Europe - Community Professional Loudspeakers has appointed DV2 as its distributor in Belgium, Luxembourg and France.
Effective immediately, DV2 Belux has become Community’s exclusive distributor in Belgium and Luxembourg, while DV2 France will be the American brand’s French distributor from 2 January 2018.
DV2 France was founded in 1997 by Didier Dal Fitto and Guy Vignet and is distributing a range of pro audio brands in France, including Adamson, Lab.Gruppen, Lake, MDC, XTA, Tannoy, WaveCapture and DiGiCo. In 2014 DV2 opened its office in Belgium to serve the Belgium and Luxembourg markets.
Community’s EMEA sales manager, Jamie Ward, comments: “DV2 is a major player in France and Belux and this partnership will substantially strengthen our distribution in these key European markets. Although it brings two markets under one company, DV2’s separate offices and operations in France and Belux independently serve their own markets, for language and cultural benefits, and we appreciate the advantage this gives in servicing Community’s customers with the highest level of service and technical support.”
Guy Vignet, president of DV2, adds: “We are more than thrilled to partner up with Community and represent the company’s high-performance products in the Belgium and French markets. The latest series from Community are just superb in terms of sound and build quality and we look forward to furthering the brand’s reputation in our market.”
DV2 will be welcoming visitors to see Community products on its booth at JTSE 2017, Por
USA - Clair Brothers has appointed two new distibutors - Rocketerias in Mexico and VTècnics in Spain - to its growing international distribution network.
Rocketerias and VTècnics will sell and distribute all Clair Brothers products across the two markets.
Rocketerias owner Alejandro Barbosa Calderon comments: “Clair Brothers is a great brand, everybody knows it, and the sky’s the limit. So, joining with them is a powerful complement to our mission to deliver on the promise of offering the kinds of products our customers can be proud to own.”
“Clair Brothers has been a good friend to VTècnics, referring us many times to new customers,” states VTècnics production manager Josep Maria Serra. “When the timing and opportunity for real professional growth in the industry presented itself, we recognised the immediate need to be more competitive in the marketplace. It made perfect sense to contact Clair Brothers. It’s one of the easiest decisions we’ve ever made. And they received us with open arms. Clair Brothers has shown us a personal and permanent commitment to not only work together but to do things better. We love that!”
Europe - L-Acoustics sound systems have been specified for the recent European tour of Grammy Award-winning artist John Legend, with BCS Audio supplying the equipment.
BCS owner David Shepherd explains: “As is so often the case, the client specified an L-Acoustics system. This is one of the reasons we’ve been an L-Acoustics supplier for several years now. Their systems are rider-friendly simply because they make great sounding products and consistently deliver the high quality of sound the artists want. And we want to provide our clients with that high quality - you always know what you’re going to get with L-Acoustics.
“We’ve been working with John Legend since 2014,” recalls BCS project manager, Nick Boulton. “His FOH engineer, Troy Milner, had been really impressed with a K1 system they’d used during the first run of shows he worked on with John and he wanted to replicate that experience.”
In the larger arenas, BCS deployed main hangs of 14 K1 with 4 K2 down-fills, inverse stereo out hangs of 14 K2 and a flown centre-hang of 6 Kara. To add a little more impact to the system, K1-SB were flown behind each of the main arrays, with additional KS28 in front of the stage in an arc sub configuration to provide smooth low-end coverage throughout the venues. The entire system was driven with AVB-ready LA12X amplifier controllers.
“The rig performed very well throughout the tour,” concludes David. “It's easy to fly, safe and quick to work with and provides us with the scalability we needed for the varying venue sizes. We’ve
Ireland - Galway-based stage lighting equipment supplier Cue One Ireland has invested in the Chroma-Q Color Force II luminaire for servicing its theatrical and corporate events clients.
Cue One Ireland wanted to replace its existing battens and dimmable fluorescents stock with an all-in-one fixture and after looking at various colour-mixing battens on the market, Cue One Ireland's managing director Kieran Cooney placed an order for eight Color Force II 48 battens.
"We chose the Color Force II for the quality of light and colours produced, particularly its ability to achieve difficult pastels,” he reports. “The end results stood out against a number of other cycs and battens that we looked at."
Since investing in the fixtures, Cue One Ireland has supplied them for a number of high-profile theatrical and corporate events.
