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ttconf17Theatres Trust conference speakers confirmed
Wednesday, 23 August 2017

UK - Details of an impressive array of contributors for the Theatres Trust Theatres & Placemaking conference have started to emerge, as delegate bookings for this one-day conference rise.
Taking place at Lyric Hammersmith on Tuesday 17 October, Conference 17 will discuss why and how theatres can engage with the placemaking agenda. New contributors include:
Paul Callaghan, chair of live theatre and trustee of Sunderland Music, Arts and Culture Trust, will explore the role of culture within regeneration as part of the MACQ (Music, Arts and Cultural Quarter) project in Sunderland, whose vision will see the restoration of an important area of Sunderland, re-establishing the area’s previous importance as the Edwardian heart and soul of the city.
Graham Lister, project director for Storyhouse Chester and Cllr Louise Gittins, deputy leader of Cheshire West and Cheshire Council will jointly discuss the recently opened Storyhouse in Chester and the important role local authorities play in supporting theatre and placemaking.
Daniel Rose, executive director, Mechanics’ Institution Trust will introduce the work of his organisation, a social enterprise and building preservation and development trust, and their motivation to bring the Swindon Mechanics’ Institution, back to life and to nurture it as a community run organisation in a Grade II* listed building ready for the 21st century.
Hannah Garrow, fundraising and community engagement director, Leith Theatres Trust, will talk about their success in the re-opening and animating of Leith The

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 22 August 2017

In Flight Entertainment - German live music promoter Deutsche Entertainment AG has bought out British entertainment producer the Flying Music Group, as it looks to expand into the UK theatre market. Established in 1976, producer and promoter the Flying Music Group is behind theatre productions including Thriller Live and The Kite Runner, both of which are currently running in the West End, and forthcoming musical The Toxic Avenger. DEAG has now acquired a majority shareholding of the company through its British subsidiary Kilimanjaro Holdings.
Through the £5m deal with Flying Music Group, DEAG will expand its activities in the UK, moving into the touring plays and musicals market. A statement from DEAG said its sales in the UK are expected to increase to more than €100m in 2018 following the acquisition of the Flying Music Group. Stuart Galbraith, chief executive of Kilimanjaro Live, said the deal was "another important step in [DEAG's] expansion into West End touring musicals and theatre".
Twins Return - Eighties boy band Bros returned to the stage for the first time in nearly 30 years and thanked fans for supporting their comeback. Twin brothers Matt and Luke Goss performed at a sold-out O2 Arena in London last Saturday. They told fans they hoped their comeback show would be the "first of many concerts".
Bros announced their comeback show in October. It sold out in seven seconds and prompted the band to expand to a full UK tour. However, they cancelled all of their concerts outside of London and Manchester due to "un

cscsISCE safety event scheduled for SSE London
Tuesday, 22 August 2017

UK - ISCE has confirmed its first Sound Engineer ECS Card Health and Safety Assessment event, to be held on Wednesday 6September 2017, at SSE Audio Group’s office in London.
Following the recent announcement of ISCE’s accreditation to assess and issue ECS cards to its members, a Health and Safety Assessment is a critical component of the ECS card application process. All ECS Card applicants must hold an up-to-date health and safety qualification in order to be awarded with an ECS card.
This inaugural Health and Safety Assessment event will take place at: SSE Audio Group, 3 Cumberland Avenue, London NW10 7RX.
To find out more and register for the London September event or express an interest in future Health and Safety Assessment events please follow the registration link:
(Jim Evans)

