News Archive for October 2021

MLA Mini Helps Jalsa Salana Scale Back without Compromise

25/10/2021 - Production News

UK – Jalsa Salana is the annual three-day international gathering of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, which takes place on a 200-acre farm in Alton, Hampshire.

Pods of Elation Dartz the centrepiece of Alec Takahashi design for Thomas Rhett tour

25/10/2021 - Production News

USA – Country music singer and 2020 ACM “Entertainer of the Year’ Thomas Rhett just wrapped up an eight-week tour playing outdoor amphitheatres, a successful return to the road that saw enthusiastic fans at every stop. The tour, which ended on 9 October in Raleigh, North Carolina, was also a visual treat with lighting designer Alec Takahashi incorporating pods of Elation Dartz 360 LED moving heads as the centrepiece of the show. Lighting supply was by Upstaging.

Glad Tidings Church rejoices with HALO-C from EM Acoustics

25/10/2021 - Project News

Canada – Founded in 1930, Glad Tidings Church has served Vancouver for over nine decades in three different locations. Established in its current location since 1963, the church built a new 1,900-capacity sanctuary in 1983 which remains its home today. Whilst the structure of the auditorium has changed little over the years, it has continued to evolve at a technical level. The most recent development has been the design and installation of a brand new HALO-C compact line array system from British manufacturer, EM Acoustics.

KV2 saddles up with Gigawatt Sound & Light for Cowgirls Gathering 2021

25/10/2021 - Production News

Australia – The sleepy rural town of Kilkivan in Queensland, was recently transformed into a hive of activity as thousands of horse lovers – and their horses – descended for the first edition of Cowgirls Gathering; three days of interactive workshops and clinics with the worlds’ best educators, trade stalls, competitions, music, art and entertainment to celebrate the western lifestyle of women all over Australia and beyond. Production specialist Gigawatt Sound & Light based just north of Brisbane was contracted to supply clear, precise audio throughout the festival, which they chose to do with KV2.

Kinesys Helps with Flying Start for Motor Stage Automation

25/10/2021 - Business News

Denmark – Motor Stage Automation is a brand-new automation specialist based in Denmark with an ambitious strategy to deliver custom and off-the-shelf solutions for entertainment industry clients wanting safe and innovative ways in which to move any element of their shows.

Just The Clothes On My Back: Jack Reacher Sings

25/10/2021 - Production News

USA – Husband and wife duo, Scott Smith and Jennifer Ferguson Smith (Naked Blue) had the unusual pleasure of collaborating with best-selling novelist – and sometime musician – Lee Child. The outcome was Just The Clothes On My Back, a collection of songs about Child’s long-running fictional character, Jack Reacher. Performed by them, the album was recorded and produced in their home studio.

Jon Towler Navigates Changes and Challenges on Outlander TV Series with ChamSys

25/10/2021 - Production News

UK – The hit Starz TV series Outlander has captivated global audiences with its intensely visceral tale centred around time travel. And with the passage of time, of course, comes change, which is something that Jon Towler can appreciate as lighting programmer and console operator for the programme.

PRG delivers the ICON Stage and Best Boy for the world-premiere of What’s New Pussycat?

25/10/2021 - Production News

UK – After a thrilling summer of shows returning in London and beyond, PRG UK is back on stage in its home town of Birmingham! What’s New Pussycat? is a new musical written by the Tony Award winning Joe DiPietro (Memphis The Musical), with a stellar creative team including director Luke Sheppard and legendary choreographer Dame Arlene Phillips.

Rolling Loud with Robe

22/10/2021 - Production News

USA – SJ Lighting created spectacular lighting production designs for four stages and the Main Stage VIP area at the 2021 Miami Rolling Loud Festival which took place over three days and nights at the Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens in Florida, offering 75,000 hip hop fans their first chance to see A$AP Rocky, Post Malone, Travis Scott, and many more great artists perform live since March 2020.

Bandit Lites Adds New Hires to World Headquarters

22/10/2021 - People News

USA – With an increasingly busy autumn and even more packed winter, Bandit Lites is thrilled to share the recent hirings of Kimberly Benjamin as a sales support accountant and Mikell Kremer as the accounts payable manager.

Chauvet Professional Introduces onAir IP Rugged Outdoor-Ready Soft Light Panels

22/10/2021 - Equipment News

Chauvet Professional’s new onAir IP series delivers a stellar performance on location regardless of rain, dust, heat or snow. The first fully IP65 series of soft light LED panels, these all-weather fixtures are ideally suited to move from indoor to outdoor projects, including music videos, red carpet events and on location remotes.

Emily Rowed bursts into Immersive “Bloom” in new music video brought to life with disguise xR

22/10/2021 - Production News

USA – Nashville-based singer/songwriter Emily Rowed bursts into “Bloom” in a new music video shot entirely in the disguise Extended Reality (xR) workflow, supported by disguise gx 2c media servers and rx II rendering nodes.

Claypaky Sharpy Plus Fixtures Help House DJ Hernán Cattáneo Make “Future Memories” in Buenos Aires Live Show

22/10/2021 - Production News

Argentina – Renowned Argentinean progressive house DJ Hernán Cattáneo looked back at the history of progressive house music in a live concept show called “Future Memories” at the Teatro Gran Rex in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 18-19 September. Lighting designer and director Sergio Lacroix utilised 32 Claypaky Sharpy Plus fixtures to bring the past into the future for a show that represented much more than Cattáneo’s back catalogue.

All Roads Leeds to Reading

22/10/2021 - Production News

UK – For the production industry the August Bank Holiday was always going to be the big heave of the re-opening, with Leeds/Reading festival leading the way. That no bad news emerged from the three-day bacchanal means the production industry could give itself a big pat on the back. Not that it was easy, but it was a blast.

Proteus amplify Cry of Independence at Mexican national day ceremony

22/10/2021 - Production News

Mexico – On 16 September, 1810, Roman Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla rang a church bell in Dolores, Mexico, heralding a call to arms that triggered the Mexican War of Independence. Re-enacted each year on the eve of Independence Day in the Zócalo square in the heart of Mexico City, this year the Cry of Independence ceremony (Grito de la Independencia) was bolstered with lighting effects from Elation Professional Proteus luminaires.

