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Sennheiser announced official sponsor of The 2020 Photography Show and The Video Show Virtual Festival
Sennheiser announced official sponsor of The 2020 Photography Show and The Video Show Virtual Festival
UK – Audio specialist Sennheiser has been an active supporter of The Photography Show and The Video Show for the last four years, showcasing an array of its latest microphones and having a team of experts on hand offering talks and demos, as well as answering pundits questions about choosing best microphones for specific audio for video applications. This year, the company is pleased to embrace the show’s new online format and present its newest offerings, including the MKE 200 mini-microphone, on its virtual Sennheiser booth on 20-21 September.
A full range of wireless microphones for audio for video applications, including the award-winning XS Wireless Digital, AVX, and evolution wireless G4, will be showcased. The company will also have its latest line up of on-camera mics, the MKE 400, MKE 440 stereo mic, MKE 600, and the newest member of the MKE family, the MKE 200 mini-microphone, designed for easy on-camera use with DSLRs and mirrorless cameras and mobile devices, where it ensures clean and crisp audio and gives that professional touch to video clips.
“After the show’s cancellation earlier this year due to the pandemic, we are very pleased to be returning to what has now evolved into a virtual festival celebrating the latest offerings, as well as the work of talented individuals across the filming and photography industries,” says David Atkinson, Sennheiser’s trade marketing manager.
As well as product demonstrations on the Sennheiser virtual stand, the company will be officially sponsoring the ‘Video Skills’ section. Here, audio specialists will host a series of panels, with some of the industry’s most prominent film makers talking about the importance of audio in their film making. These include internet film maker Andy Burgess, who will highlight the importance of audio in storytelling; Tania Esteban, a specialist in wildlife film making, who will share her most recent experiences in Papua New Guinea, Mexico and Japan; and videographer and commercial content creator, Dillon Osborne.
Live sessions will be available on the following days and times (this is subject to a change):
Sunday, September 20– Day 1
1010-1040 “The importance of sound in visual storytelling” by Andy Burgess
1130-1200 “What is content creation and how can you make a living out of your passion?” by Dillon Osborne
Monday, September 21– Day 2
1305-1335 “Shooting for the edit - wildlife filmmaking” by Tania Esteban
As part of the virtual booth experience, visitors will be able to walk down the aisle by scrolling across the window to view company’s latest products on display, as well as see videos and click on various links for additional information. End users will also be able to ask questions in real time and chat with the Sennheiser team via the show’s vFairs platform.
“We can’t wait for this fantastic two-day virtual experience!” exclaims Atkinson. “End users can chat with us directly, and in real time, via the online booth by entering groups chats or choosing a member of staff to talk to privately.
“We will have heaps of new products on display to get everyone’s creative juices flowing, and are equally excited about the online talks from our three legendary film makers, all delivered virtually so visitors can enjoy the full experience from the comfort of their own homes.”
For more information about the virtual event and tickets, plus the full timetable and schedule for talks, please visit https://www.photographyshow.com/
18th September 2020
Chauvet Professional October Roadshows Light Visions, Unleash Imagination
USA – Challenging times call for innovative responses. The live events industry has demonstrated this in convincing fashion in recent months with successful livestream shows and drive-in concerts. Drawing inspiration from this experience, Chauvet Professional is sponsoring a series of “Visions Unleashed” educational sessions at cities across the USA in October.
Beginning on 13 October in Charlotte and running through 30 October in Houston, the session will feature in-depth discussions by guest speakers who have lighted livestreams and drive-ins, as well as a variety of other valuable learning opportunities.
Space is limited at all sessions, which will follow strict social distancing and deep sanitising protocols.
“Maintaining a safe environment is of paramount importance to us,” said Caroline Chauvet, global brand manager of October Professional. “We have a program in place to ensure safety, while providing our guests with a learning experience that will better equip them to deal with the current challenges facing our industry.”
In addition to the presentations by guest speakers, the sessions will explore the latest outdoor and camera-ready lighting solutions with hands-on demos and shoot-out comparisons, new product debuts, inspiring light shows created with a wide range of October Professional fixtures, and ChamSys Console programming sessions.
“We will be offering a robust menu of learning options,” said Brad Haynes, October Professional’s national resource manager for concert and touring. “Expanding our knowledge and exploring new ideas has never been more important than it is today.”
To maintain social distancing, every session will be broken into three distinct slots, with space limited at each. Slot one runs from 9am to noon. Slot two covers 12:30 to 3pm, while slot three is from 3:30 to 5pm. A mandatory half-hour period separates each slot for a deep sanitising process.
“We are strictly adhering to safety protocols, which will limit the size of each session, so I hope anyone interested registers early,” said Chauvet. “Many of our customers have demonstrated impressive resourcefulness and resiliency during this period, and we’re eager to have them share their inspiring stories.
Charlotte, NC, Oct. 13, Studio 1212, 1212 East 10th St, Charlotte NC 28204
Atlanta, GA, Oct. 16, Bright Screen Studio, 554 North Avenue NW Suite E, Atlanta, GA 30318
Nashville, TN, Oct. 20, Soundcheck Nashville (Studio I), 750 Cowan St, Nashville, TN 37207
Tulsa, OK, Oct. 23, Integrity Lighting, 3525 E 36th St N, Tulsa, OK 74115
Dallas, TX, Oct. 27, Amp Studios (Studio A), 10763 Sanden Dr. Dallas, TX 75238
Houston, TX, Oct. 30, South Coast Video & Film, 5234 Elm St. Houston, Texas 77081
18th September 2020
New generation of UV lighting on 17th September Elation Coffee Break
One of the growing trends in entertainment lighting the past few years has been the increased use of UV light in productions of all kinds. Join Elation on Thursday, 17th September at 11am CEST for the next Elation Coffee Break as hosts Alistair Smyth and Frederik Afif take a closer look at the Prisma line of advanced UV LED lighting products from Magmatic Atmospheric Effects.
This new generation of IP65 lighting is changing the quality of UV light projection while making it easier for designers and production houses to implement UV light into their projects. Because Prisma uses high quality, medical grade LEDs that emit UV light in the 365nm range, no visible light is emitted, meaning only the UV reactive material glows and nothing else.
The Elation Coffee Break with a focus on the Prisma series of UV lights will air live on Thursday, 17th September at 11am CEST on Elation Europe’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live/. It’s easy to tune in and no registration is required.
The Elation Coffee Break is an online presentation series from Elation’s European office in Kerkrade, the Netherlands that takes an up-close look at some of the company’s most popular product series. To view previous Elation Coffee Break webinars, please visit www.facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live/.
16th September 2020
ISE postponed to June 2021
Spain – After a period of consultation with the industry and the impact of the ongoing pandemic, Integrated Systems Events has announced that ISE, scheduled for 2-5 February, has been postponed and will now take place in June, dates tbc, alongside a virtual offering.
Additionally, ISE will launch RISE Digital, a regular programme of content and networking events which will run throughout the year and support the live show.
