katy-perry-5228--steve-jenningsClaypaky’s Scenius on the road with Katy Perry
Monday, 18 December 2017

USA - Katy Perry recently kicked off her Witness: The Tour in support of her eponymous new album, with Claypaky Scenius Unicos and Scenius Profiles prominent in the tour’s lighting rig.
The fixtures have been selected by the show’s producer and lighting designer, Baz Halpin of Silent House, who is using Claypaky’s Scenius range for the first time.
The stage design is dominated by a 130ft eye-shaped LED screen, and Halpin was given the brief to “create big, strong, powerful looks that would complement and work with the shape and power of the screen”.
To that end, he’s deploying 80 Scenius Unico and 50 Scenius Profile fixtures supplied by Upstaging. “Their power and versatility made them the perfect choice to stand up to the intense light coming from the LED screen,” says Halpin. “As we had 130ft lighting trusses with a single fixture type on each we needed a fixture that would be versatile enough to create a multitude of different looks.”
Halpin calls the Scenius fixtures “the work horse of the rig” which function “in all positions as aerial effects, key lights and follow spots. They have been incredibly reliable and resilient”.
He also has Claypaky Mythos on the upstage circle ring as aerial effect fixtures upstage of the bi-parting LED screen doors.
Working with Halpin on the tour are associate lighting designer/programmer Eric Marchwinski and programmer/Board operator Drew Gnagey.
Francesco Romagnoli, Claypaky area manager for North and Latin America, added, “Baz is a great designer a

ossieFlares at Ozzfest Meets Knotfest
Monday, 18 December 2017

USA - Last month’s Ozzfest Meets Knotfest music festival brought dozens of rock acts, including Ozzy Osbourne, Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, Deftones and Prophets of Rage, to San Bernardino, CA.
Four stages supported non-stop metal shredding with lighting and video provided by 4Wall Entertainment. Brighter than even the pyro were the 30 Solaris Flares in the lighting rig.
“Flares were the only choice,” says 4Wall director of live events Todd Roberts. “They pack a huge punch, and with so many artists we used them for a bunch of different effects. Their versatility is unsurpassed. We used them on all the toms and lined each of the straight sticks of truss, ‘framing’ the stage. We rely on Flares to give us just what we need and they never disappoint.”
Michael Keller was the event’s LD, and Ron Chamberlain was production manager. 4Wall Entertainment is a full-service company specialising in lighting and video. TMB is exclusive distributor for Solaris Flare products.
(Jim Evans)

robe-elai-botner-tour-2017-d816940Elai Botner & Yaledi Haucutz tour with Robe
Monday, 18 December 2017

Israel - Singer songwriter Elai Botner & Yaledi Haucutz completed an extensive seven-month tour of Israel with lighting created by Mickey Vilensky, who chose an all-Robe moving light rig.
The 12 x BMFL Spots and 24 x Spiider LED wash beams were supplied, together with the rest of the lighting equipment, by Simul Argaman Systems.
Botner is one of the top Israeli artists and Mickey is one of the leading Israeli lighting designers whose colourful career stretches back 34 years. All the skills and talents combined to produce a spectacular show for Botner’s many fans.
Mickey’s idea to have five 6m long upstage / downstage ‘finger’ trusses - each positioned 2m apart and raked (back-to-front) - was inspired by the Pink Floyd Division Bell tour design of 1994 which had lighting designed by Marc Brickman.
They had three days of production rehearsals at the start of the tour, in which time Mickey and programmer Yahav Tene created over 500 cues in the grandMA2 full size console.
Mickey really relishes the art involved and the process of lighting and visual design as a whole – from the initial ideas, the pitch to the client, the plots, drawings and renders, right through to seeing the rig for real onstage. Then feeling the music and the vibes and delivering the show and most of all, the audience reaction.
“I still get goose bumps when I hear an audience reaction to a lighting cue or some drama that I have helped create with a visual cue,” he says. “It’s such a special feeling to be able to make a lasting contribut

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"One of the most exciting and comforting things about the system we have out on the road right now, is that we are going from such small theater style venues, right up to a venue like this which is way into the thousands. The scalability of the system has been perfect, its kept up with it." -Tom Wood (FOH)
psiaudionftssPSI Audio supplies the National Film School
Monday, 18 December 2017

