Lighting News

Chauvet shines on Worship Experience 2020Chauvet shines on Worship Experience 2020
Thursday, 27 February 2020

Zimbabwe - This year’s edition of the annual Worship Experience 2020 gathering at the aptly named Rainbow Towers in Harare was ‘an ecstatic, full throttled celebration of hope’.
This was evident in the musical segment of the event, which was organised by Kayse Connect, to showcase new talent, with a special emphasis on Zimbabwe’s abundance of emerging women artists. Adding to the occasion was a bright, bold, and fast-moving five-universe lightshow designed by Blessing Bero and programmed by Tatenda Gaylord Rushwaya of Events Evolution that featured Maverick and Rogue fixtures from Chauvet Professional.
Relying on the intense output of the Maverick MK2 Spot, Rogue R2 Beam, and Rogue R1 Beam, Bero and Rushwaya sent multi-coloured and white aerial effects in every direction, symbolically raising the visual voice of the stage in concert with the uplifting music. They also added depth to the stage by crossing beam patterns and playing light off against the video panels that were flown overhead.
To complement the aerial effects, the Events Evolution team rounded out the lightshow by creating texture on stage with gobo patterns. They also personalised the show by spotlighting the performers.
“There was a total of 11 Maverick MK2 Spots in our rig,” says Rushwaya. “We positioned three of them on FOH truss, and remote controlled them to work as follow spots, in addition to spotting the DJ. The rest of the MK2 Spots were placed four on each upstage and mid-stage truss for gobo effects on the stage. Thanks to the throw distance of these fixt

White Light tours with Poet in da CornerWhite Light tours with Poet in da Corner
Thursday, 27 February 2020

UK - White Light has supplied the lighting equipment for the UK tour of Poet in da Corner, following its critically-acclaimed run at the Royal Court Theatre.
Poet in da Corner is a coming of age story inspired by Dizzee Rascal’s seminal album Boy in Da Corner. Written and performed by lyricist and poet Debris Stevenson, it originally ran at the Royal Court in 2018. This latest tour is a new production, directed by Ola Ince and featuring a lighting design by Anna Watson.
Watson comments: “Poet in da Corner is an original story told primarily through grime music. With this in mind, I always knew that the lighting would have to work hard in order to match the show’s epic, fast-paced soundtrack. I wanted my design to support the story and music as well as capture the grime rave aesthetic. I also had to work alongside the set design by Jacob Hughes which is a beautifully simple layout of yellow portals on truss along with a high shine floor with a revolve. As a creative team, we set ourselves one objective: to help create an unforgettable gig theatre vibe.”
Watson approached WL’s hire team. In terms of her fixture choices, she explains: “Overhead, we had 9m of GLP Impression X4 Bar 20s and nine Martin MAC Aura XBs. The X4 Bars were the lighting stars of the show. This was my first opportunity to really test these units and they did not disappoint. Visible to the audience, we used them for a huge variety of effects and atmospheric lighting. With incredible programming from Stephen Settle, they filled or dissected t

CLF Lighting introduces OdinCLF Lighting introduces Odin
Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Europe - CLF Lighting has launched the Odin outdoor LED luminaire to the market.
Designed for high-demanding applications, it comes with an optical system that provides even light and colour projection; a fast and accurate zoom function that ranges from 11° to 50°; and an IP65-rating that makes it suitable for indoor and outdoor usage.
The RGB+Lime LED engine generates a rich colour set, from vivid and saturated colours to subtle pastels. Adding lime fills the gaps between red, green, blue and enhances the colour spectrum of the fixture. It also adds beautiful white tones to the feature set. High performance LEDs deliver high CRI and R9 values.
Packed in a signature CLF housing, the Odin combines convection cooling with an ultra-quiet intelligent fan. The fixture can be aimed easily by using the one button test function. The fixture can also be configured for exhibition applications by using the definable user modes.

