Mexico - Verge Aero recently added a new dimension to Mexico’s biggest and oldest carnival. A 130-drone display, in the skies above Mazatlán’s Olas Altas bay, delivered a spectacular new twist to the town’s traditional six-day carnival celebration, Carnaval de Mazatlán.
Situated on Mexico’s west coast, Mazatlán has one of the world’s greatest carnival traditions. Held annually since 1898, marking Mardi Gras and the start of Lent, Mazatlán’s exuberant six-day carnival is reputed to be the world’s third largest, after Rio de Janeiro and New Orleans.
This year, Verge Aero’s drone technology, specially developed for live entertainment productions, was brought in to precede the spectacular firework display by local pyro supplier, Pyromar. Verge Aero worked together with local partner, Sky Precision, to create the light show and coordinate it with the huge firework display, called the Combate Naval, staged each year in celebration of an 1864 naval victory.
Prior to the start of the firework display, Sky Precision’s operators flew the 130 drones 300m out over the Pacific Ocean. Custom content, created to reference the naval victory, the local marine life and the town of Mazatlán itself, was mapped to the drones. The precisely-choreographed imagery, which included a sinking sailing ship, leaping dolphins and pulsating jellyfish, captivated the audience as they roared with excitement ahead of the fireworks finalé.
The advanced communications infrastructure of the Verge Aero X1 drone allowed the show to be performed far ou
USA - ETC has introduced On Headset, a new audio series that allows listeners to programme a major theatrical production in realtime whilst listening to the audio cues of a lighting designer.
“Our goal with this project is to fill the gap between the traditional classroom or ‘e-training’ methods of console learning and actually sitting behind an Eos desk in a theatre,” explains ETC senior field service engineer Victor Seastone, “This is a console flight simulator to help with both.”
The series features esteemed Broadway lighting designer Ken Billington and a lightly curated recording of the headset conversations during technical rehearsals of the New York City Centre Encores’ Me and My Girl in May 2018. The New York City Centre, a well-known and distinctive theatre, welcomes 300,000 visitors annually to its establishment which was founded in 1943. The Encores! series has combined the traditional American musical theatre with original orchestrations for more than 25 years.
The recordings are broken into 13 episodes, which start as Ken begins putting cues into the console and end after the dress rehearsal - which for Encores, is about 90 percent of the lighting time allowed.
“We are so lucky to have these strong relationships with lighting professionals so we can create and share content like this for our users,” says ETC senior controls product manager Anne Valentino. “Thanks to the designers and crew who helped make this possible.”
Users can find the audio series on their preferred podcast streamin
Australia - On 15 April, Australian skies were lit up in support of those fighting the COVID-19 global pandemic whilst also drawing attention to the plight of the country’s entertainment industry.
Organised by ALIA, the event also served as a morale boost for the lighting industry. Production companies, sole traders, distributors and manufacturers all joined in the effort.
The brief was fairly open being just colourful with a bit of movement and initially, premises only were to be lit up. But many companies were able to light significant landmarks including hospitals, theatres, town halls, sports stadiums and even a lighthouse. Many sought permission from the aviation authorities to project high into the night skies.
In an act of generosity, Brisbane-based Gobotech offered free gobos to those taking part.
ALIA was “blown away by the number of participants and the amount of time and effort afforded”.
USA - Stay at home restrictions have prevented the Clermont, Ohio Chamber of Commerce from holding its regular meetings. But now, more than ever, its member businesses are seeking guidance from the 50-year old organisation, particularly on the steps they can take to navigate their way through this period of lockdowns.
A highlight of the chamber’s educational initiative was the detailed and informative 8 April livestream it hosted by noted author and small business expert Brian Beaulieu, CEO of ITR Economics. A former US Labourr Department economist, Beaulieu delivered his presentation from the Events United Studio Lab, illuminated by a rig that featured Maverick MK2 Spot, Ovation CYC 1 FC, STRIKE 4 and Ovation E-260WW IP fixtures.
Beaulieu was able to communicate the intricacies of his ideas to the audience, located 900 miles from the New Hampshire studio, with the help of a large white video wall made up of Chauvet Professional F2 panels.
