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glpGLP’s KNV on debut with Scooter
Thursday, 16 August 2018

Europe - Before making its high-profile debut on this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, GLP’s new KNV went out on a ‘field test’ tour with German band Scooter. This gave production designer Jerry Appelt and his lighting director, programmer and board operator Marc Brunkhardt the opportunity to evaluate the new modular design with the upcoming ESC in mind.
The design team deployed 14 KNV fixtures as a massive centre effect in the middle of the Scooter stage set. Supporting these were 90 GLP X4 Bar 10, which handled the washes, and 22 impression X4 L for key and side lights. All the tour lighting was provided by PRG.
“We were very happy to get hold of the KNV - what act is better for testing such a hyper bright fixture than Scooter? They were a real eye catche,” reports Marc, who had seen the fixture for the first time at production rehearsals in Bottrop. “I immediately liked the brightness and the fact that it was very compact,” he said. “Also the RGB rings around the powerful white LED were extremely impressive.”
Underhung in the middle of the set, beneath the decks, the KNVs were fully visible for all to see. “We had spaces between every fixture to cover the complete width of the set - and in this configuration we were able to produce some great effects over the whole cluster.”
The lighting director also praised the versatility of the KNV. “You can use it just for flooding the entire stage with colour or to produce nice random strobe sparkle effects.”
(Jim Evans)

lollashop-keenanhairstonBandit wonderland at Lollapalooza
Thursday, 16 August 2018

USA - The festival season continued this summer with more than 430,000 people attending the Lollapalooza Music and Arts Festival over four days.
Bandit Lites worked with C3 Presents and provided three trucks with nearly 600 fixtures and 1500ft of truss to light spaces across Grant Park. Areas included Kidsapalooza, the Merch Palace, cocktail lounges, a beer garden, VIP areas off the stage and the stunning Buckingham fountain. Bandit also supplied lighting for all areas with foot traffic, navigating the way from stage to stage.
“Our biggest challenge is always power distribution on such a large festival,” said C3 Presents production manager Tyler Crain. “A solid plan of areas to light and power necessary to accomplish this ahead of time is a necessity.”
In order to craft that solid plan, Bandit Lites began working with Crain about seven weeks ahead of load in to organise and map out the logistics for truss towers, specialty lighting and landscape needs.
Thirty-two Elation Paladins spaced evenly around the fountain in eight groups of four turned the waters into vivid colors throughout the night. “The Paladins really brought the fountain to life,” shared Aaron Swetland who programmed Buckingham Fountain. “They worked great as we didn’t have to bag them. Even on the sunniest days, there is going to be mist, so having a water proof light is super important.”
Bandit Lites team arrived early to set up the site lighting, using their knowledge and expertise to fashion spaces that gave artistic and colourful looks, whi

alcons-fun-home-lee-yew-jin-and-jeffrey-yueAlcons brings clarity to Fun Home
Thursday, 16 August 2018

Singapore - Singaporean theatre company Pangdemonium! recently staged Fun Home, the multiple Tony Award-winning production renowned for being the first Broadway musical with a lesbian protagonist.
Alcons Audio RR12 point source array modules and VR12 mid-sized versatile monitors ensured that every line of dialogue and lyrics was clearly heard by the enthusiastic audiences.
Staged at Singapore’s 615-seat Drama Centre Theatre, sound design for the production was by Jeffrey Yue of audio design company Ctrl Fre@k, with technical production by The Production People. The Alcons speakers were supplied by Alcons Pro-Ribbon Network Partner Creator’s Solutions.
Being a musical, where every song lyric is as important to the narrative as every line of dialogue, Jeffrey needed to ensure that both the spoken and sung vocals were extremely clear for every member of the audience. The Drama Centre Theatre is a compact venue, with two balconies, so accurate and controlled dispersion of sound was crucial to achieving this.
In his design, Jeffrey chose four Alcons RR12s as a centre vocal cluster. These were complemented by four VR12s per side, covering the two circles with a band and vocal mix.
"Accurate reinforcement of voices and instrumentation was crucial," he says. "The RR12 vocal centre cluster provided the best performance in terms of accurate horizontal coverage, thanks to the asymmetric vertical horn which meant there were less potential ceiling reflections. With the style and design approach of the musical, it was also a great opportun

cgbphotocreditsightwaysbeConcertgebouw Bruges refreshed with Ovation
Thursday, 16 August 2018

