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Tradeshow reports, it seems, are like buses - hardly any for a long time, then three come along at once! So it transpires that this month we bring you three tradeshow reviews, from Frankfurt’s Prolight+Sound, to Barcelona’s ISE and closer to home, PLASA Focus Leeds. For many, these shows provided some of the first opportunities to get hands-on with the latest product releases and, as ever, you can learn more about the new tech hitting the market (when semi-conductor shortages and supply issues allow) via our reviews.

We also bring you Steve Moles’ detailed production report on Simple Minds’ 40th anniversary tour. The band’s enduring appeal gave their touring crew a wealth of material to explore as they developed the production, as Steve discovers in his report from Newcastle Utilita Arena.

Also inside, forget Lady Whistledown, we’ve got Kate Lyon on the case, spilling the beans behind Secret Cinema’s latest offering - an immersive spin through the world of Netflix mega-hit, Bridgerton. Plus, Mike Wood examines Robe’s new T2 Profile to see what’s changed since the T1, and Richard Cadena likes what he finds in the latest Vectorworks release. Meanwhile, Phil Ward learns how advances in pro audio technology are affecting the workflow of Groove Armada’s audio team; Rob Halliday speaks to Nick Lidster about his recent Olivier award win for Best Sound Design and his career path so far; and we learn how Leicester Square was transformed - complete with full-sized fighter jet - for the Royal premiere of Top Gun Maverick. Plus, we bring you your regular favourites, this month looking at subjects as diverse as Web 3.0; the manufacturing crisis, competency in the workplace, and more. Enjoy!


Claire Beeson
Editor
claire.beeson@plasa.org

On Tour : Simple Minds

As Simple Minds embark on their 40 Years of Hitstour, Steve Moles catches up with the crew behind the production . . .

PLASA Focus Leeds

Claire Beeson and Phil Ward report from the enduringly popular event for the north of the UK . . .

Diamond of the season

Kate Lyon turns Lady Whistledown to reveal the technical secrets behind Secret Cinema Presents: Bridgerton . . .

Regulars

LSi talks to rising star Melissa Chan

Stereo Leeds,  Phil Ward speaks volumes . . .

The Shend interrogates Al Robinson

Is anybody manufacturing?, Roland Hemming discusses the business of installations . . .

The competence element, electrical safety consultant James Eade lets sparks fly . . .

Phil Ward talks to Digby Shaw, technical director at Southby Productions . . .

James Simpson predicts the shape of tech to come : Web 3.0

Review : PL+S, Frankfurt

Claire Beeson and Teodora Lyubomirova report from the long-running German tradeshow as it makes its return . . .

TF : Robe T2 Profile

An evolution of the multi-purpose T1 Profile, Robe’s new LED workhorse lands on Mike Wood’s test bench for a close inspection . . .

Review: ISE 2022

Teodora Lyubomirova reports from the Barcelona-based trade event . . .

Goodbye stereo, hello immersive

Phil Ward examines how Groove Armada’s last tour shaped the future of FOH mixing . . .

Movie Mavericks

LSi discovers how IPS helped to transform London’s Leicester Square for the royal premiere of Top Gun Maverick . . .

Everybody loves a winner

Rob Halliday speaks to sound designer Nick Lidster on his life and work in the West End, and finally winning an Olivier Award . . .

Absolutely in control

Rob Halliday meets the team behind Absolute Motion Control . . .

NEXT ISSUE*:  Theatre: Life of Pi • Festival: GALA ‘22 • Venue: Woolwich Works • Industry: PLASA’s Membership Matters • Plus all of your regular favourites . . .
*Subject to change

Contacts

Claire Beeson
Editor
claire.beeson@plasa.org

Teodora Lyubomirova
Assistant Editor
teodora@plasa.org
Sonja Walker
Production manager
sonja.walker@plasa.org

Jamie Mould
Sales Manager
jamie.mould@plasa.org

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