Although the massive white space provided a supportive background for the economist to use when calling up the plethora of charts, graphs and tables that illustrated his points, it also presented a challenge for the team lighting the livestream.
“Brian wanted an all-white background, which complicated things a bit,” said Tim Messina owner of Events United. “We had to make the colour temperature of the lights dead on so the white on the video wall matched their presentation, all while making sure the skin and hair tones stayed true on camera.”
Accomplishing this feat began with matching the wh
Europe - This week will see the continuation of Absen’s series of webinars, with two sessions on Tuesday 21 April at respectively 9am (Rental & Staging) and 1pm (Introduction to LED), one session dedicated to fixed installations (Corporate & Retail) on Wednesday 22 April at 9am BST, and a two parts session (9am and 1pm BST) on Thursday 23 April which will provide insights on Basic Technical Knowledge of LED Displays. More webinars will also be offered by Absen in the near future.
The inaugural session, which was held on Tuesday 7 April and focussed on Absen’s rental & staging products, had in excess of 350 registrations and over 200 attendees; 84% of whom rated it as being either ‘excellent’ or ‘good’.
The next rental & staging webinar, which will be hosted by Absen’s rental & staging industry director Christian Czimny, will take a more in-depth look at Absen’s key rental products from the inside out, as well as covering what to look out for when investing in LED. The session will also feature a Q&A portion at the end where attendees can have their product-specific questions answered; equipping them with all of the knowledge they will need when eventually returning to work.
The second webinar, hosted by Absen’s retail industry director Ben Phelps, will focus on the applications and benefits of LED displays for retail and corporate environments. This taster webinar is designed for system integrators and anyone else involved in the design, delivery, and support of LED systems, including ar
UK - Fairport Convention’s annual Cropredy Convention in Oxfordshire and The Eden Sessions in Cornwall are the latest major music events to fall victim to the coronavirus pandemic. Both are being rescheduled for 2021.
Since its first staging in 1980, the Cropredy festival has taken place annually since on farmland near Banbury, Oxfordshire.
This year’s three-day event had been scheduled to take place on 13-15 August. It will now be staged over 12, 13 and 14 August 2021 (the equivalent weekend) on its usual site.
The line-up of acts will be carried forward: artists booked to appear this year have agreed to switch to 2021. Highlights include Trevor Horn Band, Clannad, Steve Hackett – Genesis Revisited, Richard Thompson, Matthews Southern Comfort and host band Fairport Convention.
Tickets purchased for Cropredy 2020 remain valid for the rescheduled festival and Fairport Convention hopes festival-goers will hang on to their tickets for Cropredy 2021. However, the organisers are offering refunds to those affected by the postponement.
Festival director Gareth Williams said: “We have no alternative but to postpone Cropredy until 2021. The safety of our festival-goers, performers, suppliers, crew and local residents must come first.
“This postponement is a massive financial blow to Fairport Convention. It comes hard on the heels of having to reschedule this year’s Spring Tour. Our many suppliers and crew will also be hit financially (as indeed, will Milly and myself here in the FC office). I will keep the office going on a par
UK - Manchester Cathedral teamed up with one of its long-standing event production partners, Sterling Event Group, to illuminate the façade of the magnificent building in a blue hue in a show of solidarity and support for NHS staff and key workers who are going above and beyond to support our communities at this difficult time.
Richard Bowden, managing director at Sterling said: “We wanted to show our support as a company for the magnificent work our NHS and keyworkers are doing in the battle against Covid-19. We have a great partnership with Manchester Cathedral and its work in the community. As a stunning landmark in the heart of our city we are very privileged to be able to illuminate it.”
At 8pm on Thursday 16 April, the display was supported by representatives from the Greater Manchester emergency services as everyone clapped for carers.
The cathedral was lit using wireless battery powered fixtures from Sterling’s hire stock, including 24 Chauvet Professional Well Pad and 36 Core ColourPoint fixtures. Finer details were highlighted using Astera AX3 fixtures all controlled wirelessly via an Avolites Quartz. Projection was provided via a single Panasonic RZ21k laser projector rigged portrait.
USA - Elation is expanding the Fuze series with the Fuze SFX, a new concept LED Spot FX moving head designed for a variety of applications requiring a compact and powerful multi-purpose luminaire.
