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ETC celebrates 40th anniversary at LDI

ETC celebrates 40th anniversary at LDI

Thursday, 13 October 2016

USA - The LDI tradeshow has played a major part in ETC's history, being the site of countless product launches that have propelled the company forward.

In a nod to that tradition, the company will mark its 40th anniversary at this year's LDI show by introducing a host of new products and giving attendees sneak peeks at upcoming gear. With so much to celebrate, ETC will have three stands - 2773, 2872 and 2972 - and a demo room - N115 - at the show, 21-23 October, in Las Vegas.

ETC will show the full ColorSource family, including the ColorSource and ColorSource AV lighting control desks and the brand new ColorSource Linear batten-style fixture. LDI show attendees can also get demos of the Irideon FPZ architectural luminaire and Prodigy hoists.

And ETC's stands will feature never-before-seen fixture, control, rigging and networking products, along with a big surprise that LDI attendees will be the first to see.

ETC will also offer educational opportunities at LDI 2016, including pre-tradeshow training on Eos-family consoles as part of the LDInstitute training sessions. ETC Eos-Family product manager Anne Valentino will help lead the Of Course I Meant To Do That!: The Fine Art of Busking session on Friday 21 October. And on Saturday 22 October, ETC outreach and training specialist Tom Littrell will present his popular Fifty Shades of R80 session on using additive colour-mixing in modern stage lighting.

ETC will honour another important tradition in its history by hosting its Student Session on Saturday 22 October. Students have the oppor

High End Systems predicts banner LDI 2016

High End Systems predicts banner LDI 2016

Thursday, 13 October 2016

USA - Console and automated lighting manufacturer High End Systems will once again be exhibiting their products at the 2016 LDI trade show (Booth #2215) in Las Vegas, held 21-23 October.

Key personnel from the company's executive, sales and engineering departments will be on hand at the show to meet with customers, LDs and programmers. In addition to displaying their Hog 4 range of lighting consoles, the company is introducing several new products in their SolaRange and FX lines of LED based automated luminaires.

Unveiled at the recent PLASA show, the SolaWash FX 2000 is the latest addition to the SolaRange family, joining the revolutionary SolaWash FX 1000 and SolaSpot 1000 launched earlier this year. High End is also introducing SolaSpot Frame 2000 to compliment the 2000 Wash and Spot range.

High End will also be displaying their full line of Hog lighting consoles - the flagship Hog 4, the Full Boar 4, Road Hog 4, RackHog 4 and HedgeHog 4, as well as Hoglet and Hog 4PC, all driven by the recently released Hog 4 OS 3.5.0 operating system. The new OS fully supports Compound Fixtures, and is able to communicate directly with several major video switcher products over Ethernet. The company will also be showing new features in development for upcoming Hog 4 software releases.

On Friday, 21 October, High End Systems will also be holding the finals of their annual Hog Factor National Collegiate Lighting Show Programming Competition. Hog Factor is a lighting programming competition aimed at university students, enabling them to showcase their programming sk


High impact intros from Chauvet at LDI 2016

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

USA - What happens in Vegas will not be staying in Vegas, at least not as far as the Chauvet Professional and Ovation LDI booths (1315 and 1515 respectively) are concerned. The company is introducing an impressive collection of new fixtures.

In the Ovation line, there is the new Ovation E-260WW IP, the first IP65 rated LED ellipsoidal. The new indoor/ outdoor fixture, which has the same familiar form factor as standard ERS style fixtures, joins the Ovation E-260WW, which was introduced earlier this year. The two Ovation LED ellipsoidals have an output that surpasses that of a 750-watt HPL ellipsoidal (6,910 lux at 5M with a 26° lens).

Chauvet Professional is also showcasing the first batten fixtures ever in the company's Ovation line. The new Ovation B-565FC and B-2805FC are the first batten style fixtures anywhere to utilize the extended colour rendering capacity of the RGBA-Lime color mixing system. Offering RDM, Art-Net and sACN, in addition to standard DMX control, the Ovation battens feature a colour blending filter for close-up colour mixing.

