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SFL urges industry to ‘stand by your team’SFL urges industry to ‘stand by your team’
Monday, 23 March 2020

UK - Event production supplier and AV integrator SFL is calling on the entertainment technology and events industries to stand by their teams as the COVID-19 outbreak threatens the liveliehoods of many industry workers.
“Events of every kind have been seriously affected in a very short space of time,” comments the company’s managing director, Tom Jeffery. “As with many organisations, this is a significant part of our business, but we know we have to look to the future. At SFL, we consider our team to be our family - one that we will stand by. We have always run a financially-prudent business and we are grateful to be in a position to be able to weather this storm and put our team’s needs first in such a difficult time.”
As well as looking close to home, SFL is finding ways to support positive expressions of community on a wider basis, as new ways to communicate and support each other are found.
The company is already involved with the UK National Arts Wellbeing Collective which stems from the work of the Arts Centre Melbourne in Australia. Established in April 2019, it links like-minded organisations and individuals around the UK to improve health and wellbeing in the arts, cultural and heritage employment sectors.
“Mental health has always been something we’re acutely aware of as a company, but it’s more important than ever,” says Jeffery. “We were proud to be part of the organisations first conference, and will continue to give our support in whatever form it can take.”
SFL is looking at ways to help its custom

LumenRadio acquires Wireless SolutionLumenRadio acquires Wireless Solution
Monday, 23 March 2020

Sweden - Gothenburg-based LumenRadio AB has announced the acquisition of Wireless Solution Sweden AB.
The two brands will maintain their market identities and operate separately. The combined business will have a yearly turnover of more than €10m and more than 50 employees, with complementary products and solutions, addressing a much bigger customer base.
Alexander Hellström, CEO of LumenRadio, comments: “We are really excited about this! Together we will define the wireless standard for the future and with all the great technology and know-how Wireless Solution has built up over the last two decades, we strongly believe that our existing and future customers will benefit from the combined offer. Professional lighting is a high-stakes, no-nonsense business, putting high pressure on suppliers to always deliver, something that Wireless Solution, under the dedicated leadership from Niclas Arvidsson, successfully has done over the last two decades.”
“I am happy and positive that the Wireless Solution brand will continue to thrive within the new LumenRadio context,” adds Interlite’s owner and CEO, Niclas Arvidsson. “I think this merger is very good for our customers and the industry in general. The conditions for a truly global standard for wireless DMX are now in place.”
(Jim Evans)

EM Acoustics: ‘monitoring the challenge’EM Acoustics: ‘monitoring the challenge’
Friday, 20 March 2020

UK - As with many businesses in the UK, loudspeaker specialist EM Acoustics is closely monitoring the current public health challenge linked to the Coronavirus, and following advice and applying procedures recommended by the WHO and Public Health England with regard to health and hygiene.
Operations director Mike Wheeler reports: “Since we source very few of our components in South East Asia, our exposure to supply chain disruption from China is extremely minimal. Additionally we understand that Chinese manufacturing has resumed to near normal levels, and so we do not anticipate any significant negative effects on our supply chain.
“Although restrictions on the movement of goods in Europe, and particularly Italy, is of concern, we do have considerable reserve stocks of components that will allow us to complete current production schedules without disruption.
“At the present time, we have no staffing issues and our manufacturing schedules are operating as normal. We are therefore able to fulfill all orders for the forseeable future without significant delay. However with new government policies being implemented at short notice we will continue to monitor and heed expert advice, and will notify you of any changes to our activities.
We will continue to monitor the situation daily and will always act in the best interests of the health of our customers, staff, suppliers, and their families.”
(Jim Evans)

Artistic Licence open for businessArtistic Licence open for business
Friday, 20 March 2020

UK - Artistic Licence reports that it is ‘business as usual’ for the company in the light of the current COVID-19 pandemic.
The lighting control specialist says, “As a small company, Artistic Licence is keen to reassure all our customers that we are open for business as usual. Our sales and production departments are operating normally and we have good levels of stock available for immediate delivery.
“As a precaution, the decision has been made that staff who can work from home will do so from today onwards, until further notice. Email and telephone details will remain the same and all staff can be contacted as normal.”


