News Archive for October 2018

Atlona Names HWPco New Commercial AV Manufacturer’s Representative for Southeast US Region

31/10/2018 - Business News

USA – Atlona continues to expand its domestic partner network with the addition of The HWP Company, (HWPco), a professional sales and marketing firm based in Atlanta, GA as its new manufacturer’s representative in the Southeastern US. The six-state territory covers Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee.

Robe Shines at 2018 Asian Games OC

31/10/2018 - Production News

Indonesia – The 2018 Asian Games Opening Ceremony was a high-energy, animated, colorful spectacular illustrating Indonesia’s origins and rich culture, and sending a strong message of peace and tolerance, staged in Jakarta’s Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) Main Stadium.

Kentucky Basketball Celebrates Big Blue Madness with Bandit Lites

31/10/2018 - Production News

USA – The University of Kentucky’s basketball programme is one that certainly lives up to the hype year after year, and its annual Big Blue Madness is no different. Bandit Lites once again provided the lighting package for the televised celebration where the 2018-2019 season kicked off with dance routines from both the women’s coach, Matthew Mitchell, and the Kentucky cheerleaders along with epically staged introductions as the players were introduced to the sold-out crowd before a scrimmage.

Brent Schmidt Reflects Spirit of St. Luke’s Manor with Chauvet DJ

31/10/2018 - Production News

USA – For residents of the historic Buckeye-Shaker neighbourhood, the concerts that take place on the sprawling grounds of St. Luke’s Manor offer more than a chance to enjoy good music, they also serve as a celebration of their community’s rebirth. The impressive building that provides an emblematic backdrop to the concert series had stood empty and neglected for 14 years after the hospital that originally occupied it closed its doors in 1999. When the five-storey structure reopened after extensive renovations in 2013 as a multi-use facility, it served as a catalyst for a neighbourhood-wide renaissance.

Airstar Shows Daring Lighting Tricks at Anglet’s FISE Xperience

31/10/2018 - Production News

France – Airstar, inventor and world leader in lighting balloon technology, was shining bright at the recent stage of the FISE Xperience Series 2018 (10-11 August). The tour, which is world-renowned for attracting the best athletes in disciplines such as BMX and skateboarding, made a stop in Anglet in the south west of France, and was co-organised with the city council. This year, the competition park was lit with Airstar’s Crystal and Sirocco lighting balloons.

‘Near, far, wherever you are…’ L-Acoustics delivers perfect sound time after time across Asia Pacific for Céline Dion Live 2018

31/10/2018 - Production News

Asia Pacific – This summer saw Canadian chanteuse Céline Dion tour the Asia Pacific. Kicking off in Tokyo and Macao, where she had last performed ten years earlier, the tour moved on to new territory for the five-time Grammy Award winner, including Jakarta, Taipei, Manila, Bangkok and Australia, before concluding in Auckland, New Zealand. The logistical feat of picking up each system locally, which was dependent on equipment availability, was accomplished seamlessly by Céline Dion’s long-time audio provider, Solotech, achieving consistent sound across the venues on a 22-date marathon thanks to L-Acoustics’ K1 and K2, its international network of suppliers, and its consistency of product worldwide.

SLX Invests in New Versatile Lighting Technology

31/10/2018 - Production News

UK – SLX, a hire and events company with offices in London, Bristol and Exeter, has invested in innovative and universal lighting technology from SGM, a leading stage lighting technology provider.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra Join Forces with Dave Mcdonald and dLlive

31/10/2018 - Production News

Worldwide – American-based psychedelic rockers, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, have set out on a mammoth world tour this year with veteran FOH engineer, Dave McDonald, and an Allen & Heath dLive system.

Outline wins important new fans at Lucca Summer Festival

31/10/2018 - Production News

Italy – Although Florence and Pisa without doubt top Tuscany’s tourist charts, Lucca (with traces of Iron Age settlements, good wines and more) is well worth checking out and music fans have the ideal chance to do so during the annual Lucca Summer Festival, organised by D’Alessandro & Galli in the city’s main square.

Aurora Lighting support LD Gurdip Mahal on Channel 4’s Stand Up 2 Cancer

31/10/2018 - Production News

UK – Aurora Lighting has supported lighting designer Gurdip Mahal and gaffer James Tinsley for the 2018 Stand Up to Cancer live show.

Audiologic Appoints Anna Shahin

30/10/2018 - People News

UK – Keeping pace with ever-increasing demand for its services, leading provider of audio-visual solutions, Audiologic, has recruited Anna Shahin to the post of applications support engineer. As well as a 1st Class BSc Honours Degree in Audio Recording and Production from the University of Hertfordshire, Anna also studied Speech and Hearing Science at Buffalo University in her native USA. Throughout her academic career, Anna has gained wide-ranging hands-on experience as a recording studio technician, as well as working on a host of live events as a technical crew member. She will be a key member of the technical team, with a brief to support and advise Audiologic’s customers across projects of every type and scale.

JAGUARA Comes to Life in Nevada Desert with Elation Cuepix 16 IP

30/10/2018 - Production News

USA – Sonic Design is an interdisciplinary team in Colombia that specialises in actualising unique architectural projects and large events around the world. The creative team at Sonic Design recently designed and built a multi-sensory Art Car, JAGUARA, and incorporated Elation Cuepix 16 IP LED matrix panels in the design to help spread its environmental message.

New Charity for SpotTrack

30/10/2018 - Business News

UK & USA – SpotTrack, the specialist entertainment software tool for making, modifying and maintaining followspot cue sheets, is now supporting a new charity: Backup – The Technical Entertainment Charity.

Brand new website online

30/10/2018 - Business News

Total Structures have to announced that its new website is online. This new modern and responsive website makes it easier to find information on products and services, it also features an uncluttered interface to make it easy to navigate and quickly find what is being searched for.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Gets High-Flying Looks with Chauvet Professional

30/10/2018 - Production News

UK – Based on the Ian Fleming novel of the same name, the 1968 musical film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was an instant cinema hit worldwide. As much as Roald Dahl’s ingenious screenplay and Dick Van Dyke’s brilliant on-screen performance may have added to the film’s credibility, it’s ultimately the film’s central protagonist – the infamous flying red and gold car – that has succeeded in ensuring the story’s continuing longevity both on screen and on stage during the last half of the century.

From the Prague Quadrennial to Stage|Set|Scenery in Berlin

30/10/2018 - Event News

GermanyNext year, the Prague Quadrennial (Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space) and Stage|Set|Scenery in Berlin will collaborate for the first time. After seeing the Prague Quadrennial visitors will be able to attend the international trade show and conference for theatre, film and event technology in Berlin. Wesko Rohde, chairman of DTHG stated: “The collaboration between these two established events stands for a commitment to Europe, the art of the theatre ensemble and for a wide range of creativity on and behind the stage.”

DiGiCo S31 gives Norway’s folk scene everything it needs

30/10/2018 - Project News

Norway – In the autumn of 2010 Riksscenen, Norway’s national venue for folk and traditional music and dance opened a new, purpose-built venue in Oslo’s trendy Grünerløkka and invested in two DiGiCo SD8s. This summer, it invested in an additional DiGiCo console, this time opting for an S31, which has been installed in the venue’s Klubbscenen (the club) for smaller gigs.

The Warehouse Appoints Adamson Certified Reseller Network

30/10/2018 - Business News

UK – Adamson’s UK distributor, The Warehouse, has announced the appointment of a network of certified resellers and rental partners across UK and Ireland. The network will help meet the increased demand for Adamson products within the touring and integration markets and provide in-the-field expert support.

GLP fixtures worked to the max for Axwell & Ingrosso

30/10/2018 - Production News

USA – When two members of Swedish House Mafia – Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso – played a one-off show at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco recently, it was seen by fans as a precursor for a band reunion (along with third member Steve Angello) in 2019.

W-DMX sets up distribution in Brazil

29/10/2018 - Business News

Brazil – Wireless Solution Sweden, a world-renowned manufacturer of Wireless DMX technology, has recently set up a distribution channel in Brazil, as part of its growth strategy in Latin America.

Ugala Theatre Viljandi

29/10/2018 - Project News

Estonia – The Baltic state of Estonia is a country with a population of just over 1.3 million and has one of the strongest theatre-going traditions amongt all ages and demographics. As a result, there is a lively and eclectic mix of affordable performance options to cater for many tastes.

ADB exhibits new LED technologies at LDI and wins prestigious Award for Best Debuting Product

29/10/2018 - Event News

USA – ADB presented its range of Lexpert (Profile, Fresnel and Emphasy) white light theatre lights at LDI 2018, along with its Klematis and Oksalis units, based on the latest HCR technology, which ensures a CRI and light and colour quality never achieved before by lights with LED sources.

Danley Gear Supports the University of Iowa’s “Kinnick Wave” Bringing Smiles to the Faces of Children at Adjacent Hospital

29/10/2018 - Project News

USA – Routinely cited as the best new tradition in college football, the “Kinnick Wave” is an event that happens at every University of Iowa Hawkeye home game. The newly-completed Stead Family Children’s Hospital is adjacent to the Hawkeye’s 69,000-seat Kinnick Stadium, and someone suggested on social media that after the first quarter, everyone in the entire stadium should turn and wave to the children in the hospital. Many of them would be with their families on the hospital’s top floor lounge, which gives a great view of all the action on the field. The suggestion went viral, and it’s now a well-established tradition. To kick off the 2018 season, AV integration and live sound production company Sound Concepts, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, brought in a portable Danley Sound Labs system for the halftime show. The show featured the Pat Green Band performing “Wave On Wave” with the University of Iowa and Northern Iowa University marching bands while fans did the Kinnick Wave.

Joe Musico Immerses Crowd at Bassrush Massive AZ with Help From Chauvet Professional

29/10/2018 - Production News

USA – At the entrance to Bassrush Massive AZ was a massive art display that featured two cubes, a smaller one wedged inside a larger version of itself. Emulating the signature artwork of the festival’s promotional material, the object attracted the immediate attention of fans, most of whom stepped inside the mesmerising cubic structure for social media photos. It was the first, but certainly not the last, immersive experience they would enjoy that evening.

Thriving on the most challenging projects

29/10/2018 - Production News

Europe – Demand from customers across Europe is ever increasing for more sophisticated structures and services for special projects and live events, the likes of which couldn’t even be imagined ten years ago. Companies that specialise in these areas are the best equipped to provide the products, services and skills needed to successfully meet these demands.

Alusfera creates an “Opera House effect” in Serbia

29/10/2018 - Project News

Serbia – In September, LITEC delivered its Alusfera 2.0 roof structure to the Novi Sad 2021 Foundation for use in a classical concert organised on the Novi Sad town square in Serbia. The Alusfera structure was specifically selected not only for its unique shape and impressive loading characteristics, but also to assist in the creation of an outdoor “opera house effect”, where it most definitely succeeded.

University of Toronto Principal Hall Chooses EM Acoustics

29/10/2018 - Project News

Canada – University of Toronto’s newly constructed Principal Hall is designed to serve as a multi-dimensional public platform for the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design (DFALD). To ensure the highest quality of audio, the University tapped Mulvey & Banani Audio Visual Inc. (MBAV) to assist in the design of a sound reinforcement system consisting of EM Acoustics loudspeakers.

Claypaky exhibits the future of show lighting at LDI

29/10/2018 - Event News

USA – Claypaky presented many interesting new products this year at LDI, a show which has become an unmissable event for lighting professionals over the years. No less than five Claypaky lights made their début on the American market, two of which were exhibited for the first time ever in the world.

Elation Welcomes Erich Meitzner, Regional Sales Representative

29/10/2018 - People News

USA – Elation Professional has announced the addition of Erich Meitzner to the Elation team as the company’s new regional sales representative for Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana.

Allen & Heath Goes Deep with New Plug-ins for SQ Series

26/10/2018 - Equipment News

In a major ‘first’ for the manufacturer, Allen & Heath has announced that a range of DEEP processing plug-ins is now available as optional add-ons for its SQ Series.

