Events News

sennheiserTin Pan Studio joins Sennheiser music initiative
Friday, 17 July 2020

UK - Similar to other musicians who had found themselves restrained by the coronavirus lockdown, five-piece UK band Mamas Gun, widely known for their album Golden Days, was struggling to find a way for all band members to play together remotely without latency or other issues. A solution was found in the form of Tin Pan Studio, which allows remotely based musicians to jam, rehearse, create, record and perform music together over the internet in realtime. Thanks to this innovative technology, Mamas Gun was able to deliver a successful live stream concert as part of the global #DontStopTheMusic music initiative by Sennheiser.
When the pandemic hit, Doug Hunt, live sound engineer and MD of Doug Hunt Sound & Light, had all his work cancelled, so he started looking for ways to help bands perform together remotely over the internet. “Like everyone else, I came up short,” he says. “There just wasn't anything available that had fast enough monitoring for professional musicians while providing great quality audio.”
Desperate to continue to make music with the bands he loves, Hunt set about creating what became Tin Pan Studio. The technology behind Hunt’s creation combines ultra-low latency server-based monitoring for the musicians, with studio-quality audio for the engineer to mix. Once a working prototype (then called ‘DougMons’) was complete, Hunt reached out to MG Management, Mamas Gun’s management, to see if they wanted to try it out.
“I've worked with Mamas Gun for many years, they have become good friends and I love their

aesavar2020logoAES hosts AVAR online event in August
Friday, 17 July 2020

USA - The Audio Engineering Society (AES) has released preliminary details on the upcoming International Conference on Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality (AVAR), set to take place in its own online virtual venue on 17-19 August.
The event will serve as a hub of innovation for the latest research in the fields of spatial audio and technology for virtual, augmented and mixed reality, with a focus on technical solutions and recommended practices in the field.
“The necessity to take AVAR 2020 fully online is ideally suited to the Conference content,” says Matt Klassen, chair. “Our attendees can plug in entirely, create an avatar and participate and interact inside a virtual environment. One of the primary advantages of holding the conference in VR is the very compelling nature of the 3D audio for small group conversations - a big step up from flat screen teleconferencing.”
Co-chair and treasurer Lawrence Schwedler adds: “Not only will AVAR 2020 explore practical and effective production workflow for audio production for immersive experiences, it will itself be such an experience and demonstrate an application of the technology that couldn’t be more timely.”
The 2020 AES Conference on Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality builds upon the AES’s two previous AVAR conferences and will offer a fresh look at audio production for these rapidly growing market segments.
This year’s topics will include spatial audio capture, rendering, synthesis over headphones and loudspeakers, binaural applications, Ambisonics, 3D audio

 
 
hirehopSparq adopts Hirehop rental software
Wednesday, 15 July 2020

UK - Technical event production specialists Sparq, part of the Saville Group has invested in Hirehop rental software.
The company recently adopted Hirehop as the rental software of choice to facilitate the comprehensive management of equipment and critical production assets. Operating on a global scale, the Sparq team identified flexible and powerful software to manage their inventory, productions and day to day operations were required.
After researching numerous systems, Sparq concluded that HireHop was best suited to their needs, due to its extensive and flexible range of features, intuitive ease of use and scalability, built around 24/7/365 cloud access.
HireHop’s director Keith Jacobs said, “It is an honour to have to have such a well-known, established and respected company join the ever-growing list of HireHop users.”
Rob Morrison, Client Director at Sparq commented “Sparq needs to rely on a robust logistics management system due to the wide diversity of our global client base and the unique event experiences we create for them. The team at Hirehop have delivered at every level for us making it an easy choice.”
Over the COVID-19 lockdown, the HireHop team has been adding features and improving the software, especially the accounting integration of HireHop.
As many hire companies operate more than one company in the same depot, or different companies at different depots, and sometimes using different accounting software for different companies or sharing some but not others, HireHop developed a new feature to han

