USA - Every dimension of Air Supply was on full display at a recent concert in the Boston area, supported by a Troy Stubby-designed lightshow that featured Legend 230SR Beam moving fixtures in a variety of stage positions. JDI Productions provided the Chauvet Professional fixtures for the sold-out performance, substituting them for "more famous name movers" that were in the tour's original rig design.

"Troy's original design called for these other fixtures to be used, but we've been using the Legends back to back on so many shows that we felt very comfortable with them,

Korea - A comprehensive HK Audio Elements system has been chosen to provide sound reinforcement at the recently completed 500-capacity Siksa-dong catholic church in Korea.

The three-floor church, which was built over a five-year period and completed in early 2015, required a powerful yet inconspicuous sound system, and Daikyung Prosound Seocho - an appointed dealer of HK Audio's South Korean distributor, Sama Prosound - was called upon to perform the installation.

To match the church's size and interior stylings, Daikyung Prosound Seocho settled on an Elements system composed of two

UK - As well as the major stars, Glastonbury is also known for hosting a series of other types of performance, such as dance, circus, comedy and theatre. This year renowned dance group Michael Clark Company took to the stage and performed over two days at the festival. Making their Worthy Farm debut, they called upon White Light, a company with which they have a long-standing relationship, to provide production support

Richard Godin, lighting designer for Michael Clark Company, states, "The company performed an extract from an existing piece called Come Been and Gone. Ther

UK - Holo-Gauze, the 3D display solution for hologram effects, is instrumental in realising the video projection effects for Damon Albarn's modern musical reimagining of Lewis Carroll's classic Alice in Wonderland. The show's projections are by 59 Productions, with Lysander Ashton acting as creative director.

Appearing at Manchester's Palace Theatre until 12 July as part of the Manchester International Festival, wonder.land is a co-production between National Theatre artistic director Rufus Norris, scriptwriter Moira Buffini and Albarn, who wrote the score. The musical i

USA - Prolific multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and record producer Todd Rundgren has just released his new Global album, and is one of the highly innovative artists in the current portfolio of lighting and visuals designer and touring lighting director Martin Thomas.

Martin has been touring regularly with Rundgren for around six years and is now out with a tower and floor specials lighting package comprising just 18 moving lights - 12 Robe Pointes and six Robe MMX Spots - plus LED video panels.

With lighting and visuals absolutely at the essence of the energetic and fast-pa

USA - NYC's Marriott Edition Hotel is one of the latest projects created by US entrepreneur Ian Schrager, who originally rose to fame as co-owner and co-founder of Studio 54 in the late 1970s. To take care of the audio solution, Schrager's director of development, Michael Overington, enlisted the services of Ernie Lake's specialist AV firm, EL Media Group.

"We knew exactly what was needed from the start. Working in cooperation with Schrager's designers and the head of branding, Ben Pundole, we were asked to put together a system able to handle a DJ and other general audio duties,

USA - Over 30,000 of the leading cancer researchers and specialists from around the world journeyed to Chicago's McCormick Place recently for the 51st annual ASCO conference. The official theme of this year's meeting, Illumination and Innovation: Transforming Data into Learning reflected the shared commitment of those in attendance to exchange trending research and insights that can help combat the disease. Among the learning tools used to advance this worthy goal was an impressive 36ft x 6ft LED wall made of 54 Chauvet Professional MVP Ta8 Curve panels.

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Germany - The Sennheiser Group has presented its annual results for fiscal year 2014, showing a rise of 44.3 million euros to 634.8 million euros over the previous year - an increase of around 7.5 percent. Net earnings also increased by 20.4 million euros to a total of 34.7 million euros. The company, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2015, grew in all regions worldwide - and Sennheiser significantly increased its sales in Asia and Australia in particular, the company reports.

With this further increase in sales revenue in fiscal year 2014, the Sennheiser Group is sustainin

India - Dutch trance music DJ and producer Armin van Buuren's radio show A State of Trance (ASOT) has been going strong since 2001 and its 700th episode on 6 June was celebrated in style with a huge live show in Mumbai, India, lit by Elation Professional's new Platinum SBX moving head along with the popular Platinum Beam 5R and ELAR 180 PAR fixtures.

Propelling him to superstardom with trance fans around the world, ASOT attracts 33m listeners weekly through 100 FM radio-stations in more than 80 countries. A State of Trance milestone is always an occasion to party and ASOT 700,

UK - "The Ayrton MagicBlade-Rs that we have purchased from Ambersphere Solutions are undoubtedly the lighting fixture of summer 2015," says Rob Merrilees, director of Dry Hire Lighting (DHL). DHL now hasa substantial number of MagicBlades in stock although they very rarely actually see them. "The Blades are constantly in demand," continues Merrilees. "We're grateful that their quality of build and excellent reliability factor means we can pretty much guarantee they can fly in and fly out of the warehouse in perfect working order. Even so, we are having to turn a

UK - A.C. Video, a sales division of A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) - and the exclusive UK distributor for the Hippotizer media servers range - will be hosting a Hippotizer V4 UK Open House event on Friday 14 August 2015, in conjunction with the manufacturer at their headquarters in North London.

The occasion will showcase the new V4 range alongside other leading video brands available from AC-ET, including AViary Video Tools, Prolights, Luminex, Philips Signage Solutions and Christie Digital.

The informal event consists of a choice of morning (10:00am - 2:00pm) and afterno

Azerbaijan - A spectacular two hour opening ceremony featuring US pop star Lady Gaga, inspired by Azerbaijani culture and starring more than 6,000 athletes from 50 countries in front of 68,000 enthralled spectators, launched the inaugural European Games in Baku.

