Lighting News

melbourne-recital-4Chauvet adds new dimension to Recital Hall
Thursday, 9 September 2021

Australia - The Melbourne Recital Hall on the corner of Southbank Boulevard, with its steel and glass lattice façade resembling a honeycomb, and playfully designed white frame defying rigid conventions, attracts much interest.
Inside, the multi-award-winning venue, the aesthetics are just as impressive, only now with a more serious bent. The walls of its shoe box shaped main theatre, for example, are covered with routed timber. The 3D textured panelling isn’t only stunning visually, as it also optimizes acoustics.
In 2021, the 12-year-old music venue’s lighting system was upgraded, when it had Showtools International install a collection of Chauvet Professional Rogue and Maverick fixtures.
This move was the culmination of a quest by the Melbourne Recital Centre’s lighting team, led by head of operations Jasja van Andel, to find products that would enhance the facility’s lighting rig so they could create the big looks required for modern shows. After an extensive search for fixtures, and an onsite demonstration by Showtools International, they elected to have 12 Rogue R1 Beam fixtures and eight Maverick MK1 Hybrid units installed.
“First thing we noticed was the size and weight of the fixture, Harrison Cope, senior lighting technician at the Melbourne Recital Centre, said of the Rogue R1 Beam Wash. “The pan and tilt movement is super quick, and despite their small size, they are very punchy. The 3.7⁰ to 67.7⁰ zoom range gives them great versatility. We’ve used them as beam fixtures on a hip hop act, footlights for a dance per

absenAbsen embarks on European tour
Thursday, 9 September 2021

Germany - LED manufacturer, Absen, is due to embark on a tour of events around Europe to present its MicroLED and Jade Dragon (JD) series LED panels to attendees of three major industry events in the region.
The tour begins in France on 9 September at Tech in Lyon, before heading to Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, UK, for Peerless-AV - A New AV Experience on 16-17 September. The final stop of the tour will be ‘MEDIALOG’, which is set to take place on 6-7 October in Mainz, Germany.
Absen’s MicroLED will be front and centre at all three of these events, with specialists on hand to demonstrate how its fusion of 5G and 8K UHD intelligent micro-displays stand it in good stead to become the next great display technology.
MicroLED was developed using proprietary HCCI technology and packaged with inverted COB technology to achieve an ultra-black surface coating effect and high ambient light contrast through an enhancement of the light efficiency and heat dissipation of the display.
The JD series – which was released at Absen’s Spring Online Product Launch in March – is a light, thin, transparent LED display with high penetration rate, which suitable for shop windows and the glass curtain wall environment.
A third product line – the pliable TSC Series Flexible Display – will also be on show during the tour, but, unfortunately for Absen’s continental colleagues, only at the Peerless-AV event in London.
Emma Liu, MD of Europe for Absen said, “It’s great to be back on the road, sharing these fantastic products with ou

 
 
mike-gaynor-head-shotMain Light West hires operations manager
Wednesday, 8 September 2021

USA - Main Light has appointed Mike Gaynor to serve as the operations manager for Main Light West, now open in Las Vegas. Gaynor is overseeing operations at the new facility. He brings a depth of experience in the industry having worked at 4Wall Entertainment in logistics and as the assistant operations manager. Prior to working at 4Wall, he was the operations manager at Christie Lites in Las Vegas.
“I am really excited to be part of getting things up and running for Main Light in Las Vegas,” Gaynor comments. “I look forward to helping Main Light West grow from the ground up and I appreciate the opportunity to have a leadership role right from the beginning.”
“We want to continue the legacy of what we built on the East Coast in our new Las Vegas operation,” states Randy Mullican, general manager of Main Light, LLC. “With that said, we feel that Mike is a great addition to the Main Light team, and we welcome him.”

 
kse-livestream1Chauvet lights Killswitch album livestream
Wednesday, 8 September 2021