Integrated Systems Events released the following statement: “We’ve been monitoring the conditions in Europe since the beginning of this year and have worked hard on your behalf to balance health and safety concerns with the need for commerce and F2F interaction. These two factors have had shifting weight throughout the calendar year and although we’ve felt confident and hopeful regarding delivering this show in February, we’ve come to the conclusion that the best option for all of us is to delay the show edition until June 2021.
“The health and safety of our team, exhibiting companies, industry partners and attendees is our number one priority,” said Mike Blackman, managing director, Integrated Systems Events. “Given the understandable concerns among all of our stakeholders regarding coronavirus, and the uncertainty regarding travel restrictions and country lockdowns, we have concluded it is not prudent to maintain our original schedule of an in-person February 2021 trade show.
“From our many conversations, it is clear the industry can’t wait to get back together doing business face to face and we are committed to delivering an engaging and safe in-person ISE in 2021. We feel by moving the event to June, it provides time for the industry to adapt and restore balance. We look forward to hosting the global AV community in our new home in Barcelona.”
Fira de Barcelona Chairman, Pau Relat, comments: “From Fira de Barcelona we highly value ISE’s strong commitment to Barcelona and, in moments as complex as the current ones, the decision to postpone the event for a few months in order to ensure the best possible edition with the largest international participation of companies and visitors, will be very positive both for attendees and for the city. We will keep on working together to ensure that a leading event such as the ISE has a great first edition in its new home in Barcelona in 2021.”
David Labuskes, CEO, AVIXA commented: “AVIXA is proud to be a partner with CEDIA in delivering ISE to the audiovisual industry each year. We full support ISE’s decision to postpone the first show in Barcelona until June 2021. This isn’t a trivial undertaking and has thousands of moving parts, but in making this decision, ISE reaffirms their commitment to the health of all those who participate in these events from the taxi cab driver to the exhibitor teams. And all of those same people will be even more committed to be a part of the extravaganza that ISE promises to be.”
Tabatha O’Connor, CEO, CEDIA added: “We are eager to gather as a community once again at ISE 2021, the decision to postpone was made after careful and thorough consideration. We know moving the show to June will provide the time and resource needed to ensure the show is both safe to attend and can deliver on the exceptional experience that ISE is known for, fostering opportunities to learn, discover, and be inspired by the technology that is driving our industry forward.”
ISE would like to take this opportunity to thank our stakeholders: exhibitors, sponsors, visitors, media partners, contractors and the team at FIRA Barcelona for continuing to support it through this uncertain and ever-changing situation.
16th September 2020
GLP Waves the Flag at German Red Alert Demo
Germany – On Wednesday, 9 September, the Aktionsbündnis AlarmstufeRot – Initiativen & Verbände der Veranstaltungswirtschaft (Red Alert Action Alliance – Initiatives & Associations of the Event Industry) assembled at a large demonstration in Berlin. No other industry is suffering from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic as persistently and catastrophically as the event industry, with numerous companies having experienced hardly any sales for six months. Consequently, without exception, all are faced with a massive drop in revenue, threatening the continued existence of the company and the preservation of jobs.
And so the demo was conceived as a concerted action by all stakeholders in the event industry, from agencies and artists to event technicians and showmen. According to the organisers, up to 15,000 employees in the event industry heeded the call. After countless had already taken off their ‘last shirts’ and laid them down in a symbolic action on the meadow in front of the German Bundestag at noon, the final rally began in the early afternoon at the Brandenburg Gate, and lasted for several hours.
Of course, it was primarily those most affected who had their say. After the various convenors and initiators had presented their positions and demands, and Herbert Grönemeyer had moved the crowd with a fiery appeal, a short industry talk took place. During this debate, GLP founder and managing director Udo Künzler joined Dr. Volker Schmidt, general manager of NiedersachsenMetall, as well as Sascha Vollmer and Alec Völkel from The BossHoss.
While Dr. Schmidt described the crisis from the point of view of industrial customers in the event economy and The BossHoss added the perspective of the artists, Udo Künzler took up the case in Berlin on behalf of the German manufacturers of event technology. Together the four representatives showed exactly why so many areas of the economy are dependent on the event industry in one way or another.
"It was both an honour and a burden for me to be able to speak to thousands of people in Berlin, many of them our customers and not a few of them my friends," stated Udo on reflection. “We at GLP have been developing and building moving lights for the professional market for 25 years. And we do so with a great deal of passion.
Like all other companies in our industry, we crashed into a brick wall at full throttle in March: from a hundred to zero. And here we are, six months later, still without any prospects. And yet we continue to fight for our company, for our employees, for our profession.” Numerous GLP employees also supported the rally in Berlin in a show of solidarity, standing up for the instigators' demands.
Udo continued: “The tragic thing from the manufacturers' perspective is that our business won't immediately pick up once larger events become feasible again, because our customers will first need to earn money before considering new investment.
“Everyone I know in the industry is very passionate about events. This is our life! In order for it to continue, we now urgently need effective political support and an effective rescue plan. What we also need is a perspective of how we can gradually resume our work over the coming year. "
photos: GLP / Manuel Weidt - #Alarmstuferot
11th September 2020
White Light in partnership with the UKickstart Event 2020 adds a Live Performance Panel
UK – Following the recent announcement of the expansion of UKickstart Event 2020, the first UK-wide live and virtual gathering of event professionals post-lockdown, it has once again extended its programme to include a live performance panel discussion on kickstarting the events industry. Not only will the panel discussion take place at one of White Light’s managed venues, Illuminate at the Science Museum, but it will be chaired by its managing director Bryan Raven.
The panel is called ‘Working in a Post-Covid World – How to Kick-Start Live Performance’ and will take place on Tuesday 8 September at 4.30pm. Alongside Bryan, industry experts speaking will include Adam Blackwood founder and creative director of Private Drama, Jon Drape director of Engine No 4, Clara Cullen venue support manager and Nicholas Wells owner of Power Plan Services Ltd.
The panel will discuss issues encountered due to the pandemic, covering small music venues, theatres, indoors/outdoor venues and arenas, as well as the solutions needed to overcome these. We are particularly excited to have Jon Drape, director of Engine No 4, on board who will be discussing the challenges and lessons learnt from his recent experience working on the Virgin Money Unity Arena Festival in Newcastle.
Bryan comments: “The Live Events industry is on a cliff-edge, particularly as we approach October and the end of Furlough. There are so many jobs and buildings at risk of simply collapsing that we need to look at safe and practical ways in which we can kick start live performance and work with our clients again; something which this discussion will initiate.”
The panel discussion is part of the wider UKickstart Event 2020, the first UK-wide live and virtual gathering of event professionals post-lockdown. This free-to-attend nationwide multi-hub live and virtual event takes place from 1-5:30pm on Thursday 8th September and will bring together meeting and event leaders and professionals who want to drive the UK to have the confidence to start meeting again. Participants will be able to attend in-person at one of many UK venues located in major cities and towns such as London, Birmingham, Manchester, Farnborough and Liverpool. Up to 30 socially distanced delegates will be able to attend in person at each venue, in accordance with current government guidelines. All the panel sessions will be streamed online as a virtual experience for professionals who cannot participate in person.
