News Archive for February 2016

White Light Supports The Father with ETC

29/02/2016 - Production News

UK – The Father is one of the most successful theatre productions to have opened in recent times. Following an initial run at Theatre Royal Bath and The Tricycle, the play made its West End debut last year and received five star reviews from The Guardian, Sunday Times, Financial Times, The Observer, Daily Telegraph, The Times and London’s Evening Standard. Due to popular demand, the show is returning once again, with both a West End run at the Duke of York’s Theatre and a UK Tour. Following its previous work on the production, along with its reputation as the West End’s leading lighting supplier, WL is once again providing the lighting equipment for the show, with ETC products playing a significant role.

Robot Chicken and ETC: The perfect couple

29/02/2016 - Production News

USA - “Take a seat. You can take photos of the lobby, and we have some new colouring books,” says the 20-something receptionist at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios in Burbank, California. Despite its quirky title, the 21-stage area that the Buddies call a “campus” is the largest studio specialising in stop-motion animation in California. Best known for the adult animated character Robot Chicken, the stages also produce Super Mansion, LEGO Scooby-Doo, Bratz and MAD “Spy vs. Spy.” Today they are wrapping a promo spot for Superbowl 2016 and a Verizon commercial.

Rivers Church Chooses Robe for Life by Design

29/02/2016 - Project News

South Africa – When it came to specifying lighting for the brand new 3,000 capacity auditorium at Rivers Church’s Sandton Campus in Johannesburg, technical manager Ed Helliwell decided that Robe moving lights were the way to go.

Adlib Audio wins 2016 TPi Award for ‘Favourite Sound Rental Company’

29/02/2016 - Event News

UK – Liverpool-based Adlib Audio won the coveted 2016 Total Production International (TPi) Award for Favourite Sound Rental Company.

USITT to Bring Backstage Industry to Salt Lake City

29/02/2016 - Event News

USA – USITT’s 2016 Annual Conference & Stage Expo comes to Salt Lake City 16th - 19th March, bringing over 5,000 members of the production industry and turning the Salt Palace Convention Center into a spectacle of lights, projection, costumes, props, sound and special effects from fog to flying.

L-Acoustics at Prolight + Sound 2016

29/02/2016 - Event News

Germany – L-Acoustics will launch new products at Prolight + Sound 2016 in Frankfurt, affirming the company’s commitment to offering the best sound for the install and touring industries. The products will be revealed to L-Acoustics’ global partners during a private meeting on Tuesday morning, April 5th and shortly following, will also be on display to the public at the L-Acoustics stand in Hall 3, Level 1, Booth C11.

Clay Paky on Nek's Tour, “Prima di Parlare”

29/02/2016 - Production News

Italy – Clay Paky lights are co-stars on the stage of Nek's show Prima di Parlare Live 2015. Radio Italia is the official radio station of the tour, four years after the last one. The Italian songwriter toured the Italian peninsula far and wide with his live performances in the most important Italian theatres.

elektraLite Makes Sound Choice in Sound Vision Marketing

29/02/2016 - Business News

USA – Group One Limited has now tapped Sound Vision Marketing to serve as the latest independent sales representative for its elektraLite division. The announcement comes from Tyler Wise, Group One’s national sales manager for the brand.

Up up in the sky: MA and Clay Paky illuminate Marburg b(u)y Night

29/02/2016 - Production News

Germany – Every year, during Marburg b(u)y Night, Marburg city centre lights up: more than 60 public and private buildings become the stars of the show, and the shops stay open until midnight. The centrepiece of the event this year was the "Blickpunkt Schloss" project: the medieval landgraves' castle was lit up on the hour and half hour starting from 6pm with a timecoded light and music show. There were three magical places in the city where you could enjoy the show with appropriate background music. Flashlight Veranstaltungstechnik GmbH dealt with staging the events.

Clay Paky Lighting Fires Up Mana’s Cama Incendiada World Tour

29/02/2016 - Production News

Worldwide – Mexican rock pop band Mana recently concluded its Cama Incendiada World Tour with a large complement of Clay Paky Mythos, A.leda B-EYE K10 and K20, and Stormy lighting fixtures adding colour and punch to the global production.

Pohang Church with NEXT-proaudio

29/02/2016 - Project News

South Korea – Pohang city is located in North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea, about 300km far from Seoul to the south-east, and the main seaport of the province. The city is well-known for steel making because there are top-3 manufacturers, POSCO, Hyundai Steel and Dongkuk Steel in the city.

TC Electronic Adds Calibration Wizard to Clarity X

29/02/2016 - Equipment News

The latest firmware update for the popular monitoring system makes setting up sweet spots and adjusting sub-woofers more precise, and reduces the time spent calibrating from hours to mere minutes.

Alex Duke Appointed Blackout Project Manager

29/02/2016 - People News

UK - As the complete supplier of rigging and drapes to the live events industry, Blackout has recently worked on projects such as the BRIT Awards, the National Television Awards, London International Horse Show and “The Sound of Music Live”.

Philips Entertainment Lighting gears up to 'create great experiences' at Prolight + Sound 2016

29/02/2016 - Event News

Frankfurt - Philips Entertainment Lighting will be unveiling a broad portfolio of brand new creative tools for lighting designers as part of the Group's immersive 'be inspired by light and create great experiences' stand concept at Prolight and Sound 2016.

Elation EPT6IP LED Displays for Polartec Big Air at Fenway

29/02/2016 - Production News

USA – Thrills and spills as Elation EPT6IP LED video screens highlight the world’s best snowboarders and skiers at chilly big air event in Boston

Adlib Supplies L-Acoustics to New Glasgow Concert Hall Venue

26/02/2016 - Project News

UK – Following a competitive tender Adlib was recently appointed by Glasgow City Council to supply a new loudspeaker system to the Royal Scottish National Symphony Orchestra’s new home, the RSNO centre.

CPL Supplies Full Production to 2016 SEMTA Awards

26/02/2016 - Production News

UK – West Midlands-based Central Presentations Ltd (CPL) supplied full technical production, comprising video, sound and LED lighting, to the 2016 SEMTA Awards, staged in the Ballroom at the Park Lane Hilton hotel in London.

Meyer Sound Leo Family Powers 300,000-Strong Papal Event in Mexico

26/02/2016 - Production News

Mexico – A massive, all-Meyer Sound system of more than 600 loudspeakers recently supplied seamless coverage for a festive crowd of over 300,000 that converged near the Mexico City suburb of Ecatepec for an open-air Holy Mass with Pope Francis. Held across a sprawling event site temporarily constructed on a vast rain catchment plain known as El Caracol, this was by far the largest event of Pope Francis’s five-day visit to Mexico.

Sennheiser at the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards

26/02/2016 - Production News

USA – In an evening of moving musical tributes and memorable live stage performances, audio manufacturer Sennheiser came through to deliver ultra-reliable wireless audio for the duration of the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards. With more than 18,000 celebrities and music fans in attendance and a viewership of more than 24 million, featured artists including Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Adele and The Weeknd each delivered performances using Sennheiser wireless microphone technology, with Taylor Swift performing the show’s opener “Out of the Woods” on a Sennheiser Digital 9000 system.

Community R Series Provides the Acoustic Solution for Mingshan Stadium

26/02/2016 - Project News

China – The new Mingshan Stadium in the Ya'an City of Sichuan is one of the most significant construction projects to take place following the devastating Lushan earthquake of 2013. The audio installation, incorporating Community R Series loudspeakers, was led by locally-based integrator Chengdu Eagle Huang Technology Co., Ltd., while EZPro Sound & Light Technology Co., Ltd. provided system design services and product supply.

K3 Farewell Tour Features Chauvet Professional STRIKE 4

26/02/2016 - Production News

Belgium Back in the late 1990s, the Flemish all-girl band K3 burst on the scene and quickly became Belgium’s answer to the Spice Girls. Now, after almost two decades of countless successful singles, tours and television appearances – including representing Belgium in the 1999 Eurovision Song Contest – the group’s members have decided to move on to the next phase of their careers. Capping off a great run, they have embarked on a farewell tour. Sending them off in spectacular visual style is a dynamic light show featuring Chauvet Professional STRIKE 4 LED fixtures supplied by PRG Belgium.

Robe Becomes a Player in French Theatres

26/02/2016 - Project News

France – Robe’s French subsidiary Robe Lighting France SAS finished the year with some strong sales to a range of high profile theatres.

Electric String scoops top award for its ‘spectacular and innovative’ corporate installation

26/02/2016 - Event News

The Netherlands – Electric String is celebrating after picking up a prestigious industry award for its state-of-the-art, fully automated audio visual project with global marketing agency MullenLowe Group.

Double Whammy for Stageco at TPi Awards

26/02/2016 - Event News

UK – In the wake of its 30th anniversary year, Stageco was proud to receive the Favourite Staging Company accolade at the TPi Awards 2016 on 22nd February at Battersea Evolution, London. The event was hosted by comedian Russell Kane and attended by an audience of more than 1,200 people from across the live entertainment production industry.

Electrosonic Win 'Most InAVative Control Room' Award in Amsterdam

26/02/2016 - Event News

The Netherlands – Electrosonic recently won most InAVative Control Room Award at the annual InAVate Awards Ceremony in Amsterdam. The event took place on 9th February, the first day of Integrated Systems Europe exhibition.

PRG XL Video Wins Favourite Video Rental Company for the Twelfth Time

26/02/2016 - Event News

UK - PRG XL Video, the UK operation of Production Resource Group (PRG), is celebrating winning Favourite Video Rental Company at the 2016 TPI Awards.

ESL Joins Martin Audio Network with Purchase of MLA Compact

25/02/2016 - Production News

UK – Essex-based Event Sound & Light (ESL) has become the latest partner to join the Martin Audio MLA loudspeaker array network after investing in a new MLA Compact (System 24). The order was fulfilled by Martin Audio dealers, LMC Audio.

Jojo Tillman Turns to GLP X4 Bars for Stunksitzung at Cologne E-Werk

25/02/2016 - Production News

Germany – One of Germany’s most accomplished lighting designers, JoJo Tillman, has turned to GLP’s newX4 Bar 20s for the first time as a vital part of his stage concept for the annual Stunksitzung alternative cabaret at the Cologne E-Werk. This has formed part of the Cologne Festival for more than 30 years, and comprises around 50 shows which run up to the day before Lent begins.

Painting with Light Creates Projection Art at Bokrijk

25/02/2016 - Production News

Belgium – Genk-based creative lighting and visual design specialist Painting with Light has created a stunning 3D mapped projection artwork for the Hangar 58 event space at Bokrijk in Limburg, one of the region’s most important historical landmarks and a popular open air museum.

Kinesys Catches the Moves on Strictly Live tour

25/02/2016 - Production News

UK – Twenty-seven axes of Kinesys automation were in action on the 2016 ‘Strictly Live’ UK arena tour, produced by Phil McIntyre Entertainments.

Vince Gill Tours with Bandit Lites

25/02/2016 - Production News

USA – Country music legend Vince Gill may have a career that spans more than 40 years, but he is showing no signs of letting up as he returns to the road with his new album, Down to my Last Bad Habit with a lighting package provided by Bandit Lites.

Total technology upgrade at Derby Hospital

25/02/2016 - Project News

UK – Saville Audio Visual was awarded the contract to refurbish and upgrade the audio visual systems in the main Education Centre lecture theatre at Royal Derby Hospital, a major teaching centre for the University of Nottingham medical school.

Rogues Steal Show For Gang of Thieves

25/02/2016 - Production News

USA – It’s difficult to hear Gang of Thieves raw hook-heavy fusion of funk and hard rock music and not get up and dance. Perhaps that’s why this high-energy group of Green Mountain road warriors has been in such demand on the touring circuit, crossing the US as part of travelling festivals like the Warped Tour and opening for the likes of Skid Row, Lucid and Twiddle, to name a few. Returning home to northern Vermont to perform at the Rusty Nail, a legendary regional music venue, the well-travelled group brought its full force rock sound with it, supported by a light show that hit the stage with intense richly coloured light from a collection of Chauvet Professional Rogue R1 Spots.

