UK - A Cornish event production company has completed its busiest ever period, working simultaneously on seven separate events over the G7 Summit week.
Liskeard-based JHAV was appointed to help deliver multiple events associated with the G7 Summit for clients including Spaceport Cornwall, Virgin Orbit, the University of Exeter, and surfing brand Finisterre.
The team also created a press conference suite to be used by US president Joe Biden in the Spaceport Cornwall hangar at Cornwall Airport Newquay.
JHAV managing director Jamie Hedges explains: “We’ve been involved in all kinds of events since starting JHAV, but working on all of these projects revolving around something as high profile as the G7 Summit has to be one of our biggest accomplishments to date.
“The top-secret nature has meant we have been under embargo since the event, and I am so proud to now be able to talk about the amazing work of our team. A personal highlight for me was standing 10ft away from the US President while he addressed the world’s press to close his visit, which we had put together with less than 24 hours’ notice.
“As a production company in Cornwall, it's been brilliant to be given the opportunity to demonstrate that we can deliver high-quality events to rival anything produced by multi-national event production companies. We’ve shown that Cornwall can operate on the world stage, in both a literal and metaphorical sense.”
The team was tasked with turning an empty hangar at Cornwall Airport Newquay into a showcase for Spaceport Cornwall
Switzerland - Tempest enclosures have enabled an eye-catching lighting display for the public to enjoy in Zurich. In Tactile Lights (Tastende Lichter), designed by artist Pipilotti Rist, slow moving lights ‘float’ atop the picturesque city streets and buildings, drawing attention to the striking architecture and surroundings at Heimplatz square, ahead of the opening of the recent extension to the Kunsthaus museum.
The lighting equipment - Martin Allure fixtures protected by five Tempest Tornado 1925 lighting enclosures - is housed within a vibrant, custom built 17m high mast structure, forming its own artistic focal point at the centre of the square. The project was funded by the City of Zurich and the Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft art association.
“One of the biggest challenges for us was where and how to place the moving light devices,” says Kaori Kuwabara, independent lighting designer and project manager. “Since the artwork is only viewable when dark, I was concerned that, in this attractive city environment, it wouldn’t be appreciated to have a giant technical pole with large devices hanging from it visible during the day. So, I asked the artist to perhaps colour the pole for a more aesthetic, ‘happier’ appearance.
“What started with a little question grew exponentially, and we had many brainstorming hours, weeks, months and years before it transformed into what we have today. In this period, Tim Burnham at Tempest supported us with ideas on how to hide the large base of the Tornado dome, and how to prepare this installation for
USA - Will drive-in concerts fade away now that COVID-19 restrictions are easing? Anyone who automatically responds 'yes' to this question might want to drop by the Frederick Fairgrounds, MD on a weekend night this summer.
There, they’ll find a large drive-in stage featuring the likes of The Disco Biscuits, Goose, Grace Potter, and Umphrey’s McGee, to name a few. It’s all part of Showtime At The Drive In, a series of outdoor shows sponsored by Showtime Sound and Auto Flex Entertainment.
“We began this series last year as a way of bringing our community together through a socially distant movie and concert sets,” says Marc Chauvin, director of technical operations for Showtime Sound. “Based on the feedback we received from fans last year we’ve continued the concept this year.”
Although continuing to operate under state and county guidelines, the drive-in series has expanded its offerings to include a ‘vendor village’ with food and beverage trucks. It also has a high-res 20ft x 40ft IMAG screen to ensure maximum visibility from every spot, a state of the art audio system for sound quality, and a high output lighting system featuring Chauvet Professional fixtures to create everything from a genuine rock show to an intimate theatre vibe on the stage and its surroundings.
“We’ve built on our experience last year to make this years’ experience more rewarding and engaging for fans,” says Chauvin who works with Aaron Kovelman, director of design and production at Showtime Sound on the lighting rig. “This is a di
USA - An island oasis in the Hudson River west of Manhattan, Little Island @Pier55 is receiving praise as an arts area and green getaway from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Made up of 132 pot-shaped planters suspended above the water, the park’s topography holds a lush landscape of rolling hills, walking paths and open lawns. Nestled among the island’s more than 390 species of flowers, trees and shrubs are performance spaces outfitted with Elation Professional IP-rated automated luminaires.