Adam Simpson, leader of UKickstart and director of marketing of etc.venues, said: “We’ve had phenomenal interest for UKickstart; so much so that it felt only right to extend the event programme and have an in-depth discussion about live performance and how we can bring this back. As seen when we opened registration, hundreds of event professionals immediately signed up to attend mostly the live locations, which, for us, indicates that united desire to get back to meeting in-person. The panel has the power to act as a catalyst to kick-start this and we look forward to welcoming Bryan and all the other speakers.”
UKickstart Event has been created and led by etc.venues as well as backed by major industry bodies, such as BVEP, HBAA, MIA, VisitBritain, ILEA, MPI, ABPCO, EMA, AEO, ESSA, EVCOM, AEV and the London Convention Bureau.
7th September 2020
Alcons Systems Make a Big Impression in Japan
Japan – Alcons Audio pro-ribbon systems made a great impression on the Japanese professional audio market in July, as the company’s new Japanese distributor E’Spec Inc. held a demonstration event at the Abeno Ward Citizen Center in Osaka
Despite the difficulties presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, well over 100 audio professionals attended the event on 14 July, which was split into three sessions to ensure effective social distancing. They included audio engineers, system designers, rental and sales companies.
Alongside PowerPoint and video presentations, practical demonstrations of Alcons pro-ribbon systems included the LR7 / LR7B micro line-array, LR18 / LR18B compact mid-size line-array, the VR8 compact versatile monitor, VR12 mid-size versatile monitor, RR12 point-source array module and the BF151mkII compact subwoofer.
A variety of sources were played through the systems to highlight their audio quality and versatility in a wide range of sound reinforcement applications. A highlight was a demonstration of live drums by Sakae Takeda, showcasing how Alcons pro-ribbon drivers excel at handling the most dynamic sounds.
Many visitors highlighted the VR12 as being of especial interest, thanks to its user-friendliness, sound and ability to be used as a high quality floor monitor. The compact size, light weight and sound quality of the LR7 and LR7B line array also proved very popular outside the major touring companies. Ease of handling is very important because, in Japan, systems are rarely flown at small and medium-sized events. Stacking systems is the usual method of deployment, especially in indoor venues, so the ease that this can be achieved with the LR7 is a positive selling point.
“There were many requests to hear the LR18 / LR18B and, although we didn’t have a LR24 mid-size line array system at the event, the LR18 triggered the interest of a number of rental companies in the LR24, mostly due to its successful debut at the NAMM show earlier this year." The LR7 also received special attention,” says E’Spec’s Yoshiaki ‘Yoshi’ Yamaguchi.
“It was a very successful event and, from speaking to the audio professionals who attended and a post-event survey, the attendees were very impressed with Alcons pro-ribbon systems.”
4th September 2020
Chauvet Lights Red for RedAlertRESTART
USA - Chauvet Professional team members have never been more proud of a lighting display than they were at 9 pm on 1 September, when about 100 of their fixtures were turned on instantly bathing their world headquarters in brilliant reds as part of WeMakeEvents’ North American-wide RedAlertRESTART.
This sequence of events was repeated three hours later, at the company’s Las Vegas Satellite facility. The team gathered there experienced the same emotional reaction.
“Just as it is for others in our industry, this was a very moving and personal moment for us,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “We grew up in this industry and we saw many of our customers grow right along with us. They are really more than customers to us. They are colleagues and in many cases, good friends. Seeing how the pandemic has impacted the lives of so many in our industry has affected all of us very deeply.”
Like his team, Chauvet is fully supportive of the RedAlertRESTART campaign to raise awareness of the issues facing those who work at live events, and to implore the US Congress to pass the RESTART Act (S.3814), which promises to bring economic relief to the industry’s members.
The campaign’s organisers originally hoped to light 1,500 buildings across North America in red. More recent estimates have the actual number at twice that amount. Many of these buildings are massive structures, others are famous landmarks, but for the crowd gathered at the Chauvet HQ parking lot, thinking of industry friends on this warm summer night, nothing was quite as moving as seeing their home glow red.
3rd September 2020
Robe Supports WeMakeEvents RED ALERT Day of Action
UK – Robe UK partnered with Clearsound Productions, Venue Lab and Broadwick Live to support #LightItInRed and PLASA’s #WeMakeEvents national call to action on 11th August – to draw attention to the live entertainment industry and its need for sector support from the government to survive the coronavirus crisis.
Robe moving lights were used to illuminate the exteriors of three flagship live entertainment venues: Magazine London on Greenwich Peninsula, Printworks London in Canada Water and Exhibition London in White City, all managed by Venue Lab, part of Vibration Group.
Escape to Freight Island, attached to Broadwick Live’s Depot Mayfield site in Manchester, was also lit in red for the day of action. The installation there was coordinated by dbnAudile which also includes some Robe LEDBeam 100 fixtures. dbnAudile is also the house supplier for audio, lighting and screens in both Printworks London and Depot Mayfield when the venues are running.
Simon Tracey, CEO of Vibration Group underlined the importance of the industry uniting, and was very proud to have Magazine London (which has previously been lit in blue for the NHS) lit in red alongside some of their other venues to highlight the struggles faced by live events and its massive support infrastructure.
He’s particularly aware of the impact the crisis is having on individuals, both their own employees and the freelancers utilised across their various businesses. “Many talented people are currently out of work, so lighting our venues red is a tribute to them and hopefully restores hope that we are still fighting and WILL recover from this!”
Following the hugely successful grassroots #LightItInRed action on 6th July, Robe was delighted to reunite with the Clearsound Productions team project managed by Steven Haynes to work on this project for which 140 Robe lights were dispatched from Shipston-On-Stour.
Additional kit was supplied to Clearsound from Banbury-based Dragonfly Lighting, with 12 more Robe Spiider LED wash beams used for Printworks London from CSR Lighting, all trucked to London by freight specialist OnPoint Logistics.
In addition to Steven, the crew comprised of Dan Ridd (Clearsound MD & Printworks lighting project manager), Daniel Gibbs (Clearsound MD & exhibition project manager), Liam Murphy (Clearsound / Printworks technician), Tom Easton (Clearsound / Exhibition techmician) George O'Connor (Dragonfly Lighting / Magazine London junior techmician), Cameron Northcote (Magazine London junior technician) and Ryan Murfet (Antire / Magazine London junior technician).
They were joined by six NRG (Next Robe Generation) students and young professionals: Jade Hughes, Ben Sugrue, Sam Blackmore and Finlay Russell all of whom were working as technicians for the day at Magazine, plus Sam Harris and Sam Levy, who worked alongside Dan and Liam at Printworks.
Magazine London consumed the largest quantities of lights. Its slick, streamlined, black industrial form lit in red front and rear, juxtaposing it beautifully against the stunning waterfront location overlooked by the Canary Wharf CBD skyline.
In addition to the venue, a neighbouring art sculpture titled ‘A Bullet from a Shooting Star’ was also lit in red; a famous, 35-metre tall latticed steel structure created by UK artist Alex Chinneck for the 2015 London Design Festival, which is embedded in land to the side of Magazine London. Inspired by the industrial heritage of the area, the work looks like it’s been randomly shot out of the sky and into the ground!
