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adj-roadADJ road tour rolls into Nashville
Tuesday, 25 June 2019

USA - ADJ Lighting has planned a two-day summer ADJ road tour event at Soundcheck Nashville to demo its latest lighting, audio, and video technologies and offer informative tech sessions on a variety of lighting and video control solutions.
On 16-17 July, ADJ Lighting will be in Nashville, Tennessee, at Soundcheck Nashville studios, 750 Cowan Street, where the company will spotlight its latest lighting, audio, and video technologies recently shown at InfoComm tradeshow. The showcase will include ADJ’s IP65 outdoor rated lighting solutions.
“Nashville is of my favourite ADJ road tour dates because we always have a strong turnout of lighting professionals. In fact, this is our fifth year in a row at Soundcheck Nashville,” comments Alfred Gonzales, national sales manager of ADJ USA. “ADJ is coming off a very successful InfoComm show. We’re looking forward to talking to installers and production companies about our wide range of IP65 outdoor rated lighting, plus all of our other professional lighting, video and Avante Audio solutions.”
ADJ will offer hands-on demos of the AV2 high resolution video panels, plus the recent debut of the Hydro Wash X7 IP65 rated moving head beam, the Hydro Beam X2, and Hydro Beam X1 IP65 rated beam moving heads; Vizi Wash Z19, Vizi Wash Z37, and Par Z Move zoomable moving heads; Entour Ice low-lying fog machine, and the Encore Burst Series of blinders; as well as other pro-line products for professionals looking for lighting solutions for event production, houses of worship, nightclubs, bars and lounges, fun cen

studerbrandlogobyharmanblackportalStuder adds distributors in the Middle East
Tuesday, 25 June 2019

EMEA - Audio Technology, Ertekin Elektronik and Masterpiece have been appointed as distribution partners of Studer by Harman, operating across Egypt, Turkey, and the Middle East respectively.
“Introducing new distribution partners means we can present the latest Studer technology and align the Studer brand with the wider Harman Professional ecosystem, providing a greater range of high-quality options for our customers in the region,” said Andrew Smart, business development manager, broadcast, EMEA.
The agreements see Audio Technology, Ertekin Elektronik and Masterpiece offering pioneering Studer products including Vista control surfaces powered by Infinity processing engines and Glacier Professional Mixing Consoles to their existing and future customers.
“We’re delighted to partner with such highly-motivated distributors who can provide an extremely impressive level of service to our long-standing clients, including state broadcasters such as Turkish Radio and TV (TRT) and Egyptian National Media Authority (ENMA),” said Mark Hosking, broadcast global sales director at HarmanInternational.
Ertekin Elektronik, headquartered in Istanbul, is distributing Harman Professional products for the first time, offering the Turkish market a 360-degree solution with audio, video, lighting and controls. This includes JBL Professional, AMX, Martin, Soundcraft, AKG, Crown, dbx, BSS and Lexicon products, alongside Studer consoles.
“Studer’s pioneering mixing systems have a long-established history in Turkey, so we are delighted to expand

 
 
martin-van-kouwen-ampco-flashlightAmpco Flashlight to distribute Outline Newton
Tuesday, 25 June 2019

The Netherlands - Professional live events equipment supplier Ampco Flashlight has added Outline’s FPGA-based Newton processing platform to its portfolio, to address the growing popularity of multi-send PA systems and multiple-source audio set-ups.
Ampco Flashlight Sales is now distributor for Outline Newton in Benelux.
The Utrecht-based rental and sales company supplies a range of events, including festivals, theatre, touring and broadcast productions and corporate events. Its portfolio features products from DiGiCo, Martin Audio, Allen & Heath, Clear-Com, ETC and Ayrton among many others.
“Being the answer for demanding install and touring applications where top-quality matrixing and processing is required, we are very happy that we can now offer Outline Newton to our clients in the Benelux,” comments Ampco Flashlight sales specialist, Martin van Kouwen. “Audio quality and technical specs are on the highest level which, combined with the extensive 18x16 matrix, has resulted in high-profile users all over the world.”
(Jim Evans)

