UK - Robert Juliat will be exhibiting at PLASA Show 2022 on stand C11 with its exclusive UK distributor, Ambersphere Solutions.
Robert Juliat will present Sully LED fixtures, including profile and Fresnel spots, in warm and cool white LED (Sully White), and the new 4C coloured LED models (Sully 4C) which were first seen at Prolight + Sound earlier this year.
Robert Juliat’s LED followspot range will be represented by the 300W Roxie, 600W Oz and the new long-throw 800W Arthur LT followspots illustrating how Robert Juliat creates followspots to suit all sizes of venue.
RJ Sully White was launched in 2020. It comprises a complete family - profile, single lens and followspot - of high-quality 115W white LED lighting fixtures. These are all available with a warm (3000K) or cool (5700K) white source, and have a guaranteed light output equivalent to, or greater than, that of a 1000W tungsten lamp. The Sully range also includes a removable lamp compartment which can be used to upgrade RJ 600SX tungsten profiles. This has proved an incredibly popular, economical and environmentally kind solution for venues already in possession of RJ 600SX Series profiles who wish to transform their lighting stock to LED sources.
Newly launched at Prolight + Sound 2022, the Sully 4C Series is an affordable, colourful and versatile product range featuring a new software platform, RJ Color, offering multiple controls and functions. It places a new, factory-calibrated 4-colour LED source (Red, Green, Blue, Lime) at the centre of a full package of lighting tools for an
UK - Ayrton, which celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year, will be exhibiting its latest LED lighting products on the stand of its exclusive UK distributor, Ambersphere Solutions (Stand C11).
New for this year and being exhibited for the first time in the UK are Cobra, Zonda 9 FX and Domino LT. All three of these products have enjoyed phenomenal success on the plethora of tours and festivals that have taken place worldwide since their launch.
Cobra is Ayrton’s first laser sourced, IP65 rated fixture. Designed for rendering a D65 white point that allows perfect colour reproduction, Cobra is the only luminaire on the market capable of illuminating an object several kilometres away. With an output of 386,000 lux at 20m, an unprecedented 38x zoom ratio and an incredible zoom range of 0.6° to 23°, it also exhibits a native contrast never achieved before by a digital light source.
Possessing continuous pan and tilt, a highly innovative colour section and unrivalled graphics capability (including 92 gobos, four prisms and an extreme range of focus (XT-Focus™) which permits the beam shape to be adjusted according to the operating distance), Cobra is also IP65 rated and housed in an extremely compact body.
Domino LT is the first all-terrain LED luminaire in Ayrton’s ‘LT’ (Long Throw) range, and is designed for intensive outdoor use in long-distance applications that require high precision. This IP65-rated 1000W, 6700K profile fixture has a 225mm front lens and 3.5° - 53° zoom capability and delivers an output of 51,000 lumens. Sleek,
Europe - Obsidian Control Systems is to host three in-person training sessions on the Ooyx control platform at its European headquarters in Kerkrade, The Netherlands. The training sessions will take place 20, 21 and 22 September and will focus on Obsidian’s Onyx software while covering the DyLOS pixel composer, Netron Ether DMX devices and Capture visualization software.
The training will cover Beginner (20 September), Intermediate (21) and Advanced (22) levels, allowing anyone with or without Onyx experience to get a comprehensive understanding of the powerful software. The goal of the training is for lighting professionals to grow their knowledge base and improve their skills to become more effective and creative lighting programmers.
Each session will dive into the details of the Oonyx platform, using an NX2 console in a hands-on approach to learning. With a variety of new features and improvements recently added to Onyx, DyLOS, Netron and Capture, lighting pros are encouraged to take advantage of these training sessions to get the most out of the platform.
Users can register for one, two or all three sessions, depending on their needs and experience level. The training will be conducted in English and the cost per day is €249.00. Participants who attend all three days will receive an NX-DMX free upon completion of the course. Please note that while each session may offer some advice on creative programming techniques, the training does not teach lighting design skills.
Obsidian Control Systems is committed to providing its growing u
UK - Showlight will be exhibiting at PLASA Show 2022 on Stand A8 giving visitors the chance to meet some of the committee that organise this quadrennial event and discover more about what the event has to offer.
