Europe - Showlight 2025 is calling for speakers to present papers at the next Showlight, slated for 19-22 May 2025 at Le Parc des Expositions et Congrès de Dijon, France.

The Papers Programme is the heart and soul of Showlight and we want to present our delegates with a wide variety of interesting subjects to educate and entertain. This will be the first in-person Showlight since 2017 and we are looking for exciting new projects from all disciplines of lighting and lighting design to include in the 2025 Papers Programme.

Have you worked on a fabulous new project recently? Have you tried out some new technology and got something to share? Does your design really cut the mustard? We want to hear from you in Dijon! 

The papers committee has alre

UK - ETC has announced plans to expand its business with the relocation of its London operations to a new, state-of-the-art eco-building. The move supports ETC’s expanding business and service offerings as well as planning for future growth.

The new space – which is located in west London’s Greenford – is more than double the size of ETC’s existing building and will feature enhanced facilities to accommodate the needs of its customers and workforce.

The design of the new building is being developed by ETC with its own in-house team, in-line with the company’s global design approach. There will be more capacity for training, logistics, meetings, and dedicated areas for ETC’s customers and employees.

The company’s dealers and end-users will benefit from having access to an expanded training program and bigger demo spaces. The ad

UK - Midwich and PSCo have signed a distribution deal with Hive, manufacturer of scalable media servers.

This exclusive agreement allows Midwich and PSCo to offer Hive’s full range of products in the UK and Ireland and will be launched at their Beyond the Pixel event on Thursday 20 June at Innovation House, Bracknell. Hive’s sales director, Nigel Sadler, business development manager, Sarah Cox, and co-founder/managing director, Mark Calvert, will be in-person at the event to deliver presentations and demonstrations of their product line to attendees.

The Beehive, Beebox, and Beeblade products create a flexible and scalable media control ecosystem to power complex and creative visuals in a variety of applications including immersive exhibitions, galleries and museums, live shows, theme parks, and high impact advertising.

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ETC Ministar

ETC introduces the High End Systems Ministar, a game-changer in our automated lighting product line. Ministar brings exceptional versatility and performance at an affordable price point; with a compact footprint, punchy output, and a professional feature set, Ministar fits the spec and budget for small to medium-sized venues.

Europe - Ayrton has announced the appointment of Briony Berning as its new design, training and business development engineer as part of the continuing expansion of its international team. The appointment takes place with immediate effect.

Berning’s multi-faceted role will be to formalise Ayrton’s product training on fixtures, key technologies and developments to the markets and its global network of distributors. Alongside this she will develop the theatre markets on a global scale, paying close attention to the specific needs of these sectors and the relevance of Ayrton products within them. Finally, she will maintain a close relationship with her specialism, the theatre market, to keep abreast of developing trends and technologies and ensure Ayrton product development continues to answer these needs.

UK-born yet spending her formative years in

Belgium - The newly completed, multifunctional Silt complex - an architecturally sophisticated ‘landscaper’ completed earlier this year - forms a dominant, wood-latticed landmark on the Belgian coast, overlooking the North Sea at Middelkerke.

Essentially a multipurpose event venue, built and operated by Middelkerke’s municipality as part of its restoration programme for the area, it also hosts a restaurant, hotel and casino run by different operators. All are set within an artificial dune, each with spectacular views across the beach and sea.

For advice on sound reinforcement in the Event Hall, the City Council brought in Stephan Bohez of SBE - a loyal partner of Martin Audio for the past 25 years, who also co-owns StarTechnics with partner, Danny Debock. Stated Bohez, who has staged events for the client over a number of years, “They already

USA - The 11th Annual K-LOVE Fan Awards celebrated the best in contemporary Christian music, showcasing heartfelt performances and uplifting messages at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry. Fans voted on top honours to award to artists who made significant contributions to the genre of faith-based music including Brandon Lake, for KING + COUNTRY, TobyMac and Anne Wilson.