Marriot Budapest Gala Gets Nightclub Flavour with Chauvet Professional

26/10/2018 - Production News

Hungary – Located on the banks of the Danube near the Chain Bridge with an ideal view of the famed Buda Castle, the Marriot Budapest is a popular spot with tourists looking to take in the treasures offered by “The Paris of the East.” Earlier this fall, the elegant hotel also provided some sparkling sights inside its walls as it hosted a gala for Russian chemical giant Garant Optima in its main ballroom. Lending an extra air of glamour and excitement to the event was a bright, fast-moving light and video show featuring Chauvet Professional Maverick fixtures, supplied by Mobile Audio and Light kft.

City Theatrical’s Multiverse Wireless DMX Recognised with Best Debuting Product Award at LDI 2018

26/10/2018 - Event News

USA – City Theatrical’s new Multiverse wireless DMX system, recently launched at Live Design International (LDI) on 19th October 19, 2018, was recognised by Live Design/LDI as the 2018 Best Debuting Product in the Lighting Accessories and Integration category.

Godsmack and Shinedown Deliver a Double Blast Propelled by Meyer Sound Leo Family

26/10/2018 - Production News

USA - With two headline bands combining their drawing power, hard rock luminaries Godsmack and Shinedown packed 40 A-market venues across the USA on a double-barrelled summer tour that left the crowds stomping and chanting for more. The cross-country headline sweep was powered from beginning to end by a Meyer Sound Leo Family system with a wide wrap-around of Leo, Lyon and Leopard line arrays and with a pummelling low end delivered through an arced array of 1100-LFC low frequency control elements.

Alcons Audio Fulfills a Constant Craving With k.d. lang

26/10/2018 - Production News

USA – Canadian singer-songwriter k.d. lang recently wrapped up a 21-date tour across the US, celebrating the 25th anniversary of her critically-acclaimed second solo album Ingénue. Playing theatre-sized venues throughout, an Alcons Audio LR18 compact mid-size line-array was requested to satisfy front of house (FoH) engineer Gary Stokes’ desire to precisely reproduce the purity of sound that is k.d. Lang.

L-Acoustics Releases Plug-in to Enable Interoperability Between Q-SYS Platform from QSC and P1 Processor

26/10/2018 - Equipment News

L-Acoustics has announced integration between its P1 processor, which began shipping in June 2018, and the Q-SYS Platform from QSC, allowing users to easily control and monitor P1 through Q-SYS. System designers can now architect high-performing and fully scalable AV environments using the familiar Q-SYS Designer Software and native user control interface, while offering the state-of-the-art audio experience delivered by L-Acoustics sound systems.

WI Moves 40-45 Audiences 360 Degrees Around Venue

26/10/2018 - Production News

Belgium – Creative engineering specialist WIcreations has designed, developed and installed a unique, bespoke wireless laser-guided system to move eight enormous seating tribunes around the performance space, each holding audiences watching Studio 100’s ground-breaking “40-45 Spektakle Musical”.

Adamson IS-Series Covers Large Congregation at GBI Aruna in Indonesia

26/10/2018 - Project News

Indonesia – GBI Aruna Church is known for its dynamic and inspiring worship services, welcoming over 16,000 weekly congregants across its 15 campuses in the Indonesian city of Bandung. In order to serve and engage the congregation better at its flagship 1,600-capacity location, GBI Aruna, the church’s pastoral team recently invested in a new audio system built around the install-focused IS-Series from Adamson Systems Engineering.

Chemical High for MegaPointes

26/10/2018 - Production News

UK – The Chemical Brothers have been at the forefront of inventive, interesting and infectiously rhythmic electronic music for nearly 30 years and were a pioneer of the UK’s ‘big beat’ movement in the 1990s. They are among the most influential and critically acclaimed for their 'mixological' magic, topping the charts on numerous occasions and getting the whole world foot tapping to the lines of “Galvanise” and “Do It Again” and many more.

DiGiCo Eliminates Worries on St. Vincent’s “Fear The Future” Tour

26/10/2018 - Production News

USA – After a stint as a 'solo theatrical show' on tour, St. Vincent roared back this year for a tour with a full band. This summer legs of the “Fear The Future” tour, in support of 2017’s Masseduction LP, saw St. Vincent (AKA Annie Clark) headlining the festival circuit, with stops at All Points East and End Of The Road, among other festivals.

Barco RigiFlex: the world’s first rigid powerwall that can be rolled up

26/10/2018 - Equipment News

Barco has announced the launch of Barco RigiFlex, a brand-new rigid yet very flexible powerwall screen. The first rigid, rollable powerwall of its kind, Barco RigiFlex combines excellent visual performance with amazingly easy transportation, installation and maintenance. Qualifying as one of the market’s best high-tension surfaces, Barco RigiFlex is an excellent alternative for fixed powerwalls.

Allen & Heath Supports The Pineapple Thief at O2 Empire

26/10/2018 - Production News

UK – Renowned British prog’ rockers, The Pineapple Thief, have recently completed a short run across Europe, supported by an Allen & Heath dLive system. The tour supported their 12th studio album, Dissolution, with the last show taking place at the O2 Empire in Shepherds Bush, London, earlier this month.

The EU Commission releases revised version of proposed Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Regulations

25/10/2018 - Standards News

The revised texts exempt a large number of significant tungsten lamps used in the entertainment, live performance and film industry, and provide several additional exemptions recognising the needs of the sectors.

Dove Awards Shine with Mark Carver and Bandit Lites

25/10/2018 - Production News

USA – For nearly 50 years, the GMA Dove Awards honour those who have achieved excellence in Christian music, including modern rock, pop/contemporary, southern gospel, urban, worship and rap/hip hop. Held at the Allen Arena at Lipscomb University on 16th October, the night featured a lighting package provided by Bandit Lites and performances from Lauren Daigle, Tauren Wells, Rebecca St. James, Rascal Flatts and Tori Kelly.

Yamaha Puts Audio’s Unsung Heroes in the Spotlight

25/10/2018 - Production News

Yamaha Music Europe has debuted a new YouTube video channel which informally profiles the unsung heroes of sound, including mix engineers, sound designers, technicians and other audio professionals, allowing them to share their stories and professional experience. Titled In The Spotlight, the first video features the legendary Terry ‘TJ’ Jackson (Earth Wind & Fire / Michael Jackson) who discusses how he became a leading mix engineer and imparts invaluable advice.

Matthew Brewer Goes Rogue On Newsboys United Tour

25/10/2018 - Production News

USA – It’s easy to see why songs by Newsboys have played such prominent roles in hit films and videos like God is Not Dead and the Dove Award-winning children’s series Veggie Tales. The rich, vivid imagery of this Grammy-nominated Christian rock quartet’s music, with its ebb and flow of heartfelt emotion, seems to beckon visual interpretation.

Audiologic Appoints Kamil Hamidou

25/10/2018 - People News

UK – Leading provider of professional audio-visual solutions, Audiologic, has announced the appointment of marketing co-ordinator Kamil Hamidou. Recent significant expansion has seen the Harlow-based company engaged in a recruitment drive on all fronts of its business, adding personnel in its sales, technical and marketing departments. Kamil joins Audiologic with a Music Industry Management degree, during the pursuit of which, he acquired hands-on experience of helping to organise and run marketing campaigns for a variety of artists and events. Kamil also possesses a good understanding of the production side of the industry, having worked on a number of tours.

PR Lighting Fixtures Boost Bad Bunny Tour Design

25/10/2018 - Production News

USA – With the use of a number of state-of-the-art lighting fixtures from PR Lighting and its Texas-based distributor, MEGA-Lite, First Born Productions designed a successful concert touring rig for popular Puerto Rican, Latin trap and reggaeton artist, Bad Bunny. Having earned several top hits on different charts and previously been nominated for the Latin Grammy Awards, Bad Bunny and his fans anticipated a great show.

KV2 Audio Demonstrates VHD5.0 at Myer Music Bowl

25/10/2018 - Event News

Australia – The KV2 Asia Pacific team recently gathered in Melbourne to demonstrate the new VHD5.0 Constant Power Point Source Array and the VHD2.0 Large Format Point Source System at the city’s best-known outdoor venue, the Sydney Myer Music Bowl.

Bringing Elrow to Town

25/10/2018 - Production News

UK – Spanish party phenomenon Elrow Town recently took over London’s Olympic park again following their debut one-day festival last year, bringing a stratosphere of craziness, eccentricity and an expanded two-day schedule, action-packed with a pumping dance and DJ line-up to match the soaring temperatures of the UK’s sizzling summer.

Penn Elcom gets to the Nuts and Bolts with New Castor Plate

25/10/2018 - Equipment News

Speed is of the essence in the esoteric and wonderful world of flightcase manufacturing. The method by which the wheel is attached to the case is pivotal to the whole process, so flightcase accessory specialist Penn Elcom has designed and machined two ingenious new solutions to make this quick and straightforward.

X4 Atoms shine in Russian projects

24/10/2018 - Project News

Russia – impression X4 atom has only been available on the Russian rental market for less than a year, but the fixture has already proven itself, and become an original element in some signature project designs.

Super 4 Invests in Martin Audio WPC

24/10/2018 - Production News

Japan – Japanese rental company Super 4 has invested in a Martin Audio WPC PA to handle its many events and concerts. The company recently placed the order for 18 WPC elements and six SX218 subwoofers with Martin Audio Japan.

Elation Continues Trend of Innovation at LDI 2018

24/10/2018 - Event News

USA – The 30th rendition of the LDI show proved a testament to the growing interest in the Elation product range as the company continued its trend of innovative product launches. The Artiste Series continued to make a name for itself with launch of the Artiste Monet, a new 45,000 lumen LED profile light with innovative SpectraColor system that collected an LDI Award honourable mention accolade. The compact, CMY colour-mixing Smarty Hybrid with ultra-efficient 6,000-hour lamp was also recognised as unique innovation by industry peers, receiving a PLSN award for Best Hybrid Fixture.

Chroma-Q Inspire XT Provides Beautiful House Lighting in the Västerås Concert Hall

24/10/2018 - Project News

Sweden – Nearly fifty Chroma-Q Inspire XT LED house lights have been fitted in the Västerås concert hall in Sweden, to provide high quality lighting with minimal noise.

Above the Stag – A dynamic new Theatre in Vauxhall

24/10/2018 - Project News

UK – Located in two interconnecting railway arches along the Albert Embankment in Vauxhall, London, this newly completed theatre provides a more spacious home for the local and award-winning Above The Stag LGBT+ theatre company, which had outgrown its previous venue.

Cory Pattak Has Fun Lighting Xanadu with Chauvet Professional

24/10/2018 - Production News

USA – Ancient Athens may be separated from modern Venice Beach, CA by 6,900 miles and 2,400 years, give or take a century or two, but that didn’t stop these two very divergent places from melding together on stage in the Jeff Lynne, John Farrar Tony-nominated musical comedy Xanadu. Inspired by the 1980 film of the same name, the show brings together a forlorn SoCal street artist with a group of perky Greek muses. The result is a rollicking adventure, culminating in the non-stop swirl of a disco roller rink that has left audiences laughing around the world since its Broadway debut 11 years ago.

EM Acoustics Enhances Square Chapel Arts Centre Halifax

24/10/2018 - Project News

UK – The Square Chapel Arts Centre, located in Halifax, West Yorkshire, recently underwent an 8.8 million-dollar renovation that included new EM Acoustics sound reinforcement systems for the 220-seat multi-purpose auditorium and new, versatile cinema/studio theatre space. The systems were supplied, installed and commissioned by Huddersfield-based systems integrator, Sound and Light Concepts.

Now or Never for HSL with Halsey

24/10/2018 - Production News

Europe – This was definitely a ‘now’ as leading UK lighting and visual rental company HSL supplied lighting equipment for the recent UK and European leg of Halsey’s ongoing “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom” tour.