City Theatrical ships Multiverse Receiver CardsCity Theatrical ships Multiverse Receiver Cards
Wednesday, 26 February 2020

USA - City Theatrical has announced that its Multiverse Receiver Cards are now available in either the 2.4GHz or 900MHz band through City Theatrical distributors worldwide.
Multiverse Receiver Cards can be used to implement wireless DMX/RDM into entertainment projects or lighting equipment in a simple way. They act like full Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM receivers without the housing, XLR connectors, and user interface as used in wireless DMX receiving products like the Multiverse Node and Multiverse SHoW Baby. Multiverse Receiver Cards include an internal antenna and a connection to an optional external antenna.
Configuration for Multiverse Receiver Cards is done via RDM with DMXcat Multi Function Test Tool, or with City Theatrical’s USB Configuration Programme for PC/Mac.
In addition to receiving wireless DMX and outputting wired DMX, the Multiverse Receiver Card can output 0-10V, and has four PWM control outputs.
While Multiverse Modules require a full circuit board level implementation by professional lighting manufacturers, Multiverse Receiver Cards can be used by any lighting user to implement wireless DMX/RDM into their lighting equipment, whether props, costumes, or lighting fixtures.
The Cards can be used as part of a full Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM system to connect up to 10 universes of wireless DMX/RDM to a single Multiverse Transmitter.
Lighting manufacturers can use the 0-10V and PWM output capabilities to quickly add wireless DMX control to their products.


AC-ET delivers for Aberdeen’s P&J LiveAC-ET delivers for Aberdeen’s P&J Live
Wednesday, 26 February 2020

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) has supplied over 11,400 items of professional equipment to P&J Live at TECA, the new events venue in the North of Scotland (see full report in LSi February 2020).
Replacing the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC), P&J Live offers world-class conference & exhibition facilities for organisers and delegates across the globe.
Located next to Aberdeen International Airport, the £333m, purpose-built development is operated and managed by ASM Global, and features 48,000 sq.m of flexible, multi-purpose floor space.
AC-ET was awarded supply of venue-wide loose equipment & flexible house lighting for the venue’s Baker Hughes Exhibition and Conference Hub. The space includes 6,000sq.m of sub-divisible exhibition & event halls with banqueting capacity for 1,250 guests; and over 1,500 sq.m of conference and entertainment suites.
Mike Docksey in AC-ET external sales team worked closely with AC-ET’s UK sales & purchasing director, Jonathan Walters and the in-house lighting, rigging, audio, video and cable divisions’ product experts to quote on or assist with, the specification of thousands of individual product lines.
Over 30 marques were supplied, including Chroma-Q, Prolights, Tourflex Cabling, Sixty82, Green Hippo, Panasonic, Draper, Analog Way, Doughty, Avolites, Robe, Tourmate, Sony, Datapath, S

Midas powers Lightopia in LondonMidas powers Lightopia in London
Wednesday, 26 February 2020

UK - Midas is the power behind Ian Xiang’s Lightopia in London, a festival featuring 47 groups of Chinese lantern installations - 1m LEDs - projection mapping, acrobats, musicians and much more.
The first time a Western design company has worked with Chinese manufacturers to build a set like this, tailored to UK audiences, Lightopia was spawned at the Edinburgh Diwali in October last year moving to Manchester just in front of the festive window.
With different USPs in each location, the festival made its London debut at Chiswick House & Gardens in 2020 where it runs through to March.
Exploring the theme Harmony, Lightopia fuses art installations with human experience/interaction across zones including 12 Star Signs, the Rose Garden, Tree of Life, the Light Tunnel and 3D Mapping on the 18th century villa itself.
Making use of the venue’s extensive house power network around the site, adding three ULSD 100kVA, two 45 kVA sets and eight tower lights, Midas delivers with typical efficiency.
Dave Noble, managing director at Midas, comments: “We know Chiswick House & Gardens well and it’s a real pleasure to be there again, driving such an original event, with creative director Ian Xiang and his team.”
Ben Whur, founding partner at production company Proud Events, says: “This tour is the first time I’ve worked with Midas, a company recommended to me by a number of other suppliers. It’s not just about best price, it’s quality of service too and Midas’ experience, expertise and inpu

