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Explore colour mixing on 21st January Elation Innovation Hour


L-Acoustics Supports NAMM’s Believe in Music Week


A River Runs Through It


North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference


How a bespoke fiber point-to-point solution was conceived for Spiritland One OB truck


Creative Technology Round Up this Year in Golf


Brilliant! Smarty Series to feature on December 10th Elation Coffee Break


Stagehand Launches #ILOVELIVE


Brompton Technology scoops awards for Dynamic Calibration and Hydra at the Oscars of the AV World: AV Awards 2020


ISCVE announces revised dates for ISCVEx 2021


In the limelight! 26th November Elation Coffee Break to feature 7-color SEVEN Series


Rose Revitt Wins Best Debut Designer in association with Robe at The Stage Debut Awards 2020


November 18th Elation Hour to address Themed Environments with KC Wilkerson, Ryan Stumpp and Norm Schwab


Integrated Systems Events launches digital RISE Spotlights


Be original! 12th November Elation Coffee Break to talk creative LED


WACKIT Contest!


Long Reach Long Riders attempt record setting ride


The ALD Announces the Winners of the ALD Awards for Excellence 2020


Prolight + Sound sets stage and theatre technology as a focal point for 2021


Visual Terrain and Bandit Lites Honoured with IES Illumination Award


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Highlite UK Autumn Roadtrip


LRLR 2020 Autumn Extravaganza!


How can you cycle further than from Land’s End to John O’Groats in the UK? Take #TheSurvivalTour bike ride!


#WeMakeEvents is Felt Around the World with Global Action Day


Explore colour mixing on 21st January Elation Innovation Hour

Explore colour mixing on 21st January Elation Innovation Hour

Elation Professional is set to resume its Innovation Hour livestream presentations on Thursday, 21st January with a discussion of the various types of colour mixing systems found in today’s modern automated luminaires, and the pros and cons inherent in each.

The ability to create millions of different hues from a single lighting fixture is perhaps the greatest benefit of an intelligent luminaire. Join Elation national sales manager John Dunn and global product manager Matthias Hinrichs live on Thursday, 21st January at 10am PST as they examine additive and subtractive colour mixing including the different types of RGB colour mixing systems, CMY colour mixing, DTW, and Elation’s proprietary SpectraColor system.

Join here.

The Elation Hour and Elation Innovation Hour are virtual presentations and discussions that address lighting and lighting markets, products and product development, and include discussions with top industry designers who share their experience across the broad scope of entertainment lighting. To view past Elation Hour and Elation Innovation Hour episodes, click here.


15th January 2021


L-Acoustics Supports NAMM’s Believe in Music Week

L-Acoustics Supports NAMM’s Believe in Music Week

USA – Over the past 120 years, the National Association of Music Merchants has grown from a small, domestic consortium of piano dealers into a massive educational and support organisation boasting arguably the world’s best trade show dedicated to both the business and pleasure of making music. When the eagerly anticipated 2021 NAMM Show had to be cancelled due to continued COVID concerns, the association quickly pivoted its focus by creating a digital alternative known as Believe in Music Week, running from 18 to 22 January.

L-Acoustics announced that it is fully supporting NAMM this month by sponsoring a virtual marketplace booth, where it will be hosting a comprehensive line-up of eight unique video sessions on a variety of topics, all with live Q&A. Visitors can also book online meetings with L-Acoustics team members, chat live, and receive special access to swag and an exciting giveaway.

Of particular note will be the booth’s keynote session: “Contour XO IEM Origins Story,” moderated by FOH engineer Chris Rabold (Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé). This will be a Zoom 'fireside chat' discussion with L-Acoustics founder and president Dr. Christian Heil and JH Audio founder and president Jerry Harvey. This illuminating conversation explores their origins in pro audio and how they came to collaborate on the recently-launched Contour XO in-ear monitor.

“Immersive Audio for Houses of Worship” will be another standout session, with L-Acoustics application manager Josh Maichele hosting a conversation with technical directors at three churches: Mount Paran in Georgia, Orchard Hills in Pennsylvania and River Pointe in Texas to learn about why they each chose L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology for their congregations.

The full schedule of video sessions from L-Acoustics is as follows (all times are PST):

Thursday, 21st January:

  • 8am – L-ISA: Immersive Audio for Houses of Worship

  • 10am – The Power of K3: Compact, Full-Range, No Compromises

  • 1pm – L-Acoustics Creations: The Power of Pro Audio at Home

  • 3pm – L-ISA: Immersive Mixing Techniques with Robert Scovill

Friday, 22nd January:

  • 8am – Contour XO IEM Origins Story: A discussion with Dr. Christian Heil and Jerry Harvey, hosted by Ambassador Chris Rabold

  • 10am – A10: The Perfect Fit for Event Audiences of 50-5,000

  • 1pm – L-ISA Theatrical Workflow: From Concept to Performance

  • 3pm – MILAN / AVB: Audio and Control Data Over a Single Network

Furthermore, L-Acoustics L-ISA application engineer Carlos Mosquera will take a deep dive into the anatomy of an L-ISA mix with a binaural performance and mixing tutorial on NAMM’s Believe in Music Gear TV during the week.

“NAMM has always been much more than an industry trade show,” shares Alan Macpherson, CEO, L-Acoustics Americas. “The organisation’s reach in music advocacy, market development, and educational focus have all been key to keeping NAMM’s strong leadership position. Shows have thrived, despite sea changes in the market over the years, and this is evidenced by the smart and concerted effort to bring professional audio to the fore. This year, NAMM has risen to a new challenge, yet again with its Believe in Music Week, a well thought out alternative to the in-person trade show that should provide excellent interaction. L-Acoustics is proud to be part of it, and we look forward to making quality connections with both new and existing customers this month!”

Free registration for the 2021 NAMM Believe in Music Week can be found at: https://attend.believeinmusic.tv/register

13th January 2021

A River Runs Through It

A River Runs Through It

USA - The Long Reach Long Riders announce their 18th annual charity motorcycle ride: A River Runs Through It.

The 2020 LRLR route, which was replaced with the “Just Breathe” Kazoo Relay due to the pandemic, has found new life in the 2021 ride. The riders will gather on Saturday, 19 June in St. Paul, MN and start out on Sunday, 20 June. The ride will end back in St. Paul on 27 June.

The 2021 ride travels through four states around the upper mid-west, with route highlights in and around the area known as “the Driftless,” a unique geological feature not affected by glaciers during the last ice age. The route also features many sweeping roads around hills and bluffs in Wisconsin and Iowa, the wooded forests of Minnesota, and follows along the deep incision of the Mississippi River.

Ride Marshals this year will be Paul and Peggy Sannerud. “Most folks think the upper mid-west is flat farmland,” noted Paul, "but those who know about the land shaped by the ‘Mighty Miss’ know better.” Peggy added: “This year’s ride is a great opportunity for our Midwest colleagues in the industry to join us to raise money for two very worthy charities.”

The Long Reach Long Riders have been raising money for Broadway

Cares / Equity Fights AIDS and the Behind the Scenes Charity since 2004.

Bill Sapsis, one of the founding members remarked: “If you’ve been thinking about joining the Long Reach Long Riders on a ride, this would be the year to do that.”

For more information on joining the ride or making a donation, please visit www.lrlr.org

12th January 2021

North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference

USA – The North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference is being converted to a virtual event in July, 2021.

Conference director, Bill Sapsis explained: “Uncertainty and risk remain in abundance and it would be extremely foolish for us to attempt a face-to-face meeting in July. The safety of our attendees, presenters, sponsors and staff are paramount.”

