South Africa - Music lovers gathered for the RMB Starlight Classics at the Country Club Johannesburg in September to experience a harmonious journey that has become a springtime tradition over the past 20 years. The RMB Starlight Classics is hosted twice annually in Johannesburg and at Vergelegen Wine Estate in Somerset West respectively.
Sam McGrath and Joanne Jaques from Jam Events have managed the production since its inception in 1998, which is one of the crown jewels in the South African event calendar. “RMB Starlight Classics is an amazing product and has grown beyond anything we thought it would,” explains McGrath. “We have reached a point where the technical team is a family.”
Gearhouse South Africa once again provided the dome structure, as well as all lighting requirements. Peter Abrahamse, who has worked on the event since 2005, was appointed as project manager. “It’s probably my favourite gig, and I get to do it twice a year,” he says.
“The show really has evolved over the years, and while it’s always held under a Gearhouse In2Structure roof, the lighting changes every time. The venues are beautiful too - we work outdoors and the client, RMB, are amazing and take great care of us. Sam and Jo have put together a top team over the years and handpick the people with whom they want to work.”
Abrahamse continues: “The great thing is that they also love it when promising youngsters from the Gearhouse’s Kentse Mpahlwa Academy, work on the event. RMB Starlight Classics is a great platform for learning, and Sam and
South Africa - Robe moving lights were all over the rig designed by Ryan Lombard, H.O.D of show lighting for lighting suppliers Blond Productions, for the latest series of popular Afrikaans language music quiz Noot vir Noot which is broadcast on South Africa’s SABC2 channel.
It’s the longest continually-running TV game show in the country - first broadcast in 1991 and presented for the last 28 years by Johan Stemmet. He finally stepped down in January this year to focus on other projects including producing Noot vir Noot through his company Stemmburg Television. Popular actor and singer Emo Adams was revealed as the fresh new face of the perennially popular show in the latest series.
Ryan himself and Blond Productions, who delivered lighting, audio and LED screen, had already clocked up at least 10 years on the series.
For this series, with all the changes, the producers wanted a complete revamp for the show that was recorded at the Urban Brew Studios in Randburg. Blond Productions’ owner and founder Christiaan Ballot and Ryan designed a new set concept.
Ryan integrated 72 Robes in the design - 24 LEDWash 300s, 12 miniPointes, 12 CycFX 4s, 12 MMX Spots and 12 Robe 600E Beams.
The LEDWash 300s were located all around the studio at the back, and used as primary rear lighting on the band.
The MMXs Spots were ensconced in the set walls and used for beam work and some gobo texturing and distinctive gobo looks.
The miniPointes were also rigged towards the back of the set playing to the front with beams and eff
USA - ADJ’s new Hydro Wash X7 IP-rated moving head wash luminaire has been released to the market, the manufacturer reports.
This versatile 280W LED fixture packs a host of features into a compact housing, making the luminaire suitable for one-off events and concert touring as well as permanent installation in large nightclubs and other entertainment venues.
The latest addition to ADJ’s Hydro Series of IP65-rated professional moving head fixtures, the Hydro Wash X7, harnesses the power of seven 40W Osram 4-in-1 (RGBW) LEDs. Each LED can be controlled independently, which allows for the creation of dazzling ‘eye candy’ visuals through full pixel-mapping. The unit also offers motorised zoom with a wide range of between 6° and 40°. This makes the fixture equally suited to generating large washes of punchy saturated colours as it is to creating narrow solid beams ideal for impactful aerial effects.
With its IP65-rated casing, the fixture is designed for safe use outdoors in all weather conditions. Protected from rain, dust and dirt, it can be used reliably for events, concerts and productions anywhere from dusty deserts to rainy fields. However, it’s not only outdoors that the Hydro Wash X7 has the potential to shine. Used indoors its IP65-rated shell protects the fixture from dirt, dust, drinks and haze residue to prevent build-up on internal components and therefore offer a prolonged operational life and reduced maintenance requirement.
“The Hydro Series is really making waves in the industry,” explains ADJ USA’s national sales
USA - Designed in the spirit of the award-winning Sharpy Plus, the Sharpy Plus Aqua luminaire is an IP65-rated moving head fixture designed for outdoor events, touring, permanent installations, cruise ships, and much more. This new fixture maintains the same performance features of its predecessor, the Sharpy Plus luminaire, in a new weather-resistant package; giving you greater flexibility in a single luminaire.
