News Archive for August 2017

Martin Audio MLA in Control at Volt and Balaton

31/08/2017 - Production News

Hungary – The Volt and Balaton Sound Festivals are part of a series of major festivals in Hungary, held over the summer.

Gearhouse takes on “Take me out”

31/08/2017 - Production News

South Africa – A fresh and provocative season of television dating show Take Me Out aired on South African television screens in July, courtesy of Vuzu Amp and local production company, Rapid Blue.

Real Music Delivers Benchmark Adamson Applied Certification Training in China

31/08/2017 - Standards News

Asia – Adamson Systems Engineering’s exclusive Chinese distributor, Real Music, hosted its first session of the globally standardised Adamson Applied Certification training and set the bar high with an all-encompassing delivery.

GLP Go Great Guns at Glastonbury

31/08/2017 - Production News

UK – GLP’s award-winning X4 Bar 20s were out in force at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, led by Andi Watson, who had already been lighting Radiohead on tour using 14 of the large X4 L as well as quantities of Bar 20s and Bar 10s. The inventory was supplied by Neg Earth.

Gavin Degraw Tours with Bandit Lites

31/08/2017 - Production News

USA – When fans of American singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw arrive at a show of his, they can anticipate the Grammy-nominated artist to play all his hits, albeit with one notable modification: a pared-down band. Bandit Lites provided the lighting package for the production, and while previous tours elicited more of a rock show feel, the Gavin DeGRAW TOUR utilises a three-piece band to give a much more stripped back, intimate feel.

Chauvet DJ Provides Exciting Visuals for Licher Wiesnfest Beer Festival

31/08/2017 - Production News

Germany Beer, food, folk music and a wide variety of other forms of entertainment are a perfect recipe for a good time. The Licher Wiesnfest Beer Festival has been following this formula successfully since 2009. While Munich’s Oktoberfest is Germany’s most internationally famous beer festival export, this summer event, which takes place near Frankfurt am Main, has been gaining traction since its inception, thanks to its delicious drafted beer and varied entertainment programme.

Danley Jericho Horns, Subwoofers and Amps Rock at Glastonbury

31/08/2017 - Production News

UK – Almost every year, for what is fast approaching half a century, tens of thousands and, in recent years, capacity crowds of 135,000 have descended on the tiny village of Pilton in south-west England to attend the Glastonbury Festival. The festival runs for five days and includes plenty of music on multiple stages, plus movies, dance, art, circus, theatre, and all things cultural, multicultural, and countercultural. This year, Neuron Pro Audio of Manchester, UK, handled The Temple Stage in The Common section located in the south-east Corner of Glastonbury, where they deployed Danley Sound Labs’ Pure Groove loudspeakers, Jericho Horns, Synergy Horns, Tapped Horn Subwoofers, and DNA amplifiers/DSP to thrill the five thousand-plus attendees of The Temple’s Drum & Bass, Rave, and DJ sets. Stagecore Productions, led by Steve Bedlam and Bertie Hunter, handled all technical provisions for The Common area and contracted Neuron Pro Audio. Danley UK, the distributor for the UK and Ireland, assisted.

HHB Communications at IBC 2017

31/08/2017 - Event News

The Netherlands  – HHB Communications will be attending IBC 2017 and will be celebrating its appointment as exclusive UK and Ireland distributor for digital audio mixing consoles and media routing systems manufacturer Studer who will be attending the show.

Alcons is the Gold Standard for RSB Cinemas RSB chooses Alcons After Comparison Tests

31/08/2017 - Project News

The Netherlands – While large multiplex cinema chains compete on quantity, smaller independent venues are finding a new market by specialising in quality. An example is RSB Cinemas, a Dutch company that has recently opened its second venue where cinema-goers can enjoy a new level of quality and personal service. An Alcons audio system and laser projection in each room mean they enjoy a uniformly excellent movie experience.

Dual Allen & Heath For Brazil’s Top Country Band

31/08/2017 - Production News

Brazil – One of Brazil’s most renowned country folk bands, Guilherme and Santiago, has begun a new tour of South America travelling with a dLive S Class system at FoH with a GLD mixer on monitors from Allen & Heath.

Hazy Days on the River Bank with MDG

31/08/2017 - Production News

UK – MDG is the well-respected manufacturer of industry bench-mark haze and fog generators and is loved and well-known within the industry. This summer the company has made some unusual new friends, namely Mole, Ratty, Badger and Mr Toad from the riverbank.

Atlona Strengthens HDR Portfolio at CEDIA with New HDMI 18Gb/s Matrix Switcher

30/08/2017 - Event News

USA – In response to escalating requests for HDR support in residential AV systems, Atlona will launch its latest-generation HDMI matrix switcher, the AT-HDR-H2H-44M, at the upcoming CEDIA show (September 7-9, San Diego Convention Center). Atlona will exhibit at Booth 3615.

PLASA Show releases latest additions to seminar programme

30/08/2017 - Event News

UK – This year’s PLASA Show seminar programme both embraces the Show’s 40-year history and continues to provide valuable education across the most important and topical subjects in the industry today. This latest tranche of the Show’s free-to-attend seminar programme will have particular appeal for anyone in AV and lighting, those wanting to refine their social media interaction, boost their productivity with processes and apps or learn more about the Production Managers Forum.

Bryce Cherpelis Gets Artistic at ARISE with Chauvet Professional

30/08/2017 - Production News

USA – Determined to remain true to their musical roots, the organisers of the ARISE Music Festival have steadfastly avoided lengthening its name to include the word “art.” Yet even though there was no shortage of great music at the 2017 version of this event, including national acts like Ani DiFranco, Tipper and Lettuce, ARISE was almost as much about seeing as listening. From a flaming owl that warmed people at night, to a gigantic willow sculpture, to painters off stage doing live art interpretations of the music, this early August festival served up a variety of surreal and beguiling looks.

Robert Juliat Hits the Road for US Leg of Paul McCartney’s One On One Tour

30/08/2017 - Production News

USA – Paul McCartney’s long-running One on One World Tour has added 21 dates in the US this summer and autumn, with Robert Juliat Dalis LED footlights helping to showcase the evolution of his music from the 1960s to today. The US leg of the ongoing tour kicked off in Miami in July and will conclude in Detroit in October.

Pitbull Takes Over Las Vegas with Sennheiser Digital 9000

30/08/2017 - Production News

USA International superstar Pitbull, a.k.a. “Mr. Worldwide,” recently settled in at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino for an eight-night limited engagement performing his energised Las Vegas show “Time of Our Lives.” The high-octane series of performances follows successful Las Vegas tour stops in 2015 and 2016 for the artist, with one difference this time around: Pitbull and his team put their recently acquired Sennheiser Digital 9000 wireless system to work for world-class sound quality and reliability.

Claypaky Hits the Road with OneRepublic Headlining 2017 Honda Civic Tour

30/08/2017 - Production News

USA – OneRepublic is headlining the 2017 Honda Civic Tour, the 16th annual edition of the car manufacturer's summer tour, and Claypaky Mythos2 and Claypaky Sharpy Washes are along for the cross-country ride.

DiGiCo provides all round flexibility for Rag 'N' Bone Man

30/08/2017 - Production News

Europe – Double Brit Award winning singer songwriter, Rag 'N' Bone Man, spent the beginning of this year touring the UK and Europe. With his ever expanding fanbase, every academy-sized venue of the two-week UK section was sold out and he claimed the number one spot in many of the European shows, with the summer festival season following on. Front of House engineer Rob Sadler and monitor engineer Jamie Tinsley have both deployed DiGiCo SD7s throughout, supplied by rental company Nitelites.

NIN Provides Industrial Scale Debut for GLP’s LED Hybrid Strobe

30/08/2017 - Production News

Europe – Legendary industrial rock pioneers Nine Inch Nails (NIN), led by the charismatic Trent Reznor, are back on the touring circuit, with a series of Summer and Fall Festival dates.

Philips Lighting innovation brings vibrant diversity to the National Theatre's River Stage

30/08/2017 - Production News

UK – Philips Lighting has announced that, for the second consecutive year, its entertainment lighting technology has been chosen for The National Theatre's outdoor River Stage season, building on its long-standing relationship with the venue.

See what all the talk is about at Elation PLASA Stand H40

29/08/2017 - Event News

UK – PLASA 2017 at Olympia in West London will give lighting professionals the opportunity to see for themselves what the latest buzz around some of Elation Professional’s newest luminaires is all about. From 17th to 19th September, Elation will be showcasing at Stand H40 its new breed of hybrid luminaire, the full-colour IP65-rated Paladin strobe/wash/blinder effect, along with the award-winning Proteus line of IP65-rated arc-source moving heads (Proteus Beam and Proteus Hybrid).

Trey Anastasio Rocks Out with Robe at Red Rocks

29/08/2017 - Production News

USA – Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado is one of the most iconic concert venues in the world. Everyone loves playing at this unique setting with its special ambience and for a recent Trey Anastasio Band (TAB) gig, LD Marc Janowitz used Robe BMFL Spots to highlight the magnificent rock formation at the back of the stage.

Meyer Sound Appoints GerrAudio as Exclusive Distributor for Canada

29/08/2017 - Business News

Canada – Meyer Sound has announced that GerrAudio Distribution, Inc. will resume responsibility for design, technical support, sales and servicing of Meyer Sound products throughout Canada. Established in 1977, GerrAudio is headquartered in Brockville, Ontario, with additional sales and technical support locations in Quebec and Western Canada.

Rogue R1 FX-B Serves up Multi-layered Looks on Bonobo World Tour

29/08/2017 - Production News

Worldwide – Combining various musical styles such as jazz, house, folk and soul with African, Asian, and Middle Eastern influences, it’s clear to see why Bonobo has been described by Electronic Beats magazine as one of the most prolific “genre shunning” producers. Fittingly, the light show on this iconoclastic star’s world tour was given an expansive boundary-defying look by Will Thomas with help from a collection of multifaceted Rogue R1 FX-B fixtures from Chauvet Professional.

DHL’s inventory of SGM lights reaches new heights

29/08/2017 - Production News

UK – Driven by the market demand and enhancing the existing stock of their clients, Dry Hire Lighting (DHL) has recently made a heavy investment in SGM’s LED technology.

Painting with Light Supports Panasonic Roadshow

29/08/2017 - Production News

Europe – Painting with Light continues its active collaboration with entertainment technology giant, Panasonic, through the current European Media & Entertainment Roadshow initiative which is showcasing the brand’s latest, high-powered projectors.

KLANG:fabrik Delivers 3D Listening Experience at Silent Concert For 1000 Headphones

29/08/2017 - Production News

Germany – The German band Adulescens recently performed a stunning silent concert at Marienplatzfest in Stuttgart, with over 1,000 headphones and a binaural 3D mix powered by KLANG:fabrik.

Community Launches the TT-1020 Emergency Notification Tunnel Loudspeaker

29/08/2017 - Equipment News

Community Professional Loudspeakers is building on its long-standing reputation for reliable, high performing outdoor loudspeaker systems with the introduction of the TT-1020 Emergency Notification Tunnel Loudspeaker at the Integrate Show in Melbourne, Australia 29th to 31st August, 2017. Designed to provide consistent intelligible emergency notification, the TT-1020 delivers precise pattern control and excellent performance in enclosed linear spaces and other highly reverberant environments.