The Fuze SFX is a combination of spot and effects fixture capable of projecting tight beams to wide washes using a highly efficient optical design while providing over 12,000 lumens of output from a 300W White LED engine. Unveiled at the LDI show in November, the fixture received an enthusiastic response and is now shipping.
The SFX allows for even stage washes utilising its variable frost filter while a wide array of colours is possible from a seamless CMY colour-mixing system plus seven-position colour wheel. Housing 18 carefully designed gobos and a 4.5° to 38° zoom, the Fuze SFX can create mid-air FX as easily as precise image projections.
The Fuze SFX is powerful enough to use in all sizes of rigs and because it is remarkably silent can be utilized in noise sensitive environments like theatres, TV studios and houses of worship. It is outfitted with all the professional control features that designers should expect from a modern luminaire, says the company.
USA - ETC has announced two new product families designed to work cohesively together. ArcSystem Navis is a line of LED luminaires featuring “pristine light as well as a modular design for smooth installations”. For centralised LED power controls, F-Drive is a new system offering an intuitive design with customizable output cards. Together, Navis and F-Drive make one adaptable and robust LED system for any space.
“The Navis line of luminaires prioritises ease of installation, hassle-free maintenance, in-field customisation, and beautiful light with high-grade TIR optics and stepless dimming,” says ETC. The fixtures are available in multiple colour temperature options ranging from 2700 K to 5000 K as well as an RGBW colour-mixing option. A 3000 K Fade to Warm variant is also available providing an intimate, warm light at lower intensity levels, often preferred in hospitality environments. In the field, aesthetic changes can be made in seconds with various magnetic trim plates, clip-in optical accessories, and twist-and-click beam angle lenses.
The recessed Navis 100 offers a small form factor at only 100 mm high with three wind-down clamps catering to ceiling thicknesses from 0.5 to 20 mm. Any Navis 100 can be transformed into a Surface Cylinder or Pendant solution by sliding it into the purpose-designed hardware accessories. In addition, an optional wall wash accessory is available, instantly transforming the Navis 100 into a luminaire capable of providing a smooth blanket of light for a wall or corridor application.
The F-Drive LED power co
Spain - Madrid-based technical solutions provider, Glub-Glub Soluciones Tecnicas Para El Espectaculo, has become the first Spanish company to invest in GLP’s new S350 LED fixture.
Glub-Glub director Juan Margallo, who invests solely in LED lighting technology, had been looking for an advanced LED profile largely to service the corporate events and theatre work in which the company specialises.
Easy to fit into a lighting plot, this compact, lightweight fixture features GLP’s baseless design - which will provide Glub-Glub with versatility in terms of hire potential.
The initial order for eight units was handled by GLP’s Spanish distributor, Monacor Iberia SAU. Its director general, José de las Heras, traces the background to the sale: “We set up a demo in Madrid, where Mr Margallo had the chance to get his hands on the product. He liked the fixture very much and provided some useful feedback as we showed him the first prototype. Later, Juan came to our [tradeshow] booth and could see that some of his suggestions had been implemented.”
What impressed him most was the fixture’s versatility. While test driving the unit, he singled out a number of impressive features, notably the homogeneous light output, the excellent colours, the white temperature control and superb four-blade framing system, with each blade capable of closing across the entire beam, all with rotating gate.
One prominent LD who was quick to jump aboard the new units was dance theatre lighting specialist, Nicolás Fischtel. José de las Heras recalled the path t
USA - Studio Gear of Milwaukee has been providing audio-visual and lighting equipment rentals, production services and sales to its customers throughout the United States for over 30 years. The company is an advocate of Robert Juliat, and Tim Cooksy, Studio Gear’s sales and integration specialist, is familiar with Robert Juliat fixtures having used them many times before: “I have installed Robert Juliat in a lot of different venues including theme parks, amphitheatres and touring shows. I have never had a bad experience with a Robert Juliat spot light,” he says.
Two recent Studio Gear installations, both in Milwaukee and each with different characters, called for some flexible solutions from Robert Juliat. Studio Gear supplied four RJ Roxie2 300W LED followspots to Shorewood High School and a single RJ Oz 600W LED followspot to Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. All the followspots were sourced by Studio Gear from ACT Lighting, Robert Juliat’s exclusive distributor for North America and Canada, with Cooksy working closely with ACT’s Aaron Hubbard.
