News Archive for July 2019

New Martin MAC Allure adds 'magical' lighting effects to the National Theatre’s River Stage 2019

31/07/2019 - Production News

UK – The National Theatre’s River Stage is an annual free festival that runs throughout the summer on London’s South Bank. Featuring leading arts and performance companies, the festival celebrates the best of British and International culture, drag artists and London’s green and blue spaces, including the River Thames. For this year’s season, the River Stage has benefited from unique dynamic lighting effects thanks to Martin’s new MAC Allure Profile lighting fixtures.

Penn Elcom Launches new Double Hinged Wall Mount Rack Enclosure

31/07/2019 - Equipment News

The Penn Elcom design team has produced another ingenious racking solution for space challenged and awkward to access scenarios in commercial, industrial and residential environments: the R6400-RHF Double Hinged Wall Mount Rack Enclosure.

Sennheiser Supports International Busking Day

31/07/2019 - Production News

UK – International Busking Day has celebrated the world’s best street performers for the past five years. The free London event held this year on the 20th of July at Wembley Park and produced by Found in Music Ltd as part of the Busk in London programme supported by the Mayor of London featured five stages including the Main Stage on Olympic Way and indoor venue, Boxpark Wembley. Sennheiser was there to support the event and give the artists and visitors the chance to get a hands-on demo of its evolution wired 600/800 and 900 series microphones as well as the new XS Wireless Digital wireless products and latest in-ear monitoring systems. The team also took part in a series of informative talks held in The Corner at Wembley Library talking about the importance of audio in the live music environment.

Backup and StageHand charity bike ride call for more cyclists

31/07/2019 - Event News

UK – A group of industry colleagues are planning to cycle 100 miles across the UK to Olympia London on Saturday 14th September to raise money for the entertainment industry charities Backup and StageHand.

LED Upgrade of the Century at The Muny with 700+ Chauvet Professional Fixtures

31/07/2019 - Project News

USA – With its hurly-burly mix of saints and sinners, Hot Box dancers and street-smart gamblers, colourful costumes and evocative settings, Guys and Dolls is as captivating today as it was when it debuted on Broadway in 1950. This was plain to see when Frank Loesser’s multi-Tony Award winning musical kicked off the 2019 season at the St. Louis Municipal Opera Theatre (“The Muny”) on 10 June.

MediaPro Middle East Makes Massive Robe Investment

30/07/2019 - Production News

UAE - “Reliability”: that was a major factor for leading Middle East rental and production company MediaPro’s large investment in Robe moving lights earlier this year explained sales and marketing manager, Jinesh Nair.

DiGiCo makes Quantum leap at Montreux jazz festival

30/07/2019 - Production News

Switzerland – For 11 years, top British console manufacturer, DiGiCo, has supported the iconic Montreux Jazz festival. At this year’s event, the company introduced its latest ground-breaking product development, the new SD7 Quantum console, plus the 32-bit ‘Ultimate Stadius’ Microphone Pre-Amp and DAC Analogue Output cards.

TiMax and dcontrol collaboration by FACE Projects for historic immersive club in Brussels

30/07/2019 - Project News

Belgium – In the heart of Brussels, private members’ bar Impérial oozes with charm and the underground cool of a turn of the last century speakeasy. The vintage atmosphere and jazzy vibe that draws guests in, however, integrates a full, leading edge, AV solution with TiMax SoundHub and dcontrol central to the immersive environment, realised from concept by Belgium’s premier design and installation integrator, FACE Projects.

PROLIGHTS is Out of This World for Moon Landing 50th Anniversary Event

30/07/2019 - Production News

UK – Lighting designer, Matt Tyler used PROLIGHTS LED fixtures to provide stunning lighting for space-age performances by Orbital, Public Service Broadcasting and The Radiophonic Workshop at ‘Apollo 50’, a one-off event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing.

Capital and MLA Kew the Music at World Famous Botanic Gardens

30/07/2019 - Production News

UK – The beautiful surroundings of the Royal Botanic Gardens in south-west London (better known as Kew Gardens) provided the location for the facility’s annual six-day music festival, imaginatively titled Kew The Music.

MerleFest 2019 Doesn’t Miss a Beat with DiGiCo

30/07/2019 - Production News

USA – With most music festivals these days being multi-stage productions, sound reinforcement providers have become remarkably adept in speedily switching over backline set-ups and minimising downtime between artists’ sets. But Wilkesboro, North Carolina’s annual Merlefest, reinforced by Greensboro-based SE Systems, Inc., was able to take that transition speed to a whole new level this year thanks, in part, to DiGiCo mixing consoles and the manufacturer’s new 4REA4 networked audio solution.

VL2600 Profile provides essential answers for Jack the Ripper musical

30/07/2019 - Production News

Denmark – In lighting Musicalteatret’s Jack the Ripper musical at Copenhagen’s intimate Folketeatret (People’s Theatre), lighting designer Mikkel Bedsted faced some major lighting challenges. He found his solutions in the new VL2600 Profile, the versatile, feature-rich LED stage luminaire from Vari-Lite, a Signify entertainment lighting brand.

Maestra Group Launches Scenic Services in London

29/07/2019 - People News

UK – Maestra Group launches a new Scenic division which will be headed up by Mark Davies as director of production and will be based at the company’s London HQ. The new department will be housed in a dedicated 55,00 square foot facility with a team of around 20 full-time staff.

ProPlex IQ Network Tester Receives Third Industry Award at Cine Gear Expo

29/07/2019 - Event News

USA – In Los Angeles last month, the Film and TV production industry recognised TMB’s ProPlex IQ Tester with a prestigious Cine Gear Expo Technical Achievement Award. One of 130 entries, the IQ Tester was awarded first place in the Lighting Technology Accessories category.

Chauvet Supports Fundraiser for Backup – The Technical Entertainment Charity

29/07/2019 - Event News

UK – The 4th July was Independence Day, not just in the United States, but across the pond in the UK where a large and enthusiastic group of entertainment technology professionals and their friends gathered at Daytona Sandown Park for the fifth annual Kartfest fundraiser.

Come From Away: d&b Soundscape debuts in London's West End

29/07/2019 - Production News

UK – The Broadway sensation Come From Away landed in London’s Phoenix Theatre in February 2019. The heart-warming production focuses on the kindness and fortitude of the residents of Gander, Newfoundland; a small Canadian town that welcomed 38 planes full of passengers in the wake of the Federal Aviation Administration closing American airspace on 11 September, 2001.

L-Acoustics Caps off BottleRock’s Main Stage

29/07/2019 - Production News

USA – Home to some of North America’s finest vineyards, California’s Napa Valley has long been celebrated for its picturesque views, amazing cuisine and, of course, spectacular wine offerings. But music enthusiasts might argue that the best attraction is Napa Valley Expo’s annual BottleRock music festival, which marked its seventh anniversary this summer with a new L-Acoustics K1/K2 loudspeaker system deployed at its main stage by the festival’s primary audio and lighting vendor, Camarillo-based Delicate Productions.

Laserworld Group releases intelligent laser light system tarm 2.5

26/07/2019 - Equipment News

A new generation of laser devices has recently been released by the Laserworld Group. With the integration of a powerful mainboard, the tarm 2.5 laser light systems became intelligent lighting fixtures.

Yamaha is Headline News at Eßlinger Zeitung

26/07/2019 - Project News

Germany – Eßlinger Zeitung is a German newspaper based in Esslingen, near Stuttgart, covering news and events in the Baden-Württemberg region, as well as national and international news, entertainment, sport and travel. Its multi-purpose conference room was recently upgraded, with a Yamaha audio and control solution, significantly improving the facility for staff and customers.

All Smiles for Robe

26/07/2019 - Production News

The Netherlands – Smile Licht En Geluid Utrecht BV is a happy, positive and busy design and technical production company based in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Smile by name … smile by nature!

Stage Electrics Upgrade Theatre Royal, Windsor

26/07/2019 - Project News

UK – In the late 1980s the Theatre Royal, Windsor, underwent a minor refurbishment in which Stage Electrics provided new production lighting panels, moved and refurbished the existing dimmers, ensuring the theatre was operating in line with health and safety standards of the time. Nearly 30 years later Stage Electrics has returned to the iconic theatre to upgrade its mains supply and 50-year-old dimmers.

Municipality Théâtre in Nicosia Ushers In New Era with Chauvet Professional

26/07/2019 - Project News

Cyprus – 'Art rides on the currents of history'. At few places is the truth of this adage more evident than on Cyprus. Positioned at the crossroads between east and west, this beautiful eastern Mediterranean island has been a kaleidoscope of peoples and cultures for thousands of years.

Firefly Festival Burns Bright with Bandit Lites

26/07/2019 - Production News

USA – More than 50,000 people turned up for the Firefly Music Festival, the east coast’s largest music festival, where a packed line up of Travis Scott, Kygo, Death Cab for Cutie, Post Malone, Vampire Weekend, Passion Pit, Panic! At the Disco, Zedd and Tyler, the Creator kept the crowds entertained all weekend long. Bandit Lites worked with lighting designer Gabriel Fraboni and Lamda Productions to provide the lighting package for the main Firefly stage and Lawn Stage.

Brit Row Delivers Audio Support to Iconic Glastonbury Festival

26/07/2019 - Production News

UK – The leading audio rental company supplied PA and control to the British festival’s legendary Arcadia stage, this year named Pangea, and teamed up with US partner Clair Global to supply bespoke control and monitor packages for a host of major acts, including headliners The Cure.

PROLIGHTS LEDs Deliver a Standout Performance at the British Grand Prix

26/07/2019 - Production News

UK – PROLIGHTS LED fixtures delivered a standout performance at the Formula 1 Rolex British Grand Prix, Silverstone for the British Racing Drivers' Club's (BRDC) celebrations during the annual race weekend.

How to beat the heat in Le Mark’s Warehouse 3

26/07/2019 - Business News

UK – 25th July 2019 was the UK’s hottest July day ever recorded (104F) and how to keep cool needs serious consideration; air-condition is great if you have it.

Propaganda joins The MJR Group

26/07/2019 - Business News

UK – The MJR Group, UK-based event promoter and venue operator, is pleased to announce that leading club night brand, Propaganda, is being integrated into the group with immediate effect.

Brompton Technology lights up De Kuip Stadium for Dutch popstar

26/07/2019 - Production News

The Netherlands – Dutch popstar, Marco Borsato, recently returned to Rotterdam’s De Kuip stadium for the first time in 15 years to host a five-date concert series featuring an ambitious lighting and video programme that turned De Kuip into a stage to rival all venues. The 50,000-capacity stadium was fitted with a massive 85 x 15 metre rear wall screen as the backdrop to Borsato’s band and featured an innovative display of lighting and augmented-reality (AR) video images.

Teatro ABC de Bogota Adds Claypaky Axcor Spot and Beam 300s for Flexible On-Stage Lighting

26/07/2019 - Project News

Colombia – Teatro ABC de Bogota in Colombia has added Claypaky Axcor Spot and Beam 300 fixtures to its rig to light musical and theatrical performances. Audio Concept de Colombia, S.A., Claypaky’s exclusive distributor in the region, advised on the purchase and provided technical support and service following the installation.

TMB Bank Invests in Allen & Heath

26/07/2019 - Project News

Thailand – One of Thailand’s largest financial institutions, the TMB (formerly the Thai Military Bank), has recently undergone an audio transformation of its multi-purpose auditorium, centred on an Allen & Heath dLive mixing system.

