Lighting News

claypaky-touseSnow Patrol run with Claypaky
Friday, 22 February 2019

UK - Northern Irish band Snow Patrol embarked on a UK tour to support new album, Wilderness, which concluded at London’s SSE Wembley Arena in February. Lighting and show designer Davy Sherwin selected Claypaky Scenius Unico as the only moving lights of the production.
Sherwin has worked with the band since 2002 and describes the creative relationship as ‘excellent’. “Sometimes the band gives me a starting point for a design, and I build on that. There are discussions and it is collaborative process, but mainly I have an awful lot of freedom in the design process,” he says.
Rigged on both the front truss and two automated trusses above the stage, Sherwin used the Scenius Unico in conjunction with the video wall to shift the size and shape of the stage throughout the performance, as well as providing crucial key lighting.
“The beam shape was a very important consideration when I was selecting the fixtures,” says Sherwin, who used the beams of the Scenius Unico to provide front and rear key lighting for the band. “The beam was perfect.”
The Scenius Unico offers designers a 5-55˚ linear zoom and four separately moving blades at variable speeds.
The fixture had to deliver output bright enough to stand out against the often-psychedelic visuals of the 50 x 30ft video screen. “The main reason for choosing the Scenius Unico was its unrivalled brightness,” explains Sherwin. “The Unico cut through the screen brightness with no trouble at all.
“The Scenius Unico has great colours, especially the primary colours.

arkaos-claypaky-adopts-kling-net-hy-b-eye-k15Claypaky adopts Kling-Net for HY B-EYE
Friday, 22 February 2019

Italy - Claypaky has announced its commitment to ArKaos’s Kling-Net protocol, which will now be embedded in its newest HY B-EYE product line.
Giovanni Zucchinali, Claypaky’s product portfolio manager, explains: “As the current and future requirements of lighting and visual design are so dynamic and fast-moving, lighting designers, programmers and operators need the most flexible and creative tools at their fingertips. We see a strong trend for one of those future developments being moving heads and pixel fixtures increasingly working in conjunction with video content.”
The new Claypaky HY B-EYE K25 and HY B-EYE K15 recently introduced to the market, are supplied with ArKaos Kling-Net as standard and already included in the firmware.
“This new and interesting feature greatly expands the already rich effects of the HY B-EYE range, making it an even more versatile and practical luminaire” comments ArKaos CEO Marco Hinic. “This is why, going forward, ArKaos is supporting Claypaky devices with the Kling-Net software network interface and we are all looking forward to this combination of cutting-edge technologies that will offer faster, more flexible and even more versatile products.”
Kling-Net is a plug-and-play control protocol developed by digital media specialists ArKaos for the easy operation of LED and video devices / lightsources. It allows the distribution of real-time video data to remote display devices - like LED fixtures or LED panels - over Ethernet, adding a degree of ‘intelligence’ with the automatic configuration

hog4-18prodfrontHigh End Systems rolls out Hog 4-18
Friday, 22 February 2019

USA - High End Systems has announced the release of a new flagship console Hog 4-18, along with new OS v3.11 software. The company has also entered a new partnership with Capture visualisation software.
The Hog 4-18 console upgrades the popular Hog 4 with 18.5” touch screens, and an updated industrial design with aluminium encoder knobs and integrated accessory mounts. Outputting 8,192 channels (expandable with DP8K processors), Hog 4-18 has eight XLR-5 DMX outputs, sACN and Art-Net, MIDI and dual etherCON connections for HogNet and FixtureNet.
The desk features five high-resolution parameter encoders, built-in tri-axis backlit trackball and 10 master playbacks with motorised faders and master control keys. Up to three external display port monitors or touchscreen monitors can be used.
Hog 3.11 OS includes several significant updates, with support for the Hog 4-18 console hardware, an increase to 12 universes of output for Hog 4 PC, additional Plot icons and improved indication of current cue in cue list window. Other small enhancements include changing the Fixture Schedule button to Add Fixtures to simplify patching, sorting manufacturers User and Generic to the top of the list in Fixture Scheduler to reduce scrolling, CITP support for Hippotizer Layer v4.4 and various bug fixes.
Finally, High End Systems is changing the Hog family’s included visualiser to a Capture lighting design software license at the solo, duet or quartet level, depending on the Hog console purchased. These are standard Capture licenses that can be upgrade

the-american-clock-3-manuel-harlanWhite Light keeps The American Clock ticking
Friday, 22 February 2019