Avolites Arena takes top spot at River Stage Weekends

29/08/2017 - Production News

UK – The latest lighting console from British lighting and video control manufacturer Avolites is currently being used to control the versatile lighting rig on the National Theatre's River Stage Festival on London's South Bank.

Robe Gets into Summer Stadium Show

29/08/2017 - Production News

France – Robe moving lights were top of the specifcation list compiled by Frederic “Aldo” Fayard from Paris based visual design practice Concept K, who produced an elaborate lighting design for the 2017 Summer Stadium Festival staged at the Orange Velodrome in Marseille.

Theatre Projects brings increased intimacy and flexibility to the Denver Center's Space Theatre

29/08/2017 - Project News

USA – The Denver Center’s Space Theatre opened this month after a $15 million renovation by Theatre Projects, Semple Brown Architects, and K-2 Audio (acoustician and A/V consultant). As one of the homes of the DCPA Theatre Company (DCPA), the renovated five-sided arena theatre gives the Tony Award-winning company a more versatile, intimate, and flexible performance space, new public gathering areas, and greater audience comfort and amenities.

Blink 182 Rocks with SSL L200

29/08/2017 - Production News

Europe & USA – High Energy US punk rock band Blink 182 is currently on an international tour following the introduction of its new guitarist and vocalist Matt Skiba, and the release of the new California album. Jason Decter, front of house engineer for Blink 182 for the past eight years, has chosen the new SSL L200 Live console, which was supplied for the Europen leg of the tour by PA systems specialist, SSE Audio Group, and in the US by Hi-Tech Audio via Rat Sound Systems for the job of bringing the band's particular mania to the PA.

DiGiCo and Bose Shine for “Sunset Sounds” in Brooklyn

29/08/2017 - Production News

USA – This summer, New York’s famed Brooklyn Bowl has teamed up with Industry City to create “Sunset Sounds,” a series of free and ticketed events featuring eclectic line-ups and outdoor family concerts from 7th June through to 23rd September. The backdrop for the new outdoor concert venue at Industry City near Brooklyn’s waterfront comprises six million square feet of modernised and renovated warehouse structures blending traditional manufacturing and innovation economy, prototyping, software coding and digital publishing companies, among many other businesses.

Avolites Ai Media servers scribe new visual language in 360° projection

25/08/2017 - Production News

UK 360° Theatre was the immersive cinema event by fulldome mapping specialist, GaiaNova, held at London's Cody Dock. The event used exclusively Avolites Ai R8 Media servers to video map the interior of one of GaiaNova's 18m projection domes with a diverse range of speciality designed 360° video over the course of two days.

Sustainable SGM lights for Glasto’s Greenpeace Field

25/08/2017 - Production News

UK – Party vibes were strong, pure and never-ending at Worthy Farm, when the 47th edition of Festivals are times to celebrate positive solutions to our earthly contemporary issues and thus ‘Stand for Forrest’ was a key message at this year’s Glastonbury’s Greenpeace Field. The huge rocket from last year was transformed into a show-stopping 20m tree, where DJs played until the early hours washed in colourful and beautiful SGM light. The huge tree came alive at night and was a must see feature this year for the 170,000 festival guests.

SGM lights up Glastonbury

25/08/2017 - Production News

UK – Party vibes were strong, pure and never-ending at Worthy Farm, when the 47th edition of the mammoth festival Glastonbury was kicked off. Like the previous years, hundreds of SGM fixtures prevailed in alluring stages and attractions, spread all over the 900 acres of festival wonderland.

Event Lighting on the Spiiders Web

25/08/2017 - Production News

Slovenia – Event Lighting is Slovenia’s largest and busiest lighting rental specialist, based in the capital, Ljubljana. The operation is owned and run by Jernej Gustin (pictured), who likes to be setting the trends rather than following them!

Flare Q+ on Foo Fighters Tour

25/08/2017 - Production News

Worldwide – Foo Fighters will be on the road through December promoting their ninth studio album, Concrete & Gold. Following dates in Asia, the Seattle band will hit Berlin and London before opening the US autumn tour at Cal Jam 17 in San Bernardino, California in October. Since 2010, Dan Hadley has been the group’s production designer and lighting programmer/director and his current design includes 27 Flare Q+ LR linear fixtures.

WestJet Sets World Records with 21st Birthday Light Effects Featuring Claypaky Mythos

25/08/2017 - Production News

USA – When WestJet Airlines Ltd., Canada’s second-largest air carrier and the number one international carrier into Las Vegas, wanted to celebrate its 21st birthday, the company decided to go all out and set some Guinness World Records in the process. WestJet treated passengers on one of its Toronto-Las Vegas flights to a massive light show in Utah’s Mojave Desert featuring 126 Claypaky Mythos fixtures

Alex Kay Revs Up Machine Gun Kelly’s Festival with Chauvet Professional

25/08/2017 - Production News

USA – The theme of the fourth annual EST Festival, which took place outside Cleveland 11th to 13th August, was “1970 Something,” a tribute to those unruly, hard-driving days when social inhibitions seemed to be falling like bowling pins. Early seventies' style swagger was out in full force during the two-day festival, as its founder Machine Gun Kelly and other hip-hop heavyweights like Gucci Mane tore things up with some high-powered decibels. There were even some period piece scenic elements dotting the festival grounds for atmosphere, but the Alex Kay light show that supported the onstage performances went way beyond anything anyone could ever have imagined back in the day.

High End Systems Open House

25/08/2017 - Event News

USA – HES cordially invites you to a special High End Systems Open House in New York City on Wednesday, 20th September. This all-day event will be held at the Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row on 42nd Street, and will conclude with an evening cocktail reception.

ETC releases new mobile remote apps for Eos family consoles

25/08/2017 - Equipment News

Eos family control becomes even more versatile with the release of the newly-upgraded iRFR and aRFR iOS and Android mobile applications. Both remote apps boast fully-redesigned user interfaces, more intuitive connectivity and an expanded feature set, including a full-feature keyboard and direct selects. This redesign is available as a free update for anyone who has previously purchased the iRFR or aRFR application. Note that software v2.6 must be installed on the host Eos device (console, RPU, laptop, etc) for these revised applications to work.

Martin Audio XE500 Unveiled at Rock in Japan Festival

25/08/2017 - Production News

Japan – Summer is the festival season right around the world, and that includes Japan which is awash with many music festivals.

Alcons Audio Tames the Tent for Jazz Aspen Snowmass

25/08/2017 - Production News

UK – Every year in June the Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) June Experience features four nights of headline concerts at the spectacular Benedict Music Tent in Aspen, Colorado. The 2050-capacity venue has always been a difficult space for amplified music, but this year an Alcons Audio system finally tamed the tent…

OutBoard brings TiMax back to PLASA for 2017

25/08/2017 - Event News

UK – At this year’s PLASA Show 2017 (London Olympia – 17th to 19th September 2017), Out Board (Stand S61) will present all three of its premium entertainment technology offerings, across three stands. Visitors to the show will also be able to experience TiMax spatial audio in the TiMax Immersion Zone, where TiMax SoundHub will tell you about its evolutionary object-based spatial reinforcement techniques for live vocal, instrument imaging and immersive audio. Attendees will hear examples of object-rendered vocal imaging and multi-dimensional dynamic sound effects and music beds.

All Time Low’s Summer US Tour Features Elation Lighting and Video

25/08/2017 - Production News

USA – JR Lighting provided the lighting, rigging and control package for the US leg of American pop punk band All Time Low’s “The Young Renegades” tour, a successful six-week run this summer that featured Elation Professional lighting and video.

Adamson Adds a Big-Time Sales Partner in Big House Sound

24/08/2017 - Business News

USA – A long time and proud member of the Adamson Network, Austin, Texas’s Big House Sound, Inc. has doubled-down on its investment in the brand by officially becoming a sales partner for the high-end Canadian loudspeaker company.

GLP JDC1 Adds Pulse to Massive Nature One Electronic Festival

24/08/2017 - Production News

Germany – The annual pilgrimage by Germany’s dance aficionados to the Nature One electronic music festival again saw a capacity crowd of 65,000 assemble at the Pydna Missile Base in Kastellaun. The setting of this former NATO missile base in the west of the country has proved to be the perfect location to host an event featuring over 20 stages.

JMY Sound and Light Celebrates India with Chauvet Professional

24/08/2017 - Production News

South Africa – The 15th of August, Indian Independence Day, holds a special meaning for the people of Lenasia Township. It was here in the early 20th century that a young Mahatma Gandhi staged a famous protest at the local railway station to advance the cause of civil rights for South Africa’s Indian population. Later, when he returned to India, Gandhi would employ the idea of non-violent civil disobedience that he had honed in South Africa to win independence for his native country, and in the process, change the world.

Black Peaks on the Rise with Sennheiser

24/08/2017 - Production News

UK – Formed in 2013 in Brighton on the UK south coast, Black Peaks is a four-piece progressive rock band that are going places. Their debut album, Statues, has been described by The Independent as ‘an exceptional combination of alternative rock, heavy metallic riffs, prog infused concepts and subtle post-rock flourishes that all interweave to create an extremely accomplished debut’ and they have been championed by both Radio 1’s Daniel P Carter and Zane Lowe. Having started out, as most fledgling bands do, with an unrefined mix of microphones, adding Sennheiser to their inventory has made a world of difference.

TiMax spatial acoustics for Europe’s largest natural stage

24/08/2017 - Production News

Austria – Gracing the beautiful and imposing open-air stage of Austria’s St. Margarethen Quarry this summer is one of Verdi's most popular operas, Rigoletto. The scope and scale of the production was readily matched by two TiMax SoundHub spatial audio processors specified by sound designer, Volker Werner, to meet some interesting and unique challenges.

Green Hippo delivers bespoke training to mo2 design, in advance of 1000th episode of 1, 2 oder 3, the classic children’s German TV show

24/08/2017 - Production News

Germany – The 1000th edition of Germany’s hugely popular children’s TV show 1, 2 oder 3 aired in July, and Green Hippo and mo2 design helped ensure it looked suitably impressive. Based on the original US version, which was called Runaround, those in the UK may be familiar with the UK show, which went out in the 70s and 80s under that same original US title. The success of the German show has outstripped that of any of its ‘siblings’ seeing it become a mainstay of German childhood TV watching.

DPA Microphones Delivers Unrivalled Sonic Reproduction for English Band Tears for Fears

24/08/2017 - Production News

USA – For the past three and half decades, veteran FoH Engineer Doug Kimball (pictured) has toured the world with some of music’s biggest names. When Kimball heads out on the road his goal is simple, to deliver the best possible sound night in and night out. On Kimball’s current tour with Tears for Fears, he relies on a range of solutions from DPA Microphones.

White Light Returns to 40th PLASA Show

23/08/2017 - Event News

UK – The PLASA Show returns to Olympia London next month for what will be its 40th anniversary. The event will once again present ground-breaking technology and exciting new launches by the world’s greatest designers and engineers. As the technical solutions specialist, White Light will be exhibiting on stand L50 where its expert staff will be on hand to meet customers old and new as well as present a range of revolutionary technology.

Allen & Heath’s dLlive Manages Gala at Budapest Opera House

23/08/2017 - Production News

Hungary – Allen & Heath’s dLive S Class mixing system recently managed the gala event for the FINA World Aquatic Championships 2017, held at the prestigious Opera House in Budapest.