Summerfest 2019 is Hotter Than Ever Thanks to Clearwing and DiGiCo

26/07/2019 - Production News

USA – There’s a good reason that Wisconsin’s Summerfest is colloquially known as the “Big Gig.” For 11 days in late June and early July each year, somewhere between 700,000 and a million people flock to Milwaukee’s Lake Michigan shoreline to watch more than 800 top artists and bands perform on a dozen stages, earning Summerfest its double-decade-running Guinness World Record title as: “The World’s Largest Music Festival.”

Elation Paladin at High Altitude

26/07/2019 - Production News

Italy – The harmonising elements of light and water came magically together at Toce Falls by Lake Maggiore in the Alps of northern Italy (Cascata del Toce) during an evocative light and music show designed by Pierre Gèlil. For a special event held on 28th and 29th June, the designer turned to colour-changing Elation Paladin lighting effects to visually paint one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the region.

Audio Light Systems selects Doughty Engineering for state of the art media studio at Edinburgh University

26/07/2019 - Project News

UK – Audio Light Systems has called upon the expertise of Doughty Engineering to help deliver a new state of the art media studio at Edinburgh University's Argyle House.

GLP KNVs burst onto Sweden’s largest EDM festival

26/07/2019 - Production News

Sweden – Summerburst is the biggest EDM festival in Sweden. The inaugural event was held in Stockholm back in 2011, and by the following year had also opened its doors in Gothenburg. Since then it has remained a two-city festival, both with a capacity of around 25,000.

Solaframe Theatre Makes Bright, Quiet Residency at The Bolshoi

26/07/2019 - Project News

Russia – While the founding of Russia’s Bolshoi Theatre dates back to 1776, its production team is looking to the future with the newest LED technology from High End Systems.

A.C. Entertainment Technologies Delivers Winning Lighting for British Grand Prix Party

26/07/2019 - Production News

UK – A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET), 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.

Alcons Audio Brings Star Quality to Caperton Planetarium and Theater

26/07/2019 - Project News

USA – Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston, West Virginia is unusual in that it promotes the performing arts, visual arts and sciences all under one roof. A key facility is the Caperton Planetarium & Theater, where a major refurbishment has seen a state-of-the-art Alcons Audio pro-ribbon sound reinforcement system installed.

Unusual Rigging sponsors leading dance charity's summer school

25/07/2019 - Business News

UK – A week-long summer school run by the UK’s leading inclusive dance charity Magpie Dance, at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley, has provided the opportunity for children and young people with learning disabilities to develop their creative dance skills, thanks to a donation from Unusual Rigging.

Scottish Opera Shows Translate into Memorable Performances with ProLights AlphaPIX2 Surtitling

25/07/2019 - Project News

UK – A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd (AC-ET) has provided Scottish Opera with a new surtitling system, utilising AlphaPIX2 by ProLights LED video panels.

WorldStage Sees Bright Future for Maverick MK3 Profile

25/07/2019 - Production News

USA – The team at WorldStage prides itself in being “technology specialists at heart,” and they have the track record to prove it, being among the earliest adapters of a long series of breakthroughs like moving LED fixtures. This summer, the innovative company took another step toward the future, when it added 50 Chauvet Professional Maverick MK3 Profile fixtures to its inventory.

Spiritland Productions puts System T at the heart of its new Entertainment OB vehicle

25/07/2019 - Project News

London – Spiritland Productions has launched a purpose-built audio OB truck based around Solid State Logic’s System T S500 audio console. Aimed primarily at the burgeoning live music broadcast market, the new 11-metre, 18 tonne Mercedes truck, Spiritland One, features the System T S500 surface in a 3.5 bay 64-fader configuration with additional meter bridge.

Movecatpresent and correct again at Stage|Set|Scenery

25/07/2019 - Event News

Germany – This year's Stage|Set|Scenery, the specialist trade fair for theatrical, film and events equipment, drew 6,000 international industry insiders to the exhibition halls of Messe Berlin. Among the 311 exhibitors at the show, which ran from the 18th to the 20th June, was once again the specialist in stage kinetics, Movecat, who were presenting to the industry insiders in attendance a selection of new products and highlights of their range.

Broadweigh Bluetooth makes its debut at the New York International Auto show

25/07/2019 - Production News

USA – The annual New York Auto Show is a highlight of any motor enthusiast's calendar. A place where cutting edge design and extraordinary innovation are showcased with displays from the world's auto makers. This is the place to get a first glance of the newest vehicles and futuristic concept cars.

Theatres Trust awards over £50,000 to eleven theatres across London as grant scheme changes allow more small theatres to apply

25/07/2019 - Business News

UK – Eleven more small London theatres receive up to £5,000 each from the Theatres Trust London Small Theatres Grants Scheme for projects that improve operation, access and environment for all theatre users.

Glorious Years at British Summer Time

25/07/2019 - Production News

UK – As the contract for the Hyde Park festival site comes up for renewal, all involved in the production of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time can reflect on seven glorious years at a location that had previously been considered unworkable and unviable.

Romanian Embassy reincarnates forgotten Byzantine Hall

25/07/2019 - Project News

France – The Romanian Embassy was installed in the Palais de Béhague in 1939. Within it, an unexpected room is concealed. A theatre!

The discovery of a theatre in an Embassy never fails to surprise and amaze those who visit. This theatre, built in 1898, is called the Byzantine Room, because of its largely Byzantine style decoration. It is an imposing, almost cubic space, 12 metres high, covered by an oculus dome and lined with stands and decorated with columns, capitals and arcades. This room can accommodate a variety of different events such as conferences, shows, parades, musical performances or theatre.

ULTRA-X40 Debut Highlights Meyer Sound’s 33rd Year at Montreux Jazz Festival

25/07/2019 - Production News

Switzerland – The Montreux Jazz Festival wrapped up 16 days of magnificent music-making on 13 July, with a total of nearly a quarter million attendees thronging into multiple venues along the scenic shores of Switzerland’s Lake Geneva. For the 33rd consecutive year, Meyer Sound was selected as the festival’s official sound provider, with Leo family line arrays flown in all three principal venues and two scaled-down systems at the smaller venues, two anchored by the new ULTRA-X40 point source loudspeaker.

L-Acoustics brings medieval church into 21st Century

24/07/2019 - Project News

The Netherlands – A place of worship has existed at the site of Martinikerk (Martini Church), in the heart of the Dutch city of Groningen, since the year 1,000. The present building harks back to the 13th Century roots of a larger church, constructed in Romano-Gothic style, traces of which are still present in its stunning architecture, including round windows and decorative brickwork in the north and south façade of the nave. In 1975, the Martinikek Foundation was formed to take care of the church, setting out a three-fold objective: to ensure it continued as place of Sunday worship, to maintain the building, and to generate income for that purpose. Its most recent project was to revamp the audio system, which now benefits from the installation of L-Acoustics Syva.

ArKaos Launches latest MediaMaster 5.5 Start to Upgrade

24/07/2019 - Equipment News

ArKaos, has released the latest upgrade to its flagship MediaMaster 5 real-time video control software platform v 5.5.1.

Astera Chooses NMK Electronics for GCC distribution

24/07/2019 - Business News

UAE – German wireless LED lighting specialist Astera has appointed NMK Electronics to distribute its products in the GCC region.

The Who Chooses Adamson to Balance Orchestral Nuance and Full-Throttle Rock

24/07/2019 - Production News

USA – The Who are currently between legs of their 2019 Moving On! Tour, which finds the rock icons joined by a local orchestra in each city to present unique takes on classics and deep cuts from their extensive catalogue. To faithfully and simultaneously reproduce the delicate nuance of the orchestra and uncompromising rock on which they’ve built their career, The Who are carrying a sizeable Adamson E-Series system provided by Cleveland, OH’s Eighth Day Sound.

Chris Morrison, who shares FOH duties with The Who’s long-time engineer, Robert Collins, says that while this is the band’s first full outing to carry an Adamson system, the choice was informed by previous experiences with the E-Series on one-off and festival dates.
“We’ve done a few festivals in Europe the last few years and took note that, if it was an Adamson E-Series rig, it always sounded great. We never had to fiddle with the EQ or anything too much and Robert was always really happy,” the engineer reports. “I knew it would really suit the performances with the orchestra, with that really clean top end being critical.”

Roth Edwards Named Bandit Lites Director of Operations

24/07/2019 - People News

USA – Global entertainment lighting supplier Bandit Lites has announced the appointment of long time Bandit Roth Edwards to the new position of director of operations. Roth has been at Bandit for 20 years and was most recently director of special operations.

Show Systems Australia Tells DOWNTOWN Story in Colour with Chauvet Professional

24/07/2019 - Production News

Australia – The Devonport Choral Society’s production of DOWNTOWN! The Mod Musical, flips through the '60s with the agility of a go-go dancer. Relying on a mix of mod-infused styles and the trippy, ear-wormy music that still resonates today, the production at the Paranaple Arts Centre needed bold, saturated colours to help transport the stage – and the audience – back to the psychedelic '60s

High End Systems Launches TurboRay

24/07/2019 - Equipment News

High End Systems has announced the release of the TurboRay automated luminaire. Offering a classic retro look with its radial diffusers, TurboRay brings a distinctive appearance to any lighting design. When used as a narrow-angle wash light or as a hard edge beam that produces beautiful aerial effects, the fixture is truly versatile. TurboRay’s soft edges, homogenised colour and smooth dimming make for a spectacular wash. In the air or projected on a surface, the fixture’s animated gobo wheel and other features produce textures unseen in any other fixture.

DiGiCo creates a spectacle with Quantum 7 on 40-45

24/07/2019 - Production News

Belgium – Musical theatre is always a challenge from an audio perspective: plenty of cues, a ton of I/O, masses of RF, and lots of bodies on stage. But here is the thing: 40-45 is not showing in a theatre. Equally, there is no stage or PA system. Instead, this unique production is set in a bespoke, expansive pop-up just outside Brussels with a 70m-wide blank canvas area, where the 1,600-strong audience, like the show's 50 cast members, is constantly moving – and listening entirely on headphones. At the core of its audio system is a DiGiCo SD7T with expander, running Quantum 7.

Laser Projection Shines the Light within Leeds Arts University’s £22M Extension

24/07/2019 - Project News

UK – Leeds Arts University wanted the best AV for its new £22m state-of-the-art building. Among the new facilities for students would be industry-standard film and photography studios which would allow the university to expand its course provision, including the introduction of BA (Hons) Film Making and BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance.

d&b audiotechnik Y-Series Provides Clarity at Fo Guang Shan Temple, Malaysia

24/07/2019 - Project News

Malaysia – Malaysia’s new Fo Guang Shan Hsing Ma Buddhist Temple (佛光山新馬寺) recently opened in its southernmost city of Johor Bahru. At its core is a grand, soaring Main Shrine Hall, capable of accommodating more than 1,000 people.

TSL's 'Turbo' Embarks on Epic Mongol Rally for Backup

24/07/2019 - Event News

UK – TSL lighting design director, Anthony ‘Turbo’ Hall (pictured), has set off on a mammoth 22,000-mile return road trip from Kent to Ulan Ude in Russia to raise money for the technical entertainment charity, Backup.

