News Archive for March 2017

Patrick Woodroffe in South Africa

31/03/2017 - Event News

South Africa – Patrick Woodroffe will be hosting a one day lighting design workshop on Friday, 21st April from 9am to 5pm at the UJ Arts Centre alongside his colleague and friend, the talented Roland Greil. This is a unique opportunity as Woodroffe and Greil delve into the history of rock & roll lighting with reference to their colourful career in relation to it. Illustrated with slides and video, the session will include three case studies, namely The London Olympics in 2012, Michael Jackson’s show that never was and the recent Adele concert.

Dream Big – Prolyte Group launches the BGR70 truss

31/03/2017 - Event News

Germany – Prolyte Group continues to innovate and will launch a new truss type at the P+S exhibition in Frankfurt.

German State Theater Timișoara Upgrades with Yamaha QL Series

31/03/2017 - Project News

Romania – The German State Theater in the Romanian city of Timișoara has a long history, nowadays staging a wide range of German-language productions from traditional plays through to the most modern productions, festivals and cultural exchanges. The recent completion of a fully-digital audio system features a pair of Yamaha QL series mixing consoles.

Maestra Makes Major New LED Screen Investment

31/03/2017 - Production News

UAE – Award winning event production company Maestra Dubai has invested in 100 square metres of new 3.9mm flex:led LED screen, a product specially developed for them in conjunction with an Asian manufacturer for indoor use.

Purple Rain of Flares on Grammys

31/03/2017 - Production News

USA – The 59th Annual Grammy Awards last month was a confluence of stunning performances, controversies, and surprises. In collaboration with production designer Brian Stonestreet, lighting designers Bob Dickinson and Noah Mitz created a visual delight, capturing the mood of a wide range of musical genres including the stunning tribute to Prince.

City Theatrical at Prolight + Sound Frankfurt

31/03/2017 - Event News

Germany – City Theatrical will be demonstrating innovative new technology at Prolight + Sound Frankfurt on April 4th - 7th, 2017 (stand D59), including the award winning DMXcat multi-function test tool, SHoW DMX Multiverse wireless DMX and the QolorPIX pixel controlled tape and pixel controller. City Theatrical will be also showcasing new Pathway Connectivity products such as Choreo Vignette and Choreo NSB.

Hawthorn Expands Scenic Department

31/03/2017 - Business News

UK – Creative technical production expert, Hawthorn, has expanded its in-house Scenic department to enhance its set design and manufacturing service and meet increasing demand from clients.

ADB signs with NLT for distribution in Germany

31/03/2017 - Business News

Germany - ADB, the OSRAM group company specialising in theatre and TV studio lighting, has appointed NLT Professionelle Beleuchtungstechnik as sole distributor of its products in Germany.

New ADB Products at Prolight+Sound 2017

31/03/2017 - Event News

Germany – The new ADB KLEMANTIS is an asymmetric linear cyc light based on the most advanced LED technology. This luminaire was developed to answer the requirements of theatre and opera customers, as well as for TV studio needs. KLEMANTIS features the innovative and exclusive HCR technology, that is based on a six colour LED module and its unique control algorithm. The HCR technology provides a wide colour gamut, from bold colours to pastel shades, as well as an impressive tunable white light with a high CRI up to 97. KLEMANTIS is a family of fixtures that today consists of the KLEMANTIS AS1000 and the KLEMANTIS AS500, designed to be used in a linear array. A unique optical system based on exclusive high-quality lenses, generates a uniform light diffusion and perfectly blended colours. The luminaires will be set in a row – on the floor or/and at the top – at a distance between 0.60m to 2m from the cyclorama, depending on its height. They will provide a uniform coverage of the surface, with smooth and invisible overlap.

Claypaky New Products at Prolight+Sound 2017

31/03/2017 - Event News

Germany – With the Axcor Profile 900, Claypaky has launched a new course in its design research: it is the first Claypaky spotlight to use a LED light source, instead of a traditional discharge lamp. Claypaky has chosen to use a white LED engine with high luminous efficiency, total power of 900 Watts and luminous flux of 24,000 lumen output, and couple it with a system of dichroic filters to create the colours. Thanks to its considerable light output, the Claypaky Axcor Profile 900 goes straight in at the top of its category and features the best in modern technology in every parameter: the characteristics of the white and coloured light it produces, its ability to form perfectly sharp projections and the precision micro-mechanics of its exclusive beam shaping system.

Chroma-Q Showcases Award-Winning Creative Lighting Technologies at Prolight + Sound 2017

31/03/2017 - Event News

Germany - Chroma-Q invites users, designers and prospective dealers to visit stand H50, Hall 3.0 at Prolight + Sound 2017, to see the award-winning Color Force II, Inspire and Space Force creative LED lighting solutions, as well as the new Color One 100X LED PAR.

Chauvet Professional Appoints First German Distributor

31/03/2017 - Business News

Germany – In response to the growing interest in its fixtures and video panels in Germany, Chauvet Professional has announced the completion of a distribution agreement with Fischer Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH. A highly regarded entertainment technology specialist with bases in Bremen, Berlin and Munderkingen, Fischer will supply Chauvet Professional products to rental and install houses in the German domestic market and beyond.

Prolight + Sound debut for Doughty's Pole Operated Yoke and Space Saver

31/03/2017 - Event News

Germany – Doughty Engineering's new pole operated yoke and space saver are set to make their European debut at this year's Prolight+ Sound. Visitors to stand E11 in Hall 3.0 will get the opportunity to see both items in action, as well as a range of Doughty's other kit including the Atom G Clamp, the award winning Modular Rigging System and a selection of grip, rigging suspension and lifting equipment.

SJ Lighting Goes Elation for Spectacular Crush Concert Designs

31/03/2017 - Production News

USA – Music and romance have always made for an irresistible combination so whether it’s love for another or love of the music, or both, Insomniac’s annual Crush concerts are the happening EDM events around Valentine’s Day. In mid-February, EDM enthusiasts gathered for Crush San Fran, Crush SoCal and Crush Arizona for a celebration of heavy beats and beating hearts with a line-up that featured top names like Afrojack and other hot DJs.

Panasonic set to take the stage at Prolight + Sound 2017

31/03/2017 - Event News

Germany – Panasonic will highlight its connected solutions for live events at Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt (4th – 7th April), showcasing a number of collaborations with live event specialists.

BroadWeigh looks forward to its biggest ever presence at Prolight and Sound

30/03/2017 - Event News

Germany – Industry leader for wireless load cell monitoring brand BroadWeigh is set to enjoy its biggest ever presence at this year's Prolight and Sound with five of its product partners promoting the company's offering through displays and demonstrations. A.C. Entertainment Technologies (Hall 5, B25), Hof Alutec (Hall 3, A44), Louis Reyners (Hall 3, C14), Scanrig (Hall 3, F31) and Sonoss (Hall 3, C14) and will all represent BroadWeigh on their stands at the show.

Northern Light delivers colour and control to Genting Arena

30/03/2017 - Project News

UK – Last year, sound, lighting, AV and stage technology services company Northern Light was asked to install a new, more energy efficient, house and work light system for the Genting Arena. The primary goal was to enhance the overall customer experience and to have something very different to the other arenas in the UK. The solution was an innovative combination of ETC and GDS lighting fixtures.

Prolyte welcomes new distribution partner in Germany

30/03/2017 - Business News

Germany – Huss Licht & Ton have become distribution partner for Prolyte in Germany. Starting to sell trussing and stage decks, they aim to become a full-fledged Prolyte distributor, offering their customers the complete Prolyte product range.

Altman Lighting heads to Frankfurt

30/03/2017 - Event News

Germany – At Prolight + Sound 2017 in Frankfurt, the New York-based lighting manufacturer Altman Lighting will be showcasing its line of innovative theatrical and architectural lighting solutions in Hall 3 Stand G69. With a spotlight on its quality, energy-efficient product lines, Altman Lighting will feature the Chalice 150 LED series of pendant house lights, the complete family of Gallery 50W LED architectural luminaires, the convection-cooled PHX 150W LED profile, plus the Spectra Cyc 200 LED cyclorama luminaire.

JHS announce new Chairman

30/03/2017 - People News

UK – The Board of John Hornby Skewes & Co. Ltd. has announced that effective from 1st April 2017, Mrs Linda Drumm will be taking up the role of chairman, bringing a wealth of knowledge of the company and our industry, maintaining what the board feels is absolutely crucial family continuity and ensuring that JHS retains the personal touch which has always been at the heart of its interactions with customers, suppliers and staff.

Christie provides sneak preview of direct-coupled RGB laser projector in Freedom Series at CinemaCon

30/03/2017 - Event News

USA – In its latest display of technological leadership in the cinema market, Christie will preview at CinemaCon (Milano room) the CP4325-RGB – an ‘all in one’ RGB laser projector in the Christie Freedom Series – boasting an innovative design that delivers significantly higher efficiency than lasers utilised in current cinemas.

dLlive Manages Simultaneous Festivals In China

30/03/2017 - Production News

China – Allen & Heath dLive S Class mixing systems were used at the recent LeXiang Music Festival and Shijiazhuang Music Festival, which were recently held simultaneously in China’s Shijiazhuang City.

MLA / MLA Compact provides irresistible combo for Classical Spectacular New partnership a winner at the Royal Albert Hall

30/03/2017 - Production News

UK – RG Jones’ long relationship with Martin Audio was extended in fine style again this month at the Raymond Gubbay-promoted Classical Spectacular at the Royal Albert Hall. RG Jones supplied not only a full-size Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array (MLA) for the main PA but also an MLA Compact rig for the sidefills.

Elation Lights to Feature on Musikmesse Centre Stage at Prolight + Sound

30/03/2017 - Event News

Germany – After seeing the latest Elation Professional lighting products at Stand F60/61 in Hall 4 at the upcoming Prolight + Sound exhibition in Frankfurt, visitors won’t have far to go to see Elation lighting in action on a full blown lighting stage. A full complement of Elation products will be featuring at the Musikmesse Center Stage venue in the heart of the exhibition, where bands will perform and product demos will take place over the course of the fair.

GLP Reaches New Heights at Prolight + Sound

30/03/2017 - Event News

Germany – GLP has much to celebrate at this year’s Frankfurt Prolight + Sound, where its profile will reach a new zenith.

CPL Provides Full Production for 2017 SEMTA Awards

30/03/2017 - Production News

UK – CPL (Central Presentations Limited), working for producers Eclipse Communications, provided a full technical production package comprising video, lighting and sound to the 2017 SEMTA Awards event staged in the ballroom of the Hilton Hotel in Park Lane, London.

TLS Productions Uses Elation Lighting on Award-winning Toyota Booth at CES

30/03/2017 - Production News

USA – In January, Toyota unveiled its futuristic Concept-i vehicle at the CES consumer electronics show at an award-winning booth lit using Elation Professional Platinum FLX hybrid moving heads and Colour Chorus series LED battens. Lighting and rigging was provided by TLS Productions, Inc. who also created the lighting design for the booth.

DiGiCo set to show SD range and S Series and reveal new developments at Prolight+Sound and NAB 2017

30/03/2017 - Event News

Germany & USA – British audio solutions manufacturer DiGiCo is set to show its entire range of SD and S Series consoles at both Prolight+Sound and NAB this year, as well as reveal a number of exciting new developments and upgrades.

The powerful visual experience of LEDBlade LED strip visual technology showcased at Prolight + Sound

30/03/2017 - Event News

Germany – LEDBlade is presenting its stunning, new generation LED strip, visual technology system to Prolight + sound 4th - 7th April. The system comprises both a straight component, the original LEDBlade Stripe, and the recently launched LEDBlade Curve. Both will be showcased on stand A25 in hall 4. LEDBlade creates depth of space or three-dimensionality; it enhances edges, expands the visual area or links together to create any geometric design. LEDBlade adds extra dynamic to the video design toolkit.

Historic Luxembourg Abbey gets sympathetic treatment with L-Acoustics Kiva II

30/03/2017 - Project News

Luxembourg – Dating back to the 17th century and located in the Grund district on a Unesco world heritage site, Neumünster Abbey is one of Luxembourg’s most important historic sites. In May 2004, after ten years of restoration work, it was opened as the Neumünster Abbey Cultural Exchange Centre (CCRN). Earlier this year, following a two-year consultation, event and technical design company KTDS Technical Support installed an L-Acoustics Kiva II system into its Robert Krieps Building.

Philips Lighting set to rock Frankfurt at Europe's biggest entertainment technology expo

29/03/2017 - Event News

Germany – Philips Lighting has announced it is gearing up for Europe's biggest entertainment technology expo, Prolight + Sound, where it will launch new stage and studio lighting products as well as showcase recent releases.

Powersoft to Launch Further Amp Modules at Prolight + Sound

29/03/2017 - Event News

Germany – In addition to its game-changing touring and multi-channel process controlled amplifiers, Powersoft has built an excellent reputation in the OEM market, providing the engines for many market-leading active loudspeaker systems and rack amplifiers with its range of power modules.

SeeSound Appointed Community Distributor for Spain and Portugal

29/03/2017 - Business News

Iberian Peninsula – Community Professional Loudspeakers has announced the appointment of SeeSound as its distributor for Spain and Portugal.

Christie Lites Coventry Announces UK Team

29/03/2017 - Business News

UK – Christie Lites Coventry has put its UK team in place at its newest – and first overseas location – for the North American stage lighting and rigging rental company.

Aaron Watson Tours with Bandit Lites

29/03/2017 - Production News

USA – Country music’s newest rising star Aaron Watson isn’t one to give up when things get tough, so when he was told he wasn’t commercial enough to make it as a singer, the Texas native returned to his home state and proved all the doubters wrong. Now, with a lighting package provided by Bandit Lites, Aaron Watson is performing to sold-out crowds and promoting his album, Vaquero, the follow up to his historical and aptly named album, The Underdog, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, the first-ever independent solo male country artist to do so.

Two ESTA Standards in Public Review

29/03/2017 - Standards News

Two ESTA draft standards have been posted for public review at Descriptions and deadlines for comments are as follows:

ETC scales new heights with introduction of Prodigy P2 hoist

29/03/2017 - Equipment News

USA – ETC is kicking off a new era in upper stage machinery with the introduction of the P2 hoist. Offering quick installation, easy operation, revolutionary features and affordable system expansion, P2 – the newest hoist in ETC’s Prodigy family – can go where other rigging systems can’t.

