Lighting News

lee-house-press-releaseLee House becomes operations director at Ambersphere
Friday, 7 October 2022

UK - Ambersphere Solutions Ltd has announced the promotion of Lee House to the position of Operations Director. Lee joined the Ambersphere sales department in 2013, following a successful career in technical sales and product management. His commitment and ability to understand all things technical has been a significant factor in Ambersphere’s growth. Lee’s new role will involve him taking on some additional responsibilities and is also recognition of the wide-ranging role he already has.
Ambersphere’s Managing Director Glyn O’Donoghue says: “Lee and I have worked together for more than 15 years, and I am so pleased that he is joining Philip, Ken and myself to help steer and manage Ambersphere Solutions’ future. Lee’s organisational skills and vast industry experience have been invaluable as the industry recovered post Covid, and his commitment to Ambersphere’s suppliers and customers is unrivalled”.
Lee House comments: “It is a real pleasure to join the board of Ambersphere Solutions. The whole team here is really top of their game and I am pleased to be able to contribute fully to the future of the company. As we look ahead it’s a very exciting time for Ambersphere Solutions and I am extremely proud to be a part of that.”
Ambersphere Solutions is the UK exclusive sales, support, service and training centre for Astera, Ayrton, MA lighting, Robert Juliat and Zactrack.

fous-chantantsChauvet lights Fous Chantants d’Alès concert
Friday, 7 October 2022

France - The art of lighting design lies not only in how it heightens an audience’s visual experience, but also (sometimes), in what it shields an audience from seeing. Guillaume Fournier and Victor Lagiewski from Chromatik mastered both ends of this artistic spectrum recently at the Fous Chantants d’Alès concert, featuring Pascal Obispo.
A thousand-member choir joined the superstar singer/songwriter on a 50m open stage for his performance. To preserve the dramatic impact of their arrival, they had to step on to the stage unseen by the audience in the Arènes du Tempéras arena. This was not a simple endeavour, given that the venue’s big stage has no curtain.
Nevertheless, Fournier and Lagiewski, along with AD Fabrice Schwingrouber, were able to cloak the choir’s entrance in secrecy by expertly practicing the art of concealment. During the seven or so minutes that it took every choir member to get into place on stage, the audience’s attention was diverted by two musicians dressed in Daft Punk outfits who performed electro hits with hints of Pacal Obispo’s sound from the top of the bleachers, behind the singers.
While these musicians provided the show, Fournier and Lagiewski hid the rest of the stage, where the choir was assembling in the bleachers, by backlighting the duo’s performance with intense light from their Chauvet Professional Color STRIKE M and Rogue Outcast 1 BeamWash fixtures supplied by S Group.
Once this wall of bright light was removed, the audience was delighted to see the “sudden” appearance, as if by magic,

xtylos-mini-hpeBandit Lites goes large with Claypaky purchase
Friday, 7 October 2022

USA - Bandit Lites has made a substantial investment in new gear with a recent purchase of hundreds of Claypaky fixtures. Fixtures added to Bandit's touring inventory include: the Xtylos Mini HPS, the Xtylos and the Volero Wave.
The Xtylos is a compact beam moving light with unique optical and chromatic characteristics, making use of a tailor-made RGB laser source that lasts for 20,000 hours. The Mini Xtylos HPS a smaller compact version, while still boasting the same saturated, deep colours. The Volero Wave is making its debut with Bandit.
“Being the first in the world to offer the new and unreleased Claypaky Volero Wave is an honour,” said Jake Tickle, Bandit Lites vice-president of business and innovation.
These fixtures will initially be seen on Nick Whitehouse’s design for Carrie Underwood’s Denim & Rhinestones Tour.
“New tech and new offerings can be a gamble in our industry, but these offerings coming out of Claypaky are a homerun,” added Tickle. “We had nothing but top-notch support from the entire Claypaky team. Special thanks for George Masek, Filippo Frigeri and Julie Smith for making everything happen in our very tight timeline. I’m looking forward to seeing these units on our productions for years to come.”
“Julie Smith is absolutely amazing,” said Bandit Lites chair Michael T. Strickland. “You could not ask for a better person or better supplier. Julie always goes above and beyond, and we will always love her for her amazing performance. Claypaky could not have a better representative.”