Kieran adds: "The Color Force II fixtures have reduced the stress and anxiety in achieving the lighting results our clients desire. The feedback from them has been fantastic. Many designers are complementing the wide range of colours that can be achieved with the fixture, as most other battens on the market are very "rock 'n' roll" with their colour palette. The fixtures have even had to be be dimmed in some cases, as sometimes they are too bright.”
The Color Force II fixtures were supplied to Cue One Ireland by Chroma-Q dealer, A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET).
Kieran continues: "The service I have received from A.C. has been top notch as always. We're really happy with their recommendation of the Co
South Africa - Robe Lighting showcased its MegaPointe moving head in South Africa in November.
The launch was attended by the company’s international sales director Harry von den Stemmen and product manager Ondrej Hegar, who presented the product in Johannesburg and Cape Town, while DWR Distribution also hosted a launch event in Durban.
Von den Stemmen says: “Industry professionals are raving about the feature packed, ultra-compact yet extremely powerful light and the quality of the product. I see the same evolution coming for the South African market, and there have been enthusiastic reactions and comments to its recent launch, like everywhere else.”
Hegar agrees: “The fixtures have been really well received across the globe and we have had positive feedback on the unit. Already specified on a huge amount of shows and tours in the upcoming year, the MegaPointe will definitely be an industry standard.”
Christopher Bolton from Keystone Productions has worked in the lighting industry in South Africa for the past 23 years and attended the DWR Durban launch. “Most of the time when a new fixture comes out it looks cool with the promise of new features,” says Chris. “Often, though, the fixture is unable to execute these features perfectly. Enter the Robe MegaPointe. Wow! Superb! How you fitted all that in such a small 22kg fixtures baffles my mind. Congratulations. Thank you to Nicholas Barnes and Michael Taylor-Broderick from DWR for hosting us.”
USA - Work Pro introduced a new range of hardware lighting consoles, LightShark, at LDI. Billed as the first DMX-based hardware lighting console range to offer wireless, browser-based control from a multi-touch smartphone or tablet, with support for up to three connected devices simultaneously, LightShark sets a new standard for features and usability at its price point, says the company.
The LightShark range comprises the LS-Core and the LS-1 console, both developed and designed entirely within Work Pro's lighting division. The LS-1 “brings together the best features from the world of innovative software-only lighting control and marries them to an intuitive, ergonomic assignable hardware control surface”. The LS-Core omits the LS-1’s hardware control surface, but offers exactly the same lighting control software, processing power, and smartphone/tablet-based software control interface.
Alongside all of the features users expect from a modern, fully featured lighting control system (including detailed control of colour and gobo options via palettes, comprehensive grouping options, CueList operation with up to 1200 Cues and Lists, customisable automation via an elegant, easy-to-use graphics-based Executor window, and special effects such as fanning), LightShark offers intuitive control over a total of eight 512-channel DMX Universes, plus built-in support for an ever-growing library of lighting Fixtures. A Fixtures editor is also built into the console for those that wish to modify or customise Fixture control templates.
“The LS-1 console
USA - SGM released an all-in-one IP65-rated LED luminaire, Q-10, at LDI.
With an output of 60,000 lm, this RGBW unit has the functionalities of a strobe light, a flood light, a pixel light, and a blinder with a non-fading continuous output. At the same time, the powerful and low-noise Q-10 is practically maintenance-free and comes with a user-friendly display, wireless control, and integrated handle making is easy to operate, transport, rig, and to focus, says the company.
As with all the other IP65-rated luminaires in SGM’s product range, the Q-10 comes with the SGM thermal management and is kept free of externally induced particles on internal optics and light sources. The internal built-in patented SGM dehumidifier further protects the fixture from moisture, smoke fluid, pollution, humidity, and any other factors that can generate corrosion.
With an expected lifetime of 50,000 hours, this rectangular full colour SMD LED luminaire keeps the same accurate colour calibration of the remaining SGM Q series and the avoidance of colour shifts. It incorporates a total of 4,096 SMD LEDS evenly distributed between RGB SMD LEDs and white SMD LEDs, delivering best-in-class optical colour mixing as well as a linear colour temperature control ranging from 2,000K to 10,000K.
With the wide 110° beam angle, the Q-10 offers a wide even-field coverage, making it ideal for cycloramas, wall washing, large objects and areas, and stage lighting. It comes with eight individually controllable segments, generating wide-ranging colour effects and pixel-mapping co
USA - Czech manufacturer Robe Lighting showcased its MegaPointe fixture for the first time in the USA at LDI 2017 in Las Vegas.
