UK - Popular UK rockers Nothing But Thieves recently played a series of Live from The Warehouse pay-per-view live stream concerts, designed by Warren Hutchison and directed by Tim Perrett, that traversed three time zones - USA, UK and Australia / Asia Pacific - having just released the new single Impossible and announcing a major UK, Ireland and European tour for autumn 2021.
The warehouse was Fareham, UK-based lighting rental specialist Liteup’s premises - part of which has been repurposed and energised for streaming activities since the first coronavirus lockdown started in March.
Warren – who specified Robe fixtures as the majority of the lighting rig and is also a regular freelance LD and technician for Liteup – pitched a production design to the band for the streams which showcased hits, plus new music from their forthcoming album, Moral Panic.
His design was based on their idea for an in-the-round setup, to which tour and production manager Andy Sweeny added a B-stage area for acoustic numbers and the more intimate moments of the set.
The project was managed for Liteup by Gordon Torrington, who commented, “The idea was to replicate a live concert look in the studio, including high production values. The space is ideal for this style of performance, and Warren produced an innovative and great looking design that was a perfect fit.”
The Studio occupies one end of Liteup’s extensive warehouse facility, and the 14m-wide by 12m-deep floor area features three flown roof trusses.
The Robe package c
Lithuania - This August saw a production of The Flying Dutchman, Richard Wagner’s fifth masterpiece, brought to Lithuanian opera fans for the first time. Staged in an open-air setting by the Klaipėda State Musical Theatre and featuring leading Lithuanian soloists including Sandra Janušaitė, the event became one of the most celebrated musical productions of the year, selling out all of its socially distanced 1,000 seats to lucky spectators.
Dual DiGiCo SD12 96-channel consoles with two SD-Racks and D2-Racks were selected by one of the largest audio rental companies in the Baltics, NGR Service, to bring the magic of this one-act opera to life.
Fitting its original theme, the opera production took place on the slipway of Paul Willy Lindenau shipyard complex in Klaipėda, with its colossal structures and hoists, as well as frequently changing weather conditions, presenting the NGR team with some major challenges right from the start.
“The setting in the historic cruise ship terminal made for a unique and spectacular location, but it also meant dealing with rain and winds of up to 20 m/s whilst thinking of how to make the orchestra and soloists sound as natural as possible, as this would be staged in an acoustic concert hall,” says NGR’s FOH engineer, Tomas Ždanovičius.
“On top of the weather challenge, we also had to deal with constantly moving actors across a 50m stage, or even outside the stage at time, as well as special effects such as falling water and a real-life ship appearing during the performance. There were defin
Australia - During the Covid-19 era, production companies have sought many ingenious ways to keep clients satisfied and the work coming in. In June, Australia’s Big Picture launched its’ premium live event studio offering a technologically advanced and connected virtual event space. This high-tech studio supports clients in delivering a broadcast-quality online event, corporate theatre, and live performance experiences.
Big Picture’s flexibility and technical prowess recently led to a mammoth two-day shoot with country superstar Keith Urban. Keith’s production house Human Person approached Big Picture to facilitate and coordinate the ambitious project.
Keith recently launched a new album The Speed of Now Part 1 and he was keen to produce a bunch of different performance videos, shot at the same time, for various television shows. These shows included Good Morning America, Seth Meyers, The Tonight Show and iHeartRadio Music Festival 2020.
With key creative personnel located all over the world, this was always going to be an interesting remote collaboration. Human Person, headed by Ben Dalgleish, provided both lighting and production design, called the shots from New Zealand. The lighting was programmed by Nick van Nostrand in Toronto, Canada, and content creation was coming from Hamilton, Canada, Hong Kong and the Human Person studio in Los Angeles.
“It was great to collaborate with Ben and the wider Keith Urban Team,” commented Josh Moffat, special projects & business development at Big Pictur
UK - IPS has announced the appointment of experienced staging specialist Phil Addyman as a project manager.
The company has added "some exciting new outdoor structures" and following extensive infrastructure investment in this area, Addyman will be helping to lead the deployment of Outdoor Roof Systems and Staging projects across the broad IPS customer base.