Showlight chairman, John Allen, and Showlight technical director and past-chairman of the papers committee, Bernie Davis, will also present a seminar Discover Showlight 2023 as part of the PLASA Educational & Seminar programme, on Sunday 4 September at 12.45pm – 13.15pm in Seminar Theatre 1.
John and Bernie will outline what you can expect – in form and content - at Showlight 2023 which takes place in Fontainebleau, near Paris, from 20-23 May 2023. This seminar is your chance to learn more about how Showlight works, and how you can participate as a delegate, sponsor, exhibitor, student, or speaker at Fontainebleau.
You can sign up for the Discover Showlight 2023 seminar using this link:
After a postponement of two years, Showlight returns to host a global audience of delegates from all realms of lighting professions who gather to hear the experiences of their peers, and celebrate all things lighting. The venue is the Théâtre Municipal in Fontainebleau and headline sponsor for 2023 is French lighting manufacturer, Robert Juliat, whose representative, Séverine Zucchiatti, will also be at the seminar.
Showlight is a colloquium, organised for lighting professionals by lighting professionals, which takes place every fou
Croatia - Valjak I Prijatelji (Valjak & friends) was a show staged in Pula, Croatia, in the city’s Arena Roman amphitheatre venue and dedicated to Aki Rahimovski, lead singer of Croatian rockers Parni Valjak. The enigmatic frontman died suddenly and unexpectedly in January aged 66, just ahead of a major tour.
Slovenian lighting designer Nikola ‘Niko’ Podlesnik was honoured to be lighting the emotionally charged gig. He chose Robe moving lights as the backbone of his rig to help deliver all the drama and sentiment of the evening, which saw the remaining members of the band perform with a series of famous Croatian singers taking on the vocals, including Rahimovski’s son, Kristijan.
Lighting equipment was supplied, together with the full technical production including audio and video, by Zagreb-based rental specialist Promo Logistika. The company has a large Robe inventory, all of which is out now as the demand for live shows and events skyrockets over the summer.
Previous to this show, Niko was booked to LD the 40-date Parni Valjak (Steam Roller) tour at the start of the year. After Aki’s passing, he lit another Valjak I Prijatelji gig at Zagreb Arena in March for which he used over 100 Robe movers. Very enthusiastic about the brand and his work, Robe is usually his first choice of moving lights.
Pula Arena has a permanent stage setup facilitated by the annual Pula Film Festival committee which is used extensively for that plus the other shows and events using the impressive space. Constructed between 27 BC
USA - Introduced in March, 2021, the Ovation Rêve E-3 LED ellipsoidal combines a full spectrum of saturated colours with vivid whites featuring +/- green adjustments, along with a host of other features. Now Chauvet Professional has announced the Ovation Réve E-3 IP, which offers all the output and performance of its popular predecessor, along with the added benefit of being an IP65-rated fixture.
The Rêve E-3 IP has been designed to excel indoors or out in theatre, broadcast, event, and production applications. The new fixture offers the same 2800K to 8000K colour temperature pre-sets as the original Rêve E-3 to deliver unparalleled quality of light. An emulated “red shift” for a tungsten-like look and four 16-bit dimming curves add to its versatility, while its adjustable yoke make it easy to mount in a wide range of spaces.
Powered by 91 LEDs, the Rêve E-3 IP light engine produces a ‘rainbow of realistic, captivating colours’. Additionally, a virtual colour wheel matches a wide spectrum of popular gel options.
Suitable for indoor and outdoor film and broadcast applications, the Rêve E-3 IP has silent fan-off modes. What’s more, its six adjustable PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) modes protect against on-camera flickering. Thanks to its IP65 rating, the new fixture is very technician friendly, as its inside remains dust and debris free, making it easier to maintain.
“The introduction of the Ovation Réve E-3 IP is the latest example of our total commitment to becoming a comprehensive resource for IP65 rated products,” said A
USA - The Nature of Light: An Exploration After Dark at The Paine Art Center and Gardens, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin is an immersive night time experience - created by visual design practice Lightswitch in partnership with art sculpture studio HYBYCOZO and the Paine - uses a host of Elation Professional fixtures in a number of evocative and transformative outdoor environments.
For nearly a decade, HYBYCOZO and Lightswitch have partnered on art installations and experiences but The Nature of Light: An Exploration After Dark is their first collaboration on a major large-scale exhibition. The Nature of Light features a collection of carefully curated experiences throughout the estate and grounds, spectacularly lit indoor and outdoor environments that incorporate more than 50 different sculptures.
