robe-sziget-2019-martin-garrix-szi092109384Robe stars on Sziget 2019 main stage
Friday, 13 September 2019

Hungary - Robe moving lights helped keep pace with the demands of an eclectic mix of music and creative presentations on the main stage of Budapest’s Sziget Festival.
The stage saw performances from Martin Garrix, The 1975, Florence + The Machine, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran, who played to 80,000 fans a day for seven days.
The base main stage production / house rig was designed by Mark Kontra from rental company Colossal, who have supplied lighting for this stage of the event for the last several years.
The production lighting incorporated 172 Robe lighting fixtures which were a mix of BMFLs, Pointes and ColorStrobes.
It was designed to be practical, bearing in mind the amount of own kit coming in, offering all the breadth, fluidity and capabilities of a properly thought-through house lighting rig.
“We needed a powerful reliable rig with the flexibility to support all their designs, and obviously a premium brand that all these top-level designers find acceptable,” explains Mark, adding that Robe ticked all the boxes for the best quality, highest impact and smallest footprint fixtures available. The house rig was located on four straight overhead trusses.
For the size of the Sziget main stage, they chose the power and intensity of BMFLs. With 72 on the rig - 40 BMFL Spots and 32 BMFL Wash XFs there was plenty of latitude, and these were joined by 64 Pointes and 56 x Robe LED ColorStrobes, together with some Moles.
Colossal services numerous festivals with lighting each summer - including the main stages for Balaton Sou

macPLASA 2019: Martin MAC Allure makes debut
Friday, 13 September 2019

UK - Martin by Harman UK distributor Sound Technology has announced UK shipping of the new Martin MAC Allure Wash PC, with its first UK appearance being at PLASA 2019 (Stand U75).
This washlight variant of the MAC Allure Profile features a solid-state RGBW light engine with unique 7-segmented beam control. With instant colour control and pixelated beam, the MAC Allure Wash PC enables dynamic diffused projection and mid-air effects, previously not possible.
The light and colour engine are divided into seven full colour pixels. Pixels can be focused on projection or in the beam for aerial effects. You have full colour and intensity control over each pixel via DMX or create effects via the fixture’s effects engine.
On top of DMX, Art-Net and sACN, MAC Allure fixtures can be controlled via P3. This allows a rig of multiple fixtures to deliver cohesive content that blends with video content on panels or creative LED products. Via a single data feed, switch between normal lighting & P3 control and cross fade between the two.
Additional features that make the MAC Allure Wash PC suitable for a range of needs are its ability to be broadcast safe with LED drivers that run the light engine at high and precise refresh rates, securing no flicker or banding on any broadcast application. It also features a compact 17.6 kg (39 lbs.) design that fits nicely into smaller sets and spaces, reducing truss loading constraint concerns.
“Not only is it part of the first product family to combine a proprietary, solid state RGBW additive colour mixing en

 
 
boseproduct-solutionsPLASA 2019: Bose shows expanded portfolio
Friday, 13 September 2019

UK - At the upcoming PLASA Show (15-17 September, London Olympia), Bose Professional will be showcasing products from its significantly expanded portfolio of loudspeakers, amplifiers, DSPs, controllers and software products. Featuring at PLASA are the new ArenaMatch DeltaQ loudspeakers and ArenaMatch Utility loudspeakers, which bring Bose sound quality, consistency, vocal clarity and flexibility to outdoor installations through DeltaQ technology. Also on show are the easy-to-install DesignMax loudspeakers in a range of sizes (the total range includes 12 models; ceiling and surface, black and white, with subwoofer options), ShowMatch DeltaQ array modules, new PowerSpace amplifiers and Commercial Sound Processors. This new, expanded line comes together to build a range of cohesive systems that reflect Bose Professional’s latest advancements in terms of audio technology and design aesthetics, while also focusing on customers’ everyday needs with greater ease of design, configuration and installation.

 
peak-to-skyphoto-by-kene-sperry1Elation lights inaugural Peak to Sky festival
Friday, 13 September 2019

