Lighting News

robe-2cellos-us-tour-2019-img2457Robe puts 2CELLOS in the spotlight
Friday, 12 July 2019

USA - Robe moving lights were lighting designer Crt Birsa’s spec for the recent US tour of cellist duo 2CELLOS.
Birsa has been lighting the band since 2014, when he worked as the production LD for Schengenfest, one of Slovenia’s largest music festivals. The band liked what they saw and asked him onboard, a move development has opened the door to large-scale international touring and one-off shows all around the globe.
“There is always massive scope for lighting 2CELLOs and being visually imaginative due to the vast range of the music” he comments. “Lighting is also an active way in which we like to help draw all the fans into the performance.”
The main moving lights on the US tour were 34 Robe MegaPointes, 24 Spiider wash beams, with five BMFL Spots for key lighting, all supplied together with other lighting kit by Upstaging, who have been a steady investor in the brand in recent years.
Let There Be Cello was a new tour but for continuity and practicalities, like a tight time schedule between the start of it and the end of the last tour, they used the previous touring lighting rig as a base design, freshening up with some new lighting and video elements.
The US tour was split into two segments covering mostly arenas in major cities and including some famous venues like Radio City Music Hall in New York, The Shrine in Los Angeles and Fox Theatres in St Louis, Detroit and Atlanta.
The technical design stayed straightforward and versatile, leaving the stage space clean and uncluttered with Luka Šulić, Stjepan Ha

glpTame Impala headlines Coachella with GLP
Friday, 12 July 2019

USA - Australian psychedelic band Tame Impala’s busy year reached its zenith at the Coachella Festival in Indio, California.
Headlining on the Saturday night, at the festival, the big occasion gave lighting designer Rob Sinclair and his technical team full rein to unleash over 300 fixtures from GLP, supplied by Christie Lites.
The LD had been brought into the Tame Impala family back in 2017 by creative director, Willo Perron. “The band wanted a super precise show,” he remembers, describing the set today as “a modern take on 60’s psychedelia, which hopefully really messes with people’s heads”.
Among the GLP fixtures were 250 impression X4 Bars (in a mix of Bar 10s and longer Bar 20 battens) - a deployment that enhanced the psychedelic mood.
“The design was an adaptation of the touring rig, but with some iconic statement pieces purpose designed for Coachella,” he explains. “It’s all about gradients, swirling colours and complex intensity chases. We needed to be able to make these gradients with everything available so the colour depth was important. The locking together of the X Bars was also essential, and I don’t think we could have used anything else.”
The X4 Bar 20s were positioned on the floor and in towers and the Bar 10’s are situated inside the ring, in order to make the segments of the overhead ring smaller.
Rob Sinclair’s production design also included 60 JDC1 hybrid strobes - for a specific reason. “We needed a huge bank of colour behind the band and the JDC1 gave us that, within budget.

etc-musikhusetrytmisksal-1Musikhuset Aarhus gears up with ETC Prodigy
Friday, 12 July 2019

Denmark - The Rytmisk Sal of Musikhuset Aarhus - the largest music house in the Nordic region - has upgraded its stage machinery system with ETC’s Prodigy P2 hoist and QuickTouch+ 12 controller.
The popular culture and events house draws over a million visitors each year for concerts, musicals, theatre shows, opera and much more. The building’s lighting and technical teams had been looking to renovate the rigging system in the Rytmisk Sal (or rhythmic hall), also known as the ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll hall’ in the music house.
Head of lighting at Musikhuset Aarhus, Ole Nielsen, came across ETC’s range of upper stage machinery products during a visit to the renowned ETC factory in Middleton, USA and was keen to find out more. He recommended the equipment to head of production Jonas Knive, which lead to Atendi, the Danish distributor of ETC, being contacted to supply the equipment.
Eight Prodigy P2 hoist systems were selected to upgrade the current system. “With the quantity of shows and productions held at the Musikhuset Aarhus, the challenge was fitting the installation into the busy schedule of the event house,” comments Knive.
There was just one time slot available, and the project was installed just three weeks after the quote request. The short turnaround was so fast it required delivering and converting the Prodigy P2 hoists held in European stock from their compression tube mounting arrangement into the variant that can be mounted vertically and suspended on the main beams.
“This is a perfect example of how Prodigy hoists

