News Archive for August 2020

Robe Helps put Hands in The Air for L.A.B. Auckland Gig

28/08/2020 - Production News

New Zealand – The first live arena concert in the world since coronavirus silently spread global mayhem, was headlined by sizzling hot rising-stars L.A.B. at Auckland’s Spark Arena, New Zealand, a momentous occasion offering the artists, their management, crew and fans a joyous and heartfelt night where they could once again all embrace the emotions, experience and adrenaline rush of live performance!

Astera Illuminates “One-hundred Unseen” Installation

28/08/2020 - Production News

UK – Bristol-based production manager and lighting designer, Tim Smith of TS-TS Productions, utilised the power and practicality of Astera wireless lighting to illuminate his “One-hundred Unseen” an innovative high-impact live art installation created as part of a UK nationwide campaign day on August 11th 2020 to the highlight the critical state of the live entertainment industry amidst the Coronavirus pandemic.

CSD Group Completes Grace Bible’s New Campus with Chauvet Professional

28/08/2020 - Project News

USA – Excitement was in the air at Grace Bible Church on 10 July, 2018 when the building committee presented their first official rendering of the house of worship’s new 45,000 square foot Creekside campus.

Turning Empty Spaces into Places to be

28/08/2020 - Production News

UK – The outbreak of Covid-19 has had a huge impact on the theatre industry. Due to the restrictions that have been in place for the past few months, the majority of venues up and down the country are unable to open their doors and stage productions. That said, we are now seeing many producers and companies look to utilise non-traditional spaces in order to ensure that their show still goes on yet does so while ensuring the safety of its audience. As a company, WL has already spent years transforming bespoke spaces into places suitable for performance and is now helping as many clients as possible adapt to these new circumstances.

Prism Sound Appoints Trimac Products As Its Indian Distributor

28/08/2020 - Business News

India – India’s pro audio community can now access Prism Sound’s high quality range of converters and audio interfaces through Trimac Products Private Limited, a leading audio company with offices in Dehli, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai.

White Light Supplies The Warren’s Outdoor Season

28/08/2020 - Production News

UK – Taking place on a purpose-built site on the beach next to Brighton Pier, The Warren Outdoor Season opened earlier this month, offering a range of live comedy, theatre, cabaret and family shows. Having supported the Brighton Fringe at The Warren for over five years, White Light was called upon to supply the lighting, rigging and power equipment for this brand-new season, which is one of the first to open following the outbreak of Covid-19.

Point Source Audio Partners with Studio Connections Australia

27/08/2020 - Business News

Australia – Studio Connections will be the new home for Point Source Audio’s unique range of award-winning microphones and headsets in Australia. The move is a result of Point Source Audio looking to build on its already strong reputation in the country with the appointment of a new distributor dedicated to the market.

Christopher Robin Reflects Emotions at Andy Davis Drive-In with Chauvet Professional

27/08/2020 - Production News

USA – Familiar, comforting sights have often been obscured in the haze of the pandemic, a time of broken plans and lost connections. But like every crisis, the current one is also a great revealer. Forcing people into unfamiliar paths, it can lead to new, unexpected discoveries, which, even when seemingly insignificant, can lift the spirits.

Renkus-Heinz Steerable Loudspeakers Helps New York University Law School Position Audio Precisely in Iconic Auditorium

27/08/2020 - Project News

USA – New York University School of Law’s Vanderbilt Hall is a 1950s era building that sits along the corner of Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village. Since construction it has become an appreciated landmark of the village, while also serving as a main building for those attending the prestigious law school.

Brompton Technology provides at-a-glance performance assessment for LED panels

27/08/2020 - Equipment News

Brompton Technology has announced the release of its DynaCal reporting app which generates detailed, multi-language, browser-based reports that offer an objective assessment of a panel’s performance based on accurate measurements using the Hydra Calibration system. This brand-new tool allows Brompton customers to see at-a-glance headline LED panel performance figures such as achievable luminance and colour gamut, presented in terms of percentage coverage of the Rec 2020 colour space. There are also options to view comprehensive information down to a per-pixel level for each individual panel using convenient, interactive, visual displays.

Elation sets the scene on Pat McGann comedy special

27/08/2020 - Production News

As a light-hearted escape from the tribulations that mark everyday life at present, online comedy shows are experiencing a resurgence of popularity. Comedian Pat McGann’s recently released special, “Sebastian Maniscalco Presents Pat McGann: When’s Mom Gonna Be Home?,” is testament to that upsurge with large viewer numbers since premiering on streaming services on 28 July.

Kiriakos Dimitriadis Creates Light Dance with ChamSys at Cavo Paradiso

26/08/2020 - Production News

Greece – Happy are those who get to sail the Aegean Sea. Visitors to Cavo Paradiso would have no argument with this sentiment uttered since the time of ancient Athens. Perched atop a granite outcrop overlooking the billowy Mediterranean embayment, this iconic open-air nightclub enchants patrons with its breathtaking views.

Leading the Pack: Xytech Launches Graphical UI for Media Orchestrator, Provides Customers with Industry-Leading Workflow Simplicity

26/08/2020 - Equipment News

In today’s dynamic and global environment, it’s not acceptable for software providers to propagate old technology and offer paltry, infrequent updates. In stark contrast, leading resource management software provider Xytech continues to innovate its MediaPulse resource management system, this time with the release of a brand new, fully featured graphical user interface for the Media Orchestrator.

White Light Supplies Blindness at Donmar Warehouse

26/08/2020 - Production News

UK – Described as an immersive, socially-distanced sound installation, Blindness is a brand-new adaptation of Jose Saramago’s novel which recently re-opened London’s Donmar Warehouse. The production is one of the first to be staged post lockdown and White Light was called upon to supply the lighting equipment.

