Lighting News

new-found-gloryElation for Quicksand and New Found Glory
Friday, 5 October 2018

USA - For post-hardcore music fans, the summer of 2018 was something special New York-based Quicksand and Glassjaw, teamed up on a 20-date, co-headlining tour across the U.S.
JDI Productions, Inc. of Rhode Island served as lighting vendor for Quicksand with an Elation Professional lighting rig of DARTZ 360 LED moving heads, ACL 360 Bar LED battens and Cuepix Blinder WW2 keeping colourful pace with the band’s creatively intense sound.
JDI handled lighting design and programming for the outing with JDI’s Megan Alksninis on board as lighting director/operator. “Quicksand knows how to command the stage and the lighting had to follow,” Alksninis comments. “Their diverse music displays a lot of layers and the design was free flowing and fluid. Smooth color changes and sweeping gobos were a huge part of the design.”
Alksninis describes the lighting setup as six 8’ pipes strategically placed around the stage to form a box enclosing the band with each pipe holding a DARTZ 360 at the top, an ACL 360 Bar at the bottom and a Cuepix WW2 Blinder in the centre. “The LED lamp really makes the DARTZ stand out,” she said of the compact, narrow-beam LED moving head. “They have remarkable output as a small beam with the capacity to merge colour chases with any other LEDs in the house rig. They also have an impressive range of gobos that I used to their full potential throughout the show.”
The ACL 360 Bar fixtures at the bottom of each pipe - batten moving head effects with continuous rotation - provided backlight for all of the band membe

robe-the-weeknd-lollapalooza-berlin-2018-wee081931360Robe enjoys Weeknd at Lollapalooza Berlin
Friday, 5 October 2018

Germany - Lollapalooza Berlin 2018 was staged at the Olympiastadion and Maifeld - it’s fourth site in as many years - bringing huge waves of positive and creative energy to Werner March’s stoically powerful architecture.
German rental company TSE - also based in Berlin - supplied lighting and sound for Mainstage 1, complete with a full Robe moving light rig with over 100 fixtures including BMFLs, Spiiders, Pointes and MegaPointes.
For the Weeknd’s Saturday night headlining set, they boosted the Robe count with a specials package of another 174 Robes - almost double the amount of lights in the production rig - part of an eye-catching design by LeRoy Bennett which was overseen and operated by Steven Mills.
Heading up the 35-person TSE team on site was Marcel Kuch. The company has supplied lighting and audio to the main stage since Lolla Berlin started in 2015, and Marcel has also been involved for all that time.
He specified Robe for Mainstage 1’s production lighting design for all the reasons that it has become such a popular festival choice, “The reliability, brightness and versatility of the fixtures, plus the fact that international LDs, lighting directors and operators are all happy to work with Robe” he stated.
The production rig installed in the StageCo structure was very straightforward, providing three trusses of wash, spot and beam lights as a dynamic and flexible rig for all acts to use including The Weeknd and Sunday night headliners, Kraftwerk, who closed the 2018 event.
The Spiiders were distributed between

avolitesV&A Dundee says ‘Hello World’ with Avolites
Friday, 5 October 2018

UK - Dundee’s landmark new V&A museum beamed its way onto the world’s cultural map in September with a spectacular light, sound and pyrotechnics-focused opening ceremony. At the helm of the bold colour washes and intricate shapes was lighting designer John Rogers, armed with two Avolites Tiger Touch II consoles.
Rogers was commissioned for the project by Jon Pugh of JMP Productions. The pair employed 30 Robe BMFL WashBeams in weatherproof domes and eight Prolights SunBLAST IP rated LED Strobes to achieve their design. These were rigged at ground level around the exterior of the V&A, pointed directly at the building’s unique architecture.
More than 10,000 people gathered at the city’s docks to experience the launch, with thousands more watching it live on the BBC and later on catch-up. The entire show was synced to music composed especially for the occasion, triggered by MIDI from Logic on a laptop.
One of the stand-out moments of the show was the words Hello World, beamed onto the external slats of the museum in Morse code. But the visual highlight came as each section of the angular structure was perfectly washed in markedly different, bright colours.
“What we were aiming for pushed the boundaries of what’s possible using fixtures instead of projection mapping,” says Rogers. “This could have been challenging, but I was backed up by some of Titan’s signature features, including Key Frame Shapes. This made it much simpler to create an animation of the BMFL’s shutter blades, for a start, meaning that the Mor