 
magicoMagiCo invests in DiGiCo double
Monday, 24 June 2019

South Africa - MagiCo SA, an audio and lighting rental company based in Vereeniging, has invested in two new DiGiCo consoles - the S21 and the S31. The consoles and training were supplied by DWR Distribution.
MagiCo SA is technical supplier of lighting, AV and staging, but audio has always been the driving force to success behind MagiCo SA’s founder, Ruan Vermaak. As the company has grown to cater for a number of festivals around the country, it seemed the right time to invest in new consoles that would keep up with the pace.
“We do small to medium sized events, so we needed something easy to transport and something that could handle the curveballs thrown our way,” says Ruan of the two compact and versatile DiGiCo consoles.
The console training that was presented by Jaco Beukes from DWR Distribution was part of the package and Jaco says, “They are all very experienced so I just went through the consoles to get them up to speed with the DiGiCo workflow, they are very intuitive consoles.”
Ruan Vermaak says, “The consoles are great, and the training was cool, and it was great to have someone as knowledgeable as Jaco go through the console with us.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
Orbital and Pleasance offer Fringe training
Monday, 24 June 2019

UK - Orbital Sound is partnering with the Edinburgh Fringe venue The Pleasance to stage a two-day training event in advance of this year’s Festival.
The course addresses the specific requirements of audio for the dynamic environment of fringe theatre, providing venue crews and technicians of all skill levels with the essential ingredients needed to develop their audio knowledge.
Led by Orbital Sound’s head of education Mike Thacker, Fringe Fundamentals for Sound runs from 24-25 July in Edinburgh, with a total of 35 places available.
With a 20-year track record for professional theatre audio training, Orbital Sound’s dedicated education centre in London hosts a regular series of specialist courses. Managing director Chris Headlam expands: “We have always been dynamic advocates for helping create the next generation of technicians and engineers. Our courses are designed to address the real-world issues they face in the theatre, encouraging best practices based on the key audio skills and theory.
“By teaming up with Pleasance for this course, we want to help all fringe venue technicians expand their confidence and skills immediately before this year’s event.” Orbital Sound’s relationship with The Pleasance spans many years, fielding expert technicians and equipment during the hectic Fringe for the past 26 years.
The Pleasance Theatre Trust, under its artist and technician’s support umbrella Pleasance Futures, is

 
lynxProlight Concepts Group to distribute Lynx in UK
Monday, 24 June 2019

UK - Prolight Concepts Group has been appointed exclusive UK distributor for Lynx Pro Audio’s sound reinforcement product offering.
All Lynx Pro-Audio products are designed in-house by their team of engineers and manufactured in their headquarters in Valencia, Spain.
Lynx Pro Audio’s Ben Sinclair comments: “Prolight Concepts have grown very quickly, establishing them as one of the UKs premium distributors. I had the chance to welcome them during a recent visit to our factory and have no doubt that they are the perfect partner for us. They are committed to service and quality and we are very excited to have them as our exclusive UK distributor.”
Chris Beesley, product sourcing manager at Prolight Concepts Group adds, “The addition of Lynx Pro-Audio to our distribution portfolio is a logical step forward enabling Prolight Concepts Group to offer an additional premium audio brand. Based in Valencia, Lynx Pro-Audio design, voice and manufacture a comprehensive range of loudspeakers using branded components. Their commitment to constant product development aligns with Prolights constant thrive for new products.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
directors-picture-led-hireLondon-based LED hire specialist launches
Monday, 24 June 2019

UK - Light Engine Dry Hire, a new London-based dry hire service, launched on 1 May. The company offers stocks of the latest technologies and innovations in LED fixtures from a wide variety of manufacturers.
The Light Engine Dry Hire directors Colin Bodenham, Jon Newman and Angus Chinn were drawn to their strict fixture selection by the clear advantages offered by LED fixtures of improved sustainability, minimal waste and high efficiency. The core team is completed by Ayesha Chinn as warehouse manager, and Steve Warren and Carolina Fajardo-Linares of LDC as the contracted marketing and promotional department.
The Light Engine Dry Hire centre is located in London’s ‘Lighting Quarter’ of Park Royal NW10, making its position practical for collections and deliveries within Greater London and gives easy access to the M1 and M40 motorways. Light Engine Dry Hire already holds substantial stocks of exclusively LED sources, with the focus on IP rated outdoor luminaires.
Assets director Jon Newman comments: “Light Engine will focus on our core values of offering the highest quality and latest technology with further planned investments to be driven by the demands of lighting designers and rental company customers.”
The rental company offers the newest fixtures from manufacturers, including Astera tubes, Robe washes and effects, SGM floods, GLP strobes, Martin Sceptron, Ayrton spots, vintage eye-candy Portmans, Chauvet battens, washes and profiles, Elation IP pars, ProLights uplighters, and ETC profiles and fresnels.
Operations director A