USA - The first annual Peak to Sky festival in Montana in early July featured Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses), Josh Klinghoffer (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters) on the bill. Local event producers Outlaw Partners and lighting suppliers Jereco Studios were at the sharp end.
“We knew going in that we would have to put together a package that would be fitting of some of the biggest names in rock n' roll,” says Frank Douglas of Bozeman-based Jereco Studios. With at least 75% of the live production done by Jereco Studios during the summer months outdoors, Douglas says that in southwest Montana at least 75% of those shows experience some degree of inclement weather. “From sustained high winds, to hail, to rain, to snow, our most exposed fixtures need to be able to withstand that. Elation has led the way with their large selection of IP-rated fixtures.”
The 4th of July weekend Peak to Sky festival, curated by McCready, featured two days of rock music under the striking backdrop of Lone Mountain in Big Sky, Montana. Produced by award-winning media and events company Outlaw Partners, fans witnessed history as multiple hall of famers took to the stage as an ethereal sky and picture-perfect sunset played out in the background. The festival also featured multi-Grammy Award-winning artist Brandi Carlile and Seattle-based female rockers Thunderpussy.
Douglas, who served as lighting designer, programmer and lighting op with lighting design and programming assistance by La

 
 
weoutherefestivalmainstagedliveWe Out Here kicks off with Allen & Heath
Friday, 13 September 2019

UK - Allen & Heath mixers tackled FOH and monitor duties for We Out Here Festival (see LSi September 2019), held for the first time this August and curated by BBC Radio 6 DJ, Gilles Peterson, his Bronswood Recordings label and Worldwide FM. Taking place across four-days in rural Cambridgeshire, the family-friendly festival showcased a line-up of underground artists and DJs.
Supplied by Glasgow-based A-Live Sound, five dLive and four SQ systems were chosen to run FOH and monitors across seven stages. Director Iain Mackie comments: “I chose to invest in dLive and SQ as they’re the best sounding consoles on the market right now. With dLive specifically, unlike some other manufacturers, it has endless high-quality plug-ins - especially the Hypabass FX and Dyn8. It’s also incredibly easy for visiting engineers to just rock up and mix the band as the whole system and interface is very intuitive and well laid out.”
The main stage featured two dLive S7000s and two DM64 MixRacks paired with three Dante cards for virtual soundchecks, multi-track recording and channel splits between consoles. “This was my first real gig on the S7000 and while I’m used to running festivals on competitor consoles, this event will be a particular favourite for a long time. dLive is so easy to use, self-explanatory and it sounds really great,” comments Martijn Van Renterghem, chief system designer at A-Live

 
st-215-v2PLASA 2019: EM Acoustics launches subwoofer range
Friday, 13 September 2019

UK - EM Acoustics is launching the S Series, a new subwoofer range comprising seven subs designed to pair with the company’s loudspeakers in a variety of fixed and portable sound reinforcement applications.
The new S-48 is a low profile, compact VLF subwoofer with minimal dimensions for easy concealment in confined spaces such as galleries, bars, cafés, museums and smaller theatres. Four 8-inch neodymium LF drive units deliver useable response down to 35Hz without the need for EQ.
At the top end of the range is the recently-introduced ST-215 compact flyable touring subwoofer, which is proportioned to fly with EM Acoustics’ Halo-B medium format line array system. The larger ST-218 high power dual 18-inch flyable sub is designed to be matched with the large format Halo-A system.
All the subwoofers in class are prefixed with S- followed by a number (e.g. S-12, S-15, S-18) giving a clear indication of size and composition, and thus application. All S Series subwoofers come complete with a range of rigging points and an impact-resistant paint finish as standard plus custom colour and weather-resistant options.
“The introduction of the S Series will make it much easier for customers to find their way around our product offering and quickly identify what they need,” says Mike Wheeler, operations director at EM Acoustics. “The advent of S Series has been part of a targeted restructuring of our product range in order to streamline our catalogue and ensure that everything we produce is both genuinely relevant to our customers’ needs and s