UK - Swiss studio monitor manufacturer PSI Audio was chosen to provide the audio monitoring for dozens of new studios at the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield near London.
At the audio branch, every student can use their own studio equipped to industry standards for the duration of the course, and the school wanted to specify monitors that could reproduce sound neutrally.
NFTS picked PSI Audio monitors from an initial set of seven brands and 15 models, buying PSI Audio A14-M, A17-M, A21-M monitors and A125-M subwoofers.
“All in all, it was a four-month process,” reveals Jérémy Rodeschini. senior supervising engineer. “People are very passionate about speakers.”
He also highlights the reliability of the Swiss manufacturer: “They came over here on multiple occasions, so we knew they would be there if we needed them. We felt appreciated by PSI Audio.”
Founded in 1971, the NFTS has established itself as one of the world’s leading film schools.
(Jim Evans)

pavarottiDirectOut supports Pavarotti tribute concert
Monday, 18 December 2017

Italy - Tribute show Pavarotti, An Endless Emotion marked the 10th anniversary of Luciano Pavarotti’s death. Held at the Verona Arena in September, it was broadcast to 5.5m Rai TV viewers and even more tuned on national radios.
Artists who played with the Maestro during the numerous editions of Pavarotti & Friends wanted to be on stage for this occasion to ‘sing’ again with the Maestro, requiring 226 channels of mic and line signals coming from the band, the orchestra, the choir, the solo singers and the announcers, with 24 additional playback tracks of Pavarotti’s voice.
Agorà, the Italian production company that supported the event, chose two pairs of DiGiCo SD7 for mixing both in front of house and on stage. Two more DiGiCo SD11 were added in both locations to manage the mics of the announcers and special guests. Two SSL L500 consoles used in sharing mode were chosen to handle the mix for the broadcast feeds reaching the Rai OB Van and the national radios.
Daniele Tramontani and Stevan Martinovic, chief engineers at Agorà, designed the signal distribution system along with support from Luca Giaroli from DirectOut.
Two different solutions were chosen to enhance redundancy for the signal distribution. A full analogue transportation was provided through four DiGiCo SD Racks and eight SSL ML32. A second full Madi solution was adopted by using the DiGiCo optical loop to feed the SD7 consoles and two DirectOut M.1K2 madi routers in “doppelgaenger” (mirror) mode which were collecting the signals from the coaxial Mad

white-id24-serpentine-gallery-2-copyNexo tailors ISE display to installation sector
Monday, 18 December 2017

The Netherlands - Nexo will be presenting a line-up of pro loudspeakers at ISE 2018, with the French manufacturer also set to display new series of bespoke loudspeakers stands and mounts designed by Showem.
Nexo’s all-white display will feature the compact ID Series, including the ID24 full-range speaker. It uses twin 4” drivers in a V formation in combination with an HF compression driver and has an adjustable horn that rotates easily by a switch on the rear panel, giving 60 or 120 degree HF coverage. As the ID24 can be mounted vertically or horizontally, this effectively gives the user four different directivity options in each cabinet.
The Geo M6 compact line array will also be on show. Marketed as suitable for house of worship environments and applications, it keeps a low visual profile in historic buildings.
Nexo is also bringing the Geo M620 - a full-range unit for stand-alone, curved array or line array application. It uses a Nexo-designed long-excursion high-efficiency 6.5” LF driver and one 1" throat driver on a BEA/FEA optimized HR Wavesource, to deliver a frequency response of 80 Hz - 19 kHz ±3dB, with nominal peak SPL of 127dB. HF dispersion is 80° or 120° horizontal, with 20° vertical coverage, 0° to 20° splay when arrayed.
For high-power PA applications, Nexo will offer its new mid-size line array, the Geo M10, which will be shown at ISE with its partner sub, the MSUB15.
Nexo’s best-selling PS Series will also be on show, as well as a variety of sub-bass options to partner the different products.

