News Archive for September 2019

EM Acoustic equips new arts venue in Milton Keynes

30/09/2019 - Project News

UK – The MK Gallery in Milton Keynes is a stunning new arts venue designed by award-winning architectural firm, 6a architects. The new development encompasses the original MK Gallery and adds a new structure to more than double the space available. The completed development, which opened in March 2019, provides five exhibition galleries, a large learning and community studio, and The Sky Room, a flexible auditorium on the upper floor with 150 retractable seats (300 standing) and sweeping views over Campbell Park and the countryside. The Sky Room is fully equipped with an EM Acoustics sound system based on the ubiquitous EMS Series and the dedicated installation i-Series range supplied by event production specialists, Hawthorn.

Green-GO provides ground-breaking solution for Carabineros HQ

30/09/2019 - Project News

Chile – When Chile’s national police force, the Carabineros, needed a new intercom solution for the lecture theatre at its Santiago headquarters – one which would be unaffected by the building’s busy RF environment – they turned to local audio-visual integrator VGL. Their solution, a digital intercom system from Green-GO, would mark a technology milestone as the first IP-based intercom system to be installed in the country.

Van Morrison Producer Problem-Solves in the Studio with Bittree Audio Patchbays

30/09/2019 - Production News

USA – As a touring and recording member of Van Morrison’s band for 14 years, drummer Bobby Ruggiero is uniquely tuned into the musical conversations that take shape under direction of the musical legend. As owner of The Wildest Man studios in Las Vegas, Ruggiero is responsible for bringing the musical visions of Van Morrison and others to life in the producer’s chair. This was once again the case earlier this year, when Van Morrison and his band entered the studio to record the band’s 41st album, Three Chords & The Truth, due for release on October 25.

Renkus Heinz Partners with Protech Distribution in Côte d'Ivoire

30/09/2019 - Business News

Ivory Coast – Renkus-Heinz, maker of premium professional loudspeaker systems for live sound and install applications, is pleased to announce that Protec Distribution is now the exclusive distributor of Renkus-Heinz products in Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast). Protech has worked on numerous prestigious projects, including designing a new sound system for the largest basilica in the world, Our Lady of Peace, in the capital city of Yamoussoukro.

Robe Makes ‘Tungsten’ LED Light Work

30/09/2019 - Production News

The Netherlands – Lichtwerk (Light works) is a Netherlands-based technical production company which works closely with a wide selection of lighting and visual designers, particularly for theatre shows, tours and corporate events.

City Theatrical’s Multiverse Wireless DMX/RDM at The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

30/09/2019 - Production News

USA – City Theatrical’s Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM technology is currently being used to provide DMX data for the windmill and carousel lighting features at Historic Hudson Valley’s The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, which opened its doors for the 2019 harvest season on 18 September, 2019.

Nic Farman and Chauvet Professional Light First Shows at Mountview’s New Theatre

30/09/2019 - Production News

UK – On the surface at least, “My Favourite Year” and “Children of Eden” are very different shows. The Stephen Flaherty-Lynn Ahrens musical takes a farcical behind the scenes look at 1950s television, as a hapless writer tries to keep an irascible matinee idol from a bygone era out of trouble before his appearance on a live show. By contrast, Steven Schwartz’ “Eden” recounts the story behind creation in the Book of Genesis.

L-Acoustics Inaugurates AES Dr. Christian Heil Future of Sound Scholarship

30/09/2019 - Business News

France – To mark the 35th anniversary of its founding, L-Acoustics has announced the creation of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) Dr. Christian Heil Future of Sound Scholarship. A stipend of $5,000 offered annually to graduate students in the field of audio engineering who are members of the AES, The Dr. Christian Heil Future of Sound scholarship, the first of which has been granted to McGill University student Ben Creelman, who is pursuing a master in music in the field of sound recording, will be granted yearly to students who demonstrate curiosity and dedication to shaping the future of sound.

Claypaky Lighting Fixtures Hit the Road with Thomas Rhett’s Very Hot Summer Tour

30/09/2019 - Production News

USA – Summer’s not over yet, at least not for country singer/songwriter Thomas Rhett who continues his headlining Very Hot Summer Tour of North America. A large complement of Claypaky Mythos 2 and Scenius Unico lighting fixtures is accompanying the tour, which is in support of Rhett’s fourth studio album, “Center Point Road.” The tour kicked off in Montreal last April and will conclude in Nashville in October.

Shure Promotes Jay Walpole to Sales Director

30/09/2019 - People News

UK – Shure has announced the promotion of Jay Walpole to director of sales for musician and consumer audio. In this new role, Jay will continue to drive the success of sales and channel marketing in the UK, where he has demonstrated a trusted track record since he joined the Company in 2005. In addition, he will work closely to establish relationships with important music industry dealers in indirect markets.

ChainMaster chain hoist system for Helmut List Halle in Graz

30/09/2019 - Project News

Austria – Since the market launch of ChainMaster products in 1994, the Saxon-based company has developed into one of the world's leading manufacturers of hoist technology in the event industry and offers a comprehensive range of products for all requirements from set-up operations to complex scenic movements to complete automation of performances. National and international projects are accompanied individually from planning to implementation as well as user training. The worldwide network of ChainMaster Consulting Offices, commercial partners and trained service companies guarantees comprehensive after-sales service.

ArKaos at PLASA 2019

27/09/2019 - Event News

UK – ArKaos, leading real-time visual processing technology provider for live performance and spectacular displays, enjoyed a busy PLASA 2019 expo in London Olympia last week on the stand of its UK and Irish Republic distributor, Entedi.

Apocalypse WOW!

27/09/2019 - Production News

Spain – Spanish performance phenomenon Circo de los Horrores (Circus of Horrors) present “Apocalipsis – A Day After”, their fourth epic circus rock opera production combining the drama of theatre, the pumping rhythm of rock & roll and the adrenaline buzz of circus, which is currently touring key Spanish cities after launching in Madrid. It will also tour internationally.

Brompton Technology helps iMAG’s reputation continue to grow

27/09/2019 - Production News

UK – iMAG, one of the UK’s most creative technical production and LED screen suppliers, has just invested in a whopping 300 panels of ROE Visual Diamond 2mm indoor LED screen and has chosen Brompton Technology’s SX40 processors and XD 10G data distribution units as its perfect accompaniment.

Christie Terra and Pandoras Box chosen to manage and control content of video walls

27/09/2019 - Production News

The Netherlands – As part of a 15-hour performance spread over three days, Dutch National Opera performed major parts of Karlheinz Stockhausen's aus LICHT cycle. As one of the world’s top five opera companies, the Dutch National Opera opted for a combination of Christie Terra for AV distribution and processing, and Christie Pandoras Box for content management and control of the four LED video walls, cameras and projectors used throughout the performance space.

Kevents and Chauvet DJ Bridge Eras at Summer Art Expositie 2019

27/09/2019 - Production News

The Netherlands – During the Middle Ages, a cathedral was the revered house of God and the light that billowed through its stained glass windows was visible proof of divine presence. More than simply being a place of worship, however, the geometric proportions and harmonious acoustics within this ecclesiastical space was in itself prized as the ultimate form of artistic expression.

Personnel changes at Movecat

27/09/2019 - People News

Germany – Movecat, the globally renowned specialist for stage kinetics from Nufringen in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, announced personnel changes. Andrew Abele (pictured), founder of the company, is moving from the Movecat management to the LIFTKET Hoffmann Group, where he will assume technical management responsibility as CTO. Movecat is part of this group of companies.

Mackie Launches All-New SRM-Flex Portable Column PA System

27/09/2019 - Equipment News

Mackie has announced its latest entry into the portable PA market, the all-new SRM-Flex Portable Column PA System. Featuring an ultra-lightweight design, legendary SRM Series sound quality, a full-featured six-channel digital mixer, and complete wireless control and streaming, SRM-Flex is perfect for solo acts, small bands, presentations, events, DJs, and more. Packed with premium features and capability, SRM-Flex offers an incredible value not before achieved at this price point.

Specially Crafted Bundles From Shure Provide Cost-Effective, Quality Audio Kits For a Variety of Audiences

27/09/2019 - Equipment News

For aspiring musicians and content creators, audio products are an important investment, one that shouldn’t break the bank. To make it easier for shoppers, and their wallets, Shure is offering exclusive bundles featuring mainstay products and accessories to support the pursuit of music, information, and entertainment. New product kits are tailored to provide users with the tools they need to sound extraordinary while recording in the field or performing on stage.

NEXO and Yamaha Bring Superior Speakers to BPM 2019

27/09/2019 - Event News

UK – Fresh from an award-winning PLASA Show in London, NEXO and Yamaha are again teaming up at the resurgent BPM DJ event, which welcomes the return of two of its most-requested exhibitors.

ETC celebrates Augment3d award win at PLASA 2019

26/09/2019 - Event News

UK – ETC and High End Systems celebrated a successful trade show following three days of busy stands, Tech Talks seminars and a win for ETC’s Augment3d at the PLASA Awards for Innovation.

Shure UK Completes Pro Audio Team with Regional Manager

26/09/2019 - People News

UK – Shure UK has announced a new hire which completes the UK Pro Audio Group team. Welcoming Peppe Mallozzi as regional manager, Peppe is a well-known and trusted face in the pro audio industry. With a background in live sound and theatre which will support and expand the Pro business in the south of the UK. Peppe will be responsible for continuing to work with existing customers, develop new customer relationships and alongside the rest of the team, build brand awareness in the concert touring, theatre and broadcast markets.

Ecler Works Out Well at Sopwell House Gym

26/09/2019 - Project News

UK – Owned by AB Hotels, Sopwell House is a luxury country-house hotel set in 12 acres of peaceful Hertfordshire countryside. Steeped in history, the House was once home to the Mountbatten family and remained as a private residence until 1969 when it became a hotel. In 1986 it was acquired by Bejerano family who are still at the helm of the business. In more recent times Sopwell House gained fame as a base for the England football team before international matches, an indication of the high esteem in which it is held. With more than a hundred rooms, two restaurants, bars, conferencing, wedding and spa facilities, as well as a swimming pool and gym, the hotel is superbly equipped to meet every kind of business and recreational requirement.

Three ESTA standards reaffirmed and published

26/09/2019 - Standards News

On 9 Septembe, ANSI's Board of Standards Review approved the reaffirmations of three ESTA standards. The new editions are now published and available at no cost from the website or for purchase from ANSI and IHS. The three standards are:

Bryan Ferry live with Alcons in the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

26/09/2019 - Production News

Germany – PM Blue transports the elegant, seductive sound of the Roxy Music legend with LR18 and LR7 pro-ribbon line array systems.

PAM Invests in Chauvet Professional Ovation Fixtures

26/09/2019 - Production News

Germany – Almost 30 years after Thomas Fenzl and Thomas Moritz joined forces to create the successful West Berlin rental house, PAM Events, their company is still setting the bar high for large scale productions both in Berlin and Germany at large.

More Accurate, More Possibilities…

26/09/2019 - Project News

Germany – More Accurate Audio Solutions, a studio in Offenbach am Main, Germany, is run by audio expert Robert Hauck. The studio offers the widest possible range of services from production to mixing and mastering, as well as delivering training seminars that cover all aspects of studio craft.