DiGiCo’s Quantum7 is the Audio Hub for the NBA’s Season Restart

26/08/2020 - Production News

USA – The NBA’s 2019-2020 season looked like it was going to be one of the most exciting yet. However, it was interrupted on 11 March by the COVID-19-induced sports shutdown, just before its Playoff series was to begin in April. Instead, the NBA reformatted its season, with teams playing the remaining regular-season games, Playoffs and Finals on three courts in the Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Florida from 30 July to 13 October.

Robe MegaPointes get Vertical in Kyiv

25/08/2020 - Production News

Ukraine – There is absolutely no lack of creativity or ideas when it comes to artists performing in the world of Covid-19 lockdowns and other restrictions.

FloppyFlex LED Neon Tops Up CLUB K

25/08/2020 - Project News

USA – When a client reaches out and tells you that they are tired of going to the club and they want the club to come to them, you obviously drop everything that can be dropped and create an in-home party room the likes of which have never been seen!

Zero 88’s ‘Live at the Congress’ Announces Latest Technologies are Shipping Now

25/08/2020 - Event News

UK – Lighting control manufacturer Zero 88 presented “Live from the Congress”, a dynamic live stream highlighting the latest technologies in its control, data and power product ranges and announcing that key products like the ZerOS Server, Splitter 8, Gateway 4 and Gateway 8, Betapack4 and RigSwitch are all shipping now.

LSM Ambiocreateurs and Chauvet Professional Add Flavour to Montreal’s Italian Week Livestream

25/08/2020 - Production News

Canada – The mouthwatering tastes and inviting aromas of panzerotti, scaccia, farinata di ceci (and of course, pizza), have been a favourite part of Italian Week for Québécois for over a quarter of a century. This year, COVID-19 restrictions prevented festival-goers from shouldering their way through the bustling streets of Montreal’s Little Italy section and savouring this epicurean experience. But they were able to enjoy the music, art, fashion and culture of the city’s large (over 250,000) Italian-Canadian community anyway, thanks to the popular festival’s decision to move to a livestream format.

ROE Visual and Backstage Academy Prolong Partnership

25/08/2020 - Standards News

UK – ROE Visual will prolong its support for the Backstage Academy, enabling a new generation of students to acquire relevant technical skills, working with the industry-standard ROE Visual LED panels.

Creative Technology Bring the Horse Guards Parade to Life for the 75th Anniversary of VJ Day

25/08/2020 - Production News

UK – In a year where a magnitude of events across the globe have been postponed or cancelled, Creative Technology (CT) found itself with just over a month to pull together a large-scale, stadium-size event that would normally take months of preparation.

First Bangor Presbyterian AV Upgrades with Martin Audio CDD

25/08/2020 - Project News

UK – Originally dating back to 1623, the present First Bangor Presbyterian Church in Northern Ireland is a superb example of a traditional, early-Victorian Presbyterian meeting house.

Harford Sound Creates Subtle Livestream for Jazz Great with Chauvet Professional

24/08/2020 - Production News

USA – “Music is the space between the notes,” Claude Debussy famously observed. Fans of the legendary Carl Filipiak would readily agree with the 19th Century French composer on that. Since arriving on the scene in the late 1980s, the award-winning jazz fusion guitarist from Baltimore has moved audiences around the world, not through sheer force, but through the intricate, subtle and often delicately balanced power of his music.

Ayrton Appoints LSystemsPro LLC as its exclusive distributor for Armenia

24/08/2020 - Business News

Armenia – Ayrton has welcomed LSystemsPro LLC as its new exclusive distributor for Armenia. The new appointment takes place with immediate effect.

Astera Announces Four New Nordic Distributors

21/08/2020 - Business News

Europe – Leading wireless LED lighting manufacturer, Astera, has announced four new exclusive distributors for Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden reflecting the dynamics, diversity, and potential of these four key Nordic nations.

Ambience Without an Audience: Crossfade Design Lights Top Rank Boxing with Chauvet Professional

21/08/2020 - Production News

USA – Crossfade Design was looking for a good audience wash last year when the firm redesigned the lighting for Top Rank Boxing’s highly rated ESPN series. Shots of the crowd in the background, dressed in their finery, their faces animated with excitement, was important to setting the stage for the action in the ring.

Chauvet Professional Supports Germany’s Night of Light

21/08/2020 - Event News

Germany – Landmark buildings glowed red throughout Germany Monday night, 22 June, for Night of Light, a massive expression of support for the events industry and a vivid reminder to the nation’s leaders about the challenges facing the businesses and individuals who make up this vital sector of the economy.

Bandit Illuminates Caylee Hammack’s Debut Album Event at the Steel Mill

21/08/2020 - Production News

USA – Caylee Hammack is used to making the most of a hard situation, so she wasn’t about to let a pandemic stand in the way of her first album’s debut. After experiencing heartbreak, losing a college scholarship and later her belongings to house fire, she poured her hurt and heart into If It Wasn’t for You which launched on 14 August.

Alcons Delivers Spacious Sound for Compact Home Cinema

21/08/2020 - Project News

Israeli audiophile Yair is so passionate about cinema that, when he moved to a new luxury penthouse, he asked the building contractor to add an extra room for a home cinema. Being just as enthusiastic about high quality sound, he commissioned an Alcons Audio pro-ribbon system, despite the home cinema only measuring 3m/9.8ft by 5.5m/18ft.

