The Netherlands - As a way to better serve the Dutch market, ETC is changing their sales structure in the Netherlands from a distributor based model to a dealer based model. That means that beginning on 1 March 2014, a sales structure will be set up where ETC will handle promotions and sell through a dealer network.

Lightco Nederland B.V. has been ETC's distributor for many years and has done great work promoting ETC. However, ETC's continued growth and product family expansions make it a challenge for distributors to promote the complete ETC product portfolio. "It's a very big job to promote all ETC products across different segments of the market. This responsibility is a lot to ask of our distributors, but is a necessary job to do," says Tim Stokholm, ETC's regional sales manager for Northern Europe.

Lightco will continue its relationship with ETC as a dealer. Lig

World Music - De La Soul will be the headline act at this year's Womad, the festival's organisers have announced. Other highlights at the world music festival will include Tinariwen and folk music band Bellowhead. Festival director, Chris Smith said: "I'm really excited about De La Soul, hip hop is a big thing for Womad." Last year the event sold out for the first time since it relocated from Reading in 2007 to Charlton Park near Malmesbury, Wiltshire.

Hearing Health - People should listen to music for no more than one hour a day to protect their hearing, the World Health Organization suggests. It says 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of permanently damaging their hearing by listening to "too much, too loudly". It said audio players, concerts and bars were posing a "serious threat". WHO figures show 43m people aged 12-35 hav

The Netherlands - The Theater de Flint, in Amersfoort is a renowned performing arts theatre, hosting a variety of musicals, dance, cabaret and classical ensembles throughout the year. As a venue with more than sufficient space to host conferences, exhibitions, trade shows and other public events, the theatre recently shut its doors for a complete overhaul of the foyers, restaurants and other public areas in order to bring more flexibility to the space.

As a result of the renovation which also included an upgrading of new intelligent light armatures, the theatre's technicians, Flint Sjoerd Wierda and Ad Slotboom, realised that the theatre needed to extend and change its technical infrastructure in order to deal with the demands of the new system. Working together with Rolight, the exclusive ELC Lighting distributor for The Netherlands, they designed an ELC network into the re-fit

UK - Technical production rental specialist Entec provided sound and lighting equipment and crew for the recent UK tour by singer songwriter John Grant featuring a collaboration with the Royal Northern Sinfonia - orchestrated by Fiona Brice - and delivering material from his two albums, 2013's Pale Green Ghosts and 2010's Queen of Denmark.

Entec's system engineer James 'Kedge' Kerridge worked alongside John Grant's own engineers Gabriel Nicotra (FOH) and Matt Pengelly (Monitors) and Matt Grounds who mixed the 29 piece orchestra. Also onstage was a regular electronic band comprising drums, guitar, bass and keyboards / synthesisers.

Gabriel has a long-standing working relationship with Entec and so returned to the west London based company again for more excellent service.

He specified a d&b V-Series system with flown V-SUBS and Q-Series as fills. The standard sy

Australia - TDC - Technical Direction Company enabled graffiti artists to express their artworks using technology in a true world first as part of this year's White Night Melbourne, one of Australia's most celebrated cultural events, which took place on Saturday, 21 February 2015.

TDC provided the technology and expertise behind a world first graffiti-mapping artwork projected onto the largest mural in Melbourne - spanning five stories high and 70m long. This groundbreaking piece of street art was one of the highlights of White Night Melbourne 2015, a 12-hour nocturnal extravaganza running from 7pm to 7am, inspired by Paris' Nuit Blanche and the international network of White Night programmes around the world.

"With a stunning and expanded event landscape, White Night Melbourne 2015 offered a great mix of free and ticketed entertainment over 12 hours, featuring local, nat

UK - PLASA's Technical Resources Office would like to remind LSiOnline readers that the European RDM and sACN Developers Conference and Plugfest for 2015 will take place from 22-24 April, 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; and aims to ensure that the adoption of these new standards achieves desired levels of interoperability and reliability.

Conference sessions will cover the understanding, implementation and use of the published E1.20 and E1.37 RDM standards. Other projects in the current PLASA Technical Standards Program such as 'E1.33: RDMnet' and the various E1.37-X extensions will also feature.