Utopium Light Up Colston Hall for 6 Music Festival

25/02/2016 - Production News

UK – As Bristol geared up to host the BBC Radio 6 Music Festival, Utopium was selected as lighting and rigging supplier for Colston Hall’s weekend of live music, 12th - 14th February 2016.

DPA Microphones Teams Up With Pearl Drums for Dennis Chambers’ Solo Performance at NAMM 2016

25/02/2016 - Event News

USA When renowned drummer Dennis Chambers used a combination of DPA microphones on his Pearl drum kit during his solo performance at the Pearl booth at NAMM 2016, the results were nothing short of spectacular.

Lexair Pty Ltd. New Elation Partner in Australia and New Zealand

25/02/2016 - Business News

Antipodes – Lexair Pty Ltd, currently the exclusive master distributor for High End Systems, Green Hippo and TMB in Oceania, has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Elation Professional, both for Australia and New Zealand.

Comtech Copenhagen Gets the Robe BMFL Pointe

25/02/2016 - Production News

Denmark – Comtech, based in Copenhagen, is one of Denmark’s leading rental companies and decided to invest in new Robe fixtures, Pointes and BMFL Spots, for two consecutive years as they felt that both products brought something new, unique and cool to the market.

Will Young Tours UK With Outline

25/02/2016 - Production News

UK – Pop star Will Young completed a 22 date UK tour supporting his latest album 85% Proof which went to number 1 on the Official Albums Chart. London based production company Britannia Row Productions provided an Outline sound system that featured 36 Butterfly for mains, six Mantas for fills, eight DBS 18-2 subwoofers, Outline T-Nine amplifiers and Lake LM26 controllers.

Arena Seating supply shimmering Strictly Come Dancing Live

25/02/2016 - Production News

UK – For the 13th consecutive year, Arena Seating was entrusted to supply temporary seating to the toe-tapping Strictly Come Dancing Live as it visited the SSE Arena Wembley, 11th - 12th February 2016.

Ambersphere Solutions brings dot2 training to Glasgow

24/02/2016 - Event News

UK – In addition to welcoming visitors and clients to its stand at the recent PLASA Focus in Glasgow’s SECC, Ambersphere Solutions took the opportunity to offer a programme of training for the dot2 console, MA Lighting’s newest and smallest addition to its renowned range of control desks. Using the extensive seminar facilities of the SECC, Ambersphere ran a series of 90-minute training sessions throughout the show and each one was enthusiastically attended.

Fineline for BBC 6 Music Festival

24/02/2016 - Production News

UK – This year the BBC’s 6 Music Festival landed in Bristol, with lighting for two stages at vibrant nightspot Motion – one of the main venues - supplied by locally based rental company Fineline to another stunning specification and design by the event’s LD Tim Routledge, whose current clients also include Take That and ELO.

Some Kind of Heaven Hurts for Colour Sound

24/02/2016 - Production News

Europe – Leading west London based lighting and visuals rental company Colour Sound Experiment is supplying lighting equipment and crew to the current European tour by synthpop duo Hurts, riding high on the success of their third album ‘Surrender’ with an innovative production design by Rob Sinclair.

Double Award Win for AV Stumpfl at ISE 2016

24/02/2016 - Event News

The Netherlands – As well as launching an eye watering nine new product innovations at ISE, AV Stumpfl brought home two awards in recognition of their design, innovation and manufacturing excellence.

International Tour Announced to Launch New Mixer Project

24/02/2016 - Production News

Worldwide – A series of world-leading artists and DJs have confirmed to be a part of the first international tour for P LAYdifferently – a series of events to showcase the final prototypes of the brand’s new mixer.

Crystal clear speech inside protected Birmingham church

24/02/2016 - Project News

UK – Large, open spaces, hard walls and high ceilings make it difficult to amplify speech effectively in historic church buildings. To ensure that sermons and other spoken elements of the service are crystal clear, without impacting on sightlines or the appearance of the building, one Birmingham church has deployed innovative d&b loudspeaker technologies.

Projecting the future of retail

24/02/2016 - Event News

UK – Retailers visiting the Retail Design Expo – part of the Retail Business Technology Expo and Retail Digital Signage Expo on 9th and 10th March – will see the UK debut of DisplayMapper that is set to change the face of retail.

Internal promotion for Phil Breitschadel

24/02/2016 - People News

UK – Crestron has announced that it has promoted Phil Breitschadel to the role of European VP of sales effective 1st February.

Banda el Recodo Creates Current Looks with Chauvet Professional

24/02/2016 - Production News

Mexico – The Rolling Stones have been together 54 years. That’s slightly longer than the 51 years that The Who have been shattering guitars and decibel levels. When it comes to longevity, though, both of these venerable groups are still whippersnappers next to Mexico’s Banda el Recodo, which has been making its distinctively engaging brand of music since 1938. Like every band that’s enjoyed long-term success, this collection of 17 musicians is constantly evolving with the times, not just in terms of its musical offerings, but also in its stage presentation. This much was made vividly and colourfully clear recently by the group’s new high impact lighting rig, which features over 140 fixtures from Chauvet Professional.

SGM Creates Rivetting Night Scapes at Fourth E-Luminate Festival

24/02/2016 - Production News

UK – SGM, one of the leading manufacturers of architectural and production LED lighting, again joined forces with creative technical event production company Hawthorn for the fourth time to sponsor the annual e-Luminate Cambridge Festival.

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers – Number One Birdcage Walk

24/02/2016 - Project News

UK – Number One Birdcage Walk is regarded as one of the finest examples of traditional architecture in Westminster and has been home to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers since it was purpose-built in 1899. One of the fastest growing professional engineering institutions in the world, it has over 111,000 members in more than 140 countries and works closely with leading companies, universities and think-tanks to create and share knowledge and guidance with industry, government and the public, in every aspect of mechanical engineering. Every year, as well as organising a comprehensive series of events for engineers, including technical conferences, seminars, workshops and social functions, the Institution also hires out its 16 flexible spaces for a wide range of occasions. Located in picturesque surrounds, Number One is a magnet for corporate conferencing, training sessions, receptions and dinners. The demands placed on such an intensively used facility in terms of its AV and conferencing infrastructure are great. The Institution places a high value of the quality of its offering to members and hirers and this commitment was reflected in a recent upgrading of audio provision in the venue's main lecture theatre.

GLP X4 Bar 20s Hit Broadway Production of Fiddler on the Roof

24/02/2016 - Production News

USA - When leading Broadway theatre lighting designer and Tony Award winner, Donald Holder, was invited to design the lighting for the new production of Fiddler on the Roof at New York’s Broadway Theatre, he turned to GLP’s new multi-faceted X4 Bar 20s to meet a number of different challenges.

NATEAC Announces Keynote Speaker

24/02/2016 - Event News

USA – The North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference (NATEAC) has announced that Mr. Reynold Levy will offer the 2016 keynote address to open NATEAC on Sunday morning, 17th July.

KLOTZ AIS launches its own XLR connector

24/02/2016 - Equipment News

As a leading cable manufacturer in the consumer and ProAVM sectors with 35 years of experience in the business, KLOTZ AIS GmbH makes up 10 million metres of bulk cable with over one million connectors per year to produce its premium cables.

It's Harlequin floors for the biggest UK dance event

24/02/2016 - Event News

UK – Harlequin Floors will once again feature prominently at MOVE IT 2016 – the UK’s biggest dance event – as an event sponsor, as provider of professional dance floors and as an exhibitor. In a change of venue, this year sees the successful MOVE IT move to a new home at London's ExCel, where the event runs from Friday 18th March – Sunday 20th March. Now established as the UK's biggest dance event, this three-day festival of dance is expected to bring 22,000 dancers to ExCel.

2B Heard K-array seminar hailed success

24/02/2016 - Event News

UK – The beginning of February saw K-array’s UK distributor, 2B Heard, host a seminar for some of the UK’s leading audio engineers on the benefits of K-array’s new KH8 Firenze system, presented by K-array’s Alessandro Tatini and Mario Di Cola, and AFMG Berlin’s FIRmaker / EASE Focus V3, presented by AFMG’s Stefan Feistel.

Audient Adds Final Touch to Final Track Studio

24/02/2016 - Project News

USA – “Analogue and digital play well together,” says Skip Brown, but maintains that: “The best 'front end' for any music studio is an analogue console.” So when the building housing his original studio was sold from under him, he created the new Final Track Studios in Roanoke, Virginia centred around the compact ASP4816 analogue console from Audient.

“dot2 is a great tool for schools, churches and small tours”: Hope Church in Memphis counts on dot2 XL-F

23/02/2016 - Project News

USA – Extensive equipment upgrades at Hope Church in Memphis, Tennessee have expanded the creative palette for the church’s worship services and the community events held in its 5,000-seat sanctuary. Among the new additions is a dot2 XL-F console from MA Lighting.

Over 200 Robe Fixtures for Latest TSO tour

23/02/2016 - Production News

USA – In a brief that’s pure music to any LD’s ears, progressive rock Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) founder and producer Paul O’Neill’s instructions to award-winning production and lighting designer Bryan Hartley regularly includes getting ‘as many lights as possible’ on the rig!

CORE LED Fixtures Illuminate the Tower of London

23/02/2016 - Production News

UK – Over 160 CORE Lighting wireless LED fixtures were used to illuminate various areas in and around the iconic Tower of London for an event attended by 200 guests and staged by Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) to showcase the capabilities of their event spaces at the unique attraction.

Qu Mixers Manage New Zealand Folk Festival

23/02/2016 - Production News

New Zealand - Allen & Heath’s Qu-32 compact digital mixers were used throughout the recent Auckland Folk Festival, managing FoH and monitor sound for all three stages.

Ken Posner Taps Intimidator Beam LED 350 For On Your Feet

23/02/2016 - Production News

USA – It’s not surprising that Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine sold over 100 million records worldwide in their storied career. There’s something about the group’s rich melodies and carefree rhythms that naturally draws people to its music. The Broadway hit On Your Feet captures the magic of the 1980s dance and concert scene that spawned this superstar band in a way that’s as smooth and graceful as one of its lead singer’s signature dance hits.

Beyoncé, Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga Deliver Electrifying Performances at Super Bowl 50 with Sennheiser

23/02/2016 - Production News

USA – Marking a half-century of America’s singularly most important sporting event, Super Bowl 50 did not disappoint in delivering electrifying performances during both pre-game and halftime programming. With a viewership of 111.9 million – the third highest in history – this year’s Super Bowl saw energetic performances from Beyoncé, Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga, all performing on Sennheiser wireless microphone systems.

Meyer Sound Systems Enhance the Fine Arts Experience at BAMPFA

23/02/2016 - Project News

US – Meyer Sound systems deliver powerful and intelligible sound for a diverse array of events at the new UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) building. One of the nation’s premier institutions for the presentation of cinema, the recently reopened BAMPFA has installed a 7.1 Meyer Sound cinema system in its 232-seat Barbro Osher Theater, which hosts both film screenings and lectures and discussions regarding current films and art exhibits. Elsewhere, CAL column array loudspeakers provide sound reinforcement for a large, outdoor LED screen.

Bandit Brings Lighting for Tennessee Governor Event

23/02/2016 - Production News

USA – The Knoxville Chamber Partnership recently held the Annual Governor’s Breakfast at the Knoxville Convention Center, where Governor Bill Haslam addressed a record breaking crowd of 660.

Hawthorn Lights Up ‘the James Plays’

23/02/2016 - Production News

UK – Creative technical event production expert, Hawthorn, has been commissioned by the National Theatre of Scotland to supply lighting for the UK tour of its highly acclaimed production, The James Plays.

