News Archive for June 2019

St. Thomas High School Doubles Down on Renkus-Heinz

24/06/2019 - Project News

USA – Founded at the dawn of the 20th century, St. Thomas High School is the oldest college preparatory high school in Texas. The campus, ranked by the Houston Press as one of the city's most architecturally beautiful, spans multiple interconnected buildings, including Cemo Auditorium, built in 2002 and recently treated to an AV systems upgrade.

The Empire Strips Back in America

24/06/2019 - Production News

North America – Hugely successful Australian burlesque Star Wars parody “The Empire Strips Back” has just completed its most extensive North American tour to date, also visiting Canada for the first time, complete with a suitably boisterous light show designed by Peter Rubie, featuring 30 Robe Spiider LED wash beams as the core moving light fixtures.

Swedish House Mafia Opts for Britannia Row’s Sound Expertise for Reunion Shows

24/06/2019 - Production News

Sweden – With over 45,000 audience members per night, over three consecutive dates, the Scandinavian dance trio returned to live performing – following a six-year hiatus – with a huge production at Sweden’s Tele2 Arena.

Stark Raving Solutions Immerses with Chauvet Professional at Windsor Park Baptist Church

24/06/2019 - Project News

USA – With special events like movie nights, a “Young At Heart” ministry for seniors, Tuesday morning prayer meetings for men, and a host of other engagement activities, Windsor Park Baptist has a tradition of proactively reaching out to its members. Looking for a way to reflect this spirit of inclusion inside their sanctuary better, the church’s leaders turned to Stark Raving Solutions for help in creating a more immersive worship environment.

Practical dialogue on the theatre, film and event technology – Successful conclusion to Stage|Set|Scenery

24/06/2019 - Event News

Germany At Stage|Set|Scenery, 6,000 international trade visitors gathered for an interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge on practical topics ranging from lighting and audio technology, furnishings, costume-making, make-up, stage equipment to event services. The trade show for theatre, film and event technology took place from 18 to 20 June in Berlin and was co-organised by Deutsche Theatertechnische Gesellschaft (DTHG) and Messe Berlin.

Michael Ledesma uses Elation for Santana House of Blues Residency

24/06/2019 - Production News

USA – One of the industry’s most renowned and longest serving lighting designers, Michael Ledesma, has been lighting one of music’s most enduring and beloved artists, Carlos Santana, for the last six years on the guitar legend’s House of Blues residency in Las Vegas.

The ZDF Hit Parade Reaches 50 – GLP sets the old show in new light

24/06/2019 - Production News

Germany – Like many people, lighting designer Thomas Gerdon delighted in sitting on the couch with his parents, watching ZDF Hit Parade on TV.

Orbital Sound Teams Up with Pleasance Edinburgh

24/06/2019 - Standards News

UK – Orbital Sound is partnering with the Edinburgh Fringe’s largest and most highly respected venues, The Pleasance, to stage a unique two-day training event in advance of this year’s Festival. The bespoke course addresses the specific requirements of audio for the dynamic environment of fringe theatre, providing venue crews and technicians of all skill levels with the essential ingredients needed to develop their audio knowledge. Led by Orbital Sound’s head of education Mike Thacker, Fringe Fundamentals for Sound runs from 24-25 July in Edinburgh, with a total of 35 places available.

L-Acoustics Kara(i) Caps off New Sanctuary at Franklin Avenue Baptist Church

21/06/2019 - Project News

USA – Franklin Avenue Baptist Church (FABC) has been a mainstay of the community since its founding in the mid 20th century. It even withstood the apocalyptic Hurricane Katrina in 2005, moving back into its repaired 8th Ward sanctuary soon after the waters receded.

Vasco Rossi Live Kom 2019

21/06/2019 - Production News

Italy – Italian showman, superstar and self-styled provocateur, Vasco Rossi – Il Blasco – was back with another monumental Live Kom tour including six sold out nights at Milan’s San Siro stadium. Packed with 70,000 fans, he delighted all with a performance spectacle to match his profile as Italy’s most loved and talked about rock star.

Rob Thomas Tours with Bandit Lites

21/06/2019 - Production News

USA – Multiple-GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter Rob Thomas is out on the road for an extensive North American tour promoting his fourth solo album, Chip Tooth Smile. Bandit Lites is providing the lighting package for the tour which kicked off 28th May and continues through to early August.

Yamaha Announces Next Generation STAGEPAS 1K All-in-One Portable PA System

21/06/2019 - Equipment News

Featuring a bold new design concept and significant improvements in audio performance, usability and portability, Yamaha's new STAGEPAS 1K redefines the standard for portable PA systems, made possible by the company’s extensive experience in developing market-leading technologies and products for the professional audio industry.

SSL in full control on The Cult’s 30th Anniversary Sonic Temple Tour

21/06/2019 - Production News

USA – Iconic British rock band, The Cult, have been making their way across America celebrating 30 years of their seminal 1989 album, Sonic Temple. They're touring amazingly light: just a bus and a trailer in tow to transport the band, consoles, backline, control package, and touring team, which is just two engineers. At FOH position, Stephen McGuire is working from an SSL L300.

Never a quiet moment for Ayrton Mistral-TC at Harrisburg’s Premier Production Services

21/06/2019 - Production News

USA – Premier Production Services, Inc. (PPS) of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania has taken delivery of Ayrton Mistral-TC (True Colour) spot luminaires for its inventory where they have been in active use since their arrival from ACT Lighting, Inc., Ayrton’s exclusive distributor in North America.

Eric Cathcart Thinks Big for Greta Van Fleet with Chauvet Professional

21/06/2019 - Production News

USA – Hung on five 30’ truss fingers that rise at a 30 degree angle as they go from upstage toward the audience, the Chauvet Professional Nexus Aw 7x7 fixtures at the heart of Greta Van Fleet’s lighting rig suggest the feeling of a plane taking flight. It is an apt metaphor for the hard rockers from Frankenmuth, Michigan, who have risen from obscurity to the heights of stardom with the speed of supersonic jet.

Flexibility, Portability, Return on Investment – Yamaha Ticks all the Boxes at De Meervaart

21/06/2019 - Project News

The Netherlands – When a multi-purpose venue has 17 different spaces where a wide range of events can be held, it is important that the sound mixing facilities are both very flexible and portable. At De Meervaart in Amsterdam, choosing Yamaha has meant that both of these needs can be satisfied. In addition, long-term return on investment has been maximised by the new equipment being able to seamlessly work alongside reliable, older Yamaha equipment.

Ambersphere Solutions take the High Road

21/06/2019 - Event News

UK – To provide Scottish customers with a genuine hands-on experience with its products, Ambersphere Solutions is heading to Glasgow. The Open Day workshop is on Wednesday the 26th of June and is held in partnership with the Royal Conservatoire Scotland.

Brand New Nocturne Studios for Blue Butterfly Dance Company

21/06/2019 - Project News

UK – The Blue Butterfly Dance Company has selected Le Mark Nocturne dance floor for its new studios.

Martin Audio Debuts Real Time Tracking and WPS at InfoComm 2019

21/06/2019 - Event News

USA – At InfoComm 2019 in Orlando this month, Martin Audio held the worldwide premiere of both the latest Wavefront Precision optimised line array, WPS, as well the integration of BlackTrax real time tracking for its immersive audio experience, 3-D Sound Adventures. In addition, it also marked the US launch of the company’s latest powered point source range, BlacklineX Powered.

Top of The Shop: The Shop Ibiza supplies 12th International Music Summit

21/06/2019 - Production News

Ibiza – The International Music Summit Ibiza (IMS) is a comprehensive event dedicated to promoting awareness of and appreciation for electronic music. Created in 2007, when it was presented by Pete Tong as a platform to inspire debate and discussion, the summit has since grown to be widely regarded as a leading platform for thought and leadership in the electronic music sphere. The 2019 edition took place over five days in May and welcomed industry leaders, influencers and newcomers to participate in a series of talks, presentations, socials and performances, spread across a number of venues on the island. Curated in partnership with shesaid.so, the leading global network of women in the music industry, this year’s programme focused on mental health, diversity and examining club culture within the objective of developing new strategies to address these important issues.

Over 100 Elation fixtures set the party atmosphere for Nicky Jam “Intimo Tour” in Honduras

21/06/2019 - Production News

Honduras – Reggaeton singer and Latin Grammy Award-winner, Nicky Jam, took his “Intimo Tour” to the city of San Pedro Sula in Honduras for a 15th May show at Morazán Stadium that featured an Elation Professional lighting rig designed by Juan David Guerrero.

