News Archive for July 2017

Elation Proteus Hybrid IP65 Moving Head Now Available

31/07/2017 - Equipment News

Elation Professional offers the second luminaire in the Proteus series of IP-rated, discharge lamp moving head lights, Proteus Hybrid. Now available to the market, the three-in-one hybrid moving head is an LDI Best Debuting Product Award winner along with the recently released Proteus Beam.

Robe for WinDays 17 Conference

31/07/2017 - Production News

Istria – Lighting designer Miro Hrg from top Croatian rental company Promo Logistika chose Robe BMFL Spots, CycFX8s, LEDWash 600s and MMX WashBeams to light the main conference plenary session for the Microsoft WinDays 2017 conference, staged at the Valamar Rubin Hotel in the beautiful historical city of Poreč in Istria.

Divadlo Mir Theatre Receives Chauvet Professional Ovation Overhaul

31/07/2017 - Project News

Czech Republic – Once the steel and coal powerhouse of Czechoslovakia, the city of Ostrava in the East of the Czech Republic has transformed itself since the fall of communism in 1989 into one of central Europe’s most vibrant cultural centres. In addition to hosting one of the most famous music festivals in Europe in a disused mining complex turned UNESCO World Heritage site (Colours of Ostrava), Ostrava is home to one of the most progressive theatres in the country, Divadlo Mir.

DiGiCo Trio for Hire at DCR Nashville

31/07/2017 - Production News

USA – DCR Nashville has announced that it has now expanded its inventory with the recent addition of three DiGiCo mixing consoles: two SD10 desks and a new SD12. Inclusive with that purchase are three SD-Racks, each fully loaded with 56 channels of DiGiCo’s brand new 32-bit “John Stadius” mic preamp modules, three DiGiGrid MGB interfaces and three Waves SoundGrid Extreme servers.

L-Acoustics Raises its Voice at Indianapolis Public Library

31/07/2017 - Project News

USA – Originally completed in October of 1917 at a cost of more than half a million dollars, the impressive Greek Doric-style Central Branch of the Indianapolis Public Library, naturally clad in Indiana limestone, officially celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. A big part of the institution’s more recent history is Clowes Auditorium, an intimate 300-seat, 2,800-square-foot venue that was added during the Central Library’s extensive expansion in 2008. Hosting everything from classical chamber performances and Latin jazz bands to children’s theatre and corporate presentations, Clowes (pronounced “Clew-ess”) Auditorium is now truly ready for the future, thanks to a new L-Acoustics Kiva II sound system installed in May by integrator Mid-America Sound.

Jeffrey the ROB-E Robot Takes Mediatech by Storm

28/07/2017 - Production News

South Africa – The amazing team from Robe’s South African distributor DWR Distribution totally excelled themselves at the 2017 Mediatech Africa exhibition last week, taking visitors on a show-stopping experience, culminating in a fully choreographed show staged at its new showroom facility in Randburg, Johannesburg.

ProPlex at Galway International Arts Festival

28/07/2017 - Production News

Ireland – The annual Galway International Arts Festival is Ireland’s largest cultural event. This year’s line-up features musical performances by Dublin’s own Gavin James, England’s Passenger, original Beach Boy Brian Wilson, and many others. Lighting for the eclectic series of nightly concerts in the festival Big Top is provided by Light Source, with data networking by ProPlex.

From Stadiums to Smaller Venues Danley Delivers Incredible Fidelity and Pattern Control

28/07/2017 - Project News

USA – Founded in 2005, Danley Sound Labs immediately started improving sound reinforcement for houses of worship with patented Synergy Horn loudspeaker technology and patented Tapped Horn subwoofer technology. Danley systems are widely known to have exemplary pattern control, flat coverage within the beam width, crystalline fidelity, and honest, musical low end. Tom Danley and his team of engineers then leveraged those technologies to create massive loudspeakers and subwoofers, like the Jericho Horn and the TH-812 “Rock Monster,” that are writing a new chapter in the history of stadium sound reinforcement. However, it’s worth remembering that the same acoustical principles that spurred the house of worship and stadium revolutions (and that are currently revolutionising the club scene with Danley’s offshoot, Pure Groove) offer tremendous benefits in smaller acoustical spaces as well, such as those at Hanscom Middle School (Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts) and Eastham Public Library (Cape Cod, Massachusetts).

Avolites Takes All Time Low to a Higher Performance Level

28/07/2017 - Production News

USA – Baltimore-based rock band All Time Low is currently out on a US tour in support of it newest album, Last Young Renegade, which just dropped on 2nd June. For lighting control on the road, LD Jeff Maker is running his design on a pair of Avolites Sapphire Touch consoles supplied by JR Lighting Design of Tinley Park, IL, which also furnished the tour’s lighting fixtures, video package and rigging.

Keeping Quietly Cool

28/07/2017 - Equipment News

Multi-national loudspeaker component, flightcase hardware and premium 19 inch racking manufacturer Penn Elcom continues to innovate with the launch of the new CoolRac FT-80-Q-FC, a near-silent exhaust fan, specially designed for flight casing that requires efficient and quiet heat management.

Luke Stevenson Joins PRG XL Video Corporate Team to Strengthen 360˚ Event Delivery

28/07/2017 - People News

UK – PRG XL Video, the UK operation of Production Resource Group LLC (PRG), has announced the addition of Luke Stevenson to its corporate and events team.

AC-ET Supplies Award-Winning Opera North with Complete Video System

28/07/2017 - Project News

UK – The award-winning Opera North has called on the video division of A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) to complete phase two of their upgrade, by supplying control and transmission equipment to work alongside the existing front end display system in the Howard Assembly Room, Leeds.

ISCE gains ECS (Electrotechnical Certification Scheme) Accreditation Status for Sound Engineers

28/07/2017 - Standards News

UK – The Institute of Sound & Communications Engineers (ISCE) has been approved by the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) to assess and issue ECS approval for Sound Engineers and has also been accredited as an ECS health and safety assessment centre. This new agreement allows ISCE to issue and renew ISCE Sound Engineer ECS cards to existing and newly accredited personnel.

Grooving In The Grove – Yamaha Improves Neighbourhood Relations

28/07/2017 - Project News

Italy – What could be better on a summer evening than dining and dancing outdoors in the beautiful countryside of central Italy? Ristorante Al Boschetto, on the fringes of the town of Fondi, understands this. However, it also has close neighbours, making environmental noise protection just as important. After many problems with other systems, Yamaha provided the answer.

Italian Pop Legends Select Allen & Heath’s GLD for Summer Tour

28/07/2017 - Production News

Italy – Renowned retro Italian pop band, Collage, is currently on tour with two GLD digital mixing systems from Allen & Heath.

Adamson S-Series Offers Significant Flexibility for Forge Audio in New Zealand

27/07/2017 - Production News

New Zealand – As one of New Zealand’s top providers of full, turnkey production solutions for all types of events, Forge Audio has taken total advantage of the flexibility offered by Adamson Systems Engineering’s compact S-Series loudspeakers.

New MLA Floating Design a Big Success at Henley Festival

27/07/2017 - Production News

UK – The five-day Henley Festival, featuring a celebration of UK and international music, comedy and the arts, continued it ascendancy by pulling in over 25,000 people this year.

St David’s Hall Gets More FLX-able Lighting Control Solution

27/07/2017 - Project News

UK – A Zero 88 FLX lighting console has been chosen by Cardiff’s popular St David’s Hall venue, primarily to control lighting for their Foyer Stage (also known as the L3 Lounge).

Bandit Lites Brings the Light to Halestorm

27/07/2017 - Production News

USA – Halestorm has been a stalwart of the rock touring scene since their self-titled debut album rocketed up the charts in 2009. The Grammy-Award winning band, featuring the striking vocals of Lzzy Hale, with three studio albums and multiple EPs (including a recent release of cover songs) has built up a loyal fan base who knows that the band’s live performances are not to be missed. As to be expected, their current tour, featuring a lighting package from Bandit Lites, is no different.

Claypaky Mythos2 gives ‘stunning’ performance on alt-J arena show

27/07/2017 - Production News

UK – Jeremy Lechterman and Jackson Gallagher of production design and creative direction partnership FragmentNine selected the dense light beams of the Claypaky Mythos2 to add texture to their lighting design for Mercury Prize-winning indie rock band alt-J in their first arena show of 2017, held at The O2 Arena in London.

Mavericks In Step with Derek and Julianne Hough on Move Beyond Tour

27/07/2017 - Production News

USA – In a newspaper interview, Derek Hough described the recently concluded “Move Beyond – Live On Tour” as a “rock concert for dance.” Hough, who with sister Julianne, danced their way into the hearts of Americans on the mega TV hit Dancing With The Stars, was as spot on with that description as he’s been with his tango sidesteps. The dancing siblings coast-to-coast tour featured all of the fast paced intensity of a rock concert, including flashy costume changes, stunning scenic elements, non-stop energy and an immersive, colourful light show that utilized a collection of Chauvet Professional Maverick MK2 Washes supplied by RKDE Lighting.

L-Acoustics measures up to Milad Hall’s challenging geometry

27/07/2017 - Project News

Iran – Milad Hall is the Iranian capital of Tehran’s premier concert venue and has the distinction of being the only site in the city that is permitted to hold pop concerts. With demands on the venue to update its outdated sound system and a challenging room shape making it hard to cover the audience evenly, Milad Hall chose an L-Acoustics Kara and Arcs WiFo system for even coverage from front to back.

Robert Juliat’s Dalis is a perfect fit for White Light

27/07/2017 - Production News

UK - The award winning Robert Juliat DALIS 860 LED cyclorama batten fixture has been added to the extensive lighting inventory at White Light as technical director Dave Isherwood explains: “The decision to invest in the Robert Juliat DALIS batten lights was part of our strategy of continually updating and renewing the WL catalogue. The product is a natural progression of what has come before and, as a result, there is a vast improvement in technology. After seeing the capabilities of the DALIS I had no hesitation in placing an order through Ambersphere Solutions.”

Ian Laughton takes an easier route to festivals

27/07/2017 - Production News

Worldwide – Two Door Cinema Club is currently embarked on one of those arduous festival circuits that sees them perform on three continents in as many weeks. As the band’s sound engineer for several years, Ian Laughton is not just adding to his air miles tally: he’s actually found a better way to tour.

