USA - Hosted by Ana Brenda Contreras, Victor Manuelle and Yalitza Aparicio, the 21st Latin Grammy Awards were celebrated in late November to honour the cream of the Latin music scene.
This year saw a rather different format from the usual star-studded occasion due to the dictates of the COVID-19 pandemic: to ensure the safety of the artists and the production team, the nominees were showcased to the world in a remote, live broadcast by Univision from the American Airlines Arena in Miami, with breakout performances streamed from other cities throughout Latin America.
Despite the lack of a live audience, this year’s performances were no less glamorous, and the line up - which included the likes of Bad Bunny, Camilo, Kany García, J Balvin, Jesse & Joy, Natalia Lafourcade, Ricky Martin, Fito Páez and Carlos Vives all competing for Album Of The Year - were presented in their best light, bringing some much-needed joy and warmth to its worldwide viewing audience.
The Awards show’s lighting designer and director, Tom Kenny, operating from the Miami base, chose to enhance the appearance of the artists with the elegance and subtleties of a number of Robert Juliat Dalis 860 LED fixtures. Nine of the 8-colour LED battens were arranged at ground level in a horseshoe configuration bordering the front of the performing area, from where they were used as footlights and for low level front lighting.
With Music Makes Us Human as the evening’s theme, Kenny used the Dalis fixtures to bring a warmth and depth to the performers’ faces; Ricky Martin
UK - The technical team at the National Theatre have been working tirelessly since August to re-purpose its venues in the face of COVID-19 restrictions.
A COVID-secure performance of Dick Whittington in-the-round in a newly-configured Olivier theatre opened on 11 December - only to be closed shortly thereafter due to London’s tier three restrictions - whilst the Lyttelton Theatre has been temporarily transformed into a film studio for the upcoming Romeo & Juliet original film. In both instances, Martin MAC Encores from the theatre's in-house lighting resources proved highly flexible core fixtures in the respective lighting rigs.
"Our investment in MAC Encore units has proven invaluable over the last few months as the National Theatre has adapted to the current restrictions for live indoor performances.” commented Paul Hornsby, lighting resources manager, National Theatre. “We found with Dick Whittington that the units were called into use in a way not envisioned when we first bought them - big splashes of bold colour moving around the auditorium creating a magical environment for cast and audience alike. And again, in the Lyttelton Theatre, creating wonderful colour temperature controlled soft light boxes for filming Romeo & Juliet.”
For Dick Whittington, directed by Ned Bennett and with lighting design by Jessica Hung Han Yun, a total of 55 Martin MAC Encores are in the rig - comprising 31 x MAC Encore Performance Warm, 16 x Performance Cold and eight Warm Washes.
They are mostly positioned o
UK - Seen from a distance, the Steam Illumination Christmas Train appears like a rolling band of moving light cutting through the dark night as it rolls past the farms and fields of the Hampshire countryside. To those inside, the experience is even more magical, as they find themselves immersed in a rotating tunnel of brilliant colours and patterns.
Covered entirely by LED lights, this special 120m-long train seems like something out of a fantastical Hollywood Christmas movie suddenly come to life in South East England. In reality, however, it was the result of extensive of planning and hard work by the non-profit Mid Hants Railway's Watercress Line and a creative team that includes Simon Horn.
The owner of Purple Lighting in West Sussex, Horn was responsible for designing and programming the 78-universe Steam Illuminations lightshow with the help of his ChamSys MagicQ MQ500M console and MagicVis software. “This was the kind of project you become completely immersed in,” he said. “The Watercress Line typically has visits with Santa every December, but this year that was impractical because of COVID, so the foundation turned to something new.”
Horn spent two weeks programming and four months on background research for his show, which involved two Steam Illumination trains, each adorned with 14,000 individual fixtures. (Some fixtures are banked, so the console sees just shy of 10,000 heads and pixels.) He programmed roughly 1000 cues for his show, breaking them down into an internally timecoded cue stack for each section, which cover the inte
Australia - Hollywood heartthrob Channing Tatum’s popular dance show Magic Mike Live opened in Sydney on 17 December, with a dynamic all-new lighting design created by Philip Gladwell, using a rig supplied by TSL Lighting.