Go Live Productions partnered with Bandit Lites to provide a lighting system that would dazzle the in-person audience in addition to those watching from home. The awards aired exclusively on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN).

Lighting designer Mark Carver drew inspiration from the angles of the side LED walls and the forced perspective of the LED header close down.

“Our goal was to create a contemporary linear and forced perspective look utilizing both wash, strip/strobe fixtures

UK - Queen Mary University London (QMUL) recently concluded a significant refurbishment of its Garrod Building in Whitechapel. This historic building, integral to medicine and dentistry education and adjacent to the Royal London Hospital, has undergone a transformation to provide modern spaces for student study, socialising, and activity.

GVAV, specialists in audiovisual solutions, spearheaded the critical revamp of the ageing AV systems as part of this project. With a tight deadline to meet the opening for the new academic year in September 2023, GVAV worked with Audiologic to deliver a solution that met QMUL's high standards while staying within budget constraints.

The specification included high-calibre systems for teaching spaces including 11 seminar rooms and a PC Lab as well as the Student Union Bar and Hub and the fitness suite. Utilised for b

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Strictly FX Highlights

Strictly FX was founded in 1996 by industry veterans Mark Grega and Ted Maccabee. Our expertise and knowledge of the world’s leading pyrotechnic, laser, and flame manufacturers allows us to curate astonishing live events. With over 500+ shows performed a year, there’s good chance you’ve seen some of our work!

USA/Europe - Elation has merged ‘explosive strobe power with design creativity’ in the new Pulse series and has announced that two versatile effects in the line - the Pulse Panel and Pulse Panel FX - are now shipping.

Both fixtures incorporate zone-controllable RGB and cool-white LEDs, 1152 1.5W RGB LEDs establishing the foundation with 288 5W cool-white LEDs at its centre, and 96 1.5W RGB LEDs at its core. Some 144 5W cool-white LEDs line the perimeter. When combined, output is over 100,000 total lumens. 

“We saw what existed in the market with the standard tilting strobe and knew we wanted to create a more visually dynamic effect with higher impact,” comments Bob Mentele, associate product manager at Elation. “We added the CW LEDs on the outer edges to offer more output and visual impact and then capped those with a custom linear prismat

UK - Robe UK enjoyed a busy, successful, and positive ABTT (Association of British Theatre Technicians) expo, staged at Alexandra Palace in London, where the company presented two dynamic exhibition areas – a stand upstairs in the main hall, together with a large demo area located downstairs in the venue’s Palace Suite.

Robe also delivered four presentations that were integral to the ABTT’s extended 2024 seminar and discussion programme, which touched on topics related to sustainability and creative lighting.

The main Robe booth occupied a prime position in the main exhibition hall and featured some of Robe’s newest lighting technologies designed for theatre, performance, TV, and broadcast scenarios, together with selected Anolis, Avolites and Artistic Licence products. Atmosphere and haze specialist MDG, which is distributed in the UK by Rob

Sponsorship - Barclays has suspended its sponsorship of all music festivals staged by promoter Live Nation in 2024, including Download, Latitude and the Isle of Wight. The move comes after several acts pulled out of the events in protest at the bank's investment links to arms companies that trade with Israel. Artists including country singer CMAT, metal band Ithaca and comedian Joanne McNally all withdrew from planned slots this summer.

A spokesperson for Live Nation said: "Following discussion with artists, we have agreed with Barclays that they will step back from sponsorship of our festivals." The bank signed a five-year sponsorship deal with Live Nation in 2023. It is understood that the suspension does not apply to the full term of the contract. The development comes after more than 100 artists boycotted Brighton's Great Escape Festival in May over the

USA - The exterior of Philadelphia’s 21,000-person capacity Wells Fargo Centre has been lit up with rainbow colours installation to mark Pride Month, with ClearLED X-BAR LED bars driven by tvONE's Green Hippo brand of Hippotizer Media Servers.

