News Archive for October 2022

Leyard Europe Debuts Fine Pitch, High Bright LED Video Wall Displays Perfect for Close Up Outdoor Viewing

28/10/2022 - Equipment News

Leyard, a global leader in visualisation technology, has announced a new addition to the company’s portfolio of outdoor fine pitch LED display solutions with the release of a fine pitch, high bright outdoor LED video wall designed for up close viewing. The Leyard Luminate Ultra Series LED video wall display features coated LEDs to deliver ruggedness and exceptional image detail for high-ambient light environments.

DiGiCo Quantum7 Consoles Help Keep Things Simple for Thomas Rhett’s Sophisticated “Bring the Bar to You” Tour

28/10/2022 - Production News

USA – Look under the hood of Thomas Rhett’s just-concluded “Bring the Bar to You” Tour, a 30-date US trek that kept him and his band busy from June to mid-October, and you’d have seen a complex technical signal path and workflow worthy of any arena-level pop performance. In preparation for the trek, whose name came from a track on Rhett's Where We Started album released earlier this year, FOH engineer Trey Smith and monitor engineer Jimmy Nicholson had plotted out much of the tour’s sonic complexity during a series of extensive rehearsals leading up to it. During these, while the band, musical director and Smith arranged keyboard and guitar-amplifier modelling patches, Nicholson perfected what Rhett himself would hear in his IEMs while allowing each performance to be both true to the recordings and fitted perfectly to each successive venue. The only way to accomplish that, according to the audio engineers, was via DiGiCo’s Quantum7 console, times two. Rented through Nashville-based Spectrum Sound, the identical control desks reportedly made all the difference in terms of being able to reliably execute a complicated show night after night.

Robe Colours Up “Allesandro Nell’Indie” for Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival

28/10/2022 - Production News

Germany – Bayreuth, an epicentre of creativity and exploration in the world of opera, hosted its third Baroque Opera Festival (BBOF) this year with a lively programme of works including “Allesandro Nell’Indie”, which was lit by French LD David Debrinay using over 50 Robe moving lights including T1 and T2 Profiles and LEDBeam 350s.

Tom Kenny Creates Diverse Looks for iHeartRadio Music Festival with 4Wall and Chauvet Professional

28/10/2022 - Production News

USA – What’s in a name? Sometimes, just a glimpse of the total picture. Take the annual iHeartRadio Music Festival. Although it’s called a “festival,” this star-studded event is also, at is core, a nationally televised special. Tom Kenny always has this duality firmly planted in this mind when designing the lighting rig for this two-day series of performances by stars like Black Eyed Peas, Pitbull, Lionel Ritchie, Diplo, and The Black Keys.

Allen & Heath dLive Pulling the Strings for Eva Dahlgren and Royal Swedish Orchestra

28/10/2022 - Production News

Sweden – After several Covid-enforced cancellations, the long-planned collaboration between Swedish pop legend Eva Dahlgren, conductor-arranger Hans Ek, and the Royal Swedish Orchestra finally took place in August with two sold-out concerts at the Royal Opera House in Stockholm.

Ayrton Diablo a Theatrical Force at Goodspeed Musical's “42nd Street” Revival

28/10/2022 - Production News

USA – Goodspeed Musicals, a professional musical theatre located in a historic Opera House on the banks of the Connecticut River in East Haddam, Connecticut is using 15 Ayrton Diablo S fixtures from PRG for its new production of “42nd Street,” the tale of the chorus kid who becomes an overnight star that’s filled with a hit parade of songs and dance. ACT Entertainment is the exclusive distributor of Ayrton Lighting in North America.

DiGiCo consoles “work like a charm” on C. Tangana’s Sin Cantar ni Afinar Tour

28/10/2022 - Production News

Europe – El Madrileño is one of the most successful Spanish album premiers, generating more than five million downloads on Spotify in a single day. It is the third studio album from Spanish rapper and singer-songwriter Antón Álvarez Alfaro, better known as C. Tangana, and was co-produced with fellow recording artist, Alizzz. With the album peaking at the top of the Spanish music charts and bringing C. Tangana his first Latin Grammy nomination as a performer, a concert tour in support of El Madrileño, Sin Cantar ni Afinar Tour, was announced. The first date in Málaga earlier this year sold-out almost instantly, with over 30 spectacular shows taking place around Europe since. Providing powerful processing and bullet-proof stability are DiGiCo Quantum 7 and SD7 consoles, supplied by Spain’s leading audiovisual equipment rental company Fluge Audiovisuales.

publitec invests in MonoClip projection screens

28/10/2022 - Production News

Austria – In order to enable those customers for whom using mobile projection screens for their project work is of particular importance to have access to innovative and premium quality products, publitec recently expanded and updated their screen portfolio with more than 100 units of AV Stumpfl's acclaimed MonoClip system and additional Fullwhite systems.

ROE Visual Expands Focus on MEA Market

28/10/2022 - People News

UAE – The ROE Visual team has announced the appointment of Khalid Sweidan as vice president of sales in the Middle East and Africa. True to its philosophy of offering local support, the expansion of its sales staff with a regional-based and native Arab-speaking sales executive, ROE Visual, taps into the growing opportunities in this MEA region.

Proteus Excalibur Sky Motion a simple, efficient solution for a powerful searchlight effect

28/10/2022 - Equipment News

That sweeping, powerful, attention-grabbing searchlight effect that you see at a Hollywood movie premiere, or any number of high-profile events, has traditionally been the domain of cumbersome and inefficient Xenon lighting systems. Elation Professional is changing all that with Sky Motion, an automated sky tracker system in its compact Proteus Excalibur beam moving head that allows the unit to operate as an impactful searchlight effect without the need for a dedicated lighting controller.

High quality low loss AES and DMX cable drums for long distances

28/10/2022 - Equipment News

KLOTZ now supplies two new digital cable drums with high-quality Neutrik XLR 3 pin and 5 pin connectors with protective caps. KLOTZ uses the new OT234YS low loss data cable with a conductor cross-section of 0.34 mm² (AWG 22/7) as the digital cable.

Hippotizer helps BLINK Cincinnati artists wash the city with spectacular graphics

27/10/2022 - Production News

USA – The streets of Cincinnati were awash with colour in October as an estimated 1.5 million people enjoyed the BLINK light and art festival, which featured four large-scale projection mappings powered by Hippotizer media servers.

From Hellfest to Rock Werchter and NOS Alive – PRG chooses Brompton LED processing to fuel Metallica’s The Return Of The European Summer Vacation tour

27/10/2022 - Production News

Europe – Metallica, the biggest heavy metal band on the planet, has just completed its European summer festival run with The Return Of The European Summer Vacation tour, which saw the band playing at some of Europe’s most anticipated music festivals including Copenhell 2022 (Denmark), Download Germany, Hellfest Summer Open Air (France), Rock Werchter (Belgium) and NOS Alive (Portugal). With a total of eleven shows held between June and August, Metallica’s long-term production partner Production Resource Group, LLC (PRG), turned each event into an epic visual experience both for the in-person and streaming audiences by providing a custom LED set-up of ROE Visual panels and Brompton Technology LED video processing.