The cooling system has been redesigned and optimised specifically for this new outdoor configuration for the Osram Sirius HRI 330W X8 lamp currently used in the Sharpy Plus fixture. This lamp is a proven performer in its reliability, output, and being consistent in both brightness and colour temperature.
Like the Sharpy Plus, the Sharpy Plus Aqua fixture offers two distinct operating modes - beam or spot. The 3° to 36° zoom covers the entire zoom range linearly with a beam that is always perfectly sharp and uniform in either mode. It also offers the same complement of prisms, rotating and fixed gobos, colour wheels, CMY colour mixing, and more.
Slovenia - Over 30 Chroma-Q Inspire XT LED house lights have been installed in the Conservatory of Music and Ballet Ljubljana (KGBL) to provide high quality lighting with minimal noise.
Regarded as being instrumental to the development of the Slovenian music and ballet profession, KGBL’s basic music education, secondary music and ballet education, and higher ballet education programmes have earned it numerous awards and recognition on the international stage.
As part of an upgrade to KGBL’s main performance auditorium, the project brief was to source a multi-purpose fixture that could be used as a high-quality working light for musicians, a show light for performers, and a house light for the overall room.
In addition, the requirement was for a very powerful solution, which could illuminate the large 16m by 16m space using as few fixtures as possible. However, owing to the room doubling as a recording studio, the chosen product needed to be fanless and virtually silent in operation to meet strict acoustic requirements.
Professional equipment provider, KSL Sound and Light Studio specified the award-winning Chroma-Q Inspire XT due to its high-quality white light and colour-mixing abilities. Delivering up to 9,500 lumens, the fixture is convection-cooled and has additional protection as standard against electrical and audible noise.
KSL’s CEO, Bostjan Konic comments: “For the prestigious KGBL, we needed a light of really premium quality to meet the high technical specification. With its homogenised RGBW optics, the Inspire XT pro
USA - In January 1996, what is now Life.Church was founded as Life Covenant Church in a two-car garage equipped with an overhead projector and two construction lights purchased at Lowes for under $40. The church and its technological prowess have both come a long way since then.
Ranked among the largest houses of worship in the US, Life.Church has 34 different campuses stretched out 2,078 miles, from Rio Ranch, New Mexico to Albany, New York. Live stream video has been key to helping the church reach worshippers throughout this far flung network of satellites.
Since July of this year, these videos have emanated from a sprawling new broadcast campus, engineered by Summit Integrated Systems, that features equipment, including a lighting rig anchored by a collection of over 100 Chauvet Professional Maverick, Ovation, and Rogue fixtures.
The product of a two-year process, overseen by project manager Jared Wells, technical director Greg Baucus, and lighting designer Daniel Connnel, the new broadcast campus is capable of capturing and distributing 4k video content. Featuring a fully robotic camera and dolly system as well as AR- equipped technology, the campus is a model of precise engineering.
Given the sophistication of its video equipment, the campus needed a lighting system that could deliver optimal colour temperatures and smooth, even fields of light with no distractive shadows or flickers. The lighting rig also had to operate silently. These considerations led to the specification of the Chauvet gear, such as the 48 Rogue R2 Wash fixtures th
USA - ETC and High End Systems will exhibit the latest innovations in lighting technology in a combined stand at LDI 2019. Visitors will get the chance to see powerful fixtures, sophisticated controls, and intuitive rigging products in stands 325, 425, and 525.
Among the new products is the upcoming Augment3d programming environment. This tool will be included in Eos v3.0 and enables programmers to control and design in a three dimensional space. Live demos of Augment3d will take place throughout the show.
The High End Systems stand will be packed with new automated and effects fixtures to view. The SolaPix family makes its grand entrance at LDI with an exceptionally bright wash. The HaloGraphic Pixel Definition featured in the SolaPix provides improved face definition with edge lighting on the pixel cells.
