News Archive for March 2020

Robe for Véronic DiCaire “Showgirl” tour

31/03/2020 - Production News

Canada & Europe – Montreal-based visual design practice Luz Studio, headed by Matthieu Larivée, created the eye-catching production design at the core of French-Canadian singer and impressionist Véronic DiCaire’s current “Showgirl” tour, which had a very successful launch in Canada in December 2019, then toured arenas in Europe – before the Coronavirus pandemic took hold and curtailed all live events until the curve is flattened.

Ayrton Boredom Buster

31/03/2020 - Event News

Currently, this industry is facing an unprecedented, involuntary down-time as a result of the C-19 situation. Ayrton wants to help break up the monotony by offering an opportunity for creative expression while in isolated. Let’s channel that creative energy into something positive and fun. Show what you can do by participating in the Ayrton Boredom Buster!

Garth Brooks Performs Live Streaming Concerts

31/03/2020 - Production News

USA – For those missing the comradery and exuberance of a live concert experience, long-time Bandit Lites client Garth Brooks offered some words of encouragement amidst a one-hour Facebook live stream that was so popular, it apparently kept crashing the social media site. Brooks was recently honoured as this year's recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

Massive Productions “Lights The Sky” Over Curaçao with Chauvet Professional

31/03/2020 - Production News

Curaçao – Reaching 56.4 metres above the crystal blue waters of St. Anna Bay, the Queen Juliana Bridge (the highest such structure in the Caribbean), affords spectacular views of this nation’s capital city and its beautiful beaches. On the evening of Sunday 22 March, it also offered an inspiring view of the future, when it served as the centrepiece of “Light The Sky” in Curaçao.

Absen Hires Philippe Poppe as Business Development Manager for Benelux

31/03/2020 - People News

Benelux – Leading global LED display manufacturer, Absen, has hired Philippe Poppe as its new business development manager for the Benelux (Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg) region.

TiMax 3D immersive audio for Tool arena tour

31/03/2020 - Production News

Australia & New Zealand – Cult cons of progressive metal, Tool, have just completed the southern-hemisphere leg of their extensive and technically ambitious arena touring schedule, supporting the launch of the long-awaited album, Fear Inoculum. As they headed to Australia and New Zealand, it was confirmed that the tour’s one-of-a-kind, TiMax SoundHub-driven 3D surround sound system – that started out as something of an experiment – would continue for the rest of the tour as it had ‘become part of the show’.

EM Acoustics reports hugely successful joint demos with Timax

31/03/2020 - Event News

UK – SARM Music Bank rehearsal studios in London recently hosted a major series of demonstrations from UK loudspeaker manufacturer, EM Acoustics and Out Board, immersive spatial reinforcement and performer tracking specialist. In the spotlight was the revolutionary Reference Series R10 point source loudspeaker from EM Acoustics – seen for the first time anywhere at ISE 2020 – and the acclaimed HALO-B medium format line array. Out Board showcased the new HARDCore FGPA processing for the TiMaxSoundHub and the all-new TiMax TrackerD4 precision stagetracking for live performer vocal localisation and multimedia effects control.

Point Source Audio Boosts Mic Hygiene with Added Offering

31/03/2020 - Equipment News

USA – As a way of helping to enhance microphone hygiene in these challenging times, Point Source Audio has added extra windshields into every microphone it sells. Standard mic packages that had typically included one windshield have been upgraded to six at no additional charge.

Battle of the Bands a Winning Formula For Martin Audio and Focusrite

30/03/2020 - Production News

UK – Buckinghamshire Music Trust (BMT’s) Battle of the Bands (BOTB) contest for young aspiring musicians was this year blessed by having two of the world’s leading pro audio manufacturers provide a top tier concert touring specification. By being able to broadcast their sound through a premier touring PA, on a Dante backbone, will have taken the 12 bands competing in the final into new territory.

Port Lighting Systems and Elation for First Night Boston

30/03/2020 - Production News

USA – Boston is a town with fantastic traditions and one festive custom that Bostonians have enjoyed since 1975 is First Night Boston, New England’s biggest New Year’s Eve celebration. Produced by Conventures, Inc., this past season’s festivities were lit by Port Lighting Systems using Elation weatherproof luminaires. First Night Boston is an event the New Hampshire-based lighting specialists have worked for many years.

DMX-Workshop upgraded

30/03/2020 - Equipment News

DMX-Workshop, the free software application for lighting network management, analysis, configuration and diagnostics, is available in a new version for download. It offers functionality across many protocols, including Art-Net, sACN, DMX512, RDM, VLC and DALI.

Roosevelt Dsouza and Chauvet Professional Brightened Wembley for Salman Ali in February

30/03/2020 - Production News

UK – It’s been described as “the audition that shook the world.” In July, 2018 a young man barely six months out of his teens, walked out before the judges of India Idol and, in a distinctively high melodious voice, sang the ethereal Sufi song, “Sajda.” The judges were visibly moved; and five months later 20-year old Salman Ali went on to become the winner of the top-rated TV programme. He was just getting started!


30/03/2020 - Standards News

The Sennheiser SoundAcademy has started to provide free pro audio training webinars and product demonstrations globally. The webinars will cover a wide range of topics from wireless microphones, to audio for video, to conference beam-forming microphones. They have been created for customers from the music industry, AV industry, film and video production teams as well as the education and corporate sectors. The free training sessions will be offered at 8:30am, 1:30pm and6pm (all times CET), which allows people from around the globe to tune in.

Powersoft Announces Online Training Sessions for Deva Multimedia Units

30/03/2020 - Standards News

 Italian power amplifier manufacturer Powersoft has just announced new online training for its outdoor multimedia unit Deva. The sessions will be presented live by one of Powersoft’s Deva system engineers and will focus on the features of the unit designed specifically for safety and crowd management during emergency situations including facial recognition, crowd count, virtual fencing, SOS, and public warning messages. The trainings will take place on Monday, 30 March, 2020 at 2pm CEST and 6pm CEST and are free to attend. Attendees can register below through Powersoft’s website.

Zoom Certifies Yamaha Unified Communications CS-700 Video Sound Bar

30/03/2020 - Equipment News

Yamaha Unified Communications has announced that its CS-700 Video Sound Bar is certified for use with Zoom Video Communications, Inc., Zoom Rooms.

Wrestling event enjoys flawless comms with Green-GO

27/03/2020 - Production News

Switzerland – Stagelight, one of Switzerland’s leading production rental houses, recently provided a Green-GO event comms solution as part of the full technical production package for a high-profile professional wrestling show at Zurich’s multi-purpose Hallenstadion. The event was another success for Green-GO’s award-winning digital intercom over Ethernet technology, which has become a firm favourite in the events industry, as a dependable, high quality yet cost-effective crew comms solution.

Astera Academy is Launched

27/03/2020 - Business News

LED manufacturer Astera’s first concern during the Coronavirus pandemic is that everyone stays safe, well and healthy.

MGG Hits the Road in South Africa

27/03/2020 - Business News

South Africa – The technical production industry is known worldwide for its resourcefulness and determination, and the Coronavirus pandemic is energising some intrepid ideas to help keep businesses rolling and communities safe and functional during the crisis.

Solid State Logic System T Consoles Installed at NBCUniversal Six-Studio Complex in Boston

27/03/2020 - Project News

USA – Executives from NBCUniversal together with state, city and local officials attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new $125 million NBCUniversal Boston Media Center, located at the Needham Crossing Business Park, on 26 February, 2020. Five Solid State Logic System T AoIP-networked audio mixing consoles handle all facets of broadcast audio production at the six-studio complex, which was designed and built on a SMPTE ST 2110 IP backbone.

Stage Electrics Appoints New Service Engineer

27/03/2020 - People News

UK – Ollie Searle (pictured) has joined Stage Electrics as a service engineer working within its busy service department. As part of a team of five service engineers, Ollie will be responsible for visiting customers across the UK, maintaining and repairing a wide range of production lighting audio and video equipment.

BME Moves Showcase Online with Support From Allen & Heath

27/03/2020 - Production News

UK – Allen & Heath’s dLive and Avantis consoles proudly provided audio support for a wealth of emerging British talent at the relocated British Music Embassy (BME) sessions earlier this month.

Manny Newman Lights Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s Livestream with Chauvet Professional

27/03/2020 - Production News

USA – Pigeons Playing Ping Pong thrives on contact with their large, loyal base of hardcore fans. Feeding off the energy of the crowd powers the psychedelic funk jam band through a relentless touring schedule that includes about 200 shows a year. But a wildly cheering audience was nowhere to be seen when the irrepressible quartet took to a temporary stage set up at Showtime Sound’s warehouse on Saturday 14 March for a live streamed concert on

Clair Brothers Kitcurve Loudspeakers Improve Sound Coverage at Latvia’s Adazi Cultural Centre

27/03/2020 - Project News

Latvia – The Adazi Cultural Centre is a modern and popular institution that serves numerous community functions with events such as concerts, exhibitions, conferences and many other educational experiences. Not only do residents of the region love the Adazi Cultural Centre, it’s also highly valued by Latvian pro audio industry professionals, popular musicians and concert producers. The building was commissioned in 2010, unfortunately, the sound system originally installed in the 400-seat hall was outdated and could not provide the necessary sound coverage across the hall or up in the balcony area. Enter Clair Brothers.

BRIT School Partners with Britannia Row Productions for Brit Awards Student Programme

27/03/2020 - Standards News

UK – This year, for the first time, Britannia Row Productions offered a work placement to a Year 13 Production Arts student from the BRIT School. Ethan Wells (pictured) joined the audio crew to gain hands-on experience of the prestigious event.

CPL Delivers Large Disco Themed Webcast

27/03/2020 - Production News

UK – Technical production specialist CPL was poised to deliver an elaborate show environment to event organisers, Pandora Events, for a motivational event and sales conference occupying Hall 4 of the NEC Birmingham. It was complete with in-the-round staging, live band, dancers and roller-skating artists and high-level presenters for 2,500 guests but,, during the dress rehearsals, Covid-19 intervened.

Austrian Audio OC818 Microphones Impress on Sam Smith Tour

27/03/2020 - Production News

Austria – Austrian Audio OC818 microphones were recently put to use on British singer-songwriter, Sam Smith’s tour as overheads. Smith’s profile raised significantly in 2014 after debut album release, In the Lonely Hour. 2015 saw Smith awarded with four GRAMMY Awards for Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Vocal Album.

Light The Sky

26/03/2020 - Production News

The Netherlands – Throughout the Netherlands bundles of light were visible in the sky on Sunday 22 March evening from 20:00 to 20:30. The lighting and sound industries joined the #LightTheSky #StayAtHome initiative. This showed once again that the power of entertainment is in all of us, no matter the situation.