aed-vertoProlyte Group expands distribution in France
Tuesday, 22 August 2017

France - With the appointment of AED France as Prolyte distributor next to its existing distribution partner Axente, Prolyte Group has established full distribution coverage in France, offering customers optimized access to the range of Prolyte products.
Prolyte Group’s trusted partner Axente, which holds the position as Prolyte distributor and ProLyft Service Point in France for a prolonged period, made it possible to succeed to open the French market for Prolyte and grow a trusted and steady customer base.
By adding AED Group to the distributing network in France, Prolyte hopes to open up more market segments by offering an alternative sales channel. “It’s really important for us to offer optimum service and flexible access to our product ranges,” states Ralph Stockley, Prolyte CCO. “By installing an extra distributor in the French market, we strive to enable even better access to our product ranges and to the support and product knowledge that go hand-in-hand with this.”
Both Axente and AED group are well-experienced and long-term Prolyte distributors, with considerable in-house experience. Both companies have built strong markets for Prolyte products and serve their own customer bases.
AED France will host an open house on 21 September in Paris. In a continuous programme, from 14:00 hours onwards, a range of Prolyte products will be presented. There will be a Verto demonstration as well as a spectacular live demonstration of the BGR truss. Members of the Prolyte team will be present to highlight the start of Prolyte distributi

illuminateIlluminate acquires Lighting Productions’ hire business
Tuesday, 22 August 2017

UK - Entertainment lighting control system rental specialists, Illuminate Lighting, has acquired the lighting control and data distribution hire business of Lighting Productions with a mission to expand the console brands they offer and the services the company currently provides.
The combination of resources will allow an enhanced provision of services to Illuminate Lighting's growing client list with everything from basic dry hire to a full lighting control solution.
"Illuminate Lighting can now offer three of the leading console brands in the industry - Avolites, Hog, and MA Lighting alongside all the accompanying data distribution equipment," says Jonathan Pask, founder of Illuminate Lighting. "There's a real synergy between our two business inventories. This enables Illuminate Lighting to provide everything from individual consoles to entire networked systems tailored to an individual client's project or brief."
Pask and founder of Lighting Productions, Jonathan Dawson-Butterworth, both have extensive experience of lighting design on tours, events, film and television.
"The Illuminate Lighting team can deliver tailor made systems combined with knowledgeable, experienced and friendly on-site technical support," says Pask.
Based in Production Park in Wakefield, Illuminate Lighting offers facilities to designers, programmers and operators for training and previsualisation purposes. Clients and freelance designers are welcome to use the facilities anytime for pre-programming purposes or to familiarise themselves with the company's wide

waynedeherreradigimix24Ashly in the mix for Pueblo’s DeHerrera
Monday, 21 August 2017

USA - For over 30 years, DeHerrera Event Services has been working behind the scenes to make the performances, conferences, and celebrations in the area around Pueblo, Colorado come to life.
The company’s highest profile work includes concerts for up to 5,000 people (Foghat, Jimmy Eat World, War, etc.) and its regular gig running AVL for the three free stages of Colorado’s State Fair. But DeHerrera Event Services also has plenty of bread-and-butter work running modest AVL systems at weddings, graduation ceremonies, and the like.
Because its large-format consoles are overkill on those smaller jobs, company owner Wayne DeHerrera recently picked up two of Ashly Audio’s new digiMIX24 digital mixers, which pack all of the features of his larger consoles into a 14” x 20”, 17lb frame using a clever workflow that, in DeHerrera’s words, “has anyone I’ve shown it to up and running confidently after just five minutes”.
“We do a lot of meetings, small conferences, and celebrations,” DeHerrera explained. “We needed something that had all of the functionality, sound quality, and reliability of our larger consoles, but until the Ashly digiMIX24 came along, smaller consoles always came up short on at least one of those requirements. We’ve been using Ashly equalizers and processors for years, and they’ve always been reliable, high-quality pieces of equipment.”
Based on the frequency and overlap of those smaller-sized jobs and the mixer’s affordability, DeHerrera purchased two Ashly digiMIX24s.
DeHerrera’s team had its fi

