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blue-lightBlue Planet and Lightscape forge partnership
Monday, 12 September 2022

USA - Blue Planet AVL and Lightscape Lighting & Equipment have announced a strategic partnership which ‘bridges the gap between the live entertainment and motion picture markets. This collaboration creates an operation in which both companies will now simultaneously offer their specialised services to all clients.
Blue Planet and Lightscape have also started ‘an aggressive expansion’ across the US, beginning with their joint operation in Atlanta, Georgia, opening early October 2022.
In this partnership, Blue Planet will now begin offering a variety of rental gear in all locations, beginning with lighting consoles and DMX control gear, all backed by Lightscape’s equipment management services model. Additionally, Lightscape is now able to offer sales and service directly to their film and television client base, all powered by Blue Planet.
Commenting on the company's new partnership and expansion plans, Mike Gormley, co-founder and CFO of Blue Planet said, "We are all very delighted with the launch of this partnership with Lightscape which will expand our company’s footprint into Georgia, a critical first component in our company's strategic growth plan.”
Gormley added, “Our continued growth has brought with it a higher demand for our sales and service model in multiple markets around the country. Our partnership with Lightscape will ensure that all our clients receive the absolute best customer service experience possible.”
Lightscape released the following statement, “Lightscape is beyond excited by our continuall

robe-plasa-2022-post-show-pla040933178-photo-by-louise-sticklandRobe celebrates award-winning PLASA Show 2022
Friday, 9 September 2022

UK - During PLASA Show, Robe celebrated a PLASA Award for Innovation win, entertained audiences with its eye-catching All Environments live performance show, launched its new iForte high-powered IP-rated LED moving light in style, introduced its new TX1 Posi Profile which was presented live for the first time, showcased several other iSeries products and enjoyed the buzz and vitality of a production industry that’s back to full speed.
Robe’s live show, which ran at regular intervals throughout PLASA Show, resonated on multiple levels. Whilst showing off the durability, water resistance and many creative features of these impressive new ‘iSeries’ products – iBeam 250s and iSpiiders joining the iForte as stars of the show – Robe also delivered a strong environmental message, underlining the company’s long-term commitment to sustainability.
All Environments is the first of a trilogy of performances that will premiere at international trade shows throughout 2022 and 2023. It was conceived, storyboarded, designed, and produced by Robe’s in-house creative team led by Nathan Wan and Andy Webb with Jordan Tinniswood and Tomáš Kohout.
The six-minute timecoded show involved approximately 100 iSeries fixtures programmed to show off their features in addition to their toughness and proper weather resistance.
A T1 Profile running on a RoboSpot remote follow system was used for key lighting, and a large upstage LED video screen assisted with the narrative showing dramatic images and illustrated the close integration of light

 
 
solotechSolotech enjoys record-breaking summer season
Friday, 9 September 2022

Canada - “We are pleased to announce that 2022 was a record-breaking international festival and music season for Solotech, representing an increase of over 20% in AV activities provided by our Live Productions teams”, says Martin Tremblay, president and CEO, Solotech. As the world emerges from the Covid cocoon, or learns to work around it, festivals everywhere made a spirited comeback this year.
Solotech’s Live Productions Division increase surpasses even pre-pandemic levels, a clear sign of organisers, artists and festival devotees’ eagerness for the return of this summer staple. Chances are if you attended a popular festival this summer, Solotech was also there. These included headliner Harry Styles’ epic shows at Coachella, the International Montreal Jazz Festival, the 15th anniversary of Osheaga, the Festival d’été de Québec and the multi-disciplinary artistic works of the Luminato Festival Toronto. The celebrations continued as electronic music took centre stage at Veld Music Festival, while popular headliners and rising stars collided over several weekends at the UK’s BST Hyde Park festival.
So far in 2022, over 280 festivals around the world have been supported by Solotech’s dedicated teams and cutting-edge equipment. And with this season running well into September, this total will increase. Upcoming major productions in Toronto include the hip-hop-centric Rolling Loud music festival and in Las Vegas, the Life is Beautiful Festival.
“After the two-year break in Canada, it was only natural that many festivals wanted to

 
qsc-emea-beneluxprimageQSC EMEA opens Benelux base in Nieuwegein
Friday, 9 September 2022

