dry-hireSouth Africa’s first dry hire company
Wednesday, 22 November 2017

South Africa - The country’s first strictly dry hire company, Guquko Technical Rider, has been established by a young entrepreneur, Phumzile Sibanyoni. Guquko is the Zulu word meaning ‘to turn around’ or ‘to reform’, a pertinent name for a company that hopes to bring a fresh wind of change to the industry.
Making an investment of 12 Robe Spiiders, 24 Longman 4 Ups and Prolyte stage decks purchased from DWR Distribution, the objective of the company is to rent out high ticket line items that are specified by lighting designers on a daily basis.
“Because we were just starting out, we looked at gear that would be beneficial to the growth of Guquko,” said Phumzile. ”The company has started trading and with the Robe Spiiders currently high in demand on shows, their units are out already creating revenue.”
Duncan Riley of DWR says, “Phumzile was wise enough to see the gap in the market for a professional dry rental company who don’t do shows and who only rent out gear. It’s a trend in Europe.”
Phumzile started working in the events industry in 2014. She offered a service which covered a broad spectrum including staging, technical equipment, décor and catering. She realised that by focusing solely on equipment hire, she would create a niche in the market, and be able to assist rental companies with the supply of well-kept gear and excellent service.
Her career has included working at Eskom for 10 years as a senior plant operator. “I have always worked in a male-dominated industry,” said Phumzile. “I’ve always

audio-technicaahmadAudio-Technica opens Dubai office
Wednesday, 22 November 2017

UAE - Audio-Technica has announced the opening of a new sales support office in Dubai, aimed at increasing the level of service to its distributors, integrators, consultants and corporate end users in the professional audio field across the Middle East region.
The office is located at Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA), well placed for business throughout the Middle East and well-served by world class infrastructure.
Technical product manager Ahmad Abuzannad (who began his Audio-Technica career in the company’s EMEA applications and support team) will head the office staff. Central to his activity will be increased levels of product training and demos – of particular importance to customers evaluating solutions in the conferencing market – in the Middle East and in conjunction with Audio-Technica distributors across the region.
Abuzannad will also support customers with the complex wireless frequency planning required for large scale projects. In addition, the new facility allows for extended sales support in conjunction with John Dodson, Audio-Technica’s long-standing local representative based in Dubai.
Matthias Exner, Audio-Technica director of sales and marketing EMEA Professional Audio said, “We’re delighted to be extending our presence in the Middle East with the new office. The territory is a key market for Audio-Technica and it’s of vital importance that we’re able to deliver excellent customer service locally. Initially the scope will focus on support for our professional product ranges – from live sound to in

 
 
tony-szaboTony Szabo joins L-Acoustics in touring role
Wednesday, 22 November 2017

France - L-Acoustics has announced the appointment of industry expert Tony Szabo as head of application, touring. Tony will work directly with Florent Bernard, director of applications, touring to deploy the application strategy for the touring market and manage the touring applications team.
Tony will be a familiar face to many in the industry, his career spans 25 years - from monitor technician to FOH engineer, show controller, crew chief and senior FOH systems engineer, Tony has worked with the world’s top artists and festivals. Most recently, he served as senior systems engineer at L-Acoustics UK partner Adlib Audio Solutions, designing systems for tours and festivals as well as mentoring the systems engineer team and leading technology acquisition decisions.
“Tony’s extensive experience in key posts in the industry brings a unique and fresh perspective to lead our market development strategy. His combination of technical expertise, industry knowledge, and business acumen will be a great asset for L-Acoustics,” affirmed Florent Bernard. “Counting Tony in this newly created position will allow us to continue to affirm and expand our leadership in the touring market, while supporting our partners to do the same.”
(Jim Evans)

