News Archive for December 2018

ABTT Christmas Party 2018: Honours

21/12/2018 - Event News

UK - The Association of British Theatre Technicians awards Fellowships to those who are considered to have rendered signal service to the technical aspects of the art of theatre. At the ABTT Christmas Party at the Gillian Lynne Theatre on Friday 7th December, Will Bowen and David Staples were both appointed as an ABTT Fellow. 

GLP X4 Bar 20s – the Feature Light at Posty Fest

21/12/2018 - Production News

USA – The announcement by American rapper Post Malone that he intended to stage his own festival at the 20,000-cap Dos Equis Pavilion in Dallas Texas recently, featuring himself, Tyler, the Creator and Travis Scott, created a wave of interest.

Colour Sound Dares to Light the Human League

21/12/2018 - Production News

Europe – The Human League completed their 2018 UK and European tour with another fabulously elegant and eye-catching production and lighting design to match their seemingly timeless electric synth pop sounds and unique style, spanning four decades and spawning a string of melodic and memorable hits.

Clair Brothers Helps Sheldon College Solve Deep Reverb Issue in Multi-Purpose Hall/Gymnasium

21/12/2018 - Project News

Australia – Sheldon College is an independent, co-educational, non-denominational college located in Brisbane's Bayside, in Australia. Committed to its philosophy of love, laughter and learning, Sheldon College educates children from ages 15-months to 12-years. Established in 1997 with a campus covering 56 acres of semi-rural land, the College is committed to providing quality student exit outcomes characterised by maintaining high standards that enable students to succeed in an ever-changing world. Sheldon students become self-directed learners, effective communicators and collaborators, creative problem solvers and innovators skilled in core literacies. Clair Brothers believes in these very same principles, so when called on to upgrade the College’s multi-purpose hall with a reverb trouncing loudspeaker system, the award-winning manufacturer jumped at the chance.

dLive Lands at O2 Brixton Academy with Yung Lean

21/12/2018 - Production News

UK – Swedish rapper Yung Lean, has recently completed his biggest UK headline show to date – titled “Wings of Desire” – at London’s 5,000 capacity O2 Academy in Brixton, while accompanied by an Allen & Heath dLive Wings set-up.

Viking Stage Lighting Engages Concert Audience at The Halls with Chauvet Professional

21/12/2018 - Production News

UK – Back in the late 1530s, Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries that had been familiar fixtures on the English landscape prior to the Reformation. Most of the stately buildings were destroyed, their material scavenged for other purposes. But one survived thanks to the intervention of Augustine Steward, Mayor of Norwich, who convinced the king to deed the impressive friary in his city to the people, so it could be used for fairs, feasts and other public functions.

Utilitarian Elation Lighting Rig for Protest the Hero Canadian Tour

21/12/2018 - Production News

Canada – For Canadian shows celebrating the 10th anniversary of Protest the Hero’s “Fortress” album, lighting operator/programmer, Michael ‘Herk’ Herkimer, deployed a comprehensive suite of Elation lighting fixtures. Provided by Hamilton-based Soundbox Productions of Canada, the rig was comprised exclusively of Elation ACL 360 Matrix panels, Cuepix Battens, Fuze Pars and ZW19s.

The ALD announces 2018 Michael Northen Awards Winners on the occasion of the Annual Lighting Lunch

21/12/2018 - Event News

UK - From the Annual Lighting Lunch, the Association of Lighting Designers’ has announced the winners of this year’s Michael Northen Awards.

d&b opens the door to new install possibilities at ISE 2019

21/12/2018 - Event News

The Netherlands – d&b audiotechnik will be at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2019, at RAI Amsterdam from Tuesday 5 to Friday 8 February, exhibiting multiple new products developed for audio system installation and integration.

Lisa Nilsson Tours Scandinavia With Alcons

20/12/2018 - Production News

Scandanavia – Swedish singer Lisa Nilsson is currently celebrating the 25th anniversary of her breakthrough album Himlen Rund Hörnet (Heaven Around The Corner) on a 31 date Scandinavian tour. With songs ranging from up-tempo pop and dance to soulful ballads and jazz, front of house engineer and audio production chief Brollan Söderström chose an Alcons Audio pro-ribbon system to bring the wide dynamic range of the songs to the enthusiastic audiences.

Green Hippo Product Specialists Deliver a Masterclass in Hands-on Learning

20/12/2018 - Standards News

UK – The superbly-appointed West London demo room of Kinesys was home to a Green Hippo Automation Masterclass with an international flavour. Welcoming attendees from Finland and the Netherlands, as well as the United Kingdom, Green Hippo partnered with Kinesys to deliver Masterclass III – Automation.

Painting Darkness with Light for 40-45

20/12/2018 - Production News

Belgium – Painting with Light is both a creative and a technical partner of the ambitious new “40-45 Spektakle Musical” production being staged at the Pop-Up Theatre in Puurs, Belgium, by Studio 100 and directed by Frank Van Laecke, which is currently a huge talking and trending point.

Meyer Sound Leo Family System Connects Pope Francis to Lithuanian Faithful at Open-air Mass

20/12/2018 - Production News

Lithuania – The high point of Pope Francis’ three-day, early autumn visit to Lithuania was an open-air Holy Mass celebrated for more than 100,000 of the faithful at Sàntakos Park in the city of Kaunas. For flawless audio reinforcement of the momentous event, Lithuanian rental company NGR Service deployed a massive 228-loudspeaker Meyer Sound system anchored by Leo Family line arrays.

Bandit Donates Lighting to 30th Warren Haynes Christmas Jam

20/12/2018 - Production News

USA – Warren Haynes’ Christmas Jam returned for its 30th year as thousands gathered at the two-night, sold-out event which benefits the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity. Bandit Lites worked with Pulse Lighting to provide the lighting for the concert, which featured performances from Warren Haynes, Grace Potter, Dave Grohl and Friends, Eric Church, Jamey Johnson, Gov’t Mule and Joe Bonamassa.

Troxy’s seasonal Speakeasy Some Voices Success

20/12/2018 - Production News

UK - Some Voices, a 500 strong London choir branded London’s finest by Time Out, hosted three consecutive Seasonal Speakeasy nights of choral performances at Troxy, 10-12 December 2018.

