USA - Described by CMT as a “true representation of current country for the next generation”, newcomer Cash Campbell burst onto the music scene in 2017 with his debut song, Cannonball, and has already racked up 20m streams and views worldwide. He has built a fan base on the road with headlining shows and sharing the bill with A-list acts on multiple tours, including his current trek on which he’s carrying a DiGiCo SD12 console to run both FOH and monitors.
Chosen by Dallas-based Jordan Bledsoe, who serves as Campbell’s FOH engineer, production manager and tour manager, the SD12 and its accompanying DiGiCo SD-Rack were rented from Arlington’s B&L Sound and Lighting, which is supplying the tour’s complete control package.
“This has been my first experience with DiGiCo and, to be honest, I had been intimidated to use one because of how detailed you can be with it,” shares Bledsoe. “But after a short amount of time prepping on the desk as well as the offline editing software, I realised that detail is what I enjoy the most. Now I find that the workflow and sound of this desk make it hard to imagine going back to anything else. The SD12 is our console of choice moving forward.”
With Cash Campbell’s previous tour jaunt being a co-headlining run with Austin Burke, the artist and his crew are now out on string of dates opening for Dylan Scott. As with the previous trek, Bledsoe is once again manning the SD12, which is connected to the SD-Rack over Optocore fibre and used in conjunction with a Waves SoundGrid Extreme Server a
USA - For Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s sold-out Stage AE show in Pittsburgh in January, the band’s lighting designer Manny Newman created an intense panoramic mothership landing look that appeared like something out of a Steven Spielberg film.
“We wanted not just to immerse fans, but to kind of challenge their sense of reality,” explains Newman. Helping him in this ambitious endeavour was a collection of Chauvet Professional Rogue fixtures from his personal stock and rented from Hougie’s in Pittsburgh.
Newman used 12 Rogue R1 Wash, eight Rogue R1 Spot and 12 Rogue R2 Wash fixtures in his rig. “We relied on these fixtures to create a mothership look,” he says. “What we did didn’t involve science fiction; it was just the result of the careful placement of fixtures. We get this gigantic look when the upstage movers are in a high fanned-out position and the ground movers are in a low fanned-out position. This creates a very open look, which I like to use when I need a large scene.
“You can say the design looked like something from out of space,” adds Newman, “but I wanted a very organic look as opposed to straight Xs. Organic spacecraft! Fanned-out looks are always my go-to design.”
Newman’s light package was 16’ wide and was flown at a height of around 20’ at its highest point. The 12 R1 Washes in his rig were flown on the quick grid, along with eight strobe units. On the ground he had 8 R1 Spots. He also used the R2 Wash for the side and downstage wash.
With this arrangement, Newman was able to create a gal
Macau The House of Dancing Water - the water-based stage production, directed by Franco Dragone and staged in the House of Dancing Water Theatre in Macau, has recently added 63 new Robe moving lights to the theatre’s rig.
The 41 x BMFL Wash XFs and 21 x Tarrantula LED wash beam lighting fixtures have now been installed in the theatre as part of a drive to upgrade the technical equipment to include more sustainable and advanced options than were available when the show launched in 2010.
The integrity, drama and dynamics of Luc Lafortune’s original lighting design are all preserved as the concept works to support the show narrative.
The House of Dancing Water (THODW) show is one of the most successful entertainment phenomena in the world - having clocked up over 3,500 performances, it has been enjoyed by over three million spectators.
Karl Jenkins, head of lighting, projections and special effects for the theatre, has been in the post for two and a half years and has previously worked on several Cirque du Soleil projects. He runs a team of 26 technicians and was instrumental in adding the Robe fixtures to the show.
“Ultimately it was the output, the colour mixing and the beautiful Fresnel lens that put the BMFL on top,” he confirms.
They didn’t need a multi-purpose unit, but they wanted that rich and deep Fresnel look coupled with a high output to deal with the long throw distance, with refined and elegant colour mixing.
