News Archive for June 2016

Adlib’s Team in Scotland Grows

30/06/2016 - People News

UK – Adlib has announced the addition of two new key appointments to its Scottish operation: Barclay Dakers joins as business development manager and Craig Hamilton as operations manager.

Robert Juliat Dalis Cyclights get an absolutely even coverage on the Sophiatown musical in Johannesburg and Pretoria

30/06/2016 - Production News

South Africa – Lighting designer and consultant, Denis Hutchinson, was loaned six Robert Juliat Dalis 300W LED Cyclights by DWR Distribution to ‘test drive’ on the musical Sophiatown which played at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg and at the State Theatre in Pretoria.

A Sound Collaboration: Meyer Sound and Montreux Jazz Festival Celebrate Three Decades of Partnership

30/06/2016 - Production News

Switzerland – The summer of 2016 marks a major milestone for both Montreux Jazz Festival and Meyer Sound. When the Festival kicks off its 50th anniversary edition on 1st July, Meyer Sound celebrates thirty years of collaboration with what many consider the world’s most illustrious and eclectic annual celebration of popular music.

Multi-Talented Actor, Musician and Voice-Over Artist Ilja Rosendahl Plugs into Metric Halo for Character

30/06/2016 - Production News

USA – Originally from Germany, Ilja Rosendahl is an actor, musician, and a voice-over artist currently based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. As president and CEO of Scene Bridge Entertainment, Rosendahl also has executive production credits for several feature films, including the forthcoming Emerald, which he also wrote and in which he is starring! He speaks seven languages, which allows him to work on diverse projects, including a massive number of Spanish-language television programmes. “I have always enjoyed learning languages and being able to communicate with people all over the world,” he said. “And of course, they’re useful for acting and voice-over work.” His solo musical project, Latent Anxiety, has released six studio albums and received critical acclaim and numerous industry awards; its seventh release, Salvation, is due out later this year.

WIcreations in a Spin in Spain with Malú

30/06/2016 - Production News

Spain – Belgium-based engineering and automation specialist WIcreations has designed and fabricated a bespoke rotating system to hold and rotate five large scenic objects for the current ‘Caos’ tour by hugely popular Spanish singer, Malú.

Rogues Add Color and Depth to Hanuman Chalisa Ritual at South African Temple

30/06/2016 - Production News

South Africa – The Hanuman Chalisa is the most popular hymn chanted in praise of the Hindu deity Hanuman. Recited daily by Hindus throughout the world, the 40 verses of this devotional mantra are an immense source of energy, focus and vitality for both the body and mind. The power and vibrancy of this ancient ritual were brilliantly reflected recently by a vividly coloured lighting design, created by designer Shaniel Laloo, using a collection of Rogue fixtures from Chauvet Professional.

Allen & Heath dLive Sounds Heavenly In Halesowen

30/06/2016 - Project News

UK – An Allen & Heath dLive mixing system was recently installed at Zion Christian Centre in Halesowen, near Birmingham, after a major fire gutted the church’s auditorium and destroyed the existing PA system and console in August 2015.

Danmon Group to Distribute SSL Broadcast Products in Norway

30/06/2016 - Business News

Norway – Danmon Group Norway AS has taken on distribution of all Solid State Logic broadcast products in Norway, including Network I/O, the C Series consoles, and the new System T.

Stageco Supports Coldplay’s ‘Dreams’

30/06/2016 - Production News

Europe – The seventh full-length tour of their incredible 20-year career, Coldplay’s A Head Full Of Dreams boasts one of the year’s most acclaimed productions and marks the third time the band has hit the road with Stageco Staging Group.

CPL has the Vision

30/06/2016 - Production News

UK – The Vision 2016 event in Bristol again turned to Central Presentations Ltd (CPL) to deliver full technical production for this two-day inspirational conference, which was attended by 350 delegates who were motivated and engaged by 25 energising talks from leading creatives and innovators.

Young Technicians switch on career plans at Lighthouse

30/06/2016 - Standards News

UK - A revolutionary new learning programme for young people at Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts, Young Technicians has been hailed as a great success and a valuable experience that has improved participants’ chances of working in the industry.

MA Lighting for Clash of the Choirs: TV show votes for grandMA2 and MA VPU

29/06/2016 - Production News

South Africa – Blond Productions was involved, for the third consecutive year, to supply the full technical for the televised competition Clash of the Choirs held at Global Access Studios in Johannesburg. Mauritz Neethling from Blond was responsible for the lighting design, having control via a grandMA2 light. He also used a MA VPU plus MK2 (Video Processing Unit).

Clay Paky lights the poetry of Francesco de Gregori

29/06/2016 - Production News

Italy – Bergamo's Creberg theatre sold out. The show was full of genuine musical masterpieces: the first half promoted the singer's new album with songs crammed with Dylan's metaphors and rhetorical figures, fully translated into Italian, and the second half was devoted to his own verses, from "Rimmel" (Mascara) right up to the naive immortal flight of "Donna Cannone" (the Lady Cannonball).

On Stage Awards 2016, Clay Paky lights the best live music

29/06/2016 - Production News

Italy – The 2016 On Stage Awards for best live music were assigned during a ceremony held on 18th March, which was broadcast on Rai 2 and Italian Radio 2. The hosts of the Tim Music On Stage Awards 2016 were Nicola Savino and the singer Malika Ayane, for the first time in the role of presenter.

“NEXT-proaudio takes 2 stages at Rock in Rio Lisboa

29/06/2016 - Production News

Brazil – Rock in Rio is a famous music festival originating in Rio de Janeiro. Founded in 1985, six incarnations of the festival were held in Rio de Janeiro, in 1985, 1991, 2001, 2011, 2013 and 2015, seven in Lisbon, in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016, three in Madrid in 2008, 2010 and 2012, and one in Las Vegas, in 2015.

Jerry Appelt deploys 65 powerful LED wash lights

29/06/2016 - Production News

Germany – Experienced German lighting designer, Jerry Appelt recently teamed up once again with lighting director/programmer Marc Brunkhardt, as Hamburg-based dance group, Scooter embarked on their Can't Stop The Hardcore tour.

Avolites Titan v10 is Now Available

29/06/2016 - Equipment News

Avolites' much anticipated Titan v10 software is now available to download for free onto all consoles from the Tiger Touch Pro (inclusive) onwards. Some older consoles may be compatible with v10 if an upgrade kit is fitted; if unsure, please contact Avolites.

Rogue Beams and Washes Help Erich Meitzner Create Varied Looks at Wichita Riverfest

29/06/2016 - Production News

USA – For the first 36 years of its existence, the Wichita Riverfest was held in May. Then in 2011, after rain put a damper on successive festivals, the event’s organisers figured that moving it to June might change their luck. How right they were. Attendance has risen steadily since the rescheduling, ultimately breaking a record this year when a crowd of 450,000 visitors turned out for the nine-day celebration – not a bad draw, considering that Wichita’s population is 390,000.

A.C. Special Projects Provide Media Responsive Lighting Solution for Iconic Digital Advertising Canvas in West London

29/06/2016 - Project News

UK – A.C. Special Projects Ltd. (ACSP) has provided a tailor-made, media responsive, colour-changing solution which introduces a stunning complementary lighting scheme to the rear support structure of Storm Cromination London – the iconic digital canvas in West London and one of Europe’s longest digital advertising billboards.

Hawthorn Has a Ball with the University of Cambridge

29/06/2016 - Production News

UK – A long-standing tradition in Cambridge, May Ball Week marks the end of the academic year for the world renowned University of Cambridge. With each of the famous colleges hosting their own celebration, the lavish formal affairs see the country’s leaders and thinkers of tomorrow let loose in style for one fabulous evening. Providing full technical production for two of the balls, Trinity College and St John’s College, Hawthorn was on hand to make sure this year’s celebrations were more spectacular than ever before.

PLASA 2016 Rigging Conference line-up announced

29/06/2016 - Event News

UK – PLASA 2016 has announced the line-up for its perennially popular Rigging Conference, which this year is supported by Unusual Rigging as Platinum sponsor. The conference is being curated for the seventh year running by Total Solutions’ Chris Higgs, with a keynote presentation by Rocky Paulson, founder of Stage Rigging Inc.

Aurora enjoys the festival spirit at Glastonbury

28/06/2016 - Production News

UK – Aurora Lighting Hire once again headed for Worthy Farm in support of lighting director Oli Richards and gaffer Sam Madden as broadcast partners during the BBC’s extensive coverage of Glastonbury 2016.

White Light Provides Lighting for Garsington Opera Season

28/06/2016 - Production News

UK – Every summer, Garsington Opera offers a programme of innovative and unforgettable operatic work. Beginning life at Garsington Manor in 1989, it has run annually ever since, moving to the Wormsley Estate in 2011 which is its current home. The 2016 season features four productions from some of the most renowned composers of all-time and White Light has been called upon to provide the lighting equipment for the tenth year running.

GLS Makes Massive GLP Investment

28/06/2016 - Production News

UK – GLS Lighting in Southampton, part of the HSL Group, has made a significant investment in over 200 new fixtures from leading manufacturer German Lighting Products (GLP), adding to its already extensive hire inventory in the South.

Robe Adds Magic for 2CELLOS Verona Concert

28/06/2016 - Production News

Italy – Leading Slovenian lighting designer Crt Birsa specified 87 Robe moving lights including Pointes, MMX Spots and MMX WashBeams for a special fifth anniversary concert by Croatian superstars 2CELLOs, staged at the beautifully atmospheric Verona Arena.

Fineline Lights Snowboxx 2016

28/06/2016 - Production News

France – Fineline supplied lighting for two venues – Main Stage and Club XX – at the six-day 2016 Snowboxx Festival staged in the spectacular French Alpine ski resort of Avoriaz. The event now in its fourth year, is a week of activities culminating in three days of music in an intimate 4000 capacity boutique festival for lovers of snow sports, dance music and great vibes.

Ayrton redefines space with the new AlienPix-RS

28/06/2016 - Equipment News

Ayrton continually pushes the boundaries to bring lighting designers products that give more scope and inspiration to enhance their work. The next product in the string of Ayrton releases for 2017 is no exception; delivering six extraordinary beams of light and eight continuous rotational axes, meet AlienPix-RS.

Active Acoustics Highlighted at IAVM’s VenueConnect Show

28/06/2016 - Event News

USA – How can performing venues stretch their acoustic potential, to better host a variety of events? Attendees to IAVM’s VenueConnect show in Minneapolis, Minnesota (July 23-26, 2016) can hear first-hand about advancements in active acoustics technology.

ETC Source Four LED Lustr brings colour and texture to American Idiot at Pace University

28/06/2016 - Production News

USA – When American Idiot hit the Broadway stage in 2010, theatregoers were treated to more than just the punk-rock sounds of Green Day’s iconic rock opera, they experienced the visual impact that lighting can bring to storytelling. When Pace University staged American Idiot in 2016, lighting designer Zach Blane took an approach with his lighting rig that – like punk rock – broke the rules.

There's Still Time to Register for the 2016 HOG FACTOR Competition

28/06/2016 - Event News

USA – High End Systems' HOG FACTOR 2016 competition is open for enrollment to all qualifying college, and university students and Phase One of the contest will close on 30th June, 2016.

ILIOS Lighting Design Works Magic at Samsung Fest with Chauvet Professional ÉPIX

28/06/2016 - Production News

USA – Some buildings seem destined to become obsolete before their concrete has even dried. Such was the case with the Austin Downtown Post Office, an ungainly grey and white structure built in 1996 and closed only two decades later. Derided by a local scribe as an “urban disaster,” the luckless building on Block 51 never delivered much mail, but for three nights earlier this year, it did deliver a lot of eye-popping visual excitement, thanks in part to a collection of ÉPIX Strip 2.0 RGB linear fixtures from Chauvet Professional.

Avolites controls fast-paced rave lighting for Cream Tours at T13 warehouse

28/06/2016 - Production News

UK – Event lighting designer John McGuinness of Just Lite Productions chose a carefully tuned mix of Avolites products: Sapphire Touch, Tiger Touch II and Fader Wing, Quartz, Ai Infinity media server and ART2000 48" Dimmer racks, to control his crowd-mesmerising show design for legendary dance event Cream Tours at Belfast's T13 warehouse.

NATEAC Registration Deadline Approaching

28/06/2016 - Event News

USA – The North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference (NATEAC) begins in a few weeks and the time to register for the conference at the regular rate grows short. On 11th July the cost for the conference will go from $775.00 to $850.00. Conference director Bill Sapsis noted: “If you register now you could use the $75.00 you’d save to buy a very nice bottle of wine!”

Top Italian Artist Tours with Compact Qu-Pac

28/06/2016 - Production News

Italian electropop artist, Francesco Gabbani, recently took Allen & Heath’s ultra-compact Qu-Pac digital mixer on tour, selected by renowned FoH engineer, Fabrizio Fruzzetti.

EDC’s Circuit Grounds Stage Comes Alive with SJ Lighting and AG Production Services

28/06/2016 - Production News

USA – The Electric Daisy Carnival, (EDC) returned to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway to celebrate its 20th year of providing high energy dance music in a community of love, respect, and togetherness. EDC took over the infield of the speedway 17th - 19th June, 2016, with over 400,000 attendees taking in 300 DJs from sunset to sunrise each day.

Download Gets Serious Stages

28/06/2016 - Production News

UK – Over 100 bands performed on Serious Stages in front of 80,000 rock fans, as Serious supplied staging and ancillary structures to Download Festival for the first time.

The Sweet Smell of Success – Platinum FLX for 2016 Duftstars Awards

28/06/2016 - Production News

Germany – Full service production company satis&fy provided the entertainment technology and decorative atmosphere for the 2016 Duftstars Awards in Berlin, the German perfume industry’s premier accolade, and used their new stock of Elation Professional Platinum FLX hybrid moving heads on the event.

Another UK College Benefits From Audient ASP4816

28/06/2016 - Project News

UK “My background is in the studio so I can appreciate good workmanship,” says Suffolk New College Music Technology Course Leader, Craig Shimmon, who’s very pleased with the arrival of the new Audient ASP4816 desk. “The other lecturers have commented on the superior build quality and the clean preamps; the layout is a dream to teach with,” he adds.