elektralitedivebarwDive Bar mermaids lit with elektraLite
Friday, 5 October 2018

USA - The aquarium at the aptly named Dive Bar in Sacremento draws crowds in large part for its huge 7,500-gallon saltwater tank above the bar. This serves as a performance space for the fabled sirens of the seas, who are now being illuminated by elektraLite eyeBall Outdoor fixtures.
After the massive Titanic themed aquarium was built and installed by Carmel Valley based Tenji, Inc., Dive Bar’s management called upon Jay Ingram of local aquarium maintenance and design firm Aquaticbox to maintain it. “The aquarium was amazing, but its original lighting system was flat and felt like fluorescent office lighting,” Ingram recalls. “It didn’t have character or depth to what a possible underwater scene should look like.”
Ingram initially tried remedying the situation by adding PAR38 LED lights (22k, 12k and 6500k) to create sunlight shimmers, darker spots, and blue areas in the tank for a bit of change and drama. However, he felt that it was still missing the right extra “something” to make this delightfully kitschy vintage spectacle truly mesmerizing. “Seeing that this aquarium is essentially an underwater performance stage, I suggested to Dive Bar that we put in some proper theatrical lights that could actually change colours,” he says.
The management team agreed, and Aquaticbox turned to Jeff LaPell at Jacksonville, Florida based Stage Lighting Store, who shipped out half a dozen IP65-rated elektraLite eyeBall Outdoor fixtures for the task. Ingram then spent a couple of evenings mounting the water-resistant Quad (RGBW) fixtures above

the-comedy-about-a-bank-robberyWhite Light in the frame for bank robbery
Friday, 5 October 2018

UK - From the team behind the Olivier Award-winning The Play That Goes Wrong, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is a dynamic show focusing on the robbery of Minneapolis City Bank - and everything that goes wrong in the process. The play has run in the West End for three years now at The Criterion Theatre and has been a smash hit with audiences and critics alike. It is now embarking on a UK tour and White Light is supplying the lighting equipment.
A Mischief Theatre Company production, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is produced by Kenny Wax and Stage Presence in association with Birmingham Rep and features a lighting design by David Howe. David comments: “Bank Robbery is a play where the situation really brings the comedy to life. You have an escaped convict set on capturing a priceless diamond from the bank and with him his eccentric sidekick, trickster girlfriend and the maintenance man. The brief for me was to support the writing, which is extremely fast paced, as we swiftly move from one location to another, often by the way of musical montages.
“I worked closely with the other designers David Farley (set designer), Roberto Surface (costume) and Jon Fiber (sound) to create the world our writers envisaged. The writers were the performers in the original West End company and therefore the show evolved massively in rehearsals and it was very much an organic, collaborative process.”
Whereas the script remains the same as that performed in the West End, there were some changes to the production that needed to be implemented

music--lightShow Technology links with Music & Lights
Thursday, 4 October 2018

Australia - Well-known Italian manufacturer of professional lighting brands, Prolights, Tribe and ArchWork (under the parent company Music & Lights) will be hitting Australia, following an agreement with Show Technology.
Professional AV and lighting distributor, Show Technology, will soon be launching their first official selection of hand-picked solutions from Music & Light’s Prolights range. Some of the products Show Technology will be bringing to the Australian and New Zealand markets this summer include the IP65-rated high-output LED wash light, the Panorama IP wash with pixel ring designed to bring the workhorse LED wash light to outdoor events, as was featured at the 2018 PLASA conference in London last month.
Show Technology’s founder and managing director, Emmanuel Ziino, comments: “I recently visited the company headquarters and was very impressed with the dedication and effort put into product development and service support. Prolights has a professional range of products that complement our existing offering. These remarkably engineered Italian products give us the opportunity to assist our clients in more applications with more solutions.”
Fabio Sorabella, managing director at Music & Lights Italy, adds: “Here at Music & Lights, our technical and creative research department is constantly focused on anticipating the market trends, with the only aim which is to offer cutting-edge technology to our customers. A special care is devoted to the features and design of our products. The combined mix of experience, late

summercampphotocrediteonfotoChauvet LED lights Summer Camp Festival
Thursday, 4 October 2018

