The Netherlands - The Olympic Qualification Tournament in curling took place in the Netherlands in December and the ice has never looked better thanks to MHB AV and Elation’s tunable Kl Panel LED soft lights. Held at the Elfstedenhal sports complex in the town of Leeuwarden, a professionally illuminated surface of the highest standard was a must for the Olympic qualifying event.
The Olympic Qualification Tournament was the first international curling tournament to be hosted by the Netherlands. Teams from across the world competed in the two-week event in the hopes of advancing to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, which starts on 4 February.
Months prior to the event, MHB AV had contacted Bert Schmeits, key account manager Benelux at Elation, and as a result invested in the full-colour-spectrum and colour temperature-adjustable KL light panels. Schmeits reports that the company was so enthusiastic with the high-quality illumination and enormous output that they immediately saw the soft light as the right candidate to illuminate the curling event.
MHB AV has plenty of experience designing and suppling audiovisual solutions for sporting events, having worked with clients such as Triple Double sports marketing and EMG media group. For the Olympic Qualification Tournament in curling, MHB delivered a complete lighting, audio, video and rigging package.
“We needed a bright, high CRI lighting setup that we could place above the curling lanes in order to deliver at least 1400 lux onto the ice so that the curling players and television cameras
UK - There were some showers during the red-carpet premiere of Dune outside the Odeon Leicester Square in London, but that did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of the crowds or global press corps who turned out for the star-studded affair, produced by Limited Edition Event Design.
Impact Production Services (IPS), which provided technical services for the event, deployed a powerful the Chauvet Professional F4IP LED panel for setting up the outdoor video walls.
The IPS team used 236 of the 4.8 mm pixel pitch panels to create a 28m wide by 4m high video wall that ran almost the entire length of the red carpet. Displaying a series of dramatic images from the movie that were supplied by the film company and played back via a Disguise Media Server, the wall added a powerful and engaging cinematic flavour to the event, in addition to providing an attractive backdrop for videos and photos featuring the hit film’s stars.
“One of the main reasons for the premiere was to attract media coverage, and with such a large display being installed, it was essential that all the technical production elements not only looked great, but were also reliable,” says Tom Warden of IPS. “The first consideration, given that the installation was outdoors, was to choose an all-weather, IP-rated panel. IPS have already used the Chauvet F4IP and X6IP LED screen systems extensively in outdoor applications, so we knew that they would perform well, even if the weather was against us.
“The next consideration was the resolution and refresh rate, as it was esse
Turkey - To advertise the launch of the Istanbul Financial Centre (IFC) in January, Istanbul film production company Autonomy partnered with Formula 1 on a dynamic commercial featuring virtual production by MGX Studios and powered by the disguise Extended Reality (xR) workflow.
Holding 1.4m square metres of office space, a shopping mall, conference and exhibition centre and a five-star hotel, the IFC is a founding partner of the Formula 1 Rolex Turkish Grand Prix 2021. The metaphor of the IFC as a Formula 1 race car “driving forward the world of finance” provided a high-energy scenario for a commercial promoting its imminent opening.
The commercial features extreme close-ups of a Formula 1 race car cockpit, complete with revving sound design, as the vehicle speeds through Istanbul and glimpses of the IFC are reflected on the driver’s helmet visor.
Since the race car and driver are seen in extreme close-ups, Autonomy was eager to shoot the commercial using virtual production. The production company approached Turkey’s first virtual production facility, MGX Studios, to simulate the Formula 1 vehicle and capture the beauty and modernity of the IFC site.
“Together with the Autonomy team we wanted to create a production that looked great quickly, using all the amazing possibilities provided by virtual production technology and disguise. The xR features provided by disguise and the innovation and creativity enabled by disguise and virtual production were key to delivering a great project,” says MGX Studios’ virtual production operati
Norway - The first Robe Fortes in Norway were delivered to Den National Scene (the National Theatre) in Bergen, one of the country’s oldest permanent theatres, where they joined Robe Esprites that were another recent investment.
Opened in 1909, Den National Scene was initially built with a single stage, but currently hosts performances in three different spaces, which have just re-started with full capacity public shows post pandemic.
Head of lighting Geir Hovland explained that these latest moving light investments are part of an ongoing process to ensure the theatre is equipped with the best and most appropriate technology to facilitate its busy - and highly acclaimed - repertory schedule.
