France - With the new Kipstadium, Kipsta, a brand owned by Decathlon, has inaugurated a new way of playing a team sport. More than just a sports complex, Kipstadium was designed by Kipsta as a "user's observation centre", a place where amateur and professional athletes can interact with Kipsta staff, both to receive technical advice and to share exercise habits and needs. Everyone can participate in the creation and optimization of Kipsta products, while the renowned sports brand can improve the quality of its creations adapting them to the real needs of the end users according to their feedback.

Spanning over 45,000 m² equipped with 20 indoor and outdoor courts and pitches and a 900 m2 Kipsta store, Kipstadium allows sports lovers of every age and ability to practice in more than 30 different activities seven days a week.

Located in the district of the Union, at th

USA - To expand its touring rental business, DBS Audio Systems, Inc. of Coatesville, Penn. has invested in a Meyer Sound Lyon linear sound reinforcement system in advance of a busy summer concert season.

"Lyon has won accolades from major artists and respected engineers and will give us an excellent position in the touring market," says Dave Brotman, DBS president. "The time is right for the upgrade, and we're excited to be the first rental company in the tri-state area to offer the most advanced loudspeaker technology available."

The system comprises 16 Lyon-M main and eight Lyon-W wide-coverage line array loudspeakers, in addition to six 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements. A Galileo Callisto loudspeaker management system with Galileo Callisto 616 array processors provides system drive and alignment.

In the next few months, the system is already sla

Italy - For EXPO 2015, hosted by Milan in Italy from 1 May until 31 October 2015, ACT lighting design was commissioned by Balich Worldwide Shows to create and develop the visual & lighting design of an iconic installationTree of Life / Albero della Vita.

The project was designed by Marco Balich and studio Gioforma, artistic director of the Italian Pavilion of Expo 2015. Balich was inspired by the drawing Michelangelo Buonarroti created for the piazza del Campidoglio in Rome. The structure was built by Orgoglio Brescia. Koert Vermeulen joined the creative team as Lighting Designer & Director of Mise-en-Scene.

The tree with its vertical, symbolic gesture is both an Italian and international icon representing nature as a source of life, but also symbolizing the many roots and metaphorical branches of the Italian excellence. This iconic structure symbolically offers its se

Singapore - K-Pop singer and songwriter Taeyang recently played a show in Singapore with a lighting rig containing 30 x Robe BMFL Spots moving lights, supplied by leading rental company Showtec.

The Lighting designer, Mr. Juhyun Kim of Lite Factory in Korea, used them to replace another product for the show which was staged at the 6000 capacity Singapore Expo.

It was the first time Juhyun had used BMFL Spots and the lights were positioned above the stage and on side podiums, and used to flood the stage in white - incorporating the artists and his dancers - and also used for tight-spotting of Taeyang, as well as for beaming out into the audience and filling the space with aerial 'bursts' and other effects.

A full sized grandMA2 lighting console was used to run the show's lighting.

Taeyang's Singapore show followed another highly successful performance in Kuala Lumpur Malays

Canada - When Canadian alt-rock heroes The Tragically Hip put together a 2015 North American tour supporting the deluxe reissue of their 1992 studio classic, Fully Completely, the band's longtime audio provider, Solotech, made the decision to carry an audio system based entirely on L-Acoustics' K2 line array system.

"The Hip," as they are known to their legion of north-of-the-border fans, are touring behind the re-release of one of their biggest records, and the trek has been a "big deal" with staging that includes projection screens extending into areas normally reserved for the main PA hangs. This added to weight considerations that made the system design an even greater challenge than usual.

Jamie Howieson, well known for his work with Mumford & Sons among others, has been the Solotech systems engineer on the tour and discusses his thinking in put

France - The world-renowned flagship exhibit of Paris' National Museum of Natural History (MNHN), The Grand Gallery of Evolution, celebrated its 20-year anniversary by updating its lighting system that was originally implemented in 1994. The Gallery's centrepiece, which recreates the natural environment of the African Savanna with a caravan of animals, uses a sound and light show to recreate day/night cycles of the Savanna.

With outdated technology, high power consumption and the show playing twice a day for the past 15 years, the old system was in desperate need of an upgrade. To help revitalize the visitor experience, the MNHN brought in Martin Professional and over 200 Martin Tripix fixtures were installed throughout the gallery.

