UK - Lighting designer Rob Sinclair and programmer Louisa Smurthwaite used a Jands Vista L5 lighting console to deliver a memorable performance for Florence + The Machine's Friday night headlining slot on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival.

When Florence + The Machine were promoted to top of the bill just one week before the show, after an injury to Dave Grohl forced the Foo Fighters to pull out, Rob and Louisa were faced with the challenge of completely re-designing the show to incorporate the production values of a headliner slot - with only two extra days of production rehearsals available.

Willo Perron's innovative overall show concept and set design for the band's current How Big 2015 international tour, along with Rob's elegant lighting design, formed the basis for the Glastonbury performance's production values. The band's brief was to come up with a timel

The Netherlands - Stagelight is a leading Dutch technical production and rental company headed by the charismatic Jacco van der Heijden, and one of a growing number of Dutch companies investing in Robe's BMFL moving lights.

Walking into Stagelight's substantial HQ in Den Bosch is like entering the portals of some funky nightclub or restaurant destination, surrounded by gleaming metal reclaimed brick and restored wood surfaces, full of interesting proto-industrial shapes and objects, and optimised to allow natural light to flood into its rooms and workshops.

Jacco - who founded the company in 1987 - believes that a 'visual experience' should permeate all areas of working and living environments and so considerable thought went into designing a cool inspirational space where his team spend their office or warehouse time.

Stagelight first started buying Robe products in 2011 wi

Switzerland - At the upcoming Montreux Jazz Festival (MJF), Leopard linear sound reinforcement systems will be heading a line-up of almost 400 Meyer Sound loudspeakers providing audio throughout MJF venues. 2015 will mark Meyer Sound's 29th year as an official sponsor of the festival. This year's headliners will include Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett, and other festival veterans like Santana and Herbie Hancock.

Meyer Sound's history with the MJF extends back to the 1970s, when festival founder Claude Nobs and Meyer Sound co-founders John and Helen Meyer met and began a friendship that lasted until Nobs's passing in 2013. Nobs believed in the Meyer Sound philosophy to serve music without distortion, and in 1986, invited Meyer Sound to transform the festival's listening experience as the system provider.

"When we hear all the incredible musicians playing through our systems, and s

UK - In April Durham Cathedral hosted Darkness to Light, an event of words and music, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Bergen Belsen. The link to Durham? In 1945, the Durham Light Infantry formed part of the forces that liberated the camp.

Presented by InterOpera, the concert included readings by Dame Esther Rantzen, actor Kevin Whately, poetry recitals from Emma Hignett and first-hand accounts from some of those veterans who were present on the day of liberation. Musically, there was a broad range of performances: from the local, award winning, Reg Vardy Brass Band and a 120-strong choir to operatic excerpts sung by soprano Penelope Randall-Davis and tenor James Edwards. A specially commissioned piece by local composer Will Todd, with lyrics added by Ben Dunwell completed the evening.

The task of lighting this event, effectively, sensitively and

China - After months of negotiation, Prolight+Sound Guangzhou has nailed down its 2016 show dates. Being held from 29 February to 3 March next year, the show will be bigger and occupy the entirety of Area A in the China Import & Export Fair Complex, Guangzhou.

The show's organisers explained how decisions were made in close cooperation with the industry. "We talked to many exhibitors and visitors from the last show and received different opinions about the show dates, and we are highly committed to providing the best solution for everyone. Combining the comments and possibilities, we are happy to announce the new 2016 show dates and it will be held during the peak sourcing season of the industry," said Ms Fiona Chiew, deputy general manager for Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd.

The key focuses of the 2016 show are internationality and comprehensive product variety.

UK - The renowned PLASA Professional Development Programme will once again bring global experts together to share their insight and experience at the 2015 PLASA Show, which takes place at London's ExCel from 4-6 October. The first tranche of seminar sessions has just been announced, featuring a wide range of fascinating and thought-provoking subjects.

One of the PLASA Show's new initiatives for 2015 is a sector-specific zoned layout, which will make navigation around the show easier than in previous years. The show's seminars feature a similarly zoned theme, with sector-specific stages hosting over 150 speakers throughout the three days, highlighting case studies and advice on Lighting, AV, Audio, Broadcast and Staging.

