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vietnamLighting the Stars lands in Vietnam
Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Vietnam - The ‘Lighting the Stars’ series of conferences featuring internationally renowned lighting designer Patrick Woodroffe landed in Ho Chi Minh City in November 2018 with the aim of celebrating lighting and discussing its future.
The event, which was organised by Vietnam ProAVL Co. Ltd alongside Claypaky and MA Lighting, presented Woodroffe to an audience keen to hear first-hand about his thirty-year career at the forefront of live music, event, architectural and theatre lighting design.
Woodroffe has designed the lighting for a diverse array of big-name projects, from the London Symphony Orchestra to ABBA, from the Rolling Stones feature film Shine A Light to the Vanity Fair Oscars party to Prince Charles’s Highgrove House gardens. His achievements are remarkable.
This latest Lighting the Stars seminar was held at the New Music Centre in Ho Chi Minh City. Guests heard Woodroffe discuss both the past and the future of lighting in all its forms - music, dance, live performance, architecture and art.
He went on to share stories about his experiences designing the lighting for the London Olympic Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies in 2012, and his work on Michael Jackson’s This Is It tour, which was tragically cancelled after Jackson’s untimely death in 2009. Woodroffe’s design was immortalised in the film of the same name, which focused on preparations for the tour.
The conference excited the audience, who were thrilled to hear about Woodroffe’s life in light and take part in a Q&A session after each sec

smgretavanfleetphotocreditericcathcartChauvet gives retro look to Greta Van Fleet
Wednesday, 9 January 2019

USA - When Eric Cathcart got the call to create a lighting design for Greta Van Fleet, he didn’t view it as an open-ended gig. “My friends from Premier Global Productions brought me to the table to design and programme a show. At the time, the idea was to turn it over to a director for the tour,” says Cathcart, the owner of Bigtime Lighting Design.
As he neared completion of his work, however, Cathcart had a change of plans. “The more I got to know the guys and listen to their music, the more I got the feeling that this would be a great band to hit the road with,” he explains.
It was a wise intuition. Working the boards for the Michigan-based rockers for their current March of the Peaceful Army tour has put Cathcart in the middle of an incredible adventure, one that has seen his new clients reach the top of the Billboard charts with their debut album and garner four Grammy award nominations in the process.
Travelling with him every step of the way is a power-packed lighting rig featuring 25 COLORado 2-Quad Zoom Tour fixtures from Chauvet Professional. Cathcart selected the RGBW wash fixtures with an eye toward creating retro looks to match the band’s big 1970s classic rock-influenced sound.
“This music calls for big looks with a retro touch,” adds Cathcart. “I give many of my designs a retro vibe in one form or another, so this was right up my alley. My design concept involves creating a lot of old school par can-style looks, and the COLORados are essential to making this happen.
“They are the main workhorse of the

robe-martin-gartrix-anima-1020015219-8701-by-alive-coverageMartin Garrix launches Anima with Robe
Wednesday, 9 January 2019

The Netherlands - Superstar Dutch DJ Martin Garrix launched his new ANIMA live performance concept with two hi-energy, hi-profile nights at Amsterdam’s RAI with the five-day 2018 Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) festival and conference as the backdrop, an event drawing dance music, media and technology professionals and enthusiasts from worldwide to this vibrant city right at the hub of dance music culture.
Garrix’s lighting designer Gabe Fraboni once again had the chance to create a spectacular new visual experience - to be enjoyed by Martin Garrix fans globally for the next 12 months - which he did with the help of nearly 300 Robe moving lights - 80 x MegaPointes, 166 x Spikies and 52 x LEDBeam 150s.
Gabe uses Robe for all of his designs, and comments: “Robe is my default brand of moving light right now! The products are so versatile and the range so diverse that it fulfils everything I need.”
Once again, he worked closely with scenic designer Bart Straver and VJ / video content creator Lorenzo de Pascalis in a rich, provocative and imaginative creative collaboration that rocked some breath-taking results and ensured that Garrix’ shows are right up there among the best and most exciting in the world of dance music.
While last year’s show had been all about asymmetry, this year Gabe wanted something completely different, but that also retained some threads of continuity like the industrial look and style.
At the artist’s request, the central LED ’plus’ sign right behind the DJ booth remained. Gabe again wanted to be