The moving light was presented with a 2017 PLSN Gold Star Product Award for Best New Hybrid Light and was the focus Robe’s lightshow which featured 42 x MegaPointes and a number of LEDBeam 150s, onePATTs, Divine UVs, Spiiders and pixelPATTs, while a freestyle mirror suit dancer performed hourly at booth 715. The stand design and the show’s choreography were conceived by Robe’s creative team led by Nathan Wan and Andy Webb.
Robe North America CEO Bob Schacherl described the show as “our busiest and most energised LDI to date”, adding: “The turnout of clients was amazing and validates our sales and marketing approach for the North American market.”
Robe’s architectural division Anolis had its own dedicated space on the booth and showcased the new Divine and Ambien product ranges plus other products like ArcSource.
The team from Robe North America was joined by a contingent from Robe International to welcome visitors to their stand from across the US, Canada, Central and Latin America. The company also reported a perceptible increase in European visitors this year.
In addition to the MegaPointe Live show, Robe featured two black-box demo studios at the stand for detailed close-up demos, including a preview of the Tarantula, the next arachnid (Spiider family) fixture.
Robe lighting s.r.o. and CEO and co-founder Josef Valchar commented, “It was another fantastic show for us and LDI is without
USA - The recently-launched Hippotizer + range has already broken Green Hippo sales records and produced “an unprecedented number of sales enquiries”, the company claims.
The Hippotizer + Media Server range - comprising the Amba+, Boreal+, Karst+, Montane+, and Taiga+ - has yielded over 100 orders, all of which landed before the official product launch at LDI in Las Vegas on the 17 November.
James Roth, head of sales & marketing at Green Hippo commented: “I am delighted that pre-orders from our ROW territories have already passed the 100 units mark and this is before the official launch at LDI. With many major territories waiting until LDI, this will be by far and away the most successful Green Hippo product launch ever and we’re delighted at the response from the international markets.”
Green Hippo has logged sales enquiries from across the globe and sales have already been made by A.C. Entertainment Technologies (UK); Ampco Flashlight Sales (Benelux); Bary AS (Norway); Eclipse Staging Services (Dubai); Beacon SSR (Sweden); EarPro (Spain and Portugal); Lexair Entertainment (Australia & New Zealand); Light Partner (Denmark); MLK SOUND (Belarus); Technical Supply Japan (Japan); and TNIRED (South Korea).
New Zealand - New Zealand singer-songwriter Bic Runga marked the 20th anniversary of her debut album with a tour across the country.
The album, Drive, was released in August 1997 and won the New Zealand Music Award for Album of the Year in 1998. It went platinum seven times in New Zealand.
The Auckland leg of the anniversary tour was held at The Civic Performance Art Theatre, with the main sound system supplied especially for the event was JBL’s new line array system, the VTX A12.
“When we were given the opportunity to mix with the VTX A12, it was a no-brainer really,” says leading sound engineer Kevin Bennett, who mixed FOH for the show. “I have never received as many compliments from an audience as I did after this performance. Sonically the A12 is exceptionally smooth on and off axis. Very little tweaking was necessary to get the system to work at its optimum in the venue.”
"The audience response to this show was not something I was expecting,” says Bic Runga. “I do think a combination of Kevin Bennett's experienced mixing and the PA he got to use gave the show an extra clarity and presence that translated to a special experience for the listener. Most of our feedback after the show was not just about the music, but about the sound quality, it seemed to move them."
Four JBL VTX A12 line array loudspeakers per side were ground-stacked to cover the floor area, while six VTX A12’s were flown to cover the balcony. Two JBL VTX G28 subwoofers per side were used for the bottom end. JBL have completely redesigned the r
Denmark - The Rhythmic Conservatory (RMC) in Copenhagen aims at supporting the creative forces of its students, musicians as well as producers, as they have more than 30 rehearsal rooms that are equipped with recording set-ups, including USB recording interfaces, external preamps, a MIDI keyboard and controller and studio monitors so the students can hook up their own laptop and capture and work on their musical ideas. In 16 of those rehearsal spaces, a pair of Dynaudio LYD 7 studio monitors has now been installed.
“All of the new rooms are prepared with a basic set-up that allows our students to bring their own laptop and simply plug in,” says sound technician, Tim Harris, who took the lead on designing the new rooms. “They have access to record up to 16 simultaneous tracks and since most of our students have a DAW and their favorite sound and instrument libraries on their own laptops anyway there was really no need to install computers with the same software in every room.