Beartooth Fly High with dLive Wings

20/06/2019 - Production News

Worldwide – Ohio-based hardcore act Beartooth, are currently touring around the world, taking on festival season with two dLive Wings set-ups.

Atlona Expands Award-Winning Training Programme for AV Systems Integrators

20/06/2019 - Standards News

USA – Atlona continues to ramp up its Atlona Academy training and certification programme, adding new, higher level courses for systems integrators seeking to sharpen its AV over IP expertise. The targeted education initiative will allow participants to earn valuable AVIXA Renewal Units (RUS) and CEDIA Continuing Education Credits (CEUs).

Apex strengthens US presence with appointment of Ineke Priepot

20/06/2019 - People News

USA – Belgian pro audio manufacturer, Apex Audio, has reinforced its US operations with the appointment of experienced industry professional, Ineke Priepot. Based in Nashville, TN, Priepot’s role is sales and business development with the aim of setting up and running a dealer/rep network across the US.

AVL Integration Firm Clair Solutions Builds Out the Woodward Theatre at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum

20/06/2019 - Project News

USA - As an institution, the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum is over 25 years old, but the building it’s housed in is brand new. It overlooks the Ohio River in downtown Owensboro, Kentucky and inspires visitors with interactive exhibits and bluegrass memorabilia. However, BMHFM also curates and promotes the best of contemporary bluegrass via its adjacent Woodward Theatre, a 450-seat purpose-built space for acoustic music. BMHFM worked with national AVL integration firm Clair Solutions to make the Woodward Theatre a state-of-the-art performance venue and production studio that is capable of broadcasting, editing, streaming, and archiving performances from hall of fame inductees and bluegrass’s rising stars. Specifically, Clair Solutions designed, installed, and commissioned the video, audio, lighting and rigging systems for the Woodward Theatre.

Two Leading Spokane Venues Concur on Meyer Sound Leopard

20/06/2019 - Project News

USA – The two foremost performing arts venues in Spokane, Washington have upgraded their audio capabilities with the installation of essentially identical new reinforcement systems, differing only in respect to scaling of array size to venue capacity. Both systems are based around Meyer Sound Leopard line array loudspeakers as supplied by Eugene, Oregon-based George Relles Sound.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for NATEAC, 19 – 20 July, 2020 in New York City.

20/06/2019 - Event News

USA – NATEAC (The North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference) is the only event in North America dedicated solely to the design, construction and renovation of performance venues. Bill Sapsis, conference director noted: "Sponsorship of this quadrennial event offers a unique marketing opportunity that will not be available again until 2024."

Martijn Steman and Chauvet Professional Create Versatile Looks for Jan Smit Tour

20/06/2019 - Production News

The Netherlands – Dutch singer and TV presenter Jan Smit has been at the forefront of show business for over 20 years. After being discovered by Dutch boy-band Volendam MWN for his impressive vocal talents back in 1996, Smit has since gone on to gain critical acclaim as a solo artist, in addition to his work as a TV presenter.

Now Available to Rent

20/06/2019 - Production News

DMG Lumière by Rosco's MIX technology changes how film makers create coloured light on set by bringing True Rosco Color to an LED fixture. Every Rosco gel colour in the MIX library has been authenticated by Rosco’s colour experts as a match on tungsten and daylight sources. Plus, MIX technology features six different LED chips, three of which are manufactured exclusively for MIX, to generate a fuller spectrum than RGBW or RGBA fixtures. This enables film makers to produce colours, tones and hues that are completely unique to MIX.

Claypaky illuminates Fedez – LD Jacopo Ricci reveals the tour secrets

20/06/2019 - Production News

Italy – With his rap music, a tattooed body, multiple television roles and hourly social media posts, Fedez incarnates the modern ideal of a versatile, interactive showman.

Video In-The-Round

20/06/2019 - Production News

UK – Internationally renowned charity, Save the Children, has been transforming the lives of children all over the world since its foundation in 1919. Working in 120 countries, helping the most vulnerable and hard to reach, in 2018 the charity provided assistance to more than 40 million children across the globe.

Made to do more: Electro-Voice launches MFX Multi-Function Monitors

19/06/2019 - Equipment News

Launching at InfoComm 2019,MFX multi-function monitors MFX-12MC and MFX-15MC are passive 12” and 15” two-way coaxial monitors with a performance level engineered to complement the X-Line advance line array models X1, X2, X12-128 and X12-125F, and corresponding installation versions.

Alamire Foundation goes on a Sound Adventure with its Interactive Sound Lab

19/06/2019 - Project News

Belgium- At the heart of the Alamire Foundation’s Library of Voices in the Belgian city of Leuven is an advanced Interactive Sound Lab driven by Martin Audio’s Sound Adventures. The projects division of Belgian full-service AV provider, FACE Projects, developed and installed the sophisticated sound system to create this unique musical experience.

Professional Wireless Systems Hires National Rental Manager

19/06/2019 - People News

USA – Orlando-headquartered Professional Wireless Systems has expanded its rental programme with the addition of Lucas Lewis, national rental manager. The announcement was made by Jim Van Winkle, general manager.

K-Love Fan Awards Dazzle with Bandit Lites

19/06/2019 - Production News

USA – K-Love held the seventh annual K-Love Fan Awards at the Grand Ole Opry House with a lighting package once again provided by Bandit Lites. The 2nd June festivities, hosted by Matthew West and Mandisa, are the only fan-voted awards in Christian music.

d&b audiotechnik appoints new sales manager for Spain

19/06/2019 - People News

Spain – Highly respected AV expert Alfonso Luria Carrió has been appointed Sales Manager for d&b audiotechnik Spain.

Audio Concept new Obsidian Control Systems Distributor in Colombia

19/06/2019 - Business News

Colombia – Obsidian Control Systems has announced that Audio Concept has been named the exclusive distributor of Obsidian Control Systems products in Colombia. Under terms of the agreement, Audio Concept will provide full support for the entire Obsidian line of hardware and software lighting control solutions.

Palmeral Resort Delivers Days to Remember with Yamaha

19/06/2019 - Project News

Spain – Covering 81 hectares of Spanish countryside, Palmeral Resort is a stunning location for weddings and other family celebrations. Aiming to create memorable experiences and lasting memories, a zoned Yamaha audio system ensures that guests enjoy the perfect soundtrack to their event.

Sydney Theatre Company Switches to CORE by DPA Amplifier Technology

19/06/2019 - Production News

Australia – As a long-term user of DPA microphones, the Sydney Theatre Company (STC) has been quick to adopt the Danish manufacturer’s CORE by DPA amplifier technology, which has now been successfully incorporated into DPA d:screet miniature, d:fine headset and d:vote instrument microphones.

New Moscow Stadium powered by L-Acoustics

19/06/2019 - Project News

Russia – When Moscow’s Dynamo Stadium was closed for demolition in 2008, the city turned its focus to the design and construction of a new multi-purpose facility that would better fit the metropole’s growing need for a state-of-the-art sports and entertainment complex. Opening its doors this year, the new VTB Arena includes the 26,000-capacity Central Dynamo Stadium, dedicated to football, and the Universal VTB Indoor Arena, a 13,000-capacity ice hockey facility. Both venues needed a sound system that could deliver power and quality for sporting events and entertainment alike.

John Berret Goes Rogue at the Aiken Bluegrass Festival

19/06/2019 - Production News

USA – Its name notwithstanding, the Aiken Bluegrass Festival serves up much more than any grandparents’ brand of this traditional American music. Along with old-school claw hammering and boom-chicking, the two-day event, held this May at the Western Carolina State Fairgrounds, also featured a healthy dosage of rock-infused “Newgrass” sounds.

TiMax delivers immersive and free-roaming audience experience at Mountview

19/06/2019 - Production News

UK – Third-year students from Mountview, one of the UK’s leading drama schools, have recently performed BOY, an immersive and experiential performance where the audience free roams, intermingling with the set and actors. Challenged to create the sound design, student sound designer, John Guerrier, known as 'JP', had already been impressed by a TiMax training workshop and knew its leading-edge spatial reinforcement capabilities would perfectly support an immersive soundscape that every member of the audience would respond to no matter their location.

Nina Nesbitt Soars with SQ

19/06/2019 - Production News

USA & UK – Following the release of her second studio album, ‘The Sun Will Come Up, the Seasons Will Change’, Scottish singer-songwriter, Nina Nesbitt, has recently completed her headline North American and UK tour, accompanied by an Allen & Heath SQ-5.