Funktion-One launches wide dispersion loudspeaker innovation Evo X

27/10/2022 - Equipment News

Funktion-One has introduced what many will view as its most versatile loudspeaker to date. Evo X is a significant development of the full range, completely horn-loaded loudspeaker. Utilising the latest Funktion-One waveguide technology, it provides 90° horizontal dispersion and high SPL.

Chauvet Professional and 4Wall Help Patrick Dierson Navigate Way Through Made in America Festival

27/10/2022 - Production News

USA – You better check your email right now! Patrick Dierson is no stranger to getting text messages like this when he’s on a job site, especially when he’s overseeing the production design at the Jay-Z curated Made in America festival. “I love this event, because it never fails to surprise with unexpected challenges,” he said, looking back on the 2022 edition of the festival. “That’s what makes it fun.”

Elation Artiste Mondrian and Monet complement classic country sounds on Jon Pardi “Ain’t Always the Cowboy Tour”

26/10/2022 - Production News

USA – Old time country is in good hands with ACM and CMA award-winning singer/songwriter Jon Pardi whose classic country sounds on his “Ain’t Always the Cowboy Tour” are being complemented by lighting from Elation Artiste Mondrian and Artiste Monet luminaires. Described as ‘the kind of honkytonk that gets people drinking, dancing and drowning their heartaches,’ Pardi combines an old-fashioned country vibe with youthful energy. He hit the road 14 July in support of his new album “Mr. Saturday Night” with stops all over the US.

WPL makes auspicious Preston Park debut for Brighton & Hove Pride

26/10/2022 - Production News

UK – Heavily supported by the local City Council, Brighton & Hove Pride – a celebration of Brighton’s LGBTQ+ community – annually attracts crowds of around 250,000 people to the seaside resort.

A Constant Core

26/10/2022 - Equipment News

The new Studiomaster CORE is a highly versatile, self-powered high-mid top and sub stack, suitable for high efficiency portable sound reinforcement applications, including in larger ‘medium size’ size venues where wider constant frequency coverage is required. To achieve this wider coverage CORE employs a constant curve array high-mid cabinet, together with a powerful self-powered, active sub.

Church of God Dasmariñas Upgraded with L-Acoustics Kara II

26/10/2022 - Project News

The Philippines – Located 30 kilometres from the Philippine capital of Manila, Dasmariñas Cityhas seen explosive growth in recent decades. Founded in 1990 in the Salitran neighbourhood, the Dasmariñas Church of God (COG) serves as a beacon of hope and light for both the local population and the wider Manila metropolis. Originally housed in a small rural complex, COG has seen impressive growth, which led the worship team to build a dedicated five-storey Generation Blessing Building in the heart of Dasmariñas to serve their current 15,000-plus congregation better.

Lafayette Christian Academy’s Audio Upgrade Powered by Allen & Heath AHM

26/10/2022 - Project News

USA – Lafayette Christian Academy recently invested in a major audio system upgrade, which was a joint effort by Paul Mancuso of Vital Integrators and the team at Highway Marketing.

Bandit Lites Donates Lighting for the University of Tennessee’s Alumni Gala

26/10/2022 - Production News

USA – The University of Tennessee in Knoxville held its annual celebration of illustrious alumni at 2022 Alumni Awards Gala. Bandit Lites donated a lighting system for the event, which honours alumni across the state, country and world who bring recognition to Tennessee’s flagship campus. This year’s honourees included 24 notable alumni including Samuel E. Beall II ('42), Tamika Catchings ('00, '05), Sara Croley ('00), Donald E. Frieson ('90), Ronald Earl Frieson ('81) and Sharon G. Lee ('75, '78). Bandit Lites Founder Michael T. Strickland was honoured with this prestigious award in 2021.

JBL Professional introduces PRX900 Series Professional Portable PA Systems

26/10/2022 - Equipment News

Harman Professional Solutions has introduced the JBL PRX900 Series of loudspeakers and subwoofers, which feature advanced acoustics, comprehensive DSP, unrivalled power performance and complete BLE control via the JBL Pro Connect app.

Robert Juliat lighting solution for first foreign concert filming at Japan’s Kiyomizu Temple

26/10/2022 - Production News

Japan – Built in 1633, Kiyomizu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site consisting of several Buddhist temples located in the foothills of Mount Otowa in Japan’s Kyoto prefecture.

Real pro-audio, unplugged: Electro-Voice launches EVERSE 8 weatherised battery-powered loudspeaker with Bluetooth audio and control

26/10/2022 - Equipment News

Electro-Voice has announced the global introduction of the EVERSE 8 weatherised battery-powered loudspeaker with Bluetooth audio and control. The first battery-powered loudspeaker from Electro-Voice and the first weatherised model of its type, EVERSE 8 takes advantage of decades of Electro-Voice engineering expertise – along with the latest advancements in technology – to provide a truly portable and truly wireless audio experience at a price and performance level unmatched by current comparable products on the market.

Alcons LR24 Impresses at Nashville’s CMA Fest 2022

26/10/2022 - Production News

USA – Staged by the Country Music Association in Nashville, CMA Fest is considered one of the largest country music festivals in the world, attracting tens of thousands of fans from all 50 US states, as well as 37 other countries. The 2022 event saw an Alcons LR24 pro-ribbon system bring ‘throwback’ performances by new and established artists to enthusiastic audiences at the Dr Pepper Amp Stage.

World First Robe PAINTE installation at New Century Manchester

26/10/2022 - Project News

UK – Fourteen fixtures from the first batch of Robe PAINTE moving lights off the production line are proudly installed as part of the house lighting rig at central Manchester’s New Century venue, a just renovated 1,200 (standing) capacity, cool, multi-purpose music, performance and event space in the city’s trendy NOMA business and entertainment district.

AC-ET Inspires new light for !Audacious Church

26/10/2022 - Project News

UK – The Manchester home of !Audacious Church has benefited from the installation of 34 Chroma-Q Inspire RGBW LED house lights, supplied by A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET). The new fixtures were delivered and installed by Manchester-based lighting consultant, Urban Lites, after the church’s management decided to upgrade its flagship venue’s auditorium with a higher quality, more consistent and reliable lighting solution.

Ayrton Perseo Profiles Dominate Rig for “Alicia + Keys World Tour”

25/10/2022 - Production News

USA & Europe – Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys has embarked on her sixth concert tour playing 31 dates in North America and 21 in Europe on the “Alicia + Keys World Tour.” The show, which celebrates the 15-time Grammy winner’s career from her early R&B music to her seventh and eighth studio albums, finds Keys singing, playing piano and DJing to the delight of fans.

Shure Axient Digital Powers Louis Tomlinson’s World Tour

25/10/2022 - Production News

Worldwide – Shure, a leading manufacturer of microphones and audio electronics, supported Louis Tomlinson on his worldwide debut album campaign with 12 channels of PSM 1000 in ear monitors and two channels of Axient Digital AD2 handheld microphones with KSM9 capsules.

Radiant Post opens Radiant North to service vibrant regional production

25/10/2022 - Business News

UK – Leading broadcast post production house Radiant Post has announced the expansion of its business with the opening of a new facility based in Manchester. Radiant North will offer the region’s vibrant independent production and network TV sector dedicated picture post, finishing and audio creative services.