Holiday Entertainment Delivers Even More Fun with DPA Microphones

23/07/2019 - Production News

Worldwide – The Entertainment Department (tedgroup), a company that specialises in creating and implementing live shows and bespoke entertainment for the holiday sector, has brokered an investment in DPA technology by ordering 77 d:fine CORE 4288 headset microphones on behalf of TUI.

Colour Sound Gets Historic at Hampton Court Palace Festival

23/07/2019 - Production News

UK – Lighting and video rental specialist Colour Sound Experiment supplied stage and architectural lighting and LED screen to the 2019 Hampton Court Palace Festival, staged in the impressive Tudor Courtyard of Hampton Court Palace in Richmond, Surrey.

All Cool T1s for Les Mis Production in Warsaw

23/07/2019 - Production News

Poland – The mercury hit record highs as Warsaw sizzled in the European summer heatwave, whilst theatre-goers visiting the Stanisław Witkiewicz STUDIO Theater were treated to an equally hot performance of Cameron Mackintosh’s blockbusting musical ‘Les Misérables’ (school edition) staged by the Śródmiejski Teatr Muzyczny (Downtown Musical Theatre).

Fumasoli Takes “Maverick Approach” to Lighting Historic Swiss Piazza with Chauvet Professional

23/07/2019 - Production News

Switzerland – Each August for the past 73 years, the Romanesque Piazza Grande is transformed into the world’s largest open air movie theatre. Flanked by exquisitely detailed buildings, the piazza provides an enchanting setting for screenings at the Locarno International Film Festival, a prestigious event that draws the likes of Harrison Ford, Ethan Hawke and other Hollywood A-listers to this ancient town on the Italian-Swiss border.

Nashville’s July 4th Independence Day Bash Thrives with Bandit Lites

23/07/2019 - Production News

USA – It was a record-breaking weekend with more than 343,000 people taking to Music City to revel in America’s independence at the 2019 Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th celebration. Bandit Lites provided the lighting system for the event which featured performances from Brett Eldridge, Mac McAnally, Jessy Wilson, Dylan Scott, Creature Comfort, Jackson Bruck & The Dukes of Hume, Joe West Band, DJ set by Dave Audé, the Nashville Symphony and what some call the best fireworks show in the country.

KV2 delivers for Opening and Closing ceremonies of 2019 Pacific Games

23/07/2019 - Production News

Samoa – Samoa is a small island in the middle of the Pacific. This year it plays host to the sixteenth edition of the Pacific Games which sees over 4000 athletes competing in 27 different sports. It is also home to DAWG Professional Audio whose success with their world-class KV2 Audio inventory was sufficient to win the audio tender for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2019 Pacific Games.

Verlinde Stagemaker equipment for entertainment and show-business industries now distributed in India

23/07/2019 - Business News

India - Verlinde, a French manufacturer and exporter of lifting and handling equipment, has signed a new distribution contract in India with LBT Electronics.

GLP’s new theatre-version impression X4 hits the West End

23/07/2019 - Production News

UK – Theatre lighting specialist Howard Hudson has deployed GLP’s new bespoke RGBY version of its best-selling impression X4 on the West End production of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ –The Musical. The adaptation of Sue Townsend’s best-selling book recently transferred to the Ambassadors Theatre.

Claypaky Fixtures Shine as Hip-Hop Duo Bigflo & Oli

23/07/2019 - Production News

France – All eyes were on the pitch at the Stade de France even after the finals of the French National Rugby League’s Top 14 concluded on 15 June. French hip-hop brother duo Bigflo & Oli closed the event playing to packed stands as a large complement of Claypaky fixtures illuminated their dynamic set.

Martin Audio MLA Energises Major Hungarian Festivals

23/07/2019 - Production News

Hungary – One of Hungary's biggest music festivals, attracting over 100,000 music-lovers over its five days, VOLT Festival has been taking place annually in Sopron (near the Austrian border) since 1993.

Vari-Lite VL6000 Beam shines on the End of The Road with KISS

22/07/2019 - Production News

USA – Production designers Robert Long and Sooner Routhier of SRae Productions, along with associate designer Ashley Zapar, specified the Vari-Lite VL6000 Beam luminaire to add a bold and dynamic presence to their show design for the farewell tour by legendary rock band KISS.

Elation indoors and out for 2019 World Travel Awards in Mauritius

22/07/2019 - Production News

Mauritius – The 26th annual World Travel Awards recently took place in the island nation of Mauritius and the tropical surroundings were made even more enticing with a dress of Elation dynamic lighting designed and delivered by Seven Amps Ltd.

Renkus-Heinz Delivers Clarity to Overflow Crowds at St. Augustine Catholic Church

22/07/2019 - Project News

USA – St. Augustine Catholic Church sits in the diocese of Richmond in North Chesterfield, a suburb just south of Virginia's capital city. The church's sound system had been expanded as attendance grew but not in a particularly methodical fashion. Deciding it was time to rectify the situation, the church's Rev. Wayne Ball, known affectionately as "Father Wayne," made the same call he'd made several times over the previous 20 years in his positions at other churches when they needed audio services: to Dave Cooke, owner of DC Engineering. When Cooke arrived, he knew his work was cut out for him. "It was somewhat of a mess that had been patched and added to and reworked for years, and it sounded like somebody holding their nose and speaking into a tin can," he reports.

Riverside Theatre Invests in Robe

22/07/2019 - Project News

Australia – Riverside Theatres is a multi-venue performing arts centre in Parramatta CBD in the western suburbs of Sydney. Opened in 1988, its various venues include the 761-seat proscenium arch Riverside Theatre, the 213 capacity Lennox Theatre, and the Raffety's Theatre which can accommodate an audience of 88.

Dustin L. Derry Powers Emotions in Pasión Oculta with ChamSys

22/07/2019 - Production News

USA – Irma Suarez-Ruiz had one request for Dustin L. Derry when she asked him to light her dance composition Pasión Oculta, which premiered at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts this summer. She told him to “think big.” The artistic director of Ensemble Español, Suarez-Ruiz wasn’t thinking in terms of a giant rig replete with special effects when she proffered this advice. Her words had more to do with the visual impact and emotional force of his design than its size.

AMG International invests in 150 Claypaky Sharpy Plus units

22/07/2019 - Production News

Alex Vinciguerra, general manager of AMG International, reported: “Our initial requirements were to add a high performance light to our range, one which was suitably versatile for our events. In order to choose the equipment which suited our needs best, we carried out a series of comparative tests and asked lighting designers and operators for their opinions. Claypaky's Sharpy Plus was the only one that really had all the features we were looking for, including power, versatility and low weight.”

Claypaky Supersharpys Illuminate One of Cairo’s Biggest Ballrooms

22/07/2019 - Project News

Egypt – The Al Masah Hotel and Spa in Cairo has installed 16 Claypaky Supersharpy moving heads provided by AV equipment retailer, Audio Technology. The fixtures were part of a new build phase at the luxury hotel, a favorite for hosting prestigious weddings and events in the capital.

Harlequin floors are feline friendly on the set of ‘Cats’

22/07/2019 - Production News

UK – Harlequin Floors, the global leader in advanced technology flooring for dance, performing arts, entertainment and events played a significant role on set for the recent production of the eagerly awaited film adaptation of Andrew-Lloyd Webber’s stage show ‘Cats’.

QUADShow makes rental and event AV set-up for QUAD LED display quick and simple

22/07/2019 - Equipment News

Optoma has just launched a complete custom solution to simplify AV set-up for event organisers and the indoor rental market. The QUADShow is an all-in-one motorised lift and transport system for mobile use of the award-winning Optoma QUAD series FHDQ130 LED display.

Chris Young hits the road with Ayrton Ghibli fixtures on his headlining Raised On Country World Tour 2019

22/07/2019 - Production News

USA – Multi-platinum entertainer, Chris Young, kicked off his headlining Raised On Country World Tour 2019 on 16 May in Georgia, USA with over 45 dates across the US, before it is due to end in November. Ayrton Ghibli LED spot luminaires, with framing shutters, fill out the rig for most of the arena and amphitheatre shows coast to coast.

Haus Leipzig renews PA system with RCF HDL 30-A

22/07/2019 - Project News

Germany – Haus Leipzig, located in Leipzig, Germany, is an event hall with a long tradition. The building has been in operation as an event venue since 1946. Renovated and managed by a new operator, over 180 events are held each year. Together with the technical service provider colito productions, they recently upgraded the audio system and now rely on the active line array system HDL 30-A from RCF.

One Third Hangzhou Gets Sweet with Robe

19/07/2019 - Project News

China – Hangzhou is the capital of the Zhejiang province on China’s eastern seaboard, and considered one of the country’s most prosperous areas. Its diverse nightlife scene has just been further enriched with the opening of a brand new One Third club destination, another of the NOA’s Arc Group’s premium entertainment ventures.

City Theatrical Expands Sales Workforce in New Jersey

19/07/2019 - People News

USA – City Theatrical has announced the addition of lighting professional Gary Simon to its sales team.

City Theatrical’s Multiverse Wireless DMX at Hadestown

19/07/2019 - Production News

USA – City Theatrical’s Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM technology is currently being used to provide DMX data at eight-time Tony Award winning Broadway show Hadestown.

Europalco combine traditional art, digital nuances and PROLIGHTS

19/07/2019 - Production News

Portugal – Colombo Centre, one of the largest shopping centres in the Iberian Peninsula proudly plays host the nineth edition of the “Art Comes to Colombo” project, an immersive installation designed to honour the works of famed Portuguese artist Maria Helena Vieira da Silva.

Chris Barbee Named Bandit Lites Vice President of Sales and Integration

19/07/2019 - People News

USA – Bandit Lites, has named long time team member Chris Barbee as vice president of sales and integration. Barbee started at Bandit nearly twenty years ago and quickly ascended to the leadership team as the national director of sales and Installations. Since then, Barbee has led the team for many years, achieving phenomenal results year after year.

Long Reach Long Riders finish the 2019 charity ride

19/07/2019 - Event News

USA – With a healthy mix of Colorado’s mountain peaks and mountain goats, spectacular curves, amazing views and the close-knit camaraderie of the participants, the Long Reach Long Riders have completed their 16th Annual Charity Ride, dubbed “The Altimeter Tour”. Ride Marshal Jon Kirchhofer executed a nearly flawless logistical plan, choosing routes, restaurants and rest stops that kept the 26 riders and chase car drivers entertained and looking forward to each additional day.

GLP impression X4 Bar 20 and JDC1 the Essential Floor Package for Dermot Kennedy

19/07/2019 - Production News

Europe – Last autumn, production designer Owen Pritchard-Smith (of Spirit Design) joined up with fast-emerging Irish singer-songwriter Dermot Kennedy for a European tour, having previously worked with the artist’s management on other projects.

Power, control and backup – DiGiCo and Autograph a perfect partnership for the Royal Albert Hall

19/07/2019 - Project News

UK – Much has already been written and published about the extraordinary new house sound system recently unveiled by the Royal Albert Hall. No wonder: it is the world’s busiest venue and one of the most highly specified venue refurbishments in the history of entertainment technology. It is only fitting that this most iconic of venues should be suitably equipped for the demands of 21st century performance and as it approaches its 150th anniversary in 2021, this much-loved London landmark now boasts an installed audio infrastructure to rival any.