 
glasgowAmbersphere Solutions takes the high road
Friday, 21 June 2019

UK - To provide Scottish customers with a hands-on experience with their products, Ambersphere Solutions is heading to Glasgow. The open day workshop is on Wednesday 26 June and is held in partnership with the Royal Conservatoire Scotland.
The latest entertainment control and lighting products from Astera, Ayrton, MA Lighting, Robert Juliat and zactrack will be on hand. Visitors will be able to try out the consoles and fixtures in a real-world environment with assistance and guidance from Ian Green and the Ambersphere technical team.
Products will include the grandMA3 range, the Ayrton LED moving light range, 100% wireless range from Astera, 3D tracking solutions from zactrack and the Dalis Cyc and Footlight range as well as the latest LED Followspots from Robert Juliat.
Philip Norfolk, sales director of Ambersphere comments, “Here at Ambersphere it’s very important that we let the customer get hands-on with the products. Tradeshows and demos in bright warehouses are not always ideal, so having an opportunity to present in the New Athenaeum Theatre is fantastic.”
The event runs from 10am till 6pm and is free to attend. Register here at http://info.ambersphere.co.uk/scotland
(Jim Evans)

 
 
audacAudac launches online training seminars
Friday, 21 June 2019

Europe - Pro audio manufacturer Audac has introduced a series of online seminars aimed at professional audio engineers, systems integrators and technicians.
‘With these first online seminars we have taken a new look at what educational tools we have to offer to the installers of our innovative audio solutions.” said Tom Van de Sande, CEO at Audac. ‘We noticed that we are getting a lot more momentum all over the world, which is why we had to adapt our educational offer so that we can easily reach these new users as well.”
These videos are the start of a complete database of online training videos that will highlight all functionalities of Audac products. Audac will work with two different levels: Level 1 is an introduction to the Audac range and will be available to everyone. Level 2 will be a hands-on training of our different products and functionalities and will be available to anyone with a log-in to their specially designed training platform.
(Jim Evans)

 
indiaIncreased ProLyft service offered in India
Thursday, 20 June 2019

India - ProLyft chain hoists are supplied with a unique life time warranty, which is upheld by all ProLyft service points. The goal of these service points is to offer a trained team of professional technicians that are capable of repairing and maintaining manual and electrical chain hoists.
All SP’s have stock in spare parts and offer quick and smooth servicing and repair. Service points use the ProLyft database to store and provide all servicing information, providing optimal service and smooth communication. Importantly, they perform annual inspection and recertification in accordance to the life time warranty of ProLyft hoists.
In order to optimize the ProLyft service in the Indian sub-continent, Prolyte Asia Pacific is has announced that, with immediate effect, Natura RigTech, based in Mumbai, will provide all ProLyft service point related services mentioned above from this moment onward.
Natura was established in 2006 and has gained, within a reasonably short period of time, a widespread reputation as a hub for high quality service within the rigging industry. With a main focus on safety while supplementing it with transparent processes and ensuring qualified personnel for execution
Avishkar Tendle, managing director of Natura comments: “Our business has not focused on this kind of service in the past, but it is certainly in line with our philosophy as a company. This is why we are very glad to be appointed as a service point for the best-selling chain hoist in India. Our main focus as a service point will be on servicing and recer

 
 
audio-concept-logoObsidian appoints distributor for Colombia
Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Colombia - Obsidian Control Systems has appointed Audio Concept as its exclusive distributor in Colombia.
The Bogota-based company, which has provided professional and high-end consumer audio, lighting and video products in the region for over 30 years, will offer support for the entire line of Obsidian hardware and software lighting control solutions.
Audio Concept has already held training sessions dedicated to the Onyx system and the latest Obsidian consoles in Bogota, with further workshops coming up in other locations in July.
Jean Paul Gaspard, president of Audio Concept, comments: “We are excited about the opportunity to offer Obsidian controllers to lighting professionals across Colombia. We believe the intuitive nature of the new Obsidian products combined with training of lighting programmers will help position Obsidian as one of the top control brands in the region.”
Gaspard adds that Audio Concept is committed to continuing to support its customer base and all M-Series users as they transition to the Obsidian ONYX platform with the support of Elation’s international sales manager for LATAM, John Lopez, and the Elation team.
“The Obsidian line has transitioned into an amazing control option for all intelligent lighting systems,” Lopez comments. “We are excited to be working with such a reputable company like Audio Concept and look forward to the first training sessions in June and July and to what the future brings.”
(Jim Evans)