Panasonic Projectors Show Impressionist Masterpieces in Immersive New Ways

22/10/2021 - Production News

Czech Republic – Panasonic projectors are presenting works of art from our greatest impressionists in incredible 4K colour and unique detail at an immersive exhibition entitled Bylo Nebylo, Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir, at Prague Forum Karlin in the Czech Republic. Using 28 Panasonic projectors, the masterpieces fill four high walls around the hall, two giant blocks in the middle of the space and even the ground below visitors' feet, complemented with music from the era.

Bergen Kjøtt Made Complete with Adamson

21/10/2021 - Project News

Norway – One of Bergen's largest and most intriguing venues, Bergen Kjøtt, has officially invested in its own Adamson PA system. Thanks to generous grants from Kulturrom, Sparebanken Vest, Bergen Kommune, and EGD Property, Fabrikkhallen at Bergen Kjøtt is now fitted-out with four IS10P, four IS119, four PC12 and Lab Gruppen D-Series amps. The installation process was led by technical consultant, Sverre Vik, and the products were supplied by Adamson partner, Benum Norway.

Chauvet Professional Lights Revival of Teatro León

21/10/2021 - Project News

Ecuador – Even during the toughest times, those who look forward to the future give those around them reasons to hope for better days ahead. The team involved in the restoration of Teatro León demonstrated that in convincing fashion during the pandemic.

Alcons Introduces The QRP20 Pro-Ribbon Point Source Column

21/10/2021 - Equipment News

The QRP20 is a two-way column array system with high-Q directivity for increased projection control to be used as vertical sound system, for both permanent and portable applications. Its slim design packs a perfectly natural, dynamic sound reproduction with superb intelligibility and throw.

PRG turns to GLP impression S350 Wash for Virtual Production Studio-xR

21/10/2021 - Project News

Germany – Since the end of 2020, PRG, along with its subsidiary Cinegate, has been running the Virtual Production Studio-xR in Hamburg, a facility that specialises in digital events of all kinds. Across 360m² of pure studio space, company events, as well as film and music video shoots, advertisements, and livestreamed concerts (for example, Wacken World Wide), can be realised in a virtual environment. In order to be able to react quickly and flexibly to the complex requirements of virtual productions, PRG has turned to 40 impression S350 Wash from GLP.

Kinetic Lighting’s new investment in Ayrton Diablo proves popular with wide array of customers

21/10/2021 - Production News

USA – Glendale, California’s Kinetic Lighting has acquired more than 70 Ayrton Diablo-S fixtures to stock its rental inventory and supply a wide range of productions the company supports. The versatile, feature-rich, 300W profile luminaires are Kinetic’s first Ayrton purchase. Ayrton lighting fixtures are distributed exclusively in North America by ACT Entertainment.

PIXERA control Integrates ISAAC Ecosystem

21/10/2021 - Event News

USA – AV Stumpfl and Smart Monkeys, Inc., announce their partnership to integrate ISAAC API into the award winning PIXERA media server system’s new “PIXERA control” show control solution ahead of this year’s InfoComm show.

Pearce Hire welcomes return of The Showman’s Show

21/10/2021 - Event News

UK – “It’s a very welcome sight to see the return of The Showman’s Show this year,” smiles Shaun Pearce, MD of long standing exhibitor Pearce Hire. “We couldn’t be happier to see the industry getting back on its feet and for us to all be doing what we love.”

Electric Woodlands Makes Enchanted Festival Debut with Martin Audio PAs

21/10/2021 - Production News

UK – A new dance festival called Electric Woodlands took place recently in the idyllic grounds of Bygrave Farm in Baldock. Three bespoke stages, set in lush green landscapes, and a hidden forest provided the backdrop to a who's who of drum & bass, house and bass exponents over an 11-hour period.

Burna Boy is Twice As Tall with Yamaha RIVAGE PM10

20/10/2021 - Production News

UK – In August, Nigerian Afro-fusion star Burna Boy’s Twice As Tall event was the first in the London O2 Arena’s Welcome Back Show series of live concerts. Sold out with fans hungry for live entertainment, Yamaha RIVAGE PM10 digital mixing systems helped deliver a much-anticipated, impressive live production.

Hippotizer Tierra+ MK2 is rock solid for No Time To Die premiere

20/10/2021 - Production News

UK – Green Hippo’s rock solid, flagship Hippotizer Tierra+ MK2 media server took centre stage to drive mesmerising visuals at the James Bond No Time To Die world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall.

Lenny Sasso and Chauvet Professional F6 Strip IP Reflect Many Sides of PVRIS

20/10/2021 - Production News

USA – “In a perfect world, we’d just listen to music and not have to think about where it belongs,” PVRIS founder Lynn Gunn told an interviewer in July shortly before the fiercely independent band set out on its highly anticipated summer tour. She was speaking of her disdain for labels that seek to categorise creative expression into convenient music genres.

disguise xR powers the Honda Civic Tour

20/10/2021 - Production News

USA – Honda fans got a preview of the all-new 2022 Honda Civic Sedan as well as a live streamed concert from a Grammy and Academy Award winning artist in the 20th Anniversary Honda Civic Tour. The event, broadcasted on Twitch, was an extended reality (xR) experience powered by disguise xR with changing virtual landscapes enhancing the artist’s unforgettable performance as well as sharing a glimpse of the new car.

Limburg Oet de Drup benefit concert sponsored by Highlite and SLF Group

20/10/2021 - Production News

The Netherlands – Since the floods of several rivers in Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands this past July, multiple charity events have raised money to support the victims financially. Limburg Oet de Drup (freely translated as “help Limburg”) foundation, also active after the local floods in 1993 and 1995 and brought back to life after the current events, had similarly organised an outdoor benefit concert to support victims in the province of Limburg in The Netherlands. Several regional and national artists performed before more than 1,000 attendees, who were welcomed on top of the Cauberg in Valkenburg aan de Geul. Artists Lucas & Steve, Jansse Bagge Bend, Minsekinder, Phil Bee en Daan Prevoo, Andy & Roy, Beppie Kraft, Big Benny, Christel en Quinn, Erwin, Frans Theunisz, Marjolein Heijltjes, Marleen Rutten, Pruuf Mar, Ziesjoem!, Emma Kok, Stef Classens, Enzo Kok, Marco Bakker, Martin Hurkens, Rob Mennen, Gé Reinders, Jack Vinders, Limbo Projects and Stephanie Struijk contributed to the fundraising concert.