TiMax spatialisation on tour with Het National Toneel’s The Revisor

23/02/2016 - Production News

The Netherlands – The Hague’s national theatre group, ‘Het Nationale Toneel’ has incorporated TiMax SoundHub audio spatialisation and TiMax Tracker automation into its most recent touring production, The Revisor.

Junnosuke wins Harlequin Scholarship at Prix de Lausanne

23/02/2016 - Event News

Switzerland - Sixteen-year-old Japanese dancer Junnosuke Nakamura was the proud winner of the 2016 Harlequin Floors Scholarship – now in its fourth year – awarded at the Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland. There are six scholarships in all, including the one awarded by Harlequin Floors, plus the public’s prize, the prize for contemporary interpretation, and of course the unique opportunity to benefit from the classes and the presence of renowned professionals. The Prix de Lausanne is a marvellous opportunity for all the competitors. The Prix de Lausanne once again attracted young, promising dancers from all parts of the world. Sixty-seven of the 71 selected candidates finally participated in the 44th edition, 20 of which were selected to compete in the finals on Saturday 6th February. Harlequin Floors enjoys a long-standing association with the Prix de Lausanne and Harlequin representatives were delighted to attend the 44th edition of the Prix de Lausanne which took place from 31st January to 7th February 2016 in Lausanne. The event also witnessed the launch of the new Harlequin Blog which published daily reports from Lausanne in English, French and Spanish. The blog offered insights into the competition, featured interviews with the candidates, portraits of members of the jury and teachers and a candid look at life behind the scenes. It is perhaps no surprise either that Harlequin dance floors figured prominently at the Prix de Lausanne with Harlequin Liberty sprung floor panels used in the main studio and black Harlequin Studio floor brought in for the main stage.

DPA Microphones Recognises Hard Work and Dedication with Announcement of Three Company Promotions

23/02/2016 - People News

USA – DPA Microphones, the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications, is pleased to announce it has promoted Christopher Spahr to VP of sales and marketing, USA, James Capparelle to marketing manager, USA, and Gabriel Antonini to national sales support/business development manager.

White Light Brings Curtain Up to the Victoria and Albert Museum

23/02/2016 - Production News

UK – Curtain Up: Celebrating 40 Years of Theatre in London and New York at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, celebrates the extraordinary story of theatre in both London’s West End and New York’s Broadway. Created in partnership with The Society of London Theatre, the V&A and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, it explores the craftsmanship that goes into creating award-winning plays, musicals and productions. With its strong reputation in theatre lighting along with installations and museum-based work, White Light was called upon to provide the production support on this ground-breaking exhibition.

HSL Group Adds 250 Q-7s to SGM Architectural Fleet

22/02/2016 - Production News

UK – Lancashire-based HSL Group has taken the ambitious step of providing lighting designers in architectural segments with an invaluable resource for project work.

Elation Gear Purchase Helps Primetime in The Netherlands Rise from the Ashes

22/02/2016 - Production News

The Netherlands O n August 8, 2015, Dutch rental company Primetime Eventtechniek + Inrichting, based in Cuijk, The Netherlands, lost everything in a major fire that reduced the building and everything in it to ashes. Devastated yet undeterred by the major setback, Primetime owner Patrick Michiels vowed to rebuild and wasted no time getting the company back on its feet with an admirable “full speed ahead” attitude and the recent acquisition of an Elation Professional lighting package.

ETC helps future proof Malmö Live event venue

22/02/2016 - Project News

Sweden – When the technical managers for the concert hall at the new build Malmö Live venue in Sweden were planning the lighting for the venue, they knew they needed to future-proof it, while also keeping costs down. So ETC’s Danish dealer Atendi – previously known as Bico Professionel – supplied a full ETC Sensor3 power control system with triple-function dim/relay/constant current ThruPower modules. They also supplied 100 ETC Selador Desire D40 Studio tungsten LED fixtures, to be installed in place of the halogen lights with dimmers that were originally specified in the tender.

Over 230 Robe moving lights for new Stadium Opening Spectacular in Lyon

22/02/2016 - Production News

France – A total of 232 Robe moving lights including 80 BMFL Blades, 70 LEDWash 1200s, 84 Pointes and eight LEDWash 300s were part of an exciting and colourful opening ceremony for the new 415 million euro Grande Stade de Lyon.

[LITE]COM Named Official Supplier for Eurovision 2016

22/02/2016 - Production News

Sweden – Swedish Broadcaster SVT has awarded [LITE]COM Group the contract to be the official supplier of all lighting, control, truss, rigging and automation for Eurovision Song Contest 2016. The event will be taking place at the Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden on 10th, 12th and 14th May 2016, hosted by Petra Mede and Måns Zelmerlöw.

Sonalyst Goes All Robe for Strictly Live

22/02/2016 - Production News

UK – The current completely sold out Strictly Live 2016 arena tour produced by Phil McIntyre Entertainments is thrilling audiences in arenas around the country, this year for the first time with an all-Robe moving light rig which includes 130 BMFLs, over 80 of which were newly purchased by rental company and long-standing tour supplier, Sonalyst.

SGM Deutschland celebrates opening of new facilities in Cologne

22/02/2016 - Business News

Germany – Managing directors of SGM Deutschland, Michael Herweg and Thorsten Sattler, invited customers, suppliers, neighbours, friends and the press to officially open new office premises for SGM Deutschland in Cologne. Peter Johansen, SGM CEO joined from HQ in Denmark to celebrate this milestone in the company history with the German team.

RTW to showcase range of products at BVE 2016

22/02/2016 - Event News

UK – RTW, a leading vendor of visual audio meters and monitoring devices for professional broadcast, production, post-production and quality control, will be featuring its latest and greatest software and hardware devices as a part of the HHB booth at BVE 2016 (stand L45).

“Everyone was amazed by how quickly they could get a show up and running”: Slovenian National TV invests in dot2

19/02/2016 - Project News

Slovenia’s national television channel, RTV Slovenia, has recently invested in a new dot2 XL-F and a dot2 Node4 (1K) for use in the smaller studios throughout its HQ in Ljubljana, as well as for OB projects and other ‘mobile’ applications. The console was specified by Bojan Repic, responsible for the purchase and maintenance of new equipment and technologies in the lighting department and head of lighting, Bojan Lenart.

Hozier Takes Adlib to Tour

19/02/2016 - Production News

UK and Europe – Liverpool-based production specialist Adlib kicked off a busy 2016 touring season with a number of great live artists including Award Winning Irish singer/songwriter Hozier for which they provided audio, lighting and crew to the recent UK and European tour.

BlackTrax Releases Beta 2.0

19/02/2016 - Equipment News

New BlackTrax Beta 2.0 makes tracking even easier, faster to calibrate, program and use. Developed for over a year, 2.0 has the largest number of new features, GUI and workflow improvements in any BlackTrax release yet.

Powersoft Ottocanali DSP+D Series Amplifier Voted Audio Product of the Year at prestigious InAVation Awards

19/02/2016 - Event News

The Netherlands – Powersoft, a world-leading manufacturer of professional power amplifiers, was honoured at the 10th edition of the prestigious InAVation Awards, when its installed-dedicated Ottocanali DSP+D Series walked away with the most innovative audio product of the year in the Technology Audio Product (non loudspeaker) category.

Doughty showcases new products at BVE

19/02/2016 - Event News

UK – Following a year in which Doughty Engineering has upped its game in the film and TV industry, visitors to the company's stand E39 at BVE 2016 will see a range of its products specifically designed with the broadcast sector in mind. With two new additions to Doughty's award winning Modular Rigging System making their début at the show, as well as a selection of grip, rigging, suspension and lifting equipment on display, Julian Chiverton, sales director at Doughty, believes shows like BVE are more important than ever to the company.

Martin Audio’s CDD-WR Launch Benefits From ISE’s Four-Day Format

19/02/2016 - Event News

The Netherlands – Martin Audio took full advantage of this year’s inaugural four-day ISE Show in Amsterdam, announcing the new weatherised CDD-WR installation series and showcasing the products in a live demonstration.

White Light Presents Mrs Henderson in the West End

19/02/2016 - Production News

UK – Last summer, the world-premiere of Mrs Henderson Presents opened at Theatre Royal Bath to rave reviews. Based on the hit 2005 film, it was praised by critics as “charming and uplifting” (The Stage), “improves on the original movie” (The Guardian) and “the best British musical since Matilda” (British Theatre). Following its successful run, the play has now transferred to the Noël Coward Theatre in the West End. Having provided the lighting equipment for the original run, White Light is once again supporting the show as it continues to dazzle audiences in London.

Altonaer Theater chooses Alcons

18/02/2016 - Project News

Germany – literary text and historical materials are the trademark of the Altonaer Theatre, at home today in the centere of Altona after an eventful history. As part of a modernisation of the premises, a new sound system was purchased. Alcons could convince with his proven LR7 pro-ribbon line-array across the board here.

nanoScope Competition

18/02/2016 - Event News

The fourth lucky winner of an Artistic Licence nanoScope is Martin Theobald. 

DiGiCo SD7T Dances With The Stars

18/02/2016 - Production News

Austria – Watching celebrities try their hand at ballroom, Latin and other forms of dance has never been so popular, thanks to the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing and its international version Dancing With The Stars, which has been licensed to over 42 territories by BBC Worldwide. The Austrian production, known as Dancing Stars, is currently gearing up for its 10th series, with a DiGiCo SD7T at the helm.

Clay Paky illuminate La Combriccola del Blasco

18/02/2016 - Production News

Italy – The Teatro del Casinò in Sanremo was literally taken by storm for the famous Vasco Rossi tribute band La Combriccola del Blasco's concert. The band was led by charismatic Kikko Sauda and, for the occasion, starred Maurizio Solieri, Vasco Rossi's long-standing guitarist and co-author of several of the famous Italian singer's songs. The show initially took place inside the theatre, and then continued in a hall suitably equipped to accommodate the audience and fans.

Seventh Heaven: Brussels Théâtre National Relies On Yamaha

18/02/2016 - Project News

Belgium – As well as providing excellent facilities, sound quality and ease of use, Yamaha professional audio equipment is renowned for its reliability and long life. The oldest of five Yamaha digital mixing consoles owned by the Théâtre National in Brussels is over ten years old and still in reliable daily use, so investing in two further Yamaha mixers was an easy decision for the theatre’s technical team.

AC-ET Showcases Portfolio of Leading Technologies at Broadcast Video Expo (BVE) 2016

18/02/2016 - Event News

UK – A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd’s dedicated Film & TV and other sales divisions will be showcasing the latest broadcast lighting and associated technologies from leading brands in the reseller’s extensive portfolio, including Chroma-Q, Jands, Fiilex, Mole-Richardson, Manfrotto, Avenger and Spotlight, on stand M45 at the Broadcast Video Expo (BVE) 2016 trade show, ExCel, London, from the 23rd - 25th February.

Africa’s Largest Concert Uses Outline

18/02/2016 - Production News

Nigeria – Over 500,000 people attended Africa’s largest concert – The Experience – a mega concert at the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos. The Experience is an interdenominational gospel concert and word-based gathering organised in Nigeria by The House On The Rock, a vibrant, multi-ethnic church.

Electrosonic to Exhibit Innovative Transparent Screens and High Brightness Display Solutions at Retail Design Expo

18/02/2016 - Event News

UK – Electrosonic will be exhibiting for the first time at the Retail Design Expo, held at Olympia, London on 9th and 10th March. Electrosonic will be exhibiting new audio-visual solutions suitable for the retail environment, including a range of transparent multi-touch LCD showcases from Crystal Display Systems and a high brightness display from Samsung.