 
 
craemfieldsBrit Row supplies three Creamfields stages
Friday, 13 September 2019

UK - Creamfields returned to Daresbury on the British August Bank Holiday weekend with bigger production values - and more flown subs - than ever before.
Led by crew chief Alex Hore and with system designs from Josh Lloyd, Britannia Row provided sound solutions to Arc Stage, Horizon Stage and Stage 4, AKA, the 15,000 capacity Steel Yard (which is so popular, it has become a festival in its own right with events staged in Cream’s hometown of Liverpool, and in London.
Hore, who was Britannia Row’s crew chief, oversaw a 16-stong crew across three stages and worked closely with off-site noise management consultants, Vanguardia.
He says: “The design of the systems and the ethos behind them is to provide the best sounding and largest-area-covering audio we can, whilst limiting the potential for any off-site sound problems. Any stage, at any time, can be called on to adjust levels and frequencies to limit potential issues at particular locations off-site.
“This relies on the skills of the system technicians and FOH engineers to respond quickly to any changes.”
The Arc and Horizon stages saw L-Acoustics K1 chosen for the main hangs. Arc had K2 on ground-fill and delay duties, as well as KS28 for ground subs, ARCS II as ground delays and Kara for front-fill. Horizon had a similar rig, with the smaller capacity requiring few boxes. Arc had an SSL L300 rider, whereas Horizon opted for the Midas touch with PRO2Cs at FOH and in the monitor position.
The Steel Yard system deployment had the arsenal of flown subs, utilising K1-SBs in t

 
weddingsinger2Chauvet enhances The Wedding Singer
Friday, 13 September 2019

USA - The Tony-nominated The Wedding Singer played Boca Raton’s Olympic Heights Performing Arts Centre this summer, with a lighting design by Clifford Spulock that featured Chauvet Professional fixtures.
“There are a lot of different emotions that go on in this show,” says Spulock. “It starts out with a massive party at a wedding. I light this with huge bump changes and big hits that play off the music. Light from my fixtures cut through the haze into the audience at this point to create a very immersive, energetic opening that encourages the audience to get up and dance to the music.”
Among the lights that Spulock had fun with were two Rogue R1X Spot fixtures that were positioned on the apron electric. Filling a variety of roles in the lighting design, the 170W LED fixtures were used for front light specials as well as to illuminate the mylar drop during party scenes. Drawing on their dual gobo wheels and 16° beam angle, Spulock also relied on the Rogue units for gobo breakups on stage, as well as for aerial effects.
Also key to Spulock’s design were the 12 COLORado Batten 144 Tour fixtures. These RGBWA linear lights were used to wash the stage in a range of colors to reflect the emotional peaks and valleys of Robbie’s journey. Half of the batten units were positioned on the stage apron, three stage left and three stage right, while the remainder were placed one apiece on three scaffolding positions.
“We had great results with the COLORados shooting up on each actor during the “Saturday Night in the City” scene,

 
 
jeadeJames Eade launches new BS 7909 course
Friday, 13 September 2019

UK - James Eade, LSi columnist and leading consultant in electrical safety for the event production industry, has created a new course covering BS 7909 - the Code of Practice for temporary electrical systems for entertainment and related purposes.
BS 7909 Temporary Power for the Events Industry has been developed by Eade in consultation with industry experts to ensure the most up-to-date and relevant guidance for this rapidly changing discipline. Unique in the event production market, the course is only available from James Eade.
The course is up to date with the new 18th Edition of the Wiring Regulations (BS 7671:2018) and the new IET guidance on the use of generators and covers a broad range of areas including multiple sources of supply, RCDs, earthing and bonding, inspection and testing as well as the management of temporary electrical infrastructure.
Attendees will learn how and why the IET Wiring Regulations and BS 7909 apply to temporary events, why they are important, and the best route to compliance. The content includes examples of current practice, and where this differs from best practice, as well as the common dangers that exist in a typical event environment.
Initially, BS 7909 Temporary Power for the Events Industry will be accredited by Eade, but the process of gaining accreditation by a leading awarding body is underway and is expected to be completed soon.
In addition, James Eade is also offering other new and updated training courses on related subjects, including:
• Events Industry Electrical Standards Upda

 
triple-e-brochure-2019PLASA 2019: Triple E showcases key products
Friday, 13 September 2019

