South Africa - The South African Roadies Association (SARA) was born out of the belief in an industry that could provide employment and technical abilities to the young in search of a career. Their good work has helped countless young South Africans get into the industry and mould a career out of their new skills.
DWR Distribution sees the potential and great work offered here and decided to lend a hand in offering niche training to help their cause and better the industry. In addition, DWR renovated and painted one of the classrooms to create a learner friendly environment.
Jannie de Jager, a resident DWR lighting expert, was an appropriate pick as training instructor as he offered patience and knowledge to the future roadies of South Africa. With years of experience and skill Ole Boinamo also from DWR assisted in presenting the training. “They were eager, hungry for knowledge and keen to broaden their scope,” says De Jager. “The future is bright with this sort of work ethic. The students were very passionate feverishly taking notes, illustrating the need that SARA desires to fulfil.”
DWR has made a decision to offer a training course at SARA for every course hosted at the DWR premises, excluding international training. In this case De Jager and Boinamo provided a Basics Lighting course tailored to SARA’s needs.
The course covered the essentials of lighting - cables, connectors, what is DMX and the details around its use, power distribution amongst lights, and safety guides when working with lighting. This course aimed at shaping a
Germany - The Adam Hall Academy opened its doors in mid-June 2018. Since its start, numerous seminars and workshop participants have made use of the extensive and constantly growing training programme of the Adam Hall Group in co-operation with the training institute DEAplus.
From its inception, the Adam Hall Academy was linked with the new Experience Centres at the German headquarters of the Adam Hall Group in Hessian Neu-Anspach in order to ensure that the non-proprietary PROseminars in the fields of light, sound, rigging, video and media technology are as varied, practical, and effective as possible.
The PROseminars also came to life because of the cooperation with DEAplus. Targeted to the content and methodological requirements of executives and professionals in the event industry, PROseminars provide trend-based management know-how in the areas of organization, sales, human resources, technology, law, and innovation. In this way, the current training programme includes seminars on a wide range of topics, such as expert sound level measurement, safety issues and responsibilities at event venues, strategic customer management, and an current update on GDPR issues.
In addition to its constantly growing seminar programme for the year 2019, the Adam Hall Group is also planning to use the Adam Hall Academy more for internal training and coaching initiatives for employees.
"In building the Experience Centre, we were consciously investing in the future of the event technology industry, and that certainly includes training and further education op
USA - Established almost four decades ago, event technology specialist WorldStage makes a practice of investing in equipment that matches its goal of supplying top of the line technology to its clients. With that in mind, WorldStage has made a major commitment to Brompton Technology’s Tessera LED processors.
WorldStage operates in multiple markets throughout the US. The company’s projects include Broadway productions, art installations, television shows, touring productions and high-end corporate meetings.
“The past three years have been a period of significant growth for us, and whenever we make large investments in technology we partner with the best players in the market,” explains WorldStage CEO, Gary Standard. “Our high-level engineering staff always looks at technology from that viewpoint.
“We understand the importance of good processing and wanted to partner with Brompton because we recognise its superior product line: That’s what sets Brompton apart.”
Brompton’s SX40 high capacity processor and Tessera XD distribution unit offers a multitude of features, such as support for full 4K screens at 60Hz with 12 bits per colour output, a zero-latency up/down scaler that matches the source to the screen, plus all of Tessera’s industry-leading processing features such as ChromaTune colour correction and On Screen Colour Adjustment (OSCA).
Combined with the Tessera XD distribution unit, a sophisticated single box solution designed to manage the complications of mass cabling that can arise with large LED display systems
The Netherlands - Integrated Systems Events, the organiser of Integrated Systems Europe (ISE), has issued a clarification as it seeks to differentiate its flagship trade show from industry events with similar monikers.
The organisation says in a statement: “There are some events in the pro AV and systems integration field with which [ISE] has no connection, including the AV Integrated Systems Expo Mumbai, or AV-ISE in a shortened format. ISE wishes to make this fact clear to its exhibitors and attendees to ensure that there is no confusion.
Mike Blackman, managing director of Integrated Systems Events, comments: “We put a lot of time, resource and effort into creating a show experience at Integrated Systems Europe that is second to none. We trust that, when deciding whether to attend any given show, AV and systems integration professionals will look beyond the chosen name and make their own judgements.”
As well as the main ISE show each February, Integrated Systems Events also organises Integrated Systems Russia and the Digital Signage Summit series of events. In addition, Integrated Systems Events produces a number of the conferences that take place during ISE. Integrated Systems Events also participates with the numerous exhibitions and events produced by its co-owners AVIXA and CEDIA.
