer, Think Abele.

CORE Lighting Helps Henley Business School Celebrate

14/01/2016 - Production News

UK – When Henley Business School celebrated its 70th birthday, event organiser Nikki Cooper wanted some touches of magic for the occasion, so after deciding with colleagues that special lighting could be the answer, they contacted alumnae Phil Ion, MD of UK-based LED manufacturer CORE Lighting, and asked if he could help.

Production Resource Group Completes Acquisition of Assets of DPS, Inc.

14/01/2016 - Business News

USA – Production Resource Group LLC, (PRG) has announced that it has closed its acquisition of assets from DigitalSound Production Services, Inc. (DPS). PRG will use these assets to strengthen and expand its inventory across a variety of its locations including its Los Angeles and PRG Paskal Lighting facilities.

Yamaha Is Switched On at ISE 2016

14/01/2016 - Event News

The Netherlands – Yamaha Music Europe GmbH will be exhibiting on stand 3-A90 at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2016, where a number of innovative new products will be on show from the ever-expanding Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS) range.

Elite Multimedia takes stock of 110 Elation ACL 360i luminaires

14/01/2016 - Production News

USA – Elite Multimedia has announced that it has taken inventory of 110 Elation ACL 360i LED luminaires. Through a strategic purchase to increase the breadth of their LED product offerings, the new luminaires are now available for rent through the Nashville headquarters of the award-winning, live event production partner.

Neumann captures The Peace That Deafens

14/01/2016 - Production News

Germany – Singer, songwriter and producer Ola Onabule has just released his eighth album, It’s The Peace That Deafens, which fuses African, jazz and soul influences into 12 songs that defy categorisation. An array of Neumann microphones was on hand in a challenging studio environment to capture every nuance of the sound.

Stage Electrics Teams Up with the In-House Production Team at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

14/01/2016 - Project News

UK – Over the past couple of years the iconic Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, home of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, has undergone a major £14.5 million refurbishment. This has included the building of a brand new smaller-scale venue, Music Room, on which Stage Electrics and Northern Light worked closely together to supply and fit out, as well as being major contractors for the 1,700 capacity main auditorium.

Capital Sound Buys Large Outline GTO System

14/01/2016 - Production News

UK – Out of London comes news that one of the UK’s foremost sound production companies has just purchased a substantial high-powered line array sound system. Capital Sound Hire Ltd general manager Paul Timmins announced their agreement to invest in a large quantity of Outline GTO long-throw high-SPL line array cabinets. The total system comprises 48 GTO C-12 large format line arrays, four GTO-DF (downfill), 24 GTO-SUB (subwoofer), eight GTO-FF (frontfill) and a package of 24 Powersoft X8 Dante series amplifiers.

Imagine Dragons powers Smoke+Mirrors concert tour with Barco media server, lighting and projection

14/01/2016 - Production News

USA – Barco recently partnered with new media and entertainment studio Moment Factory to transport concert audiences on a psychedelic journey during Imagine Dragons’ recent concerts. Barco’s award-winning XHD media server, projectors and High End Systems digital lighting combined to deliver full-coloured 3D content and surreal imagery developed by Moment Factory and a team of talented collaborators.

LumenRadio goes interactive at Lux Helsinki

14/01/2016 - Production News

Finland – Leading wireless lighting control manufacturer, LumenRadio, once again proved that Arctic conditions is not a problem for its sturdy products. At the annual Lux Helsinki festival, a number of CRMX Slim units were used to realise the vision of Light Artist Kari Kola with his piece Color Park.

ISCE announces seminar programme for ISCEx2016

14/01/2016 - Event News

UK - The Institute of Sound and Communications Engineers (ISCE) has announced dates for this year’s ISCEx2016 exhibition, along with details of its seminar programme.

Bandit First to Debut Clay Paky Spheriscans

14/01/2016 - Production News

USA – Bandit Lites has announced that the Spheriscan, Clay Paky’s new “revolutionary scanner with a modern twist,” is making its world touring debut on the road with Bandit Lites in January of 2016. The first large shipment of Spheriscan fixtures in the world were shipped to Bandit Nashville for a huge upcoming tour.

iDR and GLD Installed in New University Building in Korea

14/01/2016 - Project News

South Korea – Allen & Heath’s iDR-8 DSP rack mixers and a GLD-112 digital mixing system have been installed in a new building constructed at Inha University in Incheon.

Adamson Continues Partnership with Palais des Festivals

13/01/2016 - Project News

France – Palais des Festivals, home to the Cannes Film Festival, is one of Europe's leading conference and entertainment venues. The building features five main auditoriums as well as numerous committee rooms and administrative offices.