“We actually tested five different monitors in the same approximate size and price range and found that LYD 7 was by far the best solution,” Harris continues. “From a pure sound-quality perspective, as well as in terms of coping with the physical space. The rooms are quite small so the monitors are often placed close to the walls, and the‘Position switch on the LYD 7 really works out great in that respect.
“Another important aspect for these new rooms was a significant focus on quality. We knew that it was key to be able to offer the students equipment that is be
USA - Cleveland-based Eighth Day Sound has officially joined Adamson Systems Engineering’s sales network on the back of significant installations at the corporate headquarters of a US-based Fortune 500 company and the University of Buffalo.
Eighth Day Sound has also provided Adamson loudspeaker systems for tours by major artists like Shawn Mendes, The 1975, and Nick Cave, as well as events including Drake’s OVO Fest and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ sold-out 2017 dates in Dublin, Ireland, while the company’s director (touring services) Owen Orzack was instrumental in introducing Adamson’s compact S-Series loudspeakers to the touring market.
Jack Boessneck, executive vice president of Eighth Day Sound, says: “Adamson’s reputation in the live sound industry is second to none. We’ve enjoyed a very rewarding relationship with them on the touring side of our business, so we recognized the potential to grow our respective businesses by taking our partnership to the next stage. Every time we’ve invested in Adamson over the years, we’ve seen immediate and significant returns, and their recent developments like the new install-focused IS-Series have us excited to expand that trend from a sales perspective.”
James Oliver, director of sales and marketing for Adamson, adds: “We’re proud of our longstanding relationship with Eighth Day Sound and thrilled to be adding them to our sales network. Once again, Eighth Day is ahead of the curve in recognizing the opportunities available as we continue to grow in scale and scope and we look forward to
USA - Harman Professional Solutions is introducing a full-featured LED moving head - the MAC Encore Wash - at LDI 2017 in Las Vegas.
Set to be released for sale in January, the unit will be available in two dedicated colour temperature variants: WRM for 3000K warm incandescent emulation, and CLD for 6000K neutral daylight. The WRM is a replacement for the discontinued MAC TW1, while the CLD is a LED-based alternative to the MAC Viper Wash DX. Both variants can also be used as replacements for tungsten or HMI based Fresnel fixtures.
“When we released MAC Encore Performance a few months back, we instantly had lighting industry influencers praising this new benchmark fixture in high quality LED lighting,” said Markus Klüsener, product manager - stage lighting, Harman Professional Solutions. “With the introduction of MAC Encore Wash we now have a fixture family that offers a premium solution for all stage lighting requirements.”
The company is expected to make more product announcements over the weekend.
USA - Claypaky is releasing a new range of the Axcor 300 family of moving LED fixtures at LDI 2017 in Las Vegas. It comprises of a spot, a wash and a beam, all driven by a white LED engine with a rated power of up to 180 Watts.
The Axcor Spot 300 has 17 gobos on two wheels, including seven dichroic rotating gobos. Weighing just 20kg and measuring a little over 500mm, this unit incorporates features that are not often found in models of this size, like a rotating prism, a motorised iris, a soft edge filter, a 16-bit dimmer, and a 8-40° zoom.
The Axcor Beam M 300 has an even more compact body, measuring less than 500mm, and is able to emit a super-concentrated solid beam with a beam angle as small as 2° and a surprising light output. The wealth and quality of its colours and aerial effects, its electronic focus and its 140mm diameter front lens make the Axcor Beam 300 a suitable beam moving light in any application area.
The Axcor Wash 300 has a 140mm front PC lens and linear 5.5° - 42° zoom. Producing colours is its speciality: it is fitted with all the components you need to produce any shade of colour you desire, with a light diffusion uniformity comparable to higher-end models.
South Africa - MJ Event Gear supplied the full technical for the annual employee awards organised by building materials merchant Cashbuild.
The annual Cashbuild Hall of Fame Awards were hosted at the Maslow Hotel in Sandton to recognise the top performers among its 4,700 employees based at stores in South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Swaziland, Malawi and Zambia.
Commissioned by Trace Elements, MJ Event Gear has provided the full technical for the event since 2010. MJ’s Theo Rood ensured the event, which catered for just over 200 guests, was stage manager for the awards. He relied on Robe moving lights, programmed by LD Gary Sam on a grandMA2 light, to create the fire and ice theme that lit the ballroom.
Gary Sam said: “It’s always such a pleasure to work with the MJ team. Equipment-wise, the grandMA2 light worked well for me as I enjoy the MA platform. A lot of the time, when it comes to lighting, I try and balance complimenting shades of colour, and then sometimes I go the complete opposite with things that don’t match for effect. The Robe fixtures did their job!”