UK - Sennheiser Sound Academy training courses are now online for 2019. Designed for RF techs, AV integrators, sound engineers, designers or consultants, a wide variety of courses are now available including Audio for meeting rooms and Wireless Audio for AV Integrators held at Sennheiser UK in Marlow and Wireless Mics Monitoring Essentials, held at Stage Electrics in Bristol.
Run by Sennheiser’s Customer Development and Application Engineers (CDAE) team, the courses are aimed at both new and existing users and will provide the skills and confidence to operate multi-channel wireless systems, covering acoustics and electrotechnology, wireless mics and monitoring, antenna technology, microphone technology, frequency management and wireless monitoring.
Each course offers a combination of classroom training, which includes hands-on practical modules and eLearning. For full course listings visit: sennheiser.com/soundacademy
UK - Pearce Hire has claimed the Best Power Supplier Award at the recent Event Production Awards (EPAs), held at Novotel London West on 19 March.
The company provides production services and dry hire to over 2,000 events each year and is set to work on projects including Lovebox, Forest Live series, Classic Ibiza, Detonate Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival and Equifest in 2019.
“It is a huge accolade to have even been shortlisted for an Event Production Award, as we have also been a finalist for a TPI Award and a Festival Supplier Award this season. But to actually win the EPA for Best Power Supplier was really the icing on the cake,” says Shaun Pearce, managing director, Pearce Hire.
“I am extremely proud of the hard work and commitment our dedicated staff and crew put into our projects throughout the year, and a big thank you goes to every one of them. As well, of course, as our loyal customer base who have really put us in the position to win this award.”
The team has now returned to their HQ in Peterborough where they are busy preparing for what they anticipate will be their busiest spring and summer season to date.
The Pearce Hire team will be available to meet on stand RA-05 at the upcoming PLASA Focus Leeds trade show, taking place at the Royal Armouries on 14-15 May.
UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) hosted a Seeing is Believing event featuring leading video brands NovaStar, Prolights and Green Hippo, with nearly 80 delegates attending the training and demonstration day on 6 March.
Held at Production Park in Wakefield, the day provided specialist training for professional video users on NovaStar's award-winning LED display processing solutions, to get the optimum picture results out of video screens.
The products were demonstrated using Prolights' flagship OmegaPIX LED displays, which feature NovaStar's A8s card to deliver stunning image quality. Content was fed from a Green Hippo Hippotizer V4+ Boreal media server.
The event was geared for all levels of video user, from novices through to highly experienced professionals, and attended by rental companies, designers and AV installers from a wide range of sectors.
John Harrison, entertainment manager for Brittany Ferries, comments: "I was interested to attend as video is an increasingly important creative element of our ships' entertainment production. It was very well organised, and easy to understand as a video novice."
James Voakes, senior AV technician at Paragon Creative, adds: "The event made excellent practical use of the products to aid the training, and I was impressed by the flexibility of the NovaStar and Prolights system."
Stuart Burdett, video sales manager for A.C. Entertainment Technologies, says: "We are delighted with attendees' feedback. Those new to NovaStar's products, as well as experienced users, found th
Killer Cure - The Killers and The Cure will top the bill at the 2019 Glastonbury Festival this June, it has been confirmed. They're among more than 60 acts joining this year's line-up, including Janet Jackson and Lauryn Hill. Stormzy had already been revealed as the Friday night headliner; while Kylie Minogue will play the legend slot on Sunday afternoon.
The Cure's headline performance is their first since 1995 and their fourth overall, meaning they tie with Coldplay as the festival's most-frequent headliners. The Killers previously topped the bill in 2007; while Kylie was booked for the top slot in 2005, before breast cancer forced her to pull out. The Prodigy had been booked to play prior to frontman Keith Flint's untimely death.
Survival Fund - An independent London music venue that has hosted acts including Arctic Monkeys, The Chemical Brothers, Adele and Fatboy Slim is campaigning to raise £95,000 in a fight for survival. The Social, a 250-capacity venue in Little Portland Street, in London's West End, is facing closure and the founders say they need to come up with the cash within two weeks to stay open.
Rising rents and an offer to the building's leaseholder from a cocktail and wine bar chain "have put The Social under very serious threat", they said in a statement on their website. Supporters have already pledged more than £35,000 to a crowdfunding site within a day of it going live, with big-name acts urging people to get behind the campaign on social media.
