plasa-show-2019Registrations open for PLASA Show 2019
Tuesday, 25 June 2019

UK - Registration is now open for PLASA Show 2019, which returns to Olympia London from 15-17 September 2019.
Building upon the 2018 show’s success, this year offers a whole host of fresh brands, more immersive features and a brand-new look. Anyone with a stake in the entertainment technology industry is invited to register for free via the show’s website.
Visitors can expect over 200 brands, representing the very best of lighting, audio, AV, rigging and staging. Mirroring the growth of the AV sector, this year’s show will present an array of next-generation LED screen technology from major players such as Canon and Midwich. Furthermore, tech giants Netgear will be sharing their innovative networking and integration solutions.
The audio presence at the show has been growing rapidly over the last few years and 2019 is no exception, welcoming Void Acoustics whose loudspeakers are as good looking as they sound and CUK Audio who provide top audio for installations and events. They will appear on the bustling show floor among audio giants such as Bose, d&b audiotechnik, Yamaha and Adam Hall.
Live audio demonstrations will double at this year’s show. For the first time, L-Acoustics have a dedicated demonstration space, and KV2 Audio will demonstrate their products which feature across the West End and Broadway. Also, there will be back-to-back loudspeaker demonstrations from Adam Hall, Shermann Audio, OHM, Aura Audio RCF and Void Acoustics - with more audio demonstrations to be announced over the coming months.
New fo

martin-van-kouwen-ampco-flashlightAmpco Flashlight to distribute Outline Newton
Tuesday, 25 June 2019

The Netherlands - Professional live events equipment supplier Ampco Flashlight has added Outline’s FPGA-based Newton processing platform to its portfolio, to address the growing popularity of multi-send PA systems and multiple-source audio set-ups.
Ampco Flashlight Sales is now distributor for Outline Newton in Benelux.
The Utrecht-based rental and sales company supplies a range of events, including festivals, theatre, touring and broadcast productions and corporate events. Its portfolio features products from DiGiCo, Martin Audio, Allen & Heath, Clear-Com, ETC and Ayrton among many others.
“Being the answer for demanding install and touring applications where top-quality matrixing and processing is required, we are very happy that we can now offer Outline Newton to our clients in the Benelux,” comments Ampco Flashlight sales specialist, Martin van Kouwen. “Audio quality and technical specs are on the highest level which, combined with the extensive 18x16 matrix, has resulted in high-profile users all over the world.”
(Jim Evans)

studerbrandlogobyharmanblackportalStuder adds distributors in the Middle East
Tuesday, 25 June 2019

EMEA - Audio Technology, Ertekin Elektronik and Masterpiece have been appointed as distribution partners of Studer by Harman, operating across Egypt, Turkey, and the Middle East respectively.
“Introducing new distribution partners means we can present the latest Studer technology and align the Studer brand with the wider Harman Professional ecosystem, providing a greater range of high-quality options for our customers in the region,” said Andrew Smart, business development manager, broadcast, EMEA.
The agreements see Audio Technology, Ertekin Elektronik and Masterpiece offering pioneering Studer products including Vista control surfaces powered by Infinity processing engines and Glacier Professional Mixing Consoles to their existing and future customers.
“We’re delighted to partner with such highly-motivated distributors who can provide an extremely impressive level of service to our long-standing clients, including state broadcasters such as Turkish Radio and TV (TRT) and Egyptian National Media Authority (ENMA),” said Mark Hosking, broadcast global sales director at HarmanInternational.
Ertekin Elektronik, headquartered in Istanbul, is distributing Harman Professional products for the first time, offering the Turkish market a 360-degree solution with audio, video, lighting and controls. This includes JBL Professional, AMX, Martin, Soundcraft, AKG, Crown, dbx, BSS and Lexicon products, alongside Studer consoles.
“Studer’s pioneering mixing systems have a long-established history in Turkey, so we are delighted to expand