Colour Sound Experiment Says Hello and Waves Goodbye to Soft Cell

24/10/2018 - Production News

UK – Colour Sound Experiment supplied lighting and LED screens for a massive ‘Wave Goodbye’ gig by UK synthpop duo Soft Cell, who reunited after 17 years to play one final show-stopping performance at London’s O2 Arena.

Community and Apart Provide Quality Audio for Croatia’s First Convention Center

24/10/2018 - Project News

Croatia – HUST d.o.o. has completed the design and installation of the audio and video systems for the new Šibenik Convention Center at the Solaris Beach Resort. Located in Šibenik, on the beautiful Adriatic coast, the new state-of-the-art venue is the first convention centre to be built since the independence of the Croatian state in 1991 and is now the largest in Croatia.

Claypaky Sharpys Beam Cheek Ski High in Finland

23/10/2018 - Production News

Finland – More than 60,000 fans packed into Finland’s Lahti ski jump stadium over two nights to experience rapper Cheek perform special farewell shows. The sheer scale of the shows prompted the promoters to call them ‘Finland’s biggest concert production to date’. They marked Cheek’s retirement from the music industry, with his final performance broadcast on national TV to an audience of one-million.

Allen & Heath Steal the Show with The Pineapple Thief at the O2 Empire

23/10/2018 - Production News

UK – Reece Productions invested in an Allen & Heath dLive Control Surface that has recently provided high quality sound for The Pineapple Thief's 2018 tour, closing with a triumphant performance at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire.

Knight of Illumination Awards USA winners announced in Las Vegas

23/10/2018 - Event News

USA – The leading lights of the entertainment production industry attended the inaugural Knight of Illumination Awards USA (KOI-USA) on Saturday night in Las Vegas, where the winners were announced at a glittering ceremony and gala dinner.

Action Church Grows with Allen & Heath

23/10/2018 - Project News

USA – Central Florida’s Action Church is on the move, with three locations already established and another set to launch later this year, all of which rely on Allen & Heath dLive systems.

Robe Ramps Up the Action for LDI 2018

23/10/2018 - Event News

USA – Robe presented part two of its “Lost Worlds” exhibition live show trilogy concept at LDI (Live Design International) in Las Vegas, with another jaw-dropping booth design and an edgy, high-energy eight-minute live dance extravaganza designed to illustrate its latest technologies in the context for which they have been developed. This included the recently launched T1 Profile LED moving light.

Light Fantastic Production Services support Focus/18 at Chelsea Design Centre

23/10/2018 - Production News

UK – Technical production specialist Light Fantastic Production Services has supported S2 Events with a comprehensive lighting, audio and support package for a spectacular Havana nights themed event.

Pretty Woman Opens on Broadway to Rave Reviews Powered by KV2 Audio

23/10/2018 - Production News

USA – Following a successful limited run world premiere at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago in March and April of 2018, Pretty Woman – The Musical made its expected move to Broadway in the summer of 2018 enhanced by a comprehensive Point Source audio system from KV2 Audio.

Audient Heritage Edition replaces 30-year-old Neve

23/10/2018 - Project News

Germany – The SAE Institute in Leipzig has given its Studio 2 an overhaul, starting with the upgrade of its console to a 36-channel Audient ASP8024 Heritage Edition with patchbay and Dual Layer Control (DLC). “It replaced our old and beloved Neve VR Legend console,” explains Leo Baron, audio head instructor at the global brand’s Leipzig branch who specified the desk himself.

Claypaky Muscle Sculpts 1Rebel London’s Axcor

22/10/2018 - Project News

UK – The 1Rebel group’s new London gym is mixing high intensity workouts with high end entertainment technology, using Claypaky SharBars and Axcor 300s to create an immersive fitness environment.

TSL appoints Sheerman and Wilcox to board of directors

22/10/2018 - People News

UK – Specialist lighting and rigging services provider TSL has announced the appointment of two of its highly experienced account handlers, Dominic Sheerman and Loz Wilcox, to its board of directors.

Moscow’s ‘Futuristic’ New Concert Hall Crescendos with Claypaky

22/10/2018 - Project News

Russia – Moscow’s beautiful new Zaryadye Concert Hall opened in style in September 2018 with a gala performance by the Russian National Orchestra, attended by dignitaries including President Putin. The modernist, glass structure houses a 1560-seat main auditorium, lit by a house rig of Claypaky fixtures.

Bruce Rodgers Uses 117 Maverick MK3 wash Fixtures on Romeo Santos Golden Tour

22/10/2018 - Production News

USA – When describing his lighting design for the second leg of superstar Romeo Santos’ Golden Tour, Bruce Rodgers of Tribe, Inc. says: “It’s all about scale and simplicity.” The 'scale' part is readily apparent to anyone who catches a show on the 18-city tour that began in September. Dominating the area over centre stage is a colossal overhead truss structure that resembles a UFO about to land. Intense brightness radiates from the hovering form, courtesy of 117 Chauvet Professional Maverick MK3 Wash fixtures, which were supplied by 4Wall Entertainment Lighting.

Philips Strand offers ideal LED alternative with new SPX LED WW profile

19/10/2018 - Event News

USA - Signify has announced the launch of the new Philips Strand SPX LED WW, a high-output, warm white LED profile spotlight fixture which offers a powerful, energy efficient alternative to existing models. The SPX LED WW was officially unveiled at the LDI exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Philips Vari-Lite’s VL10 BeamWash sets new standards in aerial dynamics

19/10/2018 - Event News

USA – Signify has announced the global launch of the new Philips Vari-Lite VL10 BeamWash luminaire. Following successful tests on prime-time television and live concerts in recent weeks, the VL10 BeamWash was officially unveiled at the LDI exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Revised Standard Published, Two Posted for Public Review

19/10/2018 - Standards News

Three bits of news from ESTA's Technical Standards Program: one revised standard published, one revised standard available for public review, and one standard available for public review for reaffirmation (no changes planned).

Chris Lisle’s Summer Plays On Rig Does Double Duty with Chauvet Professional

19/10/2018 - Production News

USA – Good feelings and creative energy are flowing freely on the Summer Plays On tour, which continues to fly high long past the autumnal equinox, with sold-out October dates everywhere from PNC in Charlotte, to the Grand Ole Opry, to Royal Albert Hall in London. Co-headliners Lady Antebellum and former Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker are not only friends, they also occasionally share the stage on this tour, as when the multi-Grammy-winning country band’s Charles Kelley jumps in with Rucker for a duet version of “Straight To Hell.”

CPL visits the Tropics

19/10/2018 - Production News

UK – CPL supplied full technical production, including a high-impact video design, equipment and crew, to show producers Pandora Events for a large “Glambassador” motivational event, including numerous presentations and awards, followed by a gala dinner for Tropic Skincare in Hall 12 at the NEC, Birmingham.

Mexican Resort ‘Xcaret Upgrades Audio to Allen & Heath

19/10/2018 - Project News

Mexico – Xcaret México, a resort and amusement park handling 10,000 guests per day in peak season, has upgraded its hotel entertainment venue, the Teatro del Rio, with an Allen & Heath dLive system.

Motion Mapping uses Green Hippo in World First Stonehenge Mapping Event

19/10/2018 - Production News

UK – It took a year of negotiations, but 2018 saw Stonehenge host its first-ever live DJ set. And lighting creative Motion Mapping, complete with a pair of Green Hippo Hippotizer Karst media servers supplied by A.C. Entertainment Technologies, was tasked with delivering a digital video projection show equal to the brooding majesty of one of the Seven Wonders of the Medieval World.

White Light in the Picture for Canon Camera Launch

18/10/2018 - Production News

UK – Canon recently held the launch of its new camera the EOS R at Shoreditch Electric Light Station, London. The camera giants invited journalists along to take part in an experiential experience in which they were transported to a utopian land 400 years in the future. The experience was produced by award-winning theatre company Les Enfants Terribles, known for their work on Alice’s Adventures Underground. Having provided the lighting on a range of immersive projects, White Light was called upon to supply the equipment for this particular launch.

Outline’s Superfly – A Touring Video Diary with the Australian Pink Floyd Show

18/10/2018 - Production News

In the midst of a globe-straddling tour that recreates the unique multi-sensory experience of a Pink Floyd live concert, the men behind TAPFS’s live sound take time out to talk about their experiences with Outline’s Superfly loudspeaker system supplied by London’s Capital Sound Hire.

Nick Sheetz and Chauvet Professional Create Multiple Environments at Christ Community Church

18/10/2018 - Project News

USA – Nick Sheetz is the worship environments director at Christ Community Church. It is fitting that the word “environments” with an “s” in his title is plural.

A.C. Entertainment Technologies is Hiring

18/10/2018 - Event News

UK – A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) is holding a recruitment event on 1st November at the company’s High Wycombe Headquarters, seeking experienced lighting professionals with a background in theatre, touring, corporate or rental to join the team on both a freelance and a permanent basis.

New 3D DWG Libraries release for Milos systems

18/10/2018 - Equipment News

Milos has announced the release of its latest 3D component libraries for direct use with AutoDesk platforms and other DWG file compatible CAD systems.

GLP JDC1 and KNV populate 50-day Starlite Festival Unique cultural event takes place in a former Marbella quarry

18/10/2018 - Production News

Spain – Starlite, which takes place at the Cantera de Nagüeles in Marbella, is described as the best boutique festival in Europe. The music and cultural event, now in its sixth edition, has become the longest festival in the world, with more than 50 days of concerts.

TP presents exciting new Project Manager vacancy

18/10/2018 - Business News

UK - Taylor-Phillips Recruitment, the recruitment division of, brings the best new vacancies across the full spectrum of the Entertainment Technology sector.

Claypaky Mythos2 Beam Up Gian Marco’s Colourful Shows

18/10/2018 - Production News

Peru – Latin pop-rock royalty Gian Marco performed three sell-out shows at Lima’s Gran Teatro Nacional del Perú in October, backed by an array of Claypaky Mythos2. The colourful and dynamic lighting was designed and operated by Gianfranco Di Vitto, who specified 35 Mythos2 rigged in a seven-line array behind Gian Marco and his band.

Fathom Atlantic Marks the Return of Martin Audio ‘Soundhenge’

18/10/2018 - Production News

UK - A unique concept known as ‘Fathom Atlantic’, part of The Atlantic Project festival of contemporary art in Plymouth, has been 'wowing' visitors to the Old Reservoir at the City’s Devil's Point.

Hawthorn Support Channing Tatum’s Magic Mike Live

18/10/2018 - Production News

UK – After taking Las Vegas by storm, Channing Tatum is bringing a brand new production of Magic Mike Live to London this autumn. Opening at the Hippodrome Casino, Leicester Square in November, full service technical production company Hawthorn has been chosen to supply lighting equipment to the production that’s got everyone talking.

Audio Kris expands DiGiCo inventory with SD10

18/10/2018 - Production News

India – Audio Kris India is a fast- growing dynamic rental company based in Panaji, Goa. The company handles touring and live needs for both corporate and major music shows. Recently, the company invested in its first DiGiCo SD10 and SD-Rack and 32-Bit Mic Pre-Amp Card, supplied by from DiGiCo’s India distributor, Hi-Tech Audio Systems Pvt. Ltd., of New Delhi.

ELO across the ocean

17/10/2018 - Production News

UK & USA – They may have their own distinctive flying saucer but sometimes, for Jeff Lynne’s ELO, taking the boat is the smarter option. “The thing was, we were down to the wire,” was production manager Richard Wearing’s terse assessment. “We simply had no time from the band finishing prior commitments here in the UK to going onto ELO in the States. The only way to get any proper production rehearsals for the US tour was to set up everything in Neg Earth’s LH2 production facility here in the UK, then put it in a sea container and ship it straight to the US‎.”

Elation Adds World Premiere Product Launches to LDI 2018 Line-up

17/10/2018 - Event News

USA – Elation Professional has added three new world premiere products to an already impressive list of innovative product launches at LDI 2018. Showing 19-21 October at LDI Booth 931 for the first time anywhere will be the Artiste Monet, Proteus Profile and Smarty MaX, new professional market luminaires that continue Elation’s efforts to bring innovation and best-in-class ROI products to the market.