Nub Sound Takes dLive on Tour with Jamie Lawson

18/02/2016 - Production News

UK - UK production company, Nub Sound, recently carried an Allen & Heath dLive digital mixing system on the UK tour of British singer songwriter, Jamie Lawson, to manage FoH sound.

Top Safety Accreditation for Spaceworks and Well Dressed Tables

18/02/2016 - Business News

UK – Spaceworks Furniture Hire and Well Dressed Tables have been awarded accreditation from Safecontractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety.

AV Stumpfl launches Wings Vioso RX at ISE 2016

18/02/2016 - Event News

The Netherlands – AV Stumpfl announced its next generation Wings Vioso RX software which was shown for the very first time at Stand 1.H6/G3 at Integrated Systems Europe 2016.

Robe Triggers Maximo Park Effect

18/02/2016 - Production News

UK – Lighting designer Olly Suckling presented a novel solution and lighting effect using 28 of Robe’s CycFX 8 LED battens to create a giant illuminated M-A-X-I-M-O sign upstage on UK alt rockers Maximo Park’s most recent tour. This celebrated ten years since the release of their seminal debut studio album, ‘A Certain Trigger’ in 2005, which was also nominated for the Mercury Music Prize.

Elation Products at Super Bowl 50 Light CBS Sets and Halftime Show

18/02/2016 - Production News

USA – Elation Professional lighting products were used at several locations across Levi’s Stadium for Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, California. A variety of Elation gear was used to light CBS network’s three main television sets while Elation ELAR Q1 colour-changing PAR lights were mounted in the stage deck for the spectacular Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show.

ISE 2016 – record attendance confirms exhibition as world’s largest AV and systems integration show

17/02/2016 - Event News

The Netherlands – The first four-day Integrated Systems Europe exhibition came to a close on 12th February with a final count of 65,686 registered attendees. This represents a 6,338 (10.7%) increase on the 2015 edition and officially positions ISE as the world’s largest AV and systems integration trade show.

PixelFLEX introduces the reFLEXion LED video display

17/02/2016 - Equipment News

USA – The award-winning LED screen manufacturer PixelFLEX has introduced the reFLEXion LED video display. The free-standing and WI-FI enabled reFLEXion is a lightweight, portable and customisable LED video display solution for any application throughout any commercial, hospitality, retail or entertainment environments.

Sound Designers Worldwide Tap Meyer Sound Leopard for Musical Theatre

17/02/2016 - Production News

Worldwide – Sound designers are specifying the Meyer Sound Leopard linear sound reinforcement system to support a growing number of musical theatre productions in America and Europe alike. With support of six productions on three continents, Leopard is making an impression in the world of musical theatre with its level of clarity, power, and precision.

Clay Paky Mythos Help “Best Time Ever” Bring Variety Back to Network Television

17/02/2016 - Production News

USA – True variety shows have all but disappeared from American television, but if anyone can revive the genre it’s Neil Patrick Harris who headlined the eight-episode “Best Time Ever” live variety series on NBC. Lighting designer Matt Ford of Magic Lantern Creations in Woodland Hills, California selected Clay Paky Mythos fixtures for the rig.

The Design Oasis Sets Stage on Jam Cruise with Chauvet Professional Video Walls

17/02/2016 - Production News

USA – When Abbas Ritscher set sail from Miami on Jam Cruise 14, he paid a little extra attention to the weather charts. “Every time we leave port, the captain always jokes that we ‘expect the weather,’” said the co-owner of The Design Oasis, who has served as the video designer on the popular seaborne music festival for the past five years. “On the previous cruise we got winds that were strong enough to force the cancellation of the night’s last act.”

Palle Palmé Lights Motown Revue Exclusively with GLP

17/02/2016 - Production News

Sweden – The distinguished Swedish lighting designer, Palle Palmé has provided an imaginative lighting design for a pre-Christmas season at Stockholm’s famed Berns Salonger, using exclusively LED fixtures from the GLP impression catalogue.

Hawthorn shines a light on Cambridge nightscape

17/02/2016 - Production News

UK – Creative technical event production company, Hawthorn, is helping to light up Cambridge this February, as it sponsors the annual e-Luminate Cambridge Festival for the fourth time.

Hanieh Motamedian joins Sound Directions Ltd

17/02/2016 - People News

UK – Sound Directions Ltd, Chessington-based UK Distributor for premium brand partners Active Audio, Ashly, Cambridge Sound Management, Fulcrum Acoustics and SoundTube has appointed Hanieh Motamedian in the role of business development manager.

Over 120 Powersoft K10 amplifiers and M-Force powered subwoofers drive audio for Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show

16/02/2016 - Production News

USA Powersoft delivered pristine and reliable audio to a crowd of 71,088 gathered for Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium last week, with over 120 of its K10 high-performance power amplifiers and eight custom subwoofers featuring Powersoft M-System drivers. The pre-game and half-time entertainment portions of the event – powered solely by Powersoft amplifiers – featured energetic performances by Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Beyoncé and Bruno Mars, and reached no less than 111.9 million viewers worldwide.

TiMax at Detroit NAIAS for Fiat Chrysler

16/02/2016 - Production News

USA – The North American International Auto Show held each January in Detroit steers the upcoming year for global car sales. The primary goal of every manufacturer at the show is to create focus and impact for the latest models, ensuring the world is geared up and ready for the latest and greatest from each brand.

Over 300 PR Lighting Fixtures Wow African Handball Nations Crowd

16/02/2016 - Production News

Egypt – More than 300 LED and discharge fixtures from PR Lighting graced the Cairo Stadium Indoor Halls Complex for the inaugural opening of the 22nd 2016 African Handball Cup of Nations Championship, which took place over ten days at the end of January.

Martin Audio CDD Holds Sway for Novus Leisure

16/02/2016 - Project News

UK – Novus Leisure has carried out a major upgrade to its multi-room Sway Bar in London Holborn’s fashionable Great Queen Street, imbuing it with a cool New York vibe.

Maestra Provides SMK Tennis Tournament Technical Production

16/02/2016 - Production News

UAE – Maestra Group has provided a complete turnkey technical solution to the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Saeed Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan (SMK) Emeriti Ladies Tennis Tournament in Abu Dhabi for the second consecutive year.

Pollstar Awards Bandit Lighting Company Of The Year

16/02/2016 - Event News

USA – Pollstar, the renowned trade publication that covers the professional concert industry has awarded Bandit Lites the honour of Lighting Company of the Year at the 27th Annual Pollstar Industry Awards.

High demand for places at Stage|Set|Scenery 2017

16/02/2016 - Event News

Germany – Around 18 months before Stage|Set|Scenery (20th to 22nd June 2017) is due to open its doors bookings are high for places at the international trade show and congress for theatre, film and event technology. Already, 56 per cent of the available floor space has been taken. Compared to 2015 exhibitors have increased the size of their stands by an average six per cent, a positive sign for the show 2017.

Okulus takes Ayrton MagicBlade-R to PVRIS on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

16/02/2016 - Production News

USA – UK-based production design company, Okulus, chose a bank of 40 Ayrton MagicBlade-R fixtures to back the up-and-coming American rock band, PVRIS, on their first-ever televised appearance. The band appeared in January on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show, the longest-running late night chat show on America’s ABC television network, where they were watched by over two million viewers.

HSL Group G-Spot Fleet Now Tops 100 Fixtures

16/02/2016 - Production News

UK – The fast growing HSL Group has confirmed that its inventory of SGM G-Spot IP65-rated LED moving heads has now topped 100 units in addition to the many low-profile SGM architectural LED fixtures in its hire fleet.

Niclen Adds Elation Cuepix Blinders and Colour Pendant to Inventory

16/02/2016 - Production News

Germany’s largest dry hire company, Niclen Moving Lights Systems GmbH, has added Elation Professional Cuepix Series LED blinders and Colour Pendant colour-changing LED luminaires to its inventory of rental stock.

Panasonic Launches 28,000 Lumens Laser Projector Aimed at Rental Market

16/02/2016 - Equipment News

Panasonic has used ISE 2016 to launch the 28,000 lumens PT-RZ31K, the company’s first three-Chip DLP SOLID SHINE laser phosphor projector series, especially designed for large venue applications.

Lumiere London Illuminates the Capital with White Light

16/02/2016 - Production News

UK – Last month, famous landmarks across London were completely transformed with extravagant and colourful lighting displays. These were part of Lumiere London – a free lighting festival which took place across some of the capital’s most iconic spaces. As the complete production solution specialist, White Light was called upon to provide the lighting support for several of the installations.

River in the Sky: Delta Brings the Sounds of the Yangtze to Gatwick Airport

16/02/2016 - Project News

UK – In November 2015, HSBC unveiled ‘the world’s largest interactive sound installation at an airport’ on the 180m long Skybridge at London’s Gatwick Airport. A remarkable project that takes arriving and departing passengers on a sonic journey of 6300km (3900 miles) down China’s Yangtze river in two minutes, Delta Sound played a major role in the installation’s design and installation.

ETC ColorSource PARs for Dommelhof Neerpelt theatre

15/02/2016 - Project News

Belgium – The Dommelhof theatre in the north eastern Belgian town of Neerpelt has invested in 36 ETC ColorSource PAR LED fixtures, with help from ETC’s Benelux dealer, FACE. The lighting is already being used as a fixed installation in the building’s atrium and as a flexible addition to the main lighting rig.

Guang Jian Gao, China’s leading set designer, to give keynote lecture at Pro Light + Sound

15/02/2016 - Event News

Guang Jian Gao, Designer-in-Chief and Art Director at the Chinese National Centre of Performing Arts in Beijing, will speak at Prolight + Sound 2016. The internationally renowned theatre expert will hold a keynote lecture covering his many years of experience as a set designer and offering interesting expert knowledge for the sector. The lecture will be held in Forum.0 of Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre on Thursday, 7th April 2016 at 15:30.

Robe Goes to Music School

15/02/2016 - Production News

Israel – Music School is a highly successful Israeli reality TV programme broadcast on national Channel 2, where 16 young people get the chance to be mentored and trained by four professional singers, giving their talents an opportunity to shine through.

Protec uses d3 Technologies and BlackTrax with Barco and Christie projectors to deliver real-time projection tracking for the Opening Ceremony of WAG 2015

15/02/2016 - Production News

UAE – Protec, the region’s largest event rental company used its BlackTrax real-time motion tracking system and its d3 Technologies’ 4x4pro media servers to deliver some complex projection mapping for the grand opening ceremony for the World Air Games 2015 held at Sky Dive Dubai.

Elation Platinum FLX Rings in 2016 on “Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution”

12/02/2016 - Production News

USA – Lighting designer Tom Kenny turned to Elation Professional’s new Platinum FLX hybrid moving head to light “Pitbull's New Year’s Revolution” television special, broadcast live on Fox television to a nationwide audience on New Year’s Eve.

Cankarjev Dom Gets The Pointe

12/02/2016 - Project News

Slovenia – Cankarjev Dom is the largest – and one of the busiest – Slovenian convention, congress and culture centres. Named after Slovenian writer and social-democrat politician Ivan Cankar, it is has seven venues, ranging from the largest 1500-1600 capacity Gallus Hall utilised for major concerts and high profile TV recordings, through to a rooftop club used for jazz nights and lounge events.

Adlib to stage Audio Excellence Day at London Forum with Coda and DiGiCo

12/02/2016 - Event News

UK – Adlib is staging a ‘Day of Audio Excellence’ at the O2 Forum venue in London’s Kentish Town, on Wednesday 2nd March 2016, in association with CODA Audio and DiGiCo.

PixelFLEX Hits All Targets on the If/Then Tour Video Design

12/02/2016 - Production News

USA – A contemporary musical that follows the life of a city planner rebuilding and restarting her life in New York City, If/Then enjoyed a successful run on Broadway and has now embarked on its inaugural tour starring Tony-Award winner Idina Menzel. In preparing the production to travel across North America, projection designers Peter Nigrini and Dan Scully were asked to reimagine the original production with a new projection and LED video component that would allow the tour to maintain the same visually dynamic impact as the original design. Working with event technology provider WorldStage, Nigrini and Scully identified and implemented a unique LED video design comprised of 22 FLEXCurtain HD LED screens from PixelFLEX.