PRG XL Video Supplies Visual Spectacle at Wembley Stadium for Visit of Indian Prime Minister

13/01/2016 - Production News

UK – When India’s Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, visited the UK in late 2015, PRG XL Video weas asked to supply lighting, video and rigging for a special celebration event at London’s Wembley Stadium.

Audinate Ramps Up in-Depth Dante Training at ISE AV Networking World

13/01/2016 - Event News

Audinate, creator of the industry-leading Dante media networking technology, and many leading audio equipment manufacturers, will be hosting the annual Dante AV Networking World education event during Integrated Systems Europe 2016 on Monday, 8thFebruary 2016. The workshop and seminar programme will be held at the Amsterdam Holiday Inn near the RAI Convention Centre.

Ampco Flashlight Sales helps launch TourPro to European market

13/01/2016 - Business News

Europe The Netherlands-based Ampco Flashlight Sales has been elected as the main EU distributor for TourPro, a brand new range of high quality yet economical products designed and manufactured by parent company SHS Global.

Star spotting on Lip Sync Battle UK with Aurora

13/01/2016 - Production News

UK – Television and entertainment lighting rental specialist Aurora hit the stage with lighting director Gurdip Mahal for Lip Sync Battle UK, the new celebrity 'mimefest' from Channel 5.

Seven Sisters joins the Outline family Beirut’s new hotspot installs Italian sound system

13/01/2016 - Project News

Opened in the summer of 2015, Seven Sisters has fast become one of the trendiest venues in Lebanon’s capital, Beirut. A unique oasis in the skyscraper-packed city, the day-and-night hotspot is located on the waterfront in downtown Beirut and clients can relax in a green environment, watch a show in the outdoor area, chill out under a tree, or savour a breath-taking sunset while having a drink at the bar or enjoying the food on the international menu.

Yamaha Launches SWP1 Series Audio Network Switches with Simple Dante Setup and Network Visibility

12/01/2016 - Equipment News

As a true pioneer in the audio networking field, Yamaha is constantly developing new innovations. The latest is the SWP1 series of advanced, plug-and-play network switches designed specifically for installed and live sound networking, with simple DIP switch Dante optimisation and a comprehensive graphic interface, via a Windows application.

Powersoft Strengthens Presence in Fixed Install Market by Recruiting Marc Kocks

12/01/2016 - People News

Italy With the goal of strengthening its presence in the fixed install market worldwide, following a year of outstanding successes and important projects, Powersoft has decided to make an important investment in 2016.

TV2 Uses DPA Microphones to Live Transmit Politicians Debating in a Car

12/01/2016 - Production News

Denmark Denmark's main commercial television station TV2 is using d:screet 4080 cardioid lavalier microphones to live transmit a series of highly unusual live political interviews for its 24-hour news channel.

Panto Madness for HSL

12/01/2016 - Production News

UK – It has been another glorious panto season for HSL, supplying lighting for over 30 productions all across the UK predominately for premier panto producer, Qdos during the 2015/16 festive period, plus rigging and a Kinesys automation system for the largest show, Peter Pan at the 3000 seater Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow.

All Robe for Croatian Stars in Zurich

12/01/2016 - Production News

Switzerland – Two leading Croatian music artists – rock band Prljavo Kazalište and pop singer Tony Cetinski – double headlined in a special annual concert event in Zurich’s Stadthalle Dietikon, organised by Croatia-Media Organizacija (Croatia Media Organisation).

Brent Barrett Among Bandits to Celebrate Milestones at AGM

12/01/2016 - Business News

USA – 2016 has only barely begun and Bandit Lites has already gathered at the Annual General Meeting to celebrate the previous award-winning year, while those in attendance discussed future company goals. In January 2015 Bandit won the prestigious Pollstar Lighting Company of the Year Award, followed by the equally prestigious Parnelli Award for Lighting Company of the Year in November.

Philips Vari-Lite Series 4000 Luminaires Offer Expansive Versatility at First Baptist Orlando

12/01/2016 - Project News

USA – Originally established in 1871, First Baptist Orlando has grown into a congregation of over 16,000 members who worship in a sanctuary with approximately 5,500 seats. When the church recently underwent a renovation, lighting designer Anthony Rush was asked to identify the ideal lighting fixtures that could offer the weekly worship services and annual special productions alike the most versatile lighting rig possible. Working with the Orlando office of Stage Equipment and Lighting (SEAL), Rush looked at a number of fixtures which might have the functionality, dependability and versatility needed, and in the end, he decided upon VL4000 Spot and VL4000 BeamWash luminaires from Philips Vari-Lite.