Lighting and projection designer Rachael Cady was asked by Mark Fink at Green Hippo dealer and integration expert Barbizon Lighting to create the installation in collaboration with the Wells Fargo Center team. It will run throughout global Pride Month.

As part of a recent upgrade of the exterior lighting, Barbizon specified a Green Hippo Hippotizer Amba+ MK2 to run the LED bars, with surround screens that for June are displaying the Progress Pride Flag LGBTQ+ colours. The effect is further augmented by Acclaim Linear One DMX uplighter fixtures reflecting the rainbow theme. The LED bars were supplied by Jones

The Netherlands - The 29th edition of the free Mama’s Pride Festival took place in Burgemeester Damenpark in Geleen on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 May. Reflexion Evenemententechniek supplied the lighting equipment and T.Y.S signed for the design.

Mama's Pride has been known for years as the most convivial pop festival in the Netherlands. The free festival takes place annually in the Burgemeester Damenpark in Geleen, the historic site where the renowned Pinkpop festival once began. At the 2024 edition, 66 acts performed across six different stages. In total, as many as 19,000 visitors enjoyed acts such as Roxy Dekker, STONE and Meltheads.

T.Y.S was responsible for the technical production and Reflexion Evenemententechniek supplied the technology for all stages and the site lighting. An arsenal of fixtures from Infinity and Showtec were used for the en

UK - Tateside has installed ultra-discreet K-array line array speakers at the Savoy on The Strand; Vyper and Lyzard form factors complement the restaurant’s elegant interior.

Frequented by celebrated diners such as Winston Churchill, Oscar Wilde, Frank Sinatra and HM Queen Elizabeth, the Savoy offers a British and French-inspired menu alongside an exceptional wine list.

Installed by London-based AV technology provider Tateside, the Savoy now benefits from a distributed K-array speaker system from the Vyper, Lyzard and Tornado ranges providing discreet coverage of all three of its dining spaces.

Having acted as AV integrator to the Savoy Grill for many years, Tateside was well placed to offer a new sound system design when the Savoy recently underwent a complete refurbishment.

“The previous audio system consisted of point source sp

USA - Astera’s new LunaBulb debuted at Cine Gear LA Expo 2024, held at the Warner Bros Studios in Burbank, California last week.

LunaBulb is suitable for cinematographers – for on-camera practicals or to highlight faces with perfect skin tones – and is also handy for events, offering designers, organizers, and décor specialists a myriad of creative possibilities.

The IP44 rated LunaBulb looks like and can emulate the effect of a traditional incandescent light bulb but works like a professional luminaire. The IP44 rating means LunaBulbs can be used outside, even in wet conditions, if the socket they are screwed into is also IP44 rated, making them perfect for statement lighting – such as festoons – or anywhere where lighting might be used to shape moods and atmosphere.

Drawing just 3.5 watts, the LED-based LunaBulb is available with

USA - ADK Microphones has announced its collaboration with microphone designer David Bock, who has received multiple TEC nominations in his 30 plus year career. He is the design genius behind David Bock Audio and Soundelux Microphones.

David’s history with ADK goes back to the very early days of ADK Custom Shop tube mics that he assisted with over 15 years ago.

David has now redesigned the latest flagship Z²-Mod, the Z²(Squared series) of six tube mics that - rather than clones of classic mics, takes the vintage tone-profile and re-imagines it with exponentially better specifications, and re-purposed for the modern recording studio, says ADK.

Manufactured in the USA, and customised for each client, the Z-Mods come in six historical reference tone-profiles - Z²-12, Z²-47, Z²-49, Z²-67, Z²-251 and Z²-800 and come with a heavy-duty con

Europe - Neutrik has introduced the NA-2 DLINE series of tough, ultra-compact line I/O to Dante/ Dante to line I/O interface boxes.

Shown at this year’s Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt, the new end-of-network devices provide breakout solutions for analogue and Dante signal paths in-the-field; designed and specified for all manner of live sound and media production applications.

