News Archive for July 2018

Atlona Velocity Networked AV Control Platform Certified for Zoom Rooms Integration

31/07/2018 - Equipment News

Atlona is bringing the power of IP-based AV control to customers of Zoom Video Communications’ popular Zoom Rooms solution worldwide, enabling infinite scalability and unrivalled ease of use through its Velocity platform. Atlona’s native, software-level integration of the Zoom Rooms API will simplify and accelerate deployments from single meeting spaces to enterprise-wide collaborative environments and empower end users to seamlessly control Zoom Rooms and third-party components over the network with a unified user interface.

Hawthorn Support ‘Killer Joe’ at Trafalgar Studios

31/07/2018 - Production News

UK – Currently playing to packed out audiences at Trafalgar Studios in London’s famous West End, Tracy Letts’ black comedy Killer Joe is the queasily gripping play that’s got everyone talking. Full service technical production company Hawthorn is supplying lighting equipment to the production which sees Orlando Bloom take to the West End stage for the first time in more than a decade.

Clair Global Tours the World with TASCAM

31/07/2018 - Production News

Worldwide – The rumour is false that when prehistoric fish first crawled onto land, Clair Global was there to provide the sound system and technical expertise. It only seems like the legendary production company has been providing tour, festival, broadcast, and corporate event support for 400 million years! But should a fish attempt such a feat today, Clair Global may well be present to record the sound of the event with a TASCAM DA-6400 64-track digital recorder and archive the stereo mix with a TASCAM SS-CDR250N CD player.

SSL, Live with Robert Plant

31/07/2018 - Production News

UK – Front of house engineer Mark Kennedy has been out on the road with an SSL once more, this time for rock legend Robert Plant. Kennedy has selected an SSL L500 live console, supplied by Solotech and Britannia Row Productions.

Blackpool’s World Famous Venues Illuminated by Avolites

31/07/2018 - Project News

UK – A host of Blackpool’s world famous entertainment venues have upgraded to Avolites consoles and dimmers to supercharge their new-season shows.

Berkeley Dent Goes Rogue at Rooster Walk Festival

31/07/2018 - Production News

USA – The Rooster Walk Festival isn’t named after the iconic bird that crows every morning when the sun comes up. However, it does represent the dawn of a new day for both a hard-pressed region, and a lot of young people with aspirations in music. Now in its tenth year, the four-day event provides a much-needed boost to the local economy at Martinsville, a small town with the highest unemployment rate in Virginia. The festival also raises money for a local scholarship fund and a programme that provides free musical instruments to high school band students.

Pearce Hire moves with Lovebox and Citadel from East to West

31/07/2018 - Production News

UK – With the exceptional summer in the UK, festival season has been basking in a bumper year and happy images of crowds enjoying their outdoor experiences in glorious sunshine are being published on a weekly basis.

L-Acoustics Rolls Louder at Hip-Hop’s Largest Music Festival

31/07/2018 - Production News

USA – Officially hailed as “biggest hip-hop and rap festival in the world,” Miami’s fourth-annual Rolling Loud drew a sold-out crowd of 70,000 enthusiastic fans over three days in May to hear L-Acoustics loudspeaker systems drop the bomb, bass-heavy beats of their favourite artists. Hosting performances by more than 140 of the genres’ top stars including headliners J. Cole, Travis Scott, and Future, the festival featured eagerly anticipated sets from Lil Uzi Vert, Migos, Post Malone, N.E.R.D., Meek Mill, Wiz Khalifa, Lil Wayne, Young Thug, 21 Savage, Lil Pump, Rick Ross, The Diplomats, Lil Yachty, and scores of other artists.

RM Audio Takes Over Martin Audio Distribution in Greece

30/07/2018 - Business News

Greece – Martin Audio has appointed RM Audio, specialist provider of sound, lighting, video and staging equipment for the live events industry, as its new distributor in Greece.

Justin Townsend Lights Acclaimed Jagged Little Pill with Elation Lighting

30/07/2018 - Production News

USA – Lighting designer Justin Townsend is using Elation Professional lights more and more since his first experience with them on the Broadway musical A Night with Janis Joplin. The multi award-winning and Tony-nominated LD was recently one of the first designers to use the new Artiste Picasso LED moving head, employing them along with the company’s ZW37 LED moving head on the record-breaking premiere of the musical Jagged Little Pill, featuring the music of Alanis Morissette.

Philips Vari-Lite VL6000 Beams on heavy metal duty with Iron Maiden

30/07/2018 - Production News

USA – Signify has announced that the Philips Vari-Lite VL6000 Beam luminaires have been selected to enhance the current Legacy of The Beast European tour by Iron Maiden. The VL6000 Beams, with their stadium-scale power and distinctive looks, are helping to convey the production’s set-piece themes, and proving an ideal complement to the heavy rock icons’ richly-designed stage show.

Stockholm International Congress Centre Chooses Robe

30/07/2018 - Production News

Sweden – Stockholm International Fairs and Congress Centre (Stockholmsmässan) is a large and modern expo and conference facility in Älvsjö a southern suburb of Stockholm, with four huge halls (the longest of which stretches 365 metres) and a frenetic schedule of events.

Prolyte Launches North America Office in Texas

30/07/2018 - Business News

USA – In response to increased worldwide demand for its staging products and solutions, Prolyte Group has announced its expansion across North America with the opening of its office in Pearland, Texas. The Netherlands-based company is the world’s leading manufacturer of hardware and structural solutions for the entertainment industry with a product line that includes the aluminium truss structures, roofing, staging, crowd barriers and hoist systems.

DiGiCo SD5 the ideal choice for Diljit Dosanjh UK tour

30/07/2018 - Production News

UK – One of India’s best loved artists, Diljit Dosanjh, paid a visit to the UK earlier this year, playing sell out arena shows in Birmingham, London and Leeds. His front of house engineer, Fali Damania, chose a DiGiCo SD5 to mix the shows, provided by audio rental company, Delta, a choice that was duplicated at the monitor position.

Vince de Schinckel Gets Industrial at Kozzmozz with Chauvet Professional

30/07/2018 - Production News

Belgium – There are no soft curves at Kozzmozz. For 23 years, Belgium’s leading EDM festival has smashed through boundaries with the force of a runaway train, holding nothing back as it’s brought forth one razor sharp performance after another in rapid fire succession on its way to international acclaim. Providing visual support for this year’s event was an equally intense and hard-edged light show by Vince de Schinckel that was power-driven by Chauvet Professional Maverick and Strike fixtures, supplied by Euro PA.

Genetic Productions Lights R.LUM.R Bonnaroo Performance with Elation

30/07/2018 - Production News

USA – A definite R&B star on the rise, R.LUM.R, who Rolling Stone recently dubbed "An artist you need to know," played That Tent at this year’s Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee, beneath an Elation lighting rig supplied by Genetic Productions.

Robe at The NAMAs 2018

27/07/2018 - Production News

Namibia – Production designer and technical director, Micky Lehr and his team from Eventplus wanted to make a truly spectacular impression for everyone at the 2018 Namibia Annual Music Awards (NAMAs), so they combined the best Namibian talent and resources, supplemented with some hand-picked regular collaborators from neighbouring South Africa, and an impressive mix of ideas and imagination to ensure a show-stopping event.

No Waters shortage for The Cure

27/07/2018 - Production News

UK – On the 6th July Roger Waters performed at Barclaycard BST in Hyde Park London. Water’s show is like BST itself, centred upon a huge widescreen presentation, but there the similarities end. “BST sees the entire stage enclosure, back wall, sides and wings totally covered with LED video; right up to roof height 94 linear metres of it,” explains Alex Leinster of Video Design who provide all the video hardware and infrastructure. “But Water’s show needs a much flatter screen, so we were asked to move the entire back wall section downstage as a far as possible.”

ESTA Posts Three Standards for Review

27/07/2018 - Standards News

Three documents have been posted for public review on the ESTA website at People materially affected by the standards are invited to review them and to comment on them. Two of the documents are reaffirmations of existing standards; one is a proposed new standard. The reviews run through September 24; please comment before September 25 starts. The documents are:

The National Theatre River Stage Weekends Wow with Avolites

27/07/2018 - Production News

UK – The National Theatre's River Stage Festival is in full swing, bringing a dazzling array of acts to London’s Southbank with on-the-fly lighting by chief LD Huw Llewellyn on an Avolites Arena.

Stage Electrics unlock new lighting capabilities for the Stephen Joseph Theatre.

27/07/2018 - Project News

UK – With an unclear future for tungsten lighting, the Stephen Joseph Theatre has taken no chances in investing in a new range of LED fixtures. The theatres existing lighting fixtures were in need of an upgrade, with their pre-existing tungsten dimmers on their last legs, the timing was perfect to make the transition to LED.