- Contemporary artworks owned by George Michael sold for £11.3m at
China - LED video processors manufacturer Brompton Technology has opened a new China office.
Based in High Tech Industrial Park, Nanshan, in Shenzhen, the new office was opened in response to customer requests.
“At the first few meetings I had with potential customers in China, there were two immediate comments made,” explains Elijah Ebo, Brompton’s general manager (China). “I was told, ‘It’s nice to meet you, but we don’t speak English, so you’ll struggle to deal with us,’ and ‘London [where Brompton’s head office is located] is a long way away and the time difference is considerable. But if you had an office here . . .’”
In response, Brompton had employed two Chinese speaking field application engineers (FAEs) to help its customers with system design and technical support, whilst Elijah, who is also learning Mandarin, started to travel to China more regularly.
“We acquired the office space in August last year and we’ve already seen a considerable benefit,” Elijah adds. “And in addition to being on hand in Shenzhen we have recently added Chinese language support to all our processors, which can be accessed via the Language section of the Preferences menu, and are in the process of updating all our technical and marketing literature into Chinese as well as working on a new Chinese website.”
Both the new office and Chinese language support have had a big impact on how quickly and how many people the team can see, says the company.
“Our panel manufacturer partners and customers appreciate the fa
Indonesia - Acoustic Sound Image Integrated Solution (ASIIS Indonesia), distributor and system integrator of hi-end audio, LED, sound and lighting systems, has successfully staged promotional expos in three cities - Jakarta, Semarang and Surabaya.
ASIIS Indonesia under the leadership of Andy Mulya Sutikno is the organiser of the ASIIS NEX GEN Sound and Lighting Expo 2019, which aims to provide the latest technological updates on sound and lighting products.
In this expo, ASIIS Indonesia exhibits many of the brands it represents, including Waves eMotionLV1, Audio Focus, ChamSys, Minuit Une and VMB Lifts.
During the Waves session, Ebenhaeser (sound engineer and Waves specialist) and sound engineer Tommy Utomo explain the benefits and technology of the eMotionLV1, a revolutionary live digital mixer.
During the ChamSys session, Tommy Hartono (lighting designer & ChamSys specialist) elaborates on the hardware and software contained in ChamSys desks.
Lighting designers from house of worships, broadcasters, rental companies, clubs and media attended this event were enthusiastic. This NEX GEN Expo generated clear information about lighting console solutions that could facilitate the works of lighting engineers.
The last session was also related to the lighting industry, but this time the technology presented was very different - IVL Lighting by Minuit Une, a lighting technology with a deep perspective as well as an immersive experience with unlimited effects. Speakers for this session were Eric Phelep (founder of Minuit Une) and W
UK - dLive specialist reseller A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) is hosting free certified training on Allen & Heath's digital mixing consoles range in April.
Taking place on 24 April (Wednesday) at AC-ET's office in Leeds, attendees will learn how to harness the full power of the dLive range from qualified engineers assisted by AC-ET's dedicated audio sales division - and will end the day with certified dLive engineer status.
The training session will provide a hands-on introduction to the full range for audio professionals working in touring, broadcast, prestige installations, theatres and corporate events.
The event begins at 9:30am with tea/coffee, gets underway at 10:00am, and finishes at approximately 3:00pm. A buffet lunch will be provided, plus a tour of AC-ET's facilities. Registration details at www.ac-et.com/audio.
South Africa - Team Robe T1, consisting of Paul Newman of Lucidity Technical Production Services and Mike Hewan, a seasoned pro, will be competing in the 16th edition of the Absa Cape Epic challenge hosted from 17-24 March. Both local and international mountain bikers will confront the tough eight-day adventure through the Western Cape Region in South Africa.
For the third consecutive year, Robe Lighting and DWR Distribution have stepped in as sponsors, the team named after the T1 series of LED bases moving lights, a fixture that can be used for theatre, television and touring applications and also be connected to the Robe RoboSpot remote follow spotting system.
As the owner of Lucidity, a busy Johannesburg based technical supplier, a draw card for Paul Newman is to get out on his bicycle and leave life’s troubles behind, even for just a few hours. “We all need something to keep us from going mad in this industry and cycling keeps me grounded,” he said.
Team Robe T1 are grateful to Josef Valchar from Robe Lighting and DWR, who have taken a keen interest in this sport and who have invested in the form of sponsorship.