EM Acoustics: Coronavirus Statement March 26th 2020

26/03/2020 - Business News

In light of the current national and global crisis caused by the COVID-19 virus, we have taken the very difficult decision to close the factory and suspend day-to-day business as of 6pm on Friday 27th March. Without wanting to cast aside the value of our country's economy, the health and well-being of our staff and customers has to take priority, as well as a social responsibility to do our part to halt the spread of the virus in these difficult times.

Elation Europe launches new-look website:

26/03/2020 - Business News

Europe – Elation Professional’s European website has received a thorough makeover with a redesigned look that makes for a more engaging visual experience with more intuitive interaction. The website’s improved functionality and cleaner, uncluttered design makes it easier for visitors to find the information they need in a more visually appealing interface.

Bryan Aponte Takes DPA Microphones Back to the 80s on the Set of Mixed-Ish

26/03/2020 - Production News

USA – Veteran Sound Mixer Bryan Aponte (pictured) relies on DPA Microphones’ 4061 miniature omnidirectional mic to capture the hilarious and witty dialogue of one of the season’s top new sitcoms, mixed-ish. Aponte’s 20-year history in the industry features an impressive resume that includes two Emmy nominations and credits on MADtv, Workaholics, American Gangster, The Young and the Restless and Splitting up Together. He recently swapped out his previous lavaliers for the 4061s because of the impressive, natural sound quality these DPA mics provide.

Chauvet Professional Provides Diverse Looks for JEM Productions Livestreams Concerts

26/03/2020 - Production News

USA – At 7pm on Saturday 21 March, the four members of Feed the Dog found themselves some place they never thought they’d be a few weeks earlier: standing before microphones ready to perform their high-energy blend of rock and bluegrass music.

Lighting designer Normand Chasse chooses Robert Juliat Dalis 864 for new Canadian music series, Mix Sonore

26/03/2020 - Production News

Canada – Lighting designer Normand Chasse of Montreal-based Wysart selected Robert Juliat Dalis 864 LED asymmetric footlights for the recording of Mix Sonore, a new English-French music variety programme, which will air on Canada’s TV5Unis starting in May.

Supporting The Professional Audio Community During The COVID-19 Pandemic

26/03/2020 - Business News

Every part of the professional audio industry is currently affected by the unprecedented challenges which everyone faces from COVID-19. Yamaha believes that the most important priority is to protect the health and safety of everyone within the industry. Yamaha is closely monitoring this fast-developing global situation and following all advice and guidelines issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) and public authorities in each region.

Brillant light for the Chamber Music Hall of the Berlin Philharmonie

26/03/2020 - Project News

Germany – Ever since 1963 the Philharmonie, Berlin has been the capital's musical heart; at the opening when it was still located at the periphery of West Berlin and even more so when it became part of the new urban centre after the reunification of Germany. Today the Philharmonie designed by Hans Scharoun belongs to the Kulturforum Berlin along with the Chamber Music Hall, the museum of musical instruments and a series of other buildings, and is just steps away from the Potsdamer Platz. Its exceptional design reminiscent of the shape of a tent and the conspicuous yellow colour visible from afar have made it one of the city's landmarks. While initially the unusual and innovative character of its architecture and concert hall design provoked controversy, the Berliner Philharmonie has since inspired architects of concert houses everywhere in the world.

Hughes & Kettner and HK Audio brands now distributed in the UK by Polar

26/03/2020 - Business News

UK – The German manufacturer Music & Sales PE GmbH has signed an exclusive contract with UK firm Polar to distribute its HK Audio and Hughes & Kettner brands in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland from April 2020.

Xytech Launches Podcast Focusing on Media Industry Trends

26/03/2020 - Business News

USA – Xytech, leader in facility management software for media and broadcast, has launched ‘Xytech After Dark,’ a podcast focusing on trends in the media and broadcasting industries. The first two episodes are now available on iTunes, Spotify and all podcasting platforms.

Elation lighting, high-tech scoreboard enrich fan experience at Wells Fargo Center

26/03/2020 - Project News

USA – Last October, Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia debuted a high-tech scoreboard and arena lighting system that has enriched the fan experience and set a new standard for arena scoreboard displays. Full-service production company Light Action Productions of Delaware played a leading role in specifying, designing and supplying the lighting and included a range of Elation lighting products in the system.

POLAR Adds ClearOne

26/03/2020 - Business News

UK – POLAR, established supplier of key industry brands to the installation, MI and professional audio markets, has announced the addition of ClearOne to its portfolio. The US-based manufacturer produces innovative hardware and software for complete collaboration and communication solutions. From ad-hoc workspaces, huddle rooms and mobile conferences to the largest meeting venues and boardrooms, ClearOne has a range of audio conferencing, visual collaboration and AV networking solutions to address every need.

Black Rock Church @ Home Creates Sense of Normality During Challenging Times

25/03/2020 - Production News

USA – On Tuesday 10 March the Black Rock Church Sunday Worship planning team met with the pastoral staff to discuss the upcoming weekend’s services, as well as the church’s 63rd Missions Conference, which was slated to begin five days later. Like many plans in every corner of the world, the ideas the team was drawing up were interrupted by growing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. Black Rock Church is located in Fairfield, Connecticut.

2020 Knight of Illumination Awards postponed

25/03/2020 - Event News

UK – The Knight of Illumination (KOI) executive committee has come to the decision to postpone the 13th annual awards ceremony and gala dinner due to the ongoing Coronavirus crisis and the enormous implications it is having on the entertainment industry.

Lighting the Sky for Heroes

24/03/2020 - Production News

Benelux – On Sunday 22nd March, for half an hour, a number of Benelux lighting rental companies and individuals (in fact anyone with access to a light) were invited to point it upwards and #LightTheSky in support of all the key workers, heroes and heroines on the front line of fighting the Coronavirus pandemic.

TiMax ‘One-on-One for One’ Workflow Training

24/03/2020 - Standards News

By popular demand UK TiMax developer, Out Board, has announced a spring season of ‘One-on-One for One’ online training sessions with TiMax specialists in the UK and USA. Anybody interested in developing their leading-edge skills in the rapidly growing use of TiMax immersive audio, spatial mixing and show control may well want to check this out.

Encore SFX invests in MDG for BBC1’s The Greatest Dancer

24/03/2020 - Production News

UK – When forming special effects company, Encore SFX, George Baker and Anthony Earles, both of whom have many years’ experience in senior roles in the SFX business, decided to invest in the highest quality special effect products available, and knew exactly which company and products they wanted to partner with.

Knoxville Museum of Art’s L’Amour Du Vin Glitters with Bandit Lites

24/03/2020 - Production News

USA – The Knoxville Museum of Art held the 17th annual L’Amour du Vin, its primary fundraising event that features a chic wine dinner and auction. The soiree took place on 7th March, and Bandit Lites donated a lighting system for the event, lighting spaces ranging from the façade of the museum to multiple interior spaces and the tents into the gardens.

ChamSys Unveils Contest for Programmers “Stuck at Home”

24/03/2020 - Event News

UK – There’s a massive new 200-fixture rig that was going to premiere at the now-cancelled Prolight + Sound 2020 show. There are also a lot of talented lighting programmers and designers finding themselves “stuck at home,” who would love a chance to show their creative chops. Put them both together and you have an exciting remedy for the “Coronavirus Blues,” called the ChamSys Online Programmers Competition.

Elation Professional COVID-19 Heartfelt Message

24/03/2020 - Business News

“Elation Professional wishes to bring a heartfelt message to everyone in our beloved lighting community.

Martin Audio plans weekly webinars

24/03/2020 - Standards News

Martin Audio has unveiled a series of weekly webinars aimed at helping technicians stay up to date with the latest technology during this unprecedented time for the industry. The live webinar series will begin on Wednesday 1st April with all sessions remaining available on the Martin Audio website.

Shanghai’s Club Beehive is all the buzz

24/03/2020 - Project News

China – Shanghai, a metropolis with a population of more than 24 million people, now has a new masterpiece, Club Beehive. Two Eindhoven-based design companies were the geniuses behind its unique design: multidisciplinary design studio, 250K, created the Beehive concept and commissioned The Art of Light to come up with an equally stunning lighting design for this new club venue. The partnership follows a very successful first collaboration for Club Myst in Suzhou, west of Shanghai.

AC-ET COVID-19 Statement – We’re in This Together and Ready to Put Your Show Back On

23/03/2020 - Business News

UK – Like everyone in our industry, A.C. Entertainment Technologies has been deeply shocked by the immediate and devastating impact that COVID-19 has had on companies’ and people’s livelihoods. With our origins going back nearly 50 years, in that time we have never witnessed before such an unprecedented shut down of the industry that we are so hugely passionate about and proud to serve.

Wireless technology pioneers LumenRadio and Wireless Solution join forces

23/03/2020 - Business News

Sweden - Gothenburg-based LumenRadio AB has announced the acquisition of Wireless Solution Sweden AB. Together the two companies will become the undisputed market leader in wireless lighting controls for the professional lighting industry. Through the merger of the two Swedish tech companies, a heavyweight player is formed with the strength to lead and drive the wireless DMX market.

Under the Blood Moon with Cold Chisel

20/03/2020 - Production News

Australia – In February, before the worldwide lockdown to beat Covid-19 came into force, Robe’s reporting team was in Australia, which had just been engulfed by the worst bushfires for many years, and captured a historic musical moment in time.

Events United Lights Dropkick Murphys St. Patrick’s Day Show with Chauvet Professional

20/03/2020 - Production News

USA – Every year since 1996, Dropkick Murphys has marked St. Patrick’s Day with rollicking live performances of their irrepressible blend of Celtic, punk and rock music. This year was no different … almost! Given the prohibition on large public gatherings due to the coronavirus crisis, the iconic band went digital to reach their fans on the day of Ireland’s patron saint, performing a livestreamed show. Sent out over four platforms: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Twitch, the show was seen by over ten million fans, making it the most viewed livestreamed concert in history.

Ayrton Ghibli LED profiles used extensively at CES 2020

20/03/2020 - Production News

USA - Dallas-based Freeman, the world’s leading live event and brand experience company, has made a major investment in Ayrton Ghibli LED profile spot luminaires. Almost immediately following the purchase, the Ghibli fixtures were used to light booths and corporate events at CES 2020 in the Las Vegas Conference Center.

TMB is Here for You!

20/03/2020 - Business News

UK & USA - First and most importantly, TMB wants everyone – employees, customers, vendors, all their families and friends – to stay healthy and safe. TMB is following all WHO/CDC and various government social distancing and hygiene guidelines, so we help get this behind us as quickly as possible.

Stage Electrics Appoints a Technical Sales Consultant for Trussing and Staging

20/03/2020 - People News

UK – Rob Foster has joined the technical sales team at Stage Electrics. Rob is responsible for developing new business and maintain existing relationship with customers interested in rigging especially Prolyte, MILOS and Admiral.