MGG Invests in Kinesys

12/02/2016 - Production News

South Africa – The first South African rental company to invest in Kinesys automation is MGG, based in Linbropark, Johannesburg. MGG was founded by Mark Gaylard in early 1998, and has grown into one of the leading production solutions facilities in the country.

ArKaos PRO Rocks at Badlands Pawn

12/02/2016 - Production News

USA – ArKaos MediaMaster PRO has been chosen for a unique installation in a very individual venue in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

USITT Expands Diversity Sessions for 2016 in Salt Lake

12/02/2016 - Event News

USA - As part of its initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in entertainment production, USITT is offering new sessions on accessibility and the arts at USITT 2016 in Salt Lake City March 16-19.

Fetty Wap Rolls with Rogues

12/02/2016 - Production News

USA – To say that Fetty Wap’s career has taken off like a rocket since he burst on the music scene in February 2014 is akin to suggesting that Star Wars The Force Awakens drew a nice crowd at its opening. In the entire history of popular music, only two artists have seen their first three singles occupy top 11 positions on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart at the same time. Fetty Wap is one; the Beatles are the other.

Sennheiser increases its focus on Austria and Eastern Europe with partner acquisition

12/02/2016 - Business News

Austria – Sennheiser has acquired the business of Vienna-based distributor, Grothusen Audio Video Vertriebs Ges.m.b.H., and has founded a new sales subsidiary, Sennheiser Austria GmbH. Sennheiser co-CEOs Daniel and Dr. Andreas Sennheiser announced the signing of the contract on February 8th. The new company will commence operations on 1st April.

Meyer Sound Constellation at Casino de Montreal: “An Unparalleled Entertainment Experience”

12/02/2016 - Project News

Canada – After a top-to-bottom renovation, the recently reopened Cabaret du Casino at Casino de Montreal now features Canada’s largest Meyer Sound Constellation acoustic system. The new system allows the 616-capacity venue the flexibility to host a wide variety of events, providing ideal acoustics for everything from evening dinner shows and rock-style musicals to boxing matches, corporate events, and the upcoming World Series of poker.

The Warehouse Supports Audio Students at Celtic Connections on Campus

12/02/2016 - Production News

UK - An audio system supplied by pro audio specialists, The Warehouse Sound Services Ltd, hit all the right notes at the inaugural Celtic Connections on Campus concert series produced by Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) this month.

The End of Longing Opens with White Light

11/02/2016 - Production News

UK - Opening at The Playhouse Theatre in London’s West End, The End of Longing marks the playwriting debut of Friends star Matthew Perry, who also takes on the lead role. The play is set in modern-day Los Angeles and follows the story of four people searching for meaning as they enter their 40s. White Light was asked to provide the lighting for the production, further establishing the company’s position as the West End’s leading lighting supplier.

Bubbas 33 Serves Great Food with Great Sound

11/02/2016 - Project News

USA - Bubbas 33 is a chain of family-friendly sports restaurants known for made-from-scratch pizza and fresh-ground burgers. Its restaurants feature spaces designed for everything from after-work happy-hour to little-league victory celebrations.

“Just plug in and go”: Hilton College Theatre invests in a dot2 core

11/02/2016 - Project News

South Africa – Hilton College nestling in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands hills north of Durban is certainly an incredible setting for one of South Africa’s most exclusive boys’ boarding schools set in a large estate with its own wildlife reserve. Hilton College has its own theatre on campus – which is the proud owner of a new dot2 core console from MA Lighting.

ETC has a new power controls product manager

11/02/2016 - People News

USA – The lighting world is changing quickly, and ETC is leading the charge with the development of power control equipment to prepare clients for the future. To continue its leadership in this field, ETC has promoted Ned Keitt-Pride (pictured) to the role of power controls product manager. In his new role, Keitt-Pride will work with ETC’s power controls development team to bring new products to the industry, and he will be responsible for promoting those products and educating end users.

Bandit Launches Touring Season with grandMA Console Purchases

11/02/2016 - Production News

USA – Due to the incredible increasing demand of the upcoming year, Bandit Lites recently added several grandMA 2 consoles, grandMA 2 Lites and grandMA2 NPUs to their touring inventory as spring tours gear up and prepare to load out. North American distributor A.C.T. Lighting facilitated the purchase.

Clay Paky Lights Up the Competition on La Banda

11/02/2016 - Production News

USA – La Banda, the new contest to find singers for the next Latino boy band, just wrapped its first season on Univision wowing audiences with the talent of young competitors from across Latin America. Clay Paky Mythos and Sharpy lighting fixtures amped up the excitement of the live show.

The Observatory North Park Upgrades to Adamson

11/02/2016 - Project News

USA – The Observatory North Park in San Diego has quickly gained recognition for both the eclectic assortment of well-known and up-and-coming bands that it hosts as well as the quality of their sound reinforcement. The new Adamson S10 line array system was recently designed and installed by Sound Image, located in nearby Escondido, CA.

dLive Manages European Premiere with Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra

11/02/2016 - Production News

UK – Allen & Heath’s dLive digital mixing system was selected to manage FOH duties for the European premiere of Pokémon Symphonic Evolutions presented by Princeton Entertainment and U-Live, performed by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra at the Eventim Apollo Hammersmith in London.

Huge Success for BMFL in the French Market

10/02/2016 - Production News

Over 300 Robe BMFL fixtures were sold to the French market in the few months since the formation of Robe’s new French subsidiary, Robe Lighting France SAS.

Community’s Leading R SERIES Expands with Three New Models at ISE

10/02/2016 - Equipment News

Community’s R SERIES loudspeakers are the world’s standard for exceptional audio performance in extreme weather conditions. Now, two new full-range R-MAX models and a high-output R-MAX bass horn offer premium music reproduction at high output levels, while improving the legendary voice intelligibility of R SERIES. These new loudspeakers offer consistent coverage patterns, smooth frequency response, and very high output levels making them ideally suited for sporting venues, race tracks, outdoor theatres, themed entertainment and water parks and high-level voice warning systems.

Martin Audio Introduces CDD Weatherised at ISE

10/02/2016 - Event News

The Netherlands – Martin Audio has extended its award-winning CDD install series with the introduction of weatherised variants (CDD-WR). Announced at ISE 2016, the line extension will start to ship from early April.

GLS Supplies Magic Lighting and Automation for Motörhead final tour

10/02/2016 - Production News

Worldwide – Southampton-based lighting rental company GLS supplied lighting equipment and crew to Motörhead’s final “Bad Magic” tour which ended in Berlin in December.

d&b audiotechnik installed in Amsterdam Muziekgebouw Concert Hall

10/02/2016 - Project News

The Netherlandsd&b audiotechnik's Column loudspeakers featuring Mechanical Beam Steering have been installed in Amsterdam's famous Muziekgebouw aan het IJ by Ampco Flashlight Sales.

Ampco Flashlight Sales showcases latest products at ISE

10/02/2016 - Event News

The NetherlandsNetherlands-based Ampco Flashlight Sales showcases the latest state-of-the-art products from its stable of high-end brands at ISE Amsterdam, on stands 7K175 and 7K182 in ISE Hall 7.

Globull Glows With Chauvet

10/02/2016 - Project News

Switzerland The picturesque town of Bulle in the Canton of Freibourg is nestled in the rocky hills that separate the French and German-speaking regions of Swizerland. Bulle, a regional economic hub, is also home to Globull, one of Swizerland’s most popular and cutting-edge nightclubs.

Panasonic brings the brightness to ISE 2016

10/02/2016 - Event News

The Netherlands – A 28,000 lumens laser projector, a 1.8mm bezel videowall display and the industry’s most compact, 10,000 lumens laser one-chip DLP projector are among the innovations exhibited by Panasonic at ISE 2016 in Amsterdam.

HK Audio unveils new LINEAR passive speakers at ISE 2016

10/02/2016 - Event News

The NetherlandsHK Audio debuted its new LINEAR 5 LTS passive mid/high unit and LINEAR SUB 4000 subwoofer at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2016 show in Amsterdam on 9th February.

Clay Paky awakens the force at Star Wars Dublin premiere

10/02/2016 - Production News

Ireland – Clay Paky SuperSharpys have transformed Dublin’s iconic city-centre sculpture, the Spire, into a 398-foot lightsaber to celebrate the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Tracerco sees the HD future with Hiperwall

10/02/2016 - Project News

UK – Videowall specialist Saville Audio Visual has added its dynamic HD technology to the headquarters of one of the UK’s leading oil and gas technology companies.

Middlesex University Goes Green with White Light

10/02/2016 - Project News

UK – Middlesex University in London boasts a strong performing arts department and was eager to upgrade both its Ravensfield Theatre and Dance Studio space. Whilst state-of-the-art equipment was a necessity, so was the need to be environmentally-friendly, with the university determined to be as green as possible and change their previous lighting equipment to LED only. As a result, they approached White Light to purchase the perfect set-up.

Barco sets the standard at 13,000 lumens with the world’s smallest and lightest 4K laser phosphor projector

10/02/2016 - Event News

The Netherlands – Barco is launching the F90 series, a brand-new portfolio of DLP laser phosphor projectors for the ProAV and events market. Featuring a laser phosphor light source, the projectors offer up to 13,000 lumens brightness and long lifetime with reduced total cost of ownership. The first two models launched at ISE 2016 offer 4K UHD and WUXGA native resolution. The WUXGA F90-W13 will be shipping from early Q3 2016 onwards, and the 4K UHD F90-4K13 will be commercially available from Q4 2016.

Allen & Heath Launches New Installation Mixers

10/02/2016 - Equipment News

Allen & Heath has launched two new installation mixers, the GR3 and GR4, designed to provide simple yet comprehensive control of programme audio and announcements for multiple zones in bars, restaurants, stores and other leisure and retail environments. Highly configurable, the GR3 and GR4 are ideally suited to applications requiring multiple input sources and specific priority settings.

Sennheiser expands professional conferencing range at ISE 2016

10/02/2016 - Event News

The Netherlands – Sennheiser is participating at this year’s ISE, taking place from February 9th - 12th in Amsterdam. The audio specialist will be launching its new wireless conferencing solution, TeamConnect Wireless. One of two new additions to the TeamConnect family, TeamConnect Wireless delivers excellent sound quality and unmatched ease of use in a portable system for up to 24 participants. Sennheiser will also be launching TeamConnect Ceiling, an innovative ceiling mounted array microphone for fixed installations. Visitors to the Sennheiser booth (Hall 2, booth Nr. A45) can also experience the wide range of professional products for business communications and conferences, including its newly upgraded SpeechLine digital wireless microphone solutions, and Speakerphone series.

European Launch of New I SERIES Compact and Weather-Resistant Models at ISE

09/02/2016 - Event News

The Netherlands – Community expands the system design versatility of its flagship I SERIES Engineered Loudspeaker Systems on stand 7-N210 at ISE 2016 with the addition of five new Compact models, and Weather-Resistant options featuring breakthrough PolyGlas outdoor enclosure technology.

“Easy learning curve”: DSC Design selects MA Lighting’s dot2 XL-F console for Performing Arts Magnet High School

09/02/2016 - Project News

USA – When a magnet high school for the performing arts in the San Francisco Bay area needed to upgrade its theatre it called on DSC Design of Novato, California to design an upgraded lighting system. DSC Design specified an all-LED lighting design and a new dot2 XL-F lighting console from MA Lighting.

