Lighting News

aliceinchains1photocredit-todd-kaplanChauvet keeps pace with Alice in Chains
Monday, 14 November 2022

USA - Alice In Chains (AIC) hadn’t performed a live concert in three years when the band took the stage on 10 August at The Star Lake Pavilion in Seattle, but as the fans outside Pittsburgh discovered that night, and as thousands more at 29 other venues would learn over the next three months, it was well worth the wait.
Keeping pace with the band’s 15-song set and capturing their sounds visually, was an intense, multi-faceted lighting design by Scott Holthaus with assistance from Cort Lawrence that included over 40 Chauvet Professional fixtures, which like the rest of the rig, was supplied by Bandit Lites.
Like the music it supported, the Holthaus-Lawrence lightshow started out with a bang. Moments after AIC walked on to a darkened stage, illuminated only with hints of deep blue light, the rig erupted, led by the five raked LED video fingers over its centre. Rising as they went from upstage to downstage, these fingers also served as intense illumination sources, in addition to being used to display a wide variety of images and breakout, patterns. Content was created by Surround and run by VD Leaf Dixon.
At times, these images moved across the video fingers, as if they were keys on a piano. This not only reflected the beat of the music, but also helped create a sense of time and space over the stage.
“The fingers were our main design concept,” said Holthaus. “Our video director and content creator deserve a great deal of credit. We relied on the video fingers to create a forced perspective vanishing point. Also, I really loved how the

bromptonBrompton Technology celebrates first decade
Friday, 11 November 2022

USA - Brompton Technology will demonstrate its latest tools at LDI in Las Vegas. Brompton will be exhibiting in booth #1005, showing its Tessera LED processors and the latest version of its accompanying Tessera software.
Tessera Software v3.4, released last month, introduces new features including Extended Bit Depth and Stacking, to help boost both LED panel performance and production efficiencies. Extended Bit Depth unlocks up to 3.3 additional bits of precision, which offers 2 to 3 stops of additional dynamic range on camera, and also reduces visual artifacts. Stacking streamlines production by allowing for multiple processors in a setup to be controlled together in unison, rather than users having to apply adjustments to each processor individually.
Additionally, Brompton’s 10-year anniversary falls during LDI. The company will celebrate at the LDI Circle Bar on Saturday 19 November from 4:30-6:00pm. The Brompton booth will also have key items on display to mark company milestones, including its very first M2 LED processor, serial number 001001, which was shipped on 19 November, 2012, to video equipment rental company, VER (now PRG). This particular M2 processor was first used on the Super Bowl XLVII broadcast in 2013 and is still a working processor in PRG’s rental inventory today.
“With live events back in full swing, we’re very much looking forward to connecting with our customers, users, and the wider industry at LDI this month to demo Brompton’s latest Tessera features – which are used on everything from the global concert tours

astera-runtimeextenderAstera launches RuntimeExtender accessory
Friday, 11 November 2022

Europe - Wireless LED lighting specialist Astera has launched the RuntimeExtender – a ‘battery plate’ tool for lighting techs working with Astera products in all sectors including live shows and events.
RuntimeExtender is compatible with most Astera products – Titan, Helios & Hyperion Tubes, HydraPanel, PixelBrick, etc – and allows connection to an external battery so spare camera batteries can be used to power the Astera units in situations where the internal batteries might run out e.g., protracted shoots, longer running events where longer than standard run times are required for the lights.
This could be on video shoots, live or streaming / hybrid events and conferences, and especially when some Astera fixtures might be positioned in inaccessible and challenging places.
When the connected lights are running at low level or switched off, the internal battery will also be recharging from this connection, allowing batteries to be swapped during the shoot so the lights can be used indefinitely.
The most common camera batteries are currently the V-Mount battery and in some regions, the Gold Mount battery, so Astera RuntimeExtender is offered in two versions for customers to choose either of these two options.
V-Mount and Gold Mount batteries are available in different voltages, so the RuntimeExtender supports two popular battery types, 14.4V and 26V.
The batteries can be connected via the Astera power / data cable which most customers will already have, and Astera now has a 1.5m cable which is included in the Runtime

halcyon-familyETC introduces HES Halcyon and ColorSource V
Friday, 11 November 2022

