India - Pixel Projects established local trading entity Pixel AV India PVT LTD in early 2015. The Bangalore office is now fully operational with premises occupied in the Jayamahala Extension.

The new team consists of experienced AV project managers, engineers and account managers from the local area. The Bangalore team also have access to Pixel Projects' departments and resources across the globe including the company's centre of excellence for Design and CAD in the UK office.

The office is manned by country manager of Pixel Projects India, Somit Mukherjee. He has over 15 years of managerial experience in the Indian AV industry in varied roles. His diverse experience provides him with a thorough appreciation of the various stages involved in AV projects as well as clear insight into and understanding of the local business climate, making Somit ideally placed to oversee Pixel P

USA - The Cunard Line was looking for a way to celebrate the 175th anniversary of its first transatlantic crossing, when Kelly Easterling approached the company with an idea that was outside the box - or perhaps more aptly outside the ship! Easterling, the creative director and principal designer at Quantum Theatricals, proposed creating a dynamic lightshow set to music off the side of the 1,132ft Queen Mary 2, the company's flagship ocean liner. Much to the delight of the massive crowd in New York harbour on 14 July, this is precisely what he and his dedicated team wound up doing with help from 50 intensely bright Legend 230SR Beams from Chauvet Professional.

The 230W Legends were the only fixtures used on the ocean liner for the magnificent lighting display. (Four other movers were on shore as part of the show.) Positioned alongside the railings of the port side promenade deck

USA - Nashville-based rental and production specialist Elite Multimedia has made its first Robe purchase. Twenty CycFX 8 fixtures are going out on country star Luke Bryan's new tour as specified by lighting designer Justin Kitcheman from FadeUp Design.

Jason 'Cannonball' Jenkins, Elite's head of lighting, says: "I like the fact that the fixture has a variable zoom, which is more unusual on an LED batten and brings greater flexibility, both as a scenic light as well as for aerial and audience effects."

The Elite team and Justin received a demo from Robe Lighting Inc. to make sure that the CycFX 8 met all the criteria for the tour and then committed to the purchase.

On the tour the CycFX 8s will be used along the front of the stage for lighting faces and also as an audience lighting special.

Justin has been a fan of Robe for some time and comments: "I needed a

UK - A.C. Special Projects (ACSP) have specified, supplied and commissioned a complete LED lighting and visual effects solution for LEGO Friends to the Rescue, an all-new live show spectacular which recently opened at the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort.

The show is set in the resort's new land, Heartlake City, which recreates the fun and colourful world of the popular LEGO Friends toy range. During the show, guests join Heartlake City's five female characters on an action packed adventure which is full of music, dance and special effects.

SGA Productions were commissioned by the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort to enhance the show's live action performances with some of the very latest theatrical-style production values. They approached ACSP at last year's PLASA London show to specify lighting and visual effects solutions which would give the shows a 'wow factor', whilst also being sui

USA - Bandit Lites is providing the lighting for Brian Wilson's summer tour, where he and his band, featuring Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin, continue to play the greatest Beach Boys and Brian Wilson songs.

Lighting designer Chris Stuba looked to Wilson's own music for inspiration in creating an elegant looking show. "I love the man and I love the music," said Stuba. "His band is one of the best out there working today."

Stuba utilized VL500D fixtures as the main wash, with VL3500s as key lighting in addition to four the floor with MAC Auras to light the drapery. MAC Vipers provided backlighting and VL2500s were used as "chin kickers".

"The VL500D is still my favourite wash fixture," explained Stuba, "and while it does have some limitations in the blue and green range, the red range and the tungsten all make up for it. It is very

USA - At the mid-year mark, Christie Lites reports a busy and successful 2015 for its new Chicago rental office, which officially opened in January. The full-service, 50,000sq.ft warehouse in the suburb of Woodridge, Illinois, marks #13 for this North American stage lighting and rigging rental company.

Said Christie Lites CEO Huntly Christie, "I have always considered Chicago the sister city to my home town of Toronto. We both enjoy great history, architecture, water, food, sport and wonderful people. Christie Lites is pleased to complete this sibling connection with the opening of our new warehouse in Woodridge. We can now provide local service and support in the home of the largest convention centre in North America."

