UK - Theatre consultancy Charcoalblue is continuing to expand its operations by opening its first UK regional Design Studio in Bristol.

The Bristol Studio is located next to the oldest continuously working theatre in the UK, and one of Charcoalblue's first commissions: Bristol Old Vic.

"We're thrilled to have opened up a new studio in the City of Bristol where our team of designers can work to deliver exciting projects in the South and West," says Charcoalblue's managing partner, Andy Hayles. "We spent some time looking for the right space and location and are delighted to be at number 35 King Street, right next to the Bristol Old Vic. Securing this wonderful location means that Charcoalblue's Bristol team are close to a significant local performing arts community, just as our current team is in London, something we're incredibly proud of. In addition Birdsong, which i

China - One of the top 10 chains in China, leisure, entertainment and business corporate Da Yue Xiu Entertainment Group is the biggest KTV (karaoke) brand in the country's Henan province. The Group also specialises in non-KTV venues, with three recently-opened bars all featuring Coda Audio systems.

W Music Club is a new chain of venues which highlights the atmosphere of both live and recorded music, but at generally lower volumes than a traditional nightclub. The first branch - in Henan province capital Zhengzhou - attracted a very positive response and so two more, in the cities of Nanyang and Haikou, have recently opened.

W Music Club venues are designed to encourage people to interact and communicate. Careful interior layout of the 300m² Nanyang venue and high quality sound reproduction would maximise the potential for this and so, after a number of demonstrations and A/B

Canada - Located in the Canadian province of Quebec, l'Université de Sherbrooke is a French-speaking institution with over 40,000 students, who have at their disposal arts and entertainment facilities that include a 1,500 capacity theatre hosting national and international artists.

Recognized throughout the industry and named after the university's first secretary general, Maurice O'Bready, the venue recently underwent a complete aesthetic upgrade and technological overhaul, including the installation of a new sound system by Italian manufacturer Outline, which is attracting considerable attention in production circles.

Simon Lemieux, a consultant with Montreal's GO Multimédia, explained that the technical upgrade included a crossover to the digital world and when it came to the sound system the clients wanted some help to find what they needed, so GO arranged to

USA - XS Nightclub at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas knows success and has every intention of retaining its title as the top-grossing nightclub in the United States. Its latest recipe for success in the ultra-competitive Las Vegas nightlife scene involves a multi-million dollar production re-design with lighting design by Steve Lieberman of SJ Lighting and a serious technology package that includes Platinum SBX, Platinum Spot 15R Pro, Protron LED Strobe, and Lumina Strips from Elation Professional.

Although Steve has a long-standing relationship with the operators of the venue, this is his first time doing design work for XS. There are multiple reasons why the club has been successful for so long, he says, one being the fact that it's located in one of the most well-known, most successful casino hotel properties in Las Vegas in Encore/Wynn. "Another is the fact that everything at

UK - Illuminate Design has announced that from 15 May they have become dealers for the GaffGun range of products.

The GaffGun, launched in October 2014 has seen massive sales throughout the USA. Now with GaffTech the company behind it looking to branch out into overseas markets, Illuminate Design has been chosen to help this development.

The GaffGun (patent pending) is billed as "a great advancement in floor tape since gaffer tape was invented". Saving over 90% of the time to lay tape over cables or rope, The GaffGun simplifies your job while saving time, money, and your back. Cables don't even have to be straight-the GaffGun uses a funnelling system to straighten and centre your cables and then lay tape over them.

GaffTech developed the patent-pending CoreLok tape to work in unison with the GaffGun, ensuring a consistent result with every tape run. GaffGun CoreLok

Australia - Located on the southern bank of the Brisbane River and built on lands which were the traditional home to the Jagera and Turrbal Aboriginal people, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) is the premier Arts Centre in Queensland, Australia.

The team at the Playhouse Theatre, which opened in 1998, recently took a decision to replace its existing dimmers. Phil Viney from Design Stage was engaged to prepare a specification that would directly replace new for old dimmers in the 850-seat venue.