Extreme DiGiCo: SD11 Handles Sound for ESPN’s First-ever VR Live Stream of X Games

27/07/2017 - Production News

USA – X Games Minneapolis 2017, held over four days in mid-July, brought a few firsts for ESPN’s extreme-sports flagship event, including the first X Games held in the Midwest as well as the first to offer live streaming of a virtual-reality component. Capturing a 360-degree view of flying skateboards and BMX bikes is no easy task, and keeping the audio on top of them is even more of a challenge – unless, like VR producers Digital Domain and Samsung, you’ve got the DiGiCo SD11 console in your corner.

Theatres Trust in partnership with the Wolfson Foundation announces Urgent Repairs recipients

26/07/2017 - Project News

UK – Theatres Trust, the national advisory public body for theatres, will be awarding a selection of theatres a total of £44,313 in its first funding round as part of the Urgent Repairs Scheme. The new fund, set up in partnership with the Wolfson Foundation, helps theatres in need of immediate repair and maintenance, which otherwise could face closure.

Bryan Adams Hits the UK with Adamson

26/07/2017 - Production News

UK – Bryan Adams is the latest touring act to hit the road with Adamson E-Series and S-Series loudspeakers.

PRG Provides Conference Technology Globally for Tableau On Tour

26/07/2017 - Production News

Worldwide – Premium business and analysis software company Tableau has a growing worldwide audience for its software. Supporting this audience, the organisation holds conference events for their clients in a variety of locations around the world. Combining product presentations, education sessions, software surgeries, networking, and social events, Tableau Conference On Tour has spanned North America, Asia Pacific, and Europe, with events in Tokyo, London, and Berlin taking place in 2017.

ETC Eos delivers dynamic looks for The Dream of Gerontius

26/07/2017 - Production News

UK – As part of its summer programme, English National Opera appeared at the Royal Festival Hall for a captivating production of Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius. Multi-award winning lighting designer Lucy Carter used light – controlled with ETC Eos Ti and RPU3 – to create an additional layer of emotion and energy to support and reflect the music.

LAMDA chooses DiGiCo SD9T for new £28.2m facility

26/07/2017 - Project News

UK – Autograph Sales & Installations has recently supplied a DiGiCo SDT9 for LAMDA (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art) as part of an extensive sound reinforcement system for its brand new £28.2m facility.

Shure Receives Top Honours from Global Presence Alliance

26/07/2017 - Event News

Germany − Shure has again been recognised by the Global Presence Alliance (GPA) as a recipient of the 2017 Vendor Excellence Award. This year Shure scored among the very highest within categories that are stringently reviewed and voted on by more than 28 companies in 40 countries.

DPA Microphones Speaks Volumes for Wordless Music Orchestra

26/07/2017 - Production News

USA – When the Wordless Music Orchestra takes the stage for one of its unique and critically acclaimed performances, production manager and audio engineer Richie R. Clarke uses a selection of mics from DPA Microphones to create an unforgettable sonic experience for those in attendance.

Projection artist

26/07/2017 - Equipment News

A moving head with a powerful LED, first class equipment and wide zoom: Futurelight presents this with its new DMH-200, which shows off its strengths especially when it comes to projections. The beam angle zooms from 7.5° to 40°.

A Modern Lighting Solution for a Modernist Masterpiece

25/07/2017 - Project News

Ireland – Miesian Plaza is an office complex built over three blocks in the heart of Dublin’s central business district. Originally serving as the headquarters for the Bank of Ireland for many years, the building is considered Dublin’s finest example of the Modernist style made popular by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. In an effort to bring the vacated building back to life and preserve its architectural heritage, the complex recently underwent a €69MM redevelopment. Miesian Plaza has since become one of Dublin’s most iconic construction projects and Rosco Custom LitePads played a role in the building’s illumination.

Community’s South-East Rep Company Goes Mavric

25/07/2017 - Business News

USA – The award-winning US South-East rep company Millar Electronics has changed its name to Mavric Incorporated, following the retirement of Herman Civils. Led by Pete Petty, who takes over as principal, Mavric maintains all the lines it represents, including Community which had recently named the company its Rep of the Year.

Zara Larsson Tours with a Scalable dLive System from Allen & Heath

25/07/2017 - Production News

Europe – Swedish singing sensation, Zara Larsson, is currently on tour around European venues and festivals with an interchangeable dLive mixing system from Allen & Heath to manage FoH and monitor sound.

Colour Sound Enjoys the Best of The Kooks

25/07/2017 - Production News

UK – West London-based lighting and visuals rental specialist Colour Sound Experiment supplied a bespoke touring lighting specials package to alt rockers The Kooks for their recent “The Best of … so Far” tour.

CPL at Glastonbury 2017

25/07/2017 - Production News

UK - CPL (Central Presentations Ltd) enjoyed another glorious Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, supplying projection to Arcadia’s giant recycled metal spider, which hosted their phenomenal “Metamorphosis” show.

Robe Pointes to Carl Cox at The HRBR Project

25/07/2017 - Production News

USA - It’s always exciting to be involved in a new event and the positive buzz, energy and hashtags spread as infectiously as the groove and fantastic vibes of the very first HRBR Project shows, a new music venue presented by RPM on Governor’s Island in New York Harbor.

Danley Weatherproof OS Speakers and Subs the Obvious Choice at John Carroll Catholic High School

25/07/2017 - Project News

USA – John Carroll Catholic High School in Birmingham, Alabama was in a position that many high schools find themselves in. Friday night football was a big deal, and many school departments – including the music and award-winning dance departments – gave it their all to make each game a memorable experience. But the sound reinforcement system that supported the game announcements and all the music was flat, unintelligible, and prone to failure. Engineered Audio Video, a division of Clear Solutions, Danley Sound Lab’s new Birmingham-based dealer, arranged a demo of Danley’s weatherproof OS-80 loudspeaker that convinced school officials that Danley was the right choice to take JCCHS’s game-day experience to the next level.

Million Dollar Quartet Musical Engages with Chauvet Professional

25/07/2017 - Production News

USA – The value of one million dollars in 1956 is equivalent to over 899 million today. However, even that lofty figure doesn’t come close to doing justice to the success of the four superstars who are the subject of Million Dollar Quartet. The Tony Award nominated musical takes audiences back to 4th December 1956, a day when budding stars Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley got together for a jam session at Sun Records Memphis studio. A recent revival of the musical at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, New Hampshire captures the magic of that long ago moment, thanks in part to a transformative light show designed by Carl Rajotte, who also served as artistic director and choreographer.

New Ayrton fixtures for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 40th Anniversary Tour

25/07/2017 - Production News

North America & UK – Classic American blues rock band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers celebrates its 40th anniversary and 13 studio albums with their current five month (53-date) tour of the US and Canada, with an additional date in London in July.

FRAY Studio creates 'such stuff as dreams are made on' for RSC's production of The Tempest

25/07/2017 - Production News

UKAdam Young and Finn Ross, founders of Olivier Award-winning visual storytelling outfit, FRAY Studio, are the creators of the much-talked-about video environments showcasing in the current Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) production of The Tempest, now on at The Barbican in London.

JR Chai Joins Altman Lighting as New Asia-Pacific Sales Director

25/07/2017 - People News

Asia-Pacific – Altman Lighting has announced the continued expansion of its international sales division with the appointment of industry-veteran Jimmy “JR” Chai as the new APAC sales director. With a vast amount of experience in both the architectural and entertainment lighting industries, Chai will oversee all sales channels across Asia, Australia and New Zealand, while strengthening key relationships with distributors, dealers and lighting professionals throughout the region.

Forecastle Festival Parties with Bandit Lites

25/07/2017 - Production News

USA – The Forecastle Music Festival returned to Louisville’s Waterfront Park for three days of music spread across 85 acres. Bandit Lites supplied the lighting for the festival’s four stages, where more than 60,000 attendees enjoyed musical performances from Run the Jewels, Cage the Elephant, Odesza, Sturgill Simpson, PJ Harvey, Spoon, Weezer, LCD Soundsystem and nearly 50 other acts.

The rebirth of the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre

25/07/2017 - Project News

USA – A beloved Los Angeles landmark, a treasured venue for community arts groups, and a quintessentially Californian institution, the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre will reopen this month following an extensive renovation by Theatre Projects, Levin & Associates Architects, Mia Lehrer + Associates (landscape architects), and McKay Conant Brook (acoustician). The renovation was so extensive that some are calling it not just a renovation, but a 'rebirth.'

MDG ATMe haze generators tap into 42nd Street at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

25/07/2017 - Production News

UK – MDG is proud to say that two of its ATMe haze generators have been chosen for the current musical production of 42nd Street at London’s Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

AC Lighting Services and Green Hippo ensure major Malaysian awards take SHAPE

25/07/2017 - Production News

Malaysia – The Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios was the scenic setting for the TM Group Awards 2017, and AC Lighting Services Malaysia (ACLS) took charge of the prestigious event’s video design and programming.

Hawthorn Heads to Edinburgh Festival Fringe for Biggest Year Ever

24/07/2017 - Production News

UK – Featuring over 53,000 performances across 300 venues, this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe promises to be the busiest year ever; none more so than for full technical production provider Hawthorn, which is supplying more equipment to the festival than ever before.

Robe Specified for Atlas Theatre Institution

24/07/2017 - Project News

The Netherlands – The newly built and inaugurated Atlas Theatre in Emmen, The Netherlands is a multifunctional performance space in the heart of the city and part of a 250 million euro development.

Preset Productions’ Mark Butts Discusses ‘Production Branding’ for OneRepublic Honda Civic 2017 Tour

24/07/2017 - Production News

USA – OneRepublic’s headlining 2017 Honda Civic Tour production design had a goal in mind: “create a brand for the band.”

Chauvet Professional Helps Create Headline Looks for Hype-O-Dream Festival

24/07/2017 - Production News

Belgium – Thanks to its consistently impressive line-ups and extravagant productions, the five-year old Hype-O-Dream has already succeeded in making an indelible impact on the Belgium summer EDM festival calendar. With this year’s headliners including Lil John and Roger Sanchez raising the bar even higher this year, Creative Rental Solutions were tasked with providing bigger and better visuals then ever for the festival’s five stages. To achieve this, Creative Rental Solutions incorporated a number of Chauvet Professional Maverick MK1 Hybrid, Maverick MK2 Spot, Rogue R2 Wash and Geyser RGB fixtures into the visual concepts of the Mirage Mainstage and the Flashback Stage.

Avolites Tiger Touch II Lets Ziggy Marley Tour Be “Wild And Free”

24/07/2017 - Production News

USA – Grammy Award-winning reggae royalty Ziggy Marley and his band, The Melody Makers, have been touring across North America again this summer in support of the artist’s latest record, Ziggy Marley: Live at KCRW. Helping to properly illuminate the trek, known as “We Are The People,” is LD Joël Huxtable, who is carrying a compact Avolites Tiger Touch II desk for lighting control.