whaleSkymagic delivers Expo countdown drone show
Friday, 7 October 2022

Japan - On 25 September, Skymagic delivered a one-of-a-kind drone light show in Yumeshima, Osaka for the Expo 2025 three year countdown event, attracting around 15,000 spectators from the ground below. Consisting of 800 drones, the display was one of the largest drone light shows Japan has ever seen.
The start of the show saw the official character of the Osaka Kansai Expo, Myaku Myaku, illuminate the sky as a 135m-high image, followed by a dynamic countdown and the vibrant Let’s Go Expo 2025 logo.
The rest of the show depicted stunning formations of life in a diverse array of forms, including creatures from nature, symbols of traditional Japanese culture and motifs unique to Osaka, collectively telling the story of the Expo’s theme: Designing a Future Society for our Lives, and celebrating the brilliance and diversity of life. Some of the formations displayed include a majestic whale leaping from waves, a magnificent phoenix and an animated Kabuki mask in motion. Accompanied by music, this section of the show was designed to celebrate overcoming a global pandemic and looking ahead to a brighter future.
The audience were able to interact with the display when a huge scannable QR code was formed by the drones in the middle of the show. The show was also live streamed on the day and filmed using drone cameras. Such footage can be viewed in the clip below.
The outdoor drones independently developed by Skymagic are equipped with RTK technology (real-time kinematics), which enables position control with even higher accuracy than

bad-bunnyphoto-by-todd-kaplan2Shirley thinks outside the box for Bad Bunny
Thursday, 6 October 2022

USA - Bad Bunny enjoyed a celebrated sold-out tour earlier this year and is currently repeating the success, this time in stadiums across North and South America on his World’s Hottest Tour.
Production/show designer for the tour is Travis Shirley, who is using Elation Professional’s new Proteus Rayzor Blade linear light as an effect workhorse on the show. With his latest album Un Verano Sin Ti breaking records, ticket sales for the tour have been through the roof with the Puerto Rican superstar selling out across the U.S. A Latin American leg is set to kick off this month.
Shirley first worked with Bad Bunny last December on two triumphant shows in Puerto Rico. Following that success, he was enlisted to start design work for the World’s Hottest Tour, an ambitious trek across the Americas that launched on 5 August in Orlando. Lighting vendor for the tour is Christie Lites.
When Shirley was brought in to design for the stadium tour, a standard form of stage had already been adopted by promoter Live Nation. Although the promoter-provided stage allowed for only minimal alterations, Shirley set out to tailor it to their needs by thinking creatively and adding custom elements.
“I essentially had a black box at the end of a stadium I had to make look as custom as possible,” Shirley says, explaining that one way he did that was to push the LED screens on each side of the stage further upstage. “That opened up the stage past 180°, allowing for an extended viewing angle while essentially opening up another 5-6000 seats per show.”<

creative-technology-festival-image-featuredCT UK enjoys busy summer festival season
Thursday, 6 October 2022

UK - This summer, Creative Technology worked on a multitude of the UK’s largest and most popular major outdoor music events and festivals.
May marked the start of festival season for Creative Technology’s audio team with the return of The Great Escape Festival, followed by BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Coventry, delivering LED main screens along with LED columns and a DJ Riser.
June’s highlights included Liam Gallagher - Knebworth Park, where CT provided large I-mag screens and a control package for the singer’s largest solo gig to date – twenty-six years on from his show as part of Oasis back in 1996 where CT supplied LED screens, OB vans and cameras.
The audio team headed to Red Rooster Festival in the heart of Suffolk, while the video team prepared for the British-created rock festival, Download, where I-mags and FOH screens were supplied – shortly followed by the long-awaited return of Glastonbury. Creative Technology supported three of the famed festival’s main stages including the Pyramid Stage. On top of this, CT also supplied 30k laser projectors and media servers for the IICON Stage, creating a visual spectacular that successfully entertained the large crowds that gathered there night after night.
Shortly after, CT headed to Marlay Park in Dublin to deliver three gigs; Green Day, Guns N' Roses, and Red Hot Chili Peppers – providing curved LED screens, playback and camera package to the sold-out shows that had been on hold for three years, with eager fans elated to be back enjoying live music once again.
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halestorm-martin-pro1Halestorm Back From the Dead with Martin Pro
Thursday, 6 October 2022

