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APRS - Export/ASIA Event: 11 February 2003
Thursday, 9 January 2003

UK - The APRS starts its 2003 programme with a seminar co-hosted by the DTI for all manufacturers and service providers who are interested in exporting goods or attracting overseas clients to UK facilities.

The event, postponed last year because of the Tube strikes, has been re-scheduled and re-designed to provide a broader exploration of exporting in general with a special focus on the fast-expanding Indian and Chinese markets. India has the largest film industry in the world and a significant proportion of domestic producers are now looking to enhance their production values in the hope that more Indian-made films are viewed by western cinema audiences. In the past, India has proved to be a challenging market beset with tariff and other bureaucratic barriers, however the World Trade Organisation rules mean that tariffs will be removed by 2005 and so now is the time to establish new partnerships, joint ventures and find distributors.

The prospect of China creating a digital TV infrastructure in time for the Olympics in 2008 is a fresh incentive for a number of UK-based hardware and software specialists. Part of a strategy that focuses principally on film and TV production markets, the APRS has worked with Trade Partners UK to identify countries where the UK Embassies and Consulates have special assistance programmes designed to help existing players and introduce companies in the creative industries new to overseas trading.

Trade Partners UK, the China Britain Business Council and Business Link will be contributing to the open, half-day seminar (which will coi

The Event Show, January 2003
Monday, 23 December 2002

The Event Show 2003 (28-30 January, National Hall, Olympia) will see leading event professionals come together to provide a unique forum of workshops, advice clinics and seminars. Over 250 companies will be on hand to help, as well as leading professional organisations such as TESA, NOEA, BECA, and PSA.

The main programme involves a series of high profile speakers. On 28th January, Brian Blake, MBE presents a talk on ‘The do’s and don’ts of getting a licence.’ Blake has been responsible for the technical aspects of public entertainment licensing within Westminster for 27 years, and has covered a wide range of events, including outdoor concerts in Hyde Park, and the Queen’s Jubilee, where he was responsible for public safety and contingency planning.

On the 29th January, the focus is ‘Spotlight on Local Authorities.’ Sponsored by NOEA, the seminars cover a variety of practical issues such as police support, licensing and booking procedures, as well as more intuitive ideas such as the long-term visions of London County Council. Andy Cotton of TAO Productions will present a session on ‘The Key things you need to know’ when organizing an event and offer advice on ‘What we want from suppliers.’ Cotton comes with impressive qualifications after working in the live music industry for 15 years and outdoor event management for 12 years, prior to which he managed The Commitments. Cotton has produced a diverse portfolio of events ranging from Bristol City Football Club Stadium Gig, to the Abbey’s Classical P

Women do business with Canegreen Commercial
Friday, 20 December 2002

Canegreen Commercial Presentations Ltd continued a busy 2002 winter season, making sure the sound matched the quality of the winners at the Woman of the Year Awards, held at the Hyde Park Hotel Inter-Continental in London.

The awards, sponsored by O2, celebrated women’s achievements in music and related industries, with Sharon Osbourne walking away with the coveted ‘Woman of the Year Award’. Women from all areas of the music industry picked up awards in categories including lifetime achievement and special achievement of the year given by guest award presenters, from Dr Fox of Capital Radio fame, to Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker and Will Young.

Canegreen Commercial was presented with the challenge of achieving audio coverage to all of the 450 guests in the Grand Ballroom at the Inter-Continental, from a central stage. They achieved this by flying eight Meyer UPA-1P SP speakers, which were carefully angled on a UPA flying frame in the ceiling of the room. Chris Ekers was sound engineer, carefully adjusting the sound throughout the evening, so that the speeches and videos were always clearly audible over the background chat in the room.

Andrew Frengley, Canegreen Commercial’s project manager, designed and managed the logistics of the installation: "No two events are the same, and this event’s distinctive characteristic was the stage in the centre of the room. Flying the speakers meant we could achieve good audio coverage without affecting sightlines. The UPA-1P Meyer cabinets were ideal for this style of awards dinner." With four

MTV Staying Alive concertMTV Staying Alive concert
Thursday, 19 December 2002

The MTV Staying Alive concert, in Association with YouthAids, and staged at Cape Town’s Green Point Stadium in late November, proved a major success with over 20.000 people witnessing the event live and millions more watching an edited version on television channels the world over.

