Halo Live is a new company, launched by Yann Guenancia and Steve Marley, set up to handle all aspects of visual production and lighting for live tours and events. Halo Live will work with its sister company, the successful London-based operation Halo Lighting, which has been trading for 12 years as a lighting sales, rental and installation house.
The new company will focus on the specific creative needs and demanding requirements of the live industry - from music tours to corporate presentation and everything in between. The move is also designed to enable Halo Lighting to concentrate fully on its traditional core businesses. Halo Live’s production manager is Steve Marley: "We’d reached the stage where we needed to separate the production projects from the straight hire and sales ones. With Halo Live, we offer more than just lighting - it’s a fully integrated visuals package." Other production areas embraced by Halo Live include video production and moving image and large format projection - where it can supply equipment, engineers/designers and expertise.
"We’re proposing something new - a bespoke lighting service," affirms Guenancia. "We’ve worked with every sector of the leisure industry and have a different approach to each of them," he states. "We’re proud to wear our client’s T-Shirts when required. Our aim is to become a lighting department integral to their operation." The new operation will carry the latest technology, including moving light fixtures from High End Systems and Mart
This year’s LDI Backstage event heads west to California, an event that takes in everything from Hollywood to Disney's new California Adventure. The event, which immediately follows the annual LDI Show, runs from Sunday October 20 through to Tuesday October 22.
Attendees will fly from Las Vegas to Los Angeles on the Sunday to see a show at the Mark Taper Forum. On Monday October 21, they will get the chance to explore some key Los Angeles venues, ranging from a classic Hollywood film studio to the new Kodak Theatre, home of the Oscars, and the LA Music Center, plus a hard-hat tour of the new Disney Concert Hall, with panel discussions with the experts along the way. On Tuesday October 22, it’s off to California Adventure where attendees can ride the rides, tour the Hyperion Theatre, play on Paradide Pier, and meet the designers and technicians from Disney Entertainment and Imagineering (WDI) who make it all possible. There's even a BBQ supper planned at Strand Lighting's new Cypress CA factory. Wednesday morning sees a farewell brunch and bus transfer back to LAX.
The Backstage tour is offered for an all-inclusive price of $1799 and includes: LDI2002 full-conference badge; one-way flight from Las Vegas to Los Angeles; three nights hotel accommodation (October 20, 21 & 22); all meals from dinner 10/20 through breakfast 10/23; all theatre tickets and theme park fees; all panel discussions; all local transportation and bus transfer to LAX; Backstage California tote bag and information packets and Backstage swag. If you register before July 15th, you can save $1
Entech 2002 saw the welcome return of the show to its former venue at the Sydney Exhibition and Convention Centre in Darling Harbour, after its brief sojourn in the rather desolate Olympic precinct at Homebush. However, the change to an earlier, February time slot, proved to be rather unlucky weatherwise. On the first two days of the show, Sydney endured torrential downpours, with each day’s rainfall being equal to the entire average rainfall for the month.
That inclement weather may well be responsible for the slightly lower attendance of 5,143, compared with the 6,222 at Entech 2000. However from the comments of many exhibitors, the most notable absence was that of the casual brochure collectors (or ‘tyre-kickers’ as they’re affectionately known).
The Australian entertainment industry is a market dominated by products sourced from Europe and North America, so coming just a few months after PLASA and LDI, the Entech show floor featured many products which had already made their debut at these shows. What was different however, were the products that had been announced, or shown in prototype at LDI and PLASA, but by Entech were actually available and shipping.
Real products on show for the first time, included production versions of Jem’s Glaciator heavy fogger; Navigator Systems’ low-cost Rental Desk software; the Wavefront 8 LongThrow - Martin Audio’s long-awaited array loudspeaker; MA Lighting’s grandMA 3D visualizer; the DMX controlled douser for Selecon’s Pacific profile spots and Rosco’s Model 1700 f
The first Showman’s Show North was declared a success by visitors and exhibitors, as event professionals from the North of Britain gathered at the exhibition on the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate this March.
Over 100 exhibitors and 656 visitors engaged in business in the relaxed atmosphere created at Showman’s North. Whilst not vast in size, the show drew event professionals from all sectors of the events’ industry with visitors ranging across representatives from Council events departments, the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games, agricultural shows, corporate and exhibition organizers and event management companies.