 
asian-gamesClaypaky leads at 2017 Asian Indoor Games
Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Turkmenistan - Internationally renowned lighting designer, Durham Marenghi used more than 800 Claypaky fixtures to deliver the two large-scale lighting designs for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG), produced by Balich Worldwide Shows, held this year at the Olympic Stadium in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
The ceremonies, broadcast on the 17 and 27 of September to 57 countries worldwide, featured giant projection-mapped sets, pyrotechnics and sweeping light displays. For the opening ceremony, over 7,600 performers told the history of the Silk Road through music and dance, culminating in the lighting of the games' 'cauldron' which burned throughout the 12-day event.
Marenghi, the designer behind the lighting for the Rio Olympics last year, specified a large Claypaky lighting package for the AIMAG ceremonies. The rig comprised Claypaky Scenius Unico, Claypaky Mythos, Claypaky Sharpy, Claypaky Sharpy Wash, Claypaky Alpha Profiles, Claypaky Alpha Beam 700 and Claypaky Alpha Beam 1500 fixtures.
"Lighting alongside projection is a delicate balancing act, as the light levels we use are very low," says Marenghi. "For AIMAG we didn't go above 350 lux. This means that the lights we used needed to be very accurate and optically sound to create the beautiful imagery required in these large-scale productions. Claypaky has shown time and time again that their optics and reliability are well suited to these challenges."
One of the largest challenges faced by Marenghi and his lighting team was illuminating th

 
 
digicoBritney Spears wraps Vegas residency with DiGiCo
Wednesday, 22 November 2017

USA - When the latest in a series of remodels stretching back two decades was completed in 2013 at the newly named AXIS at the Planet Hollywood resort in Las Vegas and it was announced that pop star Britney Spears had been signed to a two-year residency deal, no one - including gurus of the entertainment world, and even most of the crew - really expected it to last more than six months.
Today, with that residency wrapping up an overwhelmingly successful four-year run and other pop residencies having taken hold, the venue boasts the highest number of ticket sales in Las Vegas and, most weeks, the highest in the country. In a world of dizzying changes, one of the few constants has been the presence of DiGiCo consoles at both ends of the snake.
The other constant has been the presence of AXIS production supervision and head of audio Eric Fish. “When I first came in, this place was raw concrete,” he recalls. “It was not a facelift, it was a full remodel. Everything was redone from the speaker rig to the consoles to everything in the walls and a ton of acoustic treatment.”
The room has a storied history. It opened on the bicentennial weekend, 2 July, 1976 as the Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts with a run of shows by Neil Diamond. In 2004, it was the scene of Linda Ronstadt’s legendary rant in support of filmmaker Michael Moore in front of a largely conservative audience, which effectively ended her viability as a performer in Vegas. When the old Aladdin hotel was imploded in the late ’90s, the theatre remained, going through a series

 
robe-rolling-stonesRobe rocks on Rolling Stones No Filter tour
Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Europe - Thirty-Six Robe BMFL Spots were workhorse moving lights on the recent Rolling Stones No Filter European tour, part of a spectacular and epic lighting design created by Patrick Woodroffe.
Patrick and associate designer Terry Cook of Woodroffe Bassett design (WBD) worked closely with stage architects Stufish on developing the show’s overall aesthetic.
With many moving lights on the rig, they sought a high-powered fixture to occupy four 'slots' just below the tops of four imposing 23m high by 11m wide monolithic video towers which define the performance space.
"Patrick and I needed a multi-functional fixture and knew the positions would be hard to access and given the complexity of CDM rules and regulations and the requirement that crew be able to access the fixtures safely - a lot of thought went into the process," explained Terry. “We decided on BMFLs because they are high powered, intense multi-functional moving lights with nice sized front lenses (giving rise to the much-loved quality fat beam) that are also reliable."
The lights were used to shoot into and illuminate the audience, to create classic huge aerial looks and to beam down onto the stage and band as they worked that
While video was always going to be a major part of No Filter, it was decided at the outset not to have one large surface, instead they went with four towers – giving a more interesting look and additional depth to the performance space, as well as being ideal as classy portrait IMAG scenes for featuring the four Rolling Stone band mem

 
 
u2-traf-squareMTV’s global icons rock Trafalgar Square
Wednesday, 22 November 2017

