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

USA - To kick-off the holiday season, World Outreach Church, Nashville, created Give Thanks, a celebration designed to repurpose this season with hope and thanksgiving held at the Bridgestone Arena. Filled with inspirational speakers, a musical performance by Martina McBride, plus an energetic percussion display by Stikyard, production designer Scott Moore, Go Live Productions, needed a video backdrop that could highlight the unique performances onstage, but also capture the essence of the message being delivered. So working with Nashville-based Elite Multimedia, a PixelFLEX rent

USA - As an international superstar, Kaskade's gift to connect with his audience goes beyond pounding synths and tight reverbs. Kevin Mignone, owner of KM Productions, called on a collection of fixtures from Chauvet Professional to support this artist-audience bond during the dance maven's sold out Automatic Tour concert during the annual Pier of Fear on Manhattan's West Side.

Mignone positioned 24 Legend 330SR Spot moving fixtures over the audience section of the 135,000 square foot converted ocean liner terminal (officially called Pier 94) for the Kaskade show, which was pro

Italy - This autumn one of Italy's best-loved pop acts, Al Bano and Romina Power, released their first album in 20 years. The multitrack recording for The Very Best - Live aus Verona was made on Steinberg Nuendo Live, via monitor engineer Francesco Spadaccino's Yamaha CL5 console and Rio3224-D i/o units. It was the first time that a major label album release has been recorded in this way.

Released on Universal Music, the album was recorded at the duo's Arena di Verona concert in May. The show was also broadcast live on Rai 1, Italy's premier national television channel.

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USA - Two of the hottest musicals this Broadway season are supported by reinforcement systems built around Meyer Sound Lyon linear line array loudspeakers. School of Rock features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and sound design by Mick Potter, while On Your Feet, the inspiring story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan, is supported by a system designed by Andrew Keister and Steve Canyon Kennedy of SCK Sound Design. Both shows mark the Broadway debut of Lyon.

With School of Rock opening in early December, Potter says that his choice of Lyon to cover the 1,500-seat Winter G

Germany - HK Audio is set to make musical history and soundtrack a gigantic world record attempt featuring 10,000 performing musicians - some of them big stars, some of them professional instrumentalists, some of them hobby players, and everything in-between - and 30,000 fans at Frankfurt's Commerzbank Arena.

We're filling the stadium: powered by HK Audio takes place on 9 July 2016 and will see what would be the world's biggest ever orchestra performing four pieces - excerpts from Dvorak's 9th Symphony and Beethoven's 9th Symphony (4th Movement), the Starlight Express m

Romania - Inspired by William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet, the American Broadway musical West Side Story has been successful ever since its production start in the 50s.

In Romania, West Side Story has been adapted by choreographer and show director Razvan Mazilu to be presented at the Sibiu International Theatre Festival (FITS) for the organisation Uniter - Theatre Union of Romania.

SGM's Romanian partner FIVE'S International supplied a SGM package consisting of 12 x SixPack blinders, four P-5 wash lights and two G-Spot moving heads. For the outer theatre bui

UK - Loudspeakers from Audica have been used to create an enhanced atmosphere within a new exhibition at the V&A in London. A total of 41 Audica MICROpoint loudspeakers have been positioned strategically around The Fabric of India to create an ambience that is in keeping with the exhibition.

The Fabric of India explores the rich world of handmade textiles from India. Music composed by sound artist Jason Singh complement the spectacular display. Audica MICROpoint loudspeakers were chosen for their ability to deliver high quality sound despite their small size, which allo

UK - Stage Technologies has provided the automation for London's newest hit musical Elf. The cleverly engineered stage show and heart - warming winter tale, is currently sprinkling a huge helping of festive cheer over the West End and features extensive automation throughout.

Stage Technologies has supplied winches for four automated floor tracks which are used throughout the show to track on and off, a huge variety of trucks, furniture and props for every scene in the show.

The production also incorporates the 200m2 steel show deck and track system designed and built by Delstar E

Malaysia - Acoustic & Lighting System (A&L) successfully held an open-house event on 17 November 2015 to introduce Clay Paky's The Projectors series: the Scenius, Mythos, Supersharpy and Stormy. A&L held a similar show in Singapore earlier this year, and chose to repeat their success in Kuala Lumpur to welcome the Scenius, the latest member of the series. The open-house event was held in conjunction with Clay Paky at Bentley's Auditorium, located in the heart of Mutiara Damansara.

A&L put special effort into carefully selecting the venue. "It took us quite a while to find the ri

UAE - Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center (SZGMC) in Abu Dhabi recently appointed Martin Audio customer, Almoe AV Production & Rentals, to provide the Ramadan 2015 sound system for all the indoor areas throughout the mosque - with a peak attendance of 65,000 people.

With strict coverage specifications dictated by SZGMC's audio consultants and in-house sound engineer, the requirement was met in the Main Hall, largely by using Almoe's Martin Audio MLA rental system for the main prayer hall. The promise of MLA being able to deliver the specific coverage from front to back with minimal reve

USA - Elation Professional is a new sponsor of the AV Alliance (avalliance.com), a network of the world's leading event technology rental specialists.

