Germany - For the 25th Anniversary of Audi's Summer Concert series inside its factory in Ingolstadt, Germany, Meyer Sound Leopard linear sound reinforcement and Constellation active acoustic systems formed the foundation of an extraordinary audio experience for both the audience and musicians. The combination transformed a cavernous space that normally stamps out steel side panels for the Audi A3 into a temporary concert hall worthy of hosting the London Symphony Orchestra and conductor Kent Nagano.

The concert was the first show where Constellation worked hand-in-glove with the new M

USA - Multi-Grammy Award winner Keith Urban has carved out a niche in the country music genre since he arrived on the scene in the 1990s by combing raw musical power with sweet uplifting lyrics. Urban was his usual open, carefree and engaging self when he appeared on The Today Show Summer Concert Series recently, showing an uncanny ability to connect with his audience and even surprising an ecstatic young fan from Chicago by giving her his guitar.

Urban's generosity and upbeat music weren't the only things engaging fans during his performance. Also captivating the audience at R

UK - Mojo Barriers has continued to expand its work with independent festivals by securing a new contract win for this year's BoomTown Fair (13-16 August). BoomTown Fair has called upon Mojo Barriers to design and deliver its stage barriers for this year's festival, which takes place at Matterley Estate in Hampshire. Mojo has been contracted to supply 450m of stage barrier, 200m of bar barrier and 13 line-up gates across the whole festival site.

Set in its own fantasy festival town, Boomtown boasts nine different districts with winding streets and a host of bespoke entertainment venue

UK - When Richard Statham, the in house lighting designer at Nottingham Lakeside Arts, got the opportunity to use ETC's new ColorSource Spot on the latest production The Wiz he couldn't say no. ETC's associate regional manager for UK & Ireland Jeremy Roberts was at the venue to show Richard the fixture, and left several there so that he could try them out on the show.

Richard was deeply enthused with the colour mixing and smooth dimming curve: "No-one would believe this is a budget LED light source - this is a real game changer. I already have my spending application in.&q

Germany - Complete with full costumes and make-up, KISS recently brought their elaborate live show to Europe this summer, kicking off its 40th Anniversary European Tour 30 May in Munich's Olympic Park.

LD Sean 'Motley' Hackett (INXS, Savage Garden) has been designing the lighting for KISS shows since 2009. Sean's new lighting design for KISS's 2015 European summer tour, which was based on the band's Las Vegas residency from last November, included the use of 30 Elation Professional Platinum Beam 5R moving heads supplied by Christie Lights. Production design was by Robert Long and Soon

UK - The ACC Liverpool Group's production team has experienced its busiest summer, providing full services for a series of events. The 19-strong department has led technical support for conferences including NHS Confederation, the British Contact Lens Association and Airmic. Services included providing live streaming, interactive voting and the recording of all plenary sessions for NHS Confederation. The team also provided AV for the conference dinner which took place at St George's Hall, Liverpool city centre.

Other events included Jamfest - which took place in Echo Arena - and suppo

UAE - Pacha, the club chain that was established in 1967 in Sitges and first found fame in Ibiza, has successfully established itself in many different countries since, but its most recent opening is Pacha Ibiza Dubai.

Set over three floors, Pacha Ibiza Dubai comprises The Main Room, The Red Room and The Rooftop, all kitted out to the highest standard. The cylindrical building that houses the club has been completely refurbished, with a customised audio solution installed throughout.

The sound system is based around d&b audiotechnik V Series, Q Series and White Series speakers cover

USA - The Public Theatre's Free Shakespeare in the Park series has been a storied New York City tradition since 1952. It offers free and open access to outdoor productions of Shakespeare in Manhattan's Central Park, and features world-class talent and Broadway calibre production and audiovisual design. Performances are well known for creating lines of air mattress and camp chair toting Shakespeare fans up to a mile long.

This year, Free Shakespeare in the Park opened in May with a six week run of The Tempest, starring Sam Waterston, and continues 23 July through 23 August with Cymb

USA - Necessity may indeed be the "mother of invention," as the old saying goes, but it can also kick off some very cool lighting looks when it encounters a talented LD like Chris Lisle. Recently, Lisle designed for up-and-coming country star Billy Currington on tour supporting Tim McGraw.

As an opening act, Currington's rig had to be moved on an off the stage quickly, which made it necessary to use backline carts for the sake of efficiency. Lisle turned these "practical" carts into a commanding visual element by using an array of fixtures provided by Bandit Lites.

USA - The newly-renamed Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration has opened new galleries in the former Kitchen and Laundry Building of the immigrant processing and detention station, which operated from 1892 to 1954 in New York Harbor. Dedicated to the story of immigration in the years following Ellis Island's closure, the galleries mark phase two of the Peopling of America Center. Electrosonic provided AV support for phase one, which covers immigrant arrival in the Pre-Ellis era, and opened in 2011, and returned to complete phase two following a long delay caused by Hurricane Sandy

UK - Having now officially opened for 2015, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the world's largest arts festival, with this year featuring more than 3,000 shows in more than 300 venues. White Light has often supplied its services to the festival. This year, the complete production solution specialist will be providing the lighting support to one of the Fringe's best-known and busiest venues: the Gilded Balloon. White Light will also help the venue celebrate its 30th anniversary, with yesterday marking exactly 30 years since it first featured as part of the festival.

Beginning life as a

Spain - The third edition of La Voz Espana, the Spanish version of the popular TV singing contest was won by an ecstatic Antonio José, coached by singer songwriter Antonio Orozco. The series generated a massive amount of excitement and record viewing figures - and was lit for the first time by TV LD Iñaki Irastorza who used Robe's BMFL Spots and Pointes in his design.