teletica-canal-7bTeletica Channel 7 upgrades with Elation
Friday, 12 July 2019

Costa Rica - Televisora de Costa Rica operates Teletica Canal 7, a private TV channel that was the first TV station in the country back in 1958. Although the station produces a variety of popular programming for the local market, they have been operating for years using a mix of budget lighting fixtures and rented gear. Seeking to upgrade, Elation Professional automated luminaires were chosen as part of an on-going lighting refurb.
With four or five different productions a year to tend to, most of which last for a period of three months, Canal 7 lighting manager Alejandro Alvarez has many roles to play. During the recent lighting install, Alvarez and his team handled rigging of the stage, including design and rigging of the TV lighting and intelligent moving heads, as well as configuring and mapping video, LED screens, and projectors. He is also behind the lighting console when many of the station’s most popular shows air.
With budgets to contend with, the lighting makeover is occurring in stages. “The idea is to change all the equipment little by little,” Alvarez says of the lighting system update. “First, we were looking for a company that could support us during this upgrade, a company that could stand by us to help with technical information and support like spare parts for example. I'm an electronic technician so for me support is the most important. Second, I needed a light with great colour mixing and a big aperture that could be used at a short distance because the sets are 6.3 meters high. I found this in the Platinum Seven and Platinum

rodeohoustonphotocredit-ryanpaulinLD Systems lights RodeoHouston with Chauvet
Friday, 12 July 2019

USA - For 87 years, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, also known as RodeoHouston, has reigned as the largest livestock exhibition and rodeo in the world. The 20-day-long event at NRG Stadium offers a plethora of attractions for the 2.5m people who visit every year.
Providing visual support for this multi-faceted event in 2019 was an immense and very versatile lighting rig from LD Systems that featured over 150 Chauvet Professional fixtures.
“When putting together the lighting rig, we really needed to be flexible,” said Nathan Brittain of LD Systems. “Our lighting had to offer full production looks for the wide range of artists that appeared on our stage night after night. At the same time, we also needed lights that could contribute to the atmosphere throughout the event grounds. The key challenge was managing a project of this scale, which is something we did very well, thanks in large measure to the way our team pulled together to make things happen.”
The magnitude of the challenge facing the LD Systems team was plain to see from looking at RodeoHouston’s massive stage, which was configured in the shape of the Texas star. Each point of the star was accessible to the performers to engender their connection to the audience. Throughout shows by stars like George Strait and Kacey Musgraves, the massive stage slowly rotated 360°.
Rigged high overhead, so as not to obstruct views from fans sitting in the stadium’s upper deck, the fixtures followed the stage’s star shape. The sheer scale of the arena and the height of the riggi

astera-the-who-peterednu-photo-william-snyderThe Who move on with Astera
Friday, 12 July 2019

UK - Lighting designer Tom Kenny specified 42 Astera Titan Tubes as part of the lighting rig for The Who’s Moving On! tour.
The iconic band is playing 31 dates in the US, Canada and England accompanied by a local orchestra conducted by Keith Levinson, plus special guests including violinist Katie Jacoby and cellist Audrey Snyder. The tour is also promoting The Who’s first new album in 13 years.
The orchestral presentation demanded a new style and approach to the visual design. With Roger Daltry against the idea of deploying a video wall at the back - or in fact, any onstage video elements - there was a clear directive to strip back and encourage audiences to focus on the show.
The backdrop is made up from a silver threaded laser fabric, a beautifully textured surface that takes the lighting well. Meanwhile, a curved, mid-stage drape made from Bule and supplied by Atomic Design flies in and out on TAIT winches for the sections of the show, where The Who are featured in full flow.
“Lighting-wise I wanted something new, innovative and different that could help create plenty of drama and that’s what is happening with the Asteras,” says Kenny.
The Tubes are run wirelessly and are dotted along the orchestra risers in three rows in between the musicians, which can be between 40 and 50 people each day according to the orchestra.
There is no smoke or haze during the shows, so ‘standard’ beamy lighting looks are also not very visible, meaning there is a lot of emphasis on the Titan effects punctuating and accenting the

eventec-team1234Eventec to distribute PR Lighting in Australia
Friday, 12 July 2019