The 1250-capacity Barb Gensler Theatre for The Dramatic Arts at Shorewood High School is run by technical director Brad Brist. The theatre set-up is larger than most as the school commits heavily to the performing arts with an ambitious programme for their students that outstrips most others in the region. In September 2019, Brist invested in four Roxie2 followspots which arrived just in time to be put to use on Shorewood High School’s big winter musical, Urinetown.
“It made a lot of sense
Australia - Delivered Live is a weekly music and comedy performance concept. Streamed live from Melbourne, it's the result of a collaboration between Handshake Management, rental and production company Harry The Hirer Productions and the Victorian State Government, and is designed to feed the need for live entertainment and positive energy during the nationwide lockdown. It also has a role in providing much-needed financial support to artists, crew and technicians who have been left high-and-dry with the almost complete shutdown of the live performance industry.
The venue is The Studio, a new production and demo area at Harry the Hirer Productions’ HQ in the Richmond district of Melbourne, a large ‘development space’ with lighting and audio consoles, previz and demonstration facilities that’s designed for LDs, engineers and designers to block, programme and work on their projects, shows, pitches, showcases and presentations.
Lighting designer for Delivered Live is Marcus Pugh, who in normal times works for Harry The Hirer Productions as business development manager, a role that also includes production design work. However, now he is returning to his lighting roots, revisiting and brushing up his operating and programming skills to ensure that everyone ‘Delivered Live’ is looking fantastic on camera!
For the latest webcast, Marcus’ moving lights of choice were four Robe Esprites and eight MegaPointes, part of Harry The Hirer Produ
UK - Stage Electrics has announced that they have won a £845,506 contract for the design, supply and installation of specialist production lighting, production sound and communication systems to the Globe Theatre Stockton on Tees.
Some of the biggest names in entertainment, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Morecambe and Wise, The Bee Gees, Roy Orbison, T-Rex and Shirley Bassey have all played the Globe. The venue is set to open its doors in November 2020, this time as a 3,000-capacity live entertainment venue with the Heritage Lottery fund contributing £4.5m towards the restoration project.
The project was initially brought to Stage Electrics by Chris Baldwin (ACT Theatre Consultants) to assist with developing the specification and budget pricing. Following Chris’s retirement, Stage Electrics began working directly with Willmott Dixon to develop the original design concept through stage 4 and into stage 5 of the RIBA design stages working closely with the wider design team including the ATG Group, Space Architects, BGP Structural Engineers, Max Fordham M&E and Centre Stage Engineering.
USA - In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Chris Brodman and Cody Lisle of LIT Lighting have launched LIT Live, a live stream for music shows.
Prior to the lockdown, most of LIT’s work involved lighting festivals and corporate events. Brodman and Lisle had no experience streaming live music. They brought together a team of experienced volunteers and, adhering strictly to social distance protocols - set up times were staggered to avoid crowding and all equipment was consistently disinfected - they began streaming live music shows on Twitch.TV and Facebook.
The first show featured Hollywood Slasher and was lit by Casey Jones, who ran his rig on a ChamSys Magic Q Maxi wing PC system; while the second, featuring DJ Yellow, was run by James Simpson. Both performances were given dynamic, colourful looks with the help of 16 Maverick MK2 Spot, 22 Rogue R2 Wash and 12 Rogue R1 Wash fixtures from Chauvet Professional, which were drawn from LIT Lighting’s inventory.
“The devices people are watching from are completely different from their own eyeballs, so we had to adjust the lighting accordingly,” says Brodman. “Since the audience is interfacing with this show on screens that are sometimes tiny, we wanted to make the setup intimate so everyone feels like they are there at the show. We also wanted the design to be full of eye candy for the camera. Our camera angles were chosen to show depth and give different perspectives to the digital audience.”
Brodman and Lisle had a long list of local artists lined up for LIT Live after their second sh
Ireland - The Irish première of the hit musical comedy, Spamalot (School Edition), took place recently in County Mayo. The show, written by Eric Idle and based around the hit film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, has been a favourite of audiences all over the world since its Broadway debut in 2005.