Europe - QSC EMEA has announced the opening of a new Benelux office in Nieuwegein, near Utrecht. Slated to open 20 September 2022, this modern office space will serve as the business development and Q-SYS training hub, as well house an experience centre where customers and end users can see the Q-SYS Platform and Ecosystem in real world installations.
In addition, this office will include the EMEA service centre, now based under the same roof, with significantly more room to continually support both Q-SYS and QSC Pro Audio divisions.
“Since opening the first regional business development office in 2020, the team has expanded four times, and this new modern office and high-end training facility is the next obvious step to support the growing regional footprint,” says Willem van Zuilekom, managing director of QSC Benelux. “In addition, this space will act as a hub to bring people together for local community building and events."
“Supporting our customers is of utmost importance and we strive to provide a best-in-class experience,” says Jerry Koeleman, service manager EMEA, Q-SYS. “This new office gives us the space we need to accommodate the region’s growth and better serve both Q-SYS and QSC Pro Audio customers and partners.”
“With all three business functions in the same location, we can ramp up the operations and deliver the best customer experience we’ve ever offered,” continues Van Zuilekom.

 
 
conferenceheadlinesTheatres Trust confirms Conference 22 programme and speakers
Thursday, 8 September 2022

UK - Headline speakers and full programme details have been announced for the Theatres Trust’s Conference 22: Theatres Fit for the Future on 11 October at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith.
Conference 22 focuses on creating a lively, engaging and dynamic gathering of professionals to collectively envision a more viable, sustainable, and inclusive future for the UK’s theatres, and the people who visit and work in them.
The keynote session will be led by Rob Hopkins, activist, writer and co-founder of the Transition movement, a radically hopeful and community-driven approach to creating societies independent of fossil fuel. Rob will talk about how the power of theatre specifically, and our imaginations more generally, can create the future we want. He will signal how working collectively at the grassroots and across the country, we can meet the challenges of our planetary emergencies, and not just survive but thrive.
A panel of artistic and creative directors including Julie Ellen (Macrobert Arts Centre), Robert Hastie (Sheffield Theatres), Low Kee Hong (The Factory) and Rachel O’Riordan (Lyric Hammersmith), with chair Hannah-Azieb Pool (Bernie Grant Arts Centre) will reflect on the day’s themes of resilience, inclusion, sustainability and placemaking.
Across the day, there will be sessions focusing on how theatres are adapting their buildings and their business models, how theatres can be truly inclusive places and on theatres’ role in placemaking and Levelling Up. Building on last year’s conference and the Theatre Green Book, there wi

 
neal-prestonBackup photographic competition launches at PLASA 2022
Wednesday, 7 September 2022

UK - Backup Tech has launched the Backup Photographic Competition, aiming to capture live entertainment, the people that make it possible and the backstage atmosphere. The competition is held in association with headline partner and sponsor the Lightpower Collection, and was launched at this year’s PLASA Show at Olympia London.
The Lightpower Collection is a long-time supporter of Backup and was looking for an idea that would shine a light on Backup and the work it does within the industry, that directly related to its impressive photographic collection.
“We’re delighted to collaborate with Lightpower Collection on this new and exciting way to raise awareness of our industry and in particular the people that make live entertainment possible,” says Backup’s vice-chair Piers Shepperd. “The overall theme of the competition is ‘Entertainment Production’, but this is open to individual interpretation, so entrants can let their imaginations and creativity run wild!”
“The Lightpower Collection was born out of the passion for Rock ‘n Roll photography and has become a valuable tool to support charities through the sale of original fine art prints,” says the Lightpower Collection’s Ralph-Jörg Wezorke. “This love for photography and the people in our industry makes us enthusiastic to support this competition, as it promotes appreciation for both. Photography is such an important tool to bring the spirit of our industry - in front of and behind the scenes - to the outside world. We want to promote this and at the same time raise