To the side of that, OnPoint’s 45ft artic and trailer also looked resplendent in red for the occasion.
States Steven: “The goal was to make as much impact as possible, and as well as symbolically lighting up in red to signal our support for the wider WeMakeEvents action, also to ensure that all three venues looked fantastic in red.”
Magazine London’s lighting scheme utilised Robe MegaPointes, Spiiders, Spikies, Pointes, LEDWash 300s, CycFX 8s and LEDBeam 150s. These were placed all around the venue and powered by local hard power.
Most of the wall washing was accomplished using Spiiders, the fixtures’ intensity and quality colour mixing was needed to effectively transform the shiny black and highly reflective surfaces all around Magazine London. Achieving this effect was one of the major challenges.
The lights at the front and rear of the venue could all shine through the floor to ceiling window areas for a classy ‘double-depth’ look.
The Spikies, Pointes and MegaPointes were used for beam work and gobos.
The art sculpture, ‘A Bullet from a Shooting Star’, was up lit by four Spiiders and eight Spikies deployed around its base. It looked striking in scarlet, together with the truck, which was lit with eight CycFX8s – ideal for the trailer part – four LEDBeam150s and four LEDWash 300s.
All the lights at Magazine London were controlled by four consoles: an Avo Quartz and a ChamSys MQ100 for the back and front of the venue, an Avo Pearl Expert for the art sculpture and a ChamSys PC Wing for the truck, all strategically placed around the venue. A ChamSys MQ80 was used at Printworks and an MQ60 at Exhibition.
Robe UK’s head of marketing Theresa Gibson worked with Venue Lab’s team to secure access to the venues and commented, “It was great to have the opportunity to work closely with Venue Lab at three of their key London sites to support the #LightItInRed activities across the capital.
“Steven and the team at Clearsound Productions did a fantastic job in illuminating the iconic Printworks building and the beautiful Victorian façade of Exhibition London. Magazine London was the jewel-in-the-crown at the heart of Greenwich Peninsula, bathed in red glory overlooking Canary Wharf.
“It was wonderful to engage with a number of our NRG members who supported the event and joined forces with the Clearsound crew. The whole team felt immensely proud to be part of something very special at such a critical time for our industry to support #WeMakeEvents and #LightItInRed as they and other industry bodies joined forces.”
For Steve, joining forces with Robe for this event was “A fantastic and very positive experience.” He also enjoyed being able to offer the NRG crew some valuable practical and hands-on experience, and “the camaraderie was brilliant.”
In addition to the galvanising task of lighting the black-faced venue red, the whole site was operated as Covid-safe with social distancing as a sweltering heatwave engulfed the UK.
These key multi-purpose venues, all of which feature Robe fixtures in their in-house lighting systems, were among 720 plus which lit up red for the day of action.
Seventeen cities around the UK including Manchester, with a high profile flightcase push and march, Bristol and Milton Keynes all staged their own supporting events, while around 3,500 people joined in at the epicentre of the London action staged on and along the Thames at Bankside and the Southbank Centre.
The goal was to get a place for the live entertainment industry and its extensive infrastructure at the government negotiating table.
Photos: Louise Stickland, Gemma Parker and Rob Jones
1st September 2020
September 3rd Elation Coffee Break to examine white light luminaires
Did you know that Elation offers one of the market’s most comprehensive lines of professional white light LED luminaires? Grab your coffee and join Elation’s Alistair Smyth and Frederik Afif on the September 3rd Elation Coffee Break as they take a close look at Elation’s KL Fresnel series, WW and CW Profile HP ellipsoidal spots, TVL series of softlights, and new KL Panel, white light LED luminaires optimised for the unique requirements of broadcast, film, trade shows and theatre.
The Elation Coffee Break with a focus on white light will air live on Thursday, September 3rd at 11:00 a.m. CEST on Elation Europe’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live/. It’s easy to tune in and no registration is required.
The Elation Coffee Break is an online presentation series from Elation’s European office in Kerkrade, the Netherlands that takes an up-close look at some of the company’s most popular product series. To view previous Elation Coffee Break webinars, please visit www.facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live/.
1st September 2020
Zero 88’s ‘Live at the Congress’ Announces Latest Technologies are Shipping Now
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.
The 30-minute broadcast was hosted at the Congress Theatre in Cwmbran, the nearest theatre to Zero 88’s manufacturing facility, and was presented by general manager David Catterall, supported by Jon Hole, Tyler Holpin (who also works as a technician at the venue) and Edward Smith.
Local singer / songwriter Tobias Robertson appeared as a special guest, treating everyone to his captivating vocals and some proper live entertainment as the stream was broadcast live on Zero 88’s YouTube and Facebook channels. It can subsequently be watched on-demand at zero88.com/event.
Focusing on the three product ranges enabled the team to highlight specific elements like Zero 88’s industry-leading three-year warranty on all control products, together with the UK manufacturing set up and the vast and diverse range of training opportunities available at zero88.com/training.
This includes a complete array of online training, established as a positive response to learning during the Coronavirus pandemic.
The presentation also emphasised the support work in which Zero 88 has engaged for the National Health Service (NHS) that has included lighting up three local hospitals for the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (ABUHB).
The company has also participated in the #LightItInRed campaign throughout the summer to draw attention to the live music, events, and performance industry’s need for special sector support from the government during Covid-19.
Additionally, some premium installations completed in the last 12 months were detailed, including at the Coca Cola Arena in Dubai and at P&J Live in Aberdeen.
The stream announced that the latest version of ZerOS software has entered its “Public Beta” phase and will be launched officially later in the year, which brings a whole new library to ZerOS, providing more detailed control, improved macros, better gobo previews and enhanced colour information, etc.
Product manager Jon Hole walked viewers through a complete refresh of Zero 88’s networking products made up of “Splitter 8”, a DMX/RMX splitter that includes a “Fix Switch”, an invaluable 'get out of jail free card' for systems with compatibility issues or poorly designed fixtures causing flickering!
Gateway 4 and Gateway 8 both support Art-Net and sACN, along with new protocol “LLRP” so the stream featured a short video explaining what this is and why it is needed.
Edward examined the new Betapack 4 unit which supports both dimming and hot-power connectivity in a single portable box that can be toured or installed. The new variants include a 15a / 16a mixed and a Neutrik PowerCON TRUE1, together with the ‘classic’ 15a, 16a, Schuko and Swiss options for which Betapack is famous!
Tyler highlighted the usefulness and practicality of RigSwitch, a remote-controlled power switching solution for any size of venue or space. It supports the same button panels, touchscreens, sensors etc. as the ZerOS Server. Along with eight standard variants, RigSwitch is fully customizable, providing up to 34560 different bespoke configurations.
A full set of online manuals are also now available.
A collection of interactive, easily and logically searchable product manuals for desktops, laptops, tablets and mobiles are filled with images and useful videos, setting a new ‘gold standard’ of excellence for online manuals to answer relevant questions and queries quickly and painlessly.
These can be viewed either via the relevant product pages or through a new dedicated manual landing page at www.zero88.com/manuals
It was important for the team at Zero 88 to support The Congress which is normally a lively hub of Cwmbran city and its surrounding areas.