"The calendar has been active primarily with corporate events," said Christie Lites operations manager Eric Eaton, citing the city's large

South Africa - Three years ago, Martin Professional held a lighting competition to showcase their lighting design software and controllers around the Frankfurt Pro Light and Sound Show in Germany and in Russia. Entrants submitted videos of their designs, set to a pre-determined piece of music and let the public vote on the best submission and contestants then won prizes from Martin Professional.

Electrosonic SA decided to take this concept to the next level: Why not invite entrants to design their own show, to their own music, and then perform the show to a live audience?

"A year ago the Electrosonic SA Lighting Team pitched this idea to the organisers of Mediatech Africa in the hope of hosting the competition at the 2015 trade show. Claire Badenhorst (general manager) and Simon Robinson (exhibition director) liked the idea and we were all confident it would prove a drawc

USA - Her farewell tour is called Rock This Country and country icon Shania Twain is doing just that as she bids good-bye to her fans from coast to coast. More than 300 Clay Paky lighting fixtures are along for the ride, selected by lighting designer Mark Butts who also serves as the tour's coproduction designer with Raj Kapoor.

Last year, when Twain was in her residency at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas where Kapoor was her show director, Butts conceived a "big, edgy, modern rock 'n roll look" for her farewell tour. "I wanted a big lighting rig, big pyro, lots of automation - the biggest possible system that we could easily move around the country," he says. "And that led me to Clay Paky."

According to Butts, "The only way to implement a rig of this size was to use super efficient small, high-power lights with a ton of features. There was

Europe - Clay Paky's award-winning hybrid fixture, the Mythos, has joined Brandon Flowers on his European tour, with lighting designer Steven Douglas making full use of its multi-functionality for the majority of the show's stunning looks.

Playing across Ireland, Germany, Italy and the UK, The Killers' frontman was out in support of his The Desired Effect solo album campaign.

Douglas has been working with Flowers and the Las Vegas-based rockers for over 10 years, building design ideas from scratch for each of their highly successful tours. For Flowers' run of solo dates, Douglas' design was centred upon defined beams of light to create an architectural feel, employing six Mythos as the workhorses of the floor package.

"My idea for this tour was to move away from using wash fixtures and to use dark space to accentuate beams," explains Douglas. "We found

Sweden - Nordic rock band, The Cardigans, are currently touring with Allen & Heath's GLD Chrome digital mixing system, supplied and managed by Swedish PA company, Parashoot.

"We have been using Allen & Heath's iLive systems on The Cardigans since the revival tour in 2012, and more recently, I used the GLD system on the Nina Persson's Animal Heart solo tour, so it felt natural to move to the GLD Chrome for this summer tour. Nina's vocals in particular sound so wonderful through GLD, I was confident about making the switch," says Parashoot's Oscar Söderlund.

Parashoot selected a Chrome GLD-112 for FOH, with a Chrome GLD-80 on monitors. The band's monitor set up is mixture of wedges, and wireless and hardwired in-ears. An AR2412 remote IO rack is installed as a stage box, with two 2 AR84 racks in another rack containing a multi-track player/recorder and the band's and

USA - Royal Caribbean International partnered with Daktronics, in conjunction with Robotic Arts and ABB, to implement a never-been-done-before visual experience for their new Quantum Class cruise ships. Anthem of the Seas made its first voyage on 22 April, 2015 with the visual spectacular first showcased on the maiden voyage of Quantum of the Seas in November 2014.

Daktronics worked hand-in-hand with all parties involved from the initial concept through the final installation to provide a first-of-its-kind experience now available on cruise ships and known as RoboScreens.

"We were looking to develop the next big feature for the Quantum Class and after initiating concepts with ABB and Robotic Arts, it became apparent that selecting the best display solution would be a critical element," said Christopher Vlassopulos, superintendent of SLVR and architectural lighting fo

France - More than 400,000 spectators gathered on Paris' Champs de Mars for the 14 July La FΩte Nationale (Bastille Day) public holiday. Marking the culmination of the French Revolution in 1789, and signalling the rise of France as a nation, the crowd assembled at the foot of the Eiffel Tower for a performance of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana by 250 musicians from the National Orchestra of France and of the Radio France Choir.

TV viewers and radio listeners in France and beyond joined the assembled tourists and local residents to listen to the music and watch the firework display that followed.

Sound for the concert was mixed on two mc²36 desks at FOH - one handling the orchestra and the other for the choirs. Two Lawo Dallis I/O systems, used as stageboxes, were connected via Ravenna/AES67 Audio-over-IP technology to a newly developed Nova router. An additional Yama

Guatemala - The Frater is the largest Christian Church in central and South America and has recently undergone a major lighting installation.