Infinity presents Chimp V2.0 software update, the next stage in the evolution of the Chimp

20/10/2021 - Equipment News

Infinity Chimp has been biding its time, evolving behind the scenes in Highlite's labs. Now, to the celebration of lighting professionals the world over, the next generation of Infinity Chimp software has been released, now with multicell capabilities!

Trinity Laban upgrades to EM Acoustics

19/10/2021 - Project News

UK – Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance is the UK’s only Conservatoire of music and contemporary dance. With two separate faculties for dance and music in south east London, the establishment today is the result of a 2005 merger between Trinity College of Music and Laban. When the decision was made to upgrade the sound system at the Conservatoire’s Faculty of Dance in London SE8, Trinity Laban turned to Autograph Sound who designed, implemented and commissioned an innovative multi-role sound system from EM Acoustics.

Robe T1 Luminaires for Johannesburg’s Market Theatre

19/10/2021 - Project News

South Africa – Johannesburg’s multi award winning Market Theatre has been on South Africa’s political, cultural, and social frontline since 1976 when it opened as an independent, anti-racist producing house at the height of the apartheid era. Championing a diverse collage of edgy, raw, authentically African work and creativity, it’s helped to give a voice, ask leading questions and build solidarity for those who have been silenced and ignored.

Bandit Lites Rocks Neyland Stadium for Tennessee Volunteers Football Game

19/10/2021 - Production News

USA – The world of college football is forever changed as Bandit Lites brought rock and roll to the football fan experience, lighting up Neyland Stadium, the fifth-largest stadium in the country, with a custom lighting package for the sold-out Tennessee versus Ole Miss game.

Shure Helps Tony Awards Welcome Back Broadway with Unparalleled Wireless Audio Technology

19/10/2021 - Production News

USA – Shure supported the 74th Annual Tony Awards and welcomed the theatre community home after a year without Broadway. Broadcast on CBS and streamed on Paramount+, this year’s Tony Awards, hosted by Audra McDonald and Leslie Odom Jr., achieved cutting-edge audio for the entire ceremony and subsequent “Broadway’s Back!” event.

New Avantis for New Zealand’s Lux Productions

19/10/2021 - Production News

New Zealand – Starting from humble beginnings in an Auckland garage, New Zealand’s Lux Productions has grown from strength to strength since 2013 and is currently moving into its sixth warehouse to accommodate the full spectrum of event production services.

Austrian Audio CC8 Cardioid True Condenser Instrument Microphone now available

19/10/2021 - Equipment News

Austrian Audio and UK distributor Sound Technology Ltd have announced immediate availability of the new CC8 microphone. The CC8 is the first of a new line of instrumental microphones for use in the studio and on stage. What makes this new small diaphragm microphone remarkable is Austrian Audio’s OCC7 condenser capsule. Inspired by the legendary CK1, this newly developed capsule delivers all the benefits of that classic design updated to meet the demands of today.

MLA Conquers The Notorious Hill at Historic Leeds Castle Concert

19/10/2021 - Production News

UK – Organisers of the annual Leeds Castle Concert worked tirelessly to reschedule this year’s event, featuring the world-famous Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, following the easing of restrictions by staging it later than normal, on 4th September.

Hog 4 in control at Battiti Live

19/10/2021 - Production News

Italy – Founded in 2013, Battiti Live features a selection of leading Italian and international music artists. The annual event consists of a series of concerts held in various locations throughout the region of Puglia, the heel of Italy’s boot. Since 2017, lighting designer Massimo Pascucci, accompanied by programmer Davide Fusco, has created engaging and high impact shows, using the Hog family of lighting desks. Hog 4-18 was the primary console of choice for the 2021 edition, together with a Road Hog console for additional special effects.

PRG delivers customised LED tiles to power the ever-moving poem of the UK Pavilion

19/10/2021 - Project News

UAE – Expo 2020 Dubai, the first World Expo to take place in the Middle East region, officially opened its doors to visitors on 1st October showcasing architectural wonders and technology innovations from more than 192 countries.

Follow-Me Distributor Announcement

18/10/2021 - Business News

Japan - Netherlands-based Follow-Me B.V. continues to expand its global distribution network with the announcement of Tokyo based TSJ (Technical Supply Japan) as another new distributor. As specialists in the distribution and installation of entertainment lighting technology for touring companies, TV, theatre and discotheques the company has recently been involved in the technical requirements for both the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Main Light Invests in RoboSpots

18/10/2021 - Production News

USA – Wilmington, Delaware and Las Vegas, Nevada-based lighting rental and dry hire specialist Main Light has invested in more Robe BMFL FollowSpot LT fixtures and Motion Cameras to boost its inventory of available RoboSpot remote followspotting systems.

David Howard And OneBigStar Make Magic at University of Nottingham Ball with Chauvet Professional

18/10/2021 - Production News

UK – Calendars lost much of their meaning over the past year, as the pandemic erased so many long-anticipated occasions from their pages. For a group of students at the University of Nottingham, one such date was Monday 12 July, when their already-delayed graduation ceremony was cancelled again due to lingering safety concerns.

Infinity and Showtec perform at outdoor summer festival

18/10/2021 - Production News

Portugal – Infinity Furion S401 Spots, iW-1915 RGBW wash moving heads and Showtec Helix S5000 Q4 RGBW LED wash fixtures were successfully deployed at beautiful outside locations during a summer festival in the Algarve in the southern region of Portugal. The fixtures were perfectly capable of complying to the specific intentions of the operators and supported the performers wonderfully.

Showtec’s outdoor lighting creates peaceful ambiance at Holbæk’s waterfront

18/10/2021 - Project News

Denmark – DLT showcases the architectural façade for Sparekassen Sjælland-Fyn’s office in Holbæk with stunning outdoor lighting.

Surfhire Secures Perfect Connectivity at Henley Festival

18/10/2021 - Production News

UK – Surfhire deployed a full-service complex comms package to the prestigious boutique festival held on the Berkshire bank of the River Thames.

