News Archive for July 2016

Adamson E-Series Kicks Off Li Ronghao Tour in Shanghai

29/07/2016 - Production News

China – Popular Chinese pop singer, music producer and professional guitarist and “New Asian King” Li Ronghao recently kicked off his “ideal world tour” with a concert at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai. The tour is being reinforced by an Adamson E-Series PA provided by Beijing Global Visual Culture Development Co. Ltd.

Meyer Sound D-Mitri Provides Sonic Immersion at Dragone’s Dai Show Theatre

29/07/2016 - Project News

China – At China’s domed Dai Show Theatre, built exclusively for producer Franco Dragone’s newest themed spectacle, the nightly displays of jaw-dropping aquatic acrobatics are bolstered by immersive music and effects sonically choreographed through a 128-channel Meyer Sound D-Mitri digital audio platform and reproduced by an encircling array of 103 Meyer Sound loudspeakers.

LD Peter Greenbaum Adds Rogue R1 FX-B to Today Show Rig for Gwen Stefani Performance

29/07/2016 - Production News

USA – From her ska band days with No Doubt, Gwen Stefani has filled every stage she ever set foot on with flair, style and an unmistakable swagger. When the platinum blonde multi-Grammy winner appeared on the Today Show’s Citi Concert Series recently with her trademark deep red lipstick and backed by dancers in leopard print body suits, lighting designer Peter Greenbaum wanted to do something special to accent the onstage magic. He provided this extra pop by beefing up his Rockefeller Plaza rig with 20 of the new Chauvet Professional Rogue R1 FX-B moving LED fixtures, supplied by WorldStage.

MIDAS PRO X Rocks Wawa Welcome America!

29/07/2016 - Production News

USA – MIDAS’ flagship console, the PRO X, was put to use as America’s largest pops orchestra, The Philly POPS, opened festivities for Wawa Welcome America, Philadelphia’s citywide Fourth of July celebrations. The 65-piece Philly POPS is the largest pops orchestra in the United States which boasts a repertoire of songs from colonial times up through today’s chart toppers. 

Ambersphere sets the Scenius for DPL Production Lighting

29/07/2016 - Production News

UK – DPL Production Lighting has been in business since 1989 and its client list is about as broad as it gets. From schools and drama groups to music festivals and arena shows, each customer receives the same level of professional service and technical expertise. Managing director Darren Parker explains why DPL has recently chosen to invest in the newest moving light fixture from Clay Paky, the Scenius. “As a company that supplies equipment to all sorts of different events, from those looking for a single followspot or a couple of washes up to a full festival lighting rig with all possible bells and whistles on it, we have to maintain the very broadest range of stock in the warehouse. We already have a solid relationship with Clay Paky’s UK distributors, Ambersphere Solutions and have invested in Clay Paky before with great success so it seemed the obvious way to go.”

PixelFLEX creates “Slime Time” with Nickelodeon at the 2016 Licensing Expo

29/07/2016 - Production News

USA – Held inside the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, the 2016 Licensing Expo is the world’s premier brand, character and art marketplace that connects owners and agents with retailers, licensees and manufacturers. Estimated as a $262.9 billion industry, exhibitors must create a captivating visitor experience in order for these connections to be made. So when Nickelodeon, the world’s number-one entertainment brand for kids approached Tangram International about creating an inviting and memorable booth experience for their guests, they knew LED video would play a significant role in the design solution, and that LED solution was PixelFLEX FLEXLite Plus 3.9mm technology supplied by TLS Productions, Inc.

PRG XL Video Have a Major Presence at the ABTT Theatre Show 2016

29/07/2016 - Event News

UK - The 38th ABTT Theatre Show took place at Alexandra Palace on 22nd and 23rd June. PRG XL Video had a multi-faceted presence at the event and spent two highly productive days meeting and catching up with clients, colleagues and industry peers.

Avolites delivers eclectic mix of lighting and video at Glastonbury 2016

29/07/2016 - Production News

UK Avolites' lighting consoles, dimmers and media servers have once again delivered robust, festival-proof performance to astounding shows across Glastonbury's vast and varied musical programme.

White Light Faces EXPOSURE at St James Theatre

28/07/2016 - Production News

UK - This evening (28th July 2016) marks the world premiere of EXPOSURE The Musical at St James Theatre, London. The brand-new British musical has been written by Mike Dyer and Quentin Russell and stars television favourites Michael Greco and Natalie Anderson. Alongside providing the lighting to The Stripper which is currently running in the venue’s studio space, White Light has also supplied the equipment for this exciting new production.

DPA Microphones Bring New Meaning to the Phrase ‘In-Car Audio’

28/07/2016 - Production News

USA – Production sound mixer and sound recordist Rashad Omar has been using DPA d:screet miniature microphones and d:dicate recording microphones to capture dialogue for a number of high-profile feature films include American Honey, which recently won the 2016 Jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

Bram de Clerck Joins Robe

28/07/2016 - People News

Belgium – Bram de Clerck (pictured) joins Robe lighting s.r.o. as business development manager for touring, TV and live events.

MDG’s ATMe adds atmosphere to Week 53, The Lowry’s first Arts Festival

28/07/2016 - Production News

UK – Performance and visual arts venue, The Lowry, in Greater Manchester’s Salford Quays launched its first festival of arts, Week 53, earlier this year. The 11-day festival, which brought together contemporary dance, visual arts, music and theatre in interactive installations, exhibitions and performances, featured more than 200 international artists, and will be held annually for the next three years with a view to extend into the future. The occasion was marked by the procurement of a new ATMe haze generator to complement The Lowry’s 15-year-old MDG Atmosphere.

CPL Invests Again in d&b

28/07/2016 - Production News

UK – Fast-growing live video, AV and technical production specialist CPL announces a further investment in d&b audio equipment, underlining its commitment to the leading brand, with whom CPL has enjoyed a long and productive relationship stretching back 20 years.

One of a Kind: The New STRIKE 1 from Chauvet Professional

28/07/2016 - Equipment News

Following up on the success of its STRIKE 4 multi-format warm white fixture, Chauvet Professional has introduced the STRIKE 1, a versatile single pod light that excels as a blinder, strobe, wash and flood. The newest member of the STRIKE series, this fixture is more than a scaled-down version of its famous forbearer. With a 230W warm white LED source (each of the four pods in the STRIKE 4 is 100W), the STRIKE 1 has a blisteringly bright and intense output. An outdoor-rated fixture, it is ready to add eye-popping looks to festival stages and open-air events, as well as to arena and music hall concerts.

Gotthard Base Tunnel’s opening show radiates with GLP impression X4 Bars

28/07/2016 - Production News

Germany – The company Winkler Multi Media Events in Canton Aargau is one of the leading Swiss event solution providers for multimedia and three-dimensional live communication. They were recently entrusted with providing the equipment for the opening ceremony of the Gotthard Base Tunnel.

Historic Fantasy Film Centre Reopens After Major Refurbishment with Meyer Sound Cinema System

27/07/2016 - Project News

Meyer Sound and Fantasy Studios – both major forces in extraordinary sound and recording – have announced a collaboration on the newly re-launched Fantasy Film Center. Featuring a state-of-the-art Meyer Sound cinema system, the completely refurbished historic Fantasy Film Center now has a new 5.1/7.1 monitoring system comprised of three Acheron 80 screen channel loudspeakers, ten HMS-12 surround loudspeakers, two 650-P subwoofers, and a Galileo loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 408 and one Galileo 616 processor for system drive and optimisation.

Chauvet Maverick series take W-DMX

27/07/2016 - Equipment News

Chauvet Professional introduced its Maverick series at Prolight + Sound this year. The new series features three power-packed tour ready moving fixtures: the MK2 Wash, MK1 Hybrid and MK2 Spot. Setting a new standard for professional tour-graded lights, these fixtures offer a host of performance features never seen before in their price range. Among these features is the integration of a W-DMX receiver card in every Maverick unit fitted as standard out of the factory.

Rogue Adds Depth to Mountain Jam Fest Stage

27/07/2016 - Production News

USA – A radio station that includes the name of the most iconic music festival in history in its own moniker has got to be steeped in rock tradition. Such is the case with WDST/Radio Woodstock. Located just a few miles from Max Yasgur’s farm where the original Woodstock festival took place, the station has been at the forefront of progressive rock music for over 30 years, an accomplishment that has earned it three Billboard Magazine “Station of the Year” awards.

Enteetainment at Rochester Castle Concerts

27/07/2016 - Production News

UK – The ‘enteetainment’ team led by Amy Harmsworth assisted by Frankie Tee have recently delivered yet another successful season of the Rochester Castle Concerts on behalf of Medway council.

Clay Paky at the Ruhr Reggae Summer festival: Caribbean sounds on the Ruhr

27/07/2016 - Production News

Germany – For most people, reggae conjures up images of beaches, palm trees and Jamaica. The Ruhr district certainly does not have those features. Despite this, the Reggae Summer Festival, an annual music event devoted to the Jamaican music genre, has been held on the Ruhr since 2006. Besides reggae, dance hall and afrobeat can also be heard in the Revierpark Wischlingen in Dortmund.

Allen & Heath Strengthens dLive Ecosystem with Four New Products

27/07/2016 - Equipment News

Allen & Heath has introduced several key additions to its flagship dLive digital mixing system, with the launch of the IP6 and IP8 fully-configurable and networkable remote controllers, and the Waves V3 and gigaACE audio networking cards.

Creating a bigger picture for Higher Education

27/07/2016 - Project News

UK – For over 40 years, Saville Audio Visual has been a leading provider of audio visual systems to colleges and universities throughout the UK. As one of the first AV integrators to take up the university challenge, the company is continuing to set the pace – with large format LED videowall technology.

Global growth drives new structure at J&C Joel

27/07/2016 - People News

UK – Leading manufacturer of flame retardant fabrics, drapery and stage engineering solutions, J&C Joel, has announced a new board structure.

Bat for Lashes takes DiGiCo S21 on tour

27/07/2016 - Production News

UK – Natasha Khan, aka Bat for Lashes, is an English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Her monitor engineer is Arron James Smith, who has been working with her on the promo tour for her new album The Bride, a three date run of churches and cathedrals in the UK and her appearances on Europe’s summer festival circuit. His console of choice is a DiGiCo S21.

HSL Enjoys One Hell of a Nite with Chris Brown

26/07/2016 - Production News

Europe – HSL supplied lighting, rigging and a Kinesys automation system for the recent European leg of Chris Brown’s “One Hell of a Nite” tour, working for production designer and manager Tom E. Marzullo from Out Of Our Minds Creative Services, LLC.

BMFLs Project 300 Metres for 7 Gold Coast News Launch

26/07/2016 - Production News

Australia – Robe BMFL Spots blasted stunning, crisp, clear images of Australian broadcaster 7 News’ logo from 300 metres away, positioned near the top of the southern hemisphere’s highest building, Q1.

Clay Paky with the Scorpions: 50 years of rock history on tour

26/07/2016 - Production News

No German band can be compared to the Scorpions in terms of history, success and international popularity. The group was originally called "Nameless" and was formed in Sarstedt, in 1965, by guitarist Rudolf Schenker and drummer Wolfgang Dziony. The same year they adopted the name they became famous with: "Scorpions”. During the decades that followed, the band made history: 18 albums, an almost infinite list of awards and innumerable tours, which have taken the Scorpions all over the world. Today the group has embarked upon its latest world tour.