The positive relationship with Robe - via distributor Norsk Sceneteknikk - began in 2017 when 25 x Robe’s DL7S Profile and 15 x DL7F Wash fixtures were purchased for their overhead rig, with which they were extremely happy.
When the Esprites arrived, the DL7S Profiles were moved to the FOH lighting array, allowing Geir and the team to change-up the previous front lighting fixtures – from another manufacturer. The Esprites have replaced them on the over-stage rig.
The Fortes were then specified as the end-of-pipe (over-stage) fixtures, filling the positions with the longest throws.
“We were delighted with the DL7s,” explained Geir, “so when it came to this update, we naturally looked at Robe as well as other options.”
He and his colleagues like “everything” about the Espritess and in particular the quality of the l
Japan - Located in the east end of the Tokyo metropolis, opened in 1992, Katsushika Symphony Hills cultural centre serves the ward with a range of cultural programmes. The centre consists of two halls. The main 1,318-seat Mozart Hall, which was named in honour of the ward’s friendship city agreement with the Floridsdorf district of Vienna. The hall boasts some of the best acoustics among Japan’s numerous concert halls. Its smaller companion, the 298-seat Iris Hall, takes its name from the symbolic flower of Katsushika ward.
Both spaces offer classical and pop music concerts by Japanese and international artists. Along with dance, theatrical and art performances, the centre also offers a diverse range of events for people of all ages since its opening in 1992.
As the centre’s 30th anniversary approached, and in response to audience feedback regarding the quality of the venue’s existing audio system, the management team decided to upgrade the sound systems in both performance halls, while simultaneously renovating the building’s architecture. Requiring a flexible and easy-to-use system that could reinforce sound for the various types of content in the halls, several providers were invited to demonstrate solutions for review by a team that included an acoustic consultant and a facility construction company. Following the comparative demo, the team chose an L-Acoustics Kara II system from Tokyo-based L-Acoustics certified provider Bestec Audio.
The system design in the Mozart Hall - which possesses a similar shoebox interior architecture as th
Canada - The team at Audio Process in Toronto are long-time Lectrosonics users, and recently made the leap from their Digital Hybrid Wireless to the fully digital D Squared line.
Their cart and bag rigs run the gamut of digital receivers: DSQD four-channel, DCR822 dual-channel, and DCHR compact stereo units. Sending signal to these is a host of DBSM body-pack transcorders, the DPR-A plug-on transmitter for boom work, and DCHT camera hop transmitters. Communications are all-digital as well, thanks to the M2 Duet system’s four-channel M2T transmitter paired with M2R beltpack receivers.
“We dove into the Lectro digital world headfirst,” says lead location recordist Rob Morrice. “This past summer we did a show which follows a teenager who wins a singing competition, not unlike The Voice. It covered the behind-the-scenes of his life and the other contestants and was challenging because at any time we were jumping between musical performances and scripted scenes, with as many as eight talent members at a time needing wireless. We used the DBSMs and DSQDs in this application, and with those plus comms for producers, there were a lot of frequencies flying around. It all worked flawlessly the first time out.”
When asked what improvements are noticeable in the D Squared system, Morrice doesn’t need to pause to think. “First and foremost is range,” he explains. “The legacy gear - say, SMVs being picked up by SRCs - was always pretty robust. But with any transmitter, you could get dropouts or a bit of a noise floor if you got out of ran
UK - In August 2020, Harrogate Town FC were promoted to the English Football League (EFL) for the first time in their history. With promotion came new responsibilities.
The League’s regulations precluded the use of the club’s Wetherby Road (EnviroVent) stadium’s synthetic pitch, and, as a narrow window of time did not allow the work on a replacement to be completed before the start of 2020/21 season, Harrogate Town arranged a temporary ground-share at Doncaster Rovers’ Keepmoat Stadium. Comfortably maintaining their new League status during a season largely played in empty stadiums due to COVID-19 restrictions, the club, with work on a new grass pitch completed, prepared to return home.
Other EFL infrastructure criteria also had to be met at the EnviroVent, one of which was provision for a permanent public address system, which according to the League’s regulations required ‘adequate speaker output to relay information to all spectator areas, as required by the local authority, with the ability to interrupt for safety announcements from the stadium control room’. With the possibility of a future further development of its facilities, the club sought to install a high quality, future-proof system, that could be expanded if required.