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Tuesday, 25 June 2019

The Netherlands - Andre Beekmans, lighting designer with The Art of Light, used Ayrton’s Ghibli LED spot fixtures to create a lightscape on and around the main stage at A State of Trance festival in The Netherlands this year in celebration of ASOT 900.
A State of Trance (ASOT) is the weekly radio show of award-winning DJ Armin van Buuren and the largest trance network in the world. Every year the 50th episode is celebrated with a major live concert in The Netherlands, with smaller satellite events in other countries around the world.
This spring marked the 900th show, which was celebrated in front of a 35,000 capacity audience at the Jaarbeurs Centre in van Buuren’s hometown of Utrecht, designed and operated by The Art of Light, and promoted by Alda Events.
Lighting designer Beekmans chose 65 Ayrton Ghibli, supplied by Ampco Flashlight, as the main spot fixture for the mainstage at this huge celebration. The team at The Art of Light is very familiar with Ayrton having used MagicPanel fixtures many times in the past, but this was their first time using Ghibli.
“For A State of Trance we were looking for a great effects spot which could give us lots of scope for mid-air effects and big picture stuff,” says Beekmans. “Flashlight presented us with several options and we found that Ghibli had it all for us! We were really happy with what we found – Ghibli has a great gobo setup, and the light output was also superb and fitted the budget. It was just what we needed as the main spot for the main stage.”
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adj-roadADJ road tour rolls into Nashville
Tuesday, 25 June 2019

USA - ADJ Lighting has planned a two-day summer ADJ road tour event at Soundcheck Nashville to demo its latest lighting, audio, and video technologies and offer informative tech sessions on a variety of lighting and video control solutions.
On 16-17 July, ADJ Lighting will be in Nashville, Tennessee, at Soundcheck Nashville studios, 750 Cowan Street, where the company will spotlight its latest lighting, audio, and video technologies recently shown at InfoComm tradeshow. The showcase will include ADJ’s IP65 outdoor rated lighting solutions.
“Nashville is of my favourite ADJ road tour dates because we always have a strong turnout of lighting professionals. In fact, this is our fifth year in a row at Soundcheck Nashville,” comments Alfred Gonzales, national sales manager of ADJ USA. “ADJ is coming off a very successful InfoComm show. We’re looking forward to talking to installers and production companies about our wide range of IP65 outdoor rated lighting, plus all of our other professional lighting, video and Avante Audio solutions.”
ADJ will offer hands-on demos of the AV2 high resolution video panels, plus the recent debut of the Hydro Wash X7 IP65 rated moving head beam, the Hydro Beam X2, and Hydro Beam X1 IP65 rated beam moving heads; Vizi Wash Z19, Vizi Wash Z37, and Par Z Move zoomable moving heads; Entour Ice low-lying fog machine, and the Encore Burst Series of blinders; as well as other pro-line products for professionals looking for lighting solutions for event production, houses of worship, nightclubs, bars and lounges, fun cen

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robe-empire-strips-back-dsc02887-p-photo-peter-rubieThe Empire Strips Back in America
Tuesday, 25 June 2019

