News Archive for June 2017

Kinetic equipment from Movecat for "Vrienden van Amstel" in Rotterdam

30/06/2017 - Production News

The Netherlands – The "Biggest Pub in the Netherlands" opened its doors once again in January, sponsored by Amstel beer. The event, named "Vrienden van Amstel", is one of the most popular festivals in the Netherlands. The nine back-to-back concerts, each a sell-out with an audience of 14,000, were greeted with enthusiastic applause by the 126,000 fans. The most unusual feature of Vrienden van Amstel as an event is that the names of the performers are not made public prior to the start of each show.

grandMA2 performs at Jiangsu Centre for the Performing Arts: Reliability and flexibility praised

30/06/2017 - Project News

China – The Jiangsu Centre for the Performing Arts, located at the Olympic Sports Center in Jiangsu Najing, is the largest modern theatre in China second in size only to the National Grand Theater located in Beijing. It was designated as a world-class exhibition of works of art, the international exchange of arts activities platform and a public education platform for the promotion of arts.

Kinesys Stages Demo Day in Canada

30/06/2017 - Standards News

Canada – Automation specialist Kinesys is staging its first product awareness demonstration in Canada on 8th July for one day only, to make people aware that Kinesys products have ‘officially landed’ in Canada and are available for immediate rental from Drifter Rigging.

Robe Catches the Starlight Classics

30/06/2017 - Production News

South Africa – The most recent RMB Starlight Classics concert, staged at the beautiful, calm and leafy green Vergelegen Wine Estate in Somerset West, Western Cape, was lit by Chris Bolton of Keystone Productions, with a little help from some Robe moving lights.

Morris Highlights Hall & Oates 2017 Tour with Mozarts and IMS

30/06/2017 - Production News

USA – Daryl Hall and John Oates kicked off their 2017 summer tour last month at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The whirlwind tour across America’s heartland includes 30 dates through July. The lighting design team of Matt Geasey and Jesper Luth specified 140 Solaris Mozart fixtures, as well as 600 IMS Mk2 RGBW lamps on 12 110-foot festoon strings, all provided to the tour by Morris of Nashville.

New release for LabGruppen's PLM+ and D Series

30/06/2017 - Equipment News

LabGruppen and Lake have released a new update for the Lake Controller software suite.

Angels in America is under control with ETC’s Eos and LightStrike

30/06/2017 - Production News

London – Tony Kushner’s multi-award-winning play, Angels in America has made a triumphant return to the National Theatre, marking 25 years since its UK debut. This technology-laden production of the two-part epic features innovative ways of working with ETC’s Eos family of lighting control desks.

2017 PLASA AGM Reflects on a Remarkable 12 Months

30/06/2017 - Business News

UK – The PLASA AGM and Members Lunch returned to the beautiful surroundings of Hatfield House on 22nd June to celebrate a year of stability, new initiatives and the promise of future growth.

Serious Stages New Other Stage at Glastonbury Festival 2017

30/06/2017 - Production News

UK – Glastonbury Festival’s new look Other Stage was designed and manufactured by Serious Stages, who also installed the system along with the main stages across the site.

Avolites Tiger Touch II selected for £3.3 million new-build theatre

30/06/2017 - Project News

UK – Theatre lighting designer Andy Webb (pictured) has specified an Avolites Tiger Touch II as the house-desk at The Griffin Centre, a new £3.3 million state-of the-art performance venue at prestigious Cotswold educational establishment, Rendcomb College.

Zach Blane Supports Oklahoma! Storyline in Light with Chauvet Professional

30/06/2017 - Production News

USA – Theater audiences today are accustomed to seeing musicals where songs and dances are woven into a well-crafted dramatic storyline, but that was rarely the case prior to the 1943 Broadway debut of Oklahoma!. The Rogers and Hammerstein classic’s smashing success (it ran for an unprecedented 2,212 performances) marked the beginning of a new era, one that would ultimately see the songs and dances in a musical go from being mere entertainment numbers to vital parts of the unfolding narrative.

Network master box from Movecat assures compliance with latest SIL 3 requirements

30/06/2017 - Equipment News

The new I-Motion Network Master Box meets all the latest requirements for SIL 3 applications with Stop Category 1 in combination with DGUV V17 (BGV C1) vario drives.

Hawthorn Amp it Up with Arena Projection at CEF LIVE 2017

30/06/2017 - Production News

UK – CEF [City Electrical Factors], the expert supplier of electrical products and services for professional buyers and installers hosted their second CEF LIVE event at the NEC, Birmingham on the 8th – 10th June 2017. Hawthorn was appointed by A&I Events to deliver full technical production for the occasion, including the design and delivery of an innovative floor projection surface which captivated delegates during conference sessions.

Borås Stadsteater’s New Alcons System is Worth the Wait

30/06/2017 - Project News

Sweden – For a state-owned venue, making a major investment in new equipment can involve a long consultation process. But at a theatre in the southern Swedish city of Borås, this proved well worth the wait, with an Alcons LR7 pro-ribbon system transforming the sound of its productions.

Unusual Rigging and Engineering LLC joins forces with Deco Emirates LLC at Dubai Festival City

30/06/2017 - Project News

UAE – Dubai Festival City is a 1300 acre, waterfront urban community that has been designed to reflect the 21st century spirit of Dubai. It offers visitors a top class shopping, dining and entertainment experience but is also home to a residential community, two international schools, hotels and commercial offices.

Claypaky brings theatrical lighting to Encore Dunhuang

29/06/2017 - Production News

China – A range of Claypaky moving head fixtures created the responsive theatrical lighting for immersive Chinese theatre production ‘Encore Dunhuang’, a unique ‘walk-in’ theatre show that debuted at the first Silk Road Dunhuang International Cultural Expo.

MLA Compact Captures Every Breath of Imelda’s Incredible Voice

29/06/2017 - Production News

UK – Imelda May’s latest album Life Love Flesh Blood has seen a marked change of direction, with the Irish singer replacing her earlier rockabilly romps with a more country/soul ballad approach.

New Sounds for London’s O2 Forum with Adlib Audio Installation

29/06/2017 - Project News

UK – Academy Music Group (AMG) has once again enlisted Liverpool-based Adlib to design and deliver a completely new, full touring specification, audio system for its most recent venue acquisition, O2 Forum Kentish Town in North London. The 2,300 capacity venue is one of the most popular live music destinations in the capital.

Chauvet Professional and Chauvet DJ Fixtures Transform Labadoux Festival Main Stage

29/06/2017 - Production News

Belgium – For almost 30 years, the municipality of Ingelmunster in the Belgian province of West Flanders has played host to the Labadoux festival. Now as much a part of the Belgian cultural fabric as the region’s chocolate and beer delights, the 'Music with Roots' festival blends a wide variety of folk and other genres, and serves as a key platform for both established and up and coming acts.

Philips Lighting makes contestants shine on The Voice Kids Holland

29/06/2017 - Production News

The Netherlands – Philips Lighting has announced that its powerful and versatile new lighting fixture, the Philips Vari-Lite VL6000 Beam, featured prominently in the lighting design from specialists Light-H-Art for the finals of The Voice Kids Holland, broadcast on RTL 4.

Hawthorn Bring Bright Lights of Vegas to Battersea for Waitrose Supplier Gala Dinner 2017

29/06/2017 - Production News

UK – Creative technical event production company, Hawthorn, brought the bright lights of Las Vegas to Battersea Evolution for the Waitrose Supplier Gala Dinner 2017 on 19th May 2017. Following a Vintage Vegas theme, Hawthorn worked with client Entertee Events to transform the venue into the perfect show-stopping party venue, fit for the most upmarket of British supermarkets.

Chroma-Q Color Force II Lights Up Pyramid Stage Artists' Performances at Glastonbury Festival

29/06/2017 - Production News

UK – Nearly 50 of the multi award-winning Chroma-Q Color Force II 48 luminaire were a central feature of the Pyramid Stage lighting rig at this year's Glastonbury Festival, providing powerful coloured illumination and eye candy during both daytime and evening performances from high-profile artists including Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, Craig David, Chic, Barry Gibb, The National, First Aid Kit and many more.

Midas powers hottest summer solstice

28/06/2017 - Production News

UK - M idas was the power behind Stonehenge last week as druids, pagans, tourists and locals saw sunrise ahead of 16 hours 38 minutes of scorching daylight on 21st June.

Transaudio Group Introduces Drawmer’s New CMC2 Monitor Created to Deliver Big Studio Sound to Smaller Studios

28/06/2017 - Equipment News

TransAudio Group, US distributor of high-end pro audio recording equipment, has announced that shipments of Drawmer’s new CMC2 Compact Monitor Controller are crossing the Atlantic from England for distribution to American project- and home-studios. The new CMC2 possesses all of the critical features of Drawmer’s popular MC2.1 and MC3.1 monitor controllers, including superlative fidelity, balanced stereo inputs, a 3.5mm unbalanced stereo aux input (with independent volume control), mix check facilities (phase reverse, summed mono, and dim), and support for two sets of stereo monitors, a subwoofer, and volume-independent headphones. It leaves off the MC2.1 and MC3.1’s additional features, making it more cost-effective and well-suited to smaller studios.

ESTA Plugfest V14.0 Round-Tables Available Via WebEx

28/06/2017 - Event News

The ESTA Control Protocols Plugfest organisers have announced that two live, informal round-table discussions taking place in conjunction with the ESTA Control Protocols Plugfest in July at the D/FW Marriott Solana in Westlake, Texas will be made available to the general public via a free WebEx video conference.

Martin Audio MLA Reinforces Davide Van De Sfroos at San Siro

28/06/2017 - Production News

Italy – Italian singer songwriter Davide Van De Sfroos has brought the picturesque stories spoken in the ‘laghèe’ dialect, which is spoken in the northern areas of Lecco and Como, to one of the most important stages in Italy, the San Siro in Milan.

Chris Lisle Gets Big Looks for Jason Aldean Tour with Chauvet Professional

28/06/2017 - Production News

USA – After 12 years, 19 Number One singles and untold touring miles, AMC Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean isn’t about to take his foot off the pedal. The dust had barely settled from his 2016 “We Are Here” tour back in January, when he announced plans for his current 33-city “They Don’t Know” road show. At the time, the country superstar promised that his new tour would be bigger, bolder and brasher than anything he’d ever done before.

Sound Solution for Trinity Baptist Church

28/06/2017 - Project News

UK – A combined Proel and Axiom sound reinforcement system has been installed at Oasis House, Trinity Baptist Church's brand new facility converted from a large warehouse in south London. Originally founded by Pastor Kingsley Appiagyei, Trinity Baptist Church has grown over nearly two decades with followers now reaching several thousand worldwide across the UK, Italy, Norway, Denmark, and Ghana. Oasis House encompasses a 900-capacity auditorium and main worship space, a sports hall, a café, numerous meeting and training rooms, and children's play areas – and all are equipped with state-of-the-art audio and video communications systems.

HD Pro Audio Runs L-Acoustics Syva Evaluation Sessions in London, Birmingham and Manchester

28/06/2017 - Event News

UK – HD Pro Audio is taking to the road in July for a series of L-Acoustics Syva demonstration and evaluation days, in London, Birmingham and Manchester. Showing the ground-breaking new L-Acoustics Syva Segment Source loudspeaker system, each of the days will run from 12 noon to 4pm and the programme will consist of a product and technology overview followed by listening and evaluation with a range of material. The products covered will be the Syva, Syva Low and Syva Sub.

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Light: Netherlands Philharmonic Rehearses Under GDS ArcSystem

27/06/2017 - Project News

The Netherlands Built in the 1920s, the domed and eye-catching Majella church in East Amsterdam is a large, imposing building. Its design was inspired by the Byzantine churches in Palestine visited by its architect, Jan Stuyt. From the very beginning of the church's life, its sheer size presented the parish with expensive maintenance issues. Having struggled for long periods of time against a background of declining attendance and a consequent lack of funds, the last mass was held in 1992 and the church was bought by the city's restoration institution, Stadsherstel. Having first found a use hosting the Institute for Women's History, in 2012 it became home to the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Dutch Chamber Orchestra(NedPho/NKO)). NedPho/NKO had for some time been seeking a new rehearsal space and with Stadherstel's expertise, the heart of church was altered to create an ideal facility. The space is also used for small-scale concerts, lectures and receptions and the NedPho Dome, as it is commonly known, is highly regarded as an important cultural hub.