Sheffield-based technical services specialists AVLS Technical, who had previously supplied temporary pre-match PA requirements on a hire basis, were engaged by the club to consult over the permanent installation. The club’s plan at this stage was to upgrade audio provision in four of the ground’s six dis
Japan - Martin Audio Japan (MAJ) recently staged an outdoor showcase demo at the ancient ruins of the Ama Site Park in Takatsuki, Osaka. This park was newly opened in 2021, having refurbished the land that was previously used as a university campus. Now the park is open to everyone.
Martin Audio Japan had been unable to hold any demo showcases over the last 18 months due to COVID19 restrictions. Once the pandemic calmed down the company restarted its activity programme - and planned something special.
Director of MAJ, Sam Yamashita, explained the rationale. “Holding the demonstration outside ensured there would be sufficient space for the social distancing as well as fresh air. We had originally wanted to introduce WPL to customers back in 2019, but due to COVID it was postponed.”
In any case, he concluded that showing the capability of WPL to its optimum potential in the previous theatre context may not have been the best solution. “WPL has long throw capabilities that could not be properly evaluated in a theatre. So, I had the idea that by holding the demonstration outdoors, it would solve both social distancing issues and give us the space to evaluate this powerful system to its full potential."
The MAJ crew knew that everybody had been frustrated by the COVID situation and wanted to listen to the music loud. “Having them enjoy the music so much was a pleasure for the MAJ team as well,” acknowledged Yamashita.
USA - In mid-December, Metallica celebrated its 40th anniversary with four days of events dubbed the San Francisco Takeover, culminating in two concerts for fan club members only at the city’s Chase Centre arena. As with nearly all Metallica shows in recent years, the band relied on a Meyer Sound reinforcement system - here a massive 286 loudspeaker in-the-round configuration.
The longstanding Metallica - Meyer Sound relationship has evolved into a partnership between musical artists and a technology supplier, a collaboration that has pushed the technology envelope for large scale audio production.
“We have never worked with a vendor or manufacturer where we’ve had the kind of close, collaborative relationship we have with Meyer Sound,” says Dan Braun, Metallica’s creative director and production designer. “They are not simply equipment providers, but really partners in what we do. It starts with John and Helen and extends down through everybody we work with in the company.”
A key collaborator on the team is Meyer Sound director of system optimisation Bob McCarthy, who was principally responsible for ensuring that the sound for the anniversary concerts would maintain the Metallica standard despite the size and weight of the massive, oval loop video screen.
McCarthy’s design comprises 10 main arrays interspersed with the video screens, with long throw arrays of mixed Leo and Lyon line array loudspeakers and short throw with Lyon only. The six inner down-fill arrays employ Leopard line array loudspeakers, except for two long-thr
Belgium - Dining-out long since ceased to be about simply eating. The modern restaurant seeks to provide its customers with an ‘experience’; often investing significantly in specialist designers to assist the creation of a unique atmosphere and ambience that reflect its particular vision. Amongst the plethora of ideas and styles that characterise the sector, one aspect is common to virtually every setting. Music, of whatever genre in a restaurant environment, is fundamental to the vibe, and as such, demands the best possible audio provision. Two examples of new restaurants which recently opened in the Belgian ‘capital of cool’, Antwerp, support the principle that good sound is an essential ingredient for the dinner table.
Erwin Nuyts, co-owner of Antwerp based audio and lighting integrator Discostore, was called on to create systems for both Sergio Herman’s “New Italian” style, Le Pristine, and Maven, a concept meat restaurant created by renowned butcher Luc De Laet, catering entrepreneur Wim Van Der Borght, and young manager Jules Koninckx.
Sergio Herman’s reputation for reinvention is well-known, but having successfully overseen the installation of Pioneer Pro Audio systems at other sites, there was to be no breaking of the mould at Le Pristine, as Willem Van Ben Brock explains: “We’ve already established a very successful relationship with the Pioneer Pro Audio brand in other restaurants of the Sergio Herman Group like Blueness and AIRrepublic. We knew what we could expect, so we relied on their expertise. We wanted to experience one
USA - At the 183-year-old Connection Pointe Christian Church outside Indianapolis, a refurbished lighting rig and a fresh approach to design have brought a new level of immersion and engagement to services.
Last year, the multi-generational church replaced most of its lamp-based fixtures with a new all-LED system featuring many of Chauvet Professional’s latest and most advanced product, including the Maverick Force S Spot.