For more unforgettable effects, TurboRay will turn heads with its many different looks as a washlight or hard edge beam. Additionally, SolaFrame 1000 and SolaWash 1000 make their first appearance at LDI this year. Booth visitors will also get a first peek at an upcoming addition to the Sola line of automated fixtures.
The ArcSystem family of LED house lights heads to LDI with the addition of a new Pro One-Cell High Output luminaire, packing more than 8,000 lumens.
For advanced networking solutions, visitors can learn more about the Response Mk2 DMX Gateways, offering easy-to-read status screens and a configuration interface on every unit. Rounding out ETC’s family of Show Control Gateways, the Response SMPTE Gateway is another ne
USA - At LDI 2019, Chauvet Professional (stands 945/937) will show its most powerful Maverick moving head yet, along with the COLORado Solo Batten 4, a new generation of Rogue fixtures, and a high-resolution video panel from the F2 series.
The company’s stand will also feature a lightshow by Max Koehler and Ryan Warffuel of Antic Studios, who have designed for leading EDM stars like Bassnectar, Ganja White and Adventure Club.
Maverick MK3 Profile is a fully featured 820W LED moving profile with an output of over 51,000 source lumens. Suitable for large concert venues thanks to its many high-performance features - including a 4-blade, fully wiping shutter system that can rotate up to 60° in each direction - the fixture is also right at home in broadcast and event applications.
Also shown will be the Maverick Storm 1 Spot, a 480W cool white moving spot fixture that provides a flat even field of light with variable CMY + CTO colour mixing to create a wide palette of colours.
Meanwhile, Rogue R2X Wash and Rogue R3X Wash are RGBW fixtures that bring ‘a new level of brightness and colour’ to the Rogue family by incorporating the latest advances in Osram LED technology.
In terms of video technology, Chuavet Professional will present F2, the company’s highest resolution pane with a 2.9mm pixel pitch, which delivers sharp clarity from any viewing angle at distances as close as 7.5ft. Its black bodied LEDs, reproduce video at 14-bit grayscale, and feature a high-refresh rate.
COLORado Solo Batten 4, built on the success of the COLO
UK - Lighting control manufacturer Zero 88 has launched a new website, www.zero88.com, complete with a modern design and a host of relevant product, project and general information that’s quick and easy to navigate.
The site is optimised for smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktops, with embedded product overviews and training videos organised in a user-friendly layout. Finding and downloading the latest software versions is now more straightforward, and users can also download the back catalogue of software releases - a useful resource to aid showfile compatibility.
Zero 88 product manager Jon Hole, who is part of the team driving the development of the new portal, comments: “The website has been designed to meet the needs of today’s end-users, including lighting creatives and specifiers who are regularly accessing the internet on the move using mobile hand-held devices.”
UK - Ben M Rogers, lighting designer for Penguin Cafe, recently deployed Martin MAC Allure Profile and VDO Atomic Dot lighting fixtures on the band’s 2019 UK tour.
Penguin Cafe was founded by Arthur Jeffes in 2009, bringing together a group of musicians from the likes of Suede, Gorillaz and Razorlight to perform his father Simon Jeffes’ legacy of world-renowned Penguin Cafe Orchestra music. In 2019, the band released their latest album of original music, Handfuls of Night, a collaboration with Greenpeace to help raise awareness for the endangered Antarctic seas.
Penguin Cafe recently set out on a UK tour from 28 September through 7 October, performing songs from the new album along with hits from both Penguin Cafe and the original Penguin Cafe Orchestra. To compliment each performance with immersive visual experience, Penguin Cafe hired lighting designer Ben M Rogers to design a practical touring solution suitable for small to mid-sized concert halls and theatres. Rogers selected Martin MAC Allure Profile and VDO Atomic Dot lighting fixtures for their colour mixing, versatile effects and compact design.
“We decided early on to only bring a floor package on tour and use in-house key lights from the venues in order to allow for a practical solution across the variety of locations of the tour,” says Rogers. “As the music evolves, shifts and develops with a cinematic flair, I wanted to construct a lighting scheme that offered layers of lighting using a small number of fixtures.”
