USA - Charlotte Sports Park earned first place in USA Today's Readers' Choice Awards for Best Spring Training Facility, an honour it owes in large part to a $27m renovation in 2009 that gave the park every accommodation for which a baseball fan could hope.

In an effort to further enhance the amenities of this facility, local A/V integration firm DB Sound Systems of Punta Gorda, Florida along with Crossman Electrical Services, Inc., stepped in before the 2015 Spring Training season with a new sound reinforcement system centred on Ashly Audio processing, amplification, and user

Australia - JoeCo BlackBox Players are helping to bring the sounds and sights of Christmas to the city of Melbourne. Systems integrator Sound Environment is replaying 24-channel surround sound landscapes synchronized to 7500 channels of lighting as part of a spectacular Christmas tree sound and light show that forms a centrepiece of the city's Christmas Festival. The BlackBox is scheduled (via AMX control) to play pre-programmed shows that run day and night throughout the festive period.

"I love the machine," says Sound Environment's director, Bryce Grunden, "We have o

Australia - Novatech Creative Event Technology have sent out the first Avid S6L digital mixer for hire in the Asia-Pacific region to handle the high channel and bus count of Adelaide's Carols by Candlelight, a large and beloved event with a 71 year history, set in the beautiful surrounds of Elder Park.

As the crowd was entertained by stars such as Anthony Callea, Rhonda Burchmore, Samantha Jade, Nathaniel and Peter Combe, the S6L used all 64 inputs, as well as 16 outputs which fed eight front of house audio zones to the system and eight orchestral submixes to the AVID SC48 monitor co

Poland - Trzebnica Culture House is a multi-purpose venue for a wide range of local events, including concerts, theatre productions, cinema, and conferences. Located in the town of Trzebnica, near Wroc?aw in southwest Poland, the Culture House has recently undergone a full programme of modernisation, including a new sound system for the venue's updated 420-seat main theatre.

A+V, a specialist integrator, was awarded the contract for installing the sound system, with Damian Cieciora of A+V handling the project management. The company designed the system around Community's new I Series

USA - Updating the audio and acoustics at a historical church while trying to keep its 1950s-era sound and traditional sanctuary charm intact is no easy feat. However, that's exactly what SLR International and Jackson & Ryan Architects (J&R) did at the Westheimer Campus of St. Luke's Methodist Church in Houston.

In order to amplify the speakers and ensure the clearest musical recordings while retaining the original acoustics of the church, SLR, a multi-disciplinary design firm, selected a variety of DPA Microphones' podium, instrument and recording miking solutions.

The update to

USA - When Lord of Life church was built in 1997, its leaders wanted to create an open uplifting atmosphere inside its spacious worship area. With this in mind, they included plenty of windows and skylights in the design of their building so the sanctuary would be flooded with natural sunlight. The clear rays of a Minnesota morning sun played off beautifully against the oak wood stage and sandstone walls of the church during Sunday services, just as its designers had planned.

Unfortunately, the ample splashes of solar light also made it impossible for Lord of Life to incorporate vide

UK - The Minack open-air theatre in Cornwall, built on a craggy cliff overlooking the sea at Porthcurno, is the last place you would expect to see SGM's award-winning G-Spot strutting its stuff. Situated just four miles from Land's End, and constructed above a gully with a rocky granite outcrop jutting into the sea, this unique theatre has been staging performances in front of up to 800 people for 85 years.

One theatre company that visits regularly is the Cambridge University Gilbert & Sullivan Society, and for this year's week-long presentation of The Sorcerer they decided th

Australia - October saw the United Nations' 70th anniversary celebrated around the world with key global landmarks including the Empire State Building and the UN headquarters in New York, Tokyo's SkyTree Tower, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Athens' Temple of Zeus and Edinburgh Castle, lit in celebration. The international Turn the World #UNBlue campaign aimed to unite global citizens by promoting the UN's message of peace, development and human rights.

More than 25 Australian landmarks turned blue, including the Sydney Opera House, the MCG, Perth's Bell Tower and Canberra's Old Parliame

UK - The new Trailblazer Live Event Rigger apprenticeship made a leap towards a 2016 summer launch following Assessment Plan approval by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

After the government approval of 59 group standards for Trailblazer apprenticeships earlier this year, the 'Live Event Rigger' working group lead the way in further developing the initiative to help more youngsters embark on careers in the live events industry. Employers who have supported the standard of the Live Event Rigger have been designing the apprenticeship over the past year.

The

USA - The influential US Hip Hop act Jurassic 5 has been on the road again with a 2015 US and European tour. Rappers Chali 2na, Akil, Zaakir aka Soup, and Marc 7, plus DJs Cut Chemist and DJ Nu-Mark bring a tight, energetic mix of vocals and decks to stage, along with some inventive toys that include Chemist's infamous record-guitar and Nu-Mark's record-necklace.

The band's Front of House engineer, Aron 'M-Sound' Mandelbaum, has been travelling with an SSL L300 live console and ML 32.32 Stagebox, using them on 18 tour dates, including five festivals.

Inputs for the main show inclu

South Africa - Cape Town-based events company, GB Sound, recently invested in Allen & Heath's new dLive digital mixing system, making it the first company in South Africa to acquire one.

"As an avid fan of Allen & Heath and owner of many of their digital desks, I was keen to see what this range had to offer. I was instantly taken with the desk's look - it's spectacular. The layout, the screens, the work surface and overall design are at a different level. I knew I had to have one," says Grant Brooks, owner of GB Sound.

Having seen the desk at the Mediatech show, Brooks s

USA - Altman Lighting has announced the appointment of Pacific Lighting Ltd as its Global Distributor of the Year for 2015. Pacific Lighting is based in Hong Kong with offices in Singapore.