Like Ovation, the Chauvet Professional COLORado line is also being expanded to include more indoor/outdoor fixtures. LDI will see the introduction of IP65 rated fixtures in the COLORado Solo series. Convection cooled, the COLORado Solo fixtures run silently and feature selectable colour temperature as well as variable PWM - all qualities that make them very well-suited for broadcast, theatrical and recital applications.

Among the Solo series fixtures that will be showcased at LDI are the COLORado 1 Solo


Elation Professional gears up for mega LDI 2016

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

USA - With an impressive variety of new products on hand to satisfy even the most discerning lighting professional, and with the added impression that an LDI Show and LDI Live Outside sponsorship makes, Elation is gearing up for an unprecedented LDI.

Join Elation 20-22 October at Booth 2515 at the Las Vegas Convention Centre for a look at a broad line-up of new cutting-edge lighting innovations then head out to the Silver Parking Lot and the LDI Live Outside stages where visitors will get a first look at an all-new product series that is set to be the talk of the show.

Designed to showcase the latest technology available as more and more events make their way outdoors, LDI Live Outside will feature demos, educational sessions and live entertainment in a festival-like set-up that will feature with some of Elation's latest lighting solutions.

Inside, Elation will debut the Platinum 1200 Wash, a full-colour LED moving head wash light with the power of a 1500W discharge fixture, while highlighting three new product series - the Fuze Series of dynamic LED wash lights, the ZCL Series of high-output LED effects, and the DTW Series of variable white LED lights.

Also showing will be the new seven-colour Platinum SEVEN LED wash luminaire along with the Sniper Pro, an upgrade of Elation's award-winning Sniper 2R with three times the power.

Elation's high-power 40,000 lumen LED colour strobe, the Protron 3K Colors, will be on hand as will the new Rayzor 360Z, a brilliant compact beam moving effect. Also on display will be a pair of new soft lights for broadca

DTS focus on innovation at LDI 2016

DTS focus on innovation at LDI 2016

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

USA - DTS will showcase its latest products at LDI 2016, booth 2359. The focus of the display will be on three innovative fixtures - Core, the true hybrid moving head; Katana, an advanced LED bar for the entertainment market, and NRG 1401, the LED beam / wash projector designed for the most creative applications.

George Tellos, the lighting director who lit the last Winter Olympics in Sochi, designed the DTS booth and the light show of the fixtures on display.

(Jim Evans)

AC-ET launches new Tourflex cabling brand at PLASA 2016

AC-ET launches new Tourflex cabling brand at PLASA 2016

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

UK - AC-ET's latest brand, Tourflex Cabling, launched at the recent PLASA Show at London Olympia with a dedicated area, display stands and literature. Tourflex Cabling builds on the estab-lished success of Tourmate connectors and Tourflex Datasafe.

"Some of our customers don't even know about the service we offer; but last year we made over 100,000 bespoke assemblies, using half a million metres of cable, for the professional entertainment industry," said Jonathan Walters, UK sales and purchasing director for distributor A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd (AC-ET). "This included power, signal and multicore for lighting, video and audio. If we get an emergency call we often turn orders around in 24 hours, so the show can go on."

"We've got a great manufacturing facility in High Wycombe, skilled technicians, and we are keen to promote and grow this part of our business - we thought it was time for a new look and approach and so launched Tourflex® Cabling at PLASA."

AC-ET has been custom making cable assemblies for the last 40 years. Whilst cables are often seen as unexciting, they're a vital part of every event. Colour coding, RFID and barcode identification greatly simplify and speed up installations and trouble-shooting. Using high quality, industry stand-ard branded components like Tourmate, Tourmate Multilock Plus, Tourmate Powersafe, Tourflex Datasafe Ultra, Neutrik and Socapex, together with rigorous testing before dispatch greatly increases reliability. Holding good levels of stock gives fast order turnarounds.

The business is investing in f


d&b helps audio top the agenda at PLASA 2016

Friday, 7 October 2016

UK - It was all about sound at the 2016 PLASA show, held at London's Olympia. There was a distinct air of enthusiasm among the audio community as they were presented with an increased choice of manufacturers, distributors, and seminar sessions, including the newly appointed d&b sales partner SFL, and long-term partner SSE/Wigwam. At their respective stands, the d&b dealers were joined by members of the d&b GB team, putting some friendly faces to the UK and Ireland supplier network.