Since being shut by the Coronavirus pandemic in March, it has been transformed into a streaming studio, with local rental company Green Room Events and theatre manager Martyn Redwood collaborating to generate revenue and keep the venue going. The project has so far proved very popular and the facility has been used by several local artists to stream performances or record new music tracks.
Zero 88’s stream was the first corporate event staged in the pop-up studio. Jon commented: “Utilising the Congress, which is super convenient and offers excellent facilities, was really heartfelt as it’s a centre of the community here and showcase for local talent that we all want to see continue in that vital role for years to come.”
25th August 2020
Chauvet Professional Supports Germany’s Night of Light
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.
Initiated by Essen-based marketing agency LK-AG, the awareness campaign drew the support of EVVC, Germany’s venue association and thousands of businesses from every region of the country, including Chauvet Germany.
“We are proud to be a part of this important event,” said Thomas Fischer, managing director of Chauvet Germany GmbH. “The situation we face cannot be ignored. We must all pull together to ensure a prosperous future for our industry.”
In addition to lighting its home offices in red, Chauvet Germany provided fixtures to illuminate buildings in its home town of Bremen, including Bartels Mill in Bremen Nord. Members of the Chauvet Germany team also drove to red-lighted buildings during the evening to express their support for their colleagues, as well as their hope that steps will be taken to revitalise the events industry to the benefit of its members and the entire German nation.
21st August 2020
Zero 88 Live at The Congress
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.
Usually busy with a lively programme of music and performance shows in the centre of Cwmbran, The Congress has been repurposed to function as a virtual studio during the pandemic and for the immediate future. Located just five minutes from Zero 88, it is a perfect and convenient venue.
The Zero 88 team will be highlighting some of the brand’s newest technologies and product releases during the stream and will be joined by local singer-songwriter Tobias Robertson offering some great live entertainment.
This action-packed presentation will last 30 minutes and embrace all three primary Zero 88 product categories: control, data, and power.
The stream will specifically address the new ZerOS Server, the Splitter 8 and Gateway 4 / Gateway 8 DMX / RDM data distribution devices, Betapack 4 combined power distribution and dimmer units and Zero 88’s RigSwitch remote controlled power switching solutions, plus previewing the next exciting ZerOS 7.9.8 software update.
Exact shipping dates and availability for all this raft of practical, useful, quality, and cost-efficient products, manufactured in the UK, will be announced on air.
Interested parties can catch the stream at www.zero88.com/event or on Zero’s social channels (Facebook, Twitter and YouTube) and anyone not able to tune in on the day can watch the broadcast later on-demand.
The Event is live at 10am (GMT+1), Monday 24th August.
A Q&A session will follow the product presentation for which anyone can submit questions to be answered by the Zero 88 panel via the website, where the questions can also be uploaded and prioritised by clicking the relevant icon.
In picture: Tyler Holpin, Jon Hole, David Catterall and Edward Smith.
20th August 2020
Join members of Ed Sheeran’s live touring crew in Sennheiser’s #DontStopTheEducation series
Sennheiser’s popular live Crew Calls continue with four members from Ed Sheeran’s live touring crew: on 8 September at 20:00 Berlin time, Sennheiser hosts Andy Egerton and Tim Moore will welcome Chris Marsh (production manager, FOH Sound), Mark Friend (tour manager), Matt Jones (lighting director) and Dave White (guitar/chewie tech). Be sure to sign up early for this exceptional live round table with the world class touring crew behind Ed Sheeran’s world record-breaking Divide Tour: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3_aDKf3mSsei8lu3gXIvLQ.
During the 90-minute Crew Call, Chris Marsh and Mark Friend will discuss production and tour management and speak about the front of house-sound, while Matt Jones will give insights into the tour’s spectacular lighting design. Guitar fans will be delighted to see David White on board, who designed and built Ed Sheeran’s Chewie looper pedalboard. As always, all panellists are looking forward to answering questions from the audience.
Please register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3_aDKf3mSsei8lu3gXIvLQ
20th August 2020
Successful Virtual Production Showcase Uses ROE Visual LED Screens
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.
The co-operation partners MMC Studios, LAVAlabs Moving Images and Entertainment Technology Concepts GmbH presented their Virtual production showcase on 30 and 31 July, on MMC’s soundstage 32 in Cologne. The Virtual Production Set offers a dynamic backdrop for a variety of productions, e.g. series, films, entertainment shows, corporate events, virtual events.
As a full-service event provider Entertainment Technology Concepts (ETC-Europe) offers tailored turn-key solutions for trade fairs, film and TV productions, concerts and stage events. With the event sector currently facing a full stop, ETC Europe noticed a rising demand for alternative solutions, like virtual production of events or using virtual backgrounds for film and broadcast productions. With over 20 years of experience in film and broadcast productions ETC Europe has all the required knowledge and technology in-house to play into this demand.
MMC Studios operates the Coloneum in Cologne, Germany, one of Europe’s largest and most advanced TV and film studio facilities. With its excellent studio infrastructure and equipped with state-of-the-art production and post-production technologies, MMC Studios Köln GmbH is the leading full-service provider for entertainment shows, TV series and film production in Germany.
The digital content was provided by LAVAlabs, a multi-discipline animation and creative studio based in Düsseldorf, Stuttgart and Frankfurt. Their crew of creative and creating professionals, VFX artists and producers believe in crafting work to the highest possible standard. With over eight years of experience creating high-class visual effects, including CGI, colour grading and premium finishing for films, experiential and innovative technologies they were the perfect partner for this project.
“A range of creative and technological aspects come together to stage this type of productions, it’s not something you just take from the shelf. At ETC-Europe we have specialised in-house knowledge to bring all the key technological components together,” comments Alexander Klaus, managing director at ETC-Europe. “With our partners in this project, we wanted both to inform clients on the possibilities that virtual production can create, but also to raise awareness on the technological complexity, when all the aspects, such as content, tracking, LED, lighting, camera and streaming come together.”
“MMC Studios are the hot spot for every kind of moving-image production in Germany, so the best way seemed to organise a real-life demo in our Cologne based studios, with a complete set up of all the components involved and an actress performing in the set,” comments Jens Wolf, managing director at MMC Studios. “Partnering with ETC Europe for this event was a logical step for us. Where we could provide the location, studio infrastructure and production tools, ETC Europe brought in all the technical equipment and experienced technicians.”
“For this set-up we used what we would normally use, or advice to use, for our clients. It’s equipment and software we are familiar with and which we trust to perform”, continues Klaus. “We have a long-standing relation with ROE Visual, and we know their products have a very stable and outstanding performance. That’s just what you need in the intricate environment of a virtual production space.”
“ROE Visual have also been very supportive if it comes to adjust to the right settings between the LED screen, the processor and the camera settings. It’s very important to get that just right and the support and knowledge of your LED supplier is paramount.”
Using a virtual background cannot only reduce the costs of on-location shoots and post-production time, it also can boost the performance of the actors involved. As actress Neshe Demir explains: “You’re directly in the right environment depicted in the scene, so you don’t have to visualize it. I could feel that my body reflections reacted to the environment shown, making the acting much more natural and easier.”