Big sound for ZZ Top tour stop in Bemidji, Minnesota – with Electro-Voice X-Line Advance

28/06/2016 - Production News

USA – Describing his five years as FoH engineer for ZZ Top, Joe Keiser calls it: “The never-ending tour – they work harder than any other band I know.” The group’s 2016 season began in March, playing arenas and large theaters across North America. Dubbed the Hell Raisers tour, the group decided to travel light, renting a sound system at each venue, exposing Keiser to a wide variety of products. One that stood out for both its sound quality and ease of use was the Electro-Voice X2 line-array loudspeaker system supplied by NLFX Professional for the tour’s date at the Sanford Center in Bemidji, Minnesota. The X2 is the high-performance member of the new Electro-Voice X-Line Advance family.

Robe Finds Another Voice in Flanders

27/06/2016 - Production News

Belgium – The fifth season of the Voice van Vlaanderan (Voice of Flanders) was staged in Hall 8 of the Ghent Expo centre, a massive complex on the outskirts of the picturesque Belgian city, with show design once again delivered by a team from design practice Arf & Yes, led by company owner and founder, Ignace D’Haese.

Axiom AX800A Compact Line Array Debuts at Exmouth Festival

27/06/2016 - Production News

UK – This year's Exmouth Festival saw the UK debut of Proel's brand new Axiom AX800A compact line array, used for the very first time at a live event after the first units of the new product began shipping this month.

TAIT delivers full stage production for Guns N’ Roses Not in this Lifetime Tour

27/06/2016 - Production News

USA – Dubbed “Motor City’s biggest rock event so far this year,” by the Detroit Free Press, the original line-up of Guns N’ Roses reunited on stage for the first time in over 20 years. Kicking off their Not in this Lifetime Tour at the Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, Guns N’ Roses performed a high-impact, hard rock show to a packed stadium. A lot has changed in the concert touring world over the past two decades, but Guns N’ Roses didn’t skip a beat. With a custom-built stage and scenic set equipped with electrifying video animation created by TAIT, the band brought the 1980s and 90s rock experience to the twenty-tens.

Clay Paky Scenius Fixtures Light Up Montreal’s Bal en Blanc “One Drop Moment” from Cirque du Soleil’s 45DEGREES

27/06/2016 - Production News

Canada – Montreal’s 22nd Bal en Blanc, Canada’s oldest electronic music festival and one of the first EDM festivals in the world, featured an exclusive attraction by 45DEGREES, Cirque du Soleil’s events and special projects company. Five Cirque acts performing during the Sultan+Shepard set were lit by an array of Clay Paky fixtures provided by 4U2C.

It’s true #EventTechTalks

27/06/2016 - Event News

UK – The first ever outing of Event Tech Talks proved to be hugely popular, attracting almost 100 delegates and speakers in person, and a further 125 listening along online. The new concept, held on 21st June, as part of the dedicated event tech stream for this year’s London Technology Week, saw three lively and highly topical panel discussions recorded in front of a live audience and streamed for those unable to attend in person.

Colour Sound Celebrates Ten with Field Day

27/06/2016 - Production News

UK – Lighting and visuals rental company Colour Sound Experiment celebrated ten years of being a main technical supplier to Field Day, one of London’s premier and most popular urban music events, staged in Victoria Park, Hackney.

ABTT 2016 Annual Theatre Awards

24/06/2016 - Event News

UK – The Association of British Theatre Technicians Theatre Awards 2016 took place on Wednesday evening (22nd June), after the first day of the ABTT Theatre Show at Alexandra Palace, London.

TAIT revamps Phish's Summer 2016 Tour with Automated LED Video Structure

24/06/2016 - Production News

USA – With Phish’s new album in the works, one can expect to hear several of their new songs during their summer tour that launched on June 22nd, 2016 at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The anticipation and excitement of a new tour, was at a noticeably heightened level, when fans took to social media and made “Phish” a trending topic. Known for their epic concert tours and surprise gag elements, Phish deserved to be trending for their fresh-faced, psychedelic, automated 2016 summer tour. Inspired by the concept of video content becoming artwork, Phish lit up the Xcel Energy Center with a massive LED Video screen that displayed patterned splash lighting and articulated into a cluster of kinetic video screens. Twitter user @RealLoBazan shared: “I can’t even find one bad thing to say about this set!” while Instagram user @nodragonspress exclaimed: “Why am I so obsessed with this light show right now? Oh yeah: Cause it rules.”

One Hundred and Forty Solaris Mozarts Featured on Hall & Oates Tour

24/06/2016 - Production News

USA – The Daryl Hall and John Oates 2016 tour kicked off this year at New York’s Madison Square Garden and will continue through the summer. Nashville based Morris, in collaboration with famed designer Jesper Luth, provided the production and lighting design. Featured in the design are 140 Solaris Mozart fixtures. “While these lights are small in scale, they make an incredible impact, encompassing both performers in light and creating a warm, asymmetrical backdrop for the show,” says Jessica Charlton of Morris.

Meyer Sound Leo Family Systems Kick Off Transatlantic Festival Season

24/06/2016 - Production News

USA and Germany – Leo Family systems kicked off Meyer Sound’s 2016 summer festival season powering multi-day events at two major music festivals on opposite sides of the Atlantic. Boston Calling drew huge crowds to City Hall Plaza while BigCityBeats World Club Dome played out over 700,000 square meters in Frankfurt’s Commerzbank Arena.

Maestra Dubai Supplies Technical Production for WWE Dune Bash

24/06/2016 - Production News

UAE – Award winning event production specialist Maestra Group provided a complete technical solution – utilising resources from both its Middle East and London operations – for the recent WWE Dune Bash staged at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium in Dubai, UAE.

ETCP’s Power Distribution Technician Certification to Launch Computer-Based Testing

24/06/2016 - Standards News

USA – Due to overwhelming interest, the Entertainment Technician Certification Programme (ETCP) Portable Power Distribution Technician (PPDT) examination will be offered at over 190 testing centers in North America beginning July 15 for computer-based testing. There is no application deadline and once a candidate is approved he/she can usually test within a couple of weeks, depending on candidate volume. Because this is a new examination, score reports will be delayed during this time.

R. Kelly Buffet Tour Tells Story with help from Chauvet Professional Vesuvio RGBA

24/06/2016 - Production News

USA – R. Kelly’s Buffet Tour reflects the drama and transitions that have been such a riveting part of the R&B legend’s life and career. This much is evident right from the concert’s start. Before the multi-Grammy winner even appears on stage, the audience is captivated by a haunting scene right out of a horror film, complete with scary backlighting, eerie full moon images and a menacing bat-like drone flying overhead. When the star himself finally emerges, it’s as if he’s rising from the stage. Dressed in grim reaper black with large feathered wings, he is made all the more mysterious by shooting bursts of fog that appear to be triggered by his steps as he walks to the lip of the stage.

Robe BMFLs for Patrick Bruel Tour

24/06/2016 - Production News

France - Lighting designer Nicolas Maisonneuve specified eight Robe BMFL Blades for the latest “Très souvent je pense à vous” (Very Often I Think of You) tour by French singer Patrick Bruel – Nicolas also designed the stage set and evolved the show design and direction with the artist himself.

PRG XL Video Supplies Specialist Video Projection for BBC Live Local Election Coverage

24/06/2016 - Production News

UK – On 7th May, the BBC aired its special programming for the election of local councils and Police Commissioners, as well as the election of the Mayor of London.

Top Violinist Filip Jancik Swears by d:vote Instrument Microphones

24/06/2016 - Production News

Slovakian violinist and producer Filip Jancik is rapidly gaining an international reputation as one of the best young classical musicians to cross over into the world of pop and rock. Now based in Vienna where he has his own studio, he often plays with top musicians as part of his own Rock & Violin project and also performs with acclaimed artists such as Canadian rock star Avril Lavigne.

Iksan Church in South Korea with NEXT-proaudio

24/06/2016 - Project News

South Korea – Iksan is located in Jeollabuk-do, about 200km from Seoul to the southwest, and the historical place of Baekje dynasty.

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines upgrades with Electro-Voice sound system aboard the cruise ship MS Braemar

24/06/2016 - Project News

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines recently engaged England’s EW Production Services Ltd. (EWPSL) to address ongoing audio issues aboard MS Braemar, the most modern among the company’s fleet of four cruise ships. Its Neptune Lounge hosts a wide range of activities, including live music, comedy, cabaret and full theatre productions. EWSPL’s system design improves the entertainment experience for customers while addressing unwanted sound transmission affecting passenger cabins on adjoining decks above and below.

Jim Ebdon and dLive Rock 30th Anniversary Tour in China

24/06/2016 - Production News

Some of China’s top rock artists kicked off the Music Power Rock China 30 tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Chinese rock music, flying in renowned engineer, Jim Ebdon, to manage FoH sound. Allen & Heath’s dLive digital mixing systems were installed at FoH and monitors, with a ME personal monitor mixing system provided for artists.

ABTT Technical Theatre Special – not one new product, three!

23/06/2016 - Event News

UK – Harlequin Floors is a brand not only synonymous with trust, but also innovation. At this year’s ABTT Theatre show, Harlequin is showing not one, but three new developments starting with an update of one of its most popular lines.

TAIT launches new product, Nano Winch, for Celine Dion’s Summer Tour

23/06/2016 - Production News

Belgium – On the heels of accepting the Icon Award at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, launching her lifestyle brand and releasing her French-language single, ‘Encore un soir,’ Celine Dion, kicked off her Summer Tour at the Antwerps Sportpaleis in Antwerp, Belgium on Monday, 20th June, 2016. Dion’s highly publicised tour is designed by Cirque Du Soleil’s set designer and show director, Charles Ethier and Yves Aucoin, respectively. Ethier and Aucoin enlisted veteran company, TAIT, the world market leader in creating live entertainment experiences for the likes of Cirque Du Soleil, the Olympics, and world tours including Taylor Swift, U2, and The Rolling Stones, to create an elegant, artistic yet cutting-edge experience. The result: a dynamic kinetic light display that captures every emotion, feeling and lyric Dion performs.

Jands Vista L5 Controls Seamless Lighting and Media Display at Al Burda Islamic Art Awards

23/06/2016 - Project News

UAE – Celebrated lighting designer, Terry Miranda used a Jands Vista L5 console to seamlessly synchronise his elegant lighting design with media content at the recent Al Burda Islamic Arts Awards, held at the Abu Dhabi National Theatre in the United Arab Emirates.

John McGuinness Creates Intense Club Atmosphere at Belfast Cream Event

23/06/2016 - Production News

UK – Fat Boy Slim, Seb Fontaine, Nick Warren are just some of the legendary resident DJs that have shaped Cream’s unique dance music identity since its inception in 1992. Beginning life in the form of a super club, the brand has gone on to become a worldwide success with numerous one-off parties and the annual Creamfields festival, bringing high-energy dance music to millions of fans in the process.

Aurora live at Wembley for EU Debate

23/06/2016 - Production News

UK – Ahead of the referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU, Aurora took to the stage with LD Gurdip Mahal to spotlight the BBC’s televised live debate at the SSE Wembley Arena.

Hawthorn Announces £3M Investment to Support Growth

23/06/2016 - Production News

UK – Technical production specialist, Hawthorn, has seen significant expansion in its impressive stock inventory over the last 12 months after investing £3million in new kit and warehouse improvements at its Leicestershire headquarters.

Third Baptist Church Renovates with Community

23/06/2016 - Project News

USA – Founded in 1863, Third Baptist Church constructed its historic current structure in 1903. Recently, the church completed a major interior renovation with a dramatic new appearance and a modern audio system.

iDesign Productions Installs Elation Lighting at Miami’s E11even Nightclub

23/06/2016 - Project News

USA – E11even Nightclub in downtown Miami attracts an impressive number of top DJs and other dance music artists, especially around Winter Music Conference time. The profusion of EDM, hip-hop and house music talent has been even more marked since the two-storey club expanded by opening a rooftop dance and chill area that recently received a lighting upgrade from iDesign Productions that included Elation Professional lighting fixtures.

Audient Console Records Live Performances at Smalltown America

23/06/2016 - Production News

UK – It’s not many studios that can lay claim to being the centre of a banging live scene, but Smalltown America Studio (STA) can certainly attest to being where it’s at in Derry, showcasing acts from across the UK and Ireland with its series of ‘Live @ STA’ events. “The bands play live on the floor in our 1600sq ft live room,” confirms studio engineer, Caolán Austin. “We run our lines through our ASP8024 then to ProTools; we send the mixed feed from the desk to an encoder box and stream the audio and video on our website. People can watch at home if they can’t make it to the gig.

Marquee AV Appoints Ed Draycott as Project Manager

23/06/2016 - People News

UK – Marquee AV has announced the appointment of Ed Draycott as project manager. Draycott will oversee the company’s installations in large scale venues, with applications including performing arts, live sound, visitor attractions, education and marine.

MDS PAtec and Jugl invest in K&F PASSIO

23/06/2016 - Production News

Germany – The K&F PASSIO was developed in cooperation with Neumann & Müller and has already won the design prize ‘Focus in Silber’ and the ‘German Design Award – Special Mention 2014’. As a successor to the industry standard K&F CA 106, particular value was placed on a discreet and elegant design. At 5.2kg, the PASSIO is especially light, has a more modern sound and, thanks to the D’Appolito arrangement, has significantly further reach.

Yamaha Launches EMX5 and EMX7 Portable Powered Mixers

22/06/2016 - Equipment News

Yamaha has announced two new models in the popular EMX series of integrated mixers, the EMX5 and EMX7. Following the launch of the EMX2 earlier in 2016, the EMX5 and EMX7 add greater power and more features to the new lightweight and intuitive design, which has brought a new level of portability and ease of use to the popular EMX range.

Video Design put one in the net for Kasabian at Leicester City

22/06/2016 - Production News

UK – “The plan was always for two shows, but the whole thing was put together in just four weeks, Keith Woods at Live Nation had his work cut out getting licences sorted.” Alex Leinster of Video Design making no bones about just how tight the two celebratory concerts by Kasabian staged at Leicester City FC’s home stadium proved to be. “That last minute aspect is one reason why I was there and ran it myself. Kasabian and their management organisation are a really nice bunch of people to work with and these shows deserved some special attention.”

GLP impression X4 Bars Scoop Top Live Design Award

22/06/2016 - Event News

USA – Live Design has voted this unique family as one of its Products of the Year for 2015-16 (in the Luminaire category).

Rogue R1 FX-B Features Five Moving Heads

22/06/2016 - Equipment News

The number of moving heads on the Rogue R1 FX-B can be counted on one hand, but it would take another hand, both feet and a lot more to count all of the stunning looks that can be created with the latest addition to Chuvet Professional’s popular Rogue series. With its five individually controlled pixel mappable 15 Watt RGBW LEDs, strikingly fast movements, and infinitely variable pan and tilt options, the new Rogue can create an endless variety of high impact looks.

