News Archive for April 2017

White Light Provides Lighting for The Philanthropist

28/04/2017 - Production News

UK – The Philanthropist has been delighting audiences across the globe since it first premiered at the Royal Court in 1970. It is now making a welcome return to the West End in a brand-new production at the Trafalgar Studios. Directed by Simon Callow, this latest version stars some of television’s brightest stars, including Matt Berry, Simon Bird, Lily Cole and Tom Rosenthal. Having already supplied shows at the Trafalgar Studios this year, White Light was called upon once again to provide the lights for The Philanthropist.

The quick-change artist among the moving heads

28/04/2017 - Equipment News

A real quick-change artist was presented by Eurolite at the Prolight+Sound 2017: the TMH-X25 Zoom unites moving head, matrix effect and beam spot in one device. This way, it offers absolute flexibility.

Adrenaline Rush for Ivan Zak

28/04/2017 - Production News

Croatia – Several challenges faced lighting designer Sven Kučinić when asked to design a high-profile one-off show for Croatian pop superstar Ivan Zak in front of 18,000 adoring fans at Zagreb Arena. Forming his first band at 14 and hitting the big time in 2009 with the “Adrenaline” album and single, this was the star’s largest show to date, so to make a big impression, Sven chose to work with Robe moving lights for maximum impact.

Australia’s Elite Event Technology Bulks Up on ProCable

28/04/2017 - Production News

Australia – Canberra’s Elite Events recently added another 700 metres of ProCable 18X1.5 assemblies to its already significant inventory of the popular six-circuit cable. TMB’s distribution partner, Lexair Entertainment of New South Wales is the provider for this and other top quality TMB products in Australia and New Zealand.

Kenderdine Electrical Take on GLP Distribution in New Zealand

28/04/2017 - Business News

New Zealand – GLP has appointed Kenderdine Electrical as its distribution partner in New Zealand. With nearly 60 years of trading, the company brings vast experience and market knowledge.

ESTA Plugfest v14.0

28/04/2017 - Event News

USA – The ESTA Control Protocols Plugfest, the event where manufacturers and developers test their products for interoperability, is scheduled to take place from 21st July to 25th July at the D/FW Marriott Solana in Westlake, Texas. Everyone is welcome to attend the 14th version of this event.

Claypaky looks forward to hosting Showlight 2017

28/04/2017 - Event News

Italy – Claypaky, a leading manufacturer of distinctive, professional moving lights, effects and image projectors, is to host the 10th Showlight quadrennial from 20th - 23rd May 2017 at the Palazzo dei Congressi in Florence, Italy.

ABTT Collaborative Doctoral Project Deadline

28/04/2017 - Standards News

UK – The application deadline for the new and important Collaborative Doctoral Award, an exciting initiative between the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (RCSSD), is fast approaching.

Mavericks and Rogues Add Up for Simply Three’s Diverse Musical Mix

28/04/2017 - Production News

USA – Erik Parker has supported a variety of different bands from multiple genres with engaging light shows. However, even he has to acknowledge that nothing in his portfolio was quite like his project for lighting Simply Three. “This was a new type of music for me,” said Parker of Chris Lisle Lighting Design. “It’s a three-piece string band that rocks to covers such as ‘Take Me to Church’ by Hozier, ‘Photograph’ by Ed Sheeran and ‘Counting Stars’ by OneRepublic, as well as many classics from Puccini to Gershwin. Lighting them was challenging, but a lot of fun.”

New Hard Rock Café Enjoys the Yamaha Touch

28/04/2017 - Project News

France – Hard Rock Café is arguably one of the most recognised names in popular, family-orientated dining, its mixture of American style food and music memorabilia continuing to attract millions of customers across the world. One of its newest outlets is in Lyon, France, which features a Yamaha Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS) system.

White Light Supplies 42nd Street at Theatre Royal Drury Lane

28/04/2017 - Production News

UK – Considered by many to be one of the biggest Broadway musicals of all time, 42nd Street has now arrived in London where it has received rave reviews from audiences and critics alike. Starring Grammy Award winner Sheena Easton, this all singing, high-kicking spectacle is currently playing at Theatre Royal Drury Lane – London’s biggest stage. Currently supplying other West End smashes such as Harry Potter and the Cursed Child along with Aladdin, Half a Sixpence and The Girls, WL was called upon the provide the lights on this production.

SGM fixtures starring in high impact art installation

28/04/2017 - Production News

Belgium - As part of Bright Brussels Festival, ACTLD (ACT Lighting Design) contributed with a very innovative art installation as a total immersion of light, sound and mist. Lighting-wise, the spectacle comprised entirely SGM LED fixtures.

Hawthorn Hot Off the Press with ‘The Wipers Times’

28/04/2017 - Production News

UK – Following a run at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury and a UK tour in 2016, satirical play ‘The Wipers Times’ has arrived in the West End with a limited run at The Arts Theatre. Full technical service provider Hawthorn was chosen to provide lighting equipment for this dark comedy from the trenches.

Canadian Theatre Group Invests in Three Dlive Systems

28/04/2017 - Project News

Canada – Canadian multi-venue theatre production company, Drayton Entertainment, has made a major investment in its audio equipment, including three Allen & Heath dLive S Class systems, as part of an upgrade to its equipment.

Tim Rees Joins LED Creative

28/04/2017 - People News

UK – Illumination specialist LED Creative welcomes Tim Rees to the role of projects assistant as part of the small but growing team at its Hertfordshire base.

e-Luminating Cambridge with Pearce Hire

27/04/2017 - Production News

UK – Earlier this year Pearce Hire, a Gold Sponsor of the e-Luminate Cambridge Festival, provided full production services, technical support and equipment for the stunning lighting event that, each year, dramatically covers the entire city of Cambridge.

7th Heaven Plays beneath Elation Rig on “Chicago Music Cruise” aboard Harmony of the Seas

27/04/2017 - Production News

USA – Chicago-based rock band 7th Heaven has been an entertainment staple in the American mid-west for 30 years. Despite its location in the US heartland, the band does an annual cruise called the “Chicago Music Cruise” and this year played a week of shows on the largest cruise ship in the world, Harmony of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean smartship fitted-out with energy-efficient Elation Professional LED lighting.

Green Hippo Celebrates Successful first Quarter for 2017

27/04/2017 - Business News

USA – Since the establishment of Green Hippo Media Service Inc. in October 2015, Green Hippo’s US presence has exceeded projections with strong growth in sales and continued formation of alliances into 2016, a trend which has continued into the first Quarter of 2017.

Tarm presents a new laser light system

27/04/2017 - Equipment News

Tarm DOT is a white light RGB show laser system with starry sky effect for professional use and is especially suitable for touring and production.

Philips Lighting brings the funk on Bruno Mars' 24K Magic world tour

27/04/2017 - Production News

Worldwide Philips Lighting has announced that VL6000 Beam and VL4000 BeamWash fixtures from its iconic Philips Vari-Lite rock and roll lighting product line have been selected by production designer LeRoy Bennett and lighting designer Cory FitzGerald to add unparalleled punch to Bruno Mars's 24K Magic world tour.

Nutcracker on tour in Italy

27/04/2017 - Production News

Italy – Amodio and Luzzati’s renowned production of ballet classic The ‘Nutcracker’ made its debut at Teatro Comunale in Modena in November 2016, before touring to other key Italian cities for ten weeks. It was produced by Daniele Cipriani Entertainment and lit by Marco Policastro, using Robe DL4S Profiles and the new Spiider LED wash beams.

Adlib Can’t Believe What They Did for Emeli Sandé

27/04/2017 - Production News

Europe – Adlib supplied an L-Acoustics audio system with all associated rigging and crew for the recent UK and European leg of multiple award winning Scottish singer/songwriter Emeli Sandé’s “Long Live the Angels” tour.

Specialz are EPIC in Dublin

27/04/2017 - Project News

Ireland – EPIC, The Irish Emigration Museum is Dublin’s newest museum, dedicated to one of the pivotal facets of Irish history: that of Irish emigration. In the perfectly appropriate location, the museum is situated in Dublin’s Docklands on the Custom House Quay, the departure point for many of Ireland’s emigrants in the 19th Century. Within the museum are 20 themed interactive galleries that take visitors on a journey through Irish history and, through interactive and immersive technology, connects all those who claim Irish connections and heritage with a unique and powerful experience.

Bandit Lights Merle Haggard Tribute Concert

27/04/2017 - Production News

USA – Thousands gathered at Bridgestone Arena to witness what was to be a concert of the ages, Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard. Taking place on what would have been his 80th birthday and the one year anniversary of Haggard’s death, the sold out evening featured collaborations from artists that may never be seen again, including Keith Richards and Willie Nelson’s emotional rendition of “Reasons to Quit.” Bandit Lites provided the lighting for the concert, which was filmed for broadcast on a network and date to be announced at a later time.

Game On as Hawthorn Helps Multiplay Launch New Studio

27/04/2017 - Project News

UK – Hawthorn was approached by Multiplay, a subsidiary of high street retailer GAME, as it launched its brand-new studio.

Alcons Takes Futuroscope Visitors on an Extraordinary Journey

27/04/2017 - Project News

France – For 30 years, French theme park Futuroscope has been thrilling visitors with its multimedia experiences and unique, dynamic rides. To mark the start of its fourth decade, a new €11m state-of-the-art audio visual experience has opened, with an Alcons Audio system delivering the soundtrack.

Audio Visual entrepreneur John Sills to retire

27/04/2017 - People News

UK – One of the AV industry's leading innovators is to step down after almost 50 years of success. Chairman and managing director of Saville Audio Visual, John Sills has announced he is to retire in April after a career spanning 48 years with the company.

Innovative BGR70 truss from Prolyte Group starts successfully

27/04/2017 - Production News

Romania – Shortly after the successful Prolight + Sound introduction of its latest truss innovation the BGR70, Prolyte Group can confirm the first sales orders for this massive truss. This summer the BGR70 truss will feature as main stage support for the Untold festival in Romania.

Newly developed RTI NEO ONE – lasers for large scale productions reinvented

27/04/2017 - Equipment News

With the RTI NEO ONE, Laserworld presents a complete newly designed laser unit that is conceived as a modular effect for professional productions. DMX / ArtNET makes it compatible with existing control infrastructure, so no other control system is required. The RTI NEO ONE is designed as multi-projector laser system, several units can be connected to each other with a quick-lock system. Due to the octagonal shape, it is not only possible to use several units side-by-side, but also allows the creation of shapes of laser systems or mount them in unusual positions, like flanking the line arrays on big stages, arranged as circle or in other shapes on stage.

