Events News

Bank Holiday hat-trick for AdlibBank Holiday hat-trick for Adlib
Wednesday, 3 September 2003

UK - Adlib Audio supplied sound systems for all five stages at Liverpool's famous Mathew Street Festival, now the UK's largest free annual outdoor music festival and celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. 300,000 people crowded into Liverpool city centre for the August Bank Holiday Monday.

The festival also merged with the conclusion of the week-long International Beatles Convention, which saw presentations, talks, seminars and markets dedicated to every possible aspect of Liverpool's best known export. Adlib were also responsible for servicing all the sound needs of the Adelphi Hotel, the Royal Court Theatre and the Barcelona Club where hundreds of the Best of Beatles bands from all over the world performed. Adlib employed over 40 crew, working around-the-clock in shifts at the various sites used by the two events.

Run by Liverpool City Council's Cultural Events Department in partnership with Cavern City Tours, the Mathew Street Festival started modestly with one stage at Chevasse Park on the Friday, and built through the Saturday to Monday, when four more major stages appeared at Water, Dale, Castle and Victoria Streets. Monday saw over 50 local bands perform including Elevation the U2 Experience, Rocks Off and the Stereotonics.

At Chevasse Park, Adlib supplied a JBL VerTec system, stacked to ensure even coverage whilst still containing the sound within the given area. Monitors were Adlib AP15s, and the consoles were; a Soundcraft Series 5, run by Dave Kay and Graham Smith FOH and a Midas XL3 onstage run by Kenny Perrin on monitors. Two of the city cent

Massive protection from Rola-Trac
Wednesday, 3 September 2003

UK - Rola-Trac laid 15,200sq.m of ground protection - the largest single system the company has ever laid in the UK - for Massive Attack's 'home town' concert in Bristol's Queen's Square. To mark the 100th date of their current world tour, Massive Attack returned to their home city of Bristol on Bank Holiday Monday, to play to a sell out crowd of 19,000 people in Queen's Square.

Promoters Metropolis Music brought in Nine Yards to manage the production located in one of Bristol's best-known landmarks. The site was obviously not designed for hosting concerts, so the production team liased with Bristol City Council and had to be especially considerate of their environment. Hence it was decided to cover the whole area with Rola-Trac to achieve effective protection.

Guy Wightham, Rola-Trac's project manager, had to plan and execute installation of the system. Site visits two weeks ahead and immediately prior to the production build, ensured that it could be installed within the tight schedule. Wightham explained: "Queens Square was relatively inaccessible and left us a small area to work within. I carefully scheduled our build around the rest of the production as the two days allowed for installation and extraction left very little leeway."

Guy managed a crew of 20 and it took around 400 man-hours to complete the task, starting from Thursday morning with 6 artic lorries of flooring being delivered. The topography of the square presented various challenges, with obstacles including architectural lights, benches, raised manhole covers and trees to work aroun

Martin Professional at PLASA 2003
Wednesday, 3 September 2003

UK - The PLASA exhibition has traditionally been the launching pad for the latest in innovative lighting products from Martin Professional and this year's show will be no exception. Martin heads to Earl's Court with an array of new products including three new MAC luminaires, new club effects, and the first light in Martin's new Mania series of DJ products. Also on hand will be Version 1.0 of the new Maxxyz controller and other new control products.

New luminaires include the MAC 550, fully loaded with features to redefine standards for a mid-range, 400W moving head. The 550 features; multiple graphical options including a gobo animation system, two eight-slot colour wheels, motorized 14-30° zoom and a multitude of other features all wrapped within the award-winning design of the MAC 2000. Also on show will be the Entour, Martin's 250W automated profile spot. This unit includes a number of important advancements including a superior optical system and new achromatic lens system, all new gobo designs, an additional gobo wheel and a specially designed dimming system. The fixture is ideal for stage, studio and event applications.