L-ISA technology delivers multidimensional listening experience at Wasa Teater

20/03/2020 - Project News

Finland – Wasa Teater is one of Finland’s oldest performing arts centres. Located in Vaasa on the west coast of Finland, it marked its recent centenary with an extensive makeover, updating everything from floors, walls and ceilings to the auditorium and air conditioning. The overhaul included brand new sound and lighting systems, with the technical refit including loudspeakers, amplifiers, mixing desks and microphones. The theatre team chose L-Acoustics Finnish certified provider distributor Audico as the contractor, which was responsible for design, installation, commissioning, programming and training.

PMC Appoints Mastering Mansion Pro Audio as its Dealer in Madrid

20/03/2020 - Business News

Spain – Madrid-based pro audio specialist Mastering Mansion Pro Audio has been appointed as a local dealer by UK speaker manufacturer PMC, with responsibility for selling and supporting the company’s range of professional studio monitors.

Creative Technology dedicates the processing power capacity of its media servers to scientific research to fight covid-19 disease.

20/03/2020 - Business News

UK – Creative Technology (CT) UK is home to hundreds of media servers, each with the latest in GPUs and processors. Ordinarily, these servers are key to delivering live events for clients, but following the outbreak of COVID-19 throughout Europe and beyond, and the related reduction in live events, CT has found itself in a position to get really creative with the technology. Fighting back against Coronavirus in the best way known, and this comes in the form of the Folding@Home project run by Stanford University.


20/03/2020 - Production News

Germany – Many artists have recently cancelled or postponed their live tours. In many countries around the globe, public life as we know it no longer takes place and yet, now more than ever, the music must not stop! Therefore, Sennheiser is initiating a series of exclusive streaming concerts on the company’s Instagram account, which will be broadcast via IGTV (Instagram TV). The well-known DJ and producer Mousse T. kicked off the series at 3pm on 19th March.

Claypaky Xtylos Fixtures Make US Debut at Post Malone’s Posty Fest Stadium Show in Dallas

20/03/2020 - Production News

USA – The Posty Fest, rapper Post Malone’s second annual live music festival held on 2 November in his home town of Dallas, marked the first use of Claypaky’s new Xtylos in the United States. Creative directors and designers Lewis James and Travis Brothers tapped 178 Xtylos fixtures for the event. Xtylos is a compact beam moving light with a tailor-made RGB laser source that’s a powerful engine for an incredible array of colours. The fixtures were utilised in conjunction with Production Resource Group (PRG), which was the lighting vendor for the production. The show also utilised 52 Claypaky Mythos 2 and 24 Claypaky Scenius Unico fixtures for the extensive lighting rig in the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas

Digitally Steerable Renkus-Heinz Solutions Excel in Audio and Design at Norway’s DOGA

20/03/2020 - Project News

Norway – Design and Architecture Norway, known as DOGA, describes itself as a driving force for sustainable value creation through design and architecture. The organisation looks to facilitate collaboration between creative talents and businesses and work to strengthen the role of design and architecture in shaping the Norway of tomorrow. DOGA’s Machine Hall building, which dates back to 1898, hosts events to advance this mission. In any given week the schedule might include conferences and seminars or live music sets and video screenings.

Elation Smarty ideal fit on Alter Bridge US tour

20/03/2020 - Production News

USA – American rock band Alter Bridge wrapped up a four-week tour of US cities in late February with lighting designer Joshua Light directing a Bandit Lites-supplied lighting system that included Elation’s mini yet multi-functional Smarty Hybrid moving head.

Hiding in Plain Sight is How to Succeed with DPA Lavalier Microphones

20/03/2020 - Production News

Denmark – For more than ten years, production sound mixer and location sound recordist David Thirion has been using DPA microphones to capture audio for film and television projects. Their audio quality and natural sound was a key reason for his choice, but equally important was the tiny size of some models, which makes them ideal for situations where they need to be hidden on actors’ bodies or in costumes.

ELC Lighting & Green-GO extend global network with new distributors

20/03/2020 - Business News

The Netherlands – ELC Lighting, manufacturer of the ELC brand of DMX control and networking equipment and the Green-GO range of Ethernet-based comms systems, has announced new additions to the fast-growing global distribution networks for its award-winning brands. Appointed to exclusively represent both the ELC and Green-GO product lines in Canada is Erikson Pro, while in Israel, Danor Lighting Systems has taken on representation of the ELC Lighting range.

PLASA Focus Leeds Cancelled

19/03/2020 - Event News

UK - Following the concerning recent developments of the Covid-19 outbreak PLASA has come to the disappointing yet inevitable decision that they must cancel PLASA Focus Leeds, which was due to take place on 12-13 May at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds.

ABTT Members' Up-date, March 2020

19/03/2020 - Business News

(Reproduced with permission of the ABTT)

Quest Sound & Productions Enhances Georgia Event with Chauvet Professional

19/03/2020 - Production News

USA – In last few years, the people of this city on the banks of the Oconee River have had much to celebrate. New businesses popped up all over its picturesque downtown and giant corporations like Best Buy and Perry Ellis have opened multi-million-dollar distribution centres in its surrounding industrial parks. Small wonder, then, that the local chamber of commerce built its annual gala around the theme of “Into the Future.”

Adamson Welcomes Mainspring Ltd. as New Distributor for Bangladesh

19/03/2020 - Production News

Bangladesh – Adamson Systems Engineering has further bolstered its foothold in Southern Asia with the appointment of Mainspring Ltd. as its exclusive distributor for Bangladesh. Headquartered in Dhaka, Mainspring will represent Adamson’s premium loudspeaker offerings in the country’s live production and integration markets.

Danley Sound Labs Responds to the Covid-19 Crisis – Let’s Stay Connected

19/03/2020 - Business News

USA – Danley Sound Labs, designer and manufacturer of unconventional loudspeakers and subwoofers, announces to its partners, friends, and clients that it has taken appropriate measures to work within the parameters of the new normal created by the onset of the COVID-19 virus.

“No Hunting for High and Low with A-ha On Alcons”

19/03/2020 - Production News

Norway – In 2019, 35 years after their debut album Hunting High and Low made them global stars, Norwegian pop legends A-ha set off on a world tour, playing the album in its entirety alongside more of the band’s hits. In February the 2020 leg of the tour kicked off at the Nordlandshallen in Bodø, where an Alcons Audio LR18 pro-ribbon compact mid-size line-array impressed fans as well as the band’s legendary live sound engineer.

Artistic Licence open for business

19/03/2020 - Business News

UK – In the light of the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, Artistic Licence would like to wish everyone well in these difficult times.

JDC1 and X4 Bar 20 weave geometric magic at FEDUK show

18/03/2020 - Production News

Russia – FEDUK, a young Russian hip-hop singer, recently wowed fans at Moscow’s Adrenaline Stadium, presenting his new concert programme, ‘One Love’, (in support of the artist’s new album). FEDUK prepared a number of surprises, including a completely new visual show that was developed and implemented by Alexey Zhuravlev and Anton Orlov, lighting designers from, who took full advantage of the creative potential of GLP’s award-winning LED fixtures.

Obsidian Control Systems to offer free weekly online training classes

18/03/2020 - Standards News

Obsidian Control Systems is deeply concerned about the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak and is dedicated to supporting the entertainment industry. In order to provide valuable educational resources during this challenging time, Obsidian will offer free weekly training sessions covering the ONYX control platform and new NETRON data distribution range. These classes will be hosted online and are available globally for anyone interested in learning more about Obsidian’s advanced yet intuitive lighting control products.

Lenny Sasso Captures Mystique of Thrice’s Vheissu 15th Anniversary Tour with Chauvet Professional

18/03/2020 - Production News

USA – At the base of Mount Vesuvius, believed the Roman poet Virgil, lay the entrance to the underworld. Ancients were said to call this gateway to the dark, foreboding tunnel beneath the deadly volcano “Vheissu.” The haunting image of this mythical passage seems to rise like volcanic steam from the intense musical undertones crackling through Thrice’s album of the same name, even now 15 years after the Top 25 recording’s release.

PRG’s Bill Martin won the ILMC Medal of Honour for long-standing service!

18/03/2020 - People News

UK – Project director Bill Martin was awarded ILMC Medal of Honour for long-standing service to the organisation. ILMC head Greg Parmley presented the award ahead of the ILMC Arthur Awards dinner. Bill Martin’s commitment to the ILMC and his role at PRG doesn’t go unrecognised!

Kraftwerk Specify PMC Speakers for their Design Museum Show in London

18/03/2020 - Production News

UK – A PMC 7.1 surround sound system is being installed in The Design Museum, London, to support a new exhibition that focuses on legendary electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk and their 50 year impact on the club scene.

POLAR Supplies Ultimate Audio for Silverstone Experience

18/03/2020 - Project News

UK – The Silverstone Experience is an immersive visitor attraction at the famous motor sport circuit in Northamptonshire. Developed over a seven year period at a cost of £20 million, the Experience opened its doors to the public in 2019 and features a host of artefacts that help to tell the exciting tale of motor sport at Silverstone. Located inside a former World War II aircraft hangar, the attraction welcomes a wide range of visitors, from school parties to lifelong motor sport enthusiasts, taking them on an experiential, educational journey.

Yamaha Nuage Marks a Sea Change for Nanouck Brassers

18/03/2020 - Project News

The Netherlands – After 34 years as the trumpet and flugelhorn soloist for the Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy, many people might want to take life a little more slowly. But Nanouck Brassers is busier than ever, working as a composer, arranger, producer, recording engineer and much more. Much of his work takes place in recently-completed home studio in Den Haag, where a Yamaha Nuage system and Steinberg Cubase make working on big recording projects fast and intuitive.

Martin Audio Announces Two High-Performance Cardioid Subwoofers

18/03/2020 - Equipment News

Martin Audio has announced the release of two new compact, high performance cardioid subwoofers, the SXCF118 and the SXC115, suitable for both live sound reinforcement and fixed installations.

Brompton delivers visually stunning show at Music for the Marsden

18/03/2020 - Production News

UK – In early March some of the world's greatest artists came together to put on a benefit concert at London’s The O2 Arena to raise vital funds for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. Sir Tom Jones, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Tyler and Van Morrison were amongst a formidable line up that took to the stage performing their greatest hits, raising close to one million pounds for The Royal Marsden’s brand new treatment and research facility; the Oak Cancer Centre in Sutton, Surrey. To complement the star-studded benefit, state-of-the-art video rental company Universal Pixels (UP) deployed Brompton Technology’s LED processing power to provide a visually stunning show.

