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
UK - A well-known hotel group's first development in the UK has chosen VDC and Van Damme for optimising its AV/IT system. Situated in the heart London, the flagship construction will include a hotel in addition to 28 luxury apartments.
Due to welcome guests later this year, the new building has been designed by British-based architects and will replace the existing 1960s offices at the site. The hotel will cater for both hotel guests and local customers and in addition to guestrooms and spa, the hotel will have shops, bars, restaurants and a ballroom. A grand pedestrian entrance will be accessed from a colonnade linking to an internal ‘Palazzo-style’ courtyard.
Chosen for its sonic fidelity, over 30km of Van Damme cable was installed throughout the site to complement the Meyer Sound systems in each room and ensure that all audio, signal and data in the building was of the highest quality.
This included the Van Damme Ecoflex LSZH 2x2.5mm, 2x4mm and 4x2.5mm speaker cables, Van Damme Purple Series LSZH 2 pair and Van Damme Mini Quad cable for the high-tech AV smart controls in the hotel.
Herpreet Singh Kaur, export manager at VDC, comments: “This was a phenomenal project to be involved with. As the delivery was needed during lockdown, it needed to be to site at a specific time in a specific vehicle. However, because of the amount of stock we hold, we were able to dispatch the order quickly.”
USA - Baltimore-based Dynamic Sound Level has undertaken numerous projects with the Atlas Restaurant Group over the years - not only in their native city but also Houston, Florida and Washington DC. On each occasion, Martin Audio has been their preferred audio system.
The same has been true of their latest project, right on their own doorstep, in Baltimore's Harbor East neighbourhood. Set in the historic Bagby Furniture Building, Monarque is a new 135-seat French steakhouse, designed to showcase the city’s best performers - ranging from poets, actors and musicians to contortionists and even sword swallowers live on stage.
Dynamic Sound Level director, Mike Denoe, explained that the ideal loudspeaker needed to reflect such performance versatility. “We needed a speaker that would work well, not only for background music, but for live music, singers and spoken word. We felt the CDD series was the right fit.
“The CDD series sounds great right out of the box, with little EQ needed. It is an extremely versatile, clean looking box, which looks great in any venue and virtually disappears into the setting.”
In order to be discreet, the three CDD8 and pair of CDD10 selected needed to be custom finished in a RAL clay brown, as specified by the architect. Martha Callaghan from Martin Audio North America helped guide the project ream through the painting process.
The CDD10s were underpinned at the stage with a pair of SX212 (2 x 12”) subs recessed into the wall, while the CDD8’s served the main dining area. A pair of Blackline XP12 were
Thailand - For Let’s Chill Music & Restaurant, Mahajak Development Co selected and installed Harman audio solutions.
Opened in August 2020, Let’s Chill Music & Restaurant in Nonthaburi is a venue that offers fine dining and live entertainment. It also hosts a 300-seat open-air service and performance area as well as a private karaoke zone. Mahajak Development Co reported that the venue’s management wanted an aesthetically pleasing, sophisticated audio system that could deliver impactful sound with full coverage throughout the space and accommodate a variety of events.
With these requests in mind, the installation team selected JBL Professional, Crown, Soundcraft, and dbx solutions to create a versatile, modern audio system.
The stage primarily features JBL VTX A8 line array loudspeakers with patented Differential Drive woofers, Slip Stream ports and Radiation Boundary Integrators for wide coverage and pristine audio. For reinforced stability and easy installation, the team used VTX A8 AF extension bars to mount the speakers to the stage’s roof. Additionally, JBL VTX B18 subwoofers provide impactful, distortion-free bass response thanks to the built-in JBL 2288 transducer. JBL PRX815W/230D full-range speakers serving as floor monitors provide clear sound and personalized settings for the performers onstage.
In the dining areas, JBL CBT 1000 and CBT 70J-1 line array column speakers act as delay speakers to accurately distribute the onstage audio to all parts of the venue. For extended pattern control, increased output and more
USA - "Lighting should be fun, especially when you have the chance to keep up with outrageous intensity." So says Ryan Pervola who has lit acts like GWAR in addition to his work as the L2 for Ring of Honor Wrestling.