The final decision was taken by Karl and his head console operator/programmer Justin F
Mexico - Performance company Finzi Pasca recently used a large number of Elation Professional luminaires on the interactive show Abrazos at the 2019 State Fair of León in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico. More than 100 Elation fixtures took part in the show, giving life to a series of acrobatic, music and contortion acts.
A package of 42 SixBar 1000 IP, eight Smarty Hybrid, 18 Fuze Wash Z350, 16 Fuze Pair Z120 IP, 11 Colour 5 Profile, eight Paladin and 8 DTW Blinder 700 IP luminaires was used to light the show, which played from 11 January to 5 February. Daniele Finzi Pasca, director of Switzerland-based Compagnia Finzi Pasca and creator of shows such as Corteo and Luzia for Cirque Du Soleil, wrote and directed the show. Lighting design was by Daniele Finzi Pasca and Alexis Bowles.
In the centre of the arena, a 15m square stage was illuminated using eight Acclaim Flex Tube RGB LED strips and surrounded by 42 Elation SixBar 1000 IP battens washing the stage from all angles. Trimmed at a height of 12m, fast and compact Smarty Hybrid moving heads along with Fuze Wash Z350 and Fuze Par Z120 IP single source par moving head luminaires highlighted the dozen artists who starred in the show.
Grupo Produce Comunicación was in charge of the production and its 75 performances. The Mexican company offers production services for corporate and government events, AV productions and video mapping, among other services.
Germany - The Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology (IDMT) has upgraded the highly specialised audio setup at its Ilmenau headquarters with the installation of Powersoft’s Ottocanali 4K4 DSP+D amplifier platforms.
Fraunhofer IDMT - which focuses on applied research in the field of audiovisual media - is widely known for developing technologies for the digital media industry.
The institute has made the decision to invest in a new range of Powersoft Ottocanali 4k4 DSP+D amplifier platforms, further strengthening its long-standing relationship with the manufacturer.
René Rodigast, business manager in the acoustics department at Fraunhofer IDMT, commented: “We have a long story with Powersoft and have developed a good understanding of their systems over the years. Back when we installed our first Powersoft amplifiers here, we had direct contact to the guys in Italy as well as their German distributor, Laauser & Vohl GmbH. Normally we know very well what gear we want and in this most recent case the choice was easy. We ordered the amps without delay and received great support throughout.”
A total of 29 Ottocanali 4k4 DSP+D amplifier platforms were required to meet the institute’s grand aspirations, with 16 of those units being installed in the building’s 3D Presentation Room alone.
“This room is one of our biggest experimental rooms,” says Rodigast. “The goal when we created it was to have an efficient and flexible setup. The room is equipped with 117 loudspeakers and is able to accommodate a small number o
UK - The Royal Opera House (ROH) recently underwent a comprehensive refurbishment to improve its facilities, including redesigning the Linbury Theatre (see the report in LSi March).
The £50m Open Up refurbishment project also created a new café and improved restaurant and shop.
The Linbury Theatre presents chamber work for opera and dance as well as live orchestral performances. The ROH also has a thriving immersive live to cinema department, and a broadcast team. To make workflow as flexible, and as smooth as possible, Martin Adams, and the in-house technical team have upgraded the space, deploying an SSL L500 Plus console at the heart, with a Dante AoIP infrastructure.
From the initial audio makeover discussions for the Linbury Theatre, the idea of a Dante solution really appealed to Martin Adams and his team, and that got them thinking about which console to go for.
“The fact that a Dante infrastructure is built directly into the SSL L500 Plus was very interesting to us,” explains Adams. “It's the AoIP that you want - firstly, not to intrude on how you work; and secondly, once you have done an initial setup, you've kind of done the work, and everything else becomes easier. This also means making the system larger becomes very simple in the future.