Belgium - During Bruges’ tenure as European Capital of Culture in 2002, the Concertgebouw Brugge - a concert venue and multicultural centre accommodating more than 1500 visitors - was built to provide the city’s inhabitants and many tourists with a home for some of the best classical music orchestras in the world. Taking centre stage in a recent refurbishment of the concert hall were 20 Chauvet Professional Ovation F-265WW fixtures, specified by local install specialists Sotesa.
With the main hall regularly receiving high-profile symphonic orchestras such as the Anima Eterna Brugge (artist in residence), Brussels Philharmonic, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the venue required a practical solution to provide general illumination for the musicians on stage. With their incredibly soft and even flat field of warm white illumination, the Ovation Fresnel-style LED fixtures were chosen to replace the outdated and unreliable incandescent house lights.
“Aside from the fact that the old incandescents used a lot of electricity, it could be uncomfortable at times for the musicians because of the heat they generated,” commented Geerolf Jacques, coordinator of stage technology at Concertgebouw Brugge. “One of the key advantages of the Ovation fixtures is that we don’t have to worry about leaving the lights switched on for longer periods of time for rehearsals and shows.”
Given the practical issues of the 12m high roof in the concert hall itself, finding a suitable lighting fixture to

musicbytwilightLED Creative supports Teenage Cancer Trust
Thursday, 16 August 2018

UK - Rental and installation specialists LED Creative worked with the crew at Version 2 to help illuminate the annual charity concert held in the grounds of hosts Sue and David Formosa’s Chorleywood home.
Now in its sixteenth year, Music by Twilight features a broad mix of talent, including local acts. The concerts have raised over £400,000 for the charity and this year’s show was another resounding success with all proceeds going towards the funding of TCT units in NHS hospitals.
Providing their Sigma Pulse Wands and Fairground fixtures plus Byte Controllers, the LED Creative team were able to help add colour, shape and movement to the lighting design for the event. With limited access to the site, the ‘plug and play’ Sigma fixtures were an ideal creative solution, quick and easy to incorporate into the custom-built stage with no compromise on versatility.
Commenting on the show, LED Creative project manager Tim Rees says, “It’s an absolute pleasure to be working alongside V2’s Nick Edwards and his crew in support of such a worthy cause. The entire team have done a stunning job in staging a fantastic looking show - everyone has pitched in to create a true spectacle, all in aid of a wonderful charity. We’re proud to have played a part.”
(Jim Evans)

lectrodratomicsfoperachorusLectrosonics technology enhances Doctor Atomic
Thursday, 16 August 2018

Doctor Atomic, a collaboration between composer John Adams and librettist and stage director Peter Sellars, focuses on the events leading up to the first atomic bomb test in the summer of 1945 and is set in Los Alamos, New Mexico, barely 20 miles from the Santa Fe Opera, which is presenting its new production through 16 August.
In advance of production rehearsals, Santa Fe Opera’s audio/visual director, Karl G. Kern, increased the company’s inventory of Lectrosonics Digital Hybrid Wireless technology to 30 channels, adding 18 SSM super slight micro belt-pack transmitters and three six-channel Venue2 receivers to its existing stock of SMDa transmitters and Venue receivers.
“The quality of Lectrosonics’ products is by far superior,” says Kern of the purchase decision. “They’ve got a very low noise floor and very solid RF, so it helps you to get a very clear audio signal. Having that low noise floor when you’re trying to just ghost in a very low volume is very important.”
All the Lectrosonics transmitters are paired with DPA Microphones d:screet 4061 omnidirectional lavalier microphone elements to reinforce the stage performances through the company’s newly installed Meyer Sound CAL steerable column array loudspeakers for the 2,000-plus-capacity house.
Celebrated composer and sound designer Mark Grey did the sound design for this latest Doctor Atomic production. "The classical performing arts demand only the best in live sound – critical in sonic transparency, reliability, and highly concealable products,” says Grey

clairbroshongkongcityhallClair Brothers upgrades Hong Kong City Hall
Thursday, 16 August 2018

