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PLASA Awards 2002PLASA Awards 2002
Wednesday, 11 September 2002

The PLASA Awards for Product Excellence were presented yesterday evening in the New Technology Gallery in front of a packed audience. This year’s awards attracted one of the largest tallies of nominations ever - 64 in total - across the categories of Lighting, Sound, Audio-Visual and Stage Engineering.

The judging panel of freelance lighting designer Simon Swift, sound system consultant Richard Northwood of Coms UK, Live Business International’s technical director Roland Hemming, freelance AV consultantPhil Pike, system designer Glyn Hughes of Sysco, project manager Andy Hayles from Theatre Projects Consultants, technical consultant Mark Jones of the Royal Albert Hall and Jason Tang, general manager of Bandit Lites (UK), deliberated over three days to decide the winning products in each category.

In the Lighting category, Clay Paky’s Stage Profile Plus SV received a Highly Commended in the design excellence category, for what was felt to be the best design of automated shutters among the moving profiles nominated. In the category for Innovation, a highly commended went to Martin Professional for its moving barndoors on the MAC2000 wash, which the judges felt was a notable step forward in the automated light industry. The MAC2000 Performance also drew the same accolade for being the first moving light to incorporate gobo animation effects, in association with DHA. However, the Award For Design Excellence went to a brand new company - Bright Lighting - which has further embraced the recent boom in LED lighting technology with its Colour Stream system an

DJ Sunday unearths new talent at PLASA 2002DJ Sunday unearths new talent at PLASA 2002
Tuesday, 10 September 2002

DJ Sunday - featuring the Gemini ‘Extreme V DJ competition’ and iDJ-sponsored Talk Zones - raised the volume at the first day of the PLASA Show as DJ hopefuls lined up in front of hundreds of spectators to showcase their talents in the hope of launching a successful DJ career. DJ A.D., the runner-up in last year’s DJ competition went one better and reversed the tables on the 2001 defending champion, DJ Angelo (placed third this year), to win the Gemini ‘Extreme V’ DJ competition.

The audience and judges got a taste of DJ A.D’s (real name Adrian Hall) cross-sectional DJ’ing capabilities during the early stages of the competition, where he kicked off with an energetic display of technical ability matched with an impressive mix of unconventional sounds. "This is an excellent competition because there is an enormous variety of DJing styles and the judging panel reflects this," said Adrian who saved his best performance for the final where he literally DJ’ed with his bare feet!

The judging panel consisted of the industry’s leading DJs and media representatives, including previous PLASA winner Miss Behavin’ who has signed to Tiny Tracks and recently featured on Ibiza Uncovered. "The PLASA DJ competition seems to get better every year and the standard of DJs competing is amazing," said successful London DJ, Nick Wakefield, who was the MC for the annual Gemini 'Extreme V' DJ Competition and has been involved with the competition for 10 years.

The DJ competition heats were complemented with a numbe

Tuesday, 10 September 2002

PALA occupied its usual slot in the summer schedules in July, moving from its traditional base in Singapore to a new temporary home in Hong Kong.

Since its inception in 1989, PALA has established itself as the key Asian event for the industry, showcasing the latest products from all over the world. The Hong Kong detour was designed to give exhbitors an opportunity to leap-frog into a new market which is experiencing considerable growth. Asia’s population of over 3.7 billion is burgeoning and continuous expansion is leading to the fast-track development of new pubs, clubs, hotels and performance venues.

Held in conjunction with Music Asia, PALA thus created a two-in-one show that introduced to the Hong Kong market products from over 250 exhibitors, drawn from over 20 countries worldwide. The show attracted strong support from industry associations with APIAS (Italy), PLASA (UK), SECARTYS (Spain), CTEA (China), ESTA, (USA) and ICEX (Spain) all lending their considerable support to the event.

Sound developments at PLASA
Tuesday, 10 September 2002

The PLASA Show at Earls Court is brimming with activity as it enters its third day. With increased visitor figures and a frenetic buzz on the show floor, many exhibitors at the show have reported to PLASA Media that the show has been extremely busy.