USA ETC has introduced High End Systems Halcyon and extended the ColorSource family with the addition of ColorSource V.
Created to meet the needs of rental operations, theatres, and opera houses, Halcyon is a family of framing fixtures designed for ‘the exacting demands of lighting production’. Offering reduced cost, reduced weight, and increased output, Halcyon fixtures are ‘engineered to fit into every spec for every design’.
Offering matching feature sets and performance across all fixtures, the Halcyon range consists of Gold, Titanium, and Platinum. Halcyon Gold outputs 31,000 lumens and is ideal for short to medium throw applications. Designed for medium to long throws, Titanium outputs 40,000 lumens. And for the most extreme light at the farthest distances, Platinum offers light output at 54,000 lumens, with 70,000 lumens in boost mode. With a new industrial design, each Halcyon fixture is smooth and sleek enough to blend into your rig.
Halcyon has two LED engine options for maximum versatility. Halcyon’s color mixing system uses tighter, next-gen gradient dichroics and a linear mixing curve supported by ETC’s renowned color science for smooth and even colours, both in and out of focus.
A new, custom selected package of patterns brings a full library of aerials, rotational effects, breakups, diffusion, and prisms. ETC’s Trifusion system brings a wide range of diffusion with a single control channel, maintaining maximum output and even frost distribution across the field, and a smooth transition from a sharp edge all the w

lorna-shoreNate Haber balances light and dark for Lorna Shore
Friday, 11 November 2022

USA - Nate Haber of Extraterrestrial Visuals believes in serving the client. “I think it’s important to note that design and programming are part of a service industry,” Haber says, in the middle of working with Lorna Shore on their national The Pain Remains Tour. “My main goal is to align my vision with that of my client. They know what they like and don’t like. Of course, on this tour, it helps that my design preferences line up with their vision.
“This is a metal band, and an extremely heavy one at that,” said Haber. “So yes, our show is dark and moody, but in the age of social media, it’s also important that fans be able to see the band, especially one that’s as well-known to them as Lorna Shore. It’s also important that they be able to take good photos and videos. So, I try to strike a balance and add a higher level of light at different moments.”
Helping Haber achieve this balance is a Squeek Lights rig anchored by six Maverick Force S Spot and six Rogue R1 Wash fixtures from Chauvet Professional.
“We don’t have a lot of fixtures, but I am making them work very hard,” says Haber. “The meat and potatoes of this lighting rig are the Maverick Force S Spots and Rogue Washes. We also have six vertical foggers that we call on throughout the show. Everything is low power. We can stretch the set wider or squeeze it in for the smaller venues.
I’m running a timecoded show on the ChamSys MagicQ MQ70. Most of the songs have 200 to 300 cues. The main cue stack sits around 100 and then there are bumps, strobes, and ot

anolis-romanzaAnolis helps spread Romanza in Reno
Friday, 11 November 2022

USA - The ambience, smells, tastes and cultural whiffs of traditional Italy and its Tuscany region can be sampled by diners delving into the cuisine offered at the Romanza restaurant in Reno, Nevada, USA.
Part of the Peppermill Resort Hotel & Spa property, the whole Romanza eating experience is now newly intensified with an Anolis interior architectural LED lighting installation that has brought extra life and vibrance to this foodie hot spot.
The new lighting scheme – comprising Anolis Eminere and ArcSource 4MC luminaires – was designed and specified by John Priebe, production lighting lead for the whole Peppermill complex, who co-ordinates lighting for all areas with color changing luminaires installed in addition to lighting the numerous events and conventions that are staged in the complex.
The Anolis fixtures replace an older lighting scheme that highlighted Romanza’s “enchanted” domed roof plus other key scenic elements, due for replacement with a more contemporary, more effective and – importantly – more sustainable version.
When the owners decided to use the Covid shut down constructively to action this upgrade, John came off furlough to oversee the operation and started scouting around for the right luminaires. The Anolis brand was chosen.
The interior of the dome is now illuminated by 52 x ArcSource 4MC (RGBW) luminaires which are ensconced in a series of 13 scenic torches that are part of a curved ‘wall’ running around the main restaurant space.
These ArcSources are working in conjunction with

elation-at-ldi-2022Elation brings innovations and opportunities to LDI
Thursday, 10 November 2022