Zero 88 Live at The Congress

20/08/2020 - Event News

UK – Lighting control manufacturer Zero 88 stages a product awareness live stream airing on Monday 24th August which will be broadcast from The Congress Theatre, Cwmbran which is the nearest local theatre venue to the manufacturing facility.

Warner Grand Theatre Gets Grander with Dynamic DiGiCo Duo

20/08/2020 - Project News

USA – Golden Age Hollywood movie mogul Jack L. Warner called it “The Castle of Your Dreams.” The Warner Grand Theatre is the last of a series of classic Southern California Art Deco-Moderne cinema palaces from the 1930s designed by architect B. Marcus Priteca and interior designer Anthony Heinsbergen that retains its original contours.

Creative BackStage Lights “Livestream Learning Lab” with Chauvet Professional

20/08/2020 - Production News

USA – Accustomed to lighting and supplying production to large festivals and live music venues, John Garberson was concerned that the smaller livestream production area he put together in his company’s warehouse after the COVID-19 outbreak would limit his creative possibilities. He has since learned otherwise.

Successful Virtual Production Showcase Uses ROE Visual LED Screens

20/08/2020 - Event News

Germany – With the demand for virtual production space steeply rising, ETC and MMC Studios organised an informative event to update their clients on the latest available technology and hardware, involved in creating successful virtual film productions or events.

Rafael Mendoza and Artiste Picasso light ballet’s premiere dancers

20/08/2020 - Production News

Mexico – Mexican ballerina Elisa Carrillo, principal dancer at the Staatsballett Berlin and 2019 winner of ballet’s top prize, the Prix Benois de la Danse, travelled to her country of origin to present a series of ballet performances called “Gala of Stars, Elisa and Friends.” The special shows, which took place last year in some of the most renowned venues in Mexico, including the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City, were lit by Rafael Mendoza using Elation Artiste Picasso LED profile luminaires.

Érik Nowosielski-Lamoureux Expands Drive-In Stage Skyward with Chauvet Professional

19/08/2020 - Production News

Canada – Driving over an hour on the highway, headed north-east from Montreal, motorists find themselves at Parc Bellerive, a secluded, peaceful expanse of green on the banks of the River Richelieu.

Robe Gets UNLOCKED in Perth

18/08/2020 - Production News

Australia – Smiles and high spirits abounded at the HBF Stadium in Perth, at the country’s first large scale live music event since March.

Thai Bank’s Impressive Auditorium Sees Returns from Dante-backed Audio System

18/08/2020 - Project News

Thailand – The Bangkok headquarters of TMB, previously known as the Thai Military Bank, is a 33-storey building located in the Chatuchak district of the city. Inside the facility is a 500-seat, multi-purpose auditorium on its seventh floor that hosts conferences, press events, presentations, and even live music.

SiPA reports ‘clear drive’ for sustainability after webinar success

18/08/2020 - Business News

UK – A webinar designed to unite the live production industry in developing new working practices for a more sustainable approach has shown a “clear willingness” for change, according to The Sustainability in Production Alliance (SiPA).

Tool Shed Studios Digs Vintage Audient Desk

18/08/2020 - Project News

USA – A more than 20-year-old Audient ASP8024 console continues to hold its own as the centrepiece of the capacious Tool Shed Studios in Silicon Valley. The entire facility totals 4000 sq ft, with the classic console sitting at the heart of the 416 sq ft control room.

The Elation Coffee Break launches on Facebook Livestream

17/08/2020 - Event News

Elation Professional’s European office recently launched The Elation Coffee Break on Facebook Livestream, an online presentation series that takes an up-close look at some of the company’s most popular product series.

Anolis Illuminating the Base

17/08/2020 - Project News

France – Over 160 Anolis (a Robe business) LED luminaires have been used to illuminate public and connecting areas of the Les Bassins de Lumières, an imposing former World War II U-Boat bunker in Bordeaux, Originally known as ‘Betasom’, four of the 11 vast submarine basin areas have been reimagined by private organisation Culturespaces for use as a stunning and provocative sanctuary for immersive digital arts and mixed media installations.

Clearwing Systems Integration installs Ayrton Diablo profiles in Wisconsin’s Waterford Union High School

17/08/2020 - Project News

USA – Clearwing Systems Integration has included Ayrton Diablo profile luminaires in provision of systems design and integration for the LED lighting upgrade at Waterford Union High School’s auditorium and other venues. Waterford Union High School is located approximately 25 miles south-west of Clearwing’s Milwaukee office.

Chauvet Professional Lights Code Orange’s Convergence of Time in Under the Skin Livestream

17/08/2020 - Production News

USA – Time and place bend in unexpected, often unfathomable ways during the uncertain days of a pandemic. Cut off from the 'normal' flow of events, people look to the future, exploring new forms of expression. Yet, as the pace of life slows, the past folds back on the present, revealing itself in novel ways.

Robert Juliat Roxie2 followspots installed by Clearwing Systems Integration in Wisconsin’s Waterford Union High School

17/08/2020 - Project News

USA – Clearwing Systems Integration has provided systems design and integration for the LED lighting upgrade at Waterford Union High School’s auditorium and other venues and included Robert Juliat Roxie2 followspots as part of the new improvements. Waterford Union High School is located approximately 25 miles south-west of Clearwing’s Milwaukee office.

Orchestral Streaming with dLive

17/08/2020 - Production News

Germany – An Allen & Heath dLive system recently mixed a special performance by around 50 musicians from the Heidelberg Philharmonic Orchestra, livestreamed against the sumptuous backdrop of the Königssaal (Royal Hall), within the walls of the historic Heidelberg Palace.