Creative Technology backs scientific researchCreative Technology backs scientific research
Friday, 20 March 2020

UK - Creative Technology (CT) UK is home to hundreds of media servers, each with the latest in GPU’s and processors. Ordinarily, these servers are key to delivering live events for clients but following the outbreak of COVID-19 throughout Europe and beyond, and the related reduction in live events, CT has found itself in a position to get creative with its technology in the form of the Folding@Home project run by Stanford University.
CT London has set up a server farm and is inviting researchers from all over the world to use the CPU (Central Processing Unit) and GPU (Graphic Processing Unit) capacity of its media servers to draw, calculate and analyse complex formulas and graphics in the global fight against COVID-19.
Folding@Home is a distributed computing project for disease research that simulates protein folding, computational drug design, and other types of molecular dynamics. These scientific COVID-19 projects focus on better understanding how these Coronaviruses interact with the human ACE2 receptor required for viral entry into human host cells, and how researchers might be able to interfere with them through the design of new therapeutic antibodies or small molecules that might disrupt their interaction.
There is hope to take advantage of some of the new structural biology and biochemical data that is being rapidly released by researchers around the world who are working to understand these viruses and strategies for defeating them.
Since joining t

LEA Professional partners with ProactiveLEA Professional partners with Proactive
Friday, 20 March 2020

Mexico - LEA Professional has partnered with Soluciones Proactive Latin América to serve the company’s growing customer base in the Latin America region. Based in Mexico City, and owned by Berenice Gutierrez, Proactive will represent LEA Professional’s full suite of products - including its cloud platform set to launch next month.
“We are delighted to partner with a nimble and innovative brand like LEA Professional. LEA continues to break barriers in the industry, and I look forward to working with LEA and some of the top distributors in Latin America to help strengthen the industry,” comments Berenice Gutierrez, owner and director Pro Active LATAM.
“We are proud to add S. Proactive Latin America to our growing network of global sales representatives and distribution partners,” said Scott Robbins, VP of sales for LEA Professional. “At LEA Professional we have always punched well above our weight and this announcement is further reinforcement of this. We have ambitious growth plans for LEA over the coming months and this partnership further strengthens our global presence.”

21CC Group launches #ThinkOthers campaign21CC Group launches #ThinkOthers campaign
Friday, 20 March 2020

UK - Edinburgh-based event company 21CC Group Ltd who deliver events throughout the UK has launched an online campaign #ThinkOthers with the aim of connecting those who need help and those who can offer help during the coming weeks and months as a result of the effects of COVID-19.
Director Geoff Crow says, “Our business, 21CC Group, is about bringing people together through events. Like many businesses we are working to come to terms with the impact that the coronavirus is having on the nation, our families, neighbours and our business.
“Events are our business; however, events have been halted across the country at this time in an effort to curtail the spread of the virus.
“Whilst we are not able to deliver events in this current state of nationwide shut down due to the Coronavirus, in the midst of panic and fear, our team want to deliver a message of hope and care. We want to use our resources and our connections to be part of something that is bigger than us, and is a positive way. #ThinkOthers gives us all the opportunity to connect people who need help, with people that can offer help; everyone can be part of this.”
21CC Group started in business in 2000. The company now employs 18 permanent staff and seasonal staff and manages a pool of over 50 event crew, regularly hosting events and shows around the country for corporate groups, festivals, local authorities and private clients.
#ThinkOthers is an online campaign working from Facebook and is easy to use and

Industry organisations launch roadie benefit initiativeIndustry organisations launch roadie benefit initiative
Friday, 20 March 2020