AC-ET to Host August UK Digital Wireless Days in Association with Shure

26/07/2016 - Event News

UK – A.C. Audio, a sales division of A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd., is hosting Digital Wireless Days in association with Shure in August, to demonstrate the brand’s industry-leading wireless solutions, decode the jargon, and explain why the future of wireless is digital.

ETC and The Lir Academy team up to educate the Emerald Isle

26/07/2016 - Standards News

Ireland – Designed to renew and inspire Irish theatre, film and television, The Lir Academy opened in 2011 with a vision to become a centre of excellence for the dramatic arts in Ireland. Developed with collaboration from the Cathal Ryan Trust, and in association with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA), The Lir offers first-rate training for the theatre and related professions. This year, the institution has turned its attention to updating its curriculum for technical theatre and lighting design students, leading to a partnership with ETC.

Pink Floyd Tribute Eclipse Creates Stage Presences with Chauvet Professional

26/07/2016 - Production News

New Zealand It was never just about the music with Pink Floyd. True, the psychodelic licks laid down by the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers broke new ground, and yes, their music resonates as vibrantly today as it did decades ago – but this band is remembered almost as much for its eye-popping shows as it is for its songs. Pink Floyd’s legacy of bright, visually powerful stage productions lives on today in New Zealand, thanks to a tribute band formed (quite fittingly) by a lighting designer who uses the colour and intenstity of Chauvet Professional fixtures to create light shows that do the group’s legacy proud.

PixelFLEX extends the creativity of the 2016 Miss Florida Pageant

26/07/2016 - Production News

USA – Taking centre stage inside the Lakeland Center, the 2016 Miss Florida Scholarship Pageant showcased 48 contestants all vying for the opportunity to compete for the coveted title of Miss America. Held in conjunction with the Miss Florida Outstanding Teen Pageant, production designer Trenton Dick was once again working behind the scenes at Miss Florida, and was asked this year to build upon the previous pageants' LED video design. So with an expanded budget and some increased expectations, Dick decided to create three LED video walls for the event using FLEXLite Plus 6.9mm and FLEXCurtain HD 12.5mm LED video technology from Nashville-based PixelFLEX.

Clay Paky Scenius makes its Australian debut at the CMC Music Awards

26/07/2016 - Production News

Australia – The CMC Music Awards 2016 were held at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), with some of the biggest names in country music including superstars Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line, Australia's own Adam Harvey, and rising country star Kelsea Ballerini taking to the stage to perform.

Arena Group Introduces I-Novation

26/07/2016 - Production News

UK – Arena Group has expanded its temporary buildings offering, supplying new I-Novation structures to create the official merchandise hall at The Open, Royal Troon and the Leonardo exhibition hall at Farnborough International Airshow, July 10th – 17th, 2016.

Dante Heats Up Indoor, Outdoor Audio at AmericanAirlines Arena

26/07/2016 - Project News

USA – The AmericanAirlines Arena, located in Miami, home to the NBA’s Miami Heat, recently completed an entire audio-visual upgrade using Audinate’s Dante Audio-over-IP networking solution for low-latency, multichannel audio routing and distribution. The HEAT Group, the marketing and booking group within the AmericanAirlines Arena, has spent the last 15 years renovating and expanding areas of the arena. This latest technology upgrade not only included the arena bowl, but also a recently built exterior performance area.

Adamson Expands Management at Global Headquarters

26/07/2016 - People News

Canada – After several years of growth Adamson has announced an expansion of its management team at its global headquarters in Port Perry, Canada. Benoit Cabot is promoted to director of R&D while Marc Weber joins in a director capacity to launch a new product and brand management division. They join director James Oliver to continue the strengthening of a young leadership team that has been instrumental in the increased visibility of the brand.

Panasonic nominated in five categories at AV Awards 2016

26/07/2016 - Event News

UK – Panasonic has been nominated in five categories at this year’s AV Awards, including Manufacturer of the Year.

CS Audio Uses KLANG:technologies 3D IEM for Heritage Orchestra with Massive Attack at BST

25/07/2016 - Production News

UK – Servicing tours with Clean Bandit, Laura Mvula and Massive Attack, CS Audio engineered for Massive Attack at their BST gig in Hyde Park in July. The sound equipment hire company has a strong emphasis on touring control and monitor packages, and particularly IEM’s due to company MD Paul Hatt also being a monitor engineer.

Brunvoll Thrusts into New Era with Renkus-Heinz

25/07/2016 - Project News

Norway In the maritime world, few names are as respected as Brunvoll, the manufacturer of thrusters for the world's most advanced sea-faring vessels. Now 104 years old but still proudly family owned, the company bases itself in the Norwegian coastal city of Molde. There, the opening of an impressive new headquarters was recently celebrated by VIP guests including a video greeting from Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg. Meanwhile, the engineering excellence of Brunvoll meant expectations were high for the technical systems installed in the company's new home.

dbn Lights 'Somme 100 Manchester'

25/07/2016 - Production News

UK – dbn Lighting, working for Somme 100 and Manchester City Council, provided lighting, LED screen and rigging equipment, an enormous electric-art sun piece and crew for a major cultural concert as the finale of the ‘Somme 100 Manchester’, a massive public art and performance event in Heaton Park, Manchester marking the UK-based commemoration of 100 years since the start of the First World War’s deadly Battle of the Somme.

Robe Provides a PARFect Solution

25/07/2016 - Project News

The Netherlands – DeFabrique is a fantastic canal-side event space located in the former Ulbe Twijnstra oil mill and processing plant in Maarssen, Utrecht, which dates back to the 1920s and oozes style and amazing industrial chic.

Clay Paky lights Jugend Forscht, the biggest youth science and technology competition in Europe

25/07/2016 - Production News

Germany – Jugend Forscht is the biggest youth science and technology competition in Europe. The event was created by the then editor-in-chief of Stern magazine, Henri Nannen, way back in 1965. Every year, in addition to the regional contests organized in the individual states, a national competition is held, which is the highlight of the event. It is contested by the young scientists and researchers who win the first prizes in the regional competitions. During the final, the best competitors are tested in the seven Jugend Forscht subject areas. This year there were 51 participants, and the contest was managed by the Jugend forscht e.V. Foundation, together with the Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum, Paderborn.

Chauvet Professional Next NXT-1 Moves Fast on Ha*Ash Latin American Tour

25/07/2016 - Production News

Mexico – With five Billboard Top 20 albums and a wildly dedicated fan base, Ha*Ash, the Mexican sister duo of Hanna Nicole and Ashley Grace, has seen their career take off like a rocket. Responding to this success, the pair have put together an ambitious schedule for their “Primera Fila” tour, often performing two or three shows a week separated by hundreds of miles across multiple national borders.

NATEAC 2016 comes to a successful close

25/07/2016 - Event News

USA - By any measure, the 2016 North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference (NATEAC), a quadrennial two-day event, has been a complete success. The conference attracted over 300 delegates from 11 countries on four continents with more than 75 speakers offering presentations at 24 sessions as well as a keynote address and plenary session.

Coldplay's visuals guru chooses Avolites Ai media servers to create ultimate video system for world tour

25/07/2016 - Production News

Worldwide – Coldplay's acclaimed live show video director Ben Miles chose to work with British manufacturer Avolites and Avolites' Ai media server distributor and technical specialist RES (Realtime Environment Systems) to design what he describes as 'the ultimate video system' for the Brit rockers' current world tour.

Robe Gets the Viborg Vibes

22/07/2016 - Production News

Denmark – The beautiful and ancient city of Viborg in central Jutland is one of the oldest in Denmark dating back to the 8th century Viking settlements and has always had a great tradition for meetings and commercial and social interactions. Each year in June the streets, squares and parks become energised with “Snapsting”, a ten-day annual festival, organised by the city to bring entertainment, arts, culture, sports, music and fun to its community.

Elite Multimedia helps Gary Allan fans See, Hear and Feel the Music

22/07/2016 - Production News

USA – With five number one singles, 14 top ten hits and over 270 million streams to his name, multi-platinum EMI Nashville recording artist Gary Allan has long been admired by fans and music industry insiders for his unwavering uniqueness in country music today. Currently on tour supporting his new single, “Do You Wish It Was Me?,” Allan remains dedicated to bringing the most heart-felt live performance to each of his shows. Production manager Brandon Quisberg understands the commitment needed to make sure every fan walks away knowing they experienced the best show possible, and they are doing so with a lighting and LED video rig supplied by Nashville-based tour provider Elite Multimedia.

Penn Elcom Gets Wired for New Studio in Hastings

22/07/2016 - Project News

UK – Penn Elcom completed the design and installation of a wiring infrastructure for a new recording studio in Hastings, housed in an old Methodist Church building in the heart of the town. The studio is owned by Paul Godfrey, songwriter/producer and well known as creator of the popular trip hop trio, Morcheeba.

Ahlstrand Productions Creates Quick Looks for Brett Eldredge with Rogue R1 FX-B

22/07/2016 - Production News

USA – For rising young country music star Brett Eldredge, appearing on tour with Grammy and CMA-winning legend Keith Urban represents another milestone in a career that has taken off like a rocket. Like every support act though, Eldredge’s team is expected to get its lighting floor package on and off the stage quickly. This dictum could have created a special challenge, since Eldredge’s big sound requires an equally impressive light show, but lighting designer Trevor Ahlstrand of Ahlstrand Productions and lighting director Wesley Palmer overcame this obstacle with help from Chauvet Professional’s new Rogue R1 FX-B fixture.

Bumper shortlist announced for Event Technology Awards as number of submissions increase by fifty percent

22/07/2016 - Event News

UK – If proof was required that the use of event technology continues to grow in stature and popularity, a quick look at the lengthy shortlist for this year’s Event Technology Awards (ETAs) should satisfy even the biggest sceptic. Organiser, AMP Events, has announced the shortlist for 2016 and an impressive 196 entries have successfully made the cut. This has been whittled down from over 330 entries following a deluge of submissions for this year’s awards.

Clay Paky rocks out on Greenfield festival

22/07/2016 - Production News

Switzerland – Over 100 Clay Paky fixtures featured in Greenfield rock festival’s main and smaller stage rigs with lighting designer Nico Müller of technical supplier Go Audio choosing the fixtures for their “ideal balance of power consumption, output and weight”.

Rigging Industry Successfully Trials Live Events Trailblazer Apprenticeship

22/07/2016 - Standards News

UK - Rigging industry experts from across the UK joined forces at Birmingham’s’ Barclaycard Arena to trial the Trailblazer Live Event Rigging Apprenticeship assessment, 29th June 2016.

L-Acoustics delivers ultimate audio at Zero Gravity

22/07/2016 - Project News

UAE – Zero Gravity, a popular beach club, bar and restaurant situated on the perimeter of Skydive Dubai, unveiled its much-anticipated 2,000m2 expansion in March, including a 39m glass-fronted infinity swimming pool, 800sq/ft (75m2) multi-use stage and one of the world’s first permanent installations of L-Acoustics X Series, along with L-Acoustics K2 and Arcs Wide loudspeaker systems, which is part of an overall audiovisual system that uses the highest quality equipment currently available.