The project began when Aaron Sherer, executive director at the Paine, approached Lightswitch Principal John Featherstone with an interesting idea. Familiar with Lightswitch’s work on Illumination - Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum in Illinois, Sherer wanted to highlight the Paine’s Tudor-style mansion and beautiful botanical gardens in a unique way yet wanted something different from the annual holiday-centred light installations. His vision was to create an exclusive, one-off experience centred around light, art and nature in a way that celebrated the Paine’s grounds.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the English-inspired country estate is just over three acres in size. The modest size of the grounds allowed
USA - Frontman Ian Astbury and The Cult have “always been fans of warm blinder light from a low and back position,” says Matt Guminski, the band’s lighting designer, programmer, and operator.
For his part, Guminski is a self-described “fan of contrasting warm tungsten (or a proper tungsten emulating LED), that works harmoniously with the bold & saturated colors of LED or discharge lamp fixtures”.
This alignment of preferences came together this summer for the band’s We Own The Night North American tour.
“Doing bumps between a rich saturated LED look and warm bright blinder hits always provides big dramatic looks, which is what we did on this tour,” said Guminski. “We also went with multiple types of silhouette looks. This harkens back to Ian’s desire for a less traditional rock show, more like Bauhaus/Nine Inch Nails. Chiaroscuro is the name of the game. A clear tonal contrast to suggest the volume and modelling of the band. The more silhouettes, contrast, and darkness the better.”
Helping Guminski create these powerful mood-intensifying looks was a collection of Chauvet Professional STRIKE fixtures, which, like the rest of the rig, were supplied by Gateway Studio and Production Services of St. Louis. “Big thanks to Cosmo Wilson and the team at Gateway,” said Guminski. “They gave me excellent advice on fixtures, including recommending the STRIKE Array family.”
Guminski used six of the four-pod warm white blinders, positioning them on 12x12 box truss with rolling wheels. This structure was located upstage
USA - Bobby Glowacki does a bit of everything on country music artist Brett Eldredge’s current Songs About You U.S. tour and lights the singer/songwriter using a versatile lighting rig from Elation Professional. Production design, lighting design, lighting programming, lighting operation, even lighting tech, he’s a virtual jack-of-all-lighting-trades working behind the scenes to make sure the show runs smoothly and looks its best.
Eldredge has five No.1 singles on the Billboard country charts and multiple accolades to his credit. Glowacki, who shares production designer duties with Bryan Bobbys, has been working with Eldredge for the past few years. He lights the current show using an Elation lighting package of 32 DARTZ 360 narrow beam moving heads, 12 Paladin Panel flood and effect lights, 8 ZW37 beam/wash moving heads, and a pair of SixPar 200 IP. Lighting supply is by Christie Lites North America (account rep Rod Gibson).
Brett Eldredge released his latest album Songs About You in mid-June before kicking off his new tour July 22. He’ll be playing dates through November. The album continues the artist’s strong vocals and heartfelt storytelling yet is a slight departure from previous albums with arrangements that dip into other musical genres like rock and soul.
With music that ranges from high tempo to laidback, Glowacki says he wanted to give the music a place to live while allowing the artist to continue to tell his story. The design, a semi-circle setup backed by four 16-foot towers, gives the artist room to play while engagi
South Africa - Maranatha Community Church Johannesburg has invested in two sets of Astera Titan Tubes for its busy 3000-seater auditorium in Kempton Park.
Nereen Bradshaw is head of media at Maranatha, and is responsible for creating content and overseeing lighting, media and video weekly at the Kempton Park campus, with which she has been involved for 10 years. The auditorium is used for three Sunday services each week (reaching approximately 5,000 - 6,000 people across all three services), and a live event is staged every Friday for around 400 young people. Four times per year there is a large mid-week family praise & worship service to coincide with the end of the school terms. Services include a set of praise & worship songs, followed by a motivating message.
All these presentations and services include live musical performances.
Nereen and the team at Maranatha – headed by Senior Pastor Leonard Stone – are always looking out for new technology and elements to enhance their productions, but it was an album launch by resident church band, Direction, which prompted the Titan Tube purchase. “We wanted something really extra special for this event,” explained Nereen.
