Events News

primo-maggio-front-of-house-1dLive runs the show at Primo Maggio Roma
Friday, 10 August 2018

Italy - Six dLive systems were chosen to run the show at this year’s spectacular Primo Maggio event in Piazza San Giovanni, Rome. Over the course of the day, over 30 major artists performed in front of a giant crowd and a huge live TV audience, including names such as Gianna Nannini and Fatboy Slim, and a 50-piece orchestra.
With 36 acts, short changeover times and a live broadcast to the RAI national TV channel, Primo Maggio featured a spectacular revolving dual-stage setup, with each stage having its own dLive system, each consisting of an S5000 surface and DM48 MixRack at front of house, and an S7000 surface with DM64 MixRack and DX32 I/O expansion for monitors. Both M-Dante and GigaAce cards were selected for audio distribution.
Specified by contractor ABC, supported by Arcadia Digital and Exhibo S.p.A, the set-up also included a further two dLive systems comprising C3500 and C1500 surfaces with DM48 MixRacks for the complex communications requirements between stage and front of house.
Additionally, an Allen & Heath SQ-6 was used as a matrix mixer for the wedge and side-fill monitors that were situated outside the revolving stage setup.
To facilitate the broadcasters’ requirements, the main FOH mix from each stage, plus announcements and playback tracks from the VT programme were managed by the ‘central’ dLive comms / continuity system.
Given the complexity of the event, Roberto Marchesi (pro audio manager at Exhibo S.p.A) said the power and flexibility of the dLive system was key to its success. “The dLive was chose

steven-hancock-coo--co-founder-of-melodyvr-and-ian-congdon-head-of-aren-1NEC Group offers virtual access to live events
Friday, 10 August 2018

UK - Virtual reality (VR) specialist MelodyVR is working with the NEC Group Arenas to offer virtual access to live events in its venues.
Concertgoers will be able to access a selection of live events held at the Genting Arena and Arena Birmingham venues, using the power of virtual reality technology, including performances from chart toppers Royal Blood, The Script and UB40 Feat. Ali, Astro & Mickey.
Over the coming months, MelodyVR will also live stream real-time concerts via VR and offer virtual tickets to sold-out shows with the biggest artists, enabling an unlimited number of fans to attend in-demand concerts around the globe.
The concerts, as well as virtual tickets, will be available to purchase via the MelodyVR app, on Oculus Go or Samsung Gear VR virtual reality headsets (with more platforms coming soon). Information on upcoming shows will also be promoted on selected event pages on The Ticket Factory website - the official box office for the NEC Group Arenas.
Those who are unable to attend arena events in person, can transport themselves to the heart of the action through the power of VR and the MelodyVR app, says the company. By selecting different ‘Jump Spots’, MelodyVR users can choose to be in the front row, deep in the crowd, or up-close-and-personal with the band on stage.
Ian Congdon, head of NEC Group arena sales, comments: “VR is transforming the concert experience and shifting how fans can consume music, so it’s fantastic to partner with MelodyVR as pioneers in this field. Their usage of exciting featur

 
 
th-shortlist-touseKOI reveals Theatre shortlist
Tuesday, 7 August 2018

UK - The Knight of Illumination Awards (KOI), which celebrate international video and lighting designers for their creative work in the UK, has revealed the Theatre shortlist for 2018.
An expert panel of judges, all of whom have years of experience reviewing theatre, opera and dance, have watched countless productions over the last year and distilled the best of the best into the shortlist. The panel is made up of The Dancing Times critic, Zoë Anderson; The Guardian's leading theatre critic, Michael Billington; opera critic for The Stage and Opera Magazine George Hall; chief dance critic for The Stage, Neil Norman; co-founder of Exeunt, Natasha Tripney; and opera editor for Whatsonstage, Mark Valencia; led by broadcaster David Benedict, chair of the Theatre judging panel.

