USA - Grammy Award winning, Puerto Rican mega-star Bad Bunny kicked off his 36-date sell out El Último Tour Del Mundo 2022 from the Ball Arena, Denver in February. Featuring a show design as stylishly unconventional as the artist himself, lighting designer Alain Corthout, chose to deploy a battery of VL10 Beamwash luminaires from Vari-Lite.
“Bad Bunny takes an alternative approach to his live performance, so the show design had to be as outspoken as he is,” explains Corthout. “I was looking for a lighting workhorse that would offer the ultimate in creative versatility, while delivering consistent, high output light, even at the more saturated end of the spectrum. I also needed a versatile palette of effects. The VL10 Beamwash fixtures gave me all of this and more.”
Challenging the conventions of traditional show design, Corthout had to accommodate the fact that the solo artist was playing to huge audiences yet was often on stage alone. The only design guidance Corthout was given from Bad Bunny’s management was that the design was going to include a large truck. The result is a diverse show, staged in-the-round and centered on the massive truck which morphs, transformer-style, into a three-runway, LED video screen stage floor.
“With a large amount of high energy songs and very few ballads, we had to create enough variety in scale, mood, texture and looks to keep the audience focused and emotionally in touch with Bad Bunny,” says Corthout. “Above the stage - running parallel with the truck length - are eight framed, portrait format, v
UK - PLASA Show is returning to West London from 4-6 September, and those wishing to attend can now register via the event's website.
Taking place at Olympia London’s Grand Hall, the entertainment technology tradeshow promises to deliver some of the latest technology, product demos, and delve into key industry issues. There will also be four showfloor theatres running over 60 sessions on a range of topics across the three days.
The event will provide plenty of opportunities for networking with leading companies from audio, AV, lighting, rigging and staging, each one showcasing popular products and new releases. Some of the brands returning this year include Robe, Ambersphere, ETC, AC-ET, Adam Hall, L-Acoustics, Sennheiser, Chauvet Professional, Leisuretec, Highlite, Polar and SFL Group.
Meanwhile, the seminar programme will offer valuable business advice, unpack technical topics, and present the latest creative achievements. Interactive workshops will also return to provide visitors with the chance to try the latest tech - from live audio demonstrations, to lighting console training, and much more.
The widely respected PLASA Awards for Innovation will also return to recognise and reward next-generation products and the people behind them. The awards are proudly run in association with LSi magazine - keep an eye on our website for more information regarding how to enter this year’s awards.
Free registration for PLASA Show 2022 has now opene
Columbia - Latin Grammy winner Karol G blends a mix of genres in her rhythmic sound, treating fans to generous helpings of reggaeton, trap, sertaneja and a host of other influences.
Karol G concerts are intense with no lulls in the action. Reflecting this explosiveness in light requires a bold, fast-moving design, which is what the team at Línea Estratégica delivered for the star with help from a massive collection of the new IP65-rated Chauvet Professional Color Strike M.
Conrado Santamaría, CEO of the Línea Estratégica, added 120 of the versatile fixtures to his inventory soon after they became available in Colombia, purchasing them from distributor Yamaki. His vision was to use the motorised strobe/wash lights to add an extra level of impact to shows. He hasn’t been disappointed, as the fixtures have already worked their magic at concerts by the likes of Rubén Blades, Fito Páez, the Morat group, and Myley Cirus.
Andrés Felipe, LD for the Karol G show, provided vivid examples of the many looks that can be created with the Color Strike M, which features two bright white light tube elements surround by a bright pixel-mappable face of RGB LEDs.
Joining the white tube elements in animating the concert with vibrant looks were the new fixture’s colour mixing LED faces, which themselves feature 14 pixel mappable zones. Coordinating the bursts of vivid colour blasts with the relentless strobe effects, creating a panorama that could be felt as well as seen.
Singapore - Creative Technology Asia Pacific has recently taken delivery of a further shipment of Ayrton Diablo S profile fixtures to expand its existing rental stock. The Singapore-based audio-visual company, caters for a variety of MICE events including keynotes, kick-off meetings, exhibitions and product launches across the region. It made its first investment in the ultra-compact, feature-packed powerhouse profile when Diablo was first launched back in 2019, before increasing its stock levels in 2020, and again this year.