The Feeling on tour with Jeff Lynne's ELO and CDC six

22/06/2016 - Production News

The Feeling's FoH engineer Jon Sword (pictured) has had been touring the band with a Cadac CDC six console on their recent Jeff Lynne’s ELO arena support slot. The tour has seen both engineer and band fall in love with the amazing sounding compact Cadac.

TiMax moves Adele

22/06/2016 - Production News

UK - From the moment Adele shattered her four-year silence with Hello (January 2016), the first single in YouTube history to reach one billion views, the high production values of the subsequent sell-out tour were a foregone conclusion.

Clay Paky the best brand for Northern Territory’s harsh climate

22/06/2016 - Production News

Australia – Darwin’s Dreamedia Events now has a Clay Paky package comprising eight Sharpy, eight A.leda B-EYE K20 and eight Mythos fixtures. Managing director Chris O’Brien comments that he was first drawn to Clay Paky because the brand had a reputation for robustness and reliability.

DPA Microphones’ d:dicate Microphone Series Goes Wireless

22/06/2016 - Equipment News

Already a sought-after microphone brand in the music and recording industry, DPA Microphones furthers its reach with the introduction of the GSM4000 gooseneck shock mount accessory and MMP-G modular active cable for MicroDot. These new accessories for the d:dicate microphone series gives users the ability to create a completely wireless microphone setup, while maintaining high-quality audio during performances.

DPA Microphones Hits The Road With Grammy Award-Winning Latin Reggaeton Artist Nicky Jam

22/06/2016 - Production News

USA – Front of house sound engineer Gabriel Fajardo takes pride in providing his artists with pristine and natural vocal sounds. When Grammy award-winning reggaeton artist Nicky Jam takes the stage to sold-out crowds across the world, Fajardo relies on the d:facto hand-held microphone from DPA Microphones.

MGC Lighting Group 40th Anniversary

22/06/2016 - Business News

UK – MGC Lighting Group has announced that it is 40 years old this year. The company was incorporated by Mr Wallace Greig on 21st June 1976 as McCormack Greig Company, initially as a worldwide distributor for GE Lighting. The company was renamed in 1980 to MGC Lamps Ltd and has recently rebranded as MGC Lighting Group.

Britrow and Leicester City celebrate with Kasabian

22/06/2016 - Production News

UK – A season’s climax that proved irresistible to band and club alike, the celebration of Leicester City FC’s winning performance in the Premier League saw a fitting tribute from home town band Kasabian when they played the club’s own King Power Stadium 28th and 29th May. But football is a fickle game at best, no matter how confident the fans, planning for such an event could only ever be a pencil booking right up to the end of season. Kasabian’s sound engineer Paul Ramsay saw it all. “I got the call just four weeks before the first stadium show. It was insane; a month of my life passed by in a flash filled with frantic phone calls.”

Blackout Dazzle at Duke of Edinburgh's Award Diamond Anniversary Gala

22/06/2016 - Production News

UK – Working with Entertainment Industries, Blackout was entrusted to supply the James Bond-themed ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ Gala at Stoke Park, in celebration of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Diamond Anniversary, on 9th June.

nanoScope Competition Closes

21/06/2016 - Event News

The final winner of the Artistic Licence nanoScope competition is:

Audio-Technica, Allen & Heath and Apart Audio Bring New Solutions to Ancient St Mary’s

21/06/2016 - Project News

UK – Built on the site of a Benedictine monastery founded in 792AD, St Mary’s Church in Hitchin dates back to the 14th and 15th century in its current form. But despite its long history, the building’s sound system is required to perform to modern standards, and a recent improvement programme (carried out by church audio specialists DM Music) saw an array of Audio-Technica microphones and an Allen & Heath Qu-Pac digital mixer installed in place of an out-dated radio mic set-up.

Penn Elcom Launches New Irish Operation

21/06/2016 - Business News

Ireland - Global flightcase hardware and premium 19 inch racking manufacturer Penn Elcom is launching Penn Elcom Ireland, a new all-encompassing facility and operation which will spearhead expansion in a growing market and be headed by the charismatic Rory Winston.

BMFL Spots for Garth Brooks

21/06/2016 - Production News

USA – Garth Brooks continues his maverick “Man Against Machine” tour which started in fall 2014 and has been delighting his massive and loyal fan base. The immensely popular multi-million album selling rock/country superstar is known for his exciting live shows and amazing connection with his audiences, as well as for taking a very active interest in his production and stage presentation.

Nexus 7x7 Creates Tungsten Looks at Dunk! Festival

21/06/2016 - Production News

Belgium– The Dunk! Festival is one of Belgium’s fastest growing independent festivals, organised by a team of passionate music loving volunteers with a sustainable and DIY ethos. The festival acts as an extension of the independent record label, Dunk! Records, and as such serves as a platform for its bands to perform to thousands of post rock and post metal fans.

PRG XL Video Supports Mountview Academy with Technology Loan

21/06/2016 - Business News

UK – Supporting technical theatre educational institutions is close to the heart of everybody at PRG XL Video.

Solaspot 1500s Augment PBS’ Bluegrass Underground

21/06/2016 - Production News

USA – A Todd Squared production for PBS broadcast, Bluegrass Underground is the brainchild of entrepreneur Todd Mayo, who transformed an underground cave system discovered by Aaron Higgenbotham in 1810 into the magical performance environment of The Volcano Room of the Cumberland Cavern. Mayo partnered with EMMY Award-winning producer Todd Jarrell to bring the venue’s intrinsic beauty to television audiences nationwide, and the result is the acclaimed half-hour national PBS series Bluegrass Underground, which showcases a blend of established and emerging artists in diverse genres such as roots, gospel, jazz/bluegrass and jamband styles.

From Lighting the Rio Olympics to Roadie Etiquette – First PLASA Show 2016 Seminars Announced

21/06/2016 - Event News

UK – Bringing a wide range of global experts together to share their insight and experience, the renowned programme of seminars will again be a feature of the 2016 PLASA Show, which takes place from 18th - 20th September at London’s Olympia. The first tranche of seminar sessions has just been announced, featuring a diverse array of fascinating and thought-provoking subjects.

The Lumineers are making all the right noises with DiGiCo

21/06/2016 - Production News

USA and Europe – After their 'difficult second album' hit the number one spot in the UK, US, and Canada, you could say that The Lumineers have officially gone global with Cleopatra. The critically acclaimed, two-time Grammy-nominated folk trio from Colorado are currently selling out venues across the US and Europe, and they're only going to get better. Keeping everything sweet at side of stage is Brad Galvin, mixing monitors on his trusted DiGiCo SD5.

Philips Lighting to showcase industry-leading stage lighting at ABTT Theatre Show 2016

21/06/2016 - Event News

UK Philips Lighting announces its entertainment division will be at the ABTT Theatre Show 2016 between the 22nd and 23rd June on stand A11, showcasing the latest industry-leading stage lighting and control from Philips Strand Lighting, Philips Selecon and Showline.

Elite Multimedia and Big Events create a “New Spain” feel for the Frist Gala

21/06/2016 - Production News

USA – For over 20 years, Big Events, Inc. has been designing and creating unique, customised events that guests will remember for years to come. So when they were approached by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts to help them create a contemporary “New Spain” club atmosphere for their Annual Gala, president Malcolm Greenwood leapt at the opportunity to showcase the design firm’s creativity. Wanting to implement the highest production-value the event had ever seen, Greenwood then called upon Nashville-based Elite Multimedia who provided him with a complete lighting, audio and projection package for the black-tie dinner and cocktail reception.

We Are FSTVL Creates Airfield of Dreams with MLA and Capital Sound

21/06/2016 - Production News

UK – Specialists in delivering high octane sound for international EDM events, Capital Sound returned to the award-winning We Are FSTVL site at Damyns Hall Aerodrome in Upminster over May Bank Holiday, fielding their premier Martin Audio MLA system on the three main stages.

Bonnaroo Celebrates 15 Years with Bandit Lites

21/06/2016 - Production News

USA – The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival wrapped its 15th weekend of great music and good vibes as one of the country’s top musical events of the year. Taking place 9th – 12th June, a 700-acre field swelled to a population of 85,000 in a feat that literally made it the state’s seventh largest city for a weekend. Bandit Lites once again worked with Lambda Productions to provide a lighting package for the weekend that featured a line-up including Pearl Jam, Dead & Company, LCD Soundsystem, J. Cole, CHVRCHES, Jason Isbell, M83, Halsey and Chris Stapleton.

Ayrton wins Live Design Product of the Year Award for the second year in a row with MagicDot-R

21/06/2016 - Event News

USA – Ayrton’s MagicDot-R has been awarded the Live Design Product of the Year 2016 in the Effects Category at the ninth annual Live Design Awards ceremony that took place in Manhattan on Monday, 13th June. This marks the second year running that Ayrton’s product designers were so honoured, having won Product of the Year 2015 for MagicBlade-R.

Artistic Licence at ABTT Theatre Show 2016

21/06/2016 - Event News

UK – Artistic Licence, industry expert in lighting control, invites visitors to stand E41 at this year’s ABTT show. Visitors can enjoy a special 20% discount on nanoScope DMX testers, including the newly launched variant, nanoScope tx (a DMX transmitter designed for test, configuration and fault-finding of lighting rigs). Also on display is a demonstration of the impressive capabilities of the versaSplit DMX distribution system.

dLive Manages Special Concert For Russian Orchestra

21/06/2016 - Production News

Russia – An Allen & Heath dLive digital mixing system recently managed a special concert in the Philharmonic Hall of Astrakhan, in the southern region of Russia.

Hawthorn Hit the Road With New Order for Festival Tour

20/06/2016 - Production News

Europe – Hawthorn has been awarded the prestigious contract to supply lighting and video equipment for New Order’s Festival Tour, which kicked off at Sonar Music Festival in Barcelona on Saturday 18 June. The band is continuing its tour, consisting of eleven dates, visiting festivals such as Glastonbury, Latitude and Electric Picnic.

Staging Magic for Philipp Kirkorov Tour

20/06/2016 - Production News

Russia - Belgian engineering specialist WIcreations has designed and supplied motion control, customised staging, and hardware infrastructure for Russian singer and superstar Philipp Kirkorov’s current tour – "I" ("Я") - which features a spectacular show design by renowned creative director, Franco Dragone.

Ampco Flashlight Rental Invests in DL7S and LEDBeam 1000s

20/06/2016 - Production News

The Netherlands – Production and rental company Ampco Flashlight Rental BV (AFR) has made a another substantial investment in Robe moving lights with the purchase of 80 DL7S Profile LED fixtures and 80 LEDBeam 1000s, underlining their commitment to the brand.

Danley and Ashly Get the Checkered Flag at Atco Dragway

20/06/2016 - Project News

USA – The Atco Dragway opened in Atco, New Jersey over 50 years ago and has thus been the setting for many of the memories most cherished by Northeast drag-racing enthusiasts. Its quarter-mile strip sees action more days than not (in addition to weekend events, weekday events are commonplace), making Atco Dragway one of the busiest dragways in the country. However, the thunder from the engines was, until recently, the only full-frequency effect at Atco; All of the sound reinforcement squeezed its way into the world through anemic paging horns. Now, fully-weatherproofed, full-frequency Danley OS-80 loudspeakers backed by Ashly processing and amplification keep up (if only sonically) with the dragsters at Atco!

Clay Paky and A&L at Anugerah Juara Lagu 30

20/06/2016 - Production News

Malaysia – The long-awaited award-winning Anugerah Juara Lagu 30 event was held on 24th January 2016 at Stadium Malawati, Shah Alam. AJL is an annual music competition, which has been organised in Malaysia by TV3 since 1986.

Wu-Tang Clan and De La Soul lighting designer chooses Avolites for landmark Australian orchestral hip hop tour

20/06/2016 - Production News

Australia Celebrated hip hop lighting designer Paul Owen – who has illuminated performances by Wu-Tang Clan, De La Soul, Grandmaster Flash and The Streets - ued a range of lighting control equipment from British manufacturer Avolites for the recent Restrung tour by Australian rap legends Hilltop Hoods.

Penn Elcom Supplies LED Lighting Solution for Radcliffe Camera in Oxford

20/06/2016 - Project News

UK – Penn Elcom has supplied around 250 metres of Osram Linearlight Flex short pitch power flex LED tape as part of a new, greener and more efficient lighting scheme for one of the UK’s most iconic university library buildings, The Radcliffe Camera in Oxford.

Event Technology Awards announces 2016 venue

20/06/2016 - Event News

UK – As entries for the Event Technology Awards 2016 come to a close, organiser AMP Events Ltd has announced that this year's award ceremony and gala dinner will return to Supernova on 9th November.

DiGiCo Goes Out With Ellie Goulding

20/06/2016 - Production News

USA – UK-based singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding is currently in the middle of an extensive tour that kicked off in Europe in January with Adlib Audio and includes two North American legs extending into late June, with European and US festival dates plus shows in Australia and New Zealand keeping her on the road through mid-October. The Delirium World Tour’s North American dates, with audio production handled by Eighth Day Sound, include a full complement of DiGiCo mixing consoles: an SD5 at front of house with an SD10 available for opening acts and an SD7 at the monitor position.

Hawthorn Place Iconic D&AD Pencil at Heart of Awards

17/06/2016 - Production News

UK – For the fourth year running, creative technical production expert Hawthorn has delivered full technical production for the annual D&AD Awards. Held at Battersea Evolution on 19th May 2016, the prestigious award ceremony celebrates and nurtures outstanding work in the design and advertising industry. Being awarded a D&AD pencil is recognised the world over as a shining symbol of the very best creative achievement.

Mayday for Robe

17/06/2016 - Production News

Germany – Over 350 Robe fixtures rocked the main stage of the 2016 Mayday dance event at the Westfalenhalle in Dortmund, specified by lighting designer Ronnie Santegoeds from Netherlands-based 4Light, who was asked to create a jaw-droppingly memorable light show by promoters, I-Motion.

Clay Paky lights up the nights of the "courageous captains"

17/06/2016 - Production News

Italy – Following the resounding success of the September concerts in the Arena Centrale of the Foro Italico in Rome and the two triumphant evenings on live TV on RAI UNO in October, Baglioni and Morandi have embarked again – by popular demand – on a bright new adventure around Italy, together with Clay Paky.