Elation Proteus RAYZOR 760 with SparkLED Now Shipping

18/06/2019 - Equipment News

Designers are often looking for something fresh and novel that can help them create a more unique show and that’s exactly what Elation’s RAYZOR 760 with SparkLED technology delivers. Now the compact wash and speciality effect light is available in a weather and dust protected IP65 version – the Proteus RAYZOR 760 – for use in any environment and under adverse conditions.

Curtain up on Stage|Set|Scenery in Berlin

18/06/2019 - Event News

Germany - Starting today, over 300 exhibitors will be presenting their latest products and services to do with the theatre, film and event technology at Stage|Set|Scenery. The international trade show and conference is taking place on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds from 18 to 20 June 2019 and is co-organised by Deutsche Theatertechnische Gesellschaft (DTHG) and Messe Berlin.

El Paso High Schools Upgrade with Mackie DRM

18/06/2019 - Project News

USA – High school band and drum corps are cherished traditions in Texas, so when five high schools in the El Paso Independent School District needed new sound systems to support these performances, it was a big deal. To get it right, the school district relied on the team at AVX, which designed and built custom mobile systems based on Mackie's DRM Series loudspeakers.

Robe SuperSpikies Highlight Fuse25 Event in Brussels

18/06/2019 - Production News

Belgium – Fuse, one of Belgium’s most legendary techno clubs celebrated 25 glorious years of being on the front line and at the cutting edge of this specific genre of dance with a 14-hour party at the 12,000 capacity Palais 12 venue in Brussels Expo centre.

Yamaha Helps Flipside Soundsystem Reach New Heights at Beta Boulders

18/06/2019 - Project News

Denmark – It came as something of a surprise to Flipside Soundsystem when the company was approached to design and install the audio system at a new bouldering gym in Copenhagen. Happily for all concerned, choosing Yamaha loudspeakers and processing has helped to make for a very contended customer.

Robert Juliat Dalis provides a green answer for RTL TVI

18/06/2019 - Project News

Belgium – RTL-TVI, a Belgian television station owned by the RTL Group, is the most popular television channel within French-speaking Belgium. Amongst its highlights is its coverage of Champions League football which it delivers from an exciting, versatile virtual studio in Brussels, filmed against a green screen background created by Zero Density.

More Than 150 ADB Lights for the Galli Theatre in Rimini

18/06/2019 - Project News

Italy – As everyone knows, it is always a great joy when a theatre reopens, but that joy is even greater when its closure was due to a tragic event like a war. This is the case of the Galli Theatre in Rimini, a historic venue on the Romagna Riviera, which has now reopened 75 years after that distant 28 December 1943 when it was hit during bombing.

IPS Enchants at Aladdin Premiere with Chauvet Professional F4IP

18/06/2019 - Production News

UK – Wishes came true for Aladdin fans on 9 May. Almost 30 years after the release of the original blockbuster animated musical film, the remake of the beloved Walt Disney classic had its London premiere at the Odeon Luxe in Leicester Square. Director Guy Ritchie walked down the 'magic' carpet at the glamorous event, as did stars Will Smith, Naomi Scott and Mena Massoud. Lining their route was an enthusiastic crowd of fans, as well as 72 Chauvet Professional F4IP LED video panels from IPS.

Le Mark Group hosts China Trade Mission

18/06/2019 - Business News

UK – On Friday, 14th June 2019, Le Mark Group hosted a delegation of business leaders from Xi’an, China. As a part of a trade mission, organised by the Cambridge China Centre and The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA), the group toured the office and warehouses, and were given a demonstration of Le Mark’s market leading MagTape gaffer tape being cut to size.

Outline GTO Electrifies Ralf in Bikini

18/06/2019 - Production News

Italy – “Ralf in Bikini” is the example of a highly successful event, now at its ninth edition, that originated from an idea that started as a joke.

Jonas König delivers brilliant GLP light show for The BossHoss Black is Beautiful Tour

18/06/2019 - Production News

Europe – Over the past 15 years, country & western oriented band, The BossHoss, seems to have built its reputation effortlessly. This Spring ‘The Magnificent Seven of Rock’ returned with their eighth studio album ‘Black Is Beautiful’. And from mid-March to early April 2019, the so-called ‘Spree Outlaw’ saddled up their horses for the accompanying tour through Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In the intensity of their live shows, the band once again celebrated their skilful mix of country, rock and folk, often performed with a twinkle in their eye.
mdc licht.gestalten. GmbH & Co. KG from Mettmann was responsible for the lighting, video and set design of the tour as well as the programming of the show. The lighting design was created by the company’s own Jonas König, who also accompanied the tour as an operator.

LED Creative support Production Designer Alex Craig on The Ranganation

18/06/2019 - Production News

UK – Illumination specialist, LED Creative is supporting production designer Alex Craig on the new series The Ranganation, produced for the BBC by Zeppotron.

Ayrton appoints Matrix as exclusive distributor for Denmark

18/06/2019 - Business News

Denmark – Ayrton has announced the appointment of Matrix as its new exclusive distributor for Denmark. The appointment takes place with immediate effect.

Robe Helps Crown the Carnival Queen

17/06/2019 - Production News

Tenerife – Each year people flock to the Spanish island of Tenerife, the largest of the seven on the Canaries archipelago, to enjoy the world-famous Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife, which this year featured an all Robe moving light rig of around 170 fixtures rig for the gala event to choose 2019’s Carnival Queen.

Danley Performance at Entry Level Prices: The New Flx-12 Full-Range Loudspeaker

17/06/2019 - Equipment News

Danley Sound Labs, manufacturer of unique patented loudspeaker technologies that artfully side-step the constraints and trade-offs of conventional designs, has announced its new FLX-Series of flexible loudspeakers. The Danley FLX-12 is the first member of the series and delivers Danley’s legendary point-source sound quality in a handsome, rugged cabinet that can be flexibly deployed: pole-mounted, hung from rig points, or lain on its side as a floor monitor. With 94dB sensitivity, a phase-coherent frequency response from 75Hz to 21kHz (+/- 3dB), multi-band Sentinel burn out protection, and 118dB continuous and 124dB peak output, the FLX-12 is at home in any small- to medium-sized sound reinforcement application.

Steve Lieberman Creates Club Vibe in neonGARDEN at EDC Las Vegas with Chauvet Professional

17/06/2019 - Production News

USA – After venturing into neonGARDEN, it was easy for Electric Daisy Carnival fans to forget they were standing under a desert sky. With its redolent neon signage, metal posts and intense, dark techno beats reverberating off its walls, this patch of land on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway grounds was transformed in May for three days into something evoking the vibe of an underground warehouse club that would be right at home in Brooklyn.

Ayrton Ghibli installed in Sound Waves at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City

17/06/2019 - Project News

USA – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City has installed 30 Ayrton Ghibli LED profile luminaires with framing shutters in its Sound Waves theatre. Full Production Services in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey provided the fixtures, which are exclusively distributed in North America by ACT Lighting, Inc.

Stage|Set|Scenery: The green future of the event industry – just a dream?

17/06/2019 - Event News

Germany The Fridays for Future movement and the clear message given by the recent European elections point to one fact: the future must and will be greener. Themes such as sustainability, social responsibility, environmental protection and nature conservation have increasingly become the focus of public debate and in recent years have taken on importance in both the event and film industry. One example of the support being given to green events and productions is a project by the German Academy: in April it announced that in future, with its partners, it would be committing to alternative and sustainable event concepts. Its declared aim is for the German Film Awards to ‘go green’. A system devised specifically for events will ensure that future German Film Award ceremonies are sustainable and carbon-neutral. This is based on the SUSTAINEVENT management system which was developed by 2bdifferent for the event industry. On 19 June at 12:20pm at the Event Manufactory at Stage|Set|Scenery in Berlin, Jürgen May, managing director of 2bdifferent, will explain exactly what this entails and the steps that can be taken to achieve a green event.

ABTT Technician of the Year 2019

14/06/2019 - Event News

UK – The ABTT is exceptionally pleased to have presented Martin Chisnall with the Technician of the Year Award for 2019, at a ceremony held at the end of the first day of the annual ABTT Theatre Show at Alexandra Palace, north London.

Light Fantastic Production Services announces six new appointments

14/06/2019 - People News

UK – Filling positions created as a result of the company’s strong performance over the past year, the sextet of new faces take up technical roles in the warehouse and fabrication workshop along with a new addition to the project management team.

Paladin Blue for European Union Parliament Elections

14/06/2019 - Production News

Belgium – Europeans went to the polls May 23-26 to elect a new European Parliament with citizens in 28 countries casting ballots in the second largest democratic election in the world. Although the election takes place across the continent, the geographic focal point is the European Parliament building in Brussels, which was decked out for the occasion in a beautiful dress of blue courtesy of Elation Paladin LED luminaires.