TSL Production first to invest in Elation’s new Smarty MAX

18/07/2019 - Production News

Germany – TSL Production of Germany, a full-service event agency that stocks the latest in event technology, has purchased Elation Professional’s new Smarty MAX high-output hybrid moving head, the first to do so worldwide. The company, from Pulheim near Cologne, has ample experience with Elation products with the new Smarty MAX joining TSL Elation inventory of Artiste DaVinci, SixPar 100 IP and DARTZ 360 fixtures.

Smarty Hybrid contre-jour on Amon Amarth

18/07/2019 - Production News

USA – Swedish melodic death metal band Amon Amarth was one of three bands that opened up for Slayer this past spring on the metal rockers’ extended farewell tour. Martin Müller has been designing lighting and serving as lighting operator on Amon Amarth shows since 2016 and for the 16-date trek across the southern US and east coast chose to reinforce the band’s melodic guitars and growling vocals using Elation Smarty Hybrid moving heads as contre-jour lighting effects.

Zero Control Solution for Little Field Theatre at St Andrew’s School

18/07/2019 - Project News

UK – A Zero 88 lighting control solution including FLX S48 lighting console and Bypass dimmers and switch packs has been supplied to St Andrew’s School in Woking, Surrey, by rental, sales and installations specialist Henley Theatre Services (HTS).

Meyer Sound Powers Roskilde 2019: Partnering to Elevate the Festival Experience

18/07/2019 - Production News

Denmark – This June, Meyer Sound returned to Denmark as the exclusive sound provider for the Roskilde Festival, Northern Europe’s largest and longest-running music festival.

Hogs Rule Robbie Williams' US Residency

18/07/2019 - Production News

USA – Following the success of Robbie Williams’ first U.S. residency in March, the British pop phenomenon returned to Las Vegas for another sold-out run this summer. In all performances High End Systems Hog lighting consoles were networked for the lighting, lasers and media servers’ video content.

Megan Alksninis Drives The Spring Invasion Tour with Chauvet Professional

18/07/2019 - Production News

USA – Keeping a light show fresh with unique looks throughout an entire concert is challenging enough, but Megan Alksninis of JDI Productions had to climb this creative hill twice on the recent Spring Invasion co-headlined by Atreyu and Motionless in White. Helping her accomplish this feat in flying colours was a collection of eight Chauvet Professional Rogue R1 FX-B fixtures.

SSL Live Coming Through Loud and Clear for The Voice France

18/07/2019 - Production News

France – The Voice France is broadcast on TF1, the largest private French TV station, during prime time on Saturday nights. Set in Studio 217 at La Plaine Saint Denis, just north of Paris, its stage is the largest in Europe at 2090 square metres, with a 1,300 capacity. As with any major broadcast event, it's a meticulous, multi-console affair, and requires a plethora of inputs. FOH engineer, Jerome Kalfon, and monitor engineer, Alex Maggi, are both working from SSL L500s to mix the show.

Further successes against product copiers: MA Lighting continues its consequent strategy

18/07/2019 - Business News

Worldwide - For the past few years MA Lighting has followed its strategy against counterfeit products. This resulted in multiple actions at several trade shows, e.g. Prolight + Sound Guangzhou, GET Show, Sound Check Exhibition and Palm Expo India, where fake consoles were removed from the booths or the respective catalogues destroyed by the officials. Even some of the booths were officially closed.

L-Acoustics Helps Restore the Legacy of the Roxian Theatre

18/07/2019 - Project News

USA – Once a rough-and-tumble cog in Pittsburgh’s steel and coal industries, McKees Rocks has become a pleasant suburb with an interesting past and a bright future thanks to several major projects sparking the renewals of its downtown. The jewel of these is the renaissance of the long-shuttered Roxian Theatre, which reopened in May with a terrific slate of upcoming headliners for the 1,400-seat venue, including Snarky Puppy, Bruce Hornsby, Bad Religion, The Psychedelic Furs, Common, Avril Lavigne, and !!!. One of the things helping to attract acts of this caliber is the Roxian’s new L-Acoustics Kara(i) loudspeaker system, which was designed and installed by Hollowood Music & Sound.

DiGiCo Helps Intimate Vilar Performing Arts Center Achieve Grand Ambitions

18/07/2019 - Project News

USA – The area around Vail, Colorado has long been a combination of natural beauty and modern taste, and the Vilar Performing Arts Center at Beaver Creek Resort has plenty of both. Opened in 1998, the performing arts centre is focused around its small but brilliantly executed 530-seat venue, which hosts approximately 150 events year-round, including a wide variety of jazz, comedy, dance, film, Broadway musicals, theatre, rock concerts, family shows, and more.

Brompton Technology selected for AI conference in the USA

17/07/2019 - Production News

USA – With an impressive track record in live event production ranging from fashion shows, corporate events and sports to high profile VIP gatherings, Essay Video was chosen to manage EGG 2019 NYC, a conference concerning artificial intelligence (AI) hosted by leading data science and machine learning platform specialists, Dataiku.

PROLIGHTS STARK leads Ice Hockey World Championships

17/07/2019 - Production News

Slovakia – Designed, directed and choreographed by Ján Ďurovčík and the Slovak Dance Theater, the 2019 edition of the World Ice Hockey championships were held at the prestigious Košice Steel Arena in the heart of Slovakia. The iconic event not only saw the Finns rise to victory, but also featured the PROLIGHTS STARK doing what it does best.

SAS Gives Godiva Festival Debut to Martin Audio MLA

17/07/2019 - Production News

UK – Coventry’s Godiva Festival, which takes place in the City’s War Memorial Park, began life as a free festival back in 1997 (and was described as the UK’s biggest free family festival). For much of the event’s life Chris ‘Stan’ Saunders has been overseeing its evolving technology requirements, as has the company with which he has long been associated, Stage Audio Services (SAS).

GLP JDC1 and impression X4 Bar 20 out on Ramazzotti's "Vita ce n'è World Tour"

17/07/2019 - Production News

Worldwide – Eros Ramazzotti embarked on his Vita ce n'è World Tour 2019 in February this year.

Bandit Lites Makes Big GLP Purchase

17/07/2019 - Production News

USA – It has been an action-packed summer for Bandit Lites with tours and festivals rolling out at a breakneck speed. To keep up with the incredible demand, Bandit has added an enormous number of German Light Product fixtures to its touring inventory including JDC1 Strobes, KNV Cubes and X4 Bar 20s.

MC2Solutions Installs Community IV6 for Golden Gate Cathedral

17/07/2019 - Project News

USA – Unbalanced sound in a highly reverberant space motivated Golden Gate Cathedral to seek specialist advice to solve the problem. The church turned to integration specialist MC2Solutions, whose experience in designing and installing high quality systems in similar venues has become well known.

Concept Group Transforms Le Theatre Cravey with Help from Chauvet Professional

17/07/2019 - Project News

France – Over one million visitors a year journey to Dune du Pilat. Anyone who has stood atop this 110-metre high sand dune (Europe’s tallest) and gazed out onto the Atlantic or the majestic Arcachon Basin below will find it easy to understand their motivation.

Illuminate Lighting Grows its Networks with the Luminex LumiNode

17/07/2019 - Production News

UK – Rental and support company, Illuminate Lighting, has become one of the first in the UK to take delivery of the new LumiNode from Luminex, supplied by exclusive UK distributor A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET).

TiMax at the heart of two immersive collaborations for this year’s Glastonbury Festival

17/07/2019 - Production News

UK – The unique immersive audio capabilities of TiMax SoundHub were in evidence at this year’s Glastonbury Festival where two experiential spaces were driven by the pioneering spatial audio engine.

SLX applauds the fundamental simplicity of VeriCal

17/07/2019 - Business News

UK – As UK hire and events company, SLX, prepared for ISO accreditation, it faced the annual prospect of being without its 14 QC-Check workstations for a period of up to four weeks whilst the units go off-site for certification that the PAT testers are within their operation specifications. However, this year, Data Strategy was able to provide the valuable assistance of VeriCal. The hand-held, on-site alternative to off-site calibration, VeriCal, ensures the Out Board PAT-4 testers – an integral part of the QC-Check system – are within their operational specifications to produce verified and accurate results.

DiGiCo shines on Alfie Boe UK Tour

17/07/2019 - Production News

UK – English tenor and actor Alfie Boe is perhaps best known for his outstanding portrayal of Jean Valjean on the 25th Anniversary edition of Les Misérables at the O2 in 2010, which earned him a five-month run in the West End production at the Queen's theatre the following year. He has also sold more than one million albums in the UK, with his recent duet albums with Michael Ball, Together, and Together Again, going platinum and double platinum respectively and both hitting the number one spot. His latest solo record, As Time Goes By, released in 2018, also made it into the top 10. He has recently completed a highly successful UK tour, as well as a handful of shows in Europe and Japan, with long-time FOH engineer, Mark Jowitt, and monitor engineer, Steve Bunting, both relying on DiGiCo consoles – an SD10 and SD7 respectively, supplied by Major Tom – out on the road.

Optocore at the hub of Canada’s major National Arts Centre development $110m overhaul incorporates new AutoRouters

17/07/2019 - Project News

Canada – Based in Ottawa, and designed in the brutalist architectural style, Canada’s National Arts Centre (NAC) has been serving the performing arts since 1969.

Kartfest 2019 Backup’s most successful event to date

17/07/2019 - Event News

UK – Five years on from the original 14 teams and £7,000 raised, Kartfest 2019 sold out in less than two weeks with 34 teams taking part and, at the end of the day, an amazing £28,300 raised for the charity to help support members of the live events industry.

ETC announces first manufacturer’s representative for the UK

17/07/2019 - Business News

UK – ETC has introduced 3LR Lighting Ltd as a representative organisation to support the promotion and growth of its architectural product line in the UK.

Vari-Lite and Strand deliver state-of-the-art performance for Houston’s new $88m Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

17/07/2019 - Project News

USA – Advanced performance lighting systems Vari-Lite and Strand, Signify entertainment lighting brands, are meeting the demand for state-of-the-art technology at the new $88m Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) in Houston, Texas. The flagship education and arts facility features more than 600 lighting fixtures, plus control and networking technology from the renowned lighting equipment brands.

EM Acoustics moves into Russia with Hi-Tech Media

16/07/2019 - Business News

Russia – EM Acoustics has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Hi-Tech Media, one of the largest distributors of professional AV solutions in the Russian market.

Clean Bandit polishes their act with KV2 Audio

16/07/2019 - Production News

Jordan – Award-winning British electro-pop classical crossover band, Clean Bandit, recently played their first ever concert in the Jordanian capital of Amman at the luxurious Boulevard in the new Abdali district. Amman-based live event production specialists, Triad Live Productions, supplied all of the PA, control and lighting requirements for the gig including a comprehensive KV2 Audio point source sound system.

Boston's Cathedral of the Holy Cross Relies on Symetrix

16/07/2019 - Project News

USA – The Cathedral of the Holy Cross has dominated Boston's South End neighbourhood since its construction just after the Civil War. With a seating capacity of 1,700 and a ceiling reaching to 80 feet, the cathedral is the largest Roman Catholic church in New England and the mother church for the Archdiocese of Boston. In the spring of 2017, the cathedral embarked on its first major renovation, including new LED lighting and a large and complex sound system with Symetrix signal processors at its heart. Two years and $26 million later, the cathedral reopened for Palm Sunday services.

