UK - In a busy year where some seriously talented and influential artists are hitting the road, Adlib is audio supplier for The Script's new No Sound Without Silence world tour which has kicked off in the UK and Europe in great style.

It's the fourth album campaign on which the Liverpool based company has worked with the popular Irish rock band, alongside production manager Bob O'Brien and tour manager Quinner, supplying the audio system and crew to work with engineers Richy Nicholson (FOH) and Paul 'Mini' Moore on monitors.

Adlib's crew is led by crew chief Marc Peers who is also c

UK - There is little than can compare to the sheer joy of listening to the assembled voices of several thousand youngsters singing their hearts out. In motivational terms alone, what Young Voices does for the primary school age children of the UK is sensational; to be planted front stage centre in one of the UK arenas and perform in front of an equally large audience is a memory most of them will carry for the rest of their lives. How do we know this?

Arthur Mazzer who works for Britannia Row Productions Ltd (Britrow), the company that has provided the sound system for these events si

Germany - The International Film Festival (Berlinale) is one of the most important events for the international film industry and is at the same time the largest public cinematic festival in the world. The 65th Berlinale enthused hundreds of thousands of spectators with some 400 films in 52 venues. Dutch loudspeaker manufacturer Alcons Audio supplied its pro-ribbon sound system for the Berlinale Palast (Berlinale Palace).

Each year, since the Berlinale of 2000, the Stage Entertainment Theater am Potsdamer Platz, which is actually a musical theatre, is transformed into the main venue o

UK - London's Sadler's Wells Theatre stages a richly diverse range of national and international collaborations. In 2013 Sadler's Wells embarked on a comprehensive upgrading of its infrastructure and technology, to improve both front of house and backstage environments in its 1568-seater main auditorium. Renowned theatre consultant Roger Spence was placed in charge of the project and engaged a team comprising designer Graham Large of Chapman BDSP, integrators Stage Electrics and lighting manufacturers GDS.

GDS was invited to supply a comprehensive, low-energy, LED house-lighting syste

USA - Allen & Heath digital systems were used at numerous venues hosting the SXSW Music Festival, one of the world's largest music conferences with 100+ music venues, held recently in Austin, Texas, USA. Most notably, GLD managed the entire sound reinforcement and sound streaming duties for the British Music Embassy held at Latitude 30, and the flagship iLive system managed live streaming at the Fader Fort.

Dual GLD systems split via Dante were installed at the British Music Embassy, the hub of British Music at SXSW. The set up comprised a GLD-112 with AR84 and AR2412 racks and AB-168

USA - When Deer Park High School, in the eponymously named suburb of Houston, underwent a massive expansion during the last decade, it emerged as a true 21st-century educational centre including a 1,500-seat proscenium theatre - the Deer Park High School Performing Arts Centre - that allows the school to properly host ambitious theatrical productions and other events.

Recently, the PAC underwent a significant audio/video systems retrofit, at the heart of which is an L-Acoustics Kiva line source array system. The new audio setup was designed and installed by the Houston-based systems i

UK - Four of Robe's Cyclone - LED wash light with an inbuilt DMX-controlled fan - fixtures were in action on the most recent gigs The Kaiser Chiefs, which were the final dates of a UK arena tour that saw the band ride high on the success of their fifth studio album Education, Education, Education & War.

The stage visuality was a carefully crafted collaboration by show designer Rob Sinclair and lighting designer Ali Pike, both of whom have worked for the band since 2013. The four Cyclones were supplied to the tour by special effects specialist BPM-SFX.

The four Cyclones were p

UK - Drapes, starcloth, LED and visual effects specialist S+H Technical Services recently supplied its 12 mm medium definition Glux LED screen to 10cc's recent UK tour, as specified by video and visuals designer Ian Holmes of Essex based XIVIX.

The band, including original member Graham Gouldman, have achieved considerable commercial and creative success and acclaim in a career stretching back to the 1970s and have just completed the first leg of an ongoing tour. Ian provided the video concept and design working closely with current lighting director Tigger (Russell Matthews).


Thailand - W-DMX by Wireless Solution recently played a starring role for one of Thailand's most visual celebrations - the King's Birthday. To celebrate, Bangkok created a month-long display of decorative lighting along the banks of the Chao Phraya River and along the Rama VIII Bridge. Time Code Light Sound of Bangkok worked with Wireless Solution to achieve the lighting on one of the most prominent displays.

Thai people and tourists flocked to Bangkok to admire the beautiful light show this year, focused on seven parts along Chao Phraya River entitled The Spectacular Light Show: T

UAE - Clay Paky has recently opened a technical service centre in Dubai in order to provide all Clay Paky customers in Gulf countries with support and assistance. The office is manned by specialized professional technicians, under the guidance of Gordon Carr, who has recently obtained a certificate from Clay Paky for attending an intensive specialization course in Clay Paky product support.

The technicians can travel through the Gulf Area and provide assistance at the customer's request for Clay Paky products both under and out of warranty.

The office is coordinated by Egor Popovski

USA - Everything about the Aura Music and Arts Festival in Live Oak, Florida, is fun, free spirited and ready to engage the senses in a myriad of ways. Held at the aptly named Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, which covers 800 acres lined with fragrant Spanish moss draped trees, the weekend-long gathering is a feast for the eyes with its art exhibits and stunning natural setting, as well as for the spirit with more than 20 yoga and healing classes.

Tying this multi-dimensional festival together is a series of free-flowing musical performances by groups like Disco Biscuits, moe, Papad

UK - Entec was involved in a recent collaboration with The Gig Company as technical production partner for An Evening With Suggs and Friends, an intimate action-packed showcase staged in the Woolwich Suite at the Emirates Stadium which raised over £130,000 for Pancreatic Cancer UK.