Theatres Trust announce the appointment of six new Trustees to the Board

26/04/2017 - Business News

UK – Theatres Trust, the national advisory public body for theatres, has announced that the Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has appointed six new Trustees to the Theatres Trust Board.

Elation Lights on Three Classic EDM Stages at 2017 Ultra Music Festival

26/04/2017 - Production News

USA – With names like Armin van Buuren, Tiesto, Carl Cox, Alesso and David Guetta consistently on the marquee, Ultra cemented its place as the world's premier electronic music festival years ago. The unparalleled production that backs the performances is just as impressive with three of the festival’s classic stages – the Carl Cox Megastructure, Main Stage and Worldwide/Midpark Stage – hosting Elation lighting fixtures this year.

S+H Gets Bigheaded

26/04/2017 - Production News

UK – LED screen, drapes and special FX specialist S+H Technical Support supplied a full pealight starcloth wrap as specified by designer Patrick Doherty for the new Bigheads TV series, a Primal Media production for ITV, recorded in the George Lucas 2 studio at Elstree in Hertfordshire.

Texas Tech Joins The Ranks of Danley Sound Labs Basketball Arenas

26/04/2017 - Project News

USA – United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, Texas is home to Texas Tech University’s Raiders basketball and volleyball teams. Built in 1999, the 15,000-seat facility is part of the cultural lifeblood of midsized Lubbock, hosting games, concerts, and other big events. While famed basketball coach Bobby Knight piloted the team (2001–2008), the game-time atmosphere relied on the band, spoken word announcements, and little else. But since his departure, it has moved toward more modern music playback, a task for which the existing sound system was inadequate. A recent installation of Danley Sound Labs’ patented Synergy Horn point-source loudspeakers and tapped horn subwoofers has United Supermarkets Arena rocking, a fact that may have inspired the team’s great 2016 season and NCAA Tournament appearance.

Nexus Panels Help Dave Maxwell Create Colours for Eric Clapton

26/04/2017 - Production News

USA – On 30th March, 1958, a 13-year-old boy in Surrey, England, received a Hoyer guitar for his birthday. It was a gift that’s kept on giving – to music fans throughout the world! The boy became a man, and the man became a legend named Eric Clapton. Now, some 50-plus years, 18 Grammy Awards and three Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions later, the artist universally regarded as one of the greatest guitarists of all time is giving fans one more musical gift, as he performs a limited series of concerts in New York, Los Angeles, London and Tokyo.

Green Hippo receives official Technical Event Supplier status for the world’s largest music television show

26/04/2017 - Production News

Ukraine – Green Hippo has announced its appointment as an official ‘Technical Event Supplier’ for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. This year’s show, to be held in Kiev on 9th, 11th, and 13th May, will see Green Hippo’s award-winning video playback equipment help deliver the 62nd contest to a TV audience of more than 200 million. It is not by chance that Green Hippo’s Media Servers have been chosen by Eurovision Song Contest to support the majority of the shows since 2007. Hippotizer’s V4 software integrates ease of use along with the most innovative and highly advanced technological features, making it standing out as the media server of choice for high complexity projects like this. This is a truly global TV event, covering more than 50 countries, and including watchers in Australia, China, and the USA, as well as all across Europe.

Sennheiser and Neumann Showcase a Diverse Range of Audio Production Technology at NAB 2017

26/04/2017 - Event News

USA – Audio technology for productions of any scale: this is what Sennheiser and Neumann will showcase at their joint booth (C2213) at NAB. An innovative range of products is ready to support professional audio capture at every level, whether visitors are producing movies or focusing on mobile journalism. The booth also features solutions for radio and TV studios, for fully immersive virtual reality productions, and even for personal use, with the MKE 2 elements action microphone for GoPro HERO 4 cameras.

DWP LIVE first US company to invest in AV Stumpfl 8K RAW media servers

26/04/2017 - Production News

USA – DWP LIVE has become the first US company to invest in AV Stumpfl 8K RAW servers.

Chroma-Q Showcases Award-Winning Creative Lighting Technologies at PLASA Focus Leeds 2017

26/04/2017 - Event News

UK – Join Chroma-Q on stand N-E02 at PLASA Focus Leeds 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 at the Royal Armouries, Leeds, on 9th and 10th May.

The Raven Age Take Flight with Allen & Heath Qu-SB Digital Mixer

26/04/2017 - Production News

Europe – Hotly-tipped British metal outfit The Raven Age have recently completed a European tour with the legendary Anthrax, during which the band relied on an Allen & Heath Qu-SB digital mixer at the heart of an ultra compact, flexible in-ear monitoring solution.

Christie Wins DSE 2017 APEX Gold Award for Star Wars: The Force Awakens Red Carpet World Premiere

26/04/2017 - Event News

USA – Christie won the DSE 2017 APEX Gold Award in the Arts, Entertainment & Recreation category for its installation at the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Red Carpet World Premiere. As the world watched one of the highest profile cinema events in years, Christie’s Pandoras Box Media Servers powered a variety of displays including 388 Christie MicroTiles that formed a backdrop to the red carpet walkway and 18 Christie LCD panels that graced the red carpet and photo locations throughout the premiere.

New garden lighting effect released: LED and laser combined in one for effective indoor and outdoor illumination

26/04/2017 - Equipment News

A new multi-colour LED combined with red and green multi-point laser effect with hundreds of rotating laser dots has been released by Laserworld Group. The combination of laser and LED adds effects plus ambient lighting to gardens or balconies, to projections on trees, plants, walls and facades, and can be used to highlight garden parties.

CUK Audio takes on distribution of Arthur Holm

26/04/2017 - Business News

UK & Eire – CUK Audio has announced that it has been appointed the exclusive UK and Eire distributor for the multi-award-winning range of Arthur Holm upmarket boardroom technologies. The latest accolade was at ISE 2017 where DB2, its latest range of retractable monitors, earned Best in Show status.

Elation Lights on All Time Low "Last Young Renegade” Tour

25/04/2017 - Production News

Europe – Lighting designer Jeff Maker (Pierce The Veil, The Dresden Dolls) used Elation Professional’s ACL 360 Bar moving head batten on American pop punk band All Time Low’s successful 2016 UK tour and this year added Elation’s Protron 3K Color LED strobe to the rig for the band’s “Last Young Renegade” tour. All Time Low enjoys a growing fan base in the UK, where they played dates through March with additional shows on mainland Europe in April. Zig Zag Lighting, based in Leeds, supplied the Elation fixtures for the tour.

Robe and the Robber’s Daughter

25/04/2017 - Production News

Denmark – Ronja Rövardotter (Ronia the Robber’s Daughter) is a classic Swedish children’s tale by Astrid Lindgren. A recent touring musical version in Denmark by Heltemus Productions featured a new and fresh lighting design by Sune Verdier of who specified 14 of Robe’s DL7S Profiles, 24 LEDWash 600+ fixtures and 12 CycFX 8.

BSR E1.58: First Public Review

25/04/2017 - Standards News

USA – The National Electrical Code (NFPA70) has a general requirement for all electrical equipment to be listed and used in accordance with its listing. This normally restricts or prohibits the outdoor use of equipment not identified for outdoor use, but, the Code contains an exception for Theatrical and Motion Picture Special Occupancies that permits this use provided the installation is supervised by qualified personnel. It offers no further guidance on this condition. The Electrical Power Working Group of ESTA's Technical Standards Program has written BSR E1.58 – 201X, Electrical Safety Standard for Portable Stage and Studio Equipment Used Outdoors, a new draft standard, in an effort to offer that guidance. It is being offered for public comment through 19th June 2017.

Ayrton Celebrates 15th Anniversary with new products – and an Award – at Prolight+Sound, Frankfurt 2017

25/04/2017 - Event News

Germany – Ayrton celebrated its 15th anniversary at Prolight + Sound with new products, new staff and a prestigious PIPA Award in the Light FX category for its MagicBurst graphic LED strobe fixture.

Sincopa Israel joins Team BlackTrax

25/04/2017 - Business News

Israel – CAST BlackTrax announces that Sincopa lightvision will represent BlackTrax real-time motion tracking system for large-scale theatrical, dance, music projects in Israel. The company will provide support to projects, technical advice, and consultancy.

Alfa Audio introduces “Alfa Ecoustics” acoustic enhancement system built with EM Acoustics loudspeakers

25/04/2017 - Project News

Denmark – Alfa Audio, doubtless Denmark’s most successful pro audio distributor, dealer and solutions provider, and EM Acoustics distributor since 2009, has just installed the first ever “Alfa Ecoustics” electronic acoustic enhancement system into Fredericia’s latest live venue, Tøjhuset (the Armoury). Using 30 EM Acoustics EMS-51 loudspeakers, a tc electronic 'brain', and DPA microphones, Tøjhuset represents the first formal deployment of the Alfa Ecoustics system conceived by Alfa Audio’s Lars Frederiksen.

RAI Television’s Cavalli di Battaglia Utilises Lighting Control by Jands Vista

25/04/2017 - Production News

Italy – The award-winning Jands Vista lighting and media control range has once again proved its flexibility and power by providing control for Italian national broadcaster, RAI Television’s prime time Saturday night entertainment show, ‘Cavalli di Battaglia’.

General Election prompts ABTT Theatre Show change of dates

25/04/2017 - Event News

UK - Due to the General Election being held on Thursday 8th June, The ABTT Theatre Show will now take place on Tuesday 6th June and Wednesday 7th June.

Strictly Come Dancing Receives Exciting Visual Revamp with Chauvet Professional

25/04/2017 - Production News

UK – After 14 years, Strictly Come Dancing has become something of a British institution, with millions tuning in every Saturday evening to watch celebrities compete in a televised ballroom dance competition to the backdrop of big band and Latin music. For the latest series of the long-running television show, the show’s lighting designer was once again tasked with creating rejuvenated looks in the studio on a tight budget. To this end, Mark Kenyon added 80 Chauvet Professional COLORdash Accent Quad and eight Rogue R1 FX-B fixtures with spectacular results.

Bandit Invests in Iluminarc Ilumipanel 180 IP Fixtures

25/04/2017 - Production News

USA – With another packed festival season on the horizon, Bandit Lites has recently expanded its production inventory with a purchase of Iluminarc Ilumipanel 180 IP fixtures.