Robe Pushes Forward the Vibrance for VW at IAA Summit 2021 Munich

15/10/2021 - Production News

Germany – Bold, bright, vivid – with the assistance of Robe moving lights – this was the look central to Lucas Conradi’s lighting design for the Volkswagen booth at the IAA Mobility 2021 expo in Munich, underlining and complementing the energy and excitement generated by the popular German automotive manufacturer’s new brand design, first introduced in 2019.

ESTA announces yet another ANSI standard for event safety

15/10/2021 - Standards News

ESTA's Technical Standards Programme has announced approval and publication of yet another ANSI-approved event safety standard, developed by the Event Safety Working Group.

ANSI ES1.4-2021, Event Safety – Event Fire Safety Requirements applies to fire safety in the live event industry. This standard addresses the identification and assessment of event-specific fire risks, and the effects that fire and smoke will have to the life safety of all persons who might be affected. It includes those measures required to minimise the likelihood of a fire starting, means of escape (egress), fire safety monitoring and the methods used to limit the development, spread and effects of fire.
The standard can be downloaded free of charge, from the Technical Standards Programme's Published Documents page, found at https://tsp.esta.org/tsp/documents/published_docs.php

CPL Produces Slick Streamlined Broadcast Event for Tropic

15/10/2021 - Production News

UK – Event and show technical specialist CPL created an all-encompassing production design and supplied set, rigging, lighting, audio, video (cameras, screens and PPU / control) plus SFX for a high profile three-hour live broadcast for cosmetics brand Tropic Skincare, which combined product launches, awards presentations and recognition for top distributors and advocates plus reports and updates on the organisation’s charitable work.

You Me at Six Chose Britannia Row for Headline Tour Sound

15/10/2021 - Production News

With an evolved sound and a seventh studio album to share with their fans, You Me at Six (YMAS) have recently returned to the road with a live show two years in the making and a streamlined audio package courtesy of Britannia Row Productions.

AC-ET Provide Lighting Solutions for Grimeborn Opera Festival 2021

15/10/2021 - Production News

UK – Chroma-Q, Vista by Chroma-Q and PROLIGHTS have once again taken to the stage with the Arcola Theatre for its recent production of the Opera, Die Valkure.

Sound Devices Joins Audiotonix Group

15/10/2021 - Business News

UK – Audiotonix, the group which comprises the Allen & Heath, Calrec, DiGiCo, DiGiGrid, Group One Limited, KLANG:technologies and Solid State Logic entertainment technology brands, has announced the acquisition of US-based Sound Devices LLC as part of its expanding group. The transaction, which was concluded on 14th October 2021, further extends the Audiotonix professional solutions for audio production environments.

Elation TVL Softlight ideal 4K filming complement at Anthony Murray Studios

15/10/2021 - Project News

USA – Integration company Sound Principles Pro of Georgia has installed dynamic-white TVL Softlight DW luminaires by Elation Professional in a new professional studio in Atlanta, Anthony Murray Studios. The temperature controllable luminaires provide variable shade projections of high-quality white light for two broadcast spaces, working together with colour-changing fixtures and a large video backdrop from Elation sister company ADJ.

fos/4 adds emotion to Hong Kong productions

15/10/2021 - Production News

Hong Kong – Malo Ma, a young and budding gaffer in Hong Kong, has selected ETC’s fos/4 fixtures to light several new video productions. With over a decade of research realised in these studio fixtures, the fos/4 series of luminaires are specifically dedicated to the studio and broadcast market.

BOXXER Inks New Partnership with Version 2

14/10/2021 - Business News

UK – BOXXER has announced a new partnership with Version 2, which will become an official partner of BOXXER and Sky Sports Boxing.

ESTA's TSP public reviews

14/10/2021 - Standards News

ESTA’s Technical Standards Programme currently has five draft standards in active public review. The reviews are open to anyone having a material interest in the subject matter. The review opportunities are as follows.

Daniel Thibault Gets Festive with Chauvet Professional at Phish After Party

14/10/2021 - Production News

USA – The music never stops in “The Music City” on the Cumberland. Vivid proof of that could be seen (and heard) late one evening recently as streams of jam band fans made their way across the city’s downtown district following a Phish concert at the Ascend Amphitheater.

Backup Pumpkin Challenge

14/10/2021 - Event News

Here is an excuse to unleash your creativity in aid of Backup!

Electro-Voice and Dynacord sound system reduces hardware and increases coverage at King of Kings Church

14/10/2021 - Project News

USA – When King of Kings Lutheran Church in suburban Woodbury, MN decided to upgrade its sound system, their goal was to eliminate uneven coverage while improving clarity and fidelity for both contemporary and traditional worship services. They consulted Saint Paul-based Collins Electrical Construction, a regional firm that had recently installed their new lighting system. Being familiar with the facility, Collins project manager Shawn Withrow had a streamlined, high-performance solution in mind, with loudspeakers from Electro-Voice powered and processed by electronics from Dynacord.

KV2 goes Modular in Emmental

14/10/2021 - Production News

Switzerland – The beautiful region of Emmental in Switzerland is doubtless better known for its famously holey cheese than for its music output; nevertheless, the gently rolling hills of Langnau provided a stunning backdrop for the first ever Modular Festival organised by DJ and producer, Michelle Kelly Leeman. For four days from 10 to 13 September, the lowing of cattle gave way to the sounds of psytrance and techno from an international roster of over 50 artists and DJs with music running non-stop across two stages. Michelle has been a fan of KV2 systems for a number of years, and was adamant that she wanted the very best for her festival, so she opted for the flagship VHD5 system for the main stage and SL412s supplemented by SL2.15 subs for the second stage.

AV Stumpfl to present projection screen systems and new PIXERA version 1.8 at InfoComm 2021

14/10/2021 - Event News

USA – The Austrian AV technology manufacturer AV Stumpfl will present itss award-winning projection screen systems screen systems and new PIXERA v1.8 media server software at this year's InfoComm (Orlando, Florida, 27-29th October).
In addition to informing booth visitors of its latest product developments in the area of ALR (ambient light rejecting) screen systems, AV Stumpfl will also present its AT64-SHIFT screen system legs.