“Audio for us in the ROH is not a form of amplification, it's a compositional tool. A composer comes in and looks a
USA - Designing an audio system for a live arena show or the installation of a multi-zone distributed PA are commonplace activities these days; combining the two in a single venue for a one-off concert is a consideration of an entirely different dimension.
But when the Foo Fighters were asked to headline a one-off event for Super Bowl Saturday, Lez Dwight (director) of Britannia Row Productions handed precisely those project design responsibilities to their Foo Fighters’ touring systems engineer Adam Smith.
“The Jack Murphy temporary structure chosen by DirecTV for their live stream spectacular Super Saturday Night was essentially a 100ft-tall dome roof,” explains Smith. “At 72,000sq/ft in terms of coverage there were two major aspects for the 8,500 fans who attended. The main listening area on the flat floor was relatively straight forward: L/R L-Acoustics K1 with K2 sides and ARCII for 180-degree rear to be provided by Brit Row on behalf of Foo Fighters’ production.
“Then there was this unique and complex steel mezzanine structure spread over multiple levels. It stretched the length of the venue from upstage left and right, wrapping around behind FoH, and extending throughout the remainder of the building.”
“Once the relevant production drawings became available, I was able to extract the necessary room data, draw an interpretation of the structure within Soundvision and begin to simulate chosen speaker arrays/sources. At this stage of the modelling it became clear there were multiple discreet zones that requi
China - To provide guests with an unparalleled experience of undersea immersion, China’s new Atlantis Sanya resort deployed an array of Harman audio, video, lighting and control systems.
Located in the city of Sanya on China’s Hainan island, Atlantis Sanya is the latest Atlantis-themed resort operated by Kerzner International. The resort’s 52-story luxury hotel boasts more than 1,300 guest rooms, including extravagant underwater suites that look out into the resort’s massive Lost Chambers aquarium.
The vast Aquaventure waterpark occupies nearly 200,000sq.m and includes waterslides that pass through the aquarium, in addition to snorkelling, scuba diving and live dolphin and sea lion interactions. Other amenities include conference rooms and banquet halls for meetings and events, an upscale shopping centre and 13 restaurants and bars.
The resort deployed an array of JBL, AKG, Crown, Soundcraft and BSS audio technologies to distribute audio throughout the complex, as well as advanced AMX video systems and Martin lighting fixtures for multimedia integration and striking visuals.
“Atlantis Sanya aims to provide an unforgettable aquatic experience for guests,” says project leader at CCW, Atlantis Resorts Consultants. “To accomplish this goal, we needed high-fidelity audio and advanced multimedia systems throughout the facility, as well as the latest control systems to operate it seamlessly. Harman Professional’s world-class, scalable audio-visual systems empower the resorts to create a unique and immersive experience.”
UK - The Piece Hall in Halifax, West Yorkshire, is one of the UK's best-preserved examples of Industrial Revolution-era architecture. A recent comprehensive renovation of the premises has given its courtyard a renewed purpose of an exchange for the arts, culture and music.
One of the events making use of the transformed Piece Hall courtyard is the Spiegeltent - a pop-up live venue akin to a circus big top, which caters to a varied musical programme in the run up to the festive season. For the most recent incarnation, which included a mix of bands, cabaret and comedy, in addition to headlining musical acts such as Gary Delaney, Yorkshire-based Sound & Light UK LTD integrated 10 Chauvet Professional Rogue R2 Wash and 10 Rogue R1 Beam fixtures into their lighting rig.
Given the wide spectrum of performances taking place during the three-week festival, Sound & Light UK was tasked with providing illumination for a multitude of possible stage setups - from classic rock and roll, to more precise visuals for stand-up comedy and cabaret shows. The interplay between the Rogue R1 Beam and R2 Wash fixtures, flown from above stage trussing, gave Sound & Light the necessary breadth of visual expression required.
Drawing on the 19 (15W) RGBW quad-LED source of the Rogue R2 Wash fixture, Chris Bottomley and his team were able to deploy a visually engaging blanket of saturated colour to create emotive and energetic supporting visuals for the musical performances.