Eventim Apollo upgraded to state-of the-art event space with Prolyte staging

17/06/2016 - Project News

UK – Hammersmith’s legendary live music venue the Eventim Apollo – renowned for hosting global superstars including David Bowie, Kate Bush and The Rolling Stones, and staging sell-out runs from comedians Michael McIntyre and Billy Connolly – has renovated its space for premium corporate entertaining in the largest deployment of its kind in the world.

Anastacia tour carries an Ultimate Collection of Sennheiser equipment

17/06/2016 - Production News

Europe – To support her Ultimate Collection compilation album, singer-songwriter Anastacia is spending the spring and summer on an extensive European tour, which includes multiple festival dates. A comprehensive package of Sennheiser wireless microphones, instrument microphones and wireless monitoring is travelling with the tour.

Antelope Audio to Showcase Goliath, Zen Tour, LiveClock and Orion Studio at Sweetwater Sound's Annual Gear Fest

17/06/2016 - Event News

USA – Leading professional audio gear manufacturer Antelope Audio will showcase its latest groundbreaking equipment on 17th and 18th June at Sweetwater Sound's 15th Annual GearFest, which will be held at the company's headquarters located in Fort Wayne, IN. Antelope Audio's Marcel James, director of sales for the US, will be present to introduce both new and existing users to the full range of Antelope Audio's newest products.

Alcons Aids Atmos at Award-Winning Factory Studios

17/06/2016 - Project News

UK – The list of clients that use London’s Factory Studios is a testimony to the quality of its sound design and mixing work. Last year Factory became the first UK facility to include a Dolby Atmos-licensed suite for commercials and trailers, which features 35 Alcons CRMS Cinema Reference Monitor System speakers.

Baz Halpin Creates Connections on Florida Georgia Line Tour with Chauvet Professional Strike 4

17/06/2016 - Production News

USA – Belmont University in Nashville is about 468 miles from the border separating Florida from Georgia. But it was at this leafy Christian university where the world-famous Florida Georgia Line began in 2008, when Floridian Brian Kelley met Georgian Tyler Hubbard. It was an encounter that would lead two years later to the formation of one of the most successful country duos of all time. The group’s current Dig Your Roots Tour gives fans a chance to learn more about the story behind Florida Georgia Line, while enjoying Kelley and Hubbard’s latest hard driving country bro music, all animated by a Baz Halpin designed light show.

Automatic LED Colour Calibration

17/06/2016 - Equipment News

DTS is committed to continuously improve all phases of its production cycle.

Neon Desert Music Festival Shines with Elation LED Effects and Platinum Beams

17/06/2016 - Production News

USA – Memorial Day marks the traditional kick-off to summer in the US and music fans in southern Texas celebrated the long weekend at the Neon Desert Music Festival in El Paso, dancing to the rhythms of Dutch DJ phenom Tiësto and a variety of other acts, many of whom performed beneath Elation lighting.

MLA and Capital Sound Thrive Amid Brighton's Wild Life

17/06/2016 - Production News

UK – Having helped establish the inaugural Wild Life event at the new Brighton City Airport festival site last year, fulfilling an idea floated by dance music specialists Rudimental and Disclosure, Capital Sound returned in 2016 with their Martin Audio MLA system to build on that success.

d&b GB all set for ABTT Theatre Show at London’s Alexandra Palace

17/06/2016 - Event News

UK – 2016 will be an ABTT first for the celebrated V-Series point source loudspeakers (22/23 June).

Mandylights use W-DMX at Taronga Zoo for Vivid Sidney

17/06/2016 - Project News

Australia – Vivid Sydney, a festival of light aiming to transform the Australian city into a wonderland of 'light art', has recently reached out to Taronga Zoo, and lit up a trail with giant animal multimedia light sculptures.

Running with DiGiCo

17/06/2016 - Production News

South Africa – A wet Johannesburg did not put a damper on the Neon Run, held at the Johannesburg Wanderers Stadium this May. Wizardry Group, who were the full technical suppliers and production team, commissioned Festival Sound to provide the sound for this year’s event with two DiGiCo SD9 consoles chosen for audio control; one for FoH, the other for monitors.

ETC launches new Mosaic Show Controller X

17/06/2016 - Equipment News

ETC has announced its Unison Mosaic Show Controller X (MSCX) has a new-and-improved version. It is now smaller, housed in a one-unit, 19-inch rack-mount enclosure. The updated Show Controller X is offered with capacities from 5,120 channels (ten universes) up to 50,000 channels of DMX-over-Ethernet. It is compatible with all existing and new Mosaic control systems that utilise Mosaic Designer 2 software.

Qu-16 Helps German Museum to Multi-Task

17/06/2016 - Project News

The Museum of Communications in Frankfurt, Germany, recently invested in Allen & Heath’s Qu-16 digital rackmount mixer with AR2412 remote IO rack to manage its varied events calendar.

CT to launch new Integrated Networks division at ABTT

16/06/2016 - Event News

UK – CT has made a large investment in providing technical event infrastructure and is able to provide Integrated Networks for events, complementing their display and control expertise, concentrating on three areas: Real-Time Media Networks, Event IT Networks and Communications.

AC-ET Showcases One Stop Portfolio of Theatrical Technologies at ABTT Theatre Show 2016

16/06/2016 - Event News

UK – A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. will be showcasing the latest product highlights from its extensive brand portfolio at the ABTT Theatre Show at Alexandra Palace, London, stand A40, on 22nd and 23rd June.

tube UK Sounds out the Albert Hall

16/06/2016 - Project News

UK – Manchester-based audio specialist tube UK took sonic excellence to new levels with the design and installation of a d&b sound system for Manchester’s lively Albert Hall venue.

Bandit Lights Downtown CMT Awards Stage

16/06/2016 - Production News

USA – It was a sight to behold on Nashville’s famous Broadway street as fans filled the famous stretch of honky-tonks to celebrate country music’s biggest night at the CMT Awards. Bandit Lites provided the lighting for the outdoor stage where long time Bandit client Jason Aldean ignited the crowd and the sky with his newest single, “Lights Come On” on live television.

Ace Audio Expands Adamson Inventory With S-Series

16/06/2016 - Production News

USA – Ace Audio, located in Middleton, Connecticut, has been providing top quality sound reinforcement systems for public, private and corporate events since 1993. Recently the company expanded their inventory with the addition of an S-Series line array from Adamson.

X4 family out in force for three-year run at The Venetian

16/06/2016 - Production News

USA – Leading Australian pop vocal group, Human Nature, have returned to The Venetian in Las Vegas with their new Jukebox production, which effortlessly blends retro pop classics with Doo-Wop, Motown and Soul. The aim of the show is to bring some of the greatest vocal hits of all time to the cabaret stage in their own personal jukebox.

grandMA2: A Lesson in Learning

16/06/2016 - Production News

UK - While the appearance of a grandMA2 console out front as the desk of choice for the recent tour by Jeff Lynne’s ELO might pass unnoticed these days, its operation by Matt Pitman brought some interesting features to light for what is still a relatively new beast.

sE Electronics Announces Tenth Anniversary Limited Edition of its Reflexion Filter Pro

16/06/2016 - Equipment News

In 2006, sE Electronics released the original Reflexion Filter Pro and created a whole new market of portable acoustic treatment devices. Ten years and six different sE Reflexion Filter products later, the company has sold over 120,000 units worldwide.

Monitors For The Masses: Yamaha CL5 Is SSE’s Festival Choice

16/06/2016 - Production News

UK – As winner for the second consecutive year of the Festival Supplier Award for Best Sound, leading UK sound company SSE Hire knows exactly what artists and audiences will be demanding in the fields, parks and show grounds of the UK this summer. As the company returned from a weekend of hard rock and heavy metal at the Download festival, project manager Dan Bennett confirmed that the Yamaha CL5 is now SSE’s console of choice for main stage monitors at all the festivals it services.

Panasonic launches trio of maintenance free laser projectors

16/06/2016 - Equipment News

USA – Panasonic has showcased three low-maintenance, ultra-compact 1-Chip DLPM laser phosphor projectors at InfoComm 2016.

White Nights

16/06/2016 - Production News

Russia – For the most prestigious musical event of the year, chances can't be taken. That’s why StagePro works with Prolyte to stage the performances for the Classic Music on Palace Square festival, including the acclaimed opera star Anna Netrebko.

Electrosonic provides audio-visual systems integration for Exhibitionism – the first major exhibition by the Rolling Stones

16/06/2016 - Production News

UK – Electrosonic has provided audio-visual systems integration for Exhibitionism – the first ever major exhibition by the Rolling Stones. Featuring nine galleries, each with innovative audio-visual technologies, this is the largest touring exhibition of its kind ever to be staged by any band or artist. Installed in just three weeks, nearly 70 screens, stunning projection and a powerful audio system help to depict the Stones’ 50 year and counting career in this unique and interactive experience.

Design event of the year: Award ceremony, exhibitions and after-show party crown the winners of the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016

15/06/2016 - Event News

Germany - In February, a 41-member jury evaluated the entries for the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016 and awarded the Red Dot quality seal for good design. The award-winning designs and their makers will now officially be honoured: On 4th July 2016, the global design scene will come to Essen, Germany, to celebrate the best products of the year. During the Red Dot Gala, which has been booked out for months now, the winners of the highest single distinction, the “Red Dot Best of the Best”, will receive their trophies on stage in the Aalto-Theater in Essen. Afterwards, designers, manufacturers and design fans will celebrate at the after-show party in the Red Dot Design Museum. Ticket sales for the Designers’ Night end on 1st July 2016.

The Curtain Rises on Writers Theatre

15/06/2016 - Project News

USA – It’s show time for the new Writers Theatre building. After years of performing in temporary quarters – including a 60-seat venue in the back of a local bookstore – the 24-year-old theatre company now has a permanent home in downtown Glencoe, IL, designed by the award-winning Studio Gang Architects.

Leading integrator takes on Cadac distribution in Indonesia

15/06/2016 - Business News

Cadac has announced the appointment of PT HESED Kharis Indonesia as exclusive distributor for that country. HESED is a leading distributor and system integrator in the territory, and adds Cadac, as its exclusive mixing console brand, to a portfolio that includes the likes of TWAUDiO, Powersoft and Lab Gruppen.

AVC Appointed to Distribute Community in Russia

15/06/2016 - Business News

Community Professional Loudspeakers has announced the appointment of AVC LLC as its distributor for Russia, to operate in parallel with its long-time distributor Arsenal Music. AVC was established in 1994 and is focused on supplying and supporting projects with distributed background and foreground music, as well as announcement systems including PAVA (EVAC).

Kinesys for Mariah Carey Tour

15/06/2016 - Production News

Europe – Kinesys automation was an integral element of Sean Burke’s elegant production design for Mariah Carey’s ‘Sweet Sweet Fantasy’ tour which just completed a substantial UK and European leg as the multiple Grammy award winning, chart-topping artist delighted audiences on her first mainland European tour in 13 years.

Still time to join Conference 16: Protecting Theatres

15/06/2016 - Event News

UK – There is still time to book delegate places for the next major gathering of theatre industry professionals.

IEM 2016: biggest eSports event in ESL history

15/06/2016 - Production News

Poland – Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2016 has yet again set a new all-time high in viewership and engagement, it was the biggest eSports event in ESL history.

K3 broadcasts its search with the d&b V-Series

15/06/2016 - Production News

Belgium – When a music group decides to change its line-up or disband, the accepted practice is for the process to be an internal one, prior to press and media announcements. Not so if you’re K3, the Dutch and Flemish answer to the Spice Girls. Formed originally in 1998, the all-girl group has been a consistently successful pop presence on national television – on programmes aimed at pre-teen audiences.

Porter & Davies Currently on Tour with James Bay, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Bring Me The Horizon

15/06/2016 - Production News

Worldwide – The famous Porter & Davies silent tactile monitors are on tour globally with some of the world’s best artists this summer.

Jonny Tingle Joins PRG XL Video Corporate Events Team

15/06/2016 - People News

UK – PRG XL Video, the UK operation of Production Resource Group, LLC (PRG) has announced Jonathan ‘Jonny’ Tingle (pictured) has joined its corporate team as a senior account manager.

Philips Vari-Lite creates camera-ready looks on Naledi Theater Awards

15/06/2016 - Production News

South Africa Philips Lighting has announced lighting designer Robert Hoey applied the award-winning Philips Vari-Lite VL4000 Spot and VL4000 BeamWash to create a camera-ready, glittering lighting design for South Africa's prestigious Naledi Theater Awards 2016.

Protec at The ME Awards 2016: Artistry and Engineering

15/06/2016 - Event News

UAE – As unexpected pieces of theatre go, the sight of an industrial robot gracefully sketching the finer features of Jimi Hendrix takes some beating. And so it was that at this year’s Middle East EVENT Awards, a marriage of artistry and industrial engineering that saw Production Technology LLC (Protec) receive the award for ‘Best use of Event Technology’ from organisers Informa Exhibitions.

Turnover hits all-time high at Sennheiser Group in fiscal year 2015

15/06/2016 - Business News

Germany – Record turnover, strong growth in key regions and numerous new products: the Sennheiser Group, which has published its annual results, can look back on a successful fiscal year 2015 that underscored its objective of shaping the future of the audio industry. Total turnover rose by 7.5 percent to €682.2 million. Across all global regions, the company’s turnover developed significantly, particularly in the Americas and APAC. Profit before taxes in 2015 amounted to €30.3 million.

DiGiCo goes to South Africa for Josh Groban Stages tour

15/06/2016 - Production News

South Africa Audio engineer Mickey Beck has worked with Josh Groban for 12 years and Chris ‘Cookie’ Hoff for the past three. They recently arrived in South Africa on the US singer/songwriter’s Stages tour, where they used two DiGiCo SD10 digital mixing consoles, plus two SD-Racks for Front of House and monitor positions.

Allen & Heath Introduces Surfaceless Mixing and Preamp Modelling for dLive

15/06/2016 - Equipment News

Allen & Heath has released a major firmware update for its dLive series, which includes Director software to enable offline editing and live mixing on a PC with or without a surface, plus preamp modelling on all 128 channels, 5.1 surround sound, and dedicated Mute Groups.

A Winning Start for The Circle

15/06/2016 - Project News

UK – A lively new community cinema has made a remarkable start, thanks to the generosity of the BFI (British Film Institute) and Saville Audio Visual.

Arena Zabrze Enjoys Community for Entertainment and Life Safety

15/06/2016 - Project News

Poland – Arena Zabrze is a modern football stadium complex with a 24,563 seat capacity; the only facility of its kind in the region of Silesia, southern Poland. The stadium has recently undergone complete redevelopment, with substantial renovation of the exterior structure and spectator stands.