USA - Australian burlesque Star Wars parody The Empire Strips Back has just completed its most extensive North American tour to date, also visiting Canada for the first time, complete with a suitably boisterous lightshow designed by Peter Rubie, featuring 30 Robe Spiider LED wash beams as the core moving light fixtures.
The show has delighted audiences since it launched at the Vanguard Theatre in Sydney in 2011.
Peter has been involved with the show for the last four years, taking over from original lighting designer Ross Graham. Since then, it has evolved into the performance spectacle it is today including new acts and songs, and in 2018, a complete refresh of the lighting rig.
It was at this stage that Peter decided to replace the previous LED wash lights with Robe’s latest generation Spiider - a fixture known for its power, smooth colour mixing and fantastic range of hues.
Peter wanted Spiiders in the rig to help add some of the theatrical detail needed - in addition to all the big beamy rock ‘n’ roll style colour and movement cues. They are positioned on a 5 high by 6 wide staggered grid above the stage which also has a wall effect from the front, a powerful look that Ross created when the show first started touring.
“The Spiider has a beautiful quality of light at the right brightness,” he comments, adding that while they can do all the rich bold saturates that are fundamental to the primary style and vibe of the show, they can also produce all the pastel shades and subtleties needed.
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destinojosephcapriatialtajonatanferrer072-credit-pachad&b GSL in control at Destino Pacha
Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Spain - Pacha’s Destino Resort in Ibiza revamped its entire outdoor DJ stage and club for the 2018 season, installing a complete d&b GSL system to increase sound quality and volume inside the resort while reducing noise pollution for nearby neighbours.
Perched on a clifftop at Cap Martinet above the resort of Talamanca, Pacha-owned Destino resort offers stunning views over Ibiza Old Town. For summer season 2018, the resort launched with a new, wooden arched stage and half-dome covering, revamped VIP and outdoor dancefloor spaces, and a d&b GSL System.
A customised DJ booth takes centre stage, flanked by six GSL tops each side, consisting of four GSL8 and four GSL12, and 10 SL-GSUBs stacked directly beneath in a distributed sub array for a total control of the LF dispersion beam. For monitoring, the DJs are hearing four V-GSUBs and a pair of V7Ps.
Freshly installed to welcome thousands of partygoers and a host of big-name DJs including Sven Väth, Koze and Dennis Ferrer, the GSL System was commissioned by Pacha and overseen by Destino’s Head of Technology, Jordi Ferragut.
“For Destino’s sound, we are looking for control - we need to control the levels that we are sending to our audience and to our neighbourhood. The resort is located in a residential area and it’s very important that we do not annoy our nearby residents,” says Ferragut. “We chose the d&b GSL System because of its ability to deliver high quality sound with directivity, thanks to its design and full-range cardioid techniques. GSL is the next level for

excel-londonBlitz installs EM Acoustics system at ExCeL
Tuesday, 25 June 2019

UK - AV and event production company Blitz has installed loudspeaker equipment from EM Acoustics to ExCeL London’s ICC auditorium.
The equipment forms part of the auditorium’s in-house equipment so any clients using the space will be able to benefit from this installation as part of their tenancy.
The kit list from supplier EM Acoustics includes equipment from the company’s new Halo Arena line.
Jeremy Rees, CEO at ExCeL London, comments: “At ExCeL, we recognise the importance of delivering innovative events that provide a truly immersive, memorable experience. Increasingly technology is at the core of that approach. We are delighted that Blitz has chosen ExCeL to install this high-spec system, enabling us to deliver an enhanced experience, within our Auditorium, to our varied portfolio of clients including agencies, corporates, associations and exhibition organisers.”
Jason Sorabji, group production director at Blitz, adds: “Our team has the in-depth knowledge of ExCeL London’s ICC Auditorium, and we know that this new EM Acoustics equipment will take the experience to a whole new level for clients. We can really maximise space and provide the best technical requirements for our clients.”
Mike Wheeler, operations director at EM Acoustics, explains: “The HALO-A and HALO-B systems are pivotal product releases for us, and to have a company like Blitz adopt them for a venue such as the ICC is a strong statement about the systems' performance, and the future direction EM Acoustics is heading in. We look forward to workin

shureShure appoints development manager
Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Europe - Shure Incorporated has announced plans to continue its expansion in northern Europe with the appointment of Julian Simpson as market development manager.
In this role, Simpson will build direct relationships with end customers in the region to better understand their requirements and find solutions that best meet their needs, while working closely with key channel distributors. The appointment will enable Shure to support its channel partners in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland. The company will not sell direct, but Simpson will step in to drive business to appointed distributors, including Benum Sweden, Benum Norway, Matrix Sales Denmark, and Intersonic Finland.
“Shure’s focus on developing and nurturing the Nordic market is one that we are steadfastly committed to,” comments Rob Smith, senior director, global integrated systems sales at Shure. “The market evolution of this region, and the esteemed reputation of our channel partners, have made it abundantly clear that our investment is a welcomed one. We very much look forward to working alongside Julian to concentrate on further developing the Systems market in the Nordics.”
Simpson is qualified as a broadcast engineer with the BBC in London and subsequently gained a Master’s degree from Cambridge University in Environmental Architecture with a focus on acoustics and lighting. He has served as an associate member of the Institute of Acoustics for the past 25 years and has primarily worked with electroacoustic systems throughout his career