Atlona Redefines AV for Presentation and Collaboration with Launch of Omega Series

17/10/2018 - Equipment News

Continuing its leadership in delivering practical, forward-looking innovations for the rapidly-changing AV market, Atlona has unveiled the new Omega Series of switching, extension, and video processing solutions. Redefining AV for presentation and collaboration in modern institutions and meeting spaces, the new product family is designed to address continually evolving trends in how people gather to share information and facilitate productivity, as well as the ways in which they engage technology for communicating through AV content.

Clair Brothers Shines Bright at Lollapalooza Argentina

17/10/2018 - Production News

Argentina – The Lollapalooza festival, created by Jane’s Addiction front man, Perry Ferrell, is a global entertainment phenomenon that brings the world’s hottest music acts together. This year’s festival in Argentina saw the likes of Chance the Rapper, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Imagine Dragons, Wiz Khalifa, Lana Del Rey and so many more. Clair Brothers was there to deliver its clear and powerful, mosh pit-inducing signature sound to the thousands of frenzied fans in attendance.

Chapel Off Chapel Gets More Versatility and Lower Energy Costs with New Chauvet Professional Rig

17/10/2018 - Project News

Australia – From the outside, the building on 12 Little Chapel Street outside Princes Gardens still resembles the church it was originally intended to be when it opened in the mid-19th century. Step inside, however, and one enters a modern, multi-functional city-owned arts and entertainment centre with a 255-seat theatre that hosts everything from musicals and comedies, to concerts by stars like Coldplay and the Foo Fighters.

Rupert Neve Designs Debuts 5211 Two Channel Mic Pre at AES New York 2018

17/10/2018 - Event News

USA – Rupert Neve Designs has announced the 5211 two-channel microphone preamplifier, is on display at this week’s 2018 AES Show in New York City. Each channel has 72dB of gain, sweepable high-pass filters, variable silk output saturation, and the same dual-tap output transformers found in the company’s acclaimed Shelford Channel. These custom output transformers provide both high-headroom and -6dB low-headroom outputs, allowing the user to fully drive the output stage without clipping converters and increasing the unit’s possible tonal variations.

New Claypaky Products at LDI 2018

17/10/2018 - Event News

USA – Sharpy Plus is the first true 100% hybrid unit, able to be a perfect beam light and a perfect spotlight. It fits a totally new, top-ranking-performance Osram Sirius 330W X8 lamp and weighs only 21.6kg (47.6lb). All its functions are extremely quick. A Linear 3° to 36° (1:9) zoom covers the entire range linearly, both in spot mode and in beam mode. This feature makes the Sharpy Plus unique on the market. In beam mode, it is capable of extraordinary power output (over 300,000 lux at 10m distance).

Adelaide Oval audiences bowled over by new L-Acoustics system

17/10/2018 - Project News

Australia – Adelaide Oval has been described as one of the most picturesque Test cricket grounds in Australia, if not the world. Its importance on the international cricket circuit is undisputed, being headquarters to the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA). Its sporting credentials extend to other areas, with South Australian National Football League (SANFL) also calling it home and the venue playing host to Australian rules football, rugby league and union, soccer and tennis, as well as regularly holding concerts. It has three stands, the Western, Eastern and Southern or Riverbank Stand, all constructed as part of a major refurbishment completed in 2014. The Riverbank Stand boasts a new L-Acoustics Kara system, supplied by Jands, L-Acoustics certified provider distributor for the region. The system delivers improved coverage and intelligibility, all without the need for expensive acoustic treatment.

TC Electronic announces TC1210-DT and TC8210-DT

17/10/2018 - Equipment News

TC Electronic has announced two new modules in its range of hardware controlled plug-ins: a stereo expander / modulation unit and a main reverb for pro and home studios.

Colour Sound Flows with Tash Sultana

17/10/2018 - Production News

Europe – Colour Sound Experiment - working with production company Bigabox - supplied lighting, video and rigging equipment plus crew to the recent Tash Sultana UK and European tour.

LED Creative supporting the crew at Roast Battle for Comedy Central

17/10/2018 - Production News

UK – Specialist illumination company, LED Creative is working with lighting director Stuart Pring on the latest series of hit comedy show Roast Battle.

Ayrton continues to push the envelope as it brings new products to LDI 2018

17/10/2018 - Event News

USA – Ayrton returns to LDI 2018 bringing yet more innovation with fabulous new products that include the newly launched Bora S and Khamsin S fixtures, alongside previews of its new Diablo S, Diablo TC, Merak S and Merak TC automated fixtures. The new products can be seen on Booth 1139 where Ayrton will be showcasing them in its now much-anticipated light show, alongside its exclusive US distributor, A.C.T. Lighting, Inc. The Ayrton portfolio will be also on display on Booth 2105, represented by Theatrixx Technologies, Ayrton’s exclusive distributor in Canada.

HUST Chooses Community Loudspeakers for Croatian Catholic University AV System

17/10/2018 - Project News

Croatia – HUST d.o.o., a leading provider of pro AV solutions in Croatia, has completed the design and installation of new audio and video systems for the largest conference hall of the Croatian Catholic University (Hrvatsko Katoličko Sveučilište) in Zagreb.

d&b Soundscape engages delegates for annual global symposium

17/10/2018 - Production News

Portugal – As all eyes in Portugal were swivelling towards Russia and the impending football World Cup, by a curious twist of timing, delegates from all directions around the globe were descending on Lisbon for a unique presentation. Hill’s, America’s leading brand of pet nutrition and its long-time production company, Harvest Productions, had chosen this moment to pioneer a software based tool that catapults amplified sound into the 21st century. As a means of corporate presentation this was something revolutionary, never heard before in Europe or the USA. If nothing else, the fact this happened at all underlines Hill’s commitment to science-based advances, an ethos embedded in the Hill’s brand and fundamental to its success.

More than half a billion pounds needed to sustain the UK’s theatre buildings over the next five years

16/10/2018 - Business News

UK – Research conducted by the Theatres Trust, in conjunction with UK Theatre and SOLT, has found that more than £550million is needed over the next five years for capital projects to upgrade and maintain theatres across the UK.

CAST shows wysiwyg R41, launches new BlackTrax, new broadcast capability and global training programme at LDI 2018

16/10/2018 - Event News

USA – At this year’s LDI show (Las Vegas Convention Center, 19-21 October), CAST Group (Booth 2255) will showcase the very well-received release (R41) of its wysiwyg lighting design and previsualisation software in the USA for the first time, as well as providing a spectacular demonstration of what can be achieved with its BlackTrax real time tracking technology. The company will also launch a new global training programme.

Bandit Lites Sales Team Supplies New Lights to Ryman Auditorium

16/10/2018 - Project News

USA – Ryman Auditorium, one of the most iconic venues in the country, recently updated its house lighting system with luminaires supplied by frequent partner, Bandit Lites. With incoming tours featuring increasingly brighter fixtures, the 125-year old historic venue replaced their previous system with Ayrton GHIBLI LED spots and Chauvet Professional Rogue R3 Washes.

Lucid Technologies gifts #HSL30 with advanced visuals and VFX demonstrations

16/10/2018 - Event News

UK – At the recent 30th anniversary celebrations for HSL at the company’s Blackburn HQ, Lucid Technologies delivered the gifts of innovation and visual impact – the perfect present for HSL MD, Simon Stuart and his hard-working team who, across the span of 30 years in the lighting industry, have provided the very same gift to others.

Join TMB at LDI 2018 – New Products, New Technology, Classic TMB!

16/10/2018 - Event News

USA – At LDI 2018, TMB will again show a wide selection of exciting new technology in a comfortable, social atmosphere. Come and relax with TMB at the back-centre of the hall! From lighting fixtures, networking and control to cabling, power distro and rigging accessories, there’s plenty to check out at TMB.

Meyer Sound Announces New Promotions

16/10/2018 - People News

USA - Looking to sharpen focus and improve customer communication across key market areas, Meyer Sound has announced promotions and restructured roles for top-level marketing personnel. John McMahon has been promoted to senior vice president of marketing, Steve Ellison has been named director spatial sound, Miles Rogers has been promoted to business development manager cinema and content creation markets and Tim Boot has been tapped as director of digital product experience.

SJ Grevett Sets Stage For Harbhajan Mann’s Tin Rang World Tour with Chauvet Professional

16/10/2018 - Production News

UK – Artistic creations often take on a life of their own, morphing from genre to genre to reach people in new ways. For example, a song might give rise to a film, while a painting inspires a musical, all part of creativity’s never-ending quest to find new forms of expression. Such is the case with the deeply moving soundtrack of Harbhajan Mann’s blockbuster film Dil Apna Punjabi, which was recently transformed into a live concert experience on the Tin Rang World Tour.

Yamaha CL5 Is The Right Ticket For Festival Hall Baden-Baden

16/10/2018 - Project News

Germany – Twenty years ago the former central railway station in the spa town of Baden-Baden was repurposed as the ticket office and foyer for a brand new venue, Festival Hall Baden-Baden, the country’s largest venue for opera, ballet and live classical music. Thanks to its state-of-the-art acoustics, Festival Hall Baden-Baden is renowned for its excellent sound. It also stages presentations, jazz, rock and other amplified events. For these, a new Yamaha CL5 digital mixing console is helping to keep the venue’s commitment to the highest quality audio on the right track.

HSL30 – All Smiles for an Industry Celebration

16/10/2018 - Event News

UK - Around 500 industry family, friends, acquaintances and business associates came to HSL’s Blackburn HQ to enjoy two phenomenal and highly social Open Days to celebrate the company’s 30th anniversary.

Ayrton appoints Ampco Flashlight Sales as exclusive distributor for The Netherlands

16/10/2018 - Business News

The Netherlands – Ayrton has announced the appointment of Ampco Flashlight Sales as its latest exclusive distributor in its rapidly expanding international sales network. Based in Utrecht, Ampco Flashlight Sales will be responsible for the distribution of the entire portfolio of Ayrton products across The Netherlands, with immediate effect.

Buckle and Vaughan Upgrades with Martin Audio CDD6

16/10/2018 - Project News

UK – Situated on The Green in the gentrified North London suburb of Winchmore Hill, Buckle and Vaughan is a spacious bar / dining space that is all about atmosphere.

Owned by Neil Friar, it was atmosphere that was sadly lacking when the venue opened four years ago, largely because the sound system was insufficient for the venue’s needs. Several years later and Penguin Media Solutions has been brought in to upgrade the sound with a potent Martin Audio CDD6 ultra-compact solution, using award-winning Coaxial Differential Dispersion technology.

High End Systems to launch SolaSpot 3000 at LDI 2018

16/10/2018 - Event News

USA – Hot on the heels of the release of SolaFrame 3000 in August, High End Systems will launch the SolaSpot 3000 automated luminaire at the upcoming 2018 LDI trade show in Las Vegas. Offering the same 37,000+ lumen performance as the SolaFrame 3000, the new SolaSpot 3000 is engineered for designers that require unprecedented pattern and effect possibilities as well as incredible brightness.

Solid State Logic at The 145th AES Convention

16/10/2018 - Event News

USA – Solid State Logic will be showcasing a wide range of new and enhanced technologies and tools from its studio, broadcast, and live portfolios at 145th AES Convention this year, including the new Fusion processor.

Istrian National Theatre Invests in Robe

16/10/2018 - Project News

Croatia – The Istrian National Theatre is located in the stunning medieval port city of Pula on the Istrian peninsula in Croatia and is one of the most important cultural institutions in the region, renowned for the quality and innovation of its productions.

­Work Pro Sets Sparks Flying at LDI with Pyron Controllers

16/10/2018 - Event News

USA – Twelve months on from the launch of revolutionary lighting console LightShark at the 2017 LDI show, Work Pro return to Las Vegas to launch a completely new range of control hardware: Pyron. Bringing together the company’s established background in digital audio and lighting control with their R&D team's experience of remote firing systems and pyrotechnic control, Work Pro's Pyron range comprises several wirelessly controllable devices designed to provide event organisers and touring companies with complete control of stage effects and hardware ranging from stage pyrotechnics, audio and lighting effects to CO2 , flame and cold fire spark machines.

