Adlib installation for London’s O2 Forum

Thursday, 29 June 2017

UK - Academy Music Group (AMG) has once again enlisted Liverpool based Adlib to design and deliver a completely new, full touring specification, audio system for its most recent venue acquisition, O2 Forum Kentish Town in North London. The 2,300-capacity venue is one of the most popular live music destinations in the capital.
The brief was to future-proof the venue’s technical infrastructure, bring it up-to-date and give incoming productions the flexibility and facilities they need to stage world class performances with the convenience of using the house system.
Adlib’s experience in live touring and venue installations coupled with detailed research of current rider information drove the specification of an L-Acoustics K2 loudspeaker system, DiGiCo consoles and Adlib’s latest proprietary MP5 wedges and side-fills for the monitor system.
Adlib’s MD Andy Dockerty and John Hughes led the initial requirement discussions with Academy Music Group’s divisional managers Helen McGee and Steve Hoyland with newly appointed general manager, Eral Hassan and technical manager John Pinner, who have joined O2 Forum Kentish Town this year from London venues, The Garage and O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire respectively.
“We’ve listened to many promoters, sound engineers and production managers and wanted to invest in a first-class system. O2 Forum Kentish Town is an art-deco theatre and a much-loved, major touring venue that attracts high profile, international artists, so we needed to invest in a completely new PA system that really is the best-in-


Capital MLA Compact reinforces Imelda May

Thursday, 29 June 2017

UK - Imelda May’s latest album Life Love Flesh Blood has seen a marked change of direction, with the Irish singer replacing her earlier rockabilly romps with a more country/soul ballad approach.
She also has a new FOH sound team, with Nick Ingram following a line of experienced sound engineers that have included Trevor Gilligan and Gerry Wilkes - both of whom have used Capital Sound as their equipment vendor.
With a classical musician’s background, Ingram was an appropriate choice to reinforce sound in the series of concert hall and theatre venues around which the tour is based; and he is delighted he took up the recommendation from Capital’s Paul Timmins to use the Martin Audio MLA Compact PA to support one of their long term accounts.
Although this was the first time Nick had taken the system out following three days’ production rehearsals at Music Bank, the FOH man is no stranger to the platform, having previously mixed his other charge, Jake Bugg through the system. “I experienced MLA at Hyde Park [British Summer Time] and the sound was unbelievable,” he reports. “After all the historic problems with noise restrictions on the site, Hyde Park is now somewhere you look forward to rather than with dread. I also mixed Jake on the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury with the MLA Compact - I thought there was never going to be enough PA [to carry] but once again it was fantastic.”
Thanks to an instinctive compatibility with Imelda May, Nick - who has unwittingly found himself specializing in acoustic singer-songwriters - has co


Hawthorn brings Vegas to Battersea for Waitrose

Thursday, 29 June 2017

UK - Creative technical event production company Hawthorn brought the bright lights of Las Vegas to Battersea Evolution for the Waitrose Supplier Gala Dinner 2017 on 19 May 2017. Following a Vintage Vegas theme, Hawthorn worked with client Entertee Events to transform the venue into a show-stopping party venue.
Not only providing an opportunity for the company’s suppliers to network with the executive board, commercial directors, category directors, and senior traders, the evening also raised vital funds for the charity GroceryAid.
With 1,500 guests seated across 147 tables, Entertee made the most of Battersea’s large versatile space. Decorated with crystal chandeliers, entrance tunnels made from Hawthorn’s lavish blue velvet drape and thirty-two palm trees wrapped in fairy lights, guests were transported back to the golden age of Vegas. Hawthorn also created ten custom-made uplit columns, specially constructed on site during the day of the event. A proscenium arch theatre style stage made using the company’s red drape completed the luxurious aesthetic, setting the scene for an evening of fabulous food and excellent entertainment.
The key focus of the lighting and video design for the evening was to enhance the Vintage Vegas theme whilst also being able to adapt the look within the room and on the stage. For this, Hawthorn designed a split 10mm LED wall that consisted of seven 1m wide by 5m high strips. In between these strips were two bars of six par cans with very narrow lamps, producing powerful beams to cut through the band.
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Two new members for the ISE board

