Events News

think-avs-remco-van-der-werff-with-funktion-ones-tony-andrews-2PL+S: Think! AV invests in Funktion-One Vero
Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Germany - Dutch company, Think! AV, has updated its stock of audio equipment with the addition of a new Vero sound system. It comes ahead of a hectic summer period for the company, which has enjoyed considerable growth over the last five years.
Vero by Funktion-One is a vertically arrayable sound system which delivers point source sound for live and touring applications, while utilising the deployment advantages of a vertical array.
Think! AV’s owner, Remco van der Werff, said, “We’ve provided sound for some incredible events here in The Netherlands and that increasingly involves a Vero system that we’ve been hiring in up until now. Event organisers love Vero and audiences do too, so it makes complete sense for us to have our own system and push Think! AV on to the next level at the same time.”
Vero is a large format touring sound system. It is a complete system – featuring loudspeakers, amplification, rigging and software – that combines outstanding sonic performance and ease of use. Its vertical format means it is designed for the ergonomic expectations of modern touring environments, yet its audio quality and efficiency is unprecedented. Vero is a new type of system that comes from a new approach to tour sound.
The Vero range features five highly-efficient, low distortion horn-loaded loudspeakers – the V60 mid-high, V90 mid-high and V315 mid-bass with a choice of V221 or V132 bass. The V60s, V90s and V315s all have identical dimensions enabling them to be flown in the same vertical array. The ground stacked V221 or V132 bass

martin-audio-launch-imagePL+S: Martin Audio stages mega launch
Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Germany - At this year’s Prolight + Sound Show in Frankfurt, Martin Audio unveiled an ambitious line up of 10 new products across multiple categories including Line Arrays, Stage Monitors and Amplifiers.
First up was the Wavefront Precision Series, a new generation of multipurpose line arrays designed to bring Martin Audio’s signature sound, coverage consistency and control to a broader range of touring applications, installations and budgets. Comprising the WPC (2 x 10” LF) and WPM (2 x 6.5” LF), Wavefront Precision line arrays are designed as complete systems with the newly announced external iKON multi-channel amplifiers optimised by Martin Audio’s automated DISPLAY software.
Adopting the principle of scalable resolution, with external, dedicated multi-channel amplifiers, Wavefront Precision line arrays are designed to be uniquely flexible, upgradeable and financially accessible.
Dom Harter, managing director, explained further, “Martin Audio’s MLA Series remains the definitive optimised array technology in the market place today, offering customers both the hard avoid feature (the ability to limit coverage in a zone by as much as 30dB) and the patented ability to optimise against multiple target functions - such as frequency response, SPL gradient and leakage, which no other competitor product can.
“But the MLA family consists of fixed resolution systems and what we wanted to do with Wavefront Precision was to introduce a solution whereby customers could have a flexible and scalable approach to resolution and control of cov

adamson-1PL+S: Adamson confirms major expansion
Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Germany - Adamson Systems Engineering is now officially operating out of its recently expanded, 40,000 sq. ft. Canadian headquarters in Port Perry, ON. Full details were outlined at a press conference at ProLight+Sound in Frankfurt.
Driven by three years of rapid growth, the new expansion will allow Adamson to meet the increased demand of its growing sales network. While the new addition has been dedicated entirely to production and R&D, the original facility has also been revamped to shape the future of research, product development, and education.
Along with the architectural improvements, Adamson has also invested heavily in machinery and manufacturing technologies to guarantee efficient production of performance loudspeaker systems in Canada. These include new CNC routers, milling machines, and semi-automated production lines, all aimed at maintaining Adamson’s status as an industry-leading innovator.
"This significant investment in infrastructure positions Adamson to continue manufacturing all components and key technologies in Canada,” says president and CEO Brock Adamson. “Vertical onsite integration, from raw iron to finished loudspeakers, allows our engineering teams to prototype real world products faster and deliver products that are not limited in performance through priorities set by third party suppliers. The elimination of outsourcing ensures the protection of our intellectual property and maintains the secrecy surrounding certain proprietary manufacturing processes.”
The expansion is directly correlated to Adamson

neal-preston-exhibition-frankfurt-copy-smlShowlight 2017 – Full programmes confirmed
Monday, 3 April 2017

