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conferenceheadlinesTheatres Trust confirms Conference 22 programme and speakers
Thursday, 8 September 2022

UK - Headline speakers and full programme details have been announced for the Theatres Trust’s Conference 22: Theatres Fit for the Future on 11 October at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith.
Conference 22 focuses on creating a lively, engaging and dynamic gathering of professionals to collectively envision a more viable, sustainable, and inclusive future for the UK’s theatres, and the people who visit and work in them.
The keynote session will be led by Rob Hopkins, activist, writer and co-founder of the Transition movement, a radically hopeful and community-driven approach to creating societies independent of fossil fuel. Rob will talk about how the power of theatre specifically, and our imaginations more generally, can create the future we want. He will signal how working collectively at the grassroots and across the country, we can meet the challenges of our planetary emergencies, and not just survive but thrive.
A panel of artistic and creative directors including Julie Ellen (Macrobert Arts Centre), Robert Hastie (Sheffield Theatres), Low Kee Hong (The Factory) and Rachel O’Riordan (Lyric Hammersmith), with chair Hannah-Azieb Pool (Bernie Grant Arts Centre) will reflect on the day’s themes of resilience, inclusion, sustainability and placemaking.
Across the day, there will be sessions focusing on how theatres are adapting their buildings and their business models, how theatres can be truly inclusive places and on theatres’ role in placemaking and Levelling Up. Building on last year’s conference and the Theatre Green Book, there wi

neal-prestonBackup photographic competition launches at PLASA 2022
Wednesday, 7 September 2022

UK - Backup Tech has launched the Backup Photographic Competition, aiming to capture live entertainment, the people that make it possible and the backstage atmosphere. The competition is held in association with headline partner and sponsor the Lightpower Collection, and was launched at this year’s PLASA Show at Olympia London.
The Lightpower Collection is a long-time supporter of Backup and was looking for an idea that would shine a light on Backup and the work it does within the industry, that directly related to its impressive photographic collection.
“We’re delighted to collaborate with Lightpower Collection on this new and exciting way to raise awareness of our industry and in particular the people that make live entertainment possible,” says Backup’s vice-chair Piers Shepperd. “The overall theme of the competition is ‘Entertainment Production’, but this is open to individual interpretation, so entrants can let their imaginations and creativity run wild!”
“The Lightpower Collection was born out of the passion for Rock ‘n Roll photography and has become a valuable tool to support charities through the sale of original fine art prints,” says the Lightpower Collection’s Ralph-Jörg Wezorke. “This love for photography and the people in our industry makes us enthusiastic to support this competition, as it promotes appreciation for both. Photography is such an important tool to bring the spirit of our industry - in front of and behind the scenes - to the outside world. We want to promote this and at the same time raise

plasa-awards-for-innovation-2022-winners-picture2022 PLASA Award winners announced
Tuesday, 6 September 2022

UK - This year’s winners of the PLASA Awards for Innovation were announced last night at PLASA Show, Olympia London.
The Awards for Innovation, run in association with LSi magazine, are respected industry-wide for celebrating future-focussed tech that improves safety, efficiency and performance through new methods and materials.
33 products were entered this year. Seven nominees scooped an Award for Innovation, and a Gold Award and a Sustainability Award were also presented. This year’s judging team comprised of 12 independent technical specialists from a wide array of backgrounds, chaired once again by chartered engineer James Eade.
James Eade, commented, “It has been great to see big names launching products at what is acknowledged to be the most independent industry awards. It is heartening to see creative engineers in the industry continuing to develop new and innovative products in such numbers.”