UK - Triple E is making final preparations for their exhibition presence at this year’s PLASA Show. The expertise of the UK based stage-engineering manufacturer will be demonstrated on stand B38 where Triple E will showcase the new 2Way Points System and the first product in their new Grip Equipment range. They will also have their new brochure hot off the press.
The stand will feature other key products including Triple E’s extensive range of track systems, and plug and play track mounted motors, all of which benefit from Triple E’s renowned superior performance and reliability.
Triple E’s stand will also demonstrate the flexible ModTruss system which has recently been seen in the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts’ summer show as well as forming the base of the Greenpeace tree at Glastonbury Festival. ModTruss is a highly efficient, re-usable, re-configurable modular system which is perfect for bespoke design requirements and has the potential to include additional lighting, screens and branding.
They will also be happy to share details of recent Triple E projects including the VariBanner and VariRoller installations at Battersea Arts Centre and Sherborne Girls School which are custom designed and built for the unique needs of each space they are installed into.
The Triple E team will be on hand throughout the show to discuss these products, installations and any stage engineering requirements you may have such as schools, arenas, tours and all applications in between.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
adj-plasa-2019-press-release-960x640PLASA 2019: ADJ to debut six moving heads
Friday, 13 September 2019

UK - ADJ will use this year’s show to demonstrate the latest additions to its range of professional moving head luminaires, including beam, wash and hybrid fixtures as well as the much-anticipated Hydro Series of IP65-rated models. Visit ADJ at stand H38 during PLASA 2019 (15-17 September, London Olympia).
ADJ’s Hydro Series brings the advantages of weatherproof IP65-rated enclosures to the broad mid-market of the entertainment technology industry. Designed for rental houses, tours and production companies, as well as permanent installation, the Hydro Series fixtures can be used outside in any weather. Their sealed casing design also means that, even if the fixtures are used indoors, their optics are protected from dust, dirt and humidity, resulting in an extended operational life and reduced maintenance requirement.
The flagship of the Hydro Series is the Hydro Beam X2, a bright and feature-packed luminaire. Through a combination of precision-engineered optics and a potent Osram Sirius HRI 370W LL (long life) discharge lamp, the fixture generates a razor-sharp 3-degree beam that can be customized using a wide variety of beam manipulation tools to provide lighting designers with a high level of creative freedom. These include a 14-position colour wheel (including both 3200K and 5600K CTO filters), 10 replaceable rotating GOBOs + two fixed beam reducers, two multi-faceted rotating prisms with layering feature and an independent frost filter.
The second fixture in the new series, the Hydro Beam X1, is a compact yet potent moving head powered by an

 
english-national-balletlondon-city-island-studio-in-useenb-fb-imageEnglish National Ballet selects Harlequin Floors
Friday, 13 September 2019

UK - Harlequin Floors has been picked to supply dance flooring to the English National Ballet’s new home in London City Island. The new location aims to bring world-class ballet to the widest possible audience and officially opened its doors last night (12 September).
The building has been designed by award-winning architects Glenn Howells Architects and combines top training, fitness, rehab and teaching facilities, seven stage-sized rehearsal studios and a unique theatre size production studio with five-storey fly tower unrivalled in the UK.
With funding from the Arts Council England’s Capital Large Grants programme and the National Lottery, the £3m investment brings both the English National Ballet and English National Ballet School together under one roof for the first time.
Harlequin installed over 1900sq.m of Harlequin Activity sprung floor and Harlequin Cascade vinyl surface and 200sq.m of Harlequin Standfast vinyl performance surface. An additional set of Harlequin Liberty sprung floor panels were also supplied for touring use.
Melissa Chapman, group marketing manager at Harlequin Floors, says: “We are delighted to have been chosen by the English National Ballet to supply and install our world-class performance floors in their new home.
“For over 40 years Harlequin has worked closely with the dance community and experts in biomechanics to develop a range of sprung and vinyl performance floors designed to meet the unique needs of dancers.
“Our range of performance flooring helps to provide an optimal environment

 
 
melony-eksteenRoodepoort Theatre upgrades with ARCS
Friday, 13 September 2019

South Africa - The Roodepoort Theatre has seen various transformations since opening its doors in 1981, but one of the most recent has been the investment of an L-Acoustics ARCS WiFo system supplied and installed by DWR Distribution earlier this year.
Initially presenting opera and symphony performances, today the Roodepoort Theatre is a dynamic and diverse receiving house that plays host to an array of shows ranging from ballets to musicals, revues, dramas, dance competitions, bands and live recordings.
Over the years the theatre has stayed abreast with the latest lighting equipment, while aesthetic renovations, including new seats and flooring, have created a fresh and modern look. The new L-Acoustics system enables the theatre to offer a professional service to external companies making use of their facilities and a quality experience for the audience.
“The venue accommodates 328 people and has steeply raked seating and a large stage,” says Chris Pugh from DWR Distribution. “The flown configuration consists of two ARCS Wide and four ARCS Focus with four SB18M subs. Side-fills are comprised of two X8, while four 5XT do front-fill duty. LA4X and LA12X amplifiers power the entire system. The result is a smooth and beautiful sounding system.”
Technical manager Melony Eksteen says: “Growing up in a typical coloured community, our greatest resource as kids was the richness of our imagination and creativity. I remember always being drawn to ‘behind the scenes kinda work’ as we fearlessly undertook to build modelling ramps