Noizboyz add extra dimension to Ziggodome with TiMax

18/03/2020 - Production News

The Netherlands – Leading audio consultants and system designers, Noizboyz, chose TiMax SoundHub to add an immersive extra dimension to the live sound profile of Dutch Indie band, Kensington, for three recent sell-out gigs at Amsterdam’s 17,000-capacity Ziggo Dome. Noizboyz have been Kensington’s designers for four years, working with them in the ‘Ziggo Dome’ and ‘Johan Cruijf ArenA’.

EM Acoustics R10 makes chilling debut on Ghost Stories

18/03/2020 - Production News

UK – Celebrating a decade of terrifying people out of their wits worldwide, Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson’s masterful cult horror phenomenon Ghost Stories returned to the Lyric in Hammersmith last April. Currently on a nationwide tour following a triumphal return to the West End in October, the new production has taken advantage of advances in theatrical technology to increase the tension to almost unbearable levels. Sound designer, Nick Manning (pictured), has remained faithful to his original choice of EM Acoustics, but this time with the addition of EM’s newest product, the Reference Series R10.

Media Production & Technology Show

17/03/2020 - Event News

UK - The Media Production & Technology Show Organisers have been carefully monitoring the COVID-19 situation in the UK and abroad, with the situation growing increasingly concerning, it is with a heavy heart, they have decided to postpone the event on the 13/14th May 2020 at London’s Olympia.

GDS Recreate Sunsets on the Sahara with powerful DTS Bricks

17/03/2020 - Production News

UK – Bristol’s oldest gallery, the Royal West of England Academy (RWA), sought the help of GDS to bring their incredible Africa State of Mind exhibition to life for their ‘After Hours’ event. The exhibition featured stunning photography from all over the African continent so the RWA wanted to use vibrant lighting to evoke the beauty of a Saharan sunset. Having already worked with the Bristol-based lighting manufacturer to transform their gallery and workshop studio spaces in 2019, the RWA were keen to see the bespoke lighting design GDS could create to enhance both their external and internal spaces during the event.

L-Acoustics Updates Employees, Partners and End Users Regarding Operations

17/03/2020 - Business News

L-Acoustics is closely following the developments of the COVID-19 pandemic relayed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Center for Disease Control (CDC). As our industry faces an unprecedented challenge, we understand that preventing the spread of COVID-19 to populations at risk must be a global priority. In response, we have implemented the action plan below in accordance with local health and safety recommendations with the following goals:

Bandit Lites Adds Even More Gear to Touring Inventory

17/03/2020 - Production News

USA – Bandit Lites, the global leader in concert lighting, recently made another investment in growing its touring inventory with a sizeable purchase of Elation Professional Proteus Maximus fixtures, Ayrton Khamsins and Robe BMFL WashBeams.

Amate Audio expands new loudspeaker management processor platform

17/03/2020 - Equipment News

Rapidly following the initial introduction of its all-new LMS series loudspeaker management processor in Q4 2019, with the LMS206 dual input / six output device, Amate Audio has launched the more extensive and powerful LMS608.

Dan Williams Goes Rogue for Kiefer Sutherland’s Band Tour

17/03/2020 - Production News

UK – Kiefer Sutherland is world famous for his prowess on the movie and TV screen, but fans who turned out to see the Emmy and Golden Globe winner perform with his band on their European tour came away appreciating the Hollywood star for his vocal chops too. With his jagged, smoky voice, reminiscent of some of his musical heroes like Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings, the man familiar to everyone as Jack Bauer on 24, knows how to belt out a gritty, heartfelt tune.

Blue Man Group Drums Up Excitement with L-ISA Hyperreal Sound on Tour

17/03/2020 - Production News

USA – The singular, award-winning Blue Man Group has taken to the road, and is taking immersive sound along with it for the first time. The group’s current North American Tour officially opened this past September at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, after developing the production at Fayetteville, Arkansas’ Walton Arts Center. The Pantages show marked the first of more than 50 cities across the continent that will ultimately welcome the tour in its first season.

Rick & Morty TV Composer Adds Quality with Audient Nero

17/03/2020 - Project News

USA – TV composer, Ryan Elder has added the Audient desktop monitor controller, Nero, to his studio set-up in California. He has scored The Boss Baby: Back in Business on Netflix, HarmonQuest on VRV and Adult Swim’s cult cartoon classic, Rick & Morty since its inception back in 2011, and cites one of the main advantages of Nero as its “superior sound quality.”

Powerful on tour – Eurolite presents Tour-Fogger N-13

17/03/2020 - Equipment News

Eurolite has released a new tour fogger with a robust design and a powerful heating capacity of 1300 Watts. The compact fogger N-130, which is installed in a robust flight case, is easy to transport and has an innovative quick-release fastener on the fluid tank: ideal for touring use, stages and discotheques.

Powersoft Announces Extra e-Training Courses

17/03/2020 - Standards News

Worldwide – Powersoft, the Italian manufacturer of professional power amplifiers, has announced it has ramped up its investment and capacity to deliver online training courses worldwide, in a bid to mitigate the increasing difficulties in organising face-to-face meetings and group sessions due to the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent restrictions.

Adlib invests in Ayrton Khamsin, Bora and Diablo

17/03/2020 - Production News

UK – M erseyside-based Adlib has made a sizeable investment in Ayrton fixtures by adding Khamsin-S, Bora-S and Diablo LED profiles and wash lights to its inventory, purchased from Ambersphere, Ayrton’s exclusive distributor for the UK.

Pro7ect Announces its Producer Line-Up and 2020 Dates at the Coach House Studio, Rockfield, Wales

17/03/2020 - Event News

UK – Pro7ect, the creative retreat that brings top songwriters and producers together to write and record great music, is moving to Wales for 2020 – its seventh consecutive year – for an eight day residency in the stunning surroundings of Rockfield Studios.

The Point Source Audio Family Continues to Grow

17/03/2020 - People News

USA — The dedicated team at Point Source Audio has grown once again with three new additions across the education and customer service teams. Joe Cota has joined the manufacturer as customer education specialist while Justin Hall becomes key account manager and Mitchell Ho is named as account manager, Western US.

Prolight + Sound 2020: event has been cancelled

16/03/2020 - Event News

Germany – Prolight + Sound will not be held in 2020. On 12 March, the Hessian Ministry for Social Affairs and Integration issued general decrees prohibiting large-scale events expected to attract more than 1,000 visitors. At the present time, it cannot be assumed that the current situation will have changed by the time the postponed event was to have been held. Therefore, Messe Frankfurt has decided to cancel the event.

DiGiCo Quantum 7T delivers power and flexibility to Trøndelag Teater

16/03/2020 - Project News

Norway – Originally built in 1816 and located in the Norwegian city of Trondheim, Trøndelag Teater is the oldest theatre in Scandinavia in continuous use. In September 1997, it underwent refurbishment and re-opened as part of a modern complex incorporating the old auditorium, supplemented by four new stages of various shapes and sizes. More recently, the decision was made to update the theatre’s incumbent console and invest in a desk that would provide it with a more flexible, powerful system, choosing a DiGiCo SD7T with dual Quantum engines to deliver those all-important attributes, as well as the manufacturer’s renown sound quality.

PSI in Ireland makes large investment in Elation gear

16/03/2020 - Production News

Ireland – Over the last few months of 2019, one of Ireland’s largest technical production companies, PSI in Ireland, invested in a large stock of Elation Professional lighting, a purchase that included Elation’s award-winning Artiste and IP65 Proteus series moving heads among other lighting fixtures.

Heavyweight Hippotizer Visuals Wow WWE Tour

16/03/2020 - Production News

USA – Real-time media playback solutions heavyweight Green Hippo deployed its range of Hippotizer media servers to fight for world-class visuals with the season premieres of WWE Monday Night Raw and WWE Friday Night SmackDown television shows.

Showlight 2021 Announces First Sponsors

16/03/2020 - Event News

France – With the immediate global focus on the containment of the COVID-19 virus, international events are being hit quite badly with cancellations and postponements of trade shows and conferences taking the headlines on a daily basis. While this is a prudent precaution to limit the spread of the virus, it does lead to logistical nightmares for those who organise, exhibit and attend these vital networking events.

Chauvet Professional and Schallmeister Underline Magical Setting for 'Emotional Moments' at Westerholt Castle

16/03/2020 - Production News

Germany – Rock bands have a history of performing in unusual and interesting places. From Pink Floyd live at the ancient Roman amphitheatre in Pompeii, to Guns n' Roses at Slane Castle in Ireland, the mystique of an unusual and historic setting has elevated the experience of the audience by providing an all-encompassing visual and aural experience nothing short of a Gesamtkunstwerk, or a “total artistic experience.”

Jon Eddy Chooses Claypaky Sharpys for the Original Misfits’ Reunion Shows and the Psycho Las Vegas Festival

16/03/2020 - Production News

USA – Lighting/production designer Jon Eddy is using 38 Claypaky Sharpys to illuminate the Original Misfits reunion shows featuring Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only. He also incorporated his Misfits lighting design into 2019 Psycho Las Vegas, the massive metal/punk rock festival held annually in August. Eddy is marking his fourth year designing for Psycho Las Vegas.

Theatres Trust commits to environmental sustainability

16/03/2020 - Business News

UK – The national advisory public body for theatres launches its Environmental Principles and announces details of funding, in association with the Wolfson Foundation, for theatres to improve their environmental sustainability.
Theatres, like all public buildings, have contributed to the climate and ecological emergency and the theatre sector must rapidly reduce the impact of its business on the environment.
For this reason, the Theatres Trust is making five commitments to reshape its work and help to influence and improve the sector’s sustainability.
Theatres Trust’s Environmental Principles are:

Iconic Manchester Theatre Upgrades with High End Systems

16/03/2020 - Project News

UK – Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre, the largest theatre-in-the-round in the country, has recently upgraded its lighting rig to incorporate SolaFrame fixtures from High End Systems.

Highlite not present at Prolight+Sound 2020.

13/03/2020 - Event News

Germany - Highlite has decided not to participate in Prolight+Sound 2020. The new dates after the postponement of the fair do not fit within the company's plans and vision of the industry. It is not an easy decision because every year representatives of the company are eager to talk to thei customers and contacts and to show our new products. The health of visitors and employees comes first, which is why Highlite respects the choice of Prolight+Sound.

Lewis towers over Europe

13/03/2020 - Production News

UK – With songs of such acclaimed sensitivity and depth and a unique voice with which to impart them, Lewis Capaldi has now turned his attention to context. His first arena tour in the UK saw design partnership Cassius, Chris ‘Squib’ Swain and Dan Hill, respond with comparable sensitivity, taking a stark minimalist stage set and enfolding it in textural layers of video with a mix of roller-drop projection and high-definition LED.