The run of five shows took place in the newly built multi-purpose hall of the Sancta Maria College in Louisburgh. Whilst the setting might suggest a modest production, limited by the technical and financial resources of a school, the reality was anything but. The college’s production of Spamalot, directed by Head of English and theatre arts specialist, Marina Rice, was able to call on the services of two west of Ireland-based companies...
EvenTech, run by John Kearney, is a leading production services company, who specialise in complete solutions for every size and scale of event. As well as supplying lighting and sound for festivals, corporate events or houses of worship across Ireland, EvenTech are great supporters of their local community, particularly in the sphere of education. When Marina Rice approached them with the idea of staging a professional-level production in Sancta Maria’s new facilities, they did not hesitate to get on board. John Kearney was happy to be involved and supplied the show with complete production support:
“Theatre is an incredibly inspiring medium for young people, and staging a production like this offers so much in the way of learning. From the artistic side to the technical aspects, a show like
USA - Harman Professional Solutions has announced the new Martin MAC Aura PXL LED wash light, which features individual pixel control of both the main beam and Aura backlight.
With a bright, precisely-calibrated RGBW engine, instant colour mixing and seamless pixel mapping, the MAC Aura PXL is both a sustainable workhorse for rental companies and a powerful creative tool for lighting designers, says the company. The MAC Aura PXL expands on the unique LED backlight concept introduced in the popular MAC Aura with an enhanced feature set that presents amazing new possibilities.
“The MAC Aura PXL is the next evolution of the MAC Aura product line, and delivers essential new features that lighting designers have been requesting,” said Markus Klüsener, global product line manager for stage lighting, Harman Professional Solutions. “With control over each individual pixel, not only the 19 main beam pixels, but also down to the 141 Aura backlight pixels, via DMX, ArtNet, sACN, but most importantly and simply, our very own P3 protocol; lighting designers can create never-before-seen effects and map pixels to video with ease. And with its powerful output and reduced size and weight, this fixture represents a powerful addition for any rental company’s inventory.”
Sporting an RGBW LED engine capable of 13,000-lumen output, the MAC Aura PXL is a true workhorse lighting fixture. Precisely calibrated LEDs deliver rich, saturated colors and subtle pastel hues with instant colour mixing and minimal color degradation over time. The MAC Aura PXL’s precise
UK - ChamSys continues to build on its global commitment to education, making webinar bookings and 20-minute appointment consultations found on the training page available in German, Italian and Spanish versions. The company has also broadened the scope of its training with the addition of new Live MagicQ sessions that will stream every Tuesday at 11 am EST (4 pm BST).
Conducted by the ChamSys training staff, the new sessions will delve deeply into key MagicQ software capabilities, such as mapping complex fixtures, FX setup and tracking. In addition to being livestreamed on Facebook, the lessons will also be made available on IGTV.
Initially, the new MagicQ material will be available only in English. Topics include:
Control and Mapping of Complex Fixtures With Multiple Elements, which covers subjects like Ind/Dup, element selection, and non-linear shape fixtures used in Grids (14 April)
Better Busking With the Execute Window, which offers tips on setting up grids with groups, palettes and cues (21 April)
FX 101, which looks at setting up custom FX, group FX and playing back FX (28 April)
Faster Programming With Tracking, which explains tracking, detailing how it works with MQ, and also HLF, viewing tracking, block cue and block FX (5 May)
Advanced Pixel Mapping, which covers pixel mapper FX, movies, gifs and live feeds (12 May)
Effective Playback With Options, which provides a detailed review of topics like advanced cue stack options, fader options and playback holdover (19 Ma
USA - Thousands of college students of faith descend on Oklahoma City each year for the Student Mobilization Conference (SMC), four-days of worship, camaraderie, inspiration and, in the evening, lively entertainment.
Relevant Audio + Visual has collaborated with SMC the past eight years to create an inspiring audiovisual experience for attendees and this year tapped into their inventory of Elation Professional luminaires to help create the uplifting atmosphere.
The 2020 conference took place 2-5 January at the Cox Convention Centre in downtown Oklahoma City. Relevant Audio + Visual’s challenge was to create an engaging, impactful environment to motivate and encourage attendees to spread the word about Student Mobilization’s Global Impact/Mission and summer discipleship training opportunities.
