Events News

eden-project-cdd-4Martin Audio CDD enhances Expedition Space
Tuesday, 28 August 2018

UK - The Eden Project in Cornwall has been wowing families during their summer holidays by hosting what they describe as “the ultimate space adventure holiday”, starring a mission to Mars, mini-golf on Mercury and a daring slide down the surface of a moon.
Running for six weeks, Expedition Space is an all-new programme of intergalactic activities that has been taking place across Eden, giving visitors “an extra-terrestrial holiday of a lifetime” including planet-hopping, meeting alien friends and enjoying out-of-this-world fun such as moon buggy driving and virtual reality experiences. Space explorers have even been able to climb aboard a rocket and blast into orbit while enjoying spectacular views of the Moon.
Enhancing the sonic realism of this trip around the Solar System has been a series of Martin Audio’s CDD-WR (Coaxial Differential Dispersion) weatherproof loudspeakers, including 15 pairs of CDD6-WR and a pair of CDD5-WR - all driven by just a pair of Martin Audio’s multi-channel iKON iK81 8-channel Class D amplifiers.
Said Eden Project facilities technician Jonathan Stamp, who was also technical designer on the Expedition Space project, “The CDD series was selected as it covered everything we needed from the system. The key point was to have a high quality, compact, full-range box that produced even dispersion to our audience - and the CDD series does that extremely well.
“Our 30 x CDD6-WR and pair of CDD5-WR all-weatherised versions have been split over seven different spaces to handle a mixture of immer

sslmadcoolfohprSSL in the mix at Madrid’s MadCool Festival
Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Spain - A number of headliners - including Depeche Mode, Queens of the Stone Age, Kasabian, Portugal The Man, and Underworld - at the recent MadCool Festival 2018 in Madrid came with SSL Live consoles, while the main live console for Stage 2 was an SSL L500 Plus.
The three-day event saw 80,000 music fans watch a packed line-up including some of the biggest currently touring bands in the world. Event company PRG, provided the technical services for all three stages, and chose an L500 Plus for FOH on Stage 2, connected via SSL's Blacklight II MADI concentrator technology to two ML32.32 stage boxes.
The L500 Plus features a versatile user interface. Any channel or path can be assigned anywhere on the three independent fader tiles, which are navigated in a convenient layer & bank system. This means the console can be set up quickly and simply to suit the user. New paths and channels can be added to the configuration at any time, without losing audio, so new and unexpected inputs and outputs can be catered for during an event.
(Jim Evans)

current-rms-tousenewPLASA 2018: Current RMS shares latest updates
Wednesday, 22 August 2018

UK - Current RMS will be back once again exhibiting at PLASA London in September, where they’ll be showcasing their latest features built for the AV, lighting and staging industries, including a number of new updates.
The team will be on hand to show how simple managing the entire rental process from start to finish becomes with Current RMS, thanks to the convenience and the ease of one cloud-based solution. See the real-time availability of your kit from any device, effortlessly create quotes and orders to send online to your clients, seamlessly scan to allocate and book out your kit, and manage your crew, transport and venues all from one system.
Since the success of last year’s PLASA London show, the team has been working to implement some of their user feedback, based on votes on their open Customer Wishlist. New updates have included Choosing Accessories, providing users greater flexibility when adding kits and packages to jobs. The system now shows how many of these accessories are in stock, allowing users to make more informed decisions when building quotes.
A more recent update includes Do a Deal, which allows users to set a deal price to their jobs as a whole, or to individual product groups, with Current intelligently distributing the revenue between items. This is ideal for situations where you’d want a charge total to reflect what was agreed with your customer.
The last year has also seen the team checking in with a number of their users across the globe, to see how their software makes it easier for them to man

letpcRoadies Association hosts fourth conference
Tuesday, 21 August 2018

South Africa - The South African Roadies Association (SARA) hosted its fourth Annual Live Event Technical & Production Conference (LETPC 2018) at The Sunnyside Park Hotel in Parktown, Johannesburg, the current home of the LETPC. The three-day event attracted over 120 delegates from across the globe.
The LETPC conference has become one of the foremost platforms for international live event professionals to meet, network and discuss critical issues that are affecting the sector with topics such as such as health and safety, production, event management, venues, artist challenges, DJ and producer issues, technical advances being interrogated by the speakers and audience alike.
LETPC 2018 featured a range of local as well as international guest speakers, and as was intended once again, to expose the South African live event, technical and production sectors and practitioners to best practices occurring across Africa and the world and to share with those from elsewhere the gains made and challenges experienced, locally.
The primary objective of the LETPC has been and remains to pull together, each year, the event, technical, production and education (training and skills development) sectors from across the country, the continent and the world.
Of great importance is the growing awareness that qualified and trained personnel in the event, technical and production sectors have the type of skills for which there are jobs in the future, unlike many acquiring skills today for whom there is little chance that a future job will ever be found. Event, t

c-alex-brenner-no-use-without-credit-theatres-trust-conference-2017-dsc99972Theatres Trust Conference speakers confirmed
Monday, 20 August 2018