With a week to go, apply for The ALD's Lumière 20:20 Scheme

17/08/2020 - Standards News

UK – The ALD’s successful Lumiere Scheme, which has for the last five years created pathways for lighting practitioners to work as an assistant to established designers on a diverse range of new productions, has been reformatted in response to the current pandemic situation.

TechLED signals Production Park's allegiance to the #WeMakeEvents campaign day of action

17/08/2020 - Event News

UK – As event professionals took to the streets of every major city across the UK on 11th August, in support of the PLASA-led #WeMakeEvents campaign, TechLED Ltd once again bathed Production Park, including the Studio and Rockwell cafe in the companion #LightItInRed campaign’s signature colour, emergency red.

Fuze Wash FR LED Fresnel on 19th August 19 Elation Innovation Hour

17/08/2020 - Standards News

Elation Professional resumes its Innovation Hour virtual product launches 19 August 19 with a look at a new automated LED Fresnel in the company’s high-value Fuze series, the Fuze Wash FR.

DiGiCo and KLANG capable and cost-effective for Selwyn Outreach Centre

14/08/2020 - Project News

Canada – Despite the current pandemic hitting the AV industry particularly hard, some organisations are making the most of the mandatory downtime by carrying out system upgrades that would have otherwise been challenging during regular event scheduling. This was certainly the case for The Selwyn Outreach Center in Peterborough, ON., which recently pushed forward with some much-needed audio system upgrades. A DiGiCo S31 console, plus a KLANG:fabrik immersive in-ear system and KLANG:quelle headphone amps, purchased through DiGiCo’s Canadian distributor GerrAudio, are central to the solution.

Astera Gets COLOSSAL

14/08/2020 - Production News

New Zealand – COLOSSAL is a lively, dynamic, and inventive street theatre and performing arts company based in Wellington, New Zealand, founded by three highly creative individuals, brothers Zane and Degge Jarvie and Imogen Stone, with backgrounds in circus, architecture, and design.

Robe at the #LightSARed Campaign

14/08/2020 - Event News

South Africa – The South African entertainment industry unified en mass for their 5th August #LightSARed ‘Code Red’ activation to shout out the critical state of the live entertainment industry and its support infrastructure, which has had no work, no cash flow and no meaningful government support for five months since mass gatherings were banned on March 15th due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Hi-Tech Media Partners with Renkus-Heinz to Bring Premium Loudspeakers to Russia

14/08/2020 - Business News

Russia – Renkus-Heinz, manufacturer of professional loudspeakers, is partnering with Hi-Tech Media to bring premium sound offerings to Russia. The move puts Renkus-Heinz solutions in the hands of more integrators and end users, allowing for quality sound to be placed precisely where it's needed the most: on the audience.

Evan Antal Evokes Memories on Twiddle Roots Virtual Tour with Chauvet DJ

14/08/2020 - Production News

USA – Twiddle has come a long way since the free-flowing jam band formed at Castleton State College 15 years ago. Nurturing the quartet’s growth on its trek to national prominence were frequent stops at Vermont’s legendary live music venues. Often tucked away in small mountain towns and seasonal resorts, these intimate spots, where the line between stage and audience blurs into a happy communion, served as perfect incubators for young musicians looking to develop their improvisational chops.

Audiologic Appoints Andrew Matthews as Business Manager

14/08/2020 - People News

UK – Audiologic, has announced that it has recently appointed Andrew Matthews as business manager for Ireland and Scotland. This is a critical role that directly focuses on elevating Audiologic’s presence to the highest service level, in both sales and support for both territories, whilst discovering and developing opportunities for exponential growth.

Elation expands high-value Fuze series with Fuze Wash FR LED Fresnel

14/08/2020 - Equipment News

Designed as the perfect fusion of performance, features and value, Elation’s Fuze series of LED fixtures has found a niche in the market whenever outstanding price to value is high on the list. Elation is expanding the series with the Fuze Wash FR, an automated LED Fresnel fixture with framing designed for a wide array of precision lighting applications and ideal for the refined performance required in theatrical venues.

SSL Live trio brings Hong Kong charity concert to the masses

14/08/2020 - Production News

Hong Kong – The ‘Live is so much better with Music’ Eason Chan Charity Concert was the first ever event held by the HK LPPIA (Hong Kong Live Performance and Production Industry Association), and was streamed worldwide on YouTube, Facebook Live and Tencent QQ platforms with an estimated ten million live views. Consoles supplied by Miso Tech Co Ltd, Hong Kong.

Funktion-One’s F5 delivers at Prague’s The Irish Times Bar

14/08/2020 - Project News

Czech Republic – The Irish Times Bar in Prague’s Old Town has become one of the first venues in the world to be installed with a Funktion-One F5 sound system. With residents all around, including directly above, owner Sean Curran sought a high-end audio solution that would deliver top-level performance and contain the sound within the venue.

Sound Technology supports #WeMakeEvents Red Alert

14/08/2020 - Event News

UK – Sound Technology Ltd, UK distributor of Harman Professional brands including Martin Professional lighting, joined the UK live events industry under the umbrella of PLASA's #WeMakeEvents Red Alert campaign, for a day of action on Tuesday 11th August.

Hydra measurement system starts shipping globally

14/08/2020 - Equipment News

Following the successful launch and positive feedback from the industry on its new Hydra measurement tool for LED panels, Brompton Technology has announced that the highly anticipated system is now shipping globally. Among the first wave of systems to arrive with customers, a number have reached Shenzhen, where Brompton has recently opened its new larger China office. These Hydras are already being used for panel calibrations by Brompton’s many panel manufacturer partners, assisted by a team of calibration support engineers.