So, when Pervola got the chance to fill in for a friend to light metal quartet Tetrarch, he jumped at the chance. Fresh off the release of their Unstable album, the Los Angeles based quartet was part of the 29-date Baptize tour, supporting headliners Atreyu. Their regular LD, Killian ‘Redbeard’ Holt had to complete another tour before he could join them and asked Pervola filled in for 11 shows.
"I was happy to light Tetrarch,” says Pervola. “They really give you a chance to stretch your wings as a LD. You get to turn up the intensity, which makes everything more fun. Their blend of '90s nu-metal mixed with modern metal core and insanely melodic and catchy hooks make for some incredible music."
Things got better for Pervola, when the tour stopped at the Roxian, a historic 1,400-capacity vaudeville theatre turned into a live music hall outside Pittsburgh. There, in the cavernous venue, he was reunited two familiar friends: Chauvet Professional’s Maverick MK2 Wash and Rogue R3 Wash, which were part of the house rig.
"I've used the Maverick and Rogue on many other gigs in the past," he says. "I personally love both, since they’re super reliable and when used together have great colour mixing and temperature consistency between them. When you get to a new venue and find fixtures like them waiting, it’s always very
USA - Since 1877, the Antioch Baptist Church North has stood in Atlanta as a beacon of hope and a place of refuge. Church officials recently greenlighted a full remodel of the historic house of worship, and AEE Productions was tasked with designing and integrating all the new audio, video and lighting systems. As part of the audio upgrade, AEE President Yergan Jones chose the new KF810P system from Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW).
“With its quality of sound and versatility, we knew EAW would be the perfect solution for the Antioch Baptist Church North project,” says Jones. “We have been using EAW gear for years on all of our projects including our high-profiled touring productions and permanent installations and have complete faith in their products and team.”
The AEE team’s design, headed by vice president of operations Mark Howard, called for the installation of three EAW KF810P line arrays and three MKD1096 loudspeakers for the gallery/choir-fill. The project also incorporated three SB828P Subs. The new EAW PA system will run through a new Allen & Heath digital console. In addition to the audio system, the historic space also recently completed its video and lighting upgrade as well.
“The audio installation was for a lack of a better term, easy,” adds Howard. “Everything went extremely smooth. It all came together as drawn and we love the durability, crystal clear sound and SPL levels that this system provides. In addition, the flexibility of the EAW system is wonderful. From spoken word, to singing to musical performance, it jus
Sweden - From 1 October to 7 November 2021, the small Swedish town of Alingsås transformed itself into a walkable lighting art installation. More than 70,000 visitors strolled along the three-kilometre-long light trail at the Lights in Alingsås outdoor festival, and they were enchanted by the many lighting art installations created by international designers.
As part of the Lights in Alingsås organisation team, German company Irrlicht Veranstaltungstechnik was responsible for the festival’s equipment management. One of the key pieces of equipment the company used was the Zenit P40 LED-PAR outdoor spotlight by Cameo.
For the lighting project Brunnsparken and created by US lighting designer Jessica Krometis – 36 Zzenit P40 IP65 outdoor PAR lights (including an elliptical 60° x 10° diffuser) were used to illuminate trees around a pond with uplights. "We receive the designers' concepts in the spring and try to implement them in the best way possible using the available spotlights,” explains Dierk Hartmann, managing director at Irrlicht. “Generally speaking, only outdoor spotlights are suitable for Lights in Alingsås. We chose the Cameo ZenitP40 for Jessica Krometis's installation because its power, LED configuration and beam angle correspond very closely to her specifications."
For the Lights in Alingsås festival, lighting installations are created that come in many different sizes and forms. The Lights in Alingsås team makes every effort to implement even the most unusual wishes in the shortest possible time. At the core of the e
France - Anolis Ambiane pure white and RGBW LED lighting fixtures have been installed at the 420-seat Auditorium du Louvre, an oak-panelled performance and presentation space designed by world-famous architect IM Pei within the Musée du Louvre complex in Paris.
The multi-purpose venue is used for a diversity of events like chamber concerts, spoken word performances, lectures, film screenings and numerous others.
A team from Anolis France was led by architectural lighting specialist Bruno Francois who worked closely with Anolis HQ in the Czech Republic, the venue’s technical / stage manager Didier Degros and installers / systems integrators Satelec to find a solution.
