The Eurovision Song Contest graces our cover this month, with the hugely popular event having taken place this May in Lisbon, Portugal. I was lucky enough to attend for the first time, thanks to Osram, and was blown away by the sheer scale of the production - not to mention the professionalism of all involved. Turn to page 30 for Sarah Rushton-Read’s all-encompassing technical report . . .
We also have two theatrical reports for you as Julie Harper goes behind the scenes on Jim Steinman’s rock musical Bat Out of Hell at London’s Dominion Theatre, and Mike Clark reports from Rome as Giudizio Universale: Secrets of the Sistine Chapel sees the clever use of projection bring the art of Michelangelo to life.
Also inside, we present our round-up of news and product launches from this year’s PLASA Focus Leeds. On the tech front, Simon Allen reviews DPA’s upgraded d:vote 4099 clip-on instrument mic, Richard Cadena gets to drips with GDTF and Roland Hemming weighs up the benefits of repairing or replacing kit in this month’s Second Fix column. Plus, of course, all your regular favourites and much more . . .
Broadcast from Lisbon’s Altice Arena, ESC 2018 was a triumph of international co-operation on many levels. Sarah Rushton-Read meets the production ‘Eurovisionaries’ that make it all happen . . .
Julie Harper reports from the Dominion Theatre on Jim Steinman’s musical juggernaut based on the well-known Meat Loaf album . . .
Mike Clark travels to Rome to unveil the technical secrets of Giudizio Universale, an immersive production that has Italy’s most famous art at its heart . . .
Kate Lyon and Teodora Lyubomirova report from the Royal Armouries as the latest audio, lighting, AV, rigging and staging products made their UK debuts . . .
Simon Allen gets to grips with DPA’s upgraded clip-on, super-cardioid instrument microphone, and likes what he hears . . .
When high-end venue Leo’s required a new sound system, SSE Audio found an elegant solution. LSi reports . . .
LSi discovers how UK-based NEWSUBSTANCE created a stand-out light art installation for California’s Coachella music festival . . .
As it celebrates its fifth anniversary, Chris Henry visits the versatile Purfleet-based industry rehearsal space and training centre . . .
Teodora Lyubomirova meets the Bristol-based hire and events specialist . . .
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