ChainMaster D8plus StageOperator

25/04/2017 - Equipment News

The D8plus StageOprator Series CM-850 has been developed for the safe set-up and operation of chain hoists in direct control or low-voltage control. On the basis of its intuitive software and the integrated touchscreen, the D8plus StageOperator offers a high level of operating comfort for mobile applications or in permanent fixed installations. The integration of load measuring cells ensures a secured operation according SQ P2.

Aurora returns to Glasgow for another round of Robot Wars with LD Gurdip Mahal and Gaffer James Tinsley

25/04/2017 - Production News

UK – Bigger, bolder and brighter than ever, Series 9 of the cult classic brought together 40 teams of amateur robot enthusiasts all ready to battle it out on the arena floor.

Kevin Thorborn Appointed Mojo Barriers UK Director

24/04/2017 - People News

UK – Kevin Thorborn has been promoted to director of Mojo Barriers UK, following his role as UK manager for the past 17 years.

PRG XL Video Supports Mike Oates’ Design for C2C: Country to Country

24/04/2017 - Production News

UK – Since 2013, an array of country music’s biggest stars have been visiting the UK and Ireland as part of C2C: Country to Country, a festival of country music devised by AEG (The O2) and SJM Concerts in collaboration with the Country Music Association.

Unveiling new SGM family members at the Prolight+Sound 2017

24/04/2017 - Event News

Germany - Wrapping up a successful Prolight+Sound 2017 in Frankfurt, where new LED products were unveiled, SGM takes this opportunity to thank all the visitors that stopped by.

Maestra London Invests

24/04/2017 - Production News

UK – Award-winning event design and technical production company Maestra Group has made some substantial new investments at its London branch for lighting, audio and video ahead of a busy summer season. This follows a round of recent purchases by Maestra Dubai.

Robe Announces New Mexican Distributor

24/04/2017 - Business News

Mexico – Robe announces a new Mexican distributor – Showco – a well-established and connected company headquartered in Mexico City and with sales offices in Monterrey, Guadalajara and Cancun.

Polish Metal Legends on Tour With Dlive

24/04/2017 - Production News

Poland – Polish heavy metal giant, Hunter, has been touring the country carrying a dLive S Class digital mixing system by Allen & Heath.

L-Acoustics is the Intelligent Sound Choice for Intellasound

24/04/2017 - Production News

USA – For the past 20 years, Verona, Wisconsin-based Intellasound Productions has been providing comprehensive live event production services for countless artists and corporate clients throughout the Midwest and beyond. Following an expansion project that grew its shop by 50% last year, the company has also now grown its audio equipment inventory and stepped up its production levels with a new loudspeaker package from L-Acoustics.

New Products from Robert Juliat at Prolight+Sound 2017

24/04/2017 - Event News

Germany – Robert Juliat was present in classic style in the Lightpower Village at Prolight+Sound 2017 as it presented a line-up of its tungsten and discharge followspots: Lancelot, Merlin, Cyrano, Victor and Roxie, which formed a beautiful backdrop to herald the arrival of Robert Juliat’s two new LED followspots, the powerful 600W Oz and Alice.

LED Lights UK Badminton

24/04/2017 - Production News

UK - High quality and successful delivery is a standard at SLX which is why many of its customers keep returning to the company time and time again. Never resting on its laurels, SLX work closely with customers to ensure projects are never taken for granted or ever considered as just "repeat business".

Sennheiser announces TeamConnect Wireless cash back offer

24/04/2017 - Business News

During the first half of 2017, customers purchasing Sennheiser’s TeamConnect Wireless solutions can receive cash back of up to €1,000 / $1,000 for every system purchased. Customers can boost the value of the offer by sharing their success story to receive an additional testimonial reward.

Claypaky at Prolight+Sound 2017

24/04/2017 - Event News

Germany Claypaky's booth at Prolight+Sound was the trade fair's true centre of attraction. "CLAYPAKY'S IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE" theatre was a large room with 270 degree cine projection, which hosted a multimedia show that mixed light, sound, video, stage design and atmospheric effects. It was of course all designed to present the new products Claypaky had brought to this important international event in an artistic, and not just technical way.

Adamson S10 Hits the Right Notes with Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Performance of Hit Musical Chess

24/04/2017 - Production News

UK – A cutting edge Adamson S10 line array system supplied by pro audio specialists, The Warehouse Sound Services Ltd, hit all the right notes during a sell-out run of the smash-hit 1980s musical, Chess, at Edinburgh's Festival Theatre last month.

“Sound that floats across the room…” Live demonstrations at the Stage|Set|Scenery SoundLab

24/04/2017 - Event News

Germany – Be it for listening to classical music, a cappella singing or a musical, the SoundLab at Stage|Set|Scenery is the perfect venue to experience every type of music. This is where exhibitors such as audio specialists Sennheiser will be presenting its new products. The singer Helena Goldt, for example, will be showing the sound quality of Sennheiser’s new wireless Digital 6000 series. Her many-faceted voice will be recorded by various microphone capsules, headsets and clipped microphones, and via hand-held and pocket-sized transmitters will be relayed to the Digital 6000 system and the PA in the SoundLab. “Inside the SoundLab we can demonstrate the entire bandwidth of our new wireless system,” says Wolfgang Guse, sales director of system solutions at Sennheiser. Bearing in mind increasingly crowded radio bands due to rapid growth in digital data traffic this technology has a decisive advantage, says Wolfgang Guse: “The efficient Digital 6000 System is intermodulation-free, so that more frequencies are able to occupy a single TV channel than conventional wireless systems.”

FloppyFlex Accents Granite Boardwalk in Texas

21/04/2017 - Project News

USA – The newest development in a recently opened, 90-acre complex in Granite Park, Plano, Texas, “The Boardwalk” features 29,000 square feet of restaurant space, patios and offices, with dramatic decorative lighting featuring nearly 1,000 feet of FloppyFlex LED neon.

Scott Rooney-Ashby Joins Hawthorn

21/04/2017 - People News

UK – Event professional Scott Rooney-Ashby has joined Hawthorn as account director to support the development of new and existing business for the company’s award-winning live event technical production service.

PRG XL Have a Wild Party at The Other Palace, with Lighting Designer Richard Howell and Production Manager Stuart Tucker

21/04/2017 - Production News

UK – PRG XL Video recently supported lighting designer Richard Howell and production manager Stuart Tucker, for the opening show at the newly renamed and renovated London theatre, The Other Palace. PRG XL Video account manager John Pauls worked closely with Richard, Stuart and production electrician Neil Foster to supply the lighting for The Wild Party during a seven week run in central London, between February and April.

BroadWeigh provides a little something for The Weeknd

21/04/2017 - Production News

Worldwide – The Weeknd embarked on the first phase of his "Starboy Legend of the Fall" world tour in February. The Canadian musician kicked off the 46 date tour in Sweden and will stop off in some of Europe's biggest cities. The tour supports his latest studio album "Starboy" which sees the singer collaborate with the likes of Daft Punk, Lana Del Rey and Kendrick Lamar.

Polish Metal Legends on Tour with Dlive

21/04/2017 - Production News

Poland – Polish heavy metal giant, Hunter, has been touring the country carrying a dLive S Class digital mixing system by Allen & Heath.

Soundbag invests in L-Acoustics K2

21/04/2017 - Production News

Italy – Italian dry hire company, Soundbag, has recently taken delivery of a substantial K-Standard L-Acoustics K2 system, adding to its existing stock of ARCS WiFo.

Atlona Brings New HDR-Compatible 4K AV Devices to Market

21/04/2017 - Equipment News

Atlona’s aggressive strategy to address emerging 4K and HDR requirements in AV systems marches forward with the availability of its JunoX Series switcher and Rondo Series video distribution amplifiers. Now shipping and available worldwide, all three products support 4K/UHD video at 60Hz with 4:4:4 chroma sampling, and HDMI data rates up to 18Gbps.

Bandit Illuminates Andy Wood at Bijou Theatre

20/04/2017 - Production News

USA – Guitarist and mandolin player Andy Wood recently gave a special performance at the historic Bijou Theatre with a lighting package provided by Bandit Lites. The special, one-night only show was recorded and featured guest performances by fiddler Brian Arrowood, singer-songwriter Kendra Chantelle, bassist Todd Parks, musician Travis Toy and Ben Lacy.

Meyer Sound Leo Family Boosts Ed Sheeran's Solo Global Conquest

20/04/2017 - Production News

Worldwide – With his effervescent hit "Shape of You" topping the charts across dozens of countries, Ed Sheeran continues to single-handedly conquer the world of pop music. Now in the midst of a three-continent, 108-show ÷ ("Divide") Tour, Sheeran takes to a stage unaccompanied by bands, backup singers, dancers or orchestras. Supported only by his acoustic guitar and a custom loop pedal, Sheeran relies solely on his infectious music and an innocently electrifying persona to sell out cavernous A-level arenas months in advance.

Trime lights up for Event Crew

20/04/2017 - Production News

UK – Events Crew, the Somerset-based event support and service provider, has extended its range of equipment with the recent purchase of a fleet of Trime lighting towers. The company has opted for the Trime X-Eco LED product which will be used to provide bright, safe lighting on a multitude of event applications throughout the country.

Creative BackStage Lights Legendary Bands with Chauvet Professional at Ostrich Festival

20/04/2017 - Production News

USA – Back in the late 19th century, chic women wore hats with huge plumes of feathers. To meet the demand for this fashionable flourish, the enterprising citizens of Chandler, Arizona turned their town into a thriving ostrich farm centre. Eventually, the rise of the open air automobile blew the lid off the fancy hat business, leading most of those farms to close, but the world’s largest bird lives on in the town, thanks to its annual Ostrich Festival.

DiGiCo SD10s tour the world with Biffy Clyro

20/04/2017 - Production News

USA – Having completed a hugely successful tour at the end of last year, Scottish rock band Biffy Clyro are on their way to the US. Both front of house engineer Jonny Lucas and Dan Speed on monitors rely on the power of DiGiCo SD10s for their mixing requirements. They deploy three separate rigs around the world, with two duplicate systems which includes, in some instances, the more compact SD10-24. For the 2016 UK tour, all audio requirements were supplied by Skan PA Hire.

Axiom Column Array Impresses at Frankfurt Demo

20/04/2017 - Event News

Germany – Proel's newest Axiom loudspeaker system turned more than a few heads at the Live Sound Arena demo at ProLight+Sound in Frankfurt. The AX12C column array, which consists of twelve 3.5-inch cone transducers in a slim, structurally rigid extruded aluminium housing, was side by side with some of the industry's more notable medium and large scale sound systems at the Live Sound Arena at the Frankfurt Messe.

