Events News

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)

Pioneer plans PLASA spectacular
Wednesday, 7 August 2002

Pioneer is planning a spectacular stand at this year's PLASA showcase; and the exhibition, held at Earls Court from 8-11 September 2002, promises to be the best yet. As well as showcasing their range of top-quality Pro DJ products, Pioneer is planning to unveil an exciting new product at the show aimed at all budding DJ's. One of the highlights of the show, Roger Sanchez will be performing in Pioneer's live DJ Booth. Let the professionals show you how it’s done - then try it for yourself! Also on the Pioneer stand will be competitions, give-aways and the opportunity to meet the man himself, Roger Sanchez.

Pioneer can be found on stand D40

TMB to celebrate 20th with LA open day
Tuesday, 6 August 2002

As of LDI 2002 (18-20 October), TMB will be turning 20 years old, and is hosting a post-LDI Open House and 20 Anniversary Party at its brand new LA headquarters on Monday 21 October, TMB’s LA office will be open to visitors from around the world. Open House visitors will get to see TMB’s custom-built 40,000sq.ft facility, overlooking the Hansen Dam Golf Course in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley - just 10 minutes from the company's old Burbank location.

The facility features a unique one-room office and shipping/receiving area that enables all departments to easily interact; the two-story atrium is over 8,000sq.ft and embodies the spirit of teamwork at TMB. The facility’s 32ft high warehouse contains over a half-mile of small parts racking, plus enough space to house over 1,000 pallets on a VNA (very-narrow-aisle) pallet racking system, which utilizes a digital, wire-guided forklift. Additionally, the building features a two-story demo room, two cable assembly workshops, a machine shop and a fully-equipped electronics shop.

Anyone who has ever visited the TMB booth knows that TMB are the World leaders in having a good time. In addition to the open house, TMB has arranged a variety of outings to keep visitors entertained throughout the day. In the evening, things will really heat up with a full-on 20th Anniversary bash.

"We chose the Monday following LDI, to give our International customers the chance to see our new global headquarters as part of their LDI itinerary," said TMB CEO Colin Waters. "Also, we will have our entire sales team

ProLight+Sound Shanghai
Monday, 5 August 2002

Messe Frankfurt and Intex Shanghai have announced their collaboration on a new international event in China for the professional audio and entertainment lighting industry - ProLight+Sound Shanghai. The show will make its debut at the Intex exhibition centre and the Shanghaimart from 15-18 October 2003 and will be positioned as a professional marketing platform for manufacturers of sound production, broadcasting and recording equipment, lighting, laser technology and special effects for the entertainment industry, stage, studio and event technology, and pro-audio and lighting-related computer hardware and software. As an entertainment venue in itself, the show will be accompanied by live performances and special events, including a DJ competition.

ProLight+Sound Shanghai is supported by several national and local cultural and trade associations as well as government bodies, including the Chinese Ministry of Culture Bureau for Culture Market, the Shanghai Municipal Administration of Cultural Radio, Film and TV, and the China Recording Association. For more information on the show, email the address below:

Behind the Scenes @ Chitty Chitty Bang BangBehind the Scenes @ Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Friday, 2 August 2002

L&SI is launching the first in what it intends to be a series of networking events for the industry. Since its opening in the West End earlier this year, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has been widely praised by critics and audiences alike. Directed by Adrian Noble, with lighting by Mark Henderson, sound by Andrew Bruce and sets by Anthony Ward, much of the credit for its success lies in the work of the technical and creative teams who have used state-of-the-art techniques to bring this amazing stage production to life.

L&SI has arranged an exclusive backstage tour of the Palladium Theatre where you can meet with those who worked on the production and see first-hand how some of the more complex effects in the Show have been achieved. Following the tour, you'll have a chance to network with industry colleagues at an L&SI-hosted reception where you can talk further with members of the creative teams, before sitting down to watch this stunning performance from some of the best seats in the house.

The tour takes place on Thursday October 10, 2002 at the Palladium Theatre, London, running from 3.30pm onwards, and costs just £69.00 (which includes a full reception and a £40.00 ticket for the Show).