PepsiCo Theatre Pops for Refreshing New L-Acoustics PA

20/12/2018 - Project News

USA – In its first major renovation since 1987, the PepsiCo Theatre at Purchase College, part of the State University of New York (SUNY), now has a precision L-Acoustics ARCS WiFo loudspeaker system integrated by Southington, Connecticut-based integrator North American Theatrix.

Yamaha RIVAGE PM10 Theatre Upgrade Prompts Orbital Investment

20/12/2018 - Production News

UK – Back in 2001, leading theatre sound design and rental company Orbital was one of the first to invest in Yamaha’s groundbreaking PM1D digital mixing console, building up a large inventory that powered major musicals across the globe. With the firmware of the RIVAGE PM10 system recently updated to include Theatre Mode, the company has again invested in Yamaha, with an initial two PM10 systems put straight to work on the festive pantomime season.

Design Oasis Adds Theme Park Touch to Travis Scott’s Astroworld with Chauvet Professional

20/12/2018 - Production News

USA – Everyone remembers being a kid and wanting to go back on a roller coaster for a second ride as soon as the first one ended. Most of the 40,000 fans who attended chart-topping rapper Travis Scott’s one-day theme-park inspired Astroworld Festival in November felt the same way. They’re going to get their wish, too. A week after the conclusion of the festival, which was a stop on Scott’s national tour in support of his No. 1 Astroworld LP, the platinum-selling artist announced that there would be a second annual event in 2019.

OCUBO Chooses AV Stumpfl’s PIXERA two for LUMINA Light Festival 2018

20/12/2018 - Production News

Portugal – Following the success of OCUBO’s Lisbon Under Stars immersive spectacle, the creative studio has returned to produce another ambitious project: the LUMINA Light Festival. Held annually in the Portuguese coastal town of Cascais, the LUMINA Light Festival is an international event, showcasing light art, video-mapping, multimedia and interactive projects, in both urban and natural environments.

Phoenix Tours with SSL L500

20/12/2018 - Production News

UK – Phoenix is an indie pop band from France that has enjoyed a long period of success and a string of popular albums since the first one came out in 2000. The band's latest Album, Ti Amo, was released last year and has been the focus of their most recent world tour. Experienced front of house engineer Matt West (Motorhead, Snoop Dogg, The Cure, Eminem, etc) specified a Solid State Logic L500 live digital console.

DiGiCo takes the best of everything to ISE 2019

20/12/2018 - Event News

The Netherlands – ISE 2019 sees world-leading high-end digital audio solution manufacturer, DiGiCo, give visitors to the show another opportunity to get up close and personal with its 4REA4 installed audio solution, as well as experience the proven power and flexibility of its acclaimed SD Range and S Series digital mixing consoles.

Welshly Arms Perform ‘Legendary’ Tour with dLive

20/12/2018 - Production News

Europe – American blues rockers Welshly Arms, have recently completed their European tour with an Allen & Heath dLive system handling FOH duties. The latest tour supports their newest album release ‘No Place is Home’.

Specialist illumination company, LED Creative supporting the McLaren Shadow Project

19/12/2018 - Production News

UK – Working with production company Attention Seekers, LED Creative provided a selection of products from its exclusive Sigma LED range to help build the clean, modern look created for the semi-final of the McLaren Shadow Project.

SGM used for Diwali festival of lights

19/12/2018 - Production News

UK – Diwali is the Hindu, Sikh, and Jain festival of lights, which symbolises victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. The 2018 Diwali was celebrated with a huge event in the heart of London on 7 November with music, dance, workshops, foods, crafts, and, of course, plenty of lights from SGM Light.

Penn Elcom Rack Products on D-Tools

19/12/2018 - Equipment News

A selected range of Penn Elcom’s premium, most popular and innovative 19-inch racking products are now available for choice by engineers, designers and project managers using the market leading D-Tools software architecture, which has been specifically developed for systems integration.

Star Events supplies record-breaking League of Legends spectacular

19/12/2018 - Production News

South Korea – Star Events’ VerTech Ultra system provided for a stunning production at Riot Games’ League of Legends World Championships final in South Korea, which attracted a record 99.6m unique viewers according to stats revealed last week.

Ayrton Lights the Way for Studio Tanta in Japan

19/12/2018 - Project News

Japan – Studio Tanta, the newest and largest recording studio in Tokyo which opened in the Shibuya district in May 2018, chose Ayrton lighting products for its rehearsal studios. The successful installation includes ten Ayrton NandoBeam-S3 units, six WildBeam-R fixtures and four Arcaline-2 100 battens which were permanently installed in Rehearsal Studio-C.

Sennheiser and Britannia Row Deliver Flawless Audio at 2018 Mtv Ema Awards

19/12/2018 - Production News

Spain – This year’s MTV EMA Awards was held at Bilbao’s Bizkaia Arena and hosted by American actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld. For the past two decades Sennheiser has provided unwavering support to its audio supplier Britannia Row Productions and their partnership delivered perfect results.

Electro-Voice expands EVID commercial loudspeaker family with three new models

19/12/2018 - Equipment News

Electro-Voice has introduced three new additions to its versatile EVID family: one of the industry’s most complete portfolios of commercial loudspeaker solutions.

Outline’s New V10 and V15 Systems – At Last, No Compromise for Ultra-Portable Professional Sound

19/12/2018 - Equipment News

Leading European loudspeaker manufacturers Outline has announced the launch and immediate availability of its latest breakthrough concept, the V10 and V15 systems.

Scottish Singer Fish on European Tour with Allen & Heath SQ-6

19/12/2018 - Production News

UK – Former Marillion singer and front man Fish chooses Allen & Heath’s SQ-6 on his current solo tour for FOH and monitor duties.

Community IV6 Arrays Deliver Quality Sound for Belarus National Parades

19/12/2018 - Project News

Belarus – Art Ramos Studio a.l.c. has provided the sound system for the 2018 Independence Day Parade in Belarus. The system, based around Community’s new IV6 modular vertical array, was supplied to Beltelecom, the national telecommunications company of Belarus, with system design by Art Ramos Studio to Beltelecom’s specification. The system will be used for successive annual Independence Day Parades and other national events in Belarus.

