Lighting News

prolights-eurovision-01-800x450Prolights SunBlast shines on Melodifestivalen
Wednesday, 25 May 2022

Sweden - Green Wall Designs, a Sweden-based company that creates visuals, sets, and lighting designs for stage performances, TV, and events, were responsible for lighting the national song contest that decided who would be the winning group to participate in the Eurovision. The event was held on 22 April at the Avicii Arena in Stockholm.
“We used a total of 103 Prolights SunBlast 3000FC in the main rig, and an additional eight units during the finals,” said the team at Green Wall designs. “They were a big part of the show, we used them in almost every song and they were crucial to the Melodifestivalen 2022 look. Their brightness combined with the option to use all 48 cells pixel mapped individually enabled us to use them in different ways depending on the song's mood and feeling.
“All from brutal bursts controlled by the lighting console to detailed twinkles played from the media server. We also used them to extend the video content from the screens and led strips into the lighting rig.”
During the pre-production trials, the Green Wall Designs team contacted Calle Brattberg from Gobo A/S, the Swedish distributor of Prolights, who worked along with the manufacturer to create a new software mode tailored to this application.
“We requested a mode that would fit what we were doing, that was sort of good at everything. We wanted to use a basic colour strobe with the effects generator and background colour but also use all 48 zones in 16-bit. This made it possible to quickly programme strobes and bursts with relatively few fixtures, whil

robe-wonder-of-the-seas1645410473wn22-photo-courtesy-rccl-pressRoboSpots solution on Wonder of the Seas
Wednesday, 25 May 2022

France - The world’s largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean International’s Wonder of the Seas will have four Robe RoboSpot systems installed in its 1,600-seat capacity Main Theatre, and two more in Studio B, which is the Royal Caribbean ice rink.
The four RoboSpot BaseStations in the Main Theatre will be controlling eight Forte moving lights from Robe, each running in conjunction with four motion cameras. Meanwhile, the two BaseStations in the ice rink will be used with four Esprite LED Profiles.
This installation builds on the success of RoboSpots installed as a remote follow spotting solution in the Two70 venue aboard Royal Caribbean’s Odyssey of the Seas, which commenced service in 2021.
The Wonder Main Theatre show will be an all-singing, all-dancing Broadway-style production, complete with aerialists, drones, and complex automated scenery, with lighting designed by Rui Rita.
Project managing the vessel’s show lighting installations for Royal Caribbean was Ben Couling, who worked closely on Wonder of the Seas with Gaëtan Mornet of cruise AV integration specialist, Videlio-HMS from St. Nazaire which completed the installation.
The relationship between Royal Caribbean and Robe started when Miami-based Christopher Vlassopulos, Royal Caribbean’s sound, light, and AV systems manager for new build projects, and Amir El Yordi from Control AV Miami visited the Robe booth at LDI 2019, whilst Odyssey was already under construction.
For the Wonder Main Theatre, the RoboSpot BaseStations and operators are concealed from view on

enlightenedEnlightened invests in Ayrton Perseo IP65 Profiles
Tuesday, 24 May 2022

UK - Bristol-based event supplier Enlightened has recently invested in a stock of Ayrton Perseo Profile IP65-rated fixtures to service its busy schedule.
Enlightened specialises in full production services, supported dry hire, design, and delivery of permanent installations, as well as sales, skilled repairs and maintenance to a diverse range of clients and venues.
“Corporate and private parties and events, large outdoor events in winter, festivals in the summer, installation, sales - basically, we do everything for everyone!” says head of hire and production, Dave Thorpe. “Bristol is a good hub for small to medium companies to which, along with many small companies and theatres all over the country, we cross hire equipment. We therefore make a point of only investing in the very latest in top quality entertainment technology.”
Enlightened’s diverse fields of operation demanded a fixture that could also do ‘everything for everyone’. “When we make new investments, we look for a product that will fit into at least two markets,” explains Thorpe, “and that is exactly what happened with Perseo. On the one hand, it is a waterproof fixture but equally capable of working in a theatre environment; I also know that it will fit into any rock and roll or festival stage that we will do in the summer, and will happily sit outside at one of the large scale events we supply for the winter.
“We have a regular client in Scotland who will have a consignment of Perseo in operation from mid-October to January and I know the fixture will be fi

armin-van-buuren1Bigabox backs Armin van Buuren with Chauvet
Tuesday, 24 May 2022