The new LED rig was only one of the changes, however, that would redefine lighting at Connection Pointe. Along with the upgraded fixtures, the church also got a brand new LD, one with experience lighting houses of worship as well as entertainment venues. Alexander Lehman joined the church’s team and became part of a new design philosophy that emphasized building engagement with set pieces.
“I took on the LD role here in Indianapolis towards the end of September and immediately was thrown into a new stage set project,” said Lehman. “It truly would have been impossible for me without our volunteers, creative director Aaron Williams, our creative arts pastor, Dan Lidstone, and production director Michael Montanari, as well as the rest of our production staff team: Jess Jones, Scott Boers, Brandon Rees, and Audrey Williams.”
The new approach that Lehman became a critical part of called for focusing less heavily on LED screens and more on making set pieces the focal point of the stage design.
“We wanted the fins to be able to carry their own weight in moments where the entire lighting rig might be scaled d
Norway - Bose Professional has been selected as the solution provider for Telegrafen Oslo. Located in the heart of one of Europe’s fastest-growing cities, Telegrafen offers a mixed-use experience in the Nordic Baroque-Nouveau landmark building. With almost 270,000sq.ft, the historic building provides a place for visitors to enjoy a range of activities from an upscale restaurant to meeting spaces - easily navigating between business and leisure.
“We needed a partner who could ensure high-quality sound in big, flexible spaces, larger educational facilities, restaurants, bars - in other words, we needed distinct solutions suitable for everything from fun, experiential sound to clear audio for conferencing,” explains Steffen Johansen, technical project manager for system integrator Bravo. “We needed a provider that could deliver products that met all of our needs, and Bose was the clear answer.”
The final solution included 14 distinct products serving different roles throughout the venue for a cohesive, elegant audio experience. Products included Bose DesignMax in-ceiling loudspeakers, Panaray MA12 modular columnar array loudspeakers, PowerSpace and PowerMatch amplifiers, and the Bose Videobar VB1 all-in-one USB conferencing device.
While the diverse selection of loudspeakers provided a superior sound experience by integrating the different styles throughout the building, the Bose Videobar VB1 in the meeting room ensured transparent conferencing technology for high productivity and ease of use for guests.
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The Netherlands - The city of Utrecht is the fourth largest in the Netherlands and attracts a significant number of international and domestic visitors each year. One of the most recent additions to its range of entertainment destinations is the new Holland Casino; a striking building adorned in gold.
Designed by OZ Architects, the brief was to create a diamond-shaped building, adorned in gold, that was also completely covered in light. As well as illuminating the entire building and using the façade to display content, it was also important that the building met the criteria for the BREAAM sustainability certification. Keeping light pollution to a minimum was crucial.
System integrator Livingprojects worked closely with lighting designer Siegrid Siederius on behalf of Arup to deliver the vision of Holland Casino. The façade is structured with individual panels, and an LED fixture is built into each one. The fixtures are not directly visible, ensuring indirect light for viewers. The panels of the façade reflect the light for a seamless integration that delivers stunning results.
As well as the golden façade being fully illuminated in the evenings, content can also be displayed on the panels. This ensures the casino can respond to special themes or days through the use of the media façade. The custom-made lighting system allows for a different colour to be introduced every 100mm, making it possible to create a dynamic display and even show detailed video content.
The dynamic lighting is controlled by a system from Pharos Architectural Con
UK - Viewers were treated to a musical extravaganza hosted by British musician Olly Alexander in the form of BBC One’s The Big New Years & Years Eve Party. Filmed at London’s Riverside Studios, the two-part concert included guest performances from Kylie Minogue and the Pet Shop Boys. The show included a pause for the countdown to midnight and footage of London’s Big Ben ringing in the new year before the action headed back to the show as Olly and friends continued the party.
The party featured a captivating lighting design from Gurdip Mahal, featuring more than 40 universes of fixtures. To provide main and tracking backup control of the elaborate lighting rig, programmers Ross Williams and Rob Bradley selected a pair of High End Systems Hog 4-18 consoles, supplemented by two Full Boar 4 consoles and two new HPU Hybrid Processor units.
The main lighting system was supplied by PRG, with crew chief Tim Saunders responsible for the installation aspect and Ben Hornshaw providing WYSIWYG support for two days pre-production off-site. LED was supplied by LED Creative and Light Initiative, with Josh Grace in the position of production designer.
