News Archive for March 2023

Datum Creative selects IP-rated Elation lighting to carry ‘no video’ production for We Belong Here

31/03/2023 - Production News

USA – One of the festival season’s more unique early gatherings took place 25-26 February when Miami’s Virginia Key Beach transformed into a pop-up beach club for We Belong Here.

Astera for Björk Cornucopia Tour

31/03/2023 - Production News

Worldwide – Astera Titan Tubes and PixelBricks are woven ingeniously into the elegant lighting design by Bruno Poet and Ricard White for Icelandic singer / songwriter and live performance trailblazer Björk, who is touring her “Cornucopia” theatrical show globally through 2023.

The Right Time for Robe and Gibonni

31/03/2023 - Production News

Croatia – Croatian singer-songwriter, composer and legend Gibonni played two major arena concerts in Zagreb that sold out in minutes, with over 40,000 fans flocking to see the showman where they were treated to a spectacular stage and lighting design by Sven Kučinić involving 140 Robe moving lights and plenty of imagination!

Immersive Audio Deployed for Poland’s Republika Tribute

31/03/2023 - Production News

Poland – Former Republika band member Leszek Biolik and the band Czarno-Białe Ślady (Zbigniew Krzywański, Jakub Nowak, Jacek Bończyk) welcomed regional stars to share Republika’s music in one of the first immersive audio live concerts in Poland featuring Adamson’s FletcherMachine. The concert, part of the Obywatele Republiki [Citizens of the Republic] music project, was attended by 1800 guests experiencing new interpretations of Republika’s songs through a modern multi-channel sound system. Guests included Renata Przemyk, Piotr Rogucki, Julia Pietrucha and Michał Wiraszko.

Funktion-One Germany to Host Vero VX and Evo X Demo Day

31/03/2023 - Event News

Germany – Funktion-One’s R&D team will lead a demo day being hosted by the loudspeaker manufacturer’s distributor for Germany at Movie Park in Bottrop. The event, which takes place on Friday 21st April and is open to audio and event professionals, will deliver a detailed showcase of Funktion-One’s Vero VX and provide an opportunity to listen to the recently launched Evo X.

Chauvet Acquires LynTec

31/03/2023 - Business News

USA – In keeping with its mission of providing customers with cutting edge technological solutions, Chauvet has acquired LynTec, a leading global supplier of electrical power solutions for lighting, video and audio systems. Founded in 1982, Lenexa, Kansas-based LynTec is widely known for its advanced lighting control panels, with these products installed well over 10,000 sites throughout the world.

KLOTZ FiberLink now available with various APC connectors

31/03/2023 - Equipment News

The KLOTZ FiberLink series with the highly flexible and robust FiberFlex Ultra cable in single-mode is now available not only with the standard FC, SC or ST connectors with PC/UPC polish but also with E2000-APC, FC-APC, LC-APC and SC-APC connectors in high-quality APC polish.

Three RIVAGE PM Systems Mix Unique White Juju at Printworks London

31/03/2023 - Production News

UK – In mid-March, White Juju, a unique collaboration between the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) and jazz saxophonist and rapper Soweto Kinch, was performed at Printworks London. Three Yamaha RIVAGE PM digital mixing systems brought a variety of elements together in a powerful, sold-out performance.

White Light Takes a Trip to the West End with Shirley Valentine

31/03/2023 - Production News

UK – First performed in 1986, Willy Russell’s classic one-woman show, Shirley Valentine, is the joyous, life-affirming story of a person who got lost in marriage and motherhood but who has a secret dream, as well as an airline ticket to Greece. The show has recently been revived at the Duke of York’s Theatre in a brand-new production directed by Matthew Dunster and starring Olivier Award and BAFTA winning Sheridan Smith. The lighting designer is Lucy Carter who approached White Light to supply her lighting rig.

L-Acoustics Partners with Soundforms to Offer State-of-the-Art Outdoor Venue Technology

31/03/2023 - Business News

France – L-Acoustics has forged a partnership with Soundforms to offer innovative, immersive audio technology to open-air performance spaces worldwide. The mission of the two companies will be to develop creative solutions that combine state-of-the-art L-Acoustics immersive sound technology into the unique acoustic and aesthetic properties of Soundforms Performance Shells. The end result will offer integrators, consultants and end users coherent, turn-key solutions for open air performance venues that will create exceptional experiences for both audiences and performers.

Ayrton Mistrals Turn the Spotlight on Underoath’s Blind Obedience Tour

31/03/2023 - Production News

USA – American rock band Underoath has hit the road on its Blind Obedience tour featuring Ayrton Mistral fixtures from Sonus Pro. ACT Entertainment is the exclusive distributor of Ayrton lighting in North America.

Clear-Com Connects New Javits Convention Center Expansion in New York City

31/03/2023 - Project News

USA – Located on New York City’s bustling west side, the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center hosts thousands of events annually, from trade shows to product launches to movie premieres. All that activity happening across a sprawling complex of open exhibit space, meeting rooms, lounges and more can create a challenging communications environment. When the Center announced a massive expansion recently, Clear-Com intercom systems were chosen to help streamline communications among Javits Center staff members.

KLANG adds space to monitor and front of house mixes for Hans Zimmer European tour

31/03/2023 - Production News

Europe – Legendary film music composer, Hans Zimmer, drew over a million fans to arenas, stadiums and open-air concerts for his spectacular Hans Zimmer Live European Tour, his first large-scale arena tour since the pandemic. The Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe award winning composer performed live on stage, joined by an orchestra, band and choir to perform hits from favourite films as well as new material in two hours of reimagined arrangements. For the first time on a Zimmer tour, a KLANG immersive in-ear monitor system was deployed, delivering previously unattainable space in the monitor mix and also finding favour at front of house.

DiGiCo SD12 delivers rocking sound at Inhaler’s largest European Tour yet

30/03/2023 - Production News

Europe – Formed in 2012, Inhaler is an Irish rock band originating from Dublin comprising vocalist-guitarist Elijah Hewson, bassist Robert Keating, guitarist Josh Jenkinson and drummer Ryan McMahon. Their first album, It Won’t Always Be Like This, debuted in 2021 with the latest album, Cuts & Bruises, released on 17 February 2023 and delivering a stunning sophomore smash. Touring with the band almost continuously since late August 2021, FOH engineer Martin Mittler has relied on a DiGiCo SD12 mixing console, chosen for its compact design and wide range of features, to provide hassle-free performance at an affordable price point.

GLP impression FR1 TM transforms Der Player’s atmosphere from dinner into party fever

30/03/2023 - Project News

Germany – Since late last year there has been a new player in the Hanseatic city of Hamburg. Set in Hamburg's Ottensen district, chef and author Jonas Straube appears to have effortlessly combined seeming opposites. Der Player (‘The Player’) is a restaurant, bar, games lounge and nightclub all rolled into one. The innovative fusion concept posed a challenge for lighting and video planner Axel Fahrenhorst, from Hamburg-based creative consultancy lineareal GmbH. This is because when one seamlessly merges into the other, the lighting requirements change in next to no time.

Harris Academy boasts Automated Audio System thanks to a new future proof Ecler installation

30/03/2023 - Project News

UK – Harris Academy based in St Johns Wood, London, is a high achieving secondary school that promotes creativity and academic scholarship. Keeping up with the latest technologies, Harris Academy upgraded their audio system including an installation of over 100 speakers and new cabling infrastructure to achieve an automatically timed class bell system and music at class change over time.

IPS supports drama of “The Thorn” with powerful visuals from Elation Professional

30/03/2023 - Production News

USA – Illuminate Production Services (IPS) plays an integral role in creating the visual magic that is “The Thorn” and again this year enhanced the drama using a large package of Elation Professional lighting. Lighting designer Caleb Franke of IPS uses the dynamic lighting to help sculpt the inspiring story while wowing audiences with a variety of visual effects.

PMC Helps Capsule Records Spread The Joy of Discovering New Music

30/03/2023 - Project News

UK – The renowned audio quality of PMC monitors makes them firm favourites with many audiophiles and audio professionals, whether they are working in state of the art recording studios, watching movies in their home theatres or simply listening to music on their HiFi systems.