The winning products and judges’ comments are listed below:
Minuit Une – IVL Photon: The judges said that the multitude of dazzling effects from this laser light source will bring digital fireworks to productions.
Nicolaudie – Wolfmix W1: The judges said this product delivers a fresh and fun solution for the independent gigging band and DJ market.
PMI Gear – SmoikeGenie: The judges said that this well-engineered product takes vaping technology and brings it to the stage. It provides three effects from one unit, including haze, low smoke and fog. The judges said that they had never s

job3280w0905tnPLASA Show opens this weekend
Friday, 2 September 2022

UK - PLASA Show, London’s international event for entertainment technology, will once again open its doors at Olympia London from 4-6 September. Thousands of professionals from across the live sector are expected to attend the show, coming together to celebrate the industry’s strength and innovation following the pandemic. Tickets are still available for £15, which will increase to £20 on the door.
200+ global brands will sit side by side in Olympia’s Grand Hall, representing the very best of pro audio, lighting, audio-visual, rigging and staging technologies. These include the show’s headline sponsor Robe, as well as fellow lighting brands Chauvet Professional, Claypaky, Ayrton, Avolites, ETC, Elation, GLP, Vari-Lite, Martin, TMB, plus many more. The pro audio sector is well covered, with brands such as d&b audiotechnik, Sennheiser, Yamaha, DiGiCo, Shure, RCF and L-Acoustics. Leading names from AV will be in attendance, such as Epson, ROE Visual and PSCo. And plenty of rigging companies will be there too, including Area Four, Broadweigh, Doughty and Triple E.
The show will also feature a market-leading seminar programme, sponsored by Vectorworks, with back-to-back sessions in three seminar theatres. Attendees can learn from business leaders, get inspired by accomplished creative freelancers, and get involved in conversational industry panels. Programme highlights include design insights from the creatives behind Ed Sheeran’s world tour; lighting BMW’s HQ; powering the Commonwealth Games; and live events in the metaverse.
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vcsprassetXytech shows Media Operations Platform at IBC
Wednesday, 31 August 2022

The Netherlands - Xytech will be showcasing its Media Operations Platform at Stand 1.C21 during the upcoming IBC Show from 9-12 September at RAI Amsterdam.
Xytech creates intuitive solutions allowing media, broadcast and production teams to create and deliver content; orchestrate crews, resources and facilities; and schedule logistics - on time and on budget. Xytech delivers operations expertise to more than 400-plus global customers, including CBS, FOX and Sony which all run their business on the Xytech Media Operations Platform.
"We are very excited to be attending the 2022 IBC Show," said Greg Dolan, Xytech's COO. "Over the past few months, Xytech has undergone strategic changes that continue to position it as the leader in media operations, including announcing its new leadership team and a new CEO, Keith Buckley. We are excited to be able to show IBC attendees first-hand our industry-leading Media Operations Platform."

robe-plasaPLASA Show 2022: Robe launches iForte moving light
Wednesday, 31 August 2022

UK - Robe anticipates a busy and vibrant PLASA 2022 with the industry, shows and events back and working at full speed.
It will be the official launch of Robe’s potent and impressive iForte moving light, an IP65 version of Forte, the brand’s current highest-powered TETM LED luminaire.
Robe’s expanding i-series of weatherised products includes the iSpiider LED wash beam and iBeam 250 which will join the iForte on Stand C20. These fixtures will be integrated into a Robe signature live performance with a specially created lightshow presented in a purpose-built area together with ‘lots of water’.
Other current products will be the new Painte and TetraX – a 360-degree continuous rotation LED bar – plus Robe’s popular LEDBeam 350TM and the ABTT Award-winning T11TM series, a three-into-one generic lighting solution for theatres and venues.
Dedicated demonstration areas will facilitate in-depth product examinations.
Robe will be hosting RoboSpot Taster Sessions illustrating the advantages of its flexible remote follow spot system in Theatre 1 on the exhibition show floor throughout the event.
Architectural lighting brand Anolis will have its own space on Stand E15 adjacent to Robe’s front entrance, with selected products also active in the Robe demo area. This area of the stand is dedicated to highlighting Anolis’ new CalummaTM range – showcased for the first time at a UK expo – alongside their AmbianeTM and EminereTM product ranges. The stand will also be shared with MDG Fog Generators.

proteus-brutusPLASA Show 2022: Elation highlights Proteus
Tuesday, 30 August 2022