Williams has been a freelance lighting designer and programmer since 1995 and has won multiple awards for his work in television. Unsurprisingly, he is no stranger the challenges involved in productions of this nature. “These shows with ever-increasing fixture counts and very limited rehearsal time can be quite stressful to say the least, and this one was certainly no exception,” he says.
Belgium - The grace and fluidity of dancers’ movements were enhanced by an equally elegant lightshow designed by Koen De Clerck for Cogétama, a special choreographed ballet work created and produced by Glen Lambrecht Productions, commissioned by the Municipality of Aalter. It was staged at the City Hall Auditorium of Aalter and played 12 completely sold-out performances.
Koen used an all-Robe moving lighting rig to give him the flexibility and dynamics needed to light the detail, depth, and nuance of the piece, which revolved around the famous Cogétama cigar and the factory which produced it and how it affected and influenced the communities living and working around the areas of Aalter and Knesselare for over 100 years. The legacy of the cigar factory has left an indelible imprint on local culture and history.
Glen Lambrecht, a professional ballet dancer who choreographed as well as produced the show, explained that they decided to go for a raw, direct, and minimalist setting without lots of elaborate scenic elements, instead setting the scene and realism of the atmosphere with “amazing lighting to immerse the audience and take them on the journey”.
Effectively, light became another dancer and character in the piece, and once Koen was onboard as LD - the two have worked on previous projects - he knew he needed the most versatile and adaptable lighting fixtures and chose Robe.
Fourteen Robe T1 Profiles were at the heart of the lighting rig, five positioned FOH for front lighting, keying, and specials, with nine in the overhead
Italy - New visions for the future are told live, at the Bergamo Fair, through an RCF TT+ line array system - with an unconventional system configuration.
Visionary Bergamo 2021 is part of Visionary Days, a format where hundreds of under-35s discuss life challenges and ways they can shape the future. The event unfolds over 10 hours of collective brainstorming and six inspirational talks, with 500 young people involved in over 80 round tables, all while streaming live. An inspirational talk opens each session by introducing a topic and then passes the topic to the attendees to develop ideas and visions. A ‘dynamic poster’ is then drawn up and printed at the end of the event, edited by Lee, an artificial intelligence, creation by the Visionary Days team.
Produced and coordinated by GO-ON, a production studio specialising in highly innovative events, the original format has favoured participation, creating a proactive part of the show that encourages continuous interaction among its participants. The impeccable AVL set-up by Airone Service, managed by Jacopo Mapelli, deployed a scenographic set-up, with the audio setup based completely on RCF technologies.
Working together with the technical coordination of Lorenzo Polimeno, Luca Andreini, coordinator of the Visionary Days, comments: "We needed a versatile solution that could manage speeches with maximum intelligibility, high-powered music but also clear and understandable service communications. Airone immediately proposed the RCF solution, and I must admit that the choice was appreciated and sha
USA - Lighting director Nick Chang who has been on the road with the Kane Brown tour for the last four months, returned to his hometown of Nashville to oversee lighting for services and other events at Church of the City.
On staff at the church since March of 2021, Nick was called on to light Church of the City’s 2021 Christmas services and specified a rig of Elation Artiste Mondrian and Artiste Monet LED moving heads, as well as Platinum Seven wash fixtures, all rented through Elite Multimedia.
Nick has been contracting with Church of the City since 2020 and handled a Christmas project for them that year. This year, the church held five Christmas services in their 3000-seat auditorium at their main campus in Franklin, Tennessee, just south of Nashville. Nick co-designed lighting for the services with Church of the City production manager Jori Johnson. Nick also handled the lighting programming.
Nick says that the goal was to be entertaining and engaging in the early segments of the service, then to slow it down to focus on the message. “We like to have fun and engage with the crowd for the first 13 minutes of the service with five or six songs then move into slower moments with worship songs before moving into the sermon,” he explains. “At the end is a beautiful Silent Night moment with a nativity scene, candle lighting, and kids in angel outfits. I utilised the rig we had to make it feel as though you were outside and it was nighttime with stars in the sky. It’s a touching way to end the service.”
At Nick’s disposal wer
UK - Throughout December and January, the British Film Institute (BFI) is hosting 時の河 Tokinokawa, an audiovisual installation inspired by the BFI National Archive’s moving images from early 20th century Japan. This artwork is the creation of UK media artists The Light Surgeons, with sound reproduction for the installation provided by Yamaha.