"The R2 Wash is an incredibly versatile fixture," comments Bottomley. "In addition
USA - Dierks Bentley 2018 Mountain High Tour in support of his ninth studio album The Mountain played over 60 large-scale venues - including a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden.
To meet the demands of the cross-country tour, Bentley and his production crew trusted PK Sound Trinity Advanced Robotic Line Array and Gravity subwoofers to deliver superior sound, system flexibility and easy rigging - whether in an arena, stadium, or amphitheatre.
FOH and system engineer James ‘Pugsley’ McDermott said the Mountain High Tour marked his 13th year on the road with Dierks Bentley, though this is the first time they've added Trinity Advanced Robotic Line Arrays to the PA system. "It's been a technological advancement not only in deployment, but also sonically," McDermott says of the new PA system, which features full-size main hangs with up to 16 Trinity boxes per side, plus a dozen Trinity 10s per side for side-hangs and front-fill.
The Dierks Bentley crew also flew six Gravity 218 subwoofers per side, with an optional six per side on the ground, which, McDermott noted, were deployed in different configurations daily to fit the size and shape of each venue.
"Every Trinity box can be whatever you want it to be," McDermott says. He noted that, while 120-degree boxes can be an asset for some venues, they are too wide for others. But Trinity's adjustable sound field lets the system engineer tailor each individual box to be as wide or narrow as is needed for the venue. "Each box can be set from anywhere between 50° and 120°, and you can use
USA - Sound designer and engineer Chris Sannino recently relied on DPA Microphones to utilise a discreet, wireless sound amplification source for the production of Romeo and Juliet at Philadelphia’s Wilma Theatre.
Already having an established history with DPA Microphones, Sannino chose DPA’s d:facto 4018VL Linear Vocal Microphone, d:screet 4061 Miniature Omnidirectional Microphone and d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphone.
Since 2013, he has used the d:vote 4099 on a wide variety of woodwinds, pianos, string instruments and discrete theatre set mic’ing. The d:vote 4099, d:screet 4061 and d:fine 4088 (among others) have been featured in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, New York City Summer Stage, The Vail International Dance Festival and Romeo and Juliet.
For Romeo and Juliet, Sannino used the d:vote 4099 on cello and saxophone, the d:screet 4061 on violin and vocalists and the d:facto 4018VL for the ensemble. “I chose to use DPA because it has an excellent personal history of durability, clarity and responsiveness combined with my frequent need for discrete wireless sources,” adds Sannino.
“The fidelity of a DPA mic far surpasses anything else I’ve utilised in terms of close mic’ing instruments and actors. I love both the d:vote 4099 and d:screet 4061 when close mic’ing the conventional orchestral instruments, and also all sorts of ancient instruments. You can never go wrong on a lute, theorbo, harp or zither.”
Sannino has also been very impressed with the ability of DPA’s microphones to handle th
The Netherlands - Established in 2000, YoungCapital is a recruitment agency for young people based in 35 locations, including two in Germany.
The company’s HQ on Hoofddorp has been recently completely updated and now features a Yamaha networked audio system.
The refurbishment project started in 2018 and included renovating and redecorating the spaces, whilst the audio system was also renewed. The system had to cover the reception area, restaurant, a hall/meeting space, an ‘urban’ environment (with moveable walls to create one large room, two medium rooms or four small ones), a gym, outside terrace and nine restroom areas.
YoungCapital’s IT project manager, Elwin van de Beek, contacted Ruben Haringsma of Soest-based installation company HiFi Choice to discuss the company’s needs. These included online streaming music sources, local inputs at various locations, ease of use and the ability to easily expand the system for new applications.
Ruben designed a zoned system around the Yamaha MRX7-D matrix processor, amplifiers, speakers and a Dante network, which would make it possible to easily expand with additional hardware. Because the building is in use during the week, Ruben could only install equipment at weekends. He found that new ideas and applications were regularly being requested, meaning he had to expand the system even while installing it.