UK - Elation is teaming up with technology equipment solutions provider Entedi to present an exceptional line-up of new lighting tools at the PLASA tradeshow at Olympia in West London. Visitors to Elation/Entedi Stand E-14 will be some of the first in the UK to demo the latest luminaires in Elation’s industry leading IP65 Proteus, high-performance/high-value Fuze, and broadcast-optimized KL ranges.
Highlights include the IP65 full-featured beam fixture, Proteus Excalibur, which has already seen service on several high-profile shows, plus the 70,000-lumen Proteus Brutus LED wash. The Proteus Rayzor Blade, a combination linear wash and FX light, and Proteus Rayzor 1960, a compact yet powerful LED wash effects luminaire, will also be available to demo.
Elation’s new Fuze MAX Profile full-colour LED moving head has garnered a lot of attention since debuting at the Prolight + Sound show in April as has the new KL Panel XL, a bigger, brighter and bolder version of Elation’s popular colour temperature-adjustable, full-spectrum KL Panel LED soft light. Both will be available for close inspection as will the new KL Fresnel 6 FC, a full-colour soft light in Elation’s KL ‘Key Light’ series.
The Elation/Entedi team looks forward to a great PLASA and welcomes lighting professionals to Stand E-14 for a closer look at these exciting innovations and much more.

bromptonPLASA Show 2022: Brompton Technology joins PSCo stage
Friday, 26 August 2022

UK - Brompton Technology will be joining leading specialist display and trade-only rental company, PSCo, at the PLASA Show at Olympia London (stand G21). Brompton’s LED processing will be showcased as part of PSCo’s new virtual production offering for the live events industry, alongside other solutions from Absen, Aluvision, Barco, disguise, and Epson.
This year’s PLASA Show for entertainment technology will bring technological advancements from the worlds of audio, AV, lighting, rigging and staging, attracting some 3,000 rental companies and event professionals and 200+ international brands. Representing the company’s largest presence at the show to date, PSCo will occupy 56sqm of floor space, reinforcing its commitment to supporting the live event and entertainment market.
The star attraction of the stand will be a live xR stage to demonstrate the possibilities of extended reality for virtual production. The stage will feature a disguise media server, Absen LED and Brompton’s Tessera LED processors. The show will present an opportunity for PSCo’s new and existing rental partners to learn more about this exciting growth area and the opportunities it provides for their business.
“We’re looking forward to meeting trade rental partners from across the live events industry at PLASA. We will announce some exciting new vendor partnerships and present them with our expanded range of display solutions, including award-winning LED from Absen and Aluvision, Brompton LED processing, Epson laser projection, Barco image processing and disguise m

artisticPLASA Show 2022: Artistic Licence covers all bases
Friday, 26 August 2022

UK - Artistic Licence is exhibiting at PLASA London, Stand D15. This year the company will be showing products across all its main areas of expertise, including splitters, gateways, control interfaces, test equipment and dimming technology.
Entered for the Innovation Awards is the Micro-Scope 3c upgrade kit - a low-cost item that scores highly in the sustainability category. The kit contains a microprocessor chip that allows any Artistic Licence Micro-Scope DMX tester to be updated to the latest specification – most significantly adding RDM support. Artistic Licence started selling these testers nearly 30 years ago and there are many in active service today. The addition of RDM support (via a simple chip replacement that the customer can carry out) means they should be good for another few decades
On a lighter note, Artistic Licence is holding a competition at the show. Bring your tester along to our stand, D15, and a free upgrade kit will be presented to the person with the oldest unit (serial number required!) .
Other products on show include Commissioner rdmx, a hand-held tool for testing, programming and configuring DMX512/RDM lighting installations or fixtures.
candlePower octo is a DMX512/RDM controlled 8-channel LED dimmer. Each channel can be individually set to constant current (CC) or constant voltage (CV).
sunDial quad is an award-winning DMX512/RDM controlled 4-channel trailing edge mains dimmer. The product works 'out of the box' with dimmable replacement LED bulbs.
rackSplit octo and rackLynx octo is an 8-way split