UK - When Dean Graves and the team at Bigabox Productions added the new Chauvet Professional Color STRIKE M to their inventory earlier this year, they had some definite ideas on how they were going to use the motorised strobe/wash to enhance their clients’ shows.
“We took on this fixture, because we were super impressed with its output, functionality, and IP rating,” said Graves, adding that the later feature was especially important given the number of outdoor festivals that rely on Bigabox supplied stages. “Aside from the fixture’s ROI potential, we were quite impressed with the kinds of looks designers could create with it. In our minds we could see it being sensational at big outdoor shows.”
Graves’ vision came to fruition in April when lighting designer Michael Seeverens of TwofiftyK used 12 of the high output fixtures to create dazzling visuals for Armin van Buuren in the Dutch trance master’s show at Wembley Stadium.
Joining 30 STRIKE 1 fixtures and a collection of 24 Rogue R3 units, the Color STRIKE M luminaires gave Seeverens a versatile and powerful creative tool chest, which he took full advantage of to transform the stage into a glowing, multi-faceted light box that captivated the sold-out crowd.
Built around a large illuminated geometric structure that was accentuated with voluminous overhead light, the design pulled the crowd ever deeper into a matrix of colour and brightness. All the while, it never strayed from making the renowned artist on stage the centre of attention during the show, which was produced by Two

genesisMDG theONE provides the canvas for Genesis
Tuesday, 24 May 2022

UK - For the recent Genesis tour The Last Domino?, Roland Greil, co-lighting designer with show designer Patrick Woodroffe of Woodroffe Bassett Designs, chose five MDG theONE dual haze and fog generators, citing the need for an excellent canvas of haze on which to paint their lighting design for this iconic band’s potentially last tour (see LSi May 2022 for an in-depth report on the production).
Thoughout its history, Genesis has built a reputation for pushing boundaries with its show designs. The visual impact is a crucial, signature part of the band’s shows and a feature that Greil and Woodroffe were keen to maintain. Their show and lighting design incorporated homages to the band’s history, reflecting looks from past tours, whilst simultaneously bringing the visuals into the 21st century to create an unforgettable experience for the audiences.
“It’s very important to have even haze for a show because we rely on it so much to show the beams and the lighting,” says Greil. “theONE has been one of my favourite haze/fog products for years. We’ve used it for Adele, Phil Collins, Rammstein, etc. It is especially good for its haze. There is not really a comparable product out there at all that can create an even haze - or even a real haze - that’s not just a version of smoke or fog.
“theONE is also good from a touri

londonerMartin ERAs light Londoner’s ballroom
Tuesday, 24 May 2022

UK - Boutique hotel The Londoner located in the heart of London’s Leicester Square, with six of its 16 storeys extending over 30m underground. The Londoner combines aspects of a luxury boutique hotel with a range of bespoke meetings and events spaces.
Its award-winning AV installation was designed, supplied and installed by Visual Systems (part of the Myriad Audio Visual Group and CP Partnership), with Arup acting as consultants for the client.
To equip the hotel’s ballroom - the largest pillarless ballroom in London's West End - Visual Systems turned to the Martin by Harman lighting catalogue for a lighting system, featuring Martin ERA Series, MAC Aura Series and ELP Series. All Martin products were supplied by Martin’s UK distributor Sound Technology.
“We’ve operated in the hospitality sector for over 35 years, but this is by far and away the most impressive of projects.” comments Ray Sappal, project director, Visual Systems. “The client wanted a state-of-the-art facility. They wanted the AV to be discrete with the latest Audio-Visual hardware available. They also wanted the ballroom to be the best in the country.”
The 6,092sq.ft ballroom, with a maximum capacity of 850, is a multifunctional space for all types of events including launch parties, conferences, award ceremonies and weddings.
The installed event lighting system features an all-LED line-up of 30 Martin ERA 400 Performance moving heads, 20 MAC Aura XB washes and four Martin ELP CL Ellipsoidal profiles.
“We looked at various manufacturers on bot

