UK - Rock Solid Technologies, one of the leading manufacturers of peripheral devices for Show Critical Equipment, now uses FIBERFOX EBC1502 connectors for its redundant fibreglass network switch "RockLink".

Jens Hillenkötter, CEO of Rock Solid Technologies comments: "With FIBERFOX we gained a new partner, who brings decades of experience in the field of fibreglass technology, is established in the market and who fully complies with our high expectations. Therefore, it was a logical decision for us to offer another RockLink version, which also withstands extreme condit

USA - It was a happy marriage made in metallic heaven, when We Came As Romans and All That Remains locked up for their full throttle Hard Drive Live Fallout Tour. Both bands hold each other in high esteem, telling the press that they were "ecstatic" to be playing together. Both also shared a mutual admiration for the eye-searing lighting design that LD Peter Therrien created using a collection of Nexus Aw 7x7 warm white LED panels and Legend moving heads from Chauvet Professional.

"You always like to get good feedback when you design," said Therrien of JDI

UK - A stunning field of fibre optic lights will pop up at two Birmingham city centre sites in the approach to Christmas. Residents, city-centre workers, Christmas shoppers and visitors to the city will be able to view and control a unique and interactive art installation.

Commissioned and presented by Birmingham Hippodrome Creative, British-Chinese artist Aowen Jin's new outdoor artwork Midlight invites people to create their own light displays. Through cutting-edge digital technology and social media interaction, the colours can be changed both with sound (music, singing, cl

UK - Crowds have flocked to see the Science Museum's Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age exhibit since it opened in September to rave reviews. How did 12 huge Russian spacecraft make their way to the first floor of the Science Museum in central London?

Suzanne Boothby, Cosmonauts Exhibition delivery manager said, "We brought Unusual Rigging on board at an early stage as the spacecraft and equipment on display are unique. We wanted the reassurance that Unusual bring with their understanding of both our objects and the limitations of the museum."

Unusual's Robin Elia

South Africa - Within 48 hours tickets for An Evening with Ed Kowalczyk - Throwing Copper Unplugged 20th Anniversary were sold out at Johannesburg's Carnival City and the Grand Arena at Grand West, Cape Town. AMP Events and Polo Jeans Co presented the four shows, two in each city.

"The aim was to make this production more personal and special for the fans," said lighting designer Sean Caie who is also head of lighting at the Grand Arena. He programmed on a grandMA2 Light.

There was no specification for the lighting design and Sean made use of the in-house gear in each ve

South Africa - MJ Event Gear used 12 of their Robe BMFLs at the MultiChoice Super Stars Year End event hosted at the Mosaïek church in Fairlands, Johannesburg. MJ have not looked back since purchasing the BMFLs and the fixtures have been booked out by other rental companies for various events around South Africa.

MJ worked with their client Edith Venter, and the lighting designer for the event was Gary Sam, a freelancer who programmed on a grandMA 2 Light.

"The evening consisted of two parts, a show and an after party," commented MJ's Theo Rood, project manager. "P

USA - The Behind the Scenes Happy Hour, hosted by PLASA, took place on Thursday, 22 October, from 6pm-8pm at the Westgate Las Vegas. Over 400 guests attended the event, and were able to network, relax and let loose before the start of LDI. Due to the generosity of the sponsors and attendees, PLASA was able to donate over $18,000 to the Behind the Scenes charity.

Event co-chair Steven Way of ALPS commented, "We were very pleased with the success of this event in achieving its two primary goals, creating a comfortable networking experience for our industry professionals and suppor

UK - SGM's low profile P-5 and P-2 IP65-rated wash lights have passed one of their biggest challenges ever - illuminating a synchronised 'crane dance' in front of 10,000 people on Bristol's harbourside.

Laura Kriefman, one of this year's Wired magazine Creative Fellows and a resident at the Pervasive Media Studio, approached Howard Eaton and Emma Chapman of Studio Three Sixty to design the lighting for her inaugural Crane Dance Bristol. With set designer Lucy Osborne the third member of the Studio Three Sixty team, this was their first project and it was an unqualified success.


Romania - A NEXT-proaudio system was recently used for Romania's National Day, a very special occasion to celebrate the union of three regions: Transylvania, Moldavia and Romania in 1918.

This celebration took place on Alba lulia for more than 15000 people with 1200 soldiers on parade, trucks and military equipment. Alba Iulia is a historic town and attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists annually. It is in the top three of the most beautiful and visited cities in Romania.

For this event, the challenge was to cover a distance of 200m, left and right of the main stage. It was ba

USA - The Frank Gehry designed New World Center is not only a huge asset for New World Symphony audio fellows, it is also a world class performance space available for hire.

It would be a given that the designer of some of the world' best concert halls and a conductor with the stature and experience of Michael Tilson Thomas would make a fantastic design, but no corners have been cut in installing the latest media equipment to cover all requirements. The 756-seat Performance Hall and the smaller Sun Trust Pavilion are fully equipped for live performance and recording and share two mul

UK - When global hotel chain Radisson began planning the refurbishment of their Fire Lake Grill House and Cocktail Bar in Leeds they knew they wanted it have a great atmosphere. Situated on the Headrow in the heart of Leeds, the Radisson Blu restaurant is an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle, where guests enjoy refined dining in chic surroundings.

Reflex were approached by designers to provide a sound system solution that would complement the venue by providing high quality music. From a relaxed daytime atmosphere to a more sophisticated, livelier environment for the evenings a

UK - The main hub of the BBC's 2015 Children in Need telethon was again Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire, where the marathon seven-hour live broadcast on BBC One united a glittering array of stars and a myriad of special collaborations all of which - along with thousands of activities taking place nationwide - helped raise £37m for the fundraising campaign.

