News Archive for June 2021

Robe BMFLs for NCAA March Madness Basketball

30/06/2021 - Production News

USA – The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) 2021 “March Madness” tournament is a single-elimination college basketball tournament played each spring with 68 teams competing for the national championship. Seven courts across six venues have been lit for the last three years (preceding 2020 which was cancelled due to Covid-19) by renowned broadcast live events specialist, Bill Brennan.

Bandit Lites Brings the Lights to Black Music Honors

30/06/2021 - Production News

USA – It was a night of celebration as Chicago-based television production company Central City Productions presented the 2021 Black Music Honors. Held in commemoration of Juneteenth, the annual two-hour event acknowledges the legendary African American artists who have influenced and made significant musical contributions to African American culture and American music worldwide.

Adamson and Real Music Power China's EDM Scene

30/06/2021 - Project News

China – Real Music Acoustics & Lighting Technology Co, operating out of Xi'an and Guangzhou, have helped super-charge the Chinese nightclub circuit with three massive Adamson PA installations across Shenzhen, Nanchang, and Xi’an.

Historic First Presbyterian Church modernises audio with Electro-Voice and Dynacord

30/06/2021 - Project News

USA – With a rich history dating back 189 years, First Presbyterian Church is a foundational part of the Alton, IL community. Rebuilt in 1990 after a fire, its classic design features a large pipe organ and a vaulted ceiling with a 33ft. peak. To bring the 30-year old sound system up to contemporary standards, the church brought in regional AV integration firm and house of worship sound specialists Output Unlimited.

Daniel Thibault and Chauvet Professional Rogues Create Big Looks at Mountain Music Festival

30/06/2021 - Production News

USA – 'Big Something' is, if nothing else, big! Not just in terms of the relatively large number of members in the band (six), but also, and more importantly, as defined by their big, powerhouse sound and exuberant stage presence. Fuelled by months of pent-up energy accumulated during the lockdown, the Home Grown Music Album of the Year Award winners let it fly at the Mountain Music Festival in early June.

FUSION by GLP announces weatherproof FUSION Stick FS16 Z with new Halo-Diffuser ring

30/06/2021 - Equipment News

Lines of light are a popular and versatile design element for stage and TV shows. However, most of the solutions available do not meet modern design and camera requirements. With the FUSION Stick FS16 Z, FUSION by GLP is now introducing a contemporary LED stick in a weatherproof (IP65) design. These can not only be connected to produce absolutely seamless lines, in the tried and tested GLP manner, but thanks to innovative halo diffuser rings, placed in front of the individual light sources, develop a new optical effect.

Getting passionate about grandMA3: Auto de Pascoa used MA Lighting controls

30/06/2021 - Production News

Brazil – The energy and imagination of leading Brazilian lighting designer Paulinho Lebrao from design practice FOH excelled to create epic lighting for a spectacular and vibrant production of Auto de Pascoa (Passion of Christ), staged in the main auditorium of the Igreja da Cidade Campus Colina church in Brazil. Choosing a full grandMA3 package (software and hardware) for lighting control, this acclaimed production was staged in the church’s main auditorium in Sӑo José dos Campos, Paraiba Valley, about 80 kilometres from Sao Paulo, and streamed worldwide.

KLOTZ expands PRO DMX cable range

30/06/2021 - Equipment News

In addition to the successful Pro DMX cables of the LX-5X series with XLR 5 pin connectors, KLOTZ now offers this cable series alternatively with XLR 3 pin connectors (LX-3X). For the LX series, KLOTZ uses only high-quality digital cables with an exact characteristic impedance of 110 Ohms.

Elation over New York’s Little Island oasis

30/06/2021 - Project News

USA – An island oasis in the Hudson River west of Manhattan, Little Island @Pier55 is receiving praise as a unique arts area and green getaway from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Made up of 132 pot-shaped planters suspended above the water, the park’s topography holds a lush landscape of rolling hills, walking paths and open lawns. Nestled among the island’s more than 390 species of flowers, trees and shrubs are performance spaces outfitted with Elation Professional IP-rated automated luminaires.

XR Stage Selects ROE Visual for ICVFX Studio

29/06/2021 - Project News

USA – XR stage opens its largest ICVFX sound stage in June. Again, XR Stage has selected ROE Visual to supply the LED volume for this stage.

Anolis Shows Nottingham Castle in New Light

29/06/2021 - Project News

UK – The UK’s landmark Nottingham Castle reopens in June following a £30 million refurbishment which started in 2018. Part of the new look is a stylish Anolis exterior LED lighting scheme illuminating all four sides of the building, comprising 17 Anolis Divine 160 fixtures which was designed by Ian Forrow of IJF Lighting and commissioned by On Event Production from Castle Donnington.

Martin Audio Announces Next Open Days to Coincide with 50th Anniversary Party

29/06/2021 - Event News

UK – Martin Audio is gearing up for two action packed days in early September, which will see it combine the latest in its successful Open Day programme (and the first in two years) with a party to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

Audient Helps Teach Where Technology, Nature and Creativity Align Perfectly

28/06/2021 - Project News

Sweden – They say nature inspires creativity, and Geijerskolan, a school surrounded by forest, deep in the heart of the Swedish countryside has certainly invested in that idea. Offering a wide variety of music-based education alternatives including Music Production, last year it opened a brand new analogue studio with the Audient ASP4816 desk at its heart.

Manny Newman Calls on Chauvet Professional for Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Live Show

28/06/2021 - Production News

USA – The outdoor stage at the Avondale Brewing Company was smaller than the ones Pigeons Playing Ping Pong normally plays on, probably not much more than 30-feet in length. But adaptation is the order of the day as live music returns throughout much of the USA.

ROE Visual Selected for LED Studio Spaces in North America Creative Technology expands with a Virtual Production studio in Las Vegas

28/06/2021 - Production News

USA – Creative Technology North America (CTNA) has partnered with ROE Visual to build yet another Virtual Production LED Studio. With LED studios located in Los Angeles, New York and Nashville, CT now adds Las Vegas to the list, launching its latest in-camera VFX studio.

Shure Offers Free New Training Programmes for Live Performance, Production, AV Rental and Film/Location Sound Professionals

28/06/2021 - Standards News

UK – The past year has been difficult for the professional audio industry.