Spectrum Light & Sound Brings Club Experience to Beachside Paradise with Chauvet Professional

12/01/2016 - Production News

Bahamas – Sitting down to design the lighting rig for the Albany resort’s White New Year’s Eve Party, Paul Francis Aranha and his team repeated the same vow that they’ve been making every year since they began working on the annual event in 2011: find a way to make this party more visually exciting than the last. This year, the team upped the excitement level in emphatic fashion by calling on the brilliant output and intense colours of Nexus 4x4 panels and Rogue fixtures from Chauvet Professional.

Panasonic to Unveil SOC Powered Display Series at ISE 2016

12/01/2016 - Event News

Panasonic is set to launch a new display series for commercial signage applications incorporating a System on a Chip, open source platform.

New Years ‘Elation’ in Los Angeles as Resolution Event Rings in 2016

12/01/2016 - Production News

USA – As Elation Professional lighting gear helped ring in the New Year at events across the US, perhaps no celebration saw more enthusiastic revellers than the Resolution 2016 EDM party in Los Angeles. Held December 31st at the Garden Walk in the heart of the Anaheim Resort in Los Angeles, the Resolution event, a collaboration between Social Management Group and Heat Ultra Lounge, saw top acts 3LAU, WeareTreo and ANDR3X hype a charged crowd across multiple stages.

OppiKoppi comes of age with d&b ArrayProcessing

12/01/2016 - Production News

South Africa – From its modest beginnings at the OppiKoppi farm in 1994, this diverse festival has now celebrated its 21st anniversary by welcoming 162 artists to perform over three days on seven stages, to around 20,000 revellers. Located in Northam, Limpopo province, north east of Pretoria, this South African festival boasts an unrivalled reputation as the live music event of the season. So it is, perhaps, of little surprise that OppiKoppi 2015 welcomed the opportunity to embrace the latest software technology in the form of ArrayProcessing, from d&b audiotechnik.

AV and IT: Two worlds collide at ISE 2016

12/01/2016 - Event News

The Netherlands Integrated Systems Europe, the world’s fastest growing AV and systems integration exhibition, is to host a specialist half-day AV/IT Seminar Programme exploring the synergy between IT and AV technology. It is taking place on the last day of the 2016 exhibition and will examine how AV and IT convergence impacts upon our traditional understanding of installed networks and the requirement for increased technical and operational expertise for professionals operating in these sectors.

Optocore Provides Comms Networks for Cop21 Climate Conference

12/01/2016 - Production News

No fewer than 156 Optocore devices were used to create a stable fibre backbone for signal transport when the recent COP21 (2015 Paris Climate Conference), was held at the Paris-Le Bourget Conference Centre. This ensured that audio and other data streams were delivered robustly and with minimal latency to a variety of destinations.

Robert Juliat announces new distributors for 2016

12/01/2016 - Business News

Canada and Italy – Robert Juliat has announced the appointment of two new distributors at the start of 2016.

dot2 lighting console training at PLASA Focus Glasgow

12/01/2016 - Event News

UK – Ambersphere Solutions will be running free 90-minute training sessions on the dot2, MA Lighting’s new console designed for smaller and mid-sized projects and venues, during PLASA Focus Glasgow at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC). Upon completion of the hands-on session, participants will be well on the way to running their first show on the dot2 lighting console.

White Light Supplies W-DMX to Royal Opera House

11/01/2016 - Project News

UK – Since it first opened in 1732, the Royal Opera House has become one of the world’s most recognised and respected performance venues. Based in Covent Garden, the building is home to both the Royal Opera and Royal Ballet and is renowned for its outstanding variety of traditional work and new commissions. With such a vast array of productions seen by almost 800,000 visitors every year, the Royal Opera House must rely on state-of-the-art equipment to ensure that each show achieves its potential. As a result, the venue has invested significantly in Wireless Solution’s W-DMX; with every purchase being made through White Light.

Chroma-Q Color One 100 LED PARs Added to Almoe Group's UAE Rental Stock

11/01/2016 - Production News

UAE – Leading Dubai-based AV and IT specialist, Almoe Group – which operates across the UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and India – has invested in 100 Chroma-Q Color One 100 premium performance colour-changing LED PAR fixtures for its busy rental inventory.