Production value from Elation rig on 2017 Tesla Tour

19/04/2017 - Production News

USA – American heavy rock band Tesla has cultivated a loyal fan base over the last 30 years, playing an unpretentious, blue-collar style of music that hard rock audiences love. For an ongoing tour that started in January, band lighting designer and creative director Ignacio “Iggy” Rosenberg is using an Elation rig to complement the band’s big rock sound and surprising (to some) long list of hits.

Robe for The Young Renegades

19/04/2017 - Production News

Europe – Boston, Massachusetts-based lighting designer Jeff Maker once again chose Robe as his main moving lights for the most recent UK and European tour for US rockers All Time Low which was a teaser for their upcoming “Last Young Renegade” album release, scheduled for 2nd June.

SJP Productions Creates High Flying Experience at Drone Race with ChamSys

19/04/2017 - Project News

USA – S. Jeremy Peters loves piloting small FPV drones. There is, he says, “no rush quite like it.” He and his wife Alison Peters wanted to share their passion for drone flying with a wider audience. As owners of SJP Productions, a lighting and projection company experienced working festivals, they were in an excellent position to do so. Hooking up with a local brewery, they created one of the first spectator-oriented drone racing events, complete with festival-like lighting, atmospherics and live video feeds all controlled with a three universe set up built around ChamSys Software.

GLP Creates Perfect Showcase for JDC1 Strobe Hybrid, GT-1 and Other Innovations

19/04/2017 - Event News

Germany – GLP’s faith in extending its floor space to record levels at this year’s Prolight + Sound Show in Frankfurt could not have been better rewarded.

Crowds roll up to J&C Joel’s circus tent stand at Prolight + Sound

19/04/2017 - Event News

Germany – J&C Joel demonstrated they were the ringleader of fabrics when they showcased their big top circus tent stand at Prolight + Sound Frankfurt.

Creative Technology’s Chris Burke Appointed Managing Director of Asia Pacific Business

19/04/2017 - People News

China – Creative Technology (CT) announces that with immediate effect Chris Burke will take on the role of managing director of Creative Technology in Shanghai. Chris will also continue as managing director of CT in Hong Kong and Singapore meaning this appointment now puts all of CT’s Asia Pacific business under his control.

Electro-Voice and Bosch provide “heard, but not seen” sound solution for Houston gallery

19/04/2017 - Project News

USA – For their Art of the World Gallery in Houston’s River Oaks area, co-owners Liliana Molina and Mauricio Vallejo wanted to augment their guests’ appreciation of the outstanding contemporary artists they display. Southwest Building Systems of nearby Silsbee was engaged to realise this vision, and an audio visual system was installed to support artist presentations and provide background music. There is also a sound system in the VIP room, where patrons can privately view art they are considering for purchase.

Spotlight on Milos LED Screen Support Structures – First video released

19/04/2017 - Business News

Milos has released a new video to go along with its three-month spotlight on Milos LED Screen Support Structures (1st April – 30th June). In this video, Area Four Industries R&D director Marc Hendriks provides guidance in the safe and effective use of LED screen support structures. He speaks about the two stages of use: in service situation and out of service situation, and focuses on wind forces, bracing and ballast.

Two New dLive C Class Systems in Austria

18/04/2017 - Project News

Austria – Allen & Heath’s new dLive C Class systems have been purchased in Austria by PA company, Event-Corp OG, and Christian movement, KISI.

Robe Helps Slovenia on its Way to Eurovision

18/04/2017 - Production News

Ukraine – It is Eurovision selection season, and one of the 43 hopefuls for this year’s event in Kiev in May is Slovenia’s Omar Naber whose song “On My Way” was chosen at a spectacular Eurovision Melody (EMA – Evrovizijska MelodijA) show staged in Hall A2 of the Gospodarsko Razstavisce exhibition centre in Ljubljana.

Hunter Hayes Hits the Road with Bandit Lites

18/04/2017 - Production News

USA – Five-time GRAMMY nominee and multi-instrumentalist Hunter Hayes is kicking off Spring 2017 by bringing his impeccable musicianship and hit sound to audiences across the nation with a lighting package provided by Bandit Lites. Hayes is best known for his three No. 1 hits, including the multi-Platinum single “Wanted,” double-Platinum “I Want Crazy” and “Somebody’s Heartbreak,” and recently release three new songs from his highly anticipated forthcoming studio album including “Amen,” “Young Blood” and “Yesterday’s Song,” which has already crossed more than ten million streams on Spotify.

Brandon Baruch Dramatizes Bataré Tour with Chauvet Professional

18/04/2017 - Production News

USA – When Brandon Baruch first heard from a friend about Nick Wylie’s plans to produce the Bataré tour, he realised pretty quickly that this innovative show was something he would like to light. “I tend to gravitate towards projects that require an unconventional design approach,” he said. “So when Nick told me the concept of the piece, I was immediately drawn in by the fusion of styles and genres. I was also intrigued to learn there was a narrative arc for the performers, because it speaks to my theatre background as well.”

Meyer Sound Appoints New Distributors for Russia and the Baltic States

18/04/2017 - Business News

Russia and the Baltic States In response to growing sales in Northern Europe, Meyer Sound has appointed two new distributors in the region. Moscow-based Major Sound is the new distributor for Russia, while Sonus Exsertus, based in Vilnius, Lithuania, will represent Meyer Sound in its home country as well as the other Baltic states of Latvia and Estonia.

Penn & Teller Theater Upgrades with Solaspot Pro 1500S

18/04/2017 - Production News

USA – Penn & Teller’s outrageous blend of magic and comedy has remained one of the hottest tickets in Las Vegas for over 20 years, and when the production team decided to upgrade the show’s set and scenery, it was also time to invest in new stage lighting technology. Lighting designer Jeff Croiter specified eight High End Systems SolaSpot Pro 1500s, purchased through 4Wall, for the Penn & Teller Theater in the Rio Hotel.

Avolites Rolls With The DICE Awards

18/04/2017 - Production News

USA – Avolites recently helped set and control the scene at the 20th Annual D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Awards ceremony held at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Presented by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, the event celebrated the best in interactive entertainment in the video gaming industry for 2016.

Bandit Brings Lights to Brian Wilson’s Tour

18/04/2017 - Production News

USA – With ardent fans still clamouring to see the living legend live, musical genius Brian Wilson extended his 50th anniversary tour of Pet Sounds, an album hailed as one of the world’s greatest musical endeavours. Bandit Lites provides the lighting package for the tour, which features Pet Sounds being performed in its entirety with band members Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin along with other hits from the Beach Boys and Wilson’s more recent albums.

Green Hippo Hippotizer Shines at Leading Norwegian Technology Show

18/04/2017 - Event News

Norway – Bary AS, the Norwegian-based Green Hippo distributor, demonstrates Hippotizer to the Norwegian market at LLB 2017. The annual show, which was held in Oslo’s Telenor Arena, is a key opportunity for the trade to showcase its technology to Norwegian users, including representatives from NRK (Norway’s licence fee-funded public broadcaster and ‘BBC equivalent’), commercial TV, local radio, concert halls, community centres, and schools.

Audiologic Appointed as QSC Pro Supplier

18/04/2017 - Business News

UK – Audiologic has announced that it has been appointed by AED Distribution as a QSC Pro Supplier for the UK. California-based QSC manufacture world-class professional tools, systems and solutions for live sound, including the exceptional K Series of loudspeakers, GXD processing amplifiers and TouchMix Pro professional digital mixers, all of which are certain to be popular with Audiologic's customers. QSC's recently launched TouchMix-30 Pro compact digital mixer has earned universally outstanding reviews, reflecting the esteem in which its excellent products are held. QSC Pro's presence in the Audiologic portfolio is a highly significant addition for both live and installed sound applications.

Green Hippo Grows International Team

18/04/2017 - People News

UK – Green Hippo has maked four additions to its UK-based team. Jacqueline Attard is the UK HQ’s new financial controller, while Phil Blue joins as sales manager, expanding the technical sales team. Rob Moss enlists as junior production engineer, and Anastasia Nikolaou is the latest member of the London-based marketing team, securing the role of PR and marketing executive.

Arena Group at Aintree’s £3million Randox Health Grand National meeting

18/04/2017 - Production News

UK – Arena Group was once again pivotal in supporting The Jockey Club’s transformation of Aintree Racecourse for the 2017 Randox Health Grand National with temporary event structures and seating.

Green Hippo announces trio of new international distributor partners

18/04/2017 - Business News

Green Hippo has announced three new international distributors. These new members of the Green Hippo family, respectively covering Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa, extend the influence of Green Hippo’s video playback technology, including its award-winning Hippotizer range of media servers.

DPA Microphones Appoints Evan MacKenzie

18/04/2017 - People News

USA – DPA Microphones, a leading manufacturer of high-quality miniature microphone solutions for professional audio applications, is pleased to announce that Evan MacKenzie has joined the team as the new marketing and communications manager for the United States.

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres Create New Lighting Options with Rogues

18/04/2017 - Project News

USA – The Chanhassen Dinner Theatres complex has been a beehive of activity since it opened in 1968. In a typical year, its kitchen will serve 14 tons of steaks, four tons of prime rib, 120,000 chicken breasts, 18 tons of fresh green beans and half a million dinner rolls. Things are equally busy on the theatrical side. Over ten million people have seen shows at the Chanhassen, which is the largest professional dinner theatre in the US. Most productions run eight shows a week for six months, separated by breaks of only a few days.

Coldplay and L-Acoustics headline at Global Citizen India

18/04/2017 - Production News

India – At the end of last year, over 80,000 people descended on the MMRDA Ground in Mumbai for the first ever Global Citizen Festival India. This was the biggest music festival ever produced in the country and required the biggest L-Acoustics systems ever seen or heard in India. In fact, its sheer scale dictated that India’s most prestigious rental companies join forces to supply the required 200-plus loudspeakers.

ETC’s ColorSource Linear 4 completes the family

18/04/2017 - Equipment News

ETC’s ColorSource Linear family is now complete with this week’s launch of the ColorSource Linear 4 fixture. This is the third and longest variation of the ColorSource Linear fixture and measures a full two-metres in length. Like the half-metre and one-metre fixtures, Linear 4 comes in both original and deep blue array options. Both offer a richness of colour, and quality of light output users have come to expect from ETC ColorSource fixtures.