Historic Ballroom at Portland Art Museum upgrades with Fuze Pendants and NETRON data distribution

25/06/2021 - Project News

USA – The Kridel Grand Ballroom at the Portland Art Museum is a historic 9,000-sq. ft. space with soaring ceilings and rich architectural details that has played host to many of the city’s premiere events for decades. With its full proscenium stage, sound, lighting and projection systems, the venue is tailor-made for elegant gala fundraisers, corporate meetings, and weddings. Chris Pitale, senior AV technician at the Museum, oversaw a recent lighting upgrade in the Grand Ballroom that included Elation Professional Fuze Pendant LED downlights and NETRON data distribution from Obsidian Control Systems.

RigSwitch is a Winner for Zero 88

25/06/2021 - Equipment News

Zero 88’s RigSwitch is an ingenious remote controlled and synchronised power switching and surge control device that is proving to be a reliable, cost-effective, and popular solution for multiple venues and installation scenarios worldwide.

Robe MegaPointes for American Idol

25/06/2021 - Production News

USA – Lighting designer Tom Sutherland of DX7 Design specified 326 Robe MegaPointes as part of the lighting rig for the 2021 season of American Idol, for which the live shows and final were produced by Freemantle Media and recorded on Stage 36 of CBS Television City in Los Angeles.

Follow-Me tracks at the Ahoy for Eurovision ’21

25/06/2021 - Production News

The Netherlands – This year’s Eurovision Song Contest has been recognised as a pivotal moment in the return of large-scale entertainment events in a post-COVID world. Performed in front of a live audience of 3,500 plus delegates in the Greenroom on the arena floor, ESC captivated both the live audience and the 183 million watching on television from 234 countries worldwide.

SLV Rent and Chauvet Professional Set Tone in Colour at Van Marke Livestream

25/06/2021 - Production News

Belgium – Adapting in order to overcome adversity is nothing new to Van Marke Plumbing Supply. Founded on the eve of the Great Depression in 1929, the family-owned business has met challenges, from stock market crashes to war over the past nine decades, as it’s grown from a single location in West Flanders to a global leader in healthy water and heating solutions with operations in Benelux, France, Malta, Switzerland and the United States.

Eminence Ensemble and Jake Gibson Hit the Road Again with Chauvet Professional

25/06/2021 - Production News

USA – Being on the road never fails to work its way into the heart and soul of a touring LD. Jake Gibson knows this full well. “It becomes part of your lifestyle and your life,” he said, of his time criss-crossing the USA with the popular progressive jam band Eminence Ensemble.

PROLIGHTS Tick all the right boxes for the Stamford Shakespeare Company

25/06/2021 - Project News

UK – Founded in 1968, the amateur Stamford Shakespeare Company has been putting on performances of Shakespeare’s classics for audiences of all ages for over 50 years.

disguise enabled Faber AV to deliver the most technically ambitious Eurovision Song Contest yet

25/06/2021 - Production News

The Netherlands – The 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest at Rotterdam’s Ahoy arena, marked the first major live event to take place in the Netherlands since the pandemic began. With an incredible visual deployment, the event was powered by disguise.

Award Winning Performance by Astera at AHA Event

24/06/2021 - Production News

Australia – Canberra-based Elite Event Technology (EET) supplied full production (lighting, audio, video and staging) for the 2021 Australian Hotels Association (AHA) Awards, which took place outdoors for the first time as 450 guests enjoyed the fantastic environs of the Pialligo Estate and the gorgeous gastronomy of one of Canberra’s top restaurants in a truly immersive setting that embraced the natural beauty of the ACT region.

Yamaha Reaches New Heights at Major Swiss Climbing Centre

24/06/2021 - Project News

Switzerland – Opened in Spring 2021, Gaswerk Wädenswil is claimed to be one of the largest climbing gyms in the world. Yamaha equipment is making sure that the gym’s background music, announcements and paging – distributed via a redundant Dante network to locations spread across six floors – offer flexible routing and rock steady reliability.

New ROE Visual RUBY LED panels presented at Hibino Open house

24/06/2021 - Event News

Japan – Hibino's dedicated VFX studio kicked of successfully during the Open House days from 2-4 June. The VFX studio, built in partnership with ROE Visual, creates an excellent opportunity to work with virtual production techniques for Japan-based film makers and producers.

Elation IP line lights Château de Chambord for popular French musical TV show

23/06/2021 - Production News

France – On the French television show La chanson de l’année (The Song of the Year) on station TF1, the French public get to choose their favourite French song of the past year. Produced by DMLS TV and one of the television highlights of the year in France, this year’s show featured a breathtaking château backdrop with stunning lighting effects from Elation IP-rated luminaires.

Dynacord and Electro-Voice deliver powerful sound with simple control at the 24 Market Street bar and club

23/06/2021 - Project News

UK Located in the British midlands town of Lichfield, bar and club 24 Market Street recently worked with its long-time AV partners SLLFX and the UK team from Dynacord and Electro-Voice on an audio upgrade, completed as part of a wider refurbishment. Featuring Electro-Voice loudspeakers optimised via Dynacord electronics and SONICUE sound system software, the solution is powerful, flexible and cost-effective.

Cory Pattak and Chauvet Professional Ovation Fixtures Light Tuacahn Amphitheatre

23/06/2021 - Project News

USA – Like anyone who enters Tuacahn Amphitheatre for the first time, Cory Pattak was awed by the surroundings when he arrived there in 2017 to light a production of Newsies. Located at the mouth of Padre Canyon in southwestern Utah, with its towering sandstone cliffs dotted with sage brush and yucca trees, the setting offers a quintessential image of the American West in all its rugged, untamed beauty.

TiMax and EM Acoustics immerse Expo visitors at Dubai Airport

23/06/2021 - Project News

UAE – Pixel Artworks recently specified a TiMax SoundHub spatial audio server for a new high-profile audiovisual experience greeting visitors arriving into Dubai International airport. The immersive installation captures the spirit and ethos of the rescheduled Expo 2020 event, now running from autumn 2021 to spring 2022.

