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With their energetic performances and enduringly popular hits, the Foo Fighters continue to be a beacon of rock excellence. When they performed at Sydney’s Accor Stadium in December, temperatures were soaring above 40°C, adding an extra level of intensity to the live experience for all involved. Armed with suncream and plenty of water, Cat Strom was undoubtedly pleased to discover portable air conditioning units deployed at front-of-house when she visited the production for her report.

Steve Moles, however, probably left the Factor 50 at home for his recent trip to Glasgow’s OVO Hydro arena. He was there to meet with Hozier’s crew and creatives to discover the production elements at work for the Unreal Unearth tour. Having reported from the London Palladium on Hozier’s previous live outing in 2019, Steve was unsure that an arena setting would work for the soulful artist. Discover his conclusions inside . . .

Shifting gears, Jerry Gilbert embarks on a historical exploration in the first instalment of his new Heritage Pathways series focusing on the development paths of various technologies. First up, the evolution of PA systems. Also inside: Phil Ward meets with the team at Wharfedale Pro; we reflect on the life and work of Nexo co-founder Michael ‘Mickey’ Johnson; and I visit the new UK show space of Adam Hall Group.

As well as exploring the world of Gaussian Splatting and the benefits that this 3D scanning technique could bring to the live events industry for Future Tech, James Simpson has been busy getting hands-on with a new bit of lighting kit: the hefty Maverick Storm 4 Profile from Chauvet Professional. He goes on quite a journey with the brand, and has his preconceptions turned on their head! Enjoy!

Claire Beeson

Live : Foo Fighters

Cat Strom reports from Sydney’s Accor Stadium as Foo Fighters deliver a stomping three-hour set in +40° heat and prove once again that they’re still at the top of the rock’n’roll foodchain . . .

Heritage Pathways : The PA system

Jerry Gilbert presents the first in a series of features looking at the development paths of different technologies, and their legacies . . .

On Tour : Hozier

Steve Moles reports from Glasgow’s OVO Hydro arena on Hozier’s Unreal Unearth tour as it channels Dante’s Inferno to take the artist’s live offering to the next level . . .


Four weddings and a funeral, Phil Ward speaks volumes . . .

The Shend interrogates Josh Lloyd

Will we ever trust wireless? Roland Hemming discusses the business of installations . . .

James Simpson predicts the shape of tech to come : Gaussian Splatting

SMPTE Timecode. Automation specialist Sam Woodward goes through the motions . . .

LED astray, electrical safety consultant James Eade lets sparks fly . . .

Phil Ward talks to sound designer and engineer Zoe Milton . . .

A look at lumens

TF : Maverick Storm 4 Profile

James Simpson goes on a personal journey from scepticism to admiration as he reviews Chauvet Professional’s hefty new profile fixture . . .

Impressing London

LSi discovers how LDs including Jonathan Chan and Adam King are putting GLP’s latest impression fixtures to work across the capital . . .

Friends with benefits

Claire Beeson visits Adam Hall Group’s new show space at NicLen UK . . .

An active role

Phil Ward meets Wharfedale Pro’s secret R&D weapon . . .

Remembering Michael Johnson

Phil Ward remembers the Nexo co-founder and pro audio market pioneer, who recently passed away . . .

Tools from beyond

Rob Halliday shares the benefits of using AirTags for life on the road . . .

• Review : ISE, Barcelona
• Preview : Prolight+Sound, Frankfurt
• Live : AFC Asian Cup Opening Ceremony
• Profile : Fourier Audio
• Theatre : Stranger Things: The First Shadow
• Plus all of your regular favourites . . .
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Claire Beeson

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