 
 
tvonegreenit24corioGreenIT24 invests in tvONE CORIOview
Wednesday, 7 September 2022

Germany - Conferencing specialist GreenIT24 has created a unified communications solution for companies using MS Teams and Zoom rooms, with a tvONE CORIOview multi-window processor at its core.
The Osnabrück-based company, which specialises in video comms and IT for organizations looking to optimise internal communications, collaborated with German AV technologist and supplier Exertis Pro AV to create a system that would aid remote, multi-site video meetings between team members.
“Due to COVID, we have had an increasing demand for this type of solution, in terms of implementing hybrid classrooms and workspaces with different sorts of content sources and multiple cameras,” explains GreenIT24 Product Manager, Tobias Blaser. “Usually, the client requires two to four input sources with variable resolutions - 1080P or 4K - which need to be displayed in different, flexible layouts. We needed a powerful multi-window processor to form the core of the system, which would enable seamless and easy-to-control set up and operation and the tvONE CORIOview fit the bill.”
GreenIT24 and Exertis Pro AV’s system uses tvONE’s MWP-MTO (Made to Order) version of the CORIOview, which allows the user to select mix and input/output types to cater to specific signal needs. The setup, housed in GreenIT24’s ‘Videocase’ all-in-one unit, consists of the CORIOview along with a Lenovo ThinkSmart Hub (Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows), four 1080P Lumens Box Camera, a Dual-Display Setup, a Bluetooth headset for wireless and flexible comms during the call, custom

 
plasa-awards-for-innovation-2022-winners-picture2022 PLASA Award winners announced
Tuesday, 6 September 2022

UK - This year’s winners of the PLASA Awards for Innovation were announced last night at PLASA Show, Olympia London.
The Awards for Innovation, run in association with LSi magazine, are respected industry-wide for celebrating future-focussed tech that improves safety, efficiency and performance through new methods and materials.
33 products were entered this year. Seven nominees scooped an Award for Innovation, and a Gold Award and a Sustainability Award were also presented. This year’s judging team comprised of 12 independent technical specialists from a wide array of backgrounds, chaired once again by chartered engineer James Eade.
James Eade, commented, “It has been great to see big names launching products at what is acknowledged to be the most independent industry awards. It is heartening to see creative engineers in the industry continuing to develop new and innovative products in such numbers.”

The winning products and judges’ comments are listed below:
Minuit Une – IVL Photon: The judges said that the multitude of dazzling effects from this laser light source will bring digital fireworks to productions.
Nicolaudie – Wolfmix W1: The judges said this product delivers a fresh and fun solution for the independent gigging band and DJ market.
PMI Gear – SmoikeGenie: The judges said that this well-engineered product takes vaping technology and brings it to the stage. It provides three effects from one unit, including haze, low smoke and fog. The judges said that they had never s

 
 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 6 September 2022

Energy Efficient - London mayor Sadiq Khan has pledged £1.2m to help creative spaces, including theatres, become more energy efficient, as heating costs spiral. Local authorities within Creative Enterprise Zones – which were established across London in 2018 with the aim of giving artists more affordable workspaces – will have access to the fund. Grants of up to £200,000 will be made available to invest in practical solutions that will lead to greater energy efficiency, aiming to help organisations counteract the pressure of rising heating bills.
Last month, theatres across the UK, including Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds and the Lowry in Salford, warned of extortionate increases to their heating bills. Theatres and other cultural spaces within the nine Creative Enterprise Zones – Croydon, Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Hackney and Tower Hamlets, Haringey, Hounslow, Lambeth, Lewisham, and Waltham Forest – will be able to apply for support. They can use the grants towards replacing a building’s older heating system with heat pumps, installing new windows, or conducting an eco-audit – which investigates ways an organisation can become more energy efficient.
Khan said: “The capital’s world-leading arts, cultural and creative industries help to drive our economy and inspire young people, but the energy crisis is hitting the sector hard and it is vital that it is supported to become more energy efficient, especially as these businesses are not protected by the energy price cap.
"This latest investment reaffirms my commitment to placi