Ray Technologies releases 100W ultra power laser system RTI NANO RGB 100

23/06/2021 - Equipment News

Ray Technologies GmbH, the German manufacturer of high-end laser systems, announced the release of its 100W ultra power laser system RTI NANO RGB 100, which not only has full colour mixture but also professional scanning capabilities like a normal professional laser system. “Maintaining a high scan speed with such powerful lasers is pretty challenging as the diameter of the laser beam usually increases significantly with the power, so it cannot fit the small mirrors needed to create the images with,” explains Norbert Stangl, CMO of the Laserworld Group. “The latest generation of RTI RSL modules are the key to success in the NANO RGB 100, as they provide a very thin beam even at high powers and are maintenance free.”

RAVENNA goes live with new website

23/06/2021 - Business News

ALC NetworX, developer of the high-performance RAVENNA AoIP networking technology platform, has announced that the new RAVENNA website is now live. Sporting a new, more modern look and feel the new site offers even easier access to information and resources concerning all things that relate to RAVENNA, including standards information, use cases, webinars and other resources.

Neg Earth and Robe Help Energise Rose Bruford College’s Live Event Project

22/06/2021 - Production News

UK – It has been a tough year for the entire industry and none more so than those studying the performing arts, with colleges having to radically re-think not just the teaching process and online learning, but also the realisation of practical coursework modules.

Allen & Heath Go “All Install” for Three-Day Virtual Conference

22/06/2021 - Event News

Allen & Heath have announced “All Install”, a three-day programme of interactive webinars and one-to-one1 virtual meetings, running 6-8th July 2021.

Equipson Praises ISE For Delivering a Safe and Successful Post-Covid Trade Show in Barcelona

22/06/2021 - Event News

Spain – Spanish AV equipment manufacturer Equipson has praised ISE for delivering its first post-Covid trade show in Barcelona in an extremely safe and professional way.

Michael T. Strickland Honoured with “Heroes of Live” at Pollstar Live Awards

22/06/2021 - People News

USA – Those in the entertainment industry know the adage, “the show must go on,” and even in the face of virtually no tours in 2020 due to the pandemic, the 2021 Pollstar Awards pivoted to honour artists, venues and events of the decade, as well as pay tribute to individuals who “went far and above their traditional day/night jobs to help the larger live industry and our communities in crucial ways that include altruism, advocacy, diversity and inclusivity and more.” Michael T. Strickland, owner and chair of Bandit Lites, was the first “Heroes of Live” recipient of the night due to his activism on behalf of the live events industry.

Elation announces Atendi as exclusive distributor in Denmark

22/06/2021 - Business News

Denmark – Elation Professional has announced that Atendi A/S has been named the exclusive distributor for Elation products in Denmark. Effective immediately, Atendi will partner with Elation to represent and distribute Elation’s comprehensive line of lighting products.

PLASA Show returns in 2021 with the ABTT for “come-back” industry event

22/06/2021 - Event News

UK – PLASA Show, the London event for entertainment technology, returns in 2021, following an unprecedented period of challenge and uncertainty for the live events sector.

Optoma launch selection of immersive projection solutions promising to warp reality

22/06/2021 - Equipment News

Optoma has announced its ‘Warping Reality’ collection of immersive projection solutions. Suitable for an array of sophisticated environments, from art installations, floor projection, stage backgrounds to sensory rooms, simulators and training facilities.

Martin Audio Launches New Online Merchandise Store

22/06/2021 - Business News

Martin Audio has set up a new online Official Merchandise store to coincide with its 50th anniversary year.

University of Winchester Debuts Songwriting Camp Highlighting Gender Imbalance

21/06/2021 - Project News

UK – The School of Media & Film staff at the University of Winchester has ensured its Audient-packed music studio complex has been fully utilised by launching the inaugural Women & Gender Minorities in the Music Industry: Songwriting and Production Camp last month.

Robert Juliat SpotMe for Czech Republic’s Brno City Theatre

21/06/2021 - Project News

Czech Republic – The largest performance space of Brno City Theatre (Městské divadlo Brno), The Music Theatre, is a 680-seat venue that hosts a programme of current musicals and large-scale drama. It was built in 2004 as the best technically equipped theatre in Europe. To maintain these modern standards, technical manager, David Kachlíř, recently added a Robert Juliat SpotMe tracking device to the venue’s lighting inventory, thereby increasing its existing complement of Robert Juliat products of three RJ Ginger followspots, Dalis 864 coloured footlights and a number of RJ 600 and 700 series profiles. The RJ SpotMe device was supplied by Prague-based Prolight s.r.o., Robert Juliat’s exclusive distributor for the Czech Republic, as part of an improvement initiative to future-proof the theatre.

Seth Jackson, Nathan Alves and Eddie Connell Light Emotions on Toby Keith Tour with Chauvet Professional

21/06/2021 - Production News

USA – “Every reunion is a type of heaven,” an American philosopher wrote over 100 years ago. This piece of paradise was in the air at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, SD on Thursday 20 May when Toby Keith kicked off his “Country Comes To Town” tour.

Virtual Showlight 2021 Papers available to view online

21/06/2021 - Event News

Following on from the inaugural Virtual Showlight event, which took place on Tuesday 25 May 2021, the Showlight Committee has announced that all VSL Papers and Video Shorts are now available to view online on the Showlight website at

Robe Helps Shape the Future of Europe Conference

18/06/2021 - Production News

France – The inaugural Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) event – a European Union initiative to reform its policies and institutions – took place in May at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, at the very heart of EU politics and legislation. The elegant hemicycle debating chamber sits inside the striking Louise Weiss Building designed by Parisian-based Architecture-Studio and opened in 1999. It includes a 60 metre high tower which is left looking deliberately unfinished and was inspired by Roman amphitheatres and the mythical Tower of Babel.

Bandit Lites Calls on Chauvet Professional for Cary’s Pride Month Celebration

18/06/2021 - Production News

USA – Familiar and reassuring, landmarks, at their best tend to weave their way into the heart and soul of a community, reminding those who live and work around them of shared values and purposes. The fountain at Cary’s Downtown Park, has quickly become such a landmark in the town since its construction in 2017.