The series was recorded and broadcast - on the Telecino TB channel - from the Mediaset Picasso Studios in Villaviciosa de Odón in Madrid and produced by Boomerang TV, who invited Iñaki, one of Spain's le

China - Allen & Heath's GLD digital system has been installed in the theatre of the new Oriental Media Centre building in Beijing.

Located in the heart of the CBD business district, the new skyscraper provides office space for the city's media companies, and the building's M Theatre is designed to host residents' conferences, events, live performances and banquets. The Theatre's seats can be fully retracted and the stage is expandable, enabling various configurations to be used for different events.

Sanecore supplied and installed a comprehensive audio system to meet the varied appl

UK - Touring England and Scotland with over 40 performances, Le Mark's Harmony floor provided Blood Wedding with a stunning high gloss floor. Performance after performance, Harmony Gloss remained resilient and easily portable between venues.

A co-production of Dundee Rep, Graeae Theatre Company and Derby Theatre, the production toured at the beginning of the year. Renowned for the ability to lay flat almost instantly from the roll and just as easy to roll up for storage, Harmony Gloss made an ideal touring performance floor.

"We were very pleasantly surprised how well th

Australia - Rockhampton's Pilbeam Theatre, in Queensland, is a thriving 1000-seat lyric that sees a wide variety of productions on its stage. Concerts, musicals and corporate events are regular fixtures, and with a thriving community arts scene, often quickly produced and tightly turned around. Ashley Salta, the theatre's technical supervisor, often employs projected media effects on their in-house produced productions to save budget, space, time and effort.

"We produce a lot of musical theatre," explained Ashley. "We often project video content like rain, clouds or oth

UK - The Knight of Illumination Awards (KOI) Theatre judging panel has announced its eagerly anticipated shortlist for this year's ceremony, which will take place at London's glamorous Troxy club on Sunday 4 October.

Organised by the ALD, STLD, The Fifth Estate Ltd and Clay Paky and now in its eighth year, the KOI Awards is a celebration of the creative talents of international lighting and digital content designers working in the UK across TV, theatre and concert touring and events.

The theatre shortlist is the first to be revealed, after a panel of senior critics from national new

Maldives - Working for local technical production and solutions company Pop Joy headed by Asad Haneef, London-based large format projection specialist The Projection Studio (TPS) was asked to assist in providing spectacular pitch video projections at the Galolhu National Football Stadium in Malé, for the Maldives 50th Independence celebrations.

TPS was asked to get involved in the project because of its reputation of projecting onto spectacular buildings and for major ceremonial events which have included the Closing Ceremony of the 2010 Soccer World Cup in Johannesburg, South

USA - The summer of music festivals continues for Bandit Lites as they once again teamed up with lighting designer Seth Jackson and the team at 3SRCreative to provide lighting for Lollapalooza, one of the biggest musical events of every year.

A record-tying 300,000 filled Grant Park to see the hottest EDM acts, legends and the music industry's hottest chart toppers. "When collaborating with Bandit on these large scale projects they have two secret weapons: Dizzy Gosnell and Shawn Lear," said Jackson.

"These projects have millions of tiny details, lots of paperwork, lo

USA - The summer of music festivals continues for Bandit Lites as they once again teamed up with lighting designer Seth Jackson and the team at 3SRCreative to provide lighting for Lollapalooza, one of the biggest musical events of every year.

A record-tying 300,000 filled Grant Park to see the hottest EDM acts, legends and the music industry's hottest chart toppers. "When collaborating with Bandit on these large scale projects they have two secret weapons: Dizzy Gosnell and Shawn Lear," said Jackson.

"These projects have millions of tiny details, lots of paperwork, lo

UK - To create a spectacular opening for the 2015 Edinburgh International Festival, and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, 59 Productions, with the Edinburgh International Festival, created The Harmonium Project.

The free outdoor event drew in crowds of approximately 19,500 people and combined the music of John Adams' choral work Harmonium, made especially by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Edinburgh Festival Chorus conducted by Peter Oundjian, with visually stunning projection mapping onto the Usher Hall in central Edinburgh.

The 34-minute

UK / USA - British sound rental company, SSE Audio Group and California-based Sound Image have announced the launch of a transatlantic joint venture. Dubbed UAC (United Audio Companies), the venture has been designed to enable both firms to improve the international support they can offer to their clients on both sides of the Atlantic.

This new arrangement means clients touring in Europe and the USA will benefit from a common touring infrastructure and around-the-clock support, so acts can work seamlessly on either side of the Atlantic. "The arrangement works because it places th

UK - The UK seaside resort of Blackpool has been hosting one of Europe's premier Elvis contests, which this year featured an appropriately glitzy lightshow featuring high-impact LED fixtures from Chauvet Professional.

The fourth annual Europe's Tribute to Elvis, which took place in Blackpool's iconic 19th century Empress Ballroom, gave aspiring Kings of Rock and Roll the chance to qualify for a trip to the Elvis Tribute Artist Contest finals in Memphis. Arranpaul Audio, which has handled lighting and audio for the event in the past, was tasked with creating the design for the 2

Australia - Market-leading manufacturer Avid turned heads at the ProLight+Sound exhibition in Frankfurt in April with the release of their new flagship live audio mixing console, the S6L.

At the head of the pack in Australia, Novatech Creative Event Technology have now announced their investment in the S6L platform. For their first order, Novatech

have chosen the largest and most powerful of the two sizes available; an S6L-32D control surface, E6L-192 processing engine and Stage64 I/O rack expanded with additional AES/EBU I/O.

This combination will provide engineers with 192 mix c

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