Powersoft Finds OEM Upsurge at Prolight + Sound

18/04/2017 - Event News

Germany – Powersoft had many reasons to reflect on a comprehensively successful outing at this year’s Frankfurt Prolight+Sound earlier this month.

Philips Lighting rocked Frankfurt at Europe’s biggest entertainment technology expo

18/04/2017 - Event News

Germany – Philips Lighting has announced the company saw its most successful Prolight + Sound 2017 expo to date, where it launched new stage and studio lighting products as well as showcased recent releases.

Wireless Solution Sweden supports students from USW

18/04/2017 - Project News

UK – The Swedish manufacturer of W-DMX has recently supported the students of University of South Wales, completing BSc. degrees in Live Event and Lighting Design. Wireless Solution provided Wireless technology to the final year students that wanted to integrate W-DMX into their final-year projects.

Merging partners with RAVENNA to launch ANEMAN Audio Network manager

18/04/2017 - Equipment News

RAVENNA partnered with Merging Technologies to co-host an exclusive launch of the Merging/Digigram-developed Audio Network Manager software tool at the ultra-hip London premises of renowned audio & video solutions resellers, Jigsaw24.

Atlona Welcomes Scott Smith as Commercial Regional Sales Manager for South East US

13/04/2017 - People News

USA – Continuing to add proven talent to bolster its rapid growth, Atlona has hired Scott Smith as regional sales manager, commercial, for the south eastern United States. Based near Atlanta and bringing more than 20 years of experience in the audiovisual industry, Smith will work closely with Atlona’s direct dealers, distributors and representatives to support and expand the company’s commercial business in the territory.

AIDAprima: Best entertainment with Sennheiser MobileConnect and on-board WiFi network integration

13/04/2017 - Project News

Germany – On board the AIDA-fleet’s newest flagship, AIDAprima, sound solutions from Sennheiser prove their capabilities every single day, the audio specialist’s premium products help deliver high level entertainment on one of the world’s most modern cruise ships. Alongside Sennheiser’s reliable wireless technology, AIDAprima uses the innovative MobileConnect streaming solution, which has been recently updated to allow for seamless integration into existing networks. AIDAprima opens a new chapter for cruise history and Sennheiser’s vision to “Shape the Future of Audio” is a perfect match.

Flare Q+ Rayzr and Dynamic White – New Additions to the Flare Range of LED Fixtures

13/04/2017 - Equipment News

The Solaris Flare has become universally recognised by top designers and programmers worldwide for its unrivalled brightness, versatility, and reliability. Now, two new models, the Flare Q+ Rayzr and Flare Q+ Dynamic White, add exciting new dimensions to the product range.

ASTC USITT Venue Renovation Challenge 2017

13/04/2017 - Event News

USA – Entrants to the fifth annual ASTC USITT Renovation Challenge presented their projects on 10th March at the 57th USITT Conference in Saint Louis, Missouri. The challenge is designed to engage undergraduate and graduate students in real world theatre renovation problem solving. Students work under the guidance of a faculty advisor and a mentor from the American Society of Theater Consultants. Each team selected an existing venue, developed a scope of work for improvements and presented their ideas to a live audience and Jury of ASTC members at a USITT Conference Session.

Claypaky Scenius Spot is championed as a top workhorse fixture on Skunk Anansie’s European tour

13/04/2017 - Production News

Europe – The Claypaky Scenius Spot is being championed for its superior output, colour and optical quality by lighting designer Dan Williams who is using the award-winning fixture as the main lighting workhorse on British rockers Skunk Anansie’s current European tour ‘Anarchytecture’.

ChamSys MagicQ MQ500 Stadium Honored With PIPA Award at Prolight + Sound

13/04/2017 - Event News

Germany – The ChamSys MagicQ MQ500 Stadium received the Prolight + Sound International Press Award (PIPA) for “Best Product of the Year” in the lighting control category. Based on voting by over 100 journalists from specialised publications, the award was presented on 6th April at the Prolight + Sound show.

dbn Lighting and Audile become dbnAudile

13/04/2017 - Business News

UK – Manchester based lighting and rigging specialist dbn is joining forces with full service event technical company Audile, to create an exciting new venture: dbnAudile.

Sennheiser Introduces a New Era in Digital Wireless at 52nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards

13/04/2017 - Production News

USA – Top performers from the country music world and beyond gathered at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on 2nd April for the 52nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Marquee performances by the Backstreet Boys and Lady Antebellum were transmitted with the help of Sennheiser’s newest entry into the world of professional digital wireless: the Digital 6000 system. The EM 6000 receiver is Sennheiser’s first two-channel digital receiver, and worked seamlessly with Sennheiser 9000 series transmitters for a transparent sound that brought the energy of the evening live to a packed house at the arena and an audience of 10.9 million television viewers.

Engaging d&b audiotechnik technology delivers next level entertainment experience

13/04/2017 - Project News

The Netherlands – Home to AFC Ajax, Amsterdam ArenA is a world class stadium and the preferred venue for the Dutch national football team’s international fixtures. As part of its ongoing upgrade its recently installed a new audio solution based on the d&b Y-Series system.

USITT 2017 Brings Technical Theatre to St. Louis at America’s Center

13/04/2017 - Event News

USA – USITT’s Annual Conference & Stage Expo took St. Louis by storm over the span of 8th - 11th March bringing 5,500 attendees and 307 exhibitors to the city, making this our biggest yet.

Alcons Celebrates Its 15th Prolight+Sound In Global Style

13/04/2017 - Event News

Germany – In early April, Alcons Audio marked its 15th year of exhibiting at Prolight+Sound by showing new products, welcoming visitors from across the globe and hosting the traditional annual Alcons dinner.

New dot2 software release out now: Massive improvements

13/04/2017 - Equipment News

MA Lighting has announced the next level of intuitive lighting control software for the dot2 console series incorporating a host of new and exciting features. The dot2 software release allows users to work even faster and more intuitively than ever before.

Katie Skelton Joins VER

13/04/2017 - People News

UK – VER has announced the appointment of Katie Skelton to the position of commercial manager on its UK Broadcast Team.

New sales structure for J&C Joel

13/04/2017 - Business News

UK – Leading manufacturer of flame retardant fabrics, drapery and stage engineering solutions, J&C Joel, has announced a new sales structure. The changes come as the company looks to position itself for future growth and develop the sales team to ensure its customers are receiving class leading service.

PR Lighting’s Big Six Includes New Aqua Splashproof Series

13/04/2017 - Event News

PR Lighting enjoyed high visibility at this year’s Frankfurt Prolight+Sound Show, largely due to an inspired product showcase centred around its new AQUA waterproof moving heads. This was promoted heavily at the show via banners and large posters in heavily populated areas of the concourses and walkways.

dLlive Manages Town Hall Corporate Event

13/04/2017 - Production News

India – Allen & Heath’s dLive S Class digital mixing system was employed at the annual national town hall meeting for Deutsche Bank, held in Mumbai.

Hawthorn on Hand for ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ UK Tour

13/04/2017 - Production News

UK – Having taken London’s West End by storm, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is also currently touring the UK, with full technical service provider Hawthorn supplying lighting equipment for the award-winning production.

White Light Continues to Invest in GLP Products

12/04/2017 - Event News

UK – Since it was founded in 1971, White Light has established itself as a leading supplier of lighting equipment to the entertainment industry. Whether it’s theatre, broadcast, concert touring or installations, the company offers its services on a variety of projects, from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, to ITV Sport’s coverage of EURO 2016 to Jessie J’s UK tour. To ensure that each client receives the very latest equipment, the company constantly invests in revolutionary products from leading manufacturers; with one of these being GLP (German Lighting Products).

Prolight + Sound 2017 one to remember for Elation Professional

12/04/2017 - Event News

Germany – Trade show success can be measured any number of ways, but by any standard Prolight + Sound 2017 was historic for Elation Professional. Bolstered by a new distribution relationship in Germany with LMP Lichttechnik Vertriebs, as well as the announcement just prior to the show that over 800 Elation lighting fixtures will feature on the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, this year’s Prolight + Sound was truly one to remember for Elation.

Sporting Event Production ‘Run’ by Pearce Hire

12/04/2017 - Production News

UK – Pearce Hire has a well-known and unrivalled reputation as a technical production and power supplier for outdoor events and festivals on Greenfield sites, but they have an equally impressive record when it comes to providing technical and temporary power infrastructure for inner city sporting events.

Martin Audio Reaps Rich Dividends at Prolight+Sound

12/04/2017 - Event News

Germany – With ten new products, including line arrays, stage monitors and amplifiers, being showcased at Frankfurt Prolight+Sound for the first time, Martin Audio’s optimism was fully understandable.

Depeche – Britrow makes it feel right

12/04/2017 - Production News

UK – It may have been over 30 years since Depeche Mode last visited, but that lengthy absence has not diminished the enthusiasm of their Barrowlands audience. “It’s a classic gig,” said Antony King, the band’s front of house sound engineer. “Back in the day, if you were doing a tour of the UK, Glasgow Barrowlands was usually the best show of the tour.” King is not alone in that assessment. Many a sound engineer can confirm that Barrowlands is a cracker, one good reason why Depeche Mode was booked as the headline act for the BBC 6 Music festival the weekend of the 25th and 26th March 2017.

Small is beautiful: Alcons LR7 reinforces Theaterstübchen Kassel

12/04/2017 - Project News

Germany – In the more than ten years of its existence, the "Theaterstübchen Kassel" has developed into one of the country's finest addresses for jazz music. In order to successfully develop the purely privately run house, renovations took place from 2012 onwards, during which a new public address system was installed. Operator Markus Knierim trusted the clear recommendation of sound engineer Rolf Dressler and chose a pro-ribbon sound solution from Alcons Audio.

Matrix glows with new LED purchase

12/04/2017 - Production News

UK - Matrix has just purchased one of the most diverse, user-friendly LED products currently available to the live event sector. This 2.6mm pixel pitch LED can create an amazing high definition crystal clear image, absolutely ideal for exhibitions and conferences that need a truly superior display platform.

PRG Alliance Builds on Success at the Third Annual Summit at Prolight + Sound Frankfurt 2017

12/04/2017 - Event News

Germany Production Resource Group, L.L.C., (PRG) organised its annual summit for the members of its global partner network programme – PRG Alliance – during the Prolight + Sound 2017 trade fair at Messe Frankfurt.