The MNHN wanted the lighting and sound to help create a sense of movement to the animals and Martin then developed a solution for the three main a

USA - A new whitepaper, titled The Three Pillars of Audio Networking sheds light on the critically important, but often overlooked elements that make up a complete audio networking solution. This whitepaper examines the roles played by solution execution, support, and product availability in delivering real-world interoperability. The report, written by Audinate, references parallels in the recent history of digital technology to shed light upon the factors that drive usage and compatibility.

The whitepaper provides new insights regarding: The tools OEMs, installation contractors and end users need to easily implement and deploy networked audio solutions; The importance of product development and support in the success of audio networking; Key factors that drive a broad ecosystem of compatible products, and The role played by underlying standards such as TCP/IP and AES67.

UK - Boston-based lighting designer Jeff Maker has utilised Avolites' Sapphire Touch consoles to control 'epic' looks, both pre-programmed and on the fly, for All Time Low's recent UK arena tour.

Co-headlining with You Me At Six, the American pop punks played such major venues as the Manchester Phones 4u Arena, and London's O2 and Wembley Arena.

Maker specified a powerful rig which included Clay Paky Mythos, Showline SL NITRO 510C and Robe BMFL fixtures, all controlled by an Avolites Sapphire Touch, alongside a second Sapphire Touch as backup.

Maker also used two Avolites Sapphire Touch consoles on the Wembley show. For the 'enhanced' Wembley performance, Maker worked with Video Design, RES and the band's camera director Richard Shipman to specify two Avolites Ai S4 media servers, with the second Sapphire Touch triggering media and effects from the S4.

"I've been usin

USA - Market of Choice is a regional grocery chain offering conventional, natural, organic, and health conscious products at nine locations in Oregon. Its large, modern stores include grocery, café and wine sections and emphasize high-quality background music to create a pleasant atmosphere for shoppers. The stores also require clear, intelligible voice paging for customer service.

Pro Sound and Video of Eugene, Oregon designed and installed the audio system for the newest Market of Choice location in Beaverton, Oregon.

Pro Sound's Anthony March says the stores are well-designed and attractive but different areas have different ceiling heights and ambient noise can vary significantly with location and with time of day.

March chose Community's D Series and C Series loudspeakers to provide high-quality audio throughout the store. Community DP6 pendant loudspeakers cover

UK - The current joint UK HQ for Studiomaster and Carlsbro sales distribution and service is expanding to take on the role of a northern European logistics centre for the two marques. Studiomaster and Carlsbro product development and engineering will remain at the Milton Keynes site.

With the move, the Milton Keynes HQ will now directly supply retailers and resellers in Great Britain and most of mainland northern Europe. Sales agents are already appointed for France and Benelux, with appointments for Germany and Austria to follow imminently.

Current distributor agreements for existing distribution in Europe, including in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Eire, Norway, Poland, Hungry and Slovenia, for both Studiomaster and Carlsbro, are to remain in effect and will not be included in the new centralized arrangements for other territories.

Speaking on the announcement of the new logisti

UK - The 2015 Knight of Illumination Awards (KOI) has launched and submissions are already coming in for Television and Concert Touring and Events.

This year marks the eighth KOI Awards, which celebrates the creative talents of international lighting and digital content designers working in the UK in the sectors of TV, Theatre and Concert Touring and Events.

With a new award category in Concert Touring and Events for smaller club venues, this year's KOI will widen its reach to celebrate LDs from all stages and scales of touring. Concert Touring and Events is also welcoming a new member of the judging panel in the form of Total Production International magazine editor, Kelly Murray.

Submissions are open for the Television and Concert Touring and Events categories and shows performed or broadcast between 1 August 2014 and 31 July 2015 in the UK are eligible. As with pre

UK - Two years on from laying the foundation stone, Derby Arena was officially opened to the public on Friday 20 March complete with a sizeable d&b audiotechnik T-Series sound system supplied by Orbital Sound. The new venue incorporates a 250m indoor cycle track - only the fifth of its kind to open in the UK - as well as being designed to stage large cultural events, exhibitions, product launches and conferences, with a seated capacity of up to 3500 and up to 5000 capacity seated and standing.

Derby Arena is a key addition to the city's sporting and cultural facilities, taking the lead as Derbyshire's largest venue. In its capacity as an event venue it comes under the responsibility of Derby LIVE, the Council's entertainment arm, which is responsible for managing all of the venues and outdoor events.