 
showmans-showThe Showman’s Show 2020 postponed
Wednesday, 15 July 2020

UK - As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a major impact on the events industry, organiser of The Showman’s Show, Lance Show & Publications Limited, has announced that the 35th edition of the event will not go ahead as planned this October. The Showman’s Show will return to Newbury Showground in 2021 on 20-21 October.
Jeremy and Johnny Lance, co-directors of Lance Show & Publications Limited have issued the following statement: “As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our wonderful industry we have taken the extremely difficult decision not to go ahead with The Showman’s Show 2020 this October.
“Since the start of the Coronavirus outbreak we have closely monitored guidance and advice from the government and PHE and remained optimistic that we would be able to safely deliver the 35th edition of the show as planned.
“The new guidelines do offer some hope for the industry that smaller outdoor events can begin to return. However, it is increasingly clear that any event we produce will have greatly reduced exhibitor and visitor numbers. This would result in a scaled down version of The Showman’s Show that wouldn’t offer the experience that our visitors expect or the return on investment that our highly valued exhibitors, not only deserve but need after such an incredibly difficult year.
“The industry now needs time to recover, and collectively our efforts need to be focussed on bouncing back stronger than ever. We will work hard to ensure that The Showman’s Show 2021 remains the perfect platform for bringin

 
 
heroConnecting Culture goes digital for 2020
Wednesday, 15 July 2020

UK - The Connecting Culture 2020 virtual conference and expo aims to bring together museum and heritage professionals from around the world, for two days of networking, insight, and learning, on 9-10 of September.
Free to attend, at this event visitors will have the opportunity to hear from industry leaders from the world of museums, heritage, and culture, learn about relevant technological developments and partake in discussions regarding future operating procedures post COVID-19.
The Expo at Connecting Culture boasts over 20 exhibitors. Networking with exhibitors is made simple, through 1-2-1 video calls, live text chat and exchanging virtual business cards. With on stand demonstrations and downloadable stand content, visitors can experience the latest products and services for themselves, from their laptop, tablet, or smart phone.
For more information regarding booking for Connecting Culture 2020 Virtual Conference and Expo, visit experienceuk.org/connectingculture.

 
parkUK outdoor live performances to resume
Thursday, 9 July 2020

UK - Outdoor venues, including open-air theatre, opera and music venues, can reopen from 11 July and host socially-distanced performances, the culture secretary Oliver Dowden has announced this afternoon (9 July).
This will mean venues will be able to host performances for the first time in 115 days since they were forced to shut on 18 March.
"This is an important milestone for our performing arts, which have been waiting patiently since March," Dowden said. "We are taking various measures to make these places safe as they reopen. Venue capacity will be reduced and organisations will be encouraged to move to electronic ticketing to help Test and Trace. But our performing arts deserve an audience and they will be getting one."
He added that the government is working to usher audiences indoors as soon as possible and is funding scientific studies to find ways to mitigate "specific public health risks", like the impact of singing and wind and brass instruments on coronavirus transmission.
It is also working with the sector to pilot a number of small indoor performances with a social distanced audience. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is working alongside sector bodies including UK Theatre, the Association of British Orchestras and the Musicians’ Union to identify suitable pilots. This will include working with London Symphony Orchestra at St Luke’s as well as the London Palladium and Butlins amongst others.
"The more we know about coronavirus in this setting, the safer we will be," he added. The minister said governme

 
 
lighti-it-red-montage2UK landmarks join #LightItInRed campaign
Tuesday, 7 July 2020

UK - Last night (6 July), some of the UK’s most iconic venues and landmarks were lit up in ‘emergency red’ as part of the #LightItInRed campaign to draw attention to the critical condition of the live events and entertainment industry. A glimpse of hope was given to Britain’s arts industry on Sunday evening (5 July), as £1.57bn was pledged by the government – yet the supply chain behind the production of live events and festivals, including many freelancers, is still awaiting clarification as to what support they will be offered.
Unlike other industries, live theatre, outdoor events, concerts, festivals and performances have been unable to safely resume due to social distancing guidance and other restrictions. Many predict these events may not resume until 2021. The #LightItInRed campaign aims to draw attention to the often hidden workforce behind such events, many of whom are not eligible for any of the government COVID-19 financial schemes – putting further strain on the sector.
Inspired by Germany’s #NightOfLight protest which took place in June, the #LightItInRed campaign saw hundreds of buildings and landmarks across the UK illuminated, from Cornwall’s Minack Theatre, Glastonbury’s bare Pyramid stage, Brighton’s famous pier and the Biomes of the Eden Project, to London venues including The Royal Albert Hall and the National Theatre, and further north to the Blackpool Tower, Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre, Theatre Royal Dumfries and countless other sites. Industry companies taking par

 
plasa-docsPLASA: Government arts package "tip of the iceberg"
Monday, 6 July 2020