Thursday, 29 June 2017

The Netherlands - Integrated Systems Events, the producers of the Integrated Systems Europe trade exhibition, has announced that Stefanie Corinth, senior VP marketing and business development NEC Display Solutions Europe and Piet Candeel, Senior VP EMEA, Barco, have joined the ISE Board of Directors as of 1 July 2017.
They will replace outgoing ISE board members Wolfgang Lenz from Comm-Tech and Ollie French from Future Automation.
Mike Blackman, managing director of Integrated Systems Events commented: “I’d like to welcome our new members and at the same time thank the outgoing ones. It’s vital that the ISE board regularly welcomes new members from our extensive exhibitor base so that we are exposed to fresh ideas and experiences.
“Stefanie and Piet will bring valuable market intelligence and insight on the sectors in which they operate. Additionally, they will offer first-hand feedback on how ISE as a trade show works as a vehicle for their products, services and customers.”
(Jim Evans)


Libera on the beach in Rimini

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Italy - A good example of “calm before the storm” can be found on the Rimini beach in Italy, where Litec is constructing a sophisticated Libera series Alusfera II roof for upcoming concerts to be held during the Summer Beach Arena event.
Running from 24 June – 30 July, the Summer Beach Arena concert series features live and DJ sets by national and international artists from sunset until late in the evening.
(Jim Evans)


Chauvet fixtures transform Labadoux Festival

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Belgium - For almost 30 years, the municipality of Ingelmunster in the Belgian province of West Flanders has played host to the Labadoux festival. Now as much a part of the Belgian cultural fabric as the region’s chocolate and beer delights, the 'Music with Roots' festival blends a wide variety of folk and other genres, and serves as a key platform for both established and up and coming acts.
For this year’s festival, organisers wanted to up the visual ante for headliners including The European Pink Floyd Show and Levellers. To this end, LD Vincent de Schinckel specified a number of Chauvet fixtures for the festival’s main stage, including 12 Chauvet Professional Maverick MK2 spots, 16 Maverick MK2 washes and 16 Chauvet DJ Intimidator 140SR hybrids.
Wanting to give the impression of visual depth from the audience perspective on the main stage, De Schinkel positioned the 440w Maverick MK2 Spot and 480w Maverick Wash fixtures over three rows of ceiling trussing hung from the front to the back of the stage. The contrasting looks of the Maverick spot and Wash fixtures allowed de Schinckel to create a colourful lattice of light which both illuminated the performers on stage and the audience, whilst simultaneously empowering the stage with a formidable visual aesthetic.
“I specified the Maverick Spots for their ability to produce ipowerful and sharp spot lighting with versatile effects such as gobos and three-facet prisms,” commented de Schinckel. “The wash fixtures, on the other hand, allowed me to contrast the spots with saturated and vivid


Philips Lighting makes impact on RTL show

Thursday, 29 June 2017

The Netherlands - Philips Lighting’s new lighting fixture, the Philips Vari-Lite VL6000 Beam, featured prominently in the lighting design from specialists Light-H-Art for the finals of The Voice Kids Holland, broadcast on RTL 4.
Bas de Vries, lighting designer at Light-H-Art, had just two days of camera rehearsals to create distinctive looks for 18 different acts on the show, so needed a lighting rig that would give him a range of options. The Philips VL6000 Beam, introduced to the market earlier this year, drew his attention and Philips Entertainment Lighting worked with Dutch distributor FACE to provide Light-H-Art with the units for the show.
De Vries employed six of the Philips VL6000 beams on the set, mounted on moving trusses arrayed above mid-stage. This allowed him to vary the visual framing of the performance, bringing the six wide beams into play to add a different texture to the beam looks from the rig, and to bring a strong focus onto the central performance area. The VL6000s were at times framing the performance area in open white, or complementing the rest of the rig with colour, or even adding bold movement to the spectacle by rising slowly from floor level.
Using the powerful lighting fixture for the first time, de Vries was impressed. "I always like to have a couple of 'big guys' in my lighting rig!" he says. "I really like the beam and the output, and I think it works especially well in combination with all the video that we had in the set."
Bas de Vries was particularly impressed by the super bright output and the