The first 16 sessions have subjects ranging from high profile productions and technical best practice

USA - Zac Brown Band launched their Jekyll + Hyde North American stadium tour presented by BAI earlier this summer and will play nine stadium shows among many additional arenas and amphitheatres nationwide this summer. Production designers Louis Oliver and James Scott from Creative Outfit, Okulus worked with Special Event Services (SES) to provide Clay Paky Mythos, B-EYE K20 and Sharpy fixtures for the tour.

Zac Brown Band kicked off the tour, in support their album Jekyll + Hyde at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on 1 May. The band's Grammy Award wins include Best New Artist in 2010 and Best Country Album, for Uncaged in 2013.

With offices in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Nashville, Tennessee, SES is marking its 28th year offering full production services, audio, video and lighting equipment. It has been providing lighting for Zac Brown Band for more than

Canada - The full programme of tutorials, workshops, demonstrations and paper presentations has been announced for the AES 59th International Conference, with an emphasis on Sound Reinforcement Engineering and Technology, taking place 15-17 July 2015, at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

A recent addition to an already exciting programme, Low-Frequency Control Workshop, will be held on 16 July in the Schulich School of Music's Music Multimedia Room (MMR), and co-hosted by Flex Acoustics. Using Flex Acoustics Inflatable Membrane Low-Frequency Absorbers, Niels Werner Adelman-Larsen of Flex Acoustics will demonstrate the effectiveness of passive acoustic absorption at low frequencies using a number of seven-meter-long inflatable tubes, some installed along the walls, but some "...installed where wall and ceiling meet since we get an enormous LF pressure build up th

USA - Clay Paky Mythos fixtures played a dual role at Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum recently when they formed part of the new lighting truss in the lobby and enhanced the Induction Eve VIP party prior to the ceremony honouring new members. A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky fixtures in North America.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's mission is to engage, teach and inspire through the power of rock and roll. It gives voice to the stories of the people, artefacts and events that shaped rock and roll and made its impact felt around the world. The 30th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was held in Cleveland's Public Hall; the Induction Eve VIP party at the Rock Hall was scheduled the night before the ceremony, which honoured Ringo Starr, Bill Withers, Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan and other iconic artists.<

Chile - W-DMX by Wireless Solution Sweden AB recently set sail with W-DMX distributor Iluminacion Profesional Valook SA. based in Santiago, Chile. The Valdivia boat parade takes place annually in the south of Chile to celebrate the birth of Valdivia City. Over 150,000 visitors come to see the fireworks and spectacular boat parade over the Calle Calle River.

For the backdrop lighting of this stunning event, lighting designer Toni Amoros used 10 W-DMX WhiteBox F-1 G4 Transceivers to send signal to 45 Searchlight Xenon 4Kw placed on one side of the river with the console placed 350m away on the other side. On the fixture side of the river, the signal was then distributed over 1 km to all of the searchlights. Valook supervised and supplied all W-DMX equipment.

Francisco Yanez Valdivia, trainer & product manager for Valook explains, "This project would have been impossible wit

USA - Chicago-based Performance Lighting is another leading US company to recently invest in Robe - with the purchase of 30 x BMFL Spots and 12 x Pointes.

The busy design and rental facility supplies lighting to all sectors - from corporate and industrial to music festivals, concert tours, TV and theatre productions - and this year Performance celebrates its landmark 30th anniversary.

Performance Lighting's president Russ Armentrout emphasizes the fact that this is the first - but certainly won't be the last - Robe purchase.

CEO and company founder Douglas Peterson decided to invest big in BMFL after doing a light-metered shootout at his shop against well known 'competitor' products.

"In my opinion, the BMFL overwhelmed the others, and its feature set was so rich that I knew it could replace any light on any rider request, as well as be an awesome tool for my own LDs.

USA - More than 90,000 music lovers turned out for another weekend of music in The Woodlands at The Firefly Music Festival. Bandit Lites provided the festival lighting for the stages which featured performances by The Killers, Foster the People, Snoop Dogg, Paul McCartney, Morrissey, and Zedd.

"A part of The Killers' look is the use of truss spots on either side of the stage, instead of having fixtures downstage," said project manager Matt King. "For the rest of the bands, we needed to provide some downstage wash light. Dizzy Gosnell loaded a downstage truss with VL 3500 Washes to handle this task. Another addition that Diz made was to add fixtures above and below the video screens in the wings. This helped make the stage bigger and integrate the audience into the show."