First Night Riders embark on 'Magical Mystery Tour' in aid of the Theatrical Guild

15/06/2016 - Event News

UKRiders are revving up to participate in the 2016 First Night Riders 'Magical Mystery' charity motorbike and classic car ride, visiting theatres across the country to raise money and awareness for The Theatrical Guild (TTG).

A Culture of Providing Creative Technical Solutions

15/06/2016 - Production News

South Africa – LEDVision (Pty) ltd, South Africa’s top full-service LED rental provider, has just taken delivery of the latest in a string of technological acquisitions that continues to set them apart in the LED arena.

Adlib Sheds Light on James … at the End of the World

14/06/2016 - Production News

UK – Adlib supplied lighting equipment and crew for the recent tour by rock band James who played a mix of UK arenas, academies and city hall venues at the start of their ‘Girl At The End of the World’ album campaign. Neil Anderson was the all seeing eye and cool handed tour director, with Matt Johnson (road manager), Cally Harris (production co-ordinator) and Adam Johnston (stage manager.)

All Robe for Scala & Kolacny Brothers

14/06/2016 - Production News

Belgium – Kristof van Mensel is one of a new wave of highly original LDs from Benelux, and currently part of innovative design and programming collective, TCF bvba (The Creative Factory). He’s involved in a myriad of exciting lighting and visual projects that embrace multiple performance genres from hard-style dance to choral.

Mickey Curbishley, CEO of PRG Music Group, Announces Resignation

14/06/2016 - People News

USA CEO of the PRG Music Group, Mickey Curbishley has announced that he will be leaving Production Resource Group as of 30th June, 2016. As CEO of PRG’s Music Group, Curbishley oversaw business development and client support for concert tours, special events, television, and other music-related projects around the world.

Protec: Versatility and Imagination

14/06/2016 - Event News

UAE – Trade exhibitions the stature of ME Event Expo staged at the Marriot Marquis, Dubai, raise a certain presentational dilemma for a service provider in the event sector: if you’re not exhibiting a product, something clear, three dimensional, and with an obvious function, then what are you showing? For Protec, the largest such service provider in the Middle East, the response was two-fold, as their marketing manager Eddie Andradé explains:, “We looked at the amazing array of technologies in our inventory and asked ourselves the simple question – what can you do with this? And the simple answer is ‘pretty much anything you like.’ The trick is to enable our clients to do likewise. So we designed a studio around a boardroom type environment, installed a large video display, and equipped it with some of the creative tools we possess, 3D stage design, lighting design, video and sound. Assembled together in one place, these tools allowed the possibility of a virtual walkthrough experience.”

Clay Paky Scenius Gives New Looks to 40th Anniversary Broadcast of Saskatchewan’s Telemiracle Telethon

14/06/2016 - Production News

Canada – Telemiracle, the annual telethon in Saskatchewan, Canada that benefits the Kinsmen Foundation, celebrated its 40th anniversary with a 21-hour, commercial-free live broadcast on the province’s CTV affiliates. This year lighting designer Linus MacDonald stepped up the show’s look with Clay Paky Scenius moving head spotlights.

Ayrton dazzles with MagicBurst – the industry’s first dynamic LED strobe

14/06/2016 - Equipment News

The innovations from Ayrton keep on coming, and this week the company presents its MagicBurst – the industry’s first high-power graphic LED strobe to offer continuous, unlimited rotation on its pan and tilt axes, which first burst onto the stage at Prolight + Sound 2016.

B&L Sound and Lighting Mixes Lift Tour with Allen & Heath dLive

14/06/2016 - Production News

USA – B&L Sound and Lighting is an event management company based in Arlington, Texas that provides turn-key production with sound, lighting, video and special effects for all kinds of live events and conferences. This spring, B&L provided its services for the Student Leadership University’s “Lift Tour”, a world-class Christian music and worship weekend for middle-school and high-school youth, which covered 19 cities and featured five different Christian music bands, magicians, comedians and worship services. B&L mixed all of this year’s Lift Tour events on an Allen & Heath dLive S5000 Surface with DM64 MixRack.

Optoma unveils impressive new range of high resolution in-ear headphones

14/06/2016 - Equipment News

Optoma has just unveiled a new range of Hi-Res certified in-ear headphones: NuForce HEM8, HEM6, HEM4 and HEM2. The four models feature balanced armature drivers setting a new standard for accuracy, speed and comfort.

MLA Takes Over Main Stage at Rock In Rio Lisbon

14/06/2016 - Production News

Portugal – Held in Bela Vista Park in Lisbon, Gabisom Audio Equipment from Brazil deployed Martin Audio’s premier MLA rig on the World Stage for the first time at the recent five-day Rock in Rio Festival in Lisbon. In doing so it was the largest deployment of MLA on a single stage.

Cyndi Lauper Takes a ‘Detour’ with Bandit Lites

14/06/2016 - Production News

USA – Cyndi Lauper’s career has spanned more than thirty years, and while she’s known as a pop pioneer, she’s recently made another bold move to country airwaves with her newest album, “Detour.” Bandit Lites provided the lighting package for the first leg of the Grammy, Tony and Emmy-award winning performer’s summer tour, which kicked off in Nashville at the Ryman Auditorium. In addition to performing songs from her new album, Lauper also treats fans to her classic hits, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and “True Colors” while telling anecdotes of her adventures.

Zach Scott Adds Punch to 7th Heaven’s Chicago MayFest Appearance with Rogues

14/06/2016 - Production News

USA – Like a robin heralding the arrival of spring, MayFest marks the start of the summer music festival season for residents of the Windy City. A three day celebration of food, drink and community spirit, the event showcases local musical talent. Headlining this year’s festival on Sunday night, was 7th Heaven, an old-school rock band that charted two Billboard hits, has had its songs appear in national TV commercials, and opened for the likes of Bon Jovi and Kid Rock. Lighting designer Zach Scott added punch to the band’s MayFest appearance with a ground package that was anchored by Rogue R2 Beams by Chauvet Professional.

Philips Showline delivers 'distorted reality' strobing on Chvrches' global tour

14/06/2016 - Production News

The Netherlands – Philips Lighting has announced its industry-leading LED RGBW strobe, the SL NITRO 510C, is out on tour with synthpop trio Chvrches. As part of the band's brief to create 'distorted reality', the Philips SL NITRO 510C delivers mind-blowing effects as part of a lighting design by Louis Oliver and James Scott of Okulus.

rgb gmbh Brings Swiss TV Shows Alive with GLP Mighty atoms

14/06/2016 - Production News

Switzerland – GLP’s tiny impression X4 atom moving LED heads have featured as imposing backdrops in two recent prime time television shows on Switzerland’s SRF 1 (Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen) TV channel.

Casino Le Lyon Vert Wins Audio Jackpot with Yamaha

14/06/2016 - Project News

France – Located a short car, bus or train journey from the centre of Lyon, Casino Le Lyon Vert offers a wide range of traditional and slot gaming, as well as a restaurant and brasserie. A recent update of its audio system has seen a zoned Yamaha system installed, featuring Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS) products.

PRG ProShop To Hold a Used Equipment Sale in Utrecht

14/06/2016 - Business News

The Netherlands – PRG ProShop will hold a used equipment sale from 15th to 17th June. The PRG ProShop ‘Garage Sale’ will open its doors to users and customers at PRG in Utrecht (NL). The special sale will take place on all three days from 10am to 6pm. The sale is offering a huge selection of high-quality event technology from lighting, audio, video, rigging, LED, to broadcast technology and accessories.

Hawthorn Reap Rewards of Hay Festival

14/06/2016 - Production News

UK – For the fifth year running, creative technical production expert Hawthorn has provided the technical production for the annual Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts. The event, which ran between 26th May to 5th June, is held across a huge four-hectare site in Hay-on-Wye, Wales. Celebrating language, art and science, the festival, which is now in its 29th year, attracts literacy fans for ten days of storytelling, creative thinking and world-class writing.

ETC offers ColorSource training at ABTT

14/06/2016 - Event News

UK – As a part of the company’s 40th anniversary celebrations, ETC has something extra special in store for visitors to the ABTT Theatre Show at London’s Alexandra Palace. For the first time in Europe, ETC will be hosting interactive training sessions with its new ColorSource consoles.

Electro-Voice sound for UK churches – from traditional to contemporary

14/06/2016 - Project News

UK – Whether historic or modern in terms of architecture, houses of worship bring unique challenges to sound system designers and installers. This point is well illustrated in two recent UK installations by Creative Audio-Visual Solutions (CAVS), a design and integration firm located in Hertfordshire that specialises in worship systems. Recently, the firm completed two very different church projects that illustrate this point.

Denis Hessberger Joins Green Hippo as Freelance Hippotizer Product Specialist

13/06/2016 - People News

Germany - Green Hippo has announced that Denis Hessberger has joined Green Hippo as freelance product specialist from June 2016. Denis has a strong background in the world of lighting and video programming and design. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge of both lighting consoles and media servers.

Robe BMFL Blades and Pointes for TD Garden Installation

13/06/2016 - Project News

USA – Twenty Robe BMFL Blades and 32 Robe Pointes have been specified and installed in a brand new lighting installation at Boston’s TD Garden Arena by New Hampshire-based Port Lighting Systems.

City Theatrical at ABTT 2016

13/06/2016 - Event News

UK – City Theatrical will be demonstrating its new technology at the ABTT Theatre Show at stand D31 of the West Hall Floor at the Alexandra Palace, London, 22nd-23rd June. On display will be the new SHoW DMX SHoW Baby 6, the Choreo lighting controller from Pathway Connectivity, and the newly released Lightwright 6.

Moscow’s Helikon Opera invests in 100 Clay Paky fixtures

13/06/2016 - Project News

Russia – Moscow’s Helikon Opera has invested in almost 100 Clay Paky fixtures as part of a modernisation of the venue.

Yamaha AFC3 Delivers New Acoustics To The 'Old Lady'

13/06/2016 - Project News

The Netherlands - With expectations of audio quality from both audiences and performers throughout the world continually rising, the question of how to make venues used for drama and amplified music truly suitable for classical and acoustic music is being increasingly asked. A Yamaha AFC3 acoustic enhancement system has provided the answer at a historic theatre in the Netherlands.

Wendy Luedtke named ETC product technology specialist

13/06/2016 - People News

USA – In February, ETC expanded its research efforts, creating the Advance Research Group (ARG) to uncover new technologies and boost current product capabilities. ETC has hired Wendy Luedtke to join the ARG as a product technology specialist. She will work closely with lighting professionals to identify their most important issues, helping the ARG develop technology that tackles their problems and opens new possibilities.

PRG XL Video Supports The Duke of Edinburgh's Awards Gala Anniversary Event

13/06/2016 - Production News

UK – With 2016 marking the Diamond Anniversary of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, the Charity is undertaking a variety of special fundraising events and initiatives during the year.

Barco acquires Canadian, MTT Innovation Inc.

13/06/2016 - Business News

Barco has announced that it has acquired MTT Innovation Inc., based in Vancouver, Canada. MTT is a developer of next-generation projection technology with expertise in high dynamic range, applied imaging algorithms, advanced colour science and specialized hardware development.

Francis Reid

10/06/2016 - People News

It is with great sadness that we report the peaceful passing of well-loved and distinguished lighting designer, author, lecturer and teacher, Francis Reid, early yesterday morning 9th June.

Robe offers Best Hospitality

10/06/2016 - Production News

UK – Lighting designer Chris Thoms working for ZEROdB Live created a stunning light show for the latest live extravaganza by leading club brand Hospitality which was staged at London’s O2 Academy Brixton, a project on which he utilised Robe Pointes, LEDWash 600s and MMX Spots as the main moving lights.

Clouseau Dances for Painting with Light

10/06/2016 - Production News

Benelux – Clouseau, Belgium’s maverick and most successful pop/rock band are back on the road this summer with a new album "Clouseau Danst" (Clouseau Dances); a new sonic dynamic with the addition of a four-piece horn section, plus a vibrant new set and lighting design from leading European creative design practice, Painting with Light.

Artistic Licence at ABTT Theatre Show 2016

10/06/2016 - Event News

UK – Artistic Licence, industry experts in lighting control, invite visitors to stand E41 at this year’s ABTT show. Visitors can enjoy a special 20% discount on nanoScope DMX testers, including the newly launched variant, nanoScope tx (a DMX transmitter designed for test, configuration and fault-finding of lighting rigs). Also on display is a demonstration of the impressive capabilities of the versaSplit DMX distribution system.

Stage Electrics and Limbic Cinema team up to provide projection

10/06/2016 - Project News

UK – The Theatre Royal Bristol is the longest continuously running theatre in the UK. Last month marked the venue's 250th Birthday and was celebrated in style with a huge street party, including a unique visual art show that graced the historic building’s more modern neighbour. The neighbouring brick-built façade was brought to life before an awe-inspired audience with clever projection mapping from Limbic Cinema who provided tailored content and bespoke animation using two 20,000 Lumen Panasonic PT-DZ21K projectors supplied by Stage Electrics.

Ashly Expands The nX-Series of Amplifiers with Two- and Four-Channel Amps

10/06/2016 - Equipment News

Ashly Audio, manufacturer of high-quality/value-priced amplifiers, signal processors, mixers, and user interfaces, announces the expansion of its popular nX-Series of multi-mode amplifiers to cover applications where less power is needed. The new nX family models deliver 75W or 150W per channel in a single rack unit frame that can house either two or four channels. Like all the models in the nX series, they start out with the base model (nX models). The nXe models add Ethernet for monitoring and control. The nXp models feature the networking and built-in Protea DSP matrix processor. Optional Dante or CobraNet cards can be added to nXe or nXp models. These multi-mode power amplifiers allow them to drive low impedance (2, 4, 8 Ohms), or 25V, 70V, 100V constant voltage systems output via rear panel dipswitches.

Alcons Back In The UK

10/06/2016 - Business News

UK – Alcons Audio has appointed InSynergy as its new UK distributor and, with the company’s systems having recently been installed at several prestigious theatres around the world, it’s appropriate that the first trade event InSynergy will be exhibiting at is London’s ABTT Theatre Show.

PixelFLEX helps immortalise the moment at Funny or Die

10/06/2016 - Production News

USA – Based in Los Angeles, CA and Las Vegas, NV, Najafi Design Group prides itself on creating designs that truly complete the experience while immortalising the moment. So when they were approached by Cleft Clips to create an entirely new technical design for Funny or Die, lighting and event designer Sohail e. Najafi was confident his team could completely transform The Historic Scoot Inn. Wanting to consolidate two main elements of their typical production design, a detailed scenic backdrop and high resolution video wall for connect playback, Najafi found an new more cost-effective and dynamic solution, the FLEXCurve 8mm high resolution curved LED video wall from PixelFLEX.