Claypaky and Illuminate Productions shine at Kingdom Invasion 2017

29/03/2017 - Production News

Singapore – Illuminate Productions provided creative and technical production once again for Kingdom Invasion 2017. Almost 10,000 people from 37 nations converged upon Singapore’s Changi Expo from 14th - 17th March for the popular Christian conference now into its fifth year, with over 10,000 more tuning into the live stream on the final night of open meetings.

Chauvet Professional to Debut New Fixtures at Frankfurt Prolight + Sound

29/03/2017 - Event News

Germany – Chauvet Professional has announced the introduction of new fixtures at this year’s Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt, including the Maverick MK3 Wash, the Maverick MK1 Spot, ÉPIX Strip IP and Ovation B1965-FC. True to the brand’s core philosophy, these outstanding new fixtures offer lighting professionals unprecedented levels of performance and value.

Simon and Sintija Strengthen GLP’s Growing UK Operation

29/03/2017 - People News

UK – GLP has announced two new members of its rapidly expanding UK operation, set up 12 months ago from a base in Exeter, Devon.

Christie launches the CP2308 superior-value, lamp-based projector for smaller screens

29/03/2017 - Equipment News

Christie is introducing the CP2308 projector, a xenon lamp-based unit that will meet the needs of smaller exhibitors, who have been eagerly awaiting a DCI-compliant, full-featured yet affordable digital-cinema option. The CP2308 has advanced electronics and is simple to operate, boasting many user-friendly features.

Zero 88 at Prolight 2017

29/03/2017 - Event News

Germany – Zero 88 is expecting a busy Prolight+Sound expo in Frankfurt next week, where the UK-based lighting control specialist will continue its road map of powerful, incremental updates for both hardware and software.

VER Support award winning LD Chris Rigby with Investment in new technology on The Nightly Show

29/03/2017 - Production News

UK – As part of a company-wide commitment to investment and growth within its global rental operations, VER is offering clients new, next generation lighting products. The company has been proudly supporting lighting director Chris Rigby via its specialist broadcast lighting division, Aurora, with an array of LED and low energy illumination solutions on ITV’s topical entertainment feature The Nightly Show.

Creative Technology merges Mediatec UK into London operation

29/03/2017 - Business News

UK – Mediatec UK has been providing LED screens and associated production services to a small portfolio of prestige clients across the sporting and corporate event sectors since 2003. The merger with CT will allow the team access to a significantly larger pool of technical and operational resources.

Kinesys launch Apex chain hoist system at Prolight+Sound 2017

28/03/2017 - Event News

Germany – UK-based automation manufacturer Kinesys launches its brand new Apex chain hoist system on Stand D15 in Hall 3 (level 0) at the 2017 Prolight + Sound expo in Frankfurt 4th to 7th of April.

Robe at Prolight+Sound 2017

28/03/2017 - Event News

Germany – Czech lighting manufacturer Robe presents another high-impact booth – D80 in Hall 3 of the Frankfurt Messe for Prolight +Sound 2017 – allowing hundreds of guests to enjoy a crowd-stopping live entertainment show in a lively, fun interactive environment.

DPA Delivers Dynamic Pop Vocals For Timeflies European Tour

28/03/2017 - Production News

Europe – When accomplished music producers who are also artists take to the live stage, sound quality is always going to be top of the agenda. With this in mind, London-based sound engineer Mark Portlock had no hesitation in recommending an award-winning DPA d:facto vocal microphone when he was asked to handle front of house duties for US pop duo Timeflies who recently undertook their first headline European tour.

Alcons LR18 Nominated for 2017 PIPA Award

28/03/2017 - Event News

Germany – The technical and audio excellence of Alcons Audio’s LR18 mid-sized line array has been recognised by a nomination in the Concert Sound category of the annual Prolight + Sound International Press Awards (PIPAs).

Defying Gravity – Outline to Debut Revolutionary ‘Newton’ Centralised Media Processor in Frankfurt

28/03/2017 - Event News

Germany – Italian loudspeaker manufacturer Outline announces the launch of the next generation in multi-function processing and control, the all-new ‘Newton’ will make its debut at the forthcoming Prolight+Sound expo in Frankfurt (4th - 7th April).

APG Strengthens Presence in Asia with New Distributor Appointments

28/03/2017 - Business News

South East Asia – With an already successful presence in Asia thanks to a joint venture and historic distributors, French loudspeaker manufacturer APG took advantage of the recent Prolight + Sound Guangzhou trade show to announce new partnerships around APG North East Asia, the company’s joint venture in Hong Kong.

Out Board New TiMax SoundHubVR and PAT Test at PL+S 2017

28/03/2017 - Event News

Germany – Prolight + Sound 2017 sees Out Board showing two of its premium entertainment technology offerings across two stands. TiMax OutBoard (Hall 4.1, A30) debuts the TiMax SoundHub VR playback, spatial audio and show control variant, which marks Out Board’s move to support rapidly growing demand for tightly-synchronised, low-latency immersive audio in multimedia VR content for the theme park ride-car and experiential exhibit market places,

Avolites Raids the Rock Vault in Vegas

28/03/2017 - Production News

USA – An Avolites Tiger Touch II console is in control of a new version of Raiding the Rock Vault, which opened on 11th March for a six-month run at Vinyl, located inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Produced by Sir Harry Cowell, the popular production tells the story of classic rock with all-star rockers who play the hits from legendary rock bands such as The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Queen, U2, Aerosmith, Van Halen and many others.

L-Acoustics Launches Its First Avnu-certified Systems

28/03/2017 - Equipment News

L-Acoustics has announced that the LA12X amplified controller is the first L-Acoustics product to receive Avnu certification, the LA4X will also receive certification in the coming weeks. A member of the Avnu Alliance since 2015, L-Acoustics has committed its development resources to open standard AVB technology, which streamlines network infrastructure by combining audio signal transmission with system control and monitoring.

Elation Artiste DaVinci Full-Featured LED Spot for the Creative Designer

28/03/2017 - Equipment News

Elation Professional is offering the new Artiste DaVinci, a full-featured yet compact “theatrical grade” LED moving head spot luminaire and the first fixture in Elation’s new Artiste series. Multi-talented like the artistic icon it is named after, the Artiste DaVinci delivers an exceptional combination of power, colour and projection possibilities.

Rogue Rules On We The Kings Tour for Squeek Lights

28/03/2017 - Production News

USA – Like a warm summer breeze, the music of pop punk pioneers We The Kings has always been reassuring, pleasing and tinged with a sense of expectation. Beginning with their platinum breakthrough single “Check Yes Juliet,” on through “We’ll Be A Dream” (with Demi Lovato), the band has served up some of the most memorable let’s journey forth together love songs for the generation that came of age with the internet.

Robert Juliat comes to Frankfurt in full force for Prolight+Sound 2017

28/03/2017 - Event News

Germany – It’s been a number of years since Robert Juliat brought the full force of its followspots to a trade show, but Prolight + Sound 2017 will see these specialists showcase an army of their followspots, old and new, that have secured its place in the industry for many decades.

MDG Brings A Touch of the Outdoors to Prolight+Sound, Frankfurt

28/03/2017 - Event News

Germany – MDG will bring new products to Prolight+Sound, Frankfurt, which is especially good news for those who work in tough environments or with permanent and semi-permanent installations.

Robe Spiiders and PATTs for Blue Rodeo

27/03/2017 - Production News

Canada – Lighting designer Al Paquette was looking for some new and exciting fixtures to incorporate into his design for the current “1000 Arms” tour by Canadian country rockers Blue Rodeo. He chose Robe Spiiders and PATT 2013s which were newly purchased by lighting vendor Apex Sound & Light from Ontario, Canada.

Leading Spanish School Adopts dLlive

27/03/2017 - Project News

Spain – Spain’s School of Modern Music (TAF) has installed an Allen & Heath dLive S Class digital mixing system, comprising a S5000 surface with DM64 MixRack, in its concert hall.

Defying gravity: Philips Lighting delivers magical in-air lighting effects on Australian production of Wicked

27/03/2017 - Production News

Australia – Philips Lighting has announced that its LED stage lighting added to the drama and detail of an award-winning production of the hit Broadway musical Wicked at the historic Theatre Royal in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia's island state.

Wroclaw Olympic Stadium Redevelopment for World Games Includes Community Loudspeakers

27/03/2017 - Project News

Poland – The historical Olympic Stadium in Wroclaw has been sympathetically refurbished and modernised, under a redevelopment plan that included substantial new construction. The opportunity for the project came as a result of Wroclaw being awarded host city for the 2017 World Games.

Rosco Debuts Image Spot LED Gobo Projector

27/03/2017 - Equipment News

Rosco Laboratories has announced a highly-anticipated addition to its projection product line with the introduction of the Image Spot LED gobo projector.

Looking beyond: d&b audiotechnik at Prolight + Sound 2017

27/03/2017 - Event News

Germany – Looking beyond the typical to envisage all business, artistic and social needs, is what inspires the team at d&b. To discover more about the company’s Sound Futures programme, and what it means in practice, visit the d&b stand C15 in hall 3.1 at this year’s Prolight + Sound show in Frankfurt, April 4–7.

MA Lighting at Prolight + Sound 2017: New software releases and MA Network Switch in focus

27/03/2017 - Event News

Germany – At this year’s Prolight and Sound exhibition in Frankfurt, MA Lighting will highlight the latest features and functionality of its dynamic range of lighting control solutions at the booths C51 and C61 in hall 3.0.

Euro-debut for new Studiomaster product at Prolight + Sound

27/03/2017 - Event News

Germany – The Studiomaster digiLiVE 16 compact mixer has shipped over 2,000 units since its introduction in mid 2016. The same winning concept of simultaneous integrated touchscreen and iPad operation will be available in a rack-mount ‘black-box’ form-factor, with the introduction of the digiLiVE 16RS and self-powered digiLiVE 16P-600, both being shown for the first time in Europe at Prolight + Sound.

DiGiCo At Large with Jack Whitehall

27/03/2017 - Production News

UK – Rental company Adlib continues its work with top comedians, having just supplied full production – sound, lighting and video – for Jack Whitehall’s sold out, three week At Large UK arena tour. The Liverpool-based company was delighted to be on the road with one of the UK’s most exciting and successful talents having previously supplied production for his ground-breaking 2014 arena tour, which was staged in-the-round.

Pearce Hire goes for gold in temporary power supply

27/03/2017 - Event News

UK – Pearce Hire had good cause to celebrate earlier this month with a winning week at two prestigious industry awards ceremonies.

Ken Bennett-Hunter

24/03/2017 - People News

It is with great regret that we report the untimely passing of Ken Bennett-Hunter on Monday 20th March after a short stay in hospital.

New product launch for Prolyte Group at the P+S exhibition

24/03/2017 - Event News

Germany – Continuing to innovate, Prolyte Group is bringing new products, prototypes and a test model to the Prolight + Sound exhibition in Frankfurt. The Prolyte team is anticipating a great show and is looking forward to connect with its existing and new customers. Prolyte Group is located in hall 3.0 stand E14.

PRG XL Video set to amaze visitors to Prolight + Sound with new products and 360° live video streaming

24/03/2017 - Event News

Germany – PRG XL Video will once again have a significant presence at this year's Prolight + Sound from 4th to 7th April, in the Festhalle Frankfurt. The action gets underway the evening before the show, with the presentation of the PRG XL sponsored Live Entertainment Awards (LEA), for which PRG is the overall technical service provider. The creative responsibility, as in previous years, will rest with Jerry Appelt and bright!. As soon as the main Prolight + Sounds show opens, visitors to the Festhalle will be able to examine the stage used, including all the installations and effects, and attend regularly scheduled demo shows. This year, the music for the demo show was composed by the band FOXOS, who will also be performing live in the Festhalle.

Robe Announces New Colombian Distributor

24/03/2017 - Business News

Colombia – Czech moving light manufacturer Robe has announced AV Com as its new Colombian distributor.

Avolites to showcase trailblazing lighting and video integration at Prolight + Sound 2017

24/03/2017 - Event News

Germany – Avolites will launch two software updates and showcase its trailblazing new developments in lighting and video integration at this year's Prolight + Sound 2017 in Frankfurt. The British manufacturer will launch the full capabilities of its much anticipated Ai v10 media server software, developed through real-world testing, and the latest Titan update, v10.1, which boasts a plethora of end user-centric new features that will ensure Avolites stays resolutely ahead of the lighting control curve. Avolites will be in Hall 3 Level 0 Stand E80 throughout the four-day event.

Korean PA Company Gets a Full House with Allen & Heath

24/03/2017 - Production News

South Korea – Renowned Korean rental company, Blessway, now has models from the entire Allen & Heath digital mixer line up in its hire stock, following the recent investment in a dLive S Class system.

Adamson to Expand S-Series and Introduce New IS-Series at Prolight + Sound

24/03/2017 - Event News

Germany – Building on the international success of its heralded S-Series, Adamson Systems Engineering will add the S10n line array cabinet to its offerings and introduce the integration-focused IS- Series family of loudspeakers at Prolight + Sound 2017, Hall 3.1 Booth B60.

grandMA2 Light and a pint at PLASA for Liteup Events

24/03/2017 - Production News

UK – Founded in 2006 by Central School of Speech & Drama graduates Kris Box and Marc Callaghan, Liteup Events is a company specialising in both live music and corporate events. The team at Liteup pride themselves on the quality of their customer service and being able to provide a comprehensive range of services including event production, technical support, equipment hire and concept design.

Strictly Come Dancing – Show Networking Made Easy with ProPlex IQ

24/03/2017 - Production News

UK - The TV show Strictly Come Dancing approaches its 15th season this year. The winning formula, featuring celebrities and hoi polloi competing head-to-head for the season title, is a smash hit in the UK. Renowned for its visual razzmatazz, the show’s lighting depends on a vast network of data control, an essential component of which is the extremely powerful ProPlex IQ Two 1616.

Large Array of Claypaky Lighting Fixtures Hits the Road with Brantley Gilbert’s The Devil Don’t Sleep Tour

24/03/2017 - Production News

USA – Country music star Brantley Gilbert has launched The Devil Don’t Sleep tour playing arenas in North America through early spring in the first leg. Nathan Alves and Howard Jones co-designed the show, which features Claypaky Scenius, Mythos 2, Sharpy and Stormy Strobe fixtures.