Expo 2015: ETC helps US pavilion in Milan shine with light

11/01/2016 - Production News

Italy – Expo 2015 was held from May to October, in Milan, with the theme, “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.” One of the largest pavilions in Milan belonged to the US exhibition, which welcomed more than five million visitors. And true to this year’s green motto, the Americans relied on energy-saving LED technology from ETC for its lighting. Approximately 5,700 square meters of exhibitionspace was lit by 150 Source Four LED Series 2 luminaires, complemented by 20 Selador Desire D60 luminaires and 130 conventional Source Four fixtures.

GLP X4 Lights Historic Apollo Theater for Soul Legends' TV Series

11/01/2016 - Production News

USA – More than 50 GLP impression X4 LED moving heads made a recent TV appearance on ‘Legends: OWN at the Apollo’, a four-part prime-time special featuring icons such as Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, The Isley Brothers and Earth, Wind & Fire.

Sparkling Contribution from S+H

11/01/2016 - Production News

UK – Drapes, softs and special effects specialist S+H Technical supplied large numbers of red velvet drapes and a substantial custom Pea-light installation for the most recent series of the BBC’s ever-popular prime time blockbuster, Strictly Come Dancing.

Kinesys Moves it for Top TV Show

11/01/2016 - Production News

UK – Rigging specialist DLM Events supplied various Kinesys automation and flying elements in its role as production riggers for the last series of the BBC’s massively popular ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, recorded on the George Lucas 2 Stage at Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire.

Pro Audio Producciones Makes A Pointe

11/01/2016 - Production News

Mexico – Pro Audio Producciones del Norte is a busy and high profile full production solutions provider based in Monterrey in the north-east of Mexico, headed by the charismatic and interesting Victor Gutierrez. The company provides lighting, audio, video, rigging, staging, generators and power for a wide variety of tours, festivals and events. It is known for its excellent service and great attention to detail.

Behind the Scenes UK Announces Inaugural Ghostlight Society Members

11/01/2016 - Business News

UK - Behind the Scenes UK announces the inaugural members of the Ghostlight Society, the legacy giving programme that allows those who with careers in the entertainment technology industry to give back and make a lasting difference to their colleagues. Individuals can choose from a variety of options to become Ghostlight Society members including leaving a bequest to the charity in their will or naming BTS UK as the beneficiary of a retirement plan or life insurance policy.

New Politics Tours US with Elation’s New ACL 360 Bar

11/01/2016 - Production News

USA – Lighting designer/director Alex Specht of Spechtrum Lighting turned to the dynamic look of Elation Professional’s ACL 360 Bar effect luminaire for Danish rock band New Politics’ fall US tour, teaming the continuous rotation batten effect with Elation’s warm-white Lumina Strips, among other lights.

White Light Uses SGM to Light Christmas at Kew

11/01/2016 - Production News

UK - This season, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew – an internationally important botanical research and education institution in south-west London – has been transformed into a festive wonderland, with a one-mile sparkling path offering a magical, after-dark experience. Packed with lights, festivities and vintage fairground rides, Christmas at Kew is curated by Culture Creative, who once again approached WL to provide the lighting equipment. In order to create something unforgettable, WL drew on its extensive range of lighting equipment, including SGM’s G-Spot and P-5 LED wash light.

dLive Manages The Professionals Reunion Gig

11/01/2016 - Production News

UK – Iconic punk rock band, The Professionals, recently reformed for a sold out gig at London’s 100 Club, managed on Allen & Heath’s new dLive digital mixing system.

Complexe JC Perreault Finds Simple Solution in L-Acoustics

11/01/2016 - Project News

Canada – Using the terms 'hockey arena' and 'exceptional audio' in the same sentence will likely elicit a storm of protests from system designers and audio engineers who have long had to stretch the boundaries of basic physics to combat the lengthy reverb times built into sporting arenas as an intentional tool – not a flaw – to help pump up crowds. However, thanks to Solotech’s recent installation of L-Acoustics Kara and ARCS Wide loudspeakers at the new Complexe JC Perreault in Saint-Roch-de-l’Achigan, Quebec, the Montreal-based audio provider has proved that high-energy sports and high-quality sound can, indeed, both thrive in the same facility.

Fineline Gets Cultural in Islington

11/01/2016 - Production News

UK – Bristol-based lighting and visuals rental specialist Fineline was commissioned by production company The Fair to add a fabulous lighting ambience to the Islington Square Festival of Culture, a four day event organised by the company at the heart of redeveloping the former site of the N1 post sorting office into a new and vibrant commercial and residential hub, due to launch in 2017.