Robe T1s for every day of the Aus LICHT Week

16/07/2019 - Production News

The Netherlands – One-hundred-and-forty Robe T1 Profile LED moving lights were specified by the Dutch National Opera and Ballet’s lighting department for three performances ofaus LICHT” directed by Pierre Audi and staged in the Gashouder venue in Amsterdam aspart of the 2019 Holland Festival.

Chris Young’s ‘Raised On Country World Tour 2019’ Shines with Bandit Lites

16/07/2019 - Production News

USA – Bandit Lites is providing the lighting for RCA Records Nashville recording artist Chris Young’s Raised On Country World Tour 2019. Named for the fastest-rising single of his career, the tour recently kicked off its North American leg in May and features songs from Young’s No. 1 packed repertoire including “Hangin’ On,” “Think of You,” “Tomorrow,” “I’m Comin’ Over” and “You.”

Nantong Middle School Installs Martin Audio MLA Mini

16/07/2019 - Project News

China – With over 100 years of history behind it, Nantong Middle School in China’s Jiangsu Province is now looking to the future, with a new auditorium installed with high performance Martin Audio loudspeaker systems.

Gergő Kovács and Chauvet Professional Create Interplay of Light and Shadow For Kowalsky Meg A Vega

16/07/2019 - Production News

Hungary – Vincent Vega, the protagonist in the Quentin Tarantino classic Pulp Fiction, is a man of endless complexity. Peel away one layer of his veneer and one won’t find resolution, but an even more inscrutable labyrinth of conflicts and emotions. This enigmatic quality has made Vega a pop culture icon. It also led to his name being affixed to one of Europe’s most riveting bands, Kowalsky meg a Vega.

Claypaky Fixtures Light the Stage for Two-Day “Flowers for the Soul”

16/07/2019 - Production News

Romania – For the seventh consecutive year, “Flowers for the Soul: Remember Florian Pittiş,” an event honouring the Romanian actor, folk singer and radio producer who died in 2007, was held 8-9 June at Titan Park in Bucharest. Marbo Trade staged the free show, during which an array of Claypaky fixtures illuminated a different roster of performers each night. Marbo Trade is the distributor of Claypaky lighting fixtures in Romania.

Ayrton appoints Lunatec Sp. Z o.o. as exclusive distributor for Poland

16/07/2019 - Business News

Poland – Ayrton has announced a further expansion of its international distribution network with the appointment of Lunatec Sp. z o.o. as its new exclusive distributor for Poland, which takes place with immediate effect.

Mobiltechlifts ML2 delivers compact lifting strength

16/07/2019 - Equipment News

Discover heavy lifting capacity in a small footprint with the ML2 range from Mobiltechlifts. Coming in two models, 5520 and 6520, the ML2 impresses with a loading capacity of up to 200kg (441lbs.) and reaches a maximum height of 6.5 metres (21.5 feet). Its heavy-duty construction and compact footprint of 2.4 x 2.4 metres (8 x 8 feet) make it the best choice for smaller events and loading requirements that are not overly demanding.

Green Hippo and DWR to showcase new products and presentations at Mediatech Africa

16/07/2019 - Event News

South Africa – Green Hippo, specialist in the design and manufacture of hardware and software for real-time manipulation of video for the AV industries, will join its African distributor, Johannesburg-based DWR Distribution, at Mediatech Africa this month (17-19 July). The biennial exhibition is Africa’s leading showcase for the latest in entertainment, broadcast and installation technology.

New management set-up for Georg Neumann GmbH

15/07/2019 - People News

Germany – Wolfgang Fraissinet (pictured), president marketing and finance, will leave the studio specialist Georg Neumann GmbH to pursue new career opportunities in the audio and music industry. “We thank Wolfgang for his huge contribution to the success of Georg Neumann GmbH for almost three decades,” said Peter Claussen, COO of Sennheiser.

T1s A Top Choice for Wilminktheater & Muziekcentrum

15/07/2019 - Project News

The Netherlands – Live music, dance and performance are popular entertainment and pastimes in the Netherlands and the Wilminktheater & Muziekcentrum concert hall in Enschede are two fully specified and busy venues located just across the road from one another, hosting a diversity of live shows. They are run by an organisation combining private individuals and those working for the city.

L-Acoustics Puts the Punch in Punchline for Adam Sandler’s 100% Fresher Tour

15/07/2019 - Production News

USA & Canada – Lee Pepper has enjoyed years of success as the owner and operator of RRS Audio Productions Inc. in Las Vegas, Nevada, providing live sound production and recording services for some of the biggest names in the entertainment and corporate worlds at venues throughout the city. After re-evaluating his pro audio gear inventories last year, he chose to invest in an L-Acoustics K2 line source array system to deliver better audio fidelity for his clients and branch out more into the touring sound market.

Powersoft Provides High-Density Amplification Solution at McMenamin's Elks Temple Spanish Ballroom

15/07/2019 - Project News

USA – Since it opened last April, McMenamin's Elks Temple Spanish Ballroom has become a go-to stop for artists touring the Pacific Northwest. Now a destination venue with Powersoft’s Quattrocanali platform, the Spanish Ballroom once served a different purpose but now hosts a wide variety of events.

Sammy Hagar Tour Gets Varied Looks from Chauvet Professional Strike 4

15/07/2019 - Production News

USA – There’s Only One Way To Rock, so declares Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Sammy Hagar in one of the many hits he recorded over the course of his storied career. That “way,” at least as practised by the irrepressible Red Rocker himself, involves slamming the pedal not only to, but also through, the metal and embracing the moment with the ferocity of a wild tiger.

London’s new Green and Friendly LED Dry Hire Option

12/07/2019 - Business News

UK - Light Engine Dry Hire, London’s new dry hire service, launched on the 1st of May 2019. Light Engine offers a brand-new stock of the latest technologies and innovations in LED fixtures from a wide variety of manufacturers.

Squeek Lights and Elation DARTZ for Chon Summer Tour

12/07/2019 - Production News

USA – Squeek Lights has had their busiest summer ever supplying state-of-the-art lighting packages for tours across the US. An especially busy June had the New York-based rental house hopping as they supplied and serviced several acts, including an outing by rock instrumentalists Chon, who toured with a rig of Elation DARTZ 360 LED moving heads and SixBar 1000 LED battens.

The Who Moves on with Astera

12/07/2019 - Production News

UK – Lighting designer Tom Kenny specified 42 Astera Titan Tubes to be an integral part of the lighting rig for legendary rockers The Who. Their critically acclaimed Moving On! tour has just finished the first leg and will play 31 dates in the US, Canada and England accompanied by a local orchestra in each venue conducted by Keith Levinson, plus special guests including violinist Katie Jacoby and cellist Audrey Snyder.

Let There Be Cello and Robe

12/07/2019 - Production News

USA - Robe moving lights were top lighting designer Crt Birsa’s spec for the recent 2CELLOS US which thrilled fans with a mega-mix of raucous rock, perfect pop, cool classical and melodic movie music as they worked their way across the country.

S+H Minces Large with Julian Clary

12/07/2019 - Production News

UK – ‘Commodore of Camp’ Julian Clary is back on the road sharing plenty of hilarious good filth across the UK on his ‘Born to Mince’ tour which has just finished its first leg. The acclaimed, seriously funny and popular comedian, actor, writer and TV presenter thrilled audiences nationwide delivering dollops of his unique close-to-the-bone banter, action-packed with innuendo and fun.

Karen O and Danger Mouse Rely on Meyer Sound for Total Immersion in “An Encounter with Lux Prima”

12/07/2019 - Production News

USA – For four days in late April, more than 3,500 visitors experienced a 35-minute art installation called “An Encounter with Lux Prima.” Conceived by Karen O and Danger Mouse as an immersive introduction to their new album collaboration, the audacious event, sixteen sessions in all, was held at the Marciano Art Foundation in Los Angeles. Audiences were fully enveloped by a custom-built spatial sound system from Meyer Sound, experiencing both music and effects ‘to the bone’ with infrasonic waves emanating from three VLFC very low frequency control elements.

Sinclair & Co unleash the power of 300 GLP fixtures at Coachella

12/07/2019 - Production News

USA – Australian psychedelic band Tame Impala’s incredible year reached its zenith at the Coachella Festival recently. held annually at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.

Dear Reality becomes part of the Sennheiser Group

12/07/2019 - Business News

Germany – Audio specialist Sennheiser has taken a majority shareholding in Dear Reality GmbH on 1 July 2019. The expert in spatial audio algorithms and VR/AR audio software will continue to operate as a separate company based in Düsseldorf; customers will be able to rely on existing dearVR products and can look forward to joint VR/AR workflows by Sennheiser and Dear Reality. Uwe Cremering, responsible for AMBEO Immersive Audio at Sennheiser, will support the company as a third CEO alongside founders Achim Fell and Christian Sander.

LD Systems Illuminates RodeoHouston with Over 150 Chauvet Professional Fixtures

12/07/2019 - Production News

USA – For 87 years, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, also known as RodeoHouston, has reigned as the largest livestock exhibition and rodeo in the world. From the rodeo and livestock exhibits, to the mouth-watering food, thrilling rides and star-studded entertainment, the 20-day-long event at NRG Stadium offers a plethora of attractions for the 2.5 million people who visit every year.

Florian Pfeiffer named new Movecat Marketing Manager

12/07/2019 - People News

Germany - A few weeks ago, Movecat GmbH of Nufringen recruited a new marketing manager in the shape of Florian Pfeiffer (pictured). As well as having studied business administration and leisure economics with the emphasis on marketing at the Ravensburg University of Cooperative Education, Pfeiffer brings with him four years of experience in the events industry, having worked in the sector as part of his vocational training. Most recently, he headed up the internal sales department at a Swabian oven manufacturer, providing an interface between sales and marketing.

Clair Solutions Delivers Custom-Designed, full AVL support at Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center

12/07/2019 - Project News

USA – The Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center began as an inspired vision to create a civic and cultural polestar in the western suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The vision gained traction with the purchase of an old armoury in West Chester that held the promise of conversion to a 300+ seat theatre. Although the founders had the artistic and civic experience to realise their vision, they didn’t have the requisite audio-visual technical know-how. They brought in national AVL design and installation firm Clair Solutions from nearby Manheim, Pennsylvania, whose team of experts worked with the founders from early conception to finalised design and from installation through commissioning and beyond, including help with the first several events. Because the roof structure of the old armoury could not support additional weight, Clair Solutions also designed, fabricated and installed a customized ground-support truss from which to hang all audio, video, lighting, soft goods and scenery support equipment at Uptown! Knauer PAC.

The Art of Making the Useful Beautiful Brings Honour to DPA Microphones

12/07/2019 - Event News

Germany – The world’s best designers gathered at the Aalto-Theatre in Essen, Germany on the night of Monday 8th July, for the official presentation of the 2019 Red Dot Awards. Among them were DPA Microphones’ project lead Rune Møller and R&D Manager Ole Moesmann, who received this prestigious award on behalf of the company for its ground-breaking 6066 subminiature headset microphone, which is a winner in the Product Design category.