Robe is Hungry for Worakls Shows

13/03/2020 - Production News

France – Classically trained French musician, DJ and electronic music producer Worakls is renowned for his melodic and experimental sounds. He toured his latest Orchestra album throughout 2019 to a series of 1.000-1.500 capacity venues and concluded the year by stepping up to three arena-sized shows: Zeniths in Paris and Toulouse and the Salle 3,000 concert hall at the Lyon Palais des Congrès, complete a with a 31-piece orchestra.

Solotech invests in Ayrton Khamsin and MagicBlade-FX fixtures for growing lighting inventory

13/03/2020 - Production News

USA – Solotech, a world leader in audiovisual and entertainment technology with 13 locations across Canada, the US and Europe, expanded its lighting inventory last summer with the purchase of 150 Ayrton Khamsin-S LED profile luminaires and 108 Ayrton MagicBlade-FX fixtures from ACT Lighting, Inc., Ayrton’s exclusive distributor in North America.

Kyle Upchruch Warms Stage for Exile Band with Chauvet Professional

13/03/2020 - Production News

USA – Just about everyone who saw the Adam Sandler movie, Happy Gilmore, left the theatre with the soft sensuous lyric line of “Kiss You All Over” running through their heads. Familiar as they became with the soundtrack hit, however, few connected it to Exile Band, the Kentucky quintet that recorded the song more than 20 years before the film came out.

CPL Invests in More New Lighting and Video Technology

13/03/2020 - Production News

UK – Event production specialist CPL started the year with some major investments in carefully selected lighting and video products.

Tom Campbell Boosts 30StM Visual Extravaganza with GLP Bars and JDC1

13/03/2020 - Production News

Europe – Regular users of GLP solutions, 30 Seconds to Mars, spent last summer playing festivals and indoor arenas across Europe, including two special ‘Mars Island’ shows on a private Croatian Island. Piloting their lighting and unique visual show was production designer Tom Campbell of MIRRAD, himself a regular user of GLP’s award-winning fixtures over the years.

Alison Krauss Tours With Alcons Pro-Ribbon Systems

13/03/2020 - Production News

USA – In a city renowned worldwide for its music, live production companies need something extra special to highlight their status as a truly premier audio provider. Based in Memphis, Tennessee, ProductionOne has achieved this with the purchase of two Alcons Audio pro-ribbon systems. As company owner Kiley Butler says: “We love hearing people rave about how beautiful music sounds through them. The power with 90 per cent less distortion than other systems creates a clarity unparalleled in professional audio.”

Eurotruss GmbH adds Next Truss to its portfolio to support growing market demand

13/03/2020 - Production News

Germany – In response to an increased worldwide demand for its staging products and solutions, Eurotruss Group has announced its expansion across Germany by adding the full NEXT Truss product line to the Eurotruss office and warehouse in Hövelhof, Germany. The Netherlands-based company is the world’s leading manufacturer of hardware and structural solutions for the entertainment industry with a product line that includes the aluminium truss structures, roofing, and staging.

Introducing the VFX Wall 20:40

13/03/2020 - Equipment News

Industry innovator MBSi introduces the VFX Wall 20:40, a modular inflatable VFX backdrop and the latest addition to their growing portfolio of creative production solutions.

Punqtum Debuts the Q110 beltpack

13/03/2020 - Equipment News

Following the launch of the company late last year, punQtum B.V. has unveiled its first product, the Q110 beltpack is the first element of a larger networked intercom system that offers up to 32 party lines via standard IP networks and infrastructures. Designed for easy, plug-and-play use on a digital platform that is as easy to use as analogue intercom, the Q110 provides all the features you need to help crews communicate better.

HK Audio grows business in Taiwan with new distribution partner Winly

12/03/2020 - Business News

Taiwan – HK Audio has increased its presence in Taiwan by appointing Winly Corporation as its exclusive distributor in the state.

We Will Rock You Musical

12/03/2020 - Production News

North America – A Kinesys automation system and Vector control system have been on the road with a new and updated North America touring version of the hugely popular and successful blockbuster musical We Will Rock You, directed by JP Thibodeau and featuring the music of Queen, produced by Annerin Theatricals of Alberta, Canada.

Hippotizer makes light work of cultural storytelling

12/03/2020 - Production News

New Zealand – For the welcome event of the annual Conventions & Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) conference, local visual production specialist TomTom Productions provided a cultural and historical storytelling experience with the help of Hippotizer media servers.

Jan Van Lindt Creates Ethereal Visuals for Tamino

12/03/2020 - Production News

Belgium – It’s easy to see why music critics were so exuberant in showering praise on Tamino, after the bright emerging star released his debut album “Amir” in 2019. Weaving deeply evocative musical elements from his Egyptian heritage with moving orchestral passages, the Belgian born singer-songwriter creates a sound that is at once timeless, original and very much in the moment.

Static Cycle Brings Boxes to Life at Bandit Lites Venue One Facility

12/03/2020 - Production News

USA – When Alaskan rock band Static Cycle found themselves in need of a location to shoot their latest music video, “Boxes,” Bandit Lites offered use of their rehearsal space, Venue One, a 10,000 square foot facility equipped with the capabilities of hanging a rig, virtual programming rooms and more. The band, comprised of Jared Navarre, Andy Sheridan and Lester Estelle Jr. have been dubbed the “hottest rock band out there” by MTV.

Chroma-Q Inspires P&J Live Aberdeen

12/03/2020 - Project News

UK – Over 140 Chroma-Q Inspire LED house lights and Color Force II LED cyc battens have been selected as part of the technical infrastructure for P&J Live at TECA, the new largest events venue in the North of Scotland.

Power Logistics’ sustainable initiatives recognised as it adds to its 2020 haul of accolades at Event Production Awards

12/03/2020 - Event News

UK – Temporary event power provider Power Logistics further cemented its position as a leader in sustainable solutions when it received the award for Best Use of Technology at an Event and a highly commended in the Green Supplier category at the Event Production Awards 2020. Held at the London Novotel West on Thursday 5th March, the awards, now in their ninth year, recognise excellence in the production and delivery of outdoor and live events.

ChainMaster Bühnentechnik introduces new D8plus chain hoists

12/03/2020 - Equipment News

ChainMaster has introduced new chain hoists for the entertainment sector including the first prototypes of the ChainMaster PK and Ultra series with load capacities ranging from 250kg to 2000kg. The new chain hoists are designed in accordance with SQ P2, which was first released in October 2018, and can safely hold loads directly over people with a static chain safety factor of at least 8:1. The low tare weight and compact construction ensure easy handling in daily rigging usage. In addition, the IP degree of protection has been increased to better protect the drives against moisture. The new equipment will be available at the beginning of the third quarter. A wide range of control systems rounds off the offer.

Adam Hall joins POLAR as MI Business Development Manager

12/03/2020 - People News

UK – POLAR, established supplier of key industry brands to the installation, MI and professional audio markets, has announced the appointment of Adam Hall to the post of business development manager for MI. Having enjoyed a successful career as a touring and recording musician and producer, alongside sales experience at GAK (Guitar, AMP and Keyboard Centre) in Brighton, Adam moved briefly into the motor trade before returning to the MI sector with a role at Native Instruments.

New Martin Audio Monitors for Frankfurt’s Batschkapp

12/03/2020 - Production News

Germany – Batschkapp Frankfurt, one of the most famous clubs for rock concerts and alternative music in Germany, has turned again to Martin Audio for its monitor requirements, equipping its stage with LE200 monitors.

SLS Productions invests in DiGiCo SD5 and SD10 to cater for increasing demands of Middle East’s international concert circuit

12/03/2020 - Production News

UAE – Since 1997, Dubai-based SLS Productions has been providing complete event solutions for some of the most spectacular productions in the Middle East. The company prides itself on providing both a first-class service and top of the line equipment. With SD12s already a proven staple of its audio inventory, it recently decided to expand its DiGiCo stock by investing in the company’s SD5 and SD10 consoles, purchased through DiGiCo’s UAE distributor, GSL Professional.

L-Acoustics Named to Fast Company’s Annual List of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2020

11/03/2020 - Business News

USA – L-Acoustics has announced that it has been named on Fast Company’s prestigious annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies (MIC) for 2020. The list identifies the businesses making the most profound impact on both industry and culture, showcasing a variety of ways to thrive in today’s fast-changing world. This year’s MIC list features 434 businesses from 39 countries.

Genelec partners with GSL Professional in Middle East

11/03/2020 - Business News

Middle East – Genelec has appointed GSL Professional as its new distribution partner in the Middle East, covering the territories of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain & Iraq.

MILOS T & H Frames open new doors in creative lighting

11/03/2020 - Equipment News

MILOS offers the keys to enter a new world of creative lighting possibilities with its modular lighting bars and grid frames.

The 2020 edition of Blackbook will be published soon

11/03/2020 - Equipment News

Prolyte's Blackbook contains a wealth of technical information about trusses and complementary products. The new Blackbook edition will include:

York theatre receives national award worth £10,000

11/03/2020 - Business News

UK - York’s prize-winning Joseph Rowntree Theatre has been successful in a nationwide competition run by the Theatres Trust and international stage equipment company, J & C Joel, worth £10,000.

Huddersfield Town Hall Green-Lights Upgrade to Energy-Efficient PROLIGHTS LED Rig

11/03/2020 - Project News

UK – The PROLIGHTS LED lighting range is helping Huddersfield Town Hall to meet its improved energy efficiency and production value goals for events.

Vari-Lite Expands VL800 Series Event Line with New Compact Profile

11/03/2020 - Equipment News

Vari-Lite, the originator of the modern moving head lighting fixture and a Signify entertainment lighting brand, has announced that the Vari-Lite VL800 EVENTPROFILE is now shipping. Originally debuted at LDI 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada, the VL800 EVENTPROFILE is the newest member of the popular VL800 Series of event luminaires.

Paul Siebert Goes Rogue on Menzingers Tour

11/03/2020 - Production News

USA – Paul Siebert makes no bones about it. Every night, as soon as punk rockers Menzingers strike the first snarling note in one of their Hello Exile Tour sets, he kicks his light show into top gear. “I really try to introduce a lot of energy into the room as early as possible,” he explained. “This is a punk show at heart, so all the transitions between songs are really fast, and most of the band’s songs come out of the gate swinging. The earlier I can get the crowd moving, the better the show will be for everyone.”

Robe Pulls out of Rescheduled Prolight+Sound 2020 expo

11/03/2020 - Event News

Germany – Czech moving light and LED manufacturer Robe lighting s.r.o announces that it will no longer be participating in the rescheduled Prolight+Sound expo in Frankfurt, Germany, due to take place 26 – 29 May 2020.

Jands delivers Australia’s first L-ISA installation at Sydney Coliseum Theatre

11/03/2020 - Project News

Australia – Spectacularly designed and architecturally breathtaking, the new Sydney Coliseum Theatre is the first of its kind in the rapidly developing region of Greater Western Sydney. Located in Sydney’s Rooty Hill suburb, this purpose-built 2,000-seat theatre is already vying for its place on the world-class live entertainment map alongside Broadway and London’s West End thanks to its extraordinary state-of-art theatre space, which is perfectly matched with L-ISA Hyperreal Sound technology.