Berkeley Rep Optimises Intelligibility and Sonic Flexibility with Meyer Sound Constellation, a First for Dramatic Theatre in North America

08/01/2016 - Project News

USA – Known for decades as an artistic innovator, Berkeley Repertory Theatre now becomes a world-leading innovator in theatrical technologies with the recent installation of a Meyer Sound Constellation acoustic system. When it reopens for its first production, the renovated Peet’s Theatre will be the first venue designed principally for dramatic presentations in North America to provide audiences with the sonic advantages of Constellation.

ESTA Plugfest Returns January 2016

08/01/2016 - Event News

USA – The ESTA Control Protocols Plugfest, the event where manufacturers and developers can test their products for interoperability with other manufacturers’ products, is scheduled to take place 29th January to 1st February at the D/FW Marriott Solana in Westlake, Texas. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Tampa’s Amphitheatre Gets its Colour On with Chauvet Professional

08/01/2016 - Production News

USA – Revellers coming to the Amphitheatre seeking an immersive experience on New Year’s Eve found what they were looking for at the lofty two-storey club, which has become a familiar stop on the EDM circuit. Snappy tracks by Warner Bros. recording artists We Are GTA and supporting acts including WiWEK & Vincent reverberated through the club like shock waves courtesy of the brain crushing 70,000 watt house bass. Adding to the mesmerising atmosphere was a sea of overhead balloons colourised by a collection of COLORado and COLORdash fixtures from Chauvet Professional.

Chroma-Q Announces Appointment of Jessica Allan in International Business Development Role

08/01/2016 - People News

Chroma-Q, a world-renowned brand of premium performance LED lighting solutions manufactured in North America, has announced the appointment of well-known industry figure, Jessica Allan, in a new international business development role.

Clay Paky gives Jakarta’s nightclub scene the edge

08/01/2016 - Project News

Indonesia – A cutting-edge package of Clay Paky fixtures has been installed into a new super club in Jakarta that promises party-goers an unrivalled audio-visual experience.

Clay Paky illuminates the ‘Hall of Fame’ at Grévin Seoul Museum

08/01/2016 - Project News

Korea – Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K10 luminaires are part of a sophisticated lighting system that provides visitors with an immersive viewing experience at Grévin Seoul, the first Asian location of the famous waxwork museum Grévin Paris.

Powersoft Announces New Armonía Pro Audio Suite 2.7.0 Release

08/01/2016 - Equipment News

Italy With the release of the latest version of Armonía Pro Audio Suite 2.7.0, Powersoft’s proprietary digital signage monitoring and processing software, the company has unleashed further major features and DSP power in its continually evolving roadmap.

For What It’s Worth

08/01/2016 - Production News

This week launches a brand new antiques quiz show, For What It’s Worth. The series for BBC One and produced by Tuesday’s Child is a strategic quiz with simple games plus the thrilling play-a-long of guessing the value of interesting antiques.

Martin Audio MLA and DD12 Energises Stereophonics PA

08/01/2016 - Production News

UK – Having piloted the mix for every tour the Stereophonics have undertaken since they set out two decades ago (hardly missing a show in the process), their FoH engineer Dave Roden has become perfectly at ease with the Martin Audio MLA system that seamlessly replaced the former W8L Longbow on the last tour.

GLP's X4 Atom Boosts National Christmas Tree Switch-on

07/01/2016 - Production News

USA – Part of the LA-based Full Flood collective of lighting designers, Matthew Firestone has been responsible for illuminating the National Christmas Tree, set in front of the White House, for the past three years.

Meyer Sound LEO Wows Crowds at Electric Daisy Carnival Orlando

07/01/2016 - Production News

USA – For the second straight year, the 2015 Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), Orlando featured a Meyer Sound LEO Family loudspeaker system on its main stage. One of the most important electronic dance music (EDM) events on the East Coast, EDC Orlando showcased some of the biggest names in EDM including Tiësto, Calvin Harris, Kaskade, and Eric Prydz. The artists played to a sold-out audience of 60,000 over two days at Tinker Field.

Shape the Future of Audio: Sennheiser Presents AMBEO 3D Audio Technology at CES

07/01/2016 - Event News

At CES 2016, audio specialist Sennheiser is unveiling a strategic focus on 3D immersive audio, a groundbreaking technology that promises the ultimate in audio capture and reproduction. “3D audio is the new frontier of excellence, set to transform the listening experience for users across a broad range of applications, from virtual reality gaming to audio recording and broadcasting,” announced co-CEOs Daniel Sennheiser and Dr. Andreas Sennheiser. “We have been active in this area for some time with 9.1 mixing and recording and the audio design for high-profile exhibitions. We are now increasing our efforts considerably to introduce this amazing sound quality into new products and applications, enabling users to experience and shape the future of audio.” Sennheiser’s 3D immersive audio products and activities will bear the new AMBEO trademark.