Whilst many of the visitors were looking at events for the coming 2002 season, exhibitors also reported taking enquiries for the 2003 season. The exhibitors at the show certainly represented a good cross section of event suppliers. On the avenue from the car park to the exhibition hall visitors passed through the outdoor section of the show flanked by stands ranging from giant outdoor screens and stages, through to entertainment, signage and banner suppliers and caterers. One of the last exhibits visitors passed before entering the main hall attracted the most media attention. ‘Phoenix the calf’ represented a symbol of hope for the countryside during the worst moments of last year’s foot and mouth crisis, and her presence at the Showman’s North was significant in that she was the first livestock to be allowed back onto a showground since the crisis.
Inside the main exhibition hall the diversity of supplier
Pyrotek Special Effects Inc is currently designing and supplying the pyrotechnics for a number of tours, including the Creed Australia Tour and the Kid Rock US Tour 2002. The effects for the latter include fireballs, a variety of gerbs, mines, flame projectors and flame dragons. Pyrotek also recently supplied effects to the European Tour for Slipknot, Creed Weathered Tour 2002 and the televised Miss USA event that took place in Gary, India last month. The company is heading into a busy spring with a number of tours in the pipeline including Britney in Japan, a Green Day Tour in Japan, the Creed North American Tour and Blink 182/Green Day Tour.
The organisers of the forthcoming SBES, the dedicated broadcast sound exhibition (20-21 November 2002), report that 58% of stand space is already booked by only 45 of the 100+ exhibitors who were at SBES last year, indicating that this year’s show will be larger than last year’s event.
The SBES is the only show in the UK exclusively for sound broadcasting. For many exhibitors it is the only exhibition of the year at which they show and thus the SBES is an important opportunity to see the manufacturers and distributors of equipment and services for the broadcasting industry not seen at other exhibitions. The SBES web site at www.sbes.com has become an important resource for the industry as it lists all exhibitors, their products and services and has direct links to exhibitors' web sites. As the list of exhibitors grows this resource will become more and more useful to visitors. The SBES website is always up-to-date with a list of confirmed exhibitors and the latest floor plan.
The SIEL show certainly had a buzz to it this year: most exhibitors were pretty upbeat about business in general and attendance seemed good, but the organisers’ claim of just under 25,000 visitors (unaudited) over the four days is still a little hard to swallow when compared with the audited, de-duped attendance figures of other shows. Percentages are more reliable in the circumstances, and in terms of international attendance, the published figure of just under 5% indicates that this is still a predominantly French show, but a highly successful one at that.
Impact Diffusion distributes lighting brands such as Clay Paky, MA Lighting, Pulsar, ELC, Color Kinetics and Rainbow. News from the stand at SIEL included the very latest addition to Clay Paky’s Stage Line of moving head fixtures - the Stage Profile Plus SV. This HMI 1200 fixture features an impressive new patent pending four-plane framing system which can create large and small dynamic quadrilateral and triangular profiles, framed moving images and 90° rotation of the entire system, together with all the other features you would expect from a fixture of this level. Pulsar’s Snowy Johnson reports an excellent response to the company’s ChromaRange of LED fixtures, the latest addition to which is the ChromaPanel, an LED-loaded colour-changing panel.
US manufacturer Color Kinetics, the fiercely protective pioneer of LED colour-changing technology, is a stablemate at Impact. Its line of highly-engineered fixtures is aimed predominantly at architectural installations.
Brand experience consultancy Hotcakes has made two new appointments to its rapidly expanding team. Tracey Poulton, founder of sponsorship and production company The Staging House, has joined as associate producer. Working closely with Matt Briggs (producer and client services) and Sean Canning (creative director), Tracey will manage the implementation of projects, co-ordinating and overseeing all elements of production, bringing additional creative input to the conceptual stages of each job, liaising closely with clients and assisting in new business development.
Jason Ward moves from his post at global conference and exhibition company Mice International to join as production manager. Ward, who moves from London to the company’s headquarters in Skipton, will manage technical design and resourcing, freelance production staff, and the scheduling, technical and administrative requirements on each project.
"These appointments will give our rapidly expanding team enormous support in both client services and production expertise at all levels," said managing director Chris Spencer.
