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nwrslogo2022500wNew World Rigging Symposium set for April
Wednesday, 16 February 2022

USA - Organisers of the New World Rigging Symposium has announced the 2022 edition of the event will take place online on 5-7 April. The symposium will carry nine ETCP education renewal credits for re-certification, and the admission cost is $99.
“We’ve turned the table on the ever-popular session featuring some of the industry’s top structural engineers - Bill Gorlin, Dan Louis, Miriam Paschetto, and Jeff Reder,” say the organisers. “Instead of getting to ask your questions, they are going to tell you the things they want you to know. There was so much we’ve given them two sessions to cover subjects such as ballast, wind speeds, site safety, codes, AHJs and why things don't always stay the same.”
Paul Sapsis will walk attendees through a complicated custom flying system designed for a concert and DVD shoot at the Wembley Stadium - from concept to implementation, install to risk assessment and rescue whilst seasoned touring pros Jim Digby, Chad Kohler, and Bill Rengstl will discuss the tools and techniques used when rigging abroad.
Event sponsors are Electronic Theatre Controls and Sapsis Rigging, Kish Rigging, TAIT, Texas Scenic Company, and Wenger|J.R. Clancy, IA Stage, The Light Source, Reed Rigging, Reliable Design, and Stage Rigging, CM-ET, DeLong Rigging Solutions, EPS, Geiger Engineers, H&H Specialties, and Tyler Truss, Lighting & Sound America and Protocol.

russell-l-and-alastair-rSLX rebrands with new logo and website
Tuesday, 8 February 2022

UK - SLX has launched a new website and logo as it undergoes a complete rebrand. This follows a successful 2021, in which the Bristol-based hire and events company doubled its workforce and added more than 2,000 lighting fixtures to its stock. The rebrand is intended to reinforce the business’ brand identity and outline its core values.
The new website emphasises SLX’ all-in-one approach to event production and its ability to handle all aspects of design, equipment hire and delivery. The site also contains detailed case studies of the company’s past work in broadcast, theatre, sport, corporate and experiential.
The rebrand further underscores SLX’ commitments to sustainability and social values, which include making the SLX warehouse completely energy self-sufficient, providing support for electric cars, investing in a diverse workforce and increasing support for the mental health of their team and wider family. These commitments were one of the reasons SLX was able to win a major contract with the Commonwealth Games for 2022.
SLX CEO Alastair Currie comments: “This is the end of one era, but the beginning of a larger journey,” he says. “We did not sit still during the enforced downtime of the pandemic, which gave us time to think about what our values and our ambitions for SLX are. Following a series of major new client wins and a successful 2021, our rebrand draws a line in the sand and reaffirms the identity of our independent business. Our continued deli

 
 
bikefestBikeFest Spain 2022 raises funds for industry charities
Monday, 7 February 2022

Spain - Cycling enthusiasts have raised more than €6,000 for entertainment technology industry charities after riding along a 400km stretch of the Spanish coast for BikeFest Spain 2022.
Cycling from Valencia to Barcelona in just three days, a team of 10 industry professionals overcame challenging mountain terrain en route to the final destination - Fira de Barcelona, where the now-postponed ISE 2022 tradeshow was set to take place earlier this month.
For the riders, the arrival was bittersweet - although a small group of industry colleagues had gathered to celebrate the team’s achievement, the exhibition centre stood empty.
But their efforts have raised €6,000, and donations continue to come in. The funds will be split between industry charities Backup in the UK and the AAA Foundation in Spain.
Organised by #WeMakeEvents in partnership with PLASA, AVIXA, ISE, FIAVE, Alerta Roja and LSi, BikeFest Spain was sponsored by Ayrton, Equipson, EarPro, EES, FANTEK and Ruisaljo. In addition, the cyclists represented PLASA, Equipson, Bishop Sound, Britannia Row, and Sharp NEC.
Federico Haba, head of Sharp/NEC Display Solutions Ibérica, comments: “As a representative of an AV manufacturer, we at Sharp/NEC wanted to join the cause to raise awareness of the impact COVID is having on the live events sector. In addition, with limited access to key components and steep increases in costs, we - and many other companies like us - are being forced to manage supply chain delays. This is having ramifications for distributors, venues, end-users and

 
mapnextroadtriplinkedinlocationsv5Shure partners with Crestron for Euro road trip
Wednesday, 2 February 2022