Studio Berlin uses Lawo mc² consoles, VSM in new Ü10 truck

14/10/2021 - Project News

Germany – German TV production service provider Studio Berlin has commissioned a new UHD/HDR OB truck called “Ü10”, fitted-out with Lawo mixing consoles and control systems. Audio Control Rooms 1 and 2 of the new OB van are equipped with an mc²56 production console and an mc²36 all-in-one console, respectively, powered by fully redundant A__UHD mixing cores and a Lawo VSM broadcast control system. Planning and construction of the vehicle was accomplished by German system integrator Broadcast Solutions.

250 GLP moving lights pave the way for international star performances at Jazzopen Stuttgart

14/10/2021 - Production News

Germany – Jazzopen Stuttgart has been one of the highlights in the event calendar of the Baden-Württemberg state capital since 1994. The recipe for success: Renowned jazz musicians and top international acts from the worlds of rock, pop, soul and blues performing on six stages spread across the city. With the help of 250 GLP moving heads, LD Jerry Appelt created optimum conditions for another glamorous show again this year.

Titan Festival Revives Cardiff’s Alexandra Head as a Venue, with Help from MLA

13/10/2021 - Production News

UK – A unique festival in Cardiff Bay is being seen as the precursor to reviving a once popular venue at the City’s Alexandra Head.

Seven-Time Grammy Winning Engineer Brian Vibberts Takes Hybrid Mix Set Up to Next Level with UC1 SSL Plug-in Controller

13/10/2021 - Project News

USA – As a seven-time Grammy winner who has worked in top commercial facilities with the likes of Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Metallica and, more recently, the late Chick Corea, Brian Vibberts now does the vast majority of work out of his personal hybrid studio just outside LA. His path to become 'The Man with the Golden Ears' began in the early '90s, where he cut his teeth on a host of state-of-the-art, large-format recording consoles at legendary studios like Right Track, The Hit Factory and Record One, among others. Over the course of his journey, Vibberts became intimately familiar with several classic SSL consoles, including the 4000, 6000, 8000 and 9000 series desks.

Milton de la Cruz and Chauvet Professional in Sync with HENDRIX-B For Medellín Show

13/10/2021 - Production News

Colombia – The historic Teatro Pablo Tobon Uribe sets a high bar for anyone creating visuals on its stage. For starters there are the elegant contours of the building itself, the work of famed architect Nel Rodriguez. Then there is the curtain that covers the stage, graced by the art of post-modern master Dora Ramírez.

Martin MAC Encore Cold Whites bring Frozen theme to life at Theatre Royal

13/10/2021 - Production News

UK – Highly respected theatre lighting designer Neil Austin has again relied heavily on Martin Professional’s MAC Encore Performance moving heads in lighting the West End production of Frozen The Musical for audiences at London’s famous Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

NMR and KL Panel ace Whistling Straits Golf Course at Ryder Cup

13/10/2021 - Production News

USA – After years of lighting Ryder Cup press areas with standard Lekos and PARs, the team at NMR Staging and Events decided to add Elation’s dynamic and broadcast-quality KL Panel LED softlight to its bag and the results were impressive.

‘Back to the Future’ The Musical arrives at the West End with disguise driving VFX-filled video set design

13/10/2021 - Production News

UK– When pop culture movie phenomenon ‘Back to the Future’ arrived in the West End, it was a time-travelling dream come true for the many fans of the original movie. Following its world premiere at the Opera House in Manchester in February 2020, the VFX-filled show set up its residency at London’s Adelphi Theatre in August 2021, with three disguise gx 2 media servers powering extensive Notch LC Video files and Notch generative video content.

PRG Had the Time of Their Lives With Mamma Mia! Under the Stars

13/10/2021 - Production News

UK - MAMMA MIA! has enjoyed an almost constant West End run for 21 years and has had numerous international tours. To date, the sensational feel-good musical has been seen by over 65 million people in 50 productions in 16 different languages. Needless to say, it is now a firm and beloved fixture of the British, and indeed global, theatre world.

APEX Names TOMMEX as Exclusive Distributor for Poland

13/10/2021 - Business News

Poland – Belgium-based professional AV manufacturer, APEX has announced the appointment of TOMMEX as its exclusive distribution partner for Poland.

Zero 88 FLX in Control of Lighting at Gibraltar TV’s Facility

13/10/2021 - Project News

Gibralter – Zero 88, a Signify entertainment lighting brand, has provided lighting consoles to the new Gibraltar Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) purpose-built, state-of-the-art TV and radio studio facility and HQ at Gibraltar’s South Jumpers Bastion. The lighting systems were designed, specified and commissioned by UK-based lighting specialist, The Projects Department, with the two Zero 88 FLX consoles at the heart of the control set-up.

New Order of MegaPointes

13/10/2021 - Production News

UK – Legendary post-punk electronic rock band New Order played two hugely memorable one-off shows ahead of a London O2 Arena show scheduled for November, which also celebrated the re-opening of full capacity live shows and performances in the UK, in what we all hope will be the start of a new ‘post pandemic’ era of music, creativity and fun.

Lift Turn Move Expands GIS Chain Hoist Stock

12/10/2021 - Production News

UK - Lift Turn Move (LTM) has expanded its stock of GIS lightweight D8 chain hoists of 500kg and 1,000kg capacity, for mobile use in the entertainment sector.

Production AV’s high-resolution outdoor LED screens take centre stage at Cheltenham Big Screen Festival

12/10/2021 - Production News

UK – Cheltenham’s Imperial Gardens became a cinematic hotspot of international sport, films and music over the summer as the town’s Big Screen Festival took place, utilising Production AV’s substantial stock of Desay M6 outdoor LED screen panels to make up the visual display.

Hippotizer Boreal+ strikes gold for Team GB Olympics Homecoming

12/10/2021 - Production News

UK – Team GB returned to home soil from the Tokyo Olympics for a victory celebration at London’s SSE Wembley Arena with a glorious music concert, dazzling pre-made content and performance footage driven by Hippotizer Boreal+ media servers.

Rattlesnakes Drummer Perfects Home Studio Setup with Audient Mic Pres

12/10/2021 - Project News

UK – Professional percussionist and drum teacher, Gareth Grover described the addition of Audient’s eight-channel mic preamp, ASP880 to his set-up as “honestly like night and day; way more impressive than the simple expansion of channels I was originally focused on.”