Frances Thompson, NATEAC production manager noted: “The past ten months have shown that virtual conferences are possible and, given the right approach, can be successful. We’re working hard toward that goal.”

We’re planning to bring forward many of the excellent presentations that were set for the July 2020. The current COVID-19 crisis, and the live entertainment industry’s response to it, will also be discussed.

12th January 2021

How a bespoke fiber point-to-point solution was conceived for Spiritland One OB truck

Broadcast Manufactur (BroaMan) and Spiritland OB will co-host a Zoom-based webinar on 14 January, at 14.00 GMT (15.00 CET, 9.00 EST).

BroaMan’s point-to-point fibre transport solution, based on the Repeat48WDM platform, was selected by one of the UK's leading OB trucks – Spiritland One – to provide a multi-format stagebox system to run multiple video, audio and data signals between stage and truck.

Co-hosts, Spiritland co-founder, Antony Shaw and BroaMan technical sales manager, Maciek Janiszewski, will present a case study on this advanced system design, and how they evolved such an elegant and compact custom solution. The session will incorporate an interactive Q/A.

BroaMan itself offers customised fibre solutions as well as standard devices for every application that requires IP/SDI/HD/3G video transport or routing, no matter what the scale or complexity. All open standards can be integrated: digital video, audio and data on the same low latency fibre infrastructure.

To register for this webinar, simply click the link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/6316103590492/WN_RseZpQqYTl-VPIvXCThhOQ

12th January 2021

Creative Technology Round Up this Year in Golf

Creative Technology Round Up this Year in Golf
Creative Technology Round Up this Year in Golf

Europe & Middle East - Creative Technology (CT) has been delivering live video solutions to golfing tournaments throughout Europe and the Middle East for over 30 years. Whilst Covid-19 is still affecting many live events across the globe, Creative Technology has been working hard to assist golf events where possible to resume activities albeit on a reduced basis and behind closed doors.

The hiatus in events during the spring lockdown gave the CT team a chance to look at the new challenges involved in hosting professional golf tournaments, and specifically what role technology could play to address them. With the restrictions on the number of personnel on site for post lockdown elite sport, a clear area of focus for CT were the manual leader boards deployed on each event. To deliver the manual leader boards a large contingent of volunteers and scoring staff are required.

Creative Technology had already been working with the European Tour to develop battery-powered on-course displays. By extending this service and delivering the display data wirelessly, we were able to provide viable digital on-course leader boards. If digital leader boards were deployed in place of the manual leader boards the personnel involved in the service delivery would be reduced from around 60 volunteers and scoring staff to two technicians.

With many golf events postponed from their usual dates in the spring, CT started the year with the 44th Women’s Open sponsored by AIG which took place at the Royal Troon Golf Club from 20th-23rd August. Focusing on delivering on-course leader boards, this event marked the first time that all manual leader boards were replaced with digital ones. This improvement not only significantly enhanced the on-course experience but also assisted with adhering to social distancing guidelines, requiring only a couple of event staff to rig and operate multiple screens.

Delivering services directly to the R&A, CT provided a studio to produce the Tournament Television (TTV) feed this content was distributed across the course. The TTV fees was displayed in the clubhouse, player’s lounge and on-site offices. In addition to this, CT’s creative services team produced engaging customised graphics for the on-course leader boards.

Out on course, CT supplied eight digital leader boards on various tees, each housed in bespoke aluminium frames and powered locally by batteries. In addition to this, on the 18th Green, CT designed and built a Layher Scaffold structure to house the 16sqm LED screen.

A multi-core fibre network was laid throughout the golf club to deliver the TTV and Scoring feed across the site.

As an Approved Supplier for the European Tour, CT was once again a part of multiple high-profile golfing events this year.

In October, the 2020 Scottish Open took place from 1st-4th at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick Scotland, postponed from its originally scheduled dates in July due to the pandemic. The sporting event was one of the biggest to take place in the country since lockdown. Closely following this event was the the BMW PGA Championship, which took place at Wentworth Golf Club in Surrey, UK, from 8-11th October.

To help assist with the new challenges faced and adhere to the social restrictions and guidelines in place, CT enhanced the existing media centre set-ups across both these event venues, allowing high-quality video calls to take place between the players and the remote journalists. To do this, a PTZ remote camera, 55” TV, and audio solutions were provided to enable the player being interviewed to see and hear the remote journalists interviewing them.

Out on course, CT supplied eight digital leader boards on various tees, each housed in bespoke aluminium frames and powered locally by batteries and connected to the scoring feed wirelessly. Each display showed scrolling leader boards plus the projected cut mark on one day of the event. These replaced the traditional manual leader boards and carry boards, further enabling each event to reduce the number of personnel on site.

The 2020 BMW PGA Championship also marked the last ever for the Director of Championships, Jamie Birkmyre who after over 20 years’ service on the European Tour has stepped down from his role. Jamie was inspirational and championed the technology innovations CT was part of and continues to be a great advocate for the company.

The OMEGA Dubai Moonlight Classic marked the return of sporting events to Dubai as the world’s first professional day-night golf tournament took place 4-6th November at Emirates Golf Club. The event saw 56 players competing across three days and was broadcast globally to more than 60 countries.

For the safety of spectators and the players, this year’s tournament was played behind closed doors. CT was tasked with delivering a virtual solution to allow journalists around the world to hold Q&A sessions with the contestants via a video conferencing platform on behalf of our client Falcon Golf Management Ltd.

CT provided an enhanced video conferencing solution adding a PTZ camera, lighting, audio and display screen to enable journalists to interview players remotely from all corners of the world. The PTZ camera allowed the flexibility of wide or zoomed shots while ensuring the crew remained at a safe social distance from the players.

On the 12th November 2020, the Ladies European Tour made history when it brought the first-ever women’s golf tournament to Saudi Arabia. The three-day Aramco Saudi Ladies International event saw female headline players compete to win $1,000,000 at the Royal Greens Golf Club in the coastal resort, King Abdullah Economic City. Shortly after the Saudi Ladies Team International tournament began, which is the first-ever points-earning Ladies European Tour event where professionals play alongside amateur golfers competing for a share of $500,000 prize money.

CT was part of this sporting history, distributing on-site live video feeds and supplying all video displays for the ground-breaking Aramco Saudi Ladies International and The Saudi Ladies Team International on behalf of the Ladies European Tour.

To finish off the European Tour’s season-long Race to Dubai 2020, the DP World Tour Championship took place 10th – 13th December. This drew to close a re-arranged season of tournaments that despite Covid restrictions, still managed to stage 38 events across 18 different countries.

CT has always prided itself on being at the forefront of innovative technology in sporting events, and this year was no different. Alongside providing the Tournament Television service comprising TVs, LED screens, virtual media centre and on-course digital LED leader boards, CT introduced new technology to the world-renowned event on behalf of our client European Tour.

The new technology enabled CT to eliminate the need for multiple generators for the on-course leader boards as this year’s leader boards were working off the latest battery technology. The scoring display was rendered locally with the data feed for each screen updated via 4G, which meant no hard cabling to the control position was required, making these leader boards an extremely efficient and sustainable option.

“When golf events were able to resume following the height of the pandemic, lots of restrictions were imposed to ensure everyone’s safety at the events, not just the players. With CT’s long association with and understanding of golf we were able to utilise technology and play a huge part in assisting the staging teams conform to the new COVID safety requirements,” stated Richard Smith, CT’s account manager (golf).

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17th December 2020

Creative Technology

Brilliant! Smarty Series to feature on December 10th Elation Coffee Break

Brilliant! Smarty Series to feature on December 10th Elation Coffee Break

This week’s Elation Coffee Break with hosts Alistair Smyth and Frederik Afif dives into Elation’s highly creative and highly-efficient Smarty Series and its intelligent lamp technology.