nashvillenye2Bandit lights Nashville New Year party
Wednesday, 9 January 2019

USA - Music City Midnight returned to the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park with a massive lighting package once again provided by Bandit Lites. Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp reported the largest turn out in the event’s 10-year history, with approximately 175,000 to 200,000 in attendance to ring in 2019 with live music from Keith Urban, Peter Frampton, Brett Young, and Judah and the Lion and a dazzling music note ball drop.
“Bandit Lites has been involved with the Nashville New Year’s Eve project for well over a dozen years,” says Bandit Lites vice president Mike Golden. “Each year I stand amazed with Erik Parker, Chris Lisle and Mark Anderson for their complete focus on making this event more spectacular each and every year. This year was especially impressive due to the volume of gear and technicians; without a question it was the most calibrated production to date.”
Returning lighting designer Erik Parker of Chris Lisle Lighting Design tackled the massive event with a two-fold focus: the stage and the site, looking to craft something that would energize the crowds as well as look fantastic on camera for NBC’s live broadcast.
“For the stage, my goal was to create a big look for the people hanging in the front as well as those hundreds of yards back,” says Parker. “For the site we wanted to make it safe, but also add energy and create that New Year vibe across the whole site.”
Bandit Lites supplied more than 1300 fixtures for the concert, site lighting and famous Music Note drop (what Parker call

linearLinea Research delivers for Klondike Sound
Tuesday, 8 January 2019

USA - Founded in 1968, Klondike Sound quickly became known as a preferred sound system provider for folk and jazz festivals in northeastern USA, including the Newport Folk Festival. The company also provided tour support for Ani DiFranco for 20 years and supplied sound systems for a wide variety of events throughout the region.
Now owned by partners Justin Anderson, Jason Raboin, Dustin Yager, and Chris Kelly, Klondike Sound mostly focuses on shows in New England, although the company still provides some touring support. Raboin, for example, has engineered for Joan Baez for the past 17 years, and is currently serving as production manager, front-of-house and monitor engineer for Baez’s 2018 Farewell Tour, using a Klondike Sound system that includes Linea Research 44 Series power amplifiers.
Anderson and Raboin discovered Linea Research amplifiers early in 2017, when they decided to modernise their power amplifier platform to take advantage of the latest technology. The partners mostly use L-Acoustic and Fulcrum Acoustic line arrays, and it was the latter that led them to Linea Research.
“The Fulcrum Acoustic people knew we were searching for an amplifier with front panel control that could provide the DSP needed by Fulcrum’s speaker systems,” recounts Anderson. “We had a set of criteria for what we wanted from our amplifiers, which included high-fidelity sonic performance, great output and amp density, and highly functional DSP. But the isolating factor was full front-panel control so we didn’t need to use a computer. Linea Research’s

trld-florence-and-the-machineRobert Juliat flies high with Florence
Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Europe - Lighting designer Tim Routledge has made good use of Robert Juliat Dalis 862 Footlight fixtures on Florence and the Machine’s current High as Hope tour by utilising the 150W LED Dalis’ variable white tones to light the eight-strong band. The English indie rock band’s eclectic music switches between the ethereal and the energetic, at times dreamy, or effervescent, with Routledge’s lighting marking out rhythmic beats or subtly backlighting the band and set.
On this occasion, Routledge has worked alongside show designer Willo Perron whose wooden topographical stage design conceals 16 Dalis 862 fixtures in wooden hides, through which the light filters to light the band members and backlight the set. RJ Dalis fixtures have a slimline, low profile body that renders them unobtrusive on stage and ideal for concealing within set pieces. Routledge uses two Dalis battens to illuminate each musician from both sides and maximizes the subtle colouring that can be achieved with the variable white sources.
“The show is lit in three colours, tungsten, peach and rose gold, and the Dalis fit beautifully in this world,” says Routledge. “By playing with cold and warm white and various accents, the Dalis gave us dynamic and unique key-lighting on each of the eight players. Moving from low, warm dimmed key light to strobing in cold white, we were able to achieve a huge range of looks out of what, at first glance, looks like a fairly simple unit.”
The Dalis 862 fixtures for the tour have been supplied, along with the full lighting inventory

