Welcome to the special combined May-June issue, where we bring you a wealth of features to enjoy while the world of live events is still largely on pause. Our cover story this month sees Steve Moles in conversation with key, long-standing members of The Who’s touring crew, discussing the production behind the band’s recent US tour dates.
Also inside, Mike Clark reports from Italy on the presentation of a unique live performance by opera supremo Andrea Bocelli in an empty Milan Cathedral, streamed to viewer’s homes; plus we discover how a canny Estonian rental company mobilised to help a new form of live show forge ahead. Meanwhile, in his extended Future Tech column this month, James Simpson explores new ways of connecting now that conferences and tradeshows are paused.
Plus: Kate Lyon reports on the opening of the new Quarry Hills campus of Leeds City College; Phil Ward charts the latest business developments at Pioneer Professional Audio; and we catch up with the team at Zero 88 as the lighting control specialist prepares to enter a new chapter in its history.
On the tech front, Simon Allen gets to grips with DiGiCo’s compact new Quantum 338; Richard Cadena takes a closer look at the new Q Series from Avolites; and Wayne Howell presents a DALI crib sheet for this month’s Help Desk. Plus, all your regular favourites and more. Enjoy – and take care.
Steve Moles speaks to long-standing key members of The Who’s crew to find out how the band’s latest tour was shaping up before world events forced its postponement . . .
Simon Duff reports on the complex production of Robert Lepage’s theatrical masterpiece, held at the National Theatre in March . . .
The future looks bright for Leeds City College as it enters a new era at the expertly-equipped Quarry Hill campus. Kate Lyon reports . . .
Simon Allen puts DiGiCo’s compact yet powerful new digital mixing console to the test . . .
A look at the industry’s on-going response to the pandemic . . .
The latest industry product releases and updates from across the globe . . .
Teodora Lyubomirova discovers how a quick-off-the-mark Estonian rental house capitalised on the crisis . . .
Richard Cadena gets to grips with Avolites’ new Q Series servers and reflects on the company’s 64-bit Ai software . . .
Rome’s Museum of Moving Images captures the history of moving pictures in an expansive, immersive space. Mike Clark reports . . .
Mike Clark reports on the complexities of broadcasting from an empty cathedral to a global audience at home . . .
Kate Lyon talks to the Zero 88 team about its past, present and future innovations . . .
Phil Ward catches up with Pioneer Professional Audio’s evolution from BPM to BGM . . .
LSi reports on the technical artistry at work behind the Royal Albert Hall’s Films In Concert event series . . .
Simon Duff meets the team behind immersive audio specialist, Sonosphere . . .
NEXT ISSUE*: Theatre: Prince of Egypt, Dominion Theatre • Education: Resonance • Touring: Bryan Ferry • Lighting Landmarks: Empire State Building • Tech: Vari-Lite’s VL5LED Wash • Plus all of your regular favourites . . .
*Subject to change