Yamaha’s Global Guests Enjoy the Magic at Disneyland Paris

16/10/2018 - Event News

France – The annual Yamaha Commercial Audio System Designer’s Conference (SDC) is always a highlight for the company’s specially-invited guest list. Taking place in a different European country each year, in 2018 France was the host. This is why, for two days at the end of September, over 300 audio industry professionals from 36 countries joined the families and fun at Disneyland Paris.

ETC and High End Systems unite at LDI 2018 with new products in tow

16/10/2018 - Event News

USA – At the 2018 LDI trade show, ETC and High End Systems will join forces in one large-scale, combined booth to showcase lighting solutions for every show and venue. In addition to new fixtures, controls and rigging options, both companies will debut new moving lights on the trade show floor. Visitors can see the range of products in action at booths 2723, 2922, and 3022.

Elation DARTZ mayhem to mellow on Beartooth “Disease” tour

16/10/2018 - Production News

USA – Victor Zeiser of Squeek Lights is using Elation Professional’s new DARTZ 360 LED moving head along with Elation Protron 3K Color LED strobes to support the diverse sounds of hardcore rock band Beartooth on their current North American tour. The headlining tour, in support of the band’s new studio album “Disease,” kicked off on 14th September in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and plays a packed schedule of dates, concluding on 17th November in Columbus, Ohio.

NST City boosts culture in Southampton with EM Acoustics

15/10/2018 - Project News

UK – Nuffield Southampton Theatres (NST) is one of the UK’s leading professional theatre companies. Its success, both nationally and internationally, has enabled the company to open a second venue in the brand new, £28m Studio 144 development in the centre of Southampton. Whilst the core of NST’s work remains traditional theatre, the new venue, NST City, aims to bring wider cultural to Southampton by offering more in the way of music, cinema and even circus as well as classic theatre. When it came to equipping the new venue, theatre consultants, Arup, specified a wide range of EM Acoustics’ ubiquitous EMS Series loudspeakers across the three performance spaces.

Join Renkus-Heinz at WFX 2018

15/10/2018 - Event News

USA - The annual Worship Facilities Conference and Expo (WFX) is one of professional audio's fastest growing events, drawing worship audio and video professionals from all across the US and internationally. With a major focus on technology education and training, the show is a must-see for in AV and IT tech professionals, and Renkus-Heinz will be there.

SSL Live Proves Golden For Kylie

15/10/2018 - Production News

UK – Monitor engineer Gavin Tempany has been out on tour with pop principal Kylie Minogue. He has chosen a Solid State Logic L500 Plus for the shows, supplied by UK tour and events company Capital Sound Hire.

Green Hippo and Kinesys masterclass presents automation for the people

15/10/2018 - Standards News

UK – Green Hippo, in partnership with Kinesys, is running a two-day automation masterclass. Held in Kinesys’s London demo room, just 20 minutes’ drive from Heathrow airport and fully-equipped with chain motors, rotators, trolleys and truss, the course is essential for anyone looking to explore integrating moving elements with Hippotizer. No prior knowledge of Kinesys automation systems is required, though a good understanding of Hippotizer and basic SHAPE functions will help attendees get the most out of the sessions.
Course content includes:

DiGiCo’s SD7 Takes a Quantum Leap at AES

15/10/2018 - Event News

USA- DiGiCo’s AES stand (#629) at Manhattan’s Javits Convention Center this month is guaranteed to be a swarm of activity as the company showcases its highly anticipated SD7 Quantum engine, which is now shipping to SD7 owners around the globe.

Optoma launches impressive all-in-one smart 4K UHD LED home projector

15/10/2018 - Equipment News

Optoma has just launched a feature-packed portable 4K UHD LED projector, the UHL55. The new model delivers the ultimate in smart home entertainment with impressive 4K UHD cinema quality images and support for Alexa voice control.

Theis Wermuth Reflects the Versatile Sound of Alex Vargas with Chauvet Professional

15/10/2018 - Production News

Denmark – Theis Wermuth describes the role of his lighting rig on singer/songwriter Alex Vargas’ current Scandinavian tour as being “an extra band member.” And, just like every other member of the band on this tour, Wermuth’s lights are fully on-board for a fast-paced musical adventure filled with rollicking twists and turns, as Vargas gleefully smashes through genres to create his own distinctive sound.

City Theatrical To Launch Multiverse Wireless DMX System at LDI Show 2018

15/10/2018 - Event News

USA – City Theatrical is launching its new Multiverse wireless DMX system at Booth 2815 of the Live Design International (LDI) Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada from Friday, 19th October to Sunday, 21st October, 2018. The Multiverse system can broadcast as many as ten universes of DMX data from a single transmitter, while producing less radio energy than present-day single universe systems. The launch will include the introduction of Multiverse SHoW BabyTM, City Theatrical’s fourth generation of the original plug and play wireless DMX transceiver system, and feature the Multiverse Module, Multiverse Node, Multiverse Transmitter, and Multiverse Gateway products. Multiverse technology discussions and live demonstrations will be offered within the booth every half hour throughout show hours.

Work Pro Expands International Sales Channels for Lightshark

15/10/2018 - Business News

Spain – Following a series of recent meetings with distribution companies at international exhibitions including Pro Light & Sound in Frankfurt, Work Pro has concluded new distribution arrangements for its innovative LightShark lighting console. Effective immediately, the following companies are exclusively responsible for LightShark sales, support, training and marketing in their respective territories:

Obsidian Control Systems to launch first products under ONYX platform at LDI 2018

15/10/2018 - Event News

USA – Obsidian Control Systems is showcasing the first three lighting control products under the ONYX lighting control platform at the LDI Show in Las Vegas 19-21 October. Designers, programmers and operators are invited to Obsidian Control Systems Booth 1135 for a first look and hands-on demo of the extremely powerful NX 2, the portable NX Wing and the convenient NX DMX.

Zero 88 at LDI 2018

12/10/2018 - Event News

USA – Leading UK lighting control manufacturer Zero 88 will have a strong presence at the 2018 LDI expo in Las Vegas, for the first time in several years, following on from the enormous success and buzz of its FLX range of lighting consoles, first launched in 2015.

Kinesys at LDI 2018

12/10/2018 - Event News

USA – UK automation manufacturer and specialist Kinesys gets things moving on Booth 139 for the 2018 LDI entertainment technology expo at Las Vegas Convention Center, which runs 19th – 21st October.

All Eyes on Robe for T1 Launch at LDI 2018

12/10/2018 - Event News

USA – Robe launches its brand new T1 Profile luminaire at the LDI 2018 expo in Las Vegas next week, on booths 2503 and 2603, revealed for the first as the show opens on 19th October.

Bandit Lites Purchases Mega-Lite Circa Scoops

12/10/2018 - Production News

USA – Bandit Lites' inventory continues to expand with a recent large purchase of Mega-lite Circa Scoop LED fixtures, giving clients more variety and range in designing tours, festivals and events.

Stage Electrics Appoint Operations Director

12/10/2018 - People News

UK – Stage Electrics has announced the appointment of Adam Blaxill as operations director. His responsibilities include managing Stage Electrics’ engineering workshop, service department, purchasing function and sales warehouse. He continues with his marketing responsibilities.

GLP to Celebrate LDI’s 30th Anniversary with Largest Booth to Date

12/10/2018 - Event News

USA – GLP will sport a new booth display and location (#573) at this year’s LDI Show (19-21 October, Las Vegas Convention Center), where the show marks its 30th anniversary.

Robbie Butler Gives Abandoman Tour Stadium Atmosphere with Chauvet Professional

12/10/2018 - Production News

Ireland – While equally formidable in their own right, hip-hop and comedy aren’t necessarily two genres that one would normally expect to be joined together. But thanks to Irish comedian turned hip-hop musician Abandoman, the rulebook has been well and truly overturned.

APG Appoints Venuetech as its Exclusive Distributor in the Middle East

12/10/2018 - Business News

Middle East – APG, the French manufacturer of professional loudspeakers and inventor of the modular line-array, announced the appointment of Venuetech as its exclusive distributor in the Middle East. The partnership was officialised at Prolight+Sound Middle East (Dubai, 23-25 September), where Venuetech displayed a broad range of APG products on its substantial booth.

AV Stumpfl to Present Projection Screen Systems and PIXERA Media Servers at LDI 2018

12/10/2018 - Event News

USA –AV Stumpfl, the acclaimed Austrian AV technology manufacturer, will present its latest projection screens and the upcoming PIXERA media server system at this year's LDI show in Las Vegas.

Scott Lehrer immerses Broadway’s Carousel in TiMax

12/10/2018 - Production News

USA – The 2018 revival of the Rogers and Hammerstein's classic musical, Carousel, has just completed its run at the Imperial Theatre in New York City with a sound design that earned the show and its Broadway Sound designer – and Tony winner – Scott Lehrer, with associate Alex Neumann, a Tony nomination this year.

The Sound of Silence in Amsterdam

12/10/2018 - Project News

The Netherlands – There’s a roar of excitement coming from the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and it all has to do with its installation of quiet High End Systems SolaFrame Theatre LED fixtures.

Anolis Colours Up New Leisure Concept

12/10/2018 - Project News

UK – The new Flower Bowl Complex in Preston has recently installed Anolis’s Ambiane LED RGBW downlights.

Protec European Events Deliver Full AV and Scenic Solutions for Canon in Berlin

12/10/2018 - Production News

Germany – Two-hundred-and-twenty distinguished guests from across EMEA gathered at the Intercontinental Hotel in Berlin from 11th – 13th September for a large scale, multi-part, event for Canon Europe. Protec European Events, which was recently awarded AV Production, Staging & Rental Company of the Year at the AV Awards 2018, has an ongoing relationship with Canon and was trusted to provide a full service package again this year. VIP speakers included Michele Tuscano, director of large format printing and partner channel, Canon Europe were in attendance for what was an important event in the Canon calendar. Protec was on hand to plan out every detail alongside its client using trusted brands and their highly skilled staff for complete reliability.

Doughty launches the Fifty Clamp at LDI

12/10/2018 - Event News

USA – Doughty Engineering is set to launch the brand new Fifty Clamp at this year's LDI. The clamp which will make its debut on booth 1827 has TUV approval, a safe working load of 50kg and has been designed to fit tube diameter 38mm-51mm. Made from pressure die cast aluminium ensures it prevents damage to thin wall truss. It is captive with M10 or M12 bolts and comes supplied with an M10 fixing kit.

Green Hippo and DWR sponsor Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush mountain biking Warriors

12/10/2018 - Business News

South Africa – Green Hippo and DWR Distribution have announced their sponsorship of four riders taking part in this year’s Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush, a thrilling mountain bike stage race which takes place in South Africa.

Europe’s ‘Best Blues Guitarist’, Erja Lyytinen, Tours with Allen & Heath SQ-5

12/10/2018 - Production News

Europe – Voted ‘Best Guitarist’ at the recent European Blues Awards (2017), Finnish guitarist and singer-songwriter, Erja Lyytinen, hits the road this Autumn to begin her exciting “Another World” tour across Europe, accompanied by an Allen & Heath SQ-5 digital mixing system.

Making education heard – L-Acoustics Syva improves intelligibility at historic University of Bologna

12/10/2018 - Project News

Italy – Founded in 1088, the University of Bologna is the world’s oldest continuously operating university, and one of the leading academic institutions in Europe. However, both students and professors were having difficulty with speech intelligibility in some of the teaching rooms. A solution needed to be found that could resolve this issue yet leave the historic architecture of the building untouched. Sisme, LAcoustics certified distributor provider for Italy, was sure this could be achieved by installing L-Acoustics’ Syva co-linear system.