時の河 Tokinokawa is being presented at BFI Southbank in London as part of the BFI’s Japan Cinema month and its new year-round BFI Expanded programme. It has been created and co-directed by Christopher Allen, producer and director of east London-based The Light Surgeons and showcases a set of newly restored films from the BFI’s Japan on Film archive through the concept of ‘a river in time’.
Presented across a line of six screens, the short presentation displays the BFI’s early cinematic views of Japan with new material gathered by The Light Surgeons from across Japan in 2020, which is then analysed in real time by custom AI software. This analysis is displayed in an animated infographic layer, inviting the viewer to contemplate how the understanding of such moments ‘frozen in time’ might be affected by the rise of new and emerging AI technology in the future.
時の河 Tokinokawa features a soundtrack which combines music by Japanese percussionist and composer Midori Takada, a pioneer of ambient and minimalist music, with sounds from the footage and field recordings made by The Light Surgeons. Christopher worked on the project with co-director and sound designer Tim Cowie, who collaborat
Australia - Elevate Sydney, a festival held 1-5 January, unveiled the largest drone display in the Southern Hemisphere. The Elevate SkyShow, lit up Sydney Harbour for the first time with 500 drones.
Featuring technology, art and a First Nations narrative, the inaugural Elevate SkyShow blended art and technology to create ‘a new form of night-time entertainment’. The 500 Intel drones performed in between the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge to a powerful and moving soundtrack.
AGB Events was commissioned by the NSW Government through tourism organisation Destination NSW to create and produce the event. This summer festival was designed to activate Sydney’s CBD and AGB’s SkyShow provided an epic conclusion at the end of every night for thousands lining the Sydney Harbour foreshore.
AGB Events assembled a team of leading creatives to design the show, comprising Anthony Bastic creative director, First Nations advisor Rhoda Roberts, Rhyan Clapham and senior producer Olivia Bradley.
Set to an original soundtrack composed by artist Dobby, the drones danced to powerful orchestral sounds, energetic beats, and indigenous language, bringing First Nations culture to the forefront. The drones served as flying pixels animating an authentic and thrilling narrative of Greater Sydney, paying homage to the ancient wisdom of the Eora People, the beauty of the Australian flora and fauna and the joy of experiencing Summer in Sydney.
To bring the vision to life above Sydney Harbour, AGB Events collaborated with Australian drone co
Hungary - As one of the country’s leading veteran sound engineers, László ‘Taki’ Takács prides himself on capturing and delivering crystal clear audio quaility for his clients’ various music projects. For the music-based television show, Turnébusz, Taki turned to a selection of microphones. This included 4099 Core Instrument mics, 2011C Twin Diaphragm Cardioid mics and 2028 vocal mics from DPA.
During his more than 25 years working live events as a sound technician/engineer, Taki has supported many large Hungarian productions. He began using DPA mics in 2015 for a variety of rock, pop, folk and live concert events.
Turnébusz came about during the pandemic to satisfy a need to record concerts for Hungarian bands that did not have many media appearance or performance opportunities. Similar to other well-known music documentary-style shows, each episode of Turnébusz consisted of a 45-minute performance, followed by a 15-minute get-to-know segment that focuses on emerging artists, songwriters and lyricists.
“With 26 bands in the show, the varying styles of the performers required us to use the most versatile microphones with the best sound qualities,” says Taki. “Since I have a lot of experience with DPA, I knew these microphones are of the highest sound quality. They also work great even under extreme conditions, so they were my obvious choice on this project. For the vocalists’ microphones, we used the DPA 2028, which allowed us to minimize any unpleasant, infiltrating noise. Though not the typical application, we used s
UK - Astera PixelBrick wireless battery-powered LED lighting fixtures proved the right solution for a major section of Bolesworth Christmas, a trial experience staged at Bolesworth Castle, a Grade II listed country house near Tattenhall, Cheshire.
Lighting designer Nick Jevons was asked to add lighting magic for the new event concept at this site after being invited onboard by event producer Matt Bates. He discussed the initial ideas that were already germinating with Bolesworth’s live events team plus some of the locations they had in mind, and together with his own input, eight of these were developed as highlights for the 1.5-mile-long trail.
Nick immediately started imagining many different visual treatments that would delight and engage visitors.