Martin Audio WPL keeps pace with fast-moving CarFest South

25/10/2022 - Production News

Now 11 years old, Chris Evans’ popular CarFests show no signs of running out of gas, as some 50,000 people again took to Laverstoke Park Farm near Overton, Hampshire which is owned by 1979 Formula One World Champion, Jody Scheckter, for CarFest South. Inaugurated by Evans back in 2011, the event raises funds for Children in Need.

KV2 enhances SL Series with new SL6.10 subwoofer

24/10/2022 - Equipment News

The SL Series from KV2 was designed to respond to a specific requirement from architects for a powerful, slimline speaker that could either be integrated directly into walls or other surfaces, or simply present an extremely discreet profile when mounted directly on the wall, or even flown. Indeed, the SL412 is much beloved of clubs, theatres and live events the world over and is the loudspeaker of choice for the iconic Ibiza club, Amnesia as well as several West End and Broadway theatre shows, along with the Vienna Volksoper opera house in Austria. KV2 has recently enhanced this range with the addition of a new and unique SL6.10 subwoofer which replaces the SL2.15.

Marc Janowitz adds extra sparkle to Nikki Glaser comedy special with Elation SparkLED

24/10/2022 - Production News

USA - Comedian Nikki Glaser’s first HBO comedy special is a hilarious, no-holds-barred hour of comedy that covers a range of ticklish topics like sex, dating and private parts. Recorded late last year at the Paramount Theater in Denver, Colorado in front of a sold-out audience, Nikki Glaser: Good Clean Filth premiered on HBO on 16 July and is available to stream on HBO Max.

ICMP ‘Audient Studios’ a Hit with Staff and Students

24/10/2022 - Project News

UK – The newest Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP) campus at Queens Park officially opens on 28th October and houses the Mix Master studio centred around the ASP8024-HE console. According to ICMP’s head of industry partnerships and business development, Ace: “It is constantly in use for lessons as well as student projects and has received nothing but great comments and reviews from staff and students alike.”

Chauvet Professional Helps Helms Projects Create 3D Immersion at Rowdytown

24/10/2022 - Production News

USA – A casual observer might describe Rowdytown as a “concert,” but the event’s organisers, the talented electronic music duo Big Gigantic, and their legion of fans, prefer “party,” a term that more accurately captures the close-knit, free-flowing and fun-filled vibe that fills the air during this two-day affair.

Fox NFL Sunday Features ROE Visual for Flexible Broadcasting

24/10/2022 - Project News

USA – Applying the latest in extended reality (XR) technology, the new Fox Sports studio in Los Angeles, CA, is kicking NFL on Fox in a completely new direction. The No. 1 rated NFL pre-game show Fox NFL Sunday is receiving an entirely redesigned set, supported by NEP Sweetwater with ROE Visual LED displays.

Brit Row Continues to Support New and Diverse Talent at WOMAD

24/10/2022 - Production News

UK – Britannia Row Productions has a long-standing relationship with the WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) international arts festival, having been involved in several editions since the very first in 1982. The 2022 festival saw Brit Row provide skilled crew and audio packages for all four stages, catering to a diverse line-up of musical acts and performers.

DMT Introduces New Alpha Series Pixel Screen

21/10/2022 - Equipment News

DMT presents a new pixel screen series: Alpha. The Alpha series is suitable for a wide range of applications. A lightweight, modular design, innovative quick-lock system and the possibility to easily create curved displays make the Alpha series pixel screens highly versatile. Power Pro and ProCat connections provide safe and secure power and data connectivity, while the built-in A5s PLUS receiver card works flawlessly with any NovaStar video processor. With front and rear service access, Alpha series pixel screens are ideal for fixed installations as well as the rental market.

Tropic Glammies is Back with a Bang

21/10/2022 - Production News

UK – Seat-edge excitement was palpably present in the room at Birmingham’s Resorts World Arena for the first Tropic skincare in-person “Glammies” event to be staged since the pandemic. Attended by 4,200 top Tropic ‘Glambassadors’, product launches were combined with aspirational and motivational speeches, recognition segments and an evening gala Awards, plus full entertainment including live music from the 20-piece Symphonic Ibiza orchestra.

Tampere Workers’ Theatre with Lighting and Audio Tracking

21/10/2022 - Project News

Finland – A zactrack SMART real time tracking system has been installed on the Main Stage at the Tampere Workers’ Theatre (Tampereen Työväen Teatteri - TTT) in Tampere, Finland, where it is being utilised by both the audio and lighting departments.

Bandit Lites is “Glad to Be Here” with Walker Hayes and Darkroom Creative

21/10/2022 - Production News

USA – Country star Walker Hayes is out on his first headlining tour with a lighting package supplied by Bandit Lites. The viral ‘Fancy Like’ singer released his third album “Country Stuff” in January 2022 to widespread acclaim before taking to the road on the “Glad You’re Here” Tour. For this inaugural outing, Seth Jackson and Nate Alves of Darkroom Creative sought to design a production that would not break the budget but hold its own in the arenas.

Compact dLive System a Dream for While She Sleeps’ European and UK Tour

21/10/2022 - Production News

Europe - British metalcore band While She Sleeps recently wrapped up a UK and EU tour supporting Australian act Parkway Drive, taking in 18 shows across nine countries in rooms ranging from 3,000 to 12,000 capacity.

Obsidian Mastering Adds PMC 6-2 Monitors to its Range of High End Audio Equipment

21/10/2022 - Project News

The Netherlands – Dutch producer and engineer Laurens van Oers has joined a growing band of audio professionals who are choosing PMC’s new compact range of near and midfield monitors for their own facilities because the clarity of these speakers allows them to hear exactly what is going on in their mix.

Crystal Clear Alcons Sound For Jamie Cullum in Dresden PM Solves Exciting Sound Reinforcement Task with Pro-Ribbon

21/10/2022 - Production News

Germany – Jamie Cullum is an exceptional jazz musician with pop star status. The multi-instrumentalist, who skilfully plays with pop and rock influences, is known for his enthusiasm for musical exploration on stage as well as for Europe’s most successful jazz radio show, which he hosts weekly on BBC Radio.

Théâtre du Châtelet Chooses Robe T1 Profiles and RoboSpots

20/10/2022 - Project News

France – The Théâtre du Châtelet, an iconic arts and cultural landmark venue in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, designed by Jean-Antoine-Gabriel Davioud and completed in 1862, re-opened to the public in 2019 after several years of extensive renovation work. The theatre has recently re-opened again post pandemic.

Bogdan Gradisteanu Busks Through Flowers for the Soul with ChamSys

20/10/2022 - Production News

Romania – Great talent often defies easy categorisations, especially when it is driven by an equally-great drive to expand its reach and push boundaries to explore new ideas. Legendary Romanian polymath, Florian Pittis embodied this Renaissance-like vision in a four-decade career as a singer, actor, director, producer and internet radio pioneer.

Creative BackStage Calls on 112 Chauvet Professional Fixtures for Zedd at CANACOPIA

20/10/2022 - Production News

USA – Back in 1959, a Dayton, Ohio man named Ermal Fraze forgot to bring his can opener to a family picnic. Desperate to enjoy his favourite beverage on that hot day, he had to resort to opening a can of it on the bumper of his car. The messy and inelegant process left Fraze, an engineer by trade, convinced there had to be a better way to access liquid refreshment on the go. A few years later he found one, when he patented the pop top can.