The 'Plugfest' is a hands-on opportunity for product developers to try out their hardware and code implemen

Italy - Piccolo Teatro in Milan was Italy's first permanent theatre and was declared a theatre of major European importance by Ministerial Decree in 1991. It was founded in the immediate post-war period by Paolo Grassi, Giorgio Strehler, Mario Apollonio, Virgilio Tosi and Nina Vinchi.

The Piccolo consists of three venues: the Sala Grassi, the 19th-century Teatro Fossati, which reopened in 1986 under the name Teatro Studio Melato, and the Teatro Strehler.

The Teatro Studio Melato started life as an experimental theatre, a training ground for the young students from the Piccolo Theatre School, and home to the international master classes which are held there annually. Its circular design is greatly appreciated by directors from all over the world for the special relationship it allows actors to establish with their audience. The theatre was recently equipped with Clay Paky Alpha

UK - Green Hippo has always placed a great importance on creating good relationships with its clients and supports them with their needs when designing, programming or operating shows.

To catch up with a long-standing client and friend, Green Hippo's Mercedes Stevao-Boase and Stefanie Mueller made their way to Elstree Studios at the end of January 2015.

The latest Celebrity Big Brother season had reached its halfway point and the pair went to meet up with loyal HippoExpert Russ Grubiak.

Russ is a Lighting and video programmer specialising in TV and he has been involved in a long list of TV shows over the years.

With the recent release of the brand new Hippotizer V4 product range, Russ was one of the first UK programmers in the industry to get his hands on two pristine Hippotizer V4 Karst units.

Currently his equipment includes three Hippotizer V3 GrassHoppers and

Spain - XL Video supplied a substantial projection system and control together with HD cameras / PPU, HD LED screen, several hundred monitors, networking and fibre infrastructure plus audio systems for two high profile Microsoft events staged back-to-back at the Fira de Barcelona Gran Via convention centre in Barcelona, Spain.

TechEd is Microsoft's premier event for IT professionals and enterprise developers, and this was followed immediately by Convergence, the Microsoft community's chance to network with other users, share and expand their experience and realise their potential.

XL's team was led by project manager Nick Askew assisted by Chris Ellis and Dick Crabbe and they were working for live event consultancy Nteractive headed up by technical director Matt Brownfield, technical consultant Andrew Vass and acclaimed sound designer Colin Pink.

The Nteractive team paid clo

UK - Ayrton is the latest manufacturer to join the family at Ambersphere Solutions who have exclusive distribution and customer service for the Ayrton range of products in the UK. Amongst the new 'R' (Radical) range is the Magicblade-R, a moving-head luminaire comprising 7 x 15W LED sources, flicker free management that make it ideal for TV and video applications together with continuous pan and tilt rotation. However, the basic technical specification does little to demonstrate the dynamic and exciting effect capabilities of this innovative piece of kit.

Darren Parker, MD of DPL Lighting has just taken delivery of a substantial number of Magicblade-R fixtures. Why Magicblades in particular? "Like all investments in new stock, there was an element of strategy to stay ahead of the competition, but I was pointed towards the Magicblades by one of our designers, Adam Power, who

India - Tannoy and Lab.gruppen's quality sound was recently sought after for one of the country's most luxurious hotels - the five-star JW Marriot in Pune, India.

In the world of luxury hotels, sound systems might not always come on top of the agenda when it comes to capturing opulence. However, the JW Marriot is one such residence which has managed to gather the required demeanour to gain its five-star status, and now, thanks to Tannoy and Lab.gruppen's sound technology, it has the kind of technology fit for such surroundings - inside and outside the building.

The project to bring this signature sound began when Pancheel Reality, a real estate development company based in Pune, were tasked with helping the JW Marriott 'redefine hospitality' in the city. Pancheel immediately looked to AV, specialists in systems integration, who knew exactly what solution was required for a job

Italy - The Nordeon-Group, a leading European lighting company has further strengthened its comprehensive proposition to the market through the strategic acquisition of Italian-based Griven. Griven specializes in architectural lighting solutions and is very complimentary to the Hess product portfolio and offerings to architects and lighting designers across the globe. As part of the Nordeon-Group, Griven will continue to operate independently under its own brand through its existing organization and management team in Castel Goffredo, Italy.