USA - Action in the Vibe Tent started in the early afternoon and went on nonstop to 4am the next morning every day during the Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, Il. Few fans left the spacious area for any length of time during these EDM marathons, captivated as they were by the music of artists like Zomby, MIJA and Dirt Monkey.
Equally compelling, and just as sticky, was the eye-grabbing video and lightshow created by Antic Studios, using 75 PVP S5 LED panels from Chauvet Professional.
Arranged in a seven-row-high pyramid configuration that appeared to envelop the DJ booth, the massive video wall transfixed fans with varied displays of unique and compelling images. These images moved from panel to panel over the face of the pyramid, enlivening it with a dynamic energy that reflected the spirit of the music, while drawing attention to the stage.
“We configured our S5 panels with a Chauvet VIP Driver and Signal Distributor,” said Antic Studio’s Max Koehler, who along with partner Ryan Warffuel designed the video and lightshow. “Once we configured the wall, we used Resolume Arena 6 to offset each panel’s 64 pixels in order to achieve a seamless video display.”
Most of the content displayed on the pyramid wall was custom designed by Antic Studios. “We used Adobe After Effects,” said Koehler. “Knowing that each row of PVP S5 panels was offset by 64 pixels made it easy for us to let our creativity run wild.”
The designers also blacked out sections of different panels, or whole rows in the pyramid, to create a jar

hedgehogBlack Light appointed Hog 4 master dealer
Thursday, 4 October 2018

UK - Edinburgh-based lighting, sound and AV company Black Light is the latest dealer join the group of High End System’s Hog 4 master dealers in the UK.
Black Light has worked with ETC for 25 years as a respected sales and project company. With an active hire department, this relationship continues to grow with the High End Systems brand adding Sola Frame 750 moving heads to their hire inventory along with a number of Hog 4 consoles.
The appointment confirms the company’s key role in the distribution of Hog consoles around the UK.
Calder Sibbald, director at Black Light, comments: “I am delighted that Black Light has been appointed as a master dealer for High End Systems. It is currently a very exciting time for ETC and High End Systems and I am really looking forward to Black Light being part of the evolution of the brand and product. Being appointed, truly demonstrates our reciprocal relationship with ETC and allows us to offer a wider range of their portfolio to our clients.”
The Hog 4 range is known for its moving light control, speed and ease of use coupled with its ability to control the largest of rigs. Black Light uses Hog 4’s for a wide variety of clients.
Jeremy Roberts, ETC associate regional sales manager, comments: “When the acquisition of High End was announced, the first call I received was from Calder at Black Light declaring: ‘We want to be part of this journey’. I am very happy they are, this takes our relationship to the next level.”
Black Light is supplying the full range of products including

altman-lighting-ap-150-wAltman Lighting debuts AP-150 LED wash
Wednesday, 3 October 2018

USA - Altman Lighting has introduced the AP-150 LED Par luminaire, a 135W RGBW LED wash which produces deep, saturated colours and soft, delicate pastels, while maintaining a smooth, uniform beam throughout the entire motorized zoom range.
Weighing only 11lb (5kg), the AP-150 replicates the soft output of a traditional par wash light with control states from 8-bit, 16-bit, RGB, and HSIC. Its factory and custom colour pre-sets allow for the quick selection of the most widely used entertainment colour choices, and it also adds the ability to record colour pre-sets directly to the luminaire for custom colour playback.
In conjunction with its colour output, the AP-150 also offers a variety of strobe options ranging from pulse and fade, to a 30 Hz strobe rate. With the motorised zoom which produces a beam spread between 12-65 degrees, the luminaire also has built-in stops at five different set points ensuring precise beam spread repeatability.
Julie Smith, Altman Lighting general manager, comments: “Since our inception in 1953, Altman Lighting has always been a leading provider of quality and affordable lighting solutions, and we are proud to continue that tradition with introduction of the AP-150 LED Par.
“Knowing the challenges lighting professionals often face when selecting the ideal wash luminaire, we have included a number of new features into the AP-150 Par that will undoubtedly accentuate any lighting design.”
Pete Borchetta, Altman Lighting product manager, adds: “As we discussed the design behind the AP-150 RGBW Par luminai