Australia - Eventec has been appointed PR Lighting’s new exclusive Australian distributor.
“Given the prior relationship between PR Lighting, and notably Sasha Xiong, with myself and our operations manager Yan Shao, it seemed obvious that Eventec would be in an excellent position to bring PR Lighting back to Australia,” says Eventec MD, Emanuel Maniatis,
Xiong adds: “Emanuel Maniatis is an old friend of PR Lighting, and his extensive knowledge about our products, the industry and the market trends makes this an ideal partnership. I believe Eventec can offer high quality service and support, and take PR to another level in Australia and benefit all our customers there.”
Maniatis had formerly been the service manager, and later purchasing manager for one of the previous distributors for PR Lighting, dating back to the days when the manufacturer was an OEM supplier. “PR Lighting has been in Australian for some time,” he explains. “Their product is of high quality and they have a very good development team.
“Up to this date we have been supplying middle-range lighting, and PR Lighting would sit in the upper range of our portfolio. Significantly, it has also introduced a large range of architectural products.”
He confirmed that Eventec would guarantee “top quality support and reasonable pricing” to bring the confidence back in the market, and they have wasted no time in honouring this commitment. “We have started supporting the products which are already in the market and our demonstration stock will be here during

michael-strickland-headshotBandit founder wins Parnelli Visionary Award
Thursday, 11 July 2019

USA - Michael T. Strickland, Bandit Lites founder and chair, will be the 2020 winner of the Parnelli Visionary Award.
Strickland has now led Bandit for 51 years, having founded the company in 1968 when he was just 12 years old. The award will be presented at the 19th Parnelli Awards on 17 January 2020 at the Anaheim Hilton in California.
“You must remember that in 1968 no one had stage lighting,” Strickland commented, “they all played with the ceiling lights on in a high school gym or National Guard Armory. When we showed up with ‘borrowed’ lekos and Fresnel’s, this was all new to the acts. At the same time, others in New York and LA were also experimenting and doing very psychedelic stuff, but they were adults, and I was a 12-year-old kid.”
Because of his appearance, Strickland notes he was able to bluff his way into situations that a 12-year-old should not have been in. Hiring someone with a driver’s licence was job one, and after that, the rest is history. The original Bandits took off and began illuminating rock shows in a 300- mile radius of Kingsport. On any given weekend, Bandit had borrowed all the lighting equipment from the high school, two junior highs and a theatre or two - hence the name Bandit.
Strickland graduated high school and then took the show on the road to the University of Tennessee where the merry band of pioneers continued lighting shows throughout college. After a degree in business, Strickland went onto UT Law School while simultaneously working as the production manager for the biggest act in the w

proteus-maximusElation Proteus Maximus now shipping
Thursday, 11 July 2019

USA - Elation Professional’s 50,000lm all-purpose luminaire Proteus Maximus is now shipping.
With flexible use as a profile, beam or wash light and all-weather IP65 rating, the Proteus Maximus is suitable for any outdoor or indoor application that would require bright output, powerful beam looks and precise gobos and colours. The dust and waterproof design makes the fixture ideal for theme parks and cruise ships, while its quiet operation, flicker-free functionality and DMX-controllable LED refresh rate will be welcome in TV and other broadcast environments, says the company.
“With Proteus Maximus we managed to create the perfect package for the most challenging environments,” says Elation product manager, Matthias Hinrichs. “From its hotspot engine to its large front lens, this is an outstanding fixture that provides designers the power to cover huge areas and long distances with remarkable output, colour and optical precision. Maximus certainly lives up to its name, truly offering maximum performance and utility out of a single model.”
(Jim Evans)

carlosriveratourChauvet lights Carlos Rivera’s Guerra tour
Thursday, 11 July 2019