USA - To provide Grammy-winning hard rock band Halestorm with simple but impactful lighting for their 2022 US tour, Bandit Lites deployed a dynamic rig using Martin Professional lighting solutions.
Formed in 1997 by siblings Arejay and Lzzy Hale, Halestorm is considered one of the premier torch-bearers for hard rock and metal touring today. In support of their latest album Back From the Dead, Halestorm embarked on a summer US tour alongside The Pretty Reckless, The Warning and Lilith Czar.
With budget and gear constraints still affecting the live music industry following the COVID-19 pandemic, the band wanted a lighting rig that heightened their classic-meets-modern rock sound and provided maximum impact for their fans despite the logistical limitations. To meet these goals, lighting designer Craig Richter worked with Bandit Lites and Scott Anderson from Martin to design a rig featuring Martin VDO Atomic Bold, Atomic 3000 LED and MAC Viper Profiles.
“Coming out of the COVID situation and the entire world being on tour right now, we really had to figure out something that was impactful, different and still fit within the limitations that we had truck and budget wise,” said Richter. “I've always wanted to go back to an old-school PAR can style system, but obviously I don't want to carry around 180 actual PAR cans because that would be a nightmare. So, I had been looking around for the past couple of years for a light that could pull off that look for when the band needed a full production system.”
With a wide range of functions

lit-awardsStellar stage LDs join LIT Lighting Design Awards judging panel
Wednesday, 5 October 2022

Switzerland - The LIT Lighting Design Awards has added several leading lighting designers from the entertainment lighting industry to its judging team. Highly respected by their peers in the industry, the judges are tasked with recognising creativity and innovation in the fields of stage and concert lighting, live art and theatre lighting. They include: LeRoy Bennett, Roland Greil, Peter Morse and Charles B ‘Cosmo’ Wilson.
"For the sixth consecutive year, the programme is honouring the efforts of the talented international lighting product designers and lighting implementers. With fast-growing interest, and an increase of projects submitted from the entertainment lighting industry, LIT has invited new jury members to join the LIT Lighting Design Awards," says a statement from LIT. “Their technical knowledge, extensive experience, eye for detail and their creative minds will be key to recognising the professional designers pushing boundaries and identifying emerging talents, who are bringing new ideas to the entertainment lighting industry.” 
With decades of experience creating some of the biggest concert productions, LeRoy Bennett is a lighting and stage director who began his career designing stage productions for Prince. The success of Prince’s Dirty Mind tour led to a 14-year collaborative relationship and established LeRoy as the vanguard of his field. “Living in Los Angeles, LeRoy Bennett is recognised worldwide as one of the most iconic innovators in cutting-edge production, lighting, and stage design,” says LIT. His resum