KLANG:vier Quartet Performs at Christian Life Assembly

26/09/2019 - Project News

Canada – Christian Life Assembly (CLA) in Langley City, 25 miles from downtown Vancouver, has grown in leaps and bounds since its humble beginning in 1937 as a sidewalk Sunday School, first moving into a tiny hall, then a succession of larger buildings as the church has attracted more congregants. The worship centre at the Langley Campus, built in 1978, was expanded to hold 2,000 churchgoers in 2008 during renovations that also readied CLA for multimedia technology. Most recently, the church has taken its audio technology to the next level with a new DiGiCo SD12 digital mixing console at front-of-house and a KLANG immersive IEM mixing system, all specified and integrated by Ellis Pro Media of Tacoma, Washington.

Industry reacts to ‘busiest PLASA Show in years’

26/09/2019 - Event News

UK – This year’s PLASA Show was the busiest in years, welcoming a six per cent increase in overall attendance, with visitors hailing from over 63 countries. PLASA has also announced that the show will move to London Olympia’s larger ‘Grand Hall’ for 2020 reflecting the show’s upward trajectory and allowing a greater number of stands and show features, all on one level.

DTS selects PLASA Show to present Alchemy 3 and Euphony 3

26/09/2019 - Event News

UK – DTS, exhibiting at entertainment technology hub PLASA 2019, exclusively launched the cutting-edge Alchemy 3 and next generation Euphony 3 wash moving heads at the show.

Optoma adds compact and versatile projectors to its DuraCore laser range

26/09/2019 - Equipment News

Optoma has expanded its range of DuraCore laser ProScene projectors with the launch of three new high-specification compact projectors: the ZU606TSTe, ZU606Te (WUXGA) and ZH606e (Full HD 1080p).

TASCAM Introduces Compact MZ-123BT Commercial Grade Multi-Zone Audio Mixer

26/09/2019 - Equipment News

TASCAM has announced the new MZ-123BT commercial-grade multi-zone audio mixer. The compact, single rack space MZ-123BT builds on the popularity and feature-set of its big brother, the 2U MZ-223, adding Bluetooth-functionality and a simple, intuitive front panel control design and layout that makes it as easy to operate as it is to install and set up.

AC-ET Appoints Dave Ball in New Audio Sales Role

26/09/2019 - People News

UK – A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) has announced the appointment of well-known industry figure, Dave Ball in a newly-created audio sales executive role, effective immediately.

Wavefront Precision Longbow Debuts at 20th Anniversary of Rock In Japan

26/09/2019 - Production News

Japan – Celebrating its 20th anniversary year, and extended to five days for the 2019 edition, the mighty Rock In Japan festival also marked the Japanese debut of Martin Audio’s flagship Wavefront Precision Longbow (WPL).

Elation Fuze Profile 2019 WFX New Product Award winner

25/09/2019 - Event News

USA – A mere two days after winning a PLASA Award for Innovation in London for the Artiste Monet, Elation Professional stepped to the podium at the WFX Conference & Expo in Orlando to receive a New Product Award in the Moving Light category for the company’s new Fuze Profile.

Casa Instrumental new Obsidian Control Systems distributor in Guatemala

25/09/2019 - Business News

Guatemala – Obsidian Control Systems has announced that Casa Instrumental has been named the exclusive distributor of Obsidian Control Systems products in Guatemala. Lighting professionals in Guatemala will soon have an opportunity to get hands-on with the innovative console line at a two-day ONYX training event taking place 1st and 2nd October at the Casa Intrumental facility in Guatemala City. Designed to provide both a basic and advanced look at hardware and software, interested professionals can contact for more information.

Titan Tubes Have a Voice in South Africa

25/09/2019 - Production News

South Africa – Leading South African lighting designer Joshua Cutts from Visual Frontier used Astera Titan Tubes to light various segments of the final of The Voice South Africa 2019, which was staged at the Mosaïek Teatro in Fairlands, Johannesburg, and broadcast on M-Net Channel 101.

Double Mega for Hanan Ben-Ari Tour

25/09/2019 - Production News

Israel – Israeli singer-songwriter Hanan Ben-Ari is currently one of the most popular artists in a country replete with singing talent, and his new tour has just started, complete with a lively and dynamic visual design by Nesi Alfasi, who has included 12 Robe MegaPointes at the core of the lighting rig.

Claypaky has a new CEO

25/09/2019 - People News

Italy - Claypaky has announced that Marcus Graser is, with immediate effect, the new CEO of the company. Marcus takes the place of Pio Nahum who, starting from 1 October 2019, will retire after spending 30 years in the lighting industry.

Amanda Frazier Accents Historic Setting for Newsies with Chauvet Professional and Vincent Lighting

25/09/2019 - Production News

USA – There are some musicals that could be placed in virtually any setting. Newsies is not one of them. A sense of place and time rumbles through this tale of the 1899 New York City newsboys strike like some turn-of-the-century subway train, endowing it with a gritty power that pulls modern audiences into its gas lit world of street urchins and gilded age tycoons.

Ayrton releases Perseo-S and Huracán-X at PLASA 2019

25/09/2019 - Event News

UK – As Ayrton marks the half-way point of its Multi Twenty-one programme – its exciting three-year strategic vision to release 21 new, innovative fixtures by the end of 2021 – the company launched two new products and previewed another at a very successful PLASA 2019 along with its exclusive UK distributor, Ambersphere Solutions. Perseo-S and Huracan-X were the two to receive their official launch and visitors were treated to a first look at Karif-LT, due for release at LDI in November.

Dreambeach Villaricos 2019 Brings Out the Best of Claypaky on Five-Day Show

25/09/2019 - Production News

Spain – Electronics, lights and lots of dancing meet every year at Dreambeach in Villaricos (Almería, Spain) where thousands of people gather for five days to enjoy one of the biggest musical shows in the country on the Main Stage and in the Dreams Tent.

Triple E provides Modtruss support for Italia Conti production

25/09/2019 - Project News

UK – Italia Conti Academy is one of the world’s most recognisable names when it comes to performing arts education for secondary school and further education students.

CT Installs A Palace in Motion

25/09/2019 - Project News

UAE – Qasr Al Watan ‘Palace of the Nation’ is the UAE’s newest cultural landmark situated in the presidential palace compound in Abu Dhabi. It was opened to the public on Monday 11th March with the aim to give visitors a deeper understanding of the UAE’s values and traditions while preserving the heritage of the country. The opening of Qasr Al Watan is aligned with the UAE’s Vision 2021 to become a knowledge-based economy.

Painting with Light Celebrates 20

24/09/2019 - Business News

Belgium - Belgian visual design studio Painting with Light (PWL) celebrates 20 years of utilising multiple media and luminescent sources, including lighting, video, lasers, projection, and content to create inspiring designs, breath-taking 'wow-factors' and dramatic immersive environments.

Colour Sound for Perry’s Stage at Lollapalooza Berlin

24/09/2019 - Production News

Germany – Colour Sound Experiment returned to the Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany for the 2019 Lollapalooza festival where it was the lighting and LED screen supplier, plus all related sub-rigging, for the Perry’s (Dance) Stage.

Federico Seguri Evokes Time at Etétrad with Chauvet Professional Maverick Fixtures

24/09/2019 - Production News

Italy – Federico Seguri wanted to do more than reflect the music of the 24 different groups that took the stage when he lit the 22nd annual Etétrad Festival in late August. In keeping with the theme of this event, which is a celebration of history as well as folk music, he also strove to reflect a sense of time and its inexorable passage. He did so in stunning fashion with help from deeply saturated colours, back lighting, and evocative gobo patterns created with Chauvet Professional Maverick fixtures supplied by Fumasoli Audio & Lights Rental.

AES Technik appointed reseller for Artistic Licence in Germany

24/09/2019 - Business News

Germany – Following on from a hugely successful PLASA London show, Artistic Licence welcomes Frankfurt-based AES Technik as a value added reseller for its products in Germany.

Norfolk-based specialist in LED lighting and control re-brand as TLS Lighting

24/09/2019 - Business News

UK – N orfolk-based specialist supplierof UK-designed LED lighting and control, previously TLS Pixelite, has launched its new rebranding and its new name, TLS Lighting. TLS Lighting revealed a fresh and consolidated company image to “reflect the company’s evolution and future direction.”

Bruno P. Souchaud to head up GLP’s new French operation

24/09/2019 - People News

France – GLP has reinforced its growing profile in the French market by appointing the highly experienced Bruno P. Souchaud to head up its newly-formed subsidiary, GLP France.

Outline appoints Grupo Morfo as new Mexican distributor

24/09/2019 - Business News

Mexico – Grupo Morfo has been named Outline’s exclusive distributor for Mexico. Effective immediately, Grupo Morfo will be responsible for sales, technical support and service of Outline products across all markets, including touring, AV rental, live bands, performing arts venues, hospitality, restaurants, clubs, portable, cinema and stadiums.

SLS Invests in Robe

24/09/2019 - Production News

UAE – SLS, one of the major rental and technical production companies in the UAE, has recently made a substantial investment in Robe; an initial purchase of 50 MegaPointes last year was followed by 86 Spiider LED wash beams earlier this year, then 24 regular Pointes and a pair of DL4S Profiles for a specific job, and they expect this business to continue.

L-Acoustics Heads Out Night After Night on Vampire Weekend Tour

24/09/2019 - Production News

USA – Arguably one of the most influential indie bands of the past decade, Vampire Weekend is currently touring North America in support of its fourth studio album, Father of the Bride, which has been heralded by Rolling Stone as a “modern California pop masterpiece.” Much has changed over the past six years, when the band released its previous record, Modern Vampires of the City, but one thing that hasn’t is the group’s continued use of L-Acoustics loudspeakers for its touring PA.

Hippotizer provides intuitive media control for Fox Sports

24/09/2019 - Project News

USA – Green Hippo, specialist creator of tools for the real-time manipulation of video for the AV industries, has announced that leading US regional sports network, Fox Sports Southwest, has upgraded its media playback system with the addition of Hippotizer Karst+ media servers.

Hog Factor Europe competition open for 2020 entries

24/09/2019 - Event News

USA - High End Systems has announced that the latest instalment of the Hog Factor Europe competition is now open. The company invites applications from students, apprentices and other aspiring lighting professionals under the age of 25, from across Europe, Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Africa and the Middle East.

Prolific JMT enjoys success with Green Hippo

23/09/2019 - Production News

USA – Jorge Toro’s company, JMT Show Concepts, is a specialist in media playback systems, providing rental and operation of solutions for concert touring, corporate events and various one-off special shows. For the past year or more, the company has been the proud owner – and a highly prolific user – of Green Hippo’s Hippotizer media servers.

Desheng School Maintains the Highest Standards with Renkus-Heinz Loudspeaker Upgrade

23/09/2019 - Project News

China – Foshan is a city of sevne million people located north of Hong Kong and south of Guangzhou, in the densely urbanised Pearl River Delta region of China's Guangdong province. Foshan's Shunde district is one of the wealthiest counties in China and is renowned as a centre for Cantonese cooking and the home of the prestigious Guangdong Shunde Desheng School and its international division, Desheng School International (DSI).