USA - A group of leading live event industry organisations has joined together to create a GoFundMe campaign to raise $250,000 in donations to provide relief to eligible freelance professionals affected by the coronavirus pandemic due to event cancellations.
The campaign is initially being sponsored by Alive Risk, Clair Global, the Event Safety Alliance, Griffin360, Merch Roadie, Show Makers Symposium and Take1 Insurance, with other companies expected to join the cause. The goal of the campaign is to reach out to entertainment industry businesses and live entertainment fans worldwide to raise $250,000 in direct contributions to the Roadie Relief GoFundMe campaign that will then be distributed to eligible freelance professionals through MusiCares. Information about the Roadie Rescue Campaign, who it benefits and how to apply can be found at
“Everyone needs to join together to help the people in their industry most impacted economically by the novel coronavirus, and in the live event industry that group is the tens of thousands of tireless and dedicated independent contractors, the roadies, who bring every live event to life,” says Take1 Insurance executive vice president Scott Carroll said today. “The live event industry can provide this relief quickly and most efficiently by working with MusiCares, which has been providing assistance to music people in need since 1991.”
According to Event Safety Alliance president Jim Digby: “The Road

Industry rallies to offer training during COVID crisisIndustry rallies to offer training during COVID crisis
Friday, 20 March 2020

World - Industry professionals looking to make use of any downtime caused by the coronavirus disruption across the events industry can now access various web workshops and seminars for free.
Lighting professionals can look to the Avolites website for upcoming online tutorials, webinars and support on the company’s Titan and Ai platforms.
Ambersphere has added ‘free for freelancers’ grandMA2 user training and network introduction classes, details of which can be found at The grandMA2 user course will be 24-26 March and the grandMA2 Network course will be the 27 March.
Meanwhile, ETC has made its LearningStage classes free until 15 May; these include Introduction to ETC’s Prodigy training, training on the Element console, the Eos family and the Mosaic Designer software. 
Obsidian Control Systems is offering free online classes covering the Onyx control platform and Netron data distribution range. The courses take place weekly on Tuesdays (Introduction to Netron), Wednesdays (Onyx 101) and Thursdays (Onyx Advanced) each week.
MA Lighting's free e-learning portal MA University is the place to check for all things grandMA.

PLASA Focus Leeds 2020 cancelled due to COVID-19PLASA Focus Leeds 2020 cancelled due to COVID-19
Thursday, 19 March 2020

UK - PLASA has announced the cancellation of its popular PLASA Focus Leeds tradeshow, which was scheduled to take place on 12-13 May 2020 at the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds.
The Association said in a statement: "Following the concerning developments of the Covid-19 outbreak over the past week, PLASA has come to the disappointing yet inevitable decision that we must cancel PLASA Focus Leeds. This decision was made in order to ensure the health and safety of both our exhibitors and visitors, as without all of your continued support, the show wouldn’t be the success it is today.
"We regret that we cannot now share the incredible programme we had planned, as well as two sold-out show floors full of industry figureheads. However, we are pleased to announce that PLASA Focus Leeds will return next year, taking place from 11-12 May 2021, bringing with it the usual vibrant atmosphere and exciting technology. You will be the very first to know when registration opens.
"In the meantime, the PLASA team will proceed full steam ahead to make the 2020 edition of PLASA Show the best it can possibly be when it returns to Olympia London from 6-8 September. You can find out more about PLASA Show at
"We look forward to welcoming you to one of our shows in the future, and in the meantime, we wish you all the very best."

Adamson adds distributor for BangladeshAdamson adds distributor for Bangladesh
Thursday, 19 March 2020

Bangladesh - Adamson Systems Engineering has further bolstered its foothold in Southern Asia with the appointment of Mainspring as its exclusive distributor for Bangladesh. Headquartered in Dhaka, Mainspring will represent Adamson’s loudspeaker offerings in the country’s live production and integration markets.
“We’ve seen Adamson’s profile growing significantly in Southern Asia and around the world and saw a lot of potential for a high-end brand with great support and a strong focus on user education here in Bangladesh,” comments Rezwan Rahman, executive director of Mainspring. “We’ve had great interactions with Adamson’s APAC team and Canadian headquarters thus far and look forward to working together to generate new business and opportunities throughout our territory.”
Mainspring is currently well-stocked with Adamson’s tour-proven S-Series of sub-compact two-way, full-range enclosures and complementary subwoofers, as well as the M-Series of high-performance stage monitors, though customers will soon have access to the full line of Adamson offerings, including the flagship E-Series and intelligent, Milan-ready CS-Series.
Working in close collaboration with Shamim Ahmed, a renowned audio engineer in Bangladesh, Mainspring intends to set its standards at an international level in terms of audio performance and support for live events throughout the country.
“We’re glad to have found the right partners to help us thrive in this very promising market,” shares Ben Millson, Adamson’s managing director for the APAC re