He has extensive experience, having spent many years working for Star Live (known previously as Star Events) and been involved with many different projects all over the UK and further afield. IPS has completed a range of Staging & Structure projects over the last few months, and IPS MD James Mason is excited to welcome the new recruit to the team, saying "the structures side of our business has helped keep everything running through what has been a very tricky 2020, and with our product range expanding with increasingly larger structures, Phil is the ideal person to help us continue to grow in what looks set to be a busy season next year and beyond".
Addyman will be based remotely from the IPS office and will support projects both in the design phases and as part of the established IPS onsite delivery team.
UK - disguise has recognised the need to take learning online. Users can now access the company’s full complement of training courses directly from a new online learning management system (LMS), free to anyone looking to upskill in any of the disguise workflows and disciplines. The launch of the online platform coincides with disguise’s decision to extend the free licence for their Designer software until June 2021 in an initiative to extend learning opportunities to all.
The disguise training team has redesigned the entire training programme, in order to facilitate remote and flexible learning. The new programme will split each major course up into two parts; one taught online on the new system, and the second, more practical part, carried out in-person. The programme will allow students to test their knowledge on specialist disguise equipment, and students will also have the option to undertake entire courses in a classroom setting should they request.
The new approach allows disguise users to learn concepts anytime, anywhere at their own pace and recap material easily after they have taken the classroom courses.
Global head of training, Chris West, explains: “The purpose of having a learning management system is to have a central location where our customers can manage their learning journey through disguise. It provides a pathway for people to find the right courses to suit their needs and gives us the opportunity to deliver training directly to anyone across the globe.”
The system will include all major training pathways offered
UK - Back in September when it was announced that theatres could play to socially-distanced audiences, this saw a range of venues prepare for their re-opening. One of these included the Charing Cross Theatre which re-opened with the world premiere of GH Boy. The lighting designer was Tony Simpson, who approached White Light to supply the lighting equipment.
Prior to its Charing Cross run, the show was originally going to play at The Vaults. Tony explains: “We were initially supposed to be opening in April and heading into the Waterloo tunnels. We had site visits, meetings and I’d even formulated a design. Then the outbreak of Covid happened and the entire production had to be pulled.”
Like many other freelance designers, Tony found his entire workload for the rest of the year suddenly disappear. He remarks: “It was an incredibly worry time as overnight my diary just emptied. Like most freelancers in the industry, I wasn’t sure where the next pay cheque was coming from and this continues to be the case for so many.”
It was in the second week of September that Tony would receive an email which would offer him his first project in months; one which would see him literally pick up where he finished back in March: “I got an email from Paul Harvard, the writer and lead producer of GH Boy. He told me he’d received some emergency fund money and that GH Boy had been chosen to re-open the Charing Cross Theatre. It was completely out of the blue yet something I of course leapt at the chance to do”.
GH Boy would
Switzerland - Each summer, The Montreux Jazz Festival (MJF) takes place for two weeks in Switzerland, on Lake Geneva's shores. Shure has backed the festival each year since 1995 by providing onsite support and a large number of wired as well as wireless microphones. Sadly, this year is different, and like so many events across the globe, MJF 2020 was unable to take place.
Determined to ensure music lives on despite the current global crisis, the team at The Montreux Jazz Artists Foundation (MJAF) - a non-profit foundation helping to promote up-and-coming talent - has maintained its activities despite the cancellation of July's annual MJF festival dates. Coined Autumn of Music, a series of COVID-secure performances and workshops were successfully staged in October.
The free week-long event consisted of concerts by emerging Swiss talent and the Montreux Jazz Academy, plus workshops, music listening and jam sessions.
More than ever through these difficult times, the Montreux Jazz Artists Foundation is eager to carry out its initiatives to support new talent, encourage the development of their careers, and foster creativity while sharing music.
“In this chaotic context, the human and artistic values of the Montreux Jazz Artists Foundation, namely creativity, talent, sharing, and coaching, have a particularly powerful resonance. The Foundation’s initiatives in support of emerging musicians, creativity, and career development have never been more essential.” says Viviane Rychner Raouf, MJAF’s secretary general.
A passion for liv
UK - A.C. Special Projects (AC-SP) supplied all the show lighting, as well as the power and data infrastructure for Bodmin Jail’s new immersive visitor attraction, designed and delivered by Sarner International.
Built in 1779 for King George III, Bodmin Jail has played an important role in Cornwall’s history and this bold redevelopment gives visitors the chance to delve into an intriguing hidden history. A massive investment in Cornwall’s tourism and visitor economy, this was the biggest attraction opening in 2020 with its state-of-the-art technology allowing for a more immersive experience.