Sugarland Tour Gets Festive Looks from CLLD and Chauvet Professional

27/07/2018 - Production News

USA – It isn’t every day that a multi-Grammy winning group with over 15 million album sales to its credit reunites after a five-year hiatus. So, when Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush, the duo that is Sugarland, got together to record their new Still The Same album, they pulled out all the stops, even having superstar Taylor Swift do some songwriting and appear in one of their music videos.

Knight of Illumination Awards Concert Touring & Events Judging Panel Confirms 2018 Shortlist

27/07/2018 - Event News

UK –The Knight of Illumination Awards (KOI) which celebrate video and lighting designers for their creative work in the UK, has revealed the highly anticipated Concert Touring & Events shortlist for the 2018 Awards, as decided by the expert panel of judges.

Gottelier 2018: Celebrate the people behind the products – nominate now

27/07/2018 - Event News

UK – Each year, PLASA’s prestigious Gottelier Award recognises product developers who have made significant and sustained contributions to the advancement of entertainment, presentation or installation technology, whether in audio, lighting, rigging, staging or any related field. Presented to the winner at the PLASA Show, the award is named in memory of Tony Gottelier, the renowned industry innovator and commentator who passed away in 2006.

Bankers Life Fieldhouse Keeps Pace with Clair Brothers Truefit Technology in New Scoreboard System

27/07/2018 - Project News

USA – JULY 2018: Bankers Life Fieldhouse was named Conseco Fieldhouse when it opened its doors in 1999. Conseco Fieldhouse replaced Market Square Arena, the previous home of the NBA’s Indiana Pacers. The Bankers Life name was instituted in 2011 and to this day the arena remains the Pacers basketball home. It’s also home to the Indiana Fever of the WNBA and plays host to the Big Ten college basketball tournament, ice hockey and numerous live concerts with big time national acts. Despite its multiple uses, Bankers Life Fieldhouse is most closely associated with the Pacers and their yearly quest to make the NBA play-offs and ultimately the championship. They’re on the right track, having come within a single game of making it to the second round of the play-offs this past season after the 2017 off-season acquisition of point guard Victor Oladipo. A lot of excitement surrounds this region’s favourite team once again.

DCR Nashville Deploys Claypaky Fixtures for Halsey’s 2018 Touring Schedule

27/07/2018 - Production News

USA – DCR Nashville is providing Claypaky Mythos 2 and Scenius spots for American singer-songwriter Halsey’s 2018 touring schedule, including festivals and her continuing “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom World Tour.” Claypaky is exclusively distributed in North America by ACT Lighting, Inc.

Rope Assemblies helps create stunning artwork during London Festival of Architecture

27/07/2018 - Production News

UK – Retford based Rope Assemblies has been praised for its professionalism and expertise by ScottWhitbystudio for its role in helping create The St Paul's Gateway as part of the London Festival of Architecture.

Eric Serra and Le Grand Bleu plunge audiences in L-ISA

27/07/2018 - Production News

France - Spectators showed up en masse to enjoy two exceptional ciné-concerts in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Le Grand Bleu (The Big Blue), Luc Besson’s blockbuster 1988 cult film. The initial performance on May 11th marked the 30th anniversary of the film’s premier at the Cannes Film Festival to the day, with a sold out repeat performance on 2nd June in the 5000 capacity venue, The Seine Musicale. The mesmerising score was performed live by its French composer Eric Serra and a group of musicians specially chosen for the event, with L-Acoustics L-ISA technology giving audiences a truly Immersive Hyperreal Sound experience.

Mixing the Classic BRITs

27/07/2018 - Production News

UK – Established in 2000 and having had a five-year hiatus, the Classic BRIT Awards was held at London’s Royal Albert Hall at the end of June. Featuring both British and international classical talent, it was hosted by Myleene Klass and Alexander Armstrong, with a Lifetime Achievement Award bestowed upon Dame Vera Lynn. Other Awards included Best Male Artist and Critics’ Choice Award for 19-year-old Sheku Kanneh-Mason, two Awards two Michael Ball and Alfie Boe and Soundtrack of the Year to The Greatest Showman. DiGiCo’s native LISA source control was deployed for the LISA hyperreal immersive audio system, which was being deployed for the first time in the UK.

Meyer Sound Granted First Patent on Breakthrough Technology in Bluehorn System Studio Monitor

26/07/2018 - Equipment News

Meyer Sound has been awarded a United States patent on proprietary digital technologies that enable the Bluehorn System to reproduce complex musical signals with absolutely flat frequency and phase response across the full audio bandwidth, an unprecedented achievement in high-power studio monitors.

DiGiCo takes centre stage at Rock in Rio, Lisbon

26/07/2018 - Production News

Portugal – Rock in Rio was started by Roberto Medina in 1985. This was a point in Brazil’s history when the country was undergoing major changes and moving towards democracy, a political shift that meant that such a music event could be held in a South American country for the first time. Thirty-two years later, Rock in Rio has produced 19 editions and has travelled to Lisbon, Spain and the US. It has featured over 1,500 artists, seen more than 8.5 million people pass through its gates and donated a staggering three million trees to the Amazon. It is still one of the biggest music festivals in the world and its latest edition, held in Lisbon in early July, relied on DiGiCo consoles, supplied by Brazilian rental company Gabisom, to help deliver the level of audio quality its audiences have come to expect.

Lighting Design Group Creates Versatile Minnesota Vikings Studio Rig with Chauvet Professional

26/07/2018 - Project News

USA – The Minnesota Vikings could be headed toward a great season. Sports Illustrated has predicted they will win the NFL Central, so too have three out of four ESPN football experts. Of course, no one really knows how a team will do until the game is played, but one thing is certain, the “Purple and Gold” will have one of the most spectacular looking broadcast sets in the NFL (or anywhere else) this season, and for years to come.

Yamaha Ceiling Speakers are Top of Their Class

26/07/2018 - Project News

UK – Nowadays, teaching is a long way from what it was even a couple of decades ago, with online learning and ever-more advanced technology used for on-site delivery. Cardiff University is in the midst of a major upgrade of its facilities, with over 200 Yamaha ceiling loudspeakers chosen to help students with their studies.

Enter the Rosco Gobo Design Contest

26/07/2018 - Event News

This is your chance to establish your legacy in the lighting community. Do you have your own fabulous breakup pattern? Did you come up with the perfect gobo for an iconic moment in a production or event? Now imagine designers from around the world specifying your gobo for use in their project.

Lighting up Love Island with LD James Tinsley

26/07/2018 - Production News

UK – Following the incredible success of the previous series, the team has returned to the villa to build the setting for the latest batch of Islanders. Colourful and intense, the look created for the show provides the perfect backdrop to the on-screen twists and turns of the relationships evolving between the singles seeking love and a possible share of the £50K prize.

Allen & Heath Supports Inaugural Florida SoundGirls Expo

26/07/2018 - Event News

USA – Hosted by Full Sail University, the inaugural SoundGirls Expo was presented at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida on 14th and 15th July, 2018. Organised by the local Orlando SoundGirls Chapter, the event featured a number of panel discussions, seminars and audio manufacturer demos and training sessions. Allen & Heath was a featured expo vendor alongside companies such as Analog Way, Clear Tune Monitors, and Shure.

Elation Sponsors Theatre Summer Camp at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

26/07/2018 - Standards News

USA – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi holds a theatre summer camp each year, and this year Elation Professional was a sponsor by making available both LED and discharge-based moving heads that allowed students the hands-on opportunity to work with state-of-the-art lighting gear.

Triple A's Double Header Weekend Powered by Axiom

26/07/2018 - Production News

UK – Triple A Events fielded Axiom line array PA systems for two music festivals in Kent over the last weekend in June. The Sittingbourne-based supplier of sound, lighting and staging ran the two events in parallel, splitting equipment and crew over the two sites in what is turning out to be the company's busiest summer season yet.

Studiomaster signs major European distribution agreement with EMD Music

26/07/2018 - Business News

UK – Studiomaster, the UK headquartered MI and pro audio brand, has signed a major MI and pro audio retail distribution agreement with EMD Music, for Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Switzerland.

Speed and efficiency with d&b at De Factorij, Zaventem

25/07/2018 - Project News

Belgium – Named to celebrate the region’s rich industrial heritage, De Factorij is a bustling new cultural centre and performing arts facility in the historic district of Zaventem, near Brussels. The centre, which opened in 2017, hosts a diverse programme of performances, exhibitions and events. Its main performance space is the 680-seat Ivo Maupertuis Theatre, a shell-shaped auditorium designed as an acoustically isolated box-in-box construction.

Venue Cymru Completes Major System Upgrade with EM Acoustics

25/07/2018 - Project News

UK – Venue Cymru, the region’s leading entertainment venue in Llandudno, North Wales, recently upgraded their sound reinforcement system with an EM Acoustics HALO-C compact line array system provided by Bradford-based sales and integration specialists, Pro Audio Systems.

