UK - PLASA has announced its line-up of seminar sessions in the run up to the PLASA Show 2019 (15-17 September, London Olympia).
In collaboration with top industry figures and brands, the programme will feature an array of creative achievements as well as advice on salient industry issues.
Pro audio journalist and consultant Phil Ward will lead a panel of industry figureheads - Chris Hill from Wigwam, Jim Griffiths from Vanguardia and Steve Jones from d&b audiotechnik - in ‘Equal rights for audio!’ They will assess how live performances, including the recent Spice Girls reunion tour, can neglect audio in the rush for spectacular video, lighting and set design.
Moving from concerts to theatre, Shure will present the future of audio for theatre productions, in association with Curtain Call. This panel will explore how the advancement of microphone technology, such as wireless and lavalier mics, continues to influence performance and push the industry forward.
Meanwhile, Women in Music will host a session on how to survive and thrive in the live music industry, sharing tips on how to create an impressive CV, keep busy during the slow season, gain recognition, and prevent burnout whilst on the road.
Continuing on this theme, Rose Bruford graduate Tom Harrison will speak on the lifestyle of technicians. Working on the road is notoriously hazardous for diet, sleep and exercise, but Harrison is equipped with the latest research and insights to help those interested in leading healthier and more sustainable lives.
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UK - The shortlist for the Theatre category of this year's Knight of Illumination (KOI) Awards has been announced.
The KOI Awards are dedicated to celebrating British and international lighting and video designers for their work in the UK. The KOI theatre judges, each serving a two-year term, are all leading UK critics. Neil Fisher, deputy arts editor of The Times and Tim Bano, lead critic of The Stage, both made their KOI judging debut. Louise Levene, dance critic for the Financial Times returned for the first year of her second term while Zoë Anderson, dance critic for The Dancing Times, opera critic George Hall and Britain’s longest-serving theatre critic Michael Billington completed the final year of their time on the Theatre panel. The judging was once again expertly overseen by founding chair of the theatre panel, critic and broadcaster David Benedict.
Drawing on their years of experience, and with technical insights provided by Bryan Raven of White Light, the judges chose the following nominees for this year’s KOI Theatre shortlist:
The PRG Award for Projection Design
Andrzej Goulding for Life of Pi, Sheffield Crucible
Joshua Pharo for The Shape of The Pain, Summerhall, Edinburgh
Jack Phelan for The Second Violinist, Landmark Productions, Irish National Opera
The ADB Award for Plays
Jessica Hung Han Yun for Equus, English Touring Theatre & Theatre Royal Stratford East
Aideen Malone for Death of a Salesman, Young Vic
Tom Visser for Europ
Tax Relief - Nearly 3,400 productions benefitted from £78m worth of theatre tax relief last year, new statistics show. This represents a £1m increase on the total figure paid out in 2017/18, however the number of individual productions benefitting from tax credits increased by 13% in the same period.
Theatre tax relief, which was introduced in 2014, allows touring shows to claim back 25% on eligible costs. All other productions can be reimbursed for 20%. In the first year of the scheme, £15m was paid out, rising to £46m in the second year and £77m in 2017/18.
Statistics published by HM Revenue and Customs for 2018/19 reveal there were a total of 930 claims, representing 3,380 productions, of which 950 were touring and 2,430 non-touring. A single claim can request tax relief for multiple productions.
Financial secretary to the treasury, Jesse Norman, said: “The arts and creative industries make a vital contribution to the UK economy. These tax reliefs have helped support some astonishing and exciting work again this year, celebrating the very best of British culture.”
Famous Footsteps - Beatlemania returned to Abbey Road, 50 years on from the camera clicking on the image that would go on to become one of the most famous album covers ever created. Tribute act Fab Gear followed in the footsteps of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison to re-enact the zebra crossing photograph as about 2,500 fans cheered them on. Traffic stopped, musicians played and sang Beatles hits.
Fans travelled from all over the w
UK - Martin Audio has announced the latest in its series of product open days, which have been running twice a year since 2017 at the company’s High Wycombe HQ.