USA - Stuffed animals aren’t something usually associated with a band like hardcore metal giants Killswitch Engage. Still, the fluffy playthings helped create a sense of intimacy this summer when the Grammy-nominated quintet recorded a video of their latest album Atonement.
The band, which normally plays at jam-packed venues, was performing at an empty 2,200-capacity venue, The Palladium in Worcester, MA, for the video. To encourage them to look out into the “audience” despite the vacant hall, their long-time lighting designer, Cody James hid stuffed unicorns in the seats.
That worked for the band. As for the fans watching the video, James fostered a powerful, you-are-there feeling by unleashing a torrent of genuine concert looks with help from a beefy collection of Chauvet Professional fixtures supplied by JDI Productions.
“After some long conversations, my PM Josh Mihlek and I decided we wanted the band’s fans to get an experience as close as possible to a true to live show,” said James. “With that thought in mind, I went ‘full Killswitch’ with our looks. We just went for it as hard as we could with help from our light crew Paul Maloof and Peter Therrien to bring an exact live show experience to people’s screens.”
James pre-programmed the show and stored it in cue stacks and scene windows, but ran it in a busking style. “I like having to trigger everything myself,” he said. “I think it’s from all the years of running par cans.”
The show took place in two locations within the Palladium. The first

 
 
the-elation-coffee-break500x500-7Elation Coffee Break covers colour
Wednesday, 8 September 2021

Europe - The debate over what LED system produces the best white is a difficult one to resolve. Is crisp brightness and power most important? Or the ability to create a variety of shades and deeper colours? In the end, it all depends on your needs.
Alistair Smyth and Frederik Afif on the 9 September Elation Coffee Break will scrutinize the Fuze Spot and Fuze Profile with framing, versatile LED moving heads with RGBMA colour mixing systems that can mix any shade of white a designer desires, or just as easily mix deep saturates or soft-field pastels.
The Fuze Spot and Fuze Profile’s carefully tuned RGBMA LEDs and high CRI (92) ensure accurate color mixing and color rendering while delivering a powerful white output of over 10,000 lumens. Shades can be fine-tuned to match the environment in a variety of ways - virtual colour wheel, virtual color temperature, magenta/green adjustment or CMY emulation. Complete FX packages, including dual gobo wheels, make them ideal high-performance luminaires for use on any stage or studio.
The Elation Coffee Break on the Fuze Spot and Fuze Profile luminaires will air live on Thursday, 9 September at 11:00 a.m. CEST at facebook.com/ELATION.Pro.Europe/live. No registration is required.
The Elation Coffee Break is an online presentation series from Elation’s European office in Kerkrade, the Netherlands that takes an up-close look at some of the company’s most popular product series.

 
kaleidoskop1Mavericks join Kaleidoskop Kulture ceremony
Wednesday, 8 September 2021

Serbia - On its website, Kaleidoskop Kulture describes its mission as one of promoting “a unique image of diversity”. A look at this ambitious project’s itinerary is enough to convince anyone that this is no idle claim. Just about every form of human creativity is displayed, studied, and discussed at the event, which began on 2 September in the city centre of Novi Sad on the banks of the Danube.
The creative scope of this ambitious cultural project was on full display at its opening ceremony, which was attended by an impressive assemblage of dignitaries, including Serbia’s Deputy Prime Minister Maja Gojković. Adding to the celebratory atmosphere of the occasion was a vibrant Nemanja Pavelić lighting design anchored by over 40 Chauvet Professional Maverick fixtures supplied by Chameleon Rental.
Chameleon Rental’s Dragan Rajčin, production manager for the opening ceremony, credits the Maverick units with setting an immersive visual tone at the event for those in attendance, as well as viewers watching televised reports. “We created very nice ambient colours with the Mavericks, both on the stage and the wall,” he said. “This resulted in attractive visuals without distracting from the performers or presenters on stage.”
A total of 38 Maverick MK2 Wash fixtures were used throughout the opening ceremony site. The Chameleon Rental team positioned some of these units across the deck of the main stage, using them to accentuate the richly coloured scenic backdrop that was painted on its walls. Other units were flown on truss structures on

 
 
dtsxbtinnotecDTS partners with BT.innotec for German distribution
Wednesday, 8 September 2021

Europe - DTS Lighting has announced a new exclusive partnership with German distributor BT.innotec for its entire product line.
BT.innotec was founded in 2021 by Michael Timmer and Raphael Berndzen, who both have worked in the event industry for years, while developing a high level of know-how in sales of professional event technology. Product manager Malte Kaß also joined the BT.innotec team in August.
Founders Timmer and Berndzen say they’re happy to tie the partnership with DTS, as “it has grown over the years and has become one of the industry leaders in professional lighting design, and their portfolio includes both, high-quality lights for the event sector and sophisticated lighting solutions for architectural projects.”
DTS was founded in 1980 in Misano Adriatico, Italy and produces entertainment and architainment professional lighting equipment. While all of DTS’s production process happens in Italy, the company counts distributors in over 80 countries across the globe and is planning on expanding even more in the years to come.
Carmen Savarese, international sales manager at DTS Lighting says she has worked closely with the members of BT.Innotec in their former companies. “I am sure that their professionalism and vision are incredibly similar to ours, which is what our company mostly looks for, when evaluating new distributors. I expect a long-term and successful partnership,” he says.
Emilio Cornelli, European Area Sales Manager at DTS adds, “We’re very happy that BT.innotec chose DTS for its high-quality fixt