sia4Sia plays arenas with DiGiCo and L-Acoustics
Monday, 18 December 2017

Australia - Sia’s Nostalgic for the Present tour delivered three stadium shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland, with the internationally-acclaimed singer bringing her long-time FOH engineer Jon Lemon behind the mixing desk.
Lemon has known Sia for most of her life and has been doing gigs for her on and off since 2002, mixing at small venues and large stadiums alike.
“It’s a very organised show,” he says of the recent tour. “The biggest challenge was putting it all together in the first place as it’s mostly playback in terms of the music. The brief I had was to make it feel like it was live but also sound like the record with SIA then singing live on top of it.
“I see it a lot with hip hop and rap where it’s just the artist and a DJ with minimum amount of stems and the engineer has just got nowhere to go and nuance it like the record. The environment changes the audio all the time, it might be a gig sucking out all the percussive stuff or over emphasizing the bass and you need control over all of those things.”
Jon was using an SD5 with a couple of Waves Servers on it plus a little bit of outboard; Waves MaxxBass, a few Maag EQ4’s and Smart C2 compressors to keep it all in control and even the sound out.
“SIA has a big voice, so I use Waves Renaissance compressors as well as their 1176 limiters on her vocals as she is so dynamic,” says Jon. “It’s pretty dialled in and quite simple because we did a lot of the work beforehand, in this modern way of doing things.”
“A lot of people may think it

peterandfrank14Frank Hoehn joins SGM in global sales role
Monday, 18 December 2017

Denmark - SGM has announced Frank Hoehn as its new vice-president of global sales.
Frank has most recently worked as director of business development and has who has held international management positions in Australia, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland.
He comments: “SGM is structured in a very professional way, with all the right elements to continue to develop further to be a really important player, and I am excited to be able to use my experience to help SGM grow and EMEA hospitality for Martin / Harman International.”
“Denmark has always been strong in going out in the world and selling what Denmark has to offer. For such a small country to have so many world-renowned and iconic brands and companies is quite amazing, and is only possible if you are open to learn about other cultures, without moving away from own principles. Everyone here is so nice and open-minded, and SGM is no exception,” concludes Frank.
(Jim Evans)

dmxcat-productCity Theatrical DMXcat goes multi-lingual
Monday, 18 December 2017

USA - City Theatrical’s DMXcat Multi Function Test Tool is now available in seven languages: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Korean, Japanese, and English. DMXcat was translated in partnership with multilingual lighting professionals to ensure that technical and industry terms were captured appropriately in every offered language.
Based on the user’s smartphone language settings, the suite of mobile applications will automatically update its written content to Spanish, French, German, Italian, Korean, Japanese, or English, if the others are not selected. Translations are now live for iPhone, Android, and Amazon Fire.
City Theatrical‘s DMXcat Multifunction Test Tool makes it easy for anyone to control, analyse, or test any DMX lighting fixture, whether it’s a simple LED PAR or a complex moving light. The system consists of a small hardware dongle and a suite of mobile applications that bring wireless DMX and RDM control and other useful functions to the user’s smartphone.
The DMXcat utilises a database of over 100 worldwide lighting manufacturers and thousands of lighting fixtures and their personalities, just like a sophisticated lighting console. The user can choose a fixture from the database and gain control through a user interface on their phone, which emulates a lighting console with encoder wheels labeled to match the personality of the lighting fixture being used.
DMXcat is the winner of the Lighting Product of the Year award at the ABTT Theatre Show in London, the Live Design Lighting Product of the Year award from Live D