The lighting rig comprised of 24 Robe LEDBeam 100, 18 Robin 600 LEDWash, eight Robe MMX Spots, 24 Thomas PixelPar, 24 Longman ColorMe, four Claypaky Sharpy and a Le Maitre MVS Hazer. Prolyte X30V truss was used for totems and goal posts.
MJ also made use of the professional services of AV Systems who supplied the LED screens and Just Sets for the stage and steps.
Italy - K-array's held its global distributor meeting on 25-27 October at the K-hall in San Piero a Sieve, Italy to discuss the latest strategies for 2018, including soon-to-be-launched new products.
There were 62 guests from over 30 countries visiting the small Tuscan town in the Mugello countryside where the event was held. A networking and a loudspeaker assembly teambuilding challenge were the first initiatives of the evening on Wednesday, followed by dinner and a jam session.
The plenary session kicked off early the next day with the theme Changing Perspective introduced by astronaut and aviator Maurizio Cheli who participated as mission specialist in the 1996 STS-75 Tethered Satellite mission with NASA.
After a recap of sales figures presented by Alessandro Tatini, co-founder and president of R&D, the day’s agenda dived into strategic planning for the next year. The company’s marketing strategies were introduced by marketing & communications manager Andrea Torelli; the new market verticals focus was presented by strategic sales & business development manager Stefano Zaccaria, project consultant Daniele Mochi and customer service specialist Daniel Strassera; and new innovations and audio solutions were introduced by product specialist Francesco Maffei.
The plenary session ended with guest presentations given by Zero55, a local team of lighting professionals who discussed the importance of quality lighting to accompany audio and an interesting experiential discussion on immersive audio by innovator of Astro Spatial A
UK - West End fringe venue The Space and its in-house company Space Productions, are building a solid reputation around great acting and direction as well as new and challenging drama.
The company’s sound designer, Keri Chesser, is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of sound design within the intimate site, confidently manipulating the audio framework of productions using a TiMax SoundHub spatial audio matrix.
Chesser and the Space Productions team have recently staged a minimalistic adaptation of Howard Barker’s The Castle, where TiMax once again topped her tool kit. “I love to use TiMax,” she explains, “It makes me braver with my sound design. Makes me want to discover new ways of manipulating the audio rather than just sticking to the limitations of the speakers I have.”
The invisible loudspeaker set up comprised just seven cabinets: two compact speakers at floor level in the audience, pointed at the walls for diffuse surround, two monitors on the stage mezzanine and a further two hidden PA speakers positioned upstage along with a sub. Seven outputs from TiMax drive the loudspeakers directly, and sound effects from Q-Lab on a Macbook Pro go to TiMax via Dante, which Chesser used or the first time for this production.
She attests: “Working with Dante was a lot easier than I thought. I’d been putting it off as I’d had no training but, with help from Dave Haydon from OutBoard, it actually made my life so much easier and there were less wires.”
The Castle’s atmospheric sound beds are central to the sta
UK - A SSL console is being used on Imagine Dragon’s latest world tour in support of their Evolve album.
Tour sound company Sound Image recommended the SSL Live L500 to FOH engineer Scott Eisenberg. "It was great to be able to bring up channels that sounded good right out of the box," he notes. "We were able to bring everything together really quickly, which is a tribute to both the band and the console."
The Evolve show features two stages. The main stage is for the primary song list with full line-up, while a 'B' stage allows the band to switch to pared-down, unplugged interludes that include viola, cello, acoustic bass, and keyboards.
This was one of the main challenges for Eisenberg - two stages, lots of instruments, and lots of inputs: "It's about 80 inputs between the two stages," he says. "Around 50 from the main stage, a dozen from the B Stage, plus talkbacks and so on." The drum kit is a significant proportion of the main stage count - about 16 inputs - and there are several downstage drums that the other band members play, which account for around seven inputs. "It's a bit of a handful,” says Eisenberg, "But nice that it's broken up into two stages."
In terms of overall sound for the tour, Eisenberg notes that the band tends to sound more 'rock' than sometimes comes across on the albums. "The band has given me the liberty to make it sound different to the album, which has been nice. Though of course I do listen to - and take note of the album - there are things that fans who only see the show once will be listening
UK - Steve Warren is working in partnership with Chroma Q distributors A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) to develop sales of Chroma-Q's lighting fixtures range.