J&C Joel appoints Szinpadtechnika Kft as new dealer in Hungary

24/07/2017 - Business News

Hungary – Leading manufacturer of flame retardant fabrics, drapery and stage engineering solutions, J&C Joel, have appointed Szinpadtechnika Kft as their new bronze dealer in Hungary.

Sennheiser Microphones Capture Unforgettable Performances At Chelsea Music Festival In Ambeo 3D

21/07/2017 - Production News

USA – The Chelsea Music Festival has prided itself on the diversity of its programming as well as the spaces in which those performances take place. In its first eight seasons, it has presented events at more than 50 locations throughout Chelsea and the rest of Manhattan, from schools to parks to churches. Featuring musical styles running the gamut from classical to jazz as well as visual and culinary experiences to complement them, its crowd mirrors the diversity of its programming.

L-Acoustics’ Kiva II is the Perfect Size, Shape and Sound for Sinnissippi Music Shell’s Music in the Park Series

21/07/2017 - Production News

USA – The Sinnissippi Music Shell at Sinnissippi Park in Rockford, Illinois is visually striking: a flaring overhead clamshell roof above a modernistic trapezoidal frame around the stage. These kinds of architectural statements, however, often come with challenges for venue sound, and this was no exception.

Robe Enjoying the Garden Beats

21/07/2017 - Production News

Singapore – Lighting for the second Garden Beats Festival organised by Sunshine Nation and staged in the pastoral green environs of Fort Canning Park in Singapore was designed by Craig Burridge.

Solaris T-Lights on Stone Roses Tour

21/07/2017 - Production News

Europe – The Manchester band Stone Roses completed their European tour last month, highlighted by a sold-out performance at London’s Wembley Stadium. After a hiatus beginning in the nineties, the group’s successful comeback in 2012 made them the “Lazarus of Rock & Roll.” For their 2017 tour, lighting designer Paul Normandale of Lite Alternative Design included two Solaris T-Light 85,000 Watt lightning machines.

CEG double up on MA2 Light

21/07/2017 - Production News

UK – After a successful year with their first gandMA2 Light, Cambridge-based CEG Hire & Productions decided to invest in a second console to ready themselves for the busy upcoming summer season. Director Ben Bowles contacted Ambersphere Solutions: “I’ve known our Ambersphere representative Matt Cowles for several years now, we have confidence and faith in his advice and support so he was our first port of call. His enthusiasm for working with us is a breath of fresh air. He’s always available for answering queries and is super efficient at turning around requests.”

LTM is lifting Ed Sheeran

21/07/2017 - Production News

The One of the most eagerly anticipated and high profile tours to embark on a worldwide journey in 2017 must be Ed Sheeran. The show’s production company, Major Tom Limited, has purchased LoadGuard hoists from LTM – Lift Turn Move – to fly the entire lighting, sound and AV system. In total LTM has supplied 68 1-t and 36 2-t LoadGuard motors all running at four metres/per min. The motor control system is Kinesys throughout and operated by Steve Bliss from LCR.

The Courteeners get creative with Ambersphere brands

21/07/2017 - Production News

UK – On 27th May, The Courteeners took to the stage at Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground, less than a week after the bombing atrocity at the Manchester Arena claimed so many victims. Supported by The Charlatans, Blossoms and Cabbage, this was meant to be Courteeners’ step up from theatre and arena shows to stadium size venues but events conspired to turn the gig into something else entirely.

Bow down to The Temple of Avolites Ai

21/07/2017 - Production News

UK - T wo Avolites Ai R6 media servers and an Arena lighting console running the latest Ai and Titan software were chosen to control the high-energy light and video package for the design relaunch of Glastonbury's iconic dance stage, The Temple.

Claypaky slides into first place for Winter Universiade 2017

21/07/2017 - Production News

Kazakhstan- More than 400 Claypaky fixtures were selected to play a key role in the large-scale lighting designs for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Winter Universiade (winter games) 2017 at the Palace of the Republic in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The ceremonies were attended by 12,000 visitors and broadcast live across 100 television channels worldwide.

Southcrest Baptist Church Mixes a Multimedia Message with SSL

21/07/2017 - Project News

USA – Southcrest Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas has built a new 1,600-capacity worship centre with two SSL Live L300 consoles at the heart of its sophisticated audio production operation for PA, live streaming, and TV. One L300 console manages both front of house and monitor duties for the live services, while another is used for a live-streamed broadcast mix, recording, and post production for archived services and TV syndication.

Helping you build great things – more than just a slogan

21/07/2017 - Standards News

UK – “Helping you build great things” means more to Prolyte Group than just mere words or a marketing slogan. When Prolyte received a request for help from a theatre in Scotland with some doubts as to how to build their new truss structure in a safe way, they jumped to the task. Prolyte organised a one-day on site training to make sure the technical staff of the company can use their truss safely and efficiently whatever the project.

Unique Montana Arts Center Blends Art and Nature with Alcons

21/07/2017 - Project News

USA – Located deep in the rugged countryside of Montana, close to the Beartooth Mountains, Tippet Rise Art Center celebrates the concept that art, music, architecture, and nature are inextricably linked in the human experience. Opened in 2016, the venue’s centrepiece is the Olivier Barn, which features an Alcons Audio LR14 ultra-compact line-array system.

Panasonic 4K hits the big screens this summer

21/07/2017 - Equipment News

Panasonic’s new 4K-ready video wall display series, the LFV8 is set to launch this summer in 49 and 55-inch sizes. The displays have the ability to show 4K images in a 2x2 configuration and larger using DisplayPort in a daisy-chain fashion.

Atlona Appoints Prase Media Technologies as New Italian Distributor

21/07/2017 - Business News

Italy – AV collaboration and control leader Atlona has again strengthened its global partner network by appointing Prase Media Technologies as its new distributor in Italy, effective immediately. Headquartered just outside Venice, Prase will leverage more than 20 years of proven experience in Italy’s AV market to bolster Atlona’s presence throughout the country.

DPA Microphones Had the Right Stuff on the New Kids On The Block 2017 Total Package Tour

20/07/2017 - Production News

USA - During the late 80s and 90s, New Kids On The Block took the world by storm with their super-catchy songs and clean cut good looks. Selling out concerts in record time, Danny, Donnie, Joe, Jordan and Jon gave birth to the boyband phenomenon. Today, New Kids On The Block is proving it still has the right stuff. The band sounded better than ever as it sold out arenas on its 2017 Total Package Tour. Because of his long history and record of success, legendary FoH mix engineer Kevin Elson chose DPA Microphones for the tour.

Adamson E-Series Next Stage of Evolution for Israel's Kolot Ramim

20/07/2017 - Production News

Israel – Israel’s Kolot Ramim Sound & Light has made a significant investment in a new E-Series loudspeaker system from Adamson Systems Engineering, continuing a long and successful partnership between the two companies.

WIcreations Moves it for Vasco Rossi in Modena

20/07/2017 - Production News

Italy – WIcreations provided StageCo with specialist automation services to move four massive towers onstage at the epic Vasco Rossi concert and spectacle in Modena – the Italian rock superstar’s only scheduled live appearance in 2017 – attended by 250,000 rapturous fans on a blisteringly hot summer’s day in Modena Park.

Clair Brothers C12 Truefit Wins Infocomm Best of Show

20/07/2017 - Event News

USA – Launched earlier this year, the Clair Brothers C12 line array is now available with a prize-winning, breakthrough innovation: Clair TrueFit Technology – the first modular, bespoke waveguide. A panel of expert judges at InfoComm 2017 recognised the C12-TrueFit’s inventive sound craft awarding it the prestigious NewBay Media’s ‘Best of Show’ honour. (Competition criteria included ease of installation and use/maintenance, performance, relevance, value/ROI, network friendliness, versatility, and reliability.)

Bandit Lites Hires Justin Wilk as Equipment Co-ordinator

20/07/2017 - People News

USA – With summer in full swing and the logistics of synchronising multiple tours, festivals and one-offs, Bandit Lites is pleased to share the hiring of Justin Wilk as equipment co-ordinator, heading up the planning, direction and co-ordination of Bandit’s extensive inventory.

Meyer Sound Welcomes Michael Bogden as New Sales Manager for Midwest

20/07/2017 - People News

USA – Meyer Sound has announced the appointment of Michael Bogden to the position of sales manager, Midwest. Effective immediately, Bogden assumes responsibility for sales and client relations in ten states of the upper Midwest and Great Lakes region. Based in Minneapolis, he will report directly to Meyer Sound executive vice president Helen Meyer.

Paragon 360 Blends Timeless Looks and Technology with Chauvet Professional

20/07/2017 - Project News

USA – A building can often be more than a mere amalgamation of bricks and mortar. Beyond providing shelter, it can also call forth a strong sense of shared experiences and values. This is especially true when that building is a house of worship with deep roots in its community. It was with this awareness that South Haven Baptist Church contacted Paragon 360 recently to explore a possible sanctuary renovation.

L-Acoustics Syva is the height of fashion at the Louis Vuitton Paris Fashion Week show

20/07/2017 - Production News

France – Held in the stunning Cour Marly of the Louvre’s museum, the Louis Vuitton Autumn/Winter 2017 show at the recent Paris Fashion Week featured Vuitton’s models showing off the fashion house’s new collection amongst white marble statues from the reigns of Louis XIV and Louis XV. Usually, the specification for such a show’s audio is that it should be heard and not seen, but on this occasion, L-Acoustics’ new Syva system took a starring role.

Robert Young Rejoins Theatre Projects

20/07/2017 - People News

USA – Industry veteran Robert Young is rejoining Theatre Projects after eight years away. Robert has over 25 years of experience as a designer and theatre consultant, and he’ll be returning to TP's Connecticut office to help the design team create dynamic, versatile, and engaging performance spaces across the globe. Robert returns to Theatre Projects with even more experience designing theatres and performance equipment, as a project manager, a client intermediary, and an effective design team leader.

New contributors announced for 2017 PLASA Rigging Conference

20/07/2017 - Event News

UK – Preparations for the 2017 PLASA Rigging Conference, which takes place on Monday 18th September during the PLASA Show, are well under way. This year’s conference is in a new mould, targeting a broader audience through the addition of topics on both production and safety issues and encourages discussion from a wider range of contributors than before. New additions to the line-up include head of technical operations for the Ambassador Theatre Group Stuart Graham and John Green, European health and safety director for Laing O’Rourke.