 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Audience Comfort - Ambassador Theatre Group chief executive Mark Cornell has claimed theatres need to look to cinemas to improve audience comfort, arguing theatregoers are having to endure “seats designed like torture instruments”. Cornell made the comments during his first major speech to members of the industry at UK Theatre’s Theatre and Touring Symposium, which took place in London on 17 June.
He said: “[Audiences] arrive at our theatres at a time set by us, they then navigate queues, fold themselves into seats designed like torture instruments, dine on a packet of crisps or a tub of ice cream and often endure temperatures that fluctuate between Siberia and the subcontinent.
“Yet cinema chains such as the Everyman have reinvented the experience of going to the movies. They provide a wonderful, enriching experience, which everyone should really enjoy regularly at the theatre. Today we’re asking people to work really hard for the privilege [of going to the theatre]. In a world where we expect everything to be connected, seamless, easy and immediate, this is not sustainable.”
Cornell also raised the issue of ticket prices, arguing that the commercial operators shared a responsibility with the subsidised sector to keep theatre affordable. “I’m afraid there’s a huge amount of misinformation surrounding theatre pricing. One misconception is that keeping theatre affordable is the reserve of the subsidised sector. I strongly believe that we all share a responsibility in this area, whether we operate in the subsidised or commercial se

 
 
ayrton-matrixAyrton appoints Matrix as distributor
Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Denmark - Ayrton has appointed Matrix as its new exclusive distributor for Denmark with immediate effect.
Matrix has quickly established itself as one of the leading sales and distribution companies for the entertainment industry in Denmark and enjoys strong relationships with customers and suppliers.
“Ayrton was the obvious choice for us, as we needed a high profile moving light brand to complete our lighting program,” says Jakob Hansen, sales manager for lighting and staging at Matrix. “The arrival of Ayrton’s new line of profiles, spots and wash fixtures was the deciding factor for us - they fit perfectly into our range of professional sound, light, stage equipment and audio-visual products.”
Matrix will focus on bringing the full Ayrton range of LED lighting products to the Danish market and the sales team are already out on the road with the new range of fixtures. “The Ayrton product range is strong and we are obviously excited about our role as Ayrton distributor,” continues Hansen. “Our expectations for the brand development are high - and very interesting when we look at everything that is currently on the international moving light market.”
“We are very proud to be represented by Matrix in Denmark,” says Linnea Ljungmark, international sales for Ayrton. “The company is known for its ability to find high quality brands and present them to the market with skill and dedication. We are extremely excited to be working with them.”
(Jim Evans)

 
berlinCurtain up on Stage|Set|Scenery
Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Germany - Over 300 exhibitors will be presenting their latest products and services for theatre, film and event technology at Stage|Set|Scenery, taking place at the Berlin Exhibition Grounds from 18 to 20 June. 
The expo is co-organised by Deutsche Theatertechnische Gesellschaft (DTHG) and Messe Berlin.
Dr. Christian Göke, CEO of Messe Berlin, comments: “With over 50 theatres, three opera houses, Europe's biggest museum complex and numerous exhibition venues, as well as some 1,000 companies representing the film industry, culture is a major economic factor in Berlin. By hosting Stage|Set|Scenery we are aiming to give the city's large cultural sector a platform for an interdisciplinary dialogue, opportunities for training and an inspirational event.”
Wesko Rohde, chairman of the board and managing director of DTHG, adds: “Creativity drives this industry. Together with many of its innovative partners we have organised a wide-ranging programme of conference events this year, with a clear focus on a dialogue involving practical issues. Be it at the RoundTables or on the special display areas - the fact that visitors can engage with creatives and experts and directly exchange views on the latest topics about modern and innovative events sets Stage|Set|Scenery apart.”
The RoundTables and special display areas have been integrated directly into the halls to ensure their proximity to the exhibitors, many of whom have actively contributed to the programme and setting up the special display areas. The LightLab curated by Manfred ‘Ollie’ Ol