Cherry Moon Anniversary Embraces Robe

22/07/2016 - Production News

Belgium – Belgian lighting rental company Splendit supplied lighting equipment including Robe Pointes, CycFX 8s and LEDBeam 100s to a 25th anniversary event for legendary Belgian club phenomenon Cherry Moon at the Lotto Arena in Antwerp.

White Light Supplies Kit for The Stripper

21/07/2016 - Production News

UK – Currently running at the St James Theatre Studio, The Stripper is a revival of the 1985 musical which features lyrics by Richard O’Brien, the author of international smash-hit The Rocky Horror Show. In what has already been an extremely busy summer for the company, White Light has been approached to provide the lighting for this highly-anticipated production. 

DPA Microphones Welcomes New Product Manager, René Mørch

21/07/2016 - People News

Denmark – DPA Microphones has welcomed René Mørch as the company’s new product manager. Mørch previously worked for DPA Microphones from 2006 until 2009 as the research and development manager.

Elation Lights Popular “Raiding the Rock Vault” and “Raiding the Country Vault” Shows

21/07/2016 - Production News

USA – “Raiding the Rock Vault” and “Raiding the Country Vault” shows' production was developed by lighting designer Paul Dexter. Both productions present the biggest selling classic songs from an unrepeatable era (mainly 1965-1990) and include Elation Professional Platinum Series moving head fixtures and Cuepix Panel LED matrix blinders as visual support.

Udo Lindenberg does ‘his thing’ with impression X4 Bar LD Günter Jäckle brings No Panic tour to life with X4 Bar 10

21/07/2016 - Production News

Germany – Self-styled ‘Panic Rocker’ Udo Lindenberg is showing no sign of letting up. During his Keine Panik (No Panic) tour, the rock legend celebrated his 70th birthday, but there was no sign of him quietening down; and that was a good thing for all his fans.

The Clay Paky Mythos draw the sky at the Durban Christian Centre’s parking lot

21/07/2016 - Production News

South Africa – Thankfully no one was injured in a massive fire which burnt down Durban Christian Centre in Mayville, KwaZulu Natal on the evening of 8th June. Three days later, the sky was lit up by 12 Clay Paky Mythos, all pointed towards a star, as the congregation met together for a service held in their parking lot.

An MA Solution for Steve Angello and Summerburst

21/07/2016 - Production News

Sweden – The summer is here and the festival season is in full swing. In Sweden, this means Summerburst has arrived. Now in its sixth year, the festival has, to date, taken place at two distinct cities, Gothenburg and Stockholm. With audiences of over 100,000 at each venue, Summerburst presents the best in electronic music for two days at each site. This year Summerburst Baltic has been added; the Vingis Park, Vilnius in Lithuania will host the festival that boasts a multitude of artists from the EDM genre including headliner Steve Angello.

Najafi Design Creates Outdoor Paradise with Chauvet Professional and Iluminarc

21/07/2016 - Project News

USA – Anyone wanting to take a look inside Al’s Beach Club, doesn’t have to try too hard. That’s because for all practical purposes, this new live music venue has no “inside.” The only club in Fort Walden Beach located directly on the city’s famed Emerald Coast beach, Al’s is almost all open air, with no walls or barriers separating it from its surroundings.

GLP Conquers France

21/07/2016 - Business News

France – French wholesaler LA BS, who has been supplying professionals and end users for 25 years, has signed an exclusive distribution partnership with GLP for its lighting fixture solutions in France.

Showforce crew the Henley on Thames Festival

21/07/2016 - Production News

UK – Showforce, the event crewing specialist, was called upon by Henley Festival Ltd to help deliver their five-day black tie ‘boutique cultural experience’ at Henley-on-Thames this July.

VER enjoy a touch of Summertime festival fever

21/07/2016 - Production News

UK – Working with some of the biggest names in UK live entertainment production, VER has kicked off the festival season delivering a range of equipment packages to both Glastonbury and the Electric Daisy Carnival.

SGM sets out to conquer Asian territories with new distributor Sanecore

21/07/2016 - Business News

Asia – SGM has announced a new partnership with Sanecore, part of the IAG Group, as the new exclusive SGM distributor for mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao, effective as of 15th July 2016.

ECLPS Chooses Elation EPT6IP LED Displays for Annual Kiss 108 Summer Concert

21/07/2016 - Production News

USA – East Coast Lighting & Production Services, Inc. (ECLPS) needed a high resolution video panel for two high-impact video displays for Boston-based radio station Kiss 108’s summer concert and used Elation Professional’s EPT6IP LED video panels for the design. Held June 18th at Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts, ECLPS supplied all of the lighting and video products for the annual summer event, which featured an impressive line-up of pop artists including Halsey, Flo Rida, Charlie Puth, The Chainsmokers, Iggy Azalea and Nelly.

Robe BMFL WashBeams Help Kenny Chesney Spread the Love to his Fans

20/07/2016 - Production News

USA – Twenty-four Robe BMFL WashBeams are highlighting the fans for US country star Kenny Chesney’s current stadium tour, chosen by lighting designer Mike Swinford specifically to illuminate the audience for his “Spread the Love” tour.

Lukas Graham Has DPA Microphones at the Heart of its Touring Set Up

20/07/2016 - Production News

Europe – Danish singer Lukas Forchhammer, the frontman of the band Lukas Graham, is delighted with DPA’s new linear d:facto vocal microphone, which is helping the band deliver an exceptionally natural sound during its current European tour.

“Les Feluettes” Debuts at the Opera de Montreal with Clay Paky Scenius Spots

20/07/2016 - Production News

Canada – “Les Feluettes” (“Lilies”) made its world premiere at the Opera de Montreal recently playing to full houses during its four-night run. Lighting designer Martin Labrecque utilised seven Clay Paky Scenius Spots for the new production.

Integrated Solutions Group Accents Studio For Gannett’s D&C Digital With Chauvet Professional

20/07/2016 - Project News

USA – New technologies that excel under controlled test conditions in a laboratory don’t always meet expectations in real life. Every engineer knows that so too do lighting designers. This thought passed briefly through the mind of Jonathan Lipsy recently when he completed a video production studio project at New York’s D&C Digital, formerly the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.

PRG XL Video Upgrades its Barco Projector Inventory

20/07/2016 - Production News

UK - As part of a continuing programme of improving its inventory, PRG XL Video is upgrading its inventory of Barco projectors. This process offers greater flexibility of use across all the market sectors PRG XL serves.

d&b audiotechnik joins AVnu Alliance

20/07/2016 - Business News

Loudspeaker systems manufacturer, d&b audiotechnik, has announced it has joined the AVnu Alliance, the industry consortium that fosters the adoption of AVB/TSN (Audio Video Bridging/Time Sensitive Networking) protocols and an open ecosystem of certified products.

Robert Juliat lights up CANAL+ new INFOSPORT+ TV studio with Tibo LED profiles

20/07/2016 - Project News

France – INFOSPORT+, a themed TV channel offered by the CANAL+ Group, France’s leading pay-TV Group, recently installed 50 neutral white LED Robert Juliat Tibo profiles in its brand new broadcasting studio where they are in daily use on sports live news broadcasts.

dot2 software released: 512 free DMX channels with MA dot2 onPC

20/07/2016 - Equipment News

The new dot2 software release from MA Lighting comes with a great new feature. From now, the free of charge MA dot2 onPC version outputs up to 512 DMX channels without MA hardware. The free DMX channels can output sACN or Art-Net protocols in the first DMX universe. The MA dot2 onPC software is running under Windows 7 or higher.

Harlequin Floors proud to present the Australian Dance Awards for a record fifth year

20/07/2016 - Event News

Australia - On the day that the shortlist has been announced, Harlequin Floors has confirmed it will continue as the main presenting partner for the Australian Dance Awards when the 2016 event is staged at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia on Sunday 18th September. In an event presented by Ausdance in conjunction with Harlequin Floors, the Australian Dance Awards will celebrate the best in Australian professional dance at a gala showcase evening of performances and awards.

CT launches a new Integrated Networks design

20/07/2016 - Production News

Dave Crump, CT’s CEO Europe & Middle East, has announced the creation of a new CT department specialising in technical event infrastructure, led by Sid Lobb, CT’s director of integrated networks.

Hawthorn Project Their Creativity at D&AD New Blood Festival

20/07/2016 - Production News

UK – The D&AD New Blood Festival kicked off in Shoreditch, London on 5th July with creative technical production expert Hawthorn on hand to deliver technical production for two of this year’s exciting events.

Showlight 2017 Registration Now Open

20/07/2016 - Event News

Italy – Showlight has announced that delegate registration for the tenth Lighting Quadrennial, Showlight 2017, is now open.

Aladdin Hamburg with TiMax wins LEA Best Show award

20/07/2016 - Production News

Disney’s first European roll-out of its Broadway smash hit Aladdin has won the prestigious LEA Show of the Year award for 2016. Sponsored by PRG, the award ceremony took place at the Frankfurt Festhalle in April, with other nominees including the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Austria.

Elation DTW Series Variable-White Par and Bar LED Lights Now Available

20/07/2016 - Equipment News

The first products in Elation Professional’s new DTW Series of variable white LED lights are now available. An excellent choice when variable white light is required in broadcast, theatrical and conventional lighting situations, DTW Series fixtures are colour temperature adjustable and can emulate the 'dim to warm' look of conventional tungsten/halogen fixtures.

Gravity stands bring the sparkle to Club Zwoelfzehn

20/07/2016 - Project News

Germany – For its event series “Musikladen” (music shop), Stuttgart’s Club Zwoelfzehn now relies on stands from Gravity, an Adam Hall Group brand. “Top equipment for our young music talents in the Club Zwoelfzehn is very important for us,” says Kay Swoboda from the organiser Popbüro Region Stuttgart. The stands, which recently received iF Design and Red Dot Awards and are currently nominated for a German Design Award, convinced Swoboda right away: “Gravity proves that premium quality is not only available at a premium price. Whether feel, look or stability: the stands combine highest quality with an excellent price-performance ratio.” A further advantage, according to Swoboda, is the colour code system with the so-called 'G-Rings'. Kay Swoboda said: “Thanks to the personalisation, they make our daily job easier.”

MLA Shakes Hyde Park’s Great Oak to its Roots

20/07/2016 - Production News

UK – Appearing at Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park Festival (BST) for the fourth consecutive year, Martin Audio’s flagship MLA PA delivered its best performance ever, thanks to the new system optimisation created by their DISPLAY prediction software, now in its final beta test stage.

Audiobrains Takes Over Powersoft’s Japanese Distribution

20/07/2016 - Business News

Japan – Powersoft has appointed pro audio specialists Audiobrains as the company’s new Japanese distributor.

DiGiCo provides compact solution for Beverley Knight Soulsville tour

20/07/2016 - Production News

UK – This spring, three times MOBO award winner Beverley Knight completed a tour of UK theatres. DiGiCo SD10-24 digital mixing consoles, supplied by audio rental company Capital Sound Hire, graced both her front of house and monitor positions.