Another new version of the MAC 250 Profile is the Krypton, featuring a number of significant changes including a new glass reflector for brighter output and improved image quality, new gobo patterns and improved movement. Suitable uses would be in the club and installation market, retail, leisure applications and special events.

Control systems include the Maxxyz Version 1.0, which is already specified for a number of touring, TV and spe

Nexo GEO T dominates UK festival seasonNexo GEO T dominates UK festival season
Wednesday, 3 September 2003

UK - Now that Blur has played a final encore in a field in the north of England, it is possible to look back on the remarkable first season for Nexo's GEO T Tangent Array System, which, within its first six months of production, has played its part in front of over 700,000 music fans in Europe alone.

This is an impressive debut for a new stadium sound system and a reflection of the confidence of 'early adopters' like SSE Hire (UK), Melpommen (France), DPA SoundCo (Denmark) and Show Company (Singapore) that they have put GEO T directly into high-profile live situations such as the Glastonbury Festival.

In the UK, the season of large summer festivals has been dominated by SSE Hire and the GEO T system. Over two consecutive weekends in August, the SSE team services four music events, the Virgin-sponsored V2003 held in Weston Park (north England) and Chelmsford (south-east England), immediately followed by the Carling-sponsored matching pair of festivals held in Leeds and Reading.

In the space of one week, the bands playing through GEO T included Metallica, R.E.M., Coldplay, Blur, David Gray, Linkin Park, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Flaming Lips, Supergrass, Blink 182, System of a Down, Doves, Beck, PJ Harvey and The Coral. This represents a number of different engineers using the GEO T system, probably for the first time. "The reaction has been really positive," says John Penn from SSE. "Blur's engineer, Matt Butcher, told me he thought the system was fantastic, and that he really enjoyed himself at the Carling events. He had bags of headro

VXCO Lighting Systems at PLASA 2003
Tuesday, 2 September 2003

UK - As in the year 2002 VXCO Lighting Systems Switzerland again has an own stand at PLASA in London. The company will present news around the DMXCreator computer lighting controller. The newest interface in the product range, the DMXCreator 512 Basic, will be the highlighted product. This product also is nominated for the PLASA award for product excellence.

The combination of the DMXCreator software and the three DMX512-interfaces results in one of the most powerful PC lighting controller on the market, say VXCO. Running on Wiondows, the DMXCreator software is packed with features usually reserved for large and expensive lighting consoles. Features include 3D Visual Emulator, Effects Generator, Track-effects Editor, 16 multi sequences, MIDI control, Position-Memory, scene crossfade control, DMX512 input recording, physical master. Each DMX controllable device has its own customized control panel including active elements like pan/tilt field, faders, CMY colour mixing and gobo pictures. Due to the graphic user interface and easy drag-and-drop functions, the user is able to create very complex shows in a short time. The newly embedded '3D Visual Emulator' simulates the movements of the light beams on a virtual stage without any fixtures physically connected.

There are three different hardware DMX512 interfaces available: DMXCreator 512Basic (nominated for PLASA Award for Product Excellence): perhaps the world's smallest USB to DMX-interface - all necessary electronics are directly built into the XLR connector's housing. Provides control of up to 512 DMX channels.<

Nexo GEO T2815 in the spotlight at PLASA
Tuesday, 2 September 2003

UK - UK distributor Fuzion plc will be showing production GEO T2815 cabinets for the first time at the PLASA Show in London, starting this Sunday, 7 September. The T2815 gives the NEXO GEO T Series Tangent Array System a fully integrated and coherent downfill capacity, rarely available from high output line array systems.

It uses passive radiators to achieve the same cardioid pattern as the GEO T4805, the other full-range high-output loudspeaker at the heart of the GEO T Series. As a consequence, the horizontal dispersion is consistent throughout the operating band (although in keeping with its nearfield application, the T2815 produces 120° H compared with the T4805's 90° H). The T2815 downfill box has been used in demanding festival and concert situations in France and the UK.