French Speakers for the Italian Maestro

25/07/2018 - Production News

Germany – Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi has been filling the world's biggest halls for years with his mixture of minimalist neo-classicism and pop adaptations. In spring 2018, the exceptional musician also visited arenas throughout Germany as part of his current world tour before journeying to Asia and North America. In order to transport Einaudi's sparkling, dynamic piano works to the furthest corners of every location in the highest degree of transparency, the German service provider satis&fy relied on an L-Acoustics configuration including K1 and K2 system along with Kara and Kiva as supplementary sidefill and nearfill loudspeakers.

Claypaky and ADB bring light to "Giudizio Universale. Michelangelo and the Secrets of The Sistine Chapel"

25/07/2018 - Production News

Italy – 'Giudizio Universale: Michelangelo and the Secrets of the Sistine Chapel' is the immersive, multimedia stage show created by Marco Balich of Balich Worldwide Shows (BWS). For the show's exquisite lighting Balich worked alongside award-winning designers Rob Halliday and Bruno Poet who selected a range of ADB and Claypaky lighting products.

A.C. Entertainment Technologies Supplies Spectacular Lighting for British Grand Prix Party

25/07/2018 - Production News

UK – A.C. Entertainment Technologies, a leading distributor of professional equipment and a Patron of the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC), supplied the event lighting for the Club's annual British Grand Prix Party at Silverstone Circuit to showcase its latest product portfolio.

Piccadilly Picks GDS

25/07/2018 - Project News

UK – The Piccadilly Theatre in London’s West End opened in 1928 as one of the largest theatres in London. In almost 90 years of history it has presented most forms of stage entertainment, as well as enjoying the claim to fame of premiering the first ever talking picture in Britain, the Singing Fool starring Al Jolson, in its opening year. By the 1990s the focus at The Piccadilly was firmly on musicals and for the most part, that genre has been its staple ever since. Jailhouse Rock, Guys and Dolls, Grease The Musical, Ghost The Musical and Dirty Dancing have all enjoyed successful runs in recent years and the Piccadilly’s star shows no sign of waning. The 1,200+ capacity auditorium possesses a beautiful Art Deco interior, two balconies and a magnificent domed ceiling. In 2017 the Piccadilly underwent a major refurbishment, aimed at enhancing many of its original features using modern technology, as well as meeting modern sustainability targets.

SSL Rocks with Queens of the Stone Age

25/07/2018 - Production News

USA – Queens of the Stone Age is on an epic international tour, bringing its particular take on rock to massive audiences around the world. The front of house engineer responsible for making sure that every show lives up to the Californian rock band’s legendary reputation is Jay Rigby (The War on Drugs, The 1975, Cage The Elephant, etc), who has specified a Solid State Logic L500 console, supplied by Eighth Day Sound.

Sound Space Vision Creates a ‘Superb New Venue’ and ‘A Home for Music’ For Nevill Holt Opera

25/07/2018 - Project News

UK – The newly-opened Nevill Holt Opera House, universally acclaimed as ‘a superb new venue’ by the London Times and ‘an indisputable triumph’ by the Telegraph, is located in the elegantly converted 17th century stable block of the Nevill Holt Estate, Leicestershire. Its official inauguration took place on 14th June for the start of Nevill Holt Opera’s annual season, which this year ran from 14th-30th June.

Atlona Unleashes Quad-Input, HDR-Compatible HDMI Audio De-Embedder and Downmixer

24/07/2018 - Equipment News

Atlona has taken the wraps off its new AT-HDR-M2C-QUAD multi-channel audio converter, the company’s newest problem-solver device designed to address next-generation residential and commercial integration requirements. The HDR-M2C-QUAD extracts, decodes, and downmixes multi-channel PCM, Dolby, and DTS audio from four HDMI sources simultaneously, including HDR-enhanced 4K/UHD signals. Atlona will showcase the now-shipping de-embedder and downmixer in booth 3015 at the 2018 CEDIA Expo, taking place September 4-8 in San Diego.

First Baptist Alpharetta Gets Versatile with Allen & Heath

24/07/2018 - Project News

USA – First Baptist of Alpharetta, Georgia is a dynamic church that hosts two contemporary and two traditional worship services each Sunday and supports numerous special events using two Allen & Heath dLive digital mixing systems designed to operate in the church or become portable for outside events. The church streams its contemporary services and records them for presentation on its website.

Mackie Thump Keeps Academy of Music and Dance Students on Their Toes

24/07/2018 - Project News

USA – When Academy of Music and Dance owner Colt Valenti and his wife opened their new Shoreline location in Edmonds, Valenti knew he wanted Mackie sound systems in the dance studios. Delighted with the Mackie FreePlay personal PA he installed in his highly successful Ballard, Washington, location, there was no question he'd go with Mackie for the new facility.

Symetrix Introduces Composer 7.0

24/07/2018 - Equipment News

USA – Symetrix, manufacturer of high performance audio hardware and software for the installed sound market, has released the latest version of its Composer programming software for Edge, Radius, Prism, and Solus NX DSPs. With Composer 7.0, integrators can program a complete end-to-end DSP signal path using just one application.

S+H Launches New Video Banner Product

24/07/2018 - Equipment News

Ilfracombe-based S+H Technical Support, specialists for LED visual effects, drapes and starcloths has launched a brand new HD video banner product which is set to be a huge success for all types of live events, together with conferences, exhibitions and other situations needing quick and easy plug-and-play digital signage.

Robe Runs with the Sun for Rasmus Seebach

24/07/2018 - Production News

Denmark – The hyperactive Danish summer tour and concert season is rocking with multiple artists on the road performing hundreds of concerts to many thousands of enthusiastic fans; many outdoors, some indoors, own headliners, festivals, taking advantage of the long daylight hours, milder temperatures and the public’s voracious appetite for live music and performance, a small country that most definitely feels the beat!

Altman Lighting goes nocturnal with the “Criaturas de la Noche” at the Audubon Zoo

24/07/2018 - Project News

USA – Located in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Audubon Zoo offers visitors an exotic mix of animal encounters from around the world and are renowned for their unique natural habitats. With the recent addition of their latest exhibit, the zoo would be opening a 42-foot, transparent flyway entitled “Criaturas de la Noche” filled with more than 200 short-tailed bats. Needing a nocturnal lighting design that would entice its inhabitants to come to life, the design engineers worked with LEA-Inc. who provided a combination of Chalice RGBW recessed and pipe-mounted LED luminaires from Altman Lighting.

The Luna Cinema Sets the Scene for Daytime Open Air Screenings with ProLights OmegaPIX

24/07/2018 - Production News

UK – The Luna Cinema, a leading producer of open air movie and live sport screenings events, has invested in ProLights' next generation OmegaPIX LED video screen to provide a state of the art cinema-quality visual experience during its daytime and evening events throughout the summer.

TSL Lighting Announces £500,000 Stock Investment as Acquisition of Blinding Light Completes

24/07/2018 - Business News

UK – TSL Lighting has invested more than £500,000 in new rental stock as it announces the completion of its acquisition of corporate and event lighting specialist, Blinding Light.

J&C Joel celebrates 40 years by supporting Theatres Trust

24/07/2018 - Business News

UK – Leading manufacturer of flame retardant fabrics, drapery and stage engineering solutions, J&C Joel, has announced the Theatres Trust (the national advisory public body for theatres) as its chosen charity for the company’s 40th anniversary year.

Mandylights creates spectacular illumination effects with Christie Widget Designer at Vivid Sydney 2018

24/07/2018 - Production News

Australia – Christie’s Australian partner, Mandylights, played an instrumental role in transforming Wulugul Walk in Sydney’s Barangaroo precinct into a magical bushland filled with dramatic lighting and mesmerising puppetry during Vivid Sydney 2018.

Philips Vari-Lite VL6000 Beams enhance the drama of Pink's Beautiful Trauma

23/07/2018 - Production News

USA – Signify has announced that the current Beautiful Trauma world tour by US rock star Pink is benefiting from the power and presence of the Philips Vari-Lite VL6000 Beam luminaire. Lighting designer Baz Halpin is employing the unique fixture to provide dramatic punctuations to the energetic and spectacular production.

Elation offers free eCast lighting control app

23/07/2018 - Equipment News

Elation Professional is offering eCast, a stage lighting control app designed for use with small to medium-sized venues such as night clubs, houses of worship or mobile events. The eCast App is available from the App Store and requires an Elation 4Cast DMX Bridge as the interface between lighting fixtures and an iOS device.

Renkus-Heinz Names SONING as New Distributor in Czech Republic

23/07/2018 - Business News

Czech Republic – Renkus-Heinz, a leading manufacturer of loudspeakers and audio technologies, has announced the appointment of SONING Praha Inc. as the company's distributor in the Czech Republic.

iLight Moves Forward with Robe

23/07/2018 - Project News

Hong Kong – iLight is a busy and dynamic Hong Kong based rental company which specialises in supplying lighting design, equipment and expertise to a diverse range of theatrical, cultural, performance and events projects.