A major section of the trail was a large 400 x 300m lawn space in front of the Castle which needed dramatic hi-impact illumination, so Nick suggested utilising 48 x IBC tanks with internal light sources. The IBCs - intermediate bulk containers - are industrial-grade containers engineered for the mass handling, transport and storage of liquids, semi-solids, pastes, or solids, and are popular on festivals and live event sites for ballast or weighting applications.
The Cube Field installation at Bolesworth was the first time Nick had used PixelBricks for an event, but he already had these very handy and robust new Astera fixtures in mind when shaping this piece of light art in his head.
“Obviously, I needed something fully battery powered and ultimately deployable as run
USA - American rock band Widespread Panic made its first Mempho appearance at the 2021 edition of the show where versatile Ayrton Domino IP65-rated LED profiles took the stage with the popular festival headliners.
A mix of touring national acts and local favourites, Mempho 2021 was held from 1-3 October at the Memphis Botanic Garden’s Radians Amphitheater. Widespread Panic, which has been together for more than three decades, played two nights of the musicfest. The band has broken attendance records across the country and headlined most of the major US festivals. They’ve sold in excess of 3m albums and 4m million downloads and have been inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.
Paul Hoffman, one of the owners and president of Pulse Lighting in Nashville, became the lighting designer for Widespread Panic in 2009 after serving as the band’s crew chief for three years. He worked with ACT Entertainment, Ayrton’s exclusive North American distributor, to obtain Domino fixtures for Widespread Panic’s Mempho debut.
“We love working with ACT,” says Hoffman. “We own probably 150 Ayrton Mistral and Ghibli fixtures, which have been great workhorses for us, and have grandMA consoles, motors and cables from ACT. Domino marked our first go with IP-rated fixtures, but we’re interested in any products in the Ayrton line.”
Domino’s IP65 rating makes it particularly attractive for outdoor shows like Mempho, he reports. “The saying is that you’re only one weather event away from a $100,000 hit. You have to be prepared to take hits s
Serbia - It isn’t surprising that a city on the Danube should mark the occasion of being named one of three European Capitals of Culture for 2022 with a ‘New Bridges’ campaign. The name comes not only from the many majestic spans that cross the river at Novi Sad, but also for the region’s role in bridging different cultures and eras of history.
This theme was everywhere to be seen in the city in the first half of January during Doček, a celebration marking two New Year’s celebrations: (1 January by the Gregorian Calendar and 13 January by the orthodox Julian calendar) in addition to the European Capital of Culture honour.
Helping to set the stage for the month-long festivities has been a series of lightshows and displays from Chameleon Rental that feature over 175 Chauvet Professional fixtures from the company’s own inventory.
Lighting seven different sites throughout Novi Sad, Chameleon created glowing looks that reflected the spirit of a city that claims Nikola Tesla as an honorary son. Brilliant aerial beams illuminated the sky over the Danube from the Rainbow Bridge; and an intense fast-moving lightshow animated rock concerts in the town centre, while washes provide evocative colour for the National Serbian Theatre’s production of Tesla Inventartist. Also transformed by light was the historic Petrovaradin Fortress (begun in 1692), including its famous Belgrade Gate.
“This was a very wide-ranging project that required a great deal of coordination and teamwork,” said Dragan Rajčin from Chameleon Rental. “It inv
UK - Sculpting a fluid and kinetic visual collage aligned with the heartbeat and spirit of rave was a task lighting and environment designer Eran Klein relished for Black Coffee’s recent performance at Drumsheds in north London.
With a rig of Robe moving lights at his fingertips, Eran atmospherically engineered nearly 12 hours of electronic musical experience culminating in a three-hour set by the Grammy Award nominated DJ and music producer. The event was a co-production between Imma.nence by techno visionary Oren Heknin - a long term client of Eran’s - Live Nation Israel, UK promoters Metropolis Music and Shaked Minuskin.
Staged in this newfound space, once part of a gasworks, the gig captured an important moment in time as live in-person events continue enthusiastically following lifting the initial COVID lockdown restrictions in England.
For Eran, the design was more about enveloping the whole space in good vibes and energies.
While the DJ was obviously at the centre of the action with everything radiating out from him across the entire space, rather than Black Coffee being separated and isolated on a stage, the DJ booth was located two thirds of the way down the long narrow space with the VIP dancing platforms immediately behind.
This effective in-the-round positioning enabled everyone in the room to properly connect with the music.
Eran’s lighting design took full advantage of the venue’s 20m trim height, with an impressive 11m diameter trussing circle centrepiece flown immediately above the DJ booth, complete with