“Ayrton Diablo was one of the potential fixtures that we originally looked at when we were searching for a replacement within our rental inventory,” says CT Asia’s operations director, Juay Minghee. “We trialled it against other products and Diablo ticked all the right boxes for features and impressed us above all with its performance. The framing system was a useful new feature that our lighting programmer appreciated most compared to our previous rental stock. On top of that, the excellent service support we receive from our local distributor, Total Solution Marketing, cemented the decision.”
The versatile Diablo is proving one of Ayrton’s most popular fixtures, due in part to its many great features that include a 7° - 53° beam spread and 100% framing shutters. Weighing only 22kg, and with 300W LED source delivering 19,000 lumen output,
The tech team at CT Asia are now very familiar with Diablo and confirm its performance is matched by its reliability: “Diablo is a very versatile package in a good form facto
UK - Stage Electrics recently installed a pair of Robert Juliat Arthur 800W LED followspots at The Lowry, Salford Manchester. The Arthur 5°-15° followspots were supplied to Stage Electrics by Ambersphere Solutions, Robert Juliat’s exclusive UK distributor.
The 1700+ seat Lowry is an important theatre for the north-west of England and runs a varied programme of plays, musical theatre, ballet, opera, stand-up comedy, and rock and roll gigs, and has also hosted ITV television’s Britain’s Got Talent and The Royal Variety Performance.
The RJ Arthur followspots were selected for their impressive output which is capable of matching the lumen output of an HMI 2500W Aramis followspot at similar angles. “The Lowry has been operating with RJ Aramis followspots since we opened in April 2000,” says Dave Wimpenny, one of the technical managers at The Lowry. “One of them finally gave up the ghost in late 2021 so we took the decision to upgrade to two new spots after 22 years! We looked for LED alternatives to the Aramis and the Arthur looked very good on paper. I spoke to Jayney Bell (technical sales consultant at Stage Electrics) who assured me that these would be the best option and managed to bring them in within our budget.”
The RJ Arthur units were installed in The Lowry’s front-of-house followspot box which is 15m above the auditorium floor with a throw distance of 28m at 37° from the edge of the stage. Their first mission was on a run of Les Miserables in April. “They proved themselves to be good units which were pl
Estonia - The final evening concert of the 2022 Volbriöö event in Estonia’s second city of Tartu took place on the Kaarsild (Arch) Bridge, an elegant pedestrian link that connects the centre of town with the Ülejõe District, traversing the Emajõgi River.
Andres Sarv, lighting designer from Tartu’s famous Vanemuine theatre and a team from production and rental company E&T were asked to assist with the technical elements including lighting which had a key role in the presentation. Andres specified Robe Pointe, LEDWash 800, Spikie and LEDBeam 100 moving lights.
These were used to light all the stage action, structural aspects of the bridge, plus the river, riverbank and surrounding areas as thousands congregated to enjoy the music and live artist performances, including headliners popular rapper Genka and famous Estonian singer / songwriter Orelipoiss.
Tartu’s Volbriöö is a night of celebration for students and their related organisations - it is a big university town - and this regional Estonian version of the event is loosely based on the centuries-old Christian Saint Walpurgis Night feast day. It is the final event of the Tartu Student Days festival comprising hundreds of smaller performances and parties.
The 2022 theme was dedicated to supporting and being aware of the challenges faced by war-torn neighbours in Ukraine as the country fights fearlessly and tirelessly for peace, freedom, and sovereignty not just for itself, but for the whole of Europe.
Andres and the E&T crew have been involved in supplying the even
Singapore - Twelve MA Lighting grandMA3 consoles have been specified as part of a technical upgrade at Singapore’s national performing arts centre, Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay.
Instrumental in the decision to replace the older consoles with new grandMA3s - delivered by MA’s Singaporean distributor, Total Solution Marketing - were Heryadi Yusof (head of lighting) and Ismahadie Putra (technical manager).
The lighting team underwent a thorough procurement process explained Heryadi, which included exploring the various industry consoles that could replace the ageing lighting desks.
“All consoles were vetted based on the criteria we set, which included having the flexibility to support the diverse range of productions across different genres that are presented at Esplanade,” he explains. In tune with the latest industry trends, they also took note of the new technologies that the various consoles could offer, as well as the after-sales and technical support expected from the local distributor.
“An open tender was conducted and grandMA3 ranked highest in our quality-to-cost assessment,” comments Heryadi.