Brooklyn-Based Sibling Quartet MAKUTA ‘Catches Lightning in the Studio’ with Flock Audio’s PATCH System

18/06/2021 - Project News

USA – While the past year has been challenging for many artists who are used to spending time on the road, Brooklyn-based MAKUTA has spent their time looking inward, building several new creative projects that will be released starting this autumn. The four-sibling band consisting of Doug, Jane, Aleata and Rose Makuta worked together in the confines of their home studio, focusing almost exclusively on writing, recording and mixing. Among the forthcoming projects to be released is a quartet of EPs from the band entitled Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow and Overmorrow, each of which were tracked and mixed almost entirely in their studio while using Flock Audio’s revolutionary new PATCH System.

Alcons Proves All-Rounder Reputation at the University of Kassel

18/06/2021 - Project News

Germany – At the Department of Music (Institut für Musik – IfM) of the German Kassel University, prospective music teachers are being trained to teach at all kinds of schools. The department also has its own concert hall, which is used for concerts of all musical genres as well as lectures and examinations. Plain concrete walls and a high proportion of glass elements characterise the room and place special demands on the sound system.

The new generation high-brightness Barco UniSee completes Barco’s LCD video wall portfolio renewal

18/06/2021 - Equipment News

Barco, had introduced the next generation of its successful high-brightness Barco UniSee LCD video wall. This is the last step in the full LCD video wall portfolio renewal, after the introduction of the new Barco UniSee 500, OverView KVD-5521C and OverView LVD-5521C. This new generation builds on the unique strengths of Barco UniSee and further optimizes the state-of-the-art image quality for use in a broader range of applications.

KV2 sets sail across the Black Sea with Alezzi Yacht

18/06/2021 - Project News

Romania – Alezzi Yacht is a high-spec, 42m x 18m, 1,000 capacity catamaran dedicated to the sole purposes of pleasure and having fun. Based in the Romanian port of Navodari, Alezzi Yacht offers cruises along the beautiful Black Sea coast, complete with fine dining, cocktails and glamour, along with breathtaking views of the lively beach resort of Mamaia and Constanta City. The afternoon is dedicated to an experience aimed at the whole family, whilst the evening cruise is reserved for those looking for a full-on party atmosphere. Any good party requires great audio, and Alezzi Yacht is no exception. Constanta-based AV specialists, AudioVision, were asked to design, supply and install a comprehensive AV system throughout the catamaran. AudioVision selected KV2 Audio as the best solution.

Power and speed: grandMA3 convinced at the Brit Awards 2021

18/06/2021 - Production News

UK – The Brit Awards has long been noted for its spectacular productions and the 2021 event was no exception, staged at the O2 Arena, London, UK featuring an elegant and dynamic production design by Es Devlin and Yinka Ilori with spectacular lighting created by Al Gurdon. The live broadcast event celebrated some of the best British and international music and broke ground as the first major indoor live music event with an audience of key and frontline workers since the pandemic shut down of March 2020.

Astera Launches New PixelBrick product

17/06/2021 - Equipment News

Wireless LED lighting specialist Astera adds another ingenious dimension to its expanding portfolio of lighting products: the PixelBrick.

ChamSys Helps Martin Dudley Stay Cool Lighting Mola TV’s Chill Fridays

17/06/2021 - Production News

UK – At the end of a long work week everyone is ready to unwind and chill, especially during stressful times like those the world has been going through for over a year. Tapping into this universal desire, Jakarta-based Mola TV introduced “Chill Fridays,” an interactive weekly livestream that features stars playing mellow music in an intimate setting and, every once in a while, taking questions from fans.

Esteemed UK Mixer Adrian Hall Takes Hybrid Set Up to the Next Level with Solid State Logic UF8 and UC1 Controllers

17/06/2021 - Project News

UK – Having worked alongside a wide range of international artists spanning multiple genres, mixer / engineer / producer Adrian Hall made a name for himself at London’s Metropolis Studios between 1997 and 2004, working with The Black Eyed Peas, Shakira, Depeche Mode and so many others. In those days, he might have been found working on one of the studio’s E, G, J or K series large-format Solid State Logic mixing consoles. However, since then he has embraced the hybrid studio environment, working within his well-appointed garden office studio which now includes the recently launched UF8 and UC1 controllers from SSL.

Ampco Flashlight uses Outline NEWTON at Eurovision Song Contest 2021

17/06/2021 - Production News

The Netherlands – The Grand Final of the 65th staging of the Eurovision Song Contest event took place at the Rotterdam Ahoy in May, where winners Italy triumphed over the other 25 finalists with their song ‘Zitti E Buoni’ performed by Måneskin. Due to COVID restrictions the audience in the venue was limited but a huge Europe-wide TV audience of over 180 million watched the event live, courtesy of the host broadcaster NPO/NOS/AVROTROS on behalf of EBU.

Powersoft Completes French Distributor Network with Appointment of Sidev

17/06/2021 - Business News

France – I talian audio specialist Powersoft has welcomed Sidev as its new distributor for France, working alongside Powersoft’s other French distributor, DV2.

ARRI and ROE Visual Disclose Test Programme

17/06/2021 - Business News

The Netherlands – When virtual production and, in particular, mixed reality production took flight in early 2020 ARRI and ROE Visual came into contact and connected to develop a better understanding of the impact of this technology on both LED volumes and camera performance. This mutual understanding has led to the development of a continuous testing programme.

Proteus Maximus versatility shines through at Utah’s Tuacahn Amphitheater

17/06/2021 - Production News

USA – Set against a magnificent red rock canyon backdrop in the Utah desert, Tuacahn Amphitheater in the state’s south-west corner is one of the most picturesque settings you’ll find anywhere for outdoor theatre. Lighting designer Cory Pattak has lit a production of Beauty and the Beast amid the spectacular surroundings and used the venue’s new IP65-rated Proteus Maximus moving heads as workhorse front light fixtures.

NATEAC registration is open

16/06/2021 - Event News

Registration for the North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference is now open. NATEAC 2021, a virtual conference, will take place on 20, 21 and 22 July, 2021. The registration fee is $145.00 and covers all three days. Go to to register.

Claypaky e-assist platform revamped

16/06/2021 - Business News

Claypaky welcomes users to the updated version of the e-assist website. This platform is conceived to be the ultimate gateway to Claypaky technical assistance and features the access to technical documentation of Claypaky products in a fully revamped and modern, easy-to-use layout.