Italy - The mainstay of the Showlight quadrennial is its Speaker Programme where illustrious professionals are gleaned from lighting disciplines across the world to educate and entertain, and generally have a very good time networking with other lighting enthusiasts from across the industry. The Speaker Programme has now been finalised and a full list of speakers can be viewed on line at This will also be useful to those delegates/Day Ticket holders who can only spare a day or two when choosing which days to attend.
A special feature amongst the regular programme of events at Showlight 2017 will be the Neal Preston photographic exhibition, In the Eye of the Rock ’n’ Roll Hurricane from the Lightpower Collection.
Neal Preston is one of the most outstanding photographers of the Rock ‘n’ Roll live and documentary genre with a career spanning more than 40 years. During this time he has built up the most extensive body of work in R ’n’ R history photographing rock gods from Alice Cooper to Frank Zappa, and Led Zeppelin to Queen. This exhibition shows more than 70 of Preston’s pictures and memorabilia from his career.
All proceeds from Lightpower Collection sales go to Behind the Scenes ( and Backup (, foundations that provide relief for event technicians in need.
Monday afternoons at Showlight have always been the time to explore the host city and Florence is blessed with a wealth of cultural gems which have inspired creative minds for centuries.

Registration opens for Vectorworks Design Summit
Thursday, 30 March 2017

USA - Global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. invites professionals, educators and students in the AEC, landscape and entertainment industries to attend the third annual Vectorworks Design Summit from 18-20 September 2017 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel in MD.
The conference includes three days of industry sessions, tech support, networking events and inspiring keynotes, as well as hands-on training opportunities to arm designers with the resources to improve their company’s bottom line.
“The Vectorworks Design Summit is the most efficient and cost-effective way to obtain software training,” said Nicole Davison, vice-president of sales at Vectorworks. “Based on feedback from our community of designers, this year’s event boasts even more lab-style training sessions and one-on-one tech support, along with multiple accredited speaking sessions by industry thought leaders. We’re always looking for more opportunities to make designers’ jobs easier and help them grow their skills.”
The agenda includes plenty of networking events, like the exhibitor happy hour and the Customer Appreciation Dinner, as well as all the lunches and breaks between sessions. In addition, there will be two keynotes and more than 30 sessions led by industry experts, like Greg Henderson, founder of Arx Pax Labs, Inc.; Steve Shelley, president of Field Template LLC; Bryan Goff, director of design and sciences at Grey Leaf Design, Inc.; and Todd McCurdy, vice-president at Huitt-Zollars.
Session and training topics span a variety of

center-stageprolightsoundElation Lights on Musikmesse Center Stage
Thursday, 30 March 2017

Germany - After seeing the latest Elation Professional lighting products at Stand F60/61 in Hall 4 at the upcoming Prolight+Sound exhibition in Frankfurt, visitors will be able to see a full complement of Elation products will be featuring at the Musikmesse Center Stage venue, where bands will perform and product demos will take place over the course of the fair.
Leading international provider of event and media technology, satis&fy, is supplying the technical equipment for Center Stage, including the sound and lighting equipment, and will be operating the consoles at FOH. The Center Stage presents an excellent opportunity for visitors of Prolight+Sound to see for themselves some of the real-world possibilities with Elation lighting.
The Center Stage rig will be mostly made up of Elation lights and will include a complementary mix of 26 Platinum FLX hybrid moving heads, 28 x SixBar series LED battens, 10 ACL 360 Matrix LED moving head panels, eight DTW Blinder 700 IP variable white LED blinders, four Protron 3K LED strobes and four Protron 3K Color LED strobes.
Music of all kinds will be presented on stage from rock, pop, jazz and folk to classical with some of the highlights to include performances by Deep Purple keyboardist Don Airey, guitarist Steve Stevens, and the New Philharmonic Orchestra Frankfurt.
(Jim Evans)

pearce-hire-winPearce Hire goes for gold in power supply
Wednesday, 29 March 2017