Prolyte goes red!

13/08/2020 - Event News

The Netherlands – On the 11th of August 2020, Prolyte participated in the Nationwide Red Alert Campaign #WijMakenEvents (We Make Events). Various buildings in the Netherlands lit their buildings bright Red, including municipalities, town halls and government buildings. The event industry and sectors have been at a complete standstill since the very beginning of the corona crisis earlier this year. It has been more than five months, which means there are all costs but no turnover. Despite the government’s support during this period, companies are now on the verge of collapsing. Therefore, in order to draw attention to this crisis-like-situation in a peaceful and public-friendly manner, the Prolyte building was lit red at 21:00 and pulled the plug out exactly at ‘five to twelve’. Together, we hope to get the support packages for the event industries extended and a clearer prospect is outlined until we can go back to work normally without the 1.5m restrictions. Without this commitment, a large number of companies will end up going bankrupt and employees will end up on the street.

DiverZe Brings Colour to Life at JumpSky Inflatable Park with Chauvet DJ

13/08/2020 - Project News

Belgium – Colours, especially those that are unapologetically bright and bold, hold a special sway over the hearts and imaginations of children. Repeated scientific studies have shown that this is true. But one doesn’t need to rely on high-powered research to verify this claim; a quick visit to the JumpSky Inflatable Park will offer more than enough evidence.

Novatech provides GLP solutions for Isagenix Celebration 2020

13/08/2020 - Production News

Australia – Isagenix held its annual flagship ‘experience’, Celebration 2020, earlier this year at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. The motivational presentation featured a series of powerful training sessions over the three days, with concert style technical production providing the backdrop and the wow factor.

Martin Audio lends support to #WeMakeEvents Campaign

13/08/2020 - Event News

UK – Martin Audio has been supporting the PLASA led #WeMakeEvents campaign which highlights the plight of the UK live events industry and the desperate need for additional government support to this highly technical and specialised sector. The campaign culminated with a spectacular day of action with up to 5,000 people lining the banks and bridges of the River Thames to raise awareness of the crisis with politicians and the wider public.

Always Playing: London Symphony Orchestra and Yamaha Keep Classical Music Live

13/08/2020 - Production News

UK – Audience and community engagement, music education and global co-operation have always been at the heart of the London Symphony Orchestra’s activities. Working with long-term partner Yamaha, the orchestra has accelerated its digital outreach programme in recent months, helping its musicians to perform together again and for worldwide audiences to enjoy the unique experience of live classical performance.

UK event industry comes together in solidarity under the #WeMakeEvents campaign to ask the government to "throw us a line"

13/08/2020 - Features News

UK - The #WeMakeEvents call to action held on 11th August focused on raising awareness for over a million professionals working in the technical side of the entertainment industry who have either lost, or are at imminent risk of losing their jobs, 600,000 of whom deliver live events and around 70 per cent of the workforce are freelance. The government’s £1.57 billion investment to the cultural and arts institutions will not reach the key workers from the industry, and the imminent closure of the self-employed income support scheme at the end of the month further threatens their livelihood.

Elation lighting, Obsidian control on American Ninja Warrior Season 12

13/08/2020 - Production News

USA – On 12 March, Season 12 filming of NBC’s prime-time series American Ninja Warrior was postponed in the middle of production in Los Angeles, and just one day before the reality competition was set to get underway beneath an Elation lighting rig with Obsidian control system. Delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the show eventually headed into production again in July with a crew happy to be back to work and a number of health measures to abide by.

Prism Sound Gives its Lyra Audio Interface a Sleek New Look

13/08/2020 - Equipment News

Prism Sound’s critically acclaimed Lyra audio interface has been given an aesthetic overhaul to bring it in line with its larger multi-track audio interface siblings, Titan and Atlas.

Harlequin brings Ai Weiwei’s explosive artwork to life at the Imperial War Museum, London

12/08/2020 - Project News

UK – In an historic event at the IWM London’s iconic Atrium the entire space has been taken over by an artist. Internationally renowned Ai Weiwei’s ‘History of Bombs’ is a site-specific work that explores a two dimensional rendering in exacting detail of 50 true-to-scale bombs and missiles. This special commission is part of Weiwei’s exploration into politics and power and the ways in which contemporary conflicts and disasters impact on human life. The commission coincides with the museum’s Refugee season.

Bandit Lights Elvie Shane Virtual Radio Tour

12/08/2020 - Production News

USA – Launching a national radio promotional tour in the midst of a pandemic is not an easy task, but rising country newcomer Elvie Shane is no stranger to hard work. With his blue collar upbringing and Gospel-bred roots, the BBR Music Group/Wheelhouse Records recording artist recently released the tender ballad “My Boy,” penned for his step-son, in June of 2020. Bandit Lites is providing a lighting package for Shane’s virtual concerts which are being live streamed on radio stations around the country.

Chauvet Takes a Holistic Approach to Online Demos

12/08/2020 - Standards News

UK – Chris Hale is working out of his garage in Ashford, Kent. Ritchie Reed is 180 miles away. Yet, both are coming together (virtually) every day to offer a valuable service to designers, programmers, event specialists, and integrators with their 30-minute Chauvet Online Demo Sessions.

Elation’s top-of-the-line Artiste Mondrian now available

12/08/2020 - Equipment News

Now in stock and shipping is Elation’s Artiste Mondrian LED profile FX luminaire, a high-impact lighting solution for any application requiring powerful beam looks, stunning air effects and superior colour. A true powerhouse at over 51,000 lumens, the Artiste Mondrian offers all the advanced features designers would want in a top-of-the-line professional luminaire while surpassing outdated and inefficient lamp technology.