For the set in the MMC Studios a backwall, measuring 96 sqm, consisting of 416 ROE Visual Diamond DM2.6 LED panels was used for the on-camera shoots, requiring a finer pixel pitch. In order to bring the larger items into a virtual world, a larger screen, measuring almost 22 by ten
metre and consisting of 288 ROE Visual Carbon CB5 panels was used.
Additional dynamic lighting and reflections were created using a flown LED ceiling of 45 Carbon Series CB5 panels, enhancing the level of accuracy and realism.
photos: Hans-Jörg Seibold ROE Visual
20th August 2020
The Elation Coffee Break launches on Facebook Livestream
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.
Elation continues the webinar series on Thursday, 20 August at 11:00am CEST with Elation technical sales specialist Alistair Smyth and International sales manager Frederik Afif looking at the innovative qualities of the Rayzor 760 and Proteus Rayzor 760 LED luminaires. The presentation will air live on Elation Europe’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live/. No registration is required.
The Rayzor 760 is an LED wash effect with wide zoom and innovative SparkLED pixel effect that offers all new design possibilities. Also available in an IP65 version, the Rayzor 760 projects well-defined beams as well as a wide wash coverage. When not in use as a beam or wash, its SparkLED background illumination system gives designers a new way of creating additional impact, for example as a backdrop in a camera shot.
Mark your calendars for 20 August and have your favourite cup of coffee ready! To view the first Elation Coffee Break webinar, which highlighted Elation’s award-winning Artiste Monet LED profile luminaire, visit www.facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live/.
17th August 2020
TechLED signals Production Park's allegiance to the #WeMakeEvents campaign day of action
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.
TechLED’s MD, Gordon Addison, once again turned to the power of Prolight’s LEDJ Spectra QX40 Pixel exterior fixtures to illuminate the buildings. While the Production Park team attended the protest demonstration in Leeds, the team at TechLED kept alive the signal of allegiance, with many other theatres and cultural institutions across the country affected by the continued inability to open during the coronavirus pandemic.
Gordon commented: “We would like to say a massive thank you to all our customers and everyone who came together on the eve of Tuesday 11th August, to highlight the devastating situation faced by the whole events industry during this crisis we all find ourselves in. It’s of the utmost importance that the government’s proposed care package reaches all aspects of the events industry and the plight of our industry is acknowledged and addressed.”
Production Park’s Jack Scarr, added: “The #LightItInRed campaign saw hundreds of event landmarks across the UK lit up in red to bring attention to the plight of the live events industry due to the pandemic. Gordon and his team at TechLED made it possible for us to illuminate Studio 001, Backstage Academy and Rockpool Café in red to show our support for the campaign.
“At Production Park, our main focus and concern is for freelancers and small production and rental companies, like TechLED. They cannot work at the moment due to the current restrictions on mass gatherings. They need support in the form of grants not loans, and a sector-specific furlough scheme. Their survival is vital so they can continue to create incredible experiences for event-goers, which would not be possible without them.”
17th August 2020
Robe at the #LightSARed Campaign
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.
Over 500 buildings, structures, monuments, venues, spaces and places all over the country were lit including the side of Cape Town’s most famous natural landmark, Table Mountain. Robe moving lights were used on many of the installations, and the various action was coordinated by project teams in major cities including Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Free State, Port Elizabeth, East London and Kimberley. Industry friends and colleagues from neighbouring Namibia also enthusiastically joined the action.
Under a month ago, #LightSAred was initiated by Duncan Riley of DWR Distribution and quickly gained momentum and support from The Southern African Communications Industries Association (SACIA), the Technical Production Services Association (TPSA) and the SA Events Council.
Duncan and Sharif Baker, chair of the TPSA, energised a wide range of industry sectors including rental and production companies, venues, artists, promoters, agents, technicians, producers, directors and creatives working across all disciplines for this hugely successful consciousness-raising event.
A continuous livestream – an idea initiated by DJ and music producer Dino Moran – and broadcast by SkyRoomLIVE from virtual studios at MGG in Johannesburg and the Solid Group in Cape Town was streamed on multiple channels during the day highlighting and debating key issues facing the industry and its basic demands from government.
Several prominent SA artists played guest slots on the stream including rockers Ross Learmonth of Prime Circle, stand-up comedian John Vlismas, DJ and music producer Kyle Cassim and Afrikaans singer / songwriter Refentse Morake.
Various technical production and live event spokespeople were joined at one stage by Collen Hlatshwayo, deputy director for cultural development in event technology from the Department of Sports, Arts & Culture (DSAC) who could hear first-hand the immediate concerns.
His presence was the result of a communication sent to government the day before, requesting a discussion on finding solutions for the events sector. The DSAC acknowledged this, then the following day Collen Hlatshwayo met with Sharif and others for a round table discussion and was also interviewed on the #LightSAred stream.
The campaign is demanding:
That government and financial institutions extend fiscal relief to those dependent on the technical production and live events industry for an income until work is permitted to resume.
That the government engage with elected leaders from SACIA, TPSA and the SA Events Council, and provide a platform for collective voices to be heard.
That the government recognises and supports the non-profit organisations and NGOs trying to sustain destitute crew and others from the technical production and live events industry.
Right at the heart of this movement and the push to get national media and government attention was Robe’s South African distributor DWR, a company passionate about the industry and all the talented and amazing people who make it rock.
On the night, Kavir Magan and DWR marketeers Nicole Barnes and Sherryn Riley had their fingers on the social media pulse, furiously posting and re-posting which had a phenomenal response as the installations started going live in the evening. One Eyed Jack and Amplicon PR were responsible for attracting the attention of the mainstream media.
#LightSARed trended number 2 on Twitter South Africa, and several TV and radio news portals picked up on the activation and sent reporters to red-lit buildings to broadcast live including ENCA, TalkRadio 702, Metro FM, Star, The Citizen, Newzroom Afrika and Hot 91.9FM.
Of the 500 red buildings, Robe moving lights were used on a significant number of them due to the brand’s prevalence in SA and the need for powerful light sources with amazing colours.
Signature sites in Johannesburg included the impressive frontage, main entrance and fountain of the Montecasino entertainment complex, lit by rental companies MJ Event Gear and Lucidity utilising 36 Robe LEDWash 600s, 12 Pointes, 24 LEDBeam 100s and 24 LED PARs plus four MegaPointes for the Palazzo bell tower.
Rental company MGG lit its warehouse and created an outline shape of Africa in its parking area with the help of 24 MegaPointes, nine Tetra2 moving LED battens and 18 Pointes, plus six Robe CitySkape Xtreme LED washes, 14 LEDWash 1200s and some profiles.
MGG’s Studio A was used for the Johannesburg segments of the livestream where the lighting rig comprised six Robe DL4S Profiles, 16 LEDWash 600s and four PATT2013s.
The conference centre at Kyalami Racetrack radiated ruby red, courtesy 24 BMFLs supplied by MJ Event Gear in collaboration with ShowSync and AV Systems.
Cape Town Stadium was beautifully lit by rental company CCPP using 24 Spiiders and 24 BMFLs.