Featuring a 2" exit compression driver (HF) and two 8" long excursion neodymium cone drivers (MF), the T2815 weighs just 29kg, contributing to the very light weight overall of T Series Tangent Arrays. Fuzion will also be showing GEO S cabinets in the new ground-stacking frame, and a trio of S830s on a new horizontal array bar. The two sub-bass units, CD12 and CD18, will be available for inspection, and a comprehensive selection of PS10s and PS15s, with LS subs, and NX241 digital controllers.

The infamous Fuzion bar, with its Thai beach bar theme, will feature a surround-sound system using PS8s, which will the company expects to be one of the most closely-studied products on the stand.

(Lee Baldock)

Butterfly OutLine Array at the PLASA Show
Tuesday, 2 September 2003

UK - Italian pro audio manufacturer Outline will be at the PLASA Show with its Butterfly, also known as Outlinearray. The C.D.H. 483 Hi-Pack element (which has two patents pending, both applied for in mid-2002), is a bi-amp three-way cabinet, which uses mechanical interaction rather than DSP to achieve its goal.

It uses two forward facing 8" cone transducers and two further 8" cone drivers. These are acoustically coupled and do not require DSP. The HF section uses a compression driver with a 3" diaphragm, as a line source can only be achieved by using one high frequency driver. Connected to this is a patent-pending Double Parabola developed by Guido Noselli (DPRWG). This radical new HF configuration works as a ribbon driver but with a very high efficiency (110 dB 1w/1m). The C.D.H. 483 Hi-Pack weighs in at just 35kg, including its integral flying system. Outline carefully studied the mechanical alignment and the physical method of rigging: a linear geared track incorporated on the rear of the cabinet allows fine adjustment of 0.25° and (on request) 0.1° adjustments. Due to their low weight, 32 Hi-Pack modules can be flown using a single motor.

The C.D.L. 1815 Butterfly's Low-Pack element also has a patent application pending. It utilises ADLS (Adjustment Directivity Loudspeaker System). Fitted with a 18" woofer for front emission and a 15" woofer inside the box, it gives cardioid dispersion of the frequency band reproduced. Average rear attenuation is 15dB from 40 to 120Hz. Weighing 45.8kg each, up to 24 elements can be flown from a sin

Hall Stage lines up innovations for PLASA
Tuesday, 2 September 2003

UK - After a very busy and exciting first six months under 'new' management, following the management buy-out in March, Hall Stage is exhibiting at this year's PLASA Show with a whole host of new products and services on display. After picking up a Product Award at the ABTT show in June, Hall Stage has now announced its exclusive UK distribution of the ASM Band Hoists and Genesis Control systems, which have been developed in Germany under the strictest safety guidelines in operation anywhere in Europe.

Phil Wells, Hall Stage director says: "We've been looking to develop a hoist system that met all of the stringent BGV C1 control stipulations and realized ASM . . . units get around every hurdle en route and perform superbly under our required specifications. They're virtually silent, vibration free and very quick, unlike most chain hoists; they don't need cable changes, like pilewinds or drum hoists do - and they are small enough to fit into an existing counterweight set-up, so can be used as an active-assist motor during live shows."

Also on the stand will be the new Prolyte Protrac fly bar system, which is set to vastly improve performance and standards in this 'forgotten' area of theatre rigging. Charles Haines, Hall Stage managing director, adds: "Theatre technicians have used scaff pipes and gas barrels for years without really thinking about improving safety performance - as long as the pipe didn't bend too much, we'd get by. If you needed to hang really heavy gear, you'd get a really heavy ladder beam and a bigger crew to haul it around. A fe