elements4Life colours Elements Festival with Chauvet
Wednesday, 5 October 2022

USA - The fifth annual Elements Music and Arts Festival took place at a new site less than a two-hour drive from Mid-Town Manhattan, adjacent to the NASCAR Pocono Raceway, but as far as fans at this three-day event were concerned, it could have taken place a million miles from anywhere. Nestled within the region’s Northern Hardwood Forest with its sugar maples and yellow birch trees, the festival immersed fans in a natural canopy that ‘transcended time and place’.
In keeping with its setting, Elements drew power from an onsite solar panel farm and was fed with locally sourced organic foods. The lightshows that supported the acts, a group that included Liquid Stranger, Rezz, Kaskade, Duke Dumont, and Big Gigantic, reflected the natural setting and spirt of the festival. Aerial effects accentuated the tree lines of the woods, and in place of conventional strobes, there was pixelized, colourful light from Chauvet Professional Color STRIKE M fixtures to engage fans with crowd lighting.
“Making sure the designs adhered to an artistic concept where the technology met the philosophy of the festival was our key goal when providing all the equipment rigging, cabling and certifications for this event,” said Spencer Lavoie, of 4Life Entertainment and Technology. “Our Chauvet fixtures became the cornerstone for nearly every design we had at the festival -- and for good reason. From the Maverick MK3 Spots creating unique aerial effects for bands like Twiddle, to evoking ‘God Looks’ for EDM act like Liquid Stranger, they gave visiting LDs a versatile to

robe-disneyRobe SuperSpikies light High School Musical
Tuesday, 4 October 2022

USA - Disney+’s popular High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (HSMTMTS) returned to TV screens for a much-anticipated third season, with producers Skot Bright and Zack Lowenstein asking Hisham Abed to join the production team as director of photography.
Shot over four months in the spring, 12 x Robe SuperSpikie moving lights were specified by Hisham and the producers to help provide flexible and efficient solutions for lighting ‘permanent’ sets in the Burbank, California, studio where the season was recorded in addition to assorted locations in and around Los Angeles.
The Season 3 narrative is set at Camp Shallow Lake, a sleepaway camp in California, as theatre kids the Wildcats and fellow campers are primed for an unforgettable summer ripe with romance, curfew-less nights and a taste of the great outdoors.
Skot and Zack have worked together on several previous projects. Skot’s history in music and rock ‘n’ roll touring production and Zack’s background is in television.
Skot underlined the importance of moving lights to a production like this as “essential” to producing the requisite looks and atmospherics needed for the comedy-fantasy-musical genre with “multiple dynamics and some magical touches needed to capture the mood and flow”.
Hisham has cut some of his DoP teeth in reality television where clever lighting reinforces the authenticity of the genre without making it staged or contrived. It was exactly that aesthetic they wanted for the ‘mockumentary’ / docu-comedy style of Season 3.

beachAyrton Perseo and Domino light Jova Beach Party
Tuesday, 4 October 2022

Italy - The summer tour of Jova Beach Party 2022 saw Italian songwriter Lorenzo Cherubini, aka Jovanotti, performing from June until September along Italian beaches, in front of stadium-size audiences totalling 550,000 spectators. This was a project that wanted to break the mould, leaving behind the usual live circuits to collaborate with an ambitious ecological initiative that aims to clean up 20m sqm of beaches, lakes, rivers and seabeds.
"The beach is the most significant frontier line that exists, and bringing the party there is, for me, the most beautiful and difficult undertaking, and the most exciting," says the singer.
This is an ecological philosophy also shared by Ayrton, whose products were chosen for the main lighting design of the tour which featured two large sailing ships as its central motif. Lighting designer, Paul Normandale, with the collaboration of lighting director, Dave Morris, opted for 68 Ayrton Perseo Profiles and 14 Domino Profiles rigged on the main stage and the floor for audience and effects lighting, and on front of house spot towers for movement and effects, plus a stage wash in case of spot failure.
"We chose Ayrton units because of their IP65 protection rating, but above all because of their reliability and light output," said Dave Morris.
"The Perseo Profiles, used for most of the time with open zoom, were able to offer high levels of illumination of the audience, fulfilling the artist’s desire to be able to see the crowd at any time during the concert. We used them mainly with dimmer and movement effects