Proteus peace of mind at Eric Church record-breaking Nashville concert

23/09/2019 - Production News

USA – On May 25th, country music star Eric Church played a very special show at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee. The show was extraordinary in that it marked the first stadium headlining performance in Church's 15-year career and with 56,521 fans in attendance impressively broke Taylor Swift’s previous venue record.

FloppyTape Professional LED Tapes Debut at Lightshow West

23/09/2019 - Event News

USA - This week, TMB introduces the first offerings in its new FloppyTape range. These new introductions represent a real step forward in the world of LED Tapes; with unprecedented high CRI, colour-rendering, consistency, brilliance, and reliability, these are truly next generation LED tapes!

ACT Lighting to become exclusive Ayrton distributor for Canada

23/09/2019 - Business News

Canada – Ayrton and ACT Lighting has announced that, from 1 October, 2019, ACT Lighting will assume the exclusive distribution of Ayrton in Canada. Over the past several years Ayrton has established itself in the market as the leading force for innovative lighting products and solutions which are currently used in myriad projects around the globe.

LFPS Supports Luminary

23/09/2019 - Production News

UK – Event production specialist Light Fantastic Production Services has supported the creative team behind ‘Luminary’ the recent art installation at Crossness Pumping Station devised by artists Anna Heinrich & Leon Palmer.

Backstage Production Group Lights Romania’s Most Famous Theatre Festival with Chauvet Professional

23/09/2019 - Production News

Romania – In the second century, the Romans established Cedonia, a small settlement on the banks of the Cibin river that marked the outer reaches of their empire. They eventually left, and their small village grew into Sibiu, a cultural hub of central Europe where art and commerce thrived side-by-side.

Claypaky Lighting Fixtures Shine at Summer-Ending Festival 39 Aout in France

23/09/2019 - Production News

France – Summer lingered for music lovers at the Festival 39 Aout 2019, 30-31 August at the Domaine de Chalain in France’s Jura region. The multi-genre music festival was held in a beautiful setting alongside Chalain Lake where an array of Claypaky lighting fixtures illuminated Big Flo & Oli, Martin Solveig, Eagle-Eye Cherry and other performers.

EXTREME Support with MILOS Ultra High-Strength Steel

23/09/2019 - Equipment News

For more than 25 years, MILOS has produced high quality aluminium truss for some of the world’s leading live event production companies. In 2017, the company utilised its truss manufacturing and design knowledge to create an entirely new line of truss that was launched in 2018 – MILOS Steel Truss – which satisfies the ever increasing loading requirements of leading live events across the globe

Christie Connect UK Open Days 15-16 October 2019

23/09/2019 - Event News

UK – Following on from last year’s successful event, Christie is once again opening the doors of its Wokingham office to visitors from the UK and further afield. Held over two days, Christie Connect UK will showcase new projectors for enterprise and cinema, LED displays, as well as content management and processing equipment, all of which highlight the powerful end-to-end nature of the Christie offering. The event coincides with Christie’s 90th anniversary and offers a special seminar programme designed to demonstrate Christie thought leadership on current and future technology developments.

Little Hoglet, Big Control for China’s Lake Installation

23/09/2019 - Project News

China – A High End Systems Hoglet 4 is providing big control for a new outdoor multimedia installation in China.

X4 Bar 20s Lead the Way in Contemporary Outdoor Production of Evita

23/09/2019 - Production News

UK – One of the accepted technical challenges of London’s outdoor theatre season is the major productions at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, which run right through the summer.

Chroma-Q Space Force Delivers Sweet Solution for Sugar Studios

20/09/2019 - Project News

UK – The award-winning Chroma-Q Space Force LED space / softlight is delivering a sweet solution for cutting-edge new London studio facility, Sugar Studios, whose diverse client base spans the film, TV, game, music and photography industries.

Zero 88 Launches RigSwitch at PLASA 2019

20/09/2019 - Event News

UK – Lighting control manufacturer Zero 88 enjoyed a busy and lively PLASA 2019 entertainment technology trade expo at Olympia in London which included first UK trade show for its new RigSwitch remote controlled switching system together with a host of other neat, practical and innovative power, data and control solutions.

Another Successful Summer Session for Adlib in Glasgow

20/09/2019 - Production News

UK - Adlib supplied full production (lighting, video including LED screens and cameras, audio and rigging) to DF Concerts for the 2019 Glasgow Summer Sessions in Bellahouston Park that featured three dynamic gigs over two consecutive weekends, attracting over 100,000 people who rocked up to see headliners The Cure, Foo Fighters and The 1975.

Punching Above its Weight (and Size)

20/09/2019 - Equipment News

The BF121 is a high-performance subwoofer system, delivering tight and accurate bass response with very low distortion. It features a single 12” long-excursion woofer with double-spider suspension and 4” voice-coil in a bass-reflex configuration.

Unusual Rigging is Master of the House at Les Miserables: The Staged Concert

20/09/2019 - Production News

UK – Les Miserables: The Staged Concert is playing packed houses at London's Gielgud Theatre, with Unusual Rigging supplying the rigging and automation for the shows' four month stint.

Altman Lighting raises the creative potential for the Howard J. Kaplan Concert Hall

20/09/2019 - Project News

USA – As one of the nation’s top public universities, Towson University in Maryland has created an inclusive learning environment situated near the area’s prominent educational, community and cultural resources. From theatre to dance and music, the University’s performing arts programmes produce over 200 student and professional performances each year. Needing performance venues which can keep up with the busy production schedule, they called up Pennsylvania-based Illuminated Integration to renovate the 500-seat Howard J. Kaplan Concert Hall with a new lighting system including Chalice 70W recessed downlights from Altman Lighting.

Luke Edwards Reflects Jacob Collier’s Expansive Sound on Tour with Chauvet Professional ÉPIX

20/09/2019 - Production News

Australia – “Genius is making complex ideas simple,” wrote Albert Einstein. The late, great physicist and passionate amateur violinist undoubtedly would have been swept away had he been around today and found himself at the Sydney Opera House on 7 September 7 for Jacob Collier’s stunning two-hour exploration of music’s outermost boundaries.

Brompton Technology takes on AHA Awards

20/09/2019 - Production News

Australia – Regarded as the ultimate production showcase by long-term technical partner, Novatech Creative Event Technology, the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) South Australia’s annual AHA Awards for Excellence raised the bar once again this year.

Allen & Heath Gives Voice To Shakespeare

20/09/2019 - Production News

USA – A 48-channel Allen & Heath SQ-6 digital mixer landed a role in the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles (SCLA) production of Henry IV, one of the Bard of Avon’s most popular historical plays. Built from the ground up outdoors on the West Los Angeles Veteran Affairs campus under the artistic direction of SCLA founder Ben Donenberg, Henry IV was staged with a cast that included Tom Hanks as Falstaff, Hamish Linklater as Prince Henry, and Joe Morton in the title role. Sound design fell under the guidance of Diablo Sound, an LA-based firm that has brought audio to many of SCLA’s most acclaimed productions.

Shure Announces Autograph as Pro Audio Partner of the Year 2019

20/09/2019 - Business News

UK – Shure UK has announced Autograph as its 2019 Pro Audio Partner of the Year award.

PLASA Innovation Award winners are announced

19/09/2019 - Event News

UK – The PLASA Awards for Innovation, organised in collaboration with LSi magazine, took place at the end of a vibrant Monday at the PLASA Show 2019. The Awards recognise and reward pioneering product designs and the people behind them and are widely respected as they are independently judged by a team of industry experts with a variety of specialist backgrounds.

Cast appointed exclusive Elation distributor in Switzerland

19/09/2019 - Business News

Switzerland – Cast Swiss Light Consulting, an Elation partner in Switzerland since 2015, is now the exclusive Elation Professional distributor in the country after a recently signed agreement that went into effect on 1 September. Founded in 1986 and located in the town of Villeneuve in south-west Switzerland, Cast manages a portfolio of top entertainment technology manufacturers, focusing on the distribution of stage and lighting equipment to stage lighting and production companies, theatres and TV studios.

Westlife brings its 'Twenty Tour' to Dubai's Coca Cola Arena with a little support from Unusual Rigging & Engineering LLC

19/09/2019 - Production News

UAE – The new Coca Cola Arena in Dubai was packed out last month as thousands of Westlife fans relived their youth at the band's 'Twenty Tour'. Taking a walk down memory lane, the boy band performed hits from the past twenty years to the 17,000-capacity venue, with Unusual Rigging and Engineering LLC providing the house rigging points for the production.

Quantum Synergy with DiGiCo and Autograph

19/09/2019 - Event News

UK – July saw well over 100 delegates assembled at the Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre, (one of three theatres within the central London campus of RADA, The Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art), for a review of DiGiCo’s new Quantum Engine and designed-for-theatre T software.

DiGiGrid Delivers for Dream Academy

19/09/2019 - Project News

USA – Brian Young runs Dream Academy, a small full-service studio based in the foothills of Los Angeles. He is an experienced operator who engineers and produces for local talent as well as keeping a strong focus on writing for, recording and producing his own band, The Fashion Focus. Other artists also engage Brian for mixing and remixing duties, keeping this in-demand all-rounder very busy. Dream Academy is based around an older Pro Tools HD system which is employed for most of the recording and editing that takes place, with two satellite Ableton and Logic systems for midi/synth/modular work.

Effortless microphone management with Sennheiser Control Cockpit

19/09/2019 - Equipment News

In the age of digital transformation, the education sector is feeling the winds of constant change as the needs of institutes and students alike evolve to take advantage of the benefits of new technology. With numerous universities and colleges using Sennheiser products and a portfolio that is perfectly customised for the educational sector, Sennheiser has recognised the importance of making the digital workflows on campus as simple and productive as possible. This is where Sennheiser Control Cockpit software is helping to change the game. With release 3.2.0 of Control Cockpit now available, it offers an intuitive, easy way to set up and manage all networked Sennheiser microphone systems such as evolution wireless G3 and G4, SpeechLine Digital Wireless and TeamConnect Ceiling 2. The easy management of campus-wide microphone systems saves IT teams’ time, cost and effort.

Vari-Lite’s VL2600 Spot luminaires shine for RTL’s Télévie

19/09/2019 - Production News

Belgium – Filipe Dos Santos, director of photography at RTL Belgium, called on the high-performance features of the VL2600 Spot luminaire from Vari-Lite, a Signify entertainment lighting brand, in his design for Belgium’s annual charity television broadcast, Télévie.

WPL Fires Deep into Spectacular Leeds Castle Amphitheatre

19/09/2019 - Production News

UK – Leeds Castle in Kent recently played host to the spectacular open-air Leeds Castle Classical Summer Concert in celebration of its 900-year milestone. This gave around 11,000 concert-goers the opportunity to witness the world premiere of the fanfare, A Tribute to Leeds Castle, composed by Tom Hodge, performed by the Band of the Royal Marines and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and conducted by John Rigby.

Adamson & Support A.R. Rahman’s Huge Homecoming Show

18/09/2019 - Production News

India – Grammy and Oscar winner A.R. Rahman drew a massive crowd in mid-August 2019 for a special concert in his home city of Chennai, India. Once again, the artist, widely known as the Mozart of Madras, relied on Mumbai’s to supply and support the live audio system for the show, which this year was built around Adamson Systems Engineering’s heralded E-Series.