CloudPowering an Ice Rink at NKT Arena Karlskrona

30/03/2023 - Project News

Sweden – APEX CloudPower CP704 amplifiers were recently installed as part of a system upgrade for an indoor ice rink at NKT Arena Karlskrona.

Void Acoustics integrates with British pop music history

30/03/2023 - Project News

UK – For any British music aficionado 'Denmark Street’ conjures up images of the music management and publishing companies of the 1950s, as well as the music shops and recording studios which filled the street in the 1960s and 1970s.

Live Nations Venue Anita’s Theatre Expands Horizons with Chauvet Professional

30/03/2023 - Project News

Australia – Anita’s Theatre is no stranger to change. On Saturday 18 December, 1965, when the curtain went down on a double billing featuring Stephen Boyd in "Genghis Khan" and Carl Gonzales in "The Little Ones," the classic venue, then known as the King’s Theatre, closed its doors after more than 40 years as the main cinema in this seaside village located 60km south of Sydney.

disguise Launches Pixel-Perfect Video Playback Solution

30/03/2023 - Equipment News

disguise has announced the launch of EX 3, a 4K video playback solution designed specifically for location-based experiences and fixed installations. Whether it’s for an art show, entertainment venue, or office lobby, EX 3 unlocks the scalability of the full disguise platform, which has powered more than 600 immersive experiences in more than 50 countries. The platform, which includes disguise’s Designer software, newly-launched APIs, and the disguise Cloud collaboration toolkit, lets creatives benefit from an end-to-end workflow from concept to delivery, so they can bring their vision to life from one connected platform.

DiGiCo and KLANG take centre stage at Night of the Proms

30/03/2023 - Production News

Belgium – A fusion of pop and classical music from the world’s greatest composers, Night of the Proms ( is Europe’s biggest annually organised indoor event. With the 2022 edition including Amy Macdonald, Kool & the Gang, Bart Peeters, Axelle Red and Fine Fleur, the Antwerp Philharmonic Orchestra (AOP) and house band, NotP Backbone, the audio for this complex and demanding show was skilfully executed by a highly experienced team, who have relied on the quality, flexibility and reliability of DiGiCo consoles for many years, along with a KLANG immersive in-ear monitoring system for 2022, all supplied by PRG Belgium.

Brompton Technology LED processing deployed during filming of opening video and teaser campaign for Dota 2’s The International 2022

28/03/2023 - Production News

Singapore – The latest edition of the world’s largest e-sports championship, Dota 2’s The International 2022, was held in Singapore at the end of last year and attracted an incredible 67.74 million hours of worldwide viewing. Singapore-based system integration company, Cgangs International Pte Ltd, partnered with the games’ developer, Valve, to create a Brompton Technology-powered virtual production set, used during the filming of the opening video and teaser campaign featuring the top four participating teams.

Genelec loudspeakers enhance upmarket home theatre project in Southern India

28/03/2023 - Project News

India - Karur is known as the textile capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. One of India’s premier industrialists – who made his fortune manufacturing high quality mosquito nets that are now exported all over the world – has recently built a luxury mansion for his family that includes a high-class home cinema fully equipped with Genelec loudspeakers.

Robe in the Spot-Light

28/03/2023 - Production News

New Zealand – Auckland based Spot-Light Systems, now part of the NEP Live Group, is among New Zealand’s leading lighting live show and event rental companies, and one that has continued to invest in Robe moving lights as the country emerged from the pandemic, adding 24 MegaPointes and 12 Tarrantulas to its existing fleet and, for the first time, 20 ESPRITES joined the inventory.

Ayrton appoints Topstage – and a familiar face – as its new, exclusive distributor for Sweden

28/03/2023 - Business News

Sweden – Ayrton has announced the appointment of Topstage – and a familiar face – as its new, exclusive distributor for Sweden.

Vincenzo Borrelli appointed HH Business Development Manager – UK and Europe

28/03/2023 - People News

UK – Headstock Group has announced the recruitment of Vincenzo Borrelli as business development manager for its HH brand. Vincenzo takes responsibility for the expansion of the distributor base for HH products across Europe, along with the ongoing development of domestic sales to the UK network.

Team Darmah and Chauvet Professional Help Daddy Yankee Create Farewell Tour “Fit For a King”

28/03/2023 - Production News

USA – How do you say goodbye to a legend? For the creative team involved in designing the production for Daddy Yankee’s La Ultima Vuelta tour, the answer was quite simple, you create something “fit for a king.”

Ayrton Khamsins and Dominos Light Up Adele’s Las Vegas Residency

28/03/2023 - Production News

USA – Ayrton Khamsins and Dominos dominated the rig designed by Cory FitzGerald for “Weekends with Adele,” the first concert residency by the British singer at The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. FitzGerald is a senior partner, lighting designer and creative producer at Silent House Studios, Burbank, a global award-winning design and production agency. ACT Entertainment is the exclusive distributor of Ayrton lighting in North America.

Unusual Rigging & Engineering LLC rigs IDEX at ADNEC, Abu Dhabi

28/03/2023 - Production News

UAE – Unusual Rigging & Engineering LLC was the rigger of choice for IDEX – the largest defence exhibition in the Middle East – when it took place at ADNEC in Abu Dhabi last month. The show, which is regarded as the most important tri-service defence exhibition in the world, attracted over 130,000 visitors from 65 countries, with more than 1,350 exhibitors across 165,000 sq m of space.

L-Acoustics K Series Shines on Rüfüs Du Sol’s Tour

28/03/2023 - Production News

Australia – In the nine years between their 2013 debut album Atlas and now, Grammy Award-winning group Rüfüs Du Sol has undergone one name change, received three ARIA certifications – two platinum and one gold – for their unique style of house, electronica and alternative dance music. With an illustrious, decade-long musical career, multi-city continental tours have been the norm for the three-piece outfit.

Eurosport France adds ETC's Lonestar to new line-up

28/03/2023 - Production News

France – Recently renovated, the new Eurosport France set said goodbye to conventional fixtures to make way for the latest generation of LED luminaires. The compact and versatile Lonestar from ETC was the automated fixture of choice for Eurosport’s technical team and the lighting company Ar'Krys.

VME increases MLA inventory to over 100 enclosures for arena boxing events

27/03/2023 - Production News

UK - For nearly a decade, Martin Audio partner, Manchester-based VME, has been providing PA for major boxing events in the nation’s arenas, on an accelerating basis.

Luminis deliver large Elation KL lighting system for ultra-modern Bulgarian broadcast studio

27/03/2023 - Project News

Bulgaria – Leading Bulgarian media company Nova Broadcasting Group recently opened an ultra-modern studio complex of nearly 17,000-square metres in the capital of Sofia. To ensure top-quality, professional illumination in the new facility’s multiple studios, Nova Broadcasting Group worked with Elation distributor Luminis Ltd. on a broadcast-optimised lighting solution.

Christie laser projectors add new dimension to tea culture

27/03/2023 - Production News

China – Christie laser projectors have injected vibrancy and added a new dimension to traditional tea arts with lively visuals that complement the stylised and choreographed ritual of tea making.

Massive Productions and Chauvet Professional Celebrate Colour at Curaçao Carnival

27/03/2023 - Production News

Curaçao – Imagine a block party with 45-foot trailers carrying bands and DJs performing as they roll down the street with crowds of happy people dancing behind them, and many more watching from the side of the road. Doing so will give you an idea of the atmosphere at the Curaçao Carnival.

Technical Vacancy – Product Application Specialist

24/03/2023 - Business News

UK – Artistic Licence Engineering Ltd. is a market leader in the design, development and manufacture of intelligent lighting control for the architectural, entertainment and commercial lighting industry. Artistic Licence is a major supplier of OEM (own equipment manufacture) solutions worldwide, and provide bespoke lighting solutions for a broad range of projects and venues.

Never A Gray Day for Robe

24/03/2023 - Project News

Israel – Contemporary multi-purpose venue Gray in Modiin, Israel, is filled with colour and atmosphere thanks to a versatile Robe LED moving light rig installed to enhance this new and lively 900-capacity entertainment space that opened in 2021. Managed and run by the municipality, it is popular and successful in offering a wide range of live music and performance shows in a supper club format.