nx-facadeFirst acts confirmed for NX Newcastle
Tuesday, 24 May 2022

UK - Andrew Cushin, Beabadoobee, James Bay, Digga D and the Reytons are among the first acts confirmed for Electric Group’s NX Newcastle, which opens in September.
Formerly an O2 Academy venue, NX Newcastle’s substantial refurbishment will equip it to bring the best out of live music, DJ sets and club nights, emulating Electric Group’s multi-purpose model at Electric Brixton and SWX Bristol.
Enhancing the customer and the performer experience is a crucial element in Electric Group CEO Dominic Madden’s plans for NX Newcastle, where he’s working with creative architectural practice Design At Source to improve sightlines and deliver a sense of intimacy on stage and front of house.
Dominic Madden comments: “While our vision for NX Newcastle fully respects the history of the venue, it’s about putting the artist and fan experience front and centre, closing the distance between them. Our plans really pull the audience in.”
Mike Weller, Electric Group’s head of music, who holds the diary for NX, adds: “With a new PA, new lighting, new screens and a lift to the stage for touring parties, which is a much-needed addition, this room is going to be ground-breaking production complete.
“Planning our first run of shows I’ve been having great conversations with senior agents and national promoters are already announcing dates. I’m looking forward to working closely with local promoters 456 and F54 too, they have a big part to play in the live programming of NX.
“Electric Group has committed to making NX Newcastle an

robe-uci-mtb-xco-world-cup-nove-mesto-2022-dsc1592Robe supports Mountain Bike World Cup
Tuesday, 24 May 2022

Czech Republic - Robe was a sponsor of the Nové Město na Moravě stage of the 2022 Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, where one of the toughest parts of the XCO (cross country) course was designated Rock ‘n’ Robe, and Robe’s new Show Truck concept - providing a fully mobile studio space / meeting hub / demo area / roof deck - was also a major success, attracting considerable excitement.
“It was great to be back with a full audience this year,” comments Robe’s international marketing manager, Pavel Nemec. “It gave us an opportunity to show our support for a fantastic sporting event, to have our branding visible everywhere and appreciate the performances of some of the best cycling athletes in the world, simultaneously demonstrating how our Show Truck can be provide a vibrant and practical event space, a public gallery and a VIP deck.”
Being involved in the event gave Robe the chance for prominent branding across national and international television and globally via the Red Bull livestream plus multiple social media channels, including those of the top riders from the 800 competitors who represented 37 countries.
It was the tenth time that Nové Město has hosted a stage of the UCI MTB World Cup, and the Czech course is well known for being one of the fastest, most ‘technical’ and difficult around the world. It is also a rider’s favourite and has been voted the ‘best XCO event’ nine times.
The 400m Rock ‘n’ Robe downhill section was filled with large boulders, rocks and other obstacles mak

dali-2-certification-supports-interoperability-and-sustainable-lightingDALI-2 certification supports sustainable lighting
Tuesday, 24 May 2022

USA - The DALI Alliance is strengthening its focus on the DALI-2 product certification programme, including D4i, after ending registration of DALI version-1 control gear.
DALI-2 certification builds confidence in the interoperability of DALI-based devices from different manufacturers. As a standardised platform, DALI-2 mitigates concerns around proprietary technologies and vendor lock-in, and enables futureproof luminaire and system designs for sustainable lighting.
Driven by the DALI Alliance and building on the requirements of the international IEC 62386 standard, DALI-2 certification requires rigorous product testing. The test results are independently verified by the DALI Alliance. In contrast, DALI version-1 testing was less detailed and relied on self-declaration, without requiring third-party verification of test results.
DALI-2 certification is now available for all control gear types in common use, including those for colour control and self-contained emergency lighting. DALI-2 also includes a broad range of additional features such as storage and reporting of luminaire, energy and diagnostics data.
“DALI-2 certification has matured sufficiently that we no longer see the need to offer a registration scheme for DALI version-1 control gear,” says Paul Drosihn, DALI Alliance general manager. “We encourage all users to look for the DALI-2 or D4i logos, which confirm that the product is certified by the DALI Alliance and is fully compliant with the relevant specifications.”
DALI version-1 registration was only available fo