Europe - Shure has partnered with Crestron to support the upcoming Crestron Next Road Trip Europe, a tour with a mobile experience centre that will visit 38 stops in 19 countries. The truck will provide every attendee with a safe environment in which they will be able to get hands-on, one-on-one demos of the most recent audio technology from Shure and Crestron.
The mobile experience will cover Shure and Crestron’s collaborative conferencing technology as well as the whole Crestron ecosystem of solutions for hybrid workplaces, classrooms, government organisations and more.
Crestron Next Road Trip Europe will tour Europe from March, to offer dealers, partners, and customers all over Europe an opportunity to experience the latest innovations in audio technology from Crestron and Shure.

 
 
plasaleeds2022Registration now open for PLASA Focus Leeds 2022
Tuesday, 1 February 2022

UK - Following a two-year hiatus, PLASA Focus Leeds will return to the Royal Armouries from 10-11 May, with free registration now open.
Across the two days, visitors will be able to see products in action and gain insights from industry leaders. And with two years of catching up to do, the 2022 edition of the show will serve as a vital crossroad for the live events, entertainment and installation industries.
Spanning two halls, the showfloor is home to 150+ brands from the worlds of audio, AV, lighting, rigging and staging. Each exhibitor is set to present their most popular products and solutions, including several new releases and debuts.
PLASA says more and more exhibitors are coming aboard, with initial highlights including show sponsor Ambersphere and seminar sponsor Vectorworks. Plus, lighting professionals can catch up with Artistic Licence, Avolites and GLP; audio professionals can check out the latest from d&b audiotechnik, Martin Audio, RCF and Shure; and riggers can meet with Area Four Industries, Doughty, Triple E and many more.
There is a huge array of new exhibitors too. Debuting at Leeds, 4Wall and LANG UK will showcase their AV and screen technologies; 4Evacuation, Canford and Riedel will present their electronics and accessories; and Collaborative Creations will discuss how to build your brand and professional network.
As always, there will be a programme of keynote talks and panel discus

 
arcadiabeautyleftsharpangleClear-Com heads to PL+S Guangzhou
Monday, 31 January 2022

China - Clear-Com will be attending Prolight + Sound Guangzhou (PLSG) this year, from 22-25 February. Clear-Com will show its latest innovations - Arcadia Central Station and FreeSpeak Edge Base Station - as well its market-proven solutions.
“We are especially excited to attend this show as live events have begun to come back online,” comments Jeffrey Wu, Clear-Com’s regional sales manager and chief representative for China. “Clear-Com products have been critical to the live market for over 50 years, but we are still developing new and innovative products that we know will be welcomed by the attendees of this show.”
Featured on the stand will be the new Arcadia Central Station, a scalable IP intercom platform that integrates wired and digital wireless partyline systems along with third-party Dante devices in a single rack unit. The system scales to meet varying production needs, offering a base-level of 32 IP ports which can be expanded to up to 96 IP ports as needed.
Also on the stand will be the FreeSpeak Edge Base Station, an IP base station that supports the full range of FreeSpeak digital wireless intercom solutions encompassing multiple wireless frequency bands, as well as third-party Dante devices.
Some of the company’s most popular products will also be featured on the stand, including the Agent-IC mobile app for iOS and Android devices, which has seen an uptick in adoption due to the rise in remote production workflows.
Additional products include FreeSpeak II Digital Wireless intercom, a five-channel, full-dupl

 
 
route-plannerHireHop adds route planner plugin
Friday, 28 January 2022

UK - HireHop Equipment Rental Software has released its route planner plug-in, which allows users to plan vehicle schedules and optimise routes for deliveries, collections and services call-outs.
Via the plug-in, routes, destinations and depots are visually displayed on a map, with the ability to easily allocate single or multiple jobs to vehicles. You can also include additional hired in or temporary vehicles into your fleet on a daily basis when needed, with an unlimited number of deliveries, collections and services per job. Journeys can also be assigned to purchase orders, enabling you to incorporate collections and returns into the driver schedule of items you have rented or bought.
The new route planner is also able to link with many vehicle tracking units, so you can see the locations of your vehicles on the map within the HireHop route planner.
HireHop has also released other new features, like refundable deposits that can optionally upload the deposit details to your accounting software. They have also released more API features to enable you to further customise HireHop and integrate it with other software products.