In contrast to its runs in London, Las Vegas and Berlin, the Australian production takes place in a specially-designed Spiegeltent named The Arcadia. For the Sydney dates, The Arcadia has been constructed in the city’s entertainment quarter in Moore Park. Within this ‘circus-like’ venue, the production team has created an immersive lighting experience that complements the energetic, exhilarating dance routines performed in the show. All of the action is performed in the round, facilitating acrobatic routines and synchronised 360° dance spectaculars that envelop the audience.
Gladwell, who has designed all versions of Magic Mike Live around the world, worked with TSL Lighting to specify the sizeable lighting rig, which uses some of the most powerful LED technology on the market.
“Gaz Clowes is our very talented and very hard-working production electrician, and he introduced me to TSL as he had worked with them on some projects before,” says Gladwell. “With a huge rig to source and supply, this was a challenging project in terms of lighting. I had a large wish list and some of the fixtures I wanted were non-negotiable, but TSL completely understood this and simply sourced them ready for use.
“Right from the start, it was clear that TSL really cares - it never felt like a business transaction, fa
USA - The 2020 E! People’s Choice Awards (PCAs) was again staged at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, and lit for the third consecutive year by Tom Sutherland of DX7 Design, working for production company Den of Thieves.
Tom utilised 154 x Robe MegaPointe moving lights - all supplied by Felix Lighting - as part of the lighting package which helped create a stylish super-clean architectural aesthetic for this year’s live broadcast.
The popular online-voted awards show that recognises achievements across multiple fields of entertainment took on a different format this year, with a digital live audience replacing a real one in the venue, all requiring a novel approach by camera director Ryan Polito, creative director Paul Caslin and production designer Florian Wieder.
The two-hour show hosted by Demi Lovato included two live performance segments - by Justin Bieber and Chloe x Halle - plus multiple awards, with many winners rocking up in person to receive their trophies and their share of the adulation.
The set comprised a long, black hi-gloss runway - the central section of which was a video floor - that traversed the Hangar lengthways, with several huge angled sections of LED video wall installed on both sides which had to be ground supported due to the roof weight loadings.
At the end of the runway was another section of stage and an LED screen, and along the same trajectory as the catwalk itself was a long, blow-through screen that dissected the space lengthways. Flown on a Kinesys automation system, this moved in and o
USA - Chroma-Q has announced the launch of a new Pole Operated Pan & Tilt Yoke accessory for their Space Force Octo and Space Force onebytwo fixtures.
Over the past few months Chroma-Q says it has seen a large increase in demand from their film and TV customers, particularly for its Space Force range of fixtures.
“The development and launch of this new accessory came about due to customer demand. We are delighted to be able to give our customers what they want and endeavour to respond to their needs to ensure our products tick all the boxes,” comments Chroma-Q’s global brand manager, Paul Pelletier.
“In such a fast-paced industry, having the ability to make changes quickly and easily is essential. Thanks to the pole operation, operators will now be able to make adjustments whilst keeping both feet on the ground - removing the need for ladders on set not only keeps things tidier but also removes a potential safety hazard.”
Sweden - Wireless Solution has announced the release of its new generation of BlackBoxes with the introduction of G6.
The G6 models include some new functionality and communication protocols, including Art-Net and Streaming ACN via WiFi, RDM support in all models, Bluetooth connectivity for configuration and software updates, and full compatibility with LumenRadio’s CRMX technology.
Michael Karlsson, product development manager, at LumenRadio and Wireless Solution, comments: “With the new G6 models, we are taking wireless DMX to a whole new level by introducing official support for both WiFi and Bluetooth as well as support for LumenRadio’s CRMX technology. Especially the question of a common wireless DMX standard within the entertainment lighting community has been an ongoing discussion for many years and with the introduction of compatibility between W-DMX and CRMX, we are now offering customers the world’s first true DMX compatibility.”
Karlsson adds: “With the W-DMX and CRMX technology now under the same ownership we have the possibility to create a truly global standard for wireless DMX. We will continue to work hard to make it easier for our customers to use wireless DMX in their projects without having to think about which supplier to use. We will also look to make it easier to commission products and change settings with minimal effort.”
