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digicoQuantum7s keep things simple for Thomas Rhett
Monday, 31 October 2022

USA - In preparation for Thomas Rhett’s just-concluded Bring the Bar to You Tour, a 30-date US trek, FOH engineer Trey Smith and monitor engineer Jimmy Nicholson had plotted out much of the tour’s sonic complexity during a series of extensive rehearsals leading up to it. During these, while the band, musical director and Smith arranged keyboard and guitar-amplifier modelling patches, Nicholson perfected what Rhett himself would hear in his IEMs while allowing each performance to be both true to the recordings and fitted perfectly to each successive venue.
The only way to accomplish that, according to the audio engineers, was via DiGiCo’s Quantum7 console - times two. Rented through Nashville-based Spectrum Sound, the identical control desks reportedly made all the difference in terms of being able to reliably execute a complicated show night after night.
The pairing of the two Quantum7 desks came about when Nicholson, who joined Rhett’s team in 2019, was asked to take over both the artist’s audio monitoring, which he had initially been doing, and the monitor mix for the entire band. Until then, show monitoring needs had been mixed on a pair of DiGiCo SD5 consoles. “Once I took over the entire monitor mix, I realised I’d need a lot more processing power to manage it,” he says.
“That’s when we both made the switch to the Quantum7,” interjects Smith, adding an SD-Rack, two SD-MiNi Racks, and four Orange Boxes - one for keyboards and electronic drums, one for tracks, one for guitar modeling amps, and one for FOH outboard ge

perseo-1600x800-2b-1600x730Ayrton Perseo Profiles dominate Alicia Keys rig
Monday, 31 October 2022

USA/Europe - Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys has completed her sixth concert tour playing 31 dates in North America and 21 in Europe on the Alicia + Keys World Tour. The show, which celebrates the 15-time Grammy winner’s career from her early R&B music to her seventh and eighth studio albums, finds Keys singing, playing piano and DJ-ing to the delight of fans.
Lighting designer, Bryan Barancik, principal of Luxious Creative in Boston, selected 142 Ayrton Perseo Profiles as the workhorse fixtures on the rig in the European leg. He also chose two grandMA3 full-size consoles with five NPUs to control the lighting plus a grandMA2 onPC command wing for use by the touring techs. ACT Entertainment is the exclusive North American distributor of the Ayrton and MA Lighting brands. 4Wall is the lighting and video equipment vendor for the tour, which kicked off in Birmingham, England in June and wrapped in Nashville in late September. The tour marks the first time that Barancik, who has been working with Keys since 2010, has used Perseo Profiles. He previously used Ayrton Khamsins for the Eagles.
“For this tour I needed LED profile fixtures for consistent colour temperatures working with the video cameras. The fixtures also had to be low maintenance for the crew, since many of them are mounted above the video canopy, and well-proven,” explains Barancik. “The Perseos were right fixture for the job at hand.”
Barancik’s lighting design began with overall scenic design from Bruce Rodgers, which features a 12ft LED videowall upstage that splits

 
 
liftingLEEA puts spotlight on lifting-related topics
Friday, 28 October 2022

UK - As a contribution to Global Lifting Awareness Day, the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) put lifting-related topics for end users in the Entertainment sector under the spotlight.
Without lifting the entertainment industry will grind to a halt: theatre, television and film sets would not be moved, lighting rigs for live concerts will remain on the stage instead of above it. However, in the spring of 2020, the sector really did come to a sudden stop. Entertainment was hugely impacted by Covid, being one of the first sectors to be put into lockdown and often one of the last to be freed from restrictions, as Paul Fulcher, founder and managing director of Rigging Services, explained in his presentation on Post Covid rigging training requirements for new recruits working in the Entertainments Sector. Many freelance contractors found themselves out of work, and often ineligible for furlough or other assistance. There was a mass exodus from the industry and many experienced hands have not returned.
New recruits need training, but so do those hired from other sectors because the lifting environment in entertainment is in many ways unique. It is, for example, the only industry that deliberately lifts loads above people – whether they are performers or an audience, sometimes with artistes ‘flying’ on the load. Often, multiple lifts are involved, including many electric hoists lifting and lowering in a synchronised manner. A lot of this is ‘live’ so there may be only hours to install rigging along with lights, sound, video a

 
flipsideLokma restaurant serves fresh sound with Flipside
Thursday, 27 October 2022