sopranoCayzeele creates connective looks for Soprano
Monday, 3 October 2022

France - Victorien Cayzeele of Blue Like Cue designed the lightshow, and artistic director Julien Mairesse created the scenography for rapper Soprano’s Chasseur d’Etoiles tour. This collaboration created an all-embracing environment through a combination of inviting colours and patterns, audience lighting and an open stage that facilitated the connection between the artist and his fans.
“Sopra’s’ philosophy is to use light accent to emphasise actions on stage. In this tour we occupied the venues with a 360° stage, so it’s important to be generous with everyone all of the time,” said Cayzeele. “We want a group cohesion, bringing everyone together by unifying fans through light. To achieve this, we need to light up the stadium correctly and get a homogenous rendering of colour, to sublimate the stadium’s architecture and create a cocoon inside.”
Helping Cayzeele accomplish this was a collection of 180 Chauvet Professional Color STRIKE M fixtures supplied by Dushow. The motorised strobe/washes that feature two bright white tubes surround by a colour-mixing, pixel mappable face are positioned on the tops of towers for Soprano’s stadium shows.
“The Color STRIKE Ms and the colours they produced are our main baseline,” said Cayzeele. “It must be noted that it is complicated to use hazers in open stadiums, and the 14 MDGs spread throughout the space have only marginal effect. We also chose to work with very few beam effects. Out of the 900 projectors we use, only 60 are beam sources, all the rest are flood. What I enjoy about th

wilAyrton hosts WIL Entertainment Lighting Sessions
Monday, 3 October 2022

France - Ayrton is hosting the first in-person Entertainment Lighting Sessions for Women in Lighting at the Ayrton head offices in Paris on 20 October 2022. The full-day event promises to be one of inspiration, motivation, networking, personal and professional development and community for women.
Ayrton is an active sponsor of the Women In Lighting (WIL) project which aims to promote the work of women lighting designers, and all women who work in lighting, across the entertainment industry by showcasing the skills and capabilities of these talented women, celebrating their achievements and encouraging others to become involved.
Ayrton invites you to come along and enjoy the company of this growing community of women who are all about connecting, collaborating and empowering each other.
As part of a wide-ranging programme, four keynote speakers from France, UK, Belgium and Ukraine, will be sharing their stories:
Ukrainian Yanina Kovalevska founded rental company PR Music in 2005 which has since developed to include several other companies and projects such as AVEcON - a conference of AV&Entertainment companies, EdIsOn Camp - an informal polytechnic education campus, and Stagemart - a distributor and provider of technological solutions for show business. Further expansion came with the formation of a new company in Poland in 2021. Yanina will share the skills that are key to the success of her business.
UK-based Briony Berning spent her formative years in France before returning to the UK to study at the University of Glasgow. She wa

lanyBandit on board for LANY’s Summer Forever tour
Friday, 30 September 2022

USA - Rock band LANY recently wrapped their 34-city Summer Forever tour with a lighting system supplied by Bandit Lites. The band, named as an acronym for Los Angeles and New York, is comprised of the duo Paul Jason Klein and Jake Clifford Goss. LANY boasts four studio albums, several EPs, more than 3.5bn song streams, and over 750m video views.
Lighting designer Ben Gilbert and production manager Alex Rousso based the design around a cube, with the centre section of the design evoking three sides. The rest of the design flows from the top to the back, to the floor, all while remaining perfectly symmetrical.
“The artist took inspiration from Kanye West’s set at Glastonbury in 2015 with the grid of PAR cans,” explained Gilbert. “When considering the space and budget, we wanted to look for a light with more flexibility with more than just a dimmer.”
Bandit Lites supplied the Z350 Fuze Wash, which offered functionality while providing a wide focal lens that delivered the desired look.
In addition, Gilbert utilised Bandit’s GLP JDC1 strobes to push colour across the stage while accentuating hits within the music and Chauvet MK3 Spots to offer side light and fill the space with colour. The LED spot also aids in keeping heat down on the outdoor amphitheatre tour.
“With the premise of the square, we wanted the risers to follow suit but also be practical and visually interesting,” said Gilbert, who ended up using a “n” shape. “To make this even more interesting, we wanted to create a straight down look with a camera that