Designed by Heatherwick Studio and landscape architecture firm MNLA, the 2.4-acre artificial island park, funded by the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation, is a new public park with performing art as an integrated component. A 687-seat amphitheatre with views across the Hudson, a smaller stage for 200 visitors, and an open plaza, are all designed to host a range of programming.
Early in 2020, just before Covid struck, Josh Weisberg of Navolo Audio-Video brought Herrick Goldman onboard the project to help in designing and specifying the lighting systems. Goldman, founder & principal designer at Evoke Collaborative, was asked to provide a lighting design that met the demands of a client who placed extreme value on aesthetics. “Mr Diller did not want anything to distract from the beauty of the project, so we paid very specific attention to keeping a very clean look,” Goldman says. “My job was to not only navigate that but also provide the tools necessary to anyone performing in the amphitheatre.”
Goldman worked with Little Island produ
USA - The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) 2021 March Madness tournament is a single-elimination college basketball tournament played each spring with 68 teams competing for the national championship. It has been lit - seven courts across six venues in total - for the last three years (preceding 2020 which was cancelled due to COVID-19) by broadcast live events specialist, Bill Brennan.
The 2021 Final Four was staged at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Bill specified 60 x Robe BMFLs - a combination of BMFL Spots and BMFL Blades - for the supplemental rig this year, which were supplied, together with other lights, by Nashville-based Pulse Lighting, whose Paul Hoffman was also the event’s lead lighting programmer.
Pulse has been working with Bill since 2007 on a diversity of sporting events. Naturally, everyone was delighted to be back working at this year’s March Madness after the many challenges of 2020.
Bill’s main consideration for lighting the Lucas Oil Stadium was to successfully transform it from a professional football venue to a premium basketball court, as well as to satisfy the needs of multiple media organisations as the event attracts intense coverage.
To assist with this, in addition to the stadium’s in-house lighting rig he needed a serious number of high-powered fixtures and chose the BMFL Spots.
The biggest challenges were balancing the backgrounds and properly managing the daylight spill from the venue, which has a retractable roof and a large retractable window at one end, a
UK - The ABTT has announced the Virtual Ideas Platform. Set up in collaboration with Guildhall School of Music & Drama, the platform will serve as an informal introduction service between independent creative innovators and commercial developers behind the sectors’ leading brands, products and services.
The platform is open “to anyone and everyone with an idea” and aims to recognise and help realise new ways of making theatre work.
The ABTT says: “We know when backstage people are faced with a technical challenge, they get inventive and creative, cook up ideas and find solutions. The Platform is here to recognise, salute and honour those innovators in our midst.
“By its very nature, theatre is a dynamic working environment in which to invent and develop new and better ways of doing things - in special effects, costume and wardrobe, wigs, make-up and hair, scenery, stage, sound, lighting, automation, audio-visual and any other discipline which makes live performance happen.”
Submissions to the Virtual Ideas Platform can be made via this application form by 20 August. To better demonstrate their idea, applicants can upload supporting information such as pencil drawings, recorded verbal descriptions, 3D drawings, and video.
All submissions will be assessed by a panel of experts and successful applications will be uploaded to a secure access area of the platform. Members of the Industry Supporters Group, a group of service providers and commercial compa
USA - Main Light, LLC. has announced that it will be expanding its operations with a location in Las Vegas, NV as of August 23, 2021. The new 40,000sq.ft shop, at 6435 South Valley View in Las Vegas will allow the dry hire service to better support the western US
Pairing with Main Light’s Delaware shop, the Las Vegas operation will duplicate the depth of new and well-maintained equipment available.
“Having a west coast shop is something that our clients have been asking about for some time,” states Randy Mullican, general manager of Main Light, LLC. “As the entertainment and event industries are re-opening, many of clients are asking us to step-in and support them across the country. Though we always would provide gear wherever needed, the Las Vegas location will allow us to respond to those needs more efficiently, and very-importantly, cost effectively.”
Main Light also took the opportunity to reveal their new logo and introduced a new company-wide 800 number, (800)-397-MAIN (6246).