Mexico - Fifteen years after winning the Mexican reality/talent show La Academia, Carlos Rivera is still finding new ways to connect to audiences and stir passions. The award-winning singer and actor is demonstrating this on his current tour of South America, Mexico and the United States in support of his latest album, Guerra.
At his tour’s recent stops in Ciudad Juárez and Chihuahua, Mexico, lighting designer Daniel ‘Gacela’ Romero delivered a richly textured lightshow that featured Chauvet Professional fixtures, supplied by Pro Audio Solutions.
Romero chose 12 Maverick MK1 Hybrids, 12 Maverick MK3 Wash luminaires, 14 Maverick MK2 Spots, and 24 Rogue R2 Washes to amp up his tour design. The Maverick fixtures anchored his show.
Drawing on the overlapping 8- and 4-facet prisms, as well as the versatile gobo package of the Maverick MK1 Hybrid fixtures, Romero created an array of captivating looks that reflected the different moods conveyed by his client’s music. The Maverick MK2 Spot units contributed exciting aerial effects and specials to the show, while the Maverick MK3 Washes bathed the stage in captivating colours.
“With the Maverick fixtures, the pixels were fundamental during the design,” says Romero. “I used them in extended mode to take advantage of their flexibility, and because of the precision they offer with their pixel effects and chases.”
At the Ciudad Juárez venue, Romero faced the challenge of working a room with a 15m high ceiling. This required fixtures with wide beam angles to cover the

jesseporecaBandit Lites sales team grows
Wednesday, 10 July 2019

USA - Bandit Lites has appointed Jesse Poreca to the sales team. Poreca joins the company’s Charlotte office as an installation and service specialist where he will assist in project management, installation and customer support of new theatrical lighting system install projects and renovations along with assisting the sales and installation division to provide existing clients customer service support, service calls and repairs.
“Jesse brings years of permanent AVL installation experience to the team and will immediately lead another crew to service the multiple ongoing projects we have,” said Chris Barbee, Bandit Lites director of sales and installations. “He is a very welcomed addition to an incredibly busy time of growth.”
(Jim Evans)

vari-liteVari-Lite’s VL6500 Wash is now shipping
Wednesday, 10 July 2019

USA - Vari-Lite has announced that its new Vari-Lite VL6500 Wash is now shipping.
The high-output wash lighting fixture, first demonstrated at Prolight+Sound 2019 in Frankfurt, combines the VL6000 Beam’s arena-scale performance with a visual attraction reminiscent of the legendary VL5. The fixture offers show designers a mix of modern power and vintage styling.
“The initial response to the VL6500 Wash has been tremendous, and it’s not surprising really, because we made this fixture as a direct response to the requests we have received from lighting designers,” explains Martin Palmer, senior product manager, Vari-Lite and Strand Luminaires at Signify. “We partnered with designers every step of the way when creating this fixture and tailored it to provide the capabilities our customers asked for most often.”
Palmer reports that customers like that the VL6500 Wash is a fully featured wash fixture companion to the VL6000 Beam with the same big picture form factor as its award-winning sibling. The VL6500 offers a full CYM+CTO system and fixed colour wheels but has presets that are colour-matched to the VL6000 Beam, improving the colour system while providing a consistent experience.
For further creative colour possibilities, the VL6500’s extended colour range mode offers the ability to move the colour mixing wheels beyond full saturation back to open. This allows designers to use creative split colour effects that can be seen both in air and on the Dichro*fusion blades.
“The Dichro*fusion blade system is absolutely the featur