The latest programme will run over five sessions spread across three days, on 17 September (at 10.00am and 2.00pm), 18 September (at 10.00am and 2.00pm) and 19 September (at 11am).
The event is aimed at existing distributors, dealers, integrators, rental partners and sound engineers as well as potential new customers wishing to gain in-depth understanding of Martin Audio’s platforms and at the same time take advantage of plenty of listening time in relaxed surroundings.
Many new products will be showcased for the very first time and tours of the factory and refreshments will also be provided. The demonstrations will include: the full line up of Wavefront Precision line arrays including the new WPS; subwoofers including the new cardioid SXC118; 3D immersive sound and wide stereo imaging with Sound Adventures; ADORN and CDD installation ranges; portable point source ranges including the new BlacklineX Powered Series.
Martin Audio MD Dom Harter comments: “The decision to refocus our marketing and prioritise a series of Open Days as an alternative to exhibition participation has proven an unqualified success. Each series of sessions has built on its predecessor with the result that now there is barely a spare seat in our dedicated theatre.
“Aside from providing existing members of the Martin Audio family with an opportunity to get up and close and personal with the products
USA - Sensaphonics has announced the launch of its fully redesigned website. Still located at www.sensaphonics.com, the new site features a modern design with enhanced shopping functionality. Visitors will notice a more streamlined approach, with intuitive navigation, straightforward product information, and fresh graphics throughout the site.
“We have some really exciting new products coming out in the near future and, frankly, our existing website couldn’t really do them justice,” notes Sensaphonics president, Dr. Michael Santucci. “With this new design, our company mission of saving hearing in the music industry is blended seamlessly with clear product information for a much more intuitive user experience.”
UK - Gatwick-based lighting hire company Fisher Hires has made a significant investment in IP-rated Luxibel B Par 180 RGBW LED fixtures.
Rob Baker, head of hires at Fisher Hires, says the company was looking to upgrade its existing stock of LED pars, but required a cost-effective solution that would fit in with its high-end branded inventory. Fisher Hires, as part of Fisher Productions, is a Royal Warrant business, awarded the accolade in 2000 by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales as ‘Suppliers of Lighting and Production Services’.
“The Luxibel B Par 180 ticks all the boxes - IP-rated, bright, simple to use, lightweight and slick enough for the eye,” says Rob. “What sells is reliable kit that can be trusted to do its job, and although Luxibel is not yet the best-known brand, we let the light do the talking. It has paid off as they are now attracting return clients who ask for the Luxibel brand over the everyday ones when requesting LED Pars.”
The investment is the result of a long-standing relationship between AED Group - which manufactures Luxibel - and Fisher Hires.
“AED always gives you the extra service and their team pushes themselves to help others - they are passionate and knowledgeable about what they can do for us at Fisher Hires, suggesting solutions that match our needs,” continues Baker. “They support us with all kind of services from their AV Business Tools kit, to rental and purchase.”
Fisher Productions has already used the B Par 180s on various events at well-known London venues, and Baker reports
UK - The judging panel for The Knight of Illumination (KOI) Awards has revealed the 2019 shortlist for the Concert Touring & Events category.
Having received a record number of submissions - up 25 per cent from the 2017 Awards - the judges had to choose just a fraction of the entries to put forward for the shortlist.
The 2019 Concert Touring & Events shortlist is as follows:
The MA Lighting Award for Club
Hayden Borgars for Fever 333
Sherry Coenen for Frankenstein: How to Make a Monster
John 'JP' Partridge for Metronomy
The disguise Award for Video Content
Tom Colbourne, Rob Sinclair & Blue Leach for Kylie Minogue
Adam Young and Finn Ross for Years & Years
Paul Kell for Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets
The Vari-Lite Award for Stage
Tom Campbell for John Grant
Paul Kell for Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets
Tim Routledge for DAVE
The Minuit Une Award for Events
Adam Bassett for Dinosaurs in the Wild
Matthew Button for The Nest, London Borough of Culture
Ben Cracknell for Olivier Awards 2019
The GLP Award for Arena
Ben Dalgleish for Post Malone
Tim Routledge for Florence + the Machine
Tobias Rylander for The 1975
The judging panel comprised LSi editor Claire Beeson, music business and events consultant Ronnie Gurr, director of architectural lighting firm 18 Degrees Christopher Knowlton, head of lighting design at Imagination Jonny Milmer
Europe - High End Systems has opened the ‘new and improved’ High End Systems Knowledge Management Site (KMS) for users to get solutions for specific issues faster.