tokyoImperial Theatre upgrades with DiGiCo
Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Japan - Japan’s Imperial Theatre, located in central Tokyo along with a host of important facilities such as the Imperial Palace and the Congress, was built in 1911 and gained popularity as the first European style theatre in Japan. During the summer, as part of a refurbishment project, the theatre’s audio system was upgraded and now includes DiGiCo SD7T and SD10T consoles.
The theatre sees famous Japanese actors and actresses performing in original shows, West End productions such as Les Miserables and Miss Saigon and Broadway musicals. Known locally as ‘Teigeki’, the theatre is now owned by Toho Co., a Japanese film, theatre, production and distribution company.
Last July, Teigeki finished its refurbishment, which included the installation of the DiGiCo SD10T, SD-Rack, SD-MINI Rack and SD-Nano Rack with new 32Bit ADC/ DAC cards, which were supplied by DiGiCo’s Japanese distributor Hibino Intersound Corporation and added to the existing SD7T and SD8 system.
Akiyama, an engineer from flicpro co., ltd. to which Teigeki entrusts its audio operation, comments: “DiGiCo consoles and the theatre version software are essential for our work in musical theatre.
“In musicals, it is common for more than two actors to play the same role. Before we had the DiGiCo theatre specific software, we used to look at the cast lists to check which role was performed by whom, and then recall a library to set up EQ and so on and so on. Now, we don’t have to go through this process because the Players function allows us to set up EQ, co

the-nightChameleon welcomes 2019 with StageSmarts
Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Australia - ABC ushered in 2019 with a star-studded concert on the boardwalk of the Sydney Opera House. Australians around the country and people around the world tuned into the ABC to celebrate the biggest night of the year, New Year’s Eve. 3.6m viewers partied the night away, tuning in to The Night is Yours concert, music, fun and fireworks.
From 9.30pm, Charlie Pickering and Zan Rowe ramped up the celebrations and dialled up the volume, presenting the live show featuring a star-studded line-up of artists performing songs from a playlist voted by the Australian people. Artists rocking the night included Tim Minchin, Ben Folds, Casey Donovan, Christine Anu, Client Liaison, Baker Boy and crowd favourite Daryl Braithwaite.
With millions of people watching the show live on television, iView or Social Media, lighting this event was a little nerve wracking for the Chameleon Touring Systems crew. No hiding from mistakes on this gig.
With power distribution at the heart of any modern event providing power to show-critical and highly valuable equipment, Chameleon rolled out their recently purchased StageSmarts smartPDU72.
“The smartPDUs were very easy to set up, plugged up like other racks but the back end of the system was a lot nicer due to their design,” commented Anthony Carlon, Chameleon’s project manager. “They are very clean and easy to use. The power monitor allows us to check voltages on all the three phases before we even turn the main breaker on.”
Lighting designer for the show was Hugh Taranto who chose a rig that

astera-ledAstera impacts on Human Rights Day
Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Germany - Two hundred and fifty Astera battery powered, wirelessly controlled LED lighting fixtures made a spectacular impact in Frankfurt, lighting the iconic Paulskirche building for the 70th anniversary of Human Rights Day on 10 December 2018.
Eugen Blersch and Benny Coppik of Frankfurt based AES Veranstaltungstechnik drove this project to light the landmark - originally a Lutheran Church in 1789, the year of the French Revolution and now a busy and charismatic events space - in a special blue colour.
In 1848 the Paulskirche became the seat of the first German National Assembly - publicly and freely elected legislative body - and an important symbol in the struggle for human rights.
Working for Frankfurt city council and sponsored by the local branch of Human Rights Watch, Eugen and Benny first realised this lighting installation in 2017.
AES’s Project’s department has an event safety division with close ties to many of the city’s municipal authorities and a proposal to illuminate the building for this special day had been in existence for some time. However, there were several major physical challenges, explains Eugen.
A seasonal Christmas Market in very close proximity to the Paulskirche made it impossible to run any cables or rig large lights / stands anywhere that was convenient for an effective lighting scheme.
Some lateral and practical thinking to overcome this obstacle led to specification of the Astera battery powered wirelessly operated LED system as a solution.
In addition to the major advantage of needing