Due to space limitations and the existing dimmers' footprint, any replacement dimmer ideally needed to be a small footprint unit that could easily be distributed around various locations in the venue. The only alternative available at the time was to use rack-mounted dimmers - however, such a solution would occupy valuable floor space, be more expensive and more difficult to

USA - To outshine its competition with the most impeccable movie experience in Wyoming, Studio City Mesa in Casper has made technology the centrepiece of its beloved roadhouse theatre, the Cooper Auditorium. The theatre now boasts a 7.1 Meyer Sound cinema system, 4K projection, and a curved, 64ft premium large-format (PLF) screen which is the state's largest.

"With the Cooper, we decided to go beyond what anybody else was doing in our region," states Randy Pryde, president of Movie Palace, Inc., operator of Studio City Mesa. "When it came to audio, we didn't want to compromise. As one of my partners remarked, 'You never have to apologize for quality.' So we decided to move out in front of all the competition with Meyer Sound."

The auditorium's new system comprises three Acheron 100 screen channel loudspeakers, 16 HMS-10 surround loudspeakers, and six X-800C

USA - For the first time since moving into a large sanctuary space a decade ago, congregants of Clinton Frame Mennonite Church in Goshen, Indiana are experiencing the exhilarating power of congregational singing, thanks to a new Meyer Sound Constellation acoustic system.

Constellation not only restores the sense of a unified worshipping community that was present in their previous smaller church, but by engaging different presets, it also adds acoustic "life" to the spoken word and energizes both the worship team and the rest of the congregation.

Constellation gives venues the ability to modify their room acoustics at the press of a button, allowing them to host a wide range of events and provide the acoustics most appropriate for them. For houses of worship like Clinton Frame, Constellation offers the ideal sonic characteristics for congregants to feel immersed in t

Spain - The Cafe Teatro La Cerdanya near Barcelona, is an exceptional restaurant, combining traditional and international cuisine, a cocktail bar and a theatre. In order to guarantee quality sound and lighting for all locations, different LD Systems, Cameo Light and Audac products were installed.

In the restaurant, accommodating about 100 people, elegant and discreet Audac ceiling speakers have been chosen to provide an elegant and subtle sound. After visiting the restaurant, guests are invited to make their way to the cocktail bar where they can round off the evening on comfortable couches, with good music and classic drinks.

To make good music sound even better, four LDEB82A loudspeakers from the Stinger series were combined with two Stinger Sub 12A G2 subwoofers. Six Cameo Flat Par Cans Tri 3W IR provide the perfect lighting. In the Private Dinner Room, audio systems from L

UK - When the Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre in Lincolnshire took the decision to invest in a permanently installed active line array system for its 399-seat auditorium, it opted for an RCF HDL10-A from locally based LUX Technical.

The Theatre, which was built within the shell of the original Corn Exchange Hall in the Victorian era, needed a versatile system to handle its varied programme ranging from stand-up comedy to local am-dram and full blown rock concerts. LUX Technical bid successfully for the contract which was issued by theatre manager Judith Mackie. Having experience LUX Technical's larger HDL20-A rental system on many occasions, her team had been fully aware of the system's coverage capabilities.

"We decided to install a permanent system because when touring companies arrive with their own production they often carry enormous speakers. We wanted to make it eas

Singapore - The Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall, two mid-sized venues joined by a central atrium and clock tower, have been a part of the region's cultural community since 1862. In 2010 the venues closed for renovation and underwent a four-year restoration process that sought to keep intact the original glamour and beauty of the building while supplying state-of-the-art features in its facilities.

Arup was employed by Singapore's National Arts Council as acoustician and theatre consultants. And a team led by Electronics & Engineering PTE Ltd including Desisti Asia PTE Ltd and Stage Technologies won the contract for the specialist theatre equipment, with Stage Technologies providing the design and supply of the majority of the rigging and automation for both the Theatre and Concert Hall.

The Victoria Theatre has 69 BigTow2-300 winches for the fly bars with winches in three de

Germany - Although its current building was only completed in 1971, Theater Münster has a history going back over 300 years to the town's first theatre, known as the Comedy House which was located in the Roggenmarkt. Acting as a focal point for the city's artistic talent, today the venue comprises several buildings, all with their own auditoriums. Recently the biggest of these, the Großes Haus, had a new L-Acoustics Kiva sound system installed.