 
ecosystemgroup-mxa-p300-mxn5mxa920Shure partners with Netgear for AV integration
Monday, 5 September 2022

Europe - Shure is teaming up with Netgear to deliver faster and more reliable integration when installing Shure Microflex Ecosystem products with the Netgear AV Line M4250 switches. The combination of Shure’s legacy in AV, along with Netgear’s commitment to AV over IP will help integrators with limited networking skills save time configuring rooms.
Built from the ground up for 1G AV over IP, the Netgear AV Line M4250 switches combine years of networking experience with best practices from leading AV professionals to simplify and elevate the installation process. A new AV-centric browser-based user interface enables key AV network settings, selectable profiles for popular AV devices, and a sleek front panel with various mounting options. Now, M4250 switches come pre-installed with two Shure profiles to optimise switch settings and customise VLANs for control and audio when deploying Microflex Ecosystem devices. The switch easily splits network traffic for Dante audio and Shure control traffic, giving integrators a boost of confidence during a seamless installation experience.
Shure and Netgear worked closely together to ensure seamless interoperability for the custom profile for the AV Line M4250 series. These switches underwent rigorous testing to adhere to Shure’s high-quality standards for developing superior reliable products.
“We understand integrators’ and customers’ time is valuable,” said Chad Wiggins, associate vice president of global product management and innovation at Shure. “By working with Netgear, users who install M

 
 
al-robeArtistic Licence to be acquired by Robe Lighting
Monday, 5 September 2022

UK - On the eve of PLASA Show 2022, it was announced that Robe Lighting has agreed to acquire Artistic Licence.
“This is a great acquisition for Robe”, stated Josef Valchar, CEO Robe Lighting s.r.o., “It provides products that complement our own production, and will add value to sales made throughout our global distribution network”.
The acquisition of the Artistic Licence business and products is an important part of the strategic growth plan of both Robe and Anolis brands say the two parties. This purchase from Singularity UK holdings has also enabled an ongoing product design agreement.
“I look forward to helping develop the Artistic Licence business using the significant Robe subsidiary and distributor network,” said Artistic Licence CEO Wayne Howell. “I am also excited to be involved with new product development for a brand leading business that has always been a key industry innovator.”
AL focuses on the design and manufacture of products for the architectural lighting and entertainment technology industries. Wayne Howell - inventor of the Art-Net lighting protocol and recipient of the 2017 Gottelier award - has ensured the longevity of the business through innovation and adaptability. As a result, the company is highly regarded as a solutions provider for the more technically demanding installations, with a broad product range at the leading edge of technology.
Wayne Howell explains the background to the acquisition. “Artistic Licence was born out of my passion for designing and inventing. Over the years we have