Available at www.support.etcconnect.com/hes, the KMS houses over 2,000 support articles created over the years, including hundreds of new articles produced just in the last few months. Whether you need a quick fix or a detailed tutorial, the KMS gives you a database of solutions that you can search on your own time. And, with the ability to capture questions in real time, High End Tech Services can also get answers out more quickly to help others with similar problems, says the company.
The KMS has a wide array of content available for both High End Systems and ETC products.
Myanmar - KV2 Audio products have recently been introduced to a new region thanks to an investment from Myanmar-based firm Htat Wah Win Trading Co.
The company presented KV2 Audio in a joint presentation with Shure Microphones at the Shangrila Hotel in the country’s capital Yangon last month. The event was attended by around 200 invitees and featured presentations from KV2’s Dave Croxton and Angus Davidson, who handle sales and technical support respectively for Asia Pacific.
Thura Aung, managing director of Htat Wah Win Trading Co, first heard KV2’s products on demo in China and was impressed by their compact size and sound quality. Aung’s company imports various products into Myanmar and he had started to investigate the pro audio market. “While we had plenty of choices with a wide range of lower cost Chinese manufactured products, I was really looking for a flagship brand, something that could provide high quality audio for large-scale events. A number of people suggested I look at KV2,” he explains.
“I met with Dave Croxton from KV2 in Guangzhou and when he explained the company’s philosophies of building complete systems that are optimised to work perfectly straight out of the box, KV2 was certainly the standout choice for our Myanmar market.”
Croxton adds: “KV2 has been well-received in many developing countries like Myanmar. Our true plug-and-play operation makes it far easier to achieve good quality sound reinforcement in areas where technical staff are scarce. We can quickly train people with limited audio knowled
China - The Prolyte Group has opened a new office in Guangzhou.
The premises provide capacity for manufacturing, warehouse, sales, and customer service. It operates alongside Prolyte Asia Pacific, the company’s base in Malaysia.
The Prolyte Group has also announced Guangzhou trussing manufacturer Eagle Group as a ProLyft distributing partner, working alongside Prolyte’s long-established partner in China, Trinity Technology.
Ralph Stockley, Prolyte's chief business development officer, comments: "Prolyte continues to see a trend worldwide for the needs of shorter lead-times. Our new offices and production facility in Guangzhou has been strategically located to satisfy the demand for ProLyft products in China and allow for quicker delivery times through Asia. Factors, such as tax benefits, the strength of the Chinese economy and the proximity to the port of Guangzhou, helped finalise our decision."
Lambert Bouwmeester, Prolyte's chief executive officer, adds: "After the success of our new office and warehouse opening in the USA in 2018, I am pleased to announce the continued growth of Prolyte with the opening of our Chinese office and production facility in Guangzhou. These local offices will serve customers better in the region, speed up delivery times and provide the inventory and presence needed for Prolyte's continuing worldwide growth."
Prolyte will exhibit at Prolight + Sound Shanghai in October, where it will introduce its entertainment hoist series to the Chinese market.
USA - ESTA and USITT have announced the sponsors for the 2020 New World Rigging Symposium, taking place 31 March to 1 April in Houston in conjunction with the USITT Conference and Stage Expo.
Returning as the platinum sponsor for the third year is Stage Rigging, Inc. a diversified theatrical rigging company that provides a full range of specialised rigging services on a global basis for tours, corporate and special events, and expositions.
Chris Schmidt, vice president and general manager of Stage Rigging, comments, “When I started my career in rigging little did I know that by working for Stage Rigging, one of the first to focus only on arena rigging, I had access to the some of the industry's most respected and innovative professionals to bounce ideas and ask some of the most basic questions. The New World Rigging Symposium is the perfect place for both seasoned riggers and those interested in rigging to do the same. This is a great place to network and have access to the rigging industry’s top talent. And please don't be afraid to ask!”