The new attraction has used the latest technology to create a fully immersive experience, bringing back to life the chilling stories of this medieval prison’s dark past. Each part of the experience tells its own gruelling tales - visitors can walk along the jail's original Naval Wing, delve deeper into the people who worked and lived at the jail, spend some time reflecting at the execution pit, and more.
When creating an immersive experience of this size, selecting the right technology supplier was paramount to Sarner International. Having previously worked on a number of other immersive experiences, equipment and solutions provider, AC-SP tendered and won the project with high quality yet cost-effective solutions, providing products from a number of leading brands including Prolights, CLS, Chroma-Q, Vista by Chroma-Q, Rosco and Artistic Licence.
The project was handled by AC-SP’s project manager, Chris Little, who comments: “It was a pleasu
The Netherlands - Transformed into an online experience, the 2020 edition of Defqon.1 still attracted considerable interest. The three-day festival saw more than 80 artists preform and featuring every key element of Defqon.1 resulted in ‘one of the most spectacular live streams so far’. Together with the Q-Dance team, LD Robbert-Jan Vernooij was in charge of lighting. The design features a significant amount of CLF fixtures, supplied by Rent-All.
The 360° perspective asked for a full waterproof lighting package. Since the design was based on a flat surface of 160x200m, rain-covers and domes were not required. Placed on this surface is the well-known Defqon.1 sign, fitted with 96 CLF LEDbar PRO fixtures. Q-Dance’s Jonas Schmidt, Dennis van Harten and Tamil van Draanen were responsible for set design.
In order to create spectacular aerial and geometric effects, LD Robbert-Jan Vernooij chose new IP65-rated CLF Poseidon outdoor beam. “We are used to working with the CLF Aorun beam. The Poseidon certainly lives up to his indoor brother. We were really surprised about the movement speed and the fact that the double prism can be used to create a wide spot-like effect.”
CLF Ares and CLF Yara fixtures were used as floodlights to illuminate decoration and large surfaces. “A wide area needed to be covered, so we included a large amount of these fixtures. Both fixtures feature high intensity and beautiful saturated colours, which is exactly what we were looking for”, concludes Vernooij.
South Africa - tvONE, manufacturer of video conversion and AV signal distribution technology, has appointed DWR Distribution as a new distributor for tvONE and Magenta brand products in South Africa.
DWR Distribution offers full technical solutions for the entertainment, broadcast, architectural, and commercial markets in Africa. The company’s current band offering also includes Green Hippo, which is a sister company to tvONE.
DWR will distribute a full range tvONE and Magenta products, including video wall processors, scalers and switchers, multi-window processors, signal extenders, matrix routers, distribution amplifiers, racking solutions, and more.
This is an exciting acquisition for our company,” comments Robert Izzett, director and head of sales at DWR. “While we look forward to utilising the extensive product range in studios, which includes all the virtual studios that have come up since COVID-19, the door also opens for applications in the corporate world such as training rooms, houses of worship, and of course the rental market, which we can’t wait to see flourish once again. Andrew Rodgers of DWR has been appointed the tvONE brand manager.”
Frithjof Becker, EMEA sales director of tvONE, adds: “We are happy to partner with DWR Distribution to provide the best AV solutions and support to the South African market. We look forward to working with them and their customers in the future.”
Albania - Prosound, Martin Audio’s Albanian distributor, has recently carried out two diverse installations of the manufacturer’s systems - a new urban bar in Tirana, the Albanian capital, and a seasonal holiday beach resort in Dhërmi, in the south-west of the country.
The Grand Bar has been constructed on the premises of the recently reconstructed Air Albania Stadium in Tirana. Prosound had already worked with the same owners on another bar of the same name. “The owners were looking for a sound system that could function both as a background and foreground system, with even distribution,” said Prosound technical director, Endrit Veleshnja.
Containing an inside room with around 70 capacity as well as an outdoor terrace, the bar trades all day through until 11pm, and the clients were happy to adopt the Adorn series, based on Martin Audio’s reputation and its ability to function at both low and high levels (the latter when a DJ performs on special occasions).