White Light Provides Shakespeare’s Globe with First-Ever Theatrical Lighting Rig

20/07/2016 - Project News

UK – Opening in 1997, Shakespeare’s Globe is a reconstruction of the Globe Theatre, an Elizabethan Playhouse in London which housed all of Shakespeare’s original works. Today, the theatre is dedicated to exploring Shakespeare’s work through both performance and education. Similar to the original productions, daytime performances within the venue have always used natural daylight, whilst evening shows use a broad wash of tungsten floodlighting. Now, for the first time ever, the venue is installing a theatrical lighting rig and has approached WL to provide the equipment.

Winly Joins Adamson Network

19/07/2016 - Production News

Taiwan – Taiwan-based sound company Winly Production Services Int’l Corp. has taken delivery of an Adamson E-series PA, making them the first Taiwanese company to join the Adamson network. The announcement was made by David Dohrmann, technical director, Asia Pacific for Adamson.

Kinesys Moves Miranda Lambert tour

19/07/2016 - Production News

USA – A Kinesys automation system is adding depth and dynamics to the stage for award winning country singer/songwriter Miranda Lambert’s current “Keeper of the Flame” tour in the US.

Haarlem Philharmonie Chooses Robe DL4X

19/07/2016 - Project News

The Netherlands – Marco Hartendorf, technical manager of the Philharmonie concert hall in Haarlem and his crew had huge smiles on their faces when their first Robe moving lights arrived at the venue: ten brand new DL4X Spots!

Ayrton introduces DreamSpot-18K – the world's first laser-source profile

19/07/2016 - Equipment News

Ayrton has established itself a reputation for developing only original and innovative products and this year’s release of fixtures has served to reinforce this view as the company launches DreamSpot-18k, the world’s first laser-source automated profile.

Chauvet Vesuvio Creates RGBA Fog Effects at Midnight Mafia

19/07/2016 - Production News

Australia After a short hiatus, Australia’s most popular all-night dance music festival, Midnight Mafia, was back with a bang this year at the magnificent Showground event space in Sydney’s Olympic Park, hosting some of Australia’s most popular DJs including The Enforcers and The Ace of Spades.

Bertil Mark Creates Live Vibe for Sarah Connor with GLP X4 Series

19/07/2016 - Production News

Germany – When award-winning German pop and R&B singer, Sarah Connor, started gearing up last Autumn for her Muttersprache tour in the DACH countries, experienced LD and production designer, Bertil Mark, was entrusted with lighting design duties.

SSL L500 Has Moves Like Jagger

19/07/2016 - Production News

USA – Jim Ebdon (pictured) has been the front of house engineer for Maroon 5 since the early stages of the band's rise to the top rung of the global pop-rock scene.
The most recent tour of US and Europe finishes in July before a new round starts in Texas in September. Accompanying Ebdon throughout this is his new choice of console, the SSL L500 Plus.

FIX8Group further enhances FIX8Studio to provide outside access to latest multimedia technologies

19/07/2016 - Production News

UK Event technologist FIX8Group has developed FIX8Studio: a fully supported visualisation and training space at the company's Stockport headquarters, which gives visiting production companies, studios and creatives direct access to the latest digital content control and interactive resources.

HK Audio Premium PR:O D Now Shipping in UK

19/07/2016 - Equipment News

The successful range of HK Audio’s Premium PR:O PA enclosures now features five new active full range cabinets – Premium PR:O D – all featuring advanced DSP technology.

Community Partners with Atempo in Turkey

19/07/2016 - Business News

Community Professional Loudspeakers has announced the appointment of Atempo as its distributor for Turkey. Atempo has been established for over 30 years and is one of the leading distributors of professional audio and lighting in Turkey, with a portfolio of brands that includes Shure, DiGiCo, Robe and ETC.

dLive Manages Stadium Concert for Plácido Domingo

19/07/2016 - Production News

Spain – Two Allen & Heath dLive systems were recently used at FoH and monitors for a special concert held at Santiago Bernabéu stadium in Madrid by the famous tenor, Plácido Domingo. With an audience of 70,000, the concert was a celebration of Plácido Domingo’s 75th birthday and also an important fund-raising event for welfare projects in Latin America.

DiGiCo delivers the power of Stealth Core 2

18/07/2016 - Equipment News

DiGiCo’s Stealth Core 2 is a major upgrade to the Stealth Digital Processing for its SD series digital mixers. Delivering significantly enhanced processing from the audio core of DiGiCo SD series consoles, it takes the range to a new level in terms of both processing channels and functionality.*

Gravity stands attract attention at Bluetone festival 2016

18/07/2016 - Production News

Germany – The Bluetone festival attracted over 18,000 visitors to Straubing, Germany this year. In Addition to the national and international stars, a detail on stage attracted attention: the stands from Gravity, an Adam Hall Group brand.

DPA Microphones Makes Beautiful Music with Internationally Acclaimed Virtuoso Cellist Tina Guo

18/07/2016 - Production News

USA – When internationally acclaimed virtuoso acoustic/electric cellist, recording artist and composer Tina Guo needs to amplify her acoustic cello, she relies on the d:vote 4099C instrument microphone for Cello from DPA Microphones.

AIR Tours Festival Circuit with dLive

18/07/2016 - Production News

Europe – French electropop legends, AIR, have embarked on their summer festival season equipped with a dLive digital mixing system to manage FoH. Specified by FoH engineer, Dave McDonald, and supplied by Belgian PA company, Four Ears Audio, the system comprises an S5000 Control Surface with DM48 MixRack.

Robe Enjoys the Purpose of Bieber

15/07/2016 - Production News

Justin Bieber, one of the most universally recognised pop icons of the 21st century, is enjoying the commercial success and critical acclaim of his excellent fourth studio album, “Purpose”, the campaign for which currently includes an extensive world tour.

MIDAS and Kenny Chesney Spread the Love

15/07/2016 - Production News

Country superstar Kenny Chesney is taking not just one, but two MIDAS PRO X digital mixing consoles on the road as part of his 2016 Spread the Love Tour, including 14 major stadiums. The consoles will provide premium-grade sound mixing for the band’s entire monitor system, and also utilises four DL431 mic splitters and two DL451 stage boxes. Morris is the production company for the much anticipated Spread the Love Tour.

Herman Enters into Distribution Partnership with FSR

15/07/2016 - Business News

USA – Herman, a leading provider of AV products, procurement services, and labour resources to systems integrators in the commercial AV and broadcast industries, has entered into a distribution partnership with FSR, the industry’s premier manufacturer of signal management and infrastructure solutions for over 35 years. Herman will be stocking FSR’s products in their east and west coast facilities to better serve their mutual customers.

AC-ET Supplies ProLights LED Fixtures for Coldplay Tour

15/07/2016 - Production News

Europe – A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. has supplied a range of ProLights LED fixtures to leading rental company Lite Alternative, for the European leg of Coldplay’s A Head Full of Dreams stadium tour – the Brit rockers’ seventh series of concerts, launched to support their seventh chart-topping studio album.

Maluma Drops the Beat with DPA Microphones

15/07/2016 - Production News

Colombia When front of house engineer Lucas Pinzón was looking for the ideal drum set microphone solution for Colombian urban music performer Maluma’s kits, he selected DPA Microphones for or the company’s reputation of producing high-quality results with unparalleled sound. Included among the DPA mics that the engineer chose for the artist’s Mexico performances were the d:vote 4099 instrument microphones, d:dicate 2011C recording microphone and the d:facto hand-held microphone, with both the 4018V and the new 4018VL capsules.

Clay Paky adds "even more sparkle" to Miss South Africa 2016

15/07/2016 - Production News

South Africa – Event lighting and set designer Joshua Cutts of Visual Frontier has applied the “extra output and great gobo work” of Clay Paky Mythos fixtures to create a dramatic, broadcast-ready design for the Miss South Africa 2016 beauty pageant.

DTS Strengthens its Sales Team

15/07/2016 - People News

Italy – In order to give a better support to its sales network in this positive trend period for the company, DTS has announced the appointment of Antonio Parise as area sales manager.

Fly through live programming gigs with ETC’s Eos Motorised Fader Wings

15/07/2016 - Equipment News

In live-programming situations, the job is all about speed. Now ETC’s Eos family toolkit includes even more hands-on control for fast programming on the fly. The new Eos motorised fader wings function as modular add-ons to Eos consoles or systems, allowing users to build the perfect control desk for any live show.

The Design Oasis Expands Looks at Purple Hatters Ball with Rogue R1 FX-B

15/07/2016 - Production News

USA – A procession of over two dozen bands performed on stage at the nineth annual Purple Hatters Ball in mid-June, but this three-day festival has never really been just about the music. Set in a pastoral region of north Florida, and offering sessions in yoga, healing arts and meditation, Purple Hatters is as much about raising consciousness as it is about pleasing the ear buds. This year’s event had an appropriately expansive lightshow, thanks in part to the addition of the Rogue R1 FX-B LED fixture from Chauvet Professional.

Hynes Center Opens with Oak Ridge Boys and Alcons Line Arrays

15/07/2016 - Project News

USA – Completed in January 2016, the Hynes Center in Mercedes, Texas, is a 15,000 square foot multi-purpose venue located in the Llano Grande Lake Park Resort. Although many touring artists carry a full sound system, the Hynes Center chose to install its own, permanent system, based on Alcons line arrays, insuring consistently high-quality audio for its concerts and other events. The system saw its first use for an Oak Ridge Boys three-night concert series in January.

Serious Stages Awarded Three Year Contract with Forest Live

15/07/2016 - Production News

UK – Serious Stages has been awarded a further three year contract to supply staging and ancillary structures to Forest Live, building on its long-standing relationship with the summer concert programme, June 2016.

Purple Reign at the Apollo

15/07/2016 - Production News

UK – Entec supplied the full production package for Autism Rocks’ charity tribute to Prince.

Black Sea Arena uses Prolyte for its technical installation

15/07/2016 - Project News

Georgia – The Black Sea Arena in Georgia officially opened its doors on 10th July this year with a special opening show. A broad array of Prolyte products was installed in this modern event facility.

White Light is In the Night Garden for Live Children’s Show

14/07/2016 - Production News

UK – In The Night Garden Live! is a live-action stage production based on the hugely popular BBC children’s television series. Taking place in a purpose-built show dome, the production brings the show and its characters to life using full-size costumes, enchanting music, magical puppets and spectacular panoramic projections, allowing its young audience to enter the magical world of the Night Garden. The show is currently visiting various sites across the UK and, for the sixth year running, WL is providing the lighting and power equipment.

Colour Sound Shines at Barn on the Farm

14/07/2016 - Production News

UK – Colour Sound Experiment supplied lighting equipment to creative visual design specialist MIRRAD for three stages at the 2016 Barn on the Farm festival, staged in the pastoral gently rolling countryside of Over Farm just outside Gloucester.

Yamaha Helps MK17 Raise Money For The Cystic Fibrosis Trust

14/07/2016 - Production News

UK – Every year, the UK office of Yamaha Music Europe sponsors MK17 Music In The Park, a one day, family-orientated live music festival which raises funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. This year’s event took place on Saturday 9th July, with Yamaha providing a complete sound reinforcement system and technical staff.