While the d&b DS10 Audio network bridge and new QSC Q-SYS plug-in attracted plenty of attention, it was the far field noise immission modelling software, NoizCalc, that ultimately stole the show with a PLASA Award for Innovation.

Hans Metger presented the game changing technology to the judges: "With NoizCalc d&b hopes to raise awareness of how important the subject of offsite noise 'immisions' is to the future of open air events. Noise sensitivity in communities surrounding these sites is a big issue, but with NoizCalc, PA companies now have a fighting chance to assess their sound systems ahead of time, and take measures to reduce any negative impact on the neighbours. Receiving this award shows how important solving this issue is for the industry."

Meanwhile in a seminar session entitled Democracy for listeners, the next level, d&b GB's Oran Burns guided an attentive audience through the latest line array technology. Elsewhere, in The Exploratorium, colleague Bill Brooks fascinated visitors with his acoustic experiment Head Space. And, taking every opportunity t

ETC's LDI Student Sponsorships announced

ETC's LDI Student Sponsorships announced

Thursday, 6 October 2016

USA - In its continuing support of arts education, ETC is once again giving six students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the fields of lighting design and stage technology an exclusive opportunity for professional development.

As recipients of ETC's annual LDI Student Sponsorship, the students will enjoy an all-expenses-paid trip to the LDI tradeshow, a full conference pass to experience the newest technology and benefit from LDI seminars and trainings, and the chance to network with professionals throughout the industry at special events.

ETC will match the Student Sponsorship recipients with industry luminaries who serve as mentors - giving advice, inspiration and support to the students as they embark on their careers. The 2016 ETC LDI students are:

Ben Clark - Currently a graduate student studying technical design and production at the Yale School of Drama, Ben Clark has worked professionally for 10 years. This summer, he held an equipment designer position at Theatre Projects. Prior to grad school, Ben served as associate technical director at ArtsEmerson for three years.

Wylder Cooper - Finishing up his last year of undergraduate studies at Clemson University, Wylder Cooper is earning a bachelor of arts in production studies in performing arts, with a theatre concentration and lighting emphasis. He worked as an apprentice electrician at the Santa Fe Opera, and as an overhire programmer at StageTech.

Jessica Ann Drayton - Jessica Ann Drayton is a senior at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, working toward a bachelor of


Montreal hosts international video mapping festival

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Canada - From 6-8 October, Montreal will host its first festival dedicated to video mapping. With the support of numerous internationally acclaimed creative studios from Montreal, the first edition of MAPP_MTL will emerge at the convergence points of Montreal's renowned Mile End and Mile-Ex neighbourhoods, proposing circuits of both exterior and interior installations, exploring as an open laboratory - -a vision of the future of video mapping.

Thien Vu Dang, the co-founder and artistic director of MAPP_MTL, explains, "Mapping is a fascinating medium that uses video projection to reinvent spaces. It's a form of art that is gaining more and more notoriety, but still has plenty of untapped potential.

"The festival brings life to a number of structures throughout Mile End and allows the public to reclaim their neighbourhoods, see the environment through new eyes and completely reinvent the spaces. MAPP_MTL hopes to propel Montréal to the forefront of creative thinkers in video mapping and bring attention to a new generation of artists with a mastery in both art and technology."

With an eclectic and inspiring programme, the first MAPP_MTL invites local and international artists to participate in a creative event that paves the way for meetings and exchanges among creative minds that inspire reflection and discussion on the many uses and applications of video mapping.

Among the festival guests are VJ Suave (Brazil), Philippe Dubost (France), Delphine Dussoubs (France), and Rémi Vincent (France), as well as Jean-Sébastien Baillat (Canada

GLP PLASA lightshow pays rich dividend

GLP PLASA lightshow pays rich dividend

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

UK - After a highly successful year with their new product portfolio - notably on the London West End stage - GLP's inventive solutions continue to evolve, as was evidenced at this year's PLASA Show at Olympia.