etceosapexPLASA Show 2022: ETC returns with Eos Apex
Friday, 26 August 2022

UK - ETC is set to return to Olympia London for the 2022 PLASA Show from the 4-6 September with the latest product innovations and seminars. The team will be on stand B29 to catch up and network with customers and visitors at the tradeshow.
ETC will present a variety of its newest entertainment fixtures and controls including its latest line of consoles: Eos Apex. This powerful, next generation of lighting control offers cutting-edge technology, a variety of new features, award-winning software and more.
The latest High End Systems moving lights will also be showcased at the PLASA Show, including the newly launched SolaPix 19 XT, an exterior rated version of the most popular SolaPix fixture, the compact Lonestar framing fixture, and the silent fanless SolaFrame Studio.
Visitors to ETC’s stand will also be able to explore the X8 array in the new Source Four LED Series 3, Desire Fresnel and fos/4 fixtures. With the addition of Deep Red LEDs, the Lustr X8 color system sets a new standard in LED lighting quality which visitors will be able to see first-hand on stand B29.
Further, ETC product specialists will present a selection of seminars during the three-day show. These include The Art of Lighting an Audience, Light Bytes Live, The Balance of Power, Mix What You Want, and An Audience with Nick Gonsman.

sully-4c654sx2022-smlPLASA Show 2022: Robert Juliat presents Sully
Tuesday, 23 August 2022

UK - Robert Juliat will be exhibiting at PLASA Show 2022 on stand C11 with its exclusive UK distributor, Ambersphere Solutions.
Robert Juliat will present Sully LED fixtures, including profile and Fresnel spots, in warm and cool white LED (Sully White), and the new 4C coloured LED models (Sully 4C) which were first seen at Prolight + Sound earlier this year.
Robert Juliat’s LED followspot range will be represented by the 300W Roxie, 600W Oz and the new long-throw 800W Arthur LT followspots illustrating how Robert Juliat creates followspots to suit all sizes of venue.
RJ Sully White was launched in 2020. It comprises a complete family - profile, single lens and followspot - of high-quality 115W white LED lighting fixtures. These are all available with a warm (3000K) or cool (5700K) white source, and have a guaranteed light output equivalent to, or greater than, that of a 1000W tungsten lamp. The Sully range also includes a removable lamp compartment which can be used to upgrade RJ 600SX tungsten profiles. This has proved an incredibly popular, economical and environmentally kind solution for venues already in possession of RJ 600SX Series profiles who wish to transform their lighting stock to LED sources.
Newly launched at Prolight + Sound 2022, the Sully 4C Series is an affordable, colourful and versatile product range featuring a new software platform, RJ Color, offering multiple controls and functions. It places a new, factory-calibrated 4-colour LED source (Red, Green, Blue, Lime) at the centre of a full package of lighting tools for an

ayrton-cobra2PLASA Show 2022: Ayrton reveals new products
Tuesday, 23 August 2022

UK - Ayrton, which celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year, will be exhibiting its latest LED lighting products on the stand of its exclusive UK distributor, Ambersphere Solutions (Stand C11).
New for this year and being exhibited for the first time in the UK are Cobra, Zonda 9 FX and Domino LT. All three of these products have enjoyed phenomenal success on the plethora of tours and festivals that have taken place worldwide since their launch.
Cobra is Ayrton’s first laser sourced, IP65 rated fixture. Designed for rendering a D65 white point that allows perfect colour reproduction, Cobra is the only luminaire on the market capable of illuminating an object several kilometres away. With an output of 386,000 lux at 20m, an unprecedented 38x zoom ratio and an incredible zoom range of 0.6° to 23°, it also exhibits a native contrast never achieved before by a digital light source.
Possessing continuous pan and tilt, a highly innovative colour section and unrivalled graphics capability (including 92 gobos, four prisms and an extreme range of focus (XT-Focus™) which permits the beam shape to be adjusted according to the operating distance), Cobra is also IP65 rated and housed in an extremely compact body.
Domino LT is the first all-terrain LED luminaire in Ayrton’s ‘LT’ (Long Throw) range, and is designed for intensive outdoor use in long-distance applications that require high precision. This IP65-rated 1000W, 6700K profile fixture has a 225mm front lens and 3.5° - 53° zoom capability and delivers an output of 51,000 lumens. Sleek,

showlightPLASA Show 2022: Showlight 2023 to present seminar
Tuesday, 23 August 2022

