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Bigger and busier, it’s undeniable - the PLASA Show has got its buzz back! Celebrating 40 years at the heart of the industry, the show returned to West London’s Olympia this September with more brands on show, more international visitors in attendance and - crucially - more support from the pro audio industry. For all the news, developments and highlights from the showfloor, see our review which starts on page 58 of this issue . . .

The latest advances in 3D audio provide a strong theme this month as we take a look at d&b audiotechnik’s new Soundscape system in use for electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk’s 3D tour (pages 28-29), before Phil Ward presents an overview of the very latest 360° immersive sound techniques available in 360 Degrees of Separation (pages 104-108).

Also inside, Elliot Herman reports from the International Auto Ausstellung, where state-of-the-art technology is used to showcase the latest vehicles being launched. To discover how BMW utilised entertainment technology at the show, see pages 34-40 . . .

Meanwhile, Sharon Stancavage takes at look at the production behind U2’s latest tour, as the band - known for their ground-breaking concert tours - take 1987’s classic album The Joshua Tree back on the road. This is the first U2 stadium production since the sad passing of the late, great entertainment architect Mark Fisher who collaborated with the band on many of their iconic productions, including their last stadium outing, the 360 tour. Thankfully, Fisher’s absence hasn’t caused a shortfall in innovation, as The Joshua Tree tour sees the PA flown high above an expansive screen. To find out more, see pages 46-54.

From iconic tours, to iconic products: Rob Halliday charts the history of the Source Four as the lighting fixture celebrates its 25th anniversary. Plus, alongside all your regular favourites, Julie Harper goes behind the scenes at the Little Angel puppet theatre; Kate Lyon chronicles 50 years of Lee Filters and I report on a touring theatre success story. Enjoy!

Claire Beeson

Motoring On

The biennial motor show in Frankfurt needed to impress journalists and public alike with new car models and innovations. BMW were no exception. Elliot Herman finds out more . . .

On Tour : U2

U2 go back to their roots for their latest tour as The Joshua Tree celebrates its 30th anniversary. Sharon Stancavage reports from the US . . .

Review : PLASA 2017

Kate Lyon, Steve Moles, Jim Evans and Claire Beeson report from London Olympia . . .



Julie Harper talks to Colin Ball, architectural lighting designer of Building Design Partnership . . .

Join the cue, Phil Ward speaks volumes

Good Safety = Good Energy Efficiency?

The Shend Interrogates Martin Walker

DMX Isolation and Protection

Deadlines and Managing Expectations

Mapping Matter Projection App, by Richard Cadena

LSi talks to rising star Jake Langham

Source Four at 25

Rob Halliday charts the history of the fixture that changed the lighting industry . . .


Audio : 360° Sound

Phil Ward examines how 3D and ‘immersive’ audio may guarantee the very future of pro audio . . .


Mike Wood puts GLP’s hybrid fixture GT-1 under the spotlight . . .

Fifty Years of Colour

As Lee Filters celebrates its 50th anniversary, Kate Lyon discovers how moving with the times has been crucial to its continued success . . .

Testing with Precision

Three decades on, Audio Precision’s high-performance audio analysers continue to stir product innovation. Jim Evans reports . . .

Magic in Miniature

Julie Harper follows the rise of the Little Angel puppet theatre  . . .


The Wedding Singer

From a one-off charity production to a hit touring show, Claire Beeson talks to first-time producer Dan Looney . . .

d&b Soundscape : on tour in 3D

Ahead of market release, the new d&b Soundscape was field-tested on the 3D tour of electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk. LSi reports . . .

NEXT ISSUE: Show Review: PLASA Show, London • Event: The Frankfurt Motor Show • Theatre: The National Theatre at 40 • Venue: Little Angel Theatre • Touring: d&b with Kraftwerk • Company Profiles: Lee Filters and SFL Group


Claire Beeson

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