The Ceremony, held in Azerbaijan's ancient city Baku, featured the history of the nation, its paintings, poetry and industries represented by images and shape shifting scenes using special effects on the stage set designed as the shores of the Caspian Sea.

The opening ceremony is the latest in a long list of major ceremonies

UK - dbn Lighting returned to Heaton Park in Manchester to supply lighting to five out of the eight stages and video to two of those - for the popular Parklife Weekender music festival with which they have been involved since its inception in 2010.

The crew - which peaked at 24 technicians, programmers and operators - was led by dbn's Pete Robinson, and they started their various get-ins across the site on the Wednesday. There were a few logistical curved balls thrown into the mix for good measure, including a Friday night concert by the Courteeners which was slotted in by promoters S

Haiti - In the aftermath of Haiti's devastating 2010 earthquake, which killed hundreds of thousands of people and destroyed the infrastructure of its major cities, new construction is renewing hope among the Haitian people, albeit slowly.

The earthquake destroyed the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption in the capital city of Port-au-Prince, one of the struggling nation's prized architectural and cultural landmarks. Although plans are underway to rebuild the cathedral, its completion is still a decade away, in the best case.

To bridge the time between now and then, the Catholic C

Belgium - Performing all over Europe and the Middle East, Exclusive Strings is an all-female string quartet that plays a mixture of classical and contemporary music. With Yamaha's new TF series consoles already shipping from dealers, a TF1 recently aided a very exclusive performance.

Developed and managed by Jan Ceulemans, Exclusive Strings all perform with Yamaha Silent Strings instruments, whose compact designs, detachable frames and high quality electronics provide the sound and feel of an acoustic instrument, with the portability and low maintenance of an electric one.

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USA - New York's Brooklyn Bowl was an appropriate site for an unforgettable concert by Electron, the heavy hitting four-piece band formed by Disco Biscuits bass player Marc Brownstein that is making major waves in the Big Apple and beyond.

Lighting designer Manny Newman drew on the brawny power of Intimidator Spot LED 250 moving fixtures from Chauvet DJ to provide a monster light show for the band's recent performance at the venue. "Looking at the band, the venue, the crowd and the tradition, it's an exciting night," said the LD. "You don't want to bring a meek lightsho

UK - ShowTex, a worldwide leader in inventing, manufacturing, selling, and installing flame retardant curtain fabrics, tracks, and motion control systems is the newest Behind the Scenes Pledge-a-Product Partner. ShowTex has pledged a percentage of the profits from sales of the GiantMirror to support the charity.

GiantMirror is an innovative product that provides an easy to use, excellent quality, and versatile alternative to glass mirrors. The oversized lightweight mirrors with virtually invisible joints offer near perfect clarity and reflection. Use transparent GiantMirror to create

USA Despite frontman Dave Grohl's broken leg, - Foo Fighters are now on the 43-date North American leg of their Sonic Highways tour, which "kicked off" - with the singer/guitarist seated on a massive motorized throne - 4 July at Washington, D.C.'s RFK Stadium. Accompanying the band on this latest stretch running through November is an L-Acoustics K1/K2 PA system fielded by Delicate Productions, which has been Foo Fighters' SR vendor for the past five years.

"We have partnered with Winston-Salem, North Carolina-based Special Event Services (SES) for the K1 enclosures,&qu

South Africa - Elation Professional has announced that The Production Warehouse of Johannesburg is a new sales partner for the company in South Africa, now stocking a full complement of Elation products.

Started by brothers Jacques and Marnus Nieuwoudt in 2014, The Production Warehouse specializes in supply and installation of lighting and video equipment affordable and reliable enough to meet international touring standards while stressing a high level of service commitment.

The Production Warehouse's inventory now includes a full range of Elation products including the Platinum SB

UK - Track systems specialist Triple E has loaned a quantity of ERAIL track and components to Taking Part at London's Young Vic Maria studio theatre for a production called The Remarkable Case of K.

The Young Vic stages a production with Special Educational Needs young people every year. This year, the team is working with 32 local children with autism from age 4 to age 10. The Remarkable Case of K is inspired by the Young Vic's current main house production of The Trial - a 'timeless tale of ordinary terror' by Franz Kafka and adapted by Nick Gill, with Rory Kinn

Italy - An Allen & Heath iLive digital system recently managed FOH and monitor sound for the Campana & Sonus Percussioni Ketoniche, an Italian musical project utilising synthesizers with traditional and unusual percussion instruments.

Comprising an iLive-T112 surface with iDR-48 MixRack at both FOH and monitor position networked via MADI, the system managed a range of percussion instruments including 20 church bells, 20 cowbells from Sardinia and Lucanian, an Italian sound sculpture, iron and steel drums, disc brakes, shock absorbers, trusses, pans, bells mounted on bicycle wheels, 12

Canada - The FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015, presented by Fox Sports, drew to a close with a total of 26.7m viewers tuning into the month-long tournament, including Telemundo viewers. Kicking off studio coverage in Vancouver, the network selected DPA Microphones' d:fine Headset Microphones to provide the ultimate in sound for broadcasts from the field and remote studios. The tournament began on June 6, with the final match taking place on July 5 at Vancouver's BC Place Stadium where the United States defeated Japan to win the coveted trophy.

A quadrennial international women's foo

USA - Located 28 miles east of Salt Lake City near Park City, Utah the Olympic Park is a winter sports park built for the 2002 Winter Olympics. The Olympic Park originally hosted the bobsleigh, skeleton, luge, ski jumping and Nordic Combined events for the 2002 games, with more than 2,500 Olympians representing 77 countries attending the games in Utah.

Now under the careful stewardship of the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation created to carry on the positive impact of the 2002 Winter Games for Utah and visitors from all over the world, the Olympic Park still serves as a training centre f

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