USA - Elation invites new and existing customers alike to join their team at LDI Booth #1142 for a chat and a look at our newest, premiere product launches.
Featured products will include the leading IP65 Proteus line, including the new 75,000-lumen Proteus Brutus LED wash effects moving head, the powerful Proteus Excalibur sky beam, the linear Proteus Rayzor Blade LED wash and FX light, and the big brother to the popular Proteus Rayzor 760 LED wash effects luminaire, the Proteus Rayzor 1960.
New fixtures in Elation’s high-performance, high-value Fuze series are also on the docket, including the full-color-spectrum Fuze MAX Spot/Profile LED moving heads, and the full-spectrum Fuze Wash 500 LED Fresnel moving head. Visitors can also get up close with new luminaires in Elation’s broadcast-optimized KL series, including the full-colour KL Profile FC ellipsoidal framing fixture, and KL Panel XL/KL Panel XL IP, a bigger, brighter and bolder version of Elation’s popular KL Panel LED soft light.
New products under Obsidian Control Systems’ Onyx lighting control platform and the latest from Magmatic atmospheric effects will also be on display.

gas-light1Squeek and Chauvet light The Gaslight Anthem
Thursday, 10 November 2022

USA - The Gaslight Anthem played the Holmdel, NJ PNC Arts Centre amphitheatre on a blustery October night, the New Brunswick band’s biggest local concert in eight years.
A bold and powerful Matt Bodner lighting design featured fast-moving aerial effects, and a variety of and bold colour palettes, as well as plenty of audience lighting. Bodner, who lit the band on their summer tour, that culminated at the PNC Arts Centre, beefed up his rig for this hometown show, with extra Chauvet Professional fixtures from Squeek Lights.
“I used Maverick 20 Force Spot fixtures, 26 Rogue R3 Washes, and 16 STIKE Array 4 in the air,” said Bodner. “I designed the lighting plot for the fly package as well, using it for our shows Wembley Arena and Manchester Apollo in the UK. For this show, we added 14 Rogue R1 BeamWashes and another 18 STRIKE Array 4s, for a total of 32 blinders.”
Bodner favoured colour palettes that evoked the aura of the New Jersey’s shoreline as well as its complicated history when designing this show. “I wanted to communicate the feeling and ambience of New Jersey as much as I could,” he explained. “This led me to use a ton of cyan/magenta. When I listen to the songs, I picture the Jersey shore during its off season, with its overcast sky, winds coming off the ocean, and empty beach, except for a few stragglers. I complemented this with blue and red washes with cuts of yellow from the Force S Spots to evoke the summer shore with its carnival lights, 4th of July celebrations, and life on the boardwalk.
Running his show on a C

post-maloneAyrton MagicPanel FX light the way for Post Malone
Thursday, 10 November 2022

USA - Eighty-eight Ayrton MagicPanel FX multi-function luminaires, controlled by a grandMA3 lighting console, play a key role as Post Malone’s Twelve Carat Tour gets underway this fall. The Ayrton and MA Lighting brands are both exclusively distributed in North America by ACT Entertainment.
Post Malone’s Twelve Carat Tour is in support of his new album, Twelve Carat Toothache. The North American tour kicked off on 10 September in Omaha and will wrap in mid-November with a pair of dates in Los Angeles.
The new tour reunites Malone with Dan Norman, owner of LA-based Evolve Lights, Inc., who serves as his lighting designer and technical director. Norman previously designed one-off shows and a festival run for Malone last year, acted as the lighting designer for his Billboard Awards 2020 performance, and assisted on Malone’s Runaway Tour in 2019.
Norman has a history of using Ayrton fixtures having deployed 52 MagicBlade FX units for Malone’s festival run and an array of Khamsin, Diablo, Huracan and Intellipix fixtures on other gigs.
MagicPanel FX features a unique optical zoom system and is comprised of a 5 x 5 array of squared lenses; it offers exciting creative possibilities for both 2D graphical effects and, with its powerful beam, extraordinary 3D volumetric effects.
“As Ayrton moves forward with LED sources they’ve become my go-to product line,” says Norman. “I find their colour mixing to be more accurate than a lot of other fixtures; I’m super happy with the colour mixing on their spots and profiles.”