Monday saw a host of pro audio product introductions. Turbosound introduced a new raft of products, including the TQ-308SP, the latest addition to the Qlight range, plus a brand new range of passive loudspeaker systems, together with the LMS-D4, a new digital loudspeaker controller. New from JBL on the Arbiter stand, the AE (Application Engineered) Series, with 33 initial models in several formats and power ranges, designed for sound contractors. Tannoy introduced its new Ellipse 8, a fully time coherent, 3-way active system, the first in the new Wideband range for reference monitoring applications, plus new ceiling monitors and the new TA Series of power amplifiers ranging from 450 to 1050W into 2 ohms.

On the microphone front, Audio Technica, celebrating its 40th anniversary, continued its tradition of significant product launches at PLASA with three new additions to the Artiste Elite series of pro performance products - the AE100, AE3000 and AE2500 instrument microphones, as well as announcing the signing of an exclusive UK distribution agreement with Sabine, manufacturer of digital signal processors and spread spectrum wireless equipment. On the HW International stand, Shure introduced the KSM141, KSM137 and KSM109 - three new instrument condenser microphones; gave the the European debu

Paul Gallo and Ken Williams appointed to Mackie board
Tuesday, 10 September 2002

Mackie Designs Inc announced at midday at the PLASA Show today that Paul Gallo and Ken Williams have been appointed to the company’s board of directors. At the same time, Mackie announced the retirement of long-time outside directors C Marcus Sorensen and David M Tully. In the statement issued, Gregory W Riker, who earlier this month became the first outside chairman of Mackie’s board, commented: "We are pleased to welcome Paul Gallo and Ken Williams to Mackie’s board. Both Paul and Ken bring high energy, directly relevant industry experience and distinguished records of accomplishment to their new positions at our company. We expect them to contribute significantly to Mackie’s continued success as we implement our strategy for long-term growth."

Gallo began his career more than 30 years ago with the Recording Institute of America. In 1978 he co-founded and was the first publisher of Pro Sound News. In 1986, Pro Sound News was acquired by United News & Media (now United Business Media Plc). With Pro Sound News as its cornerstone publication, Gallo grew the newly-formed PSN Publications Inc by overseeing both the acquisition of such titles as Videography and Television Braodcast and the launch of new magazines including EQ, Systems Contractor News and Replication News (now Medialine).

In 2000, Gallo assumed management responsibilities for the West Coast-based Music Player Group (publisher of Guitar Player and Keyboard. Music Player Group purchased the Music Yellow Pages before it was re-br

Innovations in lighting unveiled at PLASA
Tuesday, 10 September 2002

Visitors to the PLASA Show were able to see some of the latest innovations in lighting fixture technology. Across the show floor numerous product launches were rolled out . . .

Vari-Lite (F28) introduced the highest performance luminaires it has ever developed. The company unveiled its 1200W Series 3000 product line featuring the VL3000 Spot luminaire and the equally impressive VL3000 Wash luminaire. ETC (H8) has numerous new products, chief amongst them the Source Four MultiPAR which combines the optics and energy-savings of the acclaimed Source Four PAR (EA) with the functionality of the classic batten. New Zealand-based Selecon (H6) has unveiled three new products - the Pacific MSR Dowser which provides exact dimming of discharge light sources (MSR, MSD, CDM) used in the Pacific fixture; the Finelite II projector - a high resolution, large format, photographic image projector and an upgraded version of the company’s established Arena Theatre Fresnel.

Hard on the heels of the successful MP 700 Zoom, the latest product being shown by Coef (C32) is the new MP 700 Wash - a spot of minimal weight offering a high light output, CMY colour mixing and a comprehensive range of functions. Meanwhile, over at Coe-Tech (K19) visitors had a chance to see the first new lighting fixtures from Robe – the prolific moving light manufacturer from the Czech Republic. The ColorSpot 170 AT and ColorMix 250 AT will both have appeal in a wide range of applications.

James Thomas Engineering (E30) has joined the LED market with the laun

Chameleon-Expotus alliance nets three Asian distributors
Monday, 9 September 2002

Announced at the PLASA Show, Chameleon Audio has appointed the UK’s leading export company, Expotus, to source potential distributors for its products throughout Asia, and the alliance has already borne fruit, with three companies now handling the line.Total Solution, Singapore, Stagecraft International in the Philippines and Phoenix Audio & Lighting Technology, Hong Kong, are now official distributors of Chameleon amplification.