Winkler Multi Media Events expands X4 potential

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Switzerland - Since investing in more 300 GLP X4 atoms at the end of last year, Swiss company Winkler Multi Media Events, has found that this small lamp from Karlsbad has developed into a serious and versatile contender. The wide application possibilities range from small to large events as well as popular TV shows.
Back in February this year, lighting designer Matthias Kern from broadcast service provider tpc switzerland ag used multiples of the X4 atom in gigantic matrix displays at the Swiss ESC (European Song Contest) preliminary voting round. Further assignments followed, most recently the SRF show Ich schänke dir Lied (I’ll sing you a song) which is running for several weeks.
The X4 atoms were used in different arrangements for this emotion-laden Saturday night TV show - as a large matrix between the theatre audience and in a circular truss structure above the stage at the grand finale.
For Roni Huber, head of technical design at Winkler, this versatility is one of the success factors in the cleverly designed detail: "For the X4 atom, there are a whole series of adapters, connectors and suspension constructions available. This makes the application possibilities incredibly flexible,” he says.
However, to maximise the impact of these lights, direct contact with the manufacturer was also invaluable particularly in asking detailed questions. Huber continues: "Following discussions with Oliver Schwendke, we have been able to apply a few ideas for other accessories, and a short time later the first prototypes were realised.


Claypaky lights immersive Chinese theatre

Thursday, 29 June 2017

China - A range of Claypaky moving head fixtures created the responsive theatrical lighting for immersive Chinese theatre production Encore Dunhuang, a 'walk-in' theatre show that debuted at the first Silk Road Dunhuang International Cultural Expo.
The event's theatrical lighting design was created by lighting designer Mr Wang Yugang, who specified the Claypaky Scenius Profile, Claypaky Alpha Profile 1200s and Claypaky Sharpy Wash 330s to meet the demands and the scale of the production. Mr Wang Yugang singled out the Scenius Profile for its superior colour rendering.
"In the flying scenes, I chose to base the look around the Scenius Profile," says Mr Wang Yugang. "The colour reproduction on clothing and characters is extremely good, and the consistency of light is far more than the other brands of fixtures available."
The 90-minute performance guided audience members on a journey through time, providing them with an immersive experience of some of the key events and characters from the 2,000-year history of the city of Dunhuang, once a key trading point on the historic Silk Road.
"An Encore theatre is different from a standard theatre," explained Mr Wang Yugang. "Depending on the needs of the scene, it is built to be a flexible space that meets all the regular theatre construction specifications, whilst being configurable to realise each individual scene."
One of the main challenges was in lighting the vast, 1000sq.m performance space, which is divided into four zones and through which the audience walk. It was a task which requi


Visional Productions adds BlackTrax

Thursday, 29 June 2017

USA - Visional Productions, the high-end visual engineering firm specializing in event design, has announced the addition of BlackTrax, the advanced real time tracking system, to its rental inventory. Based out of Atlanta and Denver but producing live experiences worldwide, Visional is now one of only three U.S. companies offering the system for rental and sale.
BlackTrax has multiple production applications, including motion lighting, automated spotlights, projection mapping, and more. Using active IR beacons, the system is capable of tracking a performer, stage prop, scenery or screen in real time and in most atmospheric conditions. BlackTrax can integrate with other third-party systems such as lighting consoles, enabling moving lights to follow performers, or media servers such as d3, Avolites Ai, or Christie Pandoras Box, allowing projection content to follow moving performers, objects, or screens.
“We are excited to continue to increase our inventory and provide more creative options to the event production market,” said Kyle Means, co-owner at Visional. “BlackTrax will allow us to design exciting and unique visual experiences for our clients that aren’t possible with any other systems.”
(Jim Evans)