DiGiCo S21 settles in at Wincraft Studios

09/02/2016 - Production News

UK – James Towler is an award winning mixer, producer and engineer. He has worked with Steve Winwood for the past 19 years, both as his live and studio engineer, and is manager of Winwoods’ Wincraft Studios in Gloucestershire. At the end of last year, he invested in a DiGiCo S21 mixing console, which he purchased through HD Pro Audio primarily for live performances, but he has found it just as useful in the studio.

Slaves Satisfied with Colour Sound

09/02/2016 - Production News

UK – Colour Sound Experiment supplied lighting for punk duo Slaves most recent tour which culminated in a highly animated show at Brixton Academy in London, with lighting created by Francis Clegg part of design collective MIRRAD.

USITT Appoints Eileen Curley as TD&T Editor

09/02/2016 - People News

USA - USITT announces the appointment of Eileen Curley, Ph.D., as the new editor-in-chief of Theatre Design & Technology. Curley is an associate professor of English at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. She fills a vacancy after the retirement of former TD&T Editor David Rodger.

Paul Whiting Retires from Sennheiser

09/02/2016 - People News

Germany – Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. has announced the retirement of Paul Whiting, resident of strategic collaborations. A familiar face in the audio industry, Paul leaves Sennheiser enjoying a much higher profile in the professional audio, consumer and intergrated systems industries than it did when he joined the company more than 25 years ago.

Mark Carver and Bandit Light Trumpet Awards

09/02/2016 - Production News

USA – A winter storm couldn’t stop the prestigious 24th Annual Trumpet Awards which celebrates and honours African American achievers and those who support the African American experience. Bandit Lites provided the lighting package for the event which took place 23rd January at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, and honours accomplishments in diverse fields including law, medicine, business, politics, the arts, civil rights, sports, entrepreneurship, entertainment and other careers.

Showline SL BEAM 300 FX luminaires help take ARIA to Wonderland

09/02/2016 - Production News

USA – The ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas features a technologically advanced convention and event operation that each year hosts an extravagant New Year’s Eve celebration. Ringing in 2016 for VIP and invited guests, event producers wanted to take the night to Wonderland winding down the proverbial rabbit hole so they reached out to PRG and Vickie Claiborne, lighting and digital media product specialist, for the lighting design. During the planning stages, she was asked to accentuate the interaction between the audience and the performers, so she chose the small yet powerfully creative Showline SL 300 BEAM FX LED luminaire from Philips Entertainment for the task.

Chvrches UK Tour with Support from PRG XL Video

09/02/2016 - Production News

UK – Working with acclaimed production designers, Louis Oliver and James Scott of Okulus Design, PRG XL Video supplied lighting, rigging, and video for Chvrches most recent UK tour.

SGM Deutschland celebrates opening of new facilities in Cologne

09/02/2016 - Business News

Germany – Managing directors of SGM Deutschland, Michael Herweg and Thorsten Sattler, invited customers, suppliers, neighbours, friends and the press to officially open new office premises for SGM Deutschland in Cologne. Peter Johansen, SGM CEO joined from HQ in Denmark to celebrate this milestone in the company history with the German team.

Christie introduces Pandoras Box Version 5.9 Media Server from coolux for faster workflow, more efficient operation and versatility

09/02/2016 - Event News

The Netherlands – Christie continues to strengthen the flexibility of its award-winning Pandoras Box media server system with the introduction of Pandoras Box Version 5.9. This latest evolution provides faster, more intuitive operation with a wider range of options, compatibility and user-friendly workflow solutions, unleashing the full potential of the system’s powerful rendering engine. Features include a standalone Kiosk Mode, a completely redesigned Patch-Tab, the addition of a Cues Tab for an overview of all cues, and an optimised Pandoras Box Codec.

Gil Teichman and the Art of Light with Robe

08/02/2016 - Production News

Israel – Gil Teichman is one of the most flamboyant figures on the Israeli lighting design and production scene – innovative, creative, sometimes controversial, uncompromisingly ‘hands-on’ in every design job, the LD and ‘light artist’ is a larger than life character in every sense of the word. He is also a regular investor in Robe products.

One Big Week for Robe in NYC

08/02/2016 - Production News

USA – As New Yorkers celebrated the arrival of 2016, several thousand EDM fans rocked out at Big Week NYC, a series of concerts produced by RPM Presents and staged at Pier 94 and Pier 36 in the city’s famous waterfront area. Performances by international artists like Rudimental, Nicky Romero, Knife Party, Future, Travis Scott, local heroes Chainsmokers, and young Dutch rising star Oliver Heldens were illuminated by Robe fixtures selected by Kevin Mignone, owner of New York-based KM Productions.

LD Andrew Liddle tours New Order with an Avolites Arena

08/02/2016 - Production News

UK British band New Order's recent UK and European tour in support of their latest album, Music Complete, featured a vibrant lighting design controlled via an Avolites Arena console.

Let the games begin

08/02/2016 - Event News

Written by Marshall Bissett

Audio Systems del Norte Invests in Pointes

08/02/2016 - Production News

Mexico – One of Mexico’s major full technical production and rental companies, Audio Systems del Norte based in Monterrey, capital and largest city of the north eastern state of Nuevo León, has invested in its first Robe moving lights, – 24 Pointes.

Outline Debuts Vegas 24 and Displays Interactive Measurement Lab

08/02/2016 - Event News

The Netherlands - Famed Italian loudspeaker manufacturer Outline showcases a selection of point source and line array loudspeaker lines and an interactive loudspeaker measurement display at ISE 2016 Amsterdam booth #7-E220.

Super Sound: The Meyer Sound Connection at Super Bowl 50

08/02/2016 - Production News

USA – Sound reinforcement systems from Bay Area audio innovator Meyer Sound are playing a supporting role in Super Bowl 50 festivities, the biggest Super Bowl week ever celebrated and one that the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee calls “uniquely Bay Area.”

Elite Multimedia matches the musicality of BANKS on “The Madness Tour”

08/02/2016 - Production News

USA – With the release of her first full-length album Goddess, the R&B sensation BANKS recently embarked on “The Madness Tour” playing alongside The Weeknd and selling-out houses across North America. To create a soulful lighting design that would best accentuate the passionate singer/songwriter, her management team approached Gordon Droitcour and Erik Anderson with Cour Design. Working with lighting designer Darien Koop, Droitcour and Anderson eagerly accepted the opportunity to work with the indie artist, and to do so they once again enlisted the assistance of the Nashville-based tour provider Elite Multimedia.

Multiple Product Launches From Preco at BVE

08/02/2016 - Event News

UK – Preco provides multiple UK product launches from their portfolio of exclusively distributed brands. A new control surface from Logitek is to be launched alongside the first UK showing of their Jetstream Plus audio over IP hub and router. Tieline’s latest offering a new portable 3G/4G portable IP codec is also due to be launched. The new D&R Airlite, USB a radio broadcast mixing console will be seen at BVE for the first time as well as the new redesigned D&R Aircast radio automation software. AVT’s newly launched THipPro talkshow management system with social media integration also makes its UK introduction at the show.

PLAYdifferently

08/02/2016 - Business News

Richie Hawtin and highly-regarded British product developer Andy Rigby-Jones have spoken about their upcoming technology collaboration and revealed more details about the project, “PLAYdifferently.”

Maestra Group Invests in New Technology for London and Dubai

08/02/2016 - Project News

London and Dubai-based Maestra Group, specialist in premium event production, design and solutions, has made a large investment in new sound, AV and lighting equipment for 2016, which also follows the launch of the new Maestra London office on 4th January.

DirectOut presents several new updates at ISE 2016

08/02/2016 - Event News

The Netherlands – German connectivity specialist, DirectOut, will be presenting a number of updates to its existing product range at ISE 2016. All updates are available for download from the DirectOut website at www.directout.eu

DPA Microphones Captures Hilarious Audio for Comedy Central's Series, Not Safe with Nikki Glaser

08/02/2016 - Production News

USA When Production Sound Mixer Daniel S. McCoy, CAS, owner and operator of ToneMesa, Inc., a Los Angeles-based location and post-production audio company, was tasked with recording all of the frank, funny and honest field audio for the new Comedy Central Series, Not Safe With Nikki Glaser, he turned to DPA Microphones’ d:screet 4098 Supercardioid Microphones.

Harlequin support for Dance City at 30

08/02/2016 - Event News

UK – Harlequin support for Dance City at 30 Harlequin Floors managing director, Guy Dagger was at Dance City’s Harlequin sponsored anniversary gala event recently, to congratulate everyone on a successful 30 years of delivering amazing dance opportunities.

TiMax Helps Drive Car Demand in Frankfurt

08/02/2016 - Production News

Germany – At the recent 165th IAA motor show in Frankfurt, experiential sound design company PaniX GbR responded to specific client demands for “surround sound to follow video content” by employing TiMax audio showcontrol and 3D audio animation capabilities for the exhibits and conferences of two separate auto brands.

Barco expands rental projector portfolio with three-chip DLP 4K UHD 19,000-lumen unit

08/02/2016 - Equipment News

Barco is broadening its successful HDX projector portfolio for large venues and events with a three-chip DLP, 19,000-lumen model that offers 4K UHD resolution with superb image quality. The HDX-4K20 FLEX shares its lens range, ease of use, and modularity with the other HDX models. What’s more, for higher versatility, the functionalities of Barco’s unique FLEX feature have been expanded to offer both flexible brightness and flexible resolution on the new HDX-4K20 FLEX model. Shipping in June 2016, the HDX-4K20 FLEX is the first HDX projector with 4K resolution that’s being introduced, followed by the HDX-4K12 and HDX-4K14 models later this year.

Clay Paky delivers ultimate impact on Knockout Circuz

08/02/2016 - Production News

Australia – Indoor ‘hardstyle’ festival Knockout Circuz returned to iconic Sydney venue The Hordern Pavilion at the end of last year, with lighting designer Arian Yeganeh creating a spectacular eight-hour light show using Clay Paky Mythos, Stormy and Sharpy fixtures.

Philips Strand Lighting NEO Console goes on tour with Classical Ballet Moscow

08/02/2016 - Production News

Italy The Classical Ballet Moscow recently completed an extensive tour of Italy and Sicily featuring a beautifully emotive lighting design programmed on a Philips Strand Lighting NEO lighting control console.

White Light Supports Children on the Edge Charity Fundraiser

05/02/2016 - Production News

UK – For more than 25 years, the charity Children on the Edge has helped marginalised and forgotten children living on the edge of their societies. Working in partnership with local communities, they create safe, friendly environments to ensure that those who may possibly be ignored receive the childhood they deserve. The organisation is constantly looking to raise funds to support its work and recently held a fundraising evening as part of Chichester Festival Theatre’s Winter Season. With its strong reputation in theatre, along with its frequent charity work, White Light was asked to provide its support on this occasion.

CLD Provides LED Solution for Cool Pool

05/02/2016 - Project News

UK – Hastings-based LED lighting specialist CLD, part of the Penn Elcom Group, has supplied Osram Colormix Protect Flex IP67 rated LED tape, complete with drivers, to a spectacular swimming pool lighting installation at a private residence in Northamptonshire.

High End Systems and LightParts Announce Updated Service Agreement For HES Legacy Parts

05/02/2016 - Business News

High End Systems and LightParts have announced an updated agreement between the companies for service and repair of High End’s Legacy Products. Since their inception over a decade ago, LightParts has served as the authorised service provider for the automated lighting manufacturer’s early fixtures. Products such as Intellabeam, Emulator and Dataflash raised the bar for performance in the industry by continuing to operate decades after their introduction, in part due to LightParts continued service and support of these fixtures.

Axiom Raises the Bar at Nizhny Tagil's Famous Drama Theatre

05/02/2016 - Project News

Russia – A new Axiom line array system has been installed at the D. Mamin-Sibiryal Drama Theatre in Nizhny Tagil.