Three of the world’s most successful music stars headlined the event, which was held to create awareness of HIV/Aids, as well as encourage tolerance of those affected by the disease. Alicia Keys, Usher and P. Diddy were joined by homegrown stars Mandoza, Zola, 101, Danny K, Bianca Le Grange and DJ Ready D.

Gearhouse South Africa was contracted to provide lighting, sound, structures, audio-visual, rigging and power. The SABC (South African Broadcast Corporation) filmed the show on behalf of MTV, for its MTV Presents Levi’s Jeans Staying Alive Concert In Association With YouthAids 90-minute special which premiered on MTV on December 1, as well as on SABC 1 and more than 60 other terrestrial broadcasters around the world. Gearhouse director, and one of the country’s top live production designers, Tim Dunn was behind the controls while the company’s Johannesburg and Cape Town branches supplied all the equipment, along with the technical team to run the show.

Visually, the stage was impressive and focused on the theme of HIV/Aids Awareness. Backdropped by a huge red Aids ribbon set against a white background (which was constructed locally to international design specification), two massive daylight screens were mounted prominently on the stage. It proved to be highl

2D>3D, Sheffield
Wednesday, 18 December 2002

You have until 12 January to visit the most exciting event in theatre design for years, the 2D>3D show at Sheffield’s Millennium Galleries. If you can, you should allow a whole day for your visit - I could have used a week to roam the tightly packed exhibition space, reading every label, browsing every sketchbook and scanning every storyboard in this fascinating display.

More than 150 set, costume and lighting designers, plus a distinguished band of theatre architects, are showing some of their best work produced over the last three years. Organizers Peter Ruthven Hall and Kate Burnett have prepared an excellent catalogue of the show (available from SBTD at £18), replete with sumptuous colour illustrations, but the very 2D nature of the book explains why you should, if at all possible, see the real 3D thing: the catalogue has a careful sketch from Nancy Surman of her costumes for The Duchess of Malfi at Salisbury Playhouse: the show adds the costumes themselves, superb examples of the meticulous making that followed the designs. The catalogue prints some delightful, Erté-like sketches from Paul Farnsworth for the showgirls in his Royal Festival Hall Follies. The show has the set model too, showing how cleverly (and economically) he converted this fifties function room into a very convincing derelict Broadway theatre. You’ll find Malcolm Morley’s first gentle watercolour visualization of the Theatre Clwyd Amadeus: his exhibit has the full story (right down to the flying plan) of the many changes that occurred before its final visualization.

Even befor

Chitty Gets L&SI Network off to Flying Start
Wednesday, 18 December 2002

L&SI’s series of industry networking events got off to a flying start on 10 October when 58 delegates joined the PLASA Media team and the technical production crew at the London Palladium for a backstage tour of the world’s most technically-advanced musical production, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

After a welcome drink in the Palladium’s Cinderella Bar, delegates were welcomed to the theatre by L&SI editor Ruth Rossington, before being given a fascinating potted history of the site and the venue by theatre manager Nick Bromley. Following this, the delegates were split into groups to begin the behind the scenes tour, which took in the automation control position, the lighting control room, the lighting rig, FOH sound desk, the under-stage engineering and the radio racks, plus a chance to view the amazing car itself, built by Howard Eaton Lighting Ltd. At each point, delegates could talk to the operators or designers, as well as the equipment and service providers, about their role in the production.

Following the tour, delegates were given the chance to observe from the stalls the stage reset for the evening’s performance, before retiring to the Cinderella Bar once again for food and refreshments. To top off the day, the delegates stayed for the evening performance of this impressive musical production.

L&SI was joined at the event by representatives of companies who played key roles in the production, including Autograph Sound Recording, Stage Technologies, Howard Eaton Lighting Ltd and White Light. Manufacturers including Sennheiser, High End Sys

LDI 2002
Tuesday, 17 December 2002

Could LDI capitalize on the renewed focus on business demonstrated at PLASA just a few weeks earlier?Ruth Rossington headed to Vegas to find out.