Patrick van Rossum, Partner of Varova, the owner of the Nordeon-Group, sees a win-win situation in the acquisition for both companies: "With its broad product and lighting solution portfolio, its extensive technological know-how and deep understanding of architectural markets, Griven will substantially strengthen the market position of

Czech Republic - Robe Lighting has announced 2014 as the best year in the company's history, together with comprehensive expansion plans for its HQ and production operation in the Czech Republic, which is ramping up again in response to demand for Robe's products worldwide.

This is part related to the company's planned medium-term expansion strategy and also in response to the success of the new BMFL range of moving lights - the first of which was launched in September 2014, plus the continued demand for other popular moving light fixtures like the Pointe and the LEDWash series.

Robe has recently completed the acquisition of nearly 8000sq.m of land including four large buildings immediately next door to its current main factory premises in Valasské Mezirici. Robe, which first moved to this facility in 2002, has gradually been buying up other commercial premises along th

UK - Sonalyst became the latest UK technical production and rental specialist to invest in Robe's new BMFL Spots which were specified by lighting designer Richard G Jones for the latest Strictly Live arena tour produced by Phil McIntyre Entertainment.

The popular tour takes all the glitz, glamour, excitement, celebrities and sizzling hot moves from the BBC's hit series on the road.

It is always a challenge to light. Each of the dancing couples needs a series of different and dramatic looks for their dances, while the whole space also has to have that air of dancehall intimacy. Flexibility is key when it comes to choosing fixtures.

This year there were also more full production numbers in the show. Richard worked closely with production manager Andy Gibbs who originated the set design which included the multiple dancefloors, Austrian drapes, chandeliers and 14 prominently pla

USA - One of the Midwest's most popular brewpubs, HopCat, opened its sixth establishment in December, this one in the mid-town section of Detroit. Fantasee Lighting of Belleville, Michigan, was called on to add a sense of ambiance and flair to the new location and chose a dynamic LED lighting package from Elation Professional for the job.

HopCat, which opened its first venue in 2008, serves some of America's best craft beers and regular live music. At HopCat Detroit, which opened on 13 December in an historic 100-year-old building, a second floor music and entertainment space, the Huma Room, features a variety of music from DJ's to classical concerts, as well as other events.

In order to accommodate the wide variety of acts that may perform there in any given week, venue owners wanted a lighting system to be as versatile as possible. Fantasee advanced the all-purpose benefits

USA - Designers who "dream of transforming the world" are invited to join a community of visionaries at the 2015 Vectorworks Design Summit on 27-29 April at the Sofitel Hotel in Philadelphia, PA. The event features breakout sessions by leaders in the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries, as well as opportunities to network with Vectorworks software engineers, power users, third-party partners and other professionals during educational sessions, meals and evening events. Registration is now open at

"Every day, designers choose Vectorworks because it's a tool that allows great design to materialize from inspiration, exploration and discovery," says Nemetschek Vectorworks' chief marketing officer Stewart Rom. "The Design Summit will provide a gathering point for our community of users to generate new energy

The Netherlands - Sarah Joyce, Electrosonic's vice-president, EMEA and member of the InfoComm Board of Directors, hosted the first Women of InfoComm Network Breakfast (WIN) at this year's ISE 2015. Over 50 women and men attended the event to discuss gender diversity within the AV industry.

Sarah shared her leadership journey in technology, which spans almost 20 years, and acknowledged women are still very much underrepresented in the audio-visual industry in a wide range of roles. She commented, "We have the opportunity and requirement to do something to change that. I see the importance of groups such as this to share experiences, hear from others and for us all to guide, mentor and motivate each other.

"The culture we have created at Electrosonic is open, creative, inquisitive, and supportive." said Sarah. She encouraged organisations and individuals to invest

UK - Since its arrival on the market, the Clay Paky Mythos has continued to make its presence felt across all sectors of the industry. Richard Martin Lighting is the latest rental house to invest in the Mythos, adding a substantial number of units to a warehouse that already boasts a comprehensive range of Clay Paky fixtures.

"We first saw the Mythos at PLASA last year: they were indisputably the stand out light at the show," comments Gemma Oldfield, RML's marketing coordinator. "Clay Paky always take the time to think of something new and make sure that they get it right - which is really refreshing when there is so much fierce competition between manufacturers and so many products coming onto market each year."