Complete Capture – POLAR Supplies beyerdynamic and Biamp for Lecture Theatres at NTU

27/06/2017 - Project News

UK – Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is a truly global university. Boasting a strong and internationally recognised research status, NTU offers one of the best employability records in the country, with 94% of students progressing to full-time employment or further education within six months of graduation. One of the UK's leading new universities, since 2004, NTU has invested more than £350 million across its three campuses, developing world class teaching and learning facilities. A stated goal of the university is that its teaching estate and the technical support behind it, should be first class. NTU's investment in state-of-the-art AV systems reflects this commitment and POLAR Integrated Solutions has co-operated with the university's AV team leader, Stuart Loughran, on a number of projects designed to meet the highest standards.

Green Hippo Reflects on Successful Showlight 2017

27/06/2017 - Event News

Italy – Florence was the venue for Showlight 2017 and the Green Hippo team was there in force, enabling it to benefit from the quadrennial event’s smart mix of exhibition space and time, as well as a packed programme of presentations aimed at lighting professionals.

G-LEC Solaris Enters the Galaxy at Climate Planet in Aarhus

27/06/2017 - Production News

Denmark   A gigantic 24m diameter ‘earth globe’, known as Climate Planet, has been dominating the Aarhus skyline since early June, to coincide with the Danish city being appointed European Capital of Culture.

Ambersphere Classics are Spectacular for Durham Marenghi

27/06/2017 - Production News

UK – For nearly 30 years, Durham Marenghi has been lighting Raymond Gubbay’s Classical Spectacular show. Marenghi is one of those few designers who really do not need any introduction to the reader. His designs for this production have enthralled audiences at the Royal Albert Hall for decades as he describes: “Classical Spectacular has developed from an all parcan rig with me operating on a Celco Gold to the addition of Vari*lites on an Artisan desk. I believe that we had the first Vari*lite fixtures outside of rock & roll from the VL1 upwards, through the LSD Icon control and fixtures and then on to a full automated system controlled by a grandMA from MA Lighting. Over the years we have created a massive library of musical pieces with many different rigs and the grandMA2 has converted a lot of this data into the current repertoire. I know of few other control systems that could have achieved this.”

Upload the rig to Download the show

27/06/2017 - Production News

An artist don’t get a Kerrang! front cover without blowing people’s socks off, and that’s exactly what Biffy Clyro did at Download when they headlined week ending 10th June. “We used the exact same show we toured at the end of last year,” said LD Richard Larkum (pictured), “With my full light show and all the physical and video elements of Misty’s original stage design.”

Robe Can Be Itself on Sheryl Crow Tour

27/06/2017 - Production News

USA – Multiple Grammy Award winning singer songwriter Sheryl Crow is on the road with her new ‘Be Myself’ album, together with a brand-new lighting and scenic concept created by LD Jeremy Roth which includes Robe Spiider and BMFL Spot moving lights.

HSL Captures the Depeche Mode Global Spirit

27/06/2017 - Production News

Europe – A show-stopping career spanning four decades and a reputation for musical originality has kept Depeche Mode relevant and at the cutting edge in delivering one visually and sonically inspiring performance after another, to hordes of adoring fans across the globe embracing all demographics.

Meyer Sound Founder Returns to Monterey with Leo Family for Iconic Festival's 50th Celebration

27/06/2017 - Production News

USA – In June of 1967, a young John Meyer traveled from Berkeley to a festival site in Monterey where he supervised set-up of the on-stage amplifier systems he had designed – in a last-minute rush – for a relatively obscure blues-rock guitarist named Steve Miller. Fifty years later to the day, Meyer returned to Monterey, this time confident in knowing an entire commemorative festival would be heard through a Leo Family linear reinforcement system designed and built by his company, Meyer Sound.

Bandit Illuminates Firefly Festival Weekend

27/06/2017 - Production News

USA –The Firefly Music Festival returned to the lush, green forests of Delaware with a festival lighting package provided by Bandit Lites. The weekend of music kicked off Wednesday, 14th June and concluded Sunday evening. Headliners for the festival included The Weeknd, Muse, Twenty One Pilots, Chance the Rapper, O.A.R, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Bob Dylan, Flume, Weezer and The Shins.

L-Acoustics provides consistent sonic signature for all entertainment areas of Baltic Princess cruise ship

27/06/2017 - Project News

Finland – Owned by AS Tallink Grupp, the Baltic Princess cruise ferry sails between the Finnish city of Turku and the Swedish capital of Stockholm. Built at a cost of €165m in 2005, it can accommodate 2,800 passengers and was designed with luxury in mind. Audico, Finland’s largest AV company, undertook the task of supplying and installing an L-Acoustics PA for the refit of the ship’s audio system, a project that spanned two years and took in all four of the ships entertainment areas: a nightclub, pub, live entertainment venue and disco.

National Building Museum Event Gets Balanced Looks with Chauvet Professional

27/06/2017 - Project News

USA – Awe-struck. That sums up the feeling that visitors experience when they step into The National Building Museum. Located a short distance from the US Capitol, the stately Italian Renaissance Revival structure that was built in 1887 is breathtaking in its scope and elegance. Its vast central hall has housed presidential inaugural balls from the time of Benjamin Harrison through Barack Obama. The Corinthian columns that line its great room are among the tallest in the world.

White Light Hits the Right Notes for The Beggar’s Opera

27/06/2017 - Production News

UK – Written by John Gay and with music arranged by Benjamin Britten, The Beggar’s Opera is one of the most renowned folk operas of all time. Since its first performance at Lincoln’s Inn Fields Theatre, London in 1728, there have been thousands of productions across the globe. The latest comes from Birmingham Conservatoire who recently performed the show at the city’s Crescent Theatre. As a leading lighting supplier to UK theatre, White Light was called upon to provide the lighting equipment.

Stage Electrics helps RE:NEW Chester’s Storyhouse Theatre and Cinema

27/06/2017 - Project News

UK – Built in 1936 and a Grade II Listed building, the Storyhouse theatre was originally Chester’s Odeon cinema. It had been empty and deteriorating since 2007, but the £37 million RE:NEW project, initiated by Cheshire West and Chester Council, set about converting and extending the original building. Stage Electrics was tasked with installing and supplying sound, production lighting, AV equipment, paging and technical infrastructure for the entire project.

My Nuage and Me: Temple of Tune Invests in Second Yamaha System

27/06/2017 - Project News

Belgium – In 2014 Fredo Gevaert, owner of Belgian studio Temple of Tune, invested in a Yamaha Nuage post-production system, saying “It’s been like switching from flying an aircraft with a mouse and keyboard to flying it from within a real cockpit.” It was such a success that he immediately started planning for a second Nuage system, which has recently been installed.

Allen & Heath’s dLive in-the-Round for Annual Dutch Concert

26/06/2017 - Production News

The Netherlands – Holland’s leading PA company, Ampco Flashlight Rental, selected Allen & Heath’s dLive S Class system for an annual concert at Amsterdam’s Johan Cruijf Arena for renowned pop group, Toppers.

Claypaky is number one on Stormzy tour

26/06/2017 - Production News

UK – The Claypaky Mythos2 luminaire was selected for its advanced optical features and superior colour mixing by lighting designer Steven Bewley to support his high-impact lighting design for record-breaking British Grime artist Stormzy in his recent UK tour.

Okulus gets behind Hippotizer technology to deliver the stunning ‘Illuminate’ tour at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow

26/06/2017 - Production News

UK – Okulus, the production design company working alongside creative director Paul Caslin, and 24/7 Productions, were behind the Canadian singer/songwriter’s recent ‘Illuminate’ World Tour, creating attention-grabbing looks, with Hippotizer Boreals and Taigas.

Sennheiser Digital 9000 Series Provides Ed Sheeran with Transparent Sound for his Divide Tour

26/06/2017 - Production News

Worldwide – Ed Sheeran has always enjoyed huge popularity, but with ÷ (Divide) having dominated the international album charts since its release and the accompanying ÷ Tour selling out the instant dates were announced, it has never been higher. The tour began in Europe in Italy’s Turin in March, travelling to Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Spain before heading to the arenas of the UK and Ireland. It has worked its way round South America, Central America and Mexico in May and June, then back to the UK before heading over to the US. Ed is once again using Sennheiser’s flagship Digital 9000 Series microphone system and 2000 series wireless monitors, supplied by production company Major Tom.

Successful conclusion to Stage|Set|Scenery 2017

26/06/2017 - Event News

GermanyThey are the “real stars” behind the scenes, as they are the ones who ensure a production’s success: the companies representing architecture and stage planning, sound and lighting, make-up and furnishings, as well as film, exhibition and museum technology. At Stage|Set|Scenery the spotlight was on them. The international trade show and conference for theatre, film and event technology took place from 20th to 22nd June in Berlin and was co-organised by Deutsche Theatertechnische Gesellschaft (DTHG) and Messe Berlin. 274 companies from 21 nations, including 80 first-time exhibitors, showcased their innovations and visitors demonstrated great interest. Some 6,000 trade visitors came to Stage|Set|Scenery to find out about the latest products and services and discuss business. Their interest focused mainly on stage and event technology, sound and lighting systems, furnishings and stage effects.

Colour Sound Enjoys Wildlife

26/06/2017 - Production News

UK – Lighting and video rental specialist Colour Sound Experiment is enjoying another very busy festival season, supplying over 50 events up and down the country over the course of the summer.

Rasmus Walter

26/06/2017 - Production News

Denmark – Lighting designer Martin Holst wanted to make impact with a floor-based and cost-effective lighting and set package that was fully toureable for Danish singer/songwriter Rasmus Walter’s 2017 tour, so he chose 24 Robe picklePATTs and six BMFL Blades to be at the heart of the design.

Ovation B-1965FC Offers Advantage of Lime Colour Mixing

26/06/2017 - Equipment News

USA – Chauvet Professional continues to usher in a new era of color mixing opportunities in wash lighting with the introduction of the Ovation B-1965FC. Like its predecessors, the Ovation B-2805FC and B-565FC, the new 1.2 metre batten utilises a RGBA-Lime color mixing system, allowing designers to create a richer and broader range of colours as well as brighter whites.

Libera on the Beach

26/06/2017 - Production News

Italy – A perfect example of “calm before the storm” can be found on Rimini beach, where LITEC is constructing a sophisticated LIBERA series Alusfera II roof for upcoming concerts to be held during the Summer Beach Arena event. Running from 24th June to 30th July, the Summer Beach Arena concert series features exciting live and DJ sets by national and international artists from sunset until late in the evening.

Shure UHF-R Systems Tap into Smash Success for 42nd Street

26/06/2017 - Production News

UK The new UK production of the classic musical 42nd Street, playing since April this year at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London's West End has been an unmitigated success since its press night produced a swathe of five-star reviews from all the critics. Behind the scenes, the musical is also breaking new ground, with over 80 channels of Shure UHF-R wireless microphones (UR1M transmitters and UR4D receivers) in use at any one time; if not a West End record, then certainly one of the shows with the highest wireless channel counts in London theatre history.

ABTT Technician of the Year 2017

23/06/2017 - People News

UK – The ABTT has presented Charlotte Lockyer with the Technician of the Year Award for 2017, at a ceremony held at the end of the first day of the annual ABTT Theatre Show at Alexandra Palace, north London. In front of a hugely appreciative audience of peers and colleagues from the Theatre Industry, Charlotte received a signed certificate, along with the coveted ABTT Hook-clamp trophy engraved with her name and award title, from ABTT chairwoman Louise Jeffreys, head of arts at London’s Barbican Centre and Robin Townley, ABTT Chief Executive.