According to Chameleon MD, Paul Houlden, the decision to appoint Expotus was based on the company’s imposing track record of successfully marketing other UK brands overseas, particularly the Far East. Says Houlden: "Trying to break into the Asian market has been a particularly tough nut to crack. However, thanks to Expotus’ expertise, it’s already beginning to pay dividends for Chameleon."

Following a series of field trials, all three companies have expressed their satisfaction with the amps. "I am particularly impressed with the compact size, modest weight, power handling capabilities and sound quality," comments Total Solution’s Glenn Wong on Chameleon’s 2750 and 3750 DP/2 models.

Frankie Zabala of Stagecraft International says the imposing power and headroom available are two aspects he considers vital. "The six Chameleon 3750 DP/2s supplied are at present powering the subs on a Turbosound rig, but already they have played a significant role in improving overall audio quality."

Phoenix boss Kevin Ip, who has Chameleon 600, 1200, 2000 and 3750 DP/2s at his disposal, is equa

Martin Audio & Synco Network announce W8L deal
Monday, 9 September 2002

The Martin Audio stand at PLASA 2002 was the site for an important announcement yesterday, and the first appearance of the Synco W8L Line Array System by Martin Audio, a specially configured version of the Martin Audio W8L line array system which is exclusive to the Synco Europe Network. Fred Heuves, MD of Synco Europe, and David Bisset-Powell, MD of Martin Audio, announced the signing of the deal that will see Synco Network members equipped with the system.

The deal represents Martin Audio’s largest single European sale since the launch of the acclaimed W8L system in the spring of this year. The Synco W8L Line Array will be operated in parallel with the existing stocks of the network’s Renkus-Heinz Synco Touring System and proprietary Synco floor monitors. "The network has grown very fast in the five years since we launched it and reached over 1000 cabinets but still we needed to invest in more PA to fulfil the needs of all the members," said Fred Heuves. "In addition, all Synco members across Europe had had requests for Line Array systems and had noticed the advantage for specific applications. Therefore we saw a potential for added business if we complemented our current speaker line with our own Line Array system. Together with the network partners we looked at and listened to all the systems currently on the market and decided that the Martin Audio W8L was the right way to go."

The Synco W8L Line Array system features specially badged W8L cabinets and Martin Audio amplifiers, matched to dedicated Synco loudspeaker controllers, but is

Mobil Tech France anouncement
Monday, 9 September 2002

Mobil Tech UK is to take on the manufacture and distribution of selected items from the Mobil Tech France range, which will include the ALP, Standtech and Alutech lines, and will also see the reinstatement of some of the company’s most popular stands from previous years. The move comes after Mobil Tech France had experienced some problems with its manufacturing capability. It is also envisaged that Mobil Tech UK will change its name to Mobil Tech International to reflect this change in emphasis.

Mobil Tech can be seen on stand D28.

Upbeat start for PLASA 2002
Monday, 9 September 2002

The 2002 PLASA Show got off to a positive start yesterday as the industry congregated in Earls Court, London. With another bumper crop of new product innovations on show the PLASA Show is providing an unmissable opportunity to see and discuss the state of the art in entertainment, communications and presentation technology. Comment from exhibitors was upbeat - one first-time exhibitor told PLASA Media he had been overwhelmed by the attention his company had received on stand, and wished he had more staff to deal with enquiries.

O Sunday night, PLASA’s 25th anniversary party took place to round off a highly successful day on the show floor. The event - staged at The Bridge - was attended by over 500 exhibitors and visitors who participated in numerous side shows at the Party including a bucking bronco, sumo wrestling, boules and the highlight, a full-on seventies disco.

On the show floor itself, a record 64 products are nominated for this year’s PLASA Awards for Product Excellence, all of which are featured on the New Technology Gallery, sponsored by Lighting&Sound International magazine. Technical editor James Eade, who is chairing the judging panel, said yesterday that the first day’s judging process had so far been an "absolutely excellent experience", adding "I’ve been really impressed by the enthusiasm with which our panel of eight judges have taken on this task. It’s been a fascinating and - at times - quite heated process!" Once the debates are over, the Awards will be presented on Tuesday evening at 6pm, with Awa

Webb and Doyle introduce DiGiCo’s D5 Live at PLASA
Monday, 9 September 2002

One of the most talked-about live music mixing consoles of recent months - the DiGiCo D5 Live - was launched at PLASA yesterday, with and Dave Webster and Bob Doyle making a special presentation to members of the press over an enjoyable Sunday roast. On stand D28, the D5 Live system is on demonstration in a fully working set-up with a digital multitrack concert recording sync’d to video.