 
 
webinarHoloplot stages immersive sound webinar
Monday, 17 June 2019

Europe - Audio technology innovator Holoplot has confirmed details of a webinar that will introduce its 3D beamforming and wave field synthesis technologies.
Taking place on 3 July at 16:00 CEST, the webinar is free but requires registration, which can be made on Holoplot’s website.
With high-profile installations in museums, concert halls, and many other public venues, immersive audio has become a significant global trend during the last few years. But it is often the case that immersive sound installations are time-and cost-intensive exercises involving complex audio design work and multiple loudspeaker positions.
Into this emerging market, Holoplot has launched a solution with its technology that offers a simpler and more effective method of delivering immersive sound experiences. In this special seminar, Holoplot will introduce this technology and explain how it can be applied to a wide variety of installations and applications.
Based in Berlin, Holoplot is pioneer in wavefield synthesis and 3D beamforming. Its technology has been applied to immersive audio projects in venues around the world. The current product range is based around the Io audio module, the Eta processing core and the Orbit software interface.
During the webinar, Holoplot will provide an overview of its 3D beamforming capabilities and explore the possibilities of sonic immersion and wave field synthesis. Specific topics t

 
bradford-liveNEC Group previews Bradford Live venue
Monday, 17 June 2019

UK - Birmingham-based NEC Group gave a presentation of what’s to come in the new Bradford Live venue, during an event at the National Museum of Science and Media.
Formally the Bradford Odeon, the demolition work inside the building is now well under way, with many of the original art deco features revealed for the first time in over 40 years, as the concrete from the 1960s cinema structure is stripped out. The next stage of development will be the start of the renovation and restoration works, paving the way for a re-opening in the 2020/21 season.
The venue will boast the renaissance of the 1930s ballroom, which will become a 750-person capacity space, for conferencing and banqueting, whilst the double height main auditorium will be reinstated as a 4,000-capacity live events venue.
Phil Mead, NEC group chairman for the group’s arenas and ticketing company, says: “We really want to put Bradford back on the map for major touring artists. The venue has seen legends play there, such as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, and I’ve no doubt that we’ll see legends play there again. We are in preliminary talks with a number of promoters and event organisers to discuss the opening season and will announce this as our plans progress next year and construction dates are finalised.
“As well as creating the full time equivalent of around 50 new jobs, the venue will play an important part in the ongoing regeneration of the city led by Bradford Council and a range of partners. It will help to boost the night time economy of Bradford, increasing

 
 
verge-thorjussenNils Thorjussen "building Dronehog" with Verge Aero
Monday, 17 June 2019

USA - Entertainment technology industry veteran Nils Thorjussen has helped develop key lighting control solutions, including the Flying Pigs’ Wholehog lighting console and Elements Lab’s VersaTube LED tube. Now, he’s back as the CEO of drone show company Verge Aero.
Thorjussen comments: “A lot of beautiful and outstanding work has already been done with drones in entertainment, but what’s lacking is a fully integrated system making it easy for designers to create and deploy their creative vision via hundreds of drones. For the past two years, I’ve been working with a team of former aerospace engineers to create a comprehensive control system with a straightforward programming interface, effects generation algorithms, full 3D visualisation, and automatic flight path calculation.
“When my lighting friends ask me what I’m up to, I say I’m building Dronehog.” We believe there’s large untapped creative potential for drone technology in the entertainment industry. Drones are a dynamic, three-dimensional platform that allow light pixels or other artistic elements to reconfigure themselves endlessly. The sky’s quite literally the limit!” To give a taste of what’s possible, the team, together with rental partner A&O Drones, recently created a drone light tunnel and raced a Jeep through it.
He continues: “Our software makes it so fast to create a show. No coding or third-party animation software is needed. From scratch, we programmed, tested, deployed, and flew the light tunnel in a couple of hours. This kind of streamlined