Chroma-Q Color Force II lights up Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

UK - Nearly 50 of the multi award-winning Chroma-Q Color Force II 48 luminaires were a central feature of the Pyramid Stage lighting rig at this year's Glastonbury Festival, providing powerful coloured illumination and eye candy during both daytime and evening performances from high-profile artists including: Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, Craig David, Chic, Barry Gibb, The National, First Aid Kit and many more.
Mark Cunniffe, lighting designer for Sunday night headliner, Ed Sheeran was impressed by the output of the fixture, commenting: “Loved the Color Force IIs. They worked really well in a daylight application.”
Kirk J Miller, lighting director for Katy Perry’s early evening, full daylight performance commented: “I’ve used the Chroma-Q Color Force IIs on a number of TV productions and I absolutely love them. They’re bright, well lensed, and put out some great colour. Here, even in full daylight, they make a huge dent, glad to see them in the rig.”
The renowned music festival attracts much attention every year from the world's media and provides a global showcase for the artists. Centre-stage are performances on the Festival's iconic, premier Pyramid Stage.
With so much expectation, only the highest production values will do on the Pyramid Stage. Andy “Fraggle” Porter, the stage's head of lighting, and the festival's premier rental supplier, Neg Earth Lights felt Chroma-Q fixtures would be ideal and flew the Color Force II 48 1.2m RGBA colour-changing LED battens above artists on the stage.
From as early on a


EAW expands customer support organisation

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

USA - EAW has announced the expansion of its customer support organisation to provide end-users with a more efficient customer experience. The announcement was made by Adam Shulman, director of marketing and applications engineering at EAW.
Support is now handled by two close-knit groups: Technical Support and Applications Engineering. Technical Support, consisting of a discrete group of highly-trained technicians, offers troubleshooting, connectivity and setup assistance as well as handling questions about specific product information.
The dedicated Applications Engineering team provides product recommendations, design assistance, development of Resolution and EASE models as well as answers to advanced questions about products not typically covered in available product documents.
“This shift in direction enables our Applications Engineering team to be more directly focused on customers that need assistance with system designs and complex scenarios, while Technical Support is organized to manage setup and troubleshooting,” explains Shulman. “By dividing overall customer support into two related groups, we can tune each group to help customers with very specific needs. This will enhance the overall customer experience, ensuring our customers receive direct and rapid access to the information they need at critical steps in their business processes.”
Shulman concludes, “The goal of this structure is to provide our customers with faster response times and more direct access to the people who are best-suited to answer their questions, e


HD Pro Audio on the road with L-Acoustics’ Syva

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

UK - HD Pro Audio is taking to the road in July for a series of L-Acoustics Syva demonstration and evaluation days, in London, Birmingham and Manchester. Showing the new L-Acoustics Syva Segment Source loudspeaker system, each of the days will run from 12 noon to 4:00pm and the programme will consist of a product and technology overview followed by listening and evaluation with a range of material. The products covered will be the Syva, Syva Low and Syva Sub.
The dates are Tuesday 18 July at fabric, 77A Charterhouse Street, London EC1M 6HJ, Wednesday 19 July at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EP and Thursday 20 July at The Stoller Hall, Manchester M3 1DA. Refreshments will be provided.
Numbers are limited so anyone interested in attending should book as soon as possible, either by contacting HD Pro Audio on 01784 433687, by email to
L-Acoustics Syva is a new format, high power loudspeaker system featuring a ground-breaking transducer arrangement called Segment Source. The system is designed to be for corporate events, fashion and trade shows, as well as for sound reinforcement in amphitheatres and performing arts centres. The modern, sleek design also makes it an attractive option for houses of worship as well as intimate settings such as home cinemas or lounge bars.
(Jim Evans)