Atomic Dots make mark at Hogmanay showAtomic Dots make mark at Hogmanay show
Wednesday, 26 February 2020

UK - Martin’s new VDO Atomic Dot hybrid lighting and video fixture made an immediate impact at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Show as the Scottish capital welcomed in the new year. Joining the Edinburgh Street Party, and working at the Waverley Stage - which saw appearances by Keir Gibson, The Ninth Wave, Marc Almond and Porkpie - lighting designer Sam Jones specified 30 of the versatile fixtures as part of a Martin package.
With its vantage point at the end of the Waverley Bridge overlooking Edinburgh Castle, the designer’s biggest challenge was the bitter cold Scottish weather -mitigated by two heaters which accompanied him at FOH. “As is common in the industry, the timescales were very tight, along with all the commotion that comes with a street party,” he said.
Since the Waverley stage was fairly small, with little space to rig fixtures, he approached the design with minimal rigging and focused on placing more on the floor. He used a Doughty H Frame system on the deck. “Also, from a logistical perspective, keeping in mind that it would be long hours in the cold, I wanted to design something that could be packed down quickly at the end; effective but simple at the same time.”
The Martin inventory not only fitted the bill but also met the rider requirements of the principal artists such as Marc Almond in an LX plan consisting of spot, wash, beam and blinders, rock n’ roll style.
Sam had specifically been looking for a mole/blinder effect to add to the mix when he discovered the Atomic Dot. “The nature of the bill and the artists tha

Bandit adds to headquarters teamBandit adds to headquarters team
Tuesday, 25 February 2020

USA - Bandit Lites has hired Nick Brown to provide lighting design and console operation for various productions, including events and Blackberry Farm, a luxury five-star resort.
Brown’s previous experience includes working as the resident lighting designer and technical director foat the University of Tennesseer the Irondale, an Off Broadway theatre in Brooklyn, New York as well as a lighting and video engineer at the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
“I've loved concert lighting ever since I was thirteen years old,” comments Brown. “I knew about Bandit Lites when I was studying theatrical lighting design in college, so I'm very excited to finally be a part of this great team.”
Upcoming events featuring Brown include the University of Tennessee’s Senior Toast, where students are nominated by faculty and staff and invited to attend a dinner in Neyland Stadium, as well as L’Amour du Vin, Knoxville Museum of Art’s annual gala.
(Jim Evans)

Artistic Licence gears up for Frankfurt showsArtistic Licence gears up for Frankfurt shows
Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Germany Artistic Licence will be showing sunDial quad, winner of the 2019 PLASA Gold Award for Innovation, at both Light+building (8-13 March) and Prolight + Sound (31 March - 3 April) in Frankfurt.
The product - a DMX/RDM/Xicato controlled trailing edge mains dimmer - offers ‘outstanding dimming performance and advanced safety features’. It works 'out of the box' with all dimmable replacement LED bulbs (also halogen and CFL). Performance is further optimized through the selection (via RDM) of one of four editable dimming curves on a per-channel basis.
Also new for 2020, Commissioner dali is a hand-held, battery powered tool for commissioning, testing and configuring DALI installations. The bright, 40 character LCD is easy to read and provides a wealth of information. Commissioner dali has numerous intensity control functions including direct control over DT8 colour changers. A DMX/RDM version of Commissioner is scheduled for launch later this year.
For data distribution, rackSplit octo (an 8-way DMX/RDM optosplitter) and rackLynx octo (an 8-universe Art-Net/sACN gateway) pack many features into an impressively compact form factor. Heralding the new, budget conscious ‘skinny rack’ range, the products are only 50mm deep, allowing them to be doubled up in a standard 19” rack or installed in tight spaces.
(Jim Evans)