ProPlex Devices rock solid on British TV
Monday, 21 August 2017

UK - BBC One’s musical show Pitch Battle recently completed a successful opening season with five pre-recorded episodes, plus the live finals. Live broadcasts have zero tolerance for malfunctions (just ask Mariah Carey or Janet Jackson) and gear must be 100% reliable. For this reason, lighting designer Mark Kenyon insists on ProPlex Data Distribution Devices for all his show data networking.
In addition to Pitch Battle, British television credits for ProPlex include six seasons on the hit show Strictly Come Dancing, five seasons of Saturday Night Takeaway and the new game show Big Heads – all designed by Kenyon.
“ProPlex just keeps working,” says Mark Newell, lighting gaffer and Kenyon’s chief systems tech. “For Pitch Battle, we used 10 ProPlex Opto-Splitter 2x8 RDM units, plus a user-friendly, versatile ProPlex IQ Two 1616 node for output streaming. We love this unit’s ability to be easily changed on the fly. After many shows, over many years, we’ve had no performance issues with any of these units. They perform flawlessly and are an indispensable tool for our work. ProPlex devices are rock solid.”
(Jim Evans)

cdcsevengladesoundservices4427CDC seven mixes Glastonbury Glade Stage
Monday, 21 August 2017

UK - Funktion-One rental house and sound production company, Sound-Services Ltd., worked together with the loudspeaker company to produce the Funktion-One ‘Experimental Ambisonic Soundfield’ for The Glade Stage – the major electronic and dance music stage – at The Glastonbury Festival.
Sound-Services put in a Cadac CDC seven live sound console FOH, for its audio performance, allowing the audience to fully appreciate the ambisonic configuration of the Funktion-One Evo system.
Sound-Services installed a Funktion-One Evo Touring system, comprising a main-stage FOH system with four additional positions; the six loudspeaker positions arranged in a perfect hexagon, 36 meters in diameter, to create the sound-field. The ‘Experimental Ambisonic Sound-field’ was not a discreet configuration but a system design wherein all loudspeaker positions conjoined to generate a sound location within the sound-field, with various sounds emanating from particular loudspeaker positions.
The complete CDC seven mix system included a CDC I/O 6448 stagebox and CDC MC Dante Bridge. The 96 input, 56 buss CDC seven features a 36 fader, dual 23.5 inch high contrast HD touch screen hardware control surface. Combined with the CDC OS, this provides Cadac’s intuitive, “high-agility” swipeable graphical operator experience.
The other key performance feature is the proprietary MegaCOMMS HD audio protocol. With a total through-system propagation delay from on-stage inputs to outputs, including all console processing and A-D / D-A conversions, in 37 samples (@ 96

eggshell-light-company1First Proteus Hybrids land in Hawaii
Monday, 21 August 2017

USA - Eggshell Light Company of Honolulu, which has handled professional lighting needs on the Hawaiian Islands for decades, continues their reputation for innovation by taking delivery of Elation Professional’s new IP65-rated Proteus Hybrid multi-functional moving head.
Bob Harmon, CEO and president of Eggshell Light Company, commented on the addition of the award-winning hybrid lights to Eggshell’s rental inventory. “We often put moving lights outside for a number of events, always with the caveat that if it rains we have to shut them down. On a few occasions that was indeed the case but now we don’t have to do that thanks to the new Proteus in our rental fleet."
Designed for outdoor production applications, Eggshell’s new weatherproof Proteus Hybrid units made their Hawaiian Islands debut at the infamous Waikiki Shell in Honolulu earlier this month for a pair of Jack Johnson performances. Harmon describes the challenges the iconic venue poses with regard to lighting. "One of the inherent challenges when doing shows at the Waikiki Shell is the lack of a front truss position,” he says. “Also, the in-house spot positions are low and dead-on, so artists complain about not being able to see their audience. With fixtures being off to the sides, the Proteus solution gives us a proper stage wash and solves that spot issue.”
Harmon also explains that at the base of the venue’s house poles are outlets that they had never used before because comparable lights in similar output required 220v. “Now I can plug the Proteus in directly to 12