Returning gold sponsors are ETC, offering a range of hoists and controls to accommodate the needs of any production space and budget, and J.R. Clancy, providing professional riggings solutions worldwide on thousands of venues since 1885.
Certex USA joins returning silver sponsors Geiger Engineers and Kish Rigging. One silver sponsorship at $5,000 is still available.
To the Moon Rigging joins returning Bronze sponsors CM-ET, H&H Specialties, The Light Source, Motion Labs, Prolyte, Reed Riggin
USA - The Sound Reinforcement Track sessions at the AES New York 147th Audio Engineering Society International Pro Audio Convention (16-19 October at the Javits Centre) will offer “insights for sound professionals of today and tomorrow”, say organisers.
“This year, we have once again gathered top industry experts and manufacturers at the pinnacle of live event production and sound reinforcement to share their hard-won knowledge,” comments AES New York sound reinforcement chair, Henry Cohen. “From foundations of systems design, to the latest in the science and technology of audio perception, the AES New York Sound Reinforcement events offer unprecedented access to the latest from the industry’s top researchers and gear designers, as well as the engineers that exemplify best practices in the craft of sound reinforcement.”
The AES New York Sound Reinforcement Track’s series of educational opportunities includes sessions revealing crucial details of sound reinforcement implementation such as Seven Steps to a Successful Sound System Design and further ideas and techniques in A Cookbook Approach to Sound System Optimisation with Bob McCarthy.
Delving further into system specifics, the multi-part RF Super Session will host a discussion of RF spectrum and regulatory changes, an update on the latest compliant equipment, and best and advanced RF practices including filtering techniques and RF over fibre.
AC Power, Grounding and Shielding will cover theory and practice of AC power for small to large sound systems, i
Europe - Adam Hall Group’s Experience Centre has won an Iconic Award for Company Building.
Designed by M&P Architekten and Stilbruch United Designers, the Neu-Anspach-based building functions as an open space for both employees and business customers. Unveiled in 2018 (see LSi July 2018), it features a showroom, a large auditorium for live shows and product demos, a restaurant, the Adam Hall Academy, various measuring rooms, test rigs and development laboratories, and 3D prototyping facilities.
Alexander Pietschmann, CEO and managing director of the Adam Hall Group, comments: “Our goal for the Experience Centre is to give more people the opportunity to implement their creative ideas in a modern environment with state-of-the-art technology. Since its opening, the centre has been a place for connection and sharing great moments - connecting business customers, partners, associations and our employees in an integrated manner. We are delighted and honoured to be presented with this award given for the overall concept.”
Organised by the German Design Council, the Iconic Awards recognise “the best innovative achievements” in architecture, interior design, product design and brand communication sectors. Judged by a jury of architects, last year’s competition received 680 entries from 34 countries.
The 2019 awards ceremony is taking place on 7 October at the Pinakoth
USA - The American Crane & Safety and Reliable Design Services were approved this month to become ETCP Recognised Training Programmes. The courses that participate in the programme present an opportunity for ETCP technicians to get a bulk of their education credits in one place, as these training opportunities count one point per hour of attendance.
“I am excited to say that ETCP now has almost 20 Recognised Rigging Training Programmes that provide relevant courses for those who need renewal credits. Perhaps the most important thing ETCP has brought about in our industry is a sincere interest in training. Adding these two training opportunities only furthers that mission,” says Tim Hansen, ETCP council chair.
American Crane & Safety’s Entertainment Rigging Courses is designed to provide participants with the ground-rigging basic knowledge of inspecting rigging gear, load control, as well as rigging procedures and techniques used in the entertainment industry through a problem-solving workshop. Scott Weldon, company owner, joined the ranks as ETCP recognised trainer this month as well. The Entertainment Rigging course is available online anytime. The courses are also taught onsite for those who would like to attend in person.