Three remotely-controlled WXAD-10 wireless streaming adaptors feed music to every zone, with a fourth unit feeding only the gym. Here a WiFi access point allows users to choose their
USA - In 2018, The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad and its winter attraction The Polar Express hoped to increase their production value and add additional safety lighting to the Bryson City train depot.
With the help of local lighting designer Chris Speer at SpeerC Consulting, Great Smoky Mountain Railroad sought out Bandit Lites to provide fixtures, show control and integration for their project. Chris and Bandit’s team worked together to retrofit existing street lamps with a RGBW LED source. The existing poles were mounted at 30’-50’ intervals, challenging the designers to find a LED that was wide and bright enough to provide even coverage for the entire train depot.
“Safety at the train depot was our number one priority,” says Andrew Fisher of Bandit Lites sales and installations. “Guests board and deboard at the Bryson City depot, and any dark spots could be hazardous to patrons. We couldn’t just swap the existing lighting for a basic LED colour-changing par, we needed fixtures that were wide, bright, and colourful.”
The team turned to Cameo Lighting and Adam Hall North America and their recently released Zenit W600 which packs 21,000 lumens of RGBW output, as well as the IP65 rating needed for harsh winters in the mountains. “The swappable lenses added additional value to our designer Chris Speer,” says Fisher. “The lensing is kept in place via powerful magnets, and he was able to adjust beam spreads on-the spot during the focus call. The Cameo W600’s were able to wash 2000 feet of train depot, with only 20 fixtures.”
UK - When Circus 1903 - the Golden Age of Circus visited London’s Royal Festival Hall over the Christmas period, its performers and life-size puppet elephants were lit by lighting designer Paul Smith, using 26 VL2600 Wash fixtures from Vari-Lite.
Smith declared himself a fan of the new luminaire, impressed by its compact size, first-class framing and versatile zoom capabilities, among other fine performance features.
Supplied by Siyan, the VL2600 Washes delivered “the best-looking version of the show that we’ve had so far – certainly the one that I’m happiest with”, says Smith.
The compact LED fixtures delivered a number of immediate advantages. “By switching to the much more compact fixture we’ve gained extra floor space,” he says. “We’ve also replaced the heavier wash fixtures overhead, which is a great as it’s quite a weight-restricted show.”
Smith was also delighted by the VL2600 Wash’s internal framing system. “I was absolutely blown away by the shuttering – I’ve never seen a moving wash with barn-doors that work this well. It was like using a bladed profile, but with a perfect, soft edge,” he says. “That was the big break-through on this show. I can shutter down to insanely narrow corridors of light which, in lighting a circus format, is perfect.”
The framing allowed Smith to visually segment the performance area, keeping the audience focused on the action. “I can separate out areas with intensity and colour, and I can put the light precisely where I need it, rather than having to re
France - The Fête des Lumières in Lyon is a regular event in the French city’s calendar, taking place annually in early December.
Having first participated in the festival in 2017 with the show Guignol Sur La Colline presented on the facade of the Collège Jean Moulin, Portuguese creative studio and multimedia company OCUBO returned in 2018 to work on a projection on the façade of the Saint-Jean Cathedral. Pigments de Lumière was the recipient of the Trophée des Partenaires awarded each year by the festival’s partners to the best artistic showcase.
Inspired by a quote from author Goethe, who says "colours are actions from light”, Pigments de Lumière was conceived as an abstract tribute to and celebration of all the colours that make up light, represented one by one through an exciting succession of different effects.
Nuno Maya, CEO, artistic director and co-founder of OCUBO, reports: “We knew that creating a show for such a special site was a great responsibility and that the project had to be extraordinary – which is what inspired a departure from the classic scheme of our projects down the analogue route. What unfolded is an experimental show with videomapping techniques that explore the aesthetics of two beautiful elements of nature – colour pigments and flowers.