Headed up by production and technical manager Gareth Chell, Derby LIVE was gi

UK - Neg Earth has announced that the company remains operational following the fire which devastated its Park Royal warehouse during the early hours of Thursday 2 April.

A statement issued by the company says:

As you may be already be aware, Neg Earth Lights Ltd's building in Western Road, NW10 was subject to extensive fire damage in the early hours of Thursday 2nd April 2015.

Fortunately, no one was hurt and despite the damage, you can be assured that Neg Earth Lights remains operational.

Email and phone contact details are unchanged.

If you have any questions please contact Lindsey Markham at lindsey@negearth.co.uk or on 07557 430908 in the first instance.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support, good wishes and offers of assistance which have been truly appreciat

USA - On Wednesday 13 May 2015 at the Cinespace Chicago Film Studios Ballroom on the west side of downtown Chicago, DPA Microphones, Lectrosonics and Sound Devices will host the Sound Summit, Chicago (www.thesoundsummit.org/chicago), the second of many being planned throughout the US as an informal mixing and discussion event for the audio community.

These three manufacturers are on the cutting edge of professional location audio capture, with leading products commonly used in the field, including DPA's d:screet 4061 and 4071 Miniature Microphones, d:screet Necklace Microphone and d:dicate 4017B Shotgun Microphone; Lectrosonics' new L Series units, SSM 'Super Slight' micro transmitter and SR Series receivers with SuperSlot compatibility; Sound Devices 688 Field Production Mixer with SL-6 SuperSlot accessory and the 970 64-Track Dante and MADI Audio Recorder.

The event will be

Australia - The original Australian Outback Spectacular was the first show of its kind in Australia and the newest production High Country Legends takes the exciting evening dinner show to a new level.

In the new multi-million dollar production, guests experience a captivating journey to the snow peaked mountains of the high country where enchanted whispers and legendary yarns come alive.

"High Country Legends will be the most breathtaking arena show ever produced under the Australian Outback Spectacular roof," says Shane Phillips, Australian Outback Spectacular general manager. "The bravery, beauty and courage of the greatest Australian stories never told are brought to life through the biggest display of special effects ever implemented."

With lighting upgrades to be made, Clint Dulieu, lighting and technology supervisor for Village Roadshow Theme Parks

UK - Specialist widescreen projection was one of several video elements supplied by west Midlands based Central Presentations Ltd. (CPL) to show producers Inteva Productions for an annual sales conference staged at Telford International Centre.

It was the eighth year that CPL has worked on this impressive event for utility supplier Telecom Plus which has grown year-on-year and now accommodates over 8000 guests across two days. CPL also supplied HD cameras / PPU and crew to the main auditorium / plenary sessions, with Lee Gruszeckyj leading the team.

As in previous years, they worked closely with Inteva and their production manager Jeff Whiteley who imagined the overall design concept and stage layout.

The event has expanded along with the business and commercial success of Telecom Plus, and with that, the associated production values have also steadily increased. This year's

Germany - Over 40 Elation Professional DW Fresnel white light LED fixtures along with 170 Elation Opti Tri White LED PAR lights were used by electronica event technologies GmbH to illuminate bathroom furnishings company Duravit's booth at ISH 2015, the world's biggest showcase for innovative bathroom design and technology.

electronica event technologies GmbH, a lighting and technical services company based in Hofheim near Frankfurt, has partnered with Duravit for some time, having provided light, sound and video for Duravit trade show booths worldwide since 2000. This was the first time however that they have incorporated Elation lighting into the booth design.

ISH 2015 was held at Messe Frankfurt and ran from 10-14 March. Lighting design for the Duravit booth was by Peter Völker of electronica event technologies GmbH, who tested several fixtures in a shootout in their compan

USA - All eyes were on the Worldwide Stage at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, and why not? With a superstar studded line-up of the crème de la crème of the EDM world performing, plus a surprise two-song appearance by Ariana Grande, the thousands of fans at the Worldwide Stage pavilion were transfixed by the scene on stage. This year, the awestruck crowd did more than look at the stage, they had their collective vision funnelled into it, thanks to a commanding lighting and truss design by Steve Lieberman of SJ Lighting.

Lieberman's design concept was developed around a massive double winged truss structure that resembled an arched bridge. The abutment at one end of this bridge started at the edge of the concert pavilion; the other end was anchored behind the stage itself. This end of the bridge ran across the entire 60ft width of the stage.