For further details contact Sheila Bartholomew at L&SI on +44 1323 418400 or e-mail

A.C. North tradeshow draws praise
Tuesday, 30 July 2002

The A.C. Lighting North Tradeshow 2002, held at the Royal Armouries museum in Leeds on 23-24 July, was deemed a great success by both sponsors and visitors alike, with more than 400 people attending over the two days of the show.

Being the first opportunity for the A.C Audio division and its suppliers to meet the industry face to face, the tradeshow was also something of a milestone in the history of the company. As most UK entertainment technology shows are held in London or the south of England, the A.C Lighting tradeshow provided a rare opportunity for professionals in the North of England to see the latest technology from specialist lighting and audio manufacturers represented by A.C Lighting. Specialists from each participating manufacturer were on hand to give technical advice on products and applications, and a large number of the visitors took advantage of the hands-on demonstrations and training on offer.

A.C. Lighting’s Northern sales manager Jonathan Walters commented: "I am extremely pleased that the 2002 Tradeshow was so well received in the industry, and gave visitors such a valuable insight to the new products and technology our lighting and audio suppliers have to offer. It was apparent some visitors were not previously aware quite how much the range of products and services available from A.C. Lighting has grown, particularly with the range of professional Audio equipment we now offer. I would particularly like to thank all of our sponsors who supported the event, and look forward to a future opportunity for hosting another A.C North tradesho

Calling all Cricket and Pimms fans!
Tuesday, 30 July 2002

You are welcome to join us to support your favoured team in the fiercely competitive Hayden Laboratories Annual Industry Cricket Cup Challenge, taking place on Thursday 1 August and now in its 4th year.

Two highly-trained, athletic teams will be competing for the much-coveted championship cup, as PLASA & Clarion Events take on the might of the Sound & Lighting Industry. Come along and watch them battle it out as Clarion & PLASA fight to regain the cup after their defeat against the Hayden Labs Audio team last year.

The match will take place in the idyllic setting of Littlewick Green Cricket Club, Berkshire. The full 50-over match is scheduled to begin at 1.30pm, with tea at 4.15pm followed by the second innings before the BBQ and prize-giving kicks off at 7.30pm.

Tickets for the post-match barbecue are a bargain at £5.00 each. If you would like to attend the BBQ and for directions, please call Nicky Rowland at Clarion Events (020 7370 8231) or Simon Curtis at Hayden Laboratories (01753 888447).

(Lee Baldock)

PLASA Initiatives: gobos and massage for Light Relief
Friday, 26 July 2002

Light Relief, the industry charity that supports lighting designers with personal difficulties, has announced two major initiatives to raise awareness during the PLASA 2002 show this September - one aimed at exhibitors and the other for visitors.

The first - ‘Gobos for Light Relief’ - is encouraging as many PLASA exhibitors as possible to use Light Relief coloured glass gobos as part of their on-stand demonstrations. "Visitors will be confronted by a large projection of the logo at the front of the hall as they arrive", explained Tony Gottelier, co-founder of Light Relief. "The idea is that by encouraging exhibitors to participate, visitors will see the same image repeated all over the exhibition - we need to raise awareness of Light Relief and this is set to make a huge impact."

The idea is sponsored by Apollo Design Technology, the Indiana-based manufacturer of high quality dichroics and glass effects, who are making available a quantity of Light Relief glass gobos and any number of metal ones. To participate, simply complete an online order form on either or Alternatively, download the artwork from the Light Relief website - the colour to match is Apollo Bikini Yellow (Rosco 312 Canary, Lee 101 Yellow).

At the same time, in the gallery adjacent to the main escalator from the lobby, Light Relief will be dispensing comfort to weary visitors and exhibitors alik

PLASA 25th Party plans announced!
Wednesday, 24 July 2002

As the PLASA Show celebrates its 25th annual event, a party to mark the milestone in style will be held on the evening of Sunday 8 September at The Bridge, SE1 - a stunning and atmospheric brick-arch party venue situated beneath London Bridge Station. The informal party will have an international theme to reflect the PLASA Show’s strong international audience, and the ticket price (£50 + VAT per head) will include champagne reception, beer, wine, soft drinks, buffet and dancing ‘til late - not to mention a great chance to catch up with friends and colleagues from across the industry.