UK - Pearce Hire had good cause to celebrate earlier this month with a winning week at two prestigious industry awards ceremonies. For the third year running, Pearce Hire was shortlisted at the Total Production Awards 2017 for Favourite Power Supply Company and whilst they were unsuccessful in being announced the winner, Pearce Hire was proud to have been nominated, shortlisted, and recognised for their work.
Later the same week, Pearce Hire was once more in the spotlight having been shortlisted at the 2017 Event Production Awards for Green Supplier of the Year and Best Temporary Supplier of the Year. These important awards for the live and outdoor events industry saw Pearce Hire crowned winners of the Best Temporary Supplier Award, with a Highly Commended in the Green Supplier of the Year category.
“We are extremely proud of our award,” comments Shaun Pearce, MD of Pearce Hire. “It has been a long time coming, and full credit must go to the dedicated team at Pearce Hire for their continuing hard work which has resulted in this award, and will, I hope, see further accolades in the future.”
Pearce Hire provides temporary power and services to dozens of events around the UK each year, and, with a notable increase in festival work over the past 12 months their expertise in temporary power provision has never been more in demand.
Pearce Hire powers a range of long-standing clients including Lovebox Festival, Forestry Commission Summer tour, the Cambridge Folk Festival and a number of classic proms and beer festivals; whilst an increasing

philipsPL+S: Philips Lighting set to rock Frankfurt
Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Germany - Philips Lighting is gearing up for Europe's biggest entertainment technology expo, Prolight + Sound, where it will launch new stage and studio lighting products as well as showcase recent releases.
The new products will be incorporated into the lighting design for the stand, which will transform into a stage for a performance from Dutch rock band TOM on Tuesday 4 April between 6pm and 10pm. The group sees a line-up of the original members of popular Dutch group The Marshalls, formed in 1995 (TOM stands for The Original Marshalls), who are well known on the European festival scene, in particular the infamous Zwartecross motorcross festival.
New products launching on the Philips Entertainment Lighting stand:
Philips Vari-Lite VLZ. The first in a new range of spot, profile and wash luminaires from the iconic product line, the Philips Vari-Lite VLZ utilises the latest high output white LED sources to produce a staggering 25,000 lumens projected from a 180mm (7") front lens.
Philips Showline SL BEAM 500fx. The larger version of the popular Philips Showline SL BEAM 300fx, the new Philips Showline SL BEAM 500fx offers designers exceptional output from its 37 RGBW LEDs whilst being fast, quiet and extremely versatile.
Philips Showline SL BAR 720ZT. The new, high performance linear wash and effect luminaire offers designers smooth and seamless washes of color from studio to stage.
Philips Showline SL SUNLED 10. Suitable for studio environments, the fixture's ten cells of fixed white LEDs deliver a blended wash of warm white light

alcons-packshotPL+S: Alcons schedules double debut
Thursday, 23 March 2017

Germany - Prolight+Sound sees Alcons Audio previewing two new products for the first time, as well hosting an off-side demonstration and observing its annual tradition of showing its latest development ideas and studies, marking the direction that Alcons product portfolio will be heading in the foreseeable future.
The new products being previewed are a wide-dispersion version of the LR28 larger format line array and an extension of the QR24 series, the company’s modular high-output line-source column.
In a development which will be of interest to larger live productions and festivals, the 110° horizontal dispersion LR28/110 is designed as an extension of the existing three-way, 80° dispersion LR28/80. Featuring the same faceprint down-fill and components (two 14” woofers, four 6.5” midrange and a RBN1402rsr pro-ribbon driver) on a 110° waveguide, the LR28/110 is powered and controlled by four channels of the Sentinel10 amplified loudspeaker controller. Like the LR28/80, it has a rigging system that enables angle-setting on the cabinets without lifting the array, resulting in safer and faster set-up with minimal handling.
Alcons is also showing its new extension of the QR24 series modular high-output line-source column. Designed for acoustically challenging venues, the QR24 delivers high output and razor sharp dispersion control, without the need for active beam steering.
Another highlight of Alcons presence at Prolight+Sound 2017 will be an off-site demonstration of the LR18 line array, RR12 point source array and QR24. This takes pla

plugfest-2012Plugfest 2017: PLASA Technical Resources in action
Wednesday, 22 March 2017