The sale comprised four grandMA3 lights, four grandMA3 compact XTs, two grandMA3 compacts and two grandMA3 onPC command wing XTs.
Esplanade still has its original grandMA1 and 10 grandMA2s, the latter purchased in two batches in 2006 and 2010, but these will be phased out after the grandMA3s are commissioned in the various venues.
Currently, venues running on grandMA include the Concert Hall, the Theatre, Recit
USA - Bandit Lites has announced key promotions within the firm with Sharon Draper as the chief financial officer, Dizzy Gosnell as vice president of production and John Jenkinson as director of integration.
Draper oversees all aspects of the financial side of Bandit Lites and leads a large team on a daily basis.
"I am exceedingly thankful for Michael Strickland's leadership and strength, especially over these last few years,” said Draper. “As I come into this new position, I look forward to the continued success of Bandit."
“Bandit would simply not be where we are without Sharon,” said Bandit Lites chair and founder, Michael T. Strickland. “She held many roles before joining Bandit, including at Whittle Communications and Venture Alliance. Sharon has long served in the role of CFO and now she carries the title she much more than earned.”
Dizzy Gosnell has been a part of the Bandit family since 1993, but he first met Michael 40 years ago when Strickland was the production manager for Blackfoot and he was on the lighting crew with Meteorlites for Iron Maiden.
“We have been great friends ever since,” said Strickland. “No one in the entire industry is more knowledgeable, dedicated, and driven than Dizzy. His new position of VP of Production is well deserved and really not big enough. Life without Diz is hard to imagine.”
Another long-time Bandit is John Jenkinson. “John is an absolute rock star,” says Strickland. “There is not person better at their job than him. His tireless focus and dedication to getti
Germany - Astera has introduced its latest wireless LED lighting product, the HydraPanel, which features the company’s Titan LED engine.
The HydraPanel offers features including a beam-shaper module, magnetic mounting, and the Titan LED engine’s colour mixing, dimming characteristics and quality of light.
The six-pixel product weighs 600g and has an inbuilt battery and wireless DMX module making it ‘ultimately flexible and useable anywhere’. It can also be run fully wired.
It is IP65 rated in both wired & wireless scenarios so it can be used outdoors or in damp or otherwise challenging atmospheric conditions.
Each HydraPanel emits 1300 Lumens of quality light giving 515 Lux at 1m (without filter) and a high CRI and TLCI.
Accessories include a ConnectorPlate which connects two HydraPanels together, and up to four panels can be joined using three ConnectorPlates to create a medium size panel that is still compact, lightweight and manoeuvrable.
Uses will include key for lighting people as well as illumination of more substantial areas such as stages, scenery, and buildings. Larger Arrays of HydraPanels can be used as a low-resolution screen / video effect, and the products look fabulous on camera, either highlighting people and objects or as cool back-of-camera-fill.
Like Astera’s PixelBrick, power and data are delivered via PowerBox 2x86W devices, and for larger setups, eight HydraPanels can be connected to the PowerBox via Power/Data combination cables. This is ideal for building bigger and more dramatic effec
UK - Exhibition centre ExCeL hosted Move It, an event that invited some 75,000 people to spread their creative wings and dance, either on stage, or in one of its many workshops and classes.
Described as “the largest dance event in the world”, Move It featured performances by 150 acts, ranging from professional troupes and college dance groups, to community organisations and local schools. Supporting them on stage was a highly flexible production design by Steve Yeardsley and the OneBigStar team that featured over 170 Chauvet Professional fixtures from the company’s own inventory.
Engaging the services of David Howard Lighting Design, the OneBigStar team endeavoured to create stage lighting that was versatile enough to reflect the event’s diverse range of dance genres, a collection that included everything from ballet and ballroom to freestyle and hip-hop.
“Move It presents fun challenges for me as a lighting designer,” said Howard. “One of the most formidable is dealing with the sheer volume and diversity of performances on the main stage, given the limited amount of time between the acts.”
OneBigStar helped Howard meet this challenge by providing an extensive and adaptive main stage lighting rig that featured 20 Maverick MK3 Wash, 14 Maverick MK3 Profile and 16 Rogue R1 Outcast BeamWash fixtures. These fixtures were located in a variety of positions. Many were flown on a circular truss over centre stage, some were on four parallel rows of truss running, two per side, over stage left and right, while others
USA - The first shipment of the Chauvet Professional Color Strike M fixtures arrived at The Design Oasis right as Abbas Ritscher was about to head out to sea from Miami as the production manager of the 2022 Nursecon cruise. He was so eager to try the new IP65 rated motorised strobe/wash that he decided on the spot to add two units to the rig that he and lighting designer Joe Donnelly put together for the Royal Caribbean pool side party stage.