Christie expands Velvet family with Apex Series of narrow-pitch LED tiles

05/02/2016 - Event News

The Netherlands – Christie has launched its Christie Velvet Apex Series of LED tiles featuring 1.2 and 1.6mm pixel pitches. Part of the Christie Velvet family, Apex Series is designed for 24/7 critical viewing applications including command and control rooms, and high security surveillance monitoring. Apex Series’ high impact visuals are also suitable for corporate lobbies, museums, large-scale experiences, as well as an indoor advertising and high-end retail applications.

ETC names new regional manager for the Middle East

05/02/2016 - People News

To continue its dedication to supporting the lighting and stage technology markets in the Middle East, ETC is introducing Darren Beckley as its new regional manager for the area. He brings to ETC many years of experience working in the industry and across the Middle East.

Chauvet Professional Rogues Reflect Many Facets of Kevin Hart UK Tour

05/02/2016 - Production News

UK Kevin Hart is one of the most in-demand comedians in Hollywood, having starred in countless films such as Think Like a Man and About Last Night, in addition to several TV and stand-up appearances. Thanks to his acerbic and at times self-deprecating wit, as well as his flair for shifting the direction of his shows with apparent ease, he’s also been making considerable waves on the other side of the pond.

AC-ET Showcases Exclusive & Leading Technologies at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2016 Show

05/02/2016 - Event News

The Netherlands – A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd., a one-stop supplier of leading-brand solutions for systems integration, is showcasing a selection of the very latest products available from its vast portfolio of over 200 marques and five specialist sales divisions. All on stand 7-A220 at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2016 trade show, RAI, Amsterdam from the 9th - 12th February.

Philips Strand Lighting 500ML console delivers 'awesome' control on KARAT

04/02/2016 - Production News

Germany German rock legends KARAT's recent acoustic tour featured an old school rock & roll floor package lighting design by LD Michael Kiefert programmed on the latest addition to the Philips Strand Lighting line of consoles, the 500ML.

“Really keen on going down the MA route”: dot2 XL-F for dB Audio Namibia

04/02/2016 - Project News

Namibia, known for the desolate beauty of its deserts and sand dunes, amazing wildlife and rich mineral resources is also a stable, socially integrated country with a great energy and sense of the future. The first dot2 XL-F lighting console has recently entered the country, a new investment by leading full production solution and rental company, dB Audio Namibia, based in capital Windhoek.

Grammy Nominee Party Celebrates with Bandit Lites

04/02/2016 - Production News

USA – With only weeks away until the music industry gathers for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, Nashville’s Grammy chapter gathered for an evening of celebration with nominees such as Little Big Town, Ashley Monroe, Point of Grace and Mr. Talkbox. Bandit Lites provided a lighting package for the event with Chris Lisle Lighting Design and Erik Parker as programmer.

Rob Brown Joins Corporate Team at PRG XL Video

04/02/2016 - People News

UK – PRG XL Video, the leading supplier of lighting, video and rigging technology for events and entertainment, is pleased to announce Rob Brown has joined its corporate team as a senior account manager, based at the company’s Hemel Hempstead location.

NATEAC announces Sessions List

04/02/2016 - Event News

USA – The North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference (NATEAC) is pleased to announce the panel line-up for its upcoming conference.

Ascot Structures win ‘Best Temporary Structure’ at the Festival Supplier Awards 2016

04/02/2016 - Event News

UK – The Festival Supplier Awards took place on 28th January 2016, at London’s Hurlingham Club. With 24 awards presented in total, Ascot Structures was delighted to receive the accolade of ‘Best Temporary Structure’ for its work at BBC Proms in the Park and Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park last September. Working on behalf of Festival Republic and the BBC, Ascot Structures created a bespoke VIP hospitality structure for the event.

Sam & Mark’s Big Friday Wind-Up Creates New Looks With Chauvet Professional Nexus

04/02/2016 - Production News

UK – Since 2011, Sam & Mark's Big Friday Wind-Up has been a highly rated programme in the all-important 5:30pm after-school slot on British children's entertainment channel CBBC. Presented by the popular duo Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes, the show is all about fun and games, giving children in the audience the opportunity to get back at their parents through various pranks. However, when it comes to creating clean crisp looks on the set, this nationally aired program is strictly serious, as evidenced by the sleek looking design created by LD Lee Allen that features 48 Chauvet Professional Nexus 4x4 LED panels supplied by Richard Martin Lighting.

Grif Palmer named Vice President of Sales for PixelFLEX

04/02/2016 - People News

USA – The multi award-winning LED video display manufacturer PixelFLEX has announce the appointment of Grif Palmer as its new vice president of sales. With a wealth of industry knowledge and experience, Palmer will oversee the day-to-day operations of the PixelFLEX sales team while implementing the sales strategies necessary to keep pace with the increased market demand for the innovative line of PixelFLEX LED video technologies.

Avolites Ai S4 server perfectly video maps theatre in new Huawei Watch ad

04/02/2016 - Production News

UK A new advert for the Android and iOS-compatible Huawei Watch features a projection mapped disused theatre space powered by Avolites Ai S4 servers.

Rodeo FX Wins VES Award for Game of Thrones: City of Volantis

04/02/2016 - Event News

Canada – Rodeo FX has won a Visual Effects Society (VES) Award for its work on Season 5 of Game of Thrones. The award for Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode honoured the studio’s creation of the city of Volantis. Rodeo FX received the award last night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles and can add it to the VES Award it won last year for its work on Birdman.

Bronxville Schools auditorium reborn as versatile theatre

04/02/2016 - Project News

USA – More than 90 years of continual use from graduations, plays, recitals, and assemblies had left the Bronxville Union Free School District auditorium in Bronxville, New York in need of a change. Now, after an extensive renovation by a team that included Theatre Projects, KG&D Architects, and Acoustic Distinctions, the ageing 1920s room has been reborn as an intimate, striking, and versatile theatre, capable of meeting every one of the district’s needs.

Sennheiser shows latest broadcast products at BVE 2016

04/02/2016 - Event News

UK – London’s BVE Show sees audio specialist Sennheiser is showing a number of its latest products for the broadcast market: the new EK 6042 two-channel camera receiver, the AVX wireless microphone systems for video cameras that ensure totally stress-free audio capture and ClipMic digital and MKE 2 digital.

Allen & Heath’s New dLlive Installed in RTV Drenthe in Holland

04/02/2016 - Project News

The Netherlands – Allen & Heath’s new dLive digital mixing system has been installed by popular Dutch regional TV and Radio station, RTV Drenthe.

The O2 Opts for Mojo Barriers

04/02/2016 - Project News

UK The Mojo Barriers' UK office has sold front of stage crowd barrier systems to the The O2, extending its long term relationship with the venue. UK manager Kevin Thorborn states: “This flagship UK venue is passionate about the safety and wellbeing of its audiences. We have rented barriers to them for many years, but this purchase reinforces its commitment to their patrons and artists.

White Light Returns to The Old Vic with The Master Builder

04/02/2016 - Production News

UK – A searing exploration of power, control, death and life, The Master Builder opens at The Old Vic. In this lively new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s classic play, the show stars Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes as master builder Halvard Solnessand and has been adapted by award-winning playwright David Hare. As the leading-lighting supplier to West End theatre, White Light is supplying the equipment on what promises to be an unforgettable production.

Scorpions Strike Gold With Yamaha CL5s

03/02/2016 - Production News

Worldwide – After half a century, German hard rockers the Scorpions are still playing live all over the world and showing no signs of slowing down. Ticket demand for the 60 shows of the band’s 50th Anniversary world tour in 2015 was so great that more than 30 extra dates have (so far) been added for 2016. With Yamaha CL5 digital consoles available to rent wherever they go – even in the Faeroe Islands – the cost and logistics of touring are kept down and the band can continue taking their music to their fans, in even in the most remote territories!

Jo Beaumont-Ward joins CTS

03/02/2016 - People News

UK - PLASA member, Central Theatre Supplies, has announced the appointment of Jo Beaumont-Ward to its management team. Jo, formally of Lancelyn Theatre Supplies (now National Stage Technology) and Stage Electrics, had taken a health break from work but is delighted to be back working within the industry.

Beijing Sound Company Partners with Adamson

03/02/2016 - Production News


China – Beijing Global Visual Culture Development Co. Ltd. (BVGCD) recently purchased a new Adamson sound reinforcement system, making them the latest company to join the Adamson network.

HHB supplies UHI with a hybrid music recording studio

03/02/2016 - Project News


UK – HHB Communications Ltd recently supplied and installed a music production recording system at the Alness campus of North Highland College, part of University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) in Scotland.

Kin Build ‘Fountain of Youth’ Around SGM LT-200 Pixel Tubes

03/02/2016 - Project News

UAE – An SGM LT-200 3D LED light installation has provided an immersive, interactive Fountain of Youth digital waterfall of light for customers at the new TRYANO store in Yas Mall, situated on Abu Dhabi’s fashionable Yas Island.

Sapsis Rigging provides Safety Training for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s The River Tour 2016.

03/02/2016 - Production News

USA – When Morpheus Lights, long-term lighting contractor for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, wanted safety training for The River Tour 2016’s road crew, they put in a call to Bill Sapsis, president of Sapsis Rigging. Bill flew in to tour rehearsals at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA to conduct Fall Arrest and Rescue training for everyone that works at height – including riggers, followspot operators, lighting and video technicians. "It was a pleasure working with head rigger Stoney Stonecypher, Elijah Hodge and the rest of the tech crew.” Bill noted, “Everyone was very engaged in the exercise and we worked out a number of rescue scenarios for the various places where the crew will need to work.

Lee Arena Gets a Community Makeover

03/02/2016 - Project News

USA – Home to the Washburn University Ichabods men's and women's basketball teams, and women's volleyball team, Lee Arena is a 4,150-seat indoor sports venue that draws some of the largest crowds in NCAA Division II. Lee Arena was the first in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association to have a video scoreboard and a digital scorer's table and, in 2015, it received a new, high-performance audio system.

Chauvet Professional Video Panels Build On “Stage Energy” at BMI Trailblazers Awards

03/02/2016 - Production News

USA – The Rialto Center for the Arts has seen its share of inspired performances since it opened its doors in 1916, but it’s doubtful that anything in the 100-year history of this legendary venue ever surpassed the raw energy level at the BMI Trailblazers Awards. Sponsored by the largest music rights organisation in the US, the invitation-only event honoured the outstanding achievers in Gospel Music. The brightest stars in the Gospel genre were there, including Grammy-winning sibling acts, BeBe & CeCe Winans and Mary Mary; so too were R&B stars. Together, they rocked the house during the ceremonies with full-throated renditions of contemporary and classic songs, visually reflected in all their roaring glory by dynamic displays on Chauvet Professional video panels.

USITT Taps Ten Rising Theatre Artists for 2016 Young Designers & Technicians Awards

03/02/2016 - Event News

USA - USITT will recognise ten young technical theatre artists with its 2016 Young Designers & Technicians Awards in the Performing Arts.

Lightsource Adds SGM P-2s to Existing P-5 Hire Fleet

03/02/2016 - Production News

Ireland – When Dublin based Lightsource were looking to replace their existing fleet of LED pars, which were nearing end of life and no longer supported, owner Billy Mahedy’s attention turned last year to SGM’s P-5. “This solved all the problems, giving us everything we wanted and more,” he said. “And because we are expanding a lot more into the outdoor market the versatility of an IP65-rated fixture was perfect.”

HELi Showequipment GmbH Stocks 150 Elation ACL 360i LED Effects and other ACL Series Fixtures

03/02/2016 - Production News

German rental company HELi Showequipment GmbH of Mainz has recently made a purchase of Elation Professional ACL Series narrow-beam LED effect lights. HELI Showequipment has acquired 150 of Elation’s new ACL 360i single-beam moving effects as well as a supply of Elation’s ACL 360 Bar colour-changing bar luminaires with continuous rotation.