A.C. Entertainment Technologies to Hold July Recruitment Event

23/07/2018 - Business News

UK – A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET), will be holding a UK recruitment event on Monday, 30th July 2018.

Paul 'Arlo' Guthrie Turns it Up For Nine Inch Nails with Chauvet Professional Strike 4

23/07/2018 - Production News

USA – Like some kind of atomic particle, the music of Nine Inch Nails never really remains in one place. Blending complex time signatures with noise and distortions, moving swiftly from whispers to screams, it is in constant flux. The one constant on its jagged trajectory is intensity. Go to a Nine Inch Nails concert, and you’re in all the way, taken on a screaming ride that doesn’t slow down at curves.

Elation Lighting Renewal at Redemption to the Nations, Chattanooga, TN

23/07/2018 - Project News

USA – Redemption to the Nations church in Chattanooga, Tennessee, one of the fastest growing churches in the country, recently renovated its 2,000-seat sanctuary and fitted-out the space with a new Elation intelligent lighting system specified and installed by intyde.

Ambersphere Expands

20/07/2018 - Business News

UK – Ambersphere Solutions has announced two major additions to its product portfolio: Astera which manufactures 100% cableless LED fixtures and Zactrack whose motion tracking products are truly world class.

Ambersphere team grows stronger

20/07/2018 - People News

UK – Ambersphere Solutions have announced that David Martin and Ian Green have joined the company as key account managers. “Our business is only as strong as the team behind it and I am so pleased that David and Ian join us at this exciting time for Ambersphere,” comments Ambersphere MD Glyn O’Donoghue. “We recently started to work with two new supply partners, Astera and Zactrack, and David and Ian are going to help us ensure that we can continue to deliver on our commitment to quality service and support.”

Stage Electrics Supply ETC Gio to James Mitchell Events

20/07/2018 - Production News

UK – Stage Electrics supplied an ETC Gio @5 Console to James Mitchell Events (JME) which is a Kent-based company offering production services for the education sector. With a pressing demand for a new lighting desk, that would meet the ever-changing needs of their busy schedule, James Mitchell Events turned to the UK’s largest ETC dealer, Stage Electrics, for guidance.

Robe Pointes to 2047 Apologue Part 2

20/07/2018 - Production News

China – “Mirror-Mirror” is a dynamic kinetic installation created by German lighting, visual artist and imagineer Christopher Bauder from WHITEvoid, featuring contemporary dancer and crossover artist Qiu Jirong, and one of seven provocative stand-alone segments making up Apologue 2047/2, directed by Chinese film director, producer, writer, actor and former cinematographer, Zhang Yimou.

Knight of Illumination Awards – Television Shortlist Announced

20/07/2018 - Event News

UK – After much deliberation, The Knight of Illumination (KOI) Awards judging panel for the Television category has completed the shortlist of lighting and video designers nominated for their creative work in the television sector. The winners will be announced at the 2018 Knight of Illumination Awards ceremony and gala dinner, to be held at London's Eventim Apollo on 16th September 2018.

LED Creative support winning shoot with Alpha 60 system

20/07/2018 - Production News

UK – Illumination rental and installation specialist LED Creative supported Trojan Media on a recent football themed campaign for LG, featuring French World Cup winning goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Electro-Voice helps audio quality to soar in Middle East Airlines Training and Conference Centre

20/07/2018 - Project News

Lebanon – For Lebanese systems integrator AMAC Company, overcoming the acoustic challenges that were inherent to The Dome, part of Middle East Airlines’ Beirut-based Training and Conference Centre, was the kind of challenge that could only be overcome with experience and superior technology.

Rose Bruford College and Lighting Education Trust Announce New Lighting Design Degree Pathway in Space and Architecture

20/07/2018 - Standards News

UK – Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance and the Lighting Education Trust (LET) have announced a prestigious partnership to develop a new undergraduate lighting design degree pathway in Space and Architecture.

Push The Button selects Unusual for prestigious cruise ship naming ceremony in Malta

20/07/2018 - Production News

Malta – Luxury cruise line Seabourn introduced its newest vessel, the Seabourn Ovation with a naming ceremony in the harbour of Valletta in Malta in May. The ship is the fifth ultra-luxury vessel to join the Seabourn fleet over the past decade and the second of two ships designed by Adam D. Tihany.

Chauvet Professional Maverick MK Pyxis Pumps Up Diplo Show at Nike Race

20/07/2018 - Production News

USA – Running five kilometres does get the human heart racing. So too does listening to an electrifying performance by EDM star Diplo. Participants in this year’s Nike GO NYC 5K got an adrenalin-boosting dosage of both, as the multi-Grammy winning DJ was there at the Basketball City/Pier 36 finish line to entertain with his unique mix of dance music. Adding some perky visual zest to the performance was a colourful fast-moving light show featuring 20 Chauvet Professional Maverick MK Pyxis fixtures, supplied by 4Wall Entertainment.

Modanso Entertainment of South Africa Chooses Elation Lighting

20/07/2018 - Production News

South Africa – In order to keep up with increasing demand, Modanso Entertainment of Johannesburg has invested in 42 new lighting fixtures from Elation Professional. The purchase includes 24 DARTZ 360 beam/spot LED moving heads, as well as 12 Platinum HFX hybrid moving heads and six Platinum 1200 Wash LED moving heads supplied by local distributor The Production Warehouse.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Scale Up with Adamson

19/07/2018 - Production News

USA – The eighth annual edition of New York City’s Governors Ball Music Festival hosted some of the biggest names in music on its main stage, which featured a substantial Adamson E-Series loudspeaker system provided by Cleveland, OH’s Eighth Day Sound.

Oath's NYC showcase event shines with Philips Vari-Lite

19/07/2018 - Production News

USA – Signifyhas announced that its Philips Vari-Lite VL4000 Spot luminaires were used to provide powerful illumination and effects for a large-scale, immersive show for digital media company Oath, staged by the Hudson River in New York City. A subsidiary of Verizon, Oath reaches over one-billion people through its digital brands, including AOL, Yahoo, Tumblr and HuffPost.

Anolis Illuminates Rhyl

19/07/2018 - Project News

UK – Anolis LED luminaires have been specified to bring colour, brightness and additional vibrancy to the Welsh seaside resort of Rhyl. They are used to light key landmarks in the Town including the 76 metre high Sky Tower which is prominent on the seafront skyline.

Classic Brits and L-ISA – Everything in its right place

19/07/2018 - Production News

UK – It’s a given really, if you’re going to amplify performance in a British bastion of classical music, who wouldn’t want to do so with a system that enables the sound engineer to place instruments in their correct positions relative to the all the listeners? This was the option offered by Britannia Row when the subject of the rejuvenated Classical Brits came up.

Feast your ears on this: the spatialised sounds of Philadelphia Voices with d&b Soundscape

19/07/2018 - Production News

USA“…we seek to enhance music as a performance art, and to develop its transformative power as counterpoint to our everyday lives.”

Chauvet Professional Captures Diverse Moods at Simply Three Concert

19/07/2018 - Production News

USA– Classical music gets a new twist with Simply Three, a smooth-as-silk trio that has been redefining the stringed sound. As comfortable playing Bach and Vivaldi as they are Adele and Coldplay, the genre-hopping group has been captivating worldwide audiences with its fresh original take on classical and popular music.

No Hassle at The Castle

19/07/2018 - Production News

UK – Since it’s inception in 2015 DEPOT has become the leading alternative events space in Cardiff, originating highly successful experiences and events that have frequently been replicated across the UK. For the last two years, DEPOT’s creative team has staged its own unique music and street food festival, in 2017 at the SWALEC cricket stadium and this year at Cardiff Castle. Cardiff-based events services supplier 11th Hour played a prominent role in this year’s renewal having been invited by DEPOT to supply a number of key services.

Placebo Rock Out at Festival Shows with Avolites Arena

19/07/2018 - Production News

Europe - Placebo's epic new show is touring European festivals with a revamped rock & roll lighting design by Will Kinnaird, who's armed with an Avolites Arena running Titan V11.

Alcons Systems Inspire and Impress at TNW Conference

19/07/2018 - Production News

The Netherlands – Effectively a festival and conference in one, The Next Web (TNW) Conference is an annual gathering with the tag line ‘innovation through inspiration’. As one of the biggest and most influential European events for promoting and inspiring new technology, it is fitting that Alcons Audio systems are used throughout.

Hippotizer Media Servers are the first choice of specialist content creator and show operator behind visual system for Printworks London Venue

19/07/2018 - Project News

UK – Printworks London opened its doors in 2017, making an immediate impact on the London live events scene; it was swiftly voted into the top 20 of DJ Mag’s Top 100 Clubs and has just claimed ‘Best Club’ status in the 2018 Time Out Love London Awards. The building, once western Europe’s largest print facility, has been transformed into an extraordinary events location, made up of six spaces spread over 119,200 sq. ft [11,074 sq. m] with over 40,000 sq. ft [3,716 sq. m] of outside space.