Designed from the ground up to deliver high sonic purity and powerful, instantly accessible controllability, the D5 Live comprises the D5 Live console itself, a front-of-house Digirack containing A/D converters and I/Os, a matching stage Digirack and 100m of fibre optic cable. This is a complete, self contained system that does away with the need for a multicore, splitters, line drivers, dynamics processors and - optionally - an entire effects rack too. The D5 Live can even record live to multitrack with a single, simple MADI cable and a hard disk multitrack recorder.

Virtually every feature is visible at a glance, or at most a single, logical fingertip press away. The four LCD touchscreens present their rich feature sets exactly as an engineer would expect to find them on an advanced analog console, with instant access and no menus to navigate. This intuitive approach means that, despite packing in powerful digital dynamics, an optional effects package, total recall of every function, a 38x8 output matrix, up to 96 input channels and 40 multi-configurable internal buses, the learning curve will be as short as the feature list is long.

The D5 Live software provides flexibility i

New comfort initiative for visitors to PLASA
Friday, 6 September 2002

PLASA 2002 will be a much more comfortable show this year, thanks to a new R'n'R area in the Gallery, where visitors can have a 10 minutes massage to relieve those aching shoulders and tired feet!

The initiative is part of a fund-raising exercise by Light Relief: thanks to sponsor companies DHA Lighting, ETC, Forester Health, Harmer PR, Martin Professional, PLASA, Stage Electrics, Strand Light, Vari-Lite Europe and WWG, four trained masseurs will literally be dispensing light relief throughout the show. Each massage will cost £5 - but additional donations will be more than welcome! All the money raised goes straight to Light Relief, the industry charity that supports lighting designers with personal difficulties.

The Light Relief area can be found near the New Technology Gallery on the Top Deck.

Round Table Sessions Address Industry Issues
Monday, 2 September 2002

L&SI is running two Round Table discussion sessions during next week’s PLASA Show (September 8-11, Earls Court 1, London) designed to address some of the most central issues in the industry.

The first session Freelance Rates - Due for Review? This discussion should prove to be a lively debate on the current levels of freelance rates, which over the years have shown a downward trend in real terms. With many rental companies naming their daily rates, how can those who actually do the work and keep said companies successful lobby for more money? Should there be a flat rate according to role? Who should take responsibility for change? Will rental houses come unstuck by causing their crews to form a union-style body, or should they take the lead and move things on themselves?

Chaired by L&SI technical editor James Eade, the panel will include Mark David-Gray of BECTU and freelancers from the industry.

The second session, Discounting Rental Rates: Is it Economic Madness? will look at discounting in rental markets, and how companies may be devaluing the services they provide in their attempts to undercut competitors. What has happened to healthy payback returns? Are rental companies becoming investors in the fortunes of the shows or events they provide equipment for? Not only can freelance crew suffer as budgets are squeezed, but there is also an ultimate knock-on effect to the manufacturers and distributors who are pushed to drop prices, enabling some kind of return to be made on ever lower equipment rentals. Where are the actual savings made? Crew costs? Longer equip

Events Diary
Sunday, 1 September 2002

a quick run-down of forthcoming trade shows . . .

IBC - 13-17 September, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Leading broadcast technology event. The show covers all the key areas of the electronic media business including audio, cable, film, grip, internet, lighting, multimedia, production, post production, radio, satellite and transmission. An accompanying conference tackles all the technical, management and creative issues.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7831 6909

World Lighting Fair - 3-5 October, tokyo, Japan

World Lighting Fair is the showcase for the latest products serving the entertainment industry. It covers technology serving the stage, TV, film, attractions, retail and events sectors.

Tel: +81 3 3706 5687

AES, New York - 5-8 october, los angeles, USA

AES conventions always feature a full programme of technical papers, seminars and workshops covering current research and new concepts and applications. Accompanying these is a comprehensive exhibition of professional audio equipment.