THE ALD Lumière 20:20 Scheme

11/08/2020 - Standards News

The ALD’s successful Lumiere Scheme, which has for the last five years created pathways for lighting practitioners to work as an assistant to established designers on a diverse range of new productions, has been reformatted in response to the current pandemic situation.

TSE Trainee project Highlights New Talent

11/08/2020 - Production News

Germany – Berlin-based full service live event and technical production specialist TSE AG has been utilising the unexpected downtime of the pandemic in a number of constructive ways, including professional development and launching a new exercise for all their trainee staff and apprentices called “The Next”.

Chauvet Expands US Operations with New Las Vegas Facility

11/08/2020 - Business News

USA – Chauvet has doubled its capacity to serve customers in the west region of the US by opening a 35,000 square foot satellite facility in Las Vegas. The new office, warehouse and service centre complex is twice the size of the company’s West Coast Burbank, CA satellite facility that it will be replacing on 10 Aug.

Powersoft Invites Users to 'Pimp Their Seat' with MeMo

10/08/2020 - Equipment News

MeMo is a high performance, ultra-low frequency transducer amplifier bundle, specifically designed for the home cinema and gaming markets. The product, which is manufactured in Italy, is set to transform the entertainment experience by adding a new layer of sound; a layer that can be felt.

Gleason Performing Arts Center at Florida Tech Transformed with Chauvet Professional

10/08/2020 - Project News

USA – Located adjacent to Florida Institute of Technology’s beautiful Joy and Gordon Patterson Botanical Garden, the Gleason Performing Arts Center is among the first places students go during orientation. As the site of graduation ceremonies, it is also one of their last touchpoints with the school before heading out into the world.

"Throw us a line" on Tuesday 11 August

10/08/2020 - Event News

UK – On 11th August, the live events industry across the UK will come together in solidarity to host a series of creative action to help save the live events and entertainment sector, which is on the verge of collapsing without financial support from the government.

City Folk Festival, Ottawa relies on Broadweigh for load and Windspeed monitoring

10/08/2020 - Production News

Canada – Broadweigh is once again the load monitoring system of choice for City Folk Festival 2020. The event is currently scheduled to take place on The Great Lawn at Landsdowne Park in Ottawa between the 17-20 September but the situation is being evaluated in line with the unfolding COVID-19 crisis.

L-Acoustics K2 a Home Run for Dodger Stadium

10/08/2020 - Project News

USA – Recently wrapping up a multi-faceted renovation, its most significant project since 2013, Dodger Stadium has now become one of the best-sounding sports venues in the country thanks to the new L-Acoustics K2 line source array sound system installed this summer covering the stadium seating, and L-Acoustics A15i and X8 speakers covering the new Centerfield Plaza and existing Outfield Pavilion areas.

Soundstar makes Robe Investment

07/08/2020 - Production News

Sweden – Full production and rental company Soundstar, based in Skövde, invested in some of Robe’s MegaPointes and Spiiders at the end of last year as they needed lighting fixtures with “more punch” than their rental stock at the time.

Events Evolution Creates Rock Solid Livestream For Cement Launch with Chauvet Professional

07/08/2020 - Production News

Zimbabwe – Cement is solid, reliable and essential to building the infrastructure that most people take for granted. But as far as glitz and glamour go, even the biggest fans of this dependable substance have to admit that it isn’t a very exciting product.

Astera Titan Solution for Hozier Comic Relief Video Shoot

07/08/2020 - Production News

Ireland – Peter Canning from Dublin-based lighting and visual design specialist High Res specified 24 Astera Titan Tube wireless LED fixtures to provide highly atmospheric lighting for an eye-catching video featuring singer Hozier recorded at Croke Park stadium, one of many high points during a special RTÉ (Raidió Teilifís Éireann) Comic Relief telethon.

Steve 'N' Seagulls – Travelling Light and Playing Hard with dLive Wings

07/08/2020 - Production News

Finland – With Finland allowing live events within government restrictions, the nation’s favourite country artists, Steve ‘N’ Seagulls continue to do what they do best, touring the country with the bluegrass reworkings of rock and metal anthems that won them YouTube stardom, all mixed from a super-compact dLive Wings system.

Registration now open for #WeMakeEvents day of action on 11 August

07/08/2020 - Event News

UK – The #WeMakeEvents campaign, which is raising the alarm for the live events and entertainment sector, has organised a day of action across London and the UK on 11 August. A series of events will call on the government to ‘Throw us a Line’ before the talent and expertise that makes the UK’s live events and entertainment sector the envy of the world is lost.

Frank Turner reunites with The Sleeping Souls for live stream show

07/08/2020 - Production News

UK – Having streamed a host of solo shows during lockdown, award-winning British folk singer-songwriter, Frank Turner is finally back with his band, The Sleeping Souls, and is set to perform an hour-long, live streamed gig via Dice.fm on 9th August 2020.

Elation Professional launches new online Learning Centre

07/08/2020 - Standards News

Although the Covid-19 pandemic has had a dramatic effect on our lives and industry, lighting professionals are taking the downtime as an opportunity to educate themselves and prepare for the eventual reopening. Elation Professional is offering just such an opportunity with launch of a new online Learning Centre available on the www.elationlighting.com website. Designed to provide lighting professionals with easy-to-access learning options, the new resource site is full of free educational and training material.

