Happy new year and welcome to LSi’s first issue of 2018. I’m delighted to welcome a new columnist to LSi’s pages this month as James Simpson forecasts the shape of tech to come in Future Tech. Welcome aboard James!
From new technology, to a brand new London theatre, this issue we also chart the design and build process of The Bridge. In Building The Bridge, Rob Halliday meets the team behind the multimillion-pound venue as it opens its doors.
This month’s On Tour focuses on Marilyn Manson’s recent visit to Wembley Arena, as I meet the crew tasked with keeping the show on the road despite the artist breaking first his ankle, then his leg in a series of on-stage mishaps. Despite adversity, the production rolled with the punches by making Manson’s injuries part of his fittingly macabre act.
Also inside, we bring you a Technical Focus double-whammy as Mike Wood examines the Philips Vari-Lite VLZ Profile and Mel Lambert deconstructs L-Acoustics’ L-ISA immersive audio technology. Meanwhile, Kate Lyon charts Doughty Engineering’s journey into the industry; Mike Clark reports from Milan on the multimedia inauguration of an avant garde new skyscraper; the temporary Embankment Gardens Cinema proves its mettle at the BFI London Film Festival, and we take a look at the audio overhaul of Hammersmith’s Irish Cultural Centre. Plus, our ISE preview.
With that, I wish you all a very happy and successful 2018 - it certainly looks set to be a busy one . . .
Claire Beeson reports from London’s SSE Wembley Arena as Marilyn Manson’s latest transatlantic tour Heaven Upside Down rolls in to town . . .
Expected highlights from the forthcoming ISE exhibition, taking place 6-9 February at the RAI, Amsterdam . . .
Rob Halliday reports on the complex creation of London’s newest theatre, the brainchild of two former National Theatre heavyweights . . .
Mike Wood examines Vari-Lite’s latest moving profile luminaire . . .
Mel Lambert provides an in-depth technical review of L-Acoustics’ new immersive sound art technology . . .
Mike Clark reports on the multimedia spectacle unfurled for the inauguration of Generali’s Milan HQ . . .
LSi reports from the BFI London Film Festival’s Embankment Gardens Cinema - a pop-up cinema that could give any permanent picture house a run for its money . . .
Kate Lyon charts Doughty’s evolution from a trailer maker to a leading rigging, suspension and lifting equipment manufacturer . . .
LSi discovers how LCG Productions gave Hammersmith’s Irish Cultural Centre a new sound system to improve its acoustics . . .
NEXT ISSUE: • Theatre: Sydney Opera House upgrades • Venue: Shaanxi Performing Arts Center • Profiles: Polar / Bryte Design / Nexo • Tech: Ancient Projection Mapping • Review: PLASA Focus Glasgow • Exhibition: Opera: Passion, Power & Politics