"We worked hard," says Walter Moran head of the lighting project, "but it's important that everybody is happy with the achieved result. A special thanks goes to Fabiano

The Frater is a modern multi-complex venue built on a 113,000sq.m site in San Cristobal, a few miles away from the city centre of Guatemala. The 50,000sq.m building includes a main auditorium with 13,000 seats.

The Frater belongs to a Christian congregation, Fraternidad Cristiana de Guatemala, established in the late '70s by Pastor Jorge H. Lopez. The congregation is founded on the values of the family and through the years has gathered thousands of people - becoming a model for Central and Latin America.

The main auditorium is used for religious servic

UK - Woolf Works, Wayne McGregor's first full length ballet for the Royal Ballet, performed at Covent Garden's Royal Opera House, was met by critics and audiences with high acclaim. The ballet triptych is based on Virginia Woolf, as viewed through her three major novels: Mrs Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves.

The original score by Max Richter was realised for the stage by sound designer Chris Ekers who successfully brought together a truly complex sound production incorporating music from a live orchestra, electronic music and sound effects, in an environment typically neither set up for nor suited to amplification.

Ekers commented, "It was evident from the way Max had scored each segment that amplification would be necessary. To allow full creative control, a TiMax SoundHub delay-matrix was always going to be a part of my specification, and as t

UK - XL Video continues its relationship with the Nordoff Robbins music therapy charity, sponsoring the Artist Films for the O2 Silver Clef Awards for the third consecutive year, and by supplying the live video production and technology for the 2015 awards event.

At this year's awards, which honoured music artists including Iron Maiden, Il Divo, Duran Duran, Rita Ora and Mark Ronson, representatives from XL Video's music touring team attended, and were joined by their new colleagues from PRG for the first time.

Working closely with the Nordoff Robbins event team, and their producers, Premier PR, XL Video project manager, Mark Rooney, created a video solution including multi-screen projection, four-channel camera system, LCD house relay screens, and screen management system for the glamorous 40th Anniversary event at London's Grosvenor House Hotel.

The central, 9m wide, dual-

UK - When Kidzania London opened its doors at Westfield London for the first time on 25 June, 300 local children converged on the child-size city, keen to be the first to experience this real-life introduction to the adult world.

The atmosphere on opening day was electric, and as the excited children charged into the city, they were greeted by music and special effects delivered through a Bose audio system.

As an official industry partner of Kidzania London, Bose supplied all of the audio within the city, from the streets on the main concourse to many of the 60 individual establishments, including a Hospital, Police Station, Fire Station, Airline, Stadium and Theatre.

Built over the course of one year, the 75,000sq.ft child-size city is the equivalent in size to Leicester Square, with the ceiling height of Heathrow Terminal Five. It is able to welcome up to 1,700 visitors at

USA - The 15-passenger van that Brothers Gow rolls with has logged a lot of miles of late, as the much-in-demand jam band has been playing to packed houses from San Diego to Seattle on its current Bring The Heat tour in support of its fourth studio album, Reflections. Fans aren't flocking just to hear the quintet's captivating blend of rock, funk, jazz and reggae, they're coming to see it too, thanks to a quick moving lightshow that reflects the improvisational spirit of the music.

Lighting is so much a part of the Brothers Gow experience that their website refers to their LD Matt Collier as the sixth member of the band. Collier, who traverses the country with the well-travelled band (it's been averaging over 80 shows a year), shares the group's passion for taking the audience's experience to the next level. This commitment led him to expand his lighting rig for the curre

UK - Avolites Tiger Touch II consoles and Ai media servers were partners for The Charlatans, as they performed at Manchester's Castlefield Bowl for Summer in the City.

Appearing after a special event at Hotel Football the previous night, the band captivated the audience with an assortment of crowd-pleasers from their extensive catalogue, as well as new material from their latest album, Modern Nature.

Andy Liddle programmed and operated the lighting using an Avolites Tiger Touch II console, which controlled an array of lighting fixtures including Martin MAC Vipers, Quantum Washes, Atomic 3000s and Clay Paky Sharpys supplied and rigged by Adlib Lighting with a floor package from Lite Alternative consisting of Solaris Flares, i-Pix Satellite IIs and SGM X5s.