Shure Launches the Next-Generation of Frequency Co-ordination for Audio Professionals: The Ad600 Axient Digital Spectrum Manager

20/10/2022 - Equipment News

Shure has unveiled the successor to its highly respected AXT600 Axient Spectrum Manager, the new AD600 Axient Digital Spectrum Manager. The AD600 Axient Digital Spectrum Manager is a powerful, next-generation tool for planning and managing frequency co-ordination in the most demanding professional audio applications, including touring, broadcast, location sound, theatre and houses of worship.

Robe Tetra2s for K3 Tour

20/10/2022 - Production News

Benelux – The most popular, successful and long-lasting girl band in Benelux – K3 – are back on the road and enjoying performing live shows again to their enthusiastic young fanbase, complete with a slick streamlined and tightly choreographed show produced by Studio 100, with lighting designed by Jeroen Opsteyn from creative practice Painting with Light (PWL) who worked closely with choreographer, Tommy Gryson.

Dom kulture Kamnik Upgrades with ETC Prodigy P2 System

20/10/2022 - Project News

Slovenia – The venue known today as Dom kulture Kamnik (DKK), located to the north of Ljubljana in Slovenia, was built in 1953 as part of the Kamnik Chemical Industry. Constructed by the workers themselves, DKK was designed to be a cultural entertainment centre to serve the local community. Although the main stage incorporated hoists, the venue was primarily used as a movie theatre until it temporarily closed its doors in 1991. With the idea of revitalising live performances came the decision to renovate the building. Over the past two decades, a variety of improvements have been made, including the recent installation of a stage machinery system from ETC Rigging, comprising Prodigy P2 hoists, Helix cable management, a ColorSource Raceway prewired power and data distribution system, and a QuickTouch Preset controller.

MLA proves its capability yet again at Rock in Japan

20/10/2022 - Production News

Japan – The Covid 19 pandemic has had a profound effect on the music industry in recent years, not least being on the international festival circuit, where many established events were forced to close.

Vari-Lite launches X-Series console designed for both theatrical and concert lighting

20/10/2022 - Equipment News

Vari-Lite, industry pioneers in moving head lighting control and a Signify entertainment lighting brand, has announced the Neo X15 and Neo X5, a family of high-performance lighting consoles designed for mixed-use facilities such as performing arts centres, stadiums and arenas, houses of worship, studios, schools and more.

DiGiCo reveals Quantum338T at AES 2022

20/10/2022 - Equipment News

AES 2022 sees DiGiCo reveal the latest in its range of theatre targeted Quantum consoles, the all-new Quantum338T. With ‘in the box’ mixing reducing the need for outboard equipment and a lightweight control surface, the addition of the most recent theatre specific software features makes the Quantum338T perfect for regional and touring theatre productions.

Stuart West joins lighting consultancy 3LR

19/10/2022 - People News

UK – Specialist consultancy 3LR Lighting has announced the appointment of Stuart West as business development manager for lighting, control and software. West brings more than 25 years of entertainment production experience to the role, having enjoyed a varied career in technical theatre production, venue management and building operations.

Saturday Showdown for Robe

18/10/2022 - Production News

South Africa – The Saturday Showdown is South Africa’s newest and hottest prime-time TV sports games show. Lighting designer Ryan Lombard was delighted to be asked on board and he seized the opportunity to use Robe moving lights, including MegaPointes which were a new investment for rental specialist and lighting supplier, Blond Productions.

Kansas Brings the Classics with Bandit Lites

18/10/2022 - Production News

USA – After 122 shows over four years, the legendary rock band Kansas wrapped up the Point of Know Return Anniversary Tour. With fans still clamoring for the show to carry on, the band embarked on a tour celebrating their classic hits with a lighting system designed by Scott Pearson and provided by Bandit Lites.

Grand scale arena opera spatialised by TiMax with Amadeus acoustics

18/10/2022 - Production News

Austria – “Oper Im Steinbruch”, the annual opera event set in the Roman Quarry amphitheatre of St Margarethen, has become a summer staple, with production values as big as the stage itself: At 80-metres wide and 30-metres deep, it is Europe’s largest outdoor stage. Event sound designer Volker Werner relies upon the object-based spatialisation of TiMax SoundHub to ensure the classical opera narratives, such as this year’s Nabucco by Verdi, are simple to follow for the 4,700-capacity audiences.

Claypaky Awarded LLB Expo’s Innovation Prize for Xtylos Aqua

18/10/2022 - Event News

Sweden – Claypaky is proud to announce that its Xtylos Aqua fixture was honoured with the Innovation Award at LLB Expo 2022 in Stockholm. LLB Expo is the largest Nordic meeting place for professionals in audio, lighting, video and AV technology. The fair is held every other year and attracts more than 3,000 visitors; this year it took place at the Stockholm International Fairs exhibition centre.

Martin Audio appoints Winther Sound Solutions as Swedish distributor

18/10/2022 - Business News

Sweden – Martin Audio has announced the appointment of Winther Sound Solutions (WSS) as its new distributor for Sweden.

Unusual reflects on opening and closing ceremonies at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

17/10/2022 - Production News

UK - The 2022 Commonwealth Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies, took place at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium in August, Celebrating the rich history, culture and identity of the city and the West Midlands, Unusual was delighted to play its part as the contracted rigging supplier.

Audient interface “The Backbone of My Studio,” says Skunk Anansie Vocalist

17/10/2022 - Project News

USA – Acclaimed rock singer, electronic music DJ and radio broadcaster Skin has put together a songwriting demo studio and DJ console set-up in her New York home, which includes Audient’s iD22 audio interface. “Like most studio nerds, my home set-up is ever changing, but I have enough gear to record studio quality vocals,” she says.

L-Acoustics Piles on the K2, Kara II, and A15i for the Audio Front Line at TDECU Stadium

17/10/2022 - Project News

USA – From 2014 to 2017, the University of Houston Cougars football team won 16 straight games on its home gridiron – the John O’Quinn Field at TDECU Stadium – marking the longest active home winning streak in the nation at the time. However, the PA system for the facility, which opened in August of 2014, didn’t share quite the same success, quickly falling victim to the area’s increasingly volatile weather and early component failures. Thankfully, LD Systems was recently able to step in and remedy the situation with a loudspeaker design from L-Acoustics that offered vastly better audio quality via a streamlined combination of K, A, and X Series products.

Ayrton Eurus Profile proves the versatile solution for Hope Church in Singapore

17/10/2022 - Project News

Singapore – Ayrton saw Hope Church in Singapore invest in a further shipment of Eurus Profile luminaires through its exclusive distributor for Singapore, Total Solution Marketing. The new fixtures will complement the Church’s existing stock of Eurus Profile that were first purchased in 2021.

Leon Driessen Powers Lightshow for Kensington at Ziggo Dome with ChamSys

17/10/2022 - Production News

The Netherlands – Dutch indie rock stalwarts Kensington have been widely praised by critics for bringing layers of added dimensions to their music without sacrificing any of its immediate power to engage emotionally. For six days this September, the quartet from Utrecht were supported by a light and video show that reflected the multi-faceted appeal of their songs.