unc-basketballPixelFLEX holds court in Carolina
Tuesday, 8 January 2019

USA - Located on the campus of the University of North Carolina, the Carolina Basketball Museum originally opened in 2008 and chronicles the history of the UNC basketball programme.
Highlighting Carolina’s numerous NCAA and ACC Championships, along with the players, coaches and staff members that made it all possible, the interactive museum recently underwent a renovation on the heels of its 7th National Championship. Working with the experiential brand specialists at Advent, the museum wanted to update their main video display as part of the branding refresh, and they did so using a 2.8mm FLEXTour LED video solution from PixelFLEX.
“We had previously worked with the University of North Carolina on an update for the Smith Centre locker room that went really well, so they asked us to come back and take a look at the Carolina Basketball Museum,” began Davy Fisher, Advent design principal. “It was a great project because they were fresh off the excitement of their latest National Championship and they wanted us to update the storytelling, freshen up the branding, and reframe the experience through the use of more current technology.”
Fisher continued: “The old space was a little bit off-brand with different blues and varying signage headers over elements that were needing to be related to each other. Our main goal was to make it a cleaner branding experience and simplify the story, so a good portion of the project was replacing and upgrading all of the digital surfaces and get it on-brand, through colour and language consistency.”

damienescobarChauvet adds texture to Escobar shows
Tuesday, 8 January 2019

USA - Damien Escobar concerts invariably draw a diverse audience that includes classical music aficionados and hip-hop fans. That’s not surprising. Spanning centuries and cultures, the Julliard-educated Emmy-Award winner pushes his violin in ways that Bach and Vivaldi probably never imagined, as he weaves between old and new musical genres to create a richly textured sound that is at turns challenging and gentle.
Supporting Escobar’s hip-hop/classical blend, and reflecting its intricate dimensions on tour, is a Jack Thomas-designed lightshow anchored by Chauvet Professional Rogue RH1 Hybrid and Nexus Aw 7x7 fixtures. Like the work of his client, Thomas’ show achieves its power through balance. By creating sharply drawn areas of light and darkness, he provides an onstage setting that follows the music as it moves through varying moods. Accentuating those emotions are subtle shifts in colour and intensity levels.
The Rogue RH1 Hybrid fixtures have proven to be an appropriate tool for Thomas to use when creating this lighting structure. “I like the RH1 Hybrids for their clean gobos, sharp focus, frost and prism effects,” he said. “This allows me to create a wide variety of looks, sometimes very subtle looks, from a single fixture. To add depth to my design, I stagger the RH1s, going from the floor, to cases, to truss towers. Typically, I will use 8 to 10 RH1s, depending on the venue. I also enjoy using an odd number of units for an asymmetrical, edgier look.”
Since every Damien Escobar performance involves improvisation, Thomas busks a

billy-talentElation joins Billy Talent Canadian tour
Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Canada - When Canadian rock band Billy Talent found themselves with a tight schedule of European and Canadian dates that made it impractical and prohibitively expensive to ship their integrated set back and forth across the pond, LD Colin Moore recreated the signature effects for the Canadian shows using Elation Cuepix Batten and ACL 360 Bar fixtures provided by Ontario’s Soundbox Productions.
For 15 years, Soundbox has steadily added to their lighting inventory with technology that provides a wide range of clients with affordable and flexible options, among them a significant complement of Elation products. Soundbox began investing in Elation gear from SFM in 2015 and has continued to add to their inventory of Elation product ever since, a decision based largely on the products’ rich feature sets and competitive price point.
Moore, who filled in for the band’s regular lighting operator Mike ‘Herk’ Herkimer for this run, knew he’d need to find a solution that allowed the band to replicate their show as closely as possible without the set, but also one he could set up quickly and without an assistant. To speak to that, Soundbox provided an integrated pre-rigged lighting kit comprised of three lengths of truss fitted with 32 Elation Cuepix Battens and a variety of other moving lights, essentially recreating the layout of the band’s more elaborate set in a more compact and easily transportable package.
Additionally, Moore says, “The stages we were playing here were smaller – roughly 40-feet wide - the actual set is 50-plus feet wide,

capitol-theatreWhite Light takes the stage at Capitol Theatre
Tuesday, 8 January 2019