Longtime Industy Leader Jimmy Page Henderson Dies at 69

07/01/2016 - People News

USA – It is with great sadness that Syncrolite, LLC announces that Jimmy Page Henderson passed away on 5th January, 2016. Since 1969 Jimmy has been a fixture in rock & roll touring and concert promotion. His roots went deep into the heart of our industry starting with concert promotions, night club management and then joining founder Jack Calmes at Showco in 1972 as their first and only salesman. Jimmy saw it all and came to know everyone as he helped grow Showco from a simple two system sound company to a complete production company doing over 2000 live performances per year worldwide.

Bandit Supports Widespread Panic for New Years Eve

07/01/2016 - Production News

USA – Bandit Lites continued its tradition of kicking off the New Year with legendary jam band Widespread Panic. The American rock group closed out their three night run at the Fox Theater on New Year’s Eve and featured both their original songs and covers of Bob Dylan, David Bowie and Leonard Cohen with guest performances by the Megablaster Horns.

White Light Provides Dimmer Solution to Snape Maltings Britten Studio with LSC GenVI

07/01/2016 - Project News

UK – Snape Maltings Concert Hall is a world-renowned venue situated in the heart of the Suffolk countryside. Amongst its various performance spaces is the Britten Studio, a 350 seat venue that often plays host to full orchestral rehearsals, small-scale opera performances, piano concerts and literary festivals. Wanting to replace its previous dimmer system, Snape Maltings called upon White Light to provide the latest technology to fulfil their various lighting requirements with the LSC GenVI Advanced Dimming System offering the perfect solution.

Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2015

07/01/2016 - Production News

UK – The Channel 4 show Big Fat Quiz of the Year is hosted by comedian Jimmy Carr and filmed at London Studios. It’s a panel show made up of A-list celebrities who are put to the test to see who can remember the most about the year.

Blackout take the reins for 17th year at London International Horse Show

07/01/2016 - Production News

UK – Olympia’s London International Horse Show attracted equestrian fans from across the globe, blending nail-biting show jumping competitions, horsemanship displays and festive shopping stalls - 15th - 21st December 2015.

S+H Helps Twinkle Factor at ABBA Christmas Party

07/01/2016 - Production News

UK – S+H Technical supplied 360 metres of its ShowLED animation cloth, 20 metres of one- and two-metre Pealight strings and 2000 four-channel DMX controlled Pealights which were used to decorate three Christmas trees for ‘The ABBA Christmas Party’ – a TV special produced by Thames, part of FreemantleMedia UK at the London Studios on the South Bank. The show was broadcast on Christmas Eve’s ITV 1 prime time.

Australian Metal Band Tours with iLive Rack Monitor System

07/01/2016 - Production News

Australian progressive metalcore band, Northlane, has just completed a sold out homecoming tour carrying an Allen & Heath iLive monitor system, comprising an iDR-32 MixRack with iLive Editor app for control.

TiMax bring The Lighthouse alive for Keri Chesser at Space

07/01/2016 - Production News

UK – Space Productions, the in-house company at off-West End fringe venue the Space, has brought an original play, The Lighthouse, to its boards for the post-Christmas period. The play is written by promising new playwright Rachael Claye, who was recently long-listed for the Old Vic 12 mentoring scheme. Resident Space sound designer, Keri Danielle Chesser has defined a complex 3D soundscape for the production, bringing the play truly alive for the audience, and once again using TiMax Soundhub 3D audio showcontrol matrix.

HD Pro Audio Announces AVID VENUE | S6L Training Dates

07/01/2016 - Standards News

UK – HD Pro Audio has announced five new dates for AVID VENUE | S6L Training. The first session is being held on 26th January, with subsequent events on 29th February, 15th March, 19th April and 17th May.

DiGiCo Redeems its Soul with Judas Priest

06/01/2016 - Production News

Worldwide – Heavy metal titans Judas Priest are one of Birmingham’s highly successful music exports, with over 45 million album sales to date. The band’s Redeemer of Souls tour has just drawn to a close after 468 days, having played 130 shows and visited 33 countries. Front of house engineer Martin Walker and monitor man Brad Johnson have toured with DiGiCo consoles throughout.

Robe For Pro Plus TV, Slovenia

06/01/2016 - Project News

Slovenia Pro Plus is the leading media company in Slovenia, which constantly generates new trends through the two TV channels with the greatest audience shares in Slovenia, POP TV and Kanal A, as well as through its topical TV channels BRIO, KINO and OTO. Pro Plus has recently invested in 12 Robe LEDWash 800s and eight MMX Spots for its main facility in Ljubljana.