UK - PLASA has responded to the UK government’s pledge of £1.57bn funding for the arts with the following statement from its MD, Peter Heath: “While PLASA is pleased to see the government deliver a generous rescue package to arts institutions across the UK, they have only addressed the tip of the iceberg. We hope that the government will announce further support for all the manufacturers, suppliers and freelancers who help make the UK a global leader in events.
“Theatres and venues are absolutely essential to the cultural fabric of the UK, however, they only represent the public face of a vast industry. Each arena concert, musical show, arts installation, or corporate event relies on a complex supply chain, often involving hundreds of professionals. To put on a single arena show requires an average of 443 people working at all levels from planning and manufacturing to logistics and live production.
“PLASA stands by its initial plea which is for the government to provide the entire event industry supply chain with grants as well as extensions to both the Furlough Scheme and the Self-employed Support Scheme. From the start, government grants were not explicitly made available to the event supply chain, with only one out of six PLASA members surveyed successfully receiving grants. And although the Furlough Scheme was a great relief, the tapering off by Autumn does not bode well for companies who do not expect to see any business until next year. The situation has been just as

 
 
theatreCOVID-19: UK arts to receive £1.57bn
Monday, 6 July 2020

UK - After weeks of relentless campaigning, the British arts sector has been promised a coronavirus bailout worth £1.57bn.

The funding was announced late on Sunday evening, with the UK government stating it represents “the biggest ever one-off investment in UK culture”.

The package includes:
- £1.15bn support pot for cultural organisations in England, comprising £880m grants and £270m loans;
- £100m of targeted support for the national cultural institutions in England and the English Heritage Trust;
- £120m capital investment to restart construction on cultural infrastructure and for heritage construction projects in England;
- extra £188m for the devolved administrations in Northern Ireland (£33m), Scotland (£97m) and Wales (£59m).

The news follows the government’s announcement of a roadmap to reopening, which was heavily criticised by the sector for lacking investment and timeframes.
Commenting on the funding scheme, chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak said: "Our world-renowned galleries, museums, heritage sites, music venues and independent cinemas are not only critical to keeping our economy thriving, employing more than 700,000 people, they’re the lifeblood of British culture. That’s why we’re giving them the vital cash they need to safeguard their survival, helping to protect jobs and ensuring that they can continue to provide the sights and sounds that Britain is famous for."

The industry reacts


Julian Bird, chief executive o

 
plasaPLASA Show postponed to 2021
Friday, 3 July 2020

UK - PLASA has announced the postponement of the 2020 PLASA Show due to the COVID-19 crisis. The popular trade event was set to take place on 6-8 September at London Olympia.
The Association says in a statement: “It is with great regret that we announce that PLASA Show will not take place at Olympia London from 6-8 September this year due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19 and uncertainty regarding social distancing and lockdown policies. However, PLASA Show will return to Olympia London in 2021 from 5-7 September and we look forward to seeing you there.
“We hope that by the time PLASA Show 2021 comes around the industry will be restored back to full health and we can celebrate with a fantastic ‘come-back’ show, face to face. In the meantime, keep safe and in keep in touch. ”
Sophie Atkinson, head of events at PLASA, comments: “It is of course very disappointing to have to postpone PLASA Show this year which would have been the first in Olympia’s Grand Hall. But I am in no doubt that it is the right thing to do for the industry at this challenging time. We will sorely miss PLASA Show this year and look forward to being able to meet you in London from 5-7 September 2021.”
PLASA’s managing director Peter Heath comments: “We are all hugely aware of how the events industry is suffering, and as it stands there is no end in sight. PLASA is focussing all its efforts into supporting the industry and we invite you to join the cause so we can all enjoy concerts, theatre shows and festivals long into the future.”
Dur

 
 
langBrompton Technology shines at Innovation Days
Friday, 3 July 2020

Germany - The end of June saw Brompton Technology take part in one of Europe’s first face-to-face industry events since lockdown, the AV Innovation Days (AVID), organised and hosted by LANG AG at its LANG Academy in Lindlar.
Designed as an accompanying event for InfoComm Connected, LANG hosted the three-day fair with both new and familiar AV technologies on display, whilst adhering to strict hygiene and safety rules. Leading LED panel manufacturers showcased their innovative solutions, with Brompton partnering with INFiLED to demonstrate how its panels have benefitted from Brompton’s HDR solution.
“The event offered a perfect platform to discuss some of the key developments in the AV industry, such as the increased use of curved, or faceted, applications which are based on a variety of corresponding products. Also, the emerging trend of virtual LED studios instead of green screen studios is an interesting niche marked right now, as protagonists can interact with their environment. That makes recording much more efficient and saves post-production costs,” shares Benjamin Valbert, director LED & displays at LANG AG.
Valbert notes that choosing the right LED processor is an important requirement in supporting these trends. Whilst most LED processors provide the basic functions necessary for video display, they can have limited to no adjustment capabilities compared to more full-featured processors, which have numerous options for colour adjustments and image scaling, and are designed with LED-on-camera applications in mind.
“Equall