Prosound recommended eight Adorn A55, combined with a pair of SX110 subwoofers for the indoor room, with a further three Adorn A55 installed on the terrace.
This ultra-compact passive two-way system has a wide 110° x 80° dispersion pattern. It can produce 113dB peak output at 1 metre, has a smooth frequency response and a strong bass reproduction that extends down to 65Hz.
The temporary BlacklineX set-up at the Dhërmi resort hotel was for the length of the summer season - a status that will repeat next season. The venue itself comprises a restaurant, and an adjacent co
Germany - Madrix Aura provides standalone capabilities for dynamic lighting, allowing the running of sophisticated light shows and effects independently from a compact controller with fully customisable scheduling.
Lighting effects create the right setting for media facades, retail applications and point-of-sale eye catchers, backdrops, entrance areas, office spaces, gyms, bars and lounges, theme-park attractions, and many more.
Madrix Aura is a powerful recorder and standalone playback unit from SD card for fully automatic lighting control.
As an easy-to-use and energy-efficient unit, it replaces lighting desks or bulky computers with their need for regular maintenance, updates, and administration in projects where no live control is needed, says the company. Available in three versions, it outputs two, eight, or 32 universes of control data over Art-Net or Streaming ACN.
It is a fully scalable solution to tackle any project size. Larger projects can simply be managed by connecting several devices over Ethernet network. The entire group is automatically synchronized across all DMX universes for flawless and uninterrupted playback. This makes sure that effects and visuals look best on the entire installation.
To make the setup process easier, Madrix Aura allows live recording. You can record any Art-Net or Streaming ACN network stream onto the inserted memory card.
With many additional features, Madrix Aura was built to meet the different needs and requirements of today's lighting designs. The powerful yet compact playback unit fo
South Africa - grandMA training is in full swing, with numerous grandMA3 Basic Training days taking place in Johannesburg and a grandMA2 Basic Training course recently hosted in Durban. The workshops, all presented free of charge, form part of the official MA University training programme.
Whilst there are currently only a few grandMA3 consoles in South Africa, it has not stopped lighting designers and technicians from keeping up to date with the latest trends and technology. DWR Distribution’s Jannie de Jager has orchestrated and presented grandMA3 Basic Training in Johannesburg, where three workshops took place in November (including a workshop dedicated to the UJ Theatre crew), and a date has been pencilled in to host the Jo'burg Theatre at the start of December.
In Durban, Aubrey Ndaba and Bongani Makhanya wanted to reach out and create a training opportunity for technicians based in KwaZulu Natal. The Playhouse Company kindly opened its doors and made a venue available to host a two-day grandMA2 workshop, presented by certified MA trainer Olebogeng Boinamo, on 9 and 10 November. The training was attended by 16 technicians and was made possible thanks to Nosipho Bophela who worked behind the scenes to secure the venue, promote the event, and was available on both days to lend a helping hand.
“Thank you very much for the opportunity you gave, and we hope to build from this,” said Njabulo Zuma, who attended the Durban
UK - The fashion marketplace app Depop recently approached Flipside Soundsystem to design and install an audio visual AV system for its recently established front-of-house area - intended for holding team meetings of up to 150 employees while also showcasing new products from its sustainable fashion portfolio.
Requiring a comprehensive audio visual installation that was in-keeping with the brand’s niche aesthetic, the Flipside team were on-hand to deliver a solution that could disappear into the background when not in use.
In terms of sound, the speakers included two Yamaha VXL1W16 column speakers, one VXL1B8 and a final VXS10SW in white and black to match the walls they were installed on. The amplification and processing called upon a Yamaha MTX5D and an XMV4280 located in a hidden rack. Audio-Technica were the brand of choice for the wireless mics with two ATW-3211/892x and four ATW-3212/C510s, allowing presenters the freedom to roam without cables.
For the visual side, two white NEC P525UL 5,000 lumen native WUXGA projectors have been flown from the ceiling and fire onto a pair of motorised Sahara Pro Electric Hall Screens. Visual processing is handled by a Wyrestorm MX 0404 HDBT 4K, while conveniently located Single Gang 2XD and 4xD wall boxes complete the project.
“There was quite a lot to do,” comments Flipside managing director, James Cooper. “But it ended up being a fun problem to have - to design an AV installation that allowed the team to use each aspect dynamically, but present them with a user interface that is simple t
India - Responding to growing regional demand, ClearOne has bolstered its sales network throughout India with the appointment of its newest distribution partner, Trustech Audio Visual Solution LLP.