USA - Orlando-headquartered Professional Wireless Systems (PWS) has opened an office in New York to support its expanding customer base in the region. The announcement was made by general manager Jim Van Winkle.
“PWS has been very active in New York City since we opened our doors,” explains Van Winkle. “We have a tremendous customer base that continues to grow exponentially. Being able to provide local support and service with a trained, experienced professional is going to be a win for everyone involved.”
The New York office is headed up by RF technician Don Kuser, who has been working as an RF coordinator since 2012. His experience includes TV studio projects throughout Manhattan, working on area awards shows and in the fashion production industry.
“This is a very exciting opportunity as I have been a huge fan of Professional Wireless Systems since I began working,” Kuser adds. “With the products and experience the organisation brings to the table, I think we can go great things. Sales, customer support, project management, RF coordination – we have everything necessary to create successful projects and events for clients throughout the region.
“I’m looking forward to 2019,” concludes Van Winkle. “As our footprint expands so does our ability to create and implement events flawlessly for customers everywhere.”
UK - Throughout 2019, UK lighting control manufacturer Zero 88 is running a photo competition, #WhatMatters, which is open to anyone working on a production, project, event or installation which involves Zero 88 products.
There are 10 categories in which participants can enter an image: Architectural & Commercial Installations, Corporate Events, Broadcasting, Performing Arts, Concert & Touring, Attractions, Educational, Worship, Rental and Multipurpose Venues.
“At Zero we love highlighting the work of our clients and end-users and so the #WhatMatters competition evolved with the idea of enabling people to share some of the best elements and magic associated in creating experiences and delighting audiences, says Zero 88 product manager Jon Hole.
“We’re excited about this chance for people to capture those moments and in some cases also demonstrate their own photography skills.”
It gives Jon and the Zero 88 team a chance to look at and appreciate the numerous innovative shows, events and designs on which their lighting control products are being used, and it’s a fun and mutually beneficial way to communicate with the Zero 88 community. “We are hoping that lots of people will get snapping,” says Jon.
Winners can receive a £50 Amazon voucher or a 1 Universe ZerOS upgrade which is currently worth £250. There's no deadline, but throughout March, as an ‘introductory competition’ participants could win a ‘doubled up’ voucher for £100.
Any photo of any Zero environment can be submitted, but is must be “hi
China - Alongside Chinese New Year, the legal formalities associated with the establishment of the new d&b audiotechnik subsidiary in Greater China were completed.
On 31 January 2019, 44 co-workers in Hong Kong, Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai officially joined the newly established d&b audiotechnik Greater China Group. The three-member advisory board has also been completed. Daniel Chan, managing director (CEO) of d&b audiotechnik Greater China Ltd. says: "As the setup has been completed officially, we are all pleased to be able to support the d&b Greater China partners and customers even better in their quest for best professional audio solutions."
d&b Greater China, the ninth subsidiary in the global d&b family, has been active in the market since 6 December 2018. The co-workers and management of the new venture are already well versed in the d&b brand and portfolio as they join d&b from the previous d&b distributor in China. The new organisation is responsible for sales, marketing tasks, service and support for customers and sales partners in Greater China.
d&b audiotechnik holds the majority interest in the new venture in Greater China. Daniel Chan and his long-time partner Freddie To – previously the heads of the d&b distributor in China - are co-owners.
An advisory board will support the Greater China management team on issues of strategic importance and assist in fulfilling the team’s mission and goals. The board members are Amnon Harman (CEO of d&b audiotechnik Group), Freddie To an
USA - Yvonne Ho and James Lamb, longtime partners in Point Source Audio, have announced the formation of Wider Pro, a new company to support their distributed lines that serve the broadcast industry. Based in Petaluma, California, Wider Pro will be the company to represent North American distribution of Digigram, AuviTran and other brands to be announced.
Point Source Audio will continue to handle all facets - manufacturing, distribution, sales, marketing as well as service - of its microphone and headset products for all markets including the broadcast sector.
Point Source president James Lamb comments, “I have worked with the teams at both Digigram and AuviTran for almost two decades, and with the pending announcements of new products from both companies, we will be equipped to move into the next phase of growth under the Wider Pro company.”
Yvonne Ho adds, “Taking care of our customers will always be our first priority, and so we have been and will continue to add highly customer-service minded sales and marketing members to both the Point Source and Wider companies.”
Point Source Audio and Wider Pro will be exhibiting at upcoming broadcast industry events including the NRB Convention in Anaheim, and the NAB Convention in Las Vegas.