UK - The European RDM and sACN Developers Conference and Plugfest for 2017 will take place Wednesday 26 through Friday 28 April, in the UK, at Gatwick Manor, London Road at Lowfield Heath, just south of Gatwick Airport.
The Developers Conference provides a European forum for manufacturers, designers, consultants and prospective users; and aims to ensure that the adoption of standards achieves the desired levels of interoperability and reliability. Conference sessions will cover the understanding, implementation and use of the published E1.20, E1.37-1 and E137-2 RDM standards.
Other projects in the current ESTA Technical Standards Program such as “E1.33 : RDMnet” and the E1.37-5 and E137-4 extensions will also feature. Updates on Art-Net and RDM will also feature.
The Plugfest is a hands-on opportunity for product developers to try out their hardware and code implementations with products from a variety of other manufacturers, with support from their industry peers in an environment that encourages co-operation and improved understanding of the standards, and with the aim of achieving high levels of interoperability.
Typically, engineers participate in these events with the ability to code and debug aspects of their implementations on site, sometimes retreating to their hotel rooms to craft improvements before returning to the Plugfest to continue testing.
The sessions, despite their apparent informality, can be a valuable opportunity to learn how not to make the same mistakes, or misguided assumptions, as others may have done. Speci

clairplslogocomboPL+S: Clair Brothers reveal design innovations
Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Germany - Clair Brothers is to launch “several unique design innovations” at Prolight + Sound 2017 (Booth 3.1, E37).
Following the evolution and success Clair Brothers started with the C15 large format line array cabinet, the company will officially announce the launch of the C12 and C8 line array products. The C12 and C8 are available with Clair True Fit Technology horizontal waveguides custom tailored for any specific venue.
The C12 and C8 also feature a new transducer technology that offers two solid benefits. One is significant weight reduction, the other a reduction in amplifier channel requirements. These new features come with zero technical trade-offs. In fact, these features enhance the ability for the line array to be digitally beam-steered in the vertical plane with F.I.R. processing, says the company. The C12, a double 12-inch format line array, and the C8, a double 8” line array, share the benefit that both can be ordered with a variety of horizontal waveguide patterns. Standard factory waveguides will be 90º and 120º, but a range of waveguides between 60º and 140º are also available.
“We’re continuing the trend of a growing portfolio loaded with strong high-performance products following last year’s debut of so many others,” confirms Josh Sadd, vice president and chief engineer for Clair Brothers.
Frankfurt will also see the launch of the newest addition to the One Series line – The 1.5AM+ – the active (self-powered) version of the 1.5AM monitor.
Says Sadd, “It features a similar amplifier module to

jands-stage-clPL+S: AC-ET showcases innovation
Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Germany - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) will be showcasing some of the latest lighting innovations and related services from its extensive portfolio of over 200 brands, at Prolight+Sound 2017, Frankfurt, Germany, stand B25, Hall 5.0, 4-7 April 2017.
Visit the AC-ET bar to enjoy the company's hospitality whilst speaking to representatives from its International Sales Team about the choice of industry-leading and popular-selling brands available for a huge range of applications - including touring, theatre, venues, education, film & TV, corporate and other markets. The company can also supply audio, rigging and video solutions.
The stand will feature a selection of Chroma-Q’s recently launched lighting solutions. Products include the new, multi award-winning Color Force II batten range, which features proprietary homogenised optics to provide a superior RGBA colour blend of high quality saturates and pastels – and a purer white – with no unsightly colour-mixing shadows.
Also on display is the new Color One 100X LED PAR with 60% more output than its predecessor and convection cooling; the award-winning Inspire, convection cooled architectural house lighting which delivers pure white or fully mixed colour enabling users to create a seamless experience from the stage to the audience.
Finally, the Space Force variable white soft source produces a large volume of soft CCT adjustable white light, draws less than 400 watts of power and is convection cooled. For a more extensive showcase, visit Chroma-Q's Stand H50 in Hall 3.0.