farmerj-1-1920JBL Control for fast-expanding Farmer J
Tuesday, 25 June 2019

UK - The fast-developing Farmer J health food concept opened its second operation recently in the City of London in a strategic new development opposite Monument Station, at the entrance to London Bridge.
An all-day operation, it serves breakfasts and lunches on fieldtrays, with all food cooked on site using fresh ingredients. As it moves into the evening session for cocktails and dinner the atmosphere changes again.
To keep the mood constantly evolving during the different trading patterns, owner Jonathan Recanati wanted a subtle, but high-quality sound system. Evolve Install had already undertaken some work at the original Farmer J in Leadenhall, boosting the original sound system there with some JBL Control 25-1. “And that primarily won us the contract for the full fit-out here,” explains director Elliot Patterson.
Working alongside music providers and customer profilers Open Ear Music, he said, “Jonathan liked the Control 25-1 in Leadenhall Street so much we said we would stay with the series, and move up to the Control 28-1. It’s important to keep this consistency as with a lot of leisure hospitality brands you see random speakers being used from unit to unit.”
Arriving on site when the building - a much larger footprint than its forerunner - was still a shell, Patterson recalls that the client “was very clear and articulate in what he wanted and that was a good, clean audio feed, sonically excellent and good aesthetically”.
He wanted to provide as much versatility with the source and volume control as Open Ear Music

selbys-1Selby’s invests in L-Acoustics
Tuesday, 25 June 2019

South Africa - Selby’s Productions has been servicing the events and conferencing world since 1980 and most recently, the company upraded its offering with the addition of an L-Acoustics Kara system.
The purchase of the long-throw Kara modular line source loudspeaker system is part of a larger plan for Selby’s to move fully to L-Acoustics as their choice of loudspeaker. This choice was two years in the making, according to the Durban branch manager Wayde Sparks. “Richard Smith from DWR Distribution and I had been talking about the Kara for a while, and when it came time for us to upgrade our PA system it was my first option. I have been to the demos for most of the big players in this field, and the truth is, nothing else really compares for me.”
As a company Selby’s focus a lot on the conferencing world, and this involves spaces of varying size. “The versatility the Kara offers is one of the main reasons we made the purchase. From a single point stack for a small room to full flown line array for outdoor events, it ticks all the boxes,” says Wayde of the modular nature of the Kara.
Out of the box the system was used at an event for the Sumitomo Rubber South Africa Group, where local performing artists were “blown away by the quality”. The system is being used on various ICC conferences too, showcasing the diverse environments in which the Kara is capable of delivering.
(Jim Evans)

summitShop Ibiza supplies Music Summit
Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Spain - The International Music Summit Ibiza (IMS) is a comprehensive event dedicated to promoting awareness of and appreciation for electronic music. Created in 2007, when it was presented by Pete Tong as a platform to inspire debate and discussion, the Summit has since grown to be widely regarded as a leading platform for thought and leadership in the electronic music sphere.
The 2019 edition took place over five days in May and welcomed industry leaders, influencers and newcomers to participate in a series of talks, presentations, socials and performances, spread across a number of venues on the island. Curated in partnership with, the global network of women in the music industry, this year’s programme focused on mental health, diversity and examining club culture within the objective of developing new strategies to address these important issues.
The Shop Ibiza has been a trusted partner and supplier since the event’s inception, providing an ever-increasing inventory of production support as the scale and scope of IMS has increased. This year The Shop supplied three of IMS’s principal locations with all sound, lighting, video and DJ requirements, as well as providing further support to satellite events. The Shop also worked closely with official event-sponsor, Pioneer DJ, co-ordinating its exhibition stands and literature and constructing its product-testing stands.
The Hardrock Hotel Ibiza hosted both IMS’s extensive Conference Room programme as well as its Poolside official events, a highlight of which was the IMS Networki