benrector1Ben Rector on the road with Bandit
Wednesday, 3 October 2018

USA - Singer-songwriter Ben Rector has embarked on a 28-date engagement entitled Magic: The Tour with a lighting package provided by Bandit Lites
Named for his sixth studio album, Magic, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Americana/Folk Albums chart, Rector’s tour features the songs that have resonated with fans for years. Bandit Lites facilitated an on-site demo for Rector to pinpoint what fixtures best matched his vision for the production, and then following renderings and revisions, lighting designer Chris Lisle and he landed on the current design.
“Ben is extremely hands on regarding his show and he and Chris seem to share an excellent understanding of how the show should look,” says Bandit Lites vice president Mike Golden. “I appreciate an artist that wants the time to visit and explore various lighting elements and applications. Chris and Ben came to Bandit to look at multiple fixtures and although it was a hot August day, Ben spent hours asking questions and moving fixtures around to see how they would look from various audience perspectives.”
Martin Sceptron VDO 10 fixtures make up a wall of video and lighting behind Rector and the bad, with GLP X4S fixtures placed above several Sceptrons. Robe Pointes are then hung from locally supplied upstage truss providing a backlight for the artist and band.
“Ben’s music is super fun and he is a very creative guy,” Lisle says. “Programmer Mike Marcario worked close with Ben to dial in specific looks and feels that Ben was going for. My personal favourite aspec

robe-de-stormruiter-sto052040402Robe rides the storm in Friesland
Wednesday, 3 October 2018

The Netherlands - It’s not every day that the chance comes up to light a large-scale musical spectacular starring over 100 majestic Friesland horses, geese, a dog, a falcon plus a few famous actors and singers. Marc Heinz relished the opportunity of working on De Stormruiter (The Stormrider) with a cast that truly ticked the ‘diverse’ box in every aspect.
Staged in the massive Saksen Hall at the WTC Expo in Leeuwarden, the city in the heart of Friesland, The Netherlands, the event was commissioned by the Royal Friesian Horse Studbook (Koninklijke Vereniging) and the Fader Horse Foundation and produced by Leeuwarden Friesland 2018 as part of the city and region’s year as European Capital of Culture.
Marc used 160 x Robe moving lights - BMFLs, LEDBeam 1000s and Spiiders - to help achieve the drama and breath-taking visual scenography needed to bring the huge 60-metre-deep and 80-metre-wide performance space alive. The narrative required the creation of multiple locations and environments.
Marc’s stylish lighting magic has appeared in theatres and been seen onstage worldwide. He’s also the co-designer (with Andre Beekmans from The Art of Light) for Dutch trance guru Armin van Buuren’s Armin Only series of world tours.
De Stormruiter was directed by Jos Thie, also a collaborator on Armin Only
The vast arena was filled with a sand-like mulch for the horses which enthusiastically devoured lumens, so Marc needed seriously bright fixtures, and Robe’s BMFL was a natural choice.
The hig