bb-1Baldwin Boxall gears up for Firex 2017
Tuesday, 21 March 2017

UK - At this year’s Firex exhibition, Baldwin Boxall is looking forward to showing the new VIGIL3 voice alarm products, touchscreen microphone, VIGIL Eclipse4 and the moisture proof disabled toilet alarm kit to visitors to their stand (E140).
VIGIL3 is the latest voice alarm offering from the UK manufacturer. The system boasts floating transformerless amplifiers, mains sleep mode, compact battery charger, compact but powerful amplification and an incredible control unit that makes the traditional style voice alarm router redundant. Add this to the new touchscreen microphone and the quality and backup from a well-renowned company and you will have a system that will be future proof for years to come.
Each VIGIL3 control module is capable of handling 8 dual circuits – despite its compact size. For larger systems, it is simply a matter of adding further units to the system – as many as 100 units (800 zones) is possible. Full audio equalisation, 64 audio channels, four fire alarm panel inputs, hard wired bypass facility, time delay per channel, impressive message storage and an option to use copper or fibre networking – are just some of the features of the VIGIL3 voice alarm system.
The VIGIL3 amplifiers – available as dual 75W, quad 75W, dual 150W, quad 150W and dual 300W – are an incredible 58% lighter than their predecessors. Each amplifier has a built-in power supply and floating transformerless output. The new amplifiers are more environmentally friendly due to their reduced weight and size, meaning that they are lighter to ship and fre

ledbadecurve1PL+S: LEDBlade presents LED strip system
Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Germany - LEDBlade is presenting its new generation LED strip, visual technology system to Prolight+sound. The system comprises both a straight component, the original LEDBlade Stripe, and the recently launched LEDBlade Curve.
Both will be showcased on stand A25 in hall 4. LEDBlade creates depth of space or three-dimensionality; it enhances edges, expands the visual area or links together to create any geometric design. LEDBlade adds extra dynamic to the video design toolkit.
LEDBlade Curves and LEDBlade Stripes can be used in any combination together – deployed as an independent visual item or integrated into a complex visual design – to create an impressive and memorable visual experience. For creatives and event designers, LEDBlade offers fast and easy mapping through any media server or projection control device, for a perfect image, on TV or live.
Handmade in Europe, LEDBlade was developed by an AV rental company to meet a recurring need. The product benefits from over 20-years of hands-on experience. LEDBlade is rugged in demanding situations, compact and light for ease of transportation and IP-rated for use indoors and out.
The product is simple and fast to install. It can be reassembled on a daily basis, with both components utilising the same cabling and power options. LEDBlade offers numerous fastening and securing options, including sliding, rotating or magnetic, to suit individual requirements. LEDBlade is built for purpose and designed intuitively, with reliability as standard.
Radoslaw Bogusz, LEDBlade’s regional sa

seminarsprmarchPLASA Focus Leeds returns with a top seminar schedule for 2017
Monday, 20 March 2017

UK - PLASA Focus Leeds is back with a stellar line-up of seminar sessions and speakers for this year’s event on 9-10 May at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds. The free to attend exhibition is a leading platform for the entertainment industry, offering an opportunity to discover the very latest technology including products from recent international launches.
Speakers this year include James Simpson, lighting visualiser at the Royal Opera House, who will be discussing the latest technologies in use at the Royal Opera House, with a look at how some recent projects have been technically achieved. Simpson will also be talking for the first time about an exciting new R&D project being developed at the ROH which uses Augmented Reality technology to create new opportunities for design teams to visualise their ideas – the talk will include a live demonstration.
The future of audio technology is also high on the agenda; d&b audiotechnik’s Oran Burns will be exploring this topic in a session titled ‘What’s Next for Pro Audio.’ LSi audio journalist Phil Ward will host a panel session to discuss ‘Is Point Source Fighting Back?’ an exploration of the varied applications of point source over line array.
The hugely popular Riggers’ Forum will return to Leeds, led once again by Harry Box and Chris Higgs, known for their thought provoking seminars and lively presenting style. Their presentation ‘Knot a Rigger’ will discuss where the responsibility of rigging lies within a production.
UK Rigging’s, Harry Box says: “Rigging do