Hawthorn Light Up Aquostic Tour

20/07/2017 - Production News

UK – Hawthorn has recently supported legendary rock band Status Quo for their Aquostic tour; a follow up to their 2015 album ‘Aquostic II’ which includes the band’s biggest hits, reimagined in an acoustic setting.

Allen & Heath’s dLive is Nice Upgrade for Nice Venue

20/07/2017 - Project News

France – Renowned venue, the Black Box, located in Nice in the South of France, has installed a dLive S Class digital mixing system from Allen & Heath at FoH following an overhaul of its audio equipment.

Liteup enters the arena with alt-J

20/07/2017 - Production News

UK – Technical supplier and co-ordinator Liteup Events recently supported Mercury Prize-winning music stars, alt-J at their first arena show of 2017 at London's The O2 Arena, as part of the venue's tenth year celebrations as one of the world's leading live music and event destinations. The arena show comes at the beginning of alt-J's current worldwide tour, which also saw them headline The Other Stage at Glastonbury this year.

PR Lighting’s New Blinder 360 LED Strobe

20/07/2017 - Equipment News

PR Lighting has announced the new Blinder 360, an exceptionally powerful LED strobe, blinder and flood. Available in white (6500K – 8330D) or warm (3000K – 8330T) versions it is powered by 360 x 1W white LEDs. This provides an intense output of pulse and random strobe effects at a rate of 0-25fps (plus seven macro effects). This achieves staggering light levels and an unbelievable punch over a huge area.

X4 Bars Star in Ambitious Production of ENO’s the Dream of Gerontius

19/07/2017 - Production News

UK – An ambitious production of Sir Edward Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, a collaboration between the English National Opera, Royal Festival Hall and BBC Singers, was described by lighting designer Lucy Carter as “dramatic, soulful, beautiful, calm and overwhelming.”

Powersoft Appoints Atendi for Danish Distribution

19/07/2017 - Business News

Denmark – Powersoft has strengthened its market position in the Nordic countries with the appointment of Atendi A/S as its new distributor for Denmark.

New Robe Australian Distributor Announced

19/07/2017 - Business News

Australia – Robe lighting s.r.o. has announced the appointment of Jands as the Australian and New Zealand distributor for Robe and Anolis lighting brands.

Dramatic finish to Star’s busiest summer in Manchester

19/07/2017 - Production News

UK – Star Events supplied the cavernous Mayfield Depot with seats in two custom-built arenas for the Manchester International Festival (MIF), which wrapped up on Saturday.

High End Systems Debuts New Website

19/07/2017 - Business News

High End Systems enters the next phase of its growth with a new website. The upgraded has been completely redesigned to offer a more engaging user experience with improved navigation and functionality.

USITT Presents: OSHA 10 Training and Theatrical Rigging in Honolulu, HI

19/07/2017 - Standards News

Train with industry leaders Joe Aldridge, Coordinator for EED, and Eddie Raymond, ETCP Recognised Trainer, on 11th - 14th September for OSHA 10 and Rigging Training in Honolulu, HI.

Chauvet Provides Energetic Lighting for International Fitness Showcase 2017

19/07/2017 - Production News

UK – While Blackpool’s Winter Gardens is perhaps most famed for its varied programme of visiting musical acts, during three days in March, the complex attracts a whole different kind of audience for the International Fitness Showcase (IFS), the UK’s largest event for fitness aficionados.

SD Sistemi Takes on Martin Audio Distribution in Bosnia and Herzegovina

19/07/2017 - Business News

Bosnia and Herzegovina Martin Audio has appointed SD Sistemi as its new distributor for Bosnia and Herzegovina. The agreement was borne out of several meetings at trade shows this year.

Panasonic projects big things following UK rental event

19/07/2017 - Event News

UK – Panasonic took over Fazeley Studios in Birmingham on the 12th and 13th July where it installed an innovation showcase combining both broadcast and audio visual products.

Yamaha Rivage PM10 Gets The Blues at Raalte Festival

19/07/2017 - Production News

The Netherlands – Inspired by American blues festivals, where audiences enjoy a rich diet of blues music with a side order of spare ribs, Ribs&Blues is an annual event held in the Dutch town of Raalte. This year’s event saw an eclectic mix of blues, roots and rock acts mixed on a Yamaha Rivage PM10 system at front of house.

New team to strengthen projects structure for J&C Joel

19/07/2017 - People News

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

Atlona Ships 4K HDR-Capable HDMI Audio De-Embedder and Downmixer

19/07/2017 - Equipment News

Atlona is now shipping its new AT-HDR-M2C audio converter, a key offering in its growing array of integration problem-solving devices supporting High Dynamic Range (HDR) content. Ideal for commercial or residential playback of multi-channel source content via displays, distributed audio systems, and whole-house audio systems, the AT-HDR-M2C extracts, decodes, and downmixes multi-channel PCM, Dolby, and DTS audio from HDMI sources.

JD Sound & Video Provides Community Loudspeaker Solutions for Calvary Church

19/07/2017 - Project News

USA – Started 60 years ago by a small group of ordinary people coming together, Calvary Church has thrived and grown into a much-valued part of the multi-cultural community in Dover, Kent County, Delaware. As its congregation has grown, so has the construction and development of its buildings and its audio has recently been updated to meet the church’s current and future needs.

tube Invests in New Sennheiser D6000 System

18/07/2017 - Production News

Europe - Audio specialist tube uk has invested in a new Sennheiser D6000 radio mic system, which debuted on the world premiere of Israeli artist Yael Bartana’s compelling live performance experiment ‘What if Women Ruled the World?’, which played for four nights at Mayfield depot at the 2017 Manchester International Festival (MIF).

Penn Elcom Invests in Washington Facility

18/07/2017 - Business News

UK – Multinational flightcase hardware and 19-inch racking manufacturer Penn Elcom continues to invest in all its facilities to ensure the production process stays efficient, state-of-the-art and meeting the increased demands following the launch of global online sales portal, in January 2016.

Very Much Alive with Phil Collins!

18/07/2017 - Production News

Europe – Singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, hit-maker and one of the world’s best-selling recording artists, Phil Collins, was on the road last month (June 2017) for his “Not Dead Yet” mini tour, named as per his autobiography published in October 2016.

Jeff Ravitz And Bandit Light Electric Forest Sherwood Court

18/07/2017 - Production News

USA – Due to high demand (with tickets selling out before the lineup was even announced), the Electric Forest Music Festival doubled its days and held its iconic woodland adventure over two consecutive weekends, with thousands making their way back into the effervescent woods that feel straight out of a fairy tale dream. Lighting designer Jeff Ravitz returned to design the lighting for the Sherwood Court Stage with a lighting package provided by Bandit Lites.

Backup Kartfest 2017 raises massive £21,000

18/07/2017 - Event News

UK – This year’s Backup Kartfest was fast, furious, full of thrills and a few spills and, with its Hawaiian luau theme and music from house band Under Cover, which features White Light’s Roger Dean on drums, was tremendously good fun. But the best thing about the adrenalin-fuelled day was the incredible £21,000 it raised for the charity, which provides financial assistance to entertainment technology professionals, or their immediate family, who are seriously ill or injured.

Chauvet Professional F4IP Video Panel Stands Out Rain or Shine

18/07/2017 - Equipment News

The F4IP LED video panel from Chauvet Professional is a fair and foul weather friend. With brilliant SMD 1921 LEDs, a pixel pitch of 4.8mm and 5,000 NITs illuminance, the new panel has the brightness and clarity to make a vivid impression in outdoor applications even on the sunniest days. At the same time though, its rugged construction and IP65 rating also make it tough enough to perform flawlessly even in inclement weather.

DiGiCo works its 24 Magic on Bruno Mars' World Tour

18/07/2017 - Production News

Worldwide – In recent years, Bruno Mars has evolved from talented performer to Grammy-winning global megastar and, from his performance at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris (formerly The Bercy) this month, it is easy to see why. The 24K Magic World Tour oozes quality, from the artist's outrageous voice and musicianship to the show's epic production standards, the core of which is driven by two DiGiCo SD7 mixing consoles.

Martin Audio to Open its Doors to Sound Community

18/07/2017 - Event News

UK – Martin Audio is to hold two Open Days at its High Wycombe HQ in September with a variety of sound demonstrations to show off its new and existing best-selling ranges.

Jerad Garza joins Ayrton’s growing sales team

18/07/2017 - People News

Germany – Ayrton has announced the appointment of Jerad Garza as the latest member of its growing international sales team.

Audient Launches Tutorial Hub to Complement ARC

18/07/2017 - Standards News

UK – “No matter what your experience, there is always something new to learn, especially from the likes of top music producers Cenzo Townshend and Ulrich Wild, or pro musicians Ash Soan and Cody Stewart,” says marketing manager Andy Allen, who is spearheading the launch of Audient’s online Tutorial Hub. Audient has gathered together videos, professional tutorials and user tips onto one easy-access platform to create a free learning centre for all visitors to its website.

PRG XL Video Supply the Buxton International Festival 2017

18/07/2017 - Production News

UK – Hosted in the Idyllic spa town of Buxton, huddled within the breathtaking landscape of the Peak District National Park, the Buxton International Festival is a celebration of theatrical and literary excellence which attracts speakers, acts and audiences in coveted numbers. PRG XL Video is supporting lighting designer Mike Gunning and production electrician Tim Ball with a theatrical lighting package for the three operas headlining this year’s festival at the Buxton Opera House: Verdi’s ‘Macbeth’, Britten’s ‘Albert Herring’, and Mozart’s ‘Lucio Silla’.

Panasonic introduces 24/7 indoor signage displays

18/07/2017 - Equipment News

The Full HD SF2 range replaces the LF8 indoor signage series and features new data cloning software, accessed via LAN, which allows for the copying of menu settings and adjusted values from the original display to multiple others.

PR Upgrades Popular Hybrid to Create New XR 440B BWS

17/07/2017 - Equipment News

PR Lighting’s new XR 440B BWS expands on the existing XR 440 BWS, which integrates three features (spot, wash and beam) in a single unit. Combining the same advanced 440W Osram Sirius lamp technology with superb optical system, it has been upgraded with an animation effect added to the fixed gobo wheel, along with a wide angle (50°) zoom and LCD touch screen control.

Millar Electronics Scoops Community’s Rep of the Year Award

17/07/2017 - Event News

USA - Community Professional Loudspeakers has announced that Millar Electronics is the recipient of its Rep of the Year Award for 2016. Founded in 1924, Millar Electronics focused heavily on building quality relationships through exceptional customer service, covering the south-east US states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama. On 1st July, Millar Electronics becomes Mavric Incorporated, coinciding with the retirement of Millar’s beloved principal Herman Civils.