“Throughout the centuries, flowers have taken on many meanings – symbols of friendship, love, vitality, revolution and freedom for example – with many still holding these symbolic connotations today. The history of pigments can also be
The Netherlands - Creative design practice Painting with Light was behind the delivery of the live performance show on the Panasonic stand at the 2019 Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) expo in Amsterdam.
Under the creative direction of Luc Peumans, for the third consecutive year, the Painting with Light team presented a specially-choreographed five-minute dance show, complete with bespoke video content and a special soundtrack for which they commissioned Frank de Wulf to direct - and sourced two dancers from the Véronique Lenaers school of ballet.
This showcased some of Panasonic’s latest technologies, including the new ET-D3LEF70 high resolution fisheye lenses for immersive projection applications and a new technical collaboration between Panasonic and AV Stumpfl, which has resulted in the development of their Pixera media server.
The fast-paced, colourful and eye-catching show was based around projecting onto an inflatable dome structure, to show the flexibility and mapping and shaping capabilities of the kit.
The video content produced by Painting with Light illustrated the strength of Panasonic’s video technology in various sectors, from stages, live events, sporting fixtures to theatre and television and performance shows.
Five projectors covered the full inside area of the Dome’s concave roof, two more did the exterior ‘lip’ of the arch and the two dancers who wore flesh costumes which were video mapped with content from another machine positioned in front of the performance area.
Five Panasonic PT-RQ22K 20,000lm pr
UK - Epic Studios, a TV and entertainment centre in Norwich, has installed Martin Audio’s MLA PA system as part of a £250,000 investment programme.
The procurement of Martin Audio’s flagship system followed a push by management to establish the venue as the most technologically-advanced in East Anglia, and followed a shoot-out between many premier brands.
Technical manager, Matt Rabong, says: “After contacting Richard Van Nairn, Martin Audio brought in a system for a demo day, when I also tested many other systems. We ultimately chose MLA for its sound quality, particularly the punchy subs and its 'Hard Avoid' feature, which allows us to steer the sound away from our roof where the most leakage is, as well as our back wall which houses our production gallery.”
Their previous PA had also been a Martin Audio system, comprising Wavefront W8C and WSX subs as well as F12s as stage monitors. “I was very happy to stick with Martin Audio as I trusted the brand to deliver great sound quality as well as supporting a British manufacturer,” he continued. The W8Cs and F12s will remain in service as sidefills when required.”
The new system comprises 12 x MLA Compact (six elements per L/R hang), eight DSX subs, five CDD-LIVE 15s plus a CSX-LIVE 118 sub, eight LE200 wedge monitors plus all necessary amps and distro. Epic Studios also invested in upgraded digital mixing desks for FOH and monitors.
The rig was supplied and installed by locally-based Saturn Audio Visual, while Martin Audio’s product support engineer, Ben Tucker assisted wi
UK - WORK PRO’s versatile LightShark DMX-based hardware lighting console is making life on the road easier for PA and lighting company Black Cat Audio, which is currently deploying the console on the theatre show Someone Like You - The Adele Songbook.
With a hectic UK touring schedule to contend with, Black Cat Audio needed a small footprint lighting console that was quick to set up, easy to use and capable of dealing with a wide variety of venues - from 350-seater arts centres to large 2,000 capacity theatres.
“We looked at a number of alternatives but the LightShark console was the only one that ticked all the right boxes,” says Black Cat Audio’s technical director Adey Osbourne. “It has a lot of interesting features that we really like, such as a proper hardware unit with faders and built in software so that you don’t have to download anything to a computer. But what really sold it to us was having a core that can be controlled from a laptop, tablet or even an iPhone. It is perfect for a medium-sized touring show because it isn’t too large or too complex to operate.”
Someone Like You - The Adele Songbook is a live concert performance, celebrating the music of the singer-songwriter. Conceived and produced by Chameleon Music Marketing, the show features Katie Markham leading a six-piece band through Adele’s hits.