Insight tv Signs Major Distribution Deal with Dutch Telco KPN

18/07/2018 - Business News

The Netherlands – Insight tv, the world’s leading UHD broadcaster and producer of native UHD HDR content covering action sports, entertainment, and lifestyle, has announced that it has signed a distribution deal with Dutch telecoms operator KPN. The agreement will allow viewers in the Netherlands to watch Insight tv’s unique, high-quality 4K UHD HDR and HD content via KPN’s popular IPTV service.

Capital Builds Largest Optocore Network for Roger Waters in Hyde Park

18/07/2018 - Production News

UK - As the Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time festival in London’s Hyde Park has continued to grow organically since its inception in 2013, so sound production company, Capital Sound, has deployed an increasing number of its Optocore converters to provide digital signal transmission over optical fibre across the vast site.

MLA Provides Further Boost at World-Famous Rock in Rio

18/07/2018 - Production News

Portugal – The evolution of Martin Audio MLA as first choice PA for some of the most famous festivals around the globe continues. Having established itself as first choice on main stages at Rock In Rio – in both Brazil and Lisbon – they stretched the envelope further at this year’s event in the Portuguese capital with the addition of MLA to the second delay line.

Vasco Rossi on the Move

18/07/2018 - Production News

Concerts by Italian megastar Vasco Rossi are usually a full-on emotional and engaging experience, but the recent ‘Non Stop Live’ summer stadium tour by the iconic artist was also ‘moving’ from a completely different perspective – a large Kinesys automation system was used to dramatically change the architecture and shape of the stage through the show.

Clair Brothers Introduces Kitcurve Truefit Landscape and Truefit Portrait for Houses of Worship, Auditoriums and Theatres

18/07/2018 - Equipment News

Over the past three years Clair Brothers TrueFit Technology, the first modular and fully customisable, bespoke waveguide system available for venues, has evolved. Its genesis began as an idea to optimise frequency dispersion by customising the horizontal waveguide to enhance directivity throughout an entire unique space. TrueFit Technology, with its trademark customised sound tailoring using Clair Brothers kiTCurve, C8 and C12 line arrays, is a true industry breakthrough and continues to be applied with tremendous success.

Elation introduces Obsidian Control Systems, the accessible lighting control brand for professionals

18/07/2018 - Business News

Elation Professional is embarking on a new chapter in its evolution with launch of Obsidian Control Systems, an accessible line of advanced yet intuitive lighting control products.

RF Shows Creates Engagement at Free Your Mind Festival with Chauvet Professional

18/07/2018 - Production News

The Netherlands – The Free Your Mind Festival is very aptly named. Taking place on the banks of the Rhine with its stage under the historic John Frost Bridge, the festival offers a mind-expanding “bridge” of its own, affording visitors the opportunity to explore beautiful natural surroundings, new ideas and progressive EDM music by artists like John Digweed, Hot Since 82, Black Coffee, Kölsch and Len Faki, all of whom were among the many stars appearing at this year’s edition of the festival in early June.

Conveniently Cordless

18/07/2018 - Equipment News

Just in time for the holiday season, Optoma has launched a new battery-powered portable 1080p LED projector, the LH160. Perfect for both business and personal use, the slim projector is small and compact so fits easily into a bag or backpack.

Backup’s Kart-Fest 2018 raises £23,500

18/07/2018 - Event News

UK – On a hot and sweaty day at beginning of July, the industry rose to the occasion for backup – the technical entertainment charity, with the charity’s fourth annual karting challenge, Kart-Fest 2018, achieving an amazing £23,500, the biggest total for any backup fund raising event yet.

ColorSource Pars now in Scottish Rental Market at Black Light

18/07/2018 - Production News

UK – Black Light, Edinburgh, continues to invest in ETC ColorSource Family by adding 30 ColorSource Pars to its ever expanding rental fleet.

Medieval Times comes up to date with Philips Vari-Lite and Showline LED

17/07/2018 - Project News

USA – Signify has announced that the Medieval Times attraction in Buena Park, California has upgraded its show lighting with the latest LED fixtures from the Philips Vari-Lite and Showline brands. The new lighting choice will eventually bring improved performance and power efficiency to all ten Medieval Times venues in North America.

Symetrix Radius NX Series is a Leap Forward for Audio DSPs

17/07/2018 - Equipment News

Symetrix, manufacturer of high-performance digital audio products for the installed sound market, has announced its Radius NX 4x4 and Radius NX 12x8 1U rack-mount audio signal processors. Each model supports 128 (64x64) channels of redundant Dante network audio and delivers Symetrix' famed audio quality, including ultra-low-noise preamps with digitally controlled 3dB gain steps.

Creating the Best Guest Experience

17/07/2018 - Production News

Denmark – Creating the best guest experience and superlative customer service for visiting lighting designers rocking up to the Arena Stage at Roskilde Festival is the objective of Sune Verdier and his team co-ordinating and running lighting for this busy and popular venue.

Light Fantastic Production Services - supporting new talent

17/07/2018 - Standards News

UK – Delivering a strong academic curriculum for 14 to 19-year-olds, dove-tailed with specialist courses in creative arts and media production, EUTC is an industry recognised centre for excellence in the arts.

Meyer Sound Leo Family “Beast” Prowls on Post Malone Tour

17/07/2018 - Production News

USA – Best-selling hip-hop artist Post Malone recently wrapped up the North American leg of his 2018 tour in support of his latest album, Beerbongs and Bentleys, which broke streaming records on Spotify the day it was released and zoomed to the top of the Billboard Hot 200. The 26-city tour of mixed arenas and outdoor sheds was supported by a massive Meyer Sound Leo Family reinforcement system supplied by VER Tour Sound.

Nick Glen Balances Comedy and Drama in Young Frankenstein with Chauvet Professional

17/07/2018 - Production News

Australia – The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein (more commonly called Young Frankenstein) has been a popular staple in regional theatres across the globe since its 2007 Broadway debut. At a recent production of the musical comedy at the Devonport Entertainment & Convention Centre, designer Nick Glen supported the fantastical story of an American doctor who finds his body parts in Transylvania, with a lighting design that smoothly balanced comedic and dramatic elements.

Florida's New Martini Bar has an Ai Miami Licence to Thrill

17/07/2018 - Project News

USA – One of Florida's hottest new nightlife venues boasts three state-of-the-art LED-lined spaces controlled by one Avolites Ai's Miami Licence dongle.

Sound Marketing Appoints Katie Elson

17/07/2018 - People News

UK – Buckinghamshire-based marketing and PR agency Sound Marketing has appointed recent graduate Katie Elson to the post of creative marketing and PR assistant. Continuing its steady growth, the company approaches its tenth anniversary later this year in rude health, having consistently expanded a client list that includes companies in the audio, AV, lighting and events markets.

With ICONYX, Pastor's Message is Finally Heard at Church of the Holy Cross

17/07/2018 - Project News

USA – Since its construction and dedication in 1964, the Byzantine-style sanctuary of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Cross has graced the city of Belmont, California. The church's cruciform design features a centre dome, surrounded by four half-domes, all with hard surfaces, which focus sound in a way that works very well for choir, organ, and chanting.

Martin Audio on a High in Hyde Park

16/07/2018 - Production News

UK – Now enjoying its sixth year at Hyde Park, AEG Live’s Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time (BST) has now settled into a proven and established formula, since its sound reinforcement partners, Capital Sound, and their premier loudspeaker system, Martin Audio’s MLA, have fully optimised the sound site-wide.

Nordic Rentals Invest in MegaPointes and Spiiders

16/07/2018 - Production News

Denmark – Nordic Rentals is one of the largest and most influential rental companies in Denmark. The headquarters are in the attractive fjord city of Vejle, they supply sound, lighting, video and staging equipment and expertise to festivals, concerts and live events, working all over Scandinavia and Europe.

Robert Juliat Dalis 860 Cyclight has Compagnie DCA/ Philippe Decouflé’s Nouvelles Pièces Courtes covered

16/07/2018 - Production News

France – Nouvelles Pièces Courtes is a collection of short contemporary dance pieces, created in May 2017 by world-renowned French choreographer Philippe Decouflé and his Compagnie DCA.

KOI-USA 2018 Announces Judging Panel for Live for Broadcast category

16/07/2018 - Event News

USA – The Knight of Illumination Awards USA (KOI-USA), which celebrates the achievements of international show lighting and video designers for their work in the United States, has announced the judging panel for the Live for Broadcast category.