Singapore’s The TENG Ensemble Transform Their Live Sound With DPA Microphones

17/07/2017 - Production News

Singapore – The clarity and fidelity of DPA microphones helped The TENG Ensemble to deliver a stunning live performance at the iconic Fullerton Hotel Singapore.

Poland's Grand Theater Steers into the Future with Iconyx

17/07/2017 - Project News

Poland – The Grand Theater – National Opera, located at the heart of Poland's world famous Theater Square, remains a beacon of the country's thriving performing arts community. Originally opened in 1833 but almost completely reconstructed after the Second World War, the expansive venue remains one of the largest theatres in Europe. To ensure that it keeps pace with the expectations of its highly discerning audience, the theatre's management recently engaged the services of the M.Ostrowski Company, a prominent player in the Polish electro-acoustics and AV sector since 1990 to undertake an audio upgrade.

National Theatre Meets Growing Demand for GLP’s X4 Bars

17/07/2017 - Project News

UK – The National Theatre on London’s South Bank has invested heavily for the second time in GLP’s award-winning impression X4 Bar 20s.

Spikies and BMFL Blades Help Keep it Clean for Soprano Tour

17/07/2017 - Production News

France - Multi award-winning French rapper Soprano, known for his hard-hitting but expletive-free lyrics as much as his massive popularity, recently toured with a new show and lighting design created by Victorien Cayzeele from All Access Design (AAD).

DPA Microphones Hits the Road With Canadian Rock Band, Monster Truck

17/07/2017 - Production News

Canada – Anyone who has ever heard Canadian rock band Monster Truck will tell you that rock and roll is alive and kicking. In order to capture the powerful and gritty vocals of lead singer Jon Harvey, FoH Engineer Chris Kaplinski relies on DPA Microphones’ d:facto supercardioid vocal microphone while on the band’s current worldwide tour.

GLS Sets Tone on Avalon Stage at Glastonbury with Chauvet Professional

17/07/2017 - Production News

UK – The Field of Avalon at Glastonbury has been accurately described as a “festival within a festival.” With its eclectic mix of folk and roots music, wholesome food and chilled out atmosphere, it’s easy to see why. To provide warm and engaging lighting for the field of Avalon’s main stage this year, returning provider GLS Lighting specified a collection of Rogue and Strike 4 fixtures from Chauvet Professional, in addition to ten Chauvet DJ Festoon fixtures.

PR Lighting’s Phantom is Now a Reality

17/07/2017 - Equipment News

PR Lighting has announced the release of Phantom, a new hybrid moving head first previewed at this year’s Frankfurt Prolight+Sound Show. An upgraded version of the XR 440 BWS, it contains a full designer’s toolkit in a single unit.

New Flare Q+ on Linkin Park Tour

14/07/2017 - Production News

Europe – You can take the band out of Southern California but you can’t take So Cal out of the band. Completing the European leg of their world tour in Birmingham last week, Linkin Park’s One More Light is a departure from the group’s earlier work. Smooth, subtle, and sometimes moody, the band’s evolving sound is beautifully complemented by the tour’s lighting designer, Celine Royer. Key to her design are 74 of the new Solaris Flare Q+ fixtures.

Bandit Lites Utilises SGM G-Spots to Shine Light on Bonnaroo Tower

14/07/2017 - Production News

USA – Whether it was someone’s first or tenth trip to the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, one of the mainstays of the epic four day weekend was the huge mirror ball tower acting as the hub of the festival. Working with lighting designer Andi Watson and production manager William Irons, Bandit Lites once again provided the lighting for the tower with this year’s gear featuring the award-winning SGM G-Spot fixtures.

Exton announced as new dealer for J&C Joel in Iceland

14/07/2017 - Business News

Iceland Leading manufacturer of flame retardant fabrics, drapery and stage engineering solutions, J&C Joel, has announced its new partnership with Exton who are now its bronze dealer in Iceland.

Rightway Audio Consultants create 360° L-Acoustics sound system

14/07/2017 - Production News

China – Almost 400 L-Acoustics cabinets were deployed as part of a mammoth PA system for Jacky Cheung’s 2017 A Classic Tour, which took in 21 venues, both indoor and outdoor, across mainland China at the beginning of the year, and continues through Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan. The show is performed in the round, with both complex stage machinery and the task of ensuring complete coverage of the audience offering a challenge for rental companies Haona, who supplied the system for the China dates, Unusual in Singapore and Taiwan’s Winly, who worked alongside L-Acoustics Chinese distributor, Rightway Audio Consultants to realise a complex design.

Allen & Heath’s dLive on Monitors for Bryan Ferry Tour

14/07/2017 - Production News

USA & Europe – Bryan Ferry is on tour across the USA and Europe, including various dates on the festival circuit, carrying a dLive S Class mixing system from Allen & Heath to manage monitors.

Depeche Mode's Global Spirit tour gets industrial edge from Philips Lighting's new VL6000 Beams

14/07/2017 - Production News

The Netherlands – Philips Lighting has announced that its new Philips Vari-Lite VL6000 Beam luminaires are playing a central role in the lighting design for Depeche Mode's Global Spirit tour.

British Style Collective : VER help spotlight the height of fashion with Lighting Designer Nigel Catmur

14/07/2017 - Production News

UK – As part of British Style Collective’s three day fashion extravaganza staged at Liverpool’s Echo Arena, VER London supported the production crew on Rock the Runway, a brace of daily show-stopping performances mixing models and dancers in a fashion-meets-music spectacle.

David Stewart Joins GLP

14/07/2017 - People News

UK – GLP has continued to strengthen its UK operation, with the announcement that the hugely experienced David Stewart has been recruited as sales manager.

LOUD Adds Sales Veterans Lewis and Bradley

14/07/2017 - People News

USA LOUD Technologies, Inc. (LOUD) has announced the addition of two well-known industry veterans, CJ Lewis and Parker Bradley, to its sales team. Mr. Lewis is LOUD Retail Group's new western regional sales manager, while Mr. Bradley takes over as LOUD Retail Group's new central regional sales manager.

BroadWeigh gets the LEEA seal of approval

14/07/2017 - Business News

Wireless load monitoring brand BroadWeigh is now an associate member of the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA), the leading representative body for all those involved in the lifting industry worldwide. The membership is the latest step taken by BroadWeigh as it strives to be the best – not only in the quality of products that it offers, but in the example the company sets within the entertainment industry.

Beer & Bird Brings The Art Of Sound To St. Ives

14/07/2017 - Project News

UK – Long renowned as a home of artists and inspiring galleries, the Cornish resort of St. Ives has now discovered the art of sound, with new bar restaurant Beer & Bird the canvas for a subtly rendered sonic palette, delivered by a Yamaha Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS) installation.

Movecat VMB-S 250-0.8-24 Band Hoist

14/07/2017 - Equipment News

The Movecat VMB-S 250-0.8-24 band hoist weighs only narrow 100kg and is designed for working loads of up to 250kg, which it moves at speeds ranging from 0 ("true zero speed") to 0.8 m/sec over vertical distances of up to 24 metres using a maintenance-free precision steel band.

The Wind in the Willows (just about) fits into the London Palladium thanks to Unusual Rigging

14/07/2017 - Production News

UK – This summer, the London Palladium will play host to Mole, Ratty, Badger and Toad as they tread the boards in a major new musical adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's classic novel, The Wind in the Willows. Adapted for the stage by Julian Fellowes, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, the British musical, toured the UK late last year, playing in Plymouth, Salford and Southampton. But, says Patrick Molony, the show's production manager, the complexities of touring the production pale into insignificance when compared to putting on the show at the London Palladium. Knowing the challenges that lay ahead, Patrick brought Unusual Rigging on the team so that they could work through these challenges together.

Chris Lisle Design for Jason Aldean “They Don't Know” Tour Includes Elation Lighting

14/07/2017 - Production News

North America – Chris Lisle has designed the production and lighting for Jason Aldean’s current “They Don’t Know” tour and is using Elation Professional gear as part of a large lighting package. The country music singer has been on the road since late April and is playing a variety of venues across North America through the summer and into the fall.

The 1975 Tours with Adamson

14/07/2017 - Production News

North America – Port Perry, ON (July 2017) – British pop-rock outfit The 1975 have been touring virtually non-stop since 2015, having just wrapped up the seventh leg of their ongoing run with shows across North America.

Phil Collins returns with grandMA2: Far from being dead

13/07/2017 - Production News

Europe – What Phil Collins has achieved in his life so far is definitely impressive: he is a singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, record producer and actor. He was the drummer and later the lead singer of iconic progressive rock band Genesis, and afterwards became a highly successful solo artist. After being absent from the stage for some years, Collins returned with his recent short but impressive “Not Dead Yet Live” tour which played London, Dublin, Cologne and Paris.

HSL Solves the ∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) So It Goes Equation

13/07/2017 - Production News

UK – ∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick So It Goes is a bold and original collaboration between gurus of electronic music New Order and conceptual visual artist Liam Gillick, which is orchestrated by Joe Duddell and presented for the 2017 Manchester International Festival on Stage 1 at the iconic Old Granada Studios in the city.

Get more DiGiCo S-Series for your money

13/07/2017 - Equipment News

DiGiCo has announced the release of its latest V2.0 software upgrade for its S-Series consoles, adding key features including increased channel count for both the S21 and S31 from 40 to 48 input channels.

Shure Chosen for AV Systems throughout Turkey's Presidential Complex

13/07/2017 - Project News

Germany − Shure has supplied an array of AV systems, microphones, and automatic mixing hardware for Turkey's Presidential Complex in Beştepe, in the Turkish capital Ankara. Supplied through Atempo, Shure's distributor in Turkey, the equipment included DCS simultaneous translation and conferencing systems, Microflex Wireless conferencing microphones, and Axient and ULX-D wireless microphone systems.

Yamaha Is A Recipe For Success at B-Amsterdam’s New Bureau

13/07/2017 - Project News

The Netherlands – The saying that ‘success breeds success’ is proved at B-Amsterdam, where the inventive re-use of a former five-storey office block has proved so popular that the project now covers three separate buildings. The addition of restaurant Bureau has seen a new Yamaha Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS) solution added to the previously-installed CIS system.

Atlona to Expand OmniStreamTM AV over IP Capabilities

13/07/2017 - Equipment News

Atlona has announced that a firmware update to its award-winning OmniStream AV over IP platform will expand the innovative solution with a wide range of new features and capabilities that will greatly benefit its corporate, educational, and government AV customers. Scheduled for release in late September, these new enhancements include comprehensive 4K and HDR compatibility, video wall processing, HDCP 2.2 compliance, and AES67 audio over IP interoperability.