Prase Media Technologies appointed new distributor for Elation and Obsidian products in Italy

24/03/2023 - Business News

Italy – Elation Professional has announced that one of Italy’s leading B2B distributors of audiovisual solutions, Prase Media Technologies, has taken over exclusive distribution of Elation Professional and Obsidian Control Systems products in Italy effective 01 March 2023.

Clear-Com Welcomes Nicola Milburn as New Senior Regional Sales Manager for Southern Europe

24/03/2023 - People News

Europe – Clear-Com has announced the appointment of Nicola Milburn as senior regional sales manager for Southern Europe. Nicola brings 16 years of technical sales experience and a background in test engineering across a broad range of markets to her new role at Clear-Com.

Lawo Establishes CTO Office to Drive and Achieve Strategic Business Goals

24/03/2023 - Business News

In light of the company’s rapid growth and the obvious necessity to provide its customers with innovative answers to new workflow models, Lawo has established a CTO Office staffed with experts from all areas, dedicated exclusively to achieving the overall strategic goals of Lawo’s product and R&D organisations. The CTO Office drives innovation and marketable solutions for current and future developments and ensures that the forward-looking initiatives of the corporate strategy are delivered.

PLASA and #WeMakeEvents release hopeful industry report

24/03/2023 - Business News

UK – Following on from the international industry-wide survey conducted in November 2022, PLASA and #WeMakeEvents have now published the full report, which is now available to download for free.

Måneskin’s arena tour thrills with powerful Vari-Lite VL10 BeamWash colours

23/03/2023 - Production News

Europe – Italian group Måneskin are rocking their way through Europe with their Loud Kids Tour Gets Louder shows, backed by a highly technological lighting system that can morph into multiple different shapes to convey story and structure. At the heart of the lighting rig are Vari-Lite VL10 BeamWash luminaires from Signify, which are used to beam bright vivid colours and pastels onto the stage and as powerful followspots.

Vin Pugliese Evokes Moods for The Elovaters with Chauvet Professional

23/03/2023 - Production News

USA – When you come right down to it, every lighting designer starts a project with the same goal in mind: to reflect the client’s music in light. Sometimes this is done through a more literal representation of a song’s lyrics, at others it can be through conveying the underlying mood or the music or supporting the way an artist connects to the crowd.

Bandit Lites Purchases New Charlotte Office

23/03/2023 - Business News

USA – Bandit Lites has announced the opening of its new facility in Charlotte, North Carolina. After ten years in the Charlotte market, this is Bandit's third new facility. The luxurious space will primarily accommodate the integration team as they continue their expansion into 2023.

Allen & Heath Powers SXSW 2023

23/03/2023 - Production News

USA – For nearly ten years, Allen & Heath has been the house console provider for the British Music Embassy stage at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas. This year was no different, with three dLive systems powering the venue showcasing up and coming UK artists.

Electro-Voice X2 supports everything from solo artists to festival stages at Nottingham’s Island Quarter regeneration project

23/03/2023 - Project News

UK – The regeneration project at Nottingham’s Island Quarter is turning a 36-acre former industrial site into a mixed-use space with multi-functional public spaces as well as areas to live, work and relax. As one of the first examples of what the new district will bring to the city, the Canal Turn performance space has set a high bar for what people can expect with a stage that can handle everything from solo artists to full festivals, thanks to its Electro-Voice X2 line array system driven and controlled by Dynacord amplifiers and electronics.

Samantha Boffin Relies on Cleanfeed for Live Audio Recording

22/03/2023 - Production News

UK – UK-based voice artist and voice director Samantha Boffin is using Cleanfeed software to record an audio dramatisation of Jekyll and Hyde, for Evcol Entertainment, because it allows her to record more than one person at a time, on individual tracks and in full broadcast quality.

Euphonie Sonorisation powers up for exciting year ahead with DiGiCo’s Q225

22/03/2023 - Production News

Canada – Hugo Angers (pictured), renowned TV Mixer and sound engineer and co-owner of Quebec-based Euphonie Sonorisation, has worked with a plethora of audio consoles throughout his career. However, since first operating a DiGiCo console in the mid-2010s, he has developed a strong affinity for their products and used them on many different shows and festivals. During the summer of 2022, Angers purchased the company’s first DiGiCo Quantum 225 and has already utilised it at a Cajun Festival in Drummondville, opera shows in Montréal and several corporate events. This summer, the Q225 will be used at a number of festivals.

GLP impression X5 provides feature-rich wash for Sigrid arena shows

22/03/2023 - Production News

Europe – GLP’s new impression X5 washlight has provided a perfect solution for lighting designer Ben Mansfield when trying to capture the considerable movement of Norwegian singer-songwriter Sigrid around concert stages.

PMC Highlights Immersive Audio Music Mixing on its NAMM 2023 Booth

22/03/2023 - Event News

USA – UK loudspeaker manufacturer PMC is showcase its full range of professional monitors on booth 15908 at this year’s NAMM exhibition in California, which takes place from April 13th to 15th, 2023.

Kontra K Tour Powered by ChamSys

22/03/2023 - Production News

Germany – Chart topping German rapper Kontra K avoids the “tough guy” persona that many other artists in this genre adopt, but, as the old saying goes, “looks can be deceiving.” Emerging from the mean streets of some of Berlin’s roughest neighbourhoods, the popular artist is busy being a bona fide martial arts expert and a boxing coach when he isn’t performing on stage.

NEXT Audiogroup introduces Audio Configurator

22/03/2023 - Equipment News

NEXT Audiogroup introduces the latest innovation: the Audio Configurator, an innovative solution that streamlines the process of choosing the NEXT Audiocom’s products for any installation. It is the latest addition to NEXT Audiogroup's range of cutting-edge technology, designed to simplify the process of selecting the right solution.

L-Acoustics Elevates Omar Khairat’s Concert Experience at The Arena Kuwait

22/03/2023 - Production News

Kuwait – In a highly anticipated event, legendary Egyptian pianist and composer, Omar Khairat, and his full orchestra of 50 talented instrumentalists, made a triumphant return to Kuwait after a four-year absence. The concert, held at the end of last year at the nation's premier multi-purpose indoor hall, The Arena Kuwait, was a special musical evening that captivated audiences with Khairat’s emotive musical compositions, amplified by a state-of-the-art L-Acoustics Kara sound system that was delivered by the L-Acoustics Certified Provider in the Middle East, NMK Electronics Trading LLC.

Ambersphere Solutions Announces Expansion of Service Department

22/03/2023 - Business News

UK – Ambersphere Solutions, a leading provider of entertainment and lighting products from renowned partners such as Astera, Ayrton, MA Lighting, Robert Juliat, and Zactrack, has announced the expansion of its service department to better serve its growing clientele.

PlugFest, the European technical lighting event, returns to France

22/03/2023 - Event News

France – The residential event sold out well in advance, proving that the event is a valuable gathering for the technical lighting community.

Award-winning production house Reno Studios launches Taiwan's finest pixel pitch, Brompton-powered VP movie studio

22/03/2023 - Project News

Taiwan – With offices in Taiwan and Australia, award-winning production house for film and television, Reno Studios has created Taiwan’s finest pixel pitch virtual production facility. Opened at the end of last year, it is located at the longest-running Taiwanese movie studio, Central Motion Picture Corporation. Helping bring clients’ stories to the screen is Brompton Technology LED processing, which delivers exceptional image quality and colour accuracy, creating the most ‘close-to-reality’ environment, seamlessly blending live and digital content.

Hippotizer Boreal+ MK2 fires up Icelandic Idol visuals

21/03/2023 - Production News

Iceland – The popular Idol TV singing competition burst back onto Icelandic screens recently after a hiatus of more than ten years, updating its staging and visuals with four LED screen elements which were all driven by Hippotizer Boreal+ MK2 media servers.

TiMax TrackerD4 essential for Paul Gatehouse Mandela sound design at The Young Vic

21/03/2023 - Production News

UK – Infused with the rhythms of South Africa, the sound design for Mandela at London’s Young Vic is defined by the distinct signature of Paul Gatehouse. His style is conferred through his workflow and his essential favoured technologies, one of which is TiMax TrackerD4. That the Young Vic has recently invested in TiMax TrackerD4, which Gatehouse deems, “a great asset.” He adds “It meant that we were able to be ambitious in our thinking with what is essentially a smaller budget approach.”