Being Human On Tour with ElationBeing Human On Tour with Elation
Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Canada - Jon Stanners, one of two owners of Winnipeg-based production and design company Red Rover Entertainment, turned to an Elation lighting package on Canadian singer Jessie Reyez’s Being Human On Tour outing. Soundbox Productions of Ontario served as lighting vendor for the tour, which played dates in Canada and the US.
Not only did Stanners design a lighting system that fit the budget, he made sure the rig was an appropriate fit for the 500 to 2000-capacity venues the tour played, not to mention the transportation used to haul the gear. “The design was created to have the most impact for these small venues but also had to fit in a single trailer with everything else,” explains Stanners, who has worked with Reyez for the past two years and handled design, programming and operation for the tour along with lighting production management. “Part of fitting into small venues has to do with the power situation and choosing LED was part of that decision.”
Stanners says one of the components he wanted in the design, something he hadn’t had in the past, was more pixels. “I wanted something that could create a lot of gradients and a lot of different effects,” he explains. “Having a lot of pixels is one way of creating that.” Most of those pixels came from Elation ACL 360 Bar and SixBar 1000 LED battens, which the LD had mounted on pipe to form an impressive backline working with overhead house lights.
Stanners placed six ACL Bars sideways on top of six SixBar 1000s for linear effects left to right, which, combined, gave him m

Strand in control at Dallas Discovery CentreStrand in control at Dallas Discovery Centre
Tuesday, 25 February 2020

USA - The Institute for Creation Research (ICR)’s new Discovery Centre for Science & Earth History in Dallas is benefiting from an advanced, integrated lighting control system from Strand. Specified by The Lighting Practice, the system seamlessly combines the needs of multiple exhibit zones, user requirements and technologies.
The control system exploits Strand’s ability to integrate entertainment and architectural lighting in one, seamless system. It combines Strand’s powerful NEO Rack playback controller (with a second as backup), which is responsible for playback of the exhibits’ show lighting, with Strand’s flexible, scalable Vision.Net platform, which looks after the various area lighting zones.
The system includes a mix of individually addressed track lighting units, in-grade uplighters in the exhibit floors and various accent luminaires highlighting the individual areas. This variety of fixtures and control protocols across multiple zones, combined with the need for staff to access lighting pre-sets, made the control specification a particularly demanding challenge.
The Strand system controls a variety of luminaire types, while also allowing visitors to operate the lighting of certain exhibits, highlighting specific areas and sequences. In addition, it meets the need for staff to access lighting pre-sets in each area.
“These luminaires use DMX512 to allow for individual control so that we can balance illumination levels in each of the spaces,” says Jon Hoyle of the Lighting Practice, “while some of the architectural

Fusion Sticks draw clear lines on Garvey tourFusion Sticks draw clear lines on Garvey tour
Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Europe - Singer-songwriter Rea Garvey is no stranger to international audiences. This is ensured not only by numerous TV show appearances, but also by his extensive musical output. For the past 20 years the Irishman has been delighting his audience with multi-faceted pop rock and his distinctive voice.
His most recent solo album, Neon was released in March 2018, and in the autumn of the same year and through summer 2019, Garvey presented the new songs on a large Neon tour. At his side for many years has been lighting and stage designer Christian ‘Rocketchris’ Glatthor.
Glatthor - known for creating multi-layered, haptic spaces on stage - designed a variable set with many surprises. With the help of 60 FS20 Fusion Sticks FS20 from Fusion by GLP, he picked up on the Neon theme from the album and the tour. The majority of the Fusion Sticks were suspended from each other by a background truss, set in vertical rows of six each. The designer distributed Sticks asymmetrically on floor stands on the stage.
All sticks have been equipped with custom diffuser filters for the Rea Garvey production, which Glatthor had developed together with GLP prior to production. “We originally had the idea of taking large, coloured neon tubes with us on the Neon tour in autumn 2018. With this idea in mind, I visited Prolight+ Sound in Frankfurt, where I was introduced to the prototype of the FS20 Fusion Stick on the GLP stand,” recalls Glatthor. “It was immediately clear to me that this was exactly what I needed. However, I still lacked a diffuser, and we de

Robe T1s play key role in Amelie the MusicalRobe T1s play key role in Amelie the Musical
Tuesday, 25 February 2020