Table Mountain was lit red by crews from Gearhouse’s Cape Town branch, who boldly trekked up the mountain with giant red coloured gel frames and covered all the lighting ‘pits’ containing the landmark’s permanently installed fixtures.
However, the coolest Robe installation of the night was arguably on the top of DWR’s Bruce Riley’s Jeep Rubicon ,designed to give mobile ‘illumination support’ around the vast Johannesburg area on an “as and when needed” basis.
With a specially modified rigging system designed by father and son team Keith and Tyler Pugin, two BMFL WashBeams and two MegaPointes were secured to the vehicle’s roof rack, together with a RoboSpot Motion Camera for control.
The passenger seat was removed, a RoboSpot Base station fitted in place that could be operated from the back seat, and with a 10kVA generator being towed, Bruce behind the wheel and Tyler poised at the RoboSpot control, they set off to light the town red!
They assisted in lighting several landmarks including the amazing Northcliff Water Tower perched up at 1807 metres on the second highest point in Jozi with stunning views of the city.
For #LightSARed, Northcliff Tower became a beaming red beacon visible from all over the Johannesburg valley, lit with two Robe Tarrantulas located at its base and with its standard permanent white light fixtures gelled red for the occasion.
For the top part of the tower, Bruce and Tyler parked up 300 metres down the hill and shone their mobile lighting rig up, enveloping the whole structure in red and beaming the #LightSARed logo around the top.
Apart from these, there were a host of other fantastic projects activated during the evening and everyone enjoyed great camaraderie and the excitement of doing what they love: working and making events happen.
Sharif concluded: “The entire experience was surreal. Even the next morning, I thought, ‘Wow, did we really do that?’.”
He also confirmed that the DSAC now acknowledges “our existence as the technical production and live event industry, is aware of our cause, our requests, and is undertaking to engage in a consultative process geared to developing a strategy and ensure that the sector does not cease to exist during this difficult time.”
Sharif added: “I am honoured to be part of the campaign and to be asked to speak for #LightSAred. It is a cause worth fighting for, and we believe we can all assist the government to kick start the economy by letting them hear our collective voices.”
photos: Duncan Riley, Andrew Gorman, MGG and SkyPixels
14th August 2020
Sound Technology supports #WeMakeEvents Red Alert
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.
The Red Alert campaign calls for urgent targeted government support for the entire live event ecosystem: freelancers and production companies who are not allowed to work and, crucially, are not covered by the government's previously announced arts bail-out fund.
With the #LightItInRed campaign under the same Red Alert umbrella, over 700 venues were lit in red across the UK, creating incredibly powerful images.
For Sound Technology's part, it worked with The SSE Arena, Wembley, who were very keen to support the event, and also lit its own headquarters and demo facilities in support of everyone affected.
Having been the first into lockdown and likely the last out of lockdown in many months to come, this highly specialised industry, without which live events cannot happen even when safe to do so, is in danger of total collapse. It cannot survive the extended time frame where large scale gatherings are unable to take place.
Sound Technology aims to do all it can in supporting its friends and colleagues within the industry in calling for urgent targeted support for the entire live events ecosystem.
14th August 2020
Prolyte goes red!
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.
Politicians need to wake up and understand that if nothing happens, the entire event sector is in danger of disappearing. More than +250 buildings across the Netherlands lit their buildings red that night.
The Red Alert campaign is an initiative of Plasa.org England and taken over by VTTE in the Netherlands.
13th August 2020
Martin Audio lends support to #WeMakeEvents Campaign
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.
The live events industry was the first to be impacted by the global shutdown as a result of the pandemic and will be the last to return to work. It can only exist when large scale gatherings can be held safely, which is simply not possible until sometime next year and even then, the future is uncertain.
Without additional grants, extensions to the furlough scheme and protection for freelancers it is simply inevitable that companies up and down the country will collapse, mass redundancies will ensue and many freelancers will be lost to the industry. The resulting impact will be devastating. It will harm the economy and negatively impact British culture and ultimately lower the country’s leading position in this global industry.
A day of action was coordinated across the industry on Tuesday 11th August and Martin Audio joined other well-known entertainment technology manufacturers in backing the campaign. Alongside fully supporting the industry with social media – its Facebook posts alone reaching 1 million people on the day – Martin Audio helped organise a full TV production and livestream of the activities in London, including a helicopter swoop across the city. These included many of the capital’s major landmarks being lit up in red and people gathering along the banks of the River Thames and bridges, dressed in red tee shirts, wearing red masks and waving their own red lights. Martin Audio also supplied its loudspeakers as the main PA for the boat that took members of the press and industry professionals on a trip along the River Thames past the illuminated landmarks.
Closer to home for Martin Audio, the company also supported the Wycombe Swan Theatre and High Wycombe Town Hall being lit in Emergency Red, alongside its own headquarters.
“Martin Audio has been extremely lucky to continue to operate during Covid-19 with the amazing support of our worldwide sales partners and end users, but most of our friends in the UK live event industry have had zero revenue since this all began,” reflected Martin Audio managing director, Dom Harter. “Without further funding from the Government the industry is at risk of collapse and we simply wanted to do everything we could to support their plight.”
To find out how you can get involved with the #WeMakeEvents campaign, visit: www.plasa.org/we-make-events
13th August 2020
"Throw us a line" on Tuesday 11 August
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.
Hundreds of venues are expected to turn their lights red, along with other creative activities being staged in over 20 cities across the UK to symbolise the industry going into red alert, and a final call to action titled ‘Throw us a line’ will be taking centre stage on London’s South Bank.
The capital’s finale will begin on a boat at 20:20, as it makes it way down the Thames, passing Royal Festival Hall, the National Theatre and the Tate, and more all illuminated red. As the boat reaches key locations, such as Westminster Bridge and Jubilee Bridge, hundreds of volunteers will symbolise the ‘throw us a line’ theme creatively.
The call to action hopes to raise awareness for over a million professionals at risk of losing their jobs, 600,000 of whom deliver outdoor events, around 70 per cent of the workforce are freelance. The imminent closure of the self-employed income support scheme at the end of the month threatens their livelihood.
Unlike other industries, events, festivals, and performances have been unable to safely reopen due to social distancing guidance and may not reopen until early 2021, and opening times keep being pushed back. With no government support on the horizon for the event supply chain, redundancies have already begun, research indicates that 25 per cent of companies will have served redundancy notices by end of August, this rises to 70 per cent by the end of December.
Over 19 trade associations from the live events sector are collaborating for the first time to save help save their industry; the initial #WeMakeEvents campaign by PLASA issued a ‘Red Alert’ last week, to symbolise the imminent danger the industry is in.
The socially distanced call to action will shine a light on the collaborative nature of the industry, showcasing a creative experience and live displays containing messages from established figures. Platinum-selling artists Peter Gabriel, The Cure, and Imogen Heap are a few of the many voices giving their support to this cause, with others expected to join.
Peter Gabriel, singer, songwriter and activist, comments: “The live events sector employs over 600,000 highly skilled people in the UK: event production, audio, lighting, video, logistics, planning, transportation and technology, over 70 per cent of which are freelancers. All of whom have had no work for the past four months, with little likelihood of restarting until Spring 2021 at the earliest.”