For the tour, Rogers deployed four vertical trus
USA - For more than half a century, the Dove Awards have recognised exceptional achievements in the Christian music industry. This year, the industry’s best gathered to pay tribute to their history and celebrate the future of Gospel and Christian music with performances ranging from modern rock, rap/hip hop, pop/contemporary, inspirational, southern gospel, bluegrass, country, worship and more taking the stage with a lighting system from Bandit Lites.
“The logistics of putting this event on are quite boggling and its success is due to a veteran staff calling all of the right shots,” says Bandit Lites vice-president Mike Golden. “Because of their focus and attention, this year’s Dove Awards was another resounding success from a production vantage point. This year marked the fiftieth anniversary of the Dove Awards and, coincidentally, Bandit celebrated our fiftieth anniversary last year, so it was very satisfying to be a part of another organization enjoying the same milestone.”
Lighting designer Mark Carver devised a lighting system of a grand scale that would rise to the momentous anniversary with more than 210 fixtures with two grandMA2 Full consoles for control supplied by Bandit Lites.
“We wanted the show to feel large scale for both the live audience and the audience at home,” explains Carver. “We tried to draw unique attention to the diverse styles of music represented by utilizing diverse lighting and media.”
Carver employed Claypaky B-EYE K20s for stage wash colour as well as eye candy for the cameras. Chauvet Ma
Ireland - Stage Electrics has won a £2m contract for the Grangegorman campus East Quad at TU Dublin, Ireland’s first Technological University.
The new campus, part of a wider development at TU Dublin, will provide learning and teaching facilities as well as dedicated space for research technology. The East Quad buildings include the schools of art, design and printing, conservatory of music and drama, and media.
Stage Electrics is supplying full lighting, sound communication and audio-visual systems to a 400-seat rehearsal hall, a recital hall, a performance hall, a black box theatre, TV studios, and post-production studios throughout the building. Work will commence on site shortly and is expected to be completed by late spring 2020.
Ukraine - Lighting manufacturer Prolights has appointed Light Converse as distributor for Ukraine. Founded in Kiev in 1997, Light Converse has developed strong relationships throughout the show lighting worlds, particularly in the world of stage, theatre, architectural and TV.
Aleksandr Berenok, owner of Light Converse, comments: "Prolights has rapidly become an important landmark in this industry. Their can-do attitude and thirst for innovation are among the reasons why we decided to work alongside them. We have seen Prolights continually put exceptional customer support, personal customer relationships and high-quality products at the forefront and this completely aligns with how we operate. We look forward to a long and successful relationship as their distributor."
Paolo Albani, international sales manager for Prolights, adds: "We are really proud to start working with Light Converse and its well-connected and knowledgeable team. Their passion and dedication is well-known in the industry and we are sure that they are the right partner for Prolights in Ukraine."
USA/UK - Ayrton has appointed Chris Lose as designer relations manager and Jonas Stenvinkel as director of strategic development.
Chris Lose, an international touring lighting director, programmer and columnist, will be based in North America. His most recent clients include Hall and Oates, Nicki Minaj, Fleetwood Mac, Don Henley, Calvin Harris and corporate events around the globe. At Ayrton, Lose’s role will be to develop successful relationships with the predominant designers and specifiers in the industry.
Jonas Stenvinkel will be based in London. Originally from Sweden, he has spent the last years in a senior EMEA role at Martin/Harman after many years heading up Martin/Harman APAC out of Singapore. With his international experience he will develop mid- and long-term relationships on the distributor and customer side.
“We are delighted and excited to welcome Chris and Jonas to the Ayrton team,” says Ayrton global sales director, Michael Althaus. “Ayrton is expanding at a phenomenal rate and the addition of the rich industry experience proffered by our two latest team members will progress this development still further whilst ensuring we maintain our high standards of customer relations that have become the hallmarks of Ayrton.” Both Chris and Jonas will be at the LDI show in Las Vegas this month.
USA - At LDI (22-24 November, Las Vegas) Elation Professional will unveil five new fixtures from its award-winning Artiste, Proteus and Fuze product lines.
The Artiste Mondrian is the company’s brightest, full-featured LED Profile FX fixture Elation has produced to date. It offers extreme output with high centre intensity and narrow-beam angles, a comprehensive FX package with endless framing, and a wide colour-mixing gamut through its variable SpectraColor colour mixing system. Providing over 50,000 lumens from an efficient 950W LED engine, the Mondrian features a large 226mm (8 ¾”) front lens and has the power to cut through at great distances.