With a miniature form factor and rubber encased metal housing, the new NA-2 DLINE series devices are extremely robust, able to withstand the more extreme demands of a wide range of live performance and media production and acquisition environments.

Rugged construction and rigorous adherence to standards extends to RoHS / REACH compliance, including high levels of flame retardancy and enhanced ESD protection, enable the use of these interface modules in harsh climatic a

UK - The highly regarded PLASA Awards for Innovation are now open for entries, ready to celebrate the best new products across pro lighting, AV, audio, staging and rigging.

Organised in association with LSi, PLASA’s market-leading magazine, the awards celebrate innovative products from across the live entertainment technology industry that demonstrate a new style of thinking, improve technical practice or safety, introduce new materials or techniques, or offer a new commercial advantage.

Each successfully entered product will be judged by an independent panel of industry experts who have the authority to present up to eight awards of equal standing, one of which can be upgraded to a Gold Award for an outstanding new product. Last year, Brompton Technology scooped Gold for their Tessera G1, with Coda Audio, Funktion-One, Robe Lighting, Aste

USA/Europe - Absen announced at InfoComm 2024 that systems integrator Kinly has been named as the first European-based company to be awarded Absen global platinum partner status.

Kinly’s global product board (GPB), led by Jean-Paul Lemmens, conducted an extensive review of all LED manufacturers in the AV market based on performance, value to customers and sustainability.

“The team unanimously decided that Absen was its partner of choice owing to its quality products, global presence and competitive pricing. In addition, Absen’s commitment to prioritising ecofriendly, low energy consumption LED solutions aligns perfectly with our commitment to create a more sustainable future through innovative AV solutions”, said Lemmens.

Under the agreement, Kinly will be the first to access and integrate the latest advancements in LED display techno

USA - Void Acoustics has announced the launch of several new products. Attendees at InfoComm will be the first to experience new additions to the Venu V2 series, the Cyclone 208i subwoofer, and the KROME surface finish on stand C9507 and demo room N120.

The KROME finish delivers a visually striking range of products suitable for high-end venues and comes in a range of colours, including black, gold and silver. This includes top-of-the-range systems such as the Incubus, Air and Nexus series.

Void is also introducing three new Venu V2 series products at InfoComm, expanding its popular line. V2 additions include Venu 118 V2 – an 18” low distortion subwoofer with a compact form; Venu 218 V2 – a double 18" low distortion high output subwoofer and Venu 14 V2 – a compact 13.5" coaxial speaker with controlled dispersion and enhanced sonic properties.

Sweden - At Eurovision 2024, senior technical director Ola Melzig and his team, including designer Florian Wieder, accented the lines of the stage in the Malmö Arena in bright, bold and brilliant colours with 524 COLORado PXL Bar 16 motorized battens from Chauvet Professional.

Acquired through the company’s Swedish distributor Interlite, and supplied by Niclen through Creative Technologies, the IP65 rated, pixel mappable RGBW battens were “pretty much everywhere” according to Melzig. Lighting designer Frederik Stormby used the fixtures to outline the arena on three different levels, in addition to accenting the contours of the set from the ground to the ceiling and providing backlighting for the acts.

“Fredrik’s design was all straight lines, so these fixtures were perfect to outline it with lovely colours and dynamic looks,” continued M

USA - Attendees can explore the capabilities of CAST Group’s BlackTrax at two manufacturer stands: Fulcrum Acoustic and d&b audiotechnik.

Fulcrum Acoustic will showcase their immersive audio solutions by integrating BlackTrax's real-time tracking with their Fulcrum One software. Fulcrum One is a complete software environment for designing and modelling sound reinforcement systems, immersive audio installations, and room acoustics. Its user-friendly interface also allows for the tuning, optimization, deployment, and control of conventional and immersive audio systems in one application. This integration will demonstrate the seamless synergy between advanced tracking technology and sophisticated audio design, offering attendees a glimpse into the future of immersive sound experiences.

Meanwhile, d&b audiotechnik will highlight the integration

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