A unique blend of economy and performance, the Smarty series combines high output and long lamp life in feature-packed yet compact and lightweight hybrid fixtures. These workhorse design tools are ideal for virtually any stage application while providing an excellent return on investment.

The Smarty Hybrid and IP65 Proteus Smarty Hybrid have flexible use as a beam, spot or wash luminaire, while the Smarty MAX is an extreme-output version with the same ‘smart’ lamp technology but nearly twice as bright and loaded with even more design features.

The Elation Coffee Break with a focus on the Smarty Series will air live on Thursday, 10 December at 11am CEST. Tune in at www.facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live/

It’s easy 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/



8th December 2020


Stagehand Launches #ILOVELIVE

Stagehand Launches #ILOVELIVE

UK – Stagehand in partnership with Crowdfunder, have launched #ILoveLive, a prize draw campaign organised to raise funds for the production staff and stage crew impacted by the loss of work caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Stagehand is the only UK charity specifically dedicated to providing hardship funding for live events industry workers and aims to raise at least £1 million before Christmas.

Workers within the live music industry are in urgent need of support. The industry was the first to close and will be the last to reopen, resulting in thousands of people facing immense hardship. The problem is intensified by the nature of the industry. Over 60% of the people working in the industry are freelancers without any support from a larger company and over 20% of all crew have discovered that they don’t qualify for any government support at all. Stage crew have been the forgotten ones in the current pandemic.

Stagehand and the #ILoveLive initiative will not only make a real practical difference to helping people survive the huge challenges that they face, but it also offers a timely reminder that the wider community cares about their plight.

A former stage manager who has already received a grant from Stagehand said: “I can’t express how much this is going to help me. I woke up in tears this morning, upon the realisation that I had less than £10 to my name. I was desperately wondering how I was going to survive for the rest of the month when £500 landed in my account from Stagehand. Stagehand and all of the people who are creating fundraising projects are doing such an amazing thing for those of us who are currently unable to work in live music, and who have been unsuccessful in finding other work.”

The #ILoveLive campaign gives fans the chance to give something back to the people who make life-affirming live events happen and to win money-can’t-buy prizes from their favourite artists. The #ILoveLive campaign, in partnership with Crowdfunder UK (who has waived its platform fees), features a list of all of the artists who have contributed prizes. Fans can choose which artists they want to buy tickets for and can increase their chances of winning by purchasing multiple tickets. Tickets are priced at £5 each. The draw is now live and remains open until 6pm on 17th December. The winners will then be chosen on 23rd December and prizes will be sent out in January.

Here are examples of the wide range of prizes on offer:

  • Nile Rodgers: A replica of his classic 1957 ‘Hitmaker’ Fender Stratocaster, signed.

  • Florence Welch: Hand-painted lyrics by Florence, dedicated to the winner.

  • Mark Knopfler: The Fender Stratocaster used throughout his 2019 world tour, signed.

  • Chemical Brothers: Their touring Roland 303 Synth, signed.

  • Craig David: Signed mixing desk used for his third album.

  • Eric Clapton: His personal signed Martin custom shop OM Bob Gruhn acoustic.

  • Royal Blood: The jacket frontman Mike Kerr wore during their landmark Glastonbury show in 2017.

  • Liam Gallagher: His Les Paul studio guitar, signed.

  • Robbie Williams: Handwritten lyrics dedicated to the winner.

  • Nick Cave and Warren Ellis: Signed Eastwood bass guitar and Muzzbox tour pedal.

  • FKA twigs: A rare mask worn during her live show.

  • John Otway: A gig in the winner’s front room.

  • Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey: His ESP guitar that he played at Live Aid in Philadelphia in 1985.

The #ILoveLive campaign has been spearheaded by artist manager and promoter David Stopps with Andy Lenthall and Mike Lowe at Stagehand. They appealed to PPL, the BPI, major record labels and artist management companies and raised £280,000, most of which went to the 300 crew members in the most desperate need earlier this month.

The idea for a prize draw was suggested by Ian McAndrew of Wildlife Entertainment, whose management roster includes Arctic Monkeys and Royal Blood. He had previously set up a similar draw with Arctic Monkeys to benefit the Music Venue Trust.

David Stopps and Ian McAndrew, together with booking agent Tom Schroeder, subsequently reached out to the music community and received a rapturous response, with countless major artists offering remarkable one-off items.

Mike Lowe, the chair of Stagehand’s board of trustees commented: “We know that when live shows can take place again in financially viable ways, the industry will be extremely busy. Artists, festivals and venues just want to get back to work and the public are hungry to see live entertainment again. No live show of any kind can happen without the skills and expertise of the army of live events workers. I am sure that the live events industry workers who we can help, will join me and my fellow trustees in expressing our massive appreciation for making all of this happen in the most difficult and unprecedented of times.”

David Stopps added: “When I heard about the tenth suicide among stage crew in late August I knew I had to do something. Stage crew are not only suffering great financial hardship but most are also experiencing ill mental health. Money raised from these prize draws will actually save lives and help to safeguard their future.”

Rob Love, CEO of Crowdfunder said: “This is a really exciting campaign and we are thrilled to be partnering with Stagehand and an array of incredible talent. Running prize draws with money-can't-buy prizes can be a really effective fundraising tool. This crucial campaign will help support the 'behind the scenes' workers in the live music industry who have been left without work for months.”

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27th November 2020

Brompton Technology scoops awards for Dynamic Calibration and Hydra at the Oscars of the AV World: AV Awards 2020

Brompton Technology scoops awards for Dynamic Calibration and Hydra at the Oscars of the AV World: AV Awards 2020

UK - Brompton Technology has announced that its Dynamic Calibration technology and Hydra advanced measurement system have won in both the Support Technology of the Year and Event Technology of the Year categories at one of the most recognised and respected award ceremonies for the audio-visual industry; the AV Awards.

Following the cancellation of the physical ceremony due to the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year the AV Awards pivoted to a virtual celebration for its awards gala. The event was live streamed via Swapcard and offered a sparkling evening of entertainment and celebration of the AV world’s most significant talent and achievements.

Brompton’s Dynamic Calibration is a revolutionary technology for calibrating LED panels that redefines the performance users can expect from their LED screens. It enables LED panels to maintain uniformity while unlocking the full potential of each individual LED, to achieve previously unattainable levels of brightness and colour saturation and deliver Brompton HDR (High Dynamic Range) performance. It is a worthy winner of Event Technology of the Year due to its exceptional performance in numerous stunning virtual studio events worldwide this year, as well as being used in virtual production workflows for many blockbuster film and TV productions alongside virtual productions tools such as Unreal Engine from Epic Games and disguise XR.

Dynamic Calibration is enabled by first measuring LED panels using Brompton's all-in-one Hydra advanced measurement system, which offers fastest-ever calibration times, and the option to reinvigorate existing LED panel stock, making the combination a natural winner for Support Technology of the Year. Hydra complements its calibration capability with beautiful interactive web-based reports in multiple languages. Brompton sold out of its first two production runs of the Hydra, with the measurement systems going to both LED manufacturers and rental houses to ensure their LED panels are capable of giving the best possible performance.

Brompton was also nominated for one of the AV Awards new discretionary categories, Innovation of the Year Award (Technology), which aims to recognise organisations and individuals that have shown impeccable, relevant credentials in their submissions, and to highlight what the AV industry should be aspiring to achieve.