The Wichita-based AV production house designed a complete 3D visualization to fit SMC’s mission and budget, then provided, programmed and operated all audio, visual, and lighting equipment at the SMC Conference. Lighting design was by Brandon Deibler, Director of Design and Operations at Relevant Audio + Visual.
Relevant Audio + Visual has been investing in Elation gear for the last five years and in that time has acquired an impressive inventory of fixtures that includes Elation’s multi-award-winning Artiste Monet moving heads. “From the initial design standpoint, we knew we wanted to place a very strong fixture at the furthest upstage edge of the stage and utilize it for specific moments of worship,” commented Chris Derstein, CEO and opera
Slovakia - The strength and power of PR Lighting’s Aqua 580 Beam was put to the test by major event specialists Kvant Show Production, when they projected onto the 111mhigh National Bank of Slovakia HQ in Bratislava.
Complementing Kvant’s own Laser Spectrum 30W lasers, 24 of PR Lighting’s IP66-rated fixtures were deployed as searchlights, with 12 positioned directly on each side of the Bank building terrace and firing into the night sky. Due to the tight and well-focused 2° beam, with output generated from a Philips 25R 550W engine, calibrated at 7800K, two infinite fat white beams of light from each pair, soared into the distance, and were visible over 5km away.
Meanwhile, Barco HDX-W20 FLEX projectors were set-up on another building’s rooftop, opposite the Slovak National Bank, and projecting over a distance of 130m-150m.
The projection itself was commissioned by the bank to promote a message of solidarity to the population during self-isolation caused by the coronavirus crisis - to create a talking point and be visible across the city. The light beams themselves represented a message of hope for a new future, and that “we will all make it together”. The projection ran nightly between 8pm-12am for five days, culminating on 29 March.
The project was viewed from many windows (since the public are forced to stay at home), but was presented on local TV, Facebook and in the print media.
Martin Gabco was responsible for the show design, including lights, lasers and timecode sync, while Pangolin BEYOND laser software, capable of
UK - Lighting control manufacturer Zero 88 has seriously ramped up its available online consultations and training opportunities.
A busy and dynamic schedule includes 42 x Zoom training sessions each month which will run for as long as the crisis lasts.
Zero 88 product manager Jon Hole commented, “With the whole live music, events and performance industry shut down, we want to be as positive, forward-thinking and helpful as we can to anyone who is already using or keen to know more about some of the core Zero 88 products.”
The Zero 88 Home Page https://zero88.com/ has full details of what’s available and interested parties can sign up on the spot.
The 42 x Zoom training sessions are divided into 10 categories – which are scheduled to be repeated over the monthly period, offering different time slots and also ensuring that those in different time zones can join in and share the knowledge exchange and fun,
Sessions last between one and three hours and will cover a wide range of topics related to Zero’s award-winning FLX and FLX S series of lighting consoles.
The topic categories start from entry-level which are designed to get users up-and-running with an FLX-S desk including patching and basic programming, moving on to more intermediate elements like programming cues into playbacks, cue settings, and editing. The more advanced will explore sophisticated functions like Tracking; DMX / RDM and Ethernet Networking.
In addition to the Zoom sessions – presented by Edward Smith, Tyler Holpin and Jon Hole – one-to-one
Belgium - Cordeel knows how to finish projects with a flourish. The Belgian construction company demonstrated this in convincing fashion recently when it completed the Temse shipyard dry dock headquarters. After finishing the construction of the building at ground level, Cordeel’s engineers hoisted the 1,200 ton still and glass megastructure into its final position where it now perches majestically 20mabove the shipyard.
For the inauguration of this distinctive building, CREATE.eu and Panama Group were brought on board to transform the space around the dry dock into a one-off Cirque du Soleil-style show for Cordeel's 1,600 employees. Instrumental in creating this transformation was a collection of over 50 Chauvet Professional fixtures that included eight COLORado Panel Q40 units, eight Maverick MK2 Washes, 24 Rogue R2 Washes, four Rogue R3 Washes and 12 Ovation E-260WW ellipsoidals, all controlled by a ChamSys MagicQ MQ500 Stadium console.