UK - Overlooked by a dominating Nelson’s Column and The National Gallery, U2 premiered material from new album Songs Of Experience amongst a set of their greatest hits, at a free show for 7,000 fans in London’s Trafalgar Square on Saturday 11 November.
Introduced by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, MTV Presents Trafalgar Square was the curtain-raiser to the following evening’s 24th annual MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) at The SSE Arena, Wembley, where the Irish four-piece were honoured with the Global Icon award.
Both events were graced by Stageco’s dedication as staging provider with Wim DeWolf and Mario Dockx handling the R&D, while Dirk De Decker managed both projects. For the U2 event, the Stageco crew of seven [plus local crew], headed by Stefaan Vandenbosch, negotiated one of the busiest tourist areas of the city to erect the company’s now-classic transparent canopy roof. The choice came directly from the event’s production manager, Chris Vaughan, who successfully implemented the product on other events earlier in 2017.
Along with the band roof, the three-day build saw Stageco construct 16 vertical 460-type towers of varying heights and widths, each accommodating 1m and 0.5m wide LED strips designed to transmit lyrics, slogans and graphical content to augment U2’s live set. The company also built four towers for PA and lighting, bridged by horizontal trussing which served the dual-purpose of suspending black drape while offering additional stability.
“Organising and co-ordinating some 20 trucks to come o

 
rolling-stonesgrandMA2 on song with the Rolling Stones
Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Europe - The Rolling Stones’ live shows are still known for their dynamics and power, and the recent No Filter tour featured a stunning lighting and video design that captured the essence of their performance and underlines the indelible legacy and huge influence of their music.
Lighting designer and creative director Patrick Woodroffe of Woodroffe Bassett Design (WBD) worked closely with stage architects Stufish on developing the look and feel of the No Filter tour, which used four grandMA2 full-size consoles, one MA grandMA2 light, five MA NPUs (Network Processing Units) and four MA 8Port Nodes.
Woodroffe explained: “We had very little lead time once the tour had been confirmed but worked with a great team from Neg Earth on lighting, and Solotech on video. Stufish and Jeremy Lloyd put together the scenic design and concentrated very much on the detail of rigging and mounting all the various elements to produce a composition that was both stylish and practical.”
The lighting was programmed and run by longtime Stones lighting director Ethan Weber. He said: "There were always discussions, prior to the start of any Stones' tour from the 90's through the mid 2000's, about which lighting console(s) to use. It's now a given that the show will be run on a grandMA. It's an enjoyable console to programme and run, has great reliability and availability, is powerful and looks good sitting out there and the support you get throughout the world from the MA Lighting network and other users is hugely comforting.“
“We rely on grandMA2

 
 
lawozurichZurich Opera House upgrades with latest Lawo
Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Switzerland - The Zurich Opera House entered the 2017/18 opera and theatre season following an extensive technical renewal that included new audio equipment, modernisation of its workflows, and fresh approaches to its sound reinforcement.
The Lawo mc²66 mixing console that was previously installed in the sound control room has been replaced with an mc²56, with a second an mc²56 also installed in the auditorium – making the sound control desk and auditorium desk mirrored consoles. Operated in mirror mode, the configurations, snapshots and adjustments of parameters that are performed on one console can also be recalled at the other. This ensures efficient preparation of performances, particularly where Microport systems are increasingly being used. Managed in this way, musical and children's opera projects planned for the future will be easier to mix in the hall.
The new Lawo mixing consoles offer 48 faders in the control room – a 32-fader console with a 16-fader extender that can also be connected to the hall console – and 16 faders at FOH, with both sharing a common core. Previously installed with the mc²66, this core remains the heart of the system and has been expanded with Wave SoundGrid with Gold Bundle, along with an additional Dante card. The capacity of the redundant routing card is 8192 x 8192 mono channels; four DSP cards provide 192 DSP channels of processing.
Both consoles can be used standalone or in two-person operation so that, for example, recordings are activated and controlled from the sound control room while the auditori

 
coatsandcollarsHawthorn production for Battersea fundraiser
Wednesday, 22 November 2017