UK - White Light provided the lighting equipment for Arthur Miller’s The American Clock which has recently opened at the Old Vic Theatre, London.
The American Clock portrays the devastation that American citizens experienced when the stock market crashed and the Great Depression began in 1929. The play uses an ensemble cast to explore the lives of several families across several cities. It is directed by Rachel Chavkin and features a lighting design by Olivier Award-winning Natasha Chivers.
Natasha comments: “This is an epic play that manages to tell a huge story about an entire nation. Rachel wanted to create something quite extraordinary in which we put the audience right into this extraordinary time in American history. Part of this included having audience members on stage. What this means is that the Old Vic stage has now been turned so that it’s practically ‘in the round’. When I’ve lit shows here before it’s always been ‘end on’ so this was a new experience for me.
“Initially, we toyed with the idea of using a tracking moving light system as well as followspots due to the fact that we needed to stay with the characters as they moved round the revolving stage. We eventually decided to go for one large moving light rig which would light everything. What’s really interesting about this play is that it’s a combination of your traditional Arthur Miller play coupled with music pieces. As a result, it meant the design I created needed a mix of tungsten, LED and discharge lighting”.
Natasha would use the

hsl-arenacross-tour-2019-genral-40-pHSL supplies Arenacross tour
Friday, 22 February 2019

UK - The heady mix of highly tuned bikes, screaming engines, screeching tyres and brakes and supernatural speed races meshed with the breath-taking daring of motorcycle stunt acrobatics… indoor Motocross racing and Freestyle MX all rolled into a single adrenaline fuelled night of seat-edge action complete with pumping soundscape . . . and you have the heartbeat of
Producers and organisers Arena Sports Live presented Arenacross (AX in three of the UK’s leading arena venues – Belfast, Birmingham and Sheffield – for their 2019 AX tour, with HSL supplying a full production package – lighting, video and rigging – plus sound in partnership with Nitelites.
Additional venue ‘sports lighting’ was also provided by HSL for the two Birmingham shows at the Resorts World Arena (NEC).
HSL’s project manager was Ben Perrin. He and the team were delighted to be back having supplied lighting for the 2018 tour, and lighting and video for the recent Liverpool International Horse Show, also an Arena Sports Live event. They worked closely with producer Matt Bates and production manager Tony Nash from Arena Sports Live.
Ben produced an outline production lighting design, then called on the huge experience of Nick Jevons as programmer, lighting director and operator on the road. He utilised a flexible package of beam, spot and wash moving lights to ensure appropriately hi-impact lighting to match the hi-velocity action, excitement and sounds.
Nick’s challenge was to make it powerful, dramatic and totally in the face . . . a task he relished

notchNotch to introduce realtime ray tracing
Thursday, 21 February 2019

UK - Notch, the visual creation tool for interactive motion graphics, is set to incorporate ray tracing into the software's realtime workflow as part of an upcoming March release (0.9.22). The news was announced at NotchCon, the inaugural Notch conference held in London in January.
Ray tracing, an advanced graphics rendering technique that has long been used for non-realtime rendering, provides realistic lighting by simulating the physical behaviour of light. It is the foundation of visual effects used in movies and TV and will provide a ‘significant jump’ in visual precision directly inside Notch, says the company.
Matt Swoboda, founder of Notch, comments: “At Notch, we’re committed to making software for content creators that is flexible and scalable. We enable people to realize their creative ideas and improve their workflow, through the power of rendering in real-time, without the need for coding. We are looking forward to seeing how the integrations and software updates announced today will impact creatives when the new version of Notch Builder is released later this spring.”
Notch’s ray tracing features will work on any GPU currently supported by Notch, with no additional hardware required. Swoboda said the feature has been built to take advantage of the various hardware accelerated APIs and platforms in the future, as they mature.
NotchCon, the first ever two-day conference dedicated to Notch users, took place in London last month. Visitors travelled to London from all over the world. The event featured 30 sessions on a wid

ovation-e-910fc-e-260ww-p-56vwOneBigStar invests in Chauvet Ovation
Thursday, 21 February 2019