Unusual sight on the banks of the Thames as Head Above Water raises mental health awareness

12/10/2018 - Project News

UK – A nine-metre high head, installed on London's South Bank as part of the London Design Festival, has been prompting conversations about mental health issues. Head Above Water by British designer Steuart Padwick was built and assembled by Unusual Rigging, and is intended as a sign of hope and compassion for all those who have experienced or are dealing with mental health issues and the people who support them. Steuart said: "Head Above Water is a symbol of hope. It needed to be big, powerful and prominent; a beacon of humanity caring for others. This is not my head or about my battles. This is for those who have or have had mental health issues. I want anybody and everybody to relate to it, to open a door perhaps."

SGM Light will show no mercy at LDI 2018

11/10/2018 - Event News

USA – SGM Light is merciless! Merciless to its products. That is because the company is extremely serious about weather-proofing its fixtures and care about customers. In fact, SGM has decided to make IP66 the new standard protection at SGM Light. Soon, customers will be able to witness one of the fixtures in a never-before-seen setting at a trade show. Come to SGM’s booth at LDI, and experience the new normal: IP66!

MA Lighting achieves further success in fight against illegal use of grandMA2 software

11/10/2018 - Business News

Germany – For quite some time consoles from China have been brought onto the market by a German distribution company. With regards to the key arrangement, these consoles are based on the MA onPC wing devices. In addition, these consoles, if the grandMA2 software is installed, illegally unlock parameters.

BackStage Pass: Reflections on Life in the Theatre

11/10/2018 - People News

Fred Foster, the Founder and CEO of ETC, is the subject of the latest BackStage Pass video. In this incredible two-part interview Fred talks about the beginnings of ETC and how the company became a major force in the lighting industry. He also talks about some of the challenges he has faced and offers the viewer a look into his life with his family, friends and colleagues.

Jason Bullock Powers Wiz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd Tour with ChamSys

11/10/2018 - Production News

USA – In 2009, a friend introduced Jason Bullock to an early model of the ChamSys MQ100. It was pretty close to a case of love at first sight. After playing with the console, Bullock took it out on the Summer ’09 NINJA tour he did for Nine Inch Nails and Jane’s Addiction. “After the tour, I was convinced the ChamSys was the console for my style of show,” recalled the New York-based designer.

Redditch Palace Theatre Makes a Big Saving with PROLIGHTS

11/10/2018 - Project News

UK – The Palace Theatre in Redditch has invested in PROLIGHTS LED fixtures, to reduce its running costs further and improve its in-house lighting rig.

alt-J announce that Royal Albert Hall concerts will be UK’s first ever L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound shows

11/10/2018 - Production News

UK - alt-J has announced that their two sold-out Royal Albert Hall shows later this month will be immersive sound performances utilising a surround speaker system enveloping the entire audience, these are the first concerts to utilise the technology in the UK. The shows will feature L-Acoustics’ revolutionary new audio technology L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound which goes beyond traditional stereo to create a more multi-dimensional and natural experience, and a sense of intimacy, connecting artist and audience. Speakers will be placed throughout the venue to dynamically position sound effects mixed into a variety of the band's material, thus creating a truly immersive sound experience. alt-J first utilised the technology at a special, one-off show at New York’s Forest Hills Stadium in the summer.

Adlib is Sizzling Hot in Scotland

11/10/2018 - Production News

UK – As the temperatures soared to record levels, Adlib’s Glasgow-based Scottish operation has enjoyed a busy and proactive summer supplying a full complement of technical services to a number of high profile events including the Glasgow and Edinburgh Summer Sessions, Rewind Festival’s Scottish date at Scone Palace plus sound and lighting to the 2018 TRNSMT festival on Glasgow Green.

DiGiCo SD7s find new home in one of Cambodia’s biggest theatres

11/10/2018 - Project News

Cambodia – Situated in the heart of Phnom Penh lies Cambodia’s Nagaworld complex. One of South East Asia’s most awe-inspiring, multi-purpose facilities, housing a world-class casino, a beautiful five star hotel and one of the country’s biggest theatres, Nagaworld caters for all. DiGiCo consoles have found themselves at the centre of this huge operation, with two SD7s now a permanent fixture for the Naba Theatre contained within the complex.

Alcons Gives Youth its Voice at Gyeongsan Central Church

11/10/2018 - Project News

South Korea – With a growing youth congregation enjoying high energy, high volume praise, the existing audio system at South Korea’s Gyeongsan Central Church was definitely showing its age. But with the installation of an Alcons LR14 pro-ribbon system, the sound of its worship has been transformed.

Wall of Paladins Delivers Overwhelming Colour on Stone Sour Tour

11/10/2018 - Production News

USA – Stone Sour may be the opening act on the US leg of Ozzy Osbourne’s “No More Tours 2” tour but the American hard rock band is making an impression with the help of lighting designer Scott Warner and a dynamic wall of colour. On the road since late August with The Prince of Darkness, Stone Sour has made a unique opening act impact with a “huge wall of overwhelming colour” made up of multifunctional Elation Professional Paladin LED effect lights supplied by Bandit Lites.

Outline adds to Global Teams

11/10/2018 - People News

Singapore – Outline Srl has announced the appointment of Patrick Wong to the position of Regional sales manager, APAC. This, the latest in a series of major recruitments within the company over the last few months, is a new position for Outline and has been created in response to the steadily increasing demand for their products throughout the region.

Green-GO creator brings DMX Ethernet revolution to LDI 2018

10/10/2018 - Event News

USA – ELC Lighting, the innovator in DMX control tools and communications for the professional entertainment production market, will present its revolutionary new ELC GBX distribution system at the LDI exhibition in Las Vegas this month.

Full Speed Ahead for GLP’s KNV

10/10/2018 - Production News

Germany – On 8th September 2018, the second edition of the Volle Kraft Voraus Festival, organised by the German band Eisbrecher, took place in Ratiopharm Arena in Neu-Ulm. The band, based around singer Alexander ‘Alexx’ Wesselsky and guitarist Jochen ‘Noel Pix’ Seibert, were also celebrating their 15th anniversary. Production company Rain Age GmbH from Landsberg am Lech has been in charge of the festival from the very beginning - and were once more on hand for the band’s anniversary event.

KYVA Design Brings Big Looks to Brothers Osborne with Chauvet Professional

10/10/2018 - Production News

USA – Standing over 6’3” tall with broad shoulders and rugged features, the Grammy-nominated country music duo Brothers Osborne cast a striking image on stage. Their already-imposing presence is accented even further on their current tour by a wall of truss and light designed by Chris Reade and Jay Ballinger of KYVA Design, LLC.

Bandit Lights Up Cam at the Ryman

10/10/2018 - Production News

USA – Country singer Cam returned to the historic Ryman Auditorium for a headlining show with a lighting package provided by Bandit Lites. With her honeyed voice, sharp storytelling and witty song lyrics, the singer-songwriter entertained the crowd with her whip-smart new single Diane and hits off her debut album Untamed.

Bowlero Re-Creates the Nostalgic Glow of Neon with RoscoSleeves

10/10/2018 - Project News

When tasked to create a new brand aimed at re-imagining the bowling experience, Andres Restrepo, V.P. of Concept Development for Bowlero Corporation knew that there was more to the project than a new menu. He recognised that lighting dictates the mood within a space and used RoscoSleeves to create a vibrant, edgy feel that blended perfectly with the eclectic artwork on the wall and the new retro-modern vibe of the brand.

SQ Monitor Mixing Upgrade

10/10/2018 - Equipment News

Allen & Heath has unveiled a suite of feature enhancements designed to make its SQ mixers the perfect compact monitor consoles.

Highlite’s annual Experience day has proven its worth

10/10/2018 - Event News

The Netherlands – Highlite International BV is looking back at a very successful Experience Day. The annual in-house event was held on 1st October. Highlite presented various workshops, lectures and product presentations which attracted customers from across Europe to visit the Highlite Headquarters to be part of the experience.

DPA Microphones Help The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Sound Truly Awesome

09/10/2018 - Production News

UK – For nearly 70 years, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has delighted visitors with a spectacular display of music and fireworks from the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. Throughout that time the show has been seen by thousands of people and has never been cancelled due to inclement weather.

MA Lighting for the Elbphilharmonie: Project of superlatives

09/10/2018 - Project News

Germany – In January 2017, the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie was ceremoniously opened featuring a stunning building design by the Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron. This marked the beginning of a new chapter in the history of the Hanseatic city's landmarks. Just one year later, the Elbphilharmonie has secured its place among the world's top concert halls and has become a must for every traveller to the city. So it is not surprising that in the 2017/2018 season, almost 900,000 visitors attended around 700 events.

Safely On the Run with Beyoncé and Jay-Z

09/10/2018 - Production News

Worldwide - Entertainment engineering specialist WIcreations was asked to work on two specialist elements – a moving / tracking video wall and a ‘Star Lift’ – for Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s “On The Run II” (OTR II) stadium tour, part of an epic and spectacular set design concept designed by Stufish.

NRG takes on the adventure of a lifetime at PLASA 2018

09/10/2018 - Event News

UK – At the recent PLASA entertainment technology trade show in London, Robe once again offered high energy, high profile roles to half a dozen NRG crew members. For three non-stop, high octane days, students and young technicians from every corner of the British Isles supported the international Robe sales team in the jungle adventure that was the Robe stand.

Tarek Atoui and Meyer Sound Push the Boundaries of Sound Art

09/10/2018 - Production News

USA – International sound artist Tarek Atoui is renowned for fusing imagination with technology to develop innovative ‘instruments’ that expand the boundaries of how we perceive sonic experiences. Although based in Paris, Atoui travels worldwide with his instruments, presenting interactive workshops and free-form improvisational concerts at museums and arts festivals. Most of his recent projects have utilised Meyer Sound loudspeakers exclusively, and he has collaborated with the company directly on new ways to apply advanced audio engineering to achieve his artistic goals.

ArKaos Presents Training Workshops at LDI

09/10/2018 - Event News

USA – Media solutions and control specialist ArKaos will be at the LDI expo in Las Vegas next week on the booth of US distributor Elation Professional (# 931) showing their latest range of products including MediaMaster, ArKaos video servers, GrandVJ and LEDMaster.

d&b GSL boosts beach sound possibilities at Oranjebloesem Festival

09/10/2018 - Production News

The Netherlands – Amsterdam’s Oranjebloesem electronic dance music festival is one of the city’s biggest parties. It takes place on Koningsdag [King's Day] in The Netherlands, which is celebrated on 27th April every year with a national holiday, heralding the summer season.

Chauvet Professional to Unveil an Array of New Lighting Solutions at LDI

09/10/2018 - Event News

USAChauvet Professional is capping off an impressive year that has seen its fixtures excel on global tours, as well as in theatrical applications from Broadway to the West End, by introducing an array of new products at LDI. Additions to the company’s successful Maverick, Ovation, ÉPIX, COLORado, Rogue and WELL Fit series, the products debuting at the company’s LDI booth 1816 offer designers an expanded range of lighting solutions.

Ayrton showcased in Russia by TDS-Pro

09/10/2018 - Event News

Russia – Russia is an exciting, vibrant, expanding market for the entertainment technology industry so Ayrton was excited to be showcased so well in Moscow at the recent Prolight+Sound NAMM Russia 2018 in an astounding interactive light show created by its commercial partner, TDS-Pro.

11th Hour delivers power and multiple other services to National Eisteddfod of Wales

09/10/2018 - Production News

UK – The National Eisteddfod of Wales is the country’s largest cultural event and takes place annually during the first week in August at a different location each year. This year’s renewal took place in Cardiff Bay where more than 160,000 people attended the event, enjoying a richly diverse programme centred on the arts. Featuring music and literary competitions, lectures, meetings, gigs, trade stands and stalls, drama productions, street theatre and gastronomy, the National Eisteddfod has it all. In its customary format, the event is located on a single field site, with adjacent camping but this year, owing to its urban location, the organisers chose a number of venues around the Cardiff Bay area in which to host its constituent parts, with campsites situated in a park location around four miles away. Every edition of the Eisteddfod is a logistical challenge but this year’s event was particularly demanding.