UK - Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s annual Collars & Coats Gala Ball returned for its ninth year earlier this month, with Hawthorn on hand - or should that be paw - to deliver full technical production for the star-studded occasion. Taking place at Battersea Evolution, a Smart venue, the creative technical production expert provided lighting, sound, video and staging for the charity’s biggest fundraising event of the year.
Even with a guest list packed with some of biggest names of stage, screen and sport, it was Battersea’s four-legged friends that stole the spotlight at the Gala Ball. Battersea’s legendary Guard of Honour, a red carpet lined with the home’s dogs and their handlers, kicked off proceedings before guests settled down to a dinner by Smart Hospitality.
Guests of the two-legged variety were kept well entertained throughout the evening with both a silent and live auction as well as performances from Mica Paris and reggae and pop legends UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue.
Hawthorn used this year’s event branding as inspiration to deliver a stylish production design. Following the concept of A Night of New Beginnings, the versatile space was transformed into a literary heaven by the Battersea Special Events Team and florist Maison de Fleurs, adorned with floral displays incorporating book pages.
With this concept in mind, Hawthorn’s design needed to feature a much softer element than in previous years. For this, the company enhanced the room with extra tungsten sources and fitted

 
 
louisthechild2Maverick MK Pyxis tours with Louis The Child
Wednesday, 22 November 2017

USA - Success has not spoiled Louis The Child, nor has it made this pair of Chicago-bred DJs any less daring when it comes to reshaping their distinctive brand of EDM music. Since bursting on the scene two years ago with the highly original and spacey tune It’s Strange, the duo has continued to jump head first into the creative cauldron. Rather than resting on their laurels, they show a fearless willingness to experiment with novel eclectic synths, push percussion assemblages to the limit, and in general do whatever it takes to reach new musical heights.
The same Louis The Child philosophy is at play when it comes to lighting their shows. Going into their 32 -city Last To Leave Tour, which started 12 October, the pair told the team at Creative Production & Design (Austin, TX) that they wanted a lightshow that looked radically different from the one that had been so well received on their previous tour.
The CPD team readily obliged, coming up with a design that drew much of its vitality from a new, convention-defying fixture, the Maverick MK Pyxis from Chauvet Professional.
“Given the nature of Louis The Child’s music, we wanted a show that stood out,” said Justin Jenkins, owner of CPD. “Standing out becomes a lot more doable when you have a fixture that does things that nothing else does, which is how I’d describe Pyxis. When I first saw this fixture, I knew that its centre beam, independent pixel ring, infinite pan and tilt, zoom and other features really made it different.”
Jenkins told CPD’s Kendall Clark,