procom-ayrtonProcom to distribute Ayrton in the UAE, Saudi and GCC
Thursday, 10 November 2022

UAE - Ayrton and Procom Middle East have entered into a distribution agreement for the Middle East region. Procom will take the responsibility for the marketing, sales, technical support and development for the Ayrton product catalogue in the GCC including UAE and Saudi Arabia.
Ayrton is one of the world’s most recognised manufacturers of entertainment and architainment LED moving lights. Ayrton’s products are a mainstay in world tours as well as the most prestigious venues around the world.
Procom has a strong portfolio of professional lighting and stage equipment that goes hand-in-hand with Ayrton. Procom offers customers project and product support services across the region. It services the market from its state-of-the-art showroom and demo-space in Dubai, as well as a service centre that will extend Ayrton’s factory warranty.
“As the region welcomes increasingly high-profile lighting shows, the demand for performance luminaires at the cutting edge of technology is increasing, and hence the demand for Ayrton products,” says Rami Harfouch, business development manager at Procom. “Ayrton and Procom complement each other in the region, bringing together product recognition and local service and support.”
Procom will be carrying inventory from the Ayrton catalogue and will offer an extensive demo experience in Procom’s showroom in Dubai. Procom will work hand in hand with industry professionals to make the product accessible on all levels.
“We are excited to welcome Procom as our new distributor and to see the brand

nx1-with-nxk-and-nxpObsidian highlights versatile NX1 at LDI 2022
Wednesday, 9 November 2022

USA - Obsidian Control Systems is returning to the LDI show in Las Vegas 18-20 November and invites designers, programmers and operators to Booth #1142 to sample a host of new releases that includes several new lighting control products under the Onyx lighting control platform.
Visitors will have a chance to demo the new NX1, a scalable, full-featured lighting console that offers the complete Onyx experience without compromises in an ultra-compact package. The NX1 offers a slate of professional features and is built from the latest in industrial components. A compact, motorized fader wing, the NX P, as well as a small USB-powered control surface for Onyx, the NX K, both suitable companions to the NX1 console, will also be on display.
The latest developments in the Onyx platform will also be featured, from powerful NDI video input connectivity to new fixture parameter configuration options. New devices in Obsidian’s easy-to-configure Netron data distribution line will also be on hand for detailed inspection.
The NX P is a compact, motorized fader wing for the Onyx platform. As an expansion for any ONYX 1 console and ONYX PC systems, it replicates the full playback section of the NX1. Four integrated DMX ports provide instant connectivity to the lighting system. Multiple NX P wings can be connected to any Onyx console or PC system, expanding direct access with 20 playbacks at a time.
The NX K is a small USB-powered control surface for Onyx. It replicates the full keypad and command section of larger consoles. Four encoders complete the progra

torsten-mundChristie Lites opens Berlin shop, expands rep team
Wednesday, 9 November 2022

Germany – Stage lighting and rigging specialist Christie Lites has opened a Berlin base to strengthen its Central Europe operations.
Located in the north of the city, Christie Lites’s Berlin shop, which is already fully operational, offers local industry expertise and a diverse and well-serviced inventory to the company’s existing network across the USA, Canada, and the UK.
Christie Lites CEO, Huntly Christie, comments: “We are pleased to be launching our European operations in Berlin, alongside the Clair team at the Black Box production facility. We have plenty more work to do to bring our operations to scale but are well on our way after only six months in the market.”
The new location has also seen Christie Lites expand its global account rep team, appointing respected industry professional Torsten Mund as their first account/rental representative based in Central Europe.
Torsten's focus will be on developing new business, strengthening client relationships in the region and offering project and kit support. He is well-known in the events industry, having worked for three decades in a wide range of positions, including as a technician, project manager and fixture rental professional.
“I’m thrilled to be joining Christie Lites – a company that I believe offers a very smart business philosophy,” says Mund. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to expand our services and support in Germany and across Europe, welcome new customers and enhance Christie Lites’s reputation as a client-focused, added value organisation.