Point Source Audio Embraces World Theatre Day with $5,000 Competition

11/03/2020 - Event News

USA – With World Theatre Day 2020 fast approaching on 27 March, Point Source Audio is marking the occasion by offering one non-profit youth arts organisation the chance to win $5,000 worth of microphones from the EMBRACE series. Featuring a twice-patented, concealable design that stays firmly in place even during the most energetic of productions, the EMBRACE microphones are ideally suited to young performers.

GLS Lighting furthers quality approach with Elation investment

11/03/2020 - Production News

UK – GLS Lighting, based in Southampton, is celebrating 25 years of offering quality lighting solutions to all walks of the entertainment industry. As one of England’s renowned providers of stage lighting with an inventory of top-level lighting gear, GLS recently reinforced its high standards with an investment in Elation Professional Artiste Picasso LED profile moving heads, along with multifunctional Paladin Panel lights.

London’s Metropolis Studios Test Drives Austrian Audio’s OC818 Microphone

11/03/2020 - Production News

UK – Metropolis Studios' senior engineer, Paul Norris (pictured) recently tested Austrian Audio's OC818 microphone at the London studio complex. After gaining his degree in music technology at Hull University, Norris landed his first work experience job at Metropolis Studios in 2010. Ten years on, he’s now senior engineer with credits including Rag 'n' Bone Man, Paloma Faith, Gorillaz, Ed Sheeran, The Black Eyed Peas and The Kingdom Choir, winning a Grammy award for his engineering work on Rihanna’s album, 'Unapologetic'.

Exclusive GLP setup for Queen of Drags in Berlin

11/03/2020 - Production News

Germany – From 14 November to 19 December 2019, the TV network ProSieben broadcast the first season of the talent show ‘Queen of Drags’, moderated by Heidi Klum, Bill Kaulitz and gay icon Conchita Wurst, in which drag queens from Germany, Austria and Switzerland compete against each other. Building on this, the production company RedSeven Entertainment developed the idea of a live show, which finally took place on 24, 25 and 26 January this year in the Metropol Berlin.

Triple E launch re-designed Rearfold Runner Accessory

11/03/2020 - Equipment News

Triple E has a long-established reputation for manufacturing efficient, fit-for-purpose mechanical products and gadgets to aid the movement of curtains and the assembly and construction of stage scenery. As the unique and exacting demands of the industry change, it is often the case that pre-existing pieces of equipment need a review and a refresh to ensure their design adapts to the demands of the applications they are used for.

LED-based VLZ range delivers Vari-Lite continuity for Dreamgirls

11/03/2020 - Production News

USA – To update his original 2008 lighting design for a modern touring production of Dreamgirls, renowned lighting designer Ken Billington chose the LED-based VLZ fixtures from Vari-Lite, a Signify entertainment lighting brand. After seeing a demo of the VLZ fixtures, he was satisfied with them as the next-generation luminaire that would reproduce the look and feel of his original Vari-Lite rig.

TiMax keeps Singapore’s Bicentennial experience flowing

10/03/2020 - Production News

Singapore – Ctrl Fre@k’s Jeffrey Yue has drawn upon his considerable and extensive know-how – as well as a fine assemblage of creative AV technology including TiMax SoundHub spatial audio servers – to realise a five-act multimedia extravaganza within century-old Fort Canning, to commemorate Singapore’s 200-year milestone.

Astera Goes from Earth to Mars with Alfred Garcia

10/03/2020 - Production News

Spain – Spanish lighting designer Joan Teixidó (known industry-wide as Teixi) used 30 Astera AX3s ‘Lite Drops’ on the most recent tour for Spanish singer Alfred García, who played over 50 dates around Spain.

Chauvet Professional Forgoes PL+S 2020 and Expands its Global Roadshow Schedule

10/03/2020 - Event News

Europe – Chauvet Professional will not take part in Frankfurt’s Prolight + Sound trade show, rescheduled to 26th May from an original kick-off of 31st March. Instead, the brand will be focusing on the European leg of its planned and much anticipated Force of Nature road show. The decision to skip PL+S is due to scheduling conflicts, said Michael Brooksbank, general manager of Chauvet Europe.

Vari-Lite and Strand decide to not participate in USITT Stage Expo and Prolight+Sound

10/03/2020 - Event News

USA & Germany – After careful consideration, Vari-Lite and Strand, Signify entertainment lighting brands, have decided to not participate in USITT Stage Expo 2020 in Houston, Texas due to the health risks posed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Strand still plans to provide training classes on Strand NEO Consoles, but will not participate in the Expo portion of the event.

Country Radio Seminar Sparkles with Bandit Lites

10/03/2020 - Production News

USA – The Country Radio Seminar returned to Nashville for a three-day conference at the Omni Hotel, giving country artists and labels the opportunity to break news, honour artists, introduce new music and highlight singles already climbing the charts. Bandit Lites worked with lighting designer Keith Hoagland and Scott DeVos of De Lux Production to supply the lighting for multiple events including the Warner Lunch where Kenny Chesney was honoured for his charitable work, the Amazon showcase where Kelsea Ballerini performed one of the new songs off her upcoming album, the Big Machine Lunch and the New Faces Dinner where Ingrid Andress, Morgan Evans, Riley Green, Runaway June and Mitchell Tenpenny performed.

ROE Visual Cancels Participation in Prolight+Sound Exhibition

10/03/2020 - Event News

Germany – Over the last days ROE Visual has considered the safety of its global client base and its own personnel in relation to the upcoming trade shows and has decided to pull out of the Prolight+Sound exhibition in Frankfurt.

Claypaky Xtylos Back Up Shakira and Jennifer Lopez in Pepsi Halftime Show at Super Bowl LIV

10/03/2020 - Production News

USA – Claypaky Xtylos laser source moving lights made their Pepsi Halftime Show debut at Super Bowl LIV where they added even more impact to the dynamic performances of Shakira and Jennifer Lopez in Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium. Xtylos created a network of intense beams in varied colours as well as wave effects that served as a background for the stage.

Adamson & Prolight + Sound 2020

10/03/2020 - Event News

Germany – After careful consideration and consultation with partners throughout Europe, Adamson Systems Engineering has decided not to participate in the recently-rescheduled 2020 edition of Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt, Germany.

Steinigke Showtechnic cancels participation in Prolight+Sound 2020

10/03/2020 - Event News

Germany – Steinigke Showtechnic will not participate at the Prolight+Sound in May 2020. Reasons for this are concerns regarding the health as well as the organisational situation at the new date of the fair. With the cancellation, the manufacturer follows the recommendations of the German health authorities.

White Light in Good Spirits for Ghost Stories UK Tour

10/03/2020 - Production News

UK – White Light has provided the lighting equipment for the UK tour of Ghost Stories, having also supplied its recent West End run at the Ambassadors Theatre.

Ayrton Fixtures Join the Circus

10/03/2020 - Production News

Germany – When Circus Flic Flac rolled into town at Westfalenhalle, Dortmund for its ninth annual Christmas show, it brought with it a 1200-capacity Circus Tent, an array of exceptionally talented human-only artistes and a stunning Ayrton lighting arrangement by talented lighting designer, Christopher Rostalski, from CR-Lichtdesign in Soest, Germany.

SIXTY82 Truss Sets the Bar High for P&J Live Aberdeen Events

10/03/2020 - Project News

UK – P&J Live at TECA, the North of Scotland’s new largest events venue, has invested in over 300 pieces of SIXTY82 trussing to deliver premier production values for banquet dinner and& dance, live entertainment, conference and other events in its main hall.

Brompton Technology and Faber AV offer sneak peek into the future of Virtual Production

10/03/2020 - Event News

The Netherlands – A prominent player in the world of LED displays and audio-visual productions as well as part of the NEP Worldwide Network, Faber Audiovisuals, hosted a Virtual Production Demo at Amsterdam Studios at the end of February. As part of the event Brompton Technology was invited to present its HDR (High Dynamic Range) solution on LED screens set up as green screen replacements for film and TV. Enabled by Brompton’s revolutionary Dynamic Calibration technology, HDR delivers images that appear perceptibly sharper, more vivid, detailed and lifelike.

MSI unites Barbee Boys audience with MLA

10/03/2020 - Production News

Japan – Barbee Boys are a five-piece Japanese rock band who were particularly popular in 1980s. The first Japanese group to perform at the famous Nippon Budokan, they disbanded in 1992, much to the disappointment of their young generation of fans.

QSC EMEA goes direct in Austria

10/03/2020 - Business News

Austria – As of 1 January, 2020, QSC EMEA has opened a new office in Wattens to distribute the QSC live sound and systems product portfolio in Austria. This change will allow QSC to foster closer relationships to all Austrian customers, providing extensive training, pre- and after-sales as well as both technical, repair and marketing support.

Scene-setting snow with Polar Crisp from Magmatic atmospheric effects

10/03/2020 - Equipment News

Magmatic atmospheric effects is shipping the first snow machine in its Polar series of dependable, high-output snow effects, the Polar Crisp. Crisp is a professional, high-volume snow machine with intuitive innovation that makes it easy to create scene-setting wintry settings.

Audient AP8024-HE Console Makes Teaching Signal Flow “A Dream”

10/03/2020 - Project News

USA – At West Valley College, Director of Commercial Music, Jeff Forehan is discovering how easy it is to teach signal flow to his music/recording students with the new ASP8024 Heritage Edition mixing console, which he refers to as “a serious upgrade.” Since the arrival of the desk, things are falling into place much more quickly for the students. “They love it. Although they are intimidated at first, with proper instruction they get it easily.” According to Jeff, that’s down to the console itself. “Teaching signal flow is a dream; it’s very logically laid out.”

Forward with Chauvet Professional

10/03/2020 - Project News

Belgium – The historic medieval architecture, idyllic green open spaces of the quaint Belgian city of Deinze, along with its rich schedule of engaging events, have consistently attracted a steady stream of visitors from nearby Ghent. But for its 40,000 culture-savvy residents, something was missing from their picture-perfect home town: a city cultural centre with theatre.

Peter Thomas Becomes Managing Director of PMC

10/03/2020 - People News

UK – It has been announced that PMC owner and chairman, Peter Thomas, will assume the role of manager director, following Tim Ireland departure from the British loudspeaker manufacturing company.

Producer Max Gilkes Allows his PMC Monitoring to Naturally Evolve

10/03/2020 - Project News

UK – Producer Max Gilkes has taken a Darwinian approach to his latest equipment upgrade by allowing natural evolution to influence the changes he has made to his studio monitoring.

Elation Europe: We support our industry!

