As the calendar flips over into September, you’d normally find LSi/PLASA preparing to spend a busy few days supporting our industry friends and colleagues with their product launches, promotions and parties at the PLASA Show. This, however, is no ‘normal’ year. Instead, the team have spent the summer fighting for the industry’s survival as part of the #WeMakeEvents campaign. The resulting Red Alert day of action on 11 August was the culmination of an enormous collective industry-wide effort and saw peaceful protests throughout the UK raise awareness for the industry’s plight. You can relive the events of the day of action in our extensive coverage inside.
Also this month, Rob Halliday details the tests taking place at the London Palladium as LW Theatres stages a socially-distanced test gig in its quest to safely re-open its doors. Phil Ward presents a follow-up to April issue’s Dark Faders discussion with prominent sound designers and engineers on the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on their lives and careers. Plus, we report on a number of productions that have taken place in the new, post-COVID world. From Wireless Festival’s virtual spin-off Wireless Connect, to the Ravenna arts festival, signalling a return for live events in Italy and Channel 4’s Formula 1 broadcasts - we speak to the technical teams behind each to see how they are adapting to new ways of working.
Education continues to find new ways to go ahead despite the setbacks of 2020, with the recent week-long a.LD Bootcamp testament to that. While in the Midlands, new industry-relevant college Resonance prepares to welcome its first batch of students. There’s plenty more to enjoy, of course, including technical reviews, product news, installation reports and our latest Landmark Lighting instalment, which this time charts the lighting of the Empire State Building.
LSi reports on the mass protest action that united UK event professionals in their fight for state support for an industry on the brink of collapse . . .
Mike Clark reports on the technical feat of Italy’s Ravenna Festival, which took place this summer amid stringent health and safety restrictions . . .
Rob Halliday discovers how the production behind Channel 4’s recent Formula 1 coverage adapted to proceed despite the threat of the coronavirus pandemic . . .
Kate Lyon reports from a new Midlands-based educational establishment for budding music and entertainment industry specialists . . .
Rob Halliday discovers the lighting systems at use illuminating New York’s Empire State Building and charts the history of their selection . . .
Simon Allen reviews the reference point-source loudspeaker that packs a clever crossover and waveguide design into an unobtrusive three-way system . . .
Phil Ward discovers how a cancelled festival can go virtual . . .
Simon Duff finds out how a new rehearsal facility was created for Manchester’s Hallé orchestra and choir . . .
The Phantom Menace : In a follow-up from LSi April, Phil Ward chats with sound professionals about the state of the industry . . .In a follow-up from LSi April, Phil Ward chats with sound professionals about the state of the industry . . .
Phil Ward attends an online discussion of the future of audio in theatre . . .
Rob Halliday reports on a.LD Boot Camp, an industry initiative born out of lockdown frustrations and designed to cater for up-and-coming lighting specialists . . .
Rob Halliday visits the London Palladium to witness the safety measures being implemented to get theatres back up and running . . .
NEXT ISSUE*: Theatre: Sleepless • Events: The summer of the drive-in • Installation: Milan City Studios • Venue: Minack Theatre, Cornwall • Tech: Claypaky’s Xtylosr • Plus all of your regular favourites . . .
*Subject to change