“The Color Strike M got into our warehouse, so it was the perfect excuse to get my hands on it,” said Ritscher. “Being on a cruise ship you need to load in fast. You also need fixtures that have a lot of impact for their size, and of course, everything needs to be able to take the weather, which comes in fast and hard. This fixture fit the bill perfectly.”
Ritscher and Donnelly positioned a Color Strike M on either side of the video wall at the pool side stage, which served as party central for the nurses-only four-day cruise, which provided a well-deserved break for 3,500 healthcare workers, who spent the past two years dealing with a global pandemic.
Passengers on the cruise were treated to a wide assortment of entertainment options, including a Nurses Got Talent show, performances by 10 professional dancers, and an appearance by comedian Nurse Blake. Every night the poolside rocked with parties and live DJ shows, culminating with a special Nurse Glow affair on the last night.
Through it all, the Color Strike M delivered pulsating visuals; its strobing effects creating bright flas
Denmark - Copenhagen’s Bellevue Theatre asked lighting designer Mark P Jones to create a practical and versatile lighting scheme to facilitate their recent touring version of A Column of Fire, a musical production based on Ken Follet’s gripping work encapsulating politics, passion, religious divisions and other 16th-century melodrama of the moment.
It was initially staged at the theatre in 2019, directed by Mads M Nielsen with set designed by Benjamin la Cour and lit by Mikael Sylvest.
The show was a success, and so after Covid had effectively shut the industry down for two years, the theatre was keen to get it on the road once things started to properly re-open again.
Mark’s solution involved several Robe moving lights - Esprites, LEDBeam 350s, Tetra2s and DL4S Profiles - all supplied by Copenhagen rental specialist The Live Company. They also designed and fabricated a set of eight custom portable (wheeled) stacking trussing towers especially for the tour, and four of these were deployed down each side of the stage.
The challenge was to work with the existing six set and stair pieces plus some side flats which were individually crafted and ranging from 80 cm to 2m in height. Elements of the stair pieces could be manually moved - by actors using touch buttons – and they increased / decreased in height throughout, so the action and the lighting cues had to be very tightly choreographed across the show’s 50+ scenes.
As soon as Mark hit on the answer for lighting that would work at all the venues, he needed some small a
Germany - Berlin-based LaserAnimation Sollinger has acquired Bavarian firm Ray Technologies. The two companies are internationally established in the show and event industry, Ray being better known for its RTI brand.
The merger is hoped to lead to “an even broader coverage in the professional market” and will result in shared resources, with significant benefits to R&D.
"A joint path strengthens both brands in the high-end laser market and enables new developments in various product areas," comments Michael Sollinger, founder and CEO of LaserAnimation Sollinger.
The LaserAnimation and RTI brands will continue to exist, as will the companies’ locations in Berlin and Bavaria. All existing employees will remain onboard, with newly-created roles currently being filled as well.
Meanwhile, a new special effects lighting unit has also been established. One joint development that was recently presented at Prolight+Sound 2022 was the RTI Ango high-power laser effect.
Italy - Prolights has just expanded its EclFresnel range with four new variable white variants. This includes the MINI, with a 60W LED engine and a 100mm lens, JUNIOR, with a 150W engine and a 150mm front lens, the 1K Fresnel with a 250W source and a 200mm front lens and finally, the 2K Fresnel, with a 500W LED source and a 250mm lens.
The variable white series include a CCT range between 2,700K to 5,600K, rendering skin-tones naturally whilst delivering a clean light beam and smooth fades between warm white to cool white.
Because these are variable white only fixtures, users get an incredibly bright beam across the entire zoom range, whilst keeping high CRI, TLCI and TM30 values.
The EclFresnel range are the perfect fixtures for high-demanding jobs like theatre and broadcast. There are many accessories for these units, including an eight-leaf barndoor and a 28mm TV-spigot that ship with these units. There are also dedicated pole-operated yokes available for all variants of the Fresnels.