Glastonbury and Eurovision cancelledGlastonbury and Eurovision cancelled
Thursday, 19 March 2020

Europe The latest major events cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak include Glastonbury Festival and the Eurovision Song Contest. In the UK, Brighton’s annual arts festival will not take place for the first time in 53 years, while organisers of major festivals such as Reading, the Isle of Wight and Cropredy are monitoring the situation closely.
Taylor Swift, Sir Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar were due to appear, alongside Diana Ross and Dua Lipa at Glastonbury’s 50th anniversary gathering at Worthy Farm in Somerset in June. "We're so sorry the decision to cancel has been made," a statement said. "It was not through choice." Just six days ago, organiser Emily Eavis said she had "fingers firmly crossed" the event would go ahead. But after the government advised people to avoid mass gatherings on Monday, cancellation became increasingly likely.
Fans who had already paid the £50 deposit will be allowed to roll over that sum to next year, guaranteeing "the opportunity to buy a ticket for Glastonbury 2021", organisers said. Refunds will also be available for those who want them.
"We very much hope that the situation in the UK will have improved enormously by the end of June," said Michael and Emily Eavis in a statement. "But even if it has, we are no longer able to spend the next three months with thousands of crew here on the farm, helping us with the enormous job of building the infrastructure and attractions,
"We were so looking forward to welcoming you all for our 50th anniversary with a line-up full of fantastic artists and p

DWR offers free networking workshopsDWR offers free networking workshops
Wednesday, 18 March 2020

South Africa - DWR Distribution is now offering training free of charge. New to DWR’s schedule is a Networking and Lighting Protocols workshop presented by Jannie de Jager on 1 and 2 July at DWR Distribution's base in Johannesburg.
De Jager will cover topics such as network protocols, show control protocols, planning a network and troubleshooting.
Delegates are to supply their own laptop or PC and an optional network switch. Please also bring a valid ID. Delegates are requested to supply their own packed lunch.
Bookings can be made online at

Obsidian offers free online training classesObsidian offers free online training classes
Wednesday, 18 March 2020

USA - In light of the coronavirus outbreak and the challenges it presents the entertainment industry, Obsidian Control Systems will provide free weekly training sessions covering the Onyx control platform and new Netron data distribution range.
These classes will be hosted online and are available globally for anyone interested in learning more about Obsidian’s advanced yet intuitive lighting control products.
Every week a different range of topics will be discussed in an open forum that encourages user interaction and questions. Topics will include navigating the new Dylos pixel engine to the building of cue and playback structures, as well as FX creation. The Onyx workspace environment will be discussed in depth along with any other topics users are interested in addressing.
For details and registration, visit

BTS offers mental health screening onlineBTS offers mental health screening online
Wednesday, 18 March 2020

USA - Behind the Scenes has announced an online behavioural health screening programme as part of its Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Initiative. These free screenings are completely anonymous, private, easily accessible, and quick to complete.
The entertainment industry has unique rewards, practices, stressors and challenges that are not commonly experienced in the same way in other professions. By its very nature our industry can impact your physical and emotional health with long hours, pressure to push your body, and high workplace stress.
These screenings are a tool to check in on a key part of your overall health - your behavioural health - which includes mental health, substance use, and more. The program consists of nine different sets of questions which can help you self-identify symptoms you may be experiencing. You choose which of the screenings you wish to take based on how you are feeling.
The screenings are a quick way to determine if you or someone you care about can benefit from the help and support of a Mental Health professional. They will help you understand if what you have been thinking and feeling may be associated with a common, treatable behavioral health issue. Immediately following each screening you will see your results, recommendations, and key resources.
Take a confidential screening today at, or tell a friend or colleague who also might benefit.
An extensive listing of resource links is now available on the Behind the Scenes website at Finding help wh