UK - Offering authentic Turkish food within a colourful upbeat space, the dining and drinking experience at Lokma restaurant in Stratford is billed as ‘both exotic and succulent.’
Combining traditional cuisine into a contemporary setting has been flooding the London restaurant scene in the last few years and thanks to technical assistance from Flipside AV, Lokma guests will enjoy musical entertainment alongside a menu deeply infused with culture and tradition.
Having already designed a successful system at the Lokma restaurant in Bermondsey, Flipside were called upon once again to make the Stratford location work just as well. James Cooper, managing director at Flipside recalls: “It took a bit of planning to work out the space as a whole – being split across multiple levels, while still being quite open, it’s a slightly unusual space to work with, but I’m really proud of the system we designed to overcome these types of architectural challenges.”
The restaurant design team wanted the space to feel intimate from an audio perspective, even with a naturally reverberant area at the front main entrance. “The best way to overcome that is to just use a lot more speakers,” says Cooper. “We added in a Yamaha MTX5D Matrix Processor to help balance off all the different areas, so none of them end up fighting each other for more coverage. There was quite a bit of tweaking to do, but logistically, it worked out really well.”
Copying over a similar set up for the Bermondsey location, Flipside installed separate pairs of Yamaha VXS5’

 
 
jon-pardi-2022photo-by-todd-kaplan3Elation lights Jon Pardi’s classic country shows
Thursday, 27 October 2022

USA - Old time country is in good hands with ACM and CMA award-winning singer/songwriter Jon Pardi whose classic country sounds on his Ain’t Always the Cowboy Tour are being complemented by lighting from Elation Artiste Mondrian and Artiste Monet luminaires.
Described as ‘the kind of honkytonk that gets people drinking, dancing and drowning their heartaches,’ Pardi combines an old-fashioned country vibe with youthful energy. He hit the road July 14 in support of his new album Mr. Saturday Night with stops all over the US.
Chris Reade and Jay Ballinger of KYVA Design have been designing and conceptualizing with Jon Pardi for the last eight years. For the Ain’t Always the Cowboy Tour this past summer, Reade says that Ballinger proposed the idea of projecting strength with steel beams and rugged structure elements that resonated within that concept.
“He and Jon really came together in agreement there,” Reade stated. “The structures changed within the process, but the overall motif remained. The lighting architecture is boxy to keep that structure, with some angles to make it feel larger overall. The lighting instruments were chosen to represent this as well. Power and punch are very important to this design, and the Elation instruments have that in spades.”
Some 21 Artiste Mondrian and 32 Artiste Monet LED moving head fixtures work with pixel battens, strobe/wash lights and blinders in the design, all supplied by Elite Multimedia Productions. The Mondrians work from the upstage and downstage truss providing k

 
abbeyroad-studio3-control-roomAbbey Road installs VDC Purple Patchbays
Thursday, 27 October 2022

UK - Abbey Road’s Studio Three, which has been home to artists such as Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Lady Gaga, Frank Ocean, Florence + The Machine, Brockhampton and Amy Winehouse, has installed 21 Van Damme Purple Patches as part of an extensive revamp.
Purple Parch is a PPE56 2x48 bantam patchbay, created as part of a two-year research and development programme to ensure that recording studios, theatres with recording facilities and broadcasting houses get the best in terms of performance, functionality and capability.
Simon Campbell, head of technical services at Abbey Road Studios said: “You can tell that the team at VDC have done their research and worked very hard on creating a great product. We received 21 units straight off the production line, configured them and really put Purple Patch through its paces before we signed them off. We identified a few things that needed to be tweaked – and VDC made sure everything was done to ensure a smooth installation.”
Niall Holden, CEO of VDC commented: “With Purple Patch, we wanted to create a world class product. Studio Three at Abbey Road was the first ever location that installed these particular patchbays and it was a baptism of fire. We worked together to make sure that we really nailed the product and got the quality down to a fine art. Everything had to work perfectly – and function in a way that you’d expect.
“We’d become so frustrated with the failure rates of the alternatives on the market and decided to spend time refining and improving what was already out there. The main