glpshmstockholmmay20190929GLP solution for Swedish House Mafia reunion
Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Sweden - Despite having worked with Swedish House Mafia’s Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso in a one-off show in San Francisco, when the time came, Vision Factory production designer, Sam Tozer nevertheless had to pitch for the gig (read full production report in LSi June).
At the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium gig he had gone heavy on GLP’s popular impression X4 20 Bars and equally en-vogue JDC1 hybrid strobes, and that same formula worked for him again at the house legends’ comeback shows at Stockholm’s Tele2 Arena. It quickly became clear that this would be no ordinary EDM experience.
Assisted by LD, Alex Hess, he says: “I already knew the feel of the performance the boys would want to create, so the process became fairly collaborative. Being a comeback show it needed to be stylistic, monologic and be something that no-one had seen before.”
The three artistes, whose performance took place on a ‘floating’ platform, became heavily involved in the entire process as did creative director, Alexander Wessely. “They knew they wanted a giant screen and have lighting based on three circles. Alex [Hess] and I worked side by side to create a new style of lighting rather than a simple EDM look that people were probably expecting.”
The mainstay of the rig was three 7.2m circular four-tonne trusses on Kinesys motor control, with a pipe grid across the circles. Tozer commandeere

fly-openair-9Fly Open Air prospers with Martin MLA
Tuesday, 25 June 2019

UK - Creation Live started working with Fly Events on their inaugural Fly Open Air dance promotion in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens back in September 2016.
By the time the event arrived at the 17th century stately home, Hopetoun House, the following May they had adopted sister company VME’s Martin Audio MLA, aware of all the sensitivities of presenting an EDM event in the 6500-acre grounds of a historic building overlooking the River Forth, which separates Edinburgh from Fife.
Since then, the event has blossomed, more than doubling the original Hopetoun House attendance to 8,500 per day this year, and increasing the inventory of award-winning loudspeaker elements accordingly.
Creation Live’s Tom Whittle, who heads the event and production company which this year will see them execute 300 plus events of varying sizes, described the event as “absolutely amazing”. This was largely because of a bill that included Solumun’s first appearance in Scotland in a decade, alongside Nina Kraviz, Sven Väth, Peggy Gou and Seth Troxler. The other reason it excelled was because they invested in a set of 12m high PA towers to get sufficient array height on a main stage that was designed by Creation Live’s Tom Elkington. This gave them additional control.
The rig comprised nine MLA elements, with three MLD Downfill at the base on each side. A further 10 of the smaller Martin Audio MLA Compact enclosures were used for in-fills and for LF extension a row of 20 Martin Audio MLX was floor-mounted across the front of the stage.
The main FOH

tomcat-jte-main-visualTomcat and JTE mark first anniversary
Tuesday, 25 June 2019

USA - It’s been a year since Tomcat and JTE joined Area Four Industries America in a 25,000sq.ft shared office and warehouse space in Thousand Oaks, California.
At this location, the companies have been able to provide their customers on or near the west coast of the US and Canada with faster delivery, local customer service, and full technical support.
The Tomcat and JTE factory in Knoxville, Tennessee, supplies the warehouse with the most popular sizes and lengths of Tomcat and JTE products to ensure their customers’ orders are packed up and shipped out efficiently.
The west coast office team includes Adrian Forbes-Black, vice-president of sales and marketing, supported by Douglas Debusschere and Gene Matera, both western regional sales managers. Also ready to serve is the newest addition to the team, Sean Carr, who is a sales and customer service representative.
(Jim Evans)