Chris Ewington of i-Pix programmed and operated the video content for the show, using 24 of the Db1 video and ligh

Namibia - Celebrating the very best of Namibian musical and recording talent, the 2015 Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) was staged at the Swakopmund Indoor Sports Centre, in the coastal city of the same name, with full technical production delivered by Windhoek based dB Audio Namibia for producers Rockstar 4000.

The eye-catching lighting scheme was created by Jonathan Bandli from design practice Bad Weather in Cape Town, and included over 100 Robe moving lights.

The show, sponsored by a combination of Mobile Telecommunications Company (MTC) and the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) who broadcast it live, was the second NAMAs for Jonathan, having been asked on-board last year by dB Audio Namibia to set the scene with a production design incorporating the visual mediums of lighting, video and set.

He received a brief from the producers outlining the theme and directi

South Africa - The Michael W Smith South African Tour 2015 included performances at the CRC in Bloemfontein, Durban ICC, GrandWest Arena in Cape Town, Rhema Church in Johannesburg and the Moreletapark Church in Pretoria. With the venues ranging in size and application from church auditoriums to the convention centre, and set up different at each location, Wayne Mertz had little choice but to busk a fair amount of the show - a Robe rig - on his grandMA2 lite.

Mertz, lighting operator for the South African tour, is from Delta Stage Lighting in Nashville. The Delta motto says it all: "Not the one in the limelight, just the ones who cast it." It was the seventh show he had worked on for Michael W Smith and the first time in his career to make use of Robe Pointes.

The tour was organised by 104 Concerts who appointed Phoenix 5 Productions to assess the artist's rider and i

South Africa - The annual Hillsong Colour Conference was hosted at the Grand West Casino in Cape Town from 15-19 April. Rental company C&S supplied and set up the custom built stage, lighting - which included over 160 Robe fixtures - rigging, trussing, LED Screens and the Backline. Bad Weather, for the third consecutive year, helped Hillsong South Africa redesign and primarily execute the lighting and video elements whilst assisting all areas of the technical production.

"As the conference was hosted over three countries, our equipment had to meet with international standards," commented Henning de Villiers, production manager at C&S. "We worked with the Hillsong team to achieve and surpass all expectations and were delighted that the event was a major success."

Jonathan Bandli, creative director at Bad Weather elaborates. "This process is very complex

UK - In response to a significant increase in business, award-winning sound design and audio facility Factory has expanded its offering to incorporate two new audio studios, including one of the first Dolby Atmos certified mix rooms for Commercials & Trailers.

Acoustic consultancy White Mark Ltd was called in to handle the design of both rooms on the basis of Factory's previous good experience with the company. This is the fourth time the consultancy has undertaken work for Factory.

"White Mark was instrumental in designing our existing studios, which have proved to be a great success," says Ben Firth, Factory's head of technical support and sound engineer. "We have always been very happy with the service White Mark provides, and their knowledge of designing world class studios is invaluable."

Established in 1997, the Soho-based Factory Family Group offer

USA - Audinate's industry leading networking solution Dante helped Willow Creek Community Church, a Chicago metro area house of worship solve the problem of distributing high-quality audio to close to 20,000 congregants each week. Through a high-capacity, low-latency Dante media network, the South Barrington, Illinois interdenominational church has significantly simplified the process of routing, distributing and managing multiple audio channels across four distinct venues on campus.

In the main auditorium, Willow Creek Community's congregants enjoy live musical performances, hear inspirational sermons and witness ceremonies like baptisms and weddings. Incorporating a Dante network ensures high-quality sound can be heard from the main level up to the mezzanine and upper balconies. By installing Dante, Willow Creek Community can leverage a standard IT network and lightweight, low

UK - The Arcadia Spectacular stage pumped out some serious visuals at Glastonbury this year created and controlled by blinkinLAB's Tom Wall using an Avolites Sapphire Media and Ai server.

The Spider stage is Arcadia's most monumental environment. Built from recycled military hardware, it is a 360-degree, interactive environment with a fully programmable DJ booth and integrated video mapping, amongst many other pyrotechnics!

2015 is the third year running that Tom Wall has masterminded the Arcadia visuals. This year's performance was called the Metamorphosis show, and the returning spider was accompanied by some new Ai powered costumes and zorbing balls, created by Light Initiative.

"We created mapped animations for the projection on each face of the three legs, the LED screens installed inside and around the DJ booth, and this year for Light Initiative's alien eg

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