kao-samstagNick Schmitt specifies Ayrton for Munich’s Klassik am Odeonsplatz
Tuesday, 8 November 2022

Germany - Munich’s traditional weekend of classical music, Klassik am Odeonsplatz, by Pro Events Veranstaltungs GmbH, which is held in the historic city-centre square named after the former concert hall on its north-western side, took place in mid-July 2022.
Over two sold-out nights the event hosted a programme of classical music from the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra on the first night, conducted by Daniel Harding, and an evening of movie theme music played by the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle ahead of his three-year residency as conductor of the Munich Philharmonic next year.
The performances were enjoyed each night by an audience of 8000 people and broadcast live to 1.5million viewers on Germany’s premier ARD television station.
Assistant lighting designer in charge of programming and key lighting, Nick Schmitt, joined the production team last year and specified Ayrton Domino LT, Cobra and Levante fixtures as key lights and followspots, all of which were supplied by German rental company, Neumann and Müller.
“Neumann & Müller has provided the audio, lighting and rigging for Klassik am Odeonsplatz for the last twenty years,” says Neumann & Müller’s Jan Deventer. “It is most important for us to choose reliable technology for this well renowned event in Munich. With the Ayrton products we found exactly what we needed to fulfill our requirements.”
Two Ayrton Levante wash lights were rigged on stage towers behind the Odeon’s balustrades and used as side key lights for the

oliver-jefferyEICC hires Ollie Jeffery as director of event operations & technical
Tuesday, 8 November 2022

UK - The Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) has hired Royal Albert Hall executive Ollie Jeffery as director of event operations and technology. Jeffery spent over 18 years with the Royal Albert Hall, most recently as head of production and technical.
Jeffery’s experience at the Royal Albert Hall included developing the venue’s lighting and audio services, establishing an apprentice scheme, and supporting the delivery of around 400 events a year.
EICC CEO Marshall Dallas comments: “As we aim to further establish the EICC as a globally-recognised conference venue, getting someone of Ollie’s international experience and know-how on board is a major coup and signposts our ambitions for the years ahead. We look forward to Ollie helping to drive continuing success during our next phase of growth.”
Jeffery adds: “I am extremely pleased to be joining the EICC at such an exciting time in its development. The EICC is an incredible venue with fantastic technology and great flexibility to host a multitude of different events. I am also really excited to join such a dedicated team, and I look forward to building on the relationships I have built up within the industry to help the EICC move forward into both the new hotel and overall venue development.”
In June, Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced that it has entered a franchise agreement with the EICC for a 349-bedroom hotel in the Haymarket area of the city. The hotel, set to open in 2025, will be Hyatt’s first hotel in Scotland, and will address the delegate demand issues th

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 8 November 2022

Creative Careers - The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has launched a £950,000 careers programme aimed at giving young people from under-represented backgrounds opportunities in the creative industries. The Creative Careers Programme, which will include theatres, is being led by ScreenSkills, and will target 53 priority areas across the country, including Barking and Dagenham, Wolverhampton, Rotherham, Slough and Swindon, the DCMS said.
Delivery partners include Get Into Theatre, One Dance UK, UK Music, UK Theatre and the Society of London Theatre. The programme aims to help young people from under-represented backgrounds "break into the creative industries" and will offer guidance on careers, help pay for lesson plans, establish a dedicated careers website and provide training for careers advisers.
ScreenSkills chief executive Seetha Kumar said: “It is difficult to contemplate a career you don’t even know about, which is why we are delighted to be working with so many innovative partners to ensure we can secure a strong and inclusive workforce that meets the demands of our brilliant, fast-paced sectors." In addition, creative businesses in six English regions are to benefit from a £17.5m funding pot to help them expand and create new jobs under a programme called the Create Growth Programme.
Disposable Income - Four in 10 theatregoers who purchase the cheapest price band of tickets are concerned about having a fall in disposable income in the coming months. The findings from the October 2022 UK Performing Arts Survey f

rean-power-x-seriesRean releases Power X Series connectors
Tuesday, 8 November 2022

