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merchandiseMartin Audio opens online merchandise store
Tuesday, 22 June 2021

UK – Martin Audio has set up a new online official merchandise store to coincide with its 50th anniversary year.
A comprehensive range of clothing and accessories is now available for shipment across the world. Items include executive backpacks, face masks and coverings, T-shirts and Polo shirts (with and without 50th anniversary branding), as well as hoodies, sweatshirts, bomber jackets, baseball caps and beanies, body warmers and even embroidered logo Barbour jackets. Other accessories include mugs, golf umbrella and lanyards.
States marketing director James King, “Our 50th anniversary has given us the opportunity to implement an idea we’ve had for some time. Many users have requested the store over the years, and having found the right partner - which came about through our work with #WeMakeEvents - we are happy we can now offer a range of merchandise for Martin Audio fans around the world.”
The merchandise store can be found at https://store.martin-audio.com/

memphis-stoneSong sales to support event staffers mental health
Tuesday, 22 June 2021

UK - The mental health of jobless events industry professionals will be supported by Indie rock band Memphis Stone and the Elevators, which has pledged to donate all proceeds of its new song, Summer to help the industry.
Written in the first UK lockdown, Summer is an ode to better times and the return of music festivals.
Tom Weaver, the band’s bass player and co-writer said: “It’s a celebration of being in a field with thousands of other people and sharing the amazing experience of live music. So many of us have so many great memories from festivals and that’s what we wanted to capture in this song.
“At the same time, we know that thousands of technicians, engineers and production crews have been without work for over a year. Summer is dedicated to them and its proceeds will go to support their mental health. This is an industry that’s close to our hearts and we’re determined to try and do something to help people whose struggles will continue - today, tomorrow and for months to come.”
The band has nominated non-profit organisation Make It Blue CIC to distribute funds raised by sales of the song. The organisation is the fund-raising arm of #MakeItBlue, the global mental health campaign sparked by the UK the events and entertainment industry at the start of the first lockdown.
Make It Blue director Tim Owen said: “While the industry is doing its best to open up again, the short to medium term future remains bleak for many as people suffer stress over debt and threatened homelessness. We’re trying

 
 
cropredyFurther summer festivals face cancellation
Monday, 21 June 2021

UK -Following the government’s latest decision to delay lifting of restrictions, organisers of the remaining summer festivals have said that cancellation is inevitable unless Covid cancellation insurance is made available.
Several major festivals, including Glastonbury and BST Hyde Park, have already been axed for the second year running. Many more followed suit after the government announced lockdown restrictions would be extended until 19 July. Events like the Boomtown Fair and the Deer Shed festival said the lack of an insurance scheme was a key factor in their decision to cancel.
Peter Gabriel has warned he may have to cancel this year's Womad Festival, unless the government helps organisers get insurance, while Gareth Williams, organiser of Fairport’s Cropredy Convention says festivals have been put in “a very difficult position”.
“The increasing number of cases of the Delta variant and the announcement of a four-week delay to Step 4 has placed all remaining festivals this summer in a very difficult position,” says Williams, “but we are not giving up yet!
“Whilst Her Majesty’s Government say they are confident about removing social distancing restrictions on 19 July, our industry has still been unable to obtain Covid cancellation insurance. This places us at serious risk if we commit to going ahead only to be forced to cancel at a later date. We remain hopeful that the Treasury will step in soon and help rescue the summer for festivals.
“The situation at Cropredy is that we are going to wait a further two week

 
plasa-showPLASA Show 2021 registration now open
Monday, 21 June 2021

UK - Registration is now open for PLASA Show 2021. The London-based trade event for entertainment technology is returning to Olympia London on 5-7 September - and for one year only, the ABTT Theatre Show will be co-locating with PLASA Show, bringing two popular industry event under one roof.
This year, PLASA Show is moving to Olympia’s largest space, the Grand Hall, which will allow for a more awe-inspiring show experience, wider aisles and larger social areas to ensure the safety of visitors and exhibitors.
Visitors will be able to connect with leading brands from the pro audio, AV, lighting, rigging and staging sectors, whilst the free seminar programme - details of which will be revealed in the coming weeks - will offer business advice, unpack technical topics, and present the latest creative achievements. There will also be various interactive offerings including live audio demonstrations, lighting console training, and more.
The ABTT Theatre Show Hub will have its own dedicated area on the expanded show floor, giving the popular show autonomy to retain its conversational atmosphere, reminiscent of its usual home at Alexandra Palace. During its time at Olympia, the ABTT will celebrate its 60th anniversary - an impressive milestone, which will be marked in style throughout all three days.
PLASA MD Peter Heath comments: “With live events and entertainment returning, slowly but surely throughout 2021, we are confident that it is the right time to bring back PLASA Show. And we are equally pleased to partner with the ABTT, whose Theatre S