twenty4sevenlogoMultiDyne adds Polish distributor
Friday, 15 December 2017

Poland - To take advantage of new business opportunities in Poland, MultiDyne Fiber Optic Solutions has appointed Twenty4Seven as its exclusive in-country distribution and systems integration partner. Twenty4Seven will exclusively specify MultiDyne fibre optic solutions into its broadcast and commercial AV integration projects throughout the country.
Twenty4Seven specialises in customised solutions and services for broadcast and production systems in TV and radio facilities, houses of worship and live event venues, among other customers.
Twenty4Seven partner Jakub Antoszewski says: “Poland is a very technologically-advanced country, and the broadcast and commercial AV markets here are focused on top quality products and services,” said Antoszewski. “Twenty4Seven was founded by and remains comprised of experts from the broadcast industry, and we thoroughly understand the trends and characteristic of audio-visual production. As we customise solutions to meet each customer’s needs, MultiDyne makes reliable transport of widely varying signal requirements possible.”
MultiDyne president Frank Jachetta, adds:“MultiDyne continues to add partners in Europe in response to growing demand across the continent. We look for committed channel partners that can fully support and train end users, as well as service MultiDyne products. Twenty4Seven perfectly fits that description in Poland based on their highly skilled and qualified personnel, belief in long-term relationships, and depth of knowledge and experience of the broadcast and commercial AV ind

show-technologyShow Technology opens expanded premises
Friday, 15 December 2017

Australia - Professional lighting distributor Show Technology opened a new facility in Port Melbourne on 6 December.
The new location is three times larger than the previous office and has enabled the company to adopt new service facilities as well as expand their stock holding in Melbourne.
Over 150 guests toured the new premises and could test lighting fixtures in the new showroom, including the latest offerings from Claypaky, Martin, and Ayrton.
“Having a showroom much bigger than the last has allowed us to put all the latest gear and gadgets on full display and when customers and partners come through the office they are able to get full demonstrations of what we have to offer as well as gain an experience,” said Emmanuel Ziino, managing director at Show Technology.
Melbourne branch manager Paul Nicolaou says: “I encourage all lighting professionals to drop in and have a look at what we have done here, we make great coffee and have plenty of space to relax and explore the latest technology. If you need an excuse to visit, look out for our new training and event calendar that will be released early next year, we’d love to meet you.”
Members of the greater Show Technology team were also present including general manager Harold Hassapis, technical director Vince Haddad, NSW technical sales Michael Gearin and operations manager Chris Durrant from Sydney, as well as Gino Lombardi, the branch manager from Perth, to assist with the event and to warm the new Melbourne home.
(Jim Evans)

adamson-birdsnest-dec17-hrAdamson covers every seat at Beijing’s Bird’s Nest
Friday, 15 December 2017

China - Taiwanese artist Huang Guolun recently brought his No Impossible show to China’s Beijing National Stadium.
Also known as the Bird’s Nest, it was fitted with an expansive system comprised of Adamson’s E-Series and S-Series loudspeakers that ensured sound coverage for every seat.
Yongjun ‘Park’ Li of Le’er Culture & Art Studio was the system designer and FOH engineer for the performance and explains that his choice to deploy Adamson for both the main house system and the delays covering the upper bowl was based on a few key factors.
“Adamson’s E-Series is very widely applicable, from studios and theatres to major indoor and outdoor stadiums, and I’ve found it excels in any application,” shares Li. “The E-Series has an incredible throw, with smooth highs, powerful mids, and low end that seemingly has infinite power. The system is very dynamic; it feels like there’s always power to spare, even in productions of this scale.”
Sourced through Adamson’s Chinese distributor, Real Music, Li’s system included main hangs of 18 E15 three-way, true line source enclosures per side, plus eight flown and eight ground-stacked E219 subwoofers per side. An additional 15 E15s per side were deployed as side hangs, and small complements of four E12 three-way, true line source enclosures handled both front in-fill and out-fill on each side of the stage.
Additionally, eight arrays of between 9-12 S10 two-way, full range enclosures were flown from the roof overhangs to cover the entirety of the upper bowl.

brightonFirst Thai installation for new Nexo Geo array
Friday, 15 December 2017

Thailand - Fuzion Far East (FFE) has installed Nexo’s new Geo M10 mid-size line array at the Brighton College Bangkok.

A subsidiary of Brighton College UK, the newly-opened Bangkok college is the result of a collaborative partnership with the Ocean Group, a Thai company, led by the Assakul family. The school is housed on a 20-acre campus, and includes a purpose-built auditorium with facilities for music, art, dance and drama.

High ceilings and glass walkways characterise the Performance Arts Centre, a key part of the campus which houses a 620-seat theatre, dance studios, rooms for musical instruction and practice, art and design rooms, Mac suites and a traditional photography darkroom.