Visitors to their booth saw the new GT-1 hybrid, which has been causing such a stir on the international circuit in 2016.

GLP marked the PLASA Show's 39th edition with the first presentation that the German manufacturer has fronted under its new UK operation.

Led by head of operations (UK & Ireland), Noel 'Roly Smith, with full support from senior international representatives, GLP could not have been more effusive about the response to their new LED fixtures, expertly integrated into a centrepiece lightshow by KOI award-winning LD Tom Campbell.

Campbell, who was accoladed last year by the Knights of Illumination for his touring work with Anna Calvi, again drew many plaudits as he choreographed GLP's new super-strength X4 atom, being shown for the first time, the GT-1 (also receiving its London debut) and the award-winning X4 Bar 20 and 10 battens - which are in huge demand in both West End theatre and concert touring - into a co-ordinated dynamic.

"When I was invited to design GLP's PLASA booth I couldn't say yes quick enough, considering the X4 Bar 20 is my favourite fixture currently on the market," he commented. "I took the opportunity to see how far I could push the mixture of Bar 10's and Bar 20's, by mapping them through an Avolites Media AI server; they passed the test with flying colours."

For the five-minute show, he chose a t


Chauvet debuts weather-resistant LED at LDI

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

USA - With an output greater than that of a 750-watt HPL ellipsoidal, the Ovation E-260WW IP is bright enough to work effectively at outdoor events, theatrical performances and concerts. The new LED fixture from Chauvet Professional will also keep working without issue if the weather at those outdoor projects turns bad, because it is fully IP65 rated, says the company.

In addition to its IP65 rating, the new indoor/outdoor fixture, which will be showcased at the Ovation LDI booth (1515), is endowed with all of the performance features of the popular Ovation E-260WW. This includes a 50,000-hour LED source life as well as an intense output (6,910 lux at 5m with a 26? lens). The latter feature makes it, along with its sister fixture, the brightest LED ellipsoidal on the market.

"The response to the Ovation E-260WW has been overwhelming since we introduced it earlier this year," said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. "We followed up on this fixture by introducing the Ovation E-260WW IP, because many of our customers asked us to develop a version that they could use outdoors. Both fixtures allow you to enjoy the benefits of LED technology without sacrificing brightness in your key lighting."

Unlike outdoor gobo projectors, the new Ovation fixture has the lens selection, shutters, framing, and all the other features of a standard ERS product. It also accepts standard B-size gobo holders and easily maintains the accessory slot for ERS accessories.

"We're very excited to be introducing this versatile and powerful fixture at LDI," said Chauvet. "The Ovation E-26


PLASA 2016 enjoys successful return to West London

Monday, 3 October 2016

UK - The decision to relocate the PLASA Show back to Olympia proved to be a great move, securing the show's continued future as a key event on the industry's calendar. The quality of the audience was strong across all three days, with 60% being final decision makers and specifiers. Exhibitors also reported an increase in international visitors, further validating the decision to move the event back to West London.

Once again, PLASA's high quality free to attend seminar programme was a key element of the show and featured extremely well attended presentations by Durham Marenghi on lighting the Olympic ceremonies in Rio as well as a Production Masterclass from Ola Melzig and Fredrik J├Ânsson on Eurovision 2016.

This year's content-rich show also featured the seventh edition of the Rigging Conference, hands-on console training opportunities, the Innovation Gallery, and an experiential maze curated and produced by Darryn De La Soul of Soulsound, which featured a number of interesting and challenging experiments created by manufacturers and leading educational establishments, culminating in an interactive art installation by Iris Musel that explored the notion of visual and sound perception in relation to dementia. This compelling feature was visited by over 1400 attendees.

"There was an amazing atmosphere in Olympia during the three days of the show," says PLASA's Christopher Toulmin - director of events. "The vibe was right, the quality of visitors was high and business was being done. The very definition of a great show.

"We were delighted to welcome ne

Showlight 2017 at PLASA Show 2016

Showlight 2017 at PLASA Show 2016

Monday, 3 October 2016

UK - Showlight 2017, which takes place in Florence, Italy, 20-23 May 2017, exhibited for the first time in four years at the newly relocated PLASA Show, with great success.

