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For our cover story this month, Steve Moles goes behind the scenes at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light to bring you the definitive production report on Ed Sheeran’s Mathematics tour. Steve is guided through the production process from conception to reality by the clever folk who devised the structure, lighting, audio, video, and special effects - many of whom worked closely with equipment manufacturers to develop new kit specifically for the tour.

From one British hit-maker to another, Coldplay’s Music of the Spheres tour is currently wowing audiences worldwide. For her production report, Sharon Stancavage caught up with the crew and creatives on its recent US leg.

Also inside, we chart the recent £12million refurbishment and redevelopment of Belfast’s Grand Opera House. Meanwhile, as an incredibly busy summer season continues apace, we also bring you reports on BST Hyde Park, AEG Presents’ summer series of concerts and a pro audio upgrade in a Cirencester church that marks a new partnership for CUK Group and Renkus-Heinz in the UK. Plus, Mike Wood gets to grips with Claypaky’s Sinfonya Profile 600, and Phil Ward speaks to BishopSound’s Andrew Bishop, who has an interesting proposal to put to the industry . . .

With the PLASA Show just weeks away as we go to press, we also bring you our extensive show preview to help you plan your trip to Olympia and ensure you don’t miss any of the new products set to be displayed. Plus, we present the early nominees for this year’s PLASA Awards for Innovation. Enjoy!


Claire Beeson
Editor
claire.beeson@plasa.org

On Tour : Ed Sheeran

Steve Moles reports from Sunderland’s Stadium of Light on the hit-maker’s ambitious in-the-round touring production, Mathematics . . .

Belfast’s Grand Opera House

LSi explores the Grade A listed venue’s recent restoration and redevelopment . . .

On Tour : Coldplay

Sharon Stancavage reports on the US leg of Coldplay’s Music of the Spheres tour and discovers the complex geometry at work . . .

Regulars

LSi talks to rising star Holly Pickles

Export witness,  Phil Ward speaks volumes . . .

The Shend interrogates Andi Callen

Did ABBA just kill tribute bands? Roland Hemming discusses the business of installations . . .

Formalising competency, electrical safety consultant James Eade lets sparks fly . . .

Phil Ward talks to sound designer Tony Gayle . . .

James Simpson predicts the shape of tech to come : Shape-shifting robots

Preview : PLASA Show 2022

As the popular show prepares to return to Olympia London this 4-6 September, we present a round-up of some expected highlights from the show floor . . .

TF : Sinfonya 600

Mike Wood reviews Claypaky’s latest profile, designed ‘exclusively for theatre’ and offering LED additive colour mixing . . .

BST’s bigger sound

LSi discovers how Capital Sound extended and enhanced BST Hyde Park’s PA system to fit a newly-enlarged stage . . .

Heavenly voices

Phil Ward reports on a key installation of Renkus-Heinz for CUK Group . . .

Bishop’s move

Phil Ward follows a unique journey for British sound . . .

Backup Tech

LSi discovers the latest developments from the industry charity that's got your back . . .

Here, there and open-air

Taking place in a wide range of open-air venues across the UK, Michael Bublé’s summer shows certainly kept the event’s production team on their toes. LSi finds out more . . .

NEXT ISSUE*:  Review: PLASA Show 2022 • Concert: ABBA Voyage • Event: Commonwealth Games • Tech: Meyer Sound’s Panther • Plus all of your regular favourites . . .
*Subject to change

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Claire Beeson
Editor
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Natasha Adams
Sales executive
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Sonja Walker
Production manager
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Jamie Mould
Sales manager
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