Chauvet Professional Lights First Live Show at Freilichtbühne Coesfeld Since COVID Lockdown

16/06/2021 - Production News

Germany – The popular cover band Lonely Hearts Club isn’t likely to achieve the fame of the British quartet that inspired their name. But the six musicians from Gescher were greeted with a level of enthusiasm worthy of the Beatles or any superstar when they appeared on the open-air stage at Freilichtbühne Coesfeld at 5pm on Saturday 15 May.

Absen Brings Virtual LED Booth Experience to All

16/06/2021 - Business News

China – Following the success of the 1st June online event, global LED manufacturer Absen has extended the availability of its virtual booth showcasing its product portfolio and its online event, accessible to anyone who wishes to attend.

Now on Screen: Your Flexible Seating Options Brought to Life

16/06/2021 - Business News

UK – A new online video series by the UK’s largest manufacturer of retractable seating aims to help venue managers understand how their space could look, work and feel.

Xytech Systems Names Tanya Kelly Managing Director, APAC, Following Brand Acquisition

16/06/2021 - People News

USA – Xytech, the leader in facility management software for the broadcast and media industries, has announced Tanya Kelly as Xytech’s managing director, APAC. This appointment follows the closing of Xytech’s acquisition of ScheduALL from Net Insight in April and underlines Xytech’s commitment to the region. Kelly’s appointment is effective immediately.

Second digital Prolight + Sound BIZLounge now available: round tables, video showcases and initial news about the fair

15/06/2021 - Event News

How is the entertainment-technology sector preparing for the gradual restart of event operations? Which trends and challenges are of particular relevance to event venues, especially theatres? How is the growing awareness for sustainability changing the event business? Experts answer these and many other questions in the Second Prolight + Sound BIZLounge. In panel discussions, renowned representatives of associations, companies and venues scrutinise the most urgent issues currently facing the sector. Renowned brands present their latest solutions in video presentations.

Robe Shimmers for Henk-Jan van Beek’s Eurovision Lighting

15/06/2021 - Production News

The Netherlands – Glamour, glitz and disco dancing, plus a bit of kick-ass rock & roll ensured that the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) extravaganza was back with a massive bang this year, making up for its absence in 2020 thwarted by the pandemic like so many other shows. The Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam was the venue for a fantastic production bursting with creative visuals, technical excellence and musical talent, both on and off the stage.

Historic Alabama Cathedral Finds the Right Sound in Renkus-Heinz Across an Acoustically Delicate Space

15/06/2021 - Project News

USA – The Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Mobile, Alabama had long struggled with inadequate sound system performance due to the cathedral’s high curved ceilings, large stained-glass windows, wooden pews and other acoustically challenging design features. An upgrade to the sound system became a necessity, but to preserve the beauty and historical nature of the cathedral’s large sanctuary, the ministry leadership decided against acoustic treatment. Instead, they trusted a high-performance sound system backed by Renkus-Heinz loudspeakers.

Elation 17th June Coffee Break: How to light livestreams like a pro!

15/06/2021 - Event News

The clever company or artist is incorporating more live streaming into their business model to stay connected with customers and build their audience. When live streaming, it’s important to both look professional and keep customers engaged and without a professional set-up that includes the right lighting for camera, viewer experience suffers, brand image is tarnished, and opportunity is lost.

RIVAGE PM7 Brings Peace of Mind to Theater Freiburg

15/06/2021 - Project News

Germany – Founded in 1866, Theater Freiburg is the oldest and biggest theatre in Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Württemberg, south-west Germany. Moving to its present venue in 1910, like many theatres it has seen an almost continuous series of changes and renovations, some more successful than others. Most recently, the installation of two Yamaha RIVAGE PM7 digital mixing systems have brought much-needed peace of mind to head of sound Jonas Gottschall and his technical team.

Powersoft Strengthens T Series Amplifier Platform

15/06/2021 - Equipment News

Italian audio innovator, Powersoft, has announced two additions to its renowned touring amplifier platform, the T Series, which will allow the company to almost entirely replace its legendary K Series.

Martin Audio Promotes from Within to Fulfil R&D Director Roles

15/06/2021 - People News

UK – Martin Audio has recently promoted from within to create two new director roles for its R&D department.

Pro Studio and Education Facility in One? RTRC is Changing the Model

14/06/2021 - Project News

USA – Audient was delighted to hear that the first ever Recording Arts Programme students at The Round Table Recording Co (also a professional studio in its own right) celebrated completing their course this month, having learnt their craft on the ASP8024 Heritage Edition console.

Chris Moylan stages world premiere of new Škoda Fabia with Elation Proteus

11/06/2021 - Production News

Czech Republic – On 4th, May Czech auto manufacturer Škoda presented its new Fabia to the world, the fourth generation of the popular car model. As no spectators were allowed to be present due to the pandemic, the release event was recorded for online viewing with several levels of the architecturally attractive DOX Center for Contemporary Art in Prague serving as a backdrop. Lighting design was by Chris Moylan from Optikalusion, who turned to Elation’s IP65 Proteus series to light the happening.

Getting the Creative Factor

11/06/2021 - Production News

Belgium – Kristof Van Mensel from Belgium-based lighting and visual design company TCF (The Creative Factory) likes Astera products!

Dark Matter Gallery Launched in Berlin

11/06/2021 - Project News

Germany – Dark Matter is a brand-new permanent exhibition space for lighting, visual and sonic art and technology in Berlin’s lively Lichtenberg district, currently comprising seven unique sculptural and kinetic visual works created by light artist Christopher Bauder of WHITEvoid.

Nicholas 'Nicky' Sintara and Chauvet Professional Reflect 21 Personalities On Nyaradzo Livestream

11/06/2021 - Production News

Zimbabwe – Nyaradzo Group didn’t get to be one of Africa’s most successful companies by doing things half way. So, when the big insurance and financial services firm marked its 20th anniversary recently, it went all out, hosting a livestream concert celebration that featured 21 of the region’s leading artists.

Das Werk Enhances Alcons Audio’s Stellar Reputation in Vienna

11/06/2021 - Project News

Austria – Founded in 2006, Das Werk is an alternative art and culture initiative based in Vienna. Located in the district of Spittelau, between the famous Grelle Forelle and FLEX nightclubs, Das Werk is the latest Vienna venue to upgrade to Alcons Audio pro-ribbon loudspeakers.