focus-beam-led-fx8ADJ expands Focus LED series
Wednesday, 10 July 2019

USA - ADJ has announced the expansion of its Focus series of LED-powered moving head fixtures with the introduction of the Focus Beam LED.
The first dedicated beam fixture in the range, this new model generates a concentrated beam that is suited for creating impressive and engaging aerial effects.
Powered by an 80W white (7400K) LED light source with 50,000-hour average life, Focus Beam LED features an optical system that creates an output comparable to an MSD 5R lamp. The front lens projects a beam with a 5° angle that has an even field with no hot spots, and which remains uniform over long projection distances.
The fixture is also compact and lightweight, measuring 10.96" x 6.85" x 17.61" / 278 x 174 x 447mm (LxWxH) and weighing 27 lb (12.25 kg), whilst its relatively low profile also makes suitable for installations in venues with limited ceiling height or for areas where rigging space is limited.
“The Focus series has proved very popular for a wide variety of applications across the middle market of the entertainment lighting world,” explains ADJ USA’s national sales manager, Alfred Gonzales. “From churches to nightclubs, production companies to mobile entertainers, Focus Series moving heads have made their mark on fixed installations and temporary event productions all over the world. Which is why we are excited to be expanding the series with the new Focus Beam LED.
“Despite its compact size and low power requirement, this impressive fixture generates a surprisingly-potent beam that is capable of holding its own in larg

papaPapa Roach on tour with GLP impression
Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Europe - It was a coincidence that the paths of Papa Roach and lighting designer Mathias Kuhn should cross.
"About two months ago a lighting man was looking for a few shows in Russia and a festival gig in Germany," recalls Kuhn. “Three months later it became Papa Roach’s European tour, while another colleague took care of the gigs in the USA.“
For Kuhn, the band made their decision in his favour after a festival tour of Europe last year. “It just feels good when the lighting is turned on,” says frontman and band leader Jacoby Shaddix. “It’s a lot of fun for me too,” retorts Kuhn. “Performing live, this band is simply full of energy, and meanwhile I‘ve practically become a member of the family.”
Currently Kuhn and Papa Roach are more or less constantly on the move. After a support tour with Shinedown in the USA, playing mainly arenas, in the Spring they embarked on a UK tour, with shows in front of audiences of up to 4,000 people.
Prior to the festival season, the band toured Russia, Eastern Europe and Lithuania, where up to 6,000 flocked into the venues night after night. “It’s never boring,” says Kuhn, who has faced challenges in virtually every location. “In the UK for instance, the doors are too low and you have to think twice about how to get the set on stage.“
And since Kuhn was solely responsible for the lighting, only resorting to helpers and crew in the festival season, this was crucial. “In such situations you learn to appreciate fixtures that are compact, flexible and yet still powerful,” he

etclightssuethetrex1copyrightfieldmuseumphotobymartinbaumgaertnerETC lights Sue the T. Rex in Chicago
Wednesday, 10 July 2019

USA - Sue the T. Rex has a new home in the Chicago Field Museum’s Griffin Halls of Evolving Planet.
Lighting and AV presentation for Sue’s new home were designed by Lightswitch Chicago using ETC and Xicato luminaires and ETC controls. The fossil is named after Sue Hendrickson, who discovered the skeleton in South Dakota in 1990.
Following a three-month prototyping phase to show the curators how Sue would be lit the new quarters, the design team at Lightswitch Chicago produced a meticulously-cued AV presentation worthy of the $8.7m fossil.
“Conservation of the delicate stones and resins is very important - Sue will receive about a quarter of the light, and none of the direct sunlight it did before,” says Thatcher Waller, senior lighting designer for Lightswitch Chicago.
The project called for the complex integration of control protocols and diverse fixture types including ETC Source Four LED Series 2 and ColorSource fixtures, as well as fixtures from Xicato, that are wirelessly controlled using DMX over Bluetooth.
System Integrator Ivan Jones expected a “sandstorm” but was pleasantly surprised. “ETC did special programming for the job. Chris Price wrote an entire new control module inside Mosaic to speak to Xicato. They handed me a product that worked - I never had to patch it.”
This is the world’s first execution of the interoperability between ETC Mosaic and Xicato Controls. “We believe interoperability between control systems is essential as we move into the IoT age of lighting,” says Ron Steen, VP of NA s