The Artiste Rembrandt is a bright, full-featured LED Wash fixture. Providing up to 51,000 lumens from an efficient 950W LED engine, the Rembrandt is the designed for any application requiring “superior wash output, bright and powerful beams, and quiet operation, as well as stunning colours”.
The Proteus Lucius is a powerful, featured packed yet compact IP65-rated LED Profile fixture with framing that offers outstanding projection qualities to cut through in any environment.
The Fuze Wash FR is an automated LED Fresnel wash fixture with framing designed for theatre, television and a wide array of precision lighting applications.
The Fuze SFX is a new concept LED Spot FX fixture designed for a variety of applications requiring a compact and powerful multi-purpose luminaire. The SFX is capable of projecting tight beams to wide washes using a highly efficient optical design while providing
Finland - Helsinki City Theatre is putting on the Disney magic this season with its lavish musical production of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid. The production plays in repertoire in the 950-seat main theatre for over 120 performances from August 2019 to Spring 2020, including the all-important Christmas period. Helping to create the magical underwater atmosphere are haze, fog and low-fog generators from MDG.
In this Disney adaptation of the original story, mermaid Ariel falls in love with human Prince Eric, and sells her beautiful voice to the sea witch Ursula in exchange for legs so she can join him in the surface world.
The ambitious production has been put together by director Samuel Harjanne, set designer Peter Ahlqvist and costume designer Pirjo Liiri-Majava and choreographer Gunilla Olsson-Karlsson from Sweden. Characters are also brought to life with liberal use of flying, and puppetry from UK-based Stitches and Glue. The puppetry and flying demands good haze coverage in all three dimensions, both to create atmosphere and also to mask and highlight the puppetry and set to its best effect.
Helsinki City Theatre’s resident lighting designer of nine years, William Iles, chose MDG generators to create the necessary haze for this magical production, using an ATMe haze generator and theONE dual-mode haze and fog generator for general ambience, and an Ice Fog Q with a Round Floor Pocket for low fog effects.
“The haze came in handy for creating the illusion of the underwater world with beams of sunlight filtering d
UK - Avolites and Weigl partnered on The Wildwood Tree, an installation located within Wildwood Grove at Dollywood. The centrepiece of this new land was designed and built by LifeFormations with creative from The Imagination House. All involved were able to bring this to life using “pioneering lighting and video technologies”.
Weigl designs and manufactures a range of software and hardware products for permanent theme park and interactive experience installations. The story of their collaboration with Avolites starts back in the mid-2000s where Weigl used Avolites’ DMX Pearl and Azure consoles to create single universe ‘single pass’ moving light profiles for their animatronics shows.
Weigl worked closely with Avolites, providing clear and concise feedback without the pressure of a live performance setting.
In June 2019, Wildwood Grove opened with the mesmerizing tree as the centrepiece. The design, built by Life Formations, stands over 50ft tall and is covered with 650 custom RGB LED butterflies, each with pixel mapped wing quadrants. At night, they twinkle and change colour in synchronisation with the music
The initial programming was done on the Avolites Tiger Touch II with an Ai licence, the Synergy mapping was then recorded in a cue list that could be easily set to SMPTE and network MTC timecode and then recorded into Weigl’s own ProCommander AX hardware.
Weigl then used their Showforge software to synchronise the final playback of ArtNet in their hardware, and the audio playback via QSYS. This was the first time they’d
Germany - Since the end of October, Sarah Connor has been touring arenas, with 15 dates in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Already announced for the summer of 2020 is an open-air tour, and in March 2021 there will be a further seven arena dates, reflecting her huge success.
Lighting designer Bertil Mark has been working with the artist for several years and has accompanied the current Herz Kraft Werke tour as lighting and set designer as well as creative director. He says that he had arrived quickly at a concept with the artist and the production managers after initial ideas had been exchanged.
Although the stage is dominated by powerful LED surfaces, Bertil manages to create versatile and fluid organic looks. “We start the show on a largely veiled stage and work with multiple gauzes that are removed step by step,” he explains. “One last gauze, situated directly above the LED surfaces, remains however throughout the show. This not only serves as a projection screen, but also softens the video content, creating an organic impression.”