The purchase was made through Clay Paky's exclusive distributors and customer support in the UK, Ambersphere Solutions. "Ambersphere's friend

Poland - Registration is open for the AES 138th International Convention, being held in Warsaw, Poland, 7-10 May 2015, at the Sofitel Victoria Hotel. Hosted by AES 138th Convention co-chairs Bozena Kostek and Umberto Zanghieri, the convention is set to be the largest European gathering of audio industry professionals of the year.

Warsaw is home to a number of recording facilities, movie studios, broadcast and media production houses and more, while boasting a thriving music scene, from classical and jazz, to electronic music and more. This first-ever AES Convention in Poland will host a wide range of tutorials, workshops, engineering briefs and paper sessions covering a wide range of topics relevant to the professional audio industry.

"The AES is once again excited to take our Convention to yet another new location with AES138," stated AES executive director Bob Mose

France - A chic bar restaurant - named Bar Le Treize - has opened in the French eastern city of Colmar, better known for its fine Alsatian wines (and being the birthplace of Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, the sculptor who designed the Statue of Liberty). And the local community has welcomed the new cocktail lounge with open arms.

When local company Enjoy Events were brought in by the main electrical contractor to carry out the technical integration, their director, Alexandre Bunzli specified RCF's Media Series as meeting all the requirements for sound, at the same time providing an elegant design.

A total of eight Media M1001, powered by a pair of RCF HPS1500 Class H 2-channel professional amplifiers have been distributed evenly over the two floors (the ground floor club atmosphere making way for more reserved upstairs dining). These two-way 10in Media speakers prov

Germany - The scenery surrounding the Dahn Rockland is spectacular. Situated right in the centre of the Palatinate Forest Biosphere Reserve and surrounded by spectacular giant rock formations and legendary castles, the Felsenland Hotel with its wellness area stretching over 3.000 m² is a haven of tranquillity for those who are searching for peace and relaxation in a particularly attractive environment.

The sound system of the extensive wellness department and guest areas of the hotel has recently been realised with components from the Belgian manufacturer Apart Audio.

For this project, first a 100 volts sound system was installed enabling diffusion of specific recordings through the loudspeakers in the wellness department such as the sauna, the swimming pool and the fitness centre. Furthermore, also the classical guest areas such as the breakfast room, the restaurant, the bar

World - Robbie Williams has recently completed his Swings Both Ways tour, which saw lighting designer Mark Cunniffe create a fun and extravagant Vegas-style show, employing an array of Clay Paky Sharpy Wash 330s to deliver vibrant and varied colour.

To complement the swing theme of the tour, Ric Lipson's set design was super theatrical with a huge 50ft high and 90ft wide working Austrian and four separate acts - jungle, nightclub, hotel and ship. LD Mark Cunniffe therefore needed a wash light versatile enough to create a multitude of different looks and so specified 88 Sharpy Wash 330s from Neg Earth.

"The set also had a large video wall, 80ft by 40ft, so I needed something really punchy that would cut through and give me the depth I needed, which the Sharpy Wash 330s were perfect for," explains Cunniffe.

The Sharpy Wash 330s were rigged in pairs in chandelier arra

UK - In 2015, after topping the UK charts once again with her hit single Bang Bang, pop vocalist Jessie J toured the country performing music from her latest album, Sweet Talker. Entertainment production supplier White Light provided lighting, rigging and production support for the seven-date concert tour, working closely with lighting designer Vince Foster and production manager John Pryer.

From the start of the design process, Foster worked with Lester Cobrin, White Light's head of concert touring, on specifying the package and working out particulars. "I've known Lester for years, so working with him at White Light was easy and efficient - and the equipment and service from the entire White Light team was great."

Foster, whose touring history includes Janet Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Duran Duran, Alt-J, and Kylie Minogue, worked with Jessie J previously

France - Over the past 31 years, with acts that range from obscure to household names like Coldplay and Indochine, Le Bikini has earned its reputation as one of France's best live music venues. Driven by its goal to help the more than 150 bands that perform at the club each year deliver the best concert possible, Le Bikini recently upgraded its lighting with the acquisition of new Martin Professional MAC Quantum Profile LED fixtures.

Le Bikini is widely regarded as a true beacon on the landscape of French culture. The venue is located in Ramonville, near Toulouse, and takes its name from a painting by the artist Clovis Trouille called Les filles en bikini (Girls in bikinis). It initially focused on club nights when it opened in 1983, but the management's commitment to stay ahead of new musical trends began to cement its reputation as both a club and concert hall. N

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