 
 
vsl-2021-videosVirtual Showlight papers now available online
Friday, 18 June 2021

World - Following on from the inaugural Virtual Showlight event, which took place on 25 May 2021, the Showlight Committee have announced that all papers and video shorts are now available to view online on the Showlight website.
Speakers Hamish Jenkinson, Mike Bauman, Ken Billington, Aaron Porter, Rob Halliday, Isabel Nielen, Floriaan Ganzevoort and Mike Evers, and David Bishop spoke on topics that included the illumination of a lighthouse on an island in the Bahamas, lighting a comic book movie, the remote lighting of a stage musical from half way around the globe, transforming a shipyard into an art gallery, and taking a spin on the Strictly Come Dancing dance floor.
Also viewable online is the panel discussion on the subject of diversity in the industry, chaired by Paule Constable, which gave voice to young people with inspiring insights into their journeys into lighting, their plans to raise awareness going forward and the importance of free communication between colleagues to aid mutual understanding.
The papers are augmented by a series of video shorts that tantalised the lighting tastebuds between papers on the day, with a few bonus presentations added for good measure. Contributors include Jules Fisher + Peggy Eisenhauer, Tony Simpson, Ryan Metcalfe and Elliot Smith, Marco Miglioli and Bill Klages.
All papers and video shorts are available to view free-of-charge, but Showlight would like to remind people that donations to industry charities Ba

 
absenAbsen extends Virtual booth experience
Thursday, 17 June 2021

China - Following the success of the 1 June online event, LED manufacturer Absen has extended the availability of its virtual booth showcasing its product portfolio and its online event, accessible to anyone who wishes to attend.
The online experience stages Absen’s products, all within a fully interactive and free-to-navigate virtual booth. The online event covered the advantages of LED in immersive experiences and featured a live Q&A for audiences across the globe.
The booth, split into sections such as corporate, virtual studios, retail and MicroLED, enables visitors to see Absen’s products up close and personal from the comfort of their homes. Each section of the booth features a voiceover explaining the section for visitors, and features Absen’s latest products, such as the AbseniCon3.0, Aurora Series and Jade Dragon series, for each market. The products are fully interactable for visitors and feature detailed information such as product specifications, case study videos of real-life applications and product brochures.
“The virtual booth is designed to be an immersive experience, presenting all the creative applications for LED in a variety of markets,” said Jessica Golding, Absen’s European brand manager. “The booth allows visitors to explore just how powerful LED can be in all areas, by expands on Absen’s years of experience in applications of all shapes and sizes and presenting them for anyone to see.”
The segments of the booth consider the most common applications for LED within each space.
For retail, visi

 
 
islaTSL Lighting sparks sustainability with isla
Thursday, 17 June 2021

UK – TSL Lighting has joined the events sustainability organisation isla, as it focuses on re-emerging from the challenges of the COVID pandemic with a positive, forward-thinking outlook.
TSL’s management team has for many years championed more sustainable practices, including sourcing renewable energy for its sites, working alongside youth groups and volunteer associations to donate ex-rental equipment and of course re-using its stock as a rental business. Director Loz Wilcox says that the downtime over the past twelve months has allowed them to reflect and further implement environmentally friendly initiatives. Becoming a member of isla marks the significant next sustainability step for the company.
TSL is the first technical equipment provider to join the isla collective, which has members from a range of events sectors including Jack Morton Worldwide, George P. Johnson, and Amplify.
“Joining isla really aligns with our core company values, so we’re thrilled,” says Wilcox. “isla offers resources, training and tools from across the events sector which will help fuel TSL’s goals to reduce waste and carbon emissions and support our industry to transition to more sustainable events.
“We’re also excited to be in a better position to share our knowledge and findings with our clients, freelancers and teams.”
isla, which was set up by 12 founding agencies in September 2020 as an action-focused peer-to-peer network, says it hopes to accelerate meaningful change through focus in three core areas: zero waste, 100% renewable,

 
covershotoutlinedTake1 charts road to recovery for live events
Thursday, 17 June 2021

