News Archive for December 2016

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21/12/2016 - Business News

Our next industry news will be posted here on January 3rd.  In the meantime, we wish all our readers a happy festive season and prosperous New Year.
 

Chris Werner Creates Color Base for Saks Holiday Display With Illuminarc

21/12/2016 - Production News

USA – Every day between Thanksgiving and Christmas over 500,000 people stop at 611 Fifth Avenue to take in the Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Display. It’s a safe bet that none of them will leave disappointed this year. Created by American Christmas, the luxury retailer’s 2016 “Land of 1000 Delights” extravaganza dazzles visitors with a magical winter candy land that features 4,678 square feet of foliage, more than twice that amount of garland and over 2000 jumbo candy ornaments, plus a Chris Werner-designed light show that makes the ten storey department store building glow with holiday cheer.

DPA Microphones Provides Naturally Transparent Sound for FoH and Monitor Engineer Gabriel Ramos

21/12/2016 - Production News

USA – For the past 15 years, FoH and monitor engineer Gabriel Ramos has dedicated himself to delivering the best sound possible for his impressive list of international clients, including Prince Royce, Luis Fonsi and Yandel. In order to provide the pristine sound he has become known for, Ramos has been relying on DPA Microphones’ d:vote 4099 instrument microphones.

Elation LED Solutions for Ice Rink at Historic Tower of London

21/12/2016 - Production News

UK – There are few more unique places to ice skate than in the 1,000-year-old moat at the world-renowned Tower of London. Skaters can enjoy a festive experience in what is normally a totally off limits area while being immersed in dynamic lighting effects from Elation Professional LED luminaires!

A.C. Special Projects Creates Bespoke LED Lighting System for Historic Village Hall

21/12/2016 - Project News

UK – A.C. Special Projects Ltd. (AC-SP) has specified, supplied and installed a multi-purpose, energy-efficient LED lighting system for Pearson Hall, a historic community hall in the village of Sonning, Berkshire.

Simon Boccanegra in Moscow, lit by Claypaky

21/12/2016 - Production News

Russia – The three-act melodrama Simon Boccanegra is characteristic of Giuseppe Verdi's determination and modernity. It was staged at the Bolshoi Theatre, which is fitted with a number of Claypaky lights, and broadcast live on a giant screen in front of the theatre itself. This Verdi opera rounded off the La Scala summer tour in Moscow.

Rogues Make Debut In The Nutcracker at Bloomington Center for the Arts

21/12/2016 - Production News

USA – Even those with only a passing interest in the performing arts are familiar with The Nutcracker. A holiday tradition with many families, the show accounts for some 40% of ticket sales for ballet companies in the US. Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, with its sprightly melody punctuated by occasional staccato cords, is instantly recognisable to almost everyone, as is the stoic little nutcracker character at the heart of the ballet’s storyline.

Real Music Expands Adamson Network in China

21/12/2016 - Business News

China – In May, Adamson’s Chinese distributor Real Music launched a national education and demonstration programme to promote the new S-Series amongst the brightest up-and-coming show service providers in the nation. The results of this effort has now lead to the introduction of twelve new S-Series partners in the region.

Artistic Licence at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre

21/12/2016 - Project News

UK – Artistic Licence recently devised a solution for the complex lighting control requirements at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre, a conference venue in Westminster, London.

Community Partners with Schneider Audio Concept for Distribution in Austria

21/12/2016 - Business News

Austria – Community Professional Loudspeakers has announced the appointment of Schneider Audio Concept Vertriebs GmbH (SAC) as its distributor for Austria.

ALD presents Lifetime membership to Jason Larcombe

20/12/2016 - People News

UK – The Association of Lighting Designers (ALD) has presented White Light’s Jason Larcombe with a lifetime membership. The award, which recognises Jason’s considerable contribution in a variety of committee roles, was presented at this year’s 24th annual Lighting Lunch, held at the Park Plaza Hotel in London’s West End.

S+H Celebrates Ten Years of Strictly

20/12/2016 - Production News

UK – Drapes, LED, video and special effects specialist S+H Technical celebrated its tenth season supporting the BBC’s popular hit series Strictly Come Dancing with drapes, starcloth and a variety of other soft goods and effects.

Oops! Robe Specified for Martin Garrix tour

20/12/2016 - Production News

USA – Netherlands-based Martin Garrix is among the hottest DJ/musician/music producers of the moment, currently playing events and festivals worldwide, sharing his unique sounds and building a vast international fan base.

All-Weather Friend: The New COLORdash Par Q12 IP from Chauvet Professional

20/12/2016 - Equipment News

USA –The weather may be unpredictable, but the COLORdash Par Q12 IP from Chauvet Professional certainly isn’t. The new RGBA LED wash delivers bright, colourful, flicker-free light indoors or out, regardless of weather conditions, thanks to its IP65, outdoor/wet rating (pressure equalising M12 GORE valve), Powerkon IP65 power cord and IP-rated DMX connections.

Claypaky Mythos Hits the Road with Stevie Nicks’s New Solo Tour

20/12/2016 - Production News

USA – Stevie Nicks has gone solo for the “24 Karat Gold Tour” playing more than two dozen arena dates in North America before the end of the year. Production designer Paul Guthrie of Toss Film & Design Inc. in Minneapolis chose 88 ClayPaky Mythos fixtures for the lighting rig. He previously deployed Mythos on tours for Miranda Lambert and Macklemore.

AIDAprima sails with Claypaky

20/12/2016 - Project News

Germany – The AIDAprima, the latest addition to the AIDA Cruises fleet, was named in Hamburg on 7th May 2016. The ship has many attractions, like the Beach Club with Caribbean feel for 365 days a year, and the Four Elements area with water slides and climbing walls, not to mention first class entertainment. The choice of lights on board the AIDAprima fell on Claypaky and Lightpower, owing to these companies many years of experience and professional expertise.

KLANG:technologies Partners with Huahui for Distribution in China

20/12/2016 - Business News

China – KLANG:technologies has announced the appointment of Beijing Huahui Audio Technology Co., Ltd. (Huahui) as its distributor in China.

Musician Hall of Fame Induction Lit by Bandit Lites

20/12/2016 - Production News

USA – It was a once in a life time performance as The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum held its 2016 induction ceremony. Bandit Lites provided the lighting for the evening which featured performances from Peter Frampton, Kenny G, Bruce Hornsby, Steve Warnier, Melinda Doolittle along with the inductees at the Municipal Auditorium on 24th October.

Showlight 2017 - Showlight 2017: the ideal Christmas present!

20/12/2016 - Event News

Italy - Looking for a last minute Christmas present? What about a ticket to Showlight 2017?

Cloud at Raynes Park High School, London

20/12/2016 - Project News

UK – Raynes Park High School recruited the services of specialist AV installer Clarity in Sound Light & Vision Ltd to install a Cloud multi-zone paging system across five separate buildings, providing zonal background music, multi-zone paging systems and wireless roaming microphone facilities to work alongside Bosch Plena fire-alarm system.

Elation’s IP65 Proteus Beam Debuts at Morton Arboretum

20/12/2016 - Production News

USA For many in the Chicago area an annual trip to see Ilumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle has become a wintertime tradition. Now in its fourth year, the magical mile-long walk in the woods with its dramatic lighting and colour-changing illumination is a whole new way to experience the Arboretum in winter.

Community Loudspeakers Inform and Entertain at Upper Fort Garry

20/12/2016 - Project News

Canada – Known as the birthplace of Manitoba, Upper Fort Garry in Winnipeg is a significant site in Canadian history. Although the original fort was largely demolished in the 1880s, its remaining Governor’s Gate and an area of surrounding land was gifted to the city by the Hudson Bay Company “as a public park forever.” Overshadowed by surrounding buildings and nearly forgotten, recent development pressures rekindled interest in the site and led to the inspired vision of a $19 million heritage park and interpretive centre for Upper Fort Garry.

PRG XL Video Supports Lighting and Video Designers for Big The Musical

20/12/2016 - Production News

Ireland - Based on the classic movie starring Tom Hanks, Michael Rose and Idili Theatricals Limited in association with the Bord Gais Energy Theatre Dublin present a Theatre Royal Plymouth production of Big The Musical.

Some Unusual Christmas magic at the Southbank Centre

19/12/2016 - Production News

UK – London's Southbank Centre has been transformed into a wintry Nordic landscape this festive season, complete with a giant Norwegian tree, Scandinavian decorations, and a Christmas tree balcony installation rigged by Unusual Rigging, which sees more than 50 trees appearing to 'float' along a balcony.