10/03/2020 - Event News

Germany - Elation Europe is participating in the Prolight + Sound tradeshow in Frankfurt on 26-29 May, not only as an important global entertainment technology show but also as a sign of important support for the industry. Prolight + Sound is the leading international event in our industry and Elation is again pleased to be backing the show with its participation.

Robe ESPRITES Disrupt FNB Innovator’s Awards

09/03/2020 - Production News

South Africa – Lighting designer Marius Coetzee was asked by Johannesburg-based technical production company AV and Beyond to create a vibrant, energised and stimulating visual ambience for the 2019 FNB (First National Bank) Innovators Awards, a premium event staged in Hall 5 of the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg.

GLP X4 XL Upgrade Adds Further Bite to Dracula Ballet

09/03/2020 - Production News

USA – Multi-disciplined and award-winning lighting designer David Grill has worked at the top level across the genres of theatre, dance, opera, TV, architectural and industrials which, he says, have taken him “from the Great Wall of China to the Great Stage of Radio City Music Hall.”

ETC and High End Systems withdraw from Prolight + Sound 2020

09/03/2020 - Event News

Germany – ETC and High End Systems have made the difficult decision to withdraw from the Prolight + Sound 2020 trade show which has been re-scheduled to 26-29 May. After reviewing the newly selected dates, the executive team have determined that the new timeline does not support the companies’ plan for 2020 and conflicts with other ETC and High End Systems activities.

dlive Hits the Rink for Art on Ice

09/03/2020 - Production News

Switzerland – An Allen & Heath dLive mixing system set the rink alight for one of the most successful ice-skating gala events in the world, Art on Ice, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this month with a series of shows taking place across Zurich, Lausanne, Basel and Davos.

Mamma Mia – Can’t Resist Robe!

06/03/2020 - Production News

Czech Republic – David Kachlir has delivered a lively and vibrant lighting design for the current production of Mamma Mia, which is playing on the 680-seat Musical Stage at Městské Divadlo (City Theatre) in Brno, an eye-catching production that is already proving hugely popular and has won great critical acclaim.

Yamaha and NEXO Cancel Participation In Prolight + Sound 2020

06/03/2020 - Event News

Following the postponement of this year’s Prolight + Sound exhibition, due to the spread of Covid-19, Yamaha and NEXO have taken the decision not to exhibit during the show’s revised dates.

Cameron Birchill Goes Rogue For Beartooth

06/03/2020 - Production News

USA – Colour creates a language all its own. Cameron Birchill offered living proof of this in his work for Beartooth on the metal band’s national co-headline Disease and Disguised tour with Motionless in White, which ended 30 January in Fort Lauderdale. Using a collection of Chauvet Professional Rogue R2 Wash fixtures from Squeek Lights, he created an intricately subtle and intimate lexicon of colours that gave voice to the innermost passions running through the music from his client’s Diseased album.

Alcons LR24; Clean as a Whistle, Even Up to Eleven

06/03/2020 - Event News

USA – After impressing NAMM Show visitors with the new pro-ribbon LR24 mid-size line array during the Loudspeaker System Showcase, Alcons Audio gave the system its official introduction to the US touring market at Post 43, the legendary Hollywood base of the American Legion. Inviting an array of top mixing talent to ‘test drive’ the LR24 system and experience WYMIWYG – What You Mix is What You Get – the system drew universal praise.

Area Four Industries’ Rigging Commandos

06/03/2020 - People News

Introducing the Rigging Commandos, an elite rigging and trussing team that Area Four Industries have put together to achieve one of their core pillars and mission goals, elevate event engineering and safety practices in the entertainment industry through continuous education programmes.

White Mark Ltd Revamps Middlesex University’s Studio A

06/03/2020 - Project News

UK – The imminent launch of a new BA Degree course in Music Production has inspired Middlesex University London to revamp one of its music recording studios so that it can offer students the very best facilities for their course.

Proteus toughness at Audi e-tron Experience

06/03/2020 - Production News

Austria – When German car manufacturer Audi looked to draw attention to their first fully electric model car, Audi e-tron, at the Audi Guest Experience 24-26 January in Kitzbühel, Austria, lighting designer Chris Moylan of Optikalusion says the only option he really had was Elation’s Proteus Hybrid.

SIXTY82 Tower System Raises Expectations for Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

06/03/2020 - Project News

UK – The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS), one of the busiest performing arts venues in Scotland, purchased a SIXTY82 Model M Tower System as part of its ongoing drive to give students and schools access to state-of-the-art backstage technologies used in major productions worldwide.

DiGiGrid Fit For Kings

06/03/2020 - Production News

Kings of Floyd are a leading Pink Floyd tribute band based in Germany. Led by Briton, Mark Gillespie, this assembly of international musicians have earned a deserved reputation for presenting an accurate and atmospheric representation of the classic progressive rock supergroup. The band regularly undertake national tours, playing popular theatre venues to sold out audiences. In order to replicate and do justice to the magic and majesty of Pink Floyd, Kings of Floyd and their experienced crew place audio quality high on their list of priorities.

PR Aqua Beams Add Drama to Slovak Cup Multimedia Show

06/03/2020 - Production News

Slovakia – The Slovak Volleyball Federation recently contracted laser specialists, Kvant, to provide a spectacular multimedia show for the Superfinals of the Slovak Cup, at the Eurovia Arena in Bratislava.

MAX Equestrian Productions Enhances Shows with Chauvet Professional

05/03/2020 - Production News

Belgium – A horse “moves as if he always hears music,” wrote acclaimed author Mark Helprin. Fans who flock to any of the horse jumping shows around the world that Max Equestrian Productions has furnished with light and sound would likely agree with this assessment by the distinguished Prix de Rome winning novelist. Watching these graceful animals ascend with seaming ease over chevrons creates a sensation of being swept up by a beautifully balanced symphony.

Meet TP's Newest Team Members

05/03/2020 - People News

USA – The Theatre Projects team has always been a family, and that family just got a lot bigger!

University of Tennessee System Honours Michael T. Strickland

05/03/2020 - People News

USA– The University of Tennessee System honoured Haslam College of Business graduate Michael T. Strickland with The Presidents Council Service Award on 31 January, 2020. The Presidents Council Awards Dinner was held at the Discovery Park of America in Union City, Tennessee and was attended by several hundred Tennessee alumni from across the country. The UT System is comprised of multiple campuses and locations across the great state of Tennessee.

Void Acoustics launches new products and new website

05/03/2020 - Business News

Void Acoustics is known for its product features and design aesthetics. The company constantly strives to exceed the expectations of sound installation contractors and integrators around the world, whilst providing exceptional audio solutions for all end users.

Touchdown: grandMA3 consoles take centre stage at Super Bowl Halftime Show

05/03/2020 - Production News

USA – grandMA3 consoles made their Super Bowl Halftime Show debut at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium where they joined a complement of grandMA2 consoles to control video elements, stage effects and the LED wristbands worn by approximately 65,000 spectators.

ROE Visual Shines at TPI Award Night

05/03/2020 - Production News

The Netherlands – ROE Visual performed at the heart of the stunning stage design for the yearly TPI Awards. Based on the stage design by Fix8 and content design by Visual Edge, a full package of ROE Visual LED products were used to create a beautiful backdrop for the Awards ceremony.

Take performances “to the edge”… safely

05/03/2020 - Equipment News

Ensure the safety of performers who sit in chairs on Xstage decks with Chairstop. Chairstop is a 1m long bar that attaches to the Xstage decks to prevent chairs from sliding off the end of the stage, thereby allowing performers to take their shows “to the edge” with extended security and peace of mind.

Tonight’s the Night for DiGiCo – The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is a Full House with Three SD7 Consoles and Five SD-Racks

05/03/2020 - Production News

USA – Every week for the past seven years, Jimmy Fallon steps onstage in Studio 6B at Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan and leads a viewing audience of over 2.4 million through an hour of comedy, talk, and music, always opening and closing the show with “Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey,” the show’s jazzy/funky theme song, composed and performed by The Roots, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’s acclaimed Grammy Award-winning house band. Great comedy, great talk, great music, and thanks to the show’s three DiGiCo SD7 consoles paired with five SD-Racks, great sound, too.

Technotrix Joins L-Acoustics Rental Network as New Certified Provider

05/03/2020 - Business News

USA – From its humble, garage-based beginnings in 1992 as a mobile DJ service, Technotrix Inc. has grown over the decades into one of Chicago’s premier event services providers, supplying audio, lighting and staging systems for everything from relatively modest productions to arena-sized concerts, large festivals and major corporate events. Technotrix has now taken another giant leap forward by becoming an L-Acoustics Certified Provider for the rental market (CPr) and expanding its equipment inventory with its first L-Acoustics purchase, a “K Standard” Kara package.

Brompton Technology offers immersive experience at Bulgari B.zero1 Rock event

05/03/2020 - Production News

USA – Italian luxury brand Bulgari, known for its shimmering diamonds and daring design, recently held the B.zero1 Rock event to roll out the brand’s newest rendition of its iconic B.zero1 collection, with Brompton Technology’s LED processing ensuring captivating visual experiences at the event.

ROE Visual successfully launches two major products at ISE 2020

05/03/2020 - Event News

The Netherlands – While ISE 2020 celebrated its last Amsterdam-based edition, ROE Visual has experienced a well-visited and exiting show, with two major product launches.

New Tirana twin scene given the BlacklineX treatment

05/03/2020 - Project News

Albania – Albania’s capital city of Tirana recently welcomed a vibrant new two-tier leisure venue, with the restaurant/nightclub, LOST hosting live bands and DJs and Tema Lounge (occupying a separate space in the same building) providing background music by day, notching up to foreground music after dark.

Prolight + Sound 2020 postponed until 26 to 29 May 2020

04/03/2020 - Event News

Germany - Given the increasing spread of Covid-19 in Europe, Messe Frankfurt has decided to postpone Prolight + Sound 2020. The trade fair was originally planned for 31 March to 3 April. The health of exhibitors, visitors, contractors and employees has top priority for Messe Frankfurt. The new dates for the Global Entertainment Technology Show are from 26 to 29 May 2020. Visitor admission tickets continue to be valid.

This is Your Crew

04/03/2020 - Business News

Germany – In 2020, Sennheiser celebrates a very special anniversary year as the audio specialist turns 75! Since its formation, Sennheiser has shaped the future of audio. Its innovative products and solutions create outstanding sound experiences for customers the world over. During its anniversary year, Sennheiser will be giving voice to the people that make magic sound moments happen, while saying thank you to all Sennheiser fans with exciting promotions, competitions and special editions.

Vari-Lite Ships Innovative LED Successor to Legendary VL5

04/03/2020 - 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 VL5LED WASH fixture is now shipping. Originally debuted at LDI 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada, the VL5LED WASH is the true successor to the Emmy-winning VL5.