KOI Awards 2018 Theatre Shortlist

Projection Design, sponsored by PRG XL Video:
CHOU Tung-yen for Formosa, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, Sadler's Wells
Luke Halls for The Lehman Trilogy, National Theatre
Paulina Jurzec for Mamzer Bastard, Royal Opera at Hackney Empire
Dance, sponsored by ETC:
Jean Kalman for Life is a Dream, Rambert
David Plater for The Suit, Ballet Black
Jackie Shemesh for Goat, Rambert

Plays, sponsored by ADB:
Jon Clark for The Inheritance, Young Vic
Lee Curran for Summer and Smoke, Almeida Theatre
Jack Knowles for Barber Shop Chronicles, National The

 
aldALD launches Michael Northen Awards 2018
Tuesday, 7 August 2018

UK - The Association of Lighting Designers’ annual Michael Northen Awards launched this week. The awards are an opportunity for students just leaving their college or university course to gain practical skills and experience in creating a portfolio which sells their design ideas.
Entry is now open, and all submissions must be received before midnight on the closing date: Wednesday 31 October.
Johanna Town, chair of the ALD, comments: “What better accolade with which to enter the industry than with a lighting design award? The Michael Northen Bursary scheme (MNB) is a great aide to developing a lighting designer’s abilities in communication. To be able to sell your ideas and passions for a design to other industry leaders, is as important a skill, maybe even more so, as the design itself. For this reason, this particular award entry is so important to a designer’s future.”
Jess Bernberg won last year’s Francis Reid Award, which is one award within the MNB scheme. She says: “The MNB is a fantastic opportunity for recognition and exposure for a collection of work. Often once a show has closed, its legacy can be slightly lost, save a few production shots and reviews, so to have a panel of top lighting designers look into your process for its creation it is highly valuable. The ability to create a portfolio is a vital skill so often overlooked or forgotten, but hugely important to the way we make theatre.”
Again this year, a total of four awards will be presented under the Michael Northen Bursary (MNB). All students with an interest

 
 
bike-festHK Audio powers Rock & Bike Fest
Monday, 6 August 2018

UK - This July saw the return of the Rock & Bike Fest in the historic grounds of Carnfield Hall, South Normanton. This year’s festival welcomed hundreds of campers and show-goers to Derbyshire for a 72-hour celebration of music, bikes and beer.
The live production of the event was provided by HK Audio commercial partners Dezign Audio and Sound Alliance, both of whom super-charged the sound via a fleet of HK Audio speakers and power amps.
Acts including Big Country, Lindisfarne, Fleetwood Bac, Women in Rock, Surreal Panther, Kesia Gill, and Grand Ultra entertained the crowds during the weekend, with the HK Audio Contour, Linear 5 and Premium Pro systems all involved in the set-up on the event's main stage.
Additionally, all performers benefitted from crystal clear on-stage audio thanks to the employment of HK Audio Contour and Linear 5 monitors. To bolster the backline and front of house systems, JHS provided the loan of two Linear 4000 subs.
Mike Smith of Sound Alliance reports: “We were extremely impressed with the noticeable extra bottom-end that came from the Linear 4000 subs, so much so that we have picked up a couple to add to our existing HK Audio festival rigs.”
Rock & Bike Fest supported and donated to a number of charities including Air Ambulance, Blood Bikes, Cancer Research, Parkinsons & Treehops Hospice, and Soldiers Off The Street.
(Jim Evans)

 
nwrs-2018-1New World Rigging Symposium 2019 dates set
Monday, 6 August 2018

USA - ESTA and USITT have announced that the second New World Rigging Symposium is taking place 19-20 March 2019 in conjunction with the USITT Conference and Stage Expo 2019 in Louisville.
Symposium attendees will receive free show floor passes to the USITT Stage Expo opening on 21 March as well as a discount on the conference registration.
The event will provide an opportunity for riggers and those interested in the live entertainment rigging industry to network, discuss current issues and new technologies, and help shape the future of the industry.
In 10 sessions over two days, participants will be given a range of opportunities to further their technical knowledge, keep up to date with codes and standards, increase their understanding of structural issues, and learn about the challenges of working as a rigger in other segments of the entertainment industry. The symposium will carry ETCP education renewal credits for re-certification.
The event will also include multiple opportunities for attendees to network over morning coffee breaks, lunch, and evening cocktails.
Contact riggingsymposium@esta.org to be notified when registration opens or to enquire about sponsorship opportunities.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
memorymicmoodrgbSennheiser introduces Memory Mic
Friday, 3 August 2018