ASG Entertainments Raises Spirits at Gin Festival with Chauvet Professional

06/08/2020 - Production News

UK – Scotch may still hold sway in Scotland, but in England, gin has recently overtaken its rivals to become the distilled spirit of choice. A big reason behind the juniper berry infused beverage’s rise in popularity is the boom in craft gin distilleries.

Stage Electrics wins Trinity Arts Centre tender

06/08/2020 - Project News

UK – Stage Electrics has announced that it has been successful in tendering for the supply of new LED lighting, RCF Art Series monitors and Altair wireless communication systems for the Trinity Art Centre, Gainsborough. The lighting package includes Martin ELP-CL profiles and ETC ColorSource Pars supported with a combination of Chauvet Professional Rogue R3 Spots and R2X Washes.

CT Middle East Invests in the Latest Communication Technology

06/08/2020 - Production News

CT Middle East Invests in the Latest Communication Technology

Christ’s Church of the Valley Invests Heavily in GLP Arizona campuses opt for E350, S350 and X4 Bars

06/08/2020 - Production News

USA – Christ's Church of the Valley (CCV) is a non-denominational Christian church located in Phoenix, Arizona, with multiple other locations throughout the state.

Brompton Technology processing helps TDC deliver Australia’s first full Virtual Production for TV commercial

06/08/2020 - Project News

Australia – Australia’s leading supplier of video technology and production for the live events and entertainment industry, TDC – Technical Direction Company, was approached by production company Exit Films to work together on creating a full virtual production for an NRMA Insurance TV commercial. This was the first time a virtual LED background was used in Australia to replace a traditional green screen on set. TDC knew that to be able to fully deliver the vision of award-winning director Marc Forster they had to use equipment offering superior performance and reliability, so chose the winning combination of Brompton Technology’s Tessera LED processors driving ROE Visual LED panels.

Agstafa Agro Benefits From First Martin Audio WPM

06/08/2020 - Project News

Azerbaijan – Based in Azerbaijan, PROAV recently carried out a new sound design at the

PWL Gets Lucky with Wheel of Fortune

05/08/2020 - Production News

Belgium – Entertainment design specialist Painting with Light (PWL) created and supplied a spectacular lighting and video design, plus lighting control including programming and operating, together with bespoke integration of lighting / control for the wheel itself for the 2020 Belgian edition of ‘Het Rad’ (Wheel of Fortune). PWL worked in conjunction with its Genk C-Mine neighbour Deusjevoo, who designed and delivered the set.

Studio Lab Recreates Historic Palace Theatre Virtually with Chauvet Professional

05/08/2020 - Production News

USA – Stepping inside the Palace Theatre with its sweeping curves and imposing balcony has long been a special treat for New Englanders. On 15 July, thousands of them got to enjoy this experience again on a virtual level during a livestreamed Citizen of the Year ceremony honouring the theatre’s president, Peter Ramsey.

Shure Expands Axient Digital Portfolio with New AD3 Plug-On Transmitter

05/08/2020 - Equipment News

Shure’s Axient Digital Wireless System has established itself as the go-to industry standard for premium, flawless audio. Whether it’s a live, on stage performance or a high stakes broadcast to millions of viewers, Axient Digital empowers today’s entertainers, broadcasters, musicians, and others to bring perfectly clear audio to audiences all over the world. Now, with the introduction of the company’s Axient Digital AD3 plug-on transmitter, audio professionals can transform any XLR microphone into an Axient Digital wireless microphone, delivering impeccable audio quality and RF performance, wide-tuning and encryption features.

Powersoft Pledges Percentage of Profits to Crew Nation Fund

05/08/2020 - Business News

Live music inspires millions around the world, but while artists have been able to embrace the new possibilities afforded by social media and streaming sites in the wake of Covid-19, the talented men and women who so often stand behind them have not been so lucky.

Robe Supports NeFestival in Ostrava

04/08/2020 - Production News

Czech Republic – Colours of Ostrava is usually the largest multi-genre live music and performance festival in the Czech Republic and one of the most popular events on the European festival calendar, offering 22 stages of diverse and vibrant entertainment across four days in mid-July. It is staged in the stunning raw industrial environment of the former Dolní Vitkovice (DOV) steelworks – now tastefully reimagined as an important cultural and heritage centre – near Ostrava in the north-east of the country.

Renkus-Heinz’ Iconyx Compact Series Adds ICC 24/3 to Bring More Power and Flexibility to Medium-Sized Integrations

04/08/2020 - Equipment News

Renkus-Heinz, manufacturer of premium professional loudspeakers, has announced the latest product in its new Iconyx Compact Series: the Iconyx Compact 24/3-RN, a solution bringing the benefits of Renkus-Heinz’ Iconyx family to a smaller footprint array.

Gena Buhler joins Theatre Projects as head of new business development for North America New York, New York and Denver, Colorado

04/08/2020 - People News

USA – Theatre Projects has announced the addition of Gena Buhler in the new position of head of new business development, North America. Gena brings over 20 years’ experience in event production, venue management, operational logistics, festival and program development, and relationship-building of critical partnerships to the Theatre Projects team.

Robert Juliat Topaze followspot added to New York’s El Museo del Barrio’s renovated theatre, El Teatro

04/08/2020 - Project News

USA – New York City’s El Museo del Barrio’s multi-purpose theatre has added a Robert Juliat Topaze followspot to its rejuvenated lighting rig during its extensive renovation.