forza-zu-2Prolyte Group supports Untold Festival
Monday, 21 August 2017

Romania - Organising a range of large-scale festivals in a short timeframe, Romanian production company Arena Events relies on Prolyte products to support the elaborate and signature design of its stages and safety of its audience.
Forza Zu and After Hills in June, Neversea and Electric Castle in July and finally Untold in August mean a full production agenda for Arena Events. Prolyte Group works closely together with the mastermind behind these events, Corneliu Ladin.
Prolyte supplied much equipment for the above shows, with Untold being the highlight. Winning the award for Best Major European Festival 2015, motivated the Untold team to stage an even more impressive festival, including a line-up which encompasses almost every name on the DJ top 20.
“With the qualites and specs of the BGR70 truss type we we’re able to create a more elaborate design, being able to use both the high load bearing of the truss and the fact that it can be built to have zero deflection. This is ideal to create stunning front facades, as with the Neversea main stage,” states designer BigVis. “We used two spans of 22m of BGR70 truss to support the curved LED panels, mounted on truss, which really gave depth to the complete stage structure.”
Arena Events is one of the first companies in Europe to own this latest system from Prolyte. Due to its low volume and height, combined with a high load bearing capacity, the BGR70 truss is suitable as a mother grid, or to support a front façade for large sets, as with dance festivals.
In order to create the strik

robe-podium-de-vorstin-vor081548524Podium de Vorstin chooses Robe
Monday, 21 August 2017

The Netherlands - Podium de Vorstin is a purpose-built live music venue right in the heart of ‘media city’ Hilversum in the Netherlands. Its interesting modern neo-ecclesiastical steel architecture was created by Architekten Cie, and ensures that it stands out as an aesthetic landmark as well as a popular entertainment venue.
Production assistant Robin von Zijl and technical manager Michael Sakkers were part of the team who chose Robe Spiider LED wash beams and DL4S Profile luminaires – 16 of each – in a recent technical upgrade. This replaced their previous moving lights, which were from a competitor brand and dated back to 2010 when the venue opened, built on the site of the former De Tagrijn youth centre which burned to the ground.
Vorstin’s action-packed production schedule includes at least three or four live gigs every weekend utilizing its two performance spaces – of 850 and 300 respectively – which can be set up in a number of different configurations to stage a mix of bands, dance shows, stand-up comedy and cabaret and also includes regular radio and TV broadcasts.
There were two main reasons Robe was selected following a shoot-out just to underline that they were making the correct decision. The first was that Robe is now is on numerous band / artist lighting riders as the moving light preference, and the second is their excellent working relationship with Benelux distributor Controllux.
The majority of the 16 x Spiiders and 16 x DL4S Profiles are in the main room’s overhead rig, with four of each type reserved for fl

eawaudioamericasmatthewgarfeinlseangoldcamprfinalAudio Americas to represent EAW
Monday, 21 August 2017

USA - EAW has appointed Audio Americas as its new Latin America sales representatives. Audio Americas, with offices in Santiago de Chile and Mexico City, specialises in professional audio, consumer electronics and musical instruments.
“We are very pleased to have Audio Americas join our international sales team,” explains TJ Smith, president and general manager of EAW. “They have a tremendous reputation and I am confident their knowledge and expertise of the industry will add considerably to our growth in the region.”
Audio Americas works with more than 175 customers in 28 countries. With a customer base that includes wholesale distributors, specialty retailers and technology integrators.
“We have partnered with EAW because of their proven record as a manufacturer of professional audio solutions that address the live sound reinforcement and install markets, where we see opportunities for growth,” comments Matthew Garfein, president of Audio Americas. “We look forward to building new EAW partnerships with leading professional audio distributors throughout the Latin America and Caribbean region.”
“Audio Americas is the only Latin America sales representative company that is active in the professional audio, home audio and musical instrument categories,” explains Sean Goldcamp, vice-president of Audio Americas. “This gives us a uniquely deep understanding of the distribution channels and market landscape in each country we service.”
(Jim Evans)