Annual Report 2016: Sennheiser Sees Reduced Turnover but Increased Profitability

23/06/2017 - Business News

Germany – In the fiscal year 2016, the Sennheiser Group generated a turnover of €658.4 million. This corresponds to a decline of 3.8 percent, primarily due to placing greater focus on the core business. During the reporting year, the audio specialist exited the aviation segment and also ended relationships with third-party brands in the Professional Systems Division. In addition, the termination of governmental subsidies in Japan affected the turnover. The Group's profit before taxes rose by 15.2 percent to €34.9 million compared to the same period in the previous year. Research and development were further strengthened: Sennheiser invested €54.5 million, which is a total of 16 percent more than in 2015.

Rõuge Watchtower Lit with Robe

23/06/2017 - Project News

Estonia - Robe products are known for their ruggedness and reliability, making them ideal for all types of exterior installations and the toughest of operating conditions, which is why LEDForce 18 PARs and Anolis ArcSource Outdoor 4MCs were specified together with other lights to illuminate the Pesapuu (Nest Tree) Watchtower in Rõuge.

New Flare Q+ on Clean Bandit Tour

23/06/2017 - Production News

Europe – Grammy winners Clean Bandit are an EDM tour de force. Following their critically acclaimed appearance at the Isle of Wight Festival earlier this month, the band is billed at Glastonbury and other summer festivals around Europe through August. The American leg of their tour is scheduled for October. In large venues and small, 18 Solaris Flare Q+ fixtures are integral to the band’s show.

City Theatrical DMXcat Wins in New York and London

23/06/2017 - Event News

City Theatrical’s new DMXcat multifunction test tool recently received two prestigious awards in one week, first gaining the “Lighting Product of the Year” award at the ABTT Theatre Show in London on 6th June and them receiving the “Live Design Lighting Product of the Year” award from Live Design Magazine in New York City on 12th June.

EM Acoustics announces distribution deal with Contact Distribution, Canada

23/06/2017 - Business News

Canada Following the inauguration last year of EM Acoustics North America, the British loudspeaker manufacturer has announced the appointment of Canadian pro audio distribution specialists, Contact Distribution. Based in Toronto, Ontario, Contact covers the whole of Canada and also works closely with a number of trusted contacts in the US.

PRG XL Video Invests in Robert Juliat Dalis LED Lighting Battens

23/06/2017 - Production News

UK – PRG XL Video, the UK operation of Production Resource Group LLC (PRG), has announced an investment in new Robert Juliat lighting technology, adding the Dalis 862 asymmetric LED footlight to its inventory.

Killthrax Tour Goes Rogue

23/06/2017 - Production News

USA – It was a happy union for metal fans when Killswitch Engage and Anthrax, two of the genre’s most influential bands, announced earlier this year that they would be joining forces on the Killthrax Tour. The 34-city tour, which concluded in May, more than lived up to its advance billing, serving up heaping helpings of KSE’s signature metalcore sound with its heavy guitar riffs and Anthrax’s compatible, but distinctly different, thrash brand of metal music.

Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance Named as One of the Highest Quality Higher Education Providers in the UK

23/06/2017 - Standards News

UK Rose Bruford College of Theatre Performance has been awarded a Gold award in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), which was introduced by the Government to recognise and reward excellent teaching in UK higher education providers.
The TEF awards were decided by an independent panel of experts including academics, students and employer representatives. Drawing on national data, and evidence submitted by each university or college, the TEF measures excellence in three areas: teaching quality, the learning environment and the educational and professional outcomes achieved by students.

TiMax stage manages Eurovison2017

23/06/2017 - Production News

Ukraine – Within the vast sound production called upon for this year’s Eurovision2017 in Kiev, a pair of TiMax SoundHub audio delay matrix units were supplied by Black Box Music (BBM) to manage multi-zone PA level and delay alignment between Main and B-stage performance areas.

JHS to distribute On-Stage

22/06/2017 - Business News

JHS, has announced that it is now the exclusive distributor for On-Stage stands and accessories in the UK, ROI and Benelux.

Star Events stages Stone Roses Wembley triumph

22/06/2017 - Production News

UK – Star Events helped carry the Stone Roses’ perfect 90 minutes across Wembley Stadium as the band performed for a capacity crowd on Saturday.

Prolyte Group co-operates with UK distributor network on knowledge transfer

22/06/2017 - Standards News

UK - This year again, Prolyte Group brings a wealth of knowledge to its UK-based truss users and owners. A series of Prolyte Campus events are being held in several locations, thereby supporting the company's customer base on the safe use of truss systems.

Bandit Helps Draw Crowds to Budweiser Dome at CMA Fest

22/06/2017 - Production News

USA – Tens of thousands of people poured into downtown Nashville for CMA Fest weekend, where Predator’s pride, music lovers and tourists took in the city for the biggest multi-day celebration of all things country music. Bandit Lites provided the lighting for Universal Music Group’s Budweiser Dome, a structure that boasted a 35 foot ceiling with a 360-degree projection dome featuring live concerts and the debut of live 360◦ concert films, including immersive performances from Kip Moore, Jimmy Buffett, Eric Church and Gary Allen.

ProPlex Gigabit Switches at iHeartSummer '17 Weekend

22/06/2017 - Production News

USA – This month, new and classic stars are performing at the iHeartSummer ’17 Weekend at Fontainebleau, Miami Beach, culminating in a TV special and live, two-day national broadcast across 130+ iHeartRadio stations, websites, and apps. Integral to the show lighting’s networking and data distribution are four ProPlex GBS Gigabit switches.

Artists to Headline Glastonbury Festival Main Stage with Chroma-Q LEDs

22/06/2017 - Production News

UK – Chroma-Q's award-winning Color Force II and Space Force luminaires have been selected to help a roster of international artists deliver star performances on the iconic, premier Pyramid Stage at this year's Glastonbury Festival.

Drumspirit Gets Theatrical Looks with Chauvet Professional

22/06/2017 - Production News

Belgium – The Belgium-based percussive entertainment group Drumspirit has consistently pushed the boundaries of performance for 35 years with its unique blend of dance, theatre, comedy and music. Continuing with this tradition, the group has added a new more theatrical feeling to its current series of Hexahedron shows featuring Milk Inc. drummer Michael Schack and Netsky. Key to creating this new mood is an evocative Bart Rogge light show that features 12 Maverick MK2 Spot and 48 Rogue R2 Wash moving lights from Chauvet Professional.

Claypaky is on the ‘A Team’ for Ed Sheeran world tour

22/06/2017 - Production News

Worldwide – The Claypaky Scenius Unico and Claypaky Mythos2 have been selected by award-winning lighting and production designer Mark Cunniffe and lighting director Matt Jones as the workhorse fixtures for multi-award-winning artist Ed Sheeran in his current record-breaking worldwide new album tour.

dLive and ME Manage Malaysian TV Music Show

22/06/2017 - Project News

Malaysia – Allen & Heath’s dLive S Class and ME personal monitoring systems were selected for the live broadcast of an annual national music competition in Malaysia.

Triple E branches out for Greenpeace at Glastonbury

21/06/2017 - Production News

UK – Triple E has supplied a ModTruss centrepiece for the Greenpeace Field at Glastonbury Festival.

Fountain and Tree for Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku

21/06/2017 - Production News

Azerbaijan – Entertainment engineering specialist WIcreations specified and fabricated two large and spectacular set pieces – a water fountain and a Tree of Life – for the highly acclaimed Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games, a multi-national, multi-sport event staged in Baku, Azerbaijan from 12th to 22nd May 2017.

Nitelites becomes L-Acoustics K1 partner

21/06/2017 - Business News

UK – Newcastle-based Nitelites is the latest UK rental company to become a certified L-Acoustics K1 partner, having recently taken delivery of a full K1 system.

White Light Supports Rose Bruford Graduate Exhibition

21/06/2017 - Production News

UK – Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance is London’s International Drama School. Students from over 40 different countries study on the 15 different vocational and professional degree courses, with notable alumni including Gary Oldman, Hayley Squires and Tom Baker. Every year, the College hosts a Graduate Exhibition in order to give its graduating students a launchpad into the industry. Having worked with the College for over ten years now, White Light was called upon to provide the complete technical solutions.

Sennheiser’s Team Connect Wireless Helps S&ME Consulting Achieve Meeting Success

21/06/2017 - Production News

USAFor S&ME, a consulting firm specialising in engineering, design, planning, environmental, and construction services for the built environment, strong communication with both clients and colleagues has long been a key to success. But with 36 offices across the United States and projects throughout the country including everything from hospitals to industrial plants to reservoir dams, many times staying in close contact means keeping in touch remotely.

PRG XL Video Expands its Music Team with New Capabilities

21/06/2017 - People News

UK – PRG XL Video, the UK operation of Production Resource Group (PRG), has announced two new additions to its music team. Robert Watson (pictured top) and Michael George have both joined as account managers and bring a diverse range of talent and experience to PRG.

Cosmic Trigger at The Cockpit Theatre

21/06/2017 - Production News

UK – The Cockpit Theatre in Marylebone, London has just completed a three-week run of Robert Anton Wilson’s play, Cosmic Trigger, which was directed by Daisy Campbell and produced by The Cockpit Theatre.

New format, new focus for PLASA Rigging Conference

21/06/2017 - Event News

UK The eighth Rigging Conference, being held again during PLASA 2017 at Olympia, London, on Monday 18th September, sees a change in its format and the focus of its content as it moves away from more traditional presentations allowing more time for discussion with delegates and panels of experts.

Making a Great Impression

21/06/2017 - Production News

Belgium – Tegen de Sterren Op (TDSO) is a highly popular, hilariously funny slickly presented TV series on Flemish commercial channel VTM that uncompromisingly satirises and sends up politicians, celebrities and anyone else on the ‘fair game’ radar, all in the name of incisive entertainment by a very talented cast.

Community Loudspeakers Provide the Soundtrack for the World’s Largest Digital Art Installation

21/06/2017 - Project News

Singapore – The National Museum of Singapore is the nation’s oldest museum, and its exhibits are among the most progressive. Its galleries adopt cutting-edge and multi-perspective ways of representing history and culture, to redefine the conventional museum experience.

d&b audiotechnik highlights harmonious solutions at InfoComm 2017

21/06/2017 - Event News

USA – At InfoComm Orlando the d&b booth offered a quick and easy insight into the company’s systematic way of thinking. Two distinct sections – one for mobile solutions, one for installation – focused on flexible, compatible components for a world of dynamic audio demands, with application-tailored functionality and design to match.

The 10th Knight of Illumination Awards Spotlight Sponsors Announced

21/06/2017 - Event News

UK – All Spotlight and Headline Sponsors have been confirmed for the prestigious 10th anniversary edition of The Knight of Illumination (KOI) Awards, which will be held once again at the famous Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, London on 17 September.

Tripping the Spiiders Web

20/06/2017 - Production News

Israel – Tel Aviv-based Light Architects Cochavi & Klein are known for their style and propensity for invention, and they are also really impressed with Robe’s Spiider LED wash beams!

Bonnaroo Parties with Bandit Lites Again

20/06/2017 - Production News

USA – The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival returned to the 700 acre field known affectionately as “The Farm” with more than 65,000 in attendance in search of good vibes and great music. Bandit Lites was asked by Lambda Productions to provide a lighting package for multiple stages, the iconic Tower at Bonnaroo, along with several floor packages for artists in attendance.

VME Conjures up MLA Magic on the Fly at Hopetoun House

20/06/2017 - Production News

UK – Having successfully produced Edinburgh’s first open air dance festival for the Fly Club in the city centre’s Princes Street Gardens last Autumn, alongside sister company Creation Live, Martin Audio partners VME moved to the outskirts of the Scottish capital, and the spectacular 6500-acre Hopetoun House Estate overlooking the River Forth, for the second Fly Open Air Festival.

Ricky Martin Spanish tour underlines advantages of DiGiCo consoles

20/06/2017 - Production News

Europe – For Ricky Martin’s monitor engineer, Steve May, DiGiCo consoles hold two big advantages: their I/O capacity – which means he never worries about running out of inputs or outputs – and the ability to switch seamlessly between consoles in the range. Both have made life easier as he and front of house engineer Chris ‘Privet’ Hedge travel around Spain and Portugal on the current leg of Ricky Martin’s tour.