Electro-Voice delivers world-class sound at Hard Rock Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins

24/03/2017 - Project News

USA – Hard Rock Stadium is owned by, and home to, the NFL Miami Dolphins. It also hosts University of Miami football and major entertainment events throughout the year. As part of a three-year, facility-wide renovation, the re-named facility now boasts a massively upgraded sound system by Electro-Voice.

Sennheiser in RF Control at Brits 2017

24/03/2017 - Production News

UK – It was another evening of glitz and glamour at the 2017 Brit Awards, which once again took place at London’s The 02 on the 22nd February. Sennheiser was proud to support the production of the event for the 15th year in a row, with its artist relations team providing several racks of wireless microphone and IEM equipment, and engineer Andrew Lillywhite assisting with RF co-ordination expertise.

Alcons LR28 Sets the Standard for Trondheim Lyd

24/03/2017 - Production News

Norway - Pre-launched in 2015, Alcons Audio’s LR28 larger format pro-ribbon line array delivers the highest possible sound quality, with exceptionally high SPL capabilities and throw, making it the ideal solution for audio rental companies who service festivals throughout the summer season. The first to invest in the system was Trondheim Lyd AS and, after two summers of using it, the company could not be happier.

Elite Multimedia joins Cole Swindell on the “What the Hell World Tour”

24/03/2017 - Production News

USA – Quickly becoming on the of the hottest stars in country music today, Cole Swindell has recently set out on the “What the Hell World Tour” with fellow country music superstar Dierks Bentley. Fresh off his very successful “Down Home Tour”, Swindell and his production team were looking for a fresh tour design to take on the road in 2017. Once again working with tour provider Elite Multimedia, production manager James 'Mo' Butts began the process of finding the ideal tour design and in the end, it was the creativity of Sooner Routhier at SRae Productions that was chosen to highlight the Academy of Country Music award winner.

Yamaha Delivers Big Beats for Fitness Freaks

24/03/2017 - Project News

The Netherlands – Dutch gyms VondelGym has recently opened its second facility in Amsterdam, featuring a Yamaha audio system. The owners have been so impressed with it that they have asked for a similar system to replace that by a different manufacturer in the first gym, despite it only being two years old.

DiGiCo gets clean sweep at 2017 Brit Awards

24/03/2017 - Production News

UK – The Brit Awards is one of the UK music industry’s most prestigious events and was broadcast live to around 5.4 million viewers on British television channel ITV1 this February. An event this important necessitates an audio system that can handle a complicated set up, with a quick turnaround for performers and presenters, and one that gives total reliability. This exacting task was once again undertaken by Britannia Row Productions. For the last three years, they have deployed DiGiCo digital mixing consoles as part of their set up, but this year, they relied solely on the British manufacturer to provide the faultless control they required.

Unusual Rigging Descends on Manchester Opera House Like a Bat Out of Hell for New Jim Steinman Musical

24/03/2017 - Production News

UK – Bat out of Hell the Musical opened at the Manchester Opera House in February where it is currently enjoying a 12 week run. The show is the brainchild of Jim Steinman and rock superstar Meat Loaf – a romantic adventure about rebellious youths. Steinman composed Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell albums and always dreamed of lifting the tracks from record to stage. Forty years later the dream has become a reality.

Entedi is the New Age Technology Equipment Solutions Provider

24/03/2017 - Production News

Ireland – Entedi Ltd has been formed by industry people to service the ever-growing demand for professional high-end equipment along with excellent and knowledgeable service and support.

Yamaha Aids French Industrial Flair at Stockholm’s Usine

24/03/2017 - Project News

Sweden – Located on a tree-lined avenue, restaurant Usine adds a touch of French industrial flair to the heart of Stockholm’s business district. Featuring a bistro, Tapas bar, café/takeaway and conference facilities, a zoned Yamaha audio system blends seamlessly with the venue’s aesthetics.

Arena Group at Cheltenham Festival 2017

23/03/2017 - Production News

UK – Arena Group once again supplied event infrastructure to the world-famous Cheltenham Festival, which attracted around 250,000 visitors, 14th - 17th March, 2017.

Optoma was the right match for the colourful J&JOY flagship store

23/03/2017 - Production News

Belgium – J&JOY is a chain of fashion outlets originating in Belgium renowned for its colourful clothing range. Over the festive season, J&JOY wanted to attract and wow shoppers, creating a sense of wonder and excitement with bright, colourful and eye catching imagery in the window display of its flagship store in Liège, Belgium.

Sidev Display Systems of France Joins Atlona Global Partner Network

23/03/2017 - Business News

Switzerland – Atlona has bolstered its global partner network with the appointment of Sidev Display Systems as its new distribution partner in France. Sidev will join forces with Atlona’s local sales team in France, including Mr. Christophe Gaborit and Mr. Kevin Andry, to strengthen Atlona’s presence across the nation.

Bandit Lights Up Youth Evangelism Conference of Tennessee

23/03/2017 - Production News

USA – The Nashville Municipal Auditorium was aglow on 10th and 11th March with more than 8,000 high school and middle school students offering worship and fellowshipping at the Youth Evangelism Conference. Bandit Lites provided the lighting package for the event for Orchestrate Experience with lighting designer Trey Meares and Orchestrate Production director Alex Fleming. Featured guests included Dave Edwards, The Skit Guys, Luke MacDonald and the YEC Worship Band.

Alcons Previews New Products and Developments at Prolight+Sound 2017

23/03/2017 - Event News

Germany – Prolight & Sound sees Alcons Audio previewing two new products for the first time, as well hosting an off-site demonstration and observing its annual tradition of showing its latest development ideas and studies, marking the direction that Alcons product portfolio will be heading in the foreseeable future.

L-Acoustics Reinforces Support to Latin American and Caribbean Market, Appointing Alex Soto as Applications Engineer

23/03/2017 - People News

Mexico – L-Acoustics has announced the appointment of Alex Soto as applications engineer, supporting the rental and install markets in Latin America and the Caribbean. Working in close collaboration with regional sales manager Tim McCall, Alex’s expertise will benefit the dynamic and growing network of partners and clients in the LATAM region.

Tom Van Hemelryck is appointed Chief Executive Officer of PRG Central Europe

23/03/2017 - People News

Europe – Production Resource Group LLC (PRG) has appointed Tom Van Hemelryck as CEO of PRG Central Europe, the umbrella name for PRG Belgium, the Netherlands, France and Spain.

Chauvet Grand Premiere Celebrates New Facility In Mexico

23/03/2017 - Business News

Mexico – Chauvet Mexico had a lot to be happy about when it celebrated the grand premiere of its new office, warehouse, service centre and showroom facility recently. The company has been busy meeting the rapidly increasing demand for its products among dealers and rental houses.

Hypnotize me!

23/03/2017 - Equipment News

In the run-up to Prolight & Sound 2017, the brand Eurolite brings new LED moving heads with compact dimensions and amazing effects to the market. The devices with the melodious name “Hypno” captivate viewers with luminous rings.

Blackout provides rigging services to for Microgaming exhibition stand

23/03/2017 - Production News

UK – Working for exhibition designers and producers, Blackout was approached for the third year to provide rigging for Microgaming’s stand and bar at the ICE Totally Gaming exhibition at ExCeL, February 2017.

dLive and ME Manage Top Dutch Radio Show

23/03/2017 - Production News

The Netherlands – Allen & Heath’s dLive S Class and ME digital mixing systems have been purchased to manage the On Stage live radio show for no.1 Dutch radio station, NPO 3FM.

White Light Oversees Lighting Installation at Royal Albert Hall

22/03/2017 - Project News

UK – The mushroom-shaped lighting domes are synonymous with the Royal Albert Hall’s main space, having been in place for more than 12 years. With technology having advanced so rapidly during this time, the venue recently decided to replace the existing domes with energy-efficient, flexible fixtures. Not only did these need to use the latest LED technology and be easy to control but also had to be custom-made to fit the space. White Light was approached to provide an exact solution.

Introducing the LED Creative Byte Controller

22/03/2017 - Equipment News

Designed and built by the LED Creative in-house technical team, the Byte Controller is a state of the art controller unit developed specifically to work in unison with the LED Creative Sigma product range.

GLP provides Free Connect Battery Pack for X4 atom

22/03/2017 - Equipment News

GLP has announced the release of the ‘Free Connect’ battery and wireless pack for its X4 atom. This gives users the freedom to use individual atom heads in any location.

Claypaky shines at Swarovski Crystal Worlds’ Festival of Light

22/03/2017 - Production News

Austria – World renowned lighting designer Björn Hermann employed 60 Claypaky Mythos 2 and 20 Claypaky Supersharpy 2 to deliver two titanic light sculptures as part of global crystal producer Swarovski’s Festival of Light, hosted at their seven-hectare fantasy park Swarovski Kristallwelten (Crystal Worlds) in Wattens, Austria.

Movecat will present exciting new products at Prolight + Sound

22/03/2017 - Event News

Germany – Innovative product developments, new features and optimized systems – Movecat is presenting its expanded product range from 4th to 7th April 2017 at the Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt.

Powersoft puts focus on training at Prolight+Sound

22/03/2017 - Event News

Germany Powersoft is furthering its commitment to providing training for users of its industry-leading amplification technology with a series of three daily sessions at this year’s Prolight+Sound Show in Frankfurt, that will focus on the latest implementations within the upcoming release of Armonía Pro Audio Suite.

W-DMX extravaganza down under

22/03/2017 - Production News

Australia – Aussie lighting specialist Resolution X, a company based in Melbourne and Sydney with an impressive track-record of high-profile production services, has recently supplied White Night Melbourne with lighting and rigging services. White Night is an outdoor art festival that attracts over 500,000 attendees each year.

Sustainable lighting solution for the Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama

22/03/2017 - Project News

UK – Situated at the heart of The University of Manchester’s campus, the Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama recently underwent a significant refit, including the installation of a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient production lighting package, featuring a control desk, LED luminaires and power controls from ETC, and auditorium lighting from GDS, all supplied and installed by Stage Electrics.

Proteus Headlines Stellar Line-up for Elation at 2017 Prolight + Sound

21/03/2017 - Event News

Germany – The new Proteus line of IP-rated arc-source moving heads will headline an outstanding line-up of lighting innovations for Elation Professional at this year’s Prolight + Sound exhibition. The Elation team invites lighting professionals to Hall 4 Stand F60/61 for a frank discussion about the unique benefits of this game-changing and award-winning weatherproof product series.

White Light is Out of Order for UK Theatre Tour

21/03/2017 - Production News

UK – Winner of the 1991 Olivier Award for Comedy of the Year, Ray Cooney’s Out of Order is making a triumphant return to the stage. Starring television favourites such as Shaun Williamson and Sue Holderness, this classic farce will now embark on a nationwide tour. With its strong reputation as a leading supplier to UK touring theatre, White Light is providing the lighting equipment on this production.

Story Restaurant Writes a New Chapter with Genelec

21/03/2017 - Project News

FinlandThe first Story café/restaurant was opened in 2014 at the Old Market Hall of Helsinki, with the aim of turning the beautiful building into a lively social dining space for locals and tourists alike. Restaurant owner Anders Westerholm and his business partner Matti Sarkkinen teamed up with star chefs Teemu Aura and Markus Huskainen to make sure the food would be outstanding. Story provides what it calls ‘market hall food’, made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients prepared on site in the in-house kitchen. With no shortcuts or compromises made on quality or service, the restaurant quickly established itself as a popular eating establishment. Following a successful period, a new Story restaurant was opened as part of Kortteli, a group of high class restaurants and shops on the top floor of Finland’s busiest shopping centre. The new larger restaurant makes use of Genelec’s 4000 Series to provide superb reliable audio performance day in, day out.

De Oosterpoort upgrades Martin Audio line array to new generation MLA Compact

21/03/2017 - Project News

The Netherlands – Martin Audio has extended its long relationship with De Oosterpoort concert hall in the northern Dutch university city of Groningen, by upgrading the W8LC compact line array, that had served it so well for 14 years, with a new MLA Compact.

Colour Sound Experiment Migrating with Bonobo

21/03/2017 - Production News

UK – Colour Sound Experiment supplied a lighting and video floor package for the latest run of live shows by talented music producer Bonobo (Simon Green), with a brand new lighting look for the stage designed by Will Thomas.

Robe Turns Down the Heat for MasterChef Algeria

21/03/2017 - Production News

Algeria French lighting designer David Seligmann-Forest of Paris based Lite4Life chose ten Robe DL4S LED profiles to be right at the heart of his lighting rig for MasterChef Algeria, which was recorded in a new purpose-built studio and former envelope factory in El Hamis, a suburb of the bustling, vibrant capital of Algiers.

ModTruss makes more of the world a stage

21/03/2017 - Project News

UK - The Pleasance Theatre Trust has bought its first venue. Designed by Triple E, the pop-up 80-capacity ‘Project 33’ will launch at the ABTT Theatre Show in June before going on to host eight shows a day at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Chauvet Acquires ChamSys

21/03/2017 - Business News

USA & UK Chauvet & Sons LLC has announced that it completed the acquisition of ChamSys Ltd., the Southampton, UK-based designer and manufacturer of lighting controllers. ChamSys provides Chauvet a strong presence in the controller market that complements its Chauvet Professional lighting fixtures and LED video panels.

A.C. Entertainment Technologies Showcases Leading Lighting and Cabling Solutions at Prolight + Sound 2017

21/03/2017 - Event News

Germany – A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. is excited to be showcasing some of the very latest lighting innovations and related services from its extensive portfolio of over 200 brands, at Prolight + Sound 2017, Frankfurt, Germany, stand B25, Hall 5.0, 4th - 7th April 2017.

GLP X4 LED Fixtures out in Force at Dragonland

21/03/2017 - Production News

Hong Kong – A new three-day music festival, Dragonland, made its debut on the Hong Kong event scene recently.

Bandit Brings The Lights To Shaping Sound: After The Curtain

21/03/2017 - Production News

USA – Shaping Sound, the phenomenal mash up of contemporary dancers, musical genres and dancing styles has returned to the road with a brand new production with Shaping Sound: After the Curtain. Bandit Lites is once again providing the lighting package for the spectacle which is cultivated under the artistic direction of Emmy Award winner Travis Wall and co-created with Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance and Kyle Robinson.