Robert Larsson, business area manager, Wireless Solution, adds: “Wireless Solution have for the past 15 years contributed to transforming the lighting industry with the development o
South Africa - The University of Johannesburg has recently upgraded its track lighting system used in its SARChI Art Gallery, as a direct replacement to the old system that had no mode of controlling, dimming, or shaping the light, all essential aspects to lighting their art as more demanding exhibitions required.
South African lighting specialist Movievision was contracted to upgrade the system to Prolight. “Our suggestion was to get a lighting solution that would not only light the gallery in a more professional manner but also to give them the option to be able to upgrade, remove or add fixtures anytime they would feel the need to,” said Ruan Marais, sales executive at Movievision.
The wide variety of EclMiniProfile fixtures offered by Prolights made the solution very easy. The team chose the cool-white LED variant as the best for their upcoming exhibitions - the gallery took on a total of 15 EclMiniProfile TRDY's with an Ivela track system. Due to the size of the room and the positioning of the artwork, Movievision chose 11x36° lenses & 4x50°lenses.
“With the built-in dimmer, shutter blades and focus, the gallery is now able to light their artwork in a way which breathes new life into any exhibition they have now or may host in the future,” Ruan said. “With the great variety of quality products which Prolights offer, the ECLMiniProfile range offers amazing versatility to art galleries, museums and commercial product lighting. Ease of use, outstanding light output and visually attractive.”
USA - Colorado production house Brown Note Productions was hired by long-time client Danny Wimmer Presents to provide audio, lighting and video production for a special online performance by alt-rock band Puscifer from experimental town Arcosanti in the high desert of Arizona.
Called on to create evocative visual atmospheres for the shoot was lighting designer Sarah Landau (A Perfect Circle, Childish Gambino, M83), who turned to an IP-rated rig of Elation lighting to brave the desert elements.
Landau has designed for Puscifer since 2016 and handled production design for the Arcosanti event along with Puscifer guitarist and producer Mat Mitchell. Puscifer, known for their eclectic live productions, performed their new album Existential Reckoning across a three-day shoot in September from the arcology site, a one-of-a-kind lifestyle project that is a fusion of architecture and ecology. The stream was released on 30 October.
Arcosanti has the goals of ‘combining the social interaction and accessibility of an urban environment with sound environmental principles, such as minimal resource use and access to the natural environment,’ and sits amidst a land preserve 70 miles north of Phoenix. The ethereal site supports perfectly the alien tones of the album, and as Puscifer frontman Maynard James Keenan lives and runs a vineyard just an hour north of the site, it was a natural choice for the performance.
“The show took place in three acts in three locations around Arcosanti to showcase both the desert environment, as well as its epic e
Germany - MA Lighting has answered user pleas for solutions that connect grandMA3 lighting control systems with existing visualisation platforms with the introduction of grandMA3 viz-key.
grandMA3 viz-key provides a stable and safe connectivity between third-party visualisation tools and grandMA3 lighting control systems, says the manufacturer. Users can simply connect the grandMA3 viz-key with the visualisation computer and the new tool will enable all necessary parameters for visualisation.
All compatible third-party manufacturers are MA-Net3 members on the network and can visualize all granted parameters instantly. grandMA3 viz-key also enables all non-granted parameters for visualization.
MA Lighting has reached agreements with several visualisation solution manufactures to co-develop an integration between the grandMA3 viz-key and their specific pre-vis product. Those are Capture Visualisation for Capture; Imaginary Labs for Carbon For Unreal; Syncronorm for Depence²; and Vectorworks for Vision, with the Vision 2021 Service Pack 2.1 already compatible with the viz-key.
MA Lighting is in contact with further companies and will release updated information as new partnerships are formed.
USA - Harman Professional Solutions has announced that Martin P3 System Controller Software Version 5.2.0 is now available as a free update for the entire family of Martin P3 System Controllers.
Martin P3 System Controller Software Version 5.2.0 comes with a range of new features and improvements that benefit newer products such as the MAC Aura PXL and VDO Atomic Dot, as well as long-time Martin favorites like VDO Sceptron, VDO Fatron and Exterior PixLine.