UK - Backup’s first event of 2019, the inaugural Bike-Fest takes place 18 May, a day of two-wheeled action and fun for all levels of rider to raise funds for the industry charity.
For the more hardened cyclists, including the lycra-loving ‘Mamil’ (Middle aged man in lycra), there is a glorious 100km ride through the Sussex and Surrey countryside, which will take in much of the famed Olympic and Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 route, including Leith Hill, the highest point in Surrey, and the famous Box Hill Zig Zag.
Whether you’re riding as an individual, with friends or as a company Peloton, this will be a great day out to sport your finest padded shorts, have an excuse to shave those legs and pack as many bananas in your cycling top as possible.
For the less lycra inclined, there is also a 50km route, again taking in much of the lovely Surrey countryside, but also a number of isotonic watering holes en-route for you to recharge your batteries.
The day starts and finishes at Creative Technology’s Sussex HQ who are handing over the keys to their offices and generously supporting the first bikefest. Here you will be given your route and meet the other riders. Then, catering partners the Global Infusion Group will fill you with bacon sandwiches before you leave and upon your triumphant return, fill you up with more food & drinks, then onto the prizes and the winner of celebrated backup winner’s ‘yellow’ jersey!
Everyone is welcome for what is set to be a great day for the enthusiast and leisure cyclist alike and for ev
Rising Prices - Members of the House of Lords have expressed concern over the rising cost of West End theatre tickets and called on the government to investigate. Peers debated the issue in the House of Lords after the latest ticketing survey found the cost of top-price seats increased by nearly a fifth between 2017 and 2018.
Liberal democrat peer Patrick Boyle, who tabled the debate, asked the government to address the cost of theatre tickets in London and the effect this has on theatregoers. “The main beneficiaries of these higher prices are not so much the producers of the plays and musicals, but rather those who control access to theatres: the theatre owners, the ticket sellers and the discredited secondary ticket market.
“London theatres are already becoming too expensive for many regular theatregoers and I hope the government will take this issue very seriously. As we all know, one of the many reasons that people come to London is its theatres, but they are gradually becoming too expensive for anyone to be able to attend major plays.”
In The Saleroom - A demo recording of David Bowie's hit Starman will be auctioned today, Tuesday. The recording was made in 1971 by Bowie and his guitarist Mick Ronson. It was given by Ronson to Kevin Hutchinson, one of Ronson's friends who hoped to get into the music business. Hutchinson, who was a teenager at the time, said he had thought the recording was "OK" but that, having listened to it almost 50 years later, he had realised it was "phenomenal". He said: "Now I'm 65 and I played it, I
Europe - AVIXA reports that there are now 1,000 AV professionals with a Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) certification in Europe.
“This marks a significant milestone in AVIXA’s development in the European market,” said Chris Lavelle, senior director of development Europe, AVIXA. “The AV market is flourishing in the region, and we are thrilled that many industry members are committing to professional development. CTS holders across Europe are reaping the benefits of their hard work, with the programme allowing dedicated AV professionals to stand out from the crowd and prove their expertise.
“We would like to congratulate all our CTS holders for achieving this hard-earned credential, and we look forward to seeing them utilize their knowledge to deliver outstanding integrated experiences.”
UK - Green Hippo has been visiting Backstage Academy and providing Hippotizer training for a number of years now, during which time it’s seen the education facility grow from strength to strength.
Therefore, when the Academy decided to hold a dedicated Green Hippo Week recently, in which 10 first year students and six second year students participated, the manufacturer provided maximum support by sending senior product specialist, Lanz Short, along for the duration.
Under the tutelage of him, and Backstage Academy’s course leader in Live Visual Design & Production, Graham Thorne, the students were tasked with producing a project - a show, performance or event - resourced with all the ingredients that they might have expected in a Masterchef kitchen.
These ranged from Notch, Maya and Isadora software platforms, while in the hardware domain Hippotizers, Avo lighting controllers, MIDI controllers, Blackmagic 3-camera set-up (for recording and live streaming) even Kinect sensors were all on offer to enhance the experience.
Explaining the programme, Graham Thorne said the experience was largely classroom based and project focused. “We put the students in Studio C, gave them an overview, along with three options and then just said ‘go’. We wanted to be able to see their process and encouraged them to make mistakes; for instance, some were plugging in lights before creating a mood board.