Panasonic Lights Up Iconic French Architecture for the Monumental Tour 2021

12/10/2021 - Production News

France – Panasonic projectors are helping to bring to life some of France’s most iconic architectural landmarks with an electronic music and light show as part of the Monumental Tour 2021. The spectacular sensory experience combines a show of light and creative projection mapping on historic landmark buildings such as lighthouses, castles and abbeys to the music of famous DJs and new acts.

Sugar Coated Retail for Void Acoustics

12/10/2021 - Project News

UK – For a company better known for supplying exceptional club sound systems around the world, there has been a recent ‘sugar coated’ opportunity for Void Acoustics to make an appearance on a High Street near you!

Lithuania’s Miltinis Theatre Upgrades With Martin Audio WPM

12/10/2021 - Project News

Lithuania – Audiotonas recently won a tender to renew the audio system at the 400-capacity Juozas Miltinis Theatre in Lithuania. Situated in Panevezys, the fifth largest city in the country, the Grand Hall has been upgraded with a Martin Audio Wavefront Precision (WPM) line array, recently accoladed with a Queen’s Award for Innovation.

PMC Boosts its UK Sales Team with the Appointment of Phil Millross

11/10/2021 - People News

UK – Loudspeaker manufacturer PMC has announced that Phil Millross has joined the company’s sales team as business development manager for studio products in the UK and Ireland.

Crt Birsa Creates Flowing Design for MMS 2021 with ChamSys MagicQ MQ70

11/10/2021 - Production News

Slovenia – Who hasn’t thrown a stone in the water and then watched with child-like wonder as concentric circles extended outward in their hypnotic pattern? Lighting designer Crt Birsa and set designer Greta Godnic evoked the powerful, primordial feeling of this transcendent image when creating the visuals for the 40th annual MMS song contest, which this year was built around the appropriately titled theme “Festival of the Melody of Sea and Sun.”

KL Panel XL: Full colour spectrum LED soft light with muscle and multi-zone control

08/10/2021 - Equipment News

Broadcast designers of all types have been turning to Elation’s colour temperature-adjustable KL Panel for high-quality soft light illumination since it first hit the market in 2020. Quickly adopted as an ideal full colour spectrum LED soft light, a new XL version of the broadcast-quality luminaire is now available that extends the size of the original while emitting nearly twice the power and offering multi-zone control for dynamic effects.

Robe Speaks Loud for The Minds of 99

08/10/2021 - Production News

Denmark – Denmark’s thriving live music scene re-energised in style after the country’s post pandemic ‘Freedom Day’ with several prominent shows and events including a landmark performance at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen by The Minds of 99 who smashed it as only the second ever Danish act to play there, in front of 50,000 ecstatic fans, complete with a high impact show design from Jannik Kenneth Skov Jensen.

Made By Pete X SSL 2: Hardware, software and creativity

08/10/2021 - Production News

UK – London-based James Boore, known in production and DJ circles as 'Made by Pete' and whose work has appeared on labels including Crosstown Rebels, Saved, Selador and others, gears up for new DJ shows, creative sessions and recording with Solid State Logic production tools. This includes new SSL 2 interface, several SSL plug-ins, such as the SSL Native Drumstrip and Vocalstrip 2, as well as new LMC+ and FlexVerb plug-ins which are bundled free with all new SSL 2 & SSL 2+ interface purchase until January 2022.

Cour Design Evokes Rich Imagery on Lord Huron Tour with Chauvet Professional

08/10/2021 - Production News

USA – The Wall Street Journal is much better known for analysing financial trends than musical styles, but the venerable newspaper pretty much nailed it when it described Lord Huron as having “a decidedly cinematic flair, heavy on mood and evocative imagery.”

Shoreditch Balls: Putting Quality First with Yamaha

08/10/2021 - Project News

UK – In recent years, indoor crazy golf has come to the fore as a leisure activity throughout the UK. London’s Shoreditch Balls has the experience down to a tee, featuring a Yamaha audio system delivering sound much better than par for the course, ensuring every game goes with a swing.

Allen & Heath Rocks Furnace Fest 2021

08/10/2021 - Production News

USA – After an 18 year hiatus, Alabama’s famed heavy rock and metal Furnace Fest returned in a big way, proving good things come to those who wait. Held at the Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama, admission for all 90 bands across three stages required vaccination card or proof of negative COVID test to be shown at the gates. Putting the decibel meter to the test this year were key acts such as August Burns Red, ERRA, Fit for a King, Mayday Parade, Motionless in White, and Underøath, all sporting an Allen & Heath console at FOH.

New and Improved Neve Recall Software is Now Available to Download Free of Charge

08/10/2021 - Equipment News

With more and more recording professionals adopting a hybrid approach to their workflows, having the ability to switch seamlessly between mixing sessions in the studio has never been so important. Integrating analogue hardware into this fast-paced environment can be tricky and, more significantly, time-consuming. In recognition of this, Neve has launched an updated version of its Recall software, which provides an interactive platform that delivers total recall of all hardware settings and enhances the capabilities of Neve-88 series hardware units and the 2254/R compressor/limiter.

Sennheiser Digital 6000 dazzles at world’s first super boutique hotel, The Londoner

08/10/2021 - Project News

UK – Opened on the 6th of September and referred to as ‘the world’s first super boutique hotel’ by owner Edwardian Hotels, The Londoner emerged as a new edifice in the heart of London’s West End paying tribute to the artists, visionaries and eccentrics of the city where the hustle and bustle never stops. Visual Systems, part of Myriad Audiovisual Sales Ltd, was employed by the hotel group to design and deliver top-of-the-range audio solutions, which includes Sennheiser Digital 6000 wireless microphone systems, SpeechLine Digital Wireless, the world’s first speech-dedicated system, a Sennheiser infrared system on 2.3MHz and 2.8MHz and the audio manufacturer’s flagship MobileConnect system for assistive listening.

PMC Appoints Bluesound as its Hungarian Distributor for its Studio Products

08/10/2021 - Business News

Hungary – UK manufacturer PMC has appointed Bluesound as its distributor in Hungary, with responsibility for its entire range of professional audio range including its recently launched compact active near and mid-field monitors.

Audio Visual Events Invests in More Astera

07/10/2021 - Production News

Australia – Audio Visual Events (AVE) is a live, hybrid and virtual event production services specialist based in Sydney, working across all industry sectors including corporate, commercial and entertainment.