Throughout the pandemic, Main Light took the opportunity to rebalance their own inventory by selling off older equipment and buying new technology. Staying in front of their client’s needs, Main Light focused on acquiring the gear that will be in demand by production companies looking to supplement and access quality equipment from a trusted dry hire resource. “We will be here for our clients,” notes Mullican, “as they reopen and get back to work without having to invest in acquiring new equipment themselves. All these production companies need
Germany/UK - Last month, SUSE made its initial public offering debut on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. In response to the limitations of physical events brought on by the pandemic and in lieu of being at the Deutsche Börse in person, SUSE reinvented the entire listing day experience with a digital-first approach.
SUSE collaborated with Deloitte Digital, using technical solutions specialist White Light (WL’s) SmartStage in London, to create an entirely virtual experience that could reach its global audience.
Bespoke virtual worlds, and overall storyline, created by Deloitte Digital / ACNE, together with their production partner NSYNK, using Unreal Engine, were seamlessly integrated into the SmartStage environment and remotely edited via VPN from Frankfurt.
The environment was further enhanced with extended reality (XR) features, such as a virtual drone to visually transport the audience from the stage in London to Frankfurt, and onto the trading floor of Deutsche Börse. SUSE brought together colleagues from around the world for a virtual bell ringing ceremony celebrating this milestone. WL also worked in close collaboration with Deloitte and SUSE, with creative direction from Hamburg, Berlin, and Seattle.
Mark Sutcliffe, WL’s account manager comments: “The SUSE IPO launch was one of the most technologically-advanced events we have delivered using SmartStage to date. As well as the multiple remote connections to stakeholders in different locations, NSYNK were driving the Unreal worlds live with multi-user edits and calling camera shots fr
The Netherlands - This year’s Eurovision Song Contest has been recognised as a pivotal moment in the return of large-scale entertainment events in a post-COVID world. Performed in front of a live audience of 3,500 plus delegates in the Greenroom on the arena floor, ESC captivated both the live audience and the 183m watching on television from 234 countries worldwide.
The entire event was under the supervision of Eurovision’s head of production, Erwin Rintjema.
At the heart of lighting designer, Henk-Jan van Beek’s dynamic design were the tools to guarantee that the Multi-camera directors received all the key lighting required to bring the performers to the small screen exactly as they would wish.
The Netherlands-based Follow-Me 3D SIX remote tracking system (as part of the lighting specification delivered by the official technical supplier, Ampco Flashlight) was used to keep the Eurovision performers in the spotlight, wherever they went on stage.
Designed to accommodate an unlimited number of fixtures per artist, the Follow-Me package is not limited to any type or brand of luminaire. In the Ahoy, a total of 64 fixtures ran through Follow-Me 3D, whilst receiving fixture positional data from the motion control system over PosiStageNet (PSN). Follow-Me understands all fixture positions and orientations in 3D space and uses this information to keep any of those chosen fixtures on the performers. This tracking ability is achieved by a single Follow-Me system, following up to six performers, using one PoE-based Follow-Me Mouse Console per o
USA - For all six seasons of Fox’s award-winning television series Empire, lighting programmer Jared Moore used a variety of Hog control products for the show’s diverse performance settings and other scenes. The American musical drama was one of the most-watched series during its long run through 2020. After a quick run on the US shoot for Warner Brothers The Batman, Moore next turned his focus to work on Power Book IV: Force, Starz's spin-off based on original Power character Tommy Egan.
Jared began his career in 2002 as a freelance LD in Chicago, coming of age through the theater scene and designing for a modern dance company on ETC desks. In 2013 he transitioned into television and film work, where he learned of the Hog platform. He says, “I was told by another programmer that all the film guys used Hog. I worked on the ABC show Mind Games where I used a Hog III - that’s where I learned the console. Transitioning to the Hog 4 platform when I booked the Empire gig was a natural step.”
Moore’s resume saw him brought in as lighting programmer for the opening 2015 season of Empire. Still called a ‘dimmer op’ in the film/television world, he was a production constant through the series, working with various DPs and gaffers, and eventually purchasing his own Road Hog 4 desk. “I was even in the backgrounds for a few scenes,” he laughs, “as part of a quick clip. The director wanted a shot of somebody pressing a button. That was the joke – me in the background.”
“I knew Empire was going to be
UK The landmark Nottingham Castle reopens this month following a £30m refurbishment which started in 2018. Part of the new look is an Anolis exterior LED lighting scheme illuminating all four sides of the building, comprising 17 x Anolis Divine 160 fixtures which was designed by Ian Forrow of IJF Lighting and commissioned by On Event Production from Castle Donnington.
