News Archive for May 2016

Robe BMFLs are a Key to Eurovision 2016

31/05/2016 - Production News

Sweden – Nearly 100 Robe BMFLs (comprising 88 BMFL Blades and six BMFL Spots) proved invaluable to Fredrik Jonsson’s lighting design for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest which was staged in the Globe Arena, Stockholm with a capacity live audience of around 10,000 plus an estimated 180 million television viewers worldwide.

Clay Paky Scenius Fixtures Make the Scene at MTVU’s “Woodies/10 for 16” Awards Show at SXSW

31/05/2016 - Production News

USA – MTVU’s Woodie Awards returned to SXSW in Austin, Texas where Clay Paky Scenius moving head spotlights made their show debut during the performance of London-based electro-pop artist Jack Garratt. Tom Kenny also returned for the third consecutive year as lighting designer of the show, which celebrates the music voted best by college students.

Ayrton slims it down with the new IntelliPix-XT

31/05/2016 - Equipment News

Next to be released in this year’s plethora of new products from Ayrton is the first in its new extreme XT Series, IntelliPix-XT.

Pete’s Big TVs Provides Production Support on BET’s Black Girls Rock!

31/05/2016 - Production News

USA – Pete’s Big TVs (PBTV) once again supported BET’s broadcast of Black Girls Rock!, having been involved since the inaugural broadcast six years ago. An industry leading turnkey video production company serving clients worldwide, PBTV’s team, led by vice president Guy Benjamin, worked closely with production designer Anne Brahic, principal of Lucki Designs, Inc. and screens producer Laura Frank, principal of Luminous FX, to supply the ideal gear for the video-driven production design.

Showlight 2017 – Exhibitor Spaces for Showlight 2017 Selling Fast

31/05/2016 - Event News

Italy – With less than 12 months until the tenth Showlight 2017 lighting quadrennial, over 50% of exhibitor spaces have already been filled.

d&b audiotechnik highlights networking and installations at InfoComm 2016

31/05/2016 - Event News

USA At this year´s InfoComm booth (C11516) d&b will be focusing on system integration and network technology. After the successful launch of the 10D and 30D installation amplifiers last year, d&b will now – for the first time – introduce its own network products, and reveal the extensive integration options with other manufacturer´s control systems.

DiGiCo takes Stealth Core2 to AV market at InfoComm 2016

31/05/2016 - Event News

USA – digital solutions manufacturer DiGiCo is set to show its entire range of SD Series consoles from the flagship SD7 to the rack mountable SD11, plus the highly acclaimed, compact S21, on stand C11510 at this year’s InfoComm at the Las Vegas Convention Centre.

L-Acoustics Launches Ultra-compact Kiva II Line Array

31/05/2016 - Equipment News

L-Acoustics has announced the launch of the Kiva II, a new ultra-compact modular line source, adding 6dB of maximum SPL versus its predecessor, maximised amplifier density with 16 Ohm impedance and a new rugged enclosure material

PRG XL Video Supports Teenage Cancer Trust Live at the Royal Albert Hall 2016

31/05/2016 - Production News

UK – Continuing a long running relationship with Teenage Cancer Trust, producer Des Murphy, and production team, Steve Allen, Julie Chennells, and Nancy Skipper, PRG XL Video have once again supported the charity’s annual run of fund-raising live shows at the Royal Albert Hall.

Adimsa Installs High-Tech Elation Lighting Package at Bisoü Club in Monterrey, Mexico

31/05/2016 - Project News

Mexico – Bisoü is an upscale club in Monterrey that operates not only as the cosmopolitan city’s newest night time destination but also as a showcase of modern club lighting technology. Opened in spring 2016, Bisoü boasts a stylish design accentuated by a state-of-the-art lighting package of Elation Professional luminaires supplied and installed by Elation’s Mexican partner, Adimsa.

DC Fancast: Unmasked

31/05/2016 - Production News

Up, up and away! Moving light specialist Richard Martin Lighting has flown in to help lighting designer Richard Bowles light the first original studio series created by Sky exclusively for viewing On Demand, DC Fancast: Unmasked.

The out-of-place pianist illuminated by Clay Paky

31/05/2016 - Production News

Italy – Paolo Zanarella is a contemporary classical music composer who loves improvisation and is on the constant look out for new forms of expression, such as hovering with his baby grand piano 50 feet (15 metres) above the ground at the Sanremo Casino.

Grease: Live is Hopelessly Devoted to DPA Microphones

31/05/2016 - Production News

USA – When Grease: Live, a television adaptation of the 1971 musical Grease, aired on FOX, audio supervisor/designer Bruce Arledge knew that DPA Microphones would provide the perfect audio support for the multitude of actors on set. Brought on by producer Greg Sills and production mixer Mark King, Arledge was confident that the DPA mics would catch every syllable, both spoken and sung.

Merlins prove wizard for Colour Sound

27/05/2016 - Production News

UK – From touring productions to festivals and corporate events, Colour Sound has come a long way from the company’s early years as a supplier of early moving lights to dance parties and raves. As one of the first companies to invest in intelligent light fixtures in the UK, Colour Sound continues to operate a firm policy of investing in the very latest products on the market to keep the warehouse stock list bang up to date.

Robe BMFLs Out On a Limb with Steven Tyler

27/05/2016 - Production News

USA – Steven Tyler, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist best known as lead singer of legendary American rock band Aerosmith, played a special high profile concert in the David Geffen Hall at New York City’s Lincoln Center called ‘Out On a Limb’, in support of Janie’s Fund, his new philanthropic initiative to serve abused and neglected girls.

Penn Elcom More than a Load of Hot Air!

27/05/2016 - Equipment News

UK – Global flightcase hardware and 19 inch racking manufacturer Penn Elcom has launched three innovative new climate control products for 19 inch racking systems. The CRC02-DTC, the FT-DTC and the FT01-Q-DTC are all thermostatically controlled for optimised heat management in 19 inch racking installations.

Maestra Wins Middle East Event Award for ‘Supplier of the Year’

27/05/2016 - Event News

UAE - Maestra Group, a Dubai and London based event design and technical production specialist, has won a coveted 2016 Middle East Event Award (MEEA) for ‘Supplier of the Year’ which was awarded Wednesday night at a high profile ceremony at the Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai.

Alcons Pro-Ribbon Experience Live at InfoComm16

27/05/2016 - Event News

USA – InfoComm16 marks the official five-year US anniversary date and leading audio innovator Alcons Audio will have a strong presence in and around the show. Besides being present with a booth (#C12316), Alcons will also be hosting on-site demonstrations, as well as an off-site product launch and a special pre-InfoComm presentation.

Il Divo Tour ‘Amor & Pasion’ with Capital Sound and Outline

27/05/2016 - Production News

Worldwide – Capital Sound Hire is providing full audio production for Il Divo on their current world tour, featuring music from their latest album ‘Amor & Pasion’. This project is also the first major tour for which the Wimbledon-based audio company is using its recently purchased Outline GTO C-12 system, covering arena shows throughout the UK, Europe and Scandinavia.

Triple E returns to ABTT 2016 with industry changing ModTruss

27/05/2016 - Event News

UKExactly one year after forward thinking track expert Triple E's hugely successful launch of the award winning, 'universal building system', ModTruss, the company will return to the ABTT Show, Alexandra Palace, 22nd and 23rd June.

JHS announces all-new trade catalogue

27/05/2016 - Business News

UK - John Hornby Skewes & Co. Ltd., the worldwide trade distributor, has announced the arrival of its combined UK trade catalogue and price list for 2016/2017.

Arena Group supplies 36th Virgin Money London Marathon

27/05/2016 - Production News

UK – Arena Group supplied 59 temporary tower structures and 2,031 temporary tiered covered seats to the world-famous Virgin Money London Marathon, 24th April 2016.

Canada's Westbury National Partners with Adamson

27/05/2016 - Business News

Canada – Adamson Systems Engineering has announced that Westbury National Show Systems, Ltd., headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, has joined the Adamson network. The announcement was made by James Oliver, director of marketing and sales for Adamson.

Spotlight on Doughty Engineering at Sadler's Wells

27/05/2016 - Project News

UK – Sadler's Wells is a world-leading dance house, committed to producing, commissioning and presenting new works and to bringing the best international and UK dance to London and worldwide audiences. When the company was granted lottery funding for a technical refit, Graham Cutting, senior lighting technician at Sadler’s Wells was keen to install new followspots based on a system of tracked suspension mounts and brought Doughty Engineering on board to help turn the concept into reality.

Monolithic Achievement for Beyoncé

27/05/2016 - Production News

USA – For many show designers, it can be frustrating to see countless audience members gazing at I-Mag screens for prolonged spells, rather than concentrate on what really matters: the stage action. In conjuring her set design magic for Beyoncé’s eagerly anticipated Formation world tour however, Es Devlin has ensured that all eyes remain on the star’s performance by creating an enormous, rotating video screen box – widely referred to as the ‘Monolith’ – that relies heavily on customised equipment and R&D know-how from Stageco’s international offices.

Allen & Heath dLive Powers At The Drive-In Reunion Tour

27/05/2016 - Production News

UK – One of the most celebrated post-hardcore bands of the late 90s, At The Drive-In’s 2016 reunion tour was greeted with elation by fans around the world. And UK gig-goers were recently treated to a series of dates – subsequently raved about by critics – powered by an Allen & Heath dLive mixing system.

Aurora strengthens its Project Management line up

26/05/2016 - People News

UK -  Television and entertainment lighting rental specialists Aurora has announced the addition of Joe Marter (pictured) to its project management team.

Colour Sound for Above & Beyond Acoustic

26/05/2016 - Production News

UK – Electronic music innovators Above & Beyond played two high profile UK shows on their much anticipated ‘Acoustic’ world tour at two beautiful and historically significant Albert Halls – the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in central London and the charismatic Albert Hall Manchester, a more intimate but equally beautiful space formally a Methodist church.

Rock Band 311 Marks Another 311 Day in New Orleans with Arena Shows Featuring Clay Paky Lighting Fixtures

26/05/2016 - Production News

USA – It’s an even-numbered year so it was time for rock band 311 to celebrate their biennial 311 Day with two arena shows in New Orleans on 11th and 12th March. Lighting designer Joe Paradise of House Lights Go Inc. and assistant designer/programmer Bobby Grey selected Clay Paky fixtures for the event, which drew 15,000 fans representing every US state and 17 countries.