Multi-talented Canadian singer Bryan Adams was recently accompanied by three of EST’s familiar purple and yellow trucks for a show in Stockholm as part of his UK and European tour. As well as entertaining fans in his distinctive, gravelly voice, Adams is a highly sought after portrait photographer and was recently commissioned to produce a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II for her Golden Jubilee. Keen EST spotters may recently have seen one of their trucks at Buckingham Palace. Delivering rolls of film perhaps?
Staying on a Canadian theme, French Canadian rock star, Garou is currently utilizing five EST trucks to entertain our French cousins on a tour which runs through to April 14. Meanwhile, the inexhaustible cast of Riverdance has now legged it up to Scotland, hotly pursued by as many as 10 EST trucks. The show runs in Edinburgh until the end of March.
Transport fans will be well aware that the motor show season is getting into full swing and, naturally, EST are heavily involved. Three EST trucks rolled into Ireland for the Ulster Motor Show and EST are also servicing the Jaguar and Aston Martin stands at both the Brussels and Geneva shows. The Marsh Roadshow, part of insurance giant MMC, is currently touring Europe and is using EST to transport all the equipment needed to mount a successful show.
The organisers of Entech, the leading entertainment technology exhibition for the Australasian market have reported increased attendance for last week’s three-day show. Darling Harbor proved a popular destination for Entech, with greater interstate attendance (up 8%) and more local visitors. International visits were static, with decreases from destinations other than Singapore (up 10%) and New Zealand (up 5%). Audited actual attendance was up, a record 5,143 trade attended, in addition to 1,272 exhibitor personnel.
The Entech Awards dinner once again sold out, held again at the Metro in George Street. A complete list of winners is attached. Voting was done on the trade show floor, for the first time, in addition to votes garnered from all those who nominated products and people. The Award for Best Lighting Product at the show went to AVR for the Arc Screen; Best Audio Product at the Show went to the Yamaha DM2000, and Best AV Product went to High End Systems for the Catalyst.
Entech will return in 2004 in a new format, which organisers say will be revised to meet the needs of exhibitors and trade visitors. More details are expected in the near future.
Since his TV debut in 1999, Bob the Builder has become a household name and has recently announced his very own 65-date arena tour and Vari-Lite Europe will be there to help him ‘fix it’!
The lighting designer is none other than Patrick Woodroffe, who will work alongside programmer Dave Hill and operator Mark ‘Sparky’ Risk. The Vari-Lite supplied rig includes 22 VL2Cs, 8 VL6C spot luminaires, 38 VL5, 12 VL5 Arc wash luminaires, all controlled from a Virtuoso console. Conventional equipment will consist of 108 Par 64s, 17 Bambino Fresnels c/w colour changers, six Starklite 1200W HMI followspots. The tour sets off in Sheffield, then moves to Nottingham, London Arena, Newcastle, Manchester, Cardiff and Glasgow. It will then travel to Wembley Arena and then finally to Birmingham.
The Poll Winners Concert for the first ever BBC Radio 3 World Music Awards took place last week at Ocean, Hackney’s latest music venue. As the lights went down, the stars - including Johnny Depp and Damon Albarn - came out in force to present the Awards, which celebrate the diversity of music throughout the world.
The event, which featured short sets from the Poll Winners, was also being filmed for broadcast on BBC Knowledge, and crew chief Nick Moran needed to augment the venue’s existing lighting to create a rig which would create maximum impact when televised. This led him to contact Fourth Phase. "It wasn’t until just before the event that we knew exactly what the brief would be," explained Moran. To meet this brief, Fourth Phase supplied 10 High End Studio Colors and 12 Studio Spots, eight bars of four Par 36 ACLs and a Lycian 1.2k HMI followspot.
The day immediately following the completion of the World Music Awards, Fourth Phase was involved in a charity Fashion Show in aid of ICROSS, the International Community for the Relief of Starvation and Suffering, which took place in Lady Margaret’s School, Parsons Green. Fourth Phase was commissioned to design, install and operate the ideal lighting rig to transform the school hall into a fashion show setting, supplementing the venue’s ambient lighting.
More than 500 people from all areas of the live event production industry attended Total Production magazine’s first-ever Awards event at the Hilton London Metropole, London W2, on the evening of Wednesday 30 January.