Britannia Row Productions at the London Evening Standard Awards

03/02/2016 - Production News

UK – As 2015 drew to a close, it was the turn of The Old Vic in London’s Lambeth to host the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards. This prestigious event, presented in partnership with the renowned West End restaurant, The Ivy, is an opportunity for the theatre community to recognise and applaud the best of the year’s productions and performances. Steering the ceremony was Rob Brydon just a month after starring in the theatre’s first production under its new director Matthew Warchus. He was ably assisted by co-hosts Dame Judi Dench and Sir Ian McKellen along with the Evening Standard’s dynamic owner, Evgeny Lebedev.

The Clarity of DPA Microphones Underpinned Clean Bandit's Tour

03/02/2016 - Production News

Worldwide DPA microphones provided a firm foundation for Clean Bandit's recent tour dates, which took in key cities around the world. The band has garnered both critical acclaim and legions of fans for its clear, detailed sound that combines electronic dance music, live strings and drums.

“Quick, responsive, bullet proof and flexible”: grandMA2 joins Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

03/02/2016 - Production News

UK – Snow White is one of the most famous and enduring fairy tales worldwide. The Brothers Grimm initially published it in 1812 in the first edition of their collection of Grimms' Fairy Tales. The Grimms completed their final revision of the story in 1854. Recently this popular tale was staged by the Hull New Theatre. Produced by Michael Harrison for Qdos Entertainment Ltd. and with a lighting design of Joe Atkins, the show made use of a grandMA2 light for lighting control.

Audinate Celebrates Landmark Dante Licencee and Product Growth at ISE

03/02/2016 - Event News

The NetherlandsAudinate has announced that 275 manufacturers have now adopted Dante, the industry-leading audio over IP networking solution, and that more than 675 Dante-enabled products are now available worldwide. This represents a dramatic 145% increase in the number of commercially available products since ISE last year.

Capital Sound adds d&b to touring inventory

03/02/2016 - Production News

UK – Due to client demand, Capital Sound has added a J-Series d&b system to it loudspeaker inventory. Coming hot on the heals of its investment in Outline’s GTO line array, this investment adds a fourth brand to Capital’s offering and provides an extra dimension to its concert touring packages.

Pining for Robe

02/02/2016 - Production News

UK – Leading theatre lighting designer Johanna Town made the most of Robe’s new DL4S Profile fixture when lighting “Pine” at the Hampstead Theatre in London.

The Music Center Chooses Meyer Sound Leopard for Walt Disney Concert Hall

02/02/2016 - Project News

USA - The Music Center has installed a new Meyer Sound Leopard linear sound reinforcement system in Walt Disney Concert Hall, home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic (LA Phil) and its music and artistic director, Gustavo Dudamel, as well as the Los Angeles Master Chorale and its artistic director, Grant Gershon. Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the 2,265-seat Concert Hall opened in 2003, winning immediate acclaim as one of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world. While the LA Phil relies on the hall’s natural acoustics to perform unamplified, an increasing number of contemporary performances require sound reinforcement. Leopard will support these shows, which include artists such as Herbie Hancock, Dianne Reeves, and Jose Gonzalez in the LA Phil’s 2015-16 season.

Clay Paky at the theatre with Serena Autieri

02/02/2016 - Production News

Italy – Vacanze Romane (Roman Holiday) is back, 12 years after its debut at the Teatro Sistina in Rome. The opening of the 2015-2016 theatre season was entrusted to the notes of this musical, lit by Clay Paky. It was written by Armando Trovajoli and Pietro Garinei, and again starred Serena Autieri and Paolo Conticini. The play is a musical depiction of a generous, dreamy, post-WWII Rome, inspired by the film of the same name by William Wyler, with Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn.

Clay Paky lights the shades of Pintus

02/02/2016 - Production News

Italy – The Trieste-born comedian proudly recalls the Bergamo dates of his tour, each and everyone a sell-out. He was surrounded on stage by some great little co-stars: Clay Paky Sharpys.

TSL Lighting acquires Point Source Productions

02/02/2016 - Business News

UK – TSL Lighting has acquired London-based rental company, Point Source Productions, which will see the teams and rental equipment of both companies being combined at TSL’s premises during February 2016.

New Clay Paky Gear Hits the Road with Bandit Lites

02/02/2016 - Production News

USA – Bandit Lites continues to grow its vast inventory with an acquisition of Clay Paky’s newest and what has been hailed as some of the most innovative gear on the market today.

Something for The Weeknd from Ayrton

02/02/2016 - Production News

USA - The sold-out Madness Fall Tour by Canadian singer, songwriter and record producer, The Weeknd, in support of his third studio album, Beauty Behind the Madness, was a spectacular production, with set and lighting design by LeRoy Bennett of Seven Design Works. It incorporated over 650 lighting fixtures from Ayrton – including ‘every available IntelliPix-R fixture on the planet’ – to help realise a design concept that delivered a multiplicity of looks from the subtly atmospheric to a totally engulfing spectacle.

Theatreplan reseats Helsinki Opera

02/02/2016 - Project News

Finland – Leading international theatre consultancy practice, Theatreplan, has recently completed a major reseating project for the Finnish National Opera House in Helsinki. The original seats were installed in 1993 when the opera building was completed. After meetings with the Opera and inspection of the auditorium, Theatreplan’s Neil Morton recommended a full reseating rather than refurbishment.

Chroma-Q Color One 100s Provide Energy-Efficient Solution to Light Power Station Landmark at Niagara Festival of Lights

02/02/2016 - Production News

Canada – Chroma-Q Color One 100 premium performance, IP65-rated LED PARs have provided a powerful yet energy-efficient lighting solution to beam bold colours, soft pastels and stunning whites onto the massive exterior façade of the Toronto Power Generating Station, playing against the background of the national historic site at Niagara Falls, Ontario.

d&b ArrayProcessing brings harmony to the amphitheatre

02/02/2016 - Production News

Italy – The ancient Roman amphitheatre in Verona was the magnificent setting for Intimissimi on Ice, a sumptuous evening of music and dance on a vast iced stage that covered nearly half the arena floor. Designed in the classical amphitheatre style, the 2,000 year-old stone structure is elliptical in shape, with the outer walls standing about 17 metres in height. The audience was seated in the remaining half of the arena floor and on seating built into the steeply tiered bleachers of the original structure. Beautiful and atmospheric certainly, yet presenting quite a challenge for sound reinforcement.

EXE Rise chain hoist school at The Hoistpital

02/02/2016 - Standards News

UK - Specialist rigging and chain hoist service and inspection centre, The Hoistpital, recently hosted an official EXE Rise training session, held at its premises in Bedford. The training session was specifically for the maintenance team from Neg Earth who own a substantial quantity of EXE Rise chain hoists in both 1120kg and 2000kg capacity.

Josh Graham joins LMC Audio Birmingham in his new role as Technical Sales

02/02/2016 - People News

UK – Josh Graham joins LMC with a background in sound engineering and cycle retail, the skills from which he looks forward to incorporating into his role at the pro audio sales company.

First Rush UK Trampoline Park Equipped with Martin Audio CDD

02/02/2016 - Project News

UK – Set on a 30,000 sq ft industrial site in High Wycombe, Rush UK’s first Trampoline Park incorporates a series of jumping activities with wall-to-wall interconnected trampolines, climbing challenges, two dodgeball courts, two basketball hoop lanes, a gigantic foam pit and a ninja challenge course.

HHB celebrates 40th anniversary

02/02/2016 - Business News

UK – 2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of HHB Communications, which was founded on 1st February 1976, starting as a local live sound company.

The Music Consortium at Production Park

02/02/2016 - Business News

UK - The Music Consortium is Production Park’s newest tenant, moving its operations from Hull and Leeds to a combined headquarters at Studio 001 within the Park.

Brilliant Stages Moves to Production Park

02/02/2016 - Business News

UK - Brilliant Stages, run by managing director and co-founder Tony Bowern has been making bespoke stages and sets since the early 80’s for the likes of Muse, Take That and the Rolling Stones.

Backstage Academy expand its team in preparation for University bid

02/02/2016 - People News

UK - The Backstage Academy has seen several new appointments over the past few months, gearing them up for the next phase in their expansion, application for university titleship, and to meet the needs of greater student numbers.

Showlight - Call for Papers

01/02/2016 - Event News

Italy - The Showlight Quadrennial is one of the few international events organised specifically for lighting professionals by lighting professionals across the performance, television, film, architectural and event worlds. Taking place every four years, Showlight 2017 celebrates the 10th presentation of this eagerly-awaited lighting colloquium.

Yamaha Expands CIS Loudspeaker Range with new VXS3 Surface Mount and EN54-24 Certified Ceiling Models

01/02/2016 - Equipment News

Yamaha’s flexible Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS) range has been expanded with the new VXS3 surface mount loudspeakers, which are specifically designed for small to mid-sized installations with a focus on background music (BGM) applications, and new EN54-24 Certified VXC series ceiling loudspeakers.

New Flexible Mixer and Power Amplifiers For Yamaha CIS Range

01/02/2016 - Equipment News

The ongoing expansion of Yamaha’s flexible Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS) range continues with a pair of new mixer and power amplifiers, which provide customers with an even greater number of options to configure a sound reinforcement system that precisely matches their needs.

Yamaha Introduces DCH8 Hub

01/02/2016 - Equipment News

Yamaha’s Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS) range has been expanded with the introduction of the DCH8 Digital Controller Hub, which allows multiple control lines for the DCP series Digital Control Panel units to be connected to a Yamaha MRX7-D signal processor or MTX series matrix processor.

ETC LEDs give Martha Graham’s classic works a modern makeover

01/02/2016 - Production News

China – American dancer Martha Graham reinvented the art of modern dance, and her influence can be seen throughout all dance forms. Her troupe, the Martha Graham Dance Company, recently toured China, giving audiences new insight into 20th century American culture. For performances at the Shanghai Grand Theatre (SGT), lighting designer Nick Hung added a new dimension to Graham’s classics by using numerous Source Four LED fixtures controlled by a Gio lighting control system. ETC’s Chinese dealer, Hangzhou YiDaShi Lighting Equipment Co., Ltd., also played a significant role in the event, by providing technical support for the show.

Mojo Barriers European Restructure

01/02/2016 - People News

Alex Borger (pictured) has been promoted as director at Mojo Barriers as part of a restructure, January 2016.

dLive Keeps Regal Company at O2 Arena

01/02/2016 - Production News

UK – Allen & Heath’s new dLive mixing system appeared at London’s O2 arena recently, with King Charles supporting Mumford & Sons on their UK tour.

Madonna Rebels With DiGiCo

01/02/2016 - Production News

Madonna, renowned for her elaborate complex productions, and exacting standards, has chosen a pair of DiGiCo SD7s to deliver equally exacting audio for her Rebel Heart Tour.

The Stage Awards 2016: winners announced

01/02/2016 - Event News

The world's oldest and best theatre publication, The Stage, has announced the winners of its annual The Stage Awards at a ceremony at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

Clay Paky reaches great heights with SuperSharpy

01/02/2016 - Production News

UK – Lighting designer James Bawn has employed the Clay Paky SuperSharpy to play an instrumental role in a range of recent architectural projects, including projecting light over vast distances from the iconic Victoria Tower in Huddersfield and a special one-night installation at the Halifax Transmitting Tower.

Unusual Rigging highly commended at prestigious Circulars 2016 Awards

01/02/2016 - Business News

UK – Unusual Rigging has been highly commended for its efforts in implementing a circular economy in The Circulars 2016 Awards. The Circulars, the world's premier circular economy award programme, offers recognition to individuals and organisations across the world that have made a notable contribution to driving circular economy principles – where growth doesn't depend on the use of scarce natural resources. Unusual Rigging has been shortlisted from thousands of entries to receive the commendation in the 'Ecolab Award for Circular Economy Enterprise'.