Robe Stages Successful Lir Open House Event + Expands Irish Operation

21/03/2023 - Event News

Ireland – Robe lighting staged a recent busy and successful Open House event in partnership with The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Arts at Trinity College Dublin. The Lir Academy offers conservatory training for theatre, film and television industries.

Ayrton Diablo on stage with The Little Prince

21/03/2023 - Production News

Italy – The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, directed by Stefano Genovese, made its debut appearance 80 years after its publication in a magnificent theatrical production that toured Italy from Rome to Milan in February and will land in France and the rest of Europe next Autumn.

Optimal Audio Enhances WebApp with Integration of Bluesound Professional Streamers

21/03/2023 - Equipment News

Optimal Audio has announced the release of WebApp 1.1, featuring a BluOS Control API integration to control Bluesound Professional audio devices that feature built-in network-connected streaming and music management controls for use in commercial audio spaces.

Prism Sound Ships its Dream ADA-128 Audio Conversion System

21/03/2023 - Equipment News

Good things come to those who wait, and for Prism Sound’s customers the wait is finally over because the company is now shipping its new Dream ADA-128 modular audio conversion system.

Martin Audio North America announces Open Days

21/03/2023 - Event News

USA – Martin Audio North America has chosen the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, for its first post-pandemic Open Day on Tuesday, 9 May.

White Light Provides Lighting for Southwark Playhouse’s New Home Elephant

20/03/2023 - Project News

UK – Last month, the renowned London theatre, Southwark Playhouse, opened its brand-new theatre space: Southwark Playhouse Elephant. Situated in Elephant and Castle, the 310-seat building is the sister venue of Southwark Playhouse Borough and aims to provide world-class theatre as well as serve the local community. As with any new theatre, the space had to be transformed from an empty building into a fully functioning performance venue. This involved acquiring the latest theatre lighting technology, something which White Light (WL) was called on to provide.

Newton at the Heart of ‘Here And Now’

20/03/2023 - Production News

USA – Comfortably the top-earning country music tour of 2022 and one of the highest of any genre last year, Chesney’s Here And Now Tour grossed over $135 million and saw him perform for 1.3 million fans across 41 shows, including 21 stadiums, making him the most popular touring country artist of the year.

T11 Profiles join T1s and T2s at the Opera National de Paris

20/03/2023 - Project News

France – As part an inventory renewal of static profile luminaires, the Paris Opera has ordered nearly 300 Robe T11 Profile and T11 PCs, which will join the 200 T1 and T2 Profiles already in place at the primary opera and ballet company of France.

Martin Training and Product Showcase Series

20/03/2023 - Standards News

UK – Sound Technology Ltd, distributor of Martin Professional lighting in the UK, has announced a series of Martin training, demo and product showcase events taking place around the the country in 2023.

Ayrton appoints MQ Lightings as new exclusive distributor for the Philippines

20/03/2023 - Business News

The Philippines – Ayrton has announced the appointment of MQ Lightings as its new, exclusive distributor for the Philippines.

Jeff Ravitz selects Elation lighting for Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band 2023 World Tour

17/03/2023 - Production News

Worldwide – One of rock & roll’s living legends, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, kicked off their 2023 World Tour on 1 February in Tampa, Florida, with lighting design by long-time collaborator and Emmy-winning designer Jeff Ravitz. Ravitz, who has been with Springsteen since the “Born in the USA” tour in 1984/85, chose a selection of Elation Professional lights for the current tour, including luminaires from the company’s market-leading IP65 Proteus series. Lighting supply is by Christie Lites.

Dolly Dots End Tour with High Profile Symphonica in Rosso Performance

17/03/2023 - Production News

The Netherlands – The 2022 Symphonica in Rosso concert staged at Amsterdam Ziggo Dome was headlined by legendary Netherlands girlband Dolly Dots, who originally enchanted the pop scene with their foot-tappingly infectious songs in the 1980s. They ended their 2021/22 Reunion Tour with this special high impact show – rumoured to be their last ever live performance – accompanied by The European Pop Orchestra conducted by Guido Dieteren.

Astera AX1s get Orchestral

17/03/2023 - Production News

Australia – Canberra-based Elite Event Technology (EET) supplied 96 Astera AX1 PixelTubes for an eye-catching lighting design to illuminate a special Ministry of Sound Orchestral concert staged at Stage 88, a permanent venue ensconced in the leafy green environs of Commonwealth Park, Canberra, ACT.

CUBE Studio unveils New Virtual Production Studio in Berkshire powered by Vū.

17/03/2023 - Project News

UK – CUBE Studio opens new 6,500 square-foot, state-of-the-art virtual production studio in Berkshire this April.

Bangkok’s Isola Gives Diners a Feast for the Ears With System Centred on Allen & Heath’s AHM

17/03/2023 - Project News

Thailand – Newly opened in downtown Bangkok, Italian fine dining restaurant Isola by Signor Sassi now has Allen & Heath at the heart of its audio system.

Westley Palmer Creates Unifying Looks for Mammoth WVH and Alter Bridge with Chauvet Professional

17/03/2023 - Production News

USA – When Mammoth WVH, the rock band formed by Eddie Van Halen’s son Wolfgang Van Halen, released their debut album in June 2021, their sound was hailed by critics as being, fresh, original and unique. Or, as one scribe described it, “no two tracks feel the same.” Around the same time, “Pawns and Kings,” the seventh LP from Alter Bridge was released, earning praise for its consistently thunderous metal power with “every song standing tall.”

Save the date for Kart-Fest 2023!

17/03/2023 - Event News

UK - Backup has announced the much-anticipated date for this year’s Kart-Fest. Thursday 6th July is the day to get your best tweed, flowery dress and (if you’re so inclined) Morris Dancing regalia, ready for the Kart-Fest Village Fete.

DirectOut PRODIGY on 'Music of the Spheres' tour with Coldplay

17/03/2023 - Production News

Continuing their successful 'Music of the Spheres' tour, British pop band Coldplay will embark on another long tour of stadiums around the world, starting March 2023. Since the FOH control package initial design and build in February 2021, followed by promo and the kick-off of the 2022 live season, DirectOut's extremely solid and powerful audio solutions have ensured maximum flexibility and efficiency. In the process, four PRODIGY.MP and one PRODIGY.MC are once again playing their part in bringing the band's aspirations for a more sustainable tour production one step closer.

Ayrton Huracan LT and Eurus Fixtures Play Major Role in Worship Center Renovation at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas

17/03/2023 - Project News

USA – Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas has completed the renovation of its worship centre involving a stage remodel and lighting upgrade that marked the first major technology overhaul for the centre since its opening. Unlimited Visibility Inc. (UVLD) handled the renovation’s production and lighting design, which included the installation of 32 Ayrton Huracan LT LED luminaires designed for long-range applications and 50 Ayrton Eurus multi-function luminaires. ACT Entertainment is the exclusive distributor of Ayrton lighting products in North America.

Brompton Technology fortifies European team by welcoming Oliver Dier as Technical Sales Manager

17/03/2023 - People News

Germany – In light of the company's sustained growth and increasing demand for its LED-based video wall solutions in Europe, Brompton Technology has recently appointed Oliver Dier as its new technical sales manager. Dier, who has a wealth of experience working with professional audiovisual systems such as camera systems for live events, film and television, made his first appearance for the company at the highly successful ISE Show in Barcelona. Based in Germany, he will become a valuable asset to the team and will be reporting to Dries Vermeulen, Brompton's business development manager for Europe.

L-ISA Channels Eye of the Storm at Chasseurs de Tornades, Futuroscope’s Cutting Edge New Attraction

17/03/2023 - Project News

France – Launched last summer to worldwide acclaim, the multi award-winning Chasseurs de Tornades attraction at the Futuroscope theme park in Poitiers, France, is a breathtaking 360-degree immersive experience that follows the adventures of a team of tornado hunters. The landmark project, which cost 21 million Euros to build, features the largest circular LED screen in Europe. Hollywood visual effects specialist, François-Xavier Aubague, directed and produced the media content, which is mixed with live action scenes. The new ride is experienced from a moving platform that rises, falls, tilts and turns with the action, accompanied throughout by L-Acoustics ground-breaking L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology.