Canadore College Embraces Solid State Logic ORIGIN for its Recording Engineering – Music Production Programme

10/06/2021 - Project News

Canada – Applied arts and technology school Canadore College acquired a Solid State Logic ORIGIN analogue in-line mixing console at the beginning of the current academic year to support its new two-year Recording Engineering – Music Production programme. The ORIGIN was part of a complete studio package supplied by Studio Economik in Montreal, including an SSL Fusion processor, that instructors are using to familiarise students with analogue music production hardware.

Jimmy Davidson and Chauvet Professional Ramp Up Cody Johnson Memorial Day Shows

10/06/2021 - Production News

USA – As a rule, Jimmy Davidson favours intense looks in his lighting designs. But sometimes rules are not made to be broken; they’re made to be doubled down on. Such was this case this Memorial Day Weekend, when the Texas designer lit a three-show concert series by chart-topping country artist Cody Johnson.

Dubai-based Levels Audio Visual joins L-Acoustics CPi network

10/06/2021 - Business News

UAE – Levels Audio Visual was established in 2015, with a primary focus on specialised high quality AV solutions for the entertainment and leisure industry. Its work focuses almost exclusively on permanent installations in restaurants, bars, beach clubs and nightclubs, along with AV rental and production solutions for DJs, live music, festivals and wedding events. It has recently become part of the L-Acoustics certified provider install (CPi) network.

Austria for Life live broadcast charity show impresses with PIXERA

10/06/2021 - Production News

Austria – The Austrian landmark par excellence, the Stephansdom cathedral in Vienna, was beaming not just with the enthusiasm of the countless helpers on the 28th May, but also due to the impressive usage of modern media play-out display technologies.

ARRI opens a mixed reality studio available for hire to productions in the UK

10/06/2021 - Production News

UK – ARRI has announced the opening of its new state-of-the-art mixed reality studio in the UK. Equipped with an LED volume comprising 343 square metres of LED wall, installed in partnership with NEP Live Events production and technical specialist firm Creative Technology, the studio is one of the biggest permanent mixed reality production spaces in Europe.

GLP FUSION Exo Beam 10 assists world record drone show

09/06/2021 - Production News

Germany – When the energy group E.ON SE launched its ‘Networks of Tomorrow’ campaign to highlight the importance of energy networks for the success of energy transition, it decided to stage a spectacular drone show in which a new world record was set: 150 drones flew 13 dynamic and static formations in a row over the Berlin Olympic Park. Nocturne Drone Shows, Jens Hillenkötter and E.ON SE achieved the Guinness World Record in the category ‘Most consecutive formations by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) single group’.

Elation KL Panel flexible fit for Creative Technology’s LED studios

09/06/2021 - Production News

USA – Specialist solutions supplier, Creative Technology Group, has increasingly turned to Elation Professional’s KL Panel LED softlight for use in its US-based LED studios and has added a number of the full colour spectrum fixtures to its rental inventory.

Eurovision 2021 safe and secure with DiGiCo Quantum 7s

09/06/2021 - Production News

The Netherlands – Postponed from 2020, this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, its 65th edition, was held at the Rotterdam Ahoy in The Netherlands. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Nederlands Publieke Omroep (NPO), Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS and AVROTOS. Specialist rental and sales company, Ampco Flashlight, was the official technical supplier, providing lighting, rigging and audio requirements, which included DiGiCo Quantum 7 mixing consoles at both front of house and monitor positions.

Philharmonie Luxembourg Doubles its RIVAGE PM Presence

09/06/2021 - Project News

Luxembourg – In 2016, Luxembourg City’s Philharmonie Luxembourg became the first European classical concert venue to permanently install a Yamaha RIVAGE PM10 digital mixing system. It proved such a success that, in 2020, it added a RIVAGE PM7.

PMC Appoints Budee Group as its Distributor for China, Hong Kong and Macau

09/06/2021 - Business News

China – UK loudspeaker manufacturer PMC has appointed Budee Group to handle distribution of its entire range of professional audio products into China, Hong Kong and Macau, with immediate effect.

AC-ET Helps the National Theatre Share the Load Safely

09/06/2021 - Project News

UK – Looking for a robust and flexible method of load monitoring across its three indoor spaces, the National Theatre, London, have recently invested in a Kinesys load measuring system to help them monitor their loads more carefully and add an additional level of safety.

MECC Invests in Robe FORTES

08/06/2021 - Project News

Australia – Mackay Entertainment and Conference Centre (MECC) is a busy and diverse complex of nine different venue and event spaces in Mackay, central Queensland, hosting a lively mix of corporate launches and conferences to opera, music, dance, and performance shows.

Kyle Curtis and Chauvet Professional Accent the Unique at Shawnee Cave Amphitheatre

08/06/2021 - Production News

USA – On its Facebook page, the Shawnee Cave Amphitheatre bills itself as “a venue like no other.” Anyone who’s visited this magical spot less than 100 miles south-east of St. Louis knows in a heartbeat that this not mere marketing hype.

Bandit Clients Lead Live Back

08/06/2021 - Production News

USA – Bandit Lites clients are leading the exciting return to live events in 2021, ushering in the renewal of an industry that has been on the verge of collapse due to the pandemic. Two C3 Presents produced events kicked off the year: the Inauguration of Joe Biden and the 2021 NFL Draft. Bandit Lites provided support to both successful gatherings.

Virtual Showlight 2021 proves a success in reality!

08/06/2021 - Event News

The first Virtual Showlight event, which was held on Tuesday 25 May 2021, proved to be a real success story. With the full Showlight postponed due to the pandemic, VSL 2021 turned trial into triumph when it threw open its virtual doors to an online audience in excess of 430 delegates. Students, educational establishments, venues and, of course, lighting designers from all genres of the industry: theatre, film and TV, architectural and events, and more, attended from almost 50 countries, and many have since returned to re-watch the papers through Hubilo’s on demand service.

Kevin Teasley Speeds Up his Workflow with a Neve 8424 Console

08/06/2021 - Project News

USA – “No helicopter needed,” laughed Kevin Teasley when he was asked about the arrival of his new Neve 8424 console. “It came from the UK by ship, then was brought by truck to my studio at United Recording Studios on the Sunset & Gower lot. It fit right through the front door so we just rolled it in. We set up the stand, unboxed it and there it was, all ready to be patched in. It couldn’t have been easier, the whole unboxing to setting up took about an hour.”