 
cueschedule-etcETC CUE conference scheduled for 17 February
Friday, 28 January 2022

World - Over 1,200 people representing more than 60 countries around the world have already registered for ETC’s 2022 CUE conference. The 24-hour event is slotted for 17 February and starts in Asia at 11:00am HKT with a keynote address from ETC’s vice-president of marketing David Lincecum. This is followed by the European sessions, which will take place from 10:00am to 5:00pm GMT.
ETC staff and other industry experts follow with a series of sessions over the course of the day in multiple time zones and multiple languages including French, German and Russian. The conference wraps up in North America at 5:00pm CST.
The agenda will cover the topics impacting the live events industry. Session topics include product technology, building theatrical systems, industry sustainability, and encouraging diversity in the workplace.
The North American sessions will feature Amber Whatley as she talks about Black Out, the programme she founded for underrepresented individuals with an interest in lighting design. A live panel discussion on encouraging diversity in the industry, led by Tony award winner Karen Olivo, is also scheduled.

 
 
showlight2Showlight to return in 2023
Monday, 24 January 2022

France - Organisers of Showlight have announced that plans are underway to reinstate Showlight 2023 which, after a two-year postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is now scheduled to take place between 20-23 May 2023. The venue for this much-loved lighting quadrennial will be the Théâtre Municipal in Fontainebleau, near Paris, France, the original destination for the postponed 2021 event.
“The Showlight committee is now planning for the next live Showlight in May 2023 and we hope this time nothing will de-rail it!” says Showlight chairman, John Allen. “We are delighted to have the continued support of our main sponsor, Robert Juliat, along with many of the sponsors who were already supporting Showlight 2021. Fontainebleau’s local administration has, once again, made the Théâtre Municipal available for us - right in the centre of the town - and, as a result, the arrangements we were originally making for 2021 can be dusted off and planning can recommence.
“The Welcome Reception is planned for Saturday 20 May, with the first full day of papers on Sunday 21 May 2023. More programme details will be released in due course, and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to Showlight next year.”
With this in mind, and less than 18 months to go, Showlight will soon be putting out a Call for Papers, Exhibitors and Sponsors for this unique networking event. Details of how to get involved can be found at www.showlight.org
James Simpson, lighting designer and visualiser at Copper Candle, Showlig

 
plasaSignificant shortages and delays put live events at risk
Monday, 24 January 2022

UK - PLASA and #WeMakeEvents have published a detailed global survey report on the current position and future recovery of the live events industry.
The survey ran from 1 November to 21 December 2021 and was completed by 1,948 respondents in over 40 countries in five different languages. “The data provides strong and clear evidence of the challenges currently facing the sector, with the vast majority currently reporting delays, shortages and cost increases,” say the organisations.
The outlook is mixed, with the majority of respondents lacking confidence in industry recovery within the next six months. This is even more startling considering the survey was conducted before the omicron variant threatened the lucrative winter holiday season. However, there is cautious optimism from seven to 18 months, which mirrors the progress made when the live events industry re-opened in 2021.
But for now, companies and organisations are carrying a heavy financial burden, reporting a huge decrease in annual turnover. To increase the pressure further, 45% took on additional debt to survive the lockdowns. Freelancers are fairing no better, with low earners growing in number and top earners dropping by 78%.
The supply chain is in complete disarray, with shortages and delays across the board. A shocking 94% of manufacturers are experiencing delays in components, resulting in many being forced to source new suppliers and redesign products. The knock-on effects are felt by rental companies, venues, installers and distributors, with the vast majority facing de

 
 
marc-thorntonFull Production adds director of live events
Thursday, 20 January 2022