FFE recommended the newly-released Geo M10 line array for the PAC auditorium, designing a low-profile flown system which uses L/R arrays each with three Geo M1012 and one Geo M1025 enclosures, below a single 15” MSUB. Additional subbass support is delivered by two Nexo RS15 cabinets hidden from view.

Front-fill is provided by another new Nexo product, the super-compact ID24, with four of these small speakers along the front of the stage. Each unit is partnered by another ID24 which faces into the stage to provide monitoring. The entire system is powered and processed by just one Nexo NXAMP4x4 and three NXAMP4x1s.
(Jim Evans)

chris-mckenzie-left-and-simon-garrett-rightGLP X4 L on test duty with the British Lions
Friday, 15 December 2017

New Zealand - Lighting rental company Oceania invested in 24 x X4 L LED heads from GLP that were used to support the British & Irish Lions’ rugby tour. Over six weeks the fixtures were ever present on all regional games and the three All Blacks tests.
At Auckland’s Eden Park, the company supplied all technical rigging, lighting, vision and sound equipment, technical management and crew, both in the venue spaces and the large fine dining 1,200 and 2,000-capacity party marquees on the practice ground, measured a colossal 400 sq.m. and 350 sq.m. respectively, requiring a lot of truss and expertise.
“The GLP X4 L and X4 Bars really impressed us both,” confirmed Oceania general manager, Simon Garrett. “The X4 L offers both workhorse and bling modes. A fast, very compact wash light with a source range from low to very high 10,000K colour temperature, giving some beautiful cold variation in straw, steels, lavenders etc. as well as some bling, with a myriad of looks. I particularly liked the straight lines and V shapes of the pixels, and the randomised strobes using macro mode.”
He said his company had needed some mid-sized LED wash for some time as their previous fixtures “ran out of puff at around 8m”. But none of the other options were inspiring him until he and designer Jeremy Fern ran into the impression X4 L at last November’s LDI show in the States.
Oceania also supplied the same range of technical services at the Queen’s Wharf Auckland Fanzone Activation. This provided the Auckland hub for the DHL New Zealand Lions Ser

emily-adams-copyDiGiCo SD 7T in control for Evita
Friday, 15 December 2017

South Africa - Audio engineer Emily Adams, was working on Pieter Toerien’s previous production, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, when asked to do Evita, the original West End and Broadway production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical which premiered at Montecasino Teatro in Johannesburg and recently moved to the Cape Town’s Artscape Theatre. It is to be followed by an Asia tour in 2018. Emily is operating the show on a DiGiCo SD7T.
It has been an considerable experience for Emily. “It’s my first production as head of department on a show of this scale. I started as a RF technician and I have done many shows at the Teatro Theatre, but I’ve always been the deputy head of sound and only mixed the occasional show, not actually running the show. This has been really challenging and I’ve loved every second of it so far.”
This is not the first time that Emily has worked on the DiGiCo platform. “I would definitely choose the SD7 if given the choice of console for a musical,” she says. “The SD7 is so user-friendly and easy to navigate. Doesn’t take long before you’re jumping between layers and editing.”
The programming for Evita came from Broadway and was adjusted according to the SA version of the production. The audio cues are extensive. With many of the finer details done already, Emily took the basic structure and cleaned it up to adapt it. “I did things like assigning the correct cast members to each control group per cue, I shifted a few groups around and renamed them.”

peter-pan1dBTechnologies enters Stage Right for Peter Pan
Friday, 15 December 2017