It’s a Love Thing for Chase & Status

23/08/2017 - Production News

UK - Lighting and visuals designer Andy Hurst wanted to make a big impact and keep the 'wow factors' flowing for Chase & Status acclaimed Saturday night headliner set at the 2017 Lovebox festival in London’s Victoria Park, so he designed an epic specials package which was supplied by HSL, together with crew, which was installed under the event’s production ‘top rig’.

DiGiCo SD10 provides fail-safe control for Hungarian FINA World Championships

23/08/2017 - Production News

Hungary – July saw the FINA (Fédération Internationale de Natation) World Championships for aquatic sports take place at the Danube Arena in the Hungarian capital of Budapest. Hungarian sales and rental company Chromasound was tasked with providing a complete audio system for the games and its subsequent events with a DiGiCo SD10 chosen to provide audio control.

St. Paul and the Broken Bones Tours with Bandit Lites

23/08/2017 - Production News

USA – St. Paul and the Broken Bones, the energetic eight piece rock band from Alabama, is bringing their high-voltage soul sound to cities across the nation with a lighting package designed by Chris Lisle and provided by Bandit Lites.

See Factor Supplies Elation Arena Pars for Foreigner 40th Anniversary Tour

23/08/2017 - Production News

USA – A rock staple for 40 years and one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, it would be hard to find anyone who couldn’t sing a string of Foreigner songs. The renowned group recently released Forty Hits from Forty Years with an accompanying 40th Anniversary Tour appropriately featuring an old-school lighting design by Dan Lastovka using Elation Arena Par Zoom LED wash lights supplied by See Factor.

NEXT-proaudio introduces new LAs418G (Ground Stack Version)

23/08/2017 - Equipment News

NEXT-proaudio, being aware of the moving heavy loads issue, has added to its Subwoofer options, the LAs418G, a new ground stack version of the current well known subwoofer LAs418. The actual version of LAs418 allows the user to array the sub with optional external hardware, having all the internal box rigging hardware. On this new ground stack version, there is no possibility to array it, which is not a requirement for some users so allows a substantial weight reduction but keeping the same design and performance. LAs418G houses two long excursion and very high power 18" drivers providing the same ultra-low frequencies at a very high SPL and delivering magnificent precision and punch at incredible sound pressure levels.

Björn Hermann Brings DPWK Awards, ‘Der Goldene Funke’, to Life with Help from GLP

23/08/2017 - Production News

Germany – The annual DPWK Deutscher Preis für Wirtschaftskommunikation (German Prize for Business Communication) gala award presentation took place recently in the casual surroundings of Berlin’s Columbiahalle rock venue (replacing the usual formal black tie event).

grandMA2 dances at UNITE event: World premiere festival experience

23/08/2017 - Production News

Belgium – Tomorrowland is one of the world’s highest profile electronic music festivals, gathering over 400,000 people at the main site in Belgium, and connecting an additional 70,000 people at multiple remote venues through the UNITE event. UNITE are events organised in different countries and connected via a live satellite broadcast with Tomorrowland Belgium.

Six theatres awarded grants by UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme as Theatres Trust announces extension of scheme

22/08/2017 - Project News

UK - Theatres Trust has announced the tenth round of awards from its UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme (UKSGS) offering grants of up to £5,000 and supported by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and Judy Craymer MBE.

Optoma expands Darbee range with new HD39Darbee home projector

22/08/2017 - Equipment News

Movie fans and gamers can enjoy a super-size cinema-quality picture in their own home without dimming the lights with Optoma’s latest projector to feature award-winning DARBEE technology - HD39Darbee.  With an impressive 16ms response time, it gives a fast response for gaming and, boasting a brightness of 3,500 lumens, this new projector couples bright, vibrant images with installation flexibility.

Robe Summoned for League of Legends in Rio

22/08/2017 - Production News

Brazil – Brazilian rental company LPL supplied over 150 Robe moving lights including BMFL WashBeams to the 2017 League of Legends Mid-Season Invitationals (MSI) competition staged in the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janiero. (formally the Rio Olympic Arena)

Ayrton throws light on The Chainsmokers Memories … Do Not Open tour

22/08/2017 - Production News

USA – Grammy Award-winning artist producer duo, The Chainsmokers, aka Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, embarked on their first arena tour earlier this year, visiting 36 cities across North America. The multi-faceted show was designed and produced by Miguel Risueño, aka Mike808, and Corey Johnson of Production Club, Los Angeles, with a stunning lighting design from Cory FitzGerald, and production management by Clancy Silver.

Chauvet Professional Maverick and Strike Fixtures Add Impact to Gentse Feesten

22/08/2017 - Production News

Belgium With many music stages and event spaces throughout the city’s UNESCO protected medieval centre, the annual ten-day Gentse Feesten is a go-to event for Northern European music lovers. Shining brightly against the city’s beautiful gothic architecture was the festival’s Sint-Baafsplein square stage. Vince de Schinckel brought the stage (one of the festival’s largest) to glittering life with help from eight Strike 1, 20 Maverick MK2 Wash, and 16 Maverick MK2 Spot fixtures from Chauvet Professional, supplied by Belgian rental specialists Euro PA.

Illuminate Lighting acquires hire operations of Lighting Productions

22/08/2017 - Business News

UK Entertainment lighting control system rental specialist, Illuminate Lighting, has acquired the lighting control and data distribution hire business of Lighting Productions with a mission to expand the console brands they offer and the services the company currently provides.

Sir Elton John Summer Tour 2017 with Lighting from PRG

22/08/2017 - Production News

Worldwide – Sir Elton John is one of a number of acts PRG has had the pleasure of working with for many years. Account director Jon Cadbury explains a little about PRG’s history with Sir Elton’s tours: “We have been working with Sir Elton and his touring team for many years, and we supply lights for most of his shows around the world. I look after them in Europe, together with a fairly consistent, and excellent lighting team, and my colleague Curry Grant takes care of all of the North American and rest of the world shows. Sir Elton usually tours twice a year in Europe, as well as touring the US and the occasional residency in Las Vegas; it’s like he’s on a never-ending tour – he is surely one of the hardest working artists touring today.”

Prolyte Group expands distribution in France

22/08/2017 - Business News

France – With the appointment of AED France as Prolyte distributor next to its existing distribution partner Axente, Prolyte Group has guaranteed full distribution coverage in France, offering customers optimised access to the range of Prolyte products.

Le Mark PAL Labels Tour the Globe with Cutting Edge Laser Specialist, ER Productions

22/08/2017 - Production News

ER Productions is an innovative laser specialist providing cutting-edge laser products and choreography to some of the most iconic shows internationally.

Depeche Mode’s audience Just Can’t Get Enough of L-Acoustics K1

22/08/2017 - Production News

UK - Formed back in 1980 Depeche Mode have had an incredible career. Since the release of their debut album Speak & Spell in 1981, they have had 50 songs in the UK Singles Charts, 17 top 10 albums in the UK chart and have sold over 100 million records worldwide. For their current Depeche Mode Global Spirit Tour, front of house engineer Antony King has chosen an L-Acoustics K1 system, supplied by UK rental company Britannia Row Productions.

ARI Studio Creates A Buzz Around Audient Console

22/08/2017 - Project News

Turkey“I am so blown away by this desk!” says Arıkan Sirakaya, owner and mix engineer at Stüdyo ARI of his recently installed ASP4816 console. Overseeing an upgrade at the private studio he set up nine years ago, Sirakaya admits that he’s had his eye on Audient for a while now.

VME’s MLA Compact makes the sun shine through the Cotton Clouds

22/08/2017 - Production News

UK – VME provided full production (including its flagship Martin Audio MLA Compact PA) for the first ever Cotton Clouds, Saddleworth’s pioneering boutique music festival.

Two Yamaha Rivage PM10s Deliver Crystal Clear Christian Message

22/08/2017 - Production News

The Netherlands – Each year the GelreDome – home of Dutch football club Vitesse Arnhem – is transformed into a huge centre of Christian worship by the EO-Jongerendag (Evangelical Broadcasting Youth Day) event. With 25,000 young people enjoying a range of Christian music and sermons in a huge ‘in the round’ production, two Yamaha Rivage PM10 digital mixing systems ensured that the message was clearly heard.

SSE Audio Group to host first ISCE Sound Engineer ECS Card Health and Safety Assessment Event

21/08/2017 - Standards News

UK – ISCE has announced its very first Sound Engineer ECS Card Health and Safety Assessment event, to be held on Wednesday 6th September 2017, at SSE Audio Group’s office in London.

White Light Supports Jo Cox Tribute Event in Batley

21/08/2017 - Production News

UK – The Batley and Spen Youth Theatre Company was recently set up to celebrate and pay tribute to the life of the late Jo Cox, MP for the constituency. Its aim was to create a lasting legacy in the town which will benefit young people for many years to come. Its inaugural project was a three week event led by a West End creative team which included a performance of Jo’s favourite musical Les Misérables, using an entire local cast. In support of the project, White Light provided the lighting equipment.

CDC seven mixes Glade Stage at Glastonbury

21/08/2017 - Production News

UKLeading Funktion-One rental house and sound production company, Sound-Services Ltd., worked together with the iconic loudspeaker company to produce the Funktion-One ‘Experimental Ambisonic Soundfield’ for The Glade Stage, the major electronic and dance music stage at The Glastonbury Festival. Sound-Services put in a Cadac CDC seven live sound console FOH, for its superb and unrivalled audio performance, allowing the audience to fully appreciate the ambisonic configuration of the Funktion-One Evo system.

Zion Mennonite Church Thrives with Renkus-Heinz IC Live Gen5

21/08/2017 - Project News

Canada During the last quarter of the 19th century, German-speaking Mennonites from Russia began settling the area around what is now the city of Winkler in south-eastern Manitoba, about 75 miles south-west of Winnipeg and a dozen miles north of Cavalier County, North Dakota. Mennonites continued to settle in the area and today constitute the overwhelming majority of the population. To serve this growing congregation, in 1981, Zion Mennonite Church built a new house of worship at Schanzenfeld, a small community a few miles south of Winkler.

Podium de Vorstin Chooses Robe

21/08/2017 - Project News

The Netherlands – Podium de Vorstin is a purpose built live music venue right in the heart of ‘media city’ Hilversum in the Netherlands. Its interesting modern neo-ecclesiastical steel architecture was created by Architekten Cie, and ensures that it stands out as an aesthetic landmark as well as a popular entertainment venue.

First Proteus Hybrids land in the Hawaiian Islands to Eggshell Light Company

18/08/2017 - Production News

USA – Eggshell Light Company of Honolulu, who has handled professional lighting needs on the Hawaiian Islands for decades, continues their reputation for innovation by taking delivery of Elation Professional’s new IP65-rated Proteus Hybrid multi-functional moving head.

ProPlex “Rock Solid” on TV

18/08/2017 - Production News

UK – BBC One’s musical show Pitch Battle recently completed a successful opening season with five pre-recorded episodes, plus the live finals. Live broadcasts have zero tolerance for malfunctions and equipment must be 100% reliable. For this reason, lighting designer Mark Kenyon insists on ProPlex data distribution devices for all his show data networking.

Specialz deliver the goods for Clean Bandit

18/08/2017 - Production News

UK – As Clean Bandit continue their touring progress towards a transatlantic sojourn in the USA in the autumn, it seems an appropriate moment to consider the merits of Rob Sinclair’s production design. In particular, the unique constructions that inhabit the upstage area from left to right, manufactured by specialist show and event design house, Specialz Ltd. These pods are four metres high with eight VDO Sceptron 10 fixtures in each pod. Each one is rigged on a stand that enables the pod to be rotated 360° to be either facing downstage or at 45° degrees making them all but invisible to the audience.