VER/Aurora Broadens Team with New UK Appointment

19/12/2016 - People News

UK - VER and Aurora have announced the appointment of Ian Charlampowicz to the position of business development manager on their UK lighting team.

Looking Good at Fashfest Canberra

19/12/2016 - Production News

Australia – Elite Event Technology in Canberra provided a full turnkey design and technical production solution for Canberra’s 2016 Fashfest extravaganza, staged at the National Convention Centre.

ML-902 Strikes Big at Round1 Bowling Centres

19/12/2016 - Project News

USA – For Cosmic Bowling night, house lights go dark and the lanes beckon bowlers in an electrifying glow of colored beams, with spinning gobo patterns swirling around the space. To achieve this, Round One Entertainment, owner of the upscale Round1 bowling and amusement centre chain, is currently installing elektraLite's newly released ML-902 LED moving profile spot fixture into all of its US locations to electrify the night.

High End Systems Unveils TM-30/CRI Correction Filter for White LED Automated Luminaires

19/12/2016 - Equipment News

Automated lighting manufacturer High End Systems has announced that it has created the world’s first TMI/CRI Correction Filter for White LED automated luminaires. TM-30 is a new quality metric that was recently adopted by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) to supplement and eventually replace the old CRI (CIE) Metric for measuring fidelity of a light source. Designed to offer the lighting community another option, the new correction filter will allow users of High End’s SolaRange fixtures greater flexibility in TM-30/CRI levels and fixture output.

DPA Microphones Highlights Audio Quality at ISE 2017

19/12/2016 - Event News

The Netherlands – Visual impact is important, but when it comes to delivering a successful event or conference what's really needed is clear, intelligible sound.

Avolites Kindles the Christmas Spirit at Indy's Circle of Lights

19/12/2016 - Production News

USA – The Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument in the heart of downtown Indianapolis’ Memorial Circle has been the centrepiece of an outdoor holiday spectacle since 1962. Thousands gather around the monument to kick off the holiday season with a festive, high-energy gala event, which is now televised locally.

QMOTION to Showcase Honeycomb Shades at ISE

19/12/2016 - Event News

The Netherlands – QMotion will unveil its range of energy efficient Honeycomb shades on Stand, 1-M80 at ISE 2017. This new Honeycomb series not only broadens the aesthetic choice for interior design schemes, providing optimum shading with just a 4mm gap on either side, but can also be fully automated using QMotion’s QiS ZigBee, two-way solution for effortless control and integration as part of a whole house system.

Van Buren High School Arena Upgrades to Danley OS-Series Weatherproof Loudspeakers and Subwoofers

19/12/2016 - Project News

USA – The 1,200-plus teenagers in and around Van Buren, Arkansas attend Van Buren High School, and a huge part of their high school experience involves the school’s Clair Bates Arena, a 2,000-seat arena built in 2009. Unfortunately, budget constraints left its original sound reinforcement system underpowered and lacking critical intelligibility. Local A/V integration firm Commercial Audio Systems recently remedied that frustrating situation by installing a distributed Danley Sound Labs system comprised of eight Danley OS-80 full-range outdoor loudspeakers and eight Danley OS-115 subwoofers, citing their incredible fidelity and pattern control for delivering musical impact and intelligibility in an overly-live room.

Elation Offers Zoomable Six-Colour and White Light Pars with IP Rating

19/12/2016 - Equipment News

Elation Professional’s range of flexible LED Par lights is expanding with the launch of the six-colour SixPar Z19 IP and the variable white DW Par Z19 IP, both IP-rated and with motorised zoom. Useful for production applications or installations as a wash light, uplight, wall wash, truss warmer and more, both par luminaires are easy-to-use, top-quality solutions for adding high-impact coloured or white light to shows indoors or out.

The countdown has begun: exhibitors still have until 31 January 2017 to register for Stage|Set|Scenery

19/12/2016 - Event News

Germany – “Lights! Sound! Curtains up!” – From 20th to 22nd June 2017 Stage|Set|Scenery will be opening its doors for the second time. Companies that intend to exhibit should hurry as the official registration deadline is 31st January 2017. Registration forms are at www.stage-set-scenery.de/en/Exhibitors. Over 75 % of the available floor space is already booked up, based on current booking levels exhibitor numbers are expected to be high.

Lighting Shahrazad

16/12/2016 - Production News

Europe – Thirty-four of Robe’s incredibly versatile CycFX 8 fixtures provided an elegant and inventive solution for lighting designer Aaron Copp on the new production of Shahrazad, choreographed by Jonah Bokaer for the Royal Ballet of Flanders (whose artistic director is Olivier Award winning Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui).

Solaris Flares on Flume World Tour

16/12/2016 - Production News

Worldwide – On the heels of his highly acclaimed second album release “Skin,” Flume is taking his electronic genre on a world tour. The Australian producer has had a successful year of festival performances alongside an extensive headline tour of North America, Europe, and Australia.

Ovation and Rogue Fixtures Transcend Time and Space in College Production of 33 Variations

16/12/2016 - Production News

USA – Moisés Kaufman’s moving drama 33 Variations follows the transformative journey of a musicologist, who, after being diagnosed with ALS, sets out to learn why Beethoven felt compelled to write 33 variations of an otherwise unheralded Anton Diabelli waltz. Taking place in both Beethoven’s time and our own, the play raises profound questions about the creative process and the quest to find meaning in life. Lighting such an ethereal production requires a design that’s as subtle, varied and delicately balanced as the Kaufman’s beautifully crafted play itself.

Integrated d&b system solutions: easy planning, exceptional performance

16/12/2016 - Event News

The Netherlands – With ISE 2017 just around the corner the team at German loudspeaker systems manufacturer, d&b audiotechnik, is looking forward to welcoming visitors to stand 7-C173 and demo room E103 once again.

Elite Multimedia helps launch the CAM ‘Burning House’ tour with Cour Design

16/12/2016 - Production News

USA – Embarking on her first headlining tour, Grammy, ACM and CMA Award nominee CAM is quickly becoming one of country music’s hottest young stars today. With her Platinum-certified hit “’Burning House” and her first major label album release, the Huntington Beach native is proving to have her own unique style that her production team wanted to showcase on her inaugural tour. Needing a design that would provide this atmosphere of creativity, with the ability to be managed by a small crew, the artist’s management turned to Cour Design who oversaw the complete production design using lighting gear and support from Nashville-based tour provider Elite Multimedia.

Chauvet Professional Adds Impact io Metallica Tour Kick Off

16/12/2016 - Production News

Puerto Rico – After 35 years, eight Grammy Awards and 110 million records sold worldwide, heavy metal trailblazers Metallica have nothing left to prove. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, who are 61st on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists Of All Time, aren’t resting on their laurels, though. This month the band is slated to release its 10th studio album, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct.

L-Acoustics delivers limitless sonic possibilities for Moscow’s Tabakerka

15/12/2016 - Project News

Russia – In the 30 years since Russian theatre director designer Oleg Tabakov and set designer David Borovsky established an 'alternative' theatre in a small, damp Moscow basement, the name Tabakerka has become legendary to the city’s theatre lovers. Despite often challenging times under the Soviet regime, the company thrived and Tabakov has just opened a brand new, 400-capacity venue. Located in Moscow’s Sukharevskaya Street, 'The Stage at Sukharevskaya’ features an L-Acoustics loudspeaker system.

A Digital Product Library on the Go

15/12/2016 - Equipment News

Sennheiser has released a new documentation app which offers immediate and interactive access to all product manuals, spec sheets and other technical documents on Sennheiser products. Available now, the new app has been designed to give B2B-clients, system integrators and end-users quick and easy access to product information via smartphones and tablets.

DPA Microphones Highlights Audio Quality at ISE 2017

15/12/2016 - Event News

Visual impact is important, but when it comes to delivering a successful event or conference what's really needed is clear, intelligible sound.

Nearly 200 Tiny GLP X4 S Support Kygo's Hollywood Bowl Sell-Out

15/12/2016 - Production News

USA – Alex Hesse deployed nearly 200 of GLP’s compact X4 S LED moving heads at the iconic Hollywood Bowl, when Norwegian house DJ / producer Kygo headlined at the 17,500 capacity venue recently, selling out over two nights.

Colour Sound has the Human Factor

15/12/2016 - Production News

Europe – Iconic electronic and synthpop band Human League completed another much-anticipated and totally sold-out European and UK tour which culminated in a major homecoming at Sheffield Arena, proving that their music and string of foot-tapping hits from the 1980s and 1990s as well as their newer work continues to entertain fans, both original and new.