The units are packed with the latest technology like 16-bit smooth dimming and adjustable PWM, colour temperature presets and much more. And just like the fixed white or full colour series, the EclFresnel VW range is also available in a white housing for concert halls and multifunctional venues.
USA - The Mulehouse in Columbia, Tennessee sets a new standard for live and streaming events; this multi-function venue brings together many different aspects of making and listening to music - from workshops, to exhibitions, to multi-media interviews and, of course, live shows. The venue, which can accommodate more than 500 spectators, meets all the requirements for high-quality streaming. The lighting package from ETC ensures balanced lighting in the architecturally impressive venue, using over 50 spotlights from the ColorSource family, a HedgeHog console, and an ETCNet streaming network.
Prominent entertainment professional Blair Garner is behind the concept of the new location. The award-winning radio DJ has shaped the American country radio landscape for over two decades; he is a member of the National Radio Hall of Fame and Country Radio Hall of Fame. Garner says, “I worked on the Mulehouse concept for several years. I had something completely new in mind," he says of the multi-purpose location, which has been furnished with many loving details. A lot of time was also invested in research. “We asked artists, managers, record company executives, and sound and lighting technicians what - in their opinion - constitutes the ultimate venue. Their answers gave rise to the Mulehouse.” The plan seems to have worked, as the artist's signing board in the backstage area, inscribed with many hymns of praise, suggests.
No compromises were made in terms of qualitthe live stage. In the former place of worship, for example, more than 50 ColorSource fixtures a
USA - Altman Lighting has announced an update to its PHX line. The new PHX LIME chip is brighter without any increase of power consumption, meaning that mixing to white brings a 1,000-2,000lm increase in total brightness per fixture, all whilst delivering independent saturates of Red, Green and Blue. “This is made possible by splitting the LED only four times, allowing us to deliver more power to the saturate chips than many other fixtures in the current market while still maintaining thousands of colour combinations,” says the company.
The new PHX LVD has a very smooth fade out and in function, as Nicolas Champion, VP of sales and marketing for Altman Lighting, explains: “The LVD performance is similar to an incandescent dimming curve and can dim all the way to 0% very smoothly. Furthermore, the PHX LVD is forward or reverse phase compatible, meaning that it can work on almost all types of dimming systems, as long as the dimmer is big enough to handle the load of the fixture. Customers can have a warm/cool White LED unit, without having to change their existing dimming infrastructure and may even be able to save their current lens tubes, as the new PHX fixtures also accept many standard industry lens tubes. It's the true meaning of plug and play when it comes to upgrading old or new systems.”
The PHX1.5 LED 150W RGBL array is a long throw LED profile spot that is completely convection-cooled, making it ideal for any and all acoustically sensitive environments seeking to avoid the use of fans.
USA - When asked how he felt about touring, Billy Currington proclaimed: “I want to go everywhere.” Recently, the multi-platinum star got to go 600-miles due north of Nashville to a small town outside Milwaukee to join fellow CMT Award winner, Kip Moore and other country stars for County in the Burg.
The two-day event was more than just country music show, Currington, Moore and their fellow artists were helping their Badger state fans raise money for a collection of local charities. Providing upbeat visuals for their performances was an intensely colourful lightshow based on a tour design by Currington’s LD Landon Bloss that featured Chauvet Professional fixtures supplied by Sound Design Productions.
Glenn Ottenbacher installed the rig and ran the lightshows for many of the performers. He notes that having a high output fixtures like the Maverick Storm 1 Wash, Strike 4 and Rogue R2X Wash on a small stage allowed him and the other designers to maintain a high intensity levels while also opening up greater creative opportunities.
“Alex Uhan, the producer of this event built it on the concept of bringing big name acts to a smaller community so there could be closer contact with fans, all while raising money for charity,” says Ottenbacher. “We deliberately kept the stage smaller than it could have been. This not only encouraged that feeling of intimacy, it also created some nice options for us in lighting the shows. We were able to put everything they asked for in their rider on the stage.”
Included in that rider were eight Maverick
USA - Bandit Lites has provided the lights for the 7th Annual Black Music Honors, the company reports. Held by Central City Productions at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, the two-hour event celebrated artists and musicians who have influenced and made significant contributions to American music.
This year marked the return of a live studio audience, and lighting designer Mark Carver rose to the challenge of crafting distinctive looks for the diverse genre of music and artists. The event honoured iconic musical acts Dru Hill, The Whispers, Karyn White, Tevin Campbell, Keri Hilson and the gospel duo Mary Mary.