Successful debut for the Immersive Showroom at Stage|Set|Scenery

12/07/2019 - Event News

Germany Whether the topic was costume-making using 3D printing, VR and AR applications in museums and exhibitions, holograms and 3D projections in the theatre and at events or the use of AI in museums, over the course of three days the Immersive Showroom devoted itself to every topic involving digitalisation in the cultural sphere. “The digital age opens up completely new possibilities for theatres, museums and events to convey their traditional content and message regardless of time and space,” said Patricia Pohle, the project manager of Stage|Set|Scenery. “We are delighted that our events were so well received by the expert audiences. It has given our idea of holding the Immersive Showroom separate from Stage|Set|Scenery a significant boost.”

ETC Prodigy Stage Machinery upgrades Musikhuset Aarhus in Denmark

12/07/2019 - Project News

Denmark – The Rytmisk Sal of Musikhuset Aarhus, the largest music house in the Nordic region, has upgraded its stage machinery system with ETC’s Prodigy P2 hoist and QuickTouch+ 12 controller.

The newly launched Harlequin Reversible Red/Black is a big hit with fashion brands and events

12/07/2019 - Equipment News

Harlequin Floors, the global leader in advanced technology flooring for dance, performing arts, entertainment and events has launched the eagerly awaited Harlequin Reversible Red/Black event floor vinyl. The new colour in the Harlequin Reversible range is now available and in stock throughout the Harlequin global offices.

Compact, quiet and feature-packed: VL2600 Profiles impress at Cleveland Orchestra

11/07/2019 - Production News

USA – The compact, feature-rich VL2600 Profile luminaire from Vari-Lite, a Signify entertainment lighting brand, met some crucial needs for lighting designer Alexander V. Nichols in his design for a production of Richard Strauss’s comic opera, Ariadne auf Naxos, by the renowned Cleveland Orchestra.

Eventec Takes Over PR Lighting’s Australian Distribution

11/07/2019 - Business News

Australia – Major lighting reseller, Eventec has been appointed PR Lighting’s new exclusive Australian distributor.

Atlona Now Shipping AT-OME-PS62 Matrix Presentation Switcher for 4K/UHD Applications

11/07/2019 - Equipment News

Atlona, a Panduit company, is now shipping the AT-OME-PS62 6x2 matrix presentation switcher, part of the new, strategic offerings in its rapidly-growing Omega Series unveiled at InfoComm 2019 last month. The AT-OME-PS62 is a fully featured 4K switcher with USB 3.0 and USB-C interfaces, HDBaseT extention, scaling and audio management capabilities for leading-edge AV solutions.

Teletica Channel 7 in Costa Rica Upgrades with Elation Lighting

11/07/2019 - Project News

Costa Rica – Televisora de Costa Rica operates Teletica Canal 7, a private Costa Rican television channel that was the first television station in Costa Rica back in 1958. Although the station produces a variety of popular programming for the Costa Rican market, they have been operating for years using a subpar mix of budget lighting fixtures and rented gear. Seeking to upgrade, Elation Professional automated luminaires were chosen as part of an ongoing lighting refurbishment.

Daniel Romero Adds Power to Carlos Rivera’s Guerra Tour with Chauvet Professional

11/07/2019 - Production News

Mexico – Fifteen years after winning the Mexican reality/talent show “La Academia”, Carlos Rivera is still finding new ways to connect to audiences and stir passions. The award-winning singer and actor is demonstrating this on his current tour of South America, Mexico and the United States in support of his latest album, Guerra.

Bandit Lites Founder, Michael T. Strickland, Awarded Parnelli Visionary Award

11/07/2019 - People News

USA – The Parnelli Awards, the live entertainment industry’s premier awards show, has announced that Bandit Lites founder and chair, Michael T. Strickland, is the 2020 winner of the Parnelli Visionary Award. Bandit is in its 51st year under Stricklands’s leadership and is in a phenomenal growth phase. This recognition is a testament to the lifetime achievements of Strickland and the phenomenal staff at Bandit Lites.

Brompton Technology to present HDR at 2019 Macroblock Symposium

11/07/2019 - Event News

Hong Kong – The 2019 Macroblock Symposium, held in Shenzhen on the 24th of July, sees Brompton Technology again take a speaking part in this prestigious event. Elijah Ebo, general manager for Asia has been invited to present on Brompton Technology’s latest innovation, its high dynamic range (HDR) technology.

Adamson and Kraftwerk Collaborate on Grodno Regional Philharmonic Hall

11/07/2019 - Project News

Belarus – Kraftwerk Trade LLC, the exclusive distributor for Adamson Systems Engineering in the Republic of Belarus, has installed the country’s first permanent Adamson S-Series solution in the Grodno Regional Philharmonic’s brand-new concert hall.

ROE Visual Europe Appoints Development Manager for UK Region

11/07/2019 - People News

UK – ROE Visual Europe has appointed David Morris to lead business development in the UK and Ireland region. Continuing its expansion and fortifying its sales team with a UK-based team member, ROE Visual Europe further intensifies its sales activities for the UK and Ireland, extending its knowledgeable team of LED display specialists.

Xi’an Strawberry Festival Tastes Sweeter with Martin Audio W8LC

11/07/2019 - Production News

China – Marking the start of the summer season in China, the Xi’an Strawberry Festival was one of the first major multi-day festivals of 2019 and featured a Martin Audio PA on the main stage.

L-Acoustics Delivers Solutions for All of Action Church’s Audio Needs

11/07/2019 - Project News

USA – First established in 2014, Action Church is one of Florida’s most rapidly expanding faith communities. The non-denominational Orlando area church is now at four locations and experienced an astonishing 150-plus per cent growth between 2017 and 2018, less than four years after it was founded, catapulting it to the number two position in Outreach magazine’s top 100 fastest-growing churches last year.

Musée Art & Histoire Sparkles After Hours with Auvicom and Chauvet DJ

10/07/2019 - Project News

Belgium – In the Shawn Levy Night at the Museum films, Ben Stiller's night guard character is exposed to an altogether different side of the museum after closing time when, to his surprise, the exhibits miraculously come to life. While this Hollywood fantasy may be a little too far-fetched for reality, a growing number of museums including the MoMA in New York and the Natural History Museum in London are taking on a new life after hours when they play host to corporate events and private parties.

Papa Roach on Tour with GLP impression and JDC1 Strobes

10/07/2019 - Production News

Europe – As so often happens in the industry it was a coincidence that the paths of Papa Roach and lighting designer Mathias Kuhn should cross. "About two months ago a lighting man was looking for a few shows in Russia and a festival gig in Germany,“ recalls Mathias Kuhn. “Three months later it became Papa Roach’s European tour, while another colleague took care of the gigs in the USA.”

PixelFLEX offers the ultimate LED video experience with VisionPro HD

10/07/2019 - Equipment News

Continuing to break the boundaries associated with traditional LED video displays, the award-winning manufacturer PixelFLEX LED has introduced VisionPro HD. Now providing the same user experience of a premium Smart TV, but on a much larger scale, VisionPro HD offers one of the highest resolution displays available in an all-in-one, seamless video experience ideal for any corporate, educational, retail, or entertainment design.

Xstage S10 – Lightweight stage deck that maintains impressive loading

10/07/2019 - Equipment News

The new S10 stage deck from Xstage is a top performer for small to large events. It features a newly designed, lightweight extruded aluminium profile that helps reduce the overall weight of the deck without having an impact on loading capacity. In fact, it’s loading capacity is the same as other Xstage decks – 750kg/m2!

Vari-Lite’s powerful, stylish new VL6500 Wash is now shipping

10/07/2019 - Equipment News

Vari-Lite, the originators of the modern moving head lighting fixture and a Signify entertainment lighting brand, has announced that its new Vari-Lite VL6500 Wash is now shipping.

Martin by Harman goes Atomic with The Shop Ibiza at IMS Finale

09/07/2019 - Production News

Ibiza - The Dalt Vila show which brings the curtain down on the International Music Summit (IMS) Ibiza is a flagship spectacular, which for a number of years has also signalled the official start of summer on the White Isle. The closing event features the best and most well-known DJs on the planet and takes place within the walls of a 2500 year old former fortress, now a protected UNESCO world heritage site, which provides a jaw-dropping location for those lucky enough to attend.

POLAR Takes Stock of Biamp Parlé

09/07/2019 - Business News

UK – POLAR, established supplier of key industry brands to the installation, MI and professional audio markets has announced that Biamp’s new Parlé ceiling microphones are available for shipping. Aimed at every conference room and utilising the patent pending Beamtracking technology found in the TCM-1 pendant microphone, Biamp has responded to a growing demand amongst architects, designers and end users for ‘invisible’ technologies, with the sleek, attractive TCM-X ceiling microphone.

EM Acoustics Raises the Roof with Fiddler in London’s West End

09/07/2019 - Production News

UK – Following a completely sold-old run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Trevor Nunn’s exuberant revival of the classic Broadway musical, Fiddler on the Roof, has taken up residence in the West End at London’s Playhouse Theatre to give theatregoers another chance to experience this magnificent production. Renowned sound designer, Gregory Clarke was approached by Nunn to design both productions. Clarke chose to use EM Acoustics equipment throughout, based on a main HALO-C line array system supplemented by EM Acoustics’ ubiquitous EMS Series for the wider vocal and orchestra systems.

Proteus Maximus Shipping as Brightest LED Profile on the Market

09/07/2019 - Equipment News

Elation Professional is already shipping the 50,000-lumen Proteus Maximus, the all-purpose power luminaire that made an acclaimed world debut at the Prolight + Sound show in April as the brightest LED profile on the market.

CPL Enjoys the Arcadia Pangea Vibes at Glastonbury

09/07/2019 - Production News

UK – While 200,000 festival goers enjoyed glorious weather, sizzling temperatures and another stellar line-up of music and art at the 2019 Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, the buzzword on everyone’s lips was ‘Pangea’.

Rock in the Budapest Park with Vad Fruttik

09/07/2019 - Production News

Hungary – Hungarian alt-rock band Vad Fruttik (Wild Fruits) headlined a special concert to celebrate the eighth season opening of Budapest Park, one of the largest outdoor venues in Europe.

Ayrton Ghibli shines again for Las Palmas Carnival spectacular

09/07/2019 - Production News

Canary Islands – The Canary Islands boasts one of the most spectacular and outstanding annual carnivals in the world, where the streets explode with colourful parades, outdoor parties and music events on every island. This year was no exception with around 600,000 people coming to enjoy the exuberant display of colour and light. One major highlight was “Una noche en Río”, a show directed by Israel Reyes with set designed by Carlos Santos, and lighting design and technical direction by Jonay Díaz, partner of RGB Canarias S.Coop. Díaz’s lighting for this glorious show, which ran for 21 performances, was bolstered by 40 Ayrton Ghibli LED moving heads, supplied by GAM Eventos.

Chauvet Appoints Chromasound Plc as

09/07/2019 - Business News

Hungary – Chauvet’s presence in the Hungarian market has become much more prominent in the past year, as its lighting fixtures and video panels have appeared at a growing number of festivals and concerts. Recently, the company took another major step forward in this market by appointing highly-regarded Chromasound Plc as the distributor of its products in Hungry.

Bandit Lights Peter Frampton’s Farewell Tour

09/07/2019 - Production News

USA – Bandit Lites is honoured to be providing the lighting for the Peter Frampton Finale, The Farewell Tour presented by SiriusXM, a nearly 50-date run this summer and fall produced by Live Nation. The guitar legend has announced he will retire from regular vigorous touring at the end of this year due to his diagnosis of Inclusion Body Myositis (IBM), and with a career spanning over more than half a century, Frampton has a massive body of work to draw from for his legion of fans.