China - When the audio system in Hong Kong’s City Hall began to fall short of its duty, the powers that be called on DMT Pro, Clair Brothers’ Chinese distributor to upgrade the old system in the 463-seat city hall theatre and bring it into the new millennium.
After a thorough review of the venue with specific attention paid to addressing acoustical challenges not overcome by the old system, DMT decided to install an L-C-R Clair Brothers system, which consists of two Clair Brothers kiT 12+ two-way, self-powered speakers for each of the L-C-R channels, and two kiT-Sub-mini+ single drive self-powered subwoofers, all supported by two Lake LM44 digital processors. Says Ricky Wan, sales manager at DMT, “The speakers have a DSP function, but for a greater degree of fine tuning we also installed the Lake processors.”
“We are very impressed with the quality of Clair Brothers,” explains Zachary Cheung, chief engineer at PCCW-HKT Technical Services, who is in charge of all A/V systems in Hong Kong City Hall. “The installed system sounds even better than the initial demo we heard. We also needed to install the system in a very short space of time, so we wanted to use an active system. This is the first time we’ve used Clair Brothers in any of the city hall venues, and the management is incredibly pleased with the finished result.”
(Jim Evans)

theatres-trustTheatres Trust Conference Early Bird offer extended
Thursday, 16 August 2018

UK - Theatres Trust has extended the booking period for our Early Bird offer so you now have until Friday 24 August to take advantage of the discounted rate ( ).
Titled 'Adapt and Thrive', the conference, which takes place on 16 October at the Lyric Hammersmith, looks at new models for theatre buildings and new ways of funding.
Through a mixture of inspiring plenaries and lively breakout sessions, the conference will look at how we can ensure our theatres remain viable in challenging economic times and how we can continue to invest in renewal of our theatre infrastructure.
Joining Michael Ellis MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Arts, Heritage and Tourism and Cameron Mackintosh, producer and theatre owner will be speakers from Bristol Old Vic, arguably the country’s oldest continuously operating theatre and Manchester’s Factory, probably the newest, discussing how they are adapting to new artistic and business models.
(Jim Evans)

isceRegistration opens for ISCEx 2019
Thursday, 16 August 2018

UK - Registration is now open for ISCEx which takes place 5-6 March 2019 at Combe Abbey (
If you’re working in commercial audio system design, integration, project management or sales, ISCEx provides opportunities to learn, engage and discuss commercial audio solutions in an intimate, non-imposing environment.
ISCEx is a multi-faceted event that includes seminars, training, networking dinner and an exhibition of the audio industries leading manufacturers and distributors. There are plenty of opportunities to meet up with industry colleagues, share ideas and discuss projects in informal environments.
(Jim Evans)

hes-live-you-play-3High End Systems shines at Live You Play
Thursday, 16 August 2018

Italy - For the eighth year running, Music Inside Rimini (MIR) and LIVE welcomed a host of lighting companies including High End Systems to take part in the annual Italian event Live You Play. LIVE events began in 2010 with a resolution to provide visitors with the chance to experience audio, lighting, video and installation technologies from a live performance on stage. This year, there was both a virtual and a live show organised at the event.
Lighting designer Trevor Burk organised the structure of High End Systems fixtures in the virtual show whilst lighting programmer Francesco De Cave arranged the design of the same fixtures for music band ‘POP deluxe’ in the live show.
Francesco emphasised how “programming the lighting whilst showing the fixtures’ capability to the audience without losing the main focus – the show itself – was not an easy job”.
The set-up included a variety of SolaFrame 750, SolaFrame Theatres, HEX, QUAD, SolaSpot 2000, SolaWash 2000, SolaHyBeam 1000 and the recently-launched SolaFrame 3000. The SolaFrame series lit up the performances by POP deluxe with precise lighting control and aerial effects. This included High End Systems’ newest flagship luminaire: SolaFrame 3000, which features an Ultra-Bright White LED engine that produces a limitless range of colour.
(Jim Evans)

heshogfactor1180x435Hog Factor USA 2018 finalists announced
Wednesday, 15 August 2018