cabaret-1Mavericks shine at Cabaret Du Bout Des Près
Monday, 23 May 2022

France - Located only 30 minutes from Paris on a “farm at the end of the meadows,” as its website proclaims, Cabaret Du Bout Des Près transports visitors to another world, beyond the reach of the hustle and bustle of the city, where they can enjoy rustic French cuisine and fine wines in a relaxed setting, while taking in music and dance productions that represent the best of France’s can-can tradition.
The original stone walls and exposed beams of the converted 17th century stable where the cabaret revues are performed take guests back to an earlier, simpler era, while also providing an evocative backdrop to the contemporary and ebullient shows, making the experience at Cabaret Du Bout Des Près all the more memorable.
Enhancing the visual impact of this setting and providing the production teams behind the shows with broader and more powerful creative options is a new lighting system designed and installed by Tristan Mouget of Don’t Give Up that features a collection of over 60 Chauvet Professional fixtures.
Given that Cabaret Du Bout Des Près, employs professional singers, dancers and actors, in addition to creating its own choreography and costumes, the Don’t Give Up team was intent on outfitting this performance space with high quality LED theatrical lighting that offered realistic colour mixing and sharp focus, as well as quick, smooth movements.
This criteria let to the selection of the Chauvet Professional units. "Regarding the products we installed at the venue, Chauvet was the choice,” said Mouget. “The company is glob

alfresco-disco1Pytch creates rave vibes with Chauvet
Monday, 23 May 2022

UK - Alfresco Disco in Bristol is a group that organises roving rave music and art events. One recent event was staged inside a 3,000sq.m warehouse owned by event specialist Pytch.
The Pytch crew used 50 Chauvet Professional fixtures to light Alfresco Disco, which, true to the underground origins of the early rave clubs, only announced that it would be taking place at the site on the day of the event itself. Nevertheless over 2,500 ravers showed up.
When they did, they were instantly immersed in an ‘80s metro, subterranean vibe. The people from Pytch transformed the empty warehouse into a full-scale party venue in a mere two days. Central to infusing the creative energy of those incendiary early raves into the space was their creative use of eight Rogue Outcast 1 BeamWash fixtures, which were hung from trussing structures. Thanks to each fixture’s seven 45W RGBW LEDs coupled with the 12 pixel-mappable RGB LED ring, the team were able to create unique, redolent visual effects that transported ravers back to an earlier time.
With lead lighting designer Dan Giddings and lighting tech Luke Boast busking through performances by artists like Move D, DJ Gregory and Matisa, the designers drew upon the playful juxtaposition of the Outcast’s central light source and outer ring to create spontaneous and energetic visuals.
This interplay of looks succeeded in engaging the expectant crowd with the music and space combined fuse space, music and creativity. “The new Rogue Outcast 1 BeamWash fixtures were the talking point of the evening for anybody

dtlwide5394Robert Juliat Dalis 860 LEDs light Drawn to Life
Monday, 23 May 2022

USA - Drawn to Life, the first collaboration between Cirque du Soleil, Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering, has opened in Disney Springs, Florida where Robert Juliat Dalis 860s take centre stage with an impressive 80 x 45ft cyclorama.
In Drawn to Life, the stage is transformed into a giant animation table where drawings come to life. The art of classic Disney animation is reinterpreted through Cirque du Soleil’s innovative design and costuming, mesmerising acrobatic performances and dazzling choreography and combined with all-new Disney animation and an original score. Drawn to Life is the new permanent show at Disney Springs, where the previous production from Cirque du Soleil ran for 18 years.
Montreal-based lighting designer Martin Labrecque is using 58 Dalis 860 300W LED asymmetric cyc/wall wash luminaires for the show. The fixtures deliver powerful, smooth coverage and a huge variety of pastel and saturated colours.
“I had used Robert Juliat Dalis LED footlights on an opera, but this was my first time using the Dalis cyclights,” says Labrecque. “I’m quite a fan of Robert Juliat equipment in general and was impressed by the footlights. But for Drawn to Life I had a giant cyc with two or more scenic layers in front of it to light and I had to get all the colours I wanted to use. The Dalis 860s are powerful and bright and the optics so good that I went all in with them. The cyc was the centrepiece of my design, and we built a top-notch rig around it.”
About half of the Dalis 860