Tel: +1 212 661 8528

Leisure Industry Week - 8-10 October, NEC, Birmingham, UK

International Leisure industry Week is Europe’s largest out-of-home leisure show. The event features the products and services of more than 400 leisure market suppliers.

Tel: +44 (0)20 8232 1600

LDI 2002 - 18-20 october, las vegas, USA

LDI is the leading entertainment technology exhibition in North America, alternating year-on-year between Las Vegas and Orlando. The show covers professional lighting, audio, stage en

Jubilee Revisited
Sunday, 1 September 2002

As soon as the August issue of L&SI hit the streets with its mammoth report on the Jubilee (the most comprehensive you’ll read thanks to the efforts of the entire L&SI team in tracking down the information and slotting it all together), it was inevitable that we’d have more people ringing us to tell us of their involvement. First came Pulsar, to tell us that the fixtures used front of stage on the Party at the Palace concerts were their own ChromaBank system. If you look closely at the picture to the right you’ll see the strip of ChromaBanks at the bottom of the picture providing the green accenting to the front of stage.

Then we had more input on the audio elements. Among those whose stress levels were noticeably higher round Jubilee time was Hand Held Audio’s Nick Bruce-Smith, who had the onerous task of organizing the incredibly intricate licensing arrangements for the vast number of radio systems on site, as well as providing (with the aid of sponsorship from Shure) all the wireless systems for both shows. In total, HHA provided 16 Shure UHF hand held systems; four Shure PSM600 and eight PSM700 in-ear systems each with two receivers, plus a further six hardwire in-ear systems, all with Shure E1 or E5 generic in-ear monitors, and six beltpack transmitters which ran a variety of DPA 4065 headset mics and DPA 4060 lapel mics. And that was just for the rock and pop concert. The classical show took eight Shure UHF hand held systems with beta 87 capsules; four beltpacks with DPA 4060 lapel mics for strings and other acoustic instruments plus two PSM7

PLASA will take a Central Role at its forthcoming Show
Sunday, 1 September 2002

PLASA, the Association, will feature at the heart of its own annual trade show in London next week.

The Association will have a major presence in the New Technology Gallery on the Top Deck, as part of the central feature area of the Show, which focuses on the products nominated for the PLASA Awards for Product Excellence.

PLASA ensures that the money raised from the awards is fed directly back to the industry by donating the proceeds to a number of charities allied to the markets it serves.

As part of this initiative, PLASA is once again sponsoring the first 15 applicants to complete the PLASA BTEC Award.

The General Theatre Technician course was first run as a pilot at Loughborough College in June 2000. Course development had been paid for via a European Social Fund grant, with the AETTI playing a major role in the course’s development and delivery. Following the delivery of the pilot course, a period of further development and fine-tuning culminated in the delivery of the first fully commercial course. This took place at Pitlochry in Scotland in February 2001. This highly successful course owes a great debt of thanks to the S4T team who allowed the AETTI and Loughborough College to integrate it into their 2001 Winter School. Since then two further courses have been run with great success, the first of which took place during PLASA 2001. PLASA provided Loughborough College with classroom space off from the main exhibition hall at Earls Court and also offered sponsorship to successful candidates.

Whilst the knowledge gained and obtaining a BTEC qualifica

PLASA’s 25th Birthday Party
Friday, 23 August 2002

Sunday 8 September - 7.30pm till late . . .

This year the PLASA Show is celebrating its 25th year, and it’s something we’d like to share with as many exhibitors and visitors as possible. So, we’re hosting a PLASA Party on the evening of Sunday 8th September at 'The Bridge' (underneath London Bridge) - one of London’s newest venues, to which everyone is welcome. The all-inclusive tickets are just £50.00 (plus VAT) and include a champagne reception, buffet supper and all you can drink. Not to mention the chance to dance until late.

For further information call Mikaela Fenton-Jones on +44 (0)207 370 8207.

Round Table sessions address Industry Issues
Friday, 16 August 2002

L&SI magazine is running two Round Table discussion sessions during the forthcoming PLASA Show (September 8-11, Earls Court 1, London) designed to address some of the most central issues in the industry.