UK - The team at Nottingham-based OneBigStar was already familiar with the Chauvet Professional Ovation series when they made a major investment in the LED fixtures. “We’ve built the Chauvet trade show booths for years, so we’ve worked with Ovation units before and have been very impressed,” says Steve Yeardsley, managing director of the technical and event production company.
Recently, Yeardsley and his team acted on this confidence by adding a substantial number of Ovation ellipsoidal and par-style fixtures to OneBigStar’s inventory. The new fixtures are intended to replace the company’s existing tungsten units.
“We’re constantly looking to invest in new technologies, especially when they involve moving from older units to better, brighter and more energy efficient ones,” says Yeardsley. “The Ovation range certainly stands tall against the tungsten fixtures they’re replacing.”
Included in the new product mix are the Ovation E-910FC RGBA-Lime colour mixing ellipsoidal in both indoor and IP-rated versions; the high output Ovation E-260WW warm white ellipsoidal; and the P-56VW variable white par-style fixture.
Many of the new fixtures have been put to immediate use. “We have recently undertaken an exhibition project that involves lighting large stands for agricultural machinery brands,” says Yeardsley. “We are using a combination of Ovation ellipsoidals and variable white pars with a few Maverick MK2 Spots thrown in for gobo projection. The response to the fixtures in this role has been excellent! They lit the area

artem-torusArtem captivates audience with smoke ring
Thursday, 21 February 2019

UK - Artem, the physical special effects company, made further inroads into the theatre sector recently with a new effects’ challenge from the world of dance. Artem, whose credits include Harry Potter: The Cursed Child and Holiday on Ice, were asked to design and build a piece of equipment capable of projecting a single giant smoke ring the shape of a doughnut - known in physics as a Torus - from the rear of a stage, out over an audience.
The ‘smoke vortex cannon’, as it came to be known, had to be large enough to make an impact in a sizeable performance venue, whilst being resilient and easily transportable on tour. In addition, the cannon needed to be DMX programmable, to enable control from the lighting gallery.
Artem’s client is the Birmingham and Barcelona-based dance company, Humanhood. Artistic directors Rudi Cole and Júlia Robert Parés anchor their work in physics and astrophysics, as well as in their personal insight into Eastern mysticism. Their new production, Torus, is inspired by the creation of a geometrical shape by revolving a circle in a three-dimensional space around a coplanar axis, and by the existence of these shapes throughout the natural world. Artem’s smoke vortex cannon delivers a dramatic visual effect at a key moment during the performance.
Artem built a number of rigid-bodied cannon prototypes in various sizes, all of which featured a rear-mounted membrane pulled into extension by a series of bungees and secured by electromagnets. Once released, the membrane creates a sizeable single sh

plasa-focusRegistration opens for PLASA Focus Leeds
Thursday, 21 February 2019

UK - Free registration is now open for PLASA Focus Leeds, PLASA has reported.
The sold-out event, taking place at Leeds' Royal Armouries Museum on 14-15 May, will feature 120 exhibitors and is ideal for professionals working across live events, concert touring, production, performing arts and installation.
Present will be lighting companies including Elation, Robe and Philips Entertainment Lighting; pro audio firms including d&b audiotechnik, Funktion-One and Shure; and rigging, staging and production specialists including Area Four Industries, Gerriets, Hawthorn and J&C Joel. The trade show will also welcome several new exhibitors, including loudspeaker manufacturer Wharfdale Pro Audio and US sound masking company, Cambridge Sound Management.
In addition, a free programme of seminars, panel discussions and workshops will feature insights from experts involved in some the most exciting projects over the past year as well as essential technical guidance.
Sophie Atkinson, head of events at PLASA, comments: “PLASA Focus Leeds continues to be one of the most anticipated events in the calendar. It’s the perfect place for people to get together, share knowledge and find out about the latest technology.
“Our team is currently building an exciting programme of seminars and workshops, celebrating some of the most exciting projects from across the industry - we look forward to announcing the line-up