nature-one-20183Elation Proteus Hybrid weathers Nature One
Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Germany - Every year on the first weekend in August, tens of thousands of EDM fans converge on the former missile base of Pydna in central Germany for Nature One, one of Europe’s most diverse and popular festivals. This year, around 54,000 people came together to party on 23 “floors” along with 350 DJs and live acts.
Thomas Gerdon of Gerdon design has been working Nature One since 2003 and this year discovered the benefits of using Elation’s popular weatherproof Proteus Hybrid moving head. Since 2011, he and his team have been supporting the Open Air Floor, the largest floor of the festival, and for the first time this year also handled the visual design for Century Circus, the festival’s second largest floor.
Although EDM festivals have grown massively in recent years, Nature One is something special for Gerdon. "At most EDM festivals today you find broad, high and massive stage setups. That's different with Nature One. The producers of the festival want to create the largest open-air club in the world and in clubs the lights usually hang over the dancefloor. That's an integral part of the design.”
Above the Open Air Floor stood a structure in the form of a giant steel pyramid with a 40 x 40m footprint and a height of approximately 26m. “We chose to do a pyramid again this year because it has been effective in the past,” Gerdon stated. “It’s also cost effective and from a rigging point of view you can hang 20 tons on the main construction. This year we asked ourselves what we could add to it to give

taiwanRobert Juliat Cyrano for Taiwan’s Quanta Hall
Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Taiwan - Quanta Art Foundation has recently installed two Robert Juliat Cyrano 2500W HMI follow spots into the Quanta Hall at Hwaya Technology Park in Guishan Township, in Taoyuan County, Taiwan.
Personally designed by Quanta Computer chairman Barry Lam and built by Taiwan master architect Kris Yao, Quanta Hall embodies a blend of technology and art; its creation was based on the “Trans-Art concepts” promoted by the Quanta Art Foundation.
Adorned with simplistic yet elegant Chinese carved wood seals, Quanta Hall has served as a medium-sized theatre and multi-functional exhibition centre since its opening on 21 April 2009. The 1,000sq.m hall with 576 burnt sienna seats is used as a venue for a wide array of performing arts through the year.
With the help of Taiwan distributor DLHG Co. Ltd., two Robert Juliat Cyrano followspots found their new home in this hall and have been installed in the Follow Spot Room located on the second floor.
The stage manager of Quanta Hall commented, "The Cyranos are much brighter than the previous follow spots" when he was testing the new 2500W HMI followspots.
(Jim Evans)

pabloalboran-wChauvet adds impact to Pablo Alboran tour
Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Spain - Pablo Alborán has been drawing record crowds for his Prometo Tour as it works its way through Spain and South America. Providing powerful visual support for the Grammy-nominated singer/musician’s show in Madrid is a dramatic lighting design by Chus Fernandez that features Chauvet Professional Nexus Aq 5x5 pixel mapped panels supplied by Fluge.
Working in close collaboration with Salvador Moreno on the design of the stage space, Fernandez specified 64 of the RGBW Nexus panels to use as the centerpiece of his lightshow. Arranged in a captivating rhombus shape and flown at a slanted angle over centre stage, the panels provide a dramatic and colourful visual element to Fernandez’s design.
The massive size of the rhombus light structure provides a defining geometric pattern for the entire stage. Aside from drawing attention to the performers beneath it, the overhead configuration also provides an attractive scenic element for those photographing and videoing the show.
Fernandez drew on the high output and narrow beams of the LED panels to add impact to the stage during many of Alborán’s songs. At other times in the show, the LD set a more mellow mood by washing the stage in lush colours. Utilizing the panels’ pixel mapping features, Fernandez continually changed patterns on the stage to keep his show fresh and interesting throughout the concert.
(Jim Evans)

prolights-on-quincy-jones-at-the-o2-0-copyright-awais-buttProlights centre-stage for Quincy Jones Live
Tuesday, 2 October 2018

UK - Prolights’ new RA3000 high-precision 1000W LED profile luminaires took centre-stage for Quincy Jones - A Life in Song at The O2 in London. The event featured music and conversation from high-profile artists, accompanied by a 71-piece orchestra, to pay tribute to the American musician and record producer's career in his 85th birthday year.
Lighting and production designer, Ben M. Rogers needed a powerful, precise and flexible moving LED Profile to create the right look for each song. Just three Prolights RA3000 delivered all the key light for the soloists, with temperature corrected front light from the variable CTO to match the live camera needs. A further nine fixtures were deployed to provide backlight to frame the soloists with huge output, stunning saturated colours, beautiful pastels and high-precision whites, with crisp gobos layered over sharp shutter cuts right through the massive zoom range.
Ben commented: “Having trialled the units in a demo room it was great to put them through their paces on this high-profile event. They delivered at every level with an exceptional brightness, great zoom, accurate framing, clean and flat gobo rendition and excellent colour mixing. For a show without followspots we had to rely on these for key light and they delivered above and beyond - for the audience and through the lenses of the live camera and press teams.”
(Jim Evans)