Electrical installation and fixtures were supplied by Amptron Electrical Services who were the appointed electrical contractor for the whole project which included the external lighting.
The original fortified castle dates to Medieval times but that structure was largely demolished by the mid-17th century, with a mansion built on the site in the 1670s by the first and second Dukes of Newcastle. This was burnt down by rioters in 1831 and rebuilt in the 1870s to house an art gallery and museum which remains today. It occupies a commanding position at the top of a 40m-high bluff known as ‘Castle Rock’ and has stunning panoramic views across the south of the city below.
On Event Production is the technical supplier for the local council’s city hall building, Nottingham Council House, and was asked to consult on renewing the Castle lighting by Richard Hamblin, who has co-ordinated and run the Nottingham Castle renovation project for the City Council.
On Event’s own project manager Alex Tweedie explained that the brief from Richard was to replace the old metal halide lighting scheme with something that was brighter, more energy-efficient, better quality and that would be inf
USA - ACT Lighting has announced the launch of ACT Entertainment, a new entity formed by bringing together the brands of the ACT Lighting and RHC Holdings family of companies.
The new ACT is billed as a streamlined organisation that “takes a holistic approach to the industries it serves, curating critical entertainment technologies and bringing leading products and services to its clients across multiple distinct markets”.
“Offering exceptional products and services, ACT Entertainment gives the most exciting and valuable entertainment technologies in the world a single home in North America,” says Ben Saltzman, CEO of ACT Entertainment. “We are exclusively focused on empowering our customers with the tools and support they need to enhance their, and their clients’, creative visions. ACT Entertainment enhances live experiences by discovering, developing, and delivering products that create value for our customers while supporting our products with industry-leading service and education.”
Headquartered in Jackson, Missouri, ACT Entertainment will operate from its facilities in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Texas, and Massachusetts.
Dale Williams, president and COO of ACT Entertainment, states, “Given the challenges faced by the entertainment industry in the past year, it was clear to us that we needed to be a more unified and efficient organisation, a more nimble and agile entity that works more effectively together. The need for internal change grew organically as our industries evolved and changed. By unifying all of our com
UK - The widely respected PLASA Awards for Innovation return to the PLASA Show for 2021, in association with LSi magazine. All PLASA Show 2021 exhibitors are invited to enter their new products by Friday 6 August to be in with a chance of winning one of the coveted awards.
The awards celebrate products from across live entertainment technology which demonstrate a new style of thinking, improve technical practice or safety, introduce new materials or techniques, or offer a new commercial advantage.
Each entered product will be judged by an independent panel of industry experts who have the authority to present up to eight awards of equal standing, plus a potential Gold Award for an outstanding new product.
Furthermore, an Award for Sustainability is reserved for a product that can demonstrate a significant reduction of power, utilises renewable energy, or has a positive impact on the environment.
The awards will be presented during an intimate industry ceremony on the Monday evening of PLASA Show 2021 which is running from 5-7 September at Olympia London.
Products launched since the PLASA Show 2019 are eligible to enter. For full entry criteria and further information on the PLASA Awards for Innovation 2021, please visit: www.plasashow.com/awards
USA - The Kridel Grand Ballroom at the Portland Art Museum is a historic 9,000-sq.ft. space with soaring ceilings and rich architectural details that has played host to many of the city’s premiere events for decades. With its full proscenium stage, sound, lighting and projection systems, the venue is tailor-made for elegant gala fundraisers, corporate meetings, and weddings.
Chris Pitale, senior AV tech at the museum, oversaw a recent lighting upgrade in the Grand Ballroom that included Elation Professional Fuze Pendant LED downlights and Netron data distribution from Obsidian Control Systems.
“We set about planning an upgrade with Netron hardware and simultaneously had been eyeballing our aging house lighting system for upgrade,” Pitale explains, referring to an old system of 32 recessed 250W incandescent par cans that cast bad shadows due to placement of a truss grid. “We planned a 24-unit update with LED Lekos hanging from the existing ceiling in locations we could control the light spill and avoid the truss and chandeliers.” They started the electrical, ordered the units, and began testing. Then, late in 2019, the Ballroom ceiling façade collapsed.