Theater Münster hosts every kind of stage production, with around 550 performances and 25 premieres each season, as well as readings, lectures and exhibitions. The Großes Haus hosts the biggest productions, including opera, musicals, dance and orchestral performances. When a recent update of the venue's audio system was commissioned, an L-Acoustics Kiva system was the chosen solution, replacing the existing system which was

UK - Award-winning designer Lucy Osborne, internationally acclaimed lighting designer Emma Chapman and lighting specialist and designer Howard Eaton are officially launching their innovative new venue design company Studio Three Sixty at the ABTT Theatre Show this week.

Studio Three Sixty designs and builds a new kind of temporary venue, using the latest technology to create beautiful spaces bursting with versatility.

The story began with Roundabout - a very special commission from new writing theatre company Paines Plough to design and build the world's first Plug and Play Theatre. Roundabout went on to win The Stage Awards 'Theatre Building of the Year 2015'.

Studio Three Sixty was founded by Osborne, Chapman and Eaton to design more temporary venues using the ideas and technology developed for Roundabout.

"We are absolutely delighted to be at ABTT at the launch of

UK - Hammersmith's Lyric Theatre now showcases state of the art rehearsal, film, cinema, dance and recording studios with technical systems designed by theatre consultancy Charcoalblue.

The new facilities are part of the Lyric's mulit-million pound expansion and modernisation designed by Rick Mather Architects.

The new extension, called The Reuben Foundation Wing, houses new state-of-the-art facilities and will enable the Lyric to expand its programme of activity with young people, emerging and professional artists. Part of the Lyric's future business model is to work closely with resident partner organisations who will contribute new art form expertise in dance, music, film and digital media alongside the Lyric's specialism in theatre.

Charcoalblue joined the project in 2011, and worked closely with the design team and Lyric team: including Jessica Hepburn (executive direct

USA - Matanuska-Susitna College (MSC) has installed Alaska's first Meyer Sound Constellation acoustic system in its new Glenn Massay Theatre, a 523-seat facility purpose-built for Constellation. With the goal of accommodating a broad range of educational activities and arts performances in a single venue, the venue uses the system to provide ideal acoustics for all its events, including orchestral and choral concerts, student assemblies, lectures, fine arts performances, and amplified rock music.

"We're blown away by how great the room sounds," says theatre director Matt Sale. "It's hard to tell what is the room's own acoustical response and what is due to Constellation. If you walk in not knowing Constellation is on, you wouldn't think there was any enhancement. But when you turn it off, it's like when you have to pop your ears when going up in elevation."

Haiti - In the aftermath of Haiti's devastating 2010 earthquake, which killed hundreds of thousands of people and destroyed the infrastructure of its major cities, new construction is renewing hope among the Haitian people, albeit slowly.

The earthquake destroyed the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption in the capital city of Port-au-Prince, one of the struggling nation's prized architectural and cultural landmarks. Although plans are underway to rebuild the cathedral, its completion is still a decade away, in the best case.

To bridge the time between now and then, the Catholic Church recently completed a steel-frame open-air cathedral that seats 1,600 adjacent to the old church's ruins. Miami-based Revelation Sound, Inc. designed and installed the sound reinforcement and electronic clarion systems for the steel-frame cathedral, counting on Ashly Audio processing, amplifica

USA - NYC's Marriott Edition Hotel is one of the latest projects created by US entrepreneur Ian Schrager, who originally rose to fame as co-owner and co-founder of Studio 54 in the late 1970s. To take care of the audio solution, Schrager's director of development, Michael Overington, enlisted the services of Ernie Lake's specialist AV firm, EL Media Group.

"We knew exactly what was needed from the start. Working in cooperation with Schrager's designers and the head of branding, Ben Pundole, we were asked to put together a system able to handle a DJ and other general audio duties, which could perform well and at different levels. Quality and even sound dispersion were an absolute must," says Lake. "The client also requested remote access for volume and source."

As a long-time Symetrix system user - "we've been specifying their processors for many years

USA - Harvey Mudd College, a Claremont, California-based private college, is leveraging a Dante network from Audinate to power a multipoint AV conferencing network in the new R. Michael Shanahan Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Among the many technologically advanced features in the new educational centre, the conferencing network gives facility guest lecturers the opportunity to reach larger audiences across multiple networked rooms. By installing a multichannel audio Dante network, Harvey Mudd College has established a simple yet sophisticated foundation for future expansion while reducing ongoing costs and labour - all equating to exceptionally low total cost of ownership.