The Netherlands - At IBC 2018, Sennheiser will show the wireless Memory Mic for smartphones. Designed for journalists, the tool claims to offer superior sound compared to smartphone voice recording utilities.
Tobias von Allwoerden, senior product manager, professional audio at Sennheiser, comments: “High sound quality remains an important area for differentiation and a hallmark of quality for video content. Currently, there is no other product on the market that is able to compete with the Memory Mic and offer the same fantastic combination of audio quality, price and mobility.
“The benefits for the mobile journalist include audio pick-up in broadcast quality via the free Sennheiser app, one-touch synchronization of audio and video via Bluetooth, no issues at all with range, up to four hours of operating time and convenient recharging via USB.”
(Jim Evans)

 
11thhourTrio joins 11th Hour
Friday, 3 August 2018

UK - Cardiff-based events services provider 11th Hour has welcomed Matthew Morgan and Rhys Thomas as warehouse assistants, while Debbie Alexander takes the role of in-house bookkeeper.
Morgan has previously worked in various temporary capacities for 11th Hour across a range of projects and is an experienced stadium safety steward, having worked at Cardiff City Football Club. Thomas has experience as a freelance crew member in operations and logistics and has crossed paths with 11th Hour teams on many occasions. Debbie Alexander brings more than 20 years of experience in finance and accounts, accrued whilst working for a range of businesses in South Wales.
11th Hour director John Davies comments: “Demand for our services continues to grow and it is now common to find ourselves working simultaneously on multiple large-scale projects. Our staff are our greatest resource and it’s imperative that our teams have the manpower to maintain the very high standards of efficiency that our clients are accustomed to.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
zero-88-edninburgh-fringe-2018-earl-thomas-at-assembly-picolo-photo-by-stuart-stott-27Zero 88 hits the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Friday, 3 August 2018

UK - Edinburgh Fringe Festival returns for four weeks of innovative, provocative and entertaining new theatre and performance embracing all genres.
Over 100 x Zero 88 lighting consoles - including the new FLX range and a variety of legacy products - are working hard across the 300+ venues running in and around the city during the event, and the company has once again been at the forefront of offering comprehensive onsite training and support.
At least 25 of Eaton’s new Zero 88 FLX S range consoles alone are involved, just nine months after the desk was launched.
Zero 88 consoles and control packages are featuring at some of the busiest and most popular venues, with FLX range products at Assembly, Underbelly, Gilded Balloon, Summerhall and Pleasance, all of which offer multiple performance spaces throughout the Festival, each staging approximately eight to 10 different shows across the period.
Eaton’s Jon Hole and Edward Smith took to the technical front-line in the run up to the festival opening, giving face-to-face training and support to an estimated 150 technicians and operators during rehearsal and tech periods, right up to the first round of press nights, a programme that included around 25 dedicated console training sessions across the city.
At least two major UK rental companies invested in new FLX S consoles to service their Edinburgh shows. Bristol headquartered SLX, who purchased nine FLX S consoles, and Hawthorn, who have bought a mixture of six FLX and FLX S consoles. These will then go into rental stock.
Jon Hol

 
backupkartfestwinnersBackup’s Kart-Fest 2018 raises £23,500
Thursday, 2 August 2018