With PLASA providing a much needed fillip to the business, the question everyone wanted answering about LDI was whether it could pick up the baton and continue where PLASA left off. Well the jury’s marginally out on that one - certainly, the first day got off to a blistering start, but there were definitely times when things felt quiet on the show floor. That said, all the exhibitors I spoke to reported good levels of business and that’s the only yardstick a trade show should be measured by.

Much of the product on display had already made its presence felt at PLASA, but there were some real innovations and some noticeable trends. The undiminished homage to all things LED continues, to the point where Ellen Lampert-Greaux, part of the LDI team, was volunteering a rename of the show to LEDDI. Acolyte’s small lanyard LED flashlights stole the show for me and pretty quickly became a collector’s item.

Lighting being the mainstay of the show, there was plenty of news and plenty of new product.

Not only has A. C. Lighting added audio to its already sizeable inventory, but in a move that will presumably give it greater control, it’s acquired an interest in Spectrum Manufacturing Inc, the Canadian company responsible for the manufacture of the Chroma-Q range, for which A.C. is the exclusive distributor.

A.C.T Lighting (formerly A.C. Lighting Inc) was there under its new identity. Garnered under its

Stage Electrics takes the GB rally to new heights
Wednesday, 11 December 2002

The World Rally Championships were recently staged in Cardiff, and Stage Electrics was on hand to provide significant resources over a number of key sites for this major sporting event.

The Network Q Rally started on the 14 November and was timed to coincide with the switching on of Cardiff’s Christmas Lights. The main high street in Cardiff was closed to traffic from 10am, and there then followed a race against time to ensure all of the production was in place by 5pm. Stage Electrics provided main stage lighting on a Star Hire Mk1 Stage, as well as lighting to other areas.

The biggest focus of the Rally for spectators was the Super Special Stage, hosted in a purpose- built arena in Cardiff’s Docks. Stage Electrics powered the majority of all site services, as well as all spectator and emergency lighting. A total of 24 generators supplied through Power Electrics of Bristol were provided for the event offering the site over 2000Kva of power.

The final day of the Rally saw two major events taking place, with Stage Electrics providing all lighting required for the televised finish of the rally in Cardiff Castle. The cars were driven into the castle in darkness flanked along the pathway by 100m of Arcline Strobe Tube. Lighting was also provided for the two-storey winner’s podium, positioned in front of the Castle’s Main House and Keep. Both of these buildings were lit by the new 2kW OptiVision Metal Halide fittings and 1800kW Arena Vision spotlights.

The second major event that day was a launch, only confirmed two days earlier, for the new sponso

PCM stages first Dublin Motor School
Monday, 9 December 2002

PCM’s famous Lodestar Motor School continues its on-going world tour, with the first, highly successful event to be held in Dublin. The School was co-ordinated by top Dublin-based lighting sales and installation company Stage Lighting Centre, run by the charismatic Pat Walsh, assisted by Paddy Farrell. It was held in the prestigious Abbey Theatre in central Dublin - the National Theatre of Ireland.

28 people attended the School, presented by PCM’s tutor-in-chief Tony Dickson. They came from all areas of the professional entertainment industry from across the country. The two-day Motor School covered many topics. A king pin of the PCM course is the complete stripping down and re-assembling of a Lodestar motor, enabling students to learn about the role and significance of the machine’s electrical and mechanical components, and how they inter-relate. Working in pairs, students are required to re-built and test that the machine is working correctly to pass this section of the course.

Other areas covered include basic electrical theory and Lodestar fault-finding. The latter session identifies the most common faults, illustrates how to find them, explains why they occur, suggests preventative measures and focuses on dealing with fault motors in the field. "This element of the course is aimed at instilling good working methods and practices," explains Tony Dickson. Faultfinding theories are then put to practice with the student’s diagnosing 10 genuinely faulty motors.

Pat Farrell explains why it was important to the Stage Lighting Centre to

World Lighting Fair, Tokyo 2002World Lighting Fair, Tokyo 2002
Monday, 9 December 2002

The seventh World Lighting Fair was held at Pacifico Yokohama Exhibition Hall in early October. 50 companies from across Japan were joined by 21 international companies at the show, and the show enjoyed high visitor levels from the start, say the organizers.