White Light at Theatrecares Tenth Anniversary Cabaret
Thursday, 28 August 2003

UK - On Monday July 28th, the theatre charity Theatrecares celebrated 10 years of staging fund-raising cabarets - with a star-studded evening of entertainment at The Venue in Leicester Square. Lighting designer for the event was David Holmes who is currently working with White Light on Mamma Mia! in Holland and therefore turned to White Light and The Moving Light Company for help. White Light supplied a lighting rig that included 25 ETC Source Four profile spots, two Strand SL zoom spots used with Rosco ImagePros, 10 Par 64s, a selection of fresnels, a followspot and six Pulsar ChromaBank LED battens. The Moving Light Company's contribution included two Martin MAC 600s and six Martin MAC 250s; control for the entire rig was from a Strand 520i console, as previously supplied to The Venue for the Boy George musical Taboo.

The cabaret itself featured performances from Ned Sherrin, David Kernan, Liz Robertson, George Stiles and Antony Drewe, Sharon D Clarke and others, as well as members of the casts of The Lion King, We Will Rock You, Bombay Dreams, My Fair Lady, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Taboo and the 'cast of '93' of Les Misérables! According to Holmes, "the packed audience had a great time!"

The show not only used White Light's equipment, but also benefited from the support of many members of White Light's staff before, during and after the event. "I don't often do events like this," commented Holmes, "but I was amazed by how friendly and helpful all the theatre staff, volunt

AudioLight at PLASA
Tuesday, 26 August 2003

UK - AudioLight will be returning to PLASA this year, on stand M70, to showcase 'The Matrix' moving head laser. The Matrix features a flash-memory based processor for storing large graphics, animations and messages, as well as a very bright, sharp laser output and advanced SLS software, offering many powerful but easy to use features.

The second product to be presented this year is a brand new fluorescent colour-changing lighting fixture, named 'Multihue'. The Multihue, combines the latest technology with versatility, a unique system to maximise light output and is controllable through any DMX based lighting desk. AudioLight have been appointed as official distributors of both products. AudioLight also provide a complete range of corporate services, including sound & lighting installations, complete event planning for both indoor and outdoor events, and professional laser & fireworks displays. We also serve the world-wide market with exportation of products and corporate services.

(Sarah Rushton-Read)

Last opportunity for reduced-price PLASA tickets
Tuesday, 26 August 2003

UK - The countdown to this year's PLASA show is ticking, with only two weeks to go. This year, the show has undergone a major relaunch to strengthen its position and reputation as one of the leading international trade events in the sector. Plans are now finalized for:

The New Technology Gallery - over 60 new products will be features in the gallery and will include the finalists of the PLASA Awards for Product Excellence 2004; The New Architectural Audio & Visual feature addresses this growth market with dedicated exhibitors and a photographic gallery demonstrating imaginative use of product; The PLASA Production Village incorporates the PLASA Crew Zone and the PLASA Backstage Area, dedicated to technicians with an opportunity for 'hands-on' demonstration of products; The Central Meeting Area will be at the heart of the show and reflects the importance of networking in the industry; New Revitalised Education Programme is in association with the PLASA Professional Development Programme (PDP). The format has changed to offer visitors more choice and variety; DJ Sunday provides the opportunity to enter the Gemini 'Extreme V' DJ Competition, gain important industry knowledge and to get to see top DJs in action.

With over 300 exhibitors, 25% of whom are new to the show, visitors can expect to see the very best brands and products in the world. Buying your ticket in advance will save you £6 and the advanced ticket hotline closes on Friday 29 August. Buy online now by visiting the web address below or call the ticket hotline

LiteStructures at PLASA
Tuesday, 19 August 2003

UK - LiteStructures will be unveiling much more than most other exhibitors at PLASA 2003 - as it will lift the lid on its brand new image and new website. LiteStructures' makeover comes during a period of expansion, which sees the company growing both in size and reputation. Managing director Adrian Brooks explains: "It was definitely time for a change. LiteStructures is going from strength to strength and we wanted to overhaul our image to reflect that."