Panasonic Narrows the Gap with Near Invisible Bezels

10/06/2016 - Equipment News

With a bezel-to-bezel width of 1.8mm, the TH-55VF1H is a 700 cd/m2 direct-lit LED panel which delivers visual impact even in brightly lit retail or staging environments. Pixel-free Full HD resolution positions it for multi-screen use in control and monitoring rooms.

DPA Microphones Deliver ꞋPerfect Sound QualityꞋ To Belgian Artists

10/06/2016 - Production News

Belgium – Belgian sound specialist 4ears is using a range of DPA microphones to deliver "the perfect sound quality” for a diverse range of live music events.

MRC R-Series Radio Motion Remote Controller

10/06/2016 - Production News

For Adele's world tour, Movecat has developed a chain-hoist remote control, suitable for use throughout the world, that is now also available to other users. The MRC R-Series includes models operating in the 2.4 GHz ISM band for the remote control of four, eight or 12 Movecat D8/D8 Plus chain hoists. These motion remote controllers feature the Tru-Diversity transceiver system. To provide for interference-free operation, this allows the user to choose any of ten channels or else opt for automatic channel selection. The MRC R-Series is R&TTE, ETSI EN 300 220/328, DIN EN 60204-32 and EN 13849-1 compliant.

Superior Sounding Sermons at Stadtkirche Aalen

10/06/2016 - Project News

Germany – Enhancing the sound in old buildings to match modern expectations is a common task for contemporary systems integrators. This is particularly true of houses of worship, where the different elements of praise often need a versatile sound reinforcement system in a space that was originally designed for purely acoustic sound. The latest in a series of German installations shows, again, that Yamaha’s Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS) range can make a real difference.

Doughty set to showcase new additions to Modular Rigging range at ABTT

10/06/2016 - Event News

UK – DoughtyEngineering is set to debut three new pieces of kit at this year's ABTT Theatre Show. The Doughty team will be on hand to demonstrate the company's new super lightweight drop arm and projector mount – both new additions to the award winning Modular Rigging System.

TiMax SoundHub and Tracker install for New National Theatre Tokyo

10/06/2016 - Project News

Japan – Tokyo’s New National Theatre (NNTT) has recently installed a 32-channel TiMax2 SoundHub-S32 and TiMax Tracker system with six TT Sensors and 32 TT Tags, for adaptable provision of automated vocal localisation and audio show control in both the main Playhouse auditorium and also the smaller Pit theatre.

Panasonic Launches 27,000* Lumens 4k Laser Projector

10/06/2016 - Equipment News

Panasonic has unveiled a new beyond 4K resolution 3-Chip DLP laser projector with 27,000 lumens of brightness at InfoComm 2016.

Tara Arts Kits Out Purpose-Built Multicultural Theatre with White Light

10/06/2016 - Project News

UK – Since it was founded almost 40 years ago, Tara Arts has become one of Britain’s most renowned theatre companies. Its productions allow diverse voices to be heard on stage, creating work that fuses East and Western cultures. The company recently moved into a new home in Wandsworth, known as the Tara Theatre. This will be the country’s first purpose-built multicultural theatre, housing a 100-seat auditorium and a separate studio space. With its strong reputation in theatre, they approached White Light, a company local to them, to invest in the very latest lighting technology.

Chroma-Q Inspire House Lights Transform Pleasant Valley Baptist Church

10/06/2016 - Project News

USA – Missouri’s Pleasant Valley Church has invested in 120 of the award-winning Chroma-Q Inspire colour-mixing LED house lights, to provide an immersive worship environment for its congregation, and dramatically reduce the venue's running costs.

GLD Supports China’s Most Popular Entertainment Shows

09/06/2016 - Production News

Chinese production company, Hunan Broadcasting System, recently purchased an Allen & Heath GLD-112 digital mixer with AR2412 and AB168 IO racks to manage its live entertainment shows, starting with the most popular entertainment show in China, Super Girl.

PR Live for Master Investor 2016 Event

09/06/2016 - Production News

UK – South London-based event technical production specialist PR Live supplied audio, video, lighting and staging for the 2016 Master Investor Show at the Business Design Centre in London, which attracted a record 4500 delegates, 100 exhibiting companies and featured over 50 presentations by CEOs, founders and investment gurus. Hailed as the “best ever” it is also the largest show of its kind in the UK.

HSL Feels the Amor & Pasión with Il Divo

09/06/2016 - Production News

UK - Lighting and visuals rental specialist HSL has invested again in more Martin Pro MAC Viper Wash Dxs, MAC Aura XB moving lights and more grandMA2 consoles for the latest Il Divo UK and European tour.

JBL EON ONE all-in-one linear-array P.A. system arrives in the UK

09/06/2016 - Equipment News

JBL Professional by Harman and UK distributor Sound Technology Ltd have announced that the highly-anticipated JBL EON ONE all-in- one linear-array P.A. system is shipping to UK stores this week. Created by the world leaders in loudspeaker and line array technology, the EON ONE combines the superior sound quality of a professional system with the convenience and streamlined look of a compact, column-style solution. Featuring Bluetooth audio, a six-channel mixer and a unique design that can be carried with one hand, EON ONE is ideal for gigging musicians and DJs, fitness studios, corporate environments and more.

Ashly Introduces the Feature-Rich, Great-Sounding, Easy-to-Use Digimix24 Digital Mixer

09/06/2016 - Equipment News

Ashly Audio started out in pro audio manufacturing building reliable analogue mixing consoles to meet the demands of the burgeoning live music industry. Now, over 40 years later, Ashly is returning to the market equipped with decades of experience building powerful, easy-to-use digital signal processors that pair seamlessly with control technologies that users are able to navigate intuitively. The first product in the range is the Ashly digiMIX24, a versatile, compact 24-channel digital mixing console with professional inputs/outputs, integrated signal processing and effects, iPad remote control integration, user-friendly software, and intuitive mixing via the live control surface. The Ashly digiMIX24 is ideal for worship and educational facilities, auditoriums, gymnasiums, performance spaces and project studios.

Destination Imagination Global Finals Shines with Bandit

09/06/2016 - Production News

USA – Nearly 17,000 attendees including 8,000 students from 21 countries poured into Knoxville for Global Finals, the exciting culmination of Destination Imagination (DI). The non-profit organisation works to motivate students to be visionaries in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Bandit Lites once again provided the lighting for the massive celebration, where teams from around the globe assembled to compete in challenges created to inspire creativity and promote logical skills.

1990s revival: "Die MEGA 90er Live!" on tour with Clay Paky

09/06/2016 - Production News

Germany – Snap, Culture Beat, Haddaway, Captain Hollywood Project and Right Said Fred are well-known names to people who went to parties in the 1990s. These and many other artists are on tour in Germany with an event called "Die MEGA 90er Live". Atlantis Audio took charge of the technical lighting equipment on behalf of Dresden-based LTI, and once again requested products from Lightpower's stock.

Stuart Leader Appointed to Director Role at POLARaudio

09/06/2016 - People News

UK – POLARaudio has promoted from within to fill the new role of integrated solutions director. Existing head of installation, Stuart Leader, takes the position and will relinquish his direct day-to-day management of accounts, taking on a wider responsibility across the whole installation sector, including coordinating system design and heading up the sales management. As POLARaudio's business continues to grow, Stuart's team has been expanded accordingly, with new installed business development manager Adam Brown taking direct responsibility for key accounts in London and the south east. In turn, Jason Spooner and Matthew Farrugia have been appointed to expand POLARaudio's technical support team.

Arena Group Drive forwards at BMW PGA Championships 2016

09/06/2016 - Production News

UK – Building on its successful, long-standing relationship with the PGA, Arena Group was again entrusted to match the headline sponsors’ prestigious reputation with a high quality finish of the event structures and seating at the Wentworth Club for the European Tour’s BMW PGA Championships, 26th-29th May.

DPA Microphones Wins Big at the 2016 Billboard Latin Music Awards

08/06/2016 - Production News

USA – DPA Microphones’ d:dicate 2011C twin diaphragm cardioid microphone and d:dicate 4011ES cardioid microphone were paired together to create a custom podium for presenters and award recipients at the 2016 Billboard Latin Music Awards. The solution was selected by both the production team and engineers after a collective A/B shoot-out was conducted against the award show’s previous podium microphone.

Elation EPT6IP LED Video Displays for International Portuguese Music Awards

08/06/2016 - Production News

USA – When the Portuguese community met to recognise outstanding achievement in the music industry by international artists of Portuguese ancestry, the occasion called for a design that could complement a variety of musical styles from traditional Portuguese Fado to dance music to rock. East Coast Lighting & Production Services (ECLPS) turned to Elation Professional’s EPT6IP LED video displays as the main visual element of the set design, creating a dynamic false proscenium and dazzling LED panel ‘sunburst’ for the 2016 edition of the International Portuguese Music Awards held 23rd April at the Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

AudioMaster Creates five-Storey Looks with Chauvet at Central Europe’s Largest Club

08/06/2016 - Project News

Czech Republic – With its eclectic mix of Gothic, art nouveau, cubist and communist architecture, Prague is a city full of contrast. This contrast is perhaps most evident at Prague’s legendary five-storey Karlovy Lázně, the largest nightclub in Central Europe. Sitting next to the 14th Century Charles Bridge, a UNESCO world heritage site, the club itself is a microcosm of Prague’s contrast. Each of its five floors plays host to a different mix of music, from dubstep to golden oldies. Unifying these wildly diverse scenes is a powerful lighting rig comprising fixtures from Chauvet Professional and Chauvet DJ.

Ampetronic partners with Showsupply to Deliver Swiss Hearing Loop Solutions

08/06/2016 - Business News

Switzerland - Ampetronic, the world’s leading developer of hearing loop technology, has announced its partnership with Showsupply. The partnership will expand Showsupply’s portfolio to include assistive listening technologies and the provision of comprehensive solutions and educational training to customers across Switzerland.

Clay Paky Scenius Fixtures Light Up Montreal’s Bal en Blanc “One Drop Moment” from Cirque du Soleil’s 45DEGREES

08/06/2016 - Production News

Canada – Montreal’s 22nd Bal en Blanc, Canada’s oldest electronic music festival and one of the first EDM festivals in the world, featured an exclusive attraction by 45DEGREES, Cirque du Soleil’s events and special projects company. Five Cirque acts performing during the Sultan+Shepard set were lit by an array of Clay Paky fixtures provided by 4U2C.

A.C. Special Projects Provide Traxon Creative Lighting Solution for Buckingham Arcade in London

08/06/2016 - Project News

UK – A.C. Special Projects Ltd. (ACSP) has supplied and installed a bespoke hexagonal-shaped Traxon RGB LED lighting and control system, to provide decorative effects for the newly refurbished Buckingham Arcade in central London.

Chroma-Q Inspire LEDs Provide Immersive Show Dining Experience for MAMMA MIA! THE PARTY

08/06/2016 - Production News

Sweden – Chroma-Q Inspire and Inspire Mini colour-mixing LED houselights are helping to provide an immersive show dining experience during performances of the hugely popular MAMMA MIA! THE PARTY at Tyrol restaurant in Stockholm.

Community Announces Compact I SERIES

08/06/2016 - Equipment News

Community announces three I SERIES Compact models designed to match the performance, appearance and voicing of the larger I SERIES Point Source and Subwoofer models. I SERIES Compact loudspeakers are the perfect complement to Community’s larger I SERIES 800-Level and 600-Level models for distributed applications, front-fill or side-fill or as the main loudspeakers in smaller spaces.

Qu-32 Installed in Kenyan Church

08/06/2016 - Project News

Kenya - An Allen & Heath Qu-32 compact digital mixer has been installed in the Karura Community Chapel in Nairobi. Established in 1996, the Chapel has grown to an average audience size of approximately 1,600 over its 20-year history, and needed to upgrade from the existing analogue mixer to digital.

Mumford & Sons Takes SSL L500 to the Heartland

08/06/2016 - Production News

UK – Front of house Engineer Chris Pollard (pictured) has been touring with Mumford & Sons since their first album and is currently in the midst of the Band’s epic An Arrow Through The Heartland tour, which started back in May 2015. Pollard's console of choice for the tour is the SSL L500 live console.

Kinesys USA Announces June Open-House Event

08/06/2016 - Event News

USA – Automation control systems manufacturer Kinesys is opening its doors and welcoming guests to its dedicated training facility in Atlanta, Georgia, for an event that will run from 22nd – 23rd June, 2016, offering a chance to test and trial some of the Kinesys product line for those who want to know more about automated rigging for the entertainment industry.

TiMax Integrated Server and ShowControl at Infocomm2016

08/06/2016 - Event News

USA – At Infocomm 2016 in Las Vegas (Booth C12314), TiMax US Distributor 1602Group are majoring on the unique integration of playback, spatialisation and show control functionality of the TiMax SoundHub processor, plus a new suite of customisable TiMax Portal browser-based touch-screen controllers. Also featured will be the new TiMax SoundHub-M media server version for exhibits, experience and general AV integration applications

Malmö comes aLive with d&b audiotechnik

08/06/2016 - Project News

Sweden – The Malmö Live complex is a stunning architectural vision, a clean cut combination of angled glass and concrete that houses a congress centre, a five star hotel, two restaurants, a bar with views across the city, a flexible performance space known as the Cube and a main concert hall, home to the Malmö Symphony Orchestra. Nominated for Sweden’s most prestigious architectural award, the Kasper Salin Prize, the building is fast becoming a new hub of cultural excellence despite being open only a matter of months.

Blackout supply Sky Arts Portrait Artist of Year 2016

08/06/2016 - Production News

UK – Drapes and rigging expert, Blackout, supplied truss structures to host competing artists at London’s Wallace Collection, for this year’s Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year competition, 11th-18th May.

Barco’s Event Master portfolio extension brings 4K performance to all shows

08/06/2016 - Equipment News

Barco has enriched its Event Master portfolio of screen management systems with two additional models: the E2 Jr and S3-4K Jr. Building on their renowned family members, the new Jr models bring Barco’s high-performance 4K image processing with a rapid return on investment. This is realised through their strong acquisition price, easy and reliable show setup and production, market-valued performance, and their future-proof design for both evolving technology and show complexity. As such, the E2 Jr and S3-4K Jr are perfect for small to medium-size applications in the events market. The new products will begin shipping from June 2016.