MDG’s Touring Commitments

15/12/2016 - Production News

UK & Ireland – Following a successful two-year run in London’s West End, The Commitments, directed by Caroline Jay Ranger, has taken to the road for the first time, carrying with it an MDG Atmosphere haze generator. The eight-month tour will take in 26 venues across the UK and, for the first time ever, travel to its ‘home’ town of Dublin.

HSL Chases Status in Style

15/12/2016 - Production News

UK – Chase & Status treated fans to a fix of their hugely exciting genre of live performance in a short end of year tour which revealed snapshots of material from their forthcoming fourth studio album due for release in 2017, as well as belting out some of their classics to the delight of all.

Warren Haynes Christmas Jam Shines with Bandit Lites

15/12/2016 - Production News

USA – Warren Haynes’ Christmas Jam marked another successful evening of legendary musicians coming together for a great cause. The annual Christmas benefit began 28 years ago, as Haynes sought to give back to his hometown’s Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, which has raised more than two million dollars to date. Bandit Lites donated lighting for this year’s sold out concert which featured an impressive line-up of artists including Haynes and his band, Gov’t Mule, Bob Weir, Michael McDonald, Jamey Johnson and Alison Krauss among others.

XYZ Technologie Culturelle Transforms Theatre St-James with Chauvet Professional

15/12/2016 - Project News

Canada – The term “multi-functional” doesn’t normally conjure up images of stateliness and elegance, but the two concepts reside together in perfect harmony within the walls of the Theatre St-James. Located on Montreal’s Rue Saint-Jacques, the majestic four-storey building transfixes visitors with its towering fluted columns, elaborate masonry work and a spectacular stained-glass ceiling suspended 22 metres above the floor of its main hall. Once the home of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, the building has been converted into a multi-purpose venue that hosts an impressive array of events, ranging from boxing weigh-ins to fashion shows – not to mention wedding receptions, charity events, concerts and theatrical productions.

Claypaky Scenius Spot supports solo superstar Jack Garratt

15/12/2016 - Production News

UK – Celebrated production designers James Scott and Louis Oliver of design outfit Okulus have selected the new Claypaky Scenius Spot as the super versatile workhorse for 2016 Brit award-winner Jack Garratt’s UK autumn tour, following the release of the multi-instrumentalist’s debut album ‘Phase’.

Video Design: A Distant Horizon

15/12/2016 - Production News

UK – Biffy Clyro have just completed its most successful UK tour to date, sweeping through the arena circuit with their characteristic vigour. Musically the band is on a roll, its ever developing song cycle has been touched by a new found sensitivity in their latest album Ellipsis. This added depth is surely one of the stimuli to Misty Buckley’s elegantly rendered set design, Jack Banks’ startling, urgent video direction, and the sublime operation of LD Richard Larkum.

Bondax Tour UK and USA with Lighting and Video Technology from PRG XL Video

15/12/2016 - Production News

UK & USA British electronic duo Bondax has recently completed a tour which saw them visit venues around the United States before returning to the UK for shows culminating in a headline performance at London’s Oval Space.

dLive is the Mixer of Choice for Mexican Sound Engineer

15/12/2016 - Production News

Renowned Mexican sound engineer, Oscar Tovar (pictured), has selected Allen & Heath’s dLive to complete an extensive tour of LATAM managing monitors for the pop bands, OV7 and KABAH.

Osram celebrates 110th birthday at almost 3,000 metres above sea level

15/12/2016 - Production News

Germany – Osram crowned the celebrations commemorating the 110th brand anniversary with a spectacular event at the top of the Zugspitze, attended by some of Germany's best ice hockey players. Eight members of Germany's championship winning team, EHC Red Bull Munich, played an evening ice-hockey game against a stunning alpine backdrop, with the help of high-tech lighting provided by Osram.

Thomas Gerdon Turns to Elation Hybrid Movers and New Fuze Wash Lights for German Television’s “Verstehen Sie Spass”

14/12/2016 - Production News

Germany – Lighting designer Thomas Gerdon of GERDON design has again used an Elation Professional lighting package to light the German television programme “Verstehen Sie Spass,” this time for two autumn season shows. Gerdon employed Elation’s Platinum FLX and Platinum HFX hybrid moving heads to light artist performances and was also one of the first LDs anywhere to use Elation’s new Fuze Wash Z120 LED wash light.

DPA Microphones Achieves Purest Reproduction of Acoustical Sound on Tour with Saxophone Legend, Bill Evans

14/12/2016 - Production News

USA – For the past three and a half decades, saxophone legend Bill Evans has been dazzling audiences around the world with his deeply passionate and unique sound. For Evans, delivering a pure reproduction of his acoustical sound every time he takes the stage for a live performance is extremely important. That’s why when Evans was familiarised with DPA Microphones’ d:vote 4099S instrument microphone for saxophone, he knew he found the precise reproduction of his sound that he was looking for and has consistently relied on the brand for his live shows around the world.

Global Citizen Festival Rallies Humanity with L-Acoustics

14/12/2016 - Production News

USA – Broadcast live on MSNBC, the fifth annual Global Citizen Festival (GCF) took over New York City’s Central Park in late-September for a star-studded concert that featured headliners Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Ellie Goulding, Metallica, Demi Lovato, Major Lazer and many others sharing their voices and music to help reduce world hunger, poverty and other pandemic social issues.

Top Engineers Choose Sennheiser Wireless for Optimal Reliability and Audio Quality During 2016 American Music Awards

14/12/2016 - Production News

USA – Last month’s AMA Awards, held at Microsoft Theater and broadcast to more than eight million viewers on the ABC network, featured several of today’s most talented pop artists such as Bruno Mars, The Weeknd, Ariana Grande and many others. As each artist lit up the stage in a sequence of arresting performances, along with impressive lighting and choreography, the vast majority of engineers handling audio for the show relied on Sennheiser wireless for the duration of the performances.

Claypaky praised for durability, output and versatility at innovative EDM festival

14/12/2016 - Production News

Russia – Russian lighting designer Marina Larikova dubbed Claypaky fixtures as 'the best creative devices' after using 125 of the leading Italian brand's moving heads and strobes in her lighting design for cutting-edge electronic dance music (EDM) festival Alfa Future People, Russia.

LED Creative add highlights and accents to ITV’s political debate show ‘The Agenda’

14/12/2016 - Production News

UK – Working closely with scenic designer Sarah Milton, illumination specialist LED Creative has supplied its Alpha 60 RGB system to help keep the vibrant set for ITN’s The Agenda, clearly defined and looking sharp.

Chauvet Professional Lights The Chainsmokers, Cash Cash and Daya at Electric Bounce House

14/12/2016 - Production News

USA – There was no shortage of star power on stage at Boston’s House of Blues on Monday 5th December, as the legendary venue, which is located directly across the street from the famed leftfield wall of Fenway Park, hosted Electric Bounce House. Although it holds only 2,500, the concert hall welcomed an Electric Bounce House line-up of artists who often would be playing at an arena or amphitheatre. Opening the evening was Grammy-nominated teenage sensation Daya, belting out hits like “Hide Away.” As the evening progressed, the music grew more intensely electronic with the progressive house dance group Cash Cash, followed by Grammy-nominated The Chainsmokers of No. 1 hit “Closer” fame.

Too Motions Invests in Kinesys

14/12/2016 - Production News

Mexico – Too Motions is a family-run entertainment industry automation and motion control specialist based in Mexico City which has invested heavily in Kinesys products.

Underground Electronic House Duo 'Dusky' Tour the world, with Lighting and Video Support from PRG XL Video

14/12/2016 - Production News

Worldwide – Underground electronic music duo, Dusky are steadily building a cult following as they play sold out dates, taking in numerous venues in the UK, North America and continental Europe. Double Knight of Illumination winner, Will Potts designed the visual element of the show, with assistance from lighting director Adam Power. Will said: “Designing a rig which fits into numerous venues was the main consideration for this project. I chose to leave the physical design work flexible and in Adam’s hands for the shows. He knows what each fixture has to achieve, so it’s up to him to use the spaces and characteristics of each venue to the design’s advantage. Having such a flexible approach is the most economical way of scaling the show up and down.”

FIX8Group delivers immersive digital experience at LeadDog installation

14/12/2016 - Project News

EuropeLeadDog Marketing Group, the award-winning, integrated experiential marketing agency, recently appointed event technologist FIX8Group to manage, design and deliver the visual and digital technology for a boutique experiential installation in both Paris and London on behalf of the $46bn global personal technology company Lenovo.

Audinate and NAMM Unveil Dante Training Events at the 2017 NAMM Show

14/12/2016 - Event News

USA In partnership with NAMM, Audinate will conduct multiple training sessions at the 2017 NAMM show about Dante, the industry-leading audio networking solution.