UK - Production services company Full Production has appointed a new director of live events and touring. Marc Thornton steps into the role after several years as lighting director and programmer for artists including Foals, Charli XCX and Goldfrapp. He will be overseeing the live events and music arm of the business.
Marc is a BRIT school graduate who began working alongside Full Production MD Steve Richardson early on in his career, whilst they were both working at White Light. Marc worked with Full Production as part of a successful freelance career for the past eight years, before joining the company on a temporary contract in February 2021. He played an integral part in some of Full Production’s biggest projects of 2021, including the Warwick Castle Sundown Spectacular.
“I’m delighted to be coming on board full time with the team at Full Production,” adds Thornton. “Steve has played a big part in my career from the moment I started in the industry, so to find myself with the opportunity of joining the team on a permanent basis is really fantastic. I have always enjoyed seeing what projects Steve and Full Production have been doing and I think together, we are going to create some really interesting and exciting pieces of work.”
Steve Richardson comments: “2021 was a fantastic year for us, which saw us return to the exponential growth we were seeing pre-COVID, and with 90% new business. As a result of this continued success, we’re delighted to be in a position where we can continue with our planned expansion of the Full Product

 
nwrslogo2022500wNWRS announces programme
Wednesday, 19 January 2022

USA - The 2022 New World Rigging Symposium, taking place virtually on 5-7 April, will bring together professional riggers, engineers, manufacturers, venue managers, educators and students to further their rigging knowledge, hear about challenging projects, get up to speed on new technologies, discuss current industry challenges, and get their questions answered.
The session line-up features an array of subject matter experts sharing their knowledge on: Rope 201, Load Monitoring Systems: Know Your Limits, Rope Access in Entertainment: Training and Usage, Performer Flying Case Study: It Happened at Wembley, Hosting Road Shows at a University, What the Engineers Want You to Know, Touring Overseas: Getting Your Ducks in a Row, Rigging Challenges: Infrastructure Case Studies, Women Riggers of ETCP and Intro to Mental Health First Aid.
The three-day symposium will also include breakout rooms where attendees can get in-depth information from our sponsors as well as virtual networking opportunities with attendees and presenters.
The symposium will carry ETCP education renewal credits for re-certification. For a list of presenters, visit www.esta.org/nwrs. The cost of the NWRS is $99.

 
 
birminghamsmithfieldsmainstage1410211aODP appointed official supplier to Birmingham 2022
Wednesday, 19 January 2022

UK - Outdoor Digital Productions (ODP), a collaborative enterprise between ADI, JA Productions and Outdoor Places Unusual Spaces (OPUS), has been chosen to deliver the official Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Festival Live Sites.
ODP aims to transform multiple city locations from large capacity venues, such as Smithfield, to civic and community green spaces, into accessible hubs for cultural placemaking and collective celebration during the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The Live Sites will include showpiece creative staging, participatory activations and live arts performances with a focus on locality and sustainability.
Emily Muirhead, Live Sites project manager at Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, commented, “We’re excited to have the Outdoor Digital Productions team on-board to facilitate our Live Sites during a momentous occasion for Birmingham and the surrounding area. With strong links to the city and its local talent, ODP will bring their vast experience in live events and culture to the project, helping us promote Birmingham to global audiences, whilst actively engaging spectators and visitors for the duration of the Games.”
Caroline Davis, managing director of OPUS and Director at ODP added, “For the first time the Commonwealth Games Live Sites sit within the Culture Division, highlighting the importance of this particular element within their delivery. This is an area where Outdoor Digital Productions can bring huge value; we’re deeply engaged with local artists, creatives, performers and community groups, and see this as a hug

 
ise-2020-3-183ISE announces three-month postponement
Wednesday, 12 January 2022

Europe - After consultation with the ISE exhibitor and visitor community and in the light of the increasing impact of the Omicron variant in Spain, Integrated Systems Events has announced that ISE 2022, scheduled for 1-4 February, has been postponed and will now take place on 10-13 May 2022 at the Fira de Barcelona Gran Vía.
Mike Blackman, managing director of Integrated Systems Events, says: “We’ve been closely monitoring the conditions in Europe and have been working hard on your behalf to balance health and safety concerns with the need for commerce and in-person interaction. It’s been a challenging time for so many over the past two years, and whilst we cannot wait to meet up with everyone at ISE 2022, listening to our exhibitors, owners and stakeholders, we have agreed the best course of action is to postpone the show edition for three months.
“By moving the event to the spring, it provides time for our community to rebalance and for confidence in international travel and meetings to resume. We will be working closely with all our exhibitors and stakeholders to ensure a smooth transition to the new dates. We look forward to hosting the global AV community at ISE 2022 in May in our new home in Barcelona.”
David Labuskes, CEO, AVIXA comments: “While balancing the commitment to both commerce and gathering has been difficult in these uncertain times, we believe the postponement of the ISE show until May does just that. Our community hungers for the opportunity to reconvene in 2022. This schedule makes that all the more possible for all