UK - White Light recently supplied a range of ETC ColourSource Spots to the Capitol Theatre as part of the venue’s ongoing lighting upgrade.
The Capitol Theatre is a multi-purpose arts venue in Horsham, West Sussex. Originally built in 1923, its art deco style auditorium features more than 410 seats on two raised levels.
The day-to-day running of the venue is overseen by operations manager Matthew Effemey, who is also the production manager for the venue’s in-house productions. He comments: “Part of my role at The Capitol is to ensure the equipment we have is industry-standard, offering shows as many options as possible. This was the biggest criteria when we were looking to upgrade the lighting equipment in our main theatre space.”
Matthew approached WL regarding the upgrade and worked closely with WL’s Antony Vine who visited The Capitol to demonstrate a range of fixtures he felt were most suitable. Matthew explains: “For the purchase to be beneficial, I knew what we needed had to achieve a full stage wash, which was around 14 units. As the theatre is run by the council, we also have to be aware of budgets and ensure we spend sensibly whilst also obtaining equipment that fulfils its artistic purpose.”
Having been shown a variety of products, Matthew decided to invest in the ETC ColourSource Profiles. He comments: “Alongside the Profiles being great value for money, they are also an extremely versatile unit. The colour range is a huge benefit for the variety of big, bright shows we host at the Capitol, including our annual pan

bayside-west-bradenton-campus1Elation for Bayside Community campus
Monday, 7 January 2019

USA - Bayside Community Church in southwest Florida is one of the state’s fastest growing ministries, with an enterprising spirit and new intelligent lighting system at its new permanent West Bradenton location.
Crown Design Group (CDG) has been involved in several AVL integration projects at Bayside campuses over the years and this past fall designed and installed an Elation lighting system for a new worship space at their West Bradenton Campus.
With approximately 12000 parishioners and seven campus locations, the nondenominational Christian megachurch continues to grow in popularity. The West Bradenton location, the first campus ever launched by the church, had been mobile for years but at long last found a downtown property they could convert into a permanent worship facility for their growing congregation.
CDG’s Ben Graham was on the production staff at Bayside Community Church prior to co-founding Crown Design Group in 2012 and has a special affinity for the church. “We were privileged enough to be a part of the amazing growth at Bayside, and had the opportunity to play an integral role in the weekend services, events, and campus launches,” he says. “Bayside is really where CDG began to take shape.”
Involved with the West Bradenton project from the very start, CDG handled design, integration and installation of the stage and house lighting systems. “Bayside is a very active church,” Graham explains. “They are constantly adapting, always changing and consequently are very production driven.” That translates into the ne

leshercenterDanley reinforces Walnut Creek arts centre
Monday, 7 January 2019

USA - The Lesher Centre for the Arts forms a cultural cornerstone for the bustling downtown of Walnut Creek, California.
Since its original construction and opening as the Nuthouse in 1967 and its subsequent reinvestment and expansion as the Lesher Centre for the Arts in 1990, the centre has attracted top theatrical talent and is considered the preeminent performance venue in Contra Costa County.
Recently, local AV integration firm Premier Media Integration designed and installed a new sound system using Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers in the Margaret Lesher Theatre, which greatly improved intelligibility, impact, and gain-before-feedback.
Of the centre’s four theatres, the Margaret Lesher Theatre is intermediate in seating capacity at 300. It’s commonly used for corporate events, musicals, and dramatic performances, with seating arrayed in a wide arc around the stage (making any simple two-box hang insufficient).
“The old sound reinforcement system used quality components,” explains Graham Cooper, president of Premier Media Integration. “However, the system wasn’t designed for optimal coverage of the seating area, and there were lots of gaps and hot spots that made it difficult to mix a performance that would please everyone in the audience,” Cooper designed the system in collaboration with Rocky Giannetta of Layer 8, of Roseville, California, and oversaw its installation with Premier co-owner and head tech Gordon Fava.
Cooper continues: “The Lesher Centre wanted a purpose-built sound system for the room t

robe-varoffer-stockholm-7041-photo-by-hakan-larssonRobe on track for Varoffer performance
Monday, 7 January 2019