UK - Elliot Griggs chose Robe’s T1 Profiles to provide key lighting for Amélie the Musical, a new production first staged at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury, which then undertook a nationwide UK and Irish tour and then played at The Other Palace in London.
Griggs was asked to light the show, directed by Michael Fentiman and based on the five-times Oscar-nominated 2001 French art-house romantic comedy film, Amélie. The lead character has an eccentric upbringing and a vivid imagination which she uses to explores the complexities of love, loneliness, existence and survival in the big city.
The T1 Profiles - used in addition to the touring lighting rigs at each venue on the tour - are being supplied by leading theatrical rental company White Light, investing in their first T1s for this production as they were essential for Griggs’ lighting plot.
They are used as front light and usually positioned on the front-of-circle bar. In most venues, this meant they would be right above and in close proximity to the audience, so silent running was essential.
“I needed a fully-featured moving light, quiet enough to be amongst the audience and imperceptible,” explains Griggs.
Many scenes take place on the Paris Metro, so this required Griggs to create video style projection effects to simulate passing trains, and again the T1 provided a solution with its very fast shuttering.
“The look is achieved using the shuttering in conjunction with the animation wheel The Metro scenes are all about chance encounters and bustling cro

Fineline Lighting hosts MagicQ trainingFineline Lighting hosts MagicQ training
Tuesday, 25 February 2020

UK - Fineline Lighting, based near Bristol, hosted over 20 lighting designers across two days on 17-18 February for basic and advanced MagicQ training, in partnership with ChamSys.
The ChamSys team were joined for the training by Chauvet ChamSys product specialist Rebbecca Cadd.
The basic course covered the use of all MagicQ products including the range of PC Wings and MagicQ consoles. It taught attendees about starting new shows from scratch, layouts, patching, recording and editing cues, cue lists and chases, FX programming and pixelmapping.
The advanced course covered advanced MagicQ features including advanced patching, media server control, timecode, scheduled events, execute window and group FX.
Aziz Adilkhodjaev, international business development manager at ChamSys, comments: “Massive thanks to Rob and Sevim [Sangwell, Fineline directors] for organising this day. Everything went smoothly with all trainees being very happy with all the arrangements, training facility, lunch and hospitality of the hosts in general.
“After the success of the first training, we are looking forward to organising more training there throughout the year for lighting professionals to learn more about ChamSys products and get to know more about Fineline's operations and extensive expertise in their fields."
Rob Sangwell adds: “Fineline were delighted to host these free training sessions for Lighting Designers. We believe it’s important to provide these courses to LDs to support their continued professional development and keep them up to

Mythos and Scenius Unico on Sheeran tourMythos and Scenius Unico on Sheeran tour
Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Europe - Ed Sheeran wrapped his 260-show Divide Tour last year, which featured a large complement of Claypaky Mythos 2 and Scenius Unico lighting fixtures. Mark Cunniffe was the lighting designer for Divide.
Cunniffe created a set piece for the tour comprised of LED tiles and lighting with a massive curved crown above the stage and tall columnar centre piece. The elements at times resembled a goblet and a tree. Four automated triangular pods resided in the underside of the LED structure; each pod was on three variable speed motors controlled by Kinesys.
Cunniffe used 118 Mythos 2 spot and beam fixtures in the crown, base and across the front of Sheeran’s riser; 10 Mythos 2 were mounted inside each triangular pod.
“One of the driving factors behind choosing Mythos 2 was the size,” says Cunniffe. “I knew I could hang it on its side, it’s relatively light and it could fit through an aperture. I could hide 30 to 40 percent of the unit behind the structure, and you just saw the aperture and the lens: It looked as though it was built into the production, as opposed to being hung on it.”
Cunniffe also mounted 24 Scenius Unicos, versatile spot, wash and beam lights, on four linear trusses upstage of the lighting pods. “They shone through the holes, but you couldn’t see the source, only the beams of light,” he recalls. “Unicos are much bigger and brighter units, but because they were hidden by the production, the eye was not drawn to them but to what they were doing.”
He likens Mythos to a “rock’n’roll unit' while Unic