Meeting de Paris Indoor Gets Impactful Looks with Chauvet Professional

20/06/2017 - Production News

France –  The Accor Hotel has played host to its share of high profile sporting events, such as the World Indoor Athletics Championships. Recently, the 18,000 capacity venue was the site of another sports spectacular as it welcomed the Meeting de Paris Indoor, a one day track and field event that featured some of France’s top Olympic athletes such as Kevin Mayer and Renaud Lavillenie. French production house Franck Sono provided suitably energetic visuals for the meet with a collection of Chauvet Professional fixtures supplied by Algam.

LED Creative Pulse Wands help create the look for The Late Late Show London run

20/06/2017 - Production News

UK – Illumination specialist LED Creative supported set designer Rudi Thackray and lighting director Gurdip Mahal, in helping set the scene for James Corden and The Late Late Show’s recent visit to London.

Compact dLive Tours with Northlane

19/06/2017 - Production News

Europe – Popular Australian progressive rock band, Northlane, is currently travelling the European festival circuit with an ultra-compact dLive system from Allen & Heath to manage both FoH and monitor sound.

Green Hippo Teams with DWR Distribution to Deliver South African Training Days

19/06/2017 - Standards News

South Africa – Phil Blue, sales manager at Green Hippo, joined with DWR Distribution, a leading player in the installation sector, to deliver a week-long training programme to Green Hippo’s South African distributor’s client base. Sessions were led by Phil with logistical and technical support from DWR’s local staff.

Colourblind on the Road with Hog4 and Green Hippo

19/06/2017 - Production News

Australia – Melbourne-based lighting and production company Colourblind is having a huge 2017, with lighting director Nicholas Beachen out on the road using High End Systems Hog 4 on the Hot Dub Wine Machine tour through March and April, and the company’s new Hippotizer Karst and Portamus media servers joining Melbourne hip-hop artist Illy as he traverses the country at the same time.

Elation Lights on Skinny Puppy “Down the Sociopath” European Tour

19/06/2017 - Production News

Europe – Canadian industrial band Skinny Puppy might not be mainstream airplay but the band has been around for decades and is currently touring Europe beneath an intelligent lighting rig that includes Elation Professional ACL 360 Bar effect lights and SixBar 1000 LED colour-changing battens.

Renkus-Heinz Appoints promedias AG for Switzerland

19/06/2017 - Business News

SwitzerlandRenkus-Heinz has announced promedias AG as its new exclusive distributor for Switzerland, delivering new product support, after sales care and training opportunities to Swiss customers. "We were seeking a distribution partner capable not just of meeting rising demand, but of providing an unequalled customer experience," explained Renkus-Heinz technical sales manager for Europe, Michal Poplawski.

Robe Spikie Wins Live Design Award

19/06/2017 - Event News

USA – Robe’s Spikie has been named as one of the 2016-17 Live Design ‘Products of the Year’, which were selected by a panel of industry experts and aficionados, including designers, programmers and engineers active in the essential production disciplines of lighting, sound and video.

Dynamic Projection Institute Appoint Polestar Productions as UK Partner

19/06/2017 - Business News

Thomas Kühne, MD of the Dynamic Projection Institute from Vienna, designers, and manufacturers of the Dynamic Projection system have appointed Polestar Productions as their UK partner.

PRG XL Video Supply Lighting, Rigging, and Video Technology to Imagination for Shell Make the Future London 2017

19/06/2017 - Production News

UK – Following on from a highly successful event in 2016, creative agency Imagination has once again produced Make the Future London and the Shell Eco-marathon Europe, a four day event held at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.

GMB Employs dLive for Leading Polish Festival

19/06/2017 - Production News

Poland – One of the top PA companies in Poland, GMB Pro Sound, selected two of Allen & Heath’s flagship dLive S Class mixing systems from its hire stock to manage monitors at the Polsat SuperHit Festival in Sopot.

Islamic Art Awards 2017

16/06/2017 - Production News

UAE – Lighthouse Productions (LHP) from Dubai created a unique visual design for the Islamic Art Awards 2017, staged at the Abu Dhabi National Theatre. Organised by the UAE’s Ministry of Culture & Knowledge Department, the Awards are widely recognised as one of the most important Islamic Art events worldwide. The event is a poetry, calligraphy and ornamentation competition open to local and non-local poets from within and outside the UAE, expressing themselves in classical and Nabati verse.

Liz Hobbs Group Invests in LED Video Wall System from A.C. Entertainment Technologies for Summer of 2017

16/06/2017 - Production News

UK – Liz Hobbs Group, one of the leading promoters and producers of concerts and events in the UK, has invested in a complete LED video wall system from the video division of A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET). Liz Hobbs, who are promoting and producing tours and concerts by Tom Jones, Little Mix, Olly Murs, Craig David and Shane Filan this summer, started using the system at the first gig of the UB40 tour, which opened at Inverness‘s Northern Meeting Park in late May.

Montrose Music Festival Reinforces The Beach Boys and Deacon Blue With Adamson Systems

16/06/2017 - Production News

UK – The Beach Boys and Deacon Blue are two of the latest acts to utilise the Adamson E-Series and S-Series loudspeakers.

POLAR appoints Dave Griffiths as Business Development Manager

16/06/2017 - People News

UK – POLAR has announced the appointment of Dave Griffiths as business development manager for its MI/consumer division. With POLAR's authorised dealership structure now firmly established, it has refreshed its sales operation by giving him responsibility for managing accounts across The Midlands, The North of England, Scotland and Ireland. Dave is a very experienced industry professional, who began his career as a studio engineer at multimedia specialists, The Music Factory, before progressing through the ranks first as a producer and then a production manager. Following this highly productive period, during which he became familiar with every aspect of music production and professional audio, Dave sought new challenges, working first for Yamaha's pro music division before joining Korg. An excellent musician, Dave plays bass in numerous bands, something that sustains a valuable and ever-evolving insight into the MI world.

Jeff Hinton Powers Up CMA Event with Chauvet DJ

16/06/2017 - Production News

USA – Early June was rocking in Music City. The hometown Predators were selling out the Bridgestone arena for the Stanley Cup finals, and the Country Music Awards celebration was in full swing.

Garsington Opera Pavilion gets the Unusual treatment for the summer season

16/06/2017 - Project News

UK – Garsington Opera Pavilion has undergone a number of major additions to its existing structure ahead of its summer 2017 programme of events that started at the beginning of June, thanks to Unusual Rigging. Visitors to the pavilion will this year experience enhanced protection from the unpredictable British weather as well as additional flexible space beneath the seating tier which will increase the champagne bar area as well as acting as a gallery space.

Doughty's Three Position Tank Trap named ABTT Engineering Product of the Year 2017

16/06/2017 - Event News

UK – Doughty Engineering's Three Position Tank Trap has been awarded the ABTT Engineering Product of the Year Award at this year's show.

RÜFÜS Scales Up with Adamson E-Series

15/06/2017 - Production News

Australia – RÜFÜS is quickly becoming one of Australia’s most in-demand live acts, and for their most recent tour, the band scaled up its audio quality with an Adamson E-Series loudspeaker system provided by Eighth Day Sound Australia.

WI in Wonderland with Take That

15/06/2017 - Production News

UK – WI has supplied staging, elevators and extensive automation elements to the highly acclaimed Take That ‘Wonderland’ tour which kicked off at the Genting Arena, Birmingham.

Elation Professional Showcasing DiGidot C4 Advanced LED Driver at InfoComm Show

15/06/2017 - Event News

USA – Elation Professional is showcasing the DiGidot C4 LED Driver at Elation Booth 7345/7243 at the InfoComm show in Orlando, Florida. The DiGidot C4 is a small and powerful LED controller that has use in all kinds of applications. One device can drive more than 6,000 single LEDs.

One Love; Seven Days

15/06/2017 - Production News

UK “Just seven days before the concert was when we found out.” So said Lez Dwight of Britannia Row Productions, the morning after the specially arranged One Love benefit concert at Old Trafford Cricket Ground on 4th June. “Clair Global’s office in the US was the contracting party for the Ariana Grande tour and when she decided to do the charity event after the Manchester terrorist atrocity they contacted us directly, sensing that this was going to snowball, which is exactly what it did.”

Bandit Lights Up Two-Time ACM Entertainer of The Year Jason Aldean’s ‘They Don’t Know Tour’

15/06/2017 - Production News

USA – As capacity venues continue to be a common theme for RIAA’s top digital Country male artist of all time Jason Aldean during his They Don't Know Tour, Bandit Lites will provide the lighting package throughout the run, including five automated, hexagonal pods that move to various positions. Production designer Chris Lisle began working on the production in late 2016, where he sat down with the Aldean's management to coordinate the looks of the show.

tube uk Prepares for Busy MIF 2017

15/06/2017 - Production News

UK – Manchester-based Audio specialist tube uk will be supplying a wide variety of audio systems to around 45 different projects and installations at the 2017 Manchester International Festival (MIF), which takes place in, around and all over the city from 29th June to 16th July.

Spheriscans are not Just Black and White

15/06/2017 - Production News

UK - Black Light operates from its premises on the outskirts of Edinburgh, supplying high quality lighting, audio, AV and stage products for sale or hire to a wide range of clients, from educational establishments and amateur dramatics through to architectural installations and live events – a sector that resonates loudly in Edinburgh. Last year the company’s founder and owner, Gavin Stewart took the radical step of selling 80% of the business to his staff creating an Employee Ownership Trust. “The business began in 1983 and I wanted to create a way for me to step away from the business without jeopardising the staff’s or the company’s future.”

ETC continues to grow

15/06/2017 - Business News

USA – ETC recently broke ground on the latest expansion to its headquarters building in southern Wisconsin. In 2004 ETC moved into its current headquarters building which, at the time, was nearly 250,000 sq ft. In 2007 the company ran out of room and added an additional 78,000 sq ft of manufacturing space. By 2013 ETC had once again outgrown its building. The company purchased a 355,000 sq ft building 16 miles west of the headquarters building in southern Wisconsin to provide additional manufacturing capacity.

Yamaha Launches Major New CIS Products at InfoComm 2017

15/06/2017 - Event News

USA – The 2017 InfoComm trade show sees Yamaha Commercial Audio launching several significant new products in its Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS) range, including paging stations, flexible control options and Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) L2 switches.

Allen & Heath Puts Sound at the Heart of Venues

15/06/2017 - Equipment News

Allen & Heath has signalled an increased focus on installed sound by deepening the integration of its dLive digital mixing systems into multi-purpose venues. A raft of new releases, control options and expanders adds to the dLive ecosystem to create a distributed, integrated, scalable and accessible solution, handling every aspect of a venue’s audio world from simple boardroom tasks to a full scale live show.

New Ten Watt Gobo Projectors

14/06/2017 - Equipment News

After customer feedback and a need for a cheaper more compact gobo projector, Projected Image has launched a 10W gobo projector for under £200, including a free custom gobo. Specifications are shown in the attached image.

White Light is Hopelessly Devoted to Grease UK Tour

14/06/2017 - Production News

UK – Since opening on Broadway in 1972 and being turned into a smash-hit movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton John, Grease has cemented its place in musical history. The original high school musical has played to millions across the world and features songs that have now become all-time classics. The unforgettable show is now back for a brand-new UK tour. Following its work on previous West End and touring runs of the show, WL has been called upon to supply the lighting equipment.

Axwell^Ingrosso Dream Bigger with HSL in the Steel Yard

14/06/2017 - Production News

UK – HSL supplied a large floor-and-roof specials lighting package, comprising over 180 fixtures, which was specified by show designer Andy Hurst for Swedish DJ duo Axwell^Ingrosso’s banging set in the Steel Yard.