 
job3280w0905tnPLASA Show opens this weekend
Friday, 2 September 2022

UK - PLASA Show, London’s international event for entertainment technology, will once again open its doors at Olympia London from 4-6 September. Thousands of professionals from across the live sector are expected to attend the show, coming together to celebrate the industry’s strength and innovation following the pandemic. Tickets are still available for £15, which will increase to £20 on the door.
200+ global brands will sit side by side in Olympia’s Grand Hall, representing the very best of pro audio, lighting, audio-visual, rigging and staging technologies. These include the show’s headline sponsor Robe, as well as fellow lighting brands Chauvet Professional, Claypaky, Ayrton, Avolites, ETC, Elation, GLP, Vari-Lite, Martin, TMB, plus many more. The pro audio sector is well covered, with brands such as d&b audiotechnik, Sennheiser, Yamaha, DiGiCo, Shure, RCF and L-Acoustics. Leading names from AV will be in attendance, such as Epson, ROE Visual and PSCo. And plenty of rigging companies will be there too, including Area Four, Broadweigh, Doughty and Triple E.
The show will also feature a market-leading seminar programme, sponsored by Vectorworks, with back-to-back sessions in three seminar theatres. Attendees can learn from business leaders, get inspired by accomplished creative freelancers, and get involved in conversational industry panels. Programme highlights include design insights from the creatives behind Ed Sheeran’s world tour; lighting BMW’s HQ; powering the Commonwealth Games; and live events in the metaverse.
Not on

 
 
productionfuturesjulypresentation92PLASA Show 2022: Production Futures to host panel on inclusivity
Friday, 2 September 2022

UK - Production Futures exists to create opportunities for young people to learn, train, network and develop real careers in production across every area of the live event, music, touring, theatre, TV, broadcast and film industries.
As part of the promotion for its forthcoming Production Futures On Tour autumn events, the organisation will host a seminar at this year’s PLASA Show on the subject of Creating an Inclusive Workforce - How Can the Industry Attract Young Talent?.
Chaired by CEO Hannah Eakins, the panel, which includes Jas Parekh (Production Futures), Koy Neminathan (Sales Director at Avolites), Amy Kerr (field sales support manager at Robe) and Ollie Jeffrey (head of production and technical at Royal Albert Hall), will discuss solutions to the skills shortage in the live sector.
Hannah Eakins explains: “Since the pandemic, live events and the entertainment sector in general have faced huge skills shortages. We’ve assembled an expert panel to explore ways in which the industry can encourage new talent into these sectors, and discuss the ways in which opportunities can be created for young people. The session will be of great interest to employers seeking to boost their workforce, as well as young people looking for industry opportunities.”
The session will take place at Seminar Theatre 2 from 4pm - 5pm on 4 September

 
hungarianA new era for the Hungarian State Opera House
Friday, 2 September 2022

Hungary - The Hungarian State Opera House is considered one of the most beautiful buildings in Budapest, attracting thousands of visitors each year. Following a five-year refurbishment project, the historic building has been returned to its former glory, now complete with modern technologies, including High End Systems Sola Silent fixtures from ETC.
The building, located on the elegant Andrássy Avenue, has long been one of the world's leading opera and ballet facilities. Some of the finest singers, dancers and performers have showcased their talent at the venue. Gustav Mahler and Otto Klemperer are among those who've served as directors, while Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Renée Fleming have performed there.
A previous renovation was undertaken from 1980 to 1984 and the building reopened to the public for the 100th anniversary of the institution. This time around, however, the theme was “back to the original” and returning the venue to its 1884 opening-day glory was not a straightforward task. Initially, the plan had been to close for less than a year, to allow for the installation of new stage technology and some other minor renovations, but the government decided to overhaul the entire building.
The reconstruction saw major work undertaken on the opera house’s stage engineering and auditorium acoustics, as well as the restoration of its historic features. Since the venue shut down in 2017, the ornate façade of the Neo-Renaissance building has been cleaned, its statues restored, and roof tiles replaced. The stage technology is n

 
 