B-Eyes burn brightly for Marklew Productions

18/08/2017 - Production News

UK – “This was our first ever Claypaky purchase,” opens Kieran Marklew of Marklew Productions. “We had been looking to invest in some new fixtures and one of our clients had specified the K20 B-Eye so we thought it was time for us to investigate.”

John Farr Lighting Design Creates Thematic Looks at Smithsonian with Chauvet Professional

18/08/2017 - Production News

USA Over two million visitors come to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History every year to view pieces of American culture, from the original Star Spangled Banner, to iconic McDonald’s signs, to a pair of Mohammed Ali’s boxing gloves. It is pure and simple, one of the most concentrated celebrations anywhere of the American spirit and creative innovation.

GLP JDC1 LED Strobe Redefines the Hybrid Paradigm

18/08/2017 - Equipment News

When looking for a strobe, the first thing to look for is power. GLP’s new JDC1 hybrid LED strobe delivers power in excess through a versatile and highly creative design, the likes of which are unparalleled. Already adopted by some of the world’s leading LDs, it has been flying out the door and into rental facilities across the globe since receiving its world premiere at Frankfurt Prolight+Sound in April.

Prolyte Group lets Arena Events Dream Big for Untold Festival

18/08/2017 - Production News

Romania – Organising a range of large-scale festivals in a short time frame, Romanian production company Arena Events relies on Prolyte products to support the elaborate and signature design of its stages and safety of its audience.

­Shure to Exhibit at PLASA 2017

18/08/2017 - Event News

UK – Shure Incorporated, the world’s leading manufacturer of microphones and audio electronics, will be returning to the PLASA show September 17th to 19th at Olympia London. Attendees at PLASA include representatives from the audio, broadcast, and AV industries. Shure will showcase its comprehensive line of digital wireless systems and participate in the traditionally well-attended PLASA seminar programme. Tuomo Tolonen, Shure UK’s pro audio group manager and RF expert, will discuss how to prepare for the loss of the 700MHz RF band, which is being auctioned in May 2020, and will no longer be available for wireless microphone and in-ear monitoring system use.

PixelFLEX takes creativity outdoors at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater

18/08/2017 - Project News

USA – As the largest outdoor theatre in Western Alabama with a capacity of 7,470 patrons, the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater is a premier location for arts and entertainment along the banks of the Black Warrior River. Originally constructed in 2010, the amphitheatre recently underwent a renovation of their video displays to better overcome the challenges associated with an outdoor venue. Needing a brighter and more powerful solution, the technical team worked with The ESB Group to install a modular and completely outdoor-rated video system using FLEXTour 6.9mm LED from Nashville-based PixelFLEX.

Yamaha Rivage PM10 Gets Funky at the North Sea Jazz Festival

18/08/2017 - Production News

The Netherlands – In July the Dutch port of Rotterdam hosted the 42nd North Sea Jazz Festival, attracting over 75,000 people to enjoy a rich variety of music. Headlining the Nile stage on the final night was Jamiroquai, where a Yamaha Rivage PM10 helped a capacity audience of 10,000 to get funky.

PRG XL Video Goes Back to the 80s with Rewind Festival

18/08/2017 - Production News

UK – Celebrating some of the finest music and artists from the 80s, Rewind festival takes place over three weekends each summer. Starting in Scotland at Scone Palace, near Perth, then moving on to Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire, and with the final weekend at Henley, the festival includes performances from a variety of eighties superstars including Human League, Nik Kershaw, Go West, Level 42, Kim Wilde, the British Electric Foundation, and the Trevor Horn Band.

Adamson Provides the Total Package for New Kids on the Block

18/08/2017 - Production News

North America – Nostalgia sounds mighty sweet on New Kids on the Block’s Total Package Tour thanks in large part to a high-performance audio system comprised of Adamson Systems Engineering’s E-Series and S-Series loudspeakers, supplied by Cleveland, OH’s Eighth Day Sound.

Aziz Adilkhodjaev Named ChamSys International Business Development Manager

17/08/2017 - People News

UK – ChamSys Ltd. has announced that Aziz Adilkhodjaev (pictured) has been named the company’s international business development manager. In his new role, he will be responsible for expanding and strengthening the international distribution network of the brand, as well as improving international customer support and training to enhance the user experience.

Cloud confirm new distribution partner in Singapore

17/08/2017 - Business News

Singapore - Cloud Electronics has appointed Loud Technologies Asia (LTA) as its new distributor in Singapore. LTA, a subsidiary of Trektech, is a principal distributor in the region, providing the Singaporean market with a portfolio of products from a number of reputable brands, such as K-array, One Systems and Chauvet.

Yamaha RIVAGE PM10 Tours Brazil with José Carreras

17/08/2017 - Production News

Brazil As one of the world’s most famous tenors, tickets for the final world tour by José Carreras have been in huge demand. The A Life In Music tour has seen sold out shows around the globe, but a particular highlight for Front of House (FoH) engineer Peter Schneekloth (pictured) was the Brazil concerts, which he mixed on a Yamaha RIVAGE PM10 console.

The Guildhall School of Music & Drama announces the Gold Medal winners for Acting and Technical Theatre 2017

17/08/2017 - Event News

UK – The Guildhall School has announced the winners of the School’s most prestigious prize, the Gold Medal, in both Acting and Technical Theatre.

Bandit Lites Assists Nashville Sideshow Fringe Festival

17/08/2017 - Production News

USA – When the team at Nashville’s annual Sideshow Fringe Festival found themselves in need of fast lighting assistance, they turned to the lighting industry’s leader who happened to be located minutes away, Bandit Lites.

Glenn Chapman RATstands' New Managing Director

17/08/2017 - People News

UK – Having worked for RATstands since 2008, Glenn Chapman has recently taken on the role of managing director and is hoping to expand the company’s reach in all corners of the world.

Introducing the new Shark series from Showtec

17/08/2017 - Equipment News

Showtec Shark is a new series of compact moving heads with excellent features and impressive performance, which makes it a perfect lighting solution for mobile DJs, musicians, pubs, and bars. Intelligent and easy-to-use light effects for both professional and non-professional users.

L-Acoustics Kara transforms Théâtre de Beaulieu

17/08/2017 - Project News

Switzerland – Opened in 1954, Lausanne’s Théâtre de Beaulieu is Switzerland’s largest and most important theatre. It has hosted some of the most famous stars of the second half of the 20th century including Edith Piaf, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles and Quincy Jones. A new sound system forms part of a complete renovation of the theatre, with the choice ultimately focused on L-Acoustics, selected for its wide acceptance by visiting productions thanks to its coverage, sound pressure levels and impeccable sound quality. L-Acoustics Swiss certified distributor, Hyperson SA, was tasked with its design and installation.

tube gets uplifted

17/08/2017 - Production News

UK – Taking the concept of ‘lift music’ literally to new levels of excellence and context, audio specialists tube uk designed an ingenious solution for an interactive sound installation by UK composer Anna Meredith, part of Manchester International Festival 2017’s “Music for a Busy City”, taking six leading composers out of the concert hall and commissioning each to create a new ten-minute piece.

Australia’s Brolga Theatre goes multi-Platinum with Elation Platinum Seven

17/08/2017 - Project News

Australia – The Brolga Theatre in Queensland’s Maryborough in Australia is a typical regional venue; its 900 seat proscenium arch theatre hosts an international ballet troupe one night, Jimmy Barnes the next, and a local dance school the day after. Though the venue is just 17 years old, changes in technology mean replacement lamps are no longer available for their wash lights, leading the staff to assess how to upgrade for the future. The future, as they see it, is Elation’s Platinum Seven RGBWAC-UV LED wash light.

Miss Saigon Takes off on UK Tour with White Light

17/08/2017 - Production News

UK – Considered one of the greatest musicals of modern time, Miss Saigon tells the epic love story of young bar girl Kim who falls for American GI Chris during the fall of Saigon. Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed production of Boubil and Schonberg’s classic embarked on a record-breaking run in the West End and is now touring the UK. Having supplied the most recent revival, along with the original run thirty years ago, White Light has been called upon to provide the lighting equipment for this latest UK tour.

MLA Takes Main Billing at Ramblin Man ‘Classic Rock’ Festival

16/08/2017 - Production News

UK – Now in its third year, the three-day Ramblin Man Fair is an annual music festival celebrating classic and contemporary rock, progressive rock, blues and country music, promoted by Spirit of Rock it is billed as “A rock festival designed for rock fans by rock fans.”

The A.P. Møller Foundation Makes Sound Investment in Education with Meyer Sound Constellation Acoustic System

16/08/2017 - Project News

Denmark – With the installation of Constellation acoustic system by Meyer Sound, Copenhagen's new Maersk Building demonstrates a major commitment to world-class dynamic and collaborative 21st century learning. Located at the Panum Institute's Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences on the North Campus of the University of Copenhagen, the striking new 15-storey Maersk Tower showcases Constellation in three distinct auditoriums. With more than 300 loudspeakers in three venues, the Maersk Tower boasts by far the largest education-focused Constellation installation in the world, — signalling an important step forward in the use of sophisticated acoustic technology in support of modern research and teaching.

MDG ATMe gives perfect haze control for Miss Saigon

16/08/2017 - Production News

UK – Miss Saigon, Messrs Boublil and Schönberg’s legendary musical, has recently embarked upon a major UK tour, taking the full West End production to every corner of the UK. The show opened at the Curve, Leicester in July before moving to Birmingham Hippodrome, from where it travels to Ireland, Wales, Scotland and back to England, culminating at Norwich Theatre Royal in September 2018. Travelling with the show, with its lighting design by the equally legendary Bruno Poet, are two MDG ATMe haze generators, purchased specifically for the tour by White Light.

Tenth Knight of Illumination Awards Concert Touring & Events Shortlist is Announced

16/08/2017 - Event News

UKThe 2017 Knight of Illumination (KOI) Awards has announced this year's shortlist of lighting and video designers, recognised for their creative work in the Concert Touring & Events sector. The winners will be announced at the 10th anniversary KOI Awards ceremony, to be held at London's Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, on 17th September.

Studer appoints HHB as UK distributor

16/08/2017 - Business News

UK – HHB Communications has been appointed as a UK distributor of Studer digital audio mixing consoles and media routing systems. With a global reputation for flexibility, intuitive operability and absolute reliability in mission-critical broadcast applications, the Studer product range encompasses large-scale Vista and Infinity Series mixing consoles, OnAir Series radio consoles and D23 and Infinity digital audio I/O and routing systems.

WI Gets Hysteretical for Tiziano

16/08/2017 - Production News

Italy – I talian singer/songwriter and producer Tiziano Ferro is known as the modern face of Italian pop music and his phenomenally successful career has seen one chart-busting album and single after another earning him a dedicated fan following.

Illuminating Shawn Mendes

16/08/2017 - Production News

UK-based creative design practice Okulus – James Scott and Louis Oliver – was asked to create a production design the first major production world tour for rising Canadian singer/song-writing star Shawn Mendes.