Showlight is one of the few international events organised specifically for lighting professionals by lighting professionals across the theatre, television, film, performance, architectural and event worlds. A mix of conference, tradeshow and sociability, Showlight is an opportunity to mix with others in the lighting industry in an informal and informative atmosphere.

"PLASA was the right forum to have a stand for Showlight," says lighting designer and Showlight technical support, Rudi Benz. "It is a show that puts a lot of effort into networking and education which is right in line with Showlight's own philosophy.

"We had a lot of interest from visitors as prospective exhibitors, speakers and delegates. Being situated amongst the industry organisations and drama schools, we also met many students who had not heard of Showlight before. They were very interested to hear that Showlight offers 40 places to students sponsored by the exhibitors, and uptake has increased since. We were also very happy to sign up more exhibitors for next May, to the extent that we have almost reached maximum capacity eight months before the event!"

Exhibitor places in Florence are almost sold out and delegate registration is newly opened. Visit to discover more about all Showlight.

(Jim Evans) enjoys busy PLASA 2016 enjoys busy PLASA 2016

Monday, 3 October 2016

UK - turned out in force on its fully recyclable cardboard stand at PLASA 2016. The whole stand, with graphics designed by's Vicky Fairall, was made entirely of cardboard, including the lectern, seats and tables. It succeeded in drawing large numbers of visitors with its unique and colourful appearance that guided customers through the process of custom gobo production. is a one-stop online shop that specialises in the supply of custom and standard metal gobos, glass gobos and all projection images.'s online shop now features colour filter which is available from stock, by the sheet or roll, for shipping the same day.

Its sister company, CutColourPlus, provides bespoke cutting and complete scroll-making services, and supplies lighting filters in sheets and rolls from leading manufacturers that include Lee, Rosco and GAM. chose PLASA 2016 to release more new gobo designs in its Plus range which, along with its existing collection of Rosco, DHA and GAM images, raises the total number of designs available to more than 3000. is also a supplier of Suprabeam torches, a range of professional super-efficient LED torches which are available from the website. A daily competition with a Suprabeam torch as the prize was held during the show with six winners becoming lucky recipients of a Suprabeam Q3 Classic.

"We were very happy with the new-look PLASA and delighted to see an increase in the number of visitors to our stand which included existing clients and a good numb

Debut for youth awards at Stage|Set|Scenery 2017

Debut for youth awards at Stage|Set|Scenery 2017

Friday, 30 September 2016

Germany - One hundred and fifty years ago the opera Roméo et Juliette was first performed by Charles Gounod on 27 April 1867. It is with this event in mind that an assignment will be given to the contestants of the newly created Weltenbauer.Youngsters.Awards 2017, an international prize to be jointly presented by Messe Berlin and Deutsche Theatertechnische Gesellschaft (DTHG).

Trainees, students (ranging from schools to vocational and higher education) from any country specialising in the theatre, films and event technology are invited to submit their designs and works on the subject of Romeo and Juliet. These may be individual or team works focusing on stage design, the theatre stage, costumes, decoration, set design, make-up, lighting concepts, videos or audio installations.

Papers describing the works or designs must be submitted via internet no later than 28 February 2017 to the website at, which also provides detailed technical information.

A panel will select the ten best works and decide on the winners of the first and second prize who will receive 1,000 euros in prize money. The third-placed award will be a 'people's choice'. The awards ceremony will be held in the Palais am Funkturm on Tuesday, 20 June 2017.

The 10 finalists will be able to exhibit their works on a special display area in Hall 23. On Wednesday, 21 June 2017 they will also have an opportunity to hold a 30-minute paper introducing their works.

Stage|Set|Scenery is offering reduced-rate tickets costing 10 euros for students of all

Hawthorn steps into virtual reality at Battersea

Hawthorn steps into virtual reality at Battersea

Thursday, 29 September 2016

UK - Hawthorn invited guests to step into virtual Battersea Evolution at the Smart Group's relaunch of London's most unique and versatile event space.