GLP Bars Line Up for Carlsberg's Green Door Project

13/12/2016 - Production News

Sweden – GLP’s award-winning X4 Bar 20s recently had a starring role in Carlsberg’s perennial Green Door Project in Stockholm, created and produced by Grandin’s Flying Circus.

DW Chorus New Elation Series of High-Quality White-Light LED Battens

13/12/2016 - Equipment News

The DW Chorus from Elation Professional is a new series of white-light LED batten wash lights with variable white colour temperature control. Useful for floodlighting surfaces and stages in even washes of dynamic light, a broad range of white colour shades combines with the versatility of four different model choices to offer the ultimate in white light flexibility.

Iconic Parisian Department Store Celebrates Christmas with Airstar

13/12/2016 - Production News

France – Airstar, designer and manufacturer of inflatable lighting technologies for the event and architecture industries, recently joined forces with Val d’Isère to inaugurate the “Christmas in the mountains” event, organised by the BVH MARAIS in the heart of Paris, France.

Robe for Phantom of the Opera in Stockholm

13/12/2016 - Production News

Sweden – Robe moving lights continue their run on high profile theatre shows worldwide, with the new Phantom of the Opera production in Stockholm which is utilising DL7S and DL4S Profiles and DL4F washes from the DL LED range, plus Pointes and ColorStrobes, over 50 fixtures in total.

Transaudio Group To Represent Telefunken Elektroakustik Diamond Series Microphones

13/12/2016 - Equipment News

USA – TransAudio Group, US representative and distributor of peak-performance studio recording equipment, has brought the legendary Telefunken sound to its clients through Telefunken Elektroakustik, a Connecticut-based manufacturer that has plumbed the depths of sourcing, engineering, and manufacturing to truly recreate the most famous Telefunken microphones. TransAudio Group will focus on Telefunken Elektroakustik’s flagship Diamond Series, which includes the ELA M 251E, U47, and C12 large-diaphragm condensers, as well as the ELA M 260 small-diaphragm condenser. For the fraction of the price of a vintage unit (assuming one could even find a vintage unit for sale), Telefunken Elektroakustik has come closer to recreating the original 1950s' era microphones than any other manufacturer to date. Offering interchangeable parts and sonics of the very best vintage models, differences between a new Telefunken Diamond and a highly sought-after Vintage original are extremely difficult to identify. Offering faithful recreations of these highly-valued originals has been Telefunken’s goal from the beginning.

Claypaky illuminates 50th anniversary of Linz Klangwolke

13/12/2016 - Production News

Austria – Lighting designer Björn Hermann lit up the Austrian sky with more than 100 Claypaky luminaires for the recent Linz Klangwolke, or 'Cloud of Sound', held along the banks of the Danube. The open-air multimedia event, a mix of music, performance and visual art, has been a highlight of the city's annual calendar since 1979. The Klangwolke presents a different theme each year, and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Johannes Kepler University Linz, the 2016 edition was presented under the 'River of Knowledge' banner.

Disney's Aladdin sound design with TiMax wows London’s West End

13/12/2016 - Production News

UK – The Broadway hit musical Disney’s Aladdin opened this summer at the Prince Edward theatre in London’s West End, with TiMax vocal imaging and effects spatialisation firmly in situ at the heart of the Ken Travis sound design. Three TiMax2 SoundHub-S64 units (including a hot spare) were purchased by audio provider Autograph Sound, and link to a DiGiCo SD7T console and d&b amplification via MADI and Optocore. Autograph also provided a TiMax Tracker system which follows the actors around stage to automate the magic of spatial amplification delivered by the TiMax dynamic delay-matrix.

TAIT Stage Technologies lends technology and automation to Shakespeare's The Tempest

13/12/2016 - Production News

UK – After two years in development, the RSC’s new production of Shakespeare’s play The Tempest opened to the press on 17th November, 2016. The production, in collaboration with Intel and The Imaginarium Studios, has brought one of Shakespeare’s most imaginative plays into the 21st century, breaking new boundaries in live theatre performance by using the latest innovative technology to one of Shakespeare’s most well-known plays.

Boomerang Plans Rebound Effect for Martin Audio in Portugal

13/12/2016 - Production News

Portugal – The long standing relationship between Martin Audio MD Dom Harter, and the highly experienced Carlos Cunha (pictured), who runs Portuguese distribution company Boomerang, has resulted in the Oeiras-based company being awarded territorial distributorship.

Bandit Lights Up Good Morning America CMA Concert

13/12/2016 - Production News

USA – Dierks Bentley was up at dawn to kick off the morning of the 50th Annual CMA Awards with a live performance on the streets of Nashville with Good Morning America. The televised concert featured a lighting package designed by Mark Carver and provided by Bandit Lites.

Seminar Programme Announced for ISCEx 2017

13/12/2016 - Event News

UK - ISCE, the Institute of Sound and Communication Engineers, has announced the seminar programme for ISCEx 2017. Taking place at Coombe Abbey on Wednesday 8th March 2017, ISCEx 2017 combines educational seminars with leading networking opportunities and a table-top manufacturers’ exhibition from more than twenty commercial audio market leaders.

Emergency Production Supports buildOn Gala at Waldorf Astoria With Chauvet Professional

13/12/2016 - Production News

UK – Soaring four stories high, the elegantly appointed Grand Ballroom at the Waldorf Astoria creates an awe inspiring impression. Its 44' high ceiling, custom made 16’ diameter chandelier and ornate carved balconies provide a dramatic setting for any event. To stand out against this backdrop, a stage presentation has to be as bold and dramatic as the ballroom itself. Chris Hubbard and his team at Emergency Production provided just such a presentation recently for buildOn, a global charity, with help from 117 PVP S7 panels from Chauvet Professional.

Midas Embraces European Users with One-to-One Console Training

13/12/2016 - Standards News

Europe – Midas has recently taken its console training across Europe with courses completed in the UK, Germany and Spain. The events, designed and delivered by Midas senior solutions manager Daniel Paine (pictured), were hosted in partnership with local Midas distributors Amplified, thomann Audio Professionnell and Adagio respectively.

Adlib supports Death of a Bachelor

13/12/2016 - Production News

Europe – Adlib renewed its excellent and long-term working relationship with Grammy nominated US rock band Panic! at The Disco, providing sound, video and lighting production, plus crew for their recent UK and European tours. Once again Tony Marino was at the helm as the highly-respected tour manager.

EMA: Kings of Leon take it Klean and Neat

13/12/2016 - Production News

The Netherlands – The Kings of Leon are veteran performers and award winners at the MTV European Music Awards (EMAs). Nominated this year for Best Alternative Act, the band appeared at a special MTV World Stage production at Rotterdam’s Old Luxor Theatre as a prequel to taking to the stage at the Ahoy for the main awards event the following day.

Production Resource Group Supports Balich Worldwide Shows with Technology for United Arab Emirates National Day

13/12/2016 - Production News

UAE – Production Resource Group LLC (PRG), a global provider of technology for events and entertainment, was honoured to work with Balich Worldwide Shows (BWS) to supply a huge multi-surface video projection for the United Arab Emirates National Day celebration in Abu Dhabi.

Yamaha Consoles Celebrate Christmas at The Royal Albert Hall

12/12/2016 - Production News

UK – Each year, as the Salvation Army gears up for one of its busiest annual periods, the Christian charity puts on a special Christmas carol concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall. This year’s sold-out, multi-artist event saw production company b+h relying on Yamaha and Dante.

Singapore Senior School gets Superior Sound with Renkus-Heinz

12/12/2016 - Project News

Singapore Education standards in Singapore rank among the highest in the world, and the facilities to be found in Singaporean schools are suitably impressive. The most recent example can be found within the state-of-the-art senior school campus at Dulwich College (Singapore), where an impressive 700 seat auditorium is now available for students to use. Providing equally state-of-the-art sound reinforcement is an audio installation based on Renkus-Heinz's VARIAi modular installation array.

Blink-182 Not Bored with Robe!

12/12/2016 - Production News

USA – US rock band Blink-182, known for their raw, adrenalised, high-energy performances, are back on the road and blasted straight back up to the top of the charts in both the US and UK with their new studio album ‘California’ and single, Bored to Death.

Holiday Sale – ATC 45 Monitors for Under 10k Now Through to 30th December

12/12/2016 - Business News

USA – In the short time it has been available, the ATC SCM45A mid-size active studio monitor has taken the pro audio world by storm. Its three-way design provides the beautiful midrange that ATC is so well known for, along with a new tweeter design that is so sweet that ATC is starting to build it into the rest of the ATC line. Its dual woofers provide generous low-end that allows most users to deploy their ATC SCM45As without subs. Of course, all that brutal honesty helps you craft recordings and mixes that put the music in the best possible light, translating and conveying the artist’s intention on any and all playback systems. A pair of ATC SCM45As list for $12,995, but until 30th December, 2016, they’re going for just $9,990!