Drapes, softs and special effects company S+H Technical supplied 350sq.m of its animation cloth and 50sq.m of its RGB Starcloth product to the event, which were an essential element of the spectacular production design creat

UK - Dave Gilmour's 2015 world tour started in the UK in September this year and continues on to Madison Square Garden in April 2016. The guitarist and vocalist has already impressed fans and critics, drawing on nearly 50 years of Pink Floyd and solo work, with a prominent place reserved for his latest album, Rattle That Lock.

Gavin Tempany is the monitor engineer on the tour and he has chosen an SSL L500 Plus console, having already used it at Front of House on other high profile events. "I had the choice of a couple of consoles," he explains. "They were the on

Denmark - Handling over two million passengers each year from both regular and charter flights, Billund Airport is also one of Denmark's busiest international air cargo hubs. Recently the airport's management wanted to add high quality background music to the announcement/voice evacuation system in three of the airport's busiest areas, a difficult task to achieve without multiple types of loudspeaker. The Yamaha EN54-24 certified VXC4-VA proved master of the task.

Billund Airport was originally established in 1961 as a private airstrip by Godtfred Kirk Christiansen, head of The Lego

UK - Popular indie rockers The Vaccines are on the road again continuing their English Graffiti album campaign, with lighting designed by Dan Williams and supplied by west London based Colour Sound Experiment.

The band toured earlier in the year, visiting some of the more off beat venues in the circuit, followed by some gigs over the summer and now this tour, which also plays a couple of arenas and for which Dan created a completely new design.

The new album is a departure from the punky, rocky attitude of the first two, moving into some darker and moodier territories and t

China - Now in its 8th year, the Hong Kong music and arts festival Clockenflap has turned into one of the biggest events in the region. Staged in a picturesque waterside location in West Kowloon, this three-day festival brings together a diverse bill of international performers and musical styles.

With over 60,000 music fans attending, the 2015 event was the largest to date. For the first time, Clockenflap invited French loudspeaker manufacturer Nexo to be the festival's audio partner, a huge undertaking which meant supplying PA systems to seven separate performance stages (monitorin

UK - When freelance sound engineer Stu Hunt took over Worcester-based Insert Audio from its owners in January 2014 he not only inherited classic Martin Audio equipment but also a contract to service the technical requirements of 355-capacity local venue, Huntingdon Hall, which is also equipped with Martin Audio components from yesteryear.

"This installation was completed 15 years ago by John Brown's Limit Audio and all the equipment - including W3P, S218, EM15 and LE12JB - is still going strong," says Stu. "We maintain it every year, but have never had a single fault w

UK - Following recent purchases by industry-recognised rental companies, the versatility and usability of CORE Lighting's products means that they are now being utilised more than ever before. As CORE's exclusive European supplier, White Light is able to offer their full range of wireless battery products to production companies and rental partners as well as conference centres and venues.

WL stocks a full range of high-quality CORE products, all of which are available for purchase. Amongst these is the ColourPoint, of which more than 5,000 units have now been shipped worldwide. The

South Africa - Design company Formative was contracted by multi-award winning recording artist and record producer Cassper Nyovest to provide full creative direction, production & content design, show and technical production for his #fillupthedome show at the Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg.

The production design was based around his dynamic music and the creation of special 'moments', a process that built throughout the show, revealing different elements as the music called for them. For lighting and video control, Formative relied on grandMA2.

Formative ran two media servers and t

UK - Faithless hit on the road again in 2015 after a four year break, taking their infectious dance rhythms to an eager public celebrating 20 years since the formation of the band in the heady 1990s, when rave culture became a defining musical genre of the late 20th century. Faithless have left their stamp on the scene with rousing electro anthems like God is A DJ and Insomnia.

Andy Hurst was asked to create a visual concept and Blackburn rental company HSL supplied lighting equipment which included an investment in 300 Martin VDO Sceptron 10 LED battens, which were rig

Australia - Seating a respectable 967 people in Lyric mode, Townville's hardworking Civic Theatre has been catering to touring companies and local groups since 1978. At the end of 2015, senior lighting technician Nate Leslie is busy with a full schedule of dance recitals, end-of-year presentations and Christmas concerts. Always a busy time of year, 2015 has been made a little easier by his lighting rigs recent expansion to include eight units of High End System's SolaSpot Pro CMY.

"What prompted me to look at the SolaSpot PRO CMY was how brilliant they are for theatre," Nat

Europe - A Jands Vista S3 console and two Jands D1 Playback Processors have been used by designer, Robb Jibson of So Midwest, Inc. to provide lighting and media control for American rockers, Fall Out Boy's recent 2015 international tour.

The high-profile US rock band have been touring in support of their 2015 album American Beauty / American Psycho, and undertook UK and European Arena shows throughout October, following a series of US dates over the Summer.

A long-time Jands Vista user, Robb took the S3 and D1 combination on the entire tour. The custom setup consisted of th

USA - With its backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains, Santa Anita Park is considered by many to be the world's most beautiful thoroughbred racetrack. It hosts some of the most prominent racing events in the United States including the Breeders' Cup and the prestigious Santa Anita Handicap.

The track's previous sound system, installed in the late 1990s, used four, pole-mounted loudspeaker clusters aimed back at the spectators. However, after a major renovation in 2013 along with a new press box and additional luxury suites, the pole-mounted loudspeaker clusters faced a wide expanse of

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