Welcome to LSi’s first issue of 2019 - and may I take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy and prosperous new year! Our cover story this month concerns London’s versatile Southbank Centre (SBC). Consisting of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Hayward Gallery and more, the popular Thames-side venue has been treated to a long-awaited makeover. Julie Harper pays the SBC crew a visit for her report. We also visit the rediscovered and revamped theatre at Alexandra Palace, and detail Mountview Academy’s recent relocation from North to South London, as Rob Halliday explores the new site.
On the touring front, Steve Moles catches up with the crew on the road with Finnish rock band Nightwish as their show visits Birmingham Arena. Meanwhile, I report from the Royal Albert Hall as Gary Numan’s post-apocalyptic-themed Savage tour stops by, complete with the impressive Skaparis Orchestra.
Also inside, Phil Ward visits Peavey Commercial Audio’s EMEA operation; Simon Duff meets the creative visionaries behind 59 Productions; and Mike Wood reviews the new Synergy 5 Profile from DTS. We also present a round-up of expected highlights form the forthcoming ISE, Amsterdam. Plus, inside you’ll find all your regular favourites and more!
Julie Harper goes backstage at London’s Southbank Centre to report on the versatile venue’s long-awaited makeover . . .
Claire Beeson reports from Gary Numan’s emotional debut at London’s Royal Albert Hall as he teams up with Skaparis Orchestra . . .
Some highlights to look out for at the forthcoming ISE exhibition, taking place 6-8 February at the RAI, Amsterdam . . .
As operatic rock veterans Nightwish embark on their Decades tour, Steve Moles discovers the secrets behind their content-heavy show . . .
Mike Wood examines the new LED profile spot from Italian manufacturer, DTS . . .
Whither point-source loudspeaker systems in the 21st century? LSi goes examines the continuing relevance of one of our longest-running technologies . . .
Rob Halliday visits Mountview Academy’s new home in Peckham, South East London . . .
After 80 years in the dark, Alexandra Palace’s forgotten theatre resumes operation . . .
Phil Ward catches up with Peavey Commercial Audio’s EMEA operation . . .
Simon Duff meets with 59 Productions’ Leo Warner to learn about the Tony and Olivier award-winning company’s ground-breaking work . . .
NEXT ISSUE*: Venue: Hull Arena • Architectural: Lighting landmarks • Technical: Vectorworks 2019 • Company Profiles: Equipson & Coda Audio • Event: Ravenna revisited • Plus: Touring, the latest tech and more!
*Subject to change