While the LiteStructures logo is certainly different, visitors to the stand can rest assured that the company's products are still as stylish and reliable as ever, as Brooks explains: "The quality and service you'll get from LiteStructures is the same as before. The change of image simply brings the LiteStructures 'look' in line with the 21st century." Visitors to stand M40 will also be able to see LiteStructures' new website for the first time. With company news and an up-to-date picture gallery of recent projects, the new site will be more user-friendly and informative.

On display at PLASA meanwhile, will be all the company's leading products as well as the latest modular flooring system, ChromaDeck - a hybrid of the industry-standard Litedeck staging system and the innovative ChromaPanel from Pulsar. Suitable for a variety of installations from nightclubs to hotel lobbies and fashion runways, ChromaDeck is available to buy or rent.

LiteStructures can be found on stand M40.

(Lee Baldock)

PLASA Education Programme online for bookings
Friday, 15 August 2003

UK - This year the education programme has been relaunched to meet the changing demands of the PLASA visitor and will be hosted by the PLASA Professional Development Programme (PLASA PDP), the Association's new training initiative. A full timetable is now online and taking bookings - check out the website below.

This extended educational platform will examine current trends and issues across the wide range of the industry and provide visitors with the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and learn from the experts. The format has been revised with four different types of sessions - Technical Workshops; Business Seminars; Industry Seminars and Masterclasses.

Many of the sessions are supported by associations, trade bodies and publications and for the first time RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) are also supporting the programme. Their endorsement is clear recognition of the increasing importance that audio and lighting now plays within an architect's brief.

Members of PLASA, or any of the supporting associations, can attend the sessions at a discounted rate. Booking before the show also saves you money. For full details of the education programmes log onto the website below or call Marisa Beckman on +44 (0)20 7351 7147. Buy your show ticket (valid for the whole show) and education sessions in advance, save money and get the most from your visit to the show. UK ticket price is £6 (instead of £12 on the door entry price) and International visitors gain free entry.

(Ruth Rossington)

TiLE 2004 venue and dates announced
Friday, 15 August 2003

The Netherlands - TiLE 2004 - the international forum for leisure venues - will be held at the Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Centre in The Netherlands, from 15-17 June 2004. In making the announcement, Richard Curtis, the conference organizer commented: "This will be the first time TiLE has been in Maastricht since 1996 and it will be held in the MECC's new exhibition hall and conference rooms."

TiLE 2004 will continue to build on its relationships with key associations in specific areas of the market, including IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions), TEA (Themed Entertainment Association), WWA (World Waterparks Association), EWA (European Waterpark Association) and ECSITE (European Collaborative for Science in Industry & Technology Exhibitions).

As with previous TiLEs in Maastricht, full use will be made of the beautiful city: the party on Wednesday 16 June is planned for Château Neercanne - the venue by which all subsequent TiLE parties have been judged.

(Ruth Rossington)

Adding spectacle to the Festival of Speed
Monday, 11 August 2003

UK - This year's Festival of Speed, the 10th anniversary event at the Earl of March's idyllic Goodwood estate, was dominated by a stunning structure built for Ford by Edwin Shirley Staging (ESS). Designed by Gerry Judah of Judah Design and turned into reality by ESS's Steve Colley and Graham Turner, the spectacularly sloping structure presented replicas of the three Ford GT40s which won the historic 1st, 2nd and 3rd place victory at the 1966 Le Mans 24-hour race.

"The project was all about 100 years of Ford," said ESS project manager Rob Smalldon, "and was one of the most challenging projects I've been involved with for some time."

From the ground, the structure rose 34m with a width of 25m. Edwin Shirley Trucking (EST) shipped in 217m of regular roof truss, 126m of LT Tower Truss, 604m of cabling and 102 bespoke purlins in a total of 16 trucks. The ESS team had less than three weeks on-site to build the complex structure and mount the cars on the steeply sloping display. Smalldon said: "We built the main structure in three parts using 100-tonne and 50-tonne cranes in a tandem lift. In total, the crane work took 14 crane-days and the entire project a total of 76 man-days to install. Our guys really pulled out all the stops!"

