UK - The Network Of Women In Events (NOWIE) is hosting its first 'drop in' style event at the forthcoming Event Production Show. On Thursday 19 February, NOWIE committee members are inviting any women working in the live events industry to join them from 12 noon in the bar area of the main hall for an informal get-together and lunch.Established in 2013, NOWIE hosts a regular series of networking events throughout the year and across the UK, typically aligning with major festivals or outdoor events and featuring a keynote speaker. The organisation's overall aim is to challenge industry c

Mexico - Elation Professional's Mexican partner, Adimsa, is involved in a large variety of projects throughout the course of a year and often turns to Elation products to fulfill the demand for dynamic lighting. Recently, dimsa has supplied Elation LED lighting fixtures to several top clubs in Mexico including Republica-DF in Mexico City and Press Club in Monterrey.

Last fall, Adimsa supplied and installed Elation LED lighting in one of the bustling city's newest hotspots, Republica club. The 800-capacity club, inspired by the old house design of the Republica age, features a colonial

South Korea - Psy, a global superstar, recently played four sold-out shows at Seoul's 14,000-capacity Olympic Park Gymnastics Arena. Dubbed All Night Stand, the hometown shows were powered by a Meyer Sound LEO linear large-scale sound reinforcement system.

"The extended headroom and linear output characteristic of LEO is huge with Psy's music," says Park Dong Won, the singer's veteran FOH engineer. "The highs were smooth and natural, even when we pushed the levels, and the dispersion meant uniform coverage for every seat. I'm not just confident in specifying LEO,

UK - Autograph Sound Recording, one of the UK's most iconic names in theatre sound design and rental services, has recently invested in yet another very large batch of EMS-51 loudspeakers from EM Acoustics, bringing their total inventory up to an impressive 239 cabinets. This is in addition to the rest of their EM inventory which also includes i-8 and i-12 subwoofers as well as EMS-81 and EMS-121 full range loudspeakers.

According to Autograph's rental director, Scott Arnold, the ultra-compact passive EMS-51 has more than earned its stripes thanks to its ability to cater for a wide va

UK / The Netherlands - Lighting and visual control expert Avolites has appointed South Holland-based Improve as its new Digital Media Reseller in The Netherlands.

The announcement comes just weeks before Avolites and Improve team up at the Amsterdam tradeshow Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) to exhibit Avolites' range of control consoles and servers and unveil the new features of its Ai V8 software.

In May 2014, Avolites appointed Fairlight as its sole distributor for The Netherlands, and they will also be represented at ISE by Menno Appelhof, who will be on the Avolites stand. Impro

Brazil - UK based lighting designer Sam MacLaren was happy to be using Robe moving lights on his rig for two high profile back-to-back shows in Brazil which concluded the UK indie rockers Arctic Monkeys AM world tour, which had been on the road for 18 months.

Robe fixtures were supplied for the shows - Anhembi in Sao Paulo, an open air space famously utilized for their Carnival, and Rio's HSBC Arena - by leading Brazilian lighting rental company LPL, project managed for them by Erich Bertti.

Robe has been one of the 'preferred manufacturers' on the Arctic Monkey's rider throughout t

UK - dbn Lighting provided lighting, visual design and equipment for the most recent season of Manchester's famous Warehouse Project (WHP 2014).

Among the UK's most popular club experiences, a line-up including Richie Hawtin, Alesso, Annie Mac, Jamie XX, Fatboy Slim, Fac51 The Haçienda, The Martinez Brothers and literally hundreds more top artists, made the beats move and groove back at WHP's spiritual home, the Store Street arches underneath Piccadilly station

dbn's own WHP team was project managed by Pete Robinson.

The company has provided lighting design and equipment to the W

USA - The world's first 2mm convex LED video wall was installed by PixelFLEX in the new VIP Lexus Lounge at Nashville's nationally acclaimed and award winning Bridgestone Arena.

The Lexus Lounge was recently added to Bridgestone Arena to transform the VIP experience of visiting fans. The private 450-member club boasts the PixelFLEX FLEXUltra LED wall that is 47ft in width and 7ft in height behind the bar, displaying a panoramic, high definition view of Nashville Predators games and other entertainment events held within the facility.

"Our mission at Bridgestone Arena is to be t

UK - One of London's most famous places of worship, St Martin-In-The-Fields, has a long history of opening its doors to people from all faiths and walks of life - or indeed no faith at all. Welcoming 750,000 visitors every year to church services, events and music performances, a Yamaha QL1 digital mixing console is at the heart of its newly-upgraded audio system.

The church also occupies a special place in broadcast history, having made the very first religious broadcast, and it continues to broadcast to people around the world. Working with a knowledgeable partner to upgrade the chu

UAE - Melody House, sole distributor of Primacoustic in the Middle East, has recently supplied the Centre for Musical Arts (CMA) with a complete acoustic solution providing the school with four London 12 room kits and thirty 2" broadband panels.

The London 12 room kit is designed for rooms that measure between 100 to 200sq.ft the London 12 employs a variant of the popular live-end, dead-end LEDE concept whereby the source end of the room is fitted with increased absorption while the receive end of the room is left more lively to retain a sense of air and space.

CMA is a non pro

UK - Cable specialists VDC Trading has announced a new facility from its Fibre Optic Lab. As well as opticalCON connectors the industry established Van Damme Tourlight cable is available terminated with 2-channel and 4-channel HMA connectors.

HMA assemblies, benefiting from Stratos expanded beam technology, are available on the Van Damme Tourlight 50/125 OM3 multimode in two or four port form. They utilise a hermaphroditic interconnection meaning they connect freely with each other and alignment is no longer such a crucial factor. Designed for use in the field including military appli

UK - Registration for the fifth European RDM and sACN Developers Conference and Plugfest is now open.