 
 
suzi-greenThe Back Lounge spearheads workshop series
Friday, 7 January 2022

UK - The Back Lounge founder and Tour Production Group (TPG) facilitator, tour manager Suzi Green, is spearheading a new series of free workshops for the live music industry.
Following the strong response to the Resilience Workshops in summer 2021, Green is combining the core principle areas of the TPG - sustainability, mental health and diversity - for a three-part, community-focused series.
Green, whose clients include Placebo, PJ Harvey and Katie Melua, is passionate about both personal and wider industry wellbeing, having founded mental welfare digital support group The Back Lounge during the pandemic, as well as taking on a facilitator role with the TPG, a UK-based and internationally attended association of live music touring professionals.
With 2022 likely to see an upscaled return to work, she believes now is the time for meaningful education that can be applied to real world situations.
“These are the topics on people’s radar,” says Green. “What exactly are we going to push ourselves through in the next 12 months? There's no doubt for anyone working in live music that mental health, sustainability and diversity are going to be a real focus. We need to look at best practice within these areas and really start to apply it.”
In order to deliver the sessions, Green has enlisted professionals with experience in the subject matters.
Roadmap To Sustainable Touring on Wednesday, 19 January is hosted by TPG Sustainabili

 
partyLive events supply chain ‘back on the brink’
Tuesday, 4 January 2022

UK - With government advice putting the decision-making onto the shoulders of the public and consumer confidence eroding as a consequence, the live events sector is stressed to the limit, says industry organisation #WeMakeEvents (WME).
Despite a devastating 2020 and a challenging 2021, businesses in the industry have worked hard to exceed revenues last recorded in November 2019 by the same month in 2021. But, says WME, the current climate has already eroded this by 80% during December 2021 and is forecast to continue through January.
From the UK’s first lockdown in Spring 2020 until summer 2021, companies in this sector only received around 12% of the Cultural Recovery Fund (CRF) awards whilst many of the freelance technical specialists who work in the industry are still catching-up on their finances, having had no work for over a year.
WME says in a statement: “While we are pleased to see the government recognise the existence and critical role of freelancers in the entertainment sectors, the chancellor’s announcement of £1.5m support will have little to no effect whatsoever. Added to this, local government grants are not sufficiently targeted to reach the supply chain, compounded by the ‘postcode lottery’ of these grants by the issuing local authorities, and exclusion for many within the recently announced CRF criteria. Over 25% of people had to leave the sector they loved over the past 20 months for more regular and dependable income to support themselves and families. Another talent drain like this will be fatal.
“While we fee

 
 
ise-2020-2-159ISE 2022 unveils conference programme
Wednesday, 22 December 2021

Spain - ISE has announced details of its 2022 programme of conferences, education offerings from AVIXA and CEDIA, and show floor stages and networking lounges.
Seven conferences will target key vertical markets served by the pro AV industry. Topics that will be covered include creating safe, sustainable, smart buildings; re-shaping the workplace; the new agenda in digital signage and exploring the strategies, learning models and trends that are driving the deployment of digital learning technologies in universities, schools, corporate bodies and training facilities.
Presented in Spanish, the AV Experience Zone produced by AVIXA will showcase AV projects and present customer testimonials from experienced professionals in the sector. The showcase will be of interest to end-users from major vertical markets, professional technicians, and includes sessions for students across its four-day programme.
CEDIA is also hosting a Professional Development Programme, full details of which are available on the ISE website.
Mike Blackman, Integrated Systems Events managing director, comments: “A visit to ISE is much more than the exciting show floor. Not only do visitors get to see the latest innovations from world-class brands in pro AV, but there is also a huge choice in inspiring education and conference programmes which uncover hidden gems, showcase a world of opportunities, and address vital issues that today’s organisations face in getting back to business.
“Our programme is designed to provide inspiration and support for every level of the

 
wemakeeventslogoukwhite-01-2Live events sector calls for support as ‘lockdown by stealth’ bites
Tuesday, 21 December 2021