UK - Showlight will be exhibiting at PLASA Show 2022 on Stand A8 giving visitors the chance to meet some of the committee that organise this quadrennial event and discover more about what the event has to offer.
Showlight chairman, John Allen, and Showlight technical director and past-chairman of the papers committee, Bernie Davis, will also present a seminar Discover Showlight 2023 as part of the PLASA Educational & Seminar programme, on Sunday 4 September at 12.45pm – 13.15pm in Seminar Theatre 1.
John and Bernie will outline what you can expect – in form and content - at Showlight 2023 which takes place in Fontainebleau, near Paris, from 20-23 May 2023. This seminar is your chance to learn more about how Showlight works, and how you can participate as a delegate, sponsor, exhibitor, student, or speaker at Fontainebleau.
You can sign up for the Discover Showlight 2023 seminar using this link:
After a postponement of two years, Showlight returns to host a global audience of delegates from all realms of lighting professions who gather to hear the experiences of their peers, and celebrate all things lighting. The venue is the Théâtre Municipal in Fontainebleau and headline sponsor for 2023 is French lighting manufacturer, Robert Juliat, whose representative, Séverine Zucchiatti, will also be at the seminar.
Showlight is a colloquium, organised for lighting professionals by lighting professionals, which takes place every fou

plasa-awardsPLASA Awards for Innovation entries close this Wednesday
Monday, 15 August 2022

UK - Those wishing to enter products for this year’s PLASA Awards for Innovation are encouraged to do so as soon as possible, as the extended deadline for entries is midnight Wednesday 17 August. PLASA Show 2022 exhibitors, PLASA members and non-exhibitors are invited to enter their products to be in with a chance of winning one of the coveted awards.
Organised in association with LSi, the awards celebrate innovative products from across the live entertainment technology industry that can demonstrate a new style of thinking, improve technical practice or safety, introduce new materials or techniques, or offer a new commercial advantage.
Each successfully entered product will be judged by an independent panel of industry experts who have the authority to present up to eight awards of equal standing, plus a potential Gold Award for an outstanding new product.
An Award for Sustainability is reserved for a product that can demonstrate a significant reduction of power, utilises renewable energy, or has a positive impact on the environment.
All nominated products will be showcased in the Innovation Gallery at PLASA Show 2022, and will also be featured year-round on the virtual Innovation Gallery.
Find out more about the awards and how to enter by visiting:
For support with your entry, email:

martinaudioopendaysMartin Audio extends open day programme
Thursday, 11 August 2022

UK - Martin Audio’s programme of biannual open days - designed to coincide with the busy spring and end of summer exhibition seasons - is set to continue over three days this September (6-8).
This year they have expanded the mix to incorporate three other brands from parent company Focusrite Group showcasing a portfolio of relevant products from Focusrite Pro, along with its start-up commercial audio brand, Optimal Audio and the recently acquired Linea Research.
Each brand will have its own dedicated presentation time, and in the case of Martin Audio visitors will again have the opportunity to hear the design theories behind ranges such as Adorn, CDD, Torus and Wavefront Precision, before getting to listen to them as they are put through their paces.
Another change this time around is that delegates only need to register for a day pass (rather than a session pass), giving them greater flexibility on what they want to take in.
MD Dom Harter states, “Our open day programme is a consistently evolving event and it makes sense to share the stage with our sister brands. We hope that anyone planning to visit London for the PLASA Show will also build this into their schedule as a follow-on showcase.”

gottelierPLASA Show 2022: Gottelier Award nominees announced
Tuesday, 9 August 2022