lycian-green-logoLexair to distribute Lycian in Australia
Monday, 21 August 2017

Australia - Lexair Entertainment has been appointed the exclusive Australian and New Zealand distributor for American followspot specialist Lycian Stage Lighting.
“Lycian is proud to announce it has established a relationship with Lexair Entertainment to distribute Lycian followspots in Australia and New Zealand,” said Steve Lerman, director of sales for Lycian Stage Lighting. “We believe Lexair will aggressively market Lycian followspots and are happy to join their growing stable of entertainment products. I look forward to working with a company that is dedicated to customer service because that is our root belief.”
“Lycian is the most reputable followspot manufacturer in the world, and we’re very happy to be working with them,” stated Alex Mair, managing director of Lexair Entertainment. “Their product quality and excellent reputation directly aligns with our ethos of representing only the best brands into the Australian and New Zealand markets.”
(Jim Evans)

sxs-eventsSXS launches dry hire service
Friday, 18 August 2017

UK - With a broad stock of event production and AV equipment, production company SXS has launched a dry hire service.
Available equipment includes arena-scale PA, high-resolution LED video walls, outdoor video screens, staging, marquees and one of the largest stocks of blackout drapery in the UK.
“We now have one of the largest and definitely the broadest of stocks of AV and production equipment in the UK. The equipment we are using is high-end, industry and standard and typically rider friendly,” says SXS project handler Nathan Dunbar who will be heading up the dry hire customer services with assistance from production executive Lucy Payne.
“I’ve been with SXS a while now and have been blown away by how well our team maintains some of the highest standards I have seen in every discipline in which we work. SXS is a genuine one-stop shop with technical and safety standards as good as or better than the specialists in each field.”
(Jim Evans)

ben--john-mamba-republicMamba Republic supports SOS charity
Thursday, 17 August 2017

South Africa - Not tip-toeing around what’s wrong and very wrong in the Rainbow Nation, South Africa, Mamba Republic is a rapidly-paced satirical sketch theatre comedy which reunites the talents of Ben Voss (Beauty Ramapelepele) and John van de Ruit (Spud). This brutally amusing production, from its opening at Durban's Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre through to its performances on the Main programme at the National Arts Festival in July, and its current run at The Theatre on the Square in Sandton ending 19th August, has continually had its audiences in stitches.
The Mamba Republic team generously donated R13 000 towards the SOS Charity Fund from ticket sales.
With their blend of sharp wit, hopeless optimism and clever characterization, the duo sank their fangs into the fiascos and foibles of South African life.
“As a theatre show, Mamba Republic is very pleased and proud to be pledging support to SOS,” commented Julia Clarence, from the Mamba Republic team. “We became aware of the charity through conversations with long term colleague and friend Michael Taylor-Broderick. He offered us his superb eye in an advisory capacity and in turn, we decided to pledge some money to the charity as a thank you. Michael's vision has been key to the look and aesthetic of our show, and we are grateful to have had his wisdom on our team. It is not often that theatre show can find such a direct avenue to give back to charity, so we are delighted that this venture was made possible by Michael and DWR Distribution.”
The SOS Charity

tim-brooksbankTaiwan’s Coretronic acquires Calibre
Thursday, 17 August 2017

UK/Taiwan - Coretronic Corporation Taiwan has completed the acquisition of Calibre, a privately held British image processing technology manufacturer based in Bradford, Yorkshire.
Coretronic manufactures the largest number of DLP projectors in the world, and is the ODM supplier to the majority of the world’s Tier 1 DLP projector brands.
The acquisition of Calibre expands Coretronic’s technology capability by the addition of Calibre’s compelling range of HQUltra image processing technology and in-house R&D capabilities.
“It reflects Coretronic’s strategy to strengthen its leading position in display and image processing technology with a rich set of capabilities afforded by the Calibre team. This will help Coretronic Group with its plans to further advance in the pro-av markets as well as assisting with entry into the rapidly expanding direct-view LED display markets,” enthused SY Chen, president at Coretronic, Taiwan.
“The acquisition will accelerate the company into new markets as well as to help Coretronic continue to drive its move to being an all-round display systems provider. In particular Calibre will leverage Coretronic Group’s wide reaching sales coverage and growing pro-av channel sales, particularly in Asia, North America and Europe.”
Former Calibre CEO, Tim Brooksbank will lead as managing director of Calibre UK Ltd, now a wholly owned subsidiary of Coretronic.
“We’re delighted to become part of the Coretronic family. We share a common entrepreneurial ethos driven by market development, innova