Reliable Design’s Advanced Structures Workshop is co-hosted in Dallas on 24 September 2019 with Clark Reder Engineering. Attendees will learn about a wide range of structures used for outdoor events, including, how to deal with forces on systems and a rare opportunity for hands-on time to experiment with loads a
World Record - Ed Sheeran’s Divide Tour has been named the highest-grossing tour of all time, breaking a record set by U2 that had stood for eight years. Coming off the back of the chart-topping album of the same name, the Divide tour began in March 2017, and will have encompassed 255 shows when it finishes with four homecoming gigs in Ipswich later this month. So far it has grossed $736m (£607m), breaking U2’s record of $735m, with 12 dates still left to play.
It has also been named the most attended tour of all time: when it finishes, more than 8.5m people across 43 countries will have seen Sheeran perform, breaking U2’s record of 7.3m.
Writing on Instagram, Sheeran said: “Thanks so much for each and every one of you who have come to a show. 12 shows left, will never forget it.” Sheeran’s manager Stuart Camp told Pollstar, who amassed the tour data: “What Ed has accomplished is truly incredible - to even be in the same ballpark as [U2] or spoken in the same sentence with a touring act like that is very humbling.”
U2’s record was set in 2011 by their 110-date 360° tour. Rather than focusing on stadiums as U2 did, Sheeran has included more intimate arenas - his average concert attendance is 34,541, around half U2’s 66,091 average. He also rejected VIP areas and sold tickets at a relatively low price, 14.2% lower on average than U2’s, but the sheer number of dates has ensured the record was broken nonetheless.
Immersive Future - West End producer Hartshorn-Hook has unveiled an ambitious plan to become “the futu
Portugal - Audio Stage has made a major investment in speakers, subwoofers and amplifiers from the Portuguese manufacturer NEXT-proaudio. The new equipment further expands the company’s extensive inventory of audio gear.
NEXT-proaudio reports that this is one of the largest sales in the manufacturer’s history, comprising 32 LA212x, 28 LA122A, 16 LA122.v2, 38 LAs418G, 12 LAs118A, eight LAs418A, four N-RAK 80, two N-RAK 40, 16 LAm114xA, 12 LAm115, four PXL118, two PXH64, two PXA8001, eight PFA15, eight Matrix M8, eight Kubix K5, two HFA118sHP, two HFA112, two HFA112s and two HFA206p.
“This purchase enable us to bring the very best audio support to the large variety of shows we manage. This top-of-the-line equipment opens new opportunities for us, from small to big events”, says Audio Stage’s founder Paulo Baixinho, “Our collaboration with NEXT-proaudio goes back to 2011 when we started. We have started with a mere 4x4 Line Array System at that time, but thanks to the big support we had from NEXT-proaudio we grew from 16 boxes to 200 boxes in only eight years of activity.”
Audio Stage is a leading company in Portugal that offers a number of services including sound reinforcement, lighting, video, rigging and structure.
“Audio Stage has a long history with us. They needed to boost their production capabilities for a wider range of clients and events and this was the perfect time to do it. NEXT-proaudio product development philosophy is very much in line with the type of work Audio Stage does,” says NEXT-proaudio’s manager Andre
UK - Stage Electrics has been appointed as the UK distributor of Ultratec Special Effects, a large-format pyrotechnic effects manufacturer.
Stage Electrics has already invested £10,000 worth of initial stock and will be stocking a range of large venue pyrotechnics from the company. “We believe having a comprehensive range of Ultratec on the shelf in the UK is what our customers need to support their shows. We’ve chosen a range of stock, including a variety of professional mines, comets and gerbs from 20ft to 200ft,” comments Paul Roughton, national sales manager at Stage Electrics.
“We are looking forward to working alongside Ultratec and building a strong partnership,” continued Anna Western, sales director of Stage Electrics.
UK - The upcoming PLASA Show (15-17 September, London Olympia) will enjoy "huge support" from the pro audio industry, with more brands debuting at the tradeshow and an increased number of live demos also taking place, PLASA has announced.