New features include: P3 Switch: Instantly toggle individual fixtures between video control and DMX control; PixelMap Input: Receive PixelMap input from a lighting desk for up to 128 universes, drive fixtures with a video feed from a media server or dynamically switch between the two; Art-Net to P3 Bridge: Create an Art-Net to P3 Bridge using the PixelMap Input functionality to visualize lighting designs in realtime.
The Spread and Align feature allows you to easily manage fixtures in the workspace and speed up your workflow when dealing with large quantities of fixtures, says Martin Professional.
UK - The exterior of the Southampton Mayflower Theatre brings an extra dazzle of warmth and vitality to a usually busy city centre, illuminated with an Anolis lighting scheme which was installed by Lighting Technology Projects (LTP).
Built in 1928, the venue is a Grade II listed building with a prominent central location and seating capacity of 2300, making it the largest theatre in the South of England.
Anolis products were recommended for the architectural installation to the theatre’s Chief LX Neil Kingston and their head of technical operations, Rachel Fox, by several people, including those running the O2 Guildhall, another leading Southampton live performance venue - which is also externally lit with Anolis - as well as by contacts at cruise company Carnival UK which is headquartered in the city.
With these references, Kingston was confident that Anolis would withstand the environment! He and Rachel further consulted with Simon Gooding from Anolis UK and Keith Elms from LTP and collectively they made the decision to go with Anolis, choosing fixtures from two popular Anolis RGBW ranges of luminaires to ensure that the landmark venue received the right lighting treatment!
Mayflower’s previous RGB LED exterior lighting installation had become tired and was battered and eroded by the winds and salty air of the seaside, explained Kingston, so these were replaced with three Anolis Divine 160 RGBW 40° units with barn doors, six ArcSource 24MC 11 narrow degree fixtures and four ArcSource 24MC 7 narrow degree lights.
All the ArcSour
France - Nestled 50km southeast of Paris in Maincy, the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte is famous for its beautiful gardens dating back to the 17th century and its place as the largest private estate listed as a historical monument. For the last 15 years, the estate has hosted a Christmas show, named Vaux-le-Vicomte’s illuminations, which sends guests on a festive exploration around the 100-acre grounds. In the previous two years, the estate has featured video mapping in its celebrations, and ends the event with a projection on the front of the Château.
This year, the team behind the expansive illuminations, French integrator and rental stager BS Technology, chose to rely on Digital Projection’s M-Vision Laser 21000 WU for the projection mapping of Vaux-le-Vicomte’s façade.
“Digital Projection’s recent ground-breaking technologies, like the remote laser light source, are probably what put them on the map for us originally,” explains Eric L’Herminier, technical director and CEO of BS Technology. “We saw this as a good opportunity to work with them on this video-mapping project.”
The projection on the Baroque castle needed to run the entirety of the Christmas season, from the beginning of October until 3 January 2021. The mapping was required to run every 30 minutes from 6pm to 8pm, meaning that the team needed to create an automated system that could run flawlessly without further direction.
The team settled on four M-Vision Laser 21000 WU projectors stacked in pairs, two on the side, covering the domed centre of the buil
UK - West End theatres must once again close their doors as London moves into the highest tier of COVID-19 restrictions from midnight tonight (Tuesday 15/12). Many shows – including Pantoland at the Palladium, Six and Les Miserables: The Staged Concert – had only just opened and were following strict COVID-safe measures.
The Society of London Theatre (SOLT) said the move would cause “catastrophic financial difficulties" for venues, producers and thousands of workers.”
Andrew Lloyd Webber issued a statement saying: “I feel devastated for all those in theatre who have tried so hard to provide entertainment for the Christmas season. Theatres have worked tirelessly to make themselves as COVID-safe as possible. It does seem arbitrary and unfair that people can jostle uncontrolled in crowded shops yet orderly socially-distanced theatre-going is banned. However, I reluctantly have to agree with the government’s decision to put London in Tier 3. Saving lives, protecting the NHS and getting this virus under control has now got to be the top priority.”
He added: “I do hope that even a crumb of the £1.57bn made available for the arts could be given to those who have spent an enormous amount of time and money to mount productions for this season and to support the actors, musicians and stage crews who will yet again be put out of a job.”
Producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh, whose shows include Les Miserables, said the government's "sudden volt[e] face" was "devastating for both the theatre and the economy". He added: "
UK - SLX Hire and Events, a Bristol-based technical event supplier, has designed and installed over a dozen festive events across the UK already this winter from Swanage to Scotland.