USA - High End Systems has announced the finalists for the 2018 Hog Factor USA Collegiate Lighting Programming Competition. First held in North America in 2015, Hog Factor has become a leading global lighting contest.
Over 60 teams registered for Phase One, each providing a performance lighting piece programmed on a Hog or Hog 4 PC. The collegiate teams were judged by a diverse panel of High End Systems and ETC employees to produce the three Hog Factor finalists.
The three finalist teams are SolaTartan from Carnegie Mellon University, The Pig Ears from California State University Long Beach and Brown Sugar from Southern Methodist University.
Phase Two will see these teams programming a performance lighting piece based on High End Systems' 2018 LDI booth design. These teams will then be invited to perform their shows live at LDI on the ETC / High End Systems booth, where the winners will be judged by a select group of industry lighting designers.
(Jim Evans)

ev-black-badge--black-wordmarkv2Jands becomes Bosch distribution partner
Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Australia - Bosch has entered into a distribution partnership with Jands. Jands will provide sales and support for a select range of Bosch’s pro sound installation audio products from Dynacord and Electro-Voice, including the new IPX multi-channel installation DSP power amplifiers, EVID and EVC Series loudspeakers and the EV Innovations range.
Chris Dellenty, general manager - Oceania, Bosch Security and Safety Systems, comments: “Bosch is well known for our commitment to excellent service and support and by entering into partnership with a strategic national distributor like Jands, who have the expertise to support the needs of the customer, we will continue to provide the quality products and services that people expect when they buy Dynacord and Electro-Voice. Our Prosound team are excited by this alliance, and we look forward to a prosperous long-term relationship.”
Paul Mulholland, Jands MD, adds: “As Jands restructured our product offering around our strengths in corporate, government and education, our contracting customers made it clear they wanted to be able to source a complete solution from us. When we saw the new product offering from EV and Dynacord at Infocomm, we quickly realised Bosch represented the perfect partner for Jands.”
(Jim Evans)

seminar-lsi-pressreleasePLASA Show reveals updated programme
Tuesday, 14 August 2018

UK - PLASA Show, the worldwide event for entertainment technology, is returning to London Olympia on 16-18 September with a whole host of industry leaders and influential brands primed to deliver popular products, inspirational talks and expert training.
The exhibitor list has been rapidly growing with international brands spanning lighting, audio, AV, rigging and staging, and the programme is filling up fast with critical updates, exclusive panels and the latest projects.
In association with LSi, respected lighting designer Rob Halliday and entertainment architects Stufish will present Giudizio Universale - Michelangelo and the Secrets of the Sistine Chapel, revealing the technical secrets of this stunning €9m immersive stage show created by Marco Balich, now at the Auditorium Conciliazione in Rome. Having worked on the show, Rob Halliday will discuss the richly pigmented, high-contrast lighting design drew on the style, colour and mood of the iconic paintings.
Another seminar comes in the form of Creating the Tempest. It will see Sarah Ellis from the Royal Shakespeare Company discuss the highly innovative digital technologies used in their recent production which could change the face of theatre.
Holoplot are hosting a session exploring wave field synthesis for 3D sound applications and challenging acoustic environments. Attendees will learn about how this technology can go beyond theory to produce real products and scalable solutions that can cope with harsh acoustic environments.
Back by popular demand is