Among the companies supporting the show are L-Acoustics, Coda Audio, d&b audiotechnik and Void Acoustics. The PLASA Show has also doubled the amount of audio demonstrations on offer with the inclusion of three Audio Lounges and a new live feature, Stage to Studio, held in association with Sound on Sound and Headliner magazines.
PLASA MD Peter Heath comments: “PLASA has worked hard over the past few years to make the show an essential destination for all things audio. As a result, we are confident that this year’s show will inspire professionals working across the audio industry.”
Among the brands making their debut at the tradeshow is Coda Audio, an independent loudspeaker manufacturer whose line arrays are making an impact around the world. Void Acoustics, known for loudspeakers that are equally visually and sonically striking, will take a stand as well as a space in the main audio demo room. They join L-Acoustics, Bose, Yamaha and Audio-Technica among others.
d&b audiotechnik has joined the show as a headline sponsor. Visitors will find their installation and touring systems on both the Sound Foundation Limited (SFL) and SSE stands, alongside products from Sennheiser, DiGiCo, DPA and AVID.
“Live audio demonstrations are always a popular part of the show experien
UK - Green Hippo welcomed 18 of its most advanced Hippotizer practitioners to its latest UK ‘super user’ event in July.
A regular fixture in the Green Hippo diary, the event was hosted at the Leeds office of Hippotizer dealer A.C. Entertainment Technologies, giving the product team an opportunity to bring these leading Hippotizer experts up to date with the latest features, developments and initiatives. Additionally, it provides a forum for the exchange of highly-informed feedback and ideas from those working most closely with Green Hippo’s technology in a broad array of show environments.
“We run these events every six months or so,” says Tom Etra, senior technical sales manager at Green Hippo. “They are incredibly useful, both for us and our users. They’re an open forum for discussion and feedback with users who know our products inside and out.
He adds: “They work in various different disciplines - touring, theatre, installations, attractions - and they have great real-world experience and insight into where we’re going with the products. It’s a really productive environment - an amazing cross-fertilisation of ideas.”
The day began with the Green Hippo and AC-ET teams presenting the latest features in Hippotizer software V4.5. From AC-ET’s video division, Chris Beardwell showed the new VideoMapper and BeatBridge features, while from Green Hippo, Suzy Stenning discussed the Object to Output workflow, within Hippotizer’s 3D Mapping environment and Zep Mouris demo’d Hippotizer’s latest auto alignment capabilities.
UK - A respected sound engineer will record and mix live performers to demonstrate the intricacies of mixing and capturing live sound as part of a new initiative at the upcoming PLASA Show (15-17 September, Olympia London).
Running from 3pm on Sunday 15 September, and Monday, 16 September, Stage to Studio - organised by PLASA alongside Sound On Sound and Headliner Magazine - will feature Simon Todkill, chief engineer at London’s Miloco Studios, who has worked with the likes of Kanye West, Matt Corby, Hiatus Kaiyote, Charli XCX, Movement and The Griswolds.
Todkill will offer advice on his techniques, microphone choices and placements, step-by-step mix decisions, as well as insight on how to maximise multi-track recordings.
After the sessions, the audio stem files will be made available to the audience and a competition will launch, inviting people to submit their own mixes for a chance to win a pro audio prize.
Performing live will be VC Pines and Effie and their bands. Meanwhile, from noon on both days, emerging artists picked by ex-Iron Maiden band member Tony Moore will perform acoustic sets - see the PLASA Show website for details and set times.
VC Pines delivers a blend of alternative soul, poetry and punk. He has garnered the support of BBC Radio’s Steve Lamacq, Lauren Laverne, Chris Hawkins, Huw Stephens and Cerys Matthews, as well as Clash Magazine, Headliner Magazine, Atwood Magazine and Fred
India - Powersoft has named Preeti Trading Corporation (PTC) its distributor for South West India.
The company supports various commercial projects in the region, with its core customer base consisting of small and medium-sized enterprises that sell and install audio equipment for use in commercial, governmental, corporate and public buildings.