The show faithfully recreates Adele’s three record-breaking albums 19, 21 and 25. It also pays homage to some of Adele’s musical heroes, from Etta James to George Michael, via
UK - Establishing themselves amongst today’s most in-demand deep house acts, Gorgon City have enjoyed considerable success in recent years with their signature blend of electronic, bass-driven anthems, including Ready For Your Love and Real Life.
Based around North London production duo Kye ‘Foamo’ Gibbon and Matt ‘RackNRuin’ Robson-Scott, the extended live Gorgon City experience gained many more new fans when they hit the highway in January and February for a short tour of the UK and Ireland, with lighting designer Andy Emmerson counting on Entec for his essential lighting package.
After relying on a variety of rental sources for a recent American trek, the act turned to Entec to furnish their Escape tour which began at Newcastle’s O2 Academy, continuing in Manchester, Nottingham, Bristol, Dublin and peaking at the 3,000-capacity Printworks event space in south-east London on 8 February.
“We travelled with a fairly compact rig and I didn’t have the luxury of a tech, so that partially informed my kit choices,” says Emmerson, a long-time Entec associate. “It was all down to me to load it in every day and re-program each house rig, which naturally differed from gig to gig.”
Running one universe from an Avolites Tiger Touch and fader wing, he specified a floor package of six Claypaky A.leda B-EYE K20s, six Solaris Flares and four Robe Pointes. “Although the choices were minimal, what I had at my disposal was a versatile range of kit that offered a lot of creative scope when supplementing the house lighting.
UK - Women’s Aid, the charity working against domestic abuse, is hosting a fundraising event on 6 March (Wednesday) at Skylon in London.
Supported by Women’s Aid patrons actress Julie Walters and Spice Girl Mel B, the event will include a fashion show, dinner and dance, with all proceeds going towards the charity.
Blitz will be providing event production for the evening which takes place at the Skylon Restaurant at Royal Festival Hall.
Faye Connelly, fundraising manager at Women’s Aid, comments: “We are so incredibly grateful to Blitz for all of their wonderful support: providing the production for the fashion show. This event is a dream come true for us, and without the incredible generosity of companies like Blitz it would not be a reality. Every penny raised will go towards our vital work supporting women and children to escape domestic abuse and rebuild their lives free from fear.”
Graham Pope, group commercial director at Blitz, adds: “With International Women’s Day approaching this week (8 March) it’s such an important time to show support to charities such as Women’s Aid. We are extremely proud and honoured to be providing the event production for the evening, which will no doubt be a huge success and raise not only money, but awareness to a truly important cause.”
Poland - Intel Extreme Masters - one of the largest e-sports events in the world - features a multimedia stage that has become synonymous with the event.
The structure of the stage with its distinctive scaffolding was originally introduced in 2015, and the look has since become a signature feature of IEM Katowice.
For the 2019 edition, the design features large automated LED screens on the central part of main stage, from which pro gamers enter the stage. The catwalk where the IEM trophy is located, has been completely reworked and combined with the rest of the stage.
Despite set changes the lighting design has been completely renewed, featuring new lighting fixtures and LED bar frames built around the screens behind the teams. Almost 400sq.m of LED screens were used and 650 lighting units.
“Every year we are trying to introduce something new to the stage look, so the audience both online and at the venue will be amazed and will have a great experience while watching. We put a high bar at the year before already but we hear both from our client ESL and while reading assessments I believe we managed to meet expectations. No doubts, that having a major rank of the event these were set very high,” comments Michal Mrzyglocki, COO and set designer from Aram.
This year, 2km of trussing, almost 1,800 lighting fixtures and more than 100 motors, were utilised, whilst 20 trucks and 160 crew members were also involved.
“We started our cooperation with ESL on Intel Extreme Masters Katowice back in the days in 2014. So much has changed fr
UK - Kaiser Chiefs have recently completed their latest UK tour, accompanied by an Allen & Heath dLive system handling both FOH and monitor duties.