UK - Rean has launched the Power X Series ‘ruggedized’ power connector harsh environment power connector series. Molded from V0 raw materials and rated to UL 94V-0, the IP65 certified Power X Series provides high levels of fire retardant, dust and moisture resistant protection.
A CBC connector – a connector with breaking capacity – Power X Series components are certified according to EN/UL 60320-1, with the cable connectors accepted as a component for cord sets according to IEC 60799, ensuring true mains breaking capability.
Power X Series is also certified as fully compatible with Neutrik powerCON True1 products.
Rean product manager Tommy Huang says. “As a world-leading provider of connectors to the entertainment production industry, Rean’s Power X Series offers an amazing feature set at an unrivalled cost-performance point, providing for smart efficiencies across a wide range of audio, lighting, video, film and TV broadcast applications.”

full-productionFull Production back-to-back at Warwick Castle
Tuesday, 8 November 2022

UK – The summer season at Warwick Castle presented back-to-back challenges for Full Production, called upon by event producer Pixel Artworks to provide lighting, crew and expertise for the historic venue’s two big visitor attractions – Dragon Slayer and Sundown Spectacular.
Warwick Castle, owned by Merlin Entertainments, hosted the two family-fun attractions in the spacious castle courtyard, just a few days apart in August. Pixel Artworks brought in Full Production having worked with them on a number of previous projects. Full Production’s director of live events and touring, Marc Thornton, served as lighting designer and led the company’s team under the guidance of Pixel Artworks’ production manager, Joe Kelly.
The first show, Dragon Slayer, had two acts: the first - a live action extravaganza complete with knights on horseback battling dragons and monsters - was “a full-on medieval experience”, says Thornton. Running nightly over a 10-day period, it told the legendary tale of the trials of valiant hero, Guy of Warwick. This large-scale show required theatrical-style lighting (programmed on an MA2 by Harry Williams) to cover the action not only on the 27m wide main stage, but also along the side and central aisles among the seated audience, numbering 2,000 each night.
A timecoded section of the show, act two saw the story complemented with projection-mapping on the castle walls, from specialist company QED, with content created by Pixel Artworks. “During the projection-mapping, we were essentially using the li

robe-zioux-johannesburgRobe goes wild at Sandton’s Zioux
Tuesday, 8 November 2022

South Africa - Located in the heart of Sandton, Johannesburg, Zioux is a fusion of food, drinks and music with a funky lounge vibe and interior design inspired by South African wildlife.
Zioux manager Dino Constantinou is into technology and knew lighting would be integral to creating the right ambience in the restaurant. He was delighted when DWR specified 18 x Robe moving lights – 12 x LEDBeam 150s and six Spotes fitted with wide angle lenses – to help make the atmosphere extra special.
Johnny Scholtz headed the project for DWR. Dino already had ideas about what he wanted, which was lighting to create subtle effects and texturing around the room for general dining, which could be ramped up to generate excitement and hustle for the later evenings and live DJ sets at the weekends. The venue is also used for events which have different and additional lighting requirements.
Zioux’s management team also operates Saints, another successful Sandon nightspot, for which DWR completed a small lighting installation comprising one Robe LEDBeam 150 for the DJ with a couple of colour changing up-lighters for the garden. However, this well-placed illumination made a huge difference, so Dino had no hesitation in consulting Johnny again.
“Any lighting in Zioux had to be elegant and appropriate to the space,” explained Johnny, who suggested fixtures with multiple features that would segue harmoniously with the interior visuals and environmental lighting.
Robe launched the SPOTE in 2021, and Johnny saw an opportunity for this new small movi

verge-aeroVerge Aero dazzles at Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
Tuesday, 8 November 2022