“We were honoured to receive an AV award for our Tessera SX40 4K processor at last year’s ceremony, and it is fantastic to follow that with two awards in this year’s event. This has been a real team effort and I would like to thank everyone at Brompton for their hard work and dedication, and our partners for their continued trust in our LED processing solutions. It is a real boost to morale in what has been a challenging year,” says Brompton’s managing director, Richard Mead. “The AV industry is creative and resilient and has looked for ways to adapt to the current situation. With Virtual Production and Extended Reality being used more extensively to facilitate new methods of content production and delivery, the quality of Brompton processing for LED being used on camera has really come to the fore. It is a great honour to see technologies such as Dynamic Calibration and Hydra, both enablers for Brompton HDR, being recognised at such a coveted AV industry event.”

In picture: GUM Studios

photo: Jackie Roman

25th November 2020

ISCVE announces revised dates for ISCVEx 2021

ISCVE announces revised dates for ISCVEx 2021

UK – Having considered the impact of Covid-19 on businesses in the UK and particularly exhibitions and events, the Institute of Sound, Communications and Visual Engineers has announced it is to reschedule dates for its annual seminar and exhibition event ISCVEx in 2021, now scheduled to take place on 28-29th September 2021 rather than 9-10th March 2021.

“We have taken the early decision to revise the dates for ISCVEx from March 2021 to September 2021 in the hope that this allows our members, supporting members and business partners in the UK to adapt to the changing business environments that Covid-19 is causing and also in the hope that we will be closer to returning to some kind of new normality by this time,” comments Helen Goddard FInstSCVE, president ISCVE.

ISCEx, as it was previously known and now renamed to ISCVEx following the realignment of the Institute to embrace audio-visual engineers more in its membership, is an annual event held at Coombe Abbey Hotel, Binley, Warwickshire that is open to non-members and members of the ISCVE.

ISCVEx 2021 will be the inaugural event under the new banner for AV members and AV exhibitors to join ISCVEx, a busy two days of seminars, ECS H&S assessments, networking and exhibits from key manufacturers and distributors in each industry.

The revised schedule for Tuesday 28th September 2021 includes an ECS Health and Safety assessment session, a presentation by leading industry voices and a networking dinner event held at Coombe Abbey Hotel in the evening.

For Wednesday 29th September 2021 the new schedule includes three seminars and an exhibition of more than thirty leading audio, visual and communications companies. Previous attendees regularly comment they like the intimate, personal approach to the Institute’s annual event, as they really get an opportunity to interact first hand with a number of leading industry manufacturers and leading industry voices.

Look out for further updates on the ISCVE website coming soon.

23rd November 2020

In the limelight! 26th November Elation Coffee Break to feature 7-color SEVEN Series

In the limelight! 26th November  Elation Coffee Break to feature 7-color SEVEN Series

Not only does Elation’s SEVEN Series give a broader spectrum of colours to choose from, it also allows for more precise colour adjustments and an overall better colour quality. Find out all the advantages of Elation’s seven-colour multi-chip LED technology on this week’s Elation Coffee Break with hosts Alistair Smyth and Frederik Afif.

Elation’s groundbreaking line of linear SEVEN Batten and SEVEN Par IP lights house RGBAW + lime + UV LEDs for an even wider spectrum of colour options to paint stages, sets, scrims and scenery. Improved ambers, better mixed whites, effective colour temperature control and higher colour rendering, even an ultraviolet effect, these advanced colour changers offer an advanced and flexible colour wash solution.

The Elation Coffee Break with a focus on the SEVEN Series will air live on Thursday, 26 November at 11:00am CEST. Tune in at www.facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live/

It’s easy 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/


23rd November 2020


Rose Revitt Wins Best Debut Designer in association with Robe at The Stage Debut Awards 2020

Rose Revitt Wins Best Debut Designer in association with Robe at The Stage Debut Awards 2020
Rose Revitt Wins Best Debut Designer in association with Robe at The Stage Debut Awards 2020

UK – Robe proudly sponsored the ‘Best Designer’ category of this year’s The Stage Debut Awards which was won by set and costume designer Rose Revitt for the raw, edgy, visceral visual environment she created for “Dr Korczak’s Example” at Leeds Playhouse which was staged in January and February.

The Stage Awards celebrate the very best breakthrough talent in theatre, including actors, directors, designers, writers, composers and lyricists making their professional debuts in the past year, so works made after 1st August 2019 were eligible and the competition was extremely stiff.

For Rose, this particular journey started with another prize-winning opportunity. Last year, she won the biennial Linbury Prize for Stage Design which offers 12 emerging designers the chance to work with some of the UK’s leading theatre, opera, and dance companies.

Newly graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff with an MA in Design For Performance (set and costume speciality), Rose applied for the Linbury Prize with her portfolio and as one of the 12 finalists, was linked up with Leeds Playhouse who gave her and two other designers a brief for “Dr Korczak’s Example”.

The Leeds Playhouse team chose Rose’s dramatic bombed-out, rubble-strewn set concept from the three options, and with a short lead-time, this challenging heart-warming yet bitterly realistic work in the time of the holocaust was realised and staged in February 2020.

This turned out to be exceptionally fortunate timing, just before the pandemic hit and shut down theatres nationwide and the actual turnaround time from drawings, photos and model box visualisation to full stage realisation was only a few weeks, galvanising all involved in the production.

Set in 1942 during the final days of an orphanage in the Warsaw ghetto, the emotive and enduring true story reveals the stark choices of Polish educator and children’s author Dr Janusz Korczak, who champions the rights of young people already leading tough lives in a time of war, intolerance, hate and totalitarian rule.

The work addresses numerous moral dilemmas about the values that Dr Korczak is teaching the young people around him, all trying to survive a world with odds stacked against them.

The design was for the Bramall Rock Void, an exciting, completely new, contemporary and fully flexible space at Leeds Playhouse with exposed brick and rock walls that Rose found a huge inspiration for her fragmented rubble and debris strewn world which set the scene for the action to unfold.

This symbolic architecture helped tackle conundrums like how to represent hundreds of children and the larger world in a design and introduce motifs, dolls and other objects, props and treatments to assist the narrative and humanise the characters and their situation.

“It needed a dignified response and there were many joyful aspects of the show, but I also didn’t want to shy away from the underlining destruction and seriousness of the piece,” and doing this with elegance made it all the more difficult to replicate the true horror of the outcome.

Rose found it hugely challenging and simultaneously invigorating to design, and enjoyed working with director James Brining, who is also artistic director of Leeds Playhouse.

She fully appreciates how lighting “can make or break both the illusion and the reality of a story and the way your set and costume designs look and work,” so collaborating closely with the LD is something she thinks is “essential” and always strives for.

In this case, the lighting designer was Jane Lalljee, and the experience was “fantastic”. Rose and Jane spent time meticulously crafting sinister moody looks and rearranging shards of wood and furniture to create dramatic spiky shadows and texturing on the brick walls.

The start of Rose’s design process will always involve lots of sketching, drawings, and model box work in which she always includes colouring and light: “Lighting definitely adds another layer of magic,” she confirms.

Apart from working on this stimulating production, Rose, who comes from Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire, was also delighted to be working for a local company.

Before Rose studied in Cardiff, she was based at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester and trained as a technician and producer for their Young Company which fuelled her interest in stage architecture, set design and visuals.

She had the chance to work on many experimental productions in numerous different formats like in the round, traverse, etc and also worked on some exciting and ground-breaking site-specific projects including as assistant producer on “Mixtape” a gig style presentation designed by Khadija Raza which fused multiple performance styles and narratives.

Winning The Stage Debut Award for “Dr Korczak’s Example” means a massive amount to Rose in terms of “recognition for the design and all the work that went into it.”

“Having that affirmation from industry experts is amazing, especially at a time when everything effectively vanished,” she stated.