ALPD Awards

17/10/2022 - Event News

UK – There are just a few weeks left to submit entries to the Association for Lighting Production and Design (ALPD) Awards for Excellence for 2022.

The Activity turns to Elation for live and camera lighting on Made in America Festival

17/10/2022 - Production News

USA – Patrick Dierson and The Activity have been involved in the Made in America Festival in Philadelphia since 2014 and this year turned to Elation Professional Proteus, Protron and Smarty luminaires as key elements of a lighting package supplied by 4Wall.

Emperor Latin America Tour with Robe

14/10/2022 - Production News

Latin American – German lighting designer Dennis Feichtner was delighted that the Robe moving lights specified on his production lighting plot were available at each show on a recent Latin American tour with black metal gurus, Emperor.

Loving Astera Tonight

14/10/2022 - Production News

Denmark – Danish lighting designer Sune Verdier used Astera Titan Tubes and AX3 LightDrops as practical and imaginative tools and vital components of his striking lighting scheme for a revival of the popular Danish musical, “Elsk Mig i Nat” (Love Me Tonight), which was produced by the One and Only Musical Teater company.

Michael Nishball named full member with ASTC

14/10/2022 - People News

USA – This month, the American Society of Theatre Consultants (ASTC) welcomed Michael Nishball as its newest full member. Membership into the ASTC, the country’s foremost mutual benefit organisation for professional theatre consultants, follows a highly selective process that considers a candidate’s range of capability and experience, their past industry achievements and the quality of service they provide to clients.

Chris Reade and Jay Ballinger Power Jon Pardi Tour with Chauvet Professional

14/10/2022 - Production News

USA – It’s fitting that one of Jon Pardi’s most famous songs (and the second of his four No. 1 hits) is “Dirt On My Boots.” As its title suggests, the song, like the artist himself, embodies the rugged, rock-solid values that run through the heart of country music. This deeply rooted attitude is front and centre on Pardi’s “Ain’t Always The Cowboy” tour, not only in the 22 heartfelt songs on the multi-platinum star’s set list, but also in the impressive production design that animates his stage.

Optoma Expands Professional Laser Projector Range with Two New High Brightness Laser Projectors

14/10/2022 - Equipment News

Optoma has announced two new additions to its range of DuraCore laser ProScene projectors for the professional installation market, the ZU820T and ZU725T. Featuring powerful 8800 lumens and 7800 lumens respectively, the Optoma ZU820T and ZU725T WUXGA projectors are the latest additions to Optoma’s ProScene line-up, joining the ZU920T and the award-winning ZU920TST projectors.

Chauvet Professional to Make Big Impress with Compact Products at LEaT con

13/10/2022 - Event News

Germany – Big news sometimes arrives in small packages. Chauvet Professional will be providing a powerful weather-proof example of that at the company’s LEaT stand (SQ3 – B16) October 18-20 when it showcases the new Maverick Storm 2 BeamWash.

Bared Footwear Takes Steps Toward Excellent Intelligibility with Renkus-Heinz Sound Solution

13/10/2022 - Project News

Australia – When Anna Baird, podiatrist turned footwear designer, decided to open a flagship store in Sydney, Australia’s Central Business District, she set out to create a store as stylish and comfortable as her shoes. However, designing the new store front didn’t come without acoustic challenges: while the open spaces and sleek architectural details cultivated an inviting atmosphere, they complicated sound coverage and intelligibility for the in-store live music and DJ performances. To complete the illustrious store that stands in Sydney’s CBD today, Bared Footwear integrated a Renkus-Heinz sound system that ensures every shopper is immersed in the space.

Leyard Europe offers eye-catching LED display solution for the Permeke Library

13/10/2022 - Project News

Belgium – As the Belgian city of Antwerp’s main library, the Permeke Library (Dutch: Bibliotheek Permeke) has a curious story to tell. A striking glass cube construction, the library sits on what was the site of Oscar Permeke’s Ford garage, which was one of the first Ford dealerships in the world and a name that has long been associated with the city. In 1982, the garage was closed permanently before re-opening its doors again in April 2005 as the public library. Open seven days a week and visited by approximately 2,200 people daily, this September saw the installation of a Leyard Luminate Pro Outdoor Series (LPO) LED screen, replacing the library’s original system of printed posters that alerted its users to its activities.

PMC Announces a Series of Seminars Focusing on Dolby Atmos Music Mixing

13/10/2022 - Event News

Worldwide – Grammy nominated engineer Nick Rives is joining forces with UK loudspeaker manufacturer PMC to deliver a series of seminars in which he will share his extensive knowledge of mixing music in the Dolby Atmos immersive format.

Wavefront Precision in full bloom at Shrewsbury Flower Festival

13/10/2022 - Production News

UK – Visitors attending the plethora of county and horticultural fairs that take place during the UK’s outdoor season, deserve the same quality of audio as hardened music fans revelling at the UK’s premier festivals.

New Roles at Robe

12/10/2022 - People News

Two key individuals who have been integral to Robe lighting s.r.o’s international sales team for many years will be taking on new roles in the company.

Green Hippo reinvigorates Hippotizer Hardware Replacement and Software Assurance programme

12/10/2022 - Business News

Green Hippo is reinvigorating its Hardware Replacement and Software Assurance Programme (HRSA), highlighting that the initiative enables users to future-proof software upgrades and trade-in ageing Hippotizer media servers for newer models.

Bandit Lites Illuminates Jelly Roll

12/10/2022 - Production News

USA – American rapper and singer Jelly Roll is out on the road performing with a lighting system from Bandit Lites. The Southern hip hop country rock breakout artist recently hit No. 1 on Billboard‘s Emerging Artists chart, leading as the top emerging act in the US for the first time thanks to his new album, Ballads of the Broken. The “Son of a Sinner” singer has been touring with Shinedown on their Planet Zero World Tour.

Auvicom Lights Toyota Motor Europe’s Brand Experience with Chauvet Professional

12/10/2022 - Project News

Belgium – Toyota Motor Europe has had plenty of exciting developments to share with customers and the media of late thanks to its impressive array of recently introduced hybrid and electric vehicles. Now, with the opening of its Brand Experience Centre, it also has a sleek and engaging new platform for highlighting these innovations.

ETC adds 600 and 900kg models to the Prodigy P2 line of hoists

12/10/2022 - Equipment News

ETC has announced that the two new models of the innovative Prodigy P2 package hoist are now shipping, adding more load capacity to this unique line of utility hoists. Like the existing 300kg model, the compact profiles of the new P2-600 kg and P2-900 kg powerhead means they can fit into spaces that other hoists cannot and can be used with the unique structural compression tube which allows drop pulleys to be positioned anywhere along the length as well as absorbing lateral forces on structures that were not originally designed to support motorised rigging systems. These technologies allow many more venues to access the safety and speed advantages that automated hoists provide for setup of stage electrics, drops and scenic elements.

Claypaky Fixtures Support Florian Pittis Tribute Concert in Romania

12/10/2022 - Production News

Romania – A large array of Claypaky fixtures illuminated the eighth edition of “Flowers of the Soul: Remember Florian Pittis,” a two-day tribute concert held in Bucharest last June honouring the Romanian stage and television actor, folk singer, writer and director who died in 2007.