TEATR named new Elation Distributor in Poland

18/09/2019 - Business News

Poland – Elation Professional has announced that speciality stage technology company Przedsiebiorstwo Specjalistyczne TEATR has been named the new distributor for Elation products in Poland. Based near Warsaw in the town of Piaseczno, TEATR is one of Poland’s oldest and most respected entertainment technology companies.

Robe Returns to The Future at PLASA 2019

18/09/2019 - Event News

UK – Inspired by the launch of its new PLASA Innovation Award-winning ESPRITE moving light (with fully replaceable LED engine and a host of other ground-breaking features) and the iconic Back to The Future movie franchise, Robe presented the first in a new trilogy of expo live performance concepts at the PLASA 2019 expo in London.

Martin Thomas Balances Looks for The Alan Parsons Project with Chauvet Professional Maverick

18/09/2019 - Production News

Belgium – The word “individual” comes up often when Martin Thomas talks about lighting his long-time client Alan Parsons. It isn’t necessarily Parsons himself that the Tucson, Arizona-based LD is referring to, but each of the musicians that make up the pioneering Grammy winner’s band.

Highlite's PLASA Innovation Award Nomination

18/09/2019 - Event News

UK – Highlite International had a fabulous PLASA Show this year with highly motivated visitors who showed an eager interest in the overall presentations. Highlites's stands (G30 and G31) were very busy and drew a lot of attention. Most excitingly about this event is the PLASA Innovation Award nomination. Highlite received the nomination for the Infinity Furion B401 Moving Beam with its multicolour colour-bump feature. With this nomination the Furion B401 was one of a select group of 34 innovative and market-changing products. Highlite congratulates all recipients of this year's Innovation awards and is already looking forward to next year's PLASA Show.

Elation Artiste Monet wins 2019 PLASA Award for Innovation

18/09/2019 - Event News

UK – Elation Professional continues to bring innovative products to market and the PLASA trade show has again taken notice by awarding the company’s Artiste Monet LED Profile luminaire a PLASA Award for Innovation at the 2019 exhibition. Recognised as exceptional innovation at a ceremony held on 16th September at the Olympia Exhibition Centre in West London, the judges singled out the Monet’s wireless continuous-rotation framing and SpectraColor colour mixing systems.

WORKPRO Lifters Put Safety First by Launching New Training Videos at WFX

18/09/2019 - Business News

A new training programme designed to teach stage technicians the safest way to operate telescopic and front loading lifters will be introduced at WFX 2019 by Spanish company Equipson, which manufactures WORKPRO Lifters.

KV2 Audio pops up in The Den with Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

18/09/2019 - Project News

UK – The Den is a brand new pop-up theatre that forms a key part of the Royal Exchange theatre’s local exchange programme. Funded by a generous £1M gift from the Oglesby Charitable Trust, this unique and inventive performance space was designed by the award-winning architectural studio, Haworth Tompkins as an informal space-within-a-space for residents to make and share theatre and to see work from the Royal Exchange. Pro audio specialists, Autograph Sales & Installations, provided key elements of the sound reinforcement equipment for the new space including seven EX10 compact, full range active loudspeaker systems from KV2 Audio and an Allen & Heath Qu-16 rack-mountable digital mixer.

Bandit Lites and Mark Carver Light 2019 Black Music Honors

17/09/2019 - Production News

USA – Bandit Lites was proud to once again provide the lighting package for the fourth annual 2019 Black Music Honors, where Xscape, Freddie Jackson, Arrested Development, Tamia and Yolanda Adams were honoured for their contributions to African American culture and American music.

St. Malachy Church Blends Liturgy and Light with Chauvet Professional

17/09/2019 - Project News

USA – Stained glass windows have traditionally provided a beautiful visual backdrop that’s added passion and power to services inside Catholic churches. The rectangular stained-glass windows at St Malachy also fill this role with their vivid colours and religious-themed abstract patterns. However, this dynamic church outside Detroit recently took a step beyond stained glass and began engaging worshippers with a modern colour-rendering LED lighting system that features Chauvet Professional fixtures.

Christie announces world’s first true HDR 4K RGB pure laser projector for the Pro-AV market

17/09/2019 - Equipment News

Christie continues to push the boundaries of projection technology with the launch of Christie Eclipse, a 4K RGB pure laser projector featuring Christie RealLaser illumination, true HDR and an unparalleled colour gamut for the Pro-AV market.

Claypaky Lighting Fixtures Support Aerosmith’s Hit Las Vegas Residency at the Park Theater

17/09/2019 - Production News

USA – Aerosmith has launched its “Deuces Are Wild” residency at the Park Theater at MGM in Las Vegas with a multi-sensory experience that’s playing to sold-out houses. The show features Claypaky Mythos 2 and Sharpy Wash lighting fixtures provided by PRG.

Spotrack to Introduce TracMe at PLASA

17/09/2019 - Event News

UK – Spotrack, manufacturers of the world’s leading remotely operated followspot system, will be exhibiting at this year’s PLASA Show at London’s Olympia, 15-17 September. Spotrack enables an operator to remotely control from any location, up to 50 moving lights as followspots. It works with any moving light and any lighting console, in any performance space and can be used in all entertainment sectors for live production from anywhere in the venue. The Spotrack team will be on hand to explain and discuss all aspects of the hardware and software that comprise a system which is revolutionising the lighting industry’s approach to spotlight control. Spotrack systems are to be found in action all around the globe at high profile events, as more and more lighting designers and production managers acquaint themselves with the clear advantages the system delivers.

Winners announced at 2019 Knight of Illumination Awards

17/09/2019 - Event News

UK – More than 500 entertainment industry professionals celebrated the best in lighting and video design on Sunday night as The Knight of Illumination (KOI) Awards announced this year's winners at a glittering ceremony at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith.

Wärtsilä Entertainment Systems redefines Nightlife at Sea with first WPS install

16/09/2019 - Project News

USA – Wärtsilä Entertainment Systems has solved the challenge of delivering a premium nightclub experience at sea with the first ever installation of Martin Audio’s recently launched WPS optimised line array. The latest member of the Wavefront Precision family was specified long before its official launch to cater to the entertainment needs of Scarlet Lady, the very first ship in the Virgin Voyages fleet.

L-Acoustics Syva Helps Evergreen Ministries Focus on the Message

16/09/2019 - Project News

USA – Evergreen Ministries had put its faith in acoustical orthodoxy when the Hudsonville, Michigan church had its previous sound system installed. However, with the worship space residing in a mid-sized square building with largely metal construction that created reverberation problems, speech intelligibility and musical articulation were a frequent challenge. “They had a pretty typical flown PA, but it wasn’t really the kind of system they needed for a space like this,” recalls Todd Billin, design/sales engineer at Parkway Electric & Communications, a Holland, Michigan-based AV systems integrator with a long history of working on sound and video designs with houses of worship.

Once Upon A Synth: An Electronic Tale

16/09/2019 - Project News

Canada – ‘Once Upon A Synth’ YouTuber, Nebs is currently working with a beautifully streamlined set-up in his home studio, which at its core comprises the Audient iD22 audio interface, a Roland FP-10 MIDI controller and Ableton Live. He recently released an album using this and an array of different synthesisers from his collection, upping the ante on the lead-up to its release by filming the recording process track by track for his 60k YouTube channel subscribers.

Mobiltechlifts ML3 – Lifting and Supporting Line Arrays

16/09/2019 - Equipment News

The ML3 from Mobiltechlifts provides superior lifting strength in a small footprint when elevating line arrays for wide dispersion and coverage during live events. Its unique, easy loading system ensures safe and convenient attachment of hardware and truss at any position, even at almost ground level, thereby allowing crews to work faster and more safely.

Neutrik launches new product at IBC 2019

16/09/2019 - Event News

The Netherlands – At IBC, among the wide range of advanced connectivity products from Neutrik, the leading supplier of robust and reliable professional connectivity solutions for audio, video, and data, are two of its very latest developments: the NA2-IO-DPRO, professionally specified intelligent Dante I/O interface – being shown publicly for the first time – and its opticalCON DRAGONFLY fibre optic camera connector.

Blackout to undertake pioneering mental health research at PLASA 2019

16/09/2019 - Event News

UK - The team behind the six-minute immersive mental health installation Blackout has revealed that they will be running a pioneering industry evaluation alongside their exhibition experience at this year’s PLASA Show at London Olympia from Sunday 15 to Tuesday 17 September 2019.

Prolite Colourises Jennifer Lopez Egypt Show with Chauvet Professional

16/09/2019 - Production News

Egypt – “Bedazzling!” The word cropped up often when the press described the outfits Jennifer Lopez wore during her first-ever Egyptian concert in August. Stopping in the beautiful Mediterranean coast city of New Alamein as part of her “It’s My Party” tour to celebrate her 50th birthday, the star did indeed bedazzle her audience with a dynamic performance, and a glittering array of outfits that ranged from a romantic red top and skirt, to an all-gold ensemble, to a neon green body suit.

City Theatrical Launches Five New QolorFLEX LED Tapes

16/09/2019 - Equipment News

City Theatrical is expanding its line of QolorFLEX LED tape, dimmers, and accessories with five new LED tapes: QolorFLEX HiQ High CRI LED Tape (available in three colour temperatures), QolorFLEX UV LED Tape, and QolorFLEX 5-in-1 LED tape, RGBACW.

High End Systems Debuts TurboRay at Edinburgh Festival

16/09/2019 - Production News

UK – High End Systems lighting gear illuminated Leith Theatre for the duration of the recent Edinburgh International Festival. The fully LED rig comprised a selection of Sola Series fixtures, but the real highlight was High End’s latest innovation – TurboRay – which made its international debut at the event.

HELi Showequipment GmbH Chooses GLP's impression S350 Series

16/09/2019 - Production News

Germany – Dry hire specialists, HELi Showequipment GmbH supply technology for events of all types and sizes. The company, based in Bodenheim near Mainz, continually invests in new equipment from leading brand manufacturers, as well as offering full service back-up.

Vari-Lite’s new VL800 Series of event fixtures now shipping

13/09/2019 - Equipment News

Vari-Lite, the originator of the modern moving head lighting fixture and a Signify ( entertainment lighting brand, has announced that its new Vari-Lite VL800 Series of fixed and moving head LED fixtures is now shipping. The new series of fixtures can be seen at the PLASA Show (15-17 September) on stand E60 at the Olympia exhibition centre in London.

Robe for Sziget 2019 Main Stage

13/09/2019 - Production News

Hungary – “The power of our diversity unites us,” screamed the headers emblazoning the Main Stage at Budapest’s fabulous Sziget Festival, which saw another amazing lineup including Martin Garrix, The 1975, Florence + The Machine, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran among many others thrilling up to 80,000 fans a day for seven days, there and across the other performance stages and activities all over this beautiful island site.