Max Lenox Gets Diverse for Kaleo at Red Rocks with Chauvet Professional

16/07/2018 - Production News

USA – The chart-topping Grammy-nominated group Kaleo has never been afraid to cross boundaries and follow their own course. Formed in Iceland, the red-hot quartet reached halfway across the globe for its name “Kaleo,” which means “sound” in Hawaiian. What a sound it is too! Joyfully genre hopping, this energetic band seamlessly fuses Mississippi blues, old school county, up-tempo rock and a range of other styles into their creative cauldron to arrive at a brand of music that is uniquely their own.

MDG Me8 fog generators boost Stormzy’s iconic set at Wireless Festival

16/07/2018 - Production News

UK – English grime artist, Stormzy, headlined the Saturday main stage in spectacular fashion at this year’s Wireless Festival in London’s Finsbury Park. The London-born superstar performed in a full, bespoke production of mammoth proportions in six acts, created by Bronski and Amber Rimell of Tawbox.

Hope Fellowship Church Makes a Personal Decision for KLANG:technologies

16/07/2018 - Project News

USA – As a general rule, when houses of worship are considering adopting new audio technologies, those decisions are typically driven by outside “experts.” AVL and praise teams may have personal brand preferences as well as intimate knowledge about the particular needs of their worship spaces, but when it comes to brand new technology, consultants and contractors are often trusted to call all of the shots. But not always, as is the case of Frisco, Texas’ Hope Fellowship Church and its new KLANG:fabrik 3D in-ear monitor mixing system.

Showworks Chooses Elation DARTZ 360 for “The Big Hurt”

16/07/2018 - Production News

Canada – With the popularity of boxing on the rise in Ontario, ensuring Canadian audiences get the kind of bang for their buck provided by high profile bouts is increasingly important. For Craig Bickerstaffe, owner of Toronto production services company, Showworks Inc., that means investing regularly in cutting edge LED technologies.

Summer Festival and inauguration of the new production facility

13/07/2018 - Business News

Germany – “Never pass up the chance of a party” is great advice, but there are some occasions that are truly worthy of celebration. The 6th July 2018 ticked all the boxes! The hot and sunny Friday was perfect for KLOTZ' legendary summer party, and for the inauguration of a new production facility at the Vilchband plant near Würzburg. Two great reasons to let our hair down! Many friends of Klotz joined our employees to party the night away and enjoy delicious food and drinks.

New Philips Vari-Lite VL2600 Profile makes bright debut at Forest Live

13/07/2018 - Production News

UK – Signify has announced that its new LED stage luminaire, the Philips Vari-Lite VL2600 Profile, made a striking world debut on the stages of the Forestry Commission's Forest Live shows in June. Supplied by Pearce Hire, the VL2600s were used to light performances by artists including Gary Barlow, The Script, Kasabian and Paloma Faith on this summer's first Forest Live weekend.

Versatile Philips Vari-Lite VL4000 adds to Circus spectacle in Singapore

13/07/2018 - Production News

Singapore – Signify has announced that the quality and versatility of its Philips Vari-Lite stage lighting fixtures have helped to conjure the magic of the big-top for the sumptuous Circus 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus. The dazzling show, complete with life-sized elephant puppets, thrilled audiences at its most recent run at Singapore's Marina Bay Sands Grand Theatre.

GLP X4 Bar 20 and JDC1 Star on Russian TV

13/07/2018 - Production News

Russia – After 19 TV shows, dozens of songs, some unique performances and innovative lighting designs, created and executed by Leonid Poznyanskiy, Songs on TNT TV project had its final broadcast on 2nd June.

Stage Electrics Supply De Montfort University with New Trussing and Lighting

13/07/2018 - Production News

UK – The De Montfort University, in Leicester, has recently undergone a major investment in its lighting and staging capabilities for one of its largest on-site venues, ‘The Venue’. With the help of industry leaders Stage Electrics, the university now possesses more trussing and some of the most up-to-date lighting kit available.

Unusual leads the Processions march through London

13/07/2018 - Production News

UK – Unusual was the technical production company of choice for Artichoke when it staged the Processions march in London last month. The mass artwork took place on 10th June in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London and saw thousands of women and girls come together and march, wearing either green white or violet – the colours of the suffragette movement – creating the appearance of a flowing river of colour through the city streets.

DiGiCo SD12s deliver mixing without limitation to Canada’s Imperial Theatre

13/07/2018 - Project News

Canada – Built over a century ago, the Imperial Theatre in the Canadian city of Saint John, New Brunswick, has played host to many a legendary show. In the mid 1980s, a huge restoration project took place, bringing the theatre back to its original glory. With its incredible history and unique design, the Imperial Theatre still enjoys a busy schedule with music, film and theatre shows filling its diary. It has recently taken delivery of two DiGiCo SD12, consoles that are not only right for the venue, but also for the string of visiting engineers needing a versatile mixing desk that allows them to set up shows quickly and easily.

Shaping the Niels & Wiels Tour

12/07/2018 - Production News

Belgium – Belgian TV presenter and singer Niels Destadsbader teamed up with composer, pianist and music producer Miguel Wiels in a special ‘Niels & Wiels’ duo to present four exclusive concert performances for which they wanted a unique show design that captured the essence of the collaboration.

Chris Reade Adds Extra Dimension to Dierks Bentley Mountain High Tour with Chauvet Professional

12/07/2018 - Production News

USA – Popular country music superstar Dierks Bentley, who has 17 No.1 hits to his credit, adds a sparkling humorous touch to the encore of his current blockbuster Mountain High Tour, when he appears over the stage in an 'aircraft' to perform his hit single “Drunk On A Plane.”

Adelaide Convention Centre to deliver spectacular visual experiences with new Christie Spyder X80

12/07/2018 - Project News

Australia – Christie has announced that Adelaide Convention Centre has acquired its latest Christie Spyder X80 multi-screen windowing processor to boost its capabilities in staging various events within its facilities.

LED Creative support Scenic Designer Dominic Tolfts an Blind Date revamp

11/07/2018 - Production News

UK – Illumination specialists LED Creative is working with scenic designer Dominic Tolfts on the latest run of iconic dating show Blind Date for Channel 5.

KLANG:technologies Appoints AEM of Tel Aviv as Israeli Distributor

11/07/2018 - Business News

Israel – KLANG, the German-based manufacturer of the world’s first truly immersive 3D in-ear mixing technologies, has appointed AEM of Tel Aviv, as its exclusive distributor in Israel. AEM specialises in the importation and distribution of products associated with stage and studio monitoring and represents many key brands. Its founder and owner, Alon Eitan is very highly regarded throughout the Israeli music industry as an expert in the field, something that KLANG:technologies head of sales, Phil Kamp, feels is a great advantage: “Alon is the trusted go-to man in this sector for a host of Israeli musicians, producers and engineers, so as well as possessing an incredible depth of technical knowledge, he has also cultivated the broadest possible range of relationships within the marketplace. We have no doubt that AEM, with its excellent customer support, is perfectly placed and equipped to deliver the KLANG message in this exciting territory.”

Odin Line Array in Queens Theatre Hornchurch

11/07/2018 - Event News

UK – As part of the recent Odin Line Array Tour in the UK through June and July, owner Harry Carnaby of Allstarz Productions used the system in the Queens Theatre Hornchurch on the production of 'Elements'.

MOVECAT again awarded innovation prize and TOP 100 accolade

11/07/2018 - Event News

Germany – This year, MOVECAT has once again won recognition as an innovation leader among Germany's medium-sized businesses. As part of the "TOP 100" initiative, the company from Nufringen won inclusion in the list of Germany's TOP 100 innovators for the second year in succession. This outcome was the result of an analysis by the TOP 100's scientific director, Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke. The event's patron, Ranga Yogeshwar, together with Franke and Compamedia, made the presentation on 29th June 2018 at the awards ceremony held in the context of the fifth Summit of German Medium-sized Businesses in Ludwigsburg.

Clair Brothers 10SPOT Hybrid Loudspeaker Wins 2018 Infocomm Best of Show

11/07/2018 - Event News

USA – For the third year in a row yet another Clair Brothers innovation – the 10SPOT Hybrid Loudspeaker – brings home InfoComm Best of Show Awards to the proud team in Manheim, Pennsylvania [notably adding to honours in 2017 for the C12-TrueFit Line Array and in 2016 for the 1AM Stage Monitor]. The 10SPOT faced stiff competition, but ultimately the judges could not ignore the shear brilliance of the problem-solving technology and design of this bold, smooth sounding and sleek looking cabinet.

Star Events stages Roger Waters’ British Summer Time spectacular

11/07/2018 - Production News

UK – Star Events redesigned the entire Great Oak Stage sub-structure and super-structure to accommodate Roger Waters’ Us + Them production, which opened the BST Hyde Park series in spectacular style on Friday.

Roskilde Festival Celebrates Launch of Groundbreaking Partnership with Meyer Sound

11/07/2018 - Production News

Denmark – The Roskilde Festival 2018 marked the first year of a multi-faceted partnership with Meyer Sound, creating a new paradigm in both large scale festival sound as well as launching pillar programmes in education and training, scientific research and development, all with the goal of elevating the festival experience for the audience, technicians and artists alike.