Elation Launches New High-resolution EVHD LED Video Displays

08/06/2016 - Equipment News

Elation Professional has announced the launch of the EVHD Series of LED video displays, a new family of professional, high-definition LED panels designed with creativity and ease-of-use in mind for more artistic video layouts.

Community Partners with HUST for Distribution in Croatia

07/06/2016 - Business News

Croatia Community Professional Loudspeakers has announced the appointment of HUST d.o.o. as its distributor for Croatia. HUST was founded in 1994 in Zagreb and is one of the leading Croatian distributors and manufacturers of professional audio, electronics and control systems, offering a comprehensive range of products and systems for corporate, commercial and public applications. Brands distributed by HUST include Biamp, TOA, Apart, Univox and Screenline.

Blue Man Group in Las Vegas Switches to Robe

07/06/2016 - Production News

USA – Award-winning, critically-acclaimed and highly successful performance art company, Blue Man Group, has recently started incorporating Robe moving lights into their show at the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Saint Lucia Jazz Festival Stage Dome Pops with Chauvet Professional ÉPIX Strip Tours

07/06/2016 - Production News

Saint Lucia – David “Gurn” Kaniski had his rig for the Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival main stage all set up when he was given the bad news: 15 of the ÉPIX Strip Tours at the heart of his design were blocking a path that (unbeknownst to the LD) had been designated for equipment load-ins. “They told me I had to remove the 15 strips,” said Kaniski. “My response was, ‘You got to be kidding!’ Running the strips to follow the stage’s dome was at the heart of my design.”

DPA Microphones and Sony to feature at ABTT Theatre Show 2016

07/06/2016 - Event News

UKNewly appointed Sony Pro Audio distributor and long time distributor partner for DPA Microphones, Sound Network, is set to exhibit at the ABTT Theatre Show 2016 at Alexandra Palace, 22nd - 23rd June.

Bandit Lights Mayor Leadership Luncheon

07/06/2016 - Production News

USA – Knoxville area leaders, including Mayor Madeline Rogero who was awarded the 2016 Leadership Knoxville Distinguished Alumni Award, gathered for Leadership Knoxville’s 7th Annual Mayors’ Leadership Luncheon 23rd May at the Knoxville Convention Center. Bandit Lites donated a lighting package for the occasion where the keynote speaker was the mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, Greg Fisher.

ETC adds colour to Estonia’s Paide Kultuurikeskus

07/06/2016 - Project News

Estonia – The multi-functional Paide Kultuurikeskus, located in the middle of Estonia, opened to the public in December 1987. In recent years, this cultural centre has undergone significant improvements to its facilities to maintain its status as a national landmark, all the while retaining its original and distinctive 1980s design features. The latest development phase incorporated the installation of a series of ETC ColorSource PAR luminaires.

MLA Family Takes Hakataza Theatre Upgrade into a New Dimension

07/06/2016 - Project News

Japan – Situated in Hakata city, the Hakataza Theatre in the Fukuoka Prefecture – one of the most famous musical theatres in Japan – has been renovated after 16 years in order to meet complex acoustical demands for events such as Kabuki, Musicals and Theatrical shows.

PR Lighting Enlarges Xpar Family with Xpar 1012

07/06/2016 - Equipment News

PR Lighting has further expanded its Xpar family with the addition of the new Arc LED unit, the Xpar 1012.

Clay Paky Helps Christen AIDA Cruises’ New Luxury Flagship

07/06/2016 - Production News

Germany – Multi-award-winning lighting designer Björn Hermann has incorporated Clay Paky Mythos and brand new Scenius fixtures into a spectacular light show at the christening ceremony of AIDA Cruises’ new luxury flagship AIDAprima.

Barco’s revolutionary LED digital media canvas offers more creative freedom

07/06/2016 - Equipment News

Barco has unveilled its ‘digital media canvas’ – a unique LED screen technology that’s radically different than traditional LED displays. Thanks to their thin, lightweight, and bendable design, the R-series attach easily to virtually any surface – especially on curved surfaces. Compared to today’s LED products, the ‘digital media canvas’ is the future for more creative freedom and greatly reduced setup time and cost. Designed for applications in retail, advertising, venues, and visitor attractions, the R-series frees customers from the limitations of traditional LED displays when digitising their visual communication. Currently offered with a 10mm pixel pitch, the outdoor-rated R10 is the first model of the digital media canvas family that’s being introduced, and it will be shipping from Q3 2016 onwards.

EvertzAV Adopts Dante Audio over IP Networking at InfoComm 2016

07/06/2016 - Event News

USA – EvertzAV has announced support for Dante audio networking as an option for the company’s MMA10G-HUB In-Room AV Switch. The MMA10G-HUB is an in-room audio and video switcher that leverages Evertz MMA-10G Network Based AV Distribution capability. The HUB makes connecting a single room to a facility easy and opens up a world of possibilities for collaboration, resource sharing and connectivity.

AG Production Services Sets the Stages for Sunset Music Festival

07/06/2016 - Production News

USA – For it’s fifth year, Sunset Music Festival took over the grounds of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stadium and continues to break records. Since the festival's inception in 2011, attendance has increased with ticket sales surpassing 30,000 for 2016. Sunset Music Festival has become the destination electronic dance music festival for central Florida. EDM fans from around the state, country and the world converged on the gulf town to enjoy over 60 artists across three stages during the two-day event held Memorial Day weekend.

New Christie AP Series delivers performance and HDBaseT in an exceptional value package

07/06/2016 - Equipment News

The new Christie AP Series of 3LCD projectors deliver 5,000 ANSI lumens in a compact and very affordable package. Both the Christie LW502 and Christie LWU502 deliver the Christie performance standard and HDBaseT (HDBT) single-cable connectivity for both digital signal and control. With the LW502 delivering 5,000:1 and LWU502 offering up to 10,000:1 contrast ratio, images are crisp and clear, ensuring impactful, worry-free presentations. The projectors were specifically designed for easy installation – ideal for classrooms and meeting spaces – with each model offering up to 6,000 hours lamp-life and integrated audio.

Ayrton brings far-reaching power with the new MagicDot-XT

07/06/2016 - Equipment News

As Ayrton continues to release its string of new products, showcasing now is the new Ayrton MagicDot-XT, developed specifically to answer the huge demands of today’s massive live music, television and entertainment environments.

Apex appoints Audio Integrate as Dutch distributor for Liviau control platform

06/06/2016 - Business News

In the wake of the recent announcement that CUK has taken on UK distribution for Liviau, Apex has announced the appointment of Audio Integrate as the exclusive distribution partner in the Netherlands for the Liviau control platform.

Helping Education at the Grafisch Lyceum

06/06/2016 - Project News

The Netherlands – Grafisch Lyceum is an independent vocational college in central Rotterdam, specialising in the fields of media, design and technology. It was founded in 1950 as a printing college and has moved with the times, now offering over 40 different courses and programmes for creative industries, which includes a three-year Technical Theatre Course.

TMB and Wireless Solution: Reunited and it Feels so Good

06/06/2016 - Business News

USA – After a hiatus of several years, TMB has officially been reappointed exclusive US distributor of W-DMX products. The leading global distributor will represent Wireless Solution for the architectural, entertainment production, staging, and film/TV markets. TMB is no stranger to the brand, or to the wireless industry, and brings a storehouse of knowledge to the partnership.

Aquabeam Dazzles on Eurovision Song Contest

06/06/2016 - Production News

Sweden – The 61st Eurovision Song Contest has come and gone once again, but not without setting a whole host of firsts, one of which was the biggest international audience to date to witness the highly-acclaimed TourPro LightSky Aquabeam.

Collyns Stenzel Revs Up Looks for Indy 500 Concerts With Chauvet Professional

06/06/2016 - Production News

USA – The “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” celebrated its 100th anniversary in dramatic fashion as rookie driver Alexander Rossi coasted to a victory after his car ran out of gas near the end of the race. Rossi may have been running on empty when he crossed the finish line, but there was plenty of fuel left in the tanks of the high octane light shows that Collyns Stenzel created for the three concerts that took place in conjunction with the race.

USITT to Sponsor Collaborator Party on Tony Night

06/06/2016 - Event News

USA – USITT will once again sponsor The Collaborator Party, a Tony Night party celebrating sound designers and collaborators who have supported them since the Tony Awards scrapped sound design as an award category two years ago.

LumenRadio announces co-operation with LiteGear

06/06/2016 - Business News

LumenRadio has announced co-operation with LiteGear that designs and builds LED lighting gear for professionals in Cinema, TV, and HD Video industries. LiteGear was the pioneer behind the popularisation of flexible LED lighting for use in Cinema and TV lighting applications. Its product, LED LiteRibbon has transformed sets across the nation by allowing set and lighting designers to integrate light into places that were not previously possible.

Tim Riley Joins POLARaudio

06/06/2016 - People News

UK – POLARaudio has announced the appointment of Tim Riley to the newly created position of brand development director. Tim joins the company from Audio Technica where he managed UK professional markets as well as working to develop relationships with international online retailers in the UK and Europe. A vastly experienced industry professional who has worked across the sector with a mix of both manufacturers and distributors, Tim brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise that will further strengthen POLARaudio's continued expansion.


06/06/2016 - Production News

UK Copycats is returning to TV screens after a four year absence and moving light specialist Richard Martin Lighting (RML) is back on hand to help lighting designer Roger Williams with the revamp.

Norwegian rap-artist Madcon tours with DiGiCo S21

06/06/2016 - Production News

Production company Showlab has worked with rap duo Madcon – known for hits such as Glow, Don´t worry and Beggin both in their native Norway and across Europe – for a number of years, supplying both crew and kit. Their European tour, which kicked off earlier in the year, took advantage of a new console set up for both Front of House and monitors, with DiGiCo S21s now residing at both positions.

Creative Production & Design Aglow Over New Generation of UV LED Lights

06/06/2016 - Production News

USA - A new generation of UV LED lights is not only changing the quality of UV light projection, it’s making it easier for designers and production houses to implement UV light into their projects. Elation Professional offers two new generation UV LED lighting products – the Antari UV Spot 670 and the Antari UV Wash 2000 – each with clear advantages over traditional UV LED lights. Because they use high-quality, medical grade LEDs that emit UV light in the 365nm range, virtually no visible light is emitted from the UV Spot 670 and UV Wash 2000, meaning only the UV reactive material glows and nothing else.

A Brilliant Step Forward for Black Light

06/06/2016 - Business News

UK – As of 11am 1st June, the 21 employees of Black Light Ltd, based in the Granton area of Edinburgh, own the business in which they work.

Optoma launches DC550 visualiser with clever folding arm

06/06/2016 - Equipment News

Teaching staff, presenters and students will now be able to share work with a larger audience, thanks to a new document camera launched by award-winning projector specialist, Optoma.

Lab Gruppen's Smallest Lucia Amplifiers are Born

03/06/2016 - Equipment News

Following on the highly successful launch of Lucia 70V output models during last year’s InfoComm show, Lab Gruppen is set to continue its tradition of cutting-edge product innovation with the unveiling of its three new Lucia 60W power models at InfoComm in Las Vegas: Lucia 60/2M, Lucia 60/2 and Lucia 60/1-70. Available with either four-in, four-out matrix-mixer (Lucia 60/2M), two-in, two-out configuration (Lucia 60/2) or two-in, one-out for the 70V model (Lucia 60/1-70); all with configurable DSP features like the equivalent larger models.

L-Acoustics ARCS WiFo brings international clubbing excellence to India’s Block 22 nightclub

03/06/2016 - Project News

India – When renowned club owners Mudassar Muneer and Anand Yadav set out to build a brand new 500-capacity nightclub, they knew they wanted to bring the very best elements of international clubbing to Hyderabad’s posh HiTechCity. With the mission of giving the city a genuinely outstanding social hub, they brought their many years of travel seeking out the world’s best clubbing experiences back to India.

Chauvet Professional Adds Colour and Flair to University of West London Celebration

03/06/2016 - Project News

UK Any school that counts Freddie Mercury, Peter Townshend and Ronnie Wood among its former students is clearly a fertile incubator of creativity. This imaginative spirit was on full display recently at the University of West London, where all three of the rock legends studied in the 1960s. The Student Union at the acclaimed art university, which traces its roots back to 1860, has been boosting school spirit with a lively “Love Your Union” campaign that features colourful outdoor gobo displays rendered by a collection of Chauvet Professional fixtures.

Performing on The World Stage – GDS SM Console

03/06/2016 - Business News

The following global locations all have something in common and when the list is considered it is safe to say it's not the weather. The Esplanade, Singapore and The Everyman Theatre in Liverpool both offer their fair share of cultural enrichment but those in attendance in South-East Asia are unlikely to have battled their way through anything like a cold, damp Merseyside night before taking their seat. York's Theatre Royal and Salford University are white and red rose rivals respectively and certainly would recognise thick fog and drizzle but Istanbul's Zorlu Centre is used to an altogether different climate. The world famous Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London might enjoy a mad-dog English summer or two but that doesn't compare to the heat at The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts...

Community Appoints Kim Muurholm Juergensen for APAC Sales

03/06/2016 - People News

Asia-Pacific Region – Community Professional Loudspeakers has announced the appointment of Kim Muurholm Juergensen in the position of APAC sales manager.

Free dot2 Console Training at ABTT from Ambersphere Solutions

03/06/2016 - Event News

UK – Following the success of the MA Lighting dot2 Console training sessions at PLASA Focus in both Glasgow and Leeds, Ambersphere Solutions is once again offering free places for visitors to ABTT at Alexandra Palace on both days of the show.

Cinema Roma playing at a higher level with Alcons pro-ribbons

03/06/2016 - Project News

The Netherlands – RSB Cinemas from Wijchen is a pioneer in the concept of service cinema in the Netherlands, where personal attention and a relaxed atmosphere are of paramount importance. RSB Cinemas operates several service cinemas in the centre and south of the Netherlands. For the three halls in the newly built Cinema Roma Wijchen, RSB Cinemas chose speaker systems from Alcons.

The Knight of Illumination Awards 2016 shakes up judging panel

03/06/2016 - Event News

UK The Knight of Illumination Awards 2016 (KOI), which celebrates the creative talents of international lighting and digital content designers working in the UK, announces it has added new members to the judging panels of two of the awards categories.