 
robe-plays-it-forward-with-oooth-img9982Robe helps Play It Forward with Oooth
Friday, 3 July 2020

South Africa - Play It Forward a new live show by South African rockers Oooth, was part of a dynamic live stream designed as a fundraiser for tattoo artists across the country and freelance technicians via #FeedOurCrew who have been left without any income during the COVID-19 lockdown.
The broadcast - on YouTube and Facebook Live - also included interviews, features and panel discussions, and was staged at SA rental company MGG’s Studio B facility, one of two such facilities at their HQ in Johannesburg, complete with a full Robe lighting rig.
Reaching around 6,000 fans, whilst Play it Forward was airing, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the following day tattoo artists and studios would be able to re-start their businesses. On hearing this news, they in turn made a collective decision to donate the proceeds to #FeedOurCrew, an NGO which is providing basic needs and essential relief for event industry freelancers whilst large gatherings and shows are still banned.
MGG’s Johannesburg Studio B is the largest of the two at around 16 x 16 metres – allowing for a good amount of social distancing - and has been set up in their structures warehouse since the lockdown, as the company has reorganised and re-purposed itself to deal with radical changes in its current business. With a decent amount of headroom, it has been producing streamed rock shows since SA instituted level 3 lockdown on 1 June.
MGG’s resident lighting technicians Sipho Kekana and Hein Ströh worked together to design the lighting for both

 
 
warehouseWarehouse Manifesto gig backs Music Support
Friday, 3 July 2020

UK - This Saturday night, music fans will be able to dance the night away to over three hours of electronic music streamed online, all whilst helping industry charity Music Support raise vital funding.
Taking place from 9pm on 4 July, Warehouse Manifesto will be held at Production Park’s London rehearsal studio The Mill. The Mill, in association with lighting, audio and video specialists Subfrantic, has created a COVID-secure avenue for artists to generate online content during the crisis. Meanwhile, LiveFrom Events will bring the music to the masses via its HD streaming platform.
Tyrone Brunton, the gig’s project manager, comments: “The idea for Warehouse Manifesto came about after numerous conversations with Bullet from Production Park, as we were trying to get the core crew we have worked with over the years back together, with another project in sight. Since the touring industry as we know it has come to a standstill, it’s left hard-working freelancers and touring suppliers out of work. Our initial aim was to create something positive for us to look forward to, and now thanks to the superb response, support and generosity from The Mill, Subfrantic, LiveFrom Events, our tech crew and DJs, we’d like to extend our efforts further.”
Music Support is a registered charity founded and run by people from the UK music industry for individuals working within the UK music industry, who are affected by mental health issues and/or addiction. Due to the extreme financial impact on the music industry caused by the crisis, many peers

 
plasawemakeeventsinstagram01-768x768Huge response to PLASA’s #WeMakeEvents campaign
Tuesday, 30 June 2020

UK - PLASA’s new campaign #WeMakeEvents has garnered a 'huge response' from the industry.
The campaign was launched last week in a bid to raise awareness of the negative impact the COVID-19 crisis on the live events industry.
A cornerstone of the initiative, the #WeMakeEvents video has so far amassed 20,000 views and 3,000 shares.
PLASA says that 1,000 industry professionals have signed their support for the campaign via its webpage, and key industry organisations and brands have also endorsed it.
On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Glastonbury Festival - cancelled this year due to COVID-19 - PLASA MD Peter Heath was promoting #WeMakeEvents and raising awareness of the industry’s plight via TV and radio appearances.
On Thursday, Heath spoke on talkRADIO (2:30 segment, from 17:00 minutes), and on Friday, he appeared on the World Business Report programme (from 21:00 minutes) on the BBC World Service as well as the digital TV channel, Bristol TV.
During these appearances, he explain