UK - Northampton-based full-service production company Stage Right Productions has recently extended their already considerable dBTechnologies inventory with the addition of the VIO 2-way line array system from dBTech’s UK distributor CUK Audio.
Part of the system is already deployed in the Deco theatre in Northampton for the annual star-studded pantomime. This year’s production of Peter Pan features Coronation Street’s Nick Cochrane as Smee, The Voice finalist Lydia Lucy as Wendy, Grange Hill’s Colin Ridgewell as Captain Hook, West End actor Chris Wills as Peter Pan, and Northampton’s own Naomi Wilkins as Tiger Lily.
Stage Right operates in a wide range of sectors in the event industry, from outdoor concerts, to corporate events to theatre shows. The company has been investing in dBTechnologies products for over 10 years and held a large amount of the DVA T4 and S20 modules. However, as Stage Right’s production manager, Craig Burgess explains, the time was right to invest in new technology.
“The DVA T4 system has served us valiantly for many years, but we felt that now the time was right to invest in some new gear, and of course more recent technology. Earlier in the year, CUK Audio organised a visit to the dBTechnologies factory in Italy to see how the products are designed and manufactured. We were extremely impressed with VIO’s capabilities and functionality so investing in VIO seemed like a natural progression and an obvious choice for us in adding new PA to our inventory.”
The Stage Right tea

just604Production companies’ double act for SA’s Got Talent
Friday, 15 December 2017

South Africa - Production company Rapid Blue produced the eighth season of SA’s Got Talent, with event technical specialists Blond Productions teaming up with production design company Visual Frontier for the first time.
“We decided to join together to do this, using the strength of Blond Productions’ technical delivery and the strength of my design capability for television,” explained Joshua Cutts, lighting designer from Visual Frontier. “We thought if we joined forces it would be a good exercise and in the end, it turned out to be very successful.”
There were two portions to SA’s Got Talent namely the auditions hosted at the UJ Theatre in Johannesburg and at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town, and then the main televised competition held at The Soweto Theatre in Johannesburg.
Mauritz Neethling, general manager from Blond Productions, professionally handled all the technical and logistics for the lighting alongside Stephan Kruger, also from Blond, who took care of all the audio aspects for the auditions and live shows.
There were two lighting operators. Ryan Lombard from Blond operated on a grandMA2 light at the auditions, while Andre Siebrits from Visual Frontier operated the seven live episodes broadcast from the Soweto Theatre every Sunday evening using the same desk. “It was the first time that Andre ran the show all by himself,” said Josh. “It was a proud moment for Visual Frontier.”
The winners of the competition was Anecnote, an acapella band, who along with runners-up Art of Dance and Amazebra

hughston-presentation-to-btsHughston Engineering backs Behind the Scenes
Friday, 15 December 2017

USA - Hughston Engineering, a provider of full-service solutions for events, trade shows, conventions and out-door events, presented its second cheque to Behind the Scenes at LDI, reflecting sales over the past year of their Male and Female SOCAPEX Cable Testers.
The Female Tester features an Edison input, rotary dial for each circuit, 20A circuit breaker, and 6 indicator lights. The Male Tester includes a continuity tester and 6 indicator lights. These products are made in-house by IATSE Local 16 employees and are rigorously tested to ensure the utmost quality.
Eddie Raymond of the BTS Foundation Board of Directors, stated upon accepting the cheque, “Hughston Engineering is one of the more generous companies in the business. Whether it’s supporting family, employees or the union, Lance can always be counted on to lend a hand when needed. Hughston Engineering’s support of Behind the Scenes is further evidence of this generosity.”
(Jim Evans)

daniel-meledimoLD Joshua Cutts & SOS help TUT student
Friday, 15 December 2017

South Africa - Lighting designer Joshua Cutts and the SOS Charity Fund raised money to help a student from the Tshwane University of Technology to complete his tuition.
“Daniel Meledimo, a young gentleman from TUT, arrived on our first day of Idols South Africa set-up and to see if he could assist and gain valuable knowledge,” says Joshua, who has worked on Idols for the past eight years. “Daniel remained with us for the full duration; every day we were there he was there. He never asked for any payment. He was very grateful for the knowledge and experience.”
It was evident that he was an extremely hardworking and dedicated student with the right temperate and someone who would clearly do well in the industry.
“After chatting to Daniel I realised that he may have to drop out university as he could not afford to pay his outstanding account,” said Josh. Daniel needed R40 000.00 to complete the year.
Joshua approached Duncan Riley of DWR to see if they together could raise the necessary funds.
“If you’re in, we will be in,” said Duncan without hesitation, and each party has contributed R20 000 to assist. “I hope to see great things from Daniel, the passion is already there. It’s an honour for us to help when we can.”
(Jim Evans)