A line of 12 intense Nexus Aw 7x

USA - Martin Professional will be hosting exclusive open house events in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles.

Martin will be showcasing both its recent and classic lighting products for the entertainment and installation markets. Available for demonstration will be Martin's MAC Quantum series, MAC Viper series, and RUSH by Martin series as well as Martin's creative LED video solutions, lighting consoles, and haze/smoke machines.

Lighting and staging professionals from around the United States are cordially invited to attend any of the following events (please RSVP in advance):

Chicago, 7-8 April, Four Points by Sheraton O-Hare Airport; New York, 23-24 April, New World Stages (Stage 1); Los Angeles, 6-7 May, Swing House Studios.

Guests are encouraged to stop by the events at any time during open hours. Complementary food and drinks will be available throughout the day.

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USA - WrestleMania 31 was held on 29 March at the new Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Billed as the "Grandest Stage of Them All" WWE employs the latest entertainment technology to produce its annual WrestleMania event.

Syncrolite has a long history with WWE and the WrestleMania event. This year lighting designer Jason Robinson chose to place 62 XL and 42 SXL fixtures in his rig. Programming the show for him was Troy Eckerman. Both are very familiar with the Syncrolite product and know well that the Syncrolite tag line - "the brightest lights for the biggest nights" - was most appropriate for this annual pinnacle of professional wrestling.

TJ Benton was the Syncrolite crew chief responsible for ensuring that the 104 fixtures spread across the stadium functioned perfectly during the live pay-per-view show that was witnessed by the WWE's largest aud

USA - Avolites will appear on the popular US TV series World's Greatest!... next week after having been recently selected and filmed to appear on the show by its creators, How2Media.

Avolites, which works with New York-based Group One as its exclusive US distribution partner for lighting, was chosen for the show thanks to its innovative Titan and Ai range of lighting and video control products.

"Avolites was a true pioneer in the field of portable lighting control systems, founded in 1978 and soon providing to the likes of the Rolling Stones, Rush, and Queen. The Avolites Titan operating system is now the world's favourite lighting control interface with more than 300,000 specialist users, and Avolites 'Ai' video control interface produced the world's largest landscape video surface at the London 2012 Olympic Games, and the world's largest hologram effect in Madis

Japan - For two nights in October 2014 one of the largest projection mapping events in the history of Japan was realised, using the famous Kanazawa Castle in Ishikawa Prefecture as the event's historic backdrop. "The content of the projection mapping was conceived to be an enchanting digital art fantasy, combining sound and light," say organisers.

The event was part of the celebrations surrounding the extension of the Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet train service, which goes all the way to Kanazawa, as of March of this year.

The creative agency responsible for bringing it all together was Drawing and Manual. Creative director Seiichi Hishikawa and Art Director Yutaka Obara were able to draw on the talent of a large crew of inspired artists and craftsmen from a great number of different companies, including CENDO Inc., Invisible Designs Lab, Diorama and Radix Corporation a

Brazil - As of 1 April, Clay Paky products will be distributed in Brazil by HPL. A company with a firm market reputation, HPL is a leader in the lighting, audio and professional show product distribution sector. Established in 2000, the company has always pursued and distinguished itself for providing quality service in addition to tailor-made customer support.

HPL has always strived to provide its customers with the latest lighting and audio equipment line. Various European brands are already included amongst those distributed on the Brazilian market by HPL, also thanks to its capillary domestic coverage with numerous dealers spread throughout the country.

Francesco Romagnoli, area manager for the Americas and Adalberto Silva, HPL owner, reached the agreement after reciprocally visiting each other's headquarters. Francesco Romagnoli stated, "We were able to personally ob

Argentina - Bailando por un Sueno (Dancing For a Dream), a segment inside the wider Showmatch programme on El Trece (Channel 13), is one of the most popular reality / talent series on Argentinian TV.

For the latest series, lighting designers Pablo Leguizamon AKA 'La Nutria' and Esteban Leguizamon specified Robe Robin Pointes to help capture the action.

The series ran its ninth season in 2014, produced by Ideas del Sur, it was recorded in Romina Yan Studio in downtown Buenos Aires in front of a very enthusiastic live audience of 500. Non celebrity amateur dance 'dreamers' are paired with celebrities and have to demonstrate their talents in various dances, which have included K-POP and Aquadance. In addition to their dancefloor skills they also have a chance to interest viewers and the cameras with various extra-curricular activities of their choice. This is a rand

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