 
 
light-it-in-red-logo#LightItInRed initiative launched in UK
Monday, 29 June 2020

UK - #LightItInRed is a UK based direct action lighting initiative that is scheduled to take place on the night of Monday 6 July 2020 to draw attention to the critical condition of the UK live event and entertainment industry and its need for special government support to see it through to re-starting.
Currently, unlike other industries, there is no set date for live events, shows, festivals and performances to restart after the Covid-19 shut down.
The #LightItInRed action was inspired by #NightofLight in Germany on 22 June, which saw over 9,000 buildings, monuments, structures, towers, landmarks, castles, offices, houses, spaces and places illuminated in ‘Emergency Red’ to raise awareness and grab the attention of the public and the government.
#LightItInRed initiators, Steven Haynes from Clearsound Productions and Phillip Berryman from The Backstage Theatre Jobs Forum, state that the target for this action is to get “1000 buildings and monuments lit up in red all around the UK”.
“This is a shout out to the lighting, laser, AV, and video community - companies and individuals - who are involved in events, theatre, performance, and live production. Anyone with access to a light source who can register to be part of this highly significant action,” say the organisers.
Those wishing to participate can find relevant details and registration procedures at www.lightitinred.co.uk

 
frankfurtStage|Set|Scenery prepares for 2021
Friday, 26 June 2020

Germany - Stage|Set|Scenery is set to take place from 15 to 17 June 2021 on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds. The event is co-organised by Deutsche Theatertechnische Gesellschaft (DTHG) and Messe Berlin.
“As a result of the coronavirus pandemic the theatre and event industry faces huge challenges. As we prepare for the topics at next year’s Stage|Set|Scenery we are closely coordinating with industry players and experts from the various sectors“, says Wesko Rohde, managing chairman of the board of Deutsche Theatertechnische Gesellschaft (DTHG).
“Our aim next year will be to build on Stage|Set|Scenery as a perfect interactive platform. It is particularly in times like these that we see how important a creative dialogue on specialist subjects is. The combination of technical creativity and artistic innovation has a stimulating effect and unites people to achieve a common aim, that of holding an outstanding event.”
“These are uncertain times and in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic our industry faces a uniquely testing challenge. What makes a trade fair and industry meeting place stand out is the exhibitors, trade visitors and the lively exchange of information among everyone taking part“, says Patricia Pohle, project manager for Stage|Set|Scenery at Messe Berlin. “’The show is yours’ - is the slogan of Stage|Set|Scenery 2021, which is why we have given some thought to specific offers for companies in order to support their participation.”
The Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) is helping innovative start-ups to

 
 
plasawemakeeventsPLASA launches #WeMakeEvents to support the industry
Wednesday, 24 June 2020

UK - PLASA has launched #WeMakeEvents, a new campaign with the aim of amplifying the industry’s voice and gaining meaningful Government support. Central to the campaign is a video highlighting the vital role of supply chain companies along with the freelance community and the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic upon the live events sector.
PLASA is calling for people from across the industry to share the video across social media to give much needed exposure to the supply chain to events including production and rental companies, manufacturers and freelancers, to raise awareness of the need for longer term financial support.
In addition to sharing the video, PLASA has published two infographics illustrating the complexity of the live events supply chain and the typical arena show – which requires an average of 443 professionals spanning design, planning, preparation, warehousing, and venue staff. The graphics also show how valuable the sector is, collectively delivering £100 billion to the UK economy.
PLASA also encourages everyone to add their name to the campaign, and to send a letter to their local MP using the customisable letter samples which were created by a collective of PLASA, ABTT, PSA, SOLT and UK Theatre – details of which can be found here.
PLASA’s managing director Peter Heath comments: “We all know that the events industry has been devastated due to Covid-19, and we expect that the road to recovery will be a

 
the-elation-hour-square-logo-tnElation Hour: elevating the house of worship experience
Tuesday, 23 June 2020

USA - Lighting for houses of worship will be the focus of The Elation Hour virtual presentation, taking place this Wednesday.
With the knowledge that dynamic lighting systems can positively impact the overall worship experience, houses of worship are finding success in growing their ministries through flexible stage and house lighting systems.
Those who tune in will gain insight into how dynamic lighting can enhance both live and broadcast worship from three houses of worship market lighting specialists. Hosts John Dunn and Bob Mentele will welcome Josh Holowiki from E2i Design, Griffin McCravy from Church of the Highlands, and Chris Eguizabal from Harvest Christian Fellowship for a special Elation Hour discussion about elevating the worship experience utilizing lighting and control technology.
The discussion will take place on Wednesday, 24 June at 10:00 a.m. PDT.
RSVP here.
The Elation Hour and Elation Innovation Hour are weekly virtual presentations that delve into the more personal side of product development. Broadcast since 22 April, they include discussions with top industry designers who share their experience across the broad scope of entertainment lighting, and also include virtual product launches.
Following Tools & Techniques - House of Worship, the series continue on 1 July with a virtual product launch of the Fuze Wash FR.