The Gift of Knowledge – Elation Offers Free Access to E3 Training Videos

19/12/2018 - Standards News

In the spirit of the season, Elation Professional is offering free access to an Elation Educational Experience (E3) course held by one of the industry’s top technical educationists, ETCP recognised trainer and author Richard Cadena.

Drake & Migos Deliver a 360 Experience with Adamson

18/12/2018 - Production News

Canada – Two of the biggest acts in music today, Drake and Migos, toured North America throughout the second half of 2018 on the highly-anticipated Aubrey and the Three Migos co-headlining run. Of course, a massive tour with a pair of massive headliners calls for a massive production, and neither Drake nor Migos rose to the top of the game by disappointing their fans.

Meyer Sound CAL System Focused for Flexibility at The Classical Academy in Colorado Springs

18/12/2018 - Project News

USA – An audio reinforcement system based on Meyer Sound CAL 64 column array loudspeakers has boosted the performing arts at The Classical Academy in Colorado Springs by providing exceptional flexibility and superlative sound quality in the school’s new 635-seat theatre. Equipped with advanced beam steering and beam splitting capabilities, the discreet CAL loudspeakers ensure clear articulation for spoken word and amplified events within a relatively reverberant room acoustic that is eminently suitable for jazz bands and choral performances.

Powersoft S.p A. begins public trading on the AIM Italia

18/12/2018 - Business News

Italy – Powersoft S.p.A. is set to commence the public trading of it shares on the AIM Italia (Alternative Investment Market), organised and managed by Borsa Italiana.

Chauvet Professional Maverick MK2 Spot Delivers Retro Visuals For La Vie Est Brel

18/12/2018 - Production News

Belgium – Although Jacques Brel recorded most of his songs in French, thanks to his fearless and brutally poetic musings on love, death and desperate emotion, Belgium’s most famous singer-songwriter succeeded in generating a devout following among English-speaking songwriters and performers like Scott Walker and David Bowie. Now, even 40 years after his death, Brel’s timeless sound is energised with a raw sense of yearning that resonates with 21st century ears. This captivating blend of classic and contemporary is evident in the new musical La Vie Est Brel, both in its songs and in the powerful lighting design that supports them.

Stage Sound Services Increases its Investment in Sony’s Tough and Reliable DWX Generation 3 Digital Wireless System

18/12/2018 - Production News

UK – The comprehensive range of useful features offered by Sony’s DWX Generation 3 Digital Wireless system has inspired Stage Sound Services to invest in a further 24 channels of DWX, bringing its overall channel count to more than 150.

d&b audiotechnik introduces genetic engineering of a different kind at NAMM 2019

18/12/2018 - Event News

USA – For a second year the d&b audiotechnik team will be heading to NAMM 2019 at the Anaheim Convention Center, California. From 24-27 January booth #17915 and demo room #204A will be alive with all the latest developments from the German pro audio company, including the international introduction of the SL-Series’ KSL System, a line array offering nothing short of full range directivity control to sound reinforcement projects of any genre, medium or large, mobile or installed.

GLP extends its portfolio with the takeover of Ehrgeiz

18/12/2018 - Business News

Germany - By taking over Ehrgeiz on 1 January 2019, GLP is resolutely continuing on its strong growth path and portfolio expansion, particularly in the outdoor sector, with innovative and high-quality solutions.

Pearce Hire and Hawk Audio Visual put on a spectacular circus performance

18/12/2018 - Production News

UK – Pearce Hire regularly collaborates with corporate production specialists Hawk Audio Visual on large scale events. Drawing on their individual areas of technical expertise and working seamlessly as one team, this successful partnership recently provided a breath-taking circus themed entertainment and dining space for over 1,000 company staff and stakeholders at the BGL Awards Ball held at Manchester Central.

ADB presents the Ocean, an innovative console for the future of theatres

18/12/2018 - Event News

France – ADB Stagelight recently presented the Ocean for the first time ever in the world at JTSE in Paris. This innovative lighting console, designed for theatres, opera houses and multi-purpose venues, immediately attracted a great deal of interest among sector workers.

DiGiCo Immerses with KLANG:technologies

18/12/2018 - Business News

UK — DiGiCo has announced the acquisition of KLANG:technologies as a key new addition to the Audiotonix family that already includes leading audio brands Allen & Heath, Calrec, DiGiGrid, Solid State Logic and DiGiCo. The deal, which was concluded last week, further brings together some of the most influential and innovative brands within the Pro Audio Industry.

Huge Claypaky Rig Performs for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018

18/12/2018 - Production News

Belarus – Over 840 Claypaky fixtures were used on the 16th Junior Eurovision Song Contest (JESC) final which was broadcast live from Minsk to more than 2.7 million viewers globally. The enormous production was skilfully orchestrated by head of production Ola Melzig with lighting designed by Alex Manzenko.

Video Design brings Christmas to Ibiza Classics

17/12/2018 - Production News

UK – At the end of 2017 Pete Tong, with Jules Buckley and the Heritage Orchestra, treated UK fans to a full-on live production of his acclaimed album, Ibiza Classics. Such was the reception that dates for this outing in the run up to Christmas 2018 were booked almost immediately. While the essential elements of last December’s tour remain the same, changes have been made.

Stage Electrics Announce January Theatre and Broadcast Showcase

17/12/2018 - Event News

UK – Following on from their success last year, Stage Electrics are hosting another equipment Showcase. Taking place on 30th January 2019, at the Iconic SS Great Britain, Bristol, this event will bring the newest theatre and broadcast equipment to one place. Featuring some of the biggest names in theatre and broadcast, such as Sennheiser, Prolyte, ChamSys, Chauvet, ETC, High End Systems and DiGiCo. There will be 19 manufactures in attendance, demonstrating their extensive range of lighting, audio, video and staging equipment.

L-Acoustics Synthesises Evanescence and Lindsey Stirling

17/12/2018 - Production News

USA – Evanescence’s fourth and latest album, Synthesis, is a dramatic, orchestral-backed reworking of many of the band’s most beloved songs, plus a few new ones thrown in for good measure. To preserve the atmosphere properly of the recordings on a live tour supporting the release, the band performed its shows accompanied by orchestra members that were individually hand-picked in each city and brought together by the tour’s conductor, Susie Seiter. Furthermore, fans of the group got a special treat on the most recent second North American leg when violinist Lindsey Stirling joined as a co-headliner, featuring songs from her album, Brave Enough, and acted as an electrifying extra member of Evanescence for specific songs like “Hi-Lo.”