UK - Theatres Trust Conference 18: Adapt & Thrive will take place on Tuesday 16 October at the Lyric Hammersmith, London, exploring how changing artistic, business and operating models in the theatre sector are impacting on how we build, adapt and run theatres.
Through a mixture of inspiring plenaries and lively breakout sessions, the conference will look at how we can ensure our theatres remain viable in challenging economic times and how we can continue to invest in renewal of our theatre infrastructure.
Joining Michael Ellis MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Arts, Heritage and Tourism and Cameron Mackintosh, producer and theatre owner will be speakers from Bristol Old Vic, arguably the country’s oldest continuously operating theatre and Manchester’s Factory, probably the newest, discussing how they are adapting to new artistic and business models.
Emma Stenning, chief executive, Bristol Old Vic and Jack Tilbury, director at consultancy Plann will share their experiences of working together to increase the viability and revenue at Bristol Old Vic. John McGrath, CEO & artistic director Manchester International Festival / Factory will talk about creating the UK’s most flexible performance venue at Manchester’s Factory.
They will be joined by an impressive line-up of contributors from the worlds of theatre, architecture and design, politics, local government and the wider cultural sector including: Gavin Barlow, CEO & artistic director, The Albany Deptford; Julien Boast, CEO & creative director, Hall

theatres-trustTheatres Trust Conference Early Bird offer extended
Thursday, 16 August 2018

UK - Theatres Trust has extended the booking period for our Early Bird offer so you now have until Friday 24 August to take advantage of the discounted rate ( ).
Titled 'Adapt and Thrive', the conference, which takes place on 16 October at the Lyric Hammersmith, looks at new models for theatre buildings and new ways of funding.
Through a mixture of inspiring plenaries and lively breakout sessions, the conference will look at how we can ensure our theatres remain viable in challenging economic times and how we can continue to invest in renewal of our theatre infrastructure.
Joining Michael Ellis MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Arts, Heritage and Tourism and Cameron Mackintosh, producer and theatre owner will be speakers from Bristol Old Vic, arguably the country’s oldest continuously operating theatre and Manchester’s Factory, probably the newest, discussing how they are adapting to new artistic and business models.
(Jim Evans)

isceRegistration opens for ISCEx 2019
Thursday, 16 August 2018

UK - Registration is now open for ISCEx which takes place 5-6 March 2019 at Combe Abbey (
If you’re working in commercial audio system design, integration, project management or sales, ISCEx provides opportunities to learn, engage and discuss commercial audio solutions in an intimate, non-imposing environment.
ISCEx is a multi-faceted event that includes seminars, training, networking dinner and an exhibition of the audio industries leading manufacturers and distributors. There are plenty of opportunities to meet up with industry colleagues, share ideas and discuss projects in informal environments.
(Jim Evans)

hes-live-you-play-3High End Systems shines at Live You Play
Thursday, 16 August 2018

Italy - For the eighth year running, Music Inside Rimini (MIR) and LIVE welcomed a host of lighting companies including High End Systems to take part in the annual Italian event Live You Play. LIVE events began in 2010 with a resolution to provide visitors with the chance to experience audio, lighting, video and installation technologies from a live performance on stage. This year, there was both a virtual and a live show organised at the event.
Lighting designer Trevor Burk organised the structure of High End Systems fixtures in the virtual show whilst lighting programmer Francesco De Cave arranged the design of the same fixtures for music band ‘POP deluxe’ in the live show.
Francesco emphasised how “programming the lighting whilst showing the fixtures’ capability to the audience without losing the main focus – the show itself – was not an easy job”.
The set-up included a variety of SolaFrame 750, SolaFrame Theatres, HEX, QUAD, SolaSpot 2000, SolaWash 2000, SolaHyBeam 1000 and the recently-launched SolaFrame 3000. The SolaFrame series lit up the performances by POP deluxe with precise lighting control and aerial effects. This included High End Systems’ newest flagship luminaire: SolaFrame 3000, which features an Ultra-Bright White LED engine that produces a limitless range of colour.
(Jim Evans)

claypakypops5winslow-townsonClaypaky lights Boston Pops Spectacular
Wednesday, 15 August 2018