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Secondary Ticketing - Ticketmaster is closing its secondary ticketing websites Seatwave and Get Me In in a bid to combat touts. The sites, which allow you to offload unwanted tickets, have frequently been exploited by so-called professional sellers who hike up the prices. "We know that fans are tired of seeing others snap up tickets just to resell for a profit on secondary websites, so we have taken action," said Andrew Parsons, head of Ticketmaster UK.
In their place, people will be allowed to sell tickets directly on Ticketmaster, where a simple click will release tickets back into the market. Unlike the current system, users will only be allowed to charge the original price or less - though there will be a 15% surcharge on every ticket to cover booking fees paid by the seller (£7.50 for a ticket that costs £50).
Ticketmaster has also vowed to be transparent about the difference between "new" and resold tickets. When selecting seats for a concert, theatre or sporting event, the seat map will show standard tickets in blue and second-hand tickets in pink.
The decision to shut down Seatwave and Get Me In comes a month after the Irish government backed a bill that would ban the resale of tickets for more than face value. At the same time, the UK's Competition and Markets Authority is conducting an investigation into the secondary market and has said it is considering legal action against the Swiss-based firm Viagogo.
Fresh Claims - The collapsed operator of Peterborough’s Broadway Theatre has been hit with fresh claims that it owes t

digi-saBlue Array adds third DiGiCo desk
Tuesday, 14 August 2018

South Africa - Audio rental company Blue Array Productions has invested in its third DiGiCo console - an SD12.
Blue Array first purchased an SD5 to a ‘great reception’ from the local market. The company then decided to invest in a smaller platform console, purchasing an S31, before recently taking ownership of the SD12.
“Blue Array’s Kobus van Rensburg and Marinus Visser have been wanting an SD12 since the console was launched in 2017,” says Kyle Robson from DWR Distribution, DiGiCo’s distributor for Africa. “We worked with them on costings and they finally decided to push the green button.”
Audio engineer Marinus is a big fan of the DiGiCo platform and needed an SD console that would cater for all his requirements in a lightweight package that would be easy to move around. “Once he had played with the SD12, he was sold,” Robson says. “It does everything he needs it to do and gives him the same audio quality and functionality as the SD5, just lighter.”
Various audio engineers at the company have already put the SD12 to the test. It has been used on a several shows including Seether, a rock band who played at Marks Park in Johannesburg.
“The operation of the SD12 is identical to the SD5, and because Marinus knows the SD5 very well, the new console is a walk in the park for him,” adds Robson. “The footprint of the console is small, and its two screens are a big plus. The build quality is fantastic and the whole feel of the desk is very easy to manoeuvre around.”
(Jim Evans)

screen-shot-2018-08-13-at-120458-pmGuquko launches new website
Tuesday, 14 August 2018

South Africa - Dry hire company Guquko Technical Rider has launched a new website,
The company was established by Phumzile Sibanyoni at the end of 2017 and holds stock of 12 Robe Spiiders, 24 Longman 4 Ups, Prolyte stage decks and other accessories such as cabling.
Sibanyoni comments: “The equipment has been working very hard for us. We were very pleased that our Robe Spiiders and Longman units were used at the Nelson Mandela Annual lecture hosted at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on 17 July. The gear is out most of the weeks and is not gathering dust. That said, it would be great for larger companies to recognize and rent from us to help give us the necessary exposure.”
All gear is also frequently serviced by the local distributor DWR Distribution, including the replacing of globes.
(Jim Evans)

tsl-lighting-invests-in-chroma-q-and-luminexTSL Lighting invests in Chroma-Q and Luminex
Tuesday, 14 August 2018

UK - TSL Lighting has invested in a large number of Chroma-Q LED fixtures and Luminex DMX hubs, supplied by the brands' UK & Eire dealer A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET).
The investment comes less than a month after TSL announced it had finalised the acquisition of corporate and event lighting specialist Blinding Light.
TSL has added to its inventory a large quantity of Chroma-Q Color Force II 72 and Chroma-Q Space Force LED fixtures. AC-ET also supplied TSL with 50 Luminex LumiSplit 2.10 DMX hubs.
Sam Tamplin, managing director of TSL Lighting, comments: “With the recent acquisition of Blinding Light, we needed to make sure we had the right inventory to meet the needs of our customers. The addition of these industry leading fixtures and infrastructure options, will ensure we continue to provide our clients with what we consider to be the best quality equipment available.”
(Jim Evans)

matrix-visitors-aSGM appoints Matrix as Denmark distributor
Tuesday, 14 August 2018