 
mojo-budapest-stanley-jilesen-and-daniel-benisMojo Barriers appoints Budapest distributor
Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Hungary - A range of Mojo Barriers aluminium crowd safety barriers are now based in Budapest with the announcement of a new Mojo distributor giving convenient, cost effective barrier rental for festival organisers and tours coming to Eastern Europe.
A stock of Mojo Barriers will be permanently located in Budapest for rental and it has already been hired out to create the front of stage barrier for the Gorillaz concert, in Budapest, Papp Laszlo Arena.
Mojo’s project and touring manager Stanley Jilesen states: “With the expanding live events market in Hungary and Eastern Europe, Mojo Barriers is proud to support organisers with local resource to help keep their events safe. Having worked with Sziget Festival for several years we are delighted to work with the innovators in this region pushing for higher standards.”
The new Hungarian distributorship is the company’s twelfth, along with the international offices in Netherlands, UK, USA and Australia.
Dániel Benis, Sziget production director, comments: “We wanted to deliver our events to the highest of international production standards, particularly when it came to the safety of our audience, artists and crew. Our experience with Mojo Barriers has been very positive so we are delighted to be able to offer their products to other events in the region.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
bucharestMega Milos roof covers Timeshift Bucharest
Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Romania - The Timeshift festival in Bucharest was the debut for the largest roof ever engineered and sold by Milos. The massive MR5 Heavy-Duty roof measured 31 x 18m and covered the main stage of the first edition of Timeshift Bucharest Music Festival - an event where technology and music come together.
The festival was a four-day event held from 20-23 July and featured a total of four stages, with the Milos MR5 roof covering the main stage. Featuring international artists such as David Guetta, DJ Snake and Bloc Party, Milos helped Timeshift ensure its mission of providing the means for its audience to “step into another dimension”.
The client for this project was A.S.C. Systems Sound & Light, based in Bucharest. A.S.C. Systems has been in operation for 17 years and is one of the leading rental companies in Romania for stage, light & sound equipment. Their primary goal is to provide customers with solutions that meet their budget, without sacrificing quality, and delivering technical solutions that meet the highest standards.
When asked about his choice of the Milos M5 roof, A.S.C. co-owner Alex Oprita answered, ““We’ve been working with Milos for the past 10 years and that’s why we chose them. They have good products.” When speaking about value for money, Alex said, “It’s what we were hoping for.”
The highly customized MR5 roof was an intensive project that made full use of Area Four Industries’ technical sales service. Norbert Tripp, Area Four Industries technical director, carried out the engineering de

 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Swift Sales - After just four days, Taylor Swift sold more albums in the US than any other artist this year. The star's sixth album, Reputation, sold 1.04m copies in the US over its first four days on release, says Billboard magazine.
That puts her ahead of 2017's previous biggest-seller, Ed Sheeran's ÷, which has shifted 919,000 copies to date. Reputation also becomes Swift's fourth album to sell a million copies in the space of a week, following 1989, Red and Speak Now. In fact, only she and Adele have sold a million copies of any album in a seven-day frame since 2012.
Extended Role - Edinburgh International Festival has extended director Fergus Linehan's contract for an extra three years, meaning that he will run the festival until at least August 2022. Linehan joined EIF in 2013, directing his first festival in 2015. The EIF said that so far during his tenure it has had record sales and extended to new audiences.
One of Linehan's first moves was to bring the dates of the EIF forward a week to run at the same time as the Edinburgh Fringe. Other innovations include a free public event to open the festival season in Edinburgh and developing its theatre programme, notably in its revival of existing Scottish work. In a statement, Linehan said: "The commitment and creativity of the festival team has made the past three years the most professionally exhilarating period of my career."
Royal Visit - The Tony award-winning Broadway production of The King and I will transfer to th

 
 
lacoustics-syvaralL-Acoustics takes L-ISA and Syva to CUE
Tuesday, 21 November 2017

The Netherlands - L-Acoustics will be exhibiting at CUE, held from 15-17 January at the Rotterdam Ahoy in The Netherlands, where it will welcome visitors to stand 122 to meet the L-Acoustics team and learn more about the L-ISA Immersive Sound Art platform, view the new Syva colinear source system and the upcoming P1 networked digital audio processor.
Established in London in 2014 by L-Acoustics founder Dr. Christian Heil, L-ISA is L-Acoustics’ immersive sound brand. L-ISA draws on extensive audio and psychoacoustic research to develop sound design and processing tools for live shows, creative events and private residences. L-ISA is the only comprehensive solution that integrates innovative sound design, loudspeaker systems, proprietary processing hardware and software-based audio tools, says the company.
Syva, meanwhile, is a new breed of speaker, blending L-Acoustics line-source heritage with a plug-and-play simplicity and an elegant design.
(Jim Evans)

 
apg-live-manager-macAPG to unveil Live Manager at JTSE 2017
Tuesday, 21 November 2017