harman-primary-corporate-logo-cmykHarman extends partnership with Fairlight
Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Europe - Harman Professional Solutions is extending its distribution agreement with Fairlight to include tour audio solutions in Benelux.
Fairlight was initially appointed to distribute lighting brand Martin by Harman in the region. Under the new agreement, the Dutch company will also distribute Harman’s full range of tour audio products, including JBL, Crown, Soundcraft, dbx and BSS.
Scott Aslett, regional director at Harman Professional Solutions (Northwest Europe), comments: “We are delighted to extend Fairlight’s distribution rights to Harman audio brands. We already have a strong established partnership with Fairlight, and given their prominence in the touring industry, this expansion of our partnership will support the great demand for Harman solutions and yield improved service to our customers in the Benelux region.”
Michael Arntz, general manager at Fairlight, adds: “We are excited about this extension of our distribution rights. The inclusion of renowned Harman audio brands means we are now able to offer a complete package, which is something our customers in the touring market have previously asked us to supply. We understand our customers’ needs and we’re happy to offer an all-in-one solution.”
(Jim Evans)

davidjemmaprStage Electrics expands apprenticeship scheme
Monday, 1 October 2018

UK - Stage Electrics has welcomed a new apprentice to its buying team in Jemma Dove.
Previously studying A-Level business, Dove will be working at Stage Electrics’ HQ five days a week alongside studying for a qualification in business administration.
She comments: “I am eager to get into the world of work. I am looking forward to the opportunity to further develop my professional skills in such a great company.”
The apprentice will report directly to Stage Electrics’ head of procurement, David Friend.
He comments: “Holding over £1.2m in sales stock here at Stage Electrics, the buying department have seen continuous growth over the last few years. We are pleased to welcome Jemma to the team, to help manage stock. We have recently had one apprentice in our department who graduated to a full-time roll here. Employing a team member through an apprenticeship scheme is a fantastic way of injecting new energy and creative ideas into a business. The way apprentices approach problem solving can often lead to new and innovative ways of working.”
(Jim Evans)

blacktrax-wBlackTrax helps young dancers shine
Monday, 1 October 2018

Australia - Staged annually for the last 14 years, Queensland’s Creative Generation (CGEN) event was the biggest yet, with almost 2,000 schoolchildren being given the opportunity to perform in a professional environment on an enormous arena stage measuring 20mx 18m, with a 38m x 6m rear projection screen behind it.
Content delivery and projection mapping specialists IKONIX - who are based on Australia’s Gold Coast - were asked to help deliver the desired wow factor for the fifth successive year.
At the heart of the solution they created were two Avolites RX8 Ai media servers to deliver images to the rear screen, and two additional units controlling projection onto the stage. Equally central to their vision of the production were Notch real time content generation and BlackTrax real time tracking system, the latter provided by Atlanta-based Visional Productions, and supported by Visional co-founder Kyle Means. IKONIX also supplied Barco 4K resolution, 32,000 lumen projectors.
The use of Notch and BlackTrax was particularly important to Zachary Burton, co-founder with Richard Saunders of IKONIX and the operator at CGEN 2018, because it allowed their creativity free reign by enabling the use of on-the-fly and reactive content to complement the AutoBlend and AutoMap blending and warping functionality available with the Avolites Ai software.
“The specifications for this year’s event were even more challenging and demanding than they had been previously,” recalls Zachary. “Not only did we find ourselves generating over 900 Gigabytes of

afi-photocredittrocchiophotography-wRogues join AFI’s Mourning In Amerika tour
Monday, 1 October 2018