With three temporarily constructed tents housing a variety of circus performances, in addition to dining and networking activities, the CREATE.eu team were tasked with installing lighting throughout multiple locations to serve a variety of purposes.
In the main entrance tent, where guests were treated to numerous performances and dances, the team hung the Maverick MK2 Wash fixtures in a symmetrical formation from centrally positioned trussing.
To provide accurate and clear highlighting of the performers on the stage, CREATE.eu relied on the 230W Ovation E-260WW ellipsoidals to act as spotlighting elements
Mexico - A popular nightlife venue in Mexico has undergone a complete internal transformation ready for its 2020 season. This included the installation of a totally new lighting system comprised exclusively of ADJ fixtures including Vizi Beam RXONE and Vizi Q Wash7 moving heads alongside Sweeper Beam Quad LED motorized battens and Saber Spot RGBW LED pinspots.
Located in Villahermosa, the capital city of Tabasco State in southeast Mexico, Dbar is well-established as a gathering place for the area’s elite. With a top 40 music policy, the venue attracts a client base predominantly in the 21 to 40 age demographic who dress to impress and come to let their hair down. Offering premium drinks and bottle service to a upmarket crowd, it is essential that the venue’s décor sets the right tone, which is why the management completely overhauled the interior space ahead of the 2020 season.
The concept for the new design was created by award-winning architect Filipao Nuñez, who used striking lines and curves, combined with plush furnishings, to create a luxurious and modern space. The scale of the 800-capacity venue is accentuated through the extensive use of mirrored walls, while a feature bar fills one size of the rectangular main room and the DJ booth takes pride of place at the far end of the space.
Adimsa, a company with an impressive track record of providing innovative lighting installations in nightclubs and lounges throughout Mexico, was brought in to supply and install all of the lighting for the project. The company’s director general, Edson R
China - In the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, PR Lighting this month reached out to its global customer base, with a letter of reassurance.
Joint senior sales managers, Lawrence Mao and Bruce Tian issued the following message:
“With the world currently living through the worst crisis of our generation, we at PR Lighting are striving to do everything we can to mitigate the severe impact on our industry and are here to help our customers and partners in every way possible.
“As you know, the Coronavirus has spread quickly, and after living with this for nearly two months we were able to return to work on 20 February after lockdown restrictions were lifted.
“We responded quickly to make up for lost time, and by the beginning of March everything was back to normal - production, R&D, sales and marketing. In fact we have been able to bring to fruition new developments that were already in the pipeline, and this month we begin shipping the new Aqua LED 1700 Framing.
“With production now back working at full capacity, items are again in stock and available for delivery, subject to current transportation embargoes.
“Our thoughts now turn to our international partners as the crisis deepens in other parts of the world. Please let us know anything we can to support you. You are part of the PR Lighting community and the importance of that partnership cannot be over-valued. At the same time we would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding during these unprecedented times.
“May you, your families and coll
Mexico - After 18 years of relentless touring, nine studio albums, and a fistful of awards, heavy metal icons WarCry remain as fiercely intense as ever. The band’s searing passion was as hot as a blast furnace when they appeared at Chihuahua’s Teatro de las Ciudad in September.
From the moment they burst on the stage performing Luz del norte and throughout their entire 21 song set, the band from the Asturian region of Spain swept fans up in their hard driving sound. Contributing to the experience was a frenetic lightshow created with 28 Chauvet Professional fixtures supplied by ProAudioSoluciones.
Tapped by the show’s producer, Direct Music Company, to provide the lighting rig, ProAudioSoluciones drew on its 20 years experience in the entertainment industry to select fixtures that could provide powerful, immersive looks, while still offering versatility and easy set up features.
Anchoring the rig were eight Maverick MK1 Hybrid moving heads, chosen for their intense output and gobo capabilities. The 440W fixtures were also selected because their zoom range of 3° to 18° in spot mode, and from 19° to 41° in wash mode, allowed the lighting designers from the Txus Plágaro to set different moods throughout the show by changing coverage areas.
Added punch was served up by six Maverick MK2 Spot fixtures, while color from 12 Rogue R2 Wash fixtures helped set different scenes throughout the show. Each of those looks reflected varying degrees of scintillating intensity.