Funktion-One and Powersoft combine for new level of bass performance

03/06/2016 - Equipment News

USA – Two of professional audio’s most respected companies have joined forces to create a standout product that is capturing imaginations and thrilling audiences. Funktion-One’s F132, which features Powersoft‘s M-Force 10kW linear transducer, was recently deployed in the Carl Cox and Friends Arena at Ultra Miami, causing Carl Cox to proclaim its effect in combination with Vero as the “very best sonic sound experience I have ever had in that area”.

Lab Gruppen Superpower Goes Super Slim

03/06/2016 - Equipment News

Lab Gruppen has announced that it has expanded its D Series advanced install-dedicated amplifier platform with the introduction of three slimline models, the D 40:4L, D 20:4L and D 10:4L. The D Series now consists of six power levels which offers integrators ‘genuine open interoperability’ providing seamless integration with a wide range of digital audio and control protocols.

Battery powered M-Lite from Miltec, with six 12W or 15W LEDs and up to 16 hours battery life

03/06/2016 - Equipment News

The new M-Lite is a battery powered LED lighting unit, with up to 16 hours use from a single charge, and features either four-in-one or five-in-one LEDs.

Electrosonic Upgrades Highways England's Eastern Regional Control Centre

03/06/2016 - Project News

UK – Electrosonic, an international audio-visual systems integrator has recently installed a dynamic display system (DDS) at Highways England’s Eastern Regional Control Centre in South Mimms. Comprising of 24, 67-inch LED illuminated ‘cubes’, the new DDS technology has delivered a solution that is virtually maintenance free, energy efficient and suitable for 24/7 usage.

It's Not Rocket Science … just a bit of Unusual Rigging

03/06/2016 - Production News

UK Proving that 'science isn't just for geeks', It's not Rocket Science launched on ITV in February, with each of the six episodes packed with thrilling large-scale experiments.

Doughty Engineering provides bespoke solution for Musee La Boverie in Liège

03/06/2016 - Project News

Belgium Doughty Engineering has been brought on board byFEELTEC SPRLU to supply a new lighting hoist and technical grid to the Musee La Boverie as part of the museum’s 30 million Euro refurbishment. The newly renovated museum, designed by architect Rudy Ricciotti, who is known for his work on the MUCEM in Marseille, boasts 3,000 square metres of space with an additional glass box extension which opens out onto the nearby park offering a further 2,000 square metres.

BroadWeigh hits the high notes on Mariah Carey's world tour

03/06/2016 - Production News

UK – When Mariah Carey kicked off her Sweet Sweet Fantasy world tour at the SSE Arena in Glasgow, Colin Luke, senior project manager at Load Cell Rental was requested by the tour's production manager Ian Kinnersley to complete a full weight report of the rig. In order to do this effectively, Colin relied on BroadWeigh. launches – New web portal of industry services

03/06/2016 - Business News

UK – – an industry-supported web portal providing instant access to three vital needs of rental and production service companies has now launched.

CORE Provides Excellent Wireless LED Solutions

02/06/2016 - Production News

The general rise in demand for wireless LED lighting technology has seen UK manufacturer CORE Lighting’s various battery powered wireless LED lighting fixtures providing solutions for a wide range of companies and projects – large and small, both internationally and in its home UK market.

Meyer Sound Introduces Galileo GALAXY at InfoComm in Las Vegas

02/06/2016 - Equipment News

USA – The new Meyer Sound Galileo GALAXY network platform will make its worldwide debut at InfoComm 2016 in Las Vegas. As the next generation of the Galileo processor line, GALAXY offers the most advanced processing power and networking standards available. Visit the Meyer Sound booth to learn about the company’s leading-edge approach towards technological innovation in sound reinforcement. In demo room N112, “Real World SPL” will present the company’s approach towards measuring SPL (sound pressure level) to achieve real-world results. The importance of headroom and low distortion will be demonstrated through a Meyer Sound cinema system.

NATEAC offers discounted rooms to attendees

02/06/2016 - Event News

USA – The North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference (NATEAC) is offering discounted rooms at the Roosevelt Hotel for all registered NATEAC attendees. The rate is $219/day +tax and is available 16th, 17th and 18th July.

d&b audiotechnik strengthens UK sales partner network with SFL Group

02/06/2016 - Business News

UK – d&b audiotechnik Great Britain has appointed SFL, Reading based AV supplier as an official UK sales partner, in a move which sees d&b strengthen the UK partner network.

Movecat premieres VMW-S 125-3-30 MK II Entertainment Winch in Frankfurt

02/06/2016 - Event News

Germany - At this year's Prolight + Sound show in Frankfurt, Movecat presented for the first time the new MK II version of its VMW-S 125-3-30 Entertainment Winch. In comparison to that of its predecessor, the performance of the new winch has been optimized in numerous areas.

Swedish Concert Hall Installs Flexible dLive System

02/06/2016 - Project News

The Concert Hall of Örebro in Sweden recently underwent a major renovation including an overhaul of all its AV equipment and the purchase of two Allen & Heath dLive digital mixing systems.

Pennsylvania Ballet World Premiere of “Don Quixote” Features Clay Paky Alpha Spots and Profiles

02/06/2016 - Production News

USA – Philadelphia-based lighting designer Michael Korsch selected Clay Paky Alpha Spot QWO 800 and Alpha Profile 800 ST moving lights as part of the rig for the world premiere of “Don Quixote” at the Pennsylvania Ballet.

Yamaha HS-I Powered Studio Monitors Deliver Enhanced Versatility for More Applications

02/06/2016 - Equipment News

On 1st June 2016 Yamaha introduced the HS-I range of powered speakers, which adds mounting points to the popular HS Series studio monitors, making the range suitable for a significantly broader range of monitoring, sound reinforcement and installation environments.

White Light and ETC Reach for the Sky with The Shepherd’s Life

02/06/2016 - Production News

UK – Last month saw the world-premiere of The Shepherd’s Life which ran at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick to rave reviews. Based on the best-selling novel by James Rebanks, the play tells the story of life as a modern-day shepherd in the Lake District, using film, puppetry and, of course, lighting. The lighting designer was Andrew J Lindsay whose design had to both replicate the Cumbrian landscape as well as the ever-changing skies that surround it. He approached White Light to supply the lighting equipment, drawing particularly on a range of ETC products.

SES and The Avett Brothers Truly Happy with L-Acoustics on True Sadness Tour

02/06/2016 - Production News

USA – In today’s post-rock music world where genre-bending has become the norm rather than the exception, touring companies – now more than ever – require concert sound systems that are both impactful and articulate while still being road-friendly in terms of transport and deployment. Those challenges recently influenced a decision by Special Event Services (SES) of Winston-Salem, NC to specify to a system combining L-Acoustics’ K1 and K2 systems for an extensive North American outing with The Avett Brothers.

grandMA2 software version 3.2 out now: Massive update

02/06/2016 - Equipment News

grandMA2 has long been considered the reference in reliable feature-rich entertainment lighting control. Far from being complacent with this enviable reputation, MA Lighting continues to work closely with production industry professionals to build upon and refine the industry standard control platform. The latest version 3.2 software is a massive release and offers significant developments across many areas of the console, resulting in faster and more flexible programming.

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama to Begin Work on £16.7m Phase 5 North Block Development

02/06/2016 - Project News

UK - Following the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s independent review into institution-specific funding, and the confirmation that The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama’s provision is world-leading, the School is delighted to announce that it can now move ahead with the next phase of development on its site in Swiss Cottage. The new North Block building, which received planning permission from Camden Council in March of 2015 after a lengthy period of consultation, will improve the campus’s provisions and provide access to cutting-edge arts facilities for both students and the local community, further cementing the School’s reputation as a North London cultural hub.

Jean Lariviere Joins Elation as Rental and Production Market Manager

01/06/2016 - People News

USA – Elation Professional has announced that industry professional Jean Lariviere has joined the company’s sales team as rental and production market manager. Jean will work to build on the success Elation has gained in working with top lighting designers and exposing them to the Elation product line.

Painting with Light takes Schlagerfestival to New Levels

01/06/2016 - Production News

Belgium – Creative visual design practice Painting with Light helped take Belgium’s 2016 Schlagerfestival to a new level of presentational excellence with an impressive multi-dimensional stage, set, video and lighting design.

Bandit Lights Hangout Music Festival

01/06/2016 - Production News

USA – For most, going to the ocean and beach is enough incentive for a weekend away, but at the Hangout Music Festival, the seaside is just one of the many draws. Bandit Lites provided the lighting for the festivals main Hangout Stage, the Surf Stage positioned at the opposite end of the beach and the AXS TV Stage, where those who could not make it to the beach could still see live performances online and on television. Major acts this year included Jason Isbell, The Weeknd, Alabama Shakes, Cage the Elephant, Panic! at the Disco, Ellie Goulding, Florence + The Machine and Lenny Kravitz.

d&b audiotechnik launches software plug-in for QSC Q-SYS at InfoComm 2016

01/06/2016 - Event News

USA - At InfoComm 2016 d&b audiotechnik will introduce its software plug-in for the Q-SYS platform from QSC, LLC enabling the comprehensive control and monitoring of d&b amplifiers and loudspeakers from any Q-SYS Core.

Chauvet Professional Ovation and Rogue Work Magic Together at Art 2 Wear

01/06/2016 - Production News

USA – Great fashion, as the legendary designer Christian Dior once observed, requires a happy balance between accents and a base. So too does great fashion show lighting. LD Daniel Thibault of Alpha Production Group demonstrated this point quite beautifully recently by blending the warm white light of the Ovation E-190WW with the rich colours of the Rogue R2 Wash at Art 2 Wear, an annual fashion show that celebrates the work of North Carolina State Design School students.

C3 Church Sends Clear Message with Adamson S-Series

01/06/2016 - Project News

USA – C3 Church offers it members three campuses to choose from in the San Diego area. In an effort to keep the quality of their sound reinforcement above reproach, they recently contracted Sound Image to design and install an Adamson S10 system at their Central Campus worship centre.

Yamaha QL1 Steals the Limelight at V&A Theatre Exhibition

01/06/2016 - Production News

UK – London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is currently staging a special exhibition titled Curtain Up: Celebrating 40 Years Of Theatre In London And New York. A key part is the ‘Backstage’ section, which looks at theatre sound and lighting, where a Yamaha QL1 digital console with the StageMix iPad app is allowing visitors to enjoy the hands-on experience of mixing a show.

PRG XL Video Team Up with Production Manager Joel Stanley for Kygo’s Cloud Nine Tour

01/06/2016 - Production News

UK – It’s a rare occurrence for an act to make the Brixton Academy stage look ten times its actual size, but Kygo, achieved just that when his Cloud Nine tour dropped into London on 22nd and 23rd April. The 24-year-old Norwegian tropical house DJ, songwriter, producer and musician has amassed an enviable following, and performed highly sought-after sets at EDM festivals around the world last summer. Recently he achieved a huge milestone, becoming the fastest artist ever to reach 1 billion streams on Spotify!

Blackout Supply The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations

01/06/2016 - Production News

UK – H Power called upon Blackout’s expertise to dress the Royal Box and Castle Arena stage ahead of the momentous Royal Windsor Horse Show, in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday, May 2016.

Philips Vari-Lite immerses the audience on Eurovision 2016

01/06/2016 - Production News

Seden Philips Lighting has announced that award-winning Eurovision 2016 lighting designer Fredrik Jönsson incorporated 40 Philips Vari-Lite VL3500 Wash luminaires into crucial audience lighting for the musical extravaganza's grand final.

Christie 6P laser projection system earning plaudits at National Infantry Museum’s Giant Screen Theater and gives longer life and lower cost of ownership

01/06/2016 - Project News

USA – The Christie and D3D Cinema upgrade from film to 6P laser projection at the National Infantry Museum’s Giant Screen Theater Georgia has created a technologically advanced, multi-purpose space and expanded the museum’s content range. Installed by AV industry pioneer D3D Cinema, the two Christie Solaria CP42LH 6P laser projectors enable the theatre to show a range of 3D content and Hollywood blockbusters –as well as alternative content and live events – to better align the theatre with the museum’s mission of providing guests with an immersive experience of the United States Army Infantry’s valorous history.

Movecat chain-hoist remote control on world tour with Adele

01/06/2016 - Production News

For Adele's world tour, Movecat has developed a chain hoist remote control, suitable for use throughout the world, that is now also available to other users. The MRC R-Series includes models operating in the 2.4GHz ISM band for the remote control of four, eight or 12 Movecat D8/D8 Plus chain hoists. These Motion Remote Controllers feature the Tru-Diversity transceiver system. To provide for interference-free operation, this allows the user to choose any of ten channels or else opt for automatic channel selection. The MRC R-Series is R&TTE, ETSI EN 300 220/328, DIN EN 60204-32 and EN 13849-1 compliant.

Eurovision Song Contest voted again for grandMA2: Over 60 DMX universes were handled with ease

01/06/2016 - Production News

Sweden – grandMA2 control was once again considered the only choice for lighting and video control at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) staged in the Globe Arena, Stockholm.

DiGiCo gets weird with Little Mix

01/06/2016 - Production News

Worldwide – Former X Factor winners Little Mix are currently promoting their third album, Get Weird, with a major tour of Europe, Oceania and Asia. Playing largely arenas and summer festival dates, a pair of DiGiCo consoles are adding some Black Magic to the mix.

Visions Lighting Uses Elation Gear on String of Early Season Events

01/06/2016 - Production News

USA – Southern California-based Visions Lighting is one of the busiest production and lighting companies on the US West Coast with an ever-growing client list that includes some of our industry’s most influential events and artists. Serving major promotion companies like Insomniac Events, AEG and Goldenvoice, Visions has consistently turned to Elation lighting gear to fulfil lighting briefs and 2016 has been no exception with Elation products lighting this year’s Coachella, StageCoach and Wango Tango festivals among other events. Visions Lighting President Todd Roberts, who serves as the primary designer on many of the projects along with Visions’ in-house drafting team of Jake Forbes and Nathan Jones, sums up the reason. “I continue to go with Elation because the products hold up well and they have great customer service.”

ETC equips private school in Switzerland

01/06/2016 - Project News

Switzerland – The Institut Le Rosey on the banks of Lake Geneva is one of the world's most renowned private schools. The prestigious boarding school houses a large number of classrooms of different types and a modern concert hall: the Paul & Henri Carnal Hall. This complex comprises the 900-seat Rosey Concert Hall and the 227-square-metre Black Box Studio. The venue is equipped with a large number of products from ETC that were installed by Electric Claudio Merlo (ECM), ETC's distributor in Switzerland. These include Gio, Ion and Element consoles, as well as Selador Desire D60 fixtures and conventional Source Four Zoom and Source Four Revolution luminaires.