Hollow Hearts Sound Fantastic with DPA Microphones

04/03/2020 - Production News

Norway – Norwegian sound engineer Tom Meyer has built up a large collection of DPA microphones over the years and has always been very happy with the results they deliver. He is now spreading the word to artists he works with and has recently persuaded pop singer Lisa Skoglund to switch to one of the company’s new 2028 vocal microphones.

Point Source Audio Expands with German Pro Audio Specialist, Mega Audio

04/03/2020 - Business News

Germany – Point Source Audio has expanded its reach into the European market thanks to a new relationship with Mega Audio. The agreement sees Mega Audio take on the exclusive distribution of Point Source Audio’s products for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Pearce Hire power to winner’s podium at TPi Awards 2020

04/03/2020 - Event News

UK – The team at Pearce Hire couldn’t be prouder to have been announced the winner of the 2020 Favourite Power Supply Company at this year’s TPi Awards.

P&J Live Aberdeen is Fully Equipped with PROLIGHTS LED

04/03/2020 - Production News

UK – P&J Live at TECA, the North of Scotland’s new largest events venue, has invested in over 700 PROLIGHTS fixtures to provide premier in-house production services for events ranging from conferences to gala dinner dances.

Sennheiser returns to the 2020 Video Show with full A4V product line up

03/03/2020 - Event News

UK – Following on the success of last year’s Video Show, world-renowned audio specialist Sennheiser will be attending the 2020 show for the fourth year running. This year, the company will be showcasing its full range of wireless microphones for audio for video applications, including the award-winning XS Wireless Digital, AVX, and evolution wireless G4. On top of that, the company will have its latest line up of shotgun/on-camera mics, the MKE 400, MKE 440 stereo mic, MKE 600, MKH 416, and MKH 8000 series. Additionally, Sennheiser will be supporting Women Who Photo and Film campaign, championing the work of all talented individuals and encouraging more of them to join film making and photography industries.

Vari-Lite’s VL2600 Profile is a star performer for Charli XCX

03/03/2020 - Production News

Worldwide – For the current world tour by British pop sensation Charli XCX, lighting designer Elliott Mountford is enjoying the power and consistency of the VL2600 Profile luminaire from Vari-Lite, a Signify entertainment lighting brand.

DARTZ goes galactic for Celestia at The STRAT, Las Vegas

03/03/2020 - Production News

USA – After debuting last year at The STRAT in Las Vegas, Celestia, a Cirque du Soleil-type entertainment show, has emerged as one of the city’s top North Strip attractions. With a troupe of world-class performers highlighted by an otherworldly lighting design by Tom Sutherland of DX7 Design, the fast-moving circus-style production is a carnival of thrills not to mention a family affordable Strip alternative.

London Eye Christmas Tree dazzles with bespoke solution from TLS Lighting

03/03/2020 - Production News

UK – The iconic London Eye dazzled its vast visiting crowds this year with a first-of-its kind, eight-metre tall Christmas tree adjacent to the attraction. With plans to transform the tree every hour into an attention-grabbing light show to music, the Merlin Entertainments team turned to trusted suppliers, TLS Lighting, for a bespoke LED lighting solution that would fully pixel-map the tree’s surface.

The ALD bestows Fellowship of the Association to Peter Mumford, as he celebrates his 50-year work anniversary

03/03/2020 - People News

UK – Commemorating the 50th anniversary of Peter Mumford’s prestigious career in 2019, December saw the ALD host an Evening in Conversation with Peter Mumford where he was bestowed with a Fellowship of the Association by Lucy Carter, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the art of lighting design.

Smoke, Mirrors and MegaPointes for Bon Iver Tour

03/03/2020 - Production News

USA – Michael Brown is a lighting designer who loves to experiment and take some creative risks in the quest for imagining new and exciting performance environments, and that’s exactly what he did for the US leg of Bon Iver’s recent tour, part of the campaign for new album i, i, where 49 Robe MegaPointes and 25 Kinetic Lights custom moving mirrors were at the core of his dynamic design combining the diverse visual disciplines of art, architecture and concert lighting.

ArKaos Supports the 2020 TPi Awards

03/03/2020 - Production News

UK – ArKaos continued its support of the Total Production International (TPi) Awards.

Events Units Creates Intimate Space at SNHU Arena with Chauvet Professional

03/03/2020 - Production News

USA – The imposing brick and blue steel structure now known as the SNHU Arena has filled many roles since it opened in 2001. Not surprisingly, being in the heart of the state that holds the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, it has hosted rallies for virtually every candidate in this century who’s aspired to take up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue not to mention sports, concerts and conventions of every type.

Electro-Voice and Dynacord system makes a believer of Purple Hat Productions

03/03/2020 - Production News

USA – As a regional audio provider serving the upper midwest from their Fargo, North Dakota base, Purple Hat Productions has built a strong reputation among national touring bands for delivering full professional sound rigs and crews. Purple Hat owner Sean Boe is also tour manager and FOH engineer for Hairball, a bombastic celebration of arena rock that tours both regionally and nationally out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. To better meet their needs, Purple Hat recently invested in a new sound system built around Electro-Voice line arrays and the latest DSP-equipped amplifiers from EV’s sibling brand Dynacord.

Bandit Lites Supports Alter Bridge ‘Walk the Sky Tour’

03/03/2020 - Production News

USA – American rock band Alter Bridge recently wrapped up a headlining winter tour with a lighting system from Bandit Lites. The Florida quartet comprised of Myles Kennedy (vocals, guitar), Mark Tremonti (guitar, vocals), Brian Marshall (bass) and Scott Phillips (drums) recently released their sixth full-length, “Walk The Sky” (Napalm Records), an album that brought the band its first career No. 1 on the Top Current Albums Chart.

Claypaky Fixtures Installed in Russian Arctic Concert Hall

03/03/2020 - Project News

Russia – An assortment of Claypaky lighting fixtures are, quite literally, found in one of the coolest places on earth. Systems Engineer Vladimir Spravtsev of DNK Corporation installed Claypaky Axcor Profile 600 HC, A.leda B-EYE K20, Axcor Spot 400 HC, Axcor Beam 300 and Stormy CC fixtures in the Cultural and Business Center at Salekhard, Russia, the only city in the world located directly on the Arctic Circle. Artem Bogatyrev was the project manager.

Hippotizer turbo boosts Porsche Taycan launch

03/03/2020 - Production News

Denmark – Prestige car manufacturer Porsche launched its new all-electric Taycan Turbo S sports car for the Danish market at the Porsche Centre Copenhagen in January. In keeping with the electric theme, Hippotizer media servers powered the electrifying video-mapping of the car’s exterior at the special event, which was produced for Porsche by Capital Events.

Resounding success for Brompton Technology at ISE 2020

03/03/2020 - Event News

The Netherlands – Brompton Technology has hailed ISE 2020 as a resounding success, after giving visitors to this year’s exhibition the first European showing of its Dynamic Calibration technology as well as launching its latest LED processor, the Tessera S8.

Hawthorn puts Premium Programmes Centre Stage for BBC Studios Showcase 2020

03/03/2020 - Production News

UK – Hundreds of television buyers from across the globe headed to ACC Liverpool on 9 – 11 February for BBC Studios Showcase 2020, the world’s largest international television market hosted by a single distributor. The event brought together top producers, talent and BBC executives as well as Britain’s most successful creatives. For the 14th year running, creative technical event production company Hawthorn supported the distribution powerhouse to showcase its premium programmes, delivering two hotly anticipated evening events.

ACC Liverpool Future Proofs its RF System with Shure Axient Digital

03/03/2020 - Project News

UK – Shure, a leading manufacturer of microphones and audio electronics, collaborated with Adlib, one of the UK’s longest established event technical service companies, to upgrade ACC Liverpool’s RF system. The result is a future-proof system ready for today’s challenging RF environment.

MLA Adopted on Three Stages at Japan’s New Year Countdown

02/03/2020 - Production News

Japan – Martin Audio’s award-winning MLA Multicellular Loudspeaker Array played an important role at the Countdown Japan Festival 19/20 at the Makuhari Messe Convention Center in Chiba.

Movers and Shakers

02/03/2020 - People News

Creative Technology has hired Andrew Nu as a full-time business development manager for the systems integrations department. With over 26 years of experience in the AV and system integration industry across Europe, Asia and the Middle East, Andrew brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his role. Prior to his new position, Andrew was involved in several critical viewing command and control room projects over the years. He has had the opportunity to work on various prestigious installations such as supplying production lighting and TV suspension systems for the BBC Pacific Quay, Emirates Palace Hotel and Oman Opera as well as supplying full AV for the Qasr Al Alam Guest Palace in Oman and the Dublin Convention Centre.

Version 2 expands account management team

02/03/2020 - People News

UK – Version 2, the television lighting rental specialist has announced the appointment of Joe Marter as account manager at its Reading operation.

City Theatrical’s Multiverse Wireless DMX/RDM at Super Bowl LIVE

02/03/2020 - Production News

USA – City Theatrical’s Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM technology was recently used to provide wireless DMX/RDM for the lighting installation by Dynamic Productions USA for Super Bowl LIVE presented by Verizon at Bayfront Park, a week-long, free-to-the-public fan fest leading up to Super Bowl LIV in Miami, Florida. A total of six Multiverse Transmitters and 20 Multiverse Nodes using Multiverse’s dual band 900MHz/2.4GHz technology were used to create six zones of wireless DMX throughout this 32-acre park from 25 January to 1 February, 2020.

Iwan Hutapea Covers Diverse Range at Soundrenalin with ChamSys

02/03/2020 - Production News

Indonesia – The iconic and influential British pop rockers Suede felt right at home when they headlined the Soundrenalin. The upbeat spin on alt music that the band spearheaded in the 1990s was reflected in the sounds of some of their co-headliners at the two day festival, such as the popular Indonesian quintet Padi Reborn. But pop music in Indonesia is every bit as diverse as it is in the UK, so sharing the stage with alt rockers was a wide range of artists, from the hard driving Indonesian metal band Jamrud, to local R&B legend Glenn Fredly.

Invitation to zactrack demonstration

02/03/2020 - Event News

UK – zactrack SMART is the world's first plug and play automated follow system.

Elation shares in magic of Dollywood Wildwood Grove Tree

02/03/2020 - Project News

USA – When visiting the Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee a visit to Dollywood should be high on anyone’s agenda. The popular theme park debuted a new land in June 2019 – Wildwood Grove – at whose heart is a magical Wildwood Tree illuminated using Elation Professional luminaires with lighting design by Susan Rose.

Christie Lites Delivers Lighting and Crew for Cisco Live 2020

02/03/2020 - Production News

Spain – Leading technology experts from around the world descended on Barcelona for the annual Cisco Live EMEA conference in January to learn, share and drive the digital future.