PLASA Focus Leeds returns with a top seminar schedule for 2017

21/03/2017 - Event News

UK – PLASA Focus Leeds is back with a stellar line-up of seminar sessions and speakers for this year’s event on 9th and 10th May at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds. The free to attend exhibition is a leading platform for the entertainment industry, offering an opportunity to discover the very latest technology including products from recent international launches.

ASM Steuerungstechnik Appoints André Bragard-De Naeyer as International Sales Director

21/03/2017 - People News

Germany – ASM Steuerungstechnik, an innovative producer of lifting equipment, has announced the appointment of André Bragard-De Naeyer as international sales director, a well-known person in the international entertainment industry.

Visual Productions synchronises the industry with new TimeCore at Prolight+Sound Frankfurt

21/03/2017 - Event News

Germany – Prolight+Sound Frankfurt is the launch platform for Visual Productions’ new product the TimeCore: a timecode toolbox that performs all tasks related to timecode. It even handles a number of non-timecode protocols such as UDP, TCP, OSC, MIDI, Art-Net and sACN. Bettering all competitive timecode products available on the market today, the TimeCore is available for demonstration on stand 3.0 D66.

SONAB appoints Audiologic as Exclusive UK Distributor

21/03/2017 - Business News

UK – Leading provider of professional audio-visual equipment, Audiologic, has announced that it has secured the exclusive UK distribution for innovative Swedish-based manufacturer SONAB. SONAB manufactures System 9, a premium wireless sound system, principally designed for use in the retail, office and hospitality sectors. Using the power available from existing track lighting systems, SONAB System 9 delivers an easy-to-set-up, highly flexible system that connects via a transmitter to any available sound source to deliver a high-quality audio experience. Changing speaker positions within a room or even moving the system to an entirely new location is as easy as clipping and unclipping speakers from the track.

LD Justin Townsend Turns to Elation LED for David Byrne’s Joan of Arc: Into the Fire

21/03/2017 - Production News

USA – Multi award-winning and Tony-nominated lighting designer Justin Townsend (The Humans, American Psycho, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) finds that he is using Elation Professional lights more and more since his first experience with them in 2013/2014 on the Broadway musical A Night with Janis Joplin. Currently, he is using Elation Satura Profile and Platinum Seven LED-based moving heads on the world premiere of Joan of Arc: Into the Fire, an exciting new Off-Broadway musical penned by David Byrne.

Sennheiser Wins Big at 59th Annual Grammy Awards

20/03/2017 - Production News

USA – The music industry’s biggest names gathered at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 13th for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. The evening was punctuated by command performances by Bruno Mars (pictured), Adele, Beyoncé, and Ed Sheeran, each relying on Sennheiser’s flagship wireless technology: the Digital 9000 system. Others, including Lady Gaga, the Weeknd, and Katy Perry, also turned to Sennheiser wireless equipment for their performances, which were viewed by nearly 25 million television viewers around the world.

L-Acoustics lands in the Canary Islands

20/03/2017 - Production News

Canary Islands – For more than 25 years, Sonopluss Canarias has been held in high regard by its customers, with quality and expertise its two fundamental principles of business. In the summer of 2016, Sonopluss Canarias took delivery of an L-Acoustics K2 system, the first in the Canary Islands, taking the company’s audio inventory to a new level.

CPL Technical Sales is Launched

20/03/2017 - Business News

UK – Technical production and rental specialist Central Presentations Limited (CPL) has launched a new division – CPL Technical Sales – to focus on the sales of selected product lines, all of which CPL carries in its rental inventory.

Robe for New Eesti Rahva Muuseum

20/03/2017 - Project News

Estonia – The brand new Eesti Rahva Muuseum (Estonian National Museum) in Tartu has recently opened in a fabulous new single story state-of-the-art 350 metre long architectural masterpiece which resembles a portion of a runway lifting upwards. It is built on the former Raadi Air Base just outside the cultural hub and second city of Tartu, and near to the site of the original Muuseum at Raadi Manor.

Ashly KLR Series Amps at Home in Cowboys Saloon in New York’s Destiny Mall

20/03/2017 - Project News

USA – Cowboys Saloon is the newest tenant at Syracuse, New York’s Destiny Mall, the largest mall in New York State and the sixth largest mall in the country. With its roots in Florida, Cowboys Saloon has opened strategic locations throughout the country, and the 13,000 square-foot Destiny location exemplifies the brand’s commitment to entertaining its patrons with a full-blooded country and western experience. It has a live stage devoted mainly to country music, but with a healthy dose of rock music and DJ sets thrown in, and ample table and bar seating. In order to give Cowboys Saloon the most powerful sound reinforcement system possible on a constrained (and already stretched) budget, local A/V integration firm Visual Technologies used ten of Ashly Audio’s uniquely affordable, powerful, and reliable KLR-Series dual-channel amplifiers.

Adamson Launches Load Library V4

20/03/2017 - Equipment News

Canada – Adamson Systems Engineering has announced the release of Load Library V4, enhancing the user experience and elevating the sonic performance of Adamson products in the field to a whole new level.

Pointman Lifting Products introduces the first Flex-Phase electric chain hoist

20/03/2017 - Equipment News

USA – Continuing the course of bringing innovative new features to the world of electric chain hoists, Pointman Lifting Products introduces the Flex-Phase hoist. Initially available in the 1/4T capacity Model S unit, this new to market hoist gives users the flexibility of powering their hoist with either 115 Volt single phase power or 230 Volt three phase power without changing any parts in the hoist.

Victory World Church Shines with HES Solarange

20/03/2017 - Project News

USA – Victory World Church in Norcross, Georgia recently upgraded the lighting system in their main facility with High End Systems SolaWash Pro 2000 and SolaSpot Pro 1500 fixtures, along with a new Hog 4 flagship console, Road Hog and Hedgehog desks, an Axon HD Pro media server and other HES equipment, all purchased through LightParts, Inc. Specified by Victory’s Staging and Lighting Director Charlie Pike, the installation represents a major leap in production technology for the diverse house of worship.

dLive Debuts at Gospel Event for Kenyan PA Company

20/03/2017 - Production News

Kenya – Kenyan PA company, Sound Creations, introduced its new dLive S Class system at the third annual Gospel Extravaganza in Nairobi. Comprising the flagship S7000 surface and DM64 MixRack, the system was installed at FoH, managing a wealth of national and international gospel artists.

Theater Akzent Chooses Robe DL Series

17/03/2017 - Project News

Austria – Gerhard Scherer is a happy man since 12 each of Robe DL7S Profiles and DL4S Profiles were installed at the Theater Akzent Theatre in Vienna, a busy producing and receiving house located in the Wieden district of Austria’s capital city, famous for its culture and charm.

Red Hot Chili Peppers Brighten Venues Worldwide with Solaris Flare

17/03/2017 - Production News

Worldwide – In a bid for the title “The hardest working band in show biz,” the Red Hot Chili Peppers have 52 dates booked for The Getaway tour across the US, Canada, Europe, and Latin America. Such a rigorous schedule requires rugged and reliable lighting fixtures, which is one of the reasons why the tour’s lighting rig features the Solaris Flare.

Applications now available for 2017 ETC LDI Student Sponsorship

17/03/2017 - Standards News

USA – For nearly two decades, ETC’s LDI Student Sponsorship has given students a unique way to gain experience, make connections and launch a career, and to attend the LDI trade show with all expenses paid. Applications for this year’s Sponsorship are now available at, and due by 9th June 2017.

Chauvet Professional Provides Larger Than Life Video Wall for King Kong Premier

17/03/2017 - Production News

UK – Since the world’s most famous oversized gorilla first appeared on cinema screens in 1933, King Kong has become one of the most renowned movie icons, with countless comics, video games and theme park rides adding to a string of film remakes. Now the iconic ape has surfaced again with the release of the Warner Bros. film Kong: Skull Island.

Kinetic equipment from Movecat for the Scorpions

17/03/2017 - Production News

Europe – For the recent shows of the Scorpions in Lyon, Hamburg, Cologne, Berlin, Leipzig and Frankfurt, kinetic equipment from Movecat was used. In all, 59 motors were installed including ten MC D8+ 1 t., nine MC Eco 1 t. and 40 MC D8+ 0.5 t.

Spotlight on Milos Roofs – fourth video released

17/03/2017 - Business News

Milos has released the fourthh and final video as part of its three-month spotlight on Milos Roofs (1st January – 31st March).

National Theater of Korea invests in GLP X4 L

17/03/2017 - Project News

South KoreaGLP Asia-Pacific has sold 26 of the company’s impression X4 L LED heads, all fitted with the company’s new top hats, to the National Theater of South Korea.

Five Theatre Projects venues win 2017 USITT architecture awards

17/03/2017 - Event News

USA – Five Theatre Projects venues have won 2017 architecture awards from the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT). The Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at Case Western Reserve University and the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts at Queen's University received Honour Awards – USITT’s highest architectural award. Three other projects: the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech, the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts at Pittsburg State University and the Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University earned Merit Awards.

Making the amazing beautiful: Philips Lighting controls spectacular new LED illumination at Niagara Falls

17/03/2017 - Project News

USA Philips Lighting has announced that its control systems are managing the new stunning colour illumination of the landmark 167 feet (50.9 m) high Niagara Falls, the world's most famous waterfalls located on the border of USA and Canada.

Doughty helps Little Angel Theatre transform its newest venue

17/03/2017 - Project News

UK – The Little Angel Theatre (LAT) in the heart of Islington, London, is a home for puppetry. Not only does the theatre serve to inspire and ignite the imaginations of young minds with its repertoire of productions, but it also works to equip tomorrow's puppeteers with the tools they need to succeed. The LAT has a lively and imaginative education programme which works with local schools and community groups as well as providing training opportunities for puppeteers and puppet makers, helping to maintain this rare art form in the UK.

Norwegian Aviation Museum flies Unusual Rigging in for prestigious aviation exhibition

17/03/2017 - Project News

Norway – ViFlyr is a new permanent exhibition at the Norwegian Aviation Museum which details the history of civil aviation within Norway. Truly a part of modern Norwegian culture and history, aviation has linked the country together, overcoming the mountainous terrain. When Michael Loftus, curator at the museum and the man responsible for the care of the exhibits, was briefed with the task of preparing and suspending the aircraft, he brought Unusual Rigging on board to come up with an effective solution that would show off the objects to maximum effect while ensuring that each item was conserved and protected.

Hitachi Kokusai to Showcase HDR Expertise at 2017 NAB Show

16/03/2017 - Event News

USA – Hitachi Kokusai Electric America Ltd. (Hitachi Kokusai) will highlight its continuing leadership in High Dynamic Range (HDR) video acquisition at the upcoming 2017 NAB Show, taking place April 24-27 in Las Vegas. HDR-enabled Hitachi cameras will be featured in the Hitachi Kokusai booth, number C4309, while conference presentations will provide attendees with an insightful look at emerging HDR technologies and applications.

Famed Flautist for 'Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience' Mics with Point Source Audio

16/03/2017 - Production News

USA – The wildly popular HBO series Game of Thrones has come off the screen and onto a live immersive stage concert experience featuring 807 linear feet of jumbotrons and 3D designs that rise from the stage floor. Pedro Eustache, the featured winds soloist, channels GoT’s iconic Songs of Ice and Fire through 15 different instruments including two he custom-built for the tour and a 14-foot horn that he flexes across the stage and says it feels “like I’m doing martial arts”. The multi-directional artist will wear Point Source Audio in performances of eight exotic flutes he plays on the tour.

AAA Productions takes delivery of L-Acoustics K2 system

16/03/2017 - Production News

Australia – For over 25 years, Perth-based AAA Productions, has prided itself in providing high-end professional audio services to the Australian market. It has clearly succeeded and its equipment list is as impressive as its expertise, with the company currently being the only certified L-Acoustics product supplier in Western Australia. The most recent addition to its inventory is a substantial L-Acoustics K2 loudspeaker system.

HSL Only Lives Today with Netsky

16/03/2017 - Production News

Belgium – Lighting and visuals designer Andy Hurst enjoys challenges, and when that d‘n’b star Netsky announced a high profile one-off homecoming show at Belgium’s legendary Antwerp Sportpaleis, he knew he needed to pull out all the stops to ensure it was a visual adventure for all in the room.

Allen & Heath Supports Best of British at SXSW

16/03/2017 - Production News

USA – Allen & Heath digital mixers are once again at the forefront of this year’s South by Southwest Music and Media Conference (SXSW) in Austin, Texas.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Alice in Wonderland lit using Elation Colour 5 Profile

16/03/2017 - Production News

USA – Lighting designer Herrick Goldman used Elation Professional’s colour-changing Colour 5 Profile LED ellipsoidal spot as part of a large lighting package for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s recent production of Alice in Wonderland. The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s version of Lewis Carroll’s timeless classic ‒ first created in London 20 years ago by a design team at the English National Ballet ‒ ran 10th - 19th February at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts in Pittsburgh.

Shining a Light on The Right Light

16/03/2017 - Event News

UK – The Association of Lighting Designers, in conjunction with Royal Central Research, is hosting an afternoon of talks and panel discussions at Bankside (Central Bankside, Emerson St. SE1 9DU – Saturday 8th April, 2017 – 2pm) to celebrate the warm reception of Nick Moran’s recently published book, The Right Light (Palgrave 2016).

White Light Supplies Macbeth at Caerphilly Castle

16/03/2017 - Production News

UK – Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru recently staged a Welsh-language version of Macbeth at Caerphilly Castle. This brand new, site-specific production ran last month and was the company’s first show to be performed in this historic ruin. Following its work on several other site-specific projects, White Light was asked to provide the lighting equipment on this production.

Christie Lites Opens Coventry UK Office

15/03/2017 - Business News

UK – Christie Lites is ‘crossing the pond’ with the opening of Christie Lites Coventry in the UK. This new office is Christie’s first expansion outside of North America. The North American lighting and rigging rental company is bringing its successful business model from its network of 12 office warehouse locations across the US and Canada to further serve client demand into the UK and Europe, and vice versa.

Have you had your daily huddle?

15/03/2017 - Equipment News

There’s little doubt: huddle rooms – or huddle zones or huddle spaces as they’re also known – are a significant phenomenon from corporate headquarters to local government to education. According to Wainhouse Research, there may be as many as 50 million of them around the world.