Mumford & Sons follow Delta Route with Kinesys

14/06/2019 - Production News

Worldwide – Talented UK alt-folk rock band Mumford & Sons are midway through a world tour promoting their fourth studio album, Delta, which dropped at the end of 2018. The live show features a stunning and highly creative lighting design by long term LDs Ed Warren and Phil Kaikoura, which includes an extensive Kinesys automation system.

Robe Helps Dżem Celebrate 40 Glorious Years

14/06/2019 - Production News

Poland – Legendary Polish blues rock band Dżem celebrated a landmark 40 years of thrilling fans with their highly energetic live performances with a massive special show at the Spodek Arena in Katowice.

MX Événement and Chauvet DJ Help Design Aglaé Create Magic for Euro Disney

14/06/2019 - Project News

France – “A garden to walk in, and immensity to dream in,” what more could anyone ask? So wrote Victor Hugo over a century and a half ago. Sophie Hombert and her company Design Aglaé S.A. have discovered a beautiful answer: luminescent flowers that glow radiantly in the dark!

Bandit Lites Helps Light Largest NFL Draft in History

14/06/2019 - Production News

USA – A record breaking 600,000 people attended the 84th annual meeting of the National Football League’s Draft. Bandit Lites was proud to once again work with C3 Presents to provide the lighting for more than 25 scenes across the city of Nashville including the NFL Hall of Fame Museum, NFL Experience Portal, a locker room experience with model displays from players on each team, music stage and the interiors of the Fan Zone that showcase the Lombardi Trophy and Super Bowl rings.

Allen & Heath Perform at Coachella with Billie Eilish and Kanye West

14/06/2019 - Production News

USA – Celebrated as a premier cultural event and arguably the most well-known music festival in the world, Coachella 2019 did not disappoint. According to Pollstar: “Besides the undeniable talent of the 2019 artists and the energy of fans coming together to revel in their shared love of live music, the sets that were extra special this year were because of innovative production and the artists sharing their hearts, connecting with fans and creating a moment.” Allen & Heath’s dLive digital mixing system played its part at the festival, supporting buzz-worthy sets by breakout pop artist Billie Eilish and Kanye West’s special Easter Sunday Service.

White Light Expands its Expert Staff

14/06/2019 - People News

UK – White Light has continued to expand its expert team by appointing a range of staff who each have extensive experience within the live entertainment industry.

Stage|Set|Scenery: In search of young talent and specialists

14/06/2019 - Event News

Germany – “This year we still have 200 vacancies for technical jobs at the theatre: stage technicians, lighting engineers, stage and lighting directors, carpenters, mechanics and members of other skilled trades from the workshops. Theatres are unable to find young talent in many areas,” said Hubert Eckart of Deutsche Theatertechnische Gesellschaft (DTHG) in a recent interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The lack of young talent and specialists as well as the ongoing debate regarding a modern curriculum are topics that concern all parts of the industry. Stage|Set|Scenery, which is taking place from 18 to 20 June in Berlin, will be placing the spotlight on young talent, specialists, education and training. In addition to events targeting the industry’s young professionals, the programme will also including numerous networking formats where cultural institutions and the employees of the future can come together.

Broadweigh's new Bluetooth system wins coveted ABTT Award – Widget of the Year 2019

13/06/2019 - Event News

UK – Broadweigh Bluetooth is now an award winning product, despite launching just one week ago. The product which made its debut on the A.C. Entertainment stand at the ABTT Theatre Show in Alexandra Palace on the 5th of June, was awarded the Widget of the Year accolade at the annual awards ceremony.

CT Appointed as disguise CSP

13/06/2019 - Business News

Middle East – disguise has welcomed Creative Technology Middle East to the disguise certified solution provider (CSP) worldwide network.

Meyer Sound Galileo Galaxy Leads the Way with Milan Certification from Avnu Alliance

13/06/2019 - Business News

Meyer Sound has announced that its Galileo Galaxy network platform has been certified as fully compliant with the new, AVB-based, Milan deterministic network protocol. Milan certification, provided through Avnu Alliance, ensures that Galileo Galaxy processors will offer seamless interoperability with all other Milan-certified devices in the signal chain, regardless of function or manufacturer. Galaxy is among the first products to receive Milan certification.

Keith Shanks Completes Game of Thrones Run with ChamSys

13/06/2019 - Production News

UK – The Harland and Wolf Shipyard on Queen’s Island has seen its share of history. It was from this marshy outpost on the western end of Belfast Lough at the mouth of the River Lagan that the ill-fated Titanic was built. Almost a century later, long since it had stopped building ships, the vast complex was again thrust into the limelight as the main studio for the multi-Emmy winning HBO series Game of Thrones.

DPA Microphones Unveils 4097 Choir Mic at InfoComm 2019

13/06/2019 - Event News

USA – DPA Microphones is previewing a new addition to its microphone line-up, the 4097 CORE supercardioid choir microphone at InfoComm 2019 (Booth 6861). Ideal for house of worship and choir applications, the 4097 provides the same sonic qualities as the brand’s d:vote CORE 4099 instrument microphone but was designed specifically to capture dynamic choir sound, with both wireless or wired configurations.

ROE Visual Presents LED Screens for Fixed Installation

13/06/2019 - Event News

USA – ROE Visual presents a new series of LED screens at the Infocomm 2019 exhibition. These new LED products, named Amber and Jasper are designed to serve the market for fixed installation and AV integration.

Phantom and Furion “Lost in Music”

13/06/2019 - Production News

UK – Discogs presented “Crate Diggers” at the Brighton Centre. As it says on the website: “Crate Diggers is the world’s largest international series of music festivals dedicated to promoting vinyl, collectability and physical music.” A vinyl records event with a lot of exhibitors and even more visitors. Besides countless albums, singles and maxi-singles, “Crate Diggers” also presented a great live line-up. Headliner this year was Sister Sledge who gave a magnificent show. James Tomlinson Lighting was asked to arrange the lighting for the live stage. He used a lot of Showtec Phantom 3R Hybrid and Infinity Furion S-601 fixtures and asked light designer John Richardson to design and program the show. Richardson said of his experience with the Infinity Furion S-601: “The units seem well made with nice materials, the menu system was easy to navigate with both touch screen and a handy jog wheel. The 500W white LED engine seems nice and uniform and fairly punchy although does lack slightly when coming up against saturated colours, heavy gobos and prisms. Which to be honest is expected.

L-Acoustics Launches Avnu-certified LS10 AVB Switch

13/06/2019 - Equipment News

L-Acoustics announces the launch of the LS10 Avnu certified* AVB switch. LS10 offers an out-of-the box AVB solution for connectivity, providing a simple, reliable networking solution.

Claypaky and ADB Latvian Distributor SGS Sistemas Chalks Up Big Sales to 3S, Ltd. and Latvian National Opera and Ballet

13/06/2019 - Production News

Latvia – SGS Sistemas, Ltd., Claypaky’s distributor in Latvia, completed two significant sales in the first quarter of 2019. The purchases were made by 3S, Ltd. (Stage Systems Service) and the Latvian National Opera and Ballet, both in Riga.

InfoComm 2019: Introducing the d&b audiotechnik A-Series augmented array loudspeakers

13/06/2019 - Event News

USA – The all new A-Series from d&b audiotechnik introduces the augmented array: an advanced loudspeaker concept born from the d&b applied evolution system development philosophy. Combining variable splay angles, two approaches to acoustic optimisation, and advanced waveguide design, the A-Series addresses applications where coverage flexibility in both the horizontal and the vertical is paramount.

Barco re-enforces its event portfolio with a new light-weight laser projector

13/06/2019 - Equipment News

Two years ago, Barco introduced the large venue laser phosphor projector range: the UDX. It was a real game changer for rental companies and AV integrators thanks to its compact design and exceptional performance. Relying on the benefits of the tried and trusted UDX platform, Barco is now launching a brand-new compact, light-weight and rugged 22K laser projector. Delivering technical superiority, efficient fleet management, astonishing versatility and more, the UDM incorporates the best of all worlds.

Shure Supports the Industry of Tomorrow with West Herts College and Frank

13/06/2019 - Standards News

UK – Shure, a leading manufacturer of microphones and audio electronics, supports West Herts College students at an educational day of seminars and performances at Watford Colosseum. Ahead of Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes third album release earlier this month, the band decided to support the college in their home town with a masterclass and performance at the event.