Chroma-Q Announces Grau Luminotecnia as its New Spanish Dealer

09/07/2019 - Business News

Spain – Chroma-Q has announced Spanish company Grau Luminotecnia as a dealer of its LED Solutions in Spain.

RG Jones Deploys Martin Audio Across Four Major Stages of Glastonbury

09/07/2019 - Production News

UK – RG Jones Sound Engineering returned to Worthy Farm following its fallow year to deploy Martin Audio systems across four major stages of the Glastonbury Festival. While Martin Audio’s premiere sound system, MLA, once again graced the Pyramid main stage as well as West Holts and the Genosys stage of Block9, Martin Audio’s Wavefront Precision Longbow (WPL) made its festival debut on the stunning new IICON stage featuring an immersive 6.1 channel surround sound system designed by Simon Honywill.

Martin Audio Deployed on John Peel stage, The Park and Left Field at Glastonbury

09/07/2019 - Production News

UK – Beyond the four Glastonbury Festival stages on which RG Jones Engineering fielded Martin Audio systems, there was also a strong Martin Audio PA presence on the John Peel stage, The Park and Left Field, courtesy of SWG Events (SWG), which has supplied numerous stages with sound and lighting infrastructure since 1995

DWR to distribute KLOTZ AIS cables in South Africa

09/07/2019 - Business News

South Africa – Germany’s KLOTZ AIS, synonymous with cable products of the highest quality since 1979, has appointed DWR Distribution as its new distribution partner for South Africa with immediate effect.

Well-Spring Fills Their Mini-PAC with Sound from Renkus-Heinz

08/07/2019 - Project News

USA – The Well-Spring Group is a not-for-profit organisation formed in 1993 by a coalition of nine churches in the Greensboro area to establish a community for seniors with high-quality services and amenities suitable for a full range of residents, from those who are still independent through those requiring assisted living. The community recently built a state-of-the-art 340-seat theatre that, in its initial season, is scheduled to host everything from chamber concerts and opera to a reader's theatre event and a Black History Month concert, with more events likely to be added.

Maestra Group to open Barcelona Office

08/07/2019 - Business News

Spain – Award-winning event design, technical and scenic production company Maestra Group, has announced that it will open a European base in Barcelona.

John & Jane Set the Robe Style

08/07/2019 - Production News

Belgium – John & Jane is a premium event design and production company based in Ruiselede in the western Flanders region of Belgium. Founded in 2009, it is run by Nico Laniere and Katrien Vermeire (pictured) who provide the very best boutique live event and brand related experiences, both large and small, from concept to completion.

Chauvet Professional Enjoys High-Profile Glastonbury Festival

08/07/2019 - Production News

UK – From the Pyramid Stage, where Tim Routledge used the COLORado Solo Batten to accent a stirring performance by headliner Stormzy, to the magical Flying Bus Stage and Greenpeace Field, to the jam-packed Acoustic Stage, Chauvet Professional sprinkled the 36th edition of the Glastonbury Festival with vivid colours and dazzlingly bright light.

L-Acoustics Expands Commitment to Install Market with Two New Application Hires

08/07/2019 - People News

USA & France – With over 1,000 L-Acoustics installations annually, and continued expansion in areas such as houses of worship and sports facilities expanding rapidly, L-Acoustics continues to increase its commitment to serving the industry with strong, local application support. The recent addition of experts Greg Kirkland in North America and David Dohrmann in Europe to head the application install teams across multiple geographies reinforces the vital link between L-Acoustics, its global network of certified provider distributors, as well as integrators and end users.

Proteus Helps Guinness Storehouse Celebrate 20 Millionth Customer

08/07/2019 - Production News

Ireland – A New Yorker visiting the Dublin St. James’s Gate Guinness brewery with her Irish fiancé helped celebrate a momentous milestone recently when she became the 20 millionth visitor to Guinness Storehouse, Ireland’s most popular tourist attraction. The occasion was highlighted with an event that included an indoor concert for 500 guests along with an outdoor lighting spectacle in which Elation Proteus Hybrid weatherproof moving heads helped draw attention to the brewery.

Tons of fun with Biffy Clyro at Isle of Wight Festival

05/07/2019 - Production News

UK – “The thing with this band is they always put a lot into it.” So says LD Richard Larkum talking of Biffy Clyro’s sanguinary performance at this year’s Isle of Wight Festival. “They are very humble so when they were asked to top the bill on the last night, they really went for it.”

ShowNET becomes mainboard for most laser systems of the Laserworld Group

05/07/2019 - Equipment News

Laser control becomes much easier now: The Laserworld Group integrates the ShowNET interface as mainboard to most of its laser systems. This means a multitude of new features to those devices. Not only can they be used for direct laser control via Showeditor or Showcontroller (the new professional laser software) through LAN connection, but they also have an integrated SD card that ILDA frames can be loaded onto. These files can then be triggered via ArtNet, DMX, in stand-alone operation and in some units even in sound-to-light mode. The possibility of putting self made content to the laser systems adds further intelligence to the devices, which usually are only used to work with either basic, premade content or external “intelligence” through ILDA control software.

Getting the Drift Hypergrowth Vibe

05/07/2019 - Production News

UK – Maestra Group, working for creative agency emc3 delivered design, staging and technical production for the 2019 Hypergrowth conference in London, staged at Old Billingsgate Market and organised by conversational marketing platform, Drift.

Robe for Ferrugem DVD Shoot

05/07/2019 - Production News

Brazil – Brazilian singer-songwriter Samba Ferrugem, known for his distinctive red hair that inspired the Ferrugem (‘Rust’) nickname which he then adopted as a stage name, recorded a live concert DVD in the Jeunesse Arena, Rio de Janeiro. This spectacle was directed by Anselmo Trancoso with lighting designed by director of photography (DOP) Carlinhos 'Carlos' Nogueira utilising 450 Robe moving lights.

Charcoalblue Welcomes New Partners and Looks to Future Growth

05/07/2019 - Business News

Worldwide - This June, leading theatre, acoustic and digital design consultancy Charcoalblue celebrated 15 years of growth and excellence at its AGM held at the Prague Quadrennial. The PQ offered the ideal venue as it is a showcase of the best of theatre design, scenography, and theatre architecture worldwide. At the AGM, Charcoalblue Group chair, Andy Hayles was delighted to announce a series of new partnership positions, promotions and board initiatives as the group looks towards future growth and sustainability.

Personal contact is vital – dBTechnologies Deutschland expands service team

05/07/2019 - People News

Germany – dBTechnologies Deutschland GmbH, based in Cologne, is expanding its service team by two additional employees working in the after-sales service department. dBTechnologies Deutschland GmbH supports customers of the RCF and dBTechnologies brands in Germany, Austria and the Benelux countries. Offering qualified service for the complete product portfolio has always been the company’s recipe for success.

Colourful Rain or Shine: Chauvet Professional Introduce Ovation E-910FC IP

05/07/2019 - Equipment News

Chauvet Professional’s ground-breaking colour-mixing ellipsoidal is now ready for the great outdoors. Just in time for the warm weather months, the company has introduced the Ovation E-910FC IP.

TechLED expands its operational reach

05/07/2019 - Business News

UK – Tech LED Ltd, UK-based, specialist design and supply company for LED lighting equipment and UK distributor for Acolyte Lighting, has opened up its operational reach to encompass two new avenues of business. The company has consolidated award-winning LED supplier, Ambience Lighting, into its business framework and also launched a hire division for specialist LED lighting products.

PLASA Awards for Innovation open for entries

05/07/2019 - Event News

UK – The PLASA Awards for Innovation are now accepting entries for the 2019 awards. Products from all sectors of the entertainment technology industry are invited to enter by 16 August.

Princess Cruises Welcomes L-ISA Onboard

05/07/2019 - Project News

USA – Two Princess Cruises ships – Diamond Princess and Sun Princess – have undergone a major upgrade to their entertainment offerings with a new approach to live sound, bringing L-ISA Hyperreal Sound and Immersive Hyperreal Sound experiences to their guests.

'Weird Al' Yankovic Hits the Road with “Strings Attached” and a Pair of DiGiCo SD5 Consoles

05/07/2019 - Production News

USA – As expected, 'Weird Al' Yankovic’s latest North American tour, which kicked off in Clearwater, Florida on 5 June and runs through to early September, features the artist performing his signature hilarious parodies of hit songs recorded over more than four decades. This time, however, he’s being backed up not only by his usual talented band, but also by a full local orchestra at each tour stop. Managing the massive channel count of this big travelling circus are two DiGiCo SD5 consoles, one each at FOH and monitors, supplied by Escondido, California-based SR vendor Sound Image.

GLP KNVs catch the eye in Russia

05/07/2019 - Production News

Russia – This winter a festive event took place in Moscow that stood out prominently against the background of other similar projects. This was due to its conceptual approach, and stylish and thoroughly thought-out stage design, where each element played its role in bringing the core concept to life.

ETC draws crowds at Stage|Set|Scenery

05/07/2019 - Event News

Germany – ETC and High End Systems presented live demonstrations alongside their latest line-up of products to large crowds at Stage|Set|Scenery 2019. Visitors arrived in their thousands to Messe Berlin, with many gathering at ETC’s stands to watch the Prodigy P2 hoist installations and Augment3d demo.

equip event services supplies The House & Garage Orchestra

04/07/2019 - Production News

UK – Technical production specialist equip event services co-ordinated all the technical elements (lighting, audio and staging) for The House & Garage Orchestra’s (THGO) recent sold out gig at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, their largest London show to date which sold out within days of being announced.

Announces Dealer Management Changes – New Appointment

04/07/2019 - People News

UK – Lighting control manufacturer and specialist Zero 88 has announced some exciting new dealer management that will help shape the future as it continues to grow, focus and build its capabilities across multiple dynamic new markets.

Peter Coleshas been appointed business development manager – system solutions.

ChamSys Consoles a Common Sight at Glastonbury

04/07/2019 - Production News

UK – It was business as usual during the 36th edition of the Glastonbury Festival. But given this event’s penchant for delighting the imagination with joyfully spontaneous eruptions of the outrageous and unexpected, this means that things were anything but “usual” during the five-day free-spirited celebration of music and life.

Chroma-Q Celebrates its 15th Year in LED Innovation

04/07/2019 - Event News

UK – Chroma-Q has celebrated its 15 years of LED Innovation in style with summer barbeques and open day events.

d&b SL-Series fills De Kuip stadium with Marco Borsato dynamics

04/07/2019 - Production News

The Netherlands – Dutch superstar singer Marco Borsato performed his anthemic back catalogue to 240,000 fans over five nights at Rotterdam’s De Kuip stadium in May. His dynamic songs and enthusiastic performance style required full spectrum coverage across the entire roof-less stadium, leading the production team to the d&b audiotechnik SL-Series.

Barbara Schöneberger Gives Live Information with Alcons Audio

04/07/2019 - Production News

Germany – Barbara Schöneberger is undoubtedly one of the most famous faces of the German television landscape. As a presenter, actress and since 2006 also as a singer, she excites wherever she appears. In May 2018 Schöneberger released her fourth album "Eine Frau gibt Auskunft” (“A Woman Gives Information"), which she recently presented in ten live shows in German halls.