colin-quekCloud confirms new Singapore distributor
Thursday, 17 August 2017

Singapore - Cloud Electronics has appointed Loud Technologies Asia (LTA) as its new distributor in Singapore. LTA, a subsidiary of Trektech, is a principal distributor in the region, providing the Singaporean market with a portfolio of products from a number of reputable brands, such as K-array, One Systems and Chauvet.
Having confirmed the appointment following a productive meeting at ISE2017 earlier in the year, Cloud managing director Simon Curtis feels his decision to appoint LTA as their distribution partner has been fully justified.
With offices in Singapore, Indonesia and Cambodia, LTA is managed by Colin Quek. ‘I’ve been a fan of Cloud’s engineering quality, such as the perennial Z4 and Z8 zone mixers for many years, representing the brand is a great honour’, Quek comments.
“From an installer’s point of view, the reliability of their easy-to-install range and design features set them apart. Their new wall panel products allow easy extension over Cat-5e cabling and I’ve been particularly impressed with the new loudspeakers.
“Furthermore, Cloud products also fit well into Bose applications, which is another distinct benefit. With its ‘Made in Britain’ credentials the Cloud brand is well established in the hospitality and corporate market sectors, but LTA will enhance visibility further,” concludes Quek.
Simon Curtis adds: “It’s an absolute pleasure to be working with Colin, whose reputation for professionalism and outstanding brand representation precedes him. I’m very excited about the future possibi

josias-feeling-elecric-2DWR SOS Charity and SILV sponsor Vegas training
Wednesday, 16 August 2017

South Africa - An energised and confident Malesela Josias Mashiane returned to South Africa after attending training at the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas (SILV). His journey abroad was made possible thanks to sponsorship from the SILV and the SOS Charity Fund, a DWR Distribution initiative.
To further expand his knowledge and for him to gain hands on experience, SILV extended an offer to Josias to participate in the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas 2017 programme. He had already achieved good results in the 2016 SILV, and this year was admitted to the Track 2 Advanced Level which covered Movers, Media and Rock ‘n’ Roll!
When Josias was asked what was the greatest thing he learnt, he answered that he found all the courses so interesting. He conceded that he gained so much like the correct process of ordering items from hiring companies, learning the importance of Health & Safety, understanding the importance of preparation work from obtaining correct permits to accurate paperwork.
A special weekend class which focused on tech management covered all aspects of management, budgeting, taxes and the importance of working within a budget.
Josias thoroughly enjoyed the role of a lighting designer. “It is important to have a concise picture in your mind, to communicate your vision precisely to all technicians involved, ensuring that all check and balances are put in place so that the programmers are able to follow instructions handed to them and then implement exactly how the stage should be lit,” he said.
On the Rigging prog