Sweden - Urban dance impresario Fredrik ‘Benke’ Rydman’s Varoffer performance has just completed its run at Stockholm Kulturhuset Stadsteater.
Two radically different pieces made up this seminal work - the first a 40 minute ‘solo’ performance by Benke dancing with an industrial robot to a specially composed new soundtrack by Johan Liljedahl and Carl-Johan Rasmusson; and the second comprising 20 synchronised street dancers moving to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring in 5000 litres of water with a massive mirror suspended above the stage bouncing their images back into the audience to appreciate their symmetry and formation skills.
Imaginatively lit by Palle Palme, Robe BMFL Blades, LEDWash 1200s and ColorSpot 700E ATs together with other luminaires all played a vital part in this breath-taking show which took the concept of performance art and technology to new levels.
Palle has worked with Benke since 2003 when he was in the Bounce Streetdance Company including for their global hit One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest which toured worldwide, plus several other invigorating projects which always push creative boundaries due to Benke’s ability to think out-of-the-box and take audiences on extraordinary journeys.
Palle used two of the 11 BMFL Blades as low side and front light, with five BMFL Blades on LX bar 0 also for front lighting, and four of the fixtures on the over-stage trussing.
The 24 x LEDWash 1200s were also dotted around on the overhead trusses, while the older ColorSpot 700E ATs - among the theatre’

l-acousticsL-Acoustics K2 is right fit for Festningen
Monday, 7 January 2019

Norway - Even before Norway's inaugural Festningen festival began, event organisers Momentium, Trondheim Live and Sky Agency promised a 'magical experience' for all. Public reaction bore that out, and the event has now claimed the top spot as Central Norway's largest and most successful EDM, pop, hip hop, and urban music event, with Festningen 2019 already confirmed for next summer.
The festival's venue was the 17th century fortress Kristiansten Festning in Southeast Trondheim. However, nearby residential developments meant that local concern over noise pollution was one of the organiser's big challenges. A careful consultation process between Scandec (L-Acoustics Norwegian certified provider distributor), L-Acoustics, and Momentium ensured the best sound reinforcement solution by deploying an L-Acoustics K2 system with an event-specific configuration developed to emphasize noise rejection for specific locations around the venue.
The audio equipment supplier for the festival was one of Norway's largest rental companies, Konsertsystemer LLB AS.
Scandec’s John Idar Bakke, product manager, pro audio, was initially contacted about Festningen by Momentium's production manager, Simon Pedersen. “There are strict regulations with regards to noise pollution," explains Bakke. “It’s in close proximity to residential areas and there is also a care centre for the elderly 120 metres behind the stage, which needed to be taken into consideration.”
Bakke worked with Konsertsystemer LLB AS, and Norwegian event noise monitoring and research company dBc

suddenrush2Rogues reflect spirit of Hmong band
Monday, 7 January 2019

USA - Glenn Ottenbacher couldn’t understand many of the words Sudden Rush was singing when the rock band performed before a sold-out crowd at the Muse Event Centre. But the lighting designer and owner of AGS Event Productions felt the passion of the Hmong quintet’s music, which was honed by centuries of diaspora, struggle, and an unrelenting drive to overcome adversity.
Performing in their native language, the Vancouver, British Columbia-based group connected to the appreciative crowd, most of whom were part of Hmong families that fled to the US in the aftermath of the Vietnam War and related conflicts in Southeast Asia. His unfamiliarity with the band’s language notwithstanding, Ottenbacher had no trouble reflecting their performance in light with a compact, versatile rig anchored by Chauvet Professional Rogue fixtures.
“This was a very enjoyable project for me,” says Ottenbacher. “I have worked with Yellow Diamond Records, the band’s label, before, and they are very good people. Plus, the band’s passion was contagious. It was just very exciting to cross into a new culture and try to capture the feeling of a show in light.”
Helping Ottenbacher reflect the mood of the band’s performance were the eight Rogue R2 Wash fixtures he flew over mid-stage. “There was a very close connection between Sudden Rush and the Hmong audience,” he explains. “We wanted to support this sense of intimacy by washing the band and the crowd in the same warm, inviting colours. The colour mixing of the Rogues gave us the flexibility to keep the sho