 
alightwalkA Light Walk supports Lumière and Backup
Tuesday, 7 September 2021

UK - The team behind ‘A Light Walk’, which will take place from 20-24 September, has announced details of the fundraising mission and the ways in which everyone can get involved.
A Light Walk will see Chauvet’s Sam Bowden and ALPD Lumière working group chair Charlotte Burton walk from The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford Upon Avon to the National Theatre on London’s South Bank, a total distance of 162km (101 miles) which will be completed in just five days. Members of the ALPD’s executive committee and other members of the Lumière Scheme working group will be joining the walk for individual days or remotely.
Departing from The Royal Shakespeare Company on day one, the walkers will complete a distance of 38.35km. Day two starts at Bloxham and ends 30.33km further at Bicester. With day three, the walkers will pace the 37.26km to Great Missenden and on days four and five, the distances are considerably shorter, with 28.80km on day four taking participants to Ruislip and finally towards the South Bank of the Thames a mere 27.85km on, where the full 162km / 101-mile walk ends.
The money is being raised to support two causes: the ALPD’s Lumière Scheme in 2022, and the industry charity Backup.
Charlotte Burton explains: “We are taking on this almighty test of endurance because we believe that the work achieved through the Lumière Scheme and by Backup is vital and worth the sore feet.”
The funding will assist the evolution of the Lumière scheme which, for the past five years, has seen continued success. The scheme cre

 
 
women-in-lightingAyrton sponsors Women In Lighting project
Tuesday, 7 September 2021

World - Ayrton is a new sponsor for Women in Lighting, the international support and networking project for women in both architectural and entertainment lighting. Ayrton’s primary aim is to raise awareness of, and expand, this global network across the entertainment lighting industry.
Launched in 2019 on International Women’s Day by Light Collective, Women in Lighting (WIL) is a digital forum where women can inspire, support and encourage the next generation of female lighting designers. It provides a platform on which women designers can share their passions and achievements and celebrate their work. Its worldwide programme of events and activities is augmented by a series of online interviews where women share their career paths and goals with other members. (https://womeninlighting.com/site/your-interviews)
In two short years the project has grown rapidly and is now represented in over 70 countries by its network of ‘ambassadors’, women who act as a point of contact for those seeking to discover more about WIL, join the supportive community and benefit from the many online activities which are tailored to the different needs within each country.
Until now WIL has focused largely on women working in architectural lighting, but the new collaboration with Ayrton brings a new engagement with the entertainment lighting industry, and an opportunity to raise awareness and expand the network into a different market.
“Our intention is to build bridges between different lightin

 
alpdALPD brings new identity to PLASA Show
Monday, 6 September 2021

UK - The ALPD exhibiting at this year’s PLASA Show with its new name and identity. The ALPD is located in the ABTT Show Hub on stand ABTT17.
The stand is hosted by ALPD team representatives all on hand to talk to current members and those wishing to join.
ALPD Members can also make use of the Aaptle Lounge, also located in the ABTT Hub. Aaptle was formed over lockdown and brings together many of the different associations and groups, including the ALPD, that work in our industry. The lounge, kindly offered by ABTT, has been created as a hub for people to gather and meet. It’s the perfect place to talk about the deeper issues that are on your mind and the subjects close to your heart, and if there are any areas you feel deserve a greater focus from the ALPD, let us know.