Under the base of the structure, Water Sculptures installed a 52,000-litre water tank which, via a series of high pressure pumps and pipes, fed water to be sprayed from underneath the cars during the performance - giving the impression of the cars racing on a very wet track - as in 1966. With the pumps running

1st Red Bull Flugtag flies high at Hyde Park1st Red Bull Flugtag flies high at Hyde Park
Monday, 11 August 2003

UK - Red Bull UK staged their biggest ever event in Hyde Park, London, in early August. The event, hosted by Tess Daly and Brian Dowling, involved 40 teams launching their homemade flying machines off a 6m high runway into the Serpentine, cheered on by thousands of enthusiastic onlookers.

Attended by an estimated 150,000 people, who watched the 40 teams of mad participants launching themselves in home-built 'flying machines' from the huge floating runway, the event was the climax of 18 months of planning and development, which involved over 110 Red Bull staff.

At the centre of the serpentine was the main runway, built by Star Hire, an impressive 40m long by 10m wide, leaving the contestants and their flying machines a 6m drop into the water. To ensure all the crowds could see the action in the park, which is covered in trees, four big screens with relay sound systems were employed. The biggest of these was suspended on a 16.5m high 'truss bridge' above the runway.

Louise Taylor, Red Bull's event manager said: "This project has taken us 18 months to plan and was the core of our marketing campaign this year. It kicked off to the public back in April, with an announcement phase to would-be competitors, which attracted over 10,000 entries and was followed by a second wave campaign in July to promote the event. We have been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of the public and are extremely proud of the work of our core production team, which was led by Nick Fisher and Susan Marr. The key contractors which included Star Hire, Chrysalis Television, XL Video and SSE to

Skan at Glastonbury
Monday, 11 August 2003

UK - Skan PA Hire's attention to detail is immediately apparent on a visit to the FOH tower at Glastonbury, where the Reading-based company has provided PA and manpower for the second stage since 1991. Behind the two Midas Heritage consoles and equipment racks lurks a domestic scene equipped with sofa, coffee table stacked with audio magazines and a fully functioning kitchen built into 19" racks.

"We work with more than 60 sound engineers over the three days of the festival, and we only have a small window to make a good impression," says Skan director Chris Fitch. "Little details can make a big difference." Obviously this principle extends beyond domestic appliances to high standards of equipment, staff training and safety.

When Fitch and co-director Abby Llewellyn bought Skan from founder Peter Howard in 1996 (Fitch had worked for the company since leaving university a decade earlier), they focused on maximizing quality in all areas of the business. This included recruiting and training staff, building relationships with freelance sound engineers and systems technicians and updating the inventory.

Fitch and Llewellyn inherited a fairly new Turbosound Floodlight system, but the control equipment was somewhat outdated. "Our first major purchase was a Midas XL200, closely followed by an XL3," adds Fitch. "Since then we seem to have bought a couple of large desks every year."

While the Other Stage at Glastonbury represents one of Skan's biggest annual jobs, the company regularly handles a wide range of events of di

Leisure Industry Week 2003
Tuesday, 5 August 2003

UK - Britain's only exhibition for the out-of-home leisure industry is now just six weeks away. Leisure Industry Week (16-18 September, NEC, Birmingham) will showcase the latest innovations and solutions as well as the top suppliers from across the leisure industry.

At the heart of the show is a keynote seminar programme, which features a line-up of industry heavyweights and opinion formers, including Rt Hon Richard Caborn MP, Minister for Sport and Tourism, as well as speakers from Alton Towers, Pret a Manger and Marriot Hotels. With around 15,000 visitors and over 400 exhibitors, LIW is where the leisure industry joins together annually to exchange and source ideas, knowledge and expertise about industry strategies and trends, and to access solutions and leading suppliers.