robe-vad-fruttik-budapest-park-nmp-14Robe rocks in Budapest with Vad Fruttik
Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Hungary - Alt-rock band Vad Fruttik (Wild Fruits) headlined a special concert to celebrate the eighth season opening of Budapest Park, one of the largest outdoor venues in Europe.
Lighting designer Peter Pálocska from Budapest rental company Lajter Light designed a production lighting scheme to ensure the band and their 8,500 fans enjoyed a memorable night out.
Part of his distinctive luminescent styling for this show was a backwall of 72 Robe Spiider LED wash beam fixtures, which added drama and excitement to the visual picture.
Pálocska has also lit many other concerts in Budapest Park - which features a 24m x 12m x 12m (WxDxH) stage - and a landmark gig which any Hungarian band is extremely proud to play.
Vad Fruttik trusted him to produce something special for this show, utilising a combination of the house lighting fixtures (including moving lights from a competitor brand) and gave him a budget for specials which were the grid of Spiiders, a recent purchase by Lajter Light from Robe’s Hungarian distributors AVL Trade.
Rigging in the venue was the biggest challenge, and, to accommodate his Spiider wall, a combination of flown and ground-based trusses were installed to support the gird.
With no onstage video elements, all the emphasis was on lighting for visual effects and the Spiiders effectively created a large-scale low-resolution pixel surface upstage that was completely different in texture and appearance. Not having any conventional video onstage was a refreshing change and also helped focus everyone’s concentration

norwayProstage stages Prolights Oslo workshop
Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Norway - Prostage, the Oslo-based distributors of Prolights, invited lighting designer Fredrik Jönsson to lead a two-day workshop hosted in Oslo’s Riksteatret. The designer discussed various design techniques, stories and lessons learned throughout his career in the entertainment industry.
Fredrik Jönsson designed the lighting for the international Eurovision final in Malmö in 2013 and in Stockholm in 2016 and was awarded an LLB Award for best Lighting Design for his work on the 2013 Eurovision final. In 2019, he designed the lighting for Melodifestivalen (the national Swedish Eurovision finals), bringing his grand total of live performances for Melodifestivalen to 103.
Jönsson drew from his vast experience of designing global concert tours, international events and broadcast and concocted the two-day interactive seminar program covering topics such as basic lighting principles, WYSIWYG, CAD Visualisations and methodologies in practice.
During the CTO and CRI discussions, the LD tested the RA series fixtures independently and commented on how impressed he was with the high standard of light quality, the 6000+K and the impressive measured open white values of over 92 produced by the RA2000 and the RA3000.
For the duration of the workshop a full Prolights rig was on display for visitors to get ‘up close and personal’ with the fixtures and ask the Prostage team any fixture related questions. The workshop was well attended and encouraged participation, discussion and debate.
Prostage sales manager Carl August Tidmann comme

eesmidwichearproMidwich subsidiary Earpro acquires EES
Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Spain - Midwich has announced its Spanish subsidiary Earpro S.A has acquired the entire issued share capital of value-added lighting solutions distributor Entertainment Equipment Supplies S.L (EES).
Based near San Sebastian and founded in 2004 by Nacho Acha-Orbea, EES distributes products from key vendors including Robe Lighting, Verlinde and Prolyte on an exclusive basis to the Spanish market with a focus on the live events and rental sectors.
The acquisition will strengthen Midwich’s position in the Spanish and Portuguese markets, particularly in relation to lighting.
Miguel Mezquita, MD of Earpro, comments: "Having known Nacho and his team for a number of years, I am confident that we can look forward to a successful partnership between Earpro and EES. I believe we will now be able to provide customers of both companies with an even higher level of service, whilst continuing to strengthen relationships with our vendor partners."
Nacho Acha-Orbea, MD of EES, adds: "I am excited at the opportunity to work with my new colleagues at Earpro and the Midwich Group. I am confident that by becoming part of the Group we can continue to build on the strong platform and market leading position we already hold in the Iberian lighting market.”