Sennheiser Audio Technology to Power Revolution Exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

14/06/2017 - Project News

Canada – Technology from audio specialist Sennheiser will help deliver an immersive audio experience for visitors to the upcoming Revolution exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA). The exhibition, which originated at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London, looks at the social fabric of the late 1960s, the pivotal period when youth culture initiated a new sense of identity, solidarity and idealism, bringing people together to question established power structures. Like the V&A, the MMFA employs Sennheiser’s AMBEO immersive 3D audio technology and guidePORT audio guide system to deliver a fascinating museum experience and bring the spirit of that era back to life with an unforgettable soundscape.

HK Audio and Lewitt at Glastonbury 2017

14/06/2017 - Production News

UK – Since 2007 HL Audio has covered all of the audio and lighting needs for the Glastonbury Avalon Cafe Stage.

Russian Rapper Баста Breaks Record with Rivage

14/06/2017 - Production News

Russia – Recently top Russian rapper Баста performed in front of a sold-out, 35,000-strong crowd at Moscow’s Olympic Stadium, setting a new record for an in-the-round performance by a Russian artist. Front of house sound engineer Ruslan Dmitriev naturally wanted a top class console for such a prestigious show, so he chose the Yamaha Rivage PM10.

11th Hour Flower Power

14/06/2017 - Production News

UK – The RHS's Flower Show in Cardiff is the season-opener for the society's large public events and although smaller than its Chelsea and Hampton Court equivalents, it annually attracts in the region of 30,000 visitors. The 2017 edition, the 13th staging of the event, took place in April at Bute Park and Arboretum, in the shadow of Cardiff Castle and once again proved to be a record-breaking spectacular. Themed around myths and legends, several of the show gardens took their inspiration from tales of magic and folklore and the sheer variety on offer at the show marked it as a special weekend in Cardiff's cultural calendar. Fifty specialist growers were present, educational workshops were held and the focus was firmly on visitors enjoying a relaxed atmosphere in which they could fully appreciate the variety on offer. The Floral Marquees and Plant Village were bursting with demonstrations and fresh planting ideas and the season's curtain-raiser was deemed an unqualified success by organisers and visitors.

Ancient and Modern – GDS ArcSystem Lights Tower of London Chapel

14/06/2017 - Project News

UK – St John's is a Romanesque chapel, located in the heart of the Tower of London. It was built between 1077 and 1097 of French stone imported by William the Conqueror and constitutes not only the best preserved interior in the White Tower but also one of the finest examples of Anglo-Norman church architecture in England. A UK scheduled ancient monument, as well as a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site, the Tower of London is perhaps one of England's most iconic structures. Steeped in a rich history, tied closely to the development of the British state and now one of the UK's most popular tourist destinations, The Tower and its environment is rigorously protected by government through the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act of 1979. St John's has been a Royal Chapel for almost a thousand years and the Queen's Chaplain still performs a series of royal services within its walls throughout the year. When any kind of remedial or developmental work is carried out in such an environment, the demands to limit any negative physical or visual impact are inevitably high on the project agenda.

Haitian Compas Festival at the Forefront with Newest Elation Gear

14/06/2017 - Production News

USA – In May, some of Elation Professional’s newest, cutting-edge lighting gear was used by Lighting Designer Daniel Cortes of Everlast Productions on the Haitian Compas Festival in Miami, one of the largest Caribbean festivals in the United States. The Haitian Compas Festival is a yearly celebration of the Haitian community that features popular musical acts along with traditional Haitian food and other facets of Haitian culture. After 18 years as a one-day event, this year’s festival was held over two days on 20th and 21st May at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami.

Blackout support Pink Floyd’s Their Mortal Remains Exhibition

14/06/2017 - Production News

UK – Pink Floyd constantly pushed boundaries and they have again this summer, with Blackout helping organisers of the stunning Their Mortal Remains exhibition take rock & roll into the V&A and the high art exhibition world.

White Light Supports Live Reading of Orwell’s 1984

13/06/2017 - Production News

UK – For the first time ever in the UK, George Orwell’s all-time classic 1984 was read in its entirety at Senate House, University of London last week. Produced by Libby Brodie Productions in association with The Orwell Foundation and UCL’s Festival of Culture, the book was read live by over 50 leading cultural figures in an epic 12 hour read-through. Having worked on numerous bespoke performances, WL was called upon to provide the lighting, sound and video equipment.

PR 5000s Light Up Freshtival

13/06/2017 - Production News

The Netherlands – One of the Netherlands’ biggest dance festivals took place recently during the Pentecost weekend. Freshtival provided two days of music and camping in Enschede’s Het Rutbeek recreational park and to bring the main stage alive were no fewer than 60 of PR Lighting’s premium PR5000 Beam and Spot moving heads.

Colour Sound Invests in AquaBeams

13/06/2017 - Production News

UK – Colour Sound Experiment has invested in 100 new LightSky AquaBeam waterproof beam moving lights in readiness for the 2017 festival season which will see the west London-based lighting and video rental specialist supply over 60 different events with equipment, design services and crew.

Robe Loves John Mayer at the Weekends

13/06/2017 - Production News

Europe – Lighting designer Nathan Alves has a penchant for invention and thinking out of the box, so he has enjoyed the challenge of developing the lighting scheme for the new John Mayer “Search for Everything” world tour which just finished its UK and European leg.

Sigur Rós Transcends Musical Boundaries with Support from Meyer Sound Leo Family

13/06/2017 - Production News

USA – Since the band first formed around front man Jón Þór "Jónsi" Birgisson in 1994, Iceland's Sigur Rós has carved out an enduring musical niche with its genre-bending blend of rock, classical, minimalist and ambient sounds. To carry the power, dynamics and subtle nuances to packed houses on its 2017 springtime North American tour, Sigur Rós relies on a versatile Meyer Sound Leo Family reinforcement system supplied by VER Tour Sound.

Audinate Unveils Multiple Editions of Dante Domain Manager

13/06/2017 - Event News

USA – Demonstrating its commitment to provide AV and IT professionals with comprehensive audio network management for applications of all sizes, Audinate has announced that the upcoming Dante Domain Manager platform will be available in three editions: Silver, Gold and Platinum.

Destination Imagination Global Finals Returns with Bandit Lites

13/06/2017 - Production News

USA – Destination Imagination, the not for profit organisation that works to inspire and equip the world’s next generation of innovators, held their annual Global Finals event, where more than 17,000 attendees including 8,000 students from 21 countries gathered to compete. Bandit Lites was proud to once again facilitate a lighting package for the enormous competition that centres on promoting logic skills and inspiring creativity, while encouraging enthusiasm in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Martin Audio MLA on Parade at Elrow’s Welsh Dance Debut

13/06/2017 - Production News

UK – Immersive Spanish party brand, Elrow, has made its Welsh debut with the spectacular 'Singer Morning' dance event in Cardiff, in the grounds of Glamorgan Cricket Club's Sophia Gardens. The picturesque gardens played host to a capacity 6500 dance fans on the Sunday afternoon.

Institute of Sound and Vision Installs Chauvet Professional Ovation E-260WW IP Fixtures

13/06/2017 - Project News

Belgium – The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (‘Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid’) has a very important task: to collect, preserve and make audiovisual heritage accessible for future generations. In addition to an archive containing more than one million hours of television, radio, music and film from 1898 until the present day, the institute also has a permanent exhibition displaying a selection of highlights to the public.

Excellence in Stage Technology at Stage|Set|Scenery in Berlin

13/06/2017 - Event News

Germany – At the international trade show and conference Stage|Set|Scenery, which will take place from 20th to 22nd June in Berlin, the focus will be entirely on stage technology. Under the heading of ’Excellence in Stage Technology’, a round table featuring lectures and discussion rounds will be held on all three days of the event. Among the speakers will be the architect and moderator of the parallel International Stage Technology Conference Reinhold Daberto of theapro, whose topic will be ‘Where to hold events during construction and renovation periods?’. One possible solution would be temporary theatre venues, a subject that NÜSSLI will address in its lecture. Other speakers, including Frank Köckritz of Komische Oper Berlin and Michael Mayerhofer of Volkstheater Wien, will take part in a discussion round on ‘Planning, construction, renovation and operation’.

Soen Tour Europe with New dLive Compact System

13/06/2017 - Production News

Europe – Renowned metal supergroup, Soen, has just completed a month-long tour of Europe carrying a compact dLive touring rig from Allen & Heath’s new dLive C Class range.

Atlona to Debut HDR-Capable 4K HDMI-over-HDBaseT Extender Kit at InfoComm 2017

12/06/2017 - Event News

USA – Expanding its rich array of future-friendly AV integration problem-solver devices, Atlona will unwrap its newest HDBaseT extender in Booth 3961 at InfoComm 2017 this week in Orlando. Delivering exceptional value for residential AV applications and commercial installations, the AT-HDR-EX-70-2PS transmitter/receiver kit extends 4K/UHD HDMI signals over HDBaseT with support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) formats.

New Smithsonian Museum Innovates with Renkus-Heinz

12/06/2017 - Project News

USA – Located near the Washington Monument on the National Mall, the Smithsonian Institution's new National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to African American life, history, and culture. Since opening in September 2016, more than one million visitors have experienced its collection of artefacts and cutting-edge interactive exhibits and multimedia presentations.

2017 Porin Music Awards

12/06/2017 - Production News

Croatia – The Spaladium Arena in the stunning Croatian coastal town of Split was the venue for the 2017 Porin Music Awards (AKA 'the Porins'), a glamorous, high profile evening which honours the achievements and talent of Croatian artists across a diverse mix of genres and 30 categories and is broadcast live on the national HRT network.

L-Acoustics and DiGiCo Immerse Sound Engineers in Hyperrealistic Sound Control

12/06/2017 - Equipment News

L-Acoustics and DiGiCo announce jointly that L-Acoustics’ L-ISA Source Control functionality is now natively integrated into DiGiCo’s SD range of mixing consoles, adding L-ISA’s object-based mixing technology to the console’s control surface.

TC Electronic announces Reverb TwentyFour

12/06/2017 - Equipment News

As both the entertainment and media industries are preparing for a future of high-resolution and immersive technologies, there is a growing need for producers to deliver quality content in extreme channel formats such as Dolby Atmos, Barco Auro and NHK Multi-Channel.

RML illuminates the Election Results 2017

12/06/2017 - Production News

UK – Richard Martin Lighting (RML) supported lighting designer David Gibson in lighting the BBC coverage of the General Election, Election Results 2017, aired 8th - 9th June on BBC One.

ETC at Stage|Set|Scenery 2017

12/06/2017 - Event News

Germany - Following its successful launch in 2015, Stage|Set|Scenery, the international trade fair and conference for theatre, film and entertainment technology, is set to take place for the second time. From 20th to 22nd June, 2017 at Messe Berlin, as in the case of the first fair two years ago, ETC is exhibiting on two distinct stands. Stand 301, Hall 21 is dedicated to the latest products from ETC’s rigging division, while on Stand 340, Hall 20, ETC is presenting a selection of lighting gear, including the ColorSource family and the new Gio @5 console. ETC is also participating in the LightLab programme and Safety in Action stage as a sponsor and discussion partner.

grandMA2 provide networked control for SAP’s Sapphire NOW/ASUG Annual Conference

12/06/2017 - Production News

USA – grandMA2 consoles and switches played a key role in networked lighting and video control for SAP’s Sapphire NOW/ASUG Annual Conference at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Lighting designer Paul Palazzo and programmer Paul J. Sonnleitner have worked on the event since 1999 and have been using MA consoles for the last 12 years.

New MILOS Steel Truss – Support for the heaviest loads

12/06/2017 - Equipment News

MILOS has recently introduced a new series of Steel Truss for the most demanding projects and extreme loads. Constructed from special ultra-high strength steel alloys, MILOS steel truss is up to 2.7 times stronger than aluminium truss with similar dimensions at just double the weight. It features double fork couplers, zinc coated pins and durable black paint finish.

Martin Garrix New Live Show Launched

09/06/2017 - Production News

USA – Three high-energy sold out shows at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium launched the new Martin Garrix live show which will tour around the world for the rest of the year as the young Dutch superstar DJ and music producer continues to wow crowds with his incredible musical skills and good looks!