The 90-minute awards ceremony was hosted by radio & TV personality Mike Read and featured live entertainment from The Commitments, snooker star-turned-recording artist Peter Ebdon, rising all-girl pop act the Four Tunes, and multimedia dance outfit Future Vision Project.
And the winners were...
Live Production of the Year - Robbie Williams - Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs & Stadiums Tour
Best Production Manager - Bill Leabody
Best Tour Manager - Henry McGroggan
Best Front Of House Sound Engineer - Robbie McGrath
Best Monitor Engineer - John Roden
Best Sound Rental Company - SSE Hire
Best Lighting Designer - Nick Sholem
Best Lighting Rental Company - Bandit Lites
Best Video Director - Nick Jevons
Best Video Rental Company - XL Video UK
Best Set Designer - Liz Berry
Best Set/Staging Company - Star Hire
The Art Of Rigging Award - Paddy Burnside
The Unsung Hero Award - Paul MacCallum
The Editor’s Award - U2 Elevation Tour Production Crew
Best Live Event Of All-Time - Live Aid, Wembley Stadium 1985
Lifetime Contribution Award - Mick Upton
The Showman’s Show North will take place at The Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 March 2002, and is generating increasing interest across the North of the country.
Organisers Lance Publications report that stand space is being filled by a wide range of event suppliers based in the North, indicating that the exhibition will achieve its aim of providing a show focused on the needs of the region. The show is offering both indoor and outdoor exhibition space, utilizing the permanent facilities of the Great Yorkshire Showground, and will cater for a wide range of event suppliers and organizers.
The show has been borne out of response to questionnaires and requests from event professionals in the North of England and Scotland to bring Showman’s North to serve their part of the country. The visitor marketing campaign is focused on event and show organizers based in the region and once again advance registrations indicate visitors from all aspects of the events industry will attend.
The show’s manager, Jeremy Lance commented: "Our plans are more modest than the Newbury Show, but in response to business demand, we will strive to create a forum whereby events practitioners in the North can conduct business and promote themselves. Initial feedback is very encouraging."
Australasia’s leading entertainment technology exhibition opens in Darling Harbour, Sydney, from 4 February for three days. With over 120 exhibits across over 100,000 square feet of floor space, ENTECH is one of the key gathering points for technicians, engineers and designers from all over the region. Held every two years, this show also features a museum celebrating 30 years of entertainment technology - with never before seen video footage from the dark past, and numerous old photos of pioneering bands in Australia using very old equipment. There will be displays of the actual offending apparatus, including a genuine double four-way PA and old Australian-made amplifiers!
Entech runs from 4-6 February at the Sydney Darling Harbour Convention Centre. Entry is free after registration, but limited to trade and those who can demonstrate an interest in the technology, such as students.
PLASA members Central Theatre Supplies, in conjunction with Solihull Arts Complex, is holding a Lighting & Sound Workshop on 2 February 2002 at Solihull Arts Complex, Homer Road, Solihull. This training day is open to schools and amateur theatres, providing an insight into stage lighting and sound, including demonstrations and advice on how to achieve certain effects. The cost for the day is £5, and tickets can be ordered from the Box Office at the Arts Complex, telephone 0121 704 6962.
Following the morning session there will be an exhibition where those attending will be encouraged to meet the manufacturers and view the latest products and equipment. People who do not wish to attend the workshops are welcome to attend the exhibition between 12.30 - 2.00pm. Manufacturers attending will include Zero 88, Selecon, HW International (UK distributor for Shure, QSC Audio and Phonic), Doughty Engineering, Prolyte, Celestion, Strand, Stonewood Audio and Audio Technica.
The workshop will be split into four sessions, as follows: 10.30 - 12.30am’ - Lighting from Scratch’ by Jason Larcombe of White Light; 12.30 - 2.00pm Exhibition; 2.00 - 2.30pm - ‘Demonstration of Special Effects’ by Ian Knight of Central Theatre Supplies; 2.30 - 4.30pm - ‘Sound from Scratch’ by Ian Roberts, head of sound, Birmingham Repertory Theatre.