“At the same time I wanted to invite a rep from Green Hippo for two days but in the end we were privileged to have Lanz for the entire
UK - Harman’s UK distributor Sound Technology is bringing the company’s latest performance audio and lighting products at a showcase on 27 March (Wednesday) at the Islington Assembly Hall in London.
The event is aimed at venue operators, rental and production companies, engineers and designers.
Delegates can hear the new JBL VTX A8 Series line array system, which has been installed by the host venue. The demos are taking place at 12.30pm and 4.30pm.
Meanwhile, those interested in lighting can attend the Martin by Harman showcases at 11am and 3pm, which will feature the new ERA 300 Profile (modern day LED successor to the much-loved MAC 250), the now-shipping ELP Series LED Ellipsoidal fixtures, the MAC Allure Profile creative fixture with P3 technology, plus the award-winning MAC Encore Wash, MAC Encore Performance and JEM Glaciator Dynamic.
In addition, the latest models in the RUSH range including the MH10, MH11 and Batten 1 Hex will also be on show.
USA - The work of rock‘n’roll photographer and author Neal Preston is coming to the USITT show, taking place on 21-23 March at the Kentucky International Convention Centre in Louisville, KY courtesy of The Lightpower Collection.
Preston’s pictures will be displayed in the Behind the Scenes stand #1253 and his books Exhilarated & Exhausted and In the Eye of the Hurricane will be available for sale. Posters, including his famous images of Freddie Mercury and Robert Plant, will also be available for just $10 each. Sales of books, posters and prints will benefit the Behind the Scenes charity.
The photographer will be present in the Behind the Scenes booth to sign books and posters on Thursday and Friday from 12-1pm and 4-5pm.
Preseton’s client list is a virtual who’s-who of rock royalty and his archive is regarded as one of the music industry’s most extensive and significant photo collections. Rock fans know him best as the photographer who has toured with Led Zeppelin, The Who, Queen, Fleetwood Mac, Bruce Springsteen, and countless others. In 1985, Preston was chosen as one of the official photographers for the Live Aid concert at London’s Wembley Stadium.
Lightpower was founded in 1978 in Germany as a lighting rental company. Since then Lightpower has grown to be an internationally established distributor for stage and studio lighting equipment. The Lightpower Collection was born out of a company culture that has grown over several years with a passion for collecting rock’n’roll art.
UK - Eaton has announced it will pursue a spin-off of its lighting business in order to create an independent, publicly traded company.
The transaction is set to complete by the end of 2019 and would create one of the largest global lighting companies.
Included in the spin-off are UK brands Zero 88, iLight and Greengate as well as Eaton’s global airport lighting business and mains lighting and intrusion systems operations. The Crouse-Hinds Industrial Lighting business and Life Safety Division’s emergency lighting product lines in Europe, the Middle East and Africa will remain with Eaton.
According to Eaton Lighting Systems MD Simon Sparrow, the move “better positions the lighting business to respond to evolving industry and customer needs; enables Lighting to compete more effectively across its diverse end-markets; and enhances Eaton’s ability to focus investments in its core businesses.”
Over the next few months, Eaton will be working to finalise the transaction and ensure a smooth transition for its employees, customers and business partners, but the company assures it will be “business as usual” for all in the meantime.
Eaton says customers can contact their sales representative with any questions related to this announcement or any on-going business relationships.
UK - Flare is a busy and successful UK-based event lighting, visuals and technical specialist which was established by designers Ben Cash and David Amos in 2008. The company has invested heavily in Astera’s battery powered wireless LED products in the last 18 months and has over 100 x AX3 LiteDrops in stock which are used in a multiplicity of ways on most of their projects.
Ben Cash explained that they originally started looking at the very compact AX3s to use as table centres - covered by an opaque dome - for the assorted corporate and gala dinner events that they supply. This is an application for which they needed a great looking, reliable and long-lasting LED product that was battery powered and could be easily wirelessly operated. The AX3s proved a perfect solution.
Ben and the team also soon discovered that the AX3s could be used elsewhere at events and gigs, for all kinds of set and environmental dressing, highlighting and texturing.
Flare frequently work - drawing and programming - with lighting designer Rob Sinclair (Kylie Minogue, Kygo, Clean Bandit, David Byrne, and many more), and in summer 2017 they re-lit a production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic Starlight Express in Bochem, Germany, using some AX3s ensconced in the set. “They are great even in certain typically theatrical contexts” commented Rob.
He’s also used them as band footlights on high-profile charity fundraisers at venues like London’s Roundhouse, which have featured performances by a succession of famous artists, and he’s also used them for ligh