UK - Technical entertainment charity Backup collected a record amount of donations at its annual karting challenge held in July.
Kart-Fest 2018 raised £23,500 in donations - the biggest total for any Backup fund-raising event yet, and £2,500 more than in 2017.
Held during the first Wimbledon fortnight, Kart-Fest 2018 was themed around the tennis tournament and saw racers from 33 teams don big hair, sweatbands, tennis skirts and dubious prosthetics.
Backup trustee and event organiser Lee Dennison says: "It can be hard getting everyone together in this industry, as we’re all so constantly busy. But on the day, it felt effortless, and we were so pleased that 33 teams representing all areas participated. Rivalries stayed on the track and a common shared 'want' to support our charity and help our family out became the focus of the day."
In first place were The Really Useful Group and their team Phantom Racers 2, in second place were 2017 winners Production Park and in third place, were team DiGiCo. Winners of the Pit Stop Challenge were team Imagination, Media Lease’s ‘Fastest Lap’ went to ‘Flareton Senna’s’ Graham Combes, the dubious honour of winning headline sponsor Chauvet’s Slowest Lap went to the Royal Albert Hall’s Ollie Jeffrey and winner of the Chauvet Surf’s Up Challenge for who could stay on a mechanical surfboard the longest was Jed Bason of Unusual Rigging.
Dennison adds: “A massive thank you to everyone that came to Kart-Fest and to our sponsors Chauvet Professional, Unusual, Creative Technolog

 
 
robe-namas-2018-img6141Robe lights The NAMAs 2018
Friday, 27 July 2018

Namibia - The 2018 Namibia Annual Music Awards (NAMAs), an annual awards ceremony set up to recognise accomplishment in the Namibian recording industry, was broadcast live on Namibian national TV and saw the work and creativity of some of the best and most talented artists, performers and music producers rewarded in 24 different awards categories interspersed with 12 live performance showcases.
Production designer and technical director Micky Lehr and his team from Eventplus have been involved with the NAMAs since 2015 and were involved once again. South African LD Kurt du Preez was asked to design the lighting and around 140 Robe moving lights were prominent on the rig at the Dome in Swakopmund.

These were supplied by Namibian rental companies dB Audio and Mikel-Jes Productions plus MJ Event Gear from Johannesburg. All of these rental specialists have committed to Robe as their primary moving light brand.
Eventplus managed all the event’s technical production and artistic direction for their client, NAMA executive producers Tim Ekandjo, from main sponsor and mobile telecoms operator MTC, and Jandre Louw from Rockstar Television. 
Kurt’s brief was to light the event catching that vibe and energy – assisted by an enthusiastic live audience and featuring a heavily LED digital set design, created by Lehr – ensuring that it looked great on camera and for the hundreds of thousands tuning in to watch.
12 BMFL Spots were positioned above the band at 15m high to clear the set at the back, and shoot through w

 
koi-logoKOI 2018 Concert Touring & Events shortlist announced
Friday, 27 July 2018

UK - The Knight of Illumination Awards (KOI) has revealed the 2018 Concert Touring & Events shortlist.
This year's judging panel is led by chair Jess Allan, and comprises LSi editor Claire Beeson, TPi editor Kelly Murray, director of 18 Degrees architectural lighting Christopher Knowlton, head of lighting design at creative agency Imagination, Jonny Milmer, and account manager at Coloursound Experiment Jo Bierne.

Concert Touring & Events Shortlist

Award for Arena, sponsored by GLP German Light Products
Cate Carter for Elbow
Tim Routledge for Sam Smith
Rob Sinclair for Queen + Adam Lambert
Award for Stage, sponsored by Avolites
Bruno Poet and Matt Daw for Sigur Rós
Rob Sinclair for David Byrne
Samuel Tozer for Wilkinson
Award for Club, sponsored by MA Lighting
Tom Campbell for Nick Mulvey
Luke Edwards for Gary Numan
John 'JP' Partridge for Tom Misch
Award for Video Content, sponsored by disguise
Pablo Beckett of Bryte Design for Elbow
Tom Colbourne for The Killers
Ben Farrey of Mixed Emotions, Jamie Thompson of MIRRAD and Tom Wall and Satoko Wall of BlinkinLab for The Script
Award for Events, sponsored by HSL
Matthew Button for Asics 'Blackout'
Simon Horn for Cream25
Gerry Mott for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2017