USA - Entertainment industry insurance solutions provider Take1 Insurance has announced the immediate availability of a new educational white paper entitled Reopening Live Events Safely: An Industry View.
The publication of the new white paper follows last week’s announcement that Take1, in partnership with Intact Insurance Specialty Solutions and the Event Safety Alliance, will provide free Event Safety Access Training to professionals returning to work after more than a year of being side-lined because of the Covid pandemic.
According to Take1 Insurance vice president and programme director Scott Carroll, “The entertainment and live events industry have been through a nightmare scenario as the COVID-19 pandemic brought everything to a halt. Virtual events have helped fill gaps, but, ultimately, the desire of people to experience live events in person cannot be denied. Now with vaccines rolling out, the prospect of getting back to some semblance or normality is becoming a reality. Together with our partners, we are doing everything possible to help shake off the rust and get our industry back to work safely.”
Carroll said that everyone must recognise that the workforce of the entertainment and live events industry has changed radically in both quantity and quality over the last year and a half. According to IBISWorld there were more than 270,000 concert and event promotion employees in the US as of February 2019. A year later, that workforce had shrunk to around 148,000, a drop of 55%.
“Even as we start to recover, the workfo

 
 
powersoftPowersoft names Sidev second French distributor
Thursday, 17 June 2021

France - Powersoft has appointed Sidev as its new distributor for France, working alongside Powersoft’s other French distributor, DV2.
Founded in 1991 and based near Lyon, Sidev has been a key player in providing audio-visual solutions in France for over 30 years. In that time, the company has grown to offer the largest sales and pre-sales team in the French market, as well as two showrooms in Paris and Lyon, and a yearly turnover of over €60 million in 2020.
Sidev is, since 2010, part of the Midwich Group. More recently, the company developed its market footprint and audio-visual offer on the French market with the purchase in 2019 of Perfect Sound, an audio specialist distributor.
“Powersoft is a recognised and renowned brand on the AV Market, with a strong line-up to address both the staging and corporate markets,” explains Lionel Roudil, general manager of Sidev. “When we looked for a new amplifier brand to develop and expand our audio portfolio, Powersoft was the obvious choice.”
According to Lionel Roudil, Powersoft’s product line-up complements Sidev’s audio product catalogue, offering innovative, high quality solutions for all the different verticals they address.
“The Powersoft amplifiers ranges, and the Mezzo series in particular, perfectly answer the current demand for meeting & conference room solutions, which has seen a real increase with the need for hybrid working spaces,” confirms Roudil. “In light of our unified communications strategy on the market, along with our historical AV positioning, P

 
filming-roomHologramica opens London demo studio
Wednesday, 16 June 2021

UK - Hologramica, specialists in the design and production of holograms, is celebrating the opening of its new demo studios on an historic Wandsworth site, thanks to music charity NEKO Trust.
Liz Berry, CEO of Hologramica, comments: “We were struggling to find a home when the NEKO Trust, headed up by Glen Rowe, came to our rescue. We now occupy a beautiful, secluded rehearsal facility, previously enjoyed by legendary bands including Metallica and The Rolling Stones.”
It is from here that Hologramica’s 3D Holonet gauze will continue its ongoing development, along with the company’s production-based activities, which provide holographic hardware, design, content and consultancy for shows worldwide.
“We’ve already installed a stunning 7m wide 3D Holonet rig, alongside one of our portable Holopops Ultra systems,” explains Berry. “Upstairs our filming room can live broadcast holographic people onto either screen as a fully interactive, life-size, hologram. For fully live and hybrid events, the ability to present beamed-in or pre-recorded holographic people is useful and can be spectacular.”
Hologramica is currently booking in-person and Zoom demos of both systems and say they have been extremely excited and relived to see a tangible escalation in interest.

