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Whether brand new, refreshed or refit, we explore a plethora of international venues this month. Situated within Australia’s iconic Sydney Opera House, the Joan Sutherland Theatre recently reopened following the most significant renovations the venue has undertaken since opening in 1973. Rob Halliday was invited to document the renovation for LSi, read his report on pages 40-48. We also visit South Africa’s new Sun Arena, Belfast’s Windsor Park football stadium and the Victoria Theatre, Halifax to report on the latest technology being deployed for the benefit of their patrons.

Creative vision is explored as Steve Moles meets international lighting designer Avi Yona Bueno to discuss his design philosophy and, in particular, his recent work lighting Israeli Opera’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Meanwhile, closer to home, Kate Lyon gets to know the creative trio behind Bryte Design. 

There’s plenty of tech to whet your appetite this month: Along with in-depth technical reviews of two very different professional lighting fixtures - Martin’s MAC Encore Performance CLD profile and Chauvet Professional’s Ovation B-1965FC stage batten, we bring you all the news from ISE, Amsterdam and present a preview of what you can expect to see at this year’s Prolight+Sound, Frankfurt. Also inside, Phil Ward meets the team behind custom IEM manufacturer Read Audio (pages 36-37), Jim Evans takes a closer look at cross-rental solution Second Warehouse.

As ever, all this is joined inside by your usual favourites and much more. Enjoy!

Claire Beeson

Venue : Refreshing an Icon

Rob Halliday reports from Australia as the Joan Sutherland Theatre, housed within Sydney Opera House, enjoys a refresh over 40 years in the making . . .

Preview : PL+S, Frankfurt

Expected highlights from the Frankfurt-based show . . .

Theatre : The Art of Imagination

Steve Moles meets the single-minded lighting designer behind Israeli Opera’s recent production of <i>A Midsummer Night’s Dream</i> . . .


LSi talks to rising star Alex Silvester

Captain’s analogue, stardate 2018, Phil Ward speaks volumes

The Shend Interrogates Stephen Boakes

Throw a six to start

The tale of the tape, by Richard Cadena

Gateway missing - Part 2

LSi talks to Simon Barrett, GLP UK’s general manager . . .

NEW James Simpson predicts the shape of tech to come : Drone lighting

Review : ISE

Claire Beeson and Teodora Lyubomirova report from ISE, Amsterdam . . .

TF : Martin MAC Encore

Mike Wood puts the feature-packed Performance CLD profile unit to the test . . .

TF : Chauvet Ovation

Mike Wood shines a light on the technical capabilities of Chauvet Professional's new B-1965FC stage batten . . .

Here comes the Sun Arena

LSi reports from South Africa’s new world-class performance venue . . .

Second Warehouse

Jim Evans reports on a web-based service designed to simplify AV sub-hire . . .

Pitch perfect

Northern Ireland’s national football stadium, Windsor Park, scores a major new AV installation . . .

Halifax Victoria : a sound revival

Steve Moles reveals how a Victorian theatre in West Yorkshire traded its bulky, dated audio system for a modern alternative . . .

The future’s Bryte

Kate Lyon meets the trio of creatives behind award-winning visual production house, Bryte Design . . .

Paging the auricle

Phil Ward visits Read Audio to find out how IEM technology is changing . . .

NEXT ISSUE: Venue: Royal Academy of Music • Touring: Rag’n’Bone Man • Preview: PLASA Focus Leeds • Theatre: The Lyric Theatre, Sydney • Audio Upgrade: Venue Cymru, Wales • Venue: Royal Albert Hall developments


Claire Beeson

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