Ayrton Perseo builds Castle of LightAyrton Perseo builds Castle of Light
Tuesday, 25 February 2020

UK - There are few cities blessed with a more spectacular landscape than Edinburgh, over which Edinburgh Castle presides and forms a natural centre piece for events and celebrations in the city throughout the year.
Through November and December 2019, the city was treated to the inaugural Castle of Light, a celebratory visualisation of Edinburgh’s history portrayed by a combination of mapping, projection, lighting and audio, which treated visitors to a journey through thousands of years of the city’s back story of which its citizens are so rightly proud.
As part of the lighting design, nine of Ayrton’s Perseo-S fixtures made an impressive impact on the show, in particular during the finale of this promenade performance. At the top of the Perseo-S tick list is an IP65 rating making it a suitable choice for intensive outdoor use.
NL Productions (NLP) were part of a consortium that created the Castle of Light and Phil O’Halloran, MD of NLP and technical production manager for the event, explains why the Perseo-S was the fixture of choice: “The Castle of Light show was a huge event for the city; the historical narrative was told through extensive mapping and video effects, culminating in the finale piece in the Castle’s Crown Square where we mapped the entire front façade of the Royal Palace. We needed a fixture with an almost impossible list of features.
“It needed to be extraordinarily bright and punchy to provide aerial effects and crowd lighting that cut through all the ambient projection levels. In a normal

Robe aids Fire Fight Australia concertRobe aids Fire Fight Australia concert
Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Australia - Artists including Queen + Adam Lambert, Olivia Newton-John, John Farnham, Alice Cooper, Delta Goodrem, 5 Seconds of Summer, Tina Arena, Ronan Keating, Hill Top Hoods, Amy Shark, k. d. lang and many more entertained 75,000 music fans – and a worldwide TV audience – all helping Fire Fight Australia raise over A$10m for bushfire relief during a high energy day of performance at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium.
Throughout the day, the heroic efforts of people uniting and the dedicated commitment of the firefighting community were highlighted in the context of the massive fight to save lives, homes and land.
Dave Jackson, Jeff Pavey and a crew from Queensland and New South Wales-based rental specialists Creative Productions provided the lighting which included nearly 130 Robe moving lights including BMFL Spots, Blades and WashBeams and Spiider LED wash beams.
Their many challenges included an exceptionally short planning period and get in time on site.
Queen + Adam Lambert played the stadium the night before, utilising the same roof but with their own production lighting rig, so that was completely stripped out before Dave, Jeff and their crew of eight could start their build at 4am - to hand over for a show-start eight hours later.
Creative Productions donated the entire lighting rig plus all the preparation expenses and crew wages for this landmark occasion after they were contacted by Colin Skals of promoters Teg Dainty who organised the event for Fire Fight Australia.
It coincided with three major international tours that t

KOI names five new judges for 2020KOI names five new judges for 2020
Tuesday, 25 February 2020

UK - The Knight of Illumination (KOI) Awards has announced the appointment of five new judges across its three categories for the 2020 Awards.
The KOI Awards invites critics, journalists and industry professionals to form its three independent judging panels for the categories of Concert & Event, Television and Theatre.
Critic, broadcaster, and chair of the Theatre judging panel David Benedict is joined by three new judges: Mark Pullinger, an experienced opera critic and editor of classical music magazine Bachtrack; Sarah Crompton, dance critic for The Observer and theatre reviewer for Whatsonstage; and Susannah Clapp, theatre critic for The Observer. Each will serve a two-year term on the Theatre panel, where they join existing judges Louise Levene of the Financial Times, deputy arts editor and music critic of The Times Neil Fisher, and joint lead critic of The Stage, Tim Bano.
Welcoming the new appointments, Benedict comments: “All six judges see lighting in artforms beyond their own particular discipline, so I look forward to highly informed, engaged and opinionated discussion in all five theatre categories at this year's judging session.”
Meanwhile, the Concert & Event judging panel welcomed Total Production International (TPi) editor Stew Hume as its new judge. Hume joins LSi editor Claire Beeson; lighting director of 18 Degrees Christopher Knowlton; music business and events consultant Ronnie Gurr; and head of lighting design at Imagination Johnny Milmer.
KOI has a