Chauvet Pro praises industry resilienceChauvet Pro praises industry resilience
Wednesday, 18 March 2020

USA - Reacting to the coronavirus crisis, the Chauvet Professional team has offered words of encouragement.
“While we are all facing the harsh impact that the coronavirus pandemic is having on our family, friends, colleagues, customers and businesses, we believe that even in the midst of this darkness, light will find a way to come through. And does,” says Chauvet. “This is reflected in the resilience and resourcefulness of our own industry members who, with the door closed on large gatherings, have ingenuously turned to lighting live streamed events.
“We’ve been inspired by the example of Events United, which has partnered with UltraSound LLC to live stream a Drop Kick Murphy’s concert; Star Design Event Services, Spectrum Audio Productions and MediaQuest, which streamed a music video by Code Orange on Twitch; and Nic Vasquez who streamed services Sunday at Willow Crystal Lake Church.
“There are many more examples of pure grit, creativity and determination by our industry friends, the world over. They are ensuring that entertainment lighting continues what it does best: please the eyes to stir the soul, lift spirits to connect us all!
“Chauvet Professional will continue to support you in your efforts. Light always prevails over darkness. Long after this crisis passes, the example we set together today will continue to shine brightly.”

Madrid’s Mastering Mansion takes on PMCMadrid’s Mastering Mansion takes on PMC
Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Spain - Madrid-based pro audio specialist Mastering Mansion Pro Audio has been appointed as a local distributor by UK speaker manufacturer PMC, with responsibility for selling and supporting the company’s range of professional studio monitors.
Headed by mastering engineer Nick Litwin, who established the company 16 years ago, Mastering Mansion Pro Audio supplies equipment and offers technical support to all types of recording professionals, from producers and engineers to mastering and mix engineers and self-producing artists.
“We are a very service-oriented company and everyone working here is an engineer with practical experience in the sound industry,” says Nick Litwin says. “If someone wants to improve the sound quality of their productions, they can talk to us and tell us how they work, what equipment they are working with, how much they want to spend and what they want to achieve. We then help them by offering sincere, clear and realistic advice that is tailored to their specific needs.”
Mastering Mansion will use its in-house mastering room as a demo facility for PMC products so that potential customers can hear them in a working environment. The company will supply PMC’s entire professional range and for demo purposes it will stock PMC IB1S and twotwo series monitors including the twotwo Sub. It will also demo and supply PMC’s award-winning result6 compact nearfield reference monitors that have becoming very popular thanks to their ability to deliver high quality audio at a cost effective price.
“We had been selling

Kern & Stelly appointed Peerless-AV distributorKern & Stelly appointed Peerless-AV distributor
Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Germany - UK-based Peerless-AV has signed a distribution agreement with Kern & Stelly Medientechnik covering Germany and Austria. As of March 2020, the AV distributor from Hamburg will offer dealers and integrators Peerless-AV’s DvLED mounting solutions for brands, such as Samsung and Absen, as well as the Xtreme High Bright Outdoor Displays and Outdoor Kiosk solutions.
Kern & Stelly is one of the largest AV distributors in the German speaking area and a member of the Midwich Group. The company offers specialist trade partners in Germany and Austria a wide range of AV solutions - from projectors and professional flat screens to signal management equipment and accessories. Through the distribution agreement with Peerless-AV, Kern & Stelly is expanding its portfolio to include dvLED mounting solutions, outdoor displays and kiosks.
“With strong partners like Kern & Stelly, we want to increase our market share in Germany,” explains Melinda Von Horvath, vice president of sales and marketing – EMEA, Peerless-AV. “Kern & Stelly’s dynamic and specialist approach to distribution in the DACH region perfectly aligns with our growth strategy. They have an impressive solution-oriented product portfolio and a strong technical sales team in the office and in the field. We are very pleased about the new partnership which will allow us to significantly expand our presence in German and Austrian territories.”
(Jim Evans)