Britannia Row Productions Supports Burgeoning Technical Talent at the 2023 Brit Awards

17/03/2023 - Production News

UK – The 2023 BRIT Awards, presented by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), were held on 11 February 2023 in recognition of the best in British musical talent.

PMC Monitors Give Marc Bakos the Accuracy to Develop New Audio Tools

17/03/2023 - Project News

UK – Marc Bakos, co-founder of audio software company Cleanfeed, has improved the accuracy of the monitoring in his London studio by installing a PMC6 XBD system.

GLP helps DJ BoBo celebrate 30 years with Evolut30n tour

16/03/2023 - Production News

Germany – DJ BoBo is a phenomenon. After 30 years on stage and 15 studio albums behind him – many of them gold and platinum – the Swiss artist is still selling out major venues. In 2023 there will be another anniversary tour (which is already almost completely sold out) with Evolut30n. Starting in May, 56 GLP XDC1 IP Hybrid strobes will travel with him.

Paul Johnson joins Ayrton as Global Install Director

16/03/2023 - People News

France – Well known and popular industry figure, Paul Johnson (pictured), has joined Ayrton in the newly created position of global install director with immediate effect. His role will be to open up a unique new area of activity for the company, expanding the use of stage lighting to architectural and large-scale, long-term installations.

Claypaky Lighting Fixtures Elevate Stage Productions to a Truly Professional Level for NTPA Collegiate Pursuits Troupe

16/03/2023 - Production News

USA – Jacob Kaplan has learned a valuable life lesson early in his burgeoning lighting design career: It never hurts to ask.

Beautifully Seated for Shakespeare

16/03/2023 - Project News

UK – The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre has unveiled its refurbished auditorium, including a major upgrade of the seating. Audience Systems has replaced the traditional benches with comfortable, elegant individual seats.

Bullseye! Elation KL Panel hits the mark on PDC European Darts Tour

16/03/2023 - Production News

Europe – The sport of darts has been enjoying increasing popularity in recent years with fans packing large-capacity arenas for competitions and many more tuning in at home. German company Audio Werft Veranstaltungstechnik turns to Elation Professional KL Panel soft lights to provide high-quality game lighting at European darts tournaments across Europe.

KLANG’s Immersive IEM Mix Brings New Tricks to Pitbull Tour

15/03/2023 - Production News

USA – Having sold more than 25 million studio albums and over 100 million singles globally, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that Armando Christian Pérez, best known as Pitbull, truly earned his other stage name, Mr. Worldwide. As a relentless entertainer, that moniker is equally appropriate when it comes to the Miami native’s global touring schedule, which keeps the pop/rap artist’s calendar ultra-packed with performances, such as his latest 52-show Can’t Stop Us Now tour of North America. To ensure that Pitbull’s backing band, The Agents, are hearing themselves and each other in the most natural and beneficial way, monitor engineer Matt Holden recently added a DMI-KLANG card to his staple DiGiCo Quantum5 console.

Genelec delivers an unforgettable sound system to Deja Brew

15/03/2023 - Project News

India – Reminded of somewhere you’ve been before? Deja Brew, a premium Indian restaurant and bar situated in the stylish district of M Block Market in Greater Kailash 2, New Delhi, demands attention with its instantly memorable name. Backed up with high quality food, a multitude of brews and five-star service to match, the location has quickly gained popularity. The venue is the brainchild of Naveen Sachdeva, the founder of Cherish Hospitality, along with Parth Chadha and Aashish Goyal. The trio has created a successful concept that is already a favourite spot for many, much like their popular brand, Ministry of Beer. In keeping with the upmarket feel of the new venue, Deja Brew required a compact, yet exceptional sound system to match. Genelec was an obvious choice.

EUROSONO Adds Elegance to Musée des Beaux Arts de Lyon Event with Chauvet Professional

15/03/2023 - Production News

France – “Simplicity is the keynote of all elegance,” wrote Coco Chanel, who knew a thing of two about fashion and style. Chanel’s elegance, the embodiment of endless beauty in a simple package, has been a watchword for all creatives, not just those involved in design. Mathematicians, scientists, and engineers have long described the best equations, formulas and inventions as being “elegant.”

Winter Jam 2023 Takes Bandit Lites on Tour

15/03/2023 - Production News

USA – Winter Jam, the sensational Christian music tour, has returned to cities across America with an incredible lighting system provided by Bandit Lites. This year’s line-up features Dove-award winning We the Kingdom, Jeremy Camp, Andy Mineo, Anne Wilson, Disciple, Austin French and Winter Jam founding members, NewSong. With a $15 ticket price sold at the door, Winter Jam seeks to include everyone who wants to attend and hear their message of hope.

NEXT Audiocom introduces new A504DSP

15/03/2023 - Equipment News

Portuguese manufacturer NEXT Audiocom introduces A504DSP, an amplifier that combines a lightweight, 4 x 500W (2 x 1000W) amplifier, with a powerful DSP engine that can be configured to suit a wide range of tasks, without the need for additional equipment, to drive a wide range of loudspeaker systems. The close integration of processing and amplification allows the DSP to monitor and better adapt to amplifier behaviour, making dynamics processing far more accurate and effective than that typically achieved with separate components.

HH Electronics TNA Line Array Presses Case at Cidermill Theatre

15/03/2023 - Project News

UK – The Cidermill Theatre is a new performing arts theatre owned and run by Chipping Camden School in Gloucestershire. Built to serve both the school and the wider Cotswold community, the £4million venue was opened in October 2022 at a launch event which featured actor Ben Miller and chart-topping singer Jennifer Paige, who performed a set including her international hit ‘Crush’. Centred on the Rockspring Auditorium (capacity 292 seated, 450 standing), the complex also includes a dance studio, black box studio, lounge area, rehearsal spaces, classroom, café and bar. The Theatre enjoys a full range of professional facilities and is quickly developing an impressive programme of theatrical performances, live music, dance, cinema screenings and talks. An essential component of any modern, flexible performing arts centre is its audio provision, and the Theatre consulted with specialist Michael Krompass at BASE Culture about a suitable system.

New additions to the Showtec Shark series

15/03/2023 - Equipment News

Showtec presents new additions to its Shark series of moving head light fixtures in the form of the Shark Beam One, the Shark Spot Two and the Shark Wash Zoom Two.

Vari-Lite VL5LED Wash delivers vintage looks and Miami club-style effects for Miley Cyrus

15/03/2023 - Production News

USA – American singer Miley Cyrus returned to US screens recently for a massive live-broadcast party with a host of star guests. Taking place at Miami’s Telemundo Studios, it featured classic rock & roll lighting effects mixed with a Miami club style setting, achieved using Vari-Lite VL5LED Wash luminaires from Signify.

Dirty Rigger gets hands-on with TOMCAT USA’s rigging training

15/03/2023 - Business News

USA – The Dirty Rigger brand of workwear played a popular role in the latest TOMCAT University (‘TOMCAT U’) five-day entertainment rigging training course, hosted recently at the company’s custom-designed training facility in Thousand Oaks, California.

Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace immerses skaters in Hippotizer-driven video and light

15/03/2023 - Project News

UK – America’s legendary Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace has landed in London, offering fun-seeking skaters an AV-rich, club-like experience. Billed as ‘the world’s best rink’, its West London location is decked out with no less than ten LED screens, five projectors and 200 Lucenti Tubes, all driven by Hippotizer Boreal+ MK2 media servers which were bought by the venue owners.

Out Board appoints PRO LAB as TiMax distribution partner for the GCC and MENA regions

15/03/2023 - Business News

UAE – UK immersive audio pioneer, Out Board, has appointed PRO LAB as the exclusive distribution partner for TiMax SoundHub, TiMax Tracker D4 and the full range of TiMax solutions in the Middle East. With a strong and extensive reach throughout the GCC and MENA regions, PRO LAB is an established name distinguished for its high-quality pro audio-visual and stage equipment product portfolio.