 
 
intersonic-trademark-blue-bigIntersonic Oy appointed Renkus-Heinz distributor
Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Finland - Intersonic Oy is now providing import and distribution of Renkus-Heinz products through its resellers and integrators.
Intersonic Oy specialises in the import and sales of AV equipment for the Finnish market. The company offers a comprehensive range of products for the experience and event industry, as well as lighting, sound, video, and AV communication solutions for retailers, contractors, and companies. Intersonic Oy is owned by Audico Holding Oy since March 2020.
“It is an honour for us to be appointed to represent Renkus-Heinz here in Finland,” comments Antti Rintamäki at Intersonic Oy. “Renkus-Heinz was one of the first brands I originally worked with when I started my career as an audio sales manager about 15 years ago. I still have the Distributor of the Year trophy in my drawer, and now I can take it out again, put it on my desk, and work for the next one. My personal attention in the market areas where Renkus-Heinz is a leader is a perfect match for all of us. With Renkus-Heinz products we are now able to offer the range of high-quality loudspeakers to all contractors and AV installers for even the most demanding premises.”
“We are pleased with this new setup in Finland and look forward to working with Intersonic and its highly professional team that is focused on value-added solutions,” adds Michal Poplawski of Renkus-Heinz. “Our offerings and plans for the future have been growing at a rapid speed. Working together allows us to tailor systems better to specific markets. The result of which is a better outcome for

 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Sir Elton John has warned MPs that the UK music industry could lose "a generation of talent" because of post-Brexit restrictions on touring the EU. The musician accused ministers of being unwilling to fix a "gaping hole" in the current Brexit deal which means artists need costly visas to play in the bloc.
The government says the EU rejected its attempts to negotiate visa-free travel, while the EU claims the opposite. Sir Elton called the situation a "looming catastrophe" for the UK. "I want to be clear that the issues of visa-free and permit-free touring aren't about the impact on me, and artists who tour arenas and stadiums," he said. "This gravest of situations is about the damage to the next generation of musicians and emerging artists, whose careers will stall before they've even started due to this infuriating blame game.
"If I had faced the financial and logistical obstacles facing young musicians now when I started out, I'd never have had the opportunity to build the foundations of my career and I very much doubt I would be where I am today." His statement was read to MPs during a hearing by the Digital, Culture, Media (DCMS) and Sport Committee on EU visa arrangements for those in the creative industries. Sir Elton later posted the letter in full on Instagram.
Musical Notes - Boris Johnson has said he is in talks with Andrew Lloyd Webber over the planned West End opening of his new musical, Cinderella. The prime minister said he had "colossal admiration" for Lloyd Webber and the theatre sector and pr

 
 
aphAPH offers DAS Audio-based training platform
Tuesday, 15 June 2021

UK - Brighton-based Acute Audio Productions which has produced international festivals and concerts for Mainstage Festivals and NVS Promotions, has launched a new sub brand, Audio Production Hire (APH).
Headed by managing director Giles Bristow, APH offers “new tailored pro audio production services and training platform ‘Sound System engineering - the environmental approach’ exclusively using DAS Audio products”.
“In April 2020 as the pandemic closed down the event sector AAP went to work on a post covid business recovery plan and created APH in readiness to launch new services, and a CPD training programme. The brief is to offer personal tailored services to the end user, driving hire and sales of DAS Audio,” says Bristow. “Together with audio engineer Simon Ryder, we have created a brand-new module based training programme for the industry - Sound System Engineering - The Environmental Approach from Beginner to Advance.
“These training modules have been designed to highlight the environmental approach to sound system design and the capabilities and effects of being able to control the sound wave / audio map from the PA System and the benefits and use of the setup of the system on a network. To achieve this AAP has worked with the training department at DAS Audio to ensure that the training content that has been created in the UK is approved by DAS Audio.”
The courses are accessed through the APH website, the more advance courses have one to one live teacher training sessions built into them. The DASnet, EASE FOCUS and DASa

 
emma-littleNew talent agency supports Springboard
Monday, 14 June 2021

UK - CEO and founder of ExecSpace, Edinburgh-based Emma Little, has announced the launch of her second business venture, ExecMove. The full-service search, selection and talent acquisition practice specialising in the venue, events, hospitality and tourism sector will support industry recovery through directly addressing the talent and skills gap across these sectors, in the aftermath of the pandemic. 
The new operation will support the charity Springboard, with donations for every candidate successfully placed.
Commenting on the launch, Emma Little says, “Clearly our industry has suffered enormously as a result of the COVID-19 restrictions and if we as a sector are to emerge stronger and recover quickly, now more than ever, our clients must have access to the very best talent and strongest performers.
“Whilst furlough was a great initiative, as the months went on, it became unsustainable to protect all jobs and leaders are now in a position of having to rebuild teams and scale-up at pace for the recovery and beyond."
Little continues, “We believe in output and tangible results, ensuring the commercial and cultural requirements of our clients match up with the experience, talent and personal aspirations of the individual. By thoroughly understanding both and tailoring our approach, we create successful and sustainable partnerships that drive significant returns.”
ExecMove will donate £350 to Springboard for every candidate they successfully place. This fund will help a young person starting their career in hospitality with