The successful showcase event relaunched Battersea Evolution to the event industry; demonstrating its flexibility and unveiling its new brand. As technical partner to the venue, Hawthorn delivered the full technical production for the event, which included creating and delivering a virtual reality experience for 280 guests.

Hawthorn teamed up with the Smart Group to create a high impact set-up within the venue - designed to demonstrate the size and flexibility of the space whilst retaining an intimate atmosphere.

The production included an elegant lighting design that packed a punch for the 40m kabuki reveal with pyrotechnics and supported the slick on-screen footage which was shown across 8 x 16ft HD projected screens. With over 160 tungsten and 50 intelligent lights layered over 5x 50m trusses, Hawthorn demonstrated the scope and flexibility of the venue and their own in house lighting design to support the amazing event.

Hawthorn further enhanced the 'Battersea Experience' by creating a virtual version of the venue. Using cutting edge virtual reality headsets (HTC VIVE) guests immersed themselves in 360° visuals of three example technical production setups at Battersea, created to give viewers an insight into how the hugely flexible and unique space might be transformed for their event.

Attendees were able to explore the venue setups to experience the production from a range of positions with

Alcons delivers audio excellence at Verso

Alcons delivers audio excellence at Verso

Thursday, 29 September 2016

USA - From its origins as a single wine store, San Francisco's PlumpJack Group has grown into a multi-faceted hospitality and lifestyle business. In late 2015, it opened Verso, a premier event space and night club where exceptional sound quality had to be guaranteed for all events.

PlumpJack Group's business now includes award-winning wineries, luxury resorts, restaurants and clubs, as well as retail outlets. Established in a former printing works in San Francisco's Mission Street, Verso is a high quality space designed to switch quickly and seamlessly from hosting events to a nightclub.

Bradley S. Katz of the city's JK Sound had previously worked with PlumpJack on another venue, MatrixFillmore, and was asked to look at Verso as a result of that venue's success. "Verso was to be a more 'serious' venue and the AV design had to reflect their vision of a truly unique experience," he says. "We won the design and installation contract for the sound and lighting after a series of demos, and I personally saw the job through to completion."

Brad first heard Alcons pro-ribbon systems at a demo by David Rahn of Alcons US. "I was thoroughly impressed. The sound quality stuck in my head and made me really want to work with them," he says.

Brad and the JK Sound team set up two demos, one of which was at a PlumpJack company party in the unfinished Verso venue. "We set up a few systems and it gave everyone involved a chance to listen and compare them," he continues. "Alcons came away the clear winner."

He continues, "One of the key design elements was that the s

Syncrolite shares stage at Made in America Festival

Syncrolite shares stage at Made in America Festival

Thursday, 29 September 2016

USA - The Budweiser Made in America Festival returned to Philadelphia for its fifth season this Labour Day weekend with a star-studded lineup including the Syncrolite XL and SyncroMITE Beam. Rihanna and Coldplay headlined the weekend.

Patrick Dierson, principle designer for The-Activity and LD for the festival, explains how the Syncrolite products were used. "The XL's were an absolute workhorse for the festival's main stage as they became the main source of wash light for the rig.

"Originally specified by Rihanna's LD, Jesse Blevins, for her performance we had decided that due to load-in constraints that it might be best if we simply bought these in at the start of the build and made them the overall festival wash light. I was slightly hesitant at first but the end result was fantastic. They not only looked great both live and on camera for the festival's broadcast but they were extremely reliable and gave us virtually no fuss whatsoever."

Dierson continues, "This was our first foray with the new SyncroMITE Beam and they absolutely lived up to our expectations. I was looking to accent the festival's main stage with a classic searchlight effect but was somewhat constrained on space and placement. It being the smallest of the Syncrolite family of products, the MITES fit the bill physically and we were blown away with their output. We expected them to be good but were pleasantly surprised at just how far they exceeded our expectations."

(Jim Evans)

Elation Cuepix Panels go mad in Madrid

Elation Cuepix Panels go mad in Madrid

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Spain - Mad Cool Festival is a new rock and pop music festival in Spain that debuted 16-18 June at the Caja Magica tennis grounds in Madrid. With a line-up that included Neil Young, The Who and The Prodigy, and a three-day attendance that topped 100,000, Mad Cool is off to an impressive start.

