Light & Sound International

"This month we bring you our bumper report from Frankfurt’s Prolight+Sound. Once again, the show acted as a vital European launch-pad for the latest product releases and developments. Although some reported a ‘quieter feel’ to the show, for team LSi Prolight+Sound was as busy as ever - the results of which you can read from page 56 onwards . . .

Our On Tour feature this month takes a look at the production behind Scottish singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald’s latest tour, as she returns to the circuit following a four-year hiatus. Steve Moles reports from York Barbican where he finds the singer in fine voice and a lighting designer flipping between two careers.  

We also have three broadcast-focussed reports for you this month as Mike Clark checks out the technology at work on Italian TV’s prime-time variety show, Cavalli di Battaglia; Steve Moles discovers how Liz Berry and Hologramica blurred reality and illusion for the televised Swiss Eurovision heats; and we report from the BBC’s latest Worldwide Showcase spectacular.    

Also inside, we have part two of Jerry Gilbert’s brilliant History of Festival Sound as our popular Tech Trail series continues; Mike Wood examines the new VL6000 Beam from Philips Vari-Lite; and Chris Henry reports from the latest Vectorworks Spotlight training event in London. Meanwhile, Andy Ciddor reports on Melbourne’s White Night which brought the Australian city to life earlier this year; Kate Lyon profiles Impact Products and I find out more about the Area Four Industries ‘think tank’.

May looks set to be another busy month for the team here, especially with the ever-popular PLASA Focus Leeds and Showlight events taking place. But more on that next month . . ."


Claire Beeson
Acting Editor
claire.beeson@plasa.org


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On Tour : Amy Macdonald

After a four year hiatus, Scottish singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald returns to the touring scene with new album Under the Stars and special guest Newton Faulkner. Steve Moles reports from York Barbican . . .

Review: Prolight+Sound, Frankfurt

Claire Beeson, David Barbour and Jim Evans report from Prolight+Sound, Frankfurt on the latest product launches, demonstrations and showcases . . .

Tech Trail : Festival Sound, Pt.2

Jerry Gilbert brings his history of festival sound up-to-date as LSi’s Tech Trail continues . . .

Regulars

Multiple Sources, Phil Ward speaks volumes

Tim Frost talks to Veronique Larcher, director of Sennheiser’s AMBEO Immersive Audio project

Earth - An Electrician’s Best Friend?

The Shend Interrogates Stewart Foster

NEW: DMX: Dos and Don’ts

IT Integration

VYV’s Photon Media Server, by Richard Cadena

LSi talks to rising star Benny Goodman

TF: Philips Vari-Lite VL6000 Beam

Mike Wood assesses Vari-Lite’s latest mid-air effects fixture . . .

Eurovision’s Holographic Heats

Steve Moles talks to Hologramica’s Liz Berry and the team behind Ginta Biku’s recent spellbinding performance on Swiss TV, which put 3D Holonet to task

Spotlight on Vectorworks

In an event co-promoted with LSi, UK distributor for Vectorworks, Exertis Unlimited, hosted a free Vectorworks training session. Chris Henry went along to find out more and jump in at the deep end . . .

BBC Worldwide Showcase

BBC Worldwide Showcase returned to Liverpool recently with full service technical production house Hawthorn chosen to deliver two unique evening events. LSi reports . . .

Melbourne’s White Night

Andy Ciddor reports from Melbourne on the logistics of lighting up the city . . .

Making an Impact

Kate Lyon talks to Nothampton-based Impact Products on the company’s latest developments and positive approach to Brexit . . .

Hi-Tech Funny Business

Top Italian entertainer Gigi Proietti goes robotic for a new prime-time TV show. Mike Clark reports . . .

Areas of Expertise

Established in 2012, Area Four Industries guides the activities of some of the rigging and trussing industries biggest brand names. Claire Beeson reports from the Czech Republic . . .


NEXT ISSUE: Eurovision Song Contest • Show Review: PLASA Focus Leeds • Club Install: Printworks, London • Conference: Showlight, Florence • Technical Focus: QLab • Venue: Arts at the University of Greenwich

Contacts

Claire Beeson
Editor
claire.beeson@plasa.org

Daisy Bennett
Circulation and administration
daisy.bennett@plasa.org
Greg Morley
Team Leader
greg.morley@plasa.org

Ross Skilbeck
Media Sales Executive
ross.skilbeck@plasa.org

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