 
 
acheron80fullMeyer Sound looks to home cinema sector
Monday, 14 June 2021

USA - Meyer Sound has signed on as a platinum supporter of the Home Technology Association (HTA) as it promotes professional audio products and technologies for deployment in upscale residential settings.
“We are excited to support HTA and its mission of providing a no-compromise private cinema experience,” says Miles Rogers, Meyer Sound’s business development manager for cinema and content creation markets. “The quality of a private cinema sound is not defined solely by the loudspeakers, but by the sum of all the components coming together - from the room build through final calibration. When all these pieces fit together perfectly, you have a VIP ticket to sit shotgun with the director in Hollywood and experience the film exactly as it was intended. Today, HTA is a key to making that happen.”
“The HTA certification program does an outstanding job of vetting and qualifying integrators,” says Meyer Sound US sales manager, west Daniel Rivera. “And they took it one step further by creating a budget calculator that matches the project to a qualified integrator who is up to the task.”
The company offers a full line of cinema products and solutions for applications of all scales, from the Bluehorn System full bandwidth studio monitor, Amie Systems, and Acheron screen channel loudspeakers to the new Spacemap Go spatial sound design and live mixing tool and Constellation acoustic system.
In 2021, Meyer Sound introduced the Ultra Reflex sound solution for direct view displays. For the first time, Ultra Reflex allows viewers to experi

 
televisedGuide to lighting televised live events published
Friday, 11 June 2021

USA - A new book about the techniques and issues of lighting design for live events and productions being shot for broadcast, webcast or IMAG, has been published by Routledge and their media technology division, Focal Press.
Lighting for Televised Live Events: Making Your Live Production Look Great for the Eye and the Camera unlocks the science, art, philosophies, and language of creating lighting for live entertainment and presentations that work for the television camera as well as for the live audience. The authors, Jeff Ravitz and James L. Moody, each have extensive lighting design credits in both live and televised production and have brought their experience and insights to the book in an attempt to explain the common denominators between live and televised presentation lighting.
Ravitz explains, “The television camera has become an ever-present part of most productions, whether for live streams, TV specials, music videos, or, just as importantly, the IMAG screens that so many shows use. Over the years, I learned that a few, but significant, adjustments can make a live show look so much better for the viewer who watches on their TV, computer, tablet, or phone. They can only see what’s being shown by the camera, and for what it’s worth, there are millions of those viewers out there. The twist is that these shows can also retain all the beauty and dynamics of the live show and still look great for the audience in the venue.”
The book explains the science, art, and aesthetics of the subject and includes production case studies co

 
 
bluesoundBluesound Pro adds three more distributors
Friday, 11 June 2021


UK – Bluesound Professional has announced the addition of three distribution partners as it expands global distribution. The new distribution partners are Studiotec Oy (Finland), Gonher Proaudio (Mexico) and HED Cinema (Israel).
“We are delighted to be able to welcome these distributors to our team as they are all leaders in the industry and in their respective markets,” says Graeme Harrison, vice-president and general manager of Bluesound Professional. “To have them so readily commit to the Bluesound Professional brand with the knowledge and perspective they have of the industry validates for us that we have something special here.”
Since its launch at the Integrated Systems Europe show in February 2019, Bluesound has expanded to 23 international markets.