Exhibits covered not only lighting products for stage and TV markets, but also new software and hardware were presented addressing their broad applications in markets such as retail, architecture, video projection, advertisement and promotion, design and presentation. The seminar programme included a broad range of topics from the latest on control protocols, education systems for theatre technology, opera productions and lighting design for theatres to a model of the lighting designer for the 21st century.

The next WLF will be held at the same venue from June 24 to 26, 2004.

(Lee Baldock)

Screenco smashes record at Smash Hits PartyScreenco smashes record at Smash Hits Party
Monday, 9 December 2002

Screenco provided a huge backdrop for this year’s Smash Hits T4 Pollwinners Party at London Arena, which was broadcast live on Channel 4. The event, co-hosted by Vernon Kay, June Sarpong and special guest host Kelly Osbourne, was celebrating its 15th year, and included performances by Liberty X, Sugababes, Atomic Kitten and Holly Valance.

Contracted by production company Nine Yards, Screenco’s vast 156-module, 25mm screen, all supplied from the company’s UK stock, measured 21.13m wide by 7.32m high, making it the biggest indoor LED high-brightness display ever seen in Europe. It thus provided an exciting solution for Hamish Hamilton’s Done & Dusted, who were responsible for the television production and design.

With all the risers set behind the screen, a large 8.1m x 4.88m door, positioned in the centre, raised and lowered on varispeed dual-brake motor hoists - provided by Unusual and operated off a laptop. The door was primarily used to expedite rapid artist and backline changeovers. But Unusual’s Nick Brown also had to deal with the loading difficulties involving the giant 8¼ tonne Screenco backdrop.

In view of the weight of the screen - and the Arena’s restricted roof-loading capacity - he had to take up around half of the weight, using a rope tension meter to land the display in position. Thus the load was evenly split between the roof and the floor. The screen content was played out from a separate production gallery, which Screenco occupied within CTV’s scanner (whose unit manager was Bill Morris). Four digital motion

Autograph designs and supplies unique Scandinavian concert tourAutograph designs and supplies unique Scandinavian concert tour
Tuesday, 3 December 2002

Theatrical sound design and rental specialist Autograph Sound Recording has recently been involved in a concert tour of Les Misérables across Scandinavia - the first time that the concert production of the world-famous musical has toured multiple cities. The concert, which captured the atmosphere of the stage production by using giant cinema screens, live video and stills from the production, commenced in late October and ran throughout November, taking in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland along the way.

Autograph has been involved with Les Misérables since chairman Andrew Bruce designed the original London production in 1985. To address the scale of the tour, the company supplied an extensive Meyer Sound M3D Line Array Loudspeaker System in a sound design realised by Autograph's Nick Lidster, who also mixed the shows. Lidster was a member of the original sound team on the London production and has gone on to design and mix all concert versions of the show performed in the UK, including the Tenth Anniversary celebration at the Royal Albert Hall in 1995.

Autograph used a computer-controlled Cadac J type front of house console with over 120 input channels and a 56-channel Midas Heritage monitor console for the tour. More than 110 high quality microphones from AKG, Sennheiser, Schoeps, ElectroVoice, Shure, Beyer and Neumann were employed across the 80-piece Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, 200-member choir, 40-piece ensemble and lead performers. The main PA consists of 24 self-powered Meyer M3Ds, with 30 Meyer Sound MSL-4s available for sidefill and delay systems

EMC and RASTI under the spotlight
Tuesday, 3 December 2002

Thursday 12th December will see audio experts John Woodgate and Peter Mapp deliver keynote lectures on two important current issues - Electromagnetic Compatibility and speech intelligibility. John Woodgate's ‘New Creatures in the EMC and Safety Jungle’ introduces some strange new animals to an already crowded zoo, whilst Peter Mapp uses ‘Everything You Wanted to Ask About RaSTI but were Afraid to Know! or How Accurate Really are RaSTI and STI Measurements?’ to illustrate his many years of research into all aspects of speech intelligibility.

The event, which is being organized by the ISCE, will take at Brooklands College in Weybridge. There is a special entrance rate for PLASA Members of £25. Further details are available from Cathy Mackenzie on +44 151 639 5211.