Anthropologist and Audient iD14 Set Out To Save Traditional Singing People's Heritage

14/07/2016 - Production News

China – The Dong are a singing people with a heritage steeped in history and legend, having lived for centuries in southern China maintaining a rich singing tradition. As mainstream Chinese culture pervades the community, a project has been launched to record and preserve their music, using the compact, portable USB audio interface, iD14 from Audient as an integral part of the recording set-up.

HSL Gets to the Heart of the Matter

14/07/2016 - Production News

UK – Lighting rental specialist HSL supplied lighting and rigging equipment and crew to the UK leg of the recent tour by hit-busting US rock band Heart whose incredible career spans five decades.

Chauvet Professional VIP F4 Video Panel Fits Rental and Integrator Markets

14/07/2016 - Equipment News

USA – You can’t be all things to all people, but you can be equally at home in the rental and integrator markets. At least that’s the case with the new 4.8mm pixel pitch VIP F4 Video Panel from Chauvet Professional. Featuring cable-free magnetic LED modules and a removable control/PSU box, the new video panels are fully serviceable from the front or rear. The panels can be removed easily from the front using an MT-03 tool, making it practical to install the F4 flat on a wall in permanent installations. At the same time, the ruggedly designed panels also come with road cases for touring applications.

Elation Six-Colour SixBar 1000 LED Batten Available in IP65 Version

14/07/2016 - Equipment News

Elation Professional’s SixBar 1000 LED batten is now available in a fully weatherproof IP65 version that gives the versatile colour-changing luminaire application in all types of outdoor events and weather including dust-blown environments.

LED Creative adds its BIT400 RGB control to the newly styled Big Brother House

14/07/2016 - Production News

UK – Illumination specialist LED Creative has been working closely with set designer Patrick Watson on the annual interior re-fit to the Big Brother House with a set of newly introduced products.

GLP X1/X4 S Highlight Touring Economy Benefits with Anne Clark

14/07/2016 - Production News

Germany – Much is written of large arena and stadia production tours, but how does the LD manage with a small 300-800 capacity club tour, with limited budget, limited infrastructure, limited space in the van, but still with the expectation to deliver plenty of “bang for the buck”?

Chroma-Q Inspire LEDs Provide Exceptional Light Quality for Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s New Home

14/07/2016 - Project News

UK – More than 130 of the award-winning Chroma-Q Inspire LED houselights have been installed in the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s (RSNO) new, purpose-built facility in Glasgow, to provide exceptional light quality for both the orchestra and the audience. The new 600-seater home for Scotland’s symphony orchestra, constructed in the centre of Glasgow, is described as a ‘world-class’ venue which has been acoustically balanced to very strict standards. Opened in late 2015, it was built with funding from a number of public and private sector organisations.

Absolute Sounds to distribute dCS

14/07/2016 - Business News

UK Absolute Sounds has announced its appointment as sole UK distributor of dCS audio equipment with immediate effect.

Digital Projection Puts Service First with Four New Service Centres in Europe

14/07/2016 - Business News

Europe – Digital Projection has announced the launch of four new service centres across the European region, as it further moves to cement its position as provider of best-in-class projection products and aftercare service to its valued and growing customer base. With a new network of service partners established in France, Germany, Benelux and Russia where the company’s install base continues to grow exponentially, Digital Projection is honouring its ‘beginning to end’ commitment to customers by taking its trusted technical expertise to their door to support business needs.

Heng Mao invests in Prolyte B100RV truss

14/07/2016 - Production News

Taiwan – Looking for a recognised brand to reflect the company’s high quality reputation, Heng Mao selected Prolyte to supply B100RV truss for its expanding rigging department.

Japanese Club Upgrades with dLive

14/07/2016 - Project News

Japan – A prominent live music venue in Japan has upgraded its FoH system and installed Allen & Heath’s dLive digital mixing system. Situated in Matsumoto City, Livehouse ALECX selected a DM48 MixRack with dLive D5000 control surface.

Clay Paky takes the field at the UEFA Champions Festival 2016

14/07/2016 - Production News

Italy – The Champions League final in Milan was not just a sporting event for soccer fans. During the UEFA Champions Festival 2016, from 26th to 29th May, there was a whole host of entertainment, including meetings, exhibitions, shows and events. There was everything imaginable before the final kick-off at San Siro. The Opening Ceremony took place on the evening of 26th May with a gala event in which some great past champions also took part. During the Champions Festival evening shows, Clay Paky took the field with its lights: 28 Alpha Beam 300s and 15 Alpha Spot HPE 700s.

Clay Paky lights Benny Benassi & Friends' night

14/07/2016 - Production News

Italy – Bologna Exhibition Centre, Benassi & Friends is a highly anticipated national dance event. It was conceived and created by Benny Benassi to coincide with the Motor Show. Benassi is one of the world's top 50 best known DJs and has worked with Madonna, Jovanotti, the Rolling Stones, and Britney Spears. The lighting designer Jerry R. Romani chose to illuminate the space in hall 36 where the fourth edition of the event was held using Clay Paky Sharpys and A.LEDA B-EYE K10, rigged on a hanging structure consisting of straight battens placed at different heights.

Sennheiser's new SpeechLine Digital Wireless debuts at The Royal College of Physicians, London

14/07/2016 - Project News

UK – The Royal College of Physicians, located in Regent’s Park London, is the first professional body globally to deploy Sennheiser’s new SpeechLine Digital Wireless microphone system, having purchased 34 channels to replace its existing radio microphone system and to increase the number of channels available.

Sailing back to Love Island with LD Gurdip Mahal

13/07/2016 - Production News

UK – Aurora Lighting Hire has once again been cast away to work with lighting designer Gurdip Mahal, adding some illumination to the latest season of Love Island for ITV2.

Point Source Audio Helps Dreamlike Chinese Opera Come to Life at Lincoln Center

13/07/2016 - Production News

USA – Point Source Audio (PSA) has announced that its SERIES8 lavaliers will be on centre stage of visual artist and Emmy winner Jennifer Wen Ma’s acclaimed Chinese opera, Paradise Interrupted, set to open at the Lincoln Center Festival, 13th July, 2016. In a dream, a woman meets her lover and searches for an unattainable ideal as a vast garden grows from an empty stage, only to disappear as her dream ends. This highly ambitious East meets West opera requires the central character – the talented and noted Chinese opera singer Qian Yi – to wear two Point Source Audio microphones to project her voice both vocally and visually.

Clay Paky lights Sascha Grammel: much more than just a puppet theatre

13/07/2016 - Production News

Germany – When he is on stage, Sascha Grammel makes his puppets dance in the true sense of the word! Grammel developed his own style straight away. He called it puppet comedy and it brings together theatrical elements with puppets, ventriloquism and magic. His new show debuted earlier this year, and has now been produced for TV at the Theater am Marientor in Duisburg. It has been recorded on DVD too. For the lighting, Firma P2 Veranstaltungstechnik GmbH & Co.Kg relied largely on Lightpower, Clay Paky's distributor for Germany.

PLASA's seminar speakers share knowledge, innovation and production masterclasses from the world stage at PLASA Show 2016

13/07/2016 - Event News

UK – Another wave of thought-provoking seminar sessions have been launched in the run-up to PLASA Show 2016 (18th-20th September, London Olympia). The latest offering includes sessions focused on ‘Broadcast Meets Live Sound’, the Rio Olympics, ‘Sadler’s Wells: New Technology for the Stage’ and a production masterclass from the team behind the Eurovision Song Contest.

PRG XL Video Supports Lee Curran's Lighting Design for London Run of ‘The Spoils’

13/07/2016 - Production News

UK – London’s Trafalgar Studios is currently playing host to ‘The Spoils’, a critically-acclaimed play written by BAFTA, Golden Globe, and Academy Award nominated actor Jesse Eisenberg. He also stars in the production alongside Kunal Nayyar, best known for his role as Raj in The Big Bang Theory, Katie Brayben who received an Olivier Award for her role in the musical Beautiful, Alfie Allen known for his role as Theon Greyjoy in Game of Thrones and Annapurna Sriram who stars in Billions, currently airing in the UK on Sky Atlantic.

Panasonic’s Virtual Museum Opens its Doors

13/07/2016 - Project News

Panasonic has created a virtual museum in order to showcase its technology for the museum and heritage sector, entirely in the cloud.

L-Acoustics Says Hello to the World’s Arenas with Adele

13/07/2016 - Production News

Worldwide – One-hundred-and-five arena shows, multiple nights in virtually every venue (including six at Madison Square Garden, London’s O2 and the Los Angeles Staples Center) and every show sold out far in advance, Adele’s Live 2016 tour is big on both numbers and positive critical reviews. Those reviews have all focused on Adele’s voice. The production intentionally lacks dancers and high-tech special effects to ensure the attention of every audience member is solely on Adele and her voice. In order to achieve that focus, sound provider Black Box Music provided an L-Acoustics K2 system.

Munich’s Milla club rocks with Gravity

13/07/2016 - Production News

Germany – The Milla club in the heart on Munich is the destination for upcoming bands from around the world. The club – which offers space for an audience of up to 250 people – offers its musical guests state-of-the-art lighting and sound technology. Now, stands from Adam Hall Group’s brand Gravity are also ensuring a secure position for microphones and keyboards on stage. Additionally, the stands, which recently received iF Design and Red Dot Awards and are currently nominated for a German Design Award, also provide visual stimuli in the stage set-up.

Here Come the Mummies Eerily Good with Elation Lighting

13/07/2016 - Production News

USA – One look at Here Come the Mummies and it’s easy to see why they are considered one of the most unique bands around. Combining identities that are always ‘under wraps’ with a reputation for unrelenting live performances, the eight-piece funk band from Nashville is touring the US beneath a lighting rig of Elation Professional effect lights.

SLX the new name for Stage Electrics hire and events

12/07/2016 - Business News

UK – The new SLX brand has been inspired by the expertise and experience of 35 years in the industry. Focusing all its energy in hire and events the talented and professional former Stage Electrics team of technical and creative staff continue to provide solutions to its theatre, broadcast and event customers.

Robe and the Guus Meeuwis Experience

12/07/2016 - Production News

The Netherlands – Three-hundred-and-sixty Robe moving lights caught the action at the Philips Stadion in Eindhoven for four sold out concerts by Dutch singer, songwriter and superstar Guus Meeuwis, part of an eye-catching lighting spectacular designed by Marco Driessen from creative lighting and visual design practice, The Art of Light.

Nominations Open for USITT 2017 Architecture Awards

12/07/2016 - Event News

USA – USITT invites nominations for its 2017 Architecture Awards, recognising the best new performance spaces and reflecting outstanding design by theatre architects and consultants.

The Warehouse Awarded ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 Certification

12/07/2016 - Business News

UK - Leading pro audio provider The Warehouse Sound Services Limited has been awarded certification to BS EN ISO 9001 and BS EN ISO 14001 for its Quality Management and Environmental Systems.

Ayrton Zooms in on the new MagicDot-SX

12/07/2016 - Equipment News

Ayrton constantly works to extend the scope of lighting designers’ palette by maximising the features and characteristics offered by its products. As part of the raft of new products released for 2016, Ayrton has launched the MagicDot-SX as the next in its new SX range.