Says Alastair Currie, CEO of SLX, “This year has been beyond challenging for the event industry, but we were lucky enough to have maintained, or in some cases procured, winter project contracts. These are mainly outdoor events, where a wonderful immersive light trail is installed to bring a bit of magic to those who visit – and importantly revenue to historic buildings and estates who have had a similarly difficult year.
“When the second lockdown was announced, we were slightly anxious about what that would mean for these projects – including the Trains project that sees five heritage steam railway lines and the trains illuminated for immersive rides across the Christmas period. However, with a high levels of safety protocols in place, including our SLX team working in designated bubbles from warehouse to delivery teams, we were able to continue and complete installation at all the winter project sites.
“It was then just a matter of waiting for the tier rules to be announced. Thankfully, all the projects we were installing when lockdown hit were able to open their doors to the public last week. Given it’s been such a bleak year for so many, we couldn’t be more pleased and prouder that our SLX designed and installed winter projects are now bringing a smile to people across the country.”
SLX Hire and Events is responsible for the technical p
UK - For Adam King, Shakespeare’s Macbeth was a welcome opportunity to jump back into lighting design after seven months of being idled by the pandemic. “My work calendar for the entire year was wiped out because of the lockdown,” said King. “I missed doing the thing I love.”
Eager to get involved in theatre, King approached Mountview Drama School and asked if he could be of any use lighting shows for livestreams, pointing out that he had experience in lighting for theatre and as well as the camera. Much to his delight, Mountview responded by offering him the opportunity to light a series of shows starting with Macbeth.
“This show was a new experience,” recalls King. “There were only eight people in the theatre due to social distancing, so our main audience was online. We did three days of normal tech rehearsals and then three days of camera tech rehearsals to make sure it would look right for the livestream audience.
“Inevitably we had to shift some lighting to look better for camera,” he continued. “We worked to make things even darker actually so people could appear from the blackness. The versatility of the theatre’s rig was invaluable in helping us achieve an engaging production.”
Key to providing this adaptability were the Chauvet Professional fixtures in the Mountivew Theatre’s new lighting rig. These include 15 Ovation E-910FC and 16 Ovation F-915 FC Fresnels, as well as eight Ovation B-280FC and two Ovation B-1965 batten style wash lights.
In a dark, brooding play such as Macbeth
Italy - Luxury car manufacturer Maserati launched the MC20, the first super sports car of its Trident brand, in an event format powered by disguise xR.
Milan-based Feelrouge Worldwide Shows staged a two-day hybrid event held at the Autodromo di Modena race-track, and broadcast live around the world. The setting included a huge open-air, installation stage with 630 square meters of LED video screens on three different axes, which hosted a series of anamorphic visual effects and augmented and mixed reality content, powered by three disguise gx 2c media servers.
The visual narrative was complemented by a live performance, light show, sound system and original soundtrack. A fleet of 50 Maserati cars from across the years were showcased in the grandstand, creating an evocative drive-in theatre setting for over 500 live guests, accommodated in socially distanced seating.
Feelrouge met the challenge of realising the two-day physical event during the coronavirus pandemic, and some severe weather conditions, which reduced rehearsal days. More than a year in development, the narrative connected the on-site and digital experiences with a statement of hope, courage and audacity during the pandemic that embraced the brand's new vision.
Feelrouge chose xR (Extended Reality) for the event’s narrative platform. “Expression of identity has been utterly transformed by moving from traditional AV channels to contemporary technological multi-sensorial communication,” explains Marco Klefisch, creative director at Feelrouge. The agency designed a sh
Portugal - The Cultural and Congress Centre (CCC), the leading performance and conference venue in Caldas da Rainha, has announced it is one of the first venues in Portugal to acquire specific technical equipment to sanitise its performance and public spaces, by installing new, fully-certified UV products from GoldenSea UV in an effort to ensure maximum safety for its spectators, artists and employees.