frampton-1Bandit lights Frampton farewell tour
Tuesday, 9 July 2019

USA - Bandit Lites is providing the lighting for the Peter Frampton Finale - The Farewell Tour, presented by SiriusXM, a nearly 50-date run this summer and fall produced by Live Nation.
Frampton has announced he will retire from regular vigorous touring at the end of this year due to his diagnosis of Inclusion Body Myositis (IBM), and with a career spanning over more than half a century, he has a massive body of work to draw from for his legion of fans. “Peter Frampton helped shape the sound of the 70’s and it is an incredible honor to be a part of this historic farewell tour,” said Bandit Lites vice president Mike Golden.
This tour reunited lighting designer Chris Lisle and Frampton, who had worked together seven years ago. “To be a part of this final tour of his career was truly an honour,” says Lisle. “He is such a great person both on and off stage that we all wanted to work together to give him everything that he wanted show wise.”
Bandit Lites provided Claypaky Mythos, VL 3500 Spots, GLP X4, Elation SixPar 100, Claypaky B-EYE K20, Claypaky Sharpys, Chromas Q Color Force 72, 4 Lites and a dozen Circa Scoops LED fixtures. By playing with video screen sizes and truss configurations, Lisle designed a rig that would evoke a classic rock look while still centring around a central LED screen.
The wide variety of fixtures afforded lighting director Jared Rarick the opportunity to craft a dynamic show. The GLP X4 fixtures supply a general stage and the 3500 Spots are used as band key light/specials. To create old school ACL b

carnivalAyrton Ghibli joins Las Palmas spectacular
Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Spain - The Canary Islands boasts one of the most spectacular and outstanding annual carnivals in the world, where the streets explode with colourful parades, outdoor parties and music events on every island.
This year was no exception with around 600,000 people coming to enjoy the exuberant display of colour and light. One major highlight was Una noche en Río, a show directed by Israel Reyes with set designed by Carlos Santos, and lighting design and technical direction by Jonay Díaz, partner of RGB Canarias S.Coop. Díaz’s lighting for this show, which ran for 21 performances, was bolstered by 40 Ayrton Ghibli LED moving heads, supplied by GAM Eventos.
The carnival has gained a global audience and Díaz is very aware of how the eye-catching event transcends the borders of Spain. “The Drag Queen Gala is seen everywhere in the world with spectacular audience shares,” he says. “For this reason, our choice of lighting equipment must be done carefully.”
Díaz decided to rely heavily on LED technology for his design, and chose to use the versatile Ghibli as both back and front lighting. “I have deeply researched the products offered by the market in 2019 to light a show like this and it is indisputable that LED currently outperforms conventional equipment,” assures the show’s lighting designer and technical director.
Ayrton’s Ghibli has many advantages in addition to reduced energy consumption and greater creative possibilities. “The projection of gobos is much more homogeneous,” he continues, “they offer unprecede

cpl-arcadia-pangea-glasto-2019-phpto-by-lukonicCPL supplies Glastonbury’s Arcadia Pangea
Tuesday, 9 July 2019

UK - Arcadia’s Pangea, described as “a primordial world of infinite possibility” promised the latest immersive AV, lighting, sonic and pyro adventure created by Arcadia Spectacular under the artistic direction of Pip Rush and Bert Cole.
Technical production specialist CPL continued its working relationship with Arcadia by supplying six Barco UDX-4K32 projectors with fibre optic signal and control infrastructure for 360° projections that were integral to the show based around the 140t centrepiece of Pangea.
Arcadia celebrated its 10th year at Glastonbury, having previously implanted their 50t spider stage in the hearts and minds of fans for the best part of a decade.
Arcadia’s structures are built entirely in scrapped and repurposed materials. The crane, a graceful artefact of industrial architecture, was transplanted from Avonmouth Docks in Bristol, just 30 miles down the road, sourced after Pip, Bertie and the team scoured scrapyards worldwide for suitable materials.
Constructed in Somerset, it had resided and worked at Avonmouth since its installation in 1975, more recently rendered obsolete by larger capacity lifting kit. The ley lines of Worthy Farm will be its new home for at least the next four years.
Below the crane control room - which moves the jib - a reconditioned radar dome has been added to the massive steel legs of the structure, and the DJ booth is below that, about 10ft above crowd level.
The projectors were positioned on six 10m-high purpose-built towers located 40 metres away from the radar dome in weath