balloonAirstar provides After Dark centrepiece
Friday, 4 January 2019

UK - The award-winning, opulent grounds of 18th-century villa, Chiswick House, served as the canvas for an illuminating display where classical architecture met modern technology, care of renowned lighting designer, Nick Gray from Renegade Design. Several art installations by up-and-coming artist Finn Thomson also featured at the event, which was launched on Thursday 15 November, and ran from Thursday to Sunday until 30 December.
After Dark was billed as a festive extravaganza like no other - which meant no reindeers, fake snow or Santa Clauses in sight. Instead the event organisers opted for vibrant state-of-the-art light displays that offered a sleek, modern and classy experience - as well as providing stunning picture content for snap-happy social media fans - in a breath-taking historical setting with delicious food and drink aplenty.
One of the main attractions at After Dark was a 6m inflatable luminous moon, which was suspended outdoors between the trees and provided the ideal spot for photos and feasting.
Producer / founder of After Dark, Sophie Lemm, reports: “We set out to do something that hasn’t been done before, but we couldn’t have predicted that Serge from Kasabian would create original music for us to use on the house or that we would get to work with other great artists such as Finn Thomson.”
She continues: “From the beginning we wanted to work with Starlight Design. With their experience and prestigious client base we knew we could rely on them to light the grounds. We also have a long-standing

john-lousteauphotoEngineer John Lousteau backs JBL monitors
Friday, 4 January 2019

USA - John ‘Lou’ Lousteau, chief engineer at Foo Fighters’ Studio 606, recently installed a pair of JBL Professional 7 Series master reference monitors at the recording studio.
The engineer and producer has worked with the likes of Iggy Pop and Joan Jett and also records at Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins home studios, as well as his own home studio.
He was so impressed by the performance of the JBL 7 Series monitors at Studio 606 that he equipped his and Taylor’s studios with them as well.
“We’ve used monitors from dozens of different brands over the years, but there’s something special about the JBL 7 Series - they just speak to me,” says Lousteau. “Something about them sounds really good. They have a tightness in the low-end, and the mids and highs and really transparent and clear - they’re super accurate. As soon as I heard them, I was like ‘Oh, those are killer!’ Within two months I bought a pair for my house and for Taylor’s house.”
(Jim Evans)

angeltree1Bandit Lites continues Angel Tree tradition
Friday, 4 January 2019

USA - With holiday shows, tours and our personal circumstances to balance, the holiday season can pass in a blur. Each year at Bandit Lites, team members are provided funds and encouraged to take an afternoon to come together to serve their communities and children in need.
“I look forward to this event every year because it brings us all together and provides Christmas wish for children in need,” says Bandit Lites HR coordinator Cori Link.
Link and office manager Lisa Fodge spearheaded this year’s efforts to give back, gathering Christmas lists and dropping off the bundles to the charities.
In Nashville, Erich Hudgens, Bandit Lites shop foreman spent the afternoon shuttling multiple groups out to shop for children, participating in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree programme. After choosing a child themselves, team members fulfill the wishes as seasoned road warriors shop for Paw Patrol toys, dolls and clothes.
Team members at Bandit’s world headquarters in Knoxville purchased gifts for local children who had hung wish lists at Angel Tree locations around the city. Knoxville’s Angel Tree has provided aid to the county for over 25 years, and desired items ranged from toys to simple everyday needs like coats, shoes and toothbrushes.
“I personally thought that this was a great time to share in giving back, together, as an office and a company,” explains Fodge. “It really enhanced the ‘team’ mentality we have a Bandit.”
“Most of us are truly blessed,” adds Bandit Lites chair Michael T. Strickland. “At