“India is an extremely important market for Powersoft,” says Varun Mahesh Jagger, Powersoft’s Europe, India and Africa account manager, distribution. “We see great potential there for strong and consistent growth across all verticals. PTC has been appointed to reinforce that vision. It has a strong dealer network, and a consistent record of moving with the times. We see them as a partner who has taken and continues to take risks in order to come out on top.”
Kammal Dhingreja, chairman managing director at PTC, adds: “As a premier AV import / distribution house, we have known and been in touch with Powersoft for many years now. We already distribute Martin Audio’s world class speaker products, and Powersoft’s amplifier platforms are a perfect addition to this side of our audio offering.
“PTC makes sure that quality comes first and is very proud of the high regard that customers have for our brands and services. We owe this to our qualified engineers and technicians, who continuously up our ante to incorporate newer technologies and state-of-the-art products.”
One of PTC’s goals for the new partnership is to increase the presence of Powersoft products in the region, thus making
Greece - Effective today (5 August), Sirius Sound & Lighting Systems is the exclusive distributor of RCF for Greece.
A newly-established company, Sirius Sound will seek to create “a solid and long-term business relationship with its customers and support a nationwide network.” The company is also focused on training and seminars in Italy through the RCF Audio Academy, where targeted seminars are conducted by specialists.
RCF sales manager Massimo Bruni, comments: “We selected Sirius Sound in view of the high technical qualification of their managers, which will help RCF consolidate its primary role in the Greek market.”
Sirius Sound & Lighting Systems sales manager Giannelos emphasises the importance of collaboration with a specialised team of experienced AV engineers in being able to provide high-quality technological solutions using RCF tools.
He says: “It is a great honour to co-operate with the best, aiming high to ensure that RCF broadens and strengthens the position it deserves in the Greek market through Sirius Sound & Lighting Systems.”
UK - Four events sector businesses have been merged into a new full-service company called Star Live.
Live events equipment supplier Star Events, event management agency Mobile Promotions, brand partnership agency BluePeg and staffing business Beautiful Minds - all owned by entrepreneur David Walley - will adopt the new name and brand identity with immediate effect, while founders of the four companies will form part of Star Live’s senior management team.
The merger was preceded by the recent acquisition of Star Events in July. All four businesses have been acquired by Walley within the last 18 months.
“This is a logical and exciting step for us,” comments Walley, Star Live CEO. “We have brought together four market-leading companies with a clear vision - to be the full-service live event and brand experience partner for all our clients. Our new brand identity reflects our heritage combined with a contemporary mindset, fully-focused on creating world-class experiences for our clients and their audiences.”
Star Live will offer a range of services, including stages and grandstands, trailers and roadshows, brand ambassadors and crewing alongside design and creative, sponsorship management and partnerships, event production and brand activation. The combined business will also benefit from teams based in multiple locations across the UK and internationally in Shanghai.
Key members of the newly-formed team include former CEO of Arena G
China - Since it was founded 21 years ago, Cellosound has grown to become the premier audio production company in Guangzhou, the city at the heart of the most-populous metropolitan area in mainland China. An Alcons Audio LR28 system is the latest addition to its inventory, bringing HiFi-quality sound at concert SPLs to Cellosound’s biggest events.
Cellosound was founded in 1998 with a used DDA mixing console and a couple of small PA systems. As the Chinese economy started to rapidly expand in the early 2000s, the company’s customer base grew and Cellosound has regularly upgraded its rental inventory.
By late 2018, its customer base had grown to the point where a high-end solution for major events was needed. “Our customers were requesting a system for touring and EDM events and we knew that, to continue our growth and development, we needed a complete, large format line array system with beautiful sound,” explains the company’s Raymond Liu.
Cellosound spoke to AV distributor Guangzhou Donghui Digital Technology Development Co, who recommended an Alcons solution. The company suggested the LR28 larger format line array was the best solution. After hearing it, Cellosound made an initial investment in a system comprising 16 LR28, eight BC543 very high output cardioid subwoofers and Sentinel10 amplified loudspeaker controllers.
Cellosound has used its system on live broadcast events for global Chinese technology company Sina Corp, beneath the iconic Canton (Guangzhou) Tower, and other events where the system has proved so successful that