Bryson Tiller transports audiences with virtual livestream powered by disguise and Unreal Engine

08/06/2021 - Production News

USA – Xite Labs utilised the disguise Extended Reality (xR) workflow, powered by a gx 2c media server and rx real-time rendering platform, to bring to life a myriad of virtual worlds in Unreal Engine for rapper Bryson Tiller’s “Trapsoul World Series” live streamed concert.

New team members and the launch of EEE Build as Triple E expands

07/06/2021 - People News

UK – Triple E has announced the addition of two important members of staff as well as the exciting launch of a brand-new division of the organisation headquartered in Biggin Hill.

dBS Solutions Adds First Martin Audio WPS System to Wavefront Precision Inventory

07/06/2021 - Production News

UK – dBS Solutions’ roadmap through Martin Audio’s evolutionary control technology shows no sign of abating.

Elation LED upgrade for Russia’s Aistenok Puppet Theater

07/06/2021 - Project News

Russia – In a land of theatre excellence, Aistenok Irkutsk Regional Puppet Theater occupies a prominent place among Russian puppet theatres. The marionette masters in the Siberian city of Irkutsk recently worked with Light Power Design (LPD) to upgrade its stage lighting and chose low noise, low heat Elation Professional LED luminaires along with Magmatic atmospheric effects.

Video conferencing: Sennheiser and QSC help to make the experience more engaging

07/06/2021 - Event News

Today’s businesses are ever more reliant on video conferencing, and although the technology has been a true blessing during the pandemic, many participants feel that the whole experience could be a little more natural. In a joint online seminar, Sennheiser and QSC show how interactive technology can help to reduce the perception of distance and increase engagement from remote participants, and the important role that Microphone-Based Camera Steering can play in achieving this. Visit to register and learn more about the combined solution that brings together Sennheiser’s touchless TeamConnect Ceiling 2 microphone and the QSC Q-SYS Ecosystem to make video conferences more natural and dynamic. The AVIXA-certified seminars are available in English and German through June and July. In addition, private demonstrations are possible too.

Keith Hoagland Creates Camera Candy for Jason Aldean’s Bonnaroo Farm Show with Chauvet Professional

07/06/2021 - Production News

USA – Keith Hoagland is not normally given to public displays of emotion. But at the start of his spotlight meeting prior to Jason Aldean’s Friday 14 May show at The Bonnaroo Farm, he admits it was kind of difficult to avoid.

Optoma expands award-winning ProAV LED displays with plug-and-play FHDS130 SOLO LED display

07/06/2021 - Equipment News

Optoma has announced its new fully optimised 130" FHDS130 SOLO LED display for boardrooms, classrooms, houses of worship, retail and hospitality. Pre-calibrated out of the box to ensure an optimised image for immediate usage, the FHDS130 delivers a clear, sharp and bright image, and can be installed quickly, dramatically reducing LED display installation time from days to hours.

Virginia Theatre Celebrates its Centennial with New L-Acoustics Kara II System

07/06/2021 - Project News

USA – Champaign, Illinois is one of those magical spots in rock music’s geography. Almost every touring band in the last 50 years as well as beloved local talent, including Alison Krauss, REO Speedwagon, Dan Fogelberg and Michael McDonald has passed through this heartland University town, situated midway between Indianapolis and Peoria. Naturally, many of them have performed at the beautiful Virginia Theatre, the town’s vintage venue that turns 100 years old this year.

Robe Triumphs at the Opera

04/06/2021 - Production News

Greece – Lighting designer Christina Thanasoula brought her unique visual style to a recent Greek National Opera production of “Juditha Triumphans” with the help of some Robe LEDBeam 150s. The performance was directed by Thanos Papakonstantinou with music delivered by the Armonia Atenea Orchestra, musical ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro, the GNO Chorus and members of the GNO Children's Choir and conducted by Markellos Chryssicos and recorded for broadcast on the Mezzo TV channel.

Mountview Theatre’s Shakespeare In Love Gets Varied Looks from Adam King and Chauvet Professional

04/06/2021 - Production News

UK – “Time is very long for those who wait,” wrote Shakespeare. The great bard penned these words more than four centuries (and a couple of pandemics) ago. But those deprived of the joy of live theatre during the coronavirus lockdown, know all too well the excruciating anguish of which he wrote.

No Bull with Chinese Ox Sculpture Illuminated by Astera

04/06/2021 - Production News

Australia – A large, illuminated Ox artwork created by Paul Wells from Sydney Props Specialists to celebrate the Chinese ‘Year of the Ox’ was illuminated with Astera Titan Tubes and NYX Bulbs and realised in collaboration with Sydney Event Services. This stood proudly on display in Darling Harbour, Sydney, for three weeks during the 2021 Chinese New Year celebrations.

Mamma Mia! Alcons Audio Serves Up High Quality Sound at The Cirkus

04/06/2021 - Project News

Sweden – Situated in Stockholm’s Royal Djurgården district, the Cirkus theatre complex is one of Sweden’s most significant players in the entertainment and hospitality industries. It recently opened a new restaurant, where an Alcons system has been trusted to deliver sound that complements its high quality food, service and entertainment.

Chroma-Q on location with Gaffer Wayne Shields 3rd June 2021

04/06/2021 - Production News

UK – Having developed and introduced LED solutions for over 15 years, award winning innovators Chroma-Q, has built a steady following within the production industry, that continues to see the creative application of their low energy technology by a growing number of crews.

University of Chester School of Arts and Media Expands Possibilities with Chauvet Professional

04/06/2021 - Project News

UK – In February 1840, a group of local citizens, including a future prime minister, welcomed ten students to what was Britain’s first purpose built teacher’s college. Over the ensuing 180-plus years, both the size of the institution and the scope of its mission have changed dramatically.

Electro-Voice launches PREVIEW software for quick, precise loudspeaker coverage prediction

04/06/2021 - Equipment News

Electro-Voice has introduced PREVIEW, a new platform-independent software application designed to configure Electro-Voice line-array loudspeakers for optimised coverage. The software provides efficient system setup by creating visualisations of coverage, SPL, frequency response and precise mechanical load calculations.