France - APG will unveil APG Live Manager at the 2017 JTSE (Paris, 21 - 22 November, stand 94). The new software will be presented alongside the successful Uniline Compact loudspeaker system, which is currently proving a resounding success in fixed installations as well as staging applications, both in France and overseas.
A result of the combined work of both the Active Audio and APG R&D teams, the new APG Live Manager remote control and monitoring software offers increased performance in a new user friendly graphic interface, allowing the user to control the entire APG range of products, from the DMS26 and DMS48 external processors to the DA50:4 and DA15:4 DSP amplifiers, says the company.
APG Live Manager allows the user to work offline in order to remotely prepare for any type of project, even those which require a complex configuration, and perform a number of background tasks from loading the loudspeaker pre-sets to working on grouping functions.
Visitors will also have an opportunity to see APG’s flagship Uniline Compact (UC) range, which is enjoying considerable success both on a French and international scale. The UC range comprises the UC206N (for mid and long range), the UC206W (for short and mid-range) and the UC115B subwoofer.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
ald-members-on-toxic-setjpeg-smALD corporate members sponsor insight events
Tuesday, 21 November 2017

UK - The Association of Lighting Designers (ALD)’s latest event took place at the Arts Theatre, courtesy of Chauvet and White Light, suppliers of the event’s lighting. ALD Members were invited to see cult rock musical The Toxic Avenger and to hear from the show's lighting designer, Nic Farman, and programmer / production electrician, Clancy Flynn.
Over the summer, events have included an evening with Ambersphere at London’s National Theatre, alongside insight tours to the West End’s latest rock musical, Bat Out of Hell Olivier Award-winning Jesus Christ Superstar at London’s Regent’s Park Open Air theatre, and to 42nd Street at the Drury Lane theatre.
Matt Cowles, Ambersphere’s technical sales manager, stresses the importance of meeting ALD members in this environment. “For us at Ambersphere, the chance to chat with technicians and lighting designers is invaluable in getting our products seen and fully understood.”
Chauvet’s Tom Wilkes, UK South territory manager, stresses, “It helps ALD members to keep up with the ever-changing landscape of new kit. During the event we can have open conversation with like-minded industry professionals as to how to use the kit to its full advantage and hear each other’s own success stories.”
The ALD organises and promotes insight events as a means of propagating excellence and shared information within the profession. “The events are an investment into the future of lighting design,” maintains ALD meetings sub-committee member, Alex Allan. “The ALD m

 
atlonabostonroadshowAtlona road show rolls into Massachusetts
Tuesday, 21 November 2017

USA - On Tuesday, 14 November, the Atlona On Tour road show rolled into Boston for a special two-day Visual Systems Show in Marlborough, MA, where more than 75 dealers, distributors and systems integrators took in live presentations focused on Atlona’s Velocity networked control solution, OmniStream R-Type AV over IP platform, and a variety of HDR products. Seth Powell, Atlona’s resident AV over IP training expert, led most of the presentations.
Sponsored by the D.L. Henderson Company, a regional manufacturer’s representative, the event also included a three-hour Atlona Certification Course on how to configure, deploy and maintain OmniStream and Velocity systems. More than 20 attendees were certified. Atlona offers these trainings free of charge, and has been granted CTS certification for them due to providing a thorough and complete curriculum.
The road show continues with two more stops in Chicago and Boston on 28 November and 5 December respectively.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
aeroscopiacredit-pelangenfeldreplicairYamaha delivers smooth sound at Aeroscopia
Tuesday, 21 November 2017

France - Aeroscopia is a museum which celebrates the contribution that the Midi-Pyrénées region has made to French civil and military aviation. As well as aircraft and themed exhibition areas, the museum features spaces for hospitality events, meetings and presentations. In all of them, Yamaha audio systems deliver smooth, turbulence-free sound.
Toulouse is known globally for Airbus, but the area around the city has witnessed over a century of aviation - from France’s first powered flight by Clément Ader, via the Caravelle (the first French jet airliner) and Concorde, to the mighty Airbus A380. Appropriately, Aeroscopia is connected to Toulouse-Blagnac airport - where many French aircraft made their maiden flights - and is within easy reach of the city.
At the heart of the museum, the 506m² l’espace évènementiel (event space) can host up to 400 guests in a cocktail configuration, or 290 guests for a seated dinner. Here, high-quality background music is delivered by eight Yamaha VXS8 and two VXS10 loudspeakers, powered by XMV 8140 and XMV4280 amplifiers.
The amphithéâtre (lecture theatre) features four VXS8 loudspeakers and an XMV4140 amplifier, while the meeting room includes four more VXS8 and two VXS5s, powered by an XMV8280 amplifier, both systems for presentations and video soundtracks.
The sound for each space is managed by its own MTX3 matrix processor and DCP series surface-mounted controllers. The system is also controlled by iPads running Yamaha’s ProVisionaire Touch app.
The system was installed by Patrick Ballan