New Elation lighting solutions to show at Stage|Set|Scenery

12/06/2019 - Event News

Germany – Elation Professional is joining with German distribution partner LMP at Stage|Set|Scenery in Berlin, Hall 20, Stand 325, where the latest luminaires in the award-winning Artiste series will be on display along with KL series LED Fresnel lights and the new NX 2 lighting console from Obsidian Control Systems.

John & Jane Invests in Astera

12/06/2019 - Production News

Belgium – John & Jane is a premium event design and production company based in Ruiselede, Belgium, run with dedication and enthusiasm by Nico Laniere and Katrien Vermeire, who are committed to providing their clients with the very best boutique live event and brand-related experiences, large and small, from concept to completion.

Adamson to Expand IS-Series and Present Milan Update at InfoComm 2019

12/06/2019 - Event News

USA – Adamson Systems Engineering will have an increased presence at InfoComm 2019, exhibiting in the audio hall (Booth 6389) and hosting product demonstrations throughout the event in a private demo room (W230C).

Big Fish SRL Reflects Spirit of VivaTech Conference with Chauvet Professional

12/06/2019 - Production News

France – The word “matrix” stems from the late Latin term for “origin” or “womb.” Traditionally, it was often used in mathematics to describe an arrangement of numbers applied to solve large problems. Both serve as apt metaphors for the matrix structure that was positioned over the Misk Foundation stand at VivaTech Paris in May.

GarrisonParkin Joins Renkus-Heinz

12/06/2019 - People News

USA – Renkus-Heinz has announced that Garrison Parkin has joined the famed loudspeaker company as its new sales director for southern California, southern Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas.

Safe and Secure Hoist Transport

12/06/2019 - Equipment News

Introducing the Armor Cart, a new hoist utility vehicle that provides safe and convenient transport and storage for up to four hoists. Constructed from light and durable aluminium, the Armor Cart comes in two versions, model MAC-01-4025-A1 holds four 250kg hoists and model MAC-01-2100-A1 holds two 1t hoists.

Bandit Lites Hits the Beach with Hangout Festival

12/06/2019 - Production News

USA – Bandit Lites kicked off festival season illuminating the Hangout Music Festival, a three-day event hailed as a music vacation along Alabama’s white, sandy beaches. Now in its tenth year, Hangout’s line up included Travis Scott, The Lumineers, Cardi B, Kygo, Khalid, Vampire Weekend, Hozier and The Weeknd. Attendees were also treated to a surprise performance from long time Bandit client Jimmy Buffett.

Glasgow’s Room 2 gets the Funktion-One treatment

12/06/2019 - Project News

UK – Room 2, Glasgow’s newest events space, is embracing the city’s rich and diverse creative culture with a forward-thinking approach to sound. The basement venue, which is located right in the heart of Scotland’s largest city, is home to a cutting-edge Funktion-One sound system. Supplied and installed by Steedsy.Com Audio, the system has been tuned by John Newsham, co-founder of the world-renowned loudspeaker manufacturer.

Drake Assassination Vacation tour upgrades to DiGiCo SD7 Quantum

12/06/2019 - Production News

UK – Last October, Drake broke the Beatles stronghold on the Billboard Hot 100 that had lasted almost half a century, claiming the crown for the most Top 10 songs in a year. This is undoubted testament to his immense popularity, with his fusion of rap, hip hop and Jamaican dance hall and his spectacular live performances continually wowing fans. His latest campaign, the Assassination Vacation European tour, surpassed all expectations and utilised the best in audio visual technology, including DiGiCo’s latest, most powerful iteration of its flagship console, the SD7 Quantum, at front of house and an SD5 at monitors, both supplied by Eighth Day Sound.

Panasonic Releases Wireless Presentation System at InfoComm 2019

12/06/2019 - Event News

USA – Panasonic has announced its latest addition to the premium SQ1 display range at InfoComm 2019, with an optional wireless plug and play presentation system which enhances the potential for collaboration in corporate spaces.

New DAPaudio EVO series

12/06/2019 - Equipment News

The DAP Audio EVO series loudspeaker range is designed for fixed audio installations and a wide range of applications. EVO series combines an elegant design with high fidelity audio in a wide variety of cabinet sizes. This range of two-way cabinets is available as low impedance, with line transformer or even active to serve both small and large installations.

“Outstanding” Vari-Lite VLZ Profile meets every challenge for Evita

12/06/2019 - Production News

USA – The VLZ Profile luminaire, from Vari-Lite’s latest generation of LED moving head fixtures, has once again proven its outstanding stage lighting credentials, this time on Plan B Entertainment’s US touring production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita. Specified by lighting designer Chad Bonaker, the fixture’s size, brightness, zoom and effects package combined to meet the designer’s every need.

Ayrton presents Perseo-S - its first IP65 rated profile fixture

12/06/2019 - Equipment News

Ayrton presents Perseo-S, its first multi-function, compact and powerful, IP65-rated fixture developed for intensive outdoor use.

Panasonic Reduces AV Managers' Workload with new 3lcd Laser Projectors

12/06/2019 - Equipment News

Panasonic has launched a new series of LCD laser projectors, with the PT-MZ16K range specifically designed to reduce the AV managers' workload in businesses and universities with simplified set-up, maintenance free operation and countermeasures which mitigate the impact of technical faults.

Obsidian Control Systems introduces NETRON data distribution range at InfoComm 2019

12/06/2019 - Event News

USA – Obsidian Control Systems is previewing a new and comprehensive data distribution range of products at InfoComm 2019, NETRON. NETRON encompasses Ethernet to DMX gateway, DMX splitter and DMX/RDM splitter solutions, supporting applications from live production and venue installations to architectural environments.

Yamaha adopts Audinate’s Dante AV technology

11/06/2019 - Business News

Yamaha Corporation has adopted Audinate's Dante AV Product Design suite for integrated AV over IP audio/video technology, and has begun the development of an exciting suite of new products targeted at the Pro AV market.

InfoComm 2019: Yamaha Launches Significant New Products for Installed and Live Audio Markets

11/06/2019 - Event News

USA – Yamaha is launching a number of key new products at InfoComm 2019, held in Orlando, USA, from 12-14 June, which see significant new facilities and functions made available to both the installed and live audio industries.

Community Launches New Line of Amplified Loudspeaker Controllers at InfoComm 2019

11/06/2019 - Event News

USA – Community Professional Loudspeakers is launching its new line of amplified loudspeaker controllers (ALC) at InfoComm 2019. The line will be on display at booth #6343 and on demonstration in Demo Room #W224E.

FACE Projects realises unique TiMax audio research lab installation

11/06/2019 - Project News

Belgium – The installation arm of TiMax Benelux distributor, FACE Projects, has designed and implemented an advanced TiMax immersive audio research resource for the new Auralisation Sound Lab at Alamire Foundation’s newly created Library of Voices. As an international study centre, the Alamire Foundation has set itself the goal of stimulating, coordinating and conducting scientific and practical research on music and musical life in the Low Countries from the early Middle Ages until 1800. The Library of Voices complements the House of Polyphony already in existence.

Robe Moving Lights Rise Up for Soprano Phoenix Tour

11/06/2019 - Production News

Europe – Saïd M’Roumbaba – Soprano to his numerous fans – has perfected the art of combining music, politics and urban poetry with edginess, meaning, accessibility and superlative showmanship. His live shows are selling out everywhere, and he is currently touring French-speaking Europe for the rest of the year.

Mix Legends Join Alcons Audio at InfoComm 2019

11/06/2019 - Event News

USA – Reinforcing her commitment to the touring and production market, Alcons Audio has announced that world renowned FOH engineers Buford Jones (Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Faith Hill, et al) and Robert Scovill (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Rush, et al) will join Alcons Audio at the InfoComm show in Orlando this week.

Meyer Sound Powers Tony-Winning Broadway Productions

11/06/2019 - Production News

USA – Meyer Sound systems continue to power the most celebrated productions along the Great White Way, with Tony-winning shows relying on Leopard, Lyon and Lina systems to deliver exhilarating sonic experiences.

Jeff Maker Showcases Dropkick Murphys’ New Backdrops with Chauvet Professional

11/06/2019 - Production News

USA – Ever since Dropkick Murphys burst on the music scene in the late ’90s, bold, colourful backdrops have been almost as much a part of their show as their fiercely intense boisterous music. Big and unambiguous, the banners put a visual exclamation point on the Celtic punkers’ intrepidly brash brand of music.