Other nominees for the ‘Best Designer’ category were Liam Bunster for set and costume design on “The Taming of the Shrew” at Shakespeare’s Globe in London and Andrew Exeter for lighting design on “High Fidelity” staged at the Turbine Theatre, also in London.

Theresa Gibson, head of marketing at Robe UK commented: “We were delighted to sponsor The Stage Debut Awards for the third consecutive year. Our involvement was more important than ever this year due to the challenges our industry is experiencing, especially the theatre sector and how it has suffered due to the pandemic! It was wonderful to have three strong nominations for ‘Best Designer’ under such circumstances.

Theresa observed that The Stage did an “excellent” job of holding the Awards event online and producing a “fabulous virtual ceremony” from The Theatre Royal Haymarket hosted by Miriam Teak-Lee. Theresa and the Robe UK team were among thousands of viewers who tuned in that evening to see Rose collect “this special accolade for her amazing work on Dr Korczak’s Example”.

“Robe UK are hugely proud to support some of the very best in up-and-coming designers trying to gain a foothold into the industry. Being an award sponsor gave all involved a great reason to celebrate and recognise the talented individuals this industry has to offer and realise just how much we appreciate and are missing live theatre.”

In a strange year where everything halted in March, Rose has new work on the horizon and is designing costumes and associate set designer for “A Christmas Carol” at the Bridge Theatre in London, which opens at the end of November.

Simon Russell Beale, Patsy Ferran and Eben Figueiredo will play all the parts and share the storytelling in a vibrant new Nicholas Hytner devised version of the timeless classic. It will also mark a fabulous return to live performance for this cutting-edge venue.

photos: Rose Revitt


13th November 2020

Robe Lighting

November 18th Elation Hour to address Themed Environments with KC Wilkerson, Ryan Stumpp and Norm Schwab

November 18th Elation Hour to address Themed Environments with KC Wilkerson, Ryan Stumpp and Norm Schwab

Elation’s popular Elation Hour livestream returns on Wednesday, 18th November to discuss the challenges of lighting themed environments with special guests KC Wilkerson and Ryan Stumpp, both of The Walt Disney Company, and Norm Schwab of design group Lightswitch.

Lighting plays a major role in the creation of any themed environment from atmosphere generation to aesthetic decorative enhancement to impactful special effects. Hear how lighting influences the experience and what makes dynamic lighting truly invaluable as some of the most experienced designers in the business share their own personal insight and experiences.

The Elation Hour discussion on themed environments will take place Wednesday, 18th November at 10am Pacific Standard Time (US).

RSVP here.

Hosted by Elation national sales manager John Dunn, The Elation Hour is a series of virtual discussions with top industry designers who share their experience across the broad scope of entertainment lighting. To view past Elation Hour episodes, clickhere.


13th November 2020


Integrated Systems Events launches digital RISE Spotlights

Integrated Systems Events, the organiser of the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show, announces a monthly series of free-to-attend digital events and engaging content.

Launching this month, RISE Spotlights are a unique forum for thought leadership and opinion, aiming to spark conversation in the industry, as well as drive engagement between ISE attendees, exhibitors and partners in advance of ISE 2021.

The monthly two-hour RISE Spotlight events will be produced in partnership with The Next Web (TNW), a world-leading technology media brand with extensive reach among global and technology businesses. TNW will support the digital events with unique content from global subject experts, technology entrepreneurs and start-ups. Content includes roundtable discussions, interviews and interactive virtual hangouts.

The monthly Spotlights will focus on key solutions areas at ISE 2021. The first RISE Spotlight, at 14:00 CET (13:00 GMT) on Tuesday 24 November, will centre around unified communications and collaboration technologies and take the theme of ‘Workspace Evolution’. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the shift to remote working and opened up a debate about what the future of work will look like. This event will offer insight into the latest trends and explore how companies and individuals should equip and organise themselves to adapt to the new norms of work.

Participants in the RISE Spotlight on Workspace Evolution include:

• Marit Janssen, Tranformation Consultant, ABN AMRO

Marit’s work involves transforming, nudging and facilitating change in processes and behaviour within organisations. She has a strong sense of what the future could be like and what this requires for culture and leadership.

• John Egan, CEO, L’Atelier
L’Atelier is a foresight business that is part of international banking group BNP Paribas. John deploys an interdisciplinary team of economists, journalists, scientists and researchers to identify investable opportunities at the intersection of technological and social change.

• Jon Sidwick, President, Collabtech Group

Following 23 years at international pro AV distributor Maverick AV Solutions, Jon this year moved into the UC collaboration and AV services business by becoming President of Collabtech Group, a global company focused on helping people work better together through services and enablement solutions.

• Sean Wargo, Senior Director, Market Intelligence, AVIXA

Sean is responsible for helping AVIXA realise its strategic goal to become the authoritative source for market intelligence in the AV industry through data capture, analytics expertise, insight delivery and world-class market research.

Mike Blackman, managing director of Integrated Systems Events, commented: “We’re excited to be joining forces with TNW to provide an ongoing learning experience for our industry. This programme of events will strengthen and bring together the AV community, providing valuable insight into a wide range of technologies and markets.”

Patrick de Laive, co-founder at TNW, commented: “We’re very much looking forward to working with ISE on the RISE Spotlights. We’ve delivered many highly successful digital events, having pivoted fully online since March, and can promise some thought-provoking tech leaders and start-ups who will be new to the ISE audience.”

The RISE Spotlight on Workspace Evolution is sponsored by Nureva, Inc. Nureva is a technology-rich, multiple award-winning private company that imagines and builds audio conferencing solutions that solve the frustrating and persistent problem of poor audio performance in meeting and learning spaces.

Attendees can register for RISE Spotlights by visiting https://www.iseurope.org/content-hub/rise-event-1/

Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2021 will take place at the Fira de Barcelona, Gran Vía, on 1-4 June 2021. The conference programme will include the Workspace Evolution Summit.

12th November 2020

Be original! 12th November Elation Coffee Break to talk creative LED

Be original! 12th November Elation Coffee Break to talk creative LED

Join Elation Europe on this week’s Elation Coffee Break where hosts Alistair Smyth and Frederik Afif will focus on the creative possibilities unique to three of Elation’s most popular automated LED luminaires.

The narrow-beam Dartz 360, Chorus Line pixel bar, and compact Rayzor 360Z will take centre stage for a discussion of their creative potential and the dazzle, drama and excitement they can add to stages big and small. From pixel control for eye-candy looks to eye-catching aerial beam effects, these powerful luminaires are both fun and feature packed.

The Elation Coffee Break with a focus on creative LED luminaires will air live on Thursday, 12th November at 11am CEST. Tune in at www.facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live/

It’s easy 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/.


11th November 2020


WACKIT Contest!

WACKIT Contest!

UK – Claypaky and CAST Group of companies are very excited to present the WACKIT virtual lighting design competition based on a concept by lighting designer Durham Marenghi and his partner Jennie. Whilst planning this event of course we had no idea that England would enter a second lock down and given that colleges are still open giving our students access to lighting systems we feel that this is actually a very appropriate time to launch our WACKIT competition.

Two side-by-side competitions for professional and student lighting designers from UK and Ireland to create a virtual video of their work from a model of the prestigious Royal Albert Hall. CAST will support WACKIT with free WYSIWYG educational licences for the period of the competition for professional LDs and in the case of our student friends a 12-month free design educational licence.

There are three amazing prizes to be won in both competitions (professional and student) and the initial judging will be done on-line on social media to define ten finalists from each group. The finalists will be judged in January 2021 by VIP LD jury of Paule Constable, David Bishop and Davy Sherwin chaired by Durham Marenghi.