Christopher Knowlton comments: "The Awards have gone from strength to strength ove

 
 
gottelierGottelier Award 2018 opens for nominations
Friday, 27 July 2018

UK - Nominations for PLASA’s Gottelier Award are now open.
The award, named after late lighting designer and industry commentator Tony Gottelier, launched in 2007 to recognise product developers who have made significant and sustained contributions to the advancement of entertainment, presentation or installation technology. Previous recipients include Wayne Howell (Artistic Licence), Anne Valentino (ETC), David Cunningham (Entertec), Pasquale Quadri (Claypaky), Jim Bornhorst (Vari-Lite), John Meyer (Meyer Sound), Terry Clarke (Klark Teknik, MC2 Audio), Fred Foster (ETC), Alex Cooper (Midas & Klark Teknik), John Stadius (DiGiCo / Soundtracs) and Tony Andrews (Funktion-One).
Anyone in the industry can nominate individuals as well as development teams by emailing awards@plasashow.com (subject line 'GOTTELIER') by 17 August (Friday).
Following the nomination stage, a shortlist will be circulated to PLASA members and registered PLASA Show visitors, who will exclusively vote to elect a winner. The recipient of the 2018 Gottelier Award will be revealed at the PLASA Show (16-18 September 2018, London Olympia).
(Jim Evans)

 
koi-theatreKOI-USA 2018 reveals Theatre category panel
Monday, 23 July 2018

USA - The judging panel for the Theatre category of the inaugural Knight of Illumination Awards USA (KOI-USA) has been revealed.
The panel comprises seven experts in lighting and scenic design as well as theatre and choreography. Those are Clifton Taylor, David Rooney, Deborah Jowitt, Chris Jones, Lauren Warnecke, Mark Swed and Celia Ipiotis.
Clifton Taylor - is a lighting designer and chair of the Theatre judging panel, Clifton has over 29 years' experience in creating lighting, projection and scenic designs for theatre, dance and opera around the world.
David Rooney - is the chief theatre critic for Hollywood Reporter, David regularly reviews theatre and film and has been covering the entertainment industry since 1991. He has been a member of the New York Drama Critics Circle for 14 years, and is the winner of both Southern California Journalism Awards, and a National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Award for his theatre criticism
Deborah Jowitt - has been a professional dancer, lecturer and choreographer and Deborah began to write regularly about dance in The Village Voice in 1967. She has since written for The New York Times, Dance Magazine and Ballet Review, as well as publishing two collections and a further book, Time and the Dancing Image.
Chris Jones - is the chief theatre critic and Sunday culture columnist for The Chicago Tribune. His reviews of theatre, performance, circus and comedy for the newspaper now number in the thousands, and in 2014 he became director of the National Crit

 
 
manhattancenterstudio7lawomc256sMixCon visitors experience Lawo’s mc²56
Friday, 20 July 2018

USA - Lawo will participate as a sponsor for this year’s MixCon in New York, taking place on 21-22 July. The annual MixCon two-day event is dedicated entirely to mixing music and sound and takes place at the Manhattan Centre’s Grand Ballroom.
The event will feature six workshops plus Q&A’s focused on mixing different musical styles where attendees will get mixing tips, techniques and advice from some of the top pros in music production.
In addition to the popular workshops, MixCon offers excursions around the Manhattan Centre, including the renowned Studio 7 which is widely acclaimed for having the “best natural acoustics in the world”.
At the heart of Studio 7’s capabilities is an 80-fader Lawo mc²56 audio production console. Many of the most popular broadcast entertainment and sports shows, global events, and premier classical music performing and recording venues around the world are equipped with Lawo’s mc² audio production consoles.
MixCon is a free educational event for musicians and aspiring producers/mixing engineers. Its goal is to advise them on the art of mixing, the science it's based upon, and the techniques top engineers employ to shape the sounds in the directions they envision, and to make them coexist in a balanced fashion.
(Jim Evans)

 
bliss-events-delivers-royal-docks-lido-masterstrokeBliss brings urban beach to Royal Docks
Wednesday, 18 July 2018