Creative Technology Middle East invests in IP-rated Elation Proteus and KL Panel

14/03/2023 - Production News

UAE – Creative Technology Middle East (CTME) has made an investment in Elation Professional’s industry-leading Proteus series of automated IP65 lights, along with studio-optimised IP-rated KL Panel softlights. The purchase includes the Proteus Excalibur sky beam moving head as well as the Proteus Maximus LED moving head, both high-power luminaires routinely used on large-scale productions and outdoor spectaculars. Additionally, CTME has invested in Elation’s versatile KL Panel XL IP, a full-colour spectrum LED softlight perfect for use in broadcast and film settings. CTME worked closely with Jean Pierre de Vernon from Venutech LLC, Elation’s exclusive distributor in the Middle East, to procure the new lighting gear.

Kinetic Lighting Expands Rental Inventory with Ayrton’s Zonda 9 FX

14/03/2023 - Production News

USA – California-based Kinetic Lighting, Inc. has added 80 Ayrton Zonda 9 FX fixtures to its lighting rental inventory. ACT Entertainment is the exclusive distributor of Ayrton lighting in North America.

Audient Console: A Star in Expanding Sky

14/03/2023 - Project News

USA – A 36-channel Audient ASP8024 Heritage Edition console sits at the heart of Expanding Sky Studio, a creative space offering high quality audio recording in mid-coast Maine. “I’ve had a number of project studios in post industrial buildings as well as home studios, but my dream was to one day be able to afford to build a professional world class recording studio. That dream has been realised,” says the studio’s CEO, Michael O’Connell.

Robe sponsors TPi Awards 2023

14/03/2023 - Production News

UK – Robe was proud to be the lighting sponsor of the 2023 TPi Awards, supplying over 250 of its latest moving lights plus a stunning design to the event produced by TPi Magazine, part of Mondiale Media, which honours some of the best creative and technical achievements in the world of entertainment.

Stifel Theatre Creates Modern System in Historic Structure with Chauvet Professional

13/03/2023 - Project News

USA – Adrian Silverstein and Joe Beck both relish talking about history, and it’s easy to understand why. As the assistant general manager and master entertainment electrician respectively of the venerable Stifel Theatre, they work in a building where the past seems to echo off every inch of beautiful Art Deco walls.

SIXTY82 B.V. Appoints Omikron Electronics as its Exclusive Distributor for Greece and Cyprus

13/03/2023 - Business News

Greece – SIXTY82 B.V., a leading manufacturer of trussing and staging systems for the entertainment industry, has announced that it has appointed Omikron Electronics as its exclusive distributor for Greece and Cyprus.

Robe Lights the Way for MacBeth at New Zealand Opera

10/03/2023 - Production News

New Zealand – The New Zealand Opera’s recent acclaimed production of Giuseppe Verdi’s MacBeth unleashed a classic and grisly narrative of power, politics, corruption, murder and authoritarianism that is every bit as pertinent today as when William Shakespeare penned the original play, circa 1606.

4Wall Uses Chauvet Professional to Light Blake Shelton Tour’s “AI Stage” for Bob Bonniol and Steve Cohen

10/03/2023 - Production News

USA – It is every designer’s dream: to overcome the limitations of time and space and allow the creative vision that originally sparked a project to be expressed to its fullest.

Hamer Hall at Arts Centre Melbourne installs new grandMA3 system

10/03/2023 - Project News

Australia – A new grandMA3 full-size console, a grandMA3 compact XT and a grandMA3 onPC command wing have been delivered and are in action at the 2,466-capacity Hamer Hall, the largest indoor venue at the Arts Centre Melbourne complex, which has a busy schedule of orchestral and contemporary music performances and other events.

From Siam to the UK: Unusual tours with The King & I

10/03/2023 - Production News

UK – The multi award-winning Broadway production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I musical is touring the UK, following its sold-out season at The London Palladium. The timeless classic, which has been captivating audiences for over six decades, is playing at a different venue every week until July 2023 and is, according to production manager Jason Culverwell: “Probably the biggest musical with a weekly turnaround, touring the country right now.”

LD Bobby Grey and KL Fresnel give retro vibe to Stephen Sanchez "Late Late Show" performance

09/03/2023 - Production News

USA – Lighting designer Bobby Grey of Notan Creative was brought in by 24/7 Productions to design a series of late night talk show appearances for singer-songwriter Stephen Sanchez and chose to incorporate Elation Professional’s KL Fresnel 8 FC softlight as a retro look fixture in his design for a February performance on “The Late Late Show With James Corden.”

L-Acoustics Strikes Twice at Thunder Valley Casino Resort

09/03/2023 - Project News

USA – The Venue at Thunder Valley Casino Resort is a new 4,500-seat entertainment space officially opened on Valentine’s Day this year. Under the aegis of the United Auburn Indian Community Tribal Council, the $100 million, 150,000-square-foot entertainment complex in Lincoln, California, approximately 30 miles north of Sacramento, is already proving the value of its state-of-the-art approach to venue technology with the first run of shows. That started with the Eagles’ “Hotel California 2023” tour, followed by Bruno Mars and then Santana with Bryan Adams, plus The Black Crowes, Frankie Valli, Ringo Starr, and many more in the wings, all using The Venue’s newly installed L-Acoustics K2 sound system.

Amy Kerr and Jeffrey Ong Join Chauvet Product Support Team

09/03/2023 - People News

UK & Asia – Reflecting its commitment to going beyond developing and selling cutting edge lighting products, Chauvet has expanded its international training and support team. The company has announced the appointment of Amy Kerr and Jeffrey Ong, two experienced and highly regarded industry members as product specialists.

Dubai’s New LP:ME Recording Complex Fills Every Studio with PMC Monitoring

09/03/2023 - Project News

UAE – LP:ME, a brand new recording complex in Dubai, has equipped all of its studios with PMC monitoring so that it can deliver the ultimate in sound quality to its discerning customer base.

Impression X5 the key to RÜFÜS DU SOL’s touring rig

09/03/2023 - Production News

USA – Lighting designer Matt Smith (of Colourblind) again took full advantage of GLP’s fixture versatility when plotting the scenography for the American leg of RÜFÜS DU SOL’s tour.

Proaudio del Norte and Chauvet Professional Help Mario Moro Flores Convey Mood of Banda MS

08/03/2023 - Production News

Mexico – “We have broken paradigms,” Sergio Lizárraga, leader of Banda MS once told an interviewer, referring to his band’s popularity, which has transcended all expectations to prove that banda music has unlimited appeal in today’s market beyond Mexico.

Bandit Lights Up Central City Productions Black History Honors Series

08/03/2023 - Production News

USA – Central City Productions recently premiered a brand-new television series entitled Black History Honors. The four-part docuseries honoured heroes of the Underground Railroad and featured musical tributes from gospel music artists with a lighting system provided by Bandit Lites.

Allen & Heath Ready to Rock SXSW 2023

08/03/2023 - Production News

USA – The annual South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas has been celebrating the convergence of tech, film, music, education and culture since 1987. For the past several years, Allen & Heath has had a significant presence at SXSW, with the company’s mixing consoles being featured at multiple performance stages.

Ny Theatre Boosts Robe Stock

08/03/2023 - Project News

Denmark – Copenhagen’s Det Ny Teater (The New Theatre) has recently invested substantially in new Robe moving lights with the purchase of 16 Robe T1 Profiles that have joined the house rig together with an additional 20 Spiiders (bringing the total to 30). Also new are two RoboSpot systems with two T1 Profile FollowSpots, plus 11 Tetra2 moving LED battens and 18 LEDBeam 350s.

Actavo Events strengthens UK event inventory with acquisition of Star Live’s mobile portfolio

08/03/2023 - Business News

UK – Star Live, the specialist production agency, has agreed to sell its mobile seating and stage fleet to Actavo Events for an undisclosed sum. The deal includes mobile grandstands, ten-metre mobile stages and a 15m mobile orbit stage. The two businesses will work closely to ensure a smooth transition for all Star Live contracts.