Alexander Williams Joins PixelFLEX as Director of Project Management

06/01/2016 - People News

USA – The award-winning LED video display manufacturer PixelFLEX has announced the appointment of Alexander Williams as its new director of project management. With a special focus toward event design and execution, the addition of Williams bolsters the strength of the project management team and continues to build the PixelFLEX reputation as one of the world’s premier LED video providers.

JHS unveils 2016 HK Audio Dealership opportunities

06/01/2016 - Business News

UK - John Hornby Skewes & Co. Ltd. has released details of its new HK Audio dealership agreements. The company has opted for a selective distribution agreement with a view to creating a tighter network of enthusiastic, committed, like-minded dealers.

Blackout Trapp The Sound of Music Live! Rigging Contract

06/01/2016 - Production News

UK – Blackout added ITV’s The Sound of Music Live! to its extensive list of renowned television production projects after supplying truss and rigging to the live musical show which was aired on 20th December 2015.

National Youth Theatre – Technical Interviews

06/01/2016 - Standards News

Over the summer NYT is offering brand new, industry standard, three-week technical courses for 16-21-year-olds at Rose Bruford in the following disciplines: Costume, Lighting and Sound, Scenery and Construction, and Stage Management.

Colour Sound Goes Public

05/01/2016 - Production News

UK – Public Service Broadcasting is one of the more interesting and inventive bands in the UK, and Colour Sound Experiment supplied lighting and LED screen to a series of recent UK concerts supporting the release of their Sputnik/Korolev EP via lighting designer Francis Clegg.

Community Appoints Jamie Ward to Head EMEA Sales

05/01/2016 - People News

Community Professional Loudspeakers has announced the appointment of Jamie Ward as international sales manager, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa).

The North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference

05/01/2016 - Event News

USA – The North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference (NATEAC), is seeking sponsors for its upcoming conference which takes place on 16th - 18th July, 2016 in New York City.

Bandit Helps Nashville Celebrate Largest New Year’s Eve Ever

05/01/2016 - Production News

USA – It was a record-breaking evening for Jack Daniel's Bash on Broadway: New Year's Eve in Music City where 143,000 people lined the streets of Nashville to ring in 2016. Performances included Kings of Leon, Chris Stapleton and Kelsea Ballerini while Bandit Lites once again provided the lighting for both the Music City Stage and the 150 foot tower adorned with the massive music note that ushered in the New Year.

Elite Multimedia helps Music City Big Break blow the doors off Nashville

05/01/2016 - Production News

USA – Created to showcase the most talented new musical acts from across the United States, Music City Big Break recently launched its inaugural competition inside the Mercy Lounge in Nashville, Tennessee. With one of the largest prize packages ever offered in a new artist competition, Music City Big Break founder and producer David Bell worked alongside co-founder and producer John C. Davis to bring together a production that could capture the full attention of artists, managers, agents, and music fans everywhere. Needing a reliable production partner to assist them in creating a lighting and video atmosphere ready to take on such a competition, they called upon Elite Multimedia to bring in the most expansive production rig the Mercy Lounge has ever experienced.

Chicago, UK, Quebec Theatres Win Top Architecture Honours, New York and Norway Win Merit in 2016 USITT Awards

05/01/2016 - Event News

The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago, USA, the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool, UK, and the Salle de Spectacles de Mont-Laurier in Quebec, Canada, will receive Honour Awards in USITT’s 2016 Architecture Awards.

Ninety Per Cent Second Time Renewal Rate for ETCP Class of 2005 Riggers

05/01/2016 - Standards News

USA – ETCP has announced an extremely high renewal rate for its original certificants. A decade ago, over 200 riggers from North America gained their ETCP Certifications at LDI in Orlando, FL. Last November, 90% of the inaugural class of 2005 decided to renew their certifications as the term of their second five-year renewal was due to expire. The majority of those who chose not to renew their certifications have retired from the industry.

ABBA Party

05/01/2016 - Production News

UK - One of the highlights of 2015 Christmas TV viewing was the ABBA Party which was aired on Christmas Eve, and what a party it was!

W-DMX performs at The Voice of Croatia

05/01/2016 - Production News

Croatia Hrvatska Radio Televizija – Croatian Radio Television – is setting the standard by stocking the largest number of W-DMX devices in Croatia. The lighting department is now stocking 14 Blackbox series transceivers and receivers, used across the different TV shows and outside broadcast assignments. These wireless systems are also used on the popular show The Voice, which premièred the first season in January 2015 and currently in production for a second season.