(Ruth Rossington)

Music Show success continues for HK Audio
Monday, 2 December 2002

Music Live 2002, held recently at the NEC, consolidated its reputation as one of the UK’s leading public music shows, with a strong programme of acts and demos underlining the event’s increasing popularity. With a billing which included an acoustic set by Simon Fowler and Oscar Harrison of top UK rock band Ocean Colour Scene, HK Audio’s comprehensive range of pro audio systems was once again the preferred choice of show organizers, Mammoth Events. HK Audio systems were placed in a wide variety of show applications, right from the 7.2kW 12 x box R-Series main stage rig to a number of PA applications across the show.

As a result of HK Audio’s performance at Music Live 2002, HK has been confirmed once again as the sound reinforcement marque of choice for Music Live 2003. Additionally, another music show has been introduced to the annual show rota, this time it’s the London Guitar Show. Scheduled to be held at Wembley Conference Centre on May 10th - 11th 2003, HK Audio has been chosen to provide a full range of PA applications for the show.

(Ruth Rossington)

PALME exhibitor portfolio expands
Wednesday, 27 November 2002

Pro Audio Light Middle East (PALME), the region’s first dedicated professional sound and lighting communications exhibition being held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates next year, has expanded its portfolio to include systems integration solutions.

The move has been spurred by exhibitor demand, according to organizers IIR Exhibitions. With the rapid development in digital technologies, and the advent of converged communications, entire entertainment showcases are able to be controlled using centralised interfaces. "We are seeing the industry moving to a converged environment where everything from sound and lighting to audiovisual offerings are being integrated into a singular infrastructure," said Iain McLean, project manager PALME, IIR Exhibitions.

According to McLean, the move has been well received by the industry, both regionally and internationally, with key Gulf players expressing keen interest. Additionally, the show, which takes place at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre from 16-18 February, 2003, has already secured participation from the UK, Germany, Italy, China, the United States, Belgium, Lebanon, the UAE and Austria.

PLASA has negotiated an exclusive discount for its members who want to exhibit at the event. A discount of 35% is available for the first 9sq.m of any stand and an additional 20% for every square metre above 9sq.m. For further details e-mail Shane McGreevy on

(Ruth Rossington)

Mackie HDR at New Horizons
Friday, 22 November 2002

The sixth annual New Horizon event on the campus of Coleraine University attracted over 20,000 visitors to the Christian-based Gospel presentation over a seven-day period. For the second year running, the sound was produced by local company Light & Sound FX (LSFX).

For the main tented area, LSFX used four stacks of Mackie Fussion, two each side of the stage configured in four Fussion 3000 mid/high boxes, four 1800 subs and four 1800A subs, all driven by Mackie M1400 amps. For the stage monitoring, Mackie C300 speakers and a Mackie SR40:8 mixer were spec’d. Around the rest of the site were 14 Mackie SRM 450s, whilst for the FOH mix, LSFX used the Crest VCA 32:4 FOH console.

Running alongside all of this, Upstream Recording had a live recording unit in action, for a forthcoming CD. The unit utilised a Mackie D8B digital mixer, a Mackie HDR 24/96 hard disc recorder and a pair of Mackie HR824 monitors. Handling the recording was Trevor Michael from ICC in Eastbourne, in conjunction with Roy Rainey from Upstream Recording, a specialist in Christian recording.

EventPro Forum set for February
Monday, 18 November 2002

Event Pro Forum, the conference for event production professionals, will be held 17-20 February 2003, at Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa in Las Vegas. The conference targets top professionals responsible for producing events for amphitheaters, arenas, auditoriums, concerts, fairs, corporate functions, festivals, sporting events, theme parks and touring entertainment.

The 2002 premiere conference attracted 150-plus attendees from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, Nashville to New York and even London to Moscow. EventPro Forum 2003 will feature industry speakers, professional development panels and the Production Pow-Wow, a series of round-table discussions. Special events, including a golf tournament, welcome reception, wrap party and backstage tour of Las Vegas venues will provide attendees with the opportunity to have fun while networking and expanding their professional contacts, say the organizers.

(Lee Baldock)

AES West Coast
Sunday, 17 November 2002

You know you’re at a West Coast AES Convention when you’re standing in a rooftop bar at sunset, surrounded by skyscrapers, and listening to Sheryl Crow-alike Dana Glover singing through Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite microphones. One of many PLASA repeats, the product at least gave the excuse for the party, and where Earls Court ends, as Phil Ward discovers, California begins.