Clay Paky Scenius Moving Head Spots Join Pearl Jam Tour

26/05/2016 - Production News

USA – The iconic band Pearl Jam has hit the road on its 2016 North American tour with a large complement of Clay Paky Scenius moving head spotlights enhancing their sold-out shows.

Danley Sound Labs Delivers Pure, Smooth Jazz At Atlanta’s Award-Winning Jazz Venue – The Velvet Note

26/05/2016 - Project News

USA – Although it’s been open for a mere four years in the northern suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, The Velvet Note has attracted national attention. Its intimate room seats only 40 and was carefully designed by George Seldon to support music with stunning, well-balanced acoustics. The world’s top jazz artists now make The Velvet Note a staple in their tour schedules because the on-stage experience is so transcendent; Christian McBride, Marcus Printup, Diane Schuur and the late great Lou Soloff, among many other jazz luminaries, have graced The Velvet Note’s stage. Downbeat Magazine named it as one of the best jazz clubs in the country!

Bandit Lites Helps ‘DROP The Mic’ on Cancer

26/05/2016 - Production News

USA – The American Cancer Society recently held RelayLIVE, a musical festival which advocates “fighting cancer at every stage.” Bandit Lites was proud to give back to those who give so much, and donated a lighting package for the inaugural concert that included a lineup of Alanna Royale, Stella//James, Jordan DePaul, Nikki Williams, Megan Davies, Raquel Cole, Zeke Ducon, Shawn Byrne, Jenn Bostic and Daphne Willis.

Chauvet Professional Video Panels Create Versatile Looks On Foam Wonderland Stage

26/05/2016 - Production News

USA – The rainstorm experience at the Foam Wonderland tour is always intense with a thunderous bass, bright flashes of light, and foam cannons that shoot massive projectiles of foam over the crowd. The music is always edgy too, with EDM heavies laying down tracks that keep everyone on their feet.

Björn Hermann equips AIDAprima luxury cruise ship with giant GLP matrix

26/05/2016 - Project News

Japan – The luxury cruise ship of AIDAprima is the new flagship of AIDA Cruises, built by Mitsubishi Shipbuilding in Nagasaki, Japan to carry a maximum of 3,300 passengers.

Christie 6P Laser Projection Deployed at Oscar Cityon for its Largest Screen in Xi’an, China

26/05/2016 - Project News

China Christie continues to expand its 6P laser projection footprint in China with the completion of its latest installation for Oscar International Cinema in Xi’an, the capital city of Shaanxi Province.

IBTM America 2016 ‘TechCollective’ will Introduce the Latest Concepts in Event Technology

25/05/2016 - Event News

USA – ibtm america 2016, taking place from June 15-17 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee, has partnered with DAHLIA+ to create the TechCollective, an area located within ibtm america’s Central Hub that will feature live demonstrations from some of the industry’s leading emerging event technology suppliers.

Tannoy QLlex and VLS Provide Intelligibility and Discreet Footprint for Milwaukee, Wi Cathedral

25/05/2016 - Project News

USA – As the seat of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee for over 150 years, the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist has not only been an important place of worship, but an enduring local landmark. Constructed in 1893, its austere grandeur has led to its being listed in the National Register of Historical Places. Consequently, the preservation of the cathedral’s elegant interior has always been a major concern and one of the reasons for the 2014 installation of a suite of Tannoy QFlex and VLS loudspeaker arrays.

S+H Technical Boosts its Screen Stock

25/05/2016 - Production News

UK – LED, visual effects, drapes and starcloth specialist, S+H Technical has boosted its stock of LED screen with the addition of 182 panels of Glux’s 10mm outdoor BAtn product in readiness for a busy summer events season.

Educational Conference Connects to Kids with Chauvet Professional

25/05/2016 - Event News

USA – A youth group that has remained relevant to high school students in the United States for over 70 years must continue to come up with ways to keep its message fresh. The Career and Community Leaders of America has absorbed this lesson very well. Founded in 1945, this non-profit organisation has grown to 150,000 members in every state plus Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands by wrapping its core message of personal responsibility in an exciting package that appeals to young sensibilities.

GLP UK Blasts Off in Style at PLASA Focus

25/05/2016 - Event News

UK – GLP gave an auspicious debut to its newly-established UK operation at the recent PLASA Focus exhibition in Leeds.

InfoComm 2016: From major conferences to road warriors – Sennheiser presents its comprehensive professional conferencing range

25/05/2016 - Event News

USA – Sennheiser will be participating at InfoComm 2016, the largest pro-AV industry event in the US, held from 4th - 10th June in Las Vegas. The audio specialist will be expanding its new wireless conferencing system, TeamConnect Wireless, with an alternative charging base being launched at InfoComm. TeamConnect Wireless delivers excellent sound quality and unmatched ease of use in a portable system for up to 24 participants. Sennheiser will also be presenting the second new addition to the TeamConnect Family, TeamConnect Ceiling, an innovative ceiling mounted array microphone with automatic beamforming technology for fixed installations. Visitors to the Sennheiser booth (C10908) can experience the wide range of professional products for business communications, including its newly expanded SpeechLine Digital Wireless microphone range, Speakerphone series and MobileConnect audio streaming solution. For those wanting to learn more, Sennheiser will also be offering a special Manufacturer’s Training session and a dedicated demonstration-room.

Event Acoustics appoints new European distributors for pioneering sound management system MeTrao

25/05/2016 - Business News

UKAcoustic and audio specialist Event Acoustics has appointed leading independent audio engineering and design consultancy Vanguardia as its UK distributor for MeTrao, the company's unique intelligent network audio measurement system.

PLASA Focus Leeds 2016 welcomes a 9% increase of 2015 visitor numbers

25/05/2016 - Event News

UK – The 8th Edition to PLASA Focus Leeds was once again a hit with the entertainment technology industry, welcoming record numbers of brands and a 9% increase in visitor numbers from 2015. The launch of the new Pavilion enabled the sell-out event to attract more new technology products to the show floor and saw the show appeal to even more buyers with the 2016 edition welcoming more than 2,600 attendees.

XLNT CyberMotion's CyberHoist II system delivers crucial automation on Eurovision 2016

25/05/2016 - Production News

SwedenXLNT Advanced Technologies' industry-leading CyberHoist II system has delivered seamless and reliable automation across the colossal live production of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 (ESC 2016).

Part Exchange Programme from Miltec – get money back for old professional lighting equipment

25/05/2016 - Business News

UK - To help with the costs of upgrading equipment, Miltec now offers a part exchange option for all used professional lighting equipment.

FIX8Group delivers awe-inspiring video content on Eurovision 2016

25/05/2016 - Production News

Sweden - Visual production expert FIX8Group was part of the team operating the stunning video content for all 43 competing acts as well as pop megastar Justin Timberlake's performance at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 (ESC 2016).

DPA Microphones Brings Range of Audio Solutions to InfoComm 2016

24/05/2016 - Event News

USA – DPA Microphones is showcasing its newly expanded line of d:vote instrument microphones with the addition of three new instrument mount options, the CM4099 clamp mount, the SM4099 stand mount and the AC4099 clip for the accordion, at InfoComm 2016 (Booth C9947). Also on display, will be a range of DPA’s proven miking solutions for the AV and Installation markets, including models from its d:dicate, d:vote, d:screet, d:fine and d:facto product lines.

Robe in Unruly Mess with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

24/05/2016 - Production News

Worldwide – Chaos, craziness, excitement and anticipation all give Macklemore & Ryan Lewis gigs a unique edgy vitality that everyone loves. A turbo-charged, whirlwind of energy, politics, clever and meaningful lyrics and some great music accompanied by impressive lighting and visuals as eclectic and sometimes eccentric as the music is brilliant. It's more of an experience than a gig!

Theatre Show 2016

24/05/2016 - Event News

UK – The ABTT Theatre Show moved to Alexandra Palace last year to great acclaim. The result is a resoundingly full exhibition floor this summer and a sharp increase in business making it the biggest ABTT Theatre Show to date. As ever, the balance of exhibitors reflects the range of disciplines required to stage any form of live performance. Audio, acoustic, lighting, AV, scenic and stage engineering companies are all well represented. Full details can be found on the exhibitor list and floor plan on the Theatre Show website.

Clay Paky fixtures showcased atop Chilean skyscraper

24/05/2016 - Event News

Chile Clay Paky’s Chilean distributor, Valook, showcased more than 80 units of the company’s latest fixtures as part of an open day event for local rental and production companies, theatres, lighting designers and TV representatives.

Ayrton unleashes powerful stadium colour with the new Wildsun-S25

24/05/2016 - Equipment News

Ayrton has released a whole series of new products for 2016 and over the coming weeks we will be showcasing each one in turn. First up is WildSun-S25.

Univision’s La Banda Gets Flexible With Chauvet Professional

24/05/2016 - Production News

USA – A new and unproven programme that opens against the season debut of the NFL’s Sunday Night Football, the US Open Men’s Finals and the return of Fear of the Walking Dead might not be expected to draw a large audience, but Univision’s La Banda defied expectations by pulling in 2.6 million viewers in the US and earning the distinction of being the most tweeted about programme in its time slot when it premiered on 13th September. Of course, it helped that the Simon Cowell-produced reality show, which searched for the next Latin boy band, had stars like Ricky Martin on its panel of judges, was brimming with vibrant young talent, and featured a scintillating Tom Sutherland-designed light show.

ETC Debuts Unison Echo Expansion Bridge

24/05/2016 - Equipment News

ETC continues to expand its Unison Echo line of products with the new Echo Expansion Bridge. “We’re thrilled about continually expanding the capabilities of Echo control systems,” says ETC architectural market manager Bryan Palmer. “It’s an exciting time at ETC.”

Kansas ‘Carries On’ With Bandit Lites

24/05/2016 - Production News

USA – American rock band Kansas is about to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the multi-platinum album “Leftoverture” right on the heels of the release of a brand new album “Prelude Implicit,” their first album since 2000. The “Dust in the Wind” super group is currently gearing up for the celebratory fall tour (which will feature the entirety of “Leftoverture” performed in sequence, in addition to other hits and new songs) with a spring tour that included a lighting package from Bandit Lites.

All That Jazz

24/05/2016 - Project News

UK – The original Ronnie Scott’s opened its doors in October 1959 as a small basement club where local musicians could jam with others who shared their passion. Almost six decades later, and in its Soho home, Ronnie Scott’s is one of the world’s best-known jazz clubs, regularly hosting the genre’s biggest names as well as nurturing rising stars. The club also offers a diverse programme of live music including Latin, jive, blues, flamenco, tap dancing and DJ sets which has helped make it the place to be for both the new hipster generation and music fans seeking the very best in live jazz.