Polar supplies beyerdynamic and Biamp at NTU

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

UK - Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is a truly global university. Boasting a strong and internationally recognised research status, NTU offers one of the best employability records in the country, with 94% of students progressing to full-time employment or further education within six months of graduation.
One of the UK's leading new universities, since 2004, NTU has invested more than £350m across its three campuses, developing world class teaching and learning facilities. A stated goal of the university is that its teaching estate and the technical support behind it, should be first class. NTU's investment in state-of-the-art AV systems reflects this commitment and Polar Integrated Solutions has co-operated with the university's AV Team Leader, Stuart Loughran, on a number of projects designed to meet the highest standards.
A feature of modern educational practice is 'lecture capture', an umbrella term to describe any technology that allows educational practitioners to record what happens in their classrooms and make it digitally available to their students. The advantages of this are clear. Students are able to catch up if classes are missed, content may be closely reviewed and also may be retained for course development.
Central and absolutely crucial to the process of lecture capture is recorded audio. It is clear that whilst any problems with the visual aspect of lecture capture might compromise the results, poor audio quality would render the whole exercise futile. Stuart Loughran consulted with Polar as to the best way to achieve optimum


Midas powers hottest summer solstice

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

UK - Midas was the power behind Stonehenge last week as druids, pagans, tourists and locals saw sunup ahead of 16 hours 38 minutes of scorching daylight on 21 June.
The summer solstice is one of just two occasions the public can get full access to the stone circle free of charge.
Working for Sygma Safety in the second of a three-year contract, Midas supplied site power and sourced an ambient lighting wash for the monuments, together with tower lights for the car park and exits.
The site is open to the paying public until 8pm on 20 June and from 4pm on the 21st, with English Heritage watching the clock. So it was crucial the Midas generators, run with 100 per cent HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oil), and the lighting and plant it provided, moved quickly and efficiently.
Andy Dann, operations director at Midas, comments: “We learned a lot about the process in 2016 so were in a position to make a few subtle changes this time. Monitoring the loads on last year’s event meant we could reduce the generator sizes, for instance, and switch from two sets to one for a particular part of the site.

“Sygma has put a top team together and we left, if I may, no stone unturned for people celebrating midsummer.”
Lizzy Dickinson, production manager for Sygma, says: “You have to work around the public for the in and the out at Stonehenge, to a very tight deadline, leaving no trace. There are always late changes too, so you need suppliers you can trust. Midas understands the unique nature of this job and it’s a great company to work w


Martin MLA reinforces San Siro special

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Italy - Singer songwriter Davide Van De Sfroos has brought the picturesque stories spoken in the ‘laghèe’ dialect, which is spoken in the northern areas of Lecco and Como, to one of the most important stages in Italy - the San Siro in Milan.
More than 20,000 people attended his concert, exactly the goal that the artist (real name Davide Bernasconi) had been hoping for - and hugely impressive considering he was using a language very difficult to understand for anyone not from that area of Northern Italy.
The sound reinforcement was provided by Martin Audio partners, All Access, and they fielded their premium and award-winning MLA PA. The hangs comprised no fewer than 22 MLA and an MLD Downfill on each side of the stage, underpinned by 36 MLX subs. For side-fills they added a further 11 MLA on each flank, while front-fills were made up of four further MLD Downfills and eight Martin Audio W8LM Mini Line Array.
For the musicians, 12 Martin Audio LE2100 and six LE1200 floor monitors were provided for reference sound, and stage-fills comprised eight Martin Audio W8LM and four WS218X subs.
Sound engineer Paolo ‘Red’ Talami, All Access PA manager, explained the choice of system configuration. "The attendance was estimated between 20,000 and 25,000 people and it was not decided until the last moment whether to open the second ring of the stadium," he explained.
"For this reason I developed three different projections in [Martin Audio’s proprietary] Display 2.2; one was covering only the first ring, the second was a partial ring cover a