The CCC has invested in two types of GSUV sterilization and disinfection products, after careful consultation with Portuguese distributor, NAN of Lisbon. The venue procured four units of UVL150, a high-powered mobile UV lighting fixture for the sterilization of large interior spaces. These are rigged on stands and therefore easily transported to any desired location within the CCC’s auditoria and performances spaces. The resident team also chose a compact UV4C-H ultraviolet disinfection cabinet for the cleansing of microphones, headphones, cabling, and other materials and small objects in frequent daily use.
"UVC radiation is a well-known disinfectant for air, water and surfaces with a high rate of ‘proven efficiency’,” points out Carlos Mota from the CCC. “It is a technology widely used for disinfecting spaces and equipment in hospital environments, since all bacteria or viruses tested to date - including the various coronaviruses - are neutralized by UVC disinfection. A study by the Institute for Medical Virology of the Frankfurt University Hospital proves the elimination of the virus that causes COVID-19, and UVC has also been validated for the
UK - When event management, lighting and creative design company, Absolute Events was asked by Global Street Art to light up a series of advertisements painted on walls around London, Doughty Engineering was brought on board to help secure the lighting firmly and safely in place.
Global Street Art is known for its hand-painted advertising campaigns with well-known consumer brands. Jonathan explained: "We've been working with Global Street Art to light up their amazing advertising artwork for a number of years now and we rely on Doughty to help us secure the lighting effectively.
“I have known of their products for my entire professional life and was keen to make sure their kit was used on this project so I brought Rigging Services on board who handle the specialised side of fixing the relevant products in place. Initially I approached a couple of companies who said that the plans we had could not be achieved, and then I approached Rigging Services who were willing and able to fulfil the brief – so we've been working together on projects around London for the past five years."
Using a selection of off the shelf Doughty kit including brackets (which are secured by the Rigging Services team and then tested to 100kg) and scaff bars, the lights are then secured in place. "If Global Street Art is using UV paints, we use UV lights. If not, we have flood lights which are just as effective at lighting up the art but essentially the rigging kit remains the same.”
With the lights having to stay in place for anywhere between two and six weeks depend
South Korea - Elevating the ambiance in its main theatre, the Daejeon Arts Centre hired Hansam System to install a Harman Professional lighting solution that features Martin Professional fixtures.
Opened in October of 2003, the Daejeon Arts Centre has brought a new horizon of culture and arts to the city of Daejeon. Housed in a five-story building across a property size of 100,000sq.m, the centre features four premier event and meeting spaces, including the large-scale Art Hall, Ensemble Hall, Conventional Hall as well as outdoor amphitheatre.
Beyond hosting a wide range of productions such as theatre and opera performances, Daejeon Arts Centre also offers a Music Academy and arts cultural programme, which are designed to inspire and educate the future generations on performing arts. To enhance the 1,546-seat Art Hall, Hansam System provided a Martin Professional lighting solution.
“The client wanted to replace their existing lamp lighting with energy-efficient LED lighting units. They wanted LED fixtures that produce a balanced light beam from the center to the edge of the stage with a low failure rate, considering the heat generated during operation,” said Taehan Kim of Hansam System. “We used the Martin ERA 800 Performance LED fixture because of its exceptional performance, flexibility and price.”
“After seeing the ERA 800 Performance during a dance show by Daejeon Metropolitan Dance Company, we were impressed,” said Hun Chung, lighting director at Daejeon Arts Centre. “With this installation, we have become the first art cent
Spain - The 2020 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid (MBFWM)’s SS21 season show went ahead in its regular venue – Hall 14.1 at the Feria de Madrid – to a 30% capacity socially distanced live audience together with thousands more joining a livestream.
Lighting designer Juanjo Saunier chose 38 Robe MegaPointes, 20 LEDWash 800s, 12 Spiider LED wash beams and three BMFL Follow Spots running on three separate remote control BaseStations to assist him with creating the show.
Juanjo has worked on Spain’s premier biannual fashion show for around 10 years, both lighting the main show-space and various ‘off-site’ venues, and enjoys the buzz, vibes, and challenges of this seminal fashion event.
This year, Juanjo started with three different catwalk lighting configurations in the multipurpose room, all of which offered the 60 different shows designers a good and dynamic choice of settings. His lighting design ensured that all these different routes were beautifully and optimally lit for the cameras.