Grace Immanuel Upgrades with Allen & Heath dLive

24/05/2016 - Project News

USA – Located in Jupiter, Florida, Grace Immanuel Bible Church holds two identical worship services each Sunday with a smaller service Sunday evening in its 650-seat sanctuary. Services feature a blend of traditional and modern worship music for all ages and cultures with several vocalists and a variety of instruments and percussion. To support its worship services and special programs, Grace Immanuel recently acquired an Allen & Heath S7000 digital mixer with a DM64 MixRack and DX32 Expander.

Powersoft and EAW Provide Power and Efficiency to the Parc Olympique Lyonnais Stadium

24/05/2016 - Project News

France – Situated in the French city of Lyon, the new Parc Olympique Lyonnais (Parc OL) has ensured that its 59,000 capacity stadium will be served by pristine, broadcast quality audio – thanks to Powersoft’s Ottocanali multi-channel amplifiers and EAW’s high output, point source QX loudspeakers – as it prepares to be the main host for a major sports tournament this Summer.

Christie adds Vive Audio Excellence to Luxury Empire Cinemas Screen

24/05/2016 - Project News

UK – Empire Cinemas in Hemel Hempstead has become the first major UK chain to feature Christie’s Vive Audio solution. The largest independently-owned cinema chain in the UK currently operates 186 screens across 18 cinemas, and is in the process of extensive redevelopment at its Hemel Hempstead multiplex. The cinema was seeking an outstanding audio solution in its latest premium screen at Hemel Hempstead, called IMPACT Blue. The Vive Audio setup delivers powerful, crystal clear Dolby Atmos surround sound to each of the 185 seats in the screen, allowing customers to truly immerse themselves in the cinema experience.

PR Lighting Fixtures Reap the Fruit of Mendoza’s Wine Festival

24/05/2016 - Production News

Argentina – Since 1963, the Fiesta de la Vendimia (Grape Harvest Festival) has taken place at the Frank Romero Day Greek Theater, located in Mendoza’s General San Martin Park in Argentina.

Utopium Invests in New Lighting and Rigging Equipment

24/05/2016 - Production News

UK – Utopium has invested in new lighting and rigging equipment to expand its creative possibilities and offer improved energy efficiency and the highest quality performance.

Platinum FLX Flexibility for Alan Jackson “Still Keepin’ it Country” Tour

24/05/2016 - Production News

USA - Production and lighting designer for country music veteran Alan Jackson’s 2016 “Still Keepin’ it Country” tour, Craig Rutherford of Blueshift Design was looking for something that could do more than the ubiquitous beam light and found it in Elation Professional’s multi-functional Platinum FLX.

De Groote Rappel

23/05/2016 - Production News

Belgium – The garrison town of Leopoldsburg in Belgium was a perfect setting for the large scale promenade theatrical spectacle ‘De Groote Rappel’, directed by Luc Stevens and featuring a large community cast from the city telling the story of two world wars, with the final act played out in a quadrangle in front of a prominent army barracks.

d&b audiotechnik product debuts and sold out seminars are a smash at PLASA Leeds 2016

23/05/2016 - Event News

UK – Once again the d&b GB team had plenty tucked up its sleeve for PLASA Focus Leeds. Visitors to this year’s booth left fully acquainted with all the latest solutions, plus practical advice from the Education and Application Support team – now something of a regular feature on the show’s annual seminar programme.

USITT Provides Free Rigging Inspections to 11 School Stages

23/05/2016 - Business News

USA - One school wrote to USITT, “We are a children’s theatre only and want to be certain our theatre is safe for kids.”

Clay Paky dazzles millions on Eurovision 2016

23/05/2016 - Production News

Sweden – Award-winning lighting designer Fredrik Jönsson applied a vast number of Clay Paky Mythos, Sharpy, Sharpy Wash 330 and brand new Scenius to create the broadcast-ready, glittering extravaganza that was the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.

Thronecast

23/05/2016 - Production News

UK - Game of Thrones, a top rated fantasy drama show, is back for another series and with such a large fan base it has its own companion series, Thronecast, which Richard Martin Lighting (RML) has helped to light again, assisting lighting designer Iain Davidson.

dLive Shines in an All-Star Concert in China

23/05/2016 - Production News

Allen & Heath’s dLive digital mixing system was recently employed at FoH for a large concert held at Jinhua stadium, Zhejiang Province in China, to promote the cultural relationship between Kyrgyzstan and China.  

Elation Lighting Highlights Artist Performances on German Television’s “Verstehen Sie Spaß”

23/05/2016 - Production News

Lighting designer Thomas Gerdon of gerdon MEDIADESIGN has used an Elation Professional lighting package to light artist performances on the German television programme “Verstehen Sie Spaß,” a popular entertainment program that airs on the ARD television network.

K3 Start and Finish on a High Note

20/05/2016 - Production News

Belgium – What is now known as ‘the old K3’ exited their career as the most successful girl band in the history of Benelux finishing a 122-date sold-out concert tour that finished on 8th May at Antwerp’s Lotto Arena, having sold over 450,000 tickets in six months, complete with lighting design and video content delivered by leading Belgian visual design practice, Painting with Light, led by Luc Peumans.

Robe Embraces Armin van Buuren

20/05/2016 - Production News

The Netherlands – DJ, music producer and international superstar Armin van Buuren launched his new ‘Armin Only’ spectacular at Amsterdam Ziggo Dome – Armin Only Embrace – once again uniting the hugely talented technical and creative team that delivered the ‘Armin Only – Intense’ world tour in 2014.

Yamaha Rivage PM10 Stars at New Rimini Show

20/05/2016 - Event News

Italy – Three days in early May saw Rimini’s Fiera exhibition venue play host to Music Inside Rimini (MIR), a brand new trade show for innovation in sound, lighting and video technology. Four of the venue’s halls hosted hands-on audio mixing sessions, where a pair of Yamaha Rivage PM10 mixing systems were the stars of the show.

PixelFLEX adds Cornerstone AV as its newest production rental partner

20/05/2016 - Business News

USA – LED video display manufacturer PixelFLEX has announced that Cornerstone AV has been brought on as its newest production rental partner for its award-winning line of LED video technologies. Based in Orem, Utah, Cornerstone AV creates unique experiences at live events across the United States and they have purchased FLEXCurtain HD 6.25mm LED video wall systems to incorporate into their rental inventory.

ETC strengthens European marketing team

20/05/2016 - People News

ETC has announced the expansion of its European marketing team with the appointment of Katherine Walmsley (pictured) as marketing communications specialist. The newly created position reflects the company’s commitment to Europe and its continuing growth across the region.

Scenius for Siyan

20/05/2016 - Production News

UK - Since 2001 Siyan has been servicing the live music industry with quality lighting fixtures. That means a regular reviewing of stock and updating of the rental inventory. MD Nick Valdez was looking to fill a gap in the ‘big spot’ category.

New ambient light rejecting projector screen gives better contrast and brighter images

20/05/2016 - Equipment News

TV fans, gamers and those that love to watch sports and films will see even more of the action with the new ambient light rejecting projector screen from Optoma – the ALR100. This high performance front projection screen is engineered to achieve vibrant images even in brightly lit rooms.

Sennheiser Digital 9000 provides no compromise solution for Adele tour

20/05/2016 - Production News

Worldwide – Adele’s tour of Europe and North America is possibly the biggest tour of 2016 – it certainly has the highest of production values and there is, quite simply, no room for error. This is the remit for German rental company Black Box Music and a team of top-class engineers, who have specified equipment from some of the audio industry’s best known and most well respected manufacturers. Used by Adele and her three backing singers, Sennheiser’s flagship Digital 9000 system microphones are a vital component.

L-Acoustics K1/K2 System Rocks Canada’s JUNO Awards

20/05/2016 - Production News

Canada – The JUNO Awards, Canada’s most prestigious music awards show, recently aired live on CTV from Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome and featured performances by many of the country’s leading music artists including Alessia Cara, Bryan Adams, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Dean Brody, Jann Arden, Shawn Mendes, The Tenors and The Weeknd. But it was the performance by an L-Acoustics K1/K2 sound system – provided by another Canadian original, Solotech – that seamlessly kept the music sonically clear all night long.

Musikmesse 2017: organisers announce dates

20/05/2016 - Event News

Germany – Musikmesse 2017 will be held from 5th to 8th April 2017. In sequencing the days from Wednesday to Saturday, the organisers are taking account of experiences gathered from the past event as well as of the wishes of the musical instrument industry and the affiliated associations, as expressed in discussions and exhibitor polls. Henceforward, Musikmesse will open for three days in parallel to Prolight + Sound, which will continue to have the same sequence of days (from Tuesday to Friday, 4th to 7th April 2017).

Ritz Rehearsal Studio Invests in Sennheiser

20/05/2016 - Project News

UK – Tucked away in the relative peace of south-west London’s backstreets, yet within a stone’s throw of everything the big city has to offer, Ritz Rehearsal Studios is the ideal location for artists big and small to hone their songs and live sets. A recent upgrade to the facilities has seen a major investment in Sennheiser equipment.

Pearce Hire illuminates with Studio Due investment

20/05/2016 - Production News

UK – Pearce Hire has announced a significant investment in Studio Due floodlight fixtures, the WS200/M.

The Buskers Opera Supports London’s Homeless Communities with White Light

20/05/2016 - Production News

UK - Inspired by The Beggar’s Opera by John Gay, The Buskers Opera is a brand-new musical currently running at the Park Theatre in North London. Written by Dougal Irvine, it stars Olivier Award-winning actor George Maguire and is set in London in 2012 as a group of street performers gather in protest against the over-priced, corporate games. Alongside the performances, the production company is working closely with local homeless charities as a means of engaging them with theatre. With its strong reputation in all types of theatre, WL is supporting the production by sponsoring the lighting equipment.

Robe Works with Winners for P1 SuperStock Championships

19/05/2016 - Business News

UK - Robe continues its ‘Working with Winners’ initiative through 2016, sponsoring the Quantum Racing team and their boat ‘Quantum’ for the 2016 P1 UK SuperStock powerboat racing championship, which is among the world’s most exciting and action-packed international marine watersports.