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Fire Damage - A number of prominent musicians are suing the world's largest record label, Universal Music, after learning their music may have been lost in a fire. The case, which seeks damages in excess of $100m (£78m), was filed by the estates of Tom Petty and Tupac Shakur, the bands Hole and Soundgarden, and singer-songwriter Steve Earle. They are seeking class action status, which means other affected artists will be able to join the legal action.
It is the first case to emerge since a New York Times investigation alleged that hundreds of thousands of master recordings, protection copies, unreleased music and other materials had burned in a massive warehouse fire in 2008.
Among the hundreds of artists said to have lost music were Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Sir Elton John, Janet Jackson, Nirvana, Eminem and Guns N' Roses.
The legal papers, filed by three law firms in Los Angeles, accuse Universal Music of negligence by housing the recordings in "a known fire trap", as well as concealing the extent of the destruction from artists.”
Last week, Universal Music's CEO Sir Lucian Grainge instructed his staff to co-operate fully with artists seeking information on the status of their recordings. "We owe our artists transparency. We owe them answers," he wrote, adding that "the loss of even a single piece of archived material is heart-breaking".
Under Scrutiny - The “murky world” of London theatre has come under scrutiny in the House of Lords, with peers raising concerns about accessib

directors-picture-led-hireLondon-based LED hire specialist launches
Monday, 24 June 2019

UK - Light Engine Dry Hire, a new London-based dry hire service, launched on 1 May. The company offers stocks of the latest technologies and innovations in LED fixtures from a wide variety of manufacturers.
The Light Engine Dry Hire directors Colin Bodenham, Jon Newman and Angus Chinn were drawn to their strict fixture selection by the clear advantages offered by LED fixtures of improved sustainability, minimal waste and high efficiency. The core team is completed by Ayesha Chinn as warehouse manager, and Steve Warren and Carolina Fajardo-Linares of LDC as the contracted marketing and promotional department.
The Light Engine Dry Hire centre is located in London’s ‘Lighting Quarter’ of Park Royal NW10, making its position practical for collections and deliveries within Greater London and gives easy access to the M1 and M40 motorways. Light Engine Dry Hire already holds substantial stocks of exclusively LED sources, with the focus on IP rated outdoor luminaires.
Assets director Jon Newman comments: “Light Engine will focus on our core values of offering the highest quality and latest technology with further planned investments to be driven by the demands of lighting designers and rental company customers.”
The rental company offers the newest fixtures from manufacturers, including Astera tubes, Robe washes and effects, SGM floods, GLP strobes, Martin Sceptron, Ayrton spots, vintage eye-candy Portmans, Chauvet battens, washes and profiles, Elation IP pars, ProLights uplighters, and ETC profiles and fresnels.
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lynxProlight Concepts Group to distribute Lynx in UK
Monday, 24 June 2019

UK - Prolight Concepts Group has been appointed exclusive UK distributor for Lynx Pro Audio’s sound reinforcement product offering.
All Lynx Pro-Audio products are designed in-house by their team of engineers and manufactured in their headquarters in Valencia, Spain.
Lynx Pro Audio’s Ben Sinclair comments: “Prolight Concepts have grown very quickly, establishing them as one of the UKs premium distributors. I had the chance to welcome them during a recent visit to our factory and have no doubt that they are the perfect partner for us. They are committed to service and quality and we are very excited to have them as our exclusive UK distributor.”
Chris Beesley, product sourcing manager at Prolight Concepts Group adds, “The addition of Lynx Pro-Audio to our distribution portfolio is a logical step forward enabling Prolight Concepts Group to offer an additional premium audio brand. Based in Valencia, Lynx Pro-Audio design, voice and manufacture a comprehensive range of loudspeakers using branded components. Their commitment to constant product development aligns with Prolights constant thrive for new products.”
(Jim Evans)

robe-vasco-rossi-live-kom-2019-vas112057195Vasco Rossi Live Kom returns with Robe
Monday, 24 June 2019