 
 
round-table-webinar-13fbSennheiser’s #DontStopTheEducation continues
Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Europe - Sennheiser’s #DontStopTheEducation series continues with two Crew Call panel discussions.
A session taking place today, 23 June from 17:00 Berlin time / 16:00 London / 11:00 New York / 15:00 UTC will feature the live touring team of singer-songwriter Mahalia, whilst on 30 June, the team from Harford Sound will discuss how their production company adapted to the COVID-19 situation.
Also coming up in June is a new edition of the live RF Expert Round Table, as well as live webinars on pro headphones, multi-zone antenna systems and 8D audio.
In today’s session, Sennheiser hosts Andy Egerton and Tim Moore welcome members from the touring team of singer-songwriter Mahalia, nominee for Best Female Solo Artist at the 2020 BRIT Awards. Guests include Mahalia’s musical director and touring bass player Charlie Fowler, tour manager Carl Lewis, front-of-house engineer Luigi Buccarello, monitor engineer Alice Asbury, guitar technician Jamie Hicks and merchandise manager and trainee backline technician Chris Bunt.
Says Sennheiser, “This webinar has something for everyone: If you are looking to get into the touring industry as a career, this webinar will highlight some key touring roles and requirements. If you’re already in the industry, this is a great way to gain insights into the life of another tour crew – and an opportunity to catch up with some of the tour banter you might be missing during lockdown!”
On 30 June, Tim Moore and Andy Egerton welcome the team from Harford Sound, who discuss their approach as a produc

 
headliner-plasa-x-bettyoxlademartin744Winners of Stage to Studio announced
Tuesday, 23 June 2020

UK - PLASA has announced the two winners of the Stage to Studio competition for the best mix, which launched following the Stage to Studio live mixing session at PLASA Show 2019.
Antonio Pannese from Italy has won Best Original Mix whilst Andrew Mansell from the UK was chosen as the winner of Best Alternative Mix.
Marc Henshall from Shure comments: “Antonio Pannese demonstrated the best use of dynamics, space, and frequency balance while also applying creative effects for a personal touch. As an alternative mix, few demonstrated the same creativity as Andrew Mansell, who successfully transformed the mix into a spectacular dub-delay style piece.”
VC Pines, the artist whose single Indigo was mixed for the competition, paired the two winners at random with their pro audio prize in a video posted on social media. It was revealed that Antonio won the Genelec 8320 monitors and GLM software and Andrew won the Shure KSM32 microphone and set of SRH1540 headphones, each worth £1,000.
The judging team comprised Marc Henshall from Shure, Andy Bensley from Genelec, Paul Watson from Headliner magazine, Dave Lockwood from Sound On Sound magazine, audio engineer Simon Todkill from Miloco Studios, Freya Astrella from PLASA, and VC Pines himself AKA Jack Mercer. Each member of the team chose their shortlist then deliberated over Zoom to decide upon the two winners.
The judges were impressed by the range of nationalities and mixing styles and would like to thank everyone who entered, with special commendations to: Abhishek Wal

 
 
wires-crossedBroadweigh supports Wires Crossed
Friday, 19 June 2020

Ireland - Load cell company Broadweigh will support the Wires Crossed tightrope event in Galway, Ireland by supplying Monkey Rigging with the necessary kit to monitor the loads. The event, which was originally scheduled for August 2020, but has now been postponed due to COVID-19, is a European wide community participation project revolving around 'funambulism' - the art of tight-wire walking using a balancing pole. During the event, 400 tightrope walkers from all over Europe will cross the Galway River for a duration of 2020 minutes.
Andrea Mamolenti, founder of Monkey Rigging, comments: “Monkey Rigging is working with Andrea Loreni - the only funambulist in Italy on the measurement of the tightrope walker setups. We are also collaborating with him for the technical design of the preparations for the Italian team for the event. The kind donation of the Broadweigh kit will give us peace of mind that the safety of the performers is taken care of from a load monitoring perspective.”
Andrea and his team at Monkey Rigging rely on Broadweigh load cells for all the work they carry out for contemporary circus and aerial performers. Sometimes they are used as part of the hanging system for the performers and in cases where continuous monitoring of the loads on the structures is needed.
Andrea explains: “We are very loyal Broadweigh customers. In situations where the structure has sufficient but limited carrying capacity, it is vital that we monitor the loads and have continuous feedback, with the data collected by cells ensuring that these limits are r