Bandit Lites ‘Spends the Night’ Lighting Alice Cooper

19/05/2016 - Production News

USA – A snake slithers around Alice Cooper’s neck, and while the snake will later be taken away, Cooper’s neck will be placed on a guillotine before the night is over, just as it was for the previous show. The legendary shock rocker known for his wild on stage antics and heavy metal hits such as “Eighteen,” “Be My Lover” and “School’s Out” is performing around the country with a lighting package provided by long time vendor Bandit Lites for his ‘Spend the Night with Alice Cooper’ Tour.

Elite Multimedia provides compelling dimensionality for the Alan Jackson tour

19/05/2016 - Production News

USA – As a freelance lighting designer Craig Rutherford, Blueshift Design, enjoys finding new and creative ways to draw both the audience and the musicians on stage into the design experience. In his latest creation, he was asked by the team behind country music icon Alan Jackson to develop a dynamic production design for the “Still Keepin’ It Country Tour”. Wanting to use a full complement of lighting and video, Rutherford turned to Nashville-based Elite Multimedia to provide the touring support that could help him highlight one of country music’s most decorated artists.

Continued Expansion at Rigging Team

19/05/2016 - People News

In response to an ever increasing workload Rigging Team has recently taken on two new members of staff: Andy Parish joined the company back in March with Shane Aldred starts mid-May.

PRG and Vectorworks, Inc. come together to provide lighting at Rock in Rio

19/05/2016 - Production News

PortugalProduction Resource Group PLC (PRG) is working with global entertainment design software developer Vectorworks, Inc. to ensure a seamless Rock in Rio festival in Lisbon. The Rock in Rio festival collaboration between PRG and Vectorworks will demonstrate the realisation of workflows using ESP Vision software to previsualise each lighting designer's concept. As in previous years, PRG will be supplying lighting technology and all related rigging for the festival. The event technology specialist is now in its 13th year of working with Rock in Rio.

Support 2.0 for Muse Drones Tour

19/05/2016 - Production News

The complete Muse stage had to be supported by a giant ground support system, since the roofing of the Hallenstation did not have sufficient loading capacity.

elektraLite eyeBalls Give Dallas Love Field’s New Music Stage a Nightclub Look

19/05/2016 - Production News

USA – Any Shakespeare professor will tell you that when Elizabethan actors wanted to signal to the daytime audiences at London’s Globe Theatre in the 17th century that a scene was set at night, they simply lit a torch on stage. These days, although the concept is the same, the tools are decidedly more high-tech. Take, for example, the use of 13 elektraLite eyeBall Quad LED fixtures to help daytime travellers passing through Dallas Love Field (DAL) feel like they’re in a live music nightclub as they wait for their flights.

Outline arrays fielded for a huge event at Rome’s Circus Maximus

19/05/2016 - Production News

Italy – Among the numerous large rallies staged throughout Italy for and against the proposed law regarding same-sex civil unions and adoptions by same-sex couples, one of those that attracted the widest media coverage was the “Family Day” staged in January at Rome’s Circus Maximus.

White Light Provides Complete AV Solutions to Theatre 2016 Conference

19/05/2016 - Event News

UK - Last week saw the first ever Theatre 2016 Conference take place in central London.  Bringing together over 1,000 delegates from across all areas of UK theatre, it was the largest event of its kind and the first time since 2005 that the sector has come together for a major industry-wide conference. With its reputation as the leading lighting supplier to both West End and UK theatre, WL was asked to provide the production support. Yet rather than supply the lighting equipment, the company was approached to provide the entire AV support.

TSL Products joins RAVENNA partnership community

19/05/2016 - Business News

UK - TSL Products, a leading broadcast equipment manufacturer, has become the latest company to join the growing ranks of the RAVENNA partnership community. Based in the UK, TSL Products designs and manufactures a range of hardware and software solutions to facilitate operations within the TV broadcast, cable, satellite, IPTV and IT industries.

Support 2.0 for Muse Drones Tour

18/05/2016 - Production News

The complete Muse stage had to be supported by a giant ground support system, since the roofing of the Hallenstation did not have sufficient loading capacity.

Artistic Licence nanoScope Competition

18/05/2016 - Event News

The seventh lucky winner of a nanoScope is Harry Brown.

Hamer Hall Chooses Robe

18/05/2016 - Project News

Australia – Hamer Hall is a premium concert hall venue, home to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) and one of the five main performance spaces at Arts Centre Melbourne, of which it is the largest indoor space with a seated capacity of 2,464. It features a diverse variation of live entertainment, staging over 300 shows a year featuring local, national and international artists encompassing a multiplicity of genres and styles including pop, rock, jazz, classical, chamber, world, multi-cultural, classic and contemporary.

CPL Helps Tax Assist with Full Production

18/05/2016 - Production News

UK – The CPL team (Central Presentations Ltd) led by Lee Gruszeckyj delivered stage design and full technical production for the 2016 annual conference for accounting specialists, Tax Assist, staged in the Caernarfon Suite at Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, South Wales.

Robert Juliat profiles for the Netherlands Royal Theatre

18/05/2016 - Project News

The Netherlands The Koninklijke Schouwburg, or Royal Theatre, in The Hague has recently taken stock of a large number of Robert Juliat 614SX 1200W tungsten profile lanterns, supplied by Robert Juliat’s project partner for the Netherlands, Controllux, in a major refreshment of its lighting inventory.

Allen & Heath Announces Major Updates to Qu Series

18/05/2016 - Equipment News

Allen & Heath has announced a host of major enhancements to the feature set and ecosystem of its Qu Series of compact digital mixers. Accompanying the release of firmware V1.9 is a number of key updates to the Qu-Pad app, factory mic presets from leading manufacturers Shure and Sennheiser, streamlined DAW Control for Windows, plus the new, customisable Qu-Control app for install applications.

Yamaha CIS Products Flex Their Muscles At Simply Gym

18/05/2016 - Project News

UK – Yamaha’s Commercial Installations Solutions (CIS) range offers installers a huge range of options, making systems from the simplest to the most complex straightforward to design, install, commission and control. Suitable for virtually any indoor project, a recent installation has seen CIS products flex their muscles at Simply Gym.

The redesigned Theatre Projects

18/05/2016 - Business News

Stop by theatreprojects.com and have a look around. Intuitive and dynamic, the redesigned site is full of information about the company and the theatres it design, showcasing its history, the work in progress and the exciting things to come!

Colour Sound invests Projection Power for UB40 tour

18/05/2016 - Production News

UK – Lighting and visuals rental specialist Colour Sound Experiment has invested in new Barco 30K projectors which immediately went out on two tours, one being the UK’s hugely successful, chart-topping and best known reggae-pop band UB40, featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey, for which Colour Sound supplied a projection system, LED screens, lighting equipment and crew.

Event Acoustics appoints Marcel Albers to lead global expansion strategy

18/05/2016 - People News

The Netherlands Specialist acoustic and audio consultancy Event Acoustics announces the appointment of Marcel Albers as head of global sales, with a focus on the worldwide distribution of the company's trailblazing sound management system MeTrao.

Behind The Scenes KartFest revs up for added fun

18/05/2016 - Event News

UK – The grid is full, but there are still plenty of ways to join in the fun and raise much needed funds at the annual Behind The Scenes charity Kartfest.

Satis&fy Invests in Elation Professional SixBar Series of LED Battens

18/05/2016 - Production News

Germany – Full-service German event and media production company satis&fy has added to their inventory of Elation Professional lighting gear with a recent purchase of SixBar 1000 and SixBar 500 LED battens. Elation’s SixBar Series of colour-changing battens feature a six-colour LED multi-chip and can be used for a variety of purposes such as general purpose wash/strip lighting, uplighting, cyc wash, accent lighting or as a pixel strip.

PRG XL Video Music Team Expands with the Addition of Gordon Torrington

18/05/2016 - People News

UK – PRG XL Video, the UK operation of Production Resource Group, LLC (PRG), has announced a new member of its music and touring team.

A Harlequin studio floor may be based on technology, but the installation process reveals something closer to art

18/05/2016 - Project News

Janet Karin OAM, a leading dance educator and former lead dancer with the Australian Ballet, recently had the opportunity to see the expertise and skill involved in installing a new Harlequin dance floor at first hand. Janet explained: “Of course, I knew that Harlequin's floors were top of the range, but I had no idea of the expertise that went into tailoring each individual floor. A studio floor may be based on technology, but the installation process revealed something closer to art.”

Hamilton Brings Alcons To Broadway

18/05/2016 - Production News

USA – Based on the life of Alexander Hamilton, one of the USA’s founding fathers, Hamilton – An American Musical is enjoying enormous commercial and critical success on Broadway, with the hottest ticket sales in decades. The show has already earned the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2016 Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album, but is also nominated for no less than 16 Tony awards.

White Light Helps Kit Out Duke of York’s Theatre for Doctor Faustus

17/05/2016 - Production News

UK – The Jamie Lloyd Company has built a reputation for creating innovative and energetic revivals of classic texts. Their most recent reinvention was Christopher Marlowe’s legendary Doctor Faustus, which recently opened at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London’s West End. In one of the most anticipated shows of the year, it stars Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington and WL has been called upon to provide the lighting equipment.

Robe BMFLs for Sol3 Mio

17/05/2016 - Production News

New Zealand – Popular New Zealand vocal trio Sol3 Mio recently completed a very successful national tour which was lit by Joel Stanners using 16 Robe BMFL Spots as the main hard edged fixtures. These were supplied by leading NZ lighting and production rental company Oceania from Auckland.

NATEAC announces two new networking events

17/05/2016 - Event News

USA – The North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference (NATEAC) has added two events to its roster of networking opportunities at the conference in July.

Powersoft to Host Valuable Training Sessions During InfoComm 2016

17/05/2016 - Event News

USA – In addition demonstrating its latest products and technologies at InfoComm 2016, Audio manufacturer Powersoft [Booth C11505] announced three dedicated training sessions that will occur during the trade show, each focused on the use of Powersoft amplification in audio system design and voice alarm systems. Below is more information in each session and information on how to register.

Europe’s First Meyer Sound Leopard Installations Land in Norway

17/05/2016 - Project News

Norway is the first European country with permanent installations of the compact Meyer Sound Leopard linear sound reinforcement system. Leopard’s remarkable flexibility and versatility made it the top choice for two very different venues. The 1,200-seat Grand Hall at Studentersamfundet (Student Society) in Trondheim uses Leopard to support community events such as theatrical performances and conferences, while the Leopard system at Oslo’s 650-capacity Vulkan Arena primarily powers hard rock shows.