Detroit’s El Club Features Eclectic Music with Elation Lighting Rig to Match

16/08/2017 - Project News

USA – Graeme Flegenheimer, owner of El Club in Detroit, Michigan, fell in love with music at a young age. That may explain his diverse taste in music and the wide variety of acts that play at the popular live music venue, which has featured a customisable Elation Professional lighting rig since opening in 2016.

1, 2 or 3 Celebrates 40th Anniversary with GLP

16/08/2017 - Production News

Germany – Forty years on the air and 1,000 episodes are really a reason for celebrating 1, 2 or 3, the legendary children’s quiz show from ZDF, with a 150-minute prime time show from the MMC Studios in Cologne. Moderated by Steven Gätjen and Elton, prominent guests included actress Stephanie Stumph, comedian Bülent Ceylan and singer Mark Foster. Günther Jauch, who presents Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, also made an appearance and superstar Helene Fischer appeared on stage.

Safety First Seminar to be presented by Helen Goddard FInstSCE at PLASA 2017

16/08/2017 - Event News

UK – A comprehensive seminar programme at the forthcoming PLASA 2017 exhibition at London Olympia, 17th to 19th September 2017 includes a presentation on Safety First by Helen Goddard, fellow member and vice president of The Institute of Sound & Communications Engineers (ISCE).

Sterling Audio Releases New Recording Microphones

16/08/2017 - Equipment News

Sterling Audio has announced a new line of high-value professional microphones for studio recording. The line includes six individual microphones, a two-microphone package, and two new shock mounts.

ANSI approves E1.50-1 standard for supporting video displays

15/08/2017 - Standards News

On August 14 ANSI's Board of Standards Review approved ANSI E1.50-1 – 2017, Requirements for the Structural Support of Temporary LED, Video & Display Systems. It was published by ESTA on the same day.

Ayrton IntelliPix-XT Support Heavy Entertainment for Robbie Williams

15/08/2017 - Production News

Europe – Robbie Williams’ latest European tour takes in all points east and west of the continent throughout the summer, culminating in two shows in the Russian cities of St Petersburg and Moscow in early September. Touring in support of Williams’ 11th studio album, The Heavy Entertainment Show, the production reflects the nature of both the artist and the album, mixing full-on schmaltz with in-your-face entertainment in an atmosphere that is cheeky, loud and proud to be brash.

Simon Mighall Joins Flare Audio from Bose

15/08/2017 - People News

UK – The long-standing former financial controller at the Bose Corporation, Simon Mighall, has joined cutting-edge professional and consumer audio manufacturer Flare Audio as chief financial officer (CFO). Mighall’s role will include putting in place financial systems enabling Flare to ‘grow seamlessly and realise its potential to rival the world’s major audio brands’, supplying high end professional and consumer audio products globally.

Bandit Celebrates ‘Days of Future Passed’ with The Moody Blues

15/08/2017 - Production News

USA – The Moody Blues, the world renowned British rock band, have been touring since the fabled moment in music history referred to as the British Invasion, and while they have 18 platinum and gold albums, retail sales of more than 70 million units and decades of touring behind them, the trio, consisting of Graeme Edge, Justin Hayward and John Lodge shows no plans of stopping any time soon.

Pigs at PLASA

15/08/2017 - Event News

UK – To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Wholehog lighting control desk, the Flying Pig Systems team, along with an original Wholehog console, will reunite at the PLASA Show in September.

PixelFLEX improves life on the road with FLEXTour LED

15/08/2017 - Equipment News

USA – PixelFLEX has announced the introduction of FLEXTour, a new robust, high-definition and curve-able LED video display designed specifically for the high demands of production touring. With its unique rigging capabilities and fully modular construction, FLEXTour is front or rear-serviceable and employs an integrated climbing ladder for enhanced accessibility. FLEXTour has the highest standard in components from NovaStar and Macroblock. The new NovaStar A8s receiving card and Macroblock premium drivers deliver stunning image fidelity, greyscale and flicker-free performance, making it the premier rental staging LED video solution available today.

Startle Signs Agreement with BBC for Nationwide Popmaster Pub Quiz

15/08/2017 - Production News

UK – Leading providers of disruptive technology solutions, entertainment services and interactive music tools, Startle International Limited, has signed an agreement with the BBC to take its PopMaster quiz to pubs nationwide.

Dirty Rigger Redefines the Tool Lanyard

15/08/2017 - Equipment News

UK – The Dirty Rigger developers have been in the thinking shed again, making one of the most awesome tool lanyards ever seen.

Adlib Laughs Long and Loud with Mrs. Brown and Her Boys

15/08/2017 - Production News

UK – The hilariously funny, successful Brendan O'Carroll comedy creation ‘Mrs. Brown’s Boys’ continues its popular live touring version, leaving a wake of smiles and laughs, with full technical production including lighting, sound, video, rigging and crew, supplied by Adlib.

TRANSCOLOR Invests in More Robe

15/08/2017 - Production News

Poland – TRANSCOLOR Lucjan Siwczyk, one of Poland's major rental companies, is located in greater Warsaw, since 2010 in a substantial purpose-built warehouse and office complex complete with two large studios which are regularly hired out by TV production companies to record a range of series and programmes.

Live Recording with Audient at Largest Ever Splendour Festival

15/08/2017 - Production News

UK – Live Recording’s Rob Baldock took himself and his six Audient ASP880s up to Nottingham’s Splendour festival last month, to capture multi-track recordings of all the artists on the main stage, including Gabrielle Aplin and Busted.

The G-4 Wash-Beam invented on request from Robbie Williams’ LD

15/08/2017 - Production News

Europe - When creating the plot for the Robbie Williams Heavy Entertainment Show tour, or for that matter any other lighting design, lighting and production designer Mark Cunniffe is very much driven by the artist, for whom he is working.

OBA Completes Third Martin Audio CDD Install for Lee Valley Olympic Standard Facilities

14/08/2017 - Project News

UK – Old Barn Audio has completed its third Martin Audio CDD installation within Olympic class venues owned and operated by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority (LVRPA).

CVE Takes on Broaman Distribution in Italy

14/08/2017 - Production News

Italy – With its HQ in Milan, and a branch office in Rome, Communication Video Engineering (CVE) has been appointed new distribution partner for Italy by BroaMan.

Rock City Studios Achieves Audio Goals with Renkus-Heinz

14/08/2017 - Project News

USALive music venue, recording studio, music school, party space, and community treasure-Rock City Studios does it all, supporting the local music community in Ventura County, California. Much of the action happens in one main room where Rock City Studios host shows by national and local acts, as well as recording and videotaping local bands' performances. But until recently, the community-oriented space had a serious issue: its old PA system wasn't getting the job done. The solution was elusive until the Rock City team discovered Renkus-Heinz loudspeakers.

PRG Supports Arcade Fire Summer Tour 2017 with Lighting and Video Technology

14/08/2017 - Production News

Eureope – On a hot and sticky evening in early July, revellers packed pop-up central Manchester venue, the Castlefield Bowl, spilling over onto the adjacent railway viaduct and the balconies of nearby apartments, intent on witnessing the Abba-like anthemic indie rock of Arcade Fire. PRG, supported production manager Bob O’Brien and the show designers Moment Factory, with a versatile package of lighting and video to facilitate a 32-date European tour, taking in a variety of indoor and outdoor venues, as well as headline festival performances.

Matrix hits the glow button with new LED purchase

14/08/2017 - Production News

UK - Now available to hire, Matrix has purchased a sizeable quantity of one of the most diverse, user-friendly LED products currently available to the live event sector. Matrix’s 2.6mm pixel pitch LED creates amazing high definition crystal clear images, absolutely ideal for exhibitions and conferences that need a truly superior display platform.

EQS Pro-Rent of Belgium Stocks Elation Artiste DaVinci and ACL 360 Matrix

14/08/2017 - Production News

Belgium – Belgian rental company EQS Pro-Rent has recently taken delivery of Elation Professional’s new Artiste DaVinci LED moving head spot luminaire, as well as the company’s ACL 360 Matrix LED moving head panel.

Pointing Out the Premios Max Awards

11/08/2017 - Production News

Spain – The annual Premios Max Awards celebrate Spanish individuals and organisations who have making outstanding contributions to the performing arts and are organised by the General Society of Authors and Publishers (SGAE). This year they were staged at the Palau de les Arts in vibrant Valencia.

214 Flares on Bruno Mars Tour

11/08/2017 - Production News

USA – The North American phase of Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic World Tour is now in full swing, with 63 dates from July to November. Opening in Las Vegas after 44 dates in Europe, the tour will continue to Latin America and Australia through next year. 214 Solaris Flares are key components of a spectacular show that celebrates the artist’s musical roots.

Allen & Heath’s dLive at the World Games in Poland

11/08/2017 - Production News

Poland – Polish rental firm, GMB Pro Sound, recently managed sound reinforcement for the opening ceremony of the World Games 2017, selecting two dLive S Class mixing systems from its hire stock.

TDC Opens Its Doors

11/08/2017 - Event News

Australia – TDC (Technical Direction Company) is recognised worldwide, gaining attention by being first to supply innovative video technologies to high profile live events, light festivals, TV productions and live performance.

Spencer Lavoie Gives Elements Lakewood Big Looks with Chauvet Professional

11/08/2017 - Production News

USA – The tranquil heavily wooded mountains of northeast Pennsylvania bear no resemblance to the gritty streets of Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighbourhood, where BangON! NYC made its name throwing all-night EDM warehouse parties and festivals. Recently though, the New York event company demonstrated that its good time formula plays just as well in the country as it does in the city, when it hosted the Elements Lakewood Festival.

ETC embarks on a voyage with Norwegian Cruise Line

11/08/2017 - Project News

This summer, Norwegian Cruise Line welcomed the spectacular Norwegian Joy to its fleet. A custom-built ship for the Chinese cruise market, Joy offers a luxurious experience for up to 3,850 guests. The ship features the first racetrack at sea, multiple bars, restaurants and casinos, a shopping centre, a water park and a theatre. To help set the right mood for the ship’s many and varied attractions, the vessel is equipped with multiple lighting control desks and an array of lighting fixtures from ETC.

Philips Lighting's LED innovations show denim couture in the best light at Royal fashion event

11/08/2017 - Production News

Italy – Philips Lighting has announced that its lighting technology was used for the Global Denim Awards Triennale in Milan, an annual celebration of the very best of denim couture. Visited by His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima of The Netherlands, this year's event focused on Italian and Dutch collaborations in design, innovation, sustainability and craftsmanship.

RATstands announce new Managing Director

10/08/2017 - People News

UK – Leading music equipment designer, RATstands has appointed a new managing director, signalling a period of change, growth, and innovation for a brand that serves the needs of some of the world’s most respected orchestras, musicians, and opera houses.

Colorado’s Sonic Bloom Delivers Unique EDM Experience with Elation Lighting

10/08/2017 - Production News

USA – Sonic Bloom, Colorado's premier EDM festival, is something you need to experience to fully grasp. Held at Hummingbird Ranch in the spectacular surroundings of Colorado's Spanish Peaks, Sonic Bloom is a unique mountain festival experience with a 21st century love vibe and some of the friendliest people to be encountered at any music festival.

Horizon AVL Counts on Dante Audio over IP for Networking Worship Audio at Fellowship Alliance Chapel

10/08/2017 - Project News

USA – Horizon AVL, a full service systems design and integration firm specializing in systems for houses of worship, schools, stadiums and corporate campuses, has installed a Dante Audio over IP network from Audinate to accommodate all multichannel audio routing, distribution and management without the time and labour expenses of a legacy system.