For the implementation of the lighting design, which uses only a few different lamp types (including wash beams), the designer relies entirely on GLP X4 Bars, JDC1, KNV Line and Dot.
"I have actually used the X4 Bars in every one of my designs since they first came out,” he says. “This is a great lamp, able to quickly produce 3D light surfaces or curtains. They are my medium of choice for large-scale wash looks. However, I always use the X4 Bars in single-pixel fashion and pick out everything the li
France - Parodic metal band Ultra Vomit and EDM solo act Sebastian are in the middle of popular autumn club and festival tours throughout France. The two artists have something else in common too, each is supported by high-energy light and video shows created by Chirac Design and run with ChamSys consoles.
“We tend to have intense clients, and we strive to match their intensity with our shows,” says Chirac co-founder and Marilyn Manson LD Nico Riot. “I have been a ChamSys user for quite some time, because the simplicity of the console frees me up to do the things I envision.”
Riot’s enthusiasm for ChamSys is shared by his partner and Chirac co-founder Romain Dronne, who is using a ChamSys MagicQ MQ60 to run shows for Sebastian, and Gregory Dutein, who is powering Ultra Vomit shows with a MagicQ MQ80 plus an extra wing.
“Sebastian is an EDM light show, but without the cliché of it,” says Dronne. “Our show has to be tight on the rhythm, but with flood lights - and not an army of tight narrow beams. We are doing RGB fast colour chasers. Ultra Vomit is more like a theatre comedy rock show that includes standup comedy and light, as well as sound effects, managed via ChamSys Magic HD.”
For Ultra Vomit’s tour, the Chirac team began the design process on a ChamSys MagicQ MQ500, then once the show was programmed switched to a MQ80 plus an extra wing.
“Each song Ultra Vomit does is a parody of a musical genre inside the metal sphere,” says Dutein. “We respect all the codes of every genre in term of lights and video
France - The Amphithéâtre de la Verrière, located in Aix-en-Provence, recently added Robert Juliat Dalis 863 Access lighting fixtures to its in-house inventory. These LED battens can be used to illuminate a cyclorama, or as front of stage lighting.
Located inside the Cité du Livre, the Amphithéâtre de la Verrière is a 450-seat multi-purpose hall. Jean-Marie Albaladejo, technical director of L'Amphithéâtre, was looking for an LED solution to replace old luminaires and provide effective low-angle lighting. Until now, this had been problematic in this amphitheatre-shaped venue, with an audience that sits very close to the stage.
"We are already equipped with many long-standing Robert Juliat luminaires, so it was only natural that we should turn to the same brand with confidence to find an appropriate solution, and choose LED sources that are more energy efficient," says Jean-Marie Albaladejo.
"TEXEN (Robert Juliat’s distributor for the area) presented us with Dalis 860 cyclorama fixture as a first step. This fixture has a proven record as very effective with a high quality of light and an extremely wide colour palette. However, our budgetary constraints made Dalis 860 inaccessible. TEXEN then advised us of a very interesting alternative, the Dalis Access 863 model.
"The Dalis Access 863 beam is very precise and the colour rendering is perfect, with great evenness on the cyclorama,” continues Jean-Marie Albaladejo. “It is a fixture that we can also use as a footlight to illuminate artists or various speakers. We are completely sati
The Netherlands - Robe’s new Esprite LED moving lights made their live debut in The Netherlands at the high-profile AMF event staged in the Johan Cruijff ArenA, a showcase concluding five days of electronic music conference sessions, debates and live events related to the 2019 Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE).
The production design for AMF - with 40,000 visitors and high-energy sets from David Guetta, Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Alesso, Don Diablo, Timmy Trumpet and many more - was created by Maarten Hoogland from organiser ALDA, who is also the overall production manager and Andre Beekmans from creative visual design practice, The Art of Light.
The look featured a series of ‘crosses’ and other large geometrically-shaped video pieces flown 360 degrees round the 40,000 capacity (for this event) Ajax stadium, and involved approximately 1000 lighting fixtures. Around half of these were Robe, supplied by a combination of Flashlight (the over-stage fixtures) and The Purple Group (lighting around the ArenA).