Bandit Brings Lights to Nashville Grammy Block Party

17/05/2016 - Production News

USA – While it had originally appeared storms would dampen the outdoor festivities in Cumberland Park for members of The Recording Academy, the fickle Tennessee weather ultimately co-operated for Nashville’s 18th Annual Grammy Block Party, where Chris Lisle Lighting Design utilised a lighting package from Bandit Lites. Musical performances included two time Grammy-award winner (and Bandit client) Jason Isbell, Kelsea Ballerini, Grammy-nominated gospel singer Jonathan McReynolds, Grammy-nominated pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph and rock band Diarrhea Planet.

Award-winning PixelFLEX to showcase LED video solutions at InfoComm 2016

17/05/2016 - Event News

USA – On 8th June at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the multi award-winning PixelFLEX will launch a showcase of its innovative and affordable LED video solutions at InfoComm 2016. Located in Booth N2759, PixelFLEX will highlight the FLEXLite NXG and FLEXLite Plus LED video walls, reFLEXion LED video stand, and the TrueFLEX LED video display technologies which are all ideal for a variety of applications in the Pro-AV market worldwide.

Mike Swinford showcases Ayrton fixtures with Jason Aldean

17/05/2016 - Production News

USA – Three-time and reigning Male Vocalist of the Year at the ACM Awards, Jason Aldean, is currently on tour across America, having completed the Australian leg, with his We Were Here tour, named after his single Gonna Know We Were Here.

LD Erich Meitzner Creates Cohesive Looks for Aaron Watson with Rogues

17/05/2016 - Production News

USA – Last year Aaron Watson made history when his album “The Underdog” debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. It marked the first time that an LP that was self-released, as well as independently distributed and promoted, accomplished that extraordinary feat. Despite this commercial success (26,000 copies of the album were sold the first week), the Amarillo, Texas-born singer and his band have remained true to their deeply rooted down home values, both in the flavour of their music and their lifestyle.

dLive Manages Special Performance for Jonny Greenwood Project

17/05/2016 - Production News

UK Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood and Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur recently staged the first full UK performance of their new project, Junun, at the London Barbican with FoH engineer, Gavin McComb selecting Allen & Heath’s dLive system to manage the diverse audio requirements.

Macau’s Planet J comes alive with ETC x7 Color System

17/05/2016 - Project News

China – Lighting plays an incredibly important role in enhancing the magic world of theme parks. It is far more than a tool to illuminate or decorate, but a key to connecting people with a fantasy realm. With theme-park experiences growing day by day and new digital tools developing fast, interactivity is transforming lighting designs in modern theme parks. Planet J, located at the Sands Cotai Central in Macau, has taken revolutionary steps, putting together trendsetting interactive elements and a sophisticated lighting-control system, including ETC Selador Desire® luminaires, Source Four LED fixtures, and Unison Mosaic and Paradigm architectural systems, to provide visitors the world’s first live-action role-play theme park.

Chipping Norton Upgrade

17/05/2016 - Project News

UK - Chipping Norton Theatre chose Illuminate Design to work with them on the installation of a purpose-built drop down screen for their auditorium.

Britannia Row Productions and Hans Zimmer

17/05/2016 - Production News

Europe – Suspend your disbelief for a moment and imagine a concert performance that travels through Wagner’s Ring Cycle to a string quartet by Mozart by way of the Nine Inch Nails. In terms of dynamic range, contrast in styles and instrumentation, this flimsy analogy only begins to describe the complexity of what is being undertaken on the current concert tour by Hans Zimmer.

Robe for Frankie Valli

16/05/2016 - Production News

USA – At 82 years young, legendary singer, recording artist and frontman of The Four Seasons, Frankie Valli is still playing live and touring two weekends a month for most of the year, with Robe as the first choice of moving light on the rider. Valli has had multiple chart-topping singles and albums throughout an incredible six decade career and has also been inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

Lightwright 6 Is Now Shipping

16/05/2016 - Equipment News

John McKernon and City Theatrical have announced that Lightwright 6, the newest version of the industry leading, multi-award winning software for managing entertainment lighting paperwork, is now shipping and is available through City Theatrical dealers worldwide.

Barco projectors equipped with moving mirrors shine again at Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm

16/05/2016 - Production News

Sweden – Visualizsation expert Barco was the technical event supplier of this year's Eurovision Song Contest. During the semi-finals and finals in Stockholm, a full stack of high-brightness Barco projectors, ten of which are equipped with Barco’s High End Systems’ MMS-200 moving mirror systems, and Barco’s E2 screen management system will help create an unforgettable audiovisual experience in crisp, clear detail.

PRG XL Video Invests in New EXE Hoists from Area Four Industries

16/05/2016 - Production News

UK – PRG XL Video, the UK operation of Production Resource Group, LLC, has announced a significant investment with Area Four Industries U.K. to upgrade its hoist stock with EXE Rise units.

Swashbucklin’

16/05/2016 - Production News

UK - It’s all hands on deck as moving light rental specialist, Richard Martin Lighting, join lighting designer Lee Allen for a new series of Swashbuckle for Cbeebies.

MA meets Adele: Top-performing

13/05/2016 - Production News

Worldwide - To describe Adele simply as ‘successful’ would be a bold understatement. Releasing her debut album “19” in 2008, her career has soared to incredible heights. The album was certified seven times platinum in the UK and double platinum in the US. At the 51st Annual Grammy Awards in 2009, Adele received the awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Her second studio album “21” was even more successful and earned numerous awards, including a record-tying six Grammy Awards, two Brit Awards, and three American Music Awards. The album has sold 31 million copies worldwide. Her third studio album “25” became the 2015 year's best-selling album and broke first week sales records in both the UK and US. Now the artist is touring the globe with her “Live 2016” – World Tour.

It's a Yes for Robe

13/05/2016 - Production News

UK – Show designer Bryan Leitch and lighting director Jamie Thompson from creative visual design specialist MIRRAD chose over 120 Robe moving lights among other fixtures to light YesLive 2016, a high-energy showcase music performance and awards event staged at the London Roundhouse.

Music Awards for 8000 people with NEXT-proaudio

13/05/2016 - Production News

Denmark – NEXT-proaudio recently supplied the Sound reinforcement set up required for Club Awards in Denmark on 19th March. The whole sound system for the Club Awards was provided by the Danish Rental Company Showtech Event Group.

Sands Expo and Convention Centre Invests in Singapore’s First Meyer Sound Lyon and Leopard Systems

13/05/2016 - Project News

Singapore – Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Asia’s leading destination for MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Events), has upgraded its inventory of AV equipment with the first Meyer Sound Lyon and Leopard linear sound reinforcement systems in Singapore. Located within the Marina Bay Sands resort, the centre has invested in 156 total Meyer Sound loudspeakers to support large-scale corporate events and concerts, representing the largest investment to date in Leo Family technology by any hotel/MICE operator in the world.

Video Design invest for A-ha

13/05/2016 - Production News

Amid the churn and chaff of modern pop music few bands stand out as really distinct. A-ha is certainly one, born in the 1980s, their music is entirely unique to them, the voice of their talismanic lead singer Morten Harket setting them apart.

PixelFLEX helps transform a new worship environment for Calvary Chapel

13/05/2016 - Project News

USA – Located in Las Vegas, NV, Calvary Chapel Spring Valley is a growing worship family who is also dedicated to building a strong educational foundation through the Calvary Chapel Christian School on site as well. As the congregation has now outgrown their current facility, they have temporarily relocated to the school’s gymnasium in order to hold their worship services. With a desire to bring LED video into the new facility as well, Calvary Chapel then took this opportunity to incorporate the technology into the gymnasium environment and they did so using FLEXLite 3.99mm LED from PixelFLEX.

Robe BMFLs Complete New Order Tour

13/05/2016 - Production News

Worldwide – In September 2015 innovative post-punk electronic rock band New Order released their tenth “Music Complete” album and started the live tour to support the work, which to date has included tours of the UK, Europe, Asia and is set to visit the US, Japan, Australia and then festivals this summer.

L-Acoustics Kara Crowns Bristol's Trinity Centre

13/05/2016 - Project News

UK – Based in the Grade II* listed former Holy Trinity Church, Trinity Centre is a multi-space community, performance and arts venue which plays a key role in Bristol’s contemporary cultural scene. An ongoing major conservation and renovation programme has recently seen an L-Acoustics Kara audio system installed in its main space.

Jojo Tillmann Goes All White with GLP X4 Atom for Lena Club Tour

13/05/2016 - Production News

German creative director, JoJo Tillmann, brought all his vast experience to bear on the recent tour by Lena Meyer-Landrut, the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest winner.

Elation ACL 360 Bars Light Phil Collins Performance at Little Dreams Foundation Benefit

13/05/2016 - Production News

USA - Grammy Award-winning recording artist Phil Collins hosted the second annual Little Dreams Foundation Benefit Gala in South Florida and performed at the charity event backed by a line of Elation ACL 360 Bar colour-changing battens with 360-degree rotation.

5SOS Sound Good and Feel Good with Adlib

12/05/2016 - Production News

UK – Adlib continues working with one of the hottest, most popular and talented chart-topping bands of the moment – Australian rockers 5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS) – having supplied an L-Acoustics K1 sound system and crew for their recent 5 UK arena tour.

Maestra London Expands the Team Again

12/05/2016 - People News

UK – Event technical and production specialist Maestra London expands its team again with the addition of four new people who are joining the busy Dubai and London based Maestra Group operation.

Arcángel’s San Juan Concert Gets Pumped Up with Chauvet Professional

12/05/2016 - Production News

Puerto Rico – Born in New York to Dominican and Puerto Rican parents (his mother is Carmen Santos of “Las Chicas del Can”) and raised for much of his youth in Puerto Rico, internationally acclaimed singer Arcángel fuses a diverse mix of musical and cultural influences into his unique brand of Reggaetón. His bold blend of rap, hip-hop, electro and Caribbean sounds has ignited the passions of audiences around the world. Such music calls for a fiercely intense light show, which is precisely what David Ayala provided for the superstar’s recent “Los Favoritos” concert, using a collection of high-output fixtures from Chauvet Professional supplied by Musique Xpress.