GLP X4 Atoms and X4 Bar 20 Star at Grammy Awards

15/03/2017 - Production News

USA – This year’s Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles proved to be another triumph for GLP.

Sennheiser / Pink Floyd Create Unique Immersive Live 8 Mix

15/03/2017 - Production News

UK – Audio specialist Sennheiser has partnered with Pink Floyd to demonstrate its AMBEO 3D audio technology in action as part of the sound expert’s work for The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains, which opens to the public at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum on 13th May.

DPA Microphones Appoints Two Distributors in Switzerland

15/03/2017 - Business News

Switzerland – As part of its commitment to its professional customer base, DPA Microphones has appointed two new distributors in Switzerland with immediate effect.

ETC prepares for Prolight+Sound

15/03/2017 - Event News

Germany – ETC is powering up to demonstrate a selection of its latest and most popular lighting and rigging solutions at this year’s Prolight+Sound, taking place in Frankfurt from 4th – 7th April. ETC representatives from around the globe will be available to answer questions regarding lighting control, luminaires, rigging and complete system solutions, in hall 3.0 on stands E47, E51 and F51.

Avolites Arena is making headlines at Printworks London

15/03/2017 - Production News

UK – An Avolites Arena console has been selected to control the custom designed, automated house rig on debut electronic dance music series 'Issue 001' at London's new, experimental cultural hub 'Printworks'. The 001 series sees some of the industry's most progressive electronic dance music promoters including Junction 2, Melt Festival and Knee Deep host top and emerging dance music talent.

Pyrojunkies use dot2 for special effects show

15/03/2017 - Production News

UK – James Priddle, sales and project manager for Pyrojunkies needed a console to programme a special effects show for the 2016 BPM/Pro trade show in Birmingham. The trade event was an opportunity for Pyrojunkies to showcase Magic FX products in a live situation. To do this they created a short but intense show that highlighted what could be achieved with the equipment, so he got on the phone to Ambersphere Solutions to see what they recommended.

Toledo's Mud Hens Play Ball with Symetrix

15/03/2017 - Project News

USA Currently an International League (Triple A) affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, the Toledo Mud Hens have been playing professional baseball since 1896. Baseball Hall of Famers Casey Stengel and Hack Wilson played with the Mud Hens, and M*A*S*H TV show character Maxwell Klinger often wore a Mud Hens cap. (Actor Jamie Farr, who played Klinger, was from Toledo and was a fan.)

Oñate High School Performing Arts Center Moves to LED System with Chauvet Professional

15/03/2017 - Project News

USA – Joe Price, the manager of Oñate High School’s Performing Arts Center, knew that the time had come to replace the facility’s incandescent lighting rig with an all-LED system. The 20-year-old incandescent fixtures used at the school’s theatre in Las Cruces, NM, were not only inefficient and costly, they also posed a potential hazard. This was made abundantly clear one day when an overhead lamp exploded.

Elation Partners with LMP to Distribute Elation Products in Germany

14/03/2017 - Business News

Germany – LMP Lichttechnik Vertriebs GmbH, a pioneer in the distribution of moving lights in Europe for over 30 years, will begin to distribute Elation Professional products in Germany effective from 15th March. With LMP as its distribution partner, Elation opens up a wider market for its products while moving closer to its German customers and guaranteeing swifter, higher-quality service.

White Light is Bourne Again with Early Adventures

14/03/2017 - Production News

UK – Matthew Bourne’s latest show Early Adventures is making a triumphant return as part of the company’s 30th anniversary celebrations. The show sees Matthew Bourne return to his roots with a programme of early pieces that launched his career and saw the birth of his enigmatic style. Following the company’s work on Matthew Bourne’s previous show The Red Shoes, White Light has been called upon once again to provide the lighting equipment.

Danmon Group Takes on Optocore and Broaman for Sweden

14/03/2017 - Business News

Sweden – Danmon Group Sweden has been appointed distributor for Optocore and BroaMan fibre solutions, having been representing the brands in Denmark for a number of years.

Progressive-Metal Band Haken is Rockin' with Behringer

14/03/2017 - Production News

UK - Haken is a London-based progressive metal band formed in 2007. They have been a force in the prog-rock world since the release of their third album, The Mountain, in 2013, and were recently featured on the latest Cruise To The Edge, the floating prog-rock festival.

Ayrton helps Lady Gaga bring warmth to the Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl LI Halftime Show

14/03/2017 - Production News

USA – On 5th February Houston, Texas played host to the NFL’s Super Bowl LI, fought out between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium. Entertaining the crowds in the hotly anticipated Pepsi Zero Sugar Halftime Show was Lady Gaga, whose high-octane performance earned the respect of millions in an intense 13-minute spectacular that was viewed by over 115 million people worldwide. The show was another world-class collaboration from co-production designers, Bruce Rodgers of Tribe Inc. and LeRoy Bennett of Seven Design Works, and lighting designer, Bob Barnhart of 22 Degrees.

GLP Announces Formal Release of GT-1

14/03/2017 - Equipment News

Following a number of successful field trials, GLP’s GT-1 hybrid fixture is now ready for official release and has begun shipping.

TiMax 3D spatial audio revives Royal Ballet WoolfWorks

14/03/2017 - Production News

UK – Wayne McGregor’s highly-acclaimed Woolf Works, his first full-length work for the Royal Ballet, returned for a revival performance at Covent Garden’s Royal Opera House. The ballet triptych is based on Virginia Woolf as viewed through her three major novels: Mrs Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves. The high-tech multimedia production features an original score by Max Richter that called for a complex sound design by Chris Ekers, enabled and energised by a TiMax2 SoundHub spatial audio processor.

Audiologic and Audiogenics Ensure Ecler Essentials Work Out Well in Gym

14/03/2017 - Project News

UK - Boasting a wide range of high quality indoor and outdoor facilities, Salt Ayre is the largest community sports and leisure centre in the Lancaster district. Run by Lancaster City Council, as well as a swimming pool, sports hall, climbing wall and soft-play area, the centre boasts a state-of-the-art health and fitness suite. Part of a recent £5m refurbishment and development project at the centre, the gym is a modern air-conditioned facility with an extensive range of exercise equipment. In a cutting-edge setting like Salt Ayre, high quality audio systems are essential to deliver the music that is an integral part of a contemporary exercise environment. During the redevelopment, Lancaster City Council contacted professional audio specialists, Audiogenics of Carnforth with a view to installing a new sound system at Salt Ayre's gym.

Ike Zimbel Joins Radio Active Designs as Manufacturer Rep for Canada

14/03/2017 - People News

Canada – East Rutherford, NJ (March 2017) –  Radio Active Designs (RAD) has named Zimbel Audio Productions as their manufacturer rep for Canada. The announcement was made by James Stoffo, CTO, Radio Active Designs. Zimbel Audio Productions is based in Toronto, Canada, and headed up by audio professional Ike Zimbel.

Matt Collier Makes Brothers Gow Glow with Rogues on Autumn Tour

14/03/2017 - Production News

USA – The good times never stop for Brothers Gow. The popular California jam band, which has been touring non-stop, doing close to 100 shows a year since 2007, shows no signs of slowing down. With each passing mile, this tightly woven quintet has expanded its musical horizons, mashing up a mixed brew of influences from Snoop Dogg-like funk to Grateful Dead-inspired psychedelia to create a cornucopia of sounds that is all their own.

L-Acoustics to Preview new P1 Audio Processor, Present Syva and L-ISA at ProLight + Sound 2017

14/03/2017 - Event News

Germany – The L-Acoustics Prolight + Sound booth C11 in Hall 3.1 will welcome visitors at the Frankfurt Messe from 4th to 7th April. In addition to the traditional PL+S meet and greet, the booth will be the location of a series of daily presentations of the latest L-Acoustics technologies.

ACM Brings Audient on Board

14/03/2017 - Project News

UK – Audient has announced that renowned music education college, the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) has purchased 150 iD4s, iD14s as well as a ASP8024 Heritage Edition console, which means there is now Audient hardware in all of its Music IT (MIT) suites, two of the main studios and three post production rooms.

Tamworth's TechPro Take TG1000 from POLAR

14/03/2017 - Production News

UK – Tamworth-based AV specialists TechPro Events recently invested in beyerdynamic's TG 1000 24-bit digital wireless microphone system. Having consulted with POLAR, an established supplier of key industry brands, TechPro purchased the system to address growing demand for its event support services. With its impressively wide 319MHz frequency range (470-789MHz) the TG1000 is a hugely flexible, feature-rich system, with straightforward set-up and easy operation. With a range of 300m, the system's 12 channel cascading allows smooth, interference-free operation of up to six dual receivers, without antenna splitters and its Chameleon software enables web-based control of the system from computers, smartphones and tablets. The system is very competitively priced and thus a genuinely viable alternative to many more limited mid-range systems on the market.

Claypaky Sharpy parties all night at Complex nightclub

14/03/2017 - Production News

The Netherlands – Nearly 100 Claypaky Sharpys were exclusively selected to deliver an immersive eight-hour light show to 2,000 party-goers at an underground club night that was hosted by trailblazing Dutch techno music agency Claydrum at Complex nightclub, Maastricht for their New Year’s Eve celebrations.

dLive Tours with Canadian Rock Star

14/03/2017 - Production News

North America – Canadian rock artist, Sam Roberts Band, has just completed a three-month tour of America and Canada to promote its sixth studio album, TerraForm, travelling with dLive S Class and ME mixing systems from Allen & Heath.

Optoma launches the 8,200-lumen ZU850 ProScene projector featuring MultiColor Laser

14/03/2017 - Equipment News

Following its unveiling at ISE last month, Optoma has officially launched its 8,200-lumen ProScene laser projector, the ZU850.

IDEX 2017 Opening Ceremony

14/03/2017 - Production News

UAE – Protec engaged for the third consecutive time, delivered the most successful opening ceremony production for IDEX in the exhibition’s history, as this unique and exciting show, breaks all records.

Adlib Stands Up With Jack Whitehall

13/03/2017 - Production News

UK – Adlib continues its work with top comedians having just supplied full production including sound, lighting and video for Jack Whitehall’s sold out, three-week ‘At Large’ UK arena tour. The Liverpool-based company was delighted to be on the road with one of the UK’s most exciting and successful talents having previously supplied production for his ground-breaking 2014 arena tour which was staged in-the-round.


13/03/2017 - Project News

Israel – The wedding industry in Israel is a massive and highly competitive sector with fierce rivalry among the top venues to offer the best facilities. Making good technical production in the main reception rooms an absolute key to ensuring each event is trending, so when Nesher Edri launched his new enterprise, LARA, he specified 60 Robe VIVA LED spots.

Renkus-Heinz Ushers In a New Era of Audio at Wroclaw's Polish Theater

13/03/2017 - Project News

Poland The history of the Polish Theater in Wrocław, the largest city in western Poland, has been eventful. Built in 1909 but suffering severe damage during World War II and then extensive devastation by fire in the mid 1990s, the venue has nonetheless continued to be a mainstay of the country's artistic community. Now Renkus-Heinz is helping it to move into a new era courtesy of an ST Series loudspeaker system.

Casio launches 4K Ultra HD Resolution 5,000 Lumen projector

13/03/2017 - Equipment News

Casio is stepping into new market territories through the unveiling of its first 4K Ultra HD projector featuring 5,000 lumen brightness, the Large Venue XJ-L8300HN. This is making the revolutionary benefits of Casio’s lamp-free light source available to applications looking to utilise 4K content, which are expected to grow from the current level of under 10% to approximately 40% by 2020.

Christie adds further upgrade to award-winning Pandoras Box with launch of the Octo Server at Prolight + Sound

13/03/2017 - Event News

Germany - Following the launch of the award-winning Christie Pandoras Box and Widget Designer Version 6, a further upgrade, the Pandoras Box Octo Server, is being unveiled at Prolight + Sound in Germany (4th - 7th April, 2017). For the most demanding applications, this new hardware features increased output capabilities providing up to eight outputs at full-bandwidth without compromising performance. Now, Pandoras Box servers can provide a flexible output configuration with one to eight independent outputs. Each output can be individually warped and blended, allowing for mixed resolution setups. All players and servers feature NVIDIA Quadro GPUs and Intel Xeon processors.

Las Vegas’ Newest Concert Venue is a “Walk in the Park” for L-Acoustics

13/03/2017 - Project News

USA – MGM Resorts International’s Park Theater is the newest jewel on the Las Vegas Strip as well as the city’s largest and most technologically advanced venue to address the latest trend in theatrical design – immersiveness. Hosting an audience of 5,200 in its standard configuration, the $90M theatre, which is located adjacent to the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino, can flexibly be expanded to accommodate 5,800 and even up to 6,300 people at peak capacity. However, regardless of the configuration, every seat feels like it’s “fifth row centre” thanks, in large part, to an L-Acoustics K2 loudspeaker system specified by Montréal-based Scéno Plus and integrated by Solotech’s Las Vegas division.

CT with LineUp deliver for the GSMA at Mobile World Congress 2017

13/03/2017 - Production News

Spain – Held at the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, the GSMA’s Mobile World Congress draws together leaders from the world’s largest and most influential companies in the mobile ecosystem, as well as government delegations from across the globe. Creative Technology (CT), contracted by the Fira and working with creative communications and brand experience agency Line Up for the GSMA, provided their full suite of services to support the Mobile World Congress Conference and Ministerial Programme.

Allen & Heath Supports Italy’s Sanremo Festival

13/03/2017 - Production News

Italy – Allen & Heath’s dLive, GLD and ME systems were employed to manage broadcast performances at the recent Sanremo Music Festival in Italy, an annual week-long event based around a popular TV singing competition.

Colour Sound Experiment Getting Hypnotic with Wilkinson

13/03/2017 - Production News

UK – Colour Sound Experiment, working with lighting designer Sam Tozer, delivered equipment for a recent UK tour by pioneering d‘n’b music producer Wilkinson, a much anticipated series of sold out gigs ahead of the release of his new “Hypnotic” album in April.