The Church had bought other kit including Robe moving lights from Astera’s South African distributor DWR Distribution in recent years, so when DWR’s Robert Izzett came onsite and demonstrated the Titan Tubes, both Nereen and Leonard were suitably impressed and went on to order two sets, 16 Tubes in total.
The battery powered operation and ability to re
Norway - Kunsthøgskolen – Oslo’s National Academy of the Arts is a vibrant and high-profile university college in the Norwegian capital which is dedicated to education in design and fine art (including graphics, furniture, and clothing design) and the visual and performing arts.
The visual and performing arts faculty covers multiple genres – theatre, drama, opera, dance, ballet, jazz, etc., offering undergraduate and master’s degrees, and has nine busy stages that present 50 – 70 productions a year. Head of lighting for this busy and lively environment is Ronnie Tungland, who recently co-ordinated the specification and purchase of 20 x Robe Esprite moving lights to be used across the various stages.
As Kunsthøgskolen’s 1000 plus dimmer channels feeding the various stages were starting to age, explained Ronnie – who has been overseeing lighting at the academy for four years – and they were allocated budget to upgrade the lighting system. This resulted in around half being replaced and the other half being converted to hard-power channels with the remaining money spent on new, more sustainable, and greener lighting that would serve their needs for years to come.
Debating whether to get washes or spots, Ronnie decided that a multifunctional light would offer the best solution for current and immediate future needs, and after a demanding selection process, chose Esprites.
“I wanted a powerful and bright fixture with shutters that was relatively light in weight,” he commented referring to the abundance of stairs needing to be
USA - Will Chandler has created a compelling design for Grammy winners Bob Moses, on the Canadian duo’s current summer tour.
The owner of Envizion Group, Chandler has created a flowing set and lighting design that seems to fit the stage effortlessly as it produces its immersive effect. Engendering this organic mood are his artful use of dark spaces, a blow through video wall, and a rig configuration that allows him to “hide” fixtures when not in use.
“My vision was to maintain a level of transparency in the set,” explained Chandler. “Going into the design process, I wanted to incorporate video into the rig, but more as a scenic element and light source than as a traditional screen. The use of blow through screens, along with the space created by the strips, allows me to hide moving lights and blinders behind the set so that they disappear when not in use. This creates a lot of different visual opportunities, even in a small space.”
Helping Chandler conjure up this transparent, open look are a collection of Chauvet Professional STRIKE 1 and ÉPIX Strip Tour fixtures from Envizion Group’s own inventory.
Hung inside the vertical truss towers that support the video walls, the 12 STRIKE 1 units in the rig are key to Chandler’s design strategy of having fixtures appear and disappear. “We have some moments in the show when the set essentially disappears,” said Chandler. “When this happens, the vertical rows of STRIKE 1s hidden behind the structure allow me to reveal the structure in a stark, compelling way.”
USA - Stage Right Lighting in Virginia Beach, Virginia expanded its Ayrton lighting inventory with 38 Perseo IP65-rated compact, multi-function luminaires, which have been flying off the shelves, according to production manager Doug Arble. ACT Entertainment is the exclusive distributor of Ayrton lighting in North America.
“We’re based in the Tidewater area, which consists of seven cities, and from May to October we’re outdoors with concerts and special events,” he reports. “We were looking for a multi-function light with an LED source and an IP rating. We needed something that wasn’t excessively heavy that we could throw into a pre-rigged truss and use as a downstage wash or upstage profile, something that had gobo effects and framing shutters, which are in big demand on riders these days.
ACT brought us some Perseos for a shoot-out with other IP-rated fixtures, and afterward we decided to buy a compliment of Perseo Profile units and Perseo Beams.” Several years ago Stage Right purchased several Ayrton Mistral-TC LED spot luminaires, which Arble says have been “fantastic for corporate ballroom and theatre projects”.
From May to October Stage Right works in venues ranging from 2,500-seat theatres to 20,000-seat amphitheatres as well as on mobile stages set up temporarily for festivals. Starting this spring Stage Right used Perseo fixtures in the overhead package for The Trinity of Terror, a modern hard rock tour featuring Motionless in White, Black Veil Brides and Ice Nine Kills at the Chartway Arena at Old Dominion University in No
Europe - MA Lighting has now released the grandMA3 software version 1.8. The upgrade represents “massive workflow improvements and new functionalities”. These include New workflow for symmetrical movements, Selection Grid tools, multipatch, additional store modes and reworked update menu.