UK - This year’s Gottelier Award nominations have been announced, with voting now in process. Named in memory of renowned industry innovator and commentator Tony Gottelier, this special award recognises the invaluable contributions of the people behind the products.
LSi readers, registered PLASA Show visitors and PLASA members are eligible to vote for the Gottelier Award. The recipient of which will be announced during the PLASA Awards for Innovation ceremony at PLASA Show on Monday 5 September. The nominees for the 2022 Gottelier Award are:
David Edelstein – Managing Director of Triple E
David Edelstein, founder of Triple E, invented the Loose Pin Hinge in 1984 after spotting a huge gap in the market. The product went on to receive an ABTT Product of the Year award and has since inspired many imitations. David went on to design and launch UniTrack in 1988 which is now found in theatres, opera houses, cruise ships, and film studios around the world. Since then, Triple E has won five Product of the Year awards in the UK, as well as the Rigging Award for ChainTrack at LDI 2021. And since 1998, David has designed variable acoustic systems which are now staples of Triple E's product range.
JB Toby – Technical Director of Avolites
JB Toby joined Avolites in the late nineties and focused on developing the dimming range which put Avolites in a powerful position in the live touring market. In 1999, JB spearheaded a team and launched the Art 2000 dimming range which is now a well-known product in the live entertainment, film a

plasa-showPLASA Show announces seminar and workshop programme
Tuesday, 9 August 2022

UK - PLASA Show has just announced its seminar and workshop programme which will run at Olympia London from 4-6 September. Sponsored by Vectorworks, the programme is packed with technical talks, creative presentations, and industry panels – each with a firm eye on the future of live events and entertainment.
Pre-registered visitors can take advantage of the free-to-attend programme across all three days of the show. The first wave of programme sessions is now available to view on the PLASA Show website. Read on for initial highlights:
Plenty of PLASA-hosted business sessions will run, helping you understand the latest legislation changes. These include EcoDesign and RoHS with PLASA and ETC, Stop changing channels; radio spectrum with BEIRG, Brexit update with PLASA and Live, and SIC codes: Government recognition and the viability of our sector with White Light and the Department for International Trade.
Creating an inclusive workforce with Hannah Eakins from Production Futures, Jas Parekh from Production Futures, Koy Neminathan from Avolites, Amy Kerr from Robe UK, Ollie Jeffrey from Royal Albert Hall, and programmer, arranger, and production manager Terry King. The panel will share thoughts on how the industry can attract diverse, young talent. Elsewhere, another panel will discuss Safety and security at large-scale events, particularly during this time of crew shortages.
Celebrating 20 years of TAIT Navigator, led by TAIT’s Jim Love. This session will present case studies from live entertainment spectaculars s

x-lite-pro-techledPLASA Show 2022: TechLED showcases effects lighting
Monday, 8 August 2022

UK - On stand B34 at this year’s PLASA Show, TechLED’s will showcase the latest must-have effects lighting ranges from Abstract Lighting alongside the innovative Desk Dough product that enables a projector to act as an intelligent lighting fixture. TechLED specialises in the supply of robust and reliable effects lighting products for the price-conscious installer or rental company.
The TechLED stand will platform the attention-grabbing Candi Blox unit from Abstract. Candi Blox delivers one of the most sought after looks of the moment via a five-by-five array of high performance, mix-at-source, multi-chip LEDs. Configured as a central array of 25 LEDs with an edge halo effect surround featuring a further 20 LEDs, Abstract’s Candi Blox is a 200mm x 192mm ‘square’, IP-20-rated, RBGW LED lighting system. Precision manufactured in the UK, the Blox is robust as well as efficient, drawing just 5V for a 15W output.
With a variety of lens options available, Candi Blox can be truss- or surface-mounted and is operated via Duplicator 4, Duplicator 6, or even a proprietary smartphone or desktop app.
Abstract’s Candi Bar will also feature. The product packages up to six Candi Blox together as a standalone fixture taking the six-way unit to a height of two metres. Candi Bar is a versatile fixture, suitable for a live stage, television, bars and clubs and mobile DJs.
Also on stand, Abstract’s XLite Pro, a freestanding, two-metre-high, LED lighting system which exudes a beautifully blended peripheral light. XLite Pro features high performance, m

iainrochewithqc-checkPLASA Show 2022: Data Strategy highlights QC-Check
Monday, 8 August 2022