Encore Dunhuang debuts with grandMA2: Tradition meets technology

10/03/2017 - Production News

China – Immersive Chinese theatre work Encore Dunhuang debuted at the first Silk Road Dunhuang International Cultural Expo and was directed by Wang Chaoge, co-director of the stunning opening ceremony for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Ambersphere and DMX Productions: it’s an MA thing

10/03/2017 - Production News

UK – DMX Productions’ managing director, SJ Grevett (pictured) is the first to admit that he is something of an MA control newbie. “We were looking to expand our control inventory and, as MA control is requested on all our major rock & roll gigs, it seemed the logical choice to investigate further. I was completely unfamiliar with the MA system having spent years working with other boards but within thirty minutes of the grandMA2 Command Wing arriving at my door I had it outputting art net and talking to our media servers via CITP, something that has caused considerable headaches with other boards. I just love the desk.”

FloppyFlex LED Neon Tours with Adele

10/03/2017 - Production News

Australia & New Zealand – Grammy-laden Londoner Adele debuts her new stadium show this month on a six-city tour of Australia and New Zealand, to be continued in the UK in June. The opening in Perth broke records with 65,000 in ticket sales for a single night. Anyone fortunate enough to attend one of these sold-out shows cannot miss 285 meters of Firefly FloppyFlex LED neon lining the star’s surround-walk in the 360˚ in-the-round production.

Rogue R1 FX-B Reflects Epica’s Eclectic Sound

10/03/2017 - Production News

USA – A metal band that’s recorded hits with names like “Cry For The Moon” doesn’t normally cover music written by the likes of Antonio Vivaldi, Antonín Dvořák and Giuseppe Verdi, but then again, nothing about Dutch sensation Epica can be described as “ordinary.” In addition to performing the works of these and other classical composers, the six-member band has put its own fresh, original and totally captivating metallic symphonic spin on music from films like Star Wars, Spider-Man and Pirates of the Caribbean.

PixelFLEX adds endless creative opportunities for Cornerstone AV

10/03/2017 - Production News

USA – Located in East American Fork, Utah, Cornerstone AV has built its success creating custom design experiences through a strong foundation of creativity blended with technology. With their strategic approach to event design, vice president and executive producer Chad Fraughton understands that the design team must stay up-to-date with the latest technology solutions. Consistently needing a quality LED video solution to enhance their touring and corporate design creativity, Fraughton approached Nashville-based PixelFLEX and they recently acquired FLEXCurtain HD 6.35mm LED video technology.

Allen & Heath Strengthens Apac Team

10/03/2017 - People News

Asia – Allen & Heath has strengthened its team in the Asia Pacific region with the appointment of technical marketing director, Chris Pyne.

Evans Audio Visual Staging Set the Scene for the FIRST LEGO League UK ANIMAL ALLIES Final

10/03/2017 - Production News

UK – Evans Audio Visual Staging helped transform the University of the West of England for the UK and Ireland Finals of the FIRST LEGO League Challenge: ANIMAL ALLIES, February 2017.

Lighting and Video for Drake’s Boy Meets World Tour by Guy Pavelo and Steve Kidd with Support from PRG Worldwide

10/03/2017 - Production News

USA & Europe – Currently one of the world’s biggest music artists, Drake is selling-out arenas around the globe. Following a hugely successful tour of North America, the show was brought to Europe.

No mountain too high for ETC

10/03/2017 - Project News

Canada – The recently opened Banff Gondola Terminal represents quite literally a high point in lighting installations for ETC. Perched on a mountain peak with an elevation of 2,281 metres (7,486 feet), the four-storey structure gives visitors access to restaurants, bars, retail stores and stunning views of the Rocky Mountains. Brewster Travel Canada, working with a team of subcontractors, completed the 3,251 square metre (35,000 sq ft), $26 million reconstruction in 12 months. Video screens, reading panels and three-dimensional displays depict information of the park’s iconic flora and fauna, designed specifically to thrill and entertain the roughly 600,000 visitors who take the gondola annually, says Dave McKenna, president of Brewster Travel Canada.

DPA Microphones Focuses on Studio Quality Sound For The Live Stage at Prolight + Sound 2017

09/03/2017 - Event News

Germany Bringing recording studio quality to the live stage has long been a hallmark of DPA Microphones, which consistently achieves this ambition with a range of close miking and wireless microphone solutions that are ideal for live music applications.

Le Maitre Celebrates 40 Years of Manufacturing Pyrotechnics and Special Effects

09/03/2017 - Business News

UK - This year Le Maitre is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Since it was established back in 1977 by Rick Wilson and Harold Berlinski, and joined three years later by Karen Cornacchia, the company has gone from strength to strength to become a global leader in its field of pyrotechnics and special effects.

Atlona Ships 4K HDR System Problem-Solver Device

09/03/2017 - Equipment News

Atlona is now shipping its Etude™ Sync (AT-ETU-SYNC) EDID Emulator, addressing the increasing challenges systems design and integration firms face with solving audio and video format compatibility, signal integrity and EDID communication in commercial and residential AV systems.

Avolites provides the perfect gospel 'Experience' in Nigeria

09/03/2017 - Production News

Nigeria Two of Avolites' most popular lighting control consoles, Sapphire Touch and Tiger Touch II, were selected to deliver the multi-layered, diverse lighting for 15 of the best gospel music ministers from around the world during Nigeria's mammoth praise event 'The Experience 11: Revealing Jesus'.

Elation WW Profile HP a warm-white ellipsoidal spot with power

09/03/2017 - Equipment News

Elation Professional now offers the WW Profile HP, a high-power version of the company’s popular warm-white ellipsoidal spot WW Profile fixture. It projects a superior quality of light and is an excellent choice for the wide variety of white light illumination needs required in broadcast, worship or theatre environments from highlighting performers or scenery on stage to illuminating speakers.

Cirque du Soleil Resident Shows Division Receives USITT Award

09/03/2017 - Event News

USA – The Resident Shows Division of Cirque du Soleil received the Institute’s highest honour, the USITT Award, at USITT 2017.

Bandit Donates Lighting for Knoxville Museum of Art Fundraiser

09/03/2017 - Production News

USA – In what has been called Tennessee’s finest food and wine event, the Knoxville Museum of Art held its primary annual fundraising event, L’Amour du Vin 4th March with a lighting package donated by Bandit Lites. The sophisticated wine auction and dinner (prepared by three time James Beard Award-winner and Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef Barbara Lynch), serves as the primary contribution event for the museum, which reaches over 60,000 annually and boasts an accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, a merit less than ten percent of American museums share.

Collective Works is launched

09/03/2017 - Business News

South Africa – Collective Works is a brand new creative visual design practice launched by three highly talented and respected live event production industry professionals: Christopher Bolton, Joshua Cutts and Bradley Hilton.

Sohail e. Najafi Lights LA’s Broadway with Chauvet Professional

09/03/2017 - Production News

USA – For one night late last month, the stretch of Broadway between Third Street and Olympic Boulevard in downtown LA, glittered just as brightly as its New York City counterpart, 2,831 miles to the east, as the City of Angels celebrated the third annual Night on Broadway Festival. The dazzling lighting display that covered the seven-block area was created by Sohail e. Najafi of Najafi Design Group, supported by a team of nine lighting directors, using an impressive rig supplied by 4Wall Entertainment Lighting of Orange County, CA, for interior venues, and Aspect Lighting of Santa Fe Springs, CA, for exterior stages.

USITT and ESTA Launch INNOVA for Online Learning

09/03/2017 - Standards News

USITT and ESTA announce INNOVA, a platform to provide online learning to professionals in entertainment technology and design. INNOVA, launching in April, will offer on-demand training in a wide variety of disciplines and levels and will include renewal credit courses for the Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) and American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Nominations are now open for the landmark tenth Knight of Illumination Awards

09/03/2017 - Event News

 UK – Knight of Illumination (KOI) Awards is powering up in preparation for its luminous tenth anniversary event this September. Billed as the ultimate showcase of lighting and video design achievement in the UK, the Awards is already receiving outstanding nominations in lighting and video design as international creatives and industry supporters push to see their favourite works of 2016/17 take home a KOI sword this landmark year.

Danley Gear in the Spotlight at Eastlight Theatre

09/03/2017 - Project News

USA – The Eastlight Theatre was founded in 1992 on the campus of East Peoria Community High School to provide the nearly half a million metro residents of Peoria, Illinois and its surrounding rural communities with the opportunity to enjoy and participate in the production of world-class theatrical productions. It seats approximately 1,100 patrons, three hundred in a balcony section and the remainder on the main floor. Recently, local AV integration and live sound company CSS Audio, Inc. refreshed the theatre’s 17-year-old system – which used older Tom Danley-designed loudspeakers – with modern Danley Sound Labs Synergy Horn loudspeakers and Tapped Horn subwoofers.

dLive Manages G20 Concert in China

09/03/2017 - Production News

China – A festival to mark the G20 Summit was held in the Chinese city of Hangzhou with an Allen & Heath dLive S Class mixing system managing the live performances.

DPA Microphones Takes the Stage For Live From Lincoln Center Concert Series

09/03/2017 - Production News

USA – As audio consultant and sound mixer for the popular PBS series, Live From Lincoln Center, Paul Bevan is given the enviable task of capturing the amazing live audio of some of the world’s greatest performing artists in concert. As a specialist in mixing and amplifying orchestras in large venues, Bevan understands the need to use microphones that capture the natural sound of the instruments. In order to achieve that sound, he relies on a selection of DPA microphones for his amplification needs.

Willow Creek Monitors Dante with Bel

09/03/2017 - Project News

USA – Willow Creek Community Church, a non-denominational and multi-generational Evangelical Christian church located near Chicago, has installed three of Bel’s latest BM-A1-64DANTE audio monitors for their extensive campus.

Hawthorn named Best Audio Visual Supplier at Event Production Awards 2017

08/03/2017 - Event News

UK – Creative technical event production company Hawthorn has been celebrating its recent success after being named Best Audio Visual Supplier at The Event Production Awards 2017.

Community Loudspeakers Chosen for World Games Pool in Poland

08/03/2017 - Project News

Poland – As the city of Wrocław prepared for The World Games in July 2017, the Wroclaw Investment Company settled the tender for the reconstruction and development of the swimming pools located at Wejherowska Street in the Northwest of the city. Selected as one of the main aquatic venues for The World Games, the Wejherowska Street Pool will benefit the residents of Wroclaw after the Games, with its refurbishment of the existing outdoor swimming pool and the building of a brand new indoor venue. It has been described by the City of Wrocław as: “Probably the investment connected to The World Games 2017 that Wroclaw citizens are most looking forward to.”

Metric Halo Gear is the Voice for Singer, Instrumentalist, Songwriter, Engineer and Producer Michelle Chamuel

08/03/2017 - Production News

USA – Michelle Chamuel is perhaps best known as the charismatic runner-up on season four of NBC’s The Voice, where her amazing performance of Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble,” earned high praise from Swift herself and chart position on the Billboard Hot 100! But Chamuel’s obvious talent for captivating audiences with her singing voice and relatable personality is really just one talent among many. She is a capable multi-instrumentalist, an impassioned songwriter, and a uniquely creative producer. Her production alias, The Reverb Junkie is an obvious tech-head nod to her love of manipulated sound. Since her early involvement in the band Ella Riot and her appearances on The Voice, Chamuel has released three pop-focused albums/EPs under her own name, Face the Fire, The Drift, and Feel It, and three experimentally-focused albums/EPs under The Reverb Junkie moniker, All I Want, EP 2, and I Am. Throughout, she has relied on her Metric Halo 2882 converter and Metric Halo ChannelStrip plug-in to faithfully capture and create her expansive universe of sounds.

Showlight 2017 - Exhibitor Spaces SOLD OUT!

08/03/2017 - Event News

Italy – The tenth Showlight quadrennial, the full speaker programme of which was announced last month, takes place in just three months (20th - 23rd May) at the Palazzo dei Congressi in Florence, Italy. Showlight reports that all exhibitor spaces have sold out – to the point that a few more have been squeezed in due to popular demand! The latest exhibitors to be welcomed on board are AED, Elation Professional BV, PRG, SGM and Music & Lights. The full list of confirmed exhibitors can be found on the Showlight website at

Midas monitor slashes waste and contains cost

08/03/2017 - Equipment News

Temporary power specialist Midas’ latest generators feature LiveLink, JCB’s unique monitoring system, which lets the supplier watch and address the machines’ performance, efficiency and security, remotely.

Visit Alcons at booth 1731 and the LiveSound Int. Loudspeaker Demo

08/03/2017 - Event News

USA – The 57th annual USITT Conference and Stage Expo brings companies from throughout the theatre industry to the America's Center Convention Complex in St Louis, Missouri. Alcons Audio USA returns to the USITT, showing and demonstrating sound systems from across its ground-breaking pro-ribbon product lines.

TLC Global Upbeat in Establishing GLP Down Under

08/03/2017 - Business News

Australia – In the three months since taking over Australian distribution of GLP’s cutting-edge LED and hybrid portfolio, TLC Global has wasted no time in establishing the brand.

Well-known designer Justin Kitchenman launches Align Design Group

08/03/2017 - Business News

USA – After five years as a partner in FadeUp Design Group, production designer and programmer Justin Kitchenman has announced the creation of the Nashville-based design firm Align Design Group. Specialising in lighting, production, and media design, Kitchenman opened the doors to Align Design Group on 1st January, 2017, with the goal of creating a collaborative production atmosphere for designers, technicians and other design firms while continuing to serve his current clientele with the same level of service and creativity.

Radio Active Designs Provides Key Communication During Super Bowl 51

08/03/2017 - Production News

USA – When one of the world’s most popular pop stars plans on jumping from the roof of the stadium during the halftime performance of the Super Bowl, you can rest assured that rock-solid communication is of utmost importance. Fortunately, ATK Versacom’s production team was equipped with Radio Active Designs UV-1G wireless intercoms and the event went off without a hitch.

Thursday Comes Home with Rogue

08/03/2017 - Production News

USA – Typically, when legendary bands reunite, it’s usually for a national tour, big festival or high-profile TV special, but post hardcore pioneers Thursday have never been about following the tried-and-true commercial track. When they got back together recently after a six year breakup, the New Jersey-born group, which is widely credited with putting emo music on the map, came back to the place where it all began – the Starland Ballroom in central New Jersey.