Fumasoli Audio and Lights Rental Fits Out TV Studio with Chauvet Professional

04/08/2020 - Project News

Italy – Backed by radio inventor Guglielmo Marconi himself, RAI has a long history of being in the forefront of broadcasting. It operated Italy’s first radio station, aired the nation’s first regularly scheduled television programme, and was a founding member of the European Broadcasting Union. The highly-rated network (it has over a 35-percent share), has also broken many major news stories, in addition to featuring programs directed by the likes of Michelangelo Antonioni and shows by superstars ranging from Andrea Bocelli to Lady Gaga.

Houserasten’s Forest Showcase in Germany Showcases DJ Morten Heuer with Claypaky Mini-B LED Moving Lights from Cube Entertainment

04/08/2020 - Production News

Germany – Cube Entertainment in Rostock, Germany selected Claypaky Mini-B fixtures for the Forest Showcase with psytrance DJ Morten Heuer at the Housersten electronic dance music club tour in north-east Germany. Due to COVID-19, this year’s Houserasten events consisted of videos and livestreams targeted to fans instead of in-person shows at clubs in various German cities.

#LightItInRed Supports #WeMakeEvents Red Alert Campaign

04/08/2020 - Business News

UK – Grassroots campaign initiative #LightItInRed is part of the 11th August ‘Red Alert’ day of action being organised and coordinated by #WeMakeEvents and PLASA (the Professional Lighting & Sound Association).

Shure Introduces SLX-D Digital Wireless System

04/08/2020 - Equipment News

Whether it’s a high-school theatre production, corporate meeting, or a Sunday service, live events need to deliver flawless audio and require products that are straightforward to set up and use. Wireless microphones face additional challenges in today’s increasingly crowded RF environment. To help address these needs, the SLX-D Digital Wireless System is the newest addition to the Shure digital wireless portfolio. The new offering is the digital replacement of the Company’s popular SLX system, complete with new mechanical designs, exceptional audio quality, more reliable RF performance, streamlined set-up, and more.

ISCE rebrands to ISCVE – Institute of Sound, Communications and Visual Engineers

04/08/2020 - Business News

ISCE has renamed and rebranded to ISCVE LtdL The Institute of Sound, Communications and Visual Engineers.

MUX22 helps GB4D build versatile streams for Grand Concert de Paris

04/08/2020 - Production News

France – Once again BroaMan and Optocore network devices were deployed to maximum effect at this year’s Grand Concert de Paris spectacular.

Audient Nero Finds its Home in the Wilderness of the Austrian Alps

04/08/2020 - Project News

Austria – An Audient Nero joins songwriters and producers, Felix Brunhuber and Florian ‘Flo’ Fellier in their newly opened Wilderness Studios, nestled in the Austrian Alps. Realising a dream to establish a studio with “the best sound imaginable”, the boys have taken inspiration from the natural beauty, vast forests and vertiginous mountains of their homeland to create a “creative oasis”.

Southard Audio Brings Harrisonburg’s Divine Unity Church outdoors with Martin Audio WPS

04/08/2020 - Production News

USA – Virginia’s Southard Audio recently overcame the challenges of lockdown when it deployed its brand new Martin Audio WPS system for the first time, helping the congregants of Harrisonburg’s Divine Unity Church to move outdoors for a special, socially-distanced service.

Green Hippo performs for Don Giovanni

03/08/2020 - Production News

Sweden – Hippotizer media servers from Green Hippo, the specialist creator of tools for the real-time manipulation of video for the AV industries, were used recently to drive the visual content for a unique production of Mozart’s opera, Don Giovanni, staged amid the COVID-19 pandemic to an empty Berwaldhallen concert hall in Stockholm.

Fineline Lighting Creates Light It In Red Message on Pyramid Stage with Chauvet Professional

03/08/2020 - Production News

UK – Like a ghost ship at bay, the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury stood eerily silent when Rob Sangwell and his team from Fineline Lighting visited in early July. Outlined against a grey sky, its stark metal frame shorn of all the coverings, lighting fixtures and PA gear that are so familiar to festival-goers, the iconic structure seemed lost and forlorn.

Two new models complete Verlinde's range of Stagemaker hoists

03/08/2020 - Equipment News

After two years of technological design and an alignment of production with market requirements, Verlinde announces the widening of its new range of Stagemaker electric chain hoists dedicated to the entertainment industry. The new Stagemaker SL5 and SL10 models with their load capacity of 500kg to 1000kg (1 fall) and 2000kg (2 falls) integrate Verlinde's latest technological developments: innovative design, toughness and enhanced power ensuring faultless reliability while complying with international standards.

New Prolyte Stock In North America

03/08/2020 - Business News

USA – Area Four Industries Direct America has recently received new stock of Prolyte products for immediate availability. This initial stock includes truss and accessories for the 30/40 series trusses, an array of hardware and accessories, and the popular LSU Ground Stack LED wall support system. The award winning Verto truss and other Prolyte products will be arriving in the coming weeks as Area Four Industries Direct America continues to ramp up efforts to expand the presence of Prolyte in North America.

Denton Bible Church Gets Plenty of Inputs and Flexibility with DiGiCo Quantum338 and SD12

03/08/2020 - Project News

USA – From its beginnings in the mid-1970s, with barely more than a dozen members, to the opening of its 3,500-seat auditorium in the new century, Denton Bible Church (DBC) has kept itself at the leading edge of technology. And the church, named for its Dallas, Texas-area suburban location, has continued to do so with the May addition of a new DiGiCo Quantum338 console, which is used for both front of house and monitor mixing. At the same time, a new DiGiCo SD12 console was also installed as the church’s new broadcast audio console. Both desks, plus the two DiGiCo SD-Racks installed along with them that sit on an Optocore network, were integrated and commissioned by Digital Resources, Inc., an AV systems integrator based in nearby Southlake.