Immerse Yourself in Yamaha’s Latest Professional Audio Technologies

04/06/2021 - Event News

Attracting a high number of attendees in April, Yamaha’s online New Technology Showcase revealed the company’s latest professional audio technologies. A key announcement was the launch of AFC Enhance and AFC Image, immersive audio technologies which radically enhance live performances, interactive installations, projection mapping and other experiential events. The launch event is now available to view on YouTube, where the exciting details of these developments are showcased.

San Francisco Opera stages The Barber of Seville outdoors with Ayrton Perseo-S fixtures

03/06/2021 - Production News

USA – The San Francisco Opera utilised a complement of Ayrton Perseo-S fixtures when it brought opera back to town in a COVID-safe outdoor production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville at Marin Center in San Rafael, California. Ayrton Perseo is the first compact, multi-function luminaire with an IP65 enclosure rating developed for intensive outdoor use.

Polish Dance Theatre equips new home with KV2

03/06/2021 - Project News

Poland – Polski Teatr Tańca, or Polish Dance Theatre, is an interdisciplinary dance company formed in 1973. While the company owns a rehearsal studio in Poznań in western Poland, it has never had its own performance space, until now. The curtain is about to go up on a brand new theatre in the historic centre of Poznań, complete with a carefully designed KV2 Audio sound system.

Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons chooses Perfect Octave

02/06/2021 - Project News

UK – Specialist music provider and exclusive UK partner for SoundMachine, Perfect Octave delivers bespoke music solutions for the exquisite Belmond property, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, in readiness for May 2021 re-opening.

Video Evokes Volbeat Live Show and its Niller Bjerregaard Design Powered by ChamSys

02/06/2021 - Production News

Denmark – In the weeks leading up to the lockdown, Volbeat was tearing up Europe on a 32-city tour of the continent. The raw, unbridled power of the Danish metal giants came to its full fruition at the Stuttgart Hanns Martin Schleyer Halle one night, as they shook the 15,000 seat venue to its very foundation with their thunderous sound.

Motion Mapping wow with Green Hippo’s Hippotizer Nevis+

02/06/2021 - Production News

Video mapping and creative content specialist, Motion Mapping has been creating unforgettable visual experiences with Green Hippo media servers for many years.

White Light Puts on a Performance at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

02/06/2021 - Project News

UK – Based in Glasgow, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is a world-leading conservatoire of music, drama, dance, production and film. Founded in 1847, it now has more than 1,300 students studying undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and, pre-Covid, staged over 600 live performances across its professional venues throughout the year. It recently opened a brand-new rehearsal and performance space for its students and approached White Light (WL) to provide the lighting equipment.

Prolight + Sound 2022 opens registration for exhibitors; first show details to be announced at the digital “BIZLounge” on 14 June

01/06/2021 - Event News

Germany – After a long dry spell in the event industry, Prolight + Sound wants to set the tone for growth again together with the industry. From 26 to 29 April 2022, the leading trade fair in the entertainment technology sector will offer optimum opportunities for presenting new solutions for eye-popping shows, successful business events, emotional visitor experiences and impressive studio productions. Registration for Prolight + Sound 2022 is now open, companies can declare their participation at the early-booking rate until 31 July and save up to 13 percent per square metre. First information on innovations in the trade fair concept will be presented on 14 June at the "BIZLounge", the digital information format of Prolight + Sound.

Rotterdam rocked: grandMA3 supports Light-H-Art at Eurovision 2021

01/06/2021 - Production News

The Netherlands – Lights flashed, LED screens pulsed, the sound system roared, pyro exploded and 26 artists proudly representing their countries gave their songs stellar performances all contributing to the palpable excitement surrounding the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) as it hit nearly 200 million TV screens worldwide.

Guildford Cathedral Goes Green for Surrey Day 2021

01/06/2021 - Production News

UK – Philip French and his team from Peachy Productions lit Guildford Cathedral in resplendent green using Robe Pointes and LEDBeam 150 moving lights to mark Surrey Day 2021, one of several celebratory events happening around the county led by Visit Surrey and their media partners BBC Radio Surrey and Surrey Life magazine.

Robe in the Driving Seat for 2021 DAKAR Rally Opening & Closing Ceremonies

01/06/2021 - Production News

Saudi Arabia – Jeddah provided the start and finish lines for the 2021 Dakar Rally, while its King Abdullah Sports City Stadium, 30 kilometres north of the bustling port city, was the venue for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies which included a special show complete with soundtracks by Daft Punk, other cultural performance segments and a host of media events and live broadcasts including the winner presentations. Each of the two events comprised around ten hours of consecutive airtime in total.

Events Evolution and Chauvet Professional Serve Up Eight Straight Hours of Original Looks

01/06/2021 - Production News

Zimbabwe – Variety: it’s one of the most critical creative elements a lighting and video designer can bring to a show. Coming up with fresh looks for a 90-minute concert can be a challenge, but imagine doing it for eight straight hours on a livestream stage! Blessing Bero, Tatenda Gaylord Rushwaya, and the rest of the Events Evolution team faced this formidable task recently when they worked a noon to 8pm pay-for-view show by platinum Epic Records star Benjamin Dube.

Henk-Jan van Beek engages a trilogy of Ayrton fixtures for the 65th Eurovision Song Contest

01/06/2021 - Production News

The Netherlands – ESC official technical supplier, Ampco Flashlight of Utrecht, supplied a large number of Ayrton Huracán-X, Karif-LT and MiniPanel-FX LED fixtures for the 65th Eurovision Song Contest at the Rotterdam Ahoy Arena, at the request of ESC Head of Lighting, Henk-Jan van Beek of Light-H-art.

“Fast and efficient”: grandMA3 jazzes up Tony Chasseur concert broadcast

01/06/2021 - Production News

France – Lighting designer Tristan Szylobryt of Light&Day recently lit a show broadcast on French TV by singer and musician Tony Chasseur, who brought a diverse line-up of special guests, some unique collaborations, and his own distinctive blend of Latin and Caribbean jazz-funk to the Alhambra Theatre in Paris. Working for Zycopolis Productions, Tristan multiplexed as LD, lighting programmer and DoP for the show which also had to get in and out of the venue the same day, so time was tight, and the pressure was on as he chose to work with grandMA3 hardware and software for lighting control.