lesmiserables1Mavericks accent emotions of Les Misérables
Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Australia - Adding impact to a recent production of Les Misérables at Scotch College in Melbourne was a Tom Willis-designed lightshow that featured Chauvet Professional Maverick MK1 Spot fixtures, supplied by Showtools International.
Creating an array of textures and colours on stage with the 350W moving LED fixture, Willis reflected the hope, despair, and unrequited love that marked the relationships between Jean Valjean, Fantine and the story’s other characters.
“This is the second project I did with OSMAD (Old Scotch Music and Drama), the theatre group that performed the musical at the school,” says Willis. “The set I worked with was beautiful, but it actually had very few moving parts, so light became important to help transition from one location to the next - from field, to inn, to water hole etcetera. However, there were many times where location was less important, and my main focus was on the emotional journey of the characters. I used light to effect and support the relationships of the different people through combination of color, texture and focus.”
Willis tended to avoid or minimise saturated colour when lighting Les Misérables, except during the most dramatic scenes. He opted instead to rely on the interplay of warm and cool, as well as subtle shades of colour, to set moods that corresponded to the feelings driving the show’s characters.
“Saturated colour is great and has its place, but it loses impact in a theatrical context when you’re constantly jumping from one primary or secondary colour to

robe-liteup-wwb-spotify14894-2Liteup Events invests in Robe
Wednesday, 20 February 2019

UK - Fareham-based Liteup Events has recently added a substantial investment to its Robe inventory by investing in MegaPointes, Spiiders, LEDBeam 150s and RoboSpot systems, all delivered by Robe UK.
The company was founded in 2006 and is headed and run by Marc Callaghan and Kris Box who met whilst studying at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. It was initially started to support Marc and Kris’s freelance lighting and visual design careers but they have since focused to growing the company and specialising in the supply of creative production equipment and designs.
Gordon Torrington, well known and respected to anyone in the world of international lighting production and concert touring, has recently joined the team as senior account handler.
The recent Robe order comprised 26 x MegaPointes and 26 x Spiiders, 28 x LEDBeam 150s and four RoboSpot systems, complete with MotionCameras.
These join the existing Liteup Robe luminaires - Pointes, BMFL Wash Beams, LEDBeam 100s and 600E Spots plus other lights and a fully equipped rigging department.
Recently, the new Robe kit was used on Spotify’s Who We Be live - their hip hop, grime and R&B playlist event staged at London’s Alexandra Palace venue.
Liteup was contacted by Spotify Live’s production director Samuel Rogers to supply all lighting, rigging and video services. Gordon and Marc asked Matthew Pitman of Bryte Design onboard as show and visuals designer.
Matt used MegaPointes and Spiiders as the backbone of the rig, as “they offered the large

new-technology-showcaseWhite Light commits to training days
Wednesday, 20 February 2019

UK - White Light has recently held a series of open days across the UK to showcase and demo its latest technology.
The company’s Audio KnoWLedge Day was held last month at WL’s Studio15. Working alongside some of the biggest audio manufacturers including Shure, Riedel, DPA Microphones, Yamaha, d&b audiotechnik, K-array and Astro Spatial Audio, WL hosted a day in which students could get hands-on with the latest audio technology, take part in Q&A forums as well as have one-on-one sessions with industry professionals.
The day was organised by WL’s head of audio Lee Dennison who comments: “With the KnoWLedge Day, we wanted to offer students something which would prove invaluable yet which they wouldn’t receive anywhere else. It’s not often they get the opportunity to speak to industry leaders about their products so this was their own ‘audio trade show’ where they were given time to ask those important questions and have quality hands on tuition they wouldn’t normally be afforded.
“The feedback we received was fantastic and it’s great to work with such highly regarded manufacturers and make their products so accessible”. WL also used the day to allow students to register for their crewing database for when they graduate.
WL also supported the New Technology Showcase, taking place at the Central School of Speech and Drama, and held in conjunction with the ALD. The showcase was aimed at lighting designers and technicians to explore and compare the latest lighting technologies on the market. Over 60 students attended

makin-lightin-pic-2Makin Lightin expands inventory via AC-ET
Tuesday, 19 February 2019