Durham explains further: “As the clocks go back and we enter a darker time in our lives we wanted to support our peers – both old and new – by offering something creative and worthwhile to do. We hope that the WACKIT competition will be embraced by an industry hard done to, bring a little light into these difficult times and show case the lighting talent that abounds in the UK and Ireland; a massive thank you to CAST and Claypaky for bringing this vision to life, stay safe, stay sane!”

Find out more at www.wackit-contest.com


10th November 2020


Long Reach Long Riders attempt record setting ride

Long Reach Long Riders attempt record setting ride
Long Reach Long Riders attempt record setting ride

USA – Two of the Long Reach Long Rider founding members, Greg Williams and Wayne Rasmussen, recently attempted a wildly ambitious charity motorcycle ride dubbed “Autumn Extravaganza.” The plan was to ride in all 48 contiguous states within ten consecutive days.

They almost did it.

Greg Williams, lead rider for this adventure explained what happened: “We were so very close, but Mother Nature thought otherwise. There was snow in Maine and New Hampshire at the beginning of the ride. In the Midwest we encountered cold temperatures and high winds, which wasn’t fun. But it was the ice on I-90 in Montana that convinced me it was time to call it quits.” Greg’s motorcycle, Ice Dancer, put it this way: “I was on my side bouncing off the median and Greg was sliding down the highway on his back. It wasn’t like we had a choice or anything.”

The ride began in Kittery Maine on 17th October and ended ten days later in Montana on 26th October, just one state shy of 48. In between the two intrepid, and very cold riders experienced:

  • 7,000+ miles riding on the route

  • 4,000+ miles riding to/from the route

  • 15.5 days – riding

  • 1 snow day - not riding

  • 2 ice days - also not riding

Autumn Extravaganza was conceived to help raise awareness and funds for Behind the Scenes, an industry based charity that not only provides financial assistance to entertainment technology professionals in need due to serious illness or injury, but also makes available mental health tools and resources through its Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Initiative.

Lori Rubinstein, executive director of Behind the Scenes noted: “We are so grateful to Greg and Wayne for their valiant attempt to complete the 48-state/ten-day challenge. The Long Riders are an amazing group of people with a long-standing commitment to caring for those less fortunate than themselves. Please show your support by making a donation at behindthescenescharity.org/lrlr.”

Greg and Wayne are safely home (all protective gear and bike guards worked as designed!) and thinking about when to try this ride again. Ice Dancer may have the last word on that: “I’d be happy to try that route again, but let’s wait till summer.”

Greg has posted a full account of the journey here http://lrlr.org/  

6th November 2020

The ALD Announces the Winners of the ALD Awards for Excellence 2020

The ALD Announces the Winners of the ALD Awards for Excellence 2020

UK – The ALD – for people in performance lighting – has announced the winners of this year’s Awards for Excellence, which exist to highlight the new generation of young production talent emerging from UK universities. The winning students have all created award-winning portfolios that succeed in demonstrating their skills to best advantage, in a disrupted year where the number of lighting opportunities available to them may have been reduced.

Winners are traditionally announced at the Annual Lighting Lunch but will this year be showcased to the ALD membership via its bi-monthly magazine, Focus, and then through the ALD’s social media channels in a two-week series of posts.

Indicative of the ALD’s widening membership base, the Fred Foster Award for Production Electrics, the most recent addition to the awards portfolio, proved to be a popular choice receiving a large number of applications this year. Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s, Liam Sayer rose to the top of the ranks to win this award. The judges appreciated his attention to detail, his innovation and problem solving. They also commented that his testimonials were impressive and shone alongside a clearly articulated work ethic.

The coveted Michael Northen Award for Lighting Design was won this year by Euan Davis of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA). The judges were very impressed by his research and demonstrated collaboration abilities which he used to break a complex play into parts to find a language for each piece. They also commented on the flair he showed in the use of his rigs.

Josie Ireland, studying this year for A-Levels, received a well-deserved Francis Reid Award for Best Emerging Lighting Designer. The judges praised Josie’s use of video with lighting as well as her versatility and clarity as a designer. The judges were impressed with how she integrated feedback from previous years’ applications to inform and evolve her work.

The Blue-I Theatre Technology Award for Excellence in Video went to Liam Strong (Guildhall School of Music and Drama). The judges felt he had worked incredibly hard on his portfolio which demonstrated the beautiful designs he had created. One judge commented that Liam was one to watch as “the next big thing in video!”

ALD chair, Johanna Town, said: “I’m overwhelmed this year by the response to the awards and the dedication demonstrated by the entrants. Each of the winners has demonstrated real flair in their chosen discipline as well as determination and that gives me great hope as they begin to forge their professional paths.”

In picture: Liam Sayer (Fred Foster Award for Production Electrics), Euan Davis ( Michael Northen Award for Lighting Design ), Josie Ireland (Francis Reid Award for Best Emerging Lighting Designer) and Liam Strong Blue-I Theatre Technology Award for Excellence in Video.

3rd November 2020

Prolight + Sound sets stage and theatre technology as a focal point for 2021

Prolight + Sound sets stage and theatre technology as a focal point for 2021
Prolight + Sound sets stage and theatre technology as a focal point for 2021

Opposing the crisis with full commitment: from 13 to 16 April 2021, for the first time since the lockdown, Prolight + Sound provides an opportunity for product presentation and personal encounters in the entertainment technology industry. Following positive developments in recent years, Messe Frankfurt is expanding the "ProStage" product segment, which covers the entire theatre and stage technology sector, to become a focal topic of the event. This will give it a particularly high priority in exhibitor and visitor acquisition and in the fair's seminar programme.

The "ProStage" product segment includes all solutions for successful stage productions. The spectrum of exhibitors already having declared their participation includes suppliers of stage machinery, control systems, automation and equipment such as Alfa System, Artthea Bühnentechnik, ASM Steuerungstechnik, Bosch Rexroth, BEO Trekwerk, Bühnenbau Schnakenberg, Bütec, Chain Master, Chemtrol, Conductix-Wampfler, Decima, Fülling & Partner, Gala Stage Mechanical Systems, Gerriets, Gross Funk, Harlequin Deutschland, Maquinas Iberica, Movecat, SBS Dresden, ShowTex, Svetlost teatar, TAIT, Waagner-Biro, and Wahlberg. In addition, there are numerous companies from the lighting and sound sector offering solutions for theatre productions, including Adam Hall, Audio-Technica, Ayrton, Chauvet, Clay Paky, Elation, FBT, Focon Showtechnic, GLP, JB-Lighting, Klotz, KS Beschallungstechnik, Link, LMP Lichttechnik, Microtech Gefell, Mipro, Peavey, Robe, SGM Deutschland, and many more.

In addition to the product presentations, the seminar programme is a mainstay of Prolight + Sound. The linchpin of the seminar programme is the centre stage, simply referred to as "THE STAGE" in Hall 3.0, where exhibitors have the opportunity to present their brands in product demonstrations, lectures and workshops and to get in contact with industry professionals. Against the background of the "ProStage" theme, the programme focuses on innovative solutions for stage productions. "On stage everything comes together. Practically all trades of the live entertainment industry are involved in elaborate theatre productions, a large variety of technical solutions must function together like clockwork. In this context, stage productions form a main theme for the lecture programme on THE STAGE," says Mira Wölfel, Director Prolight + Sound. "We are proud of the confidence companies have placed in us in these difficult times. The very gratifying exhibitor response shows us that the industry wants to continue to present itself in a well organized manner, to network and to send out economically hopeful signals. To this end, we offer a platform that is optimally adapted to the current challenges."