 
bob-strakeleMartin Audio MLA wins The War on Drugs
Tuesday, 21 November 2017

UK - The multi-cellular controllability of Martin Audio’s MLA was put to the test recently at the notoriously difficult Alexandra Palace, when The War on Drugs played to a 10,000 sell-out crowd.
The American indie six-piece rock band, fronted by Adam Granduciel, were promoting their fourth album A Deeper Understanding - and fortunately their FOH engineer Bob Strakele had prior experience, not only of the venue but also of MLA.
“I have mixed at Ally Pally before,” he confirmed. “So when I heard that we would be doing a show there, I immediately asked our production manager [David Scheid] to get in touch with Capital Sound about getting an MLA system.”
Capital’s operations & development director, Paul Timmins takes up the story. “We have worked with Bob on a number of shows over the past 10 years, including Billy Talent, Erasure and James. So he contacted me and said he wanted us to do the PA for a band he’d not worked with before, primarily because of the Ally Pally show; then he looped me in with the production manager. What started off as being just Ally Pally then turned into two additional shows at Manchester Apollo as part of a European tour.”
Strakele was convinced MLA would be the right tool to tame the heavily glazed venue notorious for its reverberation. “Having toured with the system before, I knew that we would be able to keep any unwanted energy from bouncing around in the roof,” he said. “The drapes installed certainly helped to an extent, but I feel like the ‘hard avoid’ setting in the roof w

 
 
tube-manchester-switch-on-mwp-nov17-57111Manchester gets switched on by tube
Tuesday, 21 November 2017

UK - Audio specialist tube UK returned to the familiar urban territory of Manchester’s Albert Square to help deliver the city’s 2017 Christmas Switch On ceremony, which officially fired up the city’s Christmas lights for the run up to a fun-packed festive season.
tube has been involved with the Switch-On since 2001 and has seen it grow massively in that time, so the audience now fills the entire square and the event involves multiple road closures and the traditional hoisting of Manchester’s own huge LED clad Santa onto the front of the Town Hall to oversee the proceedings!
The d&b sound system spec’d for the show was designed by tube’s John Redfern and based on the required crowd coverage and the needs of the multiple acts appearing onstage in the hour-long entertainment extravaganza headlined for the first time by a DJ – Sigala. He was joined by Pixie Lott and X-Factor favourites Yes Lad.
Radio Key 103’s breakfast hosts Mike Toolan and Matt Haslam compered, assisted by Coronation Street star Brooke Vincent, and the onstage action also included production numbers performed by the casts of four high profile musicals - Guys & Dolls, Shrek the Musical, ELF the Musical and Little Women. These either are or will be playing in Manchester for the festive period.
All artists were accompanied by backing tracks run via one of tube’s QLab systems, with Sigala playing his set live. The QLab was also used to play out a series of beds running in the background – radio-style – accompa