Meyer Sound Expands Sales Team with New Vertical Market Positions

12/05/2016 - People News

USA – Meyer Sound strengthens its worldwide sales team with three new hires: Andy Willcox as sales manager residential systems, Daniel Rivera as sales specialist house of worship market and Antonio Manzo as sales director Mexico. The new hires will help Meyer Sound to build on vertical markets worldwide.

C3 Presents and Bandit Illuminate NFL Draft Town

12/05/2016 - Production News

USA – The 81st NFL Draft returned to the Second City’s Grant Park to create Draft Town, a 900,000 square foot mini metropolis. C3 Presents commissioned Bandit Lites to provide lighting, crew and logistics for more than a dozen areas of Draft Town, including the NFL Autograph Stage, NFL Photo Op Stage, The Ferris Wheel, The NFL Lombardi Trophy, The NFL Museum, The NFL Draft Tavern, site lighting, two SL-100 stages, The Draft Town Entrance, The Buckingham Fountain and the outside of the Selection Square structure.

Ampere Gets The Pointe

12/05/2016 - Production News

South Africa – Ampere is the latest Cape Town-based rental and technical production company to invest in Robe Pointe moving lights, adding eight fixtures to their hire stock.

The Music Link takes over sales and distribution of Klotz AIS Cables for the USA-wide MI retail sector

12/05/2016 - Business News

USA – With immediate effect, The Music Link Corp., Hayward, CA will take over all sales and distribution operations for Klotz AIS Germany’s MI product range to the MI retail sector in the USA.

dLive Manages Brazilian Country Music Festival

12/05/2016 - Production News

An Allen & Heath dLive digital mixing system was used at FoH for Brazil’s annual Villa Mix festival, which takes place annually in Manaus. Supplied by PA company, Barra Som, the festival showcases ten of the country’s top country music artists, staged in the city’s huge Sambadrone.

Painting with Light Has a Laugh with Tegen De Sterren Op Live

11/05/2016 - Production News

Belgium – A creative show design team from Painting with Light, led by Luc Peumans, delivered the stunning set, video and lighting that helped present a cutting-edge live version of top-rated Belgian comedy TV show “Tegen De Sterren Op” (Against the Stars) at Antwerp Sportpalais for two incendiary performances of the hilarious satirical impressionist show.

Adamson Grows North American Support Team

11/05/2016 - People News

Canada – Adamson Systems Engineering has announced the expansion of its North American support team. Richard Woida has joined the US applications group to reinforce Adamson’s growing client base in the United States. Scott Shields has been hired as sales and marketing co-ordinator, working out of the Canadian headquarters.

GLP impressions Support Dingushan Festival

11/05/2016 - Production News

China – With the brilliant Sun Nan headlining, alongside artists such as Jordan Chan (Chan Siu-Chun), Guangzhou-based Ruisheng Lighting & Audio fielded an array of cutting-edge LED technology from GLP, for whom they are the Chinese distributor, at the recent ZhaoQing Dinghushan Music Festival in the province of Guangdong.

Aurora head back to Maidstone for more Later

11/05/2016 - Production News

UK – Making a welcome return to the Maidstone Studios, LD Chris Rigby, who picked up the Royal Television Society 'Lighting for Multicamera' Award for his work lighting Later … With Jools Holland, is once again adding some creative illumination to the wonderfully eclectic blend of performances featured in this, the 48th season of the BBC flagship music show.

Great Sound is Top of the Menu at De Oude Tol

11/05/2016 - Project News

The Netherlands – Overlooking one of the Netherlands' many wide, sweeping drainage dykes, De Oude Tol (The Old Toll) is a popular restaurant and bar in Oud Beijerland, south of Rotterdam. A new Yamaha installation has radically enhanced the quality and flexibility of the venue’s audio system.

Elation Lights 2016 Coachella Tents and Festival Grounds

11/05/2016 - Production News

USA – Elation Professional LED lighting was used in several tents at this year’s Coachella Music and Arts Festival with Elation lights also used to uplight the festival’s well-loved rows of palm trees in rainbows of festive colour.

Osram Lightify voting to add colour to the Eurovision Song Contest

11/05/2016 - Production News

Sweden – During the Eurovision Song Contest in May, Osram will bathe the Swedish capital in bright colours that show what viewers think of the songs. The Munich-based lighting specialist will light up seven landmarks in Stockholm and countless living rooms around the world with the help of light control during the semifinals and finals of the song contest. The colour of the lights will reflect each song's appeal to viewers.

Robe BMFLs Say Hello on Adele Tour

10/05/2016 - Production News

Worldwide – Nearly 100 Robe BMFL Spots are on tour with multi-award winning chart-topping singer/songwriter Adele’s current ‘Adele Live 2016’ world tour, in a stylish and dramatic lighting concept developed by Patrick Woodroffe working with associate lighting designer Adam Basset from design practice Woodroffe Bassett Design (WBD).

Selena Gomez succeeds in opening night with full stage production

10/05/2016 - Production News

USA – For Selena Gomez’s second solo concert tour, TAIT Towers, the global company known for designing and fabricating live staging equipment and scenic design for world tours including The Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, U2, Madonna and more, innovated stage design and set elements for her Revival Tour. To integrate an interactive, scenic stage while emphasizing the theme of Gomez’s latest hits, TAIT built a 49ft rolling main stage that incorporates a painted 32ft thrust performance deck that creates the illusion of three overlapping, individual runways. In addition, TAIT fabricated LED inflatable orbs that illuminate.

Higher Ground Music Hall Goes Rogue

10/05/2016 - Project News

USA – Vermont’s largest city is built on a steep hill rising from an elevation of 95’ at Lake Champlain to 300’ at the university district only a half mile away, where the appropriately named Higher Ground Music Hall is located. The cavernous venue has indeed taken the local music scene to new heights since it opened in 2004, bringing in national and international jam band, jazz and indie acts. Recently, this rapidly rising music venue upgraded its house lighting rig by adding a collection of Rogue R1 Spots, R1 Washes and R2 Washes from Chauvet Professional.

Bandit Hires Shay Simpson to World HQ

10/05/2016 - People News

USA – Bandit Lites has announced the addition of Shay Simpson to its corporate ranks at its world HQ in Knoxville. A 13-year veteran of the entertainment industry, Simpson brings her meticulous expertise to Bandit’s stellar accounting team as senior accountant, and will manage all aspect of the accounting systems while developing and maintaining accounting policies and procedures.

The Warehouse Joins Adamson Network and Opens Third Office in the North West

10/05/2016 - Business News

UK – Leading pro-audio provider The Warehouse Sound Services has been named the UK dealer for world-class loudspeaker brand Adamson Systems Engineering. As one of the largest suppliers of pro-audio equipment in Scotland and north of England, The Warehouse has opened a third branch in Lancashire to support their new Adamson partnership. The Warehouse currently has offices in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

POLARaudio Appoints Adam Brown

10/05/2016 - People News

UK – AV specialist Adam Brown has joined POLARaudio as a business development manager in the company's installed audio team. His appointment reflects POLARaudio's continuing growth in this area and its commitment to delivering high levels of service and expertise to its customers. Adam's audio credentials are impressive, encompassing everything from live sound with A-list performers to large high-end installation projects. A sound technology graduate of the Liverpool School of Performing Arts, he holds numerous technical industry qualifications as well as a formidable array of skills developed in the studio rental sector.

Okulus adds a little Ayrton Magic to Halsey’s travels in Europe

10/05/2016 - Production News

American singer and songwriter Halsey kicked off the European section of her Badlands tour at Glasgow’s O2 Academy earlier this year.

PixelFLEX announces Intellasound Productions as its newest rental partner

10/05/2016 - Business News

USA –The multi-award winning LED video display manufacturer PixelFLEX has announced Intellasound Productions as its newest production rental partner. With its headquarters in Verona, Wisconsin, Intellasound Productions has been supplying audio, lighting, staging, backline and touring support for a wide variety of live events, and they have now added FLEXCurve 6mm LED video technology from PixelFLEX to their rental inventory to strengthen their client support nationwide.

Rigging Box invests in Prolyte truss

10/05/2016 - Production News

Rigging Box, part of the Ampco Flashlight Group, is a dry-hire rigging company with a wide range of truss, chain-hoists and other rigging equipment. Rigging Box started in 2004 and serves a large part of the Dutch market, as well as projects throughout Europe, such as events, festivals, theatres or tours.

French PA Company Musical’Ré Investsin dLive

10/05/2016 - Production News

France – Breton events company, Musical’Ré, recently invested in Allen & Heath’s new dLive digital mixing system.

DPA Microphones Form the Backbone of a Unique Classical Recording Rig

10/05/2016 - Project News

UK – A selection of DPA microphones have been incorporated into a unique rig that is designed to bring recording facilities to three Birmingham-based musical bodies.

First ETC ColorSource ThruPower installed at Arnolfini arts centre

10/05/2016 - Project News

UK – A contemporary arts centre in Bristol has become the first venue in Europe to install the new ETC ColorSource ThruPower system, which launched at the beginning of the year. The Arnolfini, which is located in a former tea warehouse dating from the 1830s, hosts regular live theatre events, as well as film, dance and university shows, and is also used by drama students at the University of the West of England. So it was important to future-proof the venue when their previous dimmers came to the end of their life.

Izzard and Intasound Take Martin Audio Mini to The Palace

10/05/2016 - Production News

UK – Eddie Izzard recently completed a hectic spring schedule, following up a four-week residency at London’s Palace Theatre by completing a staggering 27 marathons in 27 days across South Africa.

Elation ACL 360 Matrix Effects for Heart on “Queens of Sheba” Tour

10/05/2016 - Production News

Canada – Forty years after their first hits climbed the charts, American rock band Heart teamed up with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts for a “Queens of Sheba” 2016 tour through Canada that saw the Wilson sisters performing their rock staple hits beneath an automated rig that included effects from Elation Professional’s new ACL 360 Matrix LED moving panels.

DiGiCo Mixes with the Marines

10/05/2016 - Production News

UK – A club in London’s Wood Green might seem like the unlikely setting for a group of US marines celebrating their final night before heading off to war, but when those ‘marines’ are students from the adjacent Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts (MATA), in a musical named Dogfight, the location makes much more sense. Sound engineer Chris Maniadakis chose DiGiCo’s entry-level S21, supplied by Autograph Sales, to collar the production’s sound.