Superhero Splitters from Artistic Licence

12/04/2017 - Equipment News

Artistic Licence has upgraded its premium DMX splitters to superhero status, by endowing them with special powers to withstand mains electrocution.

Yamaha CIS Brings Joy To Italian Nuovi Orizzonti Citadel

12/04/2017 - Project News

Italy – Nuovi Orizzonti (New Horizons) is a Christian, non-profit organisation which has ‘citadels’ in Italy, Brazil and Bosnia-Herzegovina where the socially disadvantaged and marginalised can receive support, care and training. The organisation’s newest facility is at Frosinone in Italy, where a Yamaha Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS) audio system is helping to bring people together.

Autosport 2017 Adrenaline Rush

11/04/2017 - Production News

UK – Petrolheads and adrenaline junkies were treated to a new look for the Live Action Arena at the 2017 Autosport show staged in Hall 5 of the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham.

Atlona Ships AT-HDR-M2C Audio Converter

11/04/2017 - Equipment News

USA – Atlona is now shipping its AT-HDR-M2C audio converter, providing a seamless way to extract, downmix, and convert multi-channel HDMI source audio to two-channel HDMI, TOSLINK, and analogue audio for displays, distributed audio systems, and whole-house audio systems.

Optoma unveils DARBEE version of its GT1080e gaming projector

11/04/2017 - Equipment News

Gamers can now experience extra levels of depth, clarity and realism with the new Optoma GT1080Darbee projector, just launched.

Software release 3.3 and 1.3 gained much attention: Prolight + Sound was a huge success for MA Lighting

11/04/2017 - Event News

Germany – MA’s latest software releases, grandMA2 3.3 and dot2 1.3 (both will be released to the public shortly after Prolight), received the most attention and praise at the recent Prolight + Sound exhibition in Frankfurt. It was the same for the MA Network Switch that was equally well received and highlighted the importance of network control.

Adlib Hits Another All Time Low Tour

11/04/2017 - Production News

Europe – Adlib supplied two Midas consoles for the latest UK and European tour by lively US punk-pop band All Time Low, continuing a long-standing working relationship with the band and their engineers Phil Gornell (pictured) at FoH and Ricky Fernandez on monitors.

Point Source Audio to Showcase Expanded Line of Patented Headsets at 2017 NAB Show

11/04/2017 - Event News

USA – Point Source Audio (PSA) has announced expansion of its line of patented in-ear headsets to include a new slimmer, lighter condenser microphone model that will be unveiled at the 2017 NAB Show (booth #C1110). Designed for clarity and all-day wearing comfort, the CM-i line is the world’s only series of modular in-ear headsets offering a revolutionary combination of in-ear performance, lightweight comfort and earphone modularity. The robust feature set makes these headsets ideal for broadcast teams from directors to camera operators who rely vitally on the ability to hear clearly and react quickly in order to capture live action shots.

Meyer Sound Founders Celebrate Dual Anniversaries at sound:check Xpo in Mexico City

11/04/2017 - Event News

Mexico – Meyer Sound co-founders John and Helen Meyer will celebrate two anniversaries: the 50th of their first meeting and the 20th of Meyer Sound Mexico, when they attend sound:check Xpo in Mexico City. In addition to the dual commemorations, Meyer Sound's presence at the show will include the Western Hemisphere introduction to the Lina™ very compact linear line array system as well as a keynote presentation by John Meyer at the co-located AES Mexico Annual Conference.

Bandit Lites and Gene Brian ‘Get the Band Back Together’

11/04/2017 - People News

USA – Gene Brian, a former long-time Bandit Lites team member, has returned to the family, as Bandit has announced his rehiring as production manager. Gene was a key member of the Bandit family in the 1990s and early 2000s when life took him to another city and away from Bandit. Although Gene was gone from Bandit, he was never forgotten, as most people at Bandit stayed in touch with Gene through the years as he was above all, a good friend.

Russell Howard breaks records at RAH with EM Acoustics and Delta Sound

11/04/2017 - Production News

UK – The critically acclaimed hyperactive British comedy superstar, Russell Howard, is clearly in record-breaking mode at the moment with his biggest global tour yet, “Round the World”. He recently completed a sold-out ten-day run at the Royal Albert Hall, smashing the record for consecutive performances at the venue previously jointly held by Frank Sinatra and Barry Manilow. The same show also took the record for the largest number of EM Acoustics HALO-C elements – 110 in total – for a single show. System design and equipment supply was courtesy of RAH veterans, Dave Shepherd (who acted as system technician) in conjunction with Delta Sound.

Stuart Fraser joins LTM to focus on the Entertainment industry with the launch of the new LP Hoist

11/04/2017 - People News

UK – LTM (Lift Turn Move Ltd) has announced a new structure for the entertainment side of the business, appointing Stuart Fraser as head of entertainment products. He took up his new position in March and has made a dramatic impact on the business.

Chauvet Professional Mavericks Add Punch to Fiestas de Palmares Stage

11/04/2017 - Production News

Costa Rica – There are many good reasons to visit Costa Rica, which is why close to two million tourists descent on the Central American country each year. Among the nation’s most popular attractions is the annual Fiestas de Palmares, which honours Saint Cristo of Esquipulas. Music and merriment fill the air at the small seaside town of Palmares during the ten-day festival, which features a bountiful array of food and beverages, a captivating lantern parade and a football tournament.

DPA Microphones Bring Clarity and Subtlety to the Cajón Drum

11/04/2017 - Production News

UK – The all-wooden box drum, or cajón may be the world’s most popular percussion instrument, yet it is also one of the hardest to amplify, because it produces sharp bursts of sound energy (transients) when played. Finding microphones that really capture the subtle “woodsy” tone and transient-rich sound of his cajón was proving something of a challenge for percussionist David Mortara, until he discovered the DPA d:dicate range.

VL4000 BeamWash at RML

11/04/2017 - Production News

UK - Richard Martin Lighting (RML) has announced the addition of the Philips Vari-Lite VL4000 BeamWash to its hire stock.

GLP GT-1 provides perfect light for ‘Our Song 2017’

11/04/2017 - Production News

Germany – On 9th February 2017 five candidates presented themselves before a specialist jury and a Europe-wide television audience, and fought for the right to represent Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kiev.

New Optocore SFX7 Network Interface Controller offers complete industry-wide network solution

11/04/2017 - Event News

Germany - Optocore has announced the release of a revolutionary, total network solution suitable for all manufacturers and professional integration clients.

Top Finnish Engineers Choose dLive

11/04/2017 - Production News

Finland – Finland’s top international sound engineers, Heikki Kervinen and Temi Kinnunen, have recently selected Allen & Heath’s dLive digital mixing system as their mixer of choice following their experiences of using the system over the touring season.

Large Elation refit at Fox Sports LA Studio includes ‘irreplaceable’ Fuze Wash Z120

10/04/2017 - Project News

USA - Fox Sports recently refitted Stage B at its Pico Studio in Los Angeles with nearly 100% Elation Professional products, an energy-efficient LED-based lighting system designed by award-winning Victor Fable with lighting supply by Kinetic Lighting. The new lighting system includes a host of Elation broadcast-optimised lights including one of Elation’s latest LED wash solutions, the Fuze Wash Z120, a PAR moving head with 120W RGBW COB LED engine.

Renkus-Heinz Appoints Joe Fustolo as Eastern Regional Sales Manager

10/04/2017 - People News

USA - Renkus-Heinz has announced the appointment of Joe Fustolo to the position of eastern regional sales manager.

HSL Rips it Up with Thunder

10/04/2017 - Production News

UK – Lighting designer Ian Bintliff returned to top UK lighting and visuals rental company HSL to source equipment for the most recent UK tour by bluesy rockers Thunder, promoting their new album ‘Rip It Up’ visiting a string of theatre and town hall venues.

Hitting a High at Prolight+Sound 2017

10/04/2017 - Event News

Germany – Czech lighting manufacturer Robe lighting s.r.o. enjoyed another incredible Prolight+Sound exhibition in Frankfurt, taking the opportunity to launch their new German subsidiary, Robe Deutschland GmbH, showcasing ten new inventive and interesting products and creating another great show space for visitors on Booth D80 in Hall 3 of the annual expo.

It’s All Danley (Even Amps) for Legendary Carver-Hawkeye Arena at the University of Iowa

10/04/2017 - Project News

USA – Constructed in 1983, the 15,400-seat Carver-Hawkeye Arena is home to the University of Iowa Hawkeye basketball, wrestling, gymnastics, and volleyball teams. It also hosts big-ticket concerts (Whitney Houston, Metallica, and Guns N’ Roses, to name a few), graduation ceremonies, and speeches (including Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Desmond Tutu, and Jane Goodall). Its unique architecture makes good use of the earth. Most of the seating is subgrade, which makes entering the arena a thrill in itself. And the arena pioneered the use of geothermal heating and cooling to keep fans comfortable. Recently, the Carver-Hawkeye Arena joined the University’s 70,000-seat Kinnick Stadium by deploying a full Danley Sound Labs sound reinforcement system with huge benefits to fidelity, coverage, and visceral impact.

Audinate Announces Dante in Broadcast Training Session at NAB

07/04/2017 - Event News

USA – Audinate, the creator of the industry-leading Dante audio-over-IP technology, has partnered with Clear-Com to offer a broadcast focused version of its popular Dante Certification Programme at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas, NV on Wednesday, 26th April.

Flare Q+ Rayzr and Dynamic White LED Fixtures Debut at Prolight+Sound

07/04/2017 - Event News

Germany – Making their first appearance at Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt this week, the Flare Q+ Rayzr and Flare Q+ Dynamic White are the latest innovations in the Solaris Flare range of LED fixtures. The Solaris Flare is now universally recognised by top designers and programmers worldwide for its unrivaled brightness, versatility, and reliability, and now these two new models add exciting new dimensions to the product range.

dLive Installed In Norway’s Nidaros Cathedral

07/04/2017 - Project News

Norway – Norway’s renowned Nidaros Cathedral recently underwent a major upgrade to its audio system, based around a Dante-enabled dLive digital mixing system, with an IP6 for daily remote control, and a DX32 expander rack to provide additional inputs for live performances.

Christ Community Church Theater Gets Versatile with Chauvet Professional

07/04/2017 - Project News

USA – Theatres of one kind or another have long played a role in the growth of Christ Community Church. Just before Christmas 1984, the suburban Chicago church, which was founded by four couples, held its first service in a rented movie theatre. Christ Community has since grown into a thriving four-campus house of worship that draws 5,000 people to its weekend services.