Robert Juliat Merlin casts its spell in New Zealand on Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2016

12/07/2016 - Production News

New Zealand When the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo came to the Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand in February 2016, production supplier, MJF Lighting decided the scale of the production warranted new followspots and invested in four Robert Juliat Merlin 2500W HMI followspots specifically for the spectacular show.

DPA Microphones Makes Believers Out of Enrique Iglesias’ Touring Sound Engineers Eddie 'El Brujo' Caipo and Brad Divens

12/07/2016 - Production News

USA – As two of the music industry’s most respected and in-demand sound engineers, Eddie 'El Brujo' Caipo and Brad Divens have worked with some of the world’s biggest recording artists. From small intimate theatres to large outdoor stadiums, Caipo and Divens are known for delivering incredible audio quality to both the artist and the audience.

DPA Microphones Rocks the House with Heavy Metal Drummer Meytal Cohen

12/07/2016 - Production News

USA – When Meytal Cohen, the drummer for and founding member of the heavy metal band Meytal, set out on her US tour, she wanted to go big and provide fans with superior audio quality at each venue. In order to achieve the huge sound she was looking for, Cohen turned to DPA Microphones’ d:vote 4099D instrument microphones to amplify her drum set.

Clay Paky, Star of the Estoril Racing Circuit

12/07/2016 - Production News

Portugal – the creative manager of the agency Newtonlab, Lucio Ferreira, designed and developed the creative idea/guidelines for the world launch of the Pirelli's new high performance tyre range, on the roads of Portugal and at the historic Estoril racing circuit.

David Keighley appointed as new Executive Vice President of SGM

12/07/2016 - People News

SGM has announced the appointment of David Keighley as the new executive vice president of SGM, effective from 1st July. Keighley has an impressive track record in the lighting industry both as a lighting designer, tour manager and production manager and as executive vice president and chief of operations of Syncrolite, managing director and CEO of PRG Europe and managing director of Light and Sound Design.

New Distributor for India for Cloud products

12/07/2016 - Business News

India – Cloud Electronics has announced Acoustic Arts Pvt. Ltd as the exclusive distributor for India for the full range of Cloud products including audio mixers, zoners, multi-channel amplifiers, audio distribution systems and speakers, effective 1st July 2016.

California State Future Farmers of America Leadership Conference Gets Rock-Concert Treatment from Clay Paky Mythos and Live Light

12/07/2016 - Production News

USA – No sooner had Fresno’s Live Light, Inc. taken delivery of 50 new Clay Paky Mythos fixtures than the company was sending them out the door to the 2016 California State Future Farmers of America (FFA) Leadership Conference. Mythos played a key role in the entertainment component of the annual conference where they upped the excitement quotient for more than 6,000 high school agriculture students attending the event.

Audient Unveils New Responsive Website

12/07/2016 - Business News

UK – Audient reveals its new-look, responsive website at this month, showcasing its full product range from the newly launched compact audio interface iD4 right through to the flagship ASP8024 Heritage Edition mixing console. Featuring an intuitive new design, it brings all aspects of the brand into line, and can be accessed easily on any device: computer, tablet and mobile phone.

Behind the Scenes – How Powersoft Powered the Parc OL Stadium

12/07/2016 - Production News

France – When nearly 56,000 people crammed into the new Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium for the Euro 2016 semi-final between Portugal and Wales it was not only high quality football that was on the agenda, but an unprecedented customer experience.

Chroma-Q Space Force LED Wins Best Lighting Product at Cine Gear Expo Technical Awards

12/07/2016 - Event News

USA – Chroma-Q has won the prestigious Lighting Award category for its new Space Force LED fixture at the 2016 Cine Gear Expo Technical Awards, held in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.

Allen & Heath Manages National Mountain Bike Competition in Australia

12/07/2016 - Production News

Australia – Australian event and PA company, DURT Pty Ltd, chose their Qu and ME systems to manage sound reinforcement for the recent National Mountain Bike Championships in Victoria.

Philips Selecon RAMA LED Fresnel keeps costs down in contemporary theatre

12/07/2016 - Project News

UK Philips Lighting (Euronext Amsterdam: LIGHT), a global leader in lighting, announces Peterborough's Key Theatre has replaced its existing tungsten Fresnels with 36 energy-efficient Philips Selecon RAMA LED Fresnel luminaires to save on power and breathe new life into the popular venue's lighting system.

Any Broadcast Challenge is Covered with DPA Microphones

12/07/2016 - Event News

The Netherlands Exhibiting in Hall 8, Stand D70 at IBC 2016, in conjunction with its Dutch distributor Amptec, DPA Microphones will focus on powerful, yet elegant, microphone solutions that are specifically designed to help broadcasters achieve true sound.

HHB Communications has supplied extensive audio equipment for outside broadcast provider NEP UK for its new UHD OB unit

12/07/2016 - Project News

UK – Pacific is the first of four forthcoming UHD trucks for NEP UK, each of which will be similarly equipped. The new UHD trucks have been designed and built after a fire destroyed NEP UK’s Bracknell building and five trucks in November 2015. Now based at temporary offices nearby, NEP UK has equipped Pacific with a Genelec 5.1 system comprising of three 8351A SAM studio monitors, two 8330A SAM studio monitors and a 7060B studio subwoofer.

dbn Enjoys Parklife 2016

12/07/2016 - Production News

UK – dbn Lighting was back in Heaton Park, Manchester for the 2016 Parklife Festival, where it supplied lighting, rigging and LED screen to five out of the eight main performance areas including the Main Stage, Stage 3 (The Rotunda), Stage 5 (Elrow), Stage 6 (The Colonnade) and Stage 8 which was hosted by two pumping club nights MTA and MK.

White Light Top of the Lighting Class for Fourth Monkey

11/07/2016 - Project News

UK – Based in North London, Fourth Monkey Theatre Company offers innovative and inspired actor training for the contemporary world of performance. It is also a repertory theatre company, with productions being performed throughout the UK and overseas. Its original and alternative approach to teaching drama has made it one of the most reputable drama schools in the UK. Last year, the company set up its own premises in Finsbury Park to house both its training and productions. They recently approached White Light who worked with them to supply a range of state-of-the-art lighting equipment.

Reece Stead Joins Yamaha

11/07/2016 - People News

UK – Yamaha Music Europe has appointed Reece Stead as its new commercial audio sales representative for the northern UK and Northern Ireland.

First Baptist Church of Manchester, Tennessee Ups its Services With Danley Speakers and Ashly Powered Dante Connectivity

11/07/2016 - Project News

USA – Like many contemporary churches, First Baptist Church of Manchester, Tennessee has undergone a transformation in the style and energy of its services. Years ago, services centred on sermons augmented by music played by organ, piano or choir. Thus, in a room that seats nine hundred, the demands on the sound reinforcement system were rather light. But that has changed – and dramatically so. These days, FBC punctuates sermons with a full band comprised of rock & roll instruments. The church’s old sound reinforcement system couldn’t keep up! Audio/video integration firm Centerline Audio Visual of Hendersonville, Tennessee, stepped in to design simple, yet powerful, stereo reinforcement consisting of two Danley SM-100B full-range loudspeakers buttressed from below by a Danley BC-218 subwoofer, with Ashly Audio nXp-Series network multi-mode amplifiers providing power, integrated DSP, and Dante connectivity.

GLS Lighting Warms Glastonbury’s Avalon Stage With Chauvet Professional

11/07/2016 - Production News

UK Described as a “festival within a festival,” The Field of Avalon at Glastonbury has built a passionately loyal following with its comfortable soul nourishing mix of folk/roots music, wholesome food and communal vibes. This year, that welcoming atmosphere was enhanced by warm and engaging lighting, thanks to a carefully crafted kit by GLS Lighting that utilised a collection of Rogue and STRIKE 4 fixtures from Chauvet Professional.

PRG XL Video Has a Field Day!

11/07/2016 - Production News

UK – With the festival season under way, the team at PRG XL Video is in full swing supplying a wide variety of festivals with event technology.

dLive Headlines New UK Classic Rock Festival

11/07/2016 - Production News

UK – Allen & Heath’s dLive digital mixing system was selected for Rick Wakeman’s headline performance at the Stone Free festival held recently in the O2 Arena in London.

Point Source Audio Mics Violins and Violas for US’s Largest Stand-Alone POPS Orchestra

11/07/2016 - Production News

USA – Point Source Audio (PSA) has revealled that its SERIES8 microphones have been selected for the Philly POPS, the largest stand-alone POPS orchestra in the United States – entertaining more than 100,000 audience members yearly. Houser Audio, the official audio provider for the Philly POPS picked the CO-8WL omnidirectional lavalier microphone to amplify the string ensemble of the Philly POPS’ 65-piece orchestra.

Elation ACL 360i in Harmony with Pentatonix on 2016 World Tour

11/07/2016 - Production News

Worldwide - Internationally acclaimed a capella group Pentatonix, who have been putting the harmonic sounds of a cappella music on the pop chart map the past few years, are playing to enthusiastic crowds on a 2016 world tour. Production designer for the tour is Sooner Routhier of SRae Productions who wanted a large number of fixtures to help paint a background for the Grammy-winning group and turned to Elation Professional’s compact ACL 360i beam effect light to create the look.

L-ISA live brings new audio dimension to Berlin Waldbühne

11/07/2016 - Production News

Germany – On Saturday 2nd July, L-ISA live was deployed at Berlin Waldbühne for a concert of the most famous Disney film melodies performed by the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin.

Electrosonic Announces Appointment of Steve Leyland as Executive Chairman of the Electrosonic Board

11/07/2016 - People News

Electrosonic, an international audio-visual systems integration and service solutions company, has announced Steve Leyland as the executive chairman of the Electrosonic board. Steve has been a non-executive director and advisor on the Electrosonic board since July 2015 and has worked for many leading global technology companies during his career. Philip Aminoff, who has served as chairman of the Electrosonic board for the last 14 years remains a director of the board, and chairman of Electrosonic’s parent company Helectron Oy Ab.

Robe Works with Winners at 2016 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships

08/07/2016 - Production News

Czech Republic – Robe was a very proud sponsor of the 2016 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships held in Nové Město na Moravě. It continued Robe’s 2016 ‘Working with Winners’ initiative which has also included sponsorship of the Czech Fed Cup Tennis team, supporting the Quantum Racing team in the 2016 P1 UK SuperStock powerboat racing championship and British Touring Car Championship driver Jack Goff in the current BTCC season.

Armenian Orchestra Reinforced By Adamson E-Series

08/07/2016 - Production News

Lebanon – Professional full-service event production provider CKA recently supplied an Adamson E-Series sound reinforcement system to support the Kohar Symphony Orchestra and Choir. The orchestra and choir performed traditional Armenian music at the Forum de Beirut to a sold-out crowd.

Larry Foote Adds Versatility to Tyler Farr Rig with Nexus

08/07/2016 - Production News

USA – With his distinctive heartfelt vocals, Tyler Farr sounds like he was born to be a country singer, but the popular star’s career path started out on a far different track. Long before he reached the top of the country charts last year with his single “A Guy Walks Into A Bar,” the Missouri-born crooner was classically trained as an opera singer. Like the multi-talented Farr, the Nexus 4x4 fixtures on his current touring rig also are exhibiting a wide range of capabilities.