Italy - Showman and superstar Vasco Rossi - Il Blasco - returned with another Live Kom tour, including six sold out nights at Milan’s San Siro stadium with a performance to match his profile.
Leading the creative production team was lighting designer Giovanni Pinna, who has worked with the artist for many years as part of a team ensuring that the live shows are constantly exciting, interesting and innovative and meet the massive public expectations each year.
A master of making impressions - Giovanni chose to use over 340 Robe moving lights - 152 x MegaPointes, 122 x Spiiders and 72 x LEDBeam 150s - to assist in the visual impact.
Video screens / content director and disguise server operator Marco Piva and disguise tech whizz Nicolas Di Fonzo worked directly for Giovanni who also collaborated closely with live camera director Peppe Romano from Except to create the wow factors and aesthetic highs.
The initial visual inspiration for this years’ tour design was the 2018 tour - as the artist wanted some continuity in that raw, industrial look with towers and large video surfaces. “We simply wanted more and more out of everything that was visual,” stated Giovanni.
To some extent, the design was tailored to the San Siro venue as it hosted the most multiple shows. The large central LED screen was flanked by four massive surfaces - two a side - creating a 97m-wide stage - effectively 40m wider than the 2018 tour.
The roof lighting was completely new, with an 18 x 8m grid providing the main over-stage lighting positions - upstage o

jacksavorettiwembley-joeokpako-onlineProduction AV backs Jack Savoretti at Wembley
Monday, 24 June 2019

UK - Production AV hotfooted it to Wembley in May to provide the camera, projection and IMAG screens for Jack Savoretti’s flagship show.
“We had just a seven-day turnaround to design and deliver the camera and screens package to Savoretti’s tour team, managed by production manager Neil Anderson,” explains Pete McCrea, Production AV MD. “As this was the big one - Wembley - they wanted to ramp up the production and include video to enhance the audience experience. David McIntyre had created a real visual spectacular with the lighting, and they wanted to enhance this by relaying live on-stage footage as well as pre-recorded content to two large IMAG screens.”
Production AV supplied a pair of 11ft x 20ft (3.35m x 6m) portrait screens for IMAG, with 20,000 lumen Barco projectors. Switching was achieved using their Blackmagic ATEM 4k PPU, with a pair of Sony HDC1500 studio cameras on 95x lens at FOH and second camera on stage, Agile Arc360 PTZ heads and Marshall minicams. There was a requirement for black and white effects for the first song, as well as the playback of a show opener VT.
Pete McCrea served as project manager and racks engineer for the show, alongside his colleagues Anna Sadler as vision director, and Ste Webster and John Bowdler-Thompson as camera operators.
“It’s testament to our talented team at Production AV that we managed to put together such a strong kit package and creative solution in such a short amount of time - I’m very proud of them all and the results were fantastic. Anna, Ste and John made it look real

santana-at-house-of-blues1Ledesma lights Santana with Elation
Monday, 24 June 2019

USA - One of the industry’s longest serving lighting designers, Michael Ledesma, has been lighting one of music’s most enduring artists, Carlos Santana, for the last six years on the guitarist’s House of Blues residency in Las Vegas.
For the latest run of House of Blues dates in May, Ledesma supplemented the house lighting system with a multitude of gear that included Elation Professional SEVEN Batten colour-changing LED battens, Arena Par Zoom LED Par lights, and Protron Eclypse hybrid LED luminaires, along with upstage LED video screens made up of Elation EVHD panels. Innovative Concert Lighting supplies the gear for Santana’s shows at the House of Blues.
An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Hits Live plays at the House of Blues in Vegas for eight weeks each year and is booked through 2020. Ledesma, who has been lighting shows for over 40 years for acts such as Paul Simon, Kenny Loggins and Gloria Estefan, complements the guitarist’s impressive playlist of Latin rock and blues hits through his signature use of vivid colour and layers.
Much of that colour comes from 16 linear Seven Battens that the LD uses as floor uplights to throw low front light on the band, as well as colour onto patterns covering the drum and percussion risers. “It provides a good front light but isn’t overwhelming,” he says of the linear lighting effect that houses 25W seven-colour multi-chip LEDs. “The colours are good and the video guy has enough output from those to get a nice picture.”
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