The project involved the replacement of accent lighting above the seats with 26 x Ambiane HP111 PW (3000K) fixtures and custom hangers and upgrading of the previous PAR 56 wall lighting fixtures around the room, with 67 x Ambiane HP111 RGBWs with bespoke collars and brackets.
The wish to replace the original fixtures with more modern and energy efficient options had been ongoing for some time and the environment presented several challenges.
The Auditorium fixtures are extremely difficult to reach due to sections of the roof being completely inaccessible. It’s also a heritage listed building, so a complex set of rules must be followed for any work undertaken or any aspects that are changed.
This was also part of a wider lighting upgrade being applied – section-by-section – throughout the Louvre complex. As part of that, in 2020 Robe France supplied six T1 P
South Africa - The Market Theatre, set in the heart of Newtown, Johannesburg, has been a voice for the voiceless for 45 years, originally portraying the struggles of apartheid and providing the platform for outstanding, authentic South African performances. The theatre has invested in its first DiGiCo audio console, selecting an SD9 supplied by DWR Distribution, an upgrade to its existing unit which was becoming increasingly difficult to maintain, and also to complement its offering to external companies hiring the venue.
Ntuthuko Mbuyazi, who whilst at school thought he’d become a zoologist and ended up graduating at the Cape Audio College instead, joined The Market Theatre in April 2015, becoming the first permanent resident audio technician to be hired to oversee the John Kani, Barney Simon and Mannie Manim theatres. Initially the sole employee in his department, Mbuyazi soon filled the gaps, designing and engineering shows and later, appointing and guiding additional technicians when more than one venue needed attention.
“What’s beautiful for me is that I know the space inside out and am able to offer advice to external engineers unfamiliar with The Market Theatre,” Mbuyazi describes. “An audio engineer may hear a particular sound when sitting behind the desk, but having a special bond with the different spaces, I know how much we can push and what the audio sounds like in the rest of the venue.”
While it has been a tough time navigating around the Covid-19 pandemic, fortunately the theatre approved budgets for a new mixing console i
Austria - The experience of Chameleon Event Production’s personnel, combined with the advanced pathogen eradication tools from sister company Entec UVC SafeClean, twice saved the day, and enabled a fashion-based sales meeting from one of their most loyal and long serving clients to go ahead - in spite of COVID lockdown.
Having worked with global sports and fashion headwear specialists, New Era, since 2014, they were booked to stage an interactive sales meeting for their sales force at the Hilton on the Danube in Vienna, and had done 90% of the prep when Austria announced its lockdown on 19 November 2021.
Chameleon production manager, Sam Parkins, explained how the flexibility of his team, coupled with the trust invested by the client, resulted in the production house reconfiguring its studio in Milton Keynes and staging the event virtually, in a simulated COVID-secure environment.
The event was to have been one of four staged each year for New Era. And while it was set to have been a lavish live show featuring full room projection mapping and turnkey production, Chameleon have been well accustomed to producing filmed events for streaming and content delivery, since the first lockdown.
“We were two days away from having the carnet ready to go,” he explains. “All technical CADs were developed, signed off and all the custom scenic had been created ready to be trucked.
“Immediately we got wind of the situation I spoke to my client and we agreed the only way to get the job delivered was to consider what would be needed for a st
UK - Ibiza Classics, the collaboration between DJ superstar Pete Tong and music conductor Jules Buckley leading the Heritage Orchestra in the run up to Christmas returned to the UK arena circuit this year.
“It’s the show that keeps on giving,” says tour director Paddy Hocken. “In terms of production we regularly refresh the design, as do Pete and Jules, with the set list each year. There are nine new songs in the current tour for example, that’s what keeps it fresh and is why people come back time and time again. Because of the gap since 2019 when we completed the last full tour, lighting and video have received special attention, with both providing a big contribution to the show’s energy.”
That enforced 20-month hiatus has impacted the production in other significant ways as Hocken explains: “It’s been a mixed bag putting this together for me and Joel Stanley, our production manager. Because this show tours every year and is so bankable, the regular crew personnel tend to block out their diaries anyway. So in terms of assembling the touring we’ve done really well.”