ETC and GDS announce new partnership details

17/12/2018 - Business News

UK – ETC, Inc. and Global Design Solutions Ltd. (GDS) have announced a development of their successful partnership. Since 2015, ETC has been manufacturing and selling GDS-designed products in North and South America. Under a new agreement this relationship is expanded. ETC has acquired the ArcSystem, BluesSystem and CueSystem product lines from GDS.

DiGiCo Consoles Assure ¡Un Sonido Increíble! for Latin GRAMMY Awards

17/12/2018 - Production News

USA – The 19th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards Show, held on 15 November at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and broadcast live on Univision, brought together Latin music’s future and past, presenting a broad array of genre options, from the mainstream pop of Korol G and J Balvin to the cerebral lyricism of Jorge Drexler, who garnered this year’s Song of the Year and Record of the Year.

Artiste Picasso Auditions at London’s Park Theatre

17/12/2018 - Production News

UK – London-based lighting designer Dan Saggars had the opportunity to put Elation’s new Artiste Picasso LED profile to the test on the new drama, Distance, at the Park Theatre in London in September and found the theatrical-grade moving head an effective multi-purpose lighting tool.

S+H Helps Children in Need Telethon Shine

14/12/2018 - Production News

UK – S+H Technical, specialist for LED visual effects, drapes and starcloths, supplied around 350 square metres of its LED Animation cloth and 450 square metres of standard RGB starcloth drape for the BBC’s 2018 Children in Need telethon, broadcast live on BBC One and BBC Two from Elstree’s Studio D, Hertfordshire.

Robe Pointes to Naked Truth on Fey’s Desnuda Tour

14/12/2018 - Production News

Mexico - Lighting designer Pablo Gutierrez utilised 52 of Robe’s popular Pointe multi-functional moving lights at the core of his fabulous looking lighting design for the launch of Mexican singer Fey’s new ‘Desnuda’ (Nude) tour.

FloppyFlex and ProPlex Drives at Vegas Golden Knights

14/12/2018 - Production News

USA – With a nod to Game of Thrones, the Vegas Golden Knights hockey team now enters the ice through an iconic 20-foot, 2,375-pound medieval jousting helmet, artfully accented with 60 metres of FloppyFlex Digital LED neon. Originally conceived for the Stanley Cup, the team’s exhilarating entrance is now a standard feature for all home games at the T-Mobile Arena. Designed and built by Water FX of Henderson, Nevada, the colossal helmet features lighting by Sean Guarino, with the FloppyFlex provided by PRG Las Vegas.

Major Updates Announced for Meyer Sound MAPP XT and Compass Software Programs

14/12/2018 - Equipment News

Meyer Sound has announced significant upgrades of its MAPP XT system design tool and Compass control software, including greater integration between the two platforms along with new, streamlined workflows and inclusion of data sets for new products.

Chris Werner Creates Immersive “NightGarden” with Help from Over 360 Chauvet Professional Fixtures

14/12/2018 - Production News

USA – By day the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden outside Miami is alive with vibrant colour from the thousands of flowering plant species that bloom within its 83 acres. This holiday season, the world-renowned facility continues to glow even when the sun goes down, thanks to “NightGarden,” an illuminated walk-through exhibit produced by Kilburn Live that invites visitors to step into an enchanted world of purple palms, holographic butterflies, talking trees and other dazzling creations.

Allen & Heath Energises Church at Viera's Modern Worship

14/12/2018 - Project News

USA – Located in Melborne, Florida, Church at Viera holds four modern worship services in two different venues each week using Allen & Heath dLive, GLD and SQ Series mixers for FOH and streaming broadcast and a ME-1 personal mixing system for monitoring.

Oh Yes it is – Panto Season for White Light

14/12/2018 - Production News

UK – With the festive season now upon us, theatre stages up and down the country are being filled with dames, beanstalks, flying carpets and glass slippers. As a leading lighting supplier to West End and UK touring theatre, White Light is once again supplying a range of pantomimes this Christmas.

Microsoft shows support with SGM

14/12/2018 - Production News

UK – For International Day of Persons with Disabilities, also known as #Purplelightup, installation company CSR Lighting illuminated various of Microsoft’s UK internal offices as well as the exterior of their Reading office. For these eye-catching purple illuminations, CSR Lighting decided to use a bunch of SGM fixtures.

Claypaky Scenius Spot On for Miss Vietnam 2018

14/12/2018 - Production News

Vietnam – The biennial Miss Vietnam beauty pageant descended on the Phu Tho Gymnasium in Ho Chi Minh City in September with 43 women battling to win the crown. The multi-part competition was a glamorous affair, with 16 Claypaky Scenius Spot fixtures on lighting duty.

Electropop Powerhouse MØ Goes on Tour with DPA Microphones

14/12/2018 - Production News

Europe – Danish singer/songwriter Karen Marie Ørsted Andersen, better known by her stage name MØ, has a distinctive musical style that combines electronic elements and big samples with live drums, guitar and vocals. For her long time front of house engineer Jon Schumann, transporting her music into a live environment is challenging because it brings some very modern production issues to the fore, not least how to best amplify MØ’s voice and the live musicians so that they integrate seamlessly with the electronic samples.

On the Road with 5 Seconds of Summer

13/12/2018 - Production News

UK – Adlib was back on the road with pop rockers 5 Seconds of Summer, fresh from winning the 2018 ARIA Award for ‘Best Australian Live Act’, supplying a CODA sound system, monitors and a top Adlib crew to work alongside the band’s engineers Phil Gornell (FOH) and Pavan Grewall (monitors).

New Meyer Sound USW-210P Compact Narrow Subwoofer Fits Forceful Bass into a Tight Space

13/12/2018 - Equipment News

Meyer Sound has introduced the USW-210P Compact Narrow Subwoofer, a self-powered loudspeaker providing robust forceful low-frequency reproduction in a slender form factor that is ideally suited to space-restricted installations or very small performance stages. The dual 10-inch driver configuration produces greater output than typical single 12-inch designs, making the USW-210P a preferred alternative wherever convincing bass power must be combined with minimal cabinet width and depth.