Audio Americas to distribute SymetrixAudio Americas to distribute Symetrix
Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Chile - Symetrix has chosen Audio Americas as their new sales agency throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Led by president Matthew Garfein and director of commercial division, Felipe Vargas, Audio Americas will provide technical sales support to distributors, integrators, and consultants for Symetrix.
“We are thrilled to partner with a sales agency of the calibre and sophistication that Matthew and Felipe of Audio Americas bring to the table,” says international sales and operations manager, Ty Robinson. “Matthew and Felipe are highly responsive, highly engaged, and are eager to grow Symetrix in Latin America and the Caribbean. Audio Americas are a great addition to our international salesforce.”
Audio Americas, based in Santiago de Chile, specialises in commercial and consumer audio/video products. Since 2003, they have represented premium, world-class brands and have worked with hundreds of distributors, dealers and technology integrators throughout the region. Their commercial division is focused on audiovisual products for installation in environments ranging from stadiums to conference rooms to houses of worship, with experienced technical sales staff to support customers with their projects.
“We are excited and honored to be a part of the Symetrix 2.0 extended sales team,” adds Matthew Garfein. “We see tremendous opportunities in Latin America for Symetrix to gain an important share of the commercial integration market, thanks to its innovative and excellent-sounding products. We will leverage our in-depth market knowledg

Leisure industry to receive cash supportLeisure industry to receive cash support
Wednesday, 18 March 2020

UK - The Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has addressed the financial difficulties faced by the leisure industry in a comprehensive financial support package revealed during Tuesday's Downing Street briefing on the coronavirus outbreak.
Sunak is making available £330 billion of loan guarantees to all businesses. To support liquidity amongst larger firms, the Chancellor has agreed a facility with the the Bank of England. For smaller firms, he is extending the business interruption loan scheme, which will offer loans of up to £5m.

Further measures include:
- Removing business rates for businesses with rateable value of £12,000
- Additional cash grants of up to £25,000
- Business rates holiday to apply for 12 months to all businesses irrespectable of their rateable value
- Grants worth £10,000 will be available to the smallest companies

On Friday 20 March, the chancellor revealed further measures for workers and businesses, including paying up to 80% of the wages of employees, capped at £2,500 per month, and increasing the value of universal credit and tax credits by £1,000 a year. 
For the estimated 4.8 million self-employed people in the UK, the chancellor opened up the Universal Credit scheme, meaning they can now receive the same amount as someone on statutory sick pay, or £94.25 a week. 
Pressed about why the self-employed aren't getting support comparative to that salaried employees have been promised, the communities secretary Robert Jenrick recognised that "this isn't perfe

Petition urges UK government to support the events industryPetition urges UK government to support the events industry
Tuesday, 17 March 2020

UK - A petition has been launched urging the UK government to offer economic assistance to the events industry during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. Instigated by Matt Rakowski of DBpixelhouse, the petition’s aim is: “For the UK government to provide economic assistance to businesses and staff employed in the events industry, who are suffering unforeseen financial challenges that could have a profound effect on hundreds of thousands of people employed in the sector.”
To-date, the petition has been signed over 131,000 times – surpassing the 100,000-signature threshold required for the issue to be considered for debate in parliament.
Rakowski comments: “The response has been phenomenal so far, we’re at just over 131,000 – which, considering we launched on Thursday evening, is a remarkable achievement, although not surprising considering how many people work in our industry.”
“I’d like to take this opportunity to request we keep this matter at the top of the news agenda for our industry. The current climate looks as though things are only likely to get worse over the coming weeks and months. It’s vital that we stick together as an industry and do everything we can to mitigate the fallout from the current situation.”
“I have written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Prime Minister, my local MP and various members of the cabinet and the shadow cabinet. The content of my letter was to la