arriARRI honoured with Engineering Emmy
Friday, 30 September 2022

USA - At the 74th Engineering, Science & Technology Emmy Awards ceremony on 28 September in Los Angeles, ARRI was honoured with the Philo T. Farnsworth Corporate Achievement Award.
With this prestigious accolade, the Television Academy recognises the company for its more than a century of designing and manufacturing camera and lighting systems as well as its development of systemic technological solutions and service networks for a worldwide complex of film, broadcast, and media industries.
Accepting this prize, named after the American inventor and television technician Philo Farnsworth and presented since 2003, was Dr. Matthias Erb, chairman of the ARRI Executive Board. “On behalf of all ARRI employees, I thank the Television Academy for this tremendous honour,” said Erb. “The Philo T. Farnsworth Corporate Achievement Award is a very special accolade since it recognises the entire history of our company. Since its inception, ARRI has been dedicated to creating the very best tools and solutions for the global production community. This award spurs us on to continue actively shaping the future of television.”
his year’s Philo T. Farnsworth Corporate Achievement Award winner was decided by a jury from the Television Academy consisting of television engineers. “Industry professionals have long relied on the stability and versatility of ARRI equipment in a portfolio that includes digital cameras, lenses, camera accessories, archive technologies, lamp heads, and lighting accessories. Along with offering exclusive technologies, ARRI Rent

hellveticaChauvet and Squeek light Joywave and iDKhow
Friday, 30 September 2022

USA - Lighting a co-headline tour can, at times, be a tricky proposition, especially when one of the acts wants to build its show around a car wash theme, complete with a sawn-off Corvette on stage, while the other opts for a more romantic setting. Richard Fong faced this situation when he was called upon to light the Welcome To Hellvetica Tour, featuring Joywave and iDKhow.
“For me, the design process always starts with a conversation about what story the band wants to tell onstage,” said Fong. “Joywave wanted to go all-in on a very theatrical car wash themed show. iDKhow is also a very theatrical band, but on this tour, they wanted to take a somewhat different route.”
Drawing on the fresh original energy and vitality that characterizes both up and coming bands, Fong has successfully navigated his way through this dual mission, creating shows that are true to the vision of each client, while also providing fans with a single, and consistently engaging visual experience. Helping him accomplish this is a collection of Chauvet Professional fixtures supplied by Squeek Lights.
He explained how the design process unfolded: “After talking to the bands, I distinguished different looks and elements for each show based on their sound and stage presence. So, for example, Joywave’s show has a lot of big beam movements and looks that mirror the movement of the lead singer who is always running around on stage. Whenever he throws his hands down on a big hit, the lights do the same. If he sweeps his arms up in a pre-chorus build, there’s going to be

robe-phish-tourPhish on the road with Robe for summer tour
Friday, 30 September 2022

USA - Phish delivered a summer tour experience for fans in North America, uniting a collaborative lighting team of Chris Kuroda, long-time lighting designer for Phish, and associate designer Andrew ‘Gif’ Giffin, who have created an eye-catching design with the help of 72 x Robe Tetra2 moving LED bars and 60 x Robe Spiiders.
The band has amassed a loyal, enthusiastic, and cross generational following over the years and are known for their genre-blending extended jams and innovative improvisations. Chris and Gif have been working together on Phish live projects since 2009.
Gif initially joined Chris as programmer and is now the associate lighting designer and most creative decisions are made jointly. Chris says laughing, “Sometimes we bicker about choices like the proverbial ‘old married couple’,” but this clearly works, and whatever the dynamic, the duo produces spectacular imaginative results for Phish and a host of other projects on which they also work in tandem.
This latest Phish tour design process started in the summer of 2021 when the band came back for their first performances since February 2020. With no LED screens or IMAG video on the tour, the visual language is defined by lighting and movement as the band want the audience to focus primarily on the music.
The Phish signature automated truss aesthetic that has featured in recent years remained, with 30 sticks of 5ft, 8ft and 10ft truss each flown on two Kinesys Apex motors with TAIT Navigator control. This system is reimagined with new elements including the Tetra2s wh

lucero--mijaresElation lights Lucero and Mijares in Mexico City
Thursday, 29 September 2022