Avolites is continuing its commitment to product training with three days of hands-on seminar style events at White Light North in Halifax. The dates are 13, 14 and 15 February. The Valentine’s offering - for all lovers of the popular Avolites Pearl console - will be led by Avo’s training manager Chris West and Chris Clarke from the sales team. Avolites is expecting to see a wide range of Northern-based customers attending the event.
Chris West comments: "It’s important to get out and about to see people, and open days are an ideal method of reaching a focused public, giving them an opportunity of hands-on experimentation with the consoles."
Avolites also see these events as an ideal chance for socialising, networking and catching up with friends and colleagues from all over the country who are involved in live production and performance.
Phil Ward identifies some of the key product launches at the December AES Show in New York
New York at the beginning of December is a sentimental place. Horse-drawn carriages trot fur-coated shoppers along 59th Street at Central Park South. Sesame Street’s Big Bird switches on the Christmas tree lights outside the Lincoln Centre. Tourists flock to Ground Zero. And AES delegates - at least the Americans - exhibit, buy, sell and discuss in detail ‘classic’ audio technology.
One whole section of this show was dedicated to ‘When Vinyl Ruled’, and offered tear-jerking insights into valve and lathe technology. Even away from this grotto, microphone and signal processor designs from the 1950s were on display, re-issued and repackaged with loving attention to detail.
Les Paul himself, who pioneered multitrack recording in the 1950s, figured in Gibson Laboratory’s activities, adding to the general air of reassuring heritage. Such was the mood of the exhibition, the city and, it seemed, the country as a whole, a few false white beards would not have been incongruous at the Jacob K Javits Convention Centre.
Progress continued, though. The biggest sound reinforcement technology announcement was Nexo’s GEO, a new generation holding three patents. On display were the S805 and S830, both full-range compacts for horizontal or line array; and a supercardioid subwoofer, CD12.
Introducing Nexo’s Hyperboloid Reflective Wavesource (HRW), GEO guides the wave using an acoustic mirror rather than the walls of the cabinet, creating a
UK exhibitors at the 11th TiLE (Trends in Leisure and Entertainment) exhibition and conference will receive financial support from the Department of Trade and Industry'’ Trade Partners UK, through its SESA scheme. SESA (Support for Exhibitions and Seminars Abroad) provides funds to help British companies exhibit their products and services at trade shows that have a proven record of attracting the right buyers.
TiLE‘s broad base covers visitor attractions, theme parks and themed environments, retail and shopping malls and exhibitions and product launches, attracting exhibitors from the A/V, multimedia, architectural, lighting, sound and special effects fields. The show takes place at the Estrel Congress Center, Berlin, from Tuesday 11th to Thursday 13th June 2002.
Nodd McDonagh, operations director of London-based superclub the Ministry of Sound is parting company with the organisation after eight years. The surprise news followed shortly after the departure in November of Hector Dewar, chief operating office of the group, both moves as a result of what Ministry insiders call "a strategic reshuffle".
Nodd, formerly with leisure giants Rank and First Leisure, oversaw the club operations originally as general manager, then rising to operations director as the global music and media group capitalised on its early successes and began to expand into many diverse areas worldwide. It was in the globe-trotting, trouble-shooting role that Nodd excelled, finding himself organising successful Ministry events from Knebworth to Ibiza: more recently of course, he was heavily involved in the massive New Year’s Eve gig at the Millennium Dome - the world’s largest indoor dance event.
Nodd does not intend to let the grass grow under his feet and has an organisational role at the 2002 Glastonbury Festival already lined up.
If you missed it don't worry, it will return. The World Wrestling Association presented by AAA is the latest wave to catch onto the growing craze for choreographed violence for the under 10s. The recent tour of rippling muscles with cartoon personas has swept through the UK, visiting major venues like Sheffield Arena and Wembley. "When you're presenting shows in venues of this size, and to audiences of 10,000 plus, the same rules apply as for the biggest rock shows," explained production manager Nick Levitt. "That's why we have three artics parked outside - there's a lot more to this than two men grappling in a ring."
One truck was almost totally filled with the ring itself and associated props, such as chipboard ringside tables for the commentators, which shatter harmlessly as these Cinderella Titans hurl each other from the ring in mock fury. In the air, 160ft of truss runs from entranceway to ringside, loaded with Icons, MAC 500s and 600s all from LSD's inventory to provide the requisite grandeur for a triumphal march to stage.