 
 
madeinamerica1Chauvet meets Made in America expectations
Thursday, 27 October 2022

USA - Patrick Dierson oversaw the production design at the Jay-Z curated Made in America festival in Philadelphia. “I love this event, because it never fails to surprise with unexpected challenges,” he said, looking back on the 2022 edition of the festival.
Made In America more than lived up to Dierson’s expectations this year, as just a few days before load-in he got a message that one of the headliners at the urban and Latin music festival, Lil Uzi Vert, wanted two Lamborghinis on the stage for his performance.
“This required a little more than your average production coordination,” said Dierson. “Let’s face it - this is Philly. The concept of handing two Lambos to a teamster in a forklift is enough to make an eyebrow raise. We didn’t want these things going back to the King of Prussia, PA exotic car dealership with two holes in the wing doors and covered in McRib sauce, so it became a full court press of production management to make sure that the appropriate delivery vehicles were used, and the cars specifically staged for delivery in a way that made sense. Diversified Productions Services, which produced the event with Roc Nation, were masters at making this happen.”
Another surprise at the downtown festival, though not quite as unique, also made life interesting for the production team when the organizers changed plans for the Rocky Stage. “We got word rather late in the process that they wanted to keep the bones of last year’s design in place,” said Dierson. “Thankfully, 4Wall Entertainment, the gear supplier for th

 
l-acousticsChurch Of God upgrades with L-Acoustics Kara II
Thursday, 27 October 2022

Philippines – October 2022 – Located 30 kilometres from the Philippine capital of Manila, Dasmariñas City has seen explosive growth in recent decades. Founded in 1990 in the Salitran neighbourhood, the Dasmariñas Church of God (COG) serves as a beacon of hope and light for both the local population and the wider Manila metropolis.
Originally housed in a small rural complex, COG has seen impressive growth, which led the worship team to build a dedicated five-storey Generation Blessing Building in the heart of Dasmariñas to serve their current 15,000-plus congregation better.
Church of God reaches out to parishioners and locals with an open-all-week plethora of offerings like a fitness centre and sauna, a café, a dance studio, a photography studio, music classes, and more. But the heart of COG’s ministry are the eight worship services offered every Sunday in the main, 2,000-capacity hall and an overflow, 600-capacity smaller hall. Altogether, COG welcomes over 20,000 people on any given Sunday. To ensure the ministry’s message is communicated clearly, the church requires both halls to be equipped with dependable audio systems.
“We want to give the congregation and visitors a great worship experience, an experience in which they will hunger to come back for more,” says Head Pastor Dr. Anthony Velasco of COG Dasmariñas. “Our work is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the lost in the city. The main hall is one of our avenues to accomplish this mission. Through the performance of live worship songs, vocal clarity and full-range mu

 
 
prideWPL makes Preston Park debut for Brighton Pride
Thursday, 27 October 2022

UK - Heavily supported by the local City Council, Brighton & Hove Pride - a celebration of Brighton’s LGBTQ+ community, annually attracts crowds of around 250,000 people to the seaside resort.
While the origins of the event date back to 1973, Capital Sound (part of the Solotech UK Group) has provided main stage sound reinforcement for the last three events. Having supplied PA and control for headliners Britney Spears and Kylie Minogue, following a break for COVID-19 they were back in the 63-acre Preston Park site for the 2022 edition which featured Christina Aguilera and Paloma Faith as headliners on the Saturday and Sunday respectively.
After deploying Martin Audio’s MLA loudspeaker array for Britney Spears back in 2018, the enforced break caused by the pandemic had enabled the British manufacturer to move the ground-breaking control technology further still, now enabling the production company to deploy the new Wavefront Precision (WPL system) that proved such a hit this summer at the UK’s two predominant Glastonbury and BST Hyde Park festivals.
Working alongside production manager Dean Parker, at Wilde Ones International Events, their sound design was based around main hangs of 18 WPL per side, with a stage right side hang of six of the smaller WPC, and a larger drop of 12 WPC elements stage left.
Maintaining continuity with Martin Audio’s Wavefront Precision family, filling the sound at the front of the stage were eight WPS, while providing the all-important low frequency extension were 20 of Martin Audio’s ultra-powerful 2x

 
americancancersociety1Harman Pro continues the fight against cancer
Thursday, 27 October 2022