Bigabox Production Lights Three Festivals at Clapham Common with Versatile Chauvet Professional Kit

07/10/2021 - Production News

UK – The poor, marshy soil conditions in the triangular patch of land between the manors of Battersea and Clapham made it unsuitable for farming when neighbouring fields were put under plough centuries ago. Ultimately, this “shortcoming” led to the 89- hectare space being turned into a public park and though it was unfit for cultivating crops, the area that is now Clapham Common has proven to be fertile ground for creative expression, as all manner of musical performances and art shows have flourished in its open, green space.

Hippotizer Amba drives visuals for Spring Awakening at Central School of Speech & Drama

07/10/2021 - Production News

UK – London’s The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama staged a production of the musical Spring Awakening recently, which saw lighting and video design students create, program and operate the visual aspects using Hippotizer Amba media servers.

Ruhrtriennale 2021 Begins with Surrealist Opera Bählamms Fest and Yamaha RIVAGE PM10

07/10/2021 - Production News

Germany – Founded in 2012, Ruhrtriennale is a three-yearly cycle of music and arts events, which take place from August to October in Germany’s industrial Ruhr region. The prestige of staging this year’s opening production fell to Ensemble Modern, a renowned global collective of soloists, whose sound designer Norbert Ommer (pictured) chose a Yamaha RIVAGE PM10 digital mixing system for the surrealist, unconventional opera Bählamms Fest.

MLA Comes Alive for IDLES’ Loud Lunchtime Headline Spot at Brockwell Park

07/10/2021 - Production News

UK – The same team that successfully staged the recent South Facing Festival at Crystal Palace Bowl regrouped a few miles down the road to Brockwell Park, south of Brixton, where a recent three-day festival was divided into three prominent brands. Kicking off on Friday, 3rd September with Wide Awake, this was followed by Mighty Hoopla and finally Cross The Tracks on the Sunday (collectively billed as “Brixton’s jazz, funk and soul feast”).

350 GLP moving heads light up RTL Summer Games

07/10/2021 - Production News

Germany – Banijay Productions Germany GmbH recently produced a special kind of live two-day sports show on behalf of RTL. LD Arkin Atacan from atacan design, who was responsible for the lighting and media design of the location, based this technically demanding production largely on fixtures from GLP. Around 350 moving heads from the German manufacturer were used for various lighting purposes.

Robe Adds Sparkle for Rolling Stone Pride Stream

06/10/2021 - Production News

USA – Robe ESPRITES and Spiider moving lights helped lighting designer Myles Mangino and his magical lighting touches create a range of vibrant and dynamic scenes and effects that looked fantastic on camera for a three-day “Rolling Stone on Twitch” digital celebration streamed over the 2021 New York Pride weekend back in June.

Alexander Lehman Elevates at I Am Woman Conference with Chauvet Professional

06/10/2021 - Production News

USA – There is nothing 'routine' about design, at least not if it’s going to attract attention and move audiences. Alexander Lehman has followed this philosophy when lighting the annual I Am Woman conference for Faith Church.

Vista by Chroma-Q Delights Australia on Enchanté: The Songs of Tina Arena Tour

06/10/2021 - Production News

Australia – Iconic Australian singer-songwriter, Tina Arena has once again delighted audiences across the country with her recent tour, Enchanté: The Songs of Tina Arena.

Allen & Heath’s dLive Takes the Stage with Beartooth on US Tour

06/10/2021 - Production News

USA – Mixing sound from the stage is a rite of passage for most bands early in their career, but when you see a band gracing the pages of Rolling Stone magazine and supporting metal giants Slipknot, you’d be forgiven for assuming control of the faders would have been happily relinquished by the band a long time ago.

Optoma’s New ZX300 and ZW350 Projectors Shine Bright in Classrooms and Corporate Environments

06/10/2021 - Equipment News

Optoma, a manufacturer of large display products and the #1 DLP brand in EMEA, has introduced its Optoma ZX300 and ZW350, two new compact XGA and WXGA laser projectors designed for classrooms, corporate environments and small to medium-sized venues. These entry-level powerhouse projectors complement Optoma’s line of affordable laser projectors for the corporate and education channels, including the Optoma ZH403, ZW403 and ZW400, contributing to the company’s overall leadership in the pro AV market.

Brian Dowd joins Ayrton as designer relationship manager for North America

06/10/2021 - People News

USA – As Ayrton continues to expand its international designer relations and sales teams, the company has welcomed Brian Dowd (pictured) as its new designer relationship manager for North America. The new role takes effect from 1 October 2021.

Optimal Audio Appoints Atendi as Norwegian Distributor

06/10/2021 - Business News

Norway – Recently launched UK manufacturer Optimal Audio has announced the appointment of highly-respected Atendi as its exclusive distributor in Norway.

Elation lighting upgrade supports contemporary worship at Living Word Church

05/10/2021 - Project News

USA – When Living Word Church in Houston, Texas, was having trouble maintaining its sanctuary lighting system (partly due to problems acquiring spare parts) it reached out to Eric Bernstein of Lighting Ministries, who quickly surveyed the situation and prescribed a lighting upgrade of Elation stage and house lighting fixtures.

Martin Audio Updates VU-NET Support for TORUS and Introduces Q-SYS Control for iKON Amplifiers

05/10/2021 - Equipment News

Martin Audio has announced the latest release of its control software VU-NET (2.2.2), which alongside new firmware for iKON amplifiers, implements new features.

New Roles at CTME

05/10/2021 - People News

Creative Technology Middle East (CTME) welcomes Chad Smith as the newly appointed Project Manager to its live events division. Chad has over 11 years of experience throughout the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia. He has extensive knowledge in technical design and production and is responsible for providing AV technical management across various events. Alongside managing a team of engineers, Chad has built strong relationships with worldwide clients, providing support, communication and problem-solving solutions. He has a diverse portfolio across corporate, sports, weddings, live entertainment, festivals and large scale event spectaculars. He has worked on some of the most technically complex projects such as Diriyah Season, World Air Games, Amway ALS & NPF Business Forum in Singapore, UAE National Day and many of the first globally broadcast sporting events to take place in Saudi Arabia. Chad prides himself on delivering the right solution for his clients while ensuring exceptional events are delivered.