Brent Schmidt Lights Canine Wedding with Chauvet DJ

13/12/2018 - Production News

USA – Gia and Charley got married over Thanksgiving weekend. Nothing unusual about that. According to government statistics, there are over 2.2 million weddings a year in the US. What makes this bride and groom’s nuptial vows stand out from the pack, however, is that they are members of the species Canis lupus familiaris – dogs!

Impactful Worship with Elation Lighting at Cascade Hills Church

13/12/2018 - Project News

USA – While many churches struggle to attract new members or keep current ones, Cascade Hills Church in Columbus, Georgia, has found success by keeping things fresh and presenting church as more than just an hour-a-week event to endure. With the knowledge that AV and dynamic lighting systems can positively impact the overall worship experience, Cascade Hills chose a flexible Elation stage lighting system to raise its profile and help grow its ministry.

Triple E engineers an underwater Christmas delight

13/12/2018 - Production News

UK – The festive season and the countdown to Christmas is well underway and Triple E has gone underwater to provide a magical window display in the centre of the West End.

River Audio Installs WPM Line Array at Plymouth University

12/12/2018 - Project News

UK – River Audio has installed a new Martin Audio WPM line array in the main hall at Plymouth University.

Kinesys on the Road with UK Artists

12/12/2018 - Production News

UK - “I wanted a bit of additional craziness going on behind the band,” stated Prodigy lighting and set designer Tim Fawkes; which is why he is utilising eight Kinesys Elevation motors to move four special four-metre long lighting trusses up and down, just upstage of the band, for the current European leg of their “No Tourists” tour.

Tommex Provides Quality Audio for Centrum Praskie Koneser with Community Loudspeakers

12/12/2018 - Project News

Poland – Tommex Żebrowscy Sp. J. has recently completed the design and installation of the audio system for the new Centrum Praskie Koneser in Warsaw. Centrum Praskie Koneser is a modern urban space combining restaurants, apartments, shops, commercial premises, a museum, an indoor exhibition centre and a hotel. The complex also has a large open public square, which is also used to host exhibitions and cultural events.

POLAR appoints Andrew Plunkett

12/12/2018 - People News

UK – POLAR, established supplier of key industry brands to the installation, MI and professional audio markets, has announced the appointment of Andrew Plunkett to the post of business development manager for public address/voice alarm. A highly experienced industry professional, Andrew joins POLAR after 15 years at TG Baker where he gained wide-ranging and significant experience in the design and distribution of public address, voice reinforcement and voice evacuation equipment.

Rupert Neve Designs Appoints Tim Hurrell as European Sales Manager

12/12/2018 - People News

Europe – As Rupert Neve’s Designs’ portfolio of recording products continues to expand into Live Sound and hi-fi markets, the company is pleased to announce the enhancement of European business support through the appointment of Tim Hurrell and his company Sound Communications Ltd to act as European sales manager for Rupert Neve Designs.

Sussex Events Put Their Faith in Martin Audio WPC

12/12/2018 - Production News

UK – Ever since starting out back in 2012, production company Sussex Events (SEL) had been running exclusively point source loudspeaker systems in its rental inventory.

Video Design Ignites Nitro Circus

12/12/2018 - Production News

Europe – Extreme sports excite the daredevil in us all; Nitro Circus Live, a touring spectacular, featuring world class athletes in FMX, BMX, skate and scooter visited arenas in Europe throughout November. Nitro brings that extreme within touching distance, you can almost feel the release of breath as each performer lands safely following a hair-raising aerial ballet. It’s not uncommon for rider and bike to be virtually detached mid-flight and, for what seems like, seconds.

BroaMan's AutoRouter with Optocore technology adds Avid AVB and Yamaha TWINLANe compatibility

12/12/2018 - Production News

Europe – The popularity of BroaMan’s Route66 AutoRouter with Optocore technology has continued apace since the streamlined version of associated company BroaMan’s Route66 first debuted on the Coldplay tour. Since then the Route66 AutoRouter has featured in a slew of high profile installations, including the Westfield Centre in London, Europe’s largest shopping mall, and Luzhniki Stadium in Poland, redeveloped for the FIFA World Cup.

Bluegrass Rockers, Steve ‘N’ Seagulls, Spread Their Wings with dLlive

12/12/2018 - Production News

UK – Finnish bluegrass rockers Steve ‘N’ Seagulls, have recently hit the UK for a series of shows supporting their third studio album ‘Grainsville’ (released earlier this year) while accompanied by an Allen & Heath dLive Wings system.

PlugFest brings entertainment lighting testing to mainland Europe

12/12/2018 - Event News

France – PlugFest, the technical event for entertainment lighting interoperability organised by PLASA, returns 26-28 February 2019, but this time in mainland Europe, allowing for more manufacturers, developers and technicians from across the continent to meet and test their products.

L-Acoustics investment generates big business for STS

12/12/2018 - Production News

France – French rental company STS has over 30 years of business under its belt. It works on around 200 shows a year, from festivals to theatre, has a good stock of sound and lighting equipment and a technical team that is trained for whatever challenges lie ahead. But it is not a company to rest on its laurels and adapting and updating is part of its DNA. It has been using L-Acoustics systems since its very beginnings and, seeing new opportunities on the horizon, decided to add a large-scale system to its inventory to complement its existing stock of Kara and Kiva cabinets, choosing a K2 system as the perfect addition.

GLP X4 Bar 20s Highlight The Tallest Man On Earth

12/12/2018 - Production News

Europe – Swedish artist Kristian Matsson Is better known under his stage name, The Tallest Man On Earth.

Philips Vari-Lite VLZ Profiles keep it cool and beautiful for Gary Numan’s Savage tour

11/12/2018 - Production News

UK – Signify has announced that its Philips Vari-Lite VLZ Profile LED luminaires were chosen to meet some specific stage lighting demands on the recent Savage tour by British electronic music pioneer, Gary Numan.

RCF Group Announces the Acquisition of DPA Microphones

11/12/2018 - Business News

Denmark – RCF Group, one of the fastest growing organisations in the Pro Audio market, has announced the signing of a definitive agreement for the acquisition of DPA Microphones A/S (“DPA”) from The Riverside Company.