USA - Harman Professional Solutions recently partnered with the American Cancer Society to provide a powerful and dynamic JBL Professional SRX900 Series sound reinforcement system at the annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Santa Clarita Valley.
Founded in Tacoma, Washington in 1985 by Dr. Gordon Klatt, Relay For Life is an ongoing community-based global fundraising movement in support of the American Cancer Society. With local fundraising events in thousands of communities and around the world, Relay For Life has raised approximately seven billion dollars globally since 1985 to fund cancer treatment research and provide patients with essential services. Located in Los Angeles County, the Santa Clarita Valley community has hosted a Relay For Life annually since 1999.
“I’ve been involved with various Relay For Life events for ten years, first as a volunteer and now as a staff partner,” said Abby Smith, development manager, American Cancer Society. “Relay For Life is a global movement. It’s more than just one day. We’re fighting cancer twelve months a year and it’s incredible to see communities and people of all walks of life come together for one common goal – to end cancer as we know it. Over the lifetime of the Santa Clarita Valley event - 24 years since 1999 - we’ve raised over $8m in Santa Clarita alone to support the American Cancer Society and the global leader in the fight against cancer.”
In addition to the main 12-hour relay, the Relay For Life of Santa Clarita Valley featured musical performances by local b

 
 
sonyWhitepaper outlines sustainability issues in live production
Thursday, 27 October 2022

UK - The live production industry faces mounting pressure to operate more sustainably, despite a multitude of persistent challenges. A newly published whitepaper by Sony aims to present the key opportunities for businesses within the industry to implement change.
The report underlines that sustainable practices are not one-size-fits-all, as each production has unique requirements. By analysing the key areas of challenge for the industry, Sony has been able to look for spaces where creating change that benefits business and the environment is possible.
The report suggests that the key challenges at hand are:
Quantifying environmental footprint: Without clear knowledge of current emissions, it is difficult for companies to accurately perceive their carbon impact and justify the disruption and cost of moving to new systems and processes.
Considering individual production needs: Transport and logistics are core to live production, and perhaps its biggest challenge in terms of sustainability concerns. 
The limitations of OB trucks: Providing the lion’s share of a production’s emissions, these cannot be removed from the process, but opportunities to lighten their loads can and should be explored.
Battling uncertainty around power supply: A reliable power infrastructure and network is essential on a live production. This leads to overprovision to account for possible energy failure, and subsequently, copious unused resources. 
The whitepaper explores a modular approach to live production that enables companies to redu

 
ut-alumni-1Bandit Lites donates lighting for alumni gala
Wednesday, 26 October 2022

USA - The University of Tennessee in Knoxville held its annual celebration of alumni at 2022 Alumni Awards Gala, and Bandit Lites donated a lighting system for the event which honours alumni across the state, country and world who bring recognition to Tennessee’s flagship campus. This year’s honourees included 24 notable alumni including Samuel E. Beall II, Tamika Catchings, Sara Croley, Donald E. Frieson, Ronald Earl Frieson and Sharon G. Lee. Bandit Lites founder Michael T. Strickland was honoured with this award in 2021.
To set the tone and ambiance for the room, Bandit supplied an upstage and downstage truss loaded with 44 GLP X4S, 8 VL 2500 Spots and 2 VL 3000 Spots. The GLP X4S fixtures were used in part to light the stage while most of them washed the ceiling in colours. The VL 2500 cast gobo patterns on the ceiling and walls, while the 3000s had custom Power-T alumni logos to project on the custom Spandex triangles hung behind the stage as a backdrop.
“Working with the team at Bandit Lites is a joy,” said Mallorie Mendence, senior director of events and marketing at the Office of Alumni Relations. “They are so helpful with planning and excellent at execution. The lighting that they provide at our events takes the event to the next level. Bandit is a trusted partner, and we are grateful to work with them.”
Four 20ft truss towers flanked the stage with GLP X4S and VL 2500 Spots, adding to the ceiling illumination and up lighting the backdrops.
“Around the room we placed 80 Chauvet Freedom Pars to up-light the walls,” f