The first session Freelance Rates - Due for Review? will focus on the current rates of pay for freelancers, which over the years have shown a downward trend in real terms, and will be led by a panel of industry professionals on both sides of the fence. The second session, Discounting Rental Rates: Is it Economic Madness? will look at discounting in rental markets, and how companies may be devaluing the services they provide in their attempts to undercut competitors. Once again, the panel will be drawn from those who deal with these issues on a daily basis.

The Freelance Rates session will take place on Monday 9 September at 3pm in the Westminster Room on the Mezzanine Level of Earls Court 1.The Discounting Rental Rates session will take place on Tuesday 10 September at 3pm in the Westminster Room on the Mezzanine Level of Earls Court 1.Both sessions are free for all to attend, but as space is limited, we would ask that you register in advance by contacting Jane Cockburn at PLASA Media at the e-mail address below:

Major launch event for Faceparty.comMajor launch event for
Thursday, 15 August 2002

Drape and rigging specialist Blackout recently assisted in the realisation of the launch party. Recognised as one of the world’s most popular websites, Faceparty marked the occasion with a celebration of dance music. Staged at Three Mills Film Studios, the Faceparty event’s line-up included Pete Tong, Lisa Pin-Up, Kosheen, Boy George, Ms Dynamite, Scratch Perverts and many more.

Over 4km of sunset orange carpet, a staggering quantity of drapes and starcloth, custom-built scenery, 140kW of Turbosound PA and tens of thousands of fairy lights converted the Three Mills car park and three main film studios into a stunning spatial wonderland. Blackout’s project manager, Kevin Monks, collaborated with Faceparty’s Dave Bamforth to realise Bamforth’s creative ideas, before the Blackout team dressed all four themed dance areas of the vast site.

For the Veranda arena and main entrance, a custom-built 20m x 7m Orange Trevira Festoon drape formed a backdrop behind the outdoor stage. Another 37m x 2m area of the same orange fabric was rigged from the perimeter fencing to blend with the carpet, transforming the car park into a fizzy orange wonderland. Blackout’s Kevin Monks explained: "It was a challenging task - particularly rigging the exterior walls v- but the effort was worth it for the end result."

The entrance to the extreme-themed Rainforest zone (planted for the event using thousands of real plants and trees) was framed in starcloth. More starcloth drape inside the area created a magical galaxy-like effect, augmenti

Allen & Heath consoles at Hue FestivalAllen & Heath consoles at Hue Festival
Thursday, 15 August 2002

A pair of Allen & Heath GL3300 eighteen buss live sound consoles were used at several events during the recent Hue Festival in Vietnam. The festival was held in the ancient imperial capital of Hue and was the second celebration of its kind, building on the success of a similar event in 2000. Thousands of tourists were attracted to this year's festivities, which showcased the diverse cultural traditions of Vietnam's different regions and also gave local people an opportunity to see performers from France, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, The Philippines, China, Korea and Japan.

The rental division of Allen & Heath's distributor for Vietnam, Nguyen Hoang Co Ltd, supplied the sound reinforcement system for several major events during the 12-day festival. Both 32-channel GL3300s were first used for the opening ceremony, which centred on a 600 square metre stage in Ngo Mon Square. One of the GL3300s provided front-of-house mixing, with the other being configured as a dedicated monitor console. After a spectacular display of traditional dance performed by troupes from 10 different nations, the crowds were treated to music and songs from the northern, central and southern regions of Vietnam.

Nguyen Hoang employed the Allen & Heath consoles again for a show of traditional fashions on a stage built on Truong-Tien-Bridge. Both GL3300s were back in action at the closing ceremony, watched by an estimated 40,000 people and held on a floating stage on the Huong river. A huge choir of 600 Vietnamese schoolgirls started the event with songs and dances from Hue city itself, followed

Fourth Phase on IceFourth Phase on Ice
Thursday, 15 August 2002

The £40m National Ice Centre, Nottingham, boasts two Olympic-sized ice pads (the first such facility in the UK), one of which transforms into the impressive 10,000 capacity Nottingham Arena designed to host an array of rock and pop concerts and children's shows. The multi-purpose centre also houses a health and fitness centre and first class corporate entertainment and conference facilities.