Robe Has a Good Laugh with Anders Matthesen

11/12/2018 - Production News

Denmark - Eleven trucks of production equipment is a lot for one stand-up comedian, but delivering the nuances of live comedy in an arena format is a fine art which needs a delicate balance of style and production values. For Denmark’s leading comedian, Anders 'Anden' (the Duck) Matthesen, this happened to be a 25th anniversary tour, so he wanted to make a big impact.

Lenny Sasso Looks to Future on Jacob Sartorius Tour with Chauvet Professional

11/12/2018 - Production News

USA – With its intersecting patterns of light wrapping around a diamond-shaped configuration of risers, and cool colour schemes, the stage on Jacob Sartorius’ current tour evokes images of cyberspace. It is a fitting impression, since this Top 40 teenage artist catapulted to fame on the internet in 2016, when he was the nineth most frequently searched musical artist.

DiGiCo Desks Shine on Mike Shinoda’s Solo Tour

11/12/2018 - Production News

USA – One thing that pretty much any experienced touring mix engineer can agree on is that you always pad your input/output number request to a certain degree because rare is the tour where those needs will not increase as the tour progresses. So it might seem odd that when the current Post Traumatic solo tour by Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda got started, mix engineers Mike Fanuele and Kevin 'Tater' McCarthy were sharing a single DiGiCo SD12 mix surface.

Showtec Singapore Invests in Claypaky’s Latest Fixtures

11/12/2018 - Production News

Singapore – Lighting solutions expert Showtec has made a major investment in Claypaky Scenius Unico and Mythos 2 fixtures to serve its extensive South East Asia markets.

Indiana’s New Albany High School Debuts Elation Rig on “The Wizard of Oz”

10/12/2018 - Project News

USA – New Albany High School in New Albany, Indiana, recently completed seven sold out performances of the timeless classic “The Wizard of Oz” and used their new rig of Elation Professional lighting fixtures to help bring the beloved musical to life.

HSL Group Invests in 100 Chauvet Professional Maverick MK3 Wash Fixtures

10/12/2018 - Production News

UK – For HSL Group Holdings, feedback has come quickly on its recently-acquired Maverick MK3 Wash fixtures from Chauvet Professional. HSL made the decision to add 100 of the moving RGBW LED lights to its inventory at the LDI Show in October. By the start of the holiday season, the company, which is one of the leading suppliers of design, technology, crew and production services to the entertainment industry, already had the fixture out on three of its 2018-19 pantomimes, at the 2018 Liverpool Horse Show, and on the Arena Cross Tour.

Theatre Consultants Theatreplan Chosen to Work on the Transformation of The King’s Theatre Edinburgh

10/12/2018 - Project News

UK – The global theatre design, and technical theatre consultancy, Theatreplan, will be working with architects, Bennetts Associates on the forthcoming major redevelopment of the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh. The designs from Bennetts Associates for the redeveloped theatre were unveiled recently and show a design that retains the majesty of the original building but re-imagines it for the 21st century.

Restored Frankfurt Old Town Opens with Drone and Proteus Show

10/12/2018 - Production News

Germany – Prior to 1944, Frankfurt had one of the most beautiful and largest medieval half-timbered old towns in Germany. Recently restored to its former beauty, the architectural treasure was opened in September with a cultural program that included a unique night time drone show supported by lighting effects from Elation Proteus Hybrid moving head fixtures.

A High End team for ETC

10/12/2018 - People News

UK and Germany – ETC Ltd and ETC GmbH have announced three new employees in their continued effort to grow a dedicated team to evolve the High End Systems brand. Tania Lesage has been appointed as High End Systems brand manager, Markus Farncombe-Fischer as regional sales manager with Konstantinos Vonofakidis as field project co-ordinator.

Outline’s Superfly Goes Stateside with TAPFS

10/12/2018 - Production News

USA – Continuing their 30th anniversary tour with a summer run of shows across the USA, The Australian Pink Floyd (with Trevor Gilligan at FOH) took Outline’s new Superfly system with them when they crossed the pond.

Robe _CONNECTIONS_ for VodafoneZiggo

07/12/2018 - Production News

The Netherlands – VodafoneZiggo’s new head office in the Netherlands has just opened, right in the heart of the development that is transforming Utrecht’s west side, uniting 1,400 employees in this state-of-the-art location. The area, which includes the Hoog Catharijne shopping complex and the city’s Central Station, one of the busiest in the country, is currently undergoing extensive urban expansion, redevelopment and modernisation.

Volt Lites Adds Ayrton Ghibli and Mistral-TC Fixtures to Growing Inventory

07/12/2018 - Production News

USA – Volt Lites, Inc. of Burbank, California has taken delivery of a complement of Ayrton Ghibli and Mistral-TC fixtures, expanding its lighting roster with its first-ever Ayrton purchases. Ayrton is exclusively distributed in North America by ACT Lighting, Inc.

Southern Hemisphere first as L-ISA hyperreal technology is used for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert live performance

07/12/2018 - Production News

Australia – This November, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, in partnership with CineConcerts and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, performed Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, South Australia. It was the first ever use of L-Acoustics L-ISA Hyperreal Sound in the southern hemisphere and took audiences even deeper into the magical world while the symphony orchestra performed the entire score live to picture.

Chameleon Touring Systems Balances Old and New at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week with Chauvet Professional

07/12/2018 - Production News

Australia – Completed in 1862, Queensland’s stately Old Government House doesn’t exactly conjure up images of trendy fashions. But the neoclassical building, with its sandstone façade and architectural flourishes, provided a dramatic backdrop for the sleek luxury cars and chic couture from hot designers like Camilla, Ginger & Smart, Dion Lee and Alice McCall that took centre stage during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

Indigo at The O2 Stages Stunning Performances with New Lighting Rig

07/12/2018 - Project News

UK – A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) has supplied a state-of-the art new stage lighting rig for the indigo at The O2, a live entertainment sister-venue to The O2 Arena which regularly hosts exclusive after-show performances by superstar artists, including Ed Sheeran, Coldplay and Prince.