White Light Supports Stonewall Equality Dinner

07/04/2017 - Production News

UK – Every year, the Stonewall Equality Dinner raises money that contributes towards supporting the charity’s vital work in improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in Britain and abroad. This year’s Dinner, supported by Aviva, was held at London Hilton on Park Lane. It was produced by events company Creventive who approached White Light to provide the complete technical solutions.

Venuetech and SGM re-establish old ties

07/04/2017 - Business News

SGM has announced the appointment of Venuetech LLC as the sole distributor for the Middle East. Relations go back to 1992, where dynamic lighting made its entrance to the global market. Venuetech is renowned for illuminating a long list of landmark buildings and entertainment projects in the region. With their strong presence and SGM as key player in the global market for dynamic lighting products, together they form a strong alliance.

Simon Tibble, Managing Director of Creative Technology in Shanghai Passes Away

07/04/2017 - People News

Creative Technology is are shocked and saddened to announce that Simon Tibble, managing director of CT in Shanghai passed away suddenly on 6th April 2017.

Version 2 Lighting and LED specialists LED Creative supported Red Nose day 2017

07/04/2017 - Production News

UK – This year’s star-studded fund raiser was broadcast live from Building Six at The O2, London where a stellar celebrity line up gave their time to help raise over £70 million, money that will be put to work transforming lives across the UK and in some of the world’s poorest communities.

Atlona Launches New Programme for Education Market

07/04/2017 - Standards News

USA – Atlona is strengthening its support and partnership initiatives in the education market through its new Atlona Education Programme (AEP), which will simplify how K-12 and higher education institutions acquire, implement, manage and maintain AV technology solutions on campus.

Arena Group Acquires Wernick Seating Division

07/04/2017 - Business News

UK – Arena Group has acquired the seating and mass participation divisions of Wernick Events, with effect from Monday 3rd April, rebranding the business to operate as Arena Seating from its existing Coventry facility, as part of Arena UK and Europe.

Lukas Graham Excites Europe with Meyer Sound Leo Family Support

06/04/2017 - Production News

Europe – Led by engaging frontman Lukas Forchammer, the Danish pop/soul group Lukas Graham has vaulted from small club gigs to arena touring in less than two years, along the way garnering three Grammy nominations for their global hit, "7 Years." On their current European tour, the band is packing large halls and small to mid-sized arenas while thrilling fans with funky danceable tunes – usually abetted by a brass section – and the emotional urgency of Forchammer's introspective songwriting.

Bandit Lites Sponsors RelayLIVE Fundraiser

06/04/2017 - Production News

USA – The American Cancer Society recently wrapped its second annual RelayLIVE event on 1st April, a music festival which advocates “fighting cancer at every stage.” Bandit Lites donated the lighting package at no cost for the outdoor fundraiser, which featured a performances by Arts Fishing Club, Mandy McMillan, Zack Dyer, Tony Winkler, Melissa Mickelson, Ali Morgan, Tyler Jordan and David Adam Byrnes.

Packed For “Pippin”: Ovation E-260WW Tours with Show

06/04/2017 - Production News

USA – The high flying 2013 Tony Award-winning coming-of-age musical “Pippin” revels in the thrill of a touring troupe’s adventures. Still, as the play’s lead character discovers, life on the road is not without its trials and tribulations. In a classic case of life imitating art, Prather Touring is currently in the midst of a six-month 73-city cross-country US tour that has it performing “Pippin” in Spokane, WA, one week, Springfield, IL, the next, and Shreveport, LA, the week after that.

SSL Delivers Powerful Station Automated Audio Production

06/04/2017 - Event News

USA – Solid State Logic has announced the release of new product additions to System T at NAB 2017 (Booth: Central Hall C2627).

Leading wireless DMX and RDM products UL listed

06/04/2017 - Business News

LumenRadio has announced that its products have been approved by UL.

Wagner Noël PAC Makes a Joyful Sound with L-Acoustics

05/04/2017 - Project News

USA – First opening its doors in November of 2011 with a gala concert featuring Rod Stewart, Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center (WNPAC) is an $81-million, state-of-the-art music and theatre complex at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Home to a 1,800-seat performance hall, intimate 200-seat recital hall and the University’s music department, the facility is a visually striking beacon for the arts for the communities of Midland, Odessa and beyond.

Platinum FLX, Proteus continue Platinum lamp success for Elation

05/04/2017 - Event News

Germany - Since first partnering with Philips on their Platinum lamp technology in 2009, Elation Professional has experienced a great deal of success in putting Philips Platinum lamps into moving head lighting fixtures. The latest examples are Elation’s hybrid Platinum FLX and IP65-rated Proteus series luminaires, award-winning, best-in-class fixtures embraced by the lighting industry for their innovation, brightness, efficiency and reliability, all in a compact package.

UKEF and White Light: supporting services sector exports

05/04/2017 - Business News

UK – White Light is a leading production services specialist operating in a range of entertainment fields such as theatre, concert touring, corporate events, broadcast, themed attractions, education and trade. Established in 1971 by a former member of the Rocky Horror Picture Show production crew, it began its business in the theatre industry in London’s West End and over the course of the last half century has diversified into exhibitions, sporting events and broadcast.

Jamie Lee Thurston Goes Rogue

05/04/2017 - Production News

USA – Country singer/songwriter Jamie Lee Thurston has travelled a long and winding road since his first performance at age three in the Green Hill Mountains, sitting on the lap of his father, the legendary local band leader Jimmy T. Thurston. After a brief stint playing guitar for the family band, the gravelly voiced singer struck out on his own, first to LA and then Nashville. A couple of hits came next, followed by success as a songwriter, penning tunes like Rodney Atkins' Top 20 single "15 Minutes". Then there was a Warner Bros. contract and endless road tours.

Martin Audio Announces Bold New Product Line-Up

05/04/2017 - Event News

Germany – At this year’s Prolight + Sound Show in Frankfurt, Martin Audio unveiled an ambitious line up of ten new products across multiple categories including line arrays, stage monitors and amplifiers.

New Axiom Sales Manager for UK Market

05/04/2017 - People News

UK – Proel UK has announced the appointment of Richard Powell to the position of sales manager, taking over sales responsibility for its AXIOM professional audio division. Richard has 20 years’ experience in sales management up to director level across international, commercial and retail markets.

Extreme Rigging Ltd. Invests in CM Lodestar Hoists Supplied by AC-ET

05/04/2017 - Production News

UK – New in stock and available for immediate hire, Extreme Rigging has announced the purchase from A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd., of a number of new line 0.5-ton CM Lodestar D8 hoists with 21m height of lift.

Christie Sponsors Sandy Mitchell, Youngest Ever UK GT Winner

05/04/2017 - Business News

UK Christie is sponsoring Sandy Mitchell, the youngest-ever race winner in the British GT Championship, who has just been confirmed as a driver in the Black Bull Garage 59 team for 2017 with McLaren GT. Starting the 2016 season at just 15 years old, Sandy was the youngest driver ever to compete in British GT and, within the season, went on to become the championship’s youngest race winner. Now 17, Sandy notched up a series of impressive firsts last season, being named British GT Rookie of the Year, plus winning the Sunoco Fastest GT4 Driver of the Year Award and British GT4 Fastest Lap Award at Donington. He also received the Ecurie Ecosse Le Mans Hub Cap, awarded by the Scottish Motor Racing Club (SMRC) to the most promising young driver of the year.

DiGiCo and the ultimate 'Stadius' Mic Pre-Amp

05/04/2017 - Event News

Germany - Twenty years ago, converters changed from 16 or 18-bit to a new, improved resolution of 24-bit. This additional 8 bits of converter resolution was instantly audible and created a demand for 24-bit quality.

DiGiCo and Waves announce new integration

05/04/2017 - Equipment News

DiGiCo and Waves have announce a new method of integration that will allow users to maximise the potential for additional new features on both the Waves and SD platforms.

Set yourself free with the DiGiCo S-Series App

05/04/2017 - Equipment News

The new DiGiCo S App is the perfect way to control DiGiCo S-Series consoles straight from an Apple iPad. Designed to be compatible with DiGiCo's S21 and S31, it allows remote, wireless control of any DiGiCo S-Series mixing console wherever the user is.

DiGiCo appoints General Manager

05/04/2017 - People News

UK – Digital audio solutions company, DiGiCo, has announced the appointment of Austin Freshwater as its general manager.

White Light Reaches Echo’s End at Salisbury Playhouse

05/04/2017 - Production News

UK – Currently playing at the Salisbury Playhouse, Echo’s End tells the story of a young couple in 1915 Wiltshire who find themselves caught up in the turmoil of troubled times. It is written by award-winning playwright and novelist Barney Norris, directed by Alice Hamilton and features a lighting design by Howard Hudson. As one of the leading lighting suppliers to UK regional theatre, White Light was called upon to provide the equipment.

Canal+ Adds System T to its IP Mix

05/04/2017 - Project News

France – Canal Factory, a recently developed production facility for French premium subscription channel Canal+, and the free to air channel C8, has undergone a major upgrade to its technical infrastructure. The studio has moved its audio and video workflow to a facility-wide network, which includes the installation of four large-scale SSL System T broadcast audio production systems, an SSL L500 Live console, and SSL Network I/O interfaces. All of these are connected via a high-capacity (120+ devices, 6000 x 6000 audio channels), fully redundant Dante AoIP network that shares the core Canal Factory IP infrastructure.

Allen & Heath Broadens Interface Options for dLive

05/04/2017 - Equipment News

Allen & Heath has expanded the digital interface options for its dLive mixing system with the introduction of superMADI and a range of AES3 I/O cards.

Harman Professional Solutions introduces the Soundcraft Mini Stagebox 32i and Mini Stagebox 16i

05/04/2017 - Equipment News

Harman Professional Solutions has announced the new Soundcraft Mini Stagebox 32i and Mini Stagebox 16i, offering customers multiple channels of remote controlled I/O for Soundcraft Si series products, including the Si Impact mixing console. The new rack-mount stageboxes are equipped with high-quality components, including Studer-designed preamps, to deliver exceptional sound quality, convenience and robust ease-of-use.

Atlona Now Shipping OmniStream Family of AV over IP Products

05/04/2017 - Equipment News

Representing a leap forward in AV and IT convergence, Atlona announces that OmniStream, its first line of AV over IP products, is now shipping and available for orders through authorized OmniStream partners.