DPA Microphones Takes Musical Journey Around the World with The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma

12/12/2016 - Production News

USA – Audio engineer/designer Jody Elff recently wrapped up a world tour with The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma which formed under the artistic direction of cellist Yo-Yo Ma in 2000. The Silk Road Ensemble gathers distinguished performers and composers from more than 20 countries to explore contemporary multicultural musical crossroads and then embarks on an international musical journey across the globe. A long-time user of DPA Microphones, Elff once again relied on the company and its mics to provide sonic excellence, which for this tour included an input list of 13 DPA mics on all the strings, as well as on a gaita, shakuhachi, sheng, pipa and piano.

Frank Schotman Joins Elation Professional’s European Sales Team

12/12/2016 - People News

The Netherlands – Elation Professional has announced that lighting industry veteran Frank Schotman (better known as “The Tank”) has joined the company’s European sales team as a technical sales representative and product specialist.

Christie celebrates 400th Christie Vive Audio cinema sound system installation

12/12/2016 - Project News

Hong Kong – Christie, a leader in creating and sharing the world’s best visual and audio experiences, celebrated its 400th Christie Vive Audio cinema sound system installation with Showtime Cinemas in Taiwan.

Panasonic and Atlona meet in the middle with new bundle

12/12/2016 - Equipment News

Panasonic’s professional displays are now available as part of an easy meeting room solution bundle, thanks to a partnership with leading AV connectivity company Atlona.

Discreet L-Acoustics System Delivers Crystal Clear Sound to Thai Temple

12/12/2016 - Project News

Thailand – Considered to be one of the most beautiful temples in Thailand, Wat Tha Sung or The Glass Temple – so named because of its spectacular roof made from mirrors and crystals – is situated in Thailand’s Uthai Thani province. The recent installation of a discreet L-Acoustics audio system in one of the temple complex’s newer halls has ensured that it sounds as good as the original temple looks.

dLive at Russia’s Delta Jazz Festival

12/12/2016 - Production News

Allen & Heath’s dLive digital mixing system was selected to provide FoH and monitor mixing at the first Delta Jazz International festival hosted in Astrakhan, South Russia.

Gibonni & Oliver Join Robe Family

09/12/2016 - Production News

Europe - Leading Croatian artists Gibonni & Oliver are on an extensive European tour campaign supporting their collaborative new album “Familija” (Family) with a brand new lighting design by Gibonni’s long term LD Sven Kučnić based around 88 Robe moving lights, a combination of Pointes, MMX Spots and MMX WashBeams.

Jim James Tour Features Solaris Mozarts

09/12/2016 - Production News

USA – My Morning Jacket (MMJ) founder and frontman Jim James embarked on a solo tour this fall, opening on the West Coast and closing on 18th December at Iron City, Birmingham, Alabama. Veteran MMJ Designer Marc Janowitz conceived a 'forest' of 57 Solaris Mozarts as a main design feature for the tour.

CAST wysiwyg delivers a stunning inaugural KAABOO

09/12/2016 - Production News

Canada – CAST wysiwyg was a guest star at the recent KAABOO festival held at the historic Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds, just north of San Diego on the Southern California coast. Considered by some as “the festival for people who don’t like festivals”, KAABOO was designed to be the ideal live music event in the ideal venue.

Soundly Cloud-based Sound Effects Service and Editing Application Now Available

09/12/2016 - Equipment News

Norway – Soundly, a start-up audio technology company, has released Soundly, a cloud-based sound effects library and workflow tool. Soundly represents a completely new approach to sound effects access and editing. A cloud-based sound library with access to thousands of premium sound effects and a powerful workflow tool, Soundly lets video and audio editors instantly search the cloud or local sound libraries, customise sounds, and place them to picture instantly, wherever they have an Internet connection. Traditional sound effect libraries can be expensive, hard to use, and not very portable. Content creators know that good sound can make or break a video or film, and Soundly was created to give affordable access to thousands of sounds along with access to a community of specialist sound designers.

Unusual Rigging makes the finals of the prestigious Circulars Awards

08/12/2016 - Event News

UK – Unusual Rigging has been nominated as a finalist in the prestigious Circulars Awards. The Circulars – an initiative of the World Economic Forum and the Forum of Young Global Leaders – is the world's premier circular economy award programme and aims to recognise individuals and organisations that have made notable contributions to the circular economy in the private sector, public sector and society. Entrants to the awards are leading the way in driving innovation and growth that is decoupled from the use of scarce natural resources. In 2015, Unusual Rigging was highly commended for its efforts, this year the company has beaten thousands of other entries to make it into the top six in the 'Young Global Leaders Award for Circular Economy SME' category.

Reebok PUMP! Shoe Relaunch gets Pumped Up with Chauvet Professional

08/12/2016 - Production News

USA – Paul Litchfield is no Thomas Edison, but the Massachusetts resident will go down in history as a great inventor, at least as far as the athletic shoe industry is concerned. In 1989, Litchfield created the Reebok PUMP!, an inflatable running shoe that redefined footwear aesthetics, was embraced by athletes from virtually every sport, and became one of the most prominent urban fashion icons of the 1990s.

Avidity take off with Ambersphere

08/12/2016 - Production News

UK - Marcus Almeida and James Lees are commercial airline pilots. They are also passionate about lighting. So much in fact, when it came to exploring the options for acquiring a lighting console to support James’ brother’s up and coming band, Lorenza, they decided to do the intelligent thing and form a company to help finance it. Avidity had arrived.

Hawthorn Walking In The Air With Birmingham Rep’s The Snowman

08/12/2016 - Production News

UK – Having left audiences enchanted for over 20 years, Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s production of The Snowman is currently playing to packed houses at the Peacock Theatre this Christmas, with Hawthorn supplying lighting equipment for the magical production.

Yamaha And Nexo Have A Ball With Production Plus

08/12/2016 - Production News

UK – As a production supplier for prestigious clients at equally prestigious London venues, Production Plus cannot afford to take any chances with equipment. One of the most recent events supported by the company was the annual charity ball for the DM Thomas Foundation at the London Hilton on Park Lane, where Yamaha and Nexo once again proved their worth.

White Light Elected to Provide Lighting for This House

08/12/2016 - Production News

UK – Set between the fateful years of 1974 and 1979, which saw huge economic crisis and a hung parliament, This House takes place in the engine rooms of Westminster, where fist fights took place and votes were won or lost by one. Following a brief run at the Chichester Minerva Theatre in October, the show has now arrived in the West End, playing at the Garrick Theatre, London. As the leading lighting supplier to West End theatre, White Light has been called upon to provide the lighting equipment.

HSL Plays the Dan TDM Game

08/12/2016 - Production News

UK – HSL enjoyed the thrills and high-energy exhilaration of supplying lighting and rigging for the Endemol produced DanTDM UK tour, for a lighting design crafted by Sam Wright. Sean McGlone and John Slevin project managed for the Blackburn UK based company, with technicals on the road co-ordinated by production manager, Jason Culverwell.

Absolutely Positively L-Acoustics for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

08/12/2016 - Production News

USA – Hardly Strictly Bluegrass (HSB) is not the average festival. In fact, there is nothing “hardly” or “strictly” about the event in any way, be it the artists booked, the location, or the mix of tech that Bay-Area-based Sound On Stage (SOS) uses to make it all happen. This year, SOS, which has supplied sound for each iteration of the festival since its debut in 2001, extended its run of leaning on L-Acoustics to provide the PA for all seven of the festival’s stages.

More than 150 GLP Fixtures Dominate Guns N' Roses Tour Set

08/12/2016 - Production News

Worldwide – Experienced lighting designer Phil Ealy (of West Coast Visuals) first encountered Guns N’ Roses as a local band back in the 1980s before catching the last part of Appetite for Destruction and then production designing the Use Your Illusion tour.

Il Volo 2016 World Tour with Clay Paky

08/12/2016 - Production News

Italy – Following the extraordinary success of their summer tour, and after winning the 65th edition of the Sanremo Music Festival and representing Italy in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, Il Volo have given a long series of performances in Italy and abroad this year. Show designer Francesco De Cave, who was called upon by the production team to create a new show image, used Clay Paky lights to illuminate the young tenors' world tour dates.