Christie Lites releases statement on COVID-19 measuresChristie Lites releases statement on COVID-19 measures
Tuesday, 17 March 2020

World - Huntly Christie, CEO of Christie Lites, has released the following statement in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic: “Like every other company in our business, Christie Lites is not immune and at the end of last week I enacted some difficult measures to counter the effects of the ‘shock-stop’ the industry has endured as a result of the COVID-19 virus. Sadly, this included laying off approximately 200 staff globally. This has definitely been the most difficult situation I have experienced in the company’s 35yr history. We’ve worked extremely hard to build and assemble a great global team and it was a really painful process to see some of our people lose their jobs.”
He continues: “As such, I feel it is important to speak about this publicly and this past week have taken several interviews with mainstream media outlets in North America. I have given an honest account to the media about the devastation to the industry as a whole and the effects on Christie Lites. I feel it is important to speak to the economic consequences that the Coronavirus has caused. In my opinion, we have some leaders and politicians failing to use pragmatism and science to guide their communication and decision making and I did not want to watch 200 Christie Lites staff lose their jobs quietly and without a voice.”
“Some people may take these media interviews and measures taken to mean that Christie Lites is now unstable. In actual fact, I would like to reassure everyone that we are extremely stable and rest assured that Christie Lites will be here for our

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Conventions Cancelled - The convention/exhibition sector is being hit hard. Following the cancellation of Pro Light + Sound in Frankfurt, The 2020 NAB Show, which was slated to begin April 18 at the Las Vegas Convention Centre, has been cancelled.
"In the interest of addressing the health and safety concerns of our stakeholders and in consultation with partners throughout the media and entertainment industry, we have decided not to move forward with NAB Show in April. We are currently considering a number of potential alternatives to create the best possible experience for our community," Gordon H. Smith, president and CEO of the event, said in a statement on the National Association of Broadcasters website.
He added that they are "committed to exploring all possible alternatives so that we can provide a productive setting" for the event. The annual confab, which in 2019 reported attendance of roughly 90,000, includes a massive technology exhibition as well as a conference.
Sounds of Silence - The growing list of cancelled tours and gigs makes depressing reading. The Who were the first musicians to cancel a major tour in the UK and Ireland, saying the decision was made with "much regret" but "fans' safety is paramount". Due to start in Manchester on 16 March and finish at Wembley on 8 April, all 10 shows are now set to be rescheduled for later in the year. They have also called off a planned show at the Royal Albert Hall in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust, which was set to take place on 28 March, but say they plan to reschedule this as well.<

Adlib invests in multiple Ayrton fixturesAdlib invests in multiple Ayrton fixtures
Tuesday, 17 March 2020

UK - Merseyside-based Adlib has made a sizeable investment in Ayrton fixtures by adding Khamsin-S, Bora-S and Diablo LED profiles and wash lights to its inventory, purchased from Ambersphere, Ayrton’s exclusive distributor for the UK.
“Adlib’s policy is to look to the future of technology and be at the forefront of what’s coming next,” says head of lighting and video, Tom Edwards. “Over the past two years we have seen significant growth in both our lighting and video departments as the markets we operate in change and expand. We focus on lasting relationships with clients over many years, so it’s exciting for us that some of the fantastic companies and artists are developing along with us and we can support them across such a wide spectrum of live events and special projects.
“To facilitate this, we were looking to add some big, powerful LED fixtures that were bright enough to handle the areas that we are growing into - fixtures that were comfortable in arenas and larger venues, with a full feature set, framing shutters, CTO wheels, and all the other essentials. The Ayrton products ticked all of these boxes.”
Edwards first spotted Bora and Khamsin at a tradeshow in the company of Ambersphere: “It was the quality of light coming out of the Bora wash light that caught my eye and especially impressed me,” he says. “It is very rare that you see something in the ‘bread & butter’ range that excites - and on the face of it the Bora specs seem nothing out of the ordinary - but when I saw the fixture, it was like seeing some


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