Harvey Mudd College refers to the new conferencing system as a "simulcasting network", offering two-way audio and video communication between the 300-seat auditorium, a recital hall and five cl

USA - Bounding off the success of its midtown location, upscale gastro-pub and sports bar Stout opened a second location in Manhattan's financial district. Dubbed Stout FiDi, the new establishment operates out of a 6000sq.ft space and incorporates many of the distinctive design elements of the original Stout, including a 50ft red cement bar, cobblestone floors, stone walls, and custom iron work. All of the furniture is either imported from Ireland or custom made by New York craftsmen.

Local AV integration firm Starview Satellite designed and installed a superior fidelity background and foreground audio system to complement the décor and based it around the unparalleled flexibility of a Symetrix SymNet Radius 12x8 DSP with ARC-WEB browser-based control interface.

Inputs to the system include a DJ port, iPod output and several video sources, including DirecTV and cable, w

USA - In a lakeside New Jersey community, Pompton Lakes High School prides itself in providing opportunities to meet the needs of a diverse student population. With an award-winning fine arts programme, the high school recently underwent a renovation to upgrade its performing arts space. To guide them during the project, Nelson Enterprises was brought on board as the systems integrator and to control the new lighting system they chose the NEO lighting control console from Philips Strand Lighting.

"In the beginning we were actually provided a sales lead from another company that brought us onto the project to complete the installation of the new lighting system at Pompton Lakes High School," began Bill Nelson, Nelson Enterprises. "As a retrofit installation, the new system consists primarily of all LED lighting instruments that would require multiple control channe

UK - PLASA London has announced a number of exclusive and exciting additions to its 2015 seminar sessions, including two new audio panel sessions chaired by industry journalist Phil Ward, three sessions from audio production power house Britannia Row, a further session from the Institute of Professional Sound (IPS), three demo sessions from Adobe and a keynote presentation from Pixar Animation Studios.

PLASA London is delighted to have secured some of the most informative and interesting speakers it has ever had for this year's show. Particular highlights include Britannia Row's sessions, which take a close look at education and industry in this fast maturing sector and the keynote presentation from Pixar Director of Photography Danielle Feinberg and Adobe's Niels Stevens showing off the very latest developments in their Creative Cloud content creation tools and services.


UK - A.C. Special Projects (ACSP) have specified, supplied and commissioned a complete LED lighting and visual effects solution for LEGO Friends to the Rescue, an all-new live show spectacular which recently opened at the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort.

The show is set in the resort's new land, Heartlake City, which recreates the fun and colourful world of the popular LEGO Friends toy range. During the show, guests join Heartlake City's five female characters on an action packed adventure which is full of music, dance and special effects.

SGA Productions were commissioned by the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort to enhance the show's live action performances with some of the very latest theatrical-style production values. They approached ACSP at last year's PLASA London show to specify lighting and visual effects solutions which would give the shows a 'wow factor', whilst also being sui

UK - Following the establishment of offices in Hong Kong and, more recently, Sydney, theatre consultancy practice, Theatreplan continues to expand and develop operations with the addition of new team members and the launch of a new website.

Practice manager Paul Connolly has moved from his post in London to manage the Hong Kong office, where he will be working alongside, Robin Auld, and new project liaison officer, Ellen Young. Paul will take responsibility for business development and marketing initiatives and will support Robin on the West Kowloon Cultural District and other projects.

"It's an exciting time for Theatreplan Hong Kong," said Paul. "We are working on two prestigious building projects, have moved into a new office in east Kowloon, and are currently speaking with a number of local architects about new project opportunities. We're also delighted to

UK - Building on a longstanding relationship with Clarion Events, Arena has been awarded a further three years providing temporary structures to the Home and Gift Fair held in Harrogate.

The event, held annually in July, has long since outgrown the extensive facilities provided by the Harrogate International Centre, and this year Arena delivered 6,000sq.m of infrastructure in the grounds of the adjacent Majestic Hotel.

Arena installed four structures this year and to maximise the site footprint one area was supplied with a double deck facility. This created additional space and improved visitor experience by offering guests more undercover catering facilities. Arena Structures also managed all the power and climate control systems inside the temporary venues and the sub-structure bases on this undulating site.

Simon Marsh, Arena Structures' account director commented, "

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