USA - A festival celebrating the earliest form of aviation was complemented by the very latest in aviation technology, when drone show specialist Verge Aero flew a series of spectacular light shows for the 50th anniversary Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (AIBF) in New Mexico.
Known as “the most photographed event in the world”, the AIBF is a celebration of the oldest human aviation technique, the hot-air balloon, pioneered by the Montgolfier brothers in 1783 and capturing imaginations ever since. This year, the spectacle attracted around 900,000 visitors over its eight-day run in October – and the organisers were, as ever, pushing the boundaries of entertainment for their awe-struck audiences.
“We’ve been interested in drones since we first saw them a number of years ago at Superbowl Half-Time,” says AIBF executive director Paul Smith. “The cost was just outrageous; we couldn’t afford to do it. Now, we’re so happy that we’ve met Verge Aero and Nils Thorjussen – they’ve brought the cost down to a level we can afford, and it’s wonderful!”
Although one flight was cancelled because of a thunderstorm, the 11-minute show, featuring 300 drones and pre-programmed by the Verge Aero team, flew eight shows at night and in the mornings just before the launch of the Dawn Patrol balloons. As well as ballooning and aviation emblems, the aerial display included touches of humour, with the familiar forms of Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote (thanks to Loony Tunes). Smith comments, “When people see fireworks, you get the ‘oohs’

stricklandBandit’s Strickland calls for unified approach
Tuesday, 8 November 2022

USA - More than 350 touring professionals, students and mentors gathered at Nashville's SoundCheck rehearsal studios for the 11th Annual Touring Career Workshop (TCW). There they participated in workshops and heard from experts from a variety of fields including affordable health care, tax and savings advice, mental health wellbeing, personal safety, diversity and touring as well as giving back.
Bandit Lites chair and founder, Michael T. Strickland delivered the keynote address where he addressed current legislation before Congress and the industry’s need of The Entertainment Association.
“As we returned back live to our flagship event after a three-year hiatus, we were truly honoured to have Michael Strickland join us to talk about the work he has been doing with Congress and his fantastic initiative with the Entertainment Association,” said Chris Lisle, co-founder and executive director of TCW.
In the event of another industry wide shut down, the entertainment industry requires a single organisation as a representative before Congress. With no PAC, Lobby, or unified NAICS Code to establish the industry’s real size, legislators cannot and will not listen to the thousands of voices from the entertainment sector.
“I want to thank Chris Lisle and Erik Parker for their dedication to the industry and for holding this very important event,” said Strickland. “Huge numbers of people gain greatly from this amazing gathering. I was proud that TCW was the world premiere of The Entertainment Association informational tour as we educate p

patdtpa-85-1Vari-Lite rig invokes vintage glamour for P!ATD
Monday, 7 November 2022

USA - Panic! at the Disco kickstarted their Viva Las Vengeance arena tour at Austin’s Moody Center in September, with a 70s and 80s rock-influenced high-octane show. Conjuring up rich colours and sharp beams were 128 VL2600 Profile luminaires from Vari-Lite.
Celebrated production designer Sooner Routhier worked closely with the band and their management to design and build the show, collaborating with Alex Specht as associate lighting designer/lighting director and André Petrus as associate production designer/lighting programmer. Together, they created a design that would take the audience back to the early days of large arena rock productions, as the band played their new album in its entirety in Act II of the show. (Acts I and III saw the group treat fans to their biggest hits.)
“We resurrected pods of lights seen in vintage rock productions and added a scenic fascia to them and the risers, giving a nod to the music video for the album’s first single, also called Viva Las Vengeance,” says Routhier, who has won many awards for her work with a wide range of artists including Coldplay, The Weeknd and KISS. “During Act II of the show, we plunged the band into a vintage rabbit hole. We used vintage star filters on the IMAG screens and golden rain curtains flanking the screens to add the feel of a 60s televised game show.”
“We needed a lot of the same type of fixture for the pods, and I had demoed the VL2600s a couple weeks prior to the tour bid process and loved the idea of having a massive amount of them in the air. I als