 
stormzySunblasts raise the roof with Stormzy
Friday, 13 September 2019

Poland - Glastonbury 2019 headliner Stormzy thrilled audiences at Open’er , one of Poland’s largest annual music festival.
Held in Gdynia on the north coast of Poland, this popular event has attracted a host of names over the years including The Arctic Monkeys, Depeche Mode, Bruno Mars and Radiohead.
This year’s headline acts were Kylie Minogue and Stormzy. Concept for the main stage was undertaken by lighting collective Green Beam Design.
The main stage rig, supplied by Transcolor, included a whole host of Prolights Sunblast fixtures. The external design team requested colour strobes on floor to complete the desired ‘colourful punch’ aesthetic and Prolights Sunblast3000FC were used. The fixtures have a track-record of providing the punch that this performance required, but also the flexibility of the 48 individually controllable groups of RGBW LEDs allowing the design team more creative freedom.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
coda-chinaCoda reinforces Chinese stage spectacular
Friday, 13 September 2019

China - The Qing show is a hi-tech, permanently installed stage show produced by the Sunac Group in a purpose-built, 1,600-capacity venue at the Oriental Movie Metropolis complex at Qingdao in the Shandong province of China.
The venue’s architecture has a number of marine elements and is designed to represent a conch. Based on the Chinese legend of Eight Immortals Crossing the the show was conceived, designed and created by artistic director Luke Petit through Art Team Group Asia.
Four years in the making, the show, which covers a floor area of 21,500sq.m, has a cast of 63 performers, features a lifting stage, acrobatics, dance, classic Kung Fu moves, 3D holographic projections and a water curtain fountain to create the perfect fusion of traditional culture and modern stage art. The cast which features 12 main roles, was selected from more than 10,000 dance and drama actors across China and took two years to assemble. The scene fluctuates between land and sea throughout the performance and delivers a rich and vivid background to a spellbinding story. Rave reviews greeted the opening night which took place in April 2019.
Production director Philip Alexi engaged experienced Belgian sound designer Erik Loots for the show and he in turn recommended a Coda Audio sound system for the project. Leading Chinese integrator (and Coda distributor) Tempo, was tasked with installing the system.
Erik Loots reports, “I became familiar with Coda when my old friend Hans Engelen at Viladco became a distributor. When this project was in its ea

 
zero-88-behindthefringeZero 88 gets behind the Fringe
Friday, 13 September 2019

UK - The Zero 88 team fully embraced the buzz and excitement of the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival where they were - again - on the ground with training and technical support for a range of their lighting consoles and control solutions.
They also introduced #behindthefringe - a ‘fun and informative forum’ for anyone into fringe performance and involved with a show using Zero 88 products.
Building on this success, #behindthefringe will be launched as a website later in the year as a hub and platform for comments, experiences and opinions, sharing information and connecting people through various Fringe projects linked via Zero 88.
Over 100 different Zero 88 consoles were in action site-wide at this year’s Edinburgh event, which is the largest arts festival in the world, producing nearly 60,000 new performances in over 300 venues across 25 hectic and vibrant days!
These included an ever-growing number of latest generation Zero 88 FLX lighting desks, and generally around the Fringe, Zero 88 is one of the most popular control solutions for a diversity of productions.
Zero 88’s product manager for entertainment Jon Hole believes that the fringe is a good place to meet and train potential new technicians and users and get them into the Zero groove. In recent years, he and his team have maintained a strong presence through the event, ensuring that anyone using a Zero 88 product - has full access to hands-on support. This year an impressive 89 new Zero 88 lighting desk operators were trained.
Zero 88 consoles were working hard i