hmmc03Bosch Praesideo unites Houston hospital campus
Friday, 4 January 2019

USA - When technology design and integration company Walker Engineering was asked to assess the paging and public address systems at the sprawling Houston Methodist Hospital, they encountered an assortment of older analogue systems that were inadequate for the needs of a modern medical facility – including integration with the new Paula and Joseph C. “Rusty” Walter III Tower, a 22-story, one million-square-foot building for cardiovascular and neurosurgery.
In keeping with Houston Methodist’s approach to medicine, efficient communications across all 10 downtown buildings was a critical need. Walker recommended Bosch Praesideo digital public address and emergency sound system as a scalable, flexible enterprise solution to serve the new Walter Tower and unite it with the rest of the campus.
“We had previously upgraded several of the medical centre‘s suburban facilities, but the downtown campus was a different kind of challenge,” notes Matt Kenjura, manager of technology preconstruction for Walker. “Each existing building had its own legacy paging system, and the goal was to find an operational approach that could pull those patchwork analogue systems into a modern digital environment, and do it without downtime to critical communications. Bosch Praesideo has the flexibility and scalability to keep all these adjacent systems working throughout the transition.”
In a hospital environment, communications is a critical component of efficient care delivery, most notably when a patient requires immediate assistance. Houston Methodist’s g

Vectorworks sponsors theatre festival
Friday, 4 January 2019

USA - For a third year running, global design and BIM software solutions provider Vectorworks is sponsoring awards at the Kennedy Centre American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). KCACTF is a national programme designed to celebrate college theatre in the United States and help students develop their creative and technical skills. This year marks the 50th anniversary of KCACTF.
Every year, KCACTF hosts eight regional festivals for college theatre students across the United States. The festival activities include workshops, discussions, regional-level scholarships and award programmes. The first regional festival begins on 8 January and the last festival ends on 28 February.
“As we gear up for another exciting festival season for KCACTF, once again new doors will open for a handful of students because of the connections between KCACTF and our industry-leading sponsors, such as Vectorworks,” says KCACTF national chair of design, technology & management Jesse Dreikosen. “The company’s sponsorship helps foster students’ creativity and supports them every step of the way as they discover new innovative ways to communicate their design ideas."
This year, each winner of the eight festivals will receive a free professional license of Vectorworks Designer, a solution that offers lighting, rigging and rendering tools in a single interface.
“Our involvement with the Kennedy Centre American College Theatre Festival the past two years has been wonderful, and we look forward to supporting the next generation of entertainment professiona

nhs-2-awardsphotocreditolliewilkinsonChauvet lights Celebrating Success Awards
Thursday, 3 January 2019

UK - Recognising the work and achievements of National Health Service employees is the annual Celebrating Success Awards, with awards reflecting the organisation's core values of care and compassion, dignity and respect, quality, teamwork, openness, honesty and responsibility. For the recent awards, which took place at the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool, LD Ollie Wilkinson specified Chauvet Professional Rogue R2 Wash, Rogue R1 Spot, and Rogue R1 Beam fixtures in support of his overall lighting concept.
With the night itself very much centred around the guests themselves, Wilkinson decided to focus his lighting concept accordingly, placing special emphasis on illuminating the tables with the Rogue R2 Wash fixtures, which were flown from a centrally positioned truss.
“This year, I wanted to place visual emphasis upon the tables without exposing the guests to unsightly glare," comments Wilkinson. "This was a challenge, but the Rogue R2 Wash's zoom range really helped. I could zoom right into the tables without affecting the guests’ comfort."
Providing a touch of eye candy to fill the magnificent Empress Ballroom during the awards presentations were the Rogue R1 Beams. Utilising this fixture’s 140W Osram light source and 5-facet and 8-facet prisms, Wilkinson was able to send light soaring into the rafters to ensure interesting and colourful looks.
In addition to R1 Spots, complete with custom heart gobos as requested by the client, Wilkinson also specified 34 Chauvet DJ Freedom Par Tri-6 fixtures to uplight the pillars throughout the room.


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