And, for the first time this year, LIW features a PLASA Lounge wherein the PLASA organization will meet and offer advice on the light, sound and vision market; the Italian Pavilion which is the first ever national pavilion at LIW to showcase products and services from highly innovative Italian suppliers, and the UK/European Theme Park Traders Lounge, offering hospitality for all visitors and contributors in the context of a relaxed, informal environment. In addition, a delegation of 20 Saudi Arabian leisure and tourism operators are attending the show.

(Ruth Rossington)

Blitz provides different style of 'Rock' show
Thursday, 31 July 2003

UK - An aggregate quarry and production plant might sound like a challenging venue for high-level corporate hospitality, but when Aggregate Industries wanted to entertain 300 VIP guests at the end of June, that was the location they suggested to event management consultancy Corporate Innovations.

The venue was Aggregate Industries' North End Farm Works site in the Cotswold Water Park, near Cirencester. As well as being a working production plant, the site incorporates a man-made lake, created from quarrying activities, which now forms a wildlife haven. Corporate Innovations, working with AV specialist Blitz, transformed the lake-side venue with a creative concept designed to raise awareness of Aggregate Industries' environmental activities, whilst also providing spectacular entertainment in a novel setting.

The guests were first taken on a tour of the working production plants in a fleet of Chrysler Grand Voyagers. They were then taken back in time - quite literally - as amphibious vehicles used in the D-Day landings transported them across the lake. This 1940s theme was continued with the creation of a pier and lantern-lit viewing platforms which led guests to a lake-side entertainment marquee. Inside the marquee they were able to enjoy more than 50 period amusement arcade machines including 'What the Butler Saw', 'Roll a Coin', fortune tellers, strength testers and one-armed bandits.

After dinner, seven long-service awards were presented to Aggregate Industries' employees. The after-dinner entertainment then began with a video presentation, projected by Bli

Industry Cricket Challenge
Thursday, 24 July 2003

UK - The annual Hayden Laboratories Cricket Cup Challenge is taking place on Thursday 7 August at Littlewick Green Cricket Club, near Maidenhead in Berkshire. Now in its fourth year, the cricket challenge match sees a scratch team representing the sound and lighting industry line-up against a team drawn from the combined ranks of PLASA Show organizers Clarion Events and PLASA team.

The event starts at 4pm and is followed by a BBQ at 7.30pm, which will be charged at £6.50 per head. All are welcome to attend and lend their support to this popular event. If you are interested in attending please contact Nicky Rowland at Clarion on +44(0)20 7370 8231 ( or Simon Curtis at Hayden Laboratories + (0)1753 888447 ( for further details and directions.

(Ruth Rossington)

Sennheiser celebrates summer with Bristol Festival and Band Contest
Wednesday, 23 July 2003

UK - Sennheiser UK has announced it is sponsoring a double bill of free festival entertainment this year at Ashton Gate Park, Bristol. The first Sennheiser Sounds of Summer Festival will be on Friday 8 August and the live finals of the third annual Sennheiser Unsigned Artist Contest the following evening.

The events take place as part of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2003, sponsored by Vodaphone Live! The Friday night free festival features legendary Scottish songsmiths Hue and Cry, supported by the Cosmic Rough Riders, plus performances from Tippi, The Hazey Janes, Jo Stevens, Tony Moore and DJ Miss Behavin'.

The Saturday Unsigned Artist Contest final kicks off at 2 pm, with live appearances by all the finalists - Hooper, Nowhere Near the Garden, The Adventures of B Violet, The Climb, Demon Summer and Range#Eleven. Saturday's show also features the tabla and guitar alchemy of guest artists Aziz and Friends (former Stone Roses guitarist and current Ian Brown sideman).

The judging panel will include an A&R executive from Sony Music and a representative from the GWR radio group. Winners will receive a first prize of £2,500 cash, £2,500 worth of Sennheiser microphones, £500 Sennheiser headphones and the chance of a place on stage in the New Tent at Glastonbury 2004.