chroma-q-announces-grau-luminotecnia-as-its-new-spanish-dealerChroma-Q appoints Spanish dealer
Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Spain - Chroma-Q has announced Grau Luminotecnia as a dealer of its LED Solutions in Spain.
Grau, founded in 1984, has been providing the latest technologies including, lighting, for the film and TV market for 35 years. Focusing on the needs of a constantly evolving market, Grau prides itself in providing leading edge technologies to its clients.
After trying out a number of products, Alfons Grau, owner of Grau Luminotecnia, recognised the potential of the Chroma-Q LED range, and how it can benefit customers. He comments: “We are very happy to have become a dealer of Chroma-Q, who has two of the leading LED battens in the market, the Color Force II and Studio Force II.”
In addition to the award-winning Color Force II and the Studio Force II, Grau is now a dealer of the full Chroma-Q LED Range, including the Space Force soft light, the Brute Force revolutionary LED quarter Wendy light alternative, the Inspire houselight range and the Color One 100X and the Studio One 100 PAR.
Paul Pelletier, Chroma-Q brand manager, adds: “Grau Luminotecnia has a long history working with in the film & TV industry and we are delighted to have them represent Chroma-Q in Spain.”
(Jim Evans)

hungariandist-gorandoncic-and-imremakkayChauvet appoints Chromasound in Hungary
Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Hungary - Chauvet has appointed Chromasound as its distributor in Hungary.
Chromasound will represent the Chauvet Professional, Chauvet DJ, and ChamSys lines of products. The Budapest-based company will support Chauvet’s sales effort with a strong commitment to customers service and education.
“We’re extremely excited to welcome Chromasound on board,” comments Stéphane Gressier, international sales director of Chauvet. “Our company has made a major commitment to this market, and it’s great to have a service-driven, professional organization like Chromasound representing us. Working together, we will build on the momentum we’ve established in Hungary.
“The business philosophies of Chauvet and Chromasound are very much in line with one another,” adds Chauvet business development manager, Goran Doncic. “Both companies take a long-range view of business that involves not just selling customers, but doing all the things necessary to develop lasting relationships with them.”
Chromasound CEO Imre Makkay concludes: “It is a joyful moment for us to become the Hungarian distributor of Chauvet products. We share Chauvet’s values, and we admire not only its high quality products, but also the way it treats customers. We are looking forward to accomplishing great things together.”
(Jim Evans)

shownetinsidemostlaserworldproductmodelswebShowNET integrated into Laserworld systems
Monday, 8 July 2019

Europe - The Laserworld Group is integrating the ShowNET interface as the mainboard in most of their laser systems. This means a multitude of new features to those devices, says the company. Not only can they be used for direct laser control via Showeditor or Showcontroller (the new professional laser software) through LAN connection, but they also have an integrated SD card that ILDA frames can be loaded to.
These files can then be triggered via Art-Net, DMX, in stand-alone-operation and in some units even in sound-to-light mode. The possibility of putting self made content to the laser systems adds further intelligence to the devices, which usually are only used to work with either basic, premade content or external “intelligence” through ILDA control software.
Every ShowNET interface comes with the full version of Showeditor for free, so every laser system with integrated ShowNET interface has the free software licence included in delivery. This means that the laser systems with integrated ShowNET can simply be used with laser software by just connecting the laser to the computer with a standard LAN cable.
The integrated ShowNET interfaces have another feature integrated, which allows for ILDA Streaming: with using another, external ShowNET interface, it is possible to transmit a standard, analogue ILDA signal via LAN. The external ShowNET interface then acts as sender (A/D), whereas the integrated ShowNET acts as receiver (D/A). Older USB-type ILDA interfaces or similar can still be used that way with the advantage of longer signal transmiss


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