Ireland's National Event Centre upgrades to an Avolites Arena

10/08/2017 - Project News

IrelandIreland's largest events venue outside of Dublin, the INEC Killarney, has recently purchased an Avolites Arena console as part of a major upgrade to the venue's house lighting rig and control system.

Audiologic and CIS Provide Real AV for Virtual World of XVR Training

10/08/2017 - Project News

UK – The effective training of fire and rescue service personnel is of the utmost importance and in the UK, fire services constantly strive to improve methods, to ensure that they can make the greatest possible contribution to the safety of the communities in which they operate. Innovations such as XVR's virtual reality simulation technology platform (a by-product of gaming industry software) which assists in the training of safety professionals involved in crisis management and emergency response, are becoming essential tools. Incident commanders and operational groups can be provided with realistic computer-generated training experiences, which, when used in conjunction with well-designed AV systems, are of exceptional value. Based in Delft in The Netherlands, XVR Simulation is Europe's market leader in simulation software and has teams working in France and the UK.

Adamson Adds House-of-Worship Specialists WAVE as Integration Partner

10/08/2017 - Production News

USA – Boasting an award-winning design team and an extensive portfolio of major installations at worship facilities around the world, Harrisburg, NC-based AVLA design and integration firm WAVE has a reputation second-to-none. That reputation is built in part on its partnerships with top-tier technology suppliers, as evidenced by the company’s recent decision to join the Adamson network as an integration partner.

Jeff Hinton Creates Concert Looks for Puddle of Mudd and Saving Abel with Chauvet DJ

10/08/2017 - Production News

USA – A pair of legendary grunge rock heavies teamed up for a once in a life one-off at a music hall 150 miles outside Chicago this July, and were support by some punchy looks from an equally powerful duo: The Intimidator Beam 350 LED and Intimidator Spot 255 IRC from Chauvet DJ. Fresh off their appearance on the “Make America Rock Again” tour, Puddle of Mudd and Saving Abel visited the Boiler Room, in Kewanee, IL (population 12,500) for a sold-out show. Jeff Hinton, working for Jonny B. Enterprises, supported their intense non-stop 90-minute performance with a hard-hitting light show that featured 16 of the moving fixtures.

PRG XL Video Supply Idina Menzel World Tour 2017

10/08/2017 - Production News

UK & USA – American musical theatre star, Idina Menzel, recently played the Royal Albert Hall, as part of the UK leg of her 2017 world tour. The singer, famous for her roles in Broadway blockbusters Rent and Wicked, is also known for her Oscar and Grammy award winning song ‘Let it Go’ from Disney’s animated film Frozen. Her current tour features a magical medley of numbers from the musicals she’s appeared in, as well as her own solo songs, covers, and the instantly recognisable, Let it Go.

New video on MILOS PA5030 PA Tower released

10/08/2017 - Business News

MILOS has just released a technical video about its new MT-PA5030 PA Tower. In this video, Dipl.-Ing. Norbert Tripp (Area Four Industries technical director) gives an overview of the unique features of this new 5 metre (16.4’) MILOS PA Tower and how it’s compact size perfectly suits the needs of small to mid-sized events and makes transport extremely convenient.

Galileo and TiMax: Commanding circles in space

10/08/2017 - Production News

UK – In keeping with Galileo’s lifetime preoccupation with circles, ellipses and their spatial movement, the Young Vic’s recent interpretation of Bertolt Brecht’s Life of Galileo was also staged in-the-round. Central to the sound design by Tom Gibbons and associate sound designer Dan Balfour was a TiMax SoundHub processor, which provided a uniquely powerful platform for rendering immersive three-dimensional spatialisation of multi-layered sound effects and high-energy music beds, the latter specially-commissioned from one half of The Chemical Brothers, Tom Rowlands.

Hawthorn Have a Whale of a Time at Natural History Museum

10/08/2017 - Production News

UK – Marking the beginning of a new era for The Natural History Museum, the installation of Hope the Blue Whale has already caused quite a stir since being unveiled earlier this month. Giving visitors the opportunity to walk underneath the largest creature ever to have lived, the impressive 25.2-metre-long blue whale took centre stage at a private birthday party this weekend, the very first commercial event to feature the stunning 126-year-old skeleton.

J&C Joel appoints Step as new dealer in Poland

10/08/2017 - Business News

Poland – Leading manufacturer of flame retardant fabrics, drapery and stage engineering solutions, J&C Joel, has announced the appointment of Step as its new bronze dealer in Poland.

No Sign of Panic…

10/08/2017 - Production News

Germany – When “panic rocker” Udo Lindenberg goes on tour it becomes total art for the eyes and ears. In his locker Udo Lindenberg has everything that makes a show the absolute highlight: artists, UFOs, sensations and, as always, his own secrets, which create a light and video show with extra class and perfect sound.

Making Light at Comics Station

09/08/2017 - Project News

Belgium – Belgian creative visual design practice Painting with Light was commissioned to design and install lighting and video at the new 6,000 square metre Comics Station Antwerp indoor theme park, located in the city’s famous central station complex.

VER Drives OneRepublic’s Honda Civic Tour Production

09/08/2017 - Production News

USA – The mandate for a clean design drives all production decisions of the OneRepublic 2017 Honda Civic tour. VER is providing a turnkey solution by providing audio, video, lighting, and tying it together with automated rigging on OneRepublic’s North American run with Fitz & The Tantrums and acoustic artist James Arthur this summer.

Bandit Supplies Lollapalooza Festival Site Lights

09/08/2017 - Production News

USA – Bandit Lites once again work with C3 Presents, providing the site and structure lighting for the fourth year in a row at Lollapalooza in Chicago’s Grant Park.

HOG Factor National Collegiate Lighting Show Programming Competition

09/08/2017 - Event News

USA - High End Systems has announced the finalists for the 2017 HOG Factor National Collegiate Lighting Show Programming Competition. The competition finals will be held on High End Systems' booth at the 2017 LDI trade show. The finalist teams will be flown to Las Vegas to perform their pieces live at LDI 2017, based on the High End Systems 2017 LDI Booth Design.

Central Lakes College Theatre Adds Versatility with Chauvet Professional

09/08/2017 - Project News

USA – Located in the geographical heart of Minnesota, Central Lakes College embodies the state’s long-standing tradition of supporting community involvement in the arts. This spirit is very evident in the college’s two theatres, which not only showcase the work of its own drama department, but also host community theatrical productions, as well as recitals, rock concerts and a wide range of other performances. To support this diversified schedule, the theatre’s lighting designer Ben Kent recently upgraded its rig by adding flexible Chauvet Professional LED fixtures, supplied by Monkey Wrench Productions.

Yes Events Ltd. Purchase ProLights AlphaPIX 4T IP65 Video Wall for Goodwood Festival of Speed

09/08/2017 - Production News

UK – Yes Events Ltd., the home counties-based events production company, has recently added a new 22.5 square metre IP65 rated ProLights 4.8mm pitch LED modular video wall to its inventory. The IP65 rated Alphapix4T system had its first outing at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where Yes put together a stand to promote a major new animated car film.

DiGiCo upgrade for Theatre of Marcellus

09/08/2017 - Project News

South Africa – The Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace, Johannesburg recently acquired a DiGiCo SD9 with a D2-Rack on stage, a D-Rack at FoH and a Waves SoundGrid Server ONE, all supplied by Kyle Robson from DWR Distribution.

AV Stumpfl to present the latest RAW server 8K developments at IBC 2017

09/08/2017 - Event News

The Netherlands – The Austrian AV technology manufacturer AV Stumpfl will present its uncompressed 8K and 4K RAW server systems at this year’s IBC exhibition in Amsterdam.

New York City’s Intimate Arka Room Dazzles with Elation Lighting

09/08/2017 - Project News

USA – Arka Lounge operated for 16 years as one of the more successful nightspots in the Washington Heights area of upper Manhattan. Re-branded last December as Arka Room, owners of this sophisticated, intimate place to party are hoping for the same run of success they enjoyed for nearly two decades.

Theatres Trust reveals additions to impressive contributor line up for Conference 17

08/08/2017 - Event News

UK – Details of an impressive array of contributors for the Theatres Trust Theatres & Placemaking conference have started to emerge, as delegate bookings for this one-day conference rise. Taking place at Lyric Hammersmith on Tuesday 17 October, Conference 17 will discuss why and how theatres can engage with the placemaking agenda.

Maestra London Expands the Team

08/08/2017 - People News

UK – Fast growing event design and technical production company Maestra London has expanded its team again with three new staff.

Robe Spiiders Welcomed Home for Zac Brown Band Tour

08/08/2017 - Production News

USA – Multi-platinum, Grammy-Award winning artists Zac Brown Band (ZBB) is on the road again with a new album “Welcome Home” and a brand-new production lighting and visuals design created by James Scott and Louis Oliver from UK-based creative design practice, Okulus.

Small-Footprint, Huge-Output Danley Speakers and Amps Visually Disappear at Second Baptist Church, Springfield Missouri

08/08/2017 - Project News

USA – Founded in 1885, Second Baptist Church in Springfield, Missouri has moved, built, and rebuilt numerous sanctuaries in the 130-plus years of service to the Springfield community. It completed its current 1,000-seat sanctuary in the mid-1990s. When recent failures further exposed the shortcomings of what had been an unsatisfying sound reinforcement system from the start, Second Baptist turned to A/V integration firm Sandor Sound Services. Sandor designed and installed a new complement of Danley Sound Labs SH-96 and SH-95 loudspeakers, whose precision pattern control and high fidelity (even at high SPLs) give the church everything it had been hoping for. Moreover, the Danley boxes’ small footprint and optional white finish effectively let them disappear visually.

25 Years of the ETC Source Four fixture

08/08/2017 - Event News

USA – This November marks the 25th anniversary of the Source Four fixture at ETC. Between now and this year’s LDI trade show, ETC is taking a look back at this product that has become such a major part of the company's story, the fixture that has made a long-lasting impact on the industry, and the product that has inspired many additional ETC fixtures.

PLASA Show promises a leading line up for 2017 seminar programme

08/08/2017 - Event News

UK – Each year the PLASA Show seminar programme goes from strength to strength, promising unique insights, specialist know-how and the latest innovations direct from the industry. The free-to-attend sessions, including the new Fast Track Theatre’s bitesize talks, feature an international line up of leading experts ready to discuss the latest topics and developments in their field.

Green Hippo Sees Armin Deliver Grade A Tour Finale at the ArenA

08/08/2017 - Production News

The Netherlands – Superstar DJ Armin van Buuren played two solo shows at the Amsterdam ArenA and Dutch lighting creative Art of Light relied on a Hippotizer Karst media server to control a series of LED set-ups during the show.

Television judging panel for KOI 2017 announce shortlist

07/08/2017 - Event News

UK – The 2017 Knight of Illumination (KOI) Awards has announced this year’s shortlist of lighting and video designers recognised for their creative work in television. The winners will be announced at the 10th anniversary KOI Awards ceremony, to be held at London’s Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, on 17th September.

Avolites Arena console rocks for Dutch rock giants Kensington

07/08/2017 - Production News

Europe – An Avolites Arena console was recently used as part of an extensive Avolites lighting control network for Dutch rock giants Kensington, at Pinkpop, the world's longest-running pop festival, in Landgraaf.