Collaborate on the Cloud with Powersoft Armoníaplus 2.2

05/10/2021 - Equipment News

Powersoft has announced that version 2.2 of ArmoníaPlus, a major update which enables integrators to share projects and work collaboratively on the cloud, is now available to download from its website.

Steve Richardson and Full Production Reflect Majesty of Gibraltar Cave with Chauvet

04/10/2021 - Production News

Gibraltar – More than 15,000 years ago, Neolithic visitors braved the harsh unforgiving interior of what is now known as St. Michael’s Cave to draw charcoal images of an ibex on its limestone walls. Though they left no record of their endeavour, it’s easy for Full Production’s Steve Richardson to imagine the hardship, determination and pride surrounding their creation.

Ashford based Lighting Effects Distribution Ltd. (LED Limited) has announced the appointment of Nick Terrell as Senior Sales Associate

04/10/2021 - People News

UK – Over the years, LED Limited has managed to secure an impressive portfolio of products covering many areas of the lighting industry in order to offer a wide variety of choice with cutting edge, innovative designs. With over 25 years of experience in professional lighting, Nick says: “The chance to be involved with a high-profile distributor and manufacturer with superb range of professional lights is a dream come true.”

Kampnagel Theatre Invests in Robe T1 Profiles

01/10/2021 - Project News

Germany – Hamburg’s world-renowned Kampnagel is Germany's biggest independent international production venue for the performing arts. Based in a former crane engineering factory in the lively Winterhude district of Hamburg, this charismatic space dates to 1865 and has been reinvented by Kampnagel as a buzzing multi-venue creative and cultural hub hosting and producing theatre, music, dance, arts festivals, and concerts since 1982.

YC3 Lighting Design Creates Positive Energy for Pitbull with Chauvet Professional Strike Array

01/10/2021 - Production News

USA – On the 'About' section of its Facebook page, YC3 Lighting Design has a single declarative sentence: “Being ecologically aware and cost-efficient has become an integral part of good design.”

Blossom Music Center Deploys SSL Live L200 Console and Remote Tile for Lawn Performances by The Cleveland Orchestra

01/10/2021 - Production News

USA – This year’s Blossom Music Festival, which runs annually from the Fourth of July weekend to Labor Day at Blossom Music Center, the summer home of The Cleveland Orchestra, saw the introduction of a new mixing system for the audience occupying the venue’s lawn area. Where previously engineers had some measure of remote control of the installed speakers covering the lawn from a Wi-Fi tablet, this year the venue implemented a Solid State Logic Live Remote Tile and SOLSA (SSL on/off line setup application) software driving a Solid State Logic Live L200 digital mixing console.

It’s No Mystery That Claypaky Fixtures Light Up New “Masked Singer of Brasil” TV Series

01/10/2021 - Production News

Brazil – “The Masked Singer Brasil,” the latest in the worldwide television franchise of the reality singing competition, just premiered in Brazil on 10th August with Claypaky Sharpy and Mythos 2 fixtures, illuminating the impressive stage at WTC Golden Hall, São Paulo.

Press Release: IPS doubles Ayrton Perseo Profile Hire Stock

01/10/2021 - Production News

UK – Responding to consistent demand, trade hire supplier IPS has again invested in the IP rated Ayrton fixture range.

Hot Ice Delivers Euphoria with Help from Claypaky

01/10/2021 - Production News

UK – Long running ice show ‘Hot Ice’, which takes place annually at the Pleasure Beach Arena, is one of the highlights of Blackpool’s summer season and this year’s production ‘Euphoria’ has been no different.

ROE Visual Concludes Successful Cine Gear Expo 2021

01/10/2021 - Event News

USA – Cine Gear Expo was the first exhibition for the ROE Visual US team in nearly two years, and what a joy to be back on the show floor! The Cine Gear Expo provided an excellent platform to reconnect with partners and clients in person.

Miami has a new kid on the block and Void Acoustics is in the thick of it!

01/10/2021 - Project News

USA – Move over South Beach: there is a new kid on the block in terms of the hottest area to hang out in Miami!

Emotion Coburg stocks up on more RTI high power laser systems of the latest generation

01/10/2021 - Production News

Germany - Emotion Coburg, a specialist company for professional laser shows and performances, has stocked up on more high-end laser systems from Ray Technologies (RTI). “We are glad that we could extend our large stock of RTI PIKO and NANO devices further to meet the growing demand for these high performance systems.” stated Stephan Guzik, owner of Emotion Coburg. “The performance of the latest RSL laser module technology of the second generation is breathtakingly good, which made our decision to do this significant investment now even easier.”

Proteus Maximus power and versatility on display at The Ford in Southern California

01/10/2021 - Production News

USA – Just across Highway 101 from the Hollywood Bowl lies The Ford, a 1,200-seat outdoor amphitheatre that has served as one of LA's favourite outdoor music venues for generations. The Ford is celebrating the return of live music and events with a multifaceted calendar of summer entertainment performed beneath a seasonal lighting package that includes Elation IP65-rated Proteus Maximus LED profile moving heads.

KLOTZ – Professional microphone cable drums

01/10/2021 - Equipment News

The M1 cable drums are the perfect solution for live events. Compact in size and light in weight, the 50m version weighs just 5kg! The cable drum is made of break-proof plastic and is equipped with a locking brake. The XLR male cable end is available on the outside of the reel core in sufficient length and both cable ends are provided with transparent shrink tubes for free labelling.

grandMA3 software release 1.6.: Numerous workflow improvements and new implementations

01/10/2021 - Equipment News

MA Lighting has now released the grandMA3 software version 1.6. This release brings massive improvements in the area of presets and data handling:

Shure Champions Women and Non-Binary Podcasters in the First International Women’s Podcast Awards

01/10/2021 - Event News

UK – The first edition of the International Women’s Podcast awards was celebrated and live-streamed globally at the AllBright in London on 23rd September. The awards recognise the work of women and non-binary podcasters worldwide. Shure, as headline partners, sponsored the category “Changing the World One Moment at a Time,” awarding winner Laura Joyce Davis (pictured) with a special gold-plated SM7B microphone for her work on Shelter in Place podcast.