"The entire team at Pacific Lighting are truly delighted to have received the award" said Hugh Chinnick, Director of Pacific Lighting. "It not only represents a great achievement by the company, but also the success of Altman's expansion into the global market."

"Pacific Lighting embodies everything you could hope for in a true industry partner" said Nicolas Champi

Africa - December 4th 2015 saw an audience of over 500,000 people attend an all night concert of gospel music in Lagos, Nigeria. This was the 10th annual concert in the popular Experience Series, which sees Lagos-based church House on the Rock bring together some of the biggest names in gospel music from Africa, the US, and the UK to perform on the same stage for 10 hours of music.

For the third consecutive year, London-based production company Subfrantic Production Services Limited was there, working alongside local suppliers and technicians to help deliver a world class event.

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USA - For singer-actress Ariana Grande, diamonds are definitely a girl's best friend. Lighting designer Chris Kuroda used a diamond motif for Grande's The Honeymoon Tour, deploying Clay Paky Stormys and A.leda B-EYE K20 fixtures to deliver a sparkling, jewel-like look.

The tour, Grande's first international tour, is playing 88 dates worldwide in support of her second studio album, My Everything. Kuroda, who is also lighting designer for Phish and Justin Bieber, designed the touring rig for the North American and European legs of Grande's tour as well as lighting for ind

Czech Republic - Powersoft has appointed Prodance as its new distributor in the Czech Republic. The experienced company, which started life in 1992 as a sales and rental agency before moving to dedicated distribution, has added the brand to its burgeoning portfolio of pro audio companies with immediate effect.

Martin Holas, Import Manager at the Prague-based company, said that Powersoft more than met their requirements after dropping their previous amplifier supplier. "We had been looking for a high power amplifier manufacturer for some time, as it represented an obvious gap in

UK - This year, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew have been transformed into a festive wonderland, with a one-mile sparkling path offering a magical, after-dark experience. Packed with lights, festivities and vintage fairground rides, Christmas at Kew is curated by Culture Creative, who once again approached White Light to provide the lighting equipment. In order to create something unforgettable, WL drew on its extensive range of state-of-the-art lighting technology, which included the SGM G-Spot and P-5 LED Washlight.

This is the third year that Christmas at Kew has taken place and

USA - Christie answered the call Monday night to bring a special experience to guests attending the world premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens by providing spectacular red carpet displays.

"Disney and Christie have been sharing projection and display ideas and innovations for several years now to provide audiences with unparalleled movie-going experiences," said Michael Kern, Disney's VP, special events production and technical services, "so there was no question regarding who we would enlist to provide spectacular red carpet displays to make this a special

The Netherlands - Neushoorn (Rhino) is a new entertainment venue in the heart of Leeuwarden, a multi-functional locale in the north of the country that opened in October with Elation LED lighting rigs in several of its performance spaces.

Housing two rooms with stages along with a café, exercise and cultural production areas, and rooms for workshops, Neushoorn can host a wide range of events - dance and club nights, rock and pop concerts, and theatre and dance performances. It also serves as a school for developing talent. Its two main stages, the 350-capacity Arena and the ve

USA - Bandit Lites and PULSE Lighting recently wrapped another successful venture with Warren Haynes' Christmas Jam. Held on 12 December, the rock and blues guitarist's annual charity benefit show celebrated its 27th year and donated the proceeds to Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, which has built 33 houses with donations from the Jam over the years.

Warren Haynes originally organized the Christmas concert to gather musicians together in his hometown of Asheville, N.C. for a marathon of good music for a good cause. This year featured artists such as the Tedeschi Trucks Band, the

UK - Core Lighting's battery powered LED ColourPoint uplighters and PinPoint pin-spots were the lighting fixtures of choice to illuminate two venues at the 2015 Art Couture Painswick (ACP) event.

Two separate but related elements of the event - themed An Evening With ACP - in Colour - were staged in St. Mary's Church and The Beacon Hall respectively. The Beacon Hall has been recently refurbished and is a community based multi-purpose space in the picturesque Cotswolds, UK village, while the striking St Mary's Church is a grade I listed building dating back to the 15th century.

UAE - Media Interactive Agency, under the artistic direction of Cynthia Chbat Mounir, contacted GDL to turn the presentation of a luxurious Japanese car into a show.

Under the art director's supervision, production director Mirco Resta and lighting designer Emiliano Morgia sought the best possible venue to present the car. They looked for a place that would meet the customer's specifications regarding logistics, and stage and lighting equipment, and found an appropriate venue at Studio City, Dubai.

They chose a completely soundproofed, large, fifty-foot high-room (with net area of

USA - Lighting designer Jason Ayala was understandably excited by the thought of doing an event for the Global Spin Awards at Manhattan's Metropolitan West, not just because of the prestigious client, but also because of the venue itself.

Like many New Yorkers, the LD had a special affinity for the sturdy two story building at 639 W. 46th Street in the city's Hell's Kitchen neighbourhood. Prior to becoming the go-to place for chic events like Versace's NY Fashion Week Runway Show, the 12,000 square foot building had achieved iconic status in the city as the home of H&H Bagel, the wor

Luxembourg - Located in Senningerberg, on the outskirts of Luxembourg City and close to the country's main airport, Pro Audio Sound Light Vision is a steadily growing company, providing rental, production and installation services to a variety of clients. It has just invested in Yamaha TF1 and TF3 digital consoles to join its existing stock of M7CLs and LS9s.

Founded in 1989 by John Schreiner and currently employing five staff members, the earlier Yamaha consoles are a firm favourite with the company and its clients alike.

"Our existing Yamaha consoles are very user-friendly

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