Aurora Lighting - all set to light up Big Brother

08/07/2016 - Production News

UK – Aurora Lighting has been supporting lighting director Gurdip Mahal, keeping a watchful eye over the latest series of live evictions at the Big Brother House.

HSL Parades at Hope Mill Theatre

08/07/2016 - Production News

UK – Lighting and visuals production and rental company HSL supplied lighting kit to a new and highly acclaimed version of the tense musical drama "Parade", staged at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester, featuring an inventive lighting scheme designed by Aaron J. Dootson.

The MAdot2 provides a Student Solution

08/07/2016 - Production News

UK – Robert Arnall is just one year into a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Production Arts course at York College. He has already made his mark at college by being a member of the winning team at the 2015 Lighting the Locomotives Competition that took place at the National Railway Museum sponsored jointly by Ambersphere Solutions and Pulsar Lighting. The team’s imaginative lighting of the steam locomotive that became famous in the film “The Railway Children” was programmed and controlled by a dot2 console from MA Lighting and provided to all the teams by Ambersphere Solutions.

Utopium Helps Bristol Summer Series Shine

08/07/2016 - Production News

UK – Utopium was called upon to light up Bristol Summer Series as it returned for four nights of live music, set against the backdrop of Bristol’s iconic Harbourside, 22nd - 25th June.

The ALD presents the talented 2016 Michael Northen Bursary Award Winners

07/07/2016 - Event News

UK – The Association of Lighting Designers (ALD), has announced the winners of its prestigious Michael Northen Bursary Award, at an awards ceremony aligned with the recent ABTT Theatre Show. The Michael Northen Bursary is awarded annually to students or recent graduates of lighting studies in the UK, who have demonstrated strong, imaginative and creative lighting design. The award is bestowed in collaboration with the Mousetrap Foundation, alongside the generous support of sponsors Electronic Theatre Controls, and Stage Jobs Pro.

Ayrton goes full steam ahead with LumenRadio's TiMo platform

07/07/2016 - Equipment News

Paris-based lighting manufacturer Ayrton recently announced the MagicBurst – the industry's first high-power graphic LED strobe to offer continuous, unlimited rotation on its pan and tilt axes.

Fineline Gets New Looks at Glastonbury with Rogue R1 FX-B and Maverick MK2 Spot

07/07/2016 - Production News

UK From its very beginning, the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts has done a masterful job of blending different genres and eras into a single sweeping immersive experience. How else to explain a festival where artists as diverse as Tony Bennett and Deadmau5 (not to mention David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Pharrell Williams) are equally at home on stage? The same diversity has also characterised the festival‘s stage lighting. This was very evident at Glastonbury 2016’s WOW! Stage and Circus Big Top, where Fineline Lighting, complemented some traditional effects with a variety of dynamic new looks from Chauvet Professional’s Rogue R1-FX-B and Maverick MK2 Spot fixtures.

IATSE Local One, TCC and Hudson Scenic to present at NATEAC

07/07/2016 - Event News

USA – Pete Donovan of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stagehands (IATSE) Local One, Robert Long of the Theatre Consultants Collaborative and Neil Mazzella of Hudson Scenic will present a session at NATEAC entitled Teaching the Old House New Tricks or Modern Engineering in old Broadway Theatres. The session will discuss the migration of theatres to Times Square and what it takes to move a modern day show into a theatre built in and designed for an entirely different era.

rgb Puts Heidelberg in the Picture with GLP

07/07/2016 - Production News

Germany – drupa, the world's largest and most important trade fair for the print media, took place recently at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre.

Dream City Church Adds Allen & Heath dLive and ME-1s

07/07/2016 - Project News

USA – Dream City is a large and growing church with a central campus in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2015, the church added a campus in Scottsdale, Arizona and renovated its 5000-seat Phoenix location. In early 2016, Dream City added a third campus in Glendale, Arizona. As part of its expansion programme, the church acquired two Allen & Heath dLive S7000 mixers with DM64 and DM32 MixRacks for its Phoenix location along with 20 ME-1 Personal Mixers and two ME-U Monitor Hubs. The church also acquired a dLive S3000 mixer, DM64 MixRack and ten ME-1s for its Scottsdale location and plans to add another dLive S7000 and DM64 in Glendale this year.

Chroma-Q Inspire House Lights Provide Immersive Worship Experience at Raleigh First Assembly Church

07/07/2016 - Project News

USA – Over 80 of the award-winning Chroma-Q Inspire colour-changing LED houselight fixtures have been installed at the First Assembly Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, to provide an immersive worship experience.

Elation Platinum Seven Market's Most Flexible Seven-Colour LED Wash Light

07/07/2016 - Equipment News

The new Platinum Seven from Elation Professional is a high-power LED wash luminaire that offers an unprecedented choice of colours from a seven-colour multi-chip LED, making it an extremely flexible colour wash solution. It is the market’s first LED wash light that combines a seven-colour multi-chip with such a wide zoom while maintaining a flat and even field of light projection.

Panasonic brings exhibitions to life at ICOM

07/07/2016 - Event News

Italy – Panasonic has used ICOM Milano 2016 (International Council of Museums) to showcase its visual and security solutions aimed at enriching the visitor experience in the museum sector.

Adding highlights to Thronecast with SKY Atlantic

07/07/2016 - Production News

UK – Filmed in front of a live studio audience at Sky Studios, Thronecast is the fan companion series that analyses, debates and comments on the latest season of Game of Thrones.

ETC introduces new rigging sales manager

07/07/2016 - People News

Europe – ETC has appointed Enrico Nobile as European rigging sales manager, a new position devised by the company to fuel the growth and development of its rigging division in Europe.

Christie Appoints Stampede Europe to Serve as Distribution Partner

07/07/2016 - Business News

UK – After years of success taking the Christie brand, products and services to the North American market, Christie has appointed Stampede Europe to serve as a distribution partner for its business products, LED and video wall solutions. According to Stampede CEO Mark Wilkins, both parties are confident that their successful North American collaboration ensures continued success with the UK as a new base and market.

Glux LED Provides Fresh Visual Solution for DJs venue

06/07/2016 - Project News

UK – DJs is a newly opened 350 capacity pub/club venue in Ilfracombe Devon, which has just received a major technical upgrade designed and installed by S+H Technical Services, which is based nearby.

Robe DL7S Joins Zany World of Professor Nicolai & Dr. Beckand

06/07/2016 - Production News

The Netherlands – Over 100 Robe moving lights including 40 of the elegant new DL7S Profile ‘full spectrum’ LED luminaires joined the craziness and mayhem of the latest series of “Professor Nicolai & Dr. Beckand”, a popular, hilarious, mad science-based TV quiz show recorded in Aalsmeer studios in the Netherlands and broadcast on prime-time Dutch national channel, RTL4.

Nominate a ‘Rising Star’ for Theatrical Design Award

06/07/2016 - Event News

USA – USITT is seeking nominations for the 2017 Rising Star Award sponsored by LDI/Live Design. The award honours early career professional designers in lighting, sound, scenic, or projection for outstanding work in one or more of these fields.

PixelFLEX helps celebrate the Analog Way Americas Grand Opening

06/07/2016 - Production News

USA – Originally founded in 1970, HWPco represents multiple manufacturers across a myriad of industries and provides quality products, solutions and technical expertise from its south-east headquarters in Flowery Branch, Georgia. When the company was approached by computer and video signal processing manufacturer Analog Way Americas to assist in the Grand Opening ceremony for its new Metro Atlanta headquarters, HWPco was more than happy to help. Now needing to create an exciting atmosphere that would capture the attention of the invited guests, HWPco turned to Nashville-based PixelFLEX who provided the event with the award-winning FLEXCurtain LED video technology.

Wonder Wash: Chauvet Professional Maverick MK2 Wash Now Shipping

06/07/2016 - Equipment News

USA The Maverick MK2 Wash is now available, and it promises to open new ways for designers to incorporate LED washes into tours, theatrical productions and other applications. Part of the Chauvet Professional Maverick series, the fixture is powered by 12 OSRAM 40 Watt RGBW LEDs and features a custom designed optical system, along with full spectrum colour mixing, to offer an impressive combination of performance capabilities.

Saville ThoughtZone – a culture change in AV furniture solutions

06/07/2016 - Equipment News

In the modern business environment there is a growing trend away from formal meeting rooms towards multiple smaller agile working zones and collaboration spaces.

Clay Paky illuminate Afrikaans is Groot

06/07/2016 - Production News

South Africa – Working as project manager for Afrikaans is Groot since its inception four years ago, Denzil Smith from MGG had always hoped that Joshua Cutts would some day step in as lighting designer for this slick, large-scale production. A busy schedule with many other prominent shows had prevented Josh from doing so previously. That is until the client, Coleske Artists, approved his suggestion to involve Christopher Bolton as a joint designer and thus split the load. They could work simultaneously on separate MA2 desks on the same network using 24 universes.

A.leda B EYE K10 lights the Primavera Sound 2016

06/07/2016 - Production News

Spain – A.leda B-EYE K 10 equipment took part in the independent music festival held in Barcelona from 1st to 5th June, to brighten up the Beach Club spectacles, the Primavera Sound’s new environment. ARA SO was responsible for lighting the last Primavera Sound edition. Visitors enjoyed 18 hours of music without interruption, where highlighted international artists such as Jessy Lanza, Helena Hauff, Floating Points, Powell, Mano Le Tough, Leon Vynehall, DJ Richard and IF stood out.

Theatreplan continues to reinforce expansion with several new additions to the team

06/07/2016 - People News

UK – As part of their ongoing growth and expansion into new territories, leading international theatre consultancy practice, Theatreplan, has recently welcomed several new members to the team: practice manager for the London office, Wioletta Ziemba; compliance and training consultant, John Young and Revit technicians, Paolo Ribichesu and Andrea Martin Gonzalez.Wioletta Ziemba joined the team earlier this year to replace Paul Connolly who is now managing the Theatreplan’s Hong Kong office. An experienced office manager and passionate about the performing arts, Ziemba is also a gifted linguist fluent in six languages. Her enthusiasm and attention to detail are much appreciated in the London office which is home to the biggest of Theatreplan’s three teams.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Beckons for Hawthorn (for the 27th Year)

06/07/2016 - Production News

UK – Creative technical production expert Hawthorn will make the trip north of the border once again as it prepares to support The Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the 27th time.

Event Tech Live Launch Pad: new area for start-ups and new technology added to Event Tech Live 2016

06/07/2016 - Event News

UK – With an impressive number of exhibitors already confirmed for Event Tech Live 2016, organiser AMP Events has announced that they will be extending the floor plan to incorporate a brand new area for start-ups and new technology launches, when the show returns to the Old Truman Brewery on 9th November.

Stage|Set|Scenery expands its portfolio and in 2017 partners with Gesellschaft der Kostümschaffenden (GTKos) for the first time

06/07/2016 - Event News

Germany – Gesellschaft der Kostümschaffenden (GTKos) has become the partner of Stage|Set|Scenery, the leading international trade show and conference for theatre, film and event technology. GTKos provides a platform for everyone involved in the costume-making profession at theatres in German-speaking countries and acts as a network for the various costume departments of theatres and those in the costume-making profession.