John Garberson and Chauvet Professional Go Red, White and Blue For Tempe’s 4th July Festival

11/07/2018 - Production News

USA – If Hollywood film makers were looking for an ideal natural backdrop for a 4th July fireworks display, they would do well to travel about 400 miles east to Tempe Town Lake. The glistening water and the wide-open dome of a desert sky add a compelling and powerful dimension to the pyrotechnics that are launched from the waterway’s graceful Mill Avenue Bridges every year. It’s a scene that other venues would be hard pressed to match. But the same environment that provides such a dramatic setting also poses special challenges for anyone trying to set up a stage for this Independence Day event.

LRLR announces the successful completion of their 15th annual charity motorcycle ride

11/07/2018 - Event News

USA – The Long Reach Long Riders (LRLR) have announced the successful completion of their 15th annual charity motorcycle ride. The ride, which benefits the Behind the Scenes Charity and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS began in Manchester, New Hampshire on 24th June and finished back in Manchester on 30th June. The group, which comprised of 25 motorcycles and three chase cars, raised over $54,500.00, bringing the total raised by the LRLR since its inception in 2004, to more than $650,000.00.

Elation Broadcast Lighting for Cwmni Da Studio, Wales

11/07/2018 - Project News

UK – When independent Welsh production company “Cwmni Da” converted its open plan office into a new studio earlier this year, in the town of Caernarfon on the north-west coast of Wales, the award-winning television producers sought to minimise its carbon footprint by installing a more energy-efficient lighting system. Lighting company Lumio Media obliged by suggesting, specifying and installing an LED lighting package of TV-optimised Elation Professional luminaires.

MA celebrated Summer Nostos Festival: No limitations

11/07/2018 - Production News

Greece – The Summer Nostos Festival at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre (SNFCC) in Athens, is an arts, sports and education festival that is open to the public free of charge. Music, dance, sports, arts and architecture discussions, film and video screenings and programmes for children and families are combined for an entire week in June as part of a multi-faceted program of events for all ages. The Stavros Niarchos Foundation returned in 2018 for the fourth consecutive summer as the host, organiser and exclusive supporter, to the 'home' it created.

No Summer Holidays for TiMax

11/07/2018 - Production News

Europe – With the busiest outdoor event production schedule ever, it looks like there’ll be no summer holidays for TiMax spatial audio systems this year. Alongside long-running premium West End and Broadway shows which continue to fill theatres, TiMax features in at least eight very diverse spatial sound designs across Europe, complete with some interesting new developments for the evolutionary spatial audio platform.

Wahnsinn – The Wolfgang Petry Musical is Even Louder, Thanks to DPA’s New CORE Amplifier Technology

11/07/2018 - Production News

GermanyWahnsinn – The Wolfgang Petry Musical has become the first theatrical production to rely entirely on DPA’s recently launched CORE by DPA miniature headset microphones.

AO Creative Ensures Emaar's 'Light Up 2018' Spectacle Breaks all Records

11/07/2018 - Production News

UAE – The Burj Khalifa's transformation into the world's tallest World Cup scoreboard is stunning fans in Dubai and around the world. During each match, the 828-metre high building's 1.2 million LEDs act as pixels to display a live stream of updates, and light up with the flag of the winning nation. This is just the latest innovation at the world's tallest skyscraper, which continues to establish itself as a focus for world-class technology and events.

Penn Elcom Expands German Operation

10/07/2018 - Business News

Germany – Penn Elcom GmbH in Germany has moved to a new 8,000 square metre premises in Elten, north Westfalen just ten kilometres from the previous warehouse, and over double the size.

Robe Keeps Arsenal Posted

10/07/2018 - Production News

Belgium – Small fixtures are a solution for so many different scenarios where space is tight and weight loading is low, and Robe’s Pointes, Spikies, Spiiders, LEDWash 300s and CycFX 8s proved themselves invaluable when lighting designer Wouter Vebeke had to squeeze a somewhat ambitious lighting rig into Mercardo, Antwerp, for the band Arsenal’s new album launch.

ESTA Plugfest sACN Round-Table

10/07/2018 - Event News

The ESTA Control Protocols Plugfest organisers announced that a live, informal round-table discussion will be made available to the public via a free WebEx video conference. A discussion of “sACN Universe Synchronisation” will be broadcast live on Sunday 22nd July from 7:00pm to 8:00pm, CDT.

DiGiCo SD10 give Vance Joy consistently good sound

10/07/2018 - Production News

USA – With his song Riptide a huge international hit, sold-out stadium tours with Taylor Swift, and a current tour that is covering the US, Australia, South America and Europe, Australian singer songwriter Vance Joy’s story is one of continuing success, which comes with the need for a world-class monitor engineer. For Vance, this is Mani Hammond, who has been working with him ever since August 2014. He is deploying a DiGiCo SD10 provided, along with the rest of the audio equipment, by British rental company Encore PA.

RKDE’s new Ayrton Ghibli fixtures are flying off the shelves

10/07/2018 - Production News

USA – No sooner had LA-based RKDE taken delivery of Ayrton Ghibli fixtures from ACT Lighting, Inc. than the LED spot luminaires were quickly dispatched to E3’s trade show floor and then to the American Idol Live nationwide tour.

White Light is Simply the Best for TINA – The Tina Turner Musical

10/07/2018 - Production News

UK – One of the best-selling artists of all time, Tina Turner’s fascinating life story has now been turned into a stage show with TINA – The Tina Turner Musical. Written by Olivier Award-winning playwright Katori Hall, the show charts Tina’s humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennesee to her transformation into the global Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll. The show is playing at the Aldwych Theatre in London’s West End and as a leading lighting supplier to some of the biggest shows in the country, White Light was called upon to provide the lighting equipment.

Mike Grabowski Lights Unique SNY Studios at 4 World Trade Center with Chauvet Professional

10/07/2018 - Production News

USA – SNY Studios at 4 World Trade Center, the home of the New York Mets, has one of the most unique settings for a broadcast studio anywhere. Located on the 50th floor of 4 World Trade Center, the studio offers breathtaking views of Manhattan below. For all its glamour and excitement, though, the skyscraper venue presents challenges when it comes to lighting broadcasts.

Yamaha Brings Better Sound to Historic Open Air Theatre

10/07/2018 - Project News

Germany – Performances at the outdoor theatre in Ötigheim, near Karlsruhe, attract up to 100,000 visitors each year, thanks in part to their excellent production values. Maintaining a high standard is very important to the ‘not for profit’ owning company Volksschauspiele Ötigheim, which is why a brand new Yamaha mixing and audio management system was installed in time for the 2018 season.

HCS Provides Indoor/Outdoor Solutions for Morphettville Racecourse with Community Loudspeakers

10/07/2018 - Project News

Australia – Horder Communication Solutions (HCS) has recently completed an upgrade of the indoor and outdoor audio systems for the South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC) at its Morphettville Racecourse in Adelaide.

Outline scores with Italian soccer stadium upgrade

09/07/2018 - Project News

Italy – The 17,368 capacity “Pino Zaccheria” stadium, the home field of Foggia soccer team located in Italy’s south-eastern Apulia region (nicknamed the “Red and Black Devils of the South”), recently underwent an in-depth upgrade in order to meet the latest specifications for the country’s Serie B (the equivalent of the second division). The work included a new sound reinforcement system, supplied by Centro Cultura Musicale.

Renkus Heinz Gives Ajinimoto a Taste of High-End Audio

09/07/2018 - Project News

USA – As one would expect from a leading frozen gourmet food and seasonings manufacturer and distributor, Ajinimoto Foods North America, Inc., is always testing new products. Founded in Japan in 1909, the global firm is famous for its discovery and use of Umami, the "fifth taste," along with sweet, sour, salty, and bitter. Naturally, Ajinimoto's R&D presentation room at its North American headquarters is a special space, hosting the company's tastings and presentations. Designing a sound system for the room was no easy task, but ClearTech Media, with the assistance of Pacific AV, successfully overcame the space's challenges with Renkus-Heinz CFX-series loudspeakers.

Golden Opportunity for RoboSpots

09/07/2018 - Production News

Taiwan – The 29th edition of the Golden Melody Award (GMAs) staged in the 15,000 seat Taipei Arena presented a golden opportunity for Robe’s RoboSpot remote followspotting system to show its flexibility and scope, this was the first time it’s been used in Taiwan.

Ever-Innovating, Danley Sound Labs Introduces the Mini 180 Loudspeaker

09/07/2018 - Equipment News

Led by legendary acoustician Tom Danley and his hand-picked team of engineers, Danley Sound Labs has once again developed a loudspeaker that solves a technical problem without compromising on its trademark pristine sound quality. The Danley MINI 180 provides even, seamless coverage across 180 degrees (by 90 degrees vertical) using Danley’s patented technology. Its operating frequency range is 149Hz to 20kHz with impressively linear phase response across that range and across the beam width. Maximum output is 119dB SPL continuous and 125dB SPL peak.