Universal Live Relies on Shure Axient Digital Wireless System to Stay Ahead of the Events Game

08/03/2023 - Production News

UK – Universal Live, an award-winning audio-visual integration specialist in the UK has chosen Shure Axient Digital Wireless System as the best solution to upgrade its equipment and stay ahead of the competition.

Save the date for Kartfest 2023

08/03/2023 - Event News

UK – Backup has announced the much-anticipated date for this year’s Kartfest and Thursday 6th July is the day to get your best tweed, flowery dress and (if you’re so inclined) Morris Dancing regalia, ready for the Kart-Fest Village Fete.

Vista by Chroma-Q takes control of Christmas at Wollaton

08/03/2023 - Production News

UK – The 16th century stately home of Wollaton Hall was given a spectacular lighting treatment for Christmas, when production company dbnAudile provided visitors with a beautiful light trail through the grounds, completed by a stunning finale against the backdrop of the house itself. For all of this, dbnAudile used a Vista by Chroma-Q control system, sourced from A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET), to provide stability behind the scenes.

L-Acoustics Delivers Perfect Clarity for Puy du Fou’s International Fireworks Spectacular Set on the World’s Largest Stage

07/03/2023 - Production News

France – Marking the 45th anniversary of the opening of France’s famous Puy du Fou theme park, the spectacular La Nuit des Feux Follets firework festival was recently revived after a 15-year hiatus. Bringing together three world-renowned pyrotechnic design teams from China, Australia and Portugal, the major international event selected the industry-standard K Series system from L-Acoustics to deliver excellent coverage and sonic quality. The sound needed to prevail over the noise from the fireworks themselves to the 14,000 spectators seated over the 23 hectares of La Cinéscénie stage, the most famous Puy du Fou show, and the biggest night show in the world.

Genelec supports Sámi culture and heritage at Siida Museum

07/03/2023 - Project News

Northern Lapland – The Sámi Museum and Nature Centre, Siida, is one of Northern Lapland’s most popular destinations. Dedicated to the culture of Lapland’s indigenous Sámi people, Siida has recently undergone significant renovation and expansion to accommodate increased visitor numbers and to bring the establishment into line with modern standards. As part of the process, Oulu-based technical systems specialists Caverion Suomi Oy, supplied and installed a comprehensive Genelec Smart IP loudspeaker solution on a Dante AoIP backbone. Sound designer Aki Päivärinne from Oioi Collective – experts in interactive experience design – was responsible for the sound design for the new exhibits.

LiveTec chooses GEN VI dimmer technology from LSC Control Systems

07/03/2023 - Production News

Germany – LiveTec GmbH, one of Germany’s leading full-service event technology and production specialists, has recently invested in 16 GEN VI power and dimming modules from Australian manufacturer LSC Control Systems, sourced via the company’s exclusive distributor for Germany, LMP Lichttechnik.

Vari-Lite VL5LED dazzles with colour and effects at the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards

07/03/2023 - Production News

USA – NFL legend Joe Thomas stepped out to lead the Greater Cleveland Sport Awards recently, staged to honour athletic achievement in Ohio. The ceremony took place at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse arena in front of a live audience and was filmed for streaming. Lighting director Derek Hons, from NPiAV, specified Vari-Lite VL5LED, and VL2600 Series luminaires from Signify, to fill the cavernous space with colorful washes, key light and effects.

Doughty welcomes two new directors to the board

07/03/2023 - People News

UK – Doughty Engineering has announced the appointment of two new directors. Dan Phillips and Mark Chorley will join the board with immediate effect. Julian Chiverton will serve as CEO, with Stephen Wright taking on the role of managing director. The new directors are current employees at Doughty and will, in time assume specific leadership roles within the company.

Ayrton lights up Singapore skyline at Formula 1 Night Race

07/03/2023 - Production News

Singapore – The 'City Light-Up’ event was a celebration of light held alongside the Singapore Airlines' Singapore Grand Prix, which culminated in the F1 night race around The Marina Bay Street Circuit in front of a capacity crowd of 300,000 spectators.

Ayrton appoints Rubicon AS as its new, exclusive distributor for Norway

07/03/2023 - Business News

Norway – Ayrton has announced the appointment of Rubicon AS as its new exclusive distributor for Norway. The new agreement takes effect from 15 March 2023.

Budget friendly LED upgrade with Source 4WRD Color II

07/03/2023 - Equipment News

ETC has sold millions of Source Four incandescent fixtures over the past 30 years. In many cases, these fixtures are still running strong and revered as the workhorses of their school auditoriums, houses of worship and theatres. When it comes to upgrading from incandescent to LED, throwing out fixtures that are still in good working condition can, understandably, be a difficult decision.

Volt Lites Invests in Large Complement of New Claypaky Volero Waves and Panify

07/03/2023 - Production News

USA – Burbank’s Volt Lites has taken delivery of one of the first large acquisitions of Claypaky Volero Wave fixtures and Panify systems in the US.

Sennheiser Digital 6000 carries performances by Brandi Carlile, Bad Bunny, Steve Lacy and more as Beyoncé makes history at 65th GRAMMY Awards

07/03/2023 - Production News

USA – The 12 million-plus US viewers who tuned in to the 65th Annual GRAMMY Awards live broadcast from the Arena in Los Angeles on 5 February got to see history being made as long-time Sennheiser user Beyoncé celebrated her record-breaking 32nd GRAMMY Award with her fourth and final win of the night. Viewers were also treated to the sonic purity and ultra-reliable performance of Sennheiser’s Digital 6000 wireless microphone system on performances by Brandi Carlile – who picked up three GRAMMY Awards – and by legendary rappers Salt-N-Pepa, Rakim and Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Flavor Flav during the live, all-star grand finale commemorating 50 years of hip-hop.

Audient Consoles Take London College of Communication into the Future at Elephant & Castle

07/03/2023 - Project News

UK – Three Audient consoles are helping to shape the future of a new intake of students at London College of Communication, part of University of the Arts London. Integral to the teaching of music production undergraduates, the new ASP8024-HE consoles are located in three studios at the always-evolving Elephant & Castle site.

Discover Church upgrades with Martin Audio Wavefront Precision

07/03/2023 - Project News

USA – A Wavefront Precision line array forms the centrepiece of a new AV upgrade at the Discover Church in Milwaukee, specified and installed by Martin Audio partner Avenue Systems.

DeltaLive supplies rider friendly DiGiCo SD12s to The Roundhouse

07/03/2023 - Project News

UK – A Grade II* listed former railway engine repair shed in Chalk Farm, London, The Roundhouse is a legendary cultural venue dedicated to nurturing creative young talent and presenting a diverse line-up of the biggest names in live music, theatre, circus and new media. Known for hosting musical giants such as David Bowie and the Rolling Stones, The Roundhouse played a major role in the birth of punk, survived temporary closure in the 1980s, was the site of illegal raves in the 90s, and was reborn at the end of the 20th century with an 11-month residency with Argentinian theatre company, De La Guardia. In the mid 2000s it reopened once again, quickly establishing itself as one of the capital’s leading arts venues, hosting a plethora of productions and musical artists. Audio specialist DeltaLive has supplied and installed two DiGiCo SD12s as permanent house consoles for the venue’s front of house and monitor positions.

Le Mark sticks up for the environment with Paper-Tak!

06/03/2023 - Equipment News

UK – Le Mark Group, the leading provider of tapes and labels to the entertainment production industry, has introduced an important new solution to limit the everyday impact of productions on the environment. The new product, Paper-Tak, is a tough, self-adhesive, PVC-free tape which is an alternative to the hundreds of thousands of pieces of PVC tape commonly used for colour-coding, cable-coiling, identification, spiking and countless other on-site production tasks.

WL Takes the Stage at City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds

06/03/2023 - Project News

UK – Built in 1865, The City Varieties is a Grade II* Music Hall located in the heart of Leeds, West Yorkshire. Part of Leeds Heritage Theatres, it holds the Guinness World Record for Britain’s longest-running music hall, and has established an unrivalled reputation for presenting the very best in live music, variety and comedy, as well as hugely popular annual pantomimes which have entertained families for generations. The venue recently decided to upgrade its in-house lighting rig and approached White Light (WL) to supply the fixtures.