UK - Planning/management specialist Bliss Events has designed and developed London’s largest urban beach, at Royal Docks, to incorporate a swimming pool, which opens on 18 July for six weeks, and an August event space.
Funded by the GLA and the London Borough of Newham, Bliss partnered with Star Events to plan a set of structures, linked by walkways, and create the first pool proper on the London leg of the Thames.
Buoyed by Star’s extensive experience with waterborne projects, Park Live for London 2012, Airbnb’s Floating House on the Thames and several Jaguar Land Rover activations among them, the 2018 Royal Docks’ beach is a massive technical achievement.
The pool deck, based around Star’s VerTech sub-structure, incorporates a children’s paddling area and extends existing infrastructure around the beach to cover any hazards hidden by the shingle and prevent ad hoc access to the dock.
A sun deck on the water is built from a commercial grade Linkflote system rather than the lightweight plastic and ‘NATO’ type pontoons events typically turn to. As a result, all the floating sections of the structure, which are decked with Star’s standard slip-free stage cover, are every bit as solid as the land-based elements.
The sun deck is accessed by two 16.6m by 2.5m floating walkways, which also serve to fix the structure to the land. All are secured by fencing to keep swimmers out of uncontrolled areas and combine to envelop the lido itself. The 22m by 18m pool incorporates various water level swim platforms, lane/depth marker

 
 
koi-broadcastKOI-USA 2018 names Live for Broadcast panel
Monday, 16 July 2018

USA - The Knight of Illumination Awards USA (KOI-USA) has announced the judging panel for the Live for Broadcast category.
Panel chair Jeff Ravitz comments, "I'm very lucky to have been able to assemble a stellar panel of judges. I wanted a well-rounded mix of experienced eyes working with me to select this year's KOI-USA Live for Broadcast Award recipients, and well-rounded they are." KOI-USA Full Live for Broadcast panel:
Jeff Ravitz - lighting designer and chair of the judging panel who has turned innumerable live performances into broadcast ready television shows, including for Bruce Springsteen, Lollapalooza festival, and Canadian pop star Justin Bieber
Amy Tinkham - creative director, producer, and writer, Amy has previously worked as a choreographer for artists including Madonna, Aerosmith, and Earth Wind and Fire, and has directed events including America's Got Talent Live in Las Vegas
Dennis Size - lighting designer and vice president of design team Lighting Design Group, Dennis spent 18 years as senior lighting director for Disney/ABC TV Network lighting everything from soap operas to variety shows
Cameron Barnett - director of photography, Cameron has worked as extensively as DOP primarily in large sensor capture in the UK, USA, and Australia on shows like The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, Kevin Hart's What Now stand up special, and was the film consultant on Beyonce's US tour
Alana Billingsley - Emmy Award-winning art director with more than 10 years' experience on high profile live television eve

 
londonseminarsPLASA Show 2018 announces first wave of seminars
Monday, 16 July 2018

UK - PLASA Show, the world-wide event for entertainment technology, is returning to London Olympia from 16-18 September, and the seminar programme is beginning to take shape. Attendees will have access to back-to-back professional development sessions across the three days, delivering content from all sectors of the industry including lighting, live sound, AV, rigging and staging.
Only a slice of what’s to come has been announced, but many hot topics are already covered, from immersive audio and the latest AV technology, to pioneering design software and electrical updates.
Audio experts from Britannia Row Productions are hosting a series of seminars to help both the younger generation and seasoned professionals. As well as discussing the future of immersive audio and outlining their training courses, Britannia Row will run a demonstration of speaker system prediction software to create a system design for an arena, and legendary sound engineer Simon Hodge will build a mix from scratch using a multitrack recording.
The SoundGirls make their debut at PLASA Show with a future-focused panel looking to bring the audience closer with live mixing apps, immersive sound systems and a whole new generation of technology. Furthermore, freelance recordist Richard Merrick and Jonathan Edwards from Terry Tew Sound and Light will present a session on wireless audio, in association with the Institute of Professional Sound.
AVNU Alliance representatives Genio Kronauer of L-Acoustics, and Henning Kaltheuler of d&b audiotechnik will present