Commenting on the weekend of events, Sennheiser director of marketing, John Steven, said: "As only the second year at Bristol, 2003 marks a huge development for Sennheiser UK's commitment to live music. The cream of over 1,300 contest entries from all over Europe should make for a

DAS Audio to present Dynamics Series at PLASA
Wednesday, 23 July 2003

Spain - Valencia-based pro audio manufacturer D.A.S. Audio is to show its new Dynamics series at PLASA 2003, with the presentation of the DS-115 passive and DS-115A powered systems. The Dynamics series provides users with loudspeaker systems that are easy to carry, simple to set up and offer high quality sound, say D.A.S.

The DS-115 is a versatile two-way system designed to be used as a full-range stand-alone unit. Low frequency reproduction is handled by a 400Wrms 15" loudspeaker with 3" voice coil. High frequencies are reproduced by the new M-5N neodymium compression driver. This 1" exit driver incorporates a 2" titanium diaphragm and EFW (edge-wound-flat-wire) voice coil. The unique enclosure design has three ergonomic handles for easy carrying, will accept a standard 35mm mounting stand and includes a floor monitor position for added flexibility. Nine M8 rigging points and an optional mounting bracket provide for use in permanent installations.

The self-powered and passive versions allow the user to choose the powering option that best suits their needs. The powered DS-115A uses a new 15" neodymium cone speaker with 3" voice coil for the LF section. HF, as with the passive version, is reproduced by the new M-5N. The power stage of the DS-115A incorporates the latest in amplifier technology - a Class D amplifier powers the LF section and a Class A/B powers the HF. Protection circuitry is provided for both amps and the components.

For LF reinforcement, the new Dynamics series offers both powered and passive subs. The Sub-18F is

Digital tools for Thunder Ridge at GlastonburyDigital tools for Thunder Ridge at Glastonbury
Wednesday, 23 July 2003

UK - Thunder Ridge utilized state-of-the-art digital audio tools for the One World stage at the recent Glastonbury Festival, opting for Powersoft digital amplifiers, supplied by Arbiter Pro Audio, to power their X2000 system, placing the whole FOH system and the major monitor fills under digital power. At the same time, they employed the latest processing tool from Klark Teknik - the Helix digital EQ system - to control every component of the FOH and monitor systems.

Compared to the conventional amplifier, Powersoft DIGAM technology offers very high efficiency and delivers more power to the loudspeakers with much reduced heat dissipation. The output stages of the amplifiers typically run at 95% efficiency, dissipating only 5% of the input energy as heat. These compact (1U), lightweight (10kg) amplifiers can generate up to 3,500W per channel into 2 Ohms.

The advantages of such a product are obvious, says Phil Lowther, technical director of Thunder Ridge: "When I first saw the adverts for Powersoft amplifiers two summers ago, I couldn't believe the claims that were made - up to 7000W RMS in a 1U package. After serious bench testing and listening to these amplifiers, I came to the conclusion that they perform exactly as 'they say on the box', plus the fact that their sound quality and reliability is far superior to the majority of well-known conventional switch-mode power amplifiers. In over 20 years of experience in the pro audio industry, these amplifiers are certainly in my top 10 of audio product innovations."

Rob Goodings of Thunder Ridge commented:

SIB Rimini 2004 Expands
Tuesday, 22 July 2003

Italy - Rimini Fiera's biennial SIB exhibition of entertainment and event technology will be held next year from the 13 to 16 March, 2004. The event, promoted by APIAS and sponsored by SILB, features a wide range of exhibitors specializing in lighting, audio, lasers and design for the entertainment and night sectors. The 2004 event will see an expansion of the successful SIB Theatre section: in addition to addressing stage professionals, this will also now embrace all those who work in the film, TV and cinema markets, with a particular emphasis on set design and stage equipment.

(Ruth Rossington)


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