Peter continues: “A lot of high arts have now been given some support, but people working on the festival side of things and in live events have been forgotten about, and I hope they are not forgotten about any longer. Around the UK they’ve created something which I think is the best in the world.
“Many of these people are freelancers, so don’t fall under furlough schemes. So right now, they are feeling the pinch very badly and if we want live events and festivals to stay an important British business then it needs to be supported.”
Award winning rock band, The Cure, comments: “The events sector urgently needs government support to survive the COVID-19 crisis. Without major, immediate support from government, the entire live events sector supply chain is at risk of collapse.
“The aim is to have financial support extended for the people and companies in this sector, until they can return to work.”
Peter Heath, MD of PLASA, comments: “The live events industry supply chain, essential to every single event in the UK, is set to completely collapse without financial support from the government, due to social distancing prohibiting mass events. Large scale events are not expected to reopen until Spring 2021 at the earliest, and the reality is that the sector can’t wait that long. We’ve issued a ‘Red Alert’ after using #WeMakeEvents because the sector is on its last legs, and now the whole industry is coming together to ask the government to ‘throw us a line.’”
Andy Dockerty, managing director of Adlib, comments: “The events sector has been absolutely devastated by the COVID-19 crisis, and there are few signs of any significant restart in the near future. Without immediate support the entire live events supply chain is at risk of collapse, and some one million highly skilled professionals face many more months of financial uncertainty. We need the government to understand the urgency of the situation, and so we call on industry members to make their voices heard and join us on the evening of 11 August.”
In addition to the London action, a series of regional events will also take place. More details can be found on the event Facebook page WeMakeEvents: Red Alert – day of action
10th August 2020
Registration now open for #WeMakeEvents day of action on 11 August
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.
In London, journalists and politicians have been invited to board a boat at Westminster Pier, from where they will sail through a series of ‘arenas’ which will feature many of the capital’s iconic landmarks, all lit up red in solidarity. For added impact, industry members are being asked to line up, socially distanced, on river banks and bridges to create a Red Alert route. In key locations supporters will lower down red rope lights to the boat as it passes, to symbolise ‘throwing us a line’.
Everyone who wants to be part of the Red Alert route must pre-register via EventBrite, where they can also select their preferred location to join the action. Those who are part of the route are asked to wear a red t-shirt and download the MyLight – Flashlight app to turn their phone into a red flashlight.
Please note it is also mandatory to wear a face covering throughout the event – a red one would be ideal.
Andy Dockerty, managing director of Adlib, said: “The events sector has been absolutely devastated by the Covid-19 crisis and there are few signs of any significant restart in the near future. Without immediate support the entire live events supply chain is at risk of collapse and some one million highly skilled professionals face many more months of financial uncertainty. We need the government to understand the urgency of the situation and so we call on industry members to make their voices heard and join us on the evening of 11 August.”
In addition to the London action, a series of regional events will also take place. More details can be found on the event Facebook page WeMakeEvents: Red Alert – day of action
The industry bodies now involved in #WeMakeEvents include: the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT), the ALD – The People in Performance Lighting, the Association of Event Organisers (AEO), Association of Sound Designers (ASD), Community Leisure UK, Creu Cymru, Curtain Call Online, the Federation of Scottish Theatre (FST), Freelancers Make Theatres Work, the Institute of Sound & Communications Engineers (ISCE), MUTA, the MIA, the Music Venues Trust (MVT), the National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA), Night Time Industries Association (NTIA), PLASA, Production Managers Forum (PMF), Production Services Association (PSA), Society of London Theatre (SOLT) & UK Theatre, Sustainability in Production Alliance (SiPA) and Theatre & Dance Northern Ireland.
For full details and to register, visit https://wemakeevent.eventbrite.co.uk
7th August 2020
Long Reach Long Rider announcement
USA - The Long Reach Long Riders are thrilled to announce the successful completion of the 2020 LRLR Kazoo Relay Ride. The ride was the LRLR response to the coronavirus crisis that has gripped the US and the world.
“We knew we couldn’t hold a traditional LRLR ride due to the virus,” noted ride organiser Greg Williams, “but we also didn’t want to abandon the charities at a time when they really needed support. We came up with the Relay Ride to give riders an opportunity to participate in the ride and the public to support it.”
The Kazoo Relay Ride was dubbed the Just Breathe ride, in honour of Cris Dopher, one of the LRLR founding members who passed away in September after a long battle with Cystic Fibrosis. Bill Sapsis recalled that: “Cris’s courage, humour and bike parking skills are legendary among the LRLR and the Relay Ride was the perfect way to acknowledge the impact Cris had on our lives.”
The ride, which raised over $45,000.00 for Behind the Scenes and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, consisted of small groups riding for a day or two with an oversized kazoo ‘baton’ and then passing the baton to the next group of riders. It began at the Pigeon Point Lighthouse in Pescadero, CA. and finished at the Portland Head Lighthouse in Portland, ME.
Number of days to complete the Relay Ride: 14
Number of riders, passengers & chase car crew: 38
Number of relay legs: 8
Total mileage: 4,838 miles
Longest relay leg: 1,060 miles
Shortest relay leg: 141 miles
The Long Reach Long Riders would like to thank everyone involved with helping make this very special ride such an amazing success: the organisers, riders, chase car crew and especially the 200+ sponsors.
Please visit http://lrlr.org/ for more information on the ride and to make a donation.
Photos: Eddie Raymond and Bill Ellis
21st July 2020
PLASA Show postponed to 2021 with new dates announced
It is with great regret that PLASA announces that the PLASA Show will not take place at Olympia London from 6-8 September this year due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19 and uncertainty regarding social distancing and lockdown policies. However, PLASA Show will return to Olympia London in 2021 from 5-7 September.
PLASA’s head of events Sophie Atkinson comments: “It is of course very disappointing to have to postpone PLASA Show this year which would have been the first in Olympia’s Grand Hall. But I am in no doubt that it is the right thing to do for the industry at this challenging time. We will sorely miss PLASA Show this year and look forward to being able to meet you in London from 5-7 September 2021.”
Behind the scenes, PLASA the association is working hard to support its members and the wider industry through government lobbying, research, and cross-industry collaboration. You can find out more about what PLASA is doing during this time at www.plasa.org/coronavirus. As always, PLASA is open to feedback and would love to hear from you.
Its latest campaign, #WeMakeEvents, has gained huge traction since launching on 25 June. If you haven’t already, PLASA encourages you to share the campaign video across social media to help amplify the industry’s call for urgent government support. Get involved at www.plasa.org/we-make-events.
PLASA’s managing director Peter Heath comments: “We are all hugely aware of how the events industry is suffering, and as it stands there is no end in sight. PLASA is focussing all its efforts into supporting the industry and we invite you to join the cause so we can all enjoy concerts, theatre shows and festivals long into the future.”
PLASA hopes that by the time the PLASA Show 2021 comes around the industry will be restored back to full health and can celebrate with a fantastic ‘come-back’ show, face to face. In the meantime, keep safe and in keep in touch.