Clifford Spulock and Chauvet Professional Move to Emotional Rhythms of The Wedding Singer

13/09/2019 - Production News

USA – “The most effective moments in theatre are those that appeal to basic and commonplace emotions,” wrote Clayton Hamilton in his seminal “Theory of Theatre.” Although the legendary, critic, narrator and author died in 1946, six decades before the Wedding Singer debuted on Broadway, he likely would have been impressed by the simple, unbridled power of the Mathew Sklar-Chad Beguelin musical, based on the film of the same name.

EM Acoustics unveils new-look EMS Series at PLASA 2019

13/09/2019 - Event News

UK – The EMS Series from EM Acoustics is the company’s best-selling loudspeaker range, featuring the company's signature passive crossovers and exceptional enclosure design. Hugely versatile, EMS Series point source loudspeakers are deployed in a vast array of theatres and entertainment venues both in the UK and worldwide, and the series plays a highly significant role in the rental market. In a further development to the range, EM Acoustics has enhanced the look and feel with a number of aesthetic changes, and augmented the series with the addition of a 10-inch model, the EMS-101X.

Martin MAC Allure Wash PC now shipping, first UK showing at PLASA 2019

13/09/2019 - Equipment News

This washlight variant of the MAC Allure Profile features a solid-state RGBW light engine with unique seven-segmented beam control. With instant colour control and pixelated beam, the MAC Allure Wash PC enables dynamic diffused projection and mid-air effects, previously not possible.

The English National Ballet select Harlequin Floors for their new home at London City Island

13/09/2019 - Project News

UK – Harlequin Floors has been chosen to supply dance flooring to the English National Ballet’s brand new state-of-the-art home in London City Island.

Mackie Elevates ProFX Series with Professional Upgrades

13/09/2019 - Equipment News

Mackie has announced the complete redesign of its most popular analogue mixer series, ProFXv3 professional effects mixers with USB. Now with Mackie's renowned Onyx mic preamps, GigFX effects engine, 2x4 24-Bit / 192kHz USB recording, and a new modern design. Not only are these great for live sound in clubs, bars, and venues, they are the perfect choice for home studios, content creators, and live streaming. Now included with the purchase of any ProFXv3 model is industry-stand DAW, Pro Tools | First, plus the exclusive Mackie Musician Collection featuring 23 Avid plug-ins valued at over $400 USD retail. The ProFXv3 Series is available in the six-Channel ProFX6v3, ten-Channel ProFX10v3, 12-Channel ProFX12v3, 16-Channel ProFX16v3, 22-Channel ProFX22v3, and 30-Channel ProFX30v3.

Mackie Partners with Avid

13/09/2019 - Business News

USA – Mackie has announced a new partnership with Avid to offer Pro Tools | First plus the exclusive Musician Collection featuring a unique bundle of 23 Avid plug-ins, including the legendary 304C Compressor and 304E EQ bundle, with select Mackie products. In addition, the popular Waveform OEM software and 16 plug-in DAW Essentials Collection is still included with select Mackie products. This complete software package is valued at over $500 USD making Mackie products an incredible value to end users. This announcement goes alongside the all-new ProFXv3 Series professional effects mixers with USB, which features upgraded recording capability, Onyx mic preamps, onboard compressors, and 24 effects making the series a perfect match for the industry-standard software.

Trondheim Rocks Again with Alcons

13/09/2019 - Production News

Norway – Last year’s debut two-day Trondheim Rocks festival was such a success that this year it added an extra day. Headlined by Def Leppard, KISS and Iggy Pop, Alcons Audio pro-ribbon systems again succeeded in the difficult task of giving 19,000 rock fans the volume and clarity they wanted, while keeping levels outside the arena low enough not to disturb nearby residential buildings.

SFL shows exciting new products at PLASA 2019

13/09/2019 - Event News

UK – This September sees leading sales, event and production company SFL offer PLASA visitors an exclusive opportunity to get hands-on with the brand-new Midas Heritage D digital mixing console, as well as Sennheiser’s acclaimed Digital 6000 series radio mics and Audinate’s ground-breaking Dante Domain Manager platform. SFL will also be celebrating its exclusive partnership with d&b audiotechnik.

PLASA Show goes Grand for 2020

13/09/2019 - Event News

UK – With just days to go before the PLASA Show 2019 opens its doors, exciting new plans have been announced for the 2020 edition of the event. The re-development of Olympia announced earlier this year alongside the surge in demand from both exhibitors and visitors alike has enabled the PLASA Show to move into Olympia’s Grand Hall from next year. The move will also see a slight alteration of dates, back to the original scheduling of 6-8 September 2020.

Creamfields Has Landmark Weekend as Britannia Row Supplies Three of the Festival’s Stages

13/09/2019 - Production News

UK - Founded in 1998, Creamfields is arguably the UK’s premier dance music festival. The brainchild of club promoter Cream, the event returned to Daresbury on the British August Bank Holiday weekend with bigger production values – and more flown subs – than ever before.

DiGiGrid Delivers for Dream Academy

13/09/2019 - Project News

USA – Brian Young runs Dream Academy, a small full-service studio based in the foothills of Los Angeles. He is an experienced operator who engineers and produces for local talent as well as keeping a strong focus on writing for, recording and producing his own band, The Fashion Focus. Other artists also engage Brian for mixing and remixing duties, keeping this in-demand all-rounder very busy. Dream Academy is based around an older Pro Tools HD system which is employed for most of the recording and editing that takes place, with two satellite Ableton and Logic systems for midi/synth/modular work.

We Out Here Festival Kicks Off with dLive and SQ

13/09/2019 - Production News

UK – Allen & Heath mixers tackled FOH and Monitor duties for We Out Here Festival, held for the first time this August and curated by BBC Radio 6 DJ, Gilles Peterson, his Bronswood Recordings label and Worldwide FM. Taking place across four-days in rural Cambridgeshire, the family-friendly festival showcased an eclectic line-up of underground artists and DJs.

Award winning Broadweigh Bluetooth makes its PLASA debut

13/09/2019 - Event News

UK – The award winning Broadweigh Bluetooth system is set to be a major talking point on the A.C Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) stand where it will make its PLASA debut this year. The kit, which launched in June has already been put through its paces at some major events, including the New York Auto Show and at Glastonbury and is in the running for the 2019 PLASA Innovation Award.

Unusual Rigging leads the Circular Economy debate at PLASA 2019

13/09/2019 - Event News

UK - Unusual Rigging's Tom Harper will lead a session hosted by SiPA at PLASA 2019 which aims to explore how 'Circular' the live production industry really is.

Doughty prepares for a busy Autumn of trade shows – kicking off with PLASA and IBC

13/09/2019 - Event News

Worldwide – Doughty Engineering is preparing for a busy few months of trade shows, starting with IBC in Amsterdam (13-17 September) and PLASA in London (15-17 September). This will be followed by PLSME in Dubai (15-17 October) and LDI in Las Vegas (22-24 November).

Brompton Technology assures image perfection on Bon Jovi This House is Not For Sale tour

13/09/2019 - Production News

USA - Bon Jovi is out on the 2019 leg of their This House Is Not For Sale tour and it is a visual spectacular. A major part of the impact is achieved via three huge, curved LED screens. Provided by PRG, they deliver high resolution visuals, with perfection of image assured by Brompton Technology’s Tessera SX40 processors.

L-Acoustics L-ISA Has Broadway Bounty Hunter Surrounded

13/09/2019 - Production News

USA – After being heard by over six million spectators at more than 1,500 live music performances around the world, L-ISA Sound technology by L-Acoustics recently made its North American musical theatre debut in Broadway Bounty Hunter, a delightfully campy musical comedy from Tony Award nominee Joe Iconis, staged at Manhattan’s Greenwich House Theater.

Elation IP65 lighting for Montana’s inaugural Peak to Sky festival

13/09/2019 - Production News

USA - When an inaugural event has rock icons like Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses), Josh Klinghoffer (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters) on the bill, let’s just say it's off to a good start. But lighting worthy of that all-star status needs to be delivered, and in a western environment where harsh weather is to be expected. That was the challenge local event producers Outlaw Partners and lighting suppliers Jereco Studios were up against at the first annual Peak to Sky festival in Montana in early July.

Triple E at PLASA London 2019

13/09/2019 - Event News

UK – Exhibitor and PLASA member Triple E is making final preparations for its exhibition presence at this year’s PLASA London Show, taking place at London’s Olympia from Sunday 15th – Tuesday 17th September.

ProLights Sunblasts raise the roof with UK Rapper ‘Stormzy’

13/09/2019 - Production News

Poland – This year's Glastonbury headliner, Stormzy amazed audiences at one of Poland’s largest annual music festival, Open’er.

Zero 88 Gets Behind the Fringe

12/09/2019 - Production News

UK – The Zero 88 team fully embraced the vibe, buzz and excitement of the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival where they were again on the ground with training and technical support for a range of their lighting consoles and control solutions.

Bandit Lites Brings the Lights to Toby Keith’s That’s Country Bro! Tour

12/09/2019 - Production News

USA – Singer, songwriter and entertainer Toby Keith is out on the road for the Toby Keith That's Country Bro! Tour with a lighting package provided by Bandit Lites. The 2015 Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee’s tour precedes the launch of his newest album, Toby Keith Greatest Hits, The Show Dog Years, out 25 October that features such hits like “Red Solo Cup” and “God Love Her” as well as new songs “Don’t Let the Old Man In” and “That’s Country Bro.”

Little Hoglet, Big Control for China’s Lake Installation

12/09/2019 - Project News

China – A High End Systems Hoglet 4 is providing big control for a new outdoor multimedia installation in China.

ChamSys Grand Opening Draws Crowd

12/09/2019 - Event News

UK – Good times mixed with valuable insights at the Grand Opening of the ChamSys UK head office on 2 September, as over 150 lighting programmers and designers from throughout Europe helped the company inaugurate its new office, training facility, and product development centre. In addition to mixing and mingling while enjoying food, drink and entertainment, visitors participated in informative classes, think tanks, and training sessions focused on the new MagicQ and QuickQ software from ChamSys.

Hawthorn Supports Magic Mike Live as it Heads to Berlin

12/09/2019 - Production News

Germany – After taking Las Vegas and London by storm, Channing Tatum’s Magic Mike Live will now thrill audiences in Berlin, Germany. Inspired by the hit Magic Mike film franchise, the latest production will open at the newly remodelled Club Theater at Potsdamer Platz in November this year. Having supported the London show since its opening last year, full service technical production company Hawthorn has been chosen to supply lighting equipment to the new Berlin production.

ETC grows UK sales team with Matt Cowles

12/09/2019 - People News

UK – ETC has announced the hiring of Matt Cowles as field project co-ordinator for its London office.

A.C. Entertainment Technologies Unveils Latest Broadcast Lighting Solutions at IBC 2019

12/09/2019 - Event News

Europe – Technology distributor, A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) will exhibit an array of specialist TV, broadcast and film lighting solutions from leading brands including Chroma-Q, Vista by Chroma-Q, Quasar Science and RatPac on stand 12.D39 at IBC. Video Release – Xstage S10 Advanced Design Stage Deck

12/09/2019 - Business News

Xstage has just released a video on that puts the spotlight on its new, advanced design stage deck, the S10. Weighing in at only 33kg, but without any reduction in loading capacity (750kg/m2) or stability, the new S10 deck is winning over live entertainment professionals around the world.