CRMX Nova USB TX is making Hollywood truly wireless

04/04/2017 - Event News

Germany – LumenRadio’s technology enables complete wirelessness in the film and broadcasting industry – unparalleled flexibility, combined with uncompromised reliability, is the new normal.

Infinity Chimp 300 Lighting Controller powered by W-DMX

04/04/2017 - Event News

Germany – Highlite’s Infinity Chimp 300 desk is being showcased at Prolight + Sound 2017 – it includes an output capable of transmitting DMX wirelessly with W-DMX. This is the world first professional console with built-in wireless transmitter from W-DMX.

Colour Sound New Stage Ready for 2017 Festival Season

04/04/2017 - Production News

Germany – Colour Sound Experiment prepares for the 2017 summer festival season with its brand new custom-designed stage system with high weight-load capacities which has been manufactured by Litec to the London based rental company’s specifications.

Lee Baldock leaves the Fourth Estate to join The Fifth Estate

04/04/2017 - People News

UK The Fifth Estate Ltd has announced the growth of the company, with the arrival of well-known entertainment technology editor and journalist, Lee Baldock, who joins the group of experienced marketing content producers and strategists. Baldock, who left Lighting + Sound International (LSi) magazine this spring, joins The Fifth Estate as senior account director.

Robe Deutschland is Launched

04/04/2017 - Business News

Germany – Robe lighting announces a new wholly-owned subsidiary, Robe Deutschland GmbH, which will be based in Munich and have a regional sales force covering the entire country.

Ayrton Celebrates 15th Anniversary with new products at Prolight+Sound, Frankfurt 2017

04/04/2017 - Event News

Germany – Ayrton celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2017 and will mark the occasion with the addition of new members to the Ayrton team. To complement the excellent team led by founder and CTO Yvan Peard, Christopher Agius Ferrante has taken on the role of CEO, Michael Althaus is the new global sales director, Simon Gasch joins Ayrton as a regional sales manager and Chunyan Hou is the new legal and administration manager.

Kansas Anniversary Tour Carries on into 2017 with Bandit Lites

04/04/2017 - Production News

USA – When American rock band Kansas originally announced plans for a 40th anniversary tour of their five times platinum album Leftoverture, the band initially thought it would be a brief ten or 12 show run. One year later, the legendary rock group has had to add another leg to the tour to meet fans’ demands, with dates now stretching into winter of 2017 and featuring a lighting package from Bandit Lites.

PRG XL Video Supply Lighting and Video for The Cure World Tour

04/04/2017 - Production News

Worldwide – Iconic rock band The Cure recently completed a 76 date world tour with lighting, video and rigging supplied by PRG XL Video. The lighting and video design was by Angus 'Mac' MacPhail, with creative input from lead singer and founding member of The Cure, Robert Smith.

APG to Unveil Full Range of Subwoofers at Prolight + Sound 2017

04/04/2017 - Event News

Germany – APG, the French manufacturer or high end professional loudspeakers and inventor of the modular line array, will unveil its full range of subwoofers from the SB Series at Prolight + Sound 2017 (4-7 April, Frankfurt Messe) on a dedicated stand (Hall 3.1, stand F32).

Robe Acquires RoboSpot Rights and IP

04/04/2017 - Equipment News

Czech lighting manufacturer Robe has acquired the rights and IP (intellectual property) from well-known US lighting designer and programmer Seth Robinson of Sightline Design Group for RoboSpot, a remote controlled followspot system.

A.C. Entertainment Technologies to Host Introduction to Allen & Heath dLive Console Events in April

04/04/2017 - Event News

UK – The Audio sales division of A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) is hosting showcase events in April for the Allen & Heath dLive digital mixing consoles range.

Hawthorn Helps M&IT Awards Celebrate its Big 3-0

04/04/2017 - Production News

UK - The UK event industry’s biggest recognition ceremony, The M&IT Awards, returned to Battersea Evolution on 3rd March 2017, celebrating 30 years of conference and travel publications. For the fifth year running, Hawthorn designed and delivered full technical production for the largest networking event in the event industry’s calendar.

Paragon 360 Colourises Seminole Baptist Sanctuary with Chauvet Professional

04/04/2017 - Project News

USA – In 1993 Seminole Baptist Temple began holding services in an impressive brick building at the corner of East Republic Road and National Avenue in Missouri’s third largest city. Photographs of the church on that day reveal a building that looks pretty much the same as it does today. Inside, however, the church’s current sanctuary would scarcely be recognisable to a visitor from 24 years ago, except for the three prominent stained glass windows that tower over its worship stage.

RDMchip from LumenRadio – TiMo’s baby brother

04/04/2017 - Equipment News

LumenRadio has announces the availability of the RDMchip – the world’s smallest wireless RDM receiver.

Meyer Sound's LEO Family Grows with LINA and 750-LFC

04/04/2017 - Equipment News

Meyer Sound's Leo Family of linear sound reinforcement systems has been expanded with the addition of the diminutive new Lina very compact linear line array loudspeaker and companion 750-LFC very compact low frequency control element. Easily the smallest and lightest in the series, Lina and 750-LFC bring the inherent linearity, low distortion and exceptional power-to-size ratio of Leo Family technology to a wider range of applications and venues.

Solid State Logic Announce New Dante Stagebox and High Capacity Dante Networking for SSL Live Consoles

04/04/2017 - Event News

Germany – At ProLight+Sound 2017 (Hall 3.1 Stand F11) Solid State Logic is extremely proud to announce new products and developments that clearly demonstrate a market leading fully networked console strategy for live and broadcast applications.

Solid State Logic Launches New L200 Live Console

04/04/2017 - Event News

Germany – Solid State Logic has to announced another major expansion to its Live console range with the release of the SSL Live L200. In a few short years SSL Live consoles have met widespread praise from many of the world’s leading live engineers and earned their place on arena tours, at festivals, and in prestigious installations and houses of worship around the world. At ProLight+Sound 2017 (Hall 3.1 Stand F11) SSL will present the L200, a new mid-scale console that makes the outstanding sonic performance, accelerated workflow and advanced feature set of SSL Live available to a much wider audience.

Tourflex Cabling Showcased at Prolight + Sound 2017

04/04/2017 - Event News

Germany – The Tourflex Cabling brand will be showcasing its bespoke cable assembly service for the international entertainment and broadcast industries at Prolight + Sound 2017, Frankfurt, Germany, stand B25, Hall 5.0, 4th - 7th April 2017.

Delta AV Solutions Take On Martin Audio in Middle East

04/04/2017 - Business News

UAE – Martin Audio has appointed Dubai-based audio-visual integration company, Delta AV Solutions, as its new distributor for the GCC countries. The new arrangement comes into effect from 1st April.

Elation Lighting Fixtures to Feature on 2017 Eurovision Song Contest

03/04/2017 - Production News

Ukraine – Elation Professional has announced that over 800 of the company’s lighting products will feature in the lighting rig at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest to take place in Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine 9th - 13th. As an official technical event supplier to the 2017 show, Elation lighting will be utilised by lighting designer Jerry Appelt and Eurovision Song Contest head of production Ola Melzig in what is certain to be a spectacular lighting design.

Entec Welcomes Jo Beirne and Lee Stennett to its Team

03/04/2017 - People News

UK – Entec Sound & Light has announced that over the last month, Jo Beirne and Lee Stennett have joined the company in full-time positions at its Northolt, west London premises. Reporting directly to MD Noreen O’Riordan, Jo takes on the newly created role of business development co-ordinator while Lee comes on board as senior lighting technician.

Prolyte Group expands distribution in Belgium and the Netherlands

03/04/2017 - Business News

Benelux – Following the recent expansion, Prolyte can now welcome AED Nederland as Prolyte distributor in the Netherlands, AED Distribution as ProLyft Service Point in Belgium and Controllux BE as both Prolyte distributor and ProLyft service point in Belgium.

Lawo at NAB Show 2017 with Launch of new Console

03/04/2017 - Event News

USA – NAB 2017 will see Lawo (booth N1424) launching a new flagship audio production console that is fully IP-based and specifically designed to provide optimised performance within video production environments. Addressing applications requiring very large format mixing and routing functionality, the desk offers a number of innovative mix-assist systems that enable engineers to focus on creating sophisticated, high-impact audio presentations for viewers.

Heritage Installed in Major Studio Complex in Shanghai

03/04/2017 - Project News

China – Audient has announced that the first ASP8024 Heritage Edition console to arrive in China has been installed at Shanghai’s Music King Studio. Sitting at the heart of the upgraded studio complex, the 24-channel British analogue console completes the studio’s upgrade, which has seen a number of prestigious clients pass through its doors.

NEXT-proaudio presents Dbox – Dante to analogue audio converter

03/04/2017 - Equipment News

This small module (128x80x39mm) supports one RJ45 Dante input, and two balanced XLR analogue outputs.

Showlight 2017 – Full Speaker and Visits Programmes Confirmed

03/04/2017 - Event News

Italy – The mainstay of the Showlight quadrennial is, of course, its Speaker Programme where illustrious professionals are gleaned from lighting disciplines across the world to educate and entertain, and generally have a very good time networking with other lighting enthusiasts from across the industry. Showlight announces that the Speaker Programme has now been finalised and a full list of speakers can be viewed on line at This will also be useful to those delegates/day ticket holders who can only spare a day or two when choosing which days to attend.

Supernova 4 – The market leading RDM management tool has got even better

03/04/2017 - Equipment News

LumenRadio a leader in wireless DMX, releases a new version of SuperNova – Supernova 4. SuperNova is a complete system management tool for monitoring and configuring lighting networks and with the new features and improved UI this market leading RDM management tool has got even better.

It’s a Party! Grand Opening of ADJ Group Facility in Mexico

03/04/2017 - Production News

Mexico – On 15th March, the ADJ Group celebrated the grand opening of its new distribution centre facility in Mexico with a party that included inspiring light shows, great food, even better company and a 12-piece Mariachi band! The new facility, which serves all ADJ Group brands (ADJ, Elation Professional, Acclaim Lighting, Global Truss America/Duratruss and American Audio), opened late last year in response to a high demand for ADJ brands in Mexico.

ETC acquires High End Systems

03/04/2017 - Business News

USA – ETC and High End Systems have announced that they are joining forces as ETC completes the acquisition of the Austin, TX based company from Barco Inc.

Matt Flavell joins JHS Pro-Audio sales team

03/04/2017 - People News

UK – JHS has appointed Matt Flavell as its new pro-audio area sales manager for southern UK and Ireland.