This partnership follows the recent appointment of Steve’s company, Lighting Distribution Consulting, to assist the development of Chroma-Q’s international sales and distribution channels outside of North America.
The latest generation of Chroma-Q LED products have won multiple awards and garnered much praise from users for their high performance. These include the new Color Force II colour-mixing LED cyc and wash light, the Inspire colour-mixing LED house light, and the Space Force variable white LED soft light.
USA - In 1997, race car driver Geoff Bodine put the pedal to the metal and reached 197.479 miles per hour on the famed Atlanta Motor Speedway. No-one has ever equalled that speed on the big course since, but the action was probably even more blistering on the weekend of 22-24 September, as nearly 100,000 fans descended on the site for the Imagine Festival.
Nowhere was the action hotter than on the Inferno stage, where Deadmau5, Flux Pavilion, The Floozies and other stars jammed under the intense output of Chauvet Professional Rogue fixtures supplied by 4Life Entertainment.
Designed by Incendia, with consultation provided by 4Life Entertainment, the stage featured eight Rogue R2 Spot, 16 Rogue R2 Beam and 24 Rogue R1 Wash fixtures. Drawing on the output of these fixtures, the rig provided an eye-popping level of brightness that blended well with the incessant pyro blasts that gave the stage its “Inferno” name.
“This was the EDM, funk dance heart of the festival,” said Spencer Lavoie, owner of 4Life Entertainment. “Given the nature of the acts we had on stage and the massive pyro effects we had all around us, we didn’t want a lighting rig that faded into the background. A big reason for choosing the Rogues was their punchy output.”
Lavoie also wanted to ensure that the stage’s video wall stood up to its surroundings so he built it with 64 bright PVP S7 LED tiles. These tiles were arranged to construct a front façade on centre stage.
“Rhizome NYC came in to VJ and produced a wide range of killer inhouse graphics ba
UK - Rental specialists Pinewood MBS Lighting worked alongside cinematographer Josie Williams on the award-winning film David and Bathsheba by directors Sammy Patterson and Dagmar Scheibenreif.
Filmed at Pinewood Studios Underwater Stage as part of the 48hour Film Project, the film is a resplendent mix of storytelling and spectacular lighting and camerawork.
Working with Robert Shears, Pinewood MBS provided supported and equipment to the shoot, including ARRIMax M18 and Dedo Octadome kits which the crew employed to good effect, particularly during the underwater sequences filmed by Dagmar Scheibenreif.
Commenting on the support received by the production, director Sammy Patterson says: “Our heartfelt thanks go out to Pinewood MBS Lighting, Pinewood Studios and absolutely everyone who helped us and worked so hard to put this film together - we could not have done it without them. We’re thrilled to have won in three separate categories and are looking forward to sharing our film with audiences around the world.”
Commissioned and created in just 48 hours, the winning production will now go on to represent London against winners from other cities around the world as part of Filmapalooza 2018.
Pinewood MBS managing director Darren Smith adds: “We are always delighted to be able to play a part in productions such as this - the entire crew have done an incredible job on David and Bathsheba, creating such a fantastic looking piece of work in just 48hours. We wish them the very best with their production.”
Germany - When pop singer Nena celebrated her 40th stage anniversary, the radio and TV host Thomas Gottschalk led a constant stream of top international stars coming and going to honour the occasion. Peter Maffay, Gianna Nannini, Wolfgang Niedecken von Bap and Dieter Meier of YELLO were among the illustrious guests along with other well-wishers like Sasha, Samy Deluxe, Frida Gold or The Boss Hoss. Even Dave Stewart insisted on passing by for a duet.
Impressively staged, the event was set in the round in Hamburg’s Mehr! Theatre. For the occasion lighting designer, Manuel da Costa, was commissioned by Herr! Media, a production company which specialises in music production.
Manuel and Nena have known each other and worked together for many years. For example, the lighting designer and the musician collaborated closely on the format The Voice Of Germany. “But over the years I have also worked with many of the guests and artists who appeared during the evening," notes Manuel. "That is something that happens naturally over the years.”
As a fitting setting for the evening, set designer Jürgen Hassler let himself be inspired by the architecture of the Mehr! Theatre. Consequently, he felt the event should be big, stately and resembling a cathedral. "The evening was to be a mixture of gala, concert and unplugged music and I wanted to pick up on all these elements in my lighting design," said Manuel, setting out his concept. "It was not that simple, because as beautiful and inspiring as the location was, there were so many factors that made it di