blumanodeutschlandBlumano launches in Germany
Friday, 2 September 2022

Europe - Blumano, engineering consultancy and advisers for safety and stage machinery design, has announced its expansion with Blumano Deutschland. This base, located in the heart of Western Europe, will work closely with Blumano’s network of offices in Ireland, the UK, Italy, South Korea and the Netherlands.
Laura van Haperen joins this organisation and brings impressive experience and her qualifications as a DGUV V 17/18 (formerly BGV C1) expert in Germany. Her career as a safety expert in machinery and equipment for stages and other production facilities includes collaborating with leading companies in the entertainment industry. She has also improved quality management issues regarding business and technical processes throughout her work with automated stage machinery manufacturers.
Laura and Blumano's other directors met during standardisation meetings within CEN TC433, collaborating in drafting the backbone of stage machinery technical documents and safety guidelines.
Laura commented: "During several after-work get-togethers throughout Europe, we found out that we share the same visions and mindsets. To give an example, standards and guidelines should always be written in a way that gives technical development departments, as well as designers, the maximum artistic freedom to design new spectacular effects. Of course - above all - within technical possibilities and the necessary safety framework.
“My personal passion is to find the easiest and most effective manner to handle things safely. If we, for example, have a look at equipment

 
ggsalme-kultuurikeskus--focuspointGreen-GO digital connects Tallinn City Theatre
Thursday, 1 September 2022

Estonia – A host of Green-GO’s digital intercom products have been installed at Tallinn City Theatre’s temporary home at the nearby Salme Kultuurikeskus (Salme Cultural Centre) while the main theatre is renovated.
The relocation gave Green-GO distributor and Tallinn-based theatre smart control experts Focuspoint OÜ the opportunity to specify Green-GO solutions to the theatre, which is looking to the future with the rebuild and technical upgrade.
The existing communications system at the Salme Kultuurikeskus (Salme Cultural Centre) was, according to Focuspoint, extremely old, consisting of a one-way announcing mic at the stage manager’s desk and 100V loudspeakers positioned in four wardrobes.
“The team at City Theatre were looking to upgrade their communications system to a full digital, flexible system almost as a try out while they operate in their temporary home, and they start to specify systems for the new main theatre,” says Focuspoint’s Kalle Karindi. “I have a long-standing professional relationship with the theatre from a technical perspective, and found myself in a strong position to recommend a Green-GO system, as I am a big fan of what it can achieve.”
The Salme Kultuurikeskus offers a big stage in one space, and two separate black box performance areas on the upper floors. In addition, there are 33 wardrobe rooms, offices on three floors, and a lighting and sound booth. This required a truly wireless and robust digital communications solution that could scale and be easily installed.
In the sound and light

 
 
juiceProlight Concepts acquires Flightcase Juice
Thursday, 1 September 2022

UK - Prolight Concepts Group has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Flightcase Juice. The addition of this brand ‘enhances the current umbrella of brands, and enables Prolight to continue to stock, supply and develop this popular consumable’.
This label cleaner and permanent market remover is developed and manufactured in the UK and is currently available in 0.75 litre spray bottle. A 5-litre version is also available which is suitable for refills or larger usage requirements. Mini sample bottles of Flightcase Juice will be given away at the upcoming PLASA Show in London.
Managing director Andrew Jeffrey comments, “I am pleased to welcome Flightcase Juice in our group. We will be looking at further expanding the range with the same dedication and passion that we have applied to our other brands over the years.”

 
aux-import-logo-alt-tagline-inkDistributor AUX Import opens in UK
Thursday, 1 September 2022

UK - A new pro audio distributor, AUX Import, has officially launched, offering brands such as CatCore, UNiKA and NEXT Audiocom.
Following a career in pro audio, founder and sales director, Mike Newman explains his drive to start the company.
“Having worked over 20 years in live events I felt that experience could lead me to better understand what installers, integrators and rental companies were looking for; both in terms of products and service. Having worked around the world for audio manufacturers for many years I had become aware of several unrepresented brands who I felt could succeed in the UK market. AUX Import has been founded on a culmination of these two things, which is already proving to be a winning formula.”
AUX Import currently offers exclusive products from the German ‘XLR over Cat’ manufacturer CatCore as well as UNiKA Pro Audio, the manufacturer of DI boxes, audio interfaces and a plethora of audio problem solvers. In addition, AUX Import has also become a stockist of the new commercial audio brand NEXT Audiocom.