Nuri*Lites Fixtures at InfoComm

09/06/2017 - Event News

USA – Next week, at InfoComm 2017 in Orlando, Florida, TMB will be featuring their new Nuri*Lites LED fixture range, now in stock and ready to ship!

15 Million Feet of Ethernet Cable

09/06/2017 - Business News

USA - TMB’s ProPlex Cat5e portable cable reached a significant milestone last month when total sales of the flagship product in the ProPlex data cable range, since its introduction at the turn of the century, reached 15 million feet. Enough cable to stretch from Los Angeles to New York and beyond!

ABTT 2017 Annual Theatre Awards

09/06/2017 - Event News

UK – The Association of British Theatre Technicians Theatre Awards 2017, took place on Tuesday evening (6th June), after the first day of the ABTT Theatre Show at Alexandra Palace, London.

Showlight 2017 – Successful Showlight takes Florence by storm

09/06/2017 - Event News

Italy – A hugely successful and enjoyable Showlight 2017 took place in May at the Palazzo dei Congressi in Florence, Italy. This much-loved, nomadic lighting quadrennial – the tenth of its kind – was attended by a record number of international delegates with 25 countries represented by over 400 attendees. The audience was treated to a broad and varied programme of papers and discussion panels delivered by 27 international designers and artists from many lighting disciplines across theatre, opera, film and television, architecture, live events, and everything in between.

Barco showcases AV and IT innovations at InfoComm 2017, enabling bright outcomes for entertainment and the corporate enterprise

09/06/2017 - Event News

USA – In a world where data and rich content are expanding exponentially, Barco is raising the bar to delight customers with inspired sight, sound and sharing solutions. From powering visual spectaculars, to boosting creativity in live events, from collaborating across the enterprise with industry icon ClickShare, to driving critical decisions, Barco solutions are raising the bar for quality, performance and reliability. Visitors attending InfoComm 2017 in Orlando, Florida will see many of these on display at the Barco booth #3601 from 14th to 16th June.

Pablo Santiago Reflects Myriad of Moods in “Destiny of Desire” with Rogue R2 Wash

09/06/2017 - Production News

USA – Karen Zacarias’ “Destiny of Desire, An Unapologetic Telenovela in Two Acts” is aptly subtitled. The raucous, freewheeling “play within a play,” makes absolutely no apologies as it follows the lives of two Mexican woman (one born to wealth, the other to poverty) who are switched at birth. Parodying the telenovelas commonly seen on TV, the play unabashedly takes audiences on an emotionally charged journey that is at turns, harrowing, hilarious and ultimately thought provoking. Intensifying the myriad of moods that runs through this fast-paced play is a richly textured lighting design by Pablo Santiago that features Chauvet Professional Rogue R2 Wash fixtures.

Hawthorn Soar at the British Arrows 2017

09/06/2017 - Production News

UK – After 40 years as the most respected and coveted of British advertising awards, this year the British Arrows combined their ‘Craft’ and ‘Awards’ shows into one big ceremony, ‘The British Arrows’. Held at Battersea Evolution on 31st May 2017 and hosted by TV comedian Rob Delaney, over 72 Campaign Arrows and 32 Craft Awards were handed out to the cream of the advertising crop. Creative technical event production expert Hawthorn were on hand once again to deliver the full technical production for the evening.

Universal motor controllers for D8 and D8 Plus hoists

09/06/2017 - Equipment News

Movecat's Motion Power and Motion Remote controllers – in both their DC (direct control 400V AC) and their RC (remote control/low voltage 24V DC) versions – have for years constituted the industry standard for the control of asynchronous BGV D8 and igvw SQ P2 D8 plus 400V AC rotary current drives, in particular those of electric chain hoists, such as those in the Movecat Eco, Plus, Compact, Ecolite, Pluslite or Plus-C series and comparable products.

GDS Appoints Alastair Collier as Business Development Manager for London and The South East

09/06/2017 - People News

UK – GDS has announced the appointment of Alastair (Al) Collier as business development manager for the London and South East of England area. Al brings a rich diversity of experience to the role, having first obtained a degree in mechanical engineering, before taking over as MD of his family's luxury retail jewellery business, where he enjoyed 15 successful years at the helm. A career move into property development followed, during which time Al broadened his skill-set by qualifying as an electrician before seeking a role in the lighting industry, a pursuit inspired by his strong interest and active participation in entertainment promotion and production.

Atlona to Launch Enterprise-Grade PTZ Camera for Soft Codec Conferencing Applications at InfoComm 2017

09/06/2017 - Event News

USA – AV collaboration and control leader Atlona will use InfoComm 2017 as the launch pad for the company’s first PTZ conferencing camera. Built for use with Atlona’s HDVS-300 Series soft codec conferencing solution, the new AT-HDVS-CAM provides professional-quality imaging while streamlining integration for today’s software-defined conferencing systems. The AT-HDVS-CAM will be showcased alongside other Atlona innovations in Booth 3961 at the event, taking place 14th - 16th June in Orlando, Florida.

Unusual Rigging receives Award for supporting the delivery of the Rio 2016 Olympics

09/06/2017 - Event News

UK – Unusual Rigging has been recognised for its support in the delivery of the Rio 2016 Olympics at the British Brazilian Awards during Think Brazil Week – a series of cultural and business events held in the UK to promote and showcase opportunities in Brazil. The ceremony, which was held at the Foreign and Commonwealth office in London on Thursday 18th May, was an occasion to celebrate business success stories in recognition of the outstanding achievements of both Brazilian and British Companies.

DPA Microphones Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Launch of DPA GET CLOSER World Tour

09/06/2017 - Event News

Worldwide – In celebration of its 25th anniversary, DPA Microphones, the leading Danish professional audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications, has announced the launch of its 25-event DPA GET CLOSER World Tour.

White Light Provides Technical Installation of Ground-Breaking Health and Safety Training

09/06/2017 - Production News

UK - Active Training Team (ATT) offers experiential and immersive training programmes in order to bring about behavioural change in people and organisations. The company was recently appointed by Tideway to create an immersive, one-day induction experience for all employees working on the Thames Tideway Tunnel – a multibillion-pound super-sewer being constructed beneath the river Thames. Tideway has a very clear aspiration to deliver transformational health and safety performance and to set new standards, and so it recruited ATT to develop the induction day. White Light was called upon to provide and install the complete technical solution for this award-winning and unique project.

A source of inspiration for contemporary productions: historical stage equipment at Stage|Set|Scenery

09/06/2017 - Event News

 Germany – Can baroque stage equipment be of use in contemporary productions? At Stage|Set|Scenery Jérôme Maeckelbergh will demonstrate that they can indeed be a source of inspiration. The international trade show and conference for theatre, film and event technology is co-organised by Messe Berlin and Deutsche Theatertechnische Gesellschaft (DTHG) and will take place from 20th to 22nd June in Berlin. In Hall 23 there will be a special display of historical stage equipment, featuring a model of the Bourla Theatre in Antwerp by Jérôme Maeckelbergh, as well as a research model by Chris van Goethem and panels describing the exhibits.

Adamson S-Series Ensures Clear and Consistent Sound for Grace Orlando

09/06/2017 - Project News

USA – After 14 years of prayer and patience, Grace Orlando church recently opened the doors of its first designated worship space. A critical consideration from the outset was pristine and even audio coverage across all 600 seats, and thanks to a carefully researched sound system built around Adamson Systems Engineering S-Series loudspeakers, that’s exactly what they got – and a lot more.

AC-ET Appointed Exclusive Irish Distributor for Luminex

08/06/2017 - Business News

Ireland – A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) has been appointed as the exclusive distributor in Ireland for the Luminex range of high performance networking solutions, following a very successful partnership with the brand since being appointed as their exclusive UK distributor in 2014.

Bandit Lights Up Beach Front Hangout Festival

08/06/2017 - Production News

USA – Bandit Lites returned to the ocean for another spectacular weekend at the Hangout Music Festival, where the beach provided a picturesque backdrop for the thousands that made the trek to the sandy shores. This year’s line-up boasted a wide range of artists, such as Mumford & Sons, Chance the Rapper, Phoenix, Major Lazer, Weezer, MGMT, Sigur Ros, Band of Horses, Franz Ferdinand and Charli XCX.

Movecat develops first band hoist for loads up to 250kg

08/06/2017 - Equipment News

In the VMB-S 250-0.8-24, Movecat has developed its first band hoist. "We want to make it possible for our customers to meet their needs in terms of networked kinetic systems using exclusively equipment from our company," states Movecat CEO Andrew Abele. "In this way, issues of incompatibility and a great deal of costly and time-consuming system configuration can be avoided, and the still greater menace of discontinuities in the security concept that arise when attempts are made to integrate devices from different manufacturers can be effectively eliminated."

Artem SFX help build carnival Wonderland for Take That UK arena tour

08/06/2017 - Production News

UK – Artem SFX, an award-winning physical special effects company, was recently commissioned to work with creative director Kim Gavin, production director Chris Vaughan and production designer Misty Buckley to create a daring show for Take That, currently touring UK arenas until 16th June 2017.

HK Audio introduces LINEAR 3 series and new LINEAR SUB basses

08/06/2017 - Equipment News

HK Audio has introduced a brand new series of high-performance active speakers – LINEAR 3 – and has added two new active models to the LINEAR SUB family of subwoofers.

Movecat presents the I-Motion controller BASIC-C II Road Kit

08/06/2017 - Event News

Germany – Movecat presented a road kit for its Basic-C II controller at the Prolight + Sound trade fair in Frankfurt. The kit contains an inner case to accommodate the Basic-C II controller and is equipped with an integrated 22" high resolution display/PCAP touch panel combination. A pull-out keyboard drawer with an integrated track ball is also included. The Road Kit comes with a choice of English or German keyboards. The inner case is protected by a flightcase suitable for touring with truck-optimised exterior dimensions, four robust hinged handles and four 100mm swivelling castors.

MA Lighting successfully identifies and bans copies at recent Palm Expo Mumbai: Zero tolerance policy

08/06/2017 - Event News

India - During the Palm Expo Mumbai trade show, MA team members kept a keen eye on companies offering and selling MA copies. In a couple of cases, these copies were identified and MA successfully ensured that they were immediately banned from the booth of the offering company.

Intel Extreme Masters Get Intense Looks with Chauvet Professional Strike Series

08/06/2017 - Production News

Poland – Gamers from around the globe gathered recently once again in the International Conference Centre in Katowice, Poland for the world’s biggest annual online gaming event, the Intel Extreme Masters. With this year’s event seeing gamers compete in various games such as League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and StarCraft II, the task of designing a suitably impactful staging concept fell for the second year in a row to Polish production house, Aram. This year’s secret weapon came in the form of 16 Chauvet Professional Strike 1 and 16 Strike 882 strobe fixtures, which Aram incorporated within a spectacular visual production including live video gaming and pyrotechnics.

Electro-Voice X2 line arrays shine with musical punch and clarity for Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham

08/06/2017 - Production News

UK – Now in its 126th year, The Kennel Club’s Crufts Dog Show is world’s largest and most prestigious canine competition. Over its three-day run, the event drew roughly 160,000 people and nearly 22,000 dogs to the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) complex in Birmingham. For the main competitions in NEC’s Genting Arena, it was critical that the sound system deliver both clarity and fidelity without adding any visual distraction.

dLive Multitasks at Argentinean Concert

08/06/2017 - Production News

Argentina – Allen & Heath’s flagship dLive S Class system was selected for a special gig by Argentinean rock band, Airbag, accompanied by an orchestra and staged at the iconic Usina del Arte venue, a converted electrical plant, in the capital, Buenos Aires.

Costume-makers' conference at Stage|Set|Scenery

08/06/2017 - Event News

Germany – This year, for the first time, the international trade show and conference Stage|Set|Scenery is co-operating with Gesellschaft der Theaterkostümschaffenden (GTKos). “Our partnership with GTKos has enabled us to provide a much wider-ranging programme of conference events and trade show,” said Juliane Trempler, project manager at Messe Berlin.