Messe Frankfurt has developed a sophisticated protection and hygiene concept for a safe and smooth running of the fair on the exhibition grounds. This has been agreed with the responsible authorities and can be flexibly adapted to any changes. Cornerstones of the concept include a spacious hall design with a minimum of five-metre wide aisles, compliance with distance rules, including appropriate partitions and floor markings, clearly regulated ticketing with full registration, and more intensive cleaning and provision of adequate disinfection facilities. In addition, the halls will be continuously supplied with fresh air during the event.

Prolight + Sound 2021 will be held entirely on the eastern section of the Frankfurt Exhibition Centre. It presents innovations from the ProStage, ProAudio, ProLight, ProMedia and ProEvent segments in Halls 3.0, 3.1 and 4.0. The foyer of Hall 4.1 is home to the associations of the live-entertainment sector and a job exchange, which brings together talents and companies. The large Agora outdoor area will set the stage for product demonstrations under open-air conditions.

Another new feature in 2021 is a Hosted Buyer Programme. Together with major exhibitors, Messe Frankfurt identifies top international buyers, particularly from the theatre and stage technology sector. These buyers receive complimentary flights and hotel accommodation as well as free admission to the event on all days of the fair. In this way, the organisers contribute to a further increase in visitor quality at Prolight + Sound and thus also to stimulating business for a successful new start of the sector.

Further information is available at www.prolight-sound.com

photos: Mathias Kutt and Robin Kirchner

22nd October 2020

Visual Terrain and Bandit Lites Honoured with IES Illumination Award

USA – Bandit Lites has announced that it has been honoured with the Award of Merit from the Illuminating Engineering Society’s Chicago Section for its work on The Fillmore New Orleans with Visual Terrain, Ewing Cole and LiveNation. The IES Illumination Awards programme “recognises individuals for professionalism, ingenuity, and originality in lighting design based on the individual merit of each entry.”

Located on the second floor of Harrah’s New Orleans casino, The Fillmore New Orleans is a 2,200-person music venue with its own cultural flair on the iconic San Francisco club including wrought iron, local art and a large LED neon fleur-de-lis.

Bandit Lites Systems Integration team worked with principal lighting designer Mike Mahlum of Visual Terrain to ensure that the meticulous design was executed as planned at every step of the construction process.

“The concept for the project was a collaboration between the architect, the creative architect, and ourselves to pull in the feel of New Orleans and the look and feel of New Orleans, so there’s a lot of colour choices and decisions made that lead to that theming,” said Mahlum.

“Bandit saw the design through to the end,” explained Installation Project Manager John Jenkinson. “We were working through things on site; our team made sure the lights were installed correctly, performed as the designer intended and the design stayed true all the way to opening night.”

Due to Bandit Lites extensive experience in live venue operations, our team was especially equipped to design, install and program the lighting controls systems for both stage and architectural lighting. These systems give the Fillmore New Orleans the flexibility to use their spaces for a variety of events from national touring artists to local special events while still highlighting the unique décor.

"Without the work and help from Bandit, who was our eye and ears on the job site as well as the system designer, the level and complexity as well as polish that the project represents, though still present, would have not been as complete,” said Mahlum. “Our partnership provided advantages not only to each other, but also to the end user who will be using the space for many years."

Within the main music hall room and VIP club BG’s Lounge, guests will encounter lighting that elevates their experiences and the environment around them, whether it’s the illuminated, twirling sousaphone on display at the lobby bar or the custom chandeliers that can only be found flanking eye-popping artwork.

Every light in the venue is LED, down to the decorative fixtures, and the attention to detail poured into the space range from keeping the high-concept aesthetic look consistent (down to masking the emergency lights) to choosing local artisans and crafts people to create the sconces that evoke the French Quarter.

“The entry portal is one example of an area that was very planned out,” said Mahlum. “All the lights flicker which helps to pull you into the historic nature. We then add the extreme colour, that was a part of the concept from the architecture from the start which took it to the next level.”

“Visual Terrain is so honoured to be a part of this team and we couldn’t imagine a better client and design partner than Bandit Lites,” said Lisa Passamonte Green, CEO of Visual Terrain. “Our work with them and the Live Nation team is always so rewarding.”

“It is great to be recognised for the whole while I’ve been sitting there in the minutia of it,” said Jenkinson. “There’s a certain art to these music venues that doesn’t have to be there,” he added, “it is not required- but this space is an art piece.”

21st October 2020

Live Webinar – Register Today

Live Webinar – Register Today

Join Prolyte’s first free webinar Wednesday 21st October (11:00 CEST), where Eric Laanstra takes you on a journey along the strengths of Prolyte trusses with the focus on multi-purpose series.

But that's not all! Eric will also cover topics about truss in all its aspects from strength in connection methods, forces, design methods and interpretation of numbers in his 60 minute webinar.

To achieve the number one customer satisfaction is always part of our philosophy. Save your seat and invite your friends and partners for the first Prolyte webinar. We will provide you the first-class education in the field of trussing and rigging, and nobody wants to miss out!

Be sure not to miss this extremely informative and timely webinar.

Sign up here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/5116027440140/WN_m79SpFuTTteJv84ih_bEHA

16th October 2020


Highlite UK Autumn Roadtrip

Highlite UK Autumn Roadtrip

Highlite UK has planned a UK Roadtrip to display a number of new products that have been launched this year. These products, as well as some seasonal favourites should have been shown at the following exhibitions: Frankfurt, Leeds PLASA Focus and PLASA London, but all were cancelled due to the Covid19 pandemic.

We will be taking the Roadtrip to the following seven venues. There will be two sessions at each venue, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The first session will take place from 10.00 am until 12.30 pm and the second session will take place from 13.00 pm until 15.30 pm. Please see the list of dates and venues below:

Tuesday October 13th: Highlite UK Office, Calne Business Centre, Harris Road, Unit 16, Calne SN11 9PT

Thursday October 15th: Future Technical Solutions, The Foundry, 11 Torwood Street, Torquay TQ1 1ED

Tuesday October 20th: Subfrantic, Unit 5 Holmshaw Farm, Layham Road, Bromley BR2 6AR

Thursday October 22nd: Vector Lighting, Vector House Unit 20 and 22, Twizel Close, Stonebridge, Milton Keynes MK13 0DX

Tuesday October 27th: MRL Productions, Unit 2 Wade Road, Gorse Lane Industrial Estate, Clacton on Sea, Essex CO154L7

Thursday October 29th: Stage Management Company, Yeadon Town Hall, High Street, Yeadon, Leeds. LS19 7PP

Tuesday November 3rd: Musicmann. Leamore Lane, Walsall, Birmingham WS2 7DH

We would like to thank all participating companies and venues for their help with presenting this event.

All covid19 government guidelines will be put into place as per PLASA guidance. Our aim is to create a great event but keep you/our staff safe and show a great range of Highlite products.

Please register through eventbrite for the event you would like to attend. This way we are covered on the track and trace element guidelines. We ask you to bring and wear a mask, we will have sanitise stations in and around the venues for you to use, and we will sanitise all the area before you enter and regularly throughout the day.

We look forward to seeing you at a Venue of your choice.

Keep safe and see you soon!


14th October 2020


LRLR 2020 Autumn Extravaganza!

LRLR 2020 Autumn Extravaganza!

USA – The Long Reach Long Riders (LRLR) and Behind the Scenes (BTS) charity announce the LRLR 2020 Autumn Extravaganza! – a bonus ride to help those who need it most.