Bandit Lites supplied more than 170 fixtures, including Ayrton Ghiblis, Chauvet Rogue R2X Washes, Claypaky B-EYE K20, Elation Smarty Hybrids, Elation ACL 360i, GLP X4 Bar 20 and GLP JDC1 LED Strobes.
Carver utilised the Ghiblis for key and backlights as well as gobo effects over the stage. The B-EYES provided eye candy and beam effect lights to accent the music. Smartys were used for beam light and hard gobos for air effects while the JDC 1 offered both strobe effects and eye candy. Elation ACL 360i were used for beam effects and musical accents.
“I always get a lot of mileage out of the multi-use B-EYE in Pixel Mode, providing great punctuation to the music,” explains Carver. “The Elation ACL 360i were a punchy nice surprise for their colour and speed.”
With a tight frame to load in, program, rehearse and perform a live show, it was imperative the system arrived well-prepped and ready to go.
“Thanks to [proj
UK - The Swansea Arena is a new £135m music and theatre venue operated by Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG). The new arena is part of a large-scale development in the centre of Swansea, called Copr Bay. This will also offer new shops, restaurants, apartments and parkland. The area will be serviced by two multi-storey car parks and a pedestrian bridge over Oystermouth Road to improve connectivity between the city and the beach.
Swansea Arena will also be home to 2,000sq.m of exhibition space. This will have the capacity to host 2,500 people, with dining capabilities for up to 750 guests.
The arena’s LED façade is particularly notable, making the venue instantly eye-catching and awe-inspiring.
To achieve this, 97,000 LumiNode Pixel LED’s, from leading LED specialist Tryka, have been used on the façade. The LumiNode Pixel LED is a full-colour, 16-bit, RGBW solution. For the Swansea Arena, the LumiNode has been made-to-measure to suit the specific needs of the project, with pixel pitches ranging from 110mm through to 435mm, whilst the custom-moulded body is designed to suit a 30mm aperture for a panelised installation, allowing ease of installation as well as any future maintenance or system upgrades.
When partnered with Artnet DMX to SPI control protocol, LumiNode allows complete control for decorative and architectural lighting, and if required; full image and video playback effects.
For Swansea Arena, the bespoke LumiNode luminaire arrangement is powered by 12V Meanwell HLG power supplies and Artnet control interfaces. They are
USA - The DALI Alliance is set to present two showcase seminars at LightFair 2022, a trade show and conference for architectural and commercial lighting taking place at the Las Vegas Convention Centre on 21-23 June.
The seminars will focus on two hot topics within the lighting control arena - smart lighting with D4i-enabled luminaires, and the benefits of the Zhaga-D4i ecosystem - delivered by eminent experts in the field. The DALI Alliance will also be present on Booth 2371 at the exhibition, from where it will set out how this open, global consortium of lighting companies is helping to grow the market for lighting-control solutions based on DALI-2 and D4i.
On 22 June at 11:00-12:00, the DALI Alliance will deliver a seminar on smart lighting with D4i-enabled luminaires, exploring energy reporting, asset management, predictive maintenance and more.
Experienced industry speakers from Signify, Synapse Wireless and Georgia Power will talk about the basics of D4i and deliver a number of relevant use cases, including one for roadway lighting.
On 21 June at 3:30-4:30pm, the DALI Alliance and the Zhaga Consortium will give a joint seminar on standardized lighting and control interfaces for indoor and outdoor luminaires.
A trio of industry experts from Inventronics, Synapse and Zhaga will help seminar participants to identify the key benefits of Zhaga-D4i certification, and compare D4i requirements for drivers and control devices (nodes) with the ANSI C137.4 standard. Another aim of the session is helping those in attendance to recognise how
World - Women In Lighting (WIL) has recently released two new Ayrton-sponsored interviews with female lighting designers: Nashville-based Sooner Routhier, an award-winning designer, producer and director, who has worked with an impressive list of headline artists including KISS, The Weeknd, Motley Crüe, Muse, Rhianna and, currently, Coldplay; and LA-based Emmanuelle ‘Gigi’ Pėdron, a French-born lighting designer who has worked with the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, My Chemical Romance, Garbage and Prince.