Chauvet anchors sold out Jason Aldean tour

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

USA - After 12 years, 19 Number One singles and untold touring miles, AMC Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean isn’t about to take his foot off the pedal. The dust had barely settled from his 2016 We Are Here tour back in January, when he announced plans for his current 33-city They Don’t Know road show. At the time, the country superstar promised that his new tour would be bigger, bolder and brasher than anything he’d ever done before.
Rolling through a 90-minute, 22-song set of old and new hits, Aldean has sold-out crowds on their feet, with his animated stage presence and rip-roaring mix of hard-driving music. Supporting his performance and lending extra visual pop to the proceedings is a brawny and colourful Chris Lisle-designed lightshow, anchored by 118 Chauvet Professional Rogue RH1 Hybrid moving fixtures supplied by Bandit Lites.
Lisle positions the 330W moving beam/spot fixtures throughout his massive rig to maximize their visual impact. “Generally speaking, the Rogues are clustered in groups of three to create the punchiest looks possible,” he said. “We have them on the upstage chevron trusses, the mid-stage finger trusses, and on the floor, where they excel as aerial effects.”
The Rogues, along with a collection of over 150 other luminaires, are all used to accent the hexagonal-shaped theme of Lisle’s design. Representing a hard-working industrial look that celebrates core American values, hexagons figure prominently in the set design, from the shape of the main LED video screen and IMAG screens at the wings,


HSL captures the Depeche Mode global Spirit

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

UK - Depeche Mode’s career spans four decades and a reputation for musical originality has kept them relevant and at the cutting edge in delivering one visually and sonically inspiring performance after another.
Blackburn lighting rental specialist HSL is the main lighting and video contractor worldwide for the current Spirit tour. They are partnering with CT to deliver the video package.
The raw, stylish, industrial production design is by creative director Anton Corbijn, who has always pioneered video as an essential vehicle of live production. Lighting has been designed by Sooner Routhier and Robert Long of SRae Productions and is being directed on the road by their associate LD, Manny Conde.
The Spirit tour is being production managed by Tony Gittins and plays a mix of stadiums and arenas. HSL’s project manager Jordan Hanson is working closely with CT’s music and touring specialist, Graham Miller and the HSL crew of five is being chiefed on the road by Ian Stevens. They will be travelling internationally, together with the full lighting rig.
HSL’s MD Simon Stuart commented: “We are delighted to be working with Tony and his team on this ground-breaking tour and it’s been a real pleasure to collaborate with Sooner and Manny and ensure they have had all the support they need. The design is innovative and edgy. I am a huge fan of Sooner and her thoughtful, intelligent approach, which captures the mood perfectly. The band are on top form as always.”
The entire look of the Spirit show is inspired by Anton’s branding for th


Show must go on for Naledi Theatre Awards

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

South Africa - As the Naledi Award winners of the night thanked their mothers, their fathers, their oumas (grandmothers) and life partners, as tears flowed, speeches were read and the audience cheered and rose to their feet, it was clear that the ceremony hosted at the Lyric Theatre in Johannesburg on 5 June 2017, held great substance to the victors of the night.
With sponsorship and finances bleak, an act of kindness and financial support saw various local and international companies rallying alongside founders Dawn and Des Lindberg, to ensure the 13th Naledi Awards would take place. To top it off, Haccius Mokopakasi, who has been in the industry for 40 years and works in the Market Technical Department, received the Lifetime Achievement Award while Hlomohang Mothetho and Wesley France were the winners in the Best Lighting Design category.
Many people are unaware that Des and Dawn had to take out a second bond on their home to pay for the Naledi Awards which took place in 2016. With perseverance, they continued to push forward against all odds to continue with the awards this year, which recognizes excellence in the Performing Arts.
Sitting around a boardroom table with Des and Dawn at DWR Distribution earlier this year, Duncan Riley knew that it was up to like-minded companies to stand together to ensure the show could go on. He knew that the faithful companies assisted the awards in the past with the technical requirements, Dream Sets, MJ Event Gear and MGG Productions would jump at the opportunity to help again. He then approached Joshua Cutts