Madrid-based PRG Spain was responsible for the audiovisual production for the festival's three main stages and incorporated Elation Professional's Cuepix Panel LED matrices into the design for Stage Three, a 10,000-capacity stage located inside the main tennis court arena.

"The Mad Cool Festival has been one of our biggest productions this summer with 98 staff from PRG Spain, one full day of set-up and another of lighting, video and sound rehearsals prior to the three days of concerts," said PRG's Francisco 'Pako' Palazon, head of production and lighting design for the three main stages. "We have a stock of 60 Cuepix Panel units and they get used constantly. At Mad Cool we made use of 11 Cuepix Panels as audience blinders at Stage Three."

Stage Three was host to an eclectic mix of international acts like Bastille, The Kills, Flume and Django Django among others, alongside popular Spanish bands like 091, L.A., Leon Benavente and Xoel Lopez. Head of lighting for Stage Three was Gonzalo Plecel, who created the lighting looks and worked as lighting control operator for some of the bands playing there.

He commented, "The Cuepix Panel units were positioned individually alongside the front truss-line above the stage. The different lighting designers that worked here wi

Powersoft helps boost Bardentreffen's island theme

Powersoft helps boost Bardentreffen's island theme

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Germany - Powersoft's flagship amplifiers were out in force recently at the annual Bardentreffen Festival in Nuremberg - one of a number of successful deployments around the world during the busy festival system.

For the second consecutive year, Powersoft partner Barowski AG provided sound reinforcement for the main stage, situated on the Hauptmarkt in front of the city's main town hall, bidding successfully for the contract, issued by organisers, the City of Nuremberg.

Billed as "Germany's largest world music festival", and attracting more than 200,000 visitors over the three days, for its 41st edition, Bardentreffen focused on a variety of music from around the globe under the theme Sounds of the Islands.

Barowski AG had first fielded their X8 racks for the 2015 edition, but according to Michael Barowski, chairman of the board, they increased their inventory for this year. "We now have five X8 racks and an additional X4 touring set," he said. "Each amp in our rental stock occupies a single rack for maximum flexibility."

In addition to the X4/X8, the production company also deployed additional Powersoft amps for other applications, such as driving delays and near-fill speakers.

The main PA in this case consisted of EV X-Line, with further EV Xi-series enclosures deployed for out-fill and near-fill duties as well as drum-fill on stage. Other monitor speakers included wedges from Rocksound and L-Acoustics.

The move to Powersoft had been carefully thought-out. "We spent a lot of time researching how to replace our stock of different amps and con

Rogues rock Fenway Park for Jason Aldean

Rogues rock Fenway Park for Jason Aldean

Thursday, 29 September 2016

USA - Labour Day may mark the official end to summer in the US, but for the big crowd gathered at Boston's Fenway Park the following weekend, the season was still in full swing. The hometown Red Sox were battling for a pennant, but they were 431 miles away in Toronto playing the Blue Jays.

The sweet summertime mood that enveloped fans at the historic ballpark on 9 and 10 September came not from baseball, but from a memorable concert by country music superstar Jason Aldean and special guest Kid Rock.

Contributing to the freewheeling atmosphere was a fast-moving high intensity lightshow created by Keith Hoagland that featured a floor package of Chauvet Professional Rogue RH1 Hybrid moving hybrid fixtures supplied by Bandit Lites.

"We added the floor package, because we felt that the Rogue Hybrids would be an excellent complement to the other fixtures on our rig," said Hoagland. "This was a very bright show, but the Rogues we had were intense enough not to be overwhelmed."

Part of Aldean's Six String Circus tour, the Fenway concert kicked off on 9 September to coincide with the release of the multi American Country Music Award-winner's seventh studio album They Don't Know. The concert was performed on a wide centerfield stage with a solid overhanging roof and walls on three sides that was flanked by two vertical video walls.

Hoagland accented the semi-enclosed configuration of the stage by creating an intense lightbox effect within its walls. He flew blinders on upstage truss, often directing their light down at the risers. He also flew high o

Pearce Hire looks to the future

Pearce Hire looks to the future

Thursday, 29 September 2016

UK - Pearce Hire acknowledges the importance of engaging with those who will shape the future of the industry in years to come, and has confirmed its participation at the first Production Futures taking place on Thursday 6 October at Production Park in Wakefield.