WIL is a global project co-founded by Sharon Stammers and Martin Lupton of Light Collective to promote the work of women lighting designers across the entertainment industry. There are more than 160 interviews with respected female lighting practitioners on the WIL website at www.womeninlighting.com, and sharing these is a key way of raising awareness of the project.
Sooner Routhier is a creative powerhouse in the live music industry and, through Sooner Rae Creative, has redefined entertainment lighting and production, whilst also mentoring bright new talent. In her interview with WIL co-founder, Sharon Stammers, Routhier talks about her initiation and pathway into lighting, her inspirations, collaborations and creative processes. She also speaks of the challenges of turning ideas into reality and the logistical challenges that are the legacy of the pandemic, touches on the issue of sustainability and keeping up with technology, and gives some advice to women starting out in entertainment lighting. The full WIL interview is available he
Portugal - Lisbon’s Praça de Touros do Campo Pequeno is a multi-event venue that was fully renovated in 2006. It has been transformed from a bullring into a live music venue, underground shopping centre, cinema, restaurants, and parking lot combined. It now hosts a plethora of events and offers a stage for international live acts and famous bands.
At a large-scale gala dinner, sound and light specialists from Janitasound provided its services to ensure the evening proceeded smoothly and was full of ambiance. Supplied by exclusive Portuguese distributor Lagotronics, the Infinity iFX-640 six 40W RGBW effect moving heads were a key part of the night’s illumination.
A total of 12 iFX-640s were used, and together with eight Infinity S601 Profiles, 12 Infinity S401 Spots, 16 Infinity iW-1240 RGB washes, 18 Infinity iB-5R beams, two Showtec Theater Profile 600MKIII, eight Showtec Phantom 180 Wash moving heads, and eight Showtec Helix wash fixtures, the large indoor arena was lit up beautifully and attractively for the event.
UK - Martin Dudley has been running Cate Carter’s lighting designs for James Morrison on his ChamSys console since 2012. In the ensuing decade, he’s not only grown ever-more appreciative of Morrison’s vocals, but also of his colleague’s singular ability to refresh and expand the evocative looks that support the singer’s shows in light.
“Working with Cate is a lesson in the creative power of design,” opens Dudley. “Her approach is never formularised; instead she’s always finding different ways to add new elegant dimensions to James’ shows. It’s a genuine pleasure to take her vision off the computer screen and into reality.”
For the recent tour, which saw James Morrison play a number of venues around the UK, Carter’s originality took the form of eschewing big lighting effects in favour of a timelessly classic visual concept. Helping Dudley translate this design into reality was a lighting rig supplied by Martin’s Lights and Colour Sound Experiment that featured 24 Chauvet Professional Rogue R2 Wash fixtures.
“As James’ songs are rooted in soul, blues and even gospel music, we wanted the lighting to take on this intimate look that set an appropriately engaging mood,” comments Dudley. “A James Morrison show is about James and his songs. As a result, the intent of the lighting was to create an inviting environment on stage.”
Dudley and his team, light techs Chris Davey and Amy Barnett, positioned eight Rogue fixtures on front row truss to light Morrison and the band, eight on the back truss to light a supple v
Qatar - With around six months left until the FIFA World Cup takes place in Qatar, the countdown to the tournament is well underway – and lighting fixtures from Elation Professional are helping to build up the anticipation.
Unveiled last November in Doha, the Official Countdown Clock ticks down through every hour, minute and second to the opening game at Al Bayt Stadium on 21 November. Working for client fischerAppelt Qatar, ES:ME Entertainment Services handled lighting, rigging and audio for the reveal event, including hanging of a translucent screen. ES:ME also provided technical support, whilst lighting design was handled by visual design and technology company bright! studios of Germany.
ES:ME has worked on many of fischerAppelt’s big events over the last 10 years and for the Countdown Clock reveal supplied a show lighting package of 22 Elation Proteus Maximus, 28 Proteus Hybrid and 31 Rayzor 760 fixtures.
“I like to use Elation, especially the Proteus Maximus and Proteus Hybrid with their marine grade specification because they work great in Qatar’s harsh environment,” states CEO of ES:ME Entertainment Services, Alexander Wuerfel, who notes that they began investing in Elation lighting three years ago. “Although it’s a hot and often humid climate that lies directly on the sea, I can rely on these products.”
The elegant hourglass curves of the Countdown Clock were inspired by the unbroken loop of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 emblem and the ancient timekeeping tool. The reveal event’s objective was to generate anticipat