USA - It’s a 4th July tradition: the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular at the Edward A. Hatch Memorial Shell on the Esplanade along the banks of the Charles River in Boston. The event featured the celebrated orchestra, under the direction of conductor Keith Lockhart. This year, Michael Berger of LA-based Full Flood utilised Claypaky Scenius Unico and Mythos 2 fixtures, supplied by 4Wall, to support the production.
The Independence Day spectacular showcased an all-women guest line-up featuring Emmy award-winning Fight Song artist Rachel Platten, Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls, and Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards-winner, Rita Moreno.
“We needed to make the orchestra the star of the show and provide opportunities for the guest artists to shine as well,” says Full Flood’s Micahel Berger, a Boston native who marked his third year as lighting designer.
“This was a combination symphony orchestra concert and arena rock show held outdoors in the middle of summer,” he notes. “It’s a great opportunity to get to come home to Boston and work on this calibre of show.” The Spectacular was telecast, carried on radio and live streamed by Bloomberg.
Berger utilised Claypaky Mythos 2 fixtures and Scenius Unicos for the production. “Mythos have become an important part of our repertoire,” he says. “For this show they outlined the arch of the Hatch (bandshell) and have developed into a pretty iconic image.”
“Mythos are a staple as a beam unit,”

seminar-lsi-pressreleasePLASA Show reveals updated programme
Tuesday, 14 August 2018

UK - PLASA Show, the worldwide event for entertainment technology, is returning to London Olympia on 16-18 September with a whole host of industry leaders and influential brands primed to deliver popular products, inspirational talks and expert training.
The exhibitor list has been rapidly growing with international brands spanning lighting, audio, AV, rigging and staging, and the programme is filling up fast with critical updates, exclusive panels and the latest projects.
In association with LSi, respected lighting designer Rob Halliday and entertainment architects Stufish will present Giudizio Universale - Michelangelo and the Secrets of the Sistine Chapel, revealing the technical secrets of this stunning €9m immersive stage show created by Marco Balich, now at the Auditorium Conciliazione in Rome. Having worked on the show, Rob Halliday will discuss the richly pigmented, high-contrast lighting design drew on the style, colour and mood of the iconic paintings.
Another seminar comes in the form of Creating the Tempest. It will see Sarah Ellis from the Royal Shakespeare Company discuss the highly innovative digital technologies used in their recent production which could change the face of theatre.
Holoplot are hosting a session exploring wave field synthesis for 3D sound applications and challenging acoustic environments. Attendees will learn about how this technology can go beyond theory to produce real products and scalable solutions that can cope with harsh acoustic environments.
Back by popular demand is

smarty-hybridPLASA 2018: Elation to showcase Smarty Hybrid
Tuesday, 14 August 2018

UK - Elation will be showcasing at PLASA Stand H40 the Smarty Hybrid, a full featured CMY colour mixing spot, beam and wash fixture. At the heart of the fixture is the new Platinum lamp using ‘FLEX’ technology which offers a "smartly” designed discharge lamp/ballast package (6,000 hour lamp life) for high output / compact performance at an efficient and affordable price point.
Elation continues to expand its award-winning Artiste series of creative moving heads. At PLASA, look for the Artiste Picasso, a theatrical-grade luminaire that 'connects art to engineering'. One of the brightest and most feature-rich profile LED lighting fixtures on the market today, it is a high-output (22,000 lumens), feature-packed (zoom, framing, CMY, CTO, gobo wheels, animation, prisms, frost and more) yet compact profile light featuring a new high-power 600W Cool White LED engine.
Elation has also embarked on a new chapter in its evolution with the launch of Obsidian Control Systems, an accessible line of advanced yet intuitive lighting control products. Obsidian (formerly M-Series) offers a wide range of lighting controllers, including excellent entry level options, which are exclusively distributed by Elation Professional worldwide.
The Cuepix 16 IP is a 4x4 LED LED blinder and effect panel with all-weather IP65 protection. Designers can add high-impact colour or white light, eye candy or pixel-mapped effects, to productions of all types without the worry of weather and cost and inconvenience of protective coverings.
Elation Professional now offers two n

abandoman1smChauvet hosts Abandoman lighting event
Monday, 13 August 2018

UK - At this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival visitors are not only enjoying comedian Abandoman’s freewheeling performance, but also got an inside look at the lighting that supports his on-stage magic. On Monday evening, 13 August, Chauvet Professional sponsored a behind the scenes tour of the popular entertainer’s FOH and lighting rig, which includes Maverick MK Pyxis and Rogue R1 FX-B fixtures supplied by SLX.
Taking place at the Fringe Festival’s Underbelly at George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LD, the ‘Open Day’ event featured a lively chat with Abandoman’s lighting designer Robbie Butler, ALD’s Tom Wilkes, Underbelly’s head of lighting Cat Neufeld, and a special guest on the inspiration and techniques behind successful improvisational lighting.
After the interview and subsequent tour, Wilkes donned his Chauvet hat (he is the company’s UK South pro manager) and joined his Chauvet colleagues Graham Baron and Rob Moore to host an open bar.
“We will be interviewing Robbie on stage for approximately 30 minutes before the backstage tour,” says Wilkes. “Our discussion will cover a wide range of topics, from why Robbie selected the fixtures in his kit, to how he meets the challenge of keeping up with the unbridled creativity and improvisation that characterise Abandoman’s shows.”
(Jim Evans)

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 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


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