“It’s been the same with suppliers, Skan PA Hire with the audio - a d&b GSL system for the complete musical reach this presentation demands; Neg Earth with the lighting gear - a mix of Robe, Chroma-Q, SGM and Martin fixtures. That was something ‘Squib’ (Chris Swain) at Cassius Creative was particularly pleased to see.
Video Design provided not only a 20-camera HD PPU system for the IMAG with Barco projectors, but also a Roe Visual CB5 LED screen
The Netherlands - The Theatre of Vista College in Heerlen hosted the eleventh edition of Nieuwe Honden. The student-run production featured a plethora of lighting fixtures, consoles and accessories, and LED Screens from Infinity, Showtec, and DMT.
Nieuwe Honden 2021 was the biggest production of the year for the Arts, Theatre, and Media Department of Vista College. The previous year’s production of Nieuwe Honden was live-streamed as an alternative to hosting a live audience due to coronavirus restrictions. However, this year’s edition, which ran from 9-11 November, returned to welcome sold-out attendances.
An important theme of the Nieuwe Honden production was collaboration, meaning everyone was dependent on one another and had to communicate effectively. This theme was not only limited to the Art, Theatre and Media courses at Vista College, but also various other participating courses such as Hospitality, Enforcement, and Supervision and Safety.
Accompanying the drama and pop music performances was a student choreographed and operated light show. Vista College’s theatre permanently houses an impressive array of Infinity and Showtec equipment, while Highlite sponsored some additional fixtures to complement the existing setup.
“Highlite has enjoyed a warm relationship with Vista College and has been involved in some capacity over the last few years with their Nieuwe Honden production. Instructor Wesley Houben is a regular at Highlite, and we’ve worked with him closely on this edition, as well as previous iterations of th
USA - Optocore North America has provided an extensive fibre optic audio network for The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, the San Diego Symphony’s new venue. Situated in San Diego Bay, the 10,000-cap outdoor amphitheatre becomes the first permanent year-round waterfront concert and events space in the US to be operated by a symphony orchestra.
As it took up residence in its new space, one of the orchestra’s imperatives for a venue designed to be one of the most acoustically superior outdoor concert venues in the US, was to have an expanded fibre network that would allow for recording every show and rehearsal for archival purposes. This required modification of Optocore devices to allow for new levels of connectivity with DiGiCo, the house mixing consoles.
The work was undertaken by Solotech, who supplied and integrated all the audio, under the watchful eye of business development manager and senior engineer, Aaron Beck. Their approach built on their success designing and building forward-thinking systems around the Optocore solutions for Cirque Du Soleil’s Las Vegas residencies and the National Arts Centre, Ottawa, to accommodate the massive channel counts and data required. In San Diego, 2GB Optocore networks - capable of up to 1024 channels and 24 network nodes - were implemented into the outdoor concert hall.
The facility has two Optocore rings running in parallel - one for the DiGiCo consoles and their SD racks at the stage inputs, the other purely for Optocore units that carry the PA inputs and distribution, including tie lines between locat
UK - “For Mischief’s Magic Goes Wrong, it is the show that is comedy chaos on stage,” opens its lighting designer, David Howe. “It must never be the lights that go wrong!”
Co-written by Mischief and international magicians, Penn and Teller, Magic Goes Wrong, first opened at London’s Vaudeville Theatre in 2019 before touring the UK since July ‘21. A West End version returned to London in October with a relaunch at the Apollo Theatre that will run until February. The comedy play is presented as a fundraiser and features a string of inept magicians doing their best acts to raise money for “disasters in magic”. The result is a fast-paced variety show with high production values and great audience interaction.
David Howe has been involved in the production since 2018. “The show is a deliberate overly theatrical comedy; a colourful, glitzy event that accentuates the comedic mishaps of the characters. From a lighting perspective, in addition to giving shape and support to the actors and essential magic lighting, I have many different scenic elements to work with from deep rich velvet house tabs, multi slash curtains and, to quote the opening introduction, ‘a quantity of glitter than some may find offensive.’ The writers are constantly evolving the play at each incarnation and so I am able to look and refresh my design and fixture choices for each production.”
Howe originally designed the production with other lighting fixtures before he was introduced to Ayrton products. “It was White Light that suggested I consi