bafta-rorymulveyBAFTA Piccadilly HQ re-opens with ETC
Monday, 23 May 2022

UK - ETC has worked with BAFTA and the redevelopment of its home and headquarters in London. The revamped BAFTA 195 Piccadilly is now officially open again and will be the central hub for BAFTA’s UK-wide, and global, learning and talent development programme.
Technologically advanced equipment has been used in the redevelopment including ETC products which have been installed in the new theatres within the space. This includes several lighting fixtures – fos/4 Fresnels, Source Four LED Series 2 profiles and Irideon wash lights. Eos family consoles with network infrastructure including Response Mk2 DMX Gateways are also used to control the lighting, with a stage engineering package involving ETC’s Prodigy P2 hoists and QuickTouch Preset controls.
By improving facilities and doubling the building’s capacity, the redevelopment has enabled BAFTA to dramatically increase its charitable programme. 195 Piccadilly will be a creative centre for film, games and television. An independent arts charity, BAFTA works throughout the year to find and promote the next generation of talent and to break down the barriers that can make it hard to build careers in the creative industries.
BAFTA’s revamp of its headquarters also brings an expansion of its talent support programme. ETC fully supports BAFTA’s initiatives for encouraging new talent and is equally committed to building up the next generation of lighting professionals with programs that are specifically aimed at students such as the Fred Foster Student Mentorship Programme.
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eurovisionEurovision 2022 relies on Shure Axient wireless
Monday, 23 May 2022

Italy - Broadcast live from Pala Alpitour in Turin, Eurovision 2022 featured 40 international artists and attracted more than 100m viewers globally.
The sound of Eurovision 2022 was designed by Rai Radiotelevisione Italiana and supported by Agorà Srl, the service company for audio, lighting, and video service, by De Amicis Wolfango and Vittorio brothers. The Shure Axient digital wireless system was selected to deliver audio throughout one of the largest live music events in the world.
Well-known artists Laura Pausini and Mika hosted the evening with Italian presenter Alessandro Cattelan. During the voting period to select the best Eurovision song, Mika performed some of his most famous music, including Love Today, Grace Kelly, and Happy Ending. He relied on a Shure ADX2FD Beta 58 handheld wireless microphone transmitter before announcing Ukrainian artists Kalush Orchestra as Eurovision’s 2022 winners.
Across Europe, the public also voted for British singer Sam Ryder, who earned second place, and the Spanish Channel, winning third place. Both performances depended on Shure ADX2FD handheld wireless microphone transmitters.
During the semifinals and the Grand Final of ESC on Saturday, all performances, interviews, artists, and viewers enjoyed audio delivered by Shure Axient Digital. Given the complex audio solutions necessitated by the scale of the event, organisers trusted Shure Axient Digital Wireless Systems to perform in even the most congested RF environments.
“Eurovision Song Contest is challenging, becau