The event will run Wednesday 22nd, Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th April 2015, in the UK, at Gatwick Manor, London Road at Lowfield Heath, just south of Gatwick Airport.

The Developers Conference provides a European forum for manufacturers, designers, consultants and prospective users to discuss and learn about the various control protocol standards emanating from the PLASA Technical Standards program, and aims to ensure that the adoption of these new standards achieves desired levels

France - On the banks of the River Seine, between the bridges Pont de la Concorde and Passerelle de Solférino, and close to Musée d'Orsay, lies a part of Paris that is always buzzing with pedestrians, day and night, and known as Berges de Seine. In this urban centre, Mairie de Paris (Paris City Hall) organised a special Christmas lighting installation, which ran from mid-December until the end of January.

Lighting designers from LightLab were looking for a solution evoking a permanent vertical flow, to create a special 'city life' impression. They introduced rental compa

UK - XL Video supplied LED screens, projection screens, media servers and screen management for the National Television Awards 2015.

The live ITV1 television broadcast show, produced by Indigo Television and hosted by Dermot O'Leary, took place at London's O2 Arena. It included a tribute to Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride, and a special recognition award for Doctor Who and Broadchurch actor, David Tennant.

This is the 11th consecutive year XL Video, and project manager, Paul Wood, has supplied the video production for the awards.

This year's design, crea

Russia - Every year, farmers, milk lovers and music fans flock to Ufa - the dairy capital of Russia - to celebrate the Milk Music Festival. Festivalgoers can learn about the dairy industry, interact with farm animals, take a spin on amusement park rides, and - of course - enjoy locally sourced dairy products. One of the biggest draws to the festival is an open air stage featuring folk singing, dancing and musical groups. This year, the lighting for the performances was controlled by an ETC Cobalt 20 desk.

The Cobalt console was supplied by Kilowatt Rentals and Staging, who thought the

UK - Doodson Entertainment Insurance is now offering up to a 30% discount on Public Liability insurance to NRC qualified riggers. Doodson Entertainment's existing freelancer offering (which benefits from international geographical & jurisdictional cover) now recognises this important qualification. Level 2 achievers will benefit from a 20% discount and Level 3 achievers will benefit from a huge 30% on Doodson Entertainment's usual premiums.

Doodsons has traditionally supported freelance riggers and rigging companies as part of its commitment to the entertainment industry. The company

UK - School Stage, the performing arts installation company offering exclusive provision to schools, colleges and universities - recently completed a project using Chauvet Professional fixtures to add colour and 'wow' factor to a multi-functional assembly hall in the newly built Lees Brook Community School in Chaddesden, Derby.

The new school building was commissioned by the Education Funding Agency (EFA) because, in direct contrast to the high standard of teaching, the school buildings were in poor shape - described by officials as being in the worst condition in the city.


France - Created and directed by Roman Polanski, the theatre production of Bal de Vampires has an impressive 16-year track record, reaching over one million viewers in 12 countries. Currently playing in Paris at the Mogador Theatre, sound design for the rock-based musical production is in the deft and award winning hands of Tom Strebel and the team from Basel-based audiopool.

For Strebel, the greatest focus had to be on the intelligibility of the speech, as in his words, the production is "a very dynamic show, with a big rather than a very loud sound and as such, we needed

Australia - UK based folk singer / songwriter Passenger's recent Album tour campaign, Whispers, is drawing to a close with the acclaimed penultimate leg of the tour in Australia, featuring a show design by James Scott of UK based visual design collective Okulus, a new collaboration with LD / Visuals designer Louis Oliver.

In Australia, James was able to take advantage of Robe's latest BMFL Spot moving lights for the first time as part of the rig, which were supplied by MPH Australia, a leading lighting rental specialist. The rig contained 22 x BMFL Spots and 12 x Robe LEDWash 6

UK - Long a staple part of recording and broadcast applications, in recent years Multichannel Audio Digital Interface - MADI - has become an integral part of many live productions. Ensuring that live engineers have the right diagnostic tools to interrogate MADI streams is therefore becoming increasingly important, which is why Blitz GES is the first live production company to invest in the Bel Digital BM-A2-64MADI, MADI monitor.

London-based Blitz GES is one of the UK's leading technical production companies as well as being the in-house technical event partner at London's ExCel and O

UK - Reproduced Sound 2015, the 31st in the annual series organised by the Institute of Acoustics, takes place at Fire Service College, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, 10-12 November.

The theme this year is Playing with Fire: sound for art, entertainment and emergency purposes, which will concentrate on all aspects of electroacoustics for live events, including music, theatres and sports in auditoria, festivals and stadia.

Suggested topics for papers include: Live Sound - Intelligibility; Venue Safety and Crowd Management; Measurement & Evaluation; Audio System Design; Lou

USA - New York/San Francisco-based content creation/production company Bodega's Emmy award-winning creative director Haley Geffen teamed up with NBC Sports Group and NBC Sports VP creative director/director Tripp Dixon and visual effects studio Rodeo FX to create the high-energy opening for Super Bowl XLIX. The opening, featuring Carrie Underwood in a virtual Phoenix stadium, set the stage for the matchup between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks at Arizona's University of Phoenix Stadium.

Having collaborated on the Sunday Night Football open for three consecutive seas

Australia - Melbourne Airport welcomes over 30m travellers each year, with that number set to grow over the next few years. A team of visionaries at APAM (Australia Pacific Airports Melbourne) decided that these travellers, and those who come to greet them, deserved a better experience.

LumenRadio's long-term OEM partner, ENTTEC together with Mint Lighting Design, was brought on-board to provide custom lighting solution to realize the vision and design proposed for Melbourne Airport.

Mint Lighting Design and ENTTEC transformed the forecourt and main terminal façade with a dynamic l

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