In addition, a number of existing features are taken to the next level. The DMX tester gets encoder bar control and the entire grandMA3 system can be set up offline with the help of device configurations. XYZ programming gets more powerful than it ever was. grandMA3 version 1.8 introduces the possibility of fading between MArkers and even between XYZ and Pan/Tilt positions in the same sequence.
The complete list of features and enhancements is documented in the release notes and under: www.malighting.com/grandMA3-software. Tutorials are available.
MA Lighting offers grandMA3 v1.8 public webinars presented by MA Tech-Support. Here is the link to register for one of these free webinars on 29 and 30 August: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/3616676798814985742
UK - Sauca Live Light is gearing up for its release at this year's PLASA Show (4-6 September, Olympia London). "Increase audience experience, engagement and loyalty with a low cost, sustainable solution," the company says. "Certainly not too good to be true as Sauca Live Light is the 21st century’s version of the concert lighter that does so much more is released."
With Sauca Live Light's new technology, audience smart devices such as phones, watches and wearables become a massive, controllable canvas of pixels. "Lighting designers can now control colour effects and dynamic images across the entire crowd. With the ability to generate huge messages that sweep across the audience, Mexican wave camera flashes or the crowd strobing the venue, the possibilities are endless," says Sauca.
Audiences everywhere can now create “unforgettable and mesmerising experiences under the instant control of visual designers”. Live Light fulfils and addresses today's need for increased immersion and connection with audiences. "Customers can not only increase engagement and loyalty but also promote positive behaviours, wowing and delighting crowds in the process. The creation of differentiated and unique effects will remain in fans minds and be very appealing to band members."
See for yourself and meet the team behind the tech during PLASA Show in the PLASA Introduces zone, and on the Innovation Gallery.
France - Visitors to the Palais de la Bourse in Lyon can’t help but admire the white marble statue, near the stairs leading up to this Renaissance revival structure. Graceful and flowing, the sculpture represents the Rivers Saône and Rhône, their arms joining together as they point confidently towards the future. Since it opened on August 25, 1860, it has brought together the forces of commerce, industry, education and art for the betterment of its community.
This heritage made the Palais de la Bourse the ideal setting for a recent event hosted by Vinci, SA, a company that specialises in energy production, concessions and construction.
Lighting designer Romain Plantier, working with lighting technician Loïc Pollet, drew on the stunning architectural features of the building to endow the Vinci dinner gala with added elegance and style, while still conveying a welcoming sense of warmth and intimacy. Helping them accomplish this was a collection of Chauvet Professional Maverick, Ovation and WELL Fit fixtures supplied by L&Db.
“The organisers of the dinner gala wanted to dazzle guests by bringing out the beauty of the building’s architecture,” said Romain Plantier. “We did this through light, immersing guests in a broad range of luminous decors with different atmospheres.”
From the Romanesque arches in its main dining area, to the elegant reception area with its vaulted domed ceiling, marble floor and Corinthian columns, the designers artfully wove every aesthetic element of the beautiful venue into an immersive visual panorama
Thailand - For the eighth season of The Voice of Thailand, the show’s lighting designers used Cameo spotlights for the first time. More than 180 moving lights, spotlights and LED bars were used in the studio and live shows in Bangkok. The lighting solutions were supplied by Cameo’s Thai distributor, L&E Lighting & Equipment PCL.
“Cameo is a relative newcomer to the Thai event technology market,” explains Arocha Kittivittayakul, product manager at L&E. “We are therefore all the more pleased that those responsible – Pat Jareeyatana, managing director of EXIT365 Company Limited, the owner of The Voice All Stars Thailand licence, and the lighting designers Arthorn Luempetch and Junchay Baomaroeng – showed great interest in the spotlights and ultimately decided on Cameo as a brand.”
For lighting in the TV studio, the lighting designers used 48 OPUS H5 beam spot wash hybrid moving heads to effectively set the scene on stage from the background. Nine OPUS SP5 profile moving heads were aimed at the coaches, while 28 F2 FC and 16 Cameo F4 FC Fresnel spotlights were used as additional stage components for front and audience lighting. Furthermore, 18 PixBar 500 Pros were installed on the floor to showcase the characteristic The Voice hand figures.