 
 
61-robinson-roof-pink61 Robinson modernises with Martin Professional
Wednesday, 26 October 2022

Singapore - To transform the commercial building 61 Robinson into a luxurious office space, LuxLight Pte Ltd, and the lighting consultants involved in this project selected and installed a comprehensive selection of Martin Professional lighting solutions.
Located in Singapore’s Central Business District, 61 Robinson is a 20-story commercial building previously known as Robinson Centre. Built in 2000, the building features an art deco-inspired marble facade ornate classical architecture that provides a distinctive, memorable look.
To modernise and reinvigorate the space, the owners of 61 Robinson wanted to remodel the lobby and convert the fifth-level parking garage into an office building. These major renovations therefore required a lighting system that both accentuated the structural alterations and complemented the building’s existing features. To meet these requirements, the LuxLight team and lighting consultants implemented solutions from the Martin Exterior Wash and VC-Dot Series, as well as P3 Series controllers and software.
Along with the Exterior Washes, the installation team utilised Martin VC-Dot 4 string-based video lights to ensure versatile and striking LED video effects throughout the space. From facades and backdrops to stage lighting and art installations, the VC Dots provide 61 Robinson with ample creative possibilities thanks to their flexible installation, pixel-level colour control and long working lifespan.
For the backend, the Martin P3PowerPort 1000IP with advanced imaging technology offers simple and responsive

 
participantsSAW and d&b host church production workshops
Wednesday, 26 October 2022

South Africa - Stage Audio Works reports that the live workshops run by MxU on 12-13 October were a resounding success. Over 200 attendees from various ministries congregated at 3Ci Church in Pretoria for a masterclass in live production for worship. The event was led by MxU co-founders Jeff Sandstrom and Lee Fields, who travelled from the USA. Stage Audio Works and co-hosts d&b audiotechnik were on hand to provide technical assistance and any additional support required.
“We were thrilled to be partnering with 3Ci Church and Stage Audio Works,” says Sandstrom. “Lee and I spent a portion of the day challenging each other with best practices, sharing tips and tricks to try and find out how we can improve our process, to make the tracks we mix sound better. Our hope is that everyone present had the opportunity to eavesdrop on this conversation and apply some of these tips and tricks to their own context.”
Participants were actively encouraged to ask questions as well as share their own insights and experience during the workshop, which had plenty of hands-on opportunities as well as panel discussions and demonstrations. There was also time to relax, mingle and chat more informally over refreshments.
“We really try to focus on how we can all get better, irrespective of the console or the gear in use. In fact, we deliberately focus on approaches that are applicable to many consoles.” Sandstrom continues: “Whether you are part of a small or large church, our hope is that everyone who attended can improve on their craft, even as soon as

 
 
alicecooper5Alice Cooper creates the shock factor with JBL
Wednesday, 26 October 2022

USA - To provide Alice Cooper with impactful and dynamic audio for his 2022 US tour, SLS Production Services implemented a diverse selection of JBL Professional audio solutions.
Cooper is perhaps best known for his onstage persona and visuals inspired by horror films, injecting a sense of camp and theatricality in rock music that still inspires artists to this day. For his latest US tour, Cooper and his band performed onstage with gravestones, skeletons and a platform that doubles as a medieval castle wall.
As a result, the band did not use amps onstage to accommodate the set design, meaning that the tour required live sound that provided impact and clarity for both the band and audience while also accounting for the budget, personnel and gear limitations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. To meet these requirements, SLS equipped the tour with a selection of JBL VTX Series speakers, including the new VTX A12 Line Array Loudspeaker.
“The setup has certainly changed over the years, even from just a couple tours ago,” said Todd Hartman, owner, SLS Production Services. “There are no wedges or amps onstage for the performers on this tour, for example. They're all just running through the rig. We needed a rig that had great sound and was easily deployable with limited numbers of people. When you go into these rooms, you're always five or ten people short on labour calls. Trying to limit the number of people we need and still put a large format PA up in the space is part of the challenge in today's touring world.
“All the sound and front-of-h