nicchristylerCollaborative Creations adds three
Friday, 20 May 2022

UK - Collaborative Creations has announced three new appointments in key positions.
Nic Farman has joined the CC team as its new lighting designer & business development specialist. Farman was previously a freelance lighting designer and will now be continuing his lighting design work in theatres internationally, but under the CC banner.
Farman has more than 10 years of experience lighting musicals, theatre and opera. He has worked extensively in the UK’s West End, as well as on shows in Lebanon, Dubai, and Kuwait.
The appointment comes following two further additions to the team at Collaborative Creations in recent months. Chris West joined as training and education director in February, offering a wide range of in-person and e-learning training courses.
West’s previous role was Global Training Manager for disguise. He has also worked in training roles for MA Lighting, White Light, Martin and Avolites.
In December 2021, Collaborative Creations also appointed Tyler Holpin as business development specialist. Holpin’s previous role was sales manager at console manufacturer Zero 88
Collaborative Creations managing director Tom Wilkes comments, “We continue to add more strings to our bow with these three appointments. Nic, Chris and Tyler are all well-known faces in the industry who are at the very top of their game. They bring a huge amount of experience, a deep roster of contacts and a powerful set of skills to our clients and the industry at large.”

cuelist-appearance-with-colorsFirmware update for Infinity Chimp DMX desks
Friday, 20 May 2022

The Netherlands - The firmware for Infinity Chimp DMX consoles has reached version number 2.1. In this release, several new features have been added and some bugs have been fixed.
The latest software for the Infinity Chimp DMX consoles adds a number of new features, like the Virtual Strobe, which lets you create a virtual strobe function for fixtures that only have a dimmer channel and no shutter channel. It adds synchronised strobing as well as random strobe effects. Another new feature is the cue-only record option, which allows you to mark changes in a cue to be used for a certain cue only.
It is now also possible to import Reaper csv files, the MIDI and DMX inputs are freely configurable, new options have been added to the cue commands, and the Magic Sheets have been enhanced with more sheets, renaming, cue renumbering, and much more. A full list of improvements and bugfixes can be found in the release notes published on

robe-rumbach-streetRobe finds sanctuary at Budapest synagogue
Friday, 20 May 2022

Hungary - Budapest’s Rumbach Street synagogue, designed by Viennese architect Otto Wagner and completed in 1872, has recently been restored to its original Moorish revival style exquisiteness and glory. It has re-opened to the public after decades of dereliction following a partial reconstruction in the late 1980s / early 1990s which ran out of funds, and this more recent effort which was finished during the pandemic.
In addition to being used for prayers and other spiritual activities, the main chamber (sanctuary) and other related spaces have been reimagined and kitted out with the latest technologies. AVL Trade was chosen to integrate a full lighting and AV system into the synagogue as the final detailing of the restoration project which has transformed the venue into a set of stunning modern event spaces for Hungarian Jewish umbrella organization, Mazsihisz.
AVL Trade’s Csaba Csanadi has worked on the project for over two years, the initial approach and invitation for the company to tender on the project came just as the pandemic was starting. For moving lights he specified a selection of Robe fixtures including 12 x T1 Profiles, 12 x Spiiders and 16 x LEDBeam 150s.
These luminaires were all selected for flexibility and because they fit nicely and neatly into the space, offering multiple options for the venue’s mix of activities.
The synagogue is tucked away in one of the narrow winding streets of Belvaros, the historical centre of Pest old town in the east of the Hungarian metropolis which is also a colourful party district. “I

astera-tesla-gigafactoryAstera Titan Tubes join the Cyber Rodeo party
Friday, 20 May 2022

USA - Lighting and visual designer Rob Ross of New York and LA based technical production company Rob Ross Design used over 500 Astera Titan Tubes to highlight architectural and industrial areas at Tesla’s new Gigafactory in Austin, Texas for the automotive giant’s recent facilities launch party, Cyber Rodeo.
Covering 2,500 acres along the Colorado River and offering over 10m sq.ft of factory floor, Gigafactory Texas is a manufacturing hub for Tesla Model Y and the future home of Cybertruck.
Rob and his team were asked onboard by the Cyber Rodeo event’s creative director Stefan Beckman and producer Mark Seed and tasked with designing a creative illumination scheme for the vast environmental spaces involved in the event, including interiors and the building exterior.
This epic mission saw close collaboration with LD Tom Sutherland and his team from DX7 Design who created lighting for Cyber Rodeo’s three stage and entertainment areas.
The enormous main space utilised for the event measured 3800 ft x 1200 ft and stretches the equivalent of seven city blocks.
Looking at photos, videos, walk-throughs, plans, and renders were useful for getting an impression explained Rob, but it wasn’t until he finally stood in the space for real during the first reccie … that he truly felt and understood its scale and enormity!
This was the first trigger for creating an atmosphere for guests to be engaged, impressed, and put in the mood to party by proactive lighting.
“We had a free rein to suggest ideas which was great fun,”