“ClearOne represents innovative AV industry leadership with their full portfolio of solutions,” said Hardik Shah, co-founder and director of Trustech. “Our partners’ needs vary widely, and we know we can count on the reliability of ClearOne solutions and their commitment to providing the customer support our clients require. We know we can support any type of installation with confidence.”
“As the breadth of ClearOne solutions continues to expand, we are tasked with finding those outstanding distribution partners around the globe with the history and industry knowledge upon which customers can rely,” said ClearOne chair and CEO Zee Hakimoglu. “Trustech stands out in India as a trusted authority for AV solutions and customer service.”
USA - Despite being launched just six years ago, Eikon Group has already established itself as a leading player in the digital audio mastering, versioning and localisation industry, with a client list that includes many major studios and entertainment distribution companies.
Eikon recently opened a major new facility in Burbank, California, which features Alcons Audio pro-ribbon systems in four of its audio-critical, Dolby Atmos screening rooms.
With clients that include Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Disney, 20th Century, Netflix, CBS, Universal International Pictures and Warner Bros, Eikon has to maintain the highest audio standards. The new 20,000sq.ft (1860sq.m) Burbank complex houses a range of post-production suites, ranging in size from 125sq.ft (12sq.m) to 1200sq.ft (112sq.m). These include two large and two mid-sized Dolby Atmos listening rooms, all using Alcons Audio pro-ribbon solutions.
The complex was designed by Hollywood-based Studio 440, with Eikon Group chief information officer Jon Gardner choosing Alcons systems based solely on listening tests.
“Jon wanted to be one of the first players in the Burbank post-production market, because he was so confident that it will become a staple of the industry,” says David Rahn, Alcons’ North American sales manager.
The larger two rooms each feature three CR3 medium-format pro-ribbon screen systems, four 12” CRS12 large-format reference surround, two CB362 high-output double 18” subwoofer systems and two CB211FVsl shallow 21” subwoofer systems.
Australia - Jands, Australia’s largest theatre and audio visual technology distribution company, celebrates 50 years of continual ownership on Friday, 27 November, capping five decades that closely tracks the history of live production and indeed, Australian rock’n’roll.
Starting with some psychedelic lights in the basement of their parents’ home, Brothers David and Paul Mulholland were soon joined by school friend, (the late) Eric Robinson and went on to buy the fledgling J and S Research Electronics on 27 November 1970. The business took off as live music boomed from the straight-laced 1960s and solid state technology took hold, allowing louder, larger amplifiers. Column PA systems gave way to horn loaded systems derived from cinemas while swirling psychedelic liquid lightshows were replaced with stage lighting systems.
Jands built all their equipment - including speaker cabinets and cases being handmade by the company accountant Robert Young, Strobes, Colour Organs, dimmers and amplifiers being made in the company’s Marrickville factory. When promoters began booking international acts for outdoor concerts more sophisticated sound systems were required. Rock festivals like Sunbury needed more and louder sound, soon the Par Can came along and Jands bought the first 20 Altman versions, quickly copying a hundred to fulfil the demand.
“There is no better example of the strength of Jands expertise than when we were asked to provide audio for the first Elton John tour of Australia and New Zealand,” recalls Chairman Paul Mulholland. “All
Russia - This year, the Dream Island, a cultural and entertainment complex in the Nagatinskaya floodplain on the banks of the Moskva River, opened its doors to its first guests.
The park is part of a major renovation project of the former ZIL industrial area covering some 600 ha. It is divided into four areas: sports grounds, a residential complex, a stadium and the Dream Island entertainment complex.
It includes Europe's largest indoor theme park, a city promenade and a 44-hectare landscape park. The complex has dozens of attraction rides, restaurants, cafes, a multiplex centre with 17 cinemas, a concert hall, playgrounds for outdoor activities and sports, various shops and retail outlets.
The 300,000sq.m indoor all-season amusement park with rides has nine theme zones. Four of them are owned by foreign copyright holders: Hotel Transylvania - Sony Pictures Consumer Products; The Smurfs’ Village - IMPS SA; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Viacom International Media Networks; Hello Kitty - Sanrio GmbH. The other five have a concept of their own: Dream Race, Snow Queen's Castle, Mowgli in the Land of Dinosaurs, Fairy Village and Abandoned House.