Clay Paky Fixtures Illuminate Nocturnal Wonderland Dance Music Festival

08/12/2016 - Production News

USA – Once again, Nocturnal Wonderland owned the night when North America’s longest-running dance music festival marked its 21st anniversary in September. The festival is presented by Insomniac and Pasquale Rotella. Lighting designer Stephen Lieberman of SJ Lighting, Inc. in Westlake Village, California deployed Clay Paky Mythos and Sharpy fixtures on a number of Nocturnal Wonderland’s stages.

Clay Paky Mythos and Sharpys Shine at 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden

08/12/2016 - Production News

USA – Clay Paky Mythos and Sharpys lit up the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) at New York City’s iconic Madison Square Garden. Lighting designer Bob Barnhart used a large complement of the fixtures for the live telecast, which was shown on multiple Viacom cable networks and through smart TV and mobile devices, MTV’s website and Facebook Live.

St Anne of Few Cables

08/12/2016 - Project News

UK – The Church of St Anne in Aigburth, Liverpool, dates back to 1837 and is a National Heritage Grade II Listed building. Built to offer Christian worship for the occupants of the 'large houses' built at the time in the area, as well as local farm workers, St Anne's congregation grew quickly and additions to the building followed in 1853 and 1913. Still a growing church, St Anne's sits at the heart of its community offering not only a contemporary place of worship but also a space for a wide range of activities and musical performances. Modern day churches are often multi-purpose venues that require the best in AV provision, where new-builds can take this into account during the design process, listed Victorian buildings regularly present all manner of interesting challenges.

The Sun Always Shines in Germany for aha-audio and APG

08/12/2016 - Business News

Germany – Founded and headed by Rolf Feldmann, APG distributor aha-audio is shaking the professional audio landscape in Germany. A few months only after its creation, aha-audio has already been trusted by stagers for major concerts and festivals across the country.

Charlie Daniels’ Volunteer Jam Celebrates with Bandit Lites

08/12/2016 - Production News

USA – It is not every day a country icon turns 80 years old, so Charlie Daniels did it up big with a massive concert, not only to celebrate, but to give back to a great cause. Bandit Lites provided the lighting package for the 41st Volunteer Jam which featured performances by the fiddle legend himself, Charlie Daniels, along with Luke Bryan, Three Doors Down, Kid Rock, Larry the Cable Guy, Chris Stapleton and Travis Tritt. Randy Travis later surprised Daniels by presenting him with the Rare Country Humanitarian of the Year Award to commemorate Daniels’ work with Journey Home, an NGO that helps US military veterans and the recipient of the $245,000 raised that evening.

Midas M32 Training Kicks Off in Singapore with Consolidated Audio Networks

08/12/2016 - Standards News

Singapore-based Midas Partner, Consolidated Audio Networks Pte Ltd (CAN), has recently hosted its first introductory Midas M32 training course at its headquarters’ training facility, and has been deemed a remarkable success.

Kinesys Helps Shape Placebo Tour

08/12/2016 - Production News

Europe – Kinesys automation is central to show designer Jvan Morandi’s visual concept for the current Placebo “Retrospective” tour, which features some of the musical highlights and moments from 20 years on the indie rock frontline for the band, known for their intelligent visceral, raw and creative approach to live performance.

JBL PRX800W series high-powered portable PA system with Wi-Fi control now available

08/12/2016 - Equipment News

JBL Professional by Harman, and UK distributor Sound Technology Ltd have announced UK shipping of the new JBL PRX800W portable PA system. With complete WiFi control, advanced DSP tuning, patented JBL Differential Drive loudspeaker technology and 1500W Class-D power, the JBL PRX800W Series is the most advanced PA in its class.

Five London theatres awarded vital funding to improve accessibility and working conditions

08/12/2016 - Event News

UK - Theatres Trust, the national advisory public body for theatres, has announced that five small theatres in London will benefit from the second round of its London Theatres Small Grants Scheme. The awards have been made to theatres in need of immediate repairs, addressing accessibility issues and improving conditions for staff, performers and audiences. Recipients include Soho Theatre, Theatre Peckham, Tricycle Theatre, Young Actors Theatre and Omnibus.

dLive Monitors Live Recording for Brazilian Rock Band

07/12/2016 - Production News

Brazilian rock band, Raimundos, recently recorded its first acoustic DVD using Allen & Heath’s dLive digital mixing system, supplied by Sao Paulo PA company, WR Sonorização.

Yes Events Ltd Furthers Investment in Elation with Fuze, Platinum and Satura Series Products

07/12/2016 - Production News

UK – Yes Events Ltd has been investing in Elation Professional products for years to service a huge variety of applications. Recently, the UK-based company chose to further strengthen its stock with several of Elation’s newest offerings: the Fuze Wash Z350, Fuze Wash Z120, Platinum HFX and Satura Spot CMY Pro.

Mackie AXIS Nominated for NAMM TEC Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement

07/12/2016 - Event News

USA – The Mackie AXIS Digital Mixing System has been announced as a nominee for the 32nd Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards in the category of Outstanding Technical Achievement. Presented by The NAMM Foundation, The NAMM TEC Awards are bestowed annually in celebration of the pro audio community by recognising the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind today's sound recordings, live performances, films, television, video games and other media.

Penn Elcom LED Saves Energy for All Saints

07/12/2016 - Project News

UK – Penn Elcom supplied a fully retro-fittable LED lighting package to CGA Integration which was installed into two church halls operated by All Saints Church in Ascot, Berkshire, Resulting in an approximately 50% reduction in running costs.

Meyer Sound Leo Family Rolls with Justin Bieber’s “Purpose World Tour”

07/12/2016 - Production News

Worldwide – With 138 shows scheduled over a 15-month run across five continents, Justin Bieber’s marathon “Purpose World Tour” is on track to rank among the five top grossing tours of 2016. The tour’s success relies heavily on an intimate connection between artist and audience, a feat accomplished physically with aggressive out-in-the-house staging and sonically supported by a Meyer Sound Leo family reinforcement system from VER Tour Sound.

Creative Backstage Connects Young People to Church Rally with Chauvet Professional

07/12/2016 - Production News

USA – Every year on the Sunday before Christmas, the CrossRoads church gives away presents to 1,000 area children. These aren’t toy store remainder-type gifts either, but rather items like Xboxes, iPads and other things that 21st century kids really want. The event typifies the attitude of this dynamic and rapidly growing church: our message may be timeless, but it must be delivered in a way that is relevant to people today.

Midas M Series Goes on Tour with I Killed The Prom Queen

07/12/2016 - Production News

Europe – Australian metalcore band I Killed The Prom Queen just recently completed a European headline tour, marking their first major outing in the continent. With a combination of festival slots and headline dates, the Aussie band was relying on no other than Midas M Series mixing consoles, utilising an M32C/DL32 combo at monitor position and an M32R/DL32 at front of house.

World’s first interactive light display over water

07/12/2016 - Project News

USA – James Thomas Engineering played a crucial role in bringing to life a one-of-a-kind interactive lighting display in South Bend, Indiana to celebrate its 150th birthday and add another layer of revitalisation to the city. Designed by internationally renowned lighting designer Rob Shakespeare, it’s the world’s first interactive display of light over a body of water.

Blackouts' rigging team in A League of Their Own

07/12/2016 - Production News

UK – Drapes and rigging expert Blackout, working for CPL Productions, returned to supply Sky One’s sports comedy panel show ‘A League of Their Own’, October 2016.

Displays on Trend at London Fashion Week

07/12/2016 - Production News

UK – Panasonic high brightness displays took centre stage at London Fashion Week as they were used by breakthrough fashion designer Paula Knorr at her Spring/Summer collection debut show.

Disney's Broadway Hits

07/12/2016 - Production News

UK – Stars of stage and screen join the BBC Concert Orchestra at London’s Royal Albert Hall for the European premiere of Disney’s Broadway Hits – a celebration of the spellbinding songs behind some of the world’s best loved musicals.

Avolites delivers an out of this world performance for Public Service Broadcasting's 'The Race for Space' album tour

07/12/2016 - Production News

Europe Lighting designer Francis Clegg of London-based design house MIRRAD turned to control technology by British manufacturer Avolites to drive his atmospheric lighting for electronic retro-rockers Public Service Broadcasting's (PSB) 'The Race for Space' album tour.

Neg Earth invests in W-DMX

06/12/2016 - Production News

UK – A London-based company has just invested in a large number of BlackBox F-2 G4S transceivers for an upcoming tour.