UK - Exhibiting at this year’s PLASA Show (4-6 September, Olympia London) on stand D3, Data Strategy will demonstrate their cable and electrical safety workhorse, the QC-Check workstation, as well as some of the QC-Check’s most popular add-on modules, including VeriCal, PowerCheck LOLER inspection and SimplyPATS integration software.
Embedded as part of the warehouse process – with integration realised for most equipment hire software - Data Strategy’s QC-Check provides practical safety inspection solutions that allow hire companies and venues to simply fulfil statutory requirements (including PAT testing). Simply put, QC-Check ensures electrical appliances and equipment are always safe to use.
As a networked, multi-user application that controls Out Board’s PAT-4 (single or 3-phase in 16A, 32A & 125A ratings) to deliver PAT, CABLE and RCD testing required by UK & international electrical regulations, QC-Check systems are installed in major film studios; rental companies both large and small (PRG, Creative Technology, Adlib, White Light and Entec); various theatres including the Royal Opera House and the National Theatre, and recently, via Aggreko, into the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, where four units were in place to test all cables and power distribution systems ahead of the Games.
QC-Check’s PowerCheck add-on module tests the individual outputs of a distribution box. The PowerCheck RCD-t distribution box allows a single connection to a distro’s Socapex outputs, so each output is tested individually and PowerCheck c

showlightShowlight 2023 – Call for exhibitors and sponsors
Monday, 8 August 2022

Europe - It’s less than 10 months until Showlight 2023 and preparations are gathering pace for this premier networking event. This will be the first in-person Showlight for six years and excitement is building rapidly as plans are made and diaries blocked out.
Exhibitor stand bookings are underway with many confirmations already in place. The first exhibitors will be announced in the coming weeks. Those who wish to exhibit should contact John Allen at the soonest opportunity as places are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis. Don’t miss your chance to be an integral part of Showlight 2023!
There are plenty of opportunities to become a Showlight sponsor – whether you choose to exhibit or not. Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsorships exist alongside specific sponsorship for aspects such as hospitality, transport, welcome drinks, speakers or students, and many more to suit all budgets – you could even suggest your own idea. Again, these sponsorship roles will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and all enquiries should be made to John Allen who will furnish the full details.
With Fontainebleau the location for Showlight 2023, it is especially fitting that our headline sponsor for this year is French lighting manufacturer, Robert Juliat. We are also grateful to the following sponsors who are already in place: Platinum sponsor, Ayrton, Gold sponsors Eyetidy, Robe, SFL, Silver sponsors ABTT, ACT Entertainment, Altman, CAST, Christie Lites, White Light and Bronze sponsor, PRG. We are proud to have LSi as our Media Part

upper-arlington-lutheran-church-mills-runDanley Sound hosts Ohio road show event
Wednesday, 3 August 2022

USA - Danley Sound Labs, in partnership with McFadden Sales, is hosting a large-scale demonstration on Thursday, 18 August 2022 at the Upper Arlington Lutheran Church’s Mill Run campus in Hilliard, Ohio. This event follows two prior successful large-scale demonstrations in Rockingham, North Carolina and Las Vegas, Nevada.
“Danley Sound Labs is about creating an audio experience,” said Skip Welch, director of marketing and sales at Danley Sound Labs. “We want prospective customers and partners to hear our products. We believe Danley products provide the highest quality audio experiences on the market and simply saying that does not do justice to the experience.”
Andy Yost, principal and director of sales adds, “We at McFadden Sales are excited to partner with Danley Sound Labs to bring these experiences to customers in the Midwestern United States. These ‘road show’ demonstration events allow us to share the quality that Danley Sound Labs can provide to churches, clubs, venues, stadiums, and touring productions in and around this region.”
Demonstrations will take place on Thursday, August 18th from noon until 7:00 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience Danley’s latest loudspeaker, the J8-94, as well as a host of other loudspeaker and subwoofer products ranging from the popular BC215 subwoofer to the SM80 loudspeaker.
In addition, attendees will be able to experience the newest series of Danley products: the Tom Danley Signature Series. This series of products is built specifically for the home theatre and hom

plasa-awardsPLASA Awards for Innovation deadline approaches
Tuesday, 2 August 2022

