UK - Regarded as the master of psychological illusion, Derren Brown recently returned to London's West End with his latest show Derren Brown: Miracle. Featuring astonishing illusions, unfathomable tricks and a magic spectacle, the show has already achieved mass critical acclaim. Following its work on Derren Brown's previous shows, WL once again provided the lighting support for the illusionist's latest outing.

Derren Brown: Miracle is currently playing at The Palace Theatre before it tours the UK, visiting cities such as Glasgow, Brighton & Hove and Bristol. Tim Mascall

Japan - Clay Paky and PRG KK, the Italian company's sole distributor in Japan, held a workshop at the TFT Building Complex in Tokyo on 14 and 15 October. It was mainly focused on the Scenius, the Clay Paky spotlight that recently made its debut on the world market.

The Scenius features an exceptionally high CRI (96) and fits a 1400 W - 6000 K Osram discharge lamp. Together with the optical unit designed and developed by Clay Paky, this lamp ensures much higher light output than previous older 1500 W lamps. Thanks to its wide 8° - 50° zoom, modern focus tracking system (autofo

UAE - Eclipse Staging Services has purchased two Green Hippo Hippotizer V4 Taiga media servers to add to their video inventory.

Simon Harris, Green Hippo's user experience / training manager went out to Dubai at the end of September to provide the busy video crew at Eclipse with three days of Hippotizer media server training. The Eclipse video team were in the middle of supplying and setting up full technical production for Dubai Music Week, so it was convenient for them to be able to have training at their video warehouse.

"I thoroughly enjoyed training the video team from e

Europe - Swedish rock band Backyard Babies are currently on a tour of Europe with Allen & Heath's dLive digital mixing system.

"I have been a loyal iLive user for the past four years, and have done about 500 shows, so the move to dLive is natural," explains the band's FOH engineer, Stefan Ljungkvist.

Stefan selected a dLive S3000 Control Surface with DM48 MixRack, accompanied by Neve pre amp, Sennheiser in-ears, Audio-Technica mics, and an Allen & Heath ME-1 personal monitor mixer for the drummer.

In-ear monitors are also managed from FOH, and in total the show it set

USA - Getwell Road United Methodist Church in Southaven, MS, had clearly outgrown its stage lighting system in 2012, when Jeremy McCullough joined the vibrant house of worship as its technical director. "Stage design wasn't even an idea at that time," he recalls. "Yet the church was actively seeking to reach worshippers with dynamic new events that required a better stage presentation."

After trying to add isolated fixtures "here and there", McCullough decided something more had to be done, so he journeyed to the WFX conference seeking expert advice. He

USA - At the 43rd annual American Music Awards, held at Microsoft Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles on 22 November, amplifier manufacturer Powersoft made its presence known with over (100) K10 DSP+AESOP amplifiers on site. With approximately 7,000 people in attendance, the programme was broadcast to over 10m viewers across the U.S. and featured performances by artists including Coldplay, The Weeknd, Demi Lovato and many others; the show was highlighted with a moving performance of Hymne à l'amour by Celine Dion, which eulogized victims of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.

USA - Equipped with a Meyer Sound Constellation acoustic system, the new Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education in Memphis, Tenn., can be instantly optimized to host a wide range of diverse events. With the push of a touchscreen button, Constellation adjusts the acoustics in the 361-seat theatre to host everything from educational programs to a regional film series, dance recitals, and music concerts of varied genres.

"As much as I understood what Constellation did before the system was installed, actually hearing the different acoustical presets is still stunning,"

Brazil - Lighting designer and director of photography (DOP) Carlos Nogueira specified almost 600 Robe moving lights for a recent DVD shoot by leading Forro singer / songwriter Wesley Safadao, staged at the Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha in Brasilia, Brazil.

The concert was attended by 50,000 fans who were all a part of the live experience as well as an essential element of the 24 camera - including a drone - DVD shoot, directed by Fernando Trevivan Catatau from UnicFilm.

The lighting kit was all delivered by Sao Paulo based Apple Producoes and included 160 Robe Pointes,

UK - The British Fashion Awards celebrate the breadth and depth of talent in the British fashion industry. This year's event took place on 23 November at The ENO Coliseum and was attended by some of the most recognisable faces in the world, including David Beckham, Lady Gaga, Naomi Campbell and Lewis Hamilton. Having already worked on several fashion showcases this year, White Light provided the lighting support, power distribution and project management for this event.

Across the evening, WL assisted with lighting of the building's exterior, the main auditorium along with the red ca

Russia - Moscow's Stanislavsky Theatre bears a rich cultural history and significance for the people of the city. Having recently undergone a technical overhaul, the theatre has opened its doors once again with an impressive sound system which includes, amongst other upgrades, a TiMax2 SoundHub-S48 audio delay-matrix plus a four-Sensor/twenty-Tag TiMax Tracker performer tracking system, all supplied by Moscow's Audio Solutions.

Going by the name of Electrotheatre, in homage to one of the first pre-revolutionary Russian movie theatres that occupied the same building in 1915, the theat

Europe - Shure Europe and U.S. based RF Venue, Inc. have announced that they have entered into an exclusive distribution agreement across the EMEA region. Shure Europe's regional distribution offices in Germany, the United Kingdom, and BeNeLux - alongside Shure Europe's third party distribution partners across EMEA - will now distribute and sell antenna and signal distribution products made by RF Venue that are designed to improve the signal quality and performance of professional wireless audio systems.

Boston, Massachusetts based RF Venue manufactures proprietary antenna products,

USA - Opening its doors for the first time in spring 2015, New York's Le District offers a very fresh take on French cuisine with a wide variety of vendors situated under one roof. The approach taken to the audio is similarly original, with music unexpectedly to the fore thanks to a high-quality infrastructure based around a single Symetrix SymNet Radius 12x8 EX open-architecture Dante DSP.