“It brought the wood façade crashing onto the truss grid, lighting, audio and video systems, and anything else underneath,” Pitale recalls. The ceiling was eventually rebuilt to match its original look and after a full replacement of a host of systems, they returned to the house lighting question. “We shopped a few fixtures and settled on something an architectural firm assured us wo
USA - The outdoor stage at the Avondale Brewing Company in Birmingham, AL, was smaller than the ones Pigeons Playing Ping Pong normally plays on, probably not much more than 30ft in length. But adaptation is the order of the day as live music returns throughout much of the USA.
The size of the stage didn’t matter much; breaking rules and flying off in wonderfully unexpected creative directions can take place in any space. The popular jam band provided proof of that recently when they improvised their way through two upbeat sets filled with energy and original musical turns.
Flowing with them on this freewheeling journey was their long-time lighting designer, Manny Newman. Described by the quartet as “the fifth member of the band”, Newman also proved that limited space is no obstacle to limitless ideas. His expansive show filled the stage and the entire venue with visual delights that included swirling custom gobo patterns and colour combinations that moved from dreamy pastels on white, to bold edgy mixes.
Helping him achieve these looks were the 18 Chauvet Professional Rogue fixtures in the band’s own touring rig. He positioned six Rogue R1 Spot fixtures across a 16-foot truss as part of his ground package, and hung 12 Rogue R1 Wash units on four grids that were placed across the truss. Working this road package with the house rig, he unleashed a stream of looks across the stage’s backdrop that invited imagination.
“Usually during the second set I like to do psych looks on the back wall for certain jams,” he said. “At Avondale,
UK - Zero 88’s RigSwitch is a remote controlled and synchronised power switching and surge control device that is proving to be a reliable, cost-effective, and popular solution for multiple venues and installation scenarios worldwide.
RigSwitch was launched in 2019. It builds on Zero 88’s reputation for designing solid and practical power, control, and switching products, like the Chilli dimmer ranges, and applying the user-friendly logic that has always characterized the brand. Its price point makes it accessible and adaptable, and RigSwitch is opening more new business opportunities for Zero 88’s core customers.
Before RigSwitch, ‘power management’ was a department largely co-ordinated by the electrical contractor of a new build or technical upgrade/re-fit project, “but utilising this product, can now be in the hands of the specifiers or integrators who are designing other elements of the technical installation,” says Zero 88’s Tyler Holpin, UK and Ireland systems and distribution sales manager for entertainment lighting.
RigSwitch is available in standard 12 or 24 channel configurations - a popular module size to match the 12 and 24 channel format of Zero 88 Chilli dimmers - with a 48-channel RigSwitch device also available on request for the most power-hungry users.
RigSwitch can be supplied with RCD, MCB, or RCBO options - again informed by the success of the Chilli dimmers - plus a choice of different user control interfaces. Individual relays are rated for up to 32A operation.
The idea of automatically introducin
Belgium - Adapting in order to overcome adversity is nothing new to Van Marke Plumbing Supply. Founded on the eve of the Great Depression in 1929, the family-owned business has met challenges, from stock market crashes to war over the past nine decades, as it’s grown from a single location in West Flanders to a global leader in healthy water and heating solutions with operations in Benelux, France, Malta, Switzerland and the United States.
In keeping with its philosophy of adapting in the face of adversity, the company is livestreaming to reach its 1,300 global employees during the lockdown. This initiative began with a colourful and entertaining event produced by Flexivent.
Contributing to the open and friendly atmosphere of the livestreamed event was an engaging lighting design by Cedric De Reu that drew on the colour-rendering prowess of Chauvet Professional COLORdash and Rogue fixtures supplied by SLV Rent.
“We are one of Flexivent’s trusted partners, and were happy to join them in this project,” said De Reu, who is a member of the SLV Rent team. “They asked us to create a warm, cosy atmosphere for the livestream, which naturally led us to focus on using deep and inviting colours, such as different shades of amber.”
The design team turned one of the conference rooms at Van Marke’s home office into a large TV studio, which they divided into three areas: one of which was the set for speakers, a second for a “surprise” performer, and a third where a DJ created audio bumps to mark the arrival of guests.