Meanwhile, 22 PixBar 650 C PRO LED bars at various markup points in the adjacent rooms provided atmospheric staging of interviews with the talented performers, family members and friends, and 42 wash lights from the Cameo ZENIT Series were also positioned in the interview, backstage
USA - Bandit Lites partnered with 46 Entertainment to provide the lighting package for the American sports and comedy group Dude Perfect 2022 summer tour. The group boasts more than 58m subscribers and 14.6bn views.
Production manager/designer Mason Felps of 46 Entertainment crafted a new design based around the core fixtures from the last tour, working with creative producer Lauren Charboneau and Bandit lighting director Chris Noll.
“We knew we needed a ton of key light to cover all of the playable area,” said Felps. “I started there and worked my way backwards.
“With Dude Perfect being social media based, it's really important to keep everything to brand: be it tour branding or artist branding,” said Noll. “This tends to influence colour selection or overall feel of a given segment.”
Noll worked with Gordon Droictcour of Cour Designs (content design/creation), Dan Fletcher of Dark-Matter (pre-production D3 programmer) and Justin King (rehearsal D3 programmer) when it came to the video side of the production, as video was also operated off the MA console. In fact, most everything was operated off the MA.
“The running joke on this tour became ‘if it wasn't a motor or a microphone,’ it was fired by lighting and they weren't far off,” said Noll.
Moving away from the standard, straight box design, Felps overhauled the design with a 52ft-wide curved LED wall and more than 100 feet of Tyler Truss curving over the house and main stages. The main visual element of the rig was a 140’ long ¾ circle built over th
Denmark - Roskilde, Denmark’s largest and highest profile international music festival, celebrated 50 years this year with a fantastic line-up across multiple stages, with Robe moving lights playing a major role on the famous Orange Stage and in the expansive Arena Stage venue.
The 50th anniversary had been due to take place in 2020 but was delayed two years due to the pandemic, and while a small version of the festival took place in 2021 in one of the barns on its site just south of Copenhagen, this edition had an extra special resonance in addition to guests being able to enjoy the dynamics of live music and real human interaction again.
Lighting designer Sune Verdier and his team once again ran production lighting for this stage, ensuring that all visiting lighting designers, directors, and operators were well accommodated and that all artists on the stage - bringing their own LDs or not - looked great.
Due to the substantial ground support at its core, the Arena Stage tent can accommodate the largest amount of flown production elements - and the greatest headroom - of all the performance areas on site. The production lighting design featured 40 x Robe MegaPointes and 48 x Spiiders at the heart of the rig, positioned on 10 automated trusses plus front and back fixed trusses and left and right side-ladders. This setup meant that even if a single performer was onstage, like a singer-songwriter or a DJ, the space could be filled with lights.
Verdier has been heading up the Arena Stage lighting team since 2013 and
Vietnam - Ayrton has announced Pro-AVL as its new, exclusive distributor for Vietnam.
Founded in 2011 by Mr. Le Manh Thang, Pro-AVL is the exclusive distributor for many leading brands of sound and lighting in the Vietnamese market. This well-established company also consults, designs, supplies and installs goods, and provides after-sales service for their customers across leading theatres, television companies, event centres and entertainment complexes, and rental and event companies.
Ayrton products are well known and well respected by Pro-AVL which was part of the reason behind the new agreement. “For a long time, Ayrton has been a well-known quality brand used by many lighting designers,” says Mr. Thang. “Part of AVL's mission statement is always to aim for the highest quality products for our customers, which makes the Ayrton brand and their products the perfect addition to our portfolio.”
The company is extremely enthusiastic about Ayrton’s products and philosophy: “LED technology really overcomes the limitations of products using traditional lamps,” continues Mr. Thang. ‘However, in order to truly replace the old products, new products must be continuously researched and developed, and Ayrton’s strength lies in its leading position in the development of intelligent LED products.”
Pro-AVL is ready to roll and keen to develop its market and promote Ayrton. “Our initial plan is to distribute lines that are considered suitable for the majority of the Vietnamese market, in addition to which we will also select other Ay
South Africa - Jade Manicom, known for her lighting design, programming and drawing skills has joined DWR as drafts woman.
After graduating, Jade entered the live events industry as a freelancer. Her first gig was with Keystone Productions, an audio, lighting, staging, and video production company that she ended up working for. “They kept me around for three months then offered me a job,” she says. “I learned so much and through them, the world of live entertainment opened up to me.