Equipment for the main stage included VL 2500 Spots, Bandit 5x5s, Clay Paky Sharpys, GR

South Africa - The move to IP is arguably the biggest shift in recent film and broadcast history, making it a key focus at Mediatech Africa, set for 15-17 July at the TicketPro Dome at Northgate, Johannesburg.

While a new global survey has revealed that the transition to IP broadcast infrastructure will take up to 10 years to complete for the majority of broadcasters, local film and media producers and distributors are already considering what the move to media over IP will mean for their infrastructures.

Steve Alves, managing director at Concilium Technologies, says: "All the major innovations in this space right now are IP-based. But for many stakeholders, there is a major investment in analogue infrastructure to consider too. At Mediatech Africa 2015, we will showcase solutions to enable a hybrid environment that allow you to start moving to IP, and control and manage

UK - Lighting designer, Tim Routledge, has employed a quantity of Ayrton MagicBlade-R and MagicPanel-R LED fixtures on Take That's Live 2015 tour.

One hundred and twenty-eight Ayrton MagicBlade-R LED fixtures and 54 MagicPanel-R units play a vital role in Routledge's design where they form an inherent part of the rig, delineating the outlines of production designer Misty Buckley's creative set design and providing a spectacular and versatile backdrop to the band centre stage.

Creative director, Kim Gavin, devised a show that exhibits a high degree of theatricality with artists performing across a large multi-level main stage that loops right out into the arena. Routledge's brief was to produce a very theatrical look in keeping with the design but overlaid with a huge "pop punch". "The MagicBlades certainly gave me this," he says.

Routledge outlined the ou

Australia - Approximately 75km north of Sydney, in the city district of Gosford, is the rather un-prepossessing building that houses the vibrant Laycock Street Community Theatre. The theatre is the only professional proscenium arch venue in the locality, with its tiered seating comfortably accommodating audiences up to 390. The Gosford Musical Society sits at the heart of many of the theatre's productions.

Chris King is arts and culture coordinator for Gosford City Council. "Laycock Street Community Theatre is very much the hub of the area's performance culture. As such, it hosts a very wide variety of performance genres from musicals, rock concerts, pure drama performances, comedy acts, corporate events, film presentations and various community groups, like dance schools. The goal of any new loudspeaker system was to ensure all styles of performance were suitably covered,

Hungary - Rental company Silent Session has supplied a complete Roland solution for broadcast, monitoring and recording of the hit show, The Voice and now more recently for 'Rising Star to Hungarian commercial television channel TV2.

The REAC (Roland Ethernet Audio Communication) based system which includes the Roland M-480 digital mixing console, Roland M-48 personal monitoring systems, Roland R-1000, R-44 and R-88 recorders and Roland Digital Snakes was initially specified to handle the PA and the stage monitoring for the recording stage on The Voice. For the television series Rising Star, the Roland system is also used to produce the broadcast sound for all of the music during the shows.

TV2 broadcasts around five music shows each year and the entire Roland system is used for FOH, stage monitoring and broadcast mix for all of them. As the second-

Europe - Moloko front-woman Roisin Murphy is performing tracks from her third solo album, Hairless Toys across the festivals this summer, where an Audient ASP880 mic pre is featured - on stage. Album co-writer and producer Eddie Stevens - whose credits include Freak Power, Zero7 and Moloko - has continued to work with to Roisin since her Moloko days to create this eight-track album, and is pretty pleased with how the Audient eight channel mic pre is managing to capture the music live.

"It isn't being used by either FOH engineer or monitor engineer," begins Stevens, mysteriously. "It's being used on stage - and, in fact, on full display to those with particularly fine eyesight in the audience. It helps, in this regard, to have all those lovely multi-coloured lights!"

He explains further, "Our set-up takes a split from Roisin's vocal mic, a split

USA - When lighting designer Mike Marcario got the call to work on up-and-coming country star Eric Paslay's Make Every Night A Friday Night Tour he was told his rig and programming needed to meet two requirements: it had to be versatile enough to work in a variety of venues, and it had to have the punch to stand out in daylight for some of the tour's outdoor stops. Bearing this dual dictum in mind and appreciative of the redheaded bearded Texan's passionate musical style, Marcario knew that he needed to have a rig that was fast, powerful and capable of quick dimming and colour changes. Epix Strip 2.0 units from Chauvet Professional fit his plan perfectly.