Church of the Presentation Relies on Powersoft to Overcome Acoustical Obstacles

11/06/2019 - Project News

USA – Founded in 1961, Church of the Presentation in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, began with a congregation of 270 families. Since then, it has brought together more than a dozen times that number of families over the last half-century, making it the largest parish in the Archdiocese of Newark but, until recently, the church had not made any significant renovations to its original design. Rather than build a new church altogether, the parish raised over $6 million to overhaul the original building in order to accommodate its growing flock, and in early 2017 crews began construction on an ambitious design intended to open up more available seating for the burgeoning congregation. However, the design for the new worship space created a unique set of acoustical challenges when it came to plotting out and installing the renovated church's sound system, which is powered by Powersoft Quattrocanali 1204 amplifier platforms.

Christie continues inspiring storytelling with new Core Series LED and CorePlus LED improvements

11/06/2019 - Equipment News

Christie continues inspiring and bringing the best value to its customers with the introduction of Christie Core Series and the next generation of Christie CorePlus. Core Series is perfect for applications such as shopping mall kiosks, airport and public transit signage, and select corporate installations with budgetary constraints.

Hawthorn Supports Adobe Summit EMEA 2019

11/06/2019 - Production News

UK – Europe’s largest digital experience conference, the Adobe Summit EMEA 2019 returned to ExCeL London earlier this month. Creative technical event production company Hawthorn was once again chosen by agency Taylor Bennett Partners to deliver the full technical production for the two-day event.

LDI 2019 to Focus on the Future of Design and Technology

11/06/2019 - Event News

USA – LDI is enhancing its offering this November with an emphasis on the next generation of design and technology, including AR/VR, drones, live for broadcast and experiential design.

Allen & Heath Debuts Custom Control Install App for dLive

11/06/2019 - Equipment News

Allen & Heath has released Custom Control, a customisable, cross-platform control app created to provide elegant, bespoke control over its dLive installed audio systems.

Capital Sound and MLA Chalk Up a Second Success at All Points East

11/06/2019 - Production News

UK – For the second year running, All Points East Festival took over Hackney’s Victoria Park, which is now an established music site on London’s inner-city festival scene despite the density of surrounding houses.

Adair Rodriguez Uses PR Lighting XR 440 BWS with Duo Pimpinela

11/06/2019 - Production News

Chile – PR Lighting fixtures were in action recently at Duo Pimpinela’s concert at the 4,000-capacity Gran Arena Monticello in Chile, which was a complete sell-out.

Brompton Technology on display with digiLED at InfoComm 2019

10/06/2019 - Event News

USA – Brompton Technology has announced that leading LED screen manufacturer digiLED will feature its Tessera SX40 LED processor and XD 10G data distribution unit on its booth at this year’s InfoComm.

Community Appoints Todd Stevens as Regional Sales Manager

10/06/2019 - People News

USA - Community Professional Loudspeakers has announced the appointment of Todd Stevens as regional sales manager, joining the North America sales team headed by Steve Young.
With 20 years of pro audio experience, Todd has held sales and marketing roles with Guitar Center, Waves Audio and Manley Laboratories. He progressed as a manufacturer’s rep with Techrep Marketing and joins Community from Mavric, where Community was one of the key brands he represented.

S+H Supplies LED screen for 10cc Tour

10/06/2019 - Production News

UK – LED screen, drapes and special FX specialist S+H Technical Services supplied its Glux 10mm LED screen to the recent UK tour by iconic rock band 10cc which played key cities around the country.

Colorado Symphony Takes Second Star Wars Film to New Heights with L-ISA

10/06/2019 - Production News

USA – A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… or, to be more accurate, rather recently in Denver, the Colorado Symphony performed Oscar-winning composer John Williams’ full score for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back while accompanying the film’s screening at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colorado. But what truly elevated this cinematic performance from other popular orchestra/movie pairings, including the Colorado Symphony’s own accompaniment of Star Wars: A New Hope last year, was Clearwing Productions’ deployment of L-ISA Hyperreal Sound technology, which delivered an out-of-this-galaxy experience for those in attendance.

Jim Mattheus Prescribes Chauvet Professional for Is er Een Dokter in de Zaal?

10/06/2019 - Production News

Belgium – If people who laugh a lot live longer, as many studies suggest they do, then Is Er Een Dokter In De Zaal? just may be the perfect prescription for better health. Starring well-known Belgian comedian Philippe Geubels, the popular new TV show (“Is There a Doctor in the Room?”) offers a delightfully original and humorous take on medical issues of the day.

ABTT 2019 Annual Theatre Awards

07/06/2019 - Event News

UK – The Association of British Theatre Technicians’ Annual Theatre Awards took place on Wednesday evening (5 June), after the first day of the 2019 ABTT Theatre Show at Alexandra Palace, London.

ETC gets set for Stage|Set|Scenery 2019

07/06/2019 - Event News

Germany – ETC returns to international trade fair and conference, Stage|Set|Scenery with a host of new and exciting products for 2019. The exhibition for theatre, film and entertainment technology will take place at Messe Berlin from 18-20 June.

Rita Ora: ‘Decidedly Different’

07/06/2019 - Production News

UK – “The great thing about doing this tour is that every tour she does is treated separately in its own right; new design, new set. Immediately after we do the last show of this arena run through the UK, an entirely new production will be assembled for her tour of the European festival circuit. Maybe that's not so unusual for festivals, but that's true of every tour she does.”

Yamaha Announces New Sound Bar for Enterprise Collaboration Spaces

07/06/2019 - Equipment News

Expanding Yamaha’s conference capabilities into the under-represented medium-sized conference space market, the ESB-1080 Enterprise Sound Bar integrates the audio from video collaboration to create an immersive feeling for conference rooms. Its two built-in subwoofers and bass-reflex port deliver clear, dynamic, full-range sound in conjunction with two dome tweeters and two woofers. The compact and elegant design makes it the ideal solution for a range of enterprise spaces, such as conference rooms and lobby areas.

Arts Centre Melbourne Chooses Robe

07/06/2019 - Project News

Australia – The Pavilion is a cool, curved multi-functional event space right in the heart of the Arts Centre Melbourne complex in Australia, offering panoramic views of the leafy green surrounding Arts Precinct nestling between the Yarra River and the Royal Botanical Gardens.

TMB Announces Firefly Lighting as Australian Distribution Partner

07/06/2019 - Business News

Australia – TMB has announced that Firefly Lighting has been appointed as TMB’s regional distribution partner for Australia. Offering signature TMB brands, including Solaris, ProPlex, IMS and more, Firefly will provide sales, support, service and stocking inventory to the Australian professional market.

Stage Electrics Supplies Lighting and Sound to Downe House School

07/06/2019 - Project News

UK – Stage Electrics have supplied Downe House School in Berkshire with a sound system and lighting control for their new auditorium. Stage Electrics has been working closely with Downe House during the infrastructure design and build of the new venue and the delivery of the DiGiCo S21 and the Avolites Tiger Touch II marks the final stage of the process.

Knight of Illumination Awards USA Moves to Hard Rock, Las Vegas

07/06/2019 - Event News

USA – The Knight of Illumination Awards USA (KOI-USA) has announced that the 2019 ceremony and gala dinner will be held at the iconic Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas. This, the second KOI-USA, follows last year's hugely successful inaugural event, and will again take place during the LDI conference and trade show.

Vari-Lite’s new VL6500 WASH delivers high output and vintage styling

07/06/2019 - Equipment News

Vari-Lite, the originators of the modern moving head lighting fixture and a Signify entertainment lighting brand, has announced the Vari-Lite VL6500 WASH. This new high-output wash lighting fixture combines the VL6000 BEAM’s arena-scale performance with a head-turning visual attraction reminiscent of the legendary VL5, offering show designers an unmatched mix of modern power and vintage styling.

Colouring the Popcorn Revenge

07/06/2019 - Project News

Belgium – Award-winning lighting and visual design practice Painting with Light (PWL) was commissioned by interactive media and attractions specialist Alterface to light the new Popcorn Revenge dark ride at the Walibi Belgium theme park.

Corey Easterbrook and Chauvet Professional Create Balanced Looks at RELIABILITY Conference

07/06/2019 - Production News

USA – The RELIABILITY Conference that was held this May at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue spotlighted innovative strategies and technologies companies can use to drive production, lower costs and create a culture of success within their organisations. With over 132 speakers tackling issues covering a wide range of topics, from maintenance management to asset health, it was important the lighting work organically with a variety of different skin tones and make the staging pop, while providing a smooth, focused light that wouldn’t overpower the video screens on stage.