UK - SGM Light has named Matrix as its new distributor for Denmark.
The news follows the recent appointment of Architainment Lighting as the brand’s architectural distributor in the UK.
Peter Johansen, CEO, SGM Light comments: “With Matrix as our new distributor here in Denmark, our customers will experience easier access to SGM’s products, and in general get all the benefits of Matrix’s service package. Our day-to-day focus is definitely targeted the big export markets. However, we also want to accommodate our home market, which will now be able to enjoy SGM demonstrations on several occasions.”
Thomas Christensen, CEO of Matrix, adds: “With the water and dust-resistant products, SGM has a unique market placement, and we are thrilled to be able to add them to our product range. It is also an added bonus to be able to represent a brand that is both Danish and a technological frontrunner.”
(Jim Evans)

giacomo--luigi172202GLP appoints Mods Art as Italian distributor
Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Italy - GLP has appointed Mods Art as its new Italian distributor. The move has been announced by GLP sales executive Sven Heindl and the Italian company’s chairman Dr. Giacomo Laria.
Mods Art’s Alessandro Righi will be a technical representative for the German brand.
Heindl comments: “Mods Art is a dynamic and positive young company and I could see the mood and ambition from the number of visitors attending the booth at MIR. “We look forward to a long and successful future working together with them.”
Laria adds: “We are working to introduce GLP at the top level, which is quite a challenge with so many high-profile lighting manufacturers in Italy.”
Initial reaction, following open days and a presence Music Inside Rimini has been 100% positive, he adds: “The feedback has been excellent and we are highly optimistic.”
Mods Art recently supplied a quantity of X4 Bars to major Italian rental company Agorà for use on the Jovanotti tour, and have several other projects pending.
The Italian company was initially conceived as an audio company in 2010 but has since branched out into the distribution of video and lighting solutions as well as audio. The business is owned and managed by Dr. Larìa and technical director and CEO Luigi Lombardi from its base in Vasto near the Adriatic coast.
(Jim Evans)

nickolas-chapmanGearhouse Group introduces Showcom
Monday, 13 August 2018

South Africa - The Gearhouse Group, a network of companies, branches and divisions that service the event industries, has recently added Showcom to its ranks.
Johannesburg-based Showcom (Pty) Ltd is headed up by Nickolas Chapman and specialises in supplying communication solutions to the events industry, offering a range of wireless, wired or two-way radio communication systems.
The company’s official launch was marked on 1 August. Showcom is based at 18 Lang Street, Bezuidenhout Valley.
(Jim Evans)

brahlerBrähler ICS UK rebrands as BUK Solutions
Monday, 13 August 2018

UK - Cambridge-based conference technology provider Brähler ICS UK has rebranded as BUK Solutions.
The change comes as the company marks 30 years of trading and enters a new phase that incorporates new distribution partnerships and a more diverse range of suppliers. The company is also offering enhanced complementary event services as part of its rental portfolio including consultancy, interpretation and translation. Launched in the late 1980s, Brähler ICS UK operated alongside German parent company Brähler ICS Konferenztechnik AG until 2012. It then became independent but remained a member of the global Brähler ICS Network until recently.
Simon Sainsbury, managing director of BUK Solutions, comments: “The success of our expanded portfolio, which now includes several new non-Brähler products and services, prompted us to redefine our identity in the marketplace and spread the word of our expanded capability in delivering custom solutions for the events and conferences market. With a wide range of event experience, from inter-governmental and global corporate conferences to elite premier league football clubs, BUK Solutions delivers both in the UK and internationally.”
He adds: “It felt appropriate to launch our new name and logo in our 30th year, giving us the opportunity to celebrate our heritage and achievements. Naturally, we will continue to provide the first-rate services that our clients have come to expect from our dedicated team of professionals.”
BUK Solutions has successfully provided AV technology for numerous majo

uknew-distribarchitainmentSGM UK names architectural distributor
Monday, 13 August 2018