Hosted by Suggs and Stephen Kelly the gala dinner evening included an auction which was presented by Charles Hanson plus incendiary performances from Rudimental and Madness together with a house band comprising top session musicians.

Entec took care of all aspects of the lighting, sound and s

Czech Republic - Sono Centrum in Brno, the Czech Republic's bustling second city, is the brainchild of local entrepreneur Jiri Stopl and is a vibrant live music club, a hotel and a cutting-edge restaurant all on the same site, bringing a new concept in entertainment and style to the city, the Czech Republic and indeed, central Europe.

Stopl, who also owns the Sono Music Studio in Prague, is a big music aficionado and wanted to bring a fresh new venue onto the gig circuit. He decided the easiest way to do this was to build his own ...

Once the decision was made, he wanted it to offer

USA - Danley Sound Labs has appointed three master distributors: Danley Europe, headed by Marko Lönngren in Finland, Danley Asia, headed by Nicholas Loe in Singapore, and Danley Australia, headed by Steve Anderson in New South Wales. The master distributors provide Danley with the needed infrastructure to speed delivery, service, and support to all of its international customers.

Danley will be at Musikmesse - Pro Light & Sound in Frankfurt, Germany, and (in addition to the usual trade show functions) will be seeking other international distributors who wish to partner with them. Dan

Germany - Host Thomas Gottschalk, takes celebrities back to their school days in the second season of Back to School, RTL Network's popular quiz game show, and Elation Professional's award-winning Sniper is along for the nostalgia, providing flexible special effect lighting looks.

Lighting designer Thomas Gerdon of gerdon Mediasign has mounted 24 Snipers along with LED wash lights on movable truss towers so they can be moved back and forth between the set's two stages for special musical performances. "There are two musical performances per show and because the show towers

Cyprus - LumenRadio continues the expansion of its global distribution network with the appointment of ArchiLX as exclusive distributor in Cyprus. With immediate effect, the CRMX product lines will be the only wireless offering to ArchiLX's impressive customer list.

Based in Limassol, ArchiLX serves clients across the island with dynamic lighting schemes ranging from large-scale installations and shows to interior fixtures and fittings. Their extensive portfolio of products represents a broad range of solutions across lighting, audio and show technologies.

Ben M Rogers, design direc

UK - Ant and Dec's award winning Saturday Night Takeaway has returned to TV screens for its 12th series, kicking off with a new stunt for the Ant v Dec challenge.

With a track record for pulling off some amazing stunts in the previous series, ITV Studios brought Unusual Rigging back on board to ensure the latest challenge, watched by more than six million viewers, was even more spectacular.

Unusual's Robin Elias said: "Having pulled out all the stops in series 11 with the Men on a Ledge and Lift Shaft challenges, the production guys at ITV Studios wanted us to come up wi

UK - Last week Sky News held a live debate between Prime Minister David Cameron and Ed Miliband as part of the Battle for Number 10. The show was hosted by Jeremy Paxman.

Richard Martin Lighting (RML) provided the lights to LD Richard Bowles. Outside in the main atrium there was a huge array of lights which could be seen for miles, including 24 SGM P5 and six recently upgraded Super-Novas. There were also Chroma Flood TC, City Colours and 12 Clay Paky Mythos.

Inside the main studio, the look of the show was strong, sharp and sensible, just what you would expect which such a high pro

Hong Kong - The Year of the Goat has already proved that it brings prosperity for Pacific Lighting (HK) Ltd with Robert Juliat sales. "We have received several orders for Robert Juliat products over the past weeks, most of which have been totally unexpected," says Pacific Lighting (HK) Ltd director, Hugh Chinnick.

The Tai Po Civic Centre, managed by the Leisure & Cultural Service Department of the Government, began the good fortune by purchasing 30 Robert Juliat Lutin Fresnels. "Their requirements for the new fixtures were that they should deliver a good light output, b

Uruguay - The Sodre National Auditorium (Auditorio Nacional del Sodre) in Uruguay has chosen a self-powered Meyer Sound Mina line array loudspeaker system as the first permanent reinforcement system in the 1,900-capacity venue. The upgrade has ushered in a new era for the vibrant local arts community, which now has a performance space that shares high-quality reinforcement with Mina-equipped halls such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Festhalle in Germany.

In addition to the system's adaptability to the venue's diverse programming of rock, jazz, and pop artists, Mina was chos

Germany - Impressive acrobatic performances and the play of light and shadows are the ingredients for the tour of Shadowland - a performance piece from the Connecticut-based dance company Piobolus. With their bodies, the performers create shadow silhouettes including those of elephants, faces, buildings and cars. Assisting with this shadow play are several ETC Source Four incandescent fixtures, as well as Gio and Ion lighting control systems.

In Germany, the spectacular show became famous through appearances on popular television shows such as the long-running German-language p

Theatre Matters - UK Theatre has drawn up an arts policy wish list for the incoming government. In a new advocacy document - Theatre Matters - published ahead of the general election in May, the membership body said the arts should receive the same additional investment and focus as the so-called STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering and maths. It also calls for a safeguarded funding system whereby the Treasury would increase arts subsidy if National Lottery sales were to fall.

UK Theatre president Rachel Tackley said: "These are challenging times for theatre aro

USA - Lighting designer Andrew Cass chose Ayrton MagicPanel 602 and MagicBlade-R LED fixtures for his dynamic lighting of The String Cheese Incident, which toured the US from late summer 2014 to early 2015.

The String Cheese Incident is a Colorado band with an eclectic style that encompasses elements of bluegrass, rock, electronica, calypso, country, funk, jazz and more. Cass put together a vibrant and colourful lighting design which reflected the variety and dynamism of the band's diverse style. "Colours are my signature - I'm an over-saturated guy - and the band give me free re

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