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) has helped full event production services company Makin Lightin to expand its equipment inventory with audio and video technologies from some of the industry's leading brands, including Allen & Heath, Shure, Panasonic, Draper, HDAnywhere, PureLink and Tourflex Cabling.
The Lancashire-based company, which is a major supplier to the local theatre, education and corporate events sectors, wanted to expand its audio offering to meet growing demand, as well as invest in its first Video system owing to the technology's increasing convergence with lighting.
Having used AC-ET previously to purchase the latest technologies, owner Jonathan Makin turned to them again for product advice and convenient one-stop supply of everything he needed.
He comments: "As with everyone I have dealt with at A.C. over the years, Steve Eaton and Chris Beardwell in the audio and video sales teams are really friendly, helpful and highly skilled in their product fields. I was able to discuss the various audio options with Steve over several conversations before choosing the equipment. Similarly, being a video novice, I was given a lot of useful advice by Chris to ensure that we got the right Video system to cater for our different clients' needs."
To extend the company's audio inventory, Jonathan purchased Shure QLX-D handheld and bodypack wireless radio mics & accessories; DPA d:fine CORE 4066 Omni headset mics; an Allen & Heath SQ-5 digital mixer and portable DX expander; and wireless mic cables assembled by AC-ET's

roland2Chauvet gives Roland diverse looks at NAMM
Tuesday, 19 February 2019

USA - Creating a concert-like atmosphere for Roland Corporation's NAMM stands was a Justin Preston lighting design that featured Chauvet Professional Rogue, Nexus and COLORado fixtures.
In addition to supporting a diverse mix of live performances, the flexible lighting design accented the display of electronic music and software products at the company’s two massive exhibit spaces. “I’ve worked on the Roland Corp. NAMM exhibit for the past three years, and it’s always rewarding because of the scope of the project,” says Preston of Preston Productions. “We have to incorporate elements of entertainment and retail lighting.”
The versatility of the Chauvet Professional fixtures in his NAMM rig helped Preston accomplish these goals. For example, at the BOSS Both, he relied on his Rogue and COLORado fixtures for stage lighting, while using his Nexus 4x4 units for the general display area.
“I used six COLORado 1 Solos as front light for the stage and four Rogue R2 Washes as backlights,” he says. “The Solos were great because of their size; they allowed me to sneak them into the corners of the stage without being too noticeable, while the R2 Washes are just tried-and-true workhorses. As far as the Nexus 4x4 goes, it worked brilliantly for downlighting the area. I got great coverage of the exhibit space from the 12 Nexus units due to their wide lens, and their output never disappoints.”
Preston also used 27 Nexus 4x4 panels for downlighting at the larger Roland booth. An additional 10 Nexus units were hung vertically, five stag

august-burns-redphoto-by-rob-wallace2Elation on the pace with August Burns Red
Tuesday, 19 February 2019

USA - Metalcore band August Burns Red’s fast-paced, aggressive sound keeps listeners on the edge of their seats, a dynamic style of breakneck metal that has endeared them to their fans for the past 15 years.
Needing a compact yet powerful narrow-beam fixture that could keep up with the band on their 2019 Dangerous tour, which kicked off 24 January in Lexington, Kentucky, lighting designer David Summers chose 12 Elation DARTZ 360 fixtures, supplied by Squeek Lights, as the bread and butter of his design.
“It takes a lot to keep up with a band this fast,” says Summers, who’s been with the band just over a year and describes his lighting design as fast-paced, precise and large. “We needed a light that could move fast with a good mix of colour and effects options.” Using 12 of the 3-degree RGB DARTZ fixtures grouped across four towers of 5ft pipe in a straight line upstage, Summers put together an impactful yet artistic design that captures the emotion of the band and the energy in the hard-driving music.
“This set up yields insane positions, especially for universal pan/tilt cues,” the designer says, referring to the DARTZ’s continuous 360° pan and tilt capability. “I obviously love the infinite pan and tilt options with this light. But truthfully, I think it’s an awesome beam fixture that doesn’t eat up your budget but can absolutely deliver in any setting.”
The band also carries six Elation SixBar 1000 six-colour LED battens as side light along with six Proton 3K Color LED strobes positioned on the upstage