Limelight Presentation Systems Invest in MLA Compact

09/10/2018 - Production News

UK - Limelight Presentation Systems have ended a long search for a potent mid-sized loudspeaker array by investing in Martin Audio’s groundbreaking MLA Compact.

Blue Parrot invests in MDG

09/10/2018 - Production News

UK – Theatre and live event production company, Blue Parrot, of Edinburgh has recently enhanced its rental inventory with the purchase of an MDG ICE FOG Compack HP low fog generator and an MDG ATMe haze generator. Blue Parrot provides full production services and dry hire of lighting, sound, video, staging, rigging and power distribution, which it has done for more than 18 years.

DALD Lighting Design for Oceania at Royal Academy

09/10/2018 - Project News

UK – David Atkinson Lighting Design (DALD) recently completed the lighting design for the ‘Oceania’ exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London.

160 Elation Proteus Hybrid Radiate at Parookaville Festival

09/10/2018 - Production News

Germany – On 20th July, the Parookaville music festival in Weeze, opened its doors for the fourth year for three days of electronic and house music delivered by some of the biggest DJs of the genre such as David Guetta, Zedd, Armin van Buuren, and Hardwell. With 80,000 music lovers in attendance, Parookaville again sold out to retain its status as the country’s largest EDM festival.

Visitor registration opens for biggest-ever ISE show

09/10/2018 - Event News

The Netherlands – Integrated Systems Europe has announced that visitor registration for ISE 2019 is now open. The show, which takes place at the RAI Amsterdam on 5-8 February 2019, features more exhibition space and a bigger conference programme than ever before. It is expected to draw numbers in excess of 2018’s totals of 80,923 registered attendees and 1,296 exhibitors.

LIPA Further Invests in Audient at Sixth Form College

08/10/2018 - Project News

UKAn Audient ASP8024 Heritage Edition is now installed at the brand new recording studio in LIPA Sixth Form College, where sound technician, John Kershaw – a LIPA graduate himself, therefore fully conversant with Audient products – is very pleased at its arrival. “It is our hope that tech students from LIPA Sixth Form will graduate and gain a place at LIPA HE to study on the Sound Tech degree programme. Having already used the ASP8024-HE in college, they should feel right at home with LIPA’s studios housing two original ASP8024s,” he says.

Lynn Haven Commission Communicates Clearly with ICONYX

08/10/2018 - Project News

USA – The City of Lynn Haven began in 1911 as the third of three colonies established in the south for ageing Union Army Civil War veterans. Now a thriving city of more than 20,000 people, about 6.5 miles north of Panama City, Lynn Haven is governed by a city commission consisting of four commissioners and the mayor, under which serves the city manager.

Robe for Dead & Company Tour

08/10/2018 - Production News

USA – Dead & Company’s critically acclaimed 2018 tour kicked off in Mansfield, Massachusetts at the Xfinity Center and returned for a two-night stand at iconic venues such as Citi Field in New York, Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy Wisconsin, Shoreline Amphitheatre in San Francisco California and Folsom Field in Boulder Colorado, while also adding new venues, including Los Angeles’ historic Dodger Stadium and Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon, to the tour.

Fumasoli Creates Big Looks at Empoli Beat Festival with Chauvet Professional

08/10/2018 - Production News

Italy – “Life takes interesting turns,” said Andrea Muzzin at the close of the Empoli Beat Festival. In 2002, Muzzin was an avid fan of Sum41. “I played their album Does This Look Infected? over and over again,” said the video and lighting technician at Fumasoli Audio & Light Rental. Fast forward 16 years, and Muzzin finds himself involved in supporting the Juno Award-winning band as they made an encore appearance at this three-day celebration of music and art in a beautiful Tuscan village outside Florence.

Clair Brothers Brings Signature Sound to Epic Live Productions at Sight & Sound Theatres

08/10/2018 - Production News

USA – 'A production this big requires big sound: sound that lifts spirits, transports the soul, surrounds you, and leaves no question that you’ve just witnessed a spectacle of historic proportions'.

Yamaha and Audinate Present Live Multi-track Recording Webinar

08/10/2018 - Standards News

Worldwide – On Wednesday 24th October, Yamaha and Audinate are teaming up to present the latest of their exclusive joint, free webinars, titled Live Multi-track Recording Made Easy: The Power of the Dante-Yamaha Connection.

CT Welcome back Patrick Dore as Project Manager

08/10/2018 - People News

UK – Patrick Dore has recently returned to Creative Technology’s London team in a project manager role.

IGODSWILL Church Chooses Allen & Heath for Install Solution

08/10/2018 - Project News

South Korea – IGODSWILL Church in Seoul has recently invested in an Allen & Heath dLive digital mixing system and ME personal monitoring system for its Sunday services and weekly festival events.

Juha Kiuru joins Green Hippo as International Sales Manager

08/10/2018 - People News

UK – Green Hippo has announced the appointment of Juha Kiuru as international sales manager. Juha, who has been working in the lighting and video sector since 2000, will represent Green Hippo throughout northern European territories, including his native Finland.

tube UK Hosts Another Hands-On Training Event for Yamaha RIVAGE Systems

08/10/2018 - Standards News

UK – Such was the success of Manchester-based tube UK’s hands-on introduction to the Yamaha RIVAGE PM7 digital mixing system last April, the company is holding expanded sessions on Monday 15th October, again at the city’s Albert Hall.

Aurora Lighting support LD James Tinsley in The Circle for Channel 4/ Studio Lambert

08/10/2018 - Production News

UK – Filmed live on location within a West London high rise apartment block, the brand new reality show pits an eclectic mix of characters against each other in a bid to win a popularity contest whilst interacting exclusively through a specially designed, voice-activated social media platform known as The Circle.

Andrew Lloyd Webber adds his support as Theatres Trust launches new Patron Scheme

05/10/2018 - Production News

UK – Theatres Trust has announced that composer and producer Andrew Lloyd Webber (pictured) has become a Theatres Trust Ambassador.

Avolites Ai R8 Servers Map Complex Stage Design at Elrow Town

05/10/2018 - Production News

UK – When the ‘bombastic’ Elrow Town festival landed in East London’s Olympic Park it had one main aim, to take revellers on a psychedelic trip through the Swinging 60s to Latin Samba. Challenged with serving up the eye-curdling visual effects was Philip Mayer of GaiaNova, using Avolites Ai R8 servers.

Robe Enjoys Weeknd at Lollapalooza Berlin

05/10/2018 - Production News

Germany – Presenting a sizzling hot and eclectic line-up of great music and generating some amazing vibes, Lollapalooza Berlin 2018 was staged at the Olympiastadion and Maifeld – it’s fourth site in as many years – bringing huge waves of positive and creative energy to Werner March’s stoically powerful architecture.

Chauvet Names Ben Virgo EU Senior Products Specialist

05/10/2018 - People News

UK – Ben Virgo has joined Chauvet as European senior product specialist for the company’s Chauvet Professional lighting products. A ten-year veteran of the lighting industry, Virgo brings an extensive technological background to his new position, having previously served as head of technology at Factory Settings Ltd., where he was tasked with integrating technology into large-scale production projects. Prior to assuming that position, he was the European technical manager at ENTTEC lighting controls.

L-Acoustics shines at the Gold Coast’s state-of-the-art outdoor amphitheatre

05/10/2018 - Production News

Australia – Australia’s Gold Coast has done much more than rename its cultural precinct. Nestled between parklands, a lake, and Surfer’s Paradise, the venue formerly known as The Arts Centre Gold Coast, now known as HOTA (Home of the Arts), unveiled its new $37.5 million outdoor amphitheatre earlier this year. With aspirations to present art experiences of national and international scale, HOTA’s new outdoor stage required a sound system that could deliver superb audio quality for a wide range of events. An L-Acoustics Kara system provided by Gold Coast L-Acoustics sales and installation specialist/integrator con-sol has drawn rave reviews from performers and audiences alike.

Mountview gets trolley service from Doughty Engineering

05/10/2018 - Project News

UK – In September, leading drama school Mountview moved from its temporary home in Wood Green, north London, to a purpose-built building in Peckham. The new building houses all of Mountview's undergraduate and postgraduate performance and production arts courses under one roof and includes a 200-seat theatre, the 80-seat Backstage Theatre and a rooftop bar and restaurant with views across London. The new home will change the shape of drama training in the UK, allowing the school to expand its provision for young people and adults as well as offering community and commercial space for rent.

Revelation Productions Adds EAW RADIUS to Round Out Inventory

05/10/2018 - Production News

USA – Revelation Productions, a Massachusetts-based corporate A/V and installed sound production house, opened its doors 22 years ago with Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) loudspeakers as their mainstay product. Recently the company reinvested in EAW with the acquisition of 20 RADIUS RSX208L loudspeakers, which are bringing the same value and sound quality to their customers as their first EAW system did years ago.

Outline’s GTO C-12 Rises to the Top at Creamfields

05/10/2018 - Production News

UK – London’s Capital Sound Hire supplied sound systems to two of the 30+ stages at his year’s Creamfields event, including a substantial Outline GTO C-12 rig for the Generator Stage.

3G Productions taps d&b audiotechnik GSL System for Electric Daisy Carnival

05/10/2018 - Production News

USA – Each year, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway is transformed into an electronic dance music village made up of multiple live music stages, food and retail vendors, and more than 100,000 resident revellers per day, all there to celebrate a multitude of electronic music genres during the three-day Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC).

White Light in the Frame for The Comedy About a Bank Robbery

05/10/2018 - Production News

UK – From the team behind the Olivier Award-winning The Play That Goes Wrong, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is an hilarious and dynamic show focusing on the robbery of Minneapolis City Bank, and everything that goes wrong in the process. The play has run in the West End for three years now at The Criterion Theatre and has been a smash hit with audiences and critics alike. It is now embarking on a UK tour and White Light is supplying the lighting equipment.

V&A Dundee Says ‘Hello World’ With Avolites Tiger Touch II

05/10/2018 - Production News

UK – Dundee’s landmark new V&A museum beamed its way onto the world’s cultural map in September with a spectacular light, sound and pyrotechnics-focused opening ceremony. At the helm of the bold colour washes and intricate shapes was lighting designer John Rogers, armed with two Avolites Tiger Touch II consoles.

JDI Productions and Elation Lighting for Quicksand and New Found Glory

05/10/2018 - Production News

USA - For post-hardcore music fans the summer of 2018 was something special as two of the genres best, New York-based Quicksand and Glassjaw, teamed up on a 20-date, co-headlining tour across the US. JDI Productions, Inc. of Rhode Island served as lighting vendor for Quicksand with an Elation Professional lighting rig of DARTZ 360 LED moving heads, ACL 360 Bar LED battens and Cuepix Blinder WW2 keeping colourful pace with the band’s creatively intense sound.

PLASA Announces a Fresh Batch of Professional Development

05/10/2018 - Standards News

UK – PLASA, the association at the heart of the live entertainment technology industry, has announced three new Professional Development Training events running through Autumn 2018 – Winter 2019 aimed at industry professionals looking to broaden their skill-set.

Bandit Lites Illuminates the Cinematic Sounds of Owl City

04/10/2018 - Production News

USA – Owl City, project of singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Adam Young, is out on the road with a lighting package provided by Bandit Lites. The Cinematic Tour is Young’s first North American tour in three years and follows the release of his sixth studio and first independent album, Cinematic.

AVB Networks Build a New Backbone for Meyer Sound at Roskilde Festival

04/10/2018 - Production News

Denmark – AVB networks were employed as the signal backbone for Meyer Sound systems at three stages of the 2018 Roskilde Festival in Denmark, marking the first time the technology has been used to interconnect the company’s Galaxy network platforms for a major European rock festival. The fibre optic networks were configured for the event’s two largest stages, Orange and Arena, using new Luminex GigaCore 10 switches while the smaller Pavilion stage employed switches by Extreme Networks.

Theatre Projects’ Denver office welcomes Chris Moore

04/10/2018 - People News

USA – Theatre Projects’ Denver team has finished unpacking boxes, settled into its new home, and held a ‘happy hour’ house warming party with some nearby friends and colleagues. And now they have one more thing to celebrate: Chris Moore has joined the new Denver office on a full-time basis!