The first lighting setup comprised of 1.5m-wide linear light corridors created using a barrage of profiles in the roof, underneath which the runway could be built in various sized sections either five or three lanes wide offering even more adaptability for the individual shows.
The second configuration was a regular 30m-long rectangular-shaped runway with the two 30 metre up and down lanes connected by a 4.5m ‘short end’.
The third option was with the use of six follow spots – three at the front and three at the rear - providing dr
UK - Production Park has secured a £12million Government loan which it plans to use to expand and develop its Wakefield campus over the next decade.
Production Park is one of the latest 11 major arts and heritage organisations across the UK to have received loan offers from the £1billion Cultural Recovery Fund, a combination of grant and loan cash from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), targeted to support a culture sector that has been devastated by the effects of COVID-19.
Other organisations to have benefitted from the £165m in repayable finance – and a further £58m in capital funding for ongoing construction and maintenance projects in the sector – announced by Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden include the Royal Albert Hall, National Theatre, English National Opera, Alexandra Palace and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
“The Cultural Recovery Fund is very much a lifeline for many in the culture sector and has enabled them simply to survive in the short-term, but we have taken a much longer-term view by securing a loan that we will use to grow our business, create jobs and opportunities, and generate revenue in the sector for years to come,” said Lee Brooks, CEO of Production Park.
The £12m loan will drive investment by facilitating ambitious growth plans at Production Park. As well as providing rehearsal space for some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, including Coldplay, Little Mix and Peter Kay, the South Kirby site is home to more than more than 20 live events and creative businesse
USA - Magmatic atmospheric effects has introduced Rocket, a line of powerful CO2 cryogenic simulation effects that produce ‘dense white clouds of fog for visually stunning atmospherics. Capable of generating a heavy blast of fog that engulfs an area in just a few seconds yet dissipates instantly, each effect is arrayed with high-output RGBA LEDs.
Rocket is making it easier for designers and production houses to implement high-impact cryogenic-type effects into projects of all types - tours, special events, clubs, theme parks and more, says the company. The advantages over traditional liquid CO2 or liquid nitrogen cryogenic effects are many. With the Rocket series there are no cumbersome, high-pressure liquid CO2 or liquid nitrogen cylinders to deal with, making for a safer, less expensive and faster setup that requires no local authority approvals.
Three Rocket series effects are available – Javelin, Sidewinder and Tomahawk – all wrapped in a durable, tour-ready aluminum housing designed to withstand travel and repeated use.
Javelin is a high-velocity CO2 simulator fog machine in a compact and lightweight mobile design. It features 34 x 2-watt RGBA LEDs for bursts of dynamic coloured effect and can rotate 90-degrees for horizontal or vertical bursts of fog. Max throw distance is 20-ft with a 50,000 cu.ft per minute output and max continuous output of 10 seconds at full. Fluid capacity is 2.5 litres. Its compact size and easy mobility means Javelin is easy to position virtually anywhere.
Sidewinder features 22 x 2-watt RGBA LEDs for b
Australia - More than 75,000 tickets were sold as part of the NSW Government’s recent Great Southern Nights performance series held throughout November which is Australian Music Month.
Great Southern Nights delivered 1,100 COVID-safe performances to live music venues in over 140 towns and suburbs throughout the state. The aim was to reinvigorate NSW’s live music scene, which took a significant hit at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
Presented in partnership with ARIA, Great Southern Nights saw more than 2,500 artists perform at over 300 venues, with many high-profile names heading to regional venues to perform.
All music events were programmed in line with current NSW Government health advice regarding physical distancing and venue capacity of public gatherings.
Acts who performed as part of Great Southern Nights included Tash Sultana, Alex The Astronaut, Middle Kids, Thelma Plum, Jessica Mauboy, Jimmy Barnes, Ruel, and many lesser-known, emerging artists.
Towards the end of the month, two large gigs were announced for Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney’s premier entertainment venue and Chameleon Touring Systems supplied lighting and crew for the much-anticipated events.
Headling one of those gigs was Ocean Alley, a popular Australian alternative psychedelic rock band from Sydney and lighting designer Jake ‘Dutchy’ Bylsma who found himself behind a console for the first time since March.
“I was as rusty as they come and lighting the biggest room I've ever done,” he admitted. “Not to mention this was the first tim