US-based Cunningham Architects, which has Disney California Adventure Park and Havoc in Heaven in Guangzhou in its portfolio, was invited to develop the project. The bureau designed not only the architectural concept, but also the main engineering sections, including lighting and sound.
Design, supply and installation of the sound, lighting and video equipment was committed to Sofit Light - a Russ
Denmark - Kinovox is the latest distributor to join the Powersoft family in the Scandinavian region.
Founded in 1943 and based just outside of Copenhagen, Kinovox began as a rental staging distributor, before expanding over the years to include broadcast, retail, and digital visual recording products. Today, the company is a dominant supplier of high-quality pro-audio products and offers a vast support system for its clientele.
“We have always been aware of Powersoft, as its phenomenal products have always been prominent in the market - for very good reason,” said Jesper Kirkegaard Jensen, co-owner of Kinovox Scandinavia. “When the opportunity came up to work with Powersoft, we knew we couldn’t pass it up and immediately accepted.”
The company has an intricate understanding of the professional AV market in Denmark, and its future, of which it says is fast turning to remote working installations. “The market is leaning heavily towards installation, which is where Kinovox is at its strongest,” says Jensen. “Conferencing and meeting rooms are, without a doubt, in very high demand, and are simply being made to handle remote work in order to fit with the world we currently live in. Having Powersoft in our portfolio will be a fantastic asset to our product offering for integration.
“We’ve been supplying brands like Audio-Technica, Bluesound and RDL for years, and Powersoft supplements that portfolio of products very well with high power, low consumption amplifiers,” continues Jensen. “The recent launch of Powersoft’s Mezzo
UK - Unprecedented line-up of world-renowned photographers donate prints of iconic music artists to raise money for Stagehand’s COVID-19 Crew Relief fund.
Over 100 iconic prints of renowned music artists taken by globally celebrated photographers including Rankin, Tony McGee and Jill Furmanovsky are now on sale.
Available for £95 each, the sale represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a piece of music history, with many of the prints usually unavailable to buy. 100% of proceeds go to Stagehand - the only UK charity specifically dedicated to providing hardship funding for live music crews who have fallen on tough times.
Available from today for a limited four-week period, expect a mix of established photography names, from Gerry Mankovitz and Pooneh Ghana to Adrian Boot and Ki Pharaoh. The eclectic range of artists represented in the photographs include David Bowie, Coldplay, Arctic Monkeys, Bob Marley, Mick Jagger, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Marina Diamandis, The Streets, Florence and the Machine, Liam Gallagher, Jonny Greenwood, Beth Ditto, Tina Turner, Brett Anderson, Alice Cooper, Sting, Stormzy, Kate Nash... to name just a few.
Mike Lowe, Chair of Stagehand’s Board of Trustees, comments: “The livelihoods of people working in live music productions has been decimated by the effects of COVID-19. Every day we hear from people who are struggling and Stagehand is raising funds to help those in most need, with the simple aim of helping to keep roofs over heads and food on tables.”
All photographs are on sale at Prints For Music
UK - Production Park has announced four senior hires to lead its £7m research and development (R&D) project in Wakefield.
The project, XPLOR, will be used to deliver a support programme to facilitate growth for SMEs across the live events industry, and will be headed up by Jim Farmery, former partnerships lead at Creative England.
Farmery has been announced as XPLOR’s development director and will oversee the day-to-day running of the facility. Upon completion in spring 2022, the site will become one of the UK’s first specialist innovation centres in the live events industry, with sector comparisons being made with the world-leading film and television institution, Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire.
Engaging with organisations and researching opportunities for the facility, Farmery’s role will see him build awareness of the centre, not only within the industry and the region, but also across the UK.
A partnership between Production Park’s Backstage Academy and Wakefield Council, the development will be based on the park in South Kirkby and is set to create 150 jobs throughout its construction.
Farmery will be supported by Matt Glynn, concept and product designer, Peter Nye, software controls engineer, and Ben Schweitzer, digital content designer.
Farmery explains: “XPLOR will not only facilitate business growth for SMEs in the region, but will also represent a UK-first powerhouse for the events industry, worth £30bn to the nation’s economy. It’s something we’re all really excited about and proud to pl