circolocoOutline at Unipol Arena for Circoloco
Friday, 15 December 2017

Italy - Held on 9 December at the Bologna Unipol Arena, Circoloco, an international show of club house music featured an Outline GTO system as the main PA for the event.
Circoloco is a format and a brand born in Ibiza many years ago, supported and created by Antonio Carbonaro - the owner of the famous DC10 music label. Circoloco has its own identity and includes many international artists who accompany this project around the world.
The audio design and set-up was entrusted to Emporio on Stage (Scandicci - Florence), with the support of the Outline staff. It was composed of 12 GTO systems plus GTO-DF (down-fill) modules for sides, 12 + 12 DBS 18-2 sub-bass units, 4 + 4 infra-sub LAB 21 HS and 6 front-fill comprised of 2 Mantas 28 each.
Angelo Catoni, owner of Emporio on Stage, comments: “For the main PA we installed 12 GTO + DF (down-fill) systems on each side of the stage that guaranteed optimal coverage of the venue and six Mantas 28 systems as front-fill to balance the medium / high frequencies. We have chosen to work with a ratio of 1/1 between top and sub adding 4 + 4 LAB 21 as infra in the central part to have a very important sum on the bass, given the type of event.”
The audio sound design for this event had to follow very precise directives required by the concert’s production. For the Unipol Arena production, the importance of high coverage and sound pressure in a very large arena, like the Unipol, was a fundamental requirement for the success of the show.
Production manager Gualtiero Sabatini comm

dollywoodgreat-pumpkin-luminights4Dollywood aglow in Elation Lighting
Friday, 15 December 2017

USA - Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, is a theme park success story for several reasons. Besides having one of country music’s leading personalities as co-owner, the park is a mix of traditional thrill rides spiced with crafts and culture, a successful recipe of entertainment that attracts nearly 3m guests a year.
Each fall, Dollywood holds a popular Harvest Festival and this year sought a family friendly, fall-centric addition to the autumn event. Park leadership decided on a pumpkin-themed evening concept to support the park’s Year of the Family theme. The new experience, Great Pumpkin LumiNights, is an outdoor installation of thousands of illuminated jack-o-lanterns, artistic sculptures, playful scenes, pumpkin-themed food and entertainment.
Since lighting would play a vital role in the evening event, Elation Professional dealer StudioVibrant of Lexington, Kentucky, was asked to join the design team from the initial conceptual discussions. “Early in the process, I determined that a theatrical approach to illuminating the show sets was important,” stated Matt Cooper, principle lighting designer at StudioVibrant, who was key in specifying both Elation and Acclaim lighting on the project.
“Most pumpkin events we researched tended toward interior illumination and negative space but focusing on only interior illumination misses the opportunity to highlight the form of a pumpkin. It became clear that sidelight, uplight and washing the exterior of the show sets would be critical not only in setting LumiNights apart

Clarie Middleton appointed Rose Bruford principal
Friday, 15 December 2017

UK - Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance has announced the appointment of Clarie Middleton, currently chief executive of the Hackney Empire, as its new principal and chief executive officer.
The appointment of the eighth principal of the college was made by the governing body of the College. Clarie Middleton will take up her new post in February 2018. She is the first woman since Rose Bruford to be appointed to the role.
Clarie has over 25 years’ experience as an arts and cultural leader. She began her career working for Welsh National Opera before joining the Arts Council’s Touring Department. This was followed by the formation of Clear Day Productions which commissioned and staged co-productions with Bristol Old Vic and Plymouth Theatre Royal. She went on to work with Thelma Holt Ltd for five years, touring large scale theatre productions and working with major international artists including Yukio Ninagawa, Vanessa Redgrave and Alan Rickman.
Since 2009 Clarie has been chief executive of Hackney Empire. Under her leadership the Empire has grown audiences, achieved a firmer financial footing and enhanced resilience (including the establishment of diverse income streams and Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation status through to 2022), and developed an inspirational artistic vision with diversity and inclusion at its heart.
When accepting the role of Principal of Rose Bruford College, Clarie Middleton said; “Rose Bruford College is a truly distinctive specialist Higher Education institution and a creative community wit


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