 
special-olympicsCT Middle East joins disguise network
Friday, 14 June 2019

UAE - disguise has announced Creative Technology Middle East has joined its certified solution provider (CSP) worldwide network.
The disguise CSP programme is designed for systems integration partners to resell disguise products and services to end customers as part of their differentiated solution. Under this programme, CSPs manage, service and support end customers directly.
CT is a long-time disguise user, and CT Middle East (CTME) has been using disguise for more than three years.
“CT is always looking at new ways to raise the bar within the industry, and this CSP accreditation is the perfect addition as it enables us to continue to be a vital driving force within the region,” says Andy Reardon, managing director of CTME.
“We are pleased to be a part of the disguise CSP programme, allowing us to expand our offering within the industry and move CTME closer to the disguise business and user community,” he notes. “It provides us with a better understanding of the business and product pipeline and gives us a direct line to the development and engineering teams. CSP accreditation allows us to be a preferred solutions provider within the region which will inevitably connect us with a larger share of the integrations market.”
CTME utilised disguise for the Special Olympics World Games opening ceremony 2019, held in Abu Dhabi where two 4x4pro’s were used as the main machines and a further two were used as understudies. Two 2x2plus’ were also utilised for the main production with one machine serving as the main and one as unde

 
 
neutrik-logoNeutrik appoints FBT Audio (UK) as distributor
Friday, 14 June 2019

UK - Neutrik has appointed FBT Audio (UK) as an authorised distributor, effective 1 June.
The agreement has been hailed by Neutrik UK managing director Mark Perrins as “the culmination of a long search for the right partner”.
“We are intent on bringing the highest quality product to this very important market, and we have been assessing a strong partner in the UK who can help us to achieve that goal,” explains Perrins. “We are delighted to have appointed FBT Audio (UK), serving a range of MI and pro audio-based dealers and distributors. Coupled with high quality product from FBT, Neutrik has also been impressed with the quality of customer service and extensive additional market coverage that FBT Audio (UK) can offer. We are looking forward to a long and enjoyable relationship as we explore new markets and meet new customers.”
“Some brands are rightly considered the gold standard in their field - a description that absolutely applies to Neutrik,” comments FBT Audio (UK) managing director Mark Parkhouse. “This agreement strengthens our position within the UK and opens exciting new opportunities. I’m proud to represent such a highly respected range of products and I’m looking forward to helping Neutrik reach new heights in the UK.”
(Jim Evans)

 
astera-john--jane-brussels-airlines-event-122325-photo-jurgendewitteJohn & Jane invests in Astera
Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Belgium - Last summer, event design and production company John & Jane made its first investment in Astera AX1 Pixel Tubes.
At the time, the company was designing a lighting scheme and providing production for a Brussels Airlines event being staged in an old townhouse, and specifically sought a light source which could be used abstractly to highlight areas of the building. Initially, they purchased AX1s for illuminating a staircase, but ended up buying more from Benelux distributor Controllux, which were used on the floor - in the style of plane emergency lighting.
The long battery life, consistent brightness and easy set-up and use are all reasons attracting them to Astera.
The Pixel Tubes are now working constantly, claims the company. The fixtures are used to light gardens, fountains buildings - interiors and exteriors - main event rooms and spaces, corridors, stairways, stairwells, galleries and any number of ‘nooks and crannies’ that can benefit from being illuminated in a funky, interesting location.
They also proved ideal for lighting the VIP areas at a series of summer beach festivals where John & Jane provided the full technical production packages, and will be used again in the same context this year, including at WECANDANCE, a food and fashion extravaganza staged across four music stages on the beach at Zeebrugge.
Nico Laniere of John & Jane comments: “The Tubes are hugely creative and our customers all love them. [They are] decorative and attractive to look at in themselves.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Here We Go Again - Bjorn Ulvaeus has said he would not rule out the possibility of a third Mamma Mia! film. In an interview for Magic Radio, Ulvaeus spoke about the possibility of a film trilogy. "If someone comes up with an idea for Mamma Mia! 3 you know I'll have a look at it," he said.
Ulvaeus also spoke about the band's new music, confirming they had finished new songs, but would not give away any details about when they might be released. "There will be a new song, a couple of new songs coming. But I've been saying this for such a long time. I'm not saying when any more. I'm just saying we have them and they will be released eventually."
Code of Practice - A code of practice has been developed for producers of touring shows and venues around the UK. It urges a more robust approach to dealing with cancelled productions and calls for swifter payments between parties. The code is included within a new handbook produced by UK Theatre and the Society of London Theatre in response to growing concern that relationships between producers and venues are becoming strained.
Discussions at a touring symposium in 2018 focused on financial pressures, and “an erosion of trust and transparency”. The new handbook aims to help the two sides “build stronger relationships to improve the long-term health of touring in the UK”. Seven key areas of concern are raised in the handbook, and covered within these are concerns about “unexplained royalty hikes by producers” and how the deal-making process fails to address tour cancellation”

 
shure-qlx-d-wireless-goes-tro-centre-stage-with-help-from-ac-etCentre Stage invests in Shure QLX-D
Tuesday, 11 June 2019