 
barcelonaISE looks forward to Barcelona debut
Friday, 19 June 2020

Europe - Planning for the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2021 tradeshow is “well underway” say organisers, Integrated Systems Events.
The 17th edition of ISE is set to take place at its new home at the Fira de Barcelona, Gran Vía on 2-5 February 2021. The exhibition centre plans to reopen for business in September. This will follow the successful completion of a collaboration with risk mitigation consultancy AON and the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona which will determine the specific security criteria for holding B2B events at the venue later this year.
Over 850 technology and solutions providers have already committed to participate at ISE 2021. Over 55,000 sqm of exhibition floor-space has been confirmed for nine dedicated technology zones. This represents a 5% increase on the total floorspace booked for the 2020 show.
A significant development for ISE 2021 is the strategic partnership with The Next Web (TNW), a world-leading technology media brand with extensive reach among global start-ups and technology businesses in general. In conjunction with ISE, TNW will present Growth Quarters - four days of keynotes and presentations addressing all aspects of business growth and scale-up, presented by inspiring technology innovators and experts. TNW will also present Fast Lane, where start-ups create solutions that address specific ‘pain points’ within AV businesses.
ISE will also be developing the show’s digital reach to help engage with a bigger audience. This will include a wide selection of cross-platform live ISE content being ma

 
 
markus-spiske-ucbmz0s-w28-unsplashGovernment DCMS survey reveals COVID-19 damage
Thursday, 18 June 2020

UK - The damage across the UK culture, media, sports and digital sectors caused by the coronavirus outbreak has been laid bare in a government survey published this week.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has released the results of its Business Survey, showing the impact of coronavirus on organisations across the four sectors. The survey received 3,936 responses submitted between 23 April and 22 May.
Headline findings reveal the devastating impact of the pandemic on businesses, with more than a third (1,646) of respondents reporting their revenue has decreased by 100% year-on-year, whilst just 97 have seen an increase during the period.
In terms of how long businesses can continue to operate viably, the majority (1,156) of respondents selected ‘up to six months’, whilst 1,102 indicated that they could stay afloat beyond six months. However, 202 respondents said their businesses were already no longer trading; 155 stated they could only carry on trading for less than a month, and 902 reported they could only trade viably for up to three months. The remaining 408 selected ‘don’t know’. An overwhelming 2,668 respondents also indicated their business’ ability to trade was under threat due to the pandemic, with just 1,070 stating the opposite.
More than half (2,146) of respondents said they had accessed government support during the survey period, but nearly half (1,790) hadn’t. The headline findings can be found test

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adjSpectrum hosts virtual dance festivals
Wednesday, 17 June 2020

The Netherlands - Production company Spectrum AV has created a blank canvas studio in its warehouse that it is renting out to promotors who wish to host virtual dance festivals during the coronavirus lockdown. Featuring an impressive lighting rig, comprised of 68 ADJ fixtures, it allows the atmosphere of a high-energy DJ set to be captured and live-streamed for fans to watch in the safety of their own homes.
Established for over 15 years, Spectrum AV is a full-service lighting, video, audio and effects rental and production company based in the village of Udenhout, which is located between Tilburg and ‘s-Hertogenbosch in The Netherlands. Although the company supplies a wide range of clients spanning across the entertainment and business worlds, it has developed a particular niche in the EDM festival market.
With a business model designed to make life as easy as possible for event organisers, the Spectrum AV team take care of all the technical requirements of many large-scale festivals and dance parties each year. This means that - like many other productions companies across the world - they were hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are only five miles away from where the first case of coronavirus occurred in The Netherlands,” explains Spectrum AV’s general manager, Lex Willems. “Within a week, every event with above 1000 guests was cancelled in our region and soon after even smaller gatherings were also banned, so we directly saw all of our markets collapse. Fortunately, one of our former employees is now working in the sol

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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