2016-etc-ldi-studentETC LDI Student Sponsorship applications open
Friday, 17 March 2017

USA - For nearly two decades, ETC’s LDI Student Sponsorship has given students a unique way to gain experience, make connections and launch a career, and to attend the LDI tradeshow with all expenses paid. Applications for this year’s Sponsorship are now available at, and due by 9 June 2017.
ETC’s LDI Student Sponsorship includes a round trip airfare to the LDI tradeshow, which will be 17-19 November this year, along with hotel accommodation, all meals, a full conference pass, a student reception to meet people in the industry, and exclusive ETC swag. Students in their final year of undergraduate study, graduate students, and students from outside of North America who are studying at equivalent university levels at the time of the LDI show, and who are studying lighting design, theatre technology, stage machinery, or closely related fields, are eligible to apply.
One of the most beneficial aspects of ETC’s LDI Sponsorship is the mentorship portion. ETC matches each student with a professional who is well-established in the industry and works in a field that interests the student. The mentors provide guidance, advice and inspiration as the students finish their schooling and move into the working world. They can help with everything from giving input on designing a show, to introducing the students to important connections that could lead to a career.
Jason Read, a 2007 ETC LDI Student Sponsorship recipient describes his experience with the programme: “The success in my career is directly attributable to th

backupBackup charity raises awareness at special event
Friday, 17 March 2017

UK – Supporters and trustees of Backup - The Technical Entertainment Charity - gathered in London on Monday evening to help raise the profile of the charity’s new name and logo in entertainment industry. Around 80 guests attended the event, which included live entertainment from Jay Johnson.
Backup exists to provide financial support to technical professionals working in live events, theatre, TV and film, helping them to get back on their feet when their lives are disrupted by illness or injury to themselves or to family members. Previously known as Behind The Scenes UK, the charity changed its name to Backup in 2016.
Backup’s chairman, John Simpson, welcomed guests to The Hospital Club in London’s Covent Garden, which generously sponsored the event. He reiterated the purpose of the charity by highlighting some of its achievements to date. “We have helped a number of technicians and their families when they have suffered falls from sets and studio rigging, been involved in horrific vehicle accidents, suffered rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, mental breakdowns and other circumstances that have prevented them from earning a living for a period of time.”
Among those being helped by the charity is Mark Pritchard, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma while touring with Level 42, and has just undergone a fourth round of chemotherapy. John Simpson read a message from him, in which he thanked the charity, saying: “We are amazed at the generosity of our industry in times of trouble.”
Simpson said: “Backup wil

right-light-panelsALD shines a light on The Right Light
Thursday, 16 March 2017

UK - The Association of Lighting Designers (ALD), in conjunction with Royal Central Research, is hosting an afternoon of talks and panel discussions at Bankside (Central Bankside, Emerson St. SE1 9DU – Saturday 8 April, 2017 – 2pm) to celebrate the warm reception of Nick Moran’s recently published book, The Right Light (Palgrave 2016).
The Right Light documents the findings of Royal Central’s Nick Moran’s project, which asked such questions as ‘How do top theatre lighting designers decide what is the right light for each moment of a live performance?’, ‘How much of the process is technical?’, ‘How much craft? And ‘How much art?’ Answers to these questions, gleaned through interviews with 19 leading UK based lighting designers, form the basis data for this fascinating research study.
The event, introduced by Peter Mumford, multi-award-winning LD and director, and chair of the ALD, features some of the lighting designers involved. In attendance to bring engaging discussions from the book to life, will be:
Lucy Carter, a long-term collaborator with Wayne McGregor and others;
Michael Hulls, whose creative collaborations with Russell Maliphant and Akram Khan among others won him an Olivier for outstanding contribution to dance;
Mark Jonathan, some-time head of lighting at the National Theatre and international opera lighting designer;
Johanna Town, whose beautiful work, particularly for drama, has been seen on stages all over the UK and Europe;
Paul Pyant, who won the Olivier for best lighti

bts-raffle-crowdLong Reach Long Riders raise funds at USITT
Thursday, 16 March 2017

