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Our On Tour subject this month is British band The 1975 whose current A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships tour sees Tobias Rylander’s distinctive show design merge harmoniously with the band’s music. Sarah Rushton-Read meets the crew behind the tour for her report.

Also inside, David Barbour chronicles the creation of Taiwan’s Kaohsiung Center for Performing Arts, a huge arts hub - reportedly the biggest in the world - built on the site of a former military base. Inspired by the region’s challenging climate and unusual vegetation, the expansive site has been built to last.

From Taiwan, to . . . Hull, where Kate Lyon visits the city’s brand new Bonus Arena. Meanwhile, Mike Clark reports from the Italian city of Ravenna, on the latest project in the Visions of Eternity series of projection mapping events that see historical monuments brought to life. Also inside, I report from Valencia on the story of Spanish manufacturer Equipson; and Kate Lyon meets the young creative at the helm of VR start-up Preevue. We also present the first in a new series of features entitled Lighting Landmarks, in which Rob Halliday discovers the secrets behind illuminating some of the world’s most famous architectural sites.

On the technical front, we present Simon Allen’s assessment of Yamaha’s Rivage PM7 and PM10 digital mixing systems, along with Richard Cadena’s review of Vectorworks 2019 design software.

All this, plus all your regular favourites and more. Enjoy!

Claire Beeson

The 1975

Sarah Rushton-Read reports on the production behind The 1975’s smartphone-friendly arena tour . . .

Venue : Bonus Arena

Kate Lyon explores Hull’s newly-opened, multi-purpose Bonus Arena . . .

Venue : Kaohsiung Center

David Barbour details the technical infrastructure of Taiwan’s performance arts hub situated on a former military site . . .


LSi talks to rising star Jon Ash

Meet the Klangers Phil Ward speaks volumes

The Shend Interrogates Yacoba Corral Davalos

Safety & competency

Dispatches from NAMM

Louise Stickland talks to South African LD, Joshua Cutts . . .

James Simpson predicts the shape of tech to come : Sun care

TF : Rivage PM7 & PM10

Simon Allen reviews the Yamaha digital mixing system . . .

NEW : Lighting landmarks

Rob Halliday looks at the challenges of illuminating some of the world’s major landmarks. This month, the St Louis Arch . . .

TF : Vectorworks 2019

Richard Cadena discovers what’s new in the latest 3D design software offering from Vectorworks . . .

The Empress strikes back

Mike Clark details how Ravenna’s Basilica of San Vitale was transformed by 3D video mapping . . .

An accurate Preevue

Kate Lyon meets Ryan Metcalfe of VR visualisations start-up Preevue . . .


Claire Beeson visits Valencia-based audio, lighting and lifting solutions manufacturer, Equipson . . .

NEXT ISSUE*: Review: ISE, Amsterdam • Preview: PL+S, Frankfurt • Technical: Robe’s T1 • Company Profiles: BroadWeigh & Bose • Attraction: Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi • Plus: Touring, the latest tech and more!
*Subject to change


Claire Beeson

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