The Autumn Extravaganza is a one-time event that will feature two2 members of the original LRLR, Greg 'Chrome' Williams and Wayne 'Razz' Rasmussen, riding in all 48 contiguous states over ten consecutive days. The ride, which will be 'Iron Butt' certified, begins in Kittery, Maine on 17th October and ends in Missoula, Montana on 26th October. Along the way the intrepid duo will be joined by other veteran members of the LRLR. To date over a dozen riders have signed up to ride for at least part of the route.

Lori Rubinstein, BTS executive director, noted: “Rather than sponsor a particular rider, we’re asking supporters to make a pledge per mile. It can be a penny, nickel, dime, quarter, 50 cents or a dollar per mile. The Autumn Extravaganza will cover 7,170 miles.”

Autumn Extravaganza organiser Greg Williams commented: “These are extraordinary times and we felt an extraordinary ride was needed. This ride will continue to support Behind the Scenes charity and help it carry out its mission, ‘To provide financial assistance to entertainment technology professionals, or their immediate dependent families, in need due to serious illness or injury’. The ride will also support the BTS Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Initiative.”

As it is with the traditional LRLR rides, the riders will pay all of their expenses. 100% of donations will go to the Behind the Scenes charity.

To make a donation, please visit behindthescenescharity.org/lrlr

For ride route and information please visit http://lrlr.org/

13th October 2020

How can you cycle further than from Land’s End to John O’Groats in the UK? Take #TheSurvivalTour bike ride!

How can you cycle further than from Land’s End to John O’Groats in the UK? Take #TheSurvivalTour bike ride!

UK – Starting in Newcastle on Saturday 3rd October and finishing in London on Sunday 18th October, five industry stalwarts (plus one driving the bus) will cycle between 80 and 125km per day, representing the UK tour season that never happened this year. Stopping off at over 50 of the most iconic festival, tour and performance venues that have all been standing empty, dark and silent since the start of lockdown, all in all the tour will cover over 1,500km.

The tour aims to raise awareness of the plight of the million-plus workers in the UK events industry, a sector regarded as the best in the world, to raise funds for Backup #WeMakeEvents’ chosen charity that provides help to employees, freelancers and their families suffering in the entertainment sector, and to kick off ‘RESTART’, the next phase of the #WeMakeEvents campaign.

The five riders and driver of the support vehicle, provided by Crossland Bussing, all have established careers in the events industry, having worked with the biggest names in the world including Coldplay, The Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, Roger Waters, Florence & The Machine, Mumford & Sons and more. Heading up the initiative are Steve Reynolds and Loud Sound colleagues Mike Trasmundi along with. Mark Ward of Proper Productions and colleagues Harry Ford and Tyler Cole-Holmes,

According to Steve Reynolds it was so important, professionally as well as personally, to try to help. “Having worked in the entertainment and events business for so many years we all felt we HAD to do something, both to raise awareness to the public, who rarely see us behind the scenes, and inform the Government of the impending collapse of this sector, one that has grown year-on-year and is regarded as the best in the world, and is on the brink of collapse.

“Most of our friends and colleagues work in this industry, we know their families and they are suffering. In fact, it’s like a big extended family, and we couldn’t stand by and let it just disappear without trying to help. So, to anyone reading or listening, please come and join us (it’s imperative for safety and COVID compliance that everyone has to register) or, if you can, make a donation on our donations page, thank you so much.”


3rd October: Newcastle > Northallerton

4th October: Northallerton > Leeds

5th October: Leeds > Manchester

6th October: Manchester > Warrington

7th October: Warrington > Sheffield

8th October: Sheffield > Nottingham

9th October: Nottingham > Coalville

10th October: Coalville > Birmingham

11th October: Birmingham > Oxford

12th October: Oxford > Bristol

13th October: Bristol > Glastonbury

14th October: Glastonbury > Bournemouth

15th October: Bournemouth > Portsmouth

16th October: Portsmouth > Brighton

17th October: Brighton > London

18th October: London (travelling between landmarks)

Gary White of #WeMakeEvents added, “We’re delighted Steve and the team are helping in this way. It’s a typically generous gesture that we’re used to seeing from this industry. We’re extremely aware that many in our industry are suffering a sharp decline in their mental health and, with little or no work or income for the past six months and no prospect of jobs until at least spring 2021, it’s important that we all pull together and raise funds to help them. If you’re thinking of joining the ride, why not invite an industry friend who might be in that position to get involved to join you for the day and be a part of it.”

To get involved you must register at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-survival-tour-tickets-122224255037 and join the team for a day’s ride, or, if that sounds a little too energetic, you can help by donating to the charity on https://we-make-events.raisely.com/thesurvivaltour.

5th October 2020

#WeMakeEvents is Felt Around the World with Global Action Day

#WeMakeEvents is Felt Around the World with Global Action Day
#WeMakeEvents is Felt Around the World with Global Action Day

Worldwide - The 30th September marked the #WeMakeEvents Global Action Day, in which countries from across the globe came together in solidarity to highlight the plight that is currently facing the worldwide live events industry. In total, over 25 countries took part at 8pm local time, with activations delivering a range of creative responses, such as lighting iconic buildings in red to highlight how the industry is in red alert, as well as beaming shafts of white light into the sky to highlight the mass job losses.

There are over 30 million people across the globe who work in live events, the majority of which have not worked since the COVID-19 outbreak and remain unsure as to when their work will return. Following previously successful Days of Actions from the #WeMakeEvents team, the Global Action Day sought to bring together the global industry and highlight the impact that its effective shutdown is having throughout the world.

The action started in New Zealand and Australia where key landmarks such as the Auckland Sky Tower, The Domain in Sydney and Perth’s Matagarup Bridge were illuminated. The red wave then moved through other countries including India, the Philippines, Greece, Turkey, Poland, Austria, Norway and South Africa, to name but a few.

Based in South Africa, Duncan Riley is director of DWR Distribution, South Africa’s leading supplier of lighting, audio and AV equipment for the country’s entertainment industry. He comments: “The past seven months have really been trying times for our industry in South Africa. To see the freelancers struggle and having to say good-bye and retrench our own staff, has been the most difficult part. Simply put, we cannot continue as a live events industry as the country now stands.”

In the UK, where the #WeMakeEvents campaign first started, a range of iconic buildings were lit, including the London Eye, Royal Opera House, the Royal Albert Hall and ExCel Centre. Jeremy Rees, CEO, ExCeL London, comments: “Before COVID-19, the UK events industry was a world-class sector worth £70bn, employing over 700,000 people, across 25,000 businesses. The pandemic has had a devastating impact on our sector. We’re calling on the Government to extend the support available to our industry and provide clarity on when the events sector will be able to reopen. We are totally committed to continuing to work with the Government to explore ways of resuming business in a safe, COVID-secure manner and are determined to build confidence around this.”
The event also received the support of many high-profile artists who used their social media channels to raise additional awareness. These included Coldplay, Radiohead, Fatboy Slim, James Bay, Noel Gallagher, Mumford and Sons and Eddie Izzard to name but a few. With such vast coverage and the campaign’s vital message being heard on a global scale, it is hoped that the respective governments will work with the live events industry and provide the support it needs.

Andy Dockerty, managing director of Adlib, and one of those behind #WeMakeEvents, concludes: “This was an important event as it truly did show a real sense of comradery and proves how we’re all in it together. Speaking to other participants in the various countries, it seems as though certain governments are actually helping companies and venues find ways in which to put on events, whereas others are simply ignoring all pleas. The purpose of this event was to get all governments to ensure our normally thriving industry survives this current crisis, be ready to help the global economy recover, and that hundreds of thousands of jobs are saved in the process.”

The momentum of recent activities will continue over the next weeks and months as #WeMakeEvents moves into Restart, the next phase of creative action. More details will follow in the coming days.


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2nd October 2020