"People will be surprised to discover I brought in Dave Hill to light the show," continued Levitt. "But someone of his abilities proved indispensable. The show came in direct from Australia, without rehearsal, loaded into the Odyssey in Belfast, and by the time fit-up was complete Dave had three quarters of an hour to programme in a show."
Sound proved equally demanding: "We had the smallest PA I’ve ever seen in an arena, it only took two and a half rows in the truck, but it did a fantastic
PALA 2002 will run from the 10-12 July in Hong Kong. The Show features a diverse range of exhibitors covering every area of the entertainment industry, including pro audio, lighting, club, broadcast and music. The show has always attracted the support of industry associations - amongst them PLASA, APIAS and SECARTYS - and for the first time will also be supported by ESTA, the US-based trade association.
Regular exhibitors at the event include AKG, Allen & Heath, AMEK, Apogee, Audio-Technica, Avolites, Behringer, Celestion, Cerwin Vega, Clay Paky, COEF, Coemar, Community Pro, DAS Audio, Denon, EAW, Ecler, EVI, FAL, FBT, Futurelight, Griven, Harman Group, High End Systems, JBL, Jem, Lexicon, Lite-Puter, Lobo, MACH, Martin Audio, Martin Professional, Meyer Sound, MIPRO, Nexo S.A, Optimus, Outline, Peavey, Penn Fabrication, Pioneer, Proel, Pulsar, QSC, Rane, Sennheiser, SGM, Shure, Sony, Spotlight, Studio Due, Tarm Laser, Telex Communications, TMB, TOA, Tomcat and Total Fabrications.
Exhibitors can expect to meet potential buyers including agents, dealers, distributors and end-users from all over Asia. Moreover, with PALA being held in Hong Kong for the first time, more visitors are also expected to attend from Taiwan, Korea, China and Japan, in addition to regular attendees from India, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Sarner and ESP have combined resources to provide a creative solution for Liverpool’s new multi-million pound International Astronomy and Space Centre (IASC). Sarner, which has recently been bought-out by two of its directors, Michael Bennett and Ross Magri, is thrilled to have such an innovative and important project under its creative direction. "This is a great win, not just for us but for the team at Sarner and for all our clients and colleagues," comments Bennett. "Sarner has been highly successful for over 30 years and we intend to build on that reputation and drive the company forward with new commitment to delivering innovative design solutions that have so often won clients’ belief in our skills, quality and service."
Sarner will be responsible for the design and production of special effects for the new visitor attraction, while ESP will project manage the fit-out of the centre, bringing life to the dramatic designs - from the spectacular hanging celestial sphere atrium through to the excitement of a 'Journey To The Stars' in the space-time machine.
IASC, which is part of the continued regeneration of Liverpool's Wirral district, is due to be completed by Easter 2003. "Visitors will be taken on an interactive journey through time and space that is set to have people, both young and old, returning time and time again", said Ross Magri. "This is theatrical sensationalism at its best. It is the aim of the project team to bring the excitement of astronomy and space to life with multi-sensory technology, simulated time
PLASA (the Professional Lighting and Sound Association), in conjunction with British Trade International (BTI), will be conducting an extensive programme of government-funded overseas trade missions and other events aimed at boosting UK export trade, during 2002. The programme is part of PLASA's ongoing aim to provide valuable export assistance to the UK entertainment technology industry.
PLASA is currently organizing exhibitor groups to some of the world's key international trade exhibitions, including the NSCA, USA (April), Pro Audio & Light Asia, Hong Kong (July), and Lighting Dimensions International, USA (October). This is the first time that PLASA has been successful in a bid for funding for the NSCA Show - an event aimed at the sound contracting/installation market which showcases the products and services of over 500 exhibitors. It's also the first time that PLASA has had an opportunity to provide a gateway to Hong Kong through its funding for PALA, a trade show and conference covering technology for entertainment and broadcast applications.
All UK-based businesses and organizations involved in exporting from the UK are eligible for the funding, whether they are a PLASA Member or not, and participating exhibitors can claim up to £2,300 towards their exhibition expenses. A significant number of UK companies have already shown an interest in taking advantage of one or more of these opportunities.
For further details and deadlines contact the PLASA office on +44 1323 410335.