Audio Evolution Launches

07/06/2019 - Business News

UK - There is a brand new player in the audio rental sector. With a focus on the corporate and special events markets, Audio Evolution is the brainchild of the leadership team at live events video specialist Pixl Evolution and will operate as a sister company from the latter’s Hertfordshire HQ. The creation of Audio Evolution was in part a response to regular requests from Pixl Evolution’s clients for high-end, bespoke audio to accompany video provision. Prompted by this demand, further scoping of the market revealed a clear space for a high-quality audio provider specifically aligned towards the corporate sector.

Shure unveils “This is the Moment” campaign, highlighting full portfolio of audio-for-theatre solutions

07/06/2019 - Event News

UK – Shure is re-emphasising its focus on the theatre audience by unveiling the new campaign – “This Is The Moment” – along with other activities at the ABTT show in London.

Light Fantastic Production Services assist creative agency L’Atelier with a highly specialist consignment at Harrods

07/06/2019 - Project News

UK – When looking to orchestrate a unique installation at Harrods, L’Atelier Five called upon technical event specialists Light Fantastic Production Services to devise a suitably creative rigging solution to manoeuvre the extraordinarily precious cargo into place.

Hawthorn Appoints New Business Development Manager

06/06/2019 - People News

UK – Creative technical event production company Hawthorn has announced the appointment of Jolene Price who has joined the company as business development manager.

L-Acoustics Extends AVIXA CTS Certification to Two New Training Modules

06/06/2019 - Event News

USA – For the InfoComm trade show, L-Acoustics announced that it has expanded its AVIXA certified technology specialist (CTS) renewal unit (RU) provider status to include two new training modules. Following the announcement at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) that Soundvision Basics training (1.5 RU) and LA Drive System Training (2 RU) were the first L-Acoustics education programme offerings to receive certification, L-Acoustics continues to partner with AVIXA to offer quality continuing education to AVIXA professionals around the world.

Mexico’s Auditorio Citibanamex Radiant in Elation Lighting

06/06/2019 - Project News

Mexico – Auditorio Citibanamex is a live music venue located in Monterrey, that has emerged as one of the country’s top concert venues since undergoing an extensive renovation and redesign several years ago. Located in the heart of Monterrey’s Fundidora Park, the venue has a capacity of 8,000 and attracts both national and international artists. Despite the renovation, the venue stood somewhat unobtrusive in a brush of static white light until last summer when it received a radiant outdoor wash of colour courtesy of company Adimsa, Elation’s long-time partner in Mexico and one of the country’s leading lighting providers.

Yamaha Announces Fourth Generation Active Field Control System

06/06/2019 - Equipment News

Yamaha has announced an upcoming upgrade to its innovative Active Field Control (AFC) acoustic enhancement system. The new AFC4 (fourth generation) system features significant upgrades in DSP processing and hardware. When combined with optimally placed microphones and loudspeakers, AFC4 operators can greatly enhance or create any acoustic environment, even in an outdoor or roofless venue.

IBS Appoints Glen Dougherty

06/06/2019 - People News

UAE – IBS Stage Sets, a leading independent provider of bespoke stage sets to the live event services industry, appoints Glen Dougherty as its new director of business development.

Meyer Sound Brings Festival Soundscapes to Life for New Orleans Jazz Museum Exhibition

06/06/2019 - Production News

USA – “People sometimes think that heritage is about looking in the rear view mirror, which it is, but you’ve gotta look through the windshield, too. It moves in both directions,” New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival producer Quint Davis said recently in an issue of Relix Magazine celebrating 50 years of the iconic music festival better known as Jazz Fest. It was a fitting introduction to the "Relix Celebrates 50 Years of New Orleans Music and Culture" exhibition, which opened 26 April at the  New Orleans Jazz Museum.

RWCMD Takes FLX-able Approach

06/06/2019 - Project News

UK – The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (Coleg Brenhinol Cerdd a Drama Cymru) National Conservatoire of Wales in Cardiff provides specialist practical and performance-based training that enables young professional artists to enter and influence the world of music, theatre and related professions, and offers acclaimed undergraduate and postgraduate courses in technical theatre and stage and event management. These have spawned many future entertainment technology industry professionals.

SIXTY82 Truss is the Perfect Fit for Tower Theatre Company’s New Home

06/06/2019 - Project News

UK – A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) has supplied a SIXTY82 custom truss solution for the Tower Theatre Company, one of the busiest amateur theatre groups in Inner London.

Altman Lighting announces Victoria Fisher as new Southern Regional Sales Manager

06/06/2019 - People News

USA – Altman Lighting has announced that Victoria Fisher has joined its North American sales team in the position of southern regional sales manager. Based in Houston, Texas, Victoria joins Altman from Barbizon Lighting Company and will now manage the Altman Lighting partnerships with the many theatrical and architectural lighting professionals throughout the region.

A fixture on the InfoComm scene, d&b audiotechnik exhibits installation products for the integrator

06/06/2019 - Event News

USA – d&b audiotechnik Corporation announces the launch of a new product class of loudspeaker at InfoComm 2019. Continuing the d&b applied evolution engineering and suitable for a variety of mid-size applications, the new product will be on display at booth #6761 and demonstrated in the d&b demo room, W232AB. More details to follow.

DiGiCo Celebrates Coachella’s 20th Anniversary in Style

06/06/2019 - Production News

USA – Although currently ranked as the globe’s fifth largest music festival, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival – or simply Coachella – remains unparalleled in terms of its prestige and status among Gen Y and Z social media influencers worldwide. For two consecutive three-day weekends in April, both of which sell out in mere hours, 125,000 fashion- and culture-conscious music lovers per day flock to Indio, California’s Empire Polo Club for a huge desert party with more than 160 artists and bands performing on multiple stages throughout the site.

Conical Connector Video Release

06/06/2019 - Business News

Area Four Industries has just released the second video in its truss connection systems series on A4i.tv, where Dipl-Ing. Norbert Tripp introduces the most popular of all truss connection systems – the conical connector.

Party time with Outline

06/06/2019 - Production News

Italy – Following last year’s success, in 2019 the RDS Stadium in Genoa once again hosted the event – www.elrow.com/en – launched in Barcelona that revolutionised the concept of partying and, with its characteristic crazy explosion of colours and masks, in a few years has become one of the most famous events of its type in the world, thanks to a series of tours that have taken it to Ibiza, throughout Europe, America, South Africa and soon in China, chalking up incredible attendance figures.

The Hunna Back GLP Solutions on Recent Tour

06/06/2019 - Production News

UK – Production designer Tom Campbell used multiples of GLP’s award-winning impression X4 Bar 20s, as well as the new FR1 compact automated light and innovative KNV Cubes in a GLP-dominated stage when guitar-dominated band The Hunna played a small UK tour of mostly O2 Academy theatres recently.

ADB Klemantis and Claypaky Axcor Spots Enhance the Timely Drama of “Going Through” on the London Stage

05/06/2019 - Production News

UK – “Going Through,” a timely play about an asylum seeker fleeing conflict in her native land, has finished its run at the Bush Theatre in London where ADB Klemantis asymmetric cyc lights and Claypaky Axcor Spot 300s played key roles in the innovative staging.

Highlite UK’s showroom and Chimp training facility received very well

05/06/2019 - Event News

UK – Highlite UK hosted its first open day event on Wednesday, 29 May. At its headquarters in Wiltshire the Highlite team was pleased to introduce the visitors to the newly built Infinity Chimp training facility and welcomed them to the demo-showroom as well. Amongst the many visitors the managing director of PLASA, Peter Heath, could be found.

Fireplay’s Nick Whitehouse and Dom Smith Power Jason Aldean Ride All Night Tour with Chauvet Professional

05/06/2019 - Production News

USA – From the moment it begins, with the thunderous guitar riff from his chart-topping hit “Take A Little Ride” reverberating through the house, Jason Aldean’s Ride All Night tour immerses fans in what can best be described as a theatrical experience. As the initial music builds, a larger-than-life silhouetted figure of the star appears out of nowhere on an upstage video surface and walks toward the audience. Just as suddenly, blinding lights illuminate the crowd. Then, as the concert is about to begin in earnest, a diamond-shaped screen rises from the stage deck, making the band fully visible.

High End Systems and ETC lighting upgrades ATG Venues

05/06/2019 - Project News

UK – ETC dealer, White Light Ltd has supplied Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) venues with an LED upgrade using High End Systems and ETC lighting equipment.

TiMax Immersive omniphonics at Infocomm with Renkus Heinz

05/06/2019 - Event News

USA – At Infocomm 2019 in Orlando, Demo Room W221BC TiMax will showcase an exhilarating sampler of TiMax immersive audio soundscapes along with panoramic and 3D spatialised music playback, in conjunction with a multi-channel immersive sound system of Renkus-Heinz compact, Dante-enabled active installation speakers.