UK - SGM Light has bolstered its relationship with Architainment Lighting by making the High Wycombe company the official architectural distributor for the Danish brand in the UK.
The deal means Architeinment Lighting will represent SGM Light's IP66-rated POI (Permanent Outdoor Installations) luminaires.
Ian Kirby, MD at SGM UK, comments: “SGM is a forerunner in launching new technology in Entertainment lighting and is focused on high-quality IP65/66-rated LED luminaires. SGM have also been developing an Architectural version of its luminaire range and we have been in discussion with Architainment for some time with a view to Nic and his team including the architectural range in their portfolio.”
Peter Johansen, CEO, SGM Light, adds: “I am pleased to announce that our discussions have been successful and Architainment have now been appointed our exclusive distributor for the SGM architectural range of products in the UK. We are confident this partnership will further establish the architectural product range that SGM offer in the UK marketplace.”
Architainment Lighting MD Nic Tolkien, says: “Architainment Lighting is proud to be the architectural distributor for the SGM brand in the UK. SGM provides a unique entertainment focused product range, perfectly suitable for architectural applications, which means we can offer our clients the best of both worlds.”
Architainment Lighting will be manning the SGM booth at the upcoming Darc Room expo in London on 19-20 September.

steven-hancock-coo--co-founder-of-melodyvr-and-ian-congdon-head-of-aren-1NEC Group offers virtual access to live events
Friday, 10 August 2018

UK - Virtual reality (VR) specialist MelodyVR is working with the NEC Group Arenas to offer virtual access to live events in its venues.
Concertgoers will be able to access a selection of live events held at the Genting Arena and Arena Birmingham venues, using the power of virtual reality technology, including performances from chart toppers Royal Blood, The Script and UB40 Feat. Ali, Astro & Mickey.
Over the coming months, MelodyVR will also live stream real-time concerts via VR and offer virtual tickets to sold-out shows with the biggest artists, enabling an unlimited number of fans to attend in-demand concerts around the globe.
The concerts, as well as virtual tickets, will be available to purchase via the MelodyVR app, on Oculus Go or Samsung Gear VR virtual reality headsets (with more platforms coming soon). Information on upcoming shows will also be promoted on selected event pages on The Ticket Factory website - the official box office for the NEC Group Arenas.
Those who are unable to attend arena events in person, can transport themselves to the heart of the action through the power of VR and the MelodyVR app, says the company. By selecting different ‘Jump Spots’, MelodyVR users can choose to be in the front row, deep in the crowd, or up-close-and-personal with the band on stage.
Ian Congdon, head of NEC Group arena sales, comments: “VR is transforming the concert experience and shifting how fans can consume music, so it’s fantastic to partner with MelodyVR as pioneers in this field. Their usage of exciting featur

elitlogoElit to distribute Clair Brothers in Turkey
Thursday, 9 August 2018

Turkey - Clair Brothers has named Elit Light / Sound Technologies as its distributor in Turkey.
The Istanbul company will sell and distribute the kiTCurve and C-Series loudspeakers as well as other Clair Brothers products such as the 1AM and 1.5AM Series stage monitors, the stackable S2 PA System, and more.
Elit MD Emre Defne comments: “We’re so proud to now be the Turkish partner of Clair Brothers because they give us a renewed ability to build on our mission to be the best live event brand in Turkey.”
Josh Sadd, Clair Brothers chief engineer, adds: “We are happy to have Elit on board with us and look forward to making more contributions to Turkey’s vibrant culture of interesting venues and events. The Elit team brings experience and enthusiasm that will certainly make the future of Clair Brothers in Turkey bright.”
Defne continues: “With Clair Brothers unique waveguide technology, we can offer customised products for tailor-made solutions for arenas and concert halls. Because of the waveguides, we’re able to find a custom solution with one speaker for a single project. It’s quite amazing. And with different cabinet colour and front grille options, tailoring to a specific project can be even more special.”
Besides Clair Brothers, Elit’s distribution portfolio includes the likes of Alcons Audio, DPA Microphones, Waves and AVID.
(Jim Evans)


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