New hand-powered and motorised trolleys from Movecat

08/06/2017 - Equipment News

At this year's Prolight + Sound trade fair in Frankfurt, Movecat presented new hand-powered and motorised trolleys for loads ranging from 125 to 5,000 kilogrammes. They are designed for IPE girders between 66 and 300 millimetres wide. The hand-powered trolleys can be furnished with arrestors as an option.

White Light ExCeLs at Google Cloud Event

08/06/2017 - Production News

UK – Google Cloud NEXT, the internet giant’s largest European Cloud conference, recently took place at the ExCeL Centre in East London. Designed and fulfilled by independent events agency WONDER London, Google Cloud NEXT invited technical leaders, developers and IT decision-makers to explore the latest innovations in cloud technology, while experiencing what it feels like to be part of the Google community. WONDER London were tasked to design a free, interactive conference experience with a flexible agenda, allowing delegates to personalise content to meet their specific needs, and approached White Light to provide the lighting and rigging services.

Over 200 Elation Fixtures for Luke Bryan “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day” Tour

07/06/2017 - Production News

USA – Luke Bryan lighting designer Justin Kitchenman of Align Design Group used 100 of Elation Professional’s compact ACL 360i fixtures in a spectacular upstage wall of lighting effects on the artist’s 2016 “Kill the Lights” tour. For the country music star’s current “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day” tour, the designer again turned to the narrow-beam LED lights, deciding to add an additional 80 units in his new design.

Slick Urban Look for 2017 Schlagerfestival

07/06/2017 - Production News

Belgium – Creative design practise Painting with Light decided on a contemporary, slightly urban stage presentation for the 2017 Schlagerfestival produced by PSE Belgium and Medialaanwhich comprised five completely sold-out shows at the 21,000 capacity Ethias Arena in Hasselt.

Sonoval relies on Prolyte Roof Systems for rental expansion

07/06/2017 - Production News

Switzerland – With the investment in no less than three Prolyte roof systems, Swiss rental company Sonoval is making a solid statement. The recently acquired Prolyte MPT system and two ARC systems will be the core of their outdoor activities this summer.

2017 Billboard Music Awards with Command Performance by Drake On New Digital 6000 Wireless System

07/06/2017 - Production News

USA The T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas was packed during the 2017 Billboard Music Awards for a star-studded evening punctuated by riveting performances from the music industry’s top contemporary talent. Drake, Beyoncé, Blake Shelton, Camila Cabello, Miley Cyrus, Céline Dion, Bruno Mars, and Nicki Minaj were among the artists to grace the stage with gripping renditions of their hits, all using Sennheiser wireless systems.

POLAR Bonds with Clients at London Film Museum Event

07/06/2017 - Event News

UK – POLAR recently invited delegates from across the AV industry to attend its all-day 'POLAR Presents Live – Wider Horizons' event at The London Film Museum in Covent Garden. Against the background of Bond in Motion, the largest official collection of original James Bond vehicles, those in attendance were treated to an in-depth evaluation of some fascinating, cutting edge technologies, all of significant interest to integrators, consultants and end-users. The event served to demonstrate how POLAR has broadened its portfolio in recent times to incorporate video and unified communications products, whilst still retaining its traditional audio brands.

Powersoft X8 Boosts Loud Professional Dance System for World’s Top DJs in Rimini

07/06/2017 - Production News

Italy Launched last year, the Music Inside Festival (MIF) in Rimini this year saw PA and monitoring on all three stages at the Rimini Fiera provided for the first time by Loud Professional and powered by Powersoft X series premium amplifiers.

Atlona Amplifies North America Sales Team

07/06/2017 - People News

USA – Atlona continues to broaden its sales reach throughout North America to keep pace with customer growth and a rapidly changing business environment driven by an influx of disruptive technologies. Joining the company effective immediately are Bruce Moses as nnational sales manager western region and Nicki Kupecz as regional sales manager serving Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.

Eurovision trusts again in MA control: 88,466 total parameters count

07/06/2017 - Production News

Ukraine – All the glamour, glitz and fun, all the elaborate costumes, extravagant performances, excitement and high-pressure of one of the world’s biggest live telecasts, the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest was staged at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine with 42 countries competing.

PSCo and Epson join forces on laser installation projection range

07/06/2017 - Business News

UK – PSCo, the specialist distribution and trade rental division of the Midwich Group and Epson have agreed an exclusive UK territory agreement for the distribution of its laser installation projectors. As a result of the partnership, PSCo will be making a substantial capital investment in Epson’s laser projection range allowing the company to provide a free evaluation programme as well as offering professional rental packages to its trade customers.

Elation Paladin Debuts on 2017 Eurovision Song Contest

07/06/2017 - Production News

For those who kept a keen eye on the entertainment technology package on the recent Eurovision Song Contest, it was obvious from the start that lighting designer Jerry Appelt had big plans for Elation Professional’s Paladin strobe/blinder/wash lights. Once the first semi-final aired on 9th May it didn’t take long for the back wall matrix of 351 Paladins to be called into action, and was, repeatedly, across two semi-finals and one grand final show.

Allen & Heath Offers More IO for Dlive Range with the Launch Of DX168

07/06/2017 - Equipment News

Allen & Heath has added the portable DX168 expander rack to its dLive digital mixing system, offering further remote IO options to the range.

Kiz Takes on Germany’s Arenas with Complete Audio’s MLA

07/06/2017 - Production News

Germany – Berlin-based Complete Audio recently took its Martin Audio MLA system out with long-term client, KIZ on the band’s latest tour, Hurra die Welt geht unter (which translates as "Hooray the world is going down”).

Renkus-Heinz Introduces New SA Series Amplifiers at InfoComm 2017

07/06/2017 - Event News

USA – At this year's InfoComm Show in Orlando, Renkus-Heinz introduces the next generation of amplification. Renkus-Heinz SA Series amplifiers represent a new and powerful technology designed to unite all Renkus-Heinz loudspeakers across unified connectivity and control platforms.

Celebrating Life with Sigma at the Royal Albert Hall

06/06/2017 - Production News

UK – Last weekend, UK d‘n’b duo Sigma became the first drum and bass act complete with full band, to play London’s Royal Albert Hall.

TAIT Stage Technologies Brings Baku’s Fourth Islamic Solidarity Games to New Heights

06/06/2017 - Production News

Azerbaijan – TAIT Stage Technologies was engaged as the flight specialists by Betty Productions Limited, the creators and directors of ceremonies of the fourth Islamic Solidarity Games. The Games were a multinational, multi-sport event held by the Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation in Baku, Azerbaijan. As described by the Federation, the Games showcased the beauty of the city and highlighted the universal story of peace and hope while celebrating the enormous global contribution imparted by the Islamic civilisation.

Robe for Burhan G

06/06/2017 - Production News

Denmark – Popular Danish R&B and pop singer Burhan G is on the road with a brand new set and lighting design by Theis Wemuth of Aarhus based creative visual practice, Create This, with Robe Spiiders, BMFLs and Pointes right at the core of the aesthetic.

Bandit Lites Buys Robe Patt 2013 Fixtures

06/06/2017 - Production News

USA – Summer is off to a full swing, with massive tours hitting the road, meaning Bandit Lites has again invested in increasing its already expansive touring inventory, this time purchasing Robe PATT 2013 fixtures.

John Garberson Creates Diverse Pot of Gold with Chauvet Professional

06/06/2017 - Production News

USA – Lighting designers all have their own individual styles, and they go about the business of reflecting their clients’ music in slightly different ways. As a designer himself, John Garberson fully appreciates that, which is why flexibility was one of his primary goals when he put together the West Stage lighting rig for the 2017 Pot of Gold festival at the Rawhide Center outside Phoenix. Helping him create a festival rig that could support the unique styles of a very varied mix of nine visiting LDs was a collection of Maverick, Rogue and Strike fixtures from Chauvet Professional.

DMX-Workshop for lighting network management

06/06/2017 - Equipment News

The latest release of DMX-Workshop – a powerful, free software package for managing Art-Net networks – is now available for download from the Artistic Licence website.

Philips Lighting sets new standard in stage and television lighting with its new Philips Vari-Lite luminaires

06/06/2017 - Event News

UK - Philips Lighting has announced the launch of its new Philips Vari-Lite VL1100 LED luminaire, which sets a new standard in high quality LED moving head spotlights for stage and television applications. The global launch will take place at the 2017 ABTT Theatre Show (6th - 7th June 2017, Alexandra Palace, London).

Claypaky’s SharBar has Russian debut with My Michelle

06/06/2017 - Production News

Russia – Claypaky’s SharBar, the LED-based multi-beam effects light fixture, has been used to great effect on a live concert by popular Russian band, My Michelle, at the Volta Club, Moscow with lighting design by Russian designers David Misakyan and Dmitry Buryak.

Ultimate 4K home projectors

06/06/2017 - Equipment News

TV, gaming and movie fans can now enjoy impressive 4K cinema quality images in their own home with the launch of two new home projectors from Optoma – UHD60 and UHD65. Ultra HD 4K resolution brings content to life with incredible detail, colour and contrast for a stunningly immersive experience.

AV Stumpfl to present new projection screens and media servers at InfoComm 2017

06/06/2017 - Event News

USA – The Austrian AV technology manufacturer AV Stumpfl will present a broad line-up of new projection screens and high-performance media server products at this year’s InfoComm exhibition in Orlando, Florida.

Ambersphere heads for ABTT

06/06/2017 - Event News

UK – The Ambersphere team will be at full strength on Stand C20 at this year’s ABTT show which returns to North London’s Alexandra Palace on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th June. As always, the very latest products from each of Ambersphere family of brands will be on show.

Avolites video and light integration system is 'Heaven on Earth' for new arena spectacular

06/06/2017 - Production News

UKAvolites' trailblazing lighting and video integration system is 'heaven sent' for lighting designer James Bawn on his latest large-scale project, live arena spectacular 'Heaven on Earth', which will be touring UK arenas between 4th December 2017 and 12th May 2018.

The X Factor Live Tour

06/06/2017 - Production News

UK – PRG XL Video recently supported production manager Iain Whitehead and Production North with lighting, video and rigging services for The X Factor Live tour 2017. Stopping off at 19 venues around the UK, the tour featured the stars of the 2016 series of the popular prime-time weekend television show.

InfoComm 2017: Adamson Expands Install-Focused IS-Series

06/06/2017 - Event News

USA – Adamson Systems Engineering is launching the IS10 and IS119 installation-tailored loudspeakers at InfoComm 2017, the larger siblings to the highly-acclaimed IS7 and IS118 cabinets introduced earlier this year.

First Heritage in Russia Goes to SmartAudio

05/06/2017 - Project News

Russia – “ASP8024 Heritage is the perfect combination of price and quality,” says Artem Suntcov (pictured), co-owner and sound engineer at brand new studio SmartAudio, confident he’s made the smart decision choosing Audient’s latest, large format console – the first to be installed in Russia.

Robe Changes the Sense of Perception

05/06/2017 - Production News

Europe – Talented rising star, singer/songwriter Banks has cultivated a reputation for being a little bit mysterious which has worked in terms of building a fan base with a strongly melodic sound that’s been described as “dark R‘n’B”.

First UK Show for L-Acoustics Syva at ABTT with HD Pro Audio

05/06/2017 - Event News

UK - The first L-Acoustics’ Syva system in the UK will be on show on the HD Pro Audio booth at ABTT, 6th and 7th June 2017. A new format, high power loudspeaker system, Syva features a ground-breaking transducer arrangement called Segment Source. The system is designed to be an outstanding choice for corporate events, fashion and trade shows, as well as for sound reinforcement in amphitheatres and performing arts centres. The modern, sleek design also makes it an attractive option for houses of worship as well as intimate settings such as home cinemas or lounge bars.

The ABTT Theatre Show – Can you really afford to miss it?

05/06/2017 - Event News

UK – The annual event where technicians get a great opportunity to network and see what is new.