 
 
robe-stuttgartMad’s iSpiiders light Stuttgart outdoor shows
Friday, 3 September 2021

Germany - Robe’s waterproof iSpiiders wash beam LED moving lights provided the solution for the recent production of Stuttgart. Ein Traum (Stuttgart. A Dream) a new work that is a collage of street, puppet, physical and ensemble theatre performance referencing the city’s history and culture, created in a collaboration between Stuttgart Staatsgalerie, the Schauspielbühnen Theatre.
The show was presented in the open air over 10 days in the Stuttgart Staatsgalerie’s Rotunda, an outdoor amphitheatre and one of the most striking architectural features of this postmodern masterpiece building designed by James Stirling in the 1970s.
Lighting and audio rental company Mad Music supplied the lighting and sound for the production with company owner Mathias Bremgärtner and project manager Peter Wormstädt working in close conjunction with the Schauspiel’s technical director, Stefan Hauschke.
The iSpiiders were part of a purchase by Mad Music initially for this show, and now for general rental stock.
With the live performance and event industry cautiously returning to work after a lengthy pandemic-enforced shutdown, Mathias and Peter felt confident about making this investment in iSpiiders due to the general increase in outdoor events prompted by the Covid situation.
Initially this is through the rest of summer and the early autumn months, but it’s a trend they think could easily extend further during these Covid times, to feed the general surge in demand for performance events in safer external environments.
Funded

 
karl-johnson-and-michael-sheen-in-under-milk-woodRobert Juliat SpotMe for NT’s Under Milk Wood
Friday, 3 September 2021

UK - Lighting designer Tim Lutkin employed two Robert Juliat SpotMe systems in their first double use at the National Theatre on this summer’s production of Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood.
Lutkin, who has extensive experience of automated tracking systems - but none with a real person behind the light - was curious to explore the features of SpotMe. The result was a lighting design full of sculptural subtlety and creativity that went far beyond traditional tracking.
Jack Champion, National Theatre’s lighting supervisor for Under Milk Wood, explains: “Tim used SpotMe in a different style, hardly using the actual light output from the front followspots, but using instead the positional data generated by SpotMe to control the moving lights to follow the actors. He assigned one SpotMe system to lead actor Michael Sheen and the other SpotMe to cover the rest of the cast, and could use SpotMe to cherry pick the lights he needed at any certain moment, picking the actors up and ‘releasing’ them when he wished.
“This way he could, for example, follow an actor to a position with moving lights, then instead of fading off that set of lights to pick up someone else, he could remove just some of those moving lights from SpotMe control to leave them covering the stationary actor, then assign different lights to SpotMe with which to pick up another actor. It was clever, and a subtle and sophisticated way of using SpotMe that was much more fluid and organic, especially with the followspot operator being in control of the movement. It felt

 
 
lee-dennisonLee Dennison joins Creative Technology UK
Thursday, 2 September 2021

UK - Creative Technology’s UK operation has appointed Lee Dennison as head of client relationships. With over 25 years of experience in the live events industry, Lee brings extensive technical knowledge as well as a deep understanding of how to build and maintain strategic relationships and partnerships.
Dennison has previous experience at Autograph Sound Recording and DeltaLive. More recently, he was part of the senior management team at White Light, performing the role of head of business development.
Dennison comments: “The world has changed so much in the last 18 months, and we have seen technology rapidly evolve to support new ways of communicating and engaging with audiences. It’s an exciting time to join CT and I am looking forward to helping our clients explore technologies and solutions we offer, to help achieve their objectives”
“We’re really excited to have Lee on board.” notes Nick Askew, head of corporate. “Lee is well known and respected in the industry and alongside Lee, myself and the team are looking forward to developing new relationships and strengthening existing ones over the coming months, focusing on delivering high quality projects for all our clients.”

 
mq250m1PLASA Show: ChamSys showcases control options
Thursday, 2 September 2021

UK - One lucky visitor who attends a training session at the ChamSys PLASA stand (E23) will win a new special edition Red MagicQ PC Wing. But even those who don’t win, will take away something invaluable - insights into a series of products that will elevate their level of control over shows to new heights, as the company showcases its expanded line of MagicQ Stadium consoles.
Occupying a high-profile podium at the stand will be the powerful MagicQ MQ250M. This high-capacity console can control up to 128 universes without any additional processing equipment.
The versatile MagicQ MQ250M offers a range of features, such as 10 backlit playback encoders with executors.
Joining the MagicQ MQ250M in the training room will be the 64-universe capacity MagicQ Stadium Connect, a PC-based programming interface with the same programming keyset and dual crossfaders as the MQ250M and MQ500M will also be on display.
As for the chance to win the Red MagicQ PC Wing, visitors simply have to register and attend one of the ChamSys training courses running during PLASA 2021,
Conducted by James Harrison, Dan Coombs and Rebbecca Cadd of ChamSys, the courses include: MagicQ Basics; Intro to GDTF and MVR with MagicQ; Timeline Trackers and Multi Emitter Colour Picker and Getting Started with MagicVis Visualisation. Sessions will be held throughout the day Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. For times and to register, visit the ChamSys website, test