Locally-based El Media Group was enlisted to specify and install the audio system, and as co-founder and chief creative officer Ernie Lake observes, there were several primary factors that influen

Spain - Lío is the latest chapter in the Pacha success story. It's a top end restaurant, cabaret theatre, and world class club rolled into one. To deliver excellent sound fidelity and high sound pressure levels, with custom AmpPresets for different zones and program material throughout the evening, Lío has deployed a complete d&b audiotechnik solution.

Expectant guests arrive for a gourmet dinner and a live cabaret that rivals the best West End shows. Then, the restaurant turns into an exclusive port-side club where top DJs play until the small hours. Welcome to Lío Ibiza.


China - Along the River During the Qingming Festival is one of the 10 most famous paintings in China. It captures the daily life of people and the landscape of the capital, Bianjing, today's Kaifeng, from the Northern Song period. Successive scenes reveal the lifestyle of all levels of society from rich to poor, as well as different economic activities in the countryside and the city, with manifest period clothing and architecture.

Chinese violin artist Ms. Song Fei's Along the River During the Qingming Festivalmusical was based on the famous painting that was made near

UK - Not yet a year old and Video Design has visibly made its mark on the touring and event industry. With systems currently out on Duran Duran and Marina and the Diamonds, since the company's inception in February of this year it has provided screens and video infrastructure for Take That's latest tour; Wear the Rose at the O2 London for the Rugby World Cup and all of last summer's concert events at Hyde Park.

"Yes you could say it's been a busy start," said the Video Design founder Alex Leinster, "in fact we've only now found the time to launch our company website. B

Sweden - When car manufacturer Volvo needed perfect illumination for their Design Centre in Gothenburg, they turned to full production company Primetec. Known for delivering turnkey solutions, and with a track record within temporary events and installations for Volvo, Primetec felt confident to solve this task.

With full focus on the object being designer cars, lighting designer and project manager Mattias Oslak from Primetec chose the SGM P-5 W as his tool for this fixed installation. The P-5 W is a high performance luminaire with 44 x 10W cool white LEDs offering a stunningly brig

Ireland - When Ireland's Sound Design was called in to provide audio systems for "the best technology conference on the planet", Nexo line array and point-source systems were at the heart of its design solution. STM Series, Geo Series, PS Series and RaySub Series cabinets were on hand to provide the range and scale of sound reinforcement required for the nine-stage talk-fest that featured over 1,000 speakers addressing 42,000 delegates, at Ireland's premier conference venue.

Web Summit 2015 is a huge and rapidly expanding conference for business and digital entrepreneurs. I

Canada - Metallica's longtime FOH engineer Big Mick Hughes is not one to shy from innovation, and continues to achieve firsts more than 30 years into his career with the band. For the first time, Metallica used an in-the-round Meyer Sound Leo Family loudspeaker system with 1100-LFC low frequency control elements in a TM Array configuration when the band inaugurated the 20,000-capacity Videotron Centre in Quebec City, Canada.

"Never before have I heard that amount of low end - with such tightness - when we played in the round," reports Hughes. "The TM Array works fantas

UK - Dolby Laboratories and Ministry of Sound have confirmed a collaboration to bring Dolby Atmos sound technology to dance music.

The Dolby Atmos residency at the Ministry of Sound nightclub in London will launch on 23 January, 2016 with Hospital Records, the first in a series of special events with a lineup of top electronic artists who will "transform their music into a multidimensional, immersive sound experience with Dolby Atmos".

To support these events, Dolby will outfit the venue with its exclusive Dolby Atmos sound system, which combines Dolby Atmos audio proces

Slovenia - Theatre and performance is right at the heart of Slovenian culture and entertainment, and Robe has made some serious inroads in this sector thanks to a good selection of products and the enthusiasm and hard work of its Slovenian distributor, MK Light Sound, based in the picturesque capital, Ljubljana.

Founded in 1949, Ljubljana City Theatre (Mestno gledalisce ljubljansko - MGL - also known as Ljubljana Municipal Theatre) is the second largest drama theatre in Slovenia and located right in the centre of the charismatic old town. It has recently invested in Robe's LEDWash ra

UK - As cities across the UK jostle for the unofficial crown of 'Christmas Capital', city centre retail experience Liverpool ONE's spectacular 'Switch On' event pulled one of the biggest crowds, with an estimated 45,000 people rocking up to enjoy the festive vibes and a special lighting and sound show - with a little help from Adlib.

Adlib provided lighting and sound for the 12-minute specially composed soundtrack show produced by Liverpool Empire Theatre that preceded the illumination of a giant 30m tall Christmas tree, made up of 280 illuminated LED hearts, located at the end of Pa

South Africa - Everyone has special childhood experiences that they treasure for the rest of their lives. For the young students in the Truida Kestell's Primary School gospel choir, such an event took place recently when they performed before family, friends and community at the annual Truida Kestell Choir Festival.

Adding to the specialness of the occasion was a stunning stage lighting kit, the sort normally reserved for a full theatrical production rather than a school choir performance. Lighting designer Fanie vd Walt, owner of Fanjan Productions, was able to create this impressiv

France - The first live concerts to be staged in Paris after the 13 November terror attacks were three emotionally charged shows at the AccorHotels Arena by French singer, musician, Johnny Hallyday.

The Paris dates were part of the current Rester Vivant (Staying Alive) tour, to which top French lighting designer Dimitri Vassiliu has brought his huge experience, fertile imagination and talent for lateral thinking to create a vibrant and powerful 'big rock show'.

The design features 36 x Robe BMFL Spot moving lights on the rig which are integral to the show, and are being sup

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