Mexico - In June, the show Hasta que se nos hizo! was presented at the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City where renowned Mexican singers Lucero and Manuel Mijares delighted the audience with a litany of hits from over 40 years in the entertainment industry.
Axel Rebollo, in charge of lighting and production design for the show, used Elation Professional’s 51,000-lumen Artiste Mondrian LED profile FX moving head, along with Chorus Line 16 and Protron 3K Color, to highlight the set and ran the show using an NX2 console by Obsidian Control Systems.
“A great thing about working with the Artiste Mondrian is its LED source, which is efficient and produces a very powerful output,” stated LD Axel Rebollo. “I also like its optics, the wide zoom range it offers and how versatile it can be thanks to its gobos, prisms, colour system and all the tools it features.”
With a 226mm PC lens and capable of producing a narrow 3° beam, the Artiste Mondrian is a remarkable fixture, utilizing a custom hotspot LED engine to provide outstanding center intensities at long throws. It houses an all-inclusive FX package along with pioneering innovation like Elation’s exclusive 7-flag SpectraColor colour mixing system and endless rotation framing.
The Chorus Line 16 LED pixel bars lined a centre square truss and outlying half-square trusses with more topping a backdrop LED screen and lining the downstage edge while the Protron 3K Color strobes were sprinkled among the rig for punches of colour.
Mexican rental house Producciones Premium LT, a lig

eloiseSGM Light appoints specification manager
Thursday, 29 September 2022

Europe - Eloise Reed has joined SGM Light as specification manager for Northern Europe. Reed has over 25 years of experience in lighting, spanning several global markets in both the architectural and production lighting sectors.
Reed will establish and build customer relationships and support business development within Northern Europe, providing a go-to point of contact for architectural lighting designers. By establishing Reed’s role, SGM is expanding its global team focused on the development of solutions and resources for the Architectural market, ensuring that consultants and integrators have the tools and support needed for successful design and implementation of architectural installations.
Eloise adds: I'm thrilled to be joining SGM at this time of renewed optimism in the global market and unparalleled growth. SGM enables specifiers to create outstanding exterior lighting and integrated pixel concepts through exceptional, sustainable product design, matched with unwavering support. Exciting times are ahead and I'm looking forward to championing SGM at the forefront of the specifier community.”
Eloise will remain based in the UK, working within the SGM Light global sales team.

marcaMavericks in sync for Marca MP at MGM Grand
Thursday, 29 September 2022

USA - Californian quartet Marca MP’s lively blend of banda, mariachi, and ranchera has an uplifting effect on fans, getting them on their feet, dancing, stomping, and singing along, as everyday concerns seem to float away with the music.
Frontman Pedro (El Chato) Vargas exemplifies the buoyant spirt of the band with his magnetic stage presence. But Vargas’ smile wasn’t the only thing shining when Marca MP took to the stage for their long-awaited show at MGM Grand this summer as part of their Lo Que Fuera Un Sueño Tour 2022. Glittering along with their spirited performance was a dynamic Gus Martinez-designed lightshow that filled the big concert space with intense flashes of audience lighting and strobing that ran in sync with the music.
Like the music itself, Martinez’s lightshow was characterised by its energy and motion. Weaving light and video together, he coordinated the rapid pan and tilt movements from his rig’s 84 Chauvet Professional Maverick and Rogue fixtures with fast-moving breakout patterns that ran across the eight video walls, including three horizontal structures over the stage, one along the back wall, two on the band risers and one each stage left and stage right. Like the lighting fixtures, the walls were supplied by Hardwired Productions.
Oftentimes, Martinez moved the video images in opposite directions from one another, punctuating them with shafts of light oriented at different angles to create a swirling animated effect. To keep his show varied he continuously changed video patterns and light angles. He also incorp