Allen & Heath dLive Systems Bridge the Gap at Regent University

07/12/2018 - Project News

USA – Bringing a new level of audio control to FOH and broadcast events at both the Regent University Communication and Performing Arts Center and Regent University Chapel, a pair of Allen & Heath dLive mixing systems effectively bridge the two spaces with network interconnectivity flexible enough to support everything from small worship services to concert level performances.

Historic Rialto Theater Makes a Giant Leap with the Alcons LR7

06/12/2018 - Project News

USA – With historic entertainment venues pre-dating sound reinforcement and their physical features often being protected, it can be a major challenge to meet the audio expectations of 21st century audiences. But at the Rialto Theater in Loveland, Colorado, an Alcons LR7 micro line array system has achieved exactly that.

Rope Assemblies builds bridges with Castleford Heritage Trust in time for beer festival

06/12/2018 - Production News

UK – Rope Assemblies has worked with Castleford Heritage Trust to create a safe footbridge at Castleford's Queen's Mill, part of a major restoration project to restore the historic building.

Making it Big for Prodigy

06/12/2018 - Production News

UK – Sonic and visual mayhem on a big scale to match the big beat anarchy and sounds of the Prodigy, the UK’s favourite genre defying electro anarchists who could just as easily impress an auditorium of metalheads as they could a warehouse of crazy ravers: that was the goal for lighting designer Tim Fawkes!

Garth Brooks Launches Stadium Tour at Notre Dame with Bandit Lites

06/12/2018 - Production News

USA – Garth Brooks has always loved to push boundaries, break records and most importantly, entertain people. All those elements were on full display at Notre Dame Stadium where the second highest selling recording artist of all time took the stage 20th October for a two-hour performance with a lighting package designed by Dave ‘Gig’ Butzler and provided by long time vendor Bandit Lites. This show served as the inaugural concert held at the facilities and simultaneously kicked off Brooks’ stadium tour.

Meyer Sound Brings New Depth to the Caymus Tasting Room Experience

06/12/2018 - Project News

USA – Legendary Napa Valley winery Caymus Vineyards has a rich history in California, stretching back to the 1850s, when ancestors of the Wagner family came to Napa Valley by wagon train from Bible Grove, Missouri. Other family members followed, emigrating from the wine-growing regions of Alsace, France and Rheinpfalz. Today, fourth-generation winemaker Chuck Wagner and two of his children continue their family tradition of crafting outstanding wines and sharing them in a relaxed, welcoming and beautiful environment. This ethos is embodied in Caymus’ Rutherford, California, tasting room and outdoor seating area, which offer an intimate experience in an idyllic garden setting, with rich, immersive sound provided by Meyer Sound.

Friends group buys ‘Theatre at Risk’ Burnley Empire

06/12/2018 - Project News

UK – Burnley Empire Limited, Theatres Trust and National Trust have announced that Burnley Empire has been bought by Burnley Empire Limited. The Empire is the sole survivor of five variety music halls in Burnley and the only purpose-built Victorian theatre of its kind in East Lancashire. Today, it is in very poor condition, but the new ownership means it could once again become a vibrant community venue in the heart of Burnley.

New Chauvet Professional IP 65 COLORado Panel Q40 Cast a Wide Light

06/12/2018 - Equipment News

Chauvet Professional makes it possible to cover a wider area with an even coloured wash on indoor and outdoor stages. Introduced just in time for festival season, the company’s new IP65 rated COLORado Panel Q40 features a magnetic flood filter that produces a very wide, but still even wash.

University of Alaska, Anchorage Acquires Ayrton Ghibli Fixtures for Department of Theatre and Dance

06/12/2018 - Project News

USA – The Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Alaska, Anchorage (UAA) has taken delivery of Ayrton Ghibli fixtures, Ayrton’s first LED spot luminaire with a factory-equipped framing system, supplied by ACT Lighting, Inc., Ayrton’s exclusive distributor in North America.

Elation Lighting Enhances Theatrical Experience at Colorado’s The Classical Academy

06/12/2018 - Project News

USA – The Classical Academy (TCA) in Colorado Springs recently debuted its new performing arts auditorium with a production of “The Little Mermaid” enhanced by an all LED Elation Professional lighting system designed and installed by Second Opinion Audio.

d&b audiotechnik reaffirms commitment to growth in APAC with new venture in China

06/12/2018 - Business News

China – German audio technology company d&b audiotechnik has made a further commitment to its Asia Pacific customers by establishing a new subsidiary in China. d&b audiotechnik and its previous partner in China, d&b China, are realigning their successful partnership by establishing a new co-operation named d&b audiotechnik Greater China Ltd., based in Hong Kong. The foundation of a subsidiary of d&b audiotechnik Greater China Ltd. with offices in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai is also under way. Forty-four co-workers from the previous partner, based in Hong Kong, Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai, will join the new co-operation.

Green Hippo training team racks up the miles to deliver hands-on coaching

06/12/2018 - Standards News

Europe – October was another packed month for the Green Hippo training division, involving a week-long residency at Backstage Academy in Production Park and a successful private training session in the Baltic region.

Happy Valley Celebrates 20 Years with a New WPC Line Array

05/12/2018 - Project News

China – Shenzhen’s Happy Valley Amusement Park, having celebrated its 20th anniversary in October, is still going strong, receiving over 30 million tourists from China and overseas in that time. The Park wanted to make some special changes for its anniversary, to keep the experience fresh, and decided that a sound reinforcement upgrade was the way forward. Ultimately they chose a Martin Audio WPC line array.

VMS selects CODA for Liverpool Eventim Olympia

05/12/2018 - Project News

UK – Specialist music venue company VMS Live appointed technical production specialist Adlib to provide a new audio and lighting design and installation in the popular 1,900 capacity Eventim Olympia in Liverpool, one of the high profile live music sites that VMS operates.

New ADB Products at JTSE 2018

05/12/2018 - Event News

France - The Ocean control desk is a lighting console designed for theatre, opera and multi-purpose venues and is based on Hathor software.

TiMax immersive audio for roving Fado ensemble in Porto monastery

05/12/2018 - Production News

Portugal – A traditional Portuguese Fado concert held in the cloisters of 17th Century São Bento da Vitoria Monastery provided Francisco Leal, head of sound at Oporto’s Teatro Nacional São Joao, the long-awaited opportunity to get up close with Out Board’s TiMax SoundHub immersive dynamic delay-matrix and further cemented his intent to incorporate leading-edge TiMax immersive spatialisation into the Teatro Nacional’s in-house productions.