love-actuallyAtoms bring live action to Love Actually
Tuesday, 19 February 2019

USA - California-based lighting designer Michael Berger recently took on the unusual commission of lighting a special musical stage production of the Love Actually movie using a number of fixtures from the GLP portfolio.
Although a long-time member of the Full Flood lighting design consortium, the commission came through Berger’s own independent operation, Innovative Intensity - the latest in a multi-year collaboration with Los Angeles-based production company For The Record Live, which specialises in musical presentations based on the canon of a film director.
In December 2017 they were approached by The Wallis Annenberg Center in Beverly Hills to put together a show for their black box theatre space, The Sorting Room. “We took the music / script for Love Actually and basically performed the film in its entirety with about four hours’ rehearsal. The success of that project pushed us towards creating something new for this year in the Goldsmith Theatre.”
This full-on musical featured a 15-piece orchestra that live scored the film as well as playing the ‘soundtrack’ to the show.
Key to enhancing the audience experience in this 500-seater theatre was to create a sense of immersion.
Michael Berger specified GLP S350s to function as front of house keylight - mostly because he wanted to audition their features for television. “Overall I was really impressed with the brightness, colour rendering and surprisingly low noise floor,” he says.
He adds, “I’ve grown to love the X4 Bar and the X4 atom when using the

laura-byrne-v2-printVersion 2 extends management team
Monday, 18 February 2019

UK - Television lighting rental specialists Version 2 has appointed Laura Byrne to its account management team. She brings considerable experience from the film, TV drama, commercial and music video genres to the company.
Starting her career with rental giants Panalux, Laura was part of the rental desk team at the company’s’ busy Waxlow Road operation. A move to global lighting company Cinelease subsequently followed. Most recently, Byrne worked with equipment supplier LCA.
As account manager at Version 2, Byrne will be liaising with DoPs, LDs, gaffers and production managers to offer support and advise on all aspects of the production process.
Managing director Nick Edwards comments: "I’m excited to be welcoming Laura to our management team, I see many similarities between our career paths, her enthusiasm for the industry is clear. Laura has not only a proven in-depth equipment knowledge but she also understands the importance of strong customer support.”
(Jim Evans)

Schnick-Schnack-Systems is ISO certified
Monday, 18 February 2019

Germany - Schnick-Schnack-Systems has been granted ISO 9001:2015 certification. ISO 9001 is defined as the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS). Organizations use the standard to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements. The Cologne-based company subjected all of its business units to the ISO 9001:2015 certification, with an external audit determining that all met the requirements for certification.
Erhard Lehmann, managing director of Schnick-Schnack-Systems, comments: “Schnick-Schnack-Systems produces quality products. In addition to numerous measures in production, we also decided more than a year ago, to design our processes in accordance with ISO 9001. We are proud that this has now been independently confirmed with the certificate.” 
Based on clearly defined processes - from new customer acquisition to project completion - Schnick-Schnack-Systems ensures within the framework of the management quality system that mistakes can be largely avoided and to fully satisfy customers. The increased transparency of the operational processes promotes employee understanding and acceptance of living the concept of quality.
The result of a functioning quality management system according to ISO 9001 is the enhancement of customer focus and loyalty as well as the ability to adapt quickly to changes in the market. 
To ensure that ISO 9001:2015 certification is maintained, the QMS will be adjusted continuously as part of re