Obsidian Control Systems launches Onyx 4.4Obsidian Control Systems launches Onyx 4.4
Monday, 24 February 2020

USA - Obsidian Control Systems has released v4.4 of its Onyx lighting control software, now with integrated DyLOS pixel composer.
Based on a full 3D environment and DirectX graphics processing, the DyLOS engine has been designed to manage tens of thousands of fixtures and parameters with ease.
As part of this launch, Obsidian Control Systems is offering all DyLOS users a package with over 1,100 media files in many categories. Optimised for the Dylos engine, it allows users to immerse themselves in the system for immediate results. In addition to this media collection, any custom user content can be imported at any time in almost any codec and size.
An unrestricted trial version of two DyLOS Zones and up to four DMX universes is enabled automatically for any Onyx PC installation.
Onyx 4.4 is compatible with all Onyx NX4 and NX2 consoles, Onyx PC systems, and the M1HD and M2GOHD M-Series controllers.

JL Lighting supplies Volkswagen launchJL Lighting supplies Volkswagen launch
Monday, 24 February 2020

UK - Last month, JL Lighting was the technical supplier for a large-scale event at Magazine London on behalf of Volkswagen and The Fresh Group.
The event, which welcomed both Volkswagen employees and pre-bookers to the venue and The Intercontinental O2 at different stages over two days, celebrated the Volkswagen brand and showcased a new generation of electric vehicles in the form of the ID.3.
Volkswagen commented: “The event went really well and the feedback so far has been very positive. With JL Lighting’s tireless efforts and commitment the end result worked as we envisioned.”
Jack Linaker, MD of JL Lighting, adds: “We were thrilled to be working alongside Volkswagen and The Fresh Group to bring this event to life. The JL Lighting team were hard at work as the technical supplier, providing lighting, sound, power, rigging and video across five venue set ups, and the end result looked fantastic.”
The project involved a 130-strong technical team, nine trucks, 368 lamps, 448 video wall tiles and 4km+ of cable.
(Jim Evans)

Frost invests in AyrtonFrost invests in Ayrton
Monday, 24 February 2020

USA - Full-service event production companies Frost Chicago and Frost Florida have added Ayrton Diablo and Ghibli fixtures to their lighting inventories. This is the companies’ first purchase of Ayrton products, distributed exclusively in North America by ACT Lighting, Inc.
Frost Florida took delivery of Ghibli LED spot luminaires last year. “We were looking for an LED framing fixture with a high lumen output and CMY and CTO variable,” says Matthew MacPherson, general manager and head sales executive at Frost Florida. “Ghibli checked all the boxes; it was everything we needed at a reasonable price point. We couldn’t be happier with them and our clients are happy as well. They’ve proved to be an amazing workhorse for us.”
Daniel Cortes, Frost Florida’s lighting director/designer, agrees. “Our Ghibli units have been in non-stop use; they’re great workhorses.” He likes the fixture’s zoom range, which he says “allows us to cover a stage with just two lights instead of multiple lekos and that means less man-hours for set up and less of a power draw.”
Cortes notes that the Ghibli fixtures have provided stage wash for many corporate projects. Currently, they are used for stage wash and patterning at the open-air studio atop the iconic parking structure at 1111 Lincoln Avenue in Miami for Super Bowl-related events coverage.
Frost Chicago received Ayrton Diablo compact LED profile fixtures last autumn. “We were looking for LED light sources with framing shutters to replace ellipsoidals and lekos; we want to keep moving to

Chauvet lights Cleveland Sports AwardsChauvet lights Cleveland Sports Awards
Monday, 24 February 2020