MLA Celebrates Five Years at Hyde Park

12/07/2017 - Production News

UK – In its quest to establish Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park Festival (BST) as the best festival in the world, AEG live event director Jim King is celebrating the fifth consecutive year at the site by announcing a two year extension to the contract with Martin Audio rental partners Capital Sound.

PR Lighting’s Butterfly Dazzles Even More Spectacularly

12/07/2017 - Equipment News

PR Lighting recently previewed the new Butterfly among a suite of new products at the Prolight+Sound Show in Frankfurt.

tube hits the Sonic Spot for Amazing Manchester Day

12/07/2017 - Production News

UK - Manchester audio specialists tube uk delivered ten fantastic sounding audio systems to five high profile carnival floats plus five music and compère stages around the city centre for the City’s 2017 Manchester Day celebrations.

ChamSys Supports Array of Artists at Glastonbury

12/07/2017 - Production News

UK – Like the free-flowing blend of eclectic music that floated through the summer air at Worthy Farm, ChamSys consoles were impossible to miss at the 2017 edition of the Glastonbury Festival. From the Other Stage, where superstars performed, to the Silver Hayes WOW! Stage, where LDs cooked up hot looks for EDM artists, ChamSys products were everywhere at the festival.

Allen & Heath dLives at the Vienna Festival Opening Ceremony

12/07/2017 - Production News

Austria – This year, the annual Vienna festival featured dual Allen & Heath dLive S Class systems at FoH to manage the grand opening ceremony, staged in Vienna’s main square and broadcast worldwide.

Fineline Provides Diverse Looks at Glastonbury with Chauvet Professional

12/07/2017 - Production News

UK – From its humble beginnings in 1970, the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts has championed performance diversity in all its shapes and forms. The Circus Big Top and the WOW! stages are two examples which perhaps best encapsulate this tradition of diversity at Glastonbury.

Point Source Audio Unveils its Redesigned Website

12/07/2017 - Business News

USA – Point Source Audio has launched a redesign of its website, which showcases its microphone and headset inventions to service the pro audio and broadcast industries. The website now features an upgraded design that includes aesthetic improvements, as well as enhanced navigation to help visitors easily access product information and quickly understand the best solutions for their needs.

White Light Becomes Official Technical Supplier to Claridge’s

12/07/2017 - Business News

UK – As the complete technical solution specialist, White Light has established a reputation for providing technical solutions in some of the country’s most prestigious venues. Not only is the company an approved technical supplier at Historic Royal Palaces, Unique Venues of London, Saatchi and Tate, but also offers exclusive in-house technical services to prestigious venues such as Central Hall Westminster. Adding to its increasing venue portfolio, White Light has recently been appointed as the in-house technical supplier to Claridge’s, which is regarded as one of the most luxurious hotels in the world.

PRG XL Video Enjoyed Crazy Nights with Kiss as they Toured Europe

12/07/2017 - Production News

Europe – When a band like Kiss take to the road on a European tour, they demand an aesthetic extravaganza which delivers the ‘wow factor’ on an epic scale. PRG XL Video are delighted to have supported lighting designer Sean ‘Motley’ Hackett and the band with a complex video system, made up of LED screens, projection, a HD camera system, media servers, and a crew of engineers and technicians to ensure everything ran smoothly for the 37 days the tour was on the road.

Martin Audio Appoints Simon Purse as Product Support Engineer

12/07/2017 - People News

UK – To support the growing resurgence in sales and general momentum, Martin Audio has added to its product support group with the recruitment of Simon Purse.

Elation Lighting Excitement at King of Kings World Grand Prix 46

12/07/2017 - Production News

Moldova – King of Kings events are some of the most popular kickboxing events in the world and Elation dealer Eventica Grup SRL of Moldova has been a staging and technical contractor of KOK tournaments for years. For past events, Eventica has turned to Elation Platinum SBX hybrid fixtures for their multi-functionality, power and dynamism. For the King of Kings World Grand Prix 46 tournament held on 1st April in Moldova, Eventica added Elation’s new Fuze Wash Z350™ to the line up along with other Elation gear. Lighting design was by Max Cojocari.

Atlona Expands UK Distribution Role for RGB Communications

12/07/2017 - Business News

UK – Atlona’s success in the UK residential/custom install market has been bolstered by the professionalism of RGB Communications, which has helped raise visibility of Atlona residential products and solutions in the region. Building on this success, Atlona has announced that RGB’s distribution role will be expanded to support commercial sales, effective immediately.

Community Delivers Power and Quality for Manhattan’s Soho Grand Hotel

11/07/2017 - Project News

USA – Essential Communications of East Hanover, New Jersey has recently completed a major upgrade to the audio systems at Manhattan’s Soho Grand Hotel. Opened in August 1996, the Soho Grand Hotel was Manhattan’s first luxury downtown boutique hotel, delivering a level of service and style that earned it a place on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Gold List” as one of the world’s best places to stay.

Record number of Robert Juliat Dalis colour the sky for Snégourotchka at the Bolshoi Theatre

11/07/2017 - Production News

Russia – Robert Juliat’s award-winning Dalis 860 LED cyclorama lighting fixtures are currently playing a key role in Snégourotchka (The Snow Maiden) by Rimski-Korsakov at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. The opera premiered on 15th June on the 1,740-seat Heritage Stage on a set designed by Vladimir Arefiev, with lighting by Damir Ismagilov.

Arena Group to List on London Stock Exchange

11/07/2017 - Business News

UK – Arena Group, the international turnkey event design and delivery business has announced that it will be listing its shares on the London Stock Exchange. The company is raising a total of approximately £60 million from UK and international institutional investors and listing will help fund the future growth plans of the business.

Bandit Lights Inaugural Innovation in Music Awards

11/07/2017 - Production News

USA – Nashville held its first Innovation in Music Awards, a celebration of those who forged a path in shaping and developing the constantly changing music industry. The maiden awards ceremony took place on 6th June at The Westin and honoured John Esposito of Warner Music Nashville with Innovator of the Year along with special awards to Mike McVay, David Macias, Shane McAnally, Brian O’Connell, Leslie Fram, Bobby Bones, Gogi Gupta, J.R. Schumann, Tim Roberts, Bev Rainey and Kory James.

CAST Software announces wysiwyg R39

11/07/2017 - Equipment News

CAST introduces wysiwyg lighting design software Release 39 which packs improved security to protect user investment as well as a rich new feature set for every wysiwyg mode: CAD, data, plots, reports, previsualisation and more!

PR Lighting’s Versatile XR 440 BWS Dances on German TV

11/07/2017 - Production News

Germany – When Let’s Dance, the German version of Dancing with the Stars / Strictly Come Dancing, celebrated its 10th anniversary series recently, lighting designer David Kreilemann decided to place special emphasis on the versatile and powerful XR 440 BWS moving head from PR Lighting.

Nine Litec Stages at Live You Play

11/07/2017 - Production News

Italy – Nine Litec roof systems ranging from 10 x 8m to 27 x 13m were chosen by Live You Play for their event during the MIR (Music Inside Rimini) exhibition in Fiera Di Rimini, Italy. Seven roofs were provided by AMG International , one roof by Electra Service di Buttarelli R. & C. s.n.c. and the largest 27 x 13m MyT Folding Steroid Roof by Massimo Stage.

Martin Audio’s New Product Line up Starts to Ship

11/07/2017 - Equipment News

Back in April, Martin Audio chose Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt as the platform to announce and preview its ambitious line-up of ten new products across multiple categories including line arrays, stage monitors and amplifiers.

AudioRent Clair takes new DiGiCos to Montreux Jazz Festival

11/07/2017 - Production News

Switzerland – AudioRent Clair AG has expanded its hire offering by adding two DiGiCo SD5s and an SD12, along with four SD-Racks which include 224 channels of DiGiCo’s brand new 32-bit Mic Pre-Amp.

Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards Supported By PRG XL Video

11/07/2017 - Production News

UK – Continuing their long-running support for Nordoff Robbins, PRG XL Video has provided a package of video technology for the O2 Silver Clef Awards, held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.

Video Design create ELO fantasy

11/07/2017 - Production News

UK – Visually there has always been a sense of fantasy and science fiction to Jeff Lynne’s ELO while musically his massively successful song catalogue inhabits a clear fusion of pop, rock and classical. It’s proved a happy combination on record and, as a live act, led to an epoch defining tour with a flying saucer in 1978. Bringing that sense of scale and sci-fi to stadium stature for 2017 has been the task of production manager Chris Vaughan and a creative team lead by Tim Routledge. Like Lynne himself, they have plundered several genres, not least by recreating the flying saucer for the 21st century to ‘fly’ above the stage and by using video on an epic scale.

Utopium Illuminates Back to Back Bristol Weekends

11/07/2017 - Production News

UK – Utopium supplied a range of lighting, rigging, staging and screens to create an electric atmosphere in Bristol’s Lloyds Amphitheatre for two consecutive weekends in July 2017.

Systems Group Expands at Shure Distribution UK

11/07/2017 - People News

UK – The Systems Group at Shure Distribution UK is expanding with the addition of Andrew Francis as senior applications engineer and Richard Knott as project manager. The new employees have been taken on in response to the growing demand for Shure conferencing audio technology following the launch of products such as the Microflex Advance networked mic array and in advance of the launch of the forthcoming IntelliMix P300 Audio Conferencing Processor.

New Recruit Strengthens Green Hippo Global Training Team

11/07/2017 - People News

UK – Green Hippo has announced a key addition to its training team, further bolstering its ability to provide invaluable guidance to Green Hippo users across the globe. Annalisa Terranova joins as senior training manager and will provide training at Green Hippo’s London HQ, as well as taking sessions, including ‘HippoSchool’ Hippotizer training meets, across the rest of the world.

Subfrantic and Yamaha Rivage PM10 Score at Abbey Road

11/07/2017 - Project News

UK – The 22nd of June saw Subfrantic Production Services and the company's brand new Yamaha Rivage PM10 system installed in the legendary Studio 1 at London’s Abbey Road studios for a unique orchestral concert. Just a day after delivery it was thrust into a high-pressure situation, and it of course passed the test with flying colours.

Renkus-Heinz Delivers Heavenly Sound at St. Mary Catholic Church

10/07/2017 - Project News

USA – The parishioners of St. Mary Catholic Church gathered excitedly in February 2017 to dedicate their brand-new building in the small town of Woolmarket, a dozen miles north-west of Biloxi, Mississippi. Many times the size of St. Mary's previous sanctuary, the new church features a peaked ceiling with an assortment of angles, as well as alcoves, wooden pews, and statuary. It's a beautiful church, fully worthy of all the excitement.