Hippotizer Boreal+ MK2 ‘spins the magic’ for Junior Eurovision

06/03/2023 - Production News

Armenia – The 20th anniversary edition of the ever-popular Junior Eurovision Song Contest burst onto screens across the continent featuring a LED screen-laden stage, which displayed a diverse range of visuals driven by Hippotizer Boreal+ MK2 media servers.

Outline Delivers Pristine Sound for Junior Eurovision 2022

06/03/2023 - Production News

Armenia – A Europe-wide TV audience of 33 million viewers tuned into the 20th Junior Eurovision Song Contest, held in Armenia in December 2022. Thirteen-year-old Lissandro from France was crowned the winner in a live broadcast from the Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concerts Complex in the country’s capital city, Yerevan.

Ed Warren Powers Four Tet, Fred again and Skrillex’s Seminal Madison Square Garden Show with ChamSys

06/03/2023 - Production News

USA – Ed Warren has experienced many special times in his career as a lighting designer and programmer, including winning the 2023 TPi Lighting Designer of the Year Award but this, he says, was “the best lighting moment of my life.”

Ayrton appoints VIGSØ Sales as its new, exclusive distributor for Denmark

06/03/2023 - Business News

Denmark – Ayrton has announced the appointment of VIGSØ Sales ApS as its new exclusive distributor for Denmark, with immediate effect.

The Zagorje Cultural Hall Invests in Robe T1s and LEDBeam 350s

06/03/2023 - Project News

Slovenia – The “Delavski dom Zagorje” Cultural Centre venue was opened in 1960 in the beautiful Slovenian town of Zagorje tucked away in the Central Sava Valley, once one of the country’s principal mining regions.

The Pro Audio Design Group announces appointment of new EMEA Sales and Marketing Director

06/03/2023 - People News

USA – In its landmark 30th year, the PAD Group announces its expansion with the appointment of Robbie Dunne (pictured) as EMEA sales and marketing director.

L-Acoustics Named to Fast Company’s Annual List of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2023

06/03/2023 - Event News

France – L-Acoustics has announced that it has been named for the second time to Fast Company’s prestigious annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies.

Ontario's CHCH television unveils new state-of-the-art studio with Elation lighting system

06/03/2023 - Project News

Canada – CHCH, a television station located in Ontario, produces unique local news content every week, positioning itself as a prominent news source for Hamilton and the surrounding areas. To enhance its broadcasting capabilities, the station recently inaugurated a versatile studio space and equipped it with broadcast-optimised lighting from Elation Professional. The lighting solution delivers superior white light suitable for broadcasting purposes and also enables full-colour functionality as required.

Chauvet Professional and 4Wall Help Tony Caporale Reflect Mood of Larkin Poe Blood Harmony Tour

03/03/2023 - Production News

USA – There is a powerfully moving beauty that arises when the human creative spirit transcends barriers of time and culture. Such was the case not long ago, when Rebecca and Megan Lovell, the Georgia-born sisters, better known as the widely acclaimed roots rock duo Larkin Poe, and their mother were reading “A Tale For The Time Being,” Ruth Ozeki’s novel about a Tsunami and its effect on the life of a Japanese family.

GLP hybrid strobes ensure dynamic performance for BHZ in clearly defined colour spaces

03/03/2023 - Production News

Germany – The Berlin hip-hop crew BHZ (short for Bananahaze) have been stirring up the scene since 2018 with an eclectic mix of boom bap and trap. Creativity flows freely, as BHZ impressively demonstrate the multi-faceted, high frequency nature of their performance, both as a unit and in solo projects.

LightenUp expands growing Ayrton inventory with Zonda 9 FX and Zonda 3 FX fixtures

03/03/2023 - Production News

USA – LightenUp Inc., a Los Angeles-based professional lighting company that supplies the full range of lighting equipment and power distribution for all types of events, has added a large complement of Ayrton Zonda 9 FX and Zonda 3 FX fixtures to its inventory. The new luminaires join Ayrton Khamsin, Perseo Profile, Diablo-S in white and black housings, and MagicDot fixtures available for projects and rental. ACT Entertainment is the exclusive distributor of Ayrton lighting in North America.

ETC expands ArcSystem Navis line with Sidekick driver

03/03/2023 - Equipment News

ETC introduces Navis 100 Sidekick, a local LED driver compatible with ArcSystem Navis 100 luminaires. With this addition to the Navis line, specifiers now have even more installation options.

Auditiv invests in DiGiCo Quantum 338, adding to capacity, flexibility and operability of console rental inventory

02/03/2023 - Production News

Portugal – Well known and highly respected in its native country of Portugal, Auditiv (Audiovisuais Lda.) has more than 25 years of experience in the audio rental market. Under the direction of João Escada and Daniel Bekerman, both experienced broadcast engineers, it maintains a very strong position in both broadcast and live sound, supplying audio systems for major national and international productions. A long-standing DiGiCo user, the company has recently invested in a Quantum 338 console, ensuring it has the latest technology in its inventory.

NicLen invests in Vari-Lite VL3600 Profile IP to brighten 2023 festival season

02/03/2023 - Production News

Germany – Prime dry-hire company NicLen has invested in VL3600 Profile IP fixtures from Vari-Lite, originators of the modern moving head and a Signify entertainment lighting brand. The popular German firm has purchased a large quantity of the high-output, IP-rated fixtures, citing superior optics and build quality as the reason for the purchase.

Powersoft bolsters US team with new business development manager

02/03/2023 - People News

USA – Powersoft has announced the appointment of Thomas Howie as a business development manager in the US, to further support the company’s exponential growth in the region. Howie, a pro-AV industry veteran, will be responsible for new and existing clients, as well as global key accounts.

Ollie Wilkinson Balances Video and Light for Wizard of Oz with Chauvet Professional

01/03/2023 - Production News

UK – It doesn’t matter how experienced you are, sooner or later, you’re going to be in a situation where you find yourself doing something for the first time. Ollie Wilkinson can vouch for that. A lighting designer for over 15 years, Wilkinson has been involved in shows – large and small – in all kinds of theatres, but it wasn’t until this January when working on The Wizard of Oz at the Grand Theatre that he lit a theatrical production with a video wall backdrop.

SupaJam Specialist Music Colleges Upgrade with Audient

01/03/2023 - Project News

UK – Harnessing the power of music to engage traditionally hard to reach young people who have fallen out of formal education is what SupaJam is about. As well as opening the doors to its third specialist music college in Brighton last year, it has also expanded and upgraded the music technology and recording facilities across all campuses.

Player Music Distribution Now Represents Prism Sound in Serbia

01/03/2023 - Business News

Serbia – UK manufacturer Prism Sound has appointed Player Music Distribution to handle its entire range of high quality audio interfaces and converters in Serbia.

Robe Up All Night with Black Coffee at Zamna Festival

01/03/2023 - Production News

Mexico – The beauty, magic and history of Mexican Caribbean indigenous cultures blended with superlative dance beats as the rhythm and free spirit of rave sent a rush of positive energy and human experience coursing through the 2023 Zamna Festival in Tulum.

Unusual to sponsor Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre at Olivier Awards

01/03/2023 - Business News

UK – Unusual Rigging will join in the glitz and glamour of the 2023 Olivier Awards with Mastercard at the Royal Albert Hall this year as an official sponsor of an award.

DeltaLive Provides L-Acoustics Audio System for HM The Queen’s State Funeral

01/03/2023 - Production News

UK – The State Funeral of Her Majesty The Queen took place at Westminster Abbey on Monday 19th September, with the Funeral service paying tribute to The Queen’s long and dignified reign. It was broadcast live around the world, with crowds of mourners paying their respects along the procession route from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey and then to Wellington Arch via The Mall. The Royal Coffin made the procession on the State Gun Carriage before being placed in the State Hearse for its final journey to Windsor and St George’s Chapel where she was laid to rest in the Royal Vault alongside her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Germany’s gruppe20 chooses power assurance from LSC Control Systems

01/03/2023 - Production News

Germany – One of Germany’s leading event production companies, gruppe20, has invested in UNITOUR power supply systems from renowned Australian manufacturer LSC Control Systems, in order to provide maximum control over its power management capabilities.