Erik Parker Adds New Twist to Dave Koz Christmas Tour with Chauvet Professional

05/12/2018 - Production News

USA – Platinum selling recording artist and nine-time Grammy nominee Dave Koz has been doing coast-to-coast Christmas tours every holiday season since 1997. Each year, the irrepressible jazz saxophonist manages to bring a new and compelling sense of vitality to his show by serving up an ever-changing mix of traditional and contemporary sounds performed in the smooth, affable style that has earned him a global following.

UK’s first deployment of L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound delivers dazzling experience for alt-J fans at the Royal Albert Hall

05/12/2018 - Production News

UK – Having already made history as the first band to use L-Acoustics L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology at their ground-breaking concert at Forest Hills Stadium in New York earlier this year, UK indie rockers alt-J recently clocked up another first. This time it was on home ground at London’s Royal Albert Hall (RAH). For the final two dates of their world tour in support of their 2017 album Relaxer and its more recent counterpart REDUXER, the UK’s first ever deployment of the fully immersive revolutionary audio system brought more fans closer than ever to the band’s combination of ethereal harmonies and striking sound effects, which lend themselves perfectly to this 360-degree audio experience.

Milos Steel Truss wins Gold Star Product Award

05/12/2018 - Event News

USA – The new steel truss line from Milos won a Gold Star Award for “Best New Truss” from the premiere American magazine PLSN. This award is further confirmation that the new steel truss line from Milos is appreciated and valued by both customers and industry professionals alike. Milos is the only truss manufacturer in the world that has a steel truss line as part of its standard offer of truss.

Nothing But Thieves Return Home for End of Year Run

05/12/2018 - Production News

UK – Accompanied by an Allen & Heath dLive mixing system, English rockers Nothing But Thieves finally return to the UK, bringing their mammoth year-long world tour to an end.

Kimarius Abrahamsen Creates Magic for Award-Winning Cezinando with Ayrton MagicPanel-FX

05/12/2018 - Production News

Norway – Norwegian lighting designer,Kimarius Abrahamsen, chose Ayrton MagicBlade-R and MagicBlade-FX lighting fixtures as the main structural elements of his design for Cezinando’s tour and summer festival appearances this year, helping earn the Norwegian singer, rapper and songwriter his third NRK P3 Gull (Gold) Award as Live Artist of the Year.

Crown Design Group Outfits Action Church with Elation Lighting System

05/12/2018 - Project News

USA – When fast-growing Action Church in central Florida decided to transform an older building into the ministry’s new broadcast location, they chose to dynamically light the space using an Elation Professional intelligent lighting system designed by AVL integration company Crown Design Group (CDG).

GLP impression FR1 provides Eye Candy for the King of Pop

05/12/2018 - Production News

Europe – “When the call came to make a Michael Jackson show, I knew immediately: that's exactly what I wanted,” says lighting designer Marcus Krömer. Not only that, but the LP Thriller by pop legend Michael Jackson was his first self-bought record at the time, and he was always fascinated by the music, the sound and the pioneering shows of the King of Pop.

Bandit Promotes Sarah Eucker to Shop Supervisor

04/12/2018 - People News

USA – has announced the promotion of Sarah Eucker to shop supervisor. Eucker will be responsible for co-ordinating the many prep and deprep areas at Bandit’s Nashville shop.

SSL Upgrades the Simple Minds Sound

04/12/2018 - Production News

UK – Legendary British rock band Simple Minds is still thrilling crowds with its unique, larger-than-life sound. The band has been out on an epic world tour, selling out venues wherever it goes and supporting its latest album, Walk Between Worlds. The band's FOH engineer Oliver Gerard and monitor engineer Mike Gibbard, have both chosen SSL Live consoles for the tour.

Rachel Nicholson to Head Backstage Academy’s New Leadership Team

04/12/2018 - People News

UK – Backstage Academy, the leading live event production educational facility, has announced its new leadership team for 2019.

Capital Sound and MLA Help SSE Arena Make it Through the Night

04/12/2018 - Production News

UK – When Wembley’s SSE Arena opened its doors for the first time to an all-nighter, featuring undisputed champion of drum 'n' bass, Andy C, it presented a number of fresh challenges not previously encountered.

PR XR 480 BWS Helps Launch India’s First Luxury Liner

04/12/2018 - Production News

India – Angriya, India's first luxury cruise ship, which will sail between Mumbai and Goa, was commissioned at a formal inauguration ceremony in October.

Lucid Technologies commemorates World War One Remembrance day

04/12/2018 - Production News

UK – Lucid Technologies recently produced two spectacular displays of stunning illuminations which embellished the exterior of Bradfield’s St Nicolas’s Church, Sheffield, with large-scale animated 3D imagery relating to World War One. The displays were part of the wider ‘Poppy Memorial Trail’ event organised by Pink Dot Inc, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Remembrance Day and which raised funds for Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion as well as St. Nicholas’ church.

Tommex on Track with Community Loudspeakers for Stadion Orła Łódź

04/12/2018 - Project News

Poland – Tommex Żebrowscy Sp. J. has recently completed the design and installation of the audio system for the new Stadion Orła Łódź motorcycle speedway stadium in Łódź, Poland. Speedway is a popular motor sport in Poland and the 10,000 capacity Stadion Orła Łódź is the home of the first league KŻ Orzeł Łódź speedway team. It is also the fourth speedway venue to be completed recently by Tommex.

Chauvet Professional Introduces Batten-Style Strike Saber

03/12/2018 - Equipment News

Following an unforgettable summer where it was featured on high-profile tours by the likes of Dierks Bentley, Counting Crows and Nine Inch Nails, Chauvet Professional’s popular Strike series is expanding to include its first-ever batten-style fixture. The new Strike Saber packs the intense punch associated with the series’ pod fixtures, but in a linear configuration that features ten 17W warm white/amber LED cells.

Core Productions gear up with dot2: “Great functionality and after-sales service”

03/12/2018 - Production News

South Africa – Christmas came early this year for Cape Town-based rental company, Core Productions. It has taken ownership of a dot2 XL-F and a dot2 F-wing.