 
 
bishop-soundBishopSound seeks investors
Wednesday, 31 August 2022

UK - BishopSound, boutique manufacturer of point source and line array loudspeakers, has announced the availability of the company on the open market. The company founder, Andrew Bishop, is seeking to partner with investors to grow his infrastructure to a level that can meet the increasing demand for his products.
BishopSound’s order book includes enquiries from as far afield as the US, India, West Africa, and Vietnam, as well as reflecting a loyal customer base in the UK among discerning artists, rental companies, and systems integrators. Since the company was formed in 2015, year-on-year growth has stretched resources to the limit, and Bishop now feels the best way forward is to place the business in the hands of a like-minded concern with shared goals in entertainment technology.
Although seven years old, BishopSound’s provenance goes back several decades to when Andrew Bishop took control of Carlsbro, the noted British loudspeaker brand, which under his stewardship grew in turnover from £900,000 to £4.6m in eight years. Bishop has also worked as a consultant with designers responsible for several other leading UK speaker brands in both pro audio and MI, including Wharfedale, Vox and Marshall. He has professional experience in international business and banking and is a passionate supporter of both PLASA and the #WeMakeEvents campaign.
“In business, I have learnt never to bury my head in the sand,” Bishop comments. “I know my limits, I recognise the facts, and focus on the things that can be changed. Investment in people and premises

 
swx-reopensOut of the fire: SWX Bristol reopens
Wednesday, 31 August 2022

UK - Next week sees Nelson Street venue SWX Bristol host its first events since an arson attack stopped the calendar in its tracks 13 months ago; fire, smoke and water damage requiring owner/operator Electric Group to undertake a complete refit.
Power metal band Gloryhammer play on Friday 9 September followed by club night Far Fetched, highlighting the breadth of purpose SWX provides for.
The tech has been upgraded. There’s an L-Acoustics Kara II PA, all new lighting, motors, and a Fiend Productions’ LED wall. Swish dressing room suites backstage wait for the weight of performers set to play SWX: Banks, Rema, Young T & Bugsey, Sugababes and Black Midi to name just an autumn handful.
Reaction from promoters/agents to the news that SWX is on the map again underlines the venue’s value to the city’s coveted nightlife model.
Mike Weller, head of music at Electric Group, comments: “The response has almost been overwhelming. We are already ahead in Q4 and Q1 (2023) in terms of show counts from pre-pandemic. On almost a daily basis for nearly a year I’ve been asked, ‘Is the diary open? When will you be back?’”
Electric Group bought SWX in 2017, committing to bring more live music to the mix at “the best 1,800 cap venue in Bristol” and the focus of the rebuild has been about restoring the infrastructure rather than radically rethinking it. The sightlines and acoustics, synonymous with the SWX experience, are intact.
Through the entrance, the most marked change is the double height foyer, a reinstated feature from

 
 
ed-sheeranBrompton delivers LED processing power for Ed Sheeran
Wednesday, 31 August 2022

Europe - Ed Sheeran kicked off his Mathematics (+–=÷x) tour, his largest to date, on 23 April in Croke Park Stadium, Dublin. Since then, the singer-songwriter has been playing stadiums across the UK and Ireland, with further dates planned across Central Europe, Scandinavia, Asia, Australia, Latin America and North America as part of his mammoth 2022 / 2023 world tour.
Continuing its long-term relationship with the artist, Colonel Tom Touring (CTT) is once again supporting the production, supplying over 1100sq.m of a variety of ROE Visual LED panels, all powered by Brompton Technology LED processing.
The spectacular 360-degree stage design incorporates a giant circular ‘halo’ video screen, comprising 462m2 ROE Vanish V8T high transparency outdoor LED panels, fixed over a 90m2 revolving LED stage built from ROE BM5 panels.
The stage is surrounded by six 30-metre-high masts, with 398m2 of ROE CB5 making up six plectrum-shaped, double sided IMAG screens dangling from the masts, and further 220m2 of ROE CB5 half panels completing the LED hoops around the outside of the masts. The giant LED set-up is powered by five active and one backup 4K Tessera SX40 LED processors, as well as 20 Tessera XD 10G data distribution units.
The tour’s video director Phil Mead has been working with Ed Sheeran for 11 years and still remembers the first time CTT used ROE Visual technology with Brompton LED processing.
“The first time we rolled out Brompton’s Tessera LED processors and ROE panels was on Ed’s last tour, the Divide Tour’ 2017 – 2019