esc-2022Claypaky features at the Eurovision Song Contest
Friday, 20 May 2022

Italy - The 66th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest was held by the EBU at the PalaOlimpico in Turin, attracting a TV audience of 200m and - for the first time in three years - there was an almost full audience at the venue.
RAI RadioTelevisione Italiana, as host broadcaster, took the lead in setting up the stage, which this year revolved around The Sun Within designed by Francesca Montinaro, an ambitious new stage concept based on the light of a kinetic sun. The multilevel stage set-up was complemented by spectacular waterfalls, large LED video walls and - as always - an impressive array of lights ready to set the competing artists' shows on fire.
Claypaky was there with over 400 lights, including 120 Sharpy X Frame, 64 Xtylos, 25 Mini Xtylos, 42 Arolla Profile HP, 25 Stormy CC and 144 Sharpy Wash units. Particularly prominent among them all were the new Claypaky Sharpy X Frame hybrid lights, which flanked the two side catwalks that led from the upper stage down to the stage below.
The Claypaky Xtylos fixtures were arranged along the two top side edges of the structure and were particularly visible in the fanned-out coloured light that cut through the audience. They also had the essential task of creating the lighting effect that accompanied the presentation jingle at the beginning of each song.
The Claypaky Mini Xtylos HPEs were fitted in unusual places: thanks to their great compactness, they were installed inside the stage-side trapdoors, from which sharp blades of coloured light shot out. The Claypaky Arolla Profile HPs and Sha

astraProlights launches AstraHybrid420
Thursday, 19 May 2022

Italy - Prolights has released the Astra Hybrid420, an all-in-one hybrid moving head that serves as a bright beam fixture, a flat field spotlight or a wide wash projection.
The Astra Hybrid420 comes with a 420W long-life discharge lamp, enabling an immensely bright light output, aided by the Italian-designed optical system that boasts a zoom range from 2.4º to 40º. The internal homogenizer removes any hotspot in spot mode, turning the beam into an even, flat field projection.
The extensive feature set of the Astra Hybrid420 includes a linear CMY colour mixing system and three colour wheels with 15 dichroic filters. The new fixture produces sharp and high-contrast in-air effects, using a set of 18 static gobos plus nine interchangeable rotating gobos.
The Hybrid420 is also packed with an animation wheel, two overlapping prisms and a frost filter, allowing designers to unleash their imagination.
In addition to the traditional DMX/RDM control options, this fixture has Art-Net, sACN and Wireless DMX (CRMX and W-DMX).

main-light-chauvet-color-strike-m-shop-testMain Light extends Chauvet inventory
Thursday, 19 May 2022

USA - Main Light has recently added Chauvet Professional’s Color STRIKE M LED strobe/wash luminaires to their offerings. These new units are already in stock in Main Light’s three shops in Wilmington, DE, Nashville and Las Vegas.
“We have taken delivery of a significant inventory of the Chauvet Color STRIKE M units across all three of our locations,” says Main Light CEO Randy Mullican. “This equipment decision is in line with Main Light's commitment to being aware of, and responsive to, the needs of the wider industry we support as a dry hire company. In fact, we have even more of the units on order as we are seeing a high demand for them from our clients.”
Chauvet’s Color STRIKE M, using RGB and white LEDs, is an IP65 rated motorised strobe/wash with two ultra-bright, white light tube elements surrounded by a colour-mixing and pixel-mappable face.
Among the features that are making the units popular in the industry, Mullican explains those which Main Light particularly took note of, “Our team really likes the IP65 rating of the Color STRIKE M units to protect from water and dust. Many of our customers have festival jobs and the IP65 rating is a great addition to this product type. Also, the dual row of the white LEDs for a strobe is another great feature of this product. We can see why demand is building for the units among our clients.”