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) has supplied 10 Shure QLXD24/SM58 digital wireless systems to Hertfordshire-based staging, lighting & AV hire company Centre Stage to meet the event production needs of high-profile clients, including West Ham United Football Club.
Established in 1990, Centre Stage is a leading supplier of technical services for the live event, conference and entertainment industry in the UK; specialising in supporting the arts, theatre, music, education, sports and corporate sectors, as well as local community groups.
With a broad, nationwide customer base which ranges from small events to large-scale festivals and multiple stages, Centre Stage’s Graham Baker was keen to invest in digital wireless technology to help with the ongoing battle of spectrum, and to offer a wider choice of brands and systems to customers.
Baker purchased 10 channels of Shure wireless QLX-D featuring a QLXD2 handheld transmitter with SM58 microphone capsule, and a QLXD4 receiver. Since adding the Shure QLX-D systems to Centre Stage’s hire stock, they have been used for pre-match entertainment, player and special guest appearances in the hospitality lounges at West Ham United Football Club during the football season.
Baker comments: “We have owned Shure systems in the past. It’s high quality equipment and it’s the right price point. It offers a rider-friendly option to our rental stock, ideal for hospitality and conferences, all the way up to the most technically demanding live music events.”
Kay Wilkinson, audio s

 
 
ldiLDI 2019 to ‘focus on the future’
Tuesday, 11 June 2019

USA - The LDI trade show is enhancing its offering this November with an emphasis on the next generation of design and technology, including AR/VR, drones, live for broadcast, and experiential design.
Organisers say that these  technologies and disciplines will shape the future of live events and are therefore placing LDI as the place to discover what’s hot and what’s next. More details on these new subjects will be unveiled once registration officially opens in July.
The 32nd edition of this entertainment design and technology trade show and conference runs 18-24 November 2019 at the Las Vegas Convention Centre.
“We’re excited to look to the next 30 years of LDI, developing the trade show into a multi-layered series of events where designers, programmers, technicians and other artisans can experience not only the best in live production today, but also learn about where live production is headed tomorrow,” says David Johnson, managing director of LDI and the Live Experience Group. “These new initiatives, coupled with our industry standard professional training and the coolest-looking show floor in this or any market, will make LDI the must-attend industry event for years to come.”
More than 15,000 industry professionals are expected to descend upon Las Vegas this November to check out more than 350 exhibitors showcasing technologies and services for live event production. In addition, they will have access to the conference and professional training programmes.
LDI will officially open with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 1

 
abtttheatre-awardslightingdave-whitehouseRobe & Sennheiser head ABTT annual awards
Tuesday, 11 June 2019

UK - The Association of British Theatre Technicians’ Annual Theatre Awards took place after the first day of the 2019 ABTT Theatre Show at Alexandra Palace, London.
The five awards for lighting, sound and engineering products of the year, widget and stand of the year, were complemented by the announcement of the ABTT’s technician of the year for 2019.
The lighting product of the year went to the Robe T1 Profile. The judges said: “This is a new moving light that has clearly had a great deal of thought put into its development. Robe’s new T1 fixture delivers an immensely useable theatre lantern. It is light weight, quiet and extremely well featured. Of particular note, the scrim function and the brown/blue focus tweak on the hard edge on the PC lens version is a welcome addition to the lighting designer’s pallet.”
Mick Hannaford, managing director, Robe UK, comments: “We are so pleased to win this award, especially as it is from the very people that influenced its conception and who really know their craft. Once again, the ABTT Theatre Show presents us with the best opportunity to address the technical theatre market.”
Sound product of the year went to Sennheiser’s Digital 6000 SK 6212 (see an in-depth technical review of the whole wireless system in LSi June).
The judges said: “Having a discreet belt pack transmitter for radio microphone systems is a g

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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