Active in 47 countries on six continents, the AV Alliance acts as a quality seal with AV Alliance members involved in over 100,000 projects a year. The AV Alliance is committed to professional service at the highest quality and is devoted to creating synergies among members to further professionalize the industry. Of the many sponsor benefits is the opportunity to network with AV Alliance member companies, which includes AV rental comp

USA - Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma has chosen an ArKaos PRO Stadium Server running ArKaos MediaMaster 4.0 software to handle the environmental projection mapping at their church. Lighting director, Tim Ottley, uses it to present some stunning visual backdrops across their 300ft wide/30-60ft tall walls to enhance both modern and traditional services.

This Christmas season sees the interior of the church awash with imagery, produced by Jason Yang of Invisible Element, based on the Christmas story and depicted in colourful visuals reminiscent of stained glass. Adven

Spain - Matadero de Madrid welcomed the first Spanish masterclass with lighting designers Al Gurdon and Peter Canning, who have illuminated shows like Eurovision, the halftime of Superbowl or the opening and closing of the Sochi Olympic Games. The event was organized by Clay Paky and its Spanish distributor Stonex.

Javier Latorre, Stonex CEO, opened the conference commemorating the 35th Anniversary of Stonex. "We are happy to share with all of you this seminar. Al Gurdon and Peter Canning's Masterclass is the best scenario for sharing knowledge and experience in the lighting fie

UK - In 2015, White Light reaffirmed its position as the leading lighting supplier to West End and UK touring theatre by working on a vast array of theatre productions. The complete production solution specialist is continuing to support shows throughout the festive season by providing the lighting equipment on more than 40 pantomimes all across the UK.

Since its formation 44 years ago, WL has built a strong reputation of supporting pantomimes, with this year being no exception. One of the most popular Christmas shows is the classic story of Snow White, which is currently play

USA - While the Grateful Dead celebrated their 50th anniversary last summer with five Fare Thee Well stadium shows, true Deadheads knew that in real life The Music never Stops.

This has been demonstrated loudly and clearly by the sold-out shows being put on throughout the fall and holiday season by Dead & Company, featuring original band members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann. Playing to sold-out audiences, the 10-stop coast-to-coast tour is serving up some tasty new arrangements of classic Dead songs with renowned rock guitarist John Mayer filling the role

USA - Denver-based lighting designer and programmer Andrew Cass has been a fan of the f multi genre blues-rock-jam band String Cheese Incident (SCI) from Colorado since his schooldays. In April 2014 he was lucky enough to land himself in the hot-seat of designing their lighting - a long term dream job.

String Cheese are known for their intricate compositions, spectacular live shows and great connections with their audience - all parameters giving Andrew plenty of opportunity to focus on lighting for a client that appreciates his vision and gives him the creative freedom to do what he

Germany - The Frankfurt Motor Show (Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung or IAA) is 118 years old this year. It all started back in 1897 at the Hotel Bristol in Berlin, when eight motor vehicles were put on public display. From those beginnings, a regular show came into being. In 1991, the event was split into a car show, which is held on odd-numbered years in Frankfurt, and a commercial vehicle show, held on even-numbered years in Hanover. Several Clay Paky lights were again present at the show's 66th edition.

One of the most significant uses of Clay Paky lights at this year's IAA w

UK - Front of House engineer James Gebhard knows the importance of keeping up with the latest technology and having the best tools for the job, so when British indie-rock band Circa Waves announced their UK club and academy tour, he decided that investing in a DiGiCo S21 would be the right solution.

"I think it is imperative to keep your eye on the ball with what is new coming onto the market," he says. "Being back out on a smaller scale tour - something I have not done for a few years - was a great opportunity to see where the more budget end of the market was with mi

Germany - The second week in September and Lollapalooza Berlin was fully underway. A festival brand that has crossed the Atlantic from the USA, and with it transplanted a considerable reputation for quality and excitement in equal measure.

The number one main stage saw artists as renowned as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Bastille, and Sam Smith. Topping the bill on the closing night was Muse, "and it was because Muse were the headliners that the obvious choice for main stage PA was a d&b audiotechnik system," said Silvio Koenig, project manager from Berlin based production house

USA - There is a plethora of different experiences to enjoy in Manhattan. Now a singularly exceptional one has been added to the list: the chance to enter the world of an aquarium fish. This opportunity takes place at Seaglass Carousel, a domed spaceship-like structure located at the southern tip of Manhattan in Battery Park.

Unlike typical carousels, which feature ponies, unicorns and the like, Seaglass takes visitors on a ride inside giant tropical fish with shimmering colourful bodies made all the more vibrant by the intense output of 50 COLORado 2-Quad Zoom IP LED wash fixtures f

South Korea - Following demos at the manufacturer's headquarters in Brescia, Italy, during which company representatives from South Korean rental house Blessway saw that the system maintained stable response, even at high-power outputs and that it was also very easy to operate, the company purchased the first large Outline GTO C-12 system to be sold into South Korea.

A Blessway spokesperson explains, "We were aware of the Outline system through marketing material and exhibits in Korea and, when we make purchases, we take the quality of both customer service and the product itsel

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