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With the PLASA Show set to return to Olympia London from 5-7 September, there’s a definite buzz in the industry about us all finally having the opportunity to re-connect in person - whether that’s at PLASA, or at work on live events that have finally been able to resume here in the UK (… for the most part). To help you best plan your trip to PLASA, check out our Show Preview inside.

On the subject of returning to work, for Cue sound, go lights, roll video: action, Steve Moles talks to three live events professionals about navigating their way through the pandemic and coming out the other side.

Also inside, Kate Lyon speaks to the crew and creatives behind Coldplay’s recent Big Weekend gig at Whitby Abbey; Rob Halliday discovers how the Grange Festival team developed a new technique to fill the orchestra pit with ‘live’ sound despite social distancing challenges; we visit the newly-revamped Stockton Globe; and report on the transfer of immersive art exhibition Beyond The Road from London to Seoul. Plus, Phil Ward charts the impressive 50-year history of British loudspeaker manufacturer, Martin Audio.

There’s a trio of technical product reviews for you to enjoy this month too, as Rob Halliday gets to grips with the new Diamond 9 lighting and visualisation console from Avolites, Richard Cadena takes a closer look at Obsidian’s Netron data distribution system, and Simon Allen puts the new Evolution Wireless Digital system from Sennheiser through its paces. Enjoy - and hopefully we’ll see many of you at the PLASA Show!

Claire Beeson

Coldplay’s Big Weekend

Kate Lyon details the engineering and logistical feat of realising Coldplay’s ambitious Big Weekend set in a historic location amidst great secrecy . . .

Preview : PLASA 2021

As the PLASA Show prepares to make a COVID-safe return to Olympia London, we take a look at some early expected highlights from the showfloor . . .

Cue sound, go lights, roll video : action!

Steve Moles speaks to freelancers on their return to the industry they love as live events slowly begin to resume . . .


LSi talks to rising star Keran Sparkes

Cable ties,  Phil Ward speaks volumes . . .

The Shend interrogates Bart de Wit

It’s only words

Phil Ward talks to A-Live founder Iain Mackie . . .

James Simpson predicts the shape of tech to come : Vertical farming

Martin’s house

Phil Ward narrates the triumph-tragedy-triumph thriller behind 50 years of Martin Audio . . .

TF : Diamond 9

Rob Halliday gets to grips with Avolites’ powerful new flagship lighting and visualisation console . . .

TF : Sennheiser’s EW-D

Simon Allen reviews the company’s new wireless UHF digital system - Evolution Wireless Digital . . .

Settling the score

Rob Halliday learns how one opera festival explored a unique approach to socially-distanced sound in its orchestra pit . . .

A theatre reborn

A revived Stockton Globe benefits from a full live performance infrastructure just in time for the return of live performance. LSi reports . . .

Visual Flare

Rob Halliday discovers a new lighting visualisation tool centred on the Unreal Engine . . .

Technology Focus

Richard Cadena takes a closer look at Obsidian’s Netron data distribution system . . .

The road to Seoul

Teodora Lyubomirova reports on the South Korean transfer of immersive art exhibition Beyond The Road . . .

NEXT ISSUE*:  Review: PLASA Show 2021 • Profiles: Vari-Lite, Autograph • Theatre: Cinderella • Focus: Sustainability • Tech: Martin’s MAC Ultra Performance • Plus all of your regular favourites . . .
*Subject to change


Claire Beeson

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