USA - Part of the LA-based Full Flood collective of lighting designers, Matthew Firestone has been responsible for illuminating the National Christmas Tree, set in front of the White House, for the past three years.

While this year the 50ft high tree twinkled in amber and warm white, along with the various state territory lights, the performance stages featured a series of guest artists, along with GLP's new and versatile X4 Atom.

Each year America's first family attends the event, and following a countdown, the President throws the switch to begin the show, which was this year ho

USA - More than 50 GLP impression X4 LED moving heads made a recent TV appearance on Legends: OWN at the Apollo, a four-part prime-time special featuring icons such as Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, The Isley Brothers and Earth, Wind & Fire.

Created and produced by Ron Weisner Entertainment for the Oprah Winfrey Network, the programmes transported viewers to the Apollo Theatre in Harlem for four nights of classic soul music as well as personal thoughts on how this historic and world famous theatre has helped nurture and develop their careers.

From a technical perspective t

USA - Since its opening in 2014, Miami's E11EVEN has featured a procession of superstars from Drake to A-Trak on its stage - and that has been during normal times! During Winter Music Conference last year, the chic two-story downtown Miami club was a magnet for hip hop, house music and EDM heavies. There were so many artists slated to perform at the club that its management decided to expand stage space by booking some acts to perform up on the open, airy cabana style Rooftop Terrace over the second floor.

This decision ultimately led to a new look being created on the terrace by wor

Germany - Live production and rental company, Feedback Show Systems, has added a Solid State Logic L500 Plus live console to its audio inventory.

Feedback Show Systems is one of Germany's leading production and rental companies, with a solid reputation for excellence. The company offers a full range of production services to high-end musicals, touring shows, and corporate events, and also provides a comprehensive dry hire service.

Feedback's first project with the L500 at FOH was the touring version of Shrek - The Musical. The show involved more than 20 dancers, a large ban

World - American punk rockers Fall Out Boy are on a world tour in support of their American Beauty/American Psycho album with a perspective-bending lighting design by Robb Jibson using Clay Paky Mythos and A.leda B-EYE K20 fixtures.

Robb Jibson - who serves as lighting and show designer for the tour - is using the highly advanced beam and spot light hybrid, Mythos, for effects, backlight, in delay systems and even as follow spots. With them, he projects dynamic aerial effects out across the audience, creates collimated looks and washes areas with vibrant colour.

"Clay

The Netherlands - During its yearly PIE event (Prolyte immersion event), which was held in Amsterdam from 10-12 January, Prolyte honoured its distributing network by handing out awards for highest turnover levels, non-turnover related achievements and awards for special contribution.

Starting on Sunday with a special dinner and party to celebrate its 25th anniversary year, the event started on a high note.

With over 110 persons attending, both key personnel and distributor representatives from all four corners of the globe, the atmosphere was lively and animated. Mixing dinner wit

UK - Martin Audio is planning two sets of demos at this week's PLASA Focus in Glasgow and the upcoming Integrated Systems Europe in Amsterdam.

Joining forces with its distribution partner LMC on 20 January, Martin Audio will be taking over the Leven Room which is directly across from the entrance of Hall 5 of SECC Glasgow on the Boulevard.

Products on show will include its award winning O-Line, CDD Series and MLA Mini, and the one-hour demonstration sessions will provide an understanding of these products, case studies and lots of listening time. More details and how to register c

UK - A Chippenham-based company that helps facilitate major public occasions has invested in a range of new energy efficient tower lights to be used at high profile events, such as London's New Year's Eve celebrations.

Power Logistics specialises in providing temporary power, heating and lighting for the event and entertainment sector.

It has now bought a further 20 state of the art, energy-efficient lights thanks to asset finance facility provided by Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking. The lights will be used this year in functions across the UK.

The investment is part of the busi

UK - Rose Bruford College in Sidcup, Kent, is hosting a free Stage Lighting Workshop on Tuesday 16 February, enabling attendees to explore the creation and presentation of a lighting design, from initial concept through to programmed presentation.

The workshop will be led by an experienced lighting lecturer and hosted by 2nd and 3rd year lighting students from the college.

The programme includes:

10.00-10.30 - Meet and Tour Campus

10.30-13.00 - Lighting Design Workshop: A practical workshop in creating a design, with a focus on the process of design and the context of

Europe - Swedish PA company, Parashoot, has completed a European tour with Norwegian singer songwriter, Ane Brun, using Allen & Heath's new dLive system to manage FoH and Monitors.

Parashoot's recently purchased dLive system, comprising the flagship S7000 Control Surface and DM64 MixRack, was immediately deployed on the tour, mixing both FOH and monitors on the same console.

"I have been using iLive endlessly over the last five years, and on the last two Ane Brun tours, culminating in over 200 shows. The timing of the dLive release couldn't have been better. The anticipation

UK - UK - Nitelites' lighting designer Shaun Moore controlled a 'punk rock 'n' roll' show for English folk singer Frank Turner's headline gig at London's Alexandra Palace recently utilising Avolites' Titan V9 Multi-User feature to network a Sapphire Touch and Tiger Touch II.

To create a high-octane show, Moore's rig included Martin MAC Viper Profiles, MAC Auras and Atomics, Clay Paky Mythos, and Par 64 Can CP61/62s.

The Sapphire Touch served as the main console, with the Tiger Touch II (TTII) used as Multi User and Back up. The system ran Artnet through a Main and Back Up Luminex

USA - Fast rising country star Justin Moore set a real challenge on his recent US tour, with venues ranging from state/county fairs up to 20,000-seat arena shows.