red-carpetTSL on the BAFTAs red carpet
Monday, 18 February 2019

UK - The BAFTAs welcomed film stars and royalty to London’s Royal Albert Hall in February, as the industry honoured those making waves on the big screen. The all-important red carpet - where the paparazzi anxiously awaited famous faces - was flanked by a rigging and lighting solution designed and delivered by TSL Lighting.
The British weather proved to be another well-known guest at the proceedings, with high winds and heavy rain in the run-up to, and on, the big night. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined a who’s who of the global film industry for the ceremony, which was broadcast live.
TSL's Neil Harvey, worked alongside colleagues Ali Morris and Rory Mackay to realise the challenging and prestigious project, working to a brief from event designer and producer Lucy Smail, of WD&P. The red-carpet arrival area required the construction of 12 TSL custom-designed truss towers, a 40m-long ground support truss structure and a four leg self-climbing structure.
“Every year, we’re faced with new challenges and this year was no exception,” says Harvey. “Strong winds and torrential rain were forecast but we were prepared. Our custom structures are all designed to withstand the weather, and with all jobs of this type we’d prepared a full wind management plan in advance so that our clients, crew, and Westminster Council were all aware of the measures we put in place to keep everyone safe. We’ve worked on this event for such a long time that we know what to expect - the moving lights and LED fixtures which we use outside the canopy are

robe-thalia-theatre-budapest-tha221552424Thalia Theatre is first with Robe DL7S
Monday, 18 February 2019

Hungary - Budapest’s Thalia Theatre is a renowned producing and receiving house, presenting around 600 different productions per year. It’s one of Hungary’s best-known venues for staging musical comedy shows on its busy three stages, the largest of which has a 520-seat auditorium.
The theatre has recently invested in Robe’s DL7S LED Profiles and Spiider LED wash lights - which are the first to be installed in a Hungarian theatre venue. The luminaires were chosen by head of lighting Karoly Bodon and his team, and delivered by Robe’s Hungarian distributor, AVL Trade.
The new fixtures are currently all in use on the main stage, and there are another six DL4S profiles on order which will be utilised for the second stage when its current refurbishment is complete.
The theatre is operated by the city of Budapest, but the new investment was financed by a combination of the district and national government.
The decision to upgrade the main stage lighting came whilst work was being done on the Winter Garden second stage, which is having a complete makeover including a new sound system being supplied by AVL Trade and a complete technical refit. It was decided that the time was also right to replace the old main stage lighting with some newer and more efficient LED options.
With the first DL7S Profiles and Spiiders in Hungarian theatre, Thalia is enjoying leading the way, and they are also the first with a grandMA3 console.
“Robe is taking theatre applications seriously,” comments Csaba Csanádi from AVL Trade, “and that’s s

aedAED highlights new gear at promo nights
Monday, 18 February 2019

UK - AED’s Luxibel Expo Tools range makes its UK debut at the AED Customer Night events this week, alongside a spread of new kit covering sound, lighting, rigging, display and accessories.
The AED UK Customer Nights will be held on Wednesday, 20 and Thursday, 21 February at the company’s UK office, from 4pm onwards. On both nights, visitors can enjoy the best local brew and curry whilst experiencing Luxibel’s Expo Tools.
The Prolyte range, the new Show Lift AED-SL18 - an automated motorised tower lift that can be controlled by DMX - and the AV Stumpfl Pixera range will also be on show.
“In this fast-paced industry, it’s important for us to inform our customers about the latest products, technologies and services,” says AED commercial manager, David Baker. “It’s a great occasion for our customers to meet the AED team in person and to discover our AV Business Tools.
“AED Customer Nights also offer us a chance to thank our customers for their continued support and ensure we can offer the best AV solutions for your business in 2019. We’re excited to welcome the industry to our premises, where many products will be showcased for the first time in the UK - and we will have stock on the night for instant sales.”
One of the highlights of the Luxibel Expo range is a new heavy-duty truss designed to look elegant on stand without sacrificing load capacity. It includes a built-in, three-phase electricity rail to power up lighting fixtures. The B Expo lighting fixtures will also be demoed, coming in two versions: The B Expo200W

zgpphotocreditbevaseventsEPIX Strips on track at Zoute Grand Prix
Friday, 15 February 2019