SolaSpot on Heartbrerakers’ 40th anniversary tour

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

USA - Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ 40th anniversary tour has been thrilling TP fans across the USA since April, and the show’s visuals are the handiwork of lighting designer / director Stanley Green and co-visual designer Kevin Cassidy. To augment his potent arena lighting package, Green specified 30 High End Systems SolaSpot 1500s as the ‘workhorse’ hard edge fixtures for the tour.
Green prepared a total of six complete lighting and set designs for the 40th anniversary tour for Tom to choose from. He comments: “Our technical director Kevin Cassidy had lots of creative input, and was instrumental in bringing it all together. Also, Tom asked for some things which changed the original look somewhat.
“I'm using 30 SolaSpot 1500s sprinkled throughout the rig; in fact there are 1500s on every single truss. They are my work horse hard edge fixture for this tour. I use some as specials on the down stage trusses in lieu of follow spots - they are bright and crisp, brighter in fact than most follow spots we get from that distance.”
The SolaSpot 1500s also serve as the LD’s main back light fixture. Green comments: “The 1500’s brightness holds up against every other fixture in the rig. I wanted an all LED rig to help reduce the heat on Tom, yet I needed punch to use in front of the big bright LED wall upstage. The SolaSpots are kicking ass. I can use gobos without losing a ton of light. I even use one to back light Mike Campbell during a big solo, and follow him manually, as they’re bright enough to look like a truss spot.


Ofcom consultation on support for PMSE equipment owners

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

UK - As many PMSE businesses and equipment owners will already know, last year the Government and Ofcom confirmed the timetable for the clearance of the 700 MHz band to make way for mobile networks. Being evicted from the band presents two immediate concerns for those operating in the PMSE sector.
First, they will lose varying degrees of their equipment’s tuning range, creating a need to replace redundant equipment. Secondly, as a result of this, there will be significant incremental costs imposed on owners. We know from the 800 MHz clearance, the financial reality of researching, purchasing, transporting, fitting, testing and utilising completely new equipment is a harsh one for businesses in the sector.
Ofcom has released a consultation document laying out proposed parameters for a support scheme for affected equipment owners. Their proposals state that eligible equipment must have been purchased before formal notice of clearance in October 2016; have more than 50% of its tuning range in the 700 MHz band; and be in working order. Ofcom’s funding proposals would currently result in eligible claimants receiving 47% of the retail value of appropriate replacement equipment, with the rate card to be drawn up in the coming months.
As it stands there will be no cover for the costs of accessories, administration, finance costs or logistics, and the 47% figure will apply regardless of the age or expected life of the equipment being surrendered. There is also no funding for equipment below 694 MHz made redundant by DTT channel changes. Ofcom’s propos


Elation expands LED wash Fuze series

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Europe - When Elation Professional launched the Fuze series at last year’s PLASA show, the company filled a niche in the market for dynamic LED wash luminaires with a line of modern PAR lights that project a high-quality flat field of light yet emulate the classic lens look of a traditional Fresnel.
Now, Elation is expanding the series with the addition of the new Fuze PAR Z175, a full-colour LED PAR light designed for use in all types of stage wash applications from theatre, TV studio and HoW environments to touring and special events.
With the Fuze series, Elation chose to improve upon the pixelated lens face of ordinary LED PAR fixtures by replicating the classic look of old-school pars and moving wash fixtures that so many designers and artists prefer. Like other lights in the Fuze series, the Fuze PAR Z175 uses single-lens RGBW COB LEDs to project a single homogenous beam of light with an evenly lit lens face that appears as one colour instead of individual LED diodes.
The Fuze PAR Z175 houses an advanced 175W RGBW COB LED engine for a wide palette of colour choice with smooth, single source colour mixing that gives fully premixed looks and an extremely flat field of light, the quality of light that today’s top designers demand. Besides their non-pixel look, designers have valued the Fuze series for their ability to wash a surface or subject without the multi-shadows created from traditional LED wash fixtures.
The Fuze PAR Z175 is powerful enough to use in all sizes of rigs and can project 15,026 LUX @ 6.6 ft (2m) when used full on


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