Robe Has the Passion

10/07/2017 - Production News

Germany and Israel – The German-Israeli co-production St Matthew’s Passion 2727 is a dance oratorio choreographed by Tamir Ginz for the Kamea Dance Company, inspired by the St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244) by Johann Sebastian Bach, produced by Bayer Arts & Culture and a co-operation between two opera houses in Leverkusen and Wuppertal in Germany and Beer-Sheva Performing Arts centre in Israel.

Chauvet Professional Provides Refreshing Visuals for The London Club and Bar Awards

10/07/2017 - Production News

UK – The UK capital is a city of two extremes. When London’s museums, galleries, tourist attractions and work places close for the day, the 9-million strong city begins its daily transformation into one of the hottest nightlife destinations in the world. The annual London Club and Bar Awards has been celebrating the city’s thriving hospitality industry since 1994. This year’s event, which was held at The Intercontinental Park Lane, served up more sizzling glitz than ever, thanks to a stunning lighting design by Halo, which featured eight Maverick MK2 Spots, eight Maverick MK2 Washes, four Strike 4s and 12 Rogue R1 FX-Bs from Chauvet Professional.

The Brit School Celebrates 25 Years by Hosting a Festival at its Selhurst Home with Support from Industry Partners

10/07/2017 - Production News

UK – As The BRIT School in Croydon, which was founded in 1991 and is the first, and leading, free performing and creative arts school in the country celebrates its 25th academic year, it is announced there will be a festival called Back to BRIT on the School site at Selhurst on Saturday 15th July.

Spotlight on new products from MILOS

10/07/2017 - Equipment News

From 1st July – 30th September, MILOS will be focusing on a range of new products launched in 2017. During this spotlight period, MILOS will be producing two technical videos about the new MILOS MT-PA5030 PA Tower and MILOS MT1 Ballast Base, as well as a product range video about other newly launched MILOS products.

Ampco Flashlight Group to Light the Way for Green Hippo in Benelux

10/07/2017 - Business News

Benelux Green Hippo has announced its agreement with Ampco Flashlight Group. The Utrecht-based outfit which consists of three principal divisions: rental, sales, and technology, is ideally placed to take real-time video playback technology to venues and practitioners throughout this valuable politico-economic union, one which is home to almost 30 million people.

Theatreplan welcomes Ashley Pickles to consultancy team

10/07/2017 - People News

UK – Leading international theatre consultancy, Theatreplan Ltd., continues to strengthen its consultancy team with the recent appointment of Ashley Pickles.

Iris Theatre Has Faith in White Light for Macbeth Church Production

10/07/2017 - Production News

UK – Located at the world famous St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden, Iris Theatre creates bespoke productions specific to that space. The company’s aim is to develop the next generation of professional theatre practitioners and produce a vibrant repertoire of varied work. This year marks the company’s ten-year anniversary which will be celebrated with a summer season of immersive productions. One of these is Macbeth and White Light was called upon to provide the lighting equipment.

grandMA2 for Mall of Qatar: Multiple show possibilities

07/07/2017 - Production News

Qatar – The Mall of Qatar is a shopping centre that opened in December 2016 in Doha. The mall, which is the equivalent size of 50 football pitches with over 500 stores, is the nation’s largest mall. It also features mall-wide live entertainment with a professional live theatre and 360 degree acts and shows performed on a multi-lift rotating stage.

Good Times for Chic at Glastonbury with Allen & Heath’s dLive

07/07/2017 - Production News

UK – Legendary disco act, Chic, featuring Nile Rodgers performed an acclaimed set on Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage using Allen & Heath dLive S Class mixing systems.

Popping it up for Polish Idol

07/07/2017 - Production News

Poland – The recent edition of Polish Idol featured a distinctive filmic styling emanating from the visual influence of LD Artur Szyman, one of the country’s leading lighting and scenic designers, who was assisted by 96 Robe Spikies and 80 LEDWash 800s among other lights on his plot.

Chauvet Rogues Set Stage for Belgian Star Niels Destadsbader

07/07/2017 - Production News

Belgium – With a string of hit singles, numerous sell out tours and countless appearances as a television host, Niels Destadsbader is one of Belgium’s most popular all round entertainers. On his ‘Niels Confesses All’ (Niels klapt uit de biecht) tour, the versatile star combines his musical and acting talents to create an intimate and highly personal connection to fans as exemplified by a church-like confession booth on stage.

UK Production Company Subfrantic Invests In Yamaha Rivage PM10

07/07/2017 - Production News

UK – Growing UK technical production company Subfrantic Production Services has used Yamaha mixing consoles throughout its existence, thanks to their reliability, quality and flexibility. The company has now invested in a flagship Rivage PM10 digital mixing system, which will keep it at the leading edge of UK technical production well into the future.

The Long Reach Long Riders complete their 14th annual Charity Ride

07/07/2017 - Event News

USA – The Long Reach Long Riders are happy to announce the success of their 14th annual charity motorcycle ride. The ride, which was dubbed The Avocado Adventure, by ride marshal Drew Wending, raised over $57,000.00 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Behind the Scenes Charity, bringing the total raised since the rides began in 2004 to over $600,000.

Avolites Ai Media Servers Map Day of the Dead Down Under

07/07/2017 - Production News

Australia - Australian audio-visual production company, IKONIX, recently used one of their Avolites Ai RX8 Media servers to video map a Cinco de Mayo event (Day of the Dead) at Melbourne's top trending event space, Peninsula.

Stage engineering specialists iStudio Projects Ltd step up a gear with three key appointments

07/07/2017 - People News

UK – IStudio Projects Ltd is known for developing its in-house talent, but also looks outwards for professionals who share the company’s service ethos. Now, to help drive its UK expansion programme, iStudio Projects announces the appointment of three new key individuals.

White Light Selects Doughty for prestigious Storyhouse Theatre project in Chester

06/07/2017 - Project News

UK – Storyhouse in Chester is a brand new theatre, cinema and library, housed in a renovated art deco Odeon Cinema building. Located in the city centre, it is the biggest project of its kind outside of London.

Theatres Trust announces Annual Conference in October 2017 exploring role theatres can play within placemaking

06/07/2017 - Event News

UK - Theatres Trust Conference 17: Theatres & Placemaking will take place on Tuesday 17th October at the Lyric Hammersmith, London, discussing the role of theatres and wider cultural infrastructure within placemaking. The conference will examine and debate a number of issues around this vital topic, including the contribution theatre buildings can make towards the regeneration, economic growth, vibrancy and well-being of a community.

Adlib Bringing Nashville to the UK

06/07/2017 - Production News

UK – Adlib was delighted to be chosen by the production team from the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, to supply lighting, audio and crew to the recent UK arena tour by the stars of the CMT hit musical drama TV show, “Nashville”.

Slightly Stoopid Tours with Bandit Lites

06/07/2017 - Production News

USA – Slightly Stoopid may have two decades of touring under their belts, but the genre-busting band still keeps shows fresh and energetic for audiences around the country, pulling from their 12 albums including their recent release 'Meanwhile… Back at the Lab'. Bandit Lites is proud to be providing a lighting package for their current tour.

GLP Inc. Expansion Drives Move to New Premises

06/07/2017 - Business News

USA – GLP’s subsidiary for The Americas, GLP Inc., has been experiencing continued growth since starting its operation eight years ago. As a result, it has recently moved to new, and larger premises in the Los Angeles district of San Fernando.

And the Tony Goes to … The Dallas Theater Center

06/07/2017 - Project News

USA – Congratulations to the Dallas Theater Center on winning the 2017 Regional Theatre Tony Award! The prestigious honour is awarded each year to a regional theatre company in recognition of a group’s innovative, exceptional productions and civic contributions. The Dallas Theater Center (DTC), which was founded in 1959, is one of the US’s oldest regional theatres and has been credited with prompting a sea change in Dallas’ cultural landscape and influencing the whole of American theatre. The honour recognises the company’s commitment to producing new, groundbreaking, and thought-provoking works, their continued commitment to community engagement, and their “utilising of space in surprising ways."

First Prolyte Campus Event in the US performed during Infocomm

06/07/2017 - Event News

USA – Prolyte Group hosted its first North American Campus event on truss training in Orlando last month, just one day prior to the opening of InfoComm.

LED Creative help add a little sparkle to all new Blind Date

06/07/2017 - Production News

UK – As Blind Date returns to prime time television, illumination specialists LED Creative is supporting the Blind Date crews at the legendary, iconic dating show and the Big Brother’s themed housemate challenge.

PLASA Show 2017 Seminar Programme Steps Up a Gear

06/07/2017 - Event News

UK – The PLASA Show seminar programme is one of its most important and popular features, each year hosting industry experts from around the world who share their knowledge, skills and experience. This year, the new, enhanced programme is set to deliver even more content than before and will feature a diverse range of subjects that will look at topical issues, ground-breaking concepts and deliver real insight into the world of entertainment technology.

Eurogress Aachen Installs Five More Yamaha Digital Mixers

06/07/2017 - Project News

Germany – Following a recent technical upgrade, which saw convention and concert venue Eurogress Aachen install two Yamaha CL5 digital mixing consoles, the new desks proved so successful that five more Yamaha digital mixers have now been installed.

Hippotizer Karst powers Dinamo Riga hockey team to a winning display

06/07/2017 - Production News

Latvia – Dinamo Riga, the Latvian professional hockey team, teamed with Stage Crew, Latvian technical production service, to mark Dinamo’s final home game of the KHL 2016/17 season. And centre to the stunning pre-game visuals was a Hippotizer Karst media server, running Hippotizer V4.

AC-ET to extend its official Prolyte Distributorship to Ireland

06/07/2017 - Business News

Ireland – A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) has announced that it is extending its distribution for Prolyte Group's prominent range of high quality trussing, staging and structural solutions to include Ireland.

Keeping it Light for Don Pasquale

05/07/2017 - Production News

Belgium – Painting with Light renewed its long-term working collaboration with the Summer Opera at Alden Biesen, a beautiful 16th century castle in the village of Rijkhoven, Limburg, eastern Belgium, just a 20 minute drive from the creative design practice’s own HQ in Genk.

ON LX Branches out to Deliver Technical Innovation for the Greenpeace Field at Glastonbury alongside Bailes & Light

05/07/2017 - Production News

UK – This year saw the Greenpeace field take a leap into the future. With the theme of forests, the creative team ran wild designing structures visible from across the site.