Shure Unveils Uniplex: The New Cardioid Subminiature Lavalier Microphone for Speaking Applications

12/10/2022 - Equipment News

Shure has introduced UniPlex, its new 5mm subminiature cardioid lavalier microphone engineered to be the ideal, discrete solution for speaking applications where rejection of stage noise, an audience, or close-proximity presenters is essential to conveying a message. Offered in four colours and three connector types, UniPlex joins the award-winning line of subminiature lapels and headsets from Shure, including the omnidirectional TwinPlex and DuraPlex product portfolios, while providing a unique, directional polar pattern.

Ayrton releases Huracán Wash – just for a thrill

12/10/2022 - Equipment News

Ayrton has announced the release of Huracán Wash, its first wash type fixtures designed around a Fresnel lens. With Huracán Wash, Ayrton has reinvented the wash luminaire by designing an avant-garde product capable of creating a sublime atmosphere.

Eminent Polish venue upgrades DiGiCo console to dedicated theatre model

12/10/2022 - Project News

Poland – Established for over 50 years, the renowned Musical Theatre in Poznań, west Poland, has premiered a remarkable number of hit shows across the decades, many of which were written especially for the theatre and proceeded to become celebrated productions performed across the country. With an audience capacity of approximately 400, the specialist venue prides itself on production values, and with a new high-profile play coming to the theatre, the venue made the timely decision to upgrade its long-serving DiGiCo console from an SD5 to a dedicated theatre model, the SD7T.

Full Production and Avion TSL launch strategic partnership

11/10/2022 - Business News

UK – Full Production, the Berkshire-based specialist in the design and delivery of world-class production, has announced a new strategic partnership with Coventry-based Avion TSL. The partnership will see both companies benefit from the sharing of premises, resources and expertise, enabling the delivery of a stronger and faster service to a broader range of clients in the UK and beyond.

Elation launches Proteus Brutus LED wash effects luminaire, an all-weather 70,000-lumen powerhouse!

11/10/2022 - Equipment News

Elation Professional continues to expand its award-winning Proteus line of IP65-rated luminaires with the extraordinary Proteus Brutus, a powerful 70,000-lumen LED wash FX fixture capable of high intensity washes and piercing narrow beams that can cut through at tremendous distances. Available now and shipping, the Proteus Brutus is the brightest lighting fixture that Elation has ever produced.

Robe Rocks at the 2022 VMAs

11/10/2022 - Production News

USA – The much-anticipated 2022 MTV VMAs (Video Music Awards) proved every bit as thrilling, visually dramatic and sonically entertaining as music fans globally have come to expect of this high-profile live broadcast extravaganza. This year it was staged at the Prudential Center in Newark, New York and lit for the third year by Tom Sutherland of DX7 Design.

Thomas Christmann Powers KoRn Tour With ChamSys MagicQ MQ500

11/10/2022 - Production News

USA – The metal bar structure that runs across the front of the stage on KoRn’s current tour suggests images of incarceration, and the loss of freedom it brings. This serves as a perfect foil for iconic metal band from the instant they kick off their show and blow that suggestion out of the water with a ferocious rendition of “Rotting In Vain.”

Allen & Heath Announce Partnership with ADE Lab Ahead of ADE 2022

11/10/2022 - Event News

The Netherlands – Allen & Heath is one of the Official Gear Partners for ADE Lab, the Amsterdam Dance Event’s education and talent development platform at ADE 2022.

Ayrton: High profile at Lowlands Paradise

11/10/2022 - Production News

The Netherlands – Held between 19-21 August 2022 at Evenemententerrein Walibi Holland in Biddinghuizen, Lowlands Festival is the largest and most prestigious multi-day festival in The Netherlands. Themed as “A Campingflight to Lowlands Paradise”, the festival is spread out over a natural area which includes its famous campsite and a variety of stages offering a wide variety of bands, DJs, speakers and theatre. Headliners for 2022 included the Arctic Monkeys, Stromae, Sam Fender, Amelie Lens and Tash Sultana, and attracted over 65,000 visitors.

MLA keeps Riot Festival site under tight audio control

11/10/2022 - Production News

USA – Chicago’s three-day Riot Fest, held annually in the city’s Douglass Park, again proved a triumph for Martin Audio’s MLA PA and the company’s long-serving rental partner, Technotrix.

Hippotizer Boreal+ wraps memorable graphics around Pyhimys

11/10/2022 - Production News

Finland – Finnish rap legend Pyhimys staged a three-hour performance to remember at Helsinki’s Ice Hall in September, designed to celebrate his 20 years of industry success. Key to the show was categorised themes recalling milestone career moments, with cleverly created graphics taking the audience on a journey through time. At the core of the visuals was a Hippotizer Boreal+ media server, expertly programmed and operated by the team at Visual45.

Ultra Europe 2022 with four RTI NANO 100 extreme power laser systems

11/10/2022 - Production News

Croatia – Ultra Europe in Split featured four extreme power RTI NANO 100 laser systems on the main stage. These lasers with 100W RGB white light power have an extremely tight and highly visible beam that remains the same over a long distance. Visitors reported the lasers still being visible on the mountains at around 20km distance.

Lee House to become Operations Director

11/10/2022 - People News

UK – Ambersphere Solutions Ltd has announced the promotion of Lee House to the position of operations director. Lee joined the Ambersphere sales department in 2013, following a successful career in technical sales and product management. His commitment and ability to understand all things technical has been a significant factor in Ambersphere’s growth. Lee’s new role will involve him taking on some additional responsibilities and is also recognition of the wide-ranging role he already has.

ELP lights BBC Morning Live show with bright, tunable Elation KL Fresnel

07/10/2022 - Production News

UK – Many Britons begin their day with Morning Live, a topical live morning programme on the BBC that has resonated with audiences since first airing in 2020. A consistent slot-winner, the programme, which airs on BBC One, moved to a new studio in the heart of Manchester earlier this year. ELP, a trading division of White Light, was asked to supply the lighting for the show at the new Versa ABC Studio and turned to Elation Professional’s KL Fresnel 8 FC PO LED fixture as a key component of the rig.

Nazareth Lutheran Church Finds Cost-Effective Immersive Solution in L-Acoustics L-ISA

07/10/2022 - Project News

USA – Established in 1871, mainly by the diaspora of Danish farmers flocking to Cedar Falls, Iowa, for the territory’s fertile soil, Nazareth Lutheran Church has undergone various changes over its past 150 years. Like many other houses of worship, one of those updates was a choice to host both traditional choir/organ and contemporary worship services on Sundays to better cater to parishioners’ preferences in worship style.

Euroka collaborates with Highlite for Walibi’s Kondaa coaster

07/10/2022 - Project News

Belgium – For Walibi Belgium’s steel roller coaster Kondaa, lighting-specialised company Euroka and installer Black Squares have implemented a large number of products from Showtec – a brand of Highlite International BV – to generate the right ambience for the ride area. They have chosen Showtec’s Cameleon Floodlights, Helix S5000 Q4 washers, Spectral LED PARs, Candela Pixel Bars and Performer Profile Minis to light the attraction in line with the new themed space within the “Exotic World” part of the second largest theme park in Benelux.