teatroETC refreshes Teatro Garcia de Resende
Thursday, 19 May 2022

Portugal - Teatro Garcia de Resende was recently renovated and selected ETC lighting solutions including ArcLamp luminaires, ArcMesh Drivers and an Echo control system to upgrade the space.
The theatre, which is recognised for its interior ‘Italian-style’ architectural beauty, was built in the 19th century and is a part of the European Route of Historic Theatres: a route around Europe which distinguishes the most beautiful, historic theatres that represent European cultural heritage.
The theatre’s technical director, António Rebocho, was in search of LED lighting to replace the existing tungsten lights in the building. He particularly wanted an LED solution which would not compromise the quality of the light or increase maintenance costs. After researching various options, António decided to go with ETC’s ArcLamp luminaires commenting that he had “never seen the room so beautiful - the new lights enhanced all the colours, especially the red tones”.
ETC dealer, NAN Audiovisuals installed 108 ArcLamp lights with Fade to Warm feature technology into the Teatro Garcia de Resende. The LED luminaires provide quality light, smooth dimming and up to 90% energy savings.
António Rebocho comments, “ArcLamp has improved the quality of light in the theatre whist simultaneously reducing the maintenance costs related to lamp replacements and energy consumption. Being able to control the lighting from the installed button stations and lighting desks was also a great improvement.”
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avolitesThe Church at Sterchi Hills adds Avolites
Thursday, 19 May 2022

USA - The Church at Sterchi Hills is enhancing its mission with immersive worship experiences, delivered by Avolites and its fully integrated Synergy package. The growing ministry in Knoxville, TN has continually upgraded its A/V infrastructure since splitting off from Second Baptist Church in neighbouring Clinton, TN in 2019.
The church believes that effectively communicating a message begins with embracing new technologies to create a high-energy, highly engaging worship environment. For its latest growth project - building a new worship centre - the church turned to Andre Huff, a veteran lighting designer with national touring experience and also the architect of Second Baptist Church’s lighting system.
The Sterchi Hills team had a vision for converting its stage area’s back wall, 55 feet wide and 20 feet high, into a giant video surface. Realizing the possibilities, Huff immediately signed on to be lighting designer and to manage the control of this blank canvas. He had previous experience with the Avolites Ai media server and Avolites consoles on his last tour and recommended the technologies for controlling video outputs and lighting seamlessly in the new Sterchi Hills facility.
“The Avolites server with Synergy and Avolites consoles were the perfect fit for this installation project,” said Huff, who is also the founder and owner of Limelite Design Service, a lighting design, sales and consulting firm specializing in worship, live events and television. “Using a proper media server gives the church media department the video computin

tdcTDC prepares technology for Vivid Sydney 2022
Thursday, 19 May 2022

Australia - Now in its 12th year, Vivid Sydney will transform the Harbour City into an illuminating fusion of creativity, innovation and technology. From 27 May to 18 June, it will host more than 200+ events celebrating the essence of Sydney’s soul including its diversity, beauty, resilience, First Nations culture, and vibrant creative community.
Providing insightful access into what exactly goes on is TDC - Technical Direction Company, a team of project managers, creative technologists, designers and engineers. Alex Rendell, technical project manager at TDC, takes up the story: “After 12 months of planning, our team are so excited to be back working on Vivid Sydney again. The project is a huge logistical and technical rollout for us. It is going to be bigger and brighter than ever. Vivid Sydney will showcase the largest projection mapping display at any single event ever in Australia.”
TDC is illuminating buildings and performance stages with the latest technical advances in LED and projection design and mapping. The company provides backbone technology for signage systems for new immersive experiences on the Vivid Sydney Light Walk. TDC LiveView technology will be in action with over 72 real-time digital way finders. TDC LiveView will guide the audience through the Vivid Sydney Light Walk based on real-time information from traffic management, police and emergency services to ensure a great audience experience.
Newly-appointed Vivid Sydney festival director, Gill Minervini officially kicked off the technology delivery for Sydney’s signatur


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