UK - The deadline for entries for this year’s PLASA Awards for Innovation is fast approaching. Those wishing to enter products for this year’s awards are encouraged to do so as soon as possible, with the deadline for entrants to enjoy maximum publicity being Friday 5 August. After that, entries will be accepted until Wednesday 17 August but will miss out on key marketing opportunities associated with the awards. PLASA Show 2022 exhibitors, PLASA members and non-exhibitors are invited to enter their products to be in with a chance of winning one of the coveted awards.
Organised in association with LSi, the awards celebrate innovative products from across the live entertainment technology industry that can demonstrate a new style of thinking, improve technical practice or safety, introduce new materials or techniques, or offer a new commercial advantage.
Each successfully entered product will be judged by an independent panel of industry experts who have the authority to present up to eight awards of equal standing, plus a potential Gold Award for an outstanding new product.
An Award for Sustainability is reserved for a product that can demonstrate a significant reduction of power, utilises renewable energy, or has a positive impact on the environment.
All nominated products will be showcased in the Innovation Gallery at PLASA Show 2022, and will also be featured year-round on the virtual Innovation Gallery. Products can also benefit from exposure in LSi, both in print, online and across social media if submitted by the deadline of Friday 5 Augu

bike-ride#WeMakeEvents to host BikeFest 2022 fundraiser
Tuesday, 26 July 2022

UK - #WeMakeEvents invites keen cyclists from across the events and entertainment industry to sign up for BikeFest 2022, which will take place on Saturday 3 September.
Together, the BikeFest team will raise funds for Backup – the technical entertainment charity, which helps industry peers during times of ill health and financial hardship, and other #WeMakeEvents-supported charities. Starting at SFL’s headquarters in Reading to a destination in London, BikeFest will also kick off the PLASA Show as it returns to Olympia London from 4-6 September.
Now in its sixth year, BikeFest began as a 100-mile cycle to PLASA Show to raise awareness and funds for mental health in the industry. With the pandemic, this need became ever more relevant. Since 2020, #WeMakeEvents campaign has been instrumental in expanding the BikeFest event in the UK, and for the first time this year, in Spain.
PLASA’s managing director, and #WeMakeEvents steering group member Peter Heath, says, “We’re proud that #WeMakeEvents continues to champion what our incredible industry is all about, whilst raising important funds for our colleagues in need. BikeFest has grown year on year and is a great example of our industry’s community spirit. I look forward to seeing you on the road as we fly the flag for live events and entertainment!”
BikeFest 2022 offers two routes to choose from. A relaxed 40-mile route will traverse roads, gravel paths and the occasional field, through the Berkshire countryside, along the river Thames and into Surrey, heading east toward London. This

lightandshadowLight & Shadow event to feature top LDs and creatives
Tuesday, 26 July 2022

Finland - Leading creatives and lighting practitioners including Mikki Kunttu, LeRoy Bennett, Christopher Bauder, Ola Melzig and Ralph-Jörg Wezorke are set to speak at Music x Media: Light & Shadow Seminar, taking place on 28 September at Tampere Hall, in Tampere, Finland.
The event forms part of celebrations around the 30-year career and 50th birthday of lighting designer Mikki Kunttu whose resume includes work for Cirque du Soleil, Nightwish, Apocalyptica, Boston Ballet, Tero Saarinen and the Finnish National Opera.
Running from 9am-6pm, Light & Shadow welcomes professionals and students alike to gain insight into the artistic processes of top professionals. The day will be hosted by Ola Melzig, as Kunttu explains: “There are very few technical producers around the world with such a mind-blowing resume. Ola is well connected and a well-known figure throughout the industry after 15 years of working as a head of production for the Eurovision Song Contest in various European countries. Ola’s latest masterwork was taking the world by a storm with American Song Contest.
Kunttu and Melzig will be joined by keynote speakers including LeRoy Bennett (Paul McCartney, Prince, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Rammstein and The Weeknd); Christopher Bauder (WHITEvoid, Dark Matter Berlin) and Lightpower founder, Ralph-Jörg Wezorke.
Founder of Seven Design works, Bennett regularly delivers unforgettable moments for live concert tours, Super Bowl half-time performances, stadium shows and special events for film and TV. “It


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