USA - The Greater Cleveland Sports Awards in late January honoured local athletes of every level, from the pros to high-school.
Reflecting the connection between local athletes and their community, the event featured a runway-like path that extended down the middle of the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel’s elegant ballroom, giving the sports honourees and performing talent who walked down it a chance to be closer to crowd.
Lining both sides of the runway and endowing it with a colourfully attractive touch was a collection of pixel-mapped Chauvet Professional COLORado Solo Batten fixtures supplied by NPi Audio Visuals Solutions.
“The runway path ran from the built-in stage at the venue to the centre stage since the program was done in the round,” explains NPi’s Alex Kay, who was one of the project managers for the event. “We lined up 18 of the COLORado Battens on each side of the path and had them function as light for the talent, as well as eye-candy. They were bright enough that they actually washed the ceiling as well. Given that we had a large number of these fixtures placed very close to the audience, it was really appreciated that they ran so quietly with no fan noise.”
An additional four COLORado Solo Battens were used to uplight drape behind the stage, enlivening it with vivid colours. Like the pixel mapped lights that lined the runway, those up lighting the drapes created looks that came off well on camera at the televised event.
“Being a company that is heavily into video, getting fixtures that look great on camera is

NanoLumens and AMP reveal The TimepieceNanoLumens and AMP reveal The Timepiece
Monday, 24 February 2020

Australia - NanoLumens has announced the completion of a new LED installation in the heart of Karrinyup Shopping Centre, an upscale retail venue located just outside of Perth. The installation, known as The Timepiece is suspended from a two-story ceiling above a central vertex within the shopping centre and consists of a four-sided clock sphere and a rotating double-sided pendant.
The shopping centre is managed on behalf of UniSuper by AMP Capital
“The Timepiece concept came into being during a pivotal moment for Karrinyup Shopping Centre,” said Courtney Ross, general manager - commercial for AMP, Retail. “The design intent is inspired by the transitional time of the $800m retail development of Karrinyup and aims to draw inspiration from both the classic heritage of the Centre’s core, as well as the modern retail transformation taking place around it.”
The digital installation was developed for AMP by Digital Place Solutions (DPS), an Australia-based digital place consultancy with past ties to NanoLumens. Said Gerry Thorley, the director of DPS, “This project was really about timelessness, the melding of the old and the new so that the centre could create a true sense of presence while also sparking a new contemporary vibe.”
Dynapac, another firm with prior experience working alongside NanoLumens, provided the rotator systems, while Vision Sign created the fibreglass enclosures for the clock sphere and the pendant. The on-site installation was undertaken by Perth based integrator Critical Room Solutions. Taking place along

Robe Esprites for Vridilo Je show in SplitRobe Esprites for Vridilo Je show in Split
Monday, 24 February 2020

Croatia - The Vridilo Je show was a high-profile tribute concert in Spaladium Arena in Split, starring the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra (ZPO) and dedicated to the late singer, entertainer, and Croatian superstar Oliver Dragojević, who passed in 2018 following a career spanning over 50 years.
The event was organised by his family, management and record label, and was an emotional occasion for his many fans.
Lighting designer Sven Kučinić used the opportunity to specify Robe’s new Esprite LED spot moving lights - with the transferrable light engine - for the first time, 24 of which were delivered the day before to Croatian rental company ELDRA which supplied lighting and video equipment for the concert.
Kučinić was asked to design lighting and set by the record company, having worked with Dragojević on numerous occasions both live and on television and internationally in recent years. He worked closely on the overall show design with video designer and creative director Lea Dekleva. The goal of the entire creative team was to present a unique celebration of the artist’s work that would have maximum value as a stand-alone show.
The ZPO was conducted by maestro Alan Bjelinski and joined by the Izvor Choir who also worked regularly with Dragojević on his shows in recent years. There was also a band comprising some of the best musicians in Croatia plus a glittering array of famous guest vocalists who had collaborated with Dragojević across his iconic career, including Gibonni, Petar Grašo, Tedi Spalato, Stjepan Hauser from 2CELLOS and


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