July 31 saw the official opening by Her Majesty the Queen at a Gala organised and choreographed by Torvill and Dean. The crowds gathered to enjoy an evening packed with music, ice-skating and celebrations, featuring Nottingham Symphony Orchestra, the local ice hockey team and the world's finest figure skaters, including two Olympic Gold medallists, plus local skaters. The evening began with a demonstration of the skating skills of local children, followed by speeches from the Lord Mayor of Nottingham and Her Majesty the Queen.

Providing lighting to match the celebrations on the ice was lighting designer Nick Jones, using Fourth Phase London to supply him with Molefays, Martin MACs, Cyberlights and Wybron colour scrollers. "We didn't have a great deal of planning time for this event," explained Jones, "which is why I specified moving lights for the rig."

Rehearsals began on the previous Sunday, although the French World Champions didn't arrive until the evening of the day before. Generally the skaters had only an hour on the ice to rehearse their routines, "which meant we didn't have a lot of time to work out what we were going to do," said Jones. &qu

Unusual move the Tyne BridgeUnusual move the Tyne Bridge
Tuesday, 13 August 2002

Internationally-recognized American artist Chris Burden has produced a scale model of the Tyne Bridge made from Meccano. However, the scale was such that it was not possible to install it in the gallery by conventional means. At 282cm high and 153cm wide the problem was the length of 945cm and the destination of the top gallery space. The exhibit was constructed of specially-fabricated Meccano parts in stainless steel and consequently was of some considerable weight.

Tim Roffey of Unusual was given the task of finding a way of getting the bridge up to the 4th floor gallery. Although it couldn’t fit into the goods lift on the level, there was a possibility that it might fit in if loaded into diametrically opposed corners. A ground support was built inside the lift using mini-beam truss. Using manual lever hoists attached to the temporary grid, the exhibit was gently coaxed into position inside the lift - leaving no more than 20mm clearance by the lift doors.

(Lee Baldock)

Feel the noise 2002Feel the noise 2002
Tuesday, 13 August 2002

Star Hire (Event Services) Ltd provided the staging for ‘Feel the Noise 2002’, a series of five Emap radio roadshows. Star Hire supplied a mixture of their mobile SS 15-12V StarStages and VT 15 stages for the event, flanked by screens on either side of the stage and triangular PA towers, provided by SSE. The tour included a variety of venues including Newcastle, Blackburn, Liverpool and Hull, for their respective radio stations.

The events, production managed by ClearChannel, featured Blue, Darius and the talented Sugar Babes amongst the artists, with Gareth Gates closing the show, much to the delight of the 25,000 strong crowd. The central stage was 15m wide, 12m deep and 10m high with a stage height of 1.8m. Each stage was constructed in its ‘Vista’ layout with screamers or 'ego-platforms' extending in front of the screens which were set back to improve audience sightlines.

In addition to the stages, Star Hire supplied its new Clearspan front-of-house tower and a wheelchair user’s platform. Star Hire’s project manager Tez Sheals-Barrett commented: "The vista format of these stages really suited the shows, allowing better sightlines for the young crowd and the informality of the roadshow. The production team for these shows have all worked together before, meaning problems could be sorted out quicker and the sites have been a pleasure to work on."

John Probyn, ClearChannel Event’s production manager for the shows commented: "Tez and the Star Hire team have worked with us excellently on this series of events. Th

Vegas Motor School to follow LDI 2002
Monday, 12 August 2002

Tomcat’s second annual Las Vegas Motor School is sweeping through the Western Region this year hot on the heels of LDI 2002. The workshop, scheduled for 21 and 22 of October, will be held at 4 Wall Entertainment and consists of a full day of motor instruction taught by Don Dimitroff of Columbus McKinnon, a half-day of fall protection led by Morgan Neff of Mine Safety Appliances, and a half-day of truss design, use and theory taught by Keith Bohn from Tomcat USA. In other Tomcat training news, the annual Tomcat Hoist and Rigging Workshop will be hosted by Tomcat USA in Midland, Texas, from 5-8 February 2003. Recognized worldwide as one of the most comprehensive training courses of its kind, the Hoist and Rigging Workshop is a unique learning opportunity for those new to the entertainment industry, as well as veterans of the business.

For more information regarding either workshop or to register, please contact Lisa Jebsen at +1 915 694 7070.

(Ruth Rossington)


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