el-clubdetroit2Elation at Detroit’s El Club
Wednesday, 16 August 2017

USA - Graeme Flegenheimer, owner of El Club in Detroit, Michigan, fell in love with music at a young age. That may explain his diverse taste in music and the wide variety of acts that play at the popular live music venue, which has featured a customisable Elation Professional lighting rig since opening in 2016.
“I pride myself on El Club having an eclectic calendar,” says Flegenheimer, who has a background as a music publicist. “There’s not a typical night here. It’s always changing and Elation is able to meet every requirement of the artist coming in here and capture the vibe of the evening.”
Since opening in May of 2016, El Club has arguably become Detroit’s hottest night-time venue with a mixture of acts that is attracting a wide audience. “It's really an amazing room that's giving a massive high-end light show experience to underground artists in a 300-capacity venue,” stated Adam LaBay of Future Weapons Laser & Lighting Design, who chose the Elation lights for the venue. “There's nothing quite like it and it has a very unique aesthetic.”
Built in 1950 as a banquet hall with an adjacent bar that dates from 1921, Flegenheimer renovated the space by restoring much of the interior and exterior of the building then completed the project by installing a state-of-the-art lighting and sound system.
El Club’s Elation lighting rig is as diverse as the acts that play beneath it: 12 ACL 360 Bar LED moving bar effects, 12 compact ACL 360i beam effects, eight Elar Ex Quad Par HP LED lights, six Sniper 2R effect lights, six

jubilee-library-public-area-imageSound masking solution for Brighton library
Wednesday, 16 August 2017

UK - Jubilee Library is the main public library in Brighton and forms the centrepiece of the Jubilee square development in the city centre. Opened in 2005 by the Princess Royal, Jubilee Library stands at the heart of a multi-million pound scheme for redevelopment of a 40-year-old brownfield site and was recognised at the time of opening as one of the most energy efficient structures in England with a carbon footprint half that of a traditional public building of comparable size.
In addition to an extensive literature collection, Jubilee Library offers local communities state of the art IT facilities within its IT Connect room, a full business suite with five conference rooms and a one-to-one meeting room.
Kier Group Facilities Management, responsible for the management of Jubilee Library for Brighton & Hove City Council, called in unified business solutions provider TwistedPair to provide a sound masking solution for the library’s conference and meeting rooms earlier this year.
“Our aim is to guarantee privacy and confidentiality for users of our meeting and conference rooms”, commented Louise Millard, commercial and conference coordinator for Jubilee Library. “Users of our spaces are often discussing sensitive matters and we do not want this information overheard in public areas or corridors.”
Hanieh Motamedian, business development manager for Sound Directions, UK distributor for Cambridge Sound Management Sound Masking systems subsequently met with TwistedPair at Jubilee Library and successfully demonstrated a viable and affor

geesten-festChauvet adds impact to Gentse Feesten
Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Belgium - With many music stages and event spaces throughout the city’s UNESCO protected medieval centre, the annual 10-day Gentse Feesten is a go-to event for Northern European music lovers.
Shining brightly against the city’s beautiful gothic architecture was the festival’s Sint-Baafsplein square stage. Vince de Schinckel brought the stage (one of the festival’s largest) to glittering life with help from eight STRIKE 1, 20 Maverick MK2 Wash, and 16 Maverick MK2 Spot fixtures from Chauvet Professional, supplied by Belgian rental specialists Euro PA.
The 230-watt single source STRIKE 1 fixtures provided de Schinckel with an impactful tungsten emulating blinder and wash tool for creating classic main stage looks.
“After having a great experience with the STRIKE 4 on last year’s festival, I was excited to try out the single source STRIKE 1,” he said. “The visual impression created by the STRIKE 1 was incredible. Not only was I able to illuminate the whole square and surrounding buildings in blinder mode, I was able to create subtle eye candy wash effects thanks to the warm tungsten emulating dimming curve.”
To provide the main visual support to the bands on stage, de Schinckel relied upon a combination of Maverick MK2 Wash and MK2 Spot fixtures.
“The combination of the Maverick MK2 Spot and Wash is an extremely powerful one,” commented de Schinckel. “The output of both fixtures is very strong.
Schinckel’s lighting arsenal also included 24 Intimidator Hybrid 140SR fixtures from Chauvet DJ. These fixtures wer