Colour played a
USA - Lighting designer Tom Sutherland of DX7 Design specified 326 Robe MegaPointes as part of the lighting rig for the 2021 season of American Idol, for which the live shows and final were produced by Freemantle Media and recorded on Stage 36 of CBS Television City in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Award-winning director Phil Heyes approached Tom to bring his fresh modernist style to the bigger picture and he came in with a rock ‘n’ roll-style design carefully balanced for television.
He worked alongside creative director and co-executive producer Brian Burke - with whom Tom also collaborates on pop phenomenon Westlife - and set designer Florian Wieder, plus a trove of other smart and creative individuals including art director Steve Morden.
Season 4 of the show on ABC was the first time American Idol has been run without an audience - due to pandemic restrictions - although 50 COVID-tested members of the public were allowed in for each live show broadcast, seated in club-style booths which add a touch of ‘classic ambiance’ to the aesthetic.
The video-based set was fully automated on 37 moving points. The architecture of the space could be dramatically shifted at the touch of a button, and Tom’s main challenge was to accentuate the overall feeling of space and make the studio look as big, impressive and rock star-like as possible!
The lighting rig was designed at maximum width, expanding into the roof and right out to each side - above what would normally be the audience - with transformed the venue’s visualit
UK - Founded in 1968, the amateur Stamford Shakespeare Company has been putting on performances of Shakespeare’s classics for audiences of all ages for over 50 years.
Since 1977 the company has called the Tolethorpe Hall home, with the concreted stepped amphitheatre allowing them to recreate the Shakespearian magic in the same environment it was written for.
Looking to upgrade the existing house rig from 1KW fresnels and frame scrollers, to modern LED replacements, Grant Witton, Stamford Shakespeare Company’s technical manager, chose Prolights Fresnels, which he purchased through A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET).
Grant comments, “We needed something to replace the aging and slightly noisy scrollers, but we also wanted a fixture that allowed us to colour match seamlessly with gels in the other fixtures in the rig. We looked into many different LED Fresnels but Prolights was the winner for us for a number of reasons. We found the fixtures to be super bright and the colour output very punchy and impressive. We also had to consider our annual budget and were delighted with the cost effectiveness of these Fresnels. They certainly ticked all the right boxes for us.”
The company are already putting these fixtures to good use for this season's performance of Love’s Labour’s Lost, Humble Boy and "The Importance of Being Earnest."
Grant continues, “From a programming point of view, we have noticed such a positive difference. The ability to now change colour, without the need to either make sure the required colou
UK - CFE Lighting’s business development manager, Amanda Speight, has been elected onto the Lighting Industry Association (LIA) council.
In her new role on the 20-strong Council, Amanda will act as a representative for commercial luminaires, championing the UK’s lighting manufacturers and suppliers and ensuring their voice is heard on a range of key industry issues.
Amanda is one of three women to be elected to the LIA council, with the association keen to improve the diversity of its members. The council, which typically meets five times a year, serves to represent the different sectors within the lighting industry, with the LIA playing a key role in shaping and influencing policy, legislation, quality and supply chain behaviour.
Commenting on her election, Speight says: “This is a real milestone moment for me in my career and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to help shape the future of an industry I care deeply about. Having worked in lighting for over 35 years, I’ve got to know a lot of people in the industry and I’m looking forward to giving them a voice and representing their views on the issues that really matter.”
Peter Hunt, chief policy officer at the LIA, says: “Recent years have seen a wider and more diverse group of people working in the lighting industry than ever before, and as the representative body for the industry, it’s essential that the LIA shares that same diversity.
“I’m delighted that Amanda has been elected to sit on the LIA Council. She’s hugely respected and well-known across the ind
India - Crescendo AV recently equipped Saga: Cuisines of India’s new reataurant in Gurugram with Harman Professional audio and lighting solutions to provide a memorable experience for dining and entertainment at the ambitious new restaurant and bar.
Created by restaurateur Vishal Anand, Saga: Cuisines of India is a spacious dining destination with a food and beverage menu curated by twice-Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar. The 200-capacity venue features a 51ft ceiling, one of the world’s tallest bar displays and a stage for live performances that can accommodate anything from a DJ to a six-piece band. To provide sound and dynamic lighting, Crescendo AV outfitted Saga with JBL Professional loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers, BSS signal processors, AKG microphones and Martin Professional lighting fixtures.