Skive Cultural Centre Invests in Robe

07/10/2022 - Project News

Denmark – Skive Kulturcenter (Cultural Centre) makes a stunning contemporary architectural statement and is a vibrant multi-purpose entertainment hub in the city of Skive, that serves all the Jutland region with music, films, arts, and sports activities. Its main Concert Hall which stages international gigs and events accommodates 1,200 (seated) and 1,800 (standing).

elektraLite’s Amazing Stingray Mini Lights Up Marvel’s Spider-Man: Beyond Amazing – The Exhibition

07/10/2022 - Project News

USA – Comic-Con, the global comic-book convention and entertainment event held annually in San Diego since its founding as a tiny gathering of fans in a hotel basement in 1970, has become the international focal point for this multi-genre art form. Last November, San Diego Comic Convention, parent company of Comic-Con, opened its long-awaited Comic-Con Museum, which will curate the best of what is often featured at Comic-Con’s annual convention. Of note is one of its most immersive exhibits, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Beyond Amazing – The Exhibition. Produced by Semmel Exhibitions, in association with Marvel and San Diego Comic Convention, the project opened on 1 July and is celebrating 60 years of the renowned web-slinger’s presence in the comic book hero pantheon.

Chauvet Professional Helps Cosmo Wilson Create Evocative Mood for Aerosmith at Fenway Park

07/10/2022 - Production News

USA - Time was on Cosmo Wilson’s mind on Thursday 8th September when he lit Aerosmith’s pandemic-postponed 50th Anniversary Concert at iconic Fenway Park. The band’s long-time LD not only transcended time by creating powerful looks that harkened back to the early days of his client’s storied career, he also had called on his considerable bag of tricks to beat the clock when setting up a massive rig for a one-off at a major league baseball stadium.

Bandit Lites Goes Big with New Claypaky Purchase

07/10/2022 - Production News

USA – Bandit Lites made a substantial investment in new gear with a recent purchase of hundreds of Claypaky fixtures. Bandit added Claypaky Xtylos Mini HPS, Claypaky Xtylos and Claypaky Volero Wave fixtures to its touring inventory.

Optoma Expands Multi-Award-Winning CinemaX Line-up with CinemaX D2 Series

07/10/2022 - Equipment News

Optoma has launched the Optoma CinemaX D2 Series, its next-generation true 4K UHD home cinema projectors at attractive price points. Enjoy access to 400,000+ movies, TV shows, live sports, and play music and games across streaming services and even customise your home screen to display your favourite apps with the CinemaX D2 Smart, an ultra short throw projector featuring high brightness, stunning picture quality and true-to-life images for the ultimate cinematic experience.

Green-GO system provides reliable comms for remote Australian NASA launch broadcast

07/10/2022 - Production News

Australia – A flightcase full of Green-GO headsets and beltpacks kept TV crews connected for Australia’s first commercial space launch recently, as NASA launched from Arnhem Space Centre (ASC) in the sparsely populated Northern Territory.

CTUK's Festival Diary 2022 Unlocked

06/10/2022 - Production News

UK – This summer saw the return of all major festivals, some of which have made their comeback after two years of cancellations. Working on a multitude of the UK’s largest and most popular major outdoor music events and festivals this summer has been no small feat and has taken a hard-working and dedicated team of skilled people to make it all happen. The success of these events wouldn’t be possible without the incredible team behind the technology.

Genelec opens Stockholm and Helsinki Experience Centres

06/10/2022 - Project News

Finland – Genelec has added Stockholm and Helsinki to its global network of Experience Centres. By visiting these new facilities, customers will receive expert personal advice on Genelec loudspeaker solutions and enjoy an exceptionally high quality critical listening environment from stereo to immersive. The new Nordic locations join existing Genelec Experience Centres in Europe, America and Asia, all of which share the same mission of helping customers to understand and experience the finest in sound reproduction.

The Neutrik Group adds new Fiberfox production lines, facilitating improved lead times and new production concepts

06/10/2022 - Business News

Germany – The Neutrik Group has announced it has completed two new Fiberfox production lines, now in operation, at the group’s Connex Oldenburg plant in Germany.

Chromatik Masters Art of Concealment at Fous Chantants d’Alès with Chauvet Professional

06/10/2022 - Production News

France – The art of lighting design lies not only in how it heightens an audience’s visual experience, but also (sometimes), in what it shields an audience from seeing. Guillaume Fournier and Victor Lagiewski from Chromatik mastered both ends of this artistic spectrum recently at the Fous Chantants d’Alès concert, featuring Pascal Obispo. Streams BeachLife Ranch Festival with Avantis

06/10/2022 - Production News

USA – The BeachLife Ranch Festival in Los Angeles is focused on Country and Americana music, hosting headline artists such as The Lumineers, Hall and Oates, Brandi Carlile and Wilco. For performances at the Four Sixes Speakeasy stage, two Allen & Heath digital consoles were implemented: a Qu Series mixer at front of house, along with a 64-channel Avantis for multitrack recording and broadcast to’s live music streaming platform.

Pearl Jam Headline Back-to-Back Sets at BST Hyde Park With Audio Support from Brit Row

06/10/2022 - Production News

UK – BST Hyde Park returned in 2022 boasting a stellar line-up. Among the festival’s highlights were two back-to-back headline sets from grunge royalty Pearl Jam, which saw 100,000 fans gather across two nights in July.

Clear-Com Welcomes Andreas Schick as New Applications Engineer

06/10/2022 - People News

Germany – Clear-Com has announced the appointment of Andreas Schick to the applications engineering team in EMEA. Andreas holds the title of Applications Engineer II and brings over ten years of professional experience in the AV industry to his role at Clear-Com.

Smallest, Lightest, Quietest on the Market – Panasonic Expands the Range of High Brightness Projectors

06/10/2022 - Equipment News

Panasonic today expanded its range of Solid Shine LCD Projectors with the addition of the PT-MZ20 Series. There are now three new models alongside the PT-MZ20K projector announced earlier this year – the world’s smallest, lightest and quietest 20,000lm LCD projector. They comprise the PT-MZ17 (16,500lm), PT-MZ14 (14,000lm) and PT-MZ11 (11,000lm).

Paul Connaughton brings gravitas to Martin Audio Product Support role

06/10/2022 - People News

UK – Continuing its long tradition of hiring highly qualified product support engineers, Martin Audio has announced the appointment of former lecturer, producer, DJ and freelance sound engineer, Paul Connaughton to the role.

Travis Shirley thinks outside the box with Proteus Rayzor Blade on Bad Bunny “World's Hottest Tour”

06/10/2022 - Production News

USA – Bad Bunny enjoyed a celebrated sold-out tour earlier this year and is currently repeating the success, this time in stadiums across North and South America on his “World’s Hottest Tour.”