 
 
gran-via04-articleISE to relocate to Barcelona in 2021
Friday, 13 July 2018

Europe - Integrated Systems Events, the producers of the Integrated Systems Europe exhibition, has announced that its 2021 edition will be held at Gran Via, part of the Fira de Barcelona exhibition complex in Spain on 2-5 February.
The new venue will become the permanent location for the AV and systems integration show.
An ISE statement says, “The decision to relocate the ISE exhibition comes after 18 months of research into the viability of remaining at the RAI Amsterdam. With annual growth in ISE exhibitors and attendees approaching 10%, and the international AV market forecast to grow by 5% per annum through to 2021, it was concluded that ISE was outgrowing its popular Amsterdam location.
“ISE 2018 attracted 80,923 attendees, of which 22,000 were visiting the show for the first time while 1,296 exhibitors filled 53,000 net sqm of floor space in 15 halls. ISE 2019 is expected to increase on these record-breaking figures.”
Mike Blackman, managing director Integrated Systems Events, comments: “The RAI and Amsterdam have provided a fantastic location, been great partners and contributed to the success of the show. But, demand from exhibitors, and the continued increase in the numbers of attendees, showed us that limited floor space was in danger of putting a brake on the show’s development. In spite of all our best efforts this was not an issue we felt could be solved by staying at the RAI Amsterdam.
“We conducted extensive exhibitor and attendee research and visited many major exhibition centres in Europe before making th

 
ESTA Plugfest round-table goes public
Tuesday, 10 July 2018

USA - The ESTA Control Protocols Plugfest organizers announced that a live, informal round-table discussion will be made available to the public via a free WebEx video conference. A discussion of sACN Universe Synchronization will be broadcast live on Sunday 22 July from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 P.M., CDT.
The Universe Synchronization feature was recently added to ESTA’s ANSI E1.31, Lightweight streaming protocol for transport of DMX512 using ACN standard. Universe Sync allows the output of multiple universes of DMX512 data coming from a sACN controller to be synchronized together. This eliminates issues such as image tearing and out of sync strobes within arrays of LED fixtures across multiple universes.
This lively, educational discussion will illustrate the challenges solved by Universe Sync as well as explain how it works from both a user perspective and within the protocol itself. The recommended “best practices” approach in implementation for developers will also be discussed.
Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and obtain answers from the CPWG subject matter members that authored this standard.
Registration for this round-table may be made by sending an email to plugfest@esta.org.
This roundtable is being held in conjunction with the ESTA Control Protocols Plugfest, the event where manufacturers and developers test their lighting products for network interoperability, which is scheduled to take place from 20-23 July at the D/FW Marriott Solana in Westlake, Texas. Both ESTA and non-ESTA members are welcom

 
 
innovationPLASA Awards for Innovation open for entries
Thursday, 5 July 2018

Europe - The PLASA Awards for Innovation are now open for entries. Product manufacturers and developers are invited to enter the annual awards by 17 August (Friday). Successfully nominated products will feature on the Innovation Gallery throughout the PLASA Show (16-18 September, London Olympia), with winners announced at a special ceremony on 17 September (Monday).
Entries will be judged by an independent panel of industry experts, with up to eight awards, including the possibility of Gold Award, set to be given to products and solutions that demonstrate a new style of thinking, improve technical practice and safety, introduce new technology, materials or techniques, or offer new commercial advantages. The PLASA Award for Sustainability may be presented to a solution that achieves significant power reduction, has a positive impact on the environment or makes an effective use of renewable energy.
The PLASA Awards are crowned by the prestigious Gottelier Award which celebrates the lifetime achievement of a pioneering professional working within live entertainment technology. PLASA members and pre-registered PLASA Show visitors are eligible to vote for this accolade which, in 2017, was presented to Wayne Howell, the founder of Artistic Licence.
For more information on how to enter a product or nominate a product developer, please visit: www.plasashow.com/awards
(Jim Evans)

 
acm-professional-audio-technology-showcaseHD Pro Audio and ACM to hold Guildford showcase
Tuesday, 26 June 2018