UK - #WeMakeEvents is calling on central government and local authorities to urgently provide sector-specific support for the UK live events industry in light of the omicron variant.
Since the UK’s emergence from lockdown in July, the events sector has made great progress, says the campaign. “Whilst it was not plain sailing nor 100% recovered, theatres, gigs and events proved their resilience, and many were looking forward to the boost of the traditionally strong December trading when most generate around a third of annual revenues.”
#WeMakeEvents states: “We are seeing countless theatre productions and concerts cancelling due to staff sickness and absence, and tours are being postponed, curtailed, or delayed as once again the risks are too great, the uncertainty is devastating. In addition, the government mixed messaging has meant consumer confidence has crashed again, so customers are cancelling in fear of the unknown.
“In effect, this is lockdown by stealth and default across hospitality and live events; both sectors being closely linked by the high hospitality sales driven by live events. As a result, #WeMakeEvents is calling on Government and local councils to urgently provide sector specific support (alongside the hospitality sector) and to make sure the events sector is not forgotten or overlooked, as much of it has been over the past 20 months.
“To protect an industry that is the envy of the rest of the world and was worth £70bn to the UK economy pre-pandemic, we call for an immediate package of measures to mitigate the in

 
 
rigging-conference-small-logoRegistration opens for NWRS 2022
Friday, 17 December 2021

USA - Registration is now open for the 2022 New World Rigging Symposium, which will take place online on 5-7 April 2022. Produced by ESTA and USITT, the NWRS brings together professional riggers, engineers, manufacturers, venue managers, educators and students to further their rigging knowledge, hear about challenging projects, get up to speed on new technologies, discuss current industry challenges, and get their questions answered by a host of subject matter experts.
The NWRS also offers valuable information to those working in other areas of the industry who want to further their knowledge of rigging. The three-day symposium will also include breakout rooms where attendees can get in-depth information from our sponsors as well as virtual networking opportunities with attendees and presenters.
The event will carry ETCP education renewal credits for re-certification. Sessions for 2022 are being developed in response to comments received from previous attendees and will be posted at esta.org/nwrs when they are finalized. The cost of the NWRS is $99.
Sponsors for making the 2022 NWRS are: Electronic Theatre Controls and Sapsis Rigging, Kish Rigging, TAIT, Texas Scenic Company, Wenger|J.R. Clancy, Reed Rigging, Reliable Design Services, Stage Rigging, CM-ET, Geiger Engineers, and H&H Specialties.

 
Yamaha webinar highlights installed sound
Monday, 13 December 2021

Europe - Creating a sonic environment that can have a positive influence on customer spend and repeat business will be the subject of a free webinar organised by Yamaha this week.
Taking place on Tuesday, 14 December at 2pm GMT (1pm CET), the session will look at how to set up effective audio systems for commercial and public spaces using the company's Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS) range. Scott Coltham, UK application specialist and Reece Stead, business development manager, will present the hour-long Zoom webinar which delivers a high-level overview of the CIS range, including speakers, amplifiers, matrix processors, control interfaces and microphone systems.
Aimed at consultants, systems integrators, sound designers and anyone with a passion for professional audio solutions in the corporate, education and entertainment sectors, the webinar will use demonstrations and use-case examples to highlight the benefits of each product/group and how they can be used for a range of applications and environments.
Those interested can register for the free webinar here.

 
 
pphub3csamplemusicfestivalProlight + Sound 2022 turns focus on audio
Friday, 10 December 2021

Gremany - Prolight + Sound 2022 will offer ‘a new, interactive experience zone for companies and visitors from the fields of audio production, DJing and digital live performance’.
From 26-29 April 2022, the Performance + Production Hub will feature product presentations, demos, live performances and workshops with artists and experts from well-known brands. There will also be live visual showcases. The area is being created in cooperation with the makers of the Sample Music Festival.
“With extensive new offerings, we are strengthening the audio section as a mainstay of Prolight + Sound,” says Mira Wölfel, director Prolight + Sound. “We are thus underlining our commitment to making the event a hotspot for sound professionals from all fields of application: from live sound reinforcement to recording, mixing, mastering and DJing.
“The premiere of the Performance + Production Hub further expands the spectrum with cutting-edge topics such as live remixing and looping, control, and the latest software and apps. We are very excited to take our collaboration with Sample Music Festival to the next level in 2022,”.
Alexander Sonnenfeld, organiser of the Sample Music Festival, adds: “The creative use of sound tools has developed into a serious form of art. Today, modern technological possibilities are merging with instrumental handwork in a way that was previously only known from classical musical approaches. The Performance + Production Hub brings this transformation to life.”
With the Studio Village in Hall 11.0, for the first

 
ross-robertson-arena-structures21Arena appoints MD of structures division
Tuesday, 7 December 2021