 
mike-lordSA Event Safety Council works towards recovery
Friday, 11 June 2021

South Africa - Although the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic brought the live events industry to a virtual standstill, the past 15 months have been busier than ever for SACIA’s Events Safety Council. The Council is an association of event safety specialists and event safety companies providing event safety solutions for the South African event sector. It is part of a global network of event safety professionals dealing with health and safety in the events industry.
The advent of the pandemic saw council members, unable to earn a living under lockdown restrictions, volunteering their time to drive the recovery of the event sector in South Africa instead. "It has been a rollercoaster ride, keeping one's wits about you, staying motivated and positive, and pressurising the government to recognise that our professional recovery plan will successfully keep people COVID-safe at the events we host," says Interim chair Mike Lord.
Previously, the Event Safety Council focused primarily on general safety risks such as erecting structures, crowd management, and fire plans. However, the arrival of COVID-19 emphasised health risk management firmly ahead of general safety. Now health risk and safety risk must be dealt with simultaneously when planning an event. The viral spread has become another risk in the event safety chain. Like any other risk within an event, one must identify the hazard, determine who will be harmed and provide prevention and control measures to eliminate, remove the risk or mitigate against its occurrence.
"COVID-19 is a complex problem, a

 
 
suzi-greenBack Lounge offers resilience workshops
Thursday, 10 June 2021

UK - Tour manager and The Back Lounge founder Suzi Green has commissioned a series of resilience workshops for the live music industry as the touring sector begins its transition back into the demands of event production.
The three free sessions will cover: Mindfulness for Touring with Craig Ali (Monday 21 June 6pm), Healthy Boundaries with Laura Ferguson (Wednesday 14July), and Sleep & Jet Lag with Matt Kansy (Wednesday 4 August).
The workshops will explore a range of topics from coping strategies for dealing with 'heated' moments in high pressure situations, how to naturally wind down at the end of an intense day, rate negotiation, managing workload and effective communication, maximising the quality of your sleep and techniques to combat jet lag and shift work.
The workshops were made possible through the Culture Recovery Fund and, although open to anyone in the music industry, will benefit the freelance touring community by equipping them with fundamental tools in resilience before returning to tough scheduling.
Brought to the community by The Back Lounge, an online support group for out of work touring professionals which Green created during the height of the pandemic, the wider live music industry is now invited to sign up to the workshops.
A seasoned tour manager herself, whose clients include Placebo, PJ Harvey, Katie Melua and Wolf Alice, Green is passionate about wellbeing on and off the road. Having experienced her own debilitating episode of burnout, she left touring for 10 years. “I thought my touring days were ove

 
mike-bISE Live & Online heralds return to business
Thursday, 10 June 2021

Spain - Making its Barcelona debut, ISE Live & Online (1-2 June) safely welcomed the AV industry to the first in-person and hybrid event to take place at the Fira de Barcelona Gran Via venue since November 2019.
Integrated Systems Events Managing Director, Mike Blackman opened the show and said: “This event is important for the AV and live events industries, and for the city. It’s been a 17-year journey to get to Barcelona so it’s bittersweet not to make the big bang we’d hoped for our debut, but we know the value of live events for forging trust, deeper business relationships and driving business. I hope this sends a message of confidence to cities around the world that live events can be safe and successful. We’ll be back in Barcelona, with all our might, in February 2022.”
The first hybrid event from ISE, which combined live and digital content, achieved 1,431 in-person attendees on Day 1, and 990 on Day 2 in Barcelona. Over 8,000 registered for ISE Digital, which had 120 live sessions and generated 13,759 unique views, 107,718 minutes watched (1,778 hours) and 442 online chats.
Speaking at the event, Jordi Puigneró, vice-president of the government of Catalonia, says: “Today, we reopen Barcelona and Catalonia to the world. This event celebrates the reactivation of fairs and congresses, paving the road to economic and social recovery.”
Ada Colau, Mayor of Barcelona, who accompanied Mr Puignero, comments: “Today we send a reactivation message. The digital and audiovisual sector is strategic for the city, especially s

 
 