Renkus-Heinz Names V Hypersound & Light for Cyprus Distribution

07/08/2017 - Business News

CyprusRenkus-Heinz is delighted to announce the appointment of a new exclusive sales representative for Cyprus, V Hypersound & Light, Ltd. A highly respected supplier representing a portfolio of high-end brands, the company is described by Renkus-Heinz technical sales manager for Europe, Michal Poplawski, as enjoying "an excellent reputation and very strong links into the Cypriot market, for whom Renkus-Heinz technology can provide uniquely powerful solutions."

Curvaceous Solutions from WI for FINA OC

07/08/2017 - Production News

Hungary – A spectacular Opening Ceremony in downtown Budapest marked the start of the 17th FINA World Aquatic Championships, with 14 days of world class aquatic sports following the elegant, eye-catching event directed by Olivier Feracci from French event production specialist ECA2 and Hungarian film director Csaba Kael, CEO of cultural hub Mupa Budapest.

Robe Goes with the Flow at FINA World Championships Opening Ceremony

07/08/2017 - Production News

Hungary – The 17th FINA World Aquatic Championships took place in Budapest with 14 days of aquatic sports following a vibrant, colourful, elegant and epic Opening Ceremony directed by Olivier Feracci from French event production specialist ECA2 and Hungarian film director Csaba Kael, CEO of cultural hub Mupa Budapest.

Chroma-Q does it again: Introducing the New Inspire XT

07/08/2017 - Equipment News

North America – The award winning Chroma-Q Inspire range welcomes its newest and eagerly anticipated addition: the Inspire XT.

Sabrina Carpenter "De-Tours" with Allen & Heath dLive

07/08/2017 - Production News

Following last fall’s sold-out headline tour, Sabrina Carpenter’s ongoing “The De-Tour” is taking the American singer, songwriter, and actress to over thirty venues across the USA and Canada this summer. The tour utilises venue-provided “racks and stacks” but carries a 32-foot video wall and an audio package that includes an Allen & Heath dLive S5000 Surface and DM64 MixRack for FoH.

Robe Lights Scuttlers at RADA

04/08/2017 - Production News

UK – The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) staged the London premiere of Scuttlers in its city centre GBS Theatre, an intense drama about the struggles and power politics of 19th century Manchester street gangs set against a steaming, grinding industrial revolution backdrop bringing massive social change and great uncertainty. The work was written by Rona Munro in response to the UK’s unsettling spate of urban riots in 2011.

ProPower “Old Faithful” for iWeiss Theatrical Solutions

04/08/2017 - Equipment News

USA – At iWeiss, ProPower means continuity in more ways than one. Its oldest ProPower Rack Power Distribution (RPD) rack has been in continuous service for 17 years, in the most challenging and hostile theatrical conditions. With over 1,500 ProPower racks in service across North America, the story of this reliable workhorse product is worth telling.

60K+ Standards Downloaded from ESTA's Technical Standards Program, Thanks to ProSight Specialty Insurance

04/08/2017 - Standards News

USA – Since April 15, 2013, ESTA, the Entertainment Services and Technology Association, has been able to offer all of its American National Standards and other published documents for download at no cost on their website at As of August 3, 2017, over 60,000 standards had been downloaded by over 10,000 users. This total for four years is more than an order of magnitude greater than the number of standards distributed in the 16 years the documents were only available for sale. These 60,000+ standards, if purchased, would have a retail value of over $1.8 million, but they have been distributed at no cost to the end-users in the entertainment industry, thanks to the sponsorship of ProSight Specialty Insurance.

Theatre Projects’ senior consultant, Dawn Chiang, joins Tony Awards Nominating Committee

04/08/2017 - People News

USA – Theatre Projects has announced that senior consultant Dawn Chiang has been named to the Tony Awards Nominating Committee, one of 12 new members of the 50-person committee. The group is responsible for seeing each new Broadway show and deciding which of the roughly 35 new shows to nominate for each Tony Award. A larger group then votes for the finalists in each of the 26 categories, deciding which productions will take home the most coveted prize in American theatre.

L-Acoustics Catches Another Tour Wave with Jack Johnson

04/08/2017 - Production News

USA – Following the completion of his From Here To Now To You tour in 2013-2014, Jack Johnson has only played a handful of shows over the past three years. However, with his new album, All The Light Above It Too, slated to drop in early September, the former professional surfer-turned-singer/songwriter, actor and activist recently returned to the road with his band – and Rat Sound’s L-Acoustics K1/K2 system – to preview his upcoming material.

Beanstalk Festival Gets Holistic Looks with Rogues

04/08/2017 - Production News

USA – When Tim Farquhar took his first look at the site of the Beanstalk Music and Arts Festival, he described it as “a lighting designer’s dream.” Not only was the setting breathtakingly beautiful with its panoramic view of the Rocky Mountains and the Upper Colorado River, but at 6,600’ above sea level and miles from the nearest city there was virtually no ambient light, save the stars in the summer sky, to distract from a light show.

Chauvet DJ Promises its Most Ambitious Arena Design Yet

04/08/2017 - Production News

Marked Events, organisers of BPM | PRO, has announced a set of ambitious new plans for the Chauvet DJ Arena ahead the 2017 event. Promising a club-style atmosphere and an impressive design, Chauvet DJ hopes to take the Arena beyond anything the company has done in previous years.

Absen Europe Puts Quality and Service First

04/08/2017 - People News

Europe & Asia – Absen Europe has announced the appointment of industry experts Liam Winter as product director and Michael Scott as technical and project manager, in a move which clearly signposts the company’s commitment to its valued and growing customer base.

Interactive Tuning Plug-in

04/08/2017 - Standards News

Powersoft has just released four more training videos, focusing on EQ Interaction and Interactive Tuning.

Sennheiser and Neumann at IBC: Camera Souud Meets Studio Audio

04/08/2017 - Event News

The Netherlands – At this year’s IBC in Amsterdam (15 – 19 September), Sennheiser and Neumann will be presenting audio solutions for all levels of media production. “Good audio technology is the basis for a successful production. This is true whether it’s being created on a computer in a home studio or at a mixing console in a professional sound studio, and equally true whether a smartphone or a broadcast camera is being used,” explains Achim Gleissner, commercial manager broadcast and media at Sennheiser. For that reason, Sennheiser has chosen the motto “We serve any camera” for its presence at IBC in Hall 8, Stand D50.

ETC combines summer camp and professional development

04/08/2017 - Event News

USA – On Thursday 20th July, nearly 250 ETC end users arrived in Madison, Wisconsin, for the fourth CUE conference. CUE, short for Create Understand Experience, is a professional development conference hosted by ETC every other summer.

Music in Romsey sings the praises of Doughty Engineering

04/08/2017 - Production News

UK – Romsey Abbey is a magnificent 12th century church, the largest parish church in Hampshire and home to a vibrant congregation. It has also been used as a performance venue by Music in Romsey (MIR) since the early 1970s. MIR hosts an extensive series of concerts there throughout the year. Musicians involved range from local choirs and bands to international soloists and orchestras. However, the group has always struggled to 'raise' their performers due to a lack of any special staging.

Three JTE Roofs in a Row at Kent State University

04/08/2017 - Project News

USA – Kent State University chose three, side-by-side James Thomas Engineering PRT roof structures for their recent commencement ceremony. PRT systems are James Thomas Engineering Pre-Rig Super Truss roof systems with 38.1mm (15 inch) towers. They measure 12.2 x 12.2 metres (40 x 40 feet), with the centre roof having an additional mid-stage span. The structures are tied together with Pre-Rig SuperTruss, which forms the sound bays. All structures were provided by KO Management

Hawthorn Lights Up The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time International Tour

03/08/2017 - Production News

Worldwide – Having taken the UK by storm, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is going international, with technical equipment hire company Hawthorn supplying lighting equipment for the award-winning production.

Elation Lighting on Daryl Hall & John Oates / Tears for Fears Tour

03/08/2017 - Production News

USA – Two iconic bands, American duo Daryl Hall & John Oates and English pop band Tears for Fears, united for a joint tour that had the trans-Atlantic pairing touring North America through July beneath a rig that included Elation Professional lighting effects. The lighting design team of Matt Geasey and Jesper Luth used Elation’s ACL 360 Roller and Cuepix Blinder series fixtures in the design for the Hall & Oates performance while Tears for Fears lighting designer Alex Reardon is one of the first anywhere to use Elation’s new Chorus Line 16 pixel bar wash luminaire.

Ai Media servers are a 'dream' for Coldplay at Global Citizen 2017 event

03/08/2017 - Production News

Germany Knight of Illumination award-winning video designer Ben Miles has praised the Avolites Ai R6 media servers in their performance for festival opener Coldplay at the star-studded Global Citizen Festival in Hamburg, Germany, ahead of the annual G20 Summit.

Nashville's Spectrum Sound Joins Adamson Sales and Rental Network

03/08/2017 - Business News

USA – Spectrum Sound Inc., one of Music City’s most revered production rental houses, has joined the Adamson sales and rental network with a significant investment in a new E-Series and S-Series audio system.

Colour Sound Keeps the Secret

03/08/2017 - Production News

UK – Secret Garden Party (SGP) has been one of the coolest, funkiest, most respected and well-loved independent arts and music festivals on the UK scene. Staged at Abbot’s Ripton near Huntingdon since 2004 by Fred Felloes, it was hand-crafted as a boutique alternative to the established mainstream music festivals and is known for its incredible location and amazing vibes.

tube catches the MIF17 Buzz

03/08/2017 - Production News

UK – Audio specialist tube uk delivered sound systems to a diverse mix of over 30 shows, site specific installations and one-off performances in a variety of venues across the city throughout the 18-day Manchester International Festival 2017 (MIF17).

Eclectic Alhambra in Paris Upgrades with Meyer Sound Leopard

03/08/2017 - Project News

France – Under the artful guidance of producer/owner Jean-Claude Auclair, the Alhambra Theatre and Music Hall in Paris has flourished by serving up an eclectic mix of diverse musical genres intermingled with comedy shows and children's productions. To present such wide-ranging artistic diversity with the utmost sonic fidelity, the Alhambra recently upgraded its venerable Meyer Sound reinforcement system with new Leopard compact linear line array loudspeakers and 1100-LFC low-frequency control units.

Tom Mumby Counts On ChamSys MagicQ MQ500 Stadium on Australian Pink Floyd Tour

03/08/2017 - Production News

USA – On Sunday 29th October, 1994, Pink Floyd performed the final show of their “Division Bell Tour” at Earl’s Court in London. It was the last time they would tour together. Some of the band’s members have since passed away. Earl’s Court was demolished. But, this legendary band’s groundbreaking stage shows continue to shine in all their splendour every time Australian Pink Floyd performs.

Bandit Lites Purchases P1 Retro Lamps

03/08/2017 - Production News

USA – Bandit Lites’ touring inventory continues to grow with the addition of Portman Custom Light’s P1 Retro Lamps, the striking fixture that can function both as an incandescent light source and a bold set piece.

Rea Sound Celebrates 35 Years with Martin Audio

03/08/2017 - Business News

Ireland - Back in 1982, Martin Rea and Sean Gallagher of Rea Sound visited Messe Musik in Frankfurt with the intention of securing an audio dealership in Ireland.