 
aspenDirectOut announces 2021 distributor awards
Wednesday, 26 October 2022

Germany - DirectOut has named Aspen Media (UK) as ‘Distributor of the Year’ for the third time in the history of the company, while Tonspur AG (Switzerland) and tm stagetec systems (Australia) are recognised with the ‘Best Sales Performance’ and the ‘Prodigy of the Year’ awards.
Aspen Media previously received the accolade in 2013 and 2018. Chris Collings, director of Aspen Media accepted the 2021 award.
Jan Ehrlich, CEO of DirectOut, comments: “This award is our special thanks to Aspen Media for a great and long-lasting cooperation and for the very special commitment Aspen Media shows according to their clients and us as a manufacturer. The last few years have been quite challenging for everybody, but Aspen Media is one of the very few examples which is always demonstrating comprehensive performance at its best.”
The second award handed out by DirectOut recognises the sales performance of business partners operating in smaller markets that have proven to be reliable and successful distributors: this is the case for Tonspur AG. The company based in Lucerne has been the official DirectOut distributor for Switzerland since 2017. Over the years the knowledge of the products by Hansjürg Meier and his team has been steadily growing and the sales have followed the same trend.
For the third time in a row, tm stagetec systems has received a DirectOut award collecting the full set of different trophies handed out by the company. This time it receives the Prodigy of the Year award for being one of the distribution companies which not on

 
 
luckyday3Pioneer Pro delivers for Lucky Day in Las Vegas
Wednesday, 26 October 2022

USA - The Lucky Day Tequila & Mezcal House in Las Vegas is a 3,000sq.ft, 100-person capacity bar filled with Mexican art and artifacts, colour, and an explosion of light and sound. A canopy of 15,000 colourful, programmable LED lights of all shapes and sizes dance above patrons as they sample cocktails and enjoy the music.
Local Las Vegas restaurant and bar development firm, Corner Bar Management, opened the Lucky Day Tequila & Mezcal House in early 2020. Corner Bar Management focuses almost exclusively on creating spaces within the artistic Freemont district of Las Vegas. Lucky Day was the company’s sixth project at the time, and two more restaurants have been opened since. A foundation of all Corner Bar Management projects is a well-equipped, high-quality sound system.
“Most all our venues are very dance forward. We create DJ-driven environments, and we pay a great deal of attention to the sound system; music is a big part of our atmospheres, so we need to get it right,” explained Ryan Doherty, founder, Corner Bar Management. “To match the size and aesthetics of Lucky Day, and for the level of quality we wanted, our integrator suggested the XY Series from Pioneer Pro Audio. It has worked out perfectly for us.”
“We’ve worked with Pioneer Pro Audio systems in similar venues in the past, they are always flexible, easy to install and set up, and have a great sound,” said business associate, Bob Athey. “When Ryan explained that they wanted high-quality, party-ready audio from a system that could also blend into the aesthetics

 
rj-templeRobert Juliat solution for Kiyomizu Temple concert
Wednesday, 26 October 2022

Japan - Built in 1633, Kiyomizu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site consisting of several Buddhist temples located in the foothills of Mount Otowa in Japan’s Kyoto prefecture.
Shortlisted as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, Kiyomizu’s main building is famous for its 36m wide stage, supported by many wooden columns, which juts out over the hillside and to hover spectacularly 13m above the valley. Artists standing on the stage cannot see an audience in front of them, but instead look out over a beautiful tree-filled valley.
It was against this setting that Italian vocal trio, Il Volo, performed a special charity concert on 5 August 2022 in aid of Wedu Global, an organisation which supports the development of women in leadership roles around the world.
The concert was filmed in preparation for a worldwide premiere, in front of an invited VIP audience seated in the smaller Okunoin Temple located 50m to the left of the main stage.
Robert Juliat products played a vital role in the special lighting for this concert with lighting designers, Yukiteru Hayashi and Michio Tsuchiya, choosing RJ Lancelot 4K HTI 2°-5° followspots and RJ Dalis 862 Footlights, Dalis 860 cyclorama lights and Dalis 861 Washlights to light the set, artists and orchestra.
Three RJ Lancelot followspots were set up in the three-storey Koyasu Pagoda located an incredible 180m away from the main stage, from where they projected onto the roof of the Kiyomizu stage. The initial plan had been to illuminate the artists and orchestra, but with the Dalis fixtures p