theweekndProteus work After Hours for The Weeknd dates
Monday, 7 November 2022

USA - Big concert tours were back in a big way this past summer and The Weeknd’s ambitious After Hours til Dawn outing is perhaps the best example. Lighting designer Jason Baeri is using over 450 Elation Proteus Hybrid and Proteus Excalibur moving head luminaires as workhorse fixtures on the tour, an elaborate, visually striking show that has been selling out major stadiums across North America since July.
The first leg of the all-stadium tour kicked off on 14 July at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia and concludes on 27 November at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. The tour is also scheduled to visit South America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Australia.
After Hours til Dawn is a monumental show that reflects the artist’s status as one of the world's best-selling music artists and is his most ambitious production to date. The conceptual show, which springs from the singer’s latest two albums, After Hours and Dawn FM, features a huge stage, long runway and pair of B stages. An enormous 180ft wide LED wall and lighting rig of over 1,100 fixtures support a set that includes dystopian cityscape scenery and stunning 30ft diameter moon.
Lighting had to cover a lot of ground on the production, matching the scale of the large LED screen and scenery elements but also working together with them. “The design was based on the extended concept of scale,” stated lighting designer Baeri, who has been working with the Canadian singer/songwriter on and off in various roles since 2015.
“The screen is one of the

clp2dCameo debuts P-Series LED profile spotlights
Friday, 4 November 2022

Germany - Cameo has introduced the P-Series. These LED profile spotlights are aimed at professional users from the theatre, TV and event sectors and are available in Tungsten, Daylight and Full-Colour versions. In addition to its light output and flexible handling, the P-series also features high CRI and TLCI values as well as a lifelike white light and colour rendering.
The P series includes the P2 T (Tungsten, 3,200 K), P2 D (Daylight, 5,900 K) and P2 FC (Full-Colour, RGBAL) models. With a light output of up to 17,000 lm (P2 FC), the P2 profilers are the perfect replacement for conventional 1kW profiled spotlights. The units can be flexibly adapted to different stage requirements via a variety of optional interchangeable lenses. There is a choice of interchangeable lenses with fixed beam angles (19°, 26°, 36° and 50°) as well as zoom lenses for the ranges 15°-30° and 25°-50°.
They can be used in combination with the optionally available Cameo iDMX Stick to control the LED profile spotlights not only via DMX and RDM, but also wirelessly via W-DMX.

concertgebouwMavericks operate in silence in Concertgebouw
Friday, 4 November 2022

Belgium - Completed in 2002, the Paul Robbrecht and Hilde Daem designed Concertgebouw Brugge has been hailed the world over for, as one critic wrote, “its acoustic wizardry,” the result of a series of technological innovations that reduce the length of reverberations.
In keeping with its commitment to providing the most pristine acoustical experience possible, Concertgebouw Brugge replaced its traditional tungsten moving fixtures with the Chauvet Professional Maverick Silens 2 Profile, a completely fan-less LED fixture designed to operate in total silence.
Concertgebouw Brugge installed the first eight of its 20 Maverick Silens 2 Profile units during the COVID lockdown; the remaining dozen were added just recently. “We went ahead and acquired more of the fixtures, because we were so impressed with the original eight,” said stage manager Geerolf Jacques. “Over half of the concerts here are classical music performances, so silence is essential.”
Jacques and lighting technicians Anthony Carney and Jasper Bogaert use the Maverick Silens 2 Profiles as top lights, positioning them at 12m or higher for most performances, relying on their 10:1 zoom to achieve tight focuses. For some events, such as jazz concerts, they will lower the fixtures to 8m.
“Before we installed the Mavericks, we had traditional incandescent units underneath the shell structure of the ceiling,” said Carney. “As a result, every little sound of the electronics, any hiss or zoom was reflected and amplified down to the stage and audience. It wasn’t the fans per


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