robe-shawn-mendes-1143Illuminating Shawn Mendes with Spikies
Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Europe - UK based creative design practice Okulus – James Scott and Louis Oliver – was asked to create a production design for rising Canadian singer songwriter Shawn Mendes’ tour.
This followed their work for the launch of his second studio album, Illuminate at Madison Square Garden in September 2016, and Okulus’ penchant for bringing fresh and interesting visual perspectives to a show.
39 Robe Spikies are incorporated into the lighting scheme, crafted with Okulus dexterity and imagination in close collaboration with the show’s creative director, Paul Caslin and 24/7 Productions. The overall stage look is clean and definitive with attention focused on the artist.
The set is built from a multi-layered fixed riser system with curved frontage and a high-gloss black floor, fabricated by TAIT. It keeps the band positions balanced across the upstage area, creating a geometric flow for the performance. Under-lit by strobes, the set also becomes like a lightbox at certain moments.
A 60ft wide LED screen at the back ran stunning content produced by Sam Pattinson from Treatment.
There are eight overhead trusses including a distinctive 20ft diameter circular truss flown directly above Mendes’ central marks – dubbed the ‘halo’ by the creative team. Two of the trusses are upstage of the screen for blow-through lighting effects and another two ‘wing’ trusses extend the stage sideways into the arena.
Sixteen Spikies are rigged around the halo truss, with the other 13 in the footlights position around a circular B-st

wicreations-tiziano-ferro-2017-img5813WI on Tiziano Ferro stadium tour
Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Italy - Singer/songwriter and producer Tiziano Ferro is known as the modern face of Italian pop music and his phenomenally successful career has seen one chart-busting album and single after another earning him a dedicated fan following.
His live shows are also known for their visual flamboyance and style and the recent Italian stadium tour was no exception. Belgian engineering and automation specialist WIcreations was commissioned to find solutions for two primary motion-control ‘brain-teasers’.
The show was creatively directed by Claudio Santucci working in close collaboration with video designer Romain Sabella from Clonwerk and lighting designer Giovanni Pinna.
The two automation challenges were to provide a fluid and smooth movement system for a large video ceiling weighing 11 tonnes, which moved in all directions and to track two massive upstage LED screens into different configurations throughout a very dynamic set.
In addition to these, also required to move were two lighting trusses either side of the video ceiling, a water screen in front of the video ceiling rigged on two moving hoists and a pyro effect circle upstage of the video ceiling that also shifted position.
WIcreations’ Hans Willems project managed from their end, after the company’s extensive skills and knowledge in the field of automation technology was sought by main lighting and video contractors, PRG Belgium.
The video ceiling was a show-stopping moment in the production. At one stage, it tilted downwards with water content pouring off the ‘end’

ramblin-manMLA takes main billing at Ramblin Man
Wednesday, 16 August 2017

UK - Now in its third year, the three-day Ramblin Man Fair is an annual music festival celebrating classic and contemporary rock, progressive rock, blues and country music.
Promoted by Spirit Of Rock it is billed as “a rock festival designed for rock fans by rock fans”.
Set in Maidstone’s familiar Mote Park, sound production company Capital Sound were contracted to provide the audio infrastructure for the first time this year, and they were eager to show off the power of Martin Audio’s MLA PA to Kent’s rock community.
Project manager Robin Conway was himself responsible for winning the contract after meeting with the event’s technical production manager, Kev Sutherland. “I think he was impressed that we were able to come up with a total production package built around MLA,” he said.
Capital provided sound reinforcement for all four stages but it was the Main Stage (Planet Rock) hosting acts such as ZZ Top, Saxon, Extreme and Glenn Hughes, that benefitted from MLA.
Capital rigged 10 x MLA elements each side, supplemented by an MLD Downfill at the base of each hang. Underpinning this were 13 MLX subwoofers, designed in a ‘castled’ broadside cardioid array. Eight W8LM Mini Line Arrays provided front-fills, while onstage 14 x LE1500 monitors - classic wedges for a classic rock event - provided the bands’ reference sound alongside WS218X sub and other side-fills. With a 70m throw distance, no delay points were necessary.
Capital also provided their consolidated Digital Dante system drive, with Lake LM44 processors


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