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the-voiceKey role for wysiwyg on The Voice Dominican
Thursday, 2 September 2021

Dominican Republic - The Voice Dominican is being aired for the first time ever in the Dominican Republic and is being run from the largest studio in the country by Procapital Films and RAM Productions.
Paulinho Lebrão, a Brazilian designer, has recently had the opportunity to work on this project. Working for BM Eventos, the lighting, video and sound supplier of the Voice Dominican, Paulinho is the owner of FOH Lighting Control, established in 2009, specialising as a light programmer and operator. He has been using wysiwyg since 2016.
As with everyone in the industry, struggling through the pandemic, Paulinho has been no different, taking this time to focus on his family and expand his skills and repertoire of abilities. Rather than think of it as a negative, Paulinho used the time to evolve into a more forward-ready person, for when our industry kicks back into gear, which he seems optimistic is happening, considering the work coming in.
wysiwyg is used on all aspects of this show as an important tool, because the show is programmed virtually, even before rehearsals start. So, all the details and the process need to be very reliable and wysiwyg delivers that.
The show has a total of 84 Universes running (including lighting and video mapping).

 
data-strategyPLASA Show: Data Strategy showcases QC-Check
Wednesday, 1 September 2021

UK - At this year’s PLASA Show, on stand D4, Data Strategy will showcase QC-Check’s integration with SimplyPATS, a software programme that specialises in providing the download of data from over 50 PAT Testers.
This integration was developed to allow QC-Check to import into its database the test results from other manufacturers’ Portable Appliance Testers. It offers the facility to use the powerful QC-Check database to selectively filter equipment requiring a test into manageable chunks of data and download it to the client testers.
The new SimplyPats integration will be demonstrated on an operational, two-bay QC-check workstation. New and existing customers will see the simplicity of adding test results to one database of equipment for which a portable PAT tester is the only logistical solution.
The two-bay QC-Check workstation, custom engineered for Data Strategy by SES Entertainment, features the robust test hardware capabilities of Out Board’s PAT-4 PAT Testers, CAB-5 cable testing, as well as RCD (distro) processors.

 
 
artisticPLASA Show: Artistic Licence highlights Commissioner multi
Wednesday, 1 September 2021

UK - Artistic Licence is featuring a spread of new and established products at Olympia.
Commissioner multi is a hand-held tool for testing, programming and configuring DMX512/RDM and DALI lighting installations or fixtures that has already generated considerable interest.
candlePower octo is being officially launched at PLASA Show 2021. It is a DMX512/RDM controlled eight-channel LED dimmer. Each channel can be individually set to constant current (CC) or constant voltage (CV).
sunDial quad is an award-winning DMX512/RDM controlled 4-channel trailing edge mains dimmer. The product works 'out of the box' with dimmable replacement LED bulbs.
For those who use DALI, Artistic Licence will be showing its latest DMX512-to-DALI conversion product, DMXtoDALI quad. With support for DALI DT8 (colour), DMXtoDALI quad is specified for the new generation of DALI products coming to market.
Finally, artLynx uno is arecently launched single universe ethernet gateway. It forms part of our best-selling artLynx range of DIN rail mounted solutions for Art-Net/sACN to DMX/RDM conversion.

 
brooklyn-mirage3Elation lights The Brooklyn Mirage
Wednesday, 1 September 2021

USA - The Brooklyn Mirage is an aptly named open-air live music venue located in the heart of New York City’s most populous borough. The sanctuary in the East Williamsburg area of Brooklyn recently reopened after a 15-month hiatus and now greets crowds of eager live music fans with a an IP-rated lighting package from Elation Professional.
The Brooklyn Mirage lies in the Avant Gardner complex, an 80,000sq.ft site that occupies an entire city block. The vast complex includes an indoor space, The Great Hall, and an intimate club space called The King’s Hall, as well as the outdoor The Brooklyn Mirage.
The large courtyard is surrounded by towering walls and is lined with palms and other foliage. Multi-tiered, it includes a balcony that encircles the courtyard, as well as a fourth level overlook called The Crown. The venue hosts all types of events - corporate or private - but thrives as a bastion for electronic music lovers.
Head of production at Avant Gardner is Stephen Wyker, who verifies what many had expected after an extended absence of live music. “Not only are people back, they are back at 150%. Artists were ready to get back on the road and demand for tickets has been sky high.”
Wyker handles lighting design at The Brooklyn Mirage and says lighting wise the overall need was fairly simple. “We wanted a creative lighting package we could use outside and the only way to do that was to use IP65-rated fixtures. When we were looking for IP fixtures in 2019 there was really no other competition to the Proteus Hybrid. We had used 16 of t