 
job3280w1044PLASA Show 2022: Free registration ends tomorrow
Tuesday, 30 August 2022

UK - Free registration for this year’s PLASA Show will end at midnight tomorrow (31 August). Taking place in Olympia London’s Grand Hall on 4-6 September, the leading entertainment technology trade show promises to deliver some of the latest technology, brand showcases and product demos. Alongside ample networking opportunities, visitors will also be able to take advantage of the show’s free-to-attend seminar programme of over 60 sessions, taking place across four show floor theatres. Meanwhile, the winners of the 2022 PLASA Awards for Innovation and the Gottelier Award will be announced at the show on Monday 5 September.
Don’t miss out – register for your free ticket by midnight tomorrow: https://registration.gesevent.com/survey/1ibtbcj5j6f10?actioncode=WB14

 
 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 30 August 2022

Theatres at Risk - The Theatres Trust has launched a new programme, Resilient Theatres: Resilient Communities, to help reduce the threat to at-risk theatres and strengthen theatre communities. The national advisory body for theatres, has been awarded a grant of more than £294,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund as well as funding from the Pilgrim Trust and Swire Charitable Trust to establish the initiative. The three-year project will focus on supporting communities operating a theatre building and communities considering taking over a theatre building.
Resilient Theatres: Resilient Communities will feature a grants programme to fund strategic and organisational development work for three to six theatres a year, a new training and knowledge-sharing programme, and a series of free webinars open to all theatres to develop expertise across the sector.
Theatres Trust director Jon Morgan said: "As the only organisation that works with all the UK’s theatres, we understand the historic and cultural significance of theatre buildings and their importance to their local areas. Resilient Theatres: Resilient Communities will enable us to help theatres make stronger connections with their local communities and equip them with the skills to make a real and lasting impact."
Stuart McLeod, director of the England, London and South at the National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: "Our theatres are integral to our communities, but they have had to deal with unprecedented challenges in recent years. We are committed to supporting the UK’s herit

 
lakefest-2Bluestone moves to the next stage with Nexo
Tuesday, 30 August 2022

UK - Since investing in a Nexo Geo M12 line array a couple of years back, Bluestone Audio is winning more and more mainstage jobs at festivals where they might previously have supplied systems for second or third stages.
A recent example is Lakefest which took place in August at the picturesque Eastnor Castle Deer Park in Herefordshire. The Bristol-based sound rental company has previously handled the VIP Gold Stage at the festival, but this year moved up to the mainstage, with headliners including UB40, Manic Street Preachers, Leftfield and Supergrass.
“This year’s Lakefest gig is typical of how our business is growing with the Geo M12 system,” says Bluestone owner Sam Brook. “And we’re building relationships with other Nexo-equipped rental companies like Total Sound Solutions from Swansea, who are partnering with us at this event.”
With an audience of around 8000 people, the system at Lakefest comprises left and right hangs of 10 x Geo M1210 line array elements with two Geo M1220s at the bottom as down-fills. Sharing the same sonic signature, small hangs of four Geo M10s are employed as delays, and PS10 cabinets are used across the stage for front-fills. Two stacks of 10 x MSUB18s in a cardioid configuration deliver a powerful and tightly focussed LF response.
“We usually spread the subs evenly across the front of the stage but Nexo’s Engineering Support Team suggested the cardioid configuration in their NS-1 software system design for the event,” comments Sam. “And it works fantastically well.”
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