Eurovision Song Contest Ruled Tel Aviv: Huge MA System

05/06/2019 - Production News

Israel – MA Lighting was once again the control solution of choice for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest staged at the Tel Aviv Expo Centre, Israel, which featured a stunning lighting design created by Ronen Najar and Dakar Azulay. Twenty-six countries battled out the final whittled down from 41 original entries, watched live by a worldwide audience of around 200 million enthusiastic fans plus 7,500 in the arena, Hall 2 at the Expo Centre.

Robert Juliat’s Alice dances at Paris Moulin Rouge

05/06/2019 - Project News

France – Le Moulin Rouge, the famously emblematic cabaret of Parisian nights and entertainment since 1889, recently renewed its followspots and chose Alice, the latest in Robert Juliat's generation of LED followspots.

Community Shows Two Major New Product Lines at InfoComm 2019

05/06/2019 - Event News

USA – Community Professional Loudspeakers is exhibiting at InfoComm 2019 and showing two new major product lines. At booth #6343 the company will display a wide range of its new and existing products. In Demo Room #W224E, Community will be introducing the L SERIES LVH-900 loudspeaker system, with ground-breaking beam-forming technology that addresses the unique coverage and projection challenges of large venues and stadiums. There will also be demonstrations of the I SERIES Modular Vertical Array 600 and the launch of ALC amplified loudspeaker controllers.

The Hunna Back GLP Solutions on Recent Tour

04/06/2019 - Production News

UK – Production designer Tom Campbell used multiples of GLP’s award-winning impression X4 Bar 20s, as well as the new FR1 compact automated light and innovative KNV Cubes in a GLP-dominated stage when guitar-dominated band The Hunna played a small UK tour of mostly O2 Academy theatres recently.

Obsidian Control Systems to show powerful NX 4 with DYLOS pixel composer at Infocomm

04/06/2019 - Event News

USA – Obsidian Control Systems will be showcasing the extremely powerful NX 4 lighting controller complete with a preview of the new DYLOS pixel composition engine at the Infocomm show in Orlando, 12-14 June. Designers, programmers and operators are invited to Elation Booth #7443 for a hands-on demo of this newest console in the ONYX platform and a look at the new creative possibilities with DYLOS.

North American Debuts for Elation at InfoComm 2019

04/06/2019 - Event News

USA – InfoComm 12-14 June in Orlando will be a great opportunity to get up to date on the latest in entertainment and AV technology and this year Elation Professional has a number of North American debuts to show that complement further its comprehensive product line. Making their North American debuts at Elation Booth #7443 will be the Proteus Maximus and Smarty MAX, as well as new luminaires in the popular Fuze and Paladin series.

Kinesys joins the TAIT group of Companies

04/06/2019 - Business News

UK – TAIT (formerly known as TAIT Towers) has announced that Kinesys, a leader in motion control technology, has joined the TAIT group of companies. The combination yields unmatched capabilities in automation and show control and creates exciting opportunities for existing and future customers of both companies.

Robe Goes Sunshine for The Kooks

04/06/2019 - Production News

Europe – Popular UK band The Kooks have just completed the latest UK and European leg of an ongoing world tour in support of their fifth studio album, Lets Go Sunshine, which dropped late last summer and hit a Top 10 in the UK.

Ayrton Lighting Plays Major Role at Eurovision Song Contest 2019

04/06/2019 - Production News

Israel – Ola Melzig, head of production for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 stated: “For the second year in a row, we’ve had a close cooperation with Ayrton [for Eurovision]. Their fixtures are extremely reliable and innovative, and add fantastic and very important layers to the production.”

Enter the world of Area Four Industries with A4 Magazine

04/06/2019 - Business News

A4 Magazine is the key to the world of Area Four Industries and is now available for download.

Simon Horn Opens New Vistas on Maribou State Tour with ChamSys

04/06/2019 - Production News

UK – Simon Horn never worked with Maribou State before, nor had he ever seen the multifarious electronic music duo live, when he signed on to light their sold-out Brixton show. Once he became involved with the group, however, he was quickly taken by their supple, infinitely complex sound. “I fell in love with their music from the word ‘go,’” he said. “I can only describe them as being to electronic music what Queen was to rock, with high-energy rhythm, mystical deep moments and dramatic charm that takes you from having the hairs stand on the back of your neck, to shedding tears of love.”

Movecat presents the PROStage+ D8-PLUS hoist in the 1000 class with integrated operating hours counter

04/06/2019 - Equipment News

Since this year's Prolight + Sound, the Movecat portfolio has included a PROStage+ chain hoist also in the 1,000 class. With it, the D8 Plus IGVW SQP2-10:2018 electric chain hoist segment of the market has gained a model with an outstanding unladen weight to load capacity ratio of 60.8kg : 1.000 kg which, furthermore, with a noise level in operation of only <60 dB/A /1 m, is also extremely quiet.

PLASA releases guidance on lightning for outdoor events

04/06/2019 - Standards News

PLASA, the leading association for live entertainment technology professionals, has worked with several experts to create the first edition of Lighting Guidance for Outdoor Events, detailing the hazards and risks of lightning during outdoor events and festivals.

GoboPlus.com brings FollowSpotSales.com to ABTT

04/06/2019 - Event News

UK – GoboPlus.com, the one-stop, online shop for gobos and projection products, will be showcasing its latest, freshly-launched brand, FollowSpotSales.com at ABTT. The company is also delighted to have industry stalwart, Mandy Bullock, join them to lead this new division.

Ancienne Belgique stays versatile with DiGiCO

04/06/2019 - Project News

Belgium – Ancienne Belgique is steeped in musical history and is arguably Brussels' most important live music venue. A multi-application space spanning several floors and incorporating two live rooms and a recording studio, it is often the first stop on the touring calendar for most international acts, as well as a hotspot for up and coming local bands. Over the last 18 months, the venue has invested in two DiGiCo consoles in a bid to stay as flexible as possible: first, an SD5, which sits at monitor position and most recently, an SD12 which is now the venue's go-to FOH board.

Securing Our Future: On the Anti-Counterfeit Fight Back with Avolites

04/06/2019 - Equipment News

In Park Royal, West London, a digital fight back is brewing. Innovation is being threatened by replication. Progress is under attack. Counterfeiting is becoming more commonplace and Avolites is saying ‘the first rule of the fight back is let’s talk about the fight back’.

Martin Audio Moves Spanish Distribution to Audio-Technica Iberia

03/06/2019 - Business News

Spain – Following the appointment of Audio-Technica Germany as its new German distributor late last year, Martin Audio has now announced the transfer of its Spanish distribution to Audio-Technica Iberia.

ADC Has a Vision with Robe

03/06/2019 - Production News

Belgium – ADC is a full technical production rental company based in Zaventem near Brussels and is a recent investor in Robe LED moving lights with the purchase of 20 Spiiders, 24 Spikies and eight DL7S Profiles which were delivered by Benelux distributor, Controllux.

David Howard Gives Woman’s Hour Emotive Send Off with a ChamSys-Powered Light Show

03/06/2019 - Production News

UK – Following the release of their studio album Ephyra, which singer Fiona Burgess described as “a kind of rebirthing” and “an opportunity to reflect on what happened and embrace what we achieved,” Woman’s Hour brought their musical journey to a close with a final show in their home town, before parting ways to work on separate projects.

NEXT-proaudio introduces PXA8001

03/06/2019 - Equipment News

NEXT-proaudio has developed a perfectly integrated rack solution PXA8001 (powered by Powersoft), designed for optimum performance flexibility and setup simplicity.

Dap Audio PSS-110 MKIII

03/06/2019 - Equipment News

The Dap Audio PSS-110 MKIII is the successor of the PSS-series with a complete new design in a lightweight ABS housing. The PSS-110 MKIII is a complete portable PA system powered by an internal battery. When it is used on mains power the battery will be charged automatically. The built-in charger has an overload protection circuit and a battery level indicator. The PSS-110MKIII is equipped with a USB player, a four channel audio mixer for microphone and line signals and a wireless microphone. The mixer has master volume, bass and treble control and a talk over function. To connect the PSS-110 MKIII with a second PA system it has a dedicated line output. It is an all-in-one concept that is very easy to use at events and places where there is no access to a main power supply, such as:

L-Acoustics Kara(i) Elevates Sonic Experience at Sprint Center

03/06/2019 - Project News

USA – Widely recognised as a flexible, state-of-the-art arena located in down town Kansas City, Missouri, Sprint Center recently reached out to local integrator Digital Sound Systems, Inc. (DSS) to explore options for updating its arena sound system used for sporting events.