 
 
mdg-atme-bPLASA Show: MDG highlights haze generators
Tuesday, 31 August 2021

UK - MDG is returning to the PLASA Show 2021 as an exhibitor (stand E19) and looking forward to seeing so many of its customers and colleagues face to face. MDG UK’s stand will be beside the Robe stand once again, with plenty of MDG products on show:
The ATMe haze generator will be shown alongside ATMe WPE, the IP55-rated weather-proof and dust-resistant version, designed specifically for the challenges of outdoor use.
The MDG’s Me2 fog generator produces a pure white fog with fine particles in unbelievable volume, governed by the finest of control, while theFAN, MDG’s ultra-compact, variable speed digital fan, can direct the output wherever it is needed.
MDG’s ICE FOG Q is capable of producing ‘beautiful low fog effects’ and will be shown in its high-pressure version (ICE FOG Q HP).
No show would be complete without theONE award-winning dual haze and fog generator (which has seen duty on tour with the likes of Pink, Celine Dion, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Sam Smith, Muse, and many more) and this year’s PLASA is no exception. theONE will be providing the atmospheric effects for the Robe show on the stand next door.

 
astera-plasa-2021-ax9-powerpar-wireless-dsc7456PLASA Show: Astera presents three debutants
Tuesday, 31 August 2021

UK - Wireless LED lighting manufacturer Astera will highlight its three newest product innovations - all launched this year - at PLASA 2021 on the booth of its UK distributor, Ambersphere Solutions. PixelBrick, AX2 PixelBar and the AX9 PowerPAR will make their trade show debuts.
Astera’s sales director Sebastian Bückle commented, “PLASA will be one of the first established industry trade shows to take place as events and expos gradually re-start post-pandemic, and we know there is a huge enthusiasm from everyone in the entertainment sector wanting to finally get together and meet face-to-face again after such a challenging and uncertain 18 months.”
PixelBrick is designed for concerts, events, filming, or broadcast scenarios and can also be utilised as a compact, light (1.1kg) and y handy up-lighter like an AX3 LightDrop. It can be hung anywhere and become a universal light for accenting and texturing buildings or facades. For exterior use, its IP65 rating is resistant to rain and other elements.
The AX2 PixelBar is a linear wash fixture with wireless control, onboard battery, individually addressable LEDs, ultra-high colour rendering, digital colour calibration and a 21-degree beam.
As the name implies, the AX9 PowerPAR is a high-intensity, all-purpose everyday LED lighting fixture with battery operation, wireless control, and quality engineering. AX9 is the ‘big brother’ of Astera’s successful AX5 TriplePAR.
Also highlighted on Booth C11 will be Astera’s award-winning Titan family of LED tubes - the original Titan Tube p

 
 
robe-at-plasa-2021-cuete-img0587-rgbThe Show Goes On for Robe at PLASA Show 2021
Tuesday, 31 August 2021

UK - In a post-pandemic world, Robe looks forward with a range of new products designed for ‘maximum performance, versatility and operational life aspects for the entertainment and production industry’.
Product wise, there is a big emphasis on Robe’s Transferable Engine (TE) LED technology on Stand E19.
The booth features another eye-catching design with The Show Goes On, inspired by - among other things - rapper Lupe Fiasco’s insightful Billboard Top 10 hit of the same name.
This year’s PLASA show has the additional dynamic of teaming up with ABTT who will be hosting their own theatre-dedicated Hub area of the show floor.
With the performing arts in mind, Robe will highlight its T range of luminaires designed specifically for this demanding discipline - notably the new T2 launched a few months ago and the soon-to-be-revealed T11 which will be previewed.
The stand’s own lightshow will feature 40 x T11 luminaires in action, being seen for the first time in a ‘live’ show situation ahead of its official launch later in September.
The T2 Profile is a high-powered fixture utilising Robe’s multispectral LED engine to achieve next level brightness, colour detail and quality to throw its beautiful light over impressive distances.
Manufacturing the light-engines in-house in its factory in the Czech Republic, Robe offers the world’s first full range of LED Transferable Engine lighting fixtures - an intelligent, powerful, and eco-friendly lighting solution for now and the future which enables different engine