The tour follows on from the band’s recent announcement of their new album and took a nostalgic look back at past releases and hits; gracing the stages of old theatres, concert halls, seaside towns and of O2 Academy venues.
Supplied by Adlib, the band’s set-up includes two dLive S7000 surfaces on both FOH and monitors and two DM64 MixRacks. The system was also used to handle audio needs for the support band, Novacub.
“For this tour I chose dLive in spite of having had no experience of it before, as a number of people I respect have rated it very highly,” comments FOH engineer, Chris Leckie. “As with every Kaiser Chiefs outing since 2007, I’m using Liverpool’s Adlib as our audio vendor. As well as having something of a connection to the company, I’m always inclined to pick them simply because the crew are always great and the equipment is immaculate.”
Leckie continues: “One of the most important factors for me in selecting any console is the simplicity of operation and dLive is so intuitive that I was able to work out how to do almost everything I needed within about 10 minutes.”
Ilias Andrianatos (monitor engineer), has been with the band since 2005 and for this tour also opted for dLive, explaining: “Like Chris, I also chose dLive as some of my respected colleagues suggested that I give it a go.”
Andrianatos adds: “I love how user-friendly and easily c
USA - As the long-time home of Elvis Presley, Graceland is among the most famous rock ‘n’ roll residences in the world, welcoming over half a million visitors to Memphis every year. While there’s certainly no shortage of onsite attractions for fans of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, the Graceland Soundstage is impressive, and with a new audio system from Adamson Systems Engineering, it’s primed to keep the music alive and loud.
“Graceland is synonymous with good music, so when it came to choosing an audio system for our new Soundstage, compromise wasn’t an option,” begins Joel Weinshanker, the head of Elvis Presley Enterprises. “Our Adamson S-Series system offers outstanding audio quality, and whether it’s a live concert, film screening, or corporate gala, we know that anyone enjoying an event in the Soundstage is getting the best possible experience.”
A 20,000sq.ft performance venue and event space, the Graceland Soundstage is one of the top concert and entertainment destinations in Memphis. Some of the biggest names in music have graced its stage, with the likes of Boz Scaggs, Brian Setzer, Buckcherry, Chubby Checker, Frank Turner, and George Thorogood all set to perform in the coming months.
The Adamson system that will support those shows and many more was designed and installed by Cleveland, OH’s Eighth Day Sound, and features main hangs of 12 S10 two-way, full-range cabinets per side. Four E219 subwoofers are loaded underneath the stage for low-end support and four IS7p two-way, full-range point source cabinets handle fron
Spain - The Cisco Live EMEA customer conference landed in Barcelona in January for a week of discussions, education and debate. Visited by 16,000 people each year, the 2019 event was once again organised by marketing agency George P. Johnson (GPJ) alongside the Cisco Live team.
Highlights included keynote speeches from leading IT pioneers and among the many super-sized elements of the event were the lighting solutions for the Keynote space and the Customer Appreciation Event (CAE) area.
Christie Lites UK was chosen to deliver a full lighting solution, including fixtures and crew for both the Keynote space and the CAE area, which took place in the striking Gran Via Convention Centre in Barcelona - one of the largest and most modern venues in Europe.
GPJ’s technical director, Mark Bannister, oversaw the realisation of the project, along with GPJ production managers John Carrs for the Keynote area, and Emma Reynolds for the CAE area.
“This was a huge project involving the specification, delivery and operation of more than 800 lighting fixtures spread over the two areas,” says Christie Lites’ UK account rep, Andy Strachan. “It’s the second year that Christie Lites UK has delivered this project and we’re thrilled to have another opportunity to work with Mark Bannister and his talented and professional GPJ technical team.
“Christie Lites provides measurably higher value through consistent focus and committed relationships, and this is what sets us apart: reliability and trust. The client simply knows it will be taken care of. P