Gothenburg Cathedral Upgrades with Yamaha

12/09/2019 - Project News

Sweden – Yamaha VXL1 slimline line array loudspeakers are well-known for delivering high quality sound in boardrooms and meeting spaces. But they are quickly proving the solution of choice for many houses of worship, radically enhancing sound but without compromising the aesthetics of church interiors.

Dolby Cinema opens at ODEON Trafford Centre

12/09/2019 - Project News

UK – Following on from the hugely successful launch of the UK’s first Dolby Cinema at ODEON Luxe Leicester Square in London and ODEON Luxe Thorpe Park in Leeds, today sees the launch of a brand new Dolby Cinema screen residing at the ODEON Trafford Centre in Manchester, the third Dolby Cinema to open its doors to the British public since December 2018.

RG Jones Record Another Henley Success with MLA

12/09/2019 - Production News

UK – RG Jones Sound Engineering has been servicing the Henley Festival for an incredible 37 years, and with the aid of Martin Audio’s award-winning MLA family (and other components in the market leading portfolio) they are able to keep the tech sounding fresh, and therefore meet the requirements of both production manager, John Harris, and technical manager / head of sound, Jim Lambert.

CPL Ramps It Up for 2019 Camper Calling Festival

11/09/2019 - Production News

UK – Celebrating its fourth very successful year, the UK’s Camper Calling music festival organisers Jazz Events upped the ante and invested in more production to ensure that loyal fans of this fun-filled, family-friendly event enjoyed a diversity of entertainment to the full, in the beautiful grounds of Ragley Hall estate in Warwickshire over the late summer bank holiday weekend.

ArKaos Introduces Flexible Licensing for MediaMaster Pro

11/09/2019 - Equipment News

ArKaos, a real-time visual processing technology provider for live performance and spectacular displays, introduces Licence Rental for its flagship MediaMaster Pro real-time video control software platform.

TMB Welcomes Lauren Drinkwater

11/09/2019 - People News

UK – Lauren Drinkwater has joined TMB’s global customer development group. Lauren arrives with an extensive background in sales, support, and business management in the entertainment technology and production field. Lauren’s role at TMB is to build customer relationships, increase awareness of TMB’s products and service, and directly assist TMB’s European distribution partners. Lauren will be based out of TMB’s UK office and everyone can meet her at PLASA next week!

Leeds Trinity University Takes Control of its TV Studios with Vista by Chroma-Q

11/09/2019 - Project News

UK – Leeds Trinity University has upgraded the lighting infrastructure of its TV studio facilities to next generation systems utilising Vista by Chroma-Q lighting and media control.

LD Benoit Richard Favours Hog 4-18 for Rob Thomas Tour

11/09/2019 - Production News

Worldwide – Lighting designer Benoit Richard specified two High End Systems Hog 4-18 lighting control systems for Rob Thomas’ Chip Tooth Smile Tour 2019.

Martin MAC Encores strike a chord on Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

11/09/2019 - Production News

UK – Following a critically acclaimed UK tour, the stage adaptation of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin promptly transferred to the West End for a recent nine-week season at the Harold Pinter Theatre.

Brad Haynes Joins Chauvet Professional

11/09/2019 - People News

USA – Chauvet Professional has appointed Brad Haynes as its national resource manager – concert and touring. The Missouri native, who comes to Chauvet Professional from AC Lighting, brings a wealth of experience to his new position, which will involve fostering relationships between the company and touring designers in addition to creating a range of educational programmes.

DPA Microphones Appoints Distributors in Serbia and Croatia

11/09/2019 - Business News

Serbia & Croatia – As part of its commitment to its professional customer base, DPA Microphones has appointed two new distributors in Serbia and Croatia.

Yamaha Audio Systems Aid Learning at Innovative INHA University

11/09/2019 - Project News

Uzbekistan – Founded in 2014 and opened last year, INHA University in Tashkent (IUT) was established as a result of co-operation between the INHA University of Korea and the government of Uzbekistan. Designed to be the most innovative and technically-developed educational institution in the Central Asia region, a major Yamaha audio installation is a vital part of an award-winning AV solution, which is helping students on campus and with distance learning.

Stitcher Equips New Podcast Studios with Allen & Heath

11/09/2019 - Project News

USA - Stitcher, a leading podcast creator and distributor, recently moved into new studios in New York City with acoustics designed by Walters-Storyk Design Group (WSDG) and audio systems that include Allen & Heath Qu-16 and Qu-32 digital mixers. In its new studios, Stitcher creates a growing body of original content ranging from roundtable discussion to comedy improvisation, scripted fiction, documentary and musical podcasts.

First Assembly Church strikes a chord with d&b Soundscape

11/09/2019 - Project News

Canada – At a time when the background noise in audio is all about three dimensional sound and immersive experiences, arguably an extravagance suited to famous concert halls and exotic experimental music, it is contrary to the flow that we should encounter a d&b audiotechnik Soundscape system being applied at a church in Calgary, Alberta.

Vari-Lite provides a winning team for Saudi Cup Final celebrations

11/09/2019 - Production News

Saudi Arabia – Called upon by event producer Maestro Group to light the prestigious King Cup Final in Riyadh, lighting designer Koert Vermeulen used the versatility of a rig exclusively from Vari-Lite, a Signify entertainment lighting brand, to deliver his spectacular, stadium-scale design. His creation utilised 350 Vari-Lite fixtures from the pioneering moving light brand, including 100 of the powerful, feature-packed new VL10 BeamWash and 100 fixtures from the LED-based VLZ range.

Creative Lighting Solutions from Elation at WFX 2019

11/09/2019 - Event News

USA – Dynamic lighting systems are being used by houses of worship across the country in new and exciting ways to support the message and help grow congregations. Elation partners with houses of worship large and small to develop creative lighting solutions that engage with worshippers and help pack the pews. Elation invites visitors to Booth 718 at the WFX show in Orlando to talk about bringing ministries to the next level.

Adlib TRNSMTs the Right Message

11/09/2019 - Production News

UK – Adlib enjoyed another bumper, busy and successful summer festival and event season, from which recent highlights have included supplying full technical production (lighting, audio, video and rigging) for the third hugely popular TRNSMT Festival, staged by DF Concerts over three days at Glasgow Green.

On Top of the World at NAPOLI 2019 for the 30th Summer Universiade

11/09/2019 - Production News

Italy – Leading Italian lighting and visuals designer Giovanni Pinna came hot off Vasco Rossi’s Non Stop Live 2019 stadium tour and straight into the Opening Ceremony of the 2019 Summer Universiade – World University Games – event, staged at the Stadio San Paolo, Naples.

Bandit Lites Buys Big into High End Systems Gear

11/09/2019 - Production News

USA – 2019 may be drawing to a close but Bandit Lites is still grinding out plenty of events, tours and shows. With clients wanting a variety of gear at their disposal, Bandit Lites made a large purchase of High End Systems gear, specifically with the addition of SolaFrame 3000s and Hog 4-18 consoles.

Creative Technology appointed an Approved Supplier for the European Tour

10/09/2019 - Production News

Worldwide – Creative Technology (CT) first became involved in professional golf over 30 years ago, since then the company has steadily built its relationship with the European Tour providing AV technology at numerous tournaments throughout Europe, the Middle East and into Asia and Australia. CT has been appointed approved supplier to the tour in recognition of their long-term engagement.

TiMax festival-scale 3D immersive spatial audio for Aida in Szeged Hungary

10/09/2019 - Production News

Hungary – Szeged Sabadteri opera and music festival takes place annually across the city of Szeged, with a major feature being the diverse programme of lavish productions ranging from rock musicals to opera being staged in the vast central Dóm Square. This year’s futuristic treatment of AIDA, where love is set against the backdrop of war, marked the 80th anniversary since the eponymous opera’s first 1939 staging at this striking venue. Complementing director Gergely Kesselyak’s use of high-tech LED and multimedia scenography, TiMax SoundHub with HARDCore FPGA spatial processing added a new level of vocal and orchestral sonic immersion to an audience of 8000 over two nights.

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival Celebrates L-Acoustics

10/09/2019 - Production News

USA – Brooklyn has become an international destination, and it knows how to party. Each year since 1979, the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival takes place at the Prospect Park Bandshell, making Brooklyn the summertime centre of the universe: at least at weekends. This year, the largely free event delivered 29 shows over ten weeks, from 4 June to 10 August, to an estimated 175,000-plus people, featuring artists including Patti LaBelle, Liz Phair, Iron & Wine, Salif Keita and Bomba Estereo (free concerts), as well as The National and Courtney Barnett, and Father John Misty and Jason Isbell (ticketed double-bills). What was different this year was the sound: an L-Acoustics PA system was acquired and will now be an integral part of the event going forward into its fifth decade.

Claypaky B-EYE K20 Fixtures Support Natural Games Festival

10/09/2019 - Production News

France – The 12th Annual Natural Games Festival took place in Millau, France, 27-30 June, bringing together the world’s best competitors in eight outdoor pro/amateur competitions. On the programme were boulder climbing, freestyle kayaking, kayak boarder, acrobatic paragliding, slopestyle MTB, trial MTB, stand up paddle racing, highline and jumpline.

Ayrton chosen for Church of Our Saviour, Singapore

10/09/2019 - Project News

Singapore – Ayrton MagicBlade-FX and Mistral spot luminaires were recently supplied to the Church of Our Saviour in Singapore by Ayrton’s exclusive local distributor, Total Solution Marketing Pte Ltd.

White Light Supplies Evita at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

10/09/2019 - Production News

UK – White Light has once again supplied the lighting equipment for the entire Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre season, which recently culminated in a revival of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical Evita.

Obsidian Control Systems to show powerful NX 4 with DYLOS pixel composer at 2019 PLASA

10/09/2019 - Event News

UK – Obsidian Control Systems is joining with UK distribution partner Entedi 15-17 September at PLASA in London where the new NX 4 lighting console with DYLOS pixel composition engine will be available for demonstration. Designers, programmers and operators are invited to Stand H40 for a look at this powerful console in the intuitive ONYX platform and experience the creative possibilities with DYLOS.

Join Elation and Entedi at PLASA 2019

10/09/2019 - Event News

UK – Elation has partnered with Entedi Ltd. in the UK and is teaming with the technology equipment solutions provider to present an exceptional line-up of innovative lighting tools 15-17 September at PLASA in London. The Elation and Entedi team looks forward to a great PLASA and welcomes lighting professionals to Stand H40 for a closer look at these exciting innovations and much more.

Introducing rackSplit octo

10/09/2019 - Equipment News

rackSplit octo is a budget-friendly 1U rack-mount DMX/RDM opto-splitter. rackSplit octo heralds the new ‘skinny rack’ range from Artistic Licence, which also currently comprises a gateway (rackLynx octo). Its metal enclosure is a mere 50mm deep, allowing products to be doubled up (front and back) in touring racks for maximum packing density. Alternatively, the splitter is great for space-saving on wall mounted 1U racks.