Belgium - At the annual Zoute Grand Prix event on the Belgian coast, some of the world’s most exclusive vintage cars transform the seaside town into a prestigious spectacle.
Stow International, one of the main sponsors of the event, installed an industrial piece of art on the dyke, showing what they do, industrial racking, and serving as pitlane for the participating cars. For this year’s edition, the Stow racking construction was even higher, including two lanes for the technical scrutineering and control to highlight the Zoute Pitlane.
Stow commissioned event agency Bevas Events for a lighting concept that includes 280 Chauvet Professional ÉPIX Strip IP fixtures. The lighting transformed the pitlane construction into a lattice of linear geometric illumination so that the Stow racking was highlighted from both sides of the dyke.
In order to transform the industrial racking structure, with its quadratic metal trussing, Bevas Events’ designer Jeroen Van de Velde utilised the 100 LEDs on each of the 1m long ÉPIX Strip IP fixtures to create a quiet, stylish linear effect congruent to the structure’s form.
“We specified the 280 ÉPIX Strips to be placed on the contours of the construction because of their incredibly slim design,” comments van de Velde. “The coupling of fixtures and one cable connection enabled us to create unbroken lines of light to really accentuate the structure while also awarding an element of depth and grandeur to the event.”
(Jim Evans)

widLight Fantastic package for Women in Data
Friday, 15 February 2019

UK - Attracting over 1000 attendees, the Women in Data conference features addresses from high-profile speakers plus a range of supporting events. Held within the grand surroundings of Central Hall Westminster, London, the event included presentations, development sessions and an exhibition, designed to inspire the WiD community.
Technical production specialists LFPS collaborated closely with the client and production manager Dave Parker to design the look and feel of the entire event.
Providing a complete production package covering both equipment and logistics, LFPS supplied lighting, audio, video, rigging and staging. Working to precise schedules beginning with a 6pm time slot for overnight load-in and build, the team were ready for rehearsal at 6am, with everything in place ready for doors open at 9am.
Commenting on working with LFPS, WiD co-founder Roisin McCarthy says, “The incredible team at LFPS worked tirelessly to bring to life our vision for WiD UK. The production quality and efficiency was truly remarkable. LFPS filled us with huge confidence from our first meeting, we simply could not have made WiD 2018 a success without their work.”
Transforming the elaborate hall with bold colours and a spectacular, branded stage set, the team created a contemporary look that contrasted perfectly against the ornate interior décor of the iconic venue. Designed in-house and constructed by the LFPS fabrication department, the set featured a variety of branded scenic elements including the giant 3D ‘W’ logo that swept across the entire stag

christ-place-church-2Altman creates pure light in Flowery Branch
Friday, 15 February 2019

USA - Led by Pastor Jeff Crook, Christ Place Church in Flowery Branch, Georgia, has been serving the community since 1955 by providing a safe place for everyone to come together in worship. The church recently finished construction on their new sanctuary, designed to use the latest in technology to reach a growing congregation.
Requiring a theatrical lighting design that could create the ideal worship environment and front light for their high-definition video capabilities, the church worked with the AVL integration specialists PRODUCTION/co who designed a new lighting system using PHX 250W LED profile luminaires from Altman Lighting.
“We’ve worked with the church on everything from student camps to smaller jobs, so when they began with the construction of their new sanctuary, we were brought on board to oversee the complete audio, video and lighting integration,” comments Dustin Whitt, PRODUCTION/co. “We had seen the PHX LED in a fixture demo and were impressed with both its output and quality of light across the beam field, plus it has an attractive price-point as well.”
“We had reviewed a lot of the competing products, and while we found that some weren’t really reliable enough, we also didn’t like the white’s created by others,” adds Cason Cleveland, PRODUCTION/co. “When we saw the PHX LED profile luminaires, they gave us the ideal output, consistency and performance.”
“The stage itself measures between 42ft and 56ft from upstage to downstage, and is approximately 90-feet wide,” continues Whitt. “There are the


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