lalevelsav1Levels AV joins L-Acoustics installer network
Thursday, 10 June 2021

UAE - Dubai-based Levels Audio Visual was established in 2015, with a primary focus on specialised high quality AV solutions for the entertainment and leisure industry. Its work focuses almost exclusively on permanent installations in restaurants, bars, beach clubs and nightclubs, along with AV rental and production solutions for DJs, live music, festivals and wedding events. It has recently become part of the L-Acoustics certified provider install (CPi) network.
“Over the years, we have built a reputation as one of the leading providers of AV solutions for these industries, largely stemming from our strong personal passion for music and live entertainment,” says managing partner, Hassan Alwan. “This passion has and continues to drive us to be the best in all disciplines and capabilities.”
The company’s portfolio of clients and projects includes some of the leading operators in the entertainment and leisure industry, including Amazonico, Berklee College of Music, Boiler Room, Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Cove Beach, Industrial Avenue, Le Petite Maison, Mutek, Nammos and Zuma.
“Becoming an L-Acoustics CPi is an acknowledgment of our high standards, putting Levels in a rare group of professional organisations, each at the top of their game,” Alwan continues. “At the same time, it’s a motivator for us to continue to strive for improvement each time we approach an opportunity.
“With a global presence and an internationally regarded best-in-class reputation, the opportunity to become a part of the L-Acoustics CPi family will allow us

 
arri-studioARRI opens mixed reality studio in London
Thursday, 10 June 2021

UK - ARRI has announced the opening of its new mixed reality studio in the UK. Equipped with an LED volume comprising 343sq.m of LED wall, installed in partnership with NEP Live Events production and technical specialist firm Creative Technology, the studio is one of the biggest permanent mixed reality production spaces in Europe.
Located at ARRI’s UK premises in Uxbridge, with camera, grip, and lighting packages available on site from ARRI Rental, the 708sq.m studio is being offered for hire to short and long-form productions of any kind, as well as for events, education, and R&D.
The volume consists of a main, ‘in vision’ curve that is 30m wide by 5m high; two moveable and tiltable side screens, each 3m wide by 4.2m high and a height-adjustable ceiling of 9.6m by 9.6m. A back curve measuring 18m wide by 4.2m high completes the fully encapsulated yet adaptable space, and can be programmed to display 360-degree imagery that even when not in frame, casts dynamic, fully integrated lighting effects onto the performers and the scene being shot.
The ‘in vision’ curve is constructed from ROE Visual Ruby 2.3 panels, while the side screens, ceiling, and back curve use ROE Visual Carbon CB5 panels.
Much like the modular facilities, technical support can be tailored to the requirements of each production, with the full weight of expertise from ARRI, Creative Technology, and their respective partners available in the form of pre-production advice and creative production services. For productions new to mixed reality, technical support can e

 
 
backstage-menatl-healthAAPTLE launches latest backstage industry mental health evaluation
Tuesday, 8 June 2021

UK - AAPTLE (The Alliance of Associations and Professionals in Theatre & Live Events), Wellbeing Group has launched a follow up evaluation study on the mental health and wellbeing of backstage professionals across all entertainment sectors.
This follows a similar survey in 2019 - funded and conducted by the ABTT, ALD, ASD, PSA and PLASA - which gave a valuable insight into the wellbeing of industry professionals and can be downloaded here.
Now, following the devastating impact of the COVID pandemic on all live entertainment activity, AAPTLE is seeking to expand the data to better understand the impact of the pandemic on the wellbeing of the backstage workforce.
Mig Burgess, in her role as ABTT Trustee and chair of the AAPTLE Wellbeing Working Group and who initiated the previous study with her artwork Blackout, says: “I’m so proud to launch this vital follow up study on mental health and wellbeing in our backstage community. The formation of AAPTLE has brought together many valuable associations

 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Prohibitive Pricing - Theatre companies are warning that prohibitively high prices and uncertainty over COVID-19 are hindering their efforts to stage outdoor work this summer, with reports that some venues are hesitant to hire their spaces to theatre producers while others have withdrawn entirely. Mid-scale companies are being especially hard hit, producers are warning, with a lack of available digs also making producing shows particularly difficult to stage.
Companies including Oxford-based Creation Theatre and touring theatre group Handlebards, as well as the Association of Circus Proprietors of Great Britain, have said the knock-on effects of the pandemic are generating new challenges to booking outdoor venues. Creation Theatre is planning to stage a production of The Wind in the Willows this summer, but told The Stage it was struggling to find a suitable space at an affordable rate.
Chief executive and creative producer Lucy Askew said councils and other managers of green spaces that are usually open to shows were deciding against hosting large events, or were prioritising conference hires over theatre productions because they generate more income.
"We’ve found that the local council is being really supportive and helpful, but council money is decimated from the pandemic, so it’s looking to charge what for us is a prohibitively high hire fee for a space, when historically it was able to offer spaces more or less for free or to come up with some in-kind ways to make it achievable," Askew said.
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