Chauvet Professional Maverick MK2 Spot Provides Visual Licks for Forth Valley Blues Festival

09/07/2018 - Production News

Australia – The soul-stirring power of blues music knows no national boundaries. Memphis may be over 10,000 miles away, but every year, the town of Forth (population 700) resonates with sounds reminiscent of Beal Street as it plays host to the Forth Valley Blues Festival. This year, the thousands of visitors who descended on the event were treated to an impressive display of blues virtuosity by artists like Mark Seymour of Hunters & Collectors fame and Guitar Extravaganza featuring Kevin Borich, Phil Emmanuel and Tim Gaze.

Bonnaroo Festival Grounds Get Magical With 1000 CHAUVET Professional Fixtures

06/07/2018 - Event News

USA - With headliners like Eminem, The Killers, Muse, Sheryl Crow, Paramore and Kaskade, the 17th annual Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival offered plenty of great music to enjoy. But North America’s largest outdoor festival, which in the past has beguiled fans with sights like “Infinity Mirrors” and it's famous arched entrance, has always been about sights as well as sounds. This year’s edition, which ran from June 7-10, pumped up the visual excitement even more than usual with a massive off-stage lighting display that wrapped around the stages and surrounded the audience in a sea of changing colours.

Avolites Ai and Autoblend Awaken the Senses on SOMNAI

06/07/2018 - Project News

UK - London's hit new immersive experience, SOMNAI, is tripping out visitors with its dreamlike visuals perfectly mapped onto a perspective-bending dome at the heart of the production using Avolites Ai's Autoblend feature.

GLP on Tour with Jovanotti

06/07/2018 - Event News

Germany – For the recent Jovanotti tour, Lorenzo Live 2018, which has been playing sport arenas in the main Italian cities, prominent British lighting designer, Paul Normandale, requisitioned 44 GLP impression X4 Bar 20 from rental company Agorà, to light both A and B stages during the show.

L‑Acoustics delivers rider-friendly, versatile system to South African State Theatre

06/07/2018 - Project News

South Africa - The South African State Theatre’s Opera House has recently opened its doors to new musical genres, in particular jazz, and needed a new audio system that could meet the varied demands now placed on it. At the end of last year, anL‑Acoustics Kara system was installed, bringing the Opera House’s audio bang up to date with a solution that can handle the diversity of productions the theatre hosts in a rider-friendly format.

Claypaky pushes the boundaries for exclusive Belgium light installation

05/07/2018 - Production News

Belgium - Light Moves was a stunning indoor 'son et lumière' (sound and light) installation designed and produced by Koert Vermeulen, an award-winning lighting designer and founder of Belgium-based international lighting design agency ACTLD. Appearing for one night only in the Gothic remains of an abandoned church in the centre of Brussels, Belgium, the installation featured the Claypaky Sharbar as star product, amongst a range of other fixtures from the leading Italian brand. 

GLP X4 Bar 20 Provides More Than a Flicker for Niall Horan

05/07/2018 - Production News

Lighting director Dave Lee has been working with Niall Horan since the very first One Direction show at Watford Colosseum to the band’s final performance in Sheffield, and following last year’s Promo tour, is now constantly on tour with original band member, Niall Horan as a solo artist. “In five years I have never really stopped working with him,” he says.

The Sextant Group Sets Its Sights On Alcons

05/07/2018 - Project News

US - Operating out of 11 offices across the US, The Sextant Group is a leading firm of technology consultants, providing innovative solutions to a wide range of client needs. Over the past few years, they have embraced the advantages of Alcons Audio loudspeakers for an increasing number of high profile projects.

PLASA Awards for Innovation open for entries

04/07/2018 - People News

The PLASA Awards for Innovation are now open for entries. Product manufacturers and developers are invited to enter the annual awards by 17 August (Friday). Successfully nominated products will feature on the Innovation Gallery throughout the PLASA Show (16-18 September, London Olympia) with winners announced at a special ceremony on 17 September.

Robe WOWS the Crowds

04/07/2018 - Production News

Belgium - Lighting designer Rik Uyttersprot from GRAViTY Design injected an edgy and raw lighting aesthetic to help showcase the stark bare stage production values of “WOW” at the Kortrijk Xpo in Belgium.

The Bridgewater Hall Increases Flexibility and Creative Options with ChamSys MagicQ MQ80

04/07/2018 - Project News

UK – It’s easy to understand why The Bridgewater Hall hosts some 250 concerts and events a year. Built on 280 rows of stainless steel springs to reduce vibrations, it offers superb acoustics, and its aesthetically-pleasing multi-tiered interior affords clear views of its stage. Officially opened on December 4, 1996, by Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh, the 2400-seat hall is a source of pride for all of Manchester. Yet, it does present a challenge for the facility’s technicians who are often called upon to run the lighting for its many events. 

GIS AG Acquires UK Distributor LTM

04/07/2018 - Business News

UK - GIS AG, the Swiss electric chain hoist and light crane manufacturer, has acquired UK distributor Lift Turn Move (LTM). LTM, located in Bromborough on the banks of the River Mersey, was founded in 2004 and is a full member of the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA), the world’s leading representative body for all those involved in the industry. Its product portfolio includes GIS electric chain hoists, control systems, material handling equipment, light crane systems, and other related components.

TSL continues its growth as Jonny Tingle joins team

03/07/2018 - Business News

UK - Lighting and Rigging specialist TSL has announced that respected project manager, Jonathan 'Jonny' Tingle, has joined the team as a Senior Project Manager. His role will focus on expanding and developing the company's work in the corporate and special events sector.

The Band’s Visit Leads Parade of Broadway Productions

03/07/2018 - Production News

Once again Meyer Sound systems are powering the music along the Great White Way, with top-grossing hit productions relying on LEO Family line arrays and UltraSeries loudspeakers.  Following the Tony Awards ceremonies in early June, certainly the most celebrated of the current group — recipient of an astonishing ten awards — is the subtly engaging new musical, The Band’s Visit.

Elation’s all-weather Cuepix 16 IP™ a cutting-edge LED matrix panel

03/07/2018 - Equipment News

As more and more projects and shows are staged outdoors, Elation Professional is again expanding on its leading line of multi-environmental IP-rated products with the new Cuepix 16 IP™. The Cuepix 16 IP is a powerful 4x4 matrix LED blinder and effect panel with all-weather IP65 protection. An updated version of the company’s Cuepix Panel™, Elation’s popular 5 x 5 LED matrix panel that has enjoyed great success since launching 5 years ago, the Cuepix 16 IP fulfils the need for more IP-rated blinder/effect options.

Shinedown takes the stage with Bandit Lites

03/07/2018 - Production News

American hard rock band Shinedown recently wrapped a North American run with a lighting package provided Bandit Lites. The tour coincided with the release of their album, Attention Attention which debuted at number 1 on the Top Rock Albums, Hard Rock Albums, and Alternative Albums charts.

HES SolaFrame 2000s Shine on Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry

03/07/2018 - Production News

USA - Country music legends are shining brighter onstage at the Grand Ole Opry, thanks to a new installation of High End Systems SolaFrame automated spot LED fixtures.

Grozny Dolphinarium backs PR Lighting IP65 fixtures

02/07/2018 - Project News

Russia - A new Dolphinarium has opened in the Chechnyan capital of Grozny—the centrepiece of a major new complex that also includes several parks, attractions, race circuit, restaurant, theatre and an equestrian park. The total area of ​​the facility is more than 300,000 sq.m.

LDC backs management buyout of Martin Audio to drive market share

02/07/2018 - Business News

UK - Mid-market private equity investor LDC has backed the management buyout (MBO) of Martin Audio, the designer and manufacturer of premium high-performance loudspeaker systems, from global audio specialist Loud Audio.

Clair Brothers is first choice for sound at Rock Community Church

02/07/2018 - Production News

COLORADO - Since 2006, Rock Community Church has grown by leaps and bounds, adding to its congregation through strong leadership, dedicated purpose and family values. Rock Community has thrived by assuring that each person in attendance receives an unforgettable experience every time they visit. Leaving no detail to chance, Ben Carson, Rock Community’s technical director along with other key church decision makers choose the best available partners to help construct as close to a perfect house of worship as possible, from the physical design of the building all the way to the sound system that delivers their powerfully contemporary sermons and live music performances. So, it makes sense that Clair Brother's speakers were the unanimous sound system choice for Rock Community church.

Robe is Mega Beautiful

02/07/2018 - Production News

South Africa - Joshua Cutts is someone who knows how to make things – stages, sets people – look beautiful, and 2018 was the fourth time he has lit the Miss South Africa beauty pageant event, which this year selected the country’s delegates for the two highest profile global beauty contests - Miss Universe and Miss World.