 
radccmaRadio Active Designs on track in Canada
Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Canada - Radio Active Designs (RAD) Canadian manufacturer rep Zimbel Audio Productions has had a busy couple of months placing RAD UV-1G wireless intercom systems with the Canada 150 Celebration, Canadian Country Music Awards, Toronto Pride and Caribana parades and at historic Massey Hall in Toronto for the Canadian Songwriter’s Hall of Fame inductee ceremonies.
The four-day Canada 150 Celebrations at Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square benefited from a six- drop UV-1G system that covered site-wide communication needs for the stage managers with just two antennas. The event featured more than 40 music acts including Drake, Belly, and Barenaked Ladies.
Another six-drop system was used at the Canadian Country Music awards broadcast in Saskatoon. Technical producer Neil Staite says, “The RAD comm system supplied flawless communications between our floor and stage managers over two stages, which made for a very smooth broadcast. I definitely plan on using more of it on next year’s show and on my upcoming shows.”
Because of the recent FCC auction, the amount of available UHF bandwidth will narrow considerably across North America by year end. Fortunately, the UV-1G base station utilizes proprietary Enhanced Narrow Band technology which allows each of the two transmit channels to occupy a mere 25 kHz of UHF bandwidth while maintaining the audio characteristics one would expect from a traditional FM system.
In addition, RAD bodypacks operate in the VHF range, clearing up valuable UHF spectrum for wireless microphone and IEM systems that need

 
 
bercyar001--roberto-castanoAyrton hits the Fun Radio Ibiza Experience
Tuesday, 21 November 2017

France - The second edition of the Fun Radio Ibiza Experience, organised in association with Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel, took place on 14 April 2017 at the Accor Hotels Arena in Paris. Around 17,000 people gathered at this huge EDM event which transformed the venue into a massive dance floor to the sounds of top DJs Robin Schultz, Nervo, Sam Feldt, W&W and headliners, Afrojack and Hardwell.
“The Paris show is a little taste of resistance,” says show director, and founder of High Scream, Romain Pissenem. “To stand up and dance and have fun is the only response we can show to the threats to which our city has been subjected.”
Helping Pissenem bring the spirit of Ibiza and the Ushuaïa vibe to Paris were over 200 Ayrton lighting fixtures, including over 100 MagicBlade-FX, 50 MagicPanel-FX and 50 MagicDot-XT. The fixtures were supplied by Ayrton as part of a collaboration between the Parisian manufacturer and these masters of spectacular party nights to bring the party to Paris.
“The Paris event is important because it is a big show and everyone’s expectations are high,” says Pissenem. “Plus, it is my home town and I want to give it something special. At Ushuaïa we have seven different shows - a separate one for each DJ - with a new show every day of the week; and every year we create seven new productions which get bigger and better each year.
“In Paris, we have just one chance, once a year, to give people the best party possible. So, when people walked into that massive arena this year, even those who came to the f

 
rockinrio5--daniel-ridanoRobert Juliat’s Lancelots Rock in Rio
Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Brazil - Four Robert Juliat Lancelot 4K HTI followspots took pride of place front-of-house at Brazil’s Rock In Rio Festival this summer. Held over two weekends at the Cidade do Rock at Rio de Janeiro’s Parque Olímpico da Barra, this festival saw headliners Aerosmith, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Bon Jovi, Maroon 5 and the Red Hot Chili Peppers play to over 700,000 across seven nights.
The Lancelot followspots were supplied by Robert Juliat’s Brazilian rental partner LPL Lighting Productions Ltda, whose Caio Bertti worked in association with Daniel Ridano of Robert Juliat’s Brazilian distributor, Lighting Bits Ltda and the festival’s lighting designers, Patrick Woodroffe and Terry Cook of Woodroffe Bassett Design.
The Lancelot fixtures were rigged in full view of the audience on stylish, modern lighting and sound towers - skilfully designed for minimal impact on audience sightlines and to give a real architecture to the festival site on the aerial camera shots - which arched gracefully over the enormous crowds that make up one of the world’s largest music festivals. The huge throw distances and equally big names on stage called for the precision and finesse of Robert Juliat followspots to illuminate some of rock’s greatest bands in front of the massed fans and television cameras.
“We chose Lancelots for the stadium shows partly because of their brightness, but also because they are the followspots that most lighting designers would like to see on their shows,” says LPL’s director and lighting designer, Rafael Auricchio. “The performanc

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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