USA - The Long Reach Long Riders (LRLR) celebrated their upcoming ride through Southern California with a raffle and live auction to benefit Behind the Scenes during the USITT Conference in St. Louis last week.
Sales of raffle tickets, some key donations, and sales of BTS and LRLR-branded swag raised over $15,000 for the charity. The LRLR 2017 ride, dubbed the Avocado Adventure, starts on 16 June in Escondido, CA. The riders cover all their own expenses so everything they raise goes to the charity. Sponsor a rider today at
Festivities led off with the traditional kazoo parade led by Bill Sapsis and USITT executive director David Grindle and many of the LRLR. Following the parade, BTS Pledge-a-Product partners InCord (Orchestra Pit Safety Netting Systems) and ETC (irFR and aRFR application for iOS and Android devices) presented cheques from the sales of their products pledged to BTS.
Live auction items included a custom pen/screwdriver and a seam ripper created by Shan and Trish Ayers and two special ghostlight desk lamps created by Bob Scales.
Just a few minutes before the raffle started Bill Sapsis announced he would donate up to $1,000 to match the amount raised in last minute ticket sales. There was a flurry of activity as the crowd stepped up and made Bill pay out the full amount. Reid Neslage from H&H Specialties stepped up with another $1,000 to triple the amount.
The winners and their prizes are:
Grand Prize, Vectorworks Spotlight with Renderworks won Roger Bardwell
BTS Ghostlig

audio-women-for-iwdISCEx 2017 “a great success”
Wednesday, 15 March 2017

UK - The Institute of Sound and Communications Engineers (ISCE) reports increased attendance and much enthusiasm for its annual exhibition and seminar day, ISCEx 2017, a one-day event held at Coombe Abbey Hotel and Country Park.
Open to members and non-members, the ISCEx exhibition and seminar programme was preceded by the Institute’s annual general meeting and networking dinner events, held the previous day.
The ISCEx 2017 seminar programme was kicked off by Alberto Fueyo, Acoustic Engineer from AMS Acoustics highlighting the technical considerations required when designing PA/ VA sound systems with digital amplifiers and in particular the expected maximum sound pressure levels (SPL) compared to those traditionally experienced with analogue amplifiers.
The second seminar of the day, presented by Dr Peter Mapp, required the drafting of additional seating for an enlarged audience and encouraged lots of participation as Dr Mapp embarked on demonstrating acoustic side effects of ultrasonic PA system monitoring, highlighting examples with researched data, real-life scenarios and live demonstrations.
Dr Gillian Rollason, Social Policy Manager for Action on Hearing Loss (the charity formerly known as the RNID) concluded the day’s seminars presenting a hot topic entitled, Taking Noise off the Menu - Changing the acoustic environment for diners in commercial settings. Once again audience participation proved to be lively around this highly emotive topic.
Jim Gilroy, Protec Fire Detection comments: “Dr Peter Mapp’s presentation was a hig

lightconverseheschallengeLightconverse and High End Lighting Challenge 2017
Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Germany - To mark the third year running of the Lightconverse and High End Systems Lighting Challenge, and to celebrate the past years' imaginative entries, the organisers have decided to sweeten the pot by adding the brand-new Lightconverse Tools 2017 to the four-level Prize Pool this year. The theme is ‘Inventive and original as always!’.
The contest entry deadline is 1 April 2017. The winners will be announced on 6 April at the Prolight+Sound trade show in Frankfurt Germany (Hall 3, Level 0, Booth E90).
First prize is the High End HedgeHog 4X console and Lightconverse Trace (with special one year upgrade to Lightconverse Unlimited) plus Lightconverse Tool 2017.
Follow this link for full rules and to enter the contest:
(Jim Evans)