SFL makes the shoe fit for English National Ballet at the RAH

04/07/2019 - Production News

UK – Leading UK production company, SFL, has just completed the AV requirements for Christopher Wheeldon’s ambitious staging of Cinderella by the English National Ballet (ENB) and The Royal Albert Hall, staged at the iconic Royal Albert Hall, London.

ZZ Top Kicks Off 50th Anniversary Tour with L-Acoustics

04/07/2019 - Production News

USA – Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, ZZ Top, long comprising the classic trio of Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard, is celebrating its 50th anniversary by currently trekking through a world tour that runs into mid-October. As a thank-you to its fans in Texas, where the band got its humble start back in 1969, the tour kicked off with three consecutive shows in the Lone Star state, all of which were reinforced by Houston-based LD Systems with a long throw L-Acoustics K Series loudspeaker rig.

MILOS keeps roof canopies stretched tight!

03/07/2019 - Equipment News

Say goodbye to pesky water pooling and canopy flapping in the wind. With the Canopy Tensioning System from MILOS, there is the means to quickly and effectively stretch canopies extremely tightly over MILOS roof structures, thereby reducing water pooling, wind flapping, and achieving an overall more professional look to temporary structures.

Vari-Lite VLZ Profile meets the LED screen challenge with hip-hop star AJ Tracey

03/07/2019 - Production News

UK – Lighting designer James Scott used the feature-rich VLZ Profile from Vari-Lite, on the recent UK tour by hip-hop artist AJ Tracey. The LED fixtures had the power Scott required to deliver a visual complement to the bright LED screens on the Brixton Academy showcase gig that closed the tour. Scott, of design studio Suluko, worked with production designer and creative director Bronski, and Amber Rimell, of TAWBOX on the tour’s design.

Magnum chooses Proteus for Eiffel Tower 130th Anniversary Light Show

03/07/2019 - Production News

France – The Eiffel Tower celebrated its 130th Anniversary on May 15th and marked the occasion with a spectacular son-et-lumière atop the Iron Lady with 60 Elation Proteus Hybrid luminaires used in an extraordinary double helix design. The weatherproof Proteus moving heads played an integral part in the sound and light show and were supplied for the event by technical solutions provider Magnum, who has been involved in over 95% of Eiffel Tower events since 2004.

WIcreations Launches New WImotion System for Rammstein Spectacle

03/07/2019 - Production News

Europe – Rammstein – known for their spectacular pyro and fire-fuelled shows, full-force industrial metal sounds, uncompromising sometimes controversial lyrics, their thrilling, hair-raising high-energy live performances and adversarial commercial success – release their much-anticipated self-titled new album.

Chauvet Professional Helps Evoke History at Puy Du Fou Production of Le Premier Royaume

03/07/2019 - Production News

France – Names and dates tell only a shadow of our past. It is the sights, sounds and passions that pulsate though a time and place, making it real for the people caught up in its moments, that make history truly come alive for those who look back on it centuries later. Such is the enriching experience that awaits visitors to Le Premier Royaume at Puy du Fou.

ETC upgrades networking with Response Mk2 DMX Gateways

03/07/2019 - Equipment News

Modern luminaires and networked controls allow users to take lighting to more places than ever before. ETC’s new Response Mk2 DMX Gateways ensure DMX and RDM get there, too. The Response Mk2 DMX Gateways flawlessly translate DMX/RDM to and from sACN, allowing users to put control exactly where they need it, saving both money and time.

Painting the Pavement with Projected Kandinsky Artwork

03/07/2019 - Project News

Chile – The Artequin Museum is an interactive and educational museum located in Santiago de Chile whose mission is to bring the world of contemporary art closer to children, young people and adults. Housed in a national historic landmark Paris Pavilion, the museum recently celebrated its 25th anniversary with a newly renovated entrance plaza “La Plaza De La Luz y el Arte Enel” that aims to engage the public in a unique experience of colour, sound and form inspired by Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky. As guests enter the plaza, they’re greeted by Kandinsky-inspired projections that are created by Rosco Image Spot fixtures and custom glass gobos.

Claypaky Lighting Shines at Moscow’s Zaryadye Concert Hall

03/07/2019 - Project News

Russia – When Moscow’s Zaryadye concert hall opened it became one of the most technologically advanced venues in Russia. It features a large complement of Claypaky lighting fixtures in its 1,600-seat Philharmonic auditorium and in its smaller 400-seat theatre.

Splitbeam invests in the best and takes DiGiCo SD7 out on Chicago touring production

03/07/2019 - Production News

South Africa – Splitbeam is the theatre division of Gearhouse, South Africa’s largest rental company. With this title comes the expectation of greatness, but Splitbeam does not fail to deliver, investing their time in high quality gear for the purpose of servicing high quality theatre productions. One of the latest investments is in a DiGiCo SD7T supplied by DWR, DiGiCo’s distributor for the territory.

Kunz gets ‘Förschi’ with GLP

03/07/2019 - Production News

Switzerland – Operating in his own unique world, Marco Kunz released his fifth album ‘Förschi’ earlier this year, and from March to May set out on a club tour throughout Switzerland to promote it to his dedicated fan base.

Snow Patrol Tours with Outline Newton

03/07/2019 - Production News

UK – Snow Patrol returned to the road, after a seven-year break, with their 2018 album Wildness. Audio provider Adlib used the Outline Newton multi-source processor at the front end of their systems. The Newton is fast becoming an Adlib standard for audio processing and this sold-out UK arena tour was no different.

Rocksteady Special Service from Adlib

02/07/2019 - Production News

UK – Adlib upped the ante on the ‘specials’ front providing design services, lighting, audio, custom drapes and staging elements for the most recent UK leg of The Specials’ Encore album tour, just as the record topped the UK album charts, providing the band’s first ever number one album.

Robe Enjoys the Blue Hour at PQ19

02/07/2019 - Project News

Czech Republic Robe embraced the vitality and essence of visual and aural collaboration in supporting “Blue Hour”, a large scale multifaceted immersive installation staged in the Small Sports Hall venue at the Prague Exhibition Grounds for the 2019 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space (PQ2019).

Creative Technology Acquires Ion Solutions

02/07/2019 - Business News

Ireland – Creative Technology Group (CT), a Live Events Company of NEP Group and worldwide specialist in audio visual equipment and bespoke staging solutions, has announced that it has acquired Ion Solutions, a leading provider of professional audio visual and broadcast technology systems in Ireland.

Chauvet DJ Delivers White Wedding at Knightor Winery

02/07/2019 - Production News

UK – With its beautiful green pastures, picturesque orchards and small batch natural wines, it's easy to see why Cornwall's Knightor Winery has become a popular location for wedding events and receptions.

Highlite is NovaStar distributor for the Benelux

02/07/2019 - Business News

The Netherlands – NovaStar Technology Europe BV has appointed Highlite International BV as its new distributor for the Benelux, effective 1 July. NovaStar, a leading manufacturer of video processing units, provides LED display solutions globally. With Highlite’s extensive distribution experience and fast delivery system Novastar has found the right partner to serve the Benelux-area.

Ayrton appoints NMK Electronics Ent. as exclusive distributor for GCC countries

02/07/2019 - Business News

Dubai – Ayrton has announced that, with immediate effect, NMK Electronics Ent, has been appointed as its new exclusive distributor for the GCC countries.

Yet another TOP 100 Award for Movecat

02/07/2019 - Business News

Germany - Good news for Movecat from Nufringen in Baden Württemberg: following similar successes in 2017 and 2018, the specialist in stage equipment and kinetics has won one of the TOP 100 awards given annually following a nationwide competition to find the most innovative medium-sized companies in Germany. The presentation ceremony was on Friday, 28 June 2019, in Frankfurt's Jahrhunderthalle. Three hundred and ninety-eight enterprises had participated in the competition.

The Acorn Theatre Upgrades with PROLIGHTS

02/07/2019 - Project News

UK – A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) has supplied the Acorn Theatre in Penzance with a full PROLIGHTS LED lighting upgrade.

Steve Stemac lights metal rockers Lamb of God with Elation

01/07/2019 - Production News

USA – Heavy metal rockers Lamb of God have been on four tours over the past year as support for thrash metal band Slayer’s long-running farewell tour, the latest leg in May beneath a rig of Elation lights. Lighting design was by Steve Stemac with lighting supply and support by Gemini.

Renkus-Heinz Makes Beautiful Sound a Walk in the Park at Katara Hills

01/07/2019 - Project News

Qatar – In the second century, Ptolemy wrote "Catara" as the first known designation on a map for what we now know as the Qatar Peninsula. The Katara Cultural Village, named from an 18th century variant on Ptolemy's name, is a 21st century project in Qatar's capital, Doha, that celebrates the diversity of global cultures. With a 5,000-seat amphitheatre, two mosques, more than a dozen restaurants and cafes, shops, and a private 1.5 km (a little under one mile) beach with gondolas and water sports, Katara is indeed an entire village within a single development.

Robe Announces New Swiss Distributor

01/07/2019 - Business News

Switzerland – Moving light and LED manufacturer Robe lighting s.r.o. announces that as of 1 July, 2019, Basel-based ASL Electronic AG / SA is its new distributor partner in Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein.

Community R SERIES Loudspeakers Provide the Optimum Solution for Zabok Sports Hall

01/07/2019 - Project News

Croatia – HUST d.o.o. has completed the installation of a new sound system for the Zabok Sports Hall, using a combination of Community and Apart loudspeakers with Biamp control.

The Voice South Africa hears the future of sound with L-ISA and DiGiCo

01/07/2019 - Production News

South Africa – The talent show phenomenon that is The Voice is now in its third season in South Africa and is proving as popular as ever. It has just entered the ‘live show’ phase, broadcast from Mosaiek Teatro in Fairland, Johannesburg and aired on M-Net, DStv 101. This year, this exciting section of the TV show is bringing a brand-new audio experience to its studio audience, courtesy of L-ISA Hyperreal Sound technology by L-Acoustics and DiGiCo mixing consoles, provided by the show’s full technical supplier, Mutli-Media.

Solaris Flares Brighten The 2019 Billboard Music Awards

01/07/2019 - Production News

USA – Kelly Clarkson and many other A-list acts never looked so good. 2019 Billboard Music Awards’ lighting designer Jon Kusner specified 140 Solaris Flares and 58 Solaris Flare LR Linears for a stunning visual display, worthy of one of music’s most important nights of the year. The show broadcast last month on NBC, live from the Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Chauvet Professional Helps David Seligmann-Forest Create Balanced Design for Heiva i Paris

01/07/2019 - Production News

France – For one month out of every year, the idyllic rhythm of life in French Polynesia becomes even more blissful as locals gather for Heiva, a rich and colourful celebration of ancient Polynesian customs. This May, as it has for the past six years, the spirit of this traditional holiday leapfrogged 15,706 kilometres over two oceans and one continent to create a vibrant display of South Pacific culture and community at Heiva i Paris.

Claypaky Fixtures Shine for Canary Islands Carnival Gala

01/07/2019 - Production News

Canary Islands – Every year the Canary Islands host one of the most spectacular carnivals in the world, and 2019 was no exception. Approximately 600,000 people attended Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s carnival this year, which had “A Night in Rio” theme. The Drag Queen Gala event, following the traditional carnival festivities, utilised a large complement of Claypaky fixtures to fill the stage with light and colour. Stonex is the official distributor of Claypaky lighting in Spain.