"The Chauvet ÉPIX Strips, paired with software from ArKaos, were especially helpful to me because of their many features and the flexibility they gave me. If I needed a solid, saturated colour or a bunch of m

The Glastonbury Effect - Lionel Richie says he has Glastonbury to thank for bagging his first number one album in the charts in more than two decades. The veteran saw The Definitive Collection By Lionel Richie & The Commodores hit the top spot. The album only reached number 10 when it was released back in 2003, but jumped up 103 places following his widely praised performance at Worthy Farm. It is the 66-year-old's first UK number one album since Back To Front 23 years ago. "I was overwhelmed performing at Glastonbury in front of all those people and for the fans to make the album number one is unbelievable," he said.

Live and Licking - The Grateful Dead have given what they say will be their last group performance in front of 70,000 fans, some in tears, in Chicago.The four surviving members of the band ended their 50-year run this weekend with thr

UK - White Light recently provided its lighting services for a series of concert tours featuring two long established names in the music industry. Both Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons and Gladys Knight are currently touring the UK, with both playing the Royal Albert Hall before visiting venues in Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Leeds. Each tour has been organised by concert and tour promoters Kennedy Street, who approached White Light to provide the lighting, rigging and crew in order to create an unforgettable experience for audiences across Britain.

Jim Colson, production manager at Kennedy Street, states, "Both Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons and Gladys Knight are absolute icons in the music industry. The fact that they are both still in such demand after so many years indicates the impact their music has made and how their already huge fan-bases continue to grow&q

Italy - Rome's Palalottomatica indoor sports arena hosted this year's Italian Summit by global nutrition and weight management company Herbalife.

The event's AV, lighting and ground support contractor was Planet Service of San Marino, whose audio team consisted in Alessandro Saudelli (audio chief, responsible for the system's design and fine-tuning), Emanuele Vischi (sound engineer and PA man), Francesco Passeri (mic tech and PA man) and Edoardo Michelori (PA man).

Saudelli explains how the team faced the venue's infamous acoustics (the domed ceiling and extremely reverberant environment are many a sound engineer's nightmare), ensuring excellent sonic quality for the 8,000 attendees.

"Our brief was for a central stage, to exploit the venue's entire capacity. This, plus the fact that the rig couldn't be flown, meant we had to opt for a ground support format, with consequ

USA - Fifty years after forming their band at a Palo Alto music store, the surviving founders of the Grateful Dead kicked off their end-of-an-era Fare Thee Well mini-tour at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. with a Meyer Sound Leo linear large-scale sound reinforcement system driving a quadraphonic surround setup.

The two Silicon Valley shows were a landmark occasion with more than the 60,000 devoted Deadheads in attendance each evening. It was also a milestone in the band's decades-long association with Meyer Sound CEO John Meyer, a relationship spawned from a shared passion for audio experimentation and audience experience. The Grateful Dead's original sound engineer, Owsley "Bear" Stanley, first tapped Meyer to create acoustic solutions for the legendary 'Wall of Sound' system in the 1970s.

The Meyer Sound Leo system with its accompanying 1100-LFC low-f

UK - An array of PreSonus StudioLive AI loudspeakers have recently been installed in London's premier 'boutique fitness destination', Core Collective. Part of a highly integrated project at the new Kensington gym, the StudioLive AI speakers are responsible for delivering the pumping soundtrack of the facility's fixed-bike spinning classes.

Designed to perform with the clarity of a studio monitor in live and installed sound situations, each StudioLive AI enclosure delivers a remarkable 2000W of power. All units are based around PreSonus' 8" Co-Actual driver - which delivers accurate high and mid-frequency reproduction - with woofer configuration and frequency response being among the distinguishing features between models.

A total of five 328AI speakers - with their 3x8" driver design - and a single 18sAI subwoofer were specified for the project by Belgravia-based

UK - Analog Way has announced a new partnership with the AV rental specialist company Paragon Projection in the UK. Effective 1 July, Paragon Projection will have Analog Way's LiveCore systems available for rental all over the UK.

Analog Way, based in the Midlands and Central London, provides high-end projectors and professional display equipment for exhibitions, conferences & training seminars. Paragon Projection is adding Analog Way's LiveCore series of Premium Presentation Mixers to their inventory. Several Ascender 16-4K and Ascender 48-4K units will be available for rental from 1 July.

Mark Davies, sales manager at Paragon Projection Ltd states, "We have been looking into investing in high-end switching equipment for a while now and when Analog Way launched their LiveCore series we realized it was the perfect solution. One of the key factors' when making our decision

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