 
 
robe-new-century-manchester-hard-fi-55-photo-by-honey-productionsFirst Robe Paintes light New Century Manchester
Wednesday, 26 October 2022

UK - Fourteen fixtures from the first batch of Robe Painte moving lights off the production line have been installed as part of the house lighting rig at central Manchester’s New Century venue, a recently renovated 1200 (standing) capacity, multipurpose music, performance and event space in the city’s NOMA business and entertainment district.
The building has been completely refurbished and restored to its original 1960s glory when leading acts of the day graced the stage.
The 14 Paintes were specified, together with LEDBeam 150s and 350s, by Neil Hunt from ZigZag Lighting in Leeds, who came onboard to consult, specify, supply, deliver and commission the house lighting production package.
Neil worked closely with Abby Moore, one of the venue’s directors, to establish what was needed in terms of stage lighting production, and then weighed up the options to bring as much “flexibility and value as possible to this fantastic space.”
The venue can be standing or seated (800 capacity) and already has a lively, all-action schedule including many music concerts programmed by Manchester-based promoter Now Wave, as well as staging a diverse line up of other events from boxing to corporates.
Seeking a “truly adaptable, rider-friendly and bang up-to-date” lighting solution, Hunt, who uses a lot of Robe in his various projects, immediately thought of Robe’s new Painte which has just been launched and introduced to the market.
He then added eight of the new LEDBeam 350 to the list. Its 3.8-to-60-degree zoom proved a complete w

 
ac-etAC-ET Inspires new light for !Audacious Church
Tuesday, 25 October 2022


UK – The Manchester home of !Audacious Church has benefited from the installation of 34 Chroma-Q Inspire RGBW LED house lights, supplied by A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET). The new fixtures were delivered and installed by Manchester-based lighting consultant, Urban Lites, after the church’s management decided to upgrade its flagship venue’s auditorium with a higher quality, more consistent and reliable lighting solution.
Founded in 2007, !Audacious Church has grown to the stage where its 1,400-capacity location in Salford regularly attracts a full house for each of its three scheduled Sunday services. With an ageing, failing house lighting system of early-generation LED fixtures limiting the venue’s potential, the management put the upgrade requirements out to tender.
Mark Steele, operations manager at !Audacious Church, says, “We wanted a better light, a better coverage to give us more usability for the venue. There just weren’t enough fixtures before, and some of those were becoming unreliable.”
The tender was won by Urban Lites, which had previously provided the church’s theatrical stage lighting rig and knew the auditorium well. Following discussion with their regular equipment supplier AC-ET, Urban Lites suggested a choice of solutions to the client. A demonstration was arranged by AC-ET’s Ben Steppenbeck, and the Chroma-Q Inspire fixtures were chosen.
“It was all very smooth, very helpful,” says Steele of the demo and the specification process. “They were able to give us 3D previsualisation models

 
 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 25 October 2022


Combined Campaign - Two arts advocacy organisations have merged to form one nationwide initiative called Campaign for the Arts.The National Campaign for the Arts and the Public Campaign for the Arts have joined forces to continue their mission of championing and defending the arts across the UK. They have a combined supporter base of more than a quarter of a million people. Famous supporters include Stephen Fry, Meera Syal, Gary Lineker, Grayson Perry, Lauren Laverne and Philip Pullman.
Campaign for the Arts aims to use "digital tools and its UK-wide network to inform the public, express support and engage more and new people". It will also continue to run the Hearts for the Arts awards and will further develop the Arts Map, which was launched in 2020 to help people check the reopening status of cultural organisations post-lockdowns.
Former NCA chair Samuel West is to become a trustee of Campaign for the Arts, while Jack Gamble, former director of the PCA, is to become chief executive. West said: "The impact of the pandemic, the cost-of-living crisis and the prospect of further austerity are just some of the pressing challenges facing the arts. But this merger puts us in the strongest possible place. Together, we will campaign to ensure that the arts are available from childhood, accessible to all and thriving everywhere."
Pub Rock - A Birmingham pub where Black Sabbath played their first gig is to be restored as a live music venue after years of closure. In its heyday, The Crown in the city centre also hosted other local acts that wou

 
britannia-row-productions-acquires-skanBritannia Row Productions acquires Skan
Tuesday, 25 October 2022