White Light Helps National Circus Students Take a Trip Around SOHO

05/07/2016 - Production News

UK – Stufish Entertainment Architects supply the creation, design and delivery of many shows and events in the entertainment industry. Their work expands across the globe, with recent clients including The Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Queen and One Direction. This year they have teamed up with the National Centre for Circus Arts in the creation of a brand new show concept, SOHO. With its strong reputation in theatre, along with nurturing young artists, WL was called upon to provide the technical equipment support for the production.

Ayrton conjures up the new MagicPanel-FX

05/07/2016 - Equipment News

Yvan Péard, Ayrton’s visionary chief design and technology officer, has continued to work his magic on array of innovations which have enlarged the scope of several of the Ayrton ranges, the latest of which is MagicPanel-FX, a new MagicPanel fixture with visually stunning square optics.

GLP X4 Bars Help Rick Kay Create Catwalk Magic at AFW

05/07/2016 - Production News

Germany – When German based freelance LD Rick Kay (of the CORE Berlin collective) joined forces with local rental company Lautwerfer at the end of 2014 to help deliver the inaugural Alternative Fashion Week it was to mark the start of a rapidly evolving journey. Today the event has expanded from its origins at local techno club E-Werk to the Postbahnhof former railway station.

dLive Manages Stadium Gig in Germany

05/07/2016 - Production News

Germany – Allen & Heath’s dLive digital mixing system has been out on tour with German band, Brings, culminating in a huge gig staged at the 50,000 capacity Cologne football stadium.

Avolites' Ai S8 'one box solution' Media Server on Above & Beyond world tour

05/07/2016 - Production News

Worldwide – A single media server – the powerful Ai S8 from British manufacturer Avolites – drove the entirety of the video and graphic element on trance legends Above & Beyond's recent international tour.

Hawthorn support Moonwalk for 16th year

05/07/2016 - Production News

UK – Thousands of women took to the streets of London and Edinburgh at night to take part in the Walk the Walk’s Moonwalk on 14th May and 11th June, and for the 16th year running, technical event production expert Hawthorn was there to provide production support.

Renkus-Heinz Toasts Chinese Success with Maotai

05/07/2016 - Project News

China Western liquor brands may be famous in China, but their popularity within the People's Republic is nothing compared to Maotai. A kind of Baijiu, or Chinese wine, the beverage originates from the Qing dynasty and is produced in a town of the same name, located in the north of Guizhou province. There, Kweichow Maotai Group employs nearly 30,000 people in an industry that is quintessentially Chinese.

Swingers Goes Crazy for Martin Audio CDD

04/07/2016 - Project News

UK – More than 70 of Martin Audio’s new CDD installation loudspeakers, featuring patented Coaxial Differential Dispersion driver technology, have been installed by Middlesex Sound & Light (MSL) in a London-based leisure hospitality venue, called Swingers.

Penguin Upgrades Kent Uni’s K-Bar with Martin Audio CDD

04/07/2016 - Project News

UK – Situated on the University of Kent’s Canterbury Campus, the popular K-Bar recently underwent a major design overhaul, with the addition of a juice and smoothie bar, and boasting a new state-of-the-art AV system, designed and installed by Penguin Media Solutions. This includes end-to-end Martin Audio CDD loudspeakers.

Mixing Manilow Through MLA on Farewell Tour

04/07/2016 - Production News

UK – Veteran American sound engineer Ken Newman carried on where he left off in the States when Barry Manilow’s One Last Time tour arrived in the UK on its trip around the globe, with Martin Audio’s premier MLA providing the arena sound.

dbn gets Lost in the Village Vibes

04/07/2016 - Production News

USA – dbn lighting from Manchester supplied lighting, LED screen and crew to the main stage and four other performances spaces at the 2016 Lost Village Festival, plus site-wide scenic and environmental illumination highlighting hundreds of organic artworks made with natural materials found on the site.

Ghoema Music Awards 2016

04/07/2016 - Production News

South Africa – South African LD Christopher Bolton from Johannesburg based Keystone Productions used 180 Robe fixtures for the “feel good” 2016 Ghoema Music Awards, staged at the famous Jo’burg Theatre in Braamfontein, the city’s lively downtown.

Clearwing Productions Adds Allen & Heath dLive

04/07/2016 - Production News

USA – Clearwing is a full-service production company and systems integrator with offices in Phoenix, Arizona and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Clearwing’s production division provides pro audio, lighting, staging and rigging, backline and video equipment rentals for clients ranging from concerts and music festivals to corporate events. The company recently added an Allen & Heath dLive S5000 digital mixer to its production rental inventory along with eight ME-1 Personal Mixers, an ME-U Monitor Hub, a Qu-Pac and an AR2412. The dLive is equipped with a DM64 MixRack and a DX32 Expander with Dante card.

It’s Not Me, It’s You

04/07/2016 - Production News

Dating in the 21st century is tricky. Whether tackling Tinder, grappling with Grindr or puzzling over Plenty of Fish, modern technology has brought people closer but with a whole new set of dating rules and etiquette. Luckily Eamonn Holmes is on hand to help with his new panel show It’s Not Me, It’s You, exploring the world of dating and relationships and moving light specialist Richard Martin Lighting (RML) is on hand supporting lighting designer Roger Williams.

Life’s A Beach for New Yamaha CIS Installation

04/07/2016 - Project News

Italy – Summer is here and with it sun-seekers are heading to beaches across Europe. The location and open-plan layout of beach bars and restaurants can make it a challenge to entertain those who want to drink and dance while keeping other patrons – and the neighbours – happy. But at Italy’s Bazzano Beach, a Yamaha audio system has solved the problem.

Kuchem Konferenz Technik Invests in Elation SixBar LED Battens

04/07/2016 - Production News

German system integration and event technology company Kuchem Konferenz Technik has added 110 of Elation Professional’s SixBar 1000 LED battens to its inventory. The Elation SixBar 1000 is a colour-changing batten featuring a six-colour LED multi-chip that can be used for a variety of purposes such as general purpose wash/strip lighting, uplighting, cyc wash, accent lighting or as a pixel strip.

Kinesys Specified for Garth Brooks Tour

01/07/2016 - Production News

Garth Brooks’ maverick “Man Against Machine” tour continues, now using a full Kinesys automation system which was specified by Atlanta Rigging Services (ARS), brought on-board by production to take care of all rigging requirements.

Robe Gets Electric at EDC Las Vegas

01/07/2016 - Production News

USA – Robe once again had a big presence at Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) in Las Vegas, another high profile event on the US EDM calendar following spectacular performances for the brand at ULTRA Miami and Coachella.

Alcons Enters US Touring Market to Rave Reviews

01/07/2016 - Production News

USA – Taking place in California’s Napa Valley, one of the world’s premier wine regions, BottleRock is an unusual festival which combines live music with the region’s tradition of wine, brewing and food. This year’s festival saw the Alcons LR18 mid-sized pro-ribbon system make its live debut.

Meyer Sound Leo System from Wigwam Acoustics Delivers Power and Control at Isle of Wight Festival

01/07/2016 - Production News

UK – The 21st century revival of the legendary Isle of Wight Festival once again launched Europe’s season of summer celebrations, with this year’s edition benefiting from relatively hospitable weather and the auspicious debut of a new Meyer Sound Leo Family system at the main stage.

Atlanta Audio Visual adds PixelFLEX LED video to its rental inventory

01/07/2016 - Production News

USA – With over 75 years of combined audio/visual and live event production experience, Atlanta Audio Visual has worked with many corporate and commercial clients in a variety of industries. As a comprehensive design firm, president and CEO Brad McWhorter has built the company on a foundation of providing both quality production engineers and the latest in product innovation. When looking to expand their line of LED video technology, McWhorter once again wanted to be at the forefront of the technology development, so he decided to invest in the Parnelli Award-wining FLEXCurve LED video from Nashville-based PixelFLEX.

Turbosound iQ Series honoured with PALM's Most Innovative Technology Award 2016

01/07/2016 - Event News

India – At the annual PALM Sound & Light Awards in India, Turbosound was crowned winner of the Most Innovative Technology Award 2016 for the technologies introduced in its iQ Series of portable loudspeakers.

GLP Impression X4 Bars Win Second Major Award in a Week

01/07/2016 - Event News

UK – The stellar success of GLP’s impression X4 Bars was recognised for the second time in a month, by major industry bodies on both sides of the Atlantic.

Allen & Heath Now Offers a Programme Approved for InfoComm Renewal Units

01/07/2016 - Standards News

USA – Allen & Heath has announced that the company has been named an official InfoComm International Renewal Unit (RU) Provider. This will allow the more than 9,000 professionals holding InfoComm International’s Certified Technology Specialist credential to earn renewal units towards their certification by completing certain Allen & Heath education programmes.

Movecat VMK-S chain hoists – Series II

01/07/2016 - Equipment News

The fully dynamic Movecat BGV C1 chain hoists of the VMK-S Series II represents a current industry top standard for scene transformations involving the overhead movement of loads. The VMK-S II hoists meet in full the requirements of BGV C1 / DGUV V17, DIN 56950-1 and EN 61508 and are designed for SIL 3 applications. In day-to-day operation, this means top performance without any compromises in terms of reliability and safety.

NIDA Chooses Robe

01/07/2016 - Project News

Australia – The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) is based in the Sydney suburb of Kensington adjacent to the University of South Wales and is a high-profile self-accrediting training institute for students of the performing arts. It has a great reputation and an interesting alumnae of talent who have made their names in the worlds of theatre, stage, film and TV.

Audiologic Weekender Becomes Holiday Expedition

01/07/2016 - Project News

UK – Park Holidays is the largest provider of Caravan Holiday Parks in the south of England and has been in operation for more than 30 years following the opening of its first resort near Rye in East Sussex. Comprising 25 parks from Devon in the west to Suffolk in the east, Park Holidays hosts thousands of holidaymakers in excellent facilities at extremely competitive prices. From cabaret acts and karaoke to sports bars and bingo, the Park Holidays entertainment offer is diverse and extremely popular with guests. When Audiologic's Dave Smith was asked to consult with Park Holidays' installers about audio provision for its Bexhill headquarters, his recommendations and Audiologic's careful attention to detail made a strong impression – something that was to have a further-reaching impact in the subsequent months.

Alpha Production Group Sends New Clay Paky Scenius Fixtures on Tour with Lauryn Hill

01/07/2016 - Production News

USA – Raleigh, North Carolina-based Alpha Production Group has taken delivery of six Clay Paky Scenius moving head spotlights, which were quickly dispatched on the north-eastern and south-eastern legs of Lauryn Hill’s current tour.

Digital Display Solution: Par4Keet displays impressive 8K content on the multi-award winning NEC stand at InfoComm 2016

01/07/2016 - Event News

USA – NEC Display Solutions of America, a leading provider of commercial LCD display and projector solutions were the winners of six InfoComm16 awards, including Rental & Staging Systems for its 65-inch Ultra High-Definition (UHD) display and Direct View LED video wall.