“SAGA was a unique install in every sense,” said Vineet Wadhwani, managing partner, Crescendo AV. “It was definitely exciting to be a part of the journey from concept to installation. The 51ft ceiling height and being located in the midst of corporate offices, an upcoming hospital and a residential complex all posed challenges in terms of the acoustics and overall audio set-up, but we were able to achieve the desired result using a combination of appropriate soundproofing, acoustic treatment and setting the right dispersion angles for the speakers.”
Crescendo AV outfitted Saga with a variety of JBL Professional loudspeakers for premium sound throughout the venue. JBL VTX A8 loudspeakers and B18 subwoofers provide main sound reinforcement f
Australia - Canberra-based Elite Event Technology (EET) supplied full production - lighting, audio, video, and staging - for the 2021 Australian Hotels Association (AHA) Awards, which took place outdoors for the first time as 450 guests enjoyed the environs of the Pialligo Estate and the gastronomy of one of Canberra’s top restaurants in an immersive setting that embraced the natural beauty of the ACT region.
EET’s Darren Russell designed lighting for the event in which he has been involved for the last 15 years. He made the most of the flexibility of 46 Astera AX1 PixelTubes and 16 Astera AX5 TriplePars for illuminating the tables, flora and fauna, and helping to build a magical atmosphere for the evening.
The AX1s were mainly used on the tabletops where they served as long, elegant centrepieces, providing subtle but practical ambient illumination for dining, chatting, and enjoying the evening.
The AX5s were dotted around and used to light trees and other foliage elements in the gardens, creating colour washes across the space and also bathing the areas in naturalistic white lighting.
“Wireless and battery-powered operation made Astera an obvious choice for an event and application like this,” comments Darren, mentioning that the fixtures’ IP65 rating was a welcome contingency should the weather have proved challenging.
Multiple tables were set up outside the main building to accommodate all the guests. With not much power available in this area, Astera again proved the solution. No generators were required, which can be noi
Italy - Two years after launching Alchemy 5, DTS Lighting has decided to expand its range of Fresnel wash moving heads. Alchemy 7 is designed to extend the range and offer a more powerful option.
DTS’s Alchemy line already caught attention in the theatre and television industries over the last few years for its high quality of light, extended colour palette and versatility.
Alchemy 7 was launched on 16 June on the company’s social media platforms, with one of its focal points being its quality light. Like its predecessors, Alchemy 7 features a six-colour chip LED source that allows to recreate a wide range of shades, especially when it comes to pastel tones.
Its tungsten emulation function will allow the LED projector to generate the same effect of halogen lamps on the dimming curve. From a technical standpoint, Alchemy 7 presents some impressive new features like a two-blade framing system with a 180° full system rotation, and a more powerful lumen output that reaches up to 22,000 lumens.
Raffaella Scaccia, sales director at DTS lighting comments: “Alchemy 7 marks a stepping-stone for our company. We believe it will meet expectations for both creative and technical demands and will positively impact our future. Our vision is to keep being a leader in the professional lighting field, and to design Italian-made products that will be known as top-quality in the industry.”
USA - Located at the mouth of Padre Canyon in southwestern Utah, Tuacahn Amphitheatre offers an impressive setting.
Along with this splendour, however, comes another side of nature: harsh, wildly fluctuating weather. “The theatre is subjected to every kind of environmental challenge, including rain, high wind, dust, 100-plus degree temps, and even snow this April,” says Cory Pattak, a New York based lighting designer. “The conventional pars and ellipsoidals here have taken a beating over the years.”
Since Pattak’s first show at Tuacahn, the theatre has been working to upgrade its rig to include more outdoor rated fixtures. Last year, during the pandemic lockdown, it took a major step in this direction when its production manager Craig Engel, with assistance from Pattak, replaced its old incandescent units with 58 Ovation E-910FC IP fixtures from Chauvet Professional.
Pattak is putting the new fixtures to good use this season, creating an engaging and evocative design for a production of Beauty and the Beast. Drawing on the Ovation units’ RGBA-Lime LED engine, he is transforming the stage to support the magical mood of the musical with a wide range of deep, richly saturated colours.
Pattak, who has designed at the venue every year since 2017, notes: “Aside from looking for an IP rated fixture, we were also looking to reduce the overall size of the conventional plot, as it takes days to focus the entire rig - all overnight of course. The large rig required a significant ammount of dimmers and cabling, not to mention lamps an