G20 Concert “Enduring Memories of Hangzhou” Makes Public Debut with Community

06/12/2016 - Production News

China – A spectacular concert, directed by famed Chinese director Zhang Yimou, was performed for world leaders on 4th September in China for the G20 Summit. “Enduring Memories of Hangzhou” later made its public debut in October, attracting huge audiences to the West Lake in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. The upgraded show maintains 80% of the original programme content and benefits from a new audio system which has been installed to delight audiences from all over the world.

Robe Makes a Racket at WTA Finals

06/12/2016 - Production News

Singapore – The 2016 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore tennis tournament was presented by SC Global and staged at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang over a seven day period at the end of October.

Claypaky illuminates the 110-year anniversary celebrations of Osram and The Westin Excelsior Rome

06/12/2016 - Production News

Italy – Lighting manufacturer Osram, which celebrates its 110-year brand anniversary this year, is joined by another famous institution: the Westin Excelsior Hotel in Rome was opened in 1906 and is therefore celebrating its 110 years anniversary. To mark the occasion, Claypaky – a company of the Osram group – illuminated the venerable hotel, whose past guests have already included celebrities like Pablo Picasso, Elizabeth Taylor and the Rolling Stones, in a particularly spectacular fashion from 5th to 20th November. Following the video projection shown at the Patent Office in Berlin during the Festival of Light in October, this was the second lighting installation being presented by Osram for its brand anniversary.

Dave Koz Brings Holiday Joy with Bandit Lites

06/12/2016 - Production News

USA – It’s that wonderful time of year where holiday shows abound, and Dave Koz is bringing his celebrated contemporary jazz sound to audiences around the country. The nine time Grammy nominee and acclaimed saxophonist has embarked on the Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour – Starring Dave Koz, Valerie Simpson, Jonathan Butler, and Kenny Lattimore. The tour features a lighting package designed by Erik Parker of Chris Lisle Lighting Design and provided by Bandit Lites.

We’re Behind You! White Light Supplies Over 40 Pantomimes this Festive Season

06/12/2016 - Production News

UK – As the leading lighting supplier to West End and UK touring theatre, White Light has worked on an array of shows over the past 12 months. The company is now preparing for an extremely busy festive season, in which it will supply the lights on over 40 pantomimes.

Elite Multimedia helps expand the LED video design for the GMA Dove Awards

06/12/2016 - Production News

USA – Since 1970, the GMA Dove Awards has honored excellence in the Christian Music industry while celebrating its rich musical diversity. At the 47th Annual GMA Dove Awards, event producer and production designer Scott DeVos of DeLux Productions was brought on board to help accentuate that diversity by creating an exciting atmosphere for both the live audience and the television viewers at home. Wanting LED video to play an integral role in the design, DeVos needed a provider with a myriad of technologies to fill the design, so he reached out to Nashville-based Elite Multimedia who supplied him with PixelFLEX LED video walls for the production design.

Rogue R1 FX-B Rocks Intergalactic Disco at Bass Museum for Art Basel

06/12/2016 - Project News

USA – Art Basel is one of the leading art fairs in the world, showcasing stunning works from over 270 galleries and private collections representing over 30 countries ranging from Argentina to Zimbabwe. For many of the 80,000 or so visitors who descend on the five-day festival, Art Basel is about much more than just art. It’s also a rollicking, joyful experience that turns life into art with street performances, acts of pure improvisation and boundary-free performances that stretch and pull preconceived notions in every direction, all while keeping audiences enthralled and entertained.

Artem SFX Bring Toys to Life for Mcdonald's First Animated Christmas Advert

06/12/2016 - Production News

UK – Artem SFX, an award-winning physical special effects company, helped to create McDonald’s first animated Christmas advert, which tells the festive story of Juliette, the vintage toy doll.

SGM lighting on RAGNAROCK Museum nominated for Danish Lighting Award

06/12/2016 - Event News

Denmark – RAGNAROCK, the Danish museum for pop, rock and youth culture, opened its doors to the public in April 2016. The museum’s gold-studded facade, the red carpet runway and the lobby are exclusively equipped with SGM lighting fixtures and these installations have just been nominated for the prestigious Danish Lighting Award 2016.

Palace Theatre Newark upgrades to EM Acoustics

06/12/2016 - Project News

UK – Newark-on-Trent is a thriving market town in the heart of the East Midlands with a strong cultural heritage. Part of that heritage is the 600-seat Palace Theatre built in the 1920s originally as a picture house but now laid out as a traditional proscenium arch theatre with front stall, rear stall, circle and boxes. The venue recently invested in a significant EM Acoustics HALO-C system to replace their ageing Martin Blackline rig and bring the venue’s audio specifications into line with the demands of modern productions.

GMB Pro Sound Invests in Three dLive Systems

06/12/2016 - Production News

Poland – GMB Pro Sound, one of Poland’s largest rental companies, has invested in a total of three dLive mixing systems from Allen & Heath.

Midas Pro X Upgrades Deliver New Era of Mixing for Adlib

06/12/2016 - Production News

UK – Event specialist Adlib, has upgraded its stock of Midas mixing systems to the brand’s flagship, powerhouse Pro X console. Two Midas XL8 desks have made way for two brand new Pro X systems, which provide 168 input channels, 99 buses and a 96kHz sample rate. Adlib, with headquarters in Liverpool, has just recently completed a major £1 million expansion of their UK operations with the opening of a Scottish warehouse and office space on the outskirts of Glasgow.

Philharmonie Luxembourg Invests In Yamaha Rivage PM10

06/12/2016 - Project News

Luxembourg – A popular addition to the rider of a number of live classical concerts in 2016, Yamaha’s flagship Rivage PM10 digital mixing console has recently seen its first permanent European installation at a classical concert venue, in Luxembourg.

A.C. Special Projects Work with John Lewis's Content Production Studio

06/12/2016 - Project News

UK – A.C. Special Projects Ltd. (AC-SP) has recently specified, supplied and installed premium performance lighting fixtures, complete with a truss ground-mounted structure, for John Lewis’s new content production studio in London.

Vue Alkmaar Cinema Award-Winning with Alcons

06/12/2016 - Project News

The Netherlands – Opened in first quarter 2016, the Vue cinema in the Dutch city of Alkmaar has been voted the best new-built cinema in Europe by the International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA). The quality of its three Alcons Audio-based Dolby Atmos systems has played an important role in the accolade.

Harlequin Floors Hi-Shine Metallic in High Demand

06/12/2016 - Equipment News

Following a successful introduction of its head-turning Hi-Shine Metallic at this year's PLASA exhibition, Harlequin has stocked up in both the gold and silver finishes to meet the high demand anticipated with the wider launch.

Renkus-Heinz Iconyx Supports Atlas in Emmen

05/12/2016 - Project News

The Netherlands In the North-East of The Netherlands, the city of Emmen is now home to

Colour Sound Invests for Placebo

05/12/2016 - Production News

UK rental specialist Colour Sound Experiment made some serious investments for the current Placebo “Retrospective” arena tour which features a stunning visual design by Jvan Morandi, for which the west London company is delivering the full lighting, video and rigging package.

Robe at the Epicenter of Signal Festival

05/12/2016 - Production News

Czech Republic – Robe was a proud sponsor of the 2016 Signal Festival of Light, staged over four days in and around the beautiful and magical city of Prague.

A Specialz Summer for Xylobands

05/12/2016 - Production News

Spain – They seem to have been a part of the Coldplay arsenal of live audience participation forever but in fact the very first Xylobands were used on 6th October 2011 for Coldplay’s launch show for Mylo Xyloto in Madrid. Deanie Thain and Jason Regler were the brains behind the hardware. Thain recalls how it all unfolded: “We have just celebrated our five year anniversary. The first wristbands had a timer, so each one had to be programmed individually to go off at exactly the same time – quite a challenge and very time-consuming and a lot of friends and family helped to get them done on time.

Claypaky creates Las Vegas super-club vibrancy at Irish dance music spectacular

05/12/2016 - Production News

Ireland – Irish lighting designer Conor Biddle, known for lighting some of the largest acts in dance and electronica, selected an array of Claypaky moving heads to illuminate the return of Ireland’s mega-rave, the Winterparty, at Dublin’s 14,500-capacity venue 3Arena.

Avolites drives shock rock lighting for Marilyn Manson world tour

05/12/2016 - Production News

South Korea – Grammy-nominated, industrial hard-rock legend Marilyn Manson returned to Seoul for the first time in eight years as part of his solo world tour, delivering an energetic show for a legion of ardent fans at the Yes24 Live Hall. Lighting designer Corey Stewart drove the performance's intense lighting using an Avolites Pearl Expert console and wing.

Triple E Tracks Provide Smooth Solution for Selfridges’ Christmas Windows

05/12/2016 - Production News

UK Triple E’s world renowned track systems are bringing legendary London department store Selfridges’ Christmas window displays to life this festive season.