Martin MAC Encores makes their mark on tour with Matilda The Musical

10/09/2019 - Production News

Worldwide – Matilda The Musical followed its successful run in London’s West End by embarking on a major international tour, opening in South Africa and presently in Asia Pacific. The Roald Dahl inspired award-winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company tells the story of an extraordinary little girl who changes her own destiny.

Brompton Technology ranked in Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100

10/09/2019 - Business News

UK – Brompton Technology has ranked in the annual Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 league table for the second year running, moving up to 76th place.

BlacklineX Powered ready for shipping

10/09/2019 - Equipment News

UK – Martin Audio has confirmed that the active versions of its big selling BlacklineX series, the BlacklineX Powered, will begin shipping in early September.

Uni of Salford’s New Adelphi Now Boasts 65 Audient Products

10/09/2019 - Project News

UKThe £55million Adelphi Arts and Media facility at the University of Salford has just seen its first students graduate who have spent their entire degree in the new building. Recording technical demonstrator, Samuel William Jones hails this as “a momentous occasion.” Housing the most up-to-date practice rooms, rehearsal facilities and recording studios that have been judged as the finest in Europe according to its website, the new creative hub also counts some 65 individual pieces of Audient equipment among its vast arsenal.

Hippotizer tools up for battleROYAL

10/09/2019 - Production News

Argentina – Berlin-based creative studio battleROYAL recently drew on the power of Green Hippo’s Hippotizer media servers to provide a dazzling ‘product experience’ at a corporate event devised for a leading financial services provider. The new Platinum Corporate card by American Express was a strong motivation for this unique creation, directed by battleROYAL’s Brendan Shelper and conceived and produced with Ogilvy Argentina and NA Producionnes.

Area Four Industries at PLASA

09/09/2019 - Event News

UK - It’s PLASA time again and Area Four Industries are looking forward to another great show from 15 – 17 September at the Olympia London. Join A4I on Stand G50, where thel latest products from MILOS, LITEC, JTE, EXE Technology and Xstage brands will be on display.

Huge Valledupar Cathedral Relies on Renkus-Heinz to Maintain Clarity

09/09/2019 - Project News

Colombia – Santo Eccehomo Cathedral in Valledupar became Colombia's largest cathedral when it opened its doors to more than 4,000 worshippers in April 2017. At 61 metres (200 feet) long and 34 metres (112 feet) wide, a capacity congregation of 6,000 (2,500 comfortably seated) can come together beneath a ceiling that soars to 14 metres (46 feet) high to celebrate the magnificence of a church they all contributed to building. The $12M pesos required to erect the cathedral was collected through an extraordinary campaign that brought in donations from rich and poor through a telethon and numerous fundraising activities and programmes.

HUST Delivers High Quality Sound to Grand Park Hotel Rovinj with Biamp, Community and Apart

09/09/2019 - Project News

Croatia – HUST d.o.o. has completed the design and installation of sound systems throughout the new Grand Park Hotel Rovinj, using a combination of Community and Apart loudspeakers with Biamp control. This 5-star 209-room hotel enjoys a stunning setting on the Adriatic coast of Croatia, with breathtaking views of the old town, islands and sea.

Astera at PLASA 2019

09/09/2019 - Event News

UK – Innovative German LED manufacturer Astera – integrated into the Ambersphere booth – will show its complete range of way-cool battery-powered wirelessly-operated LED products at PLASA 2019 in London, including the entire Titan family.

TRANSCOLOR Invests in 200 Robe Spiiders

09/09/2019 - Production News

Poland – TRANSCOLOR, one of Poland’s largest and most significant rental and visual production companies, has recently invested in 200 Robe Spiider LED wash beams.

Robb Jibson uses Ayrton Khamsin for unique looks on Chevelle’s summer amphitheatre tour

09/09/2019 - Production News

USA – American hard rock band, Chevelle, has embarked on a summer amphitheatre tour across North America, co-headlining with Breaking Benjamin and lit by Ayrton Khamsin LED profile fixtures.

Showlight 2021 Launches New Website

09/09/2019 - Event News

Showlight has announced the launch of its brand-new website to coincide with the PLASA Show 2019.

Summer in the City – RCF Audio Tools sound out the whole city of Bergheim

09/09/2019 - Production News

France - The eleventh edition of Bergheim’s city festival “Summer in the City” was once again full of music. In front of six stages, spread all over the city, thousands of music enthusiasts could enjoy the free music performed by bands of all conceivable styles. Following the motto “1 evening - 6 stages” the festival transforms the city into the biggest stage in the area. New this year, the audience could vote for the bands, which can then perform on the audience stage. RCF was present to sound out the complete festival on all stages spreading the whole city. Using the new TTL 4-A system for the first time, even a German premiere was part of the party, taking place all over the city.

Clair Brothers Expands into Russia with Rental Partner Sound Line Agency

09/09/2019 - Business News

Russia – The Sound Line Agency, founded in 1998, operates with the singular mission of bringing its customers the best products the industry has to offer. The company closely follows technology news and developments to ensure its knowledge base remains on the cutting edge. Its dedication to excellence is what makes Sound Line one of Russia's respected rental companies.

ArcSystem Brings Power Savings and Flawless Dimming to Centennial Concert Hall

09/09/2019 - Project News

Canada – Acting as a hub for performing arts in Winnipeg, Canada, the Centennial Concert Hall has long upheld a sense of community for the people of Manitoba. With a seating capacity in excess of 2,300, the venue is the largest performing arts space in Winnipeg. When Centennial Hall decided to upgrade its lighting system to improve energy efficiency and coverage, ArcSystem immediately stood out as a top choice.

Bob Mentele new Vertical Market Manager at Elation Professional

06/09/2019 - People News

USA – Elation Professional has introduced Bob Mentele as its new vertical market manager, a new position designed to provide specialised service to the growth markets of worship, theatre, broadcast and education.

Robe at PLASA London 2019

06/09/2019 - Event News

UK – Robe embraces the spirit and dynamics of multiculturalism and the unmistakable joie de vivre that marks London as an entertainment hub and PLASA 2019 as a key exhibition and meeting point for the worlds of theatre, performance, rental and staging, it is the first exhibition launch of its brand-new ground-breaking ESPRITE LED profile moving light. ESPRITE pioneers a new era in the use of white source LED engines and will create plenty of buzz on Stand D40!

Craig Richter Pumps Up Halestorm Tour with Chauvet Professional

06/09/2019 - Production News

USA – Craig Richter believes in coming out of the gate fast when lighting a concert. “When the first song hits, I like the audience to get a full immersion of sound and light all at once,” he said, explaining his approach to design.

Busiest Year Ever for Hawthorn at Edinburgh Festival

06/09/2019 - Production News

UK – Offering an unparalleled mix of cultural experiences, the Edinburgh International and Fringe festivals take place in August and collectively form the World’s largest arts festival. With thousands of performers taking to hundreds of stages across the city, this year proved to be the busiest ever; none more so than for full technical production provider Hawthorn, who supplied equipment to performances across both festivals.

Area Four Industries Presents “Temporary Outdoor LED Screen Structures” at PLASA

06/09/2019 - Event News

UK – Don’t miss the “Temporary Outdoor LED Screen Structures” presentation by Area Four Industries technical director, Dipl-Ing. Norbert Tripp, on 16 September from 13:30 – 14:15 in the Lighting and Production Theatre (London Olympia Hall).

Perry Farrell Rocks Out with Bandit Lites

06/09/2019 - Production News

USA – Rock star Perry Farrell recently wrapped a tour with a lighting package provided by Bandit Lites. Farrell, Jane’s Addiction front man and a founder of the iconic Lollapalooza festival, dazzled audiences with deep cuts, popular favourites and new songs from his most recent project, Kind Heaven, his first solo album since 2001.

sunDial quad nominated for PLASA Innovation Award

06/09/2019 - Event News

UK – Artistic Licence will be showing its newly launched trailing edge mains dimmer, sunDial quad, at PLASA London. With outstanding dimming performance and advanced safety features, the product is set to trigger a conceptual shift in the perceived suitability of dimmable LED replacement bulbs for the professional market. As such, AL is proud to enter sunDial quad into the PLASA Awards for Innovation.

A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd to Show Over 20 Brands Exclusively at PLASA 2019

06/09/2019 - Event News

UK – A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET), a leading one-stop provider of professional equipment to the entertainment industry, will show over 20 brands exclusively on its stand (E30) at PLASA 2019, London Olympia.

Design Sound and DiGiCo: Always Seen and Heard Together in the Best of Places

06/09/2019 - Production News

USA – If Entertainment Tonight and Page Six had a party, they’d call Design Sound, the sound reinforcement provider with a client list to match. The decade-old Beverly Hills-based company is the primary sound provider for West Coast Music, event-orchestra impresario Jim Eppolito’s company that provides live music for A-list Hollywood film and television celebrities, sports stars, and corporate events.

Novatech a national winner in the Audio-Visual Industry Awards

06/09/2019 - Event News

Australia – Novatech has been recognised for its innovative and safety-focused approach to events with the presentation of the Exceptional Innovation Award for the work on the Santos Tour Down Under. TheAVIA’s were presented as part of the Integrate trade show held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on the 27th-29thAugust. The judges recognised Novatech for its innovation in designing an audio system that could be safely deployed along kilometres of city streets whilst providing concert quality sound.

ETC and High End Systems showcase new products at PLASA 2019

06/09/2019 - Event News

UK – ETC and High End Systems return to PLASA on stand J38A/B with a selection of their latest products, ‘Tech Talks’ seminars by ETC specialists and an evening of networking and Augment3d games.

Claypaky announces new go-to-market and distribution structure in the UK and Ireland

06/09/2019 - Business News

UK – As part of the restructuring process of our sales organisation in some regions, Claypaky has announced the appointment of A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) as the new Claypaky distributor for the United Kingdom, and its sister company, A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ireland Ltd. for the Republic of Ireland.

SiM appointed as ProLights distributor for Russia 05 September 2019 Professional

06/09/2019 - Business News

Russia – Entertainment Technology manufacturer ProLights have appointed Moscow based SiM Company (Группа Компаний "SiM") as their distributor throughout Russia.

Alistair Smyth Joins Elation Europe in Technical Sales

06/09/2019 - People News

The Netherlands – Elation Professional’s European headquarters has announced the hiring of Alistair Smyth, a 24-year industry veteran who joins the growing office’s technical sales department. Smyth comes to Elation with a proven background in customer, technical, sales and project support and will provide technical advice, assistance and training for Elation’s extensive product line.

Shure Announces Upgrades to Entire Se Earphone Line

06/09/2019 - Equipment News

Flexibility, improved audio quality, and longer wireless battery life are some of the most important features for earphone consumers. Shure has announced that its innovative line of detachable SE Sound Isolating Earphones is now available with enhanced features that provide enriched audio quality, improved wireless battery life, and convenient options to switch between wireless or wired listening.

Vari-Lite and Strand provide high performance solutions for Caruth Auditorium

06/09/2019 - Project News

USA – Caruth Auditorium, a classical concert hall at the heart of Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts, has benefited from a new stage lighting system from Vari-Lite and Strand, Signify entertainment lighting brands. The system has delivered improved light quality, colour capability and quiet operation, plus major reductions in operational costs.