Said Robert Izzett of DWR, “We’ve known Jade for years, especially with all her work at Keystone Productions. It’s wonderful to have another lighting person join the team. Her experience in lighting shows will be invaluable for DWR going forward.”
The role of draftsman at DWR formerly belonged to Dylan Jones, who is now taking on a new position in the sales team. “I never imagined that I’d be working at DWR,” says Jade. “It’s amazing and it’s a strange path that led this way. Now I’m back to doing drawings which I love.”
Canada - The lighting rig that George Gorton designed for Dallas Smith’s Somethings Never Change tour took on a life of its own over the course of the early summer, seeming to expand, contract and morph in new directions with every show.
After a 19-month pandemic-caused hiatus, the Juno Award winning multi-platinum country star (12 of his songs have reach the top of the charts in Canada), took off to play some live music on 24 May, and invited some friends to join him. A total of seven different acts have supported Smith on his 24-show, five-week tour. This diversity made it essential that Gorton devise a rig with an organic-like quality to grow and change.
“There was a constant dialogue with the band,” recalled Gorton. “We had multiple guests joining Dallas, so we were constantly building and updating the show as the tour progressed and got new songs in the mix. The musical direction was flawless and extremely helpful for me to continue to grow the show design. It was rewarding to make improvements each night.
“Gordon Huxter, who was the programmer on the show, was a master at adapting. I was also very fortunate to work with Andrew Dawson, the LD for James Barker Band, the supporting band, as well as the entire team Kevin Mosdell, Andrew Balzer, and Laura Smith.”
Through all the changes though, the distinctive architecture of light that Gorton created over the stage remained the defining feature of the show’s personality. Configuring truss in a series of geometric patterns that reached their apex over the centre-stage area, his
USA - Rock band Halestorm is back on the road with Bandit Lites and screaming they’re ‘Back from the Dead’, which is both the name and title track of their latest album released in May.
Years ago, when lighting designer Craig Richter first started touring with Halestorm, he found himself at a state fair armed with an array of lighting carts. Staring at a house system comprised of an out-of-date 180K PAR 64 system, Richter naturally wished for a rig full of movers that would better suit the overall look of the show. During the hours before the evening’s show, Richter took the opportunity to make some chases and “program” the par system into the programmed show.
“Once the sun went down and the band went on, I was blown away by the fact that the par can system looked awesome and played very well the vibe and style music of the band,” said Richter. “Ever since then, I have always wanted to do a modern take on the old school PAR system.”
Now in 2022, Richter’s vision became a reality with Bandit supplying modern LED PAR Fixtures in old school, PRT double hung lamp bar truss, while movers ride in old style tech truss that matches up with the PRT. Bandit provided Martin MAC Viper Profiles, Claypaky Sharpys, VL 3500 Washes, Elation Color Chorus 48, Chauvet ColorDASH Accent 3, Chauvet Nexus 4x4, Elation CuePix Blinder WW2, Elation CuePix Blinder WW4, Martin VDO Atomic Bold, Martin Atomic 3000 LED Strobe and two grand MA2 full consoles.
“With every album cycle, Halestorm wants to push things a little more on the production sid
USA - Summer festivals are always full of surprises for anyone working in production, and not all of them have to do with unpredictable weather. Set to light Rolling Loud’s high-profile Snipes Stage where Money Man, Big30, Sleazyworld Go, and Curren$y (who helped start the hip-hop bash back in 2015) would be performing, Abbas Ritscher expected to have spotlights for front lights, but that was not an option.
Undeterred, Ritscher and his team at The Design Oasis, grabbed 12 extra Chauvet Professional Maverick Storm 1 Wash fixtures from their inventory and hung them “as far down the stage as we could” to create a clean front wash.
“We wanted to have a consistent wash throughout the stage, given who was performing here and because we need a camera friendly setting,” said Ritscher. “The Storm I was our work horse.”
Flown on eight rows of overhead truss, two of which were positioned on each side of the stage with the remaining structures running over its center from upstage to downstage, the high-output RGBW washes, colorised the stage in even fields of vibrant hues, that stood up well against the large video wall and video-fronted DJ booth that dominated its centre. A pair of horizontally oriented video wall strips ran down each side of the stage along with the truss.
“We had a pretty substantial video presence on the stage, and the lighting complemented it very well,” said Ritscher. “There were times when we had mostly dark space on the stage, and light from just a few of the panels and fixtures – the effect was very dramatic