Litecom provides lighting and rigging infrastructure for Eurovision 2017

05/06/2017 - Production News

Ukraine – LiteCom, the Denmark-based production rental specialist, provided extensive lighting networking and rigging equipment and services for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine. This year's contest saw 42 countries compete across three live broadcast shows, with the final being watched by an estimated 200 million people worldwide.

Adamson Loudspeakers Ensure Power and Precision for Royal Scottish National Orchestra Amadeus Live Screening

05/06/2017 - Production News

UK – A cutting-edge Adamson S10 line array system supplied by pro audio specialists, The Warehouse Sound Services Ltd in conjunction with local sound provider A&R Martin ensured power, precision and audio clarity during the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s performance of Amadeus Live at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall and Edinburgh’s Usher Hall last month.

Yamaha QL1s Complement Versatile Bodenseeforum

05/06/2017 - Project News

Germany – Overlooking the River Rhine, where it links the lower and upper regions of Lake Konstanz, Bodenseeforum is a new conference venue conveniently located at the centre of Europe’s ‘four country region’ of Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Liechtenstein. A very versatile audio mixing solution was needed for this ‘modular’ venue, solved by the installation of three Yamaha QL1 digital consoles.

Arena Group Deliver BMW PGA Championship as first event of new four-year European Tour contract

05/06/2017 - Production News

Europe – Following the signing of a four-year, £10m contract to deliver temporary infrastructure to the European Tour, Arena Group was once again entrusted to supply the BMW PGA Championship, which this year was the first of eight premium golfing events in the Tour’s inaugural Rolex Series.

RML adds spice with the Dalis 860

02/06/2017 - Production News

UK – Richard Martin Lighting (RML) has announce the addition of the Robert Juliat Dalis 860 to its hire stock.

Maestra gets the Cannes Buzz

02/06/2017 - Production News

France – Event technical production specialist Maestra Group, working for Premier PR, supplied full sound, lighting, video and AV infrastructure to the UK Film Centre at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

Robe Helps Put the Sizzle into Singapore

02/06/2017 - Production News

Singapore – Award winning Lighting designer Yo Shao Ann was delighted to be using Robe’s brand new Viva CMY LED spots, Spiider wash beams and CycBar 15 battens on the recent production of “Tropicana the Musical” in Singapore. The much talked about show was produced by Tan Kheng Hua for Spare Room Productions and directed by Beatrice Chia-Richmond.

Meyer Sound Spotlights LINA Line Array and Immersive Sound at InfoComm

02/06/2017 - Event News

USA – At InfoComm 2017 in Orlando, Meyer Sound will feature the InfoComm debut, complete with live demonstrations, of its new LINA very compact linear line array loudspeaker and companion 750-LFC very compact low-frequency control element. Other company highlights include an ear-opening immersive sound experience in the demo room (W222B) and a preview of a new series of ceiling loudspeakers at the booth (5960).

AC-ET Showcases One-Stop Portfolio of Theatrical Technologies at ABTT Theatre Show 2017

02/06/2017 - Event News

UK – A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. will be showcasing the latest theatrical and performance product highlights from its extensive brand portfolio at the ABTT 2017 Show at Alexandra Palace, London, stand A40, on 6th and 7th June.

ETC introduces the Response DALI Gateway for architectural markets

02/06/2017 - Equipment News

ETC has announced the addition of the DALI Gateway – that accepts DMX input and outputs DALI protocol – into the company’s line of Response products. The DIN-rail-mountable Response DALI Gateway delivers a single loop of DALI control for up to 64 devices and 16 groups.

Optoma expands award-winning Hi-Res HEM series

02/06/2017 - Equipment News

Optoma has expanded its range of Hi-Res certified in-ear headphones with the NuForce HEM Dynamic. The stylish new model is available now in two colours (charcoal black or crystal white) and features a high quality dynamic micro driver that produces deep and explosive bass with balanced crystal clear highs.

Aurora continues to invest in energy efficient light sources with a host of new additions to its LED product range

02/06/2017 - Production News

UK - As part of a pan-company programme to invest in both products and people, broadcast lighting specialists Aurora is expanding its range of LED and low energy light sources with a significant intake of new equipment.

Kling & Freitag at the InfoComm 2017

02/06/2017 - Event News

USA – At InfoComm in Orlando, Kling & Freitag Americas will attend for the first time to show wide range of modern product portfolio Kling & Freitag sound systems. In the Main focus is the VIDA line array with beam steering. VIDA stands for ‘versatile intelligent digital array’. The aim of the VIDA L development is to explore from the outset what is technically feasible and to implement this as a groundbreaking innovation.

Outdoor Rated Chauvet Professional Épix Strip IP Features Quick Programming Mode

02/06/2017 - Equipment News

The new Épix Strip IP from Chauvet Professional makes pixel mapping a snap indoors or out. In addition to standing up to inclement weather thanks to its IP65 rating, the new one meter LED strip features a quick programming mode that greatly reduces the amount of time needed to set up pixel mapping programs by allowing access to several pre-built effects while using just a few DMX Channels.

multiCAM Systems Opens North American Office

02/06/2017 - Business News

USA – multiCAM Systems, a supplier of integrated video production systems serving the broadcast and professional AV markets, has established a US office in the Detroit region to bring the company closer to its American customer base. Paul Stewart joins the company effective immediately as director of business development to lead all sales, service and support efforts in North and Latin America. Paul reports directly to CEO Stan Walbert.

Claypaky hosts hugely successful Showlight 2017

02/06/2017 - Event News

Italy – Leading Italian lighting manufacturer Claypaky is proud to have been the headline sponsor and host of the Showlight 2017 conference, which closed on 23rd May after three extremely successful days in Florence, Italy. Over a three-year period, the Claypaky team has worked closely with the Showlight committee to help produce this extraordinary event.

Movecat develops operating hours counter for D8 and D8 Plus hoists

02/06/2017 - Equipment News

Movecat has introduced an integrated digital operating hours counter for electric chain hoists complying with the D8 and D8 Plus standards. The BSZ-DC is suitable for DC drives with 400 Volt AC direct control. An external power source is not required.

AES Berlin another busy show for RAVENNA

02/06/2017 - Event News

Germany – For those who weren’t able to get to NAB in Las Vegas last month, the AES convention in Berlin was yet another opportunity for those interested in AoIP networking to come and learn about the latest developments from a number of industry experts including RAVENNA evangelist, Andreas Hildebrand from ALC NetworX.

Dynamic Projection Institute Appoints Polestar Productions as UK Partner

02/06/2017 - Business News

UK – Thomas Kühne, MD of the Dynamic Projection Institute from Vienna, designer and manufacturer of the Dynamic Projection system has announced that it has appointed Polestar Productions as its UK partner.

DPA Microphones Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Launch of First Limited Edition Kit

02/06/2017 - Equipment News

DPA Microphones is celebrating its 25th anniversary throughout 2017.

Shure Set to Showcase Axient Digital at ABTT Theatre Show

02/06/2017 - Event News

UK Shure UK will be exhibiting at this year's ABTT Theatre Show, which takes place at London's iconic Alexandra Palace on 6th and 7th June.

Exceptional Line-up from Elation Awaits Visitors to InfoComm 2017

02/06/2017 - Event News

USA – Visitors to this year’s InfoComm, America’s largest trade show for AV solutions, can expect an exceptional line-up of exciting new lighting innovations from Elation Professional.

Doughty's new Space Saver set to turn heads at ABTT

01/06/2017 - Event News

UK - Doughty Engineering's new Space Saver will take centre stage on stand C30 at the ABTT Theatre Show this year, along with a new Pole Operated Yoke and Atom G Clamp.

d&b audiotechnik: audio solutions and future evolutions at InfoComm 2017

01/06/2017 - Event News

USA – InfoComm is back in Orlando for 2017 and at the d&b audiotechnik stand #6569 visitors will find dedicated sections for mobile and installation solutions. Joining the product ranges together is a toolkit fit for all, including the d&b Workflow and an ever growing choice of integration and interoperability solutions.

Atlona to Unveil Industry-First HDMI/USB-C Wall Plate Switcher for HDBaseT AV Systems at InfoComm 2017

01/06/2017 - Event News

USA – Continuing to expand the feature-rich and forward-looking HDVS-200 Series of HDBaseT AV solutions, Atlona will introduce its new AT-HDVS-210U-TX-WP 2x1 wall plate switcher and HDBaseT transmitter at InfoComm 2017, where the AV collaboration and control leader will exhibit at Booth 3961 (June 14-16, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando.)

Doughty supplies Farnham Maltings with Easydeck

01/06/2017 - Project News

UK – Farnham Maltings has operated an arts and community centre for Farnham, Surrey, since the early 1970s. It offers a core of successful activities: a thriving music and theatre programme, a flourishing selection of workshops, monthly markets and regular film events. There is also a host of community users of the building, The University of the 3rd Age, Sugarcraft, Beerex and a range of voluntary groups.

Unusual Rigging demonstrates its 21st century business model at ABTT

01/06/2017 - Event News

UK – Unusual Rigging will use its presence at this year's ABTT Theatre show to demonstrate to clients, both existing and potential, how they benefit from the company’s drive towards digitising key aspects of the company's business processes.

Unusual Rigging supports 'Green Day' at ABTT

01/06/2017 - Event News

UK – Unusual Rigging is supporting SiPA at this year's ABTT Theatre Showwith a 'Green Day' workshop. On the 7th June, Unusual, along with ATG, the National Theatre, Sadler's Wells and others, will run the three hour workshop that centres around how the framework of a circular economy can optimise and drive further value within the live production industry; examples of circular innovations that have captured and delivered further value and cross industry collaboration on sustainability goals, based on the nine goals of SiPA.org.uk, in order to write an organisational policy.

Arri Rental Showcases Expanding Alexa 65 Lens Range at Cine Gear

01/06/2017 - Event News

USA Under the banner of “Your story, your look, your lens choice”, ARRI Rental is showcasing its growing range of full-coverage 65mm format lenses at Cine Gear 2017 in Los Angeles.

Inspirational Lighting for Mahatma

01/06/2017 - Production News

Argentina – Award winning Argentinian lighting designer Ariel del Mastro was asked to add his own touches of lighting inspiration to latest thrilling stage show created by renowned choreographer/producer Flavio Mendoza, “Mahatma”, which played the summer season at the Luxor Theatre in Villa Carlos Paz, Cordoba and has now transferred to the Teatro Broadway in Buenos Aires.

Bandit Brings the Lights to Epic Alice Cooper Reunion Concert

01/06/2017 - Production News

USA – Fans of rock legend Alice Cooper know there are some aspects to his live shows that they can expect, including a macabre performance of horror theatrics. However, following Alice Cooper’s customary execution via guillotine at his most recent Nashville concert, fans were treated to something rarely seen since 1975. The stage went dark, and the original band, including bassist Dennis Dunaway, guitarist Michael Bruce and drummer Neal Smith reunited with Alice for five classic songs, including “Billion Dollar Babies” and “I’m Eighteen.”

Elite Multimedia back out with Alan Jackson on “Honky Tonk Highway Tour”

01/06/2017 - Production News

USA – With 16 studio albums and nearly 60 million records sold worldwide, the multi-platinum recording artist Alan Jackson has solidified himself as one of country music’s most iconic talents. In a career that spans over three decades, Jackson is still hard at work touring the nation for his dedicated fans. Needing a new production design to support the current “Honk Tonk Highway Tour”, the management team once again enlisted the creativity of Craig Rutherford, Blueshift Design, who in turn called upon Nashville-based tour provider Elite Multimedia.

RML lights the Battle for Number 10

01/06/2017 - Production News

UK - Richard Martin Lighting (RML) supported LD Richard Bowles in lighting one of the biggest nights in the current election campaign as Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn faced a live audience and Jeremy Paxman in May v Corbyn Live: The Battle for Number 10.

Mennegat Trading to Represent Community for The Netherlands

01/06/2017 - Business News

The Netherlands Community Professional Loudspeakers has announced the appointment of Mennegat Trading BV as its distributor for The Netherlands from 1st June 2017.