For production designer Sooner Routhier (of SRae Productions) and touring lighting director Aaron Luke it was a case of developing easily portable, truckable and scalable scenography that was quick to rig and derig.

Sooner also lights stages for Motley Crue to Bon Jovi and it was on a previous tour with the latter that she started using GLP's popular impression X4 heads, quickly sensing the speed of the fixture and the n

UK - A new production of Harvey Granville Barker's play Waste is currently showing at The National's Lyttelton Theatre with smooth 'swipe' curtain movements utilising Triple E's Chaintrack, Unitrack and Unibeam systems.

The controversial play, which was famously banned by the censors when it was first written, tells the story of the ambitious independent politician Henry Trebell and his plans for a bill to disestablish the Church of England.

The National Theatre's deputy production manager Clíona Ní Mhocháin approached Triple E's managing director David Edelstein to assi

France - Palais des Festivals, home to the Cannes Film Festival, is one of Europe's leading conference and entertainment venues. The building features five main auditoriums as well as numerous committee rooms and administrative offices.

The combination of Adamson and the Palais des Festivals began 15 years ago when the newly formed DV2 (Adamson's distributor in France) designed a sound reinforcement system featuring Adamson Y10 line arrays for the Auditorium Louis Lumiere. The system, which is still in use today, continues to receive compliments from those that perform in the space.<

UK - Over the past couple of years the iconic Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, home of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, has undergone a major £14.5m refurbishment. This has included the building of a brand new smaller-scale venue, Music Room, on which Stage Electrics and Northern Light worked closely together to supply and fit out, as well as being major contractors for the 1700-capacity main auditorium.

The project was split into two phases. Phase one focused on the main Hall whose 1939 art-deco style architecture has earned it Grade II*- listed status.

It included w

Star Tribute - The life of David Bowie was celebrated with a tribute concert at a London chapel. Hundreds of fans packed out Islington's Grade I-listed Union Chapel to pay homage to the musician who died of cancer on 10 January. The service saw an eclectic mix of artists, including the Magic Numbers and ex-Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock, perform the star's music.

Fans filled the small north London chapel as Bowie's best-known tunes, played by an organ, echoed around the hall. A huge screen showed images of the star in his many guises, before the part gig, part remembrance service k

UK - London's first Lumiere light festival closed on Sunday 17 January having transformed the city's streets and buildings with 30 spectacular artworks. First estimates put the numbers of visitors at over 1m attending the festival over four evenings.

Developed by creative producers Artichoke and supported by the Mayor of London, Lumiere London turned King's Cross and London's West End, including Leicester Square, Piccadilly, Regent Street and St James's into a magical pedestrian playground and encouraged Londoners and tourists alike to explore the heart of the capital and view it in

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. Will be showcasing the latest product highlights from their extensive brand portfolio at the PLASA Focus Glasgow 2016 Show - SECC, Glasgow, UK, stand B1, 20 - 21 January.

A leading one-stop provider of professional equipment to the entertainment industry, AC-ET will be showcasing a selection of the very latest lighting, audio, rigging, video, and film & TV solutions available from their vast portfolio of over 200 leading brands and five specialist sales divisions.

The award-winning Chroma-Q® range of premium performance solutio

Germany - Robe's philosophy of smaller-brighter-lighter reaches new levels at Miniatur Wunderland where BMFL Spots, Pointes and LEDWash 600s are prominent on the lighting rig for German music superstar Helene Fischer's show-stopping performance at the Berlin Olympiastadion.

The actual concerts were staged in July 2015 during Fischer's Farbenspiel tour and were enjoyed by around 110,000 people. Anyone who missed the show can catch the experience at the Miniatur Wunderland attraction in Hamburg where a 1:87 scale model of the complete venue, stage, functioning lighting, sound and video

Germany - Yamaha's MTX3 matrix mixer/signal processor is proving a popular solution for smaller, fixed audio installations where untrained staff are in day-to-day control of the system. Houses of worship are an ideal example, with three German churches recently commissioning MTX3-based systems.

Steinheim-based Klartext AV has installed two of the systems, one in the town of Kohlberg, the other in Oggenhausen.

The Kohlberg installation includes an MTX3 with Yamaha XMV4140 multi-channel power amplifier and DCP4V4S wall-mounted control. The four buttons and rotary controls of the DCP

Germany - Airstar was recently involved in a lighting project from notorious artist Rafael Lozano Hemmer to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Ulm church tower spire in Germany.

A gigantic balloon measuring six metres in length and animated by eight Panasonic projectors was hung for three months in the middle of the Lutheran church nave. The projected images provided a faithful representation of the activity in the sun's surface. The Hannover office of Airstar European Network (AEN) provided and installed the balloon.

For this artistic performance, Airstar proposed a custom ma

USA - Clearwing Productions, an AV sales, service, event- production and integration services provider with locations in Milwaukee and Phoenix, acquired eight RedNet D16R AES rack-mount Dante interfaces, part of the full line of RedNet Dante network devices from Focusrite, nearly a year ago.

The D16R units have transformed how the company is able to move digital audio around for clients ranging from one troupe of the famed Blue Man Group to the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek, Colorado.

Three RedNet D16R units (along with three RedNet 1 eight chann

USA - Camarillo, California-based Rat Sound Systems provided a full 360 degrees of audio coverage for Bassnectar's New Year's Eve show in Birmingham, Alabama. The concert, which was held at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Centre (BJCC) Legacy Arena, featured 72 Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) Anya modules flown in four double-wide clusters.

Bassnectar is well-known for his live performances, massive sound systems and light shows. Bassnectar NYE360, now in its fifth year, features a rotating stage at the centre of the arena designed to deliver maximum impact to his fans. The Legacy A

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