UK - Ross Robertson has joined Arena UK MEA as managing director of the structures division, based in Arena’s St Ives headquarters.
Arena chief operating officer EMEA Tom Evans comments: “Arena Group is taking on a new look as we bounce back from the pandemic, and I am sure that Ross is the right person to steer the structures division, bringing great experience to achieve ambitious expansion beyond our core events sector.
“Arena’s structures division is gearing up for an incredibly busy 2022 across a wide range of events, and we are investing in our team to support our project directors, managers and site crews’ delivery of amazing events on behalf of clients.”
Arena’s structures team is already well underway with the build for Europe’s largest temporary triple-decker hospitality structure for the 2022 Cheltenham Festival and next year will also provide temporary infrastructure to many projects including The Randox Grand National, Wimbledon Championships, The Open, and The Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
Ross states: “It is fabulous that my career pinnacle sees me return to Arena, where my temporary structures journey began. Arena is an amazingly well-respected brand with a fantastic team of event professionals who I’m looking forward to working alongside.
“Paul Berger (Arena EMEA CEO) and Tom Evans have shared their exciting vision for Arena, presenting a great opportunity to stretch myself and take on new challenges to develop and deliver their business strategy into the demountable industrial structures sector.

 
 
uaeStage One creates floating stage for UAE party
Tuesday, 7 December 2021

UAE - Stage One Creative Services delivered stage engineering for the hero centrepiece at UAE’s 50th National Day celebrations. The show, which took place on 2 December, marked the country’s Golden Jubilee as the largest celebration to date.
The floating theatrical experience, designed by award winning artist, Es Devlin, is situated on Hatta Dam in the Hajar Mountains. Stage One engineered, fabricated, installed and operated the hero rotating stage which hosted the cast. The floating disc-shaped sculpture, which is 19m tall at its highest point, doubled up as a performance area and projection surface.
The key challenge was engineering a heavy steel structure that will remain balanced in a cantilevered state on a floating pontoon. This was achieved through judicious structural and marine engineering and a hefty serving of ballast. To allow the disc to revolve, it was constructed on top of three concentric track rings and is driven by four motors. The movement is controlled by Stage One’s proprietary automation system, Qmotion.
Starting work in July, the sculpture was designed, built and transported to the remote location in just three months, with teams arriving to install in early September. Once fully loaded on site with scenery, reflective water pool and performers, the disc weighs in at almost 300 tonnes.
This is the second consecutive year Stage One has contributed to the UAE National Day live event celebrations alongside artistic director and designer Es Devlin, technical designers Wonder Works and Official UAE 50th Celebration prod

 
logo-2021-iseOver 700 exhibitors confirmed for ISE 2022
Monday, 6 December 2021

Europe - Exhibitors are signing up in significant numbers to take part in ISE 2022 in Barcelona in February. Over 700 exhibitors have already committed, including Barco, Crestron, KNX, Kramer, LG, Panasonic, Samsung, and Sony. The show floor has been redesigned and will also feature new Discovery Zone, highlighting 40 new companies exhibiting for the first time.
Taking place at the Fira de Barcelona Gran Via, the large, modern facility features wide aisles, an easy-to-navigate layout and industry-leading brands showcasing technology innovations and more.
Mike Blackman, managing director, Integrated Systems Events comments: “It is very heartening to see that globally, events and exhibitions are returning to strength. We are delighted that we already have 700+ exhibitors confirming their presence at ISE 2022 and we expect more to confirm in the coming days. With a vibrant thought leadership content programme and inspiring show floor, we are very much looking forward to getting back to business in Barcelona in February next year.”
A regular highlight of ISE, Crestron has exhibited at every single edition since the show’s launch in 2004 and is a located in the Multi-Technology Zone. Brad Hintze, executive VP, marketing of Crestron comments: “ISE continues to be a vital connection point for our industry across the residential and commercial spaces. We are eagerly anticipating this year’s show as a platform to showcase the many award-winning and category-defining solutions that have been released since the last time we were all together in perso

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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