Audiologic Appoints Diogo Scutti as Technical Support Engineer

08/03/2017 - People News

UK – Audiologic has announced the appointment of Diogo Scutti to the position of technical support engineer. Diogo will be working alongside existing engineer Yavor 'Max' Yanakiev to strengthen the team in response to rising demand for in-house and on-site support from its growing customer base. He trained at Brazil's top institute of Audio and Video (IAV) and joins Audiologic having gained wide experience in every aspect of project management, co-ordinating AV system installations in a wide variety of settings. Familiar with all the major professional audio brands, Diogo is a specialist in digital processing systems, with an extensive knowledge of audio over IP, including the development of projects with multiple digital audio protocols. In his 13 years as a professional, Diogo has worked on the front line of AV support from large fixed installations to events such as The Olympic opening ceremony and stadium gigs featuring iconic artists like Sir Paul McCartney.

Il Divo's Amor & Pasión Tour Relies on Outline Around the World

08/03/2017 - Production News

Worldwide – The incredible global success of multi-national pop / classical sensations Il Divo continues as their ‘Amor & Pasión’ World Tour 2016 concluded with over 40 dates across the USA and Canada between September and November. Their ‘Amor & Pasión’ album, released in late 2015, debuted at the top of the Billboard Latin Albums chart and the supporting tour visited 30 countries.

POLAR Appointed as Exclusive UK Distributors for Radial Engineering

08/03/2017 - Business News

UK – POLAR, established supplier of key industry brands to the installation, MI and professional audio markets, is very pleased to announce that it has agreed a deal to become Radial Engineering's sole distributor in the UK. Radial is a manufacturer of professional audio products based in Vancouver, Canada that offers a wide array of products sold under the brand names Radial, Tonebone and Primacoustic. The Radial brand is renowned for the high quality of its products for the professional live and recorded markets including DI boxes, splitters and isolators whilst Tonebone comprises a range of guitar and bass pedals for professional use where quality, durability and performance is critical. Primacoustic is a range of panels, bass traps, diffusion and isolation solutions that address the acoustic treatment needs of a wide variety of applications from professional audio to houses of worship, education, home entertainment and beyond.

Alter Bridge Rock Arenas Around Europe with Support from PRG XL Video

08/03/2017 - Production News

Europe – Floridian hard rock titans Alter Bridge toured mainland Europe and the UK during the tail end of 2016, with lighting, video and rigging supplied by PRG XL Video.

Magic Light + Sound Latest European Rental House to Stock Elation Lighting

08/03/2017 - Production News

Germany – Magic Light + Sound of Germany has added a stock of Elation Professional Cuepix Panel LED matrix blinders to its extensive inventory of event technology products. The Cologne-based rental company is the latest European event technology rental house to add Elation lighting to its inventory.

Power Logistics scores hat-trick of event industry award wins

08/03/2017 - Event News

UK – Global power provider to the event industry, Power Logistics, has taken home three top industry accolades in an impressive start to the year. The company has been awarded ‘Best Power’ at the Festival Supplier Awards 2017, ‘Favourite Power Rental Company’ at the TPi Awards 2017 and ‘Green Supplier of the Year’ at the Event Production Awards 2017.

Yamaha CIS Enhances the Visitor Experience at Charles de Gaulle Memorial

08/03/2017 - Project News

France – A pivotal figure in French history, general and statesman Charles de Gaulle dominated French politics from his leadership of the Free French during the Second World War through to his death in 1970. A memorial and permanent exhibition in his home village of Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises has recently had its audio system extensively updated with Yamaha Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS) control and amplifiers.

AM Lighting Applaud Infinity Chimp Intelligent Light Control from Highlite

07/03/2017 - Production News

UK – Infinity Chimp moving light controllers from Highlite have the enthusiastic approval of Lewis Dey of AM Lighting. “We are pleased to be working closely with Highlite and the new Chimp Series of lighting consoles. We were excited about the prospect of using them when we were first made aware of the project, and having taken delivery in early February this year, we were blown away by the Chimp 300. It has proved a popular addition to our Infinity lighting stock.

LED Creative for The Nightly Show

07/03/2017 - Production News

UK – As ITV unleashes its new flagship entertainment in the shape of The Nightly Show, specialist illumination provider LED Creative is working alongside scenic designer Dominic Tolfts and lighting director Chris Rigby adding fresh tones and a splash of bright colour to the show.

Astera at prolight+sound 2017 – A new X-series lamp: the AX5

07/03/2017 - Event News

Germany – Ten Years ago, a German brand specialised in wireless lighting technology launched its first battery powered event light and took the professional event lighting industry by storm.

Avolites Quartz creates magic for Wicked the Musical in Tasmania

07/03/2017 - Production News

Australia One of Tasmania's leading lighting designers, Gareth Kays, used an ultra-compact Quartz console from British manufacturer Avolites to programme the magical lighting and special effects on the Australian island state's production of blockbuster Broadway musical Wicked. The show ran at Hobart's Theatre Royal from 27th January to 11th February.

SOUND.COM invests in DiGiCo SD5 digital mixing console

07/03/2017 - Production News

India – Mumbai-based SOUND.COM, one of India’s foremost rental companies, recently added a DiGiCo SD5 digital mixing console to its inventory, purchased through DiGiCo’s authorised India partner, Hi-Tech Audio Systems, New Delhi.

Over 600 Robe Fixtures Help Light Massive Event at RAI Amsterdam

07/03/2017 - Production News

The Netherlands – Seven halls of Amsterdam’s RAI expo centre hosted an annual two-day event for a well-known brand. The technical production, including lighting, audio, video, rigging and special effects for all areas was delivered by Breda based Unlimited Productions B.V., who sourced over 600 Robe moving lights for the occasion.

Adele in the round with VerTech Ultra

07/03/2017 - Production News

Australia – Star Events designed and built two completely new stages to accommodate Adele’s 2017 fully in-the-round stadium shows and the impeccable sound required by the tour, which is currently wowing critics and audiences across Australia.

Amos Lee Shines with Bandit Lites

07/03/2017 - Production News

USA – Acclaimed singer songwriter Amos Lee has returned to the road for the second leg of his winter tour, bringing his acoustic blues sound from his sixth studio album, Spirit, to audiences across the country with a lighting package provided by Bandit Lites.

The One Grand Show counts on Claypaky for a dream production

07/03/2017 - Production News

Germany – The Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin has once again been publicly acclaimed, for "The One Grand Show": on the biggest stage in the world, more than a hundred artists gave life to a show whose extravagant costumes were designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier. The story revolves around an abandoned revue theatre, which is awakened from its deep sleep by an underground party. One of the party-goers gets lost in the magical aura of the venue, and the director of the former theatre brings back memories of the olden days. Past and present intermingle in a sort of daydream, and the young man is overcome by an ever stronger feeling of nostalgia for one particular person (The One).

Ayrton fixtures praised by Church on KoЯn European tour

07/03/2017 - Production News

Europe – Grammy-award-winning, nu metal band, KoЯn, embarks on a tour of mainland Europe in March, starting in Zurich and culminating in Slovakia in April, with a set that features Ayrton MagicPanel-R fixtures as the focal point of the lighting design. The 17-date tour follows on from North American and UK legs which were supplied by Morpheus Lights in the US and Neg Earth in the UK respectively, with Black Box of Germany assisting for the forthcoming Europe leg. KoЯn’s lighting designer, Thomas ‘Church’ Christmann, supplemented the North American tours with 20 Ayrton NandoBeam-S9 and six Ayrton MagicBlade-R fixtures for KoЯn’s sets in the Return of the Dreads & Nocturnal Underground tours.

VME’s New MLA Compact Wows Production Industry at TPi Awards

07/03/2017 - Production News

UK – This month’s TPi Awards, held for the third time under the roof of the 5,500sq.m. Evolution temporary structure in Battersea Park, again saw VME on show to the production world as the year’s outstanding industry achievements were recognised.

PR Lighting Goes Waterproof at GET Show 2017

07/03/2017 - Event News

China – PR Lighting chose this year’s GET Show at Guangzhou’s Poly World Trade Center to launch its first waterproof moving head (the AQUA 440 Beam). This IP44-rated version of the XR 440 Beam is equipped with the advanced Osram 440W lamp, to create a punchy, parallel beam with 3.1° beam spread.

Chauvet Professional Balances Looks For Arizona Opera’s Riders of the Purple Sage

07/03/2017 - Production News

US – Composer Craig Bohmler was on a hiking trip through Arizona’s Tonto National Forest five years ago, when he came upon a small museum dedicated to Zane Grey, the prolific writer (64 novels and over 300 short stories) of American cowboy sagas. Intrigued, Bohmler began reading Grey’s Riders of the Purple Sage. Not long into the book, the composer envisioned turning the 1912 romantic story into an opera. His vision became a reality this March as The Arizona Opera premiered Riders of the Purple Sage, directed by Fenlon Lamb at Phoenix Symphony Hall.

Arena Triple Triumph at Event Production Awards

07/03/2017 - Event News

UK – Event infrastructure specialists, Arena UK & Europe celebrated a memorable evening after being bestowed with three Event Production Awards at The Lancaster London Hotel, 1st March.

Three months until Showlight 2017: the ALD bestows Showlight bursaries

07/03/2017 - Event News

Italy – Showlight 2017, the quadrennial lighting symposium, this year hosted in the beautiful city of Florence, is fast approaching. To ensure plenty of time for bookings to be made, the ALD has bestowed bursaries upon three of its professional members.

Four Yamaha Nuage Systems are the New Voice ff SMP Amsterdam

07/03/2017 - Production News

The Netherlands – When you’re an award-winning music agency with a worldwide hit television show on your hands, you need the very best equipment to ensure composers can work quickly and without the technology getting in the way of their creativity. This is the reason why SMP Amsterdam recently invested in four new Yamaha Nuage systems.

Strebel specifies TiMax spatial audio for Mozart! in Shanghai

07/03/2017 - Production News

China – German production company La Belle Musical saw in 2017 with a truly international production of Mozart! for Chinese fans of musical theatre at the Shanghai Culture Square, PRC. The production, which combines high-tech contemporary scenography with period costumes, addresses the life and works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and features an advanced spatial sound design by award winning Swiss designer, Tom Strebel of audiopool. The sound system was supplied entirely from Germany by Feedback Show Systems, who purchased a TiMax SoundHub audio delay-matrix processor to meet Strebel’s exacting spatial amplification system specification.

Hawthorn Bring the Spark to Life for BBC Worldwide Showcase

07/03/2017 - Production News

UK – For the 11th year, creative technical event production expert Hawthorn has supported BBC Worldwide to showcase its premium programmes to international television buyers. Taking place on 19th - 22nd February, the event saw over 700 television buyers from across the globe descend on ACC Liverpool and Echo Arena to view unmissable British content and hear from some of the world’s top creative talent.

Slovenian PA Company Invests in dLive

07/03/2017 - Production News

Slovenia – Slovenia’s top PA company, ABC Professional Sound & Light, has invested in Allen & Heath’s S Class dLive digital mixing system, adding a S7000 surface with DM48 MixRack to its hire stock.

Best Ever Swiss Music Awards Shines with Elation Hybrid and Fuze Lights

06/03/2017 - Production News

Switzerland – Switzerland is home to some impressive musical talent – take DJ BoBo for instance – some of whom were honoured on 10th February at the tenth anniversary edition of the Swiss Music Awards in Zurich. Lighting designers Thomas Gerdon and Nik Evers were tasked with lighting a colourful mix of live acts and chose Elation fixtures for the job including Platinum FLX and Platinum HFX hybrid luminaires along with Elation’s new Fuze Wash Z350 LED wash lights and ACL 360 Matrix LED moving head panels.

Group One Limited Announces Key Personnel Changes

06/03/2017 - People News

USA – Last year represented numerous significant milestones for Group One Limited, the Farmingdale, New York-based US distributor for DiGiCo, Avolites and several other well-respected audio and lighting manufacturers, Not only was it the company’s 25th anniversary and its best sales year ever with double-digit growth across the board, but 2016 also brought the addition of Calrec, KLANG:technologies and DTS Lighting to the distributor’s line card plus an investment in the company by Audiotonix, the parent company of DiGiCo and Calrec.

Nashville Musician and Producer Loves Audient iD14 “on and off the road”

06/03/2017 - Production News

USA - Audient would like readers to meet Cody Stewart, record producer and drummer for metal/electronic band The Browning. He bagged himself an iD14 USB audio interface, which he uses in his simple but excellent studio setup based in Nashville, Tennessee. He is over the moon with it and reckons: “It’s definitely in a league of its own,” describing iD14 as his “favourite of all portable interfaces – on and off the road.

ICONYX Heard but Not Seen at College of the Holy Cross

06/03/2017 - Project News

USAFounded in 1843 by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), the College of the Holy Cross is ranked among the leading four-year liberal arts colleges and offers one of the most beautiful urban college campuses in the US. Its Henry M. Hogan Campus Center offers a wide variety of services and facilities, including a multi-purpose ballroom.

Large Robe Investment in Qatar

06/03/2017 - Production News

Qatar AL ISTEKLAL IAC-QATAR is a busy rental and technical production company based in the vibrant Middle East cultural hub of Qatar that has just taken delivery of 148 Robe moving lights to boost their current rental stock.

Cardiff-based Gorilla expands audio dubbing capacity with further investments in Pro Tools

06/03/2017 - Project News

UK – Already home to the first Avid S6 consoles in Wales, Cardiff-based post-production house Gorilla has expanded its audio dubbing capacity with the purchase of two further Pro Tools systems and an S3 console from Scrub, the post-focused division of HHB.

Chroma-Q Hosts Showcase Event in March Featuring Award-Winning Film and Television Guest Speakers

06/03/2017 - Event News

UK – Chroma-Q has announced it is hosting a showcase event on Tuesday, 14th March 2017 featuring award-winning guest speakers from the fields of cinematography and television lighting design and the opportunity to try out the brand's award-winning LED solutions.

Nationwide ‘AV Integration Principles’ Training Course Launched

06/03/2017 - Standards News

UK - CIE AV Solutions joined forces with AV distribution experts CYP to offer AV integrators and home automation professionals a unique training opportunity. The companies will be hosting a brand new, free one-day course: 'Advanced AV Integration Principles' at locations around the country. The new course will provide attendees with an detailed understanding of the latest audio visual signal transmission technologies, relevant protocols and standards, all while demystifying the latest AV acronyms. The Academy will also get hands-on to provide advanced AV system troubleshooting skills and advice.