Don’t miss out! For tickets and further information, contact Mikaela Fenton-Jones on +44 (0)20 7370 8207.

PLASA Association Day a great success
Friday, 19 July 2002

PLASA’s ‘Association Day’, held at Down Hall Country House Hotel in Hertfordshire on 14 June, and incorporating the Association’s AGM, was a great success. The event was attended by a record number of PLASA members, and drew a positive response from all involved.

The format of the AGM has changed gradually over time, and has for some years included an industry dinner event at the close of the day. Last year, a series of ‘Break-out’ meetings were held for the first time, providing valuable discussion and feedback on a number of topics.

The aim of the Association Day is to gain further advantage from the opportunities offered by having a large contingent of PLASA members, plus the PLASA Executive Committee and head office staff, together in one place. Rather than concentrate on the AGM itself - a legal formality - the emphasis has now been shifted fully to making the day an ‘event’ in pleasant surroundings, with opportunties for communication, debate, suggestions and networking.

This year’s break-out meetings covered Membership Services, Standards/Health & Safety and Training. These lively sessions raised valuable feedback for the PLASA Executive Committee and staff, and were well-received by all who took part.

Following the ‘business’ of the day, around 100 people sat down to an enjoyable dinner with entertainment provided by two guest speakers - ex-pro footballer Paul Fletcher and impressionist Kevin Connelly - before retiring to the bar for some serious networking.

PLASA’s managing director

Flying Theatre’s Colours
Friday, 19 July 2002

Lee Baldock and Ruth Rossington report from ABTT 2002

From its now established base at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London, the ABTT Show continues to underline its role as a key event for the theatre industry. Well over 100 exhibitors from across the wide spectrum of supplies and services were at the show, drawing in over 2,500 visitors.

Before we get down to brass tacks, a quick mention of the Dinner, staged on the first evening, at which Major Sir Michael Parker, famed for his work on such events as the Royal Tournament and more recently All the Queens Horses, was the guest speaker. During the dinner, Andrew Bruce of Autograph Sound collected a Lifetime Achievement Award; Nick Wade, chief electrician at the Birmingham Royal Ballet, was handed Technician of the Year;

Vari-Lite’s VL1000 won Lighting Product of the Year; AVW’s Impressario stage motion control system was voted Engineering Product of the Year and Rosco’s Image Pro picked up the coveted Widget of the Year award. There’s always a good feel to ABTT and a real sense of a community coming together, no doubt fed by the presence of such organizations as BECTU, ALD, Central School of Speech and Drama, Society of British Theatre Designers and Loughborough College.

A.C. Lighting was showing examples of its wide range of lighting products, including its Tourmate range of connectors. AC was also promoting the introduction of free training courses on grandMA and Jands lighting control systems.

Allen & Heath showed the latest addition to its ML series, the 15-buss ML3000. The c

Music China sold out
Thursday, 11 July 2002

With over three months still to go until the show opening, the first Music China - the International Trade Fair for musical instruments and services - is completely sold out. Over 260 companies from all over the world have signed up to be a part of China’s first major international event for the musical instrument industry in Shanghai, the commercial heart of the world’s fastest developing nation. They will cover 15,000 square metres of exhibition space.

"We are in the enviable position of simply having no space left to sell, but the applications are still coming in," says Cordelia von Gymnich, vice-president of Communications & Leisure Fairs for Messe Frankfurt, co-organiser of the show with Intex Shanghai and the China Musical Instruments Association (CMIA). "It is unprecedented to have a waiting list for a debut international event in China. The overwhelming response we have had to this show highlights the huge demand for a quality business platform in Shanghai."

The show will offer the complete spectrum of musical instruments and professional sound equipment, as well as a programme of live performances, concerts, workshops and competitions to add sparkle to the four day event.

(Lee Baldock)


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