Andre and his team at The Art of Light have lit AMF from the very first edition in 2013, and in this time the show has developed a signature lighting design which is used as a base, with different variations and ideas introduced to make each year’s set up distinctive and different.
The centre of the arena was filled with eight long trusses (lengthways orientated) which were sub-hung with 40 x shorter moving trusses on 80 Cyberhoist axes, all rigged with lights. These flew in and out at strategic moments through t
UK - On 5 November, Bristol-based specialist installer Stage Electrics marked 40 years in business with a staff party held at Bristol Zoo.
The company was formed in 1979 by a group of theatre lighting and sound equipment enthusiasts and has since grown from three staff to over 120 whilst amassing an impressive portfolio of sales and installations.
Offering a range of services, including installation, product sales and testing, inspection and maintenance services, Stage Electrics has a sales team of over 20, including a field sales team. Its export business has also seen significant growth in recent years.
“We tailored our service to suit our customers, who all have differing needs,” explains sales director, Anna Western. “Some clients like to see their contact person on a regular basis, while others like to have someone available on the end of the phone. We also offer a huge range of products from special effects, trussing, staging and sound, to lighting and control. We hold around £1.2m of sales stock, so we can guarantee next day delivery, which is vitally important.”
Stage Electrics also manufactures a range of cables, IWBs, panels and racks, custom-building for its own projects, as well as selling one-offs to its customers.
“It’s all about getting our customers what they want, when they want it,” Western continues. “To facilitate that, we don’t operate on an exclusive basis with any manufacturer - we want to be completely unbiased in our recommendations and make sure we always provide the right product from rig
USA - Premier Productions’ stellar 2019 Worship Tour is running across the USA this fall. Earlier this year, Seth Jackson was approached by Josh Chambless of Premier Productions to create a unifying design for a tour that would feature three of worship music’s most prominent groups: Casting Crowns, Elevation Worship and Hillsong Worship. Multiple Dove Award nominees all, and in two case Dove and Grammy winners, each band has its own distinct look on stage, created by its own talented production team.
Jackson’s mission was to come up with a design that would pull together each band’s stage persona, while still presenting a smoothly flowing and harmoniously balanced look on stage.
Working with his partner Nate Alves, Jackson met this challenge, creating a sweeping panorama that embraces the visuals of each band, while also projecting a unified image that is unique to the tour. Included in the rig that he used to accomplish this feat are 21 Chauvet Professional Maverick MK3 Spot fixtures supplied by Bandit Lites.
“The MK3s are the workhorse of the rig,” said Jackson. “We are relying on them for illumination one minute, and graphics the next.”
Jackson is also using the high output MK3 Maverick Spot fixtures as follow spots. “It was terribly important to each artist to be able to see and respond to the crowd. Follow spots would be too blinding,” he said. “There was no way, short of just having everything turned on, that we could pull off this show without a legion of follow spots. The course we selected with the MK3s was muc
Belgium - Painting with Light (PWL), working for television producers Dedsit, supplied lighting and video content design, creation and control for De Battle – a co-production between Belgium’s SBS and Netherlands broadcaster, RTL – which was recorded at the Pop Up Theatre in Puurs.
The TV series is billed as ‘the next level of studio entertainment’. Four celebrity contestants, divided into two Belgian and Dutch teams faced brain-teasing quizzes, gravity-defying stunts – from drifting cars to traversing a high wire plus a host of manual dexterity and physical exercise skill tasks – testing them to the max in front of a live audience.
Studio 100’s Pop Up Theatre includes eight moving seating tribunes to fit 1600 people and eight remote-controlled LED screens which can be moved into any position and configuration.
These large moving assets enabled the production team to build the multiple locations needed within the venue to stage the different challenges. The speed at which these turnarounds were possible enabled series director Kevin Houben to achieve the results he needed for all four episodes that were recorded during two intense weeks.
PWL’s creative director Luc Peumans designed lighting for each different scenario, utilising the substantial ‘house’ lighting rig in the Pop Up Theatre (also home of the 40-45 musical spectacular, as a base, and adding around 140 moving lights).
Luc’s extensive experience as a lighting and visual designer in television and theatre was a huge asset to the production as was