QSC Audio began by reinventing itself. OK, the new logo is "a relatively small change in terms of effort," but, said CEO Barry Andrews, "it’s an important one symbolically and technically. It signifies the transformation of our company from an amplifier specialist to an integrated systems supplier."

‘Integrated systems’ in this case means QSC products in signal processing, network audio transport, control systems, loudspeakers and - not least - amplifiers. QSC was late to arrive with a remote-control and monitoring system, but QSControl is now a dominant force. The company also pioneered CobraNet as an interface, and Routing Audio Via Ethernet (RAVE) now accounts for a great number of CobraNet nodes. Cinema is catered for by DCA amps and DSP processors, while DSP-3 and DSP-4 are gaining ground in pro audio generally.

At the show, it was announced that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway - venue for the Indianapolis 500 and F1 Grand Prix races - is to install a network-based sound system clearly showcasing QSC’s ‘integrated’ buzzword: ISIS speakers, CX amplifiers, DSP processors, QSControl and RAVE audio transport.

Speaker pr

Expo. 02
Sunday, 17 November 2002

It may have been costly and controversial, but Switzerland’s most ambitious Expo to date has also been hailed as one of its most creative and successful. Steve Moles selects two projects which illustrate why . . .

The revered publication Architects Journal headlined a feature ‘Swiss Expo shames Dome failings’. Intended to occur approximately every 40 years, Swiss Expo is a project in the public domain and yet staged without Lottery funding. Which begs the question - is free money a curse or a kindness?

Look at what else has been in these pages of late: The Imperial War Museum North in Manchester, the Pageant of the Horse, the Commonwealth Games and the Jubilee concerts at Buckingham Palace - all without Lottery money and all successfully realized. These examples have, of course, all received finance from the commercial sector, but without the political interference which afflicted the Dome. Pardon my oversimplification, but commercial enterprise doesn’t release these funds with less strings than the Lottery, but they’re better able to make decisions about value for money than politicos. That doesn’t make it easy - indeed, as a case in point, Expo in Switzerland has been particularly tortuous, leading to the total replacement of all officials just 18 months prior to opening, but ultimately it worked and was successful.

Success, as opposed to finance, is a matter of substance; the National Centre for Pop Music springs to mind - arguably more funding would have helped here, but it was the paucity of content that was its ultimate undoi

Successful show for Leisure Industry Week
Thursday, 14 November 2002

Leisure Industry Week (8-10 October, NEC, Birmingham) reaffirmed the position it occupies in the calendar for its industry: an increased audited audience of over 14,250 (Independently audited figures from CTS) visitors from across the out-of-home leisure industry - from theme parks to themed restaurants, nightclubs to fitness clubs - attended LIW 2002. They came to see over 350 exhibiting companies showcasing their latest products and services, and to socialise with their peers from their own industry sector, as well as with their contemporaries from across the broader industry through the activities of the 20 leisure industry trade associations supporting LIW 2002.

LIW 2002 featured five individual shows covering all of the out-of-home leisure industry: Body & Soul - a health, fitness and beauty event; FamilyLand - the family fun event for parks and attractions; Food For Leisure - dedicated to catering opportunities for leisure sites; Leisure Environments - the light, sound and design event and Leisure Solutions - covering everything needed to run any successful leisure business.

The number and breadth of trade associations supporting the show and using it to host their events reflects LIW's role as a forum for its industry. These included the Fitness Industry Association (FIA), the Institute of Leisure and Amenity Management (ILAM), the Sports & Recreation Trusts Association (SporTA), the Sunbed Association, the Bar, Entertainment & Dance Association (BEDA), the Showmen's Guild, and Holiday Centres Association. Visitors were also treated to live demonstrations, hundre

Electro-Voice at Music Moscow 2002
Thursday, 31 October 2002

From 10-13 October, Moscow was home to Russia’s largest music trade fair. ‘Music Moscow 2002’ attracted visitors and exhibitors from all over the world. One of the highlights was provided by Ruton S - the Russian distributor for Electro-Voice, with its dynamic yet business-like presentation.