Tarm Releases New Laser Series in the Range Between Two and Seven Watt Power

09/05/2016 - Equipment News

Two, Four and Seven Watt RGB, 45kpps at 8° and a browser interface for system configuration – these are the key facts of the new tarm Series. Since tarm joined the Laserworld Group at the beginning of 2016, a lot of development has happened, especially in co-operation with Ray Technologies. This all ended up in the presentation of a brand new product line at this year’s Prolight+Sound. Tarm managed to create a product setup that perfectly fits the company group’s portfolio and replaces the RTI ATTO and RTI FEMTO systems.

Switching Out for Ashly Audio Gear Improves Mtsu’s Athletics Weight Room

09/05/2016 - Project News

USA – Middle Tennessee State University’s athletic teams compete in Division I of Conference USA, and its Blue Raiders athletes do most of their indoor training in the Charles M. Murphy Athletic Center, which houses a basketball arena, multiple gymnasiums, training rooms, and a well-appointed weight room. Local A/V integration firm Southeastern Sound Inc. recently upgraded the weight room sound system using Ashly Audio processing and amplification, which greatly improves the system’s impact and simplifies the ease with which student athletes can operate it.

Rat Sound Debuts Allen & Heath’s dLive on Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros Tour

09/05/2016 - Production News

USA – Renowned California-based PA company Rat Sound recently purchased an Allen & Heath dLive system, which was immediately put to work on a nationwide tour with Los Angeles based indie band, Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros (ESMZ).

Axiom at PLASA Focus Leeds

09/05/2016 - Event News

UK – Proel will exhibit at the annual PLASA Focus trade show at the Royal Armouries in Leeds on May 10th and 11th. Fast becoming the 'go to' show for the northern region's audio professionals, PLASA Focus retains an intimate atmosphere and a clear business focus in spite of expanding its exhibitor numbers and stand capacity this year.

Digital Audio for Cloud in Poland

09/05/2016 - Business News

Cloud Electronics has announced Digital Audio as the exclusive distribution channel for the full range of Cloud audio mixers, zoners, multi-channel amplifiers, and audio distribution systems for Poland, effective 1st May 2016.

Yamaha Makes Connections at PLASA Focus 2016

09/05/2016 - Event News

UK – PLASA Focus 2016 sees Yamaha sharing a stand with loudspeaker manufacturer Nexo and highlighting the interconnectivity of the company’s professional audio systems for installation, broadcast and live production.

K-array KR102 is Fit for a Princess

06/05/2016 - Project News

UK – For the past 50 years, Plymouth-based Princess Yachts has been building motor cruisers which epitomise the last word in luxury, gracing all the world’s most exclusive marinas. The company recently hosted a dinner for its international dealers, where a K-array KR102 system helped event production company SXS Events ensure that the quality of the evening’s entertainment matched that of the Princess vessels.

Pearce Hire returns to PLASA Focus Leeds for fourth year

06/05/2016 - Event News

UK – Taking a short break from pre-season planning for the busy summer ahead, Pearce Hire will return for a fourth consecutive time to the all important PLASA Focus regional event in Leeds next week.

Low Down at the Showdown

06/05/2016 - Production News

UK – The 2016 Bhangra Showdown (TBS) event produced by Kudos AV and the Imperial College Punjabi Society is the world’s biggest Bhangra dance competition and this year moved to Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena. Once again, the bar on production values was spectacularly upped.

DiGiCo S21 gets (The) Used on rock band tour

06/05/2016 - Production News

USA – Sean Palmer, front of house engineer for US rock band The Used, has been mixing audio for almost two decades. He has recently discovered the delights of DiGiCo’s new S21 digital mixing console, supplied by Clair Brothers, PA rental company for the band’s current album celebration tour. It has, he says, changed everything for him…

LD Systems Helps Turner Live Events Create Unified Lighting Look at March Madness Music Festival with Next NXT-1

06/05/2016 - Production News

USA – The 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final matchup between Villanova and North Carolina will definitely go down as one of the most exciting games in tournament history. It will also be remembered as being among the most successful. Televised across the Turner networks, the game was the second most viewed cable broadcast of a college basketball contest ever. Not to be outdone, the fan events surrounding the game also reached dizzying heights. This much was readily apparent at Houston’s Discovery Green Park, where crowds of 165,000 filled the park to capacity for the three-night March Madness Music Festival, which was also live streamed to millions more at home.

GLP X4 Bar 20 Creates Dynamic Cyc Light for Madame Butterfly

06/05/2016 - Production News

USA – GLP recently completed its most auspicious theatre installation at the hands of experienced theatre lighting designer Rick Fisher.

Zero 88 at PLASA Focus Leeds 2016

06/05/2016 - Event News

UK – Zero 88 will be exhibiting at PLASA Focus Leeds on stand N-B12, with several exciting new products and releases.

Martin Audio’s Full CDD Range on View at PLASA Focus

06/05/2016 - Event News

UK – Long-time supporters of PLASA Focus, Martin Audio return to the Royal Armouries Leeds this year where they will be presenting a large showcase of some of their most highly specified new products, on stand #N-C19.

Canberra Theatre Centre Invests in Robe

05/05/2016 - Project News

Australia – Canberra Theatre Centre (CTC) is a lively and proactive arts and cultural hub at Australia’s capital city, comprising three main venues: the 1244 seater Canberra Theatre, The Playhouse which holds 614 people and The Studio, a black box space with a capacity of 100.

Syncrolite Celebrates Red Rock Resort’s Tenth Anniversary

05/05/2016 - Production News

USA – Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas celebrated its tenth anniversary on 23rd April, 2016 with a fireworks and lighting show featuring Syncrolite XL Xenon searchlights that filled the sky over the resort in an eight-minute choreographed lighting, fireworks and audio display.

Steering the Sound: Meyer Sound CAL at Swiss University Lecture Halls

05/05/2016 - Project News

Switzerland – Two leading Swiss universities have equipped lecture halls with Meyer Sound CAL 64 column array loudspeakers to provide highly intelligible voice reproduction in challenging acoustical environments. Identical CAL systems at ETH Zurich and the University of Basel apply advanced beam steering technology to custom tailor uniform coverage of two differently shaped lecture halls, greatly improving students’ intelligibility of instructors’ voices.

Panic! at the Disco Tours with Bandit Lites

05/05/2016 - Production News

USA – Panic! at the Disco wrapped their spring tour with a lighting package provided by world renowned lighting company, Bandit Lites. The American pop/rock band known for their clever lyrics and distinctive sound released their fifth studio album Death of a Bachelor earlier this year, and is gearing up for a co-headlining summer tour with Weezer.

Joining up the Killer Dots

05/05/2016 - Production News

USA – Lighting designer Steven Douglas is no stranger to the delights of Ayrton fixtures. When he was looking for a new way to showcase The Killers’ logo of a ‘K’, his previous experience of Ayrton MagicDot-R proved a fertile ground for firing his imagination. “We’ve had various incarnations of the logo over the years; I’d always thought it would be cool to build a giant ‘K’ out of moving lights but I was always put off by the size and weight it would inevitably end up being as well as the space needed between fixtures to allow to the head to move.”

Pennsylvania Ballet World Premiere of “Don Quixote” Features Clay Paky Alpha Spots and Profiles

05/05/2016 - Production News

USA – Philadelphia-based lighting designer Michael Korsch selected Clay Paky Alpha Spot QWO 800 and Alpha Profile 800 ST moving lights as part of the rig for the world premiere of “Don Quixote” at the Pennsylvania Ballet.

Video Design helps bring balance to ELO

05/05/2016 - Production News

The current tour by Jeff Lynne’s ELO has been eagerly awaited; reviews of the new album ‘Alone in the Universe’ have only raised that expectation. A quick glance at the mainstream Press confirms that the show does not disappoint, ‘Warmth and audible sunbeams from Mr Blue Sky’ said David Smyth in London’s Evening Standard, alluding to the strength of Lynne’s musical canon. For show designer Tim Routledge this was a solid foundation to build upon. “To create a beautiful show you have to have balance,” he said, “and a big part of that, in technology terms, is the critical relationship between all the visual elements of the show and the music.”

Shakespeare Live! from the RSC with Technical Support from PRG XL Video

05/05/2016 - Production News

UK – On Saturday 23rd April 2016 the world celebrated the life and work of William Shakespeare, on the 400th anniversary of his death. The commemorative events included Shakespeare Live! From the RSC – a live production including music, drama and comedy, which took place at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.

SSL L500 Sets New Standard for Leona Lewis

05/05/2016 - Production News

UK Soulful, multi-talented vocalist and performer Leona Lewis has been on a 14-date tour of the UK with an SSL L500 console and K-array Slim Array technology, chosen by celebrated FoH engineer Dave Wooster (pictured).

Avolites Names Group One Sole US Distributor For Ai Media Server

05/05/2016 - Business News

USA – Avolites Ltd has announced the immediate appointment of Group One Ltd as the sole US distributor for its Ai range of media servers.

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

05/05/2016 - Event News

UK – A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. is showcasing the latest product highlights from its extensive brand portfolio at the PLASA Focus Leeds 2016 Show at the Royal Armouries, Leeds, stand N-E02, 10th – 11th May.

L-Acoustics Delivers Two Portions of Turkish Delight

05/05/2016 - Project News

Turkey – With its long history as the meeting point between Asia and Europe, Istanbul has always been a vibrant and cosmopolitan centre of Turkish entertainment and culture. Recently L-Acoustics was chosen to deliver high quality audio in two of the city’s most prestigious new venues.

Go, Go Gadget Show Live With Allen & Heath dLive

05/05/2016 - Production News

UK – A brace of Allen & Heath dLive digital mixing systems was recently employed for live stage performances and recordings at Gadget Show Live at Birmingham’s NEC.

PR Lighting Introduce Flicker-free Pro Stage 150 For Studios

05/05/2016 - Equipment News

PR Lighting’s new Pro Stage 150 RGBW 5°, 10°, 19°, 26° – part of its burgeoning new Studio range – has been designed for the theatre and studio, as well as other applications where high-definition lighting is needed.

PR Lighting Produce Single and Twin-Head Arc LEDs

05/05/2016 - Equipment News

PR Lighting has launched its new ARC LED 1027 (PR-8806) outdoor lighting fixture — a companion to the 'two head' version, the ARC LED 1054 (PR-8808).

Yamaha CIS Is On The Money At Banco di Napoli

05/05/2016 - Project News

Italy – Founded in 1539, the Banco di Napoli (Bank of Naples) is the oldest bank on the Italian peninsular. Its historical archive is a remarkable time capsule of Italian history stretching back nearly half a century, part of which has recently been opened as a visitor attraction. A Yamaha audio installation plays a key role in telling the story.