 
dierks-bentley-1Chauvet lights Dierks Bentley’s US tour
Tuesday, 31 August 2021

USA - Dierks Bentley’s current Beers On Me tour is providing an emotional and welcoming reunion for the singer/songwriter’s production crew, who are savouring the experience of being together on the road again connecting to fans and entertaining them after a long lockdown.
Contributing to the positive atmosphere at the shows is a deep and immersive Bruce Rodgers production design, engagingly lit by Chris Reade with help from Chauvet Professional fixtures supplied by Christie Lites.
“My job is to piggyback on Bruce's vision, and really push a perspective that pulls fans into the performance and personalities on stage,” said Reade, who with his partner Jay Ballinger, is the owner of Las Vegas-based KYVA Design, LLC. “This design is very much about angles that engage you visually.”
A key component of the set design is a V-shaped video wall. Roughly 50ft wide at its widest point, the LED wall is used to show a mix of upbeat content, IMAG images and textures patterns.
“Sometimes we are unable to hang the video wall in the way it's intended, which is like looking down into a V,” said Reade. “So, working within the angles of the set and the architecture of the lighting design, we make adjustments when necessary, but we always stick to that motif.”
Complementing the colourful video images and washes on the stage, is Reade’s inspired mix of cool and warm white light. Throughout the set are crossing bars of cool light, punctuating them with warm white fixtures in various configurations. The total effect is a balanced blend of

 
 
ambersphere-standPLASA Show 2021: free registration ends midnight
Tuesday, 31 August 2021

UK - PLASA Show 2021 will reopen its doors this weekend to reunite industry professionals at Olympia London after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic - and time is running out for visitors to secure their free entry passes.
Taking place from 5-7 September, the show will welcome back leading brands from pro audio, AV, lighting and stage technologies, who will take up residence in Olympia’s Grand Hall alongside the ABTT Theatre Show which is relocating for one year only.
“In light of the monumental shifts felt by the live events and entertainment sector over the past 18 months, PLASA Show 2021 will be people-centred, with inclusive networking spaces, support resources and learning opportunities,” say the organisers.
Free registration ends at midnight tonight, 31 August – those wishing to claim a free entry pass should head over to www.plasashow.com.
Exhibitor highlights include the show’s headline sponsor Robe, who will showcase their latest luminaires including the Forte, T2 Profile, iSeries, LED Beam and Esprite in regular show-stopping presentations. Also exhibiting will be Chauvet Professional, ETC, GLP, Avolites, Artistic Licence and SGM.
For pro audio enthusiasts, in attendance will be L-Acoustics, Shure, Sennheiser and Yamaha among many others. The stage is also set for bespoke staging from Race Furniture and Drapemakers; heavy-duty gear from Area Four Industries and NSP Cases; web-based services from trackingThis and Current RMS, and the

 
etcplasa1PLASA Show: ETC to stage seminars
Friday, 27 August 2021

UK - ETC will be returning to the PLASA Show at the Olympia London this year for its joint ‘come-back’ industry event with the ABTT. ETC will be attending the trade show to connect and network with old and new faces, present in-depth product seminars and showcase newly launched fixtures on stand B29.
Sales Manager for ETC Ltd, Darren Beckley comments: “After a long and challenging period for our industry, we are really looking forward to returning to PLASA and catching up with our customers in-person. Throughout the past 18 months, ETC has continued to innovate and develop its product offering and we are excited to share some of those products with visitors to the show.”
Attendees will be able to join a series of seminars hosted by ETC product specialists during the three-day show. The available sessions will explore Comparing Moving Lights, Multi-emitter LEDs and Incorporating Augment3d into your workflow.
ETC’s stand B29 will also feature some of the latest fixtures that the company has launched including Lonestar, Source Four LED Series 3, Desire Fresnel, ColorSource Spot jr and more. For anyone who can’t attend the show, ETC’s online demo studio has product experts available to give tailored one-to-one demonstrations on these and any other ETC products, suited to your needs. Slots can be booked via etcconnect.com.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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