As well as introducing visitors to a whole series of products drawn from the current Electro-Voice range, such as the Eliminator Double, the Eliminator kW, the EVID speaker and the new Co-11 and Re510 condenser microphones, the team, led by Gregory Ronin, had laid on a rock band, ‘The Vinyl Steam Locomotive’, whose powerful sound quickly established them as one of the biggest draws at the show. The band - all dedicated EV users - were showcasing the EV Eliminator Double and Eliminator kW enclosures, as well as the new Fri-2082 monitors. This allowed music dealers as well as members of the public to experience first hand the sensational sound quality of the new EV systems. As well as clinching numerous deals, Electro-Voice was able at this show to consolidate and further strengthen its market position in Russia.

"The response to our products was outstanding," said Gregory Ronin. The feedback on the new active speakers, as well as the systems tailor-made for Russia’s burgeoning cinema industry, were especially positive. "Professionals were particularly interested in the new X-Line Compact Array System," commented Ronin, adding, "it was great to see how many satisfied Electro-Voice customers there are already in Russia."

Le Maitre set for Harrods pyro show
Tuesday, 29 October 2002

Le Maitre are set to stage a spectacular firework and pyrotechnic display from the roof of Harrods to mark the switching on of the Christmas Lights on 3 November. The display will go ahead despite the proposed fire strikes. As the strike is due to start on 2 November for 48 hours, Le Maitre’s events director Karen Haddon has employed private fire crews to cover the event. This will be in addition to the British Army’s Green Goddesses, already covering the strike nationally, and Harrods’ own fire officers stationed on the roof itself. Although it is extremely expensive to bring in private fire engines and crew, ensuring safety at the event is paramount, and the decision to go ahead with the show has been welcomed.

The display is very complex, and will be fired with a pyro digital system. It runs just under 15 minutes and is set to the James Bond theme tune. It will begin with chase sequences of stage pyro across the front of the roof, using flames, gerbs and fire breathing dragons! It will progress to large scale fireworks including mines, comets and a dramatic finale of cakes and shells. The Harrods Christmas Lights switch on is open to the public and promises to be a thrilling event. It starts at 6.00pm on Sunday 3 November.

Also on a James Bond theme, Le Maitre are working on some fantastic pyrotechnic effects for the premiere of the new Bond movie Die Another Day, which is scheduled for 18 November at the Royal Albert Hall. Unfortunately, details cannot be released prior to the event, but the stars will certainly be arriving in style!

(Ruth Rossi

Momentum builds behind The Event Show
Tuesday, 29 October 2002

The Event Show, formerly Event Expo, has a new name, a new look and a new venue. Running on 28-30 January 2003, the show sets out to cater for the needs of event professionals from a broad variety of backgrounds including production companies, event management companies, corporates, charities, local authorities and sales promotion agencies.

The event has been completely redesigned and rejuvenated, by organizer, Inside Communications, whose business manager, Clair Whitecross, explains: "We are very excited about the new developments, which so far have been received very well . . . We can promise January 2003 will see a spectacular event."

For 2003 The Event Show has moved to the professional, easily accessible National Hall, Olympia, in the heart of London, where over 250 companies including AV and lighting contractors, marquee and temporary structure suppliers and production and promotion agencies will be on hand to make the event professional's job so much easier.

(Lee Baldock)

Music China 2002
Monday, 28 October 2002

The first Music China in Shanghai was an unequivocal success, attracting 18,072 trade buyers and public visitors through its doors over four days, according to organizers Messe Frankfurt. Far exceeding expectations, the show attracted hundreds of visitors from far beyond Shanghai’s provincial borders, with visitors traveling from as far away as Guangzhou in the south and Harbin in the north, plus an estimated 1,500 visitors from overseas (approx. 8% of total) including a 20-strong buying mission from the UK and a large delegation of Japanese importers and distributors.

A total of 274 exhibitors took part in this ground-breaking event, covering a gross exhibition space of 15,000sq.m. Feedback from both exhibitors and buyers was excellent overall, and many commented on how the dynamism of the market and the Chinese peoples’ appetite for music could be clearly felt within the exhibition halls. Some exhibitors felt that the 'action' at Music China equalled that of the big European and American fairs, and others commented on how the show would help to change the music business in China.

(Lee Baldock)


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