Three Draft ESTA Standards Available for Public Review

05/09/2019 - Standards News

Three new or revised standards are available for public review on the ESTA TSP website at Anyone materially affected by the documents is invited to review them and to offer comments before the deadline. The review documents are available for free. They are listed below in order of action due-date. Note that the reviews do not all end on the same day.

ESTA Announces ANSI Approval of RDMnet

05/09/2019 - Standards News

On 27 August ANSI’s Board of Standards Review approved E1.33 RDMnet, as an American National Standard. It is now published and available on the ESTA website at The American National Standard designation is internationally recognized as a mark of technical diligence and commercial impartiality.

Patrick Brannon and Maverick MK3 Profile Provide Production Looks at Orange County Fairgrounds’ House of Power Stadium

05/09/2019 - Production News

USA – Growing up in north-eastern Louisiana, country superstar Tim McGraw was familiar with the kind of hot, humid night he encountered when he took the House of Power Stadium stage as the headliner presented by Orange Motorsports and Entertainment and House of Power Production at the at the Orange County Fairgrounds. On stage McGraw relied on his team, including long-time lighting designer Patrick Brannon, to bring the kind of production associated with a multi-Grammy winning icon.

dLive Keeps Watchful Eye Over Big Brother Canada

05/09/2019 - Production News

Canada – Hit reality TV Show, Big Brother Canada, wrapped up its seventh season in early May, with an Allen & Heath dLive mixing system handling audio for the live studio audience segments.

Alcons starts delivery of the LR18/120, wide dispersion pro-ribbon line-array

05/09/2019 - Equipment News

The LR18/120 is a three-way, compact-mid-size format line-source sound system, combining a 120-degree wide dispersion high sound quality with high dynamic SPL capabilities and throw.

High End Systems Introduces SolaWash 1000

05/09/2019 - Equipment News

High End Systems introduces the newest member of the Sola Series, the SolaWash 1000 automated luminaire. SolaWash 1000 is available in two versions: either with an ultra-bright engine producing 20,000 field lumens or a high CRI engine featuring incredibly accurate colour rendering.

Brompton Technology expands customer facing team

05/09/2019 - Business News

In line with its continuing rapid growth, Brompton Technology has announced the expansion of its customer facing team with the additions of Dries Vermeulen as business development manager (Europe), and Chris Grandin as technical support manager.

Martin Audio MLA’s Capital triumph at record-breaking Sziget

05/09/2019 - Production News

Hungary – This year’s annual seven-day-long Sziget Festival on Hajógyári Island, north of Budapest, was the event’s biggest yet, breaking attendance records on the day that Ed Sheeran appeared.

Robe launches new ESPRITE LED moving light

04/09/2019 - Equipment News

This very bright and precise moving light is the first to use Robe’s ground-breaking new generation 650W WTE (White Transferrable Engine) light source. It has been fully designed, developed, patented and manufactured by Robe in its factory in the Czech Republic to ensure optimum performance.

New Sheffield venue ‘Network’ chooses HK Audio Linear 5 sound systems

04/09/2019 - Project News

UK – Having long relied on an HK Audio sound system in Record Junkee, a bustling vinyl heaven and gig venue situated above his Music Junkee equipment shop in the heart of Sheffield, HK Audio was once again the go to brand when Martin Leverton was looking for a rig for his new venture, a second and substantially larger city centre venue.

Artistic Licence at PLASA

04/09/2019 - Event News

UK – This year's PLASA London sees the launch of rackSplit octo, a budget-friendly DMX/RDM opto-splitter. At a mere 50mm deep, the product heralds the new 'skinny rack' range. With eight Neutrik XLR5 outputs (transient protected) and featuring the famous Artistic Licence data-fix mode, the product packs premium functionality into an impressively compact form factor. Complementing the opto-splitter is the new skinny eight-output gateway, rackLynx octo, which converts Art-Net/sACN to DMX/RDM.

Matthew Millward joins Rigging Team as technical manager

04/09/2019 - People News

UK – Independent rigging specialist, Rigging Team, has announced the appointment of Matthew Millward to the role of technical manager at its Stevenage headquarters.

Large Complement of Claypaky Fixtures Shine on Rammstein’s 2019 European Stadium Tour

04/09/2019 - Production News

Europe – German rock band Rammstein just finished its first ever stadium tour in Europe with Claypaky HY B-EYE K25, Scenius Unico, Mythos 2 and Sharpy lighting fixtures, selected by lighting designers Ronald Greil and Patrick Woodroffe of Woodroffe Bassett Design, accompanying the show across the continent. Neg Earth Lights, London was the lighting vendor.

Ayrton at PLASA London 2019

04/09/2019 - Event News

UK – Ayrton will be exhibiting at PLASA with its exclusive UK distributor Ambersphere Solution on Stand K40b.

Günter Jäckle directs effects with Vari-Lite VL6000 Beam for Udo Lindenberg

03/09/2019 - Production News

Germany – Udo Lindenberg, one of Germany’s most enduring rock stars, is back on the road with Live 2019, another trademark spectacular touring production. This time around, lighting designer Günter Jäckle has included 22 VL6000 Beams from Vari-Lite, a Signify entertainment lighting brand, in his touring rig.

Join Renkus-Heinz at WFX Sept 17-19, 2019

03/09/2019 - Event News

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

Elation Lights for Santana’s “Supernatural Now” US Tour

03/09/2019 - Production News

USA – One of the summer’s more successful US tours has been Carlos Santana’s “Supernatural Now” outing with opening band The Doobie Brothers, two acts with roots that stretch back decades that can still pack a house. Equally experienced is LD Michael Ledesma, who has designed the lighting for the tour and is out on the road operating the show.

Painting the Cornfields with Luminosity

03/09/2019 - Production News

Belgium – Visual design specialist Painting with Light (PWL) was asked by the organisers of the 2019 Campo Solar Festival in Belgium to create site-wide ambience and a warm comfortable inclusive empathy utilising light and spreading some special magical luminosity around its unique location in the corn, wheat and sunflower fields along the Pijpeweg in Damme, near Brugge.

MDG at PLASA 2019

03/09/2019 - Event News

UK – MDG will be exhibiting at PLASA 2019 in London’s Olympia on Stand 50 where it will be celebrating the fifth anniversary of MDG Fog UK with a prize draw and the chance to win some MDG swag!

Chauvet Professional ÉPIX Strip IP Create Stunning Looks at the European Music Festival for Young People

03/09/2019 - Production News

Belgium – Music has been called “the universal language.” Beautiful proof of this age-old adage echoed along the Belgian-Dutch border for four days recently as the small municipality of Neerpelt hosted the 68th edition of the annual European Music Festival for Young People. Attracting performers and music lovers from all over the world, the event showcased 100 children and youth ensembles with over 4,000 international performers representing every genre from symphonic and brass, to jazz and big bands, to chamber and folk. and at PLASA 2019

03/09/2019 - Event News

UK – will be exhibiting at PLASA 2019 (London Olympia, 15-17 September) on Stand B2b alongside its new sister company, joins CutColourPlus, the filter cutting and supply service, and Inluster lighting consultancy under the umbrella.

Robert Juliat at PLASA 2019

03/09/2019 - Event News

UK – Robert Juliat will be exhibiting at PLASA 2019 on Stand K40d with exclusive UK distributor, Ambersphere Solutions, where it will demonstrate SpotMe, its award-winning, bespoke 3D position-tracking system for followspots, which earned Robert Juliat a PLASA Award for Innovation in 2018.

Martin Audio WPS shipping from September

03/09/2019 - Equipment News

Martin Audio has confirmed that its new WPS, the fourth model in the award winning and best-selling Wavefront Precision optimised line array series, will be shipping with effect from early September.

Battiti Live shakes Italian province with ProLights

03/09/2019 - Production News

Italy – The 2019 edition the most awaited Italian travelling music festival Battiti Live (Live Beats) recently engulfed Italy’s Puglia region. Spanning over five days and welcoming over 70 international acts, this year’s production is certain to make history.

Leipzig Enjoys Classical Italian Nights With Yamaha

03/09/2019 - Production News

Germany – Every year the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra performs two open air concerts in the German city’s main park, the Rosental. The hugely popular Klassik airleben concerts are free to attend and, this year, beautiful summer weather and high quality Yamaha digital mixing ensured that more than 60,000 of the city’s population enjoyed two great evenings of Italian classical music.

Blinding Light is now TSL Lighting

02/09/2019 - Business News

UK – TSL Lighting has announced that Blinding Light will now operate under the TSL Lighting branding, following its acquisition of the event lighting specialist in January 2018.

KV2 Audio takes audiences to the moon and back with APOLLO 11

02/09/2019 - Production News

USA – As the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of the moon landing in 1969, a new play endeavours to recreate the thrill of this historic event with a unique, immersive theatrical experience. APOLLO 11 tells the story of the 400,000 men and women who worked to accomplish this extraordinary mission. Told through the eyes of a retired NASA aerospace engineer as he recounts the story to his teenaged granddaughter, APOLLO 11 is staged in ground-breaking, purpose-built venue that plays host to 20 actors, 40,000 square feet of 360-degree video projection, a life-sized rocket and a powerful KV2 Audio sound system designed by renowned Broadway and West End theatre sound designer, Bobby Aitken, and supplied by Stage Sound Services in Cardiff. The first run has just finished in Pasadena, CA, with the next shows scheduled in Houston, TX in December.

Let it Roll Rocks with Robe

02/09/2019 - Production News

Czech Republic – Let it Roll 2019 attracted some of the best and most popular drum ‘n’ bass sounds and artists as 25,000 fans rocked up to enjoy three days and seven stages of DNB mayhem in the atmospheric environment of Milovice Airfield. The former Soviet-era airbase north of Prague in the Czech Republic is tucked away in wooded countryside surrounded by a myriad of winding concealed roads.

Saskatchewan’s Casino Regina invests in Robert Juliat Oz Followspots for Show Lounge

02/09/2019 - Project News

Canada – When the Casino Regina Show Lounge wanted to replace some of its heavily-used followspots, Christie Lites Sales, a Saskatchewan dealer for Robert Juliat lighting fixtures, suggested a pair of Oz 600W LED followspots for the entertainment venue.

András Praksch Unleashes Versatile Looks at Sziget 2019 with Chauvet Professional

02/09/2019 - Production News

Hungary – Born out of the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1993, the Sziget Festival has blossomed into one of the largest events of its kind in Europe. Over half a million fans flocked to Obuda Island in the Danube in mid-August. Many came, no doubt, to see headliners like Ed Sheeran, The National, The 1975, Florence + The Machine, and Post Malone.

Minneapolis Convention Center adds Ayrton Bora-S fixtures to main auditorium

02/09/2019 - Project News

USA – The Minneapolis Convention Center has completed another phase in its continuing technology upgrade adding Ayrton Bora-S wash luminaires to the main auditorium.

Idlewild Baptist Church Turns to DiGiCo for Live Services, Broadcast, and Teaching Applications

02/09/2019 - Project News

USA – Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz, Florida is the very definition of a mega church. Its 5,000-plus-seat sanctuary is big enough to accommodate a Boeing 747 airliner and still leave room for the church’s 210-voice choir and 64-piece orchestra.