UK - HD Pro Audio is holding a Professional Audio Technology Showcase in conjunction with the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) on 2 July (Monday), from 12:00pm to 5:00pm at the Electric Theatre in Guildford.
The event will feature the dLive mixing console platform from Allen & Heath, the latest plugins from Waves, the 3D IEM system from KLANG:technologies, Shure Axient digital wireless microphones and loudspeakers from EM Acoustics. Specialists from each manufacturer will be on hand to present their respective products and technologies, and assist with hands-on demonstrations.
Matt Russell, lecturer at ACM, comments: "At ACM, we pride ourselves on offering real-world immersive learning experiences for our students. We are therefore thrilled to be working with HD Pro Audio to host this Professional Audio Technology Showcase Event where our students can meet those working in the industry right now."
Andy Huffer, HD Pro Audio’s sales director, adds: “With such a great line-up of manufacturers and new technologies, demand is likely to be high so those wishing to join us should register as soon as possible.”
This event is open to ACM students, as well as members of the wider professional audio community. Entry for the event is free and refreshments will be provided. Those wishing to attend need to register online.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
james-wood-arena-events-solutionsArena Events Group acquires Events Solution
Friday, 22 June 2018

UK - Arena Events Group has acquired specialist barrier and fencing company Events Solution.
The acquisition, worth £2.5 million, will see the Worksop-based company integrated into Arena’s current UK business.
Events Solution founder Richard Herberts is stepping away from the business, with James Wood set to continue as MD.
Arena UK & Europe CEO, Grahame Muir, comments: “Our business strategy is to provide a comprehensive suite of services to event organisers. Events Solution is a very well run and invested business and one we believe has significant growth opportunities. Having a new northern base works strategically very well and we aim to replicate this at our Cambridgeshire hub next year.
“Building on this years’ recent acquisition of furniture specialist hire companies, GLD and portable refrigeration supplier Ice House Rentals, the addition of Events Solution adds yet another in-house capability to Arena Events Group. This diversification adds expertise, extending our offering to existing clients as well as attracting new clients to Arena’s services.”
Events Solution MD, James Wood, adds: “Since being established in 2010, Events Solution Ltd has established a phenomenal array of clients ranging from film premieres in Leicester Square to mass participation events to national music tours and festivals. Joining the Arena Group will give us the resources and extended client network to continue growing our client portfolio in line with our ambitions. Myself and the team are very excited about a strong future as part

 
absenAbsen announces Europe showcase events
Friday, 22 June 2018

Europe - Absen Europe’s latest LED display technologies will be presented during its Stronger Together showcase events, taking place across 30 European cities this summer. The events kicked off this week in Madrid and Barcelona (19 and 21 June respectively) and will be followed by open days in Italy, France, UK, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, The Netherlands and Turkey. 
The events are open to prospective clients as well as rental stagers, integrators and distributors alike, and will feature key products in Absen’s range, including the new rental and staging Polaris Series, the award-winning fixed install Acclaim Series, as well as an introduction to Absen’s control room dedicated CR Series. 
Each event is taking place over one day and will be attended by Borja Janariz Sanchez, Absen Europe’s corporate and retail industry director, alongside Absen Europe regional managers.
The schedule so far includes:
26 June: Milan, Italy
28 June: Paris, France
29 June: Padova, Italy
29 June: UK (venue TBC)
02 July: Brussels, Belgium
03 July: Frankfurt, Germany
05 July: Ireland (venue TBC)
06 July: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
25 July: Istanbul, Turkey
Dates for Portugal, Poland and Sweden will be announced soon.
To register for the above events, and for the latest list of events planned, visit www.absen-europe.com or contact the appropriate regional manager.
Borja Janariz Sanchez, A

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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