UK - Britannia Row Productions, a Clair Global company, has acquired fellow UK-based sound reinforcement provider Skan to offer an even more comprehensive level of service and support to both firms’ existing and future clients. The transaction was finalised in September.
“Since its inception, Skan has evolved to become recognised internationally for its passion for providing the very best service, equipment, packaging, and people to its clients,” states Nicola Amoruso, managing director at Britannia Row. “Skan and Britannia Row have maintained a relationship of friendly competition and mutual respect throughout this time and both parties see this partnership as a logical step forward.”
Founded in the ‘70s, Skan is based in Newbury in the South of England and offers sound reinforcement services for tours, festivals, and large-scale events with an impressive roster of clients worldwide including Muse, Liam Gallagher, and ELO. The firm’s present leadership will remain in place.
Chris Fitch, director and co-owner at Skan, says: “We were flattered to be asked to join the preeminent global audio rental company. There is no other offer we would have considered, and we expect this new arrangement to provide benefits to our existing and future customers.
"Over the last 25 years, we have provided a global service from our base in the UK but being part of a global organisation allows more options to supply services and provide support from other locations.
"Working with Abby Llewellyn, director and co-owner, and a core of dedicated

 
 
yorktillyera14836Brit Row supports new and diverse talent at WOMAD
Tuesday, 25 October 2022

UK - Britannia Row Productions has a long-standing relationship with the WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) international arts festival, having been involved in several editions since the very first in 1982. The 2022 festival saw Brit Row provide skilled crew and audio packages for all four stages, catering to a diverse line-up of musical acts and performers.
“We love the festival, particularly because of its ethos to bring in these wonderfully diverse artists to headline,” says Brit Row director, Bryan Grant. “Another great aspect is that our engineers often mix bands, so it’s excellent experience for them. There are also roles on the crew for relative newcomers, whom the festival always encourages to get stuck in. Our freelancers line up to work at WOMAD!”
Audio crew chief Alex Hore had worked on the festival many times over the years, but this was his first time overseeing the audio crew members, 11 in total. “WOMAD is always an amazing musical experience,” he says. “There’s so much variety in styles and genres, there’s never a dull moment as so many different artists are focused on pushing musical boundaries. Of course, as in any event, particular roles need to be filled with experienced crew, but WOMAD also offers a brilliant opportunity for newer crew to get hands-on experience and work with different cultural attitudes towards live sound production. It’s the perfect event to step outside of the norm and get familiar with instruments and musicians that speak a different language.”
As well as being familiar with som

 
rowdytown6Chauvet helps create Rowdytown 3D immersion
Tuesday, 25 October 2022

USA - A 3D stage production featured at the Red Rocks amphitheatre in late September for Rowdytown X, the 10th anniversary edition of Big Gigantic’s flagship party. Lighting and production designer, Justin Casey of Helms Projects and the production team created a deep and evocative stage presence that made it easy for fans to feel like they were entering a 3D space as they watch performances by the event’s hosts, as well as guests Joyryde, Mitis, Jantsen, and INZO.
A variety of design elements, from a curved set that wrapped around the artists on stage, to blow-through video walls with generative content, were seamlessly fused to create this immersive panorama. Contributing to the overall effect was a collection of 40 Chauvet Professional fixtures supplied by Helms Projects and Brown Note Productions.
“This production took a village to complete, so big thanks to all the vendors, not just Helm Projects, and Brown Note Productions, but also Pyromix Pyro, Laser Wolf, Photon7, Gallagher staging, Antic Studio and PSI,” said Casey. “There were also so many people involved like Jonathan ‘Jdub’ Watson, Tommy Mercer, Sean Ginsburg, and Bryan Saltarelli from the lighting team, Max Kohler, Collin Thielen, Andrew Gross, Daniel Fennell, John Batts from the video team; Marshall Rawley, Conner Ash from laser, Alex Curry our rigger; and Sean Mullens, Whitney Wangsgaard, Mike Norfleet, and Bryan Fletcher from the Big Gigantic team.”
Creating a distinctive focal point in the middle of their dimensional stage, the design team positioned a giant mirror

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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