Marquee Home Appoints Niall Barker as a Senior Designer

06/03/2017 - People News

UK - Marquee Home has announced the appointment of Niall Barker as a senior designer. Mr Barker joins Marquee Home with more than 15 years industry experience in all aspects of specialist custom installation, including super yachts, private residences and city multiple dwellings.

Elation Proteus Beam IP65 Moving Head Set to Empower Designer Creativity

03/03/2017 - Equipment News

Proteus Beam, the first in Elation Professional’s Proteus series of IP-rated, discharge-lamp moving head lights and an LDI Best Debuting Product Award winner, is now available to the market. Proteus moving heads are high-performance, next-level intelligent lighting solutions designed to excel under varying weather conditions. Engineered specifically to empower designer creativity without the constraints of weather, technical, or brightness, the Proteus Beam is a professional moving head beam luminaire with top-level functionality, power and features to bring ideas to light.

Xone:DB4 is Mixer of Choice for Armin Van Buuren

03/03/2017 - Production News

Worldwide – Superstar Dutch DJ/producer, Armin van Buuren, selected Allen & Heath’s flagship DJ mixer, the Xone:DB4, as his mixer of choice for the worldwide ‘Armin Only Embrace’ tour.

Maestra ensures Warner's Brits Aftershow is Talk of the Town

03/03/2017 - Production News

UK – Working for event designer Jason Morais, the winning team from event production specialist Maestra London returned to the Freemasons Hall in London’s Covent Garden for the second year to ensure that the 2017 Warner Music Brit Awards after-show party was the one to be seen at and remembered.

Painting with Light Helping Panasonic Wow the Crowds at ISE

03/03/2017 - Production News

The Netherlands – International creative design practice Painting with Light was commissioned by Panasonic to produce a high-impact multimedia live show for its stand at the 2017 ISE (Integrated Systems Europe) expo at Amsterdam RAI.

Solaris Flares Tour the World with Coldplay and Kings of Leon

03/03/2017 - Production News

Worldwide – Coldplay’s Head Full of Dreams tour will commence its Asian stadium leg later this month. The tour has already made history by selling out 100,000 seats in Singapore. At the same time, Kings of Leon is winding up their UK tour and heading for America. What do the Southern rockers from Nashville have in common with the cerebral London band, each heading to opposite ends of the globe? Paul Normandale of Lite Alternative Design is production designer for both tours and Solaris Flare is his LED fixture of choice.

St. Paul and the Broken Bones Rocks the Ryman with Bandit Lites

03/03/2017 - Production News

USA – St. Paul and the Broken Bones shook the rafters of the Mother Church in a show stopping performance that left audience members feelings as though they left a revival, as the six-piece band from Alabama, currently promoting their newest album, Sea of Noise, brought their soulful sound to the historic Ryman Auditorium for a two night engagement with a lighting package provided by Bandit Lites.

City Theatrical at USITT 2017

03/03/2017 - Event News

USA – City Theatrical will be demonstrating innovative new technology at USITT in St. Louis, MO on 9th - 11th March, 2017 (Booth 207), including DMXcat multi-function test tool, SHoW DMX Multiverse wireless DMX, QolorPIX pixel controlled tape and pixel controller, QolorPoint mini wireless LED uplighter, Lightwright 6, Moving Light Assistant V1.3, and a new QolorFLEX 2x4A SHoW DMX Multiverse dimmer.

Powersoft Goes Down Under with Australian Pink Floyd

03/03/2017 - Production News

Europe – Possibly the biggest tribute act on the planet, the Australian Pink Floyd Show has sold over four million tickets and performed in 35 countries.

Dennis DeYoung Goes Rogue for Valentine's Day

03/03/2017 - Production News

USA – Former Styx front man Dennis DeYoung hit 70 in mid-February without breaking stride. Performing a 130-minute Valentine’s Day concert before a packed house at the 3,400-seat Star Plaza Theater outside Chicago, the singer-keyboard virtuoso exhibited the same spirited infectious energy that made him one of the more popular rockers of the 1970s and '80s. Keeping pace with him note-for-upbeat-note on classics like “Babe” and “Come Sail Away” was a punchy Mathew Ryan light show that featured a collection of Chauvet Professional fixtures, supplied by JR Lighting Design, Inc.

Britannia Row Productions rocks RAH with Amaluna

03/03/2017 - Production News

UK – 'Amaluna’, Cirque du Soleil’s latest conceptual presentation is playing to packed houses at the Royal Albert Hall. The drama’s underlying narrative unfolds through Cirque’s unique seductive style, yet that most potent form of mime is melded to an unusually muscular score.

ENTTEC Joins LAV Studio Roster

03/03/2017 - Production News

Croatia – Zagreb might be home to the Museum of Broken Relationships, but things aren’t all bleak in the Croatian capital. They have their mighty Philharmonic, world-class cuisine and bustling Saturday markets, and now locals have been blessed with easy access to ENTTEC’s ground-breaking lighting controllers and luminaires thanks to forging a brand-new relationship (not a broken one) with well-respected audio-visual agent and distributor LAV Studio Ltd.

Barco in discussions over acquisition of High End Systems to ETC

03/03/2017 - Business News

USA – ETC and Barco have announced that they are in the midst of serious discussions wherein ETC would acquire High End Systems. While the timeline for the completion of this acquisition is still unknown, both parties are committed to moving forward with a successful transaction.

Genelec Joins the Party at Trio of Warsaw Restaurant Bars

03/03/2017 - Project News

Poland – Located in the heart of Warsaw, Poznańska is a hotbed of social activity, with a booming bar and restaurant scene contributing to the area’s vibrant nightlife. A trio of stylish and eclectic restaurant bars – Beirut Hummus & Music Bar, Kraken and Grizzly Gin Bar – line up next to each other on this lively street, and all three feature premium sound systems which use Genelec speakers.

GLP GT-1 and X4 Bars Make Massive Statement at Super Bowl 51

03/03/2017 - Production News

USA – Lady Gaga gave a scintillating, high-flying performance at the Pepsi Super Bowl 51 Halftime Show at the NRG Stadium in Houston. Opening with God Bless America on the roof of the stadium she leapt to the stage before cramming seven of her greatest hits into the 12-minute show. Gaga then threw the microphone down to the field while simultaneously catching a football. The acrobatics throughout were stunning.

DiGiCo SD10 gives flexibility to M83 mix

02/03/2017 - Production News

Worldwide – French band M83 has been touring its brand of electro-pop and its latest album, Junk around the world, playing festivals including Coachella in the US and Glastonbury in the UK, as well as headlining at academy-sized venues, all to rave reviews. Their audio system has been supplied by Clair Brothers since the band was big enough to take one out, says front of house engineer Robbie Barr, with a pair DiGiCo SD10s now forming an indispensable part of the package.

Yale University Welcomes a Distinguished Speaker to Campus: L-Acoustics

02/03/2017 - Project News

USA – America’s third-oldest college, Yale University is perhaps as noted for its Gothic-flavoured architecture as for its history and academic achievements. So, when updating the AV systems in several of Yale’s existing spaces, as well as one of its newest ones, systems integrator North American Theatrix (NAT) turned to L-Acoustics knowing that its products would deliver superior audio fidelity while discreetly blending into each rooms’ décor.

Kinesys to Exhibit at USITT 2017

02/03/2017 - Event News

USA – Motion control specialist and manufacturer Kinesys will exhibit, for the first time in its own right, at a US trade show during the three day USITT 2017 stage expo in St. Louis, 9th – 11th March.

Clean, Naked and Famous, as Liam Griffiths Backs GLP'S X4 Bars

02/03/2017 - Production News

UK – A regular adopter of GLP’s breakthrough X4 platform, lighting designer Liam Griffiths has been finding increasing use for the German manufacturer’s award-winning X4 Bars since these versatile battens, which have taken both the concert touring and theatre worlds by storm, were launched in 2015.

d&b audiotechnik announces Stephan Greiner as new Chief Sales Officer

02/03/2017 - People News

Germany – d&b audiotechnik is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephan Greiner as chief sales officer. From 1st March Mr Greiner will serve as a member of the managing board, reporting directly to Amnon Harman CEO.

White Light Provides Technical Solutions for Diana: Her Fashion Story Launch

02/03/2017 - Production News

UK – 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of Diana, Princess of Wales. To commemorate this, Historic Royal Palaces have opened a brand-new exhibition at Kensington Palace which celebrates her life along with her image and style. Last night marked the launch of the exhibition as an events space. As a cross-palace approved supplier to HRP, White Light provided the complete technical solutions. 

Planetarium Hamburg reopening with a new State of the Art Laser System by LOBO

02/03/2017 - Project News

Germany – On 14th February 2017, after 18 months of reconstruction, the Planetarium Hamburg reopened its gates again. Prominent people like Hamburg’s first mayor Mr. Olaf Scholz or the Senator of Culture Dr. Carsten Brosda were invited to marvel the inside of the Planetarium. “We the people of Hamburg don’t like to act up but we like to have theatres. This beautiful old water tower is our biggest sky opera.” stated Scholz. With a budget of almost ten million Euros the star theatre has been completely modernised and equipped with the latest technology. The centrepiece, the laser and multimedia technology, has been provided and installed by LOBO in record time just a few weeks before the reopening.

Yamaha TF Series Digital Mixers Get Major Firmware Update for Expanded Audio Networking Power

02/03/2017 - Equipment News

Yamaha has released a major firmware update for the company’s TF series digital mixers with intuitive TouchFlow Operation, bringing with it significantly expanded audio networking capability.

Chauvet Professional Lends Timeless Look to Fabergé Watch Launch

02/03/2017 - Production News

UK – A VIP crowd gathered recently in a 39th floor luxury penthouse in London’s South Bank tower for the launch of Fabergé’s new dual time zone watch, the DTZ. Set to the backdrop of London’s impressive skyline, the unveiling of Fabergé’s innovative and beautiful watch was accompanied by a special live DJ set by Vogue Williams. An equally impressive supporting lighting concept was created within the penthouse, courtesy of Big Fish SRL, which used a selection of Chauvet Professional Well Fit, Maverick MK1 Hybrid and Ovation E-190WW fixtures to create a lighting backdrop to the celebration.

LLEYENDECKER demonstrates the possibilities of state-of-the-art stage kinetics at Best of Events 2017 in Dortmund

02/03/2017 - Event News

Germany – The production company LLEYENDECKER showed at this year's Best of Events trade fair in Dortmund the impressive breadth of its portfolio as a provider of technical support for events and presentations. The focus was on the interdisciplinary co-ordination of media and kinetic equipment – a field of expertise assuming ever greater importance for LLEYENDECKER. The events equipment specialist from Wuppertal relies for this on kinetic systems from Movecat.

Spanish Music School Invests in Qu

02/03/2017 - Project News

Spain – The Musiluz Sound School, based in Malaga, Spain, has invested in Allen & Heath’s Qu-24 compact digital mixer as part of an update to the institute’s AV equipment.

A.C. Special Projects Provides Versatile Lighting System for Royal College of Music's Belle Shenkman Studio

01/03/2017 - Project News

UK – A.C. Special Projects Ltd. (AC-SP) has specified, supplied, installed and programmed a versatile colour-changing performance and house lighting system for the Belle Shenkman Studio at the prestigious Royal College of Music (RCM), London.

Adlib Enjoys A Day to Remember

01/03/2017 - Production News

Europe – ADLIB’s busy start to 2017 has included supplying a full arena sound system for the European leg of A Day to Remember’s “Bad Vibrations” tour, complete with a control package for the other sections of the tour.

Robe Rocks TPi Awards 2017

01/03/2017 - Production News

UK – Almost 300 Robe lighting fixtures were used to illuminate the 2017 Total Production International (TPi) Awards produced by TPi Magazine (part of Mondiale Publishing) and staged at Evolution in Battersea, central London on 27th February.

Easton Corbin Tours with Bandit Lites

01/03/2017 - Production News

USA – Country music star Easton Corbin has been bringing his smooth twang to audiences around the country with a lighting package provided by Bandit Lites. His newest single, Girl Like You, has been climbing the charts as fans await his much anticipated fourth studio album.

High Praise for Alcons in Portland

01/03/2017 - Project News

USA – The Old Church is a non-profit entertainment and event venue in the West End cultural district of Portland, Oregon. Already renowned as a space for acoustic and classical performances, the recent installation of an Alcons Audio LR7 system has made a significant difference in attracting a wider range of performers and audiences.

Powersoft Drives New €85m Antwerp Concert/Congress Facility

01/03/2017 - Project News

Belgium – Antwerp’s Queen Elisabeth Hall and Congress Centre has been undergoing a major two-phase transformation which was first hatched back in 2009.

CSD Group Transforms Former Kmart into Worship Space with Chauvet Professional

01/03/2017 - Project News

USA – The early years of this century were tough on Kmart. Once the second largest retailer in the US, the company had been surpassed by faster, nimbler rivals. Emblematic of the chain’s demise were the vacant Kmart stores that dotted America’s landscape, like the one at 4411 Olton Road in Plainview, Texas. Vacant since 2002, it stood as a neglected eyesore in this West Texas town for 14 years, until it became the gleaming new home of the rapidly growing Harvest Christian Fellowship.

Teresa-Anne Dunleavy Joins PRG XL Video as Managing Director

01/03/2017 - People News

UK – PRG XL Video, the UK operation of Production Resource Group (PRG) has announced a new management structure which includes the addition of Teresa-Anne 'TA' Dunleavy as managing director, United Kingdom. TA will take-up her new position on 13th March 2017.

RIVAGE PM10 Is The smARTec Choice for Leading Swiss Rental Company

01/03/2017 - Production News

Switzerland – As Yamaha celebrates 30 years since it produced the world’s first digital mixer, the company’s flagship RIVAGE PM10 digital mixing system continues to win new fans around the world. One of the latest is Swiss live production company smARTec Veranstaltungstechnik AG, which took delivery of two systems in late 2016.

Digico SD10 for Mega Sound

01/03/2017 - Production News

India – Mega Sound is one of India’s most cutting edge AV rental companies, with an impressive inventory of world class, top of the line professional equipment. The latest addition to its audio arsenal is a DiGiCo SD10 digital mixing console and two D2 Racks, purchased through DiGiCo’s India distributor, Hi-Tech Audio Systems Pvt. Ltd. in New Delhi.