Four draft standards open for review on ESTA website

05/10/2022 - Standards News

Four draft standards are available for public review and comment on the ESTA website at The downloads are free. Please note the comment due dates, which are not all the same. The documents in public review are:

Spencer Lavoie and 4Life Entertainment Transform Elements Festival with Chauvet Professional

05/10/2022 - Production News

USA – The fifth annual Elements Music and Arts Festival took place at new site less than a two-hour drive from Mid-Town Manhattan, adjacent to the NASCAR Pocono Raceway, but as far as fans at this three-day event were concerned, it could have taken place a million miles from anywhere. Nestled within the region’s Northern Hardwood Forrest with its sugar maples and yellow birch trees, the festival immersed fans in a beautiful natural canopy that transcended time and place.

Mike Walker Joins CTME

05/10/2022 - People News

UAE - In 2010 Mike Walker joined Martin Professional heading up its UK operation and moved on to a senior role with Harman Professional after it acquired the business adding Martin to its extensive portfolio of world class brands including Soundcraft, Studer, JBL, AKG and AMX. With responsibility for the sales team across the EMEA region, Mike visited the Middle East frequently and saw the huge potential in the regions developing markets.

Procom Middle East to distribute Adamson in the UAE and Saudi Arabia

05/10/2022 - Business News

UAE – Adamson Systems Engineering, manufacturer of premium professional loudspeaker technology, has appointed Procom Middle East as its distributor in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

DMT Launches Premiere Series Blue Line Pixel Screens

05/10/2022 - Equipment News

DMT has announced the launch of the Premiere Series Blue Line pixel screens. Starting with two new models that have a pixel pitch of 3.9mm, the PS-3.9 Blue Line LED pixel screens are a cost-effective choice. Thanks to a rating of IP54 (back) and IP65 (front), and a brightness of up to 5000 nits, they’re suitable for temporary use outdoors and can also be used indoors, of course. The built-in A5s PLUS receiver card works perfectly with NovaStar video processors, while the Power Pro and ProCat connections ensure safe and secure power and data connectivity. Like all Premiere Series screens, the Blue Line models offer front and rear access for easy servicing, which makes them ideal for fixed installations as well as the rental market. Measuring 50 x 50cm and 50 x 100cm, the new PS-3.9 Blue Line pixel screens are compatible with other models in the Premiere series and use the same hardware too. The Blue Line pixel screens are an excellent addition to the Premiere Series and are sure to be a popular choice.

Brasserie Astoria receives a retro renovation with Genelec

04/10/2022 - Project News

Sweden – Brasserie Astoria is part of the Frantzén Group, an internationally renowned organisation possessing six Michelin stars between its establishments, spread across Stockholm, Bangkok, Singapore and London. A former cinema, Brasserie Astoria required a comprehensive sound system with coverage across the site to ensure clarity and intelligibility throughout. To maintain the sleek aesthetic and conform with the group’s high standards of quality assurance, Genelec’s 4000 Series loudspeakers were the natural choice.

L-Acoustic L-ISA Brings Sonic Grandeur to Outernet, London’s £1bn Immersive Entertainment Hub

04/10/2022 - Project News

UK – Walking into the Now Building at Outernet, it may be the world’s largest wraparound video display, with over 2,000 square metres of 16K LED screen to show immersive video content. And while it certainly catches the eye, the ears are in no way left wanting. Equally remarkable is the L-ISA immersive audio installation of 200 loudspeakers that plunge visitors into an immersive soundscape. The Now Building, Outernet’s centrepiece, is used both as an expansive indoor/outdoor walk-through space and as a closed venue that can host art installations, live concerts, film premiers, or any event the creative mind can imagine. In either configuration, Outernet is poised to bring a magnificent real-time spatial experience to a projected number of over 400,000 people passing through the space each day.

Robe SuperSpikies have Heads in the Game

04/10/2022 - Production News

USA – The pacey, quick-witted, all-action entertainment of Disney+’s hugely popular High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (HSMTMTS) returned to TV screens for a much-anticipated third season, with producers Skot Bright and Zack Lowenstein asking Hisham Abed to join the production team as director of photography (DoP).

ROE Visual Black Pearl BP2V2 Selected for Virtual Production Studio in Australia

04/10/2022 - Project News

Australia – Deakin University and Dreamscreen have signed a landmark partnership agreement to significantly improve the nation’s film and entertainment industry. The university has put a large investment in ROE Visual Black Pearl panels and associated equipment from Technical Direction Company (TDC), which marks a coming advanced virtual production facility in Geelong, Australia.

The Backup Pumpkin Challenge is back!

04/10/2022 - Event News

UK – Get your carving kits out and let your Halloween creativity run wild in the Backup Pumpkin Challenge, which is back for some spooky fun and fundraising this October.

Audient Catches Up with Rayland Baxter, Producer/Engineer

04/10/2022 - Production News

USA – “I’ve learned a ton over the years and my new studio is an opportunity to incorporate all of it,” says producer, mixer and Grammy-nominated engineer, Tim O’Sullivan. Previously manager and chief engineer of Barefoot Recording, he now has his own space in Los Angeles, which is packed full of hand-picked audio gear including the Nero monitor controller and ASP800 eight channel mic pre from Audient.

Martin Audio ends a perfect summer for WPL at All Points East

04/10/2022 - Production News

UK – There can be few production companies more familiar with the challenges of east London’s Victoria Park site than sound specialists Capital Sound (part of the Solotech UK Group).

DiGiCo SD-Range Consoles Certify Ventura Music Hall’s New Status as a Music Destination

03/10/2022 - Project News

USA – What used to be Discovery, a party-themed space in Midtown Ventura – the heart of that coastal suburb north of Los Angeles – tried to be all things to all customers, offering distractions like bowling, foosball and shuffleboard as popular for kids’ parties as any of the music events it also hosted. But Covid and other circumstances made that scattershot strategy much less tenable, and the venue closed up in 2020 after seven years. In its place, Ineffable Music Group, an Oakland-based “independent coalition of artists, managers, and promoters” that organises music festivals focused on “smaller, secondary markets” reopened the space as Ventura Music Hall this past March as part of its mission to bring first-class concerts to those markets. “Our focus is music,” Thomas Cussins, co-founder and president of Ineffable Music Group, told the VC Reporter. “We’re not party people, we book bands.”

Ayrton Perseo and Domino Profiles light up the Jova Beach Party 2022

03/10/2022 - Production News

Italy – There was great success for the summer tour of Jova Beach Party 2022, which saw the Italian songwriter Lorenzo Cherubini, aka Jovanotti, performing from June until September along beautiful Italian beaches, in front of stadium-size audiences totalling 550,000 spectators. This was a project that wanted to break the mould, leaving behind the usual live circuits to collaborate with an ambitious ecological initiative that aims to clean up 20m sqm of beaches, lakes, rivers and seabeds.

Hippotizer Mayon+ MK2 makes its mark for Isle of MTV Malta

03/10/2022 - Production News

Malta – MTV’s Isle of MTV festival burst into life on the beautiful island of Malta this summer with a line-up of pop music heavyweights performing on the main stage, backed by shifting LED screens powered by a Hippotizer Mayon+ MK2 media server.

Ayrton invites you to the first ever in-person Women in Lighting Entertainment Lighting Sessions

03/10/2022 - Event News

France - Ayrton is hosting the first ever in-person Entertainment Lighting Sessions for Women in Lighting at the Ayrton head offices in Paris on 20th October 2022. The full-day event promises to be one of inspiration, motivation, networking, personal and professional development and community for women.