Yamaha QL5 Provides Peace Of Mind To De Hersenhap

05/05/2016 - Production News

Belgium – De Hersenhap (A Piece Of Mind) is a humorous Dutch language production which has enjoyed a highly successful Belgian tour this spring. Front of house and monitor sound are both mixed on a Yamaha QL5 digital console, a decision which could appropriately be described as a ‘no-brainer’.

Mark Burnett Joins Hawthorn to Strengthen Touring Theatre Division

04/05/2016 - People News

UK – Mark Burnett, former business development manager at Stage Electrics, has joined technical production expert, Hawthorn, to support the ongoing development of its technical equipment Hire service within the touring theatre sector.

May The Fourth Be With You … Creating a New Dimension

04/05/2016 - Business News

UKToday (4th May), Dimension, the audio arm of Creative Technology, unveiled its new identity which is part of a series of changes intended to relaunch the business in the UK and build upon the groups specialist audio services.

PSI Invests to Supply Latest Riverdance Tour

04/05/2016 - Production News

Europe – Production Services Ireland (PSI) – Dublin and Belfast based lighting, rigging and visuals production specialist PSI is supplying lighting and rigging equipment to the current UK and European tour of Riverdance, one of the most successful dance shows in the world.

Cape Town International Jazz Festival Parties with Rogue R2 Washes

04/05/2016 - Production News

South Africa – There are a few select jazz festivals that make it on to the resumes of virtually every legendary artist in this timeless musical genre. South Africa’s International Cape Town Jazz Festival is high on that list. Tickets for the world’s fourth largest jazz festival invariably sell out in a heartbeat, as aficionados from around the world descend on this famous seaside city every year to hear the sweet sounds of artist like Herbie Hancock and Jack DeJohnette.

Clay Paky fixtures augment The 1975’s inspired staging

04/05/2016 - Production News

Europe – English alt rock band-of-the-moment The 1975 are touring the UK and Europe with an inspired video screen and light staging concept created by show director Tobias Rylander and augmented by Clay Paky Sharpy Wash 330, Mythos and Alpha Profile 1500 fixtures.

Three ESTA Standards in Public Review

04/05/2016 - Standards News

Three draft standards have been added to the ESTA public review page at http://tsp.esta.org/tsp/documents/public_review_docs.php. People materially affected by the standards are invited to review them and to offer comments, if they chose, before the reviews end on June 27. The three draft standards are:

Changes to Art-Net OEM code application process

04/05/2016 - Business News

UK - Artistic Licence, inventor of the Art-Net lighting control protocol, has streamlined the process for OEM code applications. The Art-Net specification requires all Art-Net devices to have a valid OEM code so they can be identified.

Exploded Cluster Loudspeaker System Serves Maple Eagles Gymnasium

04/05/2016 - Project News

USA – Located near Oklahoma City, Maple Schools is a K-8 elementary school serving 155 students. Its new Clyde Gene Miller Gymnasium, completed in 2014, is a state-of-the-art multi-purpose facility for Maple Eagles sports, band and choir performances, assemblies, graduations and other events. In 2015, the school added a versatile, high-performance audio system designed and installed by Video Reality of Oklahoma City.

Artistic Licence at PLASA Focus Leeds 2016

04/05/2016 - Event News

UK - Artistic Licence, industry experts in lighting control, invite visitors to stand P-12 at this year’s PLASA Focus Leeds. With three new product launches and a preview of the first offering in the ground-breaking lightJuice range, the show holds much excitement in store.

Elation Protron 3K Color LED Strobe Offers an Explosion of Colour

04/05/2016 - Equipment News

Elation Professional has added to its family of LED strobes with the new Protron 3K Color, a high-power LED strobe light featuring 240 x CREE XLamp 3W RGBW LEDs and 40,000 lumens of power for an explosion of colour. The Protron 3K Color not only packs a powerful punch of coloured light and, without thermal issues, it provides a much better ROI compared to conventional 3K Xenon strobes on the market.

WBD masterminds multi-zone lighting at Saatchi Gallery

03/05/2016 - Production News

UK – The most highly tipped rock & roll exhibition of all time – the Rolling Stones’ Exhibitionism at the Saatchi Gallery in London – uses technology on a grand scale to create the realism of the band’s early history, and enhance the visitor experience through seven separate zones.

ETC returns to PLASA Focus Leeds

03/05/2016 - Event News

UK – Following a successful Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt, ETC is heading to Leeds for the annual PLASA Focus event, taking place at the Royal Armouries, 10th - 11th May. The company will present a selection of its newest innovations and most popular products on stand N-C06.

Grand Gig Puts its Hands Up for Robe

03/05/2016 - Production News

The Netherlands – Dutch House DJ Fedde Le Grand recently played his GRAND 2016 event at Amsterdam’s 20,000 capacity Ziggo Dome, which was completely sold out and featured a spectacular lighting design by JJ Rotte from Dutch lighting and visual creative practice Light Image and over 200 Robe moving lights.

J.R. Clancy licenses Front-Loading Arbor, Arbor Trap and SuperArbor

03/05/2016 - Business News

North America – Grid Well Inc. (GWI) has announced that J.R. Clancy has signed a licence agreement for the manufacture and sale of its patented Front-Loading Arbor, its patent pending safety device the Arbor Trap and the SuperArbor.

Mariah Carey Tours Europe with Meyer Sound Leo: “All the Nuances Are Right There”

03/05/2016 - Production News

Europe – R&B diva Mariah Carey recently packed “A-level” arenas across Europe with a Meyer Sound Leo linear large-scale sound reinforcement system. The powerful and transparent system clearly delivered Carey’s five-octave range and soaring, melismatic vocal style to every seat without the use of delays. Mixed by FoH engineer Lorin White Jr., the 22-city “Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour” was Carey’s first European tour in 13 years.

Bud Light Factory Parties at SXSW with Bandit Lites

03/05/2016 - Production News

USA – When Bud Light decided to throw a party at South by Southwest Music Festival, they went all out with a full blown production complete with the world’s best lighting company. Working with Mosaic and LiveNation, Bandit Lites provided the lighting package for both the Brazos Event Center and the rousing upstairs party, where musical performances throughout the weekend included Bleachers, A$AP Ferg, Yo Gotti, The Struts, MisterWives, Santigold, and Bloc Party with it all capped off Saturday night with The Roots SXSW Jam featuring Big Grams (Big Boi and Phantogram) and other special guests.

HK Audio targets installation market with new Business Solutions division

03/05/2016 - Business News

Germany – HK Audio has formed a new business solutions division, offering highly efficient and acoustically outstanding packages worldwide for installation projects which require special custom solutions.

It’s a slam-dunk for Picturall at the Staples Center, LA!

03/05/2016 - Project News

USA – The Staples Center in downtown LA is one of the world’s prime sporting and entertainments venues, hosting over 250 events and some four million guests every year. The venue is home to four professional sports franchises including the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers production team has recently invested in a sophisticated 360-degree video installation to further enhance the spectator experience. At the heart of the system is a powerful Octo media server from Picturall.

All-in-one laser solution for DJs and nightclubs – including custom text projection

03/05/2016 - Equipment News

Lasers are becoming more and more popular and especially mobile DJs and smaller nightclubs often request a product that is easy to operate, is capable of projecting tunnel effects, layers and some basic shapes and figures, and most importantly can write custom messages as running text. And of course the laser should be RGB and white light fto make the projection fit in with the lighting design.

Avolites Ai S6 Servers Drive LED Cube for VERY.co.uk advert

03/05/2016 - Production News

UK A new advert for online British retailer VERY's Spring 2016 fashion collection has gone live, featuring an LED cube perfectly pixel mapped and powered by an Avolites Ai S6 server.

Robe Gets up to Speed with MPH Australia

03/05/2016 - Production News

Australia – MPH Australia is a busy lighting rental company based in Melbourne, headed by Matt Hansen (pictured), a well-known personality in the Australian production world.

Elation Platinum Fixtures Light Off-Broadway’s “Death for Five Voices”

03/05/2016 - Production News

USA - Lighting designer Susan Nicholson used Elation Professional’s Platinum Spot 35 Pro moving head luminaire for front lighting, backlighting and texturing on a recent Off Broadway production of the new musical drama “Death for Five Voices.”

David Gilmour’s Tour Crew Rattle That Lock With L-Acoustics’ New KS28 Subs

03/05/2016 - Production News

USA – When a client has been one of the creative forces behind the reference music used to tune literally thousands of concert PA systems across the known universe, you had better bring your “A-Game”– and your best gear. That is exactly what Clearwing Productions did when they got the call to provide sound reinforcement for David Gilmour’s Rattle That Lock North American tour by specifying a full L-Acoustics K1/K2 rig complemented by the company’s brand new KS28 subwoofers.

Sennheiser shows smart audio solutions at RTÉ Mojocon

03/05/2016 - Event News

Ireland – At RTÉ Mojocon, one of the leading conferences for mobile journalism and mobile content creation, held on 29th and 30th April, Sennheiser showcased its current and future audio solutions for smart devices. From inconspicuous clip-on microphones to rugged handhelds, Sennheiser’s digital products deliver the high-quality audio that producers working with smartphones and tablets have been waiting for. Participants also experienced the future of mobile 360° content production with an early look at a prototype of Sennheiser’s AMBEO virtual-reality microphone.

Music announces proposed Tannoy redundancies and possible closure of its Coatbridge Plant

03/05/2016 - Business News

UK – Music has announced that it proposes to dismiss as redundant around 70 staff at its manufacturing and office facility in Coatbridge, Scotland. The company is about to enter into a process of collective consultation with all affected employees, but in the event that the redundancies are confirmed following consultation, the Coatbridge facility would cease operations completely. In this event, the Tannoy loudspeaker production would be transferred to Music’s new three million square-foot manufacturing plant in Zhongshan, China, with its research and development and marketing activities being relocated to Music’s Innovation center in Manchester.

Hawthorn Get the Gig with OMD

03/05/2016 - Production News

UK & Germany – Hawthorn has been awarded the contract to supply lighting and crew for upcoming performances by influential 1980’s British new wave group, OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark).

The National Folk Orchestra of Ireland Delights its First London Audience with Help From DPA Microphones

03/05/2016 - Production News

UK – DPA microphones played a key role in delivering exceptional sound quality to the Comhaltas National Folk Orchestra of Ireland, which made its London debut over Easter with a special concert at the Barbican.