showlightvittorioShowlight 2017: Exhibitor spaces Sold Out
Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Italy - The tenth Showlight quadrennial, the full speaker programme for which was announced last month, takes place in less than three months (20-23 May) at the Palazzo dei Congressi in Florence, Italy. It is with delight we report that all exhibitor spaces have sold out - we even managed to squeeze in a few more due to popular demand! The latest exhibitors to be welcomed on board are AED, Elation Professional BV, PRG, SGM and Music & Lights. The full list of confirmed exhibitors can be found on the Showlight website at
Exhibitors are a vital part of Showlight’s winning formula where manufacturers, distributors and lighting practitioners, from all disciplines and levels of expertise, are in the enviable position of being able to discuss ideas in a much closer, more relaxed environment than that offered by large scale tradeshows.
Showlight’s exhibition is held in the foyer that encircles the auditorium of the Villa Vittoria in the Palazzo dei Congressi. All companies are allocated the same size shell scheme to ensure everyone is on an even footing, regardless of the size of the company! Uniquely, the exhibition closes while the papers sessions are in progress, so the exhibitors can also listen to the presentations and enjoy full participation in the conference. Delegates will be able to chat to manufacturers during the morning and afternoon coffee breaks and lunchtimes when the exhibition is open.
Each exhibitor sponsors a lighting st

ald-showlight-bursaries-press-releaseALD bestows Showlight bursaries
Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Europe - Showlight 2017, the quadrennial lighting symposium, this year hosted in Florence, Italy, is fast approaching. To ensure plenty of time for bookings to be made, the ALD has bestowed bursaries upon three of its professional members.
The bursaries, awarded to Ric Mountjoy, Sherry Coenen and Sandy McRobbie, contribute to the costs of attending the event, such as registration, travel and accommodation and encourage those lighting practitioners to attend, who may not otherwise be able to take time out from a busy schedule.
Supporting its members for the fourth time in this way, entries for the Showlight Bursary Scheme were judged by members of the executive committee and assessed on the applicants’ reasons for attendance as well as how they intend to report on the event for Focus, the ALD membership magazine.
Showlight chairman, John Allen, highlights the importance of Showlight 2017 for all lighting professionals: “Showlight is always a unique event and in Florence, we are blessed with a city which has a truly magnificent history, surrounding you as you walk from the Duomo to the Palazzo Vecchio, the Baptistry, the Ponte de Vecchio and the Pitti Palace.”
Underlining the direct industry benefits, he continues: “The speaker sessions, the small exhibition of 42 lighting companies and visits to theatres and other cultural centres in Florence are all vitally Showlight. Combine the opportunity to network with theatre consultants, other designers, equipment manufacturers, technicians and programmers from theatre, film and TV in a convi

cheltenham-racecoursePower Logistics wins racecourse renewal
Tuesday, 7 March 2017

UK - Power Logistics has won a competitive tender that sees its contract to deliver comprehensive temporary electrical distribution services and generator provision to several of The Jockey Club’s most prestigious racecourses extended for a further three years.
Having already successfully provided electrical distribution services and generators for four and three years respectively, Power Logistics’ track record, high levels of service, investment in equipment and competitive pricing structure have resulted in the contract extension.
The contract encompasses generator hire, design, consultancy, installation, maintenance and de-rig for all The Jockey Club’s temporary power requirements. Power Logistics will continue to provide generators, cabling and distribution equipment and lighting solutions to service catering, trading, display and betting areas at many of The Jockey Club’s flagship events. These include Cheltenham’s Open and Gold Cup; Aintree’s Randox Health Grand National and The Investec Derby at Epsom.
Mike Whitehouse, managing director at Power Logistics said, “We were incredibly proud to secure our first contract with The Jockey Club, so to have it extended for a further three years is a fantastic endorsement of our services and underlines the excellent job that our experienced team of project managers and crew are doing out in the field. Over the last four years we have significantly invested in our fleet, extended the team and committed to improving our carbon footprint, all of which has assisted in securing the contract


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