 
 
aveo-systems-press-release-graphicAveo Systems appoints Jands as distributor
Friday, 13 September 2019

Australia - Aveo Systems has announced the appointment of Jands as its exclusive distributor in the Australia-New Zealand region.
“Mira Connect, from Aveo Systems, is an impressive innovation that further complements our existing AV conferencing product portfolio,” says Phil Muffet, national sales manager at Jands. “Jands is committed to providing the best solutions for our customers and partnering with strategic vendors who complement our integrators’ existing solutions.”
“Jands is one of the strongest AV companies in the ANZ region and is well respected by integrators and users,” comments Paul Roberts, Aveo Systems’ director of sales. “We think they will be the perfect partner for promoting Mira Connect to corporate, educational, and other users in the area.”
(Jim Evans)

 
alexander-schek-sep-2019-copyFane International looks to Latin America
Friday, 13 September 2019

USA - Fane International and sister company Precision Devices have recently recruited Alexander Schek in the role of sales and business development manager, LATAM to support their on-going global growth strategy.
Based in Miami, Florida, Alexander has an understanding of the Latin American market, business culture and executive level sales experience along with a passion for all things audio and technology. Working for high-profile companies, including almost a decade in charge of Latin American business with Sennheiser.
Says Schek, “I am humbled to be part of the Fane/PD Family and their passion to embrace the Latin America market. The market is eager to welcome such prestigious brands, rich in history and heritage in sound engineering excellence.”
“We are delighted to welcome Alexander as a member of the team,” says Mark Barnes, Fane/ PD managing director. “Alexander occupies a new position which we have created specifically to bring us closer to audio professionals and enthusiasts in Latin America.
“We intend to increase the presence and visibility of both Fane and Precision Devices brands in countries across the region. Alexander brings a fresh perspective, wealth of experience and expertise to leverage our efforts. Expect to see an exciting future for Fane and Precision Devices in Latin America.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
xstage-s10-video-on-a4itvXstage S10 features on video
Friday, 13 September 2019

Europe - Xstage has released a video on A4i.tv that puts the spotlight on its new stage deck, the S10. Weighing in at only 33kg, but without any reduction in loading capacity (750 kg/m2) or stability, the new S10 deck is winning over live entertainment professionals around the world.
Discover the advanced design and leading features that have made the S10 so popular by watching the video here.

 
PRG supports Production Zync Entertainment
Friday, 13 September 2019

Europe - From The Road to the Billboard Music Awards with NBC Universal, to the Thanksgiving Parade Celebrations in New York City, and a recent show in Las Vegas, Production Zync Entertainment are cementing their partnership in the world of design and production, and PRG has supported a diverse range of productions for them across the world.
Over the last seven months PRG has been working closely with newly formed Production Zync Entertainment, on the delivery and execution of a range of television, music, sport and live projects, from studio to arena across Europe, the US, and the UK.
PRG has provided Production Zync with a fully supported ‘one stop shop’ technical production solution across multiple territories, including equipment, crew, transportation, logistics, and pre-visualisation support.
With sites in London and Los Angeles, Production Zync combines production lighting design and complete production solutions, with technical provision.
The label was jointly founded by ITV’s former head of scenic and lighting (The London Studios) Dave Stevens, and production & lighting designer / director of production Steff Jones. Dave serves as managing director, with Jones as creative director & director of production.
The label specialises in the design, management, execution and delivery of the A to Z in production from inception to execution of TV shows, to international tours and music videos, to one-off bespoke live projects and events.
Dave spent almost 30 years at ITV’s The London Studios where he headed up li

 
 
olympia-way03-1PLASA Show 2020 to move to Olympia Grand
Thursday, 12 September 2019

UK - PLASA Show 2020 is moving to London Olympia's Grand Hall, PLASA has announced. A scheduling change has also been made, with the 2020 event taking place on 6-8 September 2020.
The Grand Hall is the largest exhibition space at Olympia and the Show's move highlights its return to form since returning to west London in 2016. PLASA reports that the event has grown year-on-year both in terms of exhibitor and visitor numbers, and this latest decision has been taken to ensure the ability for future expansion of the show.
Sophie Atkinson, PLASA head of events, comments: “With the exciting redevelopment happening at Olympia over the next few years the opportunity has arisen for us to move the PLASA Show to the Grand Hall from 2020 onwards. This is a great opportunity for the show as it allows us to ensure all exhibitors are on a single floor and gives a greater number of stands more rigging height above them.”
PLASA MD, Peter Heath, adds: “Moving to the Grand Hall gives huge potential for the show to continue its growth, allowing the chance for exhibitors to take larger spaces as well as being able to welcome more new exhibitors. The reinvigoration we have seen for the show since we returned to our spiritual home of West London combined with the huge popularity of our PLASA Focus events has provided us with this opportunity. With this new location within one of the most prestigious events centres in London, we can ensure a sustainable fu