J&C Joel’s drapes dazzle at plane unveiling

02/12/2016 - Production News

Siberia – J&C Joel's drapes created a real touch of magic when under the spotlight at a recent unveiling of a new Russian airliner.

Stealth Core 2 flies out of DiGiCo's door

02/12/2016 - Equipment News

Since its launch on 12th July, DiGiCo’s Stealth Core 2 software has seen an incredible uptake, with over 1,500 upgrades purchased in the first few weeks alone.

Robe Receives Full Spectrum in Bolivia

02/12/2016 - Production News

Top Bolivian rental and production Company Spectrum, based in Cochabamba in the centre of the country nestled in a valley amidst the magnificent peaks of the Andes mountain range has invested in 12 Robe LEDBeam 1000 fixtures and 16 Pointe multi-purpose moving lights.

PixelFLEX achieves ultra fine pixel pitch with fully front serviceable FLEXUltra 1.2mm LED video

02/12/2016 - Equipment News

USA – Continuing to see an exponential growth in permanent LED video installation applications with a demand for ultra fine pixel pitch displays, the award-winning manufacturer PixelFLEX has announced the release of FLEXUltra 1.2mm LED video technology. Through this expansion of the current product line that also includes fully front serviceable panels, the new ultra fine pixel pitch option of the FLEXUltra makes it an ideal LED video solution for any commercial design, architectural display or digital signage application.

Shinedown Takes Bandit Lites on the Road

02/12/2016 - Production News

USA – Hard rock band Shinedown is out on an epic tour run with a striking lighting package provided by long time vendor Bandit Lites and designed by Sooner Routhier. With more than ten million albums sold, the band is comprised of vocalist Brent Smith, bassist Eric Bass, drummer Barry Kerch and guitarist Zach Meyers.

AC-ET Receives Prolyte Group's Platinum Award for Second Year Running

02/12/2016 - Event News

Germany – A.C. Rigging, a sales division of A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET), has announced that it has been awarded Prolyte Group’s ‘Platinum Award’ for StageDex and LiteDeck products for the second year running at the brand’s global partners 2016 event in Germany.

Chauvet Professional Rogue RH1 Hybrid Illuminates New Zealand Coastline

02/12/2016 - Project News

New Zealand – A prominent rocky outgroup in Tasman Bay, Nelson’s Fifeshire Rock was once known and feared as a shipping hazard. In the years since, it has become one of New Zealand’s most treasured national landmarks. Standing some 14 metres above the high tide mark, it cuts an imposing and beautiful shape in the distant horizon and is often the subject of photography and artworks. Recently, Nelson’s Civic Trust desired to make the rock around-the-clock attraction by lighting it during the hours of darkness. To illuminate the famous outcrop, MDR Sound & Lighting supplied AV Architects Ltd with a Chauvet Professional Rogue RH1 Hybrid fixture.

Regent Street Christmas Lights shine bright with Unusual Rigging

02/12/2016 - Production News

UK – London's Regent Street celebrated the start of the festive period on the 17th November with the official switch on of its famous Christmas lights. This year's display, described as a throwback to Regent Street's first set of Christmas lights which went up in 1954, has been designed by James Glancy Design who in turn contracted Unusual Rigging to work alongside them to fulfil all their rigging requirements.

PRG XL Video Provides Lighting and Rigging Technology for MTV EMA and Red Carpet

02/12/2016 - Production News

The Netherlands – Continuing a long working relationship with production executive Andy Derbyshire, event manager Maggie Mouzakitis, event production manager Lisa Shenton and show lighting designer Tom Kenny, PRG XL Video has supplied lighting for the 2016 MTV EMA.

Martin Audio Appoints Phono Media as New Polish Distributor

02/12/2016 - Business News

Poland – Warsaw-based Phono Media has been appointed by Martin Audio as its new distributor in Poland, with immediate effect.

The Venice of the UAE

02/12/2016 - Production News

UAE – Point a reasonably powered telescope at the planet Mars and the so-called canals beloved of science fiction writers can be seen. Turn that scope around to view Earth from Mars and a new canal is clearly visible at the heart of Dubai; this one is no fiction. Cutting an elegant swathe through the city, the new Dubai Canal opened with a spectacular ceremony hosted by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE, and ruler of Dubai. When it came to providing the ultimate in fanfare, drama, and excitement, creative agency and show producers Prodea Group, engaged the services of Protec, the Middle East’s largest and best known specialist event technology provider.

Hawthorn On the Road with Mr Toad for The Wind In The Willows Musical

02/12/2016 - Production News

UK – The new musical adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s much-loved literary classic ‘The Wind in the Willows’ is bound for London’s West End next year following a hugely successful tour. Full service technical production company Hawthorn was called upon by producer Jamie Hendry to provide the lighting equipment for the initial performances of the ambitious production, with the company now supplying kit for the show’s London Palladium season.

University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music chooses ArKaos PRO MediaMaster for Green Day’s American Idiot

02/12/2016 - Production News

USA – The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) chose ArKaos MediaMaster PRO to drive the visual content for its production of Green Day's American Idiot. MediaMaster PRO was chosen for the ease with which it handled the demanding artistic concept, its speed of mapping and its easy-to-understand processes for editing content and operation.

Tannoy and Lab Gruppen Deliver Immersive Experience at ZSL London Zoo

01/12/2016 - Project News

UK – Zoological Society of London (ZSL) London Zoo opened its doors to the public in 1847 and has been home famously to some of the world’s best known animals including Guy the Gorilla, and a certain bear named Winnie – the inspiration for A. A. Milne’s endearing story of a bear who loved honey. Over the course of the last 12 months, four animal exhibits have had the skilful hand of Wimbledon-based RG Jones, improve the audio experience for the zoo’s1.2million annual visitors. At the heart of these permanent installations are products from two well established and perfectly matched professional audio brands, each with a rich history of design innovation, advanced functionality, and consistent sound quality: Tannoy and Lab Gruppen.

Tom Kenny Uses Elation ACL 360 Matrix in Massive MTV EMA Set

01/12/2016 - Production News

The Netherlands – The MTV Europe Music Awards delivered another spectacular production 6th November at the Ahoy Rotterdam Arena, where Europe’s favourite artists were honoured and a star-studded line up of today’s hottest acts performed on a massive stage lit by top lighting designer Tom Kenny.

Maestra Dubai Grows the Team

01/12/2016 - People News

UAE – Award winning event technical production specialist Maestra Dubai has added two new key management personnel – Richard Kleinsmit, who will be looking after operations and Patrick Maxwell who is in charge of the new warehouse, with both an integral part of the team led by managing partner Tom Clements.

Star film captures stunning VerTech build

01/12/2016 - Production News

UK – A new Star Events’ video captures all the angles of its 25m VerTech structure build in Hyde Park: https://vimeo.com/192692782

André Huff Unleashes Avolites on Martina McBride’s Tour

01/12/2016 - Production News

USA – After a summer of the fairs/festival circuit, country star Martina McBride’s new tour design hit US arenas and theatres in October. Along the road, McBride is following the mantra of her “Love Unleashed Tour,” unleashing love by generously supporting local food pantries and charities for those in need.

Memrise Speaks Fluent Sennheiser

01/12/2016 - Production News

Europe – Memrise is an innovative app designed to give everyone language learning superpowers, using a range of techniques. A key one of these is video, so when the development team hit the road this year to film native people speaking their own languages, Sennheiser’s AVX system was a vital tool to ensure every word came across clearly.

First Adamson UK Demo Hailed a Sonic Success

01/12/2016 - Event News

UK – A wide range of leading industry professionals attended the first ever UK demonstration of Adamson’s world-class loudspeakers last week.

L-Acoustics’ K2 Provides Big Sound For A Big Arena

01/12/2016 - Project News

USA – “It’s big.” That’s the reaction of many the first time they enter Rupp Arena, the 24,000-seat centrepiece of the Lexington Center, a convention and shopping facility in downtown Lexington, Kentucky. The facility is home, appropriately, to the Kentucky Wildcats, the University of Kentucky’s men’s basketball team that is first in the nation in home attendance.

Jungle Boogie – Outline sound at South China’s top EDM festival

01/12/2016 - Production News

China – Electric Jungle Music Festival is the first and biggest EDM festival in South China and this year’s edition was staged at the huge Shenzhen Universiade Center, inaugurated just five years ago and designed to host not only international sports, but also large-scale events and concerts, such as the Festival and committed to creating a rich, flexible and highly interactive world-class stage offering a wide variety of on-site activities as well as the music.