"We believe in investing time and energy to nurture the skills and enthusiasm for our industry from the next generation of technicians, designers and producers," observes MD Shaun Pearce, whose company Pearce Hire has an established intern programme with local college PRC (Peterborough Regional College).

"We have a long-held commitment at Pearce Hire to engage with those students studying at PRC, offering internships with us, which often leads to seasonal or even full time employment of those students who really shine and have a passion for the work we do. Getting involved with Production Futures, and supporting this new style event focussed entirely on our industry's next generation has a natural synergy with our 'modus operandi' here at Pearce Hire.

"It makes sense therefore for Pearce Hire to be at an event where students from across the UK will gather together for a one-day event focussed entirely on learning, industry networking and career development, and to engage with future employers like Pearce Hire in an environment created entirely for the needs of the production industry's future generation."

He continues, "Production Futures will be an excellent opportunity for us to sit down and talk to the students about the range of services we provide at Pearce Hire for clients including Cam

Hawthorn technical production for KOI Awards

Hawthorn technical production for KOI Awards

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

UK - Celebrating the very best talent in the world of lighting and video design, the ninth Knight of Illumination Awards took place at the Eventim Apollo, London on 18 September 2016. As one of the ceremony's spotlight sponsors, Hawthorn provided technical production, including lighting, sound, video, rigging and set, to impress an audience of renowned lighting designers from around the globe.

The event, which was this year hosted by Australian actor and TV presenter Mark Little, has become a highlight in the lighting and video design world, providing a platform to recognise the hard work and boundless creativity demonstrated in the industry. With over 500 lighting and video professionals attending the award ceremony, the pressure was on for Hawthorn to deliver a spectacular production, with their lighting designer Chris Green taking up the gauntlet.

Producing a lighting design that fitted the look and feel of the venue perfectly, Chris used a mixtures of Clay Paky and Ayrton fixtures. "Two sweeping curved trusses protruded from the back of the stage into the auditorium, above the heads of the audience" said Chris. "I fitted these with sixteen of Hawthorn's new-to-stock Clay Paky Scenius Profiles to create a big beam look and then placed another six on the floor at the back of the stage to add depth and detail in the dead space around the stage.

"I also used ten Clay Paky Mythos fixtures in my design, with six used for a stage wash and the other four used for fill in within the advanced areas of the auditorium."

Framing the screen and adding dynamics

Gearhouse Broadcast relies on Clear-Com

Gearhouse Broadcast relies on Clear-Com

Monday, 26 September 2016

Australia - Gearhouse Broadcast's event communications division has covered comms requirements for some of Australia's biggest live events in 2016, relying on Clear-Com products to get the job done quickly and reliably.

Their FreeSpeak II wireless, HelixNet partyline and Eclipse digital matrix systems have formed the backbone of major events like Hillsong Conference and the Queensland and Victorian Schools Spectaculars, ensuring these massive gigs and their live broadcasts run without a hitch.

Taking over Sydney's Qudos Bank Arena and most of its neighbouring venues in Olympic Park, Hillsong Conference was a four-day gathering of more than 30,000 faithful, with all of the production requirements of a massive arena show. Gearhouse Broadcast supplied and operated the comms system, which used 50 FreeSpeak II 1.9GHz beltpacks, one HMS-4X HelixNet main station running 12 HBP-2X HelixNet beltpacks, and an Eclipse Digital Matrix integrated with a second comms system via MADI.

"We had rented Freespeak II to Hillsong in Sydney and Melbourne prior to Conference," says Jason Owen, manager of Gearhouse's event communications. "It was a good fit for them. The Conference is such a large-scale job, and their premiere event of the year. It was a big test for a big system, and it just works.

"With FreeSpeak II, you're clear of most other wireless. The audio quality and coverage is better than the competitors, and the setup is easier - we get it set-up in half the time. Another great advantage is the flexibility. If we're on-site and we need to add another antenna to e


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