 
grandopening1ChamSys head office opening draws crowd
Thursday, 12 September 2019

UK - Good times mixed with valuable insights at the grand opening of the ChamSys UK head office in Southampton's Brooklands Courtyard.
On 2 September, over 150 lighting programmers and designers from throughout Europe attended the inauguration of the new office, training facility and product development centre. Visitors participated in informative classes, think tanks, and training sessions focused on the new MagicQ and QuickQ software from ChamSys.
Adding a light-hearted touch of drama to the proceedings was a short skit presented by company team members on the history of ChamSys. The skit recounted how company cofounder Chris Kennedy developed his first console at the age of 10. Telling the story of a young man with big dreams, it showed how Kennedy achieved something beyond even his wildest imagination years later when an award-winning ChamSys console was used by Art & Yes to control a record-breaking 64,000 parameters over 186 universes directly without processing nodes.
Also staring in the drama was the MagicQ MQ500 Stadium Console, which was featured in live demonstrations that highlighted its wide range of impressive features.
Following his “acting performance”, Kennedy treated guests to a preview of the new MagicQ MQ70, a compact and aerodynamic console with big-time scalability. Animated light shows controlled by the MagicQ MQ500 followed this introduction.
At the conclusion of the evening, Kennedy invited guests to return to the new ChamSys facility, reminding them that it would be holding multiple training sessions

 
 
PLASA 2019: Avolites to unveil Q4 media serverPLASA 2019: Avolites to unveil Q4 media server
Thursday, 12 September 2019

UK - Avolites will showcase the Q4 media server, the latest development in the Q server range. Q4 boasts four full 4K outputs, which will be able to drive three layers of visually lossless, 4K content to every output simultaneously.
It also features Avolites’ Ai software, built on the Salvation node engine, which provides the tools needed to create effective shows, whatever the requirements. The new server will ship with Modular Flex Inputs, allowing video inputs to be swapped in and out to suit every situation.
In addition, Avolites will demo Synergy with its latest integration between Titan and Ai. The software, which won a PLASA Award for Innovation in 2018, integrates lighting and video seamlessly, allowing users to turn their stages into one visual canvas. It has been used on shows and installations around the world, including the Temple Stage at Glastonbury this year.
(Jim Evans)

 
mml-berlinHawthorn supports Magic Mike in Berlin
Thursday, 12 September 2019

Germany - After taking Las Vegas and London by storm, Channing Tatum’s Magic Mike Live will now move on to Berlin. Inspired by the hit Magic Mike film franchise, the latest production will open at the newly remodelled Club Theatre at Potsdamer Platz in November this year.
Having supported the London show since its opening last year, full service technical production company Hawthorn has been chosen to supply lighting equipment to the new Berlin production.
Conceived and co-directed by Tatum, Magic Mike Live is a large-scale, live production show featuring a group of extraordinary artists who perform an immersive 360-degree dance and acrobatic spectacular.
With a rig almost double the size of the West End production, 500 fixtures to be precise, Hawthorn is supplying lighting equipment to the specification of theatre lighting designer Philip Gladwell. This includes 68 Robe Spiiders, 86 Martin Rush PAR Zoom 2s, 62 GLP X4 Bar 10s and 28 Martin MAC Encore Performance CLDs.
As with the Vegas and London productions, audiences of Magic Mike Live Berlin can expect a lighting design more akin to a music video than a traditional theatre production. Packed with visuals and effects, the punchy rig also features Robe Mega Pointe, Super Spikie and LEDbeam 150 fixtures. The impressive set up will all be controlled using two Gio @5 consoles.
“We are really pleased that Hawthorn is looking after all of our lighting needs for the Berlin production of Magic Mike Live after they did such a great job for us in London,” says G

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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