Tribute Concert at Renovated Communist-era Circus Building Features Elation Lighting

02/08/2017 - Production News

Moldova – Elation dealer Eventika Grup SRL of Moldova recently finished an interesting project that the company worked long and hard to complete. After the USSR collapsed, the circus in the town of Chisinau, Moldova, disintegrated along with it, leaving behind a large circus building that had the potential to be an excellent performance space. After years of laying idle, Eventika was able to partially restore the building on their own, without foreign investment, and held a 20th anniversary tribute concert at the venue for the Moldavian rock band Gindul Mitei (Cat’s Thoughts).

Tenth Knight of Illumination Awards Theatre Shortlist is Announced

02/08/2017 - Event News

UK – After much deliberation, the Theatre judging panel for the 2017 Knight of Illumination (KOI) Awards has announced this year's shortlist of lighting and video designers, recognised for their creative work in Theatre. The winners will be announced at the tenth anniversary KOI Awards ceremony, to be held at London's Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, on 17th September.

Allen & Heath Manages Major Taiwanese Cultural Festival

02/08/2017 - Production News

Taiwan – Two Allen & Heath dLive S Class digital mixing systems were employed to manage Taiwan’s major poetry and cultural festival, held in Taipei.

CPL Gets Festive for OVO

02/08/2017 - Production News

UK – CPL (Central Presentations Ltd.) working for creative event producers Bright, took its experience and knowledge of festival productions and delivered full technical production, including sound, lighting, rigging and some AV for the fabulous 2017 OVO festival.

Electrosonic Ltd Strengthens Security Standards with ISO 27001 Certification

02/08/2017 - Business News

UK – Electrosonic, a global audio-visual systems integration and service solutions company is certified to the internationally recognised standard ISO 27001. The implementation of the standard demonstrates Electrosonic’s commitment to the protection of their clients’ and partners’ business data. The achievement follows an independent assessment conducted by leading verification and certification body NQA.

L-Acoustics Proves Its Mettle at Brooklyn Steel

02/08/2017 - Project News

USA – Leading New York City-based national concert promoter The Bowery Presents (TBP) recently opened its latest live music venue, Brooklyn Steel, a new 20,000-square-foot space in East Williamsburg, New York that is fitted out with L-Acoustics K2 line arrays, plus delays and stage monitors. A gantry crane retained from the former steel fabrication business enables the flown arrays to be repositioned, along with the movable 50,000-pound steel and concrete stage, to scale the audience area according to the expected attendance at each show.

APG Wires South Korea’s Jeju Theatre for Sound

02/08/2017 - Project News

Korea As Korea’s largest island, Jeju has been the country’s favourite domestic holiday destination for years thanks to its beautiful beaches, luxurious countryside, and its theatre for Nanta, a hugely popular South Korean non-verbal comedy show incorporating traditional percussion. Now visitors to Jeju Theatre can enjoy the show even more, thanks to world-class acoustics delivered by a range of APG loudspeakers.

Avolites Ltd appoints Fairlight as exclusive distributor for Belgium

02/08/2017 - Business News

Belgium - British lighting console and media server manufacturer, Avolites, has recently appointed Fairlight as the exclusive distributor of its lighting and video network control products in Belgium. The exclusive partnership, which took effect on the 1st July, follows nearly two decades of successful collaboration between the two companies.

Green Hippo Puts on the Red Lights at 2017 Polar Music Prize Ceremony

02/08/2017 - Production News

Sweden - The Polar Music Prize is recognised as one of music’s most prestigious international honours and this year’s ceremony saw Hippotizer Media Servers playing a key part in Sundin Designers Sweden’s lighting and image display for the show.

Latest Eos family software unlocks output upgrades and empowers Element

02/08/2017 - Equipment News

When Eos family console users install software v2.6, they may find that their systems get a serious boost. As announced at CUE, ETC’s professional development conference, Eos v2.6 brings major upgrades for Element consoles and improvements to Snapshots and other programming features. The release also marks a change in the way the console family handles output upgrades for both new and existing users.

J&C Joel Announced as National Business Awards Finalist

01/08/2017 - Business News

UK – J&C Joel has been shortlisted for the Lloyds Bank Exporter of the Year Award at the 2017 Lloyds Bank National Business Awards. J&C Joel, based in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of flame retardant fabrics, drapery and stage engineering solutions.

Clarity, Detail and True Natural Sound Make DPA Microphones The Right Choice For Trentemøller

01/08/2017 - Production News

Europe – Danish musician and producer Anders Trentemøller will be taking a selection of DPA microphones on tour this summer when he delivers a live set at 20 European festivals.

CUK Audio adds HEDD to MI portfolio

01/08/2017 - Business News

UK – Leading UK and Ireland pro audio distributor, CUK Audio, continues to strengthen its portfolio with the signing of an exclusive distribution agreement with German loudspeaker manufacturer, HEDD | Heinz Electrodynamic Designs. Established in 2015 by loudspeaker veteran Klaus Heinz (the founder of ADAM Audio) and his son, mastering engineer Dr. Frederik Knop, HEDD designs and manufactures state-of-the-art studio monitors for all areas of music production, broadcast and installation.

KLANG:fabrik is the Perfect Sounding Prescription for Florida Hospital Church

01/08/2017 - Project News

USA – The musicians on the worship team at Florida Hospital Church (FHC) now have a new in-ear monitoring system that might be best described, in an oddly good way, as “totally sick!” This is due to the fact that FHC came on board earlier this year as one of the first North American houses of worship to install a KLANG:fabrik 3D IEM solution for its praise band.

Tommex Provides Quality Audio for Stadion Miejski with Community Loudspeakers

01/08/2017 - Project News

Poland – Stadion Miejski, located in Łódź, is the home stadium of football team Widzew Łódź, one of Poland’s best known football brands. Designed by architect Jacek Ferdzyn, Stadion Miejski is an entirely new construction with an all-seater capacity of 18,018. The design meets the requirements of UEFA Category 3 classification, with the option of adapting to higher categories if required.

Lighting the Starboy

01/08/2017 - Production News

North America & Europe – Canadian singer / songwriter The Weeknd is currently rocking plenty of style and enjoying success, critical acclaim, multiple awards and several hits from his chart-topping third studio album ‘Starboy’, propelling him a long way from his underground roots and early anonymous mixtapes uploaded to You Tube in 2010.

MDG ATMe Generates Drama for RADA

01/08/2017 - Production News

UK – MDG saw the students of London’s premier drama school, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), taking full advantage of the capabilities of one of its ATMe haze generators during their recent production of Rona Munro’s Scuttlers.

Ashly’s Digimix24 Digital Mixer Gets New Control App and Firmware Update

01/08/2017 - Equipment News

The Ashly digiMIX24 leverages Ashly’s forty-plus years of building powerful audio gear. Ashly’s digiMIX24 is a 24-channel/14-bus digital mixer with a live control surface, comprehensive equalisation and dynamics, 32-bit/48kHz fidelity, flexible inputs and outputs, and option cards for 32-channels of USB and Dante connectivity. DigiMIX24 embodies Ashly’s proud legacy of pro-quality audio processing, bulletproof reliability and surprising affordability. In addition, the digiMIX24 comes with Ashly’s comprehensive five-year warranty.

SolaSpot 2000s Bring the ‘Love’ to Cavalettes' Spring Show

01/08/2017 - Production News

USA – For a recent collaboration with the Cavalettes Dance Team in Austin, TX, Lake Travis High School students Max Dalton and Trenton Schoonmaker used High End Systems SolaSpot 2000s to take the group’s production ‘Love’ to a new artistic level. The technicians at the Lake Travis PAC are all students enrolled in the Technical Theatre programme at Lake Travis High School, and are part of the LTHS Student Chapter of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology.

International Foods Store expands operations with Cloud Zoned Audio System

01/08/2017 - Project News

UK – When the owners of the International Foods store Ozmen decided to expand operations with a new store in the heart of The Northern Power House they called upon AV specialist integrators Definition Audio Visual to provide a comprehensive multi-zone audio solution for their new store.

The Royal Albert Hall’s Space Spectacular has Lift Off with Jands Vista

01/08/2017 - Production News

UKSpace Spectacular, the annual space-inspired music co-production between the Royal Albert Hall (RAH) and promoter Raymond Gubbay, needed a spectacular lighting and effects show to live up to its name. With limited time to set up and programme the extensive rig, RAH’s lighting design manager, Richard Rhys Thomas, was able to put together a stunning show in only a few hours using a Jands Vista L5 Console.

DiGiCo channel count essential for Hans Zimmer tour

01/08/2017 - Production News

Worldwide – Hans Zimmer is one of the world’s most renown film score composers. He has written over 100 scores, including those for Rain Man, Driving Miss Daisy, The Lion King, Gladiator, As Good As It Gets and The Last Samurai and has been nominated for seven Golden Globes, seven Grammys and seven Oscars. It is medleys from this incredible collection of work that the music for his current tour is selected. The audio design for the show evolved during preproduction and rehearsals, but what was clear from the start was that the console channel count was going to be immense, and that the only consoles that could handle it were DiGiCos.

Out of darkness into light – the articulation of Elbow

01/08/2017 - Production News

UK – When lighting designer Cate Carter first conjured with Elbow appearing at the Barclaycard Summer Time (BST) annual concert series in Hyde Park this year she was immediately presented with two dilemmas. “One was the sheer scale of the stage, that enormous wall of LED screen cannot be ignored,” she said. Supplied by Video Design, the wall has, since last year, been extended from centre stage across and right down the outside edges of the PA wings. Wrapping the entire performance platform, it measures200 feet across and 35 high, a total 650sq/m of 9mm.

Amos Lee Tours with Bandit Lites

01/08/2017 - Production News

USA – Amos Lee departed for his 2017 summer tour with both his sixth studio album, Spirit¸ and a lighting package provided by Bandit Lites in tow. The singer-songwriter, known for his hybrid of blues, rock and folk sound has been bringing his smooth vocals to performances across the country, culminating in his first solo headline tour this autumn.

Martin Audio MLA Rocks at Nashvill 2017 In Nizhniy-Novgorod

01/08/2017 - Production News

Russia – The Nashvill rock festival organised by NASHE Radio took place recently at the Trud Stadium in the Russian city of Nizhniy-Novgorod. The festival line-up included popular Russian rock bands and was attended by more than 5,000 people.

Hungary’s Largest Theatre Invests In Yamaha and Nexo

01/08/2017 - Project News

Hungary – Many historic opera houses have, in more recent times, begun staging a wider variety of performances. This often needs the installation of modern sound reinforcement systems, to ensure that every type of production sounds its best. An example is the Erkel Theatre in the Hungarian capital Budapest, which has recently installed a state-of-the-art Yamaha and Nexo system.

Trojans Dance to the Sound of Renkus-Heinz

01/08/2017 - Project News

USAHoused in a new, 70-foot-tall, 54,000-square-foot building designed by local architect William Murray of Pfeiffer Partners, Inc., University of Southern California's $46 million Glorya Kaufman International School of Dance features a large performance studio, four medium dance studios, and one upper division studio. To ensure that the audio and video systems met Pfeiffer Partner's quality standards and the University's functional expectations, Pfeiffer Partners, Inc., hired San Luis Obispo, California, electro-acoustic consultant Rick Wells of Multi-Media Consulting, Inc. Wells designed, and ProSound installed, a system based on Renkus-Heinz loudspeakers using a scalable system concept that is custom-configured for the specialised needs of each space.