Antic Studios Immerses at Summer Camp Festival with Chauvet Professional

04/10/2018 - Production News

USA – Action in the Vibe Tent started in the early afternoon and went on non-stop to 4am the next morning every day during the Summer Camp Music Festival. Few fans left the spacious area for any length of time during these EDM marathons, captivated as they were by the music of artists like Zomby, MIJA and Dirt Monkey. Equally compelling, and just as sticky, was the eye-grabbing video and light show created by Antic Studios, using 75 PVP S5 LED panels from Chauvet Professional.

LITEC brings innovation to PLASA

04/10/2018 - Event News

UK - This year’s PLASA Show was a unique outing for LITEC, as its new MyT Virtue truss was entered in the PLASA Awards for Innovation 2018 and won-over many show attendees with its unique design, folding feature, compact form factor, and 60mm main chords that allow use of standard clamps. Its high load capacity was also a favourite, due to the use of high-strength EN AW 7003 T6 aluminium alloy for its construction and integral structural parts assembled with high grade steel nuts and bolts to optimise performance, eliminate issues related to weld heat affected zones. The nut and bolt construction also allows for easy service of individual truss components that could get damaged during use, such as the main chords or diagonals. Not to mention the 24 – 30 metre spans that are possible with the MyT Virtue!

PROLIGHTS and Show Technology prepare for lift-off 'down under'

04/10/2018 - Business News

Australia & New Zealand – Music & Lights welcomes Show Technology into the fold representing Australia and New Zealand. Their hugely successful track record within the industry having worked with the likes of Toyota, Brisbane City Hall, Katy Perry, Paloma Faith and TomTom speaks volumes as to the capability of the Show Technology team.

wysiwyg helps new TV show achieve great ratings

04/10/2018 - Production News

Israel – CAST Software’s wysiwyg lighting design and pre-visualisation software has been instrumental in bringing one of the world’s most popular TV shows to Israel.

Capital Sound and MLA Round off Triumphant Summer in Hyde Park

03/10/2018 - Production News

UK – During the summer months, London’s Hyde Park becomes a second home for Capital Sound, and their premier Martin Audio MLA loudspeaker array, as they bookend the summer months with British Summer Time, near the start of the season, and then Proms in the Park and Live in Hyde Park over a single weekend in September.

Host Makes Most of Ecler Arqis

03/10/2018 - Project News

UK – Host restaurant and bar is a popular venue located within Bishop’s Stortford’s striking Corn Exchange building. As well as serving a wide range of excellent food and drink, Host also presents regular DJ and live music nights and stages private functions of every kind. Opened in 2000, the venue has consistently maintained very high standards across all its facilities, always striving to deliver the best possible customer experience. A recent decision to refurbish and relaunch the venue was the ideal opportunity to evaluate the audio provision at Host and its management team concluded that significant improvements could be made by replacing its existing system with a more flexible, zoned solution. Creating the appropriate ambience for contrasting areas within the venue was of the utmost importance to the brief, as was straightforward control and operation.

Altman Lighting introduces the AP-150 RGBW LED Par luminaire

03/10/2018 - Equipment News

Celebrating their 65th Anniversary as one the industry’s most trusted lighting solutions providers, Altman Lighting has introduced the new AP-150 LED Par luminaire. As the next generation Altman Par, the AP-150 is a compact and lightweight, 135 Watt RGBW LED wash which produces deep, saturated colours and soft, delicate pastels, while maintaining a smooth, uniform beam throughout the entire motorised zoom range.

Chauvet Professional Showcases Maverick Storm 1 Wash at LDI

03/10/2018 - Event News

USA – Chauvet Professional’s Maverick fixtures have been making their mark in 2018, being specified for festivals like the Jay-Z curated Made In America, and on tours by artists like Luke Bryan and Romeo Santos. This year at LDI the company will be building on this success by showcasing the first IP65-rated fixture in its popular Maverick series.

Spitfire Creative Technologies Announces Acquisition of Green Hippo Ltd and Green Hippo Media Technology Inc.

03/10/2018 - Business News

Spitfire Creative Technologies has announced the completion of the acquisition of Green Hippo, a developer and manufacturer of award-winning media servers and digital display products with offices in the UK and the US. The strategic move further expands Spitfire’s reach across commercial integration, live events and creative video technology.

LD Systems Lauds L-Acoustics for Lollapalooza

03/10/2018 - Production News

USA – From its early 1990s origins as a touring festival to its 2005 revival in Chicago, Lollapalooza has blossomed into a global festival phenomenon. The Chicago edition of Lollapalooza, annually held in Grant Park between the city’s striking skyline and shoreline draws more than 400,000 music fans over four days each August to experience approximately 180 artists performing on eight stages. This year, crowds gathering at Lollapalooza’s two largest stages, the Grant Park Stage and Bud Light Stage, heard their favourite songs better than ever thanks to L-Acoustics K1/K2 loudspeaker systems.

Ben Rector Makes ‘Magic’ Happen with Bandit Lites

03/10/2018 - Production News

USA – Acclaimed American singer-songwriter Ben Rector has embarked on a 28 date engagement entitled Magic: The Tour with a lighting package provided by Bandit Lites. Named for his sixth studio album, Magic, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Americana/Folk Albums chart, Rector’s tour features the charming and relatable songs that have resonated with fans for years.

Imogen Heap creates soundscapes on her Mycelia World Tour with d&b audiotechnik

03/10/2018 - Production News

Worldwide – Leading German audio technology company d&b audiotechnnik has partnered with Grammy Award winning recording artist Imogen Heap for her first tour in eight years. The live performances on Mycelia World Tour will be presented using its recently released d&b Soundscape system, which allows artists and designers to present more intimate and captivating acoustic spaces for their performances and events.

No Restrictions at Nature One with Elation Proteus Hybrid

03/10/2018 - Production News

Germany – Every year on the first weekend in August, tens of thousands of EDM fans converge on the former missile base of Pydna in central Germany for Nature One, one of Europe’s most diverse and popular festivals. This year, around 54,000 people came together to party on 23 'floors' along with 350 DJs and live acts.

Robe Rides the Storm

02/10/2018 - Production News

The Netherlands – It’s not every day that the chance comes up to light a large-scale musical spectacular starring over 100 majestic Friesland horses, geese, a dog, a falcon, together a few famous actors and singers as well, so Marc Heinz relished the opportunity of working on “De Stormruiter” (The Stormrider) with a cast that truly ticked the 'diverse box' in every aspect!

Bethel Church Goes Digital with SSL L500 in South Korea

02/10/2018 - Project News

South Korea – Bethel Church , IllSan, South Korea, has invested in a new SSL L500 Plus live console and SSL stageboxes for front of house duties. The system was supplied and installed by South Korean SSL distributor HANSEO Broadcast & Music Tech Inc.

Robert Juliat Cyrano for Quanta Hall, Taiwan

02/10/2018 - Project News

Taiwan – Quanta Art Foundation has recently installed two Robert Juliat Cyrano 2500W HMI followspots into the Quanta Hall at Hwaya Technology Park in Guishan Township, in Taoyuan County, Taiwan.

DiGiCo native L-ISA control makes Proms a walk in the park for Delta

02/10/2018 - Production News

UK – Each year, the Royal Albert Hall (RAH) hosts the BBC Proms, an eight weeks series of concerts that is a highlight of the British music’s summer season. Delta Live has had an association with the Proms for over 20 years, this year deploying DiGiCo consoles at all mix positions: an SD5 at front of house, an SD7 at monitors and an SD9 mixing the string section of the orchestra, with the SD5’s native L-ISA Desk Link interface helping the company to bring a completely new listening experience to the BBC Proms audiences.

Solstices Is A Swiss Success For Yamaha

02/10/2018 - Production News

Switzerland - Every ten years, the municipality of Echallens in Switzerland stages Fête du Blé et du Pain (The Festival of Wheat and Bread), a 12 day cultural event which celebrates the traditions and history of the region. This year the centrepiece was Solstices, a spectacular open air musical production, performed by 8,000 volunteers, attracting 40,000 spectators and using five Yamaha digital mixing consoles.

Green Hippo Confidently Casts its Net into German Market

02/10/2018 - Business News

Germany – Green Hippo has announced technology supplier cast as its distribution partner in Germany. With effect from 1st October 2018 cast will manage the exclusive distribution of the Green Hippo’s award-winning product line throughout the European Union’s most populous member state.

DPA Microphones Announces House of Worship Tour

02/10/2018 - Event News

USA – With the fast pace changes in technology and demands of live sound events, it’s easy to lose sight of the message and meaning behind a worship service. DPA Microphones strives to provide the best solutions that help audio professionals deliver clear, concise and inspirational performances for audiences worldwide. On 9th October at National Community Church in Washington, DC and 23rd October at Queen City Church in Charlotte, NC, the DPA team will share its insights and experience on how to get the best sound in any sanctuary or worship environment during its house of worship tour.

PROLIGHTS RA3000 Profiles are Centre-Stage forQuincy Jones Live at The O2

02/10/2018 - Production News

UK – PROLIGHTS' new RA3000 high-precision 1000W LED profile luminaires took centre stage for “Quincy Jones – A Life in Song” at The O2 in London. The event featured music and conversation from high-profile artists, accompanied by a 71 piece orchestra, to pay tribute to the iconic American musician and record producer's career in his 85th birthday year.

Robe for Pablo Alborán Tour

01/10/2018 - Production News

Spain - The stylish, streamlined lighting and visual design for popular chart-topping Spanish singer and musician Pablo Alborán’s current “Prometo” tour has been created by LD Chus Fernandez working closely with artistic director Salva Alborán. It is a fine-tuned fusion of lighting, video and automation that brings a diverse and exciting look to the show which will be on the road for at least a year on this, Alborán’s fourth studio album cycle.

Stage Electrics Expand its Apprenticeship Scheme

01/10/2018 - People News

UK – Stage Electrics has welcomed a new apprentice to its buying team. Jemma Dove, joined the department as its second buying apprentice. Previously studying A-Level business, Jemma is looking to embark on a career in business. She will be working at Stage Electrics HQ five days a week alongside studying for a qualification in business administration.

Danley’s Speakers And Subs Convey Every Nuance Of Hungary’s Lamantin Jazz Fest

01/10/2018 - Production News

Hungary – It is the Montréal Jazz Festival of Hungary, a talent-packed week in the ancient and yet forward-thinking city of Szombathely near Hungary’s western border with Austria. The Lamantin Jazz Fest draws over 3,000 jazz fans and musicians from Hungary and beyond to watch and perform at the city’s best live performance venues. For the past seven years, Penna-Poor, a Budapest-based new high-end audio and high-end pro audio and home theatre distributor and integrator that incorporates professional-grade gear into its designs, has provided sound reinforcement equipment for the Lamantin Jazz Fest. Because of their musical sound and incredible detail and fidelity, Penna-Poor brings Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers to the festival.

City Theatrical at Cine Gear Expo 2018

01/10/2018 - Event News

USA – City Theatrical will be demonstrating new technology at Booth S123 at Cine Gear Expo at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia from Saturday, 6th October, 2018 to Sunday, 7th October, 2018. Live demonstrations will include incredibly bright and flexible QolorFLEX NuNeon linear lighting, plug and play QolorPIX pixel control, ultimate colour blending and control with QolorFLEX 5-in-1 LED tape and dimmers, troubleshooting with DMXcat, and revolutionary Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM products. Each product demo will showcase how the product can be used to improve television and film projects.

AFI’s Mourning In Amerika Rig Gets Versatile with Rogue

01/10/2018 - Production News

USA – Fans who catch AFI on the current Mourning In Amerika tour as they open for Rise Against have no doubt what the multi-platinum band’s initials stand for. Slamming the stage with the power of a thunderbolt, and burning through their songs with reckless abandon, the iconoclastic quartet seems to be driven by some internal combustible force, or “A Fire Inside.”