europalcoEuropalco supports UN Ocean Conference
Wednesday, 28 September 2022

Portugal - Europalco, one of the largest providers of solutions for events and shows in Southern Europe, was the global provider of the United Nations World Ocean Conference held at the emblematic Altice Arena stadium in Lisbon.
The five-day event, organised by the governments of Kenya and Portugal, was attended by more than 7,000 participants and brought together 25 heads of state and government and a hundred ministers.
Europalco dedicated a team of 141 people (120 technicians, five project managers, eight purchasing managers, and eight logistics operators) to the event, providing a comprehensive solution. The Portuguese company was in charge of setting up the stages, providing all the furniture and all the technology necessary for the event. It also oversaw sound and lighting, screens, video, and live transmissions, as well as teleprompter tools, simultaneous translation, and real-time subtitling.
In addition, it assembled the truss structures, provided the motors, and created quiet rooms with soundproof curtains.
Europalco used technological solutions from Ross Video, such as Ultrix FR5 routing and signal processing platform; Ultrix Carbonite production platform; and Carbonite Ultra production switcher. Also, Ross Robotics Furio Heads cameras captured the event, delivering super dynamic moving shots.
The challenge Europalco faced was to ensure that microphones, simultaneous translation receivers, and all connections worked perfectly in the 198 delegations located in three different rooms, considering the high movement of people within

paul-stromBandit Lites grows sales and integration team
Wednesday, 28 September 2022

USA - To meet expected expansion, Bandit Lites has announced the hiring of industry veteran Paul Strom to the sales and integration team.
Strom joins Bandit’s Charlotte office as system integrator and will primarily focus on rigging and soft goods, allowing even more rapid growth in this area.
“We’ve had countless professional interactions with Paul over the years, so this was a natural fit for our team,” said Chris Barbee - vice president of sales & integration. “His comprehensive knowledge of rigging and drapery is going to be both an asset for us and our clients.”
Strom has more than three decades of experience in the industry, spanning both lighting and carpentry with a strong emphasis on permanent rigging. “I have worked with the entire Charlotte staff in the past and am excited to join them on new projects,” said Strom. “I am thrilled to be on this side of the table with Bandit.”

roger-takacsLightware appoints vice president of education
Wednesday, 28 September 2022

Europe - Lightware Visual Engineering has announced Roger Takacs as vice president of education. Takacs will play an instrumental role in developing and growing business in the education sector.
Takacs has more than 20 years’ experience in sales and executing strategic initiatives across several key verticals, including education. He has worked with many manufacturers, including Crestron, Atlona and Custom Display Solutions, and integration companies, such as CompView, MCSi and The Intellisys Group.
“We continue to expand our team with many of the industry’s most widely respected professionals,” said Jason Tirado, president of Lightware Visual Engineering. “We are focused on building relationships with customers, consultants and integrators and demonstrating our confidence in Lightware’s innovative solutions. We are thrilled to welcome Roger to our team as we invest in the education channel.”

campariSharpy Plus Aqua lights Venice Film Festival
Wednesday, 28 September 2022

Italy - One hundred Claypaky Sharpy Plus Aqua fixtures were deployed at the Venetian Arsenal from 31 August to 10 September 2022 for the Campari Boat-In Cinema event at the time-honoured Venice International Film Festival.
Campari has been the main sponsor of the festival for the past five years, during which it has organised a whole series of events to promote dialogue between established filmmakers and emerging talent. Among the best-known initiatives is the screening of some of the films in competition with the audience watching from the water on small boats or platforms in the scenic Arsenal basin. A spectacular live performance opens the evening after an apéritif and welcome dinner for a select audience of about 180 people. This is followed by a film screening on the big screen. After the film, the evening firework party begins for a larger audience of about 1,500 people, with live performances and DJ mixes featuring scenic settings and striking light shows.
Event lighting designer Giovanni Pinna comments, “The client asked for some very 'graphic' lighting to bring out the four islands, which were built especially for the occasion and connected to each other with red carpet-like walkways. The stars and guests arrived and were guided along the pier and walkways by a highly dynamic light path, drawn out using about eighty Sharpy Plus Aqua units, forty on each side.”
Claypaky's Sharpy Plus Aqua is an IP66-rated hybrid moving head fixture, ideal for both indoor and outdoor events. It comes complete with all the latest effects and performance f


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