Arena Seating saddled up for 25th year at London International Horse Show

05/01/2016 - Production News

UK – Olympia’s London International Horse Show attracted equestrian fans from across the globe, blending nail-biting show jumping competitions, horsemanship displays and festive shopping stalls from - 15th - 21st December 2015.

SGM Lights Up Lyon Festival of Lights

04/01/2016 - Production News

France – Four nights of utter enchantment was planned in December for Lyon’s most famous festival to date, broadcasting the heritage of the city. However, due to the recent tragic events in Paris, the Festival of Lights was cut short to a one-day tribute to the victims of 8th December, inviting people to stand united and light candles while the city became illuminated for that one evening at La Colline de Fourvière.

ETC introduces new ColorSource ThruPower cabinet for 230V markets

04/01/2016 - Equipment News

LED technology not only turned the industry on its head, it also created new complications in power-control system design. ETC has developed the ColorSource ThruPower cabinet for 230V lighting systems with this concept in mind. ColorSource ThruPower gives customers a relay and dimmer on every one of the cabinet’s 12 or 24 circuits. Changing settings from switched to dimmed power, or vice versa, can be done locally with the cabinet’s user-friendly interface, while remote configurations are possible with integrated Remote Device Management (RDM) functionality. Customers can also expand the cabinet’s capabilities by adding DIN-rail accessories – such as Ethernet, Echo Control Stations or Mosaic Show Controllers – for added system functionality.

Maestra London is Launched

04/01/2016 - Business News

UK – Dubai-based event production specialist Maestra has announced the launch of a new independently owned London venture, which will be headed by Justin Hammond, well known in the event industry for his energetic style of management.

Robe Finds Parking Space

04/01/2016 - Production News

Europe - Danish electro rockers Carpark North are on the road most of the year and have just finished a recent stint playing German clubs, taking their unique fusion of the raw edgy rock and cerebral electro beats to their many fans.

HSL Rocks UK Arenas on Prodigy Tour

04/01/2016 - Production News

UK – Lighting and visuals rental company HSL supplied lighting kit which included over 300 fixtures as well as crew to the UK arena leg of big beat hard-dance electro rockers Prodigy's The Day is My Enemy tour, working in close collaboration with lighting and show designer Andy Hurst, and also with live video specialists Video Illusions who supplied cameras and LED screens.

Shapeshifter Add Controlled Chaos to Mayhem Fest

04/01/2016 - Production News

USA – Sponsored by Rockstar Energy Drinks, this year's annual Mayhem Festival featured Slayer headlining the main stage, joined by King Diamond, Hellyeah and The Devil Wears Prada. The 2015 tour rocked 25 US cities before winding down in August. Slayer's lighting designer Jason Cain specified 20 High End Systems Shapeshifter C1s for the high profile shows, as well as a HOG 4 control system and Catalyst media servers.

RZI Lighting Invests In Avolites’ New Arena Console … Twice!

04/01/2016 - Production News

USA – The Crescent City has long been known for its spectacular live shows, which will now be even more stunning thanks to RZI Lighting’s recent purchase of not one, but two brand new Avolites Arena lighting control consoles. The desks are so new, in fact, that RZI has distinguished itself as the first US production company to take delivery of the product, which made its official debut at LDI in October.

Intelligent Lighting Creations Adds Elation Volt Q5 Rechargeable Uplights to Rental Inventory

04/01/2016 - Production News

USA – Chicago-based production company Intelligent Lighting Creations has invested in Elation Professional’s Volt Q5 uplight, a versatile go-anywhere RGBW LED wash light that runs on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

ETC sends entire company to premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

04/01/2016 - Business News

Worldwide – Continuing its tradition of celebrating sci-fi motion picture premieres, ETC closed down its offices worldwide and smuggled some 1,000 employees off to see Star Wars – The Force Awakens as it opened in the US, Europe and China.

Projection Studio Gets Festive

04/01/2016 - Production News

UK – London-based projection, digital art and son et lumiere specialist The Projection Studio (TPS) has produced two high profile festive installations this year, one at Windsor Castle and the other in the Welsh seaside town of Barry in Glamorgan.

wysiwyg R36 Available Now

04/01/2016 - Equipment News

Next-generation wysiwyg R36 lighting design and previsualisation software from CAST is now shipping. After a huge user interface makeover, extensive beta testing and great customer feedback, R36 was available just in time for Christmas, complete with many new features and enhancements.