Elite Productions Lights Superstars at Soul Beach with Chauvet Professional

05/07/2017 - Production News

Aruba – Too often, events that receive a lot of accolades don’t seem to live up to their press clippings. This was most definitely not the case at the 2017 Soul Beach Music Festival in Aruba’s capital. Routinely included in the Top Ten lists of Caribbean festivals from the likes of USA Today and Jetsetter Magazine, the five day event exceeded even the highest expectations this year, serving up a plethora of charismatic performances from superstars like Usher, The Roots and Mary J. Blige in a paradisical setting. Adding extra sizzle to the proceedings was the seemingly endless variety of intensely coloured big looks that Erik van Oorsouw of Elite Productions created with help from over 100 Chauvet Professional fixtures.

PRG XL Video Supports Peter Mumford with Theatre Lighting Technology for The Ferryman

05/07/2017 - Production News

UK – Produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Neal Street Productions and Royal Court Theatre Productions, The Ferryman not only has multiple 5-star reviews to its name, but also the accolade of being the fastest-selling play in the history of the Royal Court Theatre. Now the play, written by Jez Butterworth, and directed by Sam Mendes, has transferred to the West End’s Gielgud Theatre where it will run until 6th January 2018.

Powersoft Fulfils all Requirements at Borussia Dortmund

05/07/2017 - Project News

Germany Back in the summer of 2013, system integrators, fulfil engineering, replaced the main PA along the four stands at Signal Iduna Park, home to Bundesliga club, Borussia Dortmund. At the time they left the existing EAW sound system providing coverage in the four corners for future upgrade. This has now been implemented, and at the same time, the previous two-channel amplifiers have been retired in favour of Powersoft’s eight-channel process-controlled solution.

Arena Group Support 2017 Aegon Championships Expansion

05/07/2017 - Production News

UK – Arena UK & Europe, part of Arena Group, played a pivotal role in the transformation of The Queen’s Club, London, creating a 10,500 capacity temporary sports venue to host the Aegon Championships, June 2017.

Prolyte Group expands production to support its growth

05/07/2017 - Business News

Romania – Following continued growth, Prolyte Group has solved its need for additional production capacity by expanding its new production site in Piatra Olt, Romania, which was opened in 2016. With this expansion Prolyte has completed an additional 4,400m2 production space to the already impressive facilities.

PopRock Festival Slovenia

04/07/2017 - Production News

Slovenia – Teamwork is a great thing, and this was clearly evident for Slovenia’s 2017 PopRock Festival, a high profile national TV live event broadcast from Ljubljana, where lighting designer Crt Birsa and set designer Greta Godnic worked their creative magic in a special collaboration, with the help of 200 plus Robe lighting fixtures!

Marquee AV Provides the AV and Production Lighting for New LAMDA Facility

04/07/2017 - Project News

UK – LAMDA (London Academy of music & Dramatic Art) recently opened its brand new £28.2m facility, which replaces the western part of its campus and more than doubles its overall size. Founded in 1861 as the London Academy of Music, LAMDA is the oldest drama school in the UK and was the first such institution to offer acting tuition. Today, LAMDA offers seven validated degree courses in acting, directing, production and technical arts.

Star technique for New Order and Liam Gillick at MIF

04/07/2017 - Production News

UK -Star Events provided a performance wall for a 12-piece synthesiser ensemble and a standard 1.2m high forestage as New Order rolled back the years and rolled out the production to open Manchester International Festival (MIF).

Erwin Van Lokeren Creates New Looks For Epica Tour with ChamSys

04/07/2017 - Production News

Europe & USA – In his 11 years as Epica’s lighting designer, Erwin Van Lokeren has never repeated a look from song to song. Neither he nor the band would have it any other way. Never afraid to blaze their own musical path, the symphonic metal pioneers have transcended genres by pulling in wildly disparate influences from Vivaldi to Star Wars, and weaving them all into a uniquely transformative sound. Van Lokeren, who collaborates closely with two of Epica’s members Coen Janssen and Isaac Delahaye, has accentuated the band’s musical message with a ceaseless flow of compelling looks, each more unique than the next.

EM Acoustics continues to strengthen North American presence with Cardone, Soloman & Associates

04/07/2017 - Business News

USA – Hard on the heels of the announcement of the appointment of Contact Distribution as EM Acoustics’ exclusive Canadian distributor, the British loudspeaker manufacturer continues to strengthen its presence in North America with their first rep firm appointment, Cardone, Solomon & Associates based in New York.

Neil Austin Uses GLP X4 Bars and XL to Light Woyzeck

04/07/2017 - Production News

UK – Creating a concept to sculpt the air with light, Tony and Olivier award-winning lighting designer Neil Austin has drawn on the work of early visionaries Adolphe Appia, Gordon Craig and the more recent Josef Svoboda to deliver his fractured, abstract and constantly changing masterpiece for the Jack Thorne adaptation of Woyzeck at the Old Vic.

Prestigious Award for Medium-Sized Enterprises

04/07/2017 - Business News

Germany – This year, Movecat has been recognised as one of the leading innovators among Germany's medium-sized companies, winning one of that country's prestigious TOP 100 awards. Since 1993 this accolade has been awarded annually to honour exceptional, innovation-driven achievements by small and medium-sized German enterprises.

Rob Sinclair and Matt Arthur use Jands Vista to Integrate Lighting, Video and Pixel Mapped Effects for System of a Down

04/07/2017 - Production News

Europe “How do we set up the control system to accommodate everything we need for a huge show including capacity for different festival rigs?” Matt Arthur, lighting director for System of a Down’s current European tour, and festival appearances asked Jack Moorhouse, Jands product manager from A.C. Entertainment Technologies.

!FESTREPUBLIC.CLUB beats to the sound of L-Acoustics

04/07/2017 - Project News

Ukraine – !FEST is a chain of creative restaurants, bars and clubs in the Ukraine. Its latest project is !FESTREPUBLIC.CLUB, a new nightclub in the city of Lviv. The club’s owners and management wanted a system of the same quality and impact as the iconic Bowery Presents’ Terminal 5 and Webster Hall in New York City and looked to L-Acoustics to ensure they could offer such an all-round, world class experience.

Heads Up – Warpaint Tours with Allen & Heath dLive

04/07/2017 - Production News

Worldwide – Warpaint is a Los Angeles-based 'dream pop' band currently on tour in support of their third album, “Heads Up”. The tour, which has played high-profile venues from Australia’s Sydney Opera House to England’s Glastonbury Festival, carries two Allen & Heath dLive S5000 Surfaces with DM64 MixRacks for FoH and monitors, supplied by Wigwam Acoustics in Europe and Rat Sound in the USA.

MLA Dominates Wild Life for Third Year Running

04/07/2017 - Production News

UK – Now in its third year on the wide open spaces of Brighton City Airport, the Wild Life Festival, jointly founded by Disclosure and Rudimental, once again brought the best out of Martin Audio’s MLA PA and the Capital Sound crew charged with optimising it.

VER support Kennedy and Dazed Media Group with ultra-stylish visual installation

04/07/2017 - Production News

Working with creative studio Another Space, VER London helped build the vibrant, large scale artistic installation that shrouded the entrance to the Dazed 100 celebration event.

German EDM Festival “Tante Mia tanzt” Shines with Elation

04/07/2017 - Production News

Germany – As Ascension Day is a traditional day off for Germans, what better way to spend it then at “Tanta Mia tanzt,” a one-day electro dance music festival with international and regional DJs. Held in the town of Vechta in north-west Germany, Tanta Mia tanzt debuted in 2016 and was back in 2017 with a line-up of EDM and house beat artists playing across multiple stages. The all-day EDM party with its unusual name (“Aunt Mia is dancing”) attracted more than 16,000 visitors this year.

Ed Sheeran takes grandMA2 around the world

04/07/2017 - Production News

Worldwide – Ed Sheeran is one of the most popular, successful and respected young music talents of the moment and is currently engaged on an extensive world tour, featuring an eye-catching production design by Mark Cunniffe with a networked grandMA2 system specified to control lighting and playback video.

ALD Launches Michael Northen Awards 2017

04/07/2017 - Event News

UK – The Association of Lighting Designers has announced the launch of the 2017 Michael Northen Awards. This year, following extensive research by the ALD’s student working group, a total of four awards will be presented under the ‘Michael Northen Award scheme’. The awards are open to current students – not limited to those on vocational theatre course – as well as affiliate members of the ALD.

Middlesex University's Quadrangle Gets ICONYX

03/07/2017 - Project News

UK With roots dating back more than 130 years, Middlesex University has built a reputation as a world-class institution, with branches in Dubai, Malta, and Mauritius. The school's main campus in Hendon, North London, has been undergoing an extensive redevelopment project, including the transformation of a previously underused outdoor space.

Glastonbury’s New Ribbon Tower Stands Out with Chauvet Professional Mavericks

03/07/2017 - Production News

UK This year’s Glastonbury Festival was “the best yet,” according to organiser Emily Eavis. It was easy to see why, as a star studded procession of artists from Radiohead, Ed Sheeran and the Foo Fighters to The Sleaford Mods, The XX and Katy Perry appeared on its stages. These superstars weren’t the only crowd-pleasers at the five day event, however, also attracting a lot of attention was the 20 metre high multi-coloured ribbon tower set against the brilliant light produced by ten Maverick MK1 Hybrids from Chauvet Professional.

Bakersfield High School Graduates to Avolites Sapphire Touch

03/07/2017 - Project News

USA – For 75 years, theatre students at Bakersfield High School have learned technical skills to prepare them for a life in the entertainment world. This year, Kern High School District invested heavily in its students’ professional education by upgrading Harvey Auditorium’s conventional lighting fixtures to LED and the lighting control to an Avolites Sapphire Touch running Titan v10.1 software.

Led Zep Masters Tour has a Whole Lotta Love for Allen & Heath dLive Digital Mixing System

03/07/2017 - Production News

UK – With 35 musicians on stage delivering arguably the greatest back catalogue of classic rock anthems in history, Led Zep Masters is a live show that places great demands on a front of house audio set-up. To address those demands production company Liz Hobbs Group relied on an Allen & Heath dLive S Class digital mixing system for its recent run of UK theatre shows, which featured Australia’s Zep Boys backed by some of the best orchestral players in the country.

Gijs Gigs with Yamaha Rivage PM10

03/07/2017 - Production News

The Netherlands – With over 30 years in the industry, Gijs Schouten (pictured) is one of the Netherlands most experienced professional sound engineers. Having worked with many developments in the world of pro audio, he knows when a mixing console is ‘right’. This is why he is so impressed with the Yamaha Rivage PM10.