USA - Fans who catch AFI on the current Mourning In Amerika tour as they open for Rise Against have no doubt what the multi-platinum band’s initials stand for. Slamming the stage with the power of a thunderbolt, and burning through their songs with reckless abandon, the iconoclastic quartet seems to be driven by some internal combustible force, or “A Fire Inside”.
Matching that fire with light is an intense, sometimes foreboding and fast-moving Kelsey Gonzalez and Cort Lawrence-designed lightshow that utilises a rig supplied by Premier Global Productions. Gonzalez, who is also lighting director on the tour, works through a set list that varies each night (she has over 90 songs programmed) to reflect the music with ever-changing patterns and colours. Helping in this endeavour are the eight Chauvet Professional Rogue R1 FX-B fixtures in her rig.
“We have our Rogue FX-Bs positioned on set carts,” she says. “There are four carts that we arrange to make one large triangle-shaped cart when they’re all on stage. Each cart has two FX-Bs, one positioned to face forward, the other facing up. This allows us to create some diverse looks and interesting geometric patterns by having the light going in different directions.”
Describing the lightshow as “relatively dark and moody,” Gonzalez creates silhouettes and eerie shadows to underscore some of the band’s more evocative songs. She relies on red, amber, and blue to serve as her base colours throughout the set, and creates impactful effects by contrasting them to other hues. “It

x-gamesMartin on track for Minneapolis X Games
Monday, 1 October 2018

USA - Slamhammer recently deployed a full complement of Martin by Harman lighting fixtures to illuminate three nights of musical performances by major headlining artists at the 2018 X Games in Minneapolis.
The X Games is an annual sports competition produced by ESPN that brings together the best athletes in skateboarding, BMX, motocross, snowboarding, inline skating and more. The 2018 Summer X Games were held at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, a with three nights of official concerts at the 8,400-capacity Minneapolis Armory.
In order to provide stunning visuals and immersive lighting for headlining performances by Ice Cube, Zedd and Kaskade, ESPN hired live production company Slamhammer to deploy a world-class lighting rig on the Geico Music Stage at the Armory. Slamhammer selected a full complement of Martin lighting fixtures for their versatile features, reliable performance and vibrant colours.
“It’s a privilege to be involved with an event as iconic as the X Games for the second year in a row,” says Marty Lesmeister, lighting department manager at Slamhammer. “ESPN asked us to put together an impressive lighting rig that could handle the demands of a high-energy concert at an extreme sports event, while staying within a reasonable budget.
“We went with the Martin rig because it’s flexible and powerful enough to deliver impressive results with a modest number of fixtures. Everyone was really satisfied with the rig. Zedd’s lighting designer uses 200 or more fixtures for his show, so it’s a real testament to Martin fixt

robe-pablo-alboran-wRobe lights Pablo Alborán
Monday, 1 October 2018

Spain - The visual design for popular chart-topping Spanish singer and musician Pablo Alborán’s current Prometo tour has been created by LD Chus Fernandez working closely with artistic director Salva Alborán. It is a fine-tuned fusion of lighting, video and automation that brings a diverse look to the show, which will be on the road for at least a year on this, Alborán’s fourth studio album cycle.
Chus chose to work with Robe moving lights, picking 40 x MegaPointes, 48 x Spiiders and 32 x BMFL WashBeams as the work-horses of the rig, all supplied by rental company Fluge.
It is Chus’ second year as LD, lighting director and operator for Alborán, and he and Salva - who also creates the video content - worked out numerous multi-level ideas and looks to ensure that all the different visual elements had their chance to shine.
With a large upstage 4.8mm LED screen measuring 16m wide by 7m high and a moving ceiling of 72 x 5x5 matrix LED fixtures as a special feature, both these aspects can change the shape and architecture of the performance space.
Chus therefore needed very intense and highly adaptable fixtures to create the desired lighting looks and effects.
The upstage truss above the screen contains 16 x MegaPointes, and four diamond orientated trusses around the 5x5 ceiling feature are rigged with 24 x MegaPointes - six per section of truss, so both these sets of MegaPointes make powerful borders around these two set features.
Thirty-six of the Spiiders are positioned on both sides of the stage in diamond shaped f

current-rms-5000x2625-plasa-london-pr-rbgCurrent RMS acquired by Kerridge CS
Monday, 1 October 2018

UK - Equipment hire software companies Current RMS and InspHire have been acquired by integrated ERP solutions provider Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS).
The deals will allow KCS to strengthen its presence within the rental industry. InspHire and Current RMS will operate as independent business units within KCS, under their existing management teams.
Current RMS will remain tailored to the needs of the AV, production and events industries. InspHire, which supplies software to companies that rent heavy plant and construction vehicles, will be backed to expand into the US market. 
Chris Branson, managing director of Current RMS, comments: “I’m delighted that a company as prestigious and well regarded as KCS Group has chosen to invest in Current RMS. We’ve achieved so much in the four years since we launched and through this acquisition we’ve now got the backing and scale to accelerate product development and global reach, whilst remaining the Current RMS our users love.”
Ian Bendelow, CEO of KCS adds: “The acquisitions of InspHire and Current-RMS deliver a great opportunity for us to strengthen our presence in the hire software market in the UK, as well as developing further global opportunities in this sector. They are both very high quality businesses with offerings that are complementary to our own. We’re looking forward to working with their employees and to welcoming them to the KCS family.”
(Jim Evans)

glassjaw-at-brixton-academy1-1Glassjaw play Brixton under Elation rig
Friday, 28 September 2018

UK - New York post-hardcore band Glassjaw rocketed to success in 2000 and has had a strong European following ever since, especially in the UK. Following the release last December of their first full length album since 2002, Material Control, the band returned to the UK this summer, playing a much-anticipated show at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on 18 August.
Lighting designer for a short run of European dates was Hayden Borgars (Night Flight Orchestra, The Pineapple Thief, et al.), who had an Elation lighting rig of 12 Platinum Beam Extreme beam lights and 12 Platinum Wash ZFX Pro LED moving head washes at his disposal for Glassjaw’s Academy Brixton show.
Rooted in the intensity of the New York hardcore scene, Glassjaw are notorious for their exciting live shows and aggressive performance style. Their music is experimental and multi-stylistic, powerful and aggressive, but with a melodic touch that creates a unique dynamic. The December album release was somewhat of a surprise for Glassjaw fans, who hadn’t anticipated a re-emergence of the band but greatly appreciated the new music and flocked to see the band live.
Borgars took both the new music and the band’s more classic tracks into account when designing the show. “With Material Control being their first album in 15 years I wanted my design to be fairly versatile to be able to create some classic looks for the older tracks and then some more modern and fast-paced looks for the newer material,” he comments.
“Having the Platinum Wash ZFX’s in the overhead rig w

anolis-vratislavice-nad-nisou-churchAnolis lights local landmark
Thursday, 27 September 2018

Czech Republic - Vratislavice nad Nisou is a district in Liberec – the fifth largest city in the Czech Republic - and their forward-thinking municipality led by Mayor Lukas Pohanka wanted an extra special touch for its landmark Church of the Holy Trinity, a well-preserved and now protected single baroque building dating back to 1700.
In recent years, a new stone road and stone steps were built and complemented by stylish lamps and benches adjacent to the church, new trees and flowers were planted around the building when it was refurbished, and. “illuminating the Church was the next logical step“ he stated.
This was an intricate task to get just right. Locally based architectural lighting specialist ArchLights, was asked to propose an appropriate lighting scheme that highlighted its attractive architecture, and their team led by lighting designer Pavel Holzknecht and owner Michal Rehak, chose Anolis ArcLine Mini Outdoor 18 and ArcLine Mini Outdoor 36 LED luminaires together with ArcSource Outdoor 4 MC Pixels.
Anolis was selected for the compact size of the products, plus their quality and colour mixing capabilities, and the brand was also highly recommended by architectural lighting consultant Petr Kolmacka, who has helped